Woodstock School Alumni Magazine Volume CIX 2016
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Principal Dr. Jonathan Long Director of Alumni Affairs Lauri Wilson Coulter ’81 Editorial team Monica Roberts Judy Crider ’69 Anne Lind
Gopika Menon Layout and design Randhir A. Malhan ’88 Shahid Equbal
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Table of contents From the Principal The four pillars...................................................2 Around the Sundial 2015-2016 ........................3 Vision 20-20: The Centre for Imagination........10 How to do Boarding Well................................12 Reflections.......................................................13 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards.................14 Graduation 2016..............................................15 Baccalaureate Address...............................15 Commencement Address...........................16 Graduating Class of 2016...........................18 Valedictorian Speech..................................19 Salutatorian Speech...................................19 2016 Awards ...................................................20 Gatherings.......................................................22 Staff Arrivals and Departures..........................83 In Memoriam...................................................86 Annual Report..................................................88
From the Principal The four pillars Dr Jonathan Long, Principal In April 2014, Woodstock’s Board of Directors approved a bold plan for Woodstock’s future. Referred to as the “Four Pillars” these inspiring goals are destined to shape Woodstock’s identity well into the 21st Century. Pillar # 1: We have committed to a major campus renovation project to provide modern Learning Spaces which align with our educational philosophy and facilitate interdisciplinary learning. While retaining the historic look and feel of the school, this initiative will see every classroom, Library, studio, performance space and laboratory thoroughly renovated and wellequipped. Draft plans are already under consideration and the renovation of the Quad kitchens and dining areas is already underway as I write! Pillar # 2: We have opened a ground-breaking Centre for Imagination in Tafton (the oldest property on the campus) to create space and resources for mentored students, independent research and projects. This exciting venture includes workshops, speakers and seminars that connect students to ideas, relevant outside research and supportive mentors, including Woodstock alumni. Pillar # 3: We have started a long-term scheme to maximize Student Diversity through an expanded scholarship programme – making a Woodstock education a possibility for those who would not otherwise be able to afford it. We are actively recruiting for talent and diversity across a wide range of ‘diversity parameters’ including those of creed, colour, culture and social-economic indicators as well as nationalities. Already we have admitted talented young people on 100% scholarships at Woodstock – including recent admissions from Syria and Afghanistan. Pillar # 4: We have launched a Community Engagement programme which provides students with the understanding, knowledge and tools to become agents of change by engaging more deeply and collaboratively with local communities to address identified needs. Students engage deeply with local communities through initiatives such as improving access to clean water and sanitation, women’s empowerment through micro-lending, transforming the lives of young women through partnership with Goonj and through teacher training 2 - Quadrangle
initiatives that impact the quality of education across Uttarakhand. These goals energise us because they point to the kind of transformation which has been a defining feature of a Woodstock education down through the years. This is the transformation of young lives through a challenging, engaging and experiential education. Distinguished Alumnus and founder of TED Talks, Chris Anderson, put it brilliantly when he said, “One of the most profound and lasting impacts of a Woodstock education is a dramatically extended circle of empathy. You come to think of the world differently……In the future, those who use the language of fear and ignorance to
stigmatize others will be increasingly regarded as backward. The future belongs to global souls. Because the true global souls are those who don’t just talk it... they feel it. They know in their core that the only concept of “WE” that matters is the one that includes everyone.” Woodstock continues to draw strength and courage from its past. But we also reach out, bravely and confidently, into the future - certain of the values which have been reliable guides over many years! I invite and encourage you to join us on this exciting journey – please come and visit, consider volunteering or supporting the school through your time, talent or gift – and, most importantly, do enjoy this issue of the Quad, and please keep in touch!
Around the Sundial 2015 – 2016 Judy Crider ’69 JULY: Welcome to the 162nd year of Woodstock School. This year saw 5 alumni from the class of ’84 sending their children to Woodstock. Antonio Puri ’84 was an artistin-residence here for 3 months and started the Varna Project. (See October) AUGUST: August began with the NHS sponsoring Big Brother/Big Sister activities. The theme for Indian Culture Week was the Garhwal region of India. The Sangam Sanskritik Samiti team of 20 dancers from Garhwal gave dance classes during the week and special performances in the evenings. Following Culture Week there were inter-school sports events in badminton and table tennis, the Senior/Freshman Friendship Day, a UK University Fair and the MY Focus Week which focused on writing in different styles and was worked on in all the classes.
Health Communications in Bihar, Social Entrepreneurship in Himachal, Navdanya Biodiversity Project and AP Human Geography at Dharamsala for Grade 11; Humans of Rajasthan, Dharamsala, Leadership & Wee Expedition, Kaza-Manali Expedition, and Udaan Project in Shimla for Grade 12,
and a mixed-grade project at Dunda Village. We moved straight into the Mountain Writer’s Festival. The festival ended with the Mussoorie Half Marathon and a Mela held at the Burgoyne Campsite above the
Class of ’84 and their children
September: UY RE Retreat
SEPTEMBER: September is a big sports month, including Goal-a-thon indoor soccer, 5-a-side soccer, and Inter-House and Inter-School Cross Country. Other activities were UY RE Retreat; MY hiking; and a new activity, Inter-House Master Chef. The month ended with the UY Talent Show put on by the Junior Class. OCTOBER: The month started off with the EY and MY Field Day at Hanson Field, which was a special time for athletics and field events. Then it was straight into Activity Week. This year the activities included: Plants & Community for ECP & KG; Food & Carbon Footprint for Grades 1 & 2; Mountain Formation and Habitat for Grades 3 & 4; Rajaji National Park for Grade 5; Snow Leopard Rafting & Hiking for Grade 6; X-Terra, including camping, rappelling, hiking, belaying, birding, astronomy and germination for Grade 7; White-water Expedition on the Ganga for Grade 8; Village Living for Grade 9; Hiking to Rupin-Supin, Changsheel, Kedar Kantha and Har Ki Dun for Grade 10; Bradsaar Expedition,
October: Grade 11 Dharamsala visit with Dalai Lama
August: Big Brother/Big Sister Activity Garhwal dancers
September: Goal-a-thon, Boys
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Hanifl Centre, which included craft, food stalls and live music presentations. The month ended with RE Retreats for Grades 3, 4 and 9, and the UY Sadie Hawkins dance. NOVEMBER: The 16th Win Mumby Basketball Tournament started off with the arrival of ten schools from north India including a boys’ team from Kodaikanal in South India. The finals were between Welham Girls (Dehra Dun) and Modern Girls (Delhi) with the Modern Girls winning. The finals for the boys were between Woodstock and Modern with the Modern school winning. A new event at Woodstock was the Peace Festival. Dan Terry ’65 was honored at this festival with his hiking boot being given as an Award for Peacemaking to Drs Ashok and Florina Xavier for their work with refugees, children, youth and especially students and HIV/AIDS-positive women. Grades 3 & 4 took several days off from classes and went camping in villages near the Aglar River, seeing what village life was like and looking at the eco systems there. Grades 5 & 6 had a fun-filled RE retreat at Himalayan Torchbearers near Rajpur. An evening of jazz and light snacks was held in the dining hall at school with wonderful pieces played by the Jazz Band, including some vocal pieces. The month ended with the Fall Drama, Big Love, and the Christmas Chapel held in the Gym. DECEMBER: Nearing the end of the semester there were many activities. We had three nights of Fall Concerts. The Jazz Band went to Delhi to perform at the Jazz Utsav Festival. Some Hindi classes performed a street play near the hospital tea shops and took story telling to students from a local school. Grade 8 students had a life-enriching time canyoneering. Christmas presentations were given by the Early and Middle year students. FEBRUARY: The second semester or third trimester started off with the staff retreat down at hostel and the other dorms. We took this opportunity for staff to get to know the student residences by doing a picture treasure hunt. After the MY advisor night, UY welcome back dinner and dance, and the Book Fair, the term was in full swing. The next weekend the Staff Musical ‘Into the Woods’ was performed much to the delight of the students. International Mother Language Day was celebrated and the Student National Honor Society ran another Big Brother/Big Sister event.
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MARCH: This year we had 6 students qualify to go to China for the North East Asia Mathematics Competition, and did quite well. Grades 9-12th had their RE Retreat at Himalayan Torchbearers. MY Hiking Day was enjoyed by all. Grade 6 went to Lucknow in connection with Ruskin Bond’s story Flight of Pigeons. They learned about history during the time of the book and visited historical sites. Grade 9 Hindi students took a field trip to Amritsar. The UY Outdoor Learning Weekend included Astronomy, visiting Rajaji National Wildlife Park and visiting places of worship in Mussoorie. In March, the grades 7 and 8 PASSAGE group performed the play Holes. Other activities included an Art field trip to Delhi; Swishathon – where students played basketball while and raised money for charity. The Jazz Jam was again held in the Quad with Grade 9 organizing the decorations and the food. Jazz Jam was followed by Easter Chapel in the gym; the month ended with the Francophonie Day where all things French were celebrated. APRIL: The month began with the Grades 7 & 8 RE Retreat at Torchbearers. The Indian Music concert was a hit with a good representation of students participating. We had a great EY and MY talent show in the Quad. A new event this year was the UN Day which was celebrated at Ridgewood Field with stalls, events and a march past by Woodstock’s represented countries. The Spring Drama was In the Heights, which demonstrated our students’ talent. The Spring Concerts included Beginning Band, Intermediate Strings, Grades 5 & 6 Choir and Advanced Band. A new series of workshops were conducted for teachers from
April: Grade 8 Canyoneering
November: Board with display of Peace Makers
March: UY Outdoor Learning – Astronomy and Rajaji National Park
March: UY Outdoor Learning – Places of Worship
February: Staff cast of ‘Into the Woods’
November: Grade 3 & 4 Village visit
February: Cinderella with step mother and sisters
November: ‘Big Love’ Fall Drama
the surrounding mountain schools. The Community Engagement team along with a PASSAGE group DOST (Development Outreach Student Team) led the efforts. The Distinguished Alumni award was given to Rick Downs, Jr ’79. Many alumni attended the ceremony and the tea. The month ended with a Grade 9 canyoneering trip and the
February: International Language Day
student residences Open Houses with stalls from different vendors at Ridgewood. MAY: May mester came to Woodstock. While the UY students were busy with external and internal exams, Grades 9 and 10 were working on special projects, the MY students were experiencing many dif-
ferent activities including hiking, Grade 8 MUN and Science Fair for Grades 5-8. Following their exams Grades 11 and 12 participated in the Festival of Ideas by doing projects or giving presentations in Parker Hall. There were farewell teas for retiring employees who had worked at Woodstock School for many years. Bidha worked at Quadrangle - 5
December: Jazz Band at the Delhi Jazz Utsav
Woodstock for 41 years in Food Services and Jagdish worked for 38 years in the Science Department. Another new enterprise from the PASSAGE group DOST was the start-up of a Ladies Self-Help Banking Project for women employees and wives of employees. Towards month-end there was an inauguration ceremony for the new primary school in Dunda – the village that Woodstock has been connected with since 2013. A major event at this time was the Junior/Senior Banquet with the theme of Brazilian Carnival. Final events for the seniors as they got ready to leave Woodstock included the WOSA Assembly where the class unfurled their flag. The month ended with the Highlights Concert, Baccalaureate and Graduation.
April: 7/8 Grade RE Retreat at Torchbearers May: MY MUN
April: Indian Music Concert
April: Distinguished Alumni – Rick Downs’79
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April: Spring Drama - ‘In the Heights’
March: Grade 9 Hindi Field Trip to Amritsar
March: Grade 6 Lucknow Trip
March: UY Outdoor Learning – Rajaji National Park
March: Cast of ‘Holes’
April: Francophonie Day November: Jazz Band in the Quad
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April: Spring Concerts – Advanced Band
April: Spring Concerts – Beginning Strings
April: Spring Concerts – Advanced Orchestra
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May: MY Science Fair
May: Highlights Concert
June: Graduation Banners May: Inauguration of the Primary School at Dunda
June: Graduation Ramp
May: MY Hiking Day May: MY Science Fair
May: Bidha Singh (Food Services) Farewell
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Vision 2020: The Centre for Imagination
Today’s youth face challenges in every arena, from the environment to the economy, and from values to belief systems. As educators, we need to give our students new forms and pathways for integrated living and systems-thinking that will enable them to navigate today’s fast-changing world. The Centre for Imagination, housed at Tafton, will offer experience of real responsibility and risk, as well as inspiration through exposure to new worlds of nature and culture, all within the safe context of acceptance and personal guidance.
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INVITE: A warm, stimulating, active environment invites new ideas. Students and teachers share ideas and progress at facilitated, weekly events. Conferences invite educators to participate in shaping the education of the future. INSPIRE: By sharing stories and weaving a well-connected network around the world, the Centre inspires Woodstock and the wider community. Visiting fellows collaborate with students and teachers and use the sophisticated virtual network to maintain conversations from a distance. INCUBATE: The Centre for Imagination acts as an incubator. Strategic initiatives of the school are developed through a design process and prototyping. Students find a nurturing environment for risky research, allowing resilience to grow.
The Centre for Imagination hosts a range of events that bring students and staff together in a lively atmosphere of joint exploration. Events emerge from student initiative, pressing global issues, and in alignment with the wider school’s weekly themes. The commitments that shape the ethos of the CFI include authenticity, independent thinking, and giving young people the support and freedom to make their own, good choices. Every effort is made to preserve an atmosphere of joint exploration and experimentation.
Weekly, open to staff and grades 9-12 Aligned with the school’s theme for the week, the CFI screens a documentary each week, followed by a discussion of how students can take action.
Weekly, open to all grades Discussion outside the classroom about what is happening in the world and what actions students can take.
Weekly, open to staff and grades 9-12 Professionals from different backgrounds share their journeys, giving inspiration to young people for how they can find their paths in the world.
In order to expand the learning experience for students, the Centre for Imagination will host visitors and scholars to share their knowledge and expertise, work with students on specific projects, and inspire young people to find their own path in the world. The CFI is currently in conversation with several individuals and organisations to plan an exciting year of learning for Woodstock’s students. Please get in touch if you would like to engage with our students in a suitable field.
Five student interns currently work with the Centre for Imagination to gain real work experience in event planning, communications, project management, photography, and journalism. A group of students have already formed a social entrepreneurs’ society called The Start Up Hub. Taking on the task of improving communication throughout the Woodstock community, they are designing an app that will also work to eliminate waste around the school.
The Centre is housed in Tafton, a historic campus building that will be renovated and repurposed for it’s new use. Drawing the future on the walls with students and staff helped us shape the space through our collective imagination. The CFI has five rooms:
The Study: a quiet and reflective space; The Greenhouse Cafe: a perfect combination of healthy food and a stunning view to spark the imagination; The Hub: to foster global connection; The Sunroom: a warm, informal meeting space; The Studio: a collaborative space which allows students to learn and work together.
08-12 May, 2017, open to grades 9-12 The Festival of Ideas allows students to explore a topic or question they are passionate about and do so through an interdisciplinary lens that utilises and integrates all the skills they have learned at Woodstock.
03-07 July, 2017, 50 youth from south and south east Asia Inspired by the Design for Change model, participants will learn how to use the design thinking process to understand the world around them, develop an innovative idea, and then bring that idea into being as a sustainable reality, all in the context of cultivating global community of change makers. The distinctive aspect of this conference will be its commitment to immersive, experiential learning as the primary mode of pedagogy.
We seek individuals, organisations, and Woodstock alumni interested in growing a network full of learning, a network committed to helping young people find their place in the world of the future. The Centre is eager to partner with all of the following: Imagineers who want to volunteer with the Centre. Peer schools looking for imaginative ways to prepare young people for adulthood. University initiatives related to leadership, global understanding, and shaping a sustainable future. Non-governmental
organisations dedicated to transformative learning. Scholars looking for short sabbatical or research periods, who want to share their learning with young people. Social entrepreneurs who want to transform the world through working with young people. Professionals in any field who want to connect with, inspire, and mentor young people who share their passions and gifts. Donors who want to provide material support for young people to discover and cultivate a real vocation - a rooted sense of direction and identity to carry into their futures. For more information, or to get involved, write to us: email@example.com Quadrangle - 11
How to do Boarding Well W. Alan Howard ’81 offers the greatest protection from the detrimental power of that same peer group.
W. Alan Howard ’81 attended Woodstock School from KG to Grade 3 in the late ’60s and early ’70s. He returned to Woodstock with his wife Rosalie and children Kirsten ’10 and Robynne ’11 in 2003 to work as a dorm parent and later as the Residence Supervisor of Alter Ridge and Ridgewood. Together with their colleagues, Alan and Rosalie explored and sought to establish best practices for living in residence. They returned to teaching in rural Canada in 2007 but continued to be fascinated by the topic of how to do boarding well. This led to Alan enrolling in an MEd program where he investigated boarding and international schools. For his thesis, summarized below, he used a grounded theory methodology to develop a model of how students adjust when they move into residence. This research was based on interviews with Woodstock alumni who were in boarding in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Alan presented his theory at the FWS Annual Reunion at UCLA in July, 2016 and also shared it with numerous groups including the current residence staff at Woodstock. Feedback and requests for more detailed information about the study can be sent to WAlanHoward@ gmail.com. This theory suggests that a student moving into boarding will experience the following: • Upon entering boarding students undergo Culture Shock. This can include feeling overwhelmed and/or abandoned, losing or assuming greater control of one’s life, and being responsible for caring for one’s self and for negotiating peer and adult relationships without parental assistance. • The degree of culture shock is influenced by a number of factors. These Influences can lessen or increase the amount of culture shock a student experiences. • Two other factors also influence the degree of culture shock: xx Power and Punishment includes the formal and informal disciplinary structures of the school and residence. Of much greater importance is the degree of Power and Punishment a student experiences from one’s peer group. xx The quality of Family Bond scan 12 - Quadrangle
• A student who is unable to find sufficient Belonging and Protection through Peer Bonds does not get past the Culture Shock of boarding. This student will then Leave Boarding, or, will remain in boarding but Struggle. A student who attains peer Belonging and Protection will Prosper during their time in boarding. Students move back and forth along the continuum of Struggle-Prosper dependent on the degree of Belonging and Protection they are currently experiencing through Peer Bonds.
make the loneliness and feelings of abandonment more acute but also can provide a form of support and connection. • In order to emerge from the culture shock of entering boarding a student must find Belonging and Protection through Peer Bonds. In boarding it is the peer group which provides comfort as well as instruction in daily living. Even more importantly, it is peer acceptance which
• The definingly unique aspect of boarding at an international school is the sheer volume of Transitions students undergo every year. These include multiple moves in and out of boarding, in and out of home, staff changes, and peer group changes. These ongoing changes impact Family Bonds, the students’ experiences of Power and Punishment along with Belonging and Protection. This Constant Change indirectly and directly re-triggers Culture Shock. This theory points to the adjustment process for boarders being ongoing and cyclical where peer relationships are foundational to one’s experience.
Reflections Lillian Skinner Singh ’39, Staff other course in shorthand and typing in Delhi. I joined Woodstock as a secretary, splitting my time between the High School Office and half the time with Ruth Hilliard ’40 in the Alumni Office. In 1981, I became Principal Bill Jones’s secretary until 1986. I then worked for Saroj Kapadia in the Alumni Office and later as a volunteer until 1991 in the High School Office.
I look forward to the visits by my family. My daughter Kathryn who lives in Paris normally visits me twice a year, and my son, Bobby, has been to Mussoorie three times with his family. Other family members also visit from time to time. I now live a retired life in the family home, Sikander Hall in Barlowgunj.
Time at Woodstock
I joined Woodstock in 1937, having grown up at the convent in Dehradun. My sister Kathleen had joined a year before me, in 1936. As Senior Cambridge students, we had to go to Wynberg-Allen School to do our exams after Woodstock had closed for the winter holidays. I graduated in December 1939 when WWII started.
Life in the Auxiliary Corp & Working after Woodstock
Inspired by wonderful teachers at Woodstock, like Miss Francis, I had hoped to take teacher’s training, but circumstances prevented this. Instead I did a short course in shorthand and typing. In 1941, when the Women’s Auxiliary Corps (India) was formed, I joined. In 1942 I was transferred to Army Headquarters in New Delhi. In 1946, with World War II over, I took an early discharge from the Women’s Auxiliary Corps (India). I then enrolled in a four-year course at the Modern School of Fashion and Design in Boston, Massachusetts. The journey to Boston proved extremely eventful. It began when I boarded a Dutch vessel in Calcutta. We sailed to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), where we were joined by Dutch refugees, who stayed with us until Indonesia. Our next port was Manila in the Philippines, where we had to wait for a month before the ship even got a berth to unload a cargo of copra. The voyage eventually took three months to Los Angeles, from where I flew to Boston, just in time to join school.
Marriage, Family and Working at Woodstock
I was married twice. First to an Englishman, the father of my daughter Kathryn. My second husband was Indian, who was my son Bobby’s ‘86 father. After I was widowed, I returned to Mussoorie in 1978. By this point, I had done anQuadrangle - 13
2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards David Schoonmaker ’62 and Frederick S Downs Jr. (Rick) ’79 In 2003, the Board of Directors established the Woodstock School Distinguished Alumni Program as a way to celebrate meritorious alumni for exemplary and recognized lifelong achievement in their given fields and/or in voluntary philanthropic activities or service. These alumni represent the values that Woodstock School has strived to engender in its students. The 2016 award recipients were David Schoonmaker ’62 and Frederick S Downs Jr. (Rick) ’79
David Schoonmaker ’62 During 2016 Friends of Woodstock Annual Meeting and Reunion at UCLA, David Schoonmaker ’62 was recognized as one of two recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for his outstanding achievements and career in medical waste disposal, his philanthropy, and his volunteer service. David will formally receive the Distinguished Alumni Award at Woodstock in 2017. Mr. Schoonmaker was Founder, Executive Vice-President, and Board Member of Healthcare Waste Solutions, Inc., a leading medical waste management company in the USA. As the oldest son of Joseph Schoonmaker, a missionary doctor in today’s Assam, David attended Woodstock from 1954 and graduated in 1962. He then went to the University of California at Berkeley where he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Business and followed it up with an MBA in Finance from California State College at Los Angeles. David is a former member of the Board of Directors and General Body of Woodstock School, and has served as a Board Member of KW International, Medical Waste Institute, and American 3CI in the past. He is currently a member of the Friends of Woodstock School Foundation Board. Mr. Schoonmaker brought his business experience and acumen to bear during his tenure as a Woodstock Board member, contributing revenue and budgeting expertise that has benefited the School long after his term ended, and he has donated generously to the School’s endowment and scholarship funds. His expertise continues for Friends of Woodstock School as a Board officer and Finance and Investment Committee membership. Many of Mr. Schoonmaker’s classmates nominated him for the Distinguished Alumni Award along with three longstanding friends
Do you have a nomination for the Distinguished Alumni Award?
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the practice of law to join an Oberlin classmate in Boston to start an investment firm with which he is still involved today.
who wrote in hearty support of his achievements and nomination.
Frederick S (Rick) Downs Jr. ’79 In April 2016 Rick Downs was presented with the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award at Woodstock School in a ceremony attended by friends, family, Woodstock administration, faculty and students. Born in Jorhat, Assam in 1961 to missionary parents, Rick went to Woodstock in 1968 and graduated with the Class of 1979 as Valedictorian. He was the second generation of Downs to attend Woodstock. His father and an aunt attended Woodstock in the 1940s and 1950. Another aunt, Carol (Downs) Mumby was the school nurse at Woodstock and married the gym teacher, Win Mumby. The current school gym was built in his memory. Rick’s siblings, Milton and Susan, also attended Woodstock. His sister Susan returned to teach at Woodstock for a number of years. After graduating from Woodstock, Rick attended Oberlin College. He graduated in 1983, majoring in History and Philosophy. At Oberlin, he met his wife, Sadhana, who grew up in Old Delhi. After college, Rick studied law at the University of Virginia and graduated with a JD in 1986. That led to a job at an international law firm in New York City where he practiced Corporate Law for six years. In 1992, Rick left
In the 1990s, Rick reconnected with Woodstock by joining the board of two different North American non-profit organizations which supported the school, KWI and its successor, Friends of Woodstock School (FWS). Ultimately, Rick also served on the Woodstock School board for a number of years as a representative of FWS and North American alumni. During his tenure on the board, in addition to other duties he participated in two principal search committees. This included the committee which selected Dr. Jonathan Long. In addition to serving on the boards of KWI, FWS and Woodstock, Rick has financially supported a number of projects at the school. First and foremost, he created and financed the Master Teacher Program. Rick was passionate about improving teacher compensation and retaining and recruiting the best teachers. Accordingly, the original purpose of this program was to provide additional financial support to very experienced teachers to provide incentive for them to come to or stay at Woodstock. This program now supports professional development opportunities for teachers. Rick also created the Oberlin Scholarship. Under this program, Oberlin College selects one Woodstock graduate each year to receive a four year grant as part of their financial aid package to attend the college. Rick has financed a number of other initiatives at Woodstock, including the creation of the new school website. Last, but not least, the biggest project that Rick was involved with both personally and financially, was the building of the Win Mumby Gym. Today, Rick and Sadhana reside in Dover, Massachusetts. Their children, Arjun and Julia, have both graduated from college and work and live in New York City.
We’d like to hear from you: The nomination process is confidential. We encourage those submitting nominations to not inform nominees as award grants are highly selective. Awards are granted once a year. Please contact the Alumni Relations Office to request nomination forms: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baccalaureate Address David Webb time a messy, drawn out business. Blessings on those of you that think you know your exact path. I can say from my own experiences, there will be twists and turns. When I started college, I was going to be a Mechanical Engineer. Well, you can see today how that turned out. Second, you need to find your calling. What are your gifts and talents? And how does God want to use you in the world? What brings you joy? What’s in your heart? The theologian Frederick Buechner once said, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
Scriptures: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 and Romans 12:1-8 Greetings, class of 2016, parents, family, guests and Woodstock School staff and students. We come to this worship service to lift up in prayer, praise and word, these young women and men who are about to enter a different season of their lives. For some, Woodstock has been a journey of many years. For others, it has been two or three years. Class of 2016, no matter how long you have been a part of this very special community, I want to say to you all, we are thankful for the unique gifts and talents you each have brought to this place. We also want to wish you all congratulations on all that you have achieved here in this place. Before I speak about the scripture passages that Marina and Akash read, I would like to share a memory. Many of you graduates may remember when you were my students in Grade 10 Religious Education. Don’t worry, I am not going to name names. There came a time when there was a problem with some of you arriving to the 8:00 class on time. One of my strategies to encourage everyone to fully soak up this religious education opportunity and be on time to class, was to have a quiz 5 minutes into class. So today I want to encourage you to pay attention, or I may have to give you a quiz in 5 minutes! First, as you leave this hillside tomorrow, I encourage you to be who God created you to be. God has not created anyone else exactly
like you. He has given you and you alone, the combination of gifts and talents that make you who you truly are. Many people in life will try to tell you who they want you to be or what they want you do. Instead, I encourage you: be who you are and share the real you with others around you. In the story about how Samuel selected David to be the next king, this young shepherd did not do anything but try to be himself. God called him from his fields, tending the sheep to later become the great king of his nation. The prophet Samuel was looking for the strongest or bravest, but God had other ideas. The scripture said: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” God was showing Samuel, the religious leader of Israel, that he wanted the next king to be someone after God’s own heart, kind, gentle and wise- not someone who was the strongest. This passage shows that understanding how God calls us is not always an easy task. Yes, the Bible teaches that finding your place, what you are called and meant to be is some-
Many of you have worked in the DOST program to speak hope, joy and kindness into the lives of others. The work that you do with your hands and your minds sometimes is not as important as the work you do through your heart. You have helped students in the schools around us pass exams. You have helped boys and girls who live in different family situations show that Woodstock students care. You have helped give a livelihood to a man who cannot walk. You have shown women how a sewing business can help their families. As you leave this hillside, my hope is that you will continue lifting up others that do not have the privileges or opportunities that you do. The world needs your gifts, your passion, and even your sweat to speak hope and life into the lives of others. I know that all of you will seek to find a place for more learning either in a classroom or out. As you seek your place and continue the journey of finding your passions, your call, I hope you remember one thing our school always tries to show you. Seeking to help others is just as important as helping yourselves. When I taught you about the teachings of Jesus in classes a few years ago, I hope you do remember one point I stressed. Jesus taught about helping the sick who needed a doctor, not making a lot of money. There it was, the RE quiz for the evening only 5 minutes into my talk. You have been placed here on this earth to do more than earn money. You are here to make a difference in the world, using the gifts and talents God has given you! Quadrangle - 15
In the past month, you have been asked time and again by your teachers, friends and family, what are you going to do next? I know, because I have been asking some of you myself. Some in your class still have question marks. That is all right. Having a time to figure things out is normal. The Bible tells us that Jesus went to the desert by himself for 40 days to figure things out. I know I am still trying to figure out what to do when I grow up. Third, wherever you go and whatever you do, find how you are gifted. In the scripture that Akash read from the book of Romans, there was the pleading, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Knowing the will of God, what your pathway is
before you, is not always easy. Today, I want to encourage you, don’t ever stop trying to discern God’s will for your life. His plans and purposes for you are true and sure. He knows you best and knows what is best for you! You may not have oil poured over your head saying you will become a king – or maybe you will – but God knows your heart and knows which way you should go. Trust him to guide you well. Find guidance from others to discern your call as well. Find a mentor or a trusted friend or family member to help you understand how you are gifted and can meet the needs of the world. The guidance may be from the wise family member, who can see beyond that first salary number after college. It may be a friend you find in a future season of your life. It may be reconnecting with one of your Woodstock classmates that will know you in a different way through this shared experience. I do hope and pray that you will seek God’s will for your life as His plans are the best plans for you.
Commencement Address Jonathan Long, Principal
Here’s a question for you – how many tests, exams and quizzes have you had since you joined Woodstock? Well, guess what, I have one more test for you today! It’s unlike any test you’ve had before. If you want to pass, you’ll have to take this test every day for the rest of your life. It only has four questions. Marshall Goldsmith, the great executive coach and business guru once said, “These 16 - Quadrangle
As you look towards what will happen starting tomorrow afternoon, you can look forward to the unknown chances to speak kindness to others, be of service to others, and bring others joy. For everything in the world to grow, seasons must change. Tomorrow a new season begins for you. Look at this change as positive, not something scary. A change always brings growth. Just as you have grown in body, knowledge, and spirit in this place, may you continue in this growth in the next chapter of your life. Find your place to grow and when you get there, grow and bloom where you are planted. May God bless each one of you, the Woodstock School Class of 2016. We are thankful for you and for your time here on this hillside. As you go and as you journey down this mountain and into to a new season of life, may you always sense God’s presence and peace surrounding you and leading you on. Amen.
Question #1: Did I do my best to find meaning in my life today? I take the word “meaning” here to be the same as making a positive difference. People who set out each day to positively impact the lives of others, find happiness and fulfilment. What about you? Have you done your best to find this type of meaning in your life today?
are the four most important questions you can ever answer.” Whether you have a happy and fulfilled life or not will have more to do with your score on this test than your bank balance, where you live or how much you earn. Imagine someone you trust is going to call you every night for the rest of your life to give you this quiz:
In 1888 a man picked up the morning newspaper and, to his horror, read his own obituary! The newspaper had reported the death of the wrong man. Like most of us, he liked the idea of finding out about what people would say about him after he had died. He read past the heading which said, “Dynamite King Dies” to the text itself. He read along until he was shocked to see that he had been described as a “merchant of death.” He was the inventor of dynamite and he had grown rich through weapons that would kill and destroy. But he was moved by the description. Did he really want to be remembered and known as a “merchant of death”? It was at that moment that healing power greater than the destructive force of dynamite came over him. From that point on, he devoted his energy and money to works of peace and to living his life with meaning. Today, he is best remembered, not as a merchant of death, but as the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize - Alfred Nobel. When we find meaning in our lives we find joy. And we find that meaning by giving to
happy despite what’s in your “sack” today? If you did, you scored well on the second question – for today, at least!
Question # 4: Did I do my best to be fully engaged in my life today? What does it mean to be “fully engaged”? I
think it comes from loving what you do. Steve Question # 3: Did I do my best to build positive relationships today? Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a
Class Flag Unfurled at WOSA Assembly
others – through kindness, compassion and service. Did you do your best to find meaning in your life today? If you did, you passed the first question – for today, at least!
Question #2: Did I do my best to be happy today? Notice, I did not say, “did someone make you happy today?” Whether or not we are happy is our own personal choice – it shouldn’t depend on someone or something else. One of the greatest diseases we find in the world today is “I’ll be happy when……” You can fill almost anything into the blank space! For example, I’ll be happy when I graduate or I’ll be happy when I get a college degree or I’ll be happy when I get a new car or I’ll be happy when I get a new house…..! Young people can easily get infected with the “I’ll be happy when……” bug. They think their happiness depends on all the things they haven’t got. The truth is, we can never ever satisfy the hunger of the “I’ll be happy when” disease. We can only be happy with what we’ve got right here and right now.
Harvard University recently published the results of research begun in the late 1930s. Designed to figure out what, exactly, makes people happy, it followed the lives of 700 people over a 75-year period. The results are compelling – those who work hard to maintain positive, kind and caring relationships are happier and more fulfilled than those who don’t. Someone once said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. That’s our “circle of relationships”. Do you do your best to build those five people up? Do they make you more of what you can be – or do they drag you down? Someone once told me that there are two types of people in life: radiators and drains. Drains are the people we should avoid – the ones who suck our energy into the ground and aren’t very pleasant to be around. Radiators are those who bring warmth and joy into a room; the “givers” in life whose smiles and good humour raises our spirits. Have you done your best today to build positive relationships?
large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” When we love what we do, we experience what the psychologists call “flow” – a state of mind in which our energy is maximised, our attention sharp and our joy abundant. If ever you come to a point in life where your carefully considered opinion is that you no longer love what you do, it’s probably time to do something else. The writer, Carlos Castaneda, wrote about how important it is to find a path with a heart as we travel through life. Do you do your best to be fully engaged in your life? If you do, you can make every day your masterpiece – by making a difference, by focusing on relationships, by being happy now and by loving what you do!
A holy man came across a poor fellow walking along the road. “What’s wrong?” he asked. The man held up an old bag and moaned, “All that I own in this world barely fills this miserable sack.” “That’s too bad,” said the holy man, and with that, he snatched the bag from the poor fellow and ran down the road with it. Having lost everything, the man burst into tears and, more miserable than before, continued walking. Meanwhile, the holy man quickly ran around the corner and put the sack in the middle of the road. When the poor fellow saw his bag sitting in the road before him, he laughed with joy, and shouted, “My sack! My dear precious sack! I thought I’d lost you! Oh how happy I am!” It was the same old sack with the same few possessions – the only thing which had changed was the attitude of the poor fellow himself……..Have you done your best to be
Baccalaureate – Senior Boys with Mr. John
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Fourth Row: Jin Hyun Lim, Hrishav Singh, Kalden Ritschel-Aukatsang, Kshitiz Tanwar, Devang Pandy, Isaac Dobson, Kartik Sahdev, Adrian Archer, Donald Blank, Eduard Kant Mandal, Jago Von Moltke, Varun Pant, Dev Nalwa, Kabir Mehta, Maityeya Rose, Rishi Thomas, Armaan Boparai, Akash Tirkey, Adityajeet Dagar, Shrea Peter, Teuk Kane-Potaka, Rajneesh Daniel (Advisor), Abe Okie and Caroline (Advisor).
Third Row: Ed Beavan (Advisor), Tyler Stinchcomb (Advisor), Jeremiah Swanson (Advisor), David Raju (Advisor), Karma Gonjo, Dhruv Lakhanpal, Wangchuk Sadutshang, Ruben Peter, Rhys Fernandes, Dhruv Prasad, Farid Rajkotia Zaheer, Mathai Abraham, Anikt Ranjan, Chaitanya Prashant, Haesoo Park, Suhan Lee, Duong Dung, Taekmin Nam, Mashrur Arvid Haque, Hannes Ehlert, Israel Lyndem, Paritosh Garg, Satyam Kedia, Shikar Dingra, Starling Rose, Daryl Chhangte, Karen Tamminen (Dorm Supervisor), Dylan Bach (Advisor), Bethany Okie (Advisor).
Second Row: Sydney Johnson (Advisor), Kirsten Beavan (Advisor), Elesh Kasana, Namita Jain, Bao Tran, Yashvi Sharma, Antra Baluja, Devika Nautiyal, Morsumi Singh, Yeseong Kim, Aditi Saigal, Hannah Yi, Linh Bui, Yejin Son, Mayuri Kakkar, Shefali Rangi, Anoushka Pant, Emma McLeod, Prathana Shrestha, Fiona Luthra, Loc Ngo, Shonila Chander (Advisor), Swati Shrestha (Advisor).
First Row: Kalyani Raju (Advisor), Charlotte Swanson & Reuben (Advisor), Shanaya Kuttumkal, Janvi Garg, Marina Popova, Rachel Mulavelil, Eera Sarda, Prapti Joshi, Aakriti Aryal, Sara Krishnan, Amrita Yeshi, Kezia Paljor, Shubha Tripathi, Divya Vemulapalli, Jiyeon Chun, Sarah Momin, Jin Kyung Lee, Naomi Chingmak Chang, Karishma Dharmaraj-Day, Umaimah Choudhury, Khiloni Lilwani, Gwendolyn Wilson, Nangsay Seldon, Nishtha Daniel (Advisor), Amrita John (Advisor), Monish John (Advisor).
Graduating Class of 2016
Valedictorian Shikhar Dhingra
Namaste, and welcome to Dr.Long, all the staff, students, parents, and distinguished guests that are here today. Before I begin my speech, I would like to thank my parents, my teachers, and of course, Audeamus, for always being there for me. Without you wonderful human beings, I would never have gotten to where I am today. I would also like to thank my brother Shaurya for flying halfway around the world to be with me on this special occasion. Let me begin, Audeamus, by congratulating all of you for having made it this far. Congratulations for finally completing school and reaching this grand transition into the rest of your lives. These upcoming years will be much more difficult than ones you have just experienced, but I’m sure that you will overcome all the difficulties that you face. You will have to make new friends, live in new locations, and learn new things, but I’m sure that you’ll remember this last day as your first step towards greatness. To all the parents, thank you for being such fantastic people. Thank you for financing your children through school, and soon through college, and thank you for spending so much time away from them; I’m sure it has been very difficult. However, by sending your children to Woodstock, you have given them an experience that they could not have had anywhere else. As for our teachers, thanks for helping us learn and grow. Mrs. Crider, thanks for all the unsolvable chemistry questions you gave us, and also thanks for helping us realise that those ques-
tions were in fact solvable. Mrs. Datt, thanks for making biology so much fun. I will miss your hilarious jokes about us and Kalden. Ms Chander, although you were strict towards us, mujhe pata hai ki aapka pyaar aapke gusse se kai guna zyada hai. Mr.David, I’ll never forget our physics classes and how easy they were because of you. Mr.Kaplan, thanks for making math as fun as it can be. And Mrs. Melanie, although I won’t take many English classes in my life, I will remember the ones that we had together. I’d also like to thank all the other teachers who have taught me or my classmates for not failing us and finally letting us graduate. Yes, graduate. Audeamus my friends, we finally made it. I think this occasion requires a special anecdote about yachtsmen. Did you know that some of the best solo yachtsmen in the world don’t know how to swim? One little slip, and they could fall overboard to their death. Yet they continue to sail their boats around the world. Yes, it’s dangerous for them to do what they do, but for them, the fear of failure is less powerful than the need to explore. Audeamus, I believe that you beautiful people are just like these yachtsmen. We’re explorers. This school is our boat. And although some of us are pretty darn clumsy, we have managed to stay onboard. Let’s continue to take risks as we move on further in life. Friends, look at how far we have come! We started from the bottom, and now, we are here. Remember the first basketball game that you came to watch, right here in this stadium? Remember your first crush? Your first JSB? Your first painful foot-blistering hike in these very mountains? Remember singing happy birthday to Chintu every day of the semester? Well, I’m glad you do, because these are the memories that you will leave this room with. These are the memories that you will leave this school with.
Salutatorian Haesoo Park Ladies and gentleman, seven years here in Woodstock School, here is my final thought. Who we are is like being the Kempty Falls of Mussoorie. Not in such way we are some overly commercialized tourist attraction that now is full of noise and litter, but in the way that Kempty Falls is a waterfall. So make yourself the Niagara Falls if it would make you feel better. So why a waterfall? Well, Julian Baggini said that it’s because there is nothing permanent about a waterfall or a moving body of water. As Heraclitus once famously said “No man steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” A waterfall is always changing. The water that flows in it is different at every instant and its channels vary accordingly to the weather and the tide. And that’s what we are: a waterfall. Your identity: it certainly has a history and few things that keep it together. But it is a process, it’s fluid and it’s forever changing. Now, keeping that in mind, I’m going to pose the question that we have thrown at each other for the past hundred days, hopefully for the last time now: Has Graduation hit you yet? Do you realise that after today, you will no longer be a student of Woodstock school? Have you thought about how much your life is changing? Well Grad first hit me in 6th grade when Wangchuk and I decided to eat raw Wai Wai in our bathroom while pretending to be fix-
As you remember all the wonderful moments we have had together, do not forget the good morals that you learned here too. Remember to take care of the environment, remember to love your parents, remember to study hard, and remember to always love me. This class is one of the brightest in Woodstock’s history, and I’m sure that we will help the world in many positive ways. I still remember the day when I told my dad: “Papa, I wanna become Spiderman when I grow up”. He replied, “Well, you better become Spiderman fast, because you’re graduating in a week.” You guys will also face challenges like this, but if you take risks, if you dare to venture, then you will succeed in life. Audeamus, Woodstock, thanks for the memories. I will never forget you. Quadrangle - 19
ing a light. We thought that that would save us from getting in trouble. Then it hit me when my late night snack of Uncle Chipps with Jago became a routine in 8th grade. It was when Devang and I talked about our girl problems and when Yejin and I consoled each other on our crushes. It hit me as Kshitiz broke my tooth and some girls, my heart. Graduation hit me as I first walked into the school fitness room and decided to change my life around. And whenever Jin picked me up as I fell. It was as Kalden would take my slippers without asking and I had to learn to deal with that because I still loved him. While learning more about the Indian Culture in Varun’s house, graduation was hitting me. And same, as I was realising how immature I was back in 9th grade to feel too awkward to give Amrita a big hug. And I promise, I won’t be like that today. Graduation hit me as I first gave a presentation on the topic of my passion, education systems. It was as we were amused by how
Ms. Chander saw through everyone’s secret relationships. And when how Mrs. Datt teasing us students, made us love her even more. Grad hit me as Dev gave me some of the biggest fits of laughter of my life. And while wondering whether Eera knew how much I love her in spite of all my teasing. It was as I think of what in the world I’m supposed to do without a friend like Eddie. And as I decided to take a Gap year to travel and volunteer. Grad hit me as Yujin left a big hole in our grade. It hit me as I realized that my parents have done everything for me and I will be forever in debt for this. It was as I walked in this event, realising that today may be the last day I will be holding her arms. And as I stand here, thinking back on the memories I have made with unmentioned names of students and teachers in this room. So has grad hit me yet? Yes. At every instant and at every moment. Graduation is not a mark of an end to an era. We are intimidated by the changes that will come after Gradua-
tion. But we all have been living in constant changes as we all are waterfalls. Graduation is merely a celebration of what we have become, of what we are today, though we will continue to change tomorrow. So in that sense, Grad has hit me every time I have made a memory that I will cherish and every moment that has shaped me into the person I am today. Usually a salutatorian speech like this will leave you with a lesson. But one lesson a day is enough and I know that your valedictorian will give you a great one. All I’m leaving you with today is this: We are all ever-changing beings like a waterfall. And not only that, as a waterfall changes the shape of rocks beneath it, we can shape and change each other. As my final thought, thank you Woodstock community for shaping me into the better person I am today. Yes, Graduation is hitting me even now, as I realise how I don’t say it enough. Thank you.
2016 Awards Each year outstanding achievements by Woodstock students are recognised through the presentation of awards, many of which have been established to honour the lives of former teachers or students. Below are the recipients of the major awards in both Upper and Middle Years for the 2015-2016 academic year. SENIOR AWARDS Valedictorian Shikhar Dhingra Salutatorian Haesoo Park Best All-Round Student Award Rishi Thomas & Marina Popova
• Drama Morsumi Singh • Writing Shanti Mathias • Art Hannes Ehlert Hiking Awards • W. Lowrie Campbell Memorial Hiking Cup Armins Stepanjans • Karen Krenz Cup Prathana Shrestha
Student Government Award Satyam Kedia & Marina Popova
Champion House Award Condors
OTHER SENIOR AWARDS
Pratap Chatterjee Memorial Science Award Shikhar Dhingra
Community Service Awards Tanashya Batra, Simoni Garg, Anoushka Pant, Summer Kang, Saral Tayal
Music Awards • Poad Music Shield Aditi Saigal E. E. Miller International Award Marina Popova
OTHER MAJOR AWARDS Centennial Shield Class of 2016, Grade 12 Jimmy Cassinath Memorial Awards 20 - Quadrangle
Citizenship Awards Girls’ dorms • Grade 9 Khushi Agrawal • Grade 10 Healeam Jung • Grade 11 Aashna Jain • Grade 12 Namita Jain Boys’ dorms • Grade 9 Apoorv Garg • Grade 10 Jefferson Wu
• Grade 11 Shin Young Kim • Grade 12 Mashrur Arvid Haque Writing Awards • Ameya Singh • Sharhirah Mathias • Aditi Saigal Journalism Awards • Writing Shanti Mathias, Sara Krishnan • Production Rhys Fernandes, Mathai Abraham, Jahnvi Garg Drama Awards • Outstanding acting Jonah Kaplan, Zaine Krishnatraye, Aditi Saigal • Stagecraft Urja Ummat Audio-Visual Crew Awards • Israel Lyndem Certificates for Outstanding Achievement In a Discipline Mathematics Shikhar Dhingra Science • Biology Hannes Ehlert
• Chemistry Hannes Ehlert • Environmental Science Justin White • Physics Shubha Tripathi Social Studies • Economics Shikhar Dhingra • History Donald Blank • Psychology Aditi Saigal Modern Languages • Hindi Khushi Agrawal • French Taekmin Nam • Spanish Benaangsenla Aier • English Marina Popova Internship Initiative Award Namita Jain, Shikhar Dhingra Cultural Ambassador Awards Chimmi Seldon, Noah Douglas, Shanti Mathias, Varun Khanna, Jay Yunas Top 10 Per Cent of Class Hannes Richard Tim Ehlert, Gwendolyn Gabriel Wilson, Namita Jain, Shikhar Dhingra, Aditi Saigal, Marina Popova, Shubha Tripathi, Emma Elizabeth McLeod, Haesoo Park, Sara Krishnan, Yejin Son Scholastic Achievement with Silver Pin This pin goes to all students who have earned a GPA of 3.45 or higher over the previous three trimesters and have received year-end Scholastic Achievement awards three or more times. • Grade 12 Linh Bui, Jiyeon Chun, Shikhar Dhingra, Duong Dung, Namita Jain, Mayuri Kakkar, Satyam Kedia, Sara Krishnan, Devika Nautiyal, Loc Ngo, Haesoo Park, Marina Popova, Chaitanya Prashant, Ankit Ranjan, Eera Sarda, Nangsay Seldon, Amrita Yeshi, Hannah Yi, Aakriti Aryal, Donald
Blank, Adityajeet Dagar, Jahnvi Garg, Elesh Kasana, Dev Nalwa, Varun Pant, Wangchuk Sadutshang, Yejin Son, Rishi Thomas, Bao Tran • Grade 11 Aashna Jain, Ambar Sarup, Anh Bui, Aseem Aggarwal, Dechen Chuki Khangkyil, Hyeji Jun, Isabella Shaw, Kartik Adityan, Khanh Tran, Meghna Das, Rishabh. Poddar, Shanti Mathias, Sharhirah Mathias, Su Lin Kim, Taegyeong Lee, Yeshi Tshering • Grade 10 Abigail Gokavi, Avanya Joab, Healeam Jung, Jay Yunas, Joon Kang, Kabish Shrestha, Kavya Kataria, Mehar Bhatia, Nikunj Dalmia, Phunsok Norboo, Sooyeon Park, Sophie Mero, Tshokey Gyaltshen, Udit Garg, Vatsala Chaudhry, Abhishek Bhandari, Ameya Singh, Arjan Purewal, Charis Crider, Egor Suvorov, Eva Khanpara, Hyechan Jun, Noah Douglas, Prasiddhi Shrestha, Shivansh Singhal, Tanya Aggarwal, Tanya Sandhu, Tara Bajpai, Tenzin Yigha Scholastic Achievement which goes to all students who earned a GPA of 3.45 or higher over the spring semester of last year and the first two trimesters of this academic year. For Grade 9, this is for the first two trimesters of this year. • Grade 12 Hannes Ehlert, Rhys Fernandes, Eduard Kant Mandal, Yeseong Kim, Taekmin Nam, Shefali Rangi, Aditi Saigal, Shubha Tripathi, Adrian Archer, Karma Gonjo, Jin Hyun Lim, Emma McLeod, Sarah Momin, Dhruv Prasad, Kshitiz Tanwar, Akash Tirkey, Gwendolyn Wilson • Grade 11 Bobby Sharma, Dhruv Mukhija, Sara Bhatia, Vashisht Agrawal, Yerim Lee, Aarika Dhir, Abhimanyu Rao, Armins Stepanjans, Arshiyan Ahsan, Chahat,
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Justin White, Kopal Halway, Namhoon Cho, Nihal Sriramaneni, Noor Khosla, Raghavee Neupane, Sharanam Soni, Simoni Garg, Tanashya Batra, Umang Bansal • Grade 10 Hamin Yoon, Humaid Juned, Ishaan Pilant, Kavi Ahuja, Kiara Kanwar, Noel Archer, Parth Parikh, Passawit Puangseree, Summer Kang, Varun Khanna, Yong Hoon Chung, Akul Bansal, Doyoung Kim, Hah Yeon Lee, Jaeyoun Kim, Jefferson Wu, Kahini Dhoat, Meghan Pandit, Sabrina Sookias, Sarah Glover, Taarini Gupta, Tenzin Choegyal • Grade 9 Khushi Agrawal, Apoorv Garg, Daeyoung Kim, Aarushi Vardhan, Hyenjin Cho, Abdul Ansari, Alisa Husain, Cassidy Percevecz, Diya Nandini Seth, Tarini Boparai, Malsawmsangi Ralte, Neel Mukhija, Ran Singkarin, Akshaya Pradhan, Shubham Tibrewala, Kritin Garg, Parvati Murakoshi, Jaydeep Bajwa, Hyunyoung Kim, Talitha Moses, Hassakol Panaspraipong, Yehun Son, Panisa Vanichthanakul, Paul Hanifl, Anvi Lohia, Ved Maddison, Nikolai Conrad Jo Von Moltke, Samuel Lee, Naphon Laplamool, Aniket Singh, Nathan Burgess, Tenzin Taklha, Nandini Vij, Meher Datta New National Honor Society Members Karsten Shaw, Khushi Agrawal, Summer Kang, Nikunj Dalmia, Healeam Jung, Ameya Singh, Prasiddhi Shrestha, Tsephell Choegyal, Yeshi Tshering (honorary), Shanti Mathias, Sharhirah Mathias, Maeve Wakita, Dechen Khangkyil, Tanashya Batra, Saral Tayal, Angel Yoanna, Arshiyan Ahsan, Anh Bui, Akash Tirkey (honorary), Aakriti Aryal (honorary)
Look who’s working here now.
There are many ways for alumni to make an impact. Are you next?
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Gatherings Milestone class reunions 60 years – Class of 1956 May, 2016
Bruce & Pat Woolever, Steve & Glenda Holm, Jane Collins Choulette, Hazel Seltzer Kahan, Tom Scovel, Martha Millen Froseth & Scrib & Pat Sheafor (hosts) gathered to share memories & stories of our years at Woodstock & lives thereafter. We missed classmates unable to join us, remembered classmates now gone & made new memories to sustain us. Some of our thoughts written in only 6 words: Ferns collected, friends gained, now gone. Reuniting, remembering not forgotten, family again. Love nature’s beauty, thanks Dr. Fleming. Rain, mist, snows, hills, songs, love.
50 years – Class of 1966
The Class of ’66 held our 50th reunion July 1418 on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Twenty classmates gathered along with nine partners, sharing stories from times past and perspectives on whom we’ve become. Classmates (and partners) who attended were Carlton Hoke (& Mary), Cate Whitcomb (& Jack), Claire Blickenstaff Beery (& Bill), David Rugh (& Ruthe), Fred “Fritz” Goeth, Janet Edlefsen (& Frank), John Chaffee, Karen Smyres Wolner, Lee Feierabend, Linda Garst Gupta (& Ashwini), Mary Ellen Fritschle Noggle, Phil DeVol (& Susan), Richard Friedericks, Ruth Morris Paige (& Harvey), Ruth Yoder Dyal, Sherry Sergeant Cox, Suzanne McCulloch Friedericks, Vikki Vrooman, Warren Rees (& Marie), and Yudishthir “Raj” Isar. The reunion began at Everest Kitchen just north of Seattle where a delicious cuisine of Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan food was available for our lunch. We met with hugs and laughter, and those few who could, chatted and chuckled with the restaurant owner in Nepalese. From Everest Kitchen we formed a caravan and headed for Edmonds to ride a huge ferry across Puget Sound. Weather was perfect for a stroll 22 - Quadrangle
on the upper deck, soaking in sunshine (yes, even in Western Washington!) and views of the inland sea, ships, cities, forests, hills, and mountains. From Kingston the long and winding road led to the Port Ludlow Resort where all but a few of the classmates stayed. Cate provided each of us with name tags including a photo of how we looked while at Woodstock. (We tried to greet each other without looking down at the name and photo!) That first evening, some bold souls went to Port Townsend to join a crowd of locals for the Concert on the Dock, including a visit to the Elevated Ice Cream Shop, owned by David McCulloch ’70 and his wife Julie. After the concert some of us went to Richard and Suzy Friedericks' home in Port Townsend for a delightful time to chat while munching treats. On the second day, July 15, there was a gathering at the resort where one by one, classmates gave descriptions of their life stories, some going back to how their parents entered the missionary field or otherwise got us to Woodstock. Most of the presentations were about life since leaving Woodstock, and how we got to where we are now. This session was followed
by a scattering to Port Townsend and other local options for lunch, then back to the resort for naps (after all, we’re kinda old, you know!) and a light dinner. After dinner we gathered in a conference room again and had an expertly led session by Cate Whitcomb as she described Woodstock and who we are. Cate introduced an idea of providing funds to upgrade the Archives at Woodstock. As one person noted, "We are now the history, so let's make sure it gets preserved!" The third day began (for a hardy few) with walks in the neighborhood, enjoying the welllandscaped homes and views of bays, marina, hills, and puffy clouds. Following breakfast at the resort, we continued the series of autobiographies (attempting to keep each to ten minutes, but it’s hard to compress 50+ years that tightly!) We all had a chance to munch a bunch of cake in celebration of Phil DeVol’s birthday. Much of the afternoon provided opportunities to scatter again, finding lunch in a variety of places. Then there were walks along trails at Fort Worden, a part of Port Townsend, or tours of the Rughs' place in Tarboo Valley, a deeply forested property (some trees over
200 years old) with a mile of walking paths. A formal dinner of Indian food (thanks to Cate’s guidance) was provided via the Port Ludlow Resort. This was our opportunity to all rise and sing India’s national anthem. After dinner we continued autobiographies and talked about our eight classmates who have passed away: Mary Merchant, John Conrad, Carol Jean Coleman, Ginny Ebright Kennedy, Bob Miller, Elisabeth Roxburgh, Ethen Stein and Mary Wyon. The sun was setting, so we all gathered on the lawn for our class photos.
again, this time with a sense of the impending farewell. Claire and Dave played recorders to lead the class in singing “Shadows.” We had a few summary remarks, but then came the inevitable departures with hugs and promises to meet again.
Linda Gamble McKendry could not attend, but she did an awesome job of collecting photos, letters, biographies, book of rules, songs, art therapy, and previous reunion images, sharing these with classmates via CDs.
Front row: Cate Whitcomb ’66, Shailesh Kumar ’05, Aradhana Roberts ’10, Robin Ediger-Seto ’13 Second row: Eric Roberts (S), Eleanor Nicholson (FP&S), Bimla Sherring (FS), Monica Roberts (S), Third row: Bruce Davis ’73, Sue Ebright Davis, Lucy Wilson Dornfeld ’67, Paul Ghosh ’87, Snigdha Kumar, Back row: Jim Litchfield, Steve Ediger (FS), Tom Alrich ’70, Jack Hinz
On the fourth day, a brisk walk got things going for the hardy few(er). After breakfast the autobiographies continued, sometimes with laughter, sometimes with tears. It was a time when we were all intensely listening to hear the stories of these folk who had been such a major part of our early years while our personalities and characters were forming. During the middle of the day people had options to attend a farmers’ market in Chimacum, take walks around Port Ludlow, visit homes, or rest. We were blessed by the arrival of Bill Riddle ’64 and his wife Barbara, good friends of our class. Dinner was at the Port Ludlow Resort
Front, seated, L-R: Susan DeVol, Fritz Goeth, Cate Whitcomb, Bill Haigwood Standing, L-R: Richard Friedericks, Suzanne McCulloch Friedericks, Marie Rees, Warren Rees, Sherry Sergeant Cox, Ruth Yoder Dyal, Ruth Morris Paige, Yudisthar “Raj” Isar, Vikki Vrooman, Janet Edlefsen, Karen Smyres Wolner, Linda Garst Gupta, Claire Blickenstaff Beery, Ruthe Rugh Standing back row, L-R: Jack Hinz, Mary Ellen Fritschle Noggle, Carlton Hoke, Lee Feierabend, John Chaffee, Phil DeVol, Dave Rugh Quadrangle - 23
Peace Maker Festival in honor of Dan Terry ’65 The first ever Peace Maker Festival was held after Diwali in November 2015 in honor of Dan Terry, ‘65. The festival is the fruit of four years of planning and discussion by the class of ‘65, touched off by the killing of classmate Dan Terry ‘65 in Afghanistan in August, 2010. Terry had worked with local colleagues for three decades in Afghanistan, building bridges between contending groups. That story became the subject of a book, ‘Making Friends Among the Taliban’, and a 60-minute documentary film, ‘Weaving Life,’ which aired on ABC-TV stations in the US.
Gladston and Florina Xavier for their work with refugees, children, youth and especially students and HIV/AIDS-positive women. The Dantri – Dan Terry – Peacemaker Prize (a boot from the trail of Jonathan and Dan’s expeditions) was selected because it seemed to speak of what building peace requires: the willingness to go far beyond the end of the road – sometimes with scant company, courage to face risks, perseverance in meeting physical and emotional demands, creative problem solving, but appreciating the rewards of dazzling ethical vistas.
The festival event coincided with the 50th anniversary reunion of Terry’s class of 1965. Numbers of his classmates, and of Terry’s immediate family were present for the event, including his daughter Hilja ‘96 who spoke about her father’s calling.
Upon receiving the prize, the doctors said they would be traveling together to Kabul to hold workshops on how to help children who had suffered the trauma of war. A later message came saying they had visited the ‘English Cemetery’ in old Kabul where Dan Terry is buried in simplicity alongside colonial soldiers, fortune-seekers, and ne’er-do-wells of the past.
Recipients of the initial award were Drs. Ashok
As the close of the ceremony Drs. Benoit and Gladston summoned two student representatives to the stage, handing the prize to them, and saying that the peacemaker calling required the next generation, too, to take up the unfinished task of healing the world’s strife. That is the purpose of the annual peacemaker workshops and seminars that will follow.
30 years – Class of 1986
The class of 1986 celebrated their 30th reunion near Heidelberg, Germany. It was held at Wolfgang Kalthoff’s house; more than 25 people attended. The festivities started with Rob Meyer trying to use US dollars at Frankfurt airport & Faisal insisting on breaking all speed records. Three days of revelry, camaraderie & pure fun, combined with more hilarity at Heidelberg castle, awesome barbecues & bun omelettes in memory of Grover at the teashop (understood to still be going strong), & romanticized fading memories made for a fantastic time until Wolfgang called lights out at 2am every night. We all gathered in his fancy media room to watch the European cup matches, toured the surrounding countryside, & generally had a blast. After the reunion, Faisal, Anjali, & Sonia went off to Switzerland for a couple of days, & then rejoined Wolfgang to do some hiking in the Alsace region, where they touched castles & ruins in both France & Germany in one day. There are a ton of pictures on FaceBook— Faisal Khan, Anjali Tandon Russano, Sonia Kewalramani
Front: Jeremy Frost, Anjali Tandon Russsano, Sonia Kewalramani, Adnan Chowdhury, Faisal Khan, Back: Jenny Hankins, Rob Meyer, Wolfgang, Jamie Dickinson, Rana Banejee, Jeff Lehman
please connect with everyone there! A huge thanks to Wolfgang & Cornelia & the Kalthoff kids for their generosity & hospitality! Attendees: Adnan Chowdhury, Angela Bernd Turck, Anjali Tandon, Bindu Madan Kalra & Lokesh Kalra, Chika Kumashiro, Faisal Khan, Francis Kiwanuka, Peter (Gurpreet) Grewal, Jamie Dickinson, Jeff Lehman, Jenny Hankins, Jeremy Frost, Rana Banerjee, Rob Meyer, 24 - Quadrangle
Sonia Kewalramani, Anjali Tandon Russano, Faisal Khan, Rob Meyer, Jenny Hankins
Sanjana Bedi Sawhney, Vijay Goyal, Wolfgang & Cornelia Kalthoff, Mandhir Sawhney, Sonia Kewalramani We are still working on another reunion in India, as a lot of our classmates are in the region, and we miss our school!
Rob Meyer (crouching), Front: Angela Berndt Turck, Sonia Kewalramani, Anjali Tandon Russano, Vijay Goyal, Francis Kiwanuka, Adnan Chowdhury, Back: Rana Banerjee, Wolfgang Kalthoff, Shyaina Bedi (Sanjana”s daughter), Sanjana Sawhney Bedi, Chika Kumashiro Wilms, Mandhir Sawhney, Jeremy Frost, Jamie Dickinson, Jenny Hankins, Jeff Lehman, Peter (Gurpreet) Grewal
20 years – Class of 1996
It is truly amazing to get together with friends after a 20 year hiatus and pick up a conversation from our teenage days. But such is the bond and camaraderie that the class of ’96 have. The class started thinking about the reunion a couple of years back, but the final plans did not come together until several months prior to the gathering. We could not have chosen better than spending our 20th reunion in Mussoorie at our alma mater. Seeing WS after so many years for most of us was an emotional experience. Not only taking in the sights and reliving memories, but also meeting familiar faces from what seems just yesterday punctuated the visit to our beloved school. In the end Meilin, Gaurav, Kirsten, Gama, Chitso, Mendy, Manav, Saryat, Samyak, Deepa, Sonam, Annett, Rajesh, Lalitesh, Amit R, and Elton made it to the reunion. Most of us stayed at the Rokeby Manor, a lovely hotel just off of Sister’s Bazaar with a beautiful view of Mussoorie. Breakfasts’ were a sumptuous affair, with plenty of banter reminiscing about Rhesus’ and Langurs’, walking from the dorms to school, delicious rice and dal but mostly, our time at Woodstock, especially during the monsoon, the time of season we visited. It was absolutely fantastic for a few of us to get a tour of school, including a meal at the revamped cafeteria and quality time with some of the staff as well as a tour of the dorms, all of which have been refurbished. One of the highlights
Above: Elton Rohrer, Meilen Rohrer, Chitso Pradhan, Saryat Deoja, Amit Roy, Rajesh Agarwala, Manav Mehra, Samyak, Udhas, Marla Pendley Left: Meilen Rohrer, Elton Rohrer, Monica Roberts (S), Gama Namgyel, Mendharwa Dorji
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was making good use of the Win Mumby gym-what a great facility! The Principal’s dinner was a lovely affair with staff, alumni and family spending a wonderful evening together. A reunion at WS is not complete without visiting old haunts- Char Dukan, Sister’s Bazaar, a walk through The Mall and a meal at Tavern. Taking the taxi down to Dehradun was a bittersweet moment. How we all wished we could stay longer; so many memories from our time at WS, so many new ones from our 20 year reunion. One thing is sure, the VISION class will be getting together much more often and we may grace WS sooner rather than later.
Annett Heise Babst, Samyak Udhas, Manav Mehra, Gaurav Kapur, Lalitesh Tripathi, Gama Namgyel, Dechen Dukpa Jhalani, Elton Rohrer, Mendharwa Dorji, Chitso Pradhan, Kirsten Bradby Beaven, Rajesh Agarwala, Front: Meilin Rohrer, Amit Roy
Class of 1968
If you have not been to a FWS (no longer called WOSA) gathering you might want to consider going to one if it is within striking distance of where you live. These things are lively, entertaining and fun. And, as it happened, 9 of us from the Class of ’68 showed up (Darrell Jantz, Steve Wilkens, Tom Alter, Kathy Hess, Kathy Judd, June Rhodin Michaeleson, Ken Blickenstaff and me). It was great just chatting and getting caught up with each other. The Principal, Dr. Jonathan Long, spoke four times (I think it was). He is an articulate communicator and spoke eloquently about the school we came to know and love and laid out his vision for the future. There was stuff for sale (all sorts of Indian stuff, handicrafts, artisan tea, books and so on). I picked up a real cool burlap handbag with a Woodstock logo on it–and it smelled like burlap. And some tea from the estate of some Woodstock wallahs that leave in the Darjeeling area. There was a lively auction led by John Alter just before our Saturday khana of number of big ticket items (paintings, places to stay for a couple of nights–that type of thing). All proceeds to fund various projects at Woodstock. Marlin Schoonmaker ('67) did an exceptional job just keeping the housekeeping to a minimum and the program moving right along. He is the new FWS President and also now sits on the Woodstock Board. But what you REALLY missed was Tom's 26 - Quadrangle
Saturday morning speech. Wait. It was not a speech. It was more than a talk, but not a speech. More of a string of stories and musings, mingled with some lamentations, observations, humor and memories. And oh, the memories! I think he wove in the names of everyone of us present in our class and about half of everyone else there (my guess is around 225 or so total). It appeared to be off the cuff, a somewhat aimless wandering along of a string of stories, each one a pearl, giving rise to another one...and when it was done it was a pearl necklace. And my guess is that this was not a random stroll but a well planned and purposed hopscotch into the past. And it was superb.
Brown. And we all know he had some, uh, idiosyncratic tendencies. But he brought out some of the very best of "Frenchie" and how he impacted him. And he sequed from that into the Crucible, the play by Arthur Miller that the Oral Expression class put on at the end of our senior year. One absolutely hilarious sidestory (and there were a lot of these rabbit trail stories) was John Whitcomb's single line as the Sheriff: "Proctor sits like a great bird" . But in the play Whitcomb's character is drunk, and so he slurred the words, and out came....well, you make a guess where the word "sits" ended up in all of that and how that caused muffled gasps on stage, and suppressed smirking.
He started with a tribute to Frenchie Brown. So how do you go for nearly an hour, without We all remember him. Tom did not alter the notes, quoting the famous Urdu poet (and I had facts of who he was. Mr. Brown was Mr. to ask him for the name)......., referencing Bob Dylan and T.S. Elliot? How do you insert an admonition to the present Woodstock administration that the gates, walls and fences are not doing them any favors in the community and do it in such a way that he Front:Tom Alter, Kathy Judd, June Michaelsen, Kathy Hess, Back: Ken Blickenstaff, Steve Wilkens, Steve Van Rooy & Darryl Jantz
was not saying it but a prominent politician was saying it (which he was). Tom was kind enough to interpret any Hindi or Urdu poem, couplet or phrase. How do you recount a story about Patty Riddle (class of '65) and the boys at Doon School that was simply hilarious, a story made possible by a track suit she gave Tom (a prized possession in those days) and they
having recognized it as Patty's when he went down to Doon School to play tennis, and what they disclosed to him....and all of this with her sitting right there in the audience never having heard the story?
Class of 1981
Other activities included parties, karaoke, a hike to Flag Hill, a visit to the dorms (Wow, students today are living well! Exercise and movie rooms, in-dorm laundry and cooking facilities, and rooms that rival the best hotels in Mussoorie for comfort, not to mention views!). The best part, as ever, was having lots of time for just sitting around talking, catching up on each others’ lives. The only problem with reunions is that there is never
In early November, about 20 members of the class of ’81, along with family and class friends, got together in Mussoorie for our second 35th anniversary reunion (the first had been held in conjunction with the annual FWS reunion in Los Angeles, back in July). We converged on Landour from the US, India, Thailand, Europe, and New Zealand. Some had seen each other recently, others rarely – or not at all! – since graduation. As ever, it did not matter who had seen whom in the intervening years, or even whether we had been particularly close during our schooldays – there is always common ground among Woodstockers, and especially classmates.
In all of these FWS gatherings each year (and I only make one every 4-5 years or so) a lot
happens. You run into people like Bob Fleming (same as he always was, just a lot older, balder and grater) and others. You can buy stuff. You meet classmates. And every now and then, just every now and then you luck out and along comes Tom Alter and gives a memorable talk. That alone made the price of admission worth every pice.—Steve Van Rooy enough time to talk with everyone you would like to. On the Monday, we visited the school and spent an hour with the senior class, sharing our career and life experiences, and answering questions such as: “Did you date while you were at Woodstock, and was it worth it?” Nabil answered that one: “Yes, and yes!” —Deirdré Straughan Peter Lugg (FS), Sheila Lugg (FS), Anna Silver Zurek ’81, Malcolm Baz
Our class is particularly fortunate in (and spoiled by) our classmate Sanjay Narang, who hosted us all among his various lovely properties in Landour, and kept us well foodand-beveraged and taken care of throughout – thanks also to fantastic organization by his assistants Sharon Machado and Vanessa Pretto, who have practically become classmates themselves by now! Sanjay and team organized a full roster of parties and activities. The big event was the marriage of Anna Silver Zurek and Baz Malcolm, in a Garhwali Hindu ceremony at Rokeby Highlands, attended by classmates and many other Woodstockers. Peter and Sheila Lugg stood in as Anna’s much-loved (by everyone) parents, Doris and Dick Silver, and Sanjay acted as Anna’s brother. Afterwards there were fireworks, dinner, cake, live music, and dancing. Back Row: Denise Cacho Troutman, Brad Olson, Deidre Straughn, Sanjay Narang, Durjoy Mazumdar, Chris Scott, Mahmud Panju, Alan Howard, second row: Rohit Trikha, Sara Ahmed, Lauri Wilson Coulter, Deepali Mudholkar Patel, Jonake Bose, Thuzar Tin Pe Heugas, Yuti Mehta Bhatt, Neerja Choudhary Jandial, Nabil Shiber, Lauri Stark (crouching), Seated: Malcolm Baz & Anna Silver
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Several of us relived our youth and hiked to Flag Hill: Chris Scott, Lauri Coulter, Denise Cacho, Neerja Chaudhury, Alan Howard, Jonake Bose, Lauri Stark, Thuzar Tin Pe Heugas, Rohit Trikha, Sara Ahmed
Class of 1984
Celebrating our 50th Birthdays In 2014, the class of 1984 met at Woodstock to celebrate 30 years since graduation. We had such a good time that we were loath to wait another five years for the next milestone. Someone noted that in 2016, most of the class would turn fifty, birthing the idea of a "joint 50th birthday reunion". The fourteen partygoers were Kohli, Monisha, Shailly, Sisi, Sam, Fibi, Naresh, Jigme, Ravi J., Ravi M. (first time back since graduation!), Sukhi, Dashti, Arjun and Phil. It was a good opportunity also to formally dedicate Queen's Cottage, renovated last year with $30K raised by our class to commemorate our 30th reunion. FWS matched our gift to cover the remaining renovation costs. Woodstock put on a lovely tea for us with Principal Long, Monica Roberts and Lauri Coulter of the Alumni Dept. We got to tour one of the cozy units; they are finished to a high standard and we were all very happy with the result. FENOC highly encourages other classes to put together similar commemorative gifts to Back row (L-R): Shafiq the school. It is a wonderful way to give back (Sam) Ebrahim, Naresh to the place that means so much to all of us! Teckwani, Ravi Joseph, Fibi Thind, Philip Fiol, Rajesh Kohli, Jigme Shingsar, Rajesh Sukhanandan, Ravi Masih, Seated (LR): Arjun Sarup, Monisha Ahmed, Hassan Dashti, Shailly Kapur Chawla, Sisi Crotty Lance 28 - Quadrangle
Class of 1995
The Class of ’95 celebrated their twenty-year reunion by planning a trip back to Woodstock. Enthusiasm was high at the end of 2014 and early 2015 as votes took place on location and dates. The reality of middle age, family responsibilities, and work commitments meant that fifty-two original voters whittled down to twelve in Delhi, and eight up in Mussoorie. Things kicked off on a warm Saturday evening at the Delhi Golf Club - Anita had flown in from the Solomon Islands with her husband James, Govind spirited in from his mysterious lair to the south, Harbir came up from his mango farm in Haryana (“the mangos can take care of themselves”), Krishan (who had recently moved with his family back to Delhi from Boston) acted as host along with his wife Sonam (’96); Richie attended with his wife Mohini, Fatima Mahdi Karan took a break from her busy job anchoring with Bloomberg TV India to join with husband Gaurav, Mark flew in from the US, while Raghu and his wife Sunita jetted in from Abu Dhabi. The evening
flew by as the group shared excellent food, memories of past privations, and caught up on twenty years of life events. Shawn and his girlfriend Harjeet travelled from Bangalore and managed to catch up with Sakkun in Delhi. On Sunday and Monday some toured Delhi and the Agra triangle while others made their way up to Mussoorie. The group gathered at Rajat’s Tavern restaurant on Tuesday evening for a delicious dinner with many old favourites - Chilli Chicken, sizzling platters and of course chicken fried rice. The Tavern meal was especially welcome for Mark who managed to climb Nag Tibba that day for old times sake. The Mussoorie crew was smaller than the Delhi crowd - Nellika, Kachina, Rajat, Isaac, and Shawn joined while Raghu, Govind, Fatima and Harbir didn’t make it up the hill. Wednesday through Friday was filled with school-based events: Lunch at school in the staff dining hall (Woodstock food has gone through a positive evolution since our time!). Wednesday evening the group was invited to
dinner at the principal’s house alongside the Class of ’05 who were up for their 10-year reunion. It was fascinating to sit with Dr. Long, (the current principal) and staff members, and discuss the ways in which Woodstock interacts with alumni. There was a marked difference between the class of ’95’s approach, and that of ’05’s. Thursday included a tour of the school and dorms, which are much transformed: many fences and security have been added, and there are also improved facilities for relaxation and recreation. The group’s visit coincided with the Mussoorie writers’ festival, and it was a great opportunity to interact with current students, authors and hillside personalities. In between school events, there were many opportunities to slip away to the bazaar or chardukan for a cup of chai or a dosa. The class was invited to a hillside party following the writers’ festival at the house of Sanjay Narang (’81). On his beautiful patio overlooking the school, they shared many memories and much laughter, as well as some regret for those who could not join.
Class of 2005
The Class of 2005, Eminence, had a successful 10 year reunion in Mussoorie last October. 20 members of the Class of 2005 attended the reunion. We had the opportunity to meet some of our old teachers and support staff such as Mr John, Mr Das, Ms Chander, Mr Alex, Mr and Mrs Mark, and Mr and Mrs Emmanuel. Dr Long was gracious to host us for a dinner on our first night and our class had a great discussion with him regarding the school’s bold vision and how as alumni we could be of help. Some of us had returned to Woodstock for the first time since our graduation and it was amazing to see how much progress the school has made in terms of infrastructure. We enjoyed visiting the new dorms, gym, and classrooms. Having the 10-year reunion at Woodstock was a perfect way for our class to reunite. Not only coming to Woodstock allowed us to reconnect with the school and our teachers, but it also allowed us to visit our favorite restaurants and to enjoy the beautiful town of Mussoorie. Some of us had forgotten how beautiful Mussoorie is especially during October and November when the winterline is out. Our class is already looking forward to our next milestone reunion 5 years from now.
Back: Vitaly Shmelkin, Abhishek Mittal, Abdullah Samadi, Prateek Agarwal, Arjun Vatsa, Shiraaz Lall, Rohan Poddar, Benjamin Berlin Front: Ankita Todi, Lokesh Todi, Denis Kant Mandal, Tara Kapur, Rahul Agrawal
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Worldwide Woodstock Day, October Arizona
Back row (L-R): Alan Strickler (S), Sue, Giacomo Samms ’14, Jane Pendley (S), Margaret Clark Ward ’51, Mary Nave Davis ’72,Tim Davis, Janet Allen Machula ’69, Jena Sheydayi, Kathy Hoffmann (S). Front row (L-R): Joy Strickler (S), Lorrie Doman-Sheydayi ’87. Not Pictured: Jim Douthit
Pictured: Basil Mann (Kodai), Carmen Rosa Diezcanseco Malligudi (Kodai), Carol Arloff Russell ’70, Corinne Scot (P), David Martin (Kodai), David Scott (’52), Marjorie Bery (S), Maya Tandon Malhotra ’58, Paul Vander Arge (Kodai), Paul Heusenkveld (Kodai), Promodh Malhotra, Ron Nunn (Kodai), Satyam Malligudi (Kodai), Virgil Meidema (FWS)
Front row (L-R): Betty Shelly, ’49 Laurence Burkhalter, ’37 Back (L- R): Linda Sommer, staff, Rodney Dyck, ’72, Don Hooley, staff, Mary Ina Hooley, ’73
Front row (L-R): Priyanka Das ’13, David Geddes, Helen Arnott ’60, Eldon Gamble ’77, Ruth Gamble. Back Row: Judi Williams Weaver ’87, Naila Rahim (daughter), Muhib Rahim ’88 30 - Quadrangle
Florida -Class of 1963
L-R: Julian Miller ’45, Jan Hazlett (spouse of Tom Hazlett ’45, Martha Millen Froseth ’56, William and Rosemary Bauer (S), Elena Bose ’75, Jill Eaton, (daughter of Julian Miller) ’45, Tom Hazlett ’45
Hank Lacy, Laurie Burgess, Suzanne Turner Hanifl, Eva Forsgren (Staff, Parent), Larry Smith
Harrisburg Front row: Paul Conrad ’74, Aparajita Naik ’13, Kethayun Mehta ’14, Prashansa Dickson ’12, Sohail Das ’14 2nd row: Marti L Conrad (spouse), Dorothy Yoder Nyce (S), Art Smucker ’39, Joanne Yoder Holtzinger ’55, Vicki Scovel Harris ’62, Marj Liechty (S), Laura Schumm (parent) 3rd row: Jonathan Schramm (guest staff),’16, John Nyce (S), Tom Holtzinger (spouse), David Weldy (S), Ann Weldy (spouse), Russel Liechty (S), Dan Koop Liechty (S) ’83 , Leon Bauman (S)
Jeanette Flisher Hunt ’81, James Kniss ’75, Doug Wilkins ’62, Jerry Judy ’58 Joanne Buckwalter High ’64, and Bruce Woolever ’56
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Below: Pictured are: Joy Rice Gray Grover ’63, Tim Manickam ’78, Peggy Nauman ’74, Sarah Rice ’67, Lauri Coulter ’81, Kenisha Courban ’84 and her daughters.
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San Francisco Bay Area
Left: Row 3: Fred Holloszy, Aryan Samuel, Sashwat Shrestha, Dechen Sera Shrestha, Sasha Kenny, Deki Tenzing, Amber Kang, Brinda Dalal, Zakir Ahmad, Jonake Bose, Subutai Ahmad Row 2: Pavan Agarwal, Ringae Nuek, Susan Unrau Stucky, Imgard Chu, Gordon Claassen, Vicki Riggin, Deborah Kenoyer Row 1: Radhai Rai, Deirdre Straughan, Monaj Aggarwal, Rajinder Singh, Maureen Fromme
Pictured: Marshall Johnson ’81, Rebecca Johnson, Gerrick, Greydon, Sela, Hugh Stoddard ‘79, Akshay Birla ‘05, Jonathan Larson ‘65, Mary Kay Larson, Stan Lehman (S), Kathleen Lehman, Mateo Lehman, Dr Narayana Rao, Mike Flueckiger, Joyce Flueckiger ‘70, Mike Sawhney, Seema Sawhney ‘01 32 - Quadrangle
Standing (L-R): Dana Hofman, Lindsay Hofman, Dachen Kyaping, Anitra Mansson, Nigel Mansson, Ruth Terry, Lloyd Classen, Bill Riddle, Gail Classen, Marlin Schoonmaker, Gordon Van Rooy Seated (L-R): Darlene Silliman, Janet Edlefsen, Nonie Lindell States, Karen Wennerstrom, Lauri Coulter Not pictured: Tom Silliman (Darlene’s husband), Chukyi Kyaping (Dachen’s daughter), Jeannie Neely (Marlin’s wife)
From L-R: Ryan Enser (Neha’s husband), Neha Mangalwadi ’99, Enser, Daniela Rush MacDonald ’97, Devika 11’ Hastak, Gus (Daniela’s husband) and Talina Rush Henson ’03
On the left (front to back): Patricia Janzen ’81, Steve Rash ’65, Kathy Rash. On the right (front to back): Gordon Janzen ’77, Helen Arnott ’60, Germaine Dechant (Helen’s friend)
Robert Stone ’83 and Kylie
From the left: Kathy (FS), McCarthy (FS), Shweta Sukumar, SuneithSukumar (FS), Jillian Stewart (FS), Vera McIlroy, Reis Flora (FS) Front (L-R) left): Eva Sukumar (FS) and Nima Flora (FS) Santosh Sukumar 1st on the left didn’t attend WS) Quadrangle - 33
Chilli Cook Out at Woodstock Villa, Mussoorie on WWD
Other gatherings Phoenix AZ, May
Front row: Birdie Matern ’87, Aradhana Roberts ’10 Monica Roberts (S), Mildred Franks ’88 Mary Nave Davis ’72, Margaret Clark Ward ’51, Edi Francesconi (P) Back Row: Tim Davis, Lorrie DomanSheydayi, Friend & Giacommo (Jacco) Samms ’14
Flagstaff AZ, May
Back row: David & Allison Webb (FS), Aradhana Roberts ‘10, Pradeep Maxwell Dass (FS), Eric Roberts (S) Front row: Monica Roberts (S) Priya Revis Dass (FS), Ginny Strom (FS) Mrs. Revis 34 - Quadrangle
Goshen, IN, May
Back row: Emma Koop Liechty ’13, Aradhana Roberts ’10, Elsie Koop Liechty ’17 Front row: Prarthana Dickson (FS), Aparajita Naik ’13, Dechen Tulhadhar ’12
Bangkok, Thailand, Januar y
Pictured: James Manorattnawong ’17, Luke Ogan ’19, Mae Maynica Sachdev ’11, Nghia Doan ’09, Raveena Manorattnawong ’10, Kron A ’09, Martha Asad-Degan ’13, Mary Asad-Degan, Monica Roberts (S), Nutcha Panaspraispong, Supavich Sindhorous ’13
Pictured: Chuki-Om Dorji ’10, Gama Namgyel ’96, Monica Roberts, Kesang Dorjee ’95, Marcus Shaw ’87 Nawang Eudon ’02, Pasa Ugyel ’09, DechenDukpa, Kinley Zimba, Pamela Tshering ’89
Mumbai, India, November
L-R: Tom Alter ’68, Radhika Karle ’96, Madhura Karle ’97, SunainaSaldhana ’02, Alishka Anand ’02, PerniaQuereshi ’02, Lauri Wilson Coulter ’81, Ashima Narain ’92, Monica Roberts (S) Sharika Sharma ’93, Arlene & Ronnie Mehta (Parents) Quadrangle - 35
Dhaka, Bangladesh, April
Ian Whiteman (FS), ShadabParvez ‘97, So Young Park ‘88
Dhaka, Bangladesh, April Andrew Das (S) with Haider Tangoo ’04 and Haroon Tangoo ’06
Dhaka, Bangladesh, April
Monica Roberts (S), Faisal Siddiky ’85, Ina Chaudhury Islam ‘88, So Young Park ’88 Shadab Pervez ’97
L-R: Adil Chowdhury ’88, Sipar Mustafa ’87, Shadab Pervez ’97, Ina Chaudhury Islam ’88, Zahid Hasan ’92, Yasmeen Fairooz ’91, So Young Park ’88, Mumtaz Chaka Hasan ’92, Marcus Shaw ’87, Monica Roberts (S), Adnan Chowdhury ’86, Zafar Sobhan ’88, Ian Whiteman (FS), Faisal Siddiky ’85, Devashis Mishra ’89, Parents
Standing: Varun Kedia ’13, Abhishek Ghosh ’94, Sanjay Narang ’81, Emad Kakakhel ’92, Abhishek Srivastav ’99, Rahul Gandotra ’94, Tara Spielhagen ’94, Sandi Law Miller ’80, Satwant Bhangra Degun ’83, Lauri Wilson Coulter ’81, Robin Bradby, Daniel Russell ’01 Sitting: Emily Lane ’59, Margaret Smith (FS), Monica Law ’82, Hugh Bradby, (FP, S), Ruth Bradby, Sita Kashyap Lichtenstern ’64, Dalia MajumderRussell ’01 36 - Quadrangle
FWS Annual Meeting and Reunion UCLA, Los Angeles July 8-11, 2016
Pictured: Alan Howard ’81, Conchie McCauley Henderson ’86, David Rand ’80, Deirdre Straughan ’81, Fiona Berchem Crocker ’81, Jude Samson ’87, Lauri Wilson Coulter ’81, Lorrie DomanSheydayi ’87, Margaret Dillener, Molly Seiders ’87, Rohit Trikha ’81, Sharon Seto ’79
Class of 1969 Back row (L-R): Ann Portz Rogers, Melinda Dee Nichols, Jon Jantzen Front row (L-R): Mary Self Skarsten, Cheryl Beachy Paulovich, Margaret Patton Boster, Rachel Wyon
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Mixed Classes Standing (L-R): Lois Lyon Neumann ’44 Giacomo Samms ’14 Khiloni Lilwani ’16, Seated: Harold Brock ’42
Class of 1958 (L-R): Terry Connell, Jackie Horton Benjamin, Maya Tandon Malhotra, Richard Brown
Pictured: Vance George (S), Jim Rugh ’60, Bob Waltner ’60, Lee Rice ’60, Bruce Holderreed ’60, Robert Bonham ’59, Anita Hoke Carlson ’60, Helen Dobson Arnott ’60, Philip McEldowney ’59
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Class of 1974 Back row (L-R): Kim Shafi, Steve Barnhouse, Shunil Borpujari Front row (L-R): Aijian, Deb Baur, Jan Elder
Class of 1973 Back row (L-R): Barry Gilmore, Dale Scott, Bruce Davis Front row (L-R): Tanya Zimmer Trenaman, Deborah Kenoyer, Xina Kingshill, Anjali Bhagat
Class of 1972 Noel Seefeldt, Shalini Prakash Agarwal, Mark James
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Staff Arrivals & Departures June/July 2016 Arrivals
Stephen Anderson, Lauri Coulter ’81, Vandana Ferguson, Will Ferguson, Nikola Guscic, Sheila Irani, Anna Koester, Nicole Last, Tenzin Lhakyi, Gopika Menon, Nanda Kumar, John Paulraj, Laurent Paqureau, Kirsten Pike, Andrzej Plonka, Nathan Rector, Tesal Sangma, Chandeen Santos, Jeff Santos, Heera Singh, Tobias Tillemans
Kerry Hanifl, 1 yr; Charlotte Swanson, 1.5 yrs; Ben Bowling, 2 yrs; Lalitha Krishnan, 2 yrs; Jeremiah Swanson, 2 yrs; Dhiren Paliwal, 2 yrs; Rahul Gupta, 2 yrs; Mukesh Tewari, 2 yrs; Margaret Groff, 3 yrs; Tara Kaplan, 4 yrs; Chris Rhatigan, 4 yrs;Tyler Stinchcomb, 4 yrs; Andrew Hepworth, 4 yrs; Ramesh Devmane, 4.5 yrs
Leaving staff who served for more than five years at Woodstock Maya Dutta (5 yrs) One of Maya’s outstanding qualities was that she always came to work with a positive attitude and was known to be the lady with the heartiest laugh. There were always peals of laughter coming from Maya’s floor. Every month she would organize a brunch for her girls, inviting the girls’ advisors to the dorm. We wish Maya all the very best as she moves on to open her own café in Orissa. Maya, you will be greatly missed. S Suryanarayan (5 yrs) During his time at Woodstock, Surya contributed significantly to the school’s Human Resources function. He established processes that were key to the success of the HR area, specifically around employee affairs, recruitment and professional development. Surya led the implementation of a staff recruitment portal, which led to significant improvement in Woodstock’s applicant database and helping the school be more selective
in its hiring. He was a key member of the compensation restructuring team that created a framework to improve faculty salaries, aimed to improve recruitment and retention efforts. He also gave of his time to do dorm duty up with the boys at Community Center. Surya’s phenomenal memory and his knowledge of facts made him stand apart from the crowd. He loved informal chats with staff over endless cups of “chai,” always eager to exchange information about happenings within and outside of the Woodstock community.
Pam Wiggins (5 yrs) For most of Pam’s time at Woodstock she taught Grades 1 & 2 combined or 3 & 4 combined.She also spent six months teaching Grade 7 science. Pam gave herself completely to her class, which included having her classroom decorated in the themes being covered in class. She and her husband spent hours setting up the classroom to be conducive to learning. Pam also gave much of her expertise to the RE Department. She ran Zone 56 once a week for Grades 5 & 6 teaching stories and crafts from the Bible. Pam helped to run Grades 3/4 and 5/6 RE Retreats,planning themes for sessions that included songs and activities. Pam loved her almost daily workouts in the gym and she gave her all to Monday evening staff volleyball. Pam we will miss your lively spirit and care for students and we wish you the best as you move closer to your own children. Craig Wiggins (5 yrs) Craig joined Woodstock as our first Housing Officer in January 2014. The task he willingly took on was immense – to bring order, coherence, rigour and quality to the provision of accommodation to staff. Working with a pool of sometimes poorly maintained and ill-equipped buildings, Craig set about the task of transforming Woodstock’s approach to housing. With a magical combination of sensitivity, humility and just the right “thickness of skin” Craig quickly heralded in everything from clear policies to inspection visits and dehumidifiers in staff homes! The impact has been immense. With a
strong sense of fairness and kindness emerging from his faith, Craig navigated a tough transition with a calm and steady hand. Alongside a magnificent maintenance team, Craig took on a Herculean task with resolute determination, focus and success. Craig has left behind a tangible legacy of what can be achieved in a school when a good plan is implemented by people of good heart and great energy. If only we had been able to change his taste in ties!!
Abe Okie (6 yrs) “Abe yaar! Quon ja rahe ho?”The translation is, “Abe, why are you leaving? ”What can we say about Abe that everyone doesn’t already know? We still remember the very first assembly when the Okies were introduced. They performed on stage and since then they have greatly endeared themselves to students, staff and the community at large. Both Abe and Bethany joined the music department six years ago with Bethany teaching piano and Abe leading the choirs. Abe has also taught basic and AP Music Theory courses in addition to teaching voice and classical guitar. Bethany and Abe are talented people. In music, drama or sports they are amazing in what they are able to accomplish. We think back to Abe starring in Charlie Brown and also the last staff production, Into the Woods. We have enjoyed working with Abe in the music department and singing in his faculty choir. He has helped out with the Chaplaincy Council and has worked with the student worship team for chapels. Abe, we want to thank you for being a part of the team in the music department and for all of your contributions to our community. There is no doubt that you will be missed by the students. We join together in wishing you, Bethany and Caroline the very best and God’s blessings as you move to your next place of work. MaryEllen Pesavento (6 yrs) MaryEllen worked in Learning Assistance for the first 4 years here at Woodstock. The last two were as science and math teacher for Grade 5. MaryEllen gave of her all to be available for students whether in the classroom or out. She also helped teachers. MaryEllen was a huge source of encouragement to students and staff as well. She was also an avid walker and hiker and loved the outdoors. MaryEllen was also a great source Quadrangle - 83
of support for the drama department with both Upper Years and Middle Years productions. Mary Ellen and her husband Mike gave up having their younger daughter live with them so that she could pursue her music studies in the US. Now as they leave Woodstock they will have the chance to be near her. We wish them well as they move back to the US and their family.
Mike Pesavento (6 yrs) Mike joined Woodstock in July 2010 to teach Math and work as a member of the Learning Support Department. With an infectious passion for teaching and working with young people, Mike inspired the students he worked with. Wearing multiple hats was one of Mike’s most noticeable characteristics – from taking charge of all the Audio Visual functions in the school, to live broadcasting major musical, dramatic and sporting events, Mike filled every day to the brim. In the seclusion of his office, he ran fascinating enrichment activities which captured the imagination of our students – including robotics, coding, building a weather station and flying drones! As Director of Technology, Mike has been part of a significant transition at Woodstock into the 21st Century world of technology and STEM related themes. With a tireless and patient zeal, Mike ensured that these themes were kept at the forefront of thinking and planning – inspiring students, staff and supporters of the school alike with his depth of knowledge and ability to make complexity easy to grasp. Mike’s departure leaves a big gap and large shoes to fill but his abiding influence in the lives of those young people he inspired will remain as a powerful symbol of what a great teacher can achieve through building positive relationships with students. Karen Tamminen (6 yrs) Karen worked for three years in Midlands with Grades 10-12 girls.In the last three years she moved to Alter Ridge to work with the Middle Years and then the Senior girls. Karen has been an amazing mentor and like a mother to her girls. She made sure there was a different theme for the bulletin boards for every month. Her check-ins were not only roll-call but sitting down with the girls and praying with them and having personal conversations with them. Students would 84 - Quadrangle
frequently be in Karen’s apartment baking or having brunch. At the last assembly her girls sang a song dedicated to her, summing up all the hard work she put into the life of her girls. Karen, we wish you God’s many blessings as you move on to life near your own children.
Adam Wunker (6 yrs) Adam taught a variety of courses in the Math and English Departments and was known for his flexibility. He was a passionate educator who was constantly pushing himself to be a better practitioner, and he often went above and beyond in helping students through personal crises. Adam and his wife, Darcey, often had students to their home for different types of food experiences as well as to play board games. We wish the family the best as they move to China for further work opportunities. Tenzin Saldon (7 yrs) Seldon was a newly qualified nurse and came to Woodstock during a nursing shortage. She showed a keen interest in learning from the more experienced members of the staff and soon gained competency in many areas. She displayed a warm caring attitude to all but especially to the younger students. Seldon grew in competency as she gained knowledge and experience over the years. Besides working hard in the Health Centre, Saldon took online classes to further her nursing career. Being one of the youngest nurses Saldon related well to the students and was well-liked by them. She was always willing to accompany staff/students who required treatment in Dehra Dun or at LCH. Saldon leaves Woodstock with our well wishes for her future nursing career. Jerusha Missal (9 yrs) Jerusha worked at Midlands. Jerusha struck a very fine balance between being strict and gentle at the same time, making it easy for her to work with all age groups. She was very organized and helped to keep things running smoothly in the dorm. Jerusha, you will be greatly missed and we wish you all the best as you move on.
Vandana Vinayak (9 yrs) Vandana served as an Elementary and Middle Years Hindi teacher from 2007 - 2016. Her responsibilities included, planning and executing lessons in Hindi, for groups of students learning Hindi as a foreign language as well as a mother language. Her lessons included a variety of hands on activities and folk tales from India. She was very organized and worked relentlessly to set up the language classroom in the most attractive way for our young learners. She led the Indian Dance club as well as the Indian cooking class, which enhanced students’ ability to enjoy and understand the culture through a majestic dance for the Indian festivals celebrations. She is extremely creative and talented and has organized many performances related to her subject, to showcase students learning. We wish her the very best for her future, and are confident that her skills in teaching a language will bring a great sense of joy to her students. Popsie Ebenezer (13.5 yrs) Shalini Christopher, or Popsie as she is known and loved by everyone, has served in the Admissions office for 13 ½ years! Popsie leaves a significant gap for us to bridge as she has played a crucial part in helping to bring over 1000 new students from all over the world to experience a Woodstock education. Her institutional memory and genuine care for each applicant and family has made the admissions office at Woodstock great. She will be missed! We wish her many blessings in her next adventure! Vijeta Emmanuel (15.5 yrs) Over the many years Vijeta gave to Woodstock many will cherish the memories they have made in her time at Woodstock, be it during adventurous trips during quarter break or make up sessions with the girls. She worked in Edgehill for many years with the youngest boarding students then when she moved to Alter Ridge she gave her most to the Middle Years girls. Vijeta was a mother, friend, mentor to the students she worked with.Making long lasting relations with the students. Her endless conversations with the
students brought out the best in the students. Vijeta we wish you and the family all the very best as you move on to the next phase of your life. You will be greatly missed.
Susan Lall (23 yrs) Susan was appointed as a registered nurse to the Woodstock Health Centre. Adjusting from a hospital setting to meeting the challenges of an International School is not easy. However, Susan quickly gained the confidence of the students and staff as a caring, competent nurse and was a cooperative member of the Health Centre team. Several times over the years she assumed the leadership of the Health Centre and was always gracious when handing over to the next appointed Health Centre Head. She carried out her tasks with diligence and remained calm when under pressure. Susan communicated effectively with students and staff and always sought to deliver the best possible care for all. She helped orient many new nurses over the years and set a good example for the younger nurses. Her Christian faith and understanding of the key values of Woodstock were the foundation of her service. Her children attended and graduated from Woodstock. One could say that all the students were Mrs. Lall’s children. She knew them and cared about them all. Thank you, Susan, for your commitment, dedication and professionalism in meeting the health needs of the Woodstock community. Rufus Emmanuel (28 yrs) Over Rufus’s many years here at Woodstock he had the chance to work in different areas of the school. He started out working in the Edgehill dorm with the Elementary students.Then he moved to teaching Math and Science to both Upper Years and Middle Years students. Rufus’s talents were used in many other areas of the school. He did fantastic calligraphy which can be seen in the Woodstock Diplomas for the last 15-20 years, as well as on most of the sports certificates. He taught many students calligraphy as well. He also was a great baker of cakes for every occasion. One of the many jobs he held was as chief chaperone for going down and coming up days, coordinating the arrival and departures of the many students with staff pick-ups. We will miss Rufus and his family and we wish them well as they pursue new horizons.
Are you a Lyre Tree Society Member? Join now and leave a legacy for Woodstock In the spirit of those in the Class of 1935 who said many years ago, “Why don’t we find a way to remember our Woodstock education through our wills and give back to Woodstock some of what Woodstock gave us,” join the many alumni who are remembering Woodstock when making decisions about their financial and estate planning. While some Society members have made bequests through their wills and trusts, others have created lifetime income for themselves or family members through charitable gift annuities or other planned giving opportunities. The Lyre Tree Society is open to anyone who notifies FWS that he or she has taken formal steps to support FWS through their estate or gift planning and can provide FWS with administrative information about their plans. Your gift can be designated for any of our existing funds. A complete description can be found at: www. fwsfoundation.org. Click on the red Donate button to donate, or to get more information about funding opportunities. If you are ready to join or want more information, please contact: David Wheeler Administrative Manager Friends of Woodstock School (425) 353-8422 firstname.lastname@example.org Your membership in the Lyre Tree Society will inspire your fellow alumni and friends to also take steps that ensure Woodstock will maintain its excellence for many generations to come. The Lyre Tree Society is named after the beloved tree, now gone, that overlooked the Dehradun Valley on the Woodstock School Campus. Friends of Woodstock School is an independent, non– profit 501(c)(3) organization in North America.
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In Memoriam REV. DR. JOHN W. ANDERSON, 83, died on July 5, 2016. He leaves his wife Doris, his two daughters, Karen and Mary Beth, plus his two sons-in-law, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. KABIR BANERJEE ’09 died of a heart attack in March 2016. MARJORIE BEAN (S) died in July in Auckland, NZ. Wife of Alec (S), Mother of Derek ’65, Heather ’67, and Murray ’70.
BOB FORSGREN ’49 died on May 4th, 2016. He is survived by his wife Eva and sons Thomas ’75, Peter ’78 and daughter Sarah ’82. LITA DASS GOIL ’51 died August 17, 2016, in Bhopal. She is survived by her daughter Savita Sekhon. CHARLES HALL ’68 died June 25, 2016, in Marion, IN, with wife Nancy and son Loren at his side.
JOAN ‘WINKIE BROWNE BROOKS ’62 died in May 2016. She is survived by her daughter Megan Ensminger Collier.
JOHN HAMILTON, parent, passed away Nov 9, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Joy, & children, Paul ’69, Ron ’70, Don ’70, Lois ’73, Bryan.
BEVERLY AMSTUTZ BRUSH, ’42 died on September 29, 2016.
MABEL HAMILTON MCGILL ’41 died on February 1, 2016.
PHILIP CAMPBELL ’68 died in January 2016
LEO TELLER ’48 died May 5, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia, leaving his wife Lorna and 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
T Z CHU ’52 died on September 15 2016. He is survived by his wife Irmgard, daughter Andrea, and sisters Li-Chun Wu ’50 and Lichiang Chu ’59.
LYNDA LEE BUFFINGTON MCCREARY ’58, passed away January 18, 2016, from a liver disease.
VIRGINIA GARBER BLICKENSTAFF CRANE (P) mother of Claire Beery ’66, Evan Blickenstaff ’68 and Eric Blickenstaff ’74, passed away January 23, 2016.
LYNELTE BEACHY BAUMAN ’76, died on 2 May, 2016, and is survived by her husband Leon, daughters Bethany and Anjuli, and two grandchildren.
MARY ELIZA STEWART CUMMINGS ’43 and THOMAS FULTON CUMMINGS ’43 have both passed away, Mary in May 2015 and Tom in April 2016.
AJAY NEHRU, ’51 passed away in November 2016 in England.
DOROTHY MANRY DOLE ’42 passed away September 18, 2015. Sister Lois Manry ’45 passed away July 13, 2014. OLOF DUBLAND, (Parent), passed away March 3, 2016. He is survived by children, Edward ’73, & Sylvia, ’75. CAROL CARPENTER EDISON ’57 died in May 2016. She is survived by her sister JUDY CARPENTER MILLER ’57. RAY EICHER (P), died on August 13, 2016. He is survived by his wife Christa, children Andi ’87, Stefan ’90, Premilla ’93 and 6 grandchildren.
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FRED OSGOOD ’44, died December 2, 2016. He is survived by his brother Gil ’59, daughter Cindy, son-in-law Eric, son Rick and granddaughter Christie. DOUG RIDDLE ’39 died in August in New Zealand. Father of Anne ’68, Jennie ’71, and Susan ’75. DON RICKARD ’45 passed away in March 2016 at the age of 88. EMILY RUTH BUFFINGTON ROBINSON ’59 passed away October 26, 2015, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. KAVI SINGH ’47 died on February 21, 2016. He is survived by his wife Devika, daughter Simran ’90 and son Harbir ’95.
LUELLA OSGOOD SPIRUP ’49 died October 25th. She was 84 years old. Sister of Fred ’44 and Gil Osgood ’59. She is survived by her husband Dick who is in Memory Care at the retirement home where they lived. DOUGLAS STEWART ’42, died suddenly on Sep 15, 2016 he is survived by his sister Ruth Stewart ’45 and brother James Stewart ’41. MILLIE REDDING THOMPSON, Staff, passed away Dec 23, 2015. She is survived by children, Mary Ellen, ’67, Miriam, ’68, Leroy, ’73. HOWARD BRICK WELLMAN ’64, died in October 2015 of pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his sister Willis Wellman Kreitz ’61. JIM WHITE ’47, father of Mark White ’81, died in August 2015 of pancreatic cancer. DAVID WILSON, ’37, died 11/13/2016 at Forest Manor in Hope, NJ, at the ripe age of 96. David is survived by his four children (Frank, Lucy, Randy and Anna), grandchildren Michael, Ross, Kelly, Dylan, Daniel, Mac and Maggie, and great grandchildren Marc, Jacob and Juliana, and by his brother Tom ’44. His older sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) and Margaret (Peg), also Woodstock graduates, predeceased him. He is also survived by his dear friend and frequent traveling companion Lillian Henning of Nantucket, MA. GORDON YOUNG ’45 died on August 8 2016. VED HARI ’41 passed away on December 19, 2015.
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