Maria Agui Carter offers this update, which just reminds us what we missed in not having her at our 35th reunion: “I wanted to say how sad I was to have to travel for work instead of attending our last reunion. I look forward to seeing some of you when you pass through Boston. I continue to work as a writer and filmmaker. Recent works include the script for the opening film at the CUBA! exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in N.Y.C. (November 16-17), and the upcoming new PBS and Trans-media series Latina Sci-Girls, for which I directed the opening episode and served as series advisor. I’ve also just accepted a tenure track position as assistant professor in visual and media arts at Emerson College in Boston, where I have been a visiting artist for the past two years. I’ve written a new script called The Secret Life of La Mariposa, that has been invited to a number of screenwriter’s labs, including Sundance. It’s my first fiction film, a fable. In addition to scriptwriting, I will be directing, with the legendary Barbara DeFina executive producing (you know her work as producer of Martin Scorcese’s Goodfellas, Age of Innocence, Silence, as well as many others, including Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video). The film will show theatrically, but will launch with a robust outreach and engagement campaign addressing immigrant girls’ rights and environmental sustainability, the film’s key underlying themes. We are in the development phase. I remain actively involved in social justice and media equity issues, having just completed six years as Board Chair and then Trustee of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, and now serving on the diversity coalition of the Writer’s Guild of America, East (the scriptwriter’s union). I am concerned about the increased balkanization of our country, and the racial, gender, and class divisions driving dissent in this great nation. I believe that our media misrepresentations do us a great disservice, and that until we regularly see in Hollywood, on television, in the news, and online, the voices of women and people of color telling our own stories and represented in front of and behind the camera, we will continue an America divided. We face systemic problems of gender- and race-based lack of access and equity in the media industry, and I address some of those issues in two forthcoming papers: A 2017 white paper on gender inequality in film and television, which I co-authored, and a new white paper on diversity and inclusion in the film and TV industry, forthcoming in 2018. My family sustains me and gives me much joy. Max and Isabel are sharing an apartment in Chicago, having just graduated from Hampshire College and Carleton College, respectively. My husband Nick Carter, who I fell in love with as a freshman at Harvard 34 years ago and to whom I’ve been married for 27 years, remains a partner at Todd and Weld law firm in Boston. He has recently launched his campaign for Governor’s Council in the upcoming election to work on judicial reform and vote for new judges and parole officers in Massachusetts.”
Sam Reid is keeping the SPS network close and connected: “Summer 2017 featured not one but, thankfully, two visits from Brooke Southall from his home in San Francisco to our place in Kittery Point, Maine. So fun to be with him and also his brother Alec ’88 and sister Sarah ’89. Spent time with Perk Miller ’86 and listened to him speak so well at his father’s (Tim Miller’s) memorial service in York Harbor, Maine, over Labor Day. George Carlise, Rich and Peggy Davis, Mrs. Eddy, and Marcia and Bill Matthews ’61 were all there as well. None of them have changed a bit. The extended SPS family is so strong. My cousin, Toby Ali ’85, came to visit me too, all the way from London. Niece Ella Koeze ’10 and nephew Hugh Koeze ’08, were also in York Harbor, visiting their mom (my sister) Kate ’79 – raising the question: Do I only hang out with SPS graduates? I spent the summer doing a bit of traveling (Italy for a wedding, Sweden to watch our daughter Chloe representing the U.S. National team in a big show jumping competition, England for some golf, and Greece to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary with my wonderful bride, Juliet). But mostly I was in Kittery Point, Maine, working away on the restoration of the old life-saving station there on Wood Island. (www.woodislandlifesaving.org). Our son, Harry, is applying to colleges as he is a rising senior at Maret in D.C. So, a bunch of time this summer spent on applications, essays, college visits, etc. Looking forward to hosting the SPS alums of the D.C. area, who are undergraduates in a few weeks. Fourth annual.”
Polly Boswell Wakeman saw Alan Murchie during his stint as visiting chaplain at the Weekapaug Chapel in Rhode Island this summer.
Peter Paine sent this update (and picture) to prove that he’s still a stud: “The Paine family was together for two weeks this summer at our place on the New York side of Lake Champlain. Now that our nest is almost empty, these family times together are more precious than ever. One of the summer highlights was a hike up Mt. Marcy, New York’s highest peak, with Rob Garrett ’85, Holly Sanderson Schade ’87, and their respective families. Also, Carl Weatherley-White visited Princeton to watch his son, Cort ’13, row for Dartmouth. I was just there to cheer on Princeton, but we buried the hatchet for SPS’s sake!”
Desperate to understand why so many of his formmates want to make America into Europe, Adam Young packed up his ever-expanding supply of men’s products and set off for five nights in London and five nights in Paris. Determined to become more cultured, Adam hit all the museums, palaces, monuments, and churches, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square. It was a great trip and both cities are wonderfully charming places to visit, but Adam is still happy to call America home.
Biddle Duke writes: “Gus Wilmerding ’82, Rob Fowler, and I visited Andrew Binger in Jackson Hole in late January for a few days of skiing and fun. The Bing is still king, and Jackson his kingdom. Moving around out there is sort of like hanging out of with the Pope; everyone seems to know and hail The Bing. We hiked the pass and skied the pow, and stayed up late gossiping about friends and St. Paul’s, drinking cheap beer and expensive tequila. Binger’s daughter, Mackenzie, is a nursing student at Duke and Elsa is an undergrad at Montana State in Bozeman. Rob works in financial services and lives in New Jersey with his wife, Connie, and Gus is the hardest working dad I know – four kids, all in private schools and colleges. He, his wife Christina, and his family live in Locust Valley, and he works in wealth management in the city. That leaves me. All’s well. Sold most of my weekly newspaper empire (my company now owns five papers and three magazines and assorted websites) but remain a minority partner. I started a magazine, EAST, in the Hamptons, which is doing well. Idoline and I are unsure if we’re still Vermonters, with life split between both places. Incidentally, she really is the story. When people ask me what I do I just say I’m married to a successful artist. Check out her work at idolineduke.com.”
From Stacy Jamar Caffrey: “I feel very fortunate to have just returned from an amazing experience rowing at the Masters World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, with a group of nine of us from Greenwich Crew. We had some phenomenal races, some close calls, and a couple of wins, including our women’s 8 in the D (50-54) age category.”
Hi, folks! My goal is to keep our ubiquitous classmates, the School, and our community as closely connected as possible. Please feel free, at any time, to send an unsolicited update via e-mail. Warm regards and enjoy the following communications.
From Charles Hood: “Greetings to everyone. I am literally decades behind in updates to Alumni Horae, and the following is my effort to present a brief synopsis of the past 35 years. My wife, Carol, and I have been married for 27 years and have been living in Aiken, S.C., since 2004. Prior to moving to Aiken, we lived in Atlanta, Ga., for 14.5 years. Life in Atlanta – a vibrant, growing, multicultural, modern city – was very exciting. One highlight was being there during all the preparation for the Centennial Olympic Summer Games back in 1996, along with the Games themselves. The move from Atlanta to Aiken was a big change, since Aiken is an adorable, small Southern town, but we have definitely adapted to life here. For a town of about 30,000 people, Aiken is surprisingly well represented by the SPS Form of ’82. Last I knew, our formmate Adam Snow, a polo hall-of-famer, is also living in this area. This town is crazy about thoroughbred horses and all kinds of events related to horses. I actually get a lot of ‘street cred’ at many local businesses when I mention that I went to the same high school and graduated the same year as Adam. I have been working since the early 1990s in the world of computer modeling of mathematical processes described by science and engineering, which (to me, anyway) is a fascinating blend of science/engineering, mathematics, and computer programming. I am never the best scientist in the group, nor the best mathematician, nor the best computer programmer, but I do seem to have a gift for combining the three disciplines. My present work involves developing and enhancing software that encapsulates mathematical models developed by industrial engineers to allow manufacturing and distribution companies to run highly efficient and competitive operations. Lately, I have begun to do a lot of mentoring of young people, which I really enjoy. We stay active with family (16 nieces and nephews and 29 great- nieces and nephews) and with church-related outreach programs, serving both locally and internationally (the international emphasis is on helping widows and orphans in Hyderabad, India, which is heartbreaking, but very important, work).”
Forbes Black writes: “After working for several years as the principal controls engineer at a startup company developing a solar thermal heliostat power plant, I recently moved to JPL, where I am doing test-engineering work for upcoming missions. We are mostly working on the next Mars rover at this point, but we are also starting to test components for the upcoming mission to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons.”
Ben Scully sends this update: “Back in China (my third time living here), this time in the deep south, ZhongShan, just above Macau. Still working for Converse (Nike), making sneakers, but can see a change coming. I get back to the states once or twice a year and attempt to get together with my old SPS pals. I seem to spend as much free time as I can either trail running or fly-fishing. I went to New Zealand last January for my 17th time (I think). There is not a lot of activity there.”
A note from James Hornblower: “We are all well. Ainsley starts fifth grade at Dana Hall in Wellesley, Mass., in September. Fiona is doing well at Boston University Law School as assistant dean. After five-plus years at Informa, I am looking for my next challenge, leveraging 25 years working in healthcare. Would love to network with classmates who may know of opportunities in the ever-changing field. Looking forward to staying in touch with my classmates from 1982.”
From Gilberto Arias: “My wife, Pia, and I have been living in London for the second time as of 2011 and our son is in Westminster School (across the street from Parliament and the Ministries – not the best time to be there right now). After my diplomatic period, I am still working on multilateral climate change negotiations at the UNFCCC level, and now advising different countries and bodies on post-Paris arrangements, which sends me to unglamorous locations all over the world. I am also working with a number of low-carbon/sustainable development industries and orienting private sector financial actors on what this all means. I hope everyone had a great time at the 35th.”
In July, Alice Rodd Coogan traveled from Boston and Lucy Chubb O’Connell traveled from Idaho to join Manhattanites Louisa Benton and Elisabeth Schmitz Lucas for a sunset sail around New York harbor.
Spending a fair amount of time in prison these days. However, you could have foreseen that, I suppose…Just completed another California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation clearance form to see Wonder Woman with its director, Patty Jenkins, at the California Institute for Women later this month. Ran into Grier Stockman ’09 in Sacramento at Imagine Justice, a 30,000-person free concert with Common, J Cole, Goapele, Andra Day, Ava DuVernay, Van Jones, and others that the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, the reentry organization whose board I chair, produced there in August.
The Rev. Dr. John F. McCard has accepted a call to serve as the 14th Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va. St. James was founded in 1835 and is an urban parish of 3,000 members in downtown Richmond. John’s first Sunday at St. James’s was September 10. John and Cynthia invite you to come worship and visit their new church home.
Charlie Carrel writes: “I’ve been showing and training horses my whole life. I own and operate Colts Unlimited in Sheridan, Wyo., with my wife, Hilary Carrel, and two sons, Isaac and Seth. I specialize in the training and showing of world-class show jumpers. Bill Ostheimer ’86 lives just down the road in Buffalo, Wyo., and works for the Bureau of Land Management.”
Jenny Wilson submits this note: “I live in the mountains of Northern California with my husband, Andy, and our two boys, who are 13 and 12. I work as a doctor in an emergency room in Reno, Nev., which means I know everything one can know about methamphetamines without actually partaking. We ski, bike, run, fish, hunt, and travel. The boys play lacrosse and watch America’s Got Talent. Sometimes, we get together with Bill Veghte ’85 and his wife, Julia, who was the captain of my lacrosse team in college. Life is wonderful. No complaints.”
After a few rewarding years leading the international business for ACT, Inc., I was recruited to Viridis Learning as COO. Viridis provides a SaaS platform that uses artificial intelligence to place large numbers of community college students into middle-skill labor jobs. I am spending lots of time in California and Texas for the new job right now, and I was fortunate to have a welcome drink in Austin recently with our formmate, Peter Mullan, while previewing the cool Waller Creek urban renewal project he is leading there, following up on his success with the High Line in New York. Reconnecting with formmates always reminds me of what a great group of people make up our form, so I'm hoping to see many of you well before our next reunion.
Form of ’89 mini-reunions took place all over the Rocky Mountains this summer, as many families made their way west and connected with Colorado Paulies. Mini-reunions were held from Denver to Vail to Aspen, reuniting the likes of Brian Berlandi, David Kolojay, David Leuthold, Matt Bell, Kate Gellert, and Pete McBride. Toward the close of summer, some additional mem-bers of the Denver/Boulder area crew – Amy Beatie, Laura Lepler Munro, Bill Taylor ’90 – and their families gathered for an amazing dinner, when Vanya Desai and her adorable family traveled through Colorado. The crew got a super surprise when Andrew Balser, traveling through town with his daughter, graced us with his presence. Dinner was full of stories, laughter, music, and great food. We even talked politics as we learned more about Amy’s Denver campaign for the Colorado House of Representatives. Beatie for Colorado!
Andrew Balser shares that life’s still great in Alaska. He filled the freezer with salmon this summer, and was one of the primary authors on the “U.S. Arctic Research Plan 2017-21,” coordinating Arctic science across the U.S. Andrew had a blast catching up with Laura Lepler Munro, Amy Beatie, Vanya Desai, and Bill Taylor ’90 in Boulder in August, which sparked some conversation about meeting up in Alaska in July 2018. Stay tuned.
Bailey Whiteman has been extremely busy since her last update. This past year brought much work on many fronts, including a promotion to music director at the Washington Ethical Society, a humanistic religious congregation she has served since 2011. She continues to love the mix of responsibilities, while helping the congregation grow, thrive, and do work to transform the world. At home, Bailey is grateful to have celebrated 20 years partnered with husband Doug (17 years in June), as they raise and homeschool their two kids, Jonathan Peter (10) and Margery Alice (7). She hopes all are making their way and finding joy in unexpected places.
Matt Bell, through his service on the advisory board of the Nature Conservancy of Texas and as co-chair of the Annual Conservation Luncheon for TNC, recruited award-winning National Geographic and freelance photographer Pete McBride to speak to the San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas chapters of TNC in March, April, and May. Pete did a fantastic job discussing and showing clips of his adventures that were aimed at exploring and better understanding how to conserve the Colorado River.