I am happy to report that I had the pleasure of connecting with many of our formmates this summer. This included a great dinner and some drinks in July with Gi Pierce and Art Richardson, dinner in August with Gray Harley and Tim Hodge, and a final night out with Paul Cusack, Mac Carbonell, and Tim Hodge before Paul’s two-year graduate school stint in N.Y.C. reached its conclusion. I also had the opportunity to see Stratton Lloyd for a few hours on a bike up on the Cape in early August, and to see Chapin Mechem during the stopover night of the Pan-Mass Challenge event we have both been doing for a number of years. A number of formmates have been very helpful in our mutual fundraising efforts on behalf of Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I would also be remiss in not sending huge congratulations and best wishes to Bill Lawrence, who got married this summer. While I have had great luck in seeing many from the Form of 1990 recently, I have failed to set up a more formal between-reunions gathering for the bigger group, so I pledge to do so in the months ahead. Stay tuned, and all the best to everyone.
Katy Lederer writes from Brooklyn: “My third poetry book, The bright red horse– and the blue– is just out on Atelos Press and my four-year-old twins, Isaac and Zoe, are just starting pre-K. I have been seeing many Paulies this year at various gatherings, including a wonderful event with Mac Carbonell at Verdant Gardens to celebrate a new project he is working on. There, I saw Lisa Tilney ’89, Paul Cusack, and others I had not seen in a long time. This last year, several of us who live here in the New York metro area – there are too many to name as Maggie Cassidy touched so many of us so deeply – have also met, in groups and one-on-one, to remember our dear friend and all the ways in which she changed our lives. It has been a comfort to connect with others who knew this bright, beautiful person to share so many memories and stories of her life.”
I had a wonderful time on Cape Cod in July at the wedding of Jen Boyle and Pete Nigro (and congrats on their new baby, Francesca). Loved catching up with Rosie O’Donnell, Kristin Tone, Annie White, and Laura Clark ’89.
From Rosie O’Donnell: “Just dropped off Sam ’20 for his Fourth Form year. He has Rev. Richard Greenleaf as his adviser, who I had for Fifth Form religion. I get to see Katie De’Pree Belcher when we visit – her son is also a Fourth Former. SPS is still as amazing as ever and so glad he gets to be a part of it.”
Sophie Backus sends this update: “Settled in Orlando, where I work as part of a fantastic team as an RN at ORMC. Living with my boyfriend and our friendly mutt, Barbara. Enjoying occasional get-togethers with formmates, wishing for more of those times, and definitely hoping you will give us a shout for a coffee break or a trip to Universal with the upcoming generation. Thinking of our SPS family and grateful for everything that each of you contributes to your respective communities. Stay safe and happy.”
Marcy Chong writes: “I was thinking of all of us from ’91 this past Friday as I helped my son move in and find his Chapel seat. I am now officially an SPS parent of Khuan-Yu Hall ’21. Millville is looking better than ever, and the same can be said of Heather Crutchfield, Bob Oziomek, Colin Callahan, and Rev. Richard Greenleaf, who were all there, welcoming students. Mr. O is even a faculty adviser in my son’s dorm – Kitt I. We had lunch with Julia and Dave Fleischner, who were dropping off their daughter, Margaret ’20, and I am looking forward to seeing many alumni from our era who are now experiencing SPS as parents.”
From Jen Boyle: “Pete and I are so thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Francesca Nigro. She was born on September 3 and weighed 8 lbs., 11 oz. She has already brought a lifetime of love into our lives.”
From Adam Herrmann: “We spent a week with John Meeks and family on Martha’s Vineyard this summer and had a wonderful time. Hard to believe it has been 30 years we have been friends.”
Great seeing those who could make it at our 25th. For those who could not, let us shoot for a big showing at our 30th. Life in Maryland is fantastic. We spend the mornings waterskiing and wakeboarding with our seven-year-old daughter, Sofie, in the shadows of bald eagles, ospreys, and under the ever-watchful eyes of our resident blue herons. Each time I see a blue heron, it brings me back to days rowing on Turkey Pond with Mr. Morgan. He always said that seeing a blue heron was a good omen. I still believe that to be true today.
From Blair and Jeff Demers: “What an incredible and somewhat surreal experience we had dropping our oldest daughter, Schuyler ’21, at SPS for the start of her Third Form year. We saw a ton of familiar faces on campus, and Schuyler is living in Ford House, where Jeff once lived (she did not think that was quite as cool as we did). Not surprisingly, SPS rolled out the red carpet for all of the new students – we were surrounded by a sea of warm, welcoming student and faculty faces all day. Looking forward to watching Schuyler make SPS her own.”
Samantha Ekstrand had a similar
experience: “I thought I felt old at our 25th reunion… and then when I moved our oldest, Emmaline ’21, into Kitt III with her roommate, Megan Mallgrave ’21 (daughter of Matt Mallgrave ’89), I really felt old. No students enrolled now were even born in the 90s. However, seeing Jared Shaw and Blair and Jeff Demers at lunch in the Upper on move-in day, it certainly seemed that it could be us unpacking our rooms and heading out to the athletic fields for practice. Maybe not. There were a few familiar faculty faces from our era – Mr. O is still the trainer, Ms. Windsor still teaches French and is an adviser in Kitt III, Mrs. Crutchfield is still running her teams hard, and Scott Bohan ’94 is doing a tremendous job as the director of admission (I remember welcoming him as a new student). As I fly home to N.C., realizing that the new students are making their way to the Old Chapel for the First Night Service right now, I am amazed and so thankful that my daughter is starting this St. Paul’s journey. Before I left, I put my copy of Chapel Services and Prayers on Emmy’s desk and earmarked p.55… ‘O Lord, who has promised that thy holy city Jerusalem shall be full of boys and girls running through the streets thereof….’ Those were some good ol’ days.”
Nate Orgain provides this update: “Living in Salt Lake City, Utah, and practicing anesthesiology at the University of Utah. Skiing, biking, and rafting with my wife, Nicole, and our kids. Always happy to see/host any SPS folk in the area!”
Lisa Hunter Rasic sent in this update: “I’ve started working as COO for Captain Blankenship, a natural and organic beauty company in Gardiner, N.Y., after a seven-year break taking care of kids and home. I am so happy to be back at work (outside of the home).”
Liz B. and Ned P. Rauch welcomed their son, August Brewster Rauch, on August 25. The whole family, especially big sister Louise, is thrilled. He arrived big for a baby (9 lb., 5 oz.), but still relatively small; he has a ways to go before he catches up to his daddy’s banjo. Hope everyone reading this had a delightful summer.
From Libby Kelly: “We had a fantastic mini-SPS reunion celebrating the marriage of Amory Blake and Amber Martinsen in Fort Benton, Mont., on July 15. Other Paulies in attendance were David Kurd, Alex Blake ’92, Andrew Ernemann, Ashley (Cockrill) Ernemann ’93, and Courtlandt Gross ’04.”
Jamie Douglass sent in this note: “Greetings from Los Angeles. These days, I am dividing my time between playing drums around the country with Shooter Jennings, as well as some fun local gigs and session work, and serving as Mathematics Department chair at the Episcopal School of Los Angeles with fellow Paulie Jamie Neilson ’79. About a month ago, I had the pleasure of attending a Dodgers game and a Metallica show at the Rose Bowl with Chris Eastland ’98 as part of his epic bachelor weekend here in L.A. Rick Eastland ’96, Jimmy Crumpacker ’98, Andrew Bleiman ’98, and Will Campbell ’93 joined us.
Keith Porteous and her husband, Charles Meade, are happy to announce the birth of their third child, Marian Dockery Meade, on April 2. Marian’s older brother and sister are taking great care of the newest family member. Keith released a second album in her “Sound Refuge” series this year and continues to love teaching yoga.
Caroline Sehnaoui Cook writes: “After 17 years in Geneva and Paris, we now live in Miami. Quite a drastic change – very exciting though. The children and our chocolate lab are adjusting very well. My husband and I are taking more time to take in the somewhat flashy South Florida atmosphere.”
Lindsay Purrington O’Hara writes: “I married Mike O’Hara in my hometown of Raleigh, N.C., on July 30, 2016. I am still dancing. I am both happy and amused to say that this year marks my 20th season as a professional ballet dancer, and my 15th with Carolina Ballet.”
From David Walton: “It was great fun having Jamie Funk visit the set of the new CBS comedy 9JKL. Austen Earl is a writer and co-executive producer of the show and generally writes my character’s best jokes. It is truly mind-boggling that our careers have merged in this way, and we are having lots of fun trying to figure out a way to get words like ‘newb’ and ‘vid’ and ‘e my b’ on national television.”
This summer our beloved Lida Shepherd married Episcopalian priest and all-around dreamboat Zachary Drennen. Keely Schmidt, Cybil Gregory Roehrenbeck, Greta Braddock and their families celebrated the happy couple.
Brian Chen writes: “We had our second boy last year, Brody.”