From Mason Wells: “Andrew Greenebaum, Richard Walsh, and I gathered on Martha’s Vineyard this summer. In honor of Alex Coogan, we executed a summer Olympics competitive weekend of ring toss and cornhole at CBC, nine holes of golf at Royal & Ancient course on Chappy, bowling in Oak Bluffs, and body surfing off Chilmark. Alex spent many summers in Edgartown, so this weekend brought back SPS memories for all three of us. We almost fit in the Chappaquiddick movie, but it didn’t seem to fit the mood. Walsh won the gold medal, by the way.”
A note from Melissa Solomon: “I am pleased to report that after you saw her being inducted into the Alumni Association along with her SPS Form of 2018, my daughter, Maddox Angerhofer ’18, made her debut appearance as an SPS girls varsity/Halcyon alumna rower, coxing two boats for SPS ’78 on race day. This coxswain mom could not have been more proud. Having captained the Westford Academy varsity team for two years while attending Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., Maddox is now rowing for the Georgetown women’s lightweight team.”
Reza Dana was awarded a Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Stein Innovation Award in June, one of just 11 researchers nationwide to receive the award. He was also presented with the Friedenwald Award by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), an accolade presented annually to recognize outstanding research in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology.
Chase Robinson was named director of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution. Before the move to the Smithsonian, Chase was president of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a professor of Middle Eastern history and culture.
Allison Icy Frantz
I know I join many in our form in thanking Michael Stubbs for leading the charge and creating a spectacular 35th reunion weekend. In addition, a big shout out to Tod Brainard for doing a stellar job at raising money in honor of our school and our form. Personally, I loved catching up with so many and enjoyed our day on our beautiful campus parading (Old Guys Rule!) and our night at the Boathouse. It was a busy summer for me with our three college boys back in the house and working and our 12-year-old daughter deciding that sleep-away camp was not for her. I continue to write for a local paper and I am involved in a few of the kids’ schools and some local organizations. I am looking forward to reconnecting with you and with our school. I was devastated at the passing of Bettina Unhoch Pike. As one classmate described her, Bettina was a force of nature. She was a wonderful friend and mother, funny and strong and warm, and she will be missed.
From Fiona Sanders: “I appreciated so much how kind everyone was to Blake at our reunion. Just to update you, Blake took the position as a regional sales manager for Vivint Solar in San Diego and started June 12. He even convinced Kyle to work with him part-time to pay off his school loans while he continues building his acupuncture practice (www.AcuFlexSD.com). Guess we did something right, because they are enjoying living together.”
A note from Winter Mead: “After more than 25 years in California, my wife and I have escaped the traffic, fires, and high standard of living to move to Columbus to help take care of her elderly parents. Although the shift has been a bit of a shock (evidently I’d forgotten what humidity is), we’re adjusting and – with OSU and the state capital – we’re finding it more progressive and “foodie” than Ohio’s two smaller cities: Cleveland and Cincinnati. That being said, we still plan to do everything in our power working on the campaigns this fall. The other consolation of this move is that we were able to visit with my old roomie from Nash, Nat McCormick, and his wonderful wife, Jenny. We had a terrific time catching up with them as they got ready to send their older daughter off to college. We are looking forward to being nearer to them and other friends in Eastern Standard Time, as well as hoping to reconnect with another old roomie, Edward George, Esq.
Charlie McKee writes: “Party and Pathos. Party: Such a brilliant reunion on a moonlit night on Turkey Pond. Thank you all. Pathos: Just back from 2,300-person refugee camp in Xios, Greece, off the coast of Turkey, where my daughter Nina ’12 heads the NGO doing clothing distribution in the camp. The struggle is real and continues. The world is a better place with Nina and others, who put the final lines of the School Prayer into action. An act of kindness is now at the top of my agenda – hope yours too.”
An update from John Pleasants: “I’ve been married to Jen for 20 years, and we have three kids: Jack (19), James (16), and Josie (11). We live in Palo Alto, Calif., and a new start-up I’ve been working on for 2.5 years just launched. It’s called Brava (www.brava.com.). The company is trying to change the way people cook at home. Overall blessed and lucky, but a little worried about the state of the world these days.”
A Facebook post recently reconnected Fiona Sanders and Denise Goodman via a mutual friend. Come to find out they’e both been in the same church for more than 20 years in various states. Since June, they’ve caught up in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and are looking forward to a dinner reunion in New Jersey with Rodney Bolden this fall.
SAVE THE DATE! We’ll be celebrating our 35th Anniversary on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, 2019. I know already that the highlight will be our party at the Boathouse on Saturday night. I went in June to the Form of 1983’s at the Boathouse and it was a blast. It’s not too early to register on our form’s page at www.sps.edu/1984. Looking forward to a great turnout from the form for the weekend.
Stephan Achenbach continues to enjoy working as a cardiologist at the University of Erlangen, Germany, and has just been elected as the president of the European Society of Cardiology for the term 2020-22, representing 95,000 members from all across Europe and the Mediterranean.
From Blakey Vermeule: “I think this is my very first formnote. Thanks to Jane Kalinski for providing a little nudge. I’m teaching at Stanford and chairing the English Department. I have been living in Northern California, on and off, since 1989, with stints in New Haven and Chicago for work. It would be fun to see people if you come through or if you are bringing your children to look at colleges.”
Chauncey Dewey writes: “After a long career as an Ibanker, I’m now CFO of Karmiclabs. More interesting is that I have a son who is a senior at Santa Clara, one who just graduated SPS and is on his way to Pomona after a gap year, and a daughter who is a Fourth Former at SPS. My wife, Rachel, and I split our time between Darien, Conn., and Newport, R.I. Special shout out to Smokes for bringing folks together last spring.”
Fact: Lida Lee “Leelee” (Lloyd) “Shazam” Treadwell still has the hugest and most kaleidoscopically dazzling blue eyes on the planet. How do I know this? Here’s how: In late August, Leelee and her two brilliant, Exeter-attending daughters, Francie and Cecilia (dynamos! both of ‘em!), visited me at my little hobbit cottage here on the grounds of the National Cathedral in D.C. (Francie’s a senior interested in a few D.C.-area colleges.) We sipped iced tea in the Bishop’s Garden; it was righteously twee, and I loved it.
Nick Hutchinson still lives with his family in Denver, where he continues to write about music for the local alternative newsweekly, Westword. He plays with his band on occasion and always enjoys seeing fellow Paulies. He had a blast attending Dead & Company in Boulder this summer with Mary Robins ’84, Maja Paumgarten ’84, Posey Saunders ’84, Chris Chappell ’84, Eric Sorensen ’84, Dave Ingalls ’84, and Chris Wirth ’86.
Lise Lemeland writes: “I did a mid-life career change from tenured college art professor to RN (resource pool, which means I float to every unit in the hospital), now working in a hospital in Northampton, Mass., as well as a part-time EMT for my local fire dept. I’m still painting as much as I have time to, and flying (upside down). I just acquired a Waco UPF-7, a refurbished 1941 biplane that can do aerobatics, which was a requirement for me, because I need my G-force fix! My art, most of which is about flying aerobatics, is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and soon will be on permanent display in a new gallery they are building. My three kids (teens) are still at home, so I’m pretty busy.”
A note from Jim Frates: “I was the driver of the Roxbury Latin High School fishing club’s team that was entered into the National High School Bass Fishing Championships in Florence, Ala., this June. My son, John, is on the team. They came in 37th out of 380. Yes, a week on Pickwick Lake in 95-degree heat for eight hours a day without being able to fish (the driver can only drive the boat). Professionally, just passed 20 years at Alkermes, where we are still trying to improve treatment for opioid dependence. Spend most of my free time fishing with my wife, Beth, and my two boys, or watching my boys play soccer, hockey, and baseball. Also, Beth and I got together with Lance Khazei and his fiancée, Megan Murphree, in Edgartown in August. We talked movies, politics, fishing, and SPS antics.”
Juliet Hochman provides this update: “I took a new position in June as Director of project management at Infinity Images, a fun, small, family-owned business that creates retail environments for clients such as Nike, Adidas, Columbia, Doc Martens, etc. Building a triathlon coaching business on the side: https://steelheadcoaching.com/juliet-hochman. I moved from racing triathlons last year to half-ironman this year, winning at Victoria and Whistler and qualifying for next year’s World Championships in Nice. Eldest son is at Colorado College; youngest is a high school senior here in Portland, Ore.”
From David Foulke: “In mid-July, nearly 100 friends of Craig Stout, whom we lost to cancer earlier this year, gathered on his family’s property (known as “The Farm”) in Brookfield, Mass., to remember and commune. A lot of great stories, pizza and beer, and tents in the back yard. (I myself camped with my dog.)”
Annie Jacobsen (aka Soinie) writes from Los Angeles: “Life continues to be fun and exciting in a land co-inhabited by Jolly Stamat ’87, Tom Swan ’87, Lance Khazei, Michael Karnow, Charlie Newton, and Sarah Hodges, among others – each of whom I see with different degrees of regularity. Currently writing on, and producing, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan TV show for Amazon, a fictional version of the CIA’s paramilitary division. I have a new, non-fiction book coming in 2019 called Surprise, Kill, Vanish, about the true history of the CIA’s paramilitary division. Took son Finley to college last week at Wesleyan, and am so happy that Jett (age 13) is still at home. Recently celebrated 22 years of happy marriage with Kevin Jacobsen. My world is shaped by the things I learned and the experiences I had at St. Paul’s.”
Holly Sanderson Garrett checks in: “Rob Garrett ’85 and I were married on June 23, 2018, having first met 34 years ago at SPS (took a while). Paulies in attendance included Richard Baldwin ’85, Sandy Osborne ’89, Daphne Garrett ’22, Lew Nash ’85, Jack Rusher ’85, Johnsie Garrett, Melanie Shaw MacMillan, and Peter Paine ’81. We live in NYC with our six children, ranging in age from 12 to 25. We are excited for Daphne Garrett ’22 to begin her SPS journey!”
Caroline La Voie
I am still enjoying the memories of June Anniversary – it was so much fun to see everyone. Fall is here now and I just dropped off my girls at SPS. The Form of 1988 now has nine children in attendance at SPS (and two more who have graduated). I will hope to continue to see fellow ’88 alumni/SPS parents Alison Cody, Blair Enders, Christine Pillsbury, Scott Davidson, and Christine Fearey on campus this year.
Carol MacKinnon Fox let me know that she is still living in New York, where she just hit her 20-year milestone at Thomson Reuters. She leads the business unit that sells software and content to global accounting firms. She spends as much time as possible up in the Adirondacks with her partner, Phil, a writer she met on the top of a snowy mountain in Saranac Lake in 2014.
Gordon Bellamy is a busy guy. He reports that he is still in the afterglow of getting his lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the game industry. He’s currently teaching games and leading esports at USC. He is also leading the Gay Gaming Professionals organization. Gordon had a great time speaking at his Harvard 25th with the SPS ’89s, had a wonderful brunch with Sally Horchow a few months back, and a fantastic visit from Walt Zink ’90. He is in year 21 with the awesome Joe Heally.”
I received a great update from Montana. This past summer, Keith Lauver and Jael Kampfe joined 50 other SPS alumni, parents, and current students for a weekend reunion in Big Sky, Montana, celebrating the Frank Hervey Cook Trust Scholarship and the special relationship shared between Montana and SPS. Keith updated the community on the health of the Trust, which, of course, involved reference to Yanni, and an opening prayer of E.E. Cummings’s poem:
“I thank you God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.”
The poem is inscribed on a bench to remember the Form of ’88. Jael may have danced once or twice, hard to tell for sure. Looked like a beautiful and fun event.
Laura Lepler Munro
Summer is the time for traveling across the country and reconnecting with friends and Denver was the site of a Form of ’89 mini-reunion. When the Colorado faction learned that Andrew Balser would once again be traveling through the state to bring his daughter to summer camp, Amy Beattie took up the charge to organize an SPS night out. Amy rallied Andrea Greer to fly up from Texas and Kate Gellert to drive down from Vail to meet up with Andrew, his daughter, Dave Leuthold, David Kolojay and myself. The crew partook in a fabulous dinner and rumor has it there was even some impromptu singing by Andrea after an ice cream pit stop. Hopefully this great night out is foreshadow of the upcoming 30th reunion.
John Lehmann has been splitting his time between Hamilton, Mont., and Lake Tahoe now that his kids have moved on to university and beyond. If anyone happens to be in either area, look him up.
Andrea Greer and Amy Beatie had a rendezvous in New Hampshire in September, as Amy graciously agreeded to be Andrea’s co-pilot as she brought her parents’ car and dog back to Texas from their lake house. The two took photos at all the historic sites along the way for everyone’s amusement and entertainment. They wished they had time to stop and visit folks along the way, but they were cannonball running it to get Amy back to Denver in time for important political shenanigans.
Lily Rutherfurd Kinlin checked in as she and her family were en route to SPS in September to drop off Charlotte ’22 and Frank ’21.