Thanks to everyone who contributed news and to those who have been in touch to say hello even if they didn’t share anything more broadly about their whereabouts or activities. It’s great to hear from you all, and I hope the last days of 2018 and the start to the New Year will be happy and healthy for all. Start thinking about our 30th in 2020 – I’ll be looking for volunteers to help plan an appropriate marking of that occasion.
Emily Lloyd Shaw writes: “I’m still living in Great Barrington, Mass., in the beautiful Berkshires and looking forward to autumn and ski season around the corner. We moved houses this June and are now walking distance into town – a game changer, especially for our daughters (9 and 12), who love the independence opportunity. I still have my private psychotherapy practice and an office I can now walk to. Was excited to hear SPS will have a fantastic-sounding female head of school. Looking forward to seeing everyone at our 30th.”
Paul Cusack reports that he is living on Cape Cod and working as a shell fisherman and running for a Massachusetts State Representative seat (in the Second Barnstable District).
A note from Kemble Stokes: “If you are ever in Colorado to ski or board, do look me up. The Rockies are spectacular. Currently, I am an elementary reading interventionist in Aurora Public Schools and have tons of fun on the weekends hiking, camping, skiing, and enjoying the fabulous music scene.”
Stratton Lloyd reports on his recent career change: “I have decided to take a role with the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) as the COO and VP for community leadership. I am responsible for operations, finance, strategy, and community leadership. It is an exciting time to join ECCF, as it grows its core assets and advances innovative philanthropic solutions to tackle the critical challenges facing the 34 towns and cities that make up Essex County, north of Boston. I have been particularly energized and inspired working closely with municipal leaders, social sector leaders, social entrepreneurs, and community activists. The intelligence, energy, and compassion is infectious. If you live in the area and aren’t familiar with ECCF, you should look us up.”
On May 4, 2018, Lieutenant Colonel Heather (White) Bragg celebrated her retirement from the Air Force. In keeping with the auspicious date, she was joined by family and friends from near and far. Lori Sanchez and Joleen White were both very welcome attendees. Now retired from military service, Heather has taken on a second career as a senior engineer for MTSI.
From Matt Miller: “Cara and I are doing well in Encinitas, raising our two girls, Lilly (8) and Fern (6). Soccer, swim lessons, piano, church, and regular trips to the beach keep everyone busy. We try to fit some work in between; for me that means working with my dad and brother in the family real estate business, while Cara is busy running her developmental coaching start-up. Our own Henry Brevort Cannon IV (aka Brevy) came to visit us.”
Peter Walmsley writes: “I am moving to Boston after 10 years in California. Our 25th reunion helped seal that deal. Looking forward to seeing friends there.”
It has been a highly interactive stretch in the recent past with SPS formmates as we set sights on a gathering for our 25th early next summer. Had the chance to conduct an advance recon mission up at Millville as the last of the students departed in early June, and celebrated the end of the school year accordingly with both Becky Saunders Soderberg and Scott Bohan. I took in some of the U.S. Open in the rain with Phil Warner and discussed entertainment options. I saw Nancy Dorn Walker and discussed the state of the School and the merits of various tequilas. I met up with Benjy Federbush for steaks and spirited debates over party venue locations. There’s a pattern here. Either way, I look forward to hearing from many of you and coordinating plans to see you next June.
From Toddy Burton: “Been a busy couple of years: married Matthew Eames in January of 2017 on a ranch in Los Olivos, Calif., gave birth to our son, Henry (March 16, 2018), and started work as a film professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Matthew, Henry, and I are happy and healthy, living in the Silver Lake neighborhood of L.A. Hope to make it to the reunion next year.”
Jamie Douglass writes: “It’s been an awesome few months. I’ve been touring the country with Shooter Jennings’s band and working on records with Duff McKagan, Marilyn Manson, and other artists, and enjoying family time with Rachael, Axel, and London. Recently spent time with Will Campbell ’93, Josiah Hornblower, Rick Eastland ’96 and Chris Eastland ’98, to name a few. Reach out if you are passing through L.A.”
From Alexey Salamini: “I met up with Adam Simons, Gordy Rogers, Dahni-El Giles, Charlie Koven ’94, Mike Godwin, and Tim Wallack ’94 in Oakland, Calif., and got to check out Keith Porteous’s amazing Swan River Yoga studio on a recent trip to New Orleans.”
Isaac Ro checks in with this news: “I married Megan Donahue on January 13, 2018, at the University Club of New York. We were blessed by the presence of so many family and formmates. As expected, the SPS crowd made a strong showing and special thanks to all the parents who left behind kids/newborns and the expecting moms who still rocked the dance floor.”
Jeff Lynn writes: “Will Taft and I, who were born a day apart, had a wonderful time celebrating our 40th birthdays in Ireland together with Max Vitek, Adam Giuliano, our wives, and our children. We explored Dublin and had a great birthday dinner in the Riverrun room of The Woollen Mills, where Joyce once worked. We then moved on to Ross Castle in County Meath, where we had a wonderful three days in the beauty of the Irish countryside. The whole trip was great fun, and with the four of us having known each other for a quarter of a century, it was especially nice to get to know the next generation and see all the kids have so much fun together.”
A note from Emily Chang: “I had a busy summer with the kiddies, hitting Taos and Austin to visit family, before a lovely August seeing several Paulies. Alana Pietragallo Bedoya and Patti Lin joined me in reliving some Brewster bowling alley moments as we hit the Shakira concert in D.C., and then I had a fantastic impromptu visit with Isabel Smith Margulies ’94 and our children on Martha’s Vineyard as we searched for marbles on the beach.”
Abby Tarbox writes: “My husband, Ed Saavedra, and I welcomed our second child, Augustus “Auggie” Saavedra, on July 30, 2018. He joins his brother, Oliver.”
Kendall (Kendy) Krause, Grayson Schaffer, and Puck Wheaton met up in Zermatt this spring in search of high alpine fondue stashes and tasty powder. They are happy to report that they found both.”