I realize that my own update is noticeably absent because my update would be the same as the one I sent for the 35th reunion. However, I do love to landscape. On February 20, a 70-degree day, I spread (a record early) six yards of hemlock mulch – only to have 24 inches of snow dropped on top of it in March. Not really exciting – but the smell of hemlock is intoxicating.
Sally Rousse writes: “I saw a few SPS-ers while in Northern California in January/February (Brooke Southall ’81 and Julie Mott ’81). It always takes a moment to explain that, while I graduated with them in 1981, my official class is 1982. Still, I am fond of my fellow alumni from ’81. A few weeks later, Julie came to visit her daughter, who is a freshman at Carleton College, and stayed overnight at my house. We saw her third cousin, Ani DiFranco, perform at the famous First Avenue (embarrassed to say it’s my first time there, after living here nearly 25 years). I am currently artist in residence at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, creating a site-specific promenade performance throughout the eight floors of what was built as a Masonic temple in 1888 and became the Hennepin Center for Arts in 1979. Then, in 1999, when the old Shubert Theater relocated from two blocks away in a record-breaking move on rubber tires, the space was completely renovated and became the Cowles Center, all on what we acknowledge is Dakota land. I am scheming with 40 performers to create this roaming show, part nerdy history tour, part ritual, part Fellini movie. And I’m also conducting a community engagement project that involves getting the pedestrians and other regulars in and around the Cowles to dance, discuss ideas of belonging, transition, inclusion. There is way more but that’s enough for now. I will come up for air after June 24, the last performance.”
A quick update from Louisa Benton: “Went to Nicaragua over Christmas to continue to work on my surfing form. Such a beautiful beach and break.”
Jennifer White Callaghan checked in with this news: “This spring my family will move to Washington, D.C. I will be working at Allen & Overy’s D.C. office, doing even more regulatory-related work than I do now. Richard will continue to work in the NGO sector and Meg will be in first grade at Horace Mann Elementary School.”
From Greg Lee: “Graham ’18 came home for his last break before SPS Graduation in June. This will be my first time at Alumni Weekend without our Form of ’82, and it will be fun to experience the festivities from a different set of eyes. I remember so little of our own graduation, that I hope to enjoy it vicariously this second time. I bought Chessy Prout ’17’s book, I Have the Right To, and read it with Graham over spring break. It caused me to look more carefully at my experiences at St. Paul’s and to put into context what changes have been made that make Graham’s SPS experience different from my own. Overall, I am realizing how multi-faceted the experiences of all of us must have been, and I appreciate learning from all of you.”
Alex Prout submitted this note: “After many years of living abroad, the family and I relocated back to the U.S. about four years ago. We recently returned to Concord for a brief visit. Our daughter, Chessy, was promoting her recently published book, I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope (www.IHaveTheRightToBook.com). It chronicles her journey from sexual assault victim to survivor, as well as her brief time (three semesters) at SPS. Despite the hardships faced by Chessy and our family over the last four years, one of the blessings has been finding a new community among alumni – fellow survivors and supporters of survivors. My heartfelt thanks to all who have reached out to Chessy and our family.”
Jack Corsello checks in with this note: “Had an Alps ski rendezvous in Chamonix, France, with Morris Barrett, Niki von der Schulenburg ’84, and Tsugu Tamenaga. Been too long since I’ve seen all of these mates together, so we went ‘off piste’ while our old man knees are still decent. I was able to swing by Paris afterward and visit John Lovejoy, who has been living in the City of Lights for years.”
The Reverend Dr. John F. McCard was installed as the 14th rector of the historic St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, by the Right Reverend Shannon Johnston, Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia. Founded in 1835, St. James’s is a parish community of about 3,000 members, with an active outreach ministry to the local and international community.
October, 2017: Jack Rusher sends around an e-mail, saying how much he’s enjoyed seeing fellow ’85ers while in business over the previous year, and asking, “What if we invited everyone in our form to dinner in New York, just because?”
February 23, 2018: The inaugural Jack “J” Rusher “I Dig You People, So Why the Heck Not?” Mid-Winter SPS ’85 Repast™ (at Little Beet Table on Park Avenue South) rocks. Forty-five (45!) from the Form of ’85 made the trip from points north (John Potter and Mike Hirschfeld from New Hampshire), south (Elliott Smith from Texas), east (Vivian (Latta) Root and Toby Ali from London) and west (Lisi (Balliere) Dean and Don Sung from San Francisco, Rebecca Hoch from Seattle) on a midwinter’s night, just to share some insanely good (and spicy) grapefruit margaritas and each other’s (insanely good and spicy) company. As Brian Regan once put it, in a tone touched equally with appreciation and bewilderment: “There has always been something really special about the Form of ’85.”
On the third Monday in March, Nate Downey paid me a visit in D.C. Together with his fine son, Liam (who enters SPS next fall as a Fourth Former), we “self-investigated” the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria, the epicenter of much “controversy” during the 2016 Presidential Election. Four days later, who should I run in to on the steps of the National Cathedral, on his way into a prayer vigil on the eve of the March For Our Lives, but the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire – the Right Reverend A. Robert Hirschfeld. The good bishop and I traded tales about his younger brother, another New Hampshire notable with an Episcopal connection. The Hirschfeld brothers – dig ‘em!
Kim Donaldson writes: “I had a baby on May 2, 2017. His name is Henrik Donaldson Mark. He is so much fun and already loves watching his older brother and the Rangers play (alas not on the same team). My 14-year-old son, Lars, is applying to boarding schools and is hoping they all need a goalie.”
Rob McKay checks in with this news: “My family spent a wonderful weekend with Eric Williams and his family in Chicago. The pretext was to tour Northwestern University, but we also did a full swing through the Windy City and hung out with Tommy Thomas and Eric’s younger brother, Nelson Williams ’87. Eric has become quite the real estate mogul and he plays bass guitar with groups and in his church. Tommy is an IT guy at University of Chicago, and Nelson works for Humana. As for me, I hold some titles with the Queens Economic Development Corporation, including director of the Queens Tourism Council. I have just published a guidebook to the borough. If anybody wants a free copy, please contact me at email@example.com.”
A note from Cal Bussey: “I have included a picture of my son, Malcolm, and I after a Cardigan football game in the fall. Malcolm is completing his year at Cardigan Mountain School (ninth grade) and will be enrolling as a Fourth Former at SPS this fall (Form of 2021). Very exciting for our family.”
From Tom Swan: “I am happy to announce the birth of my second set of twins. Hope and Grace Swan were born on December 5, 2017, just a month shy of older brother Sam’s and older sister Rose’s third birthday. I am an only parent, and while balancing work and a lot of travel can be a challenge, we have an awesome life in LA’s Windsor Square neighborhood and back on the Cape in the summers.”
Eric Chehab checks in with this message: “A pre-holiday gathering occurred in Chicago with formmates Tom (Hershie Squirt) Hershenson, Eric (Bone Crusher) Chehab, Jim (Red Handed) Stovell, Jerome (The Fixer) Goubeaux, Derrick (Doc) Nelson, Owen (The Assassin) West, and Tim (Mr. Softie) Clark.”
A note from Mona Gibson: “(SPS students) Mai Seay ’21, Jack ’19, and I went to Italy over the spring break. While we were in Florence, we went to see Richard duPont’s latest gallery show at the Eduardo Secci gallery.”
From Lydia Smyers: “Zander Packard and I have been able to reconnect each summer. Our sons, Whitman and Rowan, have been cabinmates at Camp Kieve in Maine for the past few years.”