These Formnotes reflect information received through June 10, 2017. Please send news/photos of yourself or other alumni for these pages to:
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Lev Miller writes: “I have recently retired from my consulting business (at 85 years old). I had previously retired from an architectural firm, horse farming, and restaurant ownership. Consulting was all phases of the thoroughbred business from our home in Palm Beach.”
Dick McKee writes: “My wife, Gärd, finally succumbed to her neurological illness, basal ganglion degeneration. She died on January 12, 2017. Our daughters, Alice and Hope, were here and were able to tell Gärd they loved her. She was awake enough to likely have heard and understood them. Gärd didn’t have much of a life for the past few months. She was entirely bedridden and lost the ability to speak. We all hope she is in a better place and is happier now. Gärd is survived by two daughters and a stepson, three granddaughters and two step-grandchildren.”
Mark Cluett shares: “We will have two grandchildren at SPS this fall. Lisa Thors’s son, Rex Thors ’19, and his cousin, Zoe Stanton ’20.”
From Alan Booth: “Captain of the 1956 Dartmouth crew (championship). Inducted into the Dartmouth Rowing Hall of Fame and the Dartmouth Athletics Hall of Fame.”
News from Tony Marshall: “My daughter, Courtney ’96, moved with her three children from England to Stonington, Conn., and expects our fourth grandchild in July. I stay in touch with Keene Taylor’s wife, Nancy, who is doing well.”
Bill de Haven
Tony Horan shared the following in early May: “I cannot go to the 60th because we are going to a meeting of one of my wife’s organizations, the Society of Woman Geographers. I am still operating five days a week and am revising my book on prostate cancer for foreign publishers.”
Can you believe our 60th reunion is coming up next spring? Our pre-reunion will be Wednesday and Thursday nights, May 30-31, 2018, at the lovely old Norwich Inn in Norwich, Vt., just across the Connecticut River from Hanover, N.H. We are preparing a great program, with plenty of unstructured time for relaxing with classmates. The Anniversary program at the School includes the usual full schedule of events and takes place on Friday night and Saturday, June 1-2. Questions or ideas? Please send them along.
Hunt Janin has persuaded a Western European medievalist to work with him on a book on the Early Middle Ages, which extended roughly from the years 500 to 1,000.
Bowdoin graduate Emma Olney with her grandparents, Alicia and Wright Olney ’53.
Hunt plans to take one significant historical event, e.g., Christmas Day, 800, when in Rome Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne as Emperor, and then trace all the significant trends that flowed from it. Any Paulie who knows something about this era is invited to contact Hunt (email@example.com).
Sam Bailey writes: “Five members of ’58 spend summers on Nantucket: Emory Sanders, Peter White, David Ross, Larry D’Oench, and me. If any others are headed our way send me an e-mail and I’ll work on our next get-together so you can join us.”
Harold Talbott shares: “After graduating from Harvard, I went to Columbia to study French. From 1964, for the next three years in New York, I lived the life of a dilettante, befriending the great artists, notably the choreographer George Balanchine and his wife, the dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq. Also Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and the duo pianists, Gold and Fizdale. In 1967, Dom Aelred Graham, the prior of the monastery in Portsmouth, R.I., and head of Portsmouth Priory School, invited me to accompany him on a trip through Japan, Thailand, India, the Middle East, and Greece to have conversations with the leaders of Non-Christian religions. I returned to India and spent the next two years studying with the Dalai Lama and a good many other Tibetan Buddhist lamas. I continued my studies with them for the next 10 years. I worked with Tullku Thondup Rinpoche on translations of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures and original books at Lucknow University and Visvabharati University in Santiniketan near Calcutta. Thereafter, Tulku Thondup taught at Harvard from 1980 to 1983 and then settled in Cambridge with his wonderful wife. I have just finished a memoir entitled The Mists of Darjeeling: A Memoir of New York and the Himalayas. I’ll be looking for an agent and a publisher. Any suggestions? Today I live the life of a happy meditator, like what the Lama Patrul Rinpoche said, “an old man watching children playing.”
From Jay Hatch: “Marolyn and I took our first cruises this fall and early spring to the Galapagos (finally!) and, with Elder Hostel, The Netherlands and Belgium. Marolyn particularly wanted to see the tulips, I to see changes and things I didn’t see since I was last there right after Graduation.”
David Barry shares: “Our family is growing. We have a new Sealyham puppy, Badger Boy, the grandnephew of our old girl, Morgan, and we learned on Mother’s Day that we are finally to become grandparents. Beyond this news, we just returned from my 55th Princeton reunion, where we enjoyed Saturday lunch before the P-rade with Bob Lukens.”
Zandy Clark writes: “Can’t remember if I sent in that I published a YA action adventure novel, Missing Danny, Memories of
a Runaway, Amazon and Kindle, and a CD of folk songs and kids stories, Athabaska, Zandy Clark, Amazon. Danny’s family scrapes by in the highlands of Arizona, camping and doing seasonal work. He runs away during an arrest of his father, and then avoids foster care when he can, by living with various folks as he looks for a safe haven under a new name.”
Bill Riker sends this update: “Barbara and I are leaving for our home on Lopez Island on June 7. We are taking Hannah, who has just graduated from the eighth grade. It will be her first solo travel with us and should be delightful. Grandson Nik, our only remaining Washingtonian, is planning to visit while we’re there and will be bringing his girlfriend, whom we are looking forward to meeting. Last summer, I had a series of health issues, beginning while on the island. Kidney infection and a temporary loss of short-term memory. Barbara, who cared for me throughout hospitalization and recuperation, saw all as it was. I, deprived of some cognitive abilities, lurched about telling all who asked that I was “fine.” Today, I have my mind and body back and with it a certain wariness about taking care of the health I am given. I am now back as priest in charge of Christ Church and will be with them throughout a new process, exploring regional ministry. Eventually, I hope to re-retire and find again the time and energy for wider travel. Our combined seven children and 17 grands seem to be holding their own and flourishing in many ways.”
Jack and Joe Mechem celebrated their 75th birthdays this spring.
Barry Stott writes: “Looking forward to another summer of fine soaring in my Stemme motor glider out in Colorado and Utah, plus Kristine and I will do a two-week Viking cruise of the Baltic to St. Petersburg in July.”
Dean Razzano recently connected with George Cooke’s widow, Barbara Page, who shared an update. George went to Dartmouth and Princeton, where he received his Ph.D. in mathematics. He taught at Berkeley, Cornell, and briefly at the University of Maryland before his death. Together, Barbara and George had two sons, George and Paul ’85. George is a tech supervisor at Boston College. Paul is head coach of men’s crew at Brown University. She has four grandchildren, including one granddaughter at George Washington University, a second heading to Brown, and two boys. Barbara received an M.F.A. in painting. Earning her pilot’s license was the catalyst for her career as an artist. Her installations combining art and science may be seen at the North
Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, N.Y. (www.barbarapagestudio.com).
Jack Mechem ’60 and Joe Mechem ’60 (center, seated), with their family, including Chapin Mechem ’90, back row, second from the right.
Jim Hatch ’61 (right) attended Easter services in Pittsfield, Mass., with Tom Drury ’61 (left).
Maxwell King wrote about Robert Mueller in the June 7 Chronicle of Philanthropy. The piece was titled “Special Counsel Robert Mueller: Protector of American Philanthropy.” Maxwell has also recently completed a biography of Fred Rogers (of Mr. Rogers fame), which will be published in the fall of 2018 by Abrams Books in New York.
Peter Humphrey is moving to Savannah, Ga., at the end of the month.
SPS ’64 and Yale ’68 roomies Coggeshall, Miller, and Sperry are all heading out to Bowly Betts manse in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The occasion is to celebrate the rarest of celestial events, a total eclipse of the sun on August 21. Turns out J-Hole is the best viewing perch in the entire U.S., thanks to weather and altitude. Miller writes: “I hope everyone is thriving, that your lives are good, that you have happy adventures, discoveries, and achievements to report.”
From Rick Sperry: “Seven members of ’64 and spouses celebrated with Peter Gerry at a colorful under-the-tent summer neighbors and friends event, replete with country band, singers, great summer fare, and a surprise guest performer. This to help Peter celebrate the formal completion of renovations at his new permanent home and farm for harness racing horses on Purgatory Road in Campbell Falls, N.Y. Ever the gracious host, Peter’s guests included a variety of local folks from the harness racing business, those who have helped with the creation of his new abode, along with old SPS friends. The next day, several SPS attendees were treated to a delightful tour of U.S. Harness Racing’s superb museum in nearby Goshen.”
Alex Shoumatoff sent along a spring update: “There’s a flurry of excitement in my literary career: Smithsonian magazine published my story about the giraffes on the cover of its March issue. In April, Beach Press is publishing my eleventh book, The Wasting of Borneo: Dispatches from a Vanishing World. I’m giving a lecture, “Writing for the World: Literary Journalism in the Service of the Planet” at both the Explorer’s Club and the Harvard Club of New York in mid-April. And I just discovered that there’s an 11-second YouTube video called “How to Pronounce Alex Shoumatoff.”
Formmates from 1964, their spouses, and neighbors gathered for a summer event. They included (l. to r.), front: Rick Sperry, Haven Pell, Tony Parker, Mike Howard, and Chuck Coggeshall; back: Peter Gerry, guest performer, and Livy Miller.
Jeff Wheelwright writes: “In the summer of ’65, after we had graduated, I went to France, carrying with me all the knowledge my SPS French classes had imparted, especially the idea that “50 million Frenchmen cannot be wrong.” Do you remember the Experiment in International Living? Under this un-Trumplike program, American boys and girls were matched with French boys and girls and we lived with our French families for a summer. I was paired with one Yves Hafner, who smoked Gauloise cigarettes and responded to the world with the same sarcasm as mine. We became good friends. He even visited me in the U.S. the following summer. Then we went our separate ways. A few years ago, my niece ran into a French woman, who remarked on the name Wheelwright. Long story short, I recently was put back in touch with Yves in cyberspace. I told him (in now quite rusty French) that in June my wife and I would vacation in the south of France. Would he and his wife come over and stay with us for a night? Mais oui! And here you see the happy denouement. Fifty years later, we are good friends still. Indeed, our lives have been oddly parallel. Anti-war resisters in the late ’60s, we married twice, preferred to be self-employed, became grandfathers, and are still cutting up wherever possible.”
David Parshall writes: “Dick Livingston, Arn Welles, and I spent a delightful time together at the wedding of Arn’s son, Will, over Memorial Day weekend at Martha’s Vineyard (photograph nearby). At the wedding ceremony, Arn (as best man) did a fine job of reading that most familiar passage about faith, hope and love from the 13th Chapter of I Corinthians; but as he read the 11th verse (“….when I became a man, I put away childish things”), somehow I thought that’s not always the case – especially when we get together with our SPS formmates. More often than not, in those circumstances, the remaining child within us (from the Lower School onward) comes alive, fully resurrected. We revert to happy and amusing tales of the 1960s in Millville – those memories that endure forever and bind us together.”
Formmates from 1965 (l. to r.) Arn Welles, Dick Livingston, and David Parshall at the wedding of Arn’s son, Will.
David Parshall ’65 with his grandson, Luc David Wachter (son of Lily Wachter ’97).
Jeff Wheelwright ’65 (right) with his friend, Yves Hafner.
From Hugh Clark, now professor emeritus of Ursinus College in Pa.: “I retired after graduation on May 13. Life, for the moment, is completely absorbed in deconstructing our Doylestown, Pa., lives and getting ready to move to Bar Harbor by the end of May. It’s a mess. It’s exciting. It’s nerve-wracking. But it’s all good.”
Formmates Bill Jackson and Jim Phillips caught up at the Silvermine Golf Club in Norwalk, Conn. “We took as many strokes in nine holes as most take in 18, but who’s counting?”
Bill Jackson ’66 (left) and Jim Phillips ’66 at Silvermine Golf Club.
John Brown, who retired from the Foreign Service in 2003 after more than 20 years of active service in Moscow and other Eastern European capitals, maintains a blog called “John Brown’s Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review.” Among his most recent posts is “Should the Chinese Government be in American Classrooms?” It’s a critical discussion of the role and contribution the PRC-sponsored Confucius Institutes at American colleges and universities. His blog is at http://publicdiplomacypressandblogreview.blogspot.com/2017/04/.
John Gordon shares: “Since our really enjoyable 50th reunion last May, the Gordons have been dynamically adjusting our family structure. In descending order of age, our daughter, China, announced recently
that she is expecting a daughter, which has thrilled Kiendl and me; our older son, Tyler, called off his engagement one month before the wedding (but after the invitations went out); and our younger son, Zach, trying to get ahead of his older brother, got engaged.”
From Jeff Clark: “I am beginning my third year of retirement and am finally feeling settled into a new life. After 31 years teaching science, coaching, and advising middle school boys, retirement has brought a different pace, new opportunities, and more sleep. I am happily busy volunteering for several conservation and environmental organizations, finding this activity very fulfilling. Recent big news is the arrival in March of our first grandchild, a lovely baby girl named Cecily, in honor of my mother. Unfortunately, she is 3,000 miles away in California, but that gives us a great excuse to travel.”
The elephant that chased Peter Meyer ’66 during his recent African safari.
Peter Meyer writes that he is still working as a mechanic for Delta and was recently sent to Johannesburg for training on 787-9s for Virgin Atlantic, where he checked an African safari off his bucket list and was chased by an elephant. He looks forward to retirement in a couple of years, but not to play golf.
Dick Duane writes: “Life is good. Still working, but at a slower pace.” He and his wife Gaby, along with Alex Wall, took a ramble through the SPS woods with Rick Carrick in the lead last summer. They also traveled to Rhodes and Brazil last year and will travel to Southwest France and the French Caribbean this year.
Copey Coppedge reports son Peter ’17 has graduated from SPS and is heading to Dartmouth. He deeply appreciates the support the School provided Peter following the death of Copey’s wife, Susan, in 2014. Now, as he adds: “John Chapin will need to be on the lookout for Peter’s fake ID.” SPS, he concludes, “is in good, albeit changing, shape and is worthy of our support.”
Rick Carrick ’66 in the woods at SPS last summer.
The past few months have been hectic, yet wonderful. My wife and I were blessed by the birth of our first granddaughter, Piper Elizabeth McLamb. We have purchased a small loft in Charlotte, N.C., and expect to visit Piper and her parents often. Rick Ohrstrom has a place in the mountains within shouting distance, so I hope to visit with him as well. Jim Colby has shared that his three boys – Kyle, Quinn and Jake – are turning 16 this month. Dean Auslander reports that he had dinner with John Taft and his wife, Chris, in D.C. He also mentioned he was planning on coming to our 50th. Deane Evans, George Pillsbury ’67, and I attended our 45th reunion at Yale. George was in New Haven on Friday evening, then drove to New Hampshire to participate in his 50th SPS reunion over the weekend. June 1-3, 2018, is our 50th. Let’s get ready.
Children of Jim Colby ’68 during a visit to Stirling Castle in Scotland (l. to r.): Jake, Quinn, Kaitlin ’11, and Kyle.
Tom Shortall ’68 with his granddaughter, Piper Elizabeth McLamb.
I have not heard much from formmates, so can only guess what they’ve been doing, but I can say that I’ve heard quite a bit of enthusiasm about our Charleston ’18 mini-reunion. Details coming later, but plan on a great weekend of visiting, dining, and helping Tom Iglehart locate that beach shack he remembers from the summer of 1968. We’ll do our 49th reunion in Spring, 2018, one year ahead of our 50th. Stay tuned for more information and the date.
From Tom Iglehart: “By Charleston, I am reminded of the 50th anniversary of my greatest adventure. Rob Deford, a third childhood friend, and I drove across the U.S., greeted San Francisco, and made our way back through the Mojave Desert and the Deep South. In 35 days, we were changed forever and for the better. As we made our final way up the East Coast, a sadness came over us. It was almost over. But a final stop in Charleston dispelled all that. Duncan McPherson and John Hag-erty, and John’s family greeted us with a hospitality no one could forget. It was instantly clear that Charleston was paradise, full of friends, family, and Sunday dining tables burdened with dazzling arrays of gustatory delight. It was as if a welcoming celebration had been arranged, but then I realized that was just Charleston. The sweetest night in my youthful memory was a regular thing there, all summer long; the beach shack, where the kids thronged to dance and holler, flirt and wander, and drink from the cup of freedom, night after night. Good southern boys and girls, who somehow also knew how to treat each other well.”
On our way to Charleston: Rob Deford ’69 at Big Sur, July 1968.
Fritz Newman writes: “On the evening of May 30, 14 members of the Form of 1970 and two members of the Form of 1969 met for dinner and drinks at Concord’s Centennial Hotel (see adjoining photo for a list of names). Also present were wives Sue Gowen, Annie Rettew, and Dolores Newman, Guy Nouri’s son Michael Nouri, and Mary Jo Hansen from the Alumni Office. Prior to dinner, we were joined by School Rector Michael Hirschfeld ’85 for a frank, two-way discussion of how the School is working to tackle sexual misconduct and respond to historic abuses highlighted in the recently published Casner & Edwards report. Following dinner, Steve Crandall (author and principal exponent of the ‘continuous reunion’ doctrine) and George Host led discussions centering on form business and future get-togethers, and Don Lippincott entertained us with carefully selected, personalized gifts (downsizing?). The next morning, we met at N.H. Audubon McLane Center, where we were joined by Craig Macrae, and then walked to the Community Center (the old Hargate) to meet our assigned teams for the day’s SPARKS projects. From there, it was on foot back to Audubon for tasks that ranged from trail work to parking lot cleanup to invasive species removal. While certain of us established new FitBit records, the complicated and demanding task of reconstructing the boardwalk at Turkey Pond was carried out over several days by Miles Herter. Also meriting special recognition are Tom Bedford and Guy Nouri, who were expressly charged with imbuing Sixth Form students with the spirit of 1970s ‘Band of Brothers.’”
Clem Wood ’70 and Jim Evarts ’70 celebrated birthdays together (l. to r.): Clem’s stepbrother, Tommy Bruce, Clem, Sally Wood, Jim, Connie Bruce, Wiley Wood ’71, Becky Evarts, and Susannah Wood.
Clem Wood ’70 blowing out his birthday candles with Jim Evarts ’70, who was also celebrating his birthday.
Members of the Form of 1970 had dinner at the Centennial Hotel in Concord on May 30(l. to r.): Steve Moorhead, Guy Nouri, Chip Gowen, George Host, Peter Culver, Steve Crandall, Tres Davidson, Don Lippincott, Frank Kenison, Miles Herter, Fritz Newman, Tom Bedford,Chris Bartle, and Bob Rettew ’69. Present but not pictured were David Shiang, and the photographer, Tom Iglehart ’69.
John Henry Low files this Form report: Congratulations to J.T. Howell and his family on the birth of his granddaughter, Loria Ganymede Howell Yoder. With her christening on the Pentecost, J.T. sadly missed out on our reunion.
From the “When Two or More Gather in My Name Department:” Jeffrey Keith visited with David Holt in Halifax. His trip did feature some kayaking with David on a lake, where Jeffrey valiantly defended David from an errant beaver and also on the Bay of Fundy at David’s family’s house in Five Islands, Nova Scotia, which is known for its 40-foot tide. Jeffrey’s greatest challenge was paddling fast enough so the rapid tide drop did not leave him stranded on the bottom of the ocean, miles from the shore.
Well, all good things must come to an end, and this is my final column, wrapping up my five-year stint as your form director. We just had our highly successful “Rock On” 45th reunion, with a near record turnout that included at least 50 registrants. News of that appears in another section of this Alumni Horae. It’s been fun hearing from you and reporting on your comings and goings, deeds and misdeeds, and your just plain hangin’ out (and even making stuff up about you!) over the past five years. So, to all of you, in the spirit of our Sixth Form Show closing, with that immortal Dale Evans and Roy Rogers song, “Happy Trails to You, Until We Meet Again.” It has been an honor.
Jeffrey Keith ’72 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before kayaking with David Holt ’72.
Loria Ganymede Howell Yoder with her grandfather, J.T. Howell ’72.
Benjamin Sperry shares: “All is well in Shangri-la, aka Cleveland, Ohio. About to be a grand-dad. Knock on wood that all
involved emerge safe and healthy. Don’t see too many Paulies these days. I hear occasionally from Jared Ward, Nancy Kittredge Stockdale, and Tom Wiggin. That’s about it. Tad Montross and I exchange an e-mail once in a while. I hear more and more the ‘r’ word (retirement) from our cohort. Imagine, us pups from 1974, on the cusp of retirement.”
Brady Fowler: “I am now employed at another SPS, South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Wash. I work for the Center for Teaching & Online Learning as administrator for the Canvas Learning Management System. Recent Paulie guests to our new home overlooking the Sound in Oly: Nat Goodspeed visited (drove a rental car from his C++ conference in Bellevue, poor guy) and dined with us in November,and Topher Gayle visited from Santa Rosa with his wife, Louisa, last summer. We plan to see him again this spring and summer as he continues to impress the gang at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop with his teaching and playing. Lori and I visited Topher and Louisa in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Calif., in March. What a lovely home. We are also grandparents of two little girls, Ebba and Maia, who live with their parents, Amanda and David, in Vancouver, B.C.
Dawn as seen from the living room of Brady Fowler ’74 in Beverly Beach, Washington, with a view of Mt. Rainier.
Gregg Townsend and Kevin McCaffrey submit these notes.
An update from Chris Abbott: “It has been a long time since I submitted notes. I joined all of you for the fun in Second and Third Forms and then departed for the warmer climates of North Andover, Mass., and Brooks School. My two children have since graduated from Brooks. I have served as a trustee and president of the Alumni Association and enjoyed my affiliation immensely. I will, however, always have a fond spot in my heart for St. Paul’s, the friends I met, and am proud to have attended. Three months ago, I relocated back to my hometown of Manchester, Mass., after the last eight-plus years in New York City, working in the private equity business. It is great to be back in Greater Boston and, while N.Y.C. will always be special, Boston is home. My daughter works there and my son is a rising senior at Colgate University. Just one more year of paying a college tuition. Many of our classmates must be in a similar position – about to get that big raise. I am an avid yachtsman and have a boat I get on as much as possible. Boat ownership explains my golf handicap, and I do enjoy tennis and squash locally as well as skiing and, up until just a few years ago, ice hockey in an old men’s league. I have just returned from 12 days in Cuba with my kids, and I travel frequently for both business and pleasure. I recommend Cuba for seven days or so if just in Havana and going elsewhere in the country to see the ravages of communism. Having worked extensively in Eastern Europe and Russia, I can confirm that 75-plus years of communism has fared no better in warm climates than in cold. I am in regular touch with Frank Bradley and Chip Clothier and see other SPS classmates in and around Boston and New York. My recollections of Concord were varied as St. Paul’s navigated keeping the “lower school,” co-education, and diversity all in the crucible that is a boarding school. The challenges of the past that are being addressed by St. Paul’s today are important and I am proud that our form has taken a leadership role. My best to the Form of 1975 and, if you are ever on the North Shore of Boston, please do get in touch.”
Daphne Firth writes: “I have been living in São Paulo, Brazil for the last 18 months, working for a start-up venture in distressed loan acquisition and management. It’s been a great challenge, learning a lot about the laws and customs in distressed loan collection in a difficult economic environment, with lots of political twists and turns. Please look me up if your travels bring you to Brazil.”
From Steve Turner: “I just sailed from Providence to Martha’s Vineyard in a single ten-hour, two-handed passage with Tom Wiggin ’74, aboard my recently acquired 1955 Sparkman and Stevens classic wooden yawl, Kaikoura. Sweet to be dodging rogue waves instead of Krupa the Troopah. This spring, Bill Newlin, John MacKenna, and I had the honor of attending the 60th birthday party for Kevin McCaffrey, where a superb time was had by all. I also have the great pleasure of staying in touch, albeit sporadically (my fault!), with Twig Mowatt, Jeff Randall ’74, Owen Andrews, and Glenn Aragon.”
Cici Peterson writes: “I was sad to be unable to attend reunion and all its reconnecting and celebrations. It lands at the end of my quarter, when too many papers and final presentations are due. I am in University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work and interning two days a week on top of school. It is crazy stressful, but I am loving the learning and interactions. Plus, I will already be back in Boston the weekend of May 20 for our ‘baby’s’ graduation from Boston College. We will be through all three kids’ college tuitions – woohoo! And, Ash already did grad school.”
Nora Tracy Phillips submitted the following notes.
In mid-May, Sarah Chubb Sauvayre, Joan Mackay-Smith Dalton, Linda Richards Bolesta, Holly Hackett Kania, Lita Remsen, and Nora Tracy Phillips came together for dinner in New York. Three hours later, none had solved the problems of the world, but all left feeling awed in recognition of the ways our seedling connections to one another have grown and deepened over time.
Lita Remsen writes: “For many years now, I’ve attended Anniversary Weekend in the 7’s cycle, with the class of ’67, my husband’s class. There are usually one or two of us ’78s on hand to carry the ’78 sign in the Parade. This year, we stalwarts (Linda Richards Bolesta, Joan Mackay-Smith Dalton, and I) were joined by Lisa Henriques Hughes and Arthur Bingham, who both had children graduating, and Katie Thayer McCammond, who came to lend her amazing voice to the ’77 band. Also on campus, but not with the rest of us at pic-
ture time, were Frank Hunnewell, Wizzy Deans Mooney, and Mitchell Kelly ’77, (’77 technically), who brought with him Sandy Kaynor’s (’77 technically) son, Granville. I apologize if I’ve failed to name anyone else who was there that I didn’t know about. The weather was chilly but beautiful, so we could take in all the weekend had to offer. A highlight was seeing the new Community Center in old Hargate. Of course, Tuck was in there, but there were also pool and ping pong tables, comfortable seating, and screens displaying school-related information. The terrace on the back of the building, overlooking the sluice, is exquisite. Mark your calendars for June 1-3, 2018, for our 40th. It will be great to be in Millville again with as many of you as can be there.”
Andre Boissier shares: “Becoming a dad to my daughter, Anastasia, now 19, was the best thing I ever did; so I thought I would go for an encore, and my wife Lana and I were blessed with little Maxim, now eight months old. Living in Santa Monica, 34 years now in So Cal. Fully immersed in building distribution platforms for independent feature films overseas. Still competitive in squash. Lovin’ life. Here’s to June 2018.”
From Seattle, Kelley Eskridge writes: “My film, OtherLife, had its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival on June 16. The film is based on my novel, Solitaire, and I co-wrote the script. It’s my first professional screenwriting credit, and I’m very proud of the film. Great director, great cast, amazing creative crew. Our hope, of course, is to bring the film to the U.S., either via distribution or direct sale to a streaming service. When I’m allowed to screen it publicly here, there will be a giant party in Seattle. You’re all invited. I’m chronicling the making of the film in The OtherLife Journals at https://medium.com/the-otherlife-journals. And I’d love to connect with other SPS alums involved in the film business.”
Els Collins reports that, this summer, she and husband Jimmie Greene “will be attending our son Chris’s wedding to Whitney Denny on the mountain overlooking Lake Tahoe. Their 18-month-old daughter, Skylar, will pave the way with rose petals.”
Chip Olney sent us the following: “After an academic year of empty nest bliss, the band is back together. Both girls are home in Greenwich for the summer. Emma, having graduated from Bowdoin College over Memorial Day weekend, will be starting work with XL/Catlin in September; and Lexi, a rising junior at the University of Richmond, will be off to Vienna for the fall semester. The girls’ grandparents, Alicia and Wright Olney ’53, were able to join us at Emma’s graduation, and I briefly got to enjoy the company of Kevin Foley and Jim Foley ’74, who were there as well, celebrating the graduation of Jim’s daughter, Katie.”
Andrew Rose ’78 and Thor Thors ’78, classmates at The Buckley School in New York City, SPS, and Princeton, met up at their Princeton reunion.
Form of 1978 alumnae gathered in NYC (l. to r.): Nora Tracy Phillips, Sarah Chubb Sauvayre,Holly Hackett Kania, Linda Richards Bolesta, Joan Mackay-Smith Dalton, and Lita Remsen.
Jon Old ’78 and his daughter, Emily Old ’13, celebrate Emily’s graduation from Dartmouth.
The Form of 1978 represented at A&G, with (l. to r.) Katie Thayer McCammond, Lisa Henriques Hughes, Linda Richards Bolesta, Lita Remsen, Arthur Bingham, and Joan Mackay-Smith Dalton.
Maxim Boissier, son of Andre Boissier ’78.
The Olneys (l. to r.): Chip ’78, Lexi, Pam, and Emma
Past Alumni Association President Laura Bartsch ’86 and current President Liz Robbins ’79 at their sons’ SPS crew race against Tabor.
Formmates Hilary Parkhurst ’80 and Susannah Albright ’80 at the SPS/Exeter/Kent crew race at SPS.
With my daughter finishing her first year at UVM, I have had more than a few occasions to travel to Burlington from Massachusetts, a route that takes me right through Concord and over Turkey Pond on the I-89 overpass. Fellow SPS rowers will remember that the overpass marked the last 20 strokes of a race, so that must be why my adrenaline kicks around Exit 2 and I find myself speeding over Turkey Pond, determined to leave everyone else in my wake. Reza Dana makes the same trip, but slows down enough to enjoy the memories in a more reflective manner. He writes, “Life in Boston is good. It was wonderful to see so many formmates at our 35th. Every time I drive past Concord en route to a ski destination in Vt. or N.H., I either stop by the campus or pause to remember those special days so many years ago. SPS still often permeates my dreams, with vivid experiences and conversations.” Maybe Reza and I should compare travel schedules and arrange to meet at the dive bar off of Exit 1, where our form gathers each night during our reunions.
Edith Harris Adams writes: “Last summer, I made a big career move and started working as an educational consultant with McMillan Education in Boston. This new position enables me to combine my experiences as both a clinical social worker and learning specialist and work with families in finding optimal educational and therapeutic placements for their children and young adults. My particular area of expertise is in working with students whose educational paths have gotten derailed due to emotional and/or learning challenges. I have had an exciting year, visiting schools and programs all over the country. I have run into some Paulies along the way, which has been fun.”
In addition to some “fake news” that Peter Paine offered up about John Duer, which was quickly debunked, he also offered the following (none of which has been confirmed by form fact-checkers): “Annelies, 23, is working in San Francisco and has switched from rowing to surfing. I’ve introduced her to our local formmate and surfing sensei, Julie Mott, so hopefully they will get out on the waves together when the weather warms up. My brother, Alex ’87, lives in San Francisco, so it is nice for Annelies to have family close by. Peter IV ’15, is a sophomore at Princeton and seems to be enjoying himself. He is likely to major in history. Isabel, 15, is a day student at Lawrenceville and is our only chick still in the nest. I guess we are lucky to still have one at home, as I know so many of our formmates are now empty-nesters. Els continues to herd cats as the department manager of the Molecular Biology Department at Princeton. I continue in management consulting in the life sciences as a partner at ZS Associates. Never a dull moment in that fast-changing industry!”
Media junkie Brooke Southall shared a recent discovery, which also proves that his memory is in much better shape than most people our age. Watching MSNBC recently, he recognized the name of former formmate Marq Claxton, now a retired NYPD detective, who was being interviewed. A quick tweet to Marq confirmed that, yes indeed, he was Form of 1981 – for about a month. Actually, after rereading Brooke’s tweet to Marq, in which he asks if he was at SPS in 1976, I’m going to amend my observation about Brooke’s memory. Brooke, none of us were at SPS in 1976. Our Third Form contingent arrived in 1977 – 40 years ago this fall!
Sam Reid ’81 and Spenser Bartsch ’17 at Anniversary 2017.
Members of the Form of 1982 gathered for a pre-reunion gathering on April 12 at the home of Mariza Scotch ’82 and Diery Prudent in N.Y.C. (l. to r.), back: Mark Eichorn, Edward Marchese, Bill Bateson, Peter Coe, Chris Harris, Louisa Benton, Nicole Gallagher, Alison Horne-Rona; front: Rebecca Johnson, Elisabeth Schmitz Lucas, Mariza Scotch, Chris King, and Emily Fisher.
Ben Hall writes: “After 10 years of freelance copywriting, I’ve taken a full-time job as senior content producer at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School. It’s great to be based right in downtown Boston.”
My wife, Dana, has just been named the new vicar of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and we will be moving there from San Francisco this summer. She’ll be joining an all-star clergy team that includes, get this, the Reverend Canon Preston B. Hannibal. We will actually be living in a cottage on the Cathedral grounds. Look me up if and when you’re in D.C. (excepting you, Karnow) and I’ll show you the Darth Vader gargoyle (really!) that you can’t see from ground level.
From Angie Hickman: “After many years working at the intersection of media, strategy, and technology conceptualizing, building and launching digital products and services (Viacom and Time), I jumped at the chance in 2016 to work for a small engineering firm building the technology platform for HRC 2016. It didn’t end on an up note. But the experience was invaluable and I’m now hooked on mission-based work, especially as our daily activities become more and more transformed – for better or worse – by automation and technology. Oh, and with help of some of that technology my co-parent and I just had a kid (Harrison). St. Paul’s 2035!”
From Laurel Abbruzzese: “It was great to be back at SPS for Anniversary Weekend. I got to see my daughter Emily ’19 help Halcyon achieve victory at the Boat Races. I reconnected with Laura Hildesley Bartsch and Jill Forney, who both had graduating Sixth Formers. Darryl Harding ’86 crashed the ’87 lunch tables with me and went to the reception for students and alumni of color. He’s still the same Darryl, full of laughs.”
Laurel Abbruzzese ’86 with daughter Emily ’19 at the Anniversary Weekend crew races.
I had the pleasure of having lunch in early June with Walt Zink and former faculty member John Green in New York City. John (Coach Green or Mr. Green to those of us who knew him at SPS) now works in New York City, where he runs the TEAK Fellowship, a program that prepares low-income middle school students to enter and succeed in highly selective high schools and colleges. I’ve had the good fortune of seeing John several times over the last year and it’s been great to reconnect. Walt continues to live in San Antonio, Texas, though he continues to take his son, Arthel, all over the place to see baseball games (Royalsor otherwise). We covered a lot of ground over lunch – including, of course, the tremendous success of Coach Green’s SPS basketball teams in the mid-late 1980s, accomplishments to which my contributions were fairly limited – and Walt’s even more so. At the time of this writing, I am also looking forward to lunch later this week with Em Buxton McCann, who leads the national work of Citizens Schools, which brings volunteer Citizen Teachers into school buildings to deliver project-based learning experiences and apprenticeships for young people to prepare them to be successful in the 21st century workforce.
David Brownstein writes: “I just got back to the States last Saturday from two years in Cameroon. I’ll be here for two months of training and home leave and then will head to our Embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic. My wife, Kristyna, and daughter, Lily Grace, will stay in Stowe, Vt., for the year I’m away (families not allowed at the embassy), where they will see a lot of Sam Von Trapp and his wife, Becky. While I’d like to encourage all and sundry to visit in Bangui, I’ll understand if nobody ever takes me up on the offer.”
Sarah Cornell writes: “Jay Erickson ’93 and I started a digital/technology meet up for N.Y.C.-area alumni. We had a fun inaugural drinks event in late May at Jay’s office rooftop. Good group ranging in industries and ages. We plan on having events on a quarterly basis, with speakers or specific themes, e.g. the AI revolution, disruption in FinServ, healthcare, media, etc. People are encouraged to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they would like to be added to the invite list for our next gathering.”
Kelly Heaton writes: “I’m an artist-in-residence at Otis College of Art and Design for the month of June, and I have three paintings in the show “Art on the Front Lines” at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York, through August 20. I still live with my family on a small farm in Virginia. My oldest two stepdaughters are in college and my youngest will be a junior in high school. How strange to have grown-up kids, considering that we all seemed SO much more mature and knowledgeable back in the day.”
Scientist and Yale School of Public Health professor Jeff Townsend continues to receive recognition for his work and athletic feats. “I pointed out, in a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, that associations between climate and vector population dynamics can be markedly affected by the evolution of disease resistance, driving shifts in seasonal epidemiological dynamics. Incorporating the evolution of plague resistance among rats into our model captured experimentally observed associations between climate and flea population dynamics in India and reproduced observed changes in seasonal epidemic patterns for which the explanation had been only speculative for over a hundred years. This analysis yields insights into the epidemiological ecological and evolutionary dynamics of the most deadly pandemic disease agent in human history – insights that will help to guide the design of preparedness and response strategies that mitigate future outbreaks.” Separately, Jeff was pleased to race in and win the USATF-CT Master’s Indoor 3,000m on February 5.”
Charlotte Milan writes: “It’s been a whirlwind since Greyson “Grey” Spill joined our lives on November 5, 2013. (Yes, that means he is 3.5 years old, so this is late!) We are not in the tech industry, but my husband, Christopher Spill, and I plan on staying in (my
native) San Francisco for the long haul. The year 2017 also marks the 13th anniversary of C. Milan Communications, my public relations firm, which focuses on luxury wineries. Let me know if you are coming to Napa/Sonoma – happy to help suggest itineraries and would love to connect.”
From Matthew Kulas: “At my 25th Eagle-
brook School reunion this past weekend (June 9-11), I had the pleasure of meeting fel-
low Brookie and Paulie Sam von Trapp ’90 (and drinking some of his family’s excellent Trapp lager). I continue to suffer from the peakbagging malady. Symptoms include struggling through impossibly dense spruce, crawling under and climbing over blow-downs, and states of near delirium upon reaching the summits of obscure, viewless peaks – generally above 3,000 ft. but below 4,000 ft. – in the northeastern U.S. Fridays this winter saw my three-year-old son, Nathan, and I playing hooky in the afternoon on the slopes of Wachusett. I’m proud to say that he skied 15 days this season with virtually no tears. Other joys include singing with Boston’s eminent Back Bay Chorale, canoeing the quiet water of central Mass. with my wife, Kylie, and Nathan, and eating ice cream.”
From Morgan Stewart: “I had a way-too-short (but so fun) visit with Roberta Bruce Paul while in N.Y.C. for work recently.”
Jenn (Long) Gatti shares: “I married Brian Gatti on May 20 in Duxbury, Mass. It was an amazing day. We live in Allston, Mass., and I’m still teaching science at BB&N. School is winding down and I’m very much looking forward to summer vacation.”
Matthew Kulas ’95 atop Mount Tamarac in New York, elevation 3,104 ft.
Nathan, son of Matthew Kulas ’95, learning to tune his own skis.
Lily Wachter shares that she and Liza Maddrey got together in Venice, Calif., where they held their own mini-reunion, complete with the next generation. Lily also writes, "We did realize that my son clearly has a major crush on her daughter (see picture of Olivia and Col, both three years old)." Lily also reports that Luc David Wachter was born on January 27, 2017.
Arthur Sheehan writes: “We would like to announce the birth of our second son, Foster Hammer Sheehan, born on December 1, 2016. We are currently living in Summit, N.J.”
Foster Hammer Sheehan, son of Arthur Sheehan ’97.
Olivia, daughter of Liza Maddrey ’97, and Col, son of Lily Wachter ’97, in Venice, California.
News from Dodd Loomis: “Hey, Paulie Fam. My news is that I am now a dad. Edelen Winter Loomis was born June 29, 2016. My wife, Alix Loomis, and I have been touring the country for the last 1,000 days with my job (I am the resident director of the National Tour of The Lion King. New Space training paying future dividends!). For the first two years, it was just the two of us, but now we are a family of three, lugging suitcases around the country. By Edelen’s first birthday, she had been on 30 airplanes and visited 25 states. In our travels, we have hooked up with tons of fellow Paulies, state by state – San Francisco: Tom Russo ’97, Tom Boyd ’96, Ben Bleiman ’99, Brooke Lloyd ’99, and Max and Charlie Carver (Martensen) ’07; Chicago: Eddie Bluemel and Nathaniel Clapp; Edmonton, Canada: Patrick Fox; Providence: Barton Quil-
len ’85; Costa Mesa: Ryan Lawrence; New Orleans: Ben Karp ’08; Albuquerque: Paul Mysliwiec ’97; Washington, D.C.: Landon Loomis ’95. Looking forward to hooking up with more Paulies along the way. Hit me up for a backstage tour.”
Alexander Butler writes: “...and then there were four. James David Butler joined us Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and we’re over the moon. Everyone is happy and healthy and posting great stats. Hope to make introductions with some Paulies soon. Alex, Dory, Addie, and James.”
Alexander Butler ’98 and his family welcomed a son, James David Butler.
Adam Brandow and his wife, Megan, welcomed a son, Otto, last September.
Story Parker Schildge shares: “My hus-
band and I are happy to announce the births of our twins, Maple and Felix. They were born on April 27. We’re still living in Paris. Our other two sons, Dougie and Andrew, are doing well as they adjust to their new roles as the big boys.”
Maple and Felix, twins of Story Schildge ’99.
Otto Brandow, son of Megan Brandow-Faller and Adam Brandow ’99.
March was a busy month for the Scribner family as Charles won the James Lowery Service Award from the Alabama Rivers Alliance and his wife, Elizabeth ’02, won the Dean’s Award from the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. Charles Scribner V, age six months, dutifully attended both ceremonies.
Jack Peradotto, born May 15 to Jackie Zider Peradotto ’02 and her husband, Scott.
D.C. Pelicans gathered for a day of service at the Central Union Mission.
I caught up with a few fellow Paulies while Calvin Ma ’04 was visiting San Francisco.
After 14 years away, Irene Ma Kim and Andrew Kim will be returning to the SPS community this fall. Irene will be working in college advising, and Andrew will be joining the dermatology practice right down the road at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. From the both of them: “We’re excited to be back. Hope to see many of you at our 15th Reunion next year, and we’d love to host any of you in our apartment in Simpson.”
Members of the Form of 2004 in Seattle last fall for lunch and a walk (l. to r.): Caitlin Dick, Quin Kennedy ’03, Isabel Crosby, Sarah Wu, Liberty Kifer, and Lucas Swart.
Alumni Seated Meal in Hong Kong (l. to r.), front: Christina Wong ’12, Renee Boey ’00, Isabelle Pan; row 2: Mark Poon ’10, Theodore Ma ’00, Jason Lam ’01, Calvin Ma ’04; row 3: Michael Wong ’08, Tom Allen ’01, Natalie Tse ’09, Julian Cheng ’92, Nicholas Fung ’95, Jonathan Tam ’04, Loraine Chow, and Kenneth Wong ’05.
Thomas Ho ’03 (r.) caught up with fellow Paulies in San Francisco (l. to r.): Brett Camarda ’05, Bobby Gosney ’05, Glara Ahn ’06, and Calvin Ma '04.
My wife, Jess, and I recently purchased a house in Norwich, Vt., and will be moving from Washington, D.C., at the end of July. We are both looking forward to the new adventure and welcome anyone who finds themselves in the Upper Valley. Clayton Sachs recently graduated from Columbia Business School and lives in New York. When we spoke, Clayton was on a boat trip from N.Y.C. to Canada via the Hudson River and Lake Champlain. Brian Pierre married his longtime fiancée Samantha Corey on April 22 in Washington, D.C. The two met while Brian was at St. Paul’s and Sam was at Emma Willard. They had a great time dancing the night away with family and friends, including SPS alums Alexis Burbank and Rhett Prentice. The newly minted Pierres have resided in the D.C. area for a while, but are now here to stay as they just purchased a home in Alexandria, Va.
Eleanor Foote and Will Harte got married this past May. Their ceremony took place at a summer camp outside of Austin, Texas, and they spent the weekend celebrating with friends and family, including a strong SPS showing. “We currently live in San Francisco and love all of the great outdoor activities that the Bay has to offer, especially bike rides in the Marin headlands and weekend skiing and backpacking trips to Lake Tahoe. We have a (mini) spare room in our apartment and would love to host classmates.”
Eleanor’s other SPS form of 2006 update is that she, Will Broer, and Brian Pierrerecently discovered that they all work for the same healthcare company (DaVita). Will Broer and Eleanor are out in the Bay Area, while Brian is in Virginia. None of them ever anticipated working in kidney care operations, but are enjoying having other Paulies around. When he’s not getting married or enjoying the great outdoors, Will works at a product development consultancy in San Francisco and is pursuing an M.B.A. at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
The May wedding of Eleanor Foote ’06 and Will Harte ’06 included Paulies (l. to r.), back: Slade Harte ’00, Isa Widdowson ’02, Lizzie Owens ’02, Anna Widdowson ’05, Maggie (Owens) Moran ’94, Oliver Embry ’05, Pitch Lindsay ’05, John MacGregor ’06, Eric Mayer ’05; front: Alyssa Kopp ’06, Annie (Baer) Kiley ’06, the groom, the bride, Katy Duncan ’06, Bret Lineberry ‘06, and Eli Mitchell ’06.
Hayley Duus writes: “Great seeing everyone at reunion! After wrapping up my M.B.A. at Columbia with Clayton Sachs ’06 and Lesley Kwok ’05, I moved to Seattle and am actively looking for hiking buddies. Also, a few of us are beginning to plan a Paulie ski trip for 2018 with non-ski-friendly activities. Please reach out if you are interested (email@example.com).”
Dylan Procida ’07 married David Martz. Paulies attending included (l. to r.): Tobi Olopade ’07, Hayley Duus ’07, the bride and groom, Callie Wentling ’07, and Jen Parker ’07.
Diego H. Nunez
Can’t wait to see everyone up in Millville the weekend of June 2-3, 2018, for our10-year reunion. Give me a shout if you’d like to help plan our order from Checkmate.
Alex Wood connected by phone with senior Simpson neighbor Jay Gurney, who reaffirmed, through the brief but meaningful sesh, that he remained still totally a chill bro, despite law school’s structural support for squirrels. He credited his XC-honedresolve as well as the Colorado backdrop, and did concede, “I am a little crunchier.”
I am sad to report that Simon Nott died on April 7, 2017, in Manchester, N.H.
Former SPS teammates competed at the 2017 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships (l. to r.): Stacy Neul ’15, Regina Brown ’14,Alie Rusher ’14, and Lia Keyser ’13.