I am pleased to report that Gray Hummel Harley and Nehal Mohan Beltangady were married on May 19 at Pawleys Island, S.C., and reside in New York City. My wife, Jen, and I had the chance to be down there to celebrate with Gray and Nehal, as did Alex Tiger and his wife, Chelsea, and Gray’s cousin, Alexander Saint-Amand ’92, and his wife, Sarah. A beautiful spot and a great party. I also had the recent pleasure of having lunch up in the Hudson Valley in Hyde Park, N.Y., on a Saturday in early June with Nelly Calder and her daughter, Rita. Nelly lives in New Paltz, N.Y., with her family and is doing great.
Jeff Townsend has had an eventful year. On September 4, he won the USA Track and Field 20K Masters Division National Championship in New Haven, Conn. Then on September 20, the Yale School of Public Health celebrated a new endowed chair, the Elihu Endowed Professorship in Biostatistics, which was conferred on Jeff. His research on how cancer evolves from normal tissue into tumors was also profiled in Yale Scientific, with the title “Replaying the Tape of Cancer Development.”
John Jordan submitted this message: “Very happy being a FOX News contributor and being CEO of my winery and software company. Coming up on 18 years in the Navy Reserve with retirement on the horizon. All are welcome to visit me in Healdsburg, Calif. Jordanwinery.com.”
Jonathan Meeks reports: “Having great fun in the San Francisco Bay Area and hope to see more Paulies in the area soon. Have had great recent visits from Chris Heinz, Adam Herrmann, and Alex Eberts. I am very excited to have Jonathan, Jr. enter SPS class of 2022 alongside Blair (Linen) Demers ’92’s number two. How much we all wish we could do it all over again. Had a chance to see my old head of house and adviser Colin Callahan and Heather Crutchfield, respectively, still campus legends – can you believe it has been 27 years since we all set foot there? Please give to the Alumni Fund; the School is doing amazing things and really needs our support.”
With heavy hearts, we want to inform you that our dear formmate, Jason P. Andris, died suddenly on May 30. A gathering at St. Paul’s to honor and remember his life will be held later this fall. We will endeavor to update friends and formmates with details for that visit and hope to present a gift or memorial at that time. Jason loved St. Paul’s. His St. Paul’s friendships were valued and lasting. For the past 30 years, Jason dedicated much of his time and energy to this wonderful place. We know that his friends and the entire St. Paul’s community will join us in remembering him with love.
KT Taylor and James Ahn ’95 bumped into each other in San Sebastian, Spain. KT was working on her pelican installation (to be installed at SPS in the Fall of 2018), and James was there “to eat the wayyyy yummy food.” The two celebrated the 25-year anniversary of their study abroad in Segovia, Spain, with Sr. Mendez-Peñate. KT and James send their thanks to SPS for “showing us what is best in life.”
Kimiye Corwin Liebman writes: “My husband, Jesse Liebman, and I welcomed our daughter, Maxine Rose Liebman, on May 12, 2017. Our first daughter, Ruby, is now three years old. We are still living in Brooklyn and loving it.”
Anne Stires was recently a guest on the public radio program “Maine Calling.” She was talking about connecting children with nature as part of the work she does at the school she founded seven years ago. Here is a link to the audio: http://mainepublic.org/post/connecting-children-and-nature-what-benefits-do-kids-get-great-outdoors. Anne is also offering a teacher training workshop at Juniper Hill School for educators interested in learning more about teaching forest kindergarten. Here is a link to more info on the workshop: www.juniperhillschool.org/workshopregistration.
A note from Amy (Hanley) Rothermel: “I was all set to come to our big reunion a couple years ago, but my gallbladder had other plans. After college, I ended up working in addiction treatment, a real fun cocktail party conversation starter, and moved north again to Pennsylvania. Picked up a husband and a couple of kids (now 19 and 13) and then had Ascher (4). I’d say I’m getting this birth announcement in just under the wire. No registry but cash gifts always welcome. Currently in North Carolina/Florida and trying desperately to lose the Florida part but my boat-loving Yankee husband is fighting me on that. Perhaps I will have an update in another 20 years. Door is always open if anyone dips under the Mason-Dixon Line. Libby Whitaker Kelly ’94 and I compete all summer for the biggest Nutty Buddy/Choco Taco tab. With five kids, she usually wins, but we are right there.
Nick Fung writes: “I married Dr. Loraine Chow on May 2 at Lake Garda, Italy. We had a wonderful wedding on a private island, Isola del Garda, and got very lucky with the weather. Everyone partied like it was 1995 and Mark Edmond was one of my groomsman.”
Isabella Calder and Rafael Taboada were married on March 10, 2018, in Florence, Italy. Paulies present included Isabel Smith Margulies ’94, Ned Rauch ’94, Tim Wallack’ 94, Nelly Calder ’90, Grace Evans, KT Taylor ’93, and Williams Swift Martin IV ’79.
Caitlin Riley checks in: “I have been taking a much-needed break from the rat race for the past year or so, learning Spanish in Cusco, Peru, venturing to the Andes and the Amazon to explore psychedelic healing plants, working on a permaculture farm in Chile, and now foolishly walking 1600km of the renowned pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago. I started in Le Puy, France, and hope to get to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, still standing. Although I begrudgingly attended Ms. Windsor’s French classes at SPS, I have an immense amount of gratitude for her and the class now, putting the language to daily use while walking the ‘chemin’ in the South of France. Like most things, you don’t notice or appreciate the benefits until years later.”
Kate Esselen and Andrew Kurd ’97 welcomed a new baby, Henry, to their family on April 18, 2018.