A note from Lin Giralt: “I have been visiting Chinese high schools in support of an English-based university level summer school program that I teach in and have gotten enormous interest in St. Paul’s for student exchange, interaction, and other educational purposes. Hope my trip here produces some results in the long term. In the short term, I have visited around a dozen cities and spoken at nearly two dozen high schools and universities. I am sorry to report that the current trade war is causing great anxiety in China and people are very worried. In every talk, I get questions as to how this will play out. Much fear about loss of jobs and students getting shut out of U.S. schools and universities. On the other hand, Chinese people are extremely nice, they like Americans, and all wish for good relations going forward.”
Dawes Cook writes: “Greetings from Charleston, S.C. I was glad to have dinner with Robin Beran in May during his annual golf excursion to Kiawah Island. He is doing well, and his golf game is still strong. As I write this, I’m enjoying my first weeks as past president of the South Carolina Bar. I’m pleased to report that mine was a virtually scandal-free administration. The family is doing well, and Helen and I love grandparenthood. Please check in if you are ever in the area.”
A message from John Tait: “I was just at our reunion at SPS, and it was a massive success, with a huge turnout from our class. Actually, I was there for the graduation of my two children with the Form of 2019, and got to carry our class banner as a side benefit. It was fun to be next to the Form of 1969 in the Parade and chat with people we knew as Third Formers. The School is doing very well overall. I’m grateful for the education my children received there. My daughter, Gwen ’19, starred in the Latin play, and I can report that the classics are thriving at SPS, with a new generation of superb teachers.”
Topher Gayle checks in: “The production of my second and third CDs came in 2018, which I consider my legacy. You can find out all about them on my website, tophergayle.com. I play in several bands of various kinds, teach at music camps, and we also attend music festivals. Meanwhile, we’re enjoying life in Santa Rosa, Calif., and though the fires came very close, our home is okay. I’ve recently taken up lawn bowling, if you can imagine that.”
Gregg Townsend and Kevin McCaffrey submitted these notes: Blaine Carter writes that he presented the SPS crew program with a set of Croker M47 Arrow oars this spring. “While attending regattas over the past three years to watch my daughter, Nina, row for Holton-Arms School, I made the acquaintance of the USA Croker Oar representative and St. Andrews School alumnus/oarsman. At some point, we discussed the fact that the Kent Boys first eight was rowing with Croker M47s but not SPS’s. This reminded me that when I was rowing for SPS in the early 1970s, a number of the first eights had rowed with a special set of oars known as the ‘Henley Oars,’ which had been given by the father of Gregg Stone ’71 for the 1971 100th Anniversary first eight to use when they traveled to Henley. These oars were a set of Pocock 12’5” oars with Macon Blades (longer than those typically used by schoolboy eights) and were used by the 1971 and 1973 Henley eights as well as the 1974, 1975, and 1976 NE Championship first eights.
These oars were of such significance that Greg Wheeler ’71 purchased eight from the set of 10 in 2006 and gave them to the boys in his 1971 boat for their 35th Anniversary. I was fortunate enough to have received one of the Henley spares in 1996 as a groomsman gift from my best man, Jim Foley ’74, stroke of the 1973 and 1974 first SPS eights and captain of the Shattuck Crew 1974. That oar hangs in my den and is one of my most cherished possessions. It reminds me daily of what a phenomenal experience it is to row for SPS. Through my gift I wanted the current SPS oarsman and oarswomen to know how important and impactful rowing for SPS can be. Congrats to the SPS women for their first-place showing in Worcester this year. The Form of 1975 continues to have an impact on the SPS crew program.”
Helen Hunt Bouscaren writes: “While it wasn’t a reunion year for our form, I had great fun taking my father, Richard Hunt ’44, back this spring for his 75th. He had two other classmates in attendance, including Robert Read ’44, the father of Sil Read ’73, and I got to reconnect with her, which was an added bonus of the weekend. I thought the three of them would be leading the Parade, but was amazed to hear that a member of the Form of 1939 was back for his 80th reunion. In fact, this was Willard Hunnewell ’39, uncle of Walter Hunnewell. It was amazing to see Mr. Hunnewell, who turned 98 on that day, walk the entire route. Dad’s knees kept him from walking, but hopefully we will be there in five years for his 80th. We also saw my cousin, Terry Hunt ’69, and his wife, Gale.”
In May, Bill Newlin, David Moffat, and Gregg Townsend gathered for a weekend at Steve Turner’s home on Martha’s Vineyard. Great food, robust conversation, and a strong prevailing wind were highlights of the reunion and the first sail of the summer into Nantucket Sound.
Owen Andrews checks in: “I continue to live in Cambridge and work at Harvard’s Office of the Governing Boards, where I have been an associate secretary for the past five years. My daughter, Isabel, graduated from Brown and plans to make works of art and teach parkour. My son, Eric, is a rising junior at Franklin & Marshall, majoring in computer science and philosophy. I attended the Service of Repentance in the New Chapel in May, which Richard Belshaw helped organize and for which he composed and delivered a moving prayer.”
At the BZN Film Celebration in Bozeman, Mont., in June, filmmakers Mimi Armstrong deGruy, Perry King ’66, and Jana Brown (editor of Alumni Horae) became friends – before realizing their SPS connection. Mimi’s film, Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy (divingdeepmovie.com), is a tribute to her late husband, a renowned deep water explorer and cinematographer who died suddenly in 2012. It received the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at BZN and also earned the Festival’s Spirit Award. Perry (director/lead actor) and Jana (screenwriter) shared their narrative feature film, The Divide (thedividemotionpicture.com), which, after a yearlong festival tour in 2018, was invited to be BZN’s opening-night film.
From Cindy Drinkwater: “I managed to capture a rare SPS ’77 sighting in Anchorage, Alaska, snapping a photo of Brett Lewis and his wife, Cappy Von Stade ’76, and myself. Brett and Cappy were on their way through Anchorage after a fall fishing trip and I had the great pleasure of meeting up with them for lunch and a quick tour of Cynosure Brewing, the business my husband and I own (and where the photo was taken).”
Christopher Willis writes: “My daughter, Caroline ’14, and I took a two-week, 4,200-mile road trip in April that put us in New Orleans for the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz Festival. As close as I could get to my fifth reunion wish (fantasy) of having Carlos Santana play at my house. Other big names at the Jazz Fest were The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire (who I last saw with Bert Lewars and Earl Potts back in our college days) and The Revivalists. On our trip, we spent time in Denver, Santa Fe, White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns, Marfa, Texas, Big Bend National Park, Marathon, Texas, Austin, Baton Rouge, Mobile, Birmingham, Nashville, Churchill Downs, Knob Creek Distillery in Clermont, Ky., Middleburg, Va., and quite a few other great places. Caroline started the trip in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where she was a ski instructor last winter. Some of the highlights were The Meow Wolf exhibit in Santa Fe, the Bosque Del Apache Wild Life Refuge, Big Bend National Park (swimming in The Rio Grande), Jazz Fest, a blues festival outside Birmingham and a self-guided private tour of Churchill Downs (cost of entry: Pelican charm). All in all, a very inspiring trip. Already thinking about the next one.”
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From New York, Sarah Chubb Sauvayre reports: “I am still enjoying my current life mix of media consulting, startup CEO coaching, volunteering, bike racing, and a little (nascent) writing. Our youngest is a rising college senior, so Pascal and I are approaching true empty-nester status. In April, we had a blast hosting my nephew, Seamus O’Connell ’21, and his friend, Seth McKenzie ’21, for a long weekend. They humored me on all my many questions about current life at the School; from what they told me, the food is much better but everything else is pretty much the same. They asked me plenty of questions as well. Is this a good place for me to confess to Seamus’s mom, my sister, Lucy Chubb ’82, that I told them we bought that blow-up dinghy in town to use on the pond?”
Prodigal brother D.J. Mitchell reports that, in May, he walked for the graduation ceremony at Eastern Mennonite University, from which he expects to fully graduate with his M.Div. in December. He and his wife, Carrie, are the proud parents of two boys, one who will start his freshman year in high school, and the other who will enter kindergarten in the fall.
Lita Remsen continues to enjoy her rewarding work in public school education in Ithaca, N.Y., as well as her recent second passion as a movement and mobility educator, helping individuals enhance functional movement, relieve pain, and live better in their bodies. Visiting their children in their chosen locations (Colorado, Cuba, and, soon, Utah) has influenced the travel itineraries for her and husband Jim Marshall ’67. She hopes to venture on itineraries of her own soon and is welcoming ideas.
Frank Hunnewell in Wellesley, Mass., tells us: “I had a great time at Anniversary Weekend, watching my uncle, Willard P. Hunnewell ’39, lead the Parade and walk the whole way! Quick catch up with Jon Sweet and Lisa Hughes was fun. All is well at home. Our daughter, Eliza, is wrapping up an amazing Dickinson junior semester in New Zealand and our son, Ben, crushed his freshman year at Boston University, rowing on their varsity crew. Two very happy kids, so all is well.”
From Chris Schiavone: “Happy to report that Rich Lederer is as entertaining and erudite as ever, thirty years after departing St. Paul’s (after 27 years as English teacher, tennis coach, and – as remembered by nerds like me – faculty advisor to the Chess Club). His annual visits with us in New Jersey over the last 10 years included one in June, with a dinner at Shackamaxon Country Club attended by KT Wen ’75, Tiffany and Jon Sweet, and my family and friends. As usual with the world’s foremost authority on the English language, the lively discussion with the 81-year-old ranged from Shakespeare to Spoonerisms and from puns to poems to punctuation. Dr. L. also got in some tennis with Jon Old at the Short Hills Club. Due to his advanced age, Lederer went easy on him. If you are interested in his books, contact Rich at verbivore.com.”
Former SPS varsity ski team members Tim Steinert and David Scully ’79 proved they still have the right stuff, skiing together, along with their “neck-risking” sons, Ben Scully ’21 and Luca Steinert ’21, at Jackson Hole this past March.
Sarah Bankson Newton, Etienne Poirot, Liz Overton Robbins, and George Schwab convened in April after the Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, where Etienne was recognized for his work with UNICEF Cambodia.
Michele Helm writes: “Being the kid from California and one of the few Asians in our class, being at St. Paul’s was a three-year eye opener. Coming back for the 40th touched a past that seemed like a distant dream. It was a blast! Trying to identify the teenage face within the adult was sometimes a challenge. But I truly enjoyed catching up and tried to with everybody in attendance. Conversation was at a frenetic pace, especially in the hospitality suite. We giggled over joint memories – running to classes, Chapel, Upper, all in wet and potentially freezing hair. Helen Bonebrake marveled at how we managed not to kill ourselves doing it all in clogs on snow. The weekend was about us and the culmination of our collective memory. Those of you who weren’t there were missed and not forgotten. As I walked the campus again, I took it in with loving eyes and came back to California exhausted but with a really full heart.”
Sadly, Murph was a no-show for Anniversary due to family obligations, and Rich Lederer’s video didn’t work so I’ve attempted to attach it here. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZAYvCJf5Ka_YdrS545kOQWXtkeqKe1zE/view?usp=sharing. If you would like a playlist of George Schwab’s music, e-mail him at email@example.com. If you would like a copy of the yearbook stream or archived Pelicans from 1975 to 1979, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.