The section was updated June 20, 2019. Please note that deaths are reported as we receive notice of them. Therefore, alumni dates of death are not always reported chronologically.
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1944 Clive Runnells
A man with a larger-than-life presence, who spent his life helping others, died peacefully at his home in Houston, Texas, on April 26, 2019. He was 93. Mr. Runnells was born in Chicago on January 16, 1926, to Clive and Mary Withers Runnells. After losing his father when he was nine, Mr. Runnells credits his mother for instilling in him the importance of being compassionate and generous, lessons that defined his life. Mr. Runnells enrolled at St. Paul’s School in 1938, moving to a state that had a prominent place in his life. His great-grandfather, Nathaniel Bradley Baker, was a governor of New Hampshire in the 1850s and one of the original trustees at SPS. Though he loved his experience at the School, Mr. Runnells often joked that he was neither a star student or athlete at SPS.
Set to graduate in 1943, Mr. Runnells took a year off from school to train as an Aviation Cadet in the U.S. Navy in Pensacola, Fla. The war ended before he was sent overseas to serve, but he was grateful for the experience. “I had not been in many planes,” he said in a speech at SPS when he was named a Shattuck Fellow. “This would be a new world for me.” After enlisting in the Reserves, Mr. Runnells returned to SPS, graduating in 1944. He went on to attend Yale, graduating in 1948 with a degree in international relations. Mr. Runnells soon moved to Houston. He took up ranching, following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, Abel Head (Shanghai) Pierce. Mr. Runnells initially worked for Pure Oil Company and Wilson Supply Company. Later, he was a pioneer in both the mutual fund and cable television industries, serving on the board of directors for both the Investment Company Institute and National Cable Television, advocating before Congress on their behalf at times. During the 1970s, he founded Gulf Coast Cable Television. He also served as chairman and CEO of Runnells Peters Cattle Company and Runnells Peters Feedyards.
Mr. Runnells used his success to help others through a wide range of civic and philanthropic activities, from education to medical research to conservation. He was a lifelong supporter of SPS and one of the most generous contributors to the School. He served two terms as a trustee and gave significant financial resources, raising millions of dollars for SPS. His donations supported the Ohrstrom Library Fund, the Hockey Center, the Athletic and Fitness Center, and the Form of 1944 Endowed Chair in the Humanities. He and his late wife, Nancy, also established the Runnells Family Scholarship. “You have to teach people to give,” Mr. Runnells once said. “I was fortunate to have a very generous mother. I have donated something each year because it was something I was taught to do.” The generosity of Mr. Runnells was shared outside of the SPS community as well. He was known throughout East Texas for his support of mental health. In the 1980s, he and Nancy co-founded The Gathering Place, a nonprofit organization providing and empowering those with mental illness. After his son, Pierce, suffered a spinal cord injury, Mr. Runnells supported a variety of medical research endeavors. At the University of Texas Health Science Center, he and Nancy also founded the Pierce, Nancy and Clive Runnells Chair in Neurosurgery, the University of Texas Embryonic Stem Cell Research Fund, and the University of Texas Distinguished Chair in Emergency Medicine.
Mr. Runnells also valued the outdoors, supporting various conservation groups. Those included The Nature Conservancy of Texas, to which he donated 3,148 acres of coastal wetlands and upland prairies along the Texas coast now known as the Clive Runnells Family Mad Island Marsh Preserve. He was a director of the Grand Parkway Association and served as chairman and director of the Texas Turnpike Authority and a director of Texas High-Speed Rail. His other philanthropic endeavors included serving on the board of directors of the Dallas-Houston branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, as president of the Gulf Coast Medical Foundation, as director of the Houston Symphony Society, as a member of Rice University Associates, and as a director of TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation hospital. His lifelong love of flying led him to serve on the Advisory Board of The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. He was also the vice chair of the Smithsonian’s National Board and active in the Houston Chamber of Commerce, serving as a member of the Regional Mobility Committee.
Mr. Runnells is survived by his wife, Kathryn Smyth Runnells; his daughter, Helen Runnells DuBois; his son, Clive Runnells III; their spouses; his stepchildren, Amy Firestone Goodrich, Jeff Firestone, Calvin Garwood, and Samuel Pyne and their spouses; a dozen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; and countless friends. He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 50 years, Nancy Morgan Runnells; his son, Pierce Runnells ’89; his stepsons, David Firestone and John Garwood; his brother, John Runnells II; and his first wife, Winifred Trimble Carter, mother of his children.
1945 John R. Suydam
A man who will be remembered for his gentleness, intelligence, and sense of humor, died on March 13, 2019, in West Kingston, R.I. He was 91. Mr. Suydam was born in Boston, Mass., on April 13, 1927, to John R. and Margaret Thayer Suydam. His father was on the chemistry faculty at St. Mark’s School, where his grandfather, William G. Thayer, served as headmaster. Prior to enrolling at St. Paul’s in 1940, Mr. Suydam attended Fay School in Southborough, Mass. At SPS, Mr. Suydam sang in the Choir and was a member of Scientific Association and the Missionary Society. He played football, hockey, and squash for Old Hundred and rowed with Halcyon. He also served as a Prefect. In 2004, Mr. Suydam said his time at the School “imbued [him] with high standards of behavior, achievement, scholarship, and friendship.”
Mr. Suydam served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After returning home, he enrolled at Harvard, graduating in 1950 with a B.A. in economics. He got a job with the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, before becoming a securities analyst and partner with the New York City investment firm of H.C. Wainwright. He also was dedicated to his community. Mr. Suydam served as president of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in New York from 1969 to 1981 and thereafter as an honorary trustee. During his free time, he enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading fiction, playing the piano, watching PBS, and visiting art museums in New York and Washington, D.C. After spending most of his working life living in New York state, Mr. Suydam retired in 1992 to Washington, D.C., where he stayed until he eventually moved to the South Kingstown Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in West Kingston, R.I.
Mr. Suydam is survived by his former wife, Hannelore B. Suydam; his daughters, Margaret T. “Margot” Suydam, Gertrude G. “Didi” Suydam, Lisa Suydam, and Katrinka B. Suydam; his son, John R. Suydam, Jr.; his brother, William Suydam; five grandchildren; and many other extended family members. He was predeceased by his former wife, Gertrude Suydam; his sister, Harriet Suydam; and his brother, Peter Suydam.
1948 Nicholas Rowland Clifford
Beloved professor of history and avid outdoorsman, died peacefully, surrounded by family, on May 25, 2019, at his home at Eastview at Middlebury in Vermont. He was 88. Mr. Clifford was born on October 12, 1930, in Radnor, Pa., the son of Henry and Esther Clifford. He attended Episcopal Academy, before arriving at St. Paul’s School as a Second Former in the fall of 1943. He sang in the Glee Club, played baseball and soccer, skied, and was a member of the Outing Club and the Scientific Association. He served as a supervisor and as editor of the Pictorial. Mr. Clifford earned a First Dickey Prize in Greek. A degree from Princeton followed in 1952. After Princeton, Mr. Clifford served in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Officer from 1953 to 1956, primarily in and around the South China Sea and Taiwan. After an honorable discharge, he earned a master’s in history (1957) and a Ph.D. in the history of British foreign policy (1961), both from Harvard.
During his time at Harvard, Mr. Clifford met Deborah Pickman. They were married on June 22, 1957, just days after her graduation from Radcliffe College. Together the couple raised four daughters. Mr. Clifford taught briefly at MIT and Princeton, before leaving to create the East Asian Studies Department at Middlebury College in Vermont. There he served as chair of the History Department and became the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of History. He also helped create Chinese language studies and served as the dean of the intensive Chinese language summer program. He and his family spent a sabbatical year, 1970-71, in Taiwan. Mr. Clifford served as vice president of academic affairs from 1979 to 1985 and as provost from 1980 to 1985 and then again from 1991 to 1993. He retired in 1993 and spent several years on the Middlebury College Board of Trustees. He also served on the Connecticut College Board of Trustees, following his retirement, and on the board of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra from 1991 to 1994. In 2013, Middlebury College established the Clifford Symposium, which invites students, faculty, and scholars to explore a different topic at the beginning of each academic year.
In addition to teaching, Mr. Clifford wrote histories of China, including A Truthful Impression of the Country: British and American Travel Writing in China, 1880-1949 (2001) and Spoilt Children of Empire: Westerners in Shanghai and the Chinese Revolution of the 1920s (1991). He wrote a novel, House of Memory (1994), after a visit to Shanghai during the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. With his wife, historian Deborah Pickman Clifford, he wrote The Troubled Roar of the Waters (2007) about the catastrophic 1927 floods in Vermont. He was a regular contributor to Commonweal Magazine, also serving on the board. As a young man, Mr. Clifford was an avid mountaineer, who climbed peaks, including the Matterhorn, and was among the first to summit Mount Saint Elias in the Yukon Territories. He continued to hike and walk throughout his life. He also was a photographer, reader, and thinker, who remained involved in the communities in which he lived.
Mr. Clifford was predeceased on July 25, 2008, by his beloved wife of 50 years, Deborah. He was also predeceased by his brother, Henry “Pier” Clifford ’47. Mr. Clifford is survived by his four daughters and their husbands, Mary and John Tittmann, Sarah and Ledlie Laughlin ’77, Susannah and Tom Blachly, and Rebecca Clifford and Alessandro Panzani; and six grandchildren, including India Laughlin Cooley ’07 and Nicholas Laughlin ’09.
1949 Henry F. Thompson
A lifelong investment banker, who said his wife was his “best investment,” died on April 1, 2019. He was 88. Mr. Thompson entered St. Paul’s School as a Third Former in the fall 1945 from Chestnut Hill Academy in Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Scientific Association and served as a dormitory supervisor and on the Student Council. Mr. Thompson graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1953. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, from 1953 to 1955. A year later, Mr. Thompson and Elizabeth “Mason” Cross were married. Mr. Thompson began his lifelong banking career as a teller and loan officer at Provident National Bank Pennsylvania. He worked as an investment banker for Janney Montgomery Scott LLC for 50 years and was a full partner by the time he retired.
Mr. and Mrs. Thompson were active members of Faith Church in Sellersville, Pa. They ran the cameras for the church’s television ministry. After they relocated to Maine in 1990, the couple volunteered with the ministry at the Maine State Prison. For more than 50 years, Mr. Thompson also was a trustee of the Newlin Grist Mill in Pennsylvania, a 160-acre park for the exploration of history and the environment, and served as the treasurer and president of its investment committee. Mr. Thompson enjoyed hockey, skiing, fox hunting, and dressage. He competed at the Devon Horse Show in Pennsylvania, the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition in the U.S. He also had a fondness for Peppermint Patties, Fig Newtons, The Three Stooges, and his Basset Hound, Percy. His family suspects he is reading the Wall Street Journal and dispensing stock tips in Heaven.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Thompson is survived by his five children, Berkeley F. Thompson, Henry F. Thompson, Jr., John M.D. Thompson, Grace B. Thompson, and Elizabeth C. Thompson. He was predeceased by two brothers, Charles I. Thompson, Jr. ’44 and Joseph W. Thompson ’48.
1951 Robert de R. Craigmyle
Who combined interests in business, science, and technology in a successful career, died in his sleep on March 28, 2019, in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 85. Mr. Craigmyle came to St. Paul’s in the fall of 1947 as a Third Former from The Green Vale School on Long Island. He played Delphian football and baseball and was a member of the Library and Scientific Associations. He once said the best things he received from St. Paul’s were high scholastic and moral values and a strong work ethic. During his time in the Scientific Association, Mr. Craigmyle gave a talk about jets, rockets, and ramjets that he later said became a common thread through the rest of his academic life and career. He earned a B.S. in geology from Yale in 1955 and his LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1961. He worked as a petroleum geologist in Wyoming, before joining the U.S. Air Force, where he earned the rank of Lieutenant and served as a jet fighter-bomber pilot. Mr. Craigmyle credited his scientific training with helping him understand the workings and performance of jet fighter planes. He combined his geological experience and legal expertise in oil financing to pursue worldwide minerals exploration for Amax Inc. Later, Mr. Craigmyle put both interests to use in his work as a business executive deciphering regulations of public companies. Toward the end of his career, Mr. Craigmyle was a private investor with a focus on small high-tech companies. Mr. Craigmyle was an early adopter of the personal computer and owned Apple’s first printer. The ability to write a personal letter himself and not rely on the company’s computer experts was a thrill, said his wife, Nancy. The Craigmyles spent 14 years fixing up what some called the oldest ranch in the coastal mountains overlooking San Jose and the Silicon Valley of California. It had previously been the home of John Steinbeck.
Mr. Craigmyle was predeceased by his brother, Ronald M. Craigmyle, Jr. ’42. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Craigmyle; his children, Dr. Lydia S. Craigmyle and Robert de R. Craigmyle, Jr.; his step-daughter, Nanci Worthington; and his grandson, Robert de R. Craigmyle III.
1952 Frederick “Hugh” Magee
An Episcopal priest and honorary canon of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Dundee, Scotland, who devoted many decades to helping others understand the power of love in their daily lives, died peacefully in St. Andrew’s, Scotland, on April 24, 2019. He was 85. The Reverend Magee was born in London on August 23, 1933, to The Reverend John G. Magee and Faith Emmeline Backhouse Magee. His parents were Episcopal missionaries, and their travels meant his childhood spanned three continents. When Mr. Magee was a small boy, his family was stationed in Nanjing, China, but he left for England with his mother after the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937. (His father remained in China, where he helped save thousands of lives during the Nanking Massacre.) Three years later, the family was reunited and moved to Washington, D.C., where the elder Mr. Magee served during World War II as the acting rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, a prominent Washington landmark across Lafayette Square from the White House.
His family’s deep faith was a factor that drew Mr. Magee to St. Paul’s, where he sang in the Choir and Glee Club. He stayed in touch with the St. Paul’s community over the years, serving as form agent in the early 1970s. Mr. Magee graduated from Yale and served briefly in the Army. He attended Westcott House Anglican Theological College in Cambridge, where he prepared for ordination in the Church of England. In 1959, he was ordained to the diaconate in Manchester Cathedral and became a priest the following year, serving at St. Mark’s in Bury, an industrial town in Lancashire. After returning to the U.S., Mr. Magee was appointed to serve two mission churches south of Pittsburgh. As a sixth-generation Pittsburgh resident, he welcomed this return to his American roots. He and his first wife, Mary Craigmyle, had two sons, Rick and Brooks. During this time, Mr. Magee took a break from active ministry and worked as a public relations executive in New York. His marriage ended in 1973, and Mr. Magee moved to Scotland to resume his ministry, spending six years as chaplain at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Dundee. After marrying his second wife, Frances Lawson, he became priest-in-charge of All Souls’ Church in Invergowrie.
Mr. Magee went on to serve several other congregations in Scotland. He was rector of St. Andrew’s and, later, of St. John’s in Forfar. Mr. Magee and his second wife divorced amicably, and he returned to the U.S., where he took up a voluntary position as an assisting priest at Trinity Church in San Francisco. He also began to explore the contours of his spirituality by enrolling in a yearlong class on A Course in Miracles, a book that, according to author Helen Schucman, was dictated to her by Jesus to help readers discover the power of love in their daily lives. It was in that class that Mr. Magee met Yvonne Massey, who would become his wife of 30 years. He went on to devote his ministry to promoting the teachings of A Course in Miracles through his work at the St. James Episcopal Church in Cashmere, Wash., where he served as vicar from 1991 until his retirement in 2003. He then worked briefly as the spokesman for the Diocese of Spokane before moving in 2005 to Scotland, where Yvonne worked as a psychotherapist and artist and Mr. Magee resumed his ministry at the cathedral in Dundee. He wrote three books on his spiritual evolution. Required to Love: A Memoir: How my life was transformed by “A Course in Miracles” was published just two months before his death.
In addition to his wife, survivors include his two sons, Frederick Hugh “Rick” Magee, Jr. and Brooks de Rochemont Magee; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
1953 Ogden Curtis Noel, Jr.
A man known for his kindness, generosity, and curiosity, died on January 1, 2019, in Fairhope, Ala. He was 83 years old. Mr. Noel was born on December 14, 1935, in White Plains, N.Y., to Ogden C. Noel, Sr. and Julia C. Noel. After attending local schools, he enrolled at St. Paul’s School as a Fourth Former in the fall of 1950. He was a member of the Scientific Association and competed with Delphian and Shattuck. After graduating from Harvard, Mr. Noel served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. When he returned home, he enrolled at Harvard Business School, where he received a master’s in business in 1960. For most of his distinguished career, Mr. Noel worked as a management consultant for Wild River Associates. He and his family established roots in Connecticut before moving to Alabama. During retirement, Mr. Noel enjoyed traveling, and visited numerous countries. In recent years, he spent time with blind veterans on the weekends at the West Haven VA Hospital in West Haven, Conn.
Mr. Noel is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth; his son, Curtis Noel, and his wife, Virginia; his son, Bradley Noel ’84; and a grandson. He was predeceased by his brother, Norbert Noel, and his sister, Valerie Noel.
1953 Christian Richard Sonne
A generous man, who gave of himself in many ways, including after his death, died peacefully on March 22, 2019, of Alzheimer’s disease and kidney failure. He died in the same house in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., where he lived most of his life. Mr. Sonne’s brain was donated to the Taub Institute of Columbia University to be used for scientific research on Alzheimer’s disease. Chris Sonne was born on May 6, 1936, the son of Danish immigrant Hans Christian Sonne and Carol Mulford Sonne. He attended Tuxedo Park Country Day School and The Buckley School in New York, before enrolling at St. Paul’s as a Second Former in the fall of 1948. He competed with Old Hundred and Halcyon, sang in the Choir, served as president of the Library Association, wrote for The Pelican, served as a supervisor, and was a member of the Cum Laude Society, the Dramatic Club, and the Acolyte Guild. Mr. Sonne graduated summa cum laude and earned Dickey Prizes in English, science, sacred studies, German, and Latin
He graduated from Yale in 1957, where he was a member of the Scholar of the House program, treasurer of Phi Beta Kappa, and a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship. Mr. Sonne spent a year in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship and served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960 as an Artillery Officer at Fort Bliss, Texas. He earned his master’s from Columbia School of International Affairs in 1962. On September 3, 1966, Mr. Sonne married Sara Elizabeth “Sally” Barnes, the daughter of a newspaper publisher, and together they lived in New York, Paris, and Tuxedo Park. They raised four children, Peter, twins Nicholas and Matthew, and Edie. For more than 25 years, Mr. Sonne worked as an investment banker, specializing in the financing of foreign governments and corporations in the U.S. and Eurodollar capital markets for Harriman Ripley, Merrill Lynch, and Goldman Sachs. He eventually became involved with Tuxedo Park Associates, a partnership owning several thousand acres of land in Tuxedo, N.Y. He also assumed the oversight of the family-owned 9,000-acre forest property in South Carolina and served as co-chairman of Highland Forests, which owned 5,000 acres of forest land in the Adirondacks, where his family built a lakeside cabin. Mr. Sonne’s interest in history knew no bounds. As the historian of the Town of Tuxedo and president of the Tuxedo Historical Society, the history of Orange County, N.Y., became a passion for him. He was a curator and keeper of the memory of the Town of Tuxedo and Tuxedo Park, one of America’s first planned gated communities. That interest resulted in a 2007 book, Tuxedo Park, The Historic Houses, which he co-edited. He also was a keen bird hunter and avid hiker, who earned the rare distinction of summiting all 113 mountain peaks in New England and New York over 4,000 feet.
Mr. Sonne was always generous. He served as trustee and board chair of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, board member of St. Mary’s Center, board chair of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and trustee of the Vincent Mulford Foundation. He served for many years on the vestry of St. Mary’s-in-Tuxedo Episcopal Church. He was a good-natured gentleman, fair and decent, devoted to and proud of his family. In 1995, Mr. Sonne donated one of his kidneys to his son, Peter. That kidney sustained Peter for 23 years, until 2018, when it was traded in for a younger version from his sister, Edie. Mr. Sonne had no pretenses; he could wield a chainsaw or don a black tie. He lived life to the fullest, leaving nothing on the table.
Mr. Sonne is survived by his wife, Sally; four children; 12 grandchildren; his sister, Sheila Pulling; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Sophia Campbell and Carol Ewing.
1954 James D. P. Bishop, Jr.
An award-winning international journalist and passionate advocate for the arts, died on April 23, 2019, in Sedona, Ariz. He was 82. Mr. Bishop was born on September 6, 1936, and grew up in New York. In 1949, he came to St. Paul’s School, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Francis Cunningham Bishop (Form of 1889) and his father, James Duane Pell Bishop (Form of 1928). At SPS, he was active in the Choir, Glee Club, and Missionary Society and played football, hockey, and baseball. After graduating from SPS, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Colby College.
He worked for 18 years as a correspondent for Newsweek and loved to tell stories about his encounters with world leaders. In 1977, Mr. Bishop won the National Energy Resources Organization’s Public Education Award for his “brilliantly informative and concisely written articles and commentaries, which have raised the level of public understanding and appreciation on energy matters.” In the late 1970s, he became a member of the White House Energy Policy Task Force, then served as deputy assistant secretary of energy for the U.S. Department of Energy. Following his stint in Washington, Mr. Bishop worked in Hollywood and then moved to Sedona, Ariz., where he worked as a freelance writer and immersed himself in environmental causes and the arts, supporting and participating in many artistic projects in the community. He was known there for his gregarious personality and passion for making his community a better place. In 1995, Mr. Bishop published his labor of love, Epitaph for a Desert Anarchist: The Life and Legacy of Edward Abbey, his third book.
Mr. Bishop is survived by his sister, Laura Matson; his brother, Francis Bishop ’58; three children, Amie Bishop, James Bishop III, and Bill Bishop; and six grandchildren.
1955 Charlton “Rink” Reynders, Jr.
Financial executive, writer, dog breeder, former treasurer of the Board of Governors of the Westminster Kennel Club, and deeply devoted family man, died peacefully on March 24, 2019, near his home in Newbury, N.H. He was 81. Rink Reynders was born in New York City on December 1, 1937, the son of Eliza and Charlton Reynders of the Form of 1916. He spent his childhood in Washington, D.C., Greenwich, Conn., and Milton, Mass., where he attended Milton Academy, before enrolling at St. Paul’s School as a Second Former in the fall of 1950. It was during these years at St. Paul’s that he cultivated the fond memories, deep relationships, and a love of the White Mountains that brought him back to New Hampshire in retirement many years later.
At SPS, Mr. Reynders competed in football and hockey with Isthmian and rowed with Halcyon. He was a member of the Pelican Board and the Horae Board, the Library Association, the Scientific Association, the Art Association, and the Cadmean and Propylean Literary Societies. He sang with the Glee Club. He attended Princeton, graduating with an A.B. in English in 1959 and earning a Tiger Award for creative writing. He also was a member of the lightweight men’s crew that won the National Collegiate Rowing Championship. From 1959 to 1962, Mr. Reynders served in the U.S. Navy as a Chief Communications Officer on the flagship of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, and aboard the USS Enterprise in the Caribbean during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was discharged as a Lieutenant. On September 23, 1961, Mr. Reynders married Knowlton “Nonie” Ames. Together the couple raised three children on a small farm in Bedford Hills, N.Y., where they also raised Norwich Terriers.
Mr. Reynders began his career in the financial industry at Harris, Upham, where he directed research and was appointed the youngest vice president in firm history. In 1979, he founded, with friend Bobby Gray, Reynders, Gray & Co., a member firm of the New York Stock Exchange and an institutional brokerage and investment advisory firm with offices in New York and Boston. The business delivered relationship-driven financial services to a broad range of small private and large institutional clients for more than 30 years. From inception, it was a family-friendly firm, long before the term was invented. On the farm in Bedford Hills, Mr. Reynders found a place to nourish his love of the outdoors and animals and Nonie’s love of competitive horseback riding and fox hunting, and her professional life as an AKC dog breeder, private Norwich Terrier kennel operator, and international multi-breed judge. In addition to his role on the Board of Governors of the Westminster Kennel Club, Mr. Reynders also served as president of the Westchester Kennel Club. Much of his travel was devoted to the outdoors and fly-fishing and brought him to Montana, Chile, the Adirondacks, and Quebec, where he was a member of the Tobique Salmon Club. He also enjoyed membership at the Pohoqualine Fish Association in Pennsylvania for many years.
In the early 2000s, Mr. Reynders was asked to author the weekly On Language column in the New York Times on the occasions of William Safire’s respites. He also wrote the Street Talk column for the Wall Street Journal in the late 1970s. He brought laughter and tears to important milestones for family and friends, with his signature toasts. To the chagrin of fellow Metro North commuters, and often his children, he would complete the New York Times crossword puzzle in fewer than the 22 minutes between the 125th Street stop and Grand Central Station. When he moved to New Hampshire in retirement, Mr. Reynders became a board member of The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens in Newbury. He was an active supporter of both St. Paul’s and Princeton, a lifetime trustee of the Hospital for Special Surgery, and a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church (New York, N.Y.), St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (Bedford, N.Y.), and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (New London, N.H.). He will be remembered for his kindness, integrity, and generosity of heart
Rink Reynders is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Knowlton “Nonie” Ames Reynders; his children, John van Wicheren Reynders III ’82, Charlton Reynders III ’84, and Alys Reynders Scott, and their spouses; and seven grandchildren.
1957 Richard Peyton “Dick” Holmes
A man who dedicated his life to building international relationships, both professionally and personally, with a special focus on the Arab world, died on April 5, 2019. He was 79. Mr. Holmes was born in New York City on June 9, 1939, to Julius and Henrietta Holmes. His father, a career diplomat, served as president of the World’s Fair the year Mr. Holmes was born. After the war, the family moved to London, where Mr. Holmes attended the Heatherdown School in Ascot, Berkshire, just outside the city. By the time he followed his elder brother to St. Paul’s School, he’d developed a distinctly English accent and felt as culturally English as American. At SPS, Mr. Holmes competed in lacrosse, football, and boxing, sang in the Glee Club, and was a member of Le Cercle Français.
He earned a B.A. in American history from Harvard in 1962, and joined the Marines upon graduation, serving until 1965. He went on to receive a master’s in international relations from American University, studying the formation of the European Communities, a precursor to the E.U. In 1966, Mr. Holmes accepted a job as the assistant to the president of American University in Cairo, where he developed a love for the Middle East that would shape the rest of his life. He spent the next two years studying intensive Arabic at the Middle East Center for Arabic Studies in Shemlan, Lebanon, and took a job in government relations at the Arabian American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia. There he met his wife, Lucy Hubbard, who had just completed a master’s in Near Eastern languages and literatures at Harvard, and was working in the Arabian Affairs division as a social anthropologist. The two married soon after meeting, and were together for 50 years. Mr. Holmes’s career was always in one way or another connected to the Middle East. He served as president of the National U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce, which represented 26 countries and their commercial interests, and established the first U.S.-Algerian Business Council. Mr. Holmes was actively involved on the board of the American Near East Refugee Aid, which supports Palestinian refugees. He and his wife also served on the board of the American Academy in Casablanca, Morocco, a private K–12 school that helps prepare students for entry into American universities.
After several years in Washington, D.C., Dick and Lucy retired to McMinnville in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, returning to Morocco often for their work with the American Academy. Mr. Holmes forged lasting friendships wherever his work took him over the years, settling down for long stretches in London, Morocco, Lebanon, Cairo, and Saudi Arabia. “The reason Dick loved travel so much and never lost his love of the Middle East, in particular,” said Lucy, “was that he so loved getting to know people and learning from them. And people responded to him wherever we went because of his great sense of humor and openness to people, his intellectual curiosity, and sense of adventure.”
Mr. Holmes is survived by his wife, Lucy; his children, Julia and Justin, and their spouses Kate Diago and Tracy Leman; a granddaughter, Willa Morgan Holmes; and his sister, Elsie Holmes Peck. His older brother, Henry Allen Holmes ’50, died on May 4, 2019.
1957 Samuel Howell Young
A gentleman and a distinguished writer and researcher, who studied multiple religions, died on April 26, 2019. He was 79. Born on February 17, 1939, in West Chester, Pa., Mr. Young came to St. Paul’s School as a Third Former in the fall of 1953. At SPS, he sang in the Choir and Glee Club, was a member of the Art Association, wrote for The Pelican, and served as Sixth Form president. He played hockey and football and was a distinguished track and cross country runner. In a letter to his parents, announcing his election as Sixth Form president, an SPS administrator wrote of Mr. Young: “He is a remarkably fine boy, and I just want you to know that I, along with you, enjoy his achievement and his fine character.” Mr. Young attended Harvard, where he served as editor of the Harvard Lampoon. After graduating, he worked in public relations for the Pentagon and as an editor for Look magazine. He then worked as a freelance writer in Italy, New York, and Texas before returning to his native region of Eastern Pennsylvania, and finally, Albuquerque, New Mexico. He published the nonfiction book Psychic Children in 1970 and, in the late 80s and 90s, wrote for Travel Holiday magazine.
While writing a book about one of Philadelphia’s well-known chefs, Fritz Blanc, in the 1990s, Mr. Young became an amateur chef himself. He was also an accomplished runner, who completed the Boston Marathon several times. He was a member of the Association for the Understanding of Man and the American Society for Psychical Research and studied and practiced several religions, including Baptist Christianity, Quakerism, and Buddhism. Mr. Young was married to his wife, Risa Benson, for more than 30 years. His stepson, Oliver Benson, described him as “an exemplar of gentlemanly devotion,” who “touched many lives with a gentle decency that was the result of judicious moral and spiritual cultivation.”
Along with his wife, Risa, and two stepsons, Oliver and Sam, Mr. Young is survived by his two children, John Young and Bridget Young and their spouses; two sisters, Ann Booth Young and Rebecca Royston; two nieces, Elizabeth Doak and Martha Saad; a nephew, Brendan Royston; and two grandchildren.
1964 William “Graham” Moore, Jr.
A gentle man, who managed mental health issues for most of his life, died on April 5, 2019, of a brain tumor. He was 72. Graham Moore was born in Greenwich, Conn., on September 4, 1946, to William G. Moore ’40 and Shirley Howard. He came to St. Paul’s as a Third Former from Greenwich Country Day School in the fall of 1960. He played baseball and hockey at SPS and was known as a top athlete. Mr. Moore left St. Paul’s in 1963 and graduated the following year from The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. He attended St. Lawrence University, where he played hockey, but left before graduating to enlist in the Marine Corps. Mr. Moore served in DaNang, North Vietnam, as a Lance Corporal. On weekends, he put his piano skills to use, playing the organ for infantry troops. Following his honorable discharge in 1968, Mr. Moore joined his brother, Corky ’67, at Columbia University. They roomed together and played club hockey in New York. He developed an interest in hospital administration and left Columbia after two years for Zaire at the invitation of a relative, Dr. William T. Close ’42, who was then serving as President Mobutu Sese Seko’s personal physician.
After his return to New York City in 1973, Mr. Moore told his parents he was struggling with mental illness and needed their help. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He worked for his father’s market research firm until he was unable to live alone. He spent the next 10 years living in Massachusetts with several other veterans struggling with mental health issues. Corky Moore saw his brother often during those years, when he visited his parents. He was known there for doing the New York Times crossword puzzle, while golf was another favorite activity until Mr. Moore lost his ability to walk and was forced to use a wheelchair. His connection with his family was always strong. When Mr. Moore needed the support of an assisted living facility, he moved to one near his sister in Massachusetts.
Mr. Moore was predeceased by his father, William G. Moore ’40. He is survived by his mother, Shirley Howard; his brother, Corwin “Corky” Moore ’67; and his sisters, Shirley “Missy” Moore-Mahoney and Megan Eno. Mr. Moore’s grandfather, Eugene M. Moore, was a member of the Form of 1911.
1965 Alfred Timothy “Toby” Terrell
A lifelong scholar and teacher, a lover of history, and a lifelong seeker of truth and wisdom, died on November 11, 2018, in Auburn, Calif. He was 71. Mr. Terrell was born in New York City on April 2, 1947, the son of Harold Terrell and Catherine Van Doren Terrell. He grew up in Stamford, Conn., and arrived at St. Paul’s School from St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Conn., as a Third Former in the fall of 1961. He competed in football, squash, and lacrosse for Old Hundred, was a member of the Palamedean Society, served as a dorm supervisor, and was president of the School band. Many remember his affinity for the flute and his solo concerts in the SPS Chapel. He was a National Merit Scholarship finalist, a young man admired as a hard worker and a good citizen of the SPS community.
Mr. Terrell’s SPS roommate, Jim Gibbons ’65, remembers him as “a warm and caring friend. He was incapable of making a negative comment about anybody. He had a subtle and esoteric sense of humor, and was extraordinarily observant of life around him.” At Harvard, Mr. Terrell was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club, Phoenix Club, Phillips Brooks House, and the Rugby Club. He received his A.B., cum laude, in social relations in 1969. In 1972, Mr. Terrell wrote to Alumni Horae to share that he had recently returned from Mallorca, Spain, where he had studied under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to complete training as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (TM). He worked for a time for the Student’s International Meditation Society, teaching TM in the Boston area. Mr. Terrell went on to complete his M.A. at Maharishi International University in 1975, and earned his M.S. at Maharishi European Research University in 1977. During this time, Mr. Terrell contemplated teaching TM at SPS, mentioning the idea to then-form agent Bob Coxe ’65. He went on to teach TM full-time for some years, including at Maharishi International University in Davenport, Iowa. He also presented lectures on the topic and was at one time listed as chairman of the International Meditation Society. Later in life, he joined Herbalife as a sales manager and eventually became a retail mortgage broker before embarking on his advanced degree.
On June 22, 1986, Mr. Terrell married Karen Anderson “Amber” Terrell. Together the couple enjoyed 32 years of marriage. After returning to school to earn a master’s in history at the University of Oregon in 1994 and a Ph.D. in classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2000 (where his dissertation was on the Roman historian, Tacitus), Mr. Terrell taught Roman history at California State University, Sacramento. He was also a professor at Yuba College in Maryville, Calif., where he taught history of Western civilization and was a contributing editor to the textbook he used in the course, A History of Western Society Since 1300, eleventh edition. He ran a small publishing business from his home, True Light Publishing, which published, among others, his wife Amber’s book, Surprised by Grace.
In a 1995 alumni questionnaire, Mr. Terrell said his time at St. Paul’s had given him a “knowledge of self” and a “sense of direction in life.” He is survived by his wife, Amber. Two step-brothers, A.R. Van Doren, Jr. ’49 and C.F. Van Doren ’51, also attended St. Paul’s. Obituary credits: John Rice ’65, Randy Morgan ’65, Bob Hall ’65, Bob Coxe ’65, James Gibbons ’65, and Bucky Putnam ’65.
FORMER FACULTY Walter N. Hawley
A beloved faculty member at St. Paul’s School from 1968 to 2001, who founded the Astronomy Program, died peacefully in Portsmouth, N.H., on April 24, 2019. He joined his beloved wife, Lenore “Lee” Hawley, who died on August 9, 2017. He was 82. Born in Philadelphia on September 4, 1936, Walter’s industrious nature led him to paper routes, odd jobs, and starting a fish tank maintenance business as a boy, eventually working his way through Drexel Engineering School. He went on to NYU for his master’s degree in chemistry, married Lenore Jones in 1961, and began his teaching career at the Berkshire School in Massachusetts, where daughters Ann and Lynn ’84 were born.
The family moved to St. Paul’s School in the fall of 1968, where Walter taught in the Science Division and served as head of Simpson House for many years. Tearing across campus on foot or bike, beard flying, Belgian shepherd at his heels, Walter was hard to keep up with; his curiosity and love of learning were contagious. A great teacher to others and to himself, Walter immersed himself in astronomy, observatories, wooden boatbuilding, celestial navigation, ocean sailing, and trains. He had a way of making dreams become realities. Walter started the SPS Astronomy Program in 1972. Abandoning the old observatory, where light pollution interfered, he and his students – with plastic sheeting and two-by-fours – built a working observatory. Walter developed the program, designing and overseeing the building of the stellar facility on the current campus: The Lenore and Walter Hawley Observatory. Walter served as commissioner of the State of New Hampshire’s Christa McAuliffe Planetarium and received The Thomas Brennan Award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 1998 for his outstanding contributions to the teaching of astronomy. He traveled to work with astronomers in major observatories in Arizona, Chile, and Japan.
In 1970, Walter hired Lyle Harrington of Bradford, N.H., to build a 42-foot wooden sailboat, Rondalay. In the four years it took to build, Walter learned how to sail from books and from St. Paul’s students, who would accompany the Hawley family on chartered boats. In 1979, during a sabbatical to observe galaxies in the Southern Hemisphere, Walter and his family, aboard Rondalay, crossed the North Atlantic, cruising through Europe and the Mediterranean before crossing the South Atlantic to the Caribbean. In the fiercest storms, Walter joyfully bellowed sea shanties from the helm to keep up morale. On the North Atlantic trip, two former SPS students served as additional crew. Walter was an adventurer who loved exploring the oceans, the night skies, and the human spirit. In 1995, he suffered a debilitating stroke, but lived on with grace, building an extensive model train track system in his Hopkinton home and, with Lee, crossing North America by train several times. They loved being together and visiting with friends and family. He was grateful for his caregivers, never losing his mischievous sense of humor, his unfailing honesty, and the wonder in those clear blue eyes.
Walter is survived by his daughter Ann Panteleos, and her husband, John; his daughter Lynn Hawley ’84, and her husband, Walter Garschagen; and six grandchildren, Sarah, Hannah, Natalie, and Anthony Panteleos and Emma and Greta Garschagen.