A submission from Sean Finnerty: “On a hot summer Sunday in August, Toby True ’91 and I spent a fun-filled day at Diggerland in New Jersey with our boys and wives. It was a great chance to introduce the kids and catch up in person.” Amachie Ackah joined Hugh Anderson ’89, Dave Fleischer ’91, and Toby True ’91 at the Merion Cricket Club this fall to (remotely) celebrate Cricket Holiday. Stratton Lloyd reports: “After 14 years, I decided to depart EBSCO Information Services. After a rewarding journey, it was time to embark on a new chapter, and I am taking the opportunity to consider a foray back into nonprofit, education or government, where I started my career. I have enjoyed reaching out to many SPS friends on my listening tour – folks are doing amazing and transformative work.”
Chris Holland writes: “This October, I wrote and produced an hour-long play (comedy) called Halloween Date. I have included a photo with one audience after the show. Life in Singapore remains good, except for when I lose to Khalid Barnwell in our local fantasy football league.”
Benton Moyer, Alex Millar, Mark Smith, Connie Cocroft Brown, John Dillon, and Catherine Goodrich Carlson gathered in New York City in the fall to celebrate the summer 2017 wedding of Alex Blake and Abby Nelson. Jonathan Auerbach, Kendall Sekula ’93 and Adam Herrmann ’91 got together for some shooting at Kendall’s shoot in the Cotswolds region of England.
From Henry Mortimer: “Things have been rather exciting. Although my career has been in IT, I have decided to pursue a new interest – drones. I started a company, HoverPro Tech, LLC (www.hoverprotech.com), that uses drones for fulfilling needs in the real estate, mapping, and surveying industries. Believe it or not, I had to go to flight school and get a pilot’s license to fly an airplane in order to satisfy some of the business requirements. Learning to fly has been one of the greatest thrills of my life.”
Anne Dearborn writes: “Twenty years in Los Angeles, the western way was about to set in, my three boys also happy presidio campers, and oldest is at Webb in Claremont.”
Jared Shaw sends this message: “My wife, Melissa, and daughter, Haydn, joined Trevor Patzer on his trip to Nepal to visit the students of the Little Sister’s Fund. Haydn was excited to meet Sarah, the girl whose education she sponsored through fundraising and babysitting money. It was a wonderful experience to get to see firsthand the great work of LSF.”
LAndrew Cole and The Bravo Hops released their third album, River Talk, in September 2017 on Berger Platter Records (see review p.29). The band will perform multiple shows this spring in the New York area and the album is on Spotify, Apple Music, and most other streaming outlets. They donate a portion of their album and gig proceeds to nonprofits improving children’s lives with music and education, like New York-based Education Through Music. Visit www.acoleandthehops.com.
Kendall Sekula checks in with this note: “I was fortunate to have a lot of SPS buddies come shooting with me this year: Max ’92 and Benji Federbush ’94, Jay Aston ’92, Eduardo Cisneros ’92, Francesca Carega ’92, Jonathan Auerbach ’92, and Adam Herrmann ’91.”
Chip Kelly hosted Stu Logan for a recent dinner at his home in Orinda, Calif. Stu notes: “It was fun to catch up with him and Muffin and their three kids.”
This from Nancy Walker: “We welcomed our fourth child, Otis Walker, this spring.” David Coggeshall writes: “We’ve got a plethora of Paulies in L.A. now. I recently saw Jamie Douglass play drums with Shooter Jennings at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip –great show. Life is good for the Cogg clan. My wife and our two kiddos are well, and I’m currently writing a live-action Thundercats film for Warner Bros, which is a good fit because I stopped developing emotionally at around 11 anyway. Best to you all.” From Cate Ford: “We welcomed Chloe Fairfax Ford on December 14, 2017. I look forward to seeing everyone at our next reunion.”
From Emma Bernbach Carter: “Lindsey Duca, Olivia Nottebohm, and Amy Steel Vanden-Eykel came to visit us in Mallorca with all their families to celebrate our 40ths together. It was, at times, like we were back at SPS – lots of laughter and good times.”
Elizabeth Meigher writes: “I was at a reunion dinner for a friend in town from Germany in New York City in early December and Benjy Federbush ’94 was sitting at the table next to ours with his wife, Liz. They told me about a reception for an exhibit by Reeve Schley ’54 entitled “Seven Summers” at Geary Contemporary, which hails from none other than our wonderful classmate, Dolly Bross Geary (and her husband Jack, who was in my nursery school class). Joanna Baker ’97 was at the dinner too, so it was a funny SPS occasion.”
From Dolly Bross Geary: Benjy Federbush ’94 stopped by our opening for a show by Reeve Schley ’54 at our gallery, Geary Contemporary on Varick Street in New York City. It was great to see him and a lot of other Paulies from many different years. Reeve is an incredible painter, and we have had a wonderful time working with him.” Sarah Carley Thompson wrote in with this news: “Late November found us participating in renowned (and peripatetic) anthropologist Geoff DeVito’s longitudinal study of Concord-area drinking establishments of varying altitudes of brow. Topics covered included pith helmets, malaria, and Bitcoin. Results to be published in the annual journal of the International Hepatic Society at some future date.”
Steve Ball writes: “In September, we welcomed our third daughter, Madeleine Grace Ball, joining sisters Eleanor and Abigail.”From Caroline Sehnaoui Cook: “After 15 years in Switzerland, we have moved to Miami. Quite the culture shock for our children, but rather exciting. We went to Argentina over Thanksgiving and look forward to discovering Peru and Nicaragua later this year. It is fun living on this side of the world for a change.”
Lloyd Walmsley, Max Lamont, and Alexandra Leigh (with her husband, Nathan Brown) caught up in the grasslands of South Texas for a glorious weekend of wild quail hunting and tamale feasting. Alex’s girls and two of three of Max’s sons also made the trip, and quickly became quite attached.
Brooke McLaughlin and husband Alex are excited to announce the birth of their identical twin boys, Charlie and James Magleby, on July 18, 2017. The boys apologize for their intense interference in the alumni weekend attendance but promise to be there, in person, for our next party. Older sister Piper (2) is still deciding whether or not they should stay.”
From Megan Wardrop: “Merry Christmas from Oregon. Terry Wardrop ’73 and Mary Wardrop ’73, (aka ‘Grandma and Grandpa’) visited us for the first half of a bicoastal holiday. Next, I cannot wait to fly back east to visit Concord, the SPS campus, and see Sarah Wardrop (aka ‘Auntie’) and family in New York. Benjamin is now 2.5, and is super excited to get on a giant airplane.”
Natasha Cobb writes: “I released a book last September about my time at SPS called Project Chic to Paulie. I am releasing my second book, Between Love & Time, on June 2, 2018. It is a collection of short stories and poetry. I have written and am directing a play in a theatre festival in New York City entitled It’s Not Stamped On Your Forehead. The play is in the Strawberry One-Act Festival on May 16 at 7 p.m. and on May 17 at 8:30 p.m. at the Shelter Theatre on 244 W. 54th Street.”
An update from Sun-Chuan Dai: “I moved to San Francisco in 2015 and am on the faculty at UCSF as an interventional gastroenterologist. The year 2017 was eventful. Christine Du and I got married in Berlin this fall (wedding hashtag #locktheDdown cuz y’know, both our last names start with the letter D). Joyce Tam ’99 and her husband, Gus Lee, were present, and just several months before we had attended their wedding in the English countryside. Not sure if I’m going to reunion yet, but I hope everyone is well.”