Program and Schedule for Reunions

Rally in the Valley! June 6-9, 2019


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Schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Reunion Day Schedule

1 -6:30 pm

  • Registration

6 pm

  • 50th/Grand Classes  Cocktail Reception

6:30-9 pm

  • 50th/Grand Classes Dinner

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Reunion Day Schedule

7:30 -9am

  • Breakfast

9 am-11 pm

  • Registration

9:15 – 12pm

Back-to-School Alumni Classes

  • Session One: 9:15 – 10am
    My Journey in Providing Care for Those Living with HIV
    Presenter: Richard Prokesch ’69
  • Session Two: 10:15 – 11am
    A Photographer’s Look at Iceland
    Presenter: Tim Truby ’69
  • Session Three: 11:15am – 12pm
    DNA Matching & Finding Family
    Presenter: David Rosenfield ’74
  • Medicine and Spirituality at the End of Life
    Presenters: Dr. Jamie Rawles ’69, Phil Stevens ’59, PhD, Dr. Rick Timms ’59

12-1 pm

  • Lunch

1-5 pm

Afternoon Activities

  • Athletics Complex (Erg Room, Indoor Track)
  • Fitness Center
  • Hike to the Rock
  • Pursuing the Past: The Deerfield History Hunt. A self-guided walking adventure along Old Main Street–with a prize at the end!
  • Squash Courts
  • Student-led Tours
  • Tennis Courts and Pavilion
  • von Auersperg Gallery Exhibition featuring the art of David Dickinson, faculty emeritus
  • And more!

1:15-2 pm

  • Deerfield Perspectives: Student Panel

2:00 – 4pm

  • Class of 1949 – 70th Reunion: Class Meeting
    Hess Center, Classroom 123

2:15 – 4pm

Back-to-School Alumni Classes

  • Session Four: 2:15 – 3pm
    Addiction 101: What Everyone Ought to Know About The Epidemic Threatening Our Society
    Presenter: William Morrison ’89
  • US Trade Dispute With China and Intellectual Property
    Presenter: Dr. John Mills ’69
  • Session Five: 3:15 – 4pm
    Why We Serve: Public Service vs. Politics
    Presenter: Ralph Gaines ’79
  • Writing and Publishing Your Own Book
    Presenters: Barbara Pringle & Robert Pringle ’54
  • Giving Back or How to Enrich Your Life, Save the Planet, and Be Worthy of Your Heritage
    Presenters: Chirstopher Beach ’69, Will Colwell ’69, Neil Jacobs ’69, Rusty Young ’69

4:15 – 5 pm

  • Environmental Science and Sustainability at Deerfield Academy
    Presenter: Toby Emerson, Science Teacher

5-11 pm

  • Childcare Program (Session I)

5 pm

  • Service of Remembrance for 50th Reunion Class

5:30-6:30 pm

  • Friends of Bill W. and Dr. Bob

5:30 – 7pm

  • Class of 1954 65th Reunion Reception

6 – 9pm

  • Class of 1969 – 50th Reunion
    Class Photo 6pm
    Reception 6:30pm
    Dinner 7:30 pm

6:30pm – 9pm

  • Class Receptions
    Clas sof 1994 – 25th Reunion
    Reception 6:30 pm
    Dinner 7:30pm

6:30pm

  • All Other Classes
    Reception 6:30pm
    Dinner 7:30pm
    Dancing
    Live music by Lucky 13

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Reunion Day Schedule

7:30-9 am

  • Breakfast for all classes

8 – 9 am

  • Christian Fellowship Breakfast for All Classes
    With Ben Bakker, Science Faculty

8:30 – 10 am

  • Women of Deerfield Alumnae Meditation & Sharing Circle
    Facilitated by: Jaclyn (Schwenker) Long ’94

8:30 am-12 pm

  • Childcare Program (Session II)

 9 am-6 pm 

  • Registration

8:45 – 11:20 am

Back-to-School Alumni Classes

  • Session Six: 8:45 – 9:30am
    Witness/Downtown Rising
    Presenter: Todd Stone ’69
  • Preventing Blindness from Macular Degeneration: an Entrepreneur’s Perspective
    Presenter: Michael Tolentino ’84
  • Session Seven: 9:40 – 10:25am
    Mid-Year Economic and Equity Market Outlook
    Presenter: Hank Smith ’79
  • Becoming a Design Leader – from Deerfield to the Head of a Design Firm
    Presenters: Kris Feldmann ’99 and Luke Voiland ’99
  • Session Eight: 10:35 – 11:20am
    Hiking the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail
    Presenter: Art Dwight ’79
  • You Are Worthy
    Presenters: Okeoma Nwakanma ’09 and Cecelela Tomi ’09

11 – 11:30 am

  • Admission Ambassador: Volunteer Opportunities
    Calling all 5th-year Reunion Class members (Class of 2014)
    Join JJ Briones ’82 and Drew Philie ’09 as we discuss the chance to leverage you as a key player in student recruitment in your area. Your fresh perspective and networking circles are valuable! Learn how you can offer your insight and enthusiasm to the Deerfield Admission goals.

11:30 am – 12 pm

  • Reflections from Head of School Margarita O’Byrne Curtis

12-1:30 pm

  • Picnic Lunch

12 pm

Class Photos for Grand, 45th – 5th Classes

  • 12:00 – 2014 – 5th Reunion Class
  • 12:10 – 2009 – 10th Reunion Class
  • 12:20 – 1979 – 40th Reunion Class
  • 12:30 – 1999 – 20th Reunion Class
  • 12:40 – 1994 – 25th Reunion Class
  • 12:50 – 2004 – 15th Reunion Class
  • 1:00 – 1989 – 30th Reunion Class
  • 1:10 – 1974 & 1984 – 45th & 35th Reunion Classes (photos taken separately)
  • 1:20 – Grand Classes (55th, 60th, 65th and older)

1 – 2pm

  • Class of 1979 Bench Dedication for Jamie Kapteyn ’79 P’09, Former Faculty
    and Memorial Service for Departed Classmates

1:30-5 pm

Afternoon Activities

  • Athletics complex (Erg Room, Indoor Track)
  • Fitness Center
  • Hike to the Rock
  • Pursuing the Past: The Deerfield History Hunt. A self-guided walking adventure along Old Main Street – with a prize at the end!
  • Squash Courts
  • Student-led Tours
  • Tennis Courts and Pavilion
  • von Auersperg Gallery Exhibition featuring the art of David Dickinson, faculty emeritus
  • And more!

4-5pm

  • Class of 1954 Meeting: Staying Healthy in our 80s & 90s
    Guy Kaldis ’54 & Dr. Sherman Bull ’54

4-5 pm

  • Magic Show for families, followed by balloon art

5-6 pm

  • Boyden Society and 1797 Society Reception with Head of School Margarita O’Byrne Curtis

5-7 pm

  • Friends of Bill W. and Dr. Bob Meeting

5-11 pm

  • Childcare Program (Session III)

6-7pm

  • Reception for all other classes, including Faculty Emeriti

7 pm

  • Reunion Welcome and Class Recogniztion
    Including the Warren Agry ’41 Award and the Mimi Morsman Award

7:30

  • New England Clambake

9 pm – 12 am

  • Music and Dancing
    Live music by Sugar Rush

1 am

  • Bar Closes

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Back-to-School Classes

A Photographer’s Look at Iceland and Beyond
Presenter: Tim Truby ’69
Join Tim Truby as he shows images from recent trips to Iceland and other travel destinations. Tim will also share about his approach to this second career and explore themes of interest to anyone who takes photos as part of their own travel experience.

Addiction 101: What Everyone Ought to Know About the Epidemic Threatening our Families and Society at Large
Presenter: William S. Morrison ’89
The addiction epidemic is making its way to every corner of America. There were roughly 72,000 opiate related overdoses in the United States last year, or roughly one death every 7 minutes. Marijuana legalization is sweeping across the U.S. and the unintended consequences of legalization are piling up, including a significant increase in marijuana induced psychosis and schizophrenia. Yet, the most prevalent and deadliest addictions in the U.S., with the largest cost to society, remain alcoholism and nicotine addiction. Join William Morrison as his presentation will give the audience an overview of addiction in America today, the neuroscientific underpinnings of the disease, how the epidemic is impacting our families and society at large, how to identify if someone you know may be addicted and how to get them the right type of help to recover from their disease.

Becoming a Design Leader – from Deerfield to the head of a design firm
Presenter: Luke Voiland ’99 and Kris Feldmann ’99
Luke Voiland, AIA and Kris Feldmann, AIA share how they went from the drawing studios of Deerfield to the head of separate design firms. With stories, drawings and examples of their built work, they will show how design can have a positive impact on society.

DNA Matching and Finding Family
Presenter: David Rosenfield ’74
Come hear David’s exploration of DNA matching and the journey it provides. Through DNA matching, David went from being an adopted child to finding his family, whose history includes being one of the first families of Virginia and Maryland. He now has eleven new brothers and sisters who had been searching for him over 40 years.

Giving Back or How to Enrich Your Life, Save the Planet and Be Worthy of Your Heritage
Presenters: Christopher Beach ’69, Will Colwell ’69, Neil Jacobs ’69, and Rusty Young ’69
A panel discussion on the rewards of joining a board; a strategy on how to pick the right Not for Profit for you; a practical guide on how to get involved and what it means to be a successful board member; with stories of extraordinary community service by the panelists.
Moderator: Christopher Beach, former President and Artistic Director of La Jolla Music Society
Panelists: Will Colwell, Chair of the Board of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Past President of the New Haven Chapter of Boy Scouts of America; Neil Jacobs, President and Founder of 3Point Foundation, dedicated to helping underserved youth in Boston; Rusty Young, Founder of MusicWorks, where Music makes a Difference and former CEO and Board member of the Count Basie Theatre Foundation

Hiking the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail
Presenter: Art Dwight ’79
Art Dwight fulfilled a life-long dream of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 133 days. Art will share the challenges, joys and surprises he encountered on a trek he dedicated to his ’79 classmates.

Medicine and Spirituality at the End of Life
Presenters: Jamie Rawls, MD ’69, Rick Timms, MD ’59 and Phil Stevens, PhD ’59
In all cultures and through all stages of human history, religious faith has provided invaluable comfort to people confronting their own mortality. In America and the West, in the last one hundred years and for first time in western civilization, medical care and spiritual care are essentially separate. According to a recent Harvard study, a great majority of these patients want significant religious care as part of their coping with terminal illness. Additionally, a significant number of people grapple with mortality without theistic beliefs – what about them? Come and hear from a cultural anthropologist, a retired medical & research professor and a gastroenterologist, and bring your views on this issue so seldom confronted openly. What are your end-of-life issues? What comforts you, what scares you, as you think about your mortality? Our conversation will continue at lunch, in a private room reserved for presenters and participants.

Mid-Year Economic and Equity Market Outlook
Presenter: Hank Smith ’79
Join Hank Smith, Chief Investment Officer of The Haverford Trust Company, as he provides his firm’s outlook for the economy and capital markets and entertain questions.

My Journey in Providing Care for Those Living with HIV: A Gratifying Voyage
Presenter: Richard Drokesch ’69
Richard Prokesch has been taking care of persons infected with HIV since the onset of the epidemic. At first there were no treatments and no understanding of the cause or transmission of the disease. Next, there was one antiretroviral that proved to be toxic but helped some people and finally more and more drugs were formulated. Over the years our understanding of the infection has grown and Richard has seen many innovations in treatment until HIV has become a chronic, controllable infection as opposed to an ultimately fatal one. Come hear his inspiring and fascinating journey through his involvement with caring for those with HIV.

Preventing Blindness from Macular Degeneration an Entrepeneur’s Perspective
Presenter: Michael Tolentino, MD ’84
Macular degeneration (AMD) is the major cause of irreversible visual loss in the developed world. The aging population, its inherited nature and proliferation of high definition screens are creating a tsunami of afflicted. Dr. Tolentino’s research team at Harvard Medical School in collaboration with Genentech developed and invented eye injections for AMD that have restored sight in millions worldwide but require lifelong monthly injections to maintain vision. This presentation will recount the research, medical and entrepreneurial journey of the presenter and educate the audience on how they can protect and preserve their vision adequately while avoiding or minimizing eye injections.

Staying Healthy and Alert in Our 80s and 90s
Presenters: Guy Kaldis ’54 and Sherman Bull ’54
Interested in what it takes to stay physically healthy and mentally alert well into 80s and 90s? Have your own tips to share? Join Guy Kaldis and Sherman Bull, M.D. as they discuss some of the secrets to their success, some of which may surprise you.

US Trade Dispute with China and Intellectual Property
Presenter: Dr. John Gladstone Mills III ’69
The Trump administration has imposed a series of tariffs on Chinese exports to the US. These tariffs are intended to correspond to trade imbalances created by China in protecting its industries as well as in taking US intellectual property without compensation. Typically, trade disputes between nations — that have agreed to the WTO (World Trade Organization) treaty provisions — are resolved through the trade dispute mechanisms of the WTO. The Trump administration has used an exception to impose tariffs on China, and the result has been an escalating super power trade war. Join John Gladstone Mills as he presents the applicable law and current status of the dispute as well as possible resolutions.

Why We Serve: Public Service vs. Politics
Presenter: Ralph Gaines ’79
As the former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and current Chief Operations Officer at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ralph Gaines will share thought provoking ideas and insight from his experiences at the White House, Senate, and Congress. In the current polarizing environment in Washington this class will offer insight into effective leadership that transcends politics for the good of public service. Ultimately this discussion will challenge participants to realize the responsibility we have as citizens.

Witness/Downtown Rising
Presenter: Todd Stone ’69
Come see and hear artist Todd Stone’s digital presentation of his 40-year career as a downtown New York painter. Stone has been artist in residence at the World Trade Center for ten years and many of these works were painted in his tower studios. Stone’s Witness watercolors were exhibited at the National 9/11 Memorial Museum’s “Rendering the Unthinkable” exhibit 2016-18. His Downtown Rising series focuses on the resiliency of the re-building effort in Lower Manhattan.

Women of Deerfield | Alumnae Meditation & Sharing Circle
Facilitator: Jaclyn (Schwenker) Long ‘94
Join us for a time to provide support and inspiration for each other in our shared experience as women of Deerfield. Jaclyn will lead us in a mindfulness meditation to help us tap into the supportive resources within us. Then she will lead us in paired and group sharing exercises as we create a safe container to hold all that we feel called to give voice to as women, in service of healing and wholeness. Jaclyn is Founder & Director of Mind Body Moms and Mind Body Wellness Retreats.

Writing and Publishing Your Own Book
Presenters: Robert M. Pringle ’54 and Barbara Pringle
Recent developments in publishing and printing have made it increasingly cheap and easy to publish your own book. Join Robert Pringle and his wife Barbara as they describe their experience in writing and publishing a memoir. Robert’s memoir centers on almost four decades in the US Foreign Service, mainly in Southeast Asia, Africa and Washington. It emphasizes the importance of spouses in such a career.

You Are Worthy
Presenters: Cecelela Tomi ’09 and Okeoma Nwakanma ’09
What does it mean to “be worthy of your heritage”? In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to process their own Deerfield experience through meditation and hands-on activities. Join us as we reflect on our past, present, and future days of glory.