Program and Schedule for Reunions

Rally in the Valley! June 8-11, 2017

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Schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, June 8

Reunion Day Schedule


  • Registration (open to all classes)


  • Golf outing for ALL CLASSES. The 1st Annual Deerfield Reunion Cup at the New Crumpin-Fox. Shotgun start, includes lunch and awards presentation. $60 payable to Crumpin-Fox upon arrival. To register, please contact Margaret Temesvari at 413-774-1461 by May 31.


  • 50th/Grand Classes Cocktail Reception


  • 50th/Grand Classes Dinner in the Dining Hall
    Special Guest speaker: Dr. Paul Bendheim ’67
    Author of The Brain Training Revolution: A Proven Workout For Healthy Brain Aging
    Founder, Chairman & Chief Medical Officer of BrainSavers, LLC

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Friday, June 9

Reunion Day Schedule


  • Breakfast


  • Registration



  • Lunch


Afternoon Activities

  • Hike to the Rock
  • Student-led Tours
  • Pursuing the Past: The Deerfield History Hunt. A self-guided walking adventure along Old Main Street–with a prize at the end!


  • Turning Points Session for Class of 1967.


  • Service of Remembrance for 50th Class
    The First Church of Deerfield 


  • Childcare session I


  • Friends of Bill W. and Dr. Bob


  • Class of 1992 – 25th Reception and Dinner and class photo
  • Class of 1967 – 50th Reception and Dinner and class photo
  • Reception and Dinner for all other classes


  • Dancing under the Great Tent

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(Friday Back-to-School Sessions)

Each session will run 45 minutes and most will offer a small classroom feel, just like when you were a Deerfield student! Most sessions are offered more than once to maximize your back-to-school experience. Current sessions include:

A Crisis of Refuge: America and the new huddled masses.

Presenters: Rick Barton ’67, Greg Fell ’67, Gail Fell, and Rob Walbridge ’67
The United States has a long tradition of welcoming refugees. But in today’s climate, many Americans–driven by fear of terrorism, job insecurity, xenophobia, and other factors–are wary of extending a helping hand. What should our role be in a world where conflict, refugees, and migrant flows are the norm–not the exception?

Adapting to an A.I. World

Presenter: Erroin Martin ’92
Considered the 4th Industrial Revolution, Artificial Intelligence is a growing and powerful technology.  Learn how to maneuver and thrive in this A.I. world of ours.

A Mediterranean Odyssey

Presenter: Spencer L. Cowles, Ph.D. ’67
Join Spencer as he recounts an eventful six-day sailing journey from Turkey to Israel via Kyrenia (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus), considered one of the most beautiful ancient harbors in the Mediterranean. Towering above is Kyrenia Castle, a massive fortification originally built by the Byzantines and later occupied by Richard the Lionheart, the Venetians, and the Ottoman Empire.

Deerfield Today: Dance – unlock new ways of seeing

Presenter: Jennifer Whitcomb, Director of Dance. Featuring performances by Ossie Heard ’18 and Emmerson Stephens ’18

Innovate. Drive. Change. Putting Your Vision to Work.

Presenters: Bridgette Howard James ’92 and Tad Mayer ’82
Facing transitions in your career or business can be challenging. Do you know where you’re headed or how to get there? This presentation focuses on how to define your vision, identify obstacles, and network effectively while collaborating with others to move you toward your personal, career, and business success.

The Doctors Will See You Now: Four physicians from the Class of 1967 discuss their journeys in medicine.

Presenters: Dr. Edward “Ted” Higgins ’67, Dr. David Little ’67, Dr. Steve Sicher ’67, and Dr. Raymond Wolejko ’67
Two primary care physicians from rural New England and two specialists from the Midwest discuss their experiences and observations over the last 40 years. Drs. Little and Wolejko will cover medical education and community-based practice. Dr. Sicher will discuss advances in the treatment of eye disorders. Dr. Higgins will share his work as a vascular surgeon.

The Geography of Wine

Presenter: Francois Steichen ’82
Geography is one of the principal determinants of the style and quality of a wine, and of the differences between wines.  Location, soil, climate, aspect, and altitude are just some of the factors we’ll explore as we uncork our curiosity.

“What Needs To Be Done” in Haiti

Presenter: Hardy Watts ’92
On behalf of my family’s charitable foundation, Hardy visited, and this year returned to, two villages that show promise for the future of Haiti. In the arenas of educational infrastructure and inspirational pedagogy, Franchipagne and Matènwa represent a way forward worthy of continued support and replication.

Saturday, June 10

Reunion Day Schedule


  • Breakfast for all classes


  • Boyden Society and 1797 Society Champagne Breakfast with Dr. Margarita Curtis at The Manse


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


  • Childcare Session II


  • Registration


Morning Programs for all classes

  • 9:10-10am
    Piecing Together a Life: The Art of Biography
    With longtime editor Stephen Smith ’67 serving as interlocutor, Sally Bedell Smith (P’93, ’02), who has authored seven biographies, will explain how she does the research to depict the interior and exterior lives of her subjects. Particular attention will be paid to her latest subject, the Prince of Wales, in a biography published in April, “Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life.
  • 10:10-11am
    Listen to Me: Adapting a Novel to the Screen
    Join Hannah Pittard ’97 and Peter Cambor ’97 as they discuss their collaborative process of adapting Pittard’s latest novel, LISTEN TO ME, for the screen.


  • Academy Updates as presented by Head of School Margarita Curtis


  • Picnic Lunch under the Great Tent
  • Book Signing with Sally Bedell Smith P’97, ’02, and Hannah Pittard ’97. Authors will be signing copies of their books under the Great Tent during lunch. Stop by and purchase your copy for the author to sign! (Cash or credit payments only)


Class Photos begin for Grand, 45th – 20th Classes

  • 12:30 – 20th Reunion Class
  • 12:45 – Grand Classes (55th, 60th, 65th and older)
  • 1:00 – 35th Reunion Class
  • 1:15 – 40th Reunion Class
  • 1:30 – 30th Reunion Class
  • 1:45 – 45th Reunion Class


  • First Year Girls: Our Memories, Your Memories
    We invite our alumnae to join past and current faculty members including Claudia Lyons and Sue Carlson to connect and reflect about where we came from and where we are going.


Afternoon Activities

  • Hike to the Rock
  • Student-led Tours
  • Pursuing the Past: The Deerfield History Hunt. A self-guided walking adventure along Old Main Street – with a prize at the end!


  • Exploring Intersectionality: Reflecting on identity development from your Deerfield Days until now
    Hosted by the Offices of Inclusion and Advancement, this session is intended to provide a welcoming space for all participants to explore the eight social identifiers (ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status/class) and reflect on how they influenced DA experiences then and now. This session will be facilitated by Marjorie Young, Director of Inclusion and Community Life, and current DA students. Reception to follow.


  • Magic Show with Ed Popielarcyzk (family-friendly)


  • Friends of Bill W. and Dr. Bob meeting


  • Young Alumni Reception: time for your Class Photos!
  • Class Photos for 5th, 10th, 15thwill take place during this time before dinner


  • Childcare Session III
  • Balloon Art/Animals (5:00 – 8:00 pm)


  • Class of 1952 Reception


  • Reception for all other classes, including Faculty Emeriti


  • New England Clambake with music and dancing to follow

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You can also view a specific date’s schedule by clicking one of these:  June 8June 9June 10, June 11