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1940

Obituary for Alan Rossbach ’40

Alan Rossbach, 98, of Centerville, MA, died June 20, 2020 of natural causes. Born in New York City in 1922, he attended Deerfield Academy and Swarthmore College. His college years were interrupted by service in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He married Elizabeth Johnson in 1959, and they moved to Scarsdale, NY, and had two children. He worked in finance, spending most of his career on the American Stock Exchange. He retired in 1980, and moved to Centerville in 1983.

Andrew Rossbach (son of Alan Rossbach)

1940

1941

Obituary: Alfred C. Haven Jr. ’41

Alfred left this world peacefully on the morning of October 7, 2020 at Decatur House in Sandwich MA. He had just celebrated his 97th birthday two weeks earlier.

Born Sept. 23, 1923 in New Rochelle, NY, Al was the first child of Alfred C. and Mabel (Waller) Haven, who had been married exactly one year earlier, to the day.

Al grew up in Albany, NY with his younger siblings Robert and Caroline. He attended Albany Academy and graduated from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield MA, June 1941.

He entered Amherst College in Sept. 1941, enlisting in the USNR V-12 program which involved a year at Williams College and Midshipmen’s School, and was commissioned as an Ensign, USNR in June 1944.

Al was assigned to the USS LST 1030, then completing construction at the Boston Navy Yard. After stops in Norfolk, Virginia Amphibious Training Base, the Panama Canal, San Diego, and Pearl Harbor, the LST 1030 was deployed to the South Pacific, participating in the Luzon (Philippines) and Okinawa Invasions, and making numerous trips back and forth from the supply bases in the South Pacific to provide troops and equipment needed. When the Pacific War ended, the ship made several trips between Japan, Korea and China, repatriating Korean slave labor and Japanese occupation troops from the mainland. During his time aboard, he served as Watch Officer, Navigator and Engineering Officer. He returned to the U.S. in June 1946 as Lt.(jg) USNR to be released from active duty and to reenter Amherst College, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in September.

After spending the academic year 1946-1947 as an Instructor at Amherst, and to take courses necessary for admission to graduate school, he entered MIT on the GI Bill, obtaining his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in June 1950 under Prof. Arthur C. Cope, one of the most renowned chemists of the day.

He remained active in the Naval Reserve while in Graduate School as a member of a submarine unit which met in Boston and for two weeks of active duty in New London, CT.

In his final year of graduate school, Al met and quickly became engaged to Jane E. Hathaway, a fellow MIT Ph.D. student. They were married in Feb. 1950, and subsequently had three children: Kenneth (1952), Elizabeth (1954) and Julia (1962).

Al became employed as a research chemist at Merck & Co. in Rahway NJ from July 1950 to February 1953, then at E. I. DuPont de Nemours in the Wilmington, DE area in various Research and Development management positions, including three years’ assignment in Tokyo as Technical Manager for DuPont in Japan. He retired from the International Division in 1983 as the manager responsible for pollution control and employee occupational health matters at some 35 DuPont chemical plants located outside the United States, a position which involved much international travel.

Following retirement, Al entered an MBA program at the Univ. of Delaware and worked for a year for H&R Block, continuing for some years as a self-employed tax preparer.

In 1984, he and Jane moved permanently to their summer residence in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, where he became quickly involved in Town government, serving on a number of volunteer Town committees. He was elected a Wellfleet Selectman in 1989, serving as Chairman 1990 – 1992. At various times he was Treasurer of the First Congregational Church, the Wellfleet Historical Society and the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Al and Jane moved in 1998 to Chatham, MA, where he served two terms each on the Town Finance Committee and the Water and Sewer Advisory Committee, while a member and former Vestryman of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham.

Throughout his life, Al maintained a strong interest in science. He was a Fellow of the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science, holder of a number of chemical patents, and an amateur astronomer who built his own telescopes. In his later years, he led seminars at the Chatham library on areas of current scientific interest.

During retirement, he and Jane “traveled while they could” including an African safari, twice to Australia and New Zealand, and for many years, a couple of weeks in London squeezed in between sailing vacations in Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds.

Al’s quiet reserve belied a wonderful, wry sense of humor and a deep devotion to his wife and children. He was keenly intelligent, kind, and considerate almost to a fault. Al was pre-deceased by his wife Jane in 2017. He leaves his son Ken Haven and his partner Libby Mihalka of Livermore, California; his daughter Liz Haven and her husband Rick Humphreys of Windsor, California; his daughter Julie Haven Malloy and her husband Greg Malloy of Sandwich; as well as grandchildren Caroline Humphreys, Elena Humphreys, Emma Haven, Kylie Malloy and Rory Malloy. He also leaves his former international exchange student Filomena Martins and family, of Lisbon, Portugal.

A memorial service will be held at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham when it is safe for all to travel and gather.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Al’s memory may be made to St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church or to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

1946

Ralphe Earle II

I write with the sad news that my father, Ralph Earle II ‘46, died on January 13, 2020. His obituary  appeared in the Washington Post  and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ralph Earle III

1947

Obituary: Thomas C. Sweitzer ’47

Obituary

My father, Thomas C Sweitzer, son of Harry F. Sweitzer and Ruth E (Waterman) Sweitzer, passed away on Tuesday, January 19th in Scottsdale, Arizona. He had a very full and happy life and an especially wonderful retirement in Sedona, Arizona with his wife, Jan Sweitzer, who passed away in 2018.

Dad’s life was remarkable for his dedication to his family, his community and his volunteerism. He spent much of his childhood in Madison, Connecticut racing sailboats with his brother Skip and enjoying their experiences as they became Eagle Scouts. He attended Deerfield Academy and went on to Amherst College. Soon after he graduated, Dad joined N. W. Ayer, a renowned advertising firm in New York, where he spent his entire professional career, ultimately helping to make the firm a global agency.

Dad’s proudest professional achievements were found in his work in China
in the 1980s. He and his Ayer team were engaged to conduct an extensive survey of China’s cultural, industrial and manufacturing assets to identify, develop and promote to western/international markets. The China Exposition, which Ayer designed and produced, was China’s re-introduction to the world. This virtuoso exhibition premiered in San Francisco and traveled across the US and on to Europe, setting the stage for the economic powerhouse that we know today.

Throughout his life, Dad shared his passions with the communities he lived in, through teaching, mentoring and volunteering. He freely credited the impact of the Boy Scouts on his personal values and development as a Good Citizen. During his early days in Westport, Dad spent his Monday nights, for years, teaching Advanced Piloting and Celestial Navigation for the United States Power Squadron. He volunteered his marketing acumen to the Mystic Seaport and Aquarium and later at the The Maritime Aquarium in South Norwalk, where he shared his increasing competence in computer graphics. For many years Dad served on the board of Cedar Point Yacht Club, where he assisted their Race Committee on the Sound and created the Predicted Log Race making the renowned sailing club inclusive of the Club’s power boating members.

As a father, he shared his pleasures of boating, gardening, wood shop, art, music and travel with my brother, Steve, and I. He also shared our mother’s life-long love for dogs and passionate support of animal rescue. Dad delved deeply into the Sweitzer and Davis ancestries and shared the thrill of research and discovery that lead him across the Atlantic Ocean to various homelands.

As Dad neared retirement, after years of exhilarating travel and adventures that enlivened his marriage, his mind turned towards the gratitude for the woman he adored. He accompanied Jan on her travels to the Southwest as she searched for gems and minerals for her recent passion, jewelry making. As he traveled he recalled her stories of the Blue Ridge Mountains where her family escaped from the heat of the summers in Knoxville, TN. He heard her longing for distant views that he rekindled with flying lessons that brought back to her the thrills of her first job as stewardess on Delta Airlines DC-3s. Traveling to destinations throughout the Southwest he asked himself again and again, “Could I live here?” When they discovered Sedona, Arizona, the answer was an emphatic “YES!”

For my brother Steve and I, this was a sudden and very unexpected decision which, much to our consternation, they acted upon with great alacrity. In Sedona, not only did they find a breathtaking place to live, they also found an incredible community of locals and snowbirds to live out their retirement years. Together, they found a burgeoning arts community and an astonishing patronage base to support it. Upon their arrival, Dad’s professional experiences and creativity were embraced with great enthusiasm. In Sedona, his professional marketing and management experience combined with his computer were powerful assets that were put to use to establish The Cultural Arts Park and The Creative Life Center; to rebrand, strengthen, mentor and develop Chamber Music Sedona and to support the Sedona International Film Festival. Moreover, his efforts helped to secure these remarkable community assets both in arts programming and the performing arts center for Sedona’s public high school, a lasting and impactful legacy of this extraordinary group of “movers and shakers” he found himself in.

With Dad’s passing, Steve and I have learned what impactful people our parents were with the many unsolicited stories offered to us from Sedona locals and snowbirds and the dear friends from their 40+ years in Westport, Connecticut. Often these accounts moved me to tears and more often than not, brought revelations we had never imagined. Our admiration for them has grown as has our understanding of each of them as citizens and individuals, well beyond their parenting of us. These often moving accounts of their ongoing sharing of their lives’ passions and the support of those who shared them, has painted a clear picture of who our parents were and how dedicated they were to “paying it forward.” Our extended conversations and interviews with their surviving friends and family members, have enabled us to recognize their legacies in those whose lives they touched and in our selves. Theirs were lives well lived, fully and in the moment. They were good people.

Today, he is survived by my brother Steve and I, 3 grandchildren; Conor F Sweitzer, Isabel R Sweitzer and Lucian D Sweitzer and 5 great grandchildren; Paloma, Iman, Olson, Levi and one due this Spring.

Thomas (Tucker) C Sweitzer, Jr

In Memoriam

David G. Barlow of Poinciana, FL, and formerly of Shrewsbury and later Grafton, MA, died on November 20, 2019 at the age of 89. He was born in Trenton, NJ, the son of Stephen and Virginia Barlow. He was married for sixty-four years to Anne H. Barlow. They lived in Bucks County, PA until moving to Massachusetts in 1960 and then to Florida in 2004.

He is survived by his two sons: Stuart of Boynton Beach, FL and Craig of Framingham, MA as well as by his granddaughter, Tiffany, also of Boynton Beach, FL. His wife, Anne, and another son, Peter, preceded him.

He is a graduate of Deerfield Academy, Yale University (BA), and Wharton Graduate Division, University of Pennsylvania (MBA). He was also a CPA in Massachusetts.

He served as an officer on active duty in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Amphibious Forces from 1951 to 1954 and the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1960.

He held various senior financial positions, both in public accounting (CPA) and private companies, including: Jamesbury Corporation, ITT Sheraton Corporation, and Harvard University. From 1984 until 1999, he owned and operated Garrepy Platers in Worcester, MA.

While living in Shrewsbury, he was a member of the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury and later in Grafton a member of the First Evangelical Congregational Church. After moving to Poinciana, FL, he became a member of the Lake Hamilton Presbyterian Church. He sang in both the Worcester Chorus and the Master Singers. He was a member of Tatnuck Country Club, a Trustee of the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, and a Director of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (through Harvard University), the Grafton Shakespeare Club and several other volunteer groups. David also taught finance and accounting part-time at Clark University (undergraduate and graduate level) in the 1970s.

A memorial service will be held to honor his life at a future date.

David Barlow

1947

1948

I Am Very Fortunate

“I was a math major at Oberlin. After Navy OCS and 3 years on minesweepers, I enrolled in economics grad school at Yale (PhD 1962). Joined the economics department at Wesleyan in 1960, retiring in 2006. Taught a selection of courses: Introductory, the micro and macro courses required of majors, industrial organization, antitrust econ, accounting, business ethics, and corporate finance. Being at Wesleyan has allowed me to wander among subfields in both teaching and research (as my interests evolved; not possible at graduate programs) and also to take up visiting and moonlighting positions at other institutions: MIT, Cal Berkeley, UCONN, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, Univ. of Adelaide, and (6 times) Yale. I have tried to stay intellectually occupied by continuing the trickle of articles. Married in 1956; Joan (married 57 years; she is now deceased) and I have three children and eight grandchildren, spread around (Portland OR, Albuquerque, Boston, Minturn CO, Portland ME). Family summers in Maine, inland on a lake (hiking, swimming, sailing—all now curbed). Gave up squash 20 years ago (MD’s suggestion). Health? Two replaced hips, cataract surgery, arthritis; I am very fortunate.”

Dick Miller

1948

Life Since Deerfield

“After graduating from Brown in 1952 and 2 years in the Navy during the Korean war, I went to Graduate Business School and got my MBA from Wharton Graduate at Penn. After sojourns with IBM and Chase Bank, I went into advertising with McCann Erickson, then to Brand Management with Bristol Myers, Johnson & Johnson, Ocean Spray (Director of New Products), Richardson Vicks (Americas Far East), and finally Proctor and Gamble, retiring early at 57. Since then I, my Norwegian wife and 2 children moved through years of Marketing Consulting to active retirement in Naples, Florida in 1994. We’re still here.
Since then I’ve been active in my community: serving as President of both Master and Village Associates, while founding a winning swim team, summer camp, tennis program, Social Committee and being Editor of our Newsletter. 12 doubles trophies later, I retired as Captain of the Tennis Team. I remember Gordy and me on the D’Field lightweight football team. My latest book (2nd edition) is “The Ivy Fest Song Book” – Ivy Fight Songs.”
Photo caption: Ty and Nina Day

Ty Day

1948

New Class Agent Team

“ be well, do good work, and keep in touch”
-Garrison Keillor-

Dear Classmates,

This is Gordy Hall and Jack Vernon writing you as your New Class Agent Team! A month ago I (Gordy) wrote the Alumni office to inquire about several classmates, and was told that personal information was only available to the class agent, and then was asked if I would like to fill that now vacant role. Jack and I went to Amherst together and have been close ever since. I asked him if he would like to take on the job as a team; a job that would hopefully invoke a sentimental journey (corny but accurate) for all of us.

We’re all +/- 90 years old, and there are 50 of us still standing (or sitting or supine) and we’d like to ask you for communications of any subject: offspring, occupations, health, travel, political, observations or whatever comes to mind. Bragging is definitely encouraged as well as curmudgeonly comments.

Here’s my 2 cents worth: After Amherst I went to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, but wound up in commercial real estate, and ownership of properties that 2 of my 3 sons now expand and manage. I’m involved in 4 non-profit environmental/conservation organizations which I enjoy immensely. The world is in big trouble and help is needed. I self-published a book, “Satan in the Pulpit” about the founding of Phillips Andover and Exeter Academies, where my great, great grandfather went to Divinity School, and have sold 175 copies. I have 2 replaced hips and 1 replaced knee (Deerfield lightweight football), and have had a bypass and an arrhythmia correction. I’m very lucky that all of them have worked and I can be active. I live in Marblehead, Mass. and for 25 years I raced a succession of sailboats named Katabatic. We were the boat to beat and I loved it. In summer, now, my wife and I cruise on the coast of Maine, and go to our way-off-the-grid Northern Maine camp and watch wildlife. At home, I play tennis if I don’t have to run far. That’s it for me.

Here’s Jack: To Amherst with Gordy and Win Hindle, MIT for a Masters, then Navy Civil Engineering Corps. I began my career as a consultant with Arthur D Little, then to Instron Corp. for nine years, then left as EVP/COO to become President of a start-up developing a modern steam engine – limited future. Became an executive search consultant, and retired after 25 years as Managing Director of Russell Reynolds Assoc. Along the way was Chair of the Weston Mass. School Committee, WGBH Board of Overseers, and finally, Board Chair of the New England Conservatory of Music. We now live in a retirement community in Westwood, Mass. I’ve published a book, “Very Short Stories,” that includes a piece on Dick Hatch. Survived 1 prostate, 1 double bypass with pacemaker and 6 hip operations (2&4). Golf handicap 12, now 22. Married for 65 years to Anne Bennett (Smith ’53). We have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren, all well above average. As Garrison Keillor says: “be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”

We’re in high hopes that all this will encourage you to write whatever is on your mind or about your life – anything, including complaints. We all have a pretty short runway ahead, and that’s a good reason to hear from each other. Please write to:
gordonhall3@comcast.net jvernon30@gmail.com
Gordon Hall Jack Vernon
1 Walnut Street 10 Longwood Drive, Unit 129
Marblehead, MA 01945 Westwood, MA 02090

Thanks,

Gordon Hall/Jack Vernon

1948


1949

Death of John Benjamin,’49

I am reporting the death, on April 20, 2020, of one of my oldest friends, John Benjamin, ’49. “Oldest” because, when the two of us found ourselves, together, at The Academy, after we had, for four years, been classmates at a school on Chicago’s North Shore, from 7th Grade, on. After graduating from the Academy, our lives went in different directions, until 1960, when both of us returned to Chicago and started to serve the Financial Services Industry, in which industry. Both of us were much involved in that industry, for the balance of our respective careers, but we did not connect, professionally, until the mid-1980’s. There is a long and a thoughtful obit, on John, in The Chicago Tribune of April 21.

John Notz

1949

1950

Arnold Veteran Dedicated To Serving Community

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1952

Obituary: Robert John Harrington ’52


(Robert John Harrington – 1952)


(Grant Harrington, Matt Harrington ’85, Robert John Harrington ’52 – 2009)

Robert John Harrington died August 23, 2021, at Martin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Stuart, FL, where he lived since May 2020 when he fractured his hip at home in Stuart.
He was born on January 19, 1935 in Holyoke, MA, and was the second child of Mary Harrington and Elmer Joseph Harrington, MD. Called Bobby by his elder sister and only sibling Nancy, Robert spent a happy childhood with his extended family in Holyoke. Elmer Harrington was a physician and radiologist, spending his career at the Holyoke Hospital. Also known as Gramps and a former Grand Marshal of the Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Parade, Elmer died in August 1968. Mary (Mimi) lived another 30 years, most of that time in Florida, where Robert moved 20 years ago to be with her and his sister Nancy.

Robert attended Deerfield Academy, graduating in 1952. His sons Robert John, Jr., and Matthew also attended the school, graduating in 1983 and 1985, respectively. After Deerfield, Robert Senior attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, and Regis College, a Catholic Jesuit institution in Denver, CO. He entered the Army in 1956 and was discharged in 1958, working as a cryptographer in Arlington, VA for a period of time during his service.

Robert’s business career started in journalism at the Boston Herald Traveler newspaper and included reporting and editorial work with United Press International and the National Review in New York. He later entered the field of public relations and advertising, working in several roles including as co-founder of The Communicators advertising agency in Harrisburg, PA. He combined early experience as an announcer and disc jockey to become writer, producer, and voice talent for numerous radio and television advertisements. These included ones featuring his children and their friends for clients Foxx Pools and Harrisburg Radio Lab. He returned to radio announcer and DJ roles later in life.

After moving from Boston to New York, Robert met Lucy Hayes Rodgers of Reedsville, PA, in 1962. They were married at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1963 and later moved to central Pennsylvania to be closer to Lucy’s family and raise one of their own. They first lived in Mechanicsburg, moving in 1969 to a horse farm in Lewisberry.

Robert is survived by his sister Nancy Kelly of Stuart, FL, and children Robert John Harrington, Jr. of Louisville, CO, Matthew Harrington of Chester Springs, PA, Lucy Parker (Harrington) Floyd of Centennial, CO, and Peter Harrington of Maplewood, NJ. Robert Senior also leaves grandchildren Paris, Maeve, Sophia, Conall, Grant, Soleil, Reed, and Ella.

A graveside service will be held Nov. 12, 2021, at Calvary Cemetery in Holyoke, MA.

Memorial offerings can be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, https://www.gracestuart.com/give/

Matt Harrington ’85

Obituary: William Bradford Hubbell Jr. ’52

FALMOUTH – William “Bill” Bradford Hubbell Jr. died of the effects of Parkinson’s Disease on Sept. 12, 2020. His wisdom and graciousness, great love of family, and deep awareness of and interest in the world around him inspired his love of photography and created heartfelt connections with family and friends. Bill was born to William Bradford Hubbell and Dorothy Twyeffort Hubbell in New York City on August 21, 1934 and grew up in Bedford, N.Y. He attended Bedford’s One Room Schoolhouse, The Rippowam School, Deerfield Academy, and Princeton University. He also enrolled in courses at Columbia University and Yale University. Following college, he served his country in the Air Force during the Korean War. He found his passion and profession in photography. He remembered being interested in photography at the age of 12. By the time he was a college student, he had discovered that he could make a living at his hobby. After apprenticeships with photographers at world-renowned Magnum Photos, he began full-time work as an independent, shooting primarily for corporate and advertising accounts. Soon afterward, he began traveling abroad and took photographs for such magazines as National Geographic, Time, and Life. He went on to serve a three-year stint as a writer and photographer for the U.S. Information Agency in Japan, Korea, and southeast Asia. Returning home, Bill headed the photography department at Guidance Associates, the educational audio-visual division of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. He worked both behind the camera and as an executive at Harcourt Brace where he produced educational videos for schools and a movie called “Echoes”. He then went out on his own, exploring all facets of photography from food to portraits and architecture to landscapes. He produced several books: Connecticut, New England Coast, Safe Harbor, Seasons of Maine, Portland and Good Fences; and collaborated on each of the Stamford (Connecticut) and Greenwich (Connecticut) books celebrating their respective 350th anniversaries. He was a builder of stone walls; a world traveler; a farmer; a maker of fudge, Christmas punch, or a sandwich of tomatoes just picked off the vine; a floor refinisher; copper polisher; handyman; grower of prize-winning dahlias; film-maker; a devoted groomer to his beloved dogs Kodak, Domino, and Oscar; and a lover of all things chocolate. He was fascinated by history and nature. He recorded the life he saw around him, from his children growing up to the changes in the seasons. He enjoyed revitalizing old houses and antiques, bringing them back to usefulness and beauty. He was a consummate gentleman. Because he chose a nontraditional occupation, he encouraged his children and step-children to choose their own paths and supported them in following their dreams. Parkinson’s, to paraphrase the Paul Simon song, “took his Kodachrome away”, but he kept his positive outlook, sense of humor, and appreciation for the people and things he enjoyed in his life. Bill is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jean Hubbell, of Falmouth; his daughter, Drika Costantino and her husband Anthony of Cos Cob, Conn.; his son Brad Hubbell and his wife Suzanne Daily, and their three children, Zack Hubbell, Alex Hubbell, and Corinne Daily of Mill Valley, Calif.; his stepson, Tim Lackey and his wife Heidi of Whitefield; his stepdaughter, Amanda Murray, her husband Rob, and their four children, Eliza and Hannah Cote and Daniel and Jonah Murray, of Yarmouth; and by his sister, Anne Hubbell French of Norwich, Vt. and his sister-in-law, Elizabeth “Libby” Hubbell of Asheville, N.C.He was predeceased by his brother, John Twyeffort Hubbell and his stepson William Davis “Dave” Lackey Jr. He also maintained a friendship with his first wife, Marian Bingham, of Old Lyme, Conn.He will be dearly missed by his family and friends, but his spirit and clear eye remain not only in all the pictures he took, but also in the hearts of those who love him. Please visit http://www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to sign Bill’s online guestbook.

John Knight ’83

1953

Obituary: Laurence G. Bodkin, Jr. ’53

It’s with especial sadness that I record the death on November 22, 2020 of my Deerfield classmate and college roommate Laurence G. Bodkin, Jr.  He died surrounded by family members at his home in Larchmont, New York, from the complications of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.  In college, Larry (or Bods as some of us called him) distinguished himself by making appropriate use of his slight physique to be active on varsity crew and in varsity squash, in both of which he earned a Y.  In the former, he served as coxswain and was a candidate for that position on the U.S. 1956 Olympic team; in the latter (which he played until late in life, often with Alan Hockstader), he was an opponent who could dart about the court, sometimes it seemed under the legs of taller opponents almost without being seen.  After Harvard Law School, he devoted most of his career to tax law, principally with the firm of Jackson & Nash, in which he was long a partner.  Following his retirement, Bods involved himself in two efforts, both of which he found immensely satisfying, to help others.  The first involved assisting young people with special learning needs to navigate their way through New York City’s vast educational bureaucracy.  The second was service for the federal courts in New York as a mediator in disputes involving retirement and disability benefits.  He often spent his leisure hours at the piano, playing golf and tennis, and sailing the waters near his family house in Stony Brook, Connecticut.  A reserved man of comparatively few words, of warm personality that was sometimes hidden by a deceptively grumpy bearing, and of always easy laughter, Larry was a kind, caring, and thoughtful man.  Frank Michelman, a Deerfield and Harvard Law as well as Yale classmate, recalls him with “great fondness” starting in the earliest days at Deerfield for being among the first to welcome a “new boy” into a strange setting with “welcome, warmth, and cheer.”  Larry is survived by his wife of 57 years Muriel (Mimsie), their children Laurence III, Anne, Katherine Robinson, and Christopher, their children’s spouses and children, and 11 grandchildren.  Donations in his memory should go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (//lls.org/ct-hv).

Jim Banner, Jr.

1953

Dr. Whitney Wood Addington ’53

Dr. Whitney Wood Addington, 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Chicago on
February 10, 2020 surrounded by his family. Dr. Addington was a superb physician,
healthcare leader, research scientist, and lover of the arts. He graduated from Deerfield
Academy and Princeton University where he majored in English followed by medical
school and residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University. Upon completion
of his training, Dr. Addington served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Public
Health Service in Oklahoma City, during which time he completed a Masters of Science
at the University of Oklahoma School of Public Health. At the conclusion of his military
service, he became a N.I.H. Postgraduate Fellow in Thoracic Services at the Boston
University Medical School before returning to Chicago, where he was recruited by Dr.
Quentin Young to be Chairman of the Pulmonary Division for Cook County Hospital. His
years at County and the people he worked with there were some of his favorites and set
the standard for the rest of his career. While there, he built a TB outreach program, a
mobile medical care team that went out into some of the most underserved areas of the
city to provide onsite TB therapy.
After Cook County he moved to the University of Chicago where he served as Professor
of Medicine and Chairman of the Pulmonary Medicine Department. While there he
began his life long care of cystic fibrosis patients and their families. Patients called him
directly at any hour and he made visits to their homes. He took care of them when they
were teenagers to the end of their lives. He celebrated the incredible advances in
therapy for this disease, and each patient followed him to every medical institution he
moved to. He then returned to Northwestern University where he once again served as
the Chairman of Pulmonary Division and became the President of the Chicago Board of
Health from 1989 to 1999. Throughout his career he taught and lectured, and published
over 100 papers on pulmonary disease and public health focusing on TB, asthma of
patients in the inner city, and cystic fibrosis. He became committed to health care
reform and was one of the leading voices in the fight for universal health care, and
social justice and equity in medical care. This became his primary focus during his
tenure as President of the American College of Physicians.
His last academic appointment was as Professor of Medicine, Family Practice, and
nursing at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and Director of the
Rush Primary Care Institute where he worked to promote new models of primary care
within communities. Because of his long term commitment to issues of public health he
served on the Poverty and Health Committee of the World Health Organization in
Geneva Switzerland. After retiring from his medical practice, Dr. Addington continued to
work in Public Health as a visiting Professor to the London School of Tropical Medicine.
During that time he travelled extensively in Africa working on projects to contain and
eradicate the spread of Malaria. He loved these trips with younger faculty and continued
to learn from his visits to refugee camps where he helped institute point of care testing
for Malaria.
He was the recipient of many awards including an honorary Doctorate of Science from
New York Medical College, as well as several other awards for his life-long commitment
to health care including the award for Most Outstanding Professor at Northwestern
University Medical School, the President’s Award for Leadership in Family Medicine
from the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, The Herbert DeYoung Medal from the
Chicago Lung Association, the George Howell Coleman Medal from the Institute of
Medicine in Chicago, and the Henry P. Russe Award for Compassion in Medicine from
the Institute of Medicine in Chicago.
He was a man of boundless energy, and would regularly return to Chicago after three
days of travelling from Africa only to shower and go to a cubs game or a night at Lyric
Opera. He was truly a man of the people, a charismatic leader and loyal friend who
engaged with great enthusiasm, pretty much anyone who crossed his path. It didn’t
really matter if you were his grandchild, a person seated next to him on a bus or plane,
the Mayor, or a Somalian immigrant. Everybody got the same treatment. He wanted to
know where you were from, if you had kids, how they were all doing, and what they
thought about. He touched so many lives with his warmth and interest, empathy, and a
flowing abundance of humor. He had stories for every occasion and a laugh and
charging gait that was instantly recognizable.
Gratified by his many career accomplishments and years of fanatic support for Lyric
Opera, a passion matched perhaps only by his seventy-six years as a fixture at Wrigley
Field, he was clearly most proud of his family, his wife Ada, his four daughters,
son-in-laws, and eleven grandchildren. Whitney was utterly devoted to all of them and,
along with Ada, played master of ceremonies for what seemed at the time, an endless
parade of adventures, inner-tubing and fishing trips, visits to the opera, symphony, and
musicals, Cubs, Bulls and Bears games, safaris, and so many dinners, parties and
weddings at which he always had something loving, inclusive and unwaveringly funny to
say. Through all of it he had a gift for making everyone feel loved and important.
He lived a large life, travelling everywhere, meeting people from every walk of life, with
enough adventures, appointments and causes for several men, but arguably one of his
greatest moments came when he found himself in Cleveland the night the heavens
opened, the rains fell, and the Cubs drought finally came to an end. But for his children
and grandchildren, he was the ultimate Grandpa, not only for his own kids, but all
their friends and really, for anyone who simply needed a grandpa, a friend or an
advocate.
Whitney was born on August 23, 1935 in Chicago, the son of Sarah Wood Armour and
James Addington. Whitney is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ada Forgan Addington
and daughters, Joanie Addington-White (Peter Addington-White), Sarah Addington
Emanuel, Hilary Addington (Michael Cahill) and Anne Addington; and 11 grandchildren
Alexander, Ellery, India, and Emma Addington-White; Ashlee, Noah, Ezra, and Leo
Emanuel; Nicholas, Phoebe, and Jane Cahill. He was a source of optimism and hope to
all of them and will live in theirs, and many others hearts forever.

1954

New book

My new book, Voices from the Past, will be published in the United States in early December (having already been published in Great Britain, where I live, in October). The book is dedicated to the idea that history is a feast to be enjoyed every day and that memorable quotations are like glasses of fine wine that bring out the flavour of a three-star meal. The book contains a story from history for every date in the year, each headlined with a quotation related to the event. (The text contains hundreds more quotes – in all, there are about 1,200.) The stories range from the time of the pharaohs to the 21st century.

Bill Marsh

1954

Passing of James W. Stevens ’54

James W. Stevens ’54, passed away Sunday June 30th 2019 at his home in Watch Hill, RI. Jim was surrounded by loving family in his final moments. He was a leader of many and always led by positive example and good humor. Jim grew up on the Massachusetts lakeshore of Webster Lake with his sister, Beverly. He always spoke of those days fondly. Later, he attended Deerfield where he made many lifelong friends. As Captain of the baseball team and President of the class of 1954, Jim later joined the Board so he could give back to the school he felt most indebted for positively changing his life. Soon Jim joined the Williams College class of 1958, where he was class President and within a decade joined their Board of Directors. He was the youngest board member ever, for the college, but what he was most proud of was having the opportunity to vote for co-education while on both Deerfield and Williams boards. All who knew him, knew how special of a man he was. He was kind, humble, funny and incredibly generous. He will be missed and forever loved.

Lindsay Stevens ’12

1954

1955

John W. Frymoyer, M.D. ’55, passes away at age 83

Surrounded by his loving family, John W. Frymoyer spent the afternoon outside under a beautiful, sunny New England blue sky, before quietly passing away that evening on August 2nd at the age of 83. His full obituary can be found online, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/obituaries/bfp035447.

Submitted by his four daughters – Susan Hodge, Lynn Boynton, Meg Stebbins & Betsey Rhynhart

Louis (Lou) R. Greer ’55

Lou’s wife, Dee, passed away three years ago. “Nowadays it’s pretty much me, the dog, and the cat.” He says “Growing older is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” Lou gave up riding a bicycle but he continues to swim a lot and goes to the YMCA which is just down the street. Lou lives in Greer, SC — Wow, that’s impressive although he grew up in New York and claims that the town is not named after his family.

Tom L’Esperance ’55

W. Scott (Terry) Blanchard ’55

** Here’s a note to me from Terry Blanchard written on July 24, 2021 — His full name is Walter Scott Blanchard .. We called him
” Terry ” at Deerfield .
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We are doing well – at least as well as can be expected at our advancing years and coming out of this horrible year plus of Covid. I suspect that it will color and etch itself into all our beings for some time to come. The isolation, the fears, the desperation to get vaccinated, the relief when that second needle came out – these are occurrences which we all will share. Currently, Wanda and I are happily ensconced in a 55+ Condo community in Byfield, MA not far from where we lived for the previous 20 years. I can still play golf locally with a group of guys who just like to be out in the open air and for whom nine holes is plenty. One of our children lives in Salem, only 1/2 an hour away, but the other lives in St. Paul, MN. We go out there a couple of times a year and they come here to rent a house near the beach for a week in August. We really love it when we can all be together. We are still trying to travel – hopefully Switzerland this September and Florida for about 6 weeks in the winter to get out of the worst of it here. Increasingly the memories of youth come back to call – generally with a great deal of joy. I certainly hope that we will be able to revisit Western Massachusetts again when the magic 70th takes place.

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Tom L’Esperance ’55

The passing of Peter T. Esty ’55

Our classmate, Peter Esty, passed away on Nov. 14, 2020, in Andover, MA. Bill Morton relayed the sad news to Mike Grant who reports that Peter and his wife had returned to the East Coast from California “just a few weeks ago to live in a retirement community in Andover, MA. Peter was one of my close buds at Deerfield. I used to spend time with his family in Amherst .. He also lived in Fairfield for a while — An always upbeat guy who came to be a competent educator and leader of secondary schools.” including our own Deerfield Academy. And on a personal note in ‘It’s a small world’ category, in his earlier years Peter lived in my Uncle Tom’s former “cabin” at The Notch at Mount Holyoke Range State Park.

Tom L’Esperance

1955

Our 10th Annual Get-together

On October 28th, ’55ers Jerry Rood, Tom L’Esperance, Tim Day and spouses celebrated their 10th annual get-together in La Jolla, CA. Since Southern California doesn’t allow rainy days and aging we have diligently obeyed these rules over the years. Y’all will have to join us next year!

(l-r) Jerry Rood ’55, Tom L’Esperance ’55, Tim Day ’55, Sandy Day, Merry L’Esperance, and Joyce Rood

Tom L’Esperance

1955

Obituary: Peter T. Esty ’55

Peter T Esty

Peter Tuckerman Esty, beloved family member and friend, leading educator and head of several independent schools in the US and abroad, died peacefully on November 15, 2020 in Danvers, Massachusetts, of complications resulting from strokes. He was 83.

After graduating from Amherst College in 1959, Mr. Esty worked for just over a decade in business, first in sales and advertising at General Foods Corporation in White Plains, NY, then as a broker and partner at the real estate firm Brotherhood and Higley in New Canaan, CT. At age 34, after vacationing with his brother John and a cohort of his educator friends, Mr. Esty acted on their inspiration and took up what would become his calling for the next fifty years.

Following a yearlong masters program at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Mr. Esty worked for eleven years at his alma mater, Deerfield Academy, in Deerfield, MA, primarily as an English teacher, then as Dean of Faculty. It was perhaps his work directing the Alternate Studies program at Deerfield, with its focus on senior projects and academic-year and summer programs in and out of the US, that fueled Mr. Esty’s passion for experiential and international living and learning. He took a one-year leave (1976-1977) during his Deerfield stint to move with his then-young family to Rennes, France, where he taught English to American high schoolers in the School Year Abroad program. That year, which included much travel in and out of France with both his students and family, was revelatory and kindled a decades-long relationship with School Year Abroad that saw Mr. Esty assume various positions, from Interim Resident Director in Viterbo, Italy (2004-2005), to founding Interim Resident Director in Hanoi, Vietnam (2009-2010), and board membership and chair roles in between (2005-2011).

After his time at Deerfield, Mr. Esty embraced a welcome and exhilarating cultural shift when he became Head of School at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY from 1982-1989. His passions for urban diversity and school leadership ignited, Mr. Esty departed New York for San Francisco to head San Francisco University High School for the next seven years. This move sparked a three-decade love affair with, and intermittent residency in, northern California, which nourished Mr. Esty’s unquenchable desire for exploration and adventure. That wanderlust later led Mr. Esty to serve as a one-year Interim Head of The Dalton School in New York, then head of Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT for five years. Back in California in 2003, Mr. Esty connected with The Bay School in San Francisco for two separate yearlong consultant roles and also became Interim Head at Branson School in Ross, CA for two years. From 1989 forward, through all the far-flung school work, he and his wife Happy kept primary residence in San Francisco, Sausalito, then Santa Rosa, CA until the final months of his life.

Throughout the arc of his career, Mr. Esty was often at the vanguard of much-needed transformation in independent schools, including the clear imperative to advance access, inclusion, justice, and equity in historically homogeneous institutions. His work bridging gaps and dismantling barriers perhaps galvanized in his 1990s leadership, alongside committed San Francisco University High School colleagues, of the Summerbridge National Project (renamed Breakthrough Collaborative).

Mr. Esty served as a trustee or advisor to countless schools and educational non-profits, including Camp Agawam in Raymond, ME; Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA; Foote School in New Haven, CT; Hamlin School, Leadership High School and Marin Academy, all in the Bay Area; Global Citizen Year, based in Oakland, CA; and multiple national and state independent school leadership boards. He also inspired and mentored many devoted new and aspiring educators throughout his lifetime.

School colleagues and collaborators cite his openness to possibility, his “rare art” of sharing both “buoyant optimism and positive spirit.” He operated with candor, “even if the message was difficult,… [he could] do that with heart and good will.” A one-time colleague and lifelong friend wrote to Mr Esty in his final days: “You have such an exuberance for life… new adventures, people. Your fabulous laugh, offered easily and generously, made others find the humor in the moment. Your belief in people, sometimes [for] longer than they deserved… remind[ed] the rest of us to look for the best in others. But you were also direct, [which] kept things down-to-earth and real, when you saw things you did not like or respect. Your heart is huge and, along with your sense of adventure, [so] is your kindness.”

It was Mr. Esty’s winsome blend of irreverent, playful silliness with deep concern and support for others that endeared him to family, friends, and colleagues alike. He reveled in gatherings and social connection; books, arts, architecture and the exchange of ideas; map study, trip-planning and travel. He laughed readily, often uproariously and to tears, not infrequently at New Yorker cartoons, outrageous children’s stories, and himself. His extraordinary partnership with Happy in many ways mirrored their pedagogical values, and was forged through trust, teamwork, shared belief in experience, humanity, multiculturalism, and fairness. Their travels bound all these together, and the two were happiest on the road, with family, friends, students, various dachshunds, and each other. Their journeys and home front lives were sprinkled always with music, forays into the natural world, appreciation for beauty in all its forms and the sustenance that beauty bestows on all humans and our relationships with each other. Always deeply loyal, Mr. Esty was incomparable in his valuing of friendships and relationships, where his humanity and love of life most thrived. Throughout his life, he planned travels around people, once during retirement even spending six months in a conversion van slowly crossing the United States with Happy. They spent no nights in hotels; instead, slept occasionally in their camper, but far more often at the homes of friends they’d known since college or just a short while. So they moved from state to state. He adored time with his family, especially in recent years with his grandchildren in their young adulthoods, ideally on Monhegan Island, ME.

Mr. Esty is survived by his wife and co-adventurer of 57 years, Athalia Barker “Happy” Esty, their three children Jay (and Susan, of Andover, MA), Tuck (of Seattle, WA), Leila Poutiatine (and Peter, of Tetonia, ID), and by five grandchildren, Charlotte and Athalia Esty, and Cameron, Isabella, and Natasha Poutiatine. His three brothers, John, David, and Charles, predeceased him. He was an uncle to twenty-four and a great-uncle to thirty-six.

Mr. Esty’s family will wait until the pandemic passes to celebrate his life at a location to be determined. The Esty family hopes that any who are moved to donate in Peter’s memory do so to a local educational program or school that serves young people well in your community — especially those whom society serves poorly.

Peter Esty ’55

Peter Esty

Peter and Happy now live in Northern California, “a beautiful part of the world.” They lead a “peaceful, productive, and comfortable” life in an active Senior Retirement Community with state parklands nearby. Quality time is spent hiking with their two dogs. Three children who live nearby often accompany them. Peter was the Head of School in several countries during his working years. He would love to turn back the clock and revisit their memories. Peter had a heart valve replacement procedure recently and is recovering nicely.

Tom L’Esperance

1955

Tim Day ’55

Tim Day sent out an email on May 10th relating that he had just reached the age of 83 and feels “pretty good for an old fossil. COVID-19 has placed some restraints on our lives, but we are blessed to live in Arizona with lots of open spaces, good outdoor weather, and it’s not crowded with people. So we get a lot of exercise and outdoor walking – and are surrounded with good restaurants with pickup and/or delivery service so eating well is no problem. And we have developed a good network using Zoom for friendly meetings or cocktails online – not great but not too much of a sacrifice.” Tim also enjoys spending time at his seaside retreat in La Jolla, CA. Jerry Rood and I visit with Tim and Sandy there on occasions.
— Tom L’Esperance tmlski@roadrunner.com

P.S. The photo is the Waimea Canyon —
also referred to as the Grand Canyon of Kauai ..
Submitted by Tom L’Esperance ’55

Tom L’Esperance

1955

John Herdeg ’55

All’s well in Mendenhall, PA. May John and Judy also continue to “summer in West Chop on Martha’s Vineyard” — we can’t make these names up! They have three children, a son who’s an architect in San Antonio, TX, another son in the aerospace industry, and a daughter, Leli, who, after maintaining 4.0 grades in college, became a hay farmer, boards horses and raises sheep. Leli and her family live next door.

Tom L’Esperance

1955

Looking forward to our 65th Reunion

Dick Cadigan, who lives in Texas nowadays, relates that he’s hoping to “trek to our 65th” and that it’ll be fun to “bounce around Amherst where he lived from elementary school through high school.” He had fun sneaking into the college gym and also football games. (It’s an art that we octogenarians might consider re-activating to keep us alert and mobile in our advancing years.) Dick didn’t want to be a “Townie” so he chose to attend Wesleyan. Dick mentioned that it was a “great town to grow up in” along with Pete Esty and Pete Clapp.

Jim Scott and his wife, Nina, are planning to attend the Clambake Dinner at our Reunion in June and look forward to seeing our classmates there. Jim and Nina also live in Amherst, where he taught at the Regional High School there. They have lived in the Pioneer Valley since 1968 and “have never found a reason to live elsewhere.” Jim and Nina “have lived in the Pioneer Valley of Amherst/Deerfield/Northampton/South Hadley since 1968 when Nina and I began teaching at UMass and Amherst Regional High School, respectively. We have never found a reason to live elsewhere, even though seriously tempted by Maine and California. Fifty years of contacts in this community and comfort, and an intense fear of unpacking our house, have made staying right here in the same house most attractive. We are very involved with the local Five College Learning In Retirement program here which has a membership of 290 from the Valley area. It is a peer-Learning program in which participant offer seminars in which members give short presentation of topics under the general topic of the seminar. Participation is everything. The membership is broad in the communities but mainly from teaching and professional backgrounds. A very intellectual group. This semester I am participating in courses dealing with: 1) 2020 Primary Elections, 2) All about the Internet, and 3) The Solar System. It will be a challenging semester!” Needless to say, the Pioneer Valley with its five colleges, offers a mind-stimulating collegiate environment.” Jim ads that “We have three grown children: Catherine who lives 4 miles away in Granby, MA and provides us with 5 grandchildren scattered from Germany to Massachusetts; and Christopher who is a Down’s Syndrome man of 51 years who lives with a foster family for years in Pittsfield, MA; and Samuel and his family of two grandchildren, who live in the Bay Area of California where he works as a museum curator at the San Francisco Airport Museum. It is an exciting and varied family. We look forward to the mild and sunny days that are typical of the time of the June Deerfield Reunion. See you there.”

Let’s all abide by Jim’s words: “See you there” at our gala 65th Reunion !

Here are a couple of outstanding photos (in my opinion); I always admire looking at the inspiring expanse of Green on the Lower Level on my laptop.

P.S. I’ll be attending my 65th Reunion just to sit on the chair again and contemplate on the setting and my Deerfield Days.

Tom L’Esperance

1955

Obituary: Donald Chase Jenkins

Donald Chase Jenkins, a longtime resident of Bronxville, NY, passed away on December 16, 2019 after a short illness.

Donald grew up in Schenectady, NY, one of four sons of William and Pearl Hathaway Jenkins. He attended Albany Academy and graduated from Deerfield in 1955, where he captained the varsity basketball team. He then graduated from Amherst College, where he majored in history, and attended business school at the University of Hartford. Donald spent most of his career as a financial analyst for the investment banker and philanthropist William T. Golden, and later for the investment firm run by Mario Gabelli.

Along with his wife, Carla Donkin Jenkins, a graduate of Smith College whom he married in 1961, Donald raised three sons who attended Bronxville schools and Deerfield: McKay ’81, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Delaware; Brian ’86, a technology businessman in Chapel Hill, NC; and Denny ’88, a general surgeon in Virginia Beach, VA.

A lifelong tennis player, Donald was a prominent member and former president of the Bronxville Field Club. He was also an avid gardener and longtime member of the town’s Working Gardeners Club..

Donald is survived by two brothers; his three sons; seven nieces and nephews; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Bronxville Field Club on Saturday, January 11 from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, non-tax deductible donations may be mailed to Working Gardeners, Care of Katherine Elliott, treasurer,  17 Masterton Road, Bronxville, NY 10708.

 

1956

Robert O’Hara ’56

Bob has been increasingly interested in supporting the Fund for Global Understanding, established as a gift to the school at our 50th reunion.
Bob gave up his office at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy at the end of 2018. He had been there since 1965 following his graduation as a Captain from the U.S. Army. He did not make the move with the firm to its new worldwide headquarters at 55 Hudson Yards on NYC’s West Side. He now enjoys life as a retired partner of the firm (now named Milbank LLP) and is free of almost all of his prior entanglements with clients and both business and not-for-profit boards. For now Bob and his wife, Bonnie, are continuing their home base on Park Avenue in NYC. Their five girls, age 47 to 57, and grandchildren are spread out from NYC to Walpole, NH to Boulder, CO to San Francisco, to Homer, Alaska, to various grand dogs, so there is lots of real estate to cover. Bob and Bonnie entertain them at their beach houses at Point O’Woods, L.I., NY and Boca Grande, FL. Bob says life has been very good to him. He traveled for work extensively as an international corporate and securities lawyer to all seven continents, except Australia, and he and Bonnie traveled globally for enlightenment and friendships (and golf) over the four plus decades of their marriage. When Bob began thinking of what he might do for Deerfield he made some inquiries about our class’s 50th reunion gift and decided that it could benefit from renewed interest. He is a strong believer that the world can be a better place through increased knowledge and understanding of people in other lands and our Fund for Global Understanding can help.

Joe Twichell

1956

A Long Deerfield Legacy

Our family was pleasantly surprised to see the tribute to Bayard DeMallie ’56 from his induction into Worcester Academy’s Hall of Fame in the Spring/Summer issue of Deerfield Magazine. Unfortunately, because it was prepared by Worcester Academy for their audience, it overlooked his strong loyalty to Deerfield throughout his life and his family’s Deerfield legacy spanning four generations. His father, Gardener ’29, father-in-law, James Cowan ’30, uncle, John Carley ’32, brother-in-law, James Cowan III ’61, and his brothers, Gardener Jr ’54 and Glenn ’63, are all Deerfield graduates. Three children and grandchildren have graduated from Deerfield in the last four decades, including Bayard DeMallie III ’80, Mary Rockett ’11 and Bayard DeMallie IV ’19. Three other grandchildren, Sam Rockett ’20, Garret DeMallie ’21, and Cooper DeMallie ’22, are current students. All told, 14 members of the family have attended Deerfield and one was a member of the faculty in the 1960s. ‘B’ would have been filled with pride to watch his five grandchildren complete on football and lacrosse fields, sharing the bonds that connect all Deerfield graduates.”— Bayard DeMallie III ’80 

1957

Class of 57 Zoom Meeting

In May, Jim Tripp ’57 organized a Zoom meeting among a group of classmates for whom we had email addresses. General consensus seemed to be that it was fun and we have tentatively agreed to repeat it 3 or 4 times a year. If you would like to be included next time, please send an email to Jim at: jtripp@edf.org

Charlie Updike

1957

Class of 1957 mini-reunion

On April 28 the first (that we know of) Zoom gathering of 11 members of the Class of 1957 was held. The “We” in this case were Charlie Updike ’57, Jim Tripp ’57, Tom Williams ’57, Eric Widmer ’57, John Russell ’57, John Waterbury ’57, John Hartwell ’57, Ted Ells ’57, David Blake ’57, Lloyd Semple ’57, as well as yours truly. Organized by Jim Tripp ’57 with technical assistance from Charlie Updike ’57 we managed to assemble from diverse points New England to California, Texas, and Florida. No advance agenda, just wide ranging discussion and recollections centering on our time and friends, past and present, from years spent at Deerfield. After an hour or so the general consensus was we should plan to do this again, no set schedule—possibly two or three times during the year while reaching out to others who might like to join in.

Newt Merrill

1957

1959

Deerfield Tragectories

It is not likely that two bullets fired toward each other will actually meet, but it can happen! This seems to be somewhat the case that has Jerry Shively, class of 1946, living next door to John Behlke, class of 1959, in the rural Dordogne valley in France. A further interesting coincidence is that Jerry’s brother Bob, class of 1950, was teaching at Deerfield during John’s time there! The two “J’s” met at a cocktail party and discovered their joint educational past. Since then, many more dinners and drinks have passed, but seldom without some discussion about the “Old School” and what it has meant to them–in particular the impact that Headmaster extraordinary Frank Boyden had upon each.
The similarities are interesting, in that John was a four year student and Jerry only his senior year. Herewith is Jerry’s brief history and impressions, now over seventy years later! It is, in my opinion, impossible to have met Mr. Boyden without being fascinated and impressed. After a half hour discussion with Mr. Boyden and my mother, the “Head” thought there would be room for me in the class of ’46 as a “new boy”. We were, of course delighted but my schoolteacher mother had no idea that yearly fee for Deerfield would be her yearly salary. Aware of this, I’m sure Mr. Boyden simply asked my mother what she thought it cost to feed me. Upon hearing this, he simply asked her if she could provide that! A few months later I hitch-hiked to Deerfield and began one of the most interesting and formative periods of my life. –Dr. Boyden, as he was sometimes called, was a diminutive physical presence, but a towering presence. To be called before him for some misdemeanor, however large or small, terrified all, though his admonishments were seldom severe and always delivered to respectful recipients. –Spending my last year of “high” school in the presence of interesting and challenging teachers and staff and a remarkable collection of bright young men made an enormous impression on me and I’m sure moved me toward a better, and frankly, a more ambitious direction in life. I will ever be grateful to Dr. Boyden for my “Deerfield experience”.
Enjoying my close association with fellow alumni, Jerry Shively, here in the Dordogne part of France where we are both retired. Good company with numerous discussions and memories of Deerfield, so long ago for us both.

John Behlke’59

1960

Obituary: LTC (Ret.) Norman M. Carpenter ’60

Norman Milton Carpenter, 80, died at home in Porterville, CA, on Dec.12, 2020, after a brief illness with a rare form of heart failure complicated by fungal meningitis from Valley Fever.  Norm was the oldest child of Milton and Anne Pydych Carpenter and was born in Greenfield, MA, on October 7, 1940.  Norm went to elementary school in Greenfield then to Deerfield Academy [DA] in Old Deerfield, MA, where he graduated in 1960.  Norm was in a ski jumping accident while attending DA. He was in a coma for weeks with a long rehabilitation. He graduated from DA in 1960.  He furthered his education at the University of MA Amherst graduating in 1964 with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture.  He was a member of the varsity ski team both at Deerfield and UMass. He was assistant golf pro at the Greenfield Country Club and a member of the Edelweiss Ski Club.

Norm entered the Army in October 1964, commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Corp of Engineers. He was an instructor at the Army Engineer School at Fort Belvoir in Virginia before attending the Basic Officers Engineers Course.  He spent 4 years on active duty in the Army; one year spent in a combat zone in Vietnam.  He was a member of the 63rd Engineering Battalion and earned the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant. While on R&R in Japan he met his future wife, Yumiko Yano.  They were married in Colorado Springs, CO, on November 8, 1969.  They had one child, Christie, born in California.

After an honorable discharge from the Army, Norm went into the reserves and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He then became a 40+ year United States Forest Service employee.  During those years, he worked for the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks in Harrisburg, PA, and ultimately served as Landscape Architect for the Tahoe and Sequoia National Forests and as Human Resource Unit Leader on wild land fire teams.  He also was a long term member and Secretary of the Giant Sequoia National Monument Association.

Norm was also a very active 35+ year member of the Porterville Breakfast Lions where he served as President, Secretary, Treasurer, and District Zone Chairman.  When retired from the USFS, Norm and his wife, Yumi, became Master Gardeners and were involved in local volunteer work. As horticultural experts, Norm and Yumi had beautiful gardens at their home and raised beautiful fruit bearing trees.  He was generous with his yield, sending oranges to family in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as those in need in his community. He worked on the beautification of Tule CA National Park.

Norm and Yumi were a beloved part of Hillside Community Church for many years. They both had hearts to serve. Norm served faithfully in many areas of the church. He was loved by the children as he served in Sunday School, children’s church, AWANA, and “Path 56.” He provided scholarships for many children and youth to attend camps. He helped lead the “Young At Heart” group for seniors. He also had a heart to grow in the Lord and was a faithful member of Bible study groups. He used his landscaping skills to make the grounds attractive.

Norm was predeceased by his wife, Yumiko, on January 7, 2014.  He is survived by his daughter Christie, currently of Tennessee; two sisters, Virginia Smith of Conway, NH, and Cathy Hansen and her husband Richard of North Conway, NH; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Norm’s life was a great example of generosity, selflessness, and deep desire to help and serve others.

Burial will be at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Deerfield, MA, at a later date in 2021.

1961

Azerbaijan Elections

In February, I traveled to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, as one of several hundred observers of the country’s Parliamentary elections. Azerbaijan is located in Central Asia in a neighborhood that includes Iran, Russia, Turkey and the Caspian Sea. It is a country of great tolerance and diversity with 30,000 Jews among a population that is 98 percent Muslim and enjoys strong ties with Israel. Azerbaijan enjoys a rich cultural heritage of art and music, including jazz; has two of the Top Five chess Grandmasters in the world, and is a strong ally of the United States. Baku, with oil and natural gas reserves as well as solar and wind exploration, is also a key transportation hub along the Silk Road connecting China, Europe and the Middle East. Our Switzer Highland neighborhood (population 900) in San Diego has enjoyed a cultural and educational partnership with the Nasimi District (population 215,000) in Baku since 2011. On April 11, Azerbaijan will sponsor the 3rd Annual Baku Open Chess Tournament in San Diego in partnership with the City of San Diego Downtown Library and the San Diego Chess Club.

Martin Kruming

1961



1962

New Book!

My book, Etched in Memory: The Elevated Art of J. Alphege Brewer, was published in September. It is based on my website, www.jalphegebrewer.info, which collects the available information about the early 20th-century British artist who made his fame with large color etchings of European cathedrals and other historical buildings damaged or threatened during WWI. For more information and links to some outlets where the book may be ordered, visit www.jalphegebrewer.info/etched-in-memory. The link to IndieBound lets you place an order through an independent bookshop in your area.

Ben Dunham ’62

Day of Service – 4Saints Episcopal Food Bank

4Saints Episcopal Food Bank distribution

Geoffrey Butler ’62

An American Effort to Head Off WWI

Ben Dunham’s article on an American effort in 1914 to head off WWI has been published in the Spring issue of WWI Illustrated.

Visit https://www.academia.edu/46856563/AN_AMERICAN_EFFORT_TO_HEAD_OFF_WORLD_WAR_ONE.

Please write me at dunhamb@post.harvard.edu with comments and follow-up questions.

Ben Dunham

1962

Deerfield Alum Golfers

David Sweet ‘81, Grove Mower ‘76, Andy Trees ‘86 and Jay Trees ‘62 gather at The Merit Club outside of Chicago for a golf foursome on a beautiful summer day.

David Sweet

1981

60 years and still skiing

Bob Bruce (’64 left in photo) and I (Dave Hosmer ’62) connected twice, by chance, this winter. The first time was at the cross country ski races at the Harvard Winter Carnival in January and then in March on the trails at Mt. Sainte Anne in Quebec. There we skied together for 2 days and reminisced about Deerfield and our time on the Ski Team, which we estimated to be 60 winters ago.

David Hosmer

1962

“Etched in Memory” Exhibition

Just back from my talk on March 1 at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City, where the “Etched in Memory” exhibition from my collection of etchings by J. Alphege Brewer has been extended until April 19. The Museum webpage is at https://www.theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/etched-memory.

For more information about these etchings, visit https://www.jalphegebrewer.info/etchings and https://www.jalphegebrewer.info/war-etchings-context.

I’m hoping that the exhibition in an expanded form might be taken up by other institutions…museums, colleges, churches, research centers, and the like. If classmates have ideas about potential sites, with executive contact information, please send me an email at dunhamb@post.harvard.edu.

Thanks.

Ben Dunham

Class of 1962

1964

During the Pandemic and At-Home Arithmetic

Trying to do my bit during the pandemic, I’ve posted some free printable at-home arithmetic lessons for young children at ADVENTURESinARITHMETIC.com. I’m aiming to teach what it really means to add, subtract, multiply, and divide by extensively exploring the concepts that underlie those computational operations. In writing the lessons, I had an especially good time creating the illustrations, drawing herds of elephants and piles of bowling balls in order to make the material as inviting and unintimidating as possible. Learning at home is a special challenge. I’ve tried with just words and pictures to offer a learning experience comparable to what children might in normal times receive from the in-person guidance of a good classroom teacher. Let’s hope that normal times return soon.

Jonathan Cerf ‘64

An amazing Deerfield wife and mother

I would like to make note of the passing last year at age 96 of my mother Virginia Moyer, wife of David and mother of three Deerfield sons, David ‘64, Peter ‘65, and Tim ‘68. We are all grateful for our outstanding education; her husband and three sons collectively hold degrees from Harvard (two), Yale, Princeton, Stanford (three), Amherst, MIT, and the University of Virginia. A tribute to a remarkable lady and mother.

David Moyer

1964

60 years and still skiing

Bob Bruce (’64 left in photo) and I (Dave Hosmer ’62) connected twice, by chance, this winter. The first time was at the cross country ski races at the Harvard Winter Carnival in January and then in March on the trails at Mt. Sainte Anne in Quebec. There we skied together for 2 days and reminisced about Deerfield and our time on the Ski Team, which we estimated to be 60 winters ago.

David Hosmer

1962

1965

Jim Gaffney ’65 Memorial Service

Thacher Brown ’65 and Randy Hack ’65 were able to attend the memorial service of Jim Gaffney in late September in Pennington, NJ.  They are sitting on a bench dedicated to Jim by the environmental organization where he worked from 1980-85.

Andy Steele ’65

Class of ’65 Zoom Meeting

In celebration of our postponed 55th reunion in June, we had a class zoom call on the Thursday night of the Grand Class dinner on June 4.  Amazingly, we had 40+ classmates join the call!!  We started with remembering the 11 classmates who have passed away since our 50th. We had  a short reenactment of the 7:10pm meeting with Mr. Boyden (aka Bucky Ehrgood) zooming in from heaven.  Sam Weisman ’65 gave wonderful remarks about the “good old days”.  That got the group going.  It was wonderful just to see everyone in their little rectangle on the zoom call.  We look forward to the reunion next June 10-13, 2021.  Tim Byrne ’65 showed his high tech skills by having a Deerfield background for his photo.  Pictured are some of us on the call.  We hope to have another call in a few months, now that we are all experts!!  We are sure that Flick would be proud of us!!

Andy Steele

1965

Life Changes!

I got married to Jeanne Kelly Sheppard on March 7th, 2019! It was a 2nd marriage for both of us.
My daughter Elisabeth recently graduated from Booth as did her mother and my son Nicholas is now matriculating there.  Nicholas previously received an MS in Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Dean Goossen

1965

1966

Ron Battocchi ’66 and Don Abbey ’66 at Penn State

I recently visited Don Abbey ’66 in State College, Pennsylvania where he is a celebrity. He was a star Penn State football player on consecutive undefeated seasons in 1968 and 69, and successful Orange bowl appearances, and he has amassed a fortune running the prestigious Abbey Company real estate empire in California. We attended a hockey game and watched a football game from the comfort of his home which has been mistaken for a country club. We spent lots of time reminiscing about Deerfield and particularly our final game in 1965 upsetting Mount Hermon’s hopes for another undefeated season.

Ron Battocchi ’66

1967

’67 Mini Maine Reunion

Here are some of the photos from the ‘67 mini reunion at our home in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Some of us gathered for a few days of tennis, hiking, boating and eating and then were joined by classmates who live in Maine on October 1. Great relaxed fun.


From left: Dave Doubleday ’67, Doug Payne ’67, Kit Lunney, Jeff Marshall ’67, Dick Davis ’67, Judy Marshall, Bill Porter ’67, Rob Walbridge ’67, Paul Bendheim ’67, Judy Bendheim, Bruce Brown ’67, Rick Barton ’67, Sue Percy, Ted Higgins ’67, Kim Higgins, Lorna Carter, Peter Carter ’67, Bill Post ’67 and Carol Davis.  Photo by Michael Percy ’67



Trying to stay dry! Dave Doubleday ’67, Judy Marshall, Jeff Marshall ’67, Kim Higgins and Rick Barton ’67


Bill Post ’67, Judy Bendheim, Jeff Marshall ’67, Judy Marshall, Bill Porter ’67, Ted Higgins ’67, Kim Higgins and Dave Doubleday ’67. Photo by Paul Bendheim ’67

Rick Barton ’67

We met on a train.

My wife Angelika and I will celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary in March!

Jim Burns

1967

Peace Works


May 11, 2020Dear Friends,In these troubling and uncertain times, Kit and I send our best to you and your loved ones and hope you are well. We are ensconced in our DC home, calling students and catching up with friends and projects, getting out only for walks, gardening and to hit some tennis balls against a wall. We are concerned for the greater good.From late January to early March, book events took place in North Carolina, Arizona, Alabama and Texas, with meetings for students, Air Force officers, concerned citizens, fellow writers and community leaders. The message of Peace Works continues to resonate. Some of the exchanges and announcements are captured below with links:January 27-29 Durham, NC – Policy 360 Podcast with Dean Judith Kelley of Duke University’s Sanford School (38:41)American Grand Strategy Program with Prof. Kyle Beardsley (poster)February 19-21 Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations with Dirk Dijkerman (poster) and PHX.FM Valley Business Radio with Adrian McIntyreFebruary 24-26 Montgomery, AL – Video of Air University Assembly with Prof. Michael Kraig at Maxwell Air Base (65:23)


A Maxwell Air Force Base tradition after speaking to the Air Command and Staff College

February 26-27 Birmingham, AL – Alabama Newscenter Video Interview with Michael Tomberlin (01:10)

March 2-4 Austin, TX – Classroom talks with Kit Lunney and Prof. Steve Sonnenberg (links to host and one of the programs we attended)

March 5-7 San Antonio, TX – Association of Writers & Writing Programs 2020 Annual Conference panel with Alex Deghan and Lola Shoneyin (75:46)

May 2020 – TBD (Technology by Design) Podcast with Matt Perault (38:00)

Back in December, the State Department’s Ralph Bunche Library hosted a talk (56:52).

Thanks to many friends for these invitations.

Be well,

Rick Barton ’67

Bill Howe ’67

Now on my 4th deanship. Can’t seem to break through to VP or Pres, but am content to go on as an inveterate academic — the more I know, the more I know nothing. But the memory still works — I know that. Shooting for 60th in 2067, assuming I remember.

Bill Howe

1967

1968

Planning ahead for their 55th Reunion

L to R, Eric Rucker ’68, Fletcher Bennett ’68, and John Walbridge ’68

John Walbridge

1968

1969

Todd Stone ’69

A news release for a twenty-year retrospective exhibition of Todd Stone’s ’69 art that runs through September in New York City can be read here. Alumni who attended the 2019 Reunions may be familiar with Todd’s work which documents the 9/11 attack and its aftermath as well as the gradual rebuilding of downtown New York.

Doug Squires ’69

Return to Vermont

I moved back to Vermont in the fall of 2020. I missed my family and the climate of Vt. although I have many friends in Maine also. My new home is in Barre Vt. Feel free to contact me.

Herschel Collins’69

New Grandchild!

Granddaughter, Ella Jane Boghosian (to my elder daughter Morgan), 03/26/2020

John F. Lacey ’69

1970

Welcoming Clara Eleanor Coombs

My husband, Robert, and I are excited to share that we welcomed our daughter, Clara Eleanor Coombs, on January 3rd, 2021. Niece of Hillery Williams ’04 and granddaughter of Charlie Williams ’70, we are eager to bring her to see her family alma mater very soon!

Christy Coombs

2001

1971

News from ’71

Still working on a diorama of The Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn RR in the year 1895 to be installed in The Lynn Historical Museum. Amy, my wife continues to do cancer research at Mass General and Max is a sophomore at Boston College and pitching for their baseball team. He will play this summer for Cotuit, my old hometown, in the cape league.

Todd Gieg

1971

J. Walker Johnson ’71

Moving this year from Annapolis and from Steptoe equity to senior partner. Moving to Chagrin Ohio to be near to younger son and granddaughters. Joan, a nationally known oil painter, continues to paint. I am pursuing golf. Sold our boat, which was trucked to San Diego CA. So, a new adventure.

J. Walker Johnson

1971

Reunion in Charleston

A pre-pandemic get-together: (L-R) Hal Findlay, ’76, P’03 ’05 ’06, Nick Findlay, ’05, and Ian Devine, ’71, convened in Charleston, SC, last year to sample some local craft beverages and reminisce about time spent by the river.

Ian Devine

1971

Ian Devine, ’71, new chair of Social Venture Partners Charleston

Social Venture Partners Charleston, a program and fund of Coastal Community Foundation, has announced Ian Devine as Chair of the Advisory Board.

Devine has been active in the partnership since joining more than four years ago. He has served as an advisor to nonprofit investee partners and as a member of the Investment Committee and the Advisory Board.

“SVP Charleston is a forward-looking leader in ‘engaged philanthropy,’ which combines money with hands-on business experience to help local nonprofits,” Devine said. “It’s exciting to work with talented Partners who roll up their sleeves to help mission-driven organizations fight entrenched economic and educational challenges.”

Devine is a long-time leader in nonprofit and foundation management, with a background in consulting to private banks and asset managers. Devine is founder and president of the Huguette Clark Foundation, a national organization that fights elder financial exploitation. He also serves on the boards of a land conservation trust and an arts foundation.

Ian Devine

1971

1972

Can’t believe it’s our 50th!

OK… I’ll just put it out there… I can’t believe it’s our 50th high school reunion! Isn’t that for really old people ;>) It seems like just a few years ago I was playing frisbee football with Bobby Wynn ’72 or rec skiing on Shack Hill with Chuck Hostnik ’72 or getting suspended for attending “All Quiet on the Western Front” in a less than “quiet” state of mind or putting on Fiddler on the Roof with Steve Glovsky ’72 and the rest of our class. I have to confess I am very excited about seeing everyone at our 50th and reminiscing about our time together 50 years ago and seeing what everyone has been up to since then. Thanks Lodi and all for putting together a great reunion for us!

In a nutshell, I came close to going to the Olympic Games in Sailing in 1984, then was an athletic director for 21 years at a small private K-12 school in Westport, CT while my wife Betsy and I raised two great kids (now 34 and 30…yikes), and now I’m self-employed coaching sailors of all levels, including several America’s Cup and US Olympic Teams. Betsy and I still live in Southport, CT where I grew up.

Dave Perry ’72

College Soccer Hall of Fame – David Sanderson ’72

David and his Union College (NY) Soccer Team of 1975 were elected into the Union College Athletics Hall of Fame last December 2019. His team had a 13-2 record season and won the New York State ECAC Title. Rob Magee’s (Class of 1972) father was the coach of the team. David played 4 years of Varsity soccer there.

David Sanderson

1972

One Night in New Orleans…

Bob Vuyosevich ‘72, Manning Curtis, Margarita Curtis, and Bruce Goodwin ‘72 meet up for a drink at Cure Bar on Freret in New Orleans. Bob is semi-retired from his architectural practice in NYC, now writing/ recording music. Bruce teaches architecture at Tulane University, and the Curtises are settling-in to their new home in New Orleans.

Bob Vuyosevich ’72

1973

Series Regular

I am proudly inviting everyone to watch the Netflix original family comedy: THE BIG SHOW SHOW, in which my daughter, Juliet, stars as JJ.

Roger Donenfeld

1973

https://deerfield.edu/index.php?gf-download=2020%2F05%2Ftrim.085AB83D-D68E-4144-A903-148FA0197061.MOV&form-id=44&field-id=7&hash=a8088db01d0b825045b98d288a9a9a5282e0b8994b4a1c5aef58d5f7d9b97248

1974

Obituary: Leon Orr Jr. ’74

I am deeply saddened to report the death of my friend and Deerfield classmate, Leon Orr Jr., on May 28, 2020 in Trafford, PA. Leon and I were four year boys at Deerfield from 1970 through 1974. Leon was a powerful force in the Deerfield Black Student Coalition, a great student, an enthusiastic athlete and, most importantly, a dear friend. Following Deerfield, Leon graduated from Stanford and then received law and business degrees from Northwestern University. He practiced law in Charlotte, North Carolina for many years. Leon did not enjoy good health during the last few years but he amazed his doctors with his resilience and good spirit. I spoke with him just a few months before his death and, even then, he remained upbeat. I have attached a prized possession, a photo which Leon sent me of him discussing his Christmas list with Santa in 2019. I will miss my friend.

David Richardson, M.D.

1974

Length of Tahoe swim

Recently completed the “Length of Tahoe” swim – a 21.3 mile swim from the south shore (Camp Richardson) to the north shore (Incline Village) of Lake Tahoe – in 9 hours, 35 min. Grueling swim but loved the preparation and happy with the result. One of my kayakers was Geoff Butler – DA class of ’74 and, like me, past member of the Deerfield swim team…we speak of our respect for Larry Boyle often. Geoff also completed this swim in 2016.

Stephen Root

1989


Stephen Root ’89 Lake Tahoe

Last weekend, Steve Root ‘89 swam the Lake Tahoe Swim Challenge( 21.3 miles)in 9 hours 35 minutes and 39 seconds.

As he swam, Geoffrey E. Butler’74 kayaked along with him. Butler and Root were both DA Most Outstanding Swimmers.

Best,

Gus Lipman

1989

TEDxSanDiego pandemic spoken word piece circles the globe

Fabulous publication! Great job. Easy to navigate, great content.

You asked if we had anything to contribute/share. This is a video I produced as organizer and curator of TEDxSanDiego.
It was shared with organizers from hundreds of countries today as an example of changing the way TEDx talks are created and distributed in a time of quarantine. https://youtu.be/n5asEOoSAlU It’s been out for a week and has already been viewed in more than 50 countries.
Warmly,
Jack

Jack Abbott

1974

1975

Hugh Franklin Bennett ’75

Hugh Franklin Bennett passed away in Naples, Florida on September 27, 2021 from ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Hugh was born on March 7, 1957 in Washington, DC to parents Jack Franklin Bennett and Shirley Goodwin Bennett. He had an active childhood with eyeopening tours of the world on his parents’ many business trips. He lived in DC, CT, TX, and England and also visited many other countries, including France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Australia, and Singapore. Hugh loved sports, particularly soccer, basketball, tennis, and baseball. He went on to ultimately play collegiate D1 soccer at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and participated in many levels of competitive soccer. He also enjoyed youth and high school soccer coaching and refereeing for many years, particularly in Winchester, MA. Hugh was also lucky to attend a great New Hampshire summer camp (Pemigewassett) for many years. As to schools, he attended the Kinkaid School (Houston), Greenwich Country Day School (Class of 72) and Deerfield Academy
(Class of 75) and UNC (Class of 79).

After college, Hugh had a 25 year career in investment banking and corporate finance with First Boston, Advest, McKinley Allsop, and his own business, Gagan, Bennett & Co. He was active in capital raising, mergers/acquisitions, and served on several corporate boards. Subsequently, he joined MIT in its development and fundraising department, where he worked for 13 years before retiring. Hugh lived in Boston and then Winchester, MA for over 35 years. At the end of 2018, he retired to Naples, FL.

Hugh had many happy experiences and memories with his many friends. He was a class agent for his beloved Deerfield Academy class for many years. He served on soccer club, business association, and school boards. He was also a member of The Winchester Country Club (MA) and the Quail Creek Country Club (FL).

Hugh is survived by two wonderful children, Victoria Bennett Patterson (husband Dustin) and Matt Bennett. Hugh is also survived by his loving wife Michelle Bennett and his three siblings, Jackson G. (Win) Bennett, Philip D. Bennett, and E. Fraser Bennett (Beede). He also leaves his wife’s two children named Kyle Richards and Tyler Richards, as well as their children Sophie and Maddy. He is also survived by his first wife and many Bennett nieces and nephews. Burial in Mystic, CT is private.

New Baby!

On January 8, 2021, Colin Buerger ’05 and Alexandra Campbell welcomed Jack Lesley Buerger.

Geoff Buerger ’75

Samantha Hilson ’09 Wedding

Samantha Hilson ’09 was married this past September to Jack Sandler, and a Deerfield reunion broke out!
Front row: Allie Guggenheimer ’09, Rebecca Umbach ’09, Anne Jamison ’09, Samantha Hilson Sandler ’09, Rebecca Blumenkopf ’01, Erica Belanger ’09; Back row: Tad Van Dusen ’75, Bill Hilson ’73, Walter Clark ’75, Rob Meyer ’75, and, father-of-the-bride, Dwight Hilson ’75!

Dwight Hilson

1975

1976

Reunion in Charleston

A pre-pandemic get-together: (L-R) Hal Findlay, ’76, P’03 ’05 ’06, Nick Findlay, ’05, and Ian Devine, ’71, convened in Charleston, SC, last year to sample some local craft beverages and reminisce about time spent by the river.

Ian Devine

1971

Deerfield Alum Golfers

David Sweet ‘81, Grove Mower ‘76, Andy Trees ‘86 and Jay Trees ‘62 gather at The Merit Club outside of Chicago for a golf foursome on a beautiful summer day.

David Sweet

1981

Ken Klaus ’76

Having enjoyed a sales and marketing career in small and large scale I/T companies, I now enjoy an active Voiceover career as well as my life’s passion as a musician and band leader of Blow The House Down, a Chicago style blues band with more than five decades of experience on stage and in the studio. In 2008, I founded the Paoli Blues Fest with 2020 marking our 12th annual event, to be held on Saturday, September 26th at Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 S. Valley Forge Rd. Paoli, PA 19301

http://www.paolibluesfest.com

http://blowthehousedown.com

Ken Klaus

1976

Rhode Island in the fall

Graeme and Mary Howard stopped off to see Bob and Jackie Deblois in Rhode Island this fall and spent a wonderful afternoon boating in Point Judith Pond

Graeme Howard ’76

1977

Class of 1977 on Zoom

Since March, 2020 my classmates and I started getting together for Friday cocktail hour. What started as 3-4 guys quickly grew to close to 20 today. Here’s a recent pic of some of our participants, starting upper left corner top row, Dave Martin, me with my shemagh which Matt King sent to a group of us for our Zoom calls, Tucker Smith, Wayne Wall, second row left to right, Townley Paton, Rob Manning, Tom Mallory, Stewart Day, bottom row left to right, James Gilbane, Jamie MacPherson, Dave Coombs and Bob Dewey.

Other regular participants are Matt King, Randy Farr, Hamilton Davison, with recent additions, James Beit and Thom Page. We also regularly group chat often, many of whom put up with our chattiness. And, we’ve even had a virtual wine tasting that I’ve hosted and that I’m preparing for another.

We have really been enjoying our calls together. Some have lasted over 5 hours! We welcome more of our classmates!

Andy Ling

1977

iSchool Award

Dana Barry ’15

Dear Dana,

I’m writing to congratulate you, and let you know that you have been selected as the winner of the Donald & Joyce Marchand Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, which we give each year at Convocation to the student who best demonstrates overall academic achievement.

You’re especially deserving of this award. Your academic work throughout your time at the iSchool has been noteworthy, and has earned you this recognition.

Thank you for your exemplary contribution to the iSchool and the field throughout your time here. I’m sure that the academic excellence that you’ve demonstrated during your time here will take you far, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you. Rest assured that we will find a way to honor your achievements even though our Convocation plans are still being finalized.

Congratulations again, and I look forward to seeing where your iSchool degree leads you next!

Raj

Raj Dewan
Professor and Dean
School of Information Studies (iSchool)

William Barry

1977

1978

Chris Grennon’s Surprise 60th!


Left to right back row; Bill Grennon ’78, Josh Reed ’12, Bill Raymond ’80, Bob Starbuck ’80, Josh Binswanger ’80, Mike Smith ’80, Chuck Irving ’80, Perry Vella ’80, Peter Krawchuck ‘80
Front row; Chris Grennon ’80, Kathryn Grennon ‘17

Chris Grennon ’80

Biking in California

Jon Raymond and Mark McIntyre enjoyed some biking in California last summer. Not bad for a couple of 60 year old dudes… Best buddies since Deerfield days!

Jon Raymond

1978

Martha’s Vineyard Marriage

Jenny Peck and I got married on Lambert’s Cove Beach on Martha’s Vineyard on September 25. We eloped! The best part is she surprised me with the whole plan which she presented to me in a “box” on my 60th birthday!!

Jon Raymond

1978

Fishing Trip

Allen Damon ‘78 with a beautiful 18 lb Atlantic Salmon caught on a dry fly in June 2019 on the St. Jean River in Quebec along with his trusted guide Reed Webster ‘79. Garry Shumway ‘78 was within casting distance hooking up on one of his numerous fish as well.

D. Reed Webster

1978

1979

John Offut ’79 – RIP

JOHN LONGMAID OFFUTT June 30, 1961 – November 20, 2020 obituary

Submitted by Art Dwight ’79

Art Dwight ’79 and Adam Reeves Connect at Tedx Berkeley

(from L to R) Art Dwight ’79 & Raquel Bono, Taylor Bono, Maggie & Adam Reeves ’79 at reception following Raquel’s Tedx talk at Berkeley.

Art Dwight

1979

1980

Chris Grennon’s Surprise 60th!


Left to right back row; Bill Grennon ’78, Josh Reed ’12, Bill Raymond ’80, Bob Starbuck ’80, Josh Binswanger ’80, Mike Smith ’80, Chuck Irving ’80, Perry Vella ’80, Peter Krawchuck ‘80
Front row; Chris Grennon ’80, Kathryn Grennon ‘17

Chris Grennon ’80

Scuba Diving Vacation

Pictures from a recent scuba diving vacation I had with a few of classmates includes Chip Smith, Chuck Irving, Abdullah, Perry Vella, me, and Bob Starbuck.

Chris Grennon ’80

New District Court Judge

On March 3, 2020, Tom Potter was elected District Court Judge for the 8th Judicial District-South of Arkansas.

Tom Potter

1980

’80 Classmates celebrate Kings Academy

BOSTON- Jim Butz ’80 and Cynthia, Jack Strain ’80 and John Mattes ’80 celebrate new KA headmaster Peter Nilsson , with both Deerfield headmasters Eric Widmer and Margarita Curtis in attendance.

Jim Butz

1980

1981

McKay Jenkins ’81

John Knight ’83

Deerfield Alum Golfers

David Sweet ‘81, Grove Mower ‘76, Andy Trees ‘86 and Jay Trees ‘62 gather at The Merit Club outside of Chicago for a golf foursome on a beautiful summer day.

David Sweet

1981

Japan Ski Diary: Deep snow, hissing volcanoes, and other scary things.

It’s been a while since I shared a note. Hope my fellow ’81’s are doing well. Finally checked off one of my ski bucket list items with a small group trip to Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido this past January. Skied with a Sugarbush group led by extreme skiing legend John Egan (60 going on 25), and ex-Powder Magazine photo editor Hank De Vre joined us for the side/backcountry touring. After eleven sweet and surreal days skiing steeps, bamboo forests, and a sacred volcano, I spent 8 days in Tokyo for art and cultural explorations. I got a glimpse into why classmates Christopher Keener and Dave River went to Japan and never left. Back in the states our gallery in Hudson, NY is in its 6th year, and we’re restoring a nifty historic house we bought in this “quirky scrufty chic” ghost-filled 300 year old rivertown. Missing dad Joe ’47, and the 35 years we fished side-by-side for great artworks and any fish which took a fly. The art world has been an interesting place as mega galleries and auction houses elbow out mid-sized and small firms, but our little mom and pop shop is enjoying our 46th year selling American (mostly) art, 1850-2000 (CaldwellGalleryHudson.com). If you’re going to be anywhere near the Catskills on your travels, please let me know and I’ll gladly babble away about things to see and do. Saying hello in person would be even better!

Jay Caldwell

1981

1982

Mini Reunion for Class of ’82

Had a great mini reunion this past August out at the Silver Tip Ranch in Montana. 5 days of fishing, horseback riding and lots of laughs with the boys. Great to get that many days together. We are all looking forward to our 40th reunion next summer. Hoping everyone comes back to attend. We had Craig Markcrow ’82 -Kegger, Sam Bayne ’82 – Jibber, Joe Lotuff ’82 – Mojo, Jay Winthrop ’82 – Jaybone, and Ian Murray ’82 – Onion in attendance. Biggest fish went to Jay that week.

Sam Bayne ’82

Park City Utah – January 2021

Rob Engel ’82 and Alex Navarro ’82

Alex Navarro

1982

Utah Ski Trip

Snow Bird, UT – 2/1/2020

Pictured, left to right: Alex Navarro ’82, Rob Engel ’82, Scott Kirkpatrick ’82

Alex Navarro

1982

1983

McKay Jenkins ’81

John Knight ’83

Angel Abreu ’92

Artist and educator Angel Abreu ’92 on how you make history every day – The Creative Independent

John G. Knight

1983

Manu Koenig ’03

INCUMBENT OUSTED AFTER 12 YEARS AS SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SUPERVISOR

Challenger Manu Koenig to take helm in District 1

John G. Knight

1983

 

1984

Choate Day with Deerfield Club of the Rockies

Photo: Wallace Ellis ’87, Andrew Paredes ’88, Marcus Yoder ’88, Chris Miller ’84, Meegan Moszynski ’97

Deerfield Club of the Rockies rising to the Choate Day Challenge!

Photo: Meegan Moszynski ’97, Marcus Yoder ’88, Wallace Ellis ’87, Andrew Paredes ’88

Chris Herrick appointed VT Fish & Wildlife Commissioner

Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Chris Herrick as the commissioner of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Herrick will lead the department responsible for the management and conservation of fish, wildlife and their habitats.

For the last five years, Chris has served as deputy commissioner at the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and prior to that he served two and a half years as director of Vermont Emergency Management within DPS.

Chris Herrick ’84

1985

Obituary: Robert John Harrington ’52


(Robert John Harrington – 1952)


(Grant Harrington, Matt Harrington ’85, Robert John Harrington ’52 – 2009)

Robert John Harrington died August 23, 2021, at Martin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Stuart, FL, where he lived since May 2020 when he fractured his hip at home in Stuart.
He was born on January 19, 1935 in Holyoke, MA, and was the second child of Mary Harrington and Elmer Joseph Harrington, MD. Called Bobby by his elder sister and only sibling Nancy, Robert spent a happy childhood with his extended family in Holyoke. Elmer Harrington was a physician and radiologist, spending his career at the Holyoke Hospital. Also known as Gramps and a former Grand Marshal of the Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Parade, Elmer died in August 1968. Mary (Mimi) lived another 30 years, most of that time in Florida, where Robert moved 20 years ago to be with her and his sister Nancy.

Robert attended Deerfield Academy, graduating in 1952. His sons Robert John, Jr., and Matthew also attended the school, graduating in 1983 and 1985, respectively. After Deerfield, Robert Senior attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, and Regis College, a Catholic Jesuit institution in Denver, CO. He entered the Army in 1956 and was discharged in 1958, working as a cryptographer in Arlington, VA for a period of time during his service.

Robert’s business career started in journalism at the Boston Herald Traveler newspaper and included reporting and editorial work with United Press International and the National Review in New York. He later entered the field of public relations and advertising, working in several roles including as co-founder of The Communicators advertising agency in Harrisburg, PA. He combined early experience as an announcer and disc jockey to become writer, producer, and voice talent for numerous radio and television advertisements. These included ones featuring his children and their friends for clients Foxx Pools and Harrisburg Radio Lab. He returned to radio announcer and DJ roles later in life.

After moving from Boston to New York, Robert met Lucy Hayes Rodgers of Reedsville, PA, in 1962. They were married at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1963 and later moved to central Pennsylvania to be closer to Lucy’s family and raise one of their own. They first lived in Mechanicsburg, moving in 1969 to a horse farm in Lewisberry.

Robert is survived by his sister Nancy Kelly of Stuart, FL, and children Robert John Harrington, Jr. of Louisville, CO, Matthew Harrington of Chester Springs, PA, Lucy Parker (Harrington) Floyd of Centennial, CO, and Peter Harrington of Maplewood, NJ. Robert Senior also leaves grandchildren Paris, Maeve, Sophia, Conall, Grant, Soleil, Reed, and Ella.

A graveside service will be held Nov. 12, 2021, at Calvary Cemetery in Holyoke, MA.

Memorial offerings can be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, https://www.gracestuart.com/give/

Matt Harrington ’85

Ian Denolfo ’85 RBG

The passing of Justice Ginsburg fills me with sadness. She will be missed by many, and the world has lost an icon. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting her personally while singing with the Washington National Opera. During my run of Turandot, she appeared on the Metropolitan Opera Broadcast intermission quiz. Asked who her favorite tenor was, she responded, “currently, it’s Ian DeNolfo singing Calaf in Washington.” I’m sure it was as much a plug for her much-beloved home opera company, but what an honor non the less! I saw her a week later and thanked her profusely, to which she smiled and said, “think nothing of it.” She was so kind and generous with her time, truly an amazing experience that I will always cherish.

God bless Justice Ginsburg and keep us all safe for what lies ahead.

John Knight ’83

1986

Proud Uncle!

I am happy to announce that my niece and nephew, Cori and Jonathan Scagel will be following their uncle’s footsteps and joining the Deerfield class of 2025 in the Fall of 2021! I couldn’t be happier and look forward to spending time on campus attending various events!

Ed Scagel ’86

Deerfield Alum Golfers

David Sweet ‘81, Grove Mower ‘76, Andy Trees ‘86 and Jay Trees ‘62 gather at The Merit Club outside of Chicago for a golf foursome on a beautiful summer day.

David Sweet

1981

1987

Choate Day with Deerfield Club of the Rockies

Photo: Wallace Ellis ’87, Andrew Paredes ’88, Marcus Yoder ’88, Chris Miller ’84, Meegan Moszynski ’97

Deerfield Club of the Rockies rising to the Choate Day Challenge!

Photo: Meegan Moszynski ’97, Marcus Yoder ’88, Wallace Ellis ’87, Andrew Paredes ’88

Pride


Jeremy Starr, son of Andrew ’87 and Amy Starr, shows his Deerfield pride.

Andrew Starr ’87

1988

Sci-Fi Author appearing at COSine 2022!

I will be appearing at COSine 2022 in Colorado Springs (CO) Jan 14-16. My first panel will be with SF Grand Master Connie Willis (author of the Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog), and I’d love to (re)connect with fellow Deerfield Alums!

Adam Gaffen ’88

Choate Day with Deerfield Club of the Rockies

Photo: Wallace Ellis ’87, Andrew Paredes ’88, Marcus Yoder ’88, Chris Miller ’84, Meegan Moszynski ’97

Deerfield Club of the Rockies rising to the Choate Day Challenge!

Photo: Meegan Moszynski ’97, Marcus Yoder ’88, Wallace Ellis ’87, Andrew Paredes ’88

First Novel Published!

I’ve just finished my first publishable novel, The Cassidy Chronicles! Surprising nobody, it’s science fiction. Get in touch and maybe I’ll work you into the next book! (Quick blurb follows)

Welcome to the world of 2113. The country has shattered into ten squabbling nations and the solar system is on the edge of colonization. Technologic wonders abound. Yet, it’s not unlike our own. People meet, fall in love, face assassination at their wedding – well, perhaps not. Meet Aiyana and Kendra, Cass and Ken to their friends, a genius physicist and a retired movie star with a mysterious past. They live quietly, get along with their neighbors, don’t have problems at work. So why did they have to run for their lives from their wedding? Travel with them across the continent as they search for answers, make new friends, face daunting challenges, and discover unexpected enemies. It’s a ride you don’t want to miss!

Adam Gaffen

1988

1989

Length of Tahoe swim

Recently completed the “Length of Tahoe” swim – a 21.3 mile swim from the south shore (Camp Richardson) to the north shore (Incline Village) of Lake Tahoe – in 9 hours, 35 min. Grueling swim but loved the preparation and happy with the result. One of my kayakers was Geoff Butler – DA class of ’74 and, like me, past member of the Deerfield swim team…we speak of our respect for Larry Boyle often. Geoff also completed this swim in 2016.

Stephen Root

1989


Stephen Root ’89 Lake Tahoe

Last weekend, Steve Root ‘89 swam the Lake Tahoe Swim Challenge( 21.3 miles)in 9 hours 35 minutes and 39 seconds.

As he swam, Geoffrey E. Butler’74 kayaked along with him. Butler and Root were both DA Most Outstanding Swimmers.

Best,

Gus Lipman

1989

Fighting the Coronavirus in Virginia

Dr. Chris Hogan ‘89 is on the frontlines in fighting the Coronavirus in Virginia.

On March 31, 2020, eleven members of the Class of 1989 thanked Dr. Hogan during a Zoom meeting and celebrated their friendship including Jacques Cattier’89, Todd Conklin’89, Brian Higgins’89, Todd Hirsch ‘89, Andrew Hough’89, Jon Knisley’89, Gus Lipman ‘89, John McCaffery’89, Trevor Nagle’89 and Ed Williams’89.

Gus Lipman

1989

1990

From Hospitality to farming and Covid Health Care

Happy Holidays to all from Germany-

I am finally reunited with my mother after 2 years of Covid forced separation.
It is wonderful to be home with family & friends after such a long travel ban. 3 years ago I purchased a large parcel of land in the Hudson Valley, specifically Kingston NY as an investment as well as a plan to develop it into a prime artisanal product producing farm along with cabin rentals on site. Little did I know that when I resigned from my last hospitality engagement in Miami, I would become a farmer on the fast track through YouTube & Google during Covid, only weeks after moving onto my property in early February ‘20 when we went into total lockdown. Luckily for me I was secluded on 45 acres just with my dog and a large to do list of projects. I had recently launched my own cigar line from the Dominican Republic but that project was put on hold since all US cigar retailers got shut down. What better time to start my long list of improvements on my land. And so by studying vigorously online by watching how-to videos and reading many books on the topics I had to conquer I became a Goat father, a Coop daddy and a beekeeper all within 6 months, managed to get a Micro Farm Winery license from the state, started making my own wine from apples (a German specialty) and found myself completely engulfed in a new chapter of life. Tending to my animals on a daily basis, learning by doing. Without any help from the outside world I am now a proud new farmer & winemaker based in the Hudson Valley. I turned the main farm house into a vacation rental which has been booked since day 1 and I continue to host mostly families or groups from NYC who come for an overall farm experience. This Summer coming, I will be producing my own goat cheese as I was blessed with 5 goat kids on mother’s day and the herd is growing strong. The first wine season was unexpectedly busy and I sold every single bottle of wine I made. Plans for expanding the production for ‘22 are in place and with some luck my wine will make it onto some shelves in the greater NY area next year. As things now have somewhat “normalized” I was able to streamline the process of running the farm in order to focus on my new business endeavors.

Just recently I joined AdaptivBioMed as a partner. We are now one of the largest factory direct Covid test distributors and the #1 preferred provider for mandate compliant testing, reporting and tracking software for employers, schools and organizations.
100% OSHA & HIPPA compliant with patient management & telehealth. . We are working with several Fortune 500 companies and are setting up their mandate complaint testing programs by providing a full service solution.
Should any of you be interested in this sector for your own company, please reach out to me. I’d be happy to talk to you directly and discuss how we can help.

Naturally if any Deerfield Alumni are in the area of Kingston NY you are always welcome to stop and say Hi at the farm.
We re-open this spring. Stop by & try some German Apple Wine !

Wishing everybody a happy & HEALTHY holiday season ! Looking forward to hearing from any & everyone

Regards,
Alexander Lehnen ‘90

(561)-563-0523 mobile
A.Lehnen@adaptivbiomed.com
www.numberonecigars.com
Vonsaladfarm Kingston New York

Checking in…

Just sending a big “hello” to the extended DA family. I still keep in close contact with George Davis ’90, Rob Gowen ’90, and JP Gallagher ’90 pretty regularly, and have now discovered how to pester all my other classmates through social media! (Haha.) I have been at Pitt since 2010, and also enjoy working as a pediatric hand / plastic surgeon at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. I recently accepted a position as an Advisory Dean with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. We have become real “Yinzers,” and look forward to the day when we can see everyone safely again in person!

Alex Davit ’90

Remembering Phil Warren ’90

It is with great sadness that I report the sudden death of our beloved classmate and friend, Philip “Phil” T. Warren. Full obituary and link to memorial service video can be found here – https://greenwichvillage.tributes.com/obituary/show/Philip-Thurston-Warren–108491785

Those who knew Phil at Deerfield will remember him as a highly intelligent, perpetually positive young man who made his mark on the student body and faculty from the first day he stepped on campus as a “new boy” junior. He was a 3rd generation legacy, son of William E. Warren ’60 and grandson of Dana T. Warren ’24. Phil settled into a single in Pocumtuck 1 dormitory and made fast friends with seemingly the entire school.

During his 2 years at Deerfield, he was fixture in the athletic trainers’ room as an assistant to Chuck Demers. He taped ankles, iced swollen joints and most importantly, was unofficial cheerleader and confidant to all Deerfield athletes.

When school was in session, the radio listeners of Western Massachusetts were treated every Saturday night to the “Phil the Pill Show” on WGAJ FM 91.7. Phil spun the hits of the ‘40s, ‘50s & ‘60s, introducing the likes of Frank Sinatra and Bill Haley and the Comets with a rich tenor that would have made professional radio DJs jealous.

Although Phil went on to graduate from Princeton University with a degree in economics and enjoyed a successful career in finance, he was always a gifted writer and amusing storyteller. I have attached here page 8 of our senior yearbook – our graduation year was the first year of the modern era of coeducation at Deerfield and these were Phil’s musings on the first year of coeducation.

It came as no surprise to anyone in our class that at the end of senior year, the Lincoln Lowell Russell Award – awarded to “that student of character and ability who has contributed the most of cheer to the school year” – was awarded to Phil. There was no one else on campus during our time there who embodied such a strength and courage of spirit, warmth and kindness.

Please visit the memorial page linked above, learn about his life after Deerfield and share your thoughts and feelings about Phil.

Larry Leonard

1990

Legal Eagle Reunion

Chris Ward ’90 and Andrew Stone ’90 caught up at the 2020 annual meeting of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Andrew Stone

1990

1991

Day of Service – Local Park Cleanup

My son and I picked up trash at a local park. As trained, battle-hardened “trail stewards,” our family does this kind of thing every month or so. It was good to get out and Big Green up the environment.

Timo Weymouth ’91

New cookbook – The Art of Salad

Just launched my new cookbook, The Art of Salad (my 5th cookbook in Portuguese, my 1st cookbook in English!). It’s available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08C9C5F72

Julie Wolf Deffense

1991




1992

Ashley McAvey ’92

‘Deconstructing Stigma’ installation opens at Burlington International Airport

https://www.mynbc5.com/article/deconstructing-stigma-installation-opens-at-burlington-international-airport/36720998

TV story on press event (yes, Bernie came and heard me speak and he spoke so beautifully too!).

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Shelburne resident deconstructs stigma

https://www.vtcng.com/otherpapersbvt/news/around_town/shelburne-resident-deconstructs-suicide-stigma/article_2950e754-0697-11ec-a518-bf98bcfb570c.html

Ashley McAvey ’92

2020 Wasn’t All Bad

After an 8-year fight, I am delighted to announce that Vermont became the 12th state in the nation (plus DC) to ban the trade in imperiled wildlife parts. My all-volunteer organization, VermontForWildlife, led the charge and here’s a story that summarized the win for wildlife.

“Contrary to popular belief, federal law does not reach into intrastate trade, thus the critical importance of these incredible grassroots state efforts such as ours. If there is no state law on the books (as is the case in now 38 remaining states), the trade in these animal parts is free and clear and that very trade is what is perpetuating the demand and the slaughter with devastating ramifications.”

It’s also interesting to note that Covid-19 is a zoonotic disease and the more we exploit wildlife, the graver the consequences for humans as well. I was honored to deliver testimony to this end to the Vermont State Legislature and am hoping that Vermont’s win will inspire other states to act.

https://www.vtcng.com/shelburnenews/news/local_news/animal-rights-bill-becomes-law/article_6ebed064-1a19-11eb-86c7-1b7ac3a5f07b.html

Ashley McAvey

1992

Addressing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

I saw that McLean Hospital had done a Deconstructing Stigma exhibit addressing mental health and suicide prevention at Logan Airport a few months after the loss of my beautiful brother Ian back in 2016. I reached out to them and then to my friend Gene Richards who runs the Burlington International Airport. He said an immediate and enthusiastic yes to bringing the exhibit to Vermont and the installation has finally begun.

What a healthy and life-saving message this is for every person flying into and out of our state.
It is beautiful, powerful, uplifting, and HOPE-FILLED.
It turns sadness, pain, and loss into HOPE and LIGHT.

My story of Ian is here.

Here are the other stories of hope from Vermonters.

The stories are all extraordinary— as is the ongoing, life-saving work at McLean.
Knowing that millions coming and going from Vermont will see this conversation, fills me with more hope than you can imagine, taking the impossible loss of my beautiful brother Ian and, in partnership with BTV and McLean, the top mental health hospital in the world, to seek the LIGHT.
Please reach out to McLean to get an installation in your state! Let’s put this conversation on the table.

In crisis? Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or text “HOME” to 741741.

Ashley McAvey

1992

Wonderful visit with Coach Bill Tyler

Happiness is seeing your favorite coach ever after 28 years and realizing that love and friendship have no expiration. I love you, Mr. Tyler! You made my day! Such a thrill getting to see Coach Bill Tyler just before Covid hit in March 2020 and hoping to see him again soon.

Ashley McAvey

1992

Angel Abreu ’92

Artist and educator Angel Abreu ’92 on how you make history every day – The Creative Independent

John G. Knight

1983

1996

Births

Whitney Wolfe ‘96 & John Connorton III welcomed their daughter Margaret Wolfe Connorton “Daisy” January 6th.

Whitney Wolfe

1996

1997

Choate Day with Deerfield Club of the Rockies

Photo: Wallace Ellis ’87, Andrew Paredes ’88, Marcus Yoder ’88, Chris Miller ’84, Meegan Moszynski ’97

Deerfield Club of the Rockies rising to the Choate Day Challenge!

Photo: Meegan Moszynski ’97, Marcus Yoder ’88, Wallace Ellis ’87, Andrew Paredes ’88

1999

Welcome Zach!

We are a bit belated in our update, but Eli and I welcomed Zachary “Zach” Forbes Barnes on July 3rd, 2020. At 16 months, he continues to bring us lots of laughter, love, and joy. Haddie (9), Parker (7), and Morgan (4) are the best big siblings!

Amory and Eli Barnes ’99

New Baby!

On July 3rd, 2020, Eli (Class of ’99) and I welcomed Zachary “Zach” Forbes Barnes, weighing 7 lbs 13 oz and 20.25 inches long. We are overjoyed to add sweet baby Zach to our crazy clan. He has brought us all so much love during a challenging year, and we feel very blessed. Haddie (8), Parker (6), and Morgan (3) have been awesome big siblings. Zach already has made it known that he is happiest right in the middle of the chaos – and there has been lots of chaos with everyone home at virtual school this year. Looking forward to the next reunion and bringing the kids back to campus! Cheers to a new year!

Amory Barnes

1999

2000

Sculpture installation at the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

This past June we wrapped up a multi year sculpture project sponsored by the Governor’s office and Arts Westchester at the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River. The sculpture incorporates steel from both the new Cuomo Bridge and its predecessor, the Tappan Zee Bridge. The piece is meant to evoke a sense of uplift, progress and momentum while visually anchoring the beginning of the bridge path on the Rockland County landing.

Hugh Karol

2000

Operation Moonglow: A Political History of the Project Appolo

My book Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo, will be published by Basic Books in November.

Teasel Muir-Harmony ’00

2001

DA Boys Hit the Links

While the course record remains intact, incredible day at the Country Club of New Canaan with James Dunning (’01) and John Sales (’03). Could not have asked for a better day, and as DA Lacrosse legend Curtis Chin (’01) would say, I’m happy to report “I took their money!”

James Canner ’02

Welcoming Clara Eleanor Coombs

My husband, Robert, and I are excited to share that we welcomed our daughter, Clara Eleanor Coombs, on January 3rd, 2021. Niece of Hillery Williams ’04 and granddaughter of Charlie Williams ’70, we are eager to bring her to see her family alma mater very soon!

Christy Coombs

2001

New baby!

Dear Family and Friends,

We are thrilled to introduce William Jacob Paatii Ofosu-Amaah (born 8/20/20), who now shares a name with Nii Amaah’s dad, Paatii.  We officially welcomed him into our family yesterday and gave him his name during the traditional Ghanaian “outdooring” ceremony (pic attached). We will call him Jack, which is also in honor of his maternal great grandfather, Jack O’Donnell.  His big sisters are thrilled (so far!) and we can’t wait for you to meet him!

The Ofosu-Amaahs

Sara Ofosu-Amaah

2001

New Addition

I’m happy to report that my husband and I welcomed a new member of the family last year, Jack Alden Lederman. Hard to believe he is almost one! We all currently reside in far Northern Maine but are about to make a move back to the Boston area at the end of the summer. It was nice to see Donielle Sliwa (’00) along with her husband and little girl, almost exactly Jack’s age, who were visiting Maine recently. Maybe they will both be DA class of 2037?

Grier Potter

2001

Update from ’01

Nick Falker ’01’s daughter Madeline, who will be 2 in March 2020.

Nick Falker

2001

2002

DA Boys Hit the Links

While the course record remains intact, incredible day at the Country Club of New Canaan with James Dunning (’01) and John Sales (’03). Could not have asked for a better day, and as DA Lacrosse legend Curtis Chin (’01) would say, I’m happy to report “I took their money!”

James Canner ’02

Hwa Yuan Szechuan Restaurant, NY

A chance encounter with several Deerfield alums who were celebrating a friend’s birthday at my family restaurant in New York, Hwa Yuan Szechuan.

From left to right:  Julian Lee ’16, James Chung ’15, Rachel Yao ’16, Owner/Chef Chen Lieh Tang P’02, James Tang ’02.

Jamie Tang

2002

Dinner at Chinatown Restaurant in New York City

Impromptu reunion dinner at my family’s New York City Chinatown restaurant – Hwa Yuan Szechuan.

Attendees from left to right: Sarah Alvares ’04, Katie Forer ’04, Luke Patterson ’04, James Tang ’02, Katie Righi, Daniel Phan ’04, and Lauren Phan.

James Tang

2002

2003

DA Boys Hit the Links

While the course record remains intact, incredible day at the Country Club of New Canaan with James Dunning (’01) and John Sales (’03). Could not have asked for a better day, and as DA Lacrosse legend Curtis Chin (’01) would say, I’m happy to report “I took their money!”

James Canner ’02

Manu Koenig ’03

INCUMBENT OUSTED AFTER 12 YEARS AS SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SUPERVISOR

Challenger Manu Koenig to take helm in District 1

John G. Knight

1983

 

2004

Welcoming Clara Eleanor Coombs

My husband, Robert, and I are excited to share that we welcomed our daughter, Clara Eleanor Coombs, on January 3rd, 2021. Niece of Hillery Williams ’04 and granddaughter of Charlie Williams ’70, we are eager to bring her to see her family alma mater very soon!

Christy Coombs

2001

Dinner at Chinatown Restaurant in New York City

Impromptu reunion dinner at my family’s New York City Chinatown restaurant – Hwa Yuan Szechuan.

Attendees from left to right: Sarah Alvares ’04, Katie Forer ’04, Luke Patterson ’04, James Tang ’02, Katie Righi, Daniel Phan ’04, and Lauren Phan.

James Tang

2002

2005

New Baby!

On January 8, 2021, Colin Buerger ’05 and Alexandra Campbell welcomed Jack Lesley Buerger.

Geoff Buerger ’75

Wedding

Graeme Harcourt ’05 will marry Emma Gulley at St. Ignatius Church in New York City on September 18, 2021. The couple has been together for six years and will relocate to St. Louis for the groom to attend law school.

Graeme Harcourt ’05

Reunion in Charleston

A pre-pandemic get-together: (L-R) Hal Findlay, ’76, P’03 ’05 ’06, Nick Findlay, ’05, and Ian Devine, ’71, convened in Charleston, SC, last year to sample some local craft beverages and reminisce about time spent by the river.

Ian Devine

1971

New baby!

Jules Hulburd Koechling (’05) and Mark Koechling welcomed their second son, Clifton Philip, on February 18, 2020. Russell (almost 2!) is loving his new role as big brother! They are settling in as a family of four and love their new addition very much!

Jules Hulburd Koechling

2005

New baby!

Lila di Bonaventura MacKenzie! Born Friday 04.03.2020 and bringing with her the gift of so much life, light and joy.

-Julia and Scott MacKenzie

Julia di Bonaventura MacKenzie

2005

2007

Rose Cornelson ’09 and Davis Wittig ’07 Married!

Davis Wittig ’07 and Rose Cornelson ’09 celebrated a beautiful wedding in October with family and close friends! A few Deerfield friends in attendance included Emily Woodward ’09, Christina Proctor ’09, Annabel Prouty ’09, Hillary Hoyt ’09, and Cyrus Wittig ’10.

Rose Cornelson

2009

2008

Welcome Scotty!

We welcomed baby boy Scott McCarrick Hawkins “Scotty” to our family this past March. Johnny (3) is loving his new role as big brother and we are loving our home full of boys!

Hunter and Allegra Pitt Hawkins ‘08

2009

Rose Cornelson ’09 and Davis Wittig ’07 Married!

Davis Wittig ’07 and Rose Cornelson ’09 celebrated a beautiful wedding in October with family and close friends! A few Deerfield friends in attendance included Emily Woodward ’09, Christina Proctor ’09, Annabel Prouty ’09, Hillary Hoyt ’09, and Cyrus Wittig ’10.

Rose Cornelson

2009

African Diaspora in Utah Valley

In October 2020, I started a new position at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT. The position is the Program Director for the African Diaspora Initiative which is housed under the Multicultural Student Services office in the Student Affairs department. In this role, I am able to create scholarship, mentoring, and programming opportunities for underrepresented students.

https://www.uvu.edu/directory/employee/?id=NU5jclhLdjk5R29KYVBOWnFnWHdLZz09

A.J. Currelley

2009

2010

West Coast Wedding! Sally Storch ’10

After a bonus year of engagement, Kurt Walter and I were married in July! We celebrated on Vashon Island, a short ferry ride from our home in Seattle.

Pictured here: Meg Tomlinson ’10, Elisa Manrique ’10, Andy Storch ’75, Sally Storch ’10, Kurt Walter, Maureen Storch, Caroline Seabolt ’10, and Emmie Murphy ’10.

Sally Storch ’10

Rose Cornelson ’09 and Davis Wittig ’07 Married!

Davis Wittig ’07 and Rose Cornelson ’09 celebrated a beautiful wedding in October with family and close friends! A few Deerfield friends in attendance included Emily Woodward ’09, Christina Proctor ’09, Annabel Prouty ’09, Hillary Hoyt ’09, and Cyrus Wittig ’10.

Rose Cornelson

2009

COVID Wedding!

CJ Smith and I were married in September at my parents home in Connecticut. It was a small family gathering, but we still had a number of DA alumni present! Pictured here: Molly Murphy ’15, Jennie Murphy, Devin Murphy ’78, Emmie Murphy ’10, CJ Smith, Paddy Chang, Eliza Murphy Chang ’06, and Jake Chang. Not pictured but also in attendance were my uncle, Gavin Murphy ’81, and Lilly Havens ’10, who introduced CJ and me in the first place! Thanks, Lil!

Emmie Murphy

2010

Brian Cox and Emma Duncanson Nuptuals

Brian Cox ’10 and Emma Duncanson were married on a beautiful summer day in St. Andrews, Scotland. A number of DA friends made the long journey to celebrate with them in the home of golf!

Pictured Left to Right: David Fleishman ’09, William Roth ’10, Emmie Murphy ’10, Lilly Havens ’10, Ashik Desai ’10, Sarah Cox ’12, Jaime Castello ’10, Brian Cox ’10, Emma Duncanson, Peter Roth ’10, Jack Cone ’10, Charlie von Arentschildt ’10, Mike Mazur ’09 and Will Scott ‘10

Brian Cox

2010

2012

Chris Grennon’s Surprise 60th!


Left to right back row; Bill Grennon ’78, Josh Reed ’12, Bill Raymond ’80, Bob Starbuck ’80, Josh Binswanger ’80, Mike Smith ’80, Chuck Irving ’80, Perry Vella ’80, Peter Krawchuck ‘80
Front row; Chris Grennon ’80, Kathryn Grennon ‘17

Chris Grennon ’80

2013

Day of Service – Worcester Refugee Assistance Project (WRAP)

Volunteered at a rock climbing event for youth members of Worcester Refugee Assistance Project (WRAP) which is a nonprofit that works with refugees from Burma. We are currently trying to raise money to get a physical space which we lost during COVID. If anyone is interested in donating or checking out this awesome organization; venmo: @Worcester-Refugee. Website: worcesterrefugees.org

Vanessa Avalone ’13

2014

Tara Murty ’14, featured in Stanford Medicine magazine

Tara is featured in the latest Stanford Medicine magazine piece on “Walk With Me: A Patient-Engaged Exploration of Health and the Health Care System” program. Here’s the article: Walk with me.

Tara Murty

2014

2015

Hwa Yuan Szechuan Restaurant, NY

A chance encounter with several Deerfield alums who were celebrating a friend’s birthday at my family restaurant in New York, Hwa Yuan Szechuan.

From left to right:  Julian Lee ’16, James Chung ’15, Rachel Yao ’16, Owner/Chef Chen Lieh Tang P’02, James Tang ’02.

Jamie Tang

2002

iSchool Award

Dana Barry ’15

Dear Dana,

I’m writing to congratulate you, and let you know that you have been selected as the winner of the Donald & Joyce Marchand Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, which we give each year at Convocation to the student who best demonstrates overall academic achievement.

You’re especially deserving of this award. Your academic work throughout your time at the iSchool has been noteworthy, and has earned you this recognition.

Thank you for your exemplary contribution to the iSchool and the field throughout your time here. I’m sure that the academic excellence that you’ve demonstrated during your time here will take you far, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you. Rest assured that we will find a way to honor your achievements even though our Convocation plans are still being finalized.

Congratulations again, and I look forward to seeing where your iSchool degree leads you next!

Raj

Raj Dewan
Professor and Dean
School of Information Studies (iSchool)

William Barry

1977

Joseph Fernando ‘15 signs with Padres

Joe Fernando, Deerfield ‘15, signed as a shortstop with the San Diego Padres on Feb. 10 and will report to spring training in Phoenix on March 8.

Joe graduated from Bethune-Cookman University in ‘19, where he was MEAC All Conference 1st Team and All Conference Academic team last year, led the conference in hits during the season with 68, and won the BCU MVP as well as the “Iron Cat” award at Cookman for the best athlete on campus.

He was signed by Padres Area Scout John Martin after a workout in front of the Padres GM and Scouting Director in Orlando.

Sid Fernando

2016

Hwa Yuan Szechuan Restaurant, NY

A chance encounter with several Deerfield alums who were celebrating a friend’s birthday at my family restaurant in New York, Hwa Yuan Szechuan.

From left to right:  Julian Lee ’16, James Chung ’15, Rachel Yao ’16, Owner/Chef Chen Lieh Tang P’02, James Tang ’02.

Jamie Tang

2002

2020 College Squash Men’s Championships

At the 2020 College Squash Men’s Team Championships, I won the Sereus Cup in the F Division for Boston University and Chait Shah ’19 won the Hoehn Cup in the B Division for Columbia University.

Julian Lee

2016

2020 Marshall Scholar Recipient

I was selected as a 2020 Marshall Scholar and will use the scholarship to pursue two master’s degrees, studying Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) and School of Foreign Service (SFS) in the UK. I am currently researching the social ramifications of technological modernization within the industrial textile cluster of hand block printers in Jaipur, India, and made four trips in the past two years to India for my research.

Kyra Kocis

2016

2017

Chris Grennon’s Surprise 60th!


Left to right back row; Bill Grennon ’78, Josh Reed ’12, Bill Raymond ’80, Bob Starbuck ’80, Josh Binswanger ’80, Mike Smith ’80, Chuck Irving ’80, Perry Vella ’80, Peter Krawchuck ‘80
Front row; Chris Grennon ’80, Kathryn Grennon ‘17

Chris Grennon ’80

2019

Day of Service – Habitat for Humanity

Volunteered at Habitat for Humanity at a build site for the day.

Brian Shin ’19

2020 College Squash Men’s Championships

At the 2020 College Squash Men’s Team Championships, I won the Sereus Cup in the F Division for Boston University and Chait Shah ’19 won the Hoehn Cup in the B Division for Columbia University.

Julian Lee

2016