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  • Peter W. E. Becker: Gunnerys Eleventh Head of Schoolpage 2

    The Gunnery BulletinAUTUMN 2012

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    f e a t u r e s

    2 Peter W. E. Becker: Gunnerys Eleventh Head of School

    7 Gunnery LEADS Program

    10 Vitual High School

    11 Steve Bailey in Hong Kong

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    12 C O M M E N C E M E N T

    16 O N C A M P U S

    20 AT H L E T I C S

    23 A L U M N I W E E K E N D

    28 N E W T R U S T E E S

    29 S U P P O RT T H E G U N N E RY

    32 C L A S S N O T E S

    40 I N M E M O R I A M


    Peter W.E. Becker Head of School

    Stephen W. Baird 68 Chairman

    Joan A. Noto P 97 Vice Chairman

    David E. Kaplan 81, P 13 Vice-President

    Jay B. Sheehy 73 Treasurer

    Peter B. Slone 73 & P 11 Secretary

    Patrick M. Dorton 86 Jonathan M. Estreich P 06

    Gerrit Vreeland 61 Members at Large

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  • Peter is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where

    he earned a B.A. with Distinction in Religious Studies,

    and Yale University, where he earned an M.A. in History.

    He was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study classical

    history, architecture and archaeology at the American

    Academy in Rome, Italy. Prior to his eight year tenure

    at The Lawrenceville School, Mr. Becker worked as

    an investment banking and venture capital analyst,

    where he gained the finance and management skills

    he has drawn on throughout his career. Peter moved

    from investment banking to work for the Fellowship

    of Christians in Universities and Schools (FOCUS),

    a non-profit organization that supports independent

    schools as they serve the needs of students. At FOCUS,

    Peter led development efforts, particularly in the areas

    of fundraising and opening new regions.

    As Peter and Amy Julia were getting settled on campus,

    they took some time out to talk about their first

    impressions about Gunnery and the role of family in

    their lives.

    arrives on campusPeter BeckerHead of School

    Right: Amy Julia and Peter Becker, Head of School Opposite page: Peter with family William, Penny,

    Amy Julia and Marilee

    he Gunnerys eleventh Head of School, Peter Becker arrived on campus this past summer

    with his wife Amy Julia and children, Penny, William and Marilee. Upon arrival, he met

    with the trustees, administrators, and faculty and got accustomed to his new surroundings.

    Most recently, Peter was a Master of History and Interdisciplinary Studies at the

    Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He led the redesign of the Interdisciplinary

    Programs curriculum seeking different ways to instruct, encourage and inspire students to learn

    and communicate. He was also the Housemaster of Kennedy House. In addition, Peter was the

    Director of the Humanities Program, and a coach of the girls varsity squash and boys freshman

    tennis teams. He also held Lawrencevilles Shutt Faculty Chair for four years.


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  • Above: Peter with Marilee

    Top: The Becker family (from left to right) Penny, Amy Julia, Peter, Marilee, and William

    What did you see in The Gunnery that made you want to come?

    What first attracted me to The Gunnery was the enthusiasm

    about the school demonstrated by people I trusted immensely.

    First and foremost in that category is Lance Odden, a former

    Gunnery trustee and the Headmaster of Taft when I attended.

    Lance knows independent schoolsand boarding schools

    in particularbetter than anyone and for him to speak as

    glowingly about the school made Amy Julia and me very

    excited about the prospect of leading it.

    Second, before the search process heated up, Amy Julia and

    I made a clandestine day trip to Washington. We drove

    through campus, briefly had lunch in the Depot, and went for

    a hike in Steep Rock. What probably struck us most from that

    trip was the proximity of the natural worldyou cant go very

    far around here before being struck by natures beauty, power,

    and realityand that we would like our children to be able to

    call a place like this home.

    Third, Im captivated by the example of Frederick Gunn and

    am convinced that few independent schools in the country

    can look to their founder for inspiration and guidance that

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  • Years ago, before we had children and when we were living in Richmond, Virginia, Peter mentioned

    that he could see us at a boarding

    school. It made a lot of senseat the

    time we both worked with students

    in independent schools, and we had

    met during our own time at boarding

    schooland yet I wasnt sure I wanted

    to move back into a dorm anytime

    soon. But Peter felt confident, and it

    didnt take too long to convince me.

    Within a year of that conversation,

    we were on our way to Lawrenceville,

    and soon Peter would become the

    housemaster for a dorm of thirty boys.

    As much as we enjoyed our life at

    Lawrenceville, we also always said that

    our dream job would be in a small

    Connecticut boarding school. We

    envisioned ourselves in a place where

    it was possible to know everyone by

    name, and, given my familys long

    history in Connecticut, we hoped to

    settle down and raise our children

    close to their cousins and aunts and

    uncles and grandparents. When Peter

    received a call about the position at

    The Gunnery, we laughed. It seemed

    too good to be true.

    We knew our idealized and vague

    desire for a small Connecticut

    boarding school wouldnt

    automatically line up with the specifics

    of this historic school in Washington,

    Connecticut. But as we got to know


    remains relevant to the 21st century. His unique example of

    both progressive and conservative vision, and the adherence of

    Susie Graham and her predecessors to that vision, has helped

    anchor the schools mission and helped it resist the temptation

    to blindly follow the latest fads in education. In other words, its

    a school that knows itself and is proud of its particular vision.

    Finally, Amy Julia and I were struck by the size and intimacy

    of the community, the love of the place evinced by the

    students we met, the passion and dedication of the faculty, and

    the quality of the senior staff. That sounds like more than one

    factor but I think they are interrelated. Wed always wanted to

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    What probably struck us most from that trip

    was the proximity of the natural worldyou

    cant go very far around here before being

    struck by natures beauty, power, and reality

    and that we would like our children to be

    able to call a place like this home.

    PETER BECKERcommit to a small school because of the depth of relationship

    between faculty and students possible there. I dont think

    schools can live up to the standards demanded by the idea of

    in loco parentisif the faculty arent excellent and arent

    committed to knowing students well. Im convinced that is

    much more achievable in a small school than in a large one

    and we saw that in action when we visited campus last fall.

    Penny Becker

    William Becker

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  • How does family factor into your life?

    Amy Julia and I met at Taft and have been best friends ever

    since. Thats the foundation of our marriage and without her...

    well, lets just say that without her I dont think the search

    committee would have been interested in my candidacy! We

    have three wonderful, rather outspoken childrenPenny, who

    is six; William, now four; and Marilee, who is a year and a half

    old. My family keeps me groundedits hard to get too full

    of yourself when youre changing diapers and Amy Julia loves

    me so much that shes happy to point out when she thinks Im

    wrong. They are all excited to make The Gunnery home and

    were excited that, when theyre adults, our kids will consider

    The Gunnery where they grew up.

    What have you been up to over the summer months?

    Over the past few months, I have met and corresponded with

    current trustees, parents, faculty, administrators, alumni,

    residents of Washington, and not enough students. One of my

    primary goals at this point is to get to know the school from a

    variety of vantage points. Everyone Ive spoken with shares a

    passion for the school. Collectively, they are the backbone of

    this amazing institution.

    In early July, I spent a week at The Institute for New Heads run

    by the National Association of Independent Schools. It was an

    invaluable experience to get to know seventy other new heads as

    we were briefed by experts in the operational aspects of school

    life. Ive also tried to spend some downtime with my family.

    Ive been touched in particular by the outpouring of enthusiasm

    from alumni, as represented in particular by the stories theyve

    shared with me. Many are funny, some are sad, and all of them

    have been touching. They demonstrate the loyalty this school

    engenders and the consistency of our missionwe prepare

    students for life. Here, students grow in character and wisdom

    as they learn calculus and critical thinking and make life-long

    friends. Its humbling and exciting to be at the helm of such a

    unique community.

    the school, which, of course, really

    meant getting to know the people

    associated with the school, we began

    to believe this community might be

    the right fit. I spent a day visiting

    classes and talking with faculty and

    students last fall, and I came away

    with the overwhelming impression

    that the members of The Gunnery

    community cared about one another

    and enjoyed the school. When our

    children came to visit that same day,

    they couldnt have been happier

    walking through campus and waving

    to new friends and rolling down

    the hill behind the football field. They

    are already talking about dinner in the

    dining hall and their great backyard.

    When I think about my role as the

    wife of the Head of School in the

    years to come, the word that comes

    to mind is hospitality. Its a word that

    means the friendly reception and

    treatment of guests or strangers.

    Our family has already received much

    gracious hospitality from The Gunnery

    community, and I hope we have an

    opportunity to give a similar welcome

    to students, faculty, parents, alumni,

    trustees, and other members of the

    community. I hope our home will

    become a place where all the

    members of The Gunnery community

    feel welcome, and a place where

    guests and strangers become



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    Marilee and Amy Julia

  • LEADS (Learning for Engagement, Action, and Dedicated Service) is described by Academic Dean Chapin Miller as a relatively new and

    comprehensive program which

    incorporates some long-standing

    programs such as the sophomore ethics

    classes and the junior classes in public

    speaking. It is a four-year curriculum,

    based on the mission of the school,

    representing a four-year progression to

    instill the values of stewardship,

    character and community engagement.

    The focus builds each year to the point

    when as seniors, all Gunnery students

    share a common experience based on the

    LEADS. model. Additionally, this program

    seeks to create an umbrella under which

    more intentional interdisciplinary work

    will happen.

    Despite being a new program, LEADS,

    like all other Gunnery initiatives, is

    rooted in a deep tradition and value

    system. Frederick Gunn believed

    that the most important education was

    character education, said Thomas H.

    Hollinger P 01 & 04. Early on, he

    incorporated into his school the

    importance of developing leadership

    skills as well as academic skills. He was

    Members of the class of 2015, the latest class to go through the Pathways program, at the end-of-year Freshman Dinner.

    LEADS (Learning for Engagement, Action, and Dedicated Service) is described by Academic Dean Chapin Miller as a relatively new and comprehensive curriculum which incorporates some longstanding programs.


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  • with the right mind-set to go about a

    scholarly approach to school.

    My teacher taught me study skills, said

    Megan Salerno 14. I was taught how to

    study early, set up a schedule, and not

    overwhelm myself. I have been using

    these skills ever since. As an incoming

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    very insistent that people learn respect

    and responsibility. We still refer to Mr.

    Gunns mission 167 years after he wrote

    what he thought was important. It still

    informs what we do here.

    Beginning with Pathways, the freshmen

    course which was launched as a pilot

    two years ago, students engage with

    a variety of issues directly relevant to

    adolescence: identity, relationships

    and communication, health and

    wellness, and, finally, the definition

    and requirements of leadership. It is a

    class in which students are expected to

    engage actively with the topic at hand;

    it requires that students manage their

    impulses, relate effectively to others, and

    engage in respectful and constructive

    dialogue about subjects that can be

    sensitive, but are essential to the reality

    of high school freshmen. This class also

    teaches the freshmen how to be good

    Gunnery students and make the most

    out of the resources here, said Chip.

    They learn how to be an active student

    freshman, I never knew how or what to

    study. Pathways changed that for me.

    Unlike the Pathways class, which

    asks students to look inward, in the

    Ethics & Responsibility class, they are

    asked to look outward. Sophomore

    students engage in various forms of

    discussiondebate, dialogue, and

    discoursearound a wide range of

    the central issues of our time from the

    social to the environmental and beyond.

    Developing the skills essential to true

    engagement in informed discourse

    and learning to respect diverse belief

    systems are two outcomes of this course.

    Students explore their own personal

    moral code, test it against critical issues

    and reflect upon its deeper meaning in

    their individual lives and as members

    of a learning community. The ideal of

    service to others is promoted through a

    consideration of individual and group

    responsibility. Questions of social justice

    are raised and explored. Each student

    develops a personal statement of moral

    principles over the course of the term,

    which they deliver to their class at the

    end of the term. We looked at different

    situations from 100 different angles,

    said Megan. I never would have

    thought of the things my classmates

    were coming up with in each given

    situation. This class has made me more

    open-mindedevery single person has a

    storyyou cant just judge them on first

    interpretations or encounters.

    The Ethics & Responsibility class is

    followed by one of the most recognizable

    components of the LEADS program

    to most alumni: Public Speaking.

    Required of all juniors, this class is

    designed to raise student awareness of

    the rhetorical implications inherent in

    Junior students, through LEADS, are required to take public speaking and make a speech in front of the whole school. Eventually, a select few will be asked to make further speeches down the road. Pictured: Ian Riley, 2012-2013 Head Prefect Elect, speaks at Commencement.

    I was taught how to

    study early, set up a

    schedule, and not

    overwhelm myself. I

    have been using these

    skills ever since. As an

    incoming freshman, I

    never knew how or what

    to study. Pathways

    changed that for me.

    Megan Salerno 14

  • `Working with the Homeless as their

    theme, they can spend a few hours

    working in a soup kitchen, another few

    hours in a homeless shelter, and so on.

    An Honors Capstone is also being

    considered for students. Students will

    have to spend 4050 hours working

    on it. They will also be required to do a

    mandated presentation to the school.

    If you look at the progress of LEADS,

    said Craig, the senior year is about

    working in your community. You

    become more external. We hope they

    (the students) get some satisfaction out

    of working on something greater than

    themselves. It helps their self confidence

    to put themselves out there and

    accomplishing something.

    The LEADS program objectives are

    also promoted on the schools Constant

    Forward Motion Days. Held once per

    marking period, leadership speakers (a

    mixture of Gunnery faculty and guest

    speakers) meet with the students and

    discuss making healthy decisions in a

    wide array of areas from nutrition and

    exercise to cyber-bullying to the

    handling of stress. Tom Hollinger

    feels that all the programs within the

    LEADS curriculum lead towards the

    goal of getting kids to understand

    how important it is to stand up and be

    counted, how it matters to work with

    others, and how imperative it is to

    respect other peoples points of view.

    These classes have helped me

    both in and out of school, said Tim

    Reitman 14, who to-date has

    participated in Pathways and Ethics &

    Responsibility. I have a younger brother,

    and I want to make sure he follows a

    good example. These classes have also

    given Tim a sense of confidence and

    even helped him land a summer job.

    In the end, LEADS gave Tim and

    countless others what Mr. Gunn had

    always intended. I definitely have a

    sense of ethical and moral

    responsibility, said Tim.

    public performance and to equip them

    with the necessary tools to be effective

    communicators. Making students aware

    that public speech has a specific goal

    and that it must recognize its audience,

    this course introduces a variety of

    strategies from which to make informed

    rhetorical choices for maximum

    effectiveness. Students also are taught

    specific aspects of performance such as

    body language, volume, eye contact.

    Students participate in classroom

    discussion, give speeches and critiques,

    and deliver a final speech to the school

    community. Overall, this course aims to

    make students comfortable and effective

    in front of an audience.

    The LEADS program culminates in a

    Senior Capstone project, designed to

    encourage seniors to give back to their

    school community. Thirty hours of

    service will be required. This is a pilot

    program for the upcoming year, said

    Kate Merritt, Assistant Dean of Students/

    Dean of Residential Life and Pathways

    Teacher. We are hoping to roll it out for

    the senior class in the following year.

    Ten to twelve students are voluntarily

    doing this next year, said Upperclass

    Dean, Craig Badger, who heads the

    capstone segment with Morgen (Goepel)

    Fisher 03, the other Upperclass Dean.

    Each came up with their own projects

    which had to be centered on service.

    Seniors choose to study something that

    they are interested in. They can embark

    on a number of different activities in

    keeping with their theme. Craig said,

    For example, if someone picked

    Associate Head of School, Eileen Aguirre-Kelly P 12, introduces a discussion in the Ethics & Responsibility class.

    If supporting the LEADS program is of interest to you, please contact Laura D. Eldridge P 12, Director of Institutional Advancement at 860-868-7334 ext. 283 or at [email protected]

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  • Starting in the fall of 2012, The Gunnery will offer courses as a part of The Virtual High School (VHS) Collaborative. This will enrich our already robust academic program, said Eileen Kelly-Aguirre P 12, Associate

    Head of School. We are taking what VHS offers and meeting

    pre-existing goals of our academic program.

    VHS provides students with access to high quality online

    learning experiences and courses not offered at their school.

    Each course is taught by specially trained classroom teachers

    who are highly qualified and certified in their subject areas.

    VHS was founded in 1996 and is credited for bringing

    online learning into secondary education. VHS defines

    themselves as a program that provides co-synchronous

    courses for secondary school students taught in global online

    classrooms, online professional development in 21st century

    teaching best practices for educators, support with blended

    learning initiatives, custom course development and private

    offerings to meet unique educational needs. Their design

    and delivery standards were the model used by the National

    Education Association in their recommended standards

    for online learning. In addition, VHS has won numerous

    awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global

    Excellence in Information Technology and is a three time

    winner of the United States Distance Learning Associations

    (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence

    in Best Practices.

    Inside The Gunnerys High School

    According to Jennifer Wojcik, Gunnerys VHS Site Coordinator

    and Contributing Teacher, VHS will be used to extend our

    curriculum and provide our students with internationally

    based options and understanding. The VHS Collaborative has

    been successful in the education world for quite some time.

    We are very excited to include this as a pilot program within

    our curriculum. Below are some of VHS areas of focus:

    Six additional AP classes will be available through VHS. The Gunnery currently offers 16 APs in a number of

    different disciplines.

    Given our size, the number of AP classes that we currently offer is large, said Eileen. VHS APs allow us

    to broaden and further strengthen our academic program

    without sacrificing the many benefits of our smaller scale.

    Students can participate in a number of inter-disciplinary

    science and technology courses including Animal

    Behavior, Epidemics, and Bio-ethics.

    Term-length courses that enhance the students cultural awareness and literacy will add to our already existing

    global and cultural studies offerings.

    Social Science courses such as Government, Psychology, and Sociology have also been made available.

    For more information on this program, please visit us at www.gunnery.org.

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  • Beloved faculty member, Steve Bailey, taught Advanced Physics in Hong Kong for three weeks in July as part of an international expansion of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY), a national

    program for 7th to 10th grade students. The Johns Hopkins

    University CTY program offered six courses including Bio-

    medical Science, Cryptography, Intro to Computer Science,

    Macroeconomics and the Global Economy, Non-fiction

    Writing, and Upper Level Physics.

    Students completing Steves physics course are expected

    to take (and do well) in AP Physics B in the fall. All have

    completed at least Algebra II Honors. Many have finished

    pre-calculus and will also be taking calculus in the fall.

    Each class is composed of 18 students. In my class, said

    Steve. I have students from the United States, Hong Kong,

    Thailand, Vietnam and one from mainland China. All courses

    are conducted at University of Hong Kong Science and

    Technology (UHKST). The eligibility of the students for these

    courses requires that they score with distinction on the Math,

    Science, and problem-solving portions of the World Class Test

    (WCT). The WCT is a series of tests created by the British

    Government in 2001 to identify academically talented and

    creative youth. Students are required to apply creative thinking

    and logic in response to math, science, and general problems

    and to communicate their thought process clearly on paper.

    After a grueling six weeks of classes, Steve was joined by his

    wife, Jane, on a trip to China where they were welcomed by

    The Gunnerys Mandarin teacher for the past two years, Jian

    (Johnson) Wu. Steve, Jane and Johnson traveled to Hong

    Kong and Beijing to meet prospective students and their

    parents and talk with alumni and current students.


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  • COMMENCEMENT & prize night

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    Samuel James Aguirre-KellySarah Jane AuchinclossSang Jun BaekDaniel John BarkerRyan J. BiddiscombeJameson Fisher BontiMadeleine June BoudreauTimothy Patrick BurnsMiriam Canut SeguraRebekah Anne CapeceCharlotte Elizabeth

    Carew-MillerVictoria Lyn CassoneMackenzie Lyn ChaseJohn L. CostelloJibrail Meekaiel CoyJohn Connell Cullen, Jr.Charles Edmund DavolAnthony Paul DEliaAndrew Phil De PaulisAlessia De VitisAllison Lynn DesaulniersJack Vincent DouglasTaylor Rene DubKatherine Lea EldridgeAlexa Rae FrageauCassandra Lee FrageauJohn Mark George

    Arthur Seiya GordonJohn Leslie GouldAndrew Nolan GrahamSara Lyon HaestadThomas Edward HartRaeburn OBrien HathawayDaniel Cheng HayThomas Joseph HeubuschPatrick James HigginsBenjamin HjalmarssonChester Andrew HojnickiPeter Francis IaniLindsay A. Jerry-CollinsFan JiangMaxwell James KaufmanMelanie Hulme KellstromHarrison Richard KempRhiana Isabel KestenbaumYea Weon KimZachary Gilbert LarsonAaron Michael LevySarah Marie LombardCameron Paul MacKayDarby Elizabeth MacKayBrett Adam MackellJeffrey Alex Manville, Jr.Frederick Peter Marks II

    Veronica Marie McStockerChristopher Mark Olson, Jr.Mackenzie David PeelerAshley Marie PiresErin Renee PotterGraham Hooper PoughJarrid Michael PriviteraJanine Jade ProkschaCharlotte Meta ReillyTyffany Robyn RichardsHugh Marc RinaldiCameron Clarke RomoffBeatrice Danielle RubinEmily Anissa SeguinSarah Olivia ShulmanHayden Marshall SmithSoo-Jin SoPedro SouzaAlexander Louis SprovieroJoseph Sampson Stevens IIElizabeth Mary SutherlandJaren Masayuki TaenakaRene Simone WallerBrooke Mallory WilliamsJake Cameron WoodYui Ham YanLi-Ting Yu

    The Gunnery Class of 2012

    Top scholar in the Class of 2012, Jaren Taenaka

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  • Legacies in the Class of 2012: Charlotte Riley, Elizabeth Sutherland, John George, Mackenzie Chase, Charlotte Carew-Miller, John Cullen, Sarah Auchincloss, Frederick Marks, John Gould, Hugh Rinaldi, Charles Davol and Hayden Smith

    Ariel Baum 03 presents The Chace Award for Excellence in Leadership to Samuel Aguirre-Kelly 12

    Alessia De Vitis, Lindsay Jerry-Collins, Emily Seguin and Sara Haestad

    Madeleine Boudreau, recipient of the Senior Mathematics Department Award, and Charlotte Carew-Miller, recipient of the Brinsmade Prize and The Michael Post Award for Excellence in English, with their advisor Katherine Merritt

    John George, Daniel Hay and Andrew Hojnicki

    2012 Prefects: Samuel Aguirre-Kelly, Taylor Dub, Darby MacKay, Elizabeth Sutherland, Charlotte Carew-Miller and Cameron MacKay

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    Logan Adams 15, the recipient of the Teddy Award, with the previous winners of this award, Andrey Yuzvik 14, Cameron MacKay 12, Tristan Kishonis 13 and Ian Riley 13

    The Gunnery chapter of the Cum Laude Society: Matthew Daylor, Katherine Merritt, Anna Kjellson, Eileen Kelly-Aguirre, Sang Jun Baek 12, Steven Bailey, Ria Han 13, David Shaffer, Madeleine Boudreau 12, Mark Conklin, Taylor Dub 12, Jarrod Sisk, Brianna Goldstein 13, Ian Riley 13, Tristan Kishonis 13, Charlotte Carew-Miller 12, William Smith, Pamela Taylor, Susan Graham, Alisa Croft, Craig Badger, Fan Jiang 12, Jaren Taenaka 12, Caitlyn Cotton, Alison Frye, Russ Elgin, Selah Stebbins and Amy Paulekas

    Dean of Students Christopher Baudo, Dean of Faculty Eileen Kelly-Aguirre, Chairman of the Board Stephen Baird 68 and commencement speaker Ariel Baum 03 with Head of School Susan Graham as she was awarded an honorary Class of 2012 diploma.

    Seniors on the boys crew team: Joseph Stevens, Graham Pough, John Cullen, Christopher Olson, Andrew De Paulis and Cameron MacKay with their coach, Anna Kjellson (center)

    Athletic Director Jon Russillo presents the Athletic Cup Awards to Taylor Dub 12 and Benjamin Hjalmarsson 12. Taylor is also the recipient of the 2012 Gunnery Cup.

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    Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2)

    Hunter College of the CUNY

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    Parsons The New School for Design

    Pennsylvania State University

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Rollins College

    Salve Regina University

    Skidmore College

    Spelman College

    Springfield College

    St. Francis Xavier University

    St. Lawrence University (2)

    St. Thomas University

    Stonehill College

    Suffolk University

    SUNY College at Cortland

    Syracuse University (2)

    Texas Tech University

    The College of Wooster (2)

    The George Washington University (3)

    The University of Tampa

    Trinity College (2)

    Tulane University

    Union College (2)

    University of Aberdeen

    University of Connecticut (2)

    University of Denver

    University of Redlands

    University of Rhode Island

    University of San Francisco

    University of Vermont (2)

    Washington College (2)

    Wellesley College

    Wesleyan University

    Western Connecticut State University

    Westminster College

    Wheaton College MA

    Whittier College (2)

    Wilfrid Laurier University


  • ONcampus

    Teaching is my passion, Gunnery biology teacher Alison Frye declares. And so she spent her summer break teaching at the Duxbury Bay Marine School (DBMS) in Massachusetts. This past summer, she directed the ecology education department there, working with 714 year olds and instructing high-level ecology courses. The position is a natural outgrowth of her work as an educator last summer at the New England Aquarium in Boston, as well as a continuation of her four-year associa-tion with DBMS as a rowing coach.

    Alison grew up fishing, boating, and, as she says, knee-deep in tidal mud. At Bates College, Alison majored in biology: earth, environmental, and marine and competed in varsity rowing and swimming. She also studied marine science during a semester abroad in Queensland, Australia, which shaped her passion for conservation biology and inspired her subsequent research

    on education as a means of protecting Ugandas dwindling rainforests. Now, she is passing on her wealth of marine and conservation experience to lucky Gunnery students.

    Alison, who arrived at The Gunnery two years ago, is a true daughter of Frederick Gunn. She begins her assumption that her first and most important task is to get students to appreciate their natural surroundings; then, they will take enthusiastically to the next steps of observation and conservation. She accomplishes this with multiple encounters with natural phenomena in the classroom and on field trips. The experiment that most captures the campus imagination is the Biology I experiment, which involves incubating and hatching of chicks. Each spring, there are progress reports in the daily student notices of the impending births. And when the first shell gets its first pecking hole, almost everyone on campus finds a minute to stop by the

    to Tidal MudFrom Hatching Eggs

    viewing station on the second floor of the Science Building to welcome the emerging chicks. The Environmental Science classs yearly field trip to the Livingston Ripley duck migration research facility reinforces classroom lessons in the interdependence of fowl, waterways, and land use.

    Alison introduced Marine Science to the Gunnerys curriculum. An underclassmen elective, the course attracts both experienced and inexperienced water people, but, by the end of the first week, they are all hooked. Whereas, many of us remember the lab dissection of a frog, Alisons class dissects a shark. The objective is not only to see how the fish is constructed, but also to see how it is adapting to changing environments and pollution. Alisons thesis at Bates was on Using education as a means of conservation in the Ugandan rainforest. Were glad Alison has brought her passion to The Gunnery.

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  • Thomas A. Burger, III 13 from New Canaan, CT was appointed as Gunn Scholar for the 2012-2013 school year. He plans to study the career of General Benjamin D. Foulois, Class of 1893, who was the founder of the Army Air Force and learned to fly with the Wright Brothers. General Foulois stayed in close touch with The Gunnery throughout his long and illustrious career and left a considerable correspondence. In addition to the history project, Tommy has a particular interest in the subject since he is learning to fly with computer science teacher Elliot Fisher.

    During spring break, Andrew Hamilton 14, Stephen Macary 14, Won Jun Lee 13, Robert Hooper 14, Raeburn Hathaway 12 went on the trip of a lifetime to five cities in China with The Gunnerys Mandarin exchange teacher, Jian Wu. The students visited Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Anqing City, and Yellow Mountain. In addition to the usual tourist sites, they enjoyed a home-cooked meal, a home stay and a visit to the boarding school of one member of a high-level visiting delegation, which came to The Gunnery in the fall. Faculty and students bid a fond farewell to Mr. Wu, whose contract ended in June. They will welcome his replacement, Zhang Rui (Jerry) from Chongqing, China in August.

    The Gunnery was nominated for ten Halo awards in the Seven Angels Theaters annual recognition of the best in theatrical performances in high schools and independent schools around the region. Both of the school productions: Picasso at the Lapin Agile and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum garnered nominations for individual performances as well as lighting, props and management. The Forum was nominated in the category of Best Classic Musical (Pre-1965). Jack Douglas 12 won the award for Best Comic Performer in a Play (male) in his role as Gaston in Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

    The Gunnerys upper class girls dorm, Van Sinderen, joined with the Red Cross to sponsor a Blood Drive in the Emerson Performing Arts Center. Emily Seguin 12 of Fairfield, Vermont, head RA (resident advisor) for the dorm organized this ambitious community service effort. The Gunnerys students manned the registration tables, provided the refreshments, and, most importantly, recruited donors. Said Kate Merritt, Assistant Dean of Students, We had seven walk-ins and 37 donors in all; for a first effort, it was spectacularly successful We are very pleased with the program of dorm-sponsored community service.


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  • Meet the 2012-2013 PrefectsThe following are excerpts from prefect speeches given this past spring to the school community.

    HARRISowens Almost everything I have done in the past three years has

    most likely involved The Gunnery in some way, and, if I did

    not end up here, I would not be at all who I am today and

    that is why I am running for prefect, to contribute to making

    the school that has changed my life, an even better place for

    all of us, to help us all grow with the school. I am committed

    to improving The Gunnery in as many ways possible, and

    helping speak out for the student body is undoubtedly one

    of the best ways to do exactly that. I strive to help make this

    school the best place for us to shape our lives in the most

    positive way possible, to be unselfish, and bring together the

    community to the best of my ability.

    TRISTANkishonis What should be understood more than anything is that being

    a prefect has nothing to do with any of us as individuals.

    It is about being an ambassador and representative of The

    Gunnery and about giving of oneself for the betterment of

    this community. These people sitting here in front of you are

    above all things, selfless. They are asking for the opportunity

    to give of themselves for all of you, and that is something

    we can all truly admire. I, for one, am certainly honored to

    be counted among them. And I have no doubt that each

    and every single one of us will continue to work to help this

    community, prefect or not, and I certainly hope that can serve

    as a precedent for all of us.

    IANriley Head PrefectYoure walking, just walking. You dont really know where

    youre going yet, but thats okay. Im walking too; and I dont

    really know any more than you where were going. I can point

    you in what I think is the right direction, but ultimately, the

    path that you take is entirely your decision. The path that we

    take will be ours. Im not here to tell you the definition of a

    leader because there isnt just one definition; everyone has

    their own definition, everyone has their own idea of someone

  • who they would follow. My personal definition of a leader is

    someone who is guided by those which they guide. Someone

    who takes into account which path that you want to take;

    someone who listens, considers, and responds.

    WYATTclark The role of a prefect is not an easy one, in part because it is

    ever changing. Granted there are a few obvious things, like

    leading school meeting, having office hours, and planning

    social events. However, these barely scratch the surface; a

    prefect must be a leader, a role model. Someone whom you

    can approach for a casual conversation or look to for advice

    a prefect should not simply be one who speaks for the

    students. A prefect should encourage students to speak for

    themselves and act in their own best interests.

    ERINsullivanThe prefects are always designing activities and new rules that

    they believe, based on the feedback from their peers, would

    best help, fit, and entertain the entire community. The role

    of prefect is something that is impossible to define because

    from year to year our group of prefects is always so different.

    This variety comes from the ever-changing community

    they represent. New people joining the community, others

    graduating and moving on, faculty, success in athletics, and

    weather are a few of the many things that impact the way the

    school year goes. It is the job of the prefects not to make the

    school the way he or she thinks it should be, but to adapt

    with the attitude of the community, and work with them to

    effectively make changes to better the school.

    PAIGEsilengoWhether you consider yourself an active member of our

    community or not, I believe that there are many opinions

    floating around about what goes on and how our school is

    run. I collect them every day and think about them often.

    I think about the types of students who go to our school,

    the professionalism of our faculty. I analyze our rules and

    privileges and I try to adapt to them. I believe that we have to

    become more confident in the school we chose to attend while

    gaining more respect for our community. My goal is to change

    our opinions and perspectives on how amazing The Gunnery

    actually is to its core. I would strive towards the type of school

    that we are all proud to attend.

  • It has been a great spring, said Jon Russillo, Director of Athletics. All of our teams from varsity baseball to LAX to tennis have turned in solid seasons. Boys varsity baseball (13-4 overall, 9-2 in the league) made

    their way to the Western New England Prep Baseball League

    Championship. Boys LAX (9-6 overall, 9-4 in the league)

    got to the semi-finals in the playoffs against Canterbury. In

    addition, the golf team ended their season at 15-1. Aside

    from the wins and triumphs, the players and the coaches

    experienced the success brought about by camaraderie,

    sportsmanship, and strong leadership.

    One message echoed loud and clear from the fields. This

    year, like any other, strong upperclassmen set an example to

    the other players on what it means to be a good teammate.

    Our two captains, Anthony DElia 12 and PJ Higgins 12,

    represented what we try to accomplish, said Jeff Trundy, Head

    Baseball coach. They respected their team mates and earned

    Student-Athletes Turn in a Successful Spring Season

    Log on to www.gunnery.org on our athletic program, including the latest team scores and coverage of the end-of-year Athletic Banquet.

    their respect in the process. Ryan Biddiscombe 12 and

    Hugh Rinaldi 12 were also significant contributors to the

    program and have invested a lot of time and effort in the

    last few years.

    This sentiment was enforced by Shannon Baudo, head Girls

    LAX coach. We have a great group of five senior leaders on

    the team; two are four-year seniors. One of them, Charlotte

    Reilly 12, will go on to play at St. Lawrence University.

    Girls tennis team coach, Jim Graham said, Arguably our

    group has the most camaraderie and fun of any team that I can

    think of on campus. We have players from freshman to senior

    on our team. Everyone equally contributes.


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  • The student-athletes gave The Gunnery several exciting

    moments during the last few months. For boys varsity

    baseball, this was their third time competing at the Western

    New England Prep Baseball League Championship. We won

    the Championship in 2007 & 2009, said Jeff. The kids

    certainly enjoyed the moment at the Championship. They

    realized it was an accomplishment. They certainly earned the

    privilege to be there. Jeff and his fellow coaches treat every

    game with importance, knowing some games will be more

    of a challenge than others. Weve faced competition against

    Berkshire in previous years. We had two great games with

    them. Our win against Suffield in the semi-finals advanced

    us to the championships. Those games in particular were

    highlights to our season.

    Girls LAX also saw wins against two of their biggest rivals,

    Hopkins School and Millbrook. However Shannon said, Our

    loss against Berkshire was telling. We knew we could keep

    up with one of the New England power houses. Boys LAX

    played in their first-ever league tournament, the semifinals

    against Canterbury. They were third seed out of 14 teams that

    made it to the tournament. The guys have worked really hard

    all year, said Mark Conklin, Boys LAX coach. I was really

    happy for them.

    The court action was just as exciting as that on the fields.

    Girls tennis highlights included our wins over Canterbury

    and Millbrook, said Jim. Casey Cullen 14 won in three

    sets in the Millbrook game. Darby MacKay 12 was terrific in

    number one. Izzy Baggi and Amanda Payne came in third in

    the Suffield Tournament.

    While Darby was excelling on the courts, her brother,

    Cameron MacKay 12 was leading on the green. Cam along

    with the rest of the golf team, finished the season at 151.

    In an interview with the Housatonic Times, golf coach, Russ

    Elgin said, They were competitive and shooting low scores

    during our tryout period. I think the early spring also helped

    us. For the first couple of weeks, we were not dealing with

    cold and wet days for practice. I think the good start to the

    season became contagious and pushed them to be even better.

    The three returning players are playing better and the three

    newcomers have complemented them very well. Top players

    have been seniors Cameron MacKay 12, Hayden Smith 12

    and Jake Wood 12, and juniors Anton Fondelius 13, Julie

    Nopack 13 and Paloma Vega Gonzales-Ruiz 13. At The 27th

    annual Pippy O Connor Independent School Girls Golf

    Classic, Paloma came in with a score of 77 in a three-way tie

    for 2nd and Julie came next in 5th place with a score of 79.

    Izzy Bagi 13, Coach Jim Graham and Amanda Payne 14 after securing third place in the Number 1 doubles spot at Suffield Tournament.

    Boys LAX

    Girls LAX

  • Three key committees drive the Parents Council initiatives.

    The Admissions Committee Working with Shannon Baudo, Director of Admissions ([email protected]), parents help to facilitate outreach to prospective and incoming families,

    support regional receptions, and contribute to campus revisit days.

    The Advancement Committee Working with Chelsea Stuart, Associate Director of The Gunnery Fund and Parent Programs ([email protected]), parents help to raise nearly $300,000

    in parent support and participate in special capital initiatives that fund construction projects and

    endow financial aid, faculty support and other academic programs.

    The Student Life Committee Working with Kate Merritt, Dean of Residential Life ([email protected]), the Council enriches the out-of-class experience through dorm

    competitions (which usually involve providing food as a reward), barbeques, exam care packages

    and other fun events.

    Our experience as Gunnery parents has been wonderful. Our sons, Anthony 12 and Nick 13, have grown in ways that we never would have expected. They have become

    leaders in their community. Theyve become more responsible.

    They have a self confidence that they didnt have before. We

    can attribute this to our sons relationships with their teachers,

    coaches, advisors and the partnership we, as parents, have with

    everyone at the school.

    When a child is entrusted to The Gunnery, it is understood

    that the faculty will care for, nurture and educate the students

    in their charge. Open communication, frequent interaction

    and parent involvement ultimately strengthens the support

    system for all students.

    The Parents Council is a volunteer organization that facilitates

    this partnership and support by helping the administration,

    faculty, and students throughout the year. Three key

    committees drive the Parents Council initiatives.

    The Admissions Committee

    The Advancement Committee

    The Student Life Committee

    Every parent can play a role in the life of The Gunnery.

    All parents are already members of the Parents Council by

    being a current parent or guardian. Whether you live near

    or far, there are ways you can help. We encourage everyone

    to get involved.

    A Message from Mike & Sue DElia P 12 & 13 Presidents of The Gunnery Parents Council

    Sue DElia, President of the Gunnery Parents Council, with sons, Anthony 12 and Nick 13

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  • ALUMNIweekend2012

    Faculty Member Ed Small delivers a farewell speech to Head of School (and friend) Susan Graham.

    Susan Graham presents Trustee, Sarah Scheel Cook 82 with the 2012 Alumnus of the Year Award.

    L-R: Fiona Miodownik 82 and Susanne Morgan 82 catch up with Gunnery English teacher, Pam Taylor.

    Peter Houldin 92 addresses the crowd.

    Nine alumni were inducted into the schools Athletic and Arts and Letters Hall of Fame: Inductees above: Thomas Zavorskass 62 son and grandsons accept the citation in his honor. Others include: Carey A. Bodenheimer 87, Peter H. Smith 57, Richard L. Feigen 47, Norman Hines 57, Peter W. Lash 52, Jack B. McIntosh 92, Elizabeth Meyer Kelley 92, and Bruce K. Adams 67.

    The Alumni Association Meeting.

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  • The Alumni Row on Lake Waramaug

    Friends and classmates at the Blakeslee H. Botsford 82 Memorial Dedication

    The Class of 1987: (left to right) Tiffany Hillkurtz, Meredith Smith, Silvia Mayo Molina, Kate Howell, Todd Rubsamen, Linda Galletto, Page Waller, Pietro Belluschi, and Laura Sherwin

    The Class of 1962: (front row) Peter Thom, John Sartorius, Joe Juhas, Rod Brant, (middle row) Henry Soper, Holt Whiting, Bill Wrightson, John Harris, Battle Hamilton, Alan Iselin, (back row) Stoney Bird, Nick Veeder, Jon Linen, Jack Moore, Perry Pepper, Fred Long, and Phil Magnuson

    Matthew Cohen 92 at bat

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  • Trustee Emeritus Jonathan S. Linen 62 presents Susan Graham with a special farewell gift: Quotes and Reflections, a book filled with essays and reflections from trustees, administrators, faculty members, alumni, parents, and current students.

    Former Trustee, Harry T. Jones III 53 & P 89, and current Trustee, Kirsten Peckerman

    A Silent Art Auction for Alumni Weekend attendees included 34 works donated by Gunnery and Wykeham Rise alumni. Celebrating Susie Grahams commitment to the arts, the works included three oil sketches by famed American Impressionist John F. Follinsbee, Class of 1911, contempory works such as those of Tom Farmen 00, sculpture such as that of Norm Hines 57, and oil landscapes by Associate Director of Development Tom Hollinger. (Pictured above: Nick Molnar 72 makes a bid.)

    Director of Institutional Advancement, Laura D. Eldridge P 12 catches up with Rich Nolan 07 and Colin Thompson 07.

    The Class of 1977: Richard Flanagan, Frank Macary, Steven Cornell, Joel Varley, Martin Pitts, Scott Yale, David Miller and Steven Yale

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  • Log on to www.gunnery.org to view more photos from this special evening.

    Jonathan 72 and Lizzie Tisch hosted a very special gathering of trustees, former trustees, leaders of the school and friends who came together to celebrate the legacy of Susan G.

    Graham, The Gunnerys first female Head of

    School. The event was held on April 4, 2012 at

    the Loews Regency in New York City.

    Stephen W. Baird 68, current Chairman of the

    Board, served as Master of Ceremonies for the

    evening. Susie is one of the greatest educational

    leaders, said Steve. She has built a wonderful

    team and a community that fosters learning

    and growth. With the Board, she realized many

    dreams, conquered many challenges, and lifted

    the school into a terrific place for the future. She

    leaves an indelible legacy.

    S u s a n G . G r a h a m H o n o r e d

    Top: Edsel 68 and Cynthia Ford and Dick and Susan Saint James Ebersol P 08 join Susie for a photo-op.

    Above: Christine Stonbely P 99 along with Jonathan Linen 62, Stephen Baird 68, and Roy Walzer 65 unveil Susies portrait for the crowd.

  • Gerrit Vreeland, Erin and Patrick Dorton 86

    Trustees and Gunnery fathers, David Kaplan 81 & P 13 and Gene Pinover P 01

    Above: Susan Graham with the evenings hosts, Jon 72 and Lizzie Tisch.

    Above: Eileen Aguirre-Kelly P 12, Associate Head of School, with Roy Walzer, former Board Chair.

    Left: Susie with Senior Master, Russ Elgin

    Jeffrey Feil P 98 poses with the Grahams: Susie. Jim, and Sarah

    Above: Trustees Kirsten Peckerman and Christine Stonbely with Susie

    Left: Jonathan Linen, the Board Chair whom Susie first worked with, poses with his wife Lee and The Gunnerys tenth Head of School.

  • NEWtrustees

    The Gunnery is pleased to announce the appointments of Francis X. Macary 77 & P 03, 05, 07 & 15, James R. Gallop P 14, and Duncan Dick

    Ebersol P 08 to the schools Board of

    Trustees. These new trustees bring a diverse

    skill set in mass media communications,

    public relations and marketing, investment

    management and entrepreneurism.

    Frank Macary, CEO of HOB Industries in

    Wolcott, CT, can be classified as one of The

    Gunnerys most loyal alums. In addition to

    returning for school events and contributing

    generously towards the schools fundraising

    initiatives, he sent his four children to The

    Gunnery. As each child went through, he

    experienced The Gunnery all over again

    through their eyes. During this time, Frank

    met and spoke with many of the students

    and fellow parents. I can bring some

    unfiltered feedback.Ive been back to the

    school many times over the last eight years.

    I think its important to hear those messages as we shine

    this gem.

    Like Mr. Macary, Mr. Gallop is very familiar with the boarding

    school scene. He attended the Holderness School in Plymouth,

    NH and was looking for a school with similar attributes for

    his son. The Gunnery has an energetic faculty of high quality

    who are great role models for kids, said Mr. Gallop. They

    create an environment where students can prosper, take

    risks and learn lifelong lessons. At its core, it is a very

    nurturing community. Mr. Gallop has a background in law

    and investment management and is currently focused on

    venture capital investing and lower middle market private

    equity. He served for nine years as a Trustee of the Holderness

    School and continues to serve as a member of the schools

    Investment Committee.

    The Gunnery is a little piece of heaven in Gods country

    where, if you are lucky enough as a teenager, you can spend

    the best years of your life, said Mr. Ebersol, television

    executive and former chairman of NBC Sports. I bring a

    sense of curiosity to the Board. I really care deeply about what

    happens to young people at this stage in their lives and what

    they learn to become good citizens. I think it is a privilege to

    have an education in the United States, and I am glad to be a

    part of that here.

    Macary, Gallop, and Ebersols presence will be invaluable in

    defining the governance and future leadership of the Board,

    particularly at this exciting time. We are at the beginning of

    a whole new era with (new Head of School) Peter Becker, a

    terrific young man who has incredible curiosity and ideas,

    said Mr. Ebersol. It will be fun to be here during this

    transformational period.

    Francis Macary, James Gallop, and Dick Ebersol Join The Gunnery Board of Trustees

    New Trustees: James R. Gallop P 08, Duncan Dick Ebersol P 08, Francis X. Macary 77 & P 03, 05, 07 & 15

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    SUPPORT the gunnery

    Two of Gunnerys biggest supporters, Jonathan 72 and Steven 67 Tisch recently announced their commitment of up to $1 million for the building of a new girls dorm. This new residential space which replaces

    Butler Dorm will be named Graham House after recently

    retired Head of School, Susan G. Graham and will serve as a

    capstone and a tribute to her legacy of her twenty-one year

    career. Jon and Steve have made this project a priority and put

    forth the $1 million challenge to match all gifts over $25,000

    and up to $1 million.

    Graham House, which will be 20% larger than Butler

    Dorm, will hold eleven double rooms or a configuration of

    doubles and singles. Resembling the freshman boys dorm,

    Teddy House, it will be built in the historic Ehrick Rossiter

    architectural style. It will have an atrium for natural light and

    upgraded amenities such as bathrooms, special bathrooms for

    parents, a student lounge and faculty apartments.

    A vibrant residential life program is at the heart of our close-

    knit community. The Gunnery has traditionally presented a

    family atmosphere for boarding students. As Mr. Gunns first

    students lived with his family and learned social responsibility,

    current faculty act in loco parentis as dorm parents in small

    rather than large dorms. This traditional pattern allows

    adults to insist on the attitudes of respect, service, and

    kindness so important to community life.

    Once the funds are committed, the Board of Trustees

    can approve the construction and secure all permits and

    commence construction. Ideally, Butler Dorm would

    be taken off-line and student/faculty housing would be

    distributed to other dorms for the year that it would take to

    complete the building. To be part of this challenge, contact

    Director of Advancement, Laura Eldridge at 860-868-7334

    ext. 283.

    Steven E. Tisch 67

    Jonathan M. Tisch 72

    Graham House

    Jon and Steve Tisch Present $1 Million Challenge for New Girls Dorm

  • Lucio and Joan Noto P 97 Commit $1.2 Million to The Gunnery

    Joan and Lucio Noto P 97, long time Gunnery supporters, have announced their commitment of over one million dollars to the endowment, the athletic fields and the College Counseling Office. Their gift also includes a leadership

    level contribution to The Gunnery Fund.

    I love the school, said Joan. The Gunnery did a great job for

    my daughter, Ali 97. Giving this gift is a way of saying thank

    you for helping to make her the woman that she is. They gave

    her the attention she needed. She was on the honor roll for

    three years. She was tri-captain her senior year. She did very

    well academically, went on to Franklin and Marshall, and has

    become very independent and successful. This school takes a

    child and allows that child to grow in every way possible.

    In addition to her generous monetary contributions, Joan

    has served as a trustee since 1996, beginning when Ali was a

    student. She has assumed many leadership roles since then as

    the Vice Chair of the Board and one of three Co-Chairmen for

    the Campaign for The Gunnery. During her tenure, she

    has served on the Admissions, Marketing, Educational Policy,

    Advancement, and Buildings and Grounds Committees.

    From the moment I met Joan, I knew that she should be

    on The Gunnerys Board of Trustees, said Susan G. Graham

    H 12.She impressed me not only as an intelligent

    and articulate woman who had embraced her childrens

    educational experiences but also as a dedicated parent who

    understood the power of leadership through partnership. Im

    thrilled that Joan agreed and profoundly grateful for her many

    extraordinary contributions throughout my tenure as Head of

    School at The Gunnery.

    Joan, a graduate of the Convent of the Sacred Heart and

    Manhattanville College, was an elementary school teacher

    and recognizes the importance of educators. Without your

    faculty, you have no school, she said. Without a great faculty,

    the school will not fulfill its mission and help the students be

    the best they can be. We have a very dedicated faculty at The

    Gunnerythe majority stay for a long time. They are essential

    to the Gunnery experience. The kids come away with very

    good friendships with the faculty.

    Joan lived abroad for many years with Lu, the former Co-

    Chairman of ExxonMobile Corporation. The Notos and their

    five children, Renee, Wendy, Lawrence, Andree, and Ali lived

    in Italy, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

    Important Notice for Donor ConsiderationEconomic Growth & Tax Relief Act (EGTRA) or often referred to as the Bush Era Tax Cuts is set to expire on December 31, 2012


    The capital gains and dividend tax rate will increase on assets held

    longer than one year.

    The gift and estate tax credit amount, currently at $5.12 million,

    will go back to $1 million.

    NOTE: We hope the goal of all Gunnery contributors is the genuine philanthropic

    support the school. Whatever the motivation, it is important for us to inform,

    not advise, our community on issues and events which may impact its giving. It is

    important to consult with ones advisor prior to making a gift.

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  • My love and appreciation for teachers and their art has made a profound impact on my education. I never considered myself an academic. I remember, when I was ten years old, and our family moved to Washington

    from suburban New Jersey, I was in for a mild culture shock.

    I was too young to enroll at Wykeham Rise, but my parents

    were impressed by the private schools in the area. Four years

    later, and after my parents acquired a home on Roxbury Road,

    I enrolled as a day student at WR. It was the first year of the

    coordination effort between Gunnery and WR.

    One memorable experience was the course, Introduction to

    Anthropology and Sociology, taught by Mr. Hendrickson. I

    earned an A for the course, along with the comment: Mary

    has really caught fire! This was a great feat for me as I was

    truly dedicated to the arts, and any poking for me from the

    Gunn to continue sciences was paramount.

    So, the question is why keep The Gunnery in my will despite

    the fact that I hold two Ivy League degrees? The answer is

    very simple: The other schools that I graduated from have

    endowments in the billions. My life in Washington was worth

    more than that.

    Thank you, my sister, Carol, WR 72, Susie Graham and

    Gunnery friends along the way who shaped my recollection of

    my past into a better place than I could have ever imagined!

    Mary P. Cooney, WR 73, Columbia 85, Smith 88


    So, the question is why keep The Gunnery in my will

    despite the fact that I hold two Ivy League degrees?

    The answer is very simple...


    Gifts of appreciated securities may be desirable given the income tax deduction and avoidance of capital gains tax.

    Those donors who wish to contribute or fulfill any outstanding pledge commitments may wish to expedite their intentions by the end of the calendar year.

    Sources: Yahoo Finance, Bill Beschoff, Smart Money: What End of Bush Tax Cuts Means for You, May 16, 2012

    Sharpe Group Newsletter, Give and Take, May 2012, article: Next Few Months Offer Certainty Window

    http://hoganwilligblog.com/2012/04: Kevin Miller, April 6, 2012: What Are The Bush Era Tax Cuts That Everyone is Talking About?

    > John Doe has securities currently valued at $40,000 (held longer than one year) with a cost basis of $10,000

    > He will pay capital gains on $30,000

    > Assuming his current tax bracket is 33%, capital gains will be 15% on the $30,000 or $4,500

    > Reverting to the pre-2001 tax bracket, he will be in the 36% bracket, his capital gains will be 20% on the $30,000 or $6,000

    > Donating the security to The Gunnery, he would pay no capital gains and could take a tax deduction for the full $40,000


    Log on to www.gunnery.org to download The Gunnery Annual Report.

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  • The Gunnery News ShackNo matter what it was used for when you were here, The Gunnerys little brown shingle house with white trim next

    to the schoolhouse has always been a standout for its size. It was constructed as a fraternity house (Delta Beta)

    for the younger boys in the 1890s. It has been put to many uses in its long life [Ed. Note: most of the time spans

    are guesstimated]. It was the classroom for Elizabeth Kemptons storied art classes in the 1920s to the 1940s. In the

    1940s and 1950s, it was The Gunnery News home. In the 1960s1980s it was the Senior Shack where boys with

    parental permission could smoke; and, in 1986, it burned to the ground, was entirely rebuilt and, presumably, had its

    usage changed. In the 1990s, it was a classroom for foreign languages. In the early 2000s, it was briefly a Gunnery

    museum created by members of the class of 2003 with Willy Smith; and then it was renamed Elizabeth Kempton

    House in 2005 and dedicated to daytime study halls.

    Now it is being rewired, renewed and rededicated to become The Gunnerys Communication Center. The Gunnerys

    Director of Communications, Todd Santa Maria, took up residence in August. I wanted to move nearer to the center

    of campus; he said, Our department will be closer to the pulse of school life.

    The archives would love to know what the News Shack was used for during your student days. If you have stories

    to tell, send them to [email protected]


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  • 1952Phil Jesup is raising orchids in retirement.

    We were happy to see General Peter Lash and his wife Ginger here for his 60th reunion. General Lash was inducted into the Hall of Fame Alumni Weekend. A graduate of West Point, General Lash played varsity football and lacrosse his junior and senior years. His fondest memory is scoring the winning touchdown in the game against Navy. He remarked that he was fortunate to have worked his whole career with very smart people with excellent skills in leadership and, especially, thinking.

    Tim Tredwell turned out in force for his 60th reunion. He spends eight months a year in Bonita Springs, FL and four in Newtown, CT. He was recalling great times with Willets Underhill 31 mowing hay and racing tractors on Long Island, especially one time when he was called upon to haul Willets and his tractor out of a gopher hole.

    1953 60th Reunion

    1956Colin Colston wrote from Hertfordshire, England, In my Class of 56 the English teacher was Michael Postsee the dedication to him in the 1956 Yearbook. His widow, Polly Chatfield was here with his daughter a couple of weeks ago. It was a great time for memories.

    1957From his friend of many years, Donna Plummer, we heard at reunion that Cotton Damon retired as Business Manager from Hebron School, and worked for five more years as Business Manager at the Brookwood School in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. He has been pursuing his passion for barbershop harmony for many years, becoming the Contest Administrator for the Northeast District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He was delighted to find that fellow alum and Topsham neighbor, James Millinger 53 shared his passion. More recently, he has been singing in a chorus.

    Charlie Smith drove north to The Gunnery in late June to show the late Kim Harts 57 brother Val, Norwegian son, Niklas, and his wife and Kims grandchildren some of Kims old haunts, including Van Sinderen dorm, which in 1957 was the Infirmary.

    Between April 1st and June 15th, $100,000 was on the tableand it was up to Gunnery alumni, parents and friends to make new and increased gifts and secure the matching funds.

    Well, 165 donors rose to the Challenge bringing in $124,022! Congratulations and a HUGE thank you from all of us on campus including students, faculty, and staff who will benefit from the extra boost.


    Thank You!

    1958 55th Reunion

    1960The Class was represented by yours truly, George Krimsky, at this years alumni weekend, the last for Susie Graham after 21 years at the helm. It was a grand affair, capped by a dinner dance under a tent. The Class of 62 showed up in force for its 50th, but not as much as we did in 2010. On the personal front, Ive retired from the newspaper business after 45 years but am keeping busy with some freelance writing, while Paula and I enjoy our four grandkids and remain comfortably ensconced here in the woods of Washington, CT, with mutt Dixie. Can be reached at [email protected]

    Andy Littauer writes: I founded a small group of companies in Romania about 18 years ago, which is still running. I was in Bucharest with a brief from U.S. Treasury to work with the World Bank to advance banking privatization and help modernize the existing State banks to bring them closer to an enabling environment. That set in motion, I opted to remain, though with little thought that Id still be there so much later. I came to Treasury and thence Romania, following many years with a German bank, the last period as regional head in South Asia (including China), living and working out of Hong Kong. My bank opted to move to Singapore and I began a new career which brought me to Eastern Europe. I am spending far less time overseas and finding myself in a role as more interested shareholder who shows up for protracted periods but spends most time on a book I am writing. Can be reached at [email protected]

    1962A 50th reunion yearbook was given to members of the class of 1962. An update was offered by each of the classmates:

    After an illustrious career in the army (82nd Airborne Div. and the Army Space Institute at Fort Leavenworth, KS), Jeff Barker eventually became a defense contractor and the senior space instructor at the Army Command and General Staff College. Now completely retired, he counts as one of his many successes his part in the development of the first hand-held GPS system.

    Stoney Bird serves as chair of the coal-free Bellingham campaign in Washington state, reserving time also for music-making, for hiking in the Cascade Mountains, and for his personal life.

    After a lifetime of working in all aspects of real estate, Rod Brant is dividing his time between Concord, MA where he is working part-time for EPRE INC, Orrs Island, ME and Bradenton, FL.

    After working in broadcasting through the 70s, Craig Carragan tried his hand at computer software and, with a banking friend, eventually grew a commercial software business into a nationwide company. In 2011, he and his wife Clare bought a house in Naples, FL. He plans to divide his time between CT and FL, now that he is a FL resident.

    Harry and Jackie Craven have not let grass grow under their feet since retirement from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003. They are members of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination and serve in several ministries for their local congregation. They spent March of 2012

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  • in Ghana working as teachers assisting missionaries of a Christian organization known as Rafiki.

    Since 1981, Rick Gibbons and his wife Barbara have lived in Cooperstown, NY where he is a practicing artist in leatherwork as well as the owner of a retail leather store, Riverwood Gifts. Barbara is a professor at Stonybrook School of Nursing and their three daughters are married with seven grandchildren between them. Their son is on a traveling sabbatical in South America.

    A Senior Economist and Policy Advisor at USAID, Dominican Republic, Duty Greene has taken his Peace Corps experience in Chile in the 1960s and his Ph.D in Agricultural Economics from the University of Michigan to their most effective venues, stationed in Ecuador, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic for the last 25 years. In his regrets about not attending reunion, he mentioned retirement is not too far off.

    Starting out in the publishing business as a management trainee right out of college, Kit Hall researched and sold his way to Canada with Midas (Muffler) International. After Midas broke up, Kit, living in Vancouver, went with a small start-up manufacturer, then bought the company, built a manufacturing plant, sold it, and leased it back. Married to his wife Karin since 1963, Kit has two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren and divides his time between West Vancouver and Yuma, AZ, where he is general partner in a 400 acre development, Cielo Verde.

    Battle Hamilton retired from teaching three years ago, having taught at the Tatnall school in Delaware for 36 years, coached tennis for 28 years and soccer for 13 years. He loves to work in wood, describing himself as a woodpecker rather than a woodworker. Hes been married to Gale Cornelia Flynn for 37 years. Two of his children live nearby in Delaware and two live in South Carolina.

    John Harris brought a pair of his carved wooden Canadian Geese as a contribution to the Alumni Weekend Art Auction. After establishing a retirement career as a carver of birds in Rotonda, FL, he and his wife Gail have moved back north to Kittery, ME to be nearer his children and grandchildren. He continues to carve, do a few shows, fish from my kayak, and chase after an uncooperative golf ball on occasion.

    Janet and Buol Heslin have started an entirely different life since 2005 ranching in the shadow of the Tetons in WY. In addition to raising sheep, horses, and cattle and the work that entails, Buol enjoys Nordic skiing, horse packing/camping and playing classical guitar.

    Alan Iselin reported that he has served science as an illustrator and has, since college, supported himself with his drawing. He now draws with wire.

    From Joe Juhas 50th reunion bio, one can ascertain that hes never let any grass grow under his feet: starting as a bartender and childrens party entertainer at Harvard and continuing in progressive politics and civil rights, law school, finance, investment banking and alternative energy, law; living in Kentucky, DC, Manhattan, Hong Kong, and Litchfield. Now he is remarried to his second wife Terry Hopkins and alternating between DC and Litchfield, enjoying their two grandchildren.

    Having lived in his home state of Hawaii since 1973, Peter Larsen is enjoying the retired life with his wife Kathleen, four children and two grandchildren. He played soccer and rugby all over the world into his 50s and then took up paddling on a six-man outrigger canoe.

    Jon Linen retired as Vice Chairman in 2006 after 37 years with American Express and serves now as Advisor to the Chairman. He has and is currently serving on a number of boards and is an advisor to various organizations. He lives in Summit, NJ and

    Dorset, VT with his wife Leila and has three married children and ten grandchildren.

    Fred Long retired from the law in 2007 and is living in Denver, CO with his wife Martha. They have four sons and six grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, golf and gardening, volunteer locally, and attend Broncos and Rockies games.

    After a career in the Navy, Phil Magnuson retired from a 25-year career teaching middle school science. He recalls fondly his friendship with John and Constance Moore. He lives between Lakewood, NY and Boca Raton, FL, and is in frequent contact with his eight foster sons, saying, to be a grandfather (easier than parenting). He volunteers at the childrens science center, in Boca Raton, substitute teaches and is a pro shop guy at Chataqua Institute courses.

    Perry Pepper sent a message and a photo to Blair Smith in anticipation of their 50th reunion this past June: For some reason, Blair, I remember a car ride with you and some Hollins girls, going I dont know where, but one of them took a great shine to you. She is still one of our best friends, Lee Mansell, now Carvalho, and still just delightful. I include a picture taken at the Hollins graduation and you can see if you can guess which one she was.

    Pepper also reports his retirement last June from a 34 year tenure as the chief adminis-trator of a community hospital which has become one of the leading hospitals in its region. Since retirement he has signed up as a preceptor for medical students at Penn, and is doing some volunteer work at The College of Physicians in Philadelphia, and at a clinic for folks who dont qualify for medical assistance.

    Devoted grandfather of three, David Mathewson, reported that he had retired to Signal Mountain, TN after a career in teaching and administrating in schools and working in international marketing and manufacturing. He has been happily involved in portrait painting, writing, illustrating and publishing his first book, and restoring vintage British sports cars and is building a large model railroad for his grandson.

    Rick McBurnett retired as an American Airlines pilot in 2004 and now divides his time between Lake Tahoe and Victoria, British Columbia where he can pursue his active outdoor lifestyle with his life partner, Sally. Hes a back country and downhill skier, mountain biker, kayaker and fly fisherman.

    Jack Moore has lived the healthy life since 1973 in Reston, VA. He leads a monthly Nutrition and Health Series, rooted in the wisdom of traditional diets and is a raw dairy activist in the community of the Weston A. Price Foundation. He practices yoga, enjoys hiking, and grows his own veggies.

    It may seem far away but weve already started planning for Alumni Weekend. This

    year, we celebrate the classes ending in 3s and 8s. Want to help make this event a

    great success? Call or email David Hargadon, Assistant Director of The Gunnery Fund,

    for more information at 860-868-7334 x 201 or [email protected]

    Save the date Alumni Weekend

    June 7th-9th, 2013!

    We are seeking Reunion Volunteers!

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  • Serge Pepper reported that he became of Counsel to his final law firm and moved to his farm on the eastern shore of Maryland in 2007. Still married to wife, Marion, whom he met at The Gunnery in 1961, he is enjoying their six grandchildren and volunteering in local charitable efforts involving the environment, handicapped children and historic preservation.

    Sam Posey is an artist who designs cars, houses, a school and a firehouse, has prints at galleries and museums and has written several books. He is also an American motor racing car driver. He has been, since 1998 been a commentator on F1 races for Speedvision.

    John Sartorious and his wife Judy returned to NYC from NJ in 2001, and he retired from a 28 year career at US Trust in 2008. They spend weekends and summers in Westhampton Beach enjoying golf, sailing, and gardening. They also enjoy traveling and remember a special trip to London to indulge another passion, bridge, followed by a Danube River cruise. John has taken up building and sailing radio-controlled sailboats.

    Henry Soper is living in CA and a member of the full faculty of the Fielding Graduate University, the Director of the Neuropsychology Concentration there and the Director of the Developmental Neuropsychology Laboratory in Ventura. His research interests have included epilepsy, higher cortical functioning, autism, and ADHD.

    Gus Southworth reports that he continues to practice law full time with Carmody and Torrance as the head of litigation. He and his wife Susan are slowly moving north to our second home in New Hampshire, the proverbial house (camp) in the woods, where we will one day retire and where we spend almost every weekend.

    After 24 years as a cabinet maker and shop manager in commercial millwork, Charles Spencer got involved in community organizing for the environment in Oregon in 2003. In 2010, he moved to Tuscon, married his childhood sweetheart, Katharine, and got involved both in part time work and in volunteering to help the hard of hearing, an affliction from which he suffers. He is involved in Transcendental Meditation and continues to exercise, including a longtime passion for rowing.

    Peter Thom, originally from Detroit, sent tales of a long career in the automotive industry. He now collects and restores the antique cars of his youth. Peters leisure enthusiasms include hunting, fishing, and diving. He has been on several big game safaris in Africa and enjoyed taking his three boys, when they were old enough to run faster than me and climb trees if necessary.

    Sandy Van Sinderen reports finding the lady of his dreams in 2003 and married Jane on a cruise ship in Nova Scotia in 2004. He is still teaching at Montgomery Community College in North Carolina and loving it. His wife is retired and is mother to their two dogs Lady Abbie and Lord Ducky.

    Tom Ward settled in Greenwich early in his career and has been a practicing lawyer there for 40+ years. He has also been Chairman of the Town of Greenwich Board of Parks and Recreation for 12 years and teaches real estate law at Fairfield University. He has two sons, a step grandson and a granddaughter and has been married to Emma for 44 years.

    Joe Juhas reports that Tom Ware has always been a teacher and retired from Buckingham Brown and Nichols not long ago. He volunteered to teach in Ethiopia in 2001. Tom has three sons from a former marriage and lives currently with his wife Nancy in Charlestown, MA.

    Evan and Nancy Whalley relocated to Pinehurst, NC and a semi-retired life in 2010. Nancy consults for several hospital systems and Evan is a director of Legal Shield, providing legal service and identity theft prevention plans to small business and families. They play as much golf as they can at Pinehurst Resort.

    Holt Whiting told the 50th reunion yearbook preparers that he has been active in the independent school CFO community for most of his life. After leaving Durham Academy in NC, he helped start and run a national professional association for independent school financial officers, did some consulting and then retired. Having been on the ski patrol at Stratton Mountain for 36 years, he has started skiing again after two knee replacements and is also still golfing. Hes also active in the Rotary Club. His daughter, Liz, has a two year old daughter, who lives near her grandparents in Durham.

    Bill Wrightson is celebrating 50+ years with his wife, Trish. A devoted mathematics and lifelong data processing professional, Bill is currently living in Hilton Head where he has become a volunteer coach for the long distance runners on both the cross-country and track teams.

    Tom Zavorskas retired in 1987 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years from the US Air Force, where he was an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. From 19952007, he and his wife Lorraine traveled New England as dealers of collectibles and antiques. Widowed in 2010, Tom is recovering and values his two boys, Todd and Craig, and his six grandchildren.

    After joining the first Peace Corps group to go to Korea, Nicholas Veeder spent the rest

    of his career in engineering fieldsalmost entirely software engineeringworking at McDonnell Douglas, RCA, Accutest, Digital Equipment Corp, and Compaq. When Hewlett-Packard bought Compaq I took my bronze parachute and retired in 2002. He and his spouse, Chay, whom he met in the Peace Corps, have a daughter Christy, who is a marketing person for a civil engineering firm in Manhattan, and a son Nicholas, who is struggling to secure a job as an English teacher.

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    Sherman Hotchkiss has joined the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County. Sherm currently manages an oil and gas exploration company.

    Geoff Webster is expanding his house in Grasse, France and building a new studio. He is 67 and has three children: ages Jim 6, George 4, and Helene 2.

    1967Marc Greene is participating in the new Washington History Group organized by Willie Smith. He hoped to catch a glimpse of Kenyon Greene in the video of the Washington Fair (circa 1950) which was shone at the May meeting. He is a practicing solo attorney in Washington.

    1 A portrait of Helene Webster, 3, painted by proud papa Geoffrey Webster 63.

    2 Perry Pepper 62 was recalling a trip with Blair Smith and some Hollins girls and sent along this photo.



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    1968 45th Reunion

    1969Mark Riley has been an award-winning broadcaster, hosting and directing numerous radio programs. Currently, he is the host/presenter of WWRL 1600 AMs morning drive talk program. He is well known in the New York area as a TV political analyst and has appeared frequently on The Road to City Hall on New York 1 News.

    1973 40th Reunion

    On April 30th, Jeff Bruemmer and his brother Kevin (a Berkshire grad) came to cheer on their respective alma maters at the Annual McKee Cup game. The McKee cup is also named for two brothers (sons of Rusty McKee 72) Will McKee G 07 and Parker B 07. Jeff remains very inv