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The MacDufe School

magazine for alumni and friends

Alumni News Faculty Feature Facilities Improvements Student Spotlight Commencement 2013 Traditions Athletics Update

Volume 5 Issue 1 Fall 2013


Advisory Board
Wayne Brewer Managing Director Craig Brewer Director Dal Swain Director Steven Grifn Head of School Thomas Addicks Assistant Head of School Carole Bielizna Business Manager David Denno History and English Teacher Timothy Duff Headmaster, Pioneer Valley Christian School, Springeld MA Danielle Williams Class of 1994 Leslie Pitt Chehade Class of 1987 Gina Placek Past Parent Nina Metz Current Parent and Past Co-President of Parents Association

The MacDufe School

Magazine for alumni and friends Fall 2013
Steven Grifn, Head of School Diana Lyman 66, Dean of Boarding Life and Alumni Relations Valerie Fontaine, Administrative Assistant, Deans Ofces EDITOR Linda Keating 65, Editor former Director of Admissions PHOTOGRAPHY Gabriel Cooney Beth Reynolds Chi Huang 14 Linda Keating 65 PLEASE CONTACT US The MacDufe School Magazine Attn: Valerie Fontaine The MacDufe School 66 School Street Granby, MA 01033 413-255-0000 Or e-mail: The MacDufe School is a coeducational college preparatory school for grades 6 12. Contact Alex Seymour, Director of Day Admissions, at for more information.

The MacDufe School is a rigorous college preparatory school whose mission is to foster in all students the intellectual habits of mind, high ethical standards and respect for diversity required for becoming effective individuals in their personal and work lives and moral and responsible participants in the world beyond.

Greetings from the Head of School

Last years magazine focused on introducing alumni to the new MacDufe campus in Granby. There have been myriad changes to the physical plant this year, including new roofs, two new ramps for accessibility, a new chemistry lab, and renovated and enlarged spaces for art, music, dance and theatre. All told, we have spent $1.725 million on capital improvements to the property since we moved here in July, 2011. What are the results of these changes? You might say that the more things change, the more they stay the same. We have expanded opportunities for our students, and they still receive the same excellent educational experience, within a caring community, for which MacDufe is renowned. We have also instituted the Heads CIRCLE awards. We use the acronym CIRCLE to capture and communicate the values that we seek to instill in our students: Community, Integrity, Respect, Creativity, Leadership, and Excellence. The awards recognize Junior students who exemplify these values, and their names are engraved on plaques that hang outside my ofce. This year, when we climbed Mount Holyoke as a community and returned to MacDufe to engage in the tradition of Candlelight, our student leaders focused on the theme of Difference. We are a School that embraces diversity and respects differences. At the end of the ceremony, when we are standing in a single circle, each holding a lit candle, we form one indivisible unit, with tighter bonds because of our differences. I hope that you still feel as much a part of the MacDufe circle today as ever. It is my true hope that this Alumni Magazine will help in a small way to rekindle the ame of the great memories, friends and education you received at The MacDufe School. Sincerely,

Steven Grifn

The new school is beautiful. I was there in October and toured all over. If you are in the area, make a point of going there. It is a new home for MacDufe, but the values are the same as always. Carole Rund Robinson 58

Cover, L to R: Seniors Magdalene Taylor, Naomi Phelps, Kimberly Jones, Jessica Schwartz and Kitty Carbon.

Alumni News
2013 Alumni Awards
Kay Simpson 76, Vice President of the Springeld Museums, was the recipient of the 2013 MacDufe Distinguished Alumni Award. Kay holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M. Ed. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During more than 25 years with the Springeld Museums, Kay has served as Director of Museum Education and Institutional Advancement, supervised the Museums adult, school, and family programs, overseen the Development Ofce and spearheaded innovative exhibitions. We were proud to present Kay with the Distinguished Alumni Award and have her as guest speaker at an all school assembly last spring.

Marta Maleck 06 skyped in to a May assembly to speak to the MacDufe community and to receive the 2013 Young Alumni Award. Marta works for AmeriCorp in New Orleans helping to rebuild housing and infrastructure after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Starting out in prestigious NYC fashion houses after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Marta changed course to pursue a life of service. Her message to students is not to be afraid to change their path along the way. Doing well personally and in the community merits consideration as much as being successful professionally.

Torrey Joyner 07 Inspiring Assembly Speaker

Torrey Joyner 07 returned as the guest speaker for a Friday morning assembly last March. A star on the basketball court and a respected and well-liked citizen both in and out of the classroom at MacDufe, Torrey graduated from Emmanuel College and planned to pursue a Masters degree at Columbia University. A serious illness struck Torrey in 2012, and he was hospitalized for several months. Hes made great strides on his road to recovery, and we were honored to have him visit MacDufe and to share his experience with the community. Torrey rst asked three questions, urging us to look deep inside ourselves for answers. Who do you think you are? Who are you? Who do you want to be? He challenged and encouraged us to set personal goals. Torrey posed a fourth question. What are you doing to get there? He shared that he wants to be a school superintendent, and talked of the character and drive hell need to be successful. What is your handicap? he asked. Still in a wheelchair, Torrey asked what people thought his handicap is. To Torrey his wheelchair is not a barrier preventing him from what he wants to achieve, and therefore is not a handicap to meeting his goals. He asked students to look deep into themselves to discover what prevents them from meeting their goals. Torrey later followed up with advisee groups to reect on his ve questions as an important component in our Advising Programs Path to Excellence. Many thanks to Torrey and our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery as well as success in achieving his personal goals. Come back soon!

2012 Alumni Cheer on Mustangs

Among the fans cheering on the MacDufe Mustangs at an October Varsity Soccer match at Watkinson School this season were Vitor Campos 12 and Robin Chen 12. Vitor is from Brazil and is currently a sophomore at the University of Hartford, and Robin hails from China and is attending Trinity College nearby. Their former classmates enthusiastic support spurred the Mustangs on to a 10 0 victory over Watkinson and meant a great deal not only to the team, but also to coach, Meirion George. Go Mustangs! 4

Faculty Feature
Jan Hill
At the end 1 of last school year, Jan Hill retired after 27 years teaching English to untold numbers of MacDufe students, almost all of them now alumni, and certainly all of them enriched by the experience. Throughout her years at MacDufe as teacher, advisor, Middle School Head, and Academic Dean Jan has always been a leader in developing multicultural, multidisciplinary and innovative curriculum to prepare our students to participate as informed members of the world community. In recent years, with the growth of MacDufes international population, particularly from East Asian countries, Jan recognized that studying Asian literature would help both American and international students develop an appreciation and respect for each others cultures. So, she decided to study the literature and the cultures that produce it far more extensively 3 to learn how to integrate it into MacDufe curriculum. She asked questions, researched, attended both the Indiana University program on Teaching East Asia Literature in the High School and the Korean Academy for Educators in Los Angeles, participated in programs at the East Rock Institute afliated with Yale University, joined the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, and read a great deal of Asian literature. She brought all that she learned directly back to MacDufe to inform and enrich World Literature curriculum, to share with teachers of other classes, and to make courses more relevant to the international and American students in our classrooms. Quite an undertaking. Jan imagines that world literature is like a confectioners shop. What a great image, and how like Jan to nd the key that opens the door so 5 our students can enter and sample the sweets! And open their minds and hearts to new perspectives, to cultural understanding to the world. Im glad I caught that last train remarked a senior student on the last day of Jans Honors World Literature class. We are glad, too, that so many MacDufe students had the opportunity of having Jan Hill for their English teacher. We will all miss her and wish her well.

Jenn Blackburn
Starting in a new environment can be exciting and invigorating, says Jenn Blackburn about

2year teaching English at MacDufe, her her rst

rst private school experience, too. Shes taught at a number of public schools, most recently at Granby High School, and is originally from Long Island. Jenns father was also an English teacher, and she remembers that every evening he shared a story about his day teaching. It was clear to her that he was happy in his work. He loved books and discussing them. Shes glad she decided to become an English teacher, too, and loves discussing books and writing with her students just as her father did. After attending Skidmore College for two years Jenn transferred to SUNY Binghamton, but says she really missed the small school community at Skidmore. As a student, she says, its special to be able to talk with and get to know teachers. Having taught classes with up to thirty students in public schools, Jenn really enjoys the small size of her English classes here, and is already getting to know her students well. Jenn is also the Volunteer Coordinator and is overwhelmed by how much students want to get involved at MacDufe in community service organizations, clubs and other school activities. She also loves the technology available to students and faculty here. It is so easy to communicate with students via google e-mail! Jenn couldnt wait for Candlelight and Mountain Day, and now that shes participated in both, were sure shes had a proper MacDufe welcome 6 to our community.

Peter Shelburne
Peter Shelburne teaches Math at MacDufe, coaches our championship Math Team, is the parent of three MacDufe students, and is also a playwright! Recently, Peter wrote Red State of Marriage, which was performed last May in Northampton and Greeneld.

He spent most of the summer of 2012 writing and then editing the play in the fall, and said that as a mathematician he was interested in the structure of the play. It is written for just two actors playing multiple roles, with lightning-quick shifts of character, voice and costume. In the rst act, one actor plays a single character while the other actor plays all of the others, and then in the second act, the actors switch. Keeping his creative ideas owing, Peter penned another original play, Stealing the Packard, performed in the summer of 2013 in upstate New York. Stealing the Packard will also have a staged reading in Somerville, MA next summer.


Commencement 2013

MacDufe celebrated the achievements of its one hundred twenty third graduating class on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Though only the second year MacDufe has held the ceremony at Abbey Chapel on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, the site blends beautifully with our long-standing commencement tradition. In honoring the diverse group of fty four graduating seniors, Steve Grifn, Head of School, commented that the Class of 2013 is well and truly on the path to excellence. This is an accomplished group, with a diverse set of interests the fact that they share one thing rst and foremost a MacDufe education, is an honor for our institution. Some are returning home to complete their studies; some will travel the world. Some will study in select colleges across the country. Graduating classmates chose Nikai Fondon and Shangzhe Dai, Student Body Vice President and President, to speak, and fellow seniors Eva Snyder and Joseph Lupa shared vocal performances. The Faculty Speaker Joan OBrien, History Department Chair, and Guest Speaker Martin Miller, CEO and General Manager of New England Public Radio, addressed the audience of assembled students, families and guests as well. Congratulations to the class of 2013!

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Diversity Day Mountain Day and Candlelight

Mountain Day and Candlelight continue to be time-honored occasions to welcome new students, faculty and staff into the MacDufe fold, and as each new year begins in the fall, they are etched anew in our collective memory. Music, dance, origami, world languages, guest speakers and international culinary delights. Diversity Day not only celebrates our differences, but encourages us to share them with each other, so once again, our sense of belonging in the MacDufe community is reinforced each spring. A day without classes, fabulous. Sharing it together, priceless!

Athletics Update

Congratulations to the 2012/2013 MacDufe Boys Varsity Soccer and Basketball Teams!
The Mustangs created MacDufe soccer history by nishing the season as New England Class D Finalists, Western New England Class D Runners-up and winners of the Western New England Class D Excellence and Sportsmanship Award! This was the second year running that the team has made it through to the post season, and theyre off to a another strong start this fall. The MacDufe Basketball teams talent out classed their opponents in NEPSAC Class D and had the opportunity to play up to Class AA last year. This affords the Mustangs the chance to play more competitive Class AA teams and to attend some popular tournaments throughout New England as well. An exciting move up for the Mustangs! Best of luck to all of our Mustang teams in their 2013/2014 season! 7

New Science, Arts, and Athletic Facilities

MacDufe students, faculty and coaches are wasting no time this fall taking advantage of our brand new Chemistry Lab, Arts Wing (spacious Dance, Music and Art Studios), expanded Little Theater, and outdoor Tennis and Basketball courts. New and enhanced classroom, arts and athletic facilities are vital to support the enriched educational and extracurricular programs that MacDufe takes pride in providing to students.

Shop School Store!

Mens silk club neckties and womens large square silk scarves in maroon and white with the MacDufe logo are available through School Store for $50 each, both of very ne quality. Holiday 3" ornaments, maroon with our logo in white, are $10. Inventory also includes eece scarves, annel pajama pants, T and sweatshirts, pencils, lanyards, mugsthe list goes on! All feature the MacDufe logo proudly and most have a choice of maroon or white background. Great for children, grandchildren and alums! The Parents Association operates the store a volunteer activity, and sells at School events throughout the year. To purchase an item, or for information, e-mail Proceeds benet Parents Association fundraising.

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Students in the Spotlight

Madison (Maddie) Jung 14
Maddie is a six year senior from Stafford Springs, CT. Her sister, Mimi, is also at MacDufe in 8th grade. Maddie plays soccer, loves Ms. Tomkiels AP English class, wants to pursue nursing in college and hopes to spend at least a semester studying abroad. She has already been recruited to play soccer and been accepted by Converse College in North Carolina, but she still plans to apply to colleges closer to home. She was named Female Youth Soccer Referee of the year in 2012 by the Northeast District of the CT Junior Soccer Association and refs for soccer associations and tournaments in Eneld, Stafford Springs and Tolland, CT and in Burlington, VT. After 5 years as a day student, Maddie moved on campus to be a part of the boarding program for her senior year. Shes enjoying it so much she wishes shed done it sooner. Thanks to living on campus shes become closer friends with international boarding students and has encouraged other day students to make new friends and participate more in boarding life, too. Not only has Maddie enriched her own MacDufe experience, but she has also taken a leadership role in expanding the experience of her fellow MacDufe students.

Daniil Kim 14
Daniil, whose family is originally from Korea, came to MacDufe from his home in Moscow, Russia in tenth grade. As a senior hes taken on a leadership role as boarding prefect. He enjoys participating in Cross Country and Ultimate Frisbee, and is enjoying AP Physics, but says its a really hard class. While it was Daniils mothers decision for him to leave Russia to come to the United States for high school, he goes with the ow, so he kept an open mind about what to expect. It was easy for him to adapt to MacDufe, but he thinks that sometimes students arrive full of expectations that make it harder for them to adjust to a new environment. Daniil will visit NYU with his mother over Thanksgiving break, and hes thinking of exploring agriculture and IT security in college. A really good experience is Daniils description of MacDufes boarding program. He enjoys being part of it and feels well prepared for his next challenge exploring the college experience.

CIRCLE Awards were made to rising seniors at Academic Convocation in June for the very rst time last year. Students earn these awards by exemplifying MacDufes core values of Community, Integrity, Respect, Creativity and Excellence. The 2013 CIRCLE recipients are: Community, Marianne Magnier; Integrity, Jiaching Liu; Respect, Yuguang Lin; Creativity, Chi Huang and Excellence, Caleb Shelburne. Each year student award winners names will be added to commemorative plaques hung in the main hallway at MacDufe. Congratulations to our student 2013 CIRCLE winners!

Kitwanie (Kitty) Carbon 14

Kitty is the youngest of ve siblings, all living in the U.S., and she came to MacDufe last year from Dominica, a small island in the Caribbean. She knew her high school there would not provide the opportunities she needed to attend a competitive U.S. university. She expected MacDufe to be bigger and to nd it more difcult to make friends, especially starting in her junior year. She was pleasantly surprised, however, when on the rst day of school a large group of students were all in my room introducing themselves, asking questions and wanting to get to know me. She felt welcome at MacDufe from that rst moment on. Kitty has excelled academically and embraced the life of the MacDufe community participating in volleyball and crew, working on tech for dance concerts and plays, and volunteering for our Annual Run for Hope. Kitty led a workshop on Caribbean music for Diversity Day last year, using the skills she developed studying both classical and Caribbean ute music in Dominica, and this year shes thinking about a workshop in Caribbean cooking. She is looking forward to taking on more leadership roles this year, perhaps at the Run for Hope and managing the basketball team. Tulane, Stanford and Lafayette are schools Kitty is considering applying to, and she is thinking about a double major because she has such varied interests biochemistry, history, international relations, literature, traveling and volunteering among them. Most important to her is not being isolated, but connecting to the world and making it a better place.

Math Team Has Winning Season!

Honored at a banquet sponsored by MassMutual in May, MacDufes Math Team celebrated being the rst place team in the Western Massachusetts Mathematics League for 2012/2013. The team received a trophy and plaque with the names of previous winning schools, but Deereld Academy is the only other school to have achieved rst place since 2001. A real accomplishment for MacDufe! We had an experienced team with great kids, and everything went our way. We just had an amazing year, said Peter Shelburne, Math Team advisor. Congratulations to team members Ling (Kelly) He, Fan (Helen) Zhou, Xinyi (Dela) Lin, Jiachang (Harry) Liu, Kehan (Thomas) Chen and Bingyan (James) Ren and alternate Shangzhe (Jason) Dai. 00 9

Class Notes
Nancy Bowman Blomquist
Hi Classmates: The family has expanded from 3 children (I lost one son) to 5 grandchildren to 5 great grandchildren, and they are! Im doing okay as I live through the aging process as we all do. Im 85 now. I have some very fond memories of my 8 years at The MacDufe School for Girls yes, through the war years. I graduated from UMass Amherst in 1949. I married a senior co-student, Donald Blomquist in 1949, and my graduation gift to him was Christina Louise now 63 and a Nana! It is quite an adjustment when your kids become grandparents! My address is The Willows Health Center, 101 Barry Rd #204, Worcester, MA if you would like to reconnect.

Cynthia Crane Story
Still waiting for the Irving Picard/Madoff Claw-Back ax to fall, but mercifully they keep postponing the trial. I still kayak on the Bay, but no more getting tan and now wear an SPF suit. Husband, girls and grandsons all well. Facebook CynthiaCabaretCrane keeps me in touch with all so say hello!

three children, Shaun, Jessica and Danny, are all grown. Daughter Leanne, who went to MacD, just nished a masters in special education, works in Amherst schools and lives in Belchertown with husband Michael and daughters Bridgette (12) and Morgan (3). Daughter Debby lives in Amherst and works in sales at Hazen Paper in Holyoke. Jenny, Debs twin, lives in NH with husband Dave and children Savannah (16) and Shea (6). Were nishing up our Greenleaves project, independent living for seniors. I keep busy with volunteer work, and our home overows all the time with family and friends. I would love to hear from you. FYI The new school is beautiful. I was there in October and toured all over. If you are in the area, make a point of going there. It is a new home for MacDufe BUT the values are the same as always.

Barbara Lennon Fleming
I was so lucky to be a recipient of such a great education for three years at MacDufe. I treasure those years, maybe more as I grow older. Dave and I celebrated our 50th anniversary this past August and traveled to Maine for some time in Ogunquit at the Beachmere. Just loved it there! Ate out, relaxed, read some books, walked the Marginal Way many times and visited friends. Were both retired, Dave from banking and I from teaching. Enjoyed those productive years, but boy, its nice to retire, too! We were blessed with four boys, seven grandchildren, two great daughters-in-law. Were busy doing charity work, gardening, exercising daily and traveling to see children and grandchildren.

Priscilla Perkins Wilson
I am living in a cozy little house in VT my husband and I built as a vacation home. I have three children and eight grandchildren. Prior to VT, we lived in Knoxville, TN where George was head of the science department at Webb School, and I taught in the Oak Ridge schools. For several years I was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of TN. We were pleased to have a visit there from Joanne Albrecht 46 who was touring as the Mother Abbess with the Sound of Music. Genealogy and gardening are favorite pastimes. I nd George is probably a distant cousin of Ann Lansing 46.

Lonsdale Lonnie Torrey Snyder
In May of 2013 I graduated from Phillips Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity Degree (MDiv).

Carla Rueckert McCarty

Teaching, counseling, channeling and doing research for L/L Research on paranormal subjects, especially ET channeling. Living in Anchorage, KY with husband Jim McCarty and three cats who are much beloved. Most recent publications: Collected Poetry.

Carolyn Bjorn Stringham
Married Chuck Stringham on 9/28/11 in Ocean Park, Maine and currently living in Salem, Oregon, where Chuck is an ER doctor. Chuck took me to my senior prom at MacDufe, and we were engaged to be married in 1960. Fifty one years later, the wedding took place. Between us we have 2 daughters, 7 sons, 6 daughters/sons-in-law, and 12 grandchildren (counting steps) and another on the way... Life is a constant surprise!

Jennifer Mead Hatcher
I am living in Denver Colorado, a 3 minute walk from my youngest son Patrick, wife Pamela and 2 grandchildren, Wells, 8, and Barrett, 5. Two years ago I left Washington DC where my oldest son Christopher lives with wife Jennifer and daughters, Caroline and Courtney, both in their teens. I am very lucky to be able to work painting in my studio in downtown Denver. I work in oils within abstraction yet always with a suggestion of nature. Have a yellow Labrador who keeps me walking. Wish I lived closer to MacDufe.

Helen Cochran Dicke

Living in Hartland, VT with husband, Eric. Teaching yoga; traveling most recently to Europe where we did some hiking.

Ann Partlow
Living in New York, NY, in green stock ventures and consultant to others in the same area. Traveled recently to Eastern Europe to follow interest in native folk dancing.

Carole Rund Robinson
All is well in our family. In December Dave and I celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary. Where has the time gone? Our children all live within two hours of us. Son Jonathan and wife Wendy are in Vermont, busy with his historical archiving and her travel agency; her

Elizabeth Helsinger
Professor and writer living in Chicago with husband, Howard.


Mary Mallis Greendale
Still in Holliston and very active in the community, now producing two television shows on local access. Professionally I do some freelance writing and also grant writing for farmers and agricultural organizations in state. My grand-kids all live nearby except one who just started at UMass Amherst at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. I think he caught my passion for ag. The others are 14, 13, two are 12, and one 7. I see them often and enjoy having them as a big part of my life. I am happy, content and really just enjoying life. Hope all is well with my former classmates. Any word from Jane Thomee 62 or Nancy Dion 62?

Sandra Volanakis Hanson
I have retired and been living in Sun City Hilton Head, South Carolina for 5 years. My son Peter, his wife and my beautiful granddaughter, Alexa, now 22 months were just here visiting from Colorado. Life is good!

Andrea Pickett Brode Dr. Andrea Brode is now Director of Student Success and Career Development at Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida. www.

Nancy Nan Lewis
Since 1966 Ive lived from Cape Cod to Jacksonville Beach, Florida. My career began in marketing and PR in NYC, rst in home furnishings/interior design, then in the entertainment industry, where I enjoyed many years working with celebrities and touring Broadway shows. After leaving Manhattan, I started Nancy Lewis Public Relations, now Entertainment Works, was PR Director of Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide (RAW), an international non prot, and rejoined the corporate world in Florida. My heart adventures (3 heart attacks and 24 cardiac surgeries since 2008) prompted early retirement, but not giving up. I reopened Entertainment Works in 2012, and recently expanded to include an ofce in Belgium. Single since 1989, I have one daughter, Daughter of Nancy Nan Lewis Alexandra Lewis, 44 and happily married, now in her second career as a registered dietician. Lexy had a mild heart attack in 2007 (age 38) and left a stressful job to get a second bachelors degree and masters in Nutrition. She is lovely, and I am very proud of her (see photo). I would love to connect with my two best friends at MacDufe, Shari (Shelby) Horn Burnett 66 and Janice Randall 69. (904) 249-2523

Susan Aylward Brown

Recently, Simone Bergeron McCarthy 61 and I met at the Tivoli Day Pancake Breakfast; she recognized me rst! Simone was with husband, Terry, and we shared quite a few memories. She and her husband winter in Florida, summer on Marthas Vineyard where Simone grew up and have nine grandchildren. Last spring I studied for and passed the ServSafe Examination, required by our churchs certied kitchen for preparing and servng food to the public. The study skills that were nely honed in Howard Hall were called forth from the depths of memory! In winter the church hosts a weekly Community Supper open to all on Marthas Vineyard at no cost as part of our outreach ministry. Usually a homebody, Ive recently cruised with friends in Maine lobster was delicious, visited grandsons in Connecticut, went to a reunion in Baltimore, MD, heading to Ft. Lauderdale in November, and then plan to be back to the Florida Keys for my regular three months starting in January. Best to all.

Hannah Gutfarb Mazer
Mike and I are still in DC; Annie lives in Boston and Bob, in San Francisco. Heres a picture of my family: l-r Annie, Hannah, Mike and Bob.

Stephanie Murray OShaughnessy
I would love to be in contact with old classmates again. Im a full-time potter with 10 others at The Pottery in Galena, IL. Please go to our website http://www.twentydirtyhands. com for photos and information about our work and Art Shows. I also teach occasional pottery workshops at Adamah Clay Studios in Adamah, WI, have two daughters and am a grandmother of ve AWESOME grandchildren! Hannah Gutfarb Mazer 11

Ruth Sanderson
Ive illustrated over 80 books during my career as a childrens book illustrator and have an upcoming solo exhibition of fairy tale paintings from The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Cinderella, and others at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA from Nov. 23, 2013 - Feb. 23, 2014 (opening on Dec. 7th, 4-6pm). My newest book is Golden Dreams, the Art of Ruth Sanderson. Visit my website for more information.

Nohra Haime Gallery in NYC and the NH Gallery in Cartagena, Colombia, as well as at the Lucky Street Gallery in Key West, Florida. Ill be teaching at the Art Students League, NYC next summer and giving a lecture about my travels with nomadic tribes for the Key West Library next February 24th. My next exhibition, The Maiden Voyages Project is at the Center For Book Arts in NYC October 4 December 13. Visit my website at valeriehird. com for more information.

Graham (age 2), who will be joined by another in March. I love being Granny! Son Nick lives in Rochester, MI, and is a web/video game designer working in the automotive industry and involved with volunteers reclaiming abandoned Detroit parks for inner city families and kids. Daughter Lydia (in the Coast Guard, stationed in St. Petersburg, FL) is married to Austin Clary (also in Coast Guard, stationed in Seattle, WA). I look forward to seeing what my classmates are up to! Dont get back to Western MA very often, and miss seeing old friends. Photo: (L to R) Nick, me, Ezra, Chris, Sara & Lawrie

Midge Kruger Kra
I never write these blurbs, but nearly forty years later its probably time to catch up. I graduated from Penn in 77, got married two weeks later and had three children in ve years. They are all grown and live in Israel. Abby, 35, is married with four children; Yoni, 32 is married with two sons; Daniel, 30, is a swinging single. David hopes to retire next year, and were planning a move to Jerusalem where weve already found an apartment. With three children and 6 grandchildren there, where else would we go? Id love to talk to old friends. Im on Facebook as Midge Kruger Kra.

Leslie Bozigian Curtin
Im the Director of Nursing Services at Southpointe Rehabilitation and Care Center in Fall River MA, and love keeping in touch with classmates on Facebook.

Tabi Freedman
I live in NYC and VT, and recently formed my own IT Consulting rm after spending 13 years on Wall Street. Still have Weimaraners, currently Remy (Remington Steele) who has done a few photo shoots and likes to open the refrigerator by himself. Im still skiing, and teaching skiing in Southern Vermont, but have crossed over to Telemark Skiing, and have just become a member of the United States Telemark Ski Team, Eastern Region.

Joan Barnes Flynn
My creative writing workshop Dune Hollow Writers is having an E-book published in October by the Provincetown Public Press, titled Shadow & Light: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose by the Women of Dune Hollow Writers. It will be available on Amazon, iBook and KoBo. We are very excited and hope everybody will check it out!

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Clara Hayden Pinkham
Still living in Rochester, MI with husband, Lawrie (Belmont Hill School, class of 79). Working for a local veterinarian, and at a weaving/knitting store (retail and teaching). Kids are great! Oldest daughter Sara, married to Chris Jones, living in Grand Prairie, TX with the most perfect grandchild ever, Ezra

Susanna Betzel
Just had my sixth historical novel published, The Executioners Heir: A Novel of Eighteenth-Century France which is the true story of a pair of tragic, converging lives in prerevolutionary France. com/dp/B00EXPZQBG

Valerie Hird
Ive been an adjunct professor of art at Saint Michaels College in Colchester, VT for 13 years. As a ne artist Im represented by the

Laura Bray Parent
I enjoy living in central New York near my mother. Im employed at Upstate Cerebral and use my college degree dealing with autistic and handicapped children. I also work in daycare teaching preschool children in preparation for Kindergarten. I miss my father from time to time as do my brothers and sister.

Tracie Gardner
I graduated from Mount Holyoke as an English Major where I took a class from James Baldwin, was directed in a play by Suzan Lori Parks, and Maya Angelou was my commencement speaker! I lost a childhood friend to HIV/AIDS in 1985 which became the Clara Hayden Pinkham 12 catalyst for more than 20 years work as an

Heroine of 2012. The award was presented at the State House in Boston on May 16, 2012. Unsung Heroines are women who dont make the news, but they make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. My nomination was for my work in Massachusetts with the American Cancer Society where I serve as the State Vice President for Development. I also want to say that it has been wonderful connecting with old MacDufe friends on Facebook, and I look forward to coming out to see the new campus soon.

Tracie Gardner advocate on health access and social justice issues. Work at a great public interest law and advocacy organization for which I happily dont need a law degree! Got married, got divorced. Had 2 fantastic boys, Caleb and Elijah now age 17 and 12. I am in touch with MANY MacDufe alums: it is the best thing about Facebook. Picture is my original crew at MacDufe: me, Lisa Casey Joyner, Dawn Marshall Williams, Donna Grandison and Debbie Duncan all 83 alums.

Amy Royal
I was recently featured as the cover story in Lioness Magazine, a national magazine for female entrepreneurs. Still heading up Royal LLP, a boutique, management-side labor and employment law rm in Northampton, MA, representing businesses throughout the Northeast.,

Tracy Rau
Graduated from UMASS Boston in 1994 and Suffolk University Law School in 1999 and married Christopher DErrico the same year. We moved to Las Vegas in 2000 and have lived here ever since, but reckon Ill always think of Boston as home. I was a partner at a large litigation rm for almost 10 years, and in May of 2012, with a dear friend, I opened my own rm, Karris Rau, LLPC, which involves all aspects of litigation with a focus on domestic relations law. I appreciate the freedom that comes with my own practice but am still working on perfecting the administrative tasks. Still married, no kids. I stay in touch with some of my MacD friends on facebook and had the pleasure of visiting with Sarah Wilkins Bagley 87 and Liz Goodnow 87 during an east coast trip in June, and with Leslie Chehade Pitt 87 in September.

Kerrie McKinstry-Jett
Im currently teaching at Westeld State University & Manchester Community College and tutoring. My wonderful guy, Christopher Jett, and I got married at the Log Cabin in Holyoke August 4, 2013. The day was beautiful, and everyone had a great time. Elena (Hovagimian) Shannon 95 was one of my bridesmaids. Chris and I are living in our condo in Agawam with our cat, Merrill, and we could not be happier. Well, OK, Id be happier if these stacks of labs would grade themselves.

Ann Jim
In June I became a Certied Government Accountant (CGA) for Merrimac, MA. where Ive been the towns accountant and IT coordinator since 2007. In September I spent two weeks traveling in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Last spring my son, Thomas Wing Ho Mitchell, graduated from St. Johns Preparatory in Danvers, MA, and he started at Georgetown University in September.

Judy McComb
2012 was a tremendous year of growth for me I lost a job I loved when the company closed, I started over in a new industry, lost my brother, my relationship of 15 years disintegrated, and my wonderful greyhound died from cancer. I really didnt think I could go on, but I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and found more inner strength than I knew I had. Reconnecting with old friends from MacDufe on Facebook has been a wonderful blessing, and there are many little things to celebrate every day.

Caris Katie Thornton Drury

After years of commuting back and forth, we have decided to move to Bermuda on a full time basis. My son Will started college at Mitchell College in New London, CT, and my daughter started year 11 at Bermuda High School for Girls. Its been an adjustment, but were settling in. Would love to host an alumnae gathering or help recruit new students! 45 Lollys Well Rd Smith FL06 Bermuda 441.533.7390

Kelli Barry
I wanted to share that I was selected as a Commission in the Status of Women, Unsung Kerrie McKinstry-Jett 13

Amity Murray Spiegel

Currently living in Fort Greene Brooklyn with husband Mike (just celebrating our eighth anniversary) and son Cole (3) who keeps me busy and active! I work as an esthetician at Soho Sanctuary which I love, as well as doing some mom blogging at New York Latest blog took me to New York Fashion Week! I would love to hear from anyone from class of 1995 and hope we can see each other soon!

University) and Ho Wing (Maggie) Wang 07 (back to work in Hong Kong), Sai Ka (Kathy) Lam 05 and Sze Hau (Shelly) Tso 05 (currently working in Hong Kong).

Amanda Keating
6 years (what?!) out of MacDufe, and Im currently living in New York City with two close friends and a cat named Maggie. Ive been focusing on my playwriting career and have produced a couple of my plays in Manhattan (Roast in photo) and Brooklyn. I also work for an arts non-prot, Fractured Atlas, helping artists with the logistical burdens of producing their work. The major dening feature of my new-found urban pseudo-adulthood? How much time (and money) I spend on nding Amanda Keating Orlando on vacation. Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.

Tasha Thompson Hillery
Im currently living in West Chester, PA with my husband Tony, son TJ (5) and daughter Samantha (2).

Tadd Lyman
Tadd is a Captain in the 82nd Airborne stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. He will begin his second deployment to Afghanistan in December, and on November 2nd Tadd celebrated his marriage to his wife Lauren in a ceremony in the Cadet Chapel at West Point.

Nina Lassonnier
Some great news! I will be graduating from college in May 2014 and already have a job lined up to work as an engineer at Cummins Inc. in Columbus, Indiana.

(and probably not cooking) food. Cheers! Hope my fellow alums are all well.

Benjamin Rosen
Im currently living in Los Angeles, and after working successfully for a talent management company here, Im leaving to shoot an original short lm and web series pilot. With four close friends Ive also just started a sketch comedy group called Love Ronny releasing new online material weekly.

Brian Magnier
Im a junior at Cornell, studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and doing lab work for a post doc researching thermoregulatory adaptations of Red Squirrels. I hope to do some of my own research soon, and to go to Alaska for six weeks this summer. Last summer I was an intern working at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, AZ. In my spare time, two friends, also there from Cornell, and I took video of all kinds of wildlife for a possible nature documentary were putting together this year. After AZ, I took a course on Marine Invertebrates at Shoals Marine Laboratory in Maine, an island run by Cornell and UNH.

Heather Wilson
Hello everyone! I cant believe its been over ve years since I graduated from MacDufe. Now I have a degree in Hospitality Management: Theme Park Management from the University of Central Florida and am living in Orlando, working as a Team Leader at Universal Orlando. On a trip to California in May with my family, my anc Michael proposed to me in Disneyland! Were planning a January 2015 wedding at Walt Disney World. From time to time I see alumni who travel to

Che (Frank) Kuo

Che (Frank) Kuo
My hobby in oil painting still remains, as I paint to relax every summer in Taiwan. Here is a piece I did this summer; hope you like it. I still talk to some Ames Hill friends, Jung-Il (Jack) Lee 07 (formerly of Castle House and currently attending NYU), Yuen Ling (Elaine) Ng 06 (currently working for Goldman Sachs in Utah), Ho Yip (Sunny) Wang 08 (Senior year in Penn State 14 Heather Wilson

In Memoriam: Dr. Harold F. Sheets

Two years ago, after my mothers funeral, I found out that Dr. Sheets had passed away around Halloween, 2010. I found out because I nally decided to search him out via the Internet, with a desire to contact him and nally let him know what an important teacher and mentor he had been to me during my years at MacDufe in the mid-1980s. Unfortunately I was too late. For me, he was a non-traditional teacher of Spanish and U.S. History, who encouraged students go out on extensive limbs in the tree canopy of ideas that exists in any discipline, and yeshe taught rigorous courses. There are times when I am reminded of certain ah-ha moments I had in his classes at MacDufe. Perhaps the strongest of these occurred when the issues of slavery and civil rights came up in U.S. History. Among other things, he had gone south during college in the 1960s and participated in peaceful aspects of the civil rights movement. But what had the most impact on me was that he presented some basic ideas of cross-cultural misunderstanding and miscommunication, including what is now understood to be psychological phenomena like bullying, oppression and post-traumatic stress disorder, which played roles in the centuries of this difcult theme in our history. This hit me like a ton of bricks. It made so much sense to me then (and now), but I am continually surprised by how this is not realized or understood by some folks, even today. Beyond the sphere of teaching, I felt a trusting, supportive bondand friendshipwith Dr. Sheets. When hearing of his passing, I also found an article in The New York Times that was written for him by a high school student of his before he came to MacDufe, Dr. Mark Dow. His words were so deep that I practically lost my balance; and it was clear that Dr. Sheets had been a mentor to him, as well. I could not believe how similar were some of the memories we both had of Dr. Sheets as an inspiring high school teacher, but in different places. For example, Sheets loved to imitate in the air the gesture he imagined an abstract expressionist painter was making on a canvas. He would enact it to inhabit it, an actors grimace on his face as he stilled himself for precision of the brushstroke, hand raised, standing on his tip-toes. (You can see the rest at: http:// I was very saddened to hear of his passing, and I hope that he is at peace. Maria Aliberti Lubertazzi, Ph.D. 88 To see the complete text of this Memoriam to Dr. Sheets, please visit the MacDufe Alumni Facebook page.

In Memoriam..
We fondly recall members of our community who have passed on. Pamela Pinckney DeFore McArthur 55
of Spartansburg, South Carolina on July 31, 2013

Ann Colton Nussbaum 59

of Essex, Connecticut on December 20, 2012

Patricia OKoon Ernenwein 61

of Newburgh, New York on August 12, 2013

Alison Brunell 62
of Brooklyn, New York on July 24, 2013

Gay Walsh Matteson 63

of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts on June 5, 2013

Skyler Anderson-Coughlin 15
of Springeld, MA on November 10, 2013 15

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Please join us for student performances, athletics and other special events!
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Winter Music & Dance Concert

Friday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Spring Musical Play

TBA Friday & Saturday, February 28 & March 1 Performances at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2 Admissions & Alumni Reception at 2:00 p.m. Matinee Performance at 3:00 p.m. Contact us to reserve complimentary matinee tickets. Saturday, April 26 MacDufes

Admissions Open Houses

Come for a tour of the Granby Campus. Meet current students and faculty. Sundays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. January 12, February 9, March 30.

Speaker Series
Pig Latin, Ubbi-Dubbi, & the Cats Elbow: Secret Languages as a Window on the Human Mind John McCarthy, Professor, UMass Amherst Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. On Studying Film Robin Blaetz, Professor, Mount Holyoke College Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. The Future of Healthcare & the Evolving Roles of Nurse Practitioners & Physicians Assistants Robert Russell, Tufts University School of Medicine Tuesday, January 21, 7:00 p.m.

3rd Annual 5K Run International Student Festival Alumni Reunion and Spring Music Concert
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Save the date!

Reunion 2014

Saturday, April 26

Watch for details coming soon on our website, Facebook page and in the mail. Nominations are open for 2014 Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni Awards. Please contact Valerie Fontaine ( or Dina Lyman (dlyman@ with names of alums you would like to nominate.

We look forward to seeing you at Reunion 2014!

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Excellence in Education Since 1890 Head of School
MacDuffie Annual Fund - A message from the Head of School Dear Alumni and Alumni parents, This is the first time that MacDuffie has solicited donations during my three-year tenure. Why did we wait?

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I believe that alumni and parents alike wanted to see if MacDuffie was going to carry on the same traditions, and hold true to the mission, in the new location and situation. We have established for all to see that we have and will continue to do just that. I feel confident that MacDuffie deserves your gift. I hope you do, too. MacDuffie is designated as a for-profit school, so your donation will not qualify for a tax benefit. However, all of the other reasons for giving to your or your childs alma mater remain: pride in the school and in the education you received, a desire for the school to advance beyond its current standing, recognition of individuals who made a difference in your life, and as an opportunity to pay it forward to help make a MacDuffie education possible for a young person. In the past two years, we have increased MacDuffie enrollment by 35%. In addition, over $1.725 million in capital improvements have been made on the new MacDuffie campus, including expanded facilities in Art, Music, Dance, and Drama, Tennis and Basketball courts, and a new Chemistry lab, as well as many infrastructure improvements. Your donations will allow for us to continue to build on these positive changes. Our greatest need is for funding for our new auditorium and Arts building. While we remain committed to this project, other infrastructure needs in the area of water and sewer have taken priority. Your directed donations will assist us in building up a fund to accelerate the auditorium project. We are in the design phase for the complex, and expect to have rendered drawings available by December. Alternatively, you can specify other areas where you would like to see your funds used. In every case, I will follow up with you personally to let you know how we used the funds. I urge you to establish a yearly tradition of giving to MacDuffie. Sincerely, Steven Griffin Head of School

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