VOLUME 40.2 | WINTER 2018
Lane Wroth, who noticed that in recent issues these class notes usually begin in the 1950s, set down this reflection: “Wondering if anyone thinks about the Kenyon of the ‘War Years.’ Too many of us are no longer alive. We had terms — approximately 12 weeks — not semesters, and during one period the entire student body (about 100 of us) lived in the original Old Kenyon. Then in summer 1946 veterans started returning, and Gambier was filled with ‘temporary housing.’ Overnight Kenyon had several hundred students. To any of my old classmates who see this, hello and remember the good times.”
Charles L. “Chuck” Barr Jr. "miraculously survived six operations and two strokes,” his wife, Margo, writes. “He uses a walker but works out on machines and visits with workout center friends four to five days a week. Chuck has dementia, and his memory is not good. Always remembers Kenyon, though. He would love to hear from any and all Kenyon friends — he still loves Kenyon as much as ever."
“Above ground and still laughing my way through life despite all adversity.”
— Philip J. Wall, Bay Village, Ohio
Don R. Clark, Roswell, New Mexico, is still working as a physician, swimming three times a week and in State Senior Olympics, and “enjoys reading about Lakewood, Ohio, alumni.”
Philippe A. Plouvier, Germigny, France, and his wife divide their time between homes in Burgundy and Paris — “no more wintering in Andalusia,” he notes.
Allen K. Gibbs, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his wife traveled up the Portuguese coast, crossed the Pilgrims’ Trail of Santiago de Compostela and visited Bilbao, Guernica and the Basque lands before completing the tour in Barcelona.
“Very busy supplying my company’s solar-driven water-purification systems to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In some cases we’re bringing the only clean water and electricity to sections of the islands. Also active with solar construction in Morocco, Namibia and Burkina Faso.”
— Quentin T. Kelly, New Jersey
Robert Mezey, Bowie, Maryland, has been dealing with surgeries and “old age in general, not getting much done,” he informs. “But I’m still hoping that before long I can get back to putting together a volume of new and selected poems (for which a publisher is already waiting) and finishing an essay about John Crowe Ransom.”
Caryl Warner Jr. and his wife took a 33-day driving tour through 18 U.S. states from their home in Savannah, Georgia, through Yellowstone, the Mount Rushmore and Badlands area, back through Pennsylvania and Virginia — before arriving home and immediately facing a mandatory evacuation from Hurricane Irma. Naturally, they hit the road again, away from the coast (and happily returned home safely).
Roger Alling Jr. and his wife spend five months in Venice, Florida, when not at home in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. His great-niece, Samantha F. Grunder ’19, is a junior and a starter on the field hockey team.
Charles M. “Charlie” Polk II, St. Louis, is in Sarasota, Florida, for the winter and welcomes hearing from “anyone from the Class of ’56 plus or minus a few years.” R. Michael “Mike” Sly, Germantown, Maryland, and his wife celebrated their 60th anniversary in June.
Harlow L. Walker lives in Gambier and writes that he enjoys “our old family home (built 1910), now neighbor to Philander Chase and Kenyon lands.” The entire 283-acre farm was purchased from Kenyon in 1834, its last parcel now sold back in 2016 except for 5 acres, the house and barn. He has three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Samuel G. Wiltchik moved to Nipomo, California, and is semi-retired as medical director of Riverside Physicians Network. One daughter (Kerri S. Wiltchik ’87) is a practicing gynecologist in the area, while another is a resident in internal medicine.
William B. Cowles, Lilburn, Georgia, was made an honorary lifetime member of the Georgia section of the PGA and had a scholarship for junior golfers established in his name. Bill still works as a golf rules official and plays over 100 rounds a year.
Sheldon M. Fisher, Denver, hiked England coast to coast from the Irish Sea to the North Sea in weather “the worst our guide has seen in his 23 years of leading this hike,” he writes. “Also, I was the oldest he has had hiking, but perseverance won out.”
Dale A. Neuman shares news of the death of his wife of 56 years in July. After 51 years in Kansas City, Missouri, Dale now resides in an independent-living community in Blue Hill, Maine, close to his daughter. “Life here keeps me on the go with many activities and a scenic coastal area of views and vistas for my camera,” he concludes.
When Donald Bomann Jr., Farmington, Connecticut, heard that the local food bank was running low, he “devised a plan to see if my 17 neighbors could help,” he writes. “I put a note in each mailbox with suggestions on what’s needed, borrowed my neighbor’s pickup truck for two Saturday mornings, and they filled it.” Don collected 1,380 pounds of food and $420 cash — and promptly set off again for another complex of 28 homes in October.
The Rev. Canon Jeremy W. Bond remains active, playing trombone in the county band, singing in the church choir, taking writing classes and riding his bicycle. He and his wife of 55 years enjoy coastal life in Grover Beach, California.
Thomas H. King Sr., Ballston Spa, New York, and his wife travel to shows and cruise-ins with their 1955 Oldsmobile Super 88. They have 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Peter C. Muncie has left Columbia, Maryland, after close to half a century, for Portland, Maine — “a solidly blue (not a reference to the cold weather)” state, he informs. “Looking forward to the challenge!”
Thomas R. Nordstrom and his wife report that, after 24 years on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, they successfully dodged two hurricanes in the past two years.
Arnold Ostrow, Huntington Beach, California, loves his “lifestyle but not the politics of California. Spending a lot of time on my boat — a tough life!”
Brig. Gen. Roger C. Smith, Moneta, Virginia, concluded a season of antique boat shows and stayed busy through the fall with art shows and travel around the East Coast. He was the featured speaker at a Veterans Day event in North Carolina, “reflecting on my 29-year Air Force career and offering an assessment of the present world situation — yikes!” he reports. “And my uniform still fits.”
“All’s well in Memphis. Got to see my old suite-mate Richard Dickey, who stopped by for dinner during a cross-country trip with his wife. We spent a couple hours reminiscing about our student days and catching up on the latest. Good fun.”
— Stephen Wachtel, Memphis, Tennessee
Barry N. Auger calls Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, a “great place to be a gardener, and getting money for it is especially good. Retirement eludes. Sneaking up on the big 8-Oh, I am blessed with good health and wonderful friends and family.”
Melvin J. Chavinson works one day a week as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at a community mental health center in Mentor, Ohio. He and Kaye travel to visit their four children and 11 grandchildren and enjoy the new one-floor home they built and moved into in June 2016.
“Nothing extraordinary, just glad to be vertical and above the grass. Still getting used to retirement. On the one hand, every day is Saturday, but on the other it seems to take me all day to do what I used to do all day.”
— George J. Grella, Rochester, New York
Edward Hirshfield retired as vice president of Globalstar, a $3.5 billion satellite phone communications company. Ed was responsible for development and production, and “last year published a provisional patent for a system to alleviate highway congestion.” He and Claire, his wife of 56 years, live in Cupertino, California.
Mark M. Powdermaker finds his home in the mountains above Asheville, North Carolina, “great, and life is wonderful.” Five years ago, after his wife’s passing, Mark “found a beautiful widow willing to marry me. We’ve traveled the world and will continue to do so.”
The Rev. Wilson K. Roane, Waupaca, Wisconsin, notes that he is “rumored to be retired but is still active in the diocese. The bishop has me as what he calls ‘regular supply’ at a small church in a neighboring city while the congregation searches for a part-time vicar.” He and his wife play in couples bridge events, in addition to his men’s league, and both are in book clubs.
Richard M. Schori and his wife, Katharine, moved to Reno, Nevada, nearer their mountain cabin and grandchildren in Corvallis, Oregon. Katharine “did not have enough to do after ﬁnishing her nine years as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church” and took a job in August as the interim bishop in San Diego, he reports.
Brent E. Scudder, New London, New Hampshire, shares the news of the loss of his “lovely wife, Reggie, to muscular dystrophy. Only the last year has been hard on both of us. Her passing was very peaceful,” he writes.
Gilbert L. Sperry, Coronado, California, stays busy just south of the border in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, raising money for and helping to run a nearly complete 40,000-square-foot boys and girls club serving 600 at-risk kids every weekday. The eighth annual International Mariachi and Folklorico Festival, founded by Gil, raised significant funds for the cause over four days in October.
Kurt E. Yeager, now retired, welcomes alumni visiting the Monterey Bay area to stay in the apartment attached to his home in Watsonville, California.
The Rev. Stephen G. Alexander, Cincinnati, is on a first-name basis with his dermatologist: “Seems I had too much fun in the sun when I was young — the good old days when UV protection was baby oil mixed with iodine.” Steve also reports that he plays “a lot of bridge with ladies who lunch. I seem to be popular, and even win occasionally. I’d love to see my Kenyon pals again.”
John F. Binder, Los Angeles, and his wife are “still pacing the fringes of Hollywood, now peddling my script for a limited TV series about George Washington in the Revolution. I’m writing poetry, too — at least, I call it poetry. Denham Sutcliffe might not.”
Stewart D. Brown sent an update in September from a Marriott TownePlace Suites in Columbia, South Carolina, where he and his wife were riding out Hurricane Irma during Hilton Head’s mandatory evacuation. “Our room has a small two-burner electric cooktop, brand name Kenyon — who knew the college makes cooktop stoves?”
Alan W. Beck and his wife enjoy retired life in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, busy with church, Boy Scouts and visiting their sons and their families in Alabama and Columbus, Ohio. “I still drive my 1963 TR-4 locally,” he notes, “but not on trips.”
Thomas H. Curtis and his wife, of Red Bank, New Jersey, spent 2 1/2 weeks on their 30-foot Cape Dory sailboat last summer, sailing Long Island Sound to Block Island and Newport from New Jersey. “Lots of skiing on tap this winter in Vail, Whistler and Big Sky,” Tom informs.
James P. Keyes has been volunteering for the past year with She Has a Name, an anti-trafficking support group in central Ohio. Helping with communications projects and a music therapy program, Jim, who lives in Columbus, would love to hear from alumni likewise involved in this issue.
Eugene Kraus has done “nothing of social value” since retiring in 1990 from work as a lobbyist at the Wisconsin state legislature, he reports. That apparently excludes the master’s degree in history Gene acquired, visits to 29 countries, living on a sailboat in the Caribbean for 10 years, and “spending most of my inheritance but enjoying it thoroughly.” A part-time paid usher at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gene “enjoys Chicago beyond reason.”
Richard F. Spinner, Sarasota, Florida, found it strange not to return to Gambier after concluding three years of serving on the Alumni Council. He and his wife “made the most of the forced hurricane evacuation to take a New England friends, family and fall colors tour.” Rick’s other interests include maintaining boats (and blogging about it at elisabeth.spinnernet.com), pursuing a pilot’s license, writing two books, ancestry trees, cooking and walking the “sunset-drenched” beach with Joy and their 10-year-old dog Lola, resolving the world’s affairs.
Michael A. Claggett orbits between Paris (coaching startup teams at an incubator) and sunny Barcelona, with side trips to Ibiza, Costa Brava, Rome, Sicily, Milan, Berlin, New York and the Hamptons.
David Diao, New York City, returned to Gambier this fall for the first time in over 50 years when the Gund Gallery mounted a show of his recent work, titled “America Beckoning.” He also recently hosted dinner for Charles H. Lynch III, Peter Scarlet and Jeffrey W. Way and their spouses.
In July the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research was established at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, honoring John, who served the school for nearly 50 years in uniform and in the classroom. A Vietnam combat veteran, John reported to the college in 1972, eventually was lead writer of its centennial history, and retired in 2016. In September he was awarded the first Anderson Medal for Lifetime Achievement, granted by Britain’s Society for Nautical Research.
Thomas D. LaBaugh and his wife have relocated to The Villages, Florida. He offers a CD of his original music free of charge at soundcloud.com/tomlabaugh.
Walter W. Nielsen and his wife of 46 years, Karen, traveled throughout New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia recently, through “fog, mist, rain and cool temperatures that were a welcome relief from our seemingly endless Phoenix summer,” he reports. Walt is in his sixth season as principal clarinetist in the Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra.
Henry S. Pool, now settled in Bonita Springs, Florida, appreciated his newly purchased generator when Hurricane Irma passed directly over his home, with winds gusting to 135 mph and 12 inches of rain but no damaging storm surge: “For hurricane newbies, we had a bit of trial by fire,” Hank concludes with relief.
R. Michael Bundgaard and his wife, who bicycled from Prague to Vienna for a week in September, reports, “The hills were many and steep, but the Czech beer was cold and cheaper than water.”
Arthur E. Kronenberg Jr., Milwaukee, and his wife celebrated their elder daughter’s wedding, held in July in the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Art spotted “an artifact that took me back to my Kenyon days — a 21-inch black and white console TV set. I hadn’t seen one of those in years.”
David L. Langston, Frederick, Maryland, has found that his family’s landscaping/patio renovation is taking more time and investment than planned. But thinking about “our current national scares and alarms,” he reminds classmates to “remember the Cuban missile crisis in our time on campus, when my folks sent me the key to their safe deposit box in case things went badly. I was glad to mail it back.”
Robert A. Legg, Greensboro, Georgia, started wearing his Kenyon hat and T-shirt on cruises after regularly seeing other college alumni groups aboard. On an Alaska cruise this fall, while out on deck, Bob was approached by “a gentleman whose daughter, Lauren M. Brady ’11, was on two of Jim Steen’s championship swim teams. I urge fellow alums to wear their Kenyon colors proudly and strike up new friendships across the globe,” he says.
Richard E. Passoth, now retired, sits on a University of Denver curriculum committee for senior education, overseeing instructors of philosophy, religion and psychology. He chairs the Colorado Sierra Club’s Water Resource Committee and leads snowshoers in winter mountain treks.
James E. Williams, Mequon, Wisconsin, and his wife enjoy time with their seven children and eight grandchildren “and occasionally escape winter to Florida, Texas and Mexico. Trying to learn to play golf — difficult without physical flexibility.”
Bruce K. Blocher updates as follows: “Yes, Kenyon is my middle name. Dad was proud of the school, too.” Retired from the Air Force, Boeing and from “caring for too large a house and yard,” he finds a condo in Tacoma, Washington, just right.
William E. Campbell and his wife moved two years ago to Hudson, Wisconsin, where Bill says he spends “about half of my non-nap time consulting with colleges and universities — writing grant proposals, external evaluations — and the other half turning wood in my shop.”
Richard A. Cantine welcomes “any Kenyon person to stop by” Rancho Palos Verdes, California, where Dick and his wife love the beach, tennis, golf and community theater arts. His oldest granddaughter just entered Princeton and will run track there.
Harvey Fernbach, Bethesda, Maryland, still loves practicing psychiatry three days a week and “pursuing social justice passions the other days,” he reports. He is on the national board of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and advises Physicians for a National Health Program, whose goal is a single-payer Medicare system for all.
William B. Gibson II, Akron, Ohio, found the best part-time retiree job: cashier in a hardware store. “For the first time in years I am not the oldest person working there, and I am learning how to do all those little jobs I used to have to pay someone else to do for me. Life is grand.”
Carl S. Mankowitz, New York City, was called out of retirement to help Denison University design a new health center after its CFO heard about his work at Kenyon.
James C. McBurney is winding down his engineering career, though he still writes roughly one business plan per quarter for startups seeking investment capital. Jim and his friends sail out of Santa Cruz, California, on his sloop Liberty and in his dinghy Wave Hopper 2 with 8-year-old goddaughter Kaylynn.
William P. Rice and his wife, Lynn, are building a new home on Eagles Nest Cove in Duxbury, Massachusetts, after celebrating their 45th anniversary in May. Bill still runs his investment management company, anchorcapital.com, spends considerable time at his winter home in Key Largo, Florida, and communicates with Jim McBurney “almost daily,” he adds.
Peter A. White, Choteau, Montana, is “in Gambier for the fall,” he reports, “blown away by the (relatively) new Kokosing Nature Preserve, which is the College’s natural burial cemetery on Quarry Chapel Road. The vegetation is lushly beautiful and the views miraculous.”
Z. Nicholas Zakov, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, clinical professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, is a founding member of the Retinal Hall of Fame, which recognizes ophthalmologists who have made outstanding contributions in the field of vitreoretinal disease, surgery and education.
Edward J. Forrest Jr., Marietta, Georgia, writes: “Retired? Interesting word! When hyphenated as ‘re-tired,’ the word indicates placing or replacing a tire! Stay with me here: I filed a patent on a new inspection instrument to view the 3-D nature of a fiber optic connection. This is the face of 30-plus-year-old ‘science,’ hearkening to Euclidean geometry that insists connectors, debris and existence are two-dimensional. Remember when we read ‘Flatland’?”
Lawrence C. Schmidlapp, Oyster Bay, New York, was re-elected to a fifth term as mayor of Centre Island, but laments, “This nonpaying job is getting more time-consuming and technical: I am now dealing with residents who want to commute in helicopters.”
Michael L. Ulrey retired from Boeing in 2016 and returned to hometown Mount Vernon, Ohio, allowing him the opportunity for weekday morning conversations at Wiggin Street Coffee with locals and students, “as well as Kenyon notables Peter Rutkoff, Paul Frederick Kluge ’64 and John R. Knepper ’62.” Mike spends an hour every Friday afternoon at the Physics Department colloquium listening to guest speakers or students presenting honors project research. He highly recommends Kenyon Institute courses, having enjoyed one on Beethoven and one on Nietzsche. “This past spring,” he adds, “it was my honor to serve on the 50th Class Reunion Committee, hosting William E. Seymour III and Thomas E. Lad during the weekend and securing Professor Tom Greenslade Jr. to give a humorous and nostalgic talk about the old days.”
Peter L. Arango “remains currently unindicted and happily retired in southern Oregon,” he updates. He writes for Fansided, a sports website, and volunteers everywhere from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to Southern Oregon Hospice. “Kids employed and happy, wife seems unlikely to bail at this point, and an 18-month-old granddaughter to spoil. What more could I wish?”
Michael S. Cross and his wife, of Portsmouth, Virginia, have three daughters and four grandkids, whom they visit often. Now in his 14th year of retirement after a career as a Navy clinical psychologist, Michael writes, “Can’t say if I’ll make the reunion, but I wish all a great time and fond remembrances.”
Michael W. Gaynon and his wife both retired from the Palo Alto Medical Clinic in 2016 and moved back to Stanford’s Department of Ophthalmology for part-time work and resident teaching. Both have been on Stanford’s clinical faculty for over 35 years.
Across the street from Stanford now is Geoffrey J. Hackman, who relocated from Maryland to Palo Alto, California, after marrying Kathy Weiss in June. Geoff met Mark S. Geston and Daniel G. Hale in Idaho in October and looks forward to reuniting with more classmates in May.
William G. Hazen III informs us that he is living in Silkeborg, Denmark, “blessed with a large family and enjoying life.”
Raymond Heithaus, who retired from Kenyon in 2014, has enjoyed Gambier life with his wife since 1980. “We have two sons, one in Gambier and the other in south Florida,” Ray updates, “giving us enjoyable grandson time locally and a great excuse to travel south for more grandchildren time. I now spend time working with a local land trust and a statewide nonprofit that supports state nature preserves.”
Michael A. Liff, Portland, Maine, has “not retired, just rewired,” he reports. “Completing my first year as a culinary walking tour guide in the Old Port under the umbrella of Maine Foodie Tours, and still an assistant English teacher at LearningWorks, a local nonprofit serving immigrants and refugees.” Mike describes the young adults in his class — from Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Syria, Dominican Republic and Djibouti, among other places — as “great young people trying to start a new life in very difficult and confusing circumstances.”
John C. Risler journeyed under Hurricane Irma’s mandatory evacuation from home in suburban Jacksonville, Florida, to Dothan, Alabama, and a “Hampton Inn turned Noah’s Ark,” he writes. “Dogs and cats mostly seen regularly in lobby breakfast areas, but who knew what lurked behind closed doors? Upon our return, no damage, just a yard full of debris from the pines and oaks.”
Mark E. Sullivan and his wife live in Raleigh, North Carolina, near both their kids and look forward to the reunion. “Still practicing family law, singing in our spiritual choir and doing a lot of writing and traveling,” he updates.
Kenneth R. Abraham, Dover, Delaware, began serving as a consultant to newly retired and nationally renowned Federal Appeals Judge Richard Posner, whose ProBono/ProSe Law Group will provide free legal assistance to persons such as prisoners representing themselves. “We make a pretty good team,” Ken announced in a Citizens for Criminal Justice press release. “He, a lifelong intellectual, scholar, law professor, economist and judge, and yours truly, who has ‘been in the trenches,’ worked with, lived with, played with, committed crimes with (when on drugs), mentored and otherwise associated with a wide variety of folks, from homeless addicts to chief justices of the Supreme Court of Delaware.”
Jan Ehrenworth, Madison, Connecticut, retired as a professor emeritus after 33 years of clinical practice in anesthesiology at Yale University School of Medicine. He and Mary Ann plan “to pursue our travel bug and spoil our three grandchildren.”
Charles H. Hollinger, Merion, Pennsylvania, celebrates his retirement after 48 years as a teacher and administrator at the 232-year-old Episcopal Academy.
James B. Irwin V, Covington, Louisiana, enjoyed his week in Gambier this summer studying Mozart at the Kenyon Institute. Happily, son Burke S. Irwin ’19 was also on campus on a physics grant. “Kenyon is more beautiful than ever, if that’s possible,” James writes.
Russell D. McDowell, Albany, New York, returned to Scotland for two weeks in September. Russ reports: “Reveled in the rugged beauty of the Highlands and swore at the narrow, shoulderless roads. It may not be on your radar like Croatia, but give it a try.”
William J. Murray sold his house in Marblehead, Massachusetts, retired to his home in Grantham, New Hampshire, and bought a house in Tucson, Arizona — “all on the same day,” he writes. “Looking forward to year-round golf.”
Paul G. Keiner sold his house in New Boston, New Hampshire, and rented a condo about 20 miles away in Henniker. “This will be my last year of teaching,” he writes, “but I am transitioning to staff tutor at New England College. Singing with five other ‘Kokes,’ learning new music and picking up some gigs.”
C. Reed Woodhouse, Brooklyn, New York, continues coaching opera at Juilliard to students who “are incredible, much better than I deserve, from whom I learn something every day,” he reports. When he returns home to his small apartment in Fort Greene, “I emerge at dusk from the C line canopied in trees. Plus there is an excellent bookstore right around the corner. For those of you who don’t live in Gambier, this is a big deal.” He recently visited Christopher C. Finch ’71.
Charles E. Acton, Lake Forest, California, has been married since 2014 and sold his animal hospital in January 2017. “Visited Kenyon approximately two years ago,” Chuck adds. “Brought back fond memories.”
Donald L. Comis, Howard, Ohio, conducted two beginner workshops at Kenyon’s Brown Family Environmental Center, one on moths, one on butterflies. “I am planting my fourth prairie garden,” he writes, “this time using seeds I collected at a prairie in Fredericktown,” where he saw Lisa Dowd Schott ’80 and a colleague gathering information and seeds for their prairie on the green cemetery at the site of the former Tomahawk golf course.
Peter I. Bersin enjoys life in Marina Del Rey, California, as a new grandfather. “Went to see Steven N. Bralower at the Cape and stopped off in Providence to have lunch with Ransom Griffin III on the way,” he adds. “Still practicing law in Beverly Hills and playing golf when the back permits.”
Philip H. Cass, Columbus, Ohio, spent two weeks (for the third year in a row) in Alpbach, Austria, providing leadership training on dialogue at the European Forum alongside “folks who are trying to find paths to peace.”
Glen W. Fritz, Chesapeake, Virginia, celebrated his 50-year high school reunion in Cincinnati.
Martin R. Kurcias, newly moved to Annapolis, Maryland, retired in June after 33 years “at NPR as an audio engineer and producer working the daily news shows and covering breaking news in locales such as Beirut, Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia and Tiananmen Square in 1989; at the CBS Beijing bureau; and the past six years at the Voice of America.”
William J. Williams, Laurel, Maryland, accepted the Department of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award in September for his achievements as chief of the National Security Agency’s Center for Cryptologic History.
Arthur C. Barton III received a call from Thomas D. Southworth ’71 when Tom moved to Rhode Island, and the pair caught up after not seeing each other for 45 years. “Fun to reconnect and see that he is still the great guy he was in Middle Hanna,” Chuck writes. “Unfortunately, the reconnection will be disrupted by my move to Georgia when we get our house in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, sold. Savannah, here we come.”
J. Christopher Fahlman was “delighted” in early July by a visit to the Gund Gallery by Emeritus Professor of Art Joe Slate, who traveled to Gambier from the D.C. area to take in the exhibit by David Diao ’64 titled “America Beckoning.” Diao had dedicated the exhibit to Professor Slate.
Bruce H. Kiracofe, who is “technically” retired from lawyering, he writes, recently enjoyed working with young activists Matthew T. Meyers ’17, Emma L. Schurink ’17 and Zachary F. Young ’17, “who are very active in environmental and indigenous nations advocacy and work — committed, creative, strategic, energetic and an inspiration to me.”
Carole E. Garbuny Vogel, Newton, New Jersey, updates: “I’ve become one of those old women I swore I never would be — the kind that talks incessantly about her grandchildren.” These include Carole’s 5-year-old granddaughter in Massachusetts, who became a big sister in November 2016. The girls now have twin cousins, born in September in Alaska.
Thomas E. Allen, Takoma Park, Maryland, speaks for all members of the planning committee who hope to see classmates at the 45th reunion. Tom is still deeply engaged as a researcher and professor at Gallaudet University.
Jeffrey L. Bennett calls life great in Midland, Michigan, where he teaches at Northwood University and spends time with his four grandchildren. This fall he and his teammates attended the 45th reunion of Kenyon’s undefeated football team.
Robert L. Claster, Los Angeles, is in his sixth year working as Jimmy Kimmel’s teleprompter operator. “I live alone in a big house with a huge and lovely golden retriever named Murray and a great pinball machine in my bedroom,” Bob writes. “Make of that what you will. My kids live near enough to come over and watch ‘The Bachelor’ with me every week.”
Julia F. Johnson, Urbana, Ohio, joined President Sean Decatur and four other Kenyonites on a panel at Columbus’ Trinity Church (founded by Philander Chase). She joked, “I offered that Philander probably didn’t envision that anyone walking in his footsteps would be wearing high heels.”
Richard A. LeBolt, Driggs, Idaho, met Zachary R. Gaumer ’96 and Elizabeth P. Van Winkle ’96 at the retirement ceremony of his nephew, who worked for Elise at the Pentagon. They had fun comparing notes about their Kenyon experiences.
Julia E. Miller Vick and James W. Vick ’74 celebrated their 40th anniversary by traveling in Greece — “like we did on our honeymoon,” she updates. “I retired from the University of Pennsylvania in April and was offered and accepted a career advising job at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Many thanks to Jan M. Stein Guifarro for letting me spend a night a week in her apartment in the Big Apple. I recently had dinner with Pegi P. Goodman and got to see Maria “Mia” C. Halton’s incredible show in Baltimore.”
Jeffrey W. Schachmut, Conway, Arkansas, retired from high school teaching. Jeff’s family gathered for the wedding of his fourth child in Miami on the weekend before the hurricane hit. He enjoyed volunteering at his local soup kitchen throughout 2017.
W. Kevin Fitzgerald, Revere, Massachusetts, had his second knee replacement over the summer: “Not quite the bionic man, but it is an improvement,” he writes. “My daughter is getting ready to leave working with me and has started her own food truck.”
David W. Horvitz survived Irma with only landscape damage but shared something on his mind after having lived the vast majority of his 65 years in Florida: “I’ve seen a lot of hurricanes, but this year … well, it’s different. Looking at the Caribbean, one wonders: Are we entering a period where certain places are no longer going to be habitable because of climate change?”
David R. Pasahow, Fredericksburg, Texas, sends the following news: “W. Bruce Isaacs III, G. Frederick Reinhardt III, James W. McCarter and I have established a scholarship fund named for our great friend Robert K. Mayfield Jr. Bob prioritized scholarship a bit lower than some others in the class, but we felt this was a way to honor his memory and provide a lasting tribute. While we have made the initial funding, we are hoping others who enjoyed Bob’s friendship may choose to join us.”
Dan E. Patterson enjoyed the company of Jeffrey A. and Karen Handel Walker ’77 at his daughter’s wedding at Dan’s home in Dallas. “I was so excited to hear that Michael E. Gibbons is running for political office in Ohio,” Dan adds. “He is a gifted leader.”
Peter Smagorinsky, Athens, Georgia, received the University of Georgia College of Education Aderhold Distinguished Professor Award and the National Council of Teachers of English Distinguished Service Award this year for his career achievements.
Douglas M. Wilhelm, a freelance editor and writer in Weybridge, Vermont, says, “Retiring isn’t an option, so instead I’ve gone for immaturity — I play in a couple of rock bands and a songwriters project. I always seem to go where the money isn’t but the fun is.”
Sara Anne Washam Cody, who is in her 41st year teaching Latin at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine, reports that her husband, Bob, after some “horrific health issues,” is doing well. “I received a lovely birthday note from Donna J. Bertolet Poseidon,” Sally adds, “reminding me of the Beatles’ song ‘When I’m 64.’ Seventy-five seems to be a magic number, not just for our class, but for the college.”
“I am retired and reading Jane Austen (still).”
— Thomas P. Culviner, Madison, Wisconsin
Michael C. Davis, Falls Church, Virginia, spent 29 years writing and editing for the Bureau of National Affairs (now Bloomberg BMA), and 10 more abstracting declassified government documents and assembling collections of documents from the National Archives, but in June 2016 he retired. “One morning in early winter I realized, as I contemplated the ceiling, that I was never really cut out for work,” he writes. “What a sweet epiphany.” Ever since, he’s cared for his 95-year-old father, kept up classical guitar performances, danced the tango, visited Yosemite and Chichen Itza and otherwise stayed busy “annoying my condo board as treasurer.”
Allerton G. Smith retired from Moody’s Capital Markets in April and became a grandfather in September to twin girls who now share a birthday with Russ Selover. “Sold our NYC apartment,” Tony informs, “so now will mostly summer in the Tannersville, New York, area (Catskills) and winter in Key Largo, Florida. I teach a children’s firearms safety course and am still golfing with my mom, age 89.”
Murray J. Smith retired from the U.S. State Department on June 30. He and Janet Byrne Smith ’76 have now settled into their Gaskin Avenue home in Gambier and welcome visitors.
Alice Cornwell Straus will retire in June after 21 years in development and admissions at Kenyon. “I plan to remain a Gambier resident but travel frequently,” she notes.
James C. Fenhagen, Montclair, New Jersey, celebrated the graduation of son Aaron D. Fenhagen ’17 with a weeklong camping and hiking trip in Yellowstone: “The first day was 80 degrees; then eight inches of snow on our final hike. We saw bison, elk, wolves, mule deer, bald eagles, but missed seeing a bear by about five minutes.” Jim’s redesign of the “CBS Sunday Morning” set premiered Sept. 24. “The trick was to modernize without losing the flavor of the iconic original.”
James A. Frank, New York City, has “a new gig as chief content offiicer of a golf app/web platform called Find A Game that matches golfers with one another, courses, open tee times, etc.,” he writes. “Think match.com for golfers. Not my first startup, but both incredibly stimulating and incredibly mind-taxing. Take a look at findagame.io and tell your friends — would love to hear your thoughts.”
Stephen W. Grant enjoys Thomaston, Maine, where he works as a teacher’s aide in the sixth-grade resource program. James W. Kuhn, Hudson, Ohio, celebrates 37 years of marriage to Edie, and his two grandchildren and big English mastiff. “I get to see Richard W. Parke, Theodore V. Parran Jr. ’78 and Michael B. Parran ’86 regularly.”
Warren C. Osgood, Stockton, California, has decided after 27 years as an attorney to “work part-time, take more walks and read more.”
Robin E. Osler, New York City, reports that her office, EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect, is developing designs for, among others, Stephen Dubner (PBS radio host and co-author of “Freakonomics”), a fashion showroom for Kendall + Kylie, and a community center and kitchen for the YM & YMHA of Washington Heights and Inwood. Robin is also an adjunct faculty member at the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York.
Reed C. Peters II updates that it is “very fulfilling” to be running his guest ranch for hikers and birders in beautiful Portal, Arizona (population 300).
Michael W. Young of Carlsbad, California, established biomedwoRx: Life Sciences Consulting in late 2016 and has flourishing client relationships. “It’s been gratifying to create and deploy health-care solutions for life science companies who want to do good things for patients while doing quite well themselves,” he writes. He has occasional opportunities to see Ellen Mower and Kenneth H. Sonnenfeld.
Linda Isako Angst, Portland, Oregon, is “still high on our recent class reunion,” she reports. “Wonderful to return to Gambier and see how Kenyon is thriving. Teaching online courses is a new fun endeavor, in addition to coaching international students on writing applications to college and grad schools.”
John J. Bogasky, Silver Spring, Maryland, rappelled off a 16-story building in September for Special Olympics. “I led the state in fundraising for this event,” he notes, “thanks in part to support from my Kenyon classmates.”
Diana Goldfarb, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is “delighted to finally have a daughter” after her son married in August, with his twin brother as his best man. “Kenyon friends were there in spirit,” she writes, including Donald “Pond” W. Sharp Jr., her late husband.
Kristin L. Knopf, Seattle, biked 484 miles of her state in seven days from Metaline Falls to La Conner, with over 22,000 feet of climbing and a few mountain passes. “We had five days of (everything from) forest fire haze to actual smoke,” she describes, with bicyclists joking about how many packs of cigarettes they had puffed while 17 miles into their largest climb day.
Alan R. Lewine, Springfield, Pennsylvania, retired from practicing law and “returned to a full-time life in music.”
Kimberly R. Zimmerman, Shadow Hills, California, joined some talented border collies in the island nation of Kiribati in a new search for the remains of Amelia Earhart. Results remain inconclusive, but Kim sent soil samples to a DNA analysis lab in Germany and plans another expedition in 2019.
Therese M. Armstrong volunteered at a Syrian refugee camp in July, describing the needs there as overwhelming: “There were spaces set up for the kids where they could just spend time playing and being kids. It was great seeing them so happy, at least while they were with us. I’m back in Boston teaching Yemeni refugees English.”
Craig B. Barkacs was awarded a university professorship by the University of San Diego in September, the highest honor given to a currently working professor in recognition of excellence in teaching, research and service.
Vicki Barker updates that she and her husband “live in a big old rambling house on the Thames in Isleworth, on the edge of London. Passing Kenyonites are always welcome! I continue to report for CBS Radio and occasionally NPR.”
Laura Donnelly reports she has been living on the east end of Long Island for 24 years, first in East Hampton, now Sag Harbor, where she is food editor for the East Hampton Star. Her writing career began with “prolific production of key lime pies in our dorm room. I’ve seen Timothy C. Gorin and Robert A. Samit on visits to D.C. and Thomas R. Parker in Seattle. Mallory Samson ’77 lives nearby. Kenyon friends are welcome.”
Mindy Roffman Eads, Los Angeles, has been an art director on the television series “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.” Along with creating resonating, reflective oil paintings (see mindyroffman.com), she enjoys following the art and music careers of her adult sons.
The Rev. Frank T. Frischkorn, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, has served for the past decade as the regional executive pastor for the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware. In summer, he and Carolyn, married 35 years, celebrated the wedding of their youngest daughter.
Anara S. Guard, Sacramento, California, had two short stories and a poem published in 2017, and her first novel is making the rounds of agents. “When not writing,” she adds, “I’ve been building a walking labyrinth with (husband) David B. Hutchinson ’76. Come walk it with us!”
Kurt J. Myers, Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, was elected in August as chair of the international board of directors of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. Kurt is a deputy secretary at PennDOT, overseeing 1,100 employees serving the state’s 8.7 million licensed drivers.
Sally Nusbaum Rothman writes that she is “living in beautiful Cohasset, Massachusetts, near the ocean! All four of my kids are out in the world, so I can sit back, relax and wait for grandchildren. I work on movies and TV shows that are shot around Boston.”
Michael D. Sarap, the senior surgeon at a practice in rural Cambridge, Ohio, will travel to Australia in May to speak at the annual meeting of the Royal College of Australasian Surgeons as part of his role chairing the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council on Rural Surgery.
Jeffrey G. Spear, Quincy, Illinois, experienced plenty of exposure throughout 2017 courtesy of the Chicago Cubs, he shares. His “agonized expression” was captured live on Fox initially in Game 3 of the 2016 World Series, quickly went viral in an MLB meme, was later included in the official World Series video, and was even featured this fall on the ESPY Awards show. Jeff recently reconnected after almost 40 years with Charles M. Kingery ’77 and Chris Vincent (son of Richard W. Vincent) at Wrigley Field.
Bruce V. Thomas is now in his fourth year with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading initiatives to improve health outcomes for TB and HIV patients in China, India and sub-Saharan Africa. “Most of my time is spent with TB patients in high disease burden regions,” Bruce writes, “and it has been a privilege and incredibly motivating to do so.” He and Julia H. Thomas ’80 split time between homes in Richmond, Virginia, and Guiting Power, England (in the Cotswolds).
Louis H. Weiss, Pittsburgh, has been writing occasional op-eds that “the Wall Street Journal has seen fit to publish,” Lou informs. This “has only a modest relationship to my daughter Bari’s work as a books editor (there). She currently writes op-eds at the New York Times.”
Jeffrey S. Day summarizes: “After 37 years of reporting for newspapers, Bloomberg BNA and the (Chesapeake) Bay Journal, I’m officially retired. Happy member of a local history book club in Kensington, Maryland, and an official volunteer ‘weed warrior’ for my county’s park system.” Jeff removes invasive vines and other non-native plants alongside Mary Tuck Staley, whose 1960s-themed party he attended this summer; George M. Layburn’s “1960s persona was the top highlight.”
David Erteschik, Lothian, Maryland, met Jonathan A. Bernstein ’81 in Cincinnati for the Memorial Day weekend wedding of Jon’s daughter. While there he and Mary caught up with David J. Smith and David M. Troup and their spouses. Erteschik, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, represented both Kenyon and the 55th Wing at Arlington National Cemetery for the interment of F. Bruce Olmstead ’57, a “true Cold War hero held captive by the Soviet Union for six months,” Dave writes, and “an inspiration to generations of 55th Wing air crew.”
Amos N. Guiora, Salt Lake City, expresses his deep sadness upon learning of the death of “important mentor and valued friend” Professor Roy Wortman. “I greatly benefited from our many exchanges and am grateful to him for facilitating the lectures and courses I have taught at Kenyon over the years. For me, Professor Wortman epitomized the spirit and essence of a liberal arts education.”
Karen S. Fendig “Mick” Hoffman, Bon Aqua, Tennessee, woke up on her 60th birthday to find herself the happy owner of a Hereford cow. “As one is never enough,” she writes, “I’m up to three already.” She paraded them in the show ring in November.
Orion Cronin Hyson, Bethesda, Maryland, visited Dora Sardas Royaute and her husband in southern France this summer. “Dora was in the IPHS our freshman and sophomore years; our earnest and sometimes hilarious and sometimes hilariously earnest conversations have continued ever since.” Orion adds that she became a master at creating boutonnieres when her son married in August.
Sandra E. Lane Joseph runs a sports medicine urgent-care facility in Columbus, Ohio, with OrthoNeuro, a multidisciplinary group of surgeons. “I enjoy helping get athletes back to their sports activities,” Sandy informs, “especially the high school and college athletes.” She’s roaming the country with her field hockey-playing daughter, “looking at colleges in a warmer climate” than Kenyon.
Paul Michel and Ann G. Riemer Michel ’80 recently left Seattle for Shoreline, Washington, where they “sit on the dock of a tiny lake and watch the otters, herons, kingfishers, ospreys and bats,” he writes. He “still plays fiddle and mandolin in Irish and old-time dance bands as well as a bluegrass group that includes Groucho Marx’s grandson and Cab Calloway’s former paper boy, which makes (me) sound pretty much as old as we all are now.”
David M. Switzer moved from Tennessee to Lake Worth, Florida, in 2014 and recently celebrated his three-year anniversary with Sunshine Health.
Virginia Calhoun de Millan, San Cristobal, Mexico, shares “earthshaking” news: “My family and I were jolted and scared by earthquakes in Mexico — in our state of Chiapas on Sept. 7, and just south of Mexico City on Sept. 19. We and our living quarters are fine. I feel grateful and fortunate — viva Mexico!”
Jeff N. Dorson began his 30th year as director of the Humane Society of Louisiana. He welcomes visitors to New Orleans. Write him at email@example.com.
Quentin R. Hardy, Berkeley, California, updates that his elder son, Gus Hardy, who finished a year at a homeless shelter in Missoula, Montana, is now on a full scholarship for a theology master’s at Boston College. His valedictory speech from Santa Clara University, about his autistic-spectrum disorder (vimeo.com/172789615) is “worth a look (but I’m biased).”
Ethan M. Powsner, Grand Rapids, Michigan, waited until his kids were “launched” to pursue a passion for motorcycles, but five years and 40,000 miles later he has grown his hobby into a position as assistant editor of On the Level magazine, published by the national riding group BMW Riders Association. A Kenyon connection to managing editor Jane R. Schluter ’94 played a small role in his appointment, he writes, “as I used this fact when I submitted my first article for publication.”
Robert W. Thomas, Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and his wife enjoyed a recent visit by J. Garrick Bender and his wife. “Brought out an album of college photos,” Rob notes. “Lots of good Kenyon memories. I continue to stay in touch with Jeff N. Dorson and Robin H. Gabriel. Empty-nesters next year, aside from our rescue menagerie of three cats, one dog and a gecko. Okay, the gecko came from a store.”
Samuel W. Adams hosted the annual Class of ’81 Dekefest in September at his home in Freeport, Maine, attended by Walker M. Bagby, Christopher W. Bartlett, Tod H. Colbert, William McPherson Durrett, H. Gates Lloyd Jr., Franklin P. Spaeth, Rev. Canon Mark K.J. Robinson and Wells Smith. Five of the nine still have a full head of hair, Sam reports. “We hiked, boated, drank beer and told hilarious Kenyon stories. Total blast.”
Jay N. Anania, Chevy Chase, Maryland, resigned from his position at the Organization of American States and now provides IT support to the State Department, part of his new duties as director of foreign affairs at the IT services company Buchanan and Edwards.
James B. Archer watched three feet of Hurricane Harvey’s rain fall on his house in Houston before “helping friends, school and church tear out carpet and padding, cut out sheetrock, remove insulation, document damage and then go to work suspending and restoring bus service. Surpassed the 500-unit blood donation milestone. Shout-out to Mark A. Brown and ValF. Schaff, who reached out to see how things were going after the flooding.” Jim also cheered the Astros’ World Series victory.
“Azim and I moved to Vancouver in September, where I’ll be U.S. consul general for the next three years.”
— Katherine K. Simonds Dhanani
George C. Nelson and Laura (Jones) Nelson visited their son, now serving in the Peace Corps in northern Peru. “Machu Picchu is somewhere on the scale between remarkable and sublime,” he reports. See his selfie — in his Kenyon College baseball cap — on the K80s Facebook site.
Kendra J. Tice Remington and John M. Remington ’79, Guilford, Connecticut, are parents of three “terrific” kids and grandparents of two (soon to be three) grandkids. A practicing orthodontist of 27 years, Kendra is the co-founder of a startup orthodontic app company.
Gregory P. Sesler reports the death of his father, William G. Sesler ’50, with whom Greg practiced law for the past 33 years. His loss leaves a large hole, Greg writes. “But he led an amazing life rich in public service and effective legacy. He was not in any way cheated.” Greg and his wife traveled to Alaska last year, and he enjoys helping his daughter fix up her house now that she has returned to live near them in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Attorney Lisa C. Wood, Medfield, Massachusetts, defends the accounting profession in regulatory matters and handles antitrust questions for a variety of industries, but her recent great enjoyment has been mentoring young women associates through her firm’s Women’s Forum. She is also active with the Center for Women and Enterprise, which helps women from all backgrounds to start and grow businesses throughout New England, and is interested in speaking with anyone doing similar work elsewhere.
Peter S. Austin, Phoenix, Maryland, global head of multi-asset solutions for T. Rowe Price, insists, “The asset management industry needs more Kenyon graduates; too many of my colleagues — from high-ranking schools — can’t put two sentences together. I encourage all Kenyon students and alumni interested in asset management to contact me.”
Barry E. Cahill, West Chester, Pennsylvania, although fully retired from the golf business, played 130 rounds between April 1 and Oct. 1, a personal record, including a round with John T. MacKessy in Columbus, Ohio. With both kids away at college, he also finds himself a “stay-at-home dad to my kids’ pets.”
Roberto Castillo-Sandoval, associate professor at Haverford, had his translation into Spanish of Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener” published in Santiago, Chile, the “first translation to challenge the canonical 1944 version by J.L. Borges,” he reports. A revised version of his 1988 novel “Muriendo por la Dulce Patria Mia” was published by Laurel Editores.
Abigail R. Esman describes living “the luckiest life on Earth,” dividing her time among The Hague, Netherlands; Istanbul; and New York City “with forays to Paris and Gambier when I can!” She writes on art and design and on terrorism — “strange bedfellows, I know” — while doing some private art dealing and advising, and is currently shopping a book proposal on terrorism and domestic abuse, “which has had great feedback but no buyers — yet. Would love to hear from anyone, especially if you’re planning a trip to Europe.”
Stephen F. Hale shares, “Still brewing after all these years — almost sounds like a song, especially after 25 years at Schlafly Beer. If you find yourself in St. Louis, come by the brewery for a visit.”
Anne M. Mundell is a full professor of scenic design in the Drama School of Carnegie Mellon and maintains her own nationally active theater design practice. She and her husband, a partner at Deloitte, are enjoying the house they just built overlooking Pittsburgh.
“Enjoying two beautiful grandchildren and two new daughters-in-law.”
— Jamie K. Moore Weeks, Atlanta, Georgia
Amy Brill returned to China after two years in Thailand and is pleasantly surprised by Beijing after having had a “horrendous experience in Guangzhou,” she informs. “Endless variety of foods to eat and places to explore. The addition of Didi (like Uber) and a plethora of rent-for-pennies bike companies make getting around easier. Have not yet had to chew my air, but there have been face-mask days and I have a purifier in my tiny studio apartment, (which is) open to visitors.”
Lisa G. Lanzendorfer Greenwood, Vienna, Virginia, has worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 28 years now, the last eight of them as the budget officer for programs that include SNAP (aka food stamps), WIC and school lunches and breakfasts.
Elayna J. Hocking moved back to Reno/Tahoe from Las Vegas after five years of studying to become a school psychologist. She recently purchased land near Virginia City, “where the wild horses still roam free.” She hopes to begin building next year.
G. Taylor Johnson, Hyattsville, Maryland, “quit teaching over a year ago,” he writes, “and have seen my happy quotient rise considerably.” Now a real estate agent in D.C. and Maryland, he is enjoying getting to know clients with whom he can have adult conversations; renovating 200-year-old houses takes up his rare spare time. “While I miss the classroom, I think this new dimension of my life will win over.”
“In August, we hosted a huge group for four days at my house in Asheville, North Carolina, to watch the eclipse. Amy McCloskey and J. Morris Thorpe ’81 were part of the fun. We’re making the gathering an annual event, eclipse or not.”
— Gwen A. Keller Kreager, Asheville, North Carolina
Ian B. Lane, Ardsley, New York, was named partner at the law firm of Hannum Feretic Prendergast and Merlino. He spends weekends with his partner and her daughter, and travels often to Holland to see his teenage daughter and twin sons.
Douglas J. Mayers, Santa Monica, California, describes his profession thus: “Tripped and fell into the mortgage business in 1985 and have been involved in the capital markets aspect of the industry ever since. Now a principal in a financial technology company called Resitrader.” Doug plays lead guitar in a band of 50-somethings that recently added a lot of Tom Petty to its repertoire “as we are all heartbroken over his early departure from this mortal coil.”
James W. Parmele, Skillman, New Jersey, remarried in August 2016 to “soulmate” Susan Akins. Jim’s three wonderful stepchildren are keeping him young.
Nancy R. Powers moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio, last year “to be closer to the job she loves at a marvelous college in Gambier,” she writes. Her older son enjoyed being in a choir directed by Pamela J. Welsh-Huggins, and she has taught political science to “the very sweet sons of Linda Day-MacKessy and Elizabeth Mapes Fuller.
Helen R. Bechtolt Stapenhorst, Sierra Madre, California, celebrated her 25th anniversary and then sent daughter Katherine E. Stapenhorst ’21 off to the Hill: “It was really fun to watch the decision process,” she notes, seeing Katie choose Kenyon because she “really liked the students, the classes and teachers, and the beauty of the place. Now we will see how this southern Californian likes winter.”
Andrew O. Bunn, Short Hills, New Jersey, accompanied daughter Schuyler Bunn ’21 to Kenyon to begin her first year. “We ran into David B. Guenther at the Legacy Dinner with President Decatur,” Andy adds.
Mei Mei Lyle Burr, Cincinnati, is interim director of the Human Services Program of the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership at Northern Kentucky University. Last fall, her daughters began their senior and freshman years at Wofford College and Butler University.
The Rev. Taylor W. Burton-Edwards, Columbus, Georgia, continues to serve as the liturgical officer of the United Methodist Church, treasurer of the Liturgical Conference, secretary of the North American Academy of Liturgy, chair of the Consultation on Common Texts and host of a new video blog titled “Q&A with Liturgy Man.”
Richmond H. Curtiss III was appointed city commissioner and chair of the Rent Review Commission of Palm Springs, California. Employment with the Coachella Valley music festival enabled him to meet Paul McCartney and see Neil Young, which took him “straight back to my days in the D-Phi division,” he reports. He volunteers with hospice, an equine therapy facility for disabled kids and Sanctuary Palm Springs, which houses and mentors LGBT foster kids who have aged out of foster care without being adopted. “My other milestone was celebrating 10 happy years with my boyfriend Mark,” with whom Rick visited Kenyon, he adds. “I think it’s time I seriously consider proposing.” They also met Zali Win ’84 and his husband, Tom, on their annual desert escape.
Jennifer M. Mizenko, Oxford, Mississippi, had a total ankle replacement in Ohio last summer, due in part, she writes, to “a sprain while doing the ‘volm boogie’ in Bolton Theatre in 1984.’” Her college roommate Michelle A. Litton-Betts cared for her in recovery while Susan M. Chrysler kept her laughing and offered rides, and Bonita (Shelby) Ward ’86 put her up during the process as well. “I will be back in dancing shape by our 2020 reunion!” she promises.
Diana L. Mears Peterson practices pediatrics in Minot, North Dakota, where she and her husband own a winery/distillery. This year’s grape harvest was successful, and they bottled a whiskey and a rum. One of her twins (Sarah Peterson ’18) is expected to graduate from Kenyon in the spring.
David N. Sheehan is “fully entrenched in an expedited residency program” that has him teaching high school math in a high-needs New York City high school, while completing his master’s in education at Hunter College. “Career changing and baptism by fire! Extremely rewarding — and exhausting,” he notes. “I still chuckle that I am teaching math,” David adds. “I didn’t take one math or science course at Kenyon. What was I thinking?”
Thomas O. Wagner and Sarah Quillin Wagner ’86 are making many trips to the Hill this year while their daughter, Addison N. Wagner ’18, finishes her senior year: “We are determined to squeeze the Kenyon parent experience dry. We also had a nice visit with Michael J. Nevins and his wife as they dropped their son off at college here in Denver,” T.O. reports.
Kathleen Fulmer Waller has a new job as an ESL teacher at Columbus Preparatory Academy in Columbus, Ohio, the “top-ranking public school in the state — so no pressure!” she writes. Kathy enjoyed parents’ weekend in October, supporting Laurel J. Waller ’19, who served as production stage manager of the one-act comedy “Body Awareness.”
Elizabeth M. Lukens Mikes and Randall W. Mikes became the proud parents of an NCAA champion when daughter Macauley and her Gettysburg College lacrosse teammates won the Division III title in May. With sons having played football at Wittenberg and lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan, Betsy and Randy have found “the world of Division III athletics at quality liberal arts colleges to be very interconnected,” she writes. “We’ve enjoyed meeting players and families.”
Julie A. McLaughlin jokes that she should have had the HGTV cameras rolling during the challenge-plagued purchase of their San Diego retirement home: “The elderly sellers did not move out as scheduled; after calling the junk men twice, I finally rented out a dumpster. As his nest was disturbed, a rat jumped into the pool, where a kid with snorkel and epoxy had just patched a large, expensive crack. We camped on bare floors after ripping out stained carpets and DIY’ed the place 12 hours a day until the tent went over the house for termites.” They recently installed new flooring themselves, finding it cheaper than hiring it done — even after including their costs to fly out from D.C.
James B. Norton, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, had carpal tunnel surgery on his right hand last January and on his left hand in October. “I have to chuckle when a letter arrives from Kenyon and it’s not for me,” Jamie jokes. “My eldest son, Dougie, is a junior in high school.”
E. Christian Schoenleb Jr. is in his eighth year as director of Faith Lutheran High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Although Chris’ oldest daughter didn’t choose Kenyon, he is “thrilled to see her studying in a traditional liberal arts program” at Eastern University outside Philadelphia.
Beth Ann Spencer coordinates a master’s program at the University of New Hampshire that prepares STEM teachers to live and work in high-need, rural schools. Ann also serves as a school board member in her own high-need, rural district.
Andrew E. Hunter lives in an old house in the heart of Minneapolis within walking distance of Holly Hatch-Surisook ’91’s “phenomenal” restaurant, he informs. Now in his 24th year of teaching first grade, he describes his journey from an art degree to K-6 certification as “a long story.” He is in regular contact with Mike Cougar Hallenbeck ’92 and Norton F. “Chip” Tennille III ’93.
Diana K. Olinger, Annapolis, Maryland, acts as a safety, security and compliance 0fficer and works with state politicians at NOAA’s National Ocean Service. “I moved from competing nationally in figure skating to being nationally ranked in slalom and trick waterskiing,” she goes on. “I train and foster rescue dachshunds, enjoy living on the Chesapeake Bay and travel to visit my parents in Coshocton and five nieces and nephews.”
Craig W. Siders is senior scientist and commercial technology development leader for advanced photon technologies at the National Ignition and Photon Science Directorate of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. In 2015 the Missile Defense Agency commended his eight years of “superb contributions to the missile defense program and to our nation.” With Jennifer Walker Siders ’91, Craig attended the retirement symposium for Peter Collings at Swarthmore, to which Peter brought “a little of Kenyon when he moved there.”
Beth Miyashiro Vivio, St. Petersburg, Florida, describes dropping off son Carter M. Vivio ’21 in Gambier last August as “surreal.” Career transitions, downsizing to a smaller home, raising teenagers and caring for aging parents constitute “the joys of being in our 50s!”
Amy Heasley Williams is proud of son Robert J. Williams ’19 as he climbs his way to the top-times list in the annals of Kenyon swimming, earning All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA National Championships. After a tough day as Kenyon’s associate athletic director with oversight of Title IX issues in athletics, among other responsibilities, Amy’s go-to late-night snacks are “Shoppes popcorn and a Cove cookie.”
Jennifer K. Alexander is “happily living in Santa Fe, New Mexico,” she updates, “teaching art at an elementary charter school and breathing in fresh mountain and high desert air.”
Margaret A. Escherich Alexander, now “two years into reinventing my personal life after a stunning tragedy,” writes that her “new and fabulous partner” brings two children into her and her son’s life. “So different from having an only child. Heading into the teenage years soon. Yeow!” She works as the technology and facilities managing librarian at the public library of Eugene, Oregon, currently focusing on replacing elevators, expanding the teen center and adding a Maker Outreach van.
Scott H. Ehrlich, Tarzana, California, joined Sinclair Broadcasting as vice president of emerging platform content. Describing the endeavor as his latest dynamic growth opportunity after three decades in the media business — including as executive producer of the award-winning series
“The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers” with Paramount/Hulu — Scott will serve Sinclair as a strategic adviser to startups and established companies focused on digital video products, distributing and business models.
Elizabeth A. McCoy Hansel, Spofford, New Hampshire, and her husband sent their eldest child off to Boston College for his freshman year. This summer, she and Monique Levister Strauss climbed nearby Mount Monadnock, and she keeps busy teaching theater and English. Her classroom — naturally — is painted purple and white.
Taylor V. Ruggles, now back in the United States in Arlington, Virginia, took a position with the State Department on the Board of Examiners of the Foreign Service. “Look me up if you are in D.C.!” he writes.
Eric A. Williams completed his master’s in divinity at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis in May as valedictorian, receiving the History of Global Christianity award, before starting work as staff chaplain at Methodist Hospital. Kip’s assignments include cardiovascular critical care and emergency medicine.
Andrew H. Abbott and Katharine Weiss Abbott ’88, St. Louis, are thrilled to announce that son Henry H. Abbott ’21 began his freshman year. “It has been a real pleasure getting back to Gambier a little more often,” say Andy and Katie.
Michael L. Collyer was promoted to chief of the White Collar Crime Unit for the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Ohio. “Had a fun night with John D. Loud when he visited Cleveland recently.” Mike adds. “Still recovering.”
Meg L. DeRonghe heads into her third year at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working on malaria, Guinea worm and African sleeping sickness — “still not having eradicated any diseases. Looks like I may be there awhile,” she updates. After 13 years in Seattle, she and her partner, daughter and “our two humongous rescue mutts pulled up stakes and moved this summer to an acre on an island with pear trees and wild asparagus. Commuting by ferry is my replacement for high blood pressure medication. Come visit!”
Catherine M. Herrick, Annapolis, Maryland, in May celebrated the 20-year anniversary of her business, Buying Time, a “nationally recognized paid media strategy and buying firm competing at the top of the political, issue/advocacy and commercial industry,” she reports. Meanwhile, along with their five children, Cathie and her husband have opened their home to “a multitude of others who have used it as a stopping place on their journey — a challenging, rewarding adventure since I left Kenyon.”
Andrew D. Meehan and Anne T. (Hickey) Meehan ’93 announce the birth of “bouncing baby boy James Patrick Meehan, born at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. Equal parts ecstatic and exhausted.”
William J. O’Hearn Jr. and Diana M. Smith ’87 returned to England’s University of Cambridge, where Bill leads Clare College’s fundraising and alumni program and Diana holds a position at the Wren Library at Trinity College. He recently saw Syed Ali Naseer in London, Melissa Uhlig Wright in New York, and had a great night out with E. McCallister “Calli” Towne, Stephen A. Reinbold and Gregory C. Aharonian this summer before leaving Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Bell Townsend, Falls Church, Virginia, is “in denial” that oldest child Avery now drives younger sister Emily to high school, she informs. Fourth-grader William both excites and wracks the nerves of his mom and dad as a travel soccer goalkeeper. College hunting will soon involve a trip to Kenyon so Avery can see “what a small, fabulous liberal arts college looks and feels like.”
Mary K. Witte, Easton, Maryland, is senior director at NETworks Presentations working on the national tours of Broadway musicals including “Les Miserables,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Sound of Music” and “The King and I.” She visited Sarah Crosby Vokey last February in Maine and hung out this summer with Aurora M. Gonzalez, David E. Elliott, Andrew R. Cuncannan, Christopher M. Wick and J. Chalmers Browne ’91. “A few cocktails may have been involved,” she notes.
Meryl H. Brott, employed by the Recycling Division of Cambridge Public Works in Massachusetts, began her second term on the Philander Chase Conservancy board, working to protect land around Kenyon from “Columbus creep.” She welcomes your support for the Kenyon Nature Preserve on the former Tomahawk Golf Course, now a natural burial cemetery with much of the site restored to its natural state of native trees, prairie grasses and wildflowers: “Wonderful!”
Philip L. Cyr II of Concord, New Hampshire, was named vice president of health economics for Precision Value, a company providing health economics, analytics and marketing communications to global pharmaceutical and life science clients. Phil will develop and execute academically and commercially relevant health economic and outcome research studies and services for biopharma, medical device and diagnostics clients.
Theresa L. DeBonis, Saline, Michigan, completed the first level of Robert Moss’ Dream Teacher Training class. Terrie leads dream groups in Ann Arbor and upstate New York.
Megan Lewis-Schurter earned tenure at the University of Massachusetts and published two books: “Performing Whitely in the Postcolony” and “Magnet Theatre: Three Decades of Making Space.”
Alexander A. Novak and Angela Karnosky Novak ’89 live outside Washington, D.C., where he is the publisher of a division of history, military and biography books called Regnery History. Their five children range in age from 4 to 20. He travels often to compete in running relays, marathons and ultramarathons.
Louise W. Reed, who works with entrepreneurs out of her own CPA firm in Richmond, Virginia, has “gotten bitten by the network of blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts,” she writes: “The implications of triple-entry accounting have tapped my intellectual curiosity like Fourier transforms and the Lagrangian did at Kenyon — I feel surprisingly young, ignorant and hip again in this multidimensional Wild West of a new technology.”
Patricia L. Stey married Andrew Gerngross in May in Marina del Rey, California, in a small seaside ceremony “filled with love and laughter,” she writes. “We were doubly thrilled to have roommates Julie K. (Mills) Roth and Catherine D. McGavran Horning ’92 joining the celebrations,” she adds.
David S. Thiele modestly describes “trying to be convincing in another stretch role, this time as the chair of the English Department at Mount Union,” he writes, adding that a return to Kenyon for Honors finale weekend allows him to report that “any nostalgic feelings you may have are completely justified.”
Andrea L. Hopewell Doyle moved from Florida to Singapore for the next three years with the U.S. Foreign Service. She described the transition as easy and her new home as a “remarkable city that just celebrated 52 years as a country.”
Michael S. Dow, Easthampton, Massachusetts, calls the weekly podcast titled “Civil Politics” that he hosts on Valley Free Radio (WXOJ) a “much easier show to do when Obama was president.”
Mike Cougar Hallenbeck enjoyed the recent screening on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey network of the pilot for an animated show called “Tim the Terrible,” which featured his original music and sound design. He’s also been knocking on doors for a city council candidate in Minneapolis and, he adds, “rubbing my cat Stella’s belly whenever I get the chance.”
William M. Jordan has enjoyed watching the renaissance of Washington, D.C., from right in the heart of it, while raising three kids there. Mark’s two years at a specialty financial firm have been a great experience, and he recommends “challenging yourself to break into new areas of interest — definitely something Kenyon taught and reinforced!”
Brian D. Sites updates that life is going well on his hobby farm in Plainfield, New Hampshire, where he cares for a big family and lots of animals. He is a professor of anesthesiology and associate dean at Dartmouth Medical School.
Lainie Thomas calls life in Manila, the Philippines, “sweaty, busy and punctuated with long stays in traffic jams, (which have) turned me into a bike commuter — which, no, is not safe, but vastly faster than any other option.” After doffing her illuminated vest at work, she designs and oversees health and education projects in Southeast Asia. Lainie traveled to Vietnam this year to visit schools for ethnic minorities in very remote areas.
Nicole P. Dunn Toft re-entered the workforce after 14 years as a stay-at-home mom to sell books at the Book Cellar in Chicago. The “greatest irony,” she explains, “is that while I have less time to read I actually have to read more as part of my job. It’s a good problem to have.” Husband Christopher P. Toft ’89 thrives at Advocate Health Care, where he is vice president of development. One of her greatest joys of the year was the 25th reunion.
Carolyn N. Peticolas Alt, Grand Rapids, Michigan, took her husband and fourth- and sixth-grade daughters to the Hill for the first time in September for a fantastic time. She and Nanette (Miller) Zorn spend many early mornings at the local YMCA striving to retain their college figures.
Allison Hilberg Bunker left San Francisco proper for Marin County, where she and her husband love living with the redwoods, trails and wildlife, which suit them well. Alli still works for IBM on internal strategy and is happy to be traveling less for work.
Elyse J. Forkosh Cutler, Oak Park, Illinois, had a “great, albeit short, trip to Gambier for reunion planning,” she informs. “It was a treat to hang out with Karen A. Scott ’98 and Jody L. Horak Tyrpak ’91. When I’m with a Kenyon friend, it’s like no time has passed at all.”
Scott W. Gosnell, Columbus, Ohio, searched his memory for something he did in 2017 that’s interesting enough for inclusion here “but to no avail” — so he went with “competitive wingsuit flying.” Scott runs a very small publishing venture and does marketing and financial consulting for tech companies.
Jamie I. Grifith married and became the proud stepfather of three girls (15, 11 and 9) in the family’s new home in Baltimore. Jamie is the parish administrator for Memorial Episcopal Church.
Blake A. Taylor continues his “dream job,” he writes, as an Advanced Placement English literature and creative writing teacher at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. A certified AP mentor and lit exam reader, a researcher and presenter at the AP annual conference and a member of 46 Long, resident band at Arnold’s Bar and Grill, Blake adds that he is “constantly amazed at the pioneering work that Kristina L. ‘Krista’ Vitz Taylor is doing in compassionate education for adolescents. Check out her blog and book, ‘Angels and Superheroes.’”
Michael A. Baumholtz, San Antonio, Texas, opened his own office in September offering full-range plastic surgery.
Julie Cerel was promoted to full professor at the University of Kentucky last year, and is president of the American Association of Suicidology. She was on NPR twice, was quoted in Teen Vogue, Seventeen and Newsweek magazines in 2017 and has more than 1,200 Twitter followers. “Now I’m trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my career,” she concludes.
L. Bradfield Hughes practices law at Porter Wright and welcomes visits from ’94ers passing through Columbus, Ohio. Brad and his family moved north out of the Clintonville neighborhood into Worthington but are still close to the Olentangy River bicycle path and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where his wife is a clinical psychologist. He enjoyed running into David M. Grifin at Target while shopping for school supplies. “From Mather hallmates to proud dads, we’ve come a long way!”
Melissa Schneider Kasmin, Morristown, New Jersey, was hired by County College of Morris as an assistant professor of education while continuing her private practice offering clinical services and school consultation for children, adolescents and their families.
Philip A. Musser sold his digital media company and became a senior vice president for global communications at Boeing, based in Chicago, where he enjoys seeing John W. Manley, John-Marc Berthoud and Christopher S. Antonow ’93.
Michael P. Rutter accepted a new role as senior adviser for communications in the office of the vice chancellor at MIT.
Ravana “Ravi” Wijeyeratne, enjoying golf and scuba in sunny Sri Lanka, hosted Glen A. Feder ’96, Fabrice J. Claudel and Abid Sayeed ’95 and their families in 2017. Ravi wonders if his daughter, who applied to Kenyon for admission this fall, might become Kenyon’s first second-generation international student.
Tasha Y. Willis helped lead a new three-week course with some of her Cal State Los Angeles students to Quibdo and Bogota, Colombia, exploring intercultural communication and social entrepreneurship in an Afro-Colombian context. She is now on the hunt for a kindergarten for her son.
David Bee is excited to share his new film, “Built by Zidell” (builtbyzidell.com), which “tells the story of an incredible environmental cleanup here in Portland, Oregon.”
Samantha Carey describes herself as “way behind” her classmates, but 2017 saw the arrival of her daughter Emily. After ﬁve moves, Sam and her husband, David, are enjoying building their family life together in D.C.
Andrew Kyle Legant “just can’t get enough school,” he reports. “Entering my second year of a doctoral program in education leadership just in time for my third year as principal at a middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico.”
Seth W. Peter is “enjoying some downtime after leaving my position as founder and CTO of the information security firm NetSPI, a company that started in my home and grew organically from one to 70 employees nation-wide before raising equity funding this year,” he informs. Downtime meant a trip to Scandinavia, renovating his 1900 Minneapolis home and enjoying his sons’ baseball games. Seth met Brian J. Binge and Kendra S. Carpenter in Breckenridge, Colorado, this summer, and Shannon B. Wilkinson and Neil A. Butler in Seattle in the fall.
Pia V. Catton, who left the Wall Street Journal in December 2016 to enter the digital content space, is now editor in chief of Dance.com, owned by the dancewear brand Capezio. “I now know more about four-way stretch canvas than I ever thought possible,” Pia writes.
Christopher H. Eliot became executive editor of the academic journal Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology, retitled and relaunched under his direction in 2017. Chris works at Hofstra University and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and 2-year-old daughter.
Christopher C. Ellsworth reports that this year on the Hill “got off to a good, albeit fast start,” noting that members of the Kenyon class of ’18 “were born the year we graduated, which is a bit off-putting. Where does the time go?”
Christopher S. Frisby and his wife, Erin, welcomed a son, Bryce Brumback Frisby, on July 27. Bryce joins sister Mary at home on Daniel Island, South Carolina. Chris teaches history at Ashley Hall, an independent school for girls in Charleston.
Matthew J. Gernstein, Arlington, Virginia, “applied to NASA and Elon Musk to be part of their Mars missions.” Because he is sick of traffic and dealing with everyone, he thinks this is the best way to finally get peace and quiet.
John A. Koepke, still working at Accenture in Chicago, “spends most of his free time driving his three kids from one sports event to another,” he informs.
Andrew S. Richmond writes, “After more than 10 years in the Columbus area, we packed up and moved to Belpre, a small town on the Ohio River. From my company’s new offices I can watch the barges on the water all day.”
Jane L. Ballard Roth, St. Louis, informs that one daughter started college, one started high school, one started first grade: “How young we feel among the college parents, and how ancient among the first-grade parents!” she writes. “At least the experience is proving to us how much we have mellowed in 17 years of parenting.”
Colette J. Pichon Battle splits time among Louisiana, New York and Atlanta in her position as executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network. Coco “works to connect folks impacted by climate disaster in the U.S. and folks who work to advance human rights together for a movement to make a better country,” she explains. She hung out with Mila L. Thigpen and Jennifer A. Henderson Londen on a recent trip to D.C.
Jamion L. Berry moved from Atlanta to Chicago for a new opportunity with McDonald’s and an entirely new Kenyon alumni community. “My brothers and I continue to support the campus every semester through memberships with Alumni Council, KFEC and alumni mentoring initiatives,” he notes. “So awesome to see the progressive changes that are happening on campus. If you haven’t done so, you should make it back up to the Hill to see how your campus has changed.”
Lindsay B. Buchanan Burke, Arlington, Virginia, enjoys life with her husband and three kids along with the practice of law at Covington & Burling, where she was recently elected partner.
Elizabeth Rosengren Cotone, Canyon Country, California, was “totally bummed to miss the reunion this year” but has been busy with 6-year-old Jenny and writing projects for film, theater and television, one of which is a new drama TV series in development for Warner Brothers.
Adam Hunter Howard, Studio City, California, announces that Maxwell Devon Howard was born Sept. 30 and joins excited and curious big brother Andrew, 20 months older.
Greta N. Scharnweber is associate director of the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU, working over the fall with a “cool indie band called Mashrou’ Leila from Beirut,” she writes, part of her graduate workshop on the intersection of music and politics. “I have been thinking about my Kenyon years recently,” she adds, “because I am planning this spring to bring my son to Morocco, where I first went during junior year abroad.”
Derek S. Zurn purchased a pediatric dental/orthodontic practice in Stoughton, Massachusetts, after having been an associate there for a decade, and he launched a satellite office nearby. “Additionally, I got married in August,” Derek writes.
Malcolm Auchincloss and Penelope Noble were married in Weekapaug, Rhode Island, on June 17. In attendance were Kate Abbott Wartels ’99, Christine O’Neill, Edward Wartels (best man), Kate Niven Morse and Joshua Lawrence.
Frederick C. Bierman, an art director at the New York Times, connected with many area Kenyonites: “James C. Stover ’99 just moved to the ’burbs (boo!) with his beautiful wife and adorable kids. Andrew B. Solar ’99 got married in Greenwich, Connecticut, and I got to hang out with Thomas W. Pettus ’97, Peter M. Sughrue Jr. and Vanessa A. Brown, Graham E.E. Thomas ’99, J. Ryan Miller, Andrew A. Garcia ’99 and Mark C. Svenson ’99 at the wedding. I also ran into my cousin Timothy J. Bearman ’00 in Savannah, Georgia, and John C. Neumann lived around the corner from me in Brooklyn, but he moved. Sad! I miss Edward C. Jack, who lives in Florida. What’s up, Big E!”
Heather L. (Torsnes) Cortes, Greenville, South Carolina, updates that daughter Linda is a sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic, daughter Alana is in second grade and Paola Cortes ’21 began her freshman year at Kenyon.
Kathryn S. (Snyder) Howe moved out of the wine business and into higher ed administration, becoming a library information specialist at Columbus State Community College.
Jonathan E. Keeling, Columbus. Ohio, informs: “When my awesome daughters aren’t exhausting me with their boundless energy and laughter, I’m serving as press secretary for Gov. John Kasich — trying to fight the good fight in challenging times.”
McClain L. Howarth McGaw and her family moved to Lexington, Massachusetts, four years ago, and she is now director of customer success at AthenaHealth. Macy works alongside Marguerite L. “Margot” McKean and Dwight K. Schultheis ’97. “We loved a visit from Kathryn Kerr Fitzsimmons this summer and regular get-togethers with Elizabeth M. “Lisa” Conway in Boston,” she informs.
Dara M. Newberry graduated in May from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center with a doctor of nursing practice, family nurse practitioner specialty. Christina L. Rimelspach updates: “Big news! I have moved to the Denver metro area. I will continue to work as a geriatric social worker. Very excited about this next chapter of my life — drop me a line!”
Tyler A. Studds married Lauren C. MacKay ’96. Attending were Rebecca L. Feldman ’94, Jonathan S. Hyland ’97 and James G. Murray IV ’99. Tyler is proud to be in his sixth year with the state of Massachusetts, working to promote offshore wind energy.
Alexandra J. Mustonen Whelehan, newly moved to Cold Spring Harbor, New York, is now director of East Coast placement for the Education Group, where she works with Robert E. Kirkpatrick ’73. She and her husband see Victoria H. Kirby, Virginia Secor Shaw and Elizabeth “Libby” Stroyd Windsor as often as possible.
Elizabeth G. Dunning marked what would have been her mom’s 70th birthday by running the Washington, D.C., Rock ’n’ Roll marathon and raising nearly $70,000 for the Brady Center for the Prevention of Gun Violence. Catch up with Liz and read details of her experiences as a survivor at www. runlizzierun.com.
Cecil C. Jackson III submitted his first Bulletin note ever, though Craig has long enjoyed keeping up with everyone: “My wife and I live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, putting all our energy into our two kids, Alexander, 3, and Kennedy, 18 months, a baby who will not be put in the corner.”
Erica L. Vogelei Kendall, San Carlos, California, recently enjoyed a weekend in Ohio with Molly M. Harsh Gutridge, Lesley C. Keiner Herzberg and Sarah A. Horstmann celebrating birthdays, marriages and lifelong friendships. “We spent a day on the Hill and look forward to coming back in 2019!” she adds.
Michael J. Klein married on Aug. 19, with the whole Klein family in attendance. Also making the trip — and still bringing the moves on the dance floor — were Robert B. Corpuz, Elizabeth G. Dunning, John C. Jordan, Zachary B. Nowak, John R. Sherck and Lauren E. Coil-Sherck, he informs. When not commuting to Nashville, Tennessee, where his bride is a Vanderbilt postdoc, Michael provides legal advice to various Veterans Administration clients in the St. Louis region, most of them VA medical centers.
Erich K. Kurschat married Katie Hedrick on Sept. 23 at Unity Temple, a Frank Lloyd Wright Church in Oak Park, Illinois, with Lindsay M. Irvin Doyle, John R. Sherck and Eliza K. Andrews ’00 attending. “Looking forward to bringing Katie with me to Gambier!” he writes.
Christina LeStage White, Eagle Bridge, New York, started a new business in partnership with a local community and art center: Dinners-To-Go from Hoosick Kitchen. “People order food online on Mondays and pick up Thursdays,” she explains. “Healthy takeout with fresh, local ingredients.”
Richard G. Woodbridge marked the 190th birthday of the family farm that he and his wife own and operate outside Buffalo, New York. “We run a pretty popular CSA farm share program and hold educational and tourism events,” he describes. Their older daughter “does not like it one bit” that a little sister arrived in June, and tells everyone that the baby is a “forever pet.”
Eliza K. Andrews, Springfield, Virginia, attended the February wedding of Lindsay M. (Irvin) Doyle ’99 in Atlanta. In March, she reconnected with Renee L. Peltz Dennison '00 “and her kiddos” at the Chamber Singers concert in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Then in April she and Tom bought their first home.
Scott G. Carney, Denver, is working on two new books — the first a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller “What Doesn’t Kill Us,” tentatively titled “The Wedge,” and the second on climate change. “Impressed with my amazing classmates and stalking all of you on Facebook,” he adds.
Martha N. Holley-Miers led fundraising for a Washington, D.C., nonprofit for nine years but now has “taken the plunge into nearly full-time stay-at-home parenting,” she updates. “Keeping my head in the working game with some limited consulting work, and just joined the board of directors of a beautiful local aquatic gardens — let me know if you ever want to visit this gem right here in our nation’s capital!” She’s also excited to live four minutes away from best friend Samantha L. Grover Aguayo '00.
Siiri C. Morley and husband Jeremy welcomed Indigo Jacob into their family on Jan. 20, 2017. “He is an active, engaged little boy who has already participated in many efforts to #Resist, which is appropriate given his birthday,” she writes. The executive director of Strong Women, Strong Girls, a Boston nonprofit that supports girls in maintaining high self-esteem through adolescence as they gain a sense of agency over their lives, Siiri is “deeply passionate about working with women and girls at the intersection of gender and racial equality.”
Maraleen D. Shields, Allentown, Pennsylvania, described recent months as a roller coaster: In July she was named a shareholder at her law firm, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba. She spoke at the Pennsylvania Bar’s annual meeting on mothers, millennials and minorities in the profession in January 2018, and will address the Health Law Institute on medical staff hearings in March. Her husband and two children are excellent. “We are all doing our best to resist and persist.”
Megan J. Hill Grewal, Thousand Oaks, California, updates: “My husband, Bobby, and I welcomed our son, Sachin Emerson Grewal, on March 9. Thrilled to be parents! We visited Leigh S. Andrews Plotke '01 and Chad D. Plotke ’02, as well as Lindsey E. Good Nakayama '01 and her husband, Kyle. Saw Erin E. O’Neill ’02 in November. Brooke E. Bergdahl Tyler '01 recently visited and met Sachin.”
S. Elizabeth (McClelland) Anderson accepted a post as lecturer of English studies at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where she lives in a small town north of the city with her family. “We are enjoying exploring the castles and beaches in the northeast of Scotland,” she writes. “Visitors welcome!”
Laura K. Folks Borell is happily living in North Canton, Ohio, where she recently started working for the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Erika J. Plank Hagan, Ridgefield, Connecticut, continues “getting people into rooms and making them comfortable participating in things,” as she describes her work as a church school administrator. Also a Jazzercise franchise owner and “autism mom CEO,” with two boys on the spectrum, she and her husband will go to the U.K. for their 15th wedding anniversary. “Any Kenyon kids over there to say hey to?” she asks.
Beth A. Harrod, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has begun a second career as a pediatric nurse and is now more than halfway through Cleveland State’s accelerated bachelor of nursing program: “My dream has always been to work with kids, and I think this will be an amazing change from clinical trials,” she informs. “I sing for the Western Reserve Chorale, now in its 25th year.”
Rowan T. (Williams) Haug, who teaches in the Mississippi State University Department of Art and wrangles her two kids, has taken a leadership position in her local progressive group and helped usher in her hometown’s first female mayor. Otherwise busy making and selling quilts, pillows and fiber art locally and online, she began work on “a teeny-tiny house to leave out on property we bought in rural Mississippi (for) when we need to escape the news cycle.”
Brooke E. Hauser and Addison D.S. MacDonald '01 write that her biography of Helen Gurley Brown, “Enter Helen,” recently came out in paperback, while Addie manages the theater at the Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Andrew W. Kahrl received tenure and promotion to associate professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Virginia last spring. His next book, “Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline,” will be published by Yale University Press this spring.
Anne E. Morrissy, a freelance writer and editor, received her first book commission — a retrospective history of the Water Safety Patrol, a nonprofit in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, her hometown. She splits her time between her condo in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and an apartment in Chicago, where she serves on the junior board of the Chicago Public Library.
Alys L. Spensley made a short stop in the U.S. and caught up with Allison K. Jones '01 and Laura A. Maestas '01 before heading to her new home in Beijing, where she and Andrew D. Lebkuecher ’99 both work for the U.S. State Department, have three children and would welcome visitors.
Erika R. Snell is associate creative director of art at AbelsonTaylor, realizing her dream of making commercials, with three campaigns launched in the past year. She loves Chicago, enjoys pottery-making and photography, and has completed her second half-marathon.
Christine H. Steffen, Minneapolis, and her husband welcomed Peter Steffen Keith into the world last March. “Peter is eager to meet all his Kenyon pals,” Chrissy notes.
Erin D. Saunders Benson, Denver, began a new job as regional director for Ignatian Volunteer Corps, a Jesuit program for adults age 50 and over who “want to serve in local nonprofits and grow together, reflecting on their experiences,” she informs.
Neil Hall, Minneapolis, “had a blast with everybody at the reunion,” he recalls. He and his wife were blessed with their third child in late June. Still selling commercial insurance, Neil performs monthly shows with his live karaoke band, Hurricane Karaoke.
Renee M. (Shoaf) McNally returned to work after several years off with her boys and is enjoying the challenge of her new position as costume designer and shop manager at the Academy Theatre in Meadville, Pennsylvania. “If you’re in northwest Pennsylvania, stop and catch a show!” she writes.
Shaun D. Berry, Arlington, Massachusetts, has spent nearly 10 years as an educator and instructional coach in the Cambridge Public Schools. She and her husband are proud parents of a 3-year-old.
Charles R. Guedenet lives in the Washington, D.C., metro area with his wife and two daughters. The older just started kindergarten and the younger “is starting to tell jokes,” he informs.
Mary E. Hanna-Weir finally calls Santa Clara, California, home after four years there, where her husband is now on track for tenure as director of choral activities at Santa Clara University. Mary is active in state and local politics. “We are happy to live close to Elizabeth C. “Liz” Ray Whitney '03 and John B. Hiester ’02 and Kathleen S. Adams Hiester ’02,” she adds.
Benjamin D. Helfat is in his third year as headmaster at Boston Adult Technical Academy, an alternative Boston public school serving students over 19.
Lauren Camp Jercinovic, Chicago, and husband Ernie celebrated the birth of a daughter, Natasha, in late April. “Danica is a proud big sister!”
In June Andrew F. Kalnow and Anna K. Wholey Kalnow ’04, Columbus, Ohio, welcomed to the family their second child, Sophia, who already sports a Kenyon onesie.
Tatyana A. Klimova and Russell A. Carleton ’02, Atlanta, welcomed twin sons in July. The boys’ three big sisters “are smitten, as are we,” she writes, adding, “Goodbye, sleep.”
Liesel S. Kuhr and husband Kevin announce the Aug. 18 arrival of George Wolfgang Eakin in Fairfax, Virginia.
Courtney L. McKee and husband Edward call daughter Kelsey, born last March, “a delight!” The family lives in Queens, New York, where Courtney is a social worker and Edward owns a printing business.
Alexander B. O’Flinn enjoys life in the Los Angeles area, where he works as a film editor. “The Rider,” which Alex edited, premiered at Cannes in May and won the top prize for its section. It will be released by Sony Picture Classics.
Karl A. Reichstetter recently hung out in San Francisco with Christopher T. McKeon '03 and Michael S. Mitchell '03, whom he hadn’t seen in a while. “I was pleased to learn that they haven’t changed one bit,” he observes. “Mike still drinks Clamato juice before and during work-outs, and Chris still eats Papa John’s pizza every meal of the day.”
Lindsay M. Sabik is an associate professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh, researching Medicaid policy and cancer care for underserved patient populations.
Sarah R. May Van Nostrand and Christopher M. Van Nostrand ’02 and their two kids love living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Sarah started her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley.
Andrew F. Vincent, Arlington, Virginia, updates: “With the unending support of Emily F. (Briggs) Vincent ’02 and my three daughters, I joined the founding team of a financial technology startup as the VP of product. Two months after United Income’s launch this summer, the company is growing fast, with well over $200 million in assets under management. The experience has been outstanding, and it makes me appreciate even more my idyllic days along the Kokosing.”
Whitney H. Brown married in Poulsbo, Washington, on July 15. “We went for a backpacking ‘minimoon,’ hiking 40 miles through Olympic National Park,” she writes. “We are making Bremerton, Washington, our home.”
Erin Billie Cooper Carter and her husband welcomed daughter Victoria James into the world last March. “I also started my own behavioral health group practice on the west side of Cleveland.”
Tai J. Chiappa and her husband celebrate the arrival of their Class of 2035 daughter, Zada Mae Hindulak, on Sept. 19. They moved to Salem, Massachusetts, and are enjoying the North Shore and launching into parenthood adventures. Still practicing as a clinical psychologist working with children and adolescents, Tai notes that it will be interesting to try to put into practice the parenting advice she’s been giving professionally.
Leeman Tarpley Kessler and Rachel C. Kessler welcomed son Martin to the world and to the Hill. Rachel continues her work at Harcourt Parish and with students.
Eric T. Lehrman celebrated 13 years in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and 2-year-old son, Theo. He is head of content at Wattpad.
Sarah Y. Evans Moore, Plainfield, New Hampshire, is thrilled to share news of the arrival of son Winston Andrew on Sept. 25: “All the clichés are true: We are smitten!”
Kerry L. Shannon lives in Baltimore with her husband and son Benjamin, who is now 9 months old. She graduated from Johns Hopkins with an M.D. and DrPH in international health and began an emergency medicine residency.
Stephanie K. Skinner, Arlington, Virginia, joined the Staying Sharp team at AARP as a content developer, while still making time for photography/video projects on the side. She attended the wedding of Petar Krvaric '04 in Croatia.
Tyler J. VanWormer lives on Johns Island, South Carolina, outside Charleston, with his wife of nearly 11 years and his “rambunctious” 3-year-old son. Tyler is working in the upstream oil and gas industry and studying for the sommelier exam, but reports that at heart he just wants to make cheese.
Sarah Meadow Walsh and family will relocate to Washington, D.C., as Eamon Z. Walsh ’02 leaves the Navy to do “more of the same interesting and important work that he still can’t tell you about,” she reports. Sarah will be on the lookout for a children’s librarian position in a public or school library.
Alaina T. Baker-Nigh greatly enjoyed her first semester as associate professor in the biology department of St. Louis University. “I’m so unbelievably glad that my Kenyon-honed skills at nerding out in front of a whiteboard are being put to good use,” she notes.
John H. Goehrke, Twinsburg, Ohio, reports he is “still living the dream at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” where he is director of visitor engagement and Risa Roberson Goehrke ’04 is director of marketing. Otherwise he’s coaching his two boys who are busy playing soccer, memorizing Michael Jackson dance moves and watching lots of Disney Junior.
Sara “Annie” Mark-Westfall moved to Berlin last year in her capacity as director of global program development for the Wildlife Conservation Society. In June, Annie and her husband welcomed a daughter, who joins a 2-year-old brother; all are enjoying “the sanity of German parental leave and family policies,” she writes. Her monthly column, “Letters from Berlin,” appears in the online magazine The Wild Word, also home to a column by Rachel C. Kessler ’04, Kenyon’s chaplain.
Cara P. Himmelfarb McIlwaine is thankful to have moved into a two-bedroom apartment in New York City in time for the Sept. 24 arrival of their first child, a girl. Cara works at Wine Enthusiast and her husband, Patrick, at Murray’s Cheese.
Elizabeth A. Palmer was married in an arboretum outside Philadelphia on Sept. 30. Margaret A. “Meg” Scuderi '05 was a bridesmaid, and Liz writes she is “so thankful we met at a Phi Kap party in fall of freshman year!”
Nadia Reiman, Brooklyn, has been working for a year as senior editor of NPR’s Latino USA — “which is not in Spanish, so you should check it out!” she explains. “It’s great stories about the Latino community, and it’s character-driven, so you know it’s fun.”
Kelly A. Smallwood Stowe left North Carolina to plant new roots in Grand Rapids, Michigan, although Kelly still works remotely out of D.C. managing a program support contract for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Claudia D. (Masko) Smith and Colin L. Smith ’06 of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, announce the arrival of a daughter on July 4. Colin works in Philadelphia as a gastroenterologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and at an affiliated practice across the river in New Jersey.
Andrea C. (Scott) Turnipseed and her husband welcomed son Nicholas Pierce to the family in late September. He joins big sister Eve, 2, in their home in Austin, Texas.
Megan E. Barrett, Washington, D.C., recounted the “trip of a lifetime” she and her husband took this summer: “We visited 20 national parks, and camped out most nights and hiked many miles. We saw the sunset over the Grand Canyon, hiked over snowfields on Mount Rainier, saw grizzly bears in Glacier and got caught in a July snowstorm in the Canadian Rockies.” Contact Megan for useful tips if you plan something similar.
Andrea E. Daly reports that she “made it through the first two premiere productions of my musical (in Denmark and Ohio), and now I’m back in Brooklyn eating cereal. No kids or pets, but I’m writing a lot of music.”
Kurt N. Hollender completed his doctorate in German from NYU and is currently a visiting assistant professor of German at Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Michelle B. “Micha” (Pino) Ide and her husband welcomed first child Hattie Lou to the family on July 31 and closed Sept. 18 on a house with a 30-acre farm in Orting, Washington, at the base of Mount Rainier. They continue to operate their farm business, Bright Ide Acres, focused on ethically raised meat. Kenyonites are welcome to visit and buy some bacon to help them pay the mortgage.
Elizabeth M. Jacobs lives in New York City with Ryan P. O’Connor ’11 and works at the creative advertising agency BBDO. When not building campaigns about candy, Liz is busy distracting Cody Shankman ’12, who sits two tables away.
Mary E. “Maeba” Jonas recently moved to Baltimore, where she serves as assistant chaplain at Johns Hopkins University after being ordained as a minister of word and sacrament in the United Church of Christ on April 22. Maeba would be happy to see Kenyon friends as she acclimates to her new home.
Edward M. Roach, St. Paul, Minnesota, is “stoked” to be putting his math degree to use “nerding out as a mathematical programmer for the analytics software company Alteryx,” he reports. “If anyone from the math department sees this, we give free licenses to educational institutions!” When away from the computer, he spends most of his time adventuring in the great outdoors in Minnesota and Colorado.
John D. Sadoff, Somerville, Massachusetts, works for Discovering Justice, a civics education nonprofit that works with elementary and middle school students. “I’m running and always looking for new trails,” Johnny adds. “Would love to meet up with Kenyon folks in the Boston area.”
Lilly Stolper quit her job as a nurse practitioner at Stanford and in September arrived back in New England “via a 97-day 10,000-plus-mile road trip” with her partner, Josh, after exploring all over the country. Favorite stop? Yellowstone. “I felt like I was on a different planet,” she writes. Lilly now seeks an emergency department position in the Boston area.
Alexander R. Tanton, Austin, Texas, is now a systems development engineer at Amazon. Recently, together with Andrew H. Foley, Alex launched ClickTutor (clicktutor.io), an app that helps undergrads study for the LSAT.
James A. Taylor now works at Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, designing prototypes for the HoloLens and other augmented reality devices.
Lisa King and Sam Shopinski ’06 announce the birth of their son, Owen Eing Shopinski, on Sept. 14 in Detroit, to which they have returned. “I’m finally starting my first real job after a decade of training as a hand surgeon at Henry Ford Hospital,” Lisa writes.
Megan L. Maurer, Durham, North Carolina, received her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Kentucky in August after researching urban gardening, ethics of care and class in Michigan. She is on the academic job market.
Claire A. Fort and her sister Shelley Fort ’11 are in pre-production for their web series, “Dear Sister,” described thus: “In the wake of their father’s illness, roles are reversed as biracial sisters Claire and Shelley step into the role of caretaker following the tragic loss of their white mother.” Fundraising campaign coming soon! Claire continues writing, acting, directing and producing work in the downtown NYC theater scene, and was in the off-Broadway production of “Wood Calls Out to Wood” this fall. She loves seeing Kenyon faces in the audience and will always get you a comp ticket.
Beth C. Tuckey Hatfield and Timothy N. Hatfield announce the arrival of daughter Ruth Adeline on Aug. 16. They look forward to taking her on outdoor adventures around Portland, Oregon.
Sarah Watkins Lee and husband Ryan, of Minneapolis, welcomed a daughter, Frances Elizabeth, on July 7.
Timothy M. O’Neal took a job teaching biology at a public middle school in Brooklyn. “I have not died yet,” he reports. Tim’s evenings involve teaching biology at Brooklyn College, while weekends are for maintaining his beehives.
Stuart H. Schisgall, Chicago, created a digital marketing, analytics and search engine optimization company called Searics, LLC. He is near completion of a DePaul University MBA in marketing strategy and “had the greatest vacation” with his wife backpacking through Europe for a month last summer, he reports.
Thomas H. Au married Kristyn Ostman in Washington, D.C., in September, with proud dad Thomas Y. Au ’69, uncle Jack Au ’73 and a whole crew of Kenyon friends in attendance: Keith W. Caniano '08, Mary Elizabeth Peckham '08, Andrey L. Kaem '08, Michael A. Zabek '08 and Katherine E. “Kes” Schroer '08.
Jason A. Cieply is teaching Russian literature at Wellesley College for the year.
Anthony C. Masterson, lead MLB researcher for FOX Sports, worked his third World Series in October after a September marriage to his “lovely new bride, Nicole,” in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Nicholas D. O’Brien, San Francisco, works as a marketing content manager at a software company by day; by night— “in a less-than-original move for a Kenyon English major,” he admits —Nick works on his novel manuscript and reads “Moby-Dick.” He “still plays drums in a rock ’n’ roll band and is not above drinking Keystone Light when someone hands him one at a party.”
Mary “Carrie” Spitz Purser and her husband bought their first house in Nashville, Tennessee. “Room for visitors!”
Emma C. Reidy was married on July 15 on the lawn of the Wabash College Mall. Emma works as an interior designer, and the couple live in Greenwood, Indiana.
Jessie L. Rubenstein took a job as the Jewish studies teacher for grades three through eight at Pardes Jewish Day School in Scottsdale, Arizona. She still serves as the rabbi for Congregation Beth HaGivot in Fountain Hills.
Katherine Guerin-Calvert Sharafi, Fairfax, Virginia, was married on July 4, 2016. Kate recently marked nine years with the U.S. Department of Justice, enjoys the work and her colleagues, and declares, “Kenyon prepared me well for what we do each day.”
Ann M. Shikany was married on Sept. 9 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, accompanied by family and many Kenyon friends. The couple returned to Washington, D.C., where they met seven years ago.
Rebecca A. Sundling completed a master’s in public health at Dartmouth and went into private practice for foot and ankle surgery in Holland, Michigan, close to where she grew up.
Josephine C. Bardot Trueblood and her husband, Rob, welcomed a daughter, Ushuaia Bardot Trueblood, to their home in Monrovia, California, on June 17. “Ushuaia is named after the southernmost city in the world,” Josie explains, “which happens to be in my home country, Argentina.”
Daniel X. Becker moved last March to Lyon, France, where he works for Babolat, a French tennis equipment manufacturer. He will be based there for a few years before returning to Denver.
Steven S. Bertozzi married Andrew Wiechert on Aug. 19 in the courtyard of the Boston Public Library. Steven is a middle school social studies teacher at Milton Academy.
Courtney E. Coleman moved to Boston to begin a position at Massachusetts General Hospital as a health coach with The First 1,000 Days program. She “provides telephonic health coaching to expectant mothers and for children zero to 2 years old with the aim of preventing the development of obesity among mother-infant pairs,” she says.
Sophie S. Davis-Cohen began a fellowship at Wright Institute Los Angeles, where she receives training in relational/psychoanalytic psychotherapy and provides affordable therapy. She works part-time as a social worker and lives with her boyfriend of six years.
Brittany M. Hurd, Cleveland, became executive director of the Achievement Network Ohio in July.
Hunter R. Judson Jr. and his wife, Carly, announce the Aug. 30 birth of their son, Fitzgerald (“Fitz”), in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Elaine McFarlane, in her sixth year of teaching in Chicago, will begin work on an Ed.D. in urban education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a pipeline program toward becoming a Chicago Public Schools principal.
Hilary F. Oliphant, Hoboken, New Jersey, and her husband welcomed daughter Grace Kathryn on Sept. 9.
Linda T. Pear and Daniel A. Takacs are in their second year of running a school for toddlers, Snapdragon Montessori School, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Allyson R. Quinby was named vice president at Solomon McCown, a strategic PR firm in New York City and Boston. Ally also started grad school at NYU, where she takes night classes to earn her master’s in HR management and development.
Chad B. Smith, Cincinnati, and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed second daughter Vera in March.
Michael T.S. Vanacore took his master’s in divinity from Union Theological Seminary in May and is currently minister for congregational life and social justice at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Sarah A. Zukowski recently moved back to D.C. after spending a year living in Las Vegas, doing “all the area off the strip has to offer,” she updates. “Still adjusting to not looking for Obama excitedly every time I see the presidential motorcade.”
Rita C. Seabrook married her partner, Lia Floreno, on July 1 in an apple orchard in Putney, Vermont. Jessica “Jessie” Meyer ’08 co-officiated, and many other alumni attended.
Caitlin K. Addlesperger, Brooklyn, New York, sends this update: “In August, I married Erik Hoversten on a beautiful, smoky day at the base of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. Many of my favorite elements of the wedding featured the friendships forged at Kenyon, including Kathryn D. Day’s ceremony reading, Caroline A. Rotenberg’s lovely toast, Amanda M. Cohen’s gorgeous cake and more.”
Mollie Ferro-Hart ﬁnished her Fulbright in South Africa and headed back to New York to return to the nonprofit sector and social enterprise.
Saskia E. Warren Leeds, Riverdale, Maryland, took a step back from her business to renovate her house and home studio — “hard to make art when you’ve ripped up your floors!” she jokes. “Also working on a novel and some short nonfiction, as well as volunteering with a local wildlife refuge.”
Ned Littlefield and Danielle M. French Littlefield ’11 moved back to the Midwest for Dan’s doctoral studies in armed conflict in Latin America at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Danielle is working in urban planning.
Dominique A. McKoy, Chicago, is still working on college access at OneGoal alongside Rachel A. Oppenheimer '10 and Mark F. Haggarty ’96. “I recently spent some time back in Gambier,” she writes, “visiting some of my Urban Prep students who are now seniors! If you get a moment, look up Malik Pilcher ’18 and Tevin Harris ’18 on the KC directory and drop a note of encouragement or offer them a job!”
Jonathan A. Meyers, West Hollywood, California, is director of development and production at EuropaCorp TV Studios and oversees the NBC show “Taken.”
Halcyon B.K. Roberts Paulson, Colorado Springs, Colorado, teaches high school math and is growing her business, Playful Fitness, whose mission is “to help our clients reorient their lives around joy by exchanging the typical fitness motivators of comparison and shame for the more sustainable, energizing motivators of joy and gratitude,” Hally explains.
Pratima R. Shanbhag married Robert Derek Barbato ’13. She began a fellowship in child abuse and neglect at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Mason H. Stabler joined Open Door Integrative Wellness in White River Junction, Vermont, to run its community acupuncture clinic. Mason ran a rural health clinic in Chanaute, Nepal, after graduation and is now pursuing a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
Samantha M. Turner moved back to the Hill in June and describes Gambier as “definitely weird: In the 25 years my family has lived here, there hasn’t been nearly as much construction on campus as I’ve been seeing in the last few months.” Sam works with Keely M. Kurtas-Chapman ’04 at Star Performance Academy in Gahanna, improving her “child-wrangling abilities.”
Kathleen W. Weber and Wilson T. “Will” Bull ’08 “finally got married,” Katie writes, “surrounded by so many people we love. It was awesome.”
Christine L. Bullock received her MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in June and moved to New York City.
Reena M. de Lanerolle received her master’s from Adler University in fall 2016 and currently works as a rehabilitation therapist at an equine therapy clinic in northwestern Illinois.
Sarah K. Embick, Philadelphia, graduated last spring from an accelerated nursing program and started her first nursing job in September: “So far, so good!”
Camille I. Farey left her fundraising job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to spend five months traveling solo around the world — Iceland, England, Thailand, Vietnam, Bali, Australia and Japan. Upon returning to New York City, she launched a web design business (camillefarey.com) specializing in helping service-based entrepreneurs build WordPress sites that attract more clients, grow their email lists and increase revenue.
Ayako Tokuyama Garduque and Gian M. Garduque ’12 moved to Salem, Oregon, where their joys include fresh berries, craft beer and a focus on recycling. Ayako works as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, while Gian watches cat videos and Formula One races — and in his free time practices dentistry.
Analise N. Gonzalez-Fine and Charles H. Fine’12 celebrated their wedding in Littleton, Colorado, with many Kenyon friends: Margaret G. “Maggie” Taylor '11, Sarah N. Relich '11, Rachel E. Walsh ’12, Anuj Ezekiel ’12, David C. Vick ’12 and Robert “Ty” Tyson-Multhaup ’12 were all in the wedding party. The bride is now director of college placement for Denver School of Science and Technology.
Christopher R. MacColl is in his second year of practicing law with Cleary Gottlieb in Washington, D.C. Three breaks from the grind of being a first-year, Chris writes, were the weddings of roommates and track/cross-country teammates William L. Kessenich '11 to Sarah B. Cook '11, Jonathan Weil '11 to Liz Lawner and Andrew G. Borrasso ’10 to Sara Rusch.
Casey E. McKone works as a nurse practitioner in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
Katherine A. McLean finished her master’s of interaction design at Carnegie Mellon last spring and took a job as a user experience designer for a software development company in Pittsburgh.
Jonathan R. Myers of Brooklyn, New York, married Caitrian Boucher '11 on the steps of Rosse Hall.
Camila D. Odio and Quentin C. Karpilow enjoyed fall in New England at Yale, where Quentin is a third-year law student and Cami is in her second year of residency in internal medicine. This summer they visited James D. Beckett '11 and Abby B. Lagrow '11 in Washington, D.C.
Laura A. Paul splits her time between dissertation research sites in Tanzania and Davis, California, where she is a doctoral candidate in agricultural economics. She enjoyed meeting up with Professor Jay Corrigan this summer at the agricultural economics annual conference, where she presented her work on drought-tolerant maize in East Africa.
Evan K. Pease sends this report: “Last spring I was let out of the lab to write a tome that nary a soul will read titled ‘Rare-event searches in liquid xenon with the LUX and LUX-ZEPLIN detectors.’ That finished off my Ph.D. in physics at Yale University. I am continuing the search for dark matter as a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in beautiful Berkeley, California.” Evan attended the Oregon wedding of William E. Koehler '11 along with many other Kenyon friends.
Marina N. Prado-Steiman, Gainesville, Florida, an attorney with the public defender’s office, was promoted to the felony division, where she is still adjusting to handling such serious offenses, she reports. “My co-workers are very nice, and I’m definitely never bored. I’m happily married to my wife, Nicole.”
Taylor Woods is an avian nursery keeper at the Dallas World Aquarium, where she raises many species of toucans, aracaris, curassows and other birds. She also helps take care of penguins. In her free time, she tries to persuade Rebekah H. Rosenberg '11 to move to Dallas now that she has finished grad school at Penn.
Michael S. Clayton relocated to San Francisco but is still teaching, this time world history.
Lily D. Barrett, Boston, started a new job as a software developer at Education First’s North American headquarters in July. She continues to organize events and courses for women in tech as a member of Girl Develop It Boston’s leadership team.
Kellyn K. Caldwell quit her event-planning job to work full-time toward her master’s in international studies with a certificate in women’s studies at Old Dominion University, from which she will graduate this spring. Her graduate research involved developing and teaching a learn-to-swim program for refugee children in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area. She competed at the FINA Master’s World Championship in Budapest in August with Rachel A. Flinn ’14. The July wedding in Gambier of Brittany L. Thielke '12 and Ryan I. Motevalli-Oliner '12 was particularly special for Kellyn: Brittany was her first friend when she started third grade at Wiggin Street Elementary 19 years ago.
Caitlin Cook released a new single with her band, Frankly Benjamin (alongside Gregory B. Bunis '12 and Daniel R. Thompson '12), called “Moving Backwards”; check it out on YouTube, or go to Kickstarter to help them make their newest video, for “Little Ghosts.” Caitlin toured Norway, the U.K. and all over the U.S. with her comedic material in 2017.
Bennett S. Davidson married Vy Huynh in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, this summer. They live in Durham, North Carolina, where both are pursuing MBA degrees at Duke.
L. Michelle Dunavant is enjoying her second year working at Kenyon: “Another beautiful fall in Gambier.”
Katherine E. Ey completed her master’s of professional writing at Carnegie Mellon and is now a technical writer at an HR software company called Sentric. She spends most of her leisure time exploring trails with her rescue pup and enjoying coffee in neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.
Margaret M. Hohlfeld left New York City for Seattle to work on the same Google team as before, just in a different city. Maggie is pursuing a grad degree in computer science and learning C++.
Rachel A. Keller, teaching English in the Boston area for the third year, calls middle school “hilarious.” She started a school garden and an outdoors club.
Ryan I. Motevalli-Oliner and Brittany L. Thielke had a “wonderful Kenyon wedding” last summer.
Alexandra M. Patterson was named the Marjorie McCrae McCulloh chair as library director at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. Now in her fourth year as a residential faculty member, she works with faculty and students on information literacy and research and develops the library’s diverse collections.
Nikola Popovic calls 2016 “an interesting year! I commissioned as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy, after which I moved to San Diego. After enjoying wonderful SoCal weather for a few months, I flew to meet up my ship on a deployment. Currently I am sitting on a guided missile destroyer, resting between my watches as I write this update.”
Katherine M. Ryan took a job as an early childhood teacher working with 3-year-olds in Minneapolis.
Margo L. Smith shed New York City to through-hike all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine. She has moved to California to work as a software engineer at Google. “Is ‘Kenyon in the Bay Area’ a thing?” she asks. “Hit me up if you’re out there.”
Allison V. Vela-Mendoza matriculated into the master of science in nursing graduate entry program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Adrienne E. Wolter and her significant other “eloped in Toronto, Ontario, on their 10th anniversary, May 26, 2017,” she reports. They collaborate on two blogs: Cleverpedia.com and OMGineed.com.
Leanna D. Burckley married Ian M. Watt ’13 in September in Pittsburgh. They bought a house in which they enjoy downtime with two cats.
Holly N. Anderson married Garrison B. Todd '13 on Aug. 12 on campus, with Morgan E. Peele '13 officiating and Hannah Saiz '13 reading from Plato’s Symposium. The couple reside in the Philadelphia area.
Julia C. Anderson, who runs family and access programs at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, was excited to receive a grant to start a monthly program for families with autism and developmental disabilities. Called Sensory-Friendly Sunday, it begins this spring.
Jaqueline Neri Arias, Mount Vernon, Ohio, now in her second year at the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, calls it “wonderful (to be) working alongside my Kenyon professors and mentors.” Jacky was married just over a year ago and looks forward to seeing classmates back on the Hill.
Henry S. Asher is in Shanghai, China, heading up business development for Pearl LLC, a San Francisco-based food technology startup. He works with Shanghai chefs, restaurant owners and entrepreneurs from all over the world.
Robert D. Barbato had an eventful summer: He graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, sat for the July bar examination and married “the love of my life—Pratima R. Shanbhag ’10.” Derek and Pratima are surrounded by friends and family in Cincinnati.
Robert J. Bosilovic III, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, graduated from Duquesne School of Law last May and is now an associate attorney with Gordon & Rees, specializing in commercial litigation.
Marcela J. Colmenares, Washington, D.C., spent a couple of months on the Hillary Clinton campaign in South Carolina — “we all know how that went, but it was a great experience,” she writes — and now works at a multilateral development bank. “Things are a mess back home in Venezuela,” she goes on, “so I’m trying my best to help my family and others thrive. My friends and I have an NGO raising funds to give scholarships to young Venezuelans; contact me if you’d like to know more. Hopefully I’ll get to go back and contribute to a reconstruction when new leadership takes over.” Meanwhile, she’s found a passion for indoor and outdoor rock climbing.
Colleen M. Damerell updates: “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I bought a house! Cleveland is officially my home. I got a lot of advice from the lovely Colleen P. Halpin Kelly ’08.” If you visit, she’ll be on the porch with her cat and dog.
Gennifer I. Dorgan, Woodbury, Connecticut, is executive director of Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area, which provides free ESOL and basic literacy tutoring to adults — “the realization of a career goal that began when I was studying German at Kenyon!”
Nathan W. Huey is “still plodding away” at a doctorate in biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health, he writes. “I’m meeting Kenyon people left and right in Boston.”
Ville M. Lampi graduated with a master of arts from the Visual Culture and Contemporary Art program at Aalto University in Finland. He wrote his thesis on Twitter bots, programming and literature. “I am currently looking for a placement in some arts-related nonprofit,” he explains, “where I could complete my compulsory nonmilitary service next year (yes, we do have mandatory military or civilian service in Finland) while gaining some more work experience in the art world.”
Kendra J. Lechtenberg continues working on her neuroscience doctorate at Stanford, studying the role of microglia, the brain’s resident immune cells, in the inflammatory response that occurs after stroke. “In the spring,” she notes, “I drew inspiration from my favorite Kenyon classes to develop and teach a class about glial cells and neuro-immunology. Teaching was a grueling but rewarding experience, and the class was well-attended by undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs and even a few faculty!” Kendra spends her free time biking, running and hiking “the wonderland that is California.”
Laura C. McHenry works as an outreach educator at the Oregon Zoo, which entails “more proximity to Madagascar hissing cockroaches than she had anticipated,” she writes, but she loves it nonetheless.
Ariana Skye McSweeney returned to New York and works as an architectural conservator. “I’m really enjoying the traveling I do to historic sites around the country,” she writes, “and New York is definitely more fun the second time around.”
Morgan E. Peele officiated the wedding of Holly N. Anderson '13 and Garrison B. Todd '13 “right in front of Sam Mather Hall,” she reports.
Aleksandar V. “Sasha” Rosnev spent three years relaxing on the beaches of Cyprus, finishing work at 3 p.m. and enjoying the lovely Mediterranean lifestyle, but relocated to Dusseldorf, Germany, last January. “I am now more organized, exceedingly efficient, and still finish work at 3 … a.m.” Sasha is grateful the U.S. is now only one flight away, so he hopes to see you at the reunion.
The Rev. Gregory Stark, Lorain, Ohio, was ordained a deacon at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, sponsored by Harcourt Parish family and friends, with many Kenyonites present.
Chad M. Weisman completed his master’s in journalism at Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism last April. Since then, he has been a substitute teacher, “unemployed for two depressing months,” and in July took a job in political consulting and strategy — work he has found “extremely rewarding,” he writes. Chad runs social media and assists with legacy media outreach and grassroots organizing for campaigns throughout Ohio.
Myles H. Alderman III is a genetics Ph.D. student at Yale.
Alexandra E. Anderson works at Macmillan Publishers in New York City. Andie recently moved to Jersey City with Tyler J. Sweeney ’13.
Kelly M. Boland is in her second year of the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Missouri. On a September road trip, she met up with “the adorable Molly R. Bondy '14 and Julia N. Tidona '14 and freshman roomie Sarah M. Cohen-Smith '14, and then horribly participated in a trivia night hosted by the one and only John D. “Jack” McKean ’12.” Her last stop was Boston, to see Stephanie G. Ladman '14, whom she missed “beyond all reason.”
Hallie S. Bahn married Sam Z. Standing '14 in June at Hallie’s grandparents’ house in Sharon, Connecticut, surrounded by their Kenyon family. In August they moved to Minneapolis, where Hallie began pursuing an M.F.A. at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Stuart B. Brown married Verity R. Allen Brown ’13 in August in Eaton Bishop, Herefordshire, U.K., surrounded by family, friends and the English countryside — “an absolutely perfect day.”
Jameyanne I. Fuller reports that her Seeing Eye dog Mopsy had to retire — she is now a happy pet living with Jameyanne’s parents. Her second Seeing Eye dog, Neutron, is a “sweet little black lab/golden retriever mix.” Jameyanne has her own apartment and is delighting in the joys of her own kitchen as she proceeds through her second year of law school at Harvard. Still writing, she had a story published in Issue 68 of Andromeda Spaceways: “Seven Signs Your Roommate Is a Vampire: With Additional Advice on Surviving Orientation If It’s More Complicated.” The story takes place during Kenyon orientation.
Bronte L. Kastenberg works at Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities providing preventive health care for Medicaid patients and managing projects around diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease. Her Brooklyn neighbors include Emily R. Gregg ’13, Daniel B. Sproull '14 and Madeline S. Elkus '14.
Russell M. Levine graduated from NYU with a master’s in social work and, “after failing his license exam to (his) extreme shock, flew the coop to Europe on a solo, transcendental, Kafkaesque, Kerouacian journey through Budapest, Vienna and Prague,” he reports, unable to shake “the realization that Nazis used to breed there, everywhere.” Now a bagel monger and barista down the street from his Crown Heights home, Russell “scrounges Tinder for comrades to overthrow American capitalism as we know it, and Indeed.com for clinical social work jobs.”
Sydnee M. Lindblom, Indianapolis, teaches an elective course on Harry Potter and fantasy literature to middle schoolers: “Yes, dreams do come true,” Syd guarantees. According to Pottermore, she adds, her Patronus is an occamy, a revelation she finds equally exciting.
Andrea M. Odegaard began her final year in Notre Dame’s theology department, enjoying her classwork in Protestantism, biblical studies, ecumenics and the medieval church. In Milan for a class project last spring, she transcribed and translated medieval manuscripts at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Other than studying Latin, she sewed historical clothing and underwent medieval sword training during summer employment at the Renaissance Fair.
Rebecca E. Ogus began work on a master of divinity in the Episcopal seminary at Yale’s Divinity School in August and was thrilled to see Reina J. Thomas '14, Molly R. McCleary '14 and Sarah A. Frantz ’15 in September. So far she’s spotted a Kenyon bumper sticker and two Kenyon T-shirts around New Haven; let her know if you’re passing through.
Daniel B. Rasch returned from Hokkaido to his parents’ abode in sunny Los Angeles, where you may find him tutoring, hiking and studying classical and modern Japanese.
Kerry D.J. Strader counsels students and coordinates a program in Luxembourg as a study abroad adviser at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio — “I am apparently drawn to historic, rural hilltop campuses in Ohio,” she notes. “If any Ladies or Lords find themselves in this particular cornfield, let me know!”
Kaylyn M. Talkington enjoys life in Norwalk, Ohio, where the first Norwalk Jaycees Strawberry Festival in 13 years went very well. She enjoyed the summer shores of Lake Erie and invites you for a visit.
Avery M. Anderson is back in Ohio, working as a psychiatric nurse at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
Meredith E. Bentsen is in her third year at the New York office of the Brunswick Group, an advisory firm specializing in business-critical issues, where she focuses on clients in the philanthropic, private equity and hedge fund sectors. She and her roommate, fellow Theta Delta Phi Emily R. Smul ’16, moved to the Lower East Side in May.
Teddie S. Chambers, Los Lunas, New Mexico, finished her master’s in educational psychology in May and is working on a second master’s, in clinical mental health counseling. “I work as a treatment foster parent and love every minute of it!” she notes.
Charles F. Collison is in Seattle for a year, completing the practicum for his master’s in social work, working with developmentally disabled adults.
Cary Confino is “dishing out $5.50 lattes and $13.07 avocado toasts to posh Brooklynites — send help!”
Celia M. Cullom is in her second year at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and interning with the program staff at the Chicago Foundation for Women.
Anna C. Dowling, New York City, joined the admissions team at Barnard.
Matthew T. Eley spent several months in Canberra, Australia, where he practiced “gerund farming and WordPress thought leadership.” He has not been able to find a direct application for his English major and is willing to part with it for $450.
Kathryn J. Kadleck earned a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Northwestern University in June and relocated to Minneapolis for a post-graduate fellowship focused on couples therapy. Kate’s favorite things about the Twin Cities: abundant lakes, bookstores and breweries.
Alyssa M. LaFrenierre is a senior behavioral health aide for children with autism at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and coaches swimming at the Liberty Township/Powell YMCA.
Javier Leung remains in Helsinki, Finland, working at a consulting firm as a software developer and gigging with a gypsy jazz trio currently named Trio Naguine — “but if you’ve got any Django-inspired suggestions, please holler,” he writes. “Also, thanks Jason B. Cerf '15 for lending me your sister’s trumpet for three years back at Kenyon; I finally bought my own, very much to my flatmates’ chagrin.”
Madeline R. McGrady, Pittsburgh, is an independent-living worker with Auberle, a nationally recognized social services nonproﬁt. “I absolutely love my job,” she updates, “serving young people who are aging out of the foster care system or experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County.”
Kevin L. Phillips, Frisco, Texas, started his third season working for the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks’ minor-league basketball affiliate, and pursues an MBA full time at Lamar University.
Christine A. Prevas moved to England in September to pursue a master’s degree in English studies at the University of Cambridge, and is working as a freelance writer.
Jane E. Simonton took a new position as the development and events manager at Horizons for Youth, a college access nonprofit in Chicago.
Adam D. Zaremsky, Yellow Springs, Ohio, works with a social service agency providing assistance to developmentally disabled adults who live and work independently of typical group homes.
Anna E. Berger is in the first year of a master’s program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies at its Europe campus in Bologna, Italy, where she is “testing her oft-stated theory that she could eat pasta every day and never get tired of it.” She worries that she might have been wrong about this.
Elizabeth C. “Lila” Greco, working on a math Ph.D. at Cornell, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and serves as president of the Cornell chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics.
Kayla D. Arnold, Wooster, Ohio, works for the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the grant development support unit, on grant submission and research issues. She also has fun volunteering with local groups such as the Akron Zoo and the Wilderness Center.
Sarah K. Ash is in grad school in the San Francisco Bay Area, studying theology and interning with a women’s prison chaplain — an experience she calls “equal parts challenging, exciting and enriching.”
Morgen L. Barroso has been a research study coordinator and field hockey coach in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in September began a master’s in philosophy and social justice with a concentration in criminology at Eastern Michigan University.
Kaitlin E. Creamer is in the marine biology doctoral program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, where she studies marine microbiology and the natural products that marine microbes produce.
Christina E. Franzino is assistant director for sexual assault prevention and response in the Title IX office of George Washington University. She was quoted in a university press release: “Everyone has a role to play in ending campus sexual violence, and I’m excited to engage the GW community in this goal.”
Nicholas S. LaPoint updates: “Since mid-2017 I have been working at ProMedica Health Systems in my hometown of Toledo. I am an EPIC-credentialed trainer for the OpTime & Anesthesia application, meaning that I train surgical staff on how to use EPIC, an electronic medical record.” Nick also coaches 8- to 12-year-olds in the same youth football program he used to play in.
Ciara R.S. Robinson, Chicago, is a writing apprentice with The Onion. Rioghnach is also preparing for the release of her third novel, “Final Draft,” due for publication this spring.
Hannah E. Steigmeyer has settled into her Manhattan apartment and a position as an editorial assistant at Penguin Random House. “The authors are intriguing, the workload is fascinating — and the food just might be worth the rent!” she reports.
Rachel J. Sweeney, Baltimore, is a resident teacher of ninth-grade English at Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology. She is enrolled in Urban Teachers, an AmeriCorps affiliate program that allows her to earn her master’s from Johns Hopkins while teaching in Baltimore City Public Schools.
Gianna S. Biaggi lives with Oscar L. Anderson '17 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Alana M. Gale is a Fulbright teaching assistant in a high school and vocational school in the small town of Judenburg, Austria, where she can see the mountains from her apartment and “Everyone has been very kind thus far,” she reports.
Ruby M. Messier works at an immigration law firm in Boston researching asylum cases and interpreting for Spanish-speaking clients — “and missing Kenyon!”
Lin L. Miao is a skills trainer for United Cerebral Palsy in Cleveland.
Emily R. Olson teaches English in Ukraine with the Peace Corps, learning Ukrainian and integrating into the community “while having an amazing experience,” she writes.
Lila A. Perrone is an assistant clinical research coordinator with a Stanford neurology team studying multiple sclerosis. She commutes there from her hometown of San Francisco and is gaining clinical experience performing phlebotomy.
Callan M. Schackor is spending a year with the Episcopal Service Corps in New York City as a case manager for a nonprofit focused on homelessness prevention and eviction protection.
Leslie “Meli” Taylor attends McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in its master’s in East Asian Studies program.
Winnie Thaw, Bangkok, Thailand, interns for the United Nations in a position crossing between the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Development Programme in Asia and the Paciﬁc. Her research and administrative support “focuses on the relationship between human rights and development,” she explains.
Julia M. Waldow is a production assistant for CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” a Sunday morning show about the intersection of media and politics. She lives in Manhattan with Amy R. Schatz '17 and Victoria Ungvarsky '17 and enjoys comedic memoirs and long walks to Zabar’s.
Jennifer L. Wendler works for City Year Boston in a fifth-grade math and science classroom in Roxbury. Jenna volunteers at Newton Free Library on weekends.
Henry M. Quillian IV updates: “After spending a summer working as a high ropes course/climbing instructor at Camp Squanto near Plymouth, Massachusetts, with Evan C. Gee ’18, I’ve moved to Baltimore to live with Rachel J. Sweeney ’16. I work at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development along with Spencer T. Byers ’16 using imaging genetics with fMRI to study specific genes’ effects on cognitive processing in populations with schizophrenia.”
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““Wondering if anyone thinks about the Kenyon of the ‘War Years.’ … To any of my old classmates who see this, hello and remember the good times.””
— Lane Wroth
““I’m writing poetry, too — at least, I call it poetry. Denham Sutcliffe might not.””
— John F. Binder
David Diao returned to Gambier for the first time in over 50 years as the Gund Gallery presented a show of his recent work.
William J. Williams accepted the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Department of Defense.
““I received a lovely birthday note from Donna Poseidon reminding me of the Beatles’ song ‘When I’m 64.’””
— Sarah Anne Washam Cody
David Erteschik represented both Kenyon and the 55th Wing at Arlington National Cemetery for the interment of F. Bruce Olmstead ’57.
Samuel W. Adams hosted the annual Class of ’81 Dekefest at his home in Freeport, Maine.
“I have to chuckle when a letter arrives from Kenyon and it’s not for me.”
Andrea Hopewell Doyle moved to Singapore with the U.S. Foreign Service.
““I’m serving as press secretary for Gov. John Kasich — trying to fight the good fight in challenging times.””
— Jonathan E. Keeling
S. Elizabeth Anderson accepted a post as a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
“I’m so unbelievably glad that my Kenyon-honed skills at nerding out in front of a whiteboard are being put to good use.”
Brittany Hurd is the executive director of the Achievement Network Ohio.
““Last spring I was let out of the lab to write a tome that nary a soul will read titled ‘Rare-event searches in liquid xenon with the LUX and LUX-ZEPLIN detectors.’””
— Evan K. Pease
“I am apparently drawn to historic, rural hilltop campuses in Ohio.”
Emily R. Olson teaches English in Ukraine with the Peace Corps.