NEWSLETTER FROM OAKWOOD FRIENDS SCHOOL•CELEBRATING OVER 200 YEARS OF FRIENDS EDUCATION IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
Lila Gordon Remembered Christine Pitner ’07
At Alumni Weekend 2011 Receives Cornell
Oakwood Friends School alumni, faculty and
students gathered outdoors on Saturday, May 14,
That sense of community and gratitude for
the Oakwood experience was felt throughout Tradition Award
2011 for the dedication of Lila’s Way in honor of the weekend’s events. The class of 1961 had a Christine Pitner ’07
Lila A. Gordon, head of school from 1992 to 2000. record gathering in honor of their 50th reunion was one of nine senior
Peter Baily spoke to friends and family about milestone. Class member Jean Katambu Latting Tradition Fellows at
Lila’s many important contributions during her opened Alumni Weekend with the presentation Cornell University to
tenure at Oakwood, one of which was the design of the Dash Davis Gleiter Lecture on Social Justice receive the prestigious
and building of the brick pathway that leads on Friday afternoon. Jean spoke on the topic of Cornell Tradition Senior
from Main to the Dining Hall. Members of Lila’s Bridging Cultural Differences and Dominancy Recognition Award for
family, including her grandson, Ethan Dowling, Dynamics, subjects included in her 2009 book, 2010-2011. The award is
class of 2014, participated in the ribbon-cutting. Reframing Change. Jean was an instant hit with based on the student’s
the student body who loved her frank talk, her commitment to the
Peter spoke of Lila’s warmth, intelligence, honesty and her thought-provoking questions. ideals of work, service
dedication and lasting impact on the School. and scholarship. Each
During Lila’s tenure, the curriculum was The class also honored the School with a gift to recipient was given the opportunity to establish
strengthened, enrollment expanded, the Turner the Annual Fund of over $22,000. Bob Blackman a one-year fellowship in her name and to identify
Math & Science Building was constructed and spoke for many: “We all do what we can and every a non-profit organization to receive a charitable
Stokes & Crowley were renovated. Lila had gift is of equal generosity. My only regret is that I contribution of $500.00. Christine named
a keen eye for potential, both in the physical could not give more. In fact, no amount I could Oakwood Friends School to receive this gift.
landscape and also in the people around give would ever return in value what Oakwood
her. Peter introduced Lacey Fredericks, chair gave me.” That sentiment was echoed throughout According to Dr. Jacob Sneva, Associate
of the math department, who was hired by the weekend as class members reminisced Director of The Cornell Commitment program,
Lila as a new graduate from Vassar College. about their time at Oakwood and the profound each award recipient has made a unique and
Lacey, along with other key faculty, are the impact of that experience on their adult lives. lasting contribution to the quality of life on
beneficiaries of Lila’s exceptional skill and campus and in the Cornell community. Less
generosity as a mentor and friend to new faculty. “It’s hard to know where to begin to describe than 4% of the undergraduate students at
Oakwood’s influence on me personally, Cornell are selected to be Tradition Fellows
As Deborah Scheer ’46 wrote last year in a socially, politically and culturally. I do based on their community service, academic
tribute to Lila: “Our school has many reminders know that with the benefit of hindsight, achievement and commitment to work.
of Lila’s tenure, but her enduring legacy, I even after 50 years, that the impact was
believe, will be the contribution she made Christine explained why she chose Oakwood
positive, profound and indelible.”
toward building a more cohesive community.” to receive this contribution from Cornell:
Larry Fogelson ‘61
“Oakwood taught me the value of community
service through its Quaker principles and
focus on community. I still remember
my first Workshare Day, and the sense of
accomplishment I felt on the bus-ride home.
My four years at Oakwood gave me so much,
and this award is a way for me to give back.”
Christine will earn an M.S. in Biomedical
Engineering from Cornell in December
2011. We congratulate Christine on her
success at Cornell and look forward to
hearing about her work in the future.
Christine’s siblings, Greg Pitner ’08
and Caroline Pitner ’10, are both
undergraduates at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in Troy, New York.
2010-2011 Annual Fund
See Annual Giving Report
Lila Gordon’s family cut the ribbon for Lila’s Way on May 14, 2011. In center section.
2 Summer 2011 NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI AND MEMBERS OF THE OAKWOOD FRIENDS COMMUNITY
Letter from the Head of School New Clerk
outgrowth of that project, Chad, his wife
Sue Cianfrani (also an engineer) and Lacey Kirk Blackmoore
Fredericks (Oakwood’s math/science chair)
developed a week-long science camp for Kirk Blackmoore ’12, was chosen as the
middle school girls on Oakwood’s campus. new student clerk by the student body,
Responding to the recognized need for faculty and staff. He shared some thoughts
more women engaged in scientific careers, and reflections about his new position.
the camp provided a range of opportunities
for girls to engage in hands-on scientific Q: How did you decide to seek this
projects, including measuring water quality in position?
the Hudson River, creating simple electrical A: I was eating lunch with friends and they
circuits and robots, and using principles of told me I was a good leader and that I should
chemistry to clean and preserve works of apply for this position. I thought about this
art. Miriam Straus, our middle school science for a while, and decided the responsibility
teacher, helped to staff the program, and of student clerk was something I would
activities from this past summer will surely like. The school community looks up to
find their way into Oakwood’s regular science the student clerk as a good example and
Dear Friends, curriculum for sixth, seventh, and eighth a good role model. It is important that
graders. And a side benefit of the program, of
A venerable school like Oakwood gains course, is that it exposed fourteen new young the community sees me as a member of
much of its strength and distinctive character people to Oakwood’s campus and teachers. the community just like everyone else.
from long-standing traditions. Since 1796,
we have been a coeducational boarding As a college-preparatory school, one of our Q: How did you prepare to be clerk?
school, founded upon, and sustained by, the central goals is to help students reflect upon A: I was the captain of my basketball team
principles of the Religious Society of Friends. their strengths, goals, and aspirations for at my old school so I have held a position of
The school has been in the continuous care their intellectual growth and their experience responsibility. I thought a lot about what kind
of New York Yearly Meeting for more than two with higher education. Our effort is to of person I am and who I want to become.
centuries. Yet the extraordinary continuity help students to come to understand and I will not change my behavior or alter my
that we feel today is based upon an idea that to know themselves well, so that they can attitude towards others in any negative way.
was new and even radical at the school’s make intelligent and appropriate college In contrast, I will strive for my behavior to
founding in the late 1700’s in Millbrook, and life choices. Much of that reflection improve and to be of a more mature nature.
New York. And new ideas, new ventures – takes place in the context of the regular I prepared by being myself, by making new
experiments -- have emerged in the life of the school curriculum, in advisor groups, in friends, and by talking to people in our school
school throughout its history, often providing the college counseling process, and in community. My room is full every night after
critical ways for Oakwood to change and informal discussions around the campus. But study hall. That is not a bad thing! Others come
grow in order to advance its mission. deep reflection takes time and space, and, in to hang out and to talk and laugh. I like that.
responding to that need, three Oakwood
Balancing experimentation with tradition teachers have developed a workshop, offered Q: What are your goals as clerk?
requires sensitivity and careful planning during the summer and on two consecutive A: I want everyone to be happy and I want to
within a school community, particularly one weekends in the spring, in which students be a good role model to everyone. I know I
as old as Oakwood. But experimentation can focus on exploring their own interests, will be involved with others in the Oakwood
is often very exciting to teachers (and preferences, and goals, collectively and community, and that I will clerk Collection
students), and it often brings forth new individually, through discussion and guided and Community Meetings which will involve
vigor. In the past several years, we have writing assignments. A polished, personal introducing guests. I want to make the right
found that small initiatives, involving limited essay is the concrete result. The program
numbers of students, have provided testing decisions and to help other students always
was conceived and is staffed by Lauren Hoyt, do the right thing. I don’t know where I will
grounds for new ideas that can ultimately director of college guidance, Stephen Miller,
have an impact on larger school programs. attend college or my specific area of study, but
history, philosophy, and religion teacher, I want to enter the field of medicine to spend
and Nora Landon, chair of the humanities my life helping people. I am really happy I was
Several years ago, Julie Okoniewski, our department and English teacher. In addition
community service and outreach coordinator, to supporting over sixty-five students since chosen to be the student clerk. All the other
developed a two-week, residential summer its inception, the program has provided an applicants were very good and any one of them
seminar for under-served youth, focusing on important new dimension to the ways in could have done a good job as student clerk.
the development of political advocacy skills. which Oakwood helps its students to develop
Attendees included students from the local the self-knowledge that will help to guide
Dutchess County community as well as New them in their future education and work.
York City, and several Oakwood students
participated as well. The program continues, These are but three examples of teacher-
now staffed primarily by its own alumni, and generated initiatives – experiments, really
it has spawned a course in leadership that has – designed to test out new ways of meeting
become an important elective offering for students’ needs. Each one has achieved
juniors at Oakwood. As a result of this original notable success. Each one has had an impact
experiment, the concept of student leadership on Oakwood’s curriculum and school-year
has expanded within the school community. programs. Most important, each one has
generated new energy within our faculty
Two summers ago, science teachers Chad and new enthusiasm among our students,
Cianfrani (an engineer by training) and Bill so that, as old as our school may be, it is
Doolittle (a biologist) were involved in a constantly refreshed and invigorated by
student/faculty project spearheaded by the new ways of learning. I am grateful to work
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. with colleagues who are eager to develop
Focusing on assessing and responding to the new ventures, and with students who are Kirk Blackmore with outgoing clerk Zack
environmental quality of the Hudson River, excited about participating in them. Missen-Jones in the new gazebo presented by
the project tested ways in which teaching the senior class.
and learning in the area of environmental Sincerely,
science can become more effective, powerful, Peter F. Baily
and relevant to real-world concerns. As an Head of School
CELEBRATING OVER 210 YEARS OF FRIENDS EDUCATION IN THE HUDSON VALLEY Summer 2011 3
Oakwood Honors Charlie Butts and Chris on our campus,
he still responds
to urgent calls,
Galschjodt For Three Decades of Service sometimes
the middle of
the night, he still
Remarks by Peter Baily, June 17, 2011
is the transportation coordinator and the coaches girls’
Charlie Butts teacher of new bus drivers. He has lived in varsity softball,
has filled nearly the dormitory and served as a dorm parent and he still runs
every kind of and member of weekend crew. He is a the clock for
responsibility at regular administrator on duty each week, winter season
Oakwood, and and during his decades at Oakwood he has basketball games.
he has furthered responded effectively and quickly to nearly
the mission of every possible kind of emergency, always Chris is a man of many talents. He works with
the School in with compassion and good judgment. tradespeople and vendors. He negotiates the
immeasurable Throughout his career, he has been a formal purchase and sale of our vehicles and power
ways, both on and informal advisor to countless students. equipment. He deals with electrical and
the campus as plumbing problems, and he knows intimately
teacher, coach, Charlie has been recognized again and again the quirks of every furnace and appliance on
mentor, and administrator, and well beyond for his service to the wider independent the campus. He knows the local police and
the campus as an ambassador for Oakwood in school community, and under his leadership members of the fire department. He knows
the wider professional world. He epitomizes Oakwood’s athletic program has won our the inspectors who assess our kitchen, our
devotion, loyalty and commitment. league’s sportsmanship award multiple fire extinguishers, our sewer system, our
times. Last year, Charlie won the NYSAIS utility lines, and our graduation tent. He
Charlie is known by his students and colleagues Athletic Association’s Service Award for knows how to inspect and license a school
as a gifted teacher and an extraordinarily extraordinary dedication and commitment. bus, and he knows how to make balky old
intelligent man. His head is packed with Oakwood is truly blessed to have Charlie tractors keep on running. He knows how to
information. Ask him to tell you the name in our midst and to recognize him today plow snow, lay brick, and pour cement. He
of the standard unit of measure for heat in for three decades of extraordinary service. can hang a door. He has participated closely
a chili pepper as it is consumed by a human in the construction of two new buildings on
being. Charlie knows this, along with amazing Chris Galschjodt came to Oakwood as a the campus: Collins Library and the Turner
amounts of similarly arcane information. But young man, having recently concluded a tour Building, and he has overseen countless
along with hoarding information, statistics, of duty with the United States Coast Guard. renovations and upgrades all around the
and facts, Charlie is also adept at analysis He worked on the maintenance staff as a school. He has responded to innumerable
and explanation. He has a flexible, creative mechanic and groundskeeper, he served as emergencies and he has lost a lot of sleep.
mind, and for years and years he has helped a night watchman, he assumed supervisory
students to understand the dimensions and duties in the evenings and on weekends, and Most important, though, Chris watches over
beliefs of ancient societies, the dynamics of coached sports. He helped lead community every faculty member, every student, every
a basketball play, and the way to implement service and hiking trips, sometimes as far child, every dog on the campus. It seems
a particular strategy on the softball field. He away as Mississippi. He taught students as if his eyes are always open and his mind
also makes the school buses run on time. how to use the woodshop, and then taught always alert. He leads his staff in making the
them how to repair vehicles. Now, decades campus beautiful and safe and comfortable.
During his years at Oakwood, Charlie has later, he serves as director of physical plant But as we celebrate his achievements today,
worked as an academic teacher in both the operations, and he oversees every aspect of it’s important to remember that, most of all,
middle and upper schools, as a division head, the repair, maintenance, and improvement Chris has been, and is, our friend.
athletic director, and dean of students. He of our buildings and grounds. He still lives
Reflections of a Graduate
Very few Vietnamese had a chance to study
far the largest increase from any nation. For
the first time, Vietnam was among the top
10 source nations for international students.
by: Tri Duc Le ’11
in America, partly due to the expense. But
This is an excerpt from an article printed in most of my friends wanted to. There wasn’t The downside: It is obvious that Vietnam
the Poughkeepsie Journal on June 11, 2011. any pressure from their families to study is losing its students – the future citizens
abroad – it was their own aspiration. For a who are supposed to do their best to help
Time flies fast. long time, I, too, had hoped to study in the their country. Some have come back and
States, but I had to wait for my chance until contributed, but that is only a small number
The past three my sophomore year in high school. Even compared to the total body of students who
years feel like then, studying in America was still a highly study abroad. The fact the United States
yesterday. In a selective dream for Vietnamese students. offers so many different opportunities
blink of an eye, I (the so-called “American Dream”) really
become a senior Now things have changed. About 80 percent hurts the social structure of Vietnam.
at Oakwood of my friends are studying somewhere in
Friends School in the United States. Things have changed so Many of my friends in the U.S. have told
Poughkeepsie; in quickly, even I was amazed when I realized me that after they finish college, they will
another blink, I what was going on. Three years ago, kids who stay here and settle down. But, when I
graduate. Here, I could speak English fluently were considered ask, “What about going back and helping
have spent three years away from my country rare. Now, kids who cannot speak English our country.” I am often met with silence.
– 10,000 miles away – a country etched into fluently are considered out of the ordinary.
the American conscience unlike no other. I feel extremely lucky to have spent my three
Consider these statistics from the annual Open years at Oakwood because the school has given
About five years ago, studying abroad was a Doors survey of the U.S.-based Institute of me more than enough to start my journey.
big deal in Vietnam. Among all my friends International Education. From the 2007-2008 The final destination of that journey is to
from Ho Chi Minh City, only three were able to 2008-2009 academic years, the number of return to Vietnam and help it move forward.
to go to schools in another country, in their Vietnamese students studying in the U.S.
cases, Singapore, Australia and England. increased by 46.2 percent to nearly 13,000, by Tri Duc Le is from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
He is enrolled at Goucher College in the fall.
4 Summer 2011 NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI AND MEMBERS OF THE OAKWOOD FRIENDS COMMUNITY
by: Charlie Butts, Director of Athletics
With the ending of our spring sports, we
came to the close of another exciting athletic
season. Participation remained high and good
sportsmanship was always a given. More on
that later. Now, here are some spring highlights.
The Varsity Softball team faced a difficult task.
Most of the starters from last year’s HVAL
championship team were gone and many
of our players were new to the sport. We
did not win a game, but everyone improved
throughout the season. Leadership was
provided by senior captain Ariana Lester.
She led the team in all offensive categories and
anchored our defense with her stellar play at
shortstop. For her efforts, she was selected to
both the HVAL and Western New England All-
Star teams. For the first time we also had two
middle school students in the starting lineup.
Allison Cerniglia played third and Laurie
Aronson was our catcher. They, and the rest
our young team, gained valuable experience Row 1: Audrey Froats ’12, Steven Kaufman ’14, Austin Yu ’12, Gavin Forsythe ’12, Ariel Fa-
that will help them in the seasons to follow. giola ’12, Baiyang (Patrick) Liang ’12, Yizhe (Vincent) Cheng ’13, Jaiwen (Maggie) Yang ’11,
Nai-Yun Chang ’11 Row 2: Melia N. Mbanefo ’12, Kyle Downey ’12, Justin Wilson ’12, Thomas
Boys Varsity Tennis also faced a rebuilding Krome ’11, Hyungsun (Mickey) An ’13, Seung Yup Yu ‘11, Daisy Farrell ’11, Ju Hong (Colton)
season with several top players lost due Min ’11, Anna Feigenbaum ’11
to graduation. They were also hurt when
senior #1 player Roger Liu was lost half row. She played at a high level, motivated Lee, Tom Krome, and Harrison supplied
way through the season due to a wrist the team, and often defeated really good, the majority of the scoring opportunities,
injury. The team ended with a 2-10 regular college recruited players. Another senior, passing with a smooth ease that one spectator
season record, but many of the losses were Anna Feigenbaum, was the most improved said was “breathless and awe-inspiring, like
extremely tight affairs. One noteworthy player. In 9th grade, she was a reluctant watching a beautiful sunset!” New players
achievement was that the #2 doubles team athlete who often tried to hide in the tennis Ju Hong Min and Kirk Blackmoore added
of sophomores Oliver Su and co-captain hut. By her senior year, she had become a a physical and strong offensive presence,
Patrick Liang went undefeated during the reliable, serious athlete, with a great attitude. scoring many points between them. The
regular season. Patrick was also selected as a Senior Maggie Yang earned the Coach’s team finished the season with a 12-1 record
first team HVAL All-Star. Making the second Award. She scored the most points for the in the HVAL and an overall public/private
team was sophomore co-captain Mickey An team, improved throughout, and made High School ranking of 8th in New York
and another sophomore, Vincent Cheng. everyone else better with her great spirit. State. After working their way to the HVAL
Finally, senior assistant captain Stephen finals, Oakwood looked to avenge their only
Strocchia-Rivera had a winning record The 2011 Ultimate Frisbee season proved loss to Chase Collegiate. In a heated and
in both singles and doubles and will be to be another exciting year for both the competitive game, Chase proved the better
sorely missed next season. Like softball, Varsity and Junior Varsity squads. The team and took home the championship.
however, the core of the team was young season began with outdoor practices in
and many players gained match experience. 6 inches of ice and snow, and ended with For the two captains, Harrison and Seung
a humid 96 degree championship game. Yup, this caps four years of Varsity Ultimate
Girls Varsity Tennis had a successful season. JV Ultimate had an undefeated season with at Oakwood. During this time, they and
They finished with an overall record of eight wins and zero losses. The team was the team have amassed an impressive
5-4 and advanced to the semi-finals of the made up of many returning players, anchored 46-8 record and finished with one HVAL
HVAL championships. Senior Daisy Farrell by juniors Kyle Downey, Gavin Forsythe, Championship and three 2nd place finishes.
was the team MVP for the third season in a Audrey Froats, Justin Wilson, and Austin As the team graduates 8 seniors, we are
Yu. With help from new players JD Cronin, excited to see what next year will bring.
Stephen Kaufman, Rachel Hayat, Seana
Rogovin, as well as seniors Bill Nguyen After the season was over, we also received
and John Goldpaugh, the team played some exciting news from the HVAL office.
as a seamless unit, and never trailed in a We learned that Oakwood Friends and
game all season. The JV Ultimate program NYMA were named co-winners of the league
at Oakwood is designed to introduce sportsmanship award. Each school rates the
students to the sport of Ultimate while also other 13 league schools from 1 to 10, with
developing skills in anticipation of players 10 being the absolute best sportsmanship.
joining the Varsity squad in subsequent years. Schools get info from all their coaches in
all sports in order to make a final grade for
The Varsity, led by senior captains Harrison each opponent. Also, the sportsmanship
Piperato-Roberts and Seung Yup Yu, of the players in each individual contest
played solid Ultimate from the first day of is not the only factor in deciding a rating.
practice till the last point of the finals. Hard The behavior of coaches and spectators
running, impressive defense, and blazing (including parents) are all considered.
speed were the hallmarks of sophomore Winning this award was a testament to the
Henry Harms, and seniors Zach Missen- entire Oakwood Friends community and it
Jiawen (Maggie) Yen ’11 Jones and Hyun Woo Kang. Seniors Peter was a great way to end our athletic season.
CELEBRATING OVER 210 YEARS OF FRIENDS EDUCATION IN THE HUDSON VALLEY Summer 2011 5
Theater Arts Department Chair
By: Vince Vincent,
Michael Gallo Farrell, photography
teacher, was one of a select number of
artists showcased in The Great Hudson
River Exhibition at the new Mill Street
Loft ARTS gallery in Beacon located at
the River Center at Long Dock Park on
the Beacon Waterfront. The exhibition
ran from July 9 to September 4.
Randi Chalfin, visual arts teacher, taught
painting to fellow art teachers from around
the country at the Maine College of Art
(MECA) in Portland, Maine this summer.
Randi concentrated on glazes, texture and
the use of interference paint on canvas. In
2010 Randi received a fellowship to study at
MECA’s summer program for professional
artists and this spring she was asked back
to teach. Randi’s stay concluded with an
exhibit of her own art work at the college.
quite honored and excited to be Chair of
the Arts Department at Oakwood. Given
My Fair Lady: Justin Bogle ’11, Rachel Plotkin ’13 this new role, I will be working to make
of My Fair Lady. The spring concert was Oakwood’s Arts Department more known
As I arrived back on the lovely Oakwood quite the delight due to the hard work and within the Hudson Valley creating more
campus after a month of singing in Florence, dedication of the young Oakwood musicians. opportunities for the community to see the
Italy, I was struck with a sudden sense of relief Highlights were beautiful, thought-out talented students of Oakwood Friends School
and joy, I was finally home again. Over this past and masterful compositions for piano in action. (Look out for the new “Oakwood
year Oakwood Friends School has become performed and composed by rising senior Arts Calendar” coming out by winter term.)
not only a place of work but my true home. Yangzi Zhou. There was the captivating
This past year was truly amazing because I performance by Remy Baglieri on violin, All in all it has been a wonderful summer
was able to see several students’ transition conquering some of the hardest pieces for but I can’t wait for the students to
into beautiful musicians and talented young a young violinist. Ariel Fagiola took the return, the campus to come to life and
artists. When I arrived at Oakwood, I knew audience on quite the emotional ride with our talented young stars of Oakwood to
the students were eager to learn and eager her precise and delicate performance of Nina provide our community with a beautiful
to please but they truly exceeded all of my on the cello a piece traditionally performed season of innovative and inspirational
expectations. As a dorm parent, I also had the by vocalists. Min Chan Kim provided a art, photography, drama and music!
joy of watching a community of boys come brilliant performance of Rachmaninoff ’s
together, co-exist, help one another and Vocalise on the clarinet. Another highlight
grow. Each student was able to make personal of the concert was Jessica Mitchell’s,
strides in some area of their life during the rising senior, performance of O mio
course of the school year. Similarly, I have babbino caro sung with elegance and grace.
been surrounded by an amazing team of
administration, faculty and staff all of whom My Fair Lady was received with great
make Oakwood such a joy to be a part of. enthusiasm from all members of the
community and alumni. Every member
The school year ended with the spring of the cast and crew worked with levels
concert and the music program’s production of professionalism well beyond their high
school years. Graduating senior, Justin
Bogle, left his footprint on the Oakwood
community. Prior to My Fair Lady Justin
had never sang a note of music before, yet
he stepped into the role of Henry Higgins
and provided one of the most incredible and
unique renditions to date. Eliza Doolittle
was performed by rising junior Rachel
Plotkin. She sang every note with precise
intention and feeling and her acting was
absolutely stunning. Sebastian Wayne took
the role of Colonel Pickering and transformed
him into a refined, comedic character. Natalie Wilkinson, textile designer special-
izing in woven design and parent of Clara
As the new school year begins I am quite Wilkinson ’11, visited Randi Chalfin’s art
excited to continue my work as Music class. Ellie Montenez ’11 is learning how to
Director at Oakwood Friends, striving thread the loom. The loom and yarn were
Violinists: Remy Baglieri ’12, to take the students to a higher level of donated by Peg Keiser.
Shao (Maverick) Deng ’12 musicality and professionalism. I am also
6 Summer 2011 NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI AND MEMBERS OF THE OAKWOOD FRIENDS COMMUNITY
SAM Camp Opens Nadine Hoover
by: Lacey Fredericks, Math Faculty
Eleven girls participated in Oakwood Friends
School’s first year of SAM (Science and
Mathematics) Camp in August. The idea for
SAM Camp came from Sue Cianfrani – an
engineer, active Society of Women Engineers Nadine Hoover, Alfred Monthly Meeting,
member, and wife of Chad Cianfrani – visited Oakwood Friends School in May on
Oakwood Friends physics and robotics teacher. her way to Indonesia for a year of work there
with Friends Peace Teams. Along with fellow
This core team got straight to work planning volunteers, Sarah and Nick Rozard, she spoke
and advertising for what turned out to be to the school community about grassroots
an amazing time for all eleven participants. peace work and activities with conscience, non-
violence, trauma healing, developmental play
and naturalized livelihoods. One member of the
team will be working on a water filter project
and another will be working on a marketing
The week started with a quiet group of reserved and distribution plan for the filters. They will
girls and exploded into a giggling, inquisitive, also be helping to develop a capacity to ship
and driven group of problem solvers and new local art and crafts for sale while in Indonesia.
friends. The final hours of camp were spent
exhibiting all of the work and talking about Hoover has been an Alternatives to Violence
the week’s activities with friends, families, and Project facilitator since 1978 and has spent nearly
guests. Campers departed looking forward half of her life in Indonesia since 1980. She
to next summer’s SAM camp experience. first encountered sensory deprivation torture
in 1980 and has been tracking the increase of
SAM Camp Discoveries: knowledge in treating post-traumatic stress ever
since. She has a doctoral degree in International,
Termites prefer Paper mate pens. (The Intercultural Development and Education and left
During a very busy week in August, the girls scent mimics termite pheromones.) ,
consulting for UNDP USAID, Asia Development
programmed Lego Mindstorm robots, created Bank and the World Bank to return home to
beautiful string designs, and built temperature Red wine can clean an oil painting. (It’s open Conscience Studio and to volunteer
sensors that they tested in the Hudson River. how it was done during the 17th century.) as the coordinator of Friends Peace Teams.
They toured Vassar College’s art gallery from
a restoration perspective and then tried their Queen Anne’s lace is a fractal. (The part Nadine connects with communities of faith
own hand at cleaning some distressed artwork resembles the whole.) and conscience around the world. She shared
in the lab. They explored fractal geometry, with Oakwood students her belief that through
electric circuits and computer chips, talked Beetles can pull over 20 times their own conscience every person has the compulsion to
about nutrition, and calculated calories in a weight. (Middle school girls can pull just act in accordance with what is right and true.
lab setting. They played with bubbles and over twice theirs.) We were honored to welcome Nadine, Sarah
bugs, drilled and filled a shitake mushroom and Nick Rozard to our school community.
log, and made bar soap from scratch.
Super Summer Fun Camp
Initiated by Camp Director Jenna Bauer,
Super Summer Fun Camp opened on June
27th at Oakwood Friends School for children
ages 5 to 12. Each day began with a flexible art
exploration and circle time. Campers explored
the grounds, took nature walks and worked
on group projects. Stories and singing were
key elements of each day with experienced
camp counselors engaging every child.
“Under the shade of the Copper Beech Tree,
the Super Summer Fun Camp at Oakwood
Friends School was a magical and unique Nadine Hoover and Lucia O’Barr ’11
experience for the inaugural 2011 campers.
Children had an opportunity to be children
without the distractions of technology or an
overwhelmingly busy schedule of activities.
Each day was creatively designed to indulge
the interests of the campers; and each day our 2010 - 2011 Annual Fund raised
friendships grew while curiosity was sparked $260,282 from 634 donors.
in each child about the world around them.”
–Jenna Bauer Thank you!
CELEBRATING OVER 210 YEARS OF FRIENDS EDUCATION IN THE HUDSON VALLEY Summer 2011 7
End-of-Year at Middle School
Karen Butt and Pete Sanfillipo, co-heads
of the middle school, organized several
activities to close the 2010-2011 school year.
The first event was a field trip to the Bronx
Zoo which tied in class room studies of
geography and science. The students took
a ride on the Wild Asia monorail, visited
the Butterfly House and Reptile House and
visited the Great Apes – everyone’s favorite.
Back on campus, parents provided for a
delicious bar-be-que for students and faculty,
followed by mini-golf in New Paltz and ice
cream for dessert. On June 16th, the school
community gathered to honor the 8th grade
with a moving up ceremony held in the
Meeting Room. Allison Cerniglia presented
a slide-show capturing special moments
during the year. Messages were shared
during meeting for worship, including several
Time-out at the Bronx Zoo from 6th and 7th graders. They spoke of the
important friendships they shared in middle
school and all the fun they had together.
Miriam Straus, Middle School science teach-
8th graders gather at the new gazebo following the Moving-Up ceremony er, is shown here with baby chicks. Students
From the left: Christopher Amalathas, Allison Cerniglia, Sachi Takamori, Christen Mims, studied cell division, reproduction, genetics,
Isabella Aguirre, Leo Nobiletti, Alex Schectman, Andrew Zito and embryology.
Leadership and Service Learning Race to Rebuild:
Leadership & Service Learning is a full year course,
developed by Julie Okoniewski and Jeremy Robbins
Hole in Poughkeepsie to raise funds for To Write
Love On Her Arm. TWLOHA is an organization
In Fifth Year
and open to juniors through an application that supports teens who suffer from depression,
process. Participants serve as mentors to freshmen self-mutilation, drug addiction and abuse.
and also plan and implement community service All of the participants increased their knowledge
projects both on and off campus. Students of community outreach and project planning
gain group skills, learn to co-chair activities while providing real benefits to others in the
and learn about the process of assessing needs community.
and evaluating the results of service activities.
This year, students engaged in a variety of
projects: Bridget McCabe and Kyle Downey
organized a Rock-A-Thon to raise money for a
new program at the Ulster County Association of
Retarded Citizens. Audrey Froats worked with
Schwimmer House, a youth shelter in Brewster,
NY to convert an old office space to an area which
will be used for family visits or group therapy
for the residents. Audrey along with Daniellle
Oakwood’s 5th Race to Rebuild,, a 5K run
Goldberg and Melia Mbfaneo also painted a mural
and Fun Run was held on April 16th. It is a
that was installed in the newly renovated space.
community event to raise money for victims
Therese Kaufman raised money for the Alliance for
of Hurricane Katrina. Bill Doolittle, faculty
Lupus Research in honor of her sister. Melia Mbanefo
member and cross country coach, is about
chose to help the Human Rights Campaign to pass
to start the race in the photo above.
gay marriage legislation in New York State. She met
with a representative of the HRC, researched the Daisy Farrell ’11 and Ellie Montanez ’11
issue, and then initiated a letter writing campaign clearing out gardens on Earth Share Day
to Senator Steve Saland. Remy Baglieri and Jessica in April
Mitchell hosted an open mic night at The Cubby
8 Summer 2011 NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI AND MEMBERS OF THE OAKWOOD FRIENDS COMMUNITY
Alumni Weekend, May 13-15, 2011
Class of 1961: 50th Reunion
Row 1: Larry Fogelson, Sarah Lesher, Margaret Simpson
Shurack, Sylvia Drew Ivie
Row 2: Tom Dewitt Ditto ’62, Doug Connor, Jean Kantambu
Latting, Kelley Andrews, Maureen McCann Sanchez deTagle,
Row 3: John Benedict, Jonathan Wheeler, Karen Drucker
Omahen, Jane Miller Thompson, Leslie English ’63, Sarah
Row 4: Christine Steinhilper Kaluzny, Rich Swigart ’62,
Susan Clarke, Peter Reich, Bob Blackman , Paula Kelly
Muller, Melania Freeburn
Row 5: Steven London, Dewey Webster, Ed Noyes, Jim Eng,
Class of 1946
Ellen Godfrey Marquis, Eric W. Springer, Deborah Satz Scheer
Class of 1951
Emmet Hayes, Clara (Becky) Henderson Stratton, Tim Wohlforth, Suzy Palacios Ray- Class of 1956
mond, Ginny Hayes, Henry Brecher, Mary Barnard Homans ’53, Bill Homans, Eileen Susan Deane-Miller, Deborah Bacon Wood
“Mickey” Moore Casamo
CELEBRATING OVER 210 YEARS OF FRIENDS EDUCATION IN THE HUDSON VALLEY Summer 2011 9
Ed Hershberger ’60 and Dee Andrews Richardson ’59
Class of 1971
Row 1: Harriet Gilbert Whitcomb, Lisa Wexler ’73, Yona Jimenez ’73,
Andi Green Lynch
Row 2: Peg Williams Karl, Raphael Hartzog ’70
Laurel & Richard Swigart ‘62
Class of 1986
Row 1: Jan Nemec, Caitlin Ewing, Rachel Towle, Rachel Frias, Alexandra
Class of 1981 Row 2: Tony Wynne ’85, Chris D’Amato, Key Winstead ’85, Regina Helfant
Row 1: Susanrachel Condon ’80, Ben Zahradnik, Dawit Zeleke, Pitts, Fred Jenkins
Ellen Morosoff Pemrick, Courtney Bozic ’80 Row 3: Gerard deVries ’85, David Wood, Rich Alter, Sarah Hoffman
Row 2: Henry Hayes ’80, Kathryn Korostoff, Eric Putter ’82, Derek Haffa, Row 4: Justin Brown, David Phillips Hochfeld ’85, Jesse Washington,
Lisa Ferguson Uchrin John Rubin ’85
Class of 2001
Class of 1991 Row 1: Gillian Gelfand Jule with Kira, Carol Green,
Row 1: Jon Jernquist, Valerie Reiss, Georgia Tetlow, Romy Bustamonte Allison Loggins-Hull with Jonathan
Row 2: Loren Talbot, James Humphrey, Simone Berman-Rossi, Soheray Meier, Row 2: Cristy St. John, Chelsea Greene Russell, Rebecca Gnessin,
Sierra Filucci, Rosemond Reimmer-Quarshie Bruce Ramsay
10 Summer 2011 NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI AND MEMBERS OF THE OAKWOOD FRIENDS COMMUNITY
Letter from the President of the Alumni OakwOOd Friends schOOl
Association make subsequent visits. One member of my
class did not return until the 50th reunion,
but has made several more visits over the Officers
last ten years and he lives 2500 miles from President – Bill Homans ’51
I have just returned from Alumni Weekend
Oakwood. Also some people feel they don’t Vice President – Jim Johnston ’54
and as usual found Oakwood to be a unique
belong and won’t be remembered because Secretary – Loren Talbot ’91
and special community. We had the traditional
they attended Oakwood for a short period
testimonials expressed during the service Treasurer – Myra Koutzen ’70
and did not graduate with their class. They
part of the Saturday morning meeting. Some
will find a lot of people who will remember Alumni Council
of the participants use humorous nostalgic
and be excited to reunite with them. Deborah Satz Scheer ’46
memories to tell their stories while others
become very serious and sentimental. Many email@example.com
Alumni Weekend 2012 is set for May 11th to
of us came from different backgrounds and Henry Brecher ’51
13th. Mary and I hope to see you there.
were sent to Oakwood for different reasons.
We were made to feel at home immediately firstname.lastname@example.org
due to the openness, friendliness and sincere Sincerely, Bill Homans ’51
caring by fellow students, faculty and staff. Bill Homans ‘51 BHomans@aol.com
As a result lifelong bonds were formed and President of the Alumni Association
those feelings are rekindled whenever we Ben Dent ’53
visit the campus. Some express it as a feeling email@example.com
of coming home. At the same time the Jim Johnston ’54
school has continued to have strong growth firstname.lastname@example.org
and maintain high academic standards.
Libby Levinson Moroff ’54
We want to share the importance of attending libbyLAM@aol.com
alumni day as often as possible. I want to
Janet Tenney ’67
reassure those of you who are reluctant, to
at least try it once and I can assure you there email@example.com
is a strong chance you will be anxious to Myra Koutzen ’70
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Christopher Ware ’89
Alumni Association $18,928 using the value of the Fundand of March
31, 2011. The treasurer proposed
Loren Talbot ’91
Oakwood Friends School approval to raise the rate from 5% to 5.4% this Najah Muhammad ’10
Saturday, May 14, 2011 year to avoid reducing the donation to the
School. The actual amount will be calculated after
Peter Baily, Head of School, opened June 30, 2011 using the fiscal year end amount.
the meeting with a moment of silence,
welcomed alumni and introduced Henry Deborah Satz Scheer ’46, member of the Alumni your water? What you don’t know can hurt you.
Brecher ‘51, Alumni Association President. Council, presented the slate of candidates for On May 13th, The Caroline Dash Davis Gleiter’51
officers of the Alumni Association for 2011- Lecture on Social Justice was presented by Dr.
Henry welcomed alumni, asked for 2012: Bill Homans’51, President; Jim Johnston Jean Kantambu Latting ’61. She spoke about
and received approval of the minutes ‘54, Vice President; Myra Koutzen’70, Treasurer; Bridging cultural differences and dominance
of the Annual Meeting of May 15, 2010. and Loren Talbot ’91, Secretary. This slate was dynamics. Henry also thanked Zachary Metz ’89
approved. Henry Brecher presented nominees who was the guest speaker for winter reunion
Myra Koutzen ’70 presented the Treasurer’s for Alumni Council and the slate was approved. on January 7th. Zach spoke about his work at
report. As of March 31, 2011, the value of the Alumni serving on the Board of Managers Consensus and the organization’s international
Ruth Craig Scholarship Fund was $410,572. were recognized: William F. Bogle, Jr.’76, peace building practice. In addition, Mary
The net value of the Fund has increased David Eskin’79, Ellen Oltman Kellner ’79, Williams McHenry ’50 and Josh Philips’90 were
$28,279 or 7.4% in the past year. The value Libby Levinson Moroff ’54, Phil Richmond’67, thanked for contributing articles to Oak Leaves.
of the Fund on June 30, 2010 was $382,293. Ralph Skeels ’60, Stephanie van Reigersberg
The change in value is attributable as follows: ’58 and Deborah Bacon Wood’56. Libby Moroff ’54 is serving as the Annual Fund
there were 4 donations totaling $1,050; there chair once again. At this time, the Fund is at 87%
were distributions totaling $22,078; and there Henry Brecher acknowledged the Alumni of goal with $216,000 raised to date from 482
was an unrealized capital gain of $49,307. Office staff for their work on behalf of Oakwood donors. Alumni are the strongest contributors to
alumni. He suggested a more formal system the Fund, but only 14% of all alumni are donors.
The Fund dispersed $20,548 to Oakwood to connect alumni to the School such as an Henry encouraged increased participation
Friends School to be used for scholarships. The agent or contact person for each class, not to raise the additional $34,000 by June 30.
amount was determined by the formula agreed limited to special reunion classes. He thanked The class of 1961 was congratulated for their
to at the 2009 meeting of the Alumni Association the gracious hosts of four regional gatherings special class gift in honor of their 50th reunion.
– 5% of the average value of the Fund, as of the this year: Saul and Libby Moroff ’54, New York
end of the fiscal school year, over the past three City; Linda Gibbs, Tampa, Florida; Christopher Peter Baily recognized the 25th, 50th and 60th
years. An additional $275 was disbursed for an Ware ’89, Philadelphia, PA and Gary Bowen reunion classes and presented 65th reunion
advertisement in the school’s yearbook from the and Ruth Levinson Preven ’55, Malibu, CA. certificates to Ellen Godfrey Marquis, Eric W .
Alumni association congratulating the Class of Springer and Deborah Satz Scheer, class of
2011. The management fee to date is $1,255. Henry reported on two lecture series initiated by 1946. Peter presented the 2011 Distinguished
alumni: The Dr.Hershel L. Herzog Lecture was Alumni Award to Libby Levinson Moroff ‘54.
Based on the formula above, the approximate presented on April 15th by Dr. Temitope Ojo
donation for scholarships in 2011-2012 would be of Clarkson University. His topic was What’s in The meeting closed with silent worship.
CELEBRATING OVER 210 YEARS OF FRIENDS EDUCATION IN THE HUDSON VALLEY Summer 2011 11
Libby Levinson Moroff Receives
Distinguished Alumni Award 2011
Following is the text of the award presented by After Oakwood, Libby earned a BA in Biology at
Head of School, Peter F. Baily, during the 2011 Barnard College, followed by a Masters in Eco-
Alumni Association Meeting: nomics at Columbia University. By then, the
consummate New Yorker, Libby was active in
Today it is my privilege to honor Libby Levinson Democratic politics in Larchmont where she
Moroff, class of 1954, with the Distinguished and her husband Saul, an honorary member of
Alumni Award for 2011. A member of Oak- the class of ’54, raised their daughters, Marga-
wood’s Board of Managers, past president of ret and Diane. Her last position before retire-
the Alumni Association and chair of the An- ment was political director for Ruth Messinger,
nual Fund for many years, Libby is a loyal then Borough President of Manhattan. Happily
friend to her classmates, a wise committee for Oakwood and her family, Libby now has the
and board member, a devoted worker, and a leisure to pursue a broad range of interests, in-
treasured member of our school community. cluding service to her alma mater and precious Libby Levinson Moroff ’54 with her sister (on
time with her grandchildren, Noah and Sadie. left) Ruth Levinson Preven ’55 in Malibu.
Libby grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and
was first introduced to Oakwood by her child- Along with Saul, Libby is famous for her gracious humor and a gentle touch, Libby is relentless in
hood friend, Taffy Thunick Hoffman, class of ’53. hospitality, opening her home for an alumni encouraging others to support the School. She
Oakwood was a pivotal experience in her de- gathering every year - the highlight of the win- lives her message through her own generosity
velopment, best described in her own words: “I ter season. This year, Libby extended her reach and models a wonderful spirit of philanthropy.
learned the basic worth of every person, myself to the west coast and co-hosted a gathering in
included. I found at Oakwood an air of intellec- Malibu at the home of her sister Ruth Preven, Oakwood Friends School is fortunate to call
tual excitement missing from my life to that point. class of 1955. Libby also brings her many talents Libby Moroff an alumna and friend and we de-
I left with an increased degree of self-confidence to the Development and Enrollment commit- light in honoring her with this award today.
due, I am certain, to the tradition of affectionate tees, where she is a passionate spokesperson for
acceptance of all kinds of personalities. I learned the value of an Oakwood education. She has, for Peter F. Baily, Head of School
the importance of involvement in the world’s example, initiated an effective, on-going outreach May 14, 2011
problems and I took away a firm feeling of re- effort to New York City middle schools, affection-
sponsibility to friends, country, people in general.” ately known as “The Libby Project.” With quiet
Life After Oakwood – 50 Years
by: Jean Katambu Latting ’61 – (Reprinted from the 1961 reunion booklet.)
supposed to help the families was part of the prob- philanthropist. In addition to the day-to-day facul-
lem, so I joined the then newly formed welfare ty responsibilities of teaching, research, and pub-
rights movement. Shortly thereafter, I was hired lishing, I have had an active part-time consulting
to do actual welfare rights and tenant’s rights or- wo
practice in organization development. T years
ganizing by a neighborhood center on the Lower ago, I officially retired from the University, but am
East Side in NY. I didn’t know the word “empow- staying on part-time to teach leadership classes.
erment” then, but it was what we were all about.
My major work now is as President of Leading
After two years, I entered the masters program at Consciously, a leadership development company
Columbia University’s School of Social Work with a dedicated to helping people capitalize on their
concentration in community organizing and plan- strengths to achieve their goals. Our coaching,
ning. Graduation from Columbia marked a major consulting, and research services are based on my
transition. Instead of continuing to work on the coauthored book, Reframing Change: How to
outside to help make bureaucracies accountable, I Deal with Workplace Dynamics, Influence Oth-
started working within nonprofit and government ers, and Bring People Together to Initiate Positive
organizations as program evaluator, program de- Change. I also now write a blog which is more
veloper, and director. Working from within, I saw rewarding and frustrating than I can describe.
Oakwood opened the world to me. After firsthand how the deck can be stacked against
graduating, I was primed to learn even more. those who really hoped to make a difference. My loving husband, Diallo Kantambu, and I have
My sophomore year at Douglass College (the been together for 32 years. We have a wonderful
women’s branch of Rutgers in New Jersey), I In 1977, I entered the doctoral program at the daughter, the type of son-in-law most mothers hope
took “Introduction to Social Welfare” and im- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with their daughters will marry, two adorable grandchil-
mediately decided upon social work as my ca- a major in health administration and a special- dren, and several beautiful siblings, nieces, and
reer. The following summer, I spent six weeks ization in organization development (OD). nephews who fill our lives with joy. Life is good.
in Senegal, West Africa as a participant in Cross- This program provided me with the informa-
roads Africa and my world opened up even more. tion I had been seeking on how to promote
individual, group, and organizational change.
After graduating Douglass in 1965, I began em-
ployment as a caseworker in Bronx, New York Upon graduation, I moved to Houston and have 50 years ago, in 1961, Newlin
overseeing administration of public welfare ben- been here every since. At the University of Hous-
efits. I was 20 years old, too young to vote, and ton, I am what they call “home-grown.” I started as Hall was constructed, the first
assigned 60 families to monitor and presumably a lecturer in 1979, have been promoted through of three dormitories for boys.
help achieve financial independence. It didn’t the ranks to full professor, and in 2005, had an en-
take me long to realize that the agency that was dowment established in my name by a Houston
12 Summer 2011 NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI AND MEMBERS OF THE OAKWOOD FRIENDS COMMUNITY
Gladys Carnell Abrams - Still hanging around snow! So y'all enjoy the Hudson Valley. Regards
taking cruises. I do love the service I get! Nothing to everyone!
much down here in Florida except heat. Hope we
don't get any hurricanes this year!!! I do have the Kathryn Melby Mundie - I attended Oakwood as
hand can opener ready if we do!!! Here's to class we were living in the country, sixteen miles from
of 1950. a high school. Due to Vermont winters, I would
have had to board in Burlington. We'll be up there
Patrick (Raine) Crowley - In April of this year, this summer so I'll be seeing Sue Abrams London
Ann and I relocated to Sacramento to be near our and hopefully Clara. I'm sorry to miss our reunion
daughter and grandchildren. We enjoy being in but one can only make so many trips.
Northern California where there are seasons and
water in the rivers. We have a townhouse under Suzy Palacios Raymond - Returning to our 60th
construction with our own elevator to help with reunion was indeed a most joyous experience full
Mary Lane Swartz at home in Vermont with her Ann's limited mobility. We are looking forward to of fun, laughs and poignant memories. We did
son David ’53 and Miriam Swartz our 2015 reunion and being in the Hudson Valley nothing but talk about YOU, our classmates, our
again. teachers, our experiences. We heard an excellent
1934 lecture and we enjoyed delicious—yes, delicious
Helen Briggs Harper - Expecting to move to 1951 meals. Some things have changed but the basic
Texas in the near future. Charles Doskow - I continue to teach constitu- concept of friendship, tolerance and acceptance
tional law and write on legal matters, and have no of all in the Quaker tradition, added to excellent
1938 interest in retirement. I have nothing but good teaching, is still there.
Elizabeth Flinn Kopser Perreault - Am adjust- memories of Oakwood, and would truly like to
ing to a recent painful decision to give up driv- spend time with classmates. Please convey my 1952
ing. How many others of the class of ’38 are still good wishes to everyone. Merle Hansen Bigelow - I'm alive, alert, ambi-
driving? tious, enthusiastic and "smelling the flowers". In-
Ann Fassnacht Schafer-Wolf - In retrospect deed, today is a gift.
1939 Oakwood is very important to me and really led to
Shirley Baumbusch Bergmann - Still living in life changes that I am very grateful for...I remem- Rita Muckenhoupt James - Life in NH is active,
the town of Fishkill, NY. Health is not so good, but ber my classmates dearly and wish I were more in but fun, and I continue to enjoy contacts with
I can still drive a car. Son Michael is now retired touch with everyone. I have a dear friend who is on former Oakwoodites. Heads up ’52 ers--next year
from NYS Highway Department (in NYC). Daugh- Oakwood's board so I hear on a regular basis how is our 60th reunion! Let's make it fun and memo-
ter Kate, PhD is working in molecular biology in the school is doing. I live in an odd town called rable.
Pennsylvania. East Hampton...don't believe what you hear...it’s
only filled with the rich and famous in the sum- 1953
1940 mer...the rest of us are normal and struggling but Paul Grant - Although I am nominally a member
Gordon Beckhart - Still on right side of the grass. we live near the Atlantic ocean and it is quite beau- of the Class of 1953, I never got to attend Com-
Driving restricted, otherwise OK. tiful year round. mencement due to "egregious (mis)behavior"
early in my Junior Year. Nevertheless, I "survived"
1943 Bruce Greenfield - My best regards to all. I have a and owe much to Oakwood for aiding my matura-
Gloria Garlick Bogle - I looked forward to Jus- new grand-daughter in Denver that I promised my tion development, and for providing the opportu-
tin's graduation from Oakwood in June with mixed son we would visit and another conflict with cel- nity to earn varsity letters in soccer and golf. To any
emotions. It will be the end of the line for our im- ebrating my daughter's birthday. Very best wishes '53 Alumni who may wish to read the after-story,
mediate family but maybe sometime in the far fu- to everyone. please visit www.w2agz.com and feel free to e-mail
ture another relative will appear! me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (No, I don't twitter!)
Daniel Kappel - We are both in reasonable health,
1948 all things considering. I had open heart surgery 1954
Irene Nemes Csordas and Pat Busher Yole last year and Carol had her fourth back surgery. All Peter Mickelsen - I am still active on the ranch
healed. Both of us are very involved in the Osher and continue to serve on the executive board of
Life Long Learning Institute at Furman University. Yellowstone Public Radio and on the board of
We are taking classes and I've been doing some Northern Plains Resource Council. Nancy spends
teaching. Since we moved to Greenville five years most of the year in Baltimore where she is the
ago the group has more than tripled in size and court appointed guardian for our adult son who
is now in the tail end of a $5.5 million fund rais- was an innocent victim of a violent crime resulting
ing drive to erect our own building on the Furman in a permanent traumatic brain injury. He is in a
Campus. Ground breaking set for sometime this wonderful rehab program, so time will tell. Nancy
summer. Our three girls and two grandsons are is active in the Maryland TBI Association.
scattered across the US, one in Baltimore, one in
Raleigh and one in El Paso. The two boys are still 1956
in grade school in Raleigh and El Paso. Moving to Lesley Willis Barg - Greetings to Elaine, Debby
Irene and Pat on campus in May Greenville has worked out well for us. Although Stone, Deb Wood and all other classmates. I ap-
it is probably the most conservative corner of the preciated so much the lovely tribute to my brother
Lyova Rosanoff - Still very active in the Austin US, the gang on the Furman campus is an island from his dear and lifelong friend, Lee Monroe. Art
music scene, teaching, performing and writing. of liberal thinkers. And the city has much to of- is so missed by so many.
fer, art, music, and great restaurants. And minimal
CELEBRATING OVER 210 YEARS OF FRIENDS EDUCATION IN THE HUDSON VALLEY Summer 2011 13
Susan Deane-Miller - I put out a jazz/swing CD 1963 1987
called Time's a Dancer, and am very proud of Evelina Reitzel Okerstrom - I am working part Jeremy Soule – Hi! Still alive and well, restoring
it. I am still a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in time at the Ridge Behavioral Hospital in Lexing- vintage woodwind instruments in Lynchburg, VA.
private practice in Poughkeepsie as well, working ton, Kentucky. I am the records release clerk in the
just enough to feel useful and engaged, but not Medical Records Dept. It is a little different from 1989
enough to feel tired! Two of my grown grandchil- working in the financial services industry but some Dara Greenwald - Video Data Bank of Chicago
dren just hosted a surprise 25th anniversary party basic concepts apply like privacy laws and strict has assembled a 75-minute video program com-
for my son Glenn and his wife, Mary. The other compliance with documents. I volunteer once a posed of work by internationally recognized artists
son, Deane, and his wife, Debby live in Ohio, and week at the Scott County Art Center. I am currently who have donated their work to raise money for
his daughters are also grown. Boy do I feel old! exhibiting several of my water color paintings in Dara Greenwald, an artist and activist who is cur-
That's why it seems so important that I finally got their floral fusion show. My email is rently battling cancer.
around to being a jazz singer and putting out a email@example.com.
CD. My label is Humarock Muskc. I hope you will 1992
check it out. It is getting good reviews. Info about 1968 Dorothy Glusker - I am living with my husband
how one might order it: www.susiedeane.com or Joyce Tuttle Ollman - We are finally relocated to Phil and daughter (3 yrs. old) Julia Eve in San Car-
http://cdbaby.com/cd/SusieDeane. Southern Oregon where we enjoy bug-free, hu- los, CA, where I am a Reading Recovery teacher in
midity-free outdoor activities as often as possible! East Pala Alto, CA.
1957 I am doing yoga and learning to play the cello, and
Henry Greenberg - Opportunity and passion road cycling is a pleasure here, where it is illegal 1995
joined in my path and I followed them. for cars to use our pedaling lanes. The mountains Forrest Rohde - Doing a summer internship at
I gave up my practice of cardiology at St. Luke’s surround this very interesting and beautiful town the Freeport Mac Mo Ran copper mine in Bagh-
Roosevelt Hospital where I will keep a teaching of Ashland and people come from everywhere to dad, AZ, in between graduate school years at Em-
presence. My new role will be as a faculty mem- see live Shakespeare. bry-Little in Prescott. Look me up on Facebook:
ber in the Department of Epidemiology at Colum- Forrest Edgar Rohde.
bia University’s Mailman School of Public Health 1970
where I will teach a course on the impact and Daniel Herzog - Daniel Herzog had his poem, MY 2003
public health ramifications of the rapidly emerg- DEAD CAT, published in CHALLENGE, the month- Anna Farrell - Anna’s film, “Twelve Ways to Sun-
ing epidemic of global cardiovascular diseases. A ly newsletter of the Gay Activist Alliance of Morris day”, was shown by Rooftop Films at the High
unique opportunity; a unique course. County, NJ. As a student at Oakwood, he had an Line. Rooftop Films shows new independent films
article or two published in the school newspaper. on rooftop locations across New York City.
Susan Boyce Hennessey - Sending thanks al- 1972 2004
ways to Oakwood's emphasis in "That of God in ev- Robert Wilcox - I am currently (for the last almost Claribel Baez - Adrian and I should be visiting
ery man" and "Ecology as the interconnectedness 29 years) employed as a Helicopter Crew Chief in Oakwood in the near future. He is 3 now.
in physical and cultural world". My entymologist the Military Flight Operations Hangar at Sikorsky
husband works on research papers and we both Aircraft. I am responsible for the flightworthiness Geoffrey Gray-Cornelius - Joined Climb Against
strive to encourage justice opportunity, science- of the aircraft I work on and their timely comple- the Odds for the second time, having originally
based and compassion-oriented peace. Sponsor- tion. I work on H-60 Blackhawk and Seahawk he- learned about the event through his mother, Janet
ships of women and children around the world licopters for all branches of the military and for- Gray, a professor at Vassar College and the Breast
keep me hopeful for the future. Regards to all! eign military sales. In addition to the less pleasant Cancer Fund's invaluable science advisor. The fam-
aspects that our products may be used for, they ily was touched by cancer in 1984 and again in
1959 do mighty work in humanitarian and rescue op- 1996 when Janet's mother was re-diagnosed. The
Alex Hart - Congratulations to Alex on his retire- erations such as the Japanese earthquake/tsunami, experience inspired Dr. Gray to begin actively re-
ment in July. the Haiti quake, Katrina rescues and others, in- searching and educating the public about the link
cluding 9/11/2001. I had the privilege of personally between breast cancer and environmental expo-
Alan Stowell (Alan Hewitt) - I attended Oak- participating in that mission as an aircrewman. sures. Geoff has sought ways to support his moth-
wood from 1956 to 1958 using my step dads I am currently married to Shirlene J. Brydie –Wil- er’s passion and chose the Breast Cancer Fund's
last name HEWITT. I was class president in my cox (10 wonderful, challenging years and count- Climb Against the Odds as a way to help.
sophomore year and dearly remember Reginald ing). We have two children, both grown, and are
Hannaford (eng) Mrs. Ida Stokes (GREAT history enjoying this new phase of our lives together. Shirl
teacher) Sam Legg and many others! After Oak- is a paralegal, event planner, independent consul-
wood I went to college in Mexico City (rooming tant for Scentsy Wickless Candles, and a marvelous
with Mike Twining) going pro as a "torero" for 7 crafter in many disciplines.
years. Then moved to the USVI becoming a charter I am looking forward to my 40th reunion next year
yacht captain, and now own my own Yacht Broker- and look forward to reconnecting with all my Oak-
age in Fort Lauderdale. If anyone from my class is wood Friends.
still alive-please write!!
Mary Lowrey Rose - Our beautiful daughter Wen-
dy got engaged to her long term boyfriend Kris in
February. We are looking forward to a wonderful Geoff Gray-Cornelius
family wedding in December.
1983 Danny Robbins - earned an MA from Eastern Eu-
Allyson Wingate - Although I only spent one year ropean University in Budapest, Hungary.
at Oakwood (senior year), I've always been grate-
ful for that experience. My uncle, Arthur Willis, Chi Hoon Shin - Hi, this is Chi Hoon Shin who
who passed away in Sept. 2010, was in the class of attended Oakwood from 2003 to 2005. It has been
1954. He also taught there between 1964 and1967. many years since I graduated, but my two years at
His sister, my mother, Lesley Willis (Barg), was Oakwood had a great impact on my life. Oakwood
in the class of 1956. I was in the class of 1983, and Friends School gave me a great experience in vari-
my cousin Annie Willis, daughter of Art & Judi ous ways, including academics and leadership. Af-
Willis, was in the class of 1997. I'm proud to be ter graduation, I attended SUNY Buffalo where I
one of four of us, who had the "Oakwood Experi- earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology
ence". My best to all the "Oakies" past and present. in 2010. Recently, I returned to Korea to serve as a
14 Summer 2011 NEWSLETTER FOR ALUMNI AND MEMBERS OF THE OAKWOOD FRIENDS COMMUNITY
soldier. I am applying for a position as an officer. Congratulations to Gary Zwick and Tara Kem-
Chi was student clerk for the 2004-2005 academic pey, who were married on August 6th at Hunter
year. Mountain, NY.
Jamie Stevenson - has received the Excellency
Award Assia de Juniac Scholarship for her second
year at the London School of Economics from Sci-
ences Po Alumni UK. The award will be presented
to Jamie in person at the Charity Trust Gala on
October 6th in London. Jamie will begin a dual
degree Masters program in International Political
Economy/International Relations in September.
2006 Welcome Harrison (Hank) Hoyt Landon who
Lucas Ross - earned a Masters degree at Cambridge. was born on June 25. Congratulations to new par-
ents Lauren Hoyt and Nora Landon.
Congratulations to recent college graduates:
Emily Bogle – Rochester Institute of Technology
Caroline A. Brevetti – Franklin and Marshall
Nicholas Currie – University of Chicago
Richard Distel – Siena College
Brendan Gelardi – Lasell College
Lillian Shad Goble – Moravian College
Ian Kratzke – Earlham College
Best Wishes to the
Allison Lawrence – Alfred University
Ella Maslin – Bard College
Mauro Parra – University of Hartford
Julia Patten – Wentworth Institute of Technology
Caroline Pitner – Cornell University Class of 2011!
Julia Quackenbush – Laboratory Institute of
Merchandising “It’s really fulfilling to work with great
Sarah Robbins – Clark University students and see them achieve their goals.”
Chryselle Simmons – Rensselaer Polytechnic – Nora Landon
Institute Humanities Department
Friends & Faculty News They are college bound this fall to:
Eleanor and Martin Charwat will be honored for Agnes Scott College
their service by the Community Foundations of the Austin College
Hudson Valley at its garden party on October 2nd. Bard College
Ellie and Martin both served on Oakwood’s Board Faith and Barbara Mason on campus in Bryant University
of Managers. They are the parents of Rebecca June. Bryn Mawr College
Charwat Owens ’94. Carleton College
Congratulations to Pete Sanfillipo and Cara Bru- Clark University
John Cronin, renowned environmentalist, Bea- ni who were married on July 2nd in Barnsville, PA. Drexel University
con ‘Institute director and CEO, and Pace Universi- Emory University
ty Senior Fellow, was presented with the Jefferson Fashion Institute of Technology
award in a ceremony in Washington, DC in June. Florida Southern College
He was honored for a career spanning four de- George Washington University
cades on the front line of water quality issues. The Goucher College
award named for Thomas Jefferson, was founded Hampshire College
by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as a “Nobel Prize Hobart & William Smith Colleges
for public service. Congratulations, John (parent Lewis & Clark College
of JD Cronin ’14). Marist College
Maryland Institute College of Art
The Hudson River Rowing Association dedicated Pennsylvania State University
two new boats to honor the memory of Natalia Rochester Institute of Technology
Gorgen, former Oakwood student and member Smith College
of the Poughkeepsie High School crew team. Natia SUNY Purchase College
died last summer in an automobile accident. Her SUNY University at Albany
parents, Paul Gorgen and Rachel Ruth, named the The Cooper Union
first boat Natalia Rose and her teammates named Congratulations to Jay Williams, nephew of Ruth University of California Davis
the second boat Natia Rows On. Natia was an avid Craig ’09, who was honored by Hamilton College University of California Irvine
swimmer and crew member and a wonderful friend. during its alumni weekend activities last spring. Jay University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
retired as the Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Religious University of Rhode Island
Janie Koopmans - Just by chance the Doolittles Studies after 51 years of teaching at his alma ma- University of Saint Andrews
and the Koopmans happened to meet at the Annual ter. He was presented with the Alumni Council’s
University of Vermont
Strawberry Festival held in Beacon on Sunday, June Distinguished Service Award. Jay remarked that the
years passed quickly because he loves what he does Ursinus College
12, 2011. With Bill and Nancy: Dirk Koopmans '91
from Charlottesville, VA, Lara Koopmans Hiller '88 – engaging and exchanging ideas with students and Worcester Polytechnic Institute
from Fishkill, NY, and me, Janie Koopmans, faculty colleagues.
from '88 - '97, from St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Dirk's
T-shirt says it all!
CELEBRATING OVER 210 YEARS OF FRIENDS EDUCATION IN THE HUDSON VALLEY Summer 2011 15
Remembering Charles W. Hutton IN MEMORY
Head of School, 1956 to 1962
In addition to his tenure at Oakwood, Charles
Hutton served on the faculty of Westtown Friends
School in Westtown, PA, and was the head of the
science department at Moses Brown School Marjorie Barstow Corwin ’27
in Providence, R.I. He was the headmaster at March 22, 2011
Wilmington Friends School in Delaware and
head of the School Consortium in New Jersey. Bette Cunningham Riordan ’39
He also worked as a consultant in fundraising 2011
and non-profit development through Hutton
Associates. He was a member of the American
Friends Service Committee, Research for Better George Hallock Wood ’41
Schools, and Headmasters Association. April 26, 2011
Jane Ritchie Wood ’41
“Each day as I move about Oakwood’s May 11, 2011
campus, I am reminded that we would
not be here today without the dedicated Dorothy Parker Wherley ’43
stewardship of my predecessors in the head’s
Charles W. Hutton office, educators of distinction who cared September 2010
The Oakwood community mourns the loss of for Oakwood and helped to bring it forward
former head Charles W Hutton who died on
. into the present day. It was my particular Ernest “Bud” Young ’43
February 12, 2011 in Asheville, North Carolina. pleasure to spend time with Charles Hutton May 4, 2011
Charles was born on January 9, 1917, in Winona, and his wife, Jean, at their home in Asheville
Ohio, and attended Olney Friends School in two years ago. His warmth and affection for Martha Bacon Howe Gogel ’45
Barnesville. He received a B.S. from the College of Oakwood were immediately apparent, and I
cherish the memory of that visit.” August 11, 2011
Wooster, an M.S. from Ohio State University and
attended Boston University School of Education. - Peter Baily
Gay Bauman Stodder ’46
February 3, 2011
Senior Class Gift Yvonne Andrau ’52
December 29, 2010
The class of 2011 presented the Oakwood on the morning of graduation on Friday,
Friends School community with a beautiful June 10th. The gazebo was an instant hit Charles Costabell
gazebo located on the south side of Collins with younger classmates who used the
Library. The class raised the money for this
Former Board Committee Member
quiet space for reading and conversation.
project through a variety of fundraising February 2, 2011
events throughout the year. During Shown below at the ribbon cutting are
senior service week in June, the students Harrison Roberts ’11, Kirk Blackmore ’12, Charles Hutton
prepared the foundation with crushed Zack Missen-Jones ’11 and Lucia O’Barr ’11. Former Head of School
rock. A dedication ceremony was held 1956-1962
February 12, 2011
Ruth Thomforde Seegers
May 13, 2011
Director of Development & Alumni Affairs
Associate Director of Development &
IRENE CSORDAS ’48
Development & Alumni Assistant
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2011-2012 Fall/Winter School Calendar
Sept. 23 Parent Reception
Oct. 13 Middle School Family Dinner
Oct. 18 Workshare Day
Oct. 28 Parents Day
Nov. 4 9th Grade Family Dinner
Nov. 4-5 Fall Play
Dec. 4 11th Grade College Planning
Dec 13 11th Grade Family Dinner
Dec. 13 Holiday Concert
Jan. 6 Winter Reunion
Feb. 10 10th Grade Family Dinner
Feb. 10-11 Winter Theater Production
Parents of Alumni: Please help us update our database with the current address of your son or daughter. Thank you.
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Oakwood's Commencement on June 10, 2011
Row 1: Julia Chowdhury, Luyao Ruan, Mengyun Hao, Jiawen Yang, Nai-Yun Chang, Leigh Reinckens, Stephanie Lynn Wilkinson, Alexandra Brittany
Fernandez, Jungbin Yoon Row 2: Yue Liu, Yunqi Dai, Jiayi Zhu, Stephen Tomás Strocchia-Rivera, Fatima Mahady Sarassoro, Jill Madeline Poskanzer,
Harrison Dai Piperato-Roberts, Kip Lonczak, Seung Yup Yu Row 3: Daisy Marie Farrell, Lucia Margarita O'Barr, Ariana Lester, Clara Skye Wilkinson,
Dung Tri Nguyen, Edelmira J. Montanez, Hyunwoo Kang, Kwanghyun Lee Row 4: Matthew Elias Nobiletti, Daniel C. Fox, Anna Solveig Feigenbaum,
Rachel E. Lieberman, Samuel Brooks, Gabriel F. Matsakis, Zachary F. Missen-Jones, Justin W. Bogle, Ju Hong Min Row 5: John J. Goldpaugh, Thomas
Krome, John-Michael Foster, Jacob Leach, Woodley S.S. Brown, Tri Duc Le