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									 FORMAN       Letter

Winter 2010
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              Table of
              Contents                                                             on the cover: Amanda Bouknight ’10 scales the ridge at Orenaug Park, Woodbury, CT, as part of Forman’s rock climbing program.
                                                                                   left: Students perform in the fall 2009 production of “Lend Me A Tenor.” From left to right, Christine Hoffberger ’10, Benjamin
                                                                                   Ferguson ’11, Caroline Smith ’10, Allison Halstead ’10 and Joshua Sacks ’10.
                                                                                   below: Patrick O’Keefe ‘12, Daniel Sotherland ’12, and Nicholas Giardini ’12 look on as Science Teacher Taylor Williams displays
                                                                                   the results of an experiment.

              Departments                 Credits
              2    Head of School         The Forman Letter is produced by
                                          the Advancement Office of
              4    Around the Green
   the                                    The Forman School
FORMAN        22   Class Notes
LETTER                                    Maura Keenan
              36   Chaplain’s Column      Director of Advancement

                                          John DiCarlo
              Features                    Director of Communications
              10   Alumni Feature
                                          Lisa Horne
              14   Forman Entrepreneurs   Director of Alumni and Parent Programs
              18   Community Service
                                          Julie Pryor-Bennett
                                          Associate Director of Advancement/
                                          Director of the Annual Fund

                                          Susan Reis
                                          Director of Database

                                          Derek Szigeti
                                          Website Manager and Director of

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                                                                                                                  “Forman will always need to develop in students the skills and competen-                                         PA G E 3

            From the                                                                                              cies to fulfill their individual potential and promise. We will need to help
                                                                                                                  students fine tune their moral compass, so they do the right thing and not
            Head of School                                                                                        just the easy thing. We need to help students understand that hard work is
                                                                                                                                            more important than luck.”
                                                                                                                                                            - Adam K. Man

                        ow is it possible that the first        students the skills and competencies to ful-         As a result of their “learning difference,”     Forman is a wonderful place to live and
               H        decade of the 21st century is
                        drawing to a end?
                                                                fill their individual potential and promise.
                                                                We will need to help students fine tune
                                                                their moral compass, so they do the right
                                                                thing and not just the easy thing. We need
                                                                                                                     they adapt and create their own path
                                                                                                                     toward the finish line of learning, and this
                                                                                                                     experience contributes to their ability to
                                                                                                                     think out of the box. Now, more than ever,
                                                                                                                                                                     work. Every day is a new opportunity and
                                                                                                                                                                     there is a strong focus on learning and
                                                                                                                                                                     improving what we do. As we think about
                                                                                                                                                                     the unknown challenges ahead, our goal is
               Our Seniors, the class of 2010, will pull
               this decade to a close in June. What will        to help students understand that hard work           Forman faculty and staff view all our stu-      to develop in students both those things
               the next decade hold in store for them, and      is more important than luck. These are not           dents as future leaders and innovators. As      that are tried and true and those skills that
               how are they prepared to participate in this     new concepts. They are things that John              such, we have new programs that will            capitalize on strengths important for the
               fast evolving and changing new world?            and Julie Forman envisioned when they                build robust opportunities for students to      21st century.
               Former Secretary of Education Richard            founded the school 80 years ago, and these           develop and implement their talents.
               Riley notably commented that the top ten         core values remain the heart of The                                                                                                 Adam K. Man
               jobs most in demand in 2010 will not have        Forman School today.                                 Forman’s new Winterim program, for                                            Head of School
               existed in 2004. This might be a little bit of                                                        example, allows students to focus solely on
               hyperbole but in many ways Secretary             Moreover, Mr. and Mrs. Forman’s found-               one course for two and a half weeks.
               Riley is on to something.                        ing mission, and what continues to set this          During this time, students have the oppor-
                                                                school apart from all others, is the way in          tunity to study, in an experiential fashion,
                                                                which our faculty and staff support each             something they might never have a chance
            Forman students excel at what                       student’s unique talents and interests.              to in a traditional high school, such as
            experts agree are the most                          They seek to address students’ deficits and          early childhood development or the history
                                                                weaknesses, while always being mindful               of British humor.
            important skills for success in the                 of each individual student’s unique poten-
                                                                tial. Students, past and present, state that at      Also, we are in the process of more clearly
            21st century world: creativity,                     Forman, for the first time, they have teach-         defining a set of mastery skills and tying it
            innovation, and entrepreneurial                     ers who “get them.” Students experience              together with the larger 21st century skills,
                                                                this because Forman teachers believe in              and thus develop a curriculum that ensures
            prowess.                                            them and the mission of the school. This             meaningful learning. Other areas Forman
                                                                is our most valuable asset and one, which            is developing to enhance our students’
               We are trying to prepare students for a          as the decades continue to come and go,              strengths are new courses and programs
               world that nobody can accurately predict.        will never change.                                   that expand our arts offerings, science
               How do we do this? Part of the answer                                                                 offerings, and courses in entrepreneurship
               comes from the realization that even as the      Forman students excel at what experts                and leadership. Faculty are implementing
               world changes dramatically, some things          agree are the most important skills for suc-         more student-centered teaching methodolo-
               remain eternally important and steadfast.        cess in the 21st century world: creativity,          gies as well as providing the leading edge
               Forman will always need to develop in            innovation, and entrepreneurial prowess.             in assistive technology.
                                                                                                                                                                       top: Head of School Adam K. Man teaching his Anthropology
                                                                                                                                                                       class during the Fall 2009 Semester.
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                 Around the Green
            At presstime, The Forman School was in the midst of the School’s first-ever “Winterim.” In lieu of classes
    the     during the three weeks between Thanksgiving and the Winter Break, all students and faculty were partici-
            pating in the program, which represents a rewarding 20-day exploration of subjects and ideas not usually
            taught in a traditional classroom setting.
                                                                                                                                                                                Forman has hired Francisca Fenton for the newly-
            Students were examining issues and pursuing new endeavors, working closely with others with whom they                                                               created position of Dean of Student Affairs. The
            might not normally engage. Recognizing that Forman students tend to excel as innovators, entrepreneurs,                                                             position is part of the School’s efforts to ensure
            creators and experiential leaders, Winterim is designed to provide practice in applying skills that are founda-                                                     the same comprehensive educational experience
            tional to those talents. Winterim projects include Habitat For Humanity, building toys for less fortunate chil-                                                     outside the classroom that it has historically pro-
            dren, blues, rock and the delta culture and touring Paris.                                                                                                          vided in traditional academic settings. Activities
                                                                                                                                                                                during the fall semester included bringing a local
            Winterim is a timely and rewarding break from the college prep course of study. It works with the interests                                                         rock band to interact with students, a performance
            and natural talents that individual students have at their core. We look forward to providing additional details                                                    by a hypnotist and creating graffiti art on campus.
            of the program in the next Forman Letter.                                                                                                                           The Forman Activities and Social Team (FAST)
                                                                                                                                                                                has also been created for students to provide
                                                                                                                               Forman hires ADD                                 input on upcoming on and off campus activities.

                                                                                                                               Services Director                                above: Hypnotist Jim Spinnato works with stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                dents during an October performance at Johnson
                                                                                                                               In July 2009, Forman hired Jane Benson ’76       Art Center.
                                                                                                                               to fill the newly-created position of Director
                                                                                                                               of Attention Deficit Disorder Services.          below: players gather for a photo following a vol-
                                                                                                                               Benson served as Director of Learning            leyball game on Orientation Weekend.
                                                                                                                               Disabilities Services at the University of
                                                                                                                               North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from
                                                                                                                               1993 to 2007.

                                                                                                                               In addition to being a school alumna,
                                                                                                                               Benson also served on the Board of
                                                                                                                               Trustees for several years.

                                                                                                                               Because Forman serves many ADD and
                                                                                                                               ADHD students, Benson’s position will guar-
                                                                                                                               antee Forman provides the latest research-
                                                                                                                               driven techniques to address their unique
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               New Trustees                                                                                               Green and White
                                                                                                                          In May 2009, Forman began a new tradition: The Green and White competition. Students are assigned to either
               In Fall 2009, The Forman School Board of Trustees welcomed three new members.                              the Green Team or the White Team, which are representative of the school’s colors. Once assigned to a team,
                                                                                                                          the student is a member for life. At the start of each school year, new students are inducted into a team and the
               Robert D. Patch, the father of Douglas Patch ’10, is responsible for marketing Goldman Sachs Asset         annual contests begin.
               Management's (GSAM) institutional investment products to large US corporate and Canadian institutions.
               He joined GSAM in 1998 and was named managing director in 2004.                                            On Orientation Weekend in September, students hailed their team’s cheer, welcomed members of their team
                                                                                                                          and held the first competition, a tug of war. A Green and White talent show took place on Fall Family Weekend
               Robert was previously employed by JP Morgan Investment Management, Merrill Lynch Bankers Trust             and competitions continue throughout the year. At year’s end, the winning team is awarded the coveted Green
               and Morgan Guaranty Trust. He welcomes the chance to serve on the board, noting “It is an opportunity      and White Cup.
               to better get to know the school and take an active role.”

    the        Wendy Waller ’65, of Fort Lee, NJ, is an alumna of the New York School of Interior Design. She served
               as buyer for 500 stores in the garment industry and owned a retail clothing store. For more than a
               decade, she served as comptroller of Artec Systems, an international hair care company.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               left: Members of the
               Now semi-retired, she is in a partnership with two siblings that owns and manages two large shopping                                                                                            Green Team dig in
               centers as well as several commercial and residential properties on the North Shore of Long Island. She                                                                                         during the tug of war
               also works with charities to raise money for homeless and abused animals and to benefit people with                                                                                             competition.
               Diabetes. “Forman did a lot for me and helped me grow up,” she said. “I want to see that it continues to
               do the same things for children today.”

               Laird Davis, of Washington, CT, has served as Head of School for Tampa Preparatory School in Tampa,
               FL, Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN and Morristown-Beard in Morristown, NJ.

               He also served as Director of Admissions for Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT for 13 years. He                                                                 academic space, a new wing of the Johnson Art
               is an elected member of the Region 12 Board of Education and a Board Member of the Institute for            Forman begins facility                                    Center that will include a black box theater, addi-
               American Indian Studies in Washington, CT. Davis is an avid outdoors person who enjoys flying and
               canoeing. He is happy to join the Forman Board of Trustees, “because I believe the School offers the
                                                                                                                           planning process                                          tional dormitories, and a new and enhanced
                                                                                                                                                                                     entry way to campus. Phase II would include
               best education for children with learning differences in the country.”                                      In recent months, Forman has begun a Master               other needs, such as new athletic fields, expan-
                                                                                                                           Campus Planning initiative to determine future            sion of the athletic center, a new Head’s house,
                                                                                                                           growth and needs of the campus and student                additional dorms and faculty housing, administra-
                                                  Forman On The Road                                                       body. The School has contracted SLAM                      tive office additions, and other campus improve-
                                                                                                                           (Stecker, Labeau, Arneill, MacManus), of                  ments.
                In the past year, The Forman School has made a concerted effort to reach out to our alumni                 Glastonbury, CT, to assist in the process and is in
                and families across the US and world. In Adam K. Man's first year as Head of School,                       the final stages of developing a comprehensive            An initial plan was presented to the Board of
                Forman hosted "Meet The Head" receptions in more than ten states and has met over 300                      master plan.                                              Trustees at its October meetings and input was
                alumni, parents, and families. Cities where receptions took place include:                                                                                           solicited. SLAM will work to modify the plan,
                                                                                                                           SLAM has met with various constituents around             incorporate board feedback and continue to prior-
                                                                                                                           campus including maintenance, faculty, food               itize the School’s needs. This plan would over-
                •     Boston, MA                           •      Chicago, IL
                                                                                                                           services, residential life, IT, administration, aca-      haul much of the existing campus and empha-
                •     Denver, CO                           •      Greenwich, CT
                                                                                                                           demics, student leaders, and many others to               size academic spaces and student needs. A
                •     New York, NY                         •      San Francisco, CA                                                                                                  comprehensive Master Plan is very much needed
                                                                                                                           assess overall needs. The firm has compiled
                •     Vero Beach, FL                       •      Washington, DC                                                                                                     but represents a tremendous fundraising and
                                                                                                                           data and is working with the Master Planning
                                                                                                                           Committee to determine the vision for the school.         construction initiative.
                The goal was to take Forman to our community, introduce the new Head of School, get to
                know our alumni and parents better, and share some of the great things happening at the                    Initial results indicate priorities that include the      We look forward to providing details of these
                School. As we continue to be “on the road,” look for us at a regional event near you in 2010!              following: faculty housing, new and renovated             plans in the next Forman Letter.
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                                                                              Left: Doodle Funk ’12 leads the pack in
                                                                                                                          Fall 2009 Athletic Awards                             PA G E 9

                                                                              2009 meet.                                  Girls Varsity Volleyball    Junior Varsity Football
                                                                                                                          Most Valuable Player        Sportsmanship Award
                                                                              Below: Forman quarterback/tailback          Caroline Gorman             Blake Coelho
                                                                              Kareem Cope ’11 gives a stiff arm to a      Most Improved Player        Most Improved Player
                                                                              Gilbert School player during a fall 2009    Rachael Rebello             Tyler Singewald
                                                                              home game. The Forman School Football       Sportsmanship Award         Coaches Award

                 Athletics                                                    team went on to win its Hudson Bowl game
                                                                              against The Dalton School in November.
                                                                                                                          Charlotte Braun
                                                                                                                          Coaches Award
                                                                                                                          Sarah Clewer
                                                                                                                                                      Alex Evans
                                                                                                                                                      Brandon Turner

                                                                                                                                                      Girls’ Varsity Soccer
                                                                                                                          JV Volleyball               Most Valuable Player
                                                                                                                          Most Valuable Player        Lindsey Watkins
                                                                                                                          Danielle Magloire           Most Improved Player
                                                                                                                          Most Improved Player        Jane DeMenocal
                                    Spotlight: Lindsey Watkins ’11                                                        Alana Kurfist               Sportsmanship Award
    the                                                                                                                   Sportsmanship Award
FORMAN                              Forman forward Lindsey Watkins,                                                                                   Megan Blair
                                                                                                                          Ariel Blouin                Coaches Award
LETTER                              lower left, continues to be a standout                                                Coaches Award               Mackenzie Randall
                                    on the Girl’s Varsity Soccer Team.                                                    Emily Johnson
                                                                                                                                                      Boys’ JV Soccer
                                    She was named Most Valuable                                                           Rock Climbing               Most Valuable Player
                                    Player during the school’s Fall 2009                                                  Most Improved Climber       Trey LaCroix
                                    Athletic Awards, named Hudson                                                         Amanda Bouknight            Most Improved Player
                                                                                                                          Sportsmanship               Matt White
                                    Valley Athletic League All-Star for the                                               Lee Wulc                    Coaches Award
                                    second consecutive year and named                                                     Coaches Award               Tyler Patchell
                                    High School Athlete of the Week by                                                    Julia Ewing                 Sportsmanship Award
                                    the Torrington Register Citizen.                                                                                  Charles Lym
                                                                                                                          Cross Country
                                                                                                                          Most Valuable Player        Boys Varsity Soccer
                                    In 2008-2009, Watkins scored 70                                                                                   Most Valuable Player
                                                                                                                          Doodle Funk
                                    goals and made 26 assists. Several                                                    Most Improved Runner        Corey Gelbstein
                                    Division I colleges are recruiting her.                                               William Paul                Davis Delanty
                                                                                                                          Coaches Award               Most Improved Player
                                                                                                                          Paul Bickford               Kyle Kadlec
                                                                                                                          Sportsmanship Award         Dakota Catucci
                                                                                                                          Julia Karnani               Sportsmanship Award
                                                                                                                                                      Matt Oliver
                                                                                                                          Varsity Football            Coaches Award
                                                                                                                          Offensive MVP               Ben Shipley
                                                                                                                          Kareem Cope                 Christian Rempel
                                                                                                                          Defensive MVP               Stoke College Penalty
                                                                                                                          Nick Powers                 Competition 2008
                                                                                                                          Most Improved Player        Graham Cavanaugh
                                                                                                                          Alex Slohm (Litchfield
                                                                                                                          High Schoo)                 Boatbuilding
                                                                                                                          Coaches Award               Master Boatbuilder
                                                                                   above: Corey Gelbstein ’10 was         Jake Ratkevich              Lawton Jeffords
                                                                                                                          Ian McClannan               Mac Garvey
                                                                                   named to the Hudson Valley League
                                                                                                                          Billy Pickett (Litchfield   Apprentice Award
                                                                                   All-Star Team.                                                     Bryan Perkins
                                                                                                                          High School)
                                                                                                                                                      Matt Pelow
                                                                                   left: Goalkeeper Mackenzie Randall
                                                                                   ’11 blocks a shot during a Fall 2009
                                                                                                                                  Be sure to check
                                                                                   game at Forman.
                                                                                                                                   for up-to-date scores and schedules!
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                Alumni Feature:
                Monty Scharff ’42
                                                                                                                right: Scharff, a longtime Maine resident, takes in the winter landscape

                                                                 Monty came to Forman in 1938 as a stu-             be exposed to the kind of love and caring                              “The days I went to school
                                                                                                                    that John and Julie had for the kids.”
                                                                 dent who did not take to studying.                                                                                        there were an enormous influ-
                                                                 “I was goofing off,” he said. “I had an aca-
FORMAN                                                           demic ‘motivation-itis’ problem.”                  Following John Forman’s death, Julie                                   ence on my life. Every student
                                                                                                                    Forman asked Monty to join the Board of

                                                                 Monty describes John Forman as his per-            Trustees. She explained that his service                               that goes there is taught so
                                                                 sonal “Mr. Chips,” a friend, teacher and           to the board could serve as a vital link                               much.”
                                                                 motivator. Among the moving accolades              from her late husband to the then pres-
                                                                 he has for John Forman was his ability to          ent-day of the late 1960s.                                             - Monroe “Monty” Scharff ’42
                                                                 motivate students.
                                                                                                                    Monty would then send his son, Peter, to                               Familiar with his longtime fondness for
                                                                 He noted John Forman promoted the                  Forman for his senior year. The younger                                the family’s Cadillac, Julie Forman called
                                                                 importance of working part-time after              Scharff had seen his grades suffer in                                  Monty into her home during her final
                                                                 school in local businesses to students.            recent years. He was also mature enough                                days.“ ‘The keys are in the Cadillac. Take
                                                                 Monty’s natural affinity for cars led to a         to know that going off to boarding school                              it anywhere you want’ she told me,” said
                                                                 job at the local Ford dealership. He fondly        was likely his only hope to receive the                                Monty. Overcome with emotion, he was
                                                                 recalls watching John and Julie Forman             preparation he needed for college.                                     simply unable to accept her gracious
                    Monroe B. “Monty” Scharff ’42 is a           drive through town in their pre-war, forest                                                                               offer.
                    remarkable link from The Forman              green Cadillac.                                    After shopping around several prep
                    School’s first decade to the present day.                                                       schools, it became clear Monty’s alma                                  Monty continued his involvement with
                    An alumnus, past parent and longtime         One extracurricular activity stands as one         mater was the right choice.                                            Forman and was thrilled to speak at the
                    past trustee, his connection not only runs   of Monty’s favorites.                                                                                                     school’s 50th anniversary commencement
                    throughout the School’s history but is the                                                      “His marks went straight up as soon as                                 ceremony.
                    profound bond of someone who has             “The best thing I ever learned at Forman           he was in a more disciplined environ-
                    always honored Forman’s ability to trans-    was learning how to ski,” he joked, adding         ment,” said Monty. He added Peter                                      Now more than 65 years after his own
                    form lives.                                  that a makeshift ski slope was fashioned           Scharff ’69 went on to the University of                               commencement, Monty was happy to join
                                                                 on campus for that purpose.                        Colorado from Forman and later built a                                 the Copper Beech Society, named for the
                    Monty recently became a member of the                                                           successful high tech communications                                    large Copper Beech tree outside Ballie
                    Copper Beech Society, which acknowl-         John Forman kept in touch while Monty              business.                                                              dorm.
                    edges individuals who have made              headed to Europe to serve in World War
                    Forman a beneficiary in their estate plan-   II and the years after he returned home.           As a trustee, Monty would indeed be the                                “The days I went to school there were an
                    ning. To date, nearly 30 people have         “John Forman was always there for me,”             link Julie Forman sought from the                                      enormous influence on my life,” he said.
                    joined the ranks of those who wish to        said Monty. “He was an extraordinary               School’s inception. His tenure included                                “Every student that goes there is taught
                    make a commitment to future generations      man. He taught me that integrity, honesty          serving on several executive search com-                               so much.”
                    of Forman students.                          and dependability are characteristics one          mittees to select candidates who would
                                                                 should subscribe to. It was a privilege to         follow in John Forman’s footsteps as
                                                                                                                    Head of School.
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                   Alumni Weekend                                                                                                               Save the Date!
                                                                              Forman alumni came together on campus
                                                                                                                                                Family Weekend
                                                                              and at the Torrington Country Club in                             including live and silent auction with a Mardi Gras theme
                                                                              October 2009. Friends and families have             the
                                                                                                                                                April 23-24
LETTER                                                                        continued to meet in various locations         LETTER

                                                                              throughout the country during the past year.
                                                                              If you would like to host a Forman gather-                        June 5
                                                                              ing, please contact Lisa Horne via e-mail:
                                                                     or by phone,
                                                                              (860) 567-1810.                                                   Grandparents Day
                                                                                                                                                November 3

                                                                                                                                                Alumni Weekend
                                                                                                                                                will become a Spring event in April 2011
                                                                                                                                                For up-to-date calendar information, be sure to check out our website,

                                                                                                                                                below: The Forman Alumni Soccer Team poses before their 2009 game with current students.

               clockwise from the top: The Grimm Family, from left to right,
               Anne, Glenn ’44, Susan Grimm Weiner ’71, Annabel Grimm
               Rylance, Tim ’83, Liz Silzer Grimm ’83, and Jonathon ’78.

               From left to right, Jon Hastings ’99, Erin Casey, Lauren
               Fitzsimmons ’99 and Brian Hastings ’99.

               Jen Heyman ’99, left, and Christina Barile ’99.

               Class of ’89 members, left to right: Kelly Smith, Lucy Sharp
               Meyer, Chris Zuckert, Nick Kraus, Sean Maguire, W. David
               Thorn, Curt Pfannenstiehl, Jen Houser Goedder and Tim
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                   Forman entrepreneurs are
                   ‘Open for Business’
                                                                                                                                                        right: Harry teaching his class The Odyssey
                                                right: Matt Wallace ’94 and wife, Tessie, pose alongside a project at the Wallace Metalworks shop.

                            By John DiCarlo, Director of                             Several years ago, the club also won the                        lege student, he ran a painting franchise during                “The overall high point is that building
                            Communications                                           National Blues Foundation’s Best Blues Club                     the summers. Years later, he found himself a
                                                                                     in North America competition.                                   sales manager in the Boston area and subse-                      something that is successful and
                                                                                                                                                     quently as a systems integrator. He left that

     the                            ccording to a recent study, one in
                                    three entrepreneurs in the United                Goldberg, a one-third partner in the business,                  business after 6 years to form his own compa-                    holds together is very rewarding.”
                                    States identified themselves as                  also co-owns a second restaurant in town, JT’s                  ny, Managed Air Systems. “I figured I could                                         - Paul Dowd ’87
                            dyslexic. Ted Turner, Richard Branson and                Sport Pub, as well as a dormitory-style resi-                   ‘build a better mousetrap,’ ” he said.
                                                                                     dence facility for people recovering from sub-                                                                                   “The thing I got out of Forman was self-confi-
                            Walt Disney are just a few of the more
                                                                                     stance abuse. As many entrepreneurial alumni                    His firm that serves as an integrator of paint                   dence,” he said. “The small school environ-
                            renowned businesspeople with Learning                                                                                                                                                     ment encouraged me to take risks and it creat-
                                                                                     concur, the attraction of being one’s own boss                  finishing systems was soon up and running but
                            Differences. In fact, the ranks of Forman                                                                                                                                                 ed a lot of discipline that I think you need to be
                                                                                     is a powerful, fundamental draw.                                the first days were anything but smooth sailing.
                            School alumni feature many innovative entre-                                                                                                                                              successful.”
                                                                                                                                                     Dowd describes the experience as earth-shat-
                            preneurs who count lessons learned at the                “It’s having your own schedule and not having                   tering.
                            School among the reasons for their success.              to answer to any one,” said Goldberg. “You                                                                                       Hilary Taylor ’81 had not originally intended
                                                                                     determine your own fate. If you work hard at                    “It’s very glamorous to say you own your own                     to open her own business. She earned an edu-
                            One of Michael Goldberg’s ’87 business                   it, you’ll be very successful.”                                 company,” he said. “I was relatively naive. The                  cation degree following her graduation from
                            endeavors recently received nationwide atten-                                                                            actual start-up cost and time involved were                      Forman. However, her hobby of making holi-
                            tion. The buffalo wings at Theodore’s Blues,             For Goldberg, the biggest early challenges in                   much more than I thought.”                                       day ornaments for friends eventually developed
                            Booze and BBQ, a club he co-owns in                      day-to-day operations of several businesses                                                                                      into a new company.
                            Springfield, MA, placed third in a competition           included addressing such unknown variables as                   Dowd adds that the top thing he’s learned
                            featured on the Regis and Kelly television pro-          the economy, customer base and balancing                        along the way is that most companies go                          Merlin’s Silver Star, the business she formed
                            gram.                                                    numbers to make it work.                                        through an evolutionary process and that an                      nearly two decades ago, manufactures products
                                                                                                                                                     owner needs to be flexible to allow it to reach                  made largely from sterling silver and fine sil-
                                                                                     His Forman education also proved invaluable                     success.                                                         ver. Hilary said the company fulfills her need
                                                                                     and provided a sense of direction.                                                                                               to avoid being “a 9 to 5 office person.”
                                                                                                                                                     “The overall high point is that building some-
                                                                                     “You learn to stay focused because if you                       thing that is successful and holds together is                   “It’s worth the risk,” she said. “I’ve created the
                                                                                     don’t, things can really go wrong,” he said.                    very rewarding,” he said. “To build a reputa-                    life I wanted, which I think is important for all
                                                                                     “It’s important to stay disciplined on the task at              tion of working 10 years with Fortune 500                        of us to do if at all possible.”
                                                                                     hand.”                                                          companies and global players is a rewarding
                                                                                                                                                     feeling.”                                                        Taylor noted she’s learned a great deal in the
                                                                                     Entering into entrepreneurship wasn’t part of                                                                                    years she’s operated the business, including the
                                                                                     any of Goldberg’s long-term plans. In the late                  He said running one’s own business is not for                    finer points of marketing, that customers often
                                                                                     1990s, when a partner backed out of the deal                    everyone and that his time at Forman played an                   supply great ideas, the benefits of workshops
                                                                                     for Theodore’s at the last minute, he stepped in.               important part in helping him recognize he                       and the fact that “mistakes can become beauti-
                                                                                                                                                     could thrive as an entrepreneur.                                 ful pieces of art.” (Continued on page 16)
                                                                                     In contrast, classmate Paul Dowd ’87 had an
                                                                                                                                                     left: Paul Dowd ’87, right, reviews details with one of his firm’s project managers during construction of the New
                                                                                     entrepreneurial drive at an early age. As a col-                York City Transit Grand Ave Depot & Central Maintenance Facility. Dowd’s firm, Managed Air Systems, custom
                                                                                                                                                     designed environmentally-friendly paint booths for the $250 million facility that was completed in 2008.
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                                                                                                                                                                                 He takes particular pride in the low turnover
                                                                       Wallace Metal Works continues to “forge”            “ Before I went to Forman, I                          rate among the firm’s approximately 100
                                                                       ahead and expansion plans for 2010 call for
                                                                       moving to new facilities with a showroom.             had a lack of confidence and                        employees and espouses the need to avoid
                                                                       He has clearly taken to what he describes as a                                                            micromanaging.
                                                                       vocation.                                             was intimidated. After
                                                                                                                                                                                 He considers running Forman’s Student
                                                                                                                             Forman, I had self confidence                       Lounge, then-adjacent to Commons Dorm, an
                                                                       Wallace credits Forman for providing the skills
                                                                       needed to succeed in college, which in turn           and learned there are no                            important early business experience. His duties
                                                                       have helped his business. “College adds to the                                                            involved managing the opening, closing, and
                                                                       credentials,” he said. “It always impresses
                                                                                                                             giants in this world.” - Rob                        cleaning of the facility, as well as presenting
                                                                                                                                                                                 pool tournaments, which allowed him to devel-
                                                                       clients that they’re dealing with a college-edu-      Finlay ’87                                          op skills in dealing with fellow student patrons
                                                                       cated artist.”
                                                                                                                                                                                 and employees.
                                                                                                                            The firm currently manages properties totaling
FORMAN                                                                 He adds that any business’ success is some-          a half a million square feet. Finlay’s most
                                                                       what dependent on the entrepreneur’s passion.                                                             Sullivan said he is not surprised that many
                                                                                                                            recent endeavor has been revitalizing Center
                                                                                                                                                                                 Forman alumni are successful entrepreneurs.
                                                                                                                            City Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square. In the past
                                                                       “If you commit yourself, you’ll have success,”       24 months, it has created the new Diamond
                                                                       he said. “If you go into something just for the                                                           “I’ve always joked that I never met a bigger
                                                                                                                            City Entertainment District, with 20 tenants.
                    above: A design by Hilary Taylor ‘81               money, you’ll probably be disappointed.”                                                                  group of con artists in my life,” he said. “They
                                                                                                                                                                                 excelled orally and verbally. In business, you
                    She counts time management as her most                                                                  Finlay said the company spent considerable
                                                                       Rob Finlay ’87 says Forman provided several                                                               always have to sell yourself, you’re always
                    important lesson.                                                                                       time and energy trying to bring skeptical local
                                                                       lessons that were crucial to his own success.                                                             selling your product.”
                                                                                                                            officials on board with the project before real-
                    “I’ve learned to be more focused,” she said.       His class was among the first at the school to       izing it was best just to work around them. He
                                                                       utilize Apple Macintosh computers with pro-                                                               Some current Forman students are also learn-
                    “There’s a lot going on in my studio and some-                                                          points to one enlightenment learned at Forman
                                                                       grams designed to help LD students.                                                                       ing the finer points of successful entrepreneurs.
                    times I’ll just have to say ‘I’m going to work                                                          that helped encourage such a maneuver.
                                                                                                                                                                                 In Luke Dudley’s Economics and Accounting
                    on this for the next three hours.’ ”
                                                                       “I had a hard time putting thoughts down on                                                               class, students are tasked with researching an
                                                                                                                            “Before I went to Forman, I had a lack of con-
                                                                       paper,” he said. “I left Forman confident that I                                                          entrepreneur of their choice. “They discover
                    For Matt Wallace ’94, his own company start-                                                            fidence and was intimidated,” he said. “After
                                                                       could write.”                                                                                             what made a particular entrepreneur move to
                    ed as the continuation of his long-held interest                                                        Forman, I had self confidence and learned
                                                                                                                                                                                 the forefront of their field,” said Dudley.
                    in ironworks. After serving an apprenticeship                                                           there are no giants in this world.”
                    with a craftsman in Goshen, CT, he found           Finlay is a real estate developer and broker for
                                                                       Humford Equities in Wilkes-Barre, PA which                                                                If the past is any indication, one can expect to
                    numerous friends asking him for small proj-                                                             Sean Sullivan ’80 says the top lesson in run-
                                                                       was founded by his father in 1972.                                                                        see new classes of Forman entrepreneurs in a
                    ects. This resulted in his forming Wallace                                                              ning his own company beyond “Cash Flow is
                                                                                                                                                                                 variety of fields in the years to come.
                    Metal Works in his hometown of Charlestown,                                                             King,” is the need to invest in the business.
                    WV.                                                While Finlay’s longstanding familiarity with
                                                                       real estate began by watching his father run the     “You invest your time and your money and the
                    The business began in 2000 but really started      business, his own foray into the field started       payoff isn’t as quick as you think it will be,” he
                    to ramp up five years later when Wallace’s         with a move to Philadelphia, PA in the early         said. “You’re always reinvesting in your own
                    then-girlfriend/now wife, Tessie, decided she      1990s. Renting apartments on a commission            business, that’s the only way it grows.”
                    wanted to work alongside him.                      basis led to writing mortgage loans for a
                                                                       Connecticut-based bank and in time, back to          In 1986, Sullivan formed a seafood distribution
                    He says that a byproduct of being an entrepre-     doing similar work in Wilkes-Barre, PA.              company. The company merged with his now-
                    neur is that he has greatly improved his cus-                                                           partner’s specialty foods company 10 years
                    tomer-relations skills and ability to deal with    In 1996, he began working for the family busi-       later. Now known as Euro-USA, it currently
                    clientele.                                         ness with property management and leasing            serves as importers and distributors of fine
                                                                       responsibilities and is now president and a part-    foods and seafoods, with sales of $70 million          above: Rob Finlay ’87 at work at his company in
                                                                       ner with his father.                                 in 12 states.                                          Wilkes-Barre, PA.
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              Community Service: Forman's
              Green Key to Success and
              Character Development
                    By Harry Tubman, School Chronicler                   Earlier this year, Jen Keator offered a chal-
                                                                         lenging, insightful homily on the essence of

                             uring this academic year, a new and
                             innovative community service compo-         service in which she examined the process by
     the                                                                 which we can become a caring community.
                             nent has enlarged and enriched our stu-
                    dents' experiential education at Forman. Head of     One of the key components to building com-
                                                                         munity is our capacity to step outside of our
                    School Adam K. Man, has rekindled a key theme
                                                                         comfort zones and serve one another, to tap
                    of John and Julie Forman's earliest mission state-
                                                                         what author Henri Nouwen calls our
                    ment for the school, namely a “hands-on”             “unknown gift to care, to be compassionate, to
                    approach to service for the school community         become present to the other, to listen, to hear
                    and broader community beyond our campus.             and to receive.” Jen recalled one Forman
                                                                         graduate at this year's alumni dinner asking if,
                    As a history teacher, Mr. Man believes that
                                                                         despite all of the physical changes to the cam-
                    such a program of “giving back” stresses the
                                                                         pus, students and staff still cared for each
                    importance of civic engagement, whether the
                                                                         other. The alumnus cited the generosity of          above: In the fall of 2009, Forman students assisted the Simon Foundation, a Bethlehem-based organization that is dedicated to the
                    community is small or large. “Without that                                                               preservation and adoption of dogs and cats that would otherwise be abandoned, neglected, abused or euthanized. Students spent several
                                                                         John and Julie Forman in allowing her to prac-
                    piece, we've done our students an injustice,”                                                            hours at the Harwinton Fair in October assisting at the foundation’s booth. From left to right, Forman Teacher Sarah Dudley, Ariel Blouin
                                                                         tice on their piano in Ripley House. Jen con-       ’11, Joshua Sacks ’10 and Isabel Rollo ’10.
                    he said. Our students have been helped mighti-
                                                                         cluded her homily by asking the assembly,
                    ly in their lives and education; and Adam                                                                fair. Most recently, the entire student body                                 ple in need is an awesome feeling. Even the
                                                                         “What would your response be?”
                    believes that the new requirement of 10 hours                                                            honored Veterans' Day by writing letters to our                              smallest things can help, whether just having a
                    of community service each year offers an                                                                 troops currently serving at home and abroad.                                 conversation or helping to put Christmas trees
                                                                         Francey Fenton, Dean of Student Affairs,
                    opportunity and a valuable lesson in giving                                                                                                                                           together at the Salvation Army. Little things
                                                                         would answer with a resounding yes. Francey
                    help to others.                                                                                          The opportunities abound and include many                                    like this can make someone happier or change
                                                                         has organized the new community service pro-
                                                                         gram in which she stresses the “universal           contributions to community life here on cam-                                 their day.” (Catherine Garbo ’13)
                    Colleges are mirroring what exists at other                                                              pus as well. For example, Chrissy Hoffberger
                                                                         nature of service” through which students can
                    levels by incorporating service credits into                                                             ’10 volunteered to work in the kitchen for sev-                              Early in Forman's history, a group of faculty
                                                                         step outside of comfort zones in order to fulfill
                    their curriculum and requiring experiential                                                              eral days when some of the regular food serv-                                and students established the Green Key
                                                                         the needs of others while aligning themselves
                    education components for graduation.                                                                     ice staff were stricken with the flu.                                        Society to recognize students “who have
                                                                         with their passions in the process. Service
                    Forman's ninth grade course in geography and                                                                                                                                          achieved a high level of maturity and moral
                                                                         projects have included Sunday afternoon visits
                    this year's expansion of the literature curricu-                                                         “I had an awesome experience selling $150                                    standing in the community.”
                                                                         at Rose Haven Senior Center to help with
                    lum to include significantly more selections                                                             worth of raffle tickets for the Simon
                                                                         bingo tournaments and assisting the Salvation
                    from around the world both reflect a commit-                                                             Foundation at the Harwinton Fair. It was an                                  It was a very formally structured organization
                                                                         Army in organizing the food pantry and set-
                    ment to the global fabric by leading our stu-                                                            exciting, fun time helping a great cause.”                                   with an elaborate constitution and a complex
                                                                         ting up for Christmas. Some volunteers
                    dents toward becoming citizens of the world.                                                             (Josh Sacks ’10)                                                             set of by-laws, which might explain why it
                                                                         worked at the Fish Shelter knitting hats for the
                    Community service was envisioned by the                                                                                                                                               ultimately languished until Nigel Daniel and
                                                                         organization, while others supported the
                    Formans as a meaningful path toward the                                                                  “Before I came to Forman, I didn't realize                                   Peter Henry resurrected it.
                                                                         Simon Foundation, a dog adoption agency, by
                    same goal.                                                                                               what community service meant. To help peo-
                                                                         selling raffle tickets and organizing their arts
                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Continued on page 20)
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                                                                                                                                     right: Forman students take a moment from
                                                                                                                                     participating in a cleanup at Center Cemetery
                                                                                                                                     in Torrington in May 2009 as part of
                                                                                                                                     Community Service Day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 The teacher that stays late with a student to
                                                                                                                                             The Green Key offers an oppor-                      make sure they “get it,” the dorm parent who
                                                                                                                                             tunity to appreciate how our                        has the girls in after a tough day, the runner
     the                                                                                                                                                                                         who beats his own best time, even when it has
FORMAN                                                                                                                                       students' unique qualities                          nothing to do with coming in first, and the stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 dent who stands up for what is right, especial-
                                                                                                                                             emerge from teachers' personal                      ly when his or her view will not be popular.”
                                                                                                                                             experiences with kids. In short,
                                                                                                         left:SStudents and fac-                                                                 Community service can only thrive in this
                                                                                                         ulty braved the cold,               service is no stranger on the                       kind of atmosphere, a spirit where the faculty
                                                                                                         wind and rain to partici-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 and students relate in such a fruitful way that
                                                                                                         pate in the American
                                                                                                         Cancer Society's
                                                                                                                                             Forman campus.                                      their very interactions breed collaboration and
                                                                                                         “Making Strides” Walk
                                                                                                         at White Memorial in
                                                                                                                                                                                                 constructive relationships. It is from this phi-
                                                                                                         Litchfield in October                                                                   losophy and approach to education that spring
                                                                                                                                              This may arise in the form of serving as a role
                                                                                                         2009.                                                                                   both a unity of purpose and commitment to
                                                                                                                                              model to peers, by collaborating supportively
                                                                                                                                                                                                 appreciating the needs of others. This is when
                                                                                                                                              with others in dorm activities, by helping stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 we all become citizens of the world.
                                                                                                                                              dents transition successfully to a new environ-
                    Nigel and History Teacher Terry O'Neill            Nigel especially enjoys the unassuming nature
                                                                                                                                              ment or simply by sustaining cheerful con-         below: Students create footings for a bench that was installed in
                    changed the focus to avoid an elite group by       of students' contributions which reflect loyalty                                                                          Mohawk State Forest in Cornwall, CT in December 2009. A
                                                                                                                                              structive relationships with other students and
                    recognizing “students who perform services         and positive citizenship through deeds per-                                                                               Winterim class constructed the bench on campus and transport-
                                                                                                                                              teachers.                                          ed it to the state preserve.
                    beyond the call of duty at The Forman              formed for their inherent virtue, not for
                    School.”                                           medals or weekend privileges or some form of
                                                                                                                                              The inspiration for Brooke and Nicole came
                                                                                                                                              from a reference by William Wordsworth in
                    Green Key members are positive, cheerful stu-                                                                             his poem “Tintern Abbey” to “feelings of
                    dents and it is the purpose of the Society to      The Green Key offers an opportunity to appre-
                                                                                                                                              unremembered pleasure on that best portion of
                    “acknowledge the quiet, steady contributions       ciate how our students' unique qualities
                                                                                                                                              a good man's life, his little, nameless unre-
                    of these wonderful students.”                      emerge from teachers' personal experiences
                                                                                                                                              membered acts of kindness and of love.”
                                                                       with kids. In short, service is no stranger on
                    Nigel has worn many hats at Forman, includ-        the Forman campus.
                    ing Assistant Head of School, teacher, dorm                                                                               In the most recent Forman Letter, Adam Man
                    parent, coach and every kind of deanship pos-                                                                             offered this description of life at Forman:
                                                                       A recent manifestation of this tradition and of
                    sible. However, it is possible that reorganizing   this unique brand of school spirit has emerged
                    and advising the Green Key Society is his                                                                                 “I do not think it is big successful events that
                                                                       in a Chace Dormitory program called
                    favorite role. There is a special gleam in his                                                                            make Forman so unique that leads those
                                                                       “Celebrity of the Week” instituted by dorm
                    eye during each Spring Term when he solicits                                                                              involved in the School to use words like
                                                                       parents Brooke Crossman and Nicole Szigeti.
                    faculty nominations to Green Key.                                                                                         “transformation” or “inspiration” about their
                                                                       Their aim is the same as that of the Green
                                                                                                                                              experience. It is all the countless successes
                                                                       Key, namely to recognize and encourage posi-
                                                                                                                                              that occur around the campus daily.
                                                                       tive leadership.
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                  Class Notes                                                                                                  left: Don McLean ’66 speaks as a panelist during an Alumni Weekend
                                                                                                                               forum presentation at Johnson Art Center in October 2009.

                     1961                                   On June 8, 2009, George           "This work is much different                              published a children's book       “ We moved to Historic Annapolis, Maryland,
                     CLASS AGENT                            became a Connecticut State        from my job with the Army                                 via
                     George K. Allison                      Marshal.
                                                                                                                                                                                            two years ago. All 3 of our children are
     the                                                                                      because now I'm working as
FORMAN                                                       an area epidemiologist and                                "Grandmother's Swans"               doing well. Larry and I are retired and
LETTER                                                      Judy Taylor Irvine writes:        focusing on large animal dis-                             comes from Carola's child-
                        C. Howard “Howie” Butler            “We moved to Historic             eases such as mad cow dis-                                hood experiences with               doing some traveling.”
                        is retired and living in            Annapolis, Maryland, two          ease and illnesses like the                               swans in her family's back-
                        Montana. He writes: "Good           years ago. All three of our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Judy Taylor ’64
                                                                                              avian flu." While in the                                  yard. The story is set in
                        luck and greetings to all my        children are doing well.          Army, Don primarily worked                                Rome, Italy, where her
                                                                                                                                                                                            love to hear from friends         or e-mail her at:
                        former classmates.''                Larry and I are retired and       with German Shepherds and                                 grandmother had a condo
                                                                                                                                                                                            and classmates and can be
                                                            doing some traveling.”            Belgium Malinois dogs,                                    near the Borghese gardens.
                                                                                                                                                                                            reached via e-mail at:
                        He asks if anyone knows                                               which were trained as bomb                                                                         1986
                        how to reach Joan Chloss          1966                                detectors, patrol dogs or drug                          1981
                        and Claire Outerbridge.           CLASS AGENT                                                                                                                                                       CLASS AGENT
                                                                                              trackers.                                               CLASS AGENT
                        Howie can be reached at:          Eric D. Murray                                                                              Hilary L. Taylor                                                      Lisa Richardson Palmer
                                                                                                                                                                                          CLASS AGENTS            
                                                                                                                                                                                          Jennie Alexandre Bono
                                                                                            CLASS AGENT
                                                                                                                                                                                                On June 30th, 2009, Stanley
                     1964                                   Don McLean attended             Nancy Walton Marikar                                        Barbara Huettner Stead
                     CLASS AGENT                            Alumni Weekend on October                                                                   writes to tell us: "Married                                           Bator and his wife, Jennifer,
                                                                                                                                                                 William L. Freeman
                     Bartow S. Curtis Jr.                   3rd and 4th, along with                                                                     18 years, oldest son gradu-                                           became parents of their first
                                                                                                                                                                                              child, Andrew Stanley Bator.
                            classmate Chris Stoecklin         Nancy Walton Marikar is                                   ates this year, he's involved
                                                            and their spouses. Don par-                                                                 in football, one daughter, a                                          He was born at Yale
                                                                                              living in Connecticut and                                                                     Jennie Alexandre Bono
                        George E. Christiansen rep-         ticipated in the Alumni Panel                                                               junior is a cheerleader and                                           Children's Hospital in New
                                                                                              works part-time as a health                                                                   writes: "I know I haven't
                        resents the 1st District of the     discussion that was attended                                                                plays softball, the other is an                                       Haven, CT. He weighed 8
                                                                                              educator. Her daughter,                                                                       sent out an update lately but
                        city of Stamford on the RTC         by all students before lunch                                                                eighth grader, plays basket-                                          lbs. 1oz.
                                                                                              Amanda, lives and works in                                                                    we are all doing well. The
                        since 1976 and holds other          on Saturday.                      New York City. Her daugh-                                 ball and softball. I've been
                                                                                                                                                                                            kids are getting big. Jack is   1987
                        positions in local govern-                                            ter, Sarah, is at the                                     working part time at Acme
                                                                                                                                                                                            almost running and every-       CLASS AGENT
                        ment.                               He is doing well and living       University of Chicago.                                    markets for 11 years."
                                                                                                                                                                                            one loves it when Daddy         Holly Jones Weisenburger
                                                            in Harrisburg, PA with his        Forman friends may contact                                                                    comes home! Hoping to 
                        He’s a retired IBM program-         wife Susan. He retired from       Nancy at                               1983
                                                                                                                                                                                            hear from more of you and
                        mer and owns a nursing reg-         the Army Veterinary Corps in                                                              CLASS AGENT
                                                                                                                                                                                            seeing some of you soon!"         Michael A. Amdur is a
                        istry (Advanced Alumnae             2004. He has been with the                                                                Andrew Y. Covert
                        Nursing Registry, Inc.) in          USDA for five years work-                                                                                                    Multimedia Assistant for a
                                                                                              Carola C. Cammann, a
                        Stamford, CT.                       ing in Veterinary Services.                                                                                                                                       family-owned media/enter-
                                                                                              retired elementary and spe-                                                                   Jennie's new address is:
                                                                                                                                                        Eve Kerdasha lives in                                                 tainment corporation. He
                                                                                              cial education teacher, has                                                                   USEU/ECON, PSC 82, Box
                                                                                                                                                        Maryland and works as a                                               resides in New Jersey.
                   Lion denotes class reunion year                                                                                                                                          204, DPO AE 09710
                                                                                                                                                        freelance artist. Eve would
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                                                                                                                                    Gilah E. Gersten                  “ I will be working on the last leg of the U2
                           Jim Biles and his wife, Kari,                                                                  
                           are the proud parents of                                                                                                                     360 tour in the spring and with Bon Jovi
                           twins, James D. Biles V, and                                                                               Jason Byrne's thesis film
                           Adalyn Janee Biles, born                                                                                   "Scrap Vessel" premiered at
                                                                                                                                                                        when the new Giants Stadium opens.”
                           December 2008.                                                                                             the New York Film Festival                                Patrick Noone ’90
                                                                                                                                      at Lincoln Center on
                        1988                                                                                                          October 3, 2009.
                        CLASS AGENT
                                                                                                                                                                        and really loves getting out      Meredith McClean Fontaine
                        Neesha Nicks Allen                                                                                                                              to live music performances        and her husband Todd had
                                                                                                                                      Several Forman alumni             whenever he has the oppor-        their first child, Henry
                                                                                                                                      attended the event, which         tunity.                           Fontaine, born March 25th,
                           Dara Bassock lives in                                                                                      was also noted in the New                                           weighing 8 lbs, 6 oz.
     the                                                                                                                              York Times. You can check
FORMAN                     Colorado, is doing well, and                                                                                                               1994
LETTER                     working as Sales and                                                                                       out a clip of the movie at:     CLASS AGENTS                        Drew S. Weinstein is still liv-
                           Marketing Manager for Plum                                                                                    Christopher D. Kellogg              ing in New York City and
                           TV: "Insider Guides to                                                                                                                               working for Avon Products,
                           America's Most Treasured             Consultant. He has earned the      Dan Raiten stopped by              Jamie Hamill moved from                                             Inc. and loving it a lot.
                           Communities." Plum caters to         designation of Certified           Forman in 2009 to visit on         Denver, CO last year to Palo    Brooke H. Labriola
                           high-end resort markets, Vail,       Financial Planner.                 his way through the area after     Alto, CA, where he grew      1996
                           Aspen, Terluride, CO and                                                visiting with family in New        up. He is enjoying being          m                               CLASS AGENTS
                           Nantucket and Martha's             1990                                 York State. Dan lives in           closer to family and living                                       Lauren Cuticelli
                           Vineyard, MA among others.         CLASS AGENTS                         Denver, CO and this was his        in the bay area. Jamie finds
                                                                                                   first time back on campus                                          Drew S. Weinstein       
                           The founder of Plum TV is the      Jennifer Winkler Balzi                                                  Palo Alto a very diverse
                                                                                                   since graduation.                                        
                           Nantucket Nectars Company.                                                      place with a lot going on
                           The TV station is host to sev-
                           eral shows including a philan-     Albert T. Bellino Jr.              1992
                           thropic show called "Giving."              CLASS AGENT
                                                                                                 Sykes McBee Zimmerman
                           Dara said she had an amazing         Kevin Murray lives in New
                           experience at Forman and it          York City with his wife
                           enabled her to launch into her       Sophie and daughter,               William H. Davis is married
                           career.                              Elizabeth, now 5.                  with a five year old son,
                                                                                                   Cameron. He lives in Tucker,
                           Josh Harde has opened a gour-        Patrick Noone has just com-        GA and works for Delta
                           met sandwich shop/deli on            pleted working on the U2 360       Airlines as a Senior Analyst
                           Nantucket called "Fresh." If         world tour. He writes: “I will
                                                                                                   in ticket sales. "I still root
                           you visit the island, be sure to     be working on the last leg of
                           stop in! Visit its website at:                                          for the New England
                                                                the U2 360 tour in the spring
                                and with Bon Jovi when the
                                                                new Giants Stadium opens.”
                           Gordon S. Glener has joined          Patrick would like to hear       1993
                           Morgan Stanley Smith                 from Mark Quinn. Patrick's       CLASS AGENTS
                           Barney's Wealth Advisory             address is: Village Crest        Kenneth I. Deane
                           Resources Group as Vice              Apartments 510 Moloney 
                           President and Wealth Advisory        Rd., Poughkeepsie NY 12603

               top: Dara Bassock ’88.                                                                                               above: Crews assemble the lighting and stage for a September 2009 U2 show in Giants Stadium. Patrick
                                                                                                                                    Noone ’90 served as a technician for the show.
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                                                                                                                         Left: Raelynne Mystic Henry

                     Marikay Geib                                                                                                                      Jesse Resnick is the Creative        "I never thought that I would become a
                                                                                                                    Director of OPS Media. He
                                                                                                                                                       is living in Brooklyn                 teacher when I was a student at
                       Brandon Gart is doing well                                                                                                      Heights and stays in touch
                       and lives in Colorado. He                                                                                                       with several fellow Forman
                                                                                                                                                                                             Forman, but I love it!"
                       graduated from the                                                                                                              alumni.
                       University of Denver in
                       2004 with a degree in gener-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Nikki Kossowsky ’91
                       al business studies and a                                                                                                 CLASS AGENTS
                       minor in real estate.                                                                                                     Matthew A. Bonzagni                      ing at Petco. I love the peo-              Chris also coaches two pre-
                                                                                                                                                        ple I work with in the salon.              mier teams for The Northwest
     the               After trying the field of real                                                                                                                                                                                Rovers FC, a local girls club.
FORMAN                 estate, he has decided it's                                                                                               Leith T. Sharp                           My goal is to open a dog                   In addition, he coached the
LETTER                 not for him after all. He                                                                                                             grooming/dog daycare in                    varsity girls soccer team at
                       planned to return to school                                                                                                                                        five years."                               The Forman School in the fall
                       this fall to earn a degree in                                                                                                   Carlianne Rosenfield gradu-                                                   of 2009.
                       computer information sys-                                                                                                       ated from Lynn University       2002
                       tems.                                                                                                                           on May 12, 2007, with a         CLASS AGENTS                               2003
                                                                                                                                                       degree in criminal justice.     Elizabeth B. Fort                          CLASS AGENTS
                       Nikki Kossowsky is work-         Abbie Graham Durkin             1999
                                                                                                                                                       After trying the field of                           Holly M. McCulley
                                                                                        CLASS AGENTS
                       ing at The Hallen School in                                                                        social work as a case man-                                       
                       New Rochelle, NY, a school                                       Jessica L. Davis
                                                                                                                                                       ager, she decided to switch     Mark M. Roscio
                       for students with learning         Chad Yelverton expected to
                                                                                                                                                       gears to her first love and                       Elizabeth A. Monroe
                       and emotional disabilities.        finish graduate school in                                                                    work with animals.                                               
                                                          December 2009 at Missouri     Betsy A. Hanway
                                                                                                                                                       Carli writes, "So now I am         Tiffany Cowette lives in
                       She graduated from                 State University with an MS
                                                                                                                                                       finishing up a year of school      Torrington, CT and has been                Ben Coburn is a Host at John
                       Manhattanville College in          in Defense and Strategic                                                                     for dog grooming and work-         working for the last four                  Harvard's Brewhouse &
                       2001 with a bachelor's             Studies.                        Mark Henry emailed the
                                                                                          office to report that he and                                                                    years as a residential coun-               Restaurant in Harvard Square,
                       degree and her master's in                                                                                                                                         selor in a group home. She                 Cambridge, MA. He invites
                       special education and teach-     1998                              his wife Beth have a daugh-
                                                                                          ter, Raelynne Mystic Henry,                                                                     has a seven month old son,                 all Forman community mem-
                       ing in 2003. Nikki teaches       CLASS AGENT
                                                                                                                                                                                          Hayden. E-mail:                            bers to stop by for a great
                       computer studies and digital     Susan A. Schonfeld                born December 23, 2008.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       meal and to say hello!
                                                                                        CLASS AGENTS                                                                                      Chris McCarty started work-                Chelsea Kinsella-Whelan
                       "I never thought that I            Jim Carpenter and his wife,                                                                                                     ing in November for Team                   graduated from the University
                       would become a teacher             Aimie, have a daughter,       Jesse J. E. Resnick
                                                                                                                                                                 Sports in Farmington, CT as                of Connecticut in May 2009
                       when I was a student at            Emma Jayne Carpenter,                                                                                                           a sales representative and                 with a BA in psychology.
                       Forman, but I love it!"            born February 1, 2009. The                                                                                                      head of the production line                She is working for a company
                                                          family lives in Anthem, AZ.   Alexandrea Van Der Tuin
                                                                                                                                                             for Nike, Adidas, Puma, and                called Focus, located in
                                                                                                                                                                                          Under Armor for all local                  Canton, CT, where she is a
                                                          Joey Quinones and his wife,                                                                                                     soccer clubs, colleges and                 therapeutic counselor for
                     1997                                 Ivelisse Vega, were married                                                                                                     high schools in Connecticut.               autistic adults.
                     CLASS AGENTS                         in May 2009. The couple
                     Elizabeth Heaford Chalise            resides in Puerto Rico.                                                                                                      left: Betsy Hanway ’99 participates in a panel discussion as part of
                                                                                                                                                                October 2009 Alumni Weekend events.on Art Center in October
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                       Chelsea also volunteers          but wanted to send her best        E-mail her at:                   below: Ian Hayward ’06                   Activity Funding Board as         Class Agent/Volunteer
                       twice a week at the Little       wishes to all her classmates                                                      well as a member of the           Contact Information
                       Britches Therapeutic Riding      and friends at Forman. A                                                                                     National Society of
                       Center in Roxbury, CT. Her       special hello to teachers, Mr.     Jared Keene is employed as                                                Leadership and Success.           If your class does not have a
                       work there focuses on help-      McCarty and Ms. Grella.            a sports reporter and writer                                                                                listing and you would like to
                       ing children with develop-                                          at MetroWest Daily News in                                                Jo'Von plans to transfer to       volunteer for the Class Agent
                       mental disabilities, including   Damaia is a beauty therapist       Framingham, MA.                                                           Texas Woman's University          position, or find out more
                       autism.                          specializing in skin care and                                                                                in the fall of 2010. She is       about it, please contact Julie
                                                        massage therapy. In                John Reeves moved to Los                                                  happy that school is going        Pryor-Bennett at (860) 567-
                       Kevin Smallwood lives in         January, she is off to             Angeles, CA, where he has                                                 well, she has good grades         1811 or email:
                       Arlington, VA and has taken      London to continue her             helped produce a movie                                                    and says Forman helped her        julie.pryorbennett@forman-
     the               a position with the              studies at the London              called "Shadow Play." The                                                 achieve her goals.       (no hyphen in
FORMAN                 Department of Defense in         School of Beauty for a year.       movie was slated to appear                                                                                  email address)
                       Washington, DC. He works         Her goal is to open her own        at Sundance Films.                                                        William S. Port, a member
                       in the office of the Assistant   beauty salon in Bermuda                                                                                      of the US Marine Corps, is          Duryea Morton '43
                       Chief of the National Guard      and then start a chain of        2006                                                                        currently stationed in Guam
                       supporting contracts admin-      them. Damaia also loves          CLASS AGENTS                                                                and training for deployment
                       istration.                       music and SLAM poetry.           Ian C. Hayward                                                              to Afghanistan. He would            S. Sherman Clark Jr. '50
                                                        You can get in touch with                                                   love to hear from his     
                       Ryan O. Johann is an invest-     her via Facebook and check                                                                                   Forman friends at
                       ment analyst in the High Net     out her video on Youtube.        Charles A. Phillips                                                            Webster U. Walker Jr. '51
                       Worth Group at                   Damaia said she would not                        National Park last summer.                                            (H) (203) 259-6962
                       Oppenheimer. In that             be the person she is today                                                 She is spending the winter      2008
                       capacity, he is part of a team   without Forman.                    Doug Caton is doing well                working at Copper Mountain      CLASS AGENTS                          Marilyn Yates Ormiston '52
                       that builds customized                                              and enjoying life at                    in Colorado.                    Anne Marie Mete                       (H) (954) 989-4663
                       investment portfolios for        Hank Forester graduated in         Muskingum College. He is                                      
                       state and institutional          May from the College of            majoring in geology.                 2007                                                                     Michael N. Cohen '54
                       clients, screening potential     Charleston with a BA in his-                                            CLASS AGENTS                       Hannah Dodd Morton                    (H) (860) 242-2110
                       investments and modeling         tory. "I worked alongside a        Ian C. Hayward, a member             Shannon Hallenbeck       
                       performance metrics.             professional hunter in South       of the US Army, is currently                                                 Richard P. Barker '56
                                                        Africa, guiding hunts for a        training as a medic at Fort                                               Evan Schmid is attending  
                     2004                               few months after graduation        Hood in Texas. He expects            Kate McFadden                        Rochester Institute of
                     CLASS AGENTS                       and now that the season is         to be deployed to Bagdad in            Technology.                         Edward T. Marks '60
                     Laura J. Goodkind                  over, I am looking into get-       February 2010. Ian is very                                                                          
                            ting a teaching certificate        excited for this opportunity         Ken Reid                             Emma A. Roush is thriving at
                                                        and teaching abroad."              to train in the medical field.             Susquehanna University in           George K. Allison '61
                     Kathryn S. John                                                                                                                                 Selinsgrove, PA. She is a 
                          Katie John graduated from          Friends can get in touch                Jo'Von L. Wright will gradu-      member of Sigma Kappa
                                                        Dayton University in Ohio          with him at: ian.c.hay-                 ate in the spring from Austin     sorority and was invited to be      Alfred C. Body Jr. '63
                       Damaia Dunkely called to         with a degree in Physical                        Community College with a          a Susquehanna University  
                       say hi to everyone. She was      Education in December                                                      degree in Drama. While            Presidential Fellow, a group of
                       sorry she could not make it      2008. She moved to                 Anne E. McDermid                        attending ACC, she was the        20 sophomores invited based         Eric D. Murray '64
                       back for Alumni Weekend          Chicago in January 2009.           Eve worked at Yellowstone               President of the Campus           on recommendations from   
                                                                                                                                                                     Deans and Department Heads.
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                       Sara L. Fliess '65                                                                     Sykes McBee Zimmerman        Susan A. Schonfeld '98        Charles A. Phillips '06
                          Got Notes?                                              '92                  
                                                      Send us your photos and let us know what                                             Jessica L. Davis '99          Shannon W. Hallenbeck '07
                       Jeffrey T. Whipple '65
                                                                                                              Kenneth I. Deane '93
                       (H) (508) 627-6622             you’re up to! E-mail submissions should be
                       Bartow S. Curtis Jr. '66       sent to                                                                               Katherine G. McFadden '07
                                                                              Gilah E. Gersten '93         Betsy A. Hanway '99 
                       Debora Gould Petersen '66   Peter G. M. Roberts '76       Lisa Richardson Palmer '86                                                              Kenneth P. Reid '07
                                Christopher D. Kellogg '94   Jesse J. E. Resnick '00
                                                                                 Holly Jones Weisenburger   
     the               Carla McKay Lucey '67       Kendra R. Van Pelt '76        '87                                                                                     Hannah Dodd Morton '08
                       (H) (203) 834-2241     Brooke H. Labriola '94       Alexandrea Van der Tuin '00
                       Nancy Walton Marikar '68    Lee C. Robinson ’79           Neesha Nicks Allen '88                                                                  Anne Marie Mete '08
                                 Drew S. Weinstein '94        Matthew A. Bonzagni '01
                       Davis A. Dewey '69          Gardiner S. Mulford '80       Sean P. Maguire '89
                    Christina E. Bodine '95      Leith T. Sharp '01
                                                   Evan E. Clark '81             Curt F. Pfannenstiehl '89
                       Scott M. Sutherland '69          Allison Herron Gsell '95     Elizabeth B. Fort '02
                                                   Hilary L. Taylor '81          W. David Thorn Jr. '89       m
                       Susan Spadone Holmes '70                                               Mark M. Roscio '02
                       (H) (203) 259-4964                                                                     Elizabeth G. Thomas '95
                                                   Matthew L. LaFlamme '82       Jennifer Winkler Balzi '90
                       Craig J. Hanson '71                                        Holly M. McCulley '03
                                                                                  Lauren Cuticelli '96
                                                   Andrew Y. Covert '83          Albert T. Bellino Jr. '90
                       Andrew Krens Jr. '71                                     Elizabeth A. Monroe '03
                                                                                Marikay Geib '96             elizabethannmonroe@gmail.c
                                                   Peter M. Ahlfeld '84          Karine Opdyke Lawrence   om
                       David E. Swift '72        '90
                                               Tyler Renn '96               Laura J. Goodkind '04
                                                   Nancy Robinson Swift '84                          
                       Joan G. Bielizna '73      Amy Owen Stettner '91
                     m                             Elizabeth Heaford Chalise    Kathryn S. John '04
                       Paula Nichols-Dille '74     Jennie Alexandre Bono '85     Rob P. Tarantino '91
                                                   Pearse P. Matthews '05
                                                                                                              Abbie Graham Durkin '97
                       Diana Curtis Price '75      William L. Freeman '85        Jenny Virgopia '91 
                                                  Cyril P. Thornton '05
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                                                       Camera, obituary,               many loving cousins, nieces             Alison enjoyed working           School as a loyal alumna
                       In Memoriam                     November 17, 2009.)             and nephews. Bill will be               with young children. She         and class agent. She is                            Alumni e-Newsletters!
                                                                                       remembered as a gentle giant            worked as a nanny, and pre-      remembered by her friends
                       Christopher S. Cross ’63        William MacCorkle Smith         to all who knew and loved               viously as a teacher at the      and family as caring, sweet    The Forman School has just
                       Chris died of cancer at his     ’69                             him. He was a friend to                 Montessori School. As an         hearted, and someone who       begun sending monthly
                       home in Niwot, CO on            Bill died January 20, 2009,     everyone he met, always                 accomplished skier, recently     was always fun to be with.     alumni e-newsletters, featuring
                       November 6th, 2009 at the       at CAMC Memorial                positive, always seeing the             she worked teaching young        (Excerpted from the Nashua,    details of current events
                       age of 66 years.                Hospital, surrounded by his     bright side of life and never           children how to ski in Lake      Telegraph, obituary,           at the school, as well providing
                                                       loving family. Bill valiantly   saying an unkind word to                Tahoe, CA.                       November 18, 2009.)            news from throughout the
                       He was born in Lawrence,        fought Parkinson's disease      anyone. (Excerpted from the                                                                             alumni community.
                       MA, raised in Boxford, MA,      for over a year. He worked      Charleston Daily Mail, obit-            Alison was especially sensi-     Ms. Ann LaGrange
                       and educated at Boston          as a sales engineer for         uary, January 22, 2009.)                tive to caring for young         Ann LaGrange, former           To receive a copy, please
FORMAN                 University following his        Kanawha Manufacturing                                                   children with special needs.     administrative assistant to
LETTER                 Forman graduation. He
                                                                                                                                                                                               visit the alumni section of our
                                                       Company for 44 years and        Merrilee Meyer ’68                      She also enjoyed staying         the Dean of Academics,         website (
                       served two years in the         had served as Vice President    News of Merrilee “Diddy”                connected to The Forman          passed away Sunday,
                       United States Army, one in                                                                                                                                              to update your contact
                                                       of Kanawha Roxalana             Meyer’s passing from Carla                                               November 1, 2009.
                       Vietnam, and was awarded                                                                                                                                                information.
                                                       Company.                        McKay Lucey: Diddy
                       the Bronze Star and Combat                                      Meyer passed away in May
                       Air Medal.                      After graduating from The       2009 after being ill for a
                                                       Forman School, Bill attend-     short time with cancer in her
                       He then worked for Haney        ed the University of Virginia   lungs and spine. She was one
                       Associates, a national fund-
                       raising firm where he ran
                                                       School of Engineering,
                                                       where he was a member of
                                                                                       of my roommates during my
                                                                                       years at Forman and a dear,
                                                                                                                                  Your Gift Makes All The Difference
                       campaigns for prominent         Delta Kappa Epsilon frater-     dear friend ever since. I will
                       Boston-area museums, hos-
                       pitals, and other non-profits
                                                       nity. He was a descendant       miss her terribly.               Creativity
                                                       of a pioneer Kanawha
                       before moving to Colorado       Valley family and was
                       as National Director of         named for his great grandfa-
                       Development for the United

                                                       ther, Governor William
                       States Olympic Ski Team.        Alexander MacCorkle.
                       Subsequently he directed the
                       development efforts of many     He is survived by his wife
                       non-profits including the       of 47 years, Teddi Robinson
                       Hospice of Boulder and          Smith; his children,
                       Broomfield and the              Margaret Lyle Holroyd and
                       American Humane                 her husband, Scott, and
                       Association.                    William M. Smith, Jr. and       Alison Demers ’98
                                                       his wife, Lori; and his four    Alison passed away in
                        In the mid- 1980s, he          adored grandsons, Chase,        November 8, 2009.
                       formed his own fund-raising
                       firm, Cross Associates, and
                                                       Sam and John Holroyd and                                                                               Innovation
                                                       Alexander Smith.                At Forman, she served as
                       headed fund-raising efforts
                       for numerous Colorado-
                       based non-profits.
                                                                                       class president and received
                                                                                       her BA in Communications                     The Forman School Annual Fund
                                                       He is also survived by a sis-   from Menlo College, Menlo,
                       (Excerpted from the Daily       ter and three brothers and      CA in 2006.                                      Thanks for your support!
                                                                                                                         Make your gift online at or call Julie Pryor-Bennett at 860.567.1811
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                 Robert K. Jackson played a
                                                                                                                          left: Jackson and wife Catherine pictured in the
                                                                                                                          1975 Forman Shield.
                                                                                                                          right: A photo from Jackson’s hiring announce-
                                                                                                                          ment in the Summer 1974 edition of the
                                                                                                                          ‘Forman Bulletin.’

                 key role in Forman history                                                                               ‘set,’ for meals three times a
                                                                                                                          day, certain faculty members
                                                                                                                          were less than supportive of
                       By John DiCarlo, Director                                                                          the program and considered
                       of Communications                                                                                  it a distraction, he said.

                       The Forman School was                                                                              Jackson’s support while
                       approaching a crossroads                                                                           briefly chatting together one
FORMAN                 when it hired former                                                                               day forever endeared him to
LETTER                 Headmaster Robert Jackson                                                                          Doyle.
                       in 1974. Co-founder Julie
                       Ripley Forman would pass                                                                           “He said ‘I hear you’re get-
                       away within a year and the                                                                         ting flak from people about
                       school would no longer have                                                                        your theater work. Don’t pay
                       her input and guidance.                                                                            any attention to that. Just
                                                                                                                          keep doing what you’re
                       Mrs. Forman was involved in     “He thought it would be         McCarty. “He was a warm,           doing,’ ” said Doyle.
                       the process of hiring           interesting to work with stu-   thoughtful, supportive guy
                       Jackson, who passed away        dents with learning disabili-   and he allowed me to work
                       on July 20, 2009 at age 91.     ties and dyslexia,” she said.   at the School while I was in
                       He played a key, transitional
                       role in maintaining the
                       Formans’ vision for the
                                                       “He wanted to make the
                                                       school more professional and
                                                                                                                         “Mr. Jackson was a quiet, unobtrusive
                                                       do whatever he could to         It was former faculty member
                       School.                         make it a first-rate school     Rick Doyle’s disclosure dur-       leader of the school.”
                                                       and expand it.”                 ing his job interview that he
                       Prior to coming to Forman,                                      is also a Sox’ fan that                                                       involve himself with the aca-   Jackson’s tenure ended in
                       Jackson served as Assistant                                     appeared to completely             Current Learning Center                    demic arena of the School.      1979. He later moved to the
                       Headmaster at the Gordon        As a former athlete who per-    change Jackson’s passive           Director Diane Lucarelli,                  Teachers were given freedom     Charlestown, New
                       School in East Providence,      sonally set several athletic    demeanor. “The room                who was hired during                       to plan their own course cur-   Hampshire area. He
                       RI and as Headmaster at the     records at Princeton, Jackson   seemed to light up after           Jackson’s tenure, also                     ricula.                         remained busy throughout
                       King School in Stamford,        also strongly promoted          that,” said Doyle.                 remembers his supportive                                                   retirement and taught GED
                       CT. His own education           Forman’s sports programs        “It was at that moment I           nature.                                    Mr. Jackson was a quiet,        classes in local jails. He also
                       included a post-graduate year   and built a positive rapport    knew I had the job.”                                                          unobtrusive leader of the       volunteered with several area
                       at Phillips Exeter Academy      with the student body.                                             “Whenever I was having                     school.”                        charity and community
                       and a degree from Princeton     Current Athletic Director       Doyle was later running the        problems in the dorm or with                                               organizations.
                       University.                     Scott McCarty ’76 recalls       school’s theater program in        students in class, he gave me              In addition to his low-key
                                                       Jackson as an avid Red Sox      what is now Johnson Art            excellent advice and I always              administrative style, faculty
                       Jackson’s widow, Catherine,     fan whose door was always       Center but at the time, it also    felt better after talking to               and students recall Jackson’s
                       said he viewed the job of       open.                           served as the dining hall.         him,” said Lucarelli.                      amiable manner. His typical
                       leading Forman as a wel-
                                                                                                                                                                     greeting was a friendly “How
                       come challenge.                  “I got to know him better      In addition to having the          “He was stern with school                  are ya?,” soon followed by
                                                       after graduation.” said         entire school come through a       rules. However, he didn't                  …good, good, good.”
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              The importance of
              courage and persever-
              ance our journey                                                                                      Copper Beech Society
              By Jennifer Keator, Chaplain
                      don’t usually buy People magazine. As I       As I look at our students, I see courageous

                 I   was recently standing in line at the gro-
                     cery store, I felt compelled to purchase a
                 copy. The cover story was about Jaycee
                                                                    individuals who have and continue to face
                                                                    challenges head on. This commitment to
                                                                    personal journey never ends.
                                                                                                                           The Copper Beech Society was
                                                                                                                           formed to give recognition to those who
                                                                                                                           have made provisions in their wills to ben-
                                                                                                                           efit The Forman School. Nearly 30 people
                                                                                                                                                                         “ We make a living
                                                                                                                                                                           by what we get;
LETTER           Dugard, the woman who was abducted as a                                                                   have joined the ranks of those who wish to      we make a life by
                 young child and locked away until her recent       Scripture recognizes humanity’s fragility.
                 escape after 18 years in captivity. Stories        It uses many images of men and women:                  make a commitment to future generations         what we give.”
                                                                    sheep, grass, dust etc. The image I like               of Forman students. If you would like
                 like this capture my attention because they
                                                                    most is of clay. Clay is common. It comes              more information about this opportunity,         Winston Churchill
                 give testimony to the fact that with courage,                                                             please call the Advancement Office at 860-
                                                                    out of the earth. When mixed with water,
                 the human spirit can overcome even the most        however, and wedged with our hands, it                 567-1804.
                 challenging circumstances.                         becomes a substance with the potential to
                                                                    be shaped and formed. What clay becomes
                 In novelist and theologian Frederick               depends on how it is worked and crafted.                                   The Forman School Board of Trustees
                 Buechner’s memoir “Telling Secrets,” he
                 recounts some of his life trials and stresses      The difficult thing is following the clay          Peter L. Phillips ’65            Wallis H. Brooks P ’02        Michael C. Burdis P ’07
                 the importance of one’s personal story.            through to completion. You must keep                   Chairman                            Treasurer                  Vice-Chairman
                                                                    your eye on your piece so that it becomes             Charlotte, VT                    Southbury, CT                  Salt Point, NY
                 Buechner writes, “It is important to tell at       neither too dry nor too wet. Will the object
                 least from time to time the secret of who we       withhold the extreme temperatures in the          Guy de Chazel P ’13                   Laird Davis                Kenneth I. Deane ’93
                 truly and fully are – even if we tell it only to   kiln and become a beautiful and useful ves-         Brookville, NY                     Washington, CT                 New York, NY
                 ourselves – because otherwise we run the           sel, for example, or will the negligence of
                 risk of losing track of who we truly and fully     the artist and interference from the environ-    Alice Goldsmith Elgart ’77           Margaret W. Field         Annette R. Jenner, Ph.D. ’87
                 are and little by little come to accept instead    ment cause it to crack and be rendered use-           New York, NY                    New Preston, CT                Skaneateles, NY
                 the highly edited version which we put forth       less?
                 in hope that the world will find it more                                                            Ramesh Karnani CP ’10           Frederick M. Lione Jr. P ’91          Adam K. Man
                 acceptable than the real thing.”                   We are now in the winter months: a time             Greenwich, CT                      Rowayton, CT                   Head of School
                                                                    when everything is hidden from sight                                                                                   Litchfield, CT
                 One of the things I enjoy about Family             underneath decay or snow and it is often-
                 Weekend is the stories parents tell me. They       times difficult to keep our perspective. As       Robert D. Patch P ’10              Peter S. Schay P ’00              Tyler Stevens
                 help me understand our students a little bet-      a community we need to have faith to                 Cos Cob, CT                        Riverside, CT                   Wilton, CT
                 ter. The theme of the stories I heard from         believe, strength to persevere and courage
                 many parents in October was the courage it         to act upon the commitments we have made         Scott M. Sutherland ’69             Wendy E. Waller ’65
                 took for their child to come to Forman and         towards academic, spiritual and personal                Secretary                       Fort Lee, NJ
                 for them, as parents, to release them into our     growth this year at Forman.                          Middlebury, CT
                 care and the many ways in which they have
                 grown academically and socially as a result.
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