Immerse yourself in the following pages, and
learn how our school prepares students for the
interconnected world in which they live.
In educational circles, like many others, globalization is one of those terms that has become
so well worn as to risk becoming trite and its use a “me-too” response. This circumstance,
however, in no way diminishes the importance of it to our work. What it does demand is a
definition of what we mean when we write of being a globally-oriented school. An education
that is global in nature is one that creates specific knowledge and skills required to understand
and operate successfully in today’s environment and provides experiences that develop empathy,
and an orientation that enables our graduates to excel in a wide variety of circumstances.
Examples of knowledge and skills include developing proficiency in a language other than
English and the attainment of significant cultural and historical knowledge about the world
beyond our national borders.
As highlighted on page 14, our language program represents a deep commitment to ensuring
that every graduate is conversant in another language
An education that is global in nature is and culture. Students speak Spanish on a daily basis
one that creates specific knowledge and starting in kindergarten and then, beginning inof
grade, embark on at least six years of the study
skills required to understand and operate French, Spanish, Latin or Chinese. Our social studies
curriculum contain significant
successfully in today’s environment and EnglishUnited States in order to equipcontent from
beyond the students with
and provides experiences that develop the knowledge base required to understand, analyze and
evaluate the world.
empathy, and an orientation that enables
our graduates to excel in a wide variety We have made equally significant strides in creating a
school environment that affords students many and
of circumstances. varied opportunities to develop a personal understanding
of other people and cultures. Examples highlighted
— Steve Bellis, Head of School
in these pages include the AFS program, the Graz
exchange, a wide variety of student travel opportunities
with faculty members, and numerous guest speakers who
visit our campuses. Most important, in my opinion, is our wonderfully diverse and enriched
school community itself. In recent years we have been fortunate to experience tremendous
growth in the number of families in which at least one parent was born outside of the United
States. At more than five percent of our school population, and growing, the presence of these
students and their families in our school has been immeasurably valuable to all of us. Four of
these families tell their stories on page 4.
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Finally, the pages that follow highlight numerous alumni making contributions all over the
world. Many of our alumni have reached back across the decades and over the oceans to help
our current students while making opportunities available to them. It is an ever-widening
and never-ending circle of growth. A Pembroke Hill education has always been a passport to
far-ranging opportunities. And as the world continues to be ever smaller, more complex and
rapidly changing, we believe the value of that passport is greater than ever.
I hope you enjoy taking this journey with us. I welcome your comments, or just the
opportunity to hear from you at email@example.com.
Head of School
Head of school
Steve Bellis and
Annie Dai discuss
the importance of
a second language.
horizons • July 2009 3
PHS Families Come From
Pembroke Hill’s promotion the school’s mission of freedom
of global education is not with responsibility. Meet
only lectured about in families from Scotland,
the classrooms, as the Australia, Mexico,
following families can China and Poland who
attest. These ideals have been embraced
are lived out every by the Pembroke Hill
day through students, community, and
families and faculty from whose presence serves as
different backgrounds and a reminder that it truly is a
cultures who, together, share in small world after all.
The Vassella Family focused. In Australia, you can participate in
several sports at once... netball on Monday,
AUSTrALIA sailing on Tuesday, basketball on Wednesday,
swimming on Thursday and tennis on
The steel industry brought the Vassellas
to Kansas City, Mo.,
last October. Emily,
10th grade, and Grace,
ninth grade, began
in the upper school
shortly thereafter. The
girls attended a similar
school in Melbourne,
but one that was not
co-ed and required
full uniforms. “Those
were the immediate
Anna, their mother.
“Boys, and shopping
for clothes. Also, sports
here are so intense and
The Vassella family, (l-r)
Grace, Mark, Emily and
Anna, joined Pembroke
Hill in October after
moving to Kansas City
from Melbourne, Australia.
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Saturday morning. Here, it is one sport in which you
“ We want our children to have good memories
train almost every day.”
about this time in their lives, and that
Summer break is also a bit different for the family. includes a good school, teachers and friends.
Having three months off from school was unheard of — Yunxia Wang
in their native country. But, with their first school year
at Pembroke Hill under their collective belts, the family
has now adjusted and is eagerly looking forward to the Anna continued, “The girls were even able to do the
beginning of the next school year. homework from 10,000 kms (6,213.712 miles) away
before we set foot in Kansas City. The school has been
“Everyone has been so incredibly friendly and helpful very accommodating on every level, and for that, we,
to me. As the school systems are totally different, I’ve as a family, are very grateful. When you are about to
asked a lot of questions over the past seven months, move to a new place, you can research so much online
like, ‘What’s a concession?’ I even ‘googled’ it,” Anna nowadays,” she added. “It is indeed a relief when you
said. “We call concessions a ‘tuck-shop.’ ” arrive and realize that the choices you made were the
right ones. We are glad that we chose Pembroke Hill.”
But such differences have not been a deterrent for this
family from down under, who is finally settling into
the swing of things in the U.S. and at Pembroke Hill. The Czerwinski/Wang Family
“Any school transition is difficult, and an international CHInA, POLAnd
one, as a teenager, is definitely the hardest,” Anna said. Yunxia came to the United States from Yantai,
“With the internet, we were able to interact with the Shandong, China, as a postdoctoral fellow; and Maciej
school and advisers before we arrived.” Czerwinski was a graduate student from Warsaw,
Poland. They moved to the area when Maciej worked
as a researcher at KU Medical Center and Yunxia
started her residency
training about 10 years ago.
Both Wanda, eighth grade,
and Vincent, seventh grade,
have been enjoying the
middle school academic
environment and friendly
atmosphere. “Being a
teenager is a wonderful and
confusing time,” Yunxia said.
Continued on page 6
Representing both Poland and
China, the Czerwinski family
now calls Kansas City home.
They moved to the area when
Yunxia started her residency
and Maciej was a researcher
at KU Medical Center. Their
family includes (l-r) Zosia,
Maciej, Vincent, Wanda and
horizons • July 2009 5
PHS Families Come From Around The
World — Continued from page 5
“We want our children to have good
memories about this time in their lives,
and that includes a good school, teachers
To that end, Pembroke Hill has been the
perfect choice for their family since arriving
at PHS two years ago, according to Yunxia.
“We like the freedom, respect and the trust
the school shows toward the students,
which is the most important value to us,”
From the beginning, the family has been
impressed by the diversity at Pembroke Hill.
“We have met families and students with
deep roots in Kansas City, and we have also
met many people who are from different
parts of the country and globe. We have
been in Kansas City long enough to call it
home,” she said.
Current Pembroke Hill teachers Jim Young and Nina Mehta-Young met in
Yunxia added that they have adjusted to Italy when Nina, a Scotland native, was a tour guide, and Jim was leading
a PHS student tour. Their family now includes infant Teddy and early years
their new lives at Pembroke Hill and the student Daniel, who would not cooperate for the family photo!
local community. “The first sports games
that Wanda and Vincent were in, we felt
as if we were the new kids on the block,” she said. “But the parents were very
encouraging and friendly from day one. We have found many new friends When I tell my
through different activities organized either by the school or the Parents Association.” students about my
family background, it
The Mehta-Young Family gives them a sense of
SCOTLAnd, EnGLAnd, ITALY perspective and of the
For nina, some of her fondest childhood memories were walking the hills in
Scotland with friends and swimming in the “cold” north Sea. As a young girl, wealth of cultures that
nina traveled with her father, a lawyer and restaurateur of Indian descent, to make up our world.
cities throughout India, and later she traveled by herself to Zanzibar, Tanzania. I also explain to my
In 2000, while working as a tour guide in Italy, nina met Jim Young, the man students that we need
who would become her husband, and who happened to be touring with a to understand the
group of students from Pembroke Hill. many cultures we
Today, nina brings her worldwide exposure and cultural background to her interact with in order
PHS middle school social studies classroom each day. “My diverse upbringing to be effective world
and firsthand knowledge of East Africa and India have really helped in teaching
the World Cultures course,” nina said. “When I tell my students about my
— Nina Mehta-Young
family background, it gives them a sense of perspective and of the wealth of
cultures that make up our world. I also explain to my students that we need
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to understand the many cultures we
interact with in order to be effective
As testament to the fact that we are fast
becoming a smaller global community,
nina added that we have to look no
further than President Obama. “We
now have a president who grew up in
a Muslim country, Indonesia, and had
a Kenyan father. Our president can
quote the Koran to appreciative Iraqis.
The Burford Family
Audley and Sofia are no strangers to
the United States, having both traveled
extensively in this country while
growing up in Mexico. They came here
for vacations, doctors, summer camps,
boarding school, summer schools,
Prior to settling in Kansas City, the Burford family lived n Mexico City for
college and work. The family has also
10 years. “From the very start, we have felt Pembroke Hill has welcomed our resided in Minneapolis, Miami and
family so much,” explained Sofia. Pictured here are (l-r) Audley, Nicolas, Wichita. They lived in Mexico City for
Carla, Daniel and Sofia. 10 years before Audley’s career change
had them settling down in Kansas City.
Both nicolas, who attended PHS from 2006 to 2008, and daniel, sixth grade, have
We have been dual citizenships. Last fall marked daniel’s first year at Pembroke Hill. “We were
made to feel referred to the school by a good friend of my husband’s,” Sofia said. “From the start,
welcome and we have felt that Pembroke Hill has welcomed our family so much. nicolas was happy
are appreciative in the upper school, and daniel really loves it in the middle school. He loves all his
friends and teachers.”
of that. People
want to learn As the Clothesline Sale co-chair for 2009-10, Sofia said the many volunteer
about cultural opportunities at the school have really allowed her to meet and get to know other
families. “We always try to do community service projects, and participate in school
differences activities as a family,” she said. “Clothesline is an exciting and fun activity that brings
around them, the school community together. In fact, it has really helped get me acclimated here and
just as I enjoy allowed me to meet so many new people from so many different places.”
meeting people Sofia added, “We believe that Pembroke Hill respects diversity. We have been made
who are different to feel welcome and are appreciative of that. People want to learn about cultural
from me. differences around them, just as I enjoy meeting people who are different from me.
— Sophia Burford There are so many interesting people at the school who are from other countries.
That’s one of the beauties of Pembroke Hill. You are exposed to people from different
parts of the world. This has enriched my life.” ■
horizons • July 2009 7
L iving in peace. Co-existing in harmony. respecting others. Unrealistic goals? not
for members of the Pembroke Hill School community who are involved in
international cultural exchange programs. They believe these lofty goals can be attained
one person at a time through an introduction, a conversation or a shared experience.
“If we ever hope to live in peace, we must be exposed to individuals who are different
from us and for whom we develop a mutual respect,” explained diane Power, president of
the Parents Association International Club. “It’s not about religion or politics, it’s about
respect and tolerance.”
For parents and students at Pembroke Hill, there are numerous opportunities to
participate in exchange programs – both as hosts and as guests.
Over the last 50 years, Pembroke Hill has built a strong relationship with the American
Field Service (AFS) program (see story on page 18.) But while AFS has a long tradition
at Pembroke Hill, there are other programs available such as an exchange with an Austrian
school, a Paris summer internship (see story on page 11) and school-sponsored trips
during the upper school January Interim.
The benefits of participating in an exchange are immense. diane said her family was
fortunate to host an AFS student from Chile several years ago, and it was a great
experience. “We knew we would learn about another culture, but what surprised us was
how much we learned about ourselves, our family’s traditions and our country’s values.”
in Graz, Austria
Hill in April.
They stayed with
families of the
19 PHS students
who traveled to
Graz in June.
program is in its
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Pembroke Hill’s 2008-09 AFS exchange
student, Jorgan Sandvik, spoke of experiencing
life in the United States
for the first time. “I knew that everything was
going to be bigger than in norway,
but still, it was a little surprise.” While
at Pembroke Hill, Jorgen had many new
experiences. “I learned how to play lacrosse
and to scuba dive, and I learned how to go to
a school in a different country.”
diane said the Parents Association
International Club is grateful to the school Pembroke Hill’s 2008-09 AFS
for providing scholarships for AFS students. student Jorgen Sandvik and Ger
Fontaine posed for the camera aldine
before graduation ceremonies on
“Our students have amazing exposure to May 23.
different cultures through this program, and
they establish strong friendships with our exchange of these AFS students may be the only international
students,” she said. student at a very large school. While they are at PHS,
they are one of 20 in a much smaller school.”
But for the PHS exchange program to be as exceptional
as it is, it takes immense support from parents and
students. The International Club involves parents who grAz exChAnge
have a great deal of experience with these programs – In its third year, the exchange program with The Graz
either as an exchange student themselves or as a host International Bilingual School in Graz, Austria brings
family when they were young. “These volunteers want Austrian and Pembroke Hill students together in a very
to sustain the program for their children,” diane said. personal way. This spring 21 students and two teachers
visited Pembroke Hill and stayed with families of the
Jorgen is a perfect example of this; his father and sister 19 PHS students who went to Austria in June.
were exchange students. “They both said that it was an
experience that they would remember the rest of their “This exchange program is a wonderful opportunity
lives,” Jorgen said. for Pembroke Hill students to connect to students
who are their age from across the Atlantic,” explained
In addition to hosting the yearlong AFS students, Lauren rosenfield, upper school English teacher who
Pembroke Hill also sponsors a four-day Short Stay coordinated this year’s exchange. “The Graz
in February with other AFS students who are living exchange is truly a way for our students to obtain a
in Kansas City. Approximately 20 students stay with global perspective.”
Pembroke Hill families, attend classes at PHS and
enjoy activities planned by both the parent and student She continued, “By participating in this exchange, our
International Clubs. students come away with a greater understanding of
what it means to be human. Someone from ‘far away’
“We are the only school in the city that sponsors a feels the same way we do, likes to watch the same movies,
short stay on such a large scale, and it is fantastic for listens to the same music and spends time with family.”
our community,” diane said. “Our students meet
young people from all over the world, and the AFS Continued on page 10
students get to be part of a bigger AFS group. Some
horizons • July 2009 9
Crossing Borders —
Continued from page 9
Students who participated in the
April visit agree. nina Jud, one of
the Austrian students, said,
“It has been fun and interesting
to see the American culture, your
way of life and the schools. It is
quite different from my home
country. But the people are very
open and nice.”
Participating in an exchange
program can profoundly affect a
student for many years. This will
be true for Jorgan. As he returns
to his homeland, he takes with him
many memories of his time at PHS metro par ticipate
oughout the Kansas City
and with the Pence family. AFS studen ts staying with families thr This year, Mei
m at PHS each February.
“I will miss it here. It’s been such a in a four-day Short Stay progra ian Club assist middle sch
helped the upper school As
good year, and I made a lot of new Murakami, from Japan, y. Others pictured include
activity during China Da Isabella Hampton and
friends. I hope to see many people students in their Origami elsohn, Mei, eighth grader
in the Class of 2009 again.” ■ (l-r) eighth grader Emily Mend
senior Banoo Amighi.
A network That Spans The Globe
F ormer upper school French teacher Ann Miller, through her
teaching and extensive travel, has created a “small world” network.
Although Ann officially retired after 31 years at Pembroke Hill in 2008,
she was still looking for adventure. She and her husband, Whitney
(Tooey) ’60, accepted year-long teaching positions with northwest
University in xi’an, China. Tooey taught 320 Ph.d. candidates from
every discipline, except English. Ann, who taught Oral English and
Written English, had seven classes of 240 undergraduates.
One of Ann’s assignments for her students included research and a report
on a United States city. Ann contacted the alumni office to find “e-mail
pals” for her students in various cities. She said, “I’m just astounded at
how excited the alumni are about this project, and I’ve had so much fun
making connections with my former students who very enthusiastically
wanted to help.” Alumni from across the country, from Portland to
Charleston, agreed to participate.
Tooey ’60 and Ann Miller,
enjoyed a day at a park in Ann and Tooey will continue their globe trekking with a visit to India, Tibet and
Xi’an, China. nepal before heading back to the United States this fall.
10 PEMBROKE HILL SCHOOL
What I Did Last Summer
by Ailea Stites ’08
verybody is familiar with the What I Did Last Thanks to the independence that I gained
Summer essay. However, this essay is, I assure last summer, I am currently in
you, not the typical one. Morocco studying Arabic at the
Arabic Language Center in Fez.
during my junior year, Pembroke Hill — through the Without the Paris internship
generosity of Eric Wrobley ’85 — began to offer experience, I would never
a summer-long internship in Paris at an English school have had the guts to apply
for businessmen, all expenses paid. When my French to this program and obtain
teacher told our class about it, I immediately launched funding for it. In the end,
into fantasies of living in Paris, teaching English, and of the internship provided
course, being completely immersed in French culture. me with an opportunity to
gain skills that are not only
Fast-forward to my senior year. The application for the benefiting me right now,
internship, which I was definitely still interested in, was but will continue to do so
due the week after winter break. I had just finished my for the rest of my life. ■
college applications when I suddenly remembered—
there was still one left: the French internship. I balked
at doing more work, but my desire to live and work in
Paris won out.
It was the best decision I ever made. For five weeks, I
got a chance to live in the middle of Paris, work in my
first real office setting, and experience what it was like
to be independent. The fantasies that I’d had junior
year didn’t even begin to approach what the experience
was truly like; my summer in Paris was one of the best
of my life.
I cannot even begin to describe the myriad
opportunities that I received while there, and how
they changed me. For one, I became much more
independent and self-reliant. I essentially had to
completely learn my way around the city, with only a
map as my guide.
In the internship application I said that I wanted to
break down cultural barriers by showing French people
that an American could live and flourish in Paris. I
tried my very best to accomplish that. However, I
didn’t realize that the converse would also occur:
I was amazed by the tenacity and dedication that
the businessmen and women who were learning
English had during their lessons. It inspired
me to improve my own language skills.
horizons • July 2009 11
“I quickly realized that not a
lot of people were really aware
of the water crisis, including
myself. But it’s one of the most
pressing issues currently facing
the world. It is a global crisis.”
Nick Anderson ’09
For his Capstone project, senior Nick Anderson researched the problem of clean
water throughout the world. During spring break, he traveled with his family,
(l-r) Walter, Rania and Nick, to the Middle East where he learned firsthand about
the vast amounts of deserts and the scarcity of water worldwide.
Capstones Capture Interest
t’s been three years since the
Senior Capstone Project was
introduced into Pembroke
Hill’s upper school English
In International Issues
curriculum. These presentations feature
a maze of interdisciplinary subjects that
has become increasingly diverse with
each passing year.
On this year’s Capstone presentation day, April 28, the “I knew that Water Partners was a good place to start,”
international topics ranged from a study of traditional nick said. “I quickly realized that not a lot of people
Indian cuisine and the education of women in the were really aware of the water crisis, including myself.
Middle East, to Ethiopia’s struggle for independence. But it’s one of the most pressing issues currently facing
the world. It is a global crisis.”
“The investigations involve great academic rigor with
outside reading and research,” said Ben Christian, As part of the research for his documentary, nick
upper school English teacher and chair of the Senior traveled with his family to Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and
Capstone Project. “They are now a part of the PHS Bahrain during spring break. (nick’s mother, rania,
experience, and there are always a good number of was born in Jordan.) While in the Middle East, he
students who go beyond our borders and deal with filmed and learned firsthand about the vast amounts of
global issues.” deserts and the scarcity of water worldwide. He also
interviewed a biology professor at Cornell University in
One such project was nick Anderson’s, The Clean Qatar.
Water Crisis, which documented the problem of water
scarcity throughout the world. nick’s documentary But this was not his first exposure to the water crisis.
focused on the key issues facing communities and what That occurred two years ago, when a trip to nicaragua
individuals can do to help solve the problem. nick brought him face-to-face with the orphanages and
latched onto the idea of water scarcity after discussing small villages that were in dire need of resources –
the topic with his parents, who in turn, placed him in mostly clean water.
touch with Water Partners, an international not-for-
profit organization headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., nick said his Capstone subject is now one of his passions.
that provides safe drinking water and sanitation for He plans to pursue international and media studies at
people in developing countries. Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., this fall. ■
12 PEMBROKE HILL SCHOOL
Flagg MIller ’86 F lagg Miller ’86 is a leading expert in the roles of language
ideology and poetry in contemporary Muslim reform in the
Middle East. A religious studies professor at the University of
Analyzes California-davis and fluent in Arabic, Flagg’s interdisciplinary work
includes linguistic and cultural anthropology, history, media theory,
Bin Laden’s poetics, philosophy and cultural studies.
He described Pembroke Hill as the launching pad for his current
Audiotapes interests and career due to his participation in the school’s American
Field Service club, and, following graduation, a year-long AFS
experience in Tunisia. “Having lived with an Arabic-speaking Muslim
family there, and discovering the joys of everyday life in the Islamic
world, I later pursued Middle East studies along with my English
degree in college...and one thing led to another,” explained Flagg.
“I ended up living for four years in the Arab world - two of them in
Yemen - and my liberal arts education, most of which I acquired at
Pembroke Hill, was my rock in times of duress.” Eventually, after
earning a doctorate in linguistic anthropology from the University of
Michigan, he wrote a book about political poetry in Yemen called The
Moral Resonance Of Arab Media: Audiocassette Poetry And Culture
In Yemen (Harvard U. Press, 2007). He dedicated this book to “the
teachers in my life.”
This research led to several other book projects, including work
on poetry by Guantanamo detainees, and his present study of an
audiotape collection formerly owned by Osama Bin Laden. After the
fall of the Taliban in december 2001, Cable news network acquired
the audiotapes from Bin Laden’s personal compound in Qandahar,
where he lived from 1997 to 2001. This collection, currently housed
at Yale University, contains over 1,500 recordings of more than 200
“Much of the leading Islamist preachers from around the world. In 2007, Yale
extraordinary value invited Flagg to annotate the collection, and he has been the sole
researcher on the collection to date. “Much of the extraordinary value
of this collection of this collection lies in the more intimate, frequently extemporaneous
lies in the more nature of recorded speech events, including conversations between
well-known militants and their audiences, celebrations after militant
intimate, frequently operations and poetry,” said Flagg. He stated that these tapes were
extemporaneous of particular interest to him because of his personal experience in the
1990s watching the aftermath of the Afghan Arab people returning
nature of recorded to Yemen from conflict, but who later created further havoc in the
speech events...” southern part of the country.
Flagg has been awarded two prestigious fellowships for his work.
He received a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center
for Scholars in Washington, d.C. for 2009-10, and a ryskamp
Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies for
2010-11. He and his wife, Gina Bloom, have a 2-year-old son, Max.
His research will be published in 2011. ■
horizons • July 2009 13
f it is true that the door to a culture is through its language,
then Pembroke Hill students have many opportunities for
cultural understanding in their Spanish, French, Latin and
“Exposure to any language brings understanding of as well as
tolerance and respect for another culture,” said Maud Croibier-
Muscat, middle and upper school French teacher and a French native.
Annie dai, Chinese teacher, added. “The world is a much smaller
place. Therefore the study of a second language is more important
than ever.” Upper school French teacher Peggy Huycke, takes
it a step further and says that acquiring a second language is a
necessity in today’s world. Having a second language opens up
These thoughts are reflected in the school’s philosophical goals for
its students and their language skills. “We want our graduates to
be highly proficient in a second language and the cultures where
it is used,” explained Steve Bellis, head of school. “We also strive
to develop in our students the aptitude to acquire additional
languages beyond a second.”
Pembroke Hill’s approach to teaching language is supported by
research that promotes exposing children early and often to a
second language in a fun and relaxed atmosphere while making
the information relevant.
Stefan Sink, eighth grade, tried his hand at writing basic Chinese characters.
alumni International News
Trev Mount ’66 of Australia is a policy officer for the Dr. Mark McPhee ’69, former chief operation officer at St.
department of Water and Energy in Australia. His area of Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, has take the same position
expertise includes petroleum and groundwater exploration, at a facility the Cleveland Clinic is building in Abu dhabi,
resource/mine mapping, hydrogeology and which is scheduled to open in late 2012.
After 10 years in overseas assignments, Todd Atwood ’72
Olli Mäenpää ’68 wrote, “I was an AFS student at Pem-day has moved back to the U.S. where he is vice president,
during the spring term of 1968 - a remarkable year. I stayed Global Advertising for Colgate Palmolive. He can be
with George and Joan dillon; Kent dillon was my AFS reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
brother. That was a great time, and I greatly benefited of it.
I still remember Pem-day as an institution of high scholarly Byron Motley ’77 debuted his photographic journalism
standards and intellectually vibrant atmosphere.” work “Viva Cuba Beisbol” at the national Baseball
Olli is a professor of administrative law at the University of Hall of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown, n.Y. in May.
Helsinki in Finland. Continued on page 15
14 PEMBROKE HILL SCHOOL
“So we introduce Spanish to our early childhood Language teachers present information in a variety
students through a lot of singing, dancing and age- of ways, Erika said. “It is very active learning —
appropriate activities,” said Erika Lusco, lower school getting students up and talking.” For example,
Spanish teacher. “We know immersion is really the best Erika’s students pretend to be Spanish athletes who
way for children to learn a language, but the next best hold a press conference. “Students must act out
thing is to give children early, frequent, high quality their roles while using their Spanish.”
exposure over a long time.”
This teaching strategy is effective in reaching
As children get older, teachers develop additional students’ various learning styles. Peggy explained
interactive strategies to encourage students to be more that language classes at Pembroke Hill use techniques
engaged, Erika explained. “One way of doing this is to that apply to the visual, auditory and kinesthetic
connect the language study to the regular curriculum learner. “Our students are reading, writing,
so it becomes relevant.” listening, speaking and making presentations. And
we promote proficiency in all of these areas.”
doing just that is Jessica rivera, early childhood and
lower school Spanish teacher, who incorporates an research indicates that studying a second language
activity that mirrors the first grade Flat Stanley project. helps students increase performance in other
Through the use of technology, her Spanish students disciplines. “But now, “Maud explained, “we are
create their “Flat Selves” who appear in various sites in seeing a real improvement in students’ creativity and
Puerto rico. “They then write and discuss the picture,” higher cognitive process when they are developing
Jessica explained. “This helps students learn about the a second language.” Peggy added that the cognitive
geography and culture of that country.” skills needed to be proficient in a language cross
over to other areas of learning. “Our students are
Erika explained that students do not need to know synthesizing, analyzing, memorizing and sorting out
every word they hear in a language class to understand information – all of which are useful in other classes
the context of the conversation. “We teach the key as well as problem solving in life.”
vocabulary so students can communicaate about the
subject. As they participate in the activities, students
hear and use the vocabulary. This is a process of Continued on page 16
language acquisition rather than memorization.”
alumni International News — Continued from page 14 They live in Como, Italy where his wife is an attorney and his
children attend school.
The exhibit will run through January 2010. Granted
unprecedented access to the Cuban national teams by the Nancy Freund Fraser ’84 wrote, “In the summer of 1981,
Castro government, Byron’s images capture Cuba’s national I did a rotary Exchange to Bristol, England, (where I met
obsession with baseball. Byron’s work has been featured in my future husband) and two years later spent the summer in
Vanity Fair, USA Today, 3Sixty, and Longleaf Style. Byron Besancon, France with Experiment in International Living.
is also producing two negro Baseball League themed films Also in 1979, I did a private exchange to Saipan in the
with producer/director/actress Penny Marshall. Visit his Mariana Islands. I was always involved with AFS at SHS. It
website at www.ByronMotley.com. set me up for life!” nancy, her husband, John, and children,
Edward and Jack, currently live in Switzerland.
Former AFS student from Italy, Giancarlo Veltroni ’78,
lived with Brad Steinbach ’78 and his family during his Otto Dandenell ’90, former AFS student, wrote, “After
exchange visit. He reported that he is the finance director - finishing high school in Sweden, I pursued cultural studies at
South Europe (Italy, Spain, and Portugual) at Office depot university, both in the United States (one year at University
and is based in Milan. He and his wife, daniela, have two of Pennsylvania) and Sweden (several years in Uppsala). But
sons, Francesco, 16 years old; and Federico, 11 years old. Continued on page 16
horizons • July 2009 15
Opening Worlds — Continued from page 15
Just as technology has made the world smaller so is it
helping language study, and Pembroke Hill students are
reaping the benefits. Erika is connecting with a Mexican
school to coordinate student projects. Annie’s Chinese
students have established pen pals in China and are
e-mailing them on a regular basis using both English
Upper school language students take advantage of the
school’s state-of-the-art language lab where they listen,
speak and record themselves. The 20-station lab also
features streaming radio and television in both Spanish
Annie says that being a native of China is helpful when
her students report on current events in that country. As
might be expected, they are curious about her opinions,
but she remains neutral. “I want my students to find out
the reasons for the policies and to be curious enough to
want to learn more.”
John Bonifacto Moreno, mural artist and filmmaker, Pembroke Hill launched the Chinese language program in
shared his work with Wornall campus students this spring. 2008-09 under Annie’s direction. “I have enjoyed it, and
He demonstrated his artistic style and showed students a I have been impressed with my students’ work, their
documentary about his painting of murals in Mexico to understanding of the language and their progress,” she said.
(l-r) Gus Erdman and Phinney Sachs.
alumni International News — Continued from page 15 the Fleet Management division of GSA which acquires and
leases all government owned non-tactical vehicles. While in
I guess it was inevitable that I ended up in the IT field. I Germany, he will be a liaison working with the department
currently live in Stockholm, work as a system architect at the of defense, other overseas Federal agencies, and European
Swedish Football Association and love my job. I have a wife vehicle manufacturers. His area of oversight will include
and two very energetic sons, 2-years and 4-years-old.” Europe, Africa and the Middle East. His wife, Amy, and
children, Connor, 7; Aiden, 5; and Whitney, 2; will join him.
Kartik Singh ’90 attended the Cannes Film Festival, one
of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, in May. He is Stephanie Thompson ’96 wrote, “For the past seven
looking for partners and financing for a feature film. He years, I had the privilege to live, work and travel in Europe
would love to hear from other PHS alums who are in the and Africa teaching mathematics in international schools.
film industry; his It was fascinating to have a classroom
email address is representing 20 nationalities and to
email@example.com. witness the students’ open delight
and acceptance when discovering how
Jeremy Cates their new classmate was different. As I
’94 has accepted celebrated my 30th birthday, the time
an offer for a was ripe for a transition to a career
position with the that had my full passion and a return
General Services to my family in Kansas City. After
Administration saying goodbye to Cape Town and the
(GSA) in baboons that had a strange crush on my
Kartik Singh ’90 attended the car, I traveled to London for a month of
premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s training with House of Colour, the European standard-setter
Inglourious Basterds with friends at
is employed with Continued on page 17
the Cannes Festival in France in May.
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Both Annie and Maud, as native speakers of
languages other than English, believe that they can
be role models for their students. “I tell them that
while I speak English very well, I am still learning,”
Annie impresses upon her students that she is a
student as well – both of language and of cultural
understanding. She mentioned meeting the
Tibetan monks when they visited Pembroke Hill this
spring. She said, “I gained a lot of understanding
of their situation.”
“Our hope is that we instill in our students a
passion for language – no matter which language,”
Growing up in Europe, Maud said she was exposed
to many languages. “I tried them all, Italian, French,
English, Spanish and Japanese. Each one brought a
different dimension to my life.”
It is that extra dimension that PHS language
teachers aspire for their students’ lives — a life-long
Annie Dai, a native of China, was charged with starting
the PHS Chinese language program in 2008-09.
love of languages and a desire to open those doors
to other cultures. ■
alumni International News — Continued from page 16 mainland Europe and touring the British countryside
whenever it is conducive with their schedules.
in the image industry. Hearing my clients’ stories motivates
me to continue to expose the secrets to each person’s most Ingrid Elovsson ’00 wrote, “I have many fond memories
compelling image. Kansas City has been such fun to explore from my exchange year at Pembroke Hill and I have been
as an adult (last time I really lived here was high school) back to visit my host family, the O’dears, and friends from
and I look forward to reconnecting with old friends and Pembroke Hill many times. Last summer the oldest daughter
discovering new ones. My contact details can be found on of my host family, Sydney, came to stay with me and my
my website, www.houseofcolour.co.uk/stefanielee.” family in Sweden for three weeks. The last week of her stay
the rest of the family, Craig and Stephanie and the boys,
Jamie Battmer ’98 reports that “things are great in Cullen and Cormac, joined us and we shared a lovely week
London.” He will graduate from The London School of together. I recently graduated with a Masters of Law degree
Economics post-grad program in december. He said the from Uppsala University, and I will start a job in a law firm
program is very interesting and the international makeup in Stockholm next week. Any alumni who are traveling to
of the student body has Stockholm are welcome to contact me if they have questions
added significantly to the or want tips on what to do around the city!” Contact Ingrid
learning experience. He at firstname.lastname@example.org.
and his wife, Bridget, are
taking advantage of their Lilly Stitt ’08 will spend the summer in naples, Italy to
time in London by visiting lifeguard and teach swim lessons at a summer camp program
for children who live on military bases. This program is
offered through the University of San diego, one of 10
Jamie Battmer ’98 and his training sites in the United States. ■
wife, Bridget, pose while
sightseeing in Cambridge,
AFS Sows Global roots
I n 1958,family.Ozzie came from Adana, Turkey tothe firstKansasstudentMo.,attendthe Joseph
Emine Ozlan “Ozzie” Gurkan became
Jostein “Ustain” refsnes arrived as Pembroke-
Country day’s first exchange student from
Trondheim, norway in the fall of 1961. Eager
to fit in quickly at PCd, Jostein tried out for
American football and an array of courses.
The arrival of the first AFS students to Sunset
Hill and Pem-day symbolized a newfound
commitment to the world community, the
beginning of a new era in student exchange, and
the stick-to-itiveness to go from discussion to
World Wars and World Oneness
AFS, originally known as American Field
Service, was founded in World War I to
transport injured French soldiers from battle to
Photo courtesy of PHS Archives field hospitals. Several of the American volunteer
ambulance drivers created the AFS Fellowships
Jostein Refsnes, in French universities after the war to help promote better understanding — ultimately
Pembroke Country- sending 225 college students to the United States.
Day’s first exchange
student, came More than 200 former drivers joined together to sustain the ideals of international service
to the school from after World War II, and created the modern AFS organization.
in the fall of 1961.
The Birth Of aFS at PHS
Sunset Hill started discussions about hosting an AFS student in 1955 when Laura rollins
Hockaday ’56 went to an area AFS meeting at Southwest High School. She returned
energized and dedicated to starting an AFS chapter at Sunset. A panel discussion with all
AFS students in Kansas City that year was held to stimulate interest within the student
population. It took two more years to organize support and secure the financial resources,
but Sunset was able to host Ozzie in 1958-59.
By the fall of 1959, the students at Pembroke-Country day began advocating for their
own international exchange student program in a series of Hilltop editorials and at student
council meetings. In 1961-62, Pem-day welcomed Jostein.
In 1984, with the merger of the two schools, the Board made a commitment to fund two
students to attend Pembroke Hill each year.
“As AFS’s founders conceived it more than 60 years ago, the simple act of placing a young
person with a fresh, open mind in a completely different cultural context is still relevant
today,” said Leslie Mark, archives chairperson. “For students, AFS was, and continues to
be, an adventure in learning that far outlasts the program itself. Living with a host family,
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“...AFS was, and continues to be,
an adventure in learning that far
outlasts the program itself...They Emine Ozlen Gurkan ’59
come to realize the connection they
share with their global neighbors.” — First AFS Student
— Leslie Mark
attending school and socializing
in another culture enhances their
A fter I returned to Adana, Turkey, I
repeated my senior year at my old school,
Adana High School for Girls. In 1965, I
understanding of the differences graduated with a B.A. in English Language
(and similarities) that unite all and Literature from Istanbul University.
people. They come to realize the
connection they share with their I was married in 1966 to Dr. Eren Gurkan,
global neighbors.” an architect. For the next 15 years, I was simply
a housewife raising three children. In 1980, I
aFS’s Present role started to teach English at a private high school
Pembroke Hill has hosted nearly in Adana, and in 1988, I was an English
100 students over the last 50 years instructor at the Cukurova University. In the
(about two per year). The school, early years of my career, I had to teach reading,
and its predecessors have not only grammar and writing along with the literature
hosted students from overseas,
classes, but later on I taught the Modern
but have sent many students on
international exchange experiences. American and British Literature classes solely.
Even when the curriculum changed, I enjoyed
“The hallmark of the AFS teaching drama, poetry, novel and short story
experience is still the thorough and children’s literature the most.
orientation and support of
participants. AFS believes that With the birth of my grandson, I asked for my retirement in 2003.
students stand to gain far more
When I attended Sunset Hill in 1958-59, I was 16-years-old, and I had
from the experience when their
minds are prepared to cope with very poor English. I was so ignorant, not knowing that I was very brave,
the stress and challenges of an but my classmates were also very brave. They adopted me as if I were their
intercultural experience,” Leslie old classmate or their sister. When I look back, I remember each one of the
said. “Then, once the experience Class of 1959 with gratitude and love.
is underway, AFS offers support For example, while we were practicing singing
throughout the duration of the for the choir, I was opening and closing my
program. It is the rare combination mouth without singing. I was in fear I would
of volunteer support, schools, host sing wrong notes because I had no music
families, community involvement, education at my Turkish school. Our music
orientations and sound program teacher was pulling her hair because she heard
content that makes the AFS one sound missing. I am still amazed even today
experience far more than simply a
how she could count 27 sounds when 28 mouths
To get involved, or for more 1959 Stair ceremony What makes my AFS year in 1959 so memorable
information, visit the Parents Photo courtesy of PHS
Archives and valuable is the sense of adventure, which is
page of the PHS website at
http://www.pembrokehill.org/ a core to every good story. It is good that I came
page.cfm?p=177. ■ that year, and it is good that all my friends were there that year. My best
to all. ■
horizons • July 2009 19
Help Reaches To The When it comes to lending a hand, Pembroke Hill is truly
a school without borders as evidenced by a community
whose giving heart transcends cultural boundaries and
reaches to the most remote roads on earth.
DReaDlocks cuT FoR a cause
On April 30, sixth grader A.J. Cambric sat high atop a stool
center stage in Hall Student Center Auditorium, nervous
as middle school students came up to snip off strands of
his dreadlocks. But his tensions eased as the snips and clips
progressed, allowing him to focus on the benefit for the
Medical Missions Foundation.
The innovative project raised $1,346. Students bought $2
tickets for a chance to cut off one of A.J.’s 125 dreadlocks.
After faculty and students made their cuts, they left with more
than locks of hair, but a chance to give the gift of hearing to
To raise funds for desperately needed hearing aids for
Guatemalan children, A.J. Cambric, sixth grade, sold A.J. and his friend, daniel Burford, first dreamed up the idea
$2 tickets for a chance to cut one of his dreadlocks. His for the fund raiser after daniel went on a medical mission to
mother, Kimberly, helped sixth grader Tammy Lee make Guatemala last summer and watched a child hear for the first
time because of hearing aids the foundation provided.
“I feel really good about what I’ve done, especially about how I could help
just by allowing people to cut off my hair,” A.J. said. “I’m happy and grateful
that everyone cared enough to raise so much money.” In less than four days,
the students collected enough money to enable at least 12 children to receive
hearing aids, according to Jane Savidge, Medical Missions executive director.
It’s an outcome that A.J. couldn’t be happier about – even as he looked at
himself in the mirror for the first time shortly after the last lock was cut. “My
hair feels a lot different,” he said. “But, it’s worth it.”
THe puRsuiT oF eDucaTion
For most Americans, it may be hard to fathom a one-room dilapidated
schoolhouse filled with 600 students in eight grade levels with only eight teachers.
But, that’s exactly what Kathy Williams-Griffin, upper school dean of students,
James Miller, director of business services, Emily Hendricks ’84, upper school
math teacher, and 15 Pembroke Hill students encountered on their rugged
weeklong immersion into rural Tanzania during January Interim ’09. The group
camped in tents outside of a primitive Masai village.
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ends of The earth
Each morning, they awakened to the sight of herds of zebra heading toward the watering hole
and young Masai men herding their goats and cattle in their traditional garb, before heading
off themselves on the dirt roads to clean the school. The students scrubbed the concrete walls
and floors of three classrooms before applying paint.
“We were the first whites to ever camp in the middle of the Masai land, so some of the
villagers were a little standoffish at first,” Kathy said. “We fell in love with the little children.”
For fun, students often played soccer against the native children and went on two safaris in the
ngorogoro Crater national and Serengeti national parks.
“Before I left, I was looking forward to the safari, but I actually ended up liking the
community service part of the trip the most,” said senior Betsy Brandt. “Honestly, the most
fun we had was when we were playing with the kids and trying to communicate with them. At
one point, our bus broke down in a small village. The women taught us how to bead, and the
men taught the boys how to throw spears.”
In addition to helping refurbish the school, the group also brought along basic school
supplies, and students left behind their sleeping bags, the clothing off their backs and shoes for
the villagers,” Kathy said. “We were able to see the people we were helping, and how what
we did was going to impact those children. It’s hard to think how
three coats of paint could help so much, but it did,” Kathy added.
“All of us had tears in our eyes as we said goodbye.”
empTy bowls FilleD wiTH pRomise
In April, approximately 20 Pembroke Hill students contributed
to the preservation of the Tibetan monastery culture by
participating in a special project – the “Empty Bowls” art auction
and dinner. The students created two dozen clay bowls, which
were donated to an auction and dinner given by the visiting
monks who are living in exile in India at the drepung Gomang
The students joined local artists in creating the one-of-a-kind
handmade soup bowls for the event, which was held at the rime
Center. The bowls were filled with traditional soup made by the
monks and auctioned.
As part of the fund raiser, six monks visited the Ward Parkway
campus for a special presentation. The monks provided insight
about their culture, chanted prayers and performed rituals.
Their message was twofold: we must work to create a peaceful Tibetan monks visited the upper school in April to
community that inspires and promotes global peace; and we must share the tenets of their religion and culture. Upper
foster inter-religious dialogue and discussions. ■ school art students created clay bowls that the monks
auctioned off as part of a fund-raising event in
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Citizens Of The World
P embroke Hill teachers believe they must prepare students for a world in which frequent
changes in technology, travel and commerce are altering the international landscape.
“Since we have become closer and more connected, we have also become far more responsible as
educators to help our students understand the cultures, politics and languages of the wide scope
of countries we can now consider neighbors,” said Carl Pelofsky ’86, assistant head of school -
david Burke, upper school assistant principal – academics, agrees. “We must help our students
comprehend that they are indeed citizens of the world.” Jeanette Jones, chair of the upper school
social studies department, is even more direct in assessing her role. “My intent is to remove the
blinders from my students’ eyes.”
And the world that students will enter as adults will no doubt be different than it is today. “We
need to understand that we are preparing students to solve problems not yet seen and for jobs with
companies not yet created,” said robert Wilson, middle school academic dean.
It sounds like a daunting task, yet Mary Page, early childhood school principal, is confident it can
be accomplished if the process begins early. “The concepts of basic tolerance and acceptance of
diversity start here,” she said. “We have many cultures represented by our families, and we strongly
encourage them to share traditions, food, celebrations and literature from their heritage.”
Annie Pierce and her grandson, prekindergartner Piersen Foote, showed early childhood students
how the bagpipe worked during an Irish music presentation in May. Annie is part of a bagpipe
performing group in mid-Missouri.
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It is also important to have those cultures honored by establishing a multicultural
environment. Mary said that classroom materials, such as musical instruments, books,
toys and clothing, as well as art on display are representative of the cultures present in
the early childhood school family. “We want our children to see materials in their school
home that they see in their family home.”
This appreciation of other cultures continues in the lower school where students’
educational journey begins with learning about themselves, their families and their
environments and branches out to the study of other cultures such as native Americans
in third grade and the history of immigration through Ellis and Sullivan’s Islands in
Sue Kelsey, lower school curriculum coordinator, said the division selected its new
reading series in part because of its attention to multicultural literature. “The anthology
introduces students to cultures throughout the world and helps students create mental
pictures of likes and differences globally.”
Sue went on to explain that exposing children to and instilling an appreciation for other
cultures is integrated throughout the lower school experience. “Our children hear
native speakers from around the world and enjoy ethnic music and dance performances
through our extensive assembly program.” An example of this is the recent Cinco de
Mayo celebration in which two Mexican musical groups performed.
As students move to the Ward Parkway campus for middle and upper schools their
awareness of the world
expands. Eighth graders
participate in a year-long
study of the non-Western
world, according to nina
school social studies teacher.
“Our students must be
informed about and respect
other cultures in order to
be successful participants
in our ever smaller world
community — especially
given the United States’
very proactive stance in the
world,” she said.
Both nina and robert
strongly advocate that
students’ studies must
be relevant. “We work
Continued on page 24
Second graders researched the heritage of one of their parents as part of
Heritage Day. Jay Mehta posed in front of his display that he shared with
horizons • July 2009 23
Citizens Of The World — Continued from page 23 Often, after reading a book set in a particular culture,
students develop an interest in visiting that country. The
very hard to connect what we are teaching to current upper school January Interim, scheduled the first week
events,” nina said. after the winter holiday break, offers several travel
options each year. next January, students may choose
As in the other divisions, the middle school calls to travel to Guatemala, Argentina, China or Greece.
on families from various cultures to assist in this
understanding. The middle school hosts an India day In Jeanette’s World Since 1500 class, she assigns a web-
and a China day to coincide with the students’ study. based project. divided into teams, students select a
With the help of families from these countries, students world issue; they are to describe the problem, discuss it
experience the cultures through authentic food, music, from an historical perspective, outline the international
language, art projects and sports. “Everyone has a response and suggest solutions. Finally, students
great time. Our students have a wonderful hands-on explain their positions on the issue.
experience, and our families from India and China take
great pride in sharing their cultures,” robert explained. Worldwide illegal immigration, conflict diamonds, child
next year, robert and nina hope to schedule a Latin brides, AIds in South Africa, overpopulation and the
America Fair and an drug war in Mexico
Africa day. were among the
In the upper school, “While we have a responsibility to teach topics selected.
efforts to provide
our children about the world around us, Similar to the upper
understanding of it is imperative that we help them department, the
the world is evident division’s social
in course offerings, increase their investment in the healthy, studies department
student projects, constantly evaluates
travel options and productive future of that world.” the courses offered
assigned literature. Carl Pelofsky ’86
Assistant Head of School — Academic Dean so that they remain
timely. Over the
Siabhan May- past several years,
Washington, upper the department has
school English added courses in
department chair, described what students read as Middle East History, Latin American History, Modern
“literature of the world.” She explained that while China and The World Since 9/11.
the department keeps a core of classic literature, other
selections change as the world changes. Watching her students expand their understanding of
the world is very rewarding for Jeanette. “It is great to
“We want the works we select to reflect global events,” see so many of our students study international topics
Siabhan explained. “Students have limited world in college and then go on to study or work in other
experiences and limited exposure to other cultures. A countries.”
great way to enhance exposure is to become immersed
in a culture through literature.” It is these steps that students take after leaving
PHS that Carl believes is the true test of any global
Scanning the list of books upper school students read education program. “While we have a responsibility
provides a tour of the world. They are reading Greek to teach our children about the world around us, it is
mythology, Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Maya Angelou as imperative that we help them increase their investment
well as selections by russian, French, English, South in the healthy, productive future of that world.”
American and Chinese authors that are set in countries
all over the globe including Europe, Afghanistan, Asia Jeanette concurs. “I tell my students, ‘My job is to
and the Middle East. expose you to these issues. Your job is to do something
about them.’ ” ■
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Introducing Susan Leonard, Ph.D., Middle School Principal
P eople often ask Susan Leonard why in the world response?spend
her professional life with middle schoolers. Her
“I just love them, and I love being around them.”
That love of sixth, seventh and eighth graders is the guiding principle
behind all that Susan does as a middle school administrator. “There
is so much that happens in these three years in the lives of students,”
she said. “They are trying to figure out who they are, what they are
good at and what they like to do. But at the same time, they are
still open to being goofy and silly and not too concerned with being
Susan said that middle school students are really great and often they
don’t know how great they are. “I believe it is our job as middle
school educators to not only have them develop their academic skills
but also their self-identity and their confidence.”
One of Susan’s trademarks is her ability to get to know her students.
“Coming to a smaller environment will be perfect because I will have
better opportunities to really get to know our students and their VITAL STATISTICS
parents,” she explained. Susan’s technique for becoming acquainted EduCAtIOn
with students is walking the hallways, attending classes, meeting doctorate in educational leadership
students one-on-one and in small groups, and attending their & policy studies
extracurricular activities. university of Kansas 2007
Master’s degree in
“Students are much more than their scores or grade cards, and I educational administration
don’t know how I can do my job if I don’t see the students in a university of Missouri – Kansas City 2000
variety of settings,” she said.
Bachelor’s degree in education
Parent communications is also vital. Susan truly believes that each university of Kansas 1996
middle school student is a combination of several different people. Greater Kansas City Chamber
“Sometimes as these middle school students are developing their of Commerce
individuality, it can be hard on the family,” Susan said. “But having Centurions Leadership program 2009
conversations with teachers and administrators can often help.”
Susan said she really loves visiting classrooms, not only to observe ExPERIEnCE
students, but to witness great teaching. “I often learn something Assistant principal
northgate Middle School
as well. It may be a science concept that I had forgotten or a new
insight into a novel that the students are reading.” History teacher - Winnetonka High School
Coach - JV girls basketball, soccer, softball
But these classroom observations also give Susan the opportunity and volleyball
to collaborate with teachers. “I hope to work with teachers to
brainstorm, problem solve or help research an idea for their classes.”
As Susan approaches the opening day of her first year at Pembroke Husband, Matt • Son, C.J. • Daughter, Maggie
Hill, she has several aspirations for the middle school community.
“My hope for the year is that we get to know each other with a
collaborative, energetic and enthusiastic spirit as we do our best to HOBBIES
serve our students and each other.” ■ Running, watching sports, reading,
spending time with family
horizons • July 2009 25
In May, the Pembroke Hill school community What is your happiest memory of Pembroke Hill?
celebrated the retirement of Julie Lester, upper One of my proudest and happiest moments at Pembroke
school English teacher, and Carl Schulkin, Ph.D., Hill was presenting my report on my Social History
Simulation the year I was awarded the Sosland Family
upper school social studies teacher. Carl taught Chair. The centerpiece of that presentation was a video
at Pembroke-Country Day and Pembroke Hill of my students in action and testimonials to the
for 35 years. Julie began her career at Sunset effectiveness of the teaching materials that I had created.
Hill in 1983; she left the school in 1992 and
returned in 1998. What will you do in retirement?
Bonnie and I will spend much of our retirement
walking on the beach, part of the time at Laguna Beach
Carl Schulkin and part of the time at the beaches in Venice and Santa
How have changes in our Monica, near where our son Todd and his wife live. I
world affected the topics also plan to continue my research and writing, with my
in your classes? next book being a history of the Holocaust intended
The short answer is to serve as a core text for a high school course.
“profoundly.” From the Finally, I would like to volunteer as a college adviser
beginning of my teaching for underserved families who cannot afford a private
career, I have regarded counselor.
African American history as an
integral part of United States Any last thoughts?
history, and I have always treated it as such in all of my I will remember my 35 years at PHS fondly as a time
U.S. History survey courses. As time went on, I also when my entire family—my wife Bonnie, my sons Todd
integrated women’s history and the history of most and Andy, and even my father, Grandpa Moe—was
immigrant groups into those courses. able to enjoy being members of the Pembroke Hill
community. Bonnie and I had very satisfying teaching
In regard to senior electives, I have gone from teaching careers at Pem-day, Sunset Hill and Pembroke Hill;
History Of U.S. Foreign Relations in 1974-75 to our two sons were able to get a first-rate education; and
teaching Always Remember: The Holocaust As Depicted my father was able to enjoy his final years in retirement
In History, Film And Literature from 1997 through volunteering in the lower school. I will always be
2008 to offering The World Since 9/11 for the past two indebted to Virginia Fortner and Mary Ann Jermann
years and Understanding Modern China last fall. for finding a way to put my father’s talents to good use
reading to and tutoring their students for more than
What do you hope students take away from your classes? a decade. And I will remember fondly, too, the many
For most of my career, my focus was on building students, parents and colleagues who made
critical skills rather than teaching any particular my life and Bonnie’s so fulfilling during those 35 years.
subject matter. My students have drilled into them
a very simple methodology that serves them well in Julie lester
college classes, graduate school and, hopefully, in their
professional lives. It consists of three steps: 1) identify How have changes in our
a person’s opinion or interpretation; 2) examine world affected discussions in
that person’s evidence; 3) evaluate the opinion or your classes?
interpretation critically based on the evidence. I think we have included
a more global approach to
What do people not know about you? literature over these last
I love basketball. For my 50th birthday, my wife Bonnie decades. Literature can be a
threw a basketball party for me, recruiting friends bridge to create understanding
around my age to play basketball with me. My biggest and empathy for peoples of
regret is that by the time my 60th birthday rolled diverse cultures. For instance,
around, I was too out of shape to play. One of my we have taught works about
goals is to get back into shape by my next birthday so I South Africa, and recently in the ninth grade, we
can plan a pick-up game with others my age. taught a memoir of a young Afghan land mine victim.
Also, the available technology brings the world to the
classroom in remarkable ways.
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What do you hope students
take away from your classes?
Most importantly, I hope
students share my passion for
literature. I also hope they have
confidence in their abilities to
understand the literature and
also write confidently about
their own views in analytical
What do people not know
Most people probably don’t
know I am one of nine
siblings—I have seven brothers
and one sister. We form quite a
fun, vibrant large group when
What is the most interesting
place to which you have
I have been blessed with many
great travel experiences, and I Carl Schulkin and Julie Lester share fond memories of Pembroke Hill School.
am hoping for many more. In
2005, my family and I were
able to go to Alaska. We had a terrific family reunion in literature. I will say, initially, though, I have always been
a uniquely beautiful state. Another memorable trip was passionate about our curriculum—especially on the
the opportunity to visit Israel. ninth grade level. I have great affection for mythology
and view the Harry Potter series as a recent example of
What is your happiest memory of Pembroke Hill? the power and universality of mythology, its symbols
I have always loved the ninth grade curriculum, and and significance.
I hope I conveyed that passion daily. A very special
day has been the Sophomore retreat day, which In my own reading I have enjoyed Angle Of Repose by
the Leadership Advisory Board runs for the whole Wallace Stegner and Prayer For Owen Meany by John
sophomore class. It has been a fun, successful and Irving. Hamlet is my favorite Shakespeare play.
unifying day that I have been proud to help formulate.
How will you spend all of your new free time?
Finally, all the community service experiences over the First, I will enjoy relaxing with my family—husband
years have been remarkable, and I hope that stays a Tom, three children Maggie ’05, Michael and Mary,
strong part of the school. Particularly, taking students and my crazy dog, roger. I have become a bit of a
to the new Stanley School in Kansas City, Kan., and political junkie so I will enjoy following the various
most recently, to Gordon Parks Charter School in political intrigues that are a part of our national
Kansas City, Mo., has been memorable. landscape. Of course, I remain a voracious reader and
look forward to more time for pleasure reading. I
What is your favorite book? hope to be an avid traveler as the opportunities arise.
This is, of course, an impossible question. There are so Also, I am sure I will continue to volunteer my time at
many powerful books, and I love to read many types of Gordon Parks Charter School. ■
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At the Alumni Awards Brunch held May 16, three alumni were saluted for their exceptional
commitment to Pembroke Hill. Tom Levitt ’69 was honored as the Alumni Service recipient,
which recognizes outstanding voluntary service to the school. Mary Shaw Branton ’38 and Mayor
Richard Berkley ’49 each received the Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes excellence in
one’s career or profession and/or a long-standing contribution to the school.
reed, and four
’07 and Mary
Mary Shaw Branton ’38 pictured with her grandchildren, countless Mayor Richard Berkley ’49 and his
Coleman ’07 and Mary ’10 Reed. hours to many wife, Sandy.
Mary Shaw Branton ’38 in Kansas City,
Mary Shaw Branton, or Shawsie, as she is known to she said her ultimate volunteer job has been being a
her friends, is a member of the Sunset Hill Class of grandmother!
1938. A native of Kansas City, Shawsie is a pillar in
the philanthropic community. Her tireless volunteer richard Berkley ’49
efforts have primarily been directed toward services richard “dick” Berkley grew up in Kansas City and
for women and children, education and health care. attended Pembroke-Country day for kindergarten
She has served as a member or chair of numerous and first grade; he returned as an eighth grader and
boards including American red Cross, Camp Fire, graduated in 1949. He was elected president of his
Inc., Children’s Mercy Hospital, YMCA, Kansas City senior class, and he eventually served as a Trustee for
Hospice, United Way and Harry S. Truman Museum Pem-day from 1976 to 1979.
and Library Institute. She was a founder of
Children’s TLC and continues to remain an adviser dick’s business career has been with his family-owned
in this organization as well as Truman Medical business, Tension Envelope Corporation, but it has
Center Foundation, The Children’s Place and St. been his political and civic activities that have truly
Luke’s Hospital. benefited Kansas City. He served 22 years as an
elected official in city government - two years on the
numerous organizations have honored Shawsie for city council, eight as mayor pro tem and 12 as mayor.
her civic leadership, community service and dedication While mayor, he created the Jazz Commission and
including Junior League of Kansas City, Mo, Inc., many task forces to study issues, such as food, hunger,
Children’s Mercy Hospital, William Jewell College, AIdS and drugs. He has served on many boards
Gillis Home and University Of Missouri Kansas City including the Mid-America regional Council, negro
Bloch School. Leagues Baseball Museum and Kansas City national
Committee For Christians And Jews.
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Appreciation for his labors have been noted by a variety Mo., for which Tom was awarded the Preservation
of organizations. He is the recipient of the 1991 Kansas Award by the Historic Kansas City Foundation and the
City Spirit Award and was named the Kansas Citian-Of- Preserve Missouri Award by the Missouri Alliance For
The-Year in 1994. In addition, Kansas City named its Historic Preservation.
river Front Park in his honor in 1998.
He has held lead positions of
several organizations including
Council Of The Society Of
Fellows Of The nelson-Atkins
Museum Of Art; the UMKC
University Associates; the Main
Street Corridor development
Corporation (MainCor); and the
Greater Kansas City Chapter Of
The American red Cross.
Tom and his wife, Molly, have
three daughters, Ellie ’09, Anna
’13 and Jenny ’17. ■
The Levitt Family – Jenny ’17, Molly, Tom ’69, Anna ’13 and Ellie ’09
dick is married to Sandy day Berkley and has two
children, Elizabeth, (who attended Sunset Hill), and,
Alumni Golf Tourney this Fall
Tom levitt ’69
Since his graduation from Pembroke-Country day in
1969, Tom Levitt has remained a strong advocate for
his alma mater. He initiated the update of The History
Of Pembroke-Country Day School, which was completed
in 1985. Tom, his father, Aaron, siblings, Jim ’72
and Jean ’78, and many of their friends established
the Louise G. Levitt Chair in Social and Community
Service endowment in memory of his mother, a former
Sunset Hill Trustee and Pem-day parent volunteer.
From 1988 to 1997, Tom was actively involved in the Mark your calendars for the
administration of the Community Service Summer Pembroke Hill Alumni Golf Tournament
Grant program for Pembroke Hill upper school
Friday, October 9, 2009
students, established and funded by the Levitt family
and the family of Mary Ann and Frank P. Sebree II.
Hillcrest Country Club
Tom runs Levitt Enterprises, Inc., a firm engaged 8200 Hillcrest Road
in real estate investment, development, leasing and Kansas City, MO
management. His greatest concentration of activities Shotgun start at Noon
has been in the Freighthouse district in Kansas City,
For more information go to the alumni page on
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Best Wishes, 2009 Graduates!
COLLEGE CHOICES nick Gheorghita ................ College of William and Mary
Emily Glaze ....................... Elon University
Jack Adams ........................ University of Kansas
Tommy Aliber ................... Indiana University at Bloomington Stephanie Goel .................. Colorado State University
Banoo Amighi ................... University of Missouri - Columbia Elliott Goff ........................ Illinois Institute of Technology
Ava Amirahmadi ................ Columbia University Morgan Gonder................. Sewanee: The University of the South
nick Anderson ................... Pitzer College Katie Greenbaum ............... Union College
Colin Baker ....................... duke University ryan Grojean .................... University of notre dame
Emily Bamberger ............... University of Chicago Wesley Gross...................... Kansas State University
Michelle Batlle ................... Stanford University devin Hallquist ................. The University of Arizona
Jessica Bly .......................... Texas Christian University Helen Higgins ................... Hamilton College
William Bolen .................... University of Kansas Kathryn Hjalmarson .......... Georgetown University
dillon Bond ...................... University of Missouri - Columbia Alex Hostiuc ...................... University of Chicago
Betsy Brandt ...................... Vanderbilt University Shajiah Jaffri ...................... University of Chicago
ryan Buck ......................... dickinson College Stephanie Johnston ............ Lake Forest College
Annie Burcham .................. Colorado College Jack Kelly........................... University of denver
Geoff Butler ...................... davis & Elkins College david Kemper ................... Yale University
Spencer Collet ................... Bates College Allison Kipke ..................... Connecticut College
Emily Crenner ................... Macalester College Jordan LeMay.................... Chapman University
Shannon deitch ................. Occidental College Ellie Levitt ......................... University of Pennsylvania
Jack dudenhoeffer ............. University of Missouri - Columbia nick Leyh .......................... Macalester College
Katie duffy ........................ Trinity University Tony Leyh ......................... Eckerd College
Andrew Elsberry ................ University of Kansas Ann Linder ........................ davidson College
Louis Ernst ........................ Washington University in St. Louis Jay Todd Max .................... University of Southern California
Lilly Fisher......................... Tufts University Kelsey McClellan ............... Clemson University
Stephan Franke .................. The George Washington University Jeff Mcrobert ................... Gonzaga University
Homayon Ghassemi ........... Johns Hopkins University Edward Merriman.............. Southern Methodist University
Olivia Mertensmeyer .......... Tulane University
CLASS OF 2009 LIFErS
(Front row, l-r) Karen Qin, Eliza Spertus, Ava Amirahmadi, Banoo Amighi, Michael Pence, Jessica Bly, Ellie Levitt, Nick Anderson,
Anna Stelmach and Jordan LeMay, (second row, l-r) Lilly Fisher, Morgan Gonder, Marilyn Robb, Emily Bamberger, Austen Schmidt and
Cameron Wilkerson, (third row, l-r) Ben Reisler, Devin Hallquist, Guerin Schwarberg, Ben Thomas, Bryan Wertz, Ann Linder, Geoff
Butler, Hannah Smith and Annie Burcham, (back row, l-r) Joe Wilkinson, Edward Merriman, David Kemper, Jack Dudenhoeffer, Alex
Raridon and Jay Todd Max. Not pictured are: Andrew Elsberry and Bobby Sight.
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Congratulations to all of the Pembroke Hill students who earned end-of-the-year awards in May.
They were honored during division special assemblies and receptions. Go to the school’s website,
www.pembrokehill.org, and click on Academics, the division and then Awards to see a complete list!
deven Morris .................... Kansas State University Bobby Sight....................... University of Kansas
Kate Munday ..................... Grinnell College C.J. Slaughter .................... Washburn University of Topeka
Jake Myron ........................ Miami University of Ohio david Smart ...................... Indiana University at Bloomington
dave nair .......................... University of Missouri, Kansas City Hannah Smith ................... University of Kansas
Jordin nelson .................... Truman State University Jordan Snyder .................... Trinity University
Kristen nelson ................... Emory University Chris Somers ..................... Tulane University
Jasen nichols ..................... University of the Pacific Emma Sorrell..................... Occidental College
Claire O’Laughlin .............. Boston College Eliza Spertus ...................... Macalester College
Sam Olsen ......................... University of Tulsa Anna Stelmach ................... University of Kansas
Hanna Park ....................... American University Cole Stewart ...................... University of Kansas
Priyanka Patel .................... Washington University in St. Louis Adam Swaim...................... Colorado School of Mines
Will Patterson .................... Santa Clara University Jessika Terry ...................... University of denver
dexter Pearson .................. Clemson University Ben Thomas ...................... Pitzer College
Michael Pence ................... Southern Methodist University Aubrey Thrane................... Tufts University
Catherine Pogson .............. Wake Forest University Brooke Van Lear ................ Park University
Brennan Power .................. Boston College Corrie Vesely ..................... Washington University in St. Louis
Karen Qin.......................... Boston University doug Walsworth................ University of Missouri - Columbia
rebecca Queen .................. Wheaton College Lane Washburn .................. University of Kansas
Alex raridon...................... University of Kansas Adam Weindling ................ University of Colorado at Boulder
Mark reardon ................... University of Miami Bryan Wertz ...................... University of Tulsa
Benjamin reisler ................ University of denver Sierra West......................... rockhurst University
Marilyn robb .................... Columbia University, Columbia College Cameron Wilkerson ........... Miami University of Ohio
Betsy Sallee ........................ Wesleyan University Joe Wilkinson .................... University of Tulsa
daiki Sampei ..................... Loyola University Chicago Joseph Wiseman ................ Loyola University Chicago
Brittany Sanders ................. Princeton University Caleb Wurth ...................... Kansas State University
Austen Schmidt ................. University of Missouri - Columbia Peter Wyche ...................... University of Southern California
Guerin Schwarberg ............ University of denver Bennett Zobrist ................. denison University
CLASS OF 2009 ALUMnI PArEnT/GrAdUATES
Graduates and their parents or grandparents who are alumni of the school included (by family grouping, l-r) James ’39, Jonathan ’71
and David Kemper; Ellie and Tom ’69 Levitt; Margi Hall Pence ’75; Michael Pence and Don Hall ’46; Missy Wang Love ’80 and David
Smart; Lane and Maggie Ruth Washburn ’74; Ellen Benson Merriman ’81 and Edward Merriman; Kim Kline Aliber ’79, Bill Kline
’49 and Tommy Aliber; Alex Raridon and Madalene Olander Woodbury ’53; Jay ’57 and Jasen Nichols; Jack, John ’78 and Raymond
Adams ’49; Jake and Mark Myron ’64; Annie Burcham and Irv Hockaday ’54; and Jessika and Lucy Hawley Terry ’76.
Not pictured are Joe and Steve ’79 Wilkinson and Cole Stewart and Lathrop Backstron ’50.
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cation is a
ck F amily
hen dana Boocock Crowell ’79, Sarah Boocock Beyreis ’81 and Melissa
Boocock Soderberg ’84 get together, their husbands joke that it is like
an educational conference. The sisters, who are all directors of college
counseling at independent schools, frequently call each other for professional
advice. Plus, their father, roger Boocock, has a wealth of experience to share with
them - he was former headmaster of several schools
including Pembroke-Country day School from 1972
to 1984. Many members of their extended family are
educators, including their grandfather and two great
uncles who were heads of schools also.
After stints in various positions and private schools, they
have a lifetime of experience among them. Currently,
dana is in her seventh year at The Spence School
in new York, n.Y.; Sarah has been with Cincinnati
Country day School in Ohio for four years; and Melissa
has served Breck School in Minneapolis, Minn., for 10
“I always knew I wanted to teach,” said dana.
“I remember watching my first grade teacher and
figuring out ways I would do things differently. After Dana Boocock Crowell
college, I thought I might only teach a year or two and join friends who moved on ’79, Sarah Boocock Beyreis
to a career where there was more prestige or money, but I just loved teaching, and ’81 and Melissa Boocock
I never looked back.” After teaching for nine years and working as the dean of Soderberg ’84, pictured in
students, she moved to her current position and enjoys working with students and the 1980s with their parents,
their families during their transition from high school to college. Helen and Roger Boocock.
Sarah started out as a newspaper reporter for the Concord Monitor in Concord,
n.H., but realized that she needed a career change after a couple of years.
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She taught English at several schools prior to her move to college counseling.
“There is a whole world in a school that few careers offer,” she said. “It’s very
satisfying to work where there is strong continuity with families and traditions.
Schools build a community.”
Melissa was not ready to give up the rhythm that a school offers so she accepted
a job right out of college as an assistant college counselor. She said she enjoys
observing students who are at an interesting time in their lives. “It’s exciting to
watch them become better versions of themselves,” said Melissa. She will leave her
college counseling position this fall and is looking forward to her new job as the
“Private schools head of Breck’s upper school.
have a purpose.
They fondly recalled experiences at Sunset Hill, such as May day, working on the
They have Helios, musicals and field hockey games. They also enjoyed the “coordination”
missions and ask classes offered by Pem-day and living in the former home for the Pem-
day headmaster. Words like “fabulous,” “unbelievable,” and “wonderful”
broader, grander accompanied the names of their former teachers, including Sarah Fritz, Margaret
questions, and Weatherly Hall ’59, deborah norman, Barbara Judd and Mary Pritchard Eckels
’31. Melissa said, “recently, as I walked down the hall to my office listening to my
we grew up shoes click on the floor, I remembered hearing roselee Ennis’ shoes click as she
knowing that it walked. She taught me how to be a woman who was serious about her job. She
was able to teach at everyone’s level.” “Whatever Val Ostarch taught suddenly
was worth asking became interesting because she made it interesting,” shared dana, “and John
those questions.” Lovstad taught us that everything was important – even showing up on time!”
— Melissa Boocock The trio agreed that their early exposure to private education through their father
Soderberg ’84 influenced their career choices. dana said, “We grew up listening to conversations
about the health of schools; it was normal to us.”
“I think we were drawn to school administration
because we understand the full commitment to the
institution,” said Melissa. “Our father taught us that
he represented the school; his actions and decisions
reflected that philosophy.”
She continued, “We deeply believe in private
school education and can convey that it is a very
compelling place to be. Private schools have a
purpose. They have missions and ask broader,
grander questions, and we grew up knowing that
it was worth asking those questions.”
Since dana, Sarah and Melissa don’t get the
opportunity to visit one another often due to
conflicting schedules and distance, they look
forward to seeing each other at the annual national
Association for College Admission Counseling
Melissa Boocock Soderberg ’84, Dana Boocock Crowell ’79 and (nACAC) conference. Melissa said, “We do seek
Sarah Boocock Beyreis ’81 met for dinner following a NACAC advice from each other professionally. My sisters are
conference session. the best supportive colleagues.” dana agreed, “It’s
an amazing resource; we don’t have to explain a lot
to one another.” “We are truth-tellers and trust one another,” Sarah concluded.
“And, we can always call dad!” ■
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Estate Plans Include Pembroke Hill
A hallmark of Bette and Cook Jordan’s life together
was their commitment to family and a desire to
help people help themselves. It was second nature
for them to look for opportunities to support people in
Kansas City and in other areas of the country. They were
generous with their resources as well as their time and
energy. Cook’s advice was often sought after by young
business people and entrepreneurs. Bette’s leadership within
the Girl Scouts was well-known and celebrated. Their
commitment to Pembroke Hill and its predecessor schools,
however, is nothing short of extraordinary, spanning 80
years. It started in 1925 when Cook entered first grade
at the Pembroke School. He graduated from Pembroke-
Country day in 1937 and, except for a stint in the army
during World War II, was never far from campus from that
point forward, until his death in September 2008.
Bette and Cook’s involvement with the school took on many
forms through the years — Trustees, Alumni Association
president, parents and grandparents, fundraising volunteers,
leadership donors and even Clothesline Sale chair. Their Bette and Cook ’37 Jordan at their 50th wedding
sons, Jay ’65 and Cook Jr. ’69, and their grandson, Sean ’89 anniversary celebration.
and his wife Kimberly Frazier O’Brien ’90, are graduates.
(Sean and Kim’s daughter, Jordan Elizabeth, was the joy of Cook’s life!) Bette and Cook
were among the most loyal guests at every event the school hosted. Following Bette’s death
in 1997, Cook continued to attend alumni activities including the annual holiday party and
reunion weekend festivities. His daughters, daly and Brien, laugh when they recall Cook’s
discovery of the minivan. He realized this type of vehicle would allow him to drive a large
number of people to events. He routinely arrived at activities all over town with a carload of
friends who might otherwise not have been able to attend.
His most recent involvement at Pembroke Hill was with middle school students. For a
number of years, he spoke to the seventh grade during their Veteran’s day symposium
describing his wartime service. His stories engaged the children, giving them a unique
perspective on American history.
As was evident when he spoke to students, Cook was renowned for telling a good story and
his infectious laugh. Lisa Blevins, director of alumni affairs, recalled, “You couldn’t help
but laugh and have a good time when Cook was around. Frequently, he was one of the
oldest alumni who attended our events, and it was like he was holding court because people
quickly gathered around him.”
Cook was an obvious choice to be interviewed in the Alumni Association’s oral history
project. He spent an afternoon in front of a video camera describing his school life. His
memories are both humorous and touching. For example, he described being a trombonist
in the Pembroke School band and the competitions the group won. In fact, the band was
selected to play at the 1932 Chicago’s World Fair. He laughed, remembering a particularly
poor rehearsal when the band director, Alvin Stevens, told the boys “I’ve heard worse, but
can’t remember where!”
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during his interview, Cook mentioned The pair understood firsthand the significance of a
numerous times that what was most important Pembroke Hill education and wanted to make the
in his school experience was the relationship
between the faculty and the boys. The faculty
school as accessible to as many families as possible.
was integral in the students’ lives, organizing
their school days, extracurricular activities,
and providing summer work and camp opportunities. This was accomplished with humor,
encouragement and expectation. He adds that he was happy to realize later in life that the
school provided a number of scholarships during the depression so boys would not have to
This realization could be the inspiration behind an estate gift Cook and Bette made to
Pembroke Hill. The pair understood firsthand the significance of a Pembroke Hill education
and wanted to make the school as accessible to as many families as possible. Therefore, they
designated Pembroke Hill as a beneficiary of a Charitable remainder Trust. They requested
their gift be placed in the endowment to support scholarships. With the passing of Bette and
Cook, Pembroke Hill lost two of its greatest friends and advocates. Through, however, The
Mary Elizabeth Bresnahan Jordan and George Gook Jordan Sr. Charitable Remainder Trust,
they will always be participants in the life of the school. ■
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MArgArET And don AusTIn —
dedicated Annual Fund Volunteers
P embroke Hill bids a fond farewell
to Margaret and don Austin, who
have served as grandparent co-
chairs for the school’s Annual Fund since
1993. The role has been a very special
one for the Austins, who have had three
grandchildren graduate from the school:
Anna dudenhoeffer ’04, a graduate of
duke University who will begin her
second year of law school at notre dame
this fall; Catherine dudenhoeffer ’05,
a recent graduate of the University of
Missouri now entering the job market
in Chicago; and Jack dudenhoeffer ’09,
an incoming freshman at the University
of Missouri, where he has signed a letter
of intent to play baseball. Two other
grandchildren, Max and Sam Montag,
attended Pembroke Hill before moving
away from the Kansas City area.
As advocates for the school, they have
encouraged others to give to the Annual
Fund as a way to help students and
teachers. As don explained, “We realize
that as grandparents, we have more
disposable income than many of the Margaret and Don Austin
young parents and therefore wanted to
urge the other grandparents to join us in supporting this wonderful school.”
The Pembroke Hill community has benefited from the Austins’ leadership in numerous
ways, but Margaret and don are quick to point out the benefits they received in return believe that
from their involvement, like watching their grandchildren grow into educated, mature education is
young adults and getting to know their grandchildren’s friends. One of the more the key to a
memorable occasions they experienced at the school was when Margaret dressed up in successful life,
a bear costume – complete with paws – for the prekindergarten’s Teddy Bear Picnic.
Her eyes, nose and mouth were visible through an open circle, so she was amazed when
and we also
all of the children accepted her as a real bear, including three of her grandchildren who believe that
were in attendance and had no idea it was “B,” their grandmother, in costume. Pembroke Hill
We are grateful for the many ways in which Margaret, don, and their entire family
have supported the school. When asked why it was important to them to stay
the very best
involved for so many years, Margaret replied, “We strongly believe that education is education.”
the key to a successful life, and we also believe that Pembroke Hill School offers the very — Margaret Austin
best education.” ■
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Pembroke Hill Athletes Earn State Titles
Three was the lucky number this spring as Pembroke Hill 6-3,3-6, 7-5. Will’s opponent had only one loss this season
athletes brought home either individual or team state titles before coming up short 6-2,6-0.
in three sports – track and field, tennis and lacrosse!
Chris Somers defeated Teddy Jones of MICdS, 6-2,6-2, in
“It was a really great season for our athletic program,” his singles match, while Teddy Fitzgibbons outlasted Charlie
explained Don Earnest, PHS athletic director. “Our Curtis of MICdS, 6-2,6-0.
student-athletes and their coaches worked extremely hard not to be outdone, the doubles team of Tommy Aliber and
and they enjoyed some very exciting sporting moments that I Teddy Fitzgibbons won their match, 7-5, 6-3.
am sure they will remember the rest of their lives.”
Then two days later, on May 30, the doubles pair of Teddy
Fitzgibbons and Chris Somers took first in the state by
Junior hurdler Tiffani Mcreynolds became a state champion defeating the doubles team from Thomas Jefferson High
for the third consecutive year as she turned in an impressive School, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Tommy Aliber finished up his singles
season in both the 100- and the 300- meter hurdles.
season with third in the state by winning that match 6-1, 6-3.
In the state competition Tiffani earned first place in both Team Highlights: State champions; 1st State doubles; 3rd
hurdle events. In the 100-meter preliminary race, she broke State singles; 1st districts; 1st PHS doubles Invitational
the existing record of 14.37 with a time of 14.33!
Individual Highlights: Tommy Aliber - 3rd State singles;
In April, Tiffani participated in the Kansas relays during 1st districts; Teddy Fitzgibbons, Chris Somers – 1st State
which she earned the top honor for the 100-meter hurdles. doubles, 1st district doubles; Will Welte - 3rd district singles;
This was her third appearance at this event. Andrew Garner, Kevin Horner - 2nd district doubles.
Individual Honors: Katayon Raider Award: Tommy Aliber
Ghassemi – Tied school record;
Tiffani Mcreynolds – Broke Piper
record, KU relays 100-meter Pembroke Hill brought home the state title in division II
hurdles – 1st place, 3rd year to lacrosse in a nail-biter, come-from-behind win against Eureka
participate in KU relays; returning in the championship game on May 23.
state champion, Sydney Peavy – 1st
year at KU relays – competed in Jacob Sinclair scored the go-ahead goal with 2:55 left in the
three events, 8th in 100-meter dash, game. The final score was 6-5.
6th in triple jump, 7th in long jump,
8th in 100-meter To get to the championship game, PHS outscored all three
of its opponents in the playoff games by one goal each.
District Qualifers: Jordin nelson,
Tiffani Mcreynolds, Sydney Peavy, Tiffani McReynolds This is the first time the school’s lacrosse team has won a
Lydia Jackson, Page Schult, Claire state title. The team finished the season with a 17-2 record.
Shadid, Katayon Ghassemi, Esme nulan, Alex Long, Mason
Everett, Matt Logan, robert Sorrell, nathan Wagner Team Highlights: State champions; Conference champions;
17-2 record; JV undefeated
Raider Award: Sydney Peavy
Individual Highlights: All-State – William Bolen, ryan
Grojean, Jacob Sinclair; 1st Team All-Conference – William
The boys tennis team garnered the team state title, the Bolen, ryan Grojean, Blake Pierce, Jacob Sinclair; 2nd Team
championship in doubles and third in singles. All-Conference – John Heddens, Alex Larios, Jay Todd
Max, Guerin Schwarberg;
The team capped off a great day on Academic All-American –
May 28 by finishing on top in the William Bolen (set school
state competition. record with
The team enjoyed impressive wins
in the singles competition with Raider Award: William
Tommy Aliber and Will Welte Bolen, ryan Grojean. ■
outplaying their opponents. Tommy
defeated the two-time defending
Missouri Class 1 singles champion
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Winter Sports Highlights Invitational: 7th solo - Hillary Stark, 8th solo - Brittany
nedblake, 12th solo Augi Grasis, 13th solo - Ericka Schubert;
BASkETBALL/BOyS ndA awards: spirit - Ali Corbin, Adrienne dunham, Wesley
Team Highlights: 2nd Gross, Lissy Hodge; showmanship - Ali Corbin, Mallory
place districts dameron, Lissy Hodge; technique - Augi Grasis, Lissy
Individual Highlights: Hodge, Madeline Krahn, Shannon Lowe, Ericka Schubert,
2nd Team -All district - Emma Sorrell; Special Event (invitation to perform at a
Joe Wilkinson special event and have been elected to be in a featured
group during the event) – Mallory Krahn; All-American
Raider Award: nominee - Mallory Krahn, Marilyn robb, Ericka Schubert,
Joe Wilkinson Emma Sorrell; All-American Team - Emma Sorrell (second
BASkETBALL/GIRLS Raider Award: Emma Sorrell
Pleasant Hill Tournament SWIMMInG & DIVInG (girls)
Free Throw Champion Team Highlights: 2nd place Independent League
- Evan Sterneck; All- Championships
district Team - Honorable
Mention - Brittany Conner, Individual
Jacqueline robinson, Highlights:
Evan Sterneck State Qualifiers:
Raider Award: backstroke, relays;
Evan Sterneck Michelle Heidgerken
- 50 freestyle, 100
ChEERLEADInG freestyle, relays;
Elizabeth You 200 medley, 200
freestyle, 400 freestyle
relays - Sydney
DAnCE dillman, Emily Glaze, Maggie Glaze, Michelle Heidgerken,
Team Highlights: Emma Mrkonic; League Champions: Emma Mrkonic -100
Fort Osage Classic dance backstroke; Hannah Bortnick -1 meter diving, 11 dives
Competition – 1st prop;
Lee’s Summit north Raider Award: Emily Glaze
Invitational – 2nd dance, 2nd
novelty; State Team Competition – 5th overall, 2nd novelty,
4th dance, Sweepstakes WRESTLInG
Award; national dance Individual Highlights: Kevin Murray – 1st West Platte
Alliance Camp/Competition Tournament, 1st
(Team Awards) - spirit stick Center Tournament,
(winning 3 times), technical 3rd Bishop Miege
excellence, most improved Tournament,
technique, superior 3rd north Platte
showmanship, Superior Tournament; Andrew
Award for team dance, ndA Seligson – 3rd West
Team Award - invitation Platte Tournament,
to ndA nationals - team 3rd Bishop Miege
invitation to perform at Tournament; Jake Spertus – 2nd West Platte Tournament,
a special event. 2nd Bishop Miege Tournament; nathan Wagner – 1st Center
Tournament, 2nd West Platte Tournament, 3rd Bishop Miege
Individual Highlights: Tournament, 3rd north Platte Tournament
Lee’s Summit north
Raider Award: Joshua Smith
38 PEMBROKE HILL SCHOOL
Spring Sports average: Preston Owen (.528); Post-season honors:
nick Leyh - Academic All-State; Jack dudenhoeffer, Joe
BASEBALL Wieczkowski, richard Wright - 1st Team All-district; Jack
Team Highlights: 2nd dudenhoeffer- member of West team in Class 3 East vs. West
place districts; Clinton Senior All-Star Game
Smithville Tournament Raider Award: Jack dudenhoeffer
Champions; Set school
record for number of wins
in a season - 16 GOLF (boys)
Team Highlights: 4th in State; 1st in districts
Individual Highlights: All-State - duncan Laner
School records - plate
appearances: Joe Raider Award: duncan Laner
Wieczkowski 94; hits:
Jack dudenhoeffer 36;
runs: richard Wright 33; SOCCER (girls)
rBI’s: Jack dudenhoeffer Team Highlights: Pembroke Hill Tournament Champions;
(32); rBI’s in a career: 2nd place districts; season record – 12-10
Jack dudenhoeffer (62);
doubles in a career: Jack Individual Highlights: 1st Team - All State; Caffrey
dudenhoeffer (19); triples in a season: Jack dudenhoeffer Brooks, Camille Christie; 2nd Team All-State - Aubrey
(7); triples in a career: Jack dudenhoeffer (9); walks-hit Thrane; Mo. Class 2 Offensive Player-Of-The-Year - Caffrey
by pitch: Joe Wieczkowski (tied for first with 18); batting Brooks; Kansas City Star Scholar Athlete: Shannon deitch;
All-district - Caffrey Brooks, Camille Christie, Kelsey
regional Team -
Year in Western
region - Caffrey
Congratulations To Stephan Franke!
The PHS community celebrated with the Franke family
on April 30 as Stephan signed a letter of intent to attend
George Washington University and participate in the
swim program there. Stephan’s parents, Stephen and
Rebecca, enjoyed the program.
horizons • July 2009 39
Class notes Had a great visit with Bill Staggs. He’s back full time at his
former employer, FIKE, working on explosion protection
equipment for industries. Prior to that, he worked on
55 Kirk Polson reported he had both knees replaced
the passenger oxygen system on the Boeing 787. Maxine
continues to teach third grade at Sion. Their oldest child,
last spring and has more titanium than a B2 bomber. He Mitchell, lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.
has resumed playing golf and competitive tennis. He said, Matthew ’95 is a registered nurse, also in Chicago, but he
“I thought the doctor would cry when I suggested going recently spent significant time with doctors Without Borders
back to skiing so I sold the skis. Aside from having to get in Armenia, Sudan and Uganda. Their daughter, Emily ’97,
to the airport about 20 minutes earlier than usual for metal and her husband live in Stamford, Conn.
detector screening, all is back to near normal.”
Sam and Linda Kramer are going bird watching in Costa
rica. Sam retired a year ago but steps in when needed.
60 Class agent Dick Woods wrote, “Contrary to my Otherwise they enjoy time with the grandchildren. Sam
hopes to show for the 50th reunion.
previous report, Steve and Suzanne Quarles did not acquire
a summer home in the Carolinas. They have a get-away
place in Maryland not far from their permanent residence. I attended the reunion Weekend reception along with
Steve continues to work full time at Crowell. Ford Brent and Craig French. Wish more KC folks had
been there. It was the 50th reunion for the Class of 1959,
Kent Stockton was in town for a few days and had lunch and we had a chance to visit with Bill Wakefield, Bill
with me, Craig French, Mike Hyde, Jerry Miller and Wallace, Bud Porch and Dave Trusty. Please keep May 14-
Ford Brent. He essentially is retired from the practice of 16, 2010 in mind for our 50th reunion. My thanks to Craig
medicine and plans to make next year’s reunion. I think French, Ben Adams and Ford Brent for again assisting in
I’d previously mentioned that Kent is a published cowboy the calling program.”
poet, and has received the Academy of Western Artists’ Will
rogers Medallion Award and Cowboy Poetry Book Of The
Year Award. After lunch, I had a chance to visit with Kent’s
66 Jim Everett recently married Lori Ann Chester-
Herring; they reside in Sarasota, Fla. He wrote, “Lori is a
father, dr. ray Stockton, who is 92 and as sharp as ever.
graduate of USF (University of South Florida) with a degree
in communications. She is employed by Transworld Systems,
John Morrison and his wife moved to Wilmington, n.C. in
Inc. and has been regional manager in several South Florida
March. John hopes to telecommute with the FdIC, but if
offices. She is the granddaughter of Amos White, a famous
that doesn’t work, he probably will be in Washington two to
barbecue entrepreneur in Tampa, a contemporary of the
three days a week.
Gates barbecue family in Kansas City.”
Bart Bartleson reported that he underwent a quadruple
bypass, but is doing well. He currently plans to attend the
50th reunion in May 2010.
67 Tom Watson was honored with the to Golf at the
14 Francis th
Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions
Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 60th Annual Banquet
Jerry and Meg Duggan are adopting 13-year-old in Boston. Tom’s golf wins include eight major titles: five
Christopher. The final proceedings will be in May. British Opens, two Masters, and one U.S. Open. In recent
years, Tom has continued to excel on the Champions Tour,
Lynn and Ginny McCanse went on a three week trip to winning 12 tournaments, including five Senior majors. In
Guam to visit his son, Web, and his family who have another all, he won 63 tournaments including 39 on the PGA Tour,
year-and-a-half in Guam. They made a short side trip to was leading money winner five times, and Player-Of-The-
Saipan while there. Year six times. He also played on four ryder Cup teams and
captained the victorious 1993 team. Tom was inducted into
George Bunting reports all is well. Jill spends a good deal of the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988.
time in Kansas City visiting grandchildren.
Tom Stites has applied for fellowships at the University
of Missouri and Stanford. His preference is MU given
69 Former AFS student,
Dr. Gian Carlo Decimo ’69
its journalism program. Tom is working on a project recently visited Pembroke Hill
dealing with the future of printed media in the automated with his wife, Francesca, and
environment. six-year-old daughter, Vittoria.
They stayed with his former host
Berre Robinson continues to teach but has reduced his load brother, Mike Lyon ’69, during
to 40 hours per week. their visit. Gian Carlo currently
lives in Sicily, Italy and is a psychotherapist.
40 PEMBROKE HILL SCHOOL
71 Don Cooper wrote, “Our daughter, nicole, at her 89 JoMarie Scaglia plans to open her second restaurant,
high school graduation 2008, with her younger brother The Mixx, in the new Power & Light district in Kansas City.
Sean, grandparents, my wife Suzanne, and myself. She has She opened the first Mixx in 2005 on Main St.
just completed her first
semester at the Arizona
State University W.P. Carey Dylan Wetherill has volunteered to serve as a class
School of Business. We are agent; send updates to email@example.com.
currently living in Potomac
Falls in northern Virgina.”
91 Angela Seaton has been named a partner of Shook
Hardy & Bacon LLP in the pharmaceutical and medical
74 Joe Casper joined device litigation group in Kansas City.
Walton Construction in
Kansas City as director of
insurance. He is responsible 92 planning and tax lawhas joinedin Kansas City.Magruder’s
Paul Himmelstein Van Osdol &
for day-to-day management of the property/casualty estate practice
insurance program for all five Walton divisions.
David Jermann has been named a partner of Armstrong
Teasdale LLP in Kansas City. His practice focuses in the areas
Jack Rees ’74, Jimmy Walker ’86 and Wesley Gross
of commercial disputes, business torts, noncompete litigation
’09 joined forces on a recent show at Gallery F in the
and securities arbitrations.
Kansas City Crossroads district. Their collaboration
included sculpture, mixed media and photography with
a futurist inflection. Jack rees presented work in an
ongoing series of perceptual and sculptural ideas that
93 Sarah Ross wrote, “It may not amaze beloved Pem
Hill teachers and fellow members of the Class of 1993 to
incorporate geometry, translucence, and complex line. learn that my life post-PHS is best described as ‘embracing
He recently returned from norway after receiving an the inner nerd.’ After taking my BA in Classics at Bowdoin,
international prize for related work. Jimmy’s work I journeyed (laden with suitably bookish honors such as
reflected his vision in emotive portraits. Wesley’s Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, Latin prizes) to
work illustrated solemn structures in different stages northwestern University, where I obtained my doctorate
of decomposition, reconstruction and neglect. A in European History in 2006. The renaissance is my field
percentage of the proceeds of the show were directed to of specialization - O Golden Age of nerds! My dissertation
concerned learned women in renaissance Italy and England,
the Pembroke Hill Arts Council. and I’m delighted to report that those many pages have
now become a book, forthcoming this fall from Harvard
75 Tom Bednar was named president of St. Francis
University Press under the title The Birth Of Feminism:
Woman As Intellect In Renaissance Italy And England. For
High School in Wheaton, Ill., in January. St. Francis is a the past two years, I have been most happily over-served as
coeducational Catholic college preparatory school serving a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal
760 students in the western suburbs of Chicago. Arts at Princeton University. And this fall I’m beginning
a no-kidding tenure-track job as Assistant Professor in
the department of History at Boston College. Yes, I am
Professor ross at last! I hope that this horn-tooting may
inspire other bookworms and eccentrics of 1993 to send
their news. I ask you, fellow oddballs: Quid novi?”
94 Maren Dunn completed her medical residency in
rural family medicine and is moving to Bend, Ore. She has
spent the last year working in southwest Idaho in a small
mountain town, Cascade. This fall, she will be working in a
small hospital/clinic 30 miles north of Bend in a town called
Prineville, Ore. Her practice will include all parts of family
medicine including obstetrics. She said, “The best part is, I
Fourteen members from the Class of 1990 gathered in Cabo get to play outside all year long!”
San Lucas in January for an impromptu reunion! (front
row, l-r) Scott Devaney, Carter Davis, Sean O’Brien, Robert
Thompson, Chad Wollard (back row, l-r) Tim Tholen, Bob
Coughlin, Jon Bidwell, Greg Honan, Patrick Faltico, Dylan
Wetherill, Matt Hoffman, David LaMothe, Matt McWhirter.
Continued on page 42
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Class notes — Continued from page 41
01 Monica Belsito will attend Harvard Business School
in the fall.
95 Fling, a movie directed by John Stewart Muller, in
02 Eddie Higgins wrote,
which he co-wrote and co-produced with Laura Boersma,
has been released to dVd. “In October, a few cross country
alums gathered to run the Kansas
City Marathon. Chris Bolman
96 Ashley Hall Smith has opened a new skin care competed in the half, finishing
in 1:46:54, and August dietrich
practice inside Lulu Salon and Spa in Overland Park, Kan.
Her services include facials, chemical treatments and product and I ran the marathon as a team,
recommendations. Contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org. finishing the course in 2:42:09
(6:11 pace). I hope to see some of the other alums of the
97 Tyler Kimball will present his
work at a show entitled “Games,” which
cross country and track teams for the 2009 race on Oct. 17.
The course is beautiful, the weekend reunion is memorable,
and wagers are welcome (talk to August), so get training.”
runs from Sept. 4 through October at
Millennic Glass Gallery in the Crossroads LTJG Chip Schellhorn
district of Kansas City, 1901 Wyandotte finished the navy’s
St. Tyler said, “My new work deals advanced jet syllabus in
with games and recreation and the great March after receiving his
effort and tradition that has gone into initial carrier qualification
the competitive spirit. I take a very aboard the USS ronald
literal approach at exploring the nuances reagan. At his winging
of games, such as badminton, baseball, ceremony were four of his
bocce, checkers, horseshoes, and even Sorry. He will be at PHS classmates: Travis
the show on opening night, Sept. 4. Tyler, who has lived Holt, Eddie Higgins, Tim
and worked in Seattle for the past five years, also participated Boeshaar and John devins. He has orders to Strike Fighter
in two group shows in Seattle at the Tashiro Kaplan Gallery Squadron in Lemoore, Calif., to fly the F/A-18 E/F Super
and the Pratt Auction this spring. For more information, Hornet.
check his website at www.tylerkimballglass.com.
06 for Light College for 2009-10. student body
99 Alex Parker, aaward for overall general news reporting presidentNickCornell was elected to serve as He is pursuing a
University of Kansas journalism master’s
student, received an double major in economics and computer science.
from the 2009 Society of Professional Journalists. The awards
were presented during the society’s recent spring conference,
and those selected will advance to the national competition.
Marriages ’53 and Paul Koontz ’48 on Jan. 2
• Suzanne Sawyer Thompson
• Lori Ann Chester-Herring and James Everett ’66 on Feb. 14
• Lisa Carlton Wilson and William Bunting ’77 on Feb. 7
• Sarah Hyde ’84 and Bryan Schmiedeler on May 23
• Alison Cohen and Grant Masson ’94 on July 28, 2008
• Katie Glassman ’95 and Chris Cranis on June 17, 2006
• Abby Wayment and Brian Cates ’95 on April 25
James Everett ’66 and Lori
• Gina renee Leo and Jeffrey Grant Stingley ’98 on June 20
Ann Chester-Herring were
• Stephanie Hill ’01 and Kemp Muhlbauer on nov. 8, 2008 married on Feb. 14.
• Daisy Caroline MacDonald ’01 and Andrew Lewis Selman
Katie Glassman ’95 and Chris
on April 18. Cranis married on June 17, 2006.
Continued on page 43
42 PEMBROKE HILL SCHOOL
WEDDInGS — Continued from page 42
Emily Loeb ’94 wrote, “We enjoyed a mini-PHS reunion
of sorts at my step-brother Justin Kaufmann’s ’98 wedding
to Jenny Fishman in naples, Fla., in november. Thanks to
Jenny and Justin, these old PHS friends are now related! Stephanie Hill ’01 and Kemp Muhlbauer were married on
Nov. 8, 2008 on the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Her
From left: Jeff Greenstein, Leigh Goldberg Suskin ’92, Gina sister, Jennifer Hill ’99 was her maid of honor. Several alumni
Kaufmann ’95, Emily Loeb ’94, Justin Kaufmann ’98, Rachel were among the guests. Pictured are Alissa Walters ’01, Alexis
Loeb ’91, Cory Spitcaufsky ’91 and Amy Greenstein. Also, in Worley ’01, Stephanie, Kathryn Elkins ’00, Debbie Krigel ’01,
attendance, but not pictured was Jamie Schultz Berg ’88. Sarah Montgomery ’01 and Monica Belsito ’01.
Births and David Hunt ’84,
• Amy McAnarney
a daughter, Abigail Elizabeth, May 20, 2008
• Lily (Arbab) ’86 and Gregory Camet,
a daughter, Ellery Minou, Sept. 5, 2008
• Chimene Schwach ’88 and Jim Wright,
a son, Jacob Oliver, March 21
• Jan Marie and Bradford Kroh ’90,
a daughter, Claire McClelland, Jan. 6
• Gwyn Prentice and Andrew Atterbury ’92,
a daughter, Sloane Hayat Verna, Jan. 25 Max Andrew, son Audrey Renee and Ronin and Nico
• Kristen and Darrin Bronfman ’92, of Heather Cohen Ethan, children of Prelogar ’94
a daughter, Audrey renee, Aug. 11, 2008 Padratzik ’93 Darrin Bronfman ’92
• Laura and Andrew Moore ’93, a son,
William Spencer, Jan. 26
• Heather (Cohen) ’93 and Jay Padratzik,
a son, Max Andrew, Aug. 16, 2008
• Meggin and Kirk H. Wetherill ’93, a son,
Kirk Haworth Jr., Sept. 26, 2008
• Goldie and Nico Prelogar ’94, a son, ronin
McClellan, Oct. 24, 2008
William Spencer, son of
• Julia (Henson) ’98 and Paul radley Jr., Andrew Moore ’93
a son, Paul III “Trip,” Jan. 3, 2008 Paul “Trip” Radley III, son of
Julia Henson Radley ’98
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We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the following
Kit Spangler Culver ’69 on the death of her mother-in-law,
Kate Schaaf Culver, April 3.
alumni: Heather Risley Dial ’88 on the death of her grandmother,
Eleanor Pace risley, March 1.
Barbara Harrison Allen ’30 died nov. 19, 2008.
Caroline Bliss Langknecht ’33 died April 13. Kent Dillon ’68, Courtney Dillon Pedersen ’70 and Emily
Lura Jane Smith Geiger ’38 died April 24. Dillon Berry ’74 on the death of their mother, Joan Kent
Virginia Smith Malmborg ’40 died Jan. 16. dillon, Jan. 18.
Marilyn Jenkins Sinclair ’40 died April 16.
Betty Bredouw Gottula ’41 died April 19. Katie Duffy ’09 and Daniel Duffy ’17 on the death of their
Frances Scott Dunlap ’48 died March 28. grandmother, Patricia O’Shaughnessy Kingsland, June 2.
Marilyn Hudson Jurden ’50 died Jan. 27.
Lawrence Fane ’51 died nov. 28, 2008. Alexandra Emery ’07 on the death of her aunt, Susan
Ann Berenice Williams ’52 died Sept. 18, 2008. Elisabeth Eversull ’71, April 1.
Christopher J. Cole ’67 died January 19.
Susan Elisabeth Eversull ’71 died April 1. Jennifer Loutzenhiser Ess ’79, Kim Loutzenhiser ’80 and
Gretchen Bruening Lynch ’74 died March 22. Jane Loutzenhiser ’85 on the death of their brother, James
Jean Gill Quinn ’75 died March 24. Kenneth Loutzenhiser, Feb. 17.
Raymond Hillman “Pete” Starr ’58 died June 16.
Sue Scott Eversull ’48 on the death of her daughter, Susan
We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the following Elisabeth Eversull ’71, April 1 and cousin, Frances Scott
former faculty: Dunlap ’48, March 28.
Peter Brown, math/computers, football/basketball/tennis Bruce Fane ’54 on the death of his brother, Lawrence Fane
coach, Pembroke-Country day School, 1962–1970, June 2. ’51, nov. 28, 2008.
E. Virginia Calkins, history, Sunset Hill School, 1961-67, Mikayla Ferguson ’16 and Mark Ferguson ’19 on the death
March 1. of their great grandmother, Margaret Costanza, Jan. 31.
We offer our condolences to the following members and their Jana Simpson Franta ’70 and Jenny Weaver Johnson ’93 on
families of the Pembroke Hill community: the death of their husband and father, Gregory E. Franta, Feb. 9.
Arly Allen ’56, Diane Allen Bannen ’58, A. Hedrick Allen Katherine Ghio ’72, Mary Greaves Hodge ’73, Donald
’85 and Patience Allen ’89 on the death of their mother and (Critch) Greaves ’77, Caroline Hodge ’08, Chase Hodge
grandmother, Barbara Harrison Allen ’30, nov. 19, 2008. ’10 and Lissy Hodge ’12 on the death of their father,
stepfather and stepgrandfather, James E. Ghio, March 5.
Joan Jenkins Bartlett ’42, Paul Bartlett, Jr. ’36, Marilyn
Bartlett Hebenstriet ’70, Frederick Bartlett ’74, Niles Jager Benton Glaze ’07, Emily Glaze and Margaret Glaze ’12 on
’99, Alison Hebenstreit ’06, Jessica Hebenstreit ’08 and the death of their grandfather, Samuel Clayton Miranda, May 28.
Laura Hebenstreit ’10 on the death of their sister, sister-in-law,
aunt and great-aunt, Marilyn Jenkins Sinclair ’40, April 16. Lilly Glenn ’16 on the death of her grandfather, richard Burry,
Melissa Rouse Berridge ’87 and Matthew Rouse ’91 on the
death of their grandmother, Betty Lee rouse, May 20. Laura Lee Carkener Grace ’56 and Catherine Dail Weil ’81
on the death of their mother and grandmother, Laura Kemper
Terri Smith Blake ’78 and Tim Smith ’83 on the death of Toll Carkener, Jan. 17.
their grandfather, Hubert Bicknell Walker, Feb. 5.
Michael Guffey ’81 and Sara Guffey Hopewell ’85 on the
Caroline Bliss-Kandel ’61 and Peter Bliss ’63 on the death death of their father, roger Guffey, April 15.
of their aunt, Caroline Bliss Langknecht ’33, April 13.
Joanne Hudson Hamilton ’45, Paul Hamilton ’46, Leonard
Richard Brown ’70 and Susan Brown Thill ’73 on the death Wells Jurden IV ’79, Cole Jurden ’10, Zac Jurden ’11 and
of their mother, Saurine Lotman Brown, March 6. Maddie Jurden ’12 on the death of their sister, sister-in-law,
mother and grandmother, Marilyn Hudson Jurden ’50, Jan.
Jack Brozman ’68 on the death of his aunt, Jean Mendelson 27.
Goldstein, Jan. 27.
Peggy Headley ’78 on the death of her father, Jack W.r.
John Calkins ’69 on the death of his mother, E. Virginia Headley, April 23.
Calkins, March 1.
Mary Ingraham ’78 on the death of her mother, Patricia Anne
Suzanne Helmers Collins ’68 on the death of her mother-in- dubbs Ingraham, Jan. 24.
law, Marjorie Brownfield Collins, Jan. 24.
44 PEMBROKE HILL SCHOOL
Margaret Johnston ’19 and Joseph Johnston ’22 on the Jay Pack ’71 and Dee Pack ’73 on the death of their father,
death of their grandmother, Janet White Johnston, nov. 1, 2008. Steve Pack, Jan. 15.
Cole Kiersznowski ’15, Nathalie Kiersznowski ’17 and Julia Lindsay Lunt Parsons ’74 on the death of her father, William
Kiersnowski ’19 on the death of their grandmother, Patricia C. Lunt, Jr., March 26.
Lloyd-Land, Jan. 31.
Harry Poindexter ’66 and Don Poindexter ’69 on the death
Chip Koester ’89 and Matt Koester ’92 on the death of their of their father, Henry Poindexter, May 1.
grandmother, ruth Smith, Jan. 29.
Charles Porter ’99 on the death of his grandmother, Violet
Tyler Kimball ’97 on the death of his grandmother, Jane B. Porter, April 26.
robinson, March 4.
Julia Henson Radley ’98 and Edward Henson ’02 on the
Grace Lattan ’17 and Sarah Lattan ’22 on the death of their death of their grandmother Virignia Mae Smith Malmborg
grandfather, Francis Elmer Hund, April 13. ’40, Jan. 16.
Albert LeMoine III ’61, David LeMoine ’65 and Curtis Barbara Mackey Reitz ’59, John Mackey ’64, Susan Smith
Waugh ’64 on the death of their aunt and mother-in-law, Mackey ’60 and Carling Huffaker Mackey ’67 on the death
dorothy LeMoine Herrick, Jan. 20. of their mother and mother-in-law, Cornelia Materne Mackey,
David Leonard ’85, Blythe Leonard Robertson ’87 and
Christopher Leonard ’93 on the death of their father, George John Rosher ’16 and Julia Rosher ’18 on the death of their
Leonard, Jan. 14. grandmother, Helen Joyce rosher, Feb. 18.
Elizabeth Bruening Lewis ’59 on the death of her cousin, Tom Schmidt ’56 was omitted as a survivor under Elizabeth
Gretchen Bruening Lynch ’74, March 22. J. Schmidt Jenkins in the January 2009 issue. His mother died
nov. 4, 2008.
James Lytton ’61 and John Lytton ’68 on the death of their
mother, Vivian doris Lytton, Jan. 27. Janet Patzman Serrano ’72 on the death of her brother, david
Patzman, June 1.
Craig Maughan ’66 on the death of his father-in-law, William
C. Hanes, March 9. Norton Starr ’54, Laura Starr ’75, John Starr ’78, Mimi
Starr ’11, Adam Starr ’14 and Lily Starr ’14 on the death
Meghan McCollister ’02 on the death of her grandmother, of their brother, uncle and great uncle, Raymond Hillman
Kay Mesle, Jan. 14. “Pete” Starr ’58, June 16.
Thomas M. McFarland ’68 on the death of his mother, Julianne Popper Story ’82 and George Story ’16 on the
Evelynn Feraby Little McFarland, March 13. death of their grandfather-in-law and great grandfather, John E.
dernoncourt, March 11.
Chandler S. McMillin ’66 on the death of his father, Chandler
A. McMillin, March 7. John Tinklepaugh ’62 and David Tinklepaugh ’65 on the
death of their father, James (Mac) Tinklepaugh, April 20.
Harris Miller II ’76, Troy Miller ’78, Paige Miller Yotz ’80,
Chad Miller ’83, Kip Miller ’84 and Vance Miller ’87 on the Spenser Thomas ’16 on the death of his grandfather, P. Jerry
death of their father, Harris Miller, April 14. Mattivi, March 18.
David Mullikin ’73 on the death of his mother, M. June Cynthia Gill Thompson ’71 on the death of her sister, Jean
Mullikin, March 2. Gill Quinn ’75, March 24.
Winifred Norman Murphy ’42, Diane Murphy Davis ’64 Leigh Wasserstrom ’99, Chandler Hampton ’06, Cameron
and Kathleen Murphy Grendell ’68 on the death of their Hampton ’08 and William Block ’14 on the death of their
husband and father, Paul G. Murphy, April 14. grandfather, Allen J. Block, Jan. 19.
Douglas Newcomer ’65 on the death of his mother, Pamela Steve Waxman ’78 and Abby Waxman Moore ’80 on the
Kinney newcomer Blackmore, Feb. 27. death of their mother, Jane Z. Waxman, Jan. 18.
Richard Orr ’66, Georgeanne Orr Harris ’71, Sharon Wood Brittany Weltner ‘07 on the death of her grandfather, Edward
Orr ’66 and P. Stephen Harris ’70 on the death of their Eugene Mance, July 24, 2008.
mother and mother-in-law, dorothy Moffett Orr, March 12.
Winthrop “Tuckie” Williams ’48 and Skipper Hedges ’57
Strat Overton ’63 on the death of his son, Blake Fleming on the death of their sister and cousin, Ann Berenice Williams
Overton, Jan. 24. ’52, Sept. 19, 2008. ■
horizons • July 2009 45
reunion Weekend 2009
Despite the nasty weather on Friday evening, Reunion Weekend 2009 was a great
success! Alumni traveled from across the United States and from abroad, including
England, Switzerland and Thailand, to attend the weekend festivities.
Approximately 700 alumni, friends, faculty and staff participated in the events.
To view more photos, go to the alumni page at www.pembrokehill.org and click
Reunion Weekend 2009.
Bud Luce, Bob Francis and Powell Groner, Jr., Members of the Class of 1984 had a great turnout for their 25th reunion.
three of the five living members of the Pem-Day Pictured are: Holly Barnes Milledge, Jim Starr, Kenda Noah Lloyd,
Class of 1939, celebrated their 70th reunion! Warren Wright, Sarah Hyde Schmiedeler, Sharon Greenberger, Serese Smith-
Haxton and Carrie Rheinfrank.
R memorycelebrating their 20 dr.endowmentClasswho1989 wanted todepartment.
ecently reunion, the of honor the
of their classmate, Sandra Wilson, passed away three years
ago. The class hopes to establish an to support the language
Sandra’s love for French was well known. After consulting with Sandra’s parents,
david and Elaine, it was decided that Pembroke Hill’s language program was
the perfect place for that enthusiasm to bloom. Sandra’s eight years of French
study at PHS was capped off with a memorable trip to France with classmates and
Kimberly Chatten Justice ’89 said, “As alums, we all spent time in the foreign
language building; whether learning with Mr. Goldsmith, Mr. Boyd or Mrs.
O’Sullivan. Today, PHS students can study French, Latin, Spanish or Chinese.
Studying a language doesn’t just provide practical knowledge; it opens your eyes
to the larger world.”
“Sandra’s friendships transcended our class so we hope you will join us in
honoring her memory,” said Kristen Schaum Twigg ’89. More than $3,000 has
been raised, but a total of $10,000 is needed to establish an endowment.
If you would like to contribute, please send your donation to: Funds Being Raised
The development Office
In Memory Of
Pembroke Hill School
400 W. 51st St., Kansas City, MO 64112
Sandra Wilson ’89
For Foreign Language
Or go to the alumni page at www.pembrokehill.org and donate online.
46 PEMBROKE HILL SCHOOL
Phillips Gymnasium Celebrates Vol. 25, no. 2
60th Anniversary Horizons is published for the
Pembroke Hill community, with free
distribution to 8,000 alumni, parents,
W hen Brad Kingman became headmaster of Pembroke-Country day
School in 1943, he made four recommendations to the Board — one
was building a new gymnasium/auditorium. Fundraising campaigns started
past parents, grandparents, faculty,
staff and friends of the school.
and stopped, but by 1948, almost three-fourths of the money was raised, and Head of School:
the decision was made to begin construction immediately as the old gym had Steve Bellis, Ed.d.
been condemned. After another quick fund drive, the remainder needed was Co-Editors:
raised, which included monies attained Beth Bryant
by Martha Jane Starr and a committee “I can remember, vividly, Lisa Blevins
of mothers of Pem-day students, and being a fifth grader and
a matching gift from the Frank Phillips walking up and down the Marchel Alverson
Foundation. steps of Phillips, admiring
all the names on all the Photographer:
The new building was called Memorial Laura Fitzgibbons
trophies, and just hoping
Hall in memory of those who had fought that I too could someday designer:
in WWII. Following the dedication, play varsity sports.” diane Prigmore
the school community was treated to an – Kent Fortner ’88
exhibition game featuring the Phillips FROnt COVER:
Pembroke Hill’s 2008-09 AFS student
66ers, who were the 1948 Olympic Jorgen Sandvik spent some time
champions. The game highlighted the generosity of the Phillips Foundation. with Rick Washington’s preschool
class this spring. Pictured are
Thanks to the many alumni who shared memories about one of the last original (standing l-r):
Luka Martinovic, Berlyn Bartelli,
buildings on the Ward Parkway campus. For these reminiscences, visit the Malcolm Bean, Andrew Kim and
alumni page at www.pembrokehill.org! ■ Khalia Woods, (seated, l-r): Sagel
Raizada and truman Connor.
Letters and suggestions are
welcome. Correspondence should be
Beth Bryant, director of
The Pembroke Hill School admits
students of any race, color and
national or ethnic origin.
Please send all address changes to
the development office.
Pembroke Hill School
400 W. 51st St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Pembroke-Country Day students are dismissed from a class in Phillips Gym. www.pembrokehill.org
Photo courtesy of PHS Archives
Printed on recycled paper
last shot Upper School students traveled to Tanzania during January Interim 2009.
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