St. John’s International School Alumni Magazine Issue 45, JANUARY 2008
A talented cast and a
custom-designed set thrilled
the audiences when
the curtain opened on
“Up the Down Staircase”.
SCHOOL WHERE CHILDREN COME FIRST EXPLORE, EXCEL, ENJOY
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Dreve Richelle 146
1410 Waterloo, Belgium
Tel. (02) 352-0610
Fax (02) 352-0620
Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends of St. John’s,
The nature of The Lions’ Pride is such that milestone events are frequently reported.
Dr. Joseph H. Doenges Marriages are mentioned, babies are announced, new jobs are publicized and reunions are
Director documented. This issue is no different as we profile many of our graduates who are now
health care professionals. We also cover many fall activities including the golf tournament,
International Festival, high school play and visit by the U.S. Ambassador.
Another milestone event is the departure of Dr. Nick Miller who is leaving Waterloo and
returning to Hong Kong over the Christmas Break. We have enjoyed Nick’s leadership of
ASBL St. JOHN’S the high school for the past seven and a half years as the enrollment grew from 240 to 300,
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL F.C.J.
and as IB results steadily improved to new levels of participation and achievement. We are
Academic Year 2007-2008
also losing an outstanding classroom teacher in his wife, Alison, who has been a pillar of
Dr. Joseph DOENGES, Managing Director
strength in the fourth and fifth grades.
Sr. Mary FITZPATRICK, FCJ
Sr. Barbara HUGHES, FCJ, Vice President Dr. Marjan Blok has agreed to serve as interim high school principal for the remainder of
Sr. Lorenza MAGAGNIN, FCJ the current school year. Many of our alumni will remember her as their philosophy,
Sr. Margaret QUIRKE, FCJ religion, or theory of knowledge teacher, a role that she has skillfully played for the past
Mr. Rizwan RAWJI, Secretary 17 years.
Sr. Marie-Geneviève RENAUD, FCJ Finally, from the most personal of perspectives, my wife, Martha, and I will be leaving St.
Mr. Thomas SNYDER, President John’s next summer and retiring in Texas. We have been blessed with ten fantastic years in
Mr. Christian VARIN Waterloo and have made friendships from throughout the world. St. John’s is a special
Mr. Marian WALECKI, Treasurer place, for staff members as well as for students and families.
Departure stimulates reflection. There have been many changes and memorable events
St. JOHN’S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL over the past decade. We have adjusted to the departures of Sr. Beatrice Molyneux and
Advisory Board to the ASBL
Sr. Barbara Hughes, the last two FCJs to be actively involved on a day-to-day basis in the
Academic Year 2007-2008
school. We have experienced incredible changes to the campus with the acquisition of
Dr. Joseph DOENGES, Director
adjacent properties and the construction of new buildings. Of the many events, several
Sr. Mary FITZPATRICK, FCJ
stand out: the 40th Anniversary Celebration with Cardinal Daneels, the opening of the
Sr. Carmel HANLEY, FCJ Performing Arts Center with The Sound of Music and the new sports complex with an
Mr. Rizwan RAWJI unbelievable 87-game winning streak in boys’ basketball.
Mrs. Pam SHOWALTER, Ex-Officio PTA Representative
Mr. Thomas SNYDER, Chairman As The Lions’ Pride goes to print, the days are getting shorter and the nights longer. This
Mr. Christian VARIN year’s Christmas decorations have a special meaning in reminding us of how fortunate we
are. For the past ten years this time of year has been one of the highlights of living in
Mr. Marian WALECKI, Treasurer
Belgium and working at St. John’s. Martha and I look forward to re-joining our family in
Texas, but we are forever grateful for this amazing international experience.
Br. Thomas GERROW FSC Sincerely,
(President, St. John’s College, Washington, DC,
Representative of the Christian Brothers)
Joseph H. Doenges
T SCHOOL WHERE CHILDREN COME FIRST
ASBL St. John’s International School F.C.J.
explore, excel, enjoy
TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S
Class News 2 - 11
Former Families / In Memoriam 14 - 15
Former Staff / Milestones 16 - 17
Around the Campus 20 - Back Cover
Dr. Mike Hoffmann ’92A, on the right,
with his partner, in an operating
room–one of many alumni MDs
around the world. pages 12-13
Tomi Griffin ‘82A directs a stunning cast and
performance of “Up the Down Staircase”.
The Class of ’90 enjoys a weekend
reunion in Brussels. Alumni get
together in Baltimore as well.
St. John’s International School
Drève Richelle 146
1410 Waterloo, Belgium
+(322) 352-0610 Ph
+(322) 352-0620 Fax An annual opportunity for the St. John’s
www.stjohns.be community to share our unique cultural
Editor: Jack Lyons, firstname.lastname@example.org heritages with one another.
Asst Editor: Judith Hoskins, email@example.com
Graphic Design: Visual Communications Assoc.,
Photography: Jean-Louis Cornez, Marcia De Wolf,
Mike Dicken, Jerry O’Grady, Jack Lyons, and
alumni, parents, and staff. Thanks for your help.
This issue was printed by Squamscott Press Inc.
in Stratham, New Hampshire.
Issue Number 45
MISSION STATEMENT: St. John’s
exists to provide an international
education in English that is based on
Christian values, encourages academic
St. John’s was established by the
excellence, and stimulates social
Faithful Companions of Jesus in 1964. development within a culturally diverse
The Lions’ Pride • JANUARY 2008 1
lass Ms. Cynthia Makush Becket
ews Mr. Scott Peck
8828 Blue Ball 41040 N Wild West Trl
Stewartstown, PA 17363 Anthem AZ 85086-4919 Piers & Margaret Echols-Jones, on the occasion of his
(717) 993-5432 firstname.lastname@example.org induction into the National Honor Society last May.
[Class rep Cynthia Becket is In Clovis, CA, near Fresno, Monterey Bay area. Class rep Margaret
interested in starting to plan Associate Kelly Shaughnessy Echols-Jones managed to explore Newport
a reunion, in her words, “before we get Poe is a Registered Dental Asst. for a private with her sons last summer.
too old to travel.” Contact her via snail dental surgery practice, so if you’re in the area
mail or phone, and if an email address and need some work, contact her. She has
is discovered, please let me know two sons, Shane (16) and Kevin (12). Lowell
Tunstall and family are in South Riding, VA. email@example.com
Apparently Erik Jensen is not yet too old to Ms. Cynthia Howson Weinmann
travel, as he visited Associate Joe Fraser in firstname.lastname@example.org
North Carolina this fall. In his narrative, “Joe
Ms. Margaret Echols-Jones Michael Miller and his
and I did a short trip up to York, Pa. and saw
91 Mechanic St Apt B family are in Grayslake, IL.
Marie Noel and Chef John Walsh. He cooked Foxboro MA 02035-2032 Patty Fens Reddell and
a gourmet Sunday dinner with all of his (508) 698-0578 family relocated to Ft.
family to celebrate Joe’s 50th birthday and email@example.com Campbell, KY, home of the 101st Airborne
John’s award: Chef of the Year for the state of
Susan Mayer Schlosser Div. Her husband Larry and son LB are
Maryland! We plan to go to Las Vegas in 2/08
checked in from The Woodlands, TX, where serving in Iraq with the US Army, while her
and see John compete in the nationals’ Chef
she is a Reading Interventionist with the oldest daughter is serving with the US Army
Competition. Joe did such a great job
Spring Independent School District. in Europe. She would love to hear from
‘hosting’ me that he has now opened a ‘bed
Associate Wayne Brunet is in Lafayette, LA. classmates and teachers. Pablo Sanz’s career
and breakfast’ in Durham, North Carolina.
Susan Van Horn says all is well for her and in education in Yonkers is ongoing—he is
Let’s all meet in Vegas 2/08.” (That suggests
her family, including sisters and parents. Her into his fourth year as an Asst. High School
some good possibilities for a reunion in
three daughters are now the age she and her Principal in the large public system there.
2008). Erik also spoke with Russ Foster, Sue
sisters were when they moved to Brussels 37 Previously he was AD for the IB high school
Olsen, Tom Von Lindern, and Mike Devlin.
years ago, so she may take them to Europe in that area for four years. He credits his
Steve Schenke sends greetings from London,
next summer to give them a taste of it. educational and coaching experiences at SJ to
Ontario, where he is a lawyer.
She welcomes alumni who may be in the a large degree for his success today. He enjoys
his work as an administrator and stresses to
firstname.lastname@example.org his students the importance of hard work, a
email@example.com good education, and shares his overseas
experiences as well. He enjoys seeing alumni
Ms. Kirsten Jensen Robinett from time to time and is looking forward to
1 Broadway #111 a 30th reunion, which he is helping to
Tacoma, WA 98402 organize. Allison Hunter Venne and her
(253) 227-7635 husband stopped by a mini-reunion in Austin
firstname.lastname@example.org in Sept. It was a great opportunity to share
or some news (and Belgian chocolates) with
Mr. Xavier Varela Rosales alumni in central TX.
15718 Echo Hill Dr
Houston, TX 77059
(281) 326-2635 email@example.com
Margaret Echols-Jones on holiday with her 3 sons, Allison.firstname.lastname@example.org
Piers, Connor, & Duncan.
2 The Lions’ Pride • JANUARY 2008
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Vance Ms. Maria (Høst) Steen Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
2610 Harrison St Bleikerhaugen 6E Peter Gillespie joined some other alumni at a
Evanston, IL 60201-1326 1387 Asker mini-reunion in Austin in September; it was
(847) 976-1980 Norway great to see him and share some SJ stories.
Sue Lawyer Smolders has a email@example.com
Associate Therese Collins re-established new email. firstname.lastname@example.org
contact from Sydney, Australia. Susan.email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jocelyne Koepke Ms. Marsha McMahon-Jones
101 Riverstone Drive 6603 Ripley Ln N Mr. Paul Lawyer
K2J 5E3 Ottawa, Ontario Renton, WA 98056 14252 214th Way NE
Canada (425) 226-7109 Woodinville, WA 98072
(613) 692-6979 marsha_mcmahonjones (425) 558-9030
email@example.com @msn.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jenny Howson Willem Alessandara Magistrali-Smith and her Koenraad Eelen and his
35 Forest Oaks Dr daughters showed their SJ spirit, coming family have relocated to Dubai, United Arab
New Orleans, LA 70131-3369 from Arlington for the October reunion in Emirates, where he accepted a position as a
(504) 397-5195 Baltimore. Alex is the Director, Research and pilot for Emirates Airlines, one of the fastest
email@example.com Marketing, for WETA Corporate Marketing, growing airlines in the world. The children
public TV and radio in the DC area. are attending an international school there,
Associate Margaret Mulligan Nardecchia and
firstname.lastname@example.org and everyone seems to be adapting well.
her family are travelers, having done London
and Paris last year (Waterloo is next), and
managed to visit the west coast this summer. Casa.email@example.com
Associate Ross Shepherd does plan to visit
the campus in the near future from his home LTC Ian Greene
47-657 Nukupuu St
in NY, where he is an Associate with an
Kaneohe HI 96744
architectural firm. He would like to hear (808) 239-7772 Mrs. Amy Lyons Driscoll
from former classmates. He left in ’75 in 6th firstname.lastname@example.org 6 Gailey Farm Ln
grade after only one year at SJ. Kittery Point, ME 03905
email@example.com Alicia Reeves is in Colorado (207) 439-2114
Springs, where she works for Young Life. firstname.lastname@example.org
Class rep Ian Greene is on assignment in the Staci Furce Christensen and
Philippines, while his family remained in her family left Tampa, FL for Bloomington,
Hawaii. Associate Tracy Tappan Cahillane, IL, where they are experiencing their first
who has been at SJ with her own children and winter season. Her sister, Tammi ’89A, had
husband the last couple of years, has relocated her second daughter, Maci, in Aug. Congrat-
everyone to Surrey in the UK, owing to a job ulations. Andrea Clemons reportedly is in
change for Steve. Madagascar on a Fulbright Scholarship.
email@example.com Anyone wishing to contact Allen Eustace is
firstname.lastname@example.org requested to send the email to his mom, Ms.
Marilyn Harper, at email@example.com. In
Ms. Barbara Davis Wellesley, MA, Jen Devine Maiona has a new
11567 Tawny Ash Ct email.
St. Louis, MO 63146 firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Nardecchia with Grace & Rhyne in (314) 997-2076
Santa Barbara this summer. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Erik Bacho has a new email
Let us know what’s happening in your life! address in Sweden. Barbara Catherine
Eugster Ben Gazi, writing from Sharm el
www.stjohns.be Sheikh, Egypt, would love to hear from class-
mates and is thankful for the education she
Don’t have access to a computer? had at SJ. Associate Robert Blaas is in
snailback cover it
see The Lions’ Pride • JANUARY 2008 3
Ms. Claudia Falzone N.Davis: email@example.com
15 Horsepond Rd
W. Yarmouth MA 02673
(508) 778-2723 Amy Swartele is an Associate Professor
firstname.lastname@example.org of art at the State Univ. of NY in
[The 20th anniversary class reunion in Potsdam, and continues, as well, to paint
Brussels is being planned for mid-June; and to exhibit her works. In March 2007
please contact Claudia with your details. she participated in a group show at
Other classes are also invited]. Global Arts Village in New Delhi, India.
She was also awarded an artist’s residency
John Todd is in Bolton, MA; he and
Mary Todd Bergman with her husband Carl and there for six weeks. In Aug-Sep 2007 she
Stephanie have a 4-year-old daughter Emma.
daughter Sophie. had a solo exhibition at Coker College
John works as a programmer at an IT
in Hartsville, South Carolina. Her
management software company. challenging months there, and is enjoying the schedule includes some shows in Europe
time with his family in North Carolina. He is (Florence Biennale, recently completed,
currently serving as Executive Officer of 3rd and a solo show in Paris at the Andrée
Battalion, 6th Marines. A return tour in Iraq Mace Gallery opening 17 Jan 2008 and
is likely in the new year. We wish you and running through March). She is also
your family all the best. Nick Davis and his showing some works at L’Alliance
wife Justine traveled around the states and (corporate HQs of Bongrain) in Viroflay,
Canada for several weeks this fall and very France during that same period. She is
much enjoyed the variety of experiences, also working on possible shows in
Hasselt and Brussels, with one at the SJ
gallery on campus tentatively scheduled
for Feb. 2009. To see more of her works,
visit www.amyswartele.com. Congratu-
lations on these artistic achievements.
Mr. Louis Toth
1100 Remington Rd.
Wynnewood, PA 19096
From El Cajon, Calif. Gary
Butsko dropped us a line, noting that he had Nick Davis & Justine enjoying Niagara Falls.
been battling Bi-Polar disorder for some time,
but now is doing better, thanks to a change in
sights, and people. In Lusaka, Zambia,
medication. He also plans to visit hospitals to
Associate Crispin Chiwenda was recently
comfort those who may be going through a
appointed Deputy Director and Chief
similar struggle. Thanks for the update and
Operations Officer for the Zambian branch
best of luck in the future. Jenny Pick, who
of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which is
left SJ in 2nd grade, is in medical school at
based in NY. He is also managing his own
Texas Tech, and may eventually be studying
small start-up business manufacturing
in El Paso in a building designed by Liz
construction blocks. Congratulations. He
Vandermark ’88 (mentioned on p. 19 of the
and his wife Belinda have two sons, Patrick
last issue). Small world. In Brussels,
(6) and Chiko (2). He would love to hear
Associate Mary Todd Bergman is living with
from former classmates and is grateful for
her husband Carl and baby Sophie. She was
those alumni who shared their condolences
planning on being re-united with some of her
over the passing of his sister Jean in June ’06.
former teachers and visiting the campus.
Major Mark Clingan, USMC, returned
safely from Iraq in August, after eight email@example.com
4 The Lions’ Pride • JANUARY 2008
Ms. Natacha Dante (6 years) and Sofia (4 years). Congrat-
Debetencourt Pauwels ulations. Sara Lofgren Steneby is a
ndebetencourt@ psychologist in Stockholm. Lauren O’Brien
russellreynolds.com is working on her New Jersey teacher certifi-
[See the reunion photos cation, while supervising family programs at
from the August get- a YMCA in Manhattan. She was also
together in Waterloo in this issue’s ‘Reunion planning to visit Hong Kong this fall.
News’ section]. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Field with her family–husband Adrian, Ms. Samantha Dennis
daughter Jessica, & son Alex–on Norfolk Island. Euchan Bridge Cottage
DG4 6LA Sanquhar, Dumfries
Martijn Verbruggen has accepted a ‘senior United Kingdom
management position’ in Brussels with email@example.com
Richard Moran & his wife Kristin, with their daughter Voxbone, a leading VoIP carrier providing
Lucy, enjoying some birthday cake. local phone numbers and toll-free numbers [The 15th anniversary reunion for the class
around the world. Congratulations. Roland is slated for 23–25 May 2008 in
Williams, who was in Brussels, has moved to Brussels/Waterloo. Please let Katariina
In Castaic, Calif., Associate Richard Moran
Dublin and was married a few months ago. Jalas—firstname.lastname@example.org—
and his wife were expecting this fall to add
Best wishes. know if you plan on attending. Other
twin daughters to the family, giving young
Lucy new playmates. Must be contagious— email@example.com classes are most welcome to participate].
Jay Muelhoefer also announced that he and firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com In May Associate Kiersten Smith earned a
his wife Astrid were expecting their first child
firstname.lastname@example.org Ph.D. from Rutgers Univ. in Molecular and
in the year ahead. Congratulations. He is also
Behavioral Neuroscience; she is now working
interested in another class reunion, perhaps
in Boston as a Research Fellow at Harvard
on the East coast of the states. Ms. Judy Schmitt Adams
4792 Yorktown Blvd
Medical School and McLean Hospital.
Honolulu, HI 96818 Congratulations. She would love to hear from
email@example.com former classmates and meet SJ alumni in the
firstname.lastname@example.org area. A lion seldom heard from—Meredith
Mr. Richard Jensrud Ratzel Caskey—responded as a result of the
Dallas, TX 75229
Laura Manfre earned her reunion announcement. She lives in Iowa,
email@example.com MBA this summer through the Executive teaching environmental education at the
MBA Program at the Univ. of Connecticut, Univ. of Iowa, and as of this writing, was
Associate Gail Jelley Field and went to work as the Marketing Director expecting her 2nd child, with her husband
and her family managed for a small, internet start-up company out of Ben and three-year-old daughter Olivia
some holiday travel from Boston. She managed to do this while standing by to assist. Best wishes. Associate
their home in Brisbane to Norfolk Island— teaching pilates, working as a marketing Rasina Rubin in Singapore was also pleased
midway between Australia and New Zealand, consultant, and mothering her two children, to hear of the reunion, and plans on being in
where the “Mutiny on the Bounty”
Europe to attend, as she travels on business
descendants settled. In the fall their one-year-
there several times a year as a banker—a VP
old son Alex was to be christened, with her
at BNP Paribas, which is just one of her
brother Philip ’87A as the godfather. She also
several commercial interests. Also a VP in
resumed her studies (editing and proof-
that part of the world—for Merrill Lynch—
reading), with the aim of returning to work in
is Marc Hurfeld, in Seoul. Paul Mellet, Mary
a year. Note her new email address. On the
Ann Treitz Mellet, and their daughter
move from Seoul to Fontainbleau, France is
Bridgette are also reunion-bound, and
Associate Hyunsuk Chung, to be part of the
recently moved to Newburyport, Mass. Some
MBA class of July 2008 at INSEAD. For ten
of the Mellet clan managed to get together
years he worked for POSCO Steel Co. and
this summer in Mamaroneck, NY to host a
subsidiary construction companies in Korea,
On the occasion of Laura Manfre's earning her MBA, mini-reunion when Coach Dennis Davis and
and is now eager to study more about
the family celebrated, with, LtoR: Alessandra '00A, his son Josh ’05 were in town. There were lots
strategies and to build a strong network. Well
Laura with her son Dante, her husband Charles with of basketball stories from the past and more
done and best of luck. Word has it that
their daughter Sofia, & Cristina '96A.
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Mr. Kent Ferguson Ms. Sarah G. Harding
Springfield MO 10284 Latney Road
fergusonk@ Fairfax VA 22032
evangel.edu (703) 543-8696
Amy Greene Toohey
is practicing law as a Writing from Boston,
solicitor in Doubleview, Australia. Associate Soyun Lee is a Counselor/Art
Isabel Huwart White checked in Therapist at the Massasoit School, having
from TX at the start of the school earned an MA degree in Expressive Therapies
year—reminds her of her own days in from Lesley Univ. Congratulations.
A NY reunion barbeque held by Lionel & Cecilia Mellet Waterloo—as she prepared two for school, Soyun.firstname.lastname@example.org
to honor Coach Dennis Davis & Josh, with Maggie, Lou, while two others get to stay at home. After a
Gabbie, Daisy, Mary Jane & Paul. Some husbands, a summer of holiday travel in Michigan and
fiancée, and the babies were tending to the cooking. Chicago, everyone welcomed the familiar Ms. Guilia Prenna
routine of soccer and t-ball games, scouts, etc. 7745 Romaine St
recent times, and everyone agreed Josh had this fall. Word has it that Mimi Timar is Apt 2
changed since they last saw him at age five, engaged to be married in May; we look West Hollywood CA 90046
but Coach looked the same. He brought forward to photos. Associate Erin O’Brien (323) 822-9812
them up to date on all the campus improve- Meade continues as a middle school English email@example.com
ments of the past decade. Mahbooba Qader teacher in NJ. Henrik Ahtela’s preferred email address in
is happily married, the mother of a handsome firstname.lastname@example.org Brussels is as shown.
young son Arsh, and living in Kuala Lumpur, email@example.com
Malaysia. As her husband Kapil is CEO of an Henrik.firstname.lastname@example.org
advertising agency, they have a chance to
travel around Asia and enjoy it a lot.
Kiersten.email@example.com Mr. Jonathan Saylors
4606 Cedar Springs Rd
Ms. Francesca Catarinella Apt 1524
Rasina.firstname.lastname@example.org Via S. Ruffino 23 Dallas, TX 75219
Marc_hurfeld@ml.com 10090 Trana (214) 599-0099
email@example.com Italy firstname.lastname@example.org
M.Qader: email@example.com (39) 011 935-5038 or
firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. David De Visscher
Associate Sung Gon Lee is currently working
as a Product Mgr. for Estee Lauder Inc [The class of 1998 is planning a reunion
(Bobbi Brown Cosmetics) in Seoul. She is in Waterloo/Brussels. The date is 21–24
balancing her career with her role as a wife March 2008, Easter weekend. If you are
and mother of a young daughter. She would interested in attending, please contact the
welcome contact with former classmates, class rep, Dave De Visscher at:
especially those in NYC, where she often goes email@example.com]
on business trips. Alia Menezes is there, with
a new email and the announcement that she Rebecca Currie Ferranti has relocated to NJ.
is engaged to Stefan Paulovic from Germany; Also there is Associate Jennifer O’Brien, who
he is currently studying at Columbia Law is studying at the Pacific College of Oriental
School. A May wedding is planned. See their Medicine in Manhattan, completing her
photo in the Alumni Feature section on graduate work in acupuncture. Mellany
doctors in this issue. Congratulations. Doornbos is hoping someone will start plan-
Caroline Fastré is a webmaster for the ning a 10th anniversary class reunion so she
European Commission in Brussels. can see everyone. Derek Inaba has a new
firstname.lastname@example.org email. Associate Stephanie Fastré is in
email@example.com London, enjoying life, especially now that she
is working for Google as a training coordina-
tor. Stephen Thorpe and Cristina were
Mahbooba Qader, with her husband, on the occasion of married last Aug. 25th in Aprilia, Italy, just
their son's 3rd birthday. south of Rome, on the hottest day of the year.
They were joined by their son, Alessio (2 1/2
6 The Lions’ Pride • JANUARY 2008
Hensen has relocated. Associate Diana Wood Class rep Jason Touw let us know that after
currently works outside of Washington, DC 13 months with a 5-star hotel in Palm Beach,
for KPMG LLP, focusing on business he has accepted a new position with a
strategy and development for the Mid- marketing firm near Boca Raton called
Atlantic region. She always enjoys hearing Cendyn, as an ‘eProposal Specialist’. He
from former classmates. works on websites for hotels, developing
firstname.lastname@example.org web-based brochures. Congratulations. He is
email@example.com also exploring class interest in a reunion.
firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact him if interested, noting his
email@example.com new email. Ryann Koval is on staff at SJ,
working as a teacher’s aide in Kindergarten.
Ms. Sian Leech firstname.lastname@example.org
9 Chandler Way
WA3 2LR Warrington
UK Ms. Claire Anderson-Wheeler
Sian.leech@ 34 College Gate Townsend St
gmail.com Dublin 2 Ireland
Stephen & Cristina Thorpe celebrating last Aug. in Italy. or email@example.com
Ms. Courtney Dwyer or
years old) and many friends and family from 33 W Delaware PL Apt 11C Ms. Gretchen Kissel
Europe. Stephen runs his own software Chicago IL 60610-7363 Gretchen.t.kissel@
company, SJT Systems, while Cristina is a (734) 646-1976 vanderbilt.edu
chartered accountant. Dwyer.Courtney@gmail.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Claire Watson
email@example.com 2450 Stewart Ave Apt 5C
St. Paul MN 55116-3051
firstname.lastname@example.org Melissa Augustine is teaching 5th—8th
email@example.com grade language arts, religion, art, and PE in a
Lutheran School near Chicago. Nadia de
Boissezon is in Surry Hills, NSW, Australia.
Mr. Zafiris Vartis Leander Schaerlaeckens is in Brussels
Varnali 14 working on his career in journalism.
59200 Naoussa St. John's turns out in support of Jenny Lindstrom's Memek99@aol.com
Greece wedding in Denver–LtoR: Andrea Werpy '03A, N.de Boissezon: firstname.lastname@example.org
(30) 233 205-2501 Courtney Dwyer '01, Jenny, Nadia de Boissezon '03, email@example.com
& Tricia Walsh '01A.
In July in Denver, Jenny Lindstrom married
Evan Vandehey, with a supporting cast from E-lions Of the 7150 names on
Mr. Andrew Bouda SJ. Congratulations and best wishes. the alumni database, 1850 have provided
Jankova 4 firstname.lastname@example.org email addresses. Are you among them?
160 00 Prague
Czech Republic Mr. Jason Touw If you are not receiving the monthly
(420) 732-633657 (561) 302-4599 enews—From the Lion—chances are your
or Touw.email@example.com address is missing, inaccurate, your inbox
Mr. Ryan Sigouin or is full, or your spam filter isblocking it.
303-261 Cooper St Ms. Antonia Strom
KZP 0G3 Ottawa Ontario Please visit our website – www.stjohns.be –
5 New Bridge Street - Flat 1
Canada and update your info. It is only used to help
EC4V 6AB London
(613) 695-5595 UK
alumni stay in touch, to provide news for
firstname.lastname@example.org or the magazine, and for reunion planning.
Ms. Bianca Hutton Let us know what is happening in your life
Associate Heather Olson Hensley, writing
701 Willard Street, 2nd floor and stay connected with classmates, friends,
from VA, would like to hear from former Covington KY 41011
classmates. In London, Gemma Jones is the and family.
Senior Trust and Foundation Officer for
Christian Aid. In Middlesex UK, Bernie
The Lions’ Pride • JANUARY 2008 7
Ms. Stephanie Crombie
From Oxford to Auctions
or Studying at a world-renowned center of learning takes an
Laura Warner unexpected and rewarding turn for a SJ graduate.
Along the way to earning her BA in Modern History at St. Hilda’s College, Nora Gietz ’04
took a summer job in Oxford at the famous Bonhams Auctioneers, a position that
eventually led to full-time work there after graduation.
She initially organized and prepared the bi-weekly transit of objects from and to other
branches of the firm; helped set up the auctions; and handled sales. In addition to these
roles, she is now responsible for the Pictures Dept., cataloguing paintings for auction,
learning to value them, and conducting telephone bidding.
Like Oxford, Bonhams is a learning experience for Nora. Although a small branch of one
of the world’s three biggest international auction houses, it is a perfect place to take part in
the whole process of auctioneering—from when items arrive, are valued, catalogued, and
assigned to sales, over the auctions themselves, to when objects leave as sold or
unsold lots. The sheer variety of pictures and items offers her rare opportunities to
handle valuable works by the likes of John Singer Sargent and Walter Sickert.
There was little in her choice of studies while at Oxford that would have suggested this
Philip Sifferman–Most Improved Player–on the would be the case. Under the tutorial system, one to three students meet weekly with their
Loughborough Univ. volleyball team last year. professor, essays in hand, and cover a range of subjects. It’s a demanding program. Her
finals included Europe in the 14th Century, Britain in the 20th Century, Culture of the
Since graduation, Philip Sifferman has been Italian Renaissance, and Literature in 16th/17th Century England. She did her dissertation
busy. An eventful gap year included ‘on-the- on the role of poetry in the popular reactions to the outbreak of WW I in England and
job’ training in his father’s company, Germany.
learning what a sport agent does—in this
Aside from the studies, the collegiate system at Oxford allows students to feel strong
instance, conducting Powerpoint presenta- allegiances to their own college, of which there are roughly 40. They may also avail them-
tions and traveling around Europe to selves of a rich variety of sports and societies, from juggling to rowing to newspapers to
photograph Nokia advertisements at various cultural and political societies. The most famous is the Oxford Union Society, which among
snowboard events. As a result of these first- other projects arranges guest speakers, such as President Musharraf of Pakistan, whom Nora
hand experiences, he decided to pursue a heard while there.
career in the sports business by gaining
acceptance at Loughborough Univ., where Her principal extra-curricular activity, however,
the following year he earned his National became the European Affairs Society, the 3rd
Diploma in Sport Studies, with development largest, which attracted her because it focuses on
and fitness. During that year, he also played all aspects of European politics, life, culture, and
on the university volleyball team, where he history. It sponsors social and speaker events for
was selected as the Most Improved Player and its members, and Nora’s role in it ranged from
earned a Green Belt in Kung Fu. Phil plans to Publicity Secretary to President to Advisor.
continue his sports activities and studies at Whether it was the Ottoman Ball, with over 700
Loughborough for two more years, leading guests in the Oxford Town Hall; a cocktail party
eventually to a higher National diploma and for 100; a trip to Istanbul or Krakow or
a subsequent transfer to the states. Congrat- Auschwitz; Nora was involved. As VP, she
Nora Gietz with actress Ms. Franka Potente. co-hosted as a guest speaker Czech President
ulations. Rowena Forrest is studying fashion
design in Milan, Italy. Vaclav Klaus. She also invited and hosted the German actress, Ms. Franka Potente, who
most recently appeared in several movies with Matt Damon (“The Bourne Identity” and
“The Bourne Supremacy”).
The organizational, time-management and communication skills she acquired as a result
of those activities are serving her well now, as she explores the art world working for
Bonhams and possibly securing internships in museums and/or galleries. She intends to
earn an MA in Art History in the US or London next year. As she reflects on all that has
happened to her, she also realizes how important and helpful her time at SJ was in
forming life-long friends and in receiving the best imaginable preparation for university life.
[With thanks to Nora for her thoughts…editor Jack Lyons]
8 The Lions’ Pride • JANUARY 2003
Katya Chilian email@example.com
262 South Block firstname.lastname@example.org
1B Belvedere Road
SE1 7GD London
email@example.com Tacielle De Ron
Preben Gietz in action last fall for Clark Univ.
Phillip Slann or
Lindsay Hall Crt 222
against Anna Maria College.
ST5 5DX Keele firstname.lastname@example.org
UK Stephanie Dubois
email@example.com Sweetsteph952 Associate David Coghlan
@hotmail.com graduated Princeton Day School and is now
Class rep Phil Slann sends news that Bob attending Georgetown Univ. John Mairlot
Owens, besides having a new email address, or
Kelsi Ludvigsen remains in Brussels, focusing on engineering
is majoring in Social Studies at Harvard, management at St. Louis Univ; also there is
probably leading to a thesis on medieval Xox_62@hotmail.com
Isabella de Wardin, who is interested in law.
intellectual history. He also found time to She is also finding time to pursue classical
work for an NGO in Bolivia, arranging ballet. Abby Thomas is at the Univ. of
microcredit loans for adults in a home for Hertfordshire. Brittany Deal ventured to
street children. Being in Boston, he often sees Costa Rica to study Spanish at a bible school
other SJ alumni who stop by. At Maastricht for a semester and may return to continue the
Univ. in The Netherlands, Sjors Verbaan has program at university level, while living with
added to his studies—he is now majoring in a family there. College in the states next
both European Studies as well as Int’l year is likely. Patrick White headed to
Business. In his spare time, he is ‘manager’ Imperial College London to learn all about
for his fraternity bar, a local establishment A Boston mini-reunion, L to R: Matt Philpott, Mike
mechanical engineering. Kim Nordstrom,
run by students and open during the week. Demyttenaere, Sara Massey, & Philippe Fabri.
taking a gap year, worked in Sweden and then
At Aurora Univ. Lindsay Augustine has also Rusty Kelly is in Nashville, TN. Preben planned to travel. Christopher Davite went
assumed a leadership role, although of quite Gietz, despite some injuries, played a lot of off to Southampton Solent Univ. to acquire
a different nature. She is an RA (Resident soccer, starting at center back for the Clark knowledge on property development. Nick
Assistant), in charge of 24 coeds living on her Univ. Cougars in Mass. Nearby at Boston Brenninkmeijer went to work at a family
floor in the dorm. Good luck. Otherwise, she Univ. is Philippe Fabri, who when he is not store in Den Haag, aiming to become an
helps to train the university volleyball and studying management and economics, visits assistant manager, an experience he’ll follow
American football teams. Associate David other SJ alumni or holds mini-reunions with studies in the UK next year. David
Cunningham is in Doncaster VIC, Australia. in Boston. Manda Tsegmid returned to Oester Pedersen is studying international
Class rep Katya Chilian continues to enjoy Mongolia this summer, seeing her native business at Copenhagen Business School.
her study of marketing and advertising at the Amy Guthrie planned on working, perhaps
Univ. of the Arts in London. Rishad Rahman with a bank, and doing some traveling.
is at the Univ. of Aberdeen, Scotland. Emilie Staying in Brussels to go to Solvay Business
Boman provided a timely update—after School (ULB) is Alex Borysov. At
graduation, she spent the next two years Loughborough Univ (UK), Laurence Slann
studying politics and French at the Univ. of is focusing on materials engineering.
Sheffield. In the summer she traveled in Associate Ian Thiermann has relocated
Southeast Asia—Thailand and Cambodia— to Ames, Iowa. Also in the Midwest is
before arriving in Paris, where she is now on Associate Ryan Augustine, who started
her Erasmus year abroad at the University of community college and also a job. His sister
Versailles. Well done. Michelle A’09 is playing basketball and
firstname.lastname@example.org softball and getting around with her own
email@example.com driver’s license. Alex Edwards is enrolled at
firstname.lastname@example.org Manda Tsegmid & her boyfriend on holiday in the London School of Economics. In
D.Cunningham: email@example.com her native Mongolia this summer. Warwick Univ., Richard Kallberg is looking
R.Rahman: firstname.lastname@example.org country from a different perspective, as she into engineering and business studies. Rei
email@example.com showed her boyfriend around. She returned to Kobayashi decided to attend Int’l Christian
her studies at Webster Univ. in Geneva this Univ. in Japan. Kana Nagashima was
fall. enrolled in prep school in Tokyo for the
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this just in…
The St. John’s community was saddened
to hear of the death of Mrs. Daman
Kundi in Quebec on 22 November owing
to cancer. She is survived by her husband
Surinder and her three children, Sonya Ms. Micheline Thorpe on her
’84, Jasjit ’85, and Chiko ’95. For many retirement from SJ, Nov '07.
Japanese alumni enjoy a summer mini-reunion before years while her family was part of the St.
starting or returning to university for a new semester. John’s community Daman was active in The family of former staff member, Ms.
the PTA and volunteered her time in a Evelyn Keyes, was saddened to have to
university entrance exams there, refreshing number of ways. She was also a substitute announce the passing of their son Steven
her memory for the Japanese terms for some teacher frequently. Our sympathy goes to on 28 November 2007 in Paris. For
of her courses. They managed to have a her family; may she rest in peace. several years, he had been treated for and
get-together with other SJ Asian alumni,
firstname.lastname@example.org battled complications arising from a rare,
including Masanori Nagashima ’08A,
email@example.com congenital disorder known as Franconi
Seitaro Kayama ’07A, Chiaki Hanai ’06,
firstname.lastname@example.org anaemia, and had been given stem cell
Kana Kobayashi ’05 and Wataru Hanai ’05,
email@example.com transplants. The SJ community extends
and Endo Risa ’04. Perrine Questiaux has
its sympathy to Evelyn, her husband
started at the Institute Charles Peguy in Russia Matthew, and their son Feargal. More
Louvain La Neuve, studying tourism and
The email for the Sundh family in Moscow information may be found at:
event planning. Liz Thormann is busy at the
is: firstname.lastname@example.org www.skeyesat24.blogspot.com.
Univ. of Kent focusing on bio-medical
studies, but missed playing soccer this fall Virginia CLASS NEWS
The Roberts family (Rick, Amber, &
Richard) has settled in Midlothian.
email@example.com FORMER STAFF
P.White: firstname.lastname@example.org In London, Amy
Nordstrom_kim@hotmail.com Colquhoun and her
Kriskool89@hotmail.com husband Grant are
N.Brenninkmeijer: email@example.com pleased to announce
firstname.lastname@example.org the arrival of Euan
Guthrie_amy@hotmail.com Montgomerie Murray
R.Kobayashi: email@example.com on 15 Nov ’07 into
their family. Congrat-
ulations. Jocelyn & Rainen digging in for a fun afternoon in
grantandamy a park.
firstname.lastname@example.org In Ontario Canada, Class Rep Jocelyn
Amy looking after Euan, Koepke and her husband Robert enjoyed
her new bundle of joy. celebrating the 1st birthday of their
K.Kobayashi : email@example.com son, Rainen Alexandr Monti last August.
Ms. Micheline Thorpe, assistant in the Congratulations.
W.Hanai: firstname.lastname@example.org Admissions Office for 14 years, retired from
C.Hanai: email@example.com St. John’s in November. She had also 1982
L.Thormann: firstname.lastname@example.org volunteered in a number of ways for many Like the buildings she designs, Jen Devlin’s
years before becoming an official employee. career continues to rise. She is now the
The Administration and staff honored her President of the American Institute of
at a farewell lunch. We wish her all the best; Architects San Francisco Chapter (AIASF).
she and Stuart will continue to reside in Well done. She has also purchased her own
Braine le Château. Fine.email@example.com piece of the ‘city by the bay,’—a house right
in the city. Life is not all work, though, as
10 The Lions’ Pride • JANUARY 2008
she managed to get away to the Isle of Elba
(that Napoleonic/Waterloo legacy) with class
rep Maria Høst Steen and her family last July
for some relaxation. She continues designing,
with “Sustainability and the impact of build-
ings on global warming” as her prime agenda.
firstname.lastname@example.org Nina Roman Diringer, center, with Bernard, at their Sept. wedding in Dave De Visscher with his son Lionel and
1989 France. Mimi Timar, at left, and Sascha Touw Mitchell, at right, wife Corrinne.
were in support.
Associate Chris Chiwenda has three emails:
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Diringer on 22 Sept. in Provence; watching 2001
email@example.com. over to make sure everything went smoothly
Martin Hindemark is now in Sweden.
Associate Mary Todd Bergman is an editor were Mimi Timar and Sascha Touw Mitchell
of the Brussels Childbirth Trust magazine, ’93. Congratulations.
while her husband Carl is a news cameraman. firstname.lastname@example.org 2002
Associate Alison Holm Eaton is an attorney email@example.com
Class Rep Bianca
in VA currently working at home and keep- Hutton earned a
ing an eye on their children, while her BA in International
husband, who is a US diplomat, completes Christy Geiger and her husband Gregg
welcomed Beatrice Evangeline into the world Studies, with a minor
his language training. They will then head to in Marketing, from
Beijing this summer. Congratulations. last May, so Christy has taken time off from
her job as a Montessori teacher to stay at Northern Kentucky
firstname.lastname@example.org. Univ. this past
email@example.com home. Congratulations.
spring. During her
1991 four years on the
women’s golf team,
Associate Pia Holm Nierman is an oncology
she also garnered a
nurse at the National Institute of Health in
host of athletic
firstname.lastname@example.org All-American four
1994 times; Conference Bianca at her graduation.
Scholar-Athlete of the Year; Conference
Alex Bergman and a team of colleagues from
Player of the Year; and at graduation, she
the US Coast Guard were recently honored
received the ‘Athlete of Distinction’ Award,
by receiving the Coast Guard Innovation
the highest honor an NKU athlete can
Award of the Year. It recognizes the top
receive. After a summer in Finland with her
innovation of the year throughout Guard. In
Christy Geiger and her family. family, she has returned to the states
this case, it involved creating a program that
(Cincinnati), where she works in public
tracks all the property (eg., aircraft, vessels, 1998 relations for a company. That may change,
weapons, computer hardware, etc), valued
Class Rep Dave De Visscher and his wife though, as well as her location. Congratula-
at around $10 billion, that the Guard is
Corrinne are happy to announce the arrival tions. Erica Boyle is working on her doctorate
responsible for. The program identifies the
of Lionel into their family as of 31 July ’07. in physical therapy at Texas Tech Univ.
location, owner, depreciated value, and report
status, and provides the info to commanders,
email@example.com (continued on page 19)
which is helpful during audits. It is now going
to be used throughout the Coast Guard. Alumni reunion–in one family. In the 2nd row, LtoR: Amy Lyons
Well done. Nina Roman married Bernard Driscoll '87, Jeni Lyons Pye '95A, Jackie Driscoll '06A, Jack Lyons,
Alumni Director, and Gil Lyons '88. Amy's husband John is behind
LT Alex Bergman, 2nd from right, with the award-winning team and the Commandant of the Coast her. The children are, LtoR: Charlie, Cecelia, Teddy, Henry, & Frank.
Guard at far left, & the Vice Commandant at the far right, at the award ceremony.
Is there a doctor in the hous
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St. John’s Class ain Medical
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grad. with distin
Dr. Richard B
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Dr. Anthony D
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Physician, Pe arland, TX
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of 1979 Associa
St. John’s Class
tal Surgery berg DVM
Doctor of Den in Dr. Walter Ren te
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Dr. St. John’s Class
Atlanta & nort oard nkie DDS Veterinarian
Carolina. Dual-b Dr. Frances Ya Kansas
in North s and dental of 1982 Associa
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certified in peri tal Surgery
Doctor of Den Dr. Steven Tha
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with his wife N ith an office in Univ. of Utah an
musician, along . Self-employed w ynecologist
d musician) Obstetrician/G
(also a pianist an Mill Valley, Cal
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Dr. Fred Jarsko ri MD
St. John’s Class
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Dept. of Psychi
. Professor of Cardiologist
ry Brussels, Belgium
tor of Psychotic marcalkhori@hotm
Disorders Clinic search)
(focusing on schizophrenia re
12 The Lions’ Pride • JANUARY 2008
Dr. Jason Ferr
St. John’s Class
of 1992 Associa
Specialist in Pu te
Dr. Chris Dewing an Sacramento, CA ive Care
d his family
Dr. Chris Dew
Medical Corps Dr. Evan Lioki
, US Navy s MD
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of 1990 of 1992 Associa
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rad; Univ. &
Columbia Univ. Medical School
Orthopedic Surg Radiologist, Och
eon (focused on sner Clinic
reconstructive su Foundation Dr. Brian Buckler wi
rgery for US M th his wife Rachel &
wounded in Iraq arines New Orleans, LA their daughters Anna
). Currently serv & Emma.
Guantanamo B ing at email@example.com Dr. Brian Buckl
ay Naval Hospi er MD
cbdewing@hotmail tal, Cuba. St. John’s Class
.com of 1996 Associa
Dr. Geoff Wils Wayne State Uni te
Dr. Nicole Mar on MD v.
tin Franks MD Medical Corps, Recently compl
St. John’s Class US Navy eted his residenc
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Spelman College te of 1993 Associa e and joined a gr
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n, MD, & his wife th her fiance Dr. Tatiana Hodziew
Stephanie, with their ich Dalton
son Ryan & Dr. Alia Menez Stefan. Dr. Tatiana Hod
es MD ziewich Dalton
daughter Gabriella. St. John’s Class St. John’s Class MD
Dr. Mike Hoffm of 1995 of 1997 Associa
ann, MD Tufts Univ. unde Maryland Scho te
Lieutenant Com rgrad; Cornell M ol of Medicine–
mander, Medic College (NYC). edical Baltimore
Corps, US Nav al Residency in In Family Medicin
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of 1992 Associa Currently doin ll. Hospital, York,
Undergrad Uni te g a Clinical Nut PA.
v. of Delaware; Fellowship at M rition thodziewich@hotm
Medical College Jefferson emorial Sloan-K ail.com
, Philadelphia. Cancer Center ettering
Residency at th in NYC. Will st
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Medical Center al mmer. Hodziewich M
& Walter Reed Alia.menezes@gm St. John’s Class D
Medical Center. Army ail.com of 1998 Associa
St. Joseph’s Uni te
Otolaryngologis v undergrad;
t—Head & Nec Univ. of Marylan
Surgeon (ENT k d Medical Scho
). Currently serv Fairfax Family Pr ol
Okinawa, Japan. ing in actice, Virginia
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Belgium Switzerland Pat Todd
The Cubias family (Carlos, Christine, The Overlack family (Chris, Kathy, an active member of The Neighborhood
Keenan, & Kyle) is leaving Waterloo for the Nicolas, Dominique, & Angela) is in Le Music School in New Haven, where in
UK. firstname.lastname@example.org Mont Sur Lausanne. email@example.com addition to sponsoring students, she takes
courses in performance and cabaret singing.
The Grubbs family (Tim, Debbie, Tessa, &
Hanna) is leaving Waterloo. UK She is also on the board of directors of the
charity Action to Cure Kidney Cancer.
firstname.lastname@example.org In Suffolk this summer, Christine and email@example.com
The McGeehan family (Michael, Ann, David Griffiths, who were parents at SJ
Cooper, & Chase) is moving to Spain. from ’77–’80, celebrated with some 60 MD
Ann.firstname.lastname@example.org family members and friends their Golden The Ardillo family in Rockville is busy.
Wedding anniversary. Congratulations. Margaret is a senior at The Academy of the
After a three-year absence, the Foster David.email@example.com Holy Cross in Kensington; her sister
family (Jerry, April, Alicia, & Katelyn) has Madeline is a sophomore there. Both girls
returned to SJ. firstname.lastname@example.org continue to be active in the performing arts,
as their involvement with the school’s recent
China production of 42nd Street attests. This past
summer the entire family was involved in
The McClain family (Kirk, Shawna, Collin,
AHC’s summer stock production of Annie,
Elyssa, & Caleb) relocated to Beijing in
with dad Tom on stage as Harold Ickes,
July; the kids are attending ‘another’ ISB—
mom Michelle serving as flymaster,
the Int’l School of Beijing. Collin and Elyssa
Madeline operating a spotlight, and
are playing varsity rugby for the high
Margaret serving as videographer. They
school, while Caleb is enjoying American
send their greetings to Waterloo and their
flag football. Shawna was also enjoying
SJ friends and would like to hear from
seeing two other former SJ moms who are Christine & David Griffiths with their immediate everyone. email@example.com
in Shanghai with their families, Amy family, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Shaqqo and Angie Gustafson. Small world. The email for the Magney family in Chevy
firstname.lastname@example.org Chase is: email@example.com
CO In Asheville, Margriet Charlton is
Poland The Bohenick family (John, Kimberly, &
Ben) has relocated here.
courageously battling breast cancer via
chemotherapy and herceptin treatments,
The Zmuda family (Bogdan, Malgorzata, firstname.lastname@example.org while being supported by her husband Fred,
Agnieszka ’07, Marek ’09A, & Tosia) has her adult children and her sisters, who come
returned to Warsaw. CT over from Europe from time to time. She
Bogdan.email@example.com appreciates hearing news about SJ and the
Pat Todd, a dedicated supporter of the arts
while a parent at St. John's, is the director of caring notes from friends and family in
Russia “Tuxedo Junction: The Sounds of Swing,” a
17-piece swing band based in Clinton, CT.
many places. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sundh family (Dick, Annelie, Emelie, NY
The band started out many years ago as a
& Adam) has moved to Moscow. Craig and Teresa Kissel visited the campus
small Dixieland group, but over the past 15
years Pat has nurtured the group into a in October and were delighted to be
larger band that plays out weekly and for reunited with some of the staff who taught
events. Her band members are of all ages their daughter Gretchen ’03.
and come from all over the state. Pat is also email@example.com
14 The Lions’ Pride • JANUARY 2008
Lucy and her son Sean Carroll stopped by
the school at the end of August for a quick
visit, as they were enroute to India to catch
up with Bob, who was conducting some
training for Deloitte. Sean ’07A, their
youngest, was slated to be a freshman at the
Univ. of Cincinnati this fall. They enjoyed
the chance to see the changed campus since Nancy & Dean Childers with Emily & Sarah at a fall
they left in ’96. firstname.lastname@example.org mini-reunion in Austin.
PA Nancy and Dean Childers and their family
showed up for a mini-reunion in Austin in
In August the Gamble family (current September, on their way to soccer games. It Brother Timothy McNary, FSC
students Niall, Megan, & James) visited the was great to get updated with them and to
Macios family (former students Luke, hear of the ongoing connections they have Christian Brother
Hannah, & Mark) in the Philadelphia area. maintained with other SJ families. Timothy McNary, 85
Mark and Niall exchanged shirts as keep-
sakes of their visit. email@example.com Brother Timothy McNary died July 19,
VA 2007 in the emergency room of St.
Francis Hospital in Memphis, TN., where
The Ware family (Richard, Helena, Simon,
he was being treated for an aneurysm.
Jacob, & Hanna) regretted not being able to
make the Baltimore reunion from their He had recently celebrated 67 years as a
home in McLean, as they had grandparents Christian Brother. For over three decades
in town from England that week. Everyone as a Brother, he taught, and was an
misses SJ, enjoys the alumni magazine, and administrator and coach in various
the kids are keeping up their French at schools in the USA. In 1973 he joined the
Washington International School. staff at St. John’s as its first guidance
firstname.lastname@example.org counselor and was part of the original
team of Brothers to help launch the high
In emoriam school. He also taught history and served
as high school principal, a role he did not
Niall Gamble, on the left, in his new Phillies shirt, & Daniella Bina Falzone, 31 really seek but to which he devoted him-
Mark Macios enjoying his new Waterloo shirt, just self. He subsequently returned to
Daniella Bina Falzone, former student, died
what they needed to start Grade 3. Memphis, joining the staff of Christian
unexpectedly July 24, 2007, in South Brothers University, where he did career
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, MA. She was born counseling and served as placement
The Siemer family (Chris, Ann, & William
Aug. 28, 1975 in Katmandu, Nepal, and was director and director of international
’07A) has left Malaysia and relocated to
the daughter of Brigitte and the late James R. admissions, from which he retired in
Falzone. Daniella’s father worked for the US 2002. He is survived by a sister and a
TX State Dept, and she and her family were brother. Memorials may be sent to the
stationed in various countries, such as Nepal, McNary International Student Scholar-
The Flynn family (Dan, Molly, Katie, &
Morocco, Argentina, and Belgium. After ship Endowment Fund at Christian
Maggie) is in Garland.
settling on Cape Cod in 1988, Daniella Brothers University, 650 East Parkway
graduated in 1993 from Dennis-Yarmouth South, Memphis, TN 38104. Brother
The Salvatore family (Jeffrey, Jacqueline, Regional High School. She is survived by her Timothy is remembered fondly by all
Katherine, & Natalie) is in Westlake, in the three children; her mother; and her sister, those current and former members of
Dallas/Ft. Worth area. There is now an IB Claudia Falzone Robinson, SJ Class of 1988. staff, as well as by the former students and
school—Westlake Academy—in the area, May she rest in peace. parents of the St. John’s community who
which the children are attending, so they are Noel Reid served with him or came to know him in
pleased to be back in that educational those early days of the founding of the
environment. If any SJ families are heading Former parent Noel Reid died in late August
2007 in Kuala Lumpur of a heart attack. He high school. In the words of former
to north Texas, be sure to contact them for Superintendent, Sister Maeve Shannon,
info. email@example.com is survived by his wife Patricia and their two
sons, one of whom, Ciaran ’10A, attended fcj, “May his humble, generous, and great
SJ. May he rest in peace. soul rest in peace.”
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F O R M E R S TA F F
Canada his times in education. He welcomes
any alumni passing through Bangkok or
After a five-year hiatus, Carla Babichuk has Yangon, Myanmar, to contact him.
returned to what she knows and loves
most—teaching. Almost a year ago, she left
the public relations profession and finished
the school year as a teacher in a mental Cherry Cabban and Tony have relocated Former high school principal, Dennis McCann, with
health day-treatment program. Since Sept. into the old town of Javea and continue to his daughter Jessica, at a friend’s wedding.
she has been on the teaching staff at the enjoy hearing about the SJ community.
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital School, Tonycherry.firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Clayton Ferguson happily notes that
where she works with special-needs she retired at 49, and enjoys spending time
Switzerland between Lake Tahoe and the coast north of
San Francisco, as well as traveling four to six
Caroline Francois and family have relocated
months a year. She has very fond memories
in the Zurich area. Christopher and
Malta Victoria are now in 9th and 7th grade
of those years–1974-1975–that she spent at
John and Joanne Lepetit left their home in respectively, and are still swimming. They
Greeley, CO, and returned to Europe in hope to meet up with some other competi- CT
August to pioneer an international school tors from SJ at the ISSTs in Cairo next Former high school principal Dennis
here for Quality Schools International. John March. email@example.com McCann and his wife, Maureen, a former
served as the middle school principal and middle school teacher, are in Guilford.
staff developer from ’92 to ‘96 for SJ, while
Joanne worked as an interpreter and
USA Maureen has changed from teaching and
is just finishing up her Master’s as a
substitute teacher in art. Their daughters CA Psychotherapist. She has lots of patients
Nicki (‘94) and Shelly attended SJ for two already as part of her practice and require-
years. Both John and Joanne have retired Former German teacher at SJ from ’71-’88,
Irene Williams, was happy to be re-united ments for the course; she loves the work.
from public/private education in the States Jessica ’02A graduated from Sacred Heart
and are truly excited about returning to with another former staff member, Gwen
Bergman, and the alumni director this fall Univ. with a BA in Communications and
Europe. Their first trip, according to Marketing. She is the director of marketing
Joanne, will be to Waterloo to visit their in Santa Barbara, where Irene is now retired
and where Gwen works as a guidance and sales for a small company in Guilford,
good friends Sr. Barbara, Judith, Martine, CT and quite happy doing it, as it has given
Dennis, Mandy and others still serving SJ. counselor. It was an opportunity to share
stories from the past and present about SJ her a lot of experience. She just recently
Congratulations and good luck. added work for another young company.
firstname.lastname@example.org and to bring one another up to date on
former colleagues and families. Dennis is the director of pastoral services for
email@example.com a small community hospital in Middletown,
Myanmar firstname.lastname@example.org CT called Middlesex Hospital. He
facilitates about four groups a week with
Dave Schaefer has a new email address: patients—mostly teaching meditation and
email@example.com how to stay in the present moment
He notes that his two knee replacements, especially when times get tough—and how
while not enabling him to run sprints, do to locate the true self. He also devotes time
keep him moving around the campus, make to a 12-patient hospice care unit.
that two campuses, of the schools he has firstname.lastname@example.org
started. When his daughter graduates in
2009 he anticipates retiring to his villa in
southern Thailand, sitting by the pool with
a ‘cool one,’ and reminiscing about SJ and Gwen Bergman & Irene Williams enjoy some time
together in Santa Barbara in Nov.
16 The Lions’ Pride • JANUARY 2008
High School Principal Departure Dr. Blok has been teaching Religious
Studies, Theory of Knowledge, and IB
After 7+ years on the staff, Dr. Nick Miller
Philosophy at SJ since 1990. In addition
and his wife Alison said farewell to St. John’s
to her classroom and department coordina-
at the end of December to return to Hong
tor roles, she has been involved with
Kong to take on new educational responsi-
graduation ceremony coordination, senior
bilities there. Since coming to Waterloo from
class advisory coordination, liturgy plan-
HK in the summer of 2000, Nick has been
ning, and served as a member of the high
the high school principal, while Alison
school leadership team. She has been
taught in the elementary school. Peter, one
responsible for the ecology club, the
of their sons, graduated from SJ in 2005.
philosophy society, and the senior charity,
Their oldest daughter, following in their
raising funds for the Annai Erica Home in
footsteps, is a teacher in HK. We wish them Dr. Marjan Blok India.
all the best as they return to a place they
called home for 17 years and are grateful for Interim Principal appointed We are fortunate to have someone of her
all that they have contributed to the SJ As of 1 Jan 2008, Dr. Marjan Blok has background and experience to take on this
community as individual educators and as a agreed to assume the role of interim high important responsibility. She’ll continue
team during their tenure in Waterloo. school principal. She studied theology in teaching her IB 2 Philosophy class.
France and the USA, took her doctoral
A replacement for Nick has been found, and
exams at the University of Amsterdam Middle School/High School
interviews have also been established to
in Church History, New Testament, and
choose a replacement for Alison.
Philosophy, and completed her doctorate
with highest distinction at UFPG Ms. Rose Hoger accepted her new role
(Universitaire Faculteit voor Protestantse while visiting Brussels this fall, as she and
Godgeleerdheid), Brussels, with an interdis- her husband were moving there from Italy.
ciplinary dissertation entitled: “Religious text She is Australian and a graduate of Griffith
as a bridge to pluralism: the epistemology of Univ. there and holds her librarian
Flemish Anabaptist martyr’s literature.” certification from Queensland Univ. of
Technology. She has taught in Australia,
Dr. Blok has published articles and lectured Japan, and Hong Kong; for the last two
in the area of her expertise, sixteenth years, she was the librarian at St. Mary’s
century Church History, both in Belgium International School, Tokyo.
and abroad and is an editor for “De Stem,”
Alison & Nick Miller a Flemish periodical in the areas of The school is grateful to Karen Wilkinson,
theology, philosophy, and culture. She is who filled in as full-time librarian during
married to Peter Crossman, an anthro- the first few months of school, and to
pologist and Associate Researcher with the Toni Collins who became her part-time
KUL (Catholic University of Leuven), and assistant. ✤
has three children, two of whom are
IMPORTANT NOTE adopted from Ukraine. She enjoys playing
CONCERNING the harpsichord, biking, and camping with
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Class of 1990 Reunion
At the end of Aug. and early Sept., 11 members/associates of the class, as well as L to R: Miguel, Sonja, & Martijn.
Martijn ’91 & Rogier Verbruggen ’93, some spouses and a significant other, and
a couple of children and babies, all had a great time getting together. They came
from North America, Tunisia, and Europe, especially London, and were
welcomed warmly by numerous staff members who had once been their
teachers, administrators, and coaches.
Natacha, the class rep, did a superb job organizing the schedule, which included
the Friday breakfast and campus tour; a Friday evening apertifs hour and dinner
at Amusoir in Waterloo; another tour on Sat. morning for those unable to attend
the Friday one; and another get-together later that day. There was free time to
pursue one’s own schedule as well.
Martijn welcomes Mrs. Rita Greene & Mr. Patrick Tobin to the dinner.
In addition to reconnecting with one another and with teachers and having the
time to relax and to socialize, the reunion gave everyone a chance to revisit the
familiar C-level, the classrooms, gym, library, and other campus facilities that
stay in one’s memory, despite the passage of time. Most impressive, though, to
everyone it seemed, were the striking additions and improvements to the
campus, particularly the Performing Arts Center.
Both campus tours included a pause and moment of reflection at the memorial
rose tree, sponsored by the class, to honor classmate Chantal Blaas Warrinnier,
who passed away from heart failure 24 Nov 2004 in Grimbergen.
We wish the class well as it maintains viable connections now renewed as a Karim updates Sister Barbara at breakfast in the new cafeteria.
consequence of this weekend, and look forward to hearing about and/or helping
with another one, perhaps in the not-too-distant future, at a location that brings
even more classmates together. ✤
L to R: Ho-Seung, Jason,
Natacha, Miguel, Ellen
(Stanard), & their daughter
Ms. Judith Hoskins (formerly Debetencourt) shows Ho-Seung &
Miguel & others the Performing Arts Center.
L to R: Gracja, Liz
& her daughter
Alice, & Ho-Seung.
Karim & Martijn enjoy
reminiscing with Coaches
VanSteenbeeck & Davis. A visit to the faculty room. L to R: Natacha, Mme. Marie Claire de Cock, Manuel,
Karim, Thea & her son, Liz, & Mrs. Pauline Dickens (formerly Wood).
Baltimore Reunion 14 October
Following a luncheon and meeting of
the Board of the St. John’s International
Foundation, Inc. at the Baltimore
Country Club, Michelle Powers
Dougherty ’85, a Board member herself,
hosted a reunion in her home in nearby
Owings Mills. Alumni in the greater
MD/VA/DC area were invited. We’re
grateful to Michelle and her family for
the hospitality and look forward to
Katherine Geesey ‘85A at left, with Michelle Powers
future opportunities for alumni get-
Dougherty ‘85, a Board member, & host of the reunion.
togethers in that area. ✤
Joli Toth ‘87 & Bill Sakkab ‘90 have a chance to meet one
another at the Baltimore reunion.
Katherine & her mother Jean Geesey appreciated the chance to
meet other alumni in the area. Louis Toth & Charles Setzfand, both class of ‘89 &
Foundation Board members, relax at the reunion following
the annual board meeting.
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2005 ever. He also helped the defense secure
Associate Yuiko Yoshida is presently study- four conference shutouts, which translates
into the best defense in their conference.
For your info… The Lions’
ing art at Musashino Art Univ. in Tokyo, Pride is available on line at the school
but next year she will transfer, as a Congratulations.
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Petta30@hotmail.com Monwar Morshed has relocated to another environmental considerations. To do so,
2006 Waterloo—the one in Ontario, Canada, and just let me know, and be certain to in-
John Camarillo is surrounded by books it’s different, in that it’s less international, but clude your email address. You will then
about political science, philosophy, and the campus is small, enabling him to get to receive an e-alert once it’s ready for
economics at Vanderbilt Univ. Preben Gietz, know people better. He is studying honors viewing, downloading, and printing in
at Clark Univ. in Massachusetts, is majoring biology at Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Associate pdf. Also if your name appears in the
in psychology with a minor in French. He Celine Sidawi is in Dubai. Alida Jacobson is magazine, a Google search will, in all
distinguished himself this past fall on the majoring in international business manage- likelihood, find it in whatever issues it has
soccer field there in several ways—earning ment and minoring in French and Spanish appeared (Some of the past issues are also
the Conference Player of the Week after at Goucher College in Maryland. available in pdf online.)
scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 victory Monwar_morshed@hotmail.com
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Hollywood came to Waterloo with the
performance of “Up the Down Staircase”!
The fall high school production directed by the new drama
teacher proved successful and down right professional having
added a set designed and built by Hollywood Art Director Gregg
Lacy, a free-lance artist who works with stars such as Johnny
Depp. As Tomi Griffin, the director of the show states, “I never
would have put so much time, effort and professionalism into
the show if the cast wasn’t worth it, and they were so very worth
it! And I wanted to display what this theatre could do.” Tomi’s
professors from Central Washington University, where she is
completing her Master’s degree, agreed that the show was of top
quality with an ensemble cast that had clearly done “their
homework”! No pun intended as the show was about high
school kids and featured a scene with all the excuses of why kids
don’t do their homework.
Up the Down Staircase was originally a best selling novel by Bel
Kaufman, and then it was adapted into a movie starring Sandy
Dennis and then made into a play. It is about a brand new high
school teacher in a low income inner city New York high school
and the trials and tribulations of the bureaucracy that goes along
with teaching. ✤
20 The Lions’ Pride • JANUARY 2008
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Microcosm of Unity in Diversity
International Festival – October 5, 2007
If you’ve ever participated in a St. John’s International Festival you may
well have fallen asleep that night with numerous images flashing
through your mind. A five-year-old, dark-haired Nepalese shyly
smiling as she parades on the black carpet. This year Bosnia-
Herzogovina saw Sofia with her green headscarf and bright red shoes
pad along the catwalk. Sybille had changed into a Brazilian rag doll
with multicolored mop hair and one stocking of stripes, another just
gray. Eritrean dress is one of the most surprising—the material is a
muslin as soft as the finest silk. Three-year-old Emily kept her hand on
her heart the entire trip around the gym as she waved her Canadian
flag. La France put on a spectacular this year, with dainty desmoiselles
white ringlets tossing as they strode along heads high as part of Louis
XVIth’s court. Our French moms had luxurious dresses with puffy
sleeves, neck décolleté and bouffant skirts. The Gilles of Belgium with
bells tinkling and wooden shoes plodded along while crowds swung to
the drum beat of this 400-year-old Belgian holiday custom.
The photos of the audience capture the unending mouths open: oohing
and ahhing, as silks and flounces flowed along.
Does this day not capture the meaning of the spirit of St. John’s? Our
microcosm of the globe is here in little Waterloo, where each ethnic Croatia is represented with a Nigeria dazzles the crowd with its
group says, “Look at me, I’m different.” And others reply, “Aren’t these colorful dress. ethnic dress.
differences amazing?” Dare we use the European Union slogan /
symbol of unity in diversity. We, the St. John’s family, stand together and
distinct, sharing our special identities. We are a puzzle of unique
differences fitting well together. On October 5th we, the St. John’s
family, showed our children how to look at each other, to admire and
respect those cultural heritages unlike our own.
Thank you, Monique Varin, Seeta Kasturirangan and all the moms and
dads who worked so hard to put this beautiful day together! ✤
Venezuela shows her flair.
The French Court
Kindergarteners receive stamps
in their passports as they move
from one stand to another.
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AROUND THE CAMPUS
ports by the umbers
In the last five years, St. John’s has been the ISST champions in boys’
varsity basketball three times, as well as the ISST champions in boys’
and girls’ varsity volleyball. The school has won 25 varsity
championships (1st place) in the last 15 years, and following this fall
season, has added a gold, a silver, and two bronze team ISST
pennants to the sports arena and sports hall. The results include:
Girls’ Soccer 1st place (Vienna)
Boys’ Soccer 3rd place (Frankfurt)
Girls’ Volleyball 2nd place (The Hague) Girls' varsity soccer team 2007–gold medal winners in their division in Vienna at
Boys’ Volleyball 5th place (Waterloo) the ISSTs.
Cross Country 3rd place (Paris) (Varsity girls)
Naike Picollo won the individual
gold and Theo Lequesne won a silver.
Congratulations to all of our athletes and coaches for a superb effort.
And now on to swimming, where our junior teams have won the
Brussels championship seven consecutive years, and a sure-to-be
exciting basketball season for both guys and girls. Watch the school
website for schedules and announcements of meets, tournaments
and games, and come out to support the teams. Go Lions! ✤
Girls' varsity volleyball team rose to the occasion against
tough competition at the ISSTs in The Hague & earned
Boys' soccer in action at home this fall. At the ISSTs in
themselves a 2nd place–silver medal.
Frankfurt, they placed 3rd, bringing home the bronze medal.
The medal-winning cross-country team resting after a season of grueling workouts
The boys' volleyball team in action at home.
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Atsuko Bersma, former parent &
Ikebana instructor, with SJ teacher,
Emerita Joachain, & the latter's
creation at the Ikebana Exhibition in
Oct, which was hosted for the 2nd
year in the spacious foyer of the
SJ Performing Arts Center. Emerita
was one of eight SJ staff members
who took Atsuko's course and
presented their designs that
weekend, along with the creations Originality, simplicity, & elegance–these are three words
of many other parents. associated with the art of Ikebana.
Another of the imaginative
creations on display
St. John’s International Baccalaureate Exam Results
Total number of candidates: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Number of diploma & retake candidates: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Number of subject entries: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 481
Number of candidates who passed the diploma: . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Average points obtained by candidates
who passed the diploma: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Highest diploma points awarded to a candidate: . . . . . . . . . . . 45
(Max. score possible) The US Ambassador to Belgium, Sam Fox, and his
Average grade obtained by SJ candidates wife Marilyn, chat with Karen Downie, an
who passed the diploma: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 elementary school teacher, as Dr. Doenges,
Total # of candidates excluded from statistics: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 at left, escorts them around the campus
during their visit to St. John’s in Nov.
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Alumni Calendar 2007–2008 School Year
16 Feb Carnival Gala and Auction (This fund-raiser and 15 Mar High School Honor Band and Choir at Am.
fun evening will take place at the Sheraton Hotel School of London.
and Towers in Brussels).
22 Mar Class Reunion-1998
23 Feb High School/Middle School Honor Orchestra
4–5 Apr Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) 150th
(Dozens of the finest student musicians in Europe/
Anniversary in Paris.
Asia will converge on the campus to perform).
18–19 Apr High School International Schools’ Theatre Arts
1 Mar Brussels Jr. Swim Championships (St. John’s has
won for the last 7 years).
25–26 Apr Middle School Girls’ Honor Choir Festival in
6–8 Mar ISSTs (Basketball and Swimming–see the website
for more info during the course of the season).
Boys’ BB is in Athens; girls’ BB is in Paris; 23-25 May Class Reunion–1993
swimming is in Cairo.
7 June Graduation
8 Mar PTA Talent Show and Dinner
13-15 June Class Reunion–1988
15 Mar Tom O’Donnell Five-a-Side Indoor Soccer
The Pierpont Golf Club provides a charming, welcoming venue for this annual event.
Dr. Joe Doenges presents a bottle of champagne to the top golfer
of the day, Jeff McCorstin, who also won a weekend at the
Turnberry Golf Resort in Scotland.
More than 60 parents & business associates had a day away from the
office, all for a good cause–to raise funds to support the sports program
at the school. Over 12,000 euros was generated; the SJ community is
especially grateful to the Golf Tournament Team who organized the event and
coordinated the sponsorship that made the day possible.
On a fun day, the 'closest-to-pin' competition was taken seriously.
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Former student Lorenzo Gatto ’05A, just 20 years old, has received international
acclaim: 1st prize at the Manchester International Violin competition. He has
performed with the BBC Philharmonic, the Charlemagne Orchestra and the
Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia.
At age five his violin studies began, and at 12 he entered the Royal Conservatory
of Music in Brussels, under the well known violinist, Véronique Bogaerts. At 17
he completed his studies with high honors. He has perfected his art under
Krebbers in Holland, Dumay at the Chapelle musicale Reine Elisabeth, and has
worked with Seiji Ozawa. Presently he studies in the Vienna Conservatory of
Classical Music with Kuschnir.
Lorenzo Gatto in concert at SJ.
Music is not his only passion. He became one of the youngest pilots of an ultra-
light at age 16.
St. John’s was proud to have had Lorenzo return to the campus to perform in
concert in Sept. and again in Dec. ✤
isit by uby hilogene
The International Baccalaureate music class was honored in December to host a visit by a
world-renowned mezzo-soprano, Ms. Ruby Philogene, MBE. Ms. Philogene has played a
number of operatic stage roles in her career, including that of Dido, the tragic heroine in the
1689 Baroque work, Dido and Aeneas by English composer Henry Purcell. In the IB program,
music students are required to study in-depth a major work and to be prepared to answer
questions about the work after listening to audio extracts; the work they are studying this year
is Purcell’s. The students were privileged to be able to spend several hours with her and take
her to lunch, learning the artist’s views on the role, and her insights into the production. It
was a rare opportunity for them to be able to interview the ‘Queen of Carthage.’
Ms. Philogene’s career includes opera, oratio, and recitals in Europe and the USA with well-
known conductors, orchestras, accompanists, and other singers. In 2003 she was made a
Member of the British Empire (MBE) on the Queen’s Birthday Honors list for her services to
music. St. John’s is pleased to have been able to welcome such a talented performer to our
campus and to have her share her expertise and experience with our students. ✤
Ms. Philogene sharing her thoughts with
Ms. Ruby Philogene, MBE, center, opera star,
visits the IB Music class, which Mr. Robert
Ritman, SJ teacher, 3rd from right, teaches.
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merican Women’s Club Bazaar
In November the American Women’s Club held its 42nd charity
“Christmas Bazaar” at St. John’s with almost 100 vendors.
Exceptional items ranged from Norwegian sweaters to hand–made
pottery, fine and fun jewelry, cuckoo clocks, German Christmas
Carousels, Russian Santas, and oriental rugs. There were also five
charity stands whose profit from sales goes directly to their individual
causes. The event is colorful, noisy with chatter and Christmas music
and very worth the visit. A big thank you goes to Pam Showalter for
a very well-organized event. ✤
Key Dates, School Year 2008–2009
August 25 and 26 Orientation of new teachers
August 27-29 In-service training for all teachers
September 1 First day of classes for grades 1-13
October 27-31 Fall break
November 11 Armistice Day
December 22-January 2 Christmas vacation
February 23-27 Winter break
April 6-17 Easter vacation
May 1 Labor Day
May 21 and 22 Ascension
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