Alumnus in Cowboy Hall of Fame
Following many decades of life on the range, Lester “Bud” Griffith ’56 was inducted into Montana’s Cowboy Hall of Fame this past year. A star pitcher at Burr and Burton, Bud turned down an offer from the Kansas City Athletics after a trip to Montana to visit friends. The western pull was too strong and after graduating from BBS, Bud returned to Montana and got a job at the B Bar K Guest Ranch in Gallatin Canyon. Over the years, he learned to ride, doctor cattle, and handle yearlings. Bud’s responsibilities grew to managing thousands of cattle on tens of thousands of acres. In 1989, he managed Ted Turner’s newly acquired ranch and Turner’s vision to reintroduce thousands of bison to the western plains. Bud Griffith was inducted into Burr and Burton’s Hall of Fame in the Legend Athlete category in 2012. Bud is retired and lives in Shepherd, Montana.
Sarah Baum ’13 visited Burr and Burton last November, speaking to students in Madam Emery’s French classes. She is now in South Africa on a fellowship and sent us this update. “Sanibonani! I just reached the four-month mark in Johannesburg as a 2018-2019 Princeton in Africa fellow at the global health non-profit, Population Services International (PSI). As the Regional Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow, I provide research and monitoring support to eight countries in southern Africa, primarily on projects related to sexual and reproductive health, and malaria. I have come to value the immense hospitality and generosity of South Africans, ranging from colleagues at PSI to fellow students in my isiZulu class, as well as frequent discussions on the complexities of international development and my identity in this space. I’ve had the privilege to travel across South Africa to facilitate trainings for our male circumcision mobilizers and, recently returned from Tanzania and Kenya where I climbed Mt. Kenya, the second highest mountain on the continent, with other fellows in my cohort. I am grateful for what I have accomplished in the past four months and look forward to what the next five months hold!”
Chris Conte ’06 contacted us this past winter about celebrating one year in business at Northshire Living, a kitchen, bath, home remodel, and interior design firm, located in Manchester, Vermont. Chris was a Forward Observer veteran of Afghanistan, serving four years with the 10th Mountain Division. His wife, Nicole Conte, is a 2009 graduate of Keene High School and a 2014 graduate of Massachusetts College of Art with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. Congratulations! Photo used by permission of The Manchester Journal.
They made it back to the Hill for Reunion
Due to limited space in the Winter VIEW newsletter in December, we were unable to fit photos of all the classes celebrating major reunions last fall.
Sally Baldwin Utiger and Albert “Bill” Bowen from the class of ’48 joined us for their 70th Reunion.
Celebrating their 60th Reunion from the class of ’58, front row (L to R) Joan Swezey Rizio, Martha Hill Bowen, and Nora Wright. Back row (L to R) Janice Hill Gould, Jeanne Bennett Paliotta, Stan Wilbur, Rose Choquette Abbott, and Betsy McWayne Johnson.
Returning to the Hill for their 20th from the class of ’98 (L to R) Jessica Metcalfe Frost, Kate Hayes, Lisa Kern Rohde, and Brittany Pare.
Linda Griffith ’79 and her band at Reunion ’19
Linda Griffith ’79 touted her band, Doublecross, playing at the Alumni Dinner on September 21, 2019 at the Taconic Hotel. “When people ask what kind of music we play, “Everything” is an honest answer. Our typical set may contain hits from Bob Seger, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Tammy Wynette, Neil Sedaka, and the Eagles. Our style may be best described as Country Jazz or Rockabilly in a Tuxedo. The Doublecross difference is what each member adds to the mix. Danny Burton has arranged, played piano on and produced over 3,000 albums, and fronted numerous successful bands. Kenny Holycross is one of the best steel guitar players in the country. He toured with national acts in the U.S. and Canada, and is one of the area’s most sought-after studio musicians. Gary Lee has his roots in Gospel music, playing drums for Amy Grant among others. Doublecross delivers a unique musical experience. It’s all in the chemistry.” Linda Griffith ’79 first performed in Manchester at age 10. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Linda enjoys the eclectic song choices and vocal harmonies of Doublecross.
Gayl Heinz ’69 pitches 50th
Burr and Burton welcomes Gayl Heinz as the new liaison for the Class of ’69. Gayl takes on the role of rallying the troops for their 50th reunion in September and looks forward to reconnecting and reminiscing with her classmates. Living half the year in Florida and half in Massachusetts, she still manages to return to Burr and Burton nearly every year to visit with her former schoolmates living in the area and at reunions. She says, “Looking back at the passage of time and events over fifty years could make one feel old, but somehow the vivid memories I have from my four years at Burr and Burton and the friendships I made there keep me young at heart! I love coming every year so I get to see friends from classes before and after mine.” She reminds her classmates to mark the dates September 20-22 and start making plans now to join her in rediscovering old friendships and celebrating at this milestone reunion! To keep in touch with Gayl you may email her at GBH224@aol.com.
What day is it?
It’s today and that’s important because your gift to the Annual Fund supports what is going on right now at Burr and Burton. It could be a field trip to discover the history of the Manchester area. A lacrosse team playing their hearts out on Taylor Field. Students learning about finances and managing their money. Our chorus performing in the Southern Vermont Arts Center. At this moment, a teacher may be inspiring a student on a lifelong career path. Your gift to the Annual Fund by June 30th makes so many good things happen today at Burr and Burton. By mail or online anytime at burrburton.org/onlinegiving.
Alumni help with first College & Career Day
A big thank you to 28 alumni from the classes of ’15, ’16, ’17, and ’18 who returned to the Hill in January to meet with students to discuss their experiences at their colleges, universities, and workplace. And for being flexible when the event was delayed due to a snow day. The goal was to have alumni who are currently at school or working share their perspective about applying, deadlines, college life, work, and their school. The event was held on January 10th in the E.H. Henry Gym and successful enough that the School and College Counseling Office and Alumni Office are looking forward to hosting this event next year. Pictured above front row (L to R) Haylee Hess ’16, Jillian Santos ‘18, Katelyn Gaiotti ’16, Rebekah Hamblett ’17, Cory Mack ’18, Alison McCostis ’17, Riley Vogel ’18, and Tess Webber ’16. Back row (L to R) Quinnlyn Murphy ’15, Jay McCoy ’18, Hannah Goepel ’15, Zhenhuan “Rick” Qiu ’16, Taylor Gould ’16, Daniel Jackson ’18, Tobias Lepecki ’18, Elsa Bean ’16, Gannon Teunissen ’16, Jordan Ihasz ’18, and Jennie Mull ’17. Not pictured Christian Caraco ’17, Ramsay Eyre ’17, Spencer Fowler ’18, Nathan Gaiotti ’15, Dylan Kapusta ’17, Tyler Jager ’18, Adam Quinn ’16, Thea Steeves-Boey ’18, and John Sebastian Thorn ’18.
A different view of Burr and Burton
Thanks to Bill Jordan ’52 for sharing his perspective of the school this past winter.
“There it stands, Burr and Burton Academy. Embraced by the green mountains of Vermont, its foundation set deep on a Manchester hillside, this storied limestone fortress wrought as a seminary, secure in its symmetrical proportions, set foursquare in its mission, founded on timeless principles, this wellspring of knowledge and wisdom, nurtures all commended to its care. Its marble steps reach up to an open door, inviting those who pass through to acquire the tools of both hand and mind, and once leaving its hallowed halls, to go forward prepared to pursue tasks that contribute to the nation.”
A touch of March Madness
Taylor Muench ’15 and Cal Dymowski were the commentators for an NCAA Division III Tournament game in March. They were on ICTV’s Bombers Live for the game between the MIT Engineers and St. Joseph’s (Maine) Monks at Ben Light Gymnasium in Ithaca, New York.
Games people play
What does an American History major do with his degree? Make games of course! Video games that is. The career of Parker A. Davis ’86 (PAD as he was known at BBS) spans from the west to east coast. He has been fortunate to work with and for some of the best and brightest in the video game universe including Hollywood production designer Ron Cobb, Stephen Spielberg’s DreamWorks Interactive, and James Cameron’s Digital Domain. Parker has been involved in the design, production, and/or development of various game projects including Disney’s Jungle Book for Super Nintendo, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Universal’s Small Soldiers for PlayStation, Barbie: Digital Makeover, Star Trek: Bridge Commander for PC CD-ROM, Star Trek: Legacy for Xbox 360, AAA games including Red Dead Redemption and Tomb Raider for Xbox 360/PS3, and more recently the Dreamland Chroniclesmobile CCG (collectible card game) for kids. Parker resides in Sandown, New Hampshire, with his wife Igoe and their two boys who help mow the lawn. Find out more on LinkedIn @https://www.linkedin.com/in/parker-a-davis-abb4a9/ or like him on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/parker.a.davis. Thanks to Tammy Keyes ’86 for the submission.
Online Auction kicks off
Reunion Weekend 2019
Join your classmates on Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22, 2019 for a weekend of reconnecting, fun, food, and events. Registration begins July 1 online by visiting burrburton.org/alumni. A registration and schedule will be mailed in early July (do we have your mailing address?). Celebrating classes ending in 4 and 9, alumni and families from all classes are welcome. Contact the Alumni Office: Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pauline at email@example.com for more information. Photo above is from the 1969 Burtonian. Enjoy the last weekend of the summer back on the Hill!
Thank you, Reunion Sponsors ’19 to date!
Thanks to Paul Carroccio ’96 and TPW, Kimpton Taconic Hotel (site of the Alumni Dinner), Union Underground, Steve and Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65, Michael and Astri Kilburn ’67, and Dee’s Electric for their support for Reunion Weekend ’19. Want to help sponsor our biggest alumni event of the year? Contact Rich in the Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsor information.
Diplomas rescinded for certain years
The state’s Department of Records and Correspondence has alerted Burr and Burton’s administration that due to the failure of the school to offer a required course, those alumni who graduated from 1959 to 1984 will have their diplomas temporarily rescinded. The Science Department course is “Cellular Structures and Their Role in Modern America.” As best as school historian, Ben Beers ’61, can recall, the letter from the Agency of Education mandating the course, was lost when a student at the time accidentally set a cart filled with leaves on fire with a lit cigarette outside of the Seminary, where unfortunately someone had placed the day’s mail while chasing students back to class from Butt Alley. “We are scrambling to offer the course both this spring and a special summer session for those alumni in question,” states Sidney Stickler, Assistant to the Dean of Special Offerings, “There may also be an online course option for those alumni at a distance, but we don’t see that happening much before 2020.” It is up to alumni from 1959 to 1984 to decide whether to contact their employers that they in fact have not graduated from high school. The administration promises to get to the bottom of it all by April 1st. (APRIL FOOLS!)
Smaller classes back then
Graduating classes have fluctuated in size since Burr Seminary was founded in 1829. Nine students graduated from Burr and Burton Seminary in 1901, compared to over 200 students anticipated for the class of 2019 in June. This year’s enrollment is at an all-time high of 767 students! Photo courtesy of Manchester Historical Society.
Yvonne Hill Brown ’61, January 3, 2019
Robert J. Farnum ’32, April 1, 2018 at age 103
Roger W. Hayes ’56, October 5, 2018
Alexander Johnson ’79, February 23, 2019
Timothy H. Sheldon ’67, November 10, 2018
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