July 2020

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April 2020

The Hill is oddly quiet at the moment, with Burr and Burton’s campus closed, and online classes in full swing as we keep learning in the age of COVID-19. While we look forward to being together again in the shadow of Equinox, we’re grateful for all of the ways we can stay connected from afar—with students, alumni, parents, and friends. 

In that spirit, thank you for reading News from the Hill, for sending in your alumni news, and for continuing to be part of the Burr and Burton family!


Bass fishing on the Hill

Jody White
Jody White ’09
returned to Burr and Burton last winter to meet with the school’s Bass Fishing Club. Jody talked to students about his career in fishing and what steps he took to get there. He currently works at Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), writing editorials for their website along with taking photos for their social media. Jody discussed how his passion for the sport helped him get into college as well as getting hired by FLW. He included tips that Burr and Burton’s team will be using next season. This year, Jody has decided to spend more time in Vermont so it is possible he will be joining students during their practices. FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, with a mission of providing unparalleled fishing resources and opportunities for anglers, sponsors, fans, and host communities. Thanks to Michael Alfano ’22 for the update!


College Fair draws alumni back

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Over 40 alumni returned to Burr and Burton in January to share their college and work experiences with current students.
“We are so proud to have our graduates come back and talk to students about their next steps after BBA,” said school counselor Melissa Michaud. “Whether that entails college, the work force, the military, or a gap year, it’s important to find that right fit. Students love making a personal connection with alumni who’ve been through the process—huge thanks to everyone who participated, and we look forward to growing this event next year!” Special thanks to all alumni who attended (in alpha order) Suzanne Allen ’18, Jackson Ameden ’18, Samuel Barrows ’19, Lillie Berkhout ’19, Victoria Biller ’13, Bailey Chapman ’19, Sam Citron ’18, Sarah Crosier ’19, Jordan Eisenman ’19, Bryan Emery ’18, Ethan Foery ’18, Anna Freebern ’19, Margo Grapshi ’19, Rebekah Hamblett ’17, Grayson Handshaw ’19, Kristina Harmon ’19, Rachel Hemmer ’19, Haylee Hess ’16, Dylan Kapusta ’17, Cecelia Kersten ’19, Dylan LaCroix ’16, Sage Lalor ’19, Ethan Lareau ’19, Jay McCoy ’18, Rob Leary, Jr. ’85, Aisha Navarette ’19, Melissa Nolan ’19, Kaitlyn North ’19, Greta Schaub ’18, Rachel Senecal ’16, Connor Simonds ’18, Thea Steeves-Boey ’18, Ben Stewart ’18, Emily Stewart ’19, Emily Sullivan ’19, John Sebastian Thorn ’18, Greg Townsend ’18, Lily Waite ’18, Nate Williams ’18, and Ava Zilkha ’19.


Returning to Burr and Burton after 50 years

An inclement February day that saw rain and snow did not keep
Guillermo Laguna and his family from returning to Burr and Burton, his first visit to the school since he was a freshman. Enrolled in the Ormsby Hill Program, Guillermo attended MEMS and then his freshman year at this school where he played soccer and basketball. He recalls his year at Burr and Burton among his fondest high school memories. He and his family currently reside in New Jersey. Photo in the Riley Center (left to right) Marcia Brandt, Nick Gonzalez, Guillermo Laguna, Adelaida Laguna, and Angel Ramos


The Unbreakable Man Project

Sam Morris
Sam Morris ’93
is an author, international speaker, men’s mental health coach, former collegiate athlete, recovered alcoholic, and a member of Burr and Burton’s Class of 1993. After getting sober at age 38, Sam launched his coaching company, The Unbreakable Man Project, to inspire and empower men to overcome depression and find fulfillment in every area of their life. There is not nearly enough space in the world for men to heal from depression, much less even admit they are struggling. It is Sam’s mission to create this space through speaking engagements, and facilitating in-person men’s retreats at various times and locations worldwide. Visit his website at themanunbreakable.com.


New book of poetry

51M5JkWVnOL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Peter McNamara ’54 has published his eighth volume of poems this past winter. Recurrent Dawn appeared in December from St. Andrews University Press. His other recent collections are Quickened Dark (2017) and Orbits’ Crossing (2013). A former educator (Georgetown, UNC-Chapel Hill), Wall Street financial editor, and lyricist/librettist with Polyhymnia and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Peter has translated poetry of Neruda and Garcia Lorca, served as Ronald H. Bayes Writer-in-Residence at St. Andrews University, is a founding member of the Southern Vermont Poetry Co-op, and has been honored with grants from the NEA and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Peter directs poetry workshops and lectures in the OLLI program at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. To purchase a copy, visit Amazon.com.


Bulldogs Connect in Manchester

Bulldogs Connect ManchAlumni and spouses gathered at Union Underground in Manchester Center in February for a fun Bulldogs Connect event. Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, president of the Alumni Association Board, welcomed everyone to the event, and thanked alumni for staying connected. Attending (in alpha order) Joy ’78 and John ’73 Alexopolous, Tracy Beldon ’81, Dody ’87 and Tim Boucher, Andy ’01 and Ananda Boyer, Courtney Callo ’84, Vince ’67 and Pam Clark, Jim ’70 and Cathy Comar, Mike Comar ’67, Merrick Counsell ’75, Matthew Houskeeper ’83, Astri ’67 and Mike ’67 Kilburn, Carol Bresko O’Connor ’67, Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Sue Ritchie ’74, Ellen Rodolfy Russell ’84, Andy Shaw ’75, Erin ’01 and Sean ’01 Tarantino, Roberta Brown White ’84, and Jack ’75 and Sheila Williams.  


Ormsby Hill to Big Bromley

Miguel_Snowmaking-7Miguel Ortiz ’86 graduated from the Hill at Burr and Burton to a much bigger hill at Bromley. He joined Bromley in 1986 and has been involved in almost every aspect of its operation. Starting with the alpine slide and groundskeeping, he has since worked in first aid, the kitchen, and even takes on weed-whacking the Stargazer by hand, a slope too steep to be machine mowed. Snowmaking gives him a great deal of satisfaction, covering the grasses and flora with a blanket of white when the weather turns cold. When he was 11 years old, Miguel came from Spanish Harlem to be part of the Ormsby Hill program and attended MEMS. He went on to Burr and Burton where he played varsity soccer, varsity basketball, and varsity baseball. In his senior year his soccer team was 10-3-1 and during the previous summer traveled to England on a three-week soccer exchange trip with Coach Ed Latz and Coach Dan DeForest. Along with his other responsibilities, Miguel has worked in the food business for the last 29 years, and played summer and indoor soccer for three decades. Special shout out to Tammy Keyes ’86 for keeping us up to date with her class!


Bill Jordan ’52 new book

WhatThinkingBill Jordan ’52 continues his publishing run with his latest book What Was I Thinking, featuring more than 50 cartoons, posters, and illustrations from 1971-2019. An architect with a career spanning 58 years, Bill turned to writing with the publication of two mystery novels, Twice Dead and Bloodstone Island. He also wrote a biography about his father, Jordan the Rodmaker at Cross: Southbend: Orvis. Working with publisher Peter Henry ’60 of Peru Publishing, Bill wrote two compilations of short stories, Five Short Stories from the Red Barn and Eight Short Stories from the Country Store. He has generously donated copies of all of his books to Burr and Burton’s Tuttle Library. Bill is also an accomplished painter. He is a member of the Joseph Burr Society and currently resides in Seattle.


The Hall of Fame wants your nominations

Screen Shot 2020-03-25 at 12.40.43 PMHave someone extraordinary in mind for Burr and Burton’s Hall of Fame? Classmate, teacher, coach, team, or friend of athletics? An alum who has gone the extra mile in support of their community or in their career? An alum who is an exceptional artist? Contact Pauline de Laszlo in the Alumni Office for more information at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org, 802-549-8277. Deadline for nominations for 2020 is April 30. Join us at the Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony during Reunion Weekend on Saturday, September 26, 2020, 4 PM, in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton. The event is free and open to the public.     


Reunion Weekend ’20 kicks off the fall season

Screen Shot 2020-03-25 at 12.47.30 PMClass of ’69 Photo: From Left to Right 1st row: Charlene (Bacon) Moffitt, Linda Cepela-Ferrand, Gary Strauss, Mary (Ralph) Egan, Donna Edson. 2nd row:  Donna (Kristiansen) Cook, Linda (Day) McKeever, Sally (Ameden) Zoufaly, Carl Williams, Mike Hanlon, Beth (Johnston) McWhorter, (Shara-) Lyn Fowler Campney. 3rd row:  Bob Stannard, Tony Korzun, Lynn Holton, Gayl Heinz.

Whether you’re in the class of ’40, class of ’15, or somewhere in-between, don’t miss a weekend of fun with classmates, family, and friends. Welcome the start of the fall foliage season Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, 2020. While we celebrate classes ending in 5 and 0, all alumni from all classes are welcome. We’re back in the historic Equinox Hotel for the Alumni Dinner on Saturday evening. Plus, there’s a special Welcome Back event planned for Friday evening, the varsity football game and Hall of Fame on Saturday, and more. Visit burrburton.org/alumni for updates and a complete lodging list. Online registration begins July 1 and the Reunion schedule will be mailed in early July. Contact Pauline in the Alumni Office for more information: pdelaszlo@burrburton.org, 802-549-8277. Come back to the Hill for a weekend of reconnecting with classmates, food, events, and fun!

Wanted – Reunion Sponsors and Volunteers. Contact Pauline in the Alumni Office at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org if you can spare an hour during the weekend or would like information about sponsoring.


HippoLinkIt now available free to alumni

brain2In an effort to communicate seamlessly with alumni and avoid the steady stream of pesky postcards, Facebook posts, Instagrams, email blasts, etc. about Reunion, and other events, alumni can now sign up for HippoLinkIt. “This instant communication goes way beyond what we’ve ever had before,” states Stephanie Hawkinfeld, Dean of Advanced Communications. “By linking Burr and Burton directly into the brainwaves of our alumni, they’ll never be able to say we didn’t contact them about a major Reunion again. And we promise not to download any sensitive or personal information.” The technology is non-invasive and easy to do. By going to a designated website, alumni simply touch their iPhone or other device to their forehead which will instantly link to the brain’s hippocampus. Messages from the school will be transmitted to the individual anywhere they are connected to Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or even a modem. Alumni can choose from a variety of communication frequencies: constant, 10 times/day, daily, weekly, or monthly. “We’ve paid extra so alumni can adjust the volume of the notification inside their head,” adds Hawkinfeld. “And choose from a wide range of background music, nature sounds, or urban noises.” HippoLinkIt is free to alumni beginning April 1st.


Blast from the past

SH INET 040214ee1 (3)Seminary Building ca. 1905 showing the annex and principal’s residence. The spires were painted in a color other than white when rebuilt in 1900, following the 1894 cyclone which tore off the original belfry. What color might they have been? Dark green, perhaps? We don’t have an answer right now! Many thanks to Shawn Harrington and the Manchester Historical Society.


That’s all folks!

The Advancement Office is being restructured, so after close to 13 years at Burr and Burton, Rich Thompson-Tucker is heading in a new (to be determined) direction. “I have a great deal of respect for this school and the extraordinary difference it’s making in the lives of our students,” states Rich. “Very few schools can stay on the cutting edge of education while honoring close to two centuries of tradition like Burr and Burton does.” Thank you to all alumni, spouses, parents, families, and friends who are moving this school onward and forward through your generous support.


In Memoriam

Neil Corliss ’59, January 6, 2020
Elbert “Elbie” C. Crosby ’64, December 20, 2019
David L. Limric ’58, December 12, 2019
Michael J. McCooey ’53, December 10, 2019
Eileen Molloy Sharp ’46, March 2, 2020
Patience Baker Spiers ’46, January 4, 2020
Dorothy Baker Standish ’38, March 2, 2020
John P. “Jack” Stannard ’63, December 21, 2019


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Have news to share about yourself or a classmate? Recently hitched? Climbed Kilimanjaro? New novel? Sing in a rock band? Saving an endangered species? Any interesting life and career news welcome. Send your info and a photo where available to Pauline de Laszlo in Burr and Burton’s Alumni Office at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org, 802-549-8277. Visit burrburton.org/alumni for updates about Reunion Weekend and other events. Thanks for staying connected!

January 2020



DaPron lifts Stonehill

dapron2019RSJulia DaPron ’19 helped Stonehill College move up two spots in the team standings in the second and final round of the Inaugural Chippewa Invitational, hosted by Central Michigan University, at the 5,966-yard, par-72, layout of the Birmingham Country Club in October. Julia led Stonehill with a two-day score of 165, following up her opening round 80 with an 85, to finish tied for 34th in the field of 86. She registered a birdie on the par-5 18th hole to go with six pars during her round. Julia finished the two-day tournament tied for tenth in par-5 scoring at 5.13, which included the first eagle in program history on the 14th hole on Monday – one of just four in the field at the event.

A distillery grows in Brooklyn

Lee Bilsky '05 DistilleryAfter graduating from Skidmore College in 2009, Lee Bilsky ’05 moved to Brooklyn, New York and has been Operations Manager at Kings County Distillery since 2016. Kings County Distillery is the largest whiskey distillery in New York City and, despite being founded in 2010, is also the oldest. Lee’s daily responsibilities include anything from facilitating payroll to generating content for the company’s Instagram (@kingscountydistillery) to designing labels for their bottles. When not at work, Lee loves grilling for his friends, taking closeup photos of street-side treasures (some might call it trash) and listening to The Beatles. He gets back to Vermont as often as he can – especially during ski season. Lee and his fiancé, Molly, plan to get married in Rhode Island in June 2020. A strong BBA contingent will be present.

Alumni Association elects Andrew Boyer 01

Andy BoyerThe Alumni Association Executive Board elected Dr. Andrew Boyer ’01 as its newest member this fall. After graduating from Burr and Burton, Andrew obtained a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He headed to Michigan to pursue graduate medical training including residency in Diagnostic Radiology and additional subspecialized fellowship training in women’s imaging and procedures. Andrew started and ran a private medical practice in Oregon for four years, while also serving as the Medical Director of Diagnostic Radiology and Director of Mammography at the largest hospital in the Columbia Gorge region. After nearly 10 years away from Vermont, Andrew and his wife, Ananda (also a Vermonter), decided to move back home. He currently works at Rutland Regional Medical Center as a diagnostic radiologist. During his career, Andrew has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed medical journal articles, presented at international conferences, and served in various leadership positions. His passions include his family, skiing, investing, traveling, home coffee roasting, and BBA football. Andrew is also the new Chairman of the Reunion Committee which was established this fall. Andrew joins current Alumni Association Board members Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81 (president), Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65 (secretary), Juliette Gates Britton ’89, Merrick Counsell ’75, Stephen Drunsic ’93, Meredith Ams Fleurie ’05, Liz Hand Mackey ’05, Lisa Kern Rohde ’98, and Jon Wilson ’01.  

We say farewell to Elizabeth Silsby ’09 who stepped down from the Alumni Association Board in November. Elizabeth has volunteered at Burr and Burton’s annual Gala for many years and currently resides in Maine.

Sharing her environment

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In 2000, Renee Casella Wilson ’86 landed a Research Translator position with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. She called it a great opportunity to learn a lot and write about her favorite subject: the environment. She remained there for 18 years, was promoted to Regional Communications Coordinator, a position she held for six years before making a new nest at Audubon Florida as a Communications Associate in 2019. This was a natural move as Renee had graduated from USF in Tampa with a degree in Mass Communications. Although the area around Renee has built up significantly over the past 29 years, she and her husband, Lee, continue to share their environment with black bears, bobcats, and even Florida panther. A fenced-in yard allows their large-breed canines to play safely. Five canines so far have all have been rescues: from the Humane Society, from the side of the road, and their latest addition, “a beautiful troublemaker named Charlotte,” who came to them through Big Cypress German Shepard Dog Rescue. Renee and Lee love traveling, birdwatching, and nature photography at places like Lake Tahoe and the Grand Canyon, but spend most of their free time enjoying Florida’s outdoors. Their flats boat is ideal for fishing shallow backwaters along the mangrove coast, and perfect for snorkeling in the Florida Keys where they spend several long weekends every summer catching lobster and fishing for snapper and grouper. Photo: Renee in 2010 helping release over 100 rehabilitated sea turtles following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Bulldog sightings

Will French ’18 is finishing a semester abroad in China.

Samantha Sullivan ’15 graduated from UVM and is teaching French with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) near Rouen.

Bryan Emery ’18 transferred to Sterling College after the closure of Green Mountain College, and loves it. He recently served as a guide for the Fall Mountain Campus group that visited a few weeks ago. Tilly Ewens ’19, also an alum of the Mountain Campus, attends Sterling College, and word has it is enjoying it as well. Bryan and Tilly took Draft Animal Power class together and learned to harness and drive a team of oxen and a team of draft horses.

Hannah Nicholson ’16 plays on the Brandeis women’s basketball team and had a great game recently vs. Babson. In overtime, Hannah put Brandeis ahead with a jump shot and they never looked back. She scored 19 points and had a career-high 16 rebounds.

Lucy Gobbi Costa ’81 and her husband, Jack, just celebrated 29 years at their business, Promotional Incentives, in Cape Coral, Florida.

H.N. Williams Store in Dorset, Vermont expanded with a 3,200-square-foot, post and beam addition in October. The family-owned general store which dates back to the 19th century, is popular with area residents and visitors. Congratulations to Billy Brownlee ’94, Steven Brownlee ’97, Gerritt Brownlee ’98, and their mother Ruth Rumney Brownlee ’68.

Justin Thompson-Tucker ’01 was promoted to VP of Drama Development at CBS last summer. 

Memorial bench for Sandy Casey ’00 comes to Burr and Burton

DSC_0616On a Sunday in October, two years to the month after Sandy Casey ’00 was tragically killed in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, a bench in her memory was brought to Burr and Burton by family and friends. The bench was located at Sandy’s college, the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont. However, with the college’s closing this past year, Burr and Burton agreed to relocating the bench and plantings to a spot above Taylor Field by the Observatory where it overlooks the Green Mountains. Bringing the memorial bench to Burr and Burton: Steven Casey ’78, Teresa Casey ’78, Tracy Casey Carey ’98, Tanya Casey ’05, Chelcie Carey, Kaiden Casey, Dallas Bryant, Sierra Bryant, and Jayde Dufresne ’99. Sandy was a special education teacher in California at the time of her death. A classmate remembers Sandy as athletic, smart, very kind, funny, and close to her family and friends. Pictured above are Sandy’s father Steven Casey ’78 and her mother Teresa Casey ’78.

Alumni connect in Winooski

DSC_0621 copyWe had a great turnout of alumni, spouses, and friends at Bulldogs Connect – Winooski in November. The event is an annual gathering of alumni that first started at Splash at the Boathouse in Burlington, Vermont, where it was hosted by Barbara Bardin ’69 for many years. The event then transitioned to Ri Ra’s in downtown Burlington. This year it was held at Waterworks Food + Drink in Winooski, Vermont with a great view of the falls and river. Our thanks to hosts Boris Funtow ’71 and Whitney Heingartner ’05 for reaching out to area alumni. Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, president of the Alumni Association Board joined a number of her family at the event. Special thanks to Sarah Johnson ’07, general manager at Waterworks for coordinating the evening. Pictured above in alphabetical order: Jackson Ameden ’18, Meredith Bay-Tyack ’04, Erin Cairns ’17, Peter Carrol ’71, Kiki Colgan ’89, Jill Prouty Coombs ’02, Boris ’71 and Mary Beth Funtow, Ana Garay ’17, Eva Gonova ’05, Fred ’59 and Meg Hadley, Jamie Hathaway ’88, Kylee Heingartner ’08, Whitney Heingartner ’05, Erica Houskeeper ’88, Dan Hutner, Jr. ’02, Roy Johnson ’69, Sarah Johnson ’07, Tasha Cornell Lansbury ’84, Faye Conte Mack ’02, Tina Madkour-Companion ’77, Kristen Palmer ’09, Rich Pearl ’73, Jeanne Pallotta ’58, Lucy Prouty ’09, Lauren Read ’05, Matthew Rosenthal ’10, John ’92 and Michelle Rovnak, Bobby Sheridan ’09, Molly Smith ’02, Carolyn Rovnak Weber ’85 and Patrick Weber, and Gordie ’59 and Dottie Wilkins.

Interested in hosting a Bulldogs Connect in your city? Contact the Alumni Office: Rich at rthompson@burrburton.org, or Pauline at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org.

Bulldogs Connect – Manchester on February 5, 2020

UU-04157-842x474Join fellow alumni and spouses at the next Bulldogs Connect – Manchester at Union Underground on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 5:30 PM – 7 PM. There will be complementary beer, wine, soft drinks, and appetizers. Door prizes too. Put a little warmth in your mid-winter at this free alumni event. RSVP by January 27, 2020 to Rich in the Alumni Office at rthompson@burrburton.org. Union Underground, 4928 Main St., Manchester Center, VT (the former Factory Point Bank). See you there!

Reunion Weekend ’20        

DSC_4574-X2Mark your calendar for Reunion Weekend ’20: Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27, 2020. Come celebrate the first weekend of fall, emerging foliage season, and enjoy food, fun, and reconnecting with classmates back in Manchester and on the Hill. A Reunion schedule and registration will be mailed in early July and visit burrburton.org/alumni for updates and a comprehensive lodging list. Will your class have bragging rights for biggest turnout?

A Vermont first

20191109-234832-bbachampsonline-1-T_92603In their first year in D-I, the varsity football team won the State Championship in November, 47 – 20, against a tough St. Johnsbury team. This makes Burr and Burton’s varsity the first football team in Vermont history to win back-to-back State Championships in D-II and D-I. Go Bulldogs!

No gift at year end? No problem!

If we didn’t make your end-of-the-calendar-year gift list in 2019, no problem. Our fiscal year ends June 30 so there’s still time to support Burr and Burton. Mail your tax-deductible donation today to Burr and Burton, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254 or online anytime at burrburton.org/onlinegiving. Thank you!

Blast from the past

DodgwThank you to Mrs. Mary Cobb of Pawlet, Vermont for donating items from her father, Carroll W. Dodge, Class of 1912 (pictured above) to Burr and Burton’s Archives this past summer. The materials included photos, letters, Burtonians, and a wonderful book “My Golden School Days” which was filled in by Ruth A. Dodge ’21 and in turn included photos and anecdotes. In one letter from Carroll Dodge ’12 to Bob Treat ’55 dated November 20, 1985, Mr. Dodge states “I suppose I was the last graduate to have been offered Greek for graduation from the Seminary, so that at Middlebury I was prepared for third year Greek.” Carroll Dodge served in WW I, attended Middlebury, and received a PhD. from Washington University with a specialty in Botany, and taught at Brown, Harvard, and UVM. We are always grateful for donations of Burr and Burton materials, including Burtonians, to the Archives.

In Memoriam

Stephen “Spike” Clayton 76, December 13, 2019
Dorothy McGuffin Conomos ’43, March 28, 2019
Trudy Fowler-Fadden ’75
, September 30, 2019

Skip Martin, November 18, 2019, Trustee and loyal friend of the school
Wendy Rowland, November 25, 2019, Longtime friend and extraordinary benefactor of Burr and Burton
Stephen Hunter Witt ’61, December 27, 2018 

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October 2019


Merrick Counsell ’75 joins Alumni Association Board

Merrick Counsell '75Longtime Class Liaison and friend of Burr and Burton, Merrick Counsell ’75, was unanimously elected to the Alumni Association Executive Board in October. Merrick has worked extensively in the insurance industry over the years, including Briggs- Fowler and The Richards Group. He is semi-retired, runs an annual canoe trip for teens with the Dorset Church, and likes to ski, hike, kayak, golf, and travel. A fond farewell and thank you to Carol Roberts ’77 who stepped off the Board this fall. Carol is a regular attendee and volunteer at Reunion Weekends, lives in the Burlington, Vermont area, and works in the lab for a baby formula company, Perrigo, in northern Vermont. Merrick joins current Board members Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81 (president), Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65 (secretary), Juliette Gates Britton ’89, Stephen Drunsic ’93, Meredith Ams Fleurie ’05, Liz Hand Mackey ’05, Lisa Kern Rohde ’98, Elizabeth Silsby ’09, and Jon Wilson ’01.

Alumna joins Hildene as Director of Advancement

Nan Bambara '86Nan Bambara ’86 is the new Director of Advancement at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, Vermont. “I’m excited to be joining Hildene, a place that’s familiar to me and to my family, and such a valuable asset to our community and beyond,” said Nan. After graduating from Burr and Burton, Nan worked in the Peace Corps, as well as holding leadership positions in both the private and non-profit sectors in Florida, Maryland, and Vermont. “Nan is coming to Hildene at an important time in our history after four decades of growth,” said President Seth Bongartz ’72 (also the chair of Burr and Burton’s Board of Trustees), who retires at the end of 2019 after 18 years at the helm. “Looking forward, it is important to understand that our work is never done. We can always do better and there are always more lives to touch. We are very fortunate to have generous and loyal supporters and I believe Nan is the right person at the right time to help grow our capacity.” Nan has also served as president of Burr and Burton’s Parent Association.

Candles “in the shadow of Equinox”

KlickWhen your CEO is a 195-year-old mysterious female entrepreneur, you have a fierce obligation to create a respected product that is unique and honors the historical legacy but is loved by customers as well as the planet. The Icy Palmer Candle Company, VT, (IPC), feels they have done just that. The IPC is the lovechild of Melissa Guyette Klick ’76 and is inspired by the iconic legend of Miss Icy Palmer, a Tuscarora Native American who was abandoned in a local sugarhouse in 1824. For the next 87 years, Icy carved out a life of solitary independence by pouring candles, and being a healer, as well as very gifted fortune teller. Melissa graduated from Connecticut College, raised a family, and enjoyed a 30-year career in the not-for-profit arts. In 2016 she founded her candle company which specializes in environmentally friendly soy candles with custom designed art labels. Individually hand-poured and designed in Sunderland, Vermont, Miss Icy and Melissa have become an unstoppable “team,” with product being carried nationally by retail boutiques and Vermont museums. Most recently the IPC collaborated with Lorraine Perry Harrington ’53 to create BBA’s exclusive “In the Shadows of Equinox” signature soy candle. Both Icy and Melissa agree, “never underestimate Vermont women, because we never underestimate ourselves.” Melissa adds that her family is sixth-generation BBS/BBA graduates, including her great, great, grandfather, O.G. Felt, and Melissa’s great grandmother, Libbie Felt. Email icypalmervt@outlook.com.

Wine time

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Brian Allard ’86
studied philosophy and English at Boston College, but most recently received an Executive MBA from Sonoma State University with a focus on the wine industry. Brian works for Bouchaine Vineyards in the Napa Valley. Prior to that he owned retail stores for seven years, a time when he co-founded a children’s charity, largely sponsored by profits from his fashion shows. After 9/11 he hosted a Vermonter for a New York Fire Department fundraiser fashion show at Artesa Winery. The proceeds went to the education trusts set up for the children of fallen NYC firefighters during 9/11. Brian lives in California and hopes to return to Vermont within a few years. “Bouchaine just relaunched in Vermont—it’s giving me a great chance to come back home every few months, in between trips to Chicago to see my brother’s family and my parents.”

Jake Alexoupolos ’09 benefits Special Olympics

Jake AlexopoulosKudos to Jake Alexopoulos ’09 as he continues to use his considerable golf talents in support of Special Olympics. Jake played at the Dorset Field Club in September where he raised over $2,000 as a golf celebrity for Special Olympics Vermont. Jake also played in a golf tournament at Sugarbush Resort Golf Club with Melissa Siner Shea, President and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont. Jake was inducted into Burr and Burton’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

Two alumni join Advisory Council

billfrittscropWe welcome Kym Fox Bromley ’91 (photo not available at time of publication) and Bill Fritts, Jr. ’68 to Burr and Burton’s Advisory Council. Kym runs a dog care business from her farm in Danby, Vermont. Bill was inducted into Burr and Burton’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018 in the Legend category, and after a long career in government and private industry, continues to work in the financial and insurance sector in Indiana. They join other alumni on the Advisory Council Pete Johnson ’58 (vice-chair), Dave Bardin ’71, Pauline Towslee Davison ’68, Peter Henry ’60, and Wendy Rizio ’93.

International connections

Ricky + VeitWe always enjoy when alumni from around the world return to Burr and Burton. It’s also great to hear when alumni get together at a distance, as happened recently when Ruiqi Xue ’17 visited Veit Schopper (a student here in 2015) in Stuttgart, Germany. Ruiqi is from Shenzhen, China, and is currently studying at Middlebury College. Veit lives in Stuttgart.

Sharing Frost’s environment

Carling Berkhout '15Congratulations to Carling Berkhout ’15, the 2019 Robert Frost Stone House Museum Kilpatrick Fellow. As a child growing up in nearby Dorset, Carling recalls visiting the museum as part of an elementary school field trip. Years after her first visit, she has returned to the Frost House as the museum’s Kilpatrick Fellow. Through November 1, 2019, she will assist with programming, marketing, and day-to-day operations. Carling observes, “I like meeting people who aren’t from the area but are stopping here on their way through. They’ll tell me about their relationship to Robert Frost and they walk away having been changed in some way.” Carling graduated from Bennington College this year and adds music to her repertoire, with folk duo, Carling & Will, with Will Mosheim ’03, and the musical trio Surplus Daughters.

Bulldog sightings

Michele Emery shares that Samantha Sullivan ’15 graduated from UVM and is teaching in France this year. Michael Nolan ‘13 and Katie Bourque ’14 taught in the same program last year. David Nolan ’14 is teaching in Spain this year.

Billy Canfield reports Brooke Champine ’17 graduated from Full Sail University with a B.S. in Music Business in an accelerated program and has a flourishing photography business. Visit brookechampine.com. Liam O’Brien ’17 graduated from Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island, with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and was offered many great positions in the culinary industry and stays connected with BBA students and our Student Success Program. Hunter Bovey ’16 is a Heavy Equipment Operator at VTrans, received his CDL from Southwest Vermont Career Development Center (CDC), and has worked his way into this position of responsibility over the last three years.

Alyssa Thompson-Tucker ’04 passed the Boards this fall and is now a Nurse Practitioner on the way to completing a Doctorate in May.

An eventful month for Sheryl Hadeka 04

Sheryl Hadeka '04Thank you to Sheryl Hadeka ’04 for joining us for her 15th Reunion in September. Sheryl received the 6th Annual Alumni Arts Award at the Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony at the Riley Center on Saturday, September 21, 2019. On very short notice she opened the Hall of Fame program by playing the alma mater on the French horn. We are especially grateful, given the trek from Buffalo and that she was just married earlier in the month. Sheryl is the first woman to win a seat in the brass section of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra where she is tenured second horn. Congratulations! To see the complete list of current and past Hall of Fame inductees, visit burrburton.org/alumni and click on Hall of Fame.

Reunion ’19 a wrap

Reu. '19 class of '89 vsn. 2It was a warm, blue-sky last weekend of summer for alumni and families returning to Manchester and the Hill for Reunion Weekend ’19 on September 20 – 22, 2019. Thanks to all alumni from near and far and across the years who joined us. Ruth Stone Fowler ’44 won the most senior alumni award at the Alumni Dinner, joining us for her 75th Reunion. Sean Murphy ’84 trekked all the way from Anchorage, Alaska, and took home the greatest distance prize. The 50th Class of ’69, led by Class Liaison Gayl Heinz ’69, had the biggest turnout at the Alumni Dinner. Linda Griffith ’79 and her band, Doublecross, filled the Trillium Ballroom at Taconic with delightful music, and Bob Stannard ’69 joined Linda for a couple of numbers. It takes many hands to pull off a Reunion Weekend and special thanks to the following alumni and individuals for their help: Melissa Abraham and the staff at Taconic, Adam Annunziata and the crew at Manchester Country Club, Gary Baker ’72, Kathi Frost Bierwirth ’81, Jonathan Bigelow, Lucy Gobbi Costa 81, Stephen Drunsic ’93, Gayl Heinz ’69, Tammy Keyes ’86, Astri and Mike Kilburn ’67, Sheryl Letourneau ’79, Linda Day McKeever ’69, Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65, Dave Miceli, Kyle Murphy ’07, Pete Nicholson, Shannon O’Leary ’04, Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Carol Roberts ’77, Andy Shaw ’75, Molly Smith ’02, Jon Wilson ’01, and students Asa Ackerman-Leist, Hannah Callen, Riley Callen, Carina Crane, Ben DesRoberts, Skylar Dryden, Emma Egbert, Zoe Grigsby, Maialen Hoffman, Sophie Jager, Ciaran Von Ommen Kloeke, Lexi Lacoste, Hannah McArdle, Henry Putney, Sarah Vigue, and Zane Zupan. Thanks to Advancement staff for their tireless efforts Nancy Brown, Pauline de Laszlo, Kate Leach, Margot Page, and Oscar Trugler. And Headmaster Mark Tashjian for leading the way. Thank you all! Photo – Class of ’89 at the Alumni Dinner at Taconic Hotel.

Reunion Weekend ’20?

A save the date postcard for Reunion Weekend ’20 will be sent to all alumni (for whom we have current addresses) in early January or visit burrburton.org/alumni for Reunion ’20 updates.

Reunion Sponsors made it happen

A big Bulldog thank you to our Reunion Sponsors who made possible our biggest alumni event of the year September 20-22, 2019. Please help us thank them with your patronage.

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With the season of giving around the corner, we invite alumni like you to support Burr and Burton. The end of the year is a wonderful time to honor a favorite teacher, coach, or classmate who made a difference in your formative high school years. Your tax-deductible Annual Fund gift helps “grow” the next generation of 750 Burr and Burton students. Visit www.burrburton.org/onlinegiving or mail your donation to Burr and Burton, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254. All alumni making a gift are listed in the Annual Appreciation Report. Thank you!

In Memoriam

Kim Gilbert ’73, August 6, 2019
Carolyn Moore Young ’48, August 13, 2019

Stay connected

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Please share your news and highlights by email or annotated photograph. Forward to Rich Thompson-Tucker in the Alumni Office at rthompson@burrburton.org or call to discuss your news at 802-549-8135. To update your contact information, visit HERE.

Help spread the word about the quarterly Alumni News from the Hill and share this and future issues with your fellow alumni. Many thanks to photographer Gary Baker ’72 for a number of the photos seen here, on our website, in newsletters and other Burr and Burton publications.

Please contact Rich in the Alumni Office with any corrections. Errors and omissions are regretted and purely those of the author.

For more information and the latest about Burr and Burton, visit our website burrburton.org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and in the old Headmaster’s House at Burr and Burton. Please stop by for a visit and tour when your travels bring you back to Manchester!

July 2019

IMG_0567(1)Devin Johnson ’09 brought his many talents back to Manchester in March to benefit Burr and Burton’s Creative Arts Department. Fresh off a performance at the Triad Theater in NYC, Johnson’s “Let The Feet Do The Talkin’: an Evening of Stories, Tap and Song,” lifted our spirits during mud season. Devin is well known as a talented dancer, singer, and actor. He has a degree in Musical Theater Performance from Montclair State University, is a member of Actors Equity, and has performed at numerous regional theaters including the Weston Playhouse, where he was seen in “42nd Street,” “Peter and the Starcatcher,” “Mamma Mia,” and last summer in “West Side Story.” “Let The Feet Do The Talkin’” also featured Burr and Burton students Zoe Grigsby ’20 and Matthew Scott ’20.

Mike Powers ’60 honored at Founders Day

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Michael A. Powers ’60
and his wife, Barbara Powers, were honored at the Founders Day Luncheon at Birchbrook in May for all they have done for Burr and Burton over the years. Mike is a current member of the Board of Trustees, both Mike and Barbara are members of the Joseph Burr Society, and they have served and currently serve on numerous nonprofit organizations near and far. At the Founders Day event, Mike noted, “In a time when most Vermont secondary school’s enrollment is decreasing, BBA has experienced steady growth…. This is a testament of the opportunities and incredible curriculum the school provides to each student individually and collectively.” See the current issue of the Summer VIEW newsletter for the full story. We are grateful to Mike and Barbara Powers for their extraordinary support of our students.

Remembering Alex Johnson 79

JohnsonWe were saddened by the passing of Alex Johnson ’79 in February. Alex was a standout athlete on the varsity football team, and a star basketball player during his four years at Burr and Burton. He is one of only two Burr and Burton students to play on four consecutive State Championship basketball teams (along with Angel Rivera ’79 in ’76, ’77, ’78, and ’79), and the lone Burr and Burton player and only one of nine in Vermont with over 1,000 rebounds in their high school career. For many years he was part of the family business, Johnson and Son Landscaping. Tremendous thanks to the many alumni and friends who made donations in memory of Alex to support boys and girls basketball at Burr and Burton. Members of Alex’s family and fellow basketball players met at the school this past spring to talk about his life. Pictured at the marble steps in front of the Seminary, left to right, Burr and Burton basketball captains Carol Herbert ’21, Jake Baker ’19, Sue Vaccaro ’84, Carl Johnson ’81, Patrick Forstmann ’19, Tommy Baker ’20, and Ashley Heaton ’20.

Annual Giving thanks

DSC_0312It would be impossible to describe the breadth and depth of what goes on at Burr and Burton from day to day in this short space. Alumni support makes possible over 170 academic courses, an amazing array of arts, music, and performing arts, and a long list of sports and athletics from Alpine to Ultimate (frisbee) and everything in-between. And then add in the Target Program, Success Program, Mountain Campus, Dene Farm, and after school Clubs. Your support makes a wonderful difference and we thank the many alumni who contributed their time, talent, and treasure during the past year, July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019! A big round of applause to our Annual Giving volunteers who helped us get to the finish line this spring: Stephen Drunsic ’93, Meredith Ams Fleurie ’05, Liz Hand Mackey ’05, Jill Merrow ’85, Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65, Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Lisa Kern Rohde ’98, and Jon Wilson ’01.

Abe Madkour ’86 was named publisher of Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Abe MadkourDaily. “Abe is a highly respected voice in the sports business community and a trusted and valued colleague,” said SBJ founder and chairman Whitney Shaw. “This promotion gives him responsibility not just for the content and product sides of Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily but also the audience, sales and marketing sides.” Abe will continue as executive editor of the Journal and Daily, and SBJ’s conference group will report to him as well. Abe joined Sports Business Daily when it launched in August 1994 and became editor-in-chief two years later. He was named executive editor of the Journal and Daily in 2003. Earlier in his career, Abe was a legislative aide for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont and also worked for the Washington Bullets and Baltimore Orioles. Abe is a graduate of the University of Vermont. 

Spreading the word about the 45th

nancyandkevindorsethollow10162016We welcome Kevin O’Toole ’74 as our newest Class Liaison. He shared the following for this issue. After attending Burr and Burton (then Seminary and now Academy), Kevin graduated from University of Vermont in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. After a short stint at an advertising agency in upstate New York, Kevin went on to the University of Notre Dame Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1982. He missed Vermont, and returned to establish a general law practice in Pawlet in 1984 before moving into his present office in Dorset Village in 1986. In the best move he ever made, Kevin married Nancy Field in 1996 and they continue to reside in Dorset. Kevin still plays golf and does not ski nearly as well as he should after 26 years of winter weekends at Bromley as a ticket checker. Since 1987, Kevin has been a member of the Dorset Players and has participated backstage as well as making an occasional appearance on stage. He looks back fondly on his time at Burr and Burton, when he clearly had no clue but was open to suggestions. Kevin looks forward to seeing those who can make it from the class of ’74 to our 45th reunion.

New Advancement Director at the helm

Screen Shot 2019-07-03 at 12.08.09 PMWith Cindy Gubb retiring April 1 after 13 years leading the Advancement Office, we welcomed a new advancement director at the end of May. Kate Leach comes to Burr and Burton from Dartmouth College, where she helped guide strategy and operations for Leadership and Regional Giving in the ongoing $3B capital campaign. Her professional background also includes communications-focused work in politics and corporate PR. A DC native, Kate had the great fortune to marry a dairy farmer in Pawlet; she and her husband Seth live on the family farm, and her son James looks forward to joining BBA in the class of 2027! 

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A big shout out to our former Bulldogs who are doing great things after their high school careers are over. Former Burr and Burton hockey players Nathan Severance ’17 and Alex Carpenter (Mt. Anthony ’18) helped lead the New England Wolves (Eastern Hockey League) to a championship victory in style with a comeback win in the 3rd period! Alex Carpenter was named MVP of the Championship game with two goals and an assist. Sam Cottrell ’18 played the 2018-19 season with the Northern Cyclones, a junior ice hockey organization playing in the U.S. Premier Hockey League. The team plays their home games at the Cyclones Arena in Hudson, New Hampshire.

Reunion Weekend – September 20 – 22, 2019

Screen Shot 2019-07-03 at 12.06.52 PMDon’t miss the fun! Connect with classmates during a revamped Reunion Weekend ’19. On Friday evening, join us for the Alumni Social at the Manchester Country Club. Then, we’re mixing it up this year with Linda Griffith ’79 and her band, Doublecross, playing at the Alumni Dinner at a new venue, the Kimpton Taconic Hotel in Manchester Village on Saturday evening. See the full schedule and register online at burrburton.org/reunion. Alumni, class of ’74 and older, and classes ending in 4 and 9 will be receiving the printed schedule and registration form by mail shortly. Contact the Alumni Office for more information or if you would like to help sponsor or can spare an hour to volunteer: Rich at rthompson@burrburton.org or Pauline at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org. See you in September!

Congratulations Hall of Fame 2019 inductees

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Cheer on our newest inductees at the Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony, Saturday, September 21, 2019, 4 PM, Riley Center for the Arts during Reunion Weekend. All are welcome.

Kristen A. Palmer ’09

Trevor L. Pollock ’09

Special Olympian
Travis E. Baker ’11

William J. West ’65

Dan DeForest

Team Award
1998, 1999, and 2000 Girls Varsity Soccer Teams

Friends of Athletics
John and Lynne Sanders

Alumni Service Award
Lyman K. Orton ’59

Alumni Achievement Award
James B. Campbell ’62

E.H. Henry Distinguished Faculty and Staff Award
Dawne Polis

6th Annual Alumni Arts Award
Sheryl Hadeka ’04

Thanks to the alumni and friends making up the committees who choose the Hall of Fame inductees:

Athletic Hall of Fame Committee – Chair Kathi Frost Bierwirth ’81, Ed Campbell ’70, Dan DeForest, Jeff Houghton, Steve Houghton, Dave Miceli, Bonnie Niles, Ed Panzarino ’91, and John Wright ’66.

Alumni Recognition Awards Committee and Alumni Arts Award Committee (combined this year): Chair Wendy Newhouse Gawlik ’77, Chair Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Neil Freebern, Judy Harwood, Peter Henry ’60, Richard “Ace” Manley ’58, Mike Powers ’60, Andy Shaw ’75, and Denise Kilburn Tuttle ’80.

Blast from the past

MHS Photographs 049In 1894 a cyclone blew through Manchester Village causing extensive damage to Burr and Burton Seminary, toppling the Gothic style belfry (which landed near the front door!), and tearing most of the roof off the annex. It uprooted over 100 trees, destroyed houses and toppled chimneys, according to reports in the New York Times. There were no fatalities. It took the Junior Alumni Association 5 years to raise the $500 through public subscription needed for a new tower and bell, which was completed in 1899. Courtesy of the Manchester Historical Society.

In Memoriam

Alexander Johnson ’79, February 23, 2019
Tammy Ouellette King ’86, April 27, 2019
Timothy G. McNally ’07, April 15, 2019
Helen Nichols Tyler ’44, April 13, 2019

Stay connected

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Please share your news and highlights by email or annotated photograph. Forward to Rich Thompson-Tucker in the Alumni Office at rthompson@burrburton.org or call to discuss your news at 802-549-8135. To update your contact information, visit HERE.

Help spread the word about the quarterly Alumni News from the Hill and share this and future issues with your fellow alumni. Many thanks to photographer Gary Baker ’72 for a number of the photos seen here, on our website, in newsletters and other Burr and Burton publications.

Please contact Rich in the Alumni Office with any corrections. Errors and omissions are regretted and purely those of the author.

For more information and the latest about Burr and Burton, visit our website burrburton.org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and in the old Headmaster’s House at Burr and Burton. Please stop by for a visit and tour when your travels bring you back to Manchester!

April 2019


Alumnus in Cowboy Hall of Fame

image1Following 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 E. Baum 5Sarah 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!”

Nicole and Chris ConteChris 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.

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Sally Baldwin Utiger and Albert “Bill” Bowen from the class of ’48 joined us for their 70th Reunion.

Class of '58, ViewCelebrating 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.

Class of '98 for April '19 News fr. HillReturning 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

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

Gayl Heinz '69

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

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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

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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

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Reunion Weekend 2019

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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 rthompson@burrburton.org or Pauline at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org 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 rthompson@burrburton.org for sponsor information.

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Diplomas rescinded for certain years

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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

Class of 1901Graduating 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.

In Memoriam

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

Stay connected

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Please share your news and highlights by email or annotated photograph. Forward to Rich Thompson-Tucker in the Alumni Office at rthompson@burrburton.org or call to discuss your news at 802-549-8135. To update your contact information, visit HERE.

Help spread the word about the quarterly Alumni News from the Hill and share this and future issues with your fellow alumni. Many thanks to photographer Gary Baker ’72 for a number of the photos seen here, on our website, in newsletters and other Burr and Burton publications.

Please contact Rich in the Alumni Office with any corrections. Errors and omissions are regretted and purely those of the author.

For more information and the latest about Burr and Burton, visit our website burrburton.org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and in the old Headmaster’s House at Burr and Burton. Please stop by for a visit and tour when your travels bring you back to Manchester!

January 2019


Alumnus chosen as architect for Rowland Project

Kyle_HeadshotKyle Murphy ’07 was chosen by Burr and Burton in November as the architect for the $20 million Rowland Project. Headmaster Mark Tashjian stated, “I am pleased to announce that the Rowland Project Team reached a unanimous decision to select BBA alumnus Kyle Murphy ’07 and his firm Kato Architects as the design architect. He will work in partnership with ZGF Architects, a firm we found to be extraordinary; ZGF will serve as the architect of record. From our first professional introduction to Kyle, we were impressed with his vision, creativity, commitment to this project, deep love and understanding of the BBA community, tremendous talent, and personal humility. Kyle articulated a design process that will involve embedding himself in our community and he demonstrated that this project will be every bit as important to him as it is to us.

ZGF Architects is a firm introduced to us by Kyle. As with Kyle, we were impressed by their design capabilities, and they bring a wide range of experience and expertise. As one of their partners explained, ZGF creates buildings ‘of the place, for the community,’ a philosophy that fits perfectly with our goals for the new building and courtyard space.”

The building design process will launch in earnest in January once the Rowland Project Team, working with faculty and staff, has reached decisions about the purpose and programming for the new building.

Erdman sculpture planned for new building

Miranda, with RichardWe received amazing news this fall from sculptor Richard Erdman ’71 about his plans to donate a sculpture for the new educational building. “It is with great pleasure that I offer the stone sculpture Miranda to Burr and Burton Academy, in the hope that it will bring inquisitive joy to generations of students and educators past, present, and future. My time at Burr and Burton provided some of my earliest encounters with the spirit of creativity, nurturing my curiosity and confidence as an artist and learner. The Manchester/Dorset area was the birthplace of the American marble industry, and my daily life was infused with the majestic stone from a young age. At Burr and Burton, these intellectual and physical environments merged to have an impact beyond measure, allowing my career as a sculptor to take root and flourish.

Hewn from rich black and fossil-laden Petit Granite, Miranda strives to merge the awesome weight of history and geological time with gentle, playful movement. It simultaneously captures the lightness of a ribbon in the wind and the tradition of modernist anthropomorphism — but remains ever open to interpretation. As in education, closer inspection of Miranda is rewarded with exciting discoveries — in this case, preserved fossilized ancient life forms.

I am honored for this work to be integrated into the Rowland Project, as a complement to fellow alumnus Kyle Murphy’s architectural design. Here, Miranda can serve as a lasting tribute to the myriad doors opened to generations of young people by Burr and Burton.”

Christmas Days turns 50

Linda M.The latest holiday issue of Stratton Magazine features alumna Linda Day McKeever ’69 and Christmas Days in Sunderland. The family business which Linda now runs with her husband, Andrew McKeever, along with co-worker of 20 years, Ellen Hains, has reached the very impressive milestone of 50 years in 2019. Christmas Days was started by Linda’s parents, Vi and Bill Day, back in 1969 in two rooms at the Enchanted Doll House in Manchester Center. Her parents expanded and moved the business to its current location in Sunderland on Route 7A. Forty-three Christmas trees and thousands of ornaments, lights, and decorations of every kind adorn the shop, which is open year-round. Linda also marks another milestone in 2019 with her 50th Burr and Burton Reunion this fall. Congratulations!

Making it in Vermont

Alumns View 1Four alumni were featured in the Winter VIEW in December for making it in the Green Mountain State through a combination of resourcefulness, innovation, entrepreneurship, and hard work. Marisa Mauro ’03, owner of Ploughgate Creamery at Bragg Farm in Fayston; Paul Carroccio ’96, owner of TPW in Manchester Center; Kyle Bushee ’06, a veterinarian at Aeolus Animal Hospital & Equine Center in Manchester; and Juliette Gates Britton ’89, who with her husband, Tim Britton, resurrected and runs J.J. Hapgood Store in Peru. If you didn’t receive The VIEW in December, contact the Alumni Office for a complimentary copy.

Jon Wilson ’01 joins Alumni Association

nonameIn an unanimous vote this fall, the Alumni Association Board welcomes Jon Wilson ’01 as its newest member. Jon is a Burr and Burton graduate who returned as a teacher six years ago. Jon grew up in Manchester, attended Manchester Elementary Middle School K-8, and followed in his two older brothers’ footsteps by attending Burr and Burton. After graduating in 2001, he went to Colorado College where he majored in Political Science and minored in Journalism. Immediately after college, Jon was married to his college sweetheart, Amy, and moved back east where Jon worked for a politician in Boston for nearly two years. A cancer diagnosis soon taught Jon that life is short and there was no time like the present to pursue his dream career as a teacher so he resigned from his position and Jon and Amy moved back to Vermont to start a family and careers in public service. Since moving back to Vermont, Jon has run a nonprofit, chaired a local school board, and is currently spending a lot of time raising his two daughters who attend MEMS. Jon is a Social Studies teacher at BBA who specializes in teaching economics and entrepreneurship. Jon joins Alumni Association Board members Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81 (president), Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65 (secretary), Juliette Gates Britton ’89, Stephen Drunsic ’93, Meredith Ams Fleurie ’05, Astri Eckhoff Kilburn ’67, Liz Hand Mackey ’05, Carol Roberts ’77, and Elizabeth Silsby ’09.

Bulldogs Connect – Burlington

DSC_0556Alumni, spouses, and friends packed the Library Room at Ri Ra’s Irish Pub in November for Burr and Burton’s annual alumni event in Burlington. Thanks to Boris Funtow ’71 and Whitney Heingartner ’05 for co-hosting and to all who joined us! In alphabetical order: Anthony Alichwer ’03, Greg ’76 and Cindy Carrano, Stephen “Spike” Clayton ’76, Thomas Clayton, Don Edson ’73, Richard Erdman ’71, Boris Funtow ’71, Fred ’59 and Meg Hadley, Kylee Heingartner ’08, Whitney Heingartner ’05, Dan Hutner ’02, Roy Johnson ’69, Sarah Johnson ’07, Katherine Kjelleren, Drew ’05 and Gillian ’05 MacKinnon, Tina Madkour-Companion ’77, Charlotte Palmer ’12, Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Kristen Palmer ’09, Lucy Prouty ’09, Carol Roberts ’77, Matt Rosenthal ’10, John ’92 and Michelle Rovnak, Carolyn Rovnak Weber ’85 and Patrick Weber, Robert “Ski” ’82 and Amanda Wilczynski, and Gordie ’59 and Dorothy Wilkins. Not pictured: Barbara Kehaya ’39, Barbara and Jerry Allen, and Tasha Cornell Lansbury ’84

Alumna donates holiday card art

Belltower Christmas 2018The Seminary building graced the cover of Burr and Burton’s holiday card again this year thanks to the artistry of Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81. This is the second year in a row Gloria has donated an original work to the school for the holiday card. Gloria is the executive director of Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) located in Dorset, Vermont (visit greenmtnacademy.org for upcoming programs). Gloria’s daughters Kristen Palmer ’09 and Charlotte Palmer ’12 also graduated from Burr and Burton. Our thanks to Gloria for providing such lovely artwork for the card

Oil essentials

Sharon Licalzi '86 copyTammy Keyes ’86 shared about Sharon Masiello Licalzi ’86, who lives in Tampa with her husband, five children (one is a United States Navy veteran), and a granddaughter. Sharon works in financial services; however her passion is in essential oils after a friend recommended using aromatherapy to quit smoking. Sharon is an independent distributor for Young Living Essential Oils and shares her smoke-free success teaching classes on essential oils and spreading awareness of reducing toxin exposure in everyday household items by switching to chemical-free products made with oils. “Discovering the world of essential oils was a huge awakening,” Sharon says. It is now her goal to help others live a toxin-free lifestyle and the benefits of a membership with Young Living, mentoring them as they learn about switching to all-natural products. To learn more about Sharon, Young Living Essential Oils, and helpful tips, visit her website myyl.com/SharonLicalzi.

Painting donated

IMG_1244 copyOur thanks to Lorraine Perry Harrington ’53 for donating her original “Seminary by Moonlight” painting to Burr and Burton this past fall. Her painting was on loan and hung on the wall by the headmaster’s office for the past few years. When Lorraine attended her 65th Reunion in October, she saw the painting and decided to make the loan a permanent gift to the school. Lorraine currently resides in Florida. Thank you!

Reunion Weekend 18

Rainbow BBAAlumni are well aware that mid-October in Vermont can bring a variety of weather from crisp, sunny days to Nor’easters, and, in rare cases, snow. This year was a breezy mix of cold, rain, and intermittent sun capped with two rainbows at the end of the football game on Saturday. The less-than-stellar weather didn’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of alumni and families who returned to Manchester for Reunion.

'68 Class Gift check passing, View or News from HillHeadmaster Mark Tashjian received the 50th Reunion class of ’68 gift from Class Liaisons Dulce Bongartz Bird ’68 and Donna Tuttle Wald ’68 during the Alumni Dinner at the Equinox Hotel on Reunion Weekend. Thanks to the fifteen members of the 50th class of ’68 for their outright and legacy gifts: Dulce Bongartz Bird, Pauline Towslee Davison, Mildred Clough Dunn, Edward Ferenc, John R. Finlay, William Fritts, Jr., Frank Harrigan, Donald Hazelton, Patricia Gilbert Hughes, Ron LaMontagne, Margaret Skinner, Ronald C. Smith, Christopher Swezey IV, Donna Tuttle Wald, and Susan Wyman. After the check-passing photo above, we received another contribution from a member of ’68 bringing the total Class Gift to $17,850. Thank you to all who generously supported Burr and Burton with class gifts this year!

Our thanks to all who joined us on October 12 – 14, 2018. And to those alumni, faculty, staff, and students who pitched in despite the weather to run tents, greet alumni, set up events, and a hundred other tasks. Thank you * Derek Andersen at the Dene Farm, * Andy Dahlstrom, Harriet Dahlstrom ’20, and Ciaran Van Ommen Kloeke ’21 at the Mountain Campus, * photographer Gary Baker ’72, * Trustee and Chair of the Board Seth Bongartz ’72, * football game announcer Jamie Briggs, * Juliette Gates Britton ’89 and JJ Hapgood Store, * sponsors Paul ’96 and Chrissy Carroccio and their business TPW, * Class Liaisons Dulce Bongartz Bird ’68, John Scieszka ’93, Deb Holton-Smith ’73, Sally Baldwin Utiger ’48, Donna Tuttle Wald ’68, Stan Wilbur ’58, and Nicole Chabot Winchip ’83 for going the extra mile * Lucy Gobbi Costa ’81 and her company Promotional Incentives, * sponsors Stephen ’93 and Christian Goff Drunsic, * sponsors Meredith Ams Fleruie ’05, Jon Ams ’02, Chip Ams and their business Finn & Stone Insurance, * Hall of Fame Committees led by Kathi Frost Bierwirth ’81 (Athletics), Wendy Newhouse Gawlik ’77 (Alumni Recognition), and Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81 (Alumni Arts) – see the July 2018 News from the Hill for a listing of all Committee members, * Equinox Valley Football Club Cheerleaders, * sponsor and volunteer Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65, * sponsor Ron LaMontagne ’68, and Judi and Ron’s company LaMontagne Real Estate LLC, * Amy Walter Chamberlain ’85 and the crew at The Perfect Wife, * Ryan Frank ’19, Cece Kersten ’19, and Gavriel Levis ’22 for their work on the Hall of Fame Ceremony, * volunteer Tammy Keyes ’86, * sponsor and volunteer Astri Kilburn ’67 and Mike Kilburn ’67 and Dee’s Electric, * volunteer Liz Hand Mackey ’05, * Athletic Director Dave Miceli, * faculty Kevin Morrison, * Melissa Michaud in the School and College Counseling Office, * MC of both the Hall of Fame and Alumni Dinner again this year Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, * Student Ambassadors who led tours and sold raffle tickets Finuala Cree ’21, Carson Cutler ’21, Avery Gilgallon ’19, Sophie Jager ’21, Ciaran Van Ommen Kloeke ’21, Sage Lalor ’19, Aisha Navarrete ’19, Olivia Saunders ’19, Olivia Watanabe ’19, Sean Young ’19, Zane Zupan ’20, * theater master Jim Raposa, * volunteer Carol Roberts ’77, * volunteer Elizabeth Silsby ’09, * Nate Williams ’18, * everyone from the Class of ’68 who contributed to their 50th Class Gift (see photo and write-up above), * a special shout-out to the Class of ’93 for their support, * all other alumni who contributed to their Class Gift, * our amazing Maintenance Department, * our ever-enthusiastic Headmaster Mark Tashjian, * and our high-energy Advancement Office Nancy Brown, Pauline de Laszlo, Cindy Gubb, Margot Page, and Oscar Trugler.

Feedback from Reunion Weekend ’18 or suggestions for next year? Contact the Alumni Office: Rich at 802-549-8135, rthompson@burrburton.org or Pauline at 802-549-8277, pdelaszlo@burrburton.org.

Save the date – Reunion ’19!

Reunion Weekend ’19 is Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22, 2019. A save-the-date postcard will be mailed in January to all alumni* from the class of ’74 and older, and classes ending in 4 and 9. Or visit burrburton.org/alumni for additional information, lodging, and updates. Alumni and families from all classes are welcome.
* For whom we have current mailing addresses.

A big thank you to our Reunion Sponsors!

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Second National soccer championship

IMG_0916Georgia Lord ’18* (lying down right of trophy), a sophomore at Williams College, recently won her second (back-to-back) NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer National Championship with the Ephs. Georgia is a versatile starter who played outside and center midfielder, and also at the forward position. Georgia plans to double major in psychology and economics. While at Burr and Burton, her team won the Vermont Division I Girls’ Soccer Championship in 2016. * She graduated from Burr and Burton in her junior year.

Before the Show a Titanic success

before the showIt was a small but enthusiastic group who attended the Before the Show Reception this fall, followed by complimentary tickets to Titanic: Tragedy and Trial. Photo from left to right: Barbara Powers, Barbara Price, Christine Bongartz, Cyndi MacDonald ’78, Charlotte Palmer ’12 (front), Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Seth Bongartz ’72, Carol Bresko O’Connor ’67, Mike Powers ’60, Sarah Russell Stefanak ’87, and Jon Wilson ’01. All Class Liaisons were invited along with a number of local alumni. Contact the Alumni Office if you would like to be added to the invitation list for the Before the Show Reception and spring musical, The All Night Strut, in May.

You didn’t miss it!

proxy.duckduckgo.comIf a gift to your alma mater was forgotten in the holiday rush, here’s good news to start the new year. Burr and Burton’s fiscal year doesn’t end until June 30 so there’s still time to make a gift to the Annual Fund, Target Program, Student Success Program, E.H. Henry Fund, James Dooley ’60 Fund, or other endowed fund. Whatever gift level you choose, your support makes a meaningful difference in a long tradition of dedicated and caring teachers, and a range of educational opportunities. Make a tax-deductible gift today or online anytime at burrburton.org/onlinegiving. Thank you! And thanks to Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Astri Eckhoff Kilburn ’67, Juliette Gates Britton ’89, and Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65 for being part of the Alumni Appeal Party in November.

Remembering our alumni

We lost two close members of our alumni community this fall. We are saddened by the passing of Halley Grabarz Monforte ’02 after a long battle with cancer in late September. Halley received her Bachelor’s degree from Castleton University. She was a teacher at Take Five Daycare in Manchester. Halley loved hockey, as both a player and coach. She loved the theater, the seashore, and most of all, time spent with her family and three children. At Burr and Burton, Halley played soccer, field hockey, softball, hockey, and was also active in the theater all four years. Halley is the daughter of Gary and Mary Grabarz, and married to Zach Monforte. Both Mary and Zach work at Burr and Burton. A celebration of Halley’s life was held at Burr and Burton on September 28, 2018.

Burr and Burton lost an alumnus and popular new science teacher with the passing of Ian Pollock ’04 in early November. Ian was known for his infectious enthusiasm, sense of humor, passion for teaching, and his Block Island Fishing Academy where he taught thousands of inner-city children over many summers about fishing, nature, and the ocean. He was part of two state championship teams at Burr and Burton, soccer and ice hockey, and also played lacrosse. He graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and early childhood education. Ian’s mother Lani Lovisa also works at Burr and Burton. Ian was remembered at a celebration of life at Burr and Burton on November 18, 2018.

Alumni from October blast mark 60th

Class of '59This ’59 photo, compliments of Lyman Orton ’59 and the Manchester Historical Society, was posted without names in the October News from the Hill. A Burr and Burton ballcap for naming where the photo was taken at the school (we’ll pick a winner from the correct answers – contact information below). The class of ’59 celebrates its 60th Reunion this year.

Back row (left to right) Dick Hulett, Albert Mattison, Fred “Shorty” Stone, Bob Vassar, Chris Johnson, Ulrich Wenicker, Gordon Wilkins, and Alan Wood.

Third row (left to right) Chris Bryant, Pete Graves, Bill Bischoff, Fred Hadley, Neil Corliss, Porter Hulett, Ev Elliott, Nelson Smith, Lyman Orton, Karl Wieneke, and Dick Brownell.

Second row (left to right) Joanne Markey, Johnny Nichols, Walter Lightfoot, Harry Kristiansen, Vinnie Higuera, John Kapusta, Ray Senecal, Jerry Hill, John Stewart, Charlie Bentley, Carole Hill, and Maureen Mattison.

Front row (left to right) Mr. John Fay, Mary Waters, Donna Crosby, Marilyn Bacon, Cathy Bovey, Patti Mattison, Jennifer Marsden, Janet McCory, Betty Balch, Liz Bovey, Martha Tobin, and Mr. Roy Barstow.

In Memoriam

Robert P. Fowler ’43, September 17, 2018
Halley Grabarz Monforte ’02, September 24, 2018
Dale L. Norse ’72, December 1, 2018
Ian L. Pollock ’04, November 4, 2018
Donald S. Taylor ’43, July 23, 2017

Stay connected

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Please share your news and highlights by email or annotated photograph. Forward to Rich Thompson-Tucker in the Alumni Office at rthompson@burrburton.org or call to discuss your news at 802-549-8135. To update your contact information, visit HERE.

Help spread the word about the quarterly Alumni News from the Hill and share this and future issues with your fellow alumni. Many thanks to photographer Gary Baker ’72 for a number of the photos seen here, on our website, in newsletters and other Burr and Burton publications.

Please contact Rich in the Alumni Office with any corrections. Errors and omissions are regretted and purely those of the author.

For more information and the latest about Burr and Burton, visit our website burrburton.org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and in the old Headmaster’s House at Burr and Burton. Please stop by for a visit and tour when your travels bring you back to Manchester!

October 2018

Making music

Linda Griffith '79 photo
Ben Beers ’61
shared about alumna Linda Griffith ’79 (pictured here with her band) and her music career that started in Vermont. Her website tells the story: “Linda began playing guitar at age eight with her dad in her hometown of Danby, Vermont. She added bass guitar, drums, and piano at age 13. After moving to Wheeling, West Virginia, Linda performed at local venues in an all-girl band and was in the Wheeling Jamboree. She is known in Cincinnati as a versatile singer and utility player. With song choices from multiple genres and eras, she sings and plays with unbounded energy.” Visit doublecrossmusic.com for more information.

Sisters in health care

Louisa, KelseyCongratulations to Louisa Michl Petzing ’05 who just earned her PhD in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Louisa took her first psychology course at Burr and Burton, and studied at Middlebury before pursuing her PhD and working with cases of childhood trauma, among other things. Her sister, Kelsey Michl Smith ’03, also a Burr and Burton grad, is an operating room nurse on Long Island. Kelsey and Louisa are pictured here with Kelsey’s son, Alden.

Robert Frost, Walter Hard ’00, and Burr and Burton

Margi and Peter HenryPeter Henry ’60, son of former Headmaster Al Henry, made an extraordinary donation of Robert Frost and Walter Hard (class of 1900) materials to the school in August. Peter is pictured here reviewing the items with Burr and Burton Librarian Margi Putney. Peter describes his gift of books of poetry, letters, reflections, and annual Christmas poems by Robert Frost and Walter and Margaret Hard as “fulfilling a mission long standing. Their work reveals a simple and dedicated friendship with the school we know so well. My father, Al, quietly cherished these relationships over the years, particularly the graduation visits by Robert Frost in ’44 and ’49. Walter and Margaret Hard lived here in the Village, running the Johnny Appleseed Bookstore and staying close to school life. Al looked upon Walter as a kindly father figure in absence of his own. So now you (Headmaster Mark Tashjian), as Head, will fulfill the “promise” of this Vermont mountain school, a shining star as we move toward the future with great anticipation. We appreciate your vitality and vision that accompanies this school’s bright and growing tradition of scholarship.”

Remembering Sandy Casey ’00

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It was a year ago on October 1, 2017 when Sandy Casey ’00 was gunned down in a mass shooting in Las Vegas. Following the tragedy, a number of articles appeared in the Manchester Journal, Bennington Banner, and other newspapers about the accomplished young woman who was already making a difference in her 35 years. At Burr and Burton, Sandy’s teachers recall her enthusiasm, energy, and spirit. Her basketball coaches spoke of her teamwork and positive attitude. Following Burr and Burton, Sandy attended the College of Saint Joseph in Rutland, and earned a Masters in Special Education from Assumption College. She went on to a career in special education in California, serving students in middle school. Sandy’s school superintendent called her “a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students.” Her family remembers Sandy sending her sister Tanya Casey ’05 the quote, “Life is not about waiting out the storm, but dancing in the rain.” At this one-year anniversary of Sandy’s untimely death, we remember a young woman who was a role model, full of spirit, humor, and good works. The Sandy Casey Scholarship Fund was established in 2017 by the family of Sandy Casey with major support from the Bennington Banner, Manchester Journal, Burr and Burton Academy, Southwestern Vermont Health Care, and friends of Sandy. Its goal is to benefit Bennington County students who combine academic achievement with a desire to work with children. If you wish to make a gift, donations may be made directly to the Sandy Casey Scholarship Fund, in care of the Bennington Banner, 425 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201; or by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/sandycaseyscholarshipfund. Donors and their contributions will be listed periodically in the paper unless otherwise noted. Donations are tax-deductible.

Sam Watson ’96 – great strides with The Samfund

IMG_1971-SamFund-3_22_18-CityWinery-RussoSamantha Eisenstein Watson ’96 celebrated a few big wins this year for her organization, The Samfund, which helps young adults across the country recover financially from cancer. In May, The Samfund’s 15th anniversary event in New York City raised $250,000 and included special guests Michael Strahan, Bravo Top Chef contestant Fatima Ali, and Kenneth Cole. This year also brought several feature articles (in Stat News, Boston Voyager, American Journal of Managed Care, and Cure Magazine), and a new academic paper, addressing the challenges of family building after cancer, was recently accepted to Psycho-Oncology. And there are two more major milestones within reach: a new policy initiative (spearheaded by The Samfund and Critical Mass) that would provide cancer patients an automatic six-month student loan deferment during treatment, and the awarding of The Samfund’s two millionth grant dollar. Both are close to becoming a reality! Sam lives just outside of Boston with her husband and two children (Alex, age 8, and Emmy, age 6), and their dog, Bella. August marked the 17th anniversary of Sam’s bone marrow transplant and she is incredibly grateful to lead a happy and healthy life.

Reunion Weekend ’18 – a chance to reconnect

Class of '77 Winter View '17,11,15,17Whether you’re a 3, 8, or other graduation year, don’t miss a chance to reconnect with your classmates at Reunion Weekend ’18 from Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback that the move to the fall and the choices offered make it a fun time for our alumni, spouses, and families,” observes Rich Thompson-Tucker in the Alumni Office. Are you celebrating a 75th, 5th, or somewhere in-between? Visit burrburton.org/alumni and click on 2018 Reunion to register and for a list of lodging options. The Alumni Dinner at the Equinox Hotel on Saturday evening has sold out in recent years so don’t delay. Call the Alumni Office: Pauline at 802-549-8277 or Rich at 802-549-8135 for a Reunion brochure or more information. Volunteers welcome. The Class of 1977 pictured here had the biggest class turnout at the Alumni Dinner last year. Will your class have bragging rights in 2018?

Reunion Sponsors make it possible

A big round of applause to the following alumni, friends, and businesses who are generously sponsoring Reunion Weekend ’18! It wouldn’t be the same without you.

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Bulldogs Connect – Burlington on November 7th

RiRa pubBoris Funtow ’71 and Whitney Heingartner ’05 invite alumni and spouses to join them for a fun evening. Bulldogs Connect – Burlington is an annual tradition that started with Barb Bardin ’69 at Splash at the Boathouse. This year it will be held at Ri Ra Irish Pub on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7 PM, in their newly renovated Library Room. Door prizes and complimentary appetizers, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Ri Ra is located on 123 Church Street in Burlington, Vermont, at the corner of Church and College Street. Plenty of parking nearby. RSVP today to Rich Thompson-Tucker in the Alumni Office at 802-549-8135, rthompson@burrburton.org. See you there!

A tribute to Don Otis

Don Otis
A celebration of the life of Don Otis was held on July 29, 2018 at Burr and Burton’s Rowland Center. Don was a dedicated and talented science teacher at Burr and Burton from 1951-1980, assistant headmaster for many years, interim headmaster from 1977-1978, and longtime friend of the school. His daughter, Alison Otis Watah ’72, organized the memorial gathering and over 80 family members, past colleagues, students, and friends attended. We are saddened to lose such an important member of the Burr and Burton family and honor his many contributions to the school.

Artist inspired by nature

Rebecca Jewelry
Thanks to Class Liaison Tammy Keyes ’86 for this update about classmate Rebecca Leonard (at Burr and Burton as a freshman and sophomore): “Rebecca is an artist who attended Massachusetts Art & Design as an illustrator, however her true love was in jewelry design and creation. Fuchsia Bloom Studio is going strong for over 20 years and Rebecca’s unique handmade jewelry is inspired by nature and all things vintage. She uses beach glass, crystals, and upcycled vintage components from pins, earrings, and necklaces to create one-of-a-kind pieces, each one telling its own story. My favorite pieces are Rebecca’s Ocean Blue beach glass with Silver Starfish and anything with Aquamarine, as it brings back fond memories of the beaches in Newport and Block Island! I’m sure the graduating class of ’86 would love to see Rebecca at our 35th Reunion in 2021 – so don’t be a stranger, Rebecca, and bring a few trunks filled with your jewelry. Although Rebecca still resides in Rhode Island, you can visit her store from anywhere in the world. To learn more about this artist, including commissioning of custom pieces, visit her shop at http://fuchsiabloomstudio.etsy.com or like her on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/fuchsia-bloom-studio. Rebecca has two children, a daughter, Cate, and son, Bren.” 

A force for change

noname-11Your contribution to Burr and Burton does make a difference. No matter the level, your gift helps this school remain independent, while supporting a range of educational opportunities for 757 students. Your donation also maintains a long tradition of dedicated and caring teachers and headmasters dating back to the schools’ first class of students in 1832. If you were inspired by a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, headmaster, or staff member at Burr and Burton, pay it forward with a gift to the Annual Fund. The appeal will reach you soon. Please respond with a tax-deductible gift to your alma mater and the current generation of Burr and Burton students. Be the change. Reply by mail or online anytime at burrburton.org and click on “Make a Gift.”

Make a gift here: http://www.burrburton.org/onlinegiving

Looking for a few good Class Liaisons

Uncle Sam
Do you know someone from your class who enjoyed their Burr and Burton years? Likes to stay connected with classmates? Is a whiz at Facebook and social media? Is that person you? Consider becoming a Class Liaison at Burr and Burton. Class Liaisons stay in touch with classmates, share the news about upcoming Reunions, Bulldogs Connect events, and encourage support for your alma mater. Or you can nominate a classmate. Contact Rich in the Alumni Office at rthompson@burrburton.org, 802-549-8135. The following years are open and available for someone like you to represent your class! 1947, ’51, ’57, ’71, ’72, ’74, ’76, ’88, ’91, ’01, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’15, ’16, ’17, and ’18.

Blast from the past – 60 years ago

Class of '59Can you identify these Burr and Burton alumni? Eleven members of the class of 59 and six spouses met at a lunch in August in Rutland, Vermont, organized by Fred Hadley ’59. The photo and names of the alumni will appear in the January News from the Hill. Courtesy of Lyman Orton ’59, of the Vermont Country Store, and the Manchester Historical Society.

In Memoriam

Ruth Connors Smith Apple, July 24, 2018
Herbert W. “Bill” Bowen ’56, June 28, 2018
June Leary Gutbier ’56, September 14, 2018
Halley Grabarz Monforte ’02, September 24, 2018
Amanda K. Morris ’86, June 30, 2018
Don B. Otis, July 19, 2018 Chemistry teacher at Burr and Burton 1951-1980, assistant headmaster, headmaster 1977-1978, and longtime friend of the school.

Stay connected

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Please share your news and highlights by email or annotated photograph. Forward to Rich Thompson-Tucker in the Alumni Office at rthompson@burrburton.org or call to discuss your news at 802-549-8135. To update your contact information, visit HERE.

Help spread the word about the quarterly Alumni News from the Hill and share this and future issues with your fellow alumni. Many thanks to photographer Gary Baker ’72 for a number of the photos seen here, on our website, in newsletters and other Burr and Burton publications.

Please contact Rich in the Alumni Office with any corrections. Errors and omissions are regretted and purely those of the author.

For more information and the latest about Burr and Burton, visit our website burrburton.org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and in the old Headmaster’s House at Burr and Burton. Please stop by for a visit and tour when your travels bring you back to Manchester!

July 2018


The Practice Tee in Manchester Center, Vermont, is under new management this past spring. Hunter Caler ’14 has exciting plans for the business including on-site lessons, night golf, an interactive driving range that makes sounds when you hit the target, and music during the week. Hunter played on the varsity golf team all four years at Burr and Burton and worked at Ekwanok. He is currently studying Professional Golf Management as part of a degree in Business Administration at Methodist University in North Carolina. Google “Hunter Caler to read the article about him in the 3/22/18 Manchester Journal.

Music Man

Class Liaison Tammy Keyes ’86 reflects on Matt Langlois ’86 and his music career. “I love his music. Matt was always an active participant in ‘band’ and could always be found in the music room at Burr and Burton. I admire Matt because he followed his dream and moved to California where he resides with his wife, Christine. Not only is Matt a musician and songwriter, but he is the music director at Cali & Co dance and owner at Betterment Letters Music. Matt has produced approximately 13 singles, seven of which are available on iTunes. My favorites are ‘Wake Me Up in San Francisco,’ ‘Took the Moment’ (the video is a MUST see!), and ‘Anywhere With You.’ The Welcome Matt’s 2017 album, ‘More Empire Days,’ tied for Album of the Year at the Twirlie Awards, and he was a guest speaker on Twirl Radio in April ‘18. I’m sure the graduating class of ’86 would be happy to Welcome Matt back home so he can entertain us at our 35th Reunion in 2021!” For more on this Indie Rocker including interviews, upcoming releases, performance dates, and access to his music, visit welcomemattsf.com.

Quickened Dark – Alumnus releases seventh book of poetry

Peter McNamara ’54 was writer in residence recently at St. Andrews University, where he gave a poetry workshop/seminar and read from his recently published seventh poetry collection, Quickened Dark. His poetry was also featured in the 50th Anniversary issue of the St. Andrews Review, released in April 2018.

Heading to France

Katie Bourque ‘14 is headed to France next year to be part of the TAPIF program, living in the Besancon region. “I wanted to thank my BBA French teacher Michelle Emery for pushing me to do my best in her classes, because my two years at BBA were vital in helping me to realize how much I love the language.” The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers young people the opportunity to work in France for seven months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of France such as French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Réunion.

2018 Hall of Fame Honorees announced

The Hall of Fame Committees have met and are excited to announce the inductees for 2018. Cheer on our newest celebrants during Reunion Weekend at the Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony, Riley Center for the Arts, Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 4 PM. All are welcome.

Margot Benedict ‘08
Erika Metzger ‘01
Seth Rice ’82
Raymond Spofford ’83

Special Olympian
Benjamin Comar ‘10

Craig Fedor ‘66
William Fritts ‘68

Peter McNealus ‘79

1986 and 1987 State Champion Cheerleading Teams

Friend of Athletics
Chip Edson

Alumni Recognition Awards
Alumni Service Award
Sally Baldwin Utiger ‘48

Alumni Achievement Award
Barbara Lombardy Keough ‘53

E.H. Henry Distinguished Faculty and Staff Award
David W. Curtis

Arts Award
5th Annual Alumni Arts Award
Lauren Cauley ’08

Thanks to these volunteers on the Committees for their insights: Athletics Committee – Kathi Frost Bierwirth ’81 (Chair), GG Allard, Ed Campbell ‘70, Dan DeForest, Jeff Houghton, Steve Houghton, Dave Miceli, Ed Panzarino ’91, and Harold “Chub” Waters ’57. Alumni Recognition Committee – Wendy Newhouse Gawlik ’77 (Chair), Jim Comar ’70, Judy Harwood, Peter Henry ’60, Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Mike Powers ’60, and Andy Shaw ‘75. Arts Award Committee – Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81 (Chair), Neil Freebern, Peter Henry ‘60, Richard “Ace” Manley ’58, and Mike Powers ’60.

Jordan’s new book

Peter Henry ’60 and Judy Harwood shared the news about Bill Jordan ’52 and his new book, Eight Stories from the Country Store. “Bill Jordan’s short stories hearken back to the oral tradition in literature, when we told stories for no particular reason other than to entertain a certain audience. The story telling tradition takes root in old Vermont and wants to put us on. The tradition takes advantage of our gullibility, to string us along in an act of imagination. The mystery exists in the telling of the tale, perhaps to discover some truth that otherwise would never be revealed. This book offers a smorgasbord of written selections that remind us of rural life in old Vermont, the objects and history of remembered delight so indigenous to the Green Mountains: covered bridges, railroad strikes, and the Great Depression of the 1870s, the tying of flies and trout fishing, barbershop talk and the promise of hair, and the country store’s new pathway to a successful, healthy life. Bill Jordan’s short stories give the old form a renewed sense of meaning and promise: the absurd dream is always within reach. And each story includes a practical recipe such as Dr. Angello Pellegrini’s minestrone soup.” To purchase a copy, visit perupublishers.com.

New Class Liaisons gear up for 50th

Welcome Donna Tuttle Wald ’68 and Dulce Bongartz Bird ’68 (left and right respectively in photo) as our newest Class Liaisons. Donna and Dulce invite all members and spouses of the Class of ’68 from near and far to their 50th Burr and Burton Reunion in October. The weekend will include a special reception at Founders Hall as well as the Alumni Dinner at the Equinox Hotel. Donna lives on Cape Cod and Dulce lives in California.

Sister act

Danielle Boudreau ’07
(left in photo) just graduated from Yale as a Woman’s Health Practitioner/Midwife and Emery Boudreau ’10 (on right) just completed her first year of medical school at the University of Utah. Congratulations!

Capital gift from Rowlands transformational

You may have already heard the extraordinary news that Burr and Burton received a $20 million gift in March from longtime benefactors Barry and Wendy Rowland. It is the largest gift in the school’s history, and to any secondary school in Vermont. The Rowland’s donation is restricted to capital for the first phase of a Campus Master Plan for a new educational building, turning the faculty parking lot into a courtyard and learning space, renovating and upgrading other older learning spaces including science labs, creating a classroom at the BBA-Dene Farm, and more. This is especially important with enrollment projected to grow in the coming years.

Because this is a capital gift restricted to building and renovations, alumni support for vital programs like Target, Student Success, academics, the arts, and athletics are as important as ever. We invite your support for a great school and a long tradition of dedicated, caring, and talented teachers and staff. With your help, Burr and Burton will continue to innovate in the 21st century. Just before this issue of News from the Hill, we were deeply saddened to learn of Barry Rowland’s passing.

Thanks for reaching out

Special thanks to Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Jill Merrow ‘85, Carol Bresko O’Connor ’67, and Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65 for taking time out of busy schedules to add notes to alumni appeals this spring. And thanks to each of you who responded to Burr and Burton’s Annual Fund in the past year. If you don’t believe this is one of the finest independent schools in the U.S., you haven’t been here lately. Contact the Alumni Office to arrange a tour.

Caring about the Earth

We heard from Eric Owens ’15, a rising senior at Endicott College in Massachusetts that he will be interning at Meridian Associates, working with their environmental planner surveying building sites. He also works for the Sustainability Office at Endicott and is the Director of Sustainability for the SGA (Student Organizations). Eric is pictured here (on left) with staff of Change is Simple, a nonprofit environmental education company where he interned, teaching children in grades 2 – 5 about environmental issues and topics.

Seniors take advantage of IRA rollover gift

An IRA rollover gift is a great opportunity for alumni and friends who are 70½ and older. There is no out-of-pocket expense with this donation, plus it counts as a minimum distribution from your IRA. And Burr and Burton is a qualified organization to receive IRA gifts. Contact your plan manager today about a financially savvy way to support Burr and Burton’s educational mission.

And as for the other seniors … a Commencement first

After five years of graduations in the Riley Rink at Hunter Park due to inclement weather, seniors were back on campus for Commencement on Friday, June 8, 2018. For the first time in the school’s history, they received their diplomas on Frelinghuysen Field, located above the Seminary. Pictured above, Headmaster Mark Tashjian presents a diploma to Sam Cottrell ’18. Congratulations to our newest alumni and families!

Blast from the past

When the gymnasium was completed in 1913, both student and local theatrical productions migrated from the Music Hall on Union Street as the preferred venue. The cast of “Aren’t We All” was presented by the Manchester Unit, American Legion Auxiliary in July 1932 and featured many past and future Burr & Burton alumni. Courtesy of the Manchester Historical Society.

In Memoriam 

Wanda Lake Bowen ’69, April 5, 2018
William H. Drake, March 16, 2018 – Former math teacher, veteran, and friend of Burr and Burton.
Phebe Ann Clarke Lewis ’31, May 5, 2018 at age 103
Ernest Marvin ’65, date unknown
Benjamin A. Rowland, Jr., June 25, 2018 – Member and Treasurer of Board of Trustees and extraordinary friend and supporter of the school.
Lucy Kent Sisco ’72, March 17, 2018
Donna Markey Squadere ’55, April 22, 2018
Clifford E. “Stoker” Tarbell, March 19, 2018
Bradford E. West ‘51, March 19, 2018

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Help spread the word about the quarterly Alumni News from the Hill and share this and future issues with your fellow alumni. Many thanks to photographer Gary Baker ’72 for a number of the photos seen here, on our website, in newsletters and other Burr and Burton publications.

Please contact Rich in the Alumni Office with any corrections. Errors and omissions are regretted and purely those of the author.

For more information and the latest about Burr and Burton, visit our website burrburton.org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and in the old Headmaster’s House at Burr and Burton. Please stop by for a visit and tour when your travels bring you back to Manchester!

April 2018


Keith_Williams_291Keith Williams ’03 appeared on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in February. Playing aggressively in an attempt to win the top prize, Keith made it to the $250,000 question with two lifelines intact. Unfortunately, his instinct about the definition of a “Johari Window” was wrong – you’re most likely to encounter one at a self-help seminar, not while performing open heart surgery – but he still walked away with $50,000, the same amount he won when he claimed the title of Jeopardy! College Champion as a freshman at Middlebury College. Keith is a member of the Joseph Burr Society.

Waite retires after distinguished military career

Donald and Kimberly Waite
A retirement ceremony was held for Master Sgt. Donald Waite ’76 (pictured above with his wife Kimberly Waite) from the United States Air Force, in Augusta, Maine, in January. Waite served in the military for almost 30 years, enlisting in the Air Force in 1979. “Master Sgt. Donald J. Waite distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States while assigned to Joint Force Headquarters,” stated Brig. Gen. Eric Lind, Maine Assistant Adjutant General – Air. “The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sgt. Waite culminate a distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect great credit upon himself, the Air National Guard, and the United States Air Force.” Waite began his military career in the Air Force maintaining guidance and control systems of various missiles. In 1984 he joined the United States Navy, where he served on both the USS Seattle and the USS Theodore Roosevelt as a missile fire control technician. Waite went on to serve in both the Vermont and Maine Air National Guard, and following 9/11, he was activated at his home station in Maine on several occasions serving on operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. During the ceremony, Waite recognized his wife, formerly Kimberly Barnhardt, of Bennington, Vermont, for her caring support during his military career and presented her with the Military Spouse Medal, recognizing her unwavering devotion. Waite was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his distinguished service and was presented with his retirement order and a United States flag flown at the Maine State Capitol in honor of his service. Waite is employed by the State of Maine as a Programmer Analyst. He and Kimberly reside in Benton, Maine, and have two adult children and two grandchildren. Thanks to Maj. Jeff Roosevelt ’93 for sharing this news.

State Championship event in March

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Despite a Nor’easter on March 2nd, a number of players and coaches from 14 State Championship boys and girls teams, 1,000 point scorers, and their spouses and families gathered at the last home game of the boys varsity basketball team. Inspired by the 60th anniversary of the ’58 boys varsity team’s State Title win over Northfield in March 1958, Burr and Burton celebrated the teams and players who reached the highest pinnacle of basketball in Vermont. Pictured above from the ’58 team receiving commemorative jerseys at the halftime celebration in the E.H. Henry Gymnasium are (L to R) Pete Johnson ’58, Howard Wilcox ’60, and Stan Wilbur ’58.

Congratulations to all team members and coaches from the following State Championship basketball teams:
1958 Boys Varsity State Championship team* (19 – 5) 60th anniversary
1975-76 Boys Varsity State Championship team* (20 – 2)
1976-77 Boys Varsity State Championship team* (20 – 3)
1977-78 Boys Varsity State Championship team* (22 – 1) 40th anniversary
1978-79 Boys Varsity State Championship team (21 – 3)
1979-80 Girls Varsity State Championship team* (20 – 3) First girls championship team in any sport
1980-81 Boys Varsity State Championship team (20 – 1)
1982-83 Girls Varsity State Championship team (20 – 3) 35th anniversary
1982-83 Boys Varsity State Championship team (17 – 6) 35th anniversary
1983-84 Boys Varsity State Championship team (19 – 5)
1985-86 Girls Varsity State Championship team* (22 – 1)
2005-06 Boys Varsity State Championship team (23 – 1)
2008-09 Girls Varsity State Championship team (24 – 0) Undefeated season
2017 Special Olympics Basketball Champions

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Special thanks to Nathan Choice ’78 and his wife, Leonora,
for traveling all the way from NYC through a snowstorm to be part of the event.

Congratulations 1,000 Point Scorers:

Nathan Choice ’78* 1975-78
Alex Johnson ’79* 1976-79
Jennifer Roosevelt Tate 83* 1980-83
Glenn Squires ’85* 1982-85
Dawn King ’91* 1988-91
Damon Dudley-Macon ’96* 1993-96
Jenna Hoffman ’11 2008-11
Joey Shehadi ’15 2012-15
* Inducted into Burr and Burton’s Athletic Hall of Fame

Shehadi fam. 3,2,18The Shehadi family came out in force for the State Championship Basketball event. Pictured here (L to R) Nina Shehadi ’11, Joey Shehadi ’15, Dave Shehadi ’77, Sarah Shehadi ’10, David Shehadi ’13, and Becky Shehadi.

We have a limited number of commemorative programs with photos and names of all team members available by request from the Alumni Office (contact information below) or visit burrburton.org/alumni.

Correction: The State Championship Basketball program for the event on March 2, 2018 should have stated the ’58 boys varsity team beat Northfield (not Norwich) for the State Title. Our apologies.

Online auction announcement email

As part of BBA’s Parent Association’s Fundraising Gala, Green Hills and Silver Waters, Burr and Burton’s 8th Annual Online Auction will begin on April 1 and run through April 11 closing at 8:00 p.m. There are many amazing and useful items for your bidding pleasure such as local goods and services, gift certificates, art, jewelry, antiques, dining options, one-of-a-kind experiences, and much, much more.

A sample of items includes a fly-fishing lesson, curtain design and installation, framed art photography, James Taylor at Tanglewood tickets, a 2-night stay at a luxurious local cottage, gift certificates from many locally owned businesses, hand-crafted china, and a farmer’s market package.

The Online Auction Committee has gathered over 180 items for this event, and we would like to express our gratitude to all of our local businesses, organizations, parents, and friends who donated items. Stay tuned for more details!

Click HERE to add to your favorites so you’ll be ready to start bidding. And be sure to mark the calendar for April 1 at 8 a.m. for the start of our Online Auction. All proceeds will benefit student  programs at Burr and Burton Academy.

For more info, contact Pauline in the Advancement Office at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org 802-549-8277.

Robert Frost contest results

We asked alumni in the January News from the Hill: Which two years did poet Robert Frost speak at Burr and Burton Commencements? 1944 and 1949. There were no correct responses this time around.

How is education evolving at Burr and Burton?


Academic Dean Jen Hyatt shares her perspective about how education is evolving at BBA. “The Burr and Burton faculty has been participating in conversations about what kind of school we want to be. The faculty feedback has led to the creation of our academic vision, which centers on the following questions:

  • How do we build on student interest and engagement?
  • How do we increase student self-regulation and self-reflection?
  • How do we promote context and work for real purpose?
  • How do we create conditions for students to solve real-world problems and present their work to real audiences?
  • How do we build more integrated experiences for our learners–ones that require them to think across disciplines, connect to experts in the field, synthesize their skills/understandings, and create new scholarship?
  • How do we foster balanced technology use, while maximizing the potential for content creation, collaboration, and creative expression?

We are striving to deepen and widen our shared sense of the kinds of conditions most likely to bring out the best in our learners, while continuing to build their fundamental skills. This involves active student reflection on their Habits of Learning, and the exploration, on the behalf of the faculty, of personalized and proficiency-based learning. This year, the faculty began working with consultant Bill Rich of Red House Learning to think all of this through collectively and carefully, so as to strategically design program and policy that is rooted in brain-based learning and serves to strengthen how we serve students. Faculty and students are all part of this exciting work, together, as a learning community.” Onward and forward.

Artistry at work

Cornell Thank you to Caroline Cornell ’08 for donating jewelry to Burr and Burton’s Online Auction. Caroline reflects, “Over the last 10 years since graduating Burr & Burton, I’ve been inspired and humbled by places and people from all over. Along the way I learned the art of wire-wrapped jewelry, taking my art to every state in our country and Central America, where I used it as my trade, a creative outlet, as well as a side business to support my trips. There’s nothing better than dancing through a crowd of people and seeing your wearable art on someone!”

Gift certificate Lizzy BBA“I have outfitted myself with jewelry and clothing I’ve dreamed up since 2nd grade,” reflects Lizzy Farley ’09, “I graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in illustration and found myself creating characters with a main focus on their fashion. I have explored living in Asheville, North Carolina, and Portland, Oregon, where I worked with an up-cycled clothing designer and an amazing jeweler. I now am happily back in Vermont. I have an online store weavingwinds.etsy.com and supply several stores with my jewelry. I continue to travel around the country bringing my designs to crafts shows and markets. With loads of inspiration and expanding techniques I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Weaving Winds!”

Benedict PicMargot Benedict ’08 shared her exciting news with us: “After graduating from Yale, I worked as a litigation paralegal at a law firm in New York City. Deciding that law was in fact for me, I applied to law school and headed west for a winter in Utah. I came back east to attend Georgetown Law and graduated in May 2017. Since then I have gotten married to Sam Taft and started as an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Washington, D.C.”

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Melissa Michaud in Burr and Burton’s School and College Counseling Office updated us on where some of our seniors are headed. “Burr and Burton Seniors are in the process of solidifying their postgraduate plans. Many are still receiving additional college decisions and will take the month of April to decide on their college enrollment choice. At press time, some students have already made their choice, including Brown University, Castleton University, Colgate University, Connecticut College, Dickinson College, Green Mountain College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Lehigh University, Lesley University, Montana State, Nazareth College, Norwich University, Quinnipiac University, Union College, Vermont Technical College, University of Vermont, and Yale University. Other students have committed to the Vermont National Guard and will be learning the ropes as they prepare to take over a family business. We know that there will be additional college enrollments, training programs, job placements, and military service commitments by the time the Class of 2018 crosses the stage at graduation.”

When giving what you can feels good

BBA-Fall-belltowerWhether you decide to give $10 or $10,000 to the Annual Fund, giving what you can feels good. Your donation is a vote for quality education and helps this generation of Burr and Burton students. Give on-line, anytime at www.burrburton.org/onlinegiving or mail your tax-deductible gift to Burr and Burton, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254. When you make a gift by June 30, 2018, you will be listed with other alumni by class year and giving level in the Annual Appreciation Report in September. Contact the Alumni Office about an IRA rollover gift, donation of appreciated assets, or a legacy gift.

Brooke Page Rosenbauer ’05 married Wilson Ordonez in 2012 and they are currently living in Waltham, Massachusetts. Brooke works for the Reebok International Brooke Page RosenbauerHeadquarters in Boston as the Senior Manager of Community Impact for Social Purpose. Her role includes managing the Reebok Foundation and supporting local organizations that are working to bring fitness to disadvantaged women and children. Building on her love of sport and fitness and helping people live healthy and active lives, she was recently named an Elite Les Mills Instructor and also works one-on-one with clients as a certified personal trainer and health coach.

Vanishing Vermonters featured in new book

Peter Miller ’51 spoke to a packed room at the Manchester Community Library on Peter MillerMarch 21st about his new book Vanishing Vermonters – Loss of a Rural Culture. The idea for the book came out of two articles Peter had written for “VTDigger,” “I am broke,” followed by “I am cold.” He received numerous responses from Vermonters who were frustrated about how expensive the state has become to make a living, especially those engaged in farming, logging, sugaring, and other agricultural activities. As Peter describes it, the book is about the soul of Vermont and features the stories of Vermonters who are passionate about what they do. Vanishing Vermonters is peppered with the author’s extraordinary black and white photographs, which, Peter admits, will not all be approved by the state’s Chambers of Commerce. Available in hardcover or softcover. To order a copy, email Peter Miller at peter@petermillerphotography.com, visit his website http://www.petermillerphotography.com, the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont, or your local bookstore.

Agent to Liaison

The Alumni Association Executive Board met in February and among other items, approved changing the title of Class Agent to Class Liaison. The rationale is that liaison more accurately reflects what Class Agents do in terms of reaching out to classmates and helping them reconnect with Burr and Burton. Members of the Alumni Association Board: Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81 (President), Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65 (Secretary), Juliette Gates Britton ’89, Stephen Drunsic ’93, Meredith Ams Fleurie ’05, Astri Eckhoff Kilburn ’67, Liz Hand Mackey ’05, and Carol Roberts ’77. Thanks to all of our Class Liaisons who actively reach out to their classmates about Burr and Burton!

Magic carpet to connect lower campus to Seminary

Despite protests from the Athletic Department and coaches, the administration has decided to install a magic carpet (similar to those used in ski areas) from the lower circle by the Riley Center and E.H. Henry Gym to a new portal by the senior steps in the Seminary Building this summer. “Kids just aren’t used to walking anymore and many students were missing the first 10 minutes of class,” observed Trinah Chableigh, assistant regent of facilities planning, “Try getting up or down that steep hill in a snow squall while looking at your cellphone and you’ll see this is the right decision.” The school states that none of the stately maple trees will be harmed during construction; the magic carpet will be shaded to reduce sun exposure, heated during winter operation, and open to area residents. “We think a lot of alumni will visit campus more often knowing they don’t have to climb that darn hill again,” added Chableigh. Seniors will begin selling magic carpet tickets to underclassmen and teachers for the next school year on April 1st.

Reunion Weekend ’18

Football photo for April News fr. HillJoin us for a weekend of reconnecting with classmates, food, and fun on Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018. Contact your Class Liaison for more information or visit burrburton.org/Alumni and click on 2018 Reunion. Celebrating classes ending in 3 and 8, all alumni and families from all classes are welcome. A Reunion brochure will be mailed to all alumni from ’73 and older, and classes ending in 3 and 8. You can register online after July 1st. Foliage season books early – for lodging information visit manchestervermont.com. Reunion Sponsors and volunteers wanted! Special thanks to TPW Real Estate Sales & Rentals, Steve and Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65, Mike and Astri Kilburn ’67, and Dee’s Electric for their renewed support for Reunion Weekend. Contact Rich in the Alumni Office for more information at rthompson@burrburton.org, 802-549-8135.

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Blast from the past – Play ball!

img176A baseball game being held in the lower field (before the donation from alumnus W.B. Pettibone in 1925 which established the current site of the athletic field as highlighted in a 2017 e-newsletter) around 1900.  St. Paul’s Church, today’s Larson Hall is seen in the background at far right.  This image was scanned from a plate glass negative donated by the estate of Richard Hill ’41 to the Manchester Historical Society.

From the Archives
From Vermont to Alaska – Lyman Enos Knapp, Class of 1858

The 1905 Burtonian notes a Burr and Burton alumnus went on to became the governor of Alaska, just five years after it became the District of Alaska and long before being admitted to the Union in 1959. “The death of Lyman Enos Knapp, removes another alumnus who has been a credit to himself, and an honor to the school. Mr. Knapp was born at Somerset, Vt., and graduated from Burr and Burton in ’58, and later from Middlebury College in ’62. During the Civil War, he rose in the army to rank of Lieut. Col. Went west to Seattle, Washington. Became governor of Alaska 1889-1893. Received in 1892 Whitman College, the degree of LL. D. A man of high moral character, he was loved by his friends, and respected by his associates. He was quiet and unassuming, yet firm and unswerving when once determined on a course he believed to be right.”

In Memoriam 

Arthur E. Coleman ’56, January 19, 2018
John B. Griffith, Jr. ’52, January 24, 2018
Arlene Wiley Hill ’41, December 20, 2017
Gregory C. Porter ’70, January 14, 2018
Irene Cadoret Wills ’45, August 14, 2017

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Please share your news and highlights by email or annotated photograph. Forward to Rich Thompson-Tucker in the Alumni Office at rthompson@burrburton.org or call to discuss your news at 802-549-8135.

Help spread the word about the quarterly Alumni News from the Hill and share this and future issues with your fellow alumni. Many thanks to photographer Gary Baker ’72 for a number of the photos seen here, on our website, in newsletters and other Burr and Burton publications.

Please contact Rich in the Alumni Office with any corrections. Errors and omissions are regretted and purely those of the author.

For more information and the latest about Burr and Burton, visit our website burrburton.org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and in the old Headmaster’s House at Burr and Burton. Please stop by for a visit and tour when your travels bring you back to Manchester!

January 2018


’58 Championship basketball team celebrates 60th anniversary

1958-Boys“Burr and Burton celebrates the 60th anniversary of its Class B State Championship basketball team in 2018,” reflects Peter Henry ’60, “The season tests my memory, already faulty, but no one can forget when local sportswriters coined them, the Cinderella Team, for their ability to rise from the ashes. After a shaky start, they made it to the postseason and overcame a number of powerhouse teams to bring the state title to Manchester, the first in that sport since basketball started at Burr and Burton in 1914.” Peter’s article about the ’58 boys basketball team will appear in the next View newsletter. We celebrate coach and team (photo l to r) Coach Cliff Weymouth, Miles Bryant ’60, Bill Bischoff ’59, Howard Wilcox ’60, Chris Bryant ’59, Nelson “Butch” Smith ’59, Keith Wilcox ’58, Porter Hulett ’59, Bruce Gaudette ’60, Pete Johnson ’58, and Stan Wilbur ’58. The ’58 team was inducted into Burr and Burton’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

60th Anniversary celebration of the ’58 team
and all Boys and Girls Championship Basketball Teams
at the last home basketball game of the season.

Friday, March 2, 2018, 7 PM
E.H. Henry Gymnasium, 57 Seminary Ave. Manchester, Vermont
Bulldogs vs. long-time rival Rutland

All alumni, spouses and families welcome. Special commemorative program.
Wear your green and gold. Free to alumni. Let’s pack the house!

Reunion-2017-RariBurr and Burton alumni, family and friends gathered at Rí Rá Irish Pub in Burlington, Vermont in November for Bulldogs Connect. Photo (l to r) Anthony Alichwer ’03, Marissa Laro, Andrew Filippi ’13, Keith Heingartner, Whitney Heingartner ’05, Mike Hayes ’89, Tasha Cornell Lansbury ’84, Brian Lansbury (in back), Boris Funtow ’71, Carol Roberts ’77, Rich Pearl ’73, Ski Wilczynski ’82, Meg Hadley, Fred Hadley ’59, and Erica Houskeeper ’88 (kneeling) and her daughter. Not pictured Amanda Wilczynski, Dave Houskeeper. Thanks to Boris Funtow ’71 for hosting the event. Contact the Alumni Office if you would like to host a Bulldogs Connect in your city or town.

Carol Roberts ’77 joins Alumni Association Board

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We welcome Carol Roberts ’77 to the Alumni Association Executive Board. Carol graduated from Burr and Burton at the age of 16, and graduated from UVM with a BS in Medical Technology. Her career in Clinical Laboratory Science spans 36 years, with research in hospital and university settings in Texas, New York, Arizona, and for the past 28 years at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont. Carol was two-time past president of the Vermont Society of Clinical Laboratory Science, volunteers at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, and participates annually in the Relay for Life with the Hope Lodge team. Carol lives in Fairfax, Vermont with her partner, Judy, a 30-year-old parrot and two big Maine Coon cats, Bosco and Meredith. We’re glad to have Carol on board.

Holiday card by Burr and Burton alumna

Holiday belltower copySpecial thanks to Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81 for her beautiful original watercolor for this December’s holiday card sent out to a number of alumni and friends of the school. Besides being a talented artist, Gloria is the executive director of the Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning in Dorset, Vermont. Gloria is donating the original watercolor for the Parent Association Spring Gala Online Auction in March.

Alumni – what are you up to?

Share what you are up to: new job or venture, achievement, award, wedding, travel, promotion, book, new baby, hit single, etc. and we’ll include it in the next News from the Hill alumni e-newsletter. Photos welcome. E-mail Rich in the Alumni Office at rthompson@burrburton.org. Deadline for the April issue is March 15, 2018.

Screen-Shot-2017-12-18-at-9.08.20-AMSpecial thanks to Kerry Comollo MacKinnon ’77 for hosting an event at Vermont Kitchen Supply in support of Burr and Burton’s Student Success program to help fund their end-of-school year trip to Colorado last June.

frost_robert_WD“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper.”
       – Robert Frost (who spoke at two Burr and Burton Commencements)

Robert Frost alumni contest!
Correctly name the two years poet Robert Frost was the Commencement speaker at Burr and Burton for a chance to win a quart of pure Vermont maple syrup. Email your answer (one per alum, please) by January 31, 2018, to Rich in the Alumni Office at rthompson@burrburton.org. We’ll pick the winner from the correct responses and ship anywhere in the U.S.

Karolinka Sowulewska 2Karolinka Sowulewska ’12 graduated from Mount Holyoke in 2015 with a degree in International Security. Since then, she has lived in the Middle East working for an environmental NGO, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. She worked with Burr and Burton teacher Rabbi Michael Cohen, focusing on conflict resolution and dialogue between Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians. Her work allowed her to travel to Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank. Upon returning to the U.S. she interned at the Middle East Institute and Senator Bernie Sanders’ legislative office in Washington D.C. Karolinka now works for Chemonics International, as an associate on the security management unit, covering Africa, South America, Asia, Middle East and North Africa. The security management unit supports home office and field office teams by ensuring the safety and security of project staff, and facilitating project and new business success across the globe. The team provides information updates and alerts, staff fielding support, security subcontract liaison and technical supervision, crisis management, and other services.  

Maddy PagnuccoMaddy Pagnucco ’14 shared exciting career news. Maddy is currently a senior at NYU Stern, and will graduate in May with a BS in Marketing and Management. After graduation, she begins work at Facebook in Menlo Park, California, as an Associate Product Marketing Manager. Her job will be to analyze and develop strategies to both improve and market the features and function of the social platform for its two billion users. 

Returning to the Hill

DSC_0344Greg Schwartz ’93 and his family visited Burr and Burton in October. Photo (front row, L to R) Jackson Schwartz (age 12), Greg Schwartz, Griffin Schwartz (10), Charlie Schwartz (8). (back row, L to R) Ann Schwartz (wife), Steve Bodenheimer and Wendy Bodenheimer (parents). Greg shares, “I’m enjoying life with my wife and three kids in Madison, Indiana, a small town right on the Ohio River. I’m in my fifteenth year of service to the public library in Louisville, Kentucky, where I am the Manager of Computer Services. Visiting BBA reminded me how fortunate I was to have attended a school that is committed to excellence and has the support network to keep it that way. The improvements over the past twenty years are striking and it’s obvious the school is healthy and in great hands. My kids were quite jealous!”

Lord helps win National Championship

John Lord and his daughter Georgia Lord '17Coach and teacher Pete Mull shared: “It’s not often that a Burr and Burton athlete plays for a National Championship. This fall, Georgia Lord 17 (pictured with her father, John Lord) played for Williams in the NCAA Division III National Championship game against the University of Chicago. She played for about 70 out of the 90 minutes, helping beat Chicago 1-0.” Photo by Henry Kornaros ’18.

Kaitlyn LewisKaitlyn Wiley Lewis ’07 shared that she and her husband Spencer welcomed a beautiful little girl, Eloise Wilder Lewis, to their family on November 14th. They currently reside in Rexford, New York. Congratulations!

Thanking Alumni – past and present

With the calendar year just ended, thanks to all alumni who contributed to the Annual Fund in 2017. You support a proud tradition of dedicated and caring teachers dating to 1831 when Burr Seminary first opened its doors to young people. Back in the early years, local individuals and families would make subscriptions of cash ranging from ten dollars (a significant gift for the average rural family in the 1830s) to hundreds of dollars and may also have included a gift of land. The good news? Our fiscal year doesn’t end until June 30th so there’s still time to make a donation if you haven’t already. And you don’t have to donate the farm. We appreciate alumni participation at any level. Thanks to alumni who joined us for the Appeal Parties in early November: Peter Henry ’60, Pete Johnson ’58, Liz Hand Mackey ’05, Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65, Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, and Mike Powers ’60.

Save the date – Reunion Weekend ’18

Mark your calendar for Reunion Weekend ’18 on Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018. Celebrating classes ending in 3 and 8, all alumni and families are welcome. Contact your Class Agent, the Alumni Office, or visit burrburton.org/alumni for more information. See you in October!

IMG_0210Lincoln Benedict ’05 (taking photo) is the Senior Videographer/Art Director at L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine. Lincoln reports, “I spend half of my time supervising and participating in our internally produced videos (mostly products; not the TV ads you see) and the other half art directing our active shoots. The attached photo is from our spring shoot in Alaska with XC skier Kikkan Randal.”

Your Class Agent is…

Sarah Russell StefanakWelcome to our newest Class Agent Sarah Russell Stefanak ’87! We acknowledge our Class Agents at Burr and Burton, and appreciate their time reaching out to classmates about Reunion, events, contact information and more. For a complete list of our Class Agents, visit burrburton.org/alumni.

The following years are missing Class Agents and contact the Alumni Office if you are interested in lending a hand: 1951, 1957, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1988, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2016 and 2017. It’s easy and fun!

Kitt LaidlawKitt Laidlaw ’00 shared the following about her class – With our 20-year reunion on the horizon, it’s time to get back in touch with as many of you as possible! Josh Jayne and his wife, Sarah, live in Connecticut, have been married for 13 years and stay busy with their three daughters, Hannah, Sophie & Abby. He also keeps social media up to date for his parent’s store (Jayne’s Reliable) in Delaware. Kelly Charbonneau has exciting news from Colorado that she and her husband Dan are expecting their first child in February! After graduating from UVM, Kelly made her way west to land a job in the ski industry in Beaver Creek. Each year, Kelly and Rachel Broyles take a road trip together to explore the beautiful country and visit new places. Sandra Hazelton Pratt calls Pasco, Washington home these days with her husband, Charles of six years and their two children (a 2 ½ year old boy and a 2- month old girl). Sandra is a chemist at Pacific Northwest National Lab (our science teachers should be proud!). Amy Keyes Briere stays busy with her two children and one on the way. She and her girls, Erica (12) and Lilly (5) live in West Rutland. Rob Gaiotti is lucky to still call southern Vermont home. He lives in Dorset with his wife, Kelly, and two sons Ryan (6) and Eli (4). Rob has been the town manager of Dorset since 2009, where he enjoys working with the community to have a positive impact on the area. Guinevere Johnson is living in Chicago and is busy running her full-service interior design studio, Third Coast Interiors. She specializes in residential and commercial spaces in Chicago and throughout the country. Martin Bendixen is enjoying life in the southern part of Denmark with his wife and children. He is a mechanical engineer for an international company developing actuators for the healthcare and medical fields. I had a nice visit with Trish Wood Newell a few years ago in Jupiter, Florida. She and her husband, Luke, have two daughters, Hayden and Reese, who keep mom and dad busy. Trish stays active in her community by participating in local fundraisers and activities. Congratulations to Justin & Crystal Hodgin Keyes who just celebrated their 18th anniversary! They have three children, Caleb (17), Brianalyn (14) and Taygun (10) and currently reside in Summerville, South Carolina. Today, Justin is the director of inspections for the same company he has been with for several years and Crystal also has two positions at the same company. Liam Elio has been living in Bellingham, Washington for over 11 years (Rafferty Gomes and his wife live there as well). He is a sea kayaking and white water rafting trainer for trip leaders at Western Washington University’s Outdoor Center. Liam is a beekeeper, along with caretaking and remodeling homes on the side. As for me, I am living in Sheridan, Wyoming and loving life in the west. I owned a small salon/day spa on our historic Main St. for five years before selling it in 2015. I continue to work as a cosmetologist, but I have also added “Ordained Minister/Wedding Officiant” to my resume. I look forward to hearing from many more of you in the near future and am excited about planning our 20th! Please send me your most current e-mail and mailing addresses and reach out on Facebook so we can keep you in the loop! Wishing you all a wonderful year in 2018! My email is Kittlaidlaw@gmail.com.

Call for nominations – Hall of Fame 2018

Hall-of-Fame-'17,-Ellen-Bell-Wilcox-9,23,17-copyDo you have someone extraordinary in mind for Burr and Burton’s Hall of Fame? A classmate, teacher, coach, team, friend of athletics, alumni artist or alumna or alumnus who went the extra mile in support of their community? Send your nomination by March 15, 2018 to the Alumni Office for review by the Hall of Fame Committee. To see the various categories and for an online form or mail-in ballot, visit burrburton.org/alumni and click on Hall of Fame. For more information contact Pauline de Laszlo in the Alumni Office at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org. All are invited to the Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony during Reunion Weekend on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Blast from the past – earliest known photo of Burr and Burton

MHS Collection 042014SH 005 copyThe earliest known photo of Seminary Avenue was taken in 1867, evidenced by the construction underway of St. John’s Chapel on the left. The chapel was built at a cost of $5,000 on a lot secured by private donations to bring convenient Episcopal church services to summer visitors. The marble sidewalk shown contrasts with the fields and the lack of development on the opposite side of the avenue. This would change over the next 50 years as residences began to appear there. St. Paul’s Church was built in 1896 (today’s Larson Hall) and Franklin Avenue was opened in 1900. St. John’s Chapel relocated to Main Street in 1910.  After decades of planning, the first Burr and Burton gymnasium was completed in 1913. Courtesy of the Manchester Historical Society.

An easy New Year’s resolution

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions that range from eating right to exercising more to keeping up with the flow of paperwork. If one of your resolutions in 2018 is to include a favorite charity in your estate plan, contact your attorney or financial advisor today. You’ll be surprised how easy it is, especially adding a codicil to an existing will, or including the school in a retirement plan for a percentage or dollar amount (ask your plan manager for a change of beneficiary form). Contact the Alumni Office for Burr and Burton’s legacy brochure and we’ll send you a complimentary copy of The Castle in the Pasture. Or visit burrburton.org/giving. Including Burr and Burton in your estate plan is an easy and very satisfying resolution to check off your list and qualifies you for our Joseph Burr Society. Happy New Year!

In Memoriam

Alexander “Bud” Bell ’55, October 4, 2017
Jamie Bryant ’60 (Judith Ann Sweeney), November 9, 2017
Sylvia Smalley Chapman ’55, November 15, 2017
Anna Markey Charbonneau ’50, October 9, 2017
June Gilbert Hitchcock ’53, November 9, 2017
Janet Hurley Jamieson ’56, November 29, 2017
Brenda Moffit Kerson ’85, November 20, 2017
Richard C. “Ricky” McNulty ’79, October 30, 2017
Margit Thoma Van Schaick ’58, October 13, 2017
Cathy Smith Toomey ’67, November 11, 2017
Laura A. Twyne Towslee ’57, October 31, 2017
Marion Dupree Zoufaly ’48, October 5, 2017

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