January 2019

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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!
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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!

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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

Fore!

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.

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

Special Olympian
Benjamin Comar ‘10

Legends
Craig Fedor ‘66
William Fritts ‘68

Coach
Peter McNealus ‘79

Team
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

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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?

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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

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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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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

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’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.

Alumni!
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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October 2017
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Four cousins, Reu. '17, 9,23,17Four cousins, all from the 50th Reunion class, made it back to the Hill for Reunion Weekend ’17. Pictured here at the Alumni Dinner at the Equinox Hotel (L to R): June Hanlon Bump ’67, Jim Fleming ’67, Lee Sendra ’67, and Cynthia Fleming Mason ’67.

Alumni rock Reunion ’17

A cooler than normal Vermont summer gave way to a warm spell in the first days of fall for Reunion Weekend ’17 on September 22 – 24. Alumni, spouses and families enjoyed the sunshine in Manchester surrounded by hills and mountains that were still very green (and the fall foliage is just appearing at this writing). The weekend was highlighted by close to 80 alumni and spouses at the Alumni Social at The Perfect Wife Restaurant on Friday evening (special thanks to our host Amy Walter Chamberlain ’85), and a near sellout (188 alumni and spouses) of the Alumni Dinner at The Equinox Hotel on Saturday evening. A number of alumni and spouses stayed on to dance and enjoy the music of Digital DJ in the Rockwell Room. A high heat index forecast for the varsity football game pushed the kickoff to 9 AM as required by Vermont rules to protect student athletes. The Bulldogs handily beat an undefeated Fair Haven team 37 – 7.

We thank all alumni, spouses and families who traveled from near and far to be part of the celebration and Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony. And special thanks to alumni, class agents, Reunion Sponsors, volunteers, students and Burr and Burton faculty and staff listed here and below for your many contributions. We couldn’t have done it without you! Derek Andersen, Gary Baker ’72, Seth Bongartz ’72, Jamie Briggs, Peggy Brophy Brockett ’88, DJ Morrell Bunbury, Bailey Chapman ’19, Amy Walter Chamberlain ’85, Lucy Gobbi Costa ’81 (who worked with us on designing the drink glasses for the Alumni Dinner with a hurricane bearing down on her in Florida!), Andy Dahlstrom, Meredith Ams Fleurie ’05, Peter Henry ’60, Steve Houghton, Claire Iannuzzi ’18, Acting Head of School Meg Kenny, Astri Eckhoff Kilburn ’67, Kaitlyn Wiley Lewis ’07, Cory Mack ’18, Liz Hand Mackey ’05, Nina Marco ’18, Dave Miceli, Melissa Michaud, Cindy Schlieder Mowry ’87, Jane Hoge Murdock ’52, Carol O’Connor ’67, Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Sarah Mayer Perry ’89, Emma Perry ’18, Sandy Towslee Pinsonault ’77, Jim Raposa, Wendy Rizio ’93, Carol Roberts ’77, Alyssa Thompson-Tucker ’04, Leslie Hunter Wester ’97, Ruth Whitelaw at The Equinox Hotel, the Hall of Fame Committees consisting of (Athletic Committee) Kathi Frost Bierwirth ’81, George “GG” Allard, Ed Campbell ’70, Dan DeForest, Jeff Houghton, Steve Houghton, Dave Miceli, Ed Panzarino ’91, and Harold “Chub” Waters ’57 (Alumni Recognition Awards Committee) Wendy Newhouse Gawlik ’77, Peter Henry ’60, Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Mike Powers ’60, Andy Shaw ’75, and Denise Kilburn Tuttle (Alumni Arts Award Committee) Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Neil Freebern, Peter Henry ’60, Richard “Ace” Manley ’58, and Mike Powers ’60, the Advancement staff Cindy Gubb, Nancy Brown, Pauline de Laszlo, Oscar Trugler, and Gina Vickers, and last but certainly not least, the hard working Maintenance Department at Burr and Burton led by Ken Glasier and Franci Carieri.

Check present. Reu. '17, 9,23,17Thank you to all alumni from the class of ’67 who made a donation to Burr and Burton in honor of their 50th Reunion. Cynthia Fleming Mason ’67 (left) and Trish Adams McNaull ’67 (right) presented a check for $13,225 to Acting Head of School Meg Kenny at the Alumni Dinner on September 23rd. Our sincere thanks to all alumni from all classes who contributed to their class gift in support of Burr and Burton. All donors will be listed in the next Annual Appreciation Report.

2017 Reunion SponsorsAlumni received recognition and prizes at the Alumni Dinner in the following categories: Our most senior alumni at the Alumni Dinner were a brother and sister team this year of Don Cherbonneau ’45 and Carol Cherbonneau Pash ’49. Youngest alum attending the Alumni Dinner was Emma Benasich ’15. Greatest distance traveled ended in a three-way tie between West Coasters Matthew Gordon ’87, Betsy Thompson Kelly ’77 and Alison Otis Watah ’72. The biggest class turnout for the Alumni Dinner was too close to call between ’67 and ’77 right until the event, however the Class of ’77 won with 26 alumni. The winner of the Alumni Tent raffle during Reunion Weekend ’17 is Vince Clark ’67. Vince received The Castle in the Pasture, Bulldog shirt, coffee mug and alumni cap.

Betsy, Cindy & _ Reu. '17 photo 9,23,17(L to R) Betsy Thompson Kelly ’77, Cindy Carrano Hayford ’77 and Tina Madkour- Companion ’77 helped their class win ‘Biggest Turnout’ at the Alumni Dinner on September 23rd. Congratulations!

Class of '97, Reu. '17, 9,23,17Members of the class of ’97 had a great showing for Reunion Weekend. Pictured here at the Equinox Hotel on Saturday evening in the front row ( L to R) Karl Polifka-Rivas, Jeffrey Gill, Matthew Speath, and Ryan Downey. Top row (L to R) Jessica Daley Gordon, Leslie Hunter Wester, Sarah Houghton Gaetano, Stacy Kilburn, Carolyn Moyer Lavalee, and Christy O’Leary Downey.

All photos of Reunion Weekend ’17 and the Hall of Fame are now available at no charge by visiting www.burrburton.smugmug.com and click on the 2017-2018 box.

You’re invited to Bulldogs Connect – Burlington
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RiRa pub

Alumni and spouses are invited to Bulldogs Connect in Burlington, Vermont on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 5:30 – 7 PM at Ri Ra Irish Pub, Church Street, Burlington, Vermont. Door prizes, appetizers, spirits and soft drinks. Join us for a fun get-together with alumni from across the years.

Alumni onward and forward

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Kelsey Welsh ’08 is a new Physician Assistant at Vermont Orthopaedic with the Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vermont.  

Emily Welsh ’07 is the Senior Assistant Director of Admission and Visit Event Coordinator at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

Caitlin Drasher ’13 got involved with Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife Department by helping to radio collar black bear in southern Vermont. Caitlin turned her interest in bears into a senior thesis project at UVM, partnering with department staff to study bear habitat needs and how roads may impede their movements.

Liz Vandelinder ’09 didn’t start riding motorcycles until after graduating from Burr and Burton. Now she’s making a name for herself on the racing circuit, specifically the New Hampshire Speedway’s Loudon Road Racing Series. Liz was featured in the Manchester Journal in August and while doing well in many races, she observes that her biggest success so far is “inspiring more women to ride.”

Alyssa Thompson-Tucker ’04 received her RN pin from UMass Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts and passed the state exam in September.

A tribute to Susan A. Martin ’63

Susan Martin
We are saddened by the passing of Susan Martin ’63 in late September. Susan was a longtime friend of Burr and Burton and a member of the Joseph Burr Society. Bill Downey ’70 reflected, “Susan was a sister to all of us who grew up with her at Ormsby Hill. Her love of growing things and her sociological leanings surely must have been planted there. She will be missed, but her spirit will always be with us.” Susan’s parents, William and Margaret Martin, ran Ormsby Hill for a number of years and influenced the lives of many Burr and Burton students who came to Manchester, Vermont from urban areas. In 2004, Susan established the Margaret and William Martin Target Endowment Fund in memory of her parents and in support of our Target Program. Sue had a Masters degree in Social Work from Boston University and focused her career on child welfare. One person who knew Sue described “her fearlessness in defending neglected and abused children, and battered women.” Susan lived in Concord, Massachusetts and tended an impressive vegetable garden in the midst of the community garden near her home.

Those wishing to make a gift in Susan Martin’s memory in support of Target may send it to Burr and Burton, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254 Attention: Martin Target Fund. Contact Cynthia Gubb, Director of Advancement for more information: cgubb@burrburton.org, 802-549-8201.

How did you spend your summer?

Pearse Lenz

Pearse Lenz ’06 (in red shirt on right) and Matt Lerner spent four weeks in July and August in the 2017 Mongol Rally, a charity car “race” from the U.K. to Siberia. The hallmarks of the Rally are the car requirements (engine smaller than 1.2 liters) and lack of assistance from the organizers along the way in case of accidents or break downs. Pearse and his Rally partner purchased a 1999 Opel Corsa for the race. The two finished on August 10th, taking second place and the first American team to make it to the finish line in Ulan-Ude. If that weren’t challenging enough, Pearse made it back to Houston just in time to face Hurricane Harvey.
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A former teacher from Burr and Burton and alumni from the class of ’03 and ’04 gathered in Arizona in June for the wedding of Rachel Sleeman ’04. From L to R: Lucy Mull ’04, Holly Owens Padilla ’03, Betsy Hubner, Rachel Sleeman ’04, and Nora Talkington ’04.

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Hand MackyLiz Hand Mackey ’05 joined the Alumni Association Executive Board in September. Liz shared with us, “I’m coaching girls JV soccer in Middlebury, Vermont. I’m married to former Burr and Burton English teacher and football/lax coach Wil Mackey. We have two dogs, one rooster, six hens, and a one-year-old son named Lang. I fill my days watching Lang, coaching, working with gorgeous produce at a coop, volunteering with a local garden club and teen center, and painting with watercolor. I have taught middle and high school since college, but am taking some time away from teaching while I raise Lang!”

Thanks to Shannon O’Leary ’04 for her years of service as a member of the Alumni Association Board and as a member of the Advancement staff at Burr and Burton. Shannon resides in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

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Cooper Bleakie ’11, representing Manchester Country Club, qualified for the Vermont Amateur Championship at The Dorset Field Club in July, the country’s oldest golf club in its 131st year. Cooper made the 36-hole cut and finished with a score of 303 over 72 holes. He finished tied for 27th which automatically qualifies him for the 2018 Vermont Amateur. Cooper is also the reigning Manchester Country Club Men’s Club Champion for the second year in a row. Burr and Burton alumni Chris Antonez ’10 and Danny Favreau ’10 also qualified and played in the tournament.  

Changing the future with your gift to the Annual Fund

If Burr and Burton made a difference in your life, consider the Annual Fund. Your gift at any level makes a difference for students working toward a brighter future. Alumni support provides a terrific range of opportunities in academics, the arts and athletics. Continue a tradition of alumni giving for Burr and Burton by visiting www.burrburton/Giving with your tax-deductible donation of any amount. Or mail your donation to Burr and Burton, Alumni Office, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254. Thank you!

Blast from the past

MHS Collection 030215SH 003Baseball had originally been prohibited at Burr and Burton, but that prohibition had been lifted in the 1880s with the first mention of baseball appearing in 1889 school literature. It was listed in the other “societies,” as the Base Ball [sic] Association which directed other activities such as tennis and croquet. Shown here is the 1930 Baseball Team. Courtesy of the Manchester Historical Society.

In Memoriam

Sandra L. Casey ’00, October 1, 2017
Bertha Payne Christman ’59, September 27, 2017
Judith A. Comar ’76, September 13, 2017
Tina Frost Dufresne ’83, August 10, 2017
Thomas J. Keyes, Sr. ’67, September 28, 2017
Charles H. Lake ’67, August 8, 2017
Susan A. Martin ’63, September 26, 2017
Flora Belle Matson Mason ’53, June 30, 2017
Margaret Ramsey Meachem ’38, June 10, 2017
Merlyn Miller, July 27, 2017 – Former Librarian at Burr and Burton for 25 years
Matthew D. Monroe ’88, June 27, 2017
Judy Perry Rowe ’50, June 30, 2017
Lia Zandy Shattuck ’42, July 31, 2017
Harley Wilcox ’56, September 24, 2017

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Layout 1Please share your news by sending us a quick email. Contact Rich Thompson-Tucker at rthompson@burrburton.org or 802-549-8135 in the Alumni Office.

Help spread the word about the Alumni News from the Hill and share this and future issues with your fellow alumni! Note that some photos were not available at time of publication.

Many thanks to photographer Gary Baker ’72 for a number of the photos seen here, on our website, in newsletters and other publications.

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

For more information and the latest about Burr and Burton, visit our website by clicking on: http://www.burrburton.org. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and in the old headmaster’s house at Burr and Burton. And stop by for a visit or tour when your travels bring you to Manchester!

July 2017

Sailing into summer

Thanks to the support of alumni, Burr and Burton’s biggest event of the year was a great success, raising over $230,000 for student programs! Sail into Summer featured an Online 2017 Gala logo 1Auction in April and the Gala at Taconic in May. Our sincere appreciation for their support of these special events to Eugene Bilka ’78, Seth Bongartz ’72, Phil Bourn ’72, Peggy Brophy Brockett ’88, Billy Brownlee ’94, Bill Cairns ’72, Jennifer Preuss Casey ’87, Spike Clayton ’76, Clarke ’74 and Barbara ’77 Comollo, Kerry Comollo ’77, Keth Comollo ’80, Stella Verruso Connors ’81, Lucy Gobbi Costa ’81, Merrick Counsell ’75, Stephen Drunsic ’93, Adam Dworkin ’85, Vickie Baker Haskins ’76, Morgan Kelley ’09, Janel Kittredge ’92, Kerri MacLaury ’02, Dana Markey ’73, Erica Albin Marthage ’88, Peter Miller ’51, Carol Bresko O’Connor ’67, Dan ’75 and Cindy ’74 O’Leary, Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Mike Powers ’60, Susan Counsell Ritchie ’74, Elizabeth Silsby ’09, Scott Stewart ’83, Wendy Ridgeway Talbot ’85, and Roberta Brown White ’84.

Governor speaks at Commencement

Gov. Phil Scott

Burr and Burton was honored to have Vermont Governor Phil Scott address seniors at the 184th Commencement at the Riley Rink at Hunter Park on June 9th. Governor Scott advised seniors “…to take risks, to never settle, and to treat others with respect – including, on social media, to tweet others as you wish to be tweeted.”

Joel Secoy ’04 addresses seniors at Commencement

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Seniors voted for two speakers from the faculty and staff to address them at Commencement in June. One was Dave Curtis who is retiring as head of Burr and Burton’s Science Department after 16 years of teaching. Well-known for his oratory, Dave Curtis did not disappoint. Governor Scott quipped that he will not speak after Dave again. The other speaker was alumnus Joel Secoy ’04 who works in Burr and Burton’s Maintenance Department and operates a farm. Joel advised seniors “…to save your money and work for goals and dreams beyond the immediate,” and added, “…hard work is worthless unless you have a dream and you save for the dream.” Photo left to right: Dave Curtis and Joel Secoy ’04.

Class of ’67 gets ready for 50th

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Members of the 50th Reunion class of ’67 came to Burr and Burton on a steamy day in June for a photo and tour. Class of 1967 left to right: Back row: Michael Kilburn, Mark Chamberlin, Jim Fleming, Lee Sendra Middle row: Bernice Keyes Felion, Gloria Bushee Bierwirth, Donna Roberts Bushee, Mike Comar Front row: Astri Eckhoff Kilburn, Joan Bowen Hazelton, Frances Gaiotti Baker, Bonnie Baird Oulette Slade, Phil Zandy, Jean Bowen Stannard, Vince Clark.

Call Dr. Treat

Dr-TreatBob Treat ’55 is the middle of three generations of veterinarians in his family. He has written a book, Call Dr. Treat, about the extraordinary changes in animal care over the decades that weaves local history and the creatures great and small the Treat family has, yes, treated. Faculty Bill Muench and his students have used Bob’s book and some of the stories to create a documentary (additional details on how to view the documentary in the upcoming October News from the Hill). The idea for Bob’s book spun out of a presentation he gave to the Manchester Historical Society. The book is filled with great stories, historical photos, drawings and anecdotes. Bob’s father, Edwin Treat, and son, Rob Treat ’82, are also veterinarians. To purchase a copy, stop by the Green Mountain Veterinary Hospital, 48 Treat Hill Road, Manchester Center during business hours, visit Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center (www.northshire.com), or email Bob and Sally Treat at sbtreat@sover.net.

Returning to the Hill

TorresAlfredo “Little Freddie” Torres and his wife, Eva Torres, returned to the Hill this past spring to reconnect with classmates and pay his respects to teacher Ed Latz, who ran Ormsby Hill for many years. Little Freddie was in the class of ’81 and part of the Ormsby Hill Program. He lettered in basketball and soccer, and was on the first boys soccer team to win a state championship in that sport at this school and on two state championship teams in basketball. Little Freddie received an associate’s degree in Business from Florida State University, served in the U.S. Navy for twenty years and is now retired in sunny Florida.

Todd Merrill '81Todd Merritt ’81 and his family visited Burr and Burton in late June. Pictured here (L to R), daughter Karenna, Todd and his wife, Linda, traveled from Washington state. Todd was on the ski team and played tennis at Burr and Burton.

Charlie Ams ’12

Charlie Ams ’12 was chosen to represent the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) at the Graduate Fashion Week in London. Graduate Fashion Week is a charity Chas 2017organization founded in 1991 to create a stronghold for the creative industries and to showcase students’ work in front of leading names from the fashion industry. Charlie was also featured in Teen Vogue this Spring where he provided insight into the inspirations and techniques to his award-winning future war aesthetic where the fabrics chosen are intended to protect and shield the wearer and include leather, selvedge denim, linen, and cotton. His garments were hand painted with acrylic paints, varnishes and waxes for added strength and stiffness, and used staples and scar stitching on the seams to break traditional sewing practices.

20th for ’97

20170621095714468Leslie Hunter Wester ’97 invites classmates to join her for their 20th Burr and Burton Reunion in September. We hope the class of ’97 will take time to come back to the Hill. Kudos to all Class Agents like Leslie who are connecting with classmates about Reunion Weekend ’17. Pictured here from the ’97 Burtonian bottom to top: Leslie Hunter Wester, Christine Pelletier Sarkissian, Karl Polifka, and Blair Mone.

 

 

 

 

Tess & Thorn

Brooke & Tess_Stitches By The SeaBrooke McGowan ’11 (left) and Tess Nagle (niece of Bill and Barb Muench) began Tess & Thorn with the intention to shake things up a little bit in the needlepoint industry. Tess & Thorn’s mission is to establish a creative community with a high social benefit as well as a low environmental impact by way of needlepoint. Their collection can now be found in over seventy-five needlepoint shops around the country as well as in the hands of traveling stitchers around the world. Inspired by their love for Vermont and to take their mission global, Brooke and Tess have added a one-for-one reforestation initiative to their model. In short, Tess & Thorn plants one tree for every product sold. As a result, they have planted over one thousand trees in ecosystems in Kenya, Haiti, the Amazon Rainforest, Colorado, British Columbia and Indonesia.

Welcoming our newest alumni

IMG_7383Clara Thörn ’16 and Hannah Nicholson ’16 (at right) welcome three new alumni from the class of 2017 at the senior breakfast in the Scranton Room on May 16th. From left to right: Natalia Sowulewska, Rachel Tegan and Molly Dingley.

Baseball team takes D-1 State Championship

Baseball-team,-St.-Champs-'17Congratulations to the Boys Baseball team who not only found a way to win the championship but broke the state championship scoring record along the way. The Burr and Burton team clinched their first D-1 Baseball State Championship – defeating Essex on June 10, 2017, by a score of 18-8.

2017 Hall of Fame announced

Alumni sent in their nominations, the Committees have met, and we are pleased to announce the inductees for the Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony. These outstanding athletes, coaches, legends, friends of athletics, contributors to the community or their field, artists, faculty and staff, and team will be inducted on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 4 PM at the Riley Center for the Arts, across from Taylor Field at Burr and Burton. All are welcome to this special ceremony and tradition.

Athlete: Elise Bartlett ’94, Damon Dudley-Macon ’96, Matt Van Der Kar ’02
Special Olympian: Emma Benasich ’15
Coach: Bonnie Niles ’79
Legend: Jane Douglas ’56
Friend of Athletics: Chip Chamberlain
Team: 1985/1986 Girls Basketball Team

The 2017 Alumni Recognition Award winners:

Alumni Service Award:  Mike Kilburn ’67
Alumni Achievement Award: Seth Bongartz ’72
Alumni Arts Award: Christopher Madkour ’77
E.H. Henry Distinguished Faculty and Staff Award: Ellen Bell Wilcox ’57

Peter Miller’s new book

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Peter Miller ’51 is planning an important new book that follows on his Vermont People series. Vanishing Vermonters documents the loss of rural culture in the state and will feature 23 profiles of Vermonters who talk about the Vermont they live in. A portrait is included with each story and the book will be peppered with iconic Vermont images and Peter’s award-winning photography. If you are interested in helping support his publishing efforts or for more information, contact Peter Miller at peter@petermillerphotography.com.

Alumni help Burr Society top 100

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Photo (L to R): Jim Henry ’67, Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65, Judy Harwood, Pat Dupree, Dan DeForest, Holly DeForest, and Rich Thompson-Tucker.

The Joseph Burr Society topped 100 members in May thanks in part to the support of alumni who joined the group recently. New members were inducted into our legacy society at the Founders Day Luncheon in Founders Hall in May. We welcome Gary Baker ’72, Jim ’67 and Nancy Henry, Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65, Charles ’60 and Ann Randall, and Pat Dooley Tym ‘56. Former faculty Dan DeForest and his wife, Holly, also joined the Burr Society this spring. Cathy L. McLellan ’73 was inducted posthumously. The Burr Society are those individuals who have included Burr and Burton in a will, trust, retirement plan, or other estate plan and informed the school of their intentions.

From the Archives

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With the Taylor Field dedicated two years ago in 2015 after a major renovation, this ca.1925 photograph shows the building of the new athletic field, a gift from trustee Wilson B. Pettibone who attended Burr and Burton as a young man. The Pettibone family can trace their roots in Manchester back to the earliest settlers and both his father, Albert W. and grandfather, John S. were long associated with Burr and Burton.

The photo was taken from the spire of the First Congregational Church. Thanks to the Manchester Historical Society for generously providing the photo and history.

To those who gave – thank you!

We are grateful to the 150 alumni who helped us reach the $900,000 Annual Fund goal this year. However, we are below the independent school average nationally for alumni participation. We invite the support of all alumni for Burr and Burton and the extraordinary educational experience we provide. Your donation, no matter the level, does make a difference. We start fresh on July 1st so if you didn’t get a chance to contribute to the Annual Fund in the last school year, make a tax-deductible gift on-line, anytime at https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform. Or mail your tax-deductible donation to Burr and Burton, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254. All alumni who contributed in the 2016/17 fiscal year will be listed in the upcoming Annual Appreciation Report due out later this summer.

Steinway Challenge at Burr and Burton

adj-piano-1024x682There’s been quite a mix of pianos at Burr and Burton over the years. While we’ve always appreciated donations of pianos, age and use have taken their toll. That is a challenge for our students and the music teachers trying to teach them. You can solve this problem by contributing to Burr and Burton’s Steinway Fund. Fund a key at $700, a number of keys, or an entire Steinway piano. Our goal is to make every piano at Burr and Burton a quality Steinway instrument a well known symbol of quality. Contact Cindy Gubb in the Advancement Office for the campaign brochure and other information at cgubb@burrburton.org or 802-549-8201. Thank you!

Lodging for Reunion Weekend ’17

Before the leaves even start to turn in September, motels, hotels, inns and B&Bs book up. Reserve today if you plan to attend Reunion Weekend from 9/22 – 24, 2017, and need a place to stay. You can find a comprehensive lodging list on Burr and Burton’s website: http://www.burrburton.org/Alumni, click on 2017 Reunion. Or visit manchestervermont.com, the official website of the new Manchester Business Association.

Hey buddy, can you spare some time?

With Reunion Weekend coming up in September, please let us know whether you can spare an hour greeting fellow alumni, setting up, and running the Alumni Tent. Celebrating alumni ending in 2 and 7, all alumni, spouses and families from all years are welcome. To volunteer, contact Rich in the Alumni Office (see below). Reunion Weekend is Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2017.

In Memoriam

Hector J. Aponte ’60, August 4, 2016
Marilyn Price Audy ’48, April 28, 2017
Jackie “Jack” Croff, May 14, 2017
Jeanne Long Foster ’44, March 15, 2017
Mabel Bovey Herrick ’52, May 10, 2017
Samuel E. Jenks ’15, June 15, 2017
Malcolm L. Richardson ’41, May 23, 2017
JoAnne Riggs Torrey ’74, May 27, 2017

Stay connected

Layout 1Please share your news by sending us a quick email. Contact Rich Thompson-Tucker at rthompson@burrburton.org or 802-549-8135 in the Alumni Office.

Help spread the word about the Alumni News from the Hill and share this and future issues with your fellow alumni! Note that some photos were not available at time of publication.

Many thanks to photographer Gary Baker ’72 for a number of the photos seen here, on our website, in newsletters and other publications.

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

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