ALUMNI NEWSLETTER JUNE 2011 Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Welcome ,

Want to Get More Involved? Alumni Opportunities for 2011-2012 School Year

Reunion Planning
Classes ending in “2” and “7” are celebrating milestone reunions on March 9 & 10, 2012:
1932 1942 1952 1962 1972 1982 1992 2002
1937 1947 1957 1967 1977 1987 1997 2007
We are looking for volunteers to organize class parties, or simply help update contact information.
Are you in Real Estate? The alumni council is working to build our professional network. We are starting with real estate. We want to identify alumni in real estate to introduce you to each other and keep you informed about a real estate roundtable event we are planning for next school year. Also, joining our Linkedin Group is a great way to join the alumni network -- in real estate or other fields.
Salute to Prep-for-Prep: We plan to do a joint event with Prep-for-Prep and Allen-Stevenson celebrating the roughly 30 year relationship. We are looking for volunteers for ideas and to help with planning.
To volunteer or simply express interest in any of these events, please contact, Monique Lowitt, Director of Alumni Relations,, 212-933-5240.

As I see it...

Ask me what was memorable this spring and I can tell you. The first was at Alice Tully Hall, the acoustically revamped Alice Tully Hall: the sound of the Upper School Orchestra’s brass section rising up along the wall behind them, up and out, filling the hall. They didn’t sound like a kid orchestra at all but another accomplished guest orchestra with a big rich blended-brass sound. They were 15: 1 French horn, 8 trombones, 6 trumpets, and playing the Fourth Movement of Dvorak’s Symphony 9 “From the New World.”
The second occurred in our own playing space when the third graders staged this year’s version of Mr. America, a student-generated theatrical that comes out of the boys’ study of United States geography. Each boy researches a state and then puts forward that state’s contribution to the nation using words, and costume, and even song and dance. (More about dance another time—it’s sweeping the School.) At this performance every boy could be heard, knew his lines, his dance, his song. Here was a bright model of a purposeful class united to accomplish something, rooting for one another, I thought. Third Grade energy is a little scary, and I expect to encounter it down the road, undiminished.
The last was the Seventh Grade Allen-Stevenson/Nightingale-Bamford production of the American classic Inherit the Wind. This is the fifth time I’ve directed this play at the School, going back to 1980. Many people thought it was the best Seventh Grade play in years, and for a time, we were the darlings of the school. Not a bad way to go out.
David Kersey h'98
Member of our faculty since 1969 

New Alumni Breakfast

Thirty-five boys, who were graduating that day from Allen-Stevenson, shared breakfast with older alumni and were officially inducted into the brotherhood of Allen-Stevenson alumni with remarks by Randolph Schrade ’76 and David Kersey h ’98. They all received pins from older alumni in attendance.

Alumni Dodgeball Game

Twenty alumni donned blue or gold sweatbands to rocket balls at each other to the tunes of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” and other songs for the Alumni Dodgeball Game. Jaison Correa-Spain ’97 refereed the game with shouts of “Regular,” “Foul line” and “all back in” as alumni from the classes of 1991-2010 pummeled each other in friendly competition.

Off to College Party for Class of 2008

About 100 people – classmates, their families and former teachers – filled the first floor reminiscing about the fun years at Allen-Stevenson, exchanging contact details and sharing the joy of being together again.

Can You Name These Boys?

John Pariseau is labeling photos in the archives and needs your help identifying some of the people.  Please email John at if you know the name of any of these boys.

Alumni News

Michael Barlerin '55 came to the school to cheer on his classmate, John Field '55, the graduation speaker.

David Yazbek '75 ( was nominated for a Tony award for the score of “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.”
John Carr ’76 sang in the chorus of the Bronx Opera’s production of Don Giovanni in May.
Jon Potter ’80 ( took a tour of the school recently. He was in town with his family for spring break and got together with classmate Roger Raines '80. “I am a journalist. Specifically, I write, edit and produce a weekly arts & entertainment magazine covering the lively culture in an art-crazy, highly creative, funky, Bohemian Vermont town. My wife and I also raise two daughters and tend a menagerie that includes four chickens, a large chocolate lab, a cat, a Guinea pig and four fish. Continuing the musical training that A-S certainly helped to nurture, I sing with a very skilled, 30-member group called the Blanche Moyse Chorale.”
Hiram Ratliff ’81 gave the Couloucoundis Award to Alexander Gellert ’14 (son of Alex Gellert ’79). The prize goes to a 6th grade boy who embodies the spirit of Anthony Couloucoundis ’81, who passed away in a car accident during his 6th grade year at Allen-Stevenson. A member of his class presents the award every year to a boy with scholastic excellence, all-round participation in athletics, arts and community service; and above all, the gift of friendship.
Philip Gardner Utsch ’84 ( married
Leena Jain in April) in Irving, Texas. A Hindu priest performed a traditional Indian ceremony.

Jeremy Beard ’86 ( and his wife, Lindsay, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Caroline Elizabeth, born on April 12, 2011. She weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 20.9 inches long.
Geoffrey Sanders ’92 ( and Deborah Carlton Sanders welcomed their first child, Benjamin Lev, on April 25, 2011. Geoff, Debbie, and Ben live in New York City and are trying to find a way to fit all the baby gear into their already full apartment.
Charles Socarides ’92 will play Timothy, an ambitious TV news reporter, in the New York premiere of Stephen Karam’s work “Sons of the Prophets” at the Roundabout Theatre in New York this fall; tickets go on sale in late July. Charles played the role in Boston this spring at the Huntington Theatre.
Lucian Deaton ’94 ( writes, “I will graduate from Virginia Tech with a double masters in urban planning and natural resources. When not in classes – which took far too long at a part-time cadence – I work for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. My wife and I get up to NYC about 4 times a year to see Zane Haserot ’94.”
Alex Appel ’99 ( was married in mid-May. Alex started a project to run 200 miles in the form of four ultra marathons for the Alzheimer's Association NYC Chapter. “You can read more about the project on my website - The project has been extremely successful, but it would be great to get some of those in the Allen-Stevenson community involved. I have two more races to run: a 50 mile trail race in Ohio in June and a 50 mile trail race in Leadville, Colorado in July.”

Maxson Jarecki ’08 returned to Allen-Stevenson with his electric guitar to accompany brother, Jasper ’12, the 2011 winner of the Desmond Cole Fortiter et Recte Award, in a performance with Mr. Brozyna and Mr. Cashdollar on the song “Purple Haze” at a benefit concert for a school in Japan damaged in the recent earthquake. Current students organized the bake sale and concert to raise money. 
In Memoriam
Maurice Clements Jr. ’59

Alumni Highlights

John O. Field '55, expert on world hunger, gave the address at this year’s Closing Exercises. Field regaled the graduating boys and their families with a tale of his football touchdown against Buckley as a new boy in 6th grade. He shared his advice on the importance of listening and the “wisdom of the periphery.”  To read the speech, please click here.

Annual Fund

We're nearing the finish line!
This year's goal is to reach 20% alumni participation. Currently we have 13% participation. We need 150 more alumni donors to reach our goal. Each gift also raises your class participation - be the first class to reach 100%!
If you have never made a gift to Allen-Stevenson, this is your opportunity. And for those of you who give every year, but have not yet given, we count on you and are so grateful for your continued support. A contribution to Allen-Stevenson is an investment in the next generation of A-S alumni.
The Fund closes on June 30th. Please make your gift today!

Alumni Events

For a printable list, please click here.
Monday, September 12
All School Picnic
Friday, October 7
Founder's Day
Tuesday, November 22
Young Alumni Day
2005-2012 Classes
(Please note this event will be on Tuesday afternoon instead of Wednesday morning during Thanksgiving week.)
Tuesday, December 13, 6:30pm
Alumni Hockey Game at Chelsea Piers
March 9 & 10, 2012
Alumni Reunion Weekend:
Classes ending in “2” and “7”
Alumni Basketball Game and Pizza Lunch on Saturday, March 10, 11:00am
Thursday, May 24, 6:00pm
Alumni Dodgeball Game

Monday, June 11, 6:00pm
Off to College Party for the Class of 2009

Previous Issues of  Blue & Gold

Please enjoy the last few issues of Blue & Gold. Click here:



Online Directory

Please take the time to update your information in the online directory.
Log in to the Allen-Stevenson website and click on MY PROFILE in the left-hand navigation. Please contact if you have any questions.

Reunion T-Shirt

If you would like to receive a reunion t-shirt, please email Monique Lowitt at Put "Reunion t-shirt please" in the subject line and include your name, mailing address, and size (S, M, L, XL, XXL).
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