ALUMNI NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 2010 Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Welcome ,

We’re very excited to unveil our new monthly alumni newsletter, Blue & Gold, which will be emailed the first day of the month from September through June. Each month we will include “As I see it…” - a bird’s eye view of Allen-Stevenson from David Kersey, upcoming event information, a re-cap of events and alumni highlights. We hope you enjoy the newsletter, and look forward to hearing from you with your news.

As I see it...

It’s late August and I’m still enjoying myself in Maine and have been doing so since June 15, just after graduation. While much of the rest of the nation will remember this summer for its nearly unendurable heat, all here along the coast of Maine account it the best summer in memory: perfect high pressure days of clear blue skies and golden sunshine, followed by ocean-cooled evenings, and when it rained, it rained at night, Camelot-like, and more than enough to keep the gardeners happy. In addition, the price of lobster ($3.75/pound yesterday) has been consistently low, which is not so good for the local fishermen, but a bargain for those of us who eat them.



A great summer, then, all in all, but it’s time to go back, back to the city, back to 78th Street. I expect my colleagues feel the tug of school, too. I want to see them, of course, many of whom are close friends, to catch up with their summer adventures, and I want to meet the new teachers, usually young and full of new ways to do the job. Most of all the boys draw me back, a summer older and taller and perhaps wiser and all of them ready to begin again, ready to see what they can do, ready to meet all the challenges the School puts before them—in the classrooms and on the playing fields and on the stage, everywhere, in a thousand different ways. The prospect of new beginnings is the gift of school, a promise of new excitements you, too, must have felt each September when you came back to 78th Street. At this writing though, I have a week left. Mussels tonight, I think.



September 13th is the first day of school. 409 boys are enrolled, taught by 91 full and part-time faculty, with a staff of 45. As always I encourage you to visit and see for yourself whether, now 128 years into the School’s life, the spirit of possibility is still alive on 78th Street. I’ll give you a tour.

David Kersey h'98
Member of our faculty since 1969 


Closing Exercises Featured Speaker
Navy Lt. Commander Ian R. Nesbitt '90

On Wednesday, June 9th, the Upper School held its Closing Exercises. The featured speaker was Lieutenant Commander Ian R. Nesbitt ’90. Also speaking at the ceremony were as follows: Welcome by Neal Kamsler, Head of the Upper School; Remarks by Ronald S. Rolfe ’60, President, Board of Trustees; Class of 2010 Farewell by Jenner Foster ’10; and Blessing by David R. Trower h’95, Headmaster.  Read more.

Annual Fund



We successfully completed our Annual Fund on June 30, 2010. The Allen-Stevenson community raised over $2.1 million dollars with 18% of alumni contributing. Thank you to all those who helped us exceed our goals in both dollars raised and participation.


Every gift to the Annual Fund is important and has a meaningful impact. With these important operating funds, we are able to attract and retain our impressive faculty, provide strong academic programs and an outstanding learning environment and grant financial aid ensuring that the School is accessible to all boys.


A special thanks to Alumni Annual Fund Chair, Tim Wallach ’65, and Vice-Chair, Jamie Magid ’91. And also a great big thank you to Simon Wasserberger ’85, Alumni Council President, for his hard work as well. Their efforts helped us increase alumni participation from 16% to 18%.


Congratulations on a remarkable year! As we look toward school starting in two weeks, we are excited about kicking off this year’s Annual Fund.

Please click here and give now.

Alumni Highlights

Zach Braff of “Scrubs” fame is starring in a new off-Broadway play, “Trust,” in New York by Paul Weitz ’80. Primarily a director and writer of films (“American Pie,” “About A Boy,” and “Antz”), and sometimes in collaboration with his brother, Christopher Weitz ’84, Paul likes to keep his hand in playwriting as well.


“I learned a tremendous amount from doing plays directed by Mr. Kersey (Mister Roberts) and Mr. Landis (Of Mice and Men) at Allen- Stevenson. Part of what I like about doing plays is keeping a link to that time,” he said. Also, when Braff missed the show for a short period last week, Allen-Stevenson alum Charles Socarides ’92 stepped into the role.


“Trust” at the Second Stage Theatre runs until September 12th.


To read more about the play, click here.


 Alumni Events

For a printable list, please click here.

All School Picnic

Bring your family!

Monday, September 13th

Central Park
CPW at 86th Street

5:00-7:00 pm

Thursday, September 16th


Founders Day

Friday, October 8th

Speaker: Andy Mercy '85

9:00 am


Young Alumni Day

Wednesday, November 24th

Classes of 2004-2011

10:00 am-12:45 pm

Alumni Hockey Game

December 15th
6:30 pm 

Alumni Reunion Weekend

Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th, 2011

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