ALUMNI NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2011 Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dear ,

Welcome back from the summer. We have some great events planned this year.  Please join us for:
• All School Family Picnic in Central Park, on September 12, 5-7pm (see details under Events below.)
• Real Estate Roundtable, Fall 2011
• Young Alumni Day, Tuesday before Thanksgiving, November 22 (change of day from prior years)
• Alumni Hockey Game, Tuesday, December 13
• Allen-Stevenson Salutes Prep For Prep: February 2012
• Alumni Reunion Weekend: March 9-10, 2012
We hope to see you at these events.
Simon Wasserberger '85
President, Allen-Stevenson Alumni Council
March 9-10, 2012 Alumni Reunion Weekend
The following classes are celebrating a milestone reunion next March. Please contact Monique Lowitt at if you would like to be involved in the planning.
1932 1937 1942 1947 1952 1957 1962 1967
1972 1977 1982 1987 1992 1997 2002 2007
Allen-Stevenson Salutes Prep For Prep
Prep for Prep and Allen-Stevenson has been a wonderful match for such a long time. I am excited to have the opportunity to help organize an event that will celebrate this long-time relationship as well as bring together alumni young and not as young, rekindle old friendships, or forge new bonds. I am chairing a committee that will help organize this event. If you are interested in being a part of this planning committee, please contact me at
Christopher Persley '88

As I see it...

Hurricanes and floods are nature's metaphor for that ever-tumultuous re-entry to the first days of school. Goodbye to barefoot ways and t-shirts and hello to stiff new shoes and the pull of neckties. The School opens its doors on September 7, 2011, for its 129th year to 419 boys supported by 144 full and part-time faculty and staff: there's cacophony of a rousing sort to beat Irene's bluster. What have we done these past three months and what will we do in the next? Some of what's to come we know about, our rituals—new teachers and new boys, fierce encounters on Randall's Island, Founder's Day with Mr. Allen's Desk--but some experiences will take us by surprise. The perfect balance of equations, the cello's broad melancholy song, the viaducts and aqueducts of ancient Rome--who would have guessed such treasures could equal summer's easy horde.
David Kersey h'98
Member of our faculty since 1969 

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

Jeffrey Hollender '70, the founder of Seventh Generation, wrote a new book, Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning and Greening the World You Care About Most. "Planet Home is a guide to maintaining absolutely everything in the home in a natural, nontoxic way." Hollender writes about corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity at
Rob Wendin '75 ( writes from Berkshire, England: "I'm in the insurance industry since graduation from Trinity in Hartford. After 24 years with Marsh, I left to set up the healthcare business at an insurer called Allied World Assurance Company. Lot's of fun!" He would like to hear from classmates.
Charles Evans Jr. '77 previewed his new documentary, "ADDICTION INCORPORATED," to 9th grade Allen-Stevenson students and engaged them in a discussion with Mr. Herschenhous and Mr. Kersey. "ADDICTION INCORPORATED" tells the story of tobacco companies' investment in addicting the human brain and how the world came to know about it.  The film's premise is: Tobacco companies produced the most deadly product on earth while they maintained a perfect record of defeating those who tried to reign them in. The public revelation of long held tobacco industry secrets leads journalists, politicians, attorneys and whistle blowers into an unexpected alliance and leads to the first ever federal regulations of tobacco. The film is scheduled for release in December. Click here for details.
Todd Larson '77 ( writes: "I've been keeping busy as a tour guide for Super Duck Tours in Boston (not to be confused with Boston Duck Tours). I tell the duckboat passengers exciting stories and anecdotes about Boston's history, culture and current events as we meander through various Boston neighborhoods. I invite A-S alumni living in or visiting the Boston area to come on my tours; visit for details. On the side I do freelance writing and editing of websites, screenplays, novel manuscripts and blogs (visit my website,, and I'm always looking for new opportunities. I loved returning to A-S at Reunion Weekend 2011, and it was great to see classmate Dewey Wigod '77 again after ages and ages."
Christopher Weitz '84 directed a new movie, "A Better Life," about a gardener in East L.A. who struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had.
Jimmy Gleacher '86 ( just released his third novel, Paradise Rules, this summer. Gleacher previously wrote Silly Little Rich Girl and It's How You Play the Game. He is also the screenwriter of the film "He’s Such A Girl." He lives in Boulder, Colorado. 
Phoebe Ryder Wartels, daughter of Wyatt Wartels '89 and his wife Sally, was born May 31.
Craig Magee '90 ( and his wife, Rebecca, welcomed a daughter, Lucy Rose Magee, on February 12.
Stefan Friedman '90 ( and his wife, Amy Glickman, welcomed their son Leo Henry Friedman on June 29, weighing 8 lb, 12 oz.

Pip Meneghin Decker '97 ( married Meghan Elizabeth Kober in June in New Jersey. Decker is overseeing the installation of 33 wind turbines in Vermont for Brookfield Renewable Power, which owns, operates and develops hydroelectric, wind and other power sources.
In our previous issue, we incorrectly reported the marriage of Max Brockman '03 ( We apologize for the error. Max writes, "I am currently working on 'Girls,' a new HBO comedy series scheduled to debut in early 2012. Despite my lack of a wife, I remain a two-time winner of the Allen-Stevenson Upper School Speech Contest."
Max Kalikow '10 (, with the help of Mr. Dransfield in A-S Athletics, donated over 35 pairs of gently worn sneakers, cleats and baseball t-shirts from Allen-Stevenson to a charity in the Dominican Republic. Home Run Hopefuls supports children in their passion for baseball while encouraging them to continue with their education. Kalikow travelled to the D.R. in July to deliver equipment he and others had collected.

Alumni Highlights

Jeremy Ben-Ami '77 ( has written a new book, A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation. "Jeremy Ben-Ami has articulated a clear-sighted, important argument for why it is time to rewrite the 'rulebook' that governs the conversation on Israel. Time is running out on a two-state solution. Ben-Ami issues a clarion call for more focused, determined U.S. efforts to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians before it is no longer possible. A refreshing, must read for anyone who wants to understand the dilemmas facing American Jewry as it wrestles with what its role should be in Israel’s future,” according to Janine Zacharia, former Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Washington Post.”

Jeremy is speaking at the 92nd St Y on September 20Click here for details.

Alumni Events

For a printable list, please click here.
Monday, September 12
All School Family Picnic: Monday, September 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in Central Park at Central Park West and 86th Street – enter the park on the Northeast corner: the rain date for this event is Thursday, September 15, at the same time and place
Friday, October 7,
Founders Day - Charles Socarides '92 is the speaker.
Tuesday, November 22, 4:00 - 5:30pm
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

Annual Fund

Exciting News...


This year 22% of you gave and supported the 2010-2011 Alumni Annual Fund. This is the highest participation rate in the history of Allen-Stevenson.
In previous years, only 18% of all alumni gave. Thank you for making the Annual Fund a priority and making this a record-breaking year. It would not have been possible without you.

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