ALUMNI NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2011 Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dear ,

Happy Holidays from all of us at Allen-Stevenson!
Hockey Players: Join us Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 pm at Chelsea Piers for a fast-paced game with coach Phil Amplo and post-game refreshments with honorary coach David Kersey h '98. Spectators are welcome (dress warmly).

As I see it...

Dear Alumni,
As Wordsworth explains in the 1799 version of The Prelude:
There are in our existence spots of time,
Which with distinct preeminence retain
A fructifying virtue, whence, depressed
By trivial occupations and the round
Of ordinary intercourse, our minds --
Especially the imaginative power --
Are nourished and invisibly repaired;

So it is with teachers. In our early years we imagine accomplishing great things with our students, lifting them to new heights of understanding, and helping them accomplish things they thought impossible. Yet over time our young teacher’s dream fades in the daily struggles of the job and the children's heavy plodding progress. But the dream is never entirely lost; it comes back to us in Wordsworthian "spots of time" and our imaginations are "nourished and invisibly repaired." Two such "spots of time" came to me this past month at School.
The first was at an early morning audition for this year’s Gilbert and Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore, when seventh grader Henry Liu stood and sang Ralph Rackstraw's "The nightingale sighed" with such heart, and with such sheer beauty that all of us in the room, teachers and boys, were lifted up and out, far beyond the ordinary run of days at school, in a way that I could not remember happening before.
The second came in work director Meg MacCary and ninth grader Jorge Colmenares were doing to get ready for Shakespeare's As You Like It. Jorge was playing Oliver who appears in the first scene of the play and then again in Act IV where he has a difficult speech in verse of nearly 100 lines. Ms. MacCary who worked most closely with Jorge describes what happened best: "Jorge wasn't content with doing a great job. He asked me for notes after every rehearsal, and when I told him honestly that I loved what he was doing, he still didn't rest. Every time he rehearsed his monologue, I could tell he had been working on his own to sculpt it to perfection. He understood Oliver, but did not apologize for him, and I have never seen the role played more convincingly…. He is a wonderful example to his peers and the adults in his life that you get out of something what you put into it."
I suppose it's these "spots of time" that keep me coming back to 78th Street each September.
Oh, and all you hockey players, see you at Chelsea Piers on December 13.
David Kersey h'98
Member of our faculty since 1969 
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
Contract your classmates to find out about your class' plans or to help make those plans.
50th Reunion -- 1962:  Gerard de Gunzburg
35th Reunion -- 1977:  Dewey Wigod
25th Reunion -- 1987:  Alfred Burger, Christopher Hallows, Jason Joseph
20th Reunion -- 1992:  Andrew Arias, Noah Kass, Charles Socarides, Wesley Stanton, Seagram Villagomez
15th Reunion -- 1997:  Berton Rose
10th Reunion -- 2002:  Jack Lyden, Alexander Melnitzsky, Alexander Shipper
5th Reunion -- 2007:    Alessandro Santoro
PLEASE PLAN ON JOINING US ON SATURDAY, MARCH 10TH, at the School, for daytime events (basketball, H.M.S. Pinafore rehearsals, and tours) and a delicious cocktail party & buffet dinner in the evening, 6:00-8:30 pm.

Recipe of the Month

As part of our celebration of alumni in food and drink this year, we are featuring a recipe of the month.  Jason French '85 ( is chef and owner of Ned Ludd, an American craft kitchen restaurant in Portland, Oregon ( He shared two recipes from his kitchen with us. Click on the recipes below:

Young Alumni Day

About 60 alumni in high school and college returned to Allen-Stevenson to see each other and former teachers, and to play some basketball. Current eighth and ninth graders appreciated speaking with recent graduates about their high schools.
Sixteen alumni in New York real estate met for breakfast on November 18 and discussed their current work and the future of the New York real estate market.
This was the first of what we hope are a series of industry-specific alumni networking groups.
Alumni who attended were:
John West '58, H. Dale Hemmerdinger '59, Alexander Peters '71, Nikolas Dando-Haenisch '82, Hagen Scutt '84, Simon Wasserberger '85, Jeremy Hirsch '86, Harlan Goldberg '90, Wes Stanton '92, Freddy Victoria '92, Pierre Bonan '93, Todd Cohen '94, Timothy McCabe '94, Jason Gottleib '98, Christopher Levinson '98, and Andrew Zimmerman '00.

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.

Annual Fund

Consider making a gift to Allen-Stevenson this holiday season in honor or in memory of someone special to you. In the past, alumni have given in honor of their parents, a classmate, a favorite teacher or staff member.
Please give as generously as you can before year-end.


Previous Issues of  Blue & Gold

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Online Directory

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Alumni Events

For a printable list, please click here.
Tuesday, December 13, 6:30pm
Alumni Hockey Game at Chelsea Piers
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
6:30pm - 8:30pm
30 Years and Beyond:
Allen-Stevenson and Prep for Prep Alumni Celebration
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

Alumni News

Jim Krissel '77 ( has been farming for 15 years in the Connecticut northwestern corner raising beef. He is also involved in local land and environmental issues: Inland Wetland's Conservation Commission, Sharon Land Trust, and the State of Connecticut Farmland Advisory Board. His wife, Jessica, says he plays "a mean guitar with a local group, Swamp Yankee."
Robert Margolis '77 (robertmmargolis@ and his wife, Marisa, had a baby girl, Beatrice, born during the unseasonal October 29th snowstorm that knocked out power to most of Connecticut. Robert's brother, Brian Margolis '75, reports that "Happily, the hospital had its own power supply but Robert's home was not suitable for living with no power and they spent a week post-hospital at a kind friend's house."
David Rosenthal '84 ( wrote and directed a new movie just released called "Janie Jones" which stars Abigail Breslin and Elizabeth Shue, and is based on a true story. To read more about the movie, click here.
Christopher Hallows '87 ( writes: "I just took command of B Company 1/75th Ranger Battalion. It is the same company I started out in back in '95 as a young Ranger! Heading back to AFG in the late spring for my 11th Combat tour." Chris plans to be at his reunion March 9 & 10 and hopes to see classmates.
Geoff Feder '89 is an artist in Peekskill, NY. His website explains: "Finding his voice with steel, Geoff started welding and creating sculptures of birds." To learn more about his art, click here.
Maya Kingsley Schutt was born October 20, 2011, to Nick Schutt '94 ( and his wife Bethany.

Christopher Waters Hamilton, Jr. ("Kip") was born at 7.5 lbs and 20.5 inches on November 19th to Caroline and Christopher Hamilton ’96 (
"Kip made for a very special Thanksgiving celebration at the Hamilton household."
Classmates Jaison Spain '97 ( and Clarence "Jah-C" Fruster '97 are playing at Southpaw on Friday December 9th along with a hip hop band, Idle Warship, with Talib Kweli. Jaison writes: "We have released our highly anticipated mixtape entitled "Conception" in September and have received lots of excellent feedback all over prominent music blogs, booked several upcoming shows on the east coast, and have been played on radio stations as far as Miami, Arizona, Toronto, and LA!
"Conception Mixtape" by Jah-C & Jaison Spain (14 free downloads): Thegreathustler.bandcamp
Nick Kinsey '98 writes: "I hope everyone is doing well. I just wanted to make you aware that my band Diamond Doves recently launched a fundraising campaign at PledgeMusic in order to finance the making of our debut album."
Check out the new music videos from Chris Baker '01, an alumni musician performing recently in NYC.
Alexander Ingram '03 (Alexanderingram@ worked on the launch of a new business called TripGram that gives you access to exclusive last minute getaways that are only a car ride away from NYC. Alex asks that you click on to learn more and sign up.
In Memoriam

We sadly report the recent passing of Zachary Levy '00 who died in an accident on November 15, 2011.
Kerim Eken '00 remembers: "Zach made an indelible impression on all those who knew him, especially the A-S community. His wit and charm is well remembered and will be cherished by the many friendships that he formed at A-S. He will be forever missed."
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