Issue: Blue & Gold January 2012 Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Please join us on February 7 for

30 Years and Beyond:  A Celebration of Prep for Prep + Allen-Stevenson.
This event honors the 100+ boys who were part of Prep for Prep and also attended Allen-Stevenson. We hope all Prep/A-S alumni will attend and bring their parents.
All members of the Allen-Stevenson community are invited to this reception.

As I See It...

Dear Alumni,
Have you seen the mailing for this March’s alumni event, "edible Allen-Stevenson?"  Wow! Who knew there were so many foodies among the alumni? Farmers Jim Krissel '77, Patrick Horan '85 and George Van Vlaanderen '86, edible Manhattan publisher Brian Halweil ’90, restaurateurs Robert Margolis '77, Delius Shirley '84 and Colin McCabe '90, chefs Jason Francis French '85 and Polo Dobkin '87, caterers Thomas Mills '81 and Wyatt Wartels '89, café society hosts Roger Raines '80 and the Rose Brothers (Louis '86, John '90, Bert '97), and purveyors of olive oil, Sam Berg '91 and wine, Stuart Jakob '94 and Adrian Gamarello '96. And of course it is impossible to go anywhere in this city, or any other city, without encountering the tusked "Boar’s Head" on the irresistible fare from Frank Brunckhorst '78.
But why be surprised in this most diverse of cities? Of course successful businessmen and bankers and engineers and doctors and lawyers and architects and teachers and clergymen and men of letters but Broadway and Hollywood, those glittery threads of the metropolis that we think of when we dream of New York.
Over the past four years, the School’s graduation speakers have been President of the Ford Foundation Luis Ubinas '78, Hollywood auteur Paul Weitz '80, United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Ian Nesbitt '90, and expert on world hunger Professor John Field '55.
How nice for the boys to leave the School to go into the summer, and then off to boarding school or day school thinking, "I can do that!"
David Kersey h'98
Member of our faculty since 1969

March 9-10, 2012


The following classes are celebrating a milestone reunion in March.
1932 1937 1942 1947 1952 1957 1962 1967
1972 1977 1982 1987 1992 1997 2002 2007
Contact your classmates to find out about your class' plans or to help make those plans.
50th Reunion -- 1962:  Gerard de Gunzburg
40th Reunion -- 1972:  David Sinclair
35th Reunion -- 1977:  Dewey Wigod
25th Reunion -- 1987:  Alfred Burger, Christopher Hallows,
20th Reunion -- 1992:  Andrew Arias, Noah Kass, Charles Socarides, Wesley Stanton, Seagram Villagomez
15th Reunion -- 1997:  Berton Rose, Andrew Elkin
10th Reunion -- 2002:  Jack Lyden, Alexander Melnitzsky, Alexander Shipper
5th Reunion -- 2007:    Alessandro Santoro
11:00am – 2:00pm: Open House with tours, G & S rehearsals of H.M.S. Pinafore, basketball game and refreshments
6:00pm - 8:30pm: edible Allen-Stevenson – wine tasting & cocktails, followed by buffet dinner with an Allen-Stevenson twist.

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.

Pictured here: Delius with daughter, Ashley, and partner Cindy.
Delius Shirley ’84 ( has his own restaurant group Ortanique, with restaurants in Coral Gables, Florida, and Grand Cayman Island. His partner, Cindy Hutson, is the chef and their daughter, Ashley, handles events. Delius shared two Caribbean-inspired recipes. He encourages A-S friends to visit when they are in his sunny locations.  Read more about his restaurants.

Stanley Gauger:  Former Director of Music & faculty member for 38 years

Sadly, Stanley Gauger, died on Monday, January 2, 2012, at the age of 86. He was at Allen-Stevenson for 38 years building and leading the orchestra, playing maestro for Gilbert and Sullivan for decades, and developing a lifelong love of music for hundreds of boys. He had lived in Florida and Massachusetts since his retirement. We will write more in a future issue. He last visited Allen-Stevenson in 2005 when he gave the Founder’s Day speech, and he was honored at the reunion in 2010. A phone interview of him with Mr. Kersey was played and he shared fond memories of his A-S days. His legacy lives on through the Stanley Gauger Music Fund (established at his retirement in 1987), which makes the study of instrumental music affordable for all of our students.
"In the late 1940's, a high school senior from the Midwest was applying for admission to the renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. One of the entrance requirements was the ability to pass an examination demonstrating competency at the piano. The student — not being one to succumb to such obstacles — thus proceeded to learn Beethoven's "Pathetique" Sonata — by rote! The talent, ingenuity and dedication which lay behind the feat were later channeled into creating what is perhaps the premier elementary school music program in the country. That young student's name was Stanley Dorance Gauger, for 23 years Chairman of the organization of patient and enthusiastic teachers who total 112 years of service to Allen-Stevenson's musicians. It is to Mr. Gauger and his "old timers" that we dedicate our 25th edition of the Unicorn."
                                             Dedication in 1972 Yearbook

Alumni Ice Hockey Game

Sixteen alumni and parents played a fast-paced game of hockey with Coach Phil Amplo. David Kersey h'98 joined the players for pizza and beer afterwards. Photo back row: Jimbo Schley '93, Phil Amplo (coach), Wes Stanton ’92, Andrew Landis '82, Eric Bader '82, Derrick Queen (parent), Willem Pala (coach), Paul Aston '80, Brad Peck (parent). Front row: Jason Gottlieb '98, David Koeppel (parent), Drew Cohen (parent), Stuart Jakub '94, William Rowles '10, Lukas Harb '10. Not pictured: David Israel (parent), Oliver Israel '10, Ian Ratner '83.

New Website

During the last two weeks, we launched our new and more modern website. We have streamlined the content on our public pages and focused more attention on School News and Media (photos and videos). The public portion of our site will present Allen-Stevenson in a more dynamic and easily navigated format.
We also updated all of the password-protected division, department and faculty pages. The Community Login is still located in the lower right-hand corner in green. The page format is wider, type is larger and photos are more vibrant. Remember, you may download any photos you see in News Stories from our Media Gallery.
In addition, Blue & Gold has a new look for 2012. We hope you enjoy all the changes we've made.

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.

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Alumni Events

Tuesday, February 7, 6:30-8:30PM
30 Years and Beyond:
Allen-Stevenson and Prep for Prep Alumni Celebration
March 9 & 10
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

Michael Eisner '57 and John Angelo '56 dropped by Allen-Stevenson together to take a tour with some students and speak with Mr. Trower about the great things happening at the School.
Matt Peyton '78 ( continues his work in fashion photography. See his work at
Larry Greer '81 ( was promoted to assistant coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. Greer has spent the past four seasons as an advance scout with the team. Previously, he served as advance scout for Houston from 2005-07. A graduate of Northeastern University in 1989, Greer spent the first 16 years of his career in college basketball, including assistant coaching roles with Wright State (2003-05) and Boston University (1994-2003).
Audrey Clark Hahn was born December 13, 2011, to Alex Hahn '90 ( and wife Paige. Big sister Charlotte helped to welcome Audrey home.
Stuart Jakub '94 ( is a rare wine consultant. He helps conduct auctions as well as advises individuals on wine investing. He has been a wine specialist for Zachys in Scarsdale for 3 years and before that with Sotheby's. He played in the alumni ice hockey game on December 13.
Andrew Elkin '97 (Andrew.elkin18@ writes: "I am living in New York and working for Deutsche Bank. I am also working on my MBA at NYU. In my free time, I am training for my 3rd New York Marathon."
Benjy Sarlin '00 ( is named one of the top 50 most influential pundits by Business Insider: Politix.
Jack Lyden '02 ( is working for Classroom24-7, an online education company focused on delivering large-scale, strategic educational programs through their video-based e-learning platform. They specialize in the development of continuing education and professional development programs for the legal, and pharmaceutical industries. Jack focuses on marketing, business development and student recruitment.
Alexander (Alec) N. Barrett ’04 ( graduated from Harvard in May 2011 and is working for Teach for America in Mississippi. "I'm teaching math at an inner-city high school in Jackson. I am definitely outside my comfort zone at times, and I feel challenged much more emotionally, rather than intellectually, compared to college. I'm learning a lot about the pressing problems in public education and seeing up close the social and economic issues facing the low-income, predominantly African-American communities like the one in which I teach. Working here has definitely increased my commitment to public service, in or out of the classroom."

Our students were treated to a lively performance by the Freshman Fifteen, an all-male a cappella group from Northwestern University, at Monday Morning Meeting on December 12. Jeremy Shpizner '06 (, a junior at Northwestern, is a member of the group, and they performed in NYC for several days in December. Read more about them or buy their album.

Top 10 Ways to Support Allen-Stevenson:

2. Wear your Allen-Stevenson t-shirt around the world
3. Suggest Allen-Stevenson to the bright boys you know in NYC
4. Ask classmates to support the Annual Fund
5. Host a class event for your reunion
6. Send in a class note
7. Start a Facebook group for your class
8. Find lost classmates
9. Visit Allen-Stevenson to see faculty and students
10. Play in the alumni basketball, dodgeball or hockey games

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