ALUMNI NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2011 Sunday, April 20, 2014

Welcome ,

Dear Fellow Alumni,


Being a part of the Alumni Council has given me a wonderful opportunity to meet many of you and to reconnect with others that I haven’t seen for awhile. I've gotten to know the school I love from an entirely different perspective. I am also enjoying watching my first grade son Ethan ('19) become an "Allen-Stevenson boy."


I want to invite all of you to join us at the Alumni Council Meeting on Thursday, January 20th at 6:00 pm at Allen-Stevenson. This is a great way to get involved with the school, and your help is always needed and appreciated.  For those of you who can't be there in person, please join us by phone.  We will have a call number available that we will send to you if you register for the meeting.  Please click here to register.


I am also excited about this year's Alumni Reunion Weekend (March 11th and 12th), at which we are honoring athletics at Allen-Stevenson. We are inviting many former coaches back to the school to share in this celebration. It's your chance to share memories with your old Allen-Stevenson coaches. Lower down in this newsletter, you'll see a list of some of the coaches who have already said they will be attending the reunion, as well as some we are still trying to track down. Remember, all alumni are welcome at this festive weekend. I hope to see you there!


Simon Wasserberger '85

President, Alumni Council

As I see it...






Dear Alumni,


We've just finished that quick, dark, often festive, and always very busy three-week stretch between Thanksgiving and the Winter Break. Boys are fitting into new uniforms (basketball, wrestling, hockey) and new coaches, the orchestras and choruses are in high gear readying for several holiday concerts. Teachers, having wiped the slate clean on the fall term, are making sure that boys don't begin the break too soon.


This is a hectic time for teachers as fall term reports are due and many are writing letters of recommendation for the eighth and ninth graders applying to secondary school. The upper school faculty meets twice during this period to vet composite letters of recommendation written by the Head of the Upper School, Neal Kamsler, for boys applying out. The letters combine his assessment of the boys with comments (often quoted) from teachers in the first term reports. Mr. Kamsler is very good at this. He has a broad understanding of the boys, their strengths and weaknesses, their interests, and their potential, and he is able to make the boys come alive as individuals in an accurate and well-balanced way. I was surprised at how far these boys have come since I taught them in the Sixth Grade, how effective they are in the classroom, how remarkably varied in their interests and accomplishments, and I thought that secondary schools would be lucky to have them. Our boys are impressive, and I sometimes forget that, caught up in the process and perspective lost. They are full of promise and they have much to offer the world.


Wishing you all the best in the New Year!


David Kersey h'98
Member of our faculty since 1969 


Young Alumni Day 2010




On November 24, 2010, young alumni (Classes 2004-2011) returned to Allen-Stevenson. More than 65 high school and college students visited with each other and current faculty and staff including Mr. Amplo, Ms. Barnes, Mr. Cashdollar, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Correa-Spain '97, Ms. Demko, Mr. Dransfield, Mr. Kamsler, Mr. Kersey, Ms. Matthews, Ms. Sklow, Dr. Terry, and Mr. Trower. After a delicious breakfast and visit from the A-S Unicorn, alumni and the current ninth grade boys played pick-up games of basketball in the gym.


Please click here for additional pictures.

Los Angeles Happy Hour


On November 30, 2010, a few Los Angeles alumni gathered for drinks at restaurant Citizen Smith in Hollywood. Nick Schutt '94, Rich Scurry '94, Mike Seiden '01 and Kunal Khaitani '02 attended and reminisced about their years at A-S and Riverdale (where they all attended), and the West Coast versus the East Coast.

Please click here to see additional pictures. 


Alumni Highlights


Class of 1987 classmates Jason Joseph, Shuui Hosoi, Alfred Burger, Zach Levin, Charlton Rugg and John Kirby got together with Chris Hallows at an Irish pub on the Lower West Side. Chris notes: "John Kirby brought some of our old A-S yearbooks which added to the fun and helped to draw out some long lost tales of mischief and mayhem. We all agreed that Allen-Stevenson was, and is, an incredible school that gave us the foundation we needed to be successful in life."


For more of the story, please click here.

Below is a list of former coaches & PE teachers who we plan to invite, as honored guests, to Reunion Weekend-March 11-12, 2011 (list in formation). Is there anyone else you remember or would like to see who is not listed? Click here to let us know. We need help finding information for the names in bold.


Jon Buck

Rick Columbo

David Cunningham

Kevin Daly

James English

Paul Eliopoulos

Cesar Fabella

Teddy Frischling

Eric Guss

David O’Halloran

Tim Kennedy

*David Kersey

Ian Lamont

Bill Landis

Pat Lappin

*Mary Leonard

Scott Marden

*Bill McBride

*Tim Nichols

*Jim Holt

Bobby Shaw

Dominick Tralli

Danny Venezia


* = planning to attend, as of 12/17/10

Take Our Alumni Sports Poll

What was your favorite sport at A-S?

Previous Issues of Blue & Gold

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

November Blue & Gold
December Blue & Gold

Wearing Blue & Gold

To buy t-shirts and other Allen-Stevenson clothes, please click here.

Top 10 Ways to Get Involved


1. Give to the Annual Fund


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 Hockey, Basketball or Dodgeball Games



Blue & Gold

Please tell us what you think of our new format of Blue & Gold.
Email Monique Lowitt, Director of Alumni Relations. 

More Alumni News

We'd like to hear from you.  Click here to send us your news.


Tom Currier '73 ( and A-S parent Adrian MacKay (parent of Harry ’19) both completed the Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge on July 26, in conditions described as "exciting." Of 34 swimmers in the two mile event, Adrian finished third with a time of 38 minutes while Tom finished 23rd overall and first in his age group with a time of 59 minutes. Tom noted: "Adrian and I both swim regularly at Chelsea Piers. Only recently did we discover that we also now have A-S in common."


Nicolai Shuman '95 ( is currently living in Madrid, Spain, pursuing an MBA at IE Business School.


Steve McCauley '96 ( has moved to Washington, DC, where he is working as an architect librarian on a contract for the EPA. He's part of a team redesigning the EPA's website to make it more user friendly and more logical.


Benjamin Sarlin '00 ( stopped by the School before Thanksgiving. He is the Washington correspondent for The Daily Beast and edits the site's politics blog, Beltway Beast (


Rudolph Pica '02 ( is working for JP Morgan Securities and in the midst of completing his licensing requirements for the industry.

Alumni Events

For a printable list, please click here.


Alumni Council Meeting

- nominations for ASAC members

- featuring a presentation on "Facing History," which is part of our Ninth Grade curriculum

Thursday, January 20th

6:00 - 7:30 pm

All alumni welcome.

Alumni Reunion

Weekend 2011

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


Alumni Dodgeball Game

Thursday, May 26th, 2011


Off to College Party for the Class of 2008

Monday, June 6th, 2011, 6:00 pm


The Allen-Stevenson School | 132 East 78th Street | New York, NY 10075 | 212-288-6710