Thursday, September 3, 2015

Chris Lynch rises to the occasion...literally!

Here he is last week:

Grand Teton (13,770)
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

What do these summit pictures say about our class?  
Do we like to hike? Are we into the natural world?
Do we see success where others see obstacle?
Will we do anything to to compete and achieve?
Is real life kinda boring otherwise?


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I can take it...

Jeff Spadafora and son were not to be left out of the competition brewing on this blog. Another Coloradan, Jeff took his son for a walk and a little fishing before taking him to college. 14ers are all the rage in CO (for some) and Jeff and Neal topped out at a respectable 14, 036!

(Cue Julie Andrews singing "Climb every mountain...") As we listen to Julie sing - I wanted to remind all of you that this blog is about us - and any contributions by you, no matter how small, contribute to this community of classmates.  That said, if sending great pics on peaks much higher than mine makes you active, then keep it coming...I can take it!


Monday, August 31, 2015

Piling On

Dexter Wood went with his son's Scout Troop on a little jaunt this summer too...

To Mount Baldy summit - 12,441'…."And we hiked almost 4,000 of it!"

Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico.


Anything you can do...

Kudos to Don Hindman - our class outdoor enthusiast.  After seeing the Knight pic at 12,002 feet, Don tossed me this charmer at 14,433!  That's how we do it in Colorado!!!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Summer escapades?

Hiked* to 12,002 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park.  What have u been up to?





















* the car got me to 11,900 btw...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Congrats!

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Nash on his recent marriage to Aimee Brown.  The locations was beautiful too - Rainbow Bridge at Donner Pass.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August is National Make A Will Month

Apologies if this topic is annoying or if its repetition as a post seems overkill.  I spoke with another peer without an estate plan yesterday...I'll move on to colonoscopy messaging soon...

Legal Zoom reminded me that August is National Make A Will Month.  Figuring they were selling me something I went to find info from a source designed for people my age...AARP.

http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/20/its-august-so-it-must-be-make-a-will-month/

So August is National Make-a-Will Month. Who knew?Last Will and Testament
Getting a will isn’t the most pleasant of tasks, and consequently, too few people do it. A recent survey of more than 2,000 people by the online legal service Rocket Lawyer found that 64 percent don’t have wills. The biggest reason cited by folks: They just never got around to it. Some said they didn’t want to think about death.
You might believe that only wealthier families need a will. You’d be wrong.
“Having a will is important for every family, regardless of how much money they have,” says Elisa Shevlin Rizzo, managing director and trust counsel at Fiduciary Trust Company International in New York, an investment management firm. “It provides some peace and certainty about how things will be handled after an individual has died.”
If you die without a will, the state could get involved in the costly job of trying to determine who in your family gets what. “It may not be what the individual intended and it becomes much more complicated,” Rizzo says.
It’s never too late to put your financial affairs in order. Here are a few tips to get you started, courtesy of Sally Hurme, a project adviser at AARP and author of The ABA Checklist for Family Heirs: A Guide to Family History, Financial Plans and Final Wishes:
  • Make an inventory of your assets (bank accounts, investments, properties, jewelry, art collections and other personal items).

  • Review whom you’ve named as beneficiaries of your life insurance, retirement funds or investment accounts. (An ex-spouse, for example, may inherit if these forms haven’t been updated.)

  • If you’ve already drafted a plan, look it over every few years to make sure the executors are still the people you trust and are up to the task.

Reach out to a lawyer in your state of domicile if you want to create a will.
Another link - with a Checklist: http://www.avondalepartnersllc.com/blog/last-will/

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The price you pay when the kids exceed expectations ....


Keep an eye on Encinitas Little League again this year folks!  Clearly Charlie Gagne has lost none of his youthful demeanor....Good luck coach!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Today is the day...

June 30 doesn't mean much to most, but to your favorite deserving nonprofit organizations, its typically the last day of the fiscal year.

Be counted this year by going online to the quick form for DA at: https://deerfield.edu/quick-gift/

Or postmark today (July 1 doesn't cut it usually) and mail to PO Box 306, Deerfield, MA 01342.

Our class participation is below 30%, so any little bit helps!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DEERFIELD magazine: Spring 2015


Another tremendous issue from DA.  Many retirements amongst the faculty (the shortest tenure of the group is 23 years) many of whom you will remember, TEDx and eradicating parasites in children are some of the additional topics discussed.  The Common Room (aka classnotes) is awesome, not just because the Class of 1983 crushes it once again with THREE full pages!  See why taking pictures is so important when you visit with classmates?

Read it online here: http://issuu.com/deerfield/docs/deerfield_magazine_spring2015_lr

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

East One Still Rules!

Co-proctors on Plunkett East One in the infamous year of 1982-83 were reunited in Denver this week.  Sony Entertainment executive, Andrew Stewart, was in town with his family briefly but he made time for lunch with old hallmate, JK.

Andy runs a group that specializes in films for the "horror" and "african-american" audiences and he admits that the slow death of the DVD is impacting the movie business and its ability to generate lasting revenue from a film.  Now it seems that blockbusters are the only option and that's tricky for his group...

Regardless, we traded chuckles about classmates we had seen lately and many we had not seen in far too long.  Does anybody know how to get Rob Gulick on the radar?

Always great to see an old friend, and former co-proctor.  Any other proctor pairs, or teammates or hallmates keeping in touch these days?  Send photos!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WILL you?

I met a fellow parent today who mentioned she and her husband had just created their first will.  They wanted to get things in order before a trip out of the country.  The husband is a lawyer and a university professor and she is a nurse practitioner.  They are probably late forties.  I was surprised it took so long but proud of them for finally writing down their wishes and expectations around assets, Health Care Proxies and the like.

Then I read this:
If You're One of the 70% of Americans Without a Will, Read On. Do you have a will? Between half and two-thirds of American adults don't. Do you need one? Only if you answer yes to any of the questions below:
1. Do you care who gets your property if you die?
2. Do you care who gets your money if you die?
3. Do you care who is appointed guardian of your minor children if you die?
(http://financialplan.about.com/cs/doityourself/a/WhyYouNeedWill.htm)

I remember the impetus for creating my own estate plan - the fatal crash of a private plane that claimed the life of my mother's second husband.  He was a lawyer too, but had made the time to detail his wishes and thus the appropriate assets went into a trust for my mother.  Those funds are now providing for her care since she suffers from alzheimer's.

All of this to say, its time to make a will if you don't have one.

CNN says: "A will is a device that lets you tell the world whom you want to get your assets. Die without one, and the state decides who gets what, without regard to your wishes or your heirs' needs."

(http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/money101/lesson21/index3.htm)

LegalZoom.com can probably help you make a simple one, but seek a lawyer in your state of domicile if you have the time to meet in person.  It's not a difficult process, but its important.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Observing work...

Hank LeMieux travels a LOT.  Thankfully he is a curious and observant traveler, as any of you who follow him on Facebook can attest.  Now he's writing the stories down.

The Voice

Or search for Hank LeMieux on Medium

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

All caught up...

I did it!  I found the newest classmate in the octet known as the Colorado Eight!  Will Piersol in the red shirt, joined by nearest classmate Taylor Watts and me.  Sunny and 70 as usual at lunchtime...


Will had some great stories about his time in Singapore, Taiwan and Japan but the family decided the time was right to live back in the US. So great to have him nearby...

Will recalled how in 1978-79 he was touring schools as part of the admission process and visited DA during the winter term.  When he arrived on campus in the fall of 1979 to start 9th grade he asked, where are the girls?  Turns out his parents never mentioned that DA was all-male, and he assumed that since he saw girls on campus (Emma Willard exchange!) during his tour it was coed. Way to stick it out Will!!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

There are more ways than one to uphold a legacy...

Ben Patton interviewed on PRI about his work with I Was There: "Grandson of Ol' Blood and Guts makes film not war..."

Audio Story (5 mins)


Story Link
http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-04-29/grandson-old-blood-and-guts-makes-film-not-war

Film made by soldiers-from I Was There (5:44)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Appalachian Spring snippet in new DA Concert Hall (Video)

video

Quick trip back to DA this weekend for the trustee dinner to honor David Pond on his retirement. David was Head of Alumni Affairs and Development for 34 years!  Featured are some shots of the renovated Memorial Building (now Hess Center for the Arts) and some of your old friends - former Business Manager Mike Sheridan '58, Victor Wright '84 (Supreme Court of California Judge - DA Trustee), Jeff Louis '81, Jay Morsman '55 and Eric Widmer '57.  Toward the end is a pic of David Koch '58 and Jay Morsman but couldn't get close enough to hear anything interesting...Special treat to see PB Weymouth and catch him sneaking a snort into the new concert hall, where we were treated to a performance of Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" which was incredible. The Art Gallery and the Concert Hall are absolutely incredible.  The Arts teaching was always great at DA - the spaces have finally caught up.  (Next up - the FLB Library getting gutted to include more collaborative and iLab maker spaces etc. Then a field house and new hockey rink! DA Scroll has a master plan article: SCROLL



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What? Another one?

So last week, as I'm getting ready to meet Tom Hammar (after nearly 32 years) for lunch and meet the final classmate in Colorado (6 for 6!) I glance at my email.

But more on that later.  Tom looked very happy and his 20 years in Denver have treated him well.  He didn't really like his two years at DA after having been sent from Chicagoland, so he doesn't really stay in touch with anyone from the class. It was great he made a point to have lunch with me, given all that background.

He went to CU-Boulder and had too much fun.   He spent some time in Estonia with the Peace Corps.
He has worked in retail but he has found a groove in the building trades.  2008 wasn't kind to his employer so Tom bought and flipped a house to keep himself busy.  Then the economy got back on track and now he is leading all building and renovation projects in the Rocky Mountains (32 stores) for Whole Foods.

He was excited to see the Global H2O presentation was part of the Denver Reception, because water is such an important issue - especially out here.  "If I had a kid who was malleable - I'd push them toward Law, specifically Water Law".

Back to that email.  It was a nice 50th birthday greeting from Will Piersol.  Last I knew he was in Singapore.  It ended with "We've settled in the Boulder area, so if you're ever up this way..."

I guess there are now 8 of us in Colorado and I'm only 6 for 7!  Boulder, here I come..

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Match-April 17-24

Still pondering a gift to Deerfield this fiscal year (by June30)?  The next seven days would be an excellent time because of The Match.

During the week of April 17-24, 2015, whenever a new or lapsed donor makes a gift of at least $10 to Deerfield, it will trigger a $500 gift from an anonymous donor! And for every 100 donors, an additional $100,000 gift will be added to the Match!

Ten bucks is a nice way to initiate $510 of impact for DA. 

Make a gift!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Effort

Thanks to RJ Harrington and Hank LeMieux for attending the recent Deerfield Reception in Denver!

RJ and his wife made it down from Boulder - where RJ has begun an renewable energy consulting firm but is so busy purchasing and installing car battery refueling stations that he hasn't built a website yet. More to come for sure...

Hank came in from San Francisco (he saw the invite because he is a subscriber to the DA Club of the Rockies blog: http://dacluboftherockies.blogspot.com) and didn't let a delayed flight or lost luggage deter his ability to attend.  Hank leads sales for new products at BloomReach (http://bloomreach.com) which optimizes web traffic.  He's obviously great at what he does too!

To keep up with DA Events in general go to: http://deerfield.edu/alumni/events/upcoming/
Looks like CHICAGO and NYC are up next!


And yes, this is 37 year DA science faculty member Andy Harcourt talking about the Global Water course he teaches at school.  Great event!

Monday, March 23, 2015

5th Annual Sioux City Curling Classic!

In case u missed it, Adam Feiges is a member of a team that participated in this event.  Will try to update final result at some point, or at least that no injuries were reported...





Thursday, March 19, 2015

Design. Build. Test. Repeat.

Attached is a shot from last week doing dropsonde testing on the NASA DC-8 (based out of Palmdale, CA), while NASA Goddard scientists look on. While in the end we retrieved the high altitude wind data we were chasing after, it was a slightly frustrating day as only two of our  five prototypes performed as expected. What we learned on that flight should lead to success on an upcoming DC-8 mission over Iceland this May called "Icebridge" - see http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/icebridge/#.VQkS2I7F8fA

Curious fact: Greenland's one-to-two mile thick ice sheet, if completely melted, would raise worldwide sea level by a mind-numbing 24 feet.

Later this summer Navy will deploy our dropsondes over active Atlantic/gulf hurricanes via the NASA WB-57, flying at the staggering altitude of 60,000'. Our research is aimed at improving hurricane forecasting skill to the level where people have enough confidence to move out of harm's way before it hits.

- Mark Beaubien



Monday, March 16, 2015

A school man...

Condolences to Charlie "Chaz" Gagne on the passing of his father, who was a schoolman of the first order. 

"He afterwards taught at Brewster Academy and at the Hill School Camp, both in Wolfeboro, NH. Mr. Gagne taught at the Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA, from 1958 to 2000. He taught French, and English as a Second Language, and he was chair of the Language Department. Mr. Gagne also served as a dorm master in Waters House, in Sheedy Hall, and in Spaulding Hall; as a student advisor; as an advocate for the Winterim Program; and as a coach of lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, basketball, and golf." - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=174362946#sthash.bRGtUBjH.dpuf


Richard H Gagne: Educator, coach, advisor, friend and father who lived for 85 admirable years as a New England gentleman. Born in the heart of the Great Depression. During WWII attended the Exeter Academy that was shown to the world by John Knowles in ‘A Separate Peace’. Served in Germany in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, and taught prep school students during the Vietnam and Gulf Wars. His faith in humanity was unwavering throughout. He taught me, and hundreds of others, the importance of knowing, and acting on, the difference between right and wrong. May you rest in peace, Father, in the knowledge that you lived your life as a good man.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Be Honest...

From Jim Wareck:

"Raise your hand if you had Adam Weinberg as a college president in the Alumni pool". Great to see Adam even briefly, he promises next time in LA he will give more lead time and will gather all of '83 in LA.


50 Years ago...

The Atlantic has a photo essay on things that happened 50 years ago in 1965 - Adam Feiges sent it to me so you can be reminded of the additional greatness of that year.

http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/03/50-years-ago-a-look-back-at-1965/387493/

Third picture should be familiar to you....

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In case you knew "Pops" Therien

Norm Therien, of Stock Room fame, wanted us to know that his dad passed away.

"he could be found attending numerous athletic events at Deerfield Academy, where he would encourage the student athletes in their endeavors in the absence of their parents and family.  As a result, he was affectionately known to many of the student athletes as “Pops”. "

http://mccarthyfuneralhomes.com/n/63/Robert-J-Therien


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring Training

Hardie Jackson's company Evoshield makes protective gear for athletes.  Based on the discovery of an air hardening polymer, the products can be quickly custom fitted.  So Spring Training for Major League Baseball means lots of driving through the southern regions to fit each player on each team.  Follow Evoshield on FB if you want more trips through AZ and Florida and pics of Hardie at work...

Here are some Pirates, Braves and Tigers....






Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The "Flagg Day" cocktail is now a thing

From the WSJ:

"Messrs. Meyer and Mayard-Parisi both nod to the Flagg Day (Rittenhouse Rye, Cardamaro, orange liqueur) as one of their favorite drinks, because the drink is named after the building’s landlord, Chris Flagg, with whom they have a long business and personal relationship.

“I like that the drink evokes our affection for the landlord,” Mr. Meyer said. “If you have a porch in the South, the greatest day is Flag Day. We want this to be the greatest day for people who come here, or the greatest part of your day.”"
The full WSJ article: http://on.wsj.com/18nbJS7

Friday, February 20, 2015

Where's Waldo?

Here's a list by STATE of the class (as DA data reflects via mailing address).  Remember that a great app (iOS and Android) with alumni directory is available to help you connect with classmates.  Find it at: http://deerfield.edu/alumni/app-directory-class-notes/


AL
Mr. Robert E. Rigsby Jr.
AZ
Mr. Paul A. Wolterbeek
AZ
Mr. Samuel Zales
CA
Mr. Paul P. Mariani
CA
Mr. James L. Wareck
CA
Mr. Alexander K. Kerr
CA
Mr. Moss Krivin
CA
Mr. David C. Madden
CA
Mr. Brian M. Tenenbaum
CA
Mr. Andrew M. Stewart
CA
Mr. Charles R. Gagne
CA
Mr. Christopher J. Harris
CA
Mr. Charles G. Tritschler
CA
Mr. Whitney R. Hughes
CA
Mr. Bruce W. Gregory
CA
Mr. Geoffrey S. Bennett
CA
Mr. William B. Kaufmann
CA
Mr. Henry F. LeMieux Jr.
CA
Mr. Mark T. Laflamme
CA
Mr. Frederick C. Chase
CA
Mr. Edward W. Goodson
CA
Mr. Albert C. Cheng
CA
Dr. Andrew L. Nash
CA
Mr. Charles D. Davis Jr.
CO
Mr. Robert J. Harrington Jr.
CO
Mr. Donald D. Hindman
CO
Mr. John G. Knight
CO
Mr. Thomas E. Hammar
CO
Mr. Grant E. Gassman
CO
Mr. Jeffrey S. Spadafora
CO
Mr. Taylor Watts
CT
Mr. John C. Ehmann
CT
Mr. Christopher C. Lotspeich
CT
Mr. Hong Sup Lee
CT
Mr. Paul C. Schlickmann
CT
Mr. Dean R. Singewald II
CT
Mr. John R. Munro Jr.
CT
Mr. Spencer L. Brown
CT
Mr. Mark W. Graham
FL
Mr. John B. Sory
FL
Mr. Eduardo A. Blohm
FL
Mr. George J. Sorbara
GA
Mr. C. Kurt Miller
GA
Mr. Hardie S. Jackson
HI
Mr. Alexander C. Burgess
HI
Mr. Geoffrey S. Lewis
IA
Mr. Adam J. Feiges
IL
Mr. Robert D. Foltz
IL
Colonel Robert W. Keirstead Jr. USAF
MA
Mr. Shannon G. Scott
MA
Mr. Eric S. Suher
MA
Mr. David G. Shelton
MA
Mr. Howard D. Booth Jr.
MA
Mr. Christopher J. Casey
MA
Mr. Van K. Sullivan
MA
Mr. Mark C. Beaubien
MA
Mr. Daniel J. Puschak
MA
Mr. Nathan S. Nourse
MA
Mr. Paul A. Graney
MA
Mr. Christopher R. Davey
MA
Mr. Thomas F. Belletete
MA
Mr. Paul J. Mahan
MA
Mr. Jeffrey B. Leland
MA
Mr. Kevin M. McKelvey
MA
Mr. Peter R. Townsend
MA
Mr. Charles D. Van Dusen
MA
Mr. Paul W. Gregory
MA
Mr. John C. Esty II
MA
Mr. Nelse H. Clark
MA
Mr. Robert F. Donahue, Jr.
MA
Mr. Christopher M. Averill
MA
Mr. Thomas S. Perry Sr.
MA
Mr. Kevin M. Martin
MA
Mr. John E. Homer
MA
Mr. R. Robert McGill Jr.
MA
Mr. Robert E. Fitzpatrick
MA
Mr. Joshua D. Greenberg
MA
Mr. Arthur P. Hardigg
MA
Mr. Craig L. Corcoran
MA
Mr. E. William Galligan II
MA
Mr. Jeffrey F. Peters
MA
Kevin A. Bresnahan M.D.
MD
Mr. Nathan M. Blain
MD
Mr. Joshua I. Smith II
MD
Mr. Douglas W. Billings
ME
Mr. Arthur T. Thorner
ME
Mr. Alexander W. Grosset
ME
Mr. Edward A. Stinson Jr.
MO
Mr. Gordon M. Bourne
MT
Mr. Thomas A. Trafton Jr.
NC
David P. Currey, Ph.D
NC
Mr. Todd S. Malik
NC
Mr. Matthew C. Barr
NC
Mr. Douglas A. Mays
NC
Mr. Matthew A. Calman
NH
Dr. Peter H. Crow
NH
Mr. Joseph L. Becker Jr.
NJ
Mr. James M. Badenhausen
NJ
Mr. Peter C. Geary
NJ
Mr. Mark E. Czuj
NJ
Mr. Robert S. Bentley
NJ
Mr. Jonathan A. Gottscho
NJ
Mr. Edward G. D'Alessandro Jr.
NJ
Mr. Scott W. Chesney
NJ
Mr. Timothy G. Ehrhart
NY
Mr. George E. Hicks
NY
Mr. John N. Kikoski
NY
Mr. Christopher S. Flagg
NY
Mr. Christopher J. Lynch
NY
Mr. Shawn M. Shiff
NY
Mr. Philip B. Weymouth III
NY
Mr. J. Douglas Schmidt
NY
Mr. Davis F. Roberts
NY
Mr. Alexander H. Mack
NY
Mr. Benjamin W. Patton
NY
Mr. Whitney B. Armstrong
NY
Andrew N. Schiff, M.D.
NY
Mr. Charles B. Grace III
NY
Mr. Alexander P. Compagno
NY
Mr. John L. Brown
NY
Mr. Peter S. Pauley Jr.
NY
Mr. Theodore J. P. Junkins
NY
Mr. Douglas A. Cruikshank
NY
Mr. Frederick F. Rehberger IV
NY
Mr. Andrew E. Niles
NY
Mr. David J. McNeil
NY
Lawrence R. El-Hindi P.E.
NY
Mr. James H. Rogers
NY
Mr. David N. Dunham
OH
Dr. Adam S. Weinberg
OH
Mr. James F. Robinson
OR
Mr. Benjamin M. Allen
OR
Mr. Leigh J. Guyer
PA
Mr. David C. Ziccardi
PA
Mr. Andrew J. Witherspoon
PA
Mr. William B. Elliman
RI
Mr. Peter H. Freeman, Jr.
RI
Mr. Weber H. Shill
RI
Mr. John H. Cianciolo
RI
Mr. Eric F. Peterson
RI
Mr. Peter J. Eleftherio
SC
Mr. Kevin G. Patrick
SC
Mr. Eric E. Wright
STATE
APRSALU_SALUTATION
TN
Dr. C. William Wester, II
TN
Mr. John D. Houghton
TX
Mr. Theodore C. Young III
TX
Mr. Jonathan J. Bernstein
TX
Mr. Charles B. Walters
TX
Mr. Brian C. Steward
TX
Mr. Joseph H. Casey III
TX
Mr. Gregory T. Atkinson
VA
Mr. Craig L. Pattee
VA
Mr. Edward J. Riccobene
VA
Mr. Dexter E. Wood Jr.
VA
Mr. Scott F. Pryce
VA
Mr. William J. Wolf
VA
LCDR John C. Campbell USN
VA
Mr. Whitney C. Sheppard
VA
Mr. William N. Beebe III
VT
Mr. Cameron T. Chalmers
VT
Mr. Jeffrey P. Silverman
VT
Mr. Bradford F. Weir
VT
Mr. Brian E. Williams
VT
Mr. David C. Venman
VT
Col. David A. Smith
WA
Mr. Edward G. Baird
WI
Mr. Gregory J. Badalich