Thursday, March 30, 2017

"I'm kind of a words person"

This 28 minute video is fascinating and heartening and is all about Jeff Spadafora and his book, The Joy Model.

He is interviewed in the style of The View but gets the chance to talk about his upbringing, his time in the rat race, and finally his transformation through learning about God's purpose for him.

It's wonderful that Jeff made this video available on Facebook.  As you might expect he is happy and relaxed during the interview and simply being a great version of himself...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Adventure 501?

Bruce Gregory seems to be taking graduate level adventure courses in Dubai...

Thursday, March 9, 2017

UA/Inside Lacrosse High School Rankings...and DA alumni lax...

Deerfield is ranked #1 in the US and #2 in North America for boys lacrosse this spring!

Stay tuned for news on games to be live-streamed...

Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse High School Power Rankings

1. Hill Academy (Ont.)
2. Deerfield (Mass.)
3. Darien (Conn.)
4. Culver Academy (Ind.)
5. Chaminade (N.Y.)
6. Landon (Md.)
7. Smithtown East (N.Y.)
8. McDonogh (Md.)
9. Malvern Prep (Pa.)
10. Boys’ Latin (Md.)
11. Brunswick (Conn.)
12. Calvert Hall (Md.)
13. Victor (N.Y.)
14. St. Paul’s (Md.)
15. Avon Old Farms (Conn.)
16. Manhasset (N.Y.)
17. Haverford School (Pa.)
18. New Canaan (Conn.)
19. IMG National (Fla.)
20. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)
21. Gonzaga (D.C.)
22. LaSalle College (Pa.)
23. Bullis (Md.)
24. Delbarton (N.J.)
25. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)

PS- DA Alumni Lacrosse game just announced for May 20, 2017, followed by DA v Exeter...

Deerfield Academy

SAVE THE DATE: Men's Alumni Lacrosse at Deerfield!
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Denver plays host

We were proud to host Head of School Margarita Curtis and Athletic Director, Bob Howe on March 7th.  Peter Fair '81 and Mark Falcone' 81 played host at the Museum of Contemporary Art and a strong group of nearly fifty was on hand.  Many great things continue to happen for students both programmatically and in the physical plant.  See your latest DEERFIELD magazine for the news on the physical plant.

Great work by RJ and Don to join me in representing 83!

Here's a quick rundown of who was registered (was great to also see some newcomers to Denver brought along by their fellow alumni!)  Lots of great Deerfield people in Denver!!!

Sarah AlijaniParentParent
Emily BlauClass of 2010
Hannah ChristianClass of 2002
Eric ColsmanClass of 1982
Jennifer CoulombeClass of 2010
Walker DimmigClass of 2004Other
Peter DinneenClass of 1981
Andrew DonaldsonClass of 1995Spouse
Peter FairClass of 1981
Mark FalconeClass of 1980
Jim FerrariClass of 1982
RJ HarringtonClass of 1983Spouse
Tyler HassenClass of 2001
Don HindmanParentParent
Adeline HodgeClass of 2007Spouse
Peter HuidekoperOther
William JenkinsClass of 1975Parent
Steve KempClass of 2007
John KnightClass of 1983Spouse
Ethan LivelyClass of 1995Spouse
Jamie LuckenbillClass of 2003
Brad MarshallClass of 2012
Erin MillerClass of 2002Spouse
Meegan MoszynskiClass of 1997
Andrew ParedesClass of 1988
John PowersOther
Robbie RobertsonClass of 1977
Serena RobinsonClass of 2002Spouse
Julie SavaheParent
david schmidtClass of 1990Spouse
Randwulf SingletonClass of 2010Other
Zoe SmithClass of 1994
Tony SokolowClass of 1971
Gus SpauldingClass of 2005
Dan SungClass of 1990Spouse
Darwin TollClass of 1978
Henry TufoClass of 1982
JP ValinClass of 1988
Stephen WebsterClass of 1981Other
Jeffrey YorzykClass of 1988Other

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Want to double your gift to DA? Act NOW.

Last day for the 3D Challenge.  DA looking for 350 gifts to match last year's results - which helped propel us to 51% alumni participation on June 30!  If you're thinking about it - make a $10 gift now. Please...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

3D Challenge doubles your gift!

Deerfield's alumni surpassed 50% participation in annual giving last year.  Our class posted a respectable (albeit below average) 45%.  We are currently at about 12% as we head toward the June 30 deadline.

If you make a gift by Feb 28 - Trustee Roger McEniry '74 (former class agent even!) will match your gift.  It's a no brainer!

Go online now (PayPal also accepted) at

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

That time of year again...

Pitchers and catchers have reported.  That means Hardie and the EvoShield team are on the move in FLA!

Monday, February 20, 2017

3D Challenge starts tomorrow!

Your donation of $10 or more will be matched by a trustee from February 21-28.  While DA alumni participation was 51% last year (best of our peer schools), the CLASS of 1983 made it only to 45%. We can at least be AVERAGE this year!

Please put it on your TO DO list...

Friday, February 17, 2017

TEDx Beaubien!

Look for Mark Beaubien in the lineup of speakers at Deerfield's Third TEDx - this Saturday.  The general topic of the day is "Change...

Mark's title:  "What Hath God Wrought… Chasing the Western Hemisphere’s Biggest Hurricane Ever"

Saturday 6-10 pm eastern: Livestream HERE

Full Lineup here.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

AP Art with Dave Dickinson

Mark Beaubien's daughter has David Dickinson as an art teacher.  Seem's like she's already pretty good!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Full Obits: Lee Magee and Day Lee

Manny’s manager Lee Magee dies at 57
RecordThursday, January 19, 2017
Manny’s TV & Appliance baseball skipper Lee Magee was never one to yell on the Tri-County League circuit.
Longtime player Brian Hayes said he can still remember when Magee got ejected from a game a couple of years back, when he quietly yelled out to a home plate umpire that a pitch that was called a strike missed so high that it could have broken the umpire’s mask. That was one of the few times Hayes, an outfielder who just wrapped up his 15th year with the team, could remember his coach getting ejected in the 15 years he has been with the TCL semi-pro team. It was the way Magee went quietly about his business that made him one of the league’s most respected figures, well-liked by players, coaches and umpires.
On Monday, Magee passed away quietly at his Greenfield home at the age of 57 following a battle with diabetes. Over the past few years his condition made it more difficult for him to get to the ballpark on a daily basis, but his love of the game and being around his team rarely kept him away for long.
“His health wasn’t the greatest and we were all concerned about how he was going to carry on and continue to be the ray of sunshine that he was on our bench,” Hayes said. “He was a quiet guy, and such a great guy, and I know he is in a better place. Our world will miss people like Lee.”
Eric Libardoni is another longtime Manny’s player, having served as one of the team’s catchers since he joined the team in 2001. At that time, the Brattleboro native had just graduated from a postgrad prep-school year and was looking for a place to play in the summer. He got hooked up with Manny’s and that started a pipeline with the Greenfield-based team that has seen over 30 players from the Brattleboro area suit up. Libardoni just finished his 16th year with the club.
“Lee was always happy to be at the ballpark,” he said. “He loved baseball, and he loved being around his team. His team was really his family.”
It was that team family atmosphere that made Manny’s one of the TCL’s most successful programs. Manny’s has had very little turnover in the past decade, with a number of players returning summer after summer. A major reason was Magee.
“We were more than a team. We were like a family,” Libardoni said. “Lee was such a caring person and everybody who came in contact with him had such a positive experience. He was fair and cared about his players’ personal lives.”
Hayes concurred.
“Lee went to the weddings of a number of our players,” he said. “My kids love Lee. He welcomed them to sit on the bench and be bat boys. I love the summer because I get to be around the guys and be around the team. Lee loved that, too.”
Magee spent 27 years coaching the Manny’s team. He hooked on with the club in 1990. At that time he was teaching at Deerfield Academy, where he coached basketball and baseball. Terry Ruggles, who was the general manager of Manny’s, was looking to start a summer league team at that time. He was also looking for an algebra tutor for his son, Todd. Magee was tutoring, and when Ruggles needed a coach, he asked the tutor.
“I called Lee one night and he literally had just gotten off the phone with the Hotchkiss School, where he had taught a summer math course and told them he was not coming back,” Ruggles recalled. “That was the summer of 1990. We didn’t even have a team at that point, but Lee agreed to coach.”
The two men became close friends over the years and built up one of the most successful TCL teams, one that played in seven championship series. The team cashed in on two of those trips, winning the league crown in 2007 and 2009. It wasn’t just his success that made him respected around the league, according to Ruggles, who stepped down as team manager two years ago, but the way he handled himself.
“As a person, I don’t know anyone in the league who did not like Lee,” Ruggles said. “He knew the game, appreciated it, knew how to work with young men, and they respected his knowledge. They respected his quiet demeanor and they listened. He seldom got mad, and he seldom had issues with umpires.
“We have always had people who came to see our games and they would say, ‘We don’t know how you guys put together teams that are this homogenous year after year after year,’” Ruggles continued. “That’s what Lee was after. He wanted to put together a team that knew how to play the game, but also knew how to be gentlemen.”
One player who has remained alongside Magee since the very first season in 1990 was Dave Talbot, who just finished up his 27th year in the league.
“We often joked about how we had been together longer than some married couples,” Talbot said. “It started off as a coach and player, and developed into a friendship. We would go on the road trips to games together. Those will never be the same. His laugh was infectious to say the least. He had so many more things to bring other than baseball. His love of music, TV shows and his brain in general, he was so smart. It was a genuine pleasure to get to know him and be part of his inner circle for all this time.”
Magee’s passing will be felt throughout the league. Karl Oliveira, the manager of the St. Joseph’s team and the league secretary, said that Magee had an impact on the league as a whole.
“Lee was a key member of our Board of Governors, a coach and a friend,” he said. “His contributions to our TCL are numerous and he was always part of every sub-committee. His excellent knowledge of the game, strategy and love for this league and his Manny’s team made this league what it is today.”
Andy Rogers, who is the umpire assigner for the TCL, said Magee was well-respected by his crew.
“Lee cared about the Tri-County League, he loved baseball and he was respectful to the umpires,” he said. “In that same light, Lee would stick up for his players when he disagreed, but he was respectful about how he went about it.”
Local services may yet be planned for Magee, who will be flown back to his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, to be buried alongside his mother.
“There’s going to be a little bit of a hole to fill, both in the league and on the team,” Ruggles concluded. “We tried to build a team that everybody would respect. That was really the point.

Day Lee passed away on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
Day Lee was born on Dec. 6, 1922 at #2 Gramercy Park, New York City, the son of Ronald Currie Lee and Louise Day Putnam.
He attended the Buckley School in Manhattan until he and his family moved to Hook Rd. in Bedford, where he attended Rippowam Cisqua School. Later he studied at Millbrook School in Millbrook, and graduated from Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey in 1941. Day's education at Harvard was interrupted by his service in the Naval Air Corps, and in 1947, he graduated with an A.B. in history and English literature. In 1956, he completed a master's in education at the University of Pennsylvania.
On Sept. 9, 1950, in Shaker Heights, Day married Nancy Arabel Mills, daughter of Wilbur Thoburn Mills Jr. and Margaret Welch of Cleveland, Ohio. They had two children, Pamela Arabel Lee and David Currie Lee.
From 1949-1950, Day and Nancy worked for the ECA (Marshall Plan) in Paris, where they developed a lifelong passion for all things French. Day began his teaching career tutoring for the Searing Tutoring School in Bedford. From 1956 to1961, he taught history and was the assistant headmaster at the Gunnery School in Washington, Connecticut. From 1961 to1986, he taught history at Deerfield Academy, Old Deerfield, MA. During his sabbatical (1981 to 1983), both he and Nancy taught at the American School in Lugano, Switzerland.
Throughout his life, Day's four passions were: the Adirondacks, the theater, painting and music. He was also an avid hiker, and in his 40s, he attended the Telluride Mountaineering School in Telluride, Colorado.
Throughout his retirement, Day traveled widely with Nancy and was still playing tennis when he was ninety! Day was first introduced to Keene Valley, and the High Peaks when he was a teenager. His great uncle, Will Day, first visited Keene Valley in 1870 and climbed Mt. Marcy with Old Mountain Phelps. From 1954 to 2015, he and Nancy summered there and became lifelong members of the Ausable Club.
For several years he was President of the Adirondack Trail Improvement Society (ATIS) and founding director of High Peaks Camp for teenagers. In the early 1970s, Day served as president of the Deerfield Valley Conservation Association. When the Army Corps of Engineers attempted to build a 260-foot dam in the Stillwater section of the Deerfield River, Day, with help from many others, successfully defeated the project, and the dam was never built.
Both Day and Nancy were accomplished actors and directors with the Dramalites in Washington, Connecticut, and the Stockade Players in Deerfield, Massachusetts, the Arena Civic Theater in Greenfield, Massachusetts, the Barn Theater in New London, New Hampshire and the Center for Music, Drama and Art in Lake Placid. During his lifetime, Day acted in and/or directed more than 26 productions.
An avid artist and watercolor painter, Day studied drawing and printmaking at Greenfield Community College and became a member of the Pioneer Valley Art Association. He exhibited his paintings at the Windham Art Gallery in Brattleboro, Vermont, and in several galleries in New Mexico and Keene Valley.
He also served as president of the High Peaks Art Association and the New Mexico Art League in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was a member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society.
In his later years, Day continued to play the guitar, recorder and the harmonica. He especially enjoyed playing folk songs and jazz with friends and, then, listening to music when he could no longer play.
Day was the glue that held his family and the community together. His enthusiasm, joie de vivre, friendliness, wisdom, humor and kindness will never be forgotten,
Day was predeceased by his son, Dr. David Currie Lee, Ed.D., who died Dec. 24, 1995, and his wife Nancy Mills Lee, who died Jan. 12, 2015. He was also predeceased by his parents; his brother Putnam Lee and two sisters: Damaris Lee Gillispie and Gayle Lee Gall.
Day is survived by his daughter, Pamela and son-in-law, Edward Cranston; his daughter-in-law, Margaret "Peggy" Healey Lee; granddaughter, Rebecca Louise Lee; his brother-in-law, John "Jack" Welch Mills; and his wife, Louise Connell; and 11 nieces and nephews and their families.
A Memorial Service for Day Lee will be held in the summer of 2017 at the Congregational Church in Keene Valley, NY. (Date and time TBD.)
Gifts may be made in his memory to the Adirondack Trail Improvement Society (ATIS) - PO Box 565, Keene Valley, NY 12943 - (518) 576-9157 - or to Deerfield Academy, PO Box 87, Deerfield, MA 01342.