Snapshots of St. George's

News Roundup: Oct. 14, 2016
Posted 10/14/2016 12:00PM

Oct. 14, 2016

Greetings from the Hilltop!

Yesterday we welcomed our two new members of the SG Board of Trustees to campus. Fraser Hunter Jr. ’84 and Tony Mayer ’81 (right) spent the day in “trustee orientation” — meeting individually with several administrators, touring the campus and having lunch with the school prefects.
Fraser is a partner and vice chair of the securities department at WilmerHale, an international law firm he joined in 2001. Throughout his career he has represented a number of accounting firms, broker-dealers, hedge funds, investment banks and other financial institutions in a broad range of complex litigation, regulatory and enforcement matters. Fraser earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1988 and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He and his wife, Nina Huffman, a corporate attorney with Colgate-Palmolive Co., live in New York. They have two sons, Lomax and William.
Tony is president and founder of Captiva Resources Inc., a Denver-based oil and gas exploration and production company, and founder/owner of ARTA Tequila, an ultra-premium tequila. He is also a trustee of the JFM Foundation and the Delisa and Anthony Mayer Foundation focusing on projects in the areas of art and education. Tony serves on the steering committee of Wings Over the Rockies, Exploration of Flight, an air and space museum in Denver. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Denison University. Tony and his wife, Delisa, live in Denver. They have three children: daughter Alex, and twin sons Justin and Nicholas.
The full St. George's Board of Trustees arrived on campus today for meetings through Saturday.

The girls’ cross-country team got a special visit from one of the country’s most elite masters runners on Wednesday. Lee DiPietro (right), a former professional triathlete who has competed in more than 400 races, spoke to the girls about her training regimen, the psychology of running and how running has helped her deal with many of life’s challenges, including her husband’s cancer diagnosis. Ms. DiPietro, who continues to compete in multiple running events each year, has written a book about her experiences called “Against the Wind.” Coach Linda Evans, an accomplished runner herself, arranged the guest appearance after meeting Ms. DiPietro at a race.

Gus Bickford ’82 is on the shortlist of candidates vying to become the head of the Democratic Committee in Massachusetts. Gus, a political consultant from Westford, Mass., has worked on local and national campaigns and has been active in Democratic Party operations for 25 years. “I do this for a living,” he told the Springfield Republican last month. “I love doing this, I have a passion for it, I know what we need to do.” An election will be held at the Democratic State Committee meeting in Quincy on Nov. 14, where the 400 committee members will select a new chairman, the paper reported.

More than 20 alumni attended our reception in London hosted by Stanton McLean ’90 on Oct. 10. Among those who joined us for the event with Head of School Eric Peterson and his wife, Krista, were four members of the Class of 2014 who are studying in London for their junior year: Alec Goodrich, Alex Medeiros, Peter Carrellas and Sam Alofsin.

Dr. BJ Miller ’89, St. George’s 2015 Dent Lecturer, was the subject of PBS Newshour’s “Brief But Spectacular” series last week. BJ, a palliative care doctor and assistant clinical professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco, talks about his work in end-of-life health care and how facing suffering can inform the way people live. Read more about BJ here. Watch the video here.

Philippe Cousteau ’98 and his wife, Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, (right) are featured in the October edition of the American Airlines magazine, American Way, in an article titled “Beyond the Sea.” Philippe, the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau and the winner of St. George’s 2008 John B. Diman Award, and Ashlan, a journalist and special correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight,” talk about their roles as conservationists and the Cousteau legacy. Shortly after he graduated from SG, Philippe founded EarthEcho International, a nonprofit encouraging young people to act now for a sustainable future. He told the magazine that working with young people is some of the most inspiring work he does. “I really do think that they have a bigger impact on me and our team and keep us believing in the hope of future generations and the potential they have to change the world and make it better,” he said.

Congratulations to last week’s trivia contest winner, Angus Anderson ’08, who very quickly got back to us with the second line of the hymn “Jerusalem”: “Walk upon England’s mountains green …”
This week’s trivia question: Where on the Hilltop is this (right)? The first person to respond with the correct answer wins a $10 coupon toward a purchase from the SG Bookstore. Good luck!

Save the dates for:
• Our Houston reception, hosted by Nancy and David Randall ’82, P’18, at the Bayou Club of Houston: Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• Our annual NYC reception for alumni and parents, hosted by Joe Hoopes ’62, at the New York Yacht Club: Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• The Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Middlesex Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12
• Our Chicago reception, hosted by Christopher Bahr and Paget Reed Bahr ’86, at the Racquet Club of Chicago: Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• The Alumni Hockey Game: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
• Our Washington, D.C., reception, hosted by Tucker ’87 and Susie Carlson ’87, P’15 ’18: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
• Our Glen Cove/Locust Valley area reception, hosted by Lisa ’81 and David Scully P’15, ’18, ’19: Thursday, April 27, 2017
• Alumni Weekend 2017: May 19-21, 2017

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