Snapshots of St. George's

News Roundup: Nov. 18, 2016
Posted 11/18/2016 04:00PM

Weekly News


Nov. 18,  2016

Greetings from the Hilltop!

It’s been a week of spirited events on the Hilltop, with tons of Dragon Pride in the air. On Friday evening, we inducted 23 Dragons into the Sports Hall of Fame (attended by 15, right) in a celebratory dinner event that included all the students decked out in red, white and black. After the induction ceremony, the students headed for a pep rally in Madeira Hall and zebra-crushing ceremony outside. Attending the Friday dinner as well was Tom Wang ’89, now the chief product officer at Turo, an internet-based car-sharing service based in San Francisco. As it turns out, Tom is the author of the St. George’s Fable that is read every year by the prefects the night before the Middlesex Games. His legacy lives on! Check out the video production of the fable starring this year’s prefects and produced by student film enthusiast Tony Wang ’19.

More than 55 members of the Alumni Board of Visitors gathered in the Academic Center on Saturday morning to hear about the state of the school and to connect to the St. George’s community in their roles as ambassadors. Presided over by moderator and Co-Chair Jeff Kimbell ’89, along with fellow Co-Chair Stew Strawbridge ’94 and Vice-Chair Susie Carlson ’87, the program included remarks by Head of School Eric Peterson (right) and presentations by Director of Admission Ryan Mulhern ’91 on the strong state of our enrollment, Director of Operations George Staples on campus infrastructure, and trustee Dana Schmaltz ’85 on school finances and the new Head search. In addition, a panel discussion with faculty and students provided an overview of SG’s signature academic programs. Attendees came away reaffirmed about the strength of the school and the importance of ongoing alumni involvement and support. Read more about the event here.

On Saturday afternoon the athletic teams hosted the Zebras on the Hilltop and the cross-country teams headed to Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire for the New England Championships, where the Dragon boys’ team stole the show: William Braff ’17 was crowned the New England champion and led the entire team to a first-place finish overall. Meanwhile the football team soundly defeated Middlesex 40-14 on Crocker Field, several JV and thirds teams had great wins — and the varsity field hockey team earned the ISL Sportsmanship Award. For its excellent season-long performance, the football team earned a NEPSAC bowl berth and will play Tabor Academy tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Hugh Caldera Bowl. Watch live-streaming video of the game at

Jeff Kimbell ’89 (right) and John Holder ’79 were on campus Saturday to meet the 10 students who have been selected to participate in this school year's Rogers Scholars Program March 12-15, 2017. Jeff is a member of the program’s advisory board and John is a presenter. Read more about this signature program on our website.

The 58th Annual St. George’s Pie Race took place on Monday and there was lots of fun and costume-creativity — as well as a few serious runners — on the racecourse. As many of you know, math teacher Doug Lewis, who joined the SG faculty in 1995, took over organizing responsibilities from Pie Race founder and Faculty Emeritus Ted Hersey, who was a member of the SG faculty for 49 years from 1952-2001, and who passed away in January. “After he retired, he often came to watch the race,” Doug wrote to the community Monday morning. “I have a feeling that he'll still be watching over us later today.” Read Doug’s witty press release on the Pie Race results.

Today we launched the third video in our six-part series on students and their passions. Featured today: One of the co-heads of our Women in Leadership Club, Isabel Meyer ’17. Isabel and her fellow club leaders, sixth-formers Eva Killenberg, Oasis Zhen and Topher Hopper were instrumental in helping to bring actor Julie Bowen ’87 and New York Times reporter Kate Zernike ’86 to campus last spring. Want to send a note to Isabel or ask a question about the club? Just direct it here.

Our alumni and parent reception last night to honor Eric and Krista Peterson for their years of service to the school was a great gathering. The event, hosted by Chris and Paget Bahr ’86, took place at the Racquet Club of Chicago. More than 20 guests were in attendance, and we’ve posted a gallery of photos on our Flickr page.

Associate Head of School for External Affairs Bob Weston and his wife, Director of Special Events Ann Weston, visited with young alumni this week at the University of Vermont and St. Lawrence University. In Burlington, the two had dinner with Kelsey White ’16, Whitney Thomson ’13, Elle Reynolds ’13, Will Fleming ’13 (who attends Middlebury College) and Maddie Parker ’13 (right).

Employment news:
Gus Bickford ’82 was elected chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party on Monday. Meanwhile, Howard Dean ’66 is seeking the chairmanship of the National Democratic Committee and Mark Crooks ’91 was named a judge for the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County in Maryland.

Book news:
• Hamilton W. Helmer’s book titled “7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy” was published this week. Ham ’65 (also a proud new granddad) was lucky enough to have the CEO and co-founder of Netflix write the foreword. For more information, visit Hamilton’s website,
• Will Logue ’16 is quoted in the recently published book titled “Closing the Gap” by Roger Vaughan.

Congratulations to Bryce Roberts ’05, who knew that Sports Hall of Fame inductees Shea Guthrie ’05 and Rich Dempsey ’92 were a player and coach, respectively, of the 2005 New England Championship boys' hockey team. Bryce's advantage? He was a member of the team as well! What a great moment in SG sports history!

This week's trivia question: Which member of the St. George's community used to bake all of the pies awarded to winners of the Pie Race following the founding of the event in 1959? The winner gets a $10 coupon for a purchase from the SG Bookstore.

Speaking of the bookstore: The place is stocked! Gobble up some Dragon merchandise for holiday gifts (or yourself!) before it's all gone. 


Save the dates for:
• Our Charleston, S.C., reception, hosted by Dawn and Bear Dyke: Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Mira Winery Tasting Room, 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, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• Our Bermuda reception, hosted by Calista and Jamie Todd P’18, at the Bermuda Yacht Club: Tuesday, April 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• Our Glen Cove/Locust Valley area reception, hosted by David and Lisa Scully ’81 P’15, ’18, ’19: Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• Alumni Weekend 2017: May 19-21, 2017

To RSVP, or for more information about any of these events, email us at

To view photos from recent St. George's events, visit our Flickr page.

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