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Thomas J. Sheehy, III Celebrates 20 Years as Headmaster of Canterbury School


Vol. 26, No. 2 WINTER 2010

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20 Years of Leadership: Celebrating a Milestone

Two hundred members of the Canterbury family gather at Manhattan's Union League Club to honor Tom and Betsy Sheehy.

By Force of Character

By J.P. Mandler In his 39th year as a faculty member, J.P. Mandler has served Canterbury in many roles. Currently Dean of the School, he reflects upon the ingredients of Tom Sheehy's leadership style and vision of the School.

Mark Your Calendar

Grandparents' Day May 5 Parents' Weekend May 7-8 Graduation Day June 1 Reunion Weekend 2010 June 11-13

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A [Work] Day in the Life

A photo essay of Tom Sheehy at work.

Canterbury's Transformation

A 20-year retrospective.

Campus Life

News and photos.

A Very, Very, Very Fine House

By Marc Vanasse '73 Anachai Tangsinthaweewat '10, aka "House," is the School's first Thai Scholar. From the congested streets of Bangkok to the idyllic hills of the Berkshires, how a very bright young man with lofty ambitions found his way to Canterbury.

Canterbury School, founded in 1915 by Roman Catholic laymen, is a coeducational, boarding and day school of approximately 350 students, grades 9-12. The Roman Catholic commitment of the school remains central. Canterbury School is a non-profit institution that seeks and admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, and does not discriminate in the administration of its programs and policies. The Canterbury Observer is a regular feature of the Pallium. It is a forum for any and all alumni, faculty, and friends of Canterbury to share their thoughts and interests. Views do not necessarily express the philosophy of Canterbury School.


The Long and Winding Road

The 2009-2010 recipient of the John P. '59 and Anne Duffy Travel Grant, Marc Vanasse '73 abandoned his original Italy itinerary and left the fate of his trip up to the travel gods.


With Our Own Two Hands & Canterbury's European Vacation

Students and faculty travel to Nicaragua, and Italy, Greece and Turkey. Photos by Amy McKenna Omaña '86, Jen Lee Chandler '84, and Ellen Wilson


The Canterbury Observer: What Canterbury Means to Me

By Kevin Armstrong '04 At the annual ring ceremony, faculty member Kevin Armstrong '04 reflects on his Canterbury experience.


Class Notes

News, photos, and more...

Editor, Photographer, Designer: Marc Vanasse '73 On the cover: Prior to Tom and Betsy Sheehy's 20th Anniversary Dinner on January 28, Tom poses in the library of the Union League Club with the four Board Presidents with whom he has served. Seated left, William B. O'Connor '57; seated right, John P Duffy '59. Standing left, Hope E. . Carter; standing right, Robert H. Steers '71. Cover photo: Heidi Johnson


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20 Years of Leadership

Celebrating a Milestone

Two hundred members of the Canterbury family gather at Manhattan's Union League Club to honor Tom and Betsy Sheehy.


Tom and Betsy Sheehy pose for their official 20th Anniversary portrait in the library of the Union League Club on January 28.

"When I was at Cranwell School, I realized we students looked up to Tom Sheehy more than anyone else in the world. I remember when Tom picked me up and praised me in front of my friends at halftime of a lacrosse game, because I had scored three goals. That moment changed my life. That moment changed everything." ­Frank Bice '77

Mike Carretta '71, Board President Bob Steers '71, Jaime Straub, Macy Steers '04.

John Kennedy '00 and classmate Renata Gagnon.

Max McCreery, Molly Sheehy Reilly '98, Sara Sheehy Finnerty, Connie McCreery, Patricia Sheehy, Tom Sheehy.

Nancy Mulheren and daughter Dakota Mulheren Woodham '03.



An elated Tom Sheehy makes his remarks at the end of the evening.

Frank Bice '77 with (l-r) Sarah Matt O'Connor '94, Liz Leonard Evangelista '94, and Sarah Loomis Crawford '94.

Garvin Hammer '85, Katie Harvey '83, Chad Burhance '87, Shannon Burhance.



Betsy and Tom Sheehy with Pat Hiro, Tom's assistant since 1997.

Caroline Owens Crawford '84 with husband Alastair.

Dick Hanley '64, Edie Hanley, Hilary Duffy '87, Kevin Duffy '91.

George Shaw '49 talks to Tom Sheehy.


From the Class of 1978: trustee Dorothy Alpert, Michael Burke, Peter Tucker.

Steve Epifano '67 and Marianne Toutoungi.



"Congratulations on your exemplary leadership as headmaster of Canterbury School during the past 20 years. On behalf of the Class of 1972, thank you for your encouragement and support in the development of the new South House, installation of SMART Boards, and the dazzling athletic facilities."

­Excerpted from a letter, read at the dinner, from Mark Pigott '72 to Tom Sheehy

Strat Wallace '55, trustee emeritus Donn Dolce '63, Kathleen Wallace, Jim Hayes '55.

John Reilly '96, Tom Sheehy's son-in-law, and Bob Sheehy, Tom's brother.

Trustee emeritus John Duffy '59 with former trustees Dan Altobello '59 and Bill Staudt '60.

Trustee Ed Carney '79, Victoria Bundonis Rovin '81, trustee Ted Hollander '82.

Doug Famigletti '90, trustee Chad Burhance '87, Matthew Heissan '89, Greg Millard '89, Eric O'Neill '89, Liz Leonard Evangelista '94, Tom Hammer '92.




"Tom, you have attained stature among your peers as headmaster of Canterbury for 20 years, and you are a respected voice among your friends and colleagues. God bless the Sheehys and all those who love Canterbury."

­Fr. Sebastian Leonard, O.S.B., chaplain

Tom Morris '85 and faculty member Bob Potter.

Former trustee Dick Dillon '51, Tom Sheehy, Phyllis Dillon.


Tom Sheehy and Steve Finley '64.

Former trustee Brock '58 and Barbara Saxe with trustee emeritus Steve '43 and Nancy Hume.

Fraser and Rob Maloney '95.

Wendy Routh, Annabelle Coleman, Carlos Routh '68, trustee emeritus Denis Coleman '63.





Former Board President and current trustee Bill O'Connor '57 and wife Suzie.

Will Sheehy '03 and his mom Jeanne.

Erik and Patricia Sordoni Rasmussen '92, trustee Nicole D'Amour Schneider '93 and husband Todd.

Peter Tucker '78 and brother Carlton '73.

Michele Finn, Fr. Sebastian Leonard, O.S.B., faculty member Mary Holton, former trustee Cashie Egan.


John Shackelford directs the Canterbury Octet, which performed two selections at the dinner.






"I believe my dad is one of the best school heads there is, and he has done that with the great support of my loving mother. Dad, I speak for family and friends when I say that we are proud to know you, proud to love you, and proud of all your accomplishments." ­Patrick Sheehy '04


Tom and Betsy with their four children. L-r: Sara, Patrick '04, Molly '98, T.J. '92.

Former trustee John O'Neill '57.

Bill '59 and Cynnie Cagney.

Network administrator John Chepren and wife Rebecca with Director of Athletics Dave Wilson and wife Ellen, a Spanish teacher.




Lou Mandler, Dean of Faculty; J.P Mandler, Dean of the School; Betsy Sheehy; . Tom Sheehy.

Bryan Kiefer, Director of Finance and Development, served as the evening's emcee.

Board Presidents in Praise of Tom Sheehy

"When we started our search for a new Headmaster in 1989, we looked for someone who could be flexible, yet firm, with the faculty, students, parents, and the Board. He had to be a strong academician and an astute businessman, and he had to be someone who would be willing to serve Canterbury for many years. We met all of our goals when we hired Tom, and we couldn't be happier." ­John P Duffy '59, Board President 1983-1992 .

"Twenty years ago, my daughter Liz, Class of 1991, gave Tom and Betsy their campus tour. During their conversation, Tom asked Liz what the student body really needed. She responded, `We need a student center.' Well, it took 20 years for that to happen, but the students finally got their student center in the renovated and enlarged Steele Hall. From what my grandson Doug Bergner '10 tells me, the students are thrilled about having a great new place to hang out. Congratulations, Tom and Betsy." ­Hope E. Carter, Board President 1992-1998

"Tom has brought to Canterbury a total commitment to his job, to the School and, perhaps most of all, to the students. I continue to be impressed with the depth of his knowledge of each student's situation and his desire to see each one succeed. He has led Canterbury into a new era of excellence, facilities enhancement, and alumni support. For the past two decades, Betsy has been Tom's invaluable partner. When I speak to parents of prospective students, I urge them to get to know Tom and Betsy, confident that they would share my conclusion that these are people to whose care you would entrust your children." ­William B. O'Connor '57, Board President 1998-2007


"Looking back on Canterbury's legendary headmasters and their legacies, there's no doubt in my mind that Tom is from the same mold as these great men. Everyone associated with Canterbury agrees that Tom has significantly moved the School forward while maintaining Canterbury's tradition and mission. He has developed a great faculty and administration. He's built beautiful facilities, grown the endowment, sharpened admission standards, and raised our profile among our peer schools. Tom and Betsy have provided strong leadership and a great example of moral, family, and educational values." ­Robert H. Steers '71, Board President 2007-present



In his 39th year as a faculty member, J.P. Mandler has served Canterbury in many roles. Currently Dean of the School, he reflects upon the ingredients of Tom Sheehy's leadership style and vision of the School.

By Force of Character

By J.P Mandler .



J.P Mandler, Dean of the . School, talks about his boss and friend Tom Sheehy at the dinner to celebrate Tom and Betsy's 20 years at the School.

In independent schools, there is no higher praise than to be considered a School Man. This year, J.P. Mander will complete his 39th year at Canterbury. A "triple threat" of the Old School, J.P. has taught English, Latin and French, he has coached soccer, ice hockey, squash, and lacrosse, and he has parented boarding students in Havemeyer, Carmody, and Duffy Houses. He is a gifted teacher, a tough taskmaster, a wise mentor, and an exceptional colleague. He has been the yearbook advisor, play director, English Department Chair, the Director of Studies, the Dean of the Faculty, the Director of Technology and, since 1996, Dean of the School. As the longest tenured teacher at Canterbury, he is the Senior Master and leads the graduation procession each May. Please welcome a great School Man, J.P. Mandler.

­Bryan Kiefer's introduction of J.P Mandler . at the dinner to celebrate Tom and Betsy Sheehy's 20 years at Canterbury.


n September 1990, at the end of Tom Sheehy's first full school day, John Duffy, then President of the Board, called Tom and asked if he had screwed anything up yet. He hadn't. We would not have known then that Tom would put together 20 years of successful days and that we'd be celebrating this anniversary. Tom has changed the School in those 20 years, in some ways physically, and in some by the force of his character. First, it's impossible not to think of the many plant improvements Tom has spearheaded, improving life in dorms, classrooms, athletic buildings and fields, the arts, faculty housing, and administrative offices. That work has significantly raised students' and faculty sense of school pride. On the character side, I asked some faculty for their thoughts about Tom as school head. One said, "Well, what's important to me is that Tom sees me as a person, not as a two-sport coach or as a teacher in my discipline, but as me." Another teacher mentioned Tom's compassion, citing his own appreciation of Tom's support during two significant personal trials. Tom's vision of Canterbury is as a community­he uses that term all the time. It's not just a catchword with him; the Canterbury community to him is a gathering of persons, and he sees his job as uniting those individuals in a common cause. That vision plays out in the way he treats us every day. Another teacher, after pondering how he would characterize Tom's most salient quality, said, "It's his consistency." He continued, "I mean, Tom has in his mind an idea of what we are and what

we should be, and that doesn't change from day to day or year to year." He means that Tom has an unshakable sense that we're here to help the students make the most of their talents and abilities. He wants the kids to leave Canterbury with greater confidence in their physical skills, in their intellectual skills, and in their awareness of spiritual realities regardless of their religious affiliation. That "consistency" informs Tom's leadership and guides his decisions every day. Tom also understands the realities of students. If students were all angels, we'd be unnecessary. In pushing us forward to helping the kids realize the possible, he reminds us frequently, implicitly and explicitly, that we need to meet every student, athlete, person, where he or she is. Tom knows that we're working with adolescents, who evolve constantly: some do so quickly; others have lots of ground to cover. He presses us as teachers to understand this and exercise patience. In daily school meetings we see Tom as the confident paterfamilias, sometimes focusing us on important global matters, like the plight of the people in Haiti. He reminds us to bus our tables, and then he'll congratulate a team or an arts group after a show or performance. Sometimes, he does something unexpected, like reporting his sighting of a pileated woodpecker, reminding me of Walter Sheehan, having a little fun and keeping people off balance. This isn't to say that Tom doesn't have his days of frustrations. I recall in particular one group of kids he called into his office for doing something really stupid. He quietly

let them know what he thought, and then said, "And if you ever . . ." At the end of that talk, the students left the office convinced that they would not test his resolve again. No recognition of what Tom has brought to us over the past 20 years can ignore Betsy's very real contributions. She has served as the official hostess of the School, has worked in the admission office, and has beautified the campus with her eye for color and form and flowers over the years. With Lauren Steers and Lou Mandler, Betsy helped make the new Steele Hall a place that's beautiful, not only in its design, but in its details. She is literally all over the campus in her daily walks on paths and through the woods with Fletcher. Her smile is ever-present, and her laugh infectious. And when Tom thinks he has made up his mind about something, Betsy says, "Tom, did you think about . . .?" And Tom loves her for that. And so do we. Since Canterbury is the students' school, I thought I'd share some of their thoughts about Tom Sheehy: "His compassion came through when we were all sick and dying, and he told the faculty, `No homework for two days.' After that, swine flu was history." "Mr. Sheehy is extremely competitive and thrives on victories as much as any team does." "I know that Mr. Sheehy knows me, because of the occasional `Good game,' and he taps me on the back as he passes." "I like Mr. Sheehy. I like his outfits." And finally, "I really enjoy that he invites students into his home during mid-terms. He and Mrs. Sheehy don't have to do that, but it instills the value of community at Canterbury." Tom and Betsy: Valete. Ad multos annos.

Tom has changed the School in those 20 years, in some ways physically, and in some by the force of his character.

J.P. Mandler delivered this speech at NYC's Union League Club on January 28, 2010.




For a long while I have wanted to publish a photo essay of a day in the life of a Canterbury headmaster. My motivation? What it would be like to have a series of photos of Nelson Hume or Walter Sheehan as they proceeded through a typical day at the office. Priceless. Only recently, when Tom Sheehy reached his 20th year at the School, did the occasion clearly present itself. So as much for providing PALLIUM readers with a rare glimpse into a work day in the life of Tom Sheehy as for creating a photo essay for the purpose of school history, I selected Friday, February 26, as my day to follow Tom. From 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. I had (almost) full access to his many appointments.

8:58 a.m. Tom takes a quick phone call.



8:43 a.m. Tom corrects tests and preps for his class.

8:51 a.m. Tom checks his email.

8:58 a.m. Math teacher Jack McCabe asks Tom to sign a form.


9:00 a.m. Dean of Faculty Lou Mandler pops into Tom's office to discuss strategy for hiring new teachers.

9:05 a.m. In a snowstorm, Tom heads over to Maguire Auditorium to preside over the school meeting.


9:12 a.m. Moments before the school meeting begins, Tom and Lou Mandler confer.

9:24 a.m. The school meeting concluded, Tom seems pleased by the way the day is going.

9:27 a.m. At an impromptu meeting, Tom receives a medical update about an employee from Lou Mandler and husband J.P Dean of the ., School (left); Pat Hiro, Tom's assistant; and school chaplain Fr. Sebastian Leonard, O.S.B.


11:00 a.m. Tom meets his administrators for their weekly meeting in Steele Hall conference room.

11:32 a.m. Tom enjoys a moment of levity at the administrators' meeting.


11:56 a.m. Tom leads the weekly faculty meeting in Steele Hall Lecture Room.

12:34 p.m. Having foregone lunch, Tom teaches his Latin 3 class in Room 4 of the Old Schoolhouse.


2:12 p.m. Tom participates in a strategic planning meeting for student life. At left, Peter LaVigne, Dean of Students, leads the meeting.

3:44 p.m. Back in his office after the strategic planning meeting, Tom reviews family news and dinner plans with wife Betsy, an Assistant Director of Admission.

5:42 p.m. At the end of the day, Tom gets in some cardio exercise (and some reading) in the Ade Family Weight Room and Fitness Center.



Sept 1995 Oct 1992

Tom and Betsy Sheehy arrive at Canterbury School School opens with record enrollment of 330 students

July 1990

Sept 1990

School opens with 301 students and 47 faculty

Hope E. Carter assumes Board Presidency; succeeds John P. Duffy '59 Basketball hoop installed in Sheehan House parking lot; gift of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Famigletti

May 1994

E.L. Wiegand Science Lab dedicated

Fr. Sebastian Leonard, O.S.B., joins faculty as chaplain

Sept 1989

Rod Clarke '46, headmaster since 1978, announces his retirement


Oct 1993

Canterbury celebrates its 75th anniversary Walter F. Sheehan, Canterbury's second headmaster, dies Inaugural Canterbury Medal dinner held on campus; Nelson Hume, Walter Sheehan, John P. Duffy '59, Richard Joyce Smith first recipients

Oct 1990

June 1994

Oct 1992

School sponsors first student service trip to Lourdes, France

Canterbury Tales, school newsletter, debuts

Carillon Society established; recognizes those who include Canterbury in their estate plans

Oct 1994


Oct 1995


a 20-year retrospective

Renovated Old Schoolhouse opens

Sept 1996

Canterbury marks 25 years of coeducation

John '59 and Anne Duffy establish travel endowment; Conrad Tuerk first recipient

New Athletic Center Opens; includes SaxeCastellini Squash Pavilion and Ade Family Weight Room Women of Canterbury hold first spring dinner; author Regina Barreca speaks

Third computer room opened in Copley Library

Endowment stands at $1 million

Endowment grows to $5 million

William B. O'Connor '57 assumes Board Presidency from Hope E. Carter

Endowment reaches $10 million First "Run for Joe" held; fundraiser for scholarships


School breaks ground on three faculty homes on north edge of campus Greg Sacco '60 announces $1 million gift to endow History Department Chair in honor of his wife Maria.

Dec 1996

Process of renovating chapel windows begins

Chaplain's residence (original chapel) completed; gift of the Class of 1956

Nov 1998

May 1997

Nov 1999


E.L. Wiegand Lecture Room (former Hume 107) opens

Jan 2000

Sept 2004

First Charles R. Huntington Memorial Alumni Hockey game played Steve '43 and Lacey Hume Music Center Opens Campus goes wireless; goal of 1996 Strategic Plan L. Michael Sheehy '56 Choral Classroom (former squash courts) opens

Sept 2000

Annual Fund exceeds $1 million for first time; establishes 8th consecutive record Tradition of fall Shakespeare production begins; Much Ado About Nothing staged Major renovation of ice arena completed

Canterbury Tales prints in 4-color for first time School opens wtih all-time high enrollment: 366

School sponsors first student service trips to Nicaragua and Haiti

Oct 2000

Whipplehilldesigned website debuts Canterbury enters second phase of Strategic Plan Endowment grows to $12 million


Fay Vincent, Jr. donates $1 million to Canterbury; football field named for his father Estate of Byron King '41 leaves Canterbury $1.3 million; largest gift received up to that time

Oct 2000

Oct 2003

Tom & Betsy Sheehy celebrate ten years at Canterbury; dinner at Waldorf-Astoria

Nov 2000

School opens with 357 students

Sept 2002

Sept 2003

Montana Leadership Program begins; sponsored by John '59 and Dana Donovan

Oct 2002

Aug 2005

Canterbury School: The First Ninety Years (19152005) published; compiled by Kathy Bolster


Sept 2005

March 2009 Sept 2008

South House, dorm for upperform girls, opens; gift of Class of 1972 Canterbury announces In Pursuit of Excellence, The Campaign for Canterbury

Sept 2007

Jan 2010

Enlarged and expanded Steele Hall dedicated; includes Lauren and Robert H. '71 Steers Admission Center

Canterbury True Blue

True Blue, school-wide student spirit organization, begins

William W. Higgins '53 leaves Canterbury $5 million bequest; earmarked for aquatic center

Oct 2006

Tom Sheehy announces $10 million gift; largest in school history School installs SMART Boards in all classrooms Capstone course added to curriculum; studies '08 presidential campaign

New tennis courts, gift of Mark Pigott '72, used for first time Canterbury Tales published exclusively online

Oct 2007

April 2009

Annual Fund hits 11th consecutive record: $1.4 million

Tom and Betsy Sheehy celebrate 20 years at Canterbury; dinner held at Union League Club


Rod Clarke '46, Canterbury's fourth headmaster, dies

Nov 2008

Sept 2006

Dec 2006

Endowment reaches $20 million Endowment grows to $16 milliion Robert H. Steers '71 assumes Board Presidency from Bill O'Connor '57

William W. Higgins '53 Aquatic Center dedicated

Oct 2007

Oct 2009



Billy Steers, Author and Artist, Exhibits in Duffy

Author and artist Billy Steers, who lives in Roxbury, CT, exhibited his work in the Edward J. Duffy Gallery from January 14-February 11. The show consisted of finished artwork used for his books, which feature a red tractor named Mac, and an installation of sketches and doodles. Above, Billy signs a book for Sally Mensching '10.

Brendan Omaña, son of Julio and Amy McKenna Omaña '86, admires the work of Billy Steers.

At the show's opening reception, Chris Wiatr '11 and Paige Porter '10 study the work of Billy Steers.

Betsy Sheehy and grandson Tommy Finnerty enjoy Billy Steers reading several of his Tractor Mac books. The event took place on January 31.

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Christmas Concerts Spread Holiday Cheer

Canterbury's Music Deparment presented its annual holiday concert to a standing-room-only crowd on December 7 in the L. Michael Sheehy '56 Choral Classroom. The concert featured the Canterbury Orchestra, the Concert Jazz Band, and the Chamber Jazz Group. The orchestra performed three classic holiday pieces, while the Jazz Band and Jazz Group played contemporary arrangements of such classics as "Silent Night." Three nights later, the Canterbury Chorale and Octet performed Lessons and Carols, a chapel service which alternates readings from the Old and New Testaments with vocal selections. Left-right: Kate Kaminski '10, Sara Carioscia '13, Ariana Della Torre '10.

Talent on Display at Juried Student Art Show

Fine Arts Chair Kim Tester presented the following students with scrolls marking their participation in the annual juried student art show, which opened on February 18. Drawing: Feng Ye '12, Mason Page '12, Siobhan Manrique '11, Jae Moon Hyun '10 Painting: Kayla Lynch '12, Sydney Putnam '10, Elyssa Vincent '10 Sculpture: Feng Ye '12 Ceramics: Tracy McCann '11, Ian Watt '11 Printmaking: Siobhan Manrique '11, Minhye Choi '12 AP Drawing: Nai-Hsuan "Kimberly" Wang '10 AP Sculpture: Annie Benko '10 25

Kyra Koncar '11, Ashley Bonner '11, and Brittney Ettore '12 enjoy viewing the ceramics at the annual Juried Student Art Show in the Edward J. Duffy Gallery.



Tom & Betsy Sheehy Visit Taiwan

Tom and Betsy Sheehy traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, during the March Break to visit past, current, and future students and their parents. Front row, l-r: Steven Lee (father of Christina Lee), Mei-Yang Chi (mother of Alex Ma '11), Christine Lee '11, Lynne Yeh '12, Vickie Wu '14, Tzu-Ying Lin (mother of Gina Nieh '09), Wei-Tsung Yeh (mother of Lynne Yeh). Back row, l-r: Clive Yu (father of Hugo Yu), Hugo Yu '13, Rita Yu (mother of Hugo Yu), Tom Sheehy, Betsy Sheehy, YuPu Nieh (father of Gina Nieh '09), Yu-Cheng Wu and Yu-Hui Lin (parents of Vickie Wu).

Winter Concerts Lift Winter Doldrums

Vincent Vartabedian '11 on guitar.

Faculty member Corey Chandler on sax at the jazz concert on February 18.

Sydney Putnam '10 performs a solo at the vocal recital on February 23.

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Sixth Form Retreat: Transitions

Campus Ministry Organizes Service for Haiti

Quinn O'Brien '10 prays for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Sixth Formers participated in their retreat on February 24. The program focused on dealing with transitions. Above, Amy McKenna Omaña '86 leads a discussion.

Students & Faculty Roll Up Sleeves

Third Annual Mr. Canterbury Pageant Held

An on-campus blood drive on March 1 yielded 50 productive units from students and faculty. There were 40 first-time donors. Above, Joey Agliato '10 donates.

Judges named Ian Watson '10 this year's Mr. Canterbury on Jan. 29.


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Freezin' for a Reason: Students take the Plunge

Fourteen Canterbury students, led by teachers Keiko Yoshida and Casey Shanley, participated in the 2010 Penguin Plunge, a fund-raiser for Special Olympics, at Winding Trails in Farmington, CT. Plungers solicitated $3,200 from sponsors and ran/walked into the frigid waters of the Farmington River. Keiko won the Emperor Penguin Award for raising the most money as an individual and the Websurfer Award for raising the most funds online. Front row, l-r: Fiona Forsyth '10, Keiko Yoshida, Tralee McElroy '10, Sasha-Lee Vos '10, Paige Woodhouse '10, Kacey Marra '12. Middle row, l-r: Steve Servideo '10, Jonathan Sokolski '10, Luke McDermott '12, Cam Roffe '12, Liz Lowman '10, Elyssa Vincent '10, Shane Wilson '11, Morgan Peterson '13. Back row, l-r: Peter Russo '10.

Parents Learn about the College Process

Canterbury's College Office hosted a meeting for parents of Fifth Formers on February 13. Counselors Cathy Pietraszek and Sarah Ferland presented the 90 attendees valuable information about how Canterbury approaches the college application process, and provided them important recommendations ranging from interview ettiquette to using Naviance, a web-based product designed to assist students and parents with the college process.

Joseph and Christine DiMauro, parents of Nicholas '11, listen to college advice.

Mary and Fran Wiatr, parents of Maggie '11 and Chris '11.

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Guest Speakers Illuminate Literature

Students Wrap for a Good Cause

Morgan Peterson '13 was one of several Canterbury students who volunteered to wrap Christmas presents for youngsters at New Milford Social Services on December 4. The program is designed for socially disadvantaged children to pick a gift for a sibling and have it wrapped. This year's event served more than 300 families.

Canterbury UpClose

This year's Capstone course is titled Literature Since You Were Born and is taught by the English Department. Weekly guest speakers provide their perspectives on the texts. Top, Nita Pradesh, a history professor, gives students a brief history of Pakistan in connection with "Three Cups of Tea." Above, professor Donald Gagnon offers an overview of black literature in connection with "Praise Song for the Day."

Admission Ambassador Maggie Wiatr '11 introduces herself to a prospective Canterbury family at this year's Canterbury UpClose on January 19. Keisha Laus '10, Diana Drpich '11, and Tim O'Keeffe '10 were among the 30 students who chatted with guests prior to the start of the evening's program.


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Winter Sports Highlights


Christopher Abner '11 Boys' Varsity Basketball Kingsley Amoako '13 Boys' Varsity Squash Abe Chen '10 Varsity Wrestling Sean Curry '11 Boys' Varsity Swimming Christopher Fernandez '11 Boys' Varsity Squash Lindsay Gersky '12 Girls' J.V. Basketball Kayla Lynch '12 Girls' J.V. Squash Heather Norris '12 Girls' Varsity Swimming Krista O'Gara '12 Girls' Varsity Basketball Allanna Procak '10 Girls' Varsity Basketball Domenic Sawaia '11 Boys' J.V. Hockey Sarah Sokol '11 Girls' Varsity Hockey Lindsey Stewart '12 Girls' J.V. Hockey Richard Straub '10 Boys' Varsity Swimming Phoebe Tian '11 Girls' J.V. Squash Ethan Watt '10 Varsity Wrestling Alexandre Zabo '11 Boys' Varsity Basketball

Krista O'Gara '12

Freddy Hernandez '10 Grace Kleinbach '12

Leigh Getz '11 Girls' Varsity Hockey Thomas Hartnett '10 Boys' Varsity Hockey

Boys' Varsity Squash

Chris Fernandez '11 was a New England Squash (Class B) champion. Freddy Hernandez '10 placed 2nd at the New Englands, while Kingsley Amoako '13 and Chris Wiatr '11 both took 4th place. The team placed 5th at the event and compiled a 10-7 dual record.

Joseph Hughes '13 Boys' J.V. Squash Dean Kennedy '10 Boys' Varsity Basketball Grace Klienbach '12 Girls' Varsity Hockey Chunyue "Charlie" Li '10 Varsity Wrestling

Girls' Varsity Squash

Maggie Wiatr '11 placed 2nd in the New Englands (Class C). Savannah Hardwick '11 and Katie Meehan '10 both took 4th place. The team placed 5th.

Girls' Varsity Basketball

The team finished with a very impressive 19-1 regular season record. Krista O'Gara '12, Stacey Procak '10, and Allanna Procak '10 were named to the All-New England Team.

Girls' Varsity Hockey

The Lady Saints racked up a season record of 17-7-3.

Boys' Varsity Wrestling

Western New England placers included Ethan Watt '10 (3rd), Mack LaManna '12 (5th), Elliott Chandler '11 (5th), Chunyue "Charlie" Li '10 (6th). Shane Wilson '11 qualified for New Englands along with placer winners. At the J.V. New Englands, Jake Sheehy '13 placed 2nd. Zach Monticello '12, Justin Lee '11, and Seth Menghi '12 each placed 3rd.

Boys' Varsity Swimming

The team won the Western New Englands (Div. III). The 200 Medley and 200 Free Relay teams of Rich Straub '10, Chris DeNunzio '11, Kyle Winters '13, and Sean Curry '11 placed 5th. The team placed 3rd at the Western New Englands (Div. III). The 200 Medley team of Mikaela Puth '12, Emma DiGiacomo '10, Eileen Bell '10, and Allyson Good '12 placed 10th. The 400 Free Relay team of Liz Lowman '10, Christina Loya '13, Kacey Marra '12, and Lauren Granchelli '10 placed 10th. 34 30


Girls' Varsity Swimming

Top-bottom: Kyle Winters '13, Ethan Watt '10, Tom Hartnett '12 scores.

Students Honored at Winter Awards

Students received the following awards on March 4, 2010.


Coach's Award: Christopher Abner '11 M.V.P.: Dean Kennedy '10


Coach's Award: Ryan Milgrim '13, Seth Menghi '12


Coach's Award: John O'Gara '12


Coach's Award: Hillary Buzaid '10 M.V.P.: Emma DiGiacomo '10


Coach's Award: Robert O'Gara '12


Coach's Award: Elyssa Vincent '10 M.V.P.: Krista O'Gara '12


Coach's Award: Kacey Marra '12, Katherine Curtin '10


Coach's Award: Megan Schroeder '13


Coach's Award: Sean Curry 11 M.V.P.: Richard Straub '10


Coach's Award: Olivia Hoess '11 M.V.P.: Sarah Sokol '11, Leigh Getz '11


Coach's Award: Katie Meehan '10 M.V.P.: Chloe Bizalion '10


Coach's Award: Lindsey Stewart '12


Coach's Award: Mina Kim '12


Coach's Award: Thomas Hartnett '10


Coach's Award: Christopher Fernandez '11 M.V.P.: Freddy Hernandez '10


Coach's Award: Domenic Sawaia '11


Coach's Award: Joshua Minor '11


Coach's Award: Chunyue "Charlie" Li '10 M.V.P.: Ethan Watt '10

Coach's Award: Hyun Woo Joo '13


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A Very, Very, Very Fine House

Anachai Tangsinthaweewat '10, aka "House," is the School's first Thai Scholar. From the congested streets of Bangkok to the idyllic hills of the Berkshires, how a very bright young man with lofty ambitions found his way to Canterbury.


Above, House focuses intensely on Jack McCabe's A.P Calculus class. . Mackenzie Watt '10 and Brad Larino '10 in the background.

By Marc Vanasse '73

hey call him House. Yes, it's a unique nickname, but make no mistake, Anachai Tangsinthaweewat, Canterbury's first Thai Scholar, is a unique student whose road to the School is most unusual. When House first arrived in America last summer he expected to see skyscrapers everywhere he traveled. That didn't turn out to be the case, however, because his destination was Brewster Academy in Wolfboro, New Hampshire, hardly a place awash in tall concrete and glass structures. For two months, he studied English and American culture there to build the foundation for his coming to Canterbury. So how does a young man, identified by the Thai government as one of the country's most promising students, find his way to Canterbury?



In 1897, King Rama V of Thailand began selecting young Thai students talented in science and mathematics to attend Western universities to bring back their learning to their country. The initiative, along with many others, stimulated the country's modernization so that Thailand retained its independence from the imperial domination of the 19th and 20th centuries. The King, eager to maintain that freedom, decided that Thailand's development and the new knowledge of his time, especially regarding science and technology, went hand in hand. Thus the Royal Thai Scholars Program began. The King no longer is the sole selector of the scholars, and the program has expanded and developed over the years. Today, the Civil Service Commission of the Royal Thai government administers nationwide, highly competitive exams, the results of which determine who receives the scholarships offered for that year. All graduating high school students who have achieved an A average are eligible to take the exams. At the time they take the test, students choose which scholarships they seek. The highest ranking candidates are selected and sent to America's best independent schools. Although Keith Holton, Canterbury's Director of Admission, has known about the Thai Scholar Program for five years, he acknowledges that it favored sending its students to schools such as Exeter, Andover, Groton, Hotchkiss, and Choate. "I decided that I would go to the Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. and promote Canterbury to the directors of the program," says Keith, who spent a half day with Korn Thepnorant, the program's guidance officer, and two additional members of the Office of Educational Affairs. One month after his April 2009 visit, Keith received great news from Korn informing him that they had selected House to attend Canterbury.

Based upon the results of the exams and an interview for the highest ranking candidates, the scholars are selected and sent to America's best independent schools.

Technically, House is a Thai Air Force Scholar. He graduated from a high school in Thailand and then, at the urging of his friends, attended three years of military school. After that, he studied for one year at the Thai Air Force Academy. The latter two schools admit only the best and brightest students. In the summer of 2009, fresh from attending Brewster Academy's summer program, House made the

move to Canterbury. "Canterbury has been a good experience for me," says House. "I really like my classes and instructors. My math teacher, Mr. McCabe, is my favorite." Jack McCabe, who teaches House A.P. Calculus and Honors Linear Algebra, has equal admiration for his student. "House is one of the most intense and focused students I have taught in my long career. His mathematically expressed writing is quite clear, but not always complete, because he thinks that when something is so obvious he doesn't need to write it. That's an attribute of a bright mathematician. His mathematical vision is very strong." House's quiet demeanor, independent spirit, unyielding intensity, and tenacious focus single him out from his American peers. He possesses a no-nonsense attitude that might be mistaken for arrogance, but that is certainly not the case. As independent as House is in his day-to-day life, he is equally known to some of his classmates as an academic collaborator and a trusted provider of extra help. Charlie Li, a Sixth Former from

At military school in Thailand, House sits behind the controls of a jet.



Tracing his roots, House, a Thai citizen born of Chinese parents, at the Great Wall of China.

Shanghai who also takes Honors Linear Algebra, spent nine days with House at the home of Eugene O'Friel '13 during the Thanksgiving vacation. "House is willing to help other students study," says Charlie. "Often after school meeting, he provides students extra help in science and math. He's even given me extra help in math. House may seem quiet, but I don't think that's who he is. He enjoys making jokes. I think maybe he is a bit insecure about speaking English." Any insecurity he may have with his command of English did not deter him from earning a 4.4 GPA for the first semester and making the Headmaster's List (an excellent effort mark in each course). Born in Thailand to Chinese parents who were also born in Thailand, House (his name in 34

"Canterbury has been a good experience for me," says House. "I really like my classes and instructors. My math teacher, Mr. McCabe, is my favorite."

Chinese sounds like house), is a modest young man. He has two siblings, a brother, 18, and a sister, 24, who recently graduated from college. His parents are small business owners who sell construction materials in Bangkok. Although he will not see them until September 2010 when they arrive

in the U.S. for the first time to accompany him to college, he now speaks to them about twice a week. Despite their son's unusual academic path, which has created long periods of separation between House and his family, his parents have supported his decision to come to the U.S. for a year to study at Canterbury. "They let me choose what I wanted to do," says House. "They have told me that they want me to be happy. I know I will look back on my time at Canterbury as a happy experience." Since being identified as a Thai Air Force Scholar, House has had a singular goal: to be accepted to the U.S. Air Force Academy, which each year takes several Thai Scholars. He has also applied to the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, the University of


At dinner, House successfully presents Jack McCabe, his math teacher for two courses, with his solution to a difficult geometry problem.

California (Davis and Santa Barbara campuses), Purdue University, RPI, WPI, and NYIT. The Thai Office of Educational Affairs has worked closely with House throughout his college application process. They have, for example, approved each of the schools to which he applied, and in some cases have reviewed his applications. No matter where he decides to go next year, he is required to major in engineering. Should House gain acceptance to the U.S. Air Force Academy, he will be required after he graduates to give the Thai government a tenyear commitment. "I don't rule out the possibility that I could spend my entire career in the Thai Air Force," says House. As independent as he is, House readily accepted the assistance of Canterbury's college office, and particularly the guidance of college counselor Sarah Ferland. "House was extremely driven and conscientious about the college process," says Sarah. "He communicated with me on a daily basis and thought carefully about the decisions he was making." House's math mates admire his ability to process a problem's solution quickly. Recently, Honors Linear Algebra teacher Jack

McCabe challenged his students to determine an angle's degree in a seemingly straightforward, yet difficult, geometry problem. The reward for a correct solution? Fifty dollars. The deadline? Three days. Intrigued by the problem, House took up the challenge and within a day offered McCabe an answer. "No go," said McCabe, "because you used trigonometry to arrive at a solution. You can only use geometry." So House went back to the drawing board. Persistent, he labored over the problem for the next two days, and then presented McCabe with a another approach to the solution while McCabe ate his

"House may seem quiet, but I don't think that's who he is. He enjoys making jokes. I think maybe he is a bit insecure about speaking English."

­Charlie Li '10

dinner in the dining room. Slowly and methodically, House laid out his logic and reached an elegant and correct answer that delighted his teacher. House collected his reward the following day after he presented his solution to the entire class. "House is very intelligent and he visualizes math very well," says Alex Ma '11, one of House's classmates. "We were all very impressed with his presentation. He was the only student to arrive at the right answer." In addition to being an excellent academician, House excels in athletics. In the fall he rowed on the club crew team. "He was awesome," says crew coach Tim O'Keeffe. "He was very dedicated, even though he had never seen the sport until he arrived at Canterbury, and he gave his all at each and every practice. He worked very hard to become the best rower on the fall team. I'd love to have a team full of him." In the spring, House will row for the varsity team. In the winter, House took up wrestling, another sport new to him. Coach Dave Wilson says, "House was a big help working out with the team. He is a terrific young man and was a valuable member of the squad." Life at Canterbury, and in particular Havemeyer House, has been a positive experience for House, although he admits he misses the camaraderie of life in the barracks. "In military school we have a very close bond," says House. "We are the best of friends." He finds American students more outgoing and friendly than their Thai counterparts, and believes Canterbury's students are more industrious than the students at his former high school. "Most Thai students are lazy, because they can hide in the large classes." Marija Stankus-Saulaitis, House's advisor, says, "House is a keen observer of American life and customs. He is expanding his cultural experiences in preparation for the important work he will do throughout his life. We expect great things from him." 35


The Long and Winding Road

The 2009-2010 recipient of the John P. '59 and Anne Duffy Travel Grant, Marc Vanasse '73 abandoned his original Italy itinerary and left the fate of his trip up to the travel gods.

by Marc Vanasse '73

he immortal opening words of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities best summarize my trip to Sicily: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." Don't get me wrong, I loved Sicily and visited some amazing places, but the experience occasionally and forcefully tapped into my worst anxieties and fears. Three exciting, memorable, and educational trips to Italy with groups of Canterbury students and faculty prompted my interest in applying for the Duffy Family Travel Grant and making a return to Italy. (I had last been there in 1991 with a group of faculty led by then chaplain Fr. Ron Gliatta.) In addition, 36


a friend of mine, Marco, whom I met in Lourdes several years ago, encouraged me to visit Sicily. He had recently made two great tours of the threecornered island and thought I would enjoy seeing the great art, archeological sites, and movie locations Sicily offers. "One day you will go there," he told me. Well, as it turned out, I traveled for the first four of my 14 days with Marco, who served as a terrific and knowledgeable guide. Upon meeting Marco at Milan's Malpensa Airport on Thursday, March 4, we boarded a flight to Palermo, Sicily's capital. There, I picked up our car

rental and drove to our hotel in the heart of the city. Palermo's traffic is horrendous. Two-lane streets suddenly turn into fourlane racetracks. Drivers compete with pedestrians who compete with scooters. It's total chaos. As a point of reference, New York drivers make their Palermitan counterparts seem courteous. Not accustomed to driving in big cities, even where drivers follow the rules, I white knuckled it all the way, following the directions of a GPS and counting on Marco's assistance. By the time we arrived at Hotel Garibaldi (a nice establishment that opened in the early 1990s, but not well marked), visions of drinking a big glass of red wine danced in my head­and I don't drink! Parking in Palermo is an even greater nightmare; drivers think nothing of double or triple parking. Luckily, the hotel offered secure and free parking. The next day, Marco decided a foot tour of Palermo would be best. Fine with me, I thought. The next morning, we met Marco's friend, Luigi, and the three of us began our tour of Palermo. To quickly summarize, we visited such attractions as the Capuchin Catacombs, Chiesa di S. Giovanni degli Eremiti, Cathedral of Palermo, Palazzo del Normani, and Ballaro Market. That night Luigi drove us to Casale del Principe, a great example of Italy's growing agritourism, a form of niche tourism that involves any agriculturally-based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. Located in the Jato Valley, a few miles from Palermo, the building and land were purchased by a prince who in the 18th century bought the parcel from the Jesuits and converted it into his home and farm. Today, guests enjoy fine dining in the restaurant's cavernous spaces, and they may stay in the establishment's wellappointed rooms. The restaurant produces some of the food it serves and outsources the rest from local farms. Undoubtedly, Casale del Principe served the best meal I ate in Sicily.

Marc in Palazzo Adriano, the location for much of "Cinema Paradiso," one of his favorite films and one that he teaches.

On Saturday morning Marco and I planned our itinerary for the day, which meant lots of driving. Little did I know what lay ahead on the roads of Sicily. We arrived unscathed at our first stop, Piana degli Albanesi, a small town south of Palermo, for a cannolo and caffé. The Extra Bar, on a sleepy piazza edged by a few shops and a church, claims to make Sicily's best cannolis, a sentiment shared by Marco. The place makes its own shells a couple of blocks away and fills them only when patrons place an order. I'm not much of a cannolo connoisseur, but they were excellent. Fortified, we continued to drive south toward Corleone for lunch and a walk around the town. Every shop window displays some form of The Godfather paraphernalia: tee shirts, mugs, lighters, and a "herbal" digestive called Amaro don Corleone. When the owner of the restaurant in which we ate found out that I was from New York (it's

easier than telling Italians you're from Connecticut), he offered me a sample, compliments of the house. Our next stop would prove to be one of my favorites. By now we were very far from noisy Palermo and in the heart of Sicily's farmland. Marco's GPS, on which we had both heavily relied, had been fairly accurate up to this point, and it finally guided us to Palazzo Adriano, one of the principal locations for one of my favorite movies, Cinema Paradiso. Sicilian director Giuseppe Tornetore filmed the scenes of the square, with its fountain, movie house, church, and priest's residence, in this very place. It's still all there, with the exception of the movie house, which the crew built (façade only) for the film. The town has tried to capitalize on the film's fame as a source of tourist dollars (so far with less success than what Bernadette did for Lourdes) and opened a tiny museum that houses stills from the movie and a few 37


At Istituto Superiore Carlo Denina in Saluzzo, Marc teaches an English class.

artifacts, like Salvatore's bicycle. I signed the guest book, and as far as I could tell I was the first American to visit the place this year. Tears welled up in my eyes as I gazed at the movie's stills. My being in this special place unsuspectingly collided with the sentimental nature of the film, which came rushing back, and the result took me by complete surprise. Today, the square is still a gathering place for residents, but lacks the charm that only movie magic can produce. I drank from the fountain as if the water had the miraculous powers of Lourdes. A little girl and her grandfather strolled through; a "crazy" woman, not a man like in the movie, appeared; and several young people made their way to the square's only bar, as we did, but for a caffé, not a beer. We programmed the GPS for the trip home, and it took us on country roads that rivaled the ones I've driven on in Haiti. The road was exceedingly narrow and impossibly tortuous. Suddenly, I slowed the car then stopped and pondered whether I could navigate around a damaged road that appeared to be a victim of Sicily's latest earthquake. Gingerly, I made it through, and I thought that would be the end of the rough spots. 38

Not so fast. Even more difficult situations tested my mettle and driving skills, but I passed (literally and figuratively) each obstacle successfully. For a few moments I really believed we would be unable to pass any further, and backing up and turning around were not good options. Finally, and luckily before sundown, the little country road that I found myself cursing opened into something that resembled New Milford's Route 7 before the expansion. I thought, "I'll take it." At dinner that night in a nice restaurant in Palermo, I decided to have another glass of red wine and an after dinner grappa to calm my nerves. It worked. I drove Marco to the airport on Sunday for his flight home, and successfully (and to my surprise) navigated my way back to the Garibaldi for my final night in the city. Within yards of arriving at the hotel, Palermo's police pulled me over. They looked very displeased with me, but I indicated in my best Italian gestures that I was on my way to my hotel. My explanation satisfied them, and I drove away and parked the car. Another scrape successfully avoided, but not for long. The next morning I started the three-hour ride to Messina, where

I had booked a B&B for the night. All went well until I arrived in Messina. Then the GPS, unable to find my destination, took me on a wild ride through some hazardous, narrow, and twisting roads along the sea. I reset the address, and this time the little demon of a machine directed me through roads better called alleys. Well, as if the car's waistline had suddenly expanded an inch or two, the sides of the car made contact with the buildings. My heart sank when I heard the sound of metal scraping brick, and the small amount of confidence I had in driving in Sicily immediately vanished. In a desperate maneuver, I backed out as carefully as possible, but even turning around in such a small space prove difficult and was frustratingly complicated by another driver who suddenly appeared and wanted to turn into the street I was using to make my attempt at a three-point turn. Through heavenly intercession, I finally found the place, but only thanks to Marco, who had contacted the owner of the B&B and arranged for me to meet her at an Esso gas station in town. That night I lay in bed vacillating between going forward with my planned journey or returning to Palermo to investigate its attractions in greater depth. I concluded that in order to maximize my time to see more than just the roads of Sicily and minimize the chances of any further damage to the car (or myself or others), the best course of action lay in retracing my steps, and I arranged to do so the next morning. My decision proved to be the tipping point of my trip. Having safely returned to the Hotel Garibaldi, where I knew the car would be safe, I felt terrible about the car but at the same time more confident that I would now enjoy a more relaxing vacation, spending more time soaking up culture and less time navigating the roads. When earlier that morning I phoned Marco to tell him about my decision, he encouraged me to stay the course, but there was no changing my mind. I knew I had


made the right choice. He called me later in the day and made a most generous offer: fly to Torino three days prior to my original plan in order to spend more time exploring Torino and Marco's hometown of Barge, at the foot of the Alps in the Piemonte region of Italy. I jumped at the chance and never looked back. During my remaining days in Palermo, I took in a number of attractions that time had not permitted me to see during my first four days. I felt unrushed, at ease, and confident walking Palermo's streets with my Lonely Planet guidebook leading the way, not the Garmin. I saw two American films in Italian: Codice Genesis (The Book of Eli) and Alice in Wonderland in 3-D. I strolled through the Palazzo Abatellis, one of Italy's best art museums, and meditated on Virgin Annunciate by Antonello da Messina. I viewed hundreds of examples of antiquities and paintings from Sicily's glorious and varied past at the Museum Mormino, an important collection owned by Banco di Sicilia. And, of course, I took lots of photographs. My days in the north of Italy proved busy and fulfilling. For four hours I toured Torino's famed National Cinema Museum, which houses an impressive and exhaustive collection of film's technological and aesthetic history in an even more impressive structure, The Mole Antonelliana, designed by Alessandro Antonelli in 1863 and which is the architectural symbol of Torino. The layout of the museum itself is as brilliant and delightful as any film ever created. So many of the films I teach or have taught are represented through posters, production sketches, costumes, props, interactive displays, storyboards, and original screenplays. The museum also hosted an exhibition of photographs called Gli Anni Della La Dolce Vita (The Years Since La Dolce Vita). The dozens of images of Hollywood and Italy's best-known movie stars (everyone from John Wayne to Elizabeth Taylor to Marcello

That night I lay in bed vascillating between going forward with my planned journey or returning to Palermo to investigate its attractions in greater depth. I concluded...

Mastroianni to Sophia Loren) by three photographers of contrasting styles that capture the '60s Dolce Vita era. The exhibit marked the film's 50th anniversary. Marco's mother graciously included me at her dinner table on three occasions­what rare and wonderful opportunities to be taken inside real Italian life and see what goes on behind those ubiquitous wooden doors and shutters. When I discovered that Marco's sister-in-law, Silvia, is a high school English teacher, I couldn't help but ask her for a tour of her school, Istituto Superiore Carlo Denina, in Saluzzo. She turned the tables on me and asked me to teach her class. I agreed and told her that my lesson would center on engaging each student in a brief and basic conversation in English. Her students, excited at the prospect of an American visiting their school but also apprehensive about practicing their English, did their best to answer my simple questions. As they became more confident and comfortable, they asked me questions about Canterbury. I used a map to show them where I live and where our students come from. To illustrate my empathy toward their learning a second language, I spoke to them in elementary Italian that I had learned using Rosetta Stone. They seemed to appreciate my effort and

were curious as to why anyone would want to learn Italian. I explained that I had studied Italian for three months in preparation for my trip to Italy. The 50-minute period came to an end quickly and we said arrivederci. That night in Barge, Silvia and her husband invited me to dinner at their home for a classic Italian meal. Marco and his mom joined us, of course. When I entered the dining area, I saw a beautifully-set table and a series of paper American and Italian flags strung over the table. A small red wooden heart hung in the middle of the string. After a full day at work and then dealing with her two young girls, Silvia still had the energy to set a great table and put on a great meal of pizza, fish, and a pastry stuffed with cheese and meat. Postprandial drinks and coffee followed. Eventually, the conversation turned to politics, and we swapped stories about political scandals. The Italians, who have a non-stop scandal in Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, like nothing better than a good juicy political story. We Americans, of course, have our fair share of tabloid worthy scandals. My trip exceeded every expectation I had. I visited more places than I had originally planned, had more great experiences than I ever thought I would, and made lasting personal connections. I am grateful to the Duffys for their support of Canterbury's faculty through travel. I now know firsthand that The John P. '59 and Anne Duffy Travel Grant undeniably enriches the lives of Canterbury teachers who in turn enrich the lives of their colleagues and students. Although my adventure took an unexpected detour early on, I learned that one needs to be flexible in situations like this and to maintain a sense of humor regardless of how grim circumstances become. Would I do it again? Absolutely­but next time I'll let someone else drive. The following two pages contain photos of my trip. 39

Impressions & Images of Italy

Fruit vendor in Barge.

Dusk in Mondello, on the northern coast of Sicily.

Beggar on Via Ruggero Settimo in Palermo.

Soccer on the streets of Palermo.


Street in Piana degli Albanesi.

Woman shopping in Palermo's Ballaro Market.

Father and daughter in Torino.

Priest at work in Cathedral of Palermo.


Chris Wiatr and Sam Nassetta play soccer with local school kids.

Front row, l-r: Amy McKenna Omaña '86, Hillary Buzaid '10, Sydney Putnam '10, Victoria Morini '10, Karlyn Bochicchio '10. Back row, l-r: Jack McCabe, Doug Cushnie '08, Freddy Hernandez '10, Meg Carlin '10, Quinn O'Brien '10, Chris Wiatr '10, Sam Nassetta '11, Alan Chamorro '80, who hosted the group for three days.

With Our Own Two Hands

In March, students and faculty volunteer in Nicaragua with the Fabrettto Children's Foundation

Photos by Amy McKenna Omaña '86

Meg Carlin and Quinn O'Brien assist Roger with mixing adobe.

Chris Wiatr, Quinn O'Brien, and Freddy Hernandez lay adobe blocks to fortify a family's home.

Hillary Buzaid, Sydney Putnam, and Sam Nassetta paint a classroom.

Roger teaches Sam Nassetta how to lay a tin roof.

Quinn O'Brien plays with school children.


The group at the Colosseum. L-r: Kinsey Chandler '13, Jenna Wilson '13, Stephanie Powdar '12, Meagan Kendrick '11, Andre Meyer '11, Olivia Watkins '12, Sean Finan '11, Sean Sullivan '11, Blake-Gavin Buna '11, Vincent Vartabedian '11, Alex Horan '11, Alec Woodworth '11. Chaperones: Jen Lee Chandler '84 and Ellen WIlson.

Alex Horan poses with statue of last Byzantine emperor.

Canterbury's European Vacation

Students and faculty visit Italy, Greece, and Turkey during Spring Break

Photos by Jen Chandler '84 and Ellen Wilson

Alec Woodworth and Sean Sullivan in Pompeii.

Ellen Wilson on horseback in Santorini.

Olivia Watkins and Meagan Kendrick show off their new cameo rings.

Stephanie Powdar in Pompeii.

Jenna Wilson, Kinsey Chandler, and Stephanie Powdar in Florence.


The Canterbury Observer

What Canterbury Means to Me

At the annual ring ceremony, faculty member Kevin Armstrong '04 reflects on his Canterbury experience.


hen Headmaster Tom Sheehy approached me to give this talk, I immediately had conflicting emotions. On the one hand, part of me was excited that someone thought that I actually had something to offer to each of you. But, on the other hand, I was nervous about the very moment when I would have to stand at this lectern and speak. As a Canterbury student, I never competed in the annual English Department speech contest. Those of you who have heard my announcements at school meeting probably understand why. After five seconds of contemplating my decision during a casual conversation at the salad bar in the dining room, I quickly agreed and asked Father Sebastian what I was supposed to talk about. He quickly replied, "Oh, you know, just what Canterbury means to you." Then he grabbed his cup of soup and sat down, as if the conversation was no big deal, leaving me standing there defeated, wondering how I would articulate my thoughts. I mean, think about it. Seriously, take a minute right now and think about what Canterbury means to you. When I first did this exercise, a wide range of obvious answers popped into my head: a job, a paycheck, a roof over my head, and long vacations. While each of those

Kevin Armstrong '04.

things is important, I could have found them virtually anywhere, and they hardly represent how I feel about Canterbury, let alone define what it actually means to me. At that moment, I, like so many of us often do, could only see what Canterbury meant to me on the surface. I was so caught up

in what I had to do at Canterbury and what Canterbury gives me that I forgot why I decided to go here as a student and return as an employee. I needed to look deeper. But, once again, I was stuck with the question: What does Canterbury really mean to me? I pondered this question further and, during my walk home, I reflected on some of my own student experiences, many of which you and I share. I thought about my first day when I registered in Copley Library, not knowing what lay ahead; moving into my room on the third floor of the Sheehan House and hoping I arrived there first so I could stake my claim on the bottom bunk; and, the first dorm meeting when the dorm faculty spelled out the rules. I wondered long and hard about what I was getting into. I couldn't help but lose myself in other memories like the street dances, competing for and finally winning the Sheehan Cup, that fake school meeting where they make you move the desks in Hume over to Pigott just so you can sit in them later that week for exams, and that seemingly endless stretch of classes between Christmas vacation and March break that we're in the midst of right now. I also remembered desperately wanting to beat Mr. Richardson's team in Coconut League each spring, despite all the rule changes and minor



technicalities he always seemed to come up with in the late innings of those games and, finally, shaking Mr. Sheehy's hand as I crossed the stage at graduation behind Sheehan House, where it all started and temporarily ended. Then I thought about the friends I made and the relationships I formed, many of which still exist today. As these memories flooded back to me, the answer to this once-nagging question started to become clearer. Opportunities. To me, Canterbury means opportunities. You see, at Canterbury, you are surrounded by opportunities, some big, some small, some hard, some easy, some obvious, some yet to be discovered, each different for each individual member of the community. Each and every one of you has the chance to take advantage of the many opportunities that Canterbury offers. Think for a second about some of these opportunities. Some of you had the opportunity to wake up this morning in a dorm full of 10, 20, maybe even 30 of your high school friends. How many people can say that they spent their high school days living with some of their best friends? From an academic standpoint, think about all the opportunities you have on a daily basis, from semester to semester and year to year. You have the opportunity to take a class with eight or nine other kids in it, with teachers who, in some cases, spend more time on a given day with you than they do with their own families, not because they have to, but because they choose to. Each semester you have the opportunity to decide the classes you take. You have the opportunity to challenge yourself by taking that second math class or taking the fourth year of a language, or you have the opportunity to opt for an extra free period. You Sixth Formers had, and some still have, the opportunity to utilize one of the best college counseling offices around. For the past four years, you have had the opportunity to further your relationship with God by serving

"You have the opportunity to take a class with eight or nine other kids in it, with teachers who, in some cases, spend more time on a given day with you than they do with their own families, not because they have to, but because they choose to."

These students received their Canterbury ring at a ceremony in the Chapel of Our Lady on January 17. Front row, l-r: Hillary Donahue '10, Jaclyn Lionetti '10, Hilary Buzaid '10, Victoria Morini '10, Elizabeth Dooley '10, Paige Woodhouse '10, Sasha-Lee Vos '10, Karlyn Bochicchio '10. Middle row, l-r: Siobhan Manrique '11, Diana Drpich '11, Carolyn Valentine '11, Mary Clare Kelleher '11, Liz Lowman '10, Reaghan O'Brien '10, Julia Vos '10, Alessa Garland-Smith '10, Brandon Bennett '10. Back row, l-r: Kyung Jun Kim '10, Richard Straub '10, Ian Watson '10, Winston Curteza-Allen '10, Graham Henderson '11, Sally Mensching '10, Alyssa Najm '10.

as a Sacristan. You have had the opportunity to utilize state of the art facilities to learn how to play the guitar, perform in a play, try playing water polo or ice hockey for the first time. You have also had the opportunity to put on that Columbia and Navy jersey and represent your school with your hard work, teamwork, and determined attitude. Finally, for each of you receiving your ring today, you have the opportunity to join the countless

number of Cantuarians who have also received this small token. It will always help you to remember the opportunities you took advantage of here at Canterbury School. Wear your ring with pride.

Kevin Armstrong '04 is an Assistant Director of Admission, math teacher, hockey coach, and dorm parent in Sheehan House. 45



On February 13, 2010, more than 60 family members and friends held a surprise 90th birthday party for Sheff Halsey '37. He is pictured here with two of his grandsons, Mark Nailor '05 and Tom Nailor '08.

L-r: Anne Duffy, George Shaw '49, Penny Pitou (winner of two Silver Medals in the 1960 Olympics), John Duffy '59 in Courcheval, France, on January 30, 2010. George and the Duffys have skied several times with Penny in Europe.

1949 Immediately after the fall 2009 reunion weekend, Don Street was off to Annapolis to give lectures and sell his guides and DVDs. Then he signed a contract to do a complete rewrite of his Transatlantic Crossing guide, which is also a guide to the Atlantic islands. To make sure his info for the new book is correct, he drove to Boston and then flew to the Azores for two weeks. Then it was back to Boston for two days and then to Cape Verdes for 17 days. After that, he flew back to Boston for two days before heading off to the UK to give a lecture and to take care of insurance and chart business for a week. If that weren't enough, he then did two Atlantic crossings that included eight time changes in three days. Don then headed to Ireland to spend time with his family during the Christmas holidays. 1951 On February 12, 2010, at the Riomar Country Club in Vero Beach, FL, Canterbury School's Alumni Golf Team emerged 46

victorious in competition for the prestigious Pope's Cup, fondly thought of by its proper name, Puchar Papieza, after his Holiness Pope John Paul II. The team of Dick Dillon and Andy Kostanecki representing Canterbury handily beat Portsmouth Abbey for the second time since the coveted cup was placed in competition by members of the Abbey. The hard-fought match came to an end with the Priory down by five holes. Rain brought play to a stop, and the Abbey elected to concede. 1965 Charles Ragan regrets that he will be unable to attend the reunion in June because he has a pre-booked weekend at the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach. He sends his best regards to his classmates. 1970 David Copley is one of the producers of the hit Broadway musical Memphis, which premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2008. 1971 Peter FitzGerald wishes his classmates a blessed, joyous,

and healthy 2010. 1972 Mike Seaman's daughter Katie is having a baby in June and moving with her husband Rob to Boston in September. 1975 Keith Angell has five grown children ranging in age from 21-34, and two grandchildren, 4 and 2. "Keeps this old man busy," says Keith, "but I still have time to ski Lake Waramaug all summer. Let's reconnect in June." 1978 For the second time since 9-11, Dana Bienvenu has been recalled to active duty. He is serving in Iraq for the next 14 months as a Navy liaison officer with the Army Corps of Engineers. He sends his best to everyone at Canterbury. 1985 Allan Rappleyea is a partner at the law firm of Corbally, Gartland and Rappleyea (CGR) in Poughkeepsie, NY. While at Western New England College School of Law he received the United States Law Week

and numerous American Jurisprudence awards for academic excellence. He joined CGR in 1992. Allan is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut, in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bar Associations. His practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning and administration, asset protection, real estate and litigation. Allan, along with his wife and three children, is a resident of Millbrook. He is a councilman for the Town of Washington and a member of the Town of Washington Business Association. He serves as Director of the Bank of Millbrook and Millbrook Bank Systems, Inc., and as Trustee of St. Francis Hospital. 1986 Dalia Hierro hosted an opening reception for an exhibition of her recent paintings at New Canaan's ROSIE. The work investigates






1951 classmates Andy Kostanecki and Dick Dillon with the Pope's Cup. (See note.)

Anthony Simpson '69 with daughter Sky Muir Simpson, born on Thanksgiving Day 2009.

Jacques '90 and Liz Rubin Joubert '90 announce the arrival of Luc Gregory Joubert, born on January 6, 2010.

her relationship with narwhal whales. The show closes on June 30. 1992 Jackson Buttles and wife Tara have two children Iris, 5, and Topher, 3. Jackson is currently a sales trader working for a Wall St. firm. The Buttles family lives in Alamo, CA. 1997 Gary Michael announces the birth of his daughter. 1998 Matt Caceci wrote to the PALLIUM to say how proud he was to see a quick shot of the Canterbury School iPhone app on CNBC's Planet of the Apps that originally aired on January 7, 2010. "I have to say I was proud to see our school included on a national TV show," says Matt. 2003 The recording industry recently awarded Scott Frost a gold record for his work on a CD that sold 500,000 units. 2004 Walter Briggs, who caught the acting bug while at Canterbury, has continued

performing. Recently he appeared as Butch O'Fallon in Tennessee Williams' Not About Nightingales at Roosevelt University. He and his friends have started a small company, The Inconvenience, that stages shows in their lofts and other venues in Chicago. This spring, Walter performed his senior showcase in New York City. Evan Crean writes about movies and television for the entertainment website In addition, he works in technical support for Intronis, a Boston-based software company. Perry Bean is living in San Diego and has worked for Smith Barney (now Morgan Stanley Smith Barney) for three years. The company recently promoted him to financial advisor. "It's challenging and exciting work," says Perry. 2005 Alexandra Ginsburg graduated cum laude from Western Connecticut State University in January 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work. 2006 Conor O'Rourke, a veteran

of two Canterbury-sponsored trips to Haiti, couldn't simply sit idly when he heard about the January 12 earthquake that rocked that povertystricken country. The images of the devastation and his personal involvement with the Haitians moved him to action. He organized a fund-raising concert called "Sounds of Hope," which featured performances by Wittenburg College students. Money raised was donated to Doctors Without Borders. Conor set up another concert titled "Harmony in Haiti," which showcased a cappella groups. Proceeds from that event were earmarked for CRUDEM's Hospital Sacre Coeur in Milot. Robert Kunces is a senior at St. Lawrence University, where he is majoring in Economics. He played offensive line for four years for the Saints. 2008 James Wang scored 18 points and had 4 rebounds to lead Williams College to the Div. III final four in Salem, VA. 2009 Cornell University basketball

phenom Clare Fitzpatrick was selected to the Ivy League Rookie Team. She saw action in all 27 games during her rookie season, making 26 starts. She finished the year ranked third on the team with 8.7 points per game and was second overall with 5.1 rebounds per game. She also shot an impressive 43.2 percent from the floor. Clare scored in double-digits 11 times, registered a team-high in rebounds nine times, and led the team in scoring three times. She tallied a careerhigh 24 points vs. Penn and posted a 10-point, 13rebound double-double vs. Dartmouth. Josh Stowell, finishing his freshman year at University of St. Andrew's in Scotland, reports that he n loves college life.

Guy and Viv Simonelli and Cammy Roffe supported Herve Metsam '08 (on the Dartmouth's basketball team) when Dartmouth played Yale on February 13 in New Haven.






Members of the Class of 1980 got together this winter to plan their 30th reunion. L-r: Scott Buzaid, Tom Esposito, Keith Stein.

Elisabeth Parson '01 and Andrew Pavlofsky were married on July 18, 2009. Front row, l-r: Christine Dyott '01, Elysia Kilian Haas '01, Elisabeth Parson Pavlofsky, Greg Passineau '08, Brook Messier '07, Ted Hollander '82, Katie Hollander Adams '81, Chris Hollander '86. Back row, l-r: Lydia Parson Patry '05, Andrew Pavlofsky, Ken Parson, Gil Parson '08.

Mark Pigott '72 in Top 50 "Best Performing CEOs in World"

and CEO of PACCAR (www., a global technology leader in the design, manufacture, and customer support of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks under the Peterbilt, Kenworth, and DAF nameplates. PACCAR has earned a net profit for 71 consecutive years and has paid a dividend every year since 1941. The CEOs had to produce remarkable performances to make it into the top 50. On average, the CEOs delivered shareholder return of 997% during their time in office; a spectacular 32% annual return. On average, the top 50 CEOs increased the wealth of their companies' shareholders by $48.2 billion. The HBR team evaluated 2,000 CEO's worldwide, representing 48 nationalities, leading publicly traded companies headquartered in 33 countries. Answering the question "Who led firms whose stock returns outperformed other firms in the same industry and country?" the ranking combines three measures: country-adjusted return, industry-adjusted return, and change in market capitalization during tenure. While some high profile CEO's made the list, for example Steve Jobs of Apple (#1), John Chambers of Cisco Systems (#4), Jeff Bezos of Amazon.Com (#7), and Eric Schmidt of Google (#9), many other well known CEOs did not deliver substantial returns over the last ten years. No country dominates the list; CEOs from US-based companies fill 19 of the slots of the top 50, while 16 countries are represented in the top 50, and 25 countries are in the top 200. Awarded the Canterbury Medal in 2008, Mark has been a strong supporter of Canterbury. He led the Class of 1972 in funding our new dormitory, South House, as well being instrumental in generating funds for the rowing shells, our technology initiative, the installation of SMART Boards and Canterbury's new tennis center.


In the first ever ranking of how CEO's of large global public companies performed for their shareholders over their terms in office, the Harvard Business Review ranked Mark Pigott '72 as the 43rd best CEO in the world. Mark is the Chairman 48



The children of Andy '88 and Shannon McLaughlin: Casey, 5, Nate, 3, and Ruby Catherine, born on September 20, 2009.

Future Saint Barrett Saxe, newborn daughter of Kevin Saxe '96.

Christian Thomas Delegan, son of John and Susan Moffitt Delegan '96. He was born on August 24, 2009.


Rachel Kenney '98 married James Koelzer on April 25, 2009, in California. Guests included Ken Mard '99, Hakim McMillan '98, Corinne Kopcik Rhyner '98, and brother Joshua '00. Rachel and James honeymooned in Africa.

Brenda and Jesse Kiefer '99 with Chris McLaughlin '01 and Cindy Mai. The photo was taken in San Francisco. Jesse and Chris are stepbrothers.


Charles R. Huntington Memorial Alumni Hockey Game, January 16, 2010. Blue Team. Front row, l-r: Sean McCarthy '84, Vin Ciardullo '05, Jared Garceau '08, Doug Famigletti '90, James Starr '98, Anthony Rowella '05, Jason Snyder '05, Greg Szkop '08. Back row, l-r: Paddy McCarthy '94, Brendan McCarthy '85, Andrew Eaton '02, Anthony Marotta '94, Jeff Poirier '94, Federico Lascano '96, John Krossen '08, Aaron Ham, Kevin Armstrong '04, Michael Larino '09.

White team. Front row, l-r: Rob DiNicola '07, Mark Simonelli '99, Chris White '99, Emerson Mish '02, Kirk Emmons '90, Dan DiStefano '02, Kevin Doonan '03. Back row, l-r: Dan Murphy '79, Ryan Campbell '97, Bryan Bufkin '97, Bob Werber '72, Anthony Concolino '02, Justin Nash '97, Ryan Mason '01, Marco Falcone '01, Dakota Mulhern Woodham '03.








In Memoriam

William B. D'Alton '42 Richartd M. Tietje '43 Aidan I Mullett '44 Thomas A. Walsh '65 Mark R. Skakel '72 William E. Perley '78 William B. D'Alton '42 Kieron P Finnegan '80 . Tamara P Carl '00 . Tyler A. Brozowski '04

Army from 1943-1946. A beloved teacher for many years, Bill began his career at the School in 1949. He left in 1952 to teach at the Cate School in California. He then returned to Canterbury in 1957, and remained on the faculty until 1989. For many years, he chaired the English Department. He also coached swimming and track. Generations of Cantuarian thespians remember being directed by Bill. According to his daughter Paula, Bill recalled during the final weeks of his life the wonderful time he had directing A Man for All Seasons, the first production staged in Maguire Auditorium. The play boasted a great cast, beautiful costumes, and an impressive set. In the spring of 1974, director Bill and musical director Gerry Vanasse teamed up to produce Canterbury's first musical, Guys and Dolls. In 1972, the Sixth Form dedicated their yearbook to Bill. The dedication, reads in part: "Whether demonstrating the intricacies of reproducing human drama on stage to an erstwhile protégé, or explaining how to kill a rhinoceros with The New York Times between laps to a fatigued backstroker, he maintains a boyish curiosity about what other people are thinking that invariably demonstrates the love he holds for his work. His unpredictability, his astonishing capacity to create variety in even the most arid subjects, keep his students sometimes outraged, sometimes choking with laughter, but always fascinated and delighted to be listening to him." Whether a Third Former reading a chapter a night of David Copperfield or a Sixth Former plumbing the depths of Greek tragedy, Bill's students will always remember his booming voice, sometimes combative demeanor, and encyclopedic store of knowledge. "Just brilliant enough to be deemed eccentric," said the 1972 yearbook dedication. He'd often ask his colleagues in the faculty room, "Where's my car? "or "Where's my briefcase?" "I remember once Bill searching for weeks for his briefcase, and then one day he carried it into the faculty room," says Marc Vanasse '73, who directed plays with Bill for several years. "He never told us where he found it." A man of many contradictions, he could as easily unmercifully dissect a student's essay as he could present a huge bouquet of flowers from his garden to the staff in the business office. Six children, including Theresa D'Alton '73, Stephanie D'Alton Barrett '76, Regina D'Alton '80, and Clare D'Alton '82; 50

William B. D'Alton, a longtime Canterbury English teacher and coach, died January 12, 2010, in Greenwich, CT. Born in New York City to Frances and Clarence D'Alton, he received his B.A. from Yale University. He served in the U.S.

and a nephew, Robert F. D'Alton, Jr. '66; survive him. Two brothers, Clarence J. D'Alton, Jr. '35 and Robert F. D'Alton '37, predeceased him.

Richard M. Tietje '43

Richard M. Tietje died July 31, 2009, at his home overlooking Morro Bay, CA. The second of five children, he was born in New Jersey to Emil and Marion Tietje. After graduating from Canterbury, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy and fought as a crash boat swimmer and signalman in the Pacific Theatre until 1945. On a trip to California while in the Navy, he fell in love with the Central Coast and vowed to return and become a rancher. After World War II, he attended Georgetown University, where he helped start the Georgetown swimming team. In 1992, the University named him to its Athletic Hall of Fame. After college, he worked as an able body seaman for Standard Oil and started his own business, TJ Builders, in 1948. Keeping his promise to be a rancher, Richard and his wife Adelaide found a ranch outside Morro Bay, and the family moved there in 1957. The couple had six children. Richard started a teaching career after moving to Morro Bay. In 1962, he return to school at Cal Poly and received his bachelor's degree in science and social studies that launched him on a career as a teacher at Paso Robles School for Boys until he left to teach at Mission High School. He was Teacher of the Year in 1969 and stayed there until the school closed in 1972. He continued teaching as a substitute at San Luis High School until the early '80s. Richard leaves behind three siblings, including Emil D. Tietje '45; six children; and 12 grandchildren.

Aidan I. Mullett '44

Aidan I. Mullett of Lake Forest, IL, died December 8, 2009. After he graduated from Canterbury, he served in the U.S. Navy, graduated from Yale University in 1949, and received his MBA from the University of Denver in 1951. Aidan joined Price Waterhouse in 1951, became a partner in 1963, and retired in 1986. He then joined Carney Management as Managing Member in 1986 and retired in 2007. Aidan served as an Alderman of Lake Forest from 19671973, becoming Mayor from 1973-1975; as Chairman of the Cradle Society from 1990-1994; and board member of Superior Graphite from 1991-2006. He was a member of the Old Elm Club, Onwentsia Club, and Shore Acres Club. An avid golfer who played around the world, and a sports fan who could recite sports statistics, Aidan rooted tirelessly


for the Chicago Cubs. "He was a lovely man," said Virginia McTier of Lake Forest who was a friend of the Mulletts for more than 50 years. "You couldn't help but admire and respect him. He was a true gentleman, somebody who always did the right thing by everybody." Surviving Aidan are his wife Margaret; a son, Aidan M. Mullett, II '80; a nephew, Edward O. Carney '79; a brother-inlaw, Peter R. Carney '49; and two grandchildren, Katherine C. Forster '05 and Peter A. Forster '09. His first wife, Jean Carney Mullett, predeceased him in 1975.

Thomas A. Walsh '65 Mark R. Skakel '72

Thomas A. "Dilly" Walsh died at his home in Chilmark, MA, December 1, 2009, after a two and a half year journey with ALS. Dilly was born in New York City to Mildred "Billie" Walsh and the late Thomas Walsh, and attended St. Gabriel's School. He grew up between Quogue, NY, and Palm Beach, After he graduated from Canterbury, Dilly went on to graduate from St. Michael's College in Vermont with a degree in business management. He became a successful real estate investment broker, and enjoyed this passion for more than 35 years. He first arrived on Martha's Vineyard to visit some college friends on a hot July day in 1968 and it was "love at first visit," as he would describe it. He announced that he "would never leave the Island," and he never did. He worked as a bartender at the Boston House, The Lampost and, for many years, at his beloved Square Rigger. He met his wife Barbara (Kutz) while four-wheel driving on South Beach and fell in love with the woman he described as "the most beautiful woman on the Island." They were married in Edgartown at St. Elizabeth's in 1974. Dilly and Barbara raised their three children, Kara, 25, Marisa, 23, and Dylan, 20, in Dover and on the Vineyard. He and Barbara also shared a love of travel that has been passed on to their children. They have traveled extensively all over the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean Islands, and Central America. His interests were as varied as his friendships. He loved natural beauty in all of its forms, surfcasting, body surfing, and collecting buoys and stones on the Island beaches. Dilly knew so much about so many things, and delighted anyone in talking about all of them. He and Barbara adventured as a team through the years. In addition to his wife and three children, he is survived by his mother, his sisters, and his many nieces and nephews.

Mark R. Skakel of Rutland Town, VT, died suddenly on March 27, 2010, doing what he loved ­ working in the woods. He was born on September 17, 1953, in Greenwich, CT, the son of the late George and Patricia (Corroon) Skakel. After his parents died in 1966, he and his siblings were raised by their late aunt and uncle, Nancy and Dick Corroon. Mark graduated from Paul Smith College with an A.A.S. in forestry and the University of Vermont with a B.S. in forestry. He was working towards his M.S. in education at the University of Vermont. He spent the last decade as a teacher of forestry and natural resources at Stafford Technical Center, where he found his true calling as a hands-on educator who touched the lives of hundreds of students. Prior to that, he spent 23 years as a consulting forester. From young adulthood, Mark was a community leader in the best sense of the term, devoting much of his time and talents to volunteer service. He was vice chair of the Rutland County Democratic Committee, and an avid and active campaigner for numerous local and statewide candidates. He was recently invited to join the board of the Nature Conservancy of Vermont. Previously, he served as a longtime selectman for the town of Wallingford, and was also a selectman in Shrewsbury. Mark served many years on the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. He was president of the board of the Chaffee Art Center the first year it opened with year-round exhibits. Mark was a man of far-reaching and eclectic enthusiasms, which he generously shared with his wide circle of friends. He was a beekeeper, a spirited creator and collector of art, an avid gardener, and was known for his love of pyrotechnics and his collection of burls and various bone artifacts. As a young man, he became an expert falconer and piloted his own small airplane. He was a kayaker and hiker who was happiest outdoors, and who last summer backpacked a good part of the Long Trail. He was a wide-ranging reader and also a fine writer; over the past months, he wrote a monthly article for an environmental series published in the Sunday Times-Argus/ Rutland Herald. Among Mark's most memorable qualities were his joie de vivre and his wry sense of humor, both of which lightened the load of those working with him on whatever task he was involved with. He is survived by his wife, Jane Sangster Skakel, and his daughters and stepson, Katherine Kipp Skakel, Eliza Prescott Skakel and Will Crofoot. He is also survived by a brother, George Skakel, and sisters, Susan Rand and Kathleen Williams, as well as Nancy and Dick Corroon's daughters, Polly Rattner and Ellen Petersen, who were like sisters to Mark.



William E. Perley '78 Tamara P Carl '00 .

William E. Perley died March 14, 2010, after fighting a courageous battle against melanoma. He was the son of the late Dr. Edward P. Perley and Elizabeth Therese (Walsh). After being raised in Larchmont, NY, Bill came to Canterbury, where he captained the soccer, tennis, and squash teams. He went on to study at Stonehill College, where he competed on the tennis team, and graduated from Villanova University in 1982. Bill's business career began at Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette. He then worked at Mosely Hallgarten, Estabrook & Weeden, Gruntal & Co., and Chapdelaine and Company, where he proudly worked as a municipal bond trader for 20 years. He was a member of The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Wall St. Cares, and the Seagate Road Association. He was a member of St. Thomas More R.C. Church in Darien, and a proud and longstanding member of Westchester Country Club, Rye, NY. A great competitor, Bill will be remembered for his consistent smile, natural athleticism, unwavering friendships, and bone-crushing hugs. Eulogizing his brother, Ed Perley '76 said, "Billy's Canterbury class was a dream team of friendships that lasted a lifetime: Roy, Robby, Tuck, Hars, Mulvs, Billy Stephanak and so on. In high school, Billy and I were barefoot rebels with our shirts out, tossing a football, frisbee, or lax ball on South House field after dinner and before study hall. Chillin' with our pals, we listened to music cranking from the speakers in our dorm windows. These were simple moments that were so perfect." Bill's wife Althea, two children, two sisters, and brother Edward '76 survive him.

Kieron P Finnegan '80 .

Tamara P. Carl of Pensacola, FL, and Watertown, MA, died December 19, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. At Canterbury, Tamara served as a Sacristan, the School's highest leadership position. For three years, she participated in theater, and was a member of the Student Activities Council. On the athletic fields, Tamara played Varsity Softball for two years and captained the Girls' J.V. Soccer team. She went on to graduate from Union College, where she studied political science and theater, and was chairperson of the College's service sorority. She also worked at the Greater Boston Food Bank. As a college student, Tamara interned with the Center for Law, Order, and Justice in Schenectady, NY, helping to provide offenders with alternatives to sentencing through community service, restitution, and diversion, a program aimed at teaching the consequences of criminal behavior. Tamara graduated from Union cum laude with a bachelor's degree with honors in political science. She spent a term abroad in Greece. Besides her scholastic and community service passions, she enjoyed music, dance, and cinema. Her mother and father (John Carl '80), four siblings, grandparents, and aunt and uncle Mary Benedetto '87 and David Benedetto, Jr. '88 survive her. Family and friends have established the Tamara P. Carl '00 Scholarship Fund in Canterbury's permanent endowment to honor Tamara's memory and provide financial aid to Canterbury students of high promise and financial need.

Tyler A. Brozowski '04

Kieron P. Finnegan died January 13, 2010, from complications of Pick's Disease. During his year at Canterbury, Kieron played Varsity Football, Varsity Squash, and Varsity Baseball. After graduating, Kieron received a BA from Southern Methodist University and an MA in English from the University of Mississippi. He taught English and spent two years in Cairo at the American University. He found absolute joy in introducing his students to the intoxicating world of literature, where William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Mark Twain came to life under Kieron's eloquent direction. Kieron hoped to become a writer, and early in his career publishers and editors noticed his work. He won a fiction writing competition in college, and routinely mailed short stories to magazines for publication. Five siblings, including Michael Finnegan '86; and nine nieces and nephews survive Kieron.

Tyler A. Brozowski of Bethel, CT, died January 26, 2010. Born in Danbury, Tyler attended Bethel school through the eighth grade. After graduating from Canterbury, he earned a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Gordon College. He was employed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Ridgefield, CT. A member of Walnut Hill Community Church, Tyler traveled on mission trips to Germany to renovate a school, to Mexico to build homes, and to Guatemala to repair roads. Tyler's parents, grandmothers, his aunt and uncles, and cousins survive him.

The PALLIUM invites members of the Canterbury family to submit copies of obituaries, which we will edit for publication. If you wish to share memories of a deceased classmate for possible inclusion in this publication, please send them to the editor.


In Honor of Erin Reynolds '79

Erin Reynolds loved Canterbury.



"In death as in life, Erin cared for Canterbury."

Erin included Canterbury as a beneficiary of her life insurance policy, establishing the Erin E. Reynolds '79 Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid to local students of high promise.

Erin E. Reynolds '79

Erin Reynolds loved Canterbury. A New Milford native, she attended the School with her brother Steve '78, and cousins Kevin '78 and Robyn '79 Osborne, and Anne Cuddy Thomsen `78. Exceptionally loyal and generous to Canterbury, Erin attended reunions, kept in touch with classmates, and supported the Annual Fund. When she died in October 2009, her family celebrated her life in Canterbury's Chapel of Our Lady. Afterward, classmates, former faculty, friends and family crowded into the Brodie room to remember Erin's enthusiasm and zest for life. In death as in life, Erin cared deeply for Canterbury. She included the School as a beneficiary of her life insurance policy, establishing the Erin E. Reynolds '79 Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid to local students of high promise. Placed in the permanent endowment, Erin's gift provides perpetual, critically important financial aid to Canterbury students.

To learn how you can benefit from including Canterbury in your estate plans, please contact: Jim Sweeney Director of Gift Planning 800-526-1710 · [email protected]


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