A Message From
It is hard to believe that it was 50
years ago that I bid you bon voyage as you departed The
Gunnery for your college education. I have many great
memories of your class and the classes that followed you.
I have had some contact with Gerrit, Tony
Rogers and Mike McCabe this past half century, but it will
be fun to catch up with you briefly at your Reunion.
My life since 1961 has been spent almost
exclusively in secondary education. I left Gunnery in 1962
for Belmont Hill outside of Boston. The monastic life at The
Gunnery didn't allow for much social life, and as a bachelor
the lure of the big city was an attraction.
I spent two years teaching and coaching
at Belmont Hill before being asked to join the Hotchkiss
faculty as an admissions officer. I spent 36 years at
Hotchkiss in various capacities including Director of
Admissions, Director of Development, Assistant Headmaster,
Interim Headmaster in 1995-96 and was named the 10th
Headmaster of that institution, but they had already hired
the 11th Headmaster.
I retired in Lakeville in 2000 and have
spent the last decade plus in various volunteer capacities
My first marriage ended in a divorce in
1980, and I remarried in 1984, but my second wife died from
breast cancer two years later. I am now married to Tina who
spent her career in educational fund raising at a number of
secondary schools and at Vassar College. My first marriage
produced three wonderful children - Lisa, a screen writer
with a number of Hollywood films to her credit; Chisholm,
now in his 8th year as Headmaster of Salisbury School; and
daughter Robin who has been Athletic Director at Hotchkiss
for the past eight years.
I count myself very fortunate to have had
such a positive experience in my three years working at The
Gunnery that I remained in secondary education as my life's
work. A lot of the credit for that goes to the Class of 1961
and the great friends I made on Gunnery's faculty.