Science studies at Horace Mann School

Science studies at Horace Mann School
Vo lum e 4 N um b e r 1
Science Studies
at Horace Mann School
A look at an educational experience
that evokes exploration for a lifetime:
students, faculty, and alumni reflect
Saturday, September 20, 2008
and Reunion
• Alumni Association of Color Reception, Friday, September 19
• Varsity Athletic Events
• Fall Frolic with special activities for families and children
• Pep Rally Club Events
• Dan Alexander Alumni Soccer Game
• Barbeque Luncheon on Clark Field and Campus Tours
Reunion luncheons, cocktail receptions and dinners
Classes of 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973,
1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003
For more information visit our website or call 718.432.3450.
Let ters
Greetings from the He ad of School
Greetings from the Director of De velopment
studies at Horace Mann School,
from the Nursery Division through the
Upper, encourage exploration.
At Horace Mann School science is a vital part of
the curriculum, as it has always been. Students in
the youngest grades get their first sense of scientific
exploration by investigating the world around them,
learning to make hypotheses, and by performing
basic experiments. As students travel through the
Lower and Middle Divisions, scientific methods and
procedures are added to their work, while projects and
experiments in the Science Center and at the John Dorr
Nature Laboratory enhance the learning experience.
In the Upper Division students become proficient in
lab work and scientific thinking, and scores undertake
independent research and participate in research in
labs at hospitals and universities throughout New York
City. Alumni from the Classes of 1935 through 2007
recall their experiences studying science, and preparing through all of their HM courses to make significant
contributions in medicine, space exploration, public
health, teaching, and scientific thought.
The John Dorr Nature Laboratory provides students an outside-the-classroom
opportunity for scientific exploration. (Photo John Dorr Nature Laboratory)
horace mann s cho ol journal
30 News of the School
Center for Community Values and Action (CCVA) takes
action. HM’s Upper Division wins Blackboard Award.
Horace Mann School’s sports teams and publications
score wins.
horace mann alumni journal
33 Alumni Council Corner
Alumni Council President Alli Baron ’89 reviews events
of the year, and invites alums to participate in HMAC’s
sixth-annual spring benefit on June 4, 2008, and more.
Kristen Worrell joins Alumni House and Development
Office as Assistant Director of Development, Alumni
Relations and Special Events.
Rudy Reiblein, veteran HM science teacher and Upper and Middle Division Laboratory Technician, observes the lab technique of Upper Division chemistry students.
Cover photo by Ruth Seligman
43 46 Cl ass Notes
55 64 Phil anthropy and You
Class of 1988 alumni Joe Jacobson, Kendall Hines
Mallette, Robert Odell and Jordan Turkewitz join in
supporting HM’s Annual Fund.
Horace Mann Magazine Spring 2008
Many thanks for the copy of the latest Horace Mann
Magazine, with the brief (but well-written!) book review of
Building the World.
My co-author, Dr. Kathleen Lusk Brooke, is equally appreciative of the review.
Now in my 90th (!) year, I am pleased that the circumstance of helping launch a book has put me back in touch
with a much-admired Alma Mater.
Did you happen to come across books by Horace Mann
alumnus Peter L. Bernstein ’36? His Wedding of the Waters
and Against the Gods are true classics! An up-to-date list of
books by HM alumni would be of very wide interest, and
if it has already been compiled, I would like to be on the
mailing list!
With grateful memories of my years at Horace Mann
(in the Lower School too), and with best wishes for the
impending Holiday season,
Frank P. Davidson ’33
Editor’s note: Wedding of the Waters by Peter L. Bernstein ’36
was noted in the Spring 2005 issue of Horace Mann Magazine.
A listing of Horace Mann authors is updated periodically, and
can be obtained from the Alumni House and Development
Office at [email protected] Please notify the Alumni
House if your book has not been noted.
I was pleased to read in Horace Mann Magazine that
a Chair in Foreign Language was endowed in honor of Mr.
Tom Reilly. I want my gift to Annual Fund this year to honor
Mr. Reilly and the recent Chair dedicated in his name.
Though I never had Mr. Reilly as a teacher, he was
always a friendly and encouraging presence to a student
drawn to foreign languages as I was, beginning in First
Form with the wonderful General Language course taught
by John Oliver. That course was really an introduction
to the whole world through the lens of language, and I
was lucky to have Dr. Cuenca when I began Spanish the
next year—one of many outstanding language teachers
hired by Mr. Reilly. Today I can say I speak Spanish almost
fluently, and feel like I live in two worlds here in bilingual
NYC. I have even ordered sushi speaking Spanish!
As a resident of Riverdale after graduating in 1968, it was
always a pleasure to run into Mr. Reilly in a restaurant, a
reunion, or elsewhere. He always remembered me and my
language studies. His dedication to Horace Mann has always impressed me, and while I admire all the “bricks and
mortar” changes recently, I can’t help but think Tom Reilly
is one of the true “builders” of the preeminent institution
HM has become.
Horace Mann Magazine Spring 2008
I hope the Chair in Foreign Language will generate
renewed interest and recognition of the essential role of
not just studying, but mastering a foreign language in the
21st century.
Ken Browne ’68
And the Beat Goes on… as Horace Mann
Magazine discovers another alumnus
in music
Joshua Stedman ’94
If you asked the DJ at the bar to mix up a glass of Stevie
Wonder, Sting, Seal and Jamiroquai you would be poured
a sound-cocktail of Joshua Stedman. These four classic
and influential artists are the recipe for the music-melting
sustenance of Joshua’s aura. His writing inspirations root
from siren-laden Manhattan midnights and crisp, foggy
San Fran mornings… a bi-coastal presence that enriches a
set list of musical sculptings playing out the introspective
realities of life, the opposite sex, and society’s turbulent
influences. A Martin acoustic guitar and classic soul
nuances unleash an elusive, deep, open-ended funky
feel that underscores catchy melodic overlays. Joshua
pulls influences from the beat-beds of James Brown to
Groove Collective, the soul-jazz riffs of Herbie Hancock to
Jamiroquai and the vocal styles of Stevie Wonder to Sting.
Joshua’s sound is woven from these jazz/pop/soul roots,
merged with modern aural synergies, and accented by an
assembly of chord arrangements with percussive righthand scratch guitar riffs and clav and Wurlitzer keys. Soul
inspired climbing melodies fuel bright, husky, story-telling
vocals that capture your ear from fade-in to fade-out.
Stedman recently released “The Gift”. His music can be
found at
The beautiful black and white etching entitled “The Life of the
Mind” that was featured on the Contents page of the last issue
of Horace Mann Magazine was incorrectly described as the
work of Eric Sinclair ’07. The etching was done by Eric Salinger
’07 as a gift to Horace Mann. It now hangs in the entranceway
to the Head of School’s office in Spence Cottage.
Ch a i r Em e ri t i
Dr. Thomas M. Kelly
Acting Head Lower Division (K(U)-5)
Richard Eisner ’52
Peter Gross ’55
Michael Hess ’58
Robert Katz ’65
Alan Locker ’57
Michael Loeb ’46
Carl Pforzheimer, III ’54
Daniel Rose ’47
Patricia Zuroski
T ru s t e e s Em e ri t i
Head of School
Dr. David Schiller
Head Upper Division (9-12)
Robin Ingram
Head Middle Division (6-8)
Wendy Steinthal
Head Nursery Division (N, K(D))
Glenn Sherratt
Director John Dorr Nature
L aboratory
Th e B o a r d o f T ru s t e e s
2 0 07-2 0 0 8
Steven M. Friedman ’72
Deborah S. Cogut
Vice Chair
Peter Sloane
Vice Chair
Robert Tetenbaum
William Aaron
Susan Baldwin
Tina Bellet
Bruce Brickman ’70
Kai Chan
Donald Jonas ’47
Dayna Langfan ’79
Bert Lewen
Herbert Neuman
Gideon Rose ’81
Jordan Roth ’93
Miles Stuchin ’70
David Tillinghast ’47
Neil Underberg
Secretary—Nursery Division
Al u m n i C o u n c i l 2 0 07-2 0 0 8
Alli Baron ’89
Cary Sidlett Gunther ’93
Vice President
Elisabeth Lerner ’86
Sari Mayer ’84
Ellen Hefter
Farrah Kleiner
Peter Brown ’53
David Jacoby ’72
Robert Judell ’41
Ronald Katter ’78
Michael Katz ’56
Dayna Langfan ’79
Jodi Grossman Nass ’78
Suzanne Sloan ’77
Executive Board
Andrea Baumann Lustig
Cindy Scheinfeld
1st Vice-President
Corinne Spurrier
2nd Vice-President
Lisa Noble
Sachie Makishi Rolfo
Julie Chen Hosaido
Assistant Treasurer
Janis Heller
Bellanca Smigel Rutter
Co-Chairs —Upper Division
Lynette Federer
Vice-Chair—Upper Division
Co-Chairs —Middle Division
Amy Gibbons
Secretary—Middle Division
Ellen Lowey
Elizabeth Rile
Co-Chairs —Lower Division
Ellen Kramer
Vice-Chair—Lower Division
Cassie Ackerman
Secretary—Lower Division
Maria Weaver Watson
Chair—Nursery Division
Peter Levine ’93
Mark Littmann ’02
Franklin Lowe ’70
Jason Polevoy ’90
Daniel Turkewitz ’91
Secretary—Upper Division
Carolyn Okin
Frederick Adler
Alli Baron ’89
Simon Bergson
Steven Bussey ’85
Nathaniel Christian, III ’79
Jamshid Ehsani
Richard Friedman ’75
Lawrence Golub ’77
Theresa Havell
Robert Heidenberg ’76
Mindy Heyer
Elliot Konopko ’71
Edward Levy
Andrea Baumann Lustig
Howard Lutnick
Donald Meltzer ’75
Eric Mindich
William Montgomery
Morton Olshan
David Parker
Michael Pruzan ’83
Joseph Rose ’77
Richard Ruben ’77
Usha Saxena
Regina Kulik Scully ’81
Beth Kobliner Shaw
Lawrence Shelley
Silda Wall Spitzer
Thomas Stern
Elliott Sumers
Marla Lance
Cathy Gollub
Parents Association 2007-2008
T ru s t e e s
Vice-Chair—Nursery Division
Michael Barr ’81
Sharon Bazbaz ’92
Ronald Blum ’79
Jeffrey Brosk ’65
Anthony Brown ’76
Louise Elton ’80
Randy Fields ’94
Paul Getzels ’81
Donald Hillman ’42
William Irwin ’74
Samantha Kleier Forbes ’90
Sabrina Kleier Morgenstern ’94
Mark Langfan ’78
Noah Leichtling ’92
Wesley Mittman LePatner ’99
Justin Lerer ’95
Mickey Littmann ’52
Ephram Lustgarten ’96
Peter Mandelstam ’79
Jeffrey Margolis ’63
Herbert Nass ’77
William Nightingale ’49
Daniel Pianko ’94
Wendy Elias Sassower ’90
Andrew Schoenthal ’91
Daniel Silvers ’94
John Sorkin ’86
Joelle Tisch ’95
Lisa Braunstein Zola ’83
Stephanie Sladkus
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Horace Mann Magazine Spring 2008
Head of School
head of school
t Horace Mann School we often speak about “The Journey.” It’s a term we use to define
the quest in which we, here, are all involved. For faculty, staff and administrators the
journey represents our constant endeavor to serve our students, and build upon our robust
program. For students, the journey is one they embark upon daily as they first encounter
subjects that open their curiosity. It is a journey they continue to travel in encountering new
knowledge or through advanced exploration. For the parents and families of students at this
School the journey is undertaken alongside their children’s teachers and counselors, with the
hope, expectation, and assurance its significance deserves.
Our alumni participate in this journey as well, for it is one they reflect upon and continue
to pursue throughout their lives. Evidence is apparent in the current issue of Horace Mann
Magazine in which we focus on the study of science at this School, from the Nursery Division
through grade twelve. The subject is one that engages our attention deeply, for its study is a
vital part of the education of our current students—students at a School where scientific exploration has inspired careers and fostered important contributions among legions of alums.
Science study also provides the framework for so much of our discussion and thought in an
age when advances in this realm inform the current and future dialogue of young people who
come here as students, and graduate as citizens of the world.
Above all, the journey we pursue collectively at Horace Mann is a journey of promise, as our
alumni attest. For cardiologist Dr. Christine Bussey ’88 it was “the discipline and perseverance”
she practiced in her science classes at Horace Mann School that carried her through subsequent years of medical education. “Though the journey was long, I am definitely doing what I
designed all those years ago,” says Dr. Bussey. Pediatric epilepsy expert Dr. Steven M. Wolf ’83
recalls that it was the science faculty at Horace Mann who “ignited a fire in me and showed
me that my ideas could be possible.” For current fifth-grader Axel Feldman ’15, who you will
read about in this issue, his hope of helping solve the world’s environmental crisis has already
been sparked by the class work he’s done at Horace Mann.
Among the joys of a journey are the travelers one meets along the way. Thus, it was with
mutual respect that Dr. Christine Bussey ’88 and Dr. Harvey Sherber ’61, colleagues in their
Northern Virginia Cardiology Associates practice, learned of their shared background as HM
alums. For Dr. Sherber, the journey from Horace Mann was also one of possibility. You may
recall his picture from a greeting we sent to the community last December and that we reproduce on this page. That’s Dr. Sherber and a friend at work on a research project—a machine
they built way back when to detect the amount of radioactive pollution in the air.
There is joy in the journey when we connect in this way,
or when students who meet at Horace Mann create lifelong
friendships, or when alumni gather, reunite, or reconnect with
an inspiring teacher. We invite you, always, to continue the
journey by remaining connected with your School.
To anyone who is or ever was a part of Horace Mann, the
journey is endless, and the journey is ours.
Dr. Thomas M. Kelly P ’18
Head of School
Horace Mann Magazine Spring 2008
Director of Development
letter from the director of development
t Horace Mann School our students are treasured and our alumni prized. When the two
come together it’s exciting for all at the School, and, this year, alumni and students are
interacting in unprecedented ways.
This past fall the sparks of student-alumni interaction ignited the warmth of Homecoming
and reunions when hundreds of alumni came to campus, watched HM varsity games, took
student-led tours of the School, and displayed their work to the current community in an
exhibit of alumni photography to celebrate the anniversary of Insight, the department’s student
photography journal.
This spring members of the Horace Mann Alumni Council (HMAC) and students in the
School’s Women’s Issues Club got together to organize the Club’s annual dinner. With this
year’s discussion topic focused on “Gender in the Media” alumnae Roberta Caploe ’80, executive editor of Ladies Home Journal, and Tamar Gargle Krakowiak ’88, news operations director
at ABC-TV, were welcome panel participants. Appreciated, as well, were the organizing efforts
by Alumni Council volunteers Suzanne Sloan ’76 and Wesley Mittman LePatner ’99, and the
participation of alumni.
A highlight of the year for all at HM occurs on Saturday, April 26, 2008 when alumni will be
part, along with Horace Mann’s current students and faculty, of our all-School participation in
Global Youth Service Day. Organized by HM’s Center for Community Values and Action (CCVA,
which, by the way, is headed by alumnus and faculty member Dr. Jeremy Leeds ’72) Horace
Manners from throughout the decades are joining up for a day of community service and
service-learning, at HM and in neighboring Bronx communities. Horace Mann’s participation
in this international effort represents our School’s traditional and ever-deepening commitment
to serving the community at large. It is fitting that alumni are involved with current students in
carrying on HM’s goal of fostering learning toward great and giving lives.
Alumni are involved with our School in numerous other great and giving ways. Some have
returned as faculty members. Many offer internships to recent graduates. Others invite Horace
Mann science students to participate in research in their labs, as you will read in this sciencefocused issue of Horace Mann Magazine. We also gather several times a year—at Homecoming and reunions, to reconnect in the enjoyable atmosphere of the HMAC’s winter celebration,
or at special events such as visits to museums. We reunite to help our School, as did “Team
88”—Class Agents you will read about here—whose goal is to encourage their classmates’
participation in Annual Fund.
Perhaps best of all, alumni get together for one truly fun evening each spring at the HMAC’s
annual benefit to raise funds for student assistance to help current students reap the most of
HM’s opportunities for a rewarding education and student life. We look forward to seeing all of
you at this year’s benefit on June 4, 2008.
We also share with you the exciting news that alumni participation in Horace Mann School
is now being guided by The Alumni House and Development Office’s newest member—
Kristen Worrell, who joined us in January 2008 as Assistant Director of Development, Alumni
Relations and Special Events. Kristen brings an extensive background in alumni relations to
this post. To participate in the upcoming community service day, to offer an internship, to get
involved with the Alumni Council Spring Benefit—or for any questions or needs you have
about alumni affairs at HM—please feel free to get in touch with Kristen at 718.432.4106 or
[email protected]
We cherish your connection to HM, for you, our alumni, are vital to making Horace Mann
the School that it is. Horace Mann School, in turn, will always be yours.
Melissa Murphy Parento ’90
Director of Development
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at Horace Mann:
A Curriculum of Discovery within a tradition of inspiration
If Axel is able to apply his science studies at Horace
Mann to issues as broad as solving the world’s environmental crisis he’s in good company among other
Horace Mann School students and alumni. Throughout
its 120-year-history HM has inspired generations of
students, faculty members, and alumni to approach
the world’s big problems “head on.” Frequently they’ve
proposed workable solutions.
Axel Feldman ’15 has a goal. Axel’s goal?
This inventive fifth grader hopes to help
solve the world’s environmental problems.
Consider Dr. Frank P. Davidson ’35. Credited with
developing the field of macro-engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it was his persistence that helped realize a century-old vision of linking
England and France by creating an undersea tunnel.
Dr. Davidson launched his lobbying effort in support of
an English Channel tunnel in 1957, and saw its fruition
in 1994 with the opening of “The Chunnel” that made
travel between the two countries an easy commute.
Today, at age 90, Dr. Davidson regularly explains to
audiences how this project, and others of history’s
greatest-ever engineering feats, came into being. His
2007 book Building the World tells the rest.
He also has an idea for achieving that goal. Alex
plans to invent a microscope powerful enough to
discover very small particles, or sub-particles of atoms.
Such tiny particles may provide the key to uncovering a
new “source of energy that doesn’t have so many counterparts so the world won’t turn into a wasteland,” Axel
commented recently. Then he explained, “There may be
some property in smaller particles to replace fossil fuels,
and that may be something that could make energy
easier to create. Even solar energy, using a solar panel,
is hard to create. A solar panel is big and costs a lot.”
Think also of the mysteries within the human
body—including deeply hidden traces of disease.
It was the invention of the full-body CT scan by HM Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Robert Ledley ’43 that lifted the
veil off our lives within. Another HM grad of just a few
years later, Dr. Margaret Kivelson ’46, not only made
her mark as one of the few women rocket scientists of
her day but also made history as leader of the Galileo
space exploration team whose work has netted such
astounding discoveries as detecting “warm ice” or possibly water on one of Jupiter’s moons.
Alex Feldman ’15 mixes chemicals during an experiment in his science class.
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Or, take the example of a more recent graduate, Alexi Nazem
2000, who traveled the U.S. visiting its hospitals and medical centers
to help reduce the mortality rate that tragically and ironically may result from a hospital stay. That was Nazem’s mission when he worked
for The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHA) after graduating from Yale in 2005 and before entering the university’s Medical
School. In the year that Nazem addressed this public health issue as
Field Operations Manager for the IHA’s “100,000 Lives Campaign” the
organization was able to document 122,000 fewer deaths. Include
David Jakus ’02 and Ezra Rapoport ’02 who, along with two other
friends from Harvard, won several awards for developing LONO
Medical Associates, which has engineered a device to monitor a
baby’s heartbeat in the moments before birth, eliminating the need
to tether a mother to any wires, or be monitored by an attendant.
Think, too, of a teacher whose intimacy with lab work and whose
concern for the environment has resulted in his creation of the
Dr. Frank Paul Davidson ’35
It was as early as the Napoleonic Wars that
the dream of linking continental Europe and
England by means of a tunnel or bridge
across the English Channel was given voice
by some dreamers. Businessmen and
engineers promoted various schemes
throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries, with enthusiasm for the subject
mounting and waning depending on shifts in
the political climate. But, when Dr. Frank P.
Davidson ’35 just barely dodged a tragic end in a rough Channel crossing in 1956 the
idea had a new champion. An attorney, Dr. Davidson, together with his brothers Alfred
’29 and John Davidson mustered their research, resources, and conviction to create
the Technical Studies, Inc. Corporation to study and lobby for the building of “The
Chunnel” a word Dr. Davidson coined. TSI became part of the Channel Tunnel Study
Group established in 1957. It was not until 1972 that all of Dr. Davidson’s efforts paid
off—with Great Britain and France signing a treaty allowing construction to begin.
The Chunnel finally opened for use over 22 years later, in 1994.
Dr. Davidson, a professor at MIT who is credited with developing the field of
macro-engineering, explains the arduous process of bringing together the parties,
finances and political will to create The Chunnel in his 2007 book Building the
World. Even more fascinating are the accounts he and co-author Dr. Kathleen
Lusk-Brook wrote of how some of the world’s greatest engineering feats came to
be—beginning with the ancient history of Solomon’s Temple and the Taj Mahal.
Today, at age 90, Dr. Davidson is bringing this history to the public in lectures
and speeches he gives concerning the building projects described in the book. But,
it was three-quarters of a century ago that his interest in these connections among
history, political science, and the science involved in bringing these world wonders
to fruition was piqued. Dr. Davidson’s father had been New York City’s commissioner for water supply during the LaGuardia administration, responsible for the
construction of the world’s longest bored tunnel, bringing drinking water from the
Delaware Water Gap to Manhattan, thus the young HMer was aware of the process
by which connections were made. He observed these on an international scale for
the first time as a student at Horace Mann when he traveled to England, Scotland,
“Grease Car”—a vegetable-oil-fueled vehicle that science teacher
Rudy Reiblein drives to Horace Mann. Envision a teacher like David
Morris who daily engages HM’s younger students in the experience
of “doing” science in the Lower Division’s active Science Center.
And, take pride in HM’s Upper Division teachers whose innovative
science courses incorporating new technology are imitated by
educators nationwide.
Finally, imagine the excitement of HM’s youngest as they discover that the butterflies they admire, their building blocks, and the
soap bubbles they send aloft are not just objects of play, but part
of a new adventure upon which they’ve embarked—the study of
science at Horace Mann School.
At Horace Mann, the emphasis of the science curriculum is to
make students comfortable in the classroom, in the lab, with a
textbook or periodical, to inform their creative problem solving. It’s
and Wales with his classmates, under the guidance of legendary HM English teacher
Alfred Baruth. Did this travel inform Dr. Davidson’s later passion for international
cooperation? Said Davidson, it whetted his appetite for travel and making lasting
connections. “It helped,” he said. “I acquired a French wife.”
Political science and literature were Dr. Davidson’s passions when he was
a student at Horace Mann—particularly literature courses taught by Baruth,
and by Harold Clausen. He also remembered the subway ride from Manhattan to
Horace Mann, the highlight of which was seeing “those advertisements for Dewars
whiskey” and the long “walk from 246th Street up the hill.”
The friendships the alumnus made as a student here remained significant.
While still undergraduates at Harvard on the eve of America’s entry into World War
Two Dr. Davidson and childhood friend and classmate George Viereck ’35 published
the book Before America Decides: Foresight in Foreign Affairs (Harvard and Oxford
University Press, 1938) Dr. Davidson also remained in close touch with his friend’s
older brother Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Conservative theoretician Peter
Viereck ’33, until Viereck’s death in 2006.
Along the way Dr. Davidson became a member of the U.S. Government Informal
Presidential Advisory Committee on the Civilian Conservation Corps (before other
environmentalists’ time) from 1940-41, and served in the Canadian Armed Forces
from 1941-1946. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1948, practiced law,
became involved with TSI and the Channel Study Group, and, in 1968 wrote Macroengineering: a capability in search of a methodology. In 1970 Davidson began
teaching macro-engineering at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, developing the
subject into a discipline, and organizing international macro-engineering conferences and societies. In 1983 he published Macro: A Clear Vision of How Science
and Technology Will Shape Our Future.
In 2000 Dr. Davidson was appointed a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor
by the President of the French Republic for his role as founder of the Channel Tunnel
Study Group and for his WWII military service in Normandy. He hasn’t stopped yet.
In 2004 Dr. Davidson proposed a “New Land for Peace” option for solving the situation in the Middle East—by reclaiming land from the Mediterranean Sea, to satisfy
Israeli and Palestinian needs for land and water. That same year Davidson also
proposed the building of a vacuum tube train beneath the surface of the Atlantic
Ocean that would connect New York to London, Paris or Brussels within an hour.
“A transatlantic tunnel will be done,” he has stated. “We just have to have to be as
interested in this as we are in getting to the Moon.”
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a curriculum that builds upon itself, enabling students to learn as
intensely as possible at each grade level, and then apply the skills
they’ve acquired and the curiosity that’s been sparked, toward
deeper exploration.
As veteran HM physics teacher Dr. Jeff Weitz wrote in a “Special
Science Edition” of Horace Mann’s Alumni Magazine published in
1988, “In each course students develop the basic laboratory and
analytical skills needed in later courses.”
It’s been 20 years since Dr. Weitz penned that description of the
science curriculum at Horace Mann. Science study, from the Nursery through the Upper Division, incorporates excellence, growth,
and continued development of a curriculum that inspires and challenges both the dedicated science student preparing for further
studies in its various disciplines, as well as those who understand
that science literacy is essential to participation in a world shaped
increasingly by scientific advances. In the 20 years since science
was the focus of the alumni magazine, Horace Mann has helped
mint a generation of physicians, inventors, engineers, geologists,
environmental experts, and science educators who serve in hospitals, schools, think tanks, and universities around the world.
As science teachers throughout the School examine how best
to convey their lessons today, and prepare their students to engage
the subject in a challenging future, it is appropriate to re-examine
the teaching of science at Horace Mann. With pride we invite
readers to revisit HM’s labs and classrooms in this issue of Horace
Mann Magazine.
P romoting cognitive skills as
a key to scientific exploration
The study of science at Horace Mann is based on the idea that
learning experienced in each grade has three aspects: Lessons are
stimulating and rewarding in themselves; they provide the foundation upon which to build subsequent studies; and they nourish an
overall academic experience in which the kind of thinking “skills”
students develop in one discipline become tools to unlocking the
possibilities of another. Thus, science is taught with cognizance of
the broader curriculum of math, history, English, the arts and more.
Each feeds the scientific imagination, as an intellectual grasp of the
scientific process informs thinking in these disciplines, in turn.
It is fitting, indeed, for a School that educated the “Doctor/
Poet” of American letters—William Carlos Williams, HM Class of
1903—to hear HMers of subsequent generations describe the value
of their Horace Mann education in these terms.
Members of the Upper Division science research class, Lena Bell ’08, Katherine
Cagen ’08, Thomas Hwang ’08, Will Rifkin ’08, and Elizabeth Goodman ’08 discuss
articles on the latest advances in science with their teacher Christine Dilley.
Dr. Bruce Schneider ’60 is a Senior Medical Officer at the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Biologics Evaluation and
Research (in the Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies in
Washington, D.C.). Dr. Schneider has worked toward regulating the
development of cellular and gene therapies for multiple diseases,
including breakthrough treatments for diabetes. Said Dr. Schneider,
“At Horace Mann, I developed a thirst for knowledge in general, as
well as a curiosity that is just as powerful and demanding today.
The very unusual quality of the educational experience I received
at HM had at least as much to do with the humanities as with the
natural sciences or mathematics.”
For Lakshman Sankar ’07, a freshman at MIT, the richness of his
overall education at Horace Mann helped refine his pursuit of science to focus on the philosophy of physics. His goal at MIT and beyond is “to do a lot of thinking, not about the history of philosophy,
but about actual ideas.” Sankar attributes his desire to work in this
elevated realm to his experiences in classes at Horace Mann. “The
Advanced Placement courses here are so intensive. They go way
beyond AP requirements. They create a science intuition, instead
of just teaching the facts.”
Yet, it was in his English classes that Sankar discovered his physics calling. “I’ve always done a lot of reading, but I found I really
enjoyed discussing texts,” said the recent alum. “I love the way English is taught at HM, in the round-table classrooms, where we talked
with each other about literature. From the minute you walked into
class you were engaged. Those discussions made me think about
physics in this way too.”
“At Horace Mann, I developed a thirst for knowledge in general, as well as a curiosity that
is just as powerful and demanding today. The very unusual quality of the educational
experience I received at HM had at least as much to do with the humanities as with the
natural sciences or mathematics.”
– Dr. Bruce Schneider ’60, Senior Medical Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administr ation
Horace Mann Magazine Spring 2008
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Indeed, Sankar attributes to Horace Mann an entire perspective
on the power of a rounded education. Noting that when his family
moved to New York he considered enrolling in a magnet school
to concentrate on science Sankar said his choice of Horace Mann
actually enhanced his future science focus. Becoming an All Ivy
and Varsity Club runner and a captain on HM’s track team, he also
played first violin in the orchestra, and served as its vice-president,
was co-president of Fusion, HM’s science club, and president of
Model Congress. “By having the opportunity to participate in all
Dr. Melvin Hershkowitz ’38
Dr. Melvin Hershkowitz’s ’38 long and varied
career in medicine and teaching has scaled
back some since he retired from his position
as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Emeritus at Brown Medical College in May
2004, at the age of 81. But Dr. Hershkowitz is
hardly inactive. Always in tune with what’s
on the public’s mind—particularly in relation
to medicine—Dr. Hershkowitz captured the
attention of the medical community when
jogging was becoming a part of everyday life in America with his report on a
surprising ailment afflicting male runners—penile frostbite. The article appeared in
The New England Journal of Medicine in 1977 and was anthologized by famous
runner/author Jim Fixx. But the paper was only one among 25 others Dr. Hershkowitz
has published on clinical, academic, and administrative medical topics.
It’s no wonder, then, that this ever-energetic physician was the doctor who
posed the most direct question on Medicare to Democratic presidential hopefuls
via video during their “Youtube” debate on CNN in July 2007. In so doing he became
an instant champion, hitting hard with his question, and also showing mastery of a
most modern mode of getting the message across.
Dr. Hershkowitz was among that “greatest generation” of doctors who began
medical practice literally, in the field—the field of war during WWII. “WWII was on
and we finished our studies in three hectic and difficult years instead of four, with
most of us in the Army or Navy,” Dr. Hershkowitz recalled recently. “After training at
Fort Sam Houston in Texas I was sent overseas to occupied Japan as a Captain in
the Army Medical Corps. I still spoke fluent German, thanks to Mr. (E.R.) Dodge and
my studies at HM and Columbia, and had requested an assignment in Europe, but
the Army in its perverse wisdom decided otherwise. I served as Commanding Officer
of the Medical Detachment of the 27th Infantry Regiment in Gifu, Japan, until my
discharge and return to the USA in December, 1947.”
Dr. Hershkowitz was also one of seven classmates who, inspired by the “high
expectations” of their science teachers, went on to practice medicine and do
research in the field. The alumnus was generous in his praise of his classmatecolleagues. “Our Class of 1938 produced only seven doctors: John Friend, Charles
Lowe, Robert M. Miller, Robert W. Miller, Manlio Terragni, Robert Wechsler and
myself. Bob Wechsler died suddenly while in medical school at Physicians and
Surgeons. Charles Lowe became a distinguished pediatrician, and Robert W. Miller
had a brilliant career as an epidemiologist, geneticist and pediatrician at the
National Cancer Institute. Bob Wechsler was one of my best friends at HM, a fine
student and excellent basketball player. He went to Harvard before P & S, and his
early death was a great blow to me. I was also friendly with the brilliant, diffident
and modest Allan Sachs, who I think along with Robert W. Miller may have been
these activities I got to know other students I might never have met,
and develop skills I know I will use in the future. For instance, I was
interested in politics, so I got involved in Model Congress. I could
not speak in public for my life in freshman year, but I found I was
interested in debate,” Sankar said. “That helped me in explaining my science research to other students in science club, and
it helped me learn to ask about their work. Peer tutoring helped
also, especially if I teach in the future. I learned to communicate at
Horace Mann.”
the most gifted scientist in our class. Allan went to Harvard, and became a revered
Professor of Physics at Columbia.”
After Horace Mann Dr. Hershkowitz went on to Columbia, and then to New York
University School of Medicine from 1942-45. “At Horace Mann I enjoyed the classes
of Arthur Latham in biology, Bobby (Robert) Payne in physics, and Harry Williams
in chemistry,” Dr. Hershkowitz recalled. “These gentlemen were excellent teachers,
serious in their high expectations of us, and sterling exemplars of personal integrity.
I must have done well in physics, because one of the farewell notations in my
Mannikin is from classmate Dante Caputo, saying ‘Farewell to the Thermodynamics Expert.’ It was wonderful to see Dante again at the 65th Class of 1938 Reunion
Luncheon on the Campus in 2003.”
Still, Dr. Hershkowitz noted, it was not science that he excelled in at Horace
Mann. “Ironically, at HM I discovered that most of my natural gifts were not in the
sciences. I greatly enjoyed our classes in English with Mr. (Elbert) Bailey and Mr.
(Alfred) Baruth, in German with Mr. Dodge, in French with Mr. (Charles) Cannon, in
History with Mr. (H.W.) Martin, and in mathematics with Mr. (T. J) Kalligan. I discovered that I had to work much harder in my science courses than in all the others,
while my ease in learning languages enabled me to achieve a grade of 100 per cent
in my three years of German study with the estimable Mr. Dodge (this was noted
in The Mannikin). For many years after leaving HM, I kept Mr. Dodge’s textbook,
Etwas Neues, with my notations in it. At Columbia, I continued my German studies
and was awarded the Deutscher Verein Prize for my essay on Gottfried Keller’s Der
Gruene Heinrich.
After the War Dr. Hershkowitz trained in pathology and internal medicine, and
began a private practice in Manhattan in 1950 which he left in 1970 to teach and
serve as an administrator at the New Jersey Medical School at the Jersey City Medical Center. Dr. Hershkowitz re-entered private practice in Washington D.C. in 1980,
retiring in 1991. Moving to Providence, RI, he began serving on the voluntary clinical
faculty at the Brown Medical School for 12 years, and was honored by students and
faculty with a Teaching Recognition Award in 2002.
Today Dr. Hershkowitz stays in touch with friends from Horace Mann, particularly from among the eight of his classmates who went on to Columbia, including
“Jack Arbolino, Bob Kaufman, Jimmy Sondheim, Phil Yampolsky and Rob Yampolsky.
Bob Kaufman and Jimmy Sondheim joined me on June 2, 2007 at the 65th Reunion
Luncheon of our Columbia Class of 1942. Bob and Jimmy have been loyal HM and
Columbia alumni for many years,” Dr. Hershkowitz said.
In tribute to the education he received at Horace Mann, in 2002 Dr. Hershkowitz established a Memorial Scholarship to honor his parents, Dr. Benjamin B.
Hershkowitz and Esther Hershkowitz, who “were instrumental in guiding me to HM,”
said “Dr. Mel.”
“When I graduated in 1938 at age 15½, my relative youth concerned our estimable Headmaster, Charles Tillinghast. However, I had no social or other problems
at Columbia, in Medical School, or in the Army, and now that I am 84, I seem to be
getting along as well as always with my 86, 87, and 88-year-old friends.”
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ndependent research and
thinking for this day and age
HM students enthusiastically endorse the platform their science
classes provide to launch their own explorations. Along with fulfilling their responsibility to classroom and lab assignments dozens
of Upper Division students engage in scientific research both at
Horace Mann and in laboratories at medical schools and universities around the City—including in the labs of several alumni who
provide internship opportunities.
Fifth-grade science teacher Jim Gross instructs his students in microscope use.
Return to Axel Feldman. The Horace Mann fifth-grader recalls
first thinking about the microscope he hopes to invent last year
when his science class studied the elements with their teacher Rawlins Troop. “The idea really popped into my head in fourth grade,
about two weeks before we started doing our element reports. I
was looking through some books at home, and the idea came to
me while I was reading about carbon and what carbon does to the
environment,” said the young HMer.
Axel, who notes he’s always loved science, said his idea
continued to take shape as he researched and wrote his paper,
and deepened as he listened to his friends’ reports. “Some of the
reports were short. That wasn’t my classmates’ fault. It just means
there’s not that much known about the elements they were studying. This led me to think there must be more we can learn about
the elements, if we had a way. Theoretically, and because of what
I’ve read in my science books, I believe that everything was created
for a purpose. We may not have discovered all the purposes of the
elements yet. My goal is to find that out.”
For Axel, the road toward that pursuit means taking all the science
courses he can at HM, and taking advantage of the research opportunities he knows are available in the upper grades. And, oh yes,
there’s also his interest in math, history and music to focus on, while
having fun with a grade full of friends whose company he enjoys.
Dr. Barbara L. Tischler, Horace Mann’s Director of Curriculum
and Professional Development, commented recently on the importance of connections among the disciplines that are highlighted by
the study of science. “Science,” Dr. Tischler noted, “can be related
to everything else in the curriculum and to the larger world that
our students will inherit. One of the most important benefits of
providing The New York Times to students as we started to do a
few years ago was the fact that students could read the ‘Science
Times’ section every Tuesday and talk about it in history or English
or math class. Science is everywhere, and we help our students to
experience that, from the nurturing of butterflies in the kindergarten curriculum to the Upper School’s many Advanced Placement
science opportunities.”
Horace Mann Magazine Spring 2008
There are also students who take their science studies a step
further—as did William Rifkin ’08 who wrote an essay that earned
him a trip to the December 2007 Nobel Prize ceremonies in
Stockholm, Sweden as the winner, in the category of physiology/
medicine, of The Laureates of Tomorrow Nobel Essay Contest.
Katherine (Katie) Cagen ’08 and Rachel Siegel ’08 were finalists
for the award—in chemistry and physics respectively. In January
2008 Cagen was also named an Intel Science Talent Award semifinalist, along with Nicholas Makarov ’08. The two were among 300
students selected from 1,602 entrants nationwide.
Or, there’s Joshua Parker ’08, who is co-author, along with Dr.
Weitz, of a paper presented in January 2008 at the national conference of the American Association of Physics Teachers. The paper
resulted from a problem Dr. Weitz assigned during the first week
of his AP physics class in September 2007. “Josh not only solved it,
he went beyond what I asked and explained other aspects of the
problem,” said Dr. Weitz.
Many, too, are the students who simply enjoy the intellectual
engagement of studying science here, or feel it incumbent upon
themselves to understand science in an almost visceral way, as
they move on past their studies to become active participants in
the science-driven dialogue of the day.
Dr. Eric Eilen reflected on the changes he’s seen since joining
HM’s science department 28 years ago. These, he noted, resulted
from changes in the discipline itself. “From the time I came to
Horace Mann the department has had high-powered and committed teachers. In that sense it hasn’t changed. But as science moves
forward so do our studies. Today, for example, our AP biology students are making genetically-engineered bacteria. They can make
a gene from a jellyfish genome that causes the cells to fluoresce
on a Petri plate,” remarked the chemistry and biology teacher who
today also serves as Upper Division Dean of Faculty.
“The spectra of challenges in which sciences can play a role
are always fascinating to students—whether they relate to global
warming or to the cloning of animals. Thirty years ago these were
only discussed in science journals. Today both pose tremendous legal, social and moral burdens as they come closer to being applied
to our species and to affecting our world. The education we share
with our students must provide knowledge and also the ability to
access greater knowledge. It must also include the ability to apply
that knowledge to issues we all face.”
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Rachel Williams ’08, Amanda Hill ’08, and Sarah Schoenthal ’08
endorsed Dr. Eilen’s thoughts. As students in Dr. Kathleen Howard’s
biotechnology class during their junior year each gained lab experience performing DNA-related experiments. When their “Topics in
Biology” curriculum of the current school year covered a subject
that touched on one they had earlier studied, their teacher, Janet
Kraus, asked these lab veterans to help set up a related experiment
for fellow classmates. The three agreed that hands-on knowledge
of the scientific process enhanced their understanding of such
topics as genetic counseling, and HIV testing, whether they pursue
careers in science or not. “While I do not plan on majoring in science (in college) I would like to continue taking courses in biology
or biotechnology. Even a brief exposure to this area of study has
allowed me to gain an appreciation and understanding for articles
in the current media. When you read the papers, when you think of
how everything you are learning relates to peoples’ lives, and when
Dr. Margaret Galland Kivelson ’46
Prof. Margaret Kivelson ’46 has—literally—
reached a stellar position in her career in
solar-terrestrial physics, planetary science,
and planetary magnetism in particular. She
has also distinguished herself as a teacher
and mentor to generations of students as a
Professor of Space Physics in the
Department of Earth and Space Sciences
and the Institute of Geophysics and
Planetary Physics in the Space Science
Center at UCLA. Acknowledgements of her work are abundant, and include the
awarding of the 2005 John Adam Fleming Medal of the American Geophysical Union,
when Dr. Kivelson was cited for “triumphantly leading the Galileo (Orbiter) team to
a series of astounding discoveries…”
A mentor and role model, especially, to young women scientists, particularly in
the physical sciences. Dr. Kivelson was immortalized in the “Visualizing Women in
Science, Mathematics and Engineering” poster series created with support from the
National Science Foundation ( But, few people, herself
included, expected her career to evolve as it did.
Recalled Dr. Kivelson in an address at Radcliffe College in 1997, “I had low
expectations for my career, and so did others. While still in high school I had been
advised to become a dietician by an uncle who was a professor. He was well aware
of where women with a scientific bent fit readily into an academic institution, and it
wasn’t in the physical sciences!”
Nevertheless, a short story by the then HM senior, Margaret Galland, published
in the Mannikin of The Horace Mann School for Girls may have pointed to the
stratospheric direction of her current career. Her piece, entitled “Spelfi”, began:
“The night was cool and dark; the stars twinkled in the cloudless sky, and the radiant, lustrous moon shone at its full glory.”
Dr. Kivelson’s work ever since has brought “full glory” to her unexpected career. Buoyed by the education she received as a member of the HM Girls School’s
final class—a class that boasts a host of distinguished graduates—Dr. Kivelson
went on to university studies at Radcliffe. As the biography that accompanies the
Kivelson poster notes, “As an undergraduate at Radcliffe and later as a graduate
you see how quickly advances are happening so that something
you learned about in theory appears in the news, you understand
the issues better. There are also ethical issues that arise when such
things as genetic modification and testing become more prevalent
in our society. When debating such topics a variety of moral and
ethical issues become involved. Understanding the science prepares you to seriously address the issues.”
Added Hill, “In each science class I’ve taken at Horace Mann
we’ve been able to build on everything we learned here before. Our
seventh-grade biology class focused on earth science. It taught us
basic information. Since then, I know I’ve been able to refer to what
we learned in seventh grade and in freshman year in more depth,
and apply it to what we’re studying now. We know the basics. To go
further we don’t have to first begin to learn the material. And if we
could help out in this classroom with some of the skills we learned,
that’s important.”
student at Harvard University, Dr. Kivelson had few female mentors, since women
were ‘virtually absent’ from the sciences at the time, and especially physical sciences. “Considering a career in medicine she was advised against that direction
by her father, a doctor, who thought that women who became doctors were very
unfeminine, Dr. Kivelson told another audience. “I think that in his generation
it took a very special drive on the part of a woman to go into medicine, and he
probably met an awful lot of women who were very unusual.” Margaret Galland
Kivelson did receive significant support in a different area of science—one she
truly loved when she pursued first her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics,
and her Ph.D. in theoretical physics under the guidance of Nobel Prize-winner
Julian Schwinger, an important early influence. Her father also took pride in his
daughter becoming a scientist, though Dr. Kivelson has wondered “why that was
so ladylike.”
The physicist moved to California in 1955 when her husband, chemist Dr. Daniel Kivelson, accepted a faculty position at UCLA. In the early phase of her career
she worked at the RAND Corp. for ten years, while raising her son and daughter,
who are both professors. In 1967 she joined the faculty of UCLA’s Department of
Earth and Space Sciences.
Dr. Kivelson went on to discover and measure the intrinsic magnetic field of
Ganymede, the largest moon of Jupiter, (and the largest moon of the solar system);
reporting a magnetic disturbance associated with Jupiter’s moon, Europa, which
compellingly suggests that there is a liquid ocean beneath its icy surface. Dr.
Kivelson’s honors are many. A member of the esteemed National Academy of
Science, her honors also include two NASA Group Achievement Awards for her work
as a member of the Project Galileo Team, and for the Galileo Ida Encounter/Dactyl
Discovery Team, as well as Harvard University’s 350 th Anniversary Alumni Medal.
She has also been elected to membership in the prestigious American Philosophical
Society, an organization founded by Benjamin Franklin that has recognized scientific
and other cultural advances for over 260 years. In her efforts to improve the status
of women in academia throughout her career Dr. Kivelson served on UCLA’s first
Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, later becoming its Chair,
was President of the Association of Academic Women at UCLA, and helped initiate
UCLA’s Women’s Studies Program. A sought-after speaker, on the subject of her
research, as well as on women in science, Dr. Kivelson’s significant publications are
too numerous to list here, but her work continues. Learn more about this remarkable alumna at
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The devotion of today’s Horace Mann students to their science
studies is reflected in the vibrancy of a program that sees students
participating in science-related activities nearly ’round-the-clock—
from sun up when Upper Division science associates come to campus to set up labs or make sure the biology department’s fish are
fed, to late into a school night when physics lovers share pizza and
bounce problems off one another to prepare for a physics Olympiad,
or on weekends when Lower Division students address themselves
to environmental issues in their community service projects.
With their appetite for science studies whetted by increasingly
intensive classes in the younger grades, Horace Mann is currently
experiencing a burgeoning of interest in its traditional science
curriculum, as well as in its cutting-edge elective offerings. With
numerous Upper Division students enrolling in science classes
beyond curricular requirements, the Upper Division’s labs and
science classrooms are alive with activity—and filled to capacity—
almost 100 percent of the day.
It is this dedication that both students and teachers invest in the
science program here that HM’s curriculum, from Nursery through
grade twelve, is designed to address. In the words of Russell Hatch,
Chair of the Upper Division science department, where these years
of study culminate, the science curriculum can be defined by “Four
main goals; to instruct, to inspire, to build up skills, and to have the
students catch the teachers’ enthusiasm for the subject.”
A tour through each Division shows that they have.
S tarting small with big ideas:
he Nursery Division builds
a basis for science study
One sweeping glance around the busy Studio of Horace Mann’s
Nursery Division in Manhattan yields a trove of clues to the
potential for learning offered to the school’s 3, 4, and 5-year-olds.
A five-foot-long water table, lights for shadow play, dramatic play
props, and clay and art materials encourage a rich experience
that extends to scientific exploration, self-expression and group
“study”—all the basis of a lifetime of learning.
“The Nursery Division Studio is an extension of the classrooms
and an environment that capitalizes on the children’s natural
curiosity and inclination toward scientific exploration, literacy, and
numeracy,” explained Nursery Division Head Patricia Zuroski. “It
inspires a wide range of activities while providing easy access to
materials and ideas that nurture the children to pursue meaningful
work and projects, both independently and also facilitated by an
adult. Classroom teachers work closely with Studio staff to plan activities that best match the interests of the children in their groups
and support the studies each class undertakes.”
A visit to the Studio reveals that space to be fulfilling its purpose,
and then some. In one corner of the brightly-appointed room
children launch bubbles into the air over a water table, while others
steer small floats through its canals. In another area, boys and girls
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Nursery Division teacher and Studio director Sara Hardin shares her enthusiasm
for scientific exploration in this space designed to ignite the curiosity of HM’s
youngest students.
have constructed block towers and are experimenting with slides
and levers, defining the laws of physical motion. With crayons and
paper spread across one part of the room’s soft gym flooring a group
of friends draw pictures of the insects they’ve observed. Across the
room another small group works on fitting plastic internal organs into
a “Visible Man” puzzle. Three teachers circulate among the children,
facilitating, observing, or participating in the learning that is taking
place. They encourage exploration and experimentation and guide
the children toward discoveries that spark and fuel their curiosity.
The water table, with its pumps and hoses, its water wheels and
sand toys, is only one example of a space designed with children
in mind. It’s also equipped with measuring instruments and timers
that open up additional possibilities for the children gathered here.
“These are the kind of materials that attract and entice a child to explore the properties of water,” explained their teacher, Sara Hardin.
Hardin is a veteran teacher at HM’s Nursery Division. The Bellet
Teaching Award winner served as a classroom teacher for over a
decade before taking on the responsibility of leading the project
to design the Studio space and develop its curriculum. The Studio
opened in fall 2006 and has grown into a central location shared by
all of the Nursery Division’s students and teachers. This “community center” is the perfect location for projects, materials and tools
that are used and shared across the age groups. Along with art and
recycled materials, the Studio also houses goldfish and plants.
Tb urning natural curiosity into an
opportunity to learn
“The opportunity for open-ended exploration that the Studio provides
encourages the natural curiosity of all of the students—particularly
the very youngest whose science studies stem from their experiences
in a world that is just opening up to them,” Hardin said. That world is
itself a classroom, with walks in the park to look at blossoms or col-
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lect leaves informing the children’s understanding of the seasons, or
a stroll around the neighborhood to study buildings providing inspiration for their own structural attempts during block play.
“The emphasis in the Threes is to help the children begin to function in school, by connecting their experiences to topics in the curriculum,” said Hardin. “The Studio is a space that serves as a bridge
in that process, by emphasizing that a child’s environment can be
one of learning, too. What’s exciting is that the creativity the Studio
allows has prompted the children to ask more and more questions.”
While the Threes are easily attracted to the water table, the Fours
are ready to explore and experiment. They’re also now receptive to
a more guided lesson. The flexibility of the Studio space allows for
table work, active play and group experiences. On this particular visit
science teacher Justine Schussler is reading When the Woods Hum,
Joanne Ryder’s beautifully-illustrated classic of insect lore. The story
Dr. Henry J. Binder ’53
When the American Gastroenterological
Association (AGA) honored Dr. Henry J.
Binder ’53 with its Distinguished
Achievement Award in 2005 it was his
application of scientific research to a
real-world critical problem—along with the
quality and significance of that research the
AGA acknowledged. The award recognizes
individuals who have made significant
contributions in clinical or basic gastroenterology research that have an exceptional impact in the field. Dr. Binder, Professor of
Internal Medicine (Digestive Diseases) and Molecular and Cellular Physiology at
Yale University, was honored for “contributions (that) demonstrate that an in-depth
understanding of physiology can lead to rationale and effective therapy that saves
many lives.”
Indeed, legions around the world owe their lives to the work Dr. Binder has
done in enhancing a treatment known as Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) by
improving Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS)—the solution used in treating severely
dehydrated people, and particularly children. International child-health agencies,
including the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF), note that dehydration,
often resulting from infectious gastroenteritis or diarrhea caused by bacteria-laden
drinking water prevalent in impoverished areas, is responsible for nearly two-million
child deaths a year.
Administering ORS—an inexpensive solution made of clean water, salts, glucose
and other components—provides a simple cure. In 1978 the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a worldwide campaign to reduce mortality related to diarrhea,
with ORS as one of the principal elements of the program. Between 1980 and 2000
the death rate from diarrhea for children under the age of 5 dropped 60 percent—
from 4.6 million to 1.8 million. Dr. Binder’s work over the years has resulted in a more
effective ORS. Effective as it is ORS is not used by mothers as much as one would
anticipate without a marked reduction in diarrhea. As one researcher wrote, “One of
the major constraints of the WHO oral rehydration solution is that it does not visibly
reduce the severity of diarrhea (volume and duration) which is often perceived by
patients and parents to represent a failure or lack of efficacy of ORS (sic).”
is followed by a project that has the children constructing a “bug
box” to take home for collecting insects. Earlier in the year the students had collected and learned to identify a variety of insects. With
this unit ending Schussler hopes the collecting boxes will help sustain the children’s interest in the subject, and in all they have learned.
A teacher whose bachelors degree is in plant science and masters degree is in museum education Schussler collaborates with the
entire Nursery Division team in planning and implementing science
units such as the Fours’ study of animals. “The children produced a
vertebrate book and wrote poetry about vertebrates and invertebrates. A culminating project was creating an animal museum,” she
said. “The parents came to see it, and other classes visited.” As part
of this unit, the children also studied the lifecycles of living things,
both plants and animals, and examined the differences between
animals that develop from larvae, not eggs, or animals that go
through a complete metamorphosis.
To Dr. Binder, absorption was the key. He began examining the mechanisms
of diarrheal disease in the 1970s and established a role for cyclic AMP (cAMP) in
mediating C secretion in the large intestine. Subsequent studies explored how short
chain fatty acids (SCFA), the major anion in stool, stimulate Na and C absorption.
An unexpected finding was that SCFA-stimulated Na absorption is not inhibited by
cyclic AMP. Dr. Binder’s studies of SCFA absorption led to the hypothesis that ORS
could be improved by adding starch that is relatively resistant to amylase digestion
(RS) and that would enhance SCFA production by colonic bacteria and decrease
diarrhea, with RS-ORS more effective than standard ORS alone.
The work of this physician-scientist did not stop here. In recent years he has
presented new research that identified the mechanism by which zinc is also effective in the treatment of diarrhea (when administered w ith ORS). Internationally
acknowledged for his research Dr. Binder is a frequent featured speaker at international conferences, and lecturer at universities. He has also maintained a research
collaboration with Christian Medical College in Vellore, India for the past 15 years.
A leader in what is known as “bench to bedside and back” research and treatment Dr. Binder is also an expert on celiac disease, diagnosing it decades before the
disease was widely recognized. He has been the director of two National Institute of
Health National (NIH)-sponsored research-training programs at Yale, and established
the Investigative Gastroenterology Training Program 35 years ago. He also served as
Director of the Yale Clinical Research Center for 21 years, and was been honored for
his role as a mentor to post-doctoral fellows. His publications are numerous.
Nearing his 55th anniversary of his commencement from Horace Mann School
Dr. Binder reflected on his education at the School where he served as a Record and
Mannikin editor, president of the Current Events Club, and manager of the varsity
baseball team. Dr. Binder mentioned that Horace Mann must have influenced his
career choice “to become a gastroenterologist as three of the 15 boys in Mr. Nagle’s
Latin Class in 1949 became gastroenterologists. Latin conjugation must have been
very important in determining my career decisions and that of Marty Gelfand and Dick
Grand, too,” he said of Dr. Martin Gelfand ’54 who has retired from his gastroenterology practice in Washington State, and of Dr. Richard Grand ’54, Director, Inflammatory
Bowel Disease Program and Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Boston.
“Of the three schools that I attended Horace Mann is closest to my heart,” said
Dr. Binder, referring to his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth, and medical school
at NYU. “Without a doubt Horace Mann provided the basis for thinking analytically
and writing, which has been extremely useful throughout my career at Yale.”
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ombining disciplines toward
expanding knowledge
Having a centralized location like the Studio has made extended
projects such as the Animal Museum more possible at the Nursery
Division, Zuroski explained. The time and space for such projects
is more open-ended, free of the pressures of the multiple demands
placed on classroom space. In addition, working in a location where
other kinds of learning takes place increases the opportunities for
integrating learning across subjects. For instance, when the children
studied the works of Monet, one project had them combine their exploration of art with their animal studies, and resulted in their painting a huge undersea mural in Monet-inspired water colors. The mural
became part of their museum. In another effort teachers combined
their students’ look at the balloon artwork of sculptor Jeff Koons with
water play and their “study” of the properties of soap bubbles.
Some items of Studio equipment point to the beginnings of science classrooms one might expect to see in upper grades: beakers,
magnifying glasses, magnets, and prisms. At different times of the
year the room boasts various collections such as leaves or shells
that give the children the opportunity to explore, observe, classify
and hypothesize.
Field trips organized by the classroom teachers also stimulate
the children’s interest in science and nature. During the school year
children might visit such sites as the Central Park Zoo School, the
Nursery garden on HM’s Riverdale campus, the Hudson River bank,
and the nearby Conservatory Garden and the Harlem Meer. Followup projects carried out in the classrooms and the Studio help the
children make connections between their experiences in nature and
their science studies in school. The teachers from Horace Mann’s
John Dorr Nature Laboratory in Connecticut also visit the Nursery
Division, introducing the children to the stemming-from-nature science experiences they will enjoy later on in their HM education.
“Children from birth right up into the primary grades, in the early
childhood years, learn best through concrete experiences. They
acquire knowledge through experiences that require their active
participation,” said Nursery Division Head Zuroski. “Teachers at
the Nursery Division provide many experiences that tap into the
children’s experience base so they can make meaningful connections between information and skills they’ve already acquired and
new information and skills they are developing.”
The Nursery Division has designed its curricular goals to derive
from the children’s interests and to be responsive to questions they
pose. At the Fours age, for example, these interests often intersect with
topics that would be covered in a science class, such as what happens
in a family when a new baby arrives, or aspects of the children’s growing awareness of the human body, nutrition and the five senses.
Ag wakening the skill of
critical thinking
“When you work with the youngest children you realize that 99
percent of what we know, what adults consider to be knowledge,
was discovered and reported by some person. We consider it
knowledge because it’s accepted by a huge proportion of the
population,” said Hardin. “Children are experts at coming up with
their own theories. You hear them exchanging these fantastic ideas
all the time. We don’t encourage them to believe something that is
incorrect, but we try to get them to use their thinking skills to figure
out if it is true or not. In the Fours and Kindergarten, in particular,
we focus on what you do if you want to know something, how you
go about discovering information.
“As we grow older the flexibility of thinking is trained out of us,
but, little children are not bound by constraints. We consider some
things the children say particularly endearing, because they are
misconstructions of facts, and usually very creative misconstructions. One person will propose an explanation for something, and
then everyone else has little bits to add. The interchange that takes
place, for instance, about where babies come from…,” Hardin
laughed recalling such classroom conversations.
“A skillful teacher is like a conductor in an orchestra who brings
out the person who is on the right track, without negating another’s
interpretation. There are also times when a lesson might be presented with a specific content of information we are trying to help
the children understand.”
Hardin related an instance in a class that had begun a science
unit on animals. “The kids were telling us the different things they
knew about animals. One girl stated very convincingly, ‘Bunnies
are the softest animals.’ She was sure this was true. One day the
class went to the Central Park Zoo, and a zoo instructor brought
out a chinchilla for the children to pet. The girl who was so sure
about bunnies touched the chinchilla and conceded, ‘Bunnies are
not the softest animals.’
“Our point is to instill in the children an idea about how to begin
to research by themselves, and also, to teach them that you can be
wrong and it’s not the end of the world,” said Hardin.
The open-ended approach to learning represented by the early
childhood curriculum at the Nursery Division is the basis of all
scientific knowledge, no matter how nascent or advanced, in a
discipline that requires hypothesis and proof. It’s also an important
basis for continuing the scientific pursuit upon which these young
Horace Mann students have just embarked.
“A skillful teacher is like a conductor in an orchestra who brings out the person who is
on the right track, without negating another’s interpretation.”
– Nursery Division teacher Sar a Hardin
Horace Mann Magazine Spring 2008
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photo by John Dorr Nature Laboratory staff
The John Dorr Nature Laboratory adds a
natural “lab” to HM’s science curriculum
One of the goals of each
Division at Horace Mann in
teaching science is to instill
in students an appreciation
of the natural world around
them—from a scientific
standpoint. Another is to
equip students with the skills
for scientific exploration and
observation, in the lab and in
research work. While much of
that exploration is
accomplished in the
classroom, Horace Mann is
also endowed with a most
exceptional resource—The
John Dorr Nature Laboratory
in Washington, Conn. A living
laboratory of the natural world, whose 265 acres of streams, woods and fields are
stocked with frogs and crayfish to study, birds and animals to observe, students
experience the study of science in its purest form. Whether gazing into its open
night skies in their study of astronomy, or netting dragonflies along its stream
banks, students learn in an atmosphere of adventure and excitement that makes
each one a scientist if even for a day, but most often providing them an experience
they remember for the rest of their lives.
The Dorr faculty, headed by Director Glenn Sherratt and Assistant Director
Russ Glenn, make Dorr-style learning a part of students’ experience from the earliest grades on. Dorr teachers visit the Nursery Division in Manhattan conducting a
Li earning to “Do” Science
in the Lower Division
Ask Horace Mann School alumni of the last quarter century for
some stand-out memories of class times here and chances are their
thoughts will skip way back to Grade One and the day those longawaited baby chicks pecked their way out of those long-watched
eggs. Or, they may remember fourth grade and their first extended
stay at Dorr where they splashed through streams catching frogs
and crayfish—likely as not getting soaked along the way.
Such experiences and countless others brought learning to life
for so many alumni, just as they do for students today. Often that
excitement centers on science studies in a curriculum that gives
Lower Division students a chance to explore, produce and challenge themselves as they incorporate a capacity for “doing” science into skills that will serve the rest of their studies, and resonate
throughout their lives.
Dorr day of science study in nearby Central Park. First graders in the Lower Division
are re-introduced to the Dorr experience when its teachers visit the campus in
Riverdale to enhance the grade’s instruction on insects.
Second grade is when HMers make their first trip to Dorr, looking at its many
natural habitats. The third grade Dorr adventure ties in with social studies and
the grade’s study of Native Americans. In fourth grade students spend three days
and sleep over in Dorr’s cabins for two nights to immerse themselves (literally as
well as figuratively) in the study of stream ecology, gather and learn about aquatic
invertebrates, and learn to test the water quality of the stream. Fifth graders
culminate their Lower Division Dorr experience using the metaphor of a journey—
the journey they have taken with one another and with their teachers in exploring
the relationships they have built, within the context of journal writing, rock climbing,
and astronomy.
The Middle Division’s use of Dorr is particularly pivotal. Each year sixth
graders spend three days in August getting to know one another and teachers they
will have in the coming year as they make this significant transition to HM’s upper
grades. Science study is not a designated topic, for no classes have yet begun, but
it is an intrinsic part of exploring human relationships—which these children do in
a setting graced by birdsong and myriads of stars. Seventh-graders study nature
throughout the year. Thus, their two-day stay at Dorr for stream work is an essential addition to the geology and stream ecology they learn. Finally, eighth grade
brings the legendary Dorr overnight—or eight-day overnight, which culminates in a
four-day backpacking trip on the Appalachian trail. Again, no formal science classes
take place then, but, how can applied science not play a part when groups of
students working as independently as possible plan and organize their trips, reading
maps and using compasses, and cooking over fires they themselves have lit—all
while interacting with nature in the most ecological way?
The Upper Division has an orientation of its own—particularly for students
new to Horace Mann. And, for units or electives in astronomy, geology and
natural science, the “classroom” of Dorr awaits, offering endless possibilities for
advanced exploration.
You can hear that excitement in the laughter of the Kindergartners crowded around Science Center director David Morris as he
digs roly-poly bugs from a terrarium and hands them to the children. The conversation is profound for students so young. “They’re
also called isopods and they’ve been around since the time of
dinosaurs,” Morris explains. “Then why aren’t they extinct?” the
kindergartners ask, and learn from their teacher that not all things
prehistoric are extinct.
You can see it in the Eureka!-faces of the fourth graders who
watch common household ingredients they’ve mixed together in
math and science coordinator Rawlins Troops’ “Making Polymers”
unit turn into bright blue or green and bouncy “slime.” You can
share the sense of fulfillment nourished among fifth-grade students
by their combined science-social studies exploration of environmental issues, their understanding of the subject’s complexity,
and the efforts they’ve undertaken with teachers Jim Gross and
Maureen Kennedy toward re-greening their world.
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To many students, stimulating as the class material may be, the
way their teachers convey their learning makes it memorable, as
is clear from the way the fifth-graders in Mr. Gross’ class excitedly
demonstrate their skills at using a microscope. The experience in
a class such as this is one students never forget. Ezra Rapaport ’02,
designer of LONO Medical’s acoustic baby heart monitor, credits
teachers Troop and Gross with encouraging him to combine his
Prof. Stephen M. Barr ’70, physics and faith
Science and religion are usually kept at
careful bay in today’s labs and classrooms,
while tension between the two often drives
public debate. Whether or not one adheres to
belief, it must be acknowledged that an
intellectual’s attempt to reconcile fact with
faith is worthy of recognition. Prof. Stephen
M. Barr ’70 earned such recognition last
year when he was awarded the Benemerenti
(good merit) Medal, designated by none
other than Pope Benedict XVI.
Secular recognition for Dr. Barr’s work abounds as well—both for his research
in and teaching of particle physics, and for his role in scientific/theological debate,
represented by his 2003 book Modern Physics and Ancient Faith. “Often invoked as
justification for unbelief, modern science here provides the basis for an unusual and
provocative affirmation of religious faith. …Neither religiously sectarian nor technically daunting, this is a book that invites the widest range of readers to ponder
the deepest kind of questions,” wrote one reviewer. “A tour de force… a scientific
and philosophical breakthrough,” wrote another.
Stephen Barr is a professor at the Bartol Research Institute and the Department
of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Delaware. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1974, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University
in 1978. After post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, he became a research assistant professor at the University of Washington (1980-85) and associate
physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (1985-87), before joining the University
of Delaware faculty in 1987. Dr. Barr’s research has spanned many areas of theoretical particle physics, with special emphasis on grand unified theories, theories of CP
violation, the problem of the origin of quark and lepton masses, theories with extra
space-time dimensions (such as Kaluza-Klein and superstring theories), and the
interface between particle physics and cosmology—all areas to which he has made
significant contributions. Among the most notable is the development of classes of
models that solve the important “strong CP problem” (the problem of why the strong
interactions unlike the weak are symmetric under CP), the development of the idea
that the pattern of quark and lepton masses is due to effects at the unification scale,
the co-discovery of the important “flipped SU(5)” grand unification scheme, work on
theories of baryogenesis (the origin of matter at the time of the big bang), the discovery of large contributions to the electric and magnetic dipole moments of elementary
particles in theories with an extended Higgs structure, contributions to the development of realistic SO(10) grand unified models, and a mechanism for explaining the
large mixing observed in atmospheric data between muon and tau neutrinos.
Prof. Barr has written 130 related research papers as well as the article on
“grand unified theories” for the Encyclopedia of Physics. His writing has appeared
in such journals as First Things where he serves on the editorial board, National
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imagination with his acute skills, and to begin thinking of himself
as an inventor at an early age. It’s clear from listening as current student Josh Odrich ’15 declares “this class is terrific,” while he tosses
and stretches the “slime” he had just created. “It’s not just that we
do fun things like this experiment. It’s the way Mr. Troop teaches.
He doesn’t focus on quizzes to make sure we know the material,
but we still learn so much. Mr. Troop is always there to support you.
Review, The Weekly Standard, The Public Interest, and Academic Questions. He is
also author of A Student’s Guide to Natural Science.
A frequent speaker on the relation of science and religion at colleges, universities, churches, and synagogues, he gave the 2002 “Erasmus Lecture” in NYC
(previous lecturers included Cardinal Ratzinger—now Pope Benedict, Cardinal
Lustiger of Paris, and Clarence Thomas), and the Merton Lecture at Columbia
University in 2006.
The youngest of four brothers who attended Horace Mann (Christopher Barr
’65, William Barr ’67, the former U.S. Attorney General, and Hilary Barr ’69) Prof.
Barr noted that his interest in math and science preceded his coming to the School.
However, his education here still influences his writing, thinking, and his devotion
to teaching. “I was a ‘math-science type’ from earliest childhood, and was largely
an autodidact in that area. My years at HM did help me learn to write well, however,
and that has been of inestimable value.”
Dr. Barr was reluctant to single out specific teachers from his days at Horace
Mann, but noted, “There were some teachers I was particularly fond of—Mr.
(Thomas) Reilly who I took Russian with. Mr. (Robert) McCardell was a very good
English teacher. They were all good models. They all had a lot of style.”
That “style” influenced Prof. Barr’s dedication to continue teaching, while also
writing, conducting his own research, and raising five children. “Subconsciously,
having a memory of their teaching has helped me in becoming a good teacher. They
were vivid personalities, people you remember after 40 years. For me that was important because I hated school, all the way through—college, and graduate school.
I was just lazy. I would rather have stayed home. Globally, I know I benefited from
the education at Horace Mann. I learned study habits, and there was the benefit of
competing with a lot of really smart people…”
Alumni from Dr. Barr’s era recall that the conservative bent of his family’s
ideology stood out in a largely liberal-minded school, particularly during The Sixties.
“I didn’t explain my religious views very often at the time, but there are some
conversations I remember having. It makes a person thoughtful,” the professor
laughed. “I found myself surrounded at HM by people who did not see the world
as I did, and that has given me the ability to see through others’ eyes. Doubtless
this has helped me in my writing, where I have attempted to explain science to the
non-scientist and religion to the non-religious.”
When it comes to friendships with fellow classmates, Dr. Barr keeps abreast
of their news through the active e-mail correspondence the Class of ’70 pursues.
When it comes to physics he has also found several other physics lovers among his
fellow alums. “There’s George Wallerstein at the University of Washington,” said Dr.
Barr of the HM ’47 emeritus professor of astronomy. “I’ve run into Larry O’Neill (Dr.
Lawrence O’Neill ’64 of Lucent Technologies) and Bobby Geller (Dr. Robert Geller
’68) who teaches geo-physics in Japan. I went to a conference in Japan a few years
ago. We had dinner together and he showed me around,” said Barr.
“O’Neill and Geller lived in the building where I grew up in Manhattan. We
all went to Horace Mann and we all became physicists. There must have been
something in the air.”
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If you don’t understand something you can come in during recess
to ask.” And you can hear it in the reflections of HM’s older students
telling Troop, the teacher they re-meet as an Upper Division coach,
how much they enjoyed doing experiments in his class, and how
much science they learned when they were younger.
In short—the science program of Horace Mann’s Lower Division represents the realization of the Division’s essential goal of
presenting students of this curious, intellectually-open age group
with a curriculum that is “enriched with endless possibilities, both
structured and flexible, and nurtures the children’s desire to make
connections between the classroom and the larger world” while
fostering the foundations of learning through interdisciplinary
experiences and by developing skills.
“Young minds are curious by nature,” said Wendy Steinthal,
Head of the Lower Division. “Our students want to know about
the world around them. Science is everywhere we look, taking
our studies on a journey of exploration. The excitement that was
generated about the role of science in our lives will stay with our
students as they move from one Division to the next, and then
forward for all the years to come.”
In science, specifically, that goal is refined through a curriculum
that enables students to experience the joy of discovery, and helps
them become scientists by doing what scientists do. “Whether they
are studying plants, animals, magnets, weather, electricity, or the
environment, we encourage them to become observers and think
beyond what they see,” said Gross. “We hope to teach this in an active, hands-on way, by having the kids do experiments so they can
better understand the concepts, and learn to use a microscope and
record their observations as they get through the fifth-grade-level.
Our number one job is to expose the kids to science education and
give them the hands-on experience to do it.”
A look at the Lower Division science curriculum grade-by-grade
demonstrates how its teachers accomplish their goals within the
context of the Division’s overall aims. Learning here is deepened
through field trips, or by having children illustrate their understanding of concepts through art. In the early grades of Kindergarten
through third, exploration in the Science Center is part of the core
of science education, with activities designed to complement
classroom learning. “Children come to the Science Center excited.
They’ve already done a lot of hands-on work in Nursery. They come
here anxious to learn more. The way we teach adds another dimension to that learning, because of their ability to understand even
more,” said Morris.
Lower Division students are fascinated by science studies with science center
director David Morris.
Al n introduction enriched by
Science Center activities
Kindergarten is a time when children learn skills and concepts to
foster problem-solving and independent thinking. At Horace Mann
it’s also an age when learning is driven by the children’s interests,
both individual and shared, that teachers respond to by being flexible and creative, while steering excitement along a lesson-plan.
Children are encouraged to ask and answer questions by doing
experiments and through observation and journal writing on the
natural and physical sciences they explore.
The Science Center is the perfect venue to continue this learning,
as evidenced by the room’s décor: At different times of the year large
paper-maché whales or colorful kites hang from the ceiling, created
by children guided to think through each step of the process.
In first grade science becomes an activity-based program that
stimulates the students’ understanding of nature, growth and
development, health, and the weather. Topics include the ocean,
air, teeth and dental health—and best of all the hatching of chicks.
Awe-inspiring as this experience is, the educational component is
valuable as children gain firsthand experience observing the evolution of life from the embryonic stage through the chicks’ emergence, keeping records and making predictions in a foray into the
scientific method that will inform all of their future science endeavors. In the Science Center the grade explores balancing, molecules,
temperature, plant and animal cells, and living soil samples. “We
“Young minds are curious by nature. Our students want to know about the world around them.
Science is everywhere we look, taking our studies on a journey of exploration. The excitement
that was generated about the role of science in our lives will stay with our students as they
move from one Division to the next, and then forward for all the years to come.”
– Wendy Steinthal, Lower Division Head
Horace Mann Magazine Spring 2008
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talk a lot about development in this grade, from insect development
and particularly when the children study their chicks,” said Morris.
“First we look at things that are very small, to introduce the concept
of cells, and then have the children imagine the whole idea that
development of the insects or chicks started out with just one cell.”
Second grade at Horace Mann is considered a time for students to develop an increasing awareness of the world. Thus, the
grade’s science curriculum aims to foster natural curiosity through
discovery, while reinforcing the scientific method of observation
in lessons on fish, plant development, dinosaurs, wetlands, light
and shadow. The students take their first daylong trip to Dorr to
encounter nature firsthand. In weekly visits to the Science Center
second graders focus on air-boats, wind power, simple chemistry and more. A project such as making wooden wind-powered
vehicles takes every aspect into account, said Morris. “The children
learn to use saws and simple cuts, and graph paper to execute their
design. We discuss where the wood comes from, and experiment
with different weights, shapes and methods of motion, from wheels
and axels to sails. We also introduce lab safety when building with
tools and in mixing, measuring and pouring.”
The scientific method is incorporated into the third-grade science curriculum in its study of geology, environmental problems,
the solar system, and simple machines. As children in this gradelevel become more attuned to one another, and to differences and
similarities among peers, the science curriculum intersects with
other aspects of the third-grade program by examining such topics
as self-esteem and feelings, friendship, conflict and resolution, difference, diversity and stereotypes, nutrition, digestion, circulation,
muscles and bones. Third graders who meet in the Science Center
weekly pursue projects covering salt crystals to squids.
W here the immersion begins
Students are first introduced to a more formal study of
science in the fourth grade, when they turn the insights they have
gathered in the earlier grades into a year of assignments that require
specific science skills, safe lab procedures, and more sophisticated
applications of the scientific method, including analyzing data and
describing their findings in clear writing. Studies move into a science lab where the children perform dozens of experiments during
the year, in units on weather, mystery powders as an introduction to
chemistry, atoms and elements, electricity, and health.
Technology is an important component of the fourth-grade science program, as they combine its use into assignments. In one instance children work in groups to produce weather reports that are
digitally filmed, downloaded, edited, and viewed on the computer.
“The final report is an ‘i-movie’ presentation,” said Troop.
The fourth grade’s weather unit represents another way science studies enhance other parts of the curriculum, just as other
subjects inform science, Troop explained. “In social studies, for
example, Renee Ryzak teaches her students about weather in the
different countries they study, and how something like a hurricane
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Lower Division math and science coordinator Rawlins Troop helps his students
mix the chemicals for “slime.”
can affect a society. We coordinate our weather unit with hers.
Science, more than any other subject, relates to everything else the
students learn.”
“Thinking like a scientist” and promoting conceptual understanding is the fifth grade’s emphasis, as children are introduced
to concepts of evolution and natural selection, learn about Charles
Darwin, and about how life struggles to adapt to the environment
and changes over time. They also engage in a structured use of microscopes, investigating plant and animal cells as an introduction
to microbiology and cell structure. Light, lasers, the eye, and optical illusions are introduced through activities and experiments that
illustrate concepts of color, reflection, refraction, and perception.
The variety of topics the students study in their fifth-grade science
class was one of the things that turned Molly Levine ’14 from someone who “didn’t like science very much before” to someone enthusiastic about the subject. Coming to Horace Mann as a fifth-grader
Molly noted, “In my old school we worked on one thing all year. In
fifth grade at Horace Mann we learned about light, and evolution.
Within the first few months I learned more than I ever had before.”
For Zoe Chazen ’14 the fifth-grade science class brought together
several topics she had learned in science in her younger years at Horace Mann. “In kindergarten we broke apart flowers and learned the
names of all the parts. We did different experiments in first, second
and third grade too. In fourth grade I really started liking science,
and in fourth and fifth grade we learned a lot of the same things, but
we went into them a lot more about them. We learned how things
actually work,” she said. “I learned something about myself to—that I
like to put things back together. Maybe I could be an engineer!”
Science in the fifth grade is enhanced by the grade’s trip to
Washington D.C. and the students’ visit to the National Air and Space
Museum, which Molly and Zoe said they gained from greatly. In some
years fifth-graders also visit the Natural History Museum in New York.
The grade’s curriculum also has a strong interdisciplinary component as well, one designed by Gross and English teacher Maureen
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Kennedy in a unit on the environment that draws on both disciplines.
The result is a multi-layered and critical understanding of environmental issues, and engagement in activities toward the cause.
The Lower Division considers fifth grade a critical time for its
students to hone their writing skills, and writing about science offers another opportunity to do so. “At this point we are very serious
about how the students learn science. Their use of microscopes
has become more sophisticated, and many of them are interested
in doing projects on their own,” said Gross. “They are very much
engaged in this subject, and are becoming well-prepared to go
on to higher studies. Therefore, in fifth grade we emphasize note
taking, and review how to annotate a text. The reports the students
write are more detailed, and have to be clear. This is where they
are first developing the ability to really communicate information
they’ve researched and discovered, and also when they learn to
transmit their ideas. These are the skills they will need for the rest
of their careers as science students.”
The article describing HM’s science curriculum of 20 years past
noted that, in the Lower Division, science study was designed to
help students “grow intellectually… and socially.” There continues
to be a social aspect to the age group’s mastery of science skills
and thinking, Troop contends, and guiding students through the
process is one of the aspects of teaching science he values most.
“In science students learn to work with a partner and with a
group. That’s something you have to do in this field. It’s a skill that’s
valuable to learn in itself. Science is a subject, more than any other,
I believe, that gives students a chance to be successful, to see a
positive result in the realm of their education. They may not always
get something on their own at first, but working together these kids
always come through.”
Molly Levine’s experience echoed Jim Gross’ thought. “I like how
we get to do experiments ourselves at Horace Mann, and how we’re
not just told things. I liked working with the group, too. It helped
me, and I think I paid better attention, and worked harder on my
part of the assignment,” said the current sixth grader. “One of the
reasons I think I didn’t like science before was I thought I wasn’t
going to be good at it. I was worried because I didn’t understand
the things my brother was learning. He’s five years older. But by
actually doing things I realized I could understand science. Now it’s
cool to be able to talk to my brother about things I’ve learned.”
Jim Gross reflected his students’ enthusiasm. “Once the children
realize there is science all around them, once they truly learn to look
at the world that way, they’re ready to go on to accomplish anything.”
Mn iddle Division science department
builds on skills, prepares for
advanced study
Dr. Steven M. Wolf ’83
hosts HM students and graduates
as interns, lectures at Horace Mann,
in tribute to his education here
For Dr. Steven M. Wolf ’83 the science
studies he pursued at Horace Mann
were the stepping stones to a lifetime
of exploration of the human brain, as
well as to significant contributions
he’s made to the field of pediatric
neurology, and in the treatment of
epilepsy, headaches, and ADHD in
hundreds of children. Dr. Wolf is
Director, Pediatric Epilepsy and
Co-Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Beth Israel Medical Center, as well
as director, Pediatric Neurology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, both in New York.
He is also Associate Clinical professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Albert
Einstein College of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Developmental
Disabilities Center, Roosevelt Hospital. His clinical experiences have been
heard in lectures given throughout the country and two of his publications
Parents Guide to Child Epilepsy and Parents Guide to Learning Issues and
Epilepsy are in print with over 400,000 copies given away for free in doctors’
offices all over the country.
With responsibilities as involving as these it is amazing that Dr. Wolf
finds time for his high school alma mater—but he does. Over the years he
has returned to Horace Mann to lecture students in Dr. Eric Eilen’s AP biology
class on the symptoms and treatment of epilepsy and other neurological
diseases. He also provides internship opportunities for HM’s students and
recent graduates working with his team at the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at
Beth Israel Medical Center.
“The science teachers at Horace Mann opened my mind to the wonders
of medicine. They ignited a fire in me and showed me that my ideas, no matter
how unusual, could be possible. This support and nurturing was so important
to me and to the pursuit of my career,” said Dr. Wolf. “Our classes were taught
on a very in-depth level, and truly prepared us for advanced work in college.
We were encouraged to think outside the box and there was nothing we were
told we could not try to do.
“That’s why I make it a point to try to come back to the School when I
can, to speak with the students, and maybe even interest some of them in the
work that I do. Having a student spend time with us at the hospital is a chance
to open their minds to all the possibilities of medicine. We need to whet their
appetite and capture their imaginations while they are young, so we can get
the best brains to be doctors. I also try to reserve a space on my team for a
Horace Mann student. That’s something I feel I can do to return to the School
some of what my education meant to me. And, I find the HM students always
able to make a contribution to our work.”
The first place the students “go on to” is across HM’s campus to the
Middle Division’s Rose Hall home where science classes take place
in the laboratories of adjacent Pforzheimer Hall.
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Understanding the learning styles of students of the adolescent
age group is a driving force behind much of what the Middle Division does, based upon a Division-wide examination of the subject
over recent years. Thus, in each MD grade science classes are built
around the development of the student, as well as what they learn.
The goal of sixth-grade science, for example, is to nurture “the
student as explorer” in classes that combine examination “of things
as large as the universe and as small as microscopic life and a molecule of water” in topics including astronomy and the chemistry of
weather. “We also do some dissections. The children do a month of
studies using the microscope, and make a booklet on microscope
use. Students from Horace Mann have already learned to use the
microscope and record their data in fifth grade. Now their use
becomes more intense. The labs are important so the students can
continue to learn proper procedures and to write observations and
come to conclusions.”
Middle Division Head and science teacher Robin Ingram notes that emphasis on
lab work strengthens science students’ skills.
Robin Ingram has taught science at Horace Mann since 1999,
serving as the Department Chair until she became Head of the HM
Middle Division in 2004. Jodi Hill chairs the MD science department today. As both a science teacher and Head of the Middle
Division, Ingram is intimately aware of how teaching that takes
place in each Middle Division class relates to learning throughout
the Division. Regular meetings with the Lower and Upper Division
faculty also help her keep abreast of the learning her students have
experienced before they arrive in the Middle Division, as well as
material they will need to cover during their MD years to seamlessly continue their studies in the Upper Division and beyond.
Still, it’s the students’ expectations and interests, in tangent with
science requirements that drive Ingram, Hill and the department
faculty in setting curricular goals.
“The Middle Division inherits kids who have already done a lot
of science. They’ve participated in lab work. They’ve gotten to the
point of putting data into a data table in classes with Mr. Gross and
Mr. Troop, and even in the Science Center with Mr. Morris,” Ingram
said. The students also come to the Middle Division prepared
through their regular classes. Programs that integrate science with
other subjects—such as the environmental exploration Maureen
Kennedy and Jim Gross have introduced in grade five’s combined
curriculum also expand the children’s thinking.
“We cover a broad range of topics to interest the kids, but our emphasis is on teaching them how to gather and report the knowledge
they acquire, and take what they have learned a step further as they
perform labs and learn to write a lab report,” said Ingram. “When
there is information to analyze that’s done by the class as a whole
so the students can engage in the conversation in doing science.”
Ingram noted that since the Middle Division, and particularly
sixth grade, marks a point of entry for new students to Horace
Mann teaching how to do a lab is vital to unifying the skill level for
the entire grade. The 21 lab experiences assigned during grade six
also provide an essential basis for all the students’ future studies.
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To hear Daniel Elkind ’13 describe his experiences in his Middle
Division science class, the approach is working. Daniel entered
Horace Mann last year, in the sixth grade, and, as Ingram noted,
his teachers worked with him to integrate into the curriculum. That
wasn’t hard, Daniel said, because he was already comfortable with
the teachers and fellow students through the sixth grade’s traditional “Dorrientation” before the start of the school year. While learning new skills, the student also turned a subject he was not fond of
Dr. Christine Bussey ’88
Cardiology patients in the Northern
Virginia area are fortunate to have a
physician as deeply involved with her
patients and in her profession as Dr.
Christine Bussey ’88. The Medical
Director of Nuclear Cardiology for the
Inova Heart and Vascular Institute at
Inova Fairfax Hospital, Dr. Bussey is
also a member of the Northern Virginia
Cardiologists Associates (NVCA) group
of cardiologists.
Dr. Bussey went on from Horace Mann to the University of Pennsylvania,
and then to its School of Medicine, She did her internship and residency in
internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed a fellowship at
Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital in Advanced Echocardiography, Level III. Her specialties include nuclear cardiology, echocardiography,
transesophageal echocardiography, stress testing, consultative cardiology, and
women’s heart health. With a busy practice and a new baby at home pursuing
the demands of her work is no easy task, but Dr. Bussey combines these efforts
with her active membership in the national Association of Black Cardiologists
(ABC) for which she formerly served on the executive board, and membership
in the Old Dominion Medical Society, the Medical Society of Northern Virginia,
the American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association.
Dr. Bussey attributes her success at juggling this work, as well as her
achievements as a medical student, intern, and practitioner to the education
she experienced at Horace Mann. “I am what you term a ‘survivor.’ I started
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before into a passion. “Before I came to Horace Mann science was
one of my least favorite subjects. Now it’s one of my favorites,” he
said. “I had learned some of the topics before, like when we studied
the solar system. I had done a report on Mars, so I thought I knew
all about it. But the way Ms. Hill taught, we learned so much more
detail. It was really, really interesting.
“They did a good job at my old school, because there were subjects I really enjoyed, like history and English, but with science—I
didn’t really remember much. The way they teach here helps you
remember. You start with a basic idea, and learn a little more
about it each class. They give you a packet with all the notes you’ll
need, and they put directions on the Smart Board. They use a lot
of pictures. I don’t mean the teachers make things simple, but they
make it simple in a way that helps you remember, and reinforces
the learning. When you want to study for a test, you always have
that packet with all the definitions right there.”
Daniel’s period of microscope study also taught him a great deal
about the observation skills required of a scientist. “We got to look
at live protists swimming around. We looked at them through the microscope, and we drew what we saw in a sketchbook. It was almost
like seeing something totally different each time. When you look at
something continually, and you look for something different each
time, you learn that there is so much going on. It’s not just hearing
at Horace Mann in my nursery years and completed 15 years of education there to
graduation,” she said, noting that after so many years in the same school environment going on to college required a bit of an adjustment.
“After getting over the large class sizes—400 people in my freshman biology
class!—I found that I had already covered much of the work in high school, even
after placing out of some classes with the AP courses I took at Horace Man. Even with
new material, I went back to previous rituals I had learned at Horace Mann,” said the
cardiologist. “Throughout my years at Horace Mann, I picked up a variety of skills that
helped to reinforce my career in medicine. I learned perseverance, commitment, how
to deal with adversity, and best of all success, just to name a few.”
“I can’t say that Horace Mann was always easy,” said Dr. Bussey. “I often compared my homework load to that of friends in other schools and determined that I was
working way too hard! But my parents encouraged me and reminded me that it would
all pay off later in life. Horace Mann was most invaluable to me in that it helped me to
establish a work ethic that was transferable throughout all my years of education. This
enabled me to be strong and confident in pursuing my career choices. I truly believe that
it has been the key to my success, for I am not a genius. I work hard and apply skills
that I learned at Horace Mann to all my academic pursuits.”
Dr. Bussey said she has relied on those skills and mind set throughout her pursuit
of the dream of becoming a cardiologist. “I had to adopt that same perseverance in
college (particularly when taking Organic Chemistry), medical school and in residency.
In science and medicine, you often must take the stance of a deferred reward. Though
the journey was long, I am definitely doing what I designed all those years ago.”
But, there was another aspect of Dr. Bussey’s Horace Mann education she
found challenging—one that appears to be symbolic of an earlier era at this School,
before the science department faculty here became populated with numerous women
teachers of diverse backgrounds. Dr. Bussey’s tenure at Horace Mann coincided
about the protists, or reading about them in a book, like, ‘this is
the way they swim.’ We were making observations, and not just the
same observation. We had to describe more than their movement.”
Elkind said he also learned to use a microscope with greater
skill. “If you move the dial you can change the amount of light on
the slide, and you see different things.” Doing lab work as part of
a group was particularly satisfying to this enthusiastic student, not
only because the experience simulated how scientific research is often done, but because it was another aspect of a teaching style that
reinforced his learning. “That helped me a lot. We got to help each
other, and we also had to be responsible to each other. You had to
sit down and focus,” he said. “I know I learned more this way.”
“The Student as Naturalist” is the focus of seventh-grade science
as students examine earth and life science. Plants, seeds, rain forests, genetics and evolution, integrated with units on weather, soil,
erosion, water systems, land forms and maps are among the topics
covered. While the subjects are fascinating in themselves, they
provide the platform for teaching further scientific behavior. “In this
grade we add the notion of teaching how to become ‘a scientist.’
We focus on having students come up with a hypothesis and ask
them to become more responsible for writing about a procedure
themselves. While they may do more filling in of answers in sixth
grade, in seventh they are asked to graph more.”
with the years during which the School was returning to co-education, after a hiatus
of 30 years. Alumna who enrolled in Horace Mann’s upper grades at about the time
Dr. Bussey was entering its nursery recall that the School and many of its longtime
teachers had to adjust to the addition of women in their classes. Vestiges of that time
no doubt reverberated during Dr. Bussey’s high school career.
“My teachers at Horace Mann were stimulating and encouraging, for the most
part. Though some doubted my commitment to becoming a doctor, no one discouraged
me outright. The challenges I faced in being a woman and a black woman at that at
Horace Mann were mimicked at other institutions. However, because I had already
faced them head on they were neither surprising nor discouraging,” she said. “This certainly helped when I chose to go into the predominantly white male specialty of cardiology. I am not intimidated by or treated differently than my male counterparts. I literally
forget that I am the only woman in the room many times! Thankfully, my colleagues
have not made this a factor and allow my skill set and education to speak for itself.”
One of those colleagues is Dr. Harvey Sherber ’61 with whom Dr. Bussey works
at her NVCA practice. She also encountered Dr. LeRoy Rabbani ’76, Director of the
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Chest Pain Program at NY-Presbyterian Hospital/
Columbia and a Columbia medical school associate professor when she did her fellowship at the school.
Dr. Bussey’s involvement with her responsibilities at Inova’s heart institute and
with her NVCA patients, as well as her affiliation with a host of professional volunteer
activities, speaks directly to what has always inspired her journey. “Throughout my
training years, I dabbled in research projects, predominantly those with a cardiology
focus,” she said. “However, my main interest was and continues to be clinical and
patient care. I enjoy melding the evidence from clinical and basic science trials and
applying it to ‘real world’ settings.”
No doubt, the patients she heals in her “real world” practice benefit greatly from
the doctor’s commitment.
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By eighth grade the focus is on “the student as investigator.”
Chemistry and physics are studied through such major concepts as
Newton’s Laws of Motion, conservation of energy and matter, and
heat and temperature relationships. “By eighth grade there is less
emphasis on lab reporting, but more on gathering and analyzing
data, and a lot more math,” said Ingram. “By this time the students
have had the math education they need to be able to apply it to
more advanced scientific work. Their math curriculum links advantageously to their science studies.
“We constantly interact with the math department,” Ingram
pointed out. “In sixth grade, when our students are working on
scientific notation they’re also studying math subjects that apply—
division, fractions and larger numbers. In the eighth grade there
is a big overlap with the math the kids are studying—algebra and
large numbers—and with what we do in science, covering unit
analysis or unit conversions, for instance turning miles-per-second
to kilometers per hour.”
The volume of experiential lab work in which sixth graders are
involved complements this age group’s high energy levels. Correspondingly, by eighth grade students engage in more complex work
as their teachers begin to guide them toward the higher studies of
ninth grade and beyond. Some of the curricula criteria are based
on the value of scientific inquiry itself, Ingram noted. “While we
do a ton of labs in the classroom we realized the children weren’t
learning to do fieldwork. So, in seventh grade, we include a fieldstudy experience at Dorr. Nine different classes go to Dorr for an
overnight at different times. They do stream analysis, collecting
data on water. There’s nothing like being out on a stream to have a
true fieldwork experience,” said Ingram.
Er lectives and activities
Field trips and hands-on work are also part of the Division’s science experience. “The sixth-grade astronomy class goes to the planetarium at the Museum of Natural History. The seventh-grade does
the Dorr trip, and also a trip to the zoo for their study of primates.
The Middle Division has also related science study to its Book
Day when possible. “Two years ago when we all read Into Thin Air
(about an ill-fated Mt. Everest climb), we tied our classes in with
the book, learning about how much oxygen one needs to survive,
and the effect of altitude on the human body. When Fahrenheit 451
(about a society that burns books) was the Book Day selection we
learned the chemistry of burning paper,” Ingram recalled.
Alumni and current Upper Division students add the sixthgrade’s famous “Egg Drop” to their memories of a vibrant science
education experience during their adolescent years. Scheduled
annually for April students are challenged to create a container that
can keep an egg inside safe from cracking when dropped from the
top of the Rose Hall Atrium stairs. “This is an exercise in creative
engineering,” said Ingram. “We challenge kids to think about what
happens to the egg inside whatever container they make. We see a
lot of bubble wrap. Each year about 30 out of 70 containers are successful. It’s a sixth-grade experience, but this has become an event
for the entire Middle Division to watch.”
spark ongoing interests
A selection of science electives became part of the Middle
Division science department curriculum during the 2006-2007
school year. The choice of electives is based on subjects faculty
members are anxious to teach, and which might also stimulate
a student’s future interest. “We thought it would be wonderful to
enable each teacher to teach to their curricular strength, or their
particular interest. We knew the teachers would be especially engaged in their teaching, and the students would benefit from their
expertise and their enthusiasm.”
The results have been exciting, with students selecting from electives in meteorology, oceanography, electricity and magnetism, energy, crime lab, and department chair Hill’s own favorite—extreme
biology, in which students learn about organisms and animals that
thrive in such conditions as ice-locked ocean depths. Come finals
time, each student’s exam is customized to the elective they took.
“The classes are much more lab than lecture based, and the kids
love getting to pick something that reflects their own interests. It
also helps make the eighth-grade year a little more fun before the
rigors of the Upper Division,” said Ingram.
Fun is not the domain of the eighth grade alone. One day each
year, for the past eight or so years, the entire Division indulges in a
“Super Science Day” Ingram said. “The teachers propose something they would like to do, and students can select from among
eight options. They’ve done the chemistry of fireworks, experiments on floating and sinking, races with air-blown balloons. It’s a
day we schedule for sometime in March, before spring break, when
everyone really needs some fun.”
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Te chnology enhances the curriculum
In 1988 Dr. Weitz sang the praises of a video microscope
the School was able to procure. Describing the scope as “an
example of high technology that works in the classroom,” Dr. Weitz
wrote that, after a microscope/video camera/high-resolution color
monitor was introduced at a National Science Teachers Convention
“the department was able to purchase one for Horace Mann.”
Today Middle Division students regularly use technology in their
classes—through an abundance of computer software available
to correspond with each year’s curriculum. “We have fantastic
software for the sixth grade’s astronomy study called Starry Night.
You’re able to manipulate the solar system,” said Ingram.
In seventh grade earth science coursework is enhanced by the
use of a computer-based rain forest simulation. Since grade seven’s
curriculum emphasizes developing skills as a researcher a major
part of the rain forest unit aims at teaching how to conduct a literary search using the Internet and library search facilities. By eighth
grade, Ingram said, “in a certain number of labs the students are
putting their data directly into the computer for analysis. We use
Excel spread sheets for some of the calculations.”
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Ben Van Buren ’08 and Samantha (Sam) Zuckerman ’11 are among HM’s science associates who assist the Upper Division science department by helping set up labs for
classes, and do other work that gives them credit toward community service, and also enables them to become skilled in the use of the department’s equipment and
resources. Ben, who is a certified wildlife rehabilitator for New York State, and who interned at the aquarium at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod last
summer, specializes in taking care of the biology department’s fish tanks. He’s teaching Sam to take over when he graduates. A job that requires that their work be
completed before beginning classes, the two arrive early each morning to clean the fish tanks, regulate the water temperature, and determine amounts to feed. Both say
they have learned a lot from this “work” experience—Van Buren bringing some of the knowledge he gained at Woods Hole to the aquariums at HM, and Sam indulging
in her love of marine biology she said was awakened by a teacher in the Middle Division. “We’ve had some ups and downs, when the fish are thriving, and when some
of them die,” both agreed, commenting that they have even gotten into “the psychology” of fish. “It’s been a terrific learning experience.”
Another change in the science department at HM over the years
is one that Ingram sees as “undeniably important.” It’s the increased
number of women who serve on the School’s science faculty. The
department has always had its share of women teachers in the Upper Division—including Dr. Kathleen Howard and Janet Kraus who
Dr. Weitz wrote of 20 years ago, and the recently-retired former Upper Division Department Head, Dr. Francis Perlmuter, but the number of women teaching science in the Middle Division is particularly
significant to the age group, Ingram believes. Trained as a chemist
Ingram feels it’s important for both boys and girls of this impressionable age “to experience women teaching science. It’s still an
awakening to many that there are women so involved in the science
arena. Having women role models carries over to the high school
level, and encourages more women to study science there, and go
on in college. We know that’s true from our experience here.” That
exposure continues into the Upper Division science department
where a high percentage of teachers are women.
Tl urning students on to science
Viewing the science curriculum as it relates to the teaching of science at Horace Mann on the whole Ingram noted, “We’ve
heard from the Upper Division teachers that we are doing a really
good job in the lab in preparing students for their future studies.
In some years we’ve even done some labs in the Middle Division
that are also done in ninth grade.” In some cases, studies begun as
far back as the sixth grade inform the “more complicated twelfthgrade version” Ingram noted.
“We have had some serious collaboration in teaching genetics,
in which teachers from the Upper Division have told us ‘here’s what
we wish you would teach in the Middle Division.’ Of course, we
also share equipment.
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Dr. Miguelina Matthews ’92
Today’s world is one in which it is
possible to alleviate suffering and
death from vaccine-preventable
disease—that is if populations in need
are reached with the safest and most
effective medical products. Dr.
Miguelina Matthews ’92 is on the
forefront of helping to make that
happen, through her work at sanofi
pasteur, one of the oldest and
most-respected names in the field. In recent years the company has provided
over a billion doses of vaccines to immunize more than 500 people around the
world against over 20 diseases.
As a Manager in Validation at sanofi pasteur Dr. Matthews provides
technical and laboratory services to the industrial operations division of the
company, writing, reviewing, approving, and executing protocols to ensure that
the vaccine manufacturing processes meet FDA and regulatory standards. Prior to this position Dr. Matthews worked as a senior staff scientist in scientific
and laboratory services at the Pall Corporation, a company highly respected
for its work in the filtration and separation of products for medical, bioscience,
environmental, and airspace industries.
The author of several peer-reviewed scientific journal articles Miguelina
Matthews earned her Ph.D. in Microbial Pathogenesis from Yale University in
January 2003, where she studied how the bacterium Legionella pneumophilia
causes disease. She also mentored upper level undergraduate students as a
teaching fellow in four genetics, biology and molecular biology courses, and
received funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health’s
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
However, the alumna said she didn’t start her studies off in this direction. “After Horace Mann I went to Cornell where I intended to double major
in biology and Spanish literature.” Though she ended up with a minor in
biological sciences Dr. Matthews said she was able to “go on to graduate
school in micro-biology because I’d taken so many AP courses at Horace
Mann. I voluntarily took chemistry the summer before it was required. Not
may other schools at the time offered the opportunity to take challenging
courses during the summer.”
It was during her high school years that Dr. Matthews developed a passion for science. “I had Mr. (Paul) Wood as a chemistry teacher. He was definitely someone who influenced me. His passion for chemistry and for teaching
made a challenging subject very enjoyable.” The researcher recalls also being
highly influenced by her study of Spanish literature at HM. “I developed the
ability to be enthusiastic and open-minded about learning in general.”
Among her peers in her science classes at Horace Mann, and particularly
the women students, many went on to become physicians, Dr. Matthews said.
She believes not many went on to pursue a research path. It’s a direction
she’s glad to have gone into. The research and regulatory work she does today
makes her work critical to “the making of vaccines,” she explained. “These
are products that eventually go into a human being. I am primarily in the lab
making sure the manufacturing process results in an effective and sterile
vaccine dose.”
In some cases the two Divisions “share” faculty as well—to great
advantage. “We’ve all benefited from having Rudy (Reiblein) as the
person in charge of the labs. He’s an outstanding problem solver.
He’s actually a lab genius! When the kids suggest something they
would like to try, he can figure out how to do it. Janet Kraus always
assists teachers in preparing labs, and we’ve done work with Dr.
Howard. That’s the unique thing about the science department.
Teachers love to teach their subject, and they love to lean on each
other to learn more, or learn about different materials to bring to
their students,” Ingram said.
As someone who has been “teaching science forever” Robin
Ingram has had to adjust her lessons—not only to take advantage
of the potential of new technology, but to weave in new information on the scientific front. “Astronomy changes every year. There
was so much to discuss last year when Pluto was declassified as a
planet. In terms of the microscope work we do—there has been a
lot of change in the classification of species. Each year there is new
information about evolution that changes what we cover.”
Imparting knowledge in a field that is never stagnant poses pedagogical challenges, Ingram explained. “We try to help students
understand that when a body of knowledge is changing, we need
to discern the difference between theory and fact, and how you
get that information. That’s what we considered in our discussion
of Pluto, for example. When those moments happen we encourage
the students to explore further.” Ingram recalled an instance when
one of her students asked about the three-dimensionality of the
solar system. “That was a sixth-grader thinking way beyond what
we were teaching,” she said.
At the middle school age, students are mature enough for lessons to be ideological as well. “We discuss with students the issue
of malaria not having a cure yet, or what should be the future of
the space program. Should money go into space exploration, or for
medical causes? We talk about the impact on our lives of emerging
technologies. We give no answers, but we let the students speak
and think about these questions. Our teachers have concentrated
on making the subject matter relevant to the students’ lives.
“We don’t encourage too much independent study at this stage,
however. We don’t see that as productive when the students are
at an age when they can learn more from classroom instruction,”
Ingram said.
The primary goal of the Middle Division’s science curriculum,
explained Ingram, “is to have kids who, in the end, will be competent lab-report writers, and who will be familiar enough with basic
science to go on in their studies, and also have a real interest in the
subject. We cover a wide variety of subjects while the kids are in
this Division, so they can find something that seizes their imagination. Our goal is not to make future researchers, but to turn our
students on to science.”
“Teachers love to teach their subject, and they
love to lean on each other to learn more.”
– Robin Ingr am, science teacher and Head of the Middle Division
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Sc ience studies in the Upper Division
Building on inspiration, and
stepping beyond
When Horace Mann’s former Middle Division students enter the
Upper Division with their science interest piqued and their skills
honed for new challenges, they are welcomed to a world of stimulation, heightened by almost endless possibility.
That possibility is fulfilled through a rigorous curriculum concerned with the experimental and theoretical processes by which
scientists explore the natural world, and with how their results
are applied to contemporary problems. Course offerings cover
a broad range. In biology, students survey the discipline’s major
areas of inquiry including molecular biology, genetics, physiology, behavior, evolution, and ecology studied through laboratory
exercises designed to illustrate and test hypotheses shown to
support the understanding of biological phenomena. Advanced
Placement (AP) chemistry delves more deeply into topics covered
in introductory chemistry, including chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, atomic and nuclear chemistry, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction,
and organic chemistry.
In addition students are introduced to opportunities for independent research during the school year and summers through
programs at such institutions as the American Museum of Natural
History, Rockefeller University, NYU School of Medicine, and the
Women’s Technology Program at MIT or the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
In spiring enthusiasm
as a department goal
Reiterating that “to inspire” is one of the UD science department’s
four main goals, and “having the students catch the teachers’ enthusiasm” another, Department Chair Russell Hatch noted, “There
is a lot of enthusiasm about our subject in this department. If we
are successful as teachers we will have imparted our enthusiasm
to the students, and stimulated their interest in science for the rest
of their lives.”
To hear William Rifkin ’08 tell it, the Division is achieving that
goal. The “Nobel Laureate of the Future” comes from a family
immersed in science. His father is a molecular biologist, and his
mother a researcher and physician. But, the HM senior said, he
only had “a small interest in science” when he came to Horace
Mann from The Town School in ninth grade.
“The first year I came to Horace Mann I had Dr. Howard as a
teacher. She was so passionate about her subject, and about teaching, and about getting students to share her interests even outside of
class, you couldn’t help but get excited,” Rifkin recalled. Rifkin continued to experience Dr. Howard’s enthusiasm and encouragement
Upper Division science department chair Russel Hatch assists students in
chemistry class.
as a student for two years in her bio-chemistry course. In fact, he
pursued some of his learning further, working in a developmental
genetics lab at Cornell University the summer after tenth grade, and
during weekends through the rest of the year. “At first I was helping
other people out. Eventually I was given a project of my own.”
Rifkin became aware of the “Nobel” competition when an older
HM student, Jedtsada Laucharoen ’06, won the award and earned a
trip to the ceremonies in Stockholm. Rifkin wrote his winning essay
in the category of Physiology/Medicine on “Andrew Fire and the
Discovery of RNA” during his junior year, when students are eligible
to compete. “To a large part I wrote it because of the encouragement
of my teachers. Ever since ninth grade my science teachers have
been really encouraging,” he said. Not sure, at this point, whether he
will consider a future in science Rifkin nevertheless values all the science studies he has done at Horace Mann, from physics to AP Biology and HM’s innovative biotechnology class. “Whatever I do in the
future, I believe it’s important that I have this knowledge,” he said.
Es valuating what students
need to know
Refining the curriculum is an ongoing occupation of the department, Hatch explained, both for students like Rifkin enjoying
science now, and for others committed to pursuing a science
career. “It’s both a labor of necessity and a labor of love. During
the 2006-2007 school year all of the teachers in our department
engaged in a detailed examination of the Upper Division science
curriculum. At each of our meetings we spent a lot of time learning
what each teacher does in each classroom. We discussed the content we cover and the labs that support the subjects being taught.
We reviewed the requirements of the program, and what a student
needs to know before leaving Horace Mann,” said Hatch. Faculty
members also explored how to teach ways of gaining knowledge
that are specific to science, and asked one another how to balance
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“The Upper Division science curriculum has four main goals: To instruct, to inspire, to build
up skills, and to have the students catch the teachers’ enthusiasm for the subject.”
– Russell Hatch, Upper Division Science Department Chair
self-discovery with content instruction, how to improve students’
learning from laboratory activities, and even how to maintain
student enthusiasm throughout an entire school year.
“We constantly review the curriculum as a whole. Students are
required to take two years of science here, and most take three
years: biology, chemistry, and physics. In reviewing the curricula,
we have tried to develop problem-solving skills appropriate to
the age of the student as they move from biology to chemistry to
physics. It is also important to connect the lab experience with the
classroom experience. Each reinforces the learning in the other,”
said the teacher who is in his tenth year at Horace Mann.
“One challenge we identified was the need to bridge the gap
between the courses we teach and the world of today. In biology
classes, for example, students take on an ‘issue of the month.’ They
look at a news article that connects with whatever unit they are on,
to bring the real world into the classroom.” In a “Topics in Biology”
class, new to the 2007-2008 school year students delve even deeper
into these issues. Described as a second course in biology for students who wish to explore certain topics in greater detail and with
greater freedom than a traditional textbook-oriented course offers,
the class focuses on current trends in biology and biology-related
areas of public interest.
Janet Kraus, who developed and teaches the course, noted, “We
look at such issues as bio-engineering, but we don’t just study the
topic. We do the science.” Thus, along with reading relevant articles
in the popular media and the scholarly press, or watching a documentary about a topic such as genetically-engineered crops, the
students also grew corn in the department’s green house—planting
seeds under different conditions, and within variously enriched soils.
In the first trimester unit on “The Biology of Food” they baked bread
and made pizza while learning about fermentation and yeast, and
produced yogurt while learning about the digestive system. Encouraged in this class to debate and argue controversial topics the course
also covers economics, politics, ecology, religion, art and literature.
The second trimester is devoted to examining disease—the
history, medical breakthroughs in curing disease, and the politics
surrounding which diseases receive research funding. With the
course culminating in the study of human behavior, including such
questions as whether ethical behavior exists, the course’s 11th and
12th-graders will be able to hold their own in the public dialogue for
years to come.
A similar innovation in the Division’s science program is a “Topics
in Physics” class in which units are built around issues of contemporary interest in physical science and in today’s culture. Thus, a trimester on “The Cosmos” examines both age-old mysteries such as
the origins of the universe, and current disputes over what a planet
is and how many are in the solar system. The unit includes an overnight trip to HM’s great resource of Dorr for celestial observation.
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A second unit delves into information technology and its place
in our world, illuminating the nature of computer circuitry, our
ability to characterize and transfer information, and the prospects
for computing in terms of human potential. The “hands on” part
of the course has students building computer circuitry. Discussion
involves applying ethical systems to decision-making about future
research. A final unit in this course entitled “The Bomb” was created in response to the return of this significant player to the world
stage. The issue is examined with study of nuclear technology
through the physics lens, and addresses how fears about nuclear
weapons shape peoples’ thoughts. Science teachers Dr. Steve Palfrey and Erin Mitchell are designing a “Topics in Chemistry” class
for the coming school year, said Hatch.
Db eveloping science “tools” to promote
an atmosphere for creative inquiry
The science department’s ongoing evaluation of its program is
focused on assuring that students gain knowledge to enable them
to participate in evaluating cutting-edge questions, as well as skills
necessary in traditional biology and chemistry foundation courses,
all with an eye on how scientists explore the natural world. “In
chemistry, for instance, we’ve identified graphing as a needed
skill,” said Hatch. “This is something the students have learned
before, in the Middle Division and some even in the Lower Division.
At the beginning of the year chemistry students are reinstructed in
this skill, and then develop it on a more advanced level.
“Problem solving is another tool. It’s a great way of teaching,
because students are interested in getting the problem right.
They’re not that comfortable with trying and erring. They want to
try and succeed. But they also learn from mistakes. We want to
build students’ confidence in the fact that it’s OK to try and to err
sometimes. That’s a major part of scientific inquiry.”
Another goal, said the department chair, is to increase opportunities for such creative work, both in and out of the classroom, for
all students in the department. “We have a talented student body.
We will always be producing Intel finalists and semi-finalists, but we
want all of our students to be able to understand science, to be able
to grapple with the issues of the day—from global warming to stemcell research. The department clearly sees that as a responsibility.”
Josh Parker ’08 learned just how seriously the science department and other HM faculty members take that responsibility when
he began pursuing a line of questioning inspired by a problem Dr.
Weitz assigned his AP physics students at the beginning of this
school year. The question involved the projectile launch angle of an
object, and initial velocity increases. “I had this thought that in math
class we had done problems with projectile motion before, but on
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level ground. Here we were no longer talking about level ground,”
said Parker. “I started wondering whether there was a relationship
when comparing an object that was launched from a height to one
launched from the ground. I thought it was going to be straightforward. I did some math, and found out that was wrong.”
physics” and “definitely” wants to study the subject in college
noted that he also loves “to see how math relates to the physical
world. It’s pretty amazing to me that we have math that we can
use to create models for things that happen in the real world,”
said Parker.
When Parker presented his findings to Dr. Weitz, the physics
teacher became interested, and suggested a few more ideas for
Parker to explore. “Dr. Weitz told me he had never thought of my
question ‘that way’ before, and I should look further.”
“Dr. (Stephen) Berman was my math teacher in ninth grade.
He heard about this, and wanted to know how I was doing on the
problem. I had Mr. (Richard) Somma in tenth grade. He was also
interested. Mr. (Charles) Worral was my teacher last year. He’s done
work in this area. He gave me some suggestions and some more
ideas to go after.”
In fact, Dr. Weitz became so interested in Josh’s pursuit that he
began describing it to other teachers in his department and in
the math department. Parker learned of the buzz when several
teachers approached him. A student who says he “really enjoys
Alexi Nazem 2000
Throughout his undergraduate years at Yale
University Alexi Nazem 2000 was immersed
in the study of molecular biophysics and
biochemistry, working in labs on campus
and making significant contributions to
several peer-reviewed papers. That is, in
between his involvement in activities
ranging from serving as an officer of Yale
College Students for Democracy, a member
of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society’s
executive board, launching club tennis at Yale, or sharing his cultural heritage by
bringing a famous Persian singer to campus. When he graduated he was not sure
whether he would continue on in research, or pursue a career in medicine, as have
so many members of his family, from his grandfather to aunts, uncles, and cousins,
all world-renowned physicians at the nation’s leading hospitals. Alexi’s sister,
Taraneh Nazem ’03 graduated from Yale last year and is now enrolled at the Mount
Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
Choosing to take some time off from his studies while he decided on his future
direction Nazem took a job as special assistant to the CEO of the Institute for
Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Cambridge, Mass., a not-for-profit organization focused on improving health care throughout the world. “The job was not related at all
to my undergraduate study, and I was only planning to spend a year there, but they
asked me to stay on, because they were launching a new project—the 100,000
lives campaign,” Nazem said. The campaign, launched in December 2004, aimed
to save the lives of 100,000 patients by improving in-hospital care. Nazem was
tapped to become the National Field Manager for the initiative, traveling the country
to publicize it and gain the participation of hospital administrators and staff, and to
build a network to support the 3,100 hospitals that were part of the initiative. During Nazem’s tenure the IHI was able to document over 122,000 fewer deaths.
“The campaign was not about getting healthcare to people but about improving
care in hospitals by standardizing six specific changes to prevent avoidable deaths.
It was a huge message to market large-scale changes to the health-care system,”
said Nazem. “I had the opportunity to run the field offices and travel around the
country rallying the troops for health care. This related not at all to the hard-core
science I was doing before, but I found it exciting.”
Parker said he never imagined that the problem solving he and
Dr. Weitz continued together, using spreadsheets and studying the
Alexi Nazem is back at Yale now pursuing a joint degree in medicine and
business—a decision he said was inspired by his IHI work. “It was the best possible thing I could have done between college and medical school. I learned I want
to be more involved in the broader picture, in the management side of medicine.”
Despite what he described as his family’s “long medical tradition” Nazem said he
did not feel “the urge to become a physician, probably because I was more involved
in the scientific research thing. I thought I would go into biotechnology.” But, he
found, “I really like interacting with people, and being on the front line. The business
angle comes from my father. As a venture capitalist he always worked in healthcare
and high technology, and health-care advocacy and assurance.”
For Nazem the wide range of studies he was able to experience at Horace
Mann, in science, the humanities, foreign language, and athletics as a varsity tennis team star, also contributed to his interest in education on a more global level. “I
took advantage of every science course I could get my hands on at Horace Mann. I
didn’t have the K-eight experience, but, in tenth grade I had a fantastic chemistry
teacher (former teacher Jeff Levy),” said the student who came to HM from Buckley.
“Because of him I never had to relearn chemistry. In college chemistry I literally
never had to crack open a book. Just this morning I was using this nifty way he
taught us to do conversion factors. I remembered that from 12 years ago! When it
clicks it just feels so good.”
Nazem also enjoyed taking AP physics with Dr. Jeff Weitz. “He was great. He
was such a fun guy who related to us very well. He nudged you in the right way. I
came to college with a deep love of physics. I still had to work hard when I got to
Yale, but my Horace Mann education prepared me very well.”
Perhaps the most valuable aspect of his science education at Horace Mann
was its “depth,” Nazem noted. “So many courses were offered. There was a programmatic nature to the curriculum you could follow if you liked one subject more
than another, much like at college, because the science department really has an
extensive college-course catalogue. Still, the teachers allowed you latitude to ask
questions that were not in the curriculum. I loved the far-ranging discussion.
“I didn’t get an opportunity to take all of the courses, but just knowing these
subjects existed, and that there were people who loved studying them, enabled students to imagine so many horizons.” For Nazem the horizon now includes working
to save lives as a medical practitioner, and through working with others to improve
medical care—as the alumnus has already done in his nascent career.
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properties of the parabolas that describe projectile motion, would
result in a paper he would co-author with his teacher. “I wasn’t
thinking about anything like doing a paper. It was just that, when I
worked on the problem I had this question. At first I wasn’t even going to ask my question. I thought Dr. Weitz might think it was childish, but I also thought he might have the answer. His excitement
got me excited. When the other teachers were so enthusiastic that
really helped. That’s just how it is with all the teachers here. They’re
so enthusiastic about what they teach!” Thus, Parker fitted in time
for the extra work into his already packed schedule—including his
standout participation and leadership of the varsity wrestling team
as captain, and a 100-match winner.
Fulfilling as it was for Dr. Weitz to discover new areas of inquiry
within a standard assignment, he added that it was also rewarding to discover that “our work illustrates how a standard problem
in introductory physics can open several lines of questioning for
a creative and interested student. Josh…. has looked at projectile
motion in ways that we don’t usually look at or ask about in an introductory course. Thus, he’s learned a lot about it, and shown me
some things I might do on this topic with future classes. Moreover,
he has me thinking about all the problems I give to my students.
That may spark new ideas in other physics teachers, as it has me.”
And what of Dr. Weitz’ description of the AP physics class as introductory? “This would be an introductory physics course in college,”
Dr. Weitz explained.
Ariel Bulua 2000
Ariel Bulua ’00 is spending this year on the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus
in Bethesda, Md. as a fellow in its Clinical
Research Training Program (CRTP). As one of
30 medical and dental students nationwide
selected to participate in this prestigious
fellowship Bulua is taking a year off from her
medical studies at the Mount Sinai School of
Medicine in New York, which she entered
through the Humanities and Medicine
Program, after majoring in English at Yale University.
“During my three years of medical school, I enjoyed my experiences on the
wards but became convinced that I wanted to incorporate research into my clinical
career,” said Bulua. For this reason she sought and was accepted to the NIH Clinical
Research Training Program, where she is conducting research in the Autoimmunity
Branch of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
(NIAMS). Bulua reports that she is “studying the mechanism of inflammation in the
TNF Receptor-Associated Periodic Syndrome (TRAPS), a rare disease characterized by fevers, abdominal pain, rashes, and joint inflammation. My work is mainly
concerned with the pathways involved in innate immunity, and we are looking at
the way in which a structural mutation leads to uncontrolled inflammation in the
absence of any trigger. My work involves both basic science laboratory research as
well as a more clinical component, in which I am working on a clinical trial looking
at the efficacy of a new treatment for the disease.”
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Katherine Cagen ’08 is another student whose scientific research
has taken her out of the classroom for additional work. In her case
it was her research in Columbia University’s geology laboratories
that culminated in a paper entitled “Evidence of a Tsunami Generated by an Impact Event in the New York Metropolitan Area Approximately 2,300 Years Ago,” which earned her a semifinalist spot
in the Intel Science Talent Search. “I determined the tsunami came
from an impact,” said the student matter-of-factly.
“The tsunami of 2004 definitely piqued my interest in this subject,” she said. Describing the various stages of her research, she
added, “I’ve done some reading outside of science about tsunami.
I’ve read Bruce Masse, who analyzes myths and looks for descriptions of real-world ecological events, which might include this
event. Right now I’m at the hard science stage. There are a lot of
implications for this study—tsunami generated by impact are at
once the worst understood and most potentially dangerous.”
Working in the Columbia lab on weekends and one evening a
week after school, Cagen first began assisting other researchers in
the lab by “working up their samples, and looking at and analyzing
SEM photomicrographs.” A Saturday class Cagen took in microscopy in the Columbia Science Honors Program supplemented
this work. She soon launched her own investigation, managing
to fit her research into a schedule at HM that has included AP
Physics, honors classes in physics and math, AP Economics, and
three years of computer science courses including AP Computer
The experience of conducting research has given this medical student “new
insight into the process by which diseases manifest. This has led me to the decision to pursue a physician-scientist track,” said Bulua. “The manner in which one
approaches unknowns in clinical practice, with a strong focus on evidence-based
medicine, differs greatly from the research environment, where investigation leads
to more new questions than answers. With the ultimate goal of conducting research
in immunology while continuing to see patients as a Pediatric Rheumatologist, I
hope to find a balance between basic scientific inquiry and patient care.”
Bulua credits her education at Horace Mann with “laying the groundwork”
for this career. “I found all of my science courses in high school to be incredibly
stimulating, and I was exposed to great teachers and role models at Horace Mann.
The school also fostered my interest in the Humanities, leading me to major in
English at Yale, and I believe that Horace Mann’s approach to the humanities taught
me critical thinking and how to write persuasively,” she said.
“As a woman, I think my experience at Horace Mann was especially empowering;
I was taught by many strong, highly intelligent women in both the humanities and the
sciences. As a senior, I recall writing a paper on women in medicine, and interviewing
women in the field on how they were able to balance their clinical careers with motherhood and family life. Although I was encouraged to think about these difficult issues
while at Horace Mann, I left with the strong impression that anything was possible.
“As a high school senior, I participated in an independent study project in
which I worked in a laboratory in the Department of Microbiology at Mt. Sinai, and
this was my first real exposure to laboratory work. This experience allowed me to
become involved in research at a very young age, and helped me to appreciate the
dedication and perseverance required to succeed in scientific research.
“Horace Mann’s supportive teachers, rich academic environment and challenging curriculum laid the foundation for my current career path.”
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Science—along with participating in computer science and mathematics competitions and contributing artwork to HM’s Folio 51
magazine and The Record.
A student whose future interests focus on computer engineering,
Cagen said she received enthusiastic support for her independent
research from her HM teachers, and particularly those in whose
courses she has been most involved. “Ms. (Janet) Smith, my computer science teacher, and Dr. Weitz were always willing to listen to
my ideas. They were always excited and enthusiastic.”
Cagen’s research intersected with her Horace Mann studies as
a member of the science department’s Science Research class—a
class that provides a context for much of the independent research
in which HM students engage by bringing them together once a
week to discuss and present to one another aspects of their projects.
With Russ Hatch teaching the class the first half of the year Cagen
said she was also encouraged by the department chair.
This year 25 students are pursuing independent study projects,
working in research labs around the city, or preparing for various
science fairs and competitions. Entry of a project in the New
York City Science and Engineering Fair is a course requirement.
Though only a half-credit course Hatch believes that, particularly
for those who want to go on to advanced science study in college,
the value of the Science Research class cannot be measured.
“We devote time to having the students present their science fair
poster, or to reviewing literature related to their research,” he
said. “That’s a great experience for a student. Being engaged in a
discussion in science is no different than grappling with a piece of
literature or poem.”
Another challenge the department is addressing, Hatch said, is
the need to stay abreast of new developments in biology. “Unlike
chemistry and physics, which looks the same as it did 50 and 60
years ago, biology has really exploded. For the biology courses we
have had to decide what to keep in and what is not needed. In the
biotechnology class that Kathy Howard developed students are
learning techniques such as isolating and manipulating DNA from
living organisms. The techniques they use didn’t even exist 15 years
ago. What parents and grandparents recognize as biology is not
taught anymore.”
With so many students attracted to the variety and depth of
courses in the Upper Division offerings, with students from the
younger grades moving into the department with their appetite for
science awakened and their skills in place, the labs and classrooms
in the Pforzheimer science building are bursting with activity. Add
to this the number of students taking science classes today who
might not have in the past as they respond to a pressing need for
scientific engagement in a world defined by the dialogue of climate
change, genetic testing, nuclear technology and so much more.
Said Hatch, “We’re doing all we can to keep Pforzheimer Hall,
which was built in the 1970s, up to the task.” But, he explained, educators consider 75 percent use of a classroom per day an optimum
benchmark of whether a school building is over-extended. His
department faces another challenge as interest in its course offerings keeps the building’s classrooms filled nearly 100 percent of the
hours of each day.
Mo deling toward discovery
eting the challenge of change,
the promise of the future
Hatch appreciates his department’s cooperation with other
divisions. “What’s unique about science, among the academic
departments at Horace Mann, is that we share an office with our
Middle Division colleagues,” said Hatch. “That helps us share best
practices, and information about students. The kinds of conversations we’ve had within the Upper Division we plan to have with
the Middle and Lower Divisions so we can map out course content
throughout the discipline.”
Reflecting on how the science curriculum at Horace Mann has
changed over the years, Hatch noted that a 1999 New York State
Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) evaluation of the
School called for more computers in the classrooms. “We met the
goal of getting them by 2001, when we had a full slate of computers
that the biology and chemistry classes shared.” However, Hatch
believes that even with the many opportunities computers provide
“like any other technology it’s important to know when it’s useful
to use a computer and when it’s not. It’s a good tool for some
experiments, and not for others.” Assignments are thus designed
for computer-based problem solving for part of the year, and then
exchanged for traditional exercises.
Russell Hatch has a word to describe what he believes
is the Horace Mann Upper Division science department’s greatest
strength. “It’s ‘modeling.’ That’s a phrase that keeps coming up at
all our department meetings. When we describe to students the
gas laws, or what an atom looks like, we do it in terms of models,
because clearly there are similarities between the model and the
actual thing.
“It’s the same with our teaching. When a student sees a teacher—the kind of teacher we have in this department— modeling
excitement, modeling good practices, the student realizes science
is not a bunch of facts, or something you read about in a book. It’s
something you do, problems you always think about, questions you
always ask,” said Hatch. “Our goal, in this department, is to always
have students asking those questions. Hopefully, we will always be
able to provide them with the resources to do so.”
As Dr. Weitz wrote in Horace Mann’s magazine 20 years ago,
“Who knows, someday, what one of our students will discover?” $
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HM Upper Division Named Blackboard Award Winner
The Blackboard Awards, now celebrating six
years, was created by Manhattan Media to pay
tribute to the many types of successful schools
in New York City, and the people who make
them work, explained Charlotte Eichna, executive editor of the popular Manhattan Media
newspapers Our Town, The West Side Spirit,
The Westsider, and Chelsea Clinton News.
“Our goal is to highlight notable achievements across all New York Schools. The
Blackboard Awards are not a ranking or
competition between schools. Our focus
throughout has been on identifying those New
York City institutions—public, religious, independent, and charter—where a vibrant, caring
and challenging learning community has
been created. By spotlighting these excellent
schools, we hope to inspire greater dialogue
and positive developments across New York
City’s educational community,” Eichna said.
An article about Horace Mann in The West
Side Spirit described the breadth and depth
of the Division’s curriculum, covering course
offerings such as Mandarin Chinese, the
School’s host of APs, and economics. Quoting
Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly, the article also
referred to how the John Dorr Nature Laboratory is incorporated into the curriculum. Head
of the Upper Division Dr. David Schiller noted
that the Upper Division, and the School as
a whole, “teaches leadership, initiative, and
resolve.” HM’s long tradition and some of its
illustrious alumni were mentioned as well,
under the headline: “A History of Achievement;
While students push themselves to excel,
Horace Mann pushes them to explore.”
The award was presented to Dr. Schiller at a gala evening launched by a keynote
speech from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and
longtime teacher Frank McCourt. Dr. Kelly
attended the festivities as well. This is the
second time Horace Mann has been honored
with a Blackboard Award. In 2001, the first
year the award was presented, HM’s Middle
Division was recognized as top among independent schools.
Photo @ Manhattan Media.
Horace Mann School’s Upper Division was
recognized as New York City’s “outstanding
private high school” in Manhattan Media’s
annual Blackboard Award ceremony on
October 16, 2007.
Robert Friedman, CEO of GVA Williams, presents
the Blackboard Award to HM Upper Division Head
Dr. David Schiller.
Horace Mann publications honored
Review, Voyager, Record are standouts
The Horace Mann Review, HM’s current events
and issues journal, was honored with the
American Scholastic Press Association’s (ASPA)
first place award with special merit classification and the ASPA’s “Best Current Events and
Politics Magazine in the Country” award for its
2006-2007 volume. The award honored issues
edited by then editorial directors Charles Stam
’09, Kunal Malkani ’09, and Anoushka Vaswani
’09. Kunal Malkani is editor of this year’s Review.
The Review earned 995 points out of a possible 1,000 points from the judges. Design and
production were the only areas to lose points.
Now in its 17th year of publication The Review
is a growing presence on campus, giving
students a chance to study and debate issues
of pressing current interest. In 2003 the journal
was published once. It came out twice in the
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2004-2005 school year, according to Stam.
Last year it was published five times and delved
into such issues as gun control, crime and
punishment in the U.S., and election trends.
The editorial board expects to publish six issues
this year, said Malkani. Faculty advisors to The
Review are Greg Donadio, Dr. Barbara Tischler,
and Sharon Kunde. The publication also has a
following among subscribers, including alumni.
Mulkani invited more to subscribe by contacting
[email protected]
Horace Mann has a new magazine on
campus, and it, too was singled out for special
recognition. The HM Voyager, HM’s first
student magazine dedicated to travel, won the
ASPA’s “Best New Magazine Award” for 2007,
an honor given to only one publication a year.
Voyager also received first place with special
merit in a nationwide critique by the ASPA.
Matthew Jacobs ’09 and Ben Noble ’09 are
the editors and Dr. Adam Casdin the advisor.
The Horace Mann Record continued on its
longtime streak of earning top honors from
ASPA, when it was named “Most Outstanding
Private School Newspaper for 2006-07” and
awarded First Place with Special Merit. Dr.
Glenn Wallach serves as advisor to the paper.
Finally, Horace Mann senior Jessica
Schleider ’09 was recognized by the National
Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for her
playwriting portfolio, which was judged among
the top five percent in the nation’s applicant
pool. She was also recognized “as one of the
most accomplished artists who participated in
youngARTS2008 from New York City.”
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HM Lions Teams Capture Championships in
many sports
Spring brings sports outdoors, and
alumni are invited to join the fans
Horace Mann School’s sports teams captured
a host of titles in a variety of sports in the fall
and winter, with only some of the final results
in at this publication’s press time. Last fall
the boys’ varsity soccer team was undefeated
in the Ivy League taking the League title,
with only one loss—and 19 wins in overall
competition. The girls’ varsity volleyball team
captured its first Ivy League championship,
capping a season of extremely hard work and
practice. This winter the boys’ varsity swim
team won the Ivy title, as did HM’s varsity
wrestlers, who were also named champions
at the NY State private School Tournament.
That’s a team especially worth coming to
watch, boasting both men and women among
its members. HM’s gymnastics team captured
the AAIS championship, and girls’ indoor track
were Ivy champions.
The spring sports season officially begins
March 25, 2008 when the girls’ varsity softball
team plays its first game and the boys’ varsity
lacrosse team takes the field. Both are home
games, and offer a chance for Horace Mann
alumni, family and friends to participate in their
School in a special way—as fans cheering on
dozens of dedicated student athletes.
A source of pride to Horace Mann the
School’s Lions teams at the varsity and junior
varsity levels, as well as in the Middle Division, offer a different dimension to education
here—one that encompasses so much of the
commitment and skill students apply to all
of their learning—whether in the classroom,
on stage, or on the playing field. So far this
year that commitment has yielded exciting
results. The range of competitive sports in
which HM is involved has grown astoundingly
over the years to include skiing, fencing, crew,
squash, and Ultimate Frisbee along with such
traditional sports as soccer, football, tennis,
cross-country, track, basketball, water polo,
volleyball, and baseball from fall to spring.
Photo by Ted Sumers ’09 for The Record.
The next issue of Horace Mann Magazine
will take a look at athletics at Horace Mann
today, and feature stories about alumni
involved in sports from over the years. In
the meantime, fans can find out more about
HM’s teams by going to “Athletics” on www., or
and typing in Horace Mann in New York. The
schedules for the spring’s games and meets
are posted on both sites. We hope to see you
in the stands!
Arlinda Hasandjekaj ’11 runs toward the finish line at
the Manhattan Invitational in the fall.
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Fall Sports Standings
Boys Cross Country
Ivy League: 2nd Place
Girls Cross Country
Ivy League: 3rd Place
Field Hockey
Ivy League: 1-5
Overall: 4-9
Ivy League Finish: 4th Place
Overall: 3-6
Boys Soccer
Ivy League: 13-0-1
Overall: 19-1-1
Ivy League Finish: 1st Place-undefeated
Girls Soccer
Ivy League: 4-7-1
Overall: 8-7-2
Ivy League finish: 5th Place
Ivy League: 5-6
Overall: 6-7
Ivy League: 9-1
Overall: 19-2
Water Polo
Ivy League Finish: 1st Place; Ivy League Tournament Champions
Overall: 1-8
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news of the school
HM’s Center for Community Values and
Action becomes active on many fronts
Leads All-School Service-Learning Day, sponsors Service-Learning Team
The Horace Mann School community has a
new team to cheer on—and alumni are invited
to become part of its efforts.
It’s Horace Mann’s Service-Learning Team
(SLT)—a team whose members serve the community around them, while learning the significance of incorporating service into their lives.
The team is only one of the initiatives of
HM’s Center for Community Values and Action (CCVA), but perhaps a most visible one,
as its members are helping to organize the
entire School’s participation in another CCVA
action—an All-School Service-Learning Day
to coincide with Global Youth Service Day on
April 26, 2008. With scheduled volunteer activities ranging from environmental restoration,
to building and painting, the program is sure
to ignite the imagination, and inspire everyone
who takes part. The day has active leadership
from all sectors of the HM community, including faculty, students and parents.
The CCVA, founded at Horace Mann in
2006 by its director Dr. Jeremy Leeds ’72, is
a school-based initiative that connects ethics,
education and action by initiating programs,
engaging in community action, providing resources, and teaching classes. One of CCVA’s
areas of focus is the educational concept of
service-learning: connecting education with
community service and action. “The Center
is a place to raise tough questions, to try
out new ideas, and for the community to
work together as we build ethical lives and
ethical communities,” according to a recentlypublished brochure. “Horace Mann’s students,
faculty and families have been engaged with
community service and involved in discussion
on ethical issues for a very long time. The
CCVA offers the School a new focus and for
these efforts and for dialogue on these issues,”
said Dr. Leeds
CCVA has been raising the kind of “tough
questions” Dr. Leeds referred to throughout
this school year in lectures by such distinguished guests as Prof. Ira Harkavy, Associate
Vice President and Founding Director of the
Netter Center for Community Partnerships
at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr.
Nel Noddings, a leading figures in the field
of educational philosophy and the Lee L.
Jacks Professor of Child Education Emerita at
Stanford University. Dr. Leeds has also spoke
about ethics, education and the CCVA at several national conferences, and has shared his
expertise on the issue at seminars such as one
he led for teachers and administrators from the
New York State Association of Independent
Schools (NYSAIS) that HM hosted in February
2008 on the topic: Ethics in an unfair world:
What should we teach about social responsibility and how? The CCVA has also launched
Emily Shubert ’10 enjoys working with students at the Kingsbridge Heights
Community Center.
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discussion groups and book clubs to explore
such topics for parents and for faculty.
One of the most exciting activities in which
the CCVA and the Service-Learning Team it
sponsors is involved is a partnership with the
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, only a
short distance from Horace Mann. On Tuesday
afternoons SLT members travel to the community center to work with youngsters from the
area who participate in after-school programs
there. As SLT members have learned, a major
aspect of service-learning is forming partnerships to tailor make volunteer efforts to be
mutually beneficial. An example is that of a
student who provides tutoring in math, and
finds her effort to bolster her own skills as well.
Emily Schubert ’10 described how her
involvement with SLT has helped reinforce this
lesson. “I have been involved with the Service
Learning Team since it started up in September. It is amazing to me the progress we have
made in just a couple of months as a team.
SLT is different from ‘traditional’ community
service because instead of taking part in a
finite project on a particular Saturday we are
able to commit to an evolving project every
week. The difference is commitment. It is
about donating your ears to children who may
not get the attention otherwise. SLT has taught
me that everyone has something to teach, and
something to learn,” she said.
To learn more about ethics and servicelearning at Horace Mann, and to participate in
HM’s All School Service-Learning Day, please
contact Dr. Jeremy Leeds at 718-432-4121 or
Jeremy _ [email protected] $
University of Pennsylvania Prof. Ira Harkavy discusses service-learning with
Horace Mann and Kingsbridge Heights students.
Alumni Council Corner
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Greetings from the Alumni Council:
We are enjoying another successful year,
highlighted by the annual Horace Mann
Alumni Association Award for Distinguished
Achievement dinner, and the Alumni Council’s
Winter Celebration.
This year’s recipient of the Award for Distinguished Achievement,
Alex Counts ’84, was celebrated at Tavern on the Green on November
12, 2007. The Alumni Council bestows this award every year to a graduate who exemplifies distinguished achievement in his or her chosen
profession or accomplishments. As founding director of the Grameen
Foundation Alex Counts has helped millions of people around the
world secure micro-finance loans for businesses, thus enabling them
to emerge from dire poverty. His work supports that of the Grameen
Bank, founded by Prof. Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh who was
recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize for these efforts.
In February the HMAC hosted a Winter Celebration at Moran’s Chelsea in New York City. Around 70 alumni from a wide range of classes
enjoyed seeing former classmates and meeting new friends.
The remainder of 2007-2008 promises to be equally fulfilling.
On April 2, 2008 the Alumni Council partnered with Horace Mann
School’s Women’s Issues Club in organizing a panel on “Gender in the
Media.” The evening included a buffet dinner in the School’s Cohen
Dining Commons, followed by a panel of speakers and discussion.
HMAC members Wesley Mittman LePatner ’99 and Suzanne Sloan
’77, worked with the Women’s Issues Club (WIC) on the event. Alumnae on the panel were Roberta Caploe ’80, executive editor of Ladies
Home Journal, and Tamar Gargle Krakowiak ’88, news-operations
director at ABC-TV. The topic and guests fit well with the Women’s
Issues Club’s celebration of the tenth anniversary of the publication of
its Folio 51 magazine.
We will complete this year’s activities with our sixth-annual benefit.
Building on the momentum of last year’s benefit, the Council has
decided to host another Casino Night, complete with authentic gaming
tables and dealers, wonderful hors d’ouvres, a silent auction and great
prizes. Last year HMAC raised a record-breaking $8,000 for the Lynn
and Lizzie Koch ’05 Student Assistance Fund. Many alums and their
friends or companies have already become involved as sponsors. At
publication time they included: Suzanne Sloan ’77, Justin Lerer ’95
and Rachel Hannaford, Andrew Schoenthal ’91, Vicki Wiener, Eric
Felder ’89, Daniel Turkewitz ’91, Alli Baron ’89, Dan Rosenberg ’92,
Chris Greene ’92, Anil Ranawat ’92, Noah Leichtling ’92, Dr. Paul
Jarrod Frank ’87, Stephen Smigel ’89, Bob Sloan ’81, Kirk Roberts ’91,
Wendy ’90 and Edward Sassower, Randy Fields ’94, Anthony Brown
’74, Joelle Tisch ’95, The Kleier Family, and Corporate Suites Business
Centers (Hayim Grant ’87). To participate in this event as a sponsor
please contact Kristen _ [email protected] org. Please watch your
mail and w w w. h o r a c e m a n n a l u m n i .o r g for more information about
the benefit.
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If in the future if you would like to be a part of planning events such
as those discussed here, or if you would like to become more involved
in alumni activities of the School, all sorts of volunteer opportunities
exist in which you can become a part. Some include:
Class Agent
Horace Mann relies on a strong network of graduate volunteers or
Class Agents to act as liaisons between their classmates and the
School. In this capacity Class Agents act as both “friendraisers” and
fundraisers. As friendraisers, Class Agents encourage their classmates
to stay involved with Horace Mann, attend reunions, Homecoming,
or other campus activities that reflect the vitality of the School.
Class Agents are also responsible for fundraising within their class.
This includes participating in the yearly Annual Fund campaign and
in capital campaigns when they are in effect. Alumni support of the
Annual Fund is critical to the strength and growth of Horace Mann. It
has been shown that classes with active Class Agents have the best
reunions, raise the most money for the School and are, as a class,
the best connected to their alma mater. Class Agents are supported
by the Alumni House and Development Office of the School.
Class Correspondent
Class Correspondents are also “friendraisers” and as such act as a
conduit for information about their classmates to HM, keeping the
School abreast of interesting news for Horace Mann Magazine, or of
alum marriages, births, career changes, and more. The Class Correspondent may also help to reconnect classmates who may have
fallen out of touch, or help the School to find a “lost” alum. Several
Class Correspondents make use of the Internet to report class news
to their classmates as well as to the “Class Notes” section of this
magazine. The Class Correspondent position is extremely beneficial
to each class, as well as to Horace Mann.
Summer Job/Internship Provider
The Horace Mann School Alumni House Summer Job/Internship
Program depends on the interest and willingness of Horace Mann
alumni and parents to offer our graduating seniors and college-age
alumni opportunities to intern or work in their places of employment
or businesses during the summer months. Students are increasingly
interested in finding opportunities that will contribute to their education and further their understanding of possible careers or professions. In turn, you will benefit from the talents of a Horace Mann
alum, capable of making real contributions to your place of work.
For more information on any of these opportunities, please contact
Kristen Worrell, Assistant Director of Development for Alumni Relations
and Special Events at (718) 432-4106 or kristen _ [email protected]
Remember to watch your mail, and keep informed of alumni activities by visiting our Web site at w w w. h o r a c e m a n n a l u m n i .o r g .
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Alli Baron ’89
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Kristen Worrell Joins Alumni
Office as Alumni Relations and
Events Specialist
Horace Mann School alumni
have a new address to turn to
when connecting with their alma
mater. It’s the office of Kristen
Worrell—or rather the position
she now fills within the Alumni
House and Development Office,
where she serves as Assistant
Director of Development, Alumni
Relations and Special Events.
“I can’t think of anyone better
for this position than Kristen.
She has a great deal of experience in this field, and is dedicated to the work we do,” said Director
of Development Melissa Parento ’90, who appointed Worrell to the
post. “As a graduate of an independent school herself, she has a deep
understanding of the culture of a school like Horace Mann. As a graduate of Wesleyan who earned her masters degree at Columbia University
Kristen already knows many Horace Mann alums.
“Among the most exciting and important activities of the Alumni
and Development Office is connecting with alums, and providing them
opportunities to connect with their School, through reunions, both
at Horace Mann and around the country, and through special events
throughout the year. We are always working to increase these opportunities, and with Kristen at the helm we certainly can.”
Worrell was equally enthusiastic about the work ahead. Coming to
Horace Mann on January 14, 2008, the first event with which she was
involved was the Horace Mann Alumni Council’s annual winter celebration, held on February 6, at Moran’s in Chelsea. “That was a great way
to start my time here off. Everyone was so welcoming, and I was impressed with the diverse group of alumni who attended the event. They
ranged from classes of the ’40s through as recent as ’03 graduates. I
look forward to getting to know many more alums, and to really help in
building their connection to Horace Mann.”
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Worrell completed her Masters of
Public Administration in the School of International and Public Affairs
at Columbia University in May 2007. She is a veteran of alumni and
development work, having served as Director of Alumni Relations for A
Better Chance, the preeminent resource for identifying, recruiting and
developing leaders among young people of color in the United States.
Before that she served as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Columbia Law School, a position to which she was appointed after posts
as an alumni relations officer, and as Assistant to the Executive Director
of Development at Columbia Law.
Winter Celebration
The Horace Mann Alumni Council’s annual Winter Celebration brought alumni from throughout the years into the warmth of a cocktail party at Moran’s in Chelsea
February 6, 2008.
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The warm sunshine and bright smiles of
a perfect fall day greeted the hundreds of
members of the Horace Mann community of
alumni, students and their families, faculty
and staff who gathered in festive force at HM’s
Riverdale campus Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, 2007 for the School’s annual
Homecoming celebrations, while additional
alumni joined their classmates for dinners and
cocktails at restaurants and clubs in New York
City over the weekend.
Over 450 alumni from classes as far back
as 1937 to as recently as 2002 shared
memories of their days at Horace Mann, and
updates of their lives since with friends from
forever, and with newly-reunited peers.
The Homecoming spirit began percolating on campus earlier in the week, with the
appearance of signs and posters inviting all to
join in the fun. Upper Division students and
their teachers participated in a Division-wide
“color war” and dressed in “Maroon Monsoon”
T-shirts—the symbol of HM’s pep club. On
Friday morning captains of Upper Division
athletic teams visited Horace Mann’s Lower
Division to teach and lead the kindergartenersthrough-fifth-graders in cheers, and to encourage them to come to Homecoming and bring
their families to enjoy the games.
Alumni of Color hear Jason Caldwell ’97
and Dr. Samona Joe Tait ’86
Events officially kicked off on campus with
Horace Mann’s sixth-annual Alumni of Color
cocktail gathering in Fisher Hall Friday evening.
The event was hosted by Special Assistant
to the Head of School for Diversity Rodney
Burford and Assistant Director of Admissions
and Assistant to the Office of Diversity Ian
Rios ’02. Alums heard from Jason Caldwell
’97, who served as Director of Diversity at
Horace Mann from 2005 through 2007 and
is now admissions director at The Packard
Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn. Caldwell urged
the alums to get involved with their School and
its current students. Drew Michelle Foster ’08,
a senior at HM, told the gathering about her
experiences on a summer program in Cape
Town, South Africa in which she participated
as the recipient of a fellowship through HM’s
Diversity office. Alumna Dr. Samona Joe Tait
’86 described the powerful positive impact of
her Horace Mann education on her life ever
since. Today Dr. Tait is Head of School at
the Bronx Preparatory Charter School and an
adjunct professor in the education department
at Fordham University.
Alumni photography and family fun
As the first of the day’s athletic competitions
got underway on Four Acres field and in the
gym and swimming pool, alumni arrived at
the Fisher Hall art gallery for the opening of
an exhibit of photographs taken by those who
had studied photography and published their
work in Insight—HM’s photography journal—
over the past 20 years. The impressive work
remained on display in the gallery through
October 26, 2007. The occasion also marked
the launching of a new Upper Division arts
website, Photography teacher Karen Johnson invited alumni to
submit their work for display on the site.
As the day warmed up, hundreds of
children and parents made their way to the
fall festival tent where volunteers from HM’s
Parents Association had set up tables for such
seasonal activities as decorating pumpkins
and dunking for apples. HM’s youngest students, and the children of alumni, navigated
their way through a maze made of hay bales
and played potato bowling and miniature golf
on a Halloween-character course. A clown on
stilts fashioned balloon animals to the delight
of the youngsters. Cupcakes and donuts,
candies and HM “spirit wear” were abundant
as HM’s various clubs and community-service
organizations used the opportunity to raise
money for their causes.
“I have been coming to HM Homecomings for almost 15 years and this was the
photo © James Levine
photo © James Levine
Horace Mann Homecoming Draws Hundreds to
Games, Fall Festivities, and Alumni Reunions
Meanwhile, members of the Class of 1952
marked their 55th year since graduating from
Horace Mann with cocktails and dinner at
Pete’s Tavern in Manhattan.
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party tiMe
as a brilliant sunset spread an orange glow
across clark field alumni from the classes of
1962, 1967, 1972 and 1977 strode past the
Tillinghast Hall they all remembered to the
more recently-built fisher Hall for cocktails
with their former classmates—greeting one another with hugs and warm handshakes before
sitting down to an elegant meal and a night of
photo © James levine
a building away, the rose Hall atrium
rocked to the tunes of recent music while a
strobe light picked out faces from among the
lively groups of grads from 1992 and 2002
who came back to campus in number. a year
out of college the grads talked of new jobs
and graduate school, and their experiences
over the last five years. The partying continued downtown for the classes of 1957 and
1982—as alumni celebrated milestone 50 and
25-year anniversaries at the rainbow room,
while ten-year reunion grads of the class of
1997 partied into the night at Thom bar.
HM Students and children of alumni enjoyed the Fall Festival.
most festive, upbeat, cohesive, celebratory,
all-inclusive event by far i have ever attended,”
said one HM parent and faculty member.
“There really was something for everyone and
everyone i spoke to commented on what a
wonderful time they had—from lower Division parents, to faculty, to the class of ’87
alumni to new UD parents and their children.
everyone was thrilled!”
families who had come to cheer on their
student athletes, and teachers and alums lined
up for a barbecue on the plaza outside fisher
Hall. The classes of 1952 and 1957 enjoyed
a formal luncheon in the rose Hall atrium.
They were joined by george avakian ’37 who
represented his class in observance of its
70th HM anniversary year. The cohen Dining
commons in fisher Hall provided the venue
for informal buffet luncheons for the classes of
1982 and 1987.
HM Lions teaMs and HM aLuMs take
to tHe fieLd
HM teams gained some key victories throughout the day—with the undefeated boys’ varsity
soccer team continuing its streak with a 3 to
1 win over poly prep. girls’ varsity soccer defeated poly prep as well, by a score of 1 to 0.
The water polo team dipped to Trinity 4 to 7,
while HM’s lady lions beat Trinity in volleyball
2 to 0 and St. lukes in field hockey, 1 to 0.
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football ended the day with HM dropping the
match to riverdale 13 to 28.
alumni athletes had their moment as well,
playing in the tenth-annual Dan alexander
alumni Soccer game. alexander ’49, a former
teacher, dean, coach and parent at HM, gave
participants T-shirts marking the occasion, and
awarded trophies to those who had participated over the years.
This “day to remember” ended for many with
pockets filled with business cards and blackberries loaded with new phone numbers and email addresses, and promises to stay in touch
with one another, and with Horace Mann.
The next HM Homecoming is planned for
September 20, 2008. please join the fun.
Save the Date
for the Best Benefit Ever
as the Horace Mann Alumni Council
hosts its
6th Annual Benefit–Casino Night
on June 4, 2008
at 26 + Helen Mills Theater in Chelsea
137-139 West 26th Street, NY, NY
To donate prizes or become a sponsor, or to get involved in planning
this lively highlight of the year please contact Kristen Worrell,
Assistant Director of Development, Alumni Relations and
Special Events at (718) 432-4106 or [email protected]
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1996 a revised and updated version of the
book is due out this year.
Honoring altruism… and inspiration
Alex Counts ’84 is Honored for Distinguished
Achievement by Horace Mann Alumni Council
2007 Awardee directs grameen foundation
lifting world poverty is its goal
Ask students the loftiest goal they would
achieve in their lifetime. Chances are “end
world hunger” or “bring world peace” will be
high on the list of answers. Not many people,
however, can say they’ve dedicated their lives
toward accomplishing this elusive goal.
Not so for Horace Mann School alumnus
Alex Counts ’84. Since graduating from Cornell
University in 1988 Counts has done exactly
that—working tirelessly as founder and CEO
of Grameen Foundation, which he launched
on behalf of Grameen Bank—one of the
world’s most innovative and effective initiatives to assist the world’s poor. For over 30
years Grameen Bank has enabled recipients
of tiny business loans to feed their families
with money the loans have helped them earn,
and translate additional income into covering
such basic needs as shelter, health care, and
education—while paying back all debts.
The Bank’s work has been so pivotal in
turning around the lives of millions of people
worldwide from desperate poverty to productivity that the organization and its founder,
Professor Muhammad Yunus, received the
Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. As the esteemed
Nobel council noted in bestowing the award,
“lasting peace cannot be achieved unless large
population groups find ways in which to break
out of poverty.”
Alex Counts has played a significant role in
that effort as founder, president and CEO of
Grameen Foundation, a Washington D.C.based non-governmental organization that
supports microfinance programs to help the
poor receive collateral-free loans and other
financial services to support businesses that
generate income. The Foundation is also
working to bring technology and communication resources to places where technological
access will substantially improve income-production. It also assists participants with capital
management through advisory services.
Since Counts formed the Foundation in
1997 with a mere $6,000 in seed money
provided by Grameen Bank, Grameen Foundation was able, in less than a decade, to garner
the resources to allocate over $34.3 million,
touching the lives of over 18 million people
through micro-finance partners worldwide.
Counts also wrote the book Give Us Credit:
How Muhammad Yunus’ Microlending Revolution is Empowering Women from Bangladesh
to Chicago. Published by Random House in
For all of this work the Horace Mann Alumni
Association recognized Counts with its 2007
Award for Distinguished Achievement. The
recipient of the 69th distinguished achievement honor given by the Association since the
award’s inception in 1939, Counts was feted
at a dinner at Tavern on the Green in Central
Park. Participating in the lively event were
Counts’ colleagues, friends and family members, Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly and other
HM administrators, members of the Alumni
Council, the honoree’s HM Class of ’84 peers,
and members of the HM Board of Trustees
and its Maroon and White and Junior Maroon
and White Circles. Alumni Council President
Alli Baron ’89 and Chairs of the Alumni
Council’s Distinguished Alumnus Committee
Suzanne Sloan ’77 and William Nightingale
’49 presented Counts with the award.
One guest particularly special to Alex
Counts was HM English teacher and Dean
Randal Castleman who the alumnus lauded
both for teaching his subject, while also
teaching lasting life lessons. Counts said he
was overwhelmed to be named among the
“distinguished” of the distinguished Horace
Mann community. “I would feel proud if the
Council determined that I had in some way
distinguished myself among those in my
Class with last names starting with letters
A through D. To be chosen among all living
alumni is remarkable.”
But to Horace Mann School Head Dr.
Thomas Kelly the inspiration that Counts’ work
brings to others is a hallmark of the education
students experience at Horace Mann today. In
a School ever rigorous in the name of intellectual pursuit, Dr. Kelly told the dinner audience
that community involvement is also essential
to a Horace Mann education.
“We recently hosted several Middle and
Upper Division open houses for prospective
students and their parents. At each gathering
we spoke of what we consider to be a critical
result of a Horace Mann education—compassionate and articulate leadership. That is, individuals who garner the fruits of their learning
and go forth to lead socially significant lives,”
Dr. Kelly said.
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gladesh. He also wrote to Prof. Yunus asking if
he could possibly assist the work of Grameen
Bank. “About six weeks later I got a letter back.
This was before e-mail. Prof. Yunus said I
could come, and if it didn’t work out, he would
send me home,” Counts laughed. “He also said
it would help if I learned a little Bengali.”
HM Board of Trustees Chair Steve Friedman ’72, HMAC
President Alli Baron ’89, Alex Counts ’84, and HM Head
of School Dr. Tom Kelly celebrated Counts’ award.
Alex Counts ’84 reunited with Randal Castleman,
a teacher who inspired him.
“The true mettle and success of a school
sits with the members of the Alumni Association—throughout time. They are a school’s
past and future; its benchmark and critic, its
inspiration and result. No doubt, Alex Counts
has set the bar dauntingly high for all current
and prospective Horace Mann students.
business. The women would return the loan
as soon as they were able. With its success
recognized by the Bangladeshi Government,
and such international agencies as the United
Nations Development Programme, the project
was formalized into Grameen Bank in 1983.
Owned by its handful of borrowers at the
time, the Bank has grown to include 2,462
branches around the world, and has loaned
over $6.5 billion dollars in its quarter-century
of existence. Nearly all has been repaid to a
bank that now turns a profit.
“Alex has garnered his Horace Mann
education, his ‘time’ at Cornell, his fascination
for Economics, his intellectual prowess, his
sorrow and outrage at the inequities in life,
his initiative, and the courage of his convictions, and gone forth to cut a huge swath of
genuine difference in people’s lives—across
and around our globe. In short, Alex has made
possible previously unimaginable opportunities
to many individuals and communities in our
world. Microfinance and heart. Quite a team.”
Searching for a cause to be “for”
Counts founded Grameen Foundation to
support Grameen Bank—Muhammad Yunus’
brainchild. Born in the village of Jobra, Bangladesh in 1976, at a time when the country’s
very name was synonymous with poverty
and starvation the Grameen Bank Project
proved that giving the poorest of the poor
access to even a minimum of funding could
turn their lives around. Loans of sometimes
less than $50 were awarded to small groups
of women, to invest in farming, food production, or a craft, and enable them to launch a
Alex Counts learned of the work of Prof.
Yunus, and of Grameen Bank while he was
a student at Cornell. Studying economics,
Counts described the atmosphere characteristic of a college campus in his days as an undergraduate. “People were always discussing
issues. They were always talking about what
they were against, such as apartheid. I wanted
to find something to be for,” the alumnus told
the gathering.
What Counts discovered through his studies
and his reading was microfinance. “I learned
about what I came to call the global poverty
crisis, one that we didn’t read much about in
the papers, but that contributed to many of the
crises we read about every day,” said Counts.
Upon graduating from Cornell, Counts applied for a Fulbright Fellowship to work in Ban-
Counts received the Fulbright, learned “a
little Bengali,” and at the age of 21 set off for
Bangladesh. He lived there for six of the next
nine years, becoming completely fluent in
Bengali, traveling throughout the region, and,
most important, learning at the side of Prof.
Yunus. He also learned through his interactions with hundreds of impoverished people.
Their determination, joined with scant financial
funding, enabled them to flourish. Counts’
time in poor Bangladeshi villages showed him
how resourceful and resilient the poor are.
“Microfinance proved that the poor are not
passive,” Counts said, adding that with microfinance opportunities a person has the choice
to either work for themselves, “or starve. Given
that choice people work very hard under
difficult circumstances in thousands of tiny,
under-capitalized, self-employment ventures.”
Eventually, it was time for Counts to end
his apprenticeship and return to the U.S.—
charged by his mentor with the mission of taking his work to another level. Counts published
his influential book Give Us Credit in 1996,
and in 1997, at the behest of Prof. Yunus, and
with $6,000 in start-up funds, the alumnus
established Grameen Foundation. The Foundation remains supportive of the Grameen
Bank but does not depend on it for financing,
though Prof. Yunus remains on the Board of
Directors. It encompasses work with numerous
other organizations and microfinance partners,
several of which Counts advises, serving on
their boards. Earning what he joked was the
“MBA’s worth of experience” along the way,
Counts described such Foundation landmarks
as negotiating a low-interest loan of $10.6 million from an affiliate of the Soros Foundation in
just one meeting, and earning the nod from a
group of prominent U.S. funders to capitalize a
$30-million loan guarantee fund.
“The true mettle and success of a school sits with the members of the
Alumni Association—throughout time. They are a school’s past and
future; its benchmark and critic, its inspiration and result.”
–Dr. Tom Kelly, Hor ace Mann Head of School
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Roots planted at Horace Mann
If the “seeds” for planting Grameen Foundation
came from Prof. Yunus, Alex Counts told the
gathering that the roots of all that his work has
reaped were first cultivated at Horace Mann.
Much of his initial efforts involved writing,
Counts explained—first letters convincing
potential donors of the importance of Grameen
Foundation’s work, as well as his book and
articles in such publications as The Washington
Post, The International Herald Tribune and the
Christian Science Monitor. Counts said he first
learned of his abilities as a writer in his HM
English class with Randal Castleman.
Adam Levine ’04 is named Rhodes Scholar
English teacher, and since she had written on
this subject she agreed to become my advisor.
I learned to write a true research paper from
her, and I learned to read as an academic. Ms.
Woods also introduced me to an anthropological framework for my research.”
Levine said that while he will not pursue
mathematics at the graduate level, majoring in
math and its use in the social sciences “really
informed my approach to my studies. Part of
my senior thesis invokes statistics, concerning
the different variants of the image of Christ. I
am writing about why a particular variant was
used in a particular place. The geographic
explanation is more robust than the iconographic,” Levine explained. He added that his
math education at HM helped prepare him
for his advanced studies in college. “I had Mr.
Jones (math department chair Chris Jones) for
math in 11th grade. He is a brilliant guy.”
“I found my writing voice at Horace Mann,”
Counts said, relating how a description he
wrote of Grameen Bank to producers at CBS
became the basis for a pivotal piece “Sixty
Minutes” did on microfinance and the Bank.
“I went to a public school before going to
Horace Mann. I found I had some catching up
to do,” Counts recalled. While he noted that
the honors physics class he took at Horace
Mann was the hardest course he has taken to
this day, Counts felt he had the most “catching up” to do in English, and particularly in
learning to write a proper essay. With Randal
Castleman as both teacher and inspiration,
Counts persevered.
“I once had an essay to do. I was struggling
with it, and I had other work to do. I wrote
something, and then put the essay aside while
I went on to the other work. I was just going
to leave it, but, then I thought about how hard
Mr. Castleman worked for our class, so I decided I should do the essay for him. I got the
paper back, and I remember to this day what
the handwriting looked like, and where the
grade was on the paper. I got an A minus, and
I thought, ‘maybe I can write,’” Counts said.
“At the time Mr. Castleman was the librarian
at Horace Mann and he also taught English.
He taught it better than any class I’ve taken
before or since.”
Horace Mann also planted in this philanthropy-directed CEO “the seeds of concern for
social justice”—through the intellectual exploration in which he engaged with his teachers
and fellow students and through such studentfounded initiatives as the tutoring project in
which Counts remembered being involved.
“Horace Mann allowed us to hatch ideas, and
to make them real,” Counts concluded.
Adam Levine ’04 was named one of 32
Rhodes Scholars for 2008. Upon graduation
from Dartmouth in June Levine will head to
England to begin studies toward a Ph.D. in
Classics at Oxford University. The prestigious
award includes full tuition and living expenses
for two years of study, with an option for a
third year.
Levine, 21, is completing a triple major in
anthropology, art history, and mathematics
and social sciences. His undergraduate thesis
in art history examines canonical images of
Christ. He plans to continue investigating the
subject at Oxford where the interdisciplinary
nature of the University’s Classics department
will inform his pursuit.
Levine traces his passion for art history, as
well as his ability to write about the subject
with acumen and grace to his education at
Horace Mann. “The most obvious influence
was Don Yates, my art history teacher. I took all
three years of his classes. He’s great with the
subject matter, and, as far as teaching a comprehensive survey, he’s as knowledgeable as
any teacher I’ve had,” said the Riverdale native.
The annual announcement of the Rhodes
Scholar-selections draws international attention, but, some of the most welcome accolades came from Adam’s friends. “I started
at Horace Mann in first grade. My best friends
in the world are still my Horace Mann friends.
They were all excited for me. Of course, they
plan to come and visit,” said the alumnus.
Levine’s long-term goal is a career in
museum management and curating, a field
in which he is already experienced, having
worked at Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art,
at the American Museum of Natural History in
New York, and at Sothebys, and as a research
assistant in the Dartmouth Anthropology department as a Dartmouth Presidential Scholar.
He also edited and co-authored several scholarly publications.
An avid boxer Levine is a member of the
Dartmouth Boxing Club/Team and competed
in the Vermont State Golden Gloves Championship, heavyweight division. The scholar
plans to continue training after that. “I’d like to
box for Oxford,” he said.
Horace Mann graduates who were named
Rhodes Scholars include Sabeel Rahman ’01
and Kim Grose ’86.
“Geraldine Woods was another great influence. I took an independent study with her
on the Salem witch trials. I’d had her as an
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alumni council corner
The New Year began
at Horace Mann
with beat and with
Bop, with the
sounds of poetry
and a smoking sax.
The day was
January 8,
students’ first day
back on campus
Eddie Gilbert ’40
after winter break.
The occasion: The Upper Division assembly
and its celebration of the Beat writing of 50
years back as students experienced together
the rhythm and reason that stirred the genre’s
icon, Jack Kerouac ’40 and his friends.
Led by Upper Division teacher Dr. Adam
Casdin and students interested in performing
“Jazz Poetry” as well as members of English
teacher Sharon Kunde’s class on Beat writers, the assembly audience heard music and
readings of student work, as well as works by
Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. A Beat rendition of Horace Mann’s alma mater sent those
gathered off to their winter weeks of studies
with their intellects piqued.
Introducing the assembly topic Dr. Casdin
traced the roots of the Beats to Horace Mann.
Ginsburg, who grew up in Patterson, New
Jersey, was mentored by Patterson doctor and poet William Carlos Williams HM
1903. Though Kerouac only spent one year
at Horace Mann, his experience affected
him profoundly, as Dr. Casdin demonstrated,
reading the writer’s description of the “wits of
Horace Mann.”
The description appears in Kerouac’s roman
à clef Vanity of Duluoz. It continues: “Among
the fantastic wits of the Horace Mann School
for Boys in 1939-40 Jimmy Winchel ranked
practically number one.”
“Jimmy Winchel” was, in fact, one Eddie
Gilbert ’40, Kerouac’s friend at Horace Mann.
“The guy was brilliant. He wrote like a
genius I used to like to read his writing better
than any other books,” said Gilbert, returning
Horace Mann Magazine Spring 2008
photo by Grace Merriman ’10 for The Record
A friend’s reflections on Jack Kerouac ’40 offer
insights as the world celebrates the writer
English teacher Dr. Adam Casdin led a “Jazz Poetry” rendition of the HM alma mater at an assembly in January
2008 to celebrate “Beat” writing. Band director Jason Berckley played in accompaniment.
the compliment in an interview with Horace
Mann Magazine 67 years after he and his
friend left the School. Gilbert recalled the
friendship during a season of literary excitement over the 2007 reissue of On the Road
to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the
publication of Kerouac’s landmark novel.
Eddie Gilbert and Jack Kerouac became
close friends when the two lived in the dorm
HM maintained for students from outlying
suburbs, or for those, who, like the future
writer, were recruited to play football. In
Kerouac’s case the star football player from
Lowell, Mass was offered an athletic scholarship to Columbia University—on the condition
that he bolster his academic record with a year
of study at Horace Mann—while also playing
football for the School. But the young writer
participated in more than sports. It was at
Horace Mann that he published one of his first
short stories—a mystery entitled “The Brothers” in the Horace Mann Quarterly. Kerouac
also worked on the magazine’s editorial board,
and as a reporter for The Record at “the academy of Wits”—he dubbed the School.
Mention of Kerouac evokes powerful emotions among the reading public. Mention of
Gilbert will cause classmates and others of
his era to recall a math whiz and a young
man who seemed always on fire, and who did
indeed self-combust in a spectacular saga of
rise and falls that took him from Wall Street
to Rio and back again. For that story Gilbert
refers readers to Richard Whittingham’s captivating biography Boy Wonder of Wall Street,
the Life and Times of Financier Eddie Gilbert,
preferring to focus his comments on Kerouac
for now. But a portion of that story informs
this one, for in it one can see the interplay
between friends possessed of elegant intellect
and complementary competitive drive in a
class that included Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
Anthony Hecht, philanthropist/developer Fred
Rose, HM Dean and former teacher Harry
Allison, teacher and coach Bill Quinn, and
teacher Martin Sokolow.
alumni council corner
These were formative friendships for
Kerouac—a small-town-boy newly arrived
to the cosmopolitan New York he would
soon challenge in envisioning “The Beats.”
Classmates and acquaintances made through
Horace Mann would figure in Kerouac’s writing—in “Duluoz” where jazz producer George
Avakian ’37 appears as the character Chuck
Derounian, and in which Gilbert is depicted
as Winchel. Remy Boncoeur of On the Road
fame was Henri Cru ’41.
to form a formidable whole. Gilbert would
help the writer with math, he recalled, “and I
thought Kerouac could help me raise my grade
in writing. We had different teachers, and
mine would never give me a grade higher than
in the seventies. I could copy Shakespeare
and still get a 70. One day I said ‘Jack, I’ll give
you $2 and you write my theme.’ I still got a
70. That really got Jack mad.” The exchange
didn’t last long as Horace Mann suspected the
collaboration, and brought it to a halt.
Kerouac offered further evidence of Horace
Mann’s influence in a non-fiction profile of
his friend that Life magazine asked him to
write in 1962, when Gilbert lived in Brazil in
self-imposed exile following financial failings,
Long story short: It’s all OK now. Gilbert
heads Santa Fe’s $3 billion BGK Group real
estate company, and recently celebrated
his 85th birthday, with Horace Mann friend
Philippe Grelsamer ’40 taking part in the fourday Cabo San Lucas festivities.
Nevertheless, Gilbert amassed a considerable collection of Kerouac’s writing, keeping
his essays and short stories long after high
school and college. “Today I wish I had those
papers. They were written in his hand, and
they were brilliant. My first wife threw them
all out.” Also tossed in a domestic purge were
signed copies of Vanity of Duluoz and On the
Road. “I paid 10 cents for them and had Jack
sign them. I had to buy them back at auction.
I paid $5,000 for one, $7,500 for another.
One was inscribed, ‘I love you Eddie.’ One
said—‘F_ _ _ you, Eddie,’” Gilbert laughed.
At the “Academy of Wizards”
Wrote Kerouac in Life: “I was just an innocent
New England athlete boy suddenly thrown into
what amounted to an Academy of incunabular
Milton Berles hundreds of them wisecracking and ad libbing on all sides… but when
mention of Eddie Gilbert was made there fell a
kind of stricken convulsion just at the thought
of him—he was insanely witty…” Kerouac
continued, “When Wall Street’s Walter Gutman ’21 told me about two years ago that
Eddie had become a ‘financial wizard’ I wasn’t
surprised—We’d both decided to become
wizards at something or other as we giggled in
the halls of Horace Mann among all the other
wizards of that class…”
Kerouac biographers have noted that the
other football recruits chided the writer for
becoming involved with School activities
and chumming with the other students, even
suggesting he did so for economic advantage,
while at the same time scorning some of his
classmate’s privileged lives. Gilbert sees the
story differently. When Kerouac moved from
Lowell to New York his aunt supplied a base
and weekend home in Queens. But Jack soon
found himself invited to the homes of his
friends, becoming a fixture, particularly, at the
Gilbert family’s Long Island spread.
“He would come to my house on the weekends. I wasn’t the only one who invited him.
The guys liked him and respected him. He
was a good athlete and a brilliant writer. We all
invited him, but he loved coming to our house.
He was very quiet, very shy and respectful to
my parents. He was fascinated with the clean
sheets—after living in the dorm all week,”
Gilbert recalled.
Indeed, Kerouac’s prose sounded more like
that of F. Scott Fitzgerald than a Beat writer in
his Life magazine description of Gilbert’s “littleboy bedroom,” the breeze flowing through its
curtains, “the swell dresser full of clean socks
and shirts… The smell of bacon and eggs
downstairs when we woke up on Saturday
mornings—the fresh rain on the front lawn—
Eddie bouncing around joking with the maid—
the screened porch.” In fact, Kerouac did channel Fitzgerald in summing up his friend, writing
of Gilbert, “For all his kidding around a kind of
pale green clarity in the sincerity of his gaze—
Nobody’ll ever know America completely
because nobody ever knew Gatsby, I guess.”
Of Kerouac Gilbert recounted, “He would
come over and then on Saturday night I would
go on a date, and he would come along. The
two of us would laugh a lot, and tell jokes all
the time. But then, he’d go out with me and
my date and he would just sit there, not saying
Back then, in that brink-of-war school year
of 1939-40, on the oasis of HM’s acres, the
two friends manifested their wizardry as star
athletes and killer chess players, bringing
competing school teams to their knees. “We
played on the chess team together. He was
also a pretty good bridge player. We played
bridge in the dorm. We had a very interesting
group of people in that Class. Some of us are
still in pretty good shape,” said Gilbert, noting
that he remains in touch with Jack Sonnenblick ’40 as well as Grelsamer.
Gilbert and Kerouac complemented one another on the academic side as well—or at least
they tried to unite their intellectual strengths
Jack Kerouac ’40 (bottom row second from left) was recruited to Horace Mann to play football but he also
starred on the Lion’s baseball team as a right fielder “with speed,” according to The Mannikin.
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alumni council corner
Jack Kerouac and Eddie Gilbert shared a love of sports.
Eddie (bottom row end) was a tennis-team star.
anything. I found that strange. We spent many,
many weekends together for that one year. He
was a gentle man and had good instincts. He
was always a good sport and never a bully. If he
was ever caustic that was part of our humor.”
Succeeding years separated the two friends,
as Kerouac went to Columbia and discovered
a literary circle that would become The Beats.
Eddie Gilbert would go off to Cornell, leave
school to join the Army Air Corps during WWII
at age 20, and earn military honors for his
bravery in Italy and Greece. Kerouac joined
the US Merchant Marines, and then the Navy,
but was honorably discharged on psychological grounds. After the War, and whenever he
was in New York, Kerouac would become a
denizen of The West End near Columbia and of
hangouts and apartments in Greenwich Village,
while Gilbert could be seen arriving in a limousine at New York’s El Morocco, or a night club
in Monte Carlo where he maintained a palatial
villa. While Kerouac famously crisscrossed
the country going “On the Road” Gilbert was
converting his father’s healthy business into an
empire, investing in Broadway plays, and trying ventures that caused him to risk and lose it
all, before eventually climbing back.
Kerouac began to spiral too, from deserved
fame to alcoholic depths, but for the writer
there was sadly no reprieve. “We were kids
when we met, 16 or 17. After high school
we’d see each other once every two years.
We spoke on the phone. Jack came to New
York a few years before I went to Brazil. I had
just bought this house on 70th Street and he
used to come to my house when he was in
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Eddie Gilbert ’40 celebrated his 85th birthday with Philippe Grelsamer ’40
among his guests.
New York. He appreciated the wealth and the
comfort of our home. He was never mean
about it,” Gilbert said of the “Dharma Bum”
who was just starting life as a struggling writer.
“He would just say, ‘this is nice.’ And he never
asked me for a dime. Between 1947 and
1960, I think I saw him three or four times.”
One of those occasions was a 1947 gathering of HM classmates Gilbert held at his parents’
estate. Describing the “big class reunion” in Life
magazine Kerouac waxed elegiac: “About thirty
of us drank, swam, played a game of softball,
and then at toasting time at the long table funny
Eddie stood up and proposed a toast… and
for the last time we were all rolling under the
table in stitches—because after that, the young
businessmen went their separate ways…”
And then came the Sixties, and Gilbert’s sojourn in Brazil. Again, Gilbert refers to the “Boy
Wonder” biography to explain this dramatic
slice of his life. While in Brazil Gilbert was in
touch with only a few select people from his
past. One of them was Jack. “I was down
there, and I thought this was it. I thought I’d
never amount to anything. I’d never make it. I
thought I’d die a bum. I wrote to Jack. I wrote,
‘Do me a favor. Come down here and write a
book about my life.’ He wrote me back, ‘You
old b_ _ _ _ _ _. I can’t write a book about
your life. You write it.’” Eddie Gilbert recalled.
Writing advice from a writing great
The letter, which Gilbert still has, was filled
with advice from the newly-famous writer on
how to prepare such a book. “Now listen to
me,” Kerouac wrote. “Get yourself a good tape
recorder… and tell your story into it—Then
have a stenographer type it up double space
for the publishers—If after he’s typed it there
are some things you don’t like, cross them out,
fill in things with your pencil, and have him
type it all up again neatly—I happen to know
that everybody in the world can tell his story
better than anyone else… Down to the tiniest
detail is what makes a story interesting.”
These writing tips remain useful to any
writer—but the steps Kerouac suggested are
curious in light of the sensation still caused by
his own manuscript for On the Road. Written
in three feverish weeks, in adherence with his
own “first draft only” adage, Kerouac submitted it to a publisher, typed on a 120-foot-long
scroll of papers taped together.
Kerouac concluded the letter to his friend in
the ever-polite way Gilbert said was characteristic of one of the nation’s most celebrated
iconoclasts: “And when I say ‘Eddy (sic) you
old b…’ I only mean that’s what we used to
call each other, remember?” Signing off he
added, “Eddy, all the luck in the world… I bet
any dough I’ll see you again someday and
we’ll have a good time like we always did.”
That “good time” was not to be. Jack
Kerouac died in 1969 at the age of 47, from an
internal hemorrhage caused by cirrhosis of the
liver, the result of a lifetime of heavy drinking.
Remembered Gilbert, “We were not in touch
around the time he died. Anyway, that was not
the guy I knew anymore. Jack Kerouac, the
guy I knew, he was brilliant. He was a nice
guy, and he was my friend.” $
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The books are slim volumes that can slip
into a backpack. They’re illustrated with clever
and simple cartoons by Jim gilbert. each book
begins with Diamond’s “Three a’s” of writing:
attitude, in which he tells students it’s oK
to make mistakes; atmosphere, in which he
encourages students to set up an environment
where they feel comfortable about writing, and
activities, in which he helps students think of
topics to write about. These are great guides to
the novice writer, and great reminders to those
who understand that much of what we need
to know we learned in elementary school.
Known as “Mr. D” to his students, the
former teacher presents over 300 elementary
and middle-grade student and faculty workshops each year, and is credited with raising
third, fifth, and eighth-grade writing assessment scores at numerous public schools.
american ruins
By arthur drooker ’72
Merrell, October 30, 2007
(easy Guides for students, t
teachers &
by Mark diamond ’69
anyone can Write Books, 2006 and 2007
Mark Diamond ’69 is generally considered the
Southeast’s foremost children’s writing specialist. a certified creative Writing and gifted ed
specialist with georgia’s DeKalb county for
more than eight years, Diamond left classroom
teaching in 1999 to start his own educational
consulting business, Writing to command
attention! Workshops. in these three books
Diamond synthesizes his writing “secrets” into
step-by-step guides for children and teachers
to follow—whether as students or as instructors. for parents, these books are invaluable,
too, for helping with homework, and even as
a quick and powerful refresher course in what
really matters in getting a point across in writing, or livening up an essay or presentation.
American Ruins by
arthur Drooker ’72 is
the first photography
book to document
historic ruins throughout the United States.
Drooker, a photographer whose work has
been exhibited and published since 1980, is
also an emmy award-winning writer and
director of television documentaries. in this
book Drooker brings his accomplished visual
eye to the creation of a record of ruins ranging
from ancient native american dwellings in the
Southwest, to the remains of gilded age
mansions on the east coast, to a king’s
summer home in Hawaii. luminous infrared
photographs expose crumbled walls, weathered facades and overgrown flora, and are
accompanied by brief essays detailing the
historical, geographical and architectural
significance of each site. This landmark
publication raises awareness of and appreciation for overlooked ruins that remain unknown
to most americans. it captures the visual
poetry of each place and offers a new way of
seeing the landscape, the past and the
collective identity of america. This work is a
unique, awe-inspiring photographic record of
american history, and will fascinate anyone
interested in architecture, photography, history,
archaeology and americana. you can catch up
with the photographer/author on his book tour
and exhibits that continue through 2008 by
going to
the new y
york Mets
ethnography, Myth, and subtext
richard Grossinger ’62 (and terry leach)
north atlantic Books, 2007
no baseball team has
captured america’s
imagination like the
Mets. alternately the
“lovable losers” and
the “Miracle Mets,”
new york’s other team
offers fascinating
fodder for writer
richard grossinger in
this thoughtful
collection. The New York Mets, Ethnography,
Myth, and Subject is a series of probing
essays on the best and most interesting years
of the team, particularly 1969, 1973, 1986,
and the abbreviated run of 2006. a pivotal
essay chronicles the lives of a professional
athlete and a die-hard fan to create a
well-argued, deeply-felt meditation on the
ways in which franchise baseball has come to
fail not only the fans but the players.
a poignant narrative of Mets pitcher Terry
leach and grossinger’s own experiences
playing and tracking the sport in these powerful essays alternately take the poet’s, the
alchemist’s, and the player’s perspective to
show how the stunning highs and dispiriting
lows have changed america’s favorite pastime.
grossinger reflects on the salad days when
teams were happily homegrown, and laments
the current money-ball scenario of baseball
today. The forward to this book is written by
Mike vaccaro, the lead sports columnist at
the New York Post since 1992, and an accomplished writer on baseball history. among
the more than 20 books anthropologist and
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publisher richard grossinger has authored or
edited are five anthologies of baseball literature, including Baseball I Gave You the Best
Years of My Life, the first anthology of its kind.
the writer within you
By charles Jacobs ’48
caros Books, October 2007
The Writer Within You
by charles Jacobs ’48
responds to requests
by retirees, both
seniors and baby
boomers, who wish to
become published
authors and have
sought a comprehensive single-volume
guidebook to the
confusing publishing process. This book
teaches readers the basics of crafting a book
or articles, and simplifies the challenge of
selecting the best method of publishing,
marketing and promoting their work. The first
section of the book is entitled “Writing your
book” and includes instruction in crafting a
novel, memoir, or how-to book. a section
devoted to freelancing articles covers
researching ideas, writing and placement in
periodicals. The “Marketing and promotion”
section leads readers from advance review
copies through branding, press contacts and
the use of the internet for book promotion
through Web pages, blogging and podcasts.
an extensive appendix provides tested resources for authors. boxes labeled “Words of
Wisdom” sprinkled throughout the book offer
advice from recognized authors, literary agents
and publishers.
charles Jacobs is eminently qualified to
guide fellow retirees through writing, publishing and promoting articles and books.
an award-winning writer he is a graduate of
columbia University School of Journalism who
began working as a reporter on the new york
Journal American, and became president and
publisher of the alameda newspaper group in
the San francisco area. With more than 750
freelance articles to his credit, he has taught
writing, published the novel Blood Bond, and
has ghost-written several books. He is a frequent guest speaker at writers’ conferences.
Horace Mann Magazine Spring 2008
electronic and algorithmic trading technol
ogy: the complete Guide
Kendall Kim ’91
academic Press, June 20, 2007
the small forces Behind today’s
Big changes
Mark J. Penn ’72 with Kinney Zalesne
september 2007
electronic and
algorithmic trading has
become part of a mainstream response to
buy-side traders who
need to move large
blocks of shares with
minimum market
impact in today’s
complex institutional
trading environment. in
Electronic and Algorithmic Trading Technology:
The Complete Guide Kendall Kim ’91 presents
an overview of key providers in the marketplace. This revolutionary book is a first-ever
guide covering everything from the technologies to how to evaluate tools to best practices
for iT management.
in Microtrends: The
Small Forces Changing
the World, veteran
pollster Mark penn ’72
shows that 75 of the
most important trends
in the world today are
the smallest ones.
exploring everything
from politics to religion,
food to entertainment,
penn follows the numbers to uncover what’s
really popular, not what we think is popular.
contends penn, while these trends are
shaping the world, they’re relatively unseen,
under-the-radar forces that can involve as little
as one percent of the population.
With electronic trading platforms becoming
increasingly sophisticated, more cost-effective
measures handling larger order flow is becoming a reality. The higher reliance on electronic
trading has had profound implications for
vendors and users of information and trading
products. broker dealers providing solutions
through their products are facing changes in
their business models such as: relationships
with sell-side customers, relationships with
buy-side customers, the importance of broker
neutrality, the role of direct market access,
and the relationship with prime brokers.
This book is the ultimate guide to managers,
institutional investors, broker dealers, and software vendors to better understand innovative
technologies that can cut transaction costs,
eliminate human error, boost trading efficiency
and supplement productivity. as economic
and regulatory pressures drive financial institutions to seek efficiency gains by improving the
quality of software systems, firms are devoting
increasing amounts of financial and human
capital to maintaining their competitive edge.
This book is written to aid the management
and development of iT systems for financial
institutions. although the book focuses on
the securities industry, its solution framework
can be applied to satisfy complex automation
requirements within very different sectors of
financial services from payments and cash
management, to insurance and securities.
The man who introduced the “Soccer Mom”
concept has identified a wide range of new
trends based on new influences in society
at a time when people have never been
more sophisticated, more individualistic, or
more knowledgeable about the choices they
make in their daily lives. Still, some of these
trends may not be apparent to the untrained
analyst. The hard evidence supporting the
trends penn has spotted demonstrates that
it takes intensive, scientific study to find the
logical patterns that underlie those choices.
each trend also has significance beyond the
number of people identified in its pursuit. in a
chapter on the “niching of Sports” penn points
out that, much to the consternation of Major
league baseball, “we don’t like sports less, we
just like little sports more.” penn draws similar
lessons in business, culture, technology, diet,
politics and education (among other areas),
reporting on 70 groups (“impressionable
elites,” “caffeine crazies,” “neglected Dads,”
“Unisexuals,” “america’s Home-Schooled”).
His writing remains energetic and entertaining throughout. culture buffs, retailers and
especially businesspeople for whom “small is
the new big” will value this exercise in nanosociology. readers will not only find the trends
that penn spots of great interest—they will be
introduced to a new way of thinking, learning
that the minutia of everyday life are what
count—literally and figuratively.
Mark penn began his life as a pollster while
still a student at Horace Mann, publishing
his campus polls in The Record. He started
polling professionally after graduating Harvard
and attending columbia law School. for over
30 years as an adviser and polling analyst to
major corporations and heads of state he has
spotted trends among diverse demographics,
and helped politicians and big companies put
these to use. The ceo of burson Marsteller
and penn, Schoen & berland associates penn
has been called “The Master of the Message”
by Time magazine and “The guru of Small
Things” by The New York Times.
the driver
alexander roy ’89
harper entertainment; October, 2007
Shortly before alex
roy’s ’89 father died
he dropped tantalizing
hints about the
notorious cannonball
run of the 1970s, the
illegal high-speed
nonstop race from new
york to l.a. He said it
was nothing at all like
the one portrayed in
the burt reynolds movie of the same name.
inspired by his father’s dying words, roy
enters the mysterious world of road rallies and
underground races—trying both to find himself
and to locate “The Driver”, the anonymous
organizer of the world’s ultimate secret race—
who may not exist. in order to get noticed by
“The Driver” roy must become a force to be
reckoned with.
in this memoir, alex roy straps the reader
into his highly-modified bMW M5 for a terrifying 120 mph lap of Manhattan, then tackles
the gumball 3000 and the bullrun—the two
most infamous road rallies in the world. He
creates a character for himself and his car,
polizei autobahn interceptor; they stick out
among the lamborghinis and ferraris driven
by millionaire playboys, software moguls,
princes, movie stars, supermodels, gearheads, and tech whizzes. out of the hundredplus rally drivers, a select few—alex roy
among them—compete as if these are full-on
road races, traveling from london to Morocco,
from budapest to rome, from San francisco
to Miami, at speeds approaching 200 mph.
but roy’s rise to the top of the rally-driving
world ultimately proves hollow, until he meets
a young film producer documenting the obscure post–cannonball run races and the holy
grail of cross-country racing—the n.y.-to-l.a.
speed record of thirty-two hours and seven
minutes set in 1983. can that time even be
approached today, much less beaten? Should
roy try? can he do it? The Driver is the tale of
one man’s insatiable drive beyond life in the
fast lane.
alexander roy has been driving in international road rallies since 2003. He finished first
in the 2006 gumball 3000. Known as the Dr.
evil of the road rally scene roy is co-producing
and will also be featured in the upcoming
movie 32 Hours, 7 Minutes.
persephone unveiled: seeing the Goddess
and freeing your
By charles stein ’62
north atlantic Books, 2006
in Persephone
Unveiled poet and
scholar charles Stein
’62 delves into the
myth of this goddess in
all her guises—as the
daughter of Demeter;
the Queen of the
Underworld; the
archetypal female
healer; and as a central
figure in the eleusinian
Mysteries, where celebrants experienced
sacred visions through secret rituals fueled by
an lSD-like substance. The author examines
the known details about the psychoactive
agent and explores the Mysteries’ influence
on, and relationship to, early christianity.
guided meditations, using active imagination
techniques, help readers summon an
experience with the goddess. Wrote peter
Manchester, associate professor of philosophy
at Stony brook University “Stein has created
the most powerful and authoritative book i
have ever read on the nature and consequence
of divine revelation.”
far away places, Lessons in exile
by howard Wolf ’54
artzy, 2007
The essays in Far
Away Places, Lessons
in Exile might be
considered a cultural
autobiography: at once
personal and cultural
they constitute an
journey around much
of the world. These
essays are the result of
25 years that author Howard Wolf ’54 spent
teaching and living overseas. They represent a
deep involvement with the countries the
author has lived in and written about: Turkey,
Malaysia, india, Hong Kong, South africa,
finland, and others. When Wolf wrote the first
of the essays in this collection america was
still looking primarily at the U.S.S.r. as the
world power which might set the world ablaze.
Then, after the collapse of the Soviet Union,
the rising suns of the South china coasts and
the pacific rim cast their light across the
world, and the many faces of islam were often
the images we saw on cnn. as the author
travels through the beginning of the 21st
century, he discovers that things never change
as much as they stay the same.
each essay is followed by a section in
which Wolf reassesses his past experiences
in the light of recent history. each is also
followed by a short bibliography, and a wellwritten “re-vision” as the author looks back
on his journeys and puts them into a current
perspective. Though he finds some changes,
the fundamental themes remain. Wolf’s
impressive descriptive powers make the places
he visits in Turkey, india, or even new york
come to life. The power of words to tell a story
brings a new level of joy and wonder that will
send the reader on an exciting journey.
Dr. Wolf has spent a lifetime writing and
teaching others to write and read critically as
a professor of english at the University of buffalo. He retired in 2007. $
Stein is the author of 11 books of poetry including The Hat Rack Tree (Station Hill press)
and the forthcoming From Mimir’s Head.
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The Class of ’38 celebrates its
70th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
The Class of ’43 celebrates its
65th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
Yes, that was Dr. Melvin Hershkowitz on the
CNN Youtube debate with the Democratic
presidential candidates in summer 2007. His
son videotaped “Dr. Mel” asking candidates a
question on extending Medicare to the entire
population of the nation.
Mark Probst’s short story, “Daytrip” appeared
in the October 2007 issue of The Yale Review,
the oldest literary journal in the U.S.
Dolores Quinton is an independent producer,
an acting coach and a literary advisor of The
Directors Company, an organization that
shares in the charge to ensure the prosperity
of America’s performing arts.
David Oppenheimer reports: “I had the
pleasure of communicating with Ira Gabrielson and Arthur Aufses ’42. I’m still playing
tennis, sculpting, painting, playing the cello,
learning from my children and encouraging my
grandchildren.” Eddie Gilbert celebrated his
85th birthday in December 2007 when family, friends from throughout his lifetime, and
colleagues at BGK Group, his Santa Fe, New
Mexico real estate company, threw him a fourday bash at a small resort in Cabo San Lucas.
Fabulous meals, entertainment every night,
and even a fireworks display on the beach
were part of the festivities. Equally exciting for
Eddie was sharing the event with guest and
HM classmate Philippe Grelsamer. Jack Sonnenblick had hoped to come, but was not able
to make it. His wishes were appreciated.
Richard Rothschild writes a local newspaper
column in Duxbury, MA on energy sustainability called “Thinking Green.” He serves on
Duxbury’s Open Space Committee, Sidewalk &
Bike Committee, and Sustainable Duxbury.
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The Class of ’48 celebrates its
60th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
Within days of its October 1, 2007 publication
date Charles Jacobs’ new book The Writer
Within You, A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing
and Publishing in Your Retirement Years sold
out half of its first printing. Rating five stars on
both and Barnes and
it was also selected for the catalogue of the
prestigious Writer’s Digest Book Club. The reason may be in the fact that Jacobs’ book taps
into the wishes of many a retiree, and newlyretired baby boomers to follow their active lives
with an active retirement that includes writing
a book. Jacobs’ book suggests how to pursue
that goal. (Please see “Bookshelf” p. 44)
Samuel Messiter informs classmates that he
achieved a world record at the fifth-annual
International Implements Challenge at Dartmouth College in August 2007. The Challenge is a throwers’ meet featuring Olympicstandard weights for shot, discus, javelin
and hammer. Writes Sam, “Academic and
intellectual prowess is much more ‘Horace
Mann’ than physical prowess. That is a fact.
However, I thought it might be of interest for
HM to note that I achieved a world record
in Senior Olympics at Dartmouth College.
Advice to all my classmates and friends? Stay
verticle!” Messiter, now 79, a private pilot
and sales executive who lives in Pawlet, VT.,
began competing at Masters meets at the
age of 70. He heaves all the implements and
is ranked among the USA Masters top 10 in
javelin, hammer, shot and weight. He set an
unofficial world mark for the men’s 78-year
age group with a 26.55-meter toss.
Class Correspondent Irwin Spiegel gathered
the following information from his classmates
last fall. With gratitude to Irwin, we share his
reporting here:
“With autumn comes cool weather and memories of climbing a very steep hill at Broadway
and 246th Street. (How many of us could do
that today?) But enough nostalgia… lets get
to the news! As usual, Irwin Block has won
another photo blue ribbon; last August he was
awarded first place in photography in an art
exhibit at the Rowayton, CT Arts Center titled
“Self Indulgence Self Portrait.” He also said he
recently saw Bud Friedman, and was planning
to see Arnie Starr during Arnie’s trip East…
Bob Worth says he’s coming along following
knee surgery. And while he’s semi-retired, he
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still serves as administrative law judge and
judge pro tem for the city of Scottsdale, AZ…
Retired for 11 years, Arthur Irwin manages
to sneak in some golf between occasional assignments as a sub teacher in the Great Neck
school district. He also told me that Marv
Rubin recently had a hip operation… When
I spoke with Marv, he said that his hospital
stay was considerably prolonged by a staph
infection. Now fortunately he’s recovering
at home… Ted Jacobs still maintains a full
psychoanalytical practice in Manhattan, when
not teaching or lecturing here and abroad.
His last speaking engagement was in Berlin;
his next will be in Great Britain… Did you
know that Steve Joseph retired from the U.S.
Naval Reserve as Lt. Commander? Did you
also know that he and his immediate family
collectively earned seven degrees from the
U of Penn? Now, in retirement, his days are
filled with golf, reading and the enjoyment of
fine wine… These days, Arnie Weinberg’s
retirement consists of swimming three times
a week, walking, movies, and the enjoyment
of three grandchildren. He also never misses
a performance by his lovely bride, Marcia,
who is active in Scottsdale musical theatre…
Al Zuckerman’s daughter, Kate, was recently
written up in AM NY, a daily newspaper here
in the Big Apple. A mother of three, she’s also
pastry chef at Chanterelle and author of The
Sweet Life: Desserts from Chanterelle. As for
the very proud father, he’s recovering from
repair of a heart valve and spends the winter
months in both NYC and a home in the Florida
Keys… A healthy Neil Littmann says he’s
spending more time these days on vacation,
and less time at Smith Barney’s Scarsdale office. His last trip, with lovely wife Elaine, was
to India. He also stays in touch with neighbor
Irwin Robinson, who manages to squeeze in
some golf between visits with his six grandchildren. Irwin also pointed out that to the best
of his knowledge, we are the only HM class
ever to have three “Irwins” (Block, Robinson &
Spiegel… no, not a law firm)… At this writing,
Don Mayer and lovely spouse Ylain were preparing for their annual open house for friends
and neighboring children to view the Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day parade; their NYC apartment offers a view of Central Park West…
What better way to stay young than to keep
working? That’s Mark Kaufmann’s philosophy,
and he practices what he preaches. When not
traveling, he’s active in real estate futures, a
new activity in the world of finance… as for
the Floridians among us, Bob Leder is happy
to say he’s coming along following shoulder
surgery… Andy Taub still keeps in shape
through tennis and swimming… Dick Kleid,
as President of the Palm Beach Town Council,
had been negotiating with Donald Trump on a
variety of matters… Congratulations to Eileen
and Steve Finestone on their 50th wedding
anniversary last November. There are other
Floridians I’ve yet to contact; their news will be
in my next report. Stay tuned!
Irwin Block and Paul Silverstone enjoyed a
visit to Horace Mann and a tour of the campus
in November 2007. The two looked at archival
pictures from their days at HM, and observed
the School in “action” today. Block, who lives
in Norwalk, CT, retired from Purdue Pharma
LP as Senior Executive Director of Creative
Services. He recently held solo photography
exhibits at Greenwich Bank of New York and
Norwalk Art and Framing, and appeared in
The New York Times and on News Channel
12. Paul Silverstone continues to write on U.S.
Naval history, with nine books published thus
far. He recently donated copies of his oeuvre
to the Katz Library at Horace Mann.
The Class of ’53 celebrates its
55th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
Gerald Friedman writes “Our very active HM
Alumni Club of Southern California meets
annually in November to kick off the holiday
season. We have approximately 30 hard core
members. This is our 15th year.”
Impressive news from Carl Green: “I recently
received the Japanese Foreign Minister’s
Commendation Award for contributions to
strengthening the friendly relationship between
the United States and Japan. I received the
award from (then) Foreign Minister Taro Aso
in Tokyo on July 12, 2007. In the award
ceremony, he referred to the work I had done
as Ford Foundation Representative in Japan
in the 1970s, contributions to resolving trade
disputes as a lawyer in the 1980s, academic
activities at Georgetown and elsewhere in
the ’80s and ’90s, and the activities I have
engaged in with the Council on Foreign
Relations and other organizations to promote
understanding and communications between
the two countries. My classmates may recall
that it all started with “Teahouse of the August
Moon.” (Green starred as Captain Fisby in the
HM performance of “Teahouse” in 1957).
The Class of ’58 celebrates its
50th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
James Lawrence reports: “Mike Hess and
John Jacobs continue to treat me royally
when I visit NYC. Ron Ceisler is merely accommodated as a permanent New Yorker by
his classmates.”
Thomas Gutheil is still doing expert work
on cases nationally, teaching internationally and writing unsold screenplays in his
free time. A sculpture by David Unger, titled
“The Storyteller” was purchased by the city
of Park Ridge, Illinois, and placed in front of
the Park Ridge Public Library. The monument
piece was dedicated at this Chicago suburb in
October and now stands in the city’s Common
in front of the library.
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From Doug
Anderson: “Dale
and I have been art
collectors for the 30
years we’ve been
married and were
recently named
amongst the 100
collectors who are
changing the art
“The Storyteller”
world. Jerry Speyer
by David Unger ’59
’58 was too, which
puts us in very good company. Might this have
anything to do with our degrees in Art History
from Columbia College?”
An essay by Carl L. Heimowitz entitled
Lessons Learned at Princeton: Reflections
of a failed mathematician ran on Princeton’s
newswire PawPlus on Nov. 7, 2007. In the
essay Heimowitz writes that he pursued math
studies at Princeton on the advice of his HM
teacher Robert McCardell, but has since
become a writer and editor. The delightful essay can be found on Dr.
Jack Lowe closed his private practice a couple
of years ago and is now working part-time
teaching pediatric residents at D.C. Children’s
Hospital out-patient clinic. Dr. Jeffrey Sanders, Associate Professor of Native American
Studies at Montana State University in Billings,
visited an American history class taught by
HM History Department Chair Barry Bienstock in fall 2007 and discussed aspects of
Native American culture with the students. His
daughter, Sarah Sanders ’11, is in ninth-grade
at Horace Mann.
From Leonard Barkan: “Happily taking advantage of New Jersey’s enlightened political wisdom, I recently celebrated my civil union with
Nicholas Barberio (after eight years together
in unofficial union) in our Princeton home.
Among those present were Jeffrey Lowin and
Peter Waldman.”
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Richard Grossinger shared the exciting news
that his daughter, acclaimed filmmaker Miranda
July, recently won one of the world’s most
prestigious literary prizes, the 2007 Frank
O’Connor Award, for her first collection of short
stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You.
Grossinger also noted that Random House
is now distributing books by his publishing
company, North Atlantic Books. Among recent
titles the company has published is classmate
Charles Stein’s Persephone Unveiled, Seeing
the Goddess & Freeing Your Soul. (Please see
“Bookshelf” p. 45) William Cooper writes:
“This spring my wife Terry and I relocated from
Southern Florida to Southern California. We
gave up our spacious golf course house in West
Palm Beach (still on the market, if anyone’s
interested) for a cramped townhouse in downtown Pasadena. Goodbye to flat, boring landscapes and people who think I’m interested in
hearing about their golf rounds; hello to the San
Gabriel Mountains and George Chodeker. I
hope to get a job teaching college writing while
Terry will continue to pursue her sculpting.”
The Class of ’63 celebrates its
45th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
Roger Berkley tells classmates, “Still trying to
play golf, now I’ve added Bill Mutterperl to
my list of occasional partners. Andy Tobias
has me mainlined into the DNC, for which I
thank him. Alan Rogowsky is a source of great
jokes and info.”
Steve Taube and his wife Mary are running a
private college placement company in northern
Virginia. Christopher Barr lives in Washington County, PA. He runs his own insurance
company which he recently rolled into a larger
firm. Robert Brookshire’s daughter Devon’s
basketball team finished third in a national
basketball tournament. (That will come as
no surprise to those who remember “Little
Brooks”) Recent work by sculptor Jeffrey Brosk
was featured in a group show entitled “The
Fall Collection: Recent Work” at Broadfoot
& Broadfoot Gallery, 62 Greene Street. New
York, N.Y. The show ran from October through
December 2007. Michael Schonbrun writes:
“Our oldest son, Ethan, is getting married
this summer in San Francisco. Ethan is doing
his post-doctoral work at Harvard in electrical engineering and physics and his fiancé is
finishing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at
Brown. Our twin sons, ages 3½, are learning
to swim and play lacrosse. The senior housing
business is thriving and life on the ranch (outside of Boulder) is good. Come see us!” Neil
Baldwin’s seminal biography of William Carlos
Williams HM 1903 To All Gentleness, William
Carlos Williams, The Doctor/Poet is being
reissued in April 2008 in a new trade paperback edition in celebration of Williams’ 125th
birthday, and just in time for National Poetry
Month. The book includes a new preface by
Neil Baldwin. Susan Stamberg, writing in
The New York Times Book Review, described
the book as “…a deftly-written portrait. Neil
Baldwin shows us a man who found joy in
the noises of daily life, and who put poetry
together with as much painstaking care as he
took in the delivery of a new baby.”
Dr. George Lowe’s daughters both graduated
from the University of Maryland; Hannah is
working for M &T Bank in Baltimore and Mariel
is in NYC in advertising at Kaplow. Michael
Passow is “retired” after 22 years at White
Plains Middle School and is now teaching science at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, N.J., a four-block walk from his home.
William Barr is vice president for legal affairs
with Verizon. He is the former Attorney General
of the United States. He has three children.
Prof. Roy Rosenstein contributed a chapter on
“The End of Insect Imagery: From Dostoyevsky
to Kobo Abé via Kafka” in Insect Poetics (Min-
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neapolis and London: University of Minnesota
Press, 2006). Reviews of the book have
appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education
(Nov. 24, 2006) and elsewhere. Dr. Rosenstein is a professor of Comparative Literature
and English at The American University of
Paris. He works principally in the Romance
languages, with special attention to the Middle
Ages and Renaissance. His publications span
French, Occitan, Spanish, Portuguese, and
Italian literatures, in addition to English and
American literatures within a comparatist
context. His latest research projects concern
Ronsard, Shakespeare, and Cervantes.
The Class of ’68 celebrates its
40th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
Ken Browne announced the release of his latest film, League of Our Own: New Hampshire
and the American Craft Movement (www. Said Brown: “New
Hampshire continues to capture my interests
in documentary filmmaking and I wanted to
share this great news with the HM community!
I was telling my 9-year-old son about how my
history teacher, Dan Alexander ’49, figured out
from my silence in First Form that I had never
done a “report” before and spent lots of time
showing me how to get started. That memory
triggered a lot of admiration for Dan Alexander
and how he taught history and got us involved
in the pleasures of historical research and
storytelling—and now it’s becoming my passion as a filmmaker!”
Class Correspondent Dr. Frank Lowe continues to keep his classmates up-to-date on their
activities, as well as those of other HMers. We
appreciate his efforts. From Frank comes the
following news:
Katherine Weisberg wrote: “I want to tell you
that David (Weisberg) would be very proud
of his 24-year-old daughter Chloe (Berkeley
2005) who is working for Vista Research, a
division of S&P 500. After a year in NYC, she
was relocated to the New London office. Vic-
tor, 19, is a very committed UCLA sophomore
majoring in Environmental Sciences. We were
all in NYC on October 14th celebrating David’s
father’s 80th birthday.”
brother (Brian Camazine ’74), a surgeon, to
places such as Nigeria, Guatemala and Bolivia
where we provide volunteer surgical care as a
part of the Earth Wide Surgical Foundation.”
Bruce Schimmel is the founding publisher
of the alternative weekly, the Philadelphia
City Paper. As editor emeritus of the weekly
he founded in 1981, he currently writes the
column, “Loose Canon,” which in 2006
won second place statewide in the Keystone
Press Awards, and placed third in the Society
of Professional Journalists, Keystone State
Professional Chapter. City Paper is now the
region’s most widely-read weekly, with an audited readership of 450,000. In 1995, Bruce
launched City Paper Interactive, Philadelphia’s
first on-line newspaper and Internet community bulletin board. He has also produced
regular cultural and enterprise radio pieces for
WSCL-FM (NPR affiliate, Salisbury, MD). As
Project Director of “Life on Delmarva,” he produced a 75-part series of audio portraits, underwritten by the National Endowment for the
Humanities through the Delaware Humanities
Council. “Life on Delmarva” received a 2003
Golden Reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. In 2003,
Schimmel started Sonic Squad, a radio reporting project for children in rapidly developing
rural Delaware. Bruce is currently producing
an audio history project called “Show and
Tell” for the Milton (DE) Historical Society. He
recently honored his University of Rochester
alma mater with a gift to the school’s Fellowship in Innovative Journalism.
The Summer on the Hill (SOH) first-annual
gala honored Bruce Brickman, who was the
founding benefactor and Chairman of the
Board for the program. SOH was founded in
1994 as an enrichment experiment for 21
public elementary school students. All 33
of SOH’s 2007 high school graduates are
attending four-year colleges. Danny Baldwin
has now been Senior Development Counsel
at the Battery Park City Authority for the last
two years; he loves his current position. He
has been studying piano in his personal time.
His son Matt graduated Yale ’03 and is running a college prep tutoring practice; his other
son Josh graduated University of Chicago in
2006 and is working as an editorial assistant
at Harper Collins. Jonathan Oberman is still
teaching at Cardozo Law School. His daughter Hannah is working for Councilman David
Yassky; daughter Naomi is at Brown, playing
rugby; and Sarah Rose is at Fieldston playing
soccer for the Manhattan Soccer Club.
Update from Scott Camazine: “I am a biologist and physician who has been fascinated
with the natural world since I was a child. I
have written two nature books (The Naturalist’s Year and Velvet Mites and Silken Webs)
and co-authored a more technical book, SelfOrganization in Biological Systems. In 1974, I
graduated from Harvard College and in 1978 I
received an MD degree from Harvard Medical
School. Later, in 1993, I completed a Ph.D.
in Animal Behavior from Cornell University. I
am fascinated by the beauty and complexity of
our living world, and devoted a portion of my
career to studying honey bee behavior. Currently, my work is divided among the care of
emergency room patients, photography, lecturing and writing. The rest of my time is devoted
to my children, woodturning and enjoying the
natural world. In addition, I travel with my
Robert Nussbaum shared the news of longtime family friendships forged through Horace
Mann: His daughter, Alexandra Nussbaum,
got together with Samantha Fink, daughter of
Steve Fink, and with HMer Evan Charles ’03,
son of Barry Charles to celebrate their 22nd
birthdays. The younger generations’ grandmothers, moms of these three alums—Dorothy
Nussbaum, Teresa Fink, and Harriet Charles,
recently got together for lunch, as they do every
few months. And the alumni? They’re “in touch
all the time,” writes Nussbaum, “although it is
tough to get Barry away from his routine to join
Steve and me on the golf course. (Steve and I
play together most Saturdays). Three generations of friends, all due to HM.”
Robert Adler’s son Jake graduated Earlham
College in May 2007. “Our daughter, Rachel,
is a high-school junior, so the college road
trips have begun. Life is very good—although
I expect to be able to retire at about the age
of 120, given the likelihood Rachel will start
college at the same time as Jake hopes to start
rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College.
Anne-Marie and I are 54, working hard, enjoying each other and wondering what our ‘empty
nester’ phase of life might bring our way.”
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Wrote Frank Lowe of his own activities: I
attended the book signing for Doug Schoen’s
latest book The Power of the Vote (published
in April 2007). The event took place at Mayor
Mike Bloomberg’s townhouse, which is like a
museum. Mayor Bloomberg said some nice
words about Doug. Mayor (Ed) Koch was also
in attendance. The Class of 1970 was well
represented: Mike Faust, Miles Stuchin, Gene
Lipman, Marty Bienenstock and of course
Doug and myself. The book offers an interesting review of Doug’s political activities over the
years with Koch, Corzine, Clinton, Bloomberg
etc. At the HM Trustee Faculty dinner in May
2007 I saw Dan Alexander ’49, Tom Reilly
and Lyall Dean. Mr. Reilly was honored by
the announcement of the Thomas Reilly Chair
in Foreign Languages. Mr. Dean had a Chair
named for him last year.
the metaphysical questions Fife probes: What
did one event have to do with the other? Was
it just metaphysical coincidence or are their
times when the culture goes crazy? Over the
years Fife has had numerous productions of
his works performed, including at Primary
Stages, Jewish Rep, Playhouse 91, Circle Rep
Lab, Samuel Beckett, Hypothetical Theatre,
La Mama, Alice’s Fourth Floor, Theatre for the
New City. His adaptation of the Yiddish play
“God of Vengeance” was recently produced in
Tel Aviv after having been done several times
in the U.S. His “This Is Not What I Ordered”,
an evening of comedies, is published by Samuel French. Fife’s theatre memoir Best Revenge
was published in 2004. “Break of Day”, his
play about Van Gogh’s family, was produced in
Hollywood in 1999. Fife is currently reworking
that play while also writing the third play of his
“Van Gogh Cycle.” He lives in the Los Angeles
area, where he is a member of the Actors
Studio West playwrights/directors lab.
Barrett Brick informs us: “My photo portrait
now hangs in an exhibition of gay community
pioneers, sponsored by the Rainbow History
Project. I’m still commuting between D.C. and
South Africa for another couple of years, until I
retire and move over there.” (Brick has been a
leading activist for gay and lesbian civil rights
and community action nationally and internationally). A reading of Stephen Fife’s latest
play “Scattered Blossoms” was held November 19th, 2007 at 38th Street Studios in New
York City. The play focuses on a brief period
of time in the lives of Vincent van Gogh and
Paul Gauguin when the two painters shared a
studio and living space in the south of France
during a six-week period in 1888, pursuing
their separate dreams of paradise. During
those same six weeks, just a few hundred
miles away, Jack the Ripper went on his killing
spree. The play explores Van Gogh’s painting
“Japanese Dream” in search of answers to
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Andrew Yarosh wrote in fall 2007: “I’m
happy to report that I have just finished my first
Moab Music Festival and that I feel privileged
to serve as Executive Director of such a remarkable organization. More remarkable was that
I was delighted to discover that one of the
Festival’s distinguished artists, pianist and
violist Paul Hersh ’58, is a fellow Horace Mann
alum. Paul’s performance on his September
12 (2007) Piano Talk program of Brahms’
transcription for piano left hand alone, of the
Chaccone from Bach’s Partita # 2 in D-Minor
for solo violin was a Festival high point and will
remain one of my personal musical highlights.
In addition, Paul performed a little Schubert
(the Grand Duo Sonata in C-Major for Piano
four Hands) and then switched to the viola for
the Festival’s finale, which included Shostakovich’s string octet, Prelude & Scherzo Op. 11.
I’m looking forward to a little R&R and then to
working on the 2008 Festival, which will kick
off with a four-day Colorado River trip with
music June 15 - 19, 2008 and three weeks of
“music in concert with the landscape” in Moab,
UT August 28 - September 13, 2008. I’d love
to touch base with any alums traveling through
the Canyon Country (Arches & Canyonlands
NP) of SE Utah. Office mail is [email protected] Andrew’s submission of his Class
Note enabled Horace Mann Magazine to catch
up with this music performer and administrator,
and to share the following information about
his career in music: Andrew Yarosh joined the
Moab Music Festival as Executive Director in
April 2007, after a long career as a director in
development for such music associations as
the Madison (Wisconsin) Symphony Orchestra,
the Berkshire Opera Co., and the Colorado
Symphony. He joined the world of music as an
opera performer and enjoyed his first taste of
development and music-related administrative
work in the Rehearsal Department of the Metropolitan Opera., later becoming administrative
director of The Juilliard Opera Center. Yarosh
served as a producer for revivals of Mozart’s
“Cosi fan tutte,” Verdi’s “Falstaff,” Mascagni’s
“L’Amico Fritz,” Barber’s “Vanessa,” Schuman’s
“The Mighty Casey,” and more. Those productions helped develop the careers of many
important American singers. Yarosh has served
as an on-site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts Opera-Music Theater Program, has sung professionally in the choruses
of the Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas,
the finals of the Rocky Mountain Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as
well as District Auditions in Utah, Connecticut
and Pennsylvania. He has also served on juries
for the Birgit Nilsson Prize and Contemporary
Opera Competition in New York City.
Anthony Elias tells us he “recently saw Henry
Bloch, my HM orchestra conductor, a number
of times in Denver prior to his death. A wonderful man, particularly when I was no longer
a snob-nosed brat.” David Jacoby spoke at a
training course sponsored by the Public and
Professional Interest Division of the International Bar Association (IBA) on October 13,
2007 in Singapore. He served as a panelist
and was one of two speakers on the topics of
arbitration and litigation. The training course
was held in conjunction with the Law Society
class notes
of Singapore at the IBA annual conference.
David, who is a partner at Schiff Hardin’s
Intellectual Property Group, also serves as the
IBA’s Litigation Committee. American Ruins, a
new book of photography by Arthur Drooker,
was released in October 2007 by Merrell
publishers. To view samples of some of the
gorgeous photographs by this Emmy-winning
writer and director of television documentaries
go to where you
can also learn where to see the photographs
on exhibit. CBS’ “Sunday Morning” featured
the work in a November 2007 broadcast and
exhibits are scheduled at the Wichita Art Museum in Kansas from March 15 through May
20, 2008, and at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson
Art Museum from June 1 through July 30,
2008. (Please see “Bookshelf,” p. 43 and Dr. Jeremy
Leeds presented a paper at the National Society for Experiential Education conference in
Seattle, WA in a workshop entitled “Combining Ethics and Service-Learning: A project to
‘Create your own helping institution.’” On Nov.
17, 2007 he presented “Teaching for Mature
Interdependence” at the Association for Moral
Education conference in NYC based on his
paper, “Teaching for Mature Interdependence.”
The Class of ’73 celebrates its
35th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
For the past seven years, Charles Herman has
lived in Jerusalem, from where he directs The
Nesiya Institute, a U.S. incorporated nonprofit devoted to inspiring young people from
diverse backgrounds to enrich Jewish life—for
themselves and others. Nesiya means “journey”
in Hebrew. The organization conducts creative
leadership programs for American and Israeli
young people in both Israel and the U.S. (www. Charles writes: “Though I’ve been
back to HM only once (our tenth reunion), I’m
very grateful to the special friends, experiences
on sports teams, and the Saturday morning tutoring project, and even a few extraordinary educators. I look back now and see many blessings
in disguise. I’m married for 21 years to Donna
Stone-Herman, who deserves all of the credit in
raising our four boys, the oldest of whom is 19,
and is now in a pluralistic “preparatory” program
that combines community service, learning,
and leadership development, in advance of his
enlistment in the Israeli army next year. I’d love
to be in touch with anyone who’s interested in
reconnecting. [email protected]
Nicholas Chen visited the Horace Mann
School campus in Riverdale on August 1,
2007 with his wife, Michelle and his son,
Max, and penned the following reflections:
“I saw the Baruth Room, which we called
the Elizabethan Room in its pre-renovation
existence. What an appropriate new name
and what an amazing mind. I saw the busts
of Mr. Oliver and Ion Theodore in the library
and I think of their grace and the glory of their
wisdom. I sent a silent prayer message too… I
hope the soul-stirring didn’t disturb any of the
librarians and students… I cried just a little and
then smiled when I saw Mr. Theodore’s face…
and told Max about this man… the wonderful personification of the values and culture
of the Greco-Roman and western traditions…
like meeting the best of ancient Greece in our
modern times… a time-traveler who brought
the stories of Peloponnesia to life… I sang the
alma mater to myself on the steps of the new
library… the words came back to me like it was
yesterday. The new theatre is majestic and I can
‘see’ the theatre arts class as a small rectangle
of tables aligned on stage and the souls and
memories of all the performances that graced
that space sang out… ‘Out, out brief candle,
life is but a walking shadow; a poor player that
struts and frets his hour upon the stage… and
then is heard no more… it is a tale told by an
idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing’… The words of Shakespeare committed
to memory in Mr. Glidden’s General language
class… how appropriate… I closed my eyes
and opened my mind’s ear and saw Johannes
Somary’s flowing hair and felt his shepherding
guidance fill the space once again… in the stillness… in the majestic timeless silent memory
palace of my soul… ahhhhhh… peacefulness,
calm, soothing and comforting embrace…
Bach, Beethoven. Many memories. …sigh…
“One of the staff in the athletic department
asked if we needed directions and then asked
whether we were lost… I thanked her for her
kindness and said we were not lost but had
come home to see our old home field… not
during homecoming… she asked where we
had come from and how we were connected
to HM… I told her Taiwan on the far side of
the planet… and that I was a long lost and far
away member of class of ’75… a year when we
beat Riverdale in every sport in every season…
a banner year… so I too had another chance to
hear the shout once again “Go Lions!”… what
a glow… it took me back… that unforgettable moment of watching the draw-play score
against the arch rival… after watching five
years of stoic defeat from 7-11… and then the
final patient sweet victory… timeless… Don
Meltzer, Stu Schultz, Bruce Immerman and
the glorious maroon wall… and pent up pandemonium released in the crowd!! What shouting,
what joy… Go Lions! The tennis courts seem
very nice indeed… I played JV for the school.
The gyms and pool all look the same although
a bit smaller than in my mind’s eye.
“Never met Dr. Mullady… but I can only
imagine the ‘touch’ of her skill and craft… a
gifted compass she must have been…
“I will prepare a letter to Tek Young Lin… I
think of him often in our global warming world.
I travel often to China and am often confronted
on the front lines of the environmental battlefield… and my thoughts turn to his genteel
Taoist approach to life. I am pleased to know
he is still with us. I do think of him often.
“I’m feeling very far away from the school
but maybe just a step closer… a long road
back… to come back across a 32-year
chasm… all started with a visit to Everest…
and now the long road back…
“I am glad to have had the chance to visit…
Back to Taiwan… warmed all over with warm
memories of HMS… and dreams of what the
future will bring for HMS… and hopes for the
future… and Max wearing his HMS shirt at the
finest western school in Taiwan… his daddy
is smiling… his mommy is fantasizing… HMS
made my day again… everyday!”
Claudia Covo was delighted to see everyone
at the Class’ 30th reunion dinner. She and husband Mario have two daughters at HM, Dana
in 11th grade and Mariel in eighth grade. Said
Claudia, “Everything is going well.”
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The Class of ’78 celebrates its
30th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
From Harlan Sonderling: Bethany and I
welcomed our daughter Layla Jay Sonderling
on July 25, 2007. She joins Ezra, 9, Eliana, 7,
Aria, 5, and Boaz, 3. We live in Newton, Massachusetts, and spent the summer in Bridgton, Maine, at sleep-a-way camp: Bethany
worked, the older children camped, and the
younger children and I played and swam. See
you at our 30th.
Rony Danieli Rosenbaum started working
this year as a special projects manager for an
accounting and finance boutique recruiting
firm. “Kids are 11 and 15; younger one goes
to religious school with Anatole Klebanow’s
’68 son Sam.”
Erica Gould maintains a packed schedule directing plays in the New York area and around
the country. Her latest was a staged reading
of “That Pretty Pretty; Or, the Rape Play” by
Sheila Callaghan on October 25, 2007 at
the Studio Theater on Theater Row in NYC.
Gould’s other recent directorial efforts have
included “The Tosca Project” by Jose Rivera
at the American Conservatory Theater in San
Francisco in winter 2007, and works for the
young Fire Department Theater Company at
Joe’s Pub at New York’s Public Theater.
Jody Lewen was the keynote speaker at the
Commencement ceremonies for UC Berkeley
in December 2007. Dr. Lewen directs the
Prison University Project, a college program for
inmates of San Quentin Prison in California.
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The Class of ’83 celebrates its
25th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
Class Correspondent Mark Schein shared the
following information about classmates.
Jeremy Benjamin was just made a partner
of his law firm in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was
in NYC and brought his wife and two sons.
Andrew Hyman moved to Princeton, N.J. and
works for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Andy criss-crosses the country finding
medical causes for the Foundation to sponsor.
This summer Aaron (Mark’s son) and I visited
with Andy and his wife Molly and their two
children Lilly and Nathaniel. The highlight
was when Andy tried to sneak me and Aaron
into the Princeton town pool and swimming
club only to have Nathaniel stop at the gate
and say, “Dad, you don’t think you can bring
guests in here without registering them do
you?” Andy said, “Guests? We don’t have any
guests NATHANIEL.” (Andy had given me and
Aaron old cards to flash at the gate). Nathaniel
responded to Andy and everyone at the gate,
“Some people think they can just bring in
guests without paying for them. Well not at
my pool.” In the end, the people at the gate let
us through. It turns out the rules meant more
to Nathaniel then to the gatekeeper. I want to
point out that the story is also funny in light of
the fact that I run the compliance unit for my
firm and spend my work hours trying to follow
rules. I am attaching a link to Institutional Investor Magazine’s 2007 issue of the 20 Rising
Stars of Compliance, of which I was selected.
In the finance world, it’s sort of like getting
noticed as one heck of a good ditch-digger,
but it’s nice to get recognized.
William Ortner recently joined Barclays
Capital, the investment banking division
of Barclays PLC., as Managing Director,
Equity Products.
Roland Davis reports, “Our third child, Sophia
Rose was born on July 1, 2007, joining her
very curious and excited older brothers Zachary (4) and Luke (1½).”
In July 2007, Abby Aronson arrived in Tirana,
Albania, where she is serving as Consul at the
U.S. Embassy. She and her husband, Paul
Cohn, completed nearly a year of Albanian
language training before moving from Washington, D.C., for their three-year assignment
in Tirana. Pri Alahendra, her husband Matt
and two children moved from New Jersey to
California. She writes: “We will be living in San
Rafael, just north of San Francisco. Matt is the
assistant head of school and middle school
head at The Nueva School and I am teaching
first grade at Marin Country Day School. We
are excited about the adventure but also sad
to leave everyone.” Jon Sussman and his wife
Joy welcomed Charlotte Ava on June 5, 2007.
Charlotte joins her brother Zachary, 3½. The
Sussmans live in Randolph, N.J. Jon practices
cardiac electrophysiology at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
The Class of ’88 celebrates its
20th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
Jonathan Bing and his wife, Meredith Ballew,
are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Coleman Bing, on June 3, 2007.
Jonathan was re-elected in November 2006 to
his third term in the New York State Assembly
representing the Upper East Side and East
Midtown Manhattan. Gregory Mishkin was
named Chair of the Mike Huckabee for President campaign in Forsyth, Georgia in January
2008. A Republican activist Mishkin is a
Senior Manager for AT&T Mobility in Atlanta.
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Nadine Block gave birth to identical twin
boys, Alex and Eli in May 2007. “They are
doing great.” Molly Conroy and husband,
Adam Gordon, welcomed their daughter
Lillian Gordon Conroy on August 8, 2007. In
October 2007 Michael Rakower was named
by Lawyers USA (www.lawyersusaonline.
com) as one of eight lawyers from across the
country who are “on the fast track to making
a significant impact on the profession.” The
organization noted that Rakower is creating
a reputation for himself handling high-profile
cases involving police misconduct, asbestos
exposure, whistle-blowing, prisoners’ rights,
and an alleged bribery/kickback case at the
United Nations. In December 2007 Michael
and a colleague lead a discussion at the
Columbia Club on how, over the last several
years, the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt
Organizations (RICO) Act has become a
powerful tool used by commercial entities to
combat fraudulent schemes perpetrated by
competitors and disloyal employees. The talk
was titled “Civil RICO: Legal Overview and
Tactical Considerations.”
Melissa Murphy Parento and Steven Parento
became the parents of Ava Julie Parento
on February 18, 2008. Ava Julie was also
welcomed by big brother Jack Parento, who is
4 years old. Melissa Parento serves as Horace
Mann School’s Director of Development in the
Alumni House and Development Office.
Jay Kooper and his wife Jessica welcomed
their second son, Ethan Noah Kooper, on
January 30, 2007. Ethan joins his big brother
Jordan who will be 3-years-old in June 2008.
Kendall Kim’s book Electronic and Algorithmic
Trading Technology, published in June 2007
by Academic Press, Elsevier, has been hailed
as a “thorough snapshot of the world of automated trading” and “the first book to address
the hot topic of how systems can be designed
to maximize the benefits of program and
algorithmic trading.”
(Please see Bookshelf, p. 44)
Alison Abramson was married to Matthew
Hasson, on January 19, 2008 at Cipriani’s.
Dr. Abramson is practicing veterinary medicine
at Park East Animal Hospital in NYC. From
Uchenna Acholonu: “I got married on May
27, 2007 to a nice lady named Colleen Talt.
The other HM people there were Javaid Khan
and Rushika Richards ’93. I finished residency
in Ob/Gyn at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in
June, joined an Ob/Gyn attending group at the
same hospital, and moved to Queens.”
Loren Easton and his wife Jamie, proudly welcomed their baby girl, Sloane, who was born
on October 26, 2007, weighed in at 8lbs
3ozs, and was 20 inches tall. Julia Strongwater was married to Evan Paul Geffner on
September 8, 2007 at the New York Botanical
Garden. Ari Hest was the featured performer
at The Ben’s Dream Baseball Tournament
Benefit Concert in Allston, MA over Columbus
Day 2007. Michael Pollak ’99 competed in
The Ben’s Dream Baseball Tournament in
Boston. The concert and tournament enabled
them to help raise over $10,000 for Ben’s
Dream. (Please see Michael Pollak’s listing,
Class Notes for 1999).
The Class of ’93 celebrates its
15th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
Lisa Schweitzer was married on October 26,
2006 to Max Yutsis in NYC. Tracy Tucker was
in attendance.
Dorianne Steele was married to Jason Gordon
on October 27, 2007 at the West Side Loft
in Manhattan. Dorianne earned her master’s
degree in education as a reading specialist at
Bank Street College and is currently teaching
at the George Jackson Academy School in
Manhattan which is headed by David Arnold
’65. Shailaja Koppolu and Elliott Farber
celebrated their marriage in New York City
on October 27, 2007. Alumni in attendance
included Raji Koppolu ’96, Aurican Yen Donovan, Veronica Ip Barnes, Malik Goodson,
Gita Rebbapragada, and Joshua Zeichner.
They are both working as attending anesthesiologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
in Boston, MA. Justin Lerer was engaged to
Rachel Hannaford on April 13, 2007.
Ari Hest ’97
The Class of ’98 celebrates its
10th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
Sara Kippur was married to Joshua Lambert
on November 11, 2007 at the Metropolitan
Pavilion, an events space in New York City.
Sara is a doctoral candidate in French literature at Harvard and is a visiting instructor at
Michigan State University.
Michael Pollak competed in The Ben’s Dream
Baseball Tournament in Boston (driving in
seven runs for the Ben’s Dream White Sox)
and Ari Hest ’97 was the featured performer
at the Benefit Concert in Allston, MA over
Columbus Day weekend helping to raise over
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class notes
$10,000 for Ben’s Dream—to aid the mission
of finding a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome, a
rare, genetic disorder that afflicts Benjamin
Siedman and thousands of other children. Ben
Siedman was a student of Mike’s when the
HM alum taught at the Perkins School for the
Blind in Watertown, MA over the past three
years before entering the Educational Studies
graduate program at Tufts University in the fall.
Marc Phillipe Eskenazi, Jonah Green, and
Mark Sanger have been playing music together
since around 1995 when they started their first
band while in Horace Mann’s Lower Division.
The three are currently playing together, along
with two other musicians, in the popular NYC
band Medium Cool. Check out www.myspace.
com/mediumcoolmusic. But, that’s not all they’re
doing. Eskenazi toured with The Stroke’s guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. as his guitarist. Check
out “Good Phillipe”—a fun reference to Eskenazi
in a Hammond review on AllShookDown.
Former bass player for Mooney Suzuki, Eskenazi
also played on Hammond’s second album,
due out in spring 2008 ( Sanger and Eskenazi are
also singer/songwriters for Medium Cool, which
opened on the road for Hammond in spring
2007. Jonah Green plays in between several
other exciting projects—including publishing a
magazine, completing a novel, and doing video
projects for New York magazine online.
Halley Feiffer received glowing reviews for her
performance in the play None of the Above at
The Lion Theater, Theater Row in New York
that ran in October and November 2007. Feiffer portrayed a “privileged prep school teenager” receiving tutoring for her SATs from actor
Adam Green. Feiffer was paired with Green to
great acclaim in the off-Broadway production
Election Day in the summer of 2007. Bostonarea alums caught Halley as the down-to-earth
daughter in Wendy Wasserstein’s Third at the
Huntington Theater in January 2008 for which
she also recived raves. Sam Ferri joins the
ranks of HM alumni (including Ed Koren ’53
and David Sipress ’64) whose cartoons have
made national syndication. Look for Sam’s
strip in Time Out New York. Olivia Mauro
graduated from the
University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton
School, Summa
Cum Laude, with a
Bachelor of Science
in Economics. Her
concentrations were
in finance and management. She was the
female Student in the Spotlight in the Wharton
section of the 2007 University of Pennsylvania yearbook. Olivia was a pitcher for Penn’s
Varsity Softball team and was chosen for the
2006 and 2007 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA
Academic All-America District II First Teams
and the 2007 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic
All-Area team. She pitched in both the 2005
and 2006 Empire State Games for the New
York City Softball team, helping the team win a
bronze medal in ’06, the Brothers as a Captain
Markets analyst in Fixed Income High Yield
Research/Credit Derivative Trading.
Pedro Alvarez was named Collegiate Baseball’s preseason Player of the year as the publication released its pre-season All-American
teams in December 2007. Pro-teams are lining
up around this Vanderbilt University third
baseman who has the coming season and
next left in his undergraduate baseball career.
Brian Farkas was promoted to senior editor of
the Miscellany News, Vassar’s weekly newspaper since 1866. Says Brian, “I continue to
benefit tremendously from my Horace Mann
education. I am thriving at Vassar in both my
academic and extracurricular work largely
because of the goal-oriented, no-nonsense
mentality given to me by Horace Mann.”
Richard Mauro is a sophomore at Georgetown
University. He is a Georgetown Scholar, and
holds a middle-management position with the
Georgetown Corporation, the largest studentrun business in the country. Rich rows for
Georgetown’s Varsity Lightweight Crew Team.
Charlotte Raines was cast in the University of
Michigan’s production of “The Rocky Horror
Picture Show” in the fall, and performed at the
Bates Dance Festival in the summer of 2007. $
The Class of ’03 celebrates its
5th reunion at Homecoming,
September 20, 2008.
Richard Mauro ’06 (front) races against Princeton’s varsity lightweight crew team.
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orace Mann School mourns the deaths of the following
members of our community. We invite readers to share their
memories and reflections with one another in these pages by
writing to [email protected]
American-style jazz. The producer also daringly staged the first-ever
American production of “Hamlet” in Elsinore, Denmark.
In 1960, Schnitzer was selected as the general manager for the
American Repertory Company, set up by the Theatre Guild at the request of the U.S. government to export the best in American theater.
Schnitzer also served on the faculties of Vassar, Smith, and Columbia
Colleges. In the 1970s he became executive director of the University
of Michigan’s Professional Theatre Program. His late wife Marcella
Cisney worked as the artistic director. Cisney was also a film and
stage actor, producer, director, educator and administrator, and the
first woman television director at CBS. The couple married in 1953,
and often worked side-by-side. Moving eventually to Connecticut
the two were active in the Westport-Weston Arts Council and later
the Westport Arts Center. In the 1980s they organized seminars and
staged play readings for the Westport Arts Organization. After Cisney’s death in 1989 Schnitzer donated the couple’s papers and memorabilia to the NY Public Library and to George Mason University.
Robert C. Schnitzer ’23,
actor, theater producer and administrator
Horace Mann School deeply mourns
the death of Robert C. Schnitzer ’23,
actor, producer, educator, and
theater administrator who passed
away Jan. 1, 2008 at a Stamford
retirement home. The former
Weston, Conn. resident was 101.
Robert Schnitzer remained
involved with his alma mater
throughout the years since his
graduation from Horace Mann—years during which he performed,
taught and traveled internationally as an ambassador of the American arts scene, introducing such performers as Isaac Stern and
Rudolph Serkin to audiences around the world.
A National Theater Conference member and a Fellow of the College of The American Theater Schnitzer remained active in Westport’s arts scene, served on his retirement community’s resident
council, and on the board of The Players Club in Manhattan.
Schnitzer visited Horace Mann as recently as spring 2003, when
he celebrated the 80th anniversary of his HM graduation by traveling
from his Connecticut home to attend commencement ceremonies.
In 2001 he participated in a celebration of theater education at Horace Mann along with alumni from over the years who were involved
in theater and came to reflect on their Van Alstyne and Gross Theater experiences before the construction of HM’s new Alfred Gross
Hall Theater. Schnitzer, the oldest alum, started off the evening.
The Horace Mann community mourns the death of Dr. Julius S.
Prince ’28, a pioneer in the field of international health-care, nutrition, and sustainable development. Dr. Prince became involved in
this cause as organizations for international cooperation in health
and development were just forming. A health and population expert
Dr. Prince worked in planning, managing, evaluating and implementing rural health, population and nutrition programs, particularly in Africa where he served as a medical and field officer in 25
countries. From 1971-73 he was Director of the Africa Division in the
Office of Population in Washington, and later served as Director of
the Africa Region population office for USAID in Accra, Ghana. He
co-authored several books, including The 1958 Malaria Epidemic in
Ethiopia, and contributed chapters and journal articles to more.
James Fuld Sr., 91,
noted sheet music collector and devoted alumnus
photo by Matt Friedman ©CNS
Born in New York on Sept. 8, 1906 Schnitzer went on from Horace
Mann to Columbia College, where he acted in its Varsity Shows. His
HM and Columbia acting experience, along with his matinee-idol
good looks, helped launch his early career as a professional actor.
While still in his senior year at Columbia he landed a role in “The
Brothers Karamazov” at The Theater Guild on West 52nd Street in New
York. In 10 years with the Walter Hampden Company Schnitzer either
appeared in or stage-managed “Hamlet,” “Henry V,” “Cyrano de Bergerac” and more. He also directed his own summer stock theater in
Arden, Delaware—historically significant as one of the country’s first
barn playhouses. Schnitzer then served as deputy national director
of the WPA Federal Theatre Project from 1936-1939. Over the years,
Schnitzer used his managerial skills for a variety of producers and
institutions. Beginning in 1954 as the general manager for the American National Theatre and Academy’s (ANTA) international exchange
program, Schnitzer was responsible for sending more than 100
American artists overseas. They ran the gamut from college choirs
and athletes to renowned performers such as Marian Anderson, the
Dave Brubeck Quartet, and the New York Philharmonic under the
direction of Leonard Bernstein. Some of these groups played to audiences in Berlin, Moscow, and other locations behind what was then
known as the Iron Curtain. Schnitzer made headlines by breaking
down cultural and political borders with his offerings, particularly of
Dr. Julius S. Prince ’28,
pioneer in international health-care
Horace Mann School deeply
mourns the death of James Fuld
Sr. ’33 on January 29, 2008 at the
age of 91. A devoted HM alumnus
and grandparent to three recent
graduates Fuld was known
internationally for his passion for
collecting sheet music. His music
library was considered to be
among the finest collections of
sheet music in private hands.
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A one-time piano band leader aboard ocean liners who later
became a corporate lawyer, Fuld’s collection included first editions
of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,”
and Gershwin’s “The Man I Love” signed by the composer and with
a rare error in the title: “The Man I Loved.”
Stephen Miller, reporting in The New York Sun, described Fuld’s
collection as follows: “An equal-opportunity devotee of Western
music, he collected classical and popular music alike, though his
enthusiasm seemed to peter out shortly after the era of classic
American musicals.” Many of the pieces in his collection of over
10,000 items have been on display in recent years at the Morgan
Library and Museum.
James Fuld Sr. was born on February 16, 1912 in Manhattan, the
son of a lace importer. Fuld began his collection as a 13-year-old
student at Horace Mann, buying the sheet music to popular Gershwin and Cole Porter tunes for a quarter each. In a 2004 interview,
Fuld told The Sun that when he was 17 he introduced himself to
a startled Irving Berlin, who signed the music for 35 of his songs
the young collector had gathered. Fuld later acquired the words to
‘God Bless America’ in Berlin’s own hand.
At Harvard Fuld was captain of the tennis team. During summer breaks he played piano in a band in exchange for ocean-liner
passage across the Atlantic. He later attended Harvard Law School,
and served as editor of the Law Review in 1939–1940. After graduation, Fuld began working at Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn,
eventually becoming managing partner. Fuld also served in the Pacific during World War II, leaving the Army with the rank of Major,
while always maintaining his interest in Tin Pan Alley.
“There would be a show by Gershwin, Kern, Rogers, Porter, Berlin every year. Almost every year I would buy the music,” Fuld told
the CBS show “Sunday Morning” in 1995. “I started innocently.”
By the late 1950s Fuld had also begun collecting classical
music, trolling music shops in New York and Europe. In the 2004
Sun interview, Fuld described finding his greatest bargain while
going through loose sheets in a store on Paris’ Left Bank. It was
the first printing of a very early Mozart work “with an obsequious
inscription to the queen,” Fuld said of the sheet of music for which
he paid $10. Other gems included first editions of Beethoven’s
“Ninth Symphony”, Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”, and Wagner’s
piano-vocal score for “Die Meistersinger” with Wagner’s penciled-in
corrections. In recent years, prices of old sheet music went up, and
Fuld turned to collecting other musical ephemera, including old
tickets and music programs. He had a collection of more than 1,000
autographs, including a letter by Handel said to be worth several
hundred thousand dollars, The Sun reported.
Fuld published several books, including American Popular Music
(1955) and reproductions of Stephen Foster first editions (1957).
Fuld’s The Book of World-Famous Music was first published in 1965
and went through five editions. In it, the attorney displayed skills
as a musical detective, tracing the publishing history of “Three
Blind Mice” to 1609 and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to 1774. After
retiring from his law firm in 1998 Fuld used his newly-found time to
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bolster his acumen as a collector by taking classes at Juilliard and
the Manhattan School of Music.
Fuld eloquently described his passion for collecting in the CBS
interview: “I must say, primarily, the appeal to me is just the fun of
owning a first printing. Sometimes, listening to the radio, following
with the original score, I can pretend I’m there on opening night
and trying to evaluate it. It’s very exciting.”
James Fuld is survived by his wife, the former Elaine Gerstley,
daughters Nancy Neff and Joan Fuld Strauss, son James Fuld Jr.,
and grandchildren Jonathan Fuld ’95, Jamie Fuld ’05, and Ryan
Fuld ’07.
Arthur Arnoff ’38,
former president of Shirley Fabrics
Horace Mann extends condolences to friends and family of Arthur
Arnoff ’38 who passed away on November 18, 2007 at the Health
Center in Essex Meadows, Conn. Mr. Arnoff, formerly of Greenwich,
Conn., was also a longtime Nantucket, Mass. summer resident.
Born in New York in 1920 Arthur Arnoff went on from HM to the
Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. In
1941 he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a Lt. (JG) on the aircraft
carrier USS Ranger in the Pacific and on the USS Pasadena in the
Atlantic. Upon returning to civilian life he joined the Shirley Fabrics
Corporation as an executive and later became its president. After
selling the company he retired and focused on his family and his
favorite activities: golf, gardening, boating and picnicking. He was
a longtime member of the Nantucket Yacht Club and Sankaty Head
Golf Club. Arnoff is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peggy House
Arnoff, his four children: Linda Mackay of Hanover, N.H., Ellen
Sonis of Sherborn, Mass., Arthur (Peter) Arnoff, Jr. of Katonah, N.Y.
and Polly Arnoff of Bath, Maine, his sisters Shirley A. Baerwald
and Betty A. Prashker of New York City, and six grandchildren.
Donations in his name can be made to the Nantucket Conservation
Foundation, P.O. Box 13, Nantucket, Mass., 02554.
Hartley S. Rowe ’40,
lumber company owner and arts patron
Horace Mann School mourns the passing of Hartley S. Rowe ’40
on July 30, 2007. Rowe lived in River Edge, N.J. and Sarasota, FL.
He owned the Great Jones Lumber Corp., in N.Y. before retiring. A
member of Temple Sholom, in River Edge, he was an avid patron of
the arts and a classical music lover. He is survived by his beloved
wife Nana, his children Sally J. Rowe and her husband Anthony
N. Biancoviso of Barryville, N.Y., and Elizabeth Lawton and her
husband Leonard of Paramus, N.J., and by four grandchildren.
Herbert F. Storfer ’40,
Fred Gluckman ’41, devoted alumnus
founder and chair of the Jazz Foundation of America
It is with deep sadness that we
report the death of Herbert
Furman Storfer ’40, of Riverdale,
N.Y., who died September 9, 2007
after a long illness. He is remembered fondly by his many friends,
and particularly the many
musicians he helped through his
work with the Jazz Foundation of
America (JFA), an organization he
co-founded to assist jazz musicians, and spread the influence of jazz.
A warm and generous man of myriad talents and great wit Herb
Storfer graduated from Dartmouth College. He ran several businesses, first in the cosmetics field and then in executive search. Together
with his wife Muriel, Herb began the not-for-profit organization Doing Art Together, which was dedicated to bringing art education to
all children. He also served as its initial Board Chairman. Throughout Storfer’s life he was passionate about jazz and jazz musicians.
A gifted pianist, he was President of the Jazz Museum of New York,
and then a founder and chairman of JFA, an organization dedicated
to preserving the history and future of jazz, the care of jazz musicians in need, and the education of jazz musicians on the rise. In
2001, he was awarded the Billy Taylor Humanitarian Award “For the
Inspiration behind the Jazz Foundation of America and a lifelong
dedication to Jazz.” One of the last great efforts with which he was
involved was a 2005 Apollo Theater benefit that raised over $1 million dollars for New Orleans and the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Herb is survived by his beloved wife, Muriel Silberstein-Storfer;
his brother, Fred Storfer ’44; his children: Laurie, Paul, Peter and
Stephen; his step-children Wendy, Jeffrey and Charles; 11 grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Those who wish may make donations to the Jazz Foundation of
America, 332 West 48th Street, NY, NY 10036 or Doing Art Together,
841 Broadway, Suite 704, N.Y., N.Y. 10023. Condolence notes may be
sent to Herb’s family at 2500 Johnson Avenue, Bronx, N.Y., 10463-4925
The Horace Mann community is saddened by the death of Fred
Gluckman ’41 on August 21, 2007. His son, Peter Jordan ’77, noted
that “Fred was well and happy until just after his 84th birthday on
August 12, and then died after a brief illness with leukemia… Fred
always thought very highly of Horace Mann and sent me there
as well. I graduated with the Class of 1977 and feel the same.”
Gluckman was a graduate of the Wharton School in Philadelphia,
Pa. and served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII.
Henry S. (Hank) Halprin ’41, attorney
Attorney Henry S. (Hank) Halprin ’41 is mourned by the Horace
Mann community. He passed away on November 30, 2007 in New
York at the age of 83. A graduate of the University of Virgina Law
School, he was the beloved partner of Lenore Kaner, devoted father
of Bruce and Karen, and loving grandfather, great-grandfather and
“Honey Bunny” to the Kaner children. The family asked that contributions in his memory be made to the American Cancer Society or
the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Jack Stanley Wachtel ’41
Jack Stanley Wachtel ’41 of Matalpan, Fla. died at the age of 83 on
October 13, 2007. He is remembered by Horace Mann and his classmates. A son of the late Helen and William Wachtel he is survived
by his wife, Chick; three children, Wendy Golenbock (Jeff), Kenny
(Jere), and Billy (Kim); three stepchildren, Bob (Lorann), Terri,
and Tom (Elizabeth) Silberstein; and ten grandchildren. Jack attended Dartmouth College, Brown University, and MIT, and served
in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He was Vice President of
Marketing at Calvert Distilleries and later ran his own graphic and
marketing business. An extremely creative man and an avid tennis
player, Jack is missed by all who knew him. Notes may be sent to
Jack’s family c/o: Mrs. Chick Wachtel & Family, 1640 Lands End
Road, Manalapan, FL, 33462.
Robert J. Fox ’44, Compliance Officer
Irving Barth, Jr. ’41,
attorney and Horace Mann devotee
Irving Barth, Jr. ’41 always kept Horace Mann School close to his
heart. It was hard not to. He married his high school sweetheart, Jean
Brookside Barth ’42, an alumna of the Horace Mann School for Girls.
The two met at a School-sponsored dance, and stayed in touch during
college. After Irving’s service in WWII, they married, and were together for the next 62 years. The couple kept up with friends from Horace
Mann. “Horace Manners are like the Marine Corps,” Barth once told
Horace Mann Magazine. “We always stay in touch.” Barth was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and NYU Law School. He served
as an attorney until his retirement to Ft. Meyers, Fla.
We regret to share the news of the death of Robert J. Fox ’44 on
August 14, 2007 at his home, where he was surrounded by family.
A former compliance officer at Shearson Lehman Fox retired to
Aventura, Fla. in 1993. He was the beloved husband of 58 years of
Joyce Fox, father of Judith Javelly (Bernard), and Ian Joseph Fox,
and a proud grandfather of three. A celebration of his life was held
in Florida over Thanksgiving weekend, 2007. The family asked that
donations in his memory be made to Vitas, 16800 NW Second Ave.,
Suite 400, North Miami Beach, Fl. 33169. Condolences may be sent
to 19101 Mystic Pointe Drive, Apt. 612, Aventura, Fl 33180-4515.
Horace Mann Magazine Spring 2008
Horace Mann Mourns Ira Levin ’46,
Noted Author and HM Distinguished Alumnus
The Horace Mann community
mourned the loss of Ira Levin ’46,
the author of the best-selling
novels Rosemary’s Baby, The
Stepford Wives, The Boys From
Brazil, and more. The author died
of natural causes at his home in
Manhattan on November 12, 2007,
according to his son Nicholas
Levin. Levin was honored with the
Award for Distinguished
Achievement by the Horace Mann Alumni Association in 1969.
The New York Times wrote of the author, “Mr. Levin’s work…
was firmly ensconced in the popular imagination… combining
elements of several genres—mystery, Gothic horror, science
fiction and the techno-thriller. (His) novels conjured up a world
full of quietly looming menace, in which anything could happen
to anyone at any time. In short, the Ira Levin universe was a great
deal like the real one, only more so: more starkly terrifying, more
exquisitely mundane.”
Levin’s novels sold tens of millions of copies, and nearly all of his
books were made into movies, some, like The Stepford Wives, more
than once. Ira Levin also wrote the long-running Broadway play
“Deathtrap,” a comic thriller.
Wrote The Times: “Few critics singled out Mr. Levin as a stylist.
But most praised him as a master of the ingredients essential to the
construction of a readable thriller: pace, plotting and suspense.
Reviewing Rosemary’s Baby in The New York Times Book Review,
Thomas J. Fleming wrote: “Mr. Levin’s suspense is beautifully
intertwined with everyday incidents; the delicate line between
belief and disbelief is faultlessly drawn.” The author’s other novels
include his first, A Kiss Before Dying, This Perfect Day, The Boys
From Brazil, Sliver, and Son of Rosemary (1997), a sequel in which
Mama’s little boy is all grown up.
The film versions of his books include “Rosemary’s Baby”, “The
Stepford Wives,” “The Boys From Brazil”, and “A Kiss Before Dying”.
Levin also wrote a spate of made-for-TV sequels: “Look What’s
Happened to Rosemary’s Baby,” “Revenge of the Stepford Wives,”
and “The Stepford Children.” A big-screen remake of “The Stepford
Wives” was released in 2004.
Ira Marvin Levin was born in Manhattan on Aug. 27, 1929. Reared
in the Bronx and Manhattan he attended Drake University in Iowa
for two years before transferring to New York University from which
he received a bachelor’s degree in 1950. From 1953 to 1955, he
served in the Army Signal Corps.
As a college senior, Levin entered a television screenwriting
contest sponsored by CBS. Selected as a runner-up, he later sold his
screenplay to NBC, where it became “Leda’s Portrait,” an episode in
the network’s anthology suspense series “Lights Out,” in 1951.
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While continuing to write for television, Levin published A Kiss
Before Dying, when he was in still his early 20s. Widely praised
by critics for its taut construction and shifting points of view, the
novel tells the story of a cold-blooded, ambitious young man who
murders his wealthy girlfriend, gets away with it, and becomes
involved with her sister. The book won the 1954 Edgar Award
for best first novel from the Mystery Writers of America, and was
filmed twice, in 1956 and 1991. Levin won a second Edgar in 1980
for his long-running Broadway play “Deathtrap. “Deathtrap” ran on
Broadway for 1,793 performances, from 1978 to 1982 and became a
film in 1982. The author’s other works for the stage included the hit
comedy “No Time for Sergeants”, which he adapted from the novel
by Mac Hyman. Levin was named a grand master by the Mystery
Writers of America in 2003.
Ira Levin is survived by sons Adam Levin-Delson, Jared Levin and
Nicholas Levin, a sister, Eleanor Busman, and three grandchildren.
Ira S. Rosenberg ’51, attorney and sportsman
Ira S. Rosenberg ’51 passed away on September 25, 2007 after
bravely fighting cancer. HM extends condolences to his family. An
attorney for Lechers for many years, and the beloved husband of
Dr. Gail Zausner, cherished son of George and Charlotte Rosenberg,
and brother of Natalie, Rosenberg’s family wrote of him in The
New York Times: “He was the most elegant, brilliant, handsome,
witty and kindly man… modest and self effacing, he was a true
gentleman of great honesty and integrity. He loved skiing, (especially the hardest slopes), playing tennis with his friends, and his
dog Toby. He was a graduate of Horace Mann, Lehigh University
and Columbia Law School. Condolences may be sent to Dr. Gail
Zausner Rosenberg, 875 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10021-4952.
Henry Harris ’54, the “pediatrician’s pediatrician”
Millions of parents knew Dr. Henry Harris ’54 indirectly, and
received his advice through the foreword he wrote to the first
edition of the most prescribed child-care book in America, What
to Expect the First Year, by Arlene Eisenberg. But to his patients
and colleagues in Connecticut Dr. Harris was “the pediatrician’s
pediatrician.” The physician passed away on October 17, 2007. He
is mourned by all at Horace Mann. The following memorial was
excerpted from an obituary in the Greenwich Times (Conn.):
“…Dr. Henry Harris was recognized and respected in Stamford’s
medical community as much for his clinical expertise and superb
technical skills as for the boundless energy and joy he brought to
his practice, his patients, and their parents. With ease, grace and
humor, Dr. Harris would perform sleight-of-hand magic tricks for
children under his care, while simultaneously instructing parents
on their care and follow up. He’d lift the spirits of young parents
with whom he frequently had to share serious diagnoses and
prognoses, or set aside a quiet hour to just listen, or chat with a
troubled adolescent.
Hank Harris was the wise, sensitive, knowledgeable physician every family seeks. Arriving in Stamford in the late 1960’s, he immediately became the ‘go-to’ doctor regularly called upon by colleagues
in need of help. Often upon a moment’s notice, he’d be seen rushing
to the bedside of a sick child at Stamford or St. Joseph’s Hospital or
racing to the delivery room when an OB colleague anticipated delivering a newborn at risk. His arrival, confident attitude, and direct approach relieved much of the concern of anxious nurses and parents.
Philip Cusano, former President and CEO of the Stamford Health
System, referred to Dr. Harris as “the face of pediatrics in Stamford.”
in the community. For 14 years he served on the board of the
Kingsbridge-Riverdale- Van Cortlandt Development Corporation, as
well as on the boards of the Fieldston Property Owners Association
and the Delafield Avenue Block Association. The attorney never
chose to learn to drive, preferring to walk and use public transportation. He loved the outdoors and was a frequent visitor to Wave
Hill. A familiar figure in Riverdale he was known not only through
his involvement in the community, but because he could often be
seen walking his Yellow Labrador Retriever, Bogart, with whom he
shared a strong bond, his family said.
Dr. Harris’ work and dedication extended far beyond his own
practice and patients. Locally, at Stamford Hospital, he founded
and chaired the hospital’s BioEthics Committee. A dynamic force,
he helped initiate the city’s first school-based health center (at
Stamford High School) and appeared in a popular ongoing weekly
Cable TV news segment. Dr. Harris also served as Health Director
for the City of Stamford.
Alan Friedman was a strong advocate of organ donation who devoted time to the local chapter of the Transplant Recipients International Organization. Having required a liver transplant earlier in his
life, he wanted to help others who faced similar situations. In the end,
The Riverdale Press reported, the most important thing to Mr. Friedman was always his loved ones. Alan Friedman is survived by his
wife Caroline, of Riverdale; and three daughters, Wendy Friedman
’88 of Miami, Kathryn Friedman ’90, of Boston and Amy Friedman
’91, of Washington D.C. Donations in memory of Mr. Friedman can be
sent to Transplant Recipients International Organization, Manhattan
Chapter, PO Box 122, Throggs Neck Station, Bronx, NY 10451.
Nationally, he was a media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. The author of numerous articles, he was perhaps
best known for his “What to Expect” foreword. Internationally, Dr.
Harris contributed to the world community by traveling on medical
missions, including trips to China and to war-torn Serbo-Croatia
in 1993. One of his proudest achievements was housing dozens
of Vietnamese refugee orphans in his own home during the late
1970’s. Many stayed for weeks until permanent homes were found.
Dr. Harris would always delight upon hearing of the achievements and successes of his former patients, including several of
those very same refugees, still remembering every name and face.
Beyond all these achievements, Hank Harris was, above all else, a
devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He shared 25
years of endless joy with his wife Elaine, shaped the lives of his four
children (Andy, Marc, Amy Tress, and Missy Sternlicht) and three
stepchildren (Wendy Polins, Doug Dubow, and Jonathan Dubow)
in innumerable ways, and left lasting and precious memories for
his 13 grandchildren. Messages to Dr. Harris’ family can be sent to:
74 Whitney Lane, Stowe, VT. 05672-4552
Alan G. Friedman ’55, HM parent and
attorney active in Riverdale neighborhood
Alan G. Friedman ’55, a longtime Riverdale resident, died on Oct.
28, 2007 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, just four days after
undergoing an apparently successful kidney transplant. He was 70.
Born September 16, 1937, Friedman grew up in Manhattan and
commuted to Horace Mann. He went on to Yale University, graduating
in 1959. Three years later he completed law school at the University of
Michigan. He spent the next 26 years as a real estate lawyer working
with the Equitable Life Assurance Society, before retiring in 1988.
The Riverdale Press reported that the Friedman family moved
to Riverdale in 1981—a neighborhood Friedman’s wife Carol told
the newspaper her husband “fell in love with” becoming active
Girard “Jerry” Stein ’55, attorney is remembered
We regret to share the news of the death of Girard ‘Jerry’ Stein ’55
on August 17, 2007. The following obituary ran in The Penninsula
Daily News.
Girard L. “Jerry” Stein of Port Townsend died in Bremerton, WA of
cancer. He was 69. He was born in New York City to Martin and
Geraldine (Silverstein) Stein.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in
1959, he graduated from Harvard Law School, earned a master’s
degree in taxation from New York University, and was admitted to
both the bar of New York State and the U.S. Supreme Court. Stein
served on active duty in the Army in 1962, then with the Army
Reserve in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps until 1969.
During his career, Stein was an environmental attorney with the
firm of Winer, Neuberger and Sive in New York. Moving to Northern
California, he was a founder of American Home Shield, the first
home-warranty company.
In 1981, he married Janet Stocker in Monterey, Calif. The
couple lived in the San Francisco Bay area, before moving to Port
Townsend, WA in 1996. Stein was president of the board of the Port
Townsend Food Co-op for several years, and was instrumental in expanding the business into a broader segment of the community. In
addition to being an avid reader, Stein, a diehard Yankees fan, was
passionate about sports, fine wine and food. Jerry Stein is survived
by his wife, Janet; son and daughter-in-law Richard and Liz Stein,
son Jason Stein, daughters and sons-in-law Laura and Greg Donner,
Wendy and Bobby Libby, and Julie and Craig Camberg, daughter
Allison Potter, and seven grandchildren. Condolences may be sent
to the Stein family at 1951 31st Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
Horace Mann Magazine Spring 2008
Jay Orloff ’59, manufacturing and marketing expert sure I am not the only one who has been at a loss for words.
The Horace Mann School community was saddened by the death
on September 25, 2007 of Jay Orloff ’59. Orloff was VP/Marketing
and a member of the Board of Directors of Circa Corporation. A veteran of the leather goods manufacturing business for over 45 years
as a designer, production director and sales executive his expertise
was in private label development of men’s and women’s belt and
small leather goods programs for major mass retailers throughout
the U.S. Orloff’s merchandising skills were the basis of his excellent
reputation as a leader in his field. As VP of Sales for Circa he grew
the company from under $1 million in sales to over $50 million, turning it into the largest private label supplier of belts in the U.S. with
an account list that includes Gap, The Limited, Target, Eddie Bauer,
J. Crew, Abercrombie & Fitch and many other specialty retailers.
Prior to joining Circa, Orloff owned his own business with manufacturing facilities in N.Y., Puerto Rico, Haiti, and the Dominican
Republic. Jay Orloff attended Lafayette College and served actively
in many aspects of the Boy Scouts of America. He was the youngest scout in the U.S. to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, in 1954. He
lived in Pound Ridge, N.Y. and in Maui, Hawaii with his family. He is
survived by his wife Bonnie, their children, Debbie, Robin, Marc and
David. Condolence notes to Jay’s family can be addressed to Mrs.
Bonnie Jay Orloff, 33 Bender Way, Pound Ridge, N.Y., 10576-1802.
Fredric Graber ’60
The Horace Mann School community extends its sympathy to the
friends and family of Fredric Graber ’60. The following obituary was
published in The New York Times on Sunday, December 2, 2007:
Fredric J. Graber of New York, New York and Greenwich, CT,
passed away peacefully in Florida on November 28, 2007 at the age
of 64. Fantastic father of Anne Elizabeth Graber and David Edward
Graber. Devoted husband of Elizabeth Graber Engel. Loving son
of the late Dr. Edward and Sylvia Graber. Attended Horace Mann
School, Princeton University, Harvard Business School. He will be
sadly missed and always remembered…
Eliot Glazer ’69
Horace Mann School regrets to inform the community of the passing of Eliot Glazer ’69 on September 13, 2007. The following notice
appeared in The New York Times: Devoted son of the late Adele
(nee Adler) and Benjamin. Beloved brother of Rashi and Margaret,
Ira and Silvia. Cherished friend of Jeffrey Wolf and Donald Woodall.
A Prince of a man. If you would like to send a note to Eliot’s family,
please address it to: The Family of Eliot Glazer, 80 Columbus Circle,
New York, NY 10023. We also share a fond memory of Eliot by his
friend and classmate James (Jimmy) Lohman ’69.
Remembering Eliot
The public notice of Eliot’s passing was spotted by my father and
forwarded on to me, so I have known for some months now. I’m
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Even though I have only seen Eliot three times in the past twenty
years, I can not fathom that he is gone. The last time I saw Eliot was
seven years ago, around our 30th high school reunion. I think I saw
him twice during the decade before that. Still, his being, his aliveness was something that I was always conscious of, even took for
granted, and valued greatly. It was always in the back of my mind
to get in touch with him.
I met Eliot in 7th grade and we went through 12th grade together
and spent a lot of time together after high school. At times in our
lives, Eliot and I were very close, even “best friends”—in 9th or 10th
grade and in college drop out years 1971-73. Eliot distinguished
himself in 7th grade as a straight “A” student. This was quite an
accomplishment for a “firstie” at Horace Mann and the kind of tag
that stayed with somebody no matter how much they might try to
undo it during the ensuing years and phases. It basically meant you
were, well, brilliant, like it or not.
I think it was in 9th grade, maybe the most angst-tormented of
all grades, that Eliot and I started to bond. That was the year we
read Catcher in the Rye, or, should I say, lived it… Sometimes, Eliot
and I would go to Central Park and walk around smoking cigarettes, Kents, and feeling very cool. We would sit and talk in the
Glazer’s beautiful elegant cozy living room on Central Park West.
As idealistic adolescents, we marched together in April 1967 from
Central Park to the UN in the Mobilization to End the War. During
our senior year, Eliot’s apartment on Central Park West was a major
hangout, the site of almost nightly yearbook “meetings” whereat
a group of us designed, composed and wrote our high school
yearbook. Eliot was the co-editor, and the 1969 Mannikin is nothing
short of a 60s masterpiece. Unconventional in every way, it was the
un-yearbook—not even a book, it consisted of six thick magazinesize booklets stuffed into a box! The first page of one volume was
a gritty photograph of a burning Buddhist monk in Vietnam; page
one of another booklet was the full length cadaver of Che Guevara.
The rest of the opus included satirical school-related board games,
“head comix,” fairy tales, and other slaps at normality.
Eliot and I dropped out of college at the same time and got an
apartment together in Cambridge in early 1971 with my college
girlfriend and our high school brother Robert Salter ’69. We got two
kittens and decided not to have meat in our house. Little did I know
I had by then eaten my last hamburger. Eliot’s winsome personality
made him the unanimous choice as Envoy to the Wicked Landlady
and he did a stellar job of holding her at bay. Eliot’s brother Rashi
(Glazer ’66) was living in the area and we saw him fairly often. He
had a VW van, a video production company and a lot of ideas. After about six or eight months we all went our separate ways…
Not long after I moved to Tallahassee, Florida. In 1974, Eliot came
down to visit me for a few days in my very rustic new environs, a
beat-up old wooden house on 10 acres of woods and jungle, surrounded by huge ancient oak trees with hanging moss and kudzu
vines and beautiful vegetable garden. I remember like yesterday
a very Eliot moment in the garden. I kept a chair in the garden
where I would often sit and play guitar. The chair was incongruous
in the middle of a vegetable garden, so Eliot perched himself on
it and immediately assumed the role of a judge mediating some
sort of dispute between various vegetables, punctuated, of course,
with that inimitable high-pitched almost giggle—a sound that was
so completely infectious and irresistible. Eliot was an incredibly
charming and lovable person. I am overwhelmed with sadness that
he is no longer on this planet. I know nothing of his last years or
days and only hope they were not too painful or scary for him and
those who loved him. I can only imagine the sense of loss they feel
and my heart truly goes out to them.
In October, barely six weeks ago, during a trip to New York,
Robert and I walked through Central Park and to the Beresford to
pay tribute to our departed friend with whom we shared so many
formative and precious experiences… I profoundly regret that I did
not partake more of him in recent decades but I get some solace in
many great and vivid memories of him.
Jimmy Lohman
Austin, Texas
[email protected]
Charles Goldberg ’73, musician and attorney
Horace Mann extends its deepest sympathy to the family, friends and
classmates of Charles M. Goldberg ’73 who passed away on July 28,
2007 at his home in Mexico, N.Y. at the age of 51. Born in Brooklyn,
N.Y., he became known as a musician at Horace Mann School where
he was the guitarist for The Wipe-Out band, whose members went
on to found Slewfoot, a well-known punk-rock band in New York
City. Goldberg attended Bard College and later Franklin Pierce Law
School in Concord, N.H. where he earned his DDL. Charles Goldberg
lived in Maine for 26 years. There he owned a pizza shop and antique
store and sold real estate. He moved to Oswego, N.Y. eight years
ago, and was self-employed as an attorney and a substitute history
teacher. A guitarist for over 40 years he enjoyed swimming, cooking
and being with his family, and especially being a grandfather.
Charles is survived by his mother, Joan Goldberg of Middletown,
N.Y., his wife Constance (James) Goldberg, a daughter, Abigail
Goldberg, two sons, Thane J. Goldberg and Alexander Goldberg,
a brother, Adam Goldberg, a sister Sonya Ransom, his grandchild,
Rowan Goldberg, and nieces and nephews. Condolence notes
may be sent to Mrs. Constance Goldberg & Family, 37 Spring Street,
Mexico, N.Y. 13114.
just so we could keep the band together. Neither Chuck nor I were
initially meant for schoolin’—although he went back later and
became a successful lawyer.
When the great American author Kurt Vonnegut died in April
(2007), Tex e-mailed and reminded me that The Great Von was a
huge fan of our band Slewfoot. He’d come to our gigs at O’Lunney’s
in the 1970s and sit at the end of the bar that faced the stage and
we’d hang with one of our literary heroes during breaks. Tex suggested a tribute gig to Kurt would be an excuse to have a Slewfoot
reunion, something we’d been seriously discussing for a few years.
There’s no way it can happen now. While the band was officially
called Michael Simmons & Slewfoot, Tex was co-bandleader. He
was the lead guitarist, capable of synthesizing Jerry Garcia, James
Burton, and Charlie Christian. He could sing any harmony part,
soaring along with me. We wrote songs together, including “Naked
City,” an avowed attempt to create a piece that was at once both
hardcore country and heavy metal. This was in 1975 when such
concepts were unheard of.
We were both in love with music that belonged to others: Western Swing, jazz (Tex revered be-bop, particularly Charlie “Bird”
Parker), Tex-Mex, blues, etc. Most people thought of us as a country
band. However our native language was rock & roll. We were
pure products of the 1960s in every imaginable way and, while
our respect for the vast rainbow of American music was huge, we
ignored limits. We would take a I-IV-V standard country song and
render it with love, then overlay it with Tex’s scat-shot ooh-bop-shebam licks on his Telecaster while I would roar like the Rosemary’s
Baby of Jim Morrison, Frank Sinatra, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Though rarely acting as adults, that’s what we were becoming
as we invented a new music. Because of Slewfoot’s amps-on-11 volume and our youthful energy, we erroneously got lumped in with
a new music called punk rock that was changing the world at that
time. In 1976, Creem magazine called Slewfoot “one of the three
best punk rock bands in New York City” (along with the Ramones
and the Dictators) and we were referred to as “The Fathers of Country-Punk.” We were honored but also amused because we knew we
were better musicians than The Ramones! The greatest regret of my
life is that—except for rare occasions—Tex and I did not continue
to play together after 1979. I wonder where we would’ve taken our
music, what Frankensteins of sound we would’ve built, cackling
maniacally as we tossed rule books out windows.
He remains my brother. Always was. Always will be.
We also share the following memorial reflection by Golderg’s
classmate Michael Simmons ’73.
In Tribute to Charles “Tex” Goldberg ’73
By Michael Simmons ’73
I met Chuck Goldberg in seventh grade at Horace Mann. We quickly became friends. Our first band was called The Wipe-Out Gang,
a name we filched from the liner notes of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61
Revisited.” That morphed into Laurence & the Arabians, the core
four of which were so tight that we all enrolled at Bard College
Horace Mann Mourns the Passing of
Two Former Teachers
Henry Bloch, longtime Horace Mann Music Director
Henry Bloch, a beloved music teacher and music director at
Horace Mann School, died on August 20, 2007 at the age of 86
in Denver, Colorado, surrounded by his family. A celebration of
Mr. Bloch’s life was held in New York, at the Italian Academy at
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Columbia University, on Oct. 27, 2007. Former students and colleagues gathered to hear performances in his memory, and words
of reflection. Among the speakers were his wife, Jean Bowen
Bloch, his children, Pam Bloch Mendelson ’83 and Ellen Bloch
Davis, and his grandchildren Stella and Ari Mendelson. Stella Bloch
Mendelson played a violin piece in memory of her grandfather.
Former HM colleagues Ann Somary and Music Director Johannes
Somary also participated. Mr. Somary performed and shared reflections about his friend.
Henry Bloch was born in Berlin on June 21, 1921. He received his
early education at the Kaiser Friedrich Gymnasium and at the Hollander Music School where he studied piano with Wolfgang Rose,
double bass with Paul Feist of the Berlin State Opera, and conducting with Julius Pruewer, former conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. Emigrating to New York Bloch received a B.A. degree from
Queens College and a masters degree from Columbia University.
He also studied conducting with Pierre Monteux at his famous
school in Hancock, Maine, with Max Rudolf in New York, and with
Boris Goldovsky at Tanglewood.
Mr. Bloch began his professional career as a double bass player
with the New York City Ballet and Opera Companies, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Adolph Busch Chamber players,
and symphony orchestras in Houston, Balitmore, and with the
New York City Symphony under Leopold Stokowski and Leonard
Bernstein. He began teaching at Horace Mann in 1962, and served
as conductor of the orchestra, and Director of Instrumental Music
before retiring in 1988. He was also the founding conductor of New
York’s Inter-School-Orchestra.
Henry Bloch served on several other faculties, including at Brooklyn College, Herbert Lehman College (CUNY), and Seton Hall University. His wide-ranging conducting positions included the Haddenfield Symphony, the Suburban Symphony of New Jersey, the Putnam
Symphony Orchestra, the Doctors’ Orchestral Society of New York,
and the College-Community Orchestra at Lehman College. He also
appeared as guest conductor at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic,
and the New Jersey Ballet at Paper Mill Playhouse. He served most
recently as music director of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra
and Overlook Theater. He was a contributor to such music journals
as Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Opera News, Collectanca
Historie Musicae, and the Journal of the Conductors Guild.
Isabel Pringle Santo,
former Barnard and HM Lower Division Teacher
It is with sadness we report the death of Isabel Pringle Santo, a
longtime teacher at Barnard School and the HM Lower Division.
Ms. Santo, a resident of Washington Heights, passed away in March
2007 at the Schervier Nursing Care Center in Riverdale, N.Y.
Irene Santo was a graduate of Barnard College and earned her
masters degree at Columbia University. She came to Barnard School
as a fourth-grade teacher in 1955, and remained teaching that
grade through the merger of Barnard and Horace Mann School. At
that time she was asked to become an administrator at the Lower
Division, however, deeply committed to classroom teaching, she
declined, saying she felt she could have better contact with the
students if she remained in the classroom. One former Barnard
student, singer-songwriter Kenny Rankin, celebrated her teaching in
song, dedicating his 1999 “Christmas” album to her. A Rankin biography notes that the singer traces his emergence as a performer to
a specific childhood epiphany: “I was in the fourth grade and sang
‘O Holy Night’ in a Christmas play. My teacher, Miss Isabel Pringle,
came over to me and patted me on the head and said, ‘Kenneth,
that was lovely.’ She set me on the path in music that I find myself on
today.” Another alumnus, Princeton Prof. Leonard Barkan ’61 once
wrote of “Miss Pringle”: “In the height of the McCarthy madness era,
circa 1951, this quite proper lady… Took it upon herself to explain
Communism to the fourth graders. She said that a system of government dedicated to sharing the wealth equally was a great idea; the
only problem was who gets to be in charge of all this equality. It was
a good explanation then, and it seems good now.” $
In Memoriam
Horace Mann records with sorrow the deaths of the following graduates and members of the Horace Mann community and extends its
sympathies to all family and friends who have lost loved ones.
Robert C. Schnitzer ’23 . ............................................. January 1, 2008
Donald E. Marcus ’28 ................................................. August 17, 2007
Julius S. Prince ’28 . ................................................ November 7, 2005
John P. Turner, Jr. ’28 ............................................... February 6, 2007
James Fuld, Sr. ’33 .................................................... January 29, 2008
Arthur Arnoff ’38 ................................................... November 18, 2007
Douglas Miner ’38 . ...................................................... February 2007
Fred Hoffman ’40
Hartley S. Rowe ’40 . ........................................................ July 30, 2007
Herbert F. Storfer ’40 . ............................................ September 9, 2007
Irving Barth, Jr. ’41 ........................................................... May 23, 2007
Fred Gluckman ’41 ..................................................... August 21, 2007
Henry Halprin ’41 ................................................. November 30, 2007
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Robert B. Taft ’41 . ............................................................... Circa 2007
Jack Stanley Wachtel ’41 ......................................... October 13, 2007
Robert J. Fox ’44 ......................................................... August 14, 2007
Ira Levin ’46 ........................................................... November 12, 2007
Ira S. Rosenberg ’51 ............................................. September 25, 2007
Henry Harris ’54 ...................................................... October 17, 2007
Alan G. Friedman ’55 .............................................. October 28, 2007
Gerard Stein ’55 .......................................................... August 17, 2007
Andrew W. Smith ’56 .................................................. August 13, 2007
Jay Orloff ’59 ........................................................ September 25, 2007
Frederic J. Graber ’60 ........................................... November 28, 2007
Eliot Glazer ’69 . .................................................... September 13, 2007
Charles M. Goldberg ’73 . ................................................ July 28, 2007
the charles carpenter tillinghast society
The Charles Carpenter Tillinghast Society
Provides a Perpetual Connection to Horace Mann
The hallmark of a Horace
Mann education has always
been its symbiotic nature.
From its early days as a prestigious lab school of Columbia
University’s Teachers College,
through the decades when a
coterie of creative and caring
teachers connected academic
instruction with personal guidance, to today, the relationship of members of the Horace Mann community to their
school is one of exchange. Teachers and students stimulate one another in turn; parents, grandparents and friends
find inspiration in the spirit of academic excellence,
intellectual pursuit, and consideration for community they
have long experienced here.
The Charles Carpenter Tillinghast Society is another
expression of that symbiosis. Founded in 1990 to honor
the memory of Horace Mann’s second Head of School,
Charles Tillinghast, the Society recognizes the generosity
of those individuals who have made provisions for their
school in their estate plans or have made a planned gift to
the School. This support ensures the continued excellence
of Horace Mann School in the future. In turn, donors who
elect to give to their School through such planned-giving
possibilities as designating Horace Mann as a beneficiary
Members of The Charles Carpenter Tillinghast Society
Matthew Abramson ’91 *
William Alexander ’28 *
Howard Appell ’28 *
David Arnold ’65
Jacqueline Aronson
Anthony Bentley ’63
Liza Bové ’82
Michael Brinitzer ’50 *
Jack Brown ’31 *
Peter Brown ’53
Helen Buttenwieser ’23 *
Arnold Cohen ’56
William Cooper ’62
Edward Costikyan ’41
James Couzens ’34
Alfred Davidson ’29 *
Helen Dawes ’36 *
John Dirks ’35
Alfred Eisenstaedt ’27 *
Richard Eisner ’52
Robert Eisner ’47
Mark Ellman ’63
John Erdman ’42
Joel Fairman ’46
Frederick Flatto ’42 *
Richard Fisher ’59 *
James Fogelson ’60 *
John Freund ’50
Eugenia Gale ’27 *
Margaret Gale ’24 *
Henry Geldzahler ’53 *
Walter Goetz ’32 *
John Green ’24 *
Margaret Armstrong Green ’26 *
Peter Gross ’55
Ruth Smith Goodstein ’78
Norman Grutman ’48 *
Philip Harris ’36
Everett Hayes ’38 *
Horace Henry ’33 *
Melvin Hershkowitz ’38
Michael Hess ’58
Milton Heyman ’10 *
William Hyde ’30 *
Frederick Jacobson ’56
Robert Judell ’41
Donald Kallman ’47
Michael Katz ’56
Robert Kohler ’44 *
Paul Kohnstamm ’40 *
Stanley Kops ’63 *
Burton Kramer ’33 *
in a will or trust, transferring retirement assets to the
School, or making meaningful gifts of personal property,
benefit by receiving immediate tax deductions, reducing potential estate taxes, and being able to determine in
advance the amount of desired support.
Most important for some is experiencing the joy of
giving today—giving that helps Horace Mann fulfill its
mission now and in the future. In the words of trust and
estates attorney Herb Nass, Esq. ’77, who wrote the book
Wills of the Rich and Famous, “Being part of The Tillinghast Society is a way to honor our Alma Mater, and is a
testament to our lifelong connection to Horace Mann.”
“Horace Mann is fortunate to be part of a community
committed to the mission of the School and its ongoing
development and continued strength. This relationship is
no more apparent than with the members of The Charles
Carpenter Tillinghast Society,” said Dr. Tom Kelly, Head of
School. “Each and every gift made to Horace Mann is truly
appreciated and helps the School continue its tradition of
providing an outstanding education to its students.”
A booklet describing The Tillinghast Society and guiding donors through the many creative avenues of planned
giving that benefit both recipient and donor is available
from The Alumni and Development Office. $
Philip Krapp ’36 *
Robert Kuhn ’47 *
George Lambrose ’28 *
Helen Lippmann ’23 *
Mark Litt ’47
John Loeb ’36 *
Eileen Ludwig *
James Ludwig ’42
Donald Maggin ’44
Arthur Master, Jr. ’49 *
J. Winston Mayo ’30 *
John McCormack ’35
Adele McCormick ’20 *
Douglas ’33 and Leone McGowan *
Irving Mendelson ’27 *
Evelyn Borchard Metzger ’28*
Harold Meyers *
Robert Miller ’38 *
Mildred and Alex Minkowsky *
Donald Morgan ’24 *
J. Robert Moskin ’40
Leo Narodny ’27 *
Herbert Nass ’77
Jodi Nass ’78
H. Robert Nissley ’38
Edward Peckerman ’21 *
Charles Perera ’22 *
Saul Polayes ’48
Douglas Powell ’42 *
Bill Racoosin ’50
Daniel Rose ’47
Louis Rosenblatt *
Renee Rosenblatt *
Robert Schnitzer ’23*
Rose Schwiers ’21 *
Barry Siebelt *
Paul Silverstone ’49
Suzanne Sloan ’77
John Smallwood ’39
Sanford Solomon ’46 *
Malcolm Spence ’18 *
Henry Sperry, Jr. ’24 *
Franklin Speyer ’65
Joseph Stetz, Jr. ’60 *
Alan Stroock ’25 *
Elouise Sutter ’42
Arthur Sweeny ’24 *
David Tillinghast ’47
Robert Tishman ’33
Melville Tucker ’34 *
John Turner ’28
George Wallerstein ’47
William Wallstein ’32 *
Efram Weiss ’38 *
Donald Wolf ’41
* deceased
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philanthropy and you
“Team ’88” volunteers Joseph Jacobson, Kendall
Hines Mallette, Robert Odell and Jordan Turkewitz
unite to help Horace Mann School
“Joe was a groomsman at
Jordan’s wedding,” added Vantage
Properties, LLC partner Rob Odell.
“We all went all the way through
Horace Mann together. We’re all
pretty much survivors, and we’ve
definitely been involved in one
another’s lives,” said Mallette.
How did Team ’88 evolve? “Isn’t
every alumnus from every class
actively working for their School?”
joked Odell. But then he continued,
“The three of us decided to take a
fresh approach to the Annual Fund
process. We all recognize how
Circled from l. to r.: Jordan Turkewitz, Joseph Jacobson,
important it is. It’s what helped
Kendall Hines Mallette and Robert Odell
make the School work when we were
students, and we’ve all worked sepaIt’s been 20 years since Joseph Jacobson,
rately as Class Agents to help fundraise in the
Kendall Hines Mallette, Robert Odell, and
past. We decided we could be more pro-active.
Jordan Turkewitz left Horace Mann School as
By leveraging the contacts each of us has we
graduates of the Class of 1988, but the School
could get to a point where there would be no
has never been far from their thoughts. For
‘lost contact’ in our Class’ data base.”
Joe, Rob and Jordan it’s hard to imagine ever
losing a connection to Horace Mann, because
“We’ve been trying to get information
it is the link that launched their strong friendabout those ‘lost contacts’ and bring some of
ship. That friendship, and the education and
the people who are considered ‘lost’ back in.
activities they experienced at Horace Mann,
We haven’t given up on anyone. No alumnus
inspired the three to volunteer on behalf of
has been left behind,” said team leader
their School.
Turkewitz, a partner in media private equity
fund, Zelnickmedia.
Over the years each has served as a Class
Agent—that person who makes those phone
Enter Kendall Mallette, in time to assist with
calls or sends out the e-mails encouraging
Annual Fund 2007-2008. “Jordan called, and
classmates to contribute to the School’s Anit was that simple,” she said of her friend. “He
nual Fund. About two years ago the friends
told me about the work that he and Rob and
pooled their efforts to work together to
Joe had been doing in terms of connecting
enhance the effectiveness of their fundraising, with alumni around the Annual Fund, and he
informally becoming “Team ’88”. This year
said they just needed more help to broaden
they decided to add another member—their
their base of contacts. I was flattered to hear
Class valedictorian Kendall Mallette.
they had all come up with my name.”
“We’ve all known each other for a really long
time. Rob and Jordan were always friends.
They still play tennis together,” said Madison
Capital partner Joe Jacobson during a threeway conference call with the men of the team.
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Living in Chicago with her family of three
children and one-on-the-way Mallette was a
perfect pick for the team. She had experience
doing similar work for her Princeton alma mater, and was “geographically different” from the
three New York men. She had also turned her
early-career background in advertising into development work for non-profit organizations—
particularly the national “I Have a Dream”
Foundation, which “supports economically
disadvantaged high school students through
private school,” the alumna explained.
Mallette is in the process of developing her
own school these days, while also completing
a life-coaching book. The school she envisions will be designed as a family institute.
Academically, she hopes to base it on the
experience she had at Horace Mann. “I have
so many positive memories of Horace Mann,”
she said. “It really is a pleasure to help.”
For Team ’88 helping Horace Mann
involves more than making phone calls. The
four alums put a lot of thought into their work.
“We take care not to reach out to people in
a pushy way. We try to understand when
people say they aren’t interested in giving. I’ve
had conversations with people that start with
them not wanting to hear from us, and then
they start asking who we’re in touch with,”
Turkewitz said. “I think people from our Class
are reaching a phase in our lives when they
want to reconnect, and the Annual Fund is
a very good medium. I tell them, ‘If Horace
Mann has a special place in your heart, that’s
a great reason to support the institution—so
it can help other people.’ To answer why we
do this? We attribute a lot of our success to
Horace Mann and we want to give back to the
institution that gave us so much.”
“I think all of us agree we have genuinely
strong feelings about Horace Mann, and what
the School provided us,” concluded Odell.
“The work we’re doing is about the genuine
fondness we have for our School.”
Alumni from every class can learn more
about HM’s Annual Fund by contacting Amy
Reinharz, Associate Director of Development for Alumni Giving, at 718-432-3458 or
Amy _ [email protected] $
Affirming Our Vision
hor ace mann school
Your support of Annual Fund 2008 is important. The Fund closes
June 30, 2008. Gifts may be given as cash, appreciated securities, or
by credit card. For more information on transferring securities or to
make a credit card gift, please call Barbara Melamed, development
associate, at 718-432-3454.
T h a n k s f o r y o u r s u p p o r t.
Hor ace Mann School
Alumni House & Development Office
231 West 246 th Street, Riverdale, NY 10 471
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