Twenty-one members of the Class of 2009 are Lifers. The Lifers joined current preschool and kindergarten students in the Beehive to give advice, sing songs, and say, "so long it's been good to know you."
Alumni Weekend is May 1-2, 2009!
Come back often for updates on programming and schedule, including reunions for classes ending in 4 and 9. Click on the link at right to register today.
Alumni Weekend Schedule
Friday, May 1, 5 - 8 p.m.
Alumni Weekend Kickoff Celebration Barn
All alumni classes and their families are invited to join faculty, including Veronique de la Poterie, Peggy McDonnell, Roberto Villa, Scott Bowler, Wally Wilson, Paul Andrichuk, Dale Rawls, Mike Davis, Ron Sobel, John Hamilton, Len Carr '75, and George Thompson ’64, plus many others, for a rollicking good time, with music by Catlin Gabel students and alumni.
Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.: Registration opens, light refreshments served throughout the day - Schauff Circle
Annual alumni soccer game - Paddock
Lawn games - Paddock
Children’s activities - Beehive
Noon - 1 p.m.: Catlin Gabel Short Takes Library 5
Enjoy 60-second to 5-minute lectures on a wide range of subjects by Catlin Gabel faculty, including Art Leo, Tom Tucker, Cindy Beals, Sue Phillips, Hen Truong and Peter Green.
Noon - 2 p.m.: Alumni and Student Micro-Film Festival Gerlinger
View award-winning, short and excerpted works from Gus Van Sant '71, Carolyne Chauncey ’72, Sam Zalutsky ’87, Ian McCluskey ’91, Curt Ellis ’98, Laura Horak '99, Brett Murphy ’99, Nathan Matsuda ’03, Chapin Hemmingway ’03, Sean Rawls ’03 and Mason Kaye ’04, in addition to films by current Catlin Gabel students.
Schedule TBD Class Photos for years ending in 4 and 9 - meet in Schauff Circle
Saturday, May 2, Evening
Reunion parties for most classes ending in 4 and 9
Sunday, May 3, Noon Join the entire Catlin Gabel community for our annual Spring Festival, hosted by Lower School students and their families. Paddock
Special thanks to our 2009 reunion organizers and the 2008-09 Alumni Board!
Class Party Details — This section changes often!
Class of 1949
Luncheon on June 17, at the home of Susan Wendel Black
Contacts: Marie Vial Hall, Susan Wendel Black and Babette Baruh Horenstein
Class of 1954
Dinner on Saturday, May 2, 6 p.m. at Lee Blaesing Ragen’s home
Contacts: Joey Day Pope and Marilyn Johnson
Class of 1959
Dinner on Saturday, May 2
Contact: Priscilla Morehouse
Class of 1964
Happy hour gathering in the Barn on Saturday, May 2, 4 - 6 p.m.
Contact: alumni office
Class of 1969
BBQ in the Dant House on Friday, May 1, 7:15 p.m.; garden tour, Saturday, May 2; dinner on Saturday, May 2
Contact: Jordan Schnitzer
Class of 1974
Gathering at Square Deal Wine, on Saturday, May 2,
4 - 6 p.m. Contacts: Gwen Farnham Hyland, Karen Katz, and Sara Madden Neill
Class of 1979
Dinner on Saturday, May 2
Contact: Steve Schwab
Class of 1984
Cocktails and dinner at the Hotel Deluxe, on Saturday, May 2, 6 p.m.
Contact: Amy Maier Sennes
Class of 1989
Dinner at The Kennedy School, Mina Parsons Room, on Friday, May 1
Contacts: Roger Gantz, Annabel Toren George, and Andrew Duden
Class of 1994
Happy hour gathering in the Barn on Saturday, May 2, 4 - 6 p.m.
Contact: alumni office
Class of 1999
Barbecue at Dant House on Saturday, May 2, 6-9 pm
Contacts: Ashley Boehm, Duncan McDonnell, and Sonja Lapinski
Class of 2004
Happy hour gathering in the Barn on Saturday, May 2, 4 - 6 p.m.
Contact: alumni office
With one each of the many books they’ve written or co-written
George Turrell ’48, The Light-Blue Scarf
Michael Munk ’52, Portland: The Red Guide, Site & Stories of Our Radical Past
William Hagen ’59, Germans, Poles and Jews: the Nationality Conflict in the Prussian East, 1772–1914
Jeffrey Wallmann ’59, The Western: Parables of the American Dream
Andrew Schoedinger ’61, Our Philosophical Heritage
Willard Rowland ’62, The Politics of TV Violence
Charlotte Digregorio ’71, Beginners’ Guide to Writing and Selling Quality Features
Michele Glazer ’73, Aggregate of Disturbances
Ted Kaye ’73, Good Flag, Bad Flag: How to Design a Great Flag
Susan Meikle Mandell ’74, A Historical Survey of Transit Buses in the United States
Sally Bachman ’75, freelance writer on social issues
Margaret Park Bridges ’75, I Love the Rain
Mike Hiestand ’75, sports columnist, USA Today
Lisa Peters-Wakefield ’75, John Twachtman: An American Impressionist
William Peniston ’77, Pederasts and Others: Urban Culture and Sexual Identity in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Lee McIntyre ’80, Dark Ages, the Case for a Science of Human Behavior
Anna Peterson ’81, Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion
David Shipley ’81, Send, The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home
Toby Hecht ’82, After Life
Una Choi Coales ’83, Turn Back Your Body Clock
Joe Greeley ’83, Watery Highways, Trade and Travel in Colonial Chesapeake
Susanne Freidberg ’84, French Beans and Food Scares: Culture and Commerce in an Anxious Age
Andrea U’Ren ’86, Mary Smith
Shannon Jones ’88, Speak Freely: Aspects of Voice and Communication
Erik Barmack ’91, Why Fantasy Football Matters (And Our Lives Do Not)
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore ’95, Set Me Free
By Jens Tamang '07
|Jens Tamang '07|
As editor in chief of Pegasus, the Upper School’s literary magazine, it wasn’t my wrenchingly awkward adoration of literary minutiae, nor my manic demand for creative control, that endangered it. Rather, it was the combination of my die-hard desire to Do Well and the fact that I did not know what was expected of me. Like a cow that only knows it ought to make a sound, I spent the first months on staff barking when I should have been mooing. Aimee Bender, the first 2006–07 Jean Vollum Distinguished Writer, taught me how to moo.
Bender is a magical realist who presents supernatural occurrences in a nonchalant fashion. Angels, in her work, are just as unremarkable as cabbages. One story, “The Healer,” concerned two girls, one with the hand of ice who possessed the ability to heal ailments upon contact, while the other with her hand of fire could only cause harm. After her reading in the Cabell Center, Bender led a workshop in our creative writing class. “A hand of fire, a hand of ice. What did you mean by that?” asked one student.
To anyone who has never undergone four years with the Catlin Gabel English department, this seems like a perfectly legitimate question. However, we were told never to trust what artists say about their art. Why? Because, as Jean Cocteau once said, asking an artist to talk about her work is like asking a plant to discuss horticulture.
A smug grin stretched across Bender’s face. “A symbol is just a provocative image,” she said, running her bony hands through her coarse black hair. “It doesn’t mean anything.”
After the class I approached her. “Okay,” I said. “I know you said that the whole fire-ice thing doesn’t mean anything. But it does, doesn’t it? It must.”
Bender cocked a brow, stood up, put her jacket on. She placed a hand on my shoulder. “I liked your story,” she said, in reference to an exercise we had done. “But if you don’t relax the way you think about writing you are going to wear yourself out.” And on that note she exited.
I stood in the classroom for a moment, stunned. Relax, I thought. I wonder what she means by that.
When I decided that Bender probably meant “relax” in its most literal sense I decided to attempt writing a poem that had no preconceived meaning, symbols, motifs, or themes. One day, riding the bus to school, I watched a girl ogling a young man. She fixated on him and looked so calm and unwavering, like a flame in the dark undisturbed by wind. I couldn’t take my eyes off her, nor could I ignore the placid beauty of the boy sitting near her. She to him, me to her, and he somewhere else entirely, we were a love chain. I was so caught up in the moment that when I bit into my sandwich I neglected to see that I had wrapped it in cellophane.
I documented it and submitted a poem describing the incident to the Pegasus editorial staff, and it was published. Hell, I thought, if this relaxing business works for poetry why shouldn’t it work for everything else?
I began to ease my death grip on Pegasus. English is a language, not a religion, and somewhere along the line I forgot that. Production became much smoother, and Pegasus became a success. I shudder to think what might have happened had Bender not shaken me loose. I still have to remind myself from time to time take it easy, to mellow out, and I don’t always succeed. When I do manage to lighten up, things always seem to work out better for me and those I care about. Go figure.
An American studies major (and diving team member) at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jens Tamang writes for various publications and is working on a documentary film.
In and Of It
Jens Tamang's "relaxed" poem from the 2007 Pegasus
A young man, sitting on the bus,
Is reading a book, open in his lap.
She sees him there, she who rides the bus each morning,
And she places his face amongst the infinite faces of boys
That maunder in her head like beads of oil in water.
Which of them does she like the best?
The homeliest of them is beautiful to her.
They needn’t have Adonis lines and beefy shoulders to be beautiful:
This boy has neither; yet, she is entranced by the curves of his chin,
His incarnadine cheeks, his privet face stands out from the rest.
If you had him, Miss, what would you do with him?
For I see you.
To you, you are holding his hand.
To you, you are stroking his hair.
To you and to no one else.
You saw him and loved him:
The light from the window illuminating his skin,
His hair hanging over his eyes like the vines of a willow,
Or moss off an oak.
Her unseen hand passed over his body, obeisantly caressing him.
Please excuse my asking, Miss, but you see:
My mother loathed those certain slants of skin-illuminating light
So excuse me, excuse me, for asking, but
Is he worth these thirty seconds of your morning commute?
And, to you, what is anything worth at all?
And, might thriftiness be your call?
And, are your thoughts just foofaraw?
Her unseen lips touched the back of his neck.
I was there, on that bus when her lips came down.
I was attempting to eat a sandwich.
I was watching her watching him; when,
As I bit down, into my sandwich, I realized,
Amongst the myriad people watching each other,
That my sandwich was still wrapped in fine clear layers of cellophane.
I saw teeth marks in the plastic. Then, looking up, I noticed,
In a moment gone by, they had disappeared (to their stops most likely),
And then, I was alone.
But, luckily for me, loneliness is an art
And I do it very well.
|Adam Keefer ’98|
For many reasons, this new year couldn’t have come quickly enough for many of us. For the alumni program, 2009 will be a year to take stock of everything we do and determine how best it serves our alumni and our school. Our goals have not changed: to act as a conduit between alumni and the school, provide opportunities for alumni to gather and connect socially and professionally, and encourage a variety of opportunities for alumni support and involvement in the school. To that end, we are looking at every event, every program, and every service we offer to make them as rewarding as possible for Catlin Gabel alumni. Our alumni board is leading the way, hand in hand with alumni office staff.
|Lily Thayer Derrick|
We had some very successful events this fall and early winter, including the Distinguished Alumni Awards presentation, Homecoming, holiday young alumni happy hour, second annual Catlin Gabel wine tasting, and recent graduates panel discussion. Alumni also took advantage of opportunities to hike with Middle Schoolers, volunteer at Rummage, and speak with students in both the Middle and Upper School about their professional and personal experiences post-Catlin Gabel.
Throughout the year there are many great opportunities for alumni to engage with the school and alumni. Please call or email us to learn about ways you can get involved. Additionally, we want to hear your insights, ideas, and feedback on anything related to the school or the alumni association. We are fortunate to have alumni like you as a continuing part of this community, and are excited to be working both with you and on your behalf.
We hope to see you at Alumni Weekend, May 1 & 2!
Adam Keefer ’98, alumni board president
Lily Thayer Derrick, director of alumni
IT’S 2009: DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CATLIN GABEL CLASS IS?
If your class year ends in a 4 or a 9, you should be getting ready for your reunion! Alumni Weekend 2009 is May 1–3. All alumni and parents of alumni are invited to come back to campus Friday night, May 1, and Saturday, May 2. Most class parties will be held Saturday evening. Plan to stay in town on Sunday for the always fabulous and usually sunny Catlin Gabel Spring Festival. For more information on your specific class’s reunion, see the Class Notes section. Want to get involved? Email your organizer or the alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITS NOT EASY BEING GREEN. . . without your email address
In our commitment to stewardship of both the earth’s limited resources and those of Catlin Gabel, the alumni office increasingly relies on electronic communications, especially for event invitations. If you want to be in the loop, be sure to send us your latest email address. Visit www. catlin.edu/alumni and look for “Update Alumni Record” in the left-hand column.
2008–09 CATLIN GABEL ALUMNI BOARD
Adam Keefer ’98, president
Brian Jones ’88, immediate past president
Dastan Salehi ’09, CGSC vice president
Len Carr ’75
Maril Davis ’90
Brittany Douglas ’02
Spencer Ehrman ’68
Katey Jessen Flack ’97
Markus Hutchins ’02
Debbie Ehrman Kaye ’73
Emilie Lavin ’96
Nadja Scott Lilly ’53
Duncan McDonnell ’99
Walter McMonies, Jr. ’65
|Charlotte Coe Murray ’47 at the awards ceremony|
CHARLOTTE COE MURRAY ’47
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
The first architectural design Charlotte Coe Murray ’47 ever produced was that of her family’s own home in a small South African village. She and her late husband Gordon moved to his native South Africa in 1951. With no vacant homes in the village, Charlotte took matters into her own hands and designed a house herself, finding an architect to translate her plans into construction documents. With this bit of experiential learning, she had found her passion: “I was hooked!” she says. “I was on site every day.”
When Gordon’s work as a land surveyor took them to Vancouver, B.C., in 1962, Charlotte enrolled in architecture school at the University of British Columbia. Though her three small children, Gordon ’77, Joyce, and Elizabeth, were still at home, she picked up where her two years at Radcliffe had left off, studying math and physics to qualify for entry into the architecture program. She was the only woman graduate of the program in 1969. She moved with her family to Venice, where she taught first-year architecture students in a study abroad program before meeting her future business partner, Rand Iredale.
Charlotte worked for several years at Iredale’s Vancouver firm before returning to UBC for a master’s in architecture. The groundbreaking idea of her 1979 thesis on urban sprawl and community revitalization was connecting historic preservation and environmental conservation, reusing old buildings to bring people back to the city center. At her thesis presentation, Iredale asked Charlotte to become a partner in a new firm, Iredale Group Architecture. He would be the planner, and she would focus on heritage. They were early pioneers in green building technology, including daylighting, groundsource or solar energy, natural ventilation, and use of recycled materials. Charlotte led a number of major projects, including the nine-year interior restoration of a major downtown Vancouver landmark, the Christ Church Cathedral, for which she and her firm received several awards. In 2004 Charlotte retired from her much-lauded 33-year career. In 2005 the Architectural Institute of British Columbia honored her with a lifetime achievement award for exceptional contributions to her community. Her goal now: travel as often as possible.
In October Charlotte traveled to Portland to accept the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, granted to Catlin Gabel graduates or former students for significant accomplishments in business or professional life. As past Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Phyllis Cantrell Reynolds ’47 noted, and as was apparent to all in the room, Charlotte has a singular combination of determination and humility, mixed with the soul of a storyteller. Despite the odds against a young mother pursuing a technical career in a male-dominated field, Charlotte triumphed. She is an inspiration, but to hear her tell it, all she needed to do was keep the end goal in sight.
|Phil Buchanan ’88 with classmates Amy Weinstein ’88 and Maren Walta ’88|
PHIL BUCHANAN ’88
Distinguished Young Alumni Achievement Award
Phil Buchanan ’88 says he has never had a real career plan— but he has always had questions. In 2001 he left his job as a corporate strategy consultant to help start a nonprofit organization that aims to answer one very big question: how can charitable foundations most effectively fulfill “the potential of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector to make an impact on lives, communities, and issues”?
Phil and his colleagues at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) saw that despite a big concentration of financial resources at large foundations, there was almost no system to assess their performance. Phil’s Harvard Business School classmates all warned him he was crazy to leave a lucrative job. But in a sense he was just fulfilling an interrogative streak that he says was a product of both nature and nurture: “I’ve always been curious and skeptical and questioning. I was lucky to have parents who encouraged that. And at Catlin Gabel there were real opportunities to ask tough questions—the curriculum was structured around it.”
Now president of CEP, Phil has overseen the development of management and governance tools to define, assess, and improve foundation performance, based on data collected from hundreds of foundations and tens of thousands of nonprofit grantees. A 2003 report by a World Economic Forum task force called CEP “perhaps the most promising and ambitious effort in benchmarking philanthropy,” and the Chronicle of Philanthropy noted that “in a relatively short time CEP has shaken up the foundation world.” In 2007 and 2008, the Nonprofit Times named Phil to its “Power and Influence Top 50” list.
“The work of charitable foundations and nonprofits has cured diseases, helped reduce smoking rates, taken on corporate interests on issues like predatory lending, created our 9-1-1 system, aided those devastated by storms and fires, built the most respected university system in the world, fed the hungry, and consoled the mourning,” he says.
For positive change to happen, though, he says more people need to ask tougher questions earlier. As he told Upper School students in October, “I have become convinced that this country desperately needs more people like you—people who have had the benefit of the kind of rigorous education and leadership development opportunities that Catlin Gabel provides—to become leaders in the nonprofit sector. People who aren’t afraid to question the status quo.”
Phil, a Wesleyan University graduate who lives in Bedford, Massachusetts, with his wife Lara and their daughters Ava and Margo, demonstrates every day the power of challenging the status quo. The alumni association is thrilled to honor him as the inaugural Distinguished Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient.
|Jordan Schnitzer ’69|
JORDAN SCHNITZER 69
Distinguished Alumni Service Award
University of Oregon president David Frohnmayer described Jordan Schnitzer ’69, who in 2004 received one of the university’s highest awards, as “first of all a person who gives of himself, a person who gives of his resources, and beyond that, what a true leader does, a person who recruits the services of others for what needs doing.”
A look at Jordan’s C.V. would certainly back this up. In addition to his work as president of his family real estate investment and development company, Harsch Investment Properties, and leadership of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation and the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, he has served on 33 board and civic committees, and four nonprofit directorships. His art collection’s outreach program has seeded several exhibitions and educational programs, as well as an annual show in Catlin Gabel’s Cabell Center.
For all his commitments, what makes Jordan stand out—and made him the ideal inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award—is the spirit in which he approaches his volunteer work. Jordan looks for long-term, hands-on engagements with difficult challenges: building a nonprofit residential care facility for seniors, bringing a world-class art collection to a university campus, restoring a beleaguered monument in the city where his grandfather once collected scrap metal door to door.
“I am very much a product of my parents’ influence,” says Jordan. Both children of immigrants, his parents Harold and Arlene Schnitzer instilled in him the value of diligence, community participation, and philanthropy. At Catlin Gabel, he found more role models and a diverse group—from kitchen and business office staffers to English teacher Gene Jenkins and longtime headmaster Manvel Schauffler—who helped him understand what it means to be part of a community. For someone who grew up in deliberately modest circumstances and went to work as a janitor for the family company at age 14 before helping it grow into one of the largest privately held real estate firms in the Northwest, this sense of the collective keeps him grounded.
“I’ve learned that as important as any of us may be at one moment in time, after we have collectively accomplished some great thing, life moves on, and no one remembers much about what one person did,” he says. It’s important to him to do the right things for the right reasons: “If you’re consumed with getting fame and adulation out of community involvement, instead of being honored to have helped others, you’ve got it all wrong.”
While he likes to say that the project of which he is most proud is the one he hasn’t done yet, these days Jordan is pretty proud of two particular parts of his life—daughters Audria ’17 and Arielle ’15. And they are no doubt learning quite a lot about service to their community from him.
|Bob ’73 and Nell Bonaparte|
ROBERT 73 AND NELL BONAPARTE
Joey Day Pope ’54 Volunteer of the Year Award
The best thing about volunteering, according to Bob Bonaparte ’73, is that “the rewards greatly exceed what you put into it.”
Wife and fellow 2008 Joey Day Pope ’54 Volunteer of the Year Award recipient Nell Hoffman Bonaparte agrees: “As a parent volunteer you get so much satisfaction, getting to know a great community of volunteers, getting to know parents, and getting to know more about the school.”
Not many people know Catlin Gabel quite like the Bonapartes do. Returning to Portland in 1988 after nearly 20 years on the East Coast, Bob, who attended high school at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts, soon found himself back in touch with old Catlin Gabel friends and teachers. He volunteered for the Annual Fund and organized a class reunion, then started chaperoning field trips when eldest son Bobby ’06 was in 6th grade.
As Bobby entered Upper School, both Nell and Bob became more involved with student and parent activities. Fellow parent Stella Voreas recruited Nell as a Parent Faculty Association (PFA) representative. Nell went on to serve two years as PFA president and school trustee, working to bring a host of new people into the group. She was the driving force behind, among other events, a daylong training for parents, faculty, and staff, focusing on interpersonal communications and conflict prevention and resolution.
Bob, meanwhile, signed on as assistant JV soccer coach, coaching both Bobby and son Ian ’08, then added Mock Trial coach to his roster of volunteer roles. Today, he and co-coach Jim Coon meet with the team members between two and three times a week to train for state and regional competitions.
Nell’s term as PFA president ended in 2008, but she remains an adviser to the group. “I found it a great experience,” she says. Her work with the PFA is, she says, a logical extension of her appreciation for the education her children, including 8th grader James, have received and the “sacrifices that teachers and staff have to make for that education to happen.” Nell and Bob also have a daughter, Margaret ’10, who attended Catlin Gabel before going to Phillips Academy Andover, where she is now a junior.
Nell and Bob are partners in business as well as volunteering. Their law practice, Shenker and Bonaparte, was credited in 2007 with more pro bono service than any other comparably sized firm in Oregon. This should come as no surprise to those who know them. As Bob says, “When you have discovered your passion in a certain area, like volunteering, it becomes like a daily workout. There’s no question that you’ll make time for it.”
Alumni from class years ending in 3 and 8 gathered in May to celebrate their reunions, while the entire community marked the 50 anniversary of the merger of Catlin and Gabel Schools. Look for photos of reunion classes online. Save the dates of May 1–3 for Alumni Weekend 2009!
|Former head of school Kim MacColl catches up with Bob Bonaparte ’73|
|Former head of school Manvel Schauffler joins the Gilbert and Sullivan singalong, along with his wife Verna and Meg Patten Eaton ’58 (left)|
|Gwynn MacColl Campbell ’73, Richard and Patricia Taylor ’53 Lee, and David Lilly (husband of Nadja Scott Lilly ’53) reacquaint themselves with Gilbert and Sullivan’s tongue-twisting lyrics|
|Al Glowasky, Joey Day Pope ’54, and Mary Keyes, parents of alumni, share a laugh before dinner|
|Longtime history teacher Dave Corkran, mid-reminiscence|
|Sam Sadle ’03, Whitney Haring-Smith ’03, and Lark Palma reconnect|
Christine Van Tubbergen