Sunday, March 10, 2013

Winter Term Report Card - 2013

To the Great Class of 1969:

News of the Academy

Albany Road
The Winter Term has now ended, however, not without two reminders of our common past. The first of these was the announcement in December that Jay and Mimi Morsman would be retiring at the end of the school year. Mr. Morsman joined the faculty in 1960 and is the last remaining faculty member from our era following Mr. Brush’s retirement in 2009. In recent years he has served as Director of Dining Services, following in the footsteps of Mr. Sullivan. Mimi has worked tirelessly as Director of Alumni Relations for a number of years.  Both will be sorely missed.

The second instance was the disturbing email in late January alleging misconduct by Mr. Hindle, which news seems to have induced symptoms of cognitive dissonance for many alumni judging from the comments on Deerfield’s Facebook page. Anyone wishing to share thoughts on either of these announcements may do so privately on either our Albany Redux Facebook or Google Groups pages.

This weekend, applicants to Deerfield and its peer schools learned whether they had been admitted or not.  This year marked the last for Pat Gimbel (sister of Gil Lamphere ’70).  Pat, who has worked for three heads of school over the course of the past 23 years, announced her retirement earlier this year.  Her successor, an alumna of Ethel Walker, spent the past twelve years at Concord Academy and was at Northfield Mount Hermon before that.  For the 2012-2013 school year, the Academy received nearly 2,400 applications for 200 spots.

As for sports this term, the Division I New England Prep School Swimming and Diving Championships concluded March 2 at Deerfield where thirteen schools and over three hundred athletes competed.  The Boys team edged out Suffield by a point to finish first, recalling the greatness of the undefeated 1968-1969 team under Mr. Boyle.  Girls Squash concluded another unblemished season in which they steamrolled every opponent, in most cases by a shutout.

Class News

Congratulations to Charlie Bishop, CEO of Cytochroma, a clinical stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on chronic kidney disease. Cytochroma agreed to be acquired in January by OPKO Health, a NYSE-listed biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company, for $100 million in stock and up to $190 million in contingent consideration.  Charlie is an authority on developing and commercializing successful new vitamin D therapies who previously served as President and CEO of Bone Care International, a public company, from 1996-2001.

Rusty Young has booked Judy Collins for a benefit performance in Stuart, FL for March 13th if any of you are wintering nearby and have time next week. Rusty reports that sales for the event have been robust.  AC Starkey, who discovered the good life wintering in St. Barts and Palm Beach, got together with Rusty for dinner last week in FL.  In other news, Rusty booked The Fab Faux, a top Beatles tribute band that he has worked with over the years, for a benefit concert in Chicago earlier this year.

Hank Wetzel, when he isn’t running Alexander Valley Vineyards, keeps busy with hobbies that include raising nearly 1,000 free range chickens for their eggs, saving honeybees and growing fruits such as loquats, yellow-green plums and figs for sale in the local farmers market.

Bob Ashton, President of Ragged Mountain Resort in New Hampshire, has proposed a significant expansion designed to turn the resort into a year round destination. The owners of Ragged Mountain are in the process of seeking approvals and obtaining financing.

Tee Johnson checked in from Knoxville recently where he has been involved in a variety of endeavors the past few years, including managing by long distance his microphone manufacturing business in Argentina.  Tee wrote, “I am working out how to get my studio and lab back into the US – under one roof – and then I want to work with different Fine Arts programs (teaching programs) and do my own experiments in spatial localization, psychoacoustics and ‘sound healing’.” Psychoacoustics, in case you’re wondering as I was, is the study of sound perception.

The first reminder of our 45th Reunion arrived this week. Mark your calendars for June 6-8, 2014. I hope to see you on Albany Road.

Best wishes.