Reunion 2015, held May 29-30, was host to hundreds of alumni from the Dwight School, the Englewood School for Boys, and Dwight-Englewood School. More photos from the many events can be found online at www.d-e.org/alumni. For information on future alumni events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reunion weekend included myriad moments of reconnection among friends and classmates, as well as a number of formal gatherings, including one at Collins House — the home of Head of School Dr. De Jarnett — for an enthusiastic group of ESB and Dwight alumni who were celebrating their 50th Reunion.
The group enjoyed a special dinner and unexpected solo vocal performance of “My Favorite Things” by D-E alumna Margo Bennett ’09.
Reunion would not be complete without sports, including lacrosse and soccer games that pitted alumni and coaches against students on Graham Field. The games may have gotten a little rough, but beloved D-E coaches such as C. Christian Schmid (aka “Schmiddy”) and D-E Legacy parents like Steve Borg ’86 clearly enjoyed this match opportunity.
The Alumni Office arranged for campus tours, although some alumni opted to go on their own for a “walk down Memory Lane.” Many were surprised and delighted by the changes on campus.
The evening’s festivities took place under the tent. With few chairs to spare, delicious food, and live music provided by an ensemble led by D-E’s own Jazz Rock director and music teacher Rob DeBellis, the Alumni Reception was a hit. It finally took a lack of clean plates and some gentle cajoling by Alumni Director Maria Sanchez Gardner ’78 to encourage alumni to wrap up the festivities and head home, so that the D-E Buildings and Grounds crew could get the area prepared for Commencement the following day!
Distinguished Alumni Awards
The biographer, memoirist, and art expert James Lord ESB ’40 was honored with a posthumous Distinguished Alumni Award. His accomplishments were described by Carole DeVito, History Department Chair.
Lawrence “Larry” Kudlow ESB ’65 was also honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award, after a heartfelt introduction from Howard “Howie” Berman ESB ’70. Kudlow, who is an economist, author, television commentator, and newspaper columnist, spoke about his time at the Englewood School for Boys and what he gained from his experiences.
Lisa Landau Carnoy ’85 was introduced by her brother, Ken Landau ’82. The managing director/division executive for the Northeast and Metro New York markets of U.S. Trust, Carnoy talked about the impact D-E has had in her life.
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
At Reunion Weekend’s Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, Frank Sparrow ESB ’48, Bruce Black ESB ’72, Rick Black ’75, and Deborah Rebell Moss ’90 were honored. Each reflected fondly of his or her years as a student-athlete.
- “My parents sincerely believed that education was the key to life.”
- “In 1940, as a fifth grader at the Englewood School for Boys, there were six guys in my class — the teacher/ student ratio was great!”
- “Coming to ESB was such an important step in my life that I didn’t recognize till years later.”
- “[Then-Headmaster] Marshall Umpleby was a great leader for a bunch of knuckleheads like me.”
- “We might have won those undefeated seasons without [Coach Luke Ward], but we wouldn’t have learned how to be men and citizens without the way Luke taught us.”
- “We used to have a cross country course here: from Solomon Field to [North] Woodland [Street], right, and then left down Booth [Avenue] to Lydecker [Street]. Left to [East] Palisades Avenue…The opposing team would think, ’Great, it’s all downhill’— until they saw The Hill!”
- On Coach Henriques: “Mr. Henriques started the track team to train his wrestlers! He taught dedication and fostered a passion for something.”
- “Being here today is like grabbing a teammate’s hand and crossing the finish line together. It’s a celebration.”
- “[ESB] gave me the gift of understanding what it is I love. If you love something, no matter the obstacle or challenge, you just did it anyway ’cause you loved it. Do what you love, no matter what it is.”
Frederic “Rick” Black ’75, Varsity Cross Country and Track: Rick’s coach, Coach DeWitt, actually flew in from Florida to introduce him, and got emotional because he was “so proud” of Rick and his teammates.
Rick then reflected on the various runs he would make during practice:
- “To the George Washington Bridge and back, 10 miles. To the Alpine Boat Basin and back again. Sometimes, I’d even run home to Bergenfield, surprise my mom and grab some cookies and milk, then head back to school!”
- “I wouldn’t be a runner without my brother, my role model. Otherwise, I wouldn’t wake up at 6:30, especially with a foot of snow on the ground!”
- “There were some wonderful English teachers, but I hated English, especially poetry. But they must have done something right because now I run a small printing press, and I publish poetry!”
Deborah “Debbie” Rebell Moss ’90, Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse: Liz Traub, Debbie’s varsity lacrosse coach and the current seventh grade dean, provided the introduction for Debbie, who also gave Betsey Carson recognition for introducing lacrosse to her in seventh grade. Debbie then based her remarks on grit:
- “It was a work ethic instilled by Traub. She didn’t call it grit, but that’s what it was. Besides the camaraderie and teamwork, 25 years later, what I love is that I learned to appreciate and internalize grit. It has steered me personally and professionally ever since.”
- “I dedicate this to my dad, Arthur, who always believed in me. He knew that sports is where I could gain my grit. He always supported my passion.”
Special Recognition for Marc Jerome ’85
The awards ceremony provided a fitting opportunity to acknowledge the many years of volunteer service from outgoing Alumni Relations Committee (ARC) chair Marc Jerome ’85. When not volunteering, Jerome is executive vice president at Monroe College. Following are remarks from Head of School Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett:
“Marc epitomizes both the idea and the ideals of a volunteer alumnus. By his count, he has been an active member of our D-E community for more than 35 years, in his roles as student, alumnus, trustee, and ARC member. More specifically, Marc served on our board for nine years, from 2003 to 2012. He joined the ARC in 2003 as well, serving as co-chair and then eventually as chair. But Marc’s impact goes far beyond these decades of time. Marc has dedicated himself to strengthening connections that our alumni feel toward D-E. He has motivated our alumni to ‘give back’, through networking and other resources. Additionally, he has encouraged out alumni to become ’Legacies’ by sending their own children to D-E. Indeed, D-E has become a family affair for Marc, as not only his three daughters — Hanna ’14, Sophie ’16 and Lucy ’22 — attend or attended D-E, also his wife Helen is the Lower School’s director of Admissions.”
As he reflected on his more than three decades with D-E, Marc noted the connections he now shares with his daughters: “Incredibly, some of the same people that were involved in my education 35 years ago are also involved with our three daughters’ education. This is one of the things that makes D-E great. People like [Upper School English faculty member] Jerry Krauthamer, [Upper School history faculty member] John Stott, [History Department Chair] Carole De Vito, [Middle School Athletics Director] Chris Schmid, [7th Grade history teacher] Elizabeth Carson and [Upper School English faculty member] Joan Maffetone carry on the school’s values and institutional history between generations of students and faculty.”