Reunion 2018

lumni from the Dwight School, the Englewood School for Boys (ESB), and Dwight-Englewood School gathered for Reunion 2018, to celebrate milestone reunion years and to honor select alumni. The evening of Friday, June 1, kicked off numerous special events on the D-E School campus and around the metro area. Dwight School and ESB alumni from the Classes of 1968 enjoyed a 50th Reunion Dinner hosted by Head of School Dr. De Jarnett in the Hajjar STEM Center.

On Saturday, June 2, alumni from the Classes of 1978, 1983, and 1988 gathered together with Head of School Dr. De Jarnett and Alumni Director Maria Sanchez Gardner ’78 in the lobby of the Modell’s Sports Complex to dedicate a new interactive display featuring all prior inductees of the Bulldog Hall of Fame.

The 2018 D-E Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Aaron Dworkin ’93 and Isaac-Davy Aaronson ’98. The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1997 to pay special tribute to alumni of the Dwight School, the Englewood School for Boys (ESB), and D-E. The award is presented for exemplary professional and/or volunteer accomplishments. It honors alumni whose achievements deserve special recognition by the school and by fellow graduates.

As president of the National Network of After-School All-Stars (ASAS), Aaron Dworkin works to ensure program quality, collaboration, growth and sustainability amongst the ASAS chapters currently serving nearly 75,000 low-income students in 400 Title I schools in 19 major markets across the US from Harlem to Honolulu. Aaron also leads ASAS government advocacy work and the national program department which offers chapters support with partnerships and evaluation. They provide these national initiatives: We Are Ready middle to high school transition; CEO career exploration; Sports as a Hook health and fitness; and Life Service Action. Aaron previously served as the first-ever ASAS National Program Director and is a frequent contributor to Youth Today and presenter at education conferences.

Aaron founded and directed Hoops & Leaders, a leadership training and mentoring program for low-income youth in New York City. Aaron has also worked as Director of Strategic Development for the nonprofit Coro New York Leadership Center and in the private sector as a public finance analyst for Moody’s Investors Service. Aaron is a graduate of Tufts University, a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and holds master’s degrees in education and public administration from Harvard University and Columbia University, respectively.

Isaac-Davy Aaronson ’98 has been Segment Producer for The Rachel Maddow Showon MSNBC since 2014, and during that time he has won two News & Documentary Emmy® Awards for Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis (“An American Disaster: The Crisis in Flint”); and Outstanding Live Interview: (“One-on-One with Kellyanne Conway”). Following his graduation from D-E Isaac-Davy received his BA in English and his MFA, both from Columbia University. His prior experience also includes working as a producer, reporter, and host for North Carolina Public Radio New York Public Radio – WNYC. 

Alumni were also inducted into the 2018 Hall of Fame, which was established in 1996 to honor those individuals who have achieved a high level of success during their careers as student athletes and coaches, or through significant contributions to the school’s athletic program. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those who have brought distinction and excellence to the Dwight School, the Englewood School for Boys, and the Dwight-Englewood School. Remarks were made on behalf of Hall of Fame inductees Alison Désir ’03, Coach Karel “Charlie” Lender (posthumously honored), and the 1987 and 1988 D-E Field Hockey Teams. For more on these Hall of Fame inductees, please see pages 26-27.

Celebrating Major Milestones! Alumnae from the Dwight Class of 1963 recognized their 55th reunion—just one of several classes that returned to the School for a major milestone gathering. Pictured here in the top row (left to right) are: Susan Robertson D ’63, Virginia Pfizenmaier Snyder D ’63, and Dimitra Milanos Gebhard D ’63. In the bottom row (from left to right) are: Jean “JJ “Mueller Sinton D ’63, Paula Frisby Refo D ’63, Eliza “Betsey” Taft Colby D ’63, and Betsy Blackman Wahmann D ’63.
Joseph Stetson ’93 (left) provided an introduction and congratulatory remarks for his classmate and friend, Distinguished Alumni Awardee Aaron Dworkin ’93, President of the After-School All-Stars National Network. (Editor’s note: for more on Dworkin please see his alumni profile within the “Seeking Excellence” feature on page 10).
Members of the D-E 1988 Field Hockey Team were on hand for the team’s induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The 1988 team had an 11-2-2 record and won the Bergen County Championship, a first for D-E field hockey. Along the way, they snapped River Dell’s 19-game winning streak. The team was captained by Kelly Lynn ’89 and Amy Gambrill ’89 and coached by Liz Traub and Edith Thurber. Niccole Siegel ’90, Clara Markowitz ’90, Amy Gambrill ’89 and Eunice Lee ’89 received recognition in the All-County, All-State, and Northern Jersey All-Stars levels.
The 1987 Field Hockey Team, which was inducted into the Hall of Fame, had a 12-3-3 record. They were the MAAPS League Champion team and State Champion team (State A Independent). The team was led by Captains Jennifer Grodberg ’88 and Cathleen Kim ’88 and coached by Liz Traub and Rose Ann Byron ’80. Lenise Graddy ’88, Patty Perez ’88, Niccole Siegel ’90 and Cathleen Kim ’88 received recognition in the All-County and All-State levels.
Hall of Fame inductee Alison Desir ’03 is pictured here in Hajjar Auditorium with Head of School Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett and Athletic Director Chris Schmid, during the Alumni Award Ceremony. Désir was also later photographed with English Department Chair and Track & Field Coach Fred Daly, who was delayed coming to the ceremony thanks to a late-running meet, and provided remarks to honor and officially welcome her into the Athletic Hall of Fame. From 1999 to 2003, Désir received 11 varsity letters in soccer, winter track, and spring track. During that time she also was named recipient of the Cookman Award, the Bolling Award, and the Ann Hardy Award. Up until this year, she held the D-E School record for girls 400 meter hurdles, and she was the spring track 400 meter hurdles state champion (Non-Public B Group). In 2017, Women’s Running named Alison as one of 20 women who are changing the sport of running and the world. She is also Founder of the Harlem Run and Run 4 All Women. Earlier this year she was featured in Under Armor’s 2018 global campaign, Unlike Any, which celebrates and honors the unprecedented achievements of female athletes that rise above gender comparisons and stand on their own as marvels of athletic prowess.
Alumnus John Glidden ESB ’65 provided remarks to posthumously induct Coach Karl “Charlie” Lender into the School’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The late Coach Lender was a former soccer, hockey and tennis coach and faculty member of ESB from 1958 to 1974. He was also the coach for the Englewood Field Hockey team made up of primarily ESB students. Under his coaching, the Athletic Hall of Fame 1965 and 1966 soccer teams excelled and had one of the longest winning streaks in the school’s history for soccer. The 1968 hockey team boasted a 16 to 1 win-loss record. Coach Lender was also the tennis “Pro” at the Englewood Field Club. By way of background, Charlie Lender was a gifted athlete. He represented Czechoslovakia on the Davis Cup team and in hockey and soccer at the 1956 Olympics in Brisbane, Australia.
Isaac-Davy Aronson ’98 (left) is pictured here with History Department faculty member Peter Bograd, who presented Aronson with his Distinguished Alumni Award plaque. (Editor’s note: For more on Aronson please see page 23.)

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