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In This Issue

- Director's Corner
- Alumni Dinner
- Chorale Tour
- Upcoming Events
- Phonathons! 
- Reunion 2017
- Internships
- School Store
- Alumni News
- Alumni App
- Alumni Puzzler

Important Dates
March 8, 2017
Annual Alumni Meeting & Dinner

March 14 & 15
2017 Alumni
Spring Phonathon

May 5-6, 2017
Reunion Weekend

June 9-10, 2017
50th Reunion & Commencement

Alumni Office

Lanier Frank ’79
Director of
Alumni Relations

Robin Boswell
Associate Director
of Alumni Relations

Class Notes

Bulletin deadline:
Mar. 10, 2017

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Director's Corner

Head of School Search:
How Alumni Can Help

Dear Fellow Alumni:

In preparation for the June 2018 retirement of Headmaster Vance Wilson, the Governing Board has actively begun work to find his replacement. Vance’s tenure at the school has been exceptional, and we are deeply grateful to him for putting our School in such a solid position as the search is begun.
Our alumni interests are well represented on the search committee: Chris Gladstone ’75, P’12 (Governing Board member and Finance Committee Chair), is one the three co-chairs, and of the eleven other members, four are fellow alums (George Haywood ’69, P’15; David Marriott ’92, P’20, ’22; Blake Sparrow ’00; and Brendan Sullivan ’93, Alumni Association President).
Executive search firm Spencer Stuart will guide our search process for a new Headmaster; their team (Mary Gorman and Chuck Jordan) will visit St. Albans on February 28 and March 1, 2017, gain a deeper understanding of our School and to ask the community to share their thoughts about St. Albans, its future leadership, and its needs, hopes, and goals going forward.

An alumni-only session with the search firm representatives will be held in the Cafritz Refectory at 7:30 a.m. on February 28; breakfast will available beginning at 7:15. Please register here; there is no charge. (The Alumni Office, in partnership with both the search committee and Spencer Stuart, is hosting the meeting)  If you are unable to attend the 2/28 meeting, a community-wide gathering is scheduled for March 1 at 4 p.m. in the Trapier Theater.  Additionally, aforementioned Brendan Sullivan ’93 will host our New York alumni body (with Spencer Stuart’s Mary Gorman) at an evening meeting on March 7 at the Princeton Club (details will be sent to NY-area Bulldogs separately).
Whether or not you attend these gatherings, every alumnus is encouraged to share his thoughts by writing directly (and confidentially) to Going forward, the School will continue to post information about the search at Please feel free to share this website and email address with your friends and fellow alumni.
(As part of the School’s ongoing curriculum review and long-range planning, the School is in the process of conducting confidential surveys of current parents, young alumni, students, and faculty and staff. The feedback will also be used to provide additional context for the Head of School search. We hope that all of the alumni from ’91 on -- who received the survey -- will take the needed time to respond in depth. Thank you!)
After listening to our community, the search committee will prepare and distribute a position description for our next Head of School. We hope these various outreach methods will allow alumni, near and far, to play an active role in the process. Many thanks in advance for your help and support with this critical endeavor!

Onward, Bulldogs!

Lanier Frank '79, P'09
Director of Alumni Relations

P.S. - There are a number of excellent alumni events coming up in the next month. In addition to the Alumni Dinner on March 8, the Headmaster travels to the West Coast for receptions in Seattle, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and LA and the NCS-STA Chorale is headed to NYC and Philly. See below for details. 

Annual Alumni Meeting & Dinner

The St. Albans School Alumni Association
requests the pleasure of your company at the

Annual Alumni Meeting & Dinner
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Steven Johnson ’86 will be our Keynote Speaker
(click here to read bio)

L. Parker Harrell ’56 will receive the
Gilchrist-Holleman Alumni Service Award

Thierry Boussard will be named an
Honorary Alumnus of the School

Reception in the Ellison Library at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Program in the Cafritz Refectory at 7:00 p.m.
$30 per person ($20 for Classes of 2007–16)
Kindly R.S.V.P. by March 3, 2017.
Updates to the Alumni Association's Constitution have been proposed to ensure that the document is in line with current practice, and may be viewed here:

Please visit,
to review and endorse the proposed 2017–18 Alumni Association Board, as well as the updates to the constitution.

Spring 2017 NCS-STA Chorale Tour


Sunday, March 19

New York City

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
New York, NY 10025
4:00 p.m. service (reception* to follow)

Tuesday, March 21

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University Chapel
Princeton, NJ 08544
10:00 a.m. performance

Tuesday, March 21

Philadelphia, PA

St. Mark’s Church
1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
5:30 p.m. service (reception* to follow)

*Light refreshments will be served at the New York 
and Philadelphia receptions.

Kindly R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, March 14 by

Upcoming Events


Orlando, FL

Florida Reunion to honor Brooks Johnson
Fri.-Sun., March 3-5, 2017

Join us for dinner on Friday and Saturday night ($100 per person per dinner). R.S.V.P. here.

  • Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. - Dinner and reception at Eleven Restaurant atop the Reunion Grande hotel in the Reunion Resort (rooftop patio affords view of fireworks at Orlando resorts at sunset), 7593 Gathering Drive - Kissimmee, FL 34747
  • Saturday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. - Dinner at Charley’s Steakhouse, Vacation Village at Parkway, 2901 Parkway Blvd., Suite A1 - Kissimmee, FL 34747

Washington, DC

Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 a.m.
Little Sanctuary, St. Albans School

Annual Alumni Meeting and Dinner
Wednesday, March 8, 6:00 p.m.
St. Albans School
R.S.V.P. to

West Coast Headmaster Receptions

Seattle | Monday, March 20
6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Capital Grille
1301 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
R.S.V.P. to
$25 per person ($15 for the Classes of 2007-2016)

Palo Alto | Wednesday, March 22 (Lunch)
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Il Fornaio
520 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306
R.S.V.P. to
$20 per person ($10 for the Classes of 2007-2016)

San Francisco | Wednesday, March 22
6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Olympic Club
524 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
R.S.V.P. to
$25 per person ($15 for the Classes of 2007-2016)

Los Angeles | Thursday, March 23
6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Rectory at All Saints' Parish
506 Northern Camden Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90210
R.S.V.P. to
$25 per person ($15 for the Classes of 2007-2016)
Should you have questions, or wish to respond offline, please call (202) 537-6426. 

Back-to-back Phonathons!

We need your help with our 2017 Spring Alumni Phonathon. Join us! 

Tuesday, March 14, 6pm
Monday, March 15, 6pm

Alumni generosity powers life and learning at STA. Year after year our participation rates are the envy of all our peers. However, sustaining such strong support would not be possible without volunteer assistance. Whether you've done it before, or this would be your first time calling, we need your help.

All are welcome; no long-term commitment nor prior experience required. In exchange for a few hours of your time, you’ll enjoy good food and drink, great company, and the priceless satisfaction of supporting current students and teachers. And, as most any caller will tell you, Phonathons are fun!
Count me in for Phonathon!
Sign-up using the button above or by contacting Assoc. Director of Annual Giving Kavon Akhtar at or (202) 537-6409

Reunion 2017: May 5 & 6

We look forward to welcoming alumni classes with years ending in two or seven back to the Close this spring for a fun and festive Reunion Weekend. Registration information will be provided shortly. Please make sure the dates are marked on your calendar: May 5 and 6, 2017, and for the 50th Reunion Class of '67, June 9 and 10, 2017
To whet your appetite, enjoy these photos from Reunion 2016!

Have one to offer? Need one?

Just as now is the time when companies and organizations with connections to the St. Albans community are looking ahead to address seasonal employment needs, many of our alumni are thinking ahead to what they will be doing next summer.  If you have an intern position you are looking to fill -- or if you are an alumnus looking for an opportunity next summer, please drop us a note at; we will do our utmost to pair opportunities up accordingly! 

Upgrade Your Spring Attire

There's a slew of new springtime St. Albans gear at the School Store, and online ordering is now available! For more information and to place your order please click here
School Store poster

Alumni and the STA
Community in the News


42nd Street at Trapier Theater


"Come and meet those dancing feet..." These lyrics come from the title song from "42nd Street" and are apropos, indeed. The Coordinate Theater Department invites you to join them February 24-26 and March 3 & 4 as they present the 1980 Tony Award winning American classic. With a cast of nearly "half a hundred", the Brylawski Stage will come alive with the song and dance telling the story of the making of a broadway show, "Pretty Lady", as America moves out of the depression. The cast and crew hope you join them for what will be a delightful evening of theater. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


First IAC Hockey Banner in School History

Congratulations to the St. Albans varsity hockey team for clinching a share of the IAC regular season championship with St. Stephen's & St. Agnes and earning the first IAC hockey banner in school history. Seniors David Mohler, with a hat trick, and Ethan Roth, with 40 saves, led the Bulldogs in their 4-2 win. Read more...

Let us know what's going on and we'll share it with the St. Albans family! Pass along newsworthy material for the eNewsletter by e-mailing

STRIVE Campaign Reaches New Heights!

Last month, Headmaster Vance Wilson shared the exciting news that the STRIVE Campaign had passed $40 million, ending 2016 at $41.5 million. Thank you!

The success of a year-end matching gift initiative sponsored by members of the Governing Board helped to propel the campaign beyond its $20 million goal for the athletic fields. To date, $20.4 million has been raised, with the excess going to a reserve fund to repair the facilities and replace the turf in the future, ensuring that future students will continue to have an exceptional facility for outdoor practices and competitions.
Looking ahead, STRIVE will continue to focus on its first priority, Annual Giving, while pivoting to the campaign's final capital goal: growing endowment support for teachers and students. Read the complete update here. For more information on how you can help support STRIVE, please contact Campaign Director David Shepard at (202) 537-6427 or

From the STA Archives

February 2017 Alumni Puzzler

Question: This coveted pin is the symbol the Society of Altis; what was the purpose of this group, and who started it?
Please send responses to
Answer to the January 2017 Alumni Puzzler

Question: The Centennial commemoration “window” (a backlit installation on an interior wall), designed by Bo Johns ’09, heralded a change in shape of what STA class tradition?

Answer: Class Windows beginning with 2009’s were made as squares, instead of a more-traditional diamond shape (and not the first time of such a change: in the ’60s, Class Windows placed in the Little Sanctuary we built to fit existing bullet-shaped openings).
Many thanks to those of you who responded!

Remember when...
From the February 15, 1957, Saint Albans News: 

What was happening on the Close in February of 1997? 1987? 1977? 1967? 1957? Thanks to the efforts of Archivist Mark Wilkerson, we're now able to step back in time to peruse and enjoy front page articles from The St. Albans News.

20 Years Ago
30 Years Ago
40 Years Ago
50 Years Ago
60 Years Ago


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