In This Issue

- Director's Corner
- Reunion Recap
- "One More Time"
- Field Day Photos
- Alumni News
- Upcoming Events

- Annual Giving
- STRIVE Update
- Alumni Puzzler

Important Dates

June 5-7, 2015
50th Reunion - Class of 1965

June 18, 2015
Outing to Nationals Park
Alumni Office

Lanier Frank '79
Director of Alumni Relations

Robin Boswell
Associate Director of Alumni Relations

Class Notes

Bulletin deadline:
Oct. 2, 2015
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Director's Corner

Alumni back on the Close!

The first weekend in May found the Close a hive of activity.  Our Golden Bulldogs started things off with an evening reception for all alumni who have celebrated their fiftieth reunions; we had almost 100 attendees, pictures of whom can be found here.
The Friday evening barbecue—held jointly with NCS for the eighteenth year—had over 400 alumni and friends gathered around the Glastonbury Thorn on Senior Circle.  This new locale proved to be well received, affording spectacular views of the Cathedral, Olmstead Woods, and Lane-Johnson building. (If you neglected to pick up a limited-edition NCS/STA koozie, please drop me a line!) An after party hosted by the Class of ’75 continued the merriment well into the evening: Joel Harrison and James Panek, both ’75, performed hits of their era with three other band members down in the Faculty Convocation Lounge (formerly the Stambaugh/Larson ’56 art studio).  Patio heaters on the Decker Terrace and mood-setting uplighting completed the club-like feel. Huge thanks to the stalwart class of ’75 for throwing open the doors and making all of us feel like VIPs in their presence!
Saturday morning began with the traditional alumni Memorial Service in the Little Sanctuary, during which the names of reunion class alumni no longer with us were read. It is always a moving gathering, and heartening to hear the School Prayer recited en masse, from memory.

The morning’s alumni seminars were led by “retired” Drs. Morse and Piazza.  Bob Morse gamely dropped alumni-packaged eggs from atop Marriott Hall to be inspected by current Physics master Will Segal ’00 (not a broken egg among them), then Paul Piazza parsed the principles of punctuation to an overflow crowd. 
The Headmaster’s Lunch and class pictures on the Frist Terrace were followed by two new events: Class Meetings and a Beer Tasting/Networking event on the roof of Marriott Hall (the Hellbender Brewery selections crafted and served by Ben Evans, spouse of Spanish teacher and Form I/II dean Kelly Castellanos Evans). All seemingly agreed that these schedule additions needed to become hallowed traditions! Please enjoy pictures from the weekend, found by visiting this link.
Saturday evening events brought individual class parties both at the School and in the far reaches.  The Headmaster and/or Alumni Office staff made efforts to show the flag at each of the twelve separate events. We are grateful to all of our reunion volunteers, but especially to those who opened up their homes to (or made extra effort on behalf of) their classmates: Tyler Abell ’50, Dusty Slover ’55, Bob Scholz ’60, Marshall Ruffin ’70, Bob Shorb ’75, Rob Bellinger ’80, Peter Lee ’90, Ted Sullivan ’95, Blake Sparrow ’00, Martin MacIntyre ’05 and Nick Folger ’10. Gentlemen, thank you for all of your efforts to make Reunion Weekend the success that it was!
One last Reunion class must be noted: the Fiftieth Reunion Class of 1965. That group will gather to celebrate, as is custom, over Commencement Weekend, June 5–7.  The Reunion Committee of Gordon Beall, Kit Briggs, Sandy Hawes, Ted Hoskinson, and Julien Mason is to be commended for their hard work in reaching out to classmates and drumming up support and interest. We are busily preparing for their return and look forward to welcoming them back to the Close!

Lanier Frank ’79
Director of Alumni Relations

Reunion 2015 Slideshow

"One More Time" 
in the Little Sanctuary

Please enjoy this video from the concert "One More Time," which was held May 3 in the Little Sanctuary and featured music from retiring Head Librarian Tom Dews and Science Department Chair Tom Carroll. 

105th Blue-White Field Day

Enjoy a slideshow from this year's Blue-White Field Day - and find out who emerged victorious! Click on the photo below or visit the School's web site.

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It's like having the entire St. Albans School Alumni Directory right in your pocket!  Keep in touch with your classmates, network with fellow Bulldogs, and stay up-to-date on the latest news from the School. Visit for more information on how to download the Alumni App to your Apple or Android mobile device.

Alumni in the News

Daniels '45 adds to Rules

They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. This fascinating and instructive book was designed as a sequel or supplement to the splendid collection of grammatical items first published in Ruge Rules. Ferdinand E. Ruge was for many years a teacher of English at St. Albans School, in Washington, DC. Daniel Hoyt Daniels '45 was a student in Mr. Ruge's classes throughout his sophomore, junior and senior years, and was "profoundly affected" by Mr. Ruge and his uncompromising insistence upon rhetorical excellence. The present volume follows the pattern and style of Ruge Rules, bringing in additional points Ruge might well have espoused as well as observations of evolutionary trends, new expressions, and questionable usages that have recently crept into the language, some of which might have made Mr. Ruge shudder. Like Ruge Rules, this book hopes to bring attention to details of good grammar and help encourage the reader to maintain the goal of "clear, correct and reasonably graceful English," as Ruge used to say. Available on

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Washington, D.C.
Class of 1965 50th Reunion

June 5-7, 2015
St. Albans School
For more information, visit

Bulldog Outing to Nationals Park
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Washington Nationals vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Are you on the AG list?

In the past few weeks you should have received the
Preliminary Report of Annual Giving. The purpose of this report is two-fold: (1) ensure that we accurately list everyone who has contributed to AG this year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) and (2) remind those with open pledges or who have yet to contribute to make their gift by June 30. All donors will be recognized in our Annual Report of Donors (included in the summer Bulletin).
A digital version of the report is available to review here: For corrections, please contact Dave Steadman at 202-537-5687 or
An impressive 47% of alumni participated in AG last year, results that place STA in the top percentile nationally for independent school alumni support. This year we raise that up to an even 50%. We’re 512 alumni donors away from our goal, so every gift, of any size, is important. Please keep in mind that the last day to participate is June 30, 2015.
Visit or call 202-537-5687 to make your gift today. Thank you!

2014-15 Reunion Giving

Congratulations to all the ’0s and ’5s celebrating a Reunion this year, and thank you to the hundreds of alumni who returned to campus earlier this month to mark the milestone over Reunion Weekend (we look forward to feting the 50th Reunion Class of 1965 during Commencement Weekend in June). In addition to attending the time-honored class and campus gatherings, please remember that Reunion Giving is an important and wonderful way for alumni to demonstrate class pride and loyalty.
If you have not already, please consider making your gift today and joining your class’ effort to increase support and participation. Gifts of every size are welcomed and Make a gift to AGimportant, both symbolically and financially, providing direct and immediate support for the teachers and learners at St. Albans today.
To check if you have contributed this year or to make a gift by phone, please contact Bobby Cpin in the AG Office at 202-537-5682 or

We are seeing tremendous activity on the playing fields.  The Beauvoir Pool is open for Memorial Day weekend. The multi-purpose field, the track, the baseball field, and the tennis courts will follow, with everything expected to be ready in late July. To view time-lapse photos and live streaming video of our progress, please visit  

For more information on STRIVE, please contact Campaign Director David Shepard at (202) 537-6427 or

From the STA Archives

May 2015 Alumni Puzzler
The lettering on this bell reads "Lane-Johnson School 1906".  What was the purpose of this bell, and where was it initially installed?

Send your response to
Answer to the April 2015 Alumni Puzzler

Question: Identify the photo below and tell us what the event was and when it took place. Answer: Construction of the Ellison Library (left) and the New Wing on Senior Circle in 1967.

Thanks to all who responded!