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- Director's Corner
- OTC4 + Caps!
- Upcoming Events
- Annual Giving
- Reunion 2017
- Internships
- School Store
- Alumni News
- Alumni App
- Alumni Puzzler

Important Dates
March 8, 2017
Annual Alumni Meeting & Dinner

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. 3, 2017

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Director's Corner

The 34th annual Christmas House Tour has once kicked off the holiday season here at the School, and this year’s event will likely be remembered as among the best and most successful in the School’s history. Hundreds of parent and alumni parent volunteers devoted countless hours, rallying our community around a tour of five beautifully-decorated homes in the Kalorama neighborhood, to include three ambassadorial residences. What began over three decades ago as a grassroots effort by the Parents’ Association to support St. Albans’ faculty and staff has grown into one of the DC region’s favorite and most festive traditions, around which the School and surrounding community celebrate the season.  Alumni Parents, who each year serve as docents for houses on the tour, especially look forward to reconnecting with friends old and new.  To them, and to all the many other volunteers and donors who make this such a memorable and anticipated St. Albans event, thank you!

Following the weekend of the House Tour, STA hosted the Seventh Annual Bishop John T. Walker Invitational Basketball Tournament in the Martin Gym.  Our Bulldog team advanced to the semifinals, only to succumb to a squad from Potomac. The tournament was started by the Alumni Association Board as a fundraiser for the Bishop John T. Walker School, a tuition-free independent school rooted in the traditions of Episcopal education and located in DC’s Ward Eight. The Alumni Association Board, the Tournament Committee  (led by Arthur Jackson ‘86 and Michael Caskin ’84, son-in-law of the late Bishop Walker), and the Alumni Office are deeply appreciative for the myriad efforts of our volunteers corps, as well as the generous support of the tournament’s sponsors.

On Thursday the 15th, the Cathedral will host STA and NCS for our annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. The service is the singular occasion at which school-wide instrumental groups, choirs, and dancers from two of the Cathedral schools join to celebrate the holiday season with students. It is always wonderful to see so many families, faculty, staff, and alumni out enjoying the event! (Note for those that are unable to join us on in the Cathedral, this link will provide live streaming of the 90-minute service, beginning at 6:30 p.m.). All are welcome to attend our pre-L&C Holiday Open House event in STA’s Common Room, beginning at five p.m.; faculty hosts Donna Denize and Ted Eagles ’54 will again be on hand to provide a warm welcome!

With the Holidays in full swing around the Close, it’s easy to get into the Christmas spirit! From all of us in the Alumni Office, and on behalf of everyone who works and studies atop Mount St. Alban, I wish you and your family the very best for a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year.


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

Networking + a Caps Game!

Enjoy this slideshow of the most-recent Off-The-Close Networking event, held at the OPTORO offices of classmates Toby Moore ’00 and Adam Vitarello ’00, and featuring remarks from Capitals’ Don Fishman ’87 moderated by his classmate, the Post’s Gene Wang ’87. We had a great time – then all hit the game (a Caps OT win over the Bruins)!

Upcoming Events

Washington, DC

Festival of Lessons & Carols
Thursday, December 15
  • Cocoa & Cookies, 5:00 p.m. in the Common Room
  • Lessons & Carols, 6:30 p.m. in the Cathedral
Join us for a chance to reconnect and catch-up with friends and teachers before heading over to the Cathedral. For those unable to make it to the Close, the service will be streamed online here.

Thank you, Bulldogs!

THANK YOU to the 845 alumni who have supported Annual Giving so far this year. Financially and symbolically, your support of the School makes what we do possible.
Annual Giving remains the first priority of the STRIVE Campaign; every donor to Annual Giving is also a campaign donor. Gifts are used immediately to support critical people and programs throughout the School. From financial aid to faculty salaries, from academics and athletics, every student and every teacher benefits from every gift. For this, and for all that alumni do to support life atop Mount St. Alban, we are deeply grateful.

Make a 2016 Year-End Gift Today!

Is St. Albans on Your Year-End List?

As 2016 draws to a close, we hope all alumni will include St. Albans in their year-end philanthropy. Alumni participation—at every level—is critical for sustaining the School’s margin of excellence. Further, it may be advantageous to make a tax-deductible contribution before December 31.
Three ways to make your gift before the December 31, 2016 tax-year deadline:
  • Visit
  • Call the School at 202-537-6409
  • Mail a check (dated & postmarked by 12/31/2016) and payable to St. Albans School, to St. Albans Annual Giving, Mount St. Alban, Washington, DC 20016-5069
For your convenience, the Annual Giving office is open during standard business hours December 19-22 and 27-30.
Please visit: for complete details on how to make your gift. Donors of appreciated securities may wish to keep in mind that stock gifts must be received by Friday, December 30 to be included in the 2016 year. Should you have any questions, please contact Kavon Akhtar (202-537-6409 or

Many thanks for your generous consideration. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all!

Reunion 2017:
Save the date - May 5-6, 2017

We are now turning our attention to those class years ending with a two or seven. We look forward to welcoming these groups back next spring, and to all the fun and festivity that accompanies a return to the Close. Mark your calendars: May 5 and 6, 2017, and for the 50th Reunion Class of '67, June 9 and 10, 2017). 


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! 

The new School Store is now available online! 

There's a slew of great new St. Albans gear at the School Store this fall, 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

The Form A students recently studied shapes in math class and wanted to take a time lapse video inside the Little Sanctuary throughout the day to observe how the light and patterns from the stained glass change throughout the day. Mr. Brown asked if I could help with the project. Enjoy the photo slideshow.
Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Well, not always. Steven Johnson '86 shows us how some of the most transformative ideas and technologies, like the computer, didn't emerge out of necessity at all but instead from the strange delight of play. Share this captivating, illustrated exploration of the history of invention. Turns out, you'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

Kermit Roosevelt’s '89 new novel Allegiance begins in December 1941, the Japanese have just bombed Pearl Harbor. Cash Harrison, the protagonist, is disappointed to fail the draft physical – his feet, it would seem, are not sturdy enough to take him through the long marches required in war.  Now he cannot serve his country during World War II, or so he thinks.  As it turns out, he is called to a different kind of service – as a clerk at the United States Supreme Court.

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

From the STA Archives

December 2016 Alumni Puzzler
Question:  Two of the Cathedral schools gather tomorrow evening for the Festival of Lessons & Carols, as the heads of both NCS and STA participate in this beautiful and memorable holiday service led by the Bishop.  Among the many traditions in the time-honored two-hour program: singing, music and dancing by students of both schools; congregational carols sung by parents and friends; lessons read by school illuminati; and the frequently–shushed Rear Nave interaction between Form II boys and eighth-grade girls.

When did the Festival of Lessons & Carols first begin as a tradition on the Close?
Please send responses to
Answer to the November 2016 Alumni Puzzler

Question: The School crest shown here over the fireplace in the Manger Trophy room is not the one we use today (nor was it the original one); who designed this version, and when did it change to the one we use today?
Answer: In the February 1954 News is the headline “Heraldry Expert Revises Shield To Show Relationship of Cathedral, Capital, School.” Harry Jones ’62 wrote in to note that the change occurred during his stay on the Close, and to further note my error: the image depicts not the crest but the old coat of arms (designed by prominent architect and past parent/grandparent Waldron Faulkner).  I should have been referring to what was the School’s shield.  Wrote Harry: “It is not a crest, it is a coat of arms. The crest of a coat of arms is the item appearing over the top of the helmet.  In the case of this old coat of arms, the crest appears to be some sort of bird… perhaps a dove. (A) crest is one of the components of the coat of arms, which includes, besides the shield...the helmet, the mantelling, and the motto. The current St. Albans coat of arms does not have a crest, but it there were one, perhaps it would be an English bulldog, standant, regardant, holding in the dexter paw a sprig of the Glastonbury Thorn, all proper.” Looks as if we have a new heraldry expert, and with a fine suggestion; thank you Harry!
Many thanks to those of you who responded!

Remember when...

From the December 7, 1956, Saint Albans News: 

What was happening on the Close in December of 1996? 1986? 1976? 1966? 1956? 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.

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