In This Issue

- Director's Corner
- Reunion Photos
- Upcoming Events
- Reunion 2017
- AG News
- Alumni News
- STRIVE Update
- Alumni Puzzler
- Remember When

Important Dates

June 3-5, 2016
50th Reunion
Alumni Office

Lanier Frank '79
Director of
Alumni Relations

Robin Boswell
Associate Director of Alumni Relations

Class Notes

Bulletin deadline:
Oct. 7, 2016

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Director's Corner

       Reunions 2016 -- Back to 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 alums who have celebrated their fiftieth reunions; we had almost 100 attendees, to include Stanley Willis ’46, there to celebrate with his classmates at the School’s first-ever 70th Reunion.  Members of the undefeated and untied 1955 Varsity Football team were on hand to pose with a game ball (on loan from the Manger Trophy Room for the occasion) and unveil the engraving of a stone bench at the Herman Plaza (yes, that Herman) entry to the new fields.  Many thanks to Parker Harrell ’56 and Bill Ellis ’56 for spearheading that effort!
The Friday evening barbecue has been held jointly with NCS for the past 19 years; our fair hosts at Hearst welcomed over 400 alumni and friends gathered around their beautiful Upper School and lawns.  The tents paid for themselves with the soggy weather we’ve been having, but nobody’s spirits were dampened! (Pictures from the weekend can be found here.)
Saturday morning began with the Rev. Will Billow leading the traditional Little Sanctuary alumni memorial service, at which the names of reunion class alumni no longer with us were read. It is always a moving service, 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 teacher William Segal ’00, and Paul Piazza led alumni through his correction exercises once again.
The Headmaster’s Lunch (and class pictures) in the Cafritz Refectory were followed by a Trapier Theater presentation by Mike Slaby ’96, drawing on his experiences in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections. Class Meetings followed, then the second annual Beer Tasting and Networking event was held on the Decker Terrace and adjacent Class of 2009 Commons (featuring the Hellbender beers brewed and served by Ben Evans, spouse of Spanish teacher and Forms I/II dean Kelly Castellanos Evans). 

Saturday evening events brought individual class parties both at and around the School.  The Headmaster (and his minions) made efforts to show the flag at each of the thirteen separate events. We are grateful to all of our reunion volunteers, but especially to those who opened up their homes to (or made an extra effort on behalf of) their classmates:  Gordon Linke ’46, Nick Kotz ’51, Conrad Cafritz ’56, Bill Sherwin ’61, Jim Cobey ’61, Jeff Maletta ’71, Michael Carter ’76, Jeb Boasberg ’81, Arthur Jackson ’86, Mark Johnson ’91, Fred Underwood ’96, Will Rawson ’01, Michael McGregor ’06 and Gibson Johns ’11. Gentlemen, thank you for all of your efforts to make Reunion Weekend 2016 the success that it was!
One last reunion class needs to be noted, and that is the Fiftieth Reunion Class of 1966.  That group will gather to celebrate, as is custom, over Commencement Weekend, June 3 – 5.  Their reunion committee is to be commended for its 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 the great Class of 1966 back to the Close!

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

Alumni Association Day 2016

Many thanks to our alumni volunteers who came on Alumni Day, May 17, to discuss Careers, College and Volunteerism with 83 enthusiastic seniors, alumni themselves in two short weeks. Congratulations Class of 2016! Enjoy the photo slideshow.

Reunion Weekend 2016

We hope that you had a great time back on the Close, catching up with old friends, seeing past teachers, and re-establishing shared connections. 

Despite the cooler-than-usual weather, warm feelings of camaraderie carried the day. We soldiered on at a damp cookout, as the tents were put to good use. I challenge you to find a weather-induced frown in this photo slideshow, which shows highlights from the many events and happenings at and around the School!

Upcoming Alumni Events

Washington, DC

Class of 1966 - 50th Reunion
Fri. & Sat., June 3 & 4, 2016
St. Albans School
Washington, DC 20036

Class of 2016 - Commencement
Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
Washington National Cathedral

Nationals vs. Dodgers
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 7:05 p.m.
(Reception for alumni and friends before the game – details forthcoming, but save the date!)

Reunion 2017:
Volunteers Needed!

With Reunion 2016 now in the books, we turn our attention to your class years ending with two or seven. We look forward to welcoming this group back next spring (save the date: May 5 & 6, 2017) and to all the fun and festivity that is certain to accompany their return to the Close.
Sign-up for your Reunion Committee

June 30, 2016: AG Deadline

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, 2015 – June 30, 2016) 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).
Kindly take a moment to check the report, available online here: For corrections, please contact Kavon Akhtar at 202-537-6409 or  
An impressive 44% of alumni participated in AG last year, results that place STA in the top percentile nationally for independent school alumni support. This year we aim to achieve a 50% participation rate. With 534 alumni donors needed to reach our goal, every gift, of any size, is critical. Visit or call 202-537-6409 to make your gift today. Thank you! (Please keep in mind that the last day to participate is June 30, 2016.) 

2015-16 Reunion Giving

Congratulations to all the ’1s and ’6s 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 1966 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 important, 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 if you would like to give by phone, please contact Bobby Cpin in the AG Office at 202-537-5682 or

Alumni and the STA
Community in the News

Brandon Dixon ’99 has been nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Eubie Blake in the Broadway musical Shuffle Along. He is nominated in the Best Featured Actor in a Musical category.

Brandon made his professional debut as Adult Simba in The Lion King National Tour. Notably, he was previously nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Harpo in The Color Purple and for a Grammy Award for his portrayal of Berry Gordy in MOTOWN: The Musical. Congratulations!

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Our new Athletic Fields are open,
but not yet finished!

For more information on STRIVE and helping us to finish the fields renovation project, please contact Campaign Director David Shepard at (202) 537-6427 or

From the STA Archives

May 2016 Alumni Puzzler
Question: An early sketch for the Martin Gym, dedicated in November 1979, shows off its interior (including the planned, but ultimately unbuilt, indoor track); which alumnus designed the building?
Please send responses to
Answer to the April 2016 Alumni Puzzler

Question: In the Fall of 1914, the School opened with the new name “St. Albans, The National Cathedral School for Boys” – what had the School been referred to as previously?
  1. Harriet Lane-Johnston Cathedral Choir School for Boys
  2. Lane-Johnston School for Boys
  3. The National Cathedral School for Boys
  4. All of the above
Answer: The answer, of course. Is “all of the above”; we’re simply “St. Albans” now (but never with an apostrophe – that’s the church next door!)

Thanks to everyone who responded!

Remember when...

From May 18, 1956, Saint Albans News:

What was happening on the Close in May 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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