In This Issue

- Director's Corner
- AG News
- Online Store
- Alumni Dinner
- Alumni News
- 2016 Reunions
- Upcoming Events
- STRIVE Update
- Alumni Puzzler
- Remember When
Important Dates

Feb. 24, 2016
San Francisco Reception

March 9, 2016
Annual Alumni Dinner & Meeting

March 21, 2016
Boston Reception 

April 12, 2016
New York Reception

April 28, 2016
OTC Networking Event

May 6-7, 2016
Reunion Weekend

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:
Mar. 4, 2016

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Director's Corner

Freddy ’51 | The Dinner | SF, Boston & NYC | OTC v.3

Just as we joyously welcome a fresh group of alumni with each graduating class, we mourn those who have “departed this mortal veil of tears” (to quote the great Ferdinand Ruge). We especially mourn the passing of dedicated alumnus Frederic Close “call me Freddy” Towers ’51, whose infectious enthusiasm for all things STA was noted and remarkable. With his chairmanship of the Governing Board (he served on the Board twice), unwavering service, generosity, and leadership, Freddy's touch can be seen all around the school. His name appears on the Refectory walls no less than five times, reflecting the many hats he wore and awards he received. The loss of his only child (classmate Freddy Jr.) only encouraged him to direct the qualified and deserving sons of others to the admissions office – another of his continuing legacies. We express our deepest sympathy to Freddy’s family and many friends, and invite them to join a celebration of his life on Saturday, February 27, at 10:30 a.m. in the Little Sanctuary.
The Annual Alumni Association Meeting and Dinner on March 9 is the Alumni Association’s signature event, and with good reason. This event brings together generations of alumni in a celebration of our connections with the opportunity to honor our traditions. It is the single-largest annual alumni gathering of the year, with over 300 Bulldogs from seven decades filling the Ellison Library and Cafritz Refectory in joyous reunion. This year’s keynote speaker will be David Gardner ’84, who, with brother Tom ’86, started The Motley Fool as a printed newsletter in July of 1993. (David and his wife, Margaret, are parents to Gabe ’14 and Zack ’17.) We will also be presenting the Gilchrist-Holleman Alumni Service Award, as well as making inductions into the rolls of our esteemed Honorary Alumni. I encourage one and all to come and join in the festivity! As an added incentive, alumni of the last ten years may attend the evening’s events at a discounted rate. Details may be found here.
The importance of offering opportunities that bring the Close to alumni and friends beyond the DC area cannot be underestimated. Please join the Headmaster and fellow alumni for a reception and a state-of-the-School update in the next months in these cities:

Lastly, and in continuing our Alumni Association Board-led initiative to provide DC-area alumni with opportunities to gather and network at events hosted away from the campus, the Off-the-Close Networking Series continues with the third iteration, OTC v.3, on Thursday, April 28: Mark Handwerger ’81 and Geoff Dawson ’79 will discuss the beginnings of Bedrock Management at what is arguably their best-known site, Buffalo Billiards (at least to STA alum!), off DuPont Circle.
Onward, Bulldogs!


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

A New Year to Leap for STA AG

With an extra day in February during leap year, there’s an extra reason to support Annual Giving this month: the 2016 Leap Year Challenge.
A generous member of the Governing Board has committed $29,000 to unite community support for AG. The goal is simple: secure commitments from 290 donors during February’s 29 days. More details may be found by visiting Leap Day, February 29, 2016, is the deadline to participate.

Similar to an STA education, leap years are unique. Gifts to Annual Giving have long helped to sustain a robust financial aid budget, so it’s no coincidence that the $29,000 challenge dollars are equivalent to the School's average scholarship award. More than a chance to magnify the impact of individual contributions, the Leap Year Challenge highlights the power of broad community participation, and underscores our commitment to remaining a school of opportunity (1 of every 4 boys receives scholarship aid).

Winning this challenge hinges on the support of everyone in our School family, alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends. Every contribution—large or small—makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. 1,831 members of our community have already made a gift to AG this fiscal year. With the Leap Year Challenge at hand, hopefully 290 (or more) will join them and, in doing so, take advantage of this special opportunity.

Join us for the Leap Year Phonathon!

Did you resolve to volunteer more in 2016? Curious to see an alumni Phonathon in action? Veteran caller? We need your help at the 2016 Leap Year Phonathon!

- Tuesday, February 23, 6 p.m. 
- Monday, February 29, 6 p.m.

Celebrate the year’s 366-days with us! All are encouraged to lend a hand (no long-term commitment and no prior experience needed). In turn for your time, you’ll enjoy good food and drink, great company and, of course, the satisfaction of supporting students and teachers. And, as most any caller will tell you, Phonathons are fun!

Sign-up today by contacting Associate Director of Annual Giving Kavon Akhtar, or 202-537-6409.


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Alumni Dinner - March 9

Please make plans now to join us for the Annual Alumni Association Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. This year's dinner program includes remarks from David Gardner '84 and the presentation of the Gilchrist-Holleman Alumni Service Award to Dick Ellison '48.

For more information and to register online, visit

Alumni and the STA
Community in the News

St. Albans School mourns the passing of Frederic “Freddy” Towers, alumnus of the class of 1951, former chairman of the St. Albans Governing Board, husband of the former Laurie Hinckley and the late Kay Heffernan Towers, and father of the late Frederic Jr., St. Albans class of 1979. Freddy’s long, full life was exemplified by his many achievements in the financial services industry, as well as by his unwavering service and leadership at St. Albans, the impacts of which can be seen across the school’s campus. We express our deepest sympathy to Freddy’s family and many friends, and invite them to join a celebration of his life on Saturday, February 27, at 10:30 a.m. in the Little Sanctuary, St. Albans School, Mount St. Alban, Washington, D.C.

Mark Wilkerson, the School Archivist, is working on an article for an upcoming Bulletin about Raymond Powell, former STA Master. Mark has been in contact with Sidwell Friends School, where Mr. Powell taught before coming to St. Albans. He is hoping to get some remembrances of Mr. Powell, specifically his work with his students and advisees, including students he tutored, at St. Albans. The focus of the article will be the lasting impact Mr. Powell had on St. Albans in his brief 10 years teaching here. Please reply to Mark directly at
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Alumni with class years ending in a 1 or a 6 will celebrate a major Reunion this year, but all alumni are welcome to attend any of the events over Reunion Weekend, May 6-7, 2016. Double check that the dates are saved on your calendar and plan to join us on the Close for what's always a fun party!

A tenative schedule of events is now on the Reunion web site: and more information, including registration, will be available next month.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Washington, DC
Leap Year Phonathons
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cafritz Refectory
St. Albans School
Washington, DC 20016

Annual Alumni Dinner and Meeting
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cafritz Refectory
St. Albans School
Washington, DC 20016
For more information and to register, visit

Off the Close Networking Series
Thursday, April 28, 2016
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
For more information and to register, visit

Reunion Weekend 2016
Friday-Saturday, May 6-7, 2016
St. Albans School
Washington, DC 20016
For more information, visit

San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Reception
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Presidio Golf & Concordia Club
8 Presidio Terrace
San Francisco, CA 94118
For more information and to register, visit

Boston, MA
Boston Reception
Monday, March 21, 2016
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
Two International Place, 35th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
For more information and to register, visit

New York, NY
New York Reception
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Cornell Club-New York
6 East 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
For more information and to register, visit


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

February 2016 Alumni Puzzler

Question: This curious metal artifact was unearthed from the archives; “The illustrious class of ’51” is etched on the front (the reverse bears the engravings from the classes of, among others, ’58, ’59, ’61 and ’69 and the expression “hoo hah”); rumor has it that this item was retrieved from the bowels of Vesuvius…Qu'est-ce que c'est?

Please send responses to
Answer to the January 2016 Alumni Puzzler

Question: With winter weather predicted for the weekend (and “conversational snow” delaying School by two hours today), thoughts turn to the School’s Winter Weather closing policy (now determined by the combined School heads and posted by 6 a.m. on respective websites); in what year did the policy change from the severe “St. Albans never closes?”

Answer:  The shift in the student body – from primarily DC residents, to a mixture of students from neighboring states – led to the demise of the long-standing policy.  On February 20, 1979 a one-day exception to the rule was made (via a request from the mayor to the bishop), but the policy officially changed in 1983 to more closely follow the decisions of the DC school system (but now determined by the combined School heads and posted by 6 a.m. on respective websites).
Thanks to everyone who responded!

Remember when...

From February 17, 1956, Saint Albans News:


What was happening on the Close in February 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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