In This Issue

- Director's Corner
- Lessons & Carols
- Holiday Greetings
- AG News
- Online Store
- Lecture Series
- Alumni Dinner
- Alumni News
- 2016 Reunions
- Upcoming Events
- STRIVE Update
- Alumni Puzzler
- Remember When
Important Dates

December 17
Festival of Lessons & Carols

March 9, 2016
Annual Alumni Dinner & Meeting

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

Christmas House Tour
The 33rd annual Christmas House Tour once again 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 on record. Hundreds of parent and alumni parent volunteers devoted countless hours, rallying our community around a tour of five beautifully-decorated homes in Wesley Heights. What began over three decades ago as a grassroots effort by the Parents’ Association to support faculty and staff has grown into one of the DC region’s favorite and most festive traditions, around which the School and surrounding community celebrates the season. Alumni Parents, who each year serve as docents for houses on the tour, especially look enjoy 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 annual event, thank you!

Bishop Walker Tournament
On the heels of the House Tour, STA hosted the Sixth Annual Bishop John T. Walker Invitational Basketball Tournament in the Martin Gym. Our Bulldog team advanced to the finals, only to succumb to a squad from H.D. Woodson, in a four-point loss for second place. The tournament was started by the Alumni Association Board as a fundraiser for the Bishop Walker School, a tuition-free independent school rooted in the traditions of Episcopal education and located in DC’s Ward Eight. The Alumni Board, led by Michael Caskin ’84 (son-in-law of the late Bishop Walker), the Tournament Committee, led by Arthur Jackson ‘86, 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.

Lessons & Carols & Holiday Open House
Tonight (Thursday, December 17), 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! (For those unable to join us in person, 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 Denizé and Ted Eagles ’54 will 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
Director of Alumni Relations

The St. Albans School Alumni Association and
the Office of Alumni Relations
invite you to attend a

Holiday Open House
with faculty hosts
Donna Denizé and Ted Eagles ’54
prior to the
Festival of Lessons & Carols
Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Common Room, Lane Johnston Building
Cocoa and cookies will be served from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Lessons & Carols begins at 6:30 p.m. in the National Cathedral.

All are welcome. No R.S.V.P. required.
For more information, please contact Robin Boswell in the Alumni Office at

If you are unable to attend the Festival of Lessons and Carols, the service will be streamed live.

Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! In celebration of the season, we invite you to take a couple minutes to enjoy a special holiday slideshow featuring highlights from the past year at STA. Many thanks for your continued support of the School and best wishes for a wonderful 2016!

Thank you alumni!

Thank you to the 892 alumni who have contributed to this year’s AG effort. Symbolically and financially, your support makes a true difference for the boys and their teachers.
Annual Giving, the first priority of the STRIVE Campaign, provides essential funds that sustain St. Albans’ unique teaching and learning environment. Every donor to AG is also a campaign donor, and alumni participation, at any level, is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

12/31/15: Tax-Deductible Gift Deadline

With the year coming to a close, it may be to your advantage to make a tax-deductible contribution to the School before December 31, 2015.
Here are 3 easy ways to support Annual Giving before the deadline.
  • Visit
  • Call the Office of Annual Giving at 202-537-6409
  • Mail a check (dated & postmarked on/before 12/31/2015), made out to St. Albans School, to St. Albans School, Office of Annual Giving, Mount St. Alban, Washington, DC 20016-5069
For your convenience, the AG Office is open during regular business hours on December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, and 31. 
More information on ways to support St. Albans is available by visiting: Should you wish to give appreciated securities, or have questions, please contact Associate Director of Annual Giving Kavon Akhtar (202-537-6409 or

Check out the new online Bulldog Store

Show your Bulldog Pride!

Headmaster's Lecture Series

Join us for the Headmaster's Lecture Series on Empathy and Ethical Decision-Making. STA parent and Justice Department attorney Demetra Lambros will be speaking on the topic Sexual Assault: Staying on the Right Side of the Line.

Wednesday, January 6, at 7:00 p.m.
Trapier Theater, Marriott Hall, St. Albans School
Kindly R.S.V.P. to (open to the public)
About Ms. Lambros: A lawyer specializing in criminal law (and the mother of 3 St. Albans boys), Ms. Lambros has worked both as a criminal defense lawyer at Washington D.C.’s Williams & Connolly and now on the prosecution side at the Department of Justice. In the 1990s, Ms. Lambros was the general counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, under the chairmanship of then-Senator Joe Biden, where she helped craft sweeping anti-crime legislation, gun control measures, as well as the Violence Against Women Act. Learn more about the lecture series. View the previous lecture in the series by the Rev. Dan Heischman.

Save the date for the
Annual Alumni Dinner

Please save the date for the Annual Alumni Association Meeting and Dinner, which will be held on Wednesday, March  9, 2016. Our guest speaker this year will be David Gardner '84.

A formal invitation will be sent out in the New Year. 

Alumni and the STA
Community in the News

Paul Herman, Head of the Lower School, will retire in June 2016 after 44 years at St. Albans. We will honor Paul in word and song with a Cathedral service on May 12, 2016. Read more.....

13 members of the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team were awarded All-Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) honors, including junior quarterback Mike McCurdy '13, who was named Co-MVP of the league. Read more...

Chris Fraser '13, Cornell University's junior punter, was named to the STATS FCS All-America third team. He is one of only 6 Ivy League players named to the team. Read more...

If you have newsworthy material for the eNewsletter,
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Please save the date for Reunion Weekend: May 6-7, 2016.
More information will be available in the New Year. 

Networking V.2 Recap

On Thursday, November 19, Brendan Sullivan '93, Founder and CEO of Headfirst Companies and the Alumni Association hosted the second installment of the Off-The-Close Networking Series at the Headfirst Companies’ office in Woodley Park. The participation and enthusiasm made for a great evening of connection, conversation, and laughter.

We are indebted to Smathers & Branson Founder Austin Branson ’00 for sharing his inspirational business story (not to mention legit Bulldog needlepoint swag) and Danny Rouhier ’97 (on the short list for a future event) for running point on the evening’s program. Their remarks—and their successes to date—made everyone especially proud to be part of the St. Albans Alumni Network. Thanks to them both, and to the rest of our friends at the School who were critical in bringing this event together.

Our plan is to host two of these events each year—the next of which will land in the first several months of 2016. Stay tuned for details on the third edition of the OTC Series in the coming months. For now, please enjoy a few photos from the event:

Upcoming Alumni Events

December 17, 2015
Festival of Lesson & Carols

Holiday Open House, 5:00 p.m.
Common Room, Lane Johnston Building, St. Albans School

Lessons & Carols Service, 6:30 p.m.
Washington National Cathedral

January 6, 2016
Headmaster's Lecture Series. 7:00 p.m. 
Trapier Theater, Marriott Hall, St. Albans School

March 9, 2016
Annual Alumni Association Meeting and Dinner, 6:00 p.m. 
St. Albans School


The 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

December 2015 Alumni Puzzler

Question:  Along with other ornaments, with what are the School’s Christmas tree now decorated (another of our “new traditions”)?

Please send responses to
Answer to the November 2015 Alumni Puzzler

Question: The six Class Windows for 1960 to 1965 differed from the traditional diamond shape; where are they located and what is their purpose?

Answer:  The six Class Windows for 1960 to 1965 differed from the traditional diamond-shaped windows found elsewhere and in the Lane-Johnston building.  Designer Rowan LeCompte created these “inverted shield” windows to be used as functional opening windows in the Little Sanctuary – surely welcome on those late spring and early fall days in a building with no air conditioning.
Thanks to everyone who responded!

Remember when...

From December 9, 1955 Saint Albans News:

What was happening on the Close in December of 1985? 1975? 1965? 1955? 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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