In This Issue

- Director's Corner
- Admissions Office
-Landon vs. STA Football Game
- AG News
- Christmas House Tour 
- Alumni News
- Upcoming Events
- STRIVE Update
- Alumni Puzzler
- Remember When
Important Dates

Oct.  27
Fall Phonathon

Nov. 1
All Saints Day Service

Nov. 14
Landon vs. STA Football Game

Nov. 19
Off-The-Close Networking Event

Nov. 20
Harvard-Yale Pre-Game Reception

Nov. 27
BOLD Post-Thanksgiving Gathering
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

  • The Game
  • OTCNS v.2
  • Mr. Hutto
Mark those calendars for the STA vs. Landon varsity football on November 14! Our first new-field game against our Bethesda rivals will be preceded by a tented BBQ cookout aside Steuart Field on Pilgrim Road and followed by a reception in the Manger Trophy Room.  Jonathan Ogden ’92 will be on hand for a special halftime presentation!

The Alumni Board’s Off-The-Close Networking Series has scheduled another event, to build on the success of the first at the offices of Optoro; come join fellow Bulldogs to hear Austin Branson ’00 talk about his ten years of entrepreneurship with Smathers and Branson and custom needlepoint lifestyle accessories on Thursday, November 19 (to be moderated by Danny Rouhier ’97, and hosted by Brendan Sullivan ’93).  Details can be found here.

“Thousands sang for him in long career” was the headline of the four-column quarter-page news obituary in the Washington Post.  Along with a huge photo of the man in action leading a choral group, the piece detailed the notable and newsworthy accomplishments of a person whose work touched countless lives as a teacher, friend and mentor.

The life of Mr. Ben Hutto was celebrated at not one but two funerals (both of which Ben meticulously planned), the second of which was held in the Cathedral.  What he had not planned for was for the groundswell of support of Chorale alumni, who collectively felt the need to sing for him a final time; after the Dismissal and the final hymn, an alumni group of almost 80 from both NCS and STA (many sporting their trademark yellow STA neckwear) assembled from the audience to perform “The Storm Is Passing Over”, the song that he had taught them.  Mr. Hutto’s service at St. John’s Church on Lafayette Square (where he had been Director of Music Ministry) was packed beyond capacity, and the Cathedral was quite full; indeed, thousands sang for him, again.

Godspeed, Ben Hutto!
Lanier Frank '79
Director of Alumni Relations

From the Admissions Office

Join us for an Alumnae/i Roundtable with Admissions Officers from Beauvoir, National Cathedral School, and St. Albans
Please join us for this special information session about the Cathedral schools with admissions officers from Beauvoir, National Cathedral School, and St. Albans, including a roundtable discussion with current alumnae/i parents.
* Meet the admission officers from Beauvoir, NCS, and St. Albans
* Learn about the Cathedral schools' curricula and programs
* Hear from current alumnae/i parents
* Find out about the application and financial aid processes
Friday, October 23, 8:30-9:30 am
National Cathedral School, Lower School Assembly Room
3609 Woodley Road/entrance off 36th Street
Please RSVP to Molly Price '95 at NCS.


Please Join Us November 14

For an IAC rivalry match-up as the Bulldogs from St. Albans take on the Bears from Landon.

12:00 Noon    Pre-Game BBQ
2:00 p.m.        Kickoff

NFL Hall of Fame Offensive Lineman and St. Albans Class of 1992 Alumnus Jonathan Ogden will present an NFL Commemorative Golden Football. 
This golden football is part of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Program that celebrates high schools and communities that have contributed to Super Bowl history.

5:00 p.m.      Post-Game Reception (Manger Trophy Room)

For more information and to R.S.V.P. please visit
or contact the Alumni Office at 202-537-5593.

Last year, 44% of alumni, more than 1,800 St. Albans men, participating in Annual Giving. Bulldog alumni give generously, too, as the average alumni contribution was $611. All told, alumni contributed a record $1.1 million last year—a sum equivalent to 28 full student scholarships! Together, alumni gifts make a profound difference. Thank you. 

St. Albans leads the way in alumni participation around DC (Go Bulldogs!), and we hold our own against our peers nationally. That said, we aspire to even greater success. And with your support, we know we can get there. 

Annual Giving remains our first priority during STRIVE. Every donor to AG is also a campaign donor. Most importantly, every gift directly supports students and their teachers, and helps keep our community strong. 

Recently, you may have received a phone call from a volunteer asking you to join them in making a gift to AG this year. In the coming weeks, you may also receive a follow-up letter encouraging your support. So please take a moment to answer their call and read the letter, and consider giving as generously as you are able. The support of all alumni—at every level—is truly appreciated.

33rd Annual Christmas House Tour

The Parents’ Association is in full swing planning the 33rd annual Christmas House Tour (CHT) in the Wesley Heights|Foxhall neighborhood. The CHT Auction Committee is seeking donations for the online and silent auctions. The money raised goes directly to support the faculty and staff in their work with the boys, including technology grants and innovative science materials. The committee welcomes donations of vacation home stays, frequent flier miles, shadow experiences, behind-the-scenes tours, lunches with community leaders, opportunities to be an extra in a show, VIP tickets, or donations from your local business. Click here to download the auction donation form, which is due by Friday, October 30.
Please save Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5, on your calendars. We hope you will return to the Close to shop the holiday boutiques, join us for the holiday luncheon in the refectory, and visit the beautifully decorated homes on the Christmas House Tour. For more details about the CHT, please visit

Alumni and the STA Community in the News

As part of the Headmaster’s Lecture Series on Empathy and Ethical Decision-Making, the Rev. Dan Heischman, head of our Upper School and assistant headmaster of St. Albans School from 1994 through 2003, spoke to Upper School students, and later that same day to parents, about failure and mistakes. Heischman suggested that rather than trying to forget about our mistakes, we should have the courage to learn from them. “Our mistakes provide us with a precious learning opportunity that we can make use of over and over again,” said Heischman. “We can actually make them work for us.” Click here to listen to the lecture.

Tyler Abell ’50 reports that the long-delayed Volume II (1960-1969) of his step-father’s (Drew Pearson) Diaries has just been published and was favorably reviewed in the New Yorker magazine by Thomas Mallon.  Tyler was the editor of Volume I which was published in 1974, but hired Peter Hannaford to edit the second volume, although he provided significant help.

Alexander Blachly ’62 is a professor at Notre Dame where he leads the Notre Dame Chorale and Orchestra.  He is also the founder and director of Pomerium, a 15-voice a cappella choir in New York, which since 1972 has gained a world-wide reputation as (according to the New York Times) “…the standard by which early music groups are measured.”  A few months ago they had a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and on October 31 they are performing at the Library of Congress.  You can see for more info and photos.  

Steve Washington released an independent CD "Right to Love" earlier this year.  It is being played across the country, into Canada, and as far away as Australia.
Following a blast of a debut at the internationally acclaimed Metropolitan Room in NYC in June, he will be presenting a CD Release Concert at the beautiful Carlyle Club in Alexandria, VA on November 15, 2015.

If you have newsworthy material for the eNewsletter, please e-mail

Upcoming Alumni Events

November 14, 2015
STA vs. Landon Football
St. Albans School Athletic Fields
12:00 p.m. Pre-Game BBQ Cookout
2:00 p.m.   Varsity Football vs. Landon School
5:00 p.m.   Post-Game Reception (Manger Trophy Room)

November 19, 2015
Off-The-Close Networking Event

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Headfirst Companies
2639 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

November 20, 2015
Harvard-Yale Pre-Game Reception
7:00 p.m.
Viva Zapata
161 Park Street
New Haven, CT 06511

November 27, 2015
Annual STA/NCS Post-Thanksgiving Young Alumni/ae Gathering
8:00 p.m.
Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
Sponsored by the BOLD Group
(Bulldogs Of the Last Decades)

The NEW Athletic Fields are open!

Go Bulldogs!

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

October 2015 Alumni Puzzler

Question: What is the significance of this plaque, mounted in the "red hallway" (first floor of Lane-Johnston), and listing the names of the graduating class from 1959?

Please send responses to
Answer to the September 2015 Alumni Puzzler
Question: What is the name of this space at the school and what is the history behind the name.

Answer: The Gregory Court, given in 1970 by Ruth Gregory Soper and Katherine Gregory Thomas (mother of Charles Thomas ’40 and Gregory Thomas '44), to honor their parents (and replace the remnants of an old asphalt driveway!)

Thanks to everyone who responded!

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