In This Issue
- Director's Corner
- Alumni in the News
- Upcoming Alumni Events

- Annual Giving
- STRIVE Campaign Update
- From the STA Archives

Important Dates
Mar. 11, 2015
Annual Alumni Dinner & Meeting

May 1-2, 2015
Reunion Weekend

Alumni Office
Lanier Frank '79
Director of Alumni Relations

Robin Boswell
Associate Director of Alumni Relations

Class Secretaries
Bulletin deadline:
Mar. 6, 2015

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Director's Corner

The 32nd annual Christmas House Tour has once again come and gone. This year’s event will likely be remembered 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 six beautifully-decorated Cleveland Park homes. What began  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 celebrates the season.  Alumni Parents, who serve each year as docents for one of the houses on the tour, especially look forward to reconnecting with friends old and new.  To them, and to all the many 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 5th Annual Bishop John T. Walker Invitational Basketball Tournament (BWI) in the Martin Gym.  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, 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 BWI’s sponsors.
Last Thursday, the Cathedral hosted STA and NCS for the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. The service is the singular occasion at which school-wide instrumental groups, choirs, and dancers from both Cathedral schools join together to celebrate the holiday season with students. It was wonderful to see so many families, faculty, staff, and alumni out to enjoy the event.  In case you missed it, a video recording of this year’s Lessons & Carols is available on the National Cathedral School’s YouTube Channel.
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

Alumni in the News

Edmund “Ned” Downie ’09 received a Marshall Scholarship to study international relations at Oxford.  As an undergraduate at Yale, Downie majored in ethics, politics and economics. Read more...
Abbott “Tom” Gleason ’56, history professor emeritus at Brown University, was featured in a recent article in The Brown Daily Herald, “Trading the Pen for the Paintbrush.” Read more…
Chris Fraser ’13, a punter for Cornell University, was named first-team All-Ivy League for the second year in a row. Fraser is the first Cornelian to earn this accolade in consecutive seasons. Read more…
Twenty Indiana University football student-athletes, including Arthur Jones ’13, earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced last week. Congratulations, Arthur! Read more…

Michael and Gina Pack’s (documentary film makers and the parents of William ’11, Thomas ’13, and Thomas ’16) newest production, RICKOVER: The Birth of Nuclear Power, a biography of Admiral Rickover featuring archival footage and personal stories, premiers around the country this month on PBS.  St. Albans’ connections to Rickover run deeper than just the movie as the late Rev. Shepherd “Shep” M. Jenks, USN ’45 was the navigator on the USS Nautilus, a nuclear submarine designed by Admiral Rickover, when it made history as the first submarine to reach the North Pole. Watch the trailer and find local PBS listings…

Upcoming Alumni Events

Washington D.C.
Annual Alumni Dinner and Meeting
Wednesday, March 11, 2014

John Casey '57 will be the keynote speaker

John Shenefield '56 will receive
The Gilchrist-Holleman Alumni Service Award
Ruby Pearson will be named an
Honorary Alumnus of the School
Reception in the Ellison Library at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and program in the Cafritz Refectory at 7:00 p.m.

 A formal invitation will be sent after the first of the year.

Annual Giving

December 31: Deadline to make a 2014 tax-deductible gift
With 2014 coming to a close, it may be to your advantage to make a tax-deductible contribution to 2014-2015 St. Albans Annual Giving before year-end.
Here are 3 easy ways to make your gift to the School before December 31, 2014:
  • Visit
  • Call the Office of Annual Giving at 202-537-6409
  • Mail a check (dated & postmarked on/before 12/31/2014), made out to St. Albans School, to St. Albans School, Office of Annual Giving, Mount St. Alban, Washington, DC 20016-5095
For more information on ways to support St. Albans, please visit Should you wish to give appreciated securities, or have questions, please contact Associate Director of Annual Giving Rebecca Morris (202-537-6409 or
For your convenience, the Office of Annual Giving is open during regular business hours on December 22, 23, 29, 30, and 31. 
Alumni gifts support every boy, every day – thank you
Thank you to the 860 alumni who have contributed already to this year’s Annual Giving effort. Symbolically and financially, your gifts make a true difference in the lives of the boys and their teachers.

Annual Giving, the first priority of the STRIVE Campaign, provides essential funds that sustain the unique teaching and learning environment at St. Albans. Every donor to Annual Giving is also a donor to STRIVE. Alumni participation in the campaign, at any level, is greatly appreciated.

On behalf of everyone at the School, we hope you and your family have a peaceful and relaxing holiday season. Merry Christmas and best wishes for the year ahead!


Thanks to hundreds of generous donors, STRIVE has passed the $25 million mark—half way there! The fields are at $15.4 million towards $20 million goal—we need and welcome all alumni support. To learn more, please visit the campaign web site or call David Shepard at 202-537-6427.
Enjoy a video tour of the construction with Director of Capital Projects Mike Carline:


From the STA Archives

The two sermons pictured below are part of a collection of nearly 80 stored in the Archives and preached by Canon Lucas from the mid-1940’s to the early 1970’s.  The collection spans the entire Christian calendar, and some contain annotations documenting the location and frequency of their deliverance.  The ones that are handwritten show The Chief’s bold penmanship, reflecting his ideas, ideals, and opinions.  If you look closely, you may even be able to see the indentations of his script transferred through the pages, a true example of Canon Lucas’s imprint on the many communities he served. To read the entire sermons, please click on the images below.

The prayers, pictured below, from Canon Martin are part of a collection of some 250 stored in the Archives either composed or collected by him.  The prayers cover dozens of subjects and reveal the depth and breadth of Canon Martin’s spirituality and his care and concern for the communities of St. Albans, the Church, and the World.  These three were chosen in the hope that they might find a place and a voice in your community in this holy season. To read part of Cannon Martin's collection of prayers, click on the image below.
December Alumni Archives Puzzler
Can you identify the picture below?  What is the event and when did it take place? Who is holding the shovel? Who are the gentlemen standing in the crowd?

Please send your responses to the Alumni Office at Select responses and answers will be shared in January’s newsletter.

No answers were submitted for the November puzzler, so the furniture remains a mystery.
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