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  • WINTER 2012

    A Mindstorm of LegoRobotics

    Global Learning: New Off-Campus Study &

    Exchange Program

    The Inspiration of Louis Zamperini:

    American Hero & Olympic Champion

  • Brunswick School, founded in 1902, is an independent college-preparatory day school for 939 boys in grades Pre-K through 12. The Upper School grades 9 through 12 have a coordinate program with Greenwich Academy, a neighboring girls school. In a community of challenging academics; comprehensive arts, drama and music programs; along with 34 varsity and sub-varsity sports teams; 36 extracurricular opportunities and a renowned language program, time for Brunswick School students is also reserved both for reflection and service to others. We believe in the potential of each and every boy in our charge and have successfully developed an educational experience that emphasizes rigorous traditional learning, self-discipline and character development. The Schools motto, Courage, Honor, Truth, is a phrase familiar to students who have graced our halls and one that is followed in both word and deed. For more information, please contact Gina Hurd, Admission Director, at 203.625.5800 or go to BrunswickSchool.org.

    William A. Durkin III 72 Chairman

    W. Preston Baldwin IIINancy M. BetterDr. Mark H. CamelRobert F. CarangeloMichael P. CastineLeslie A. DahlB. Cort Delany, Esq. 73Matthew S. DeSalvoDr. Scott V. HaigKathleen HarringtonGregory B. Hartch 88John R. Harvey 84Carlos M. Hernandez

    Andrew H. JacobsonDavid B. MacFarlaneD. Ian McKinnonSanjeev K. MehraIan C. Murray 93Shepherd P. Murray 89Michael J. OdrichThomas D. OMalley, Jr. 85Suzanne P. PeischPhilip F. P. PierceClifton S. RobbinsWilliam A. Schneider 72Lucy M. StitzerMichael A. TroyJohn S. WeinbergTracy R. Wolstencroft

    Ex OfficioThomas W. Philip, HeadmasterSteven H. Dudley, Assistant Headmaster, Director of FinanceKathleen Harrington, Senior AccountantChristina C. Kazazes, President of Brunswick Parents AssociationThomas G. Murray, Executive Director of Development

    B O A r d O f T r u S T E E S 2 0 1 1 2 0 1 2

    W i N T E r 2 0 1 2

    Brunswick School100 Maher AvenueGreenwich, CT 06830Tel: 203.625.5800BrunswickSchool.org

    HEAdmASTErThomas W. Philip

    ExECuTivE dirECTOr Of dEvElOPmENTThomas Murray

    EdiTOr-iN-CHiEfBonni Brodnickbbrodnick@brunswickschool.org

    ASSiSTANT WriTErCourtney Kennedyckennedy@brunswickschool.org

    ClASS NOTES EdiTOrLibby Edwardsledwards@brunswickschool.org

    SPOrTS EdiTOrDiana Samponarodsamponaro@brunswickschool.org

    CONTriBuTOrSRhonda Bonom, Diane Briggs, Krista Bruce, Jeanne DeLarm-Neri, Libby Edwards, Power Fraser, Mike Harris, Tucker Hastings, Carter Johnson 12, Amy Kundrat, Leslie Lopez, John Martin, Parker Odrich 13, Steve Polikoff, Jarrett Shine, Eric Tillman, Jonathan Weiner 19

    CuB rEPOrTErSTy Pastore 20, Keshav Raghavan 17

    CArTOONiSTMatthew LaVersa 17

    frONT COvEr PHOTODiane Briggs

    CONTriBuTiNg PHOTOgrAPHErSDiane Briggs, Dan Burns, Maggie Conley, Susie Foyle, Andrew Hall, Carter Hempleman, Ally Roach, David Ruf 15, Matthew Savitt 12, Wolf Conservation Center (nywolf.org)

    dESigNErGood Design LLC, gooddesignsusa.com

    PriNTiNgMedia Solutions

  • C O v E r

    4 MEETING LouIs ZAMpERINI: American Hero and Olympic Champion by Bonni Brodnick

    8 GLobAL LEARNING: New Off-Campus Study & Exchange Program by Tucker Hastings

    18 A MINdsToRM of LEGoRoboTIcs

    f E A T u r E S

    6 ThE bLuE NoTEs on an American Jazz Tour in England by Parker Odrich 13

    10 KIM IoRILLo: Be The match and Save a life by Courtney Kennedy

    12 bRuNsWIcK fAcuLTy, sTAff & doGs: The faithful Companionship Between People, Their Pooches & Their School by Bonni Brodnick

    36 hoMEcoMING 2011 36 Blue Skies, Sunshine & lots of reminiscing 40 2011 distinguished Alumni Award:

    Power fraser 74 43 Alumni golf Outing 46 2nd Annual Alumni Association Party

    d E P A r T m E N T S

    2 message from the Headmaster

    3 letters to the Editor

    16 Beyond the Classroom Italian Class Gets Cooking;

    5th Grade Spelling Bee; Trip to Plimoth Plantation; Shane Kirsch & The Fuzzy Flow; Peter Lourie, Travel Writer/Adventurer; Mr. Urbons new CD; Care Packages to New Alums; Upper School Writing Center; Trip to Wolf Conservation Center; Something to Harp About; Snow Day!; Mr. Cosbys Portrait; Michael Allwoods new book

    26 Sports roundup

    32 Brunswick 2.0

    33 Brunswick Alumni

    48 Class Notes

    56 in memoriam

    Phonathon inside back cover

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  • 2 Times of Brunswick | WINTER 2012

    Thomas W. Philip

    Message from the h E A d M A s T E R

    It is inevitable that in a school community such as ours, there will always be irresistible pressures on students, fac-ulty, parents and the institution itself to be virtually, if not literally, perfect at all times and in all ways. Yet, while we, and our boys, are continually striving for excellence, it is important to bear in mind that our true interest lies not only in the achieving of excellence but in the mere act of striving for it as well. In author Anna Quindlens recent treatise, Being Perfect, she emphasizes how perfection is something that, while perhaps wonderful to work toward, is often best avoided as an actual achievement. This might be because perfection can be such a terminus. It implies a static point, an arrival, an end point. Perfection doesnt imply much originality, much flexibility, or most certainly, much real likelihood of further growth. Sadly, in communities such as Fairfield County, Conn., and Westchester County, N.Y., with such high-achieving and high-aspiring parents and children, the quest for perfection in all things can take on an almost maniacal quality. How we look, where we work, where we live, where we vacation, what school and college stick-ers we put on the back window of what we drive all run the risk of becoming individually and collectively too important and too conforming for both our health and that of our boys.

    The bottom line? Healthy, well-intentioned, likely to be successful and normal boys are not perfect. They are often not even close to perfect and occasionally (to be honest), they even work hard to avoid being perfect. In a society which seems, everywhere, to entice us to the achievement of perfection with just one more purchase, one more diet, one more home renovation, etc., I want to close this brief letter much as I closed my Opening of School remarks to the boys: For Brunswick School, it is the striving for excellence rather than the actual attainment of it that matters. How we face the challenges associated with the attainment of lofty goals, how we deal with the occasional setbacks along the way, what we learn about ourselves and others on that journey those are the lessons we seek to teach. In fact, without learning those important lessons along the way, excellence or perfection, indeed, seems a little less excellent and perfect.

    In Praise of Imperfection

  • suMMER 2011

    Advanced science

    Research program

    Launches at Wickspring fashion show

    Channels Chic at La Dolce Vita

    What brought Mike Geller 98

    Back to the farm?

    Letters to the E d I To R

    We welcome your comments and letters to the editor.Please contact bbrodnick@brunswickschool.org

    I am greatly pleased to see the recognition of the Classics department in Times of Brunswick (winter 2011 issue, Excellence Maximums: Newly Endowed Classics Fund Named in Honor of Father Richard G. Cipolla, page 10). As a former student, I earned a Classics diploma and have gone on to major in Classics at Columbia University. I had the privilege of study-ing under some extraordinary teachers at Brunswick, taking Latin with Father Cipolla and Dr. Markey, and Greek with Doc Freeman. These three teachersalong with their fine records of academic excellencedistinguished themselves through their tireless efforts as instructors and men-tors, giving me essential skills for combating both the intellectual challenges of rigorous higher education and the moral challenges of an ever-changing world full of human struggle. I hope, for the sake of the next generation of Brunswick students (of which my own brother, Keith, is a member of the Class of 2015), that Brunswick will honor these teachers commitment to the Classics and moral education by sustaining its own commit-ment to the instruction and intellectual pursuit of Latin and Greek.

    Sincerely, Kyle Radler 09

    Ive just seen the summer (2011) issue of Times of Brunswick and would like to make some additions and corrections to Mintie Doles football team photo in Class Notes on page 76 (see below). Charlie Pettengill is holding a football that has 1946, which indicates that this is the 194647 junior varsity team. Most of the boys were in the 8th grade (as was I in 1946). Some on the team were in the 7th and 9th grades that year: Front Row: Eric Fox, Al Morano #24, Tad Alwyn, John Zabriskie, Charlie Pettengill, Schach Van Steenberg, Murray Mortimer, John Westervelt; Middle Row: Werner Brunhuber (not brother Kurt), Dick Hall, Ned Selden, Bruce Simson, Dave Frankel; Back Row: Mintie Dole, Tony Van Voorhies, Ned Gregory #38, Ward Davis, Peter George, Tony Montgomery (Tony was also team manager).

    Best, Ken Towe 52

    Number 38 in the back row of the Class Notes football picture of your prodigious newest Times of Brunswick (summer 2011 issue, page 76, see below) Edward (Ned) S. Gregory III, my brother who currently lives in DeSoto, Texas. I was in third grade at the time, but I remember going to football games to watch the big boys at play.

    All the best, Huson (Hugh) Gregory 57 (Retired from schoolwork, living on Cape Cod and loving it.)

  • 4 Times of Brunswick | WINTER 2012

    runswick School would have been proud to host one of Americas greatest heroes,

    Louis Zamperini, at a special assembly that was to be broadcast simultaneously

    to the Middle School but due to unforeseen circumstances, Mr. Zamperini, who is 94

    years old, was unable to appear. Nonetheless, his message of inspiration, bravery and

    perseverance abounded. John Naber, his manager and one of Americas most highly

    decorated Olympians at the 1976 Games in Montreal, stood in to speak about the life

    of Louis, a 1936 Berlin Olympic miler, World War II Army Air Corps bombardier,

    plane crash survivor and a POW with a ferocious will to live.

    By Bonni Brodnick

    Meeting Louis ZaMperini:American Hero + Olympic Champion

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  • 5WINTER 2012 | Times of Brunswick

    Louis Zamperinis story was revealed in the best seller, Unbroken, a required 2011 summer reading for the Upper School students. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Laura Hillenbrand (author of Seabiscuit), the book is an odyssey of bravery, survival, resilience and redemption. The theme ties in to Brunswicks motto, Courage, Honor, Truth. Of Louiss Olympic glory, Mr. Naber said, The Olympic spirit is like the wind. You dont see it coming and you dont see it passing. You feel the power of its presence.

    He also spoke about the importance of being hardy and of redemption. When Louis left for the war, he was resilient, defiant and self-confident, he continued. The Bird (an abusive prison guard at the camp in which Louis was a prisoner) wanted to break him down. After the war, Louis was tortured by nightmares and obsessed with vengeance. He had a religious conversion experience and eventually returned to Japan as a mission-ary. He saw it in his heart to forgive The Bird and was no longer haunted in his dreams. Laura Hillenbrands book has magnified Louiss powerful message, Mr. Naber told the boys assembled in Baker Theater. He believes in miracles, and in the miracle of letting go. He doesnt carry a grudge. He walks the walk. Mr. Naber also told the boys that Louis Zamperini stands for 3 Bes: Be hardy. Be prepared. Be happy. Later that afternoon, Paul Withstandley, Brunswick Upper School assembly coordinator and Senior Class Dean, brought five students to Greenwich Hospital to meet their hero. Along with bringing good wishes, the boys were delighted to see that the two get-well cards signed earlier by hundreds of Brunswick Upper School students, faculty and staff had heartened Louis. During the boys visit, he shared several stories about his time as a young man and as an Olympian. Louis

    described what it was like on the ship that took him and the other athletes to the Berlin Olympic games, and told the boys his impression of Adolf Hitler. To my fellow Olympians and me, Hitler appeared comical with his silly square moustache, plastered-down hair and jumping around yelling and shaking his fists, Louis said. He also described the reaction of the German people as lukewarm when Hitler entered the stadium, and over-

    whelmingly enthusiastic as Jesse Owens came in. Louis told us that his philosophy on life was to, Stay positive and have a cheerful attitude in all things, Mr. Withstandley said. Just before leaving, he asked Louis one more ques-tion. I wanted to know if he still had the urge to run. He said that he does, all the time. He said that he still runs in his dreams Going as fast as the wind, jumping over streams and logs, and twisting and turning. Louis finds waking up to a different reality is a bit sobering, but Its just something I have to accept with age. For those of us who got to see Louis Zamperini for that brief visit, he added, was an experience we will never forget. j

    front row (left to right): Tommy rosencranz 14; louis Zamperini, an American hero; Jake matthews 12. Back row: Willy fein 13, michael Chronert 12, rick Salame 12.

    He said tHat He stiLL runs in His dreaMs going as fast as tHe wind, juMping over streaMs and Logs, and twisting and turning.

  • 6 Times of Brunswick | WINTER 2012

    ast summer, the Brunswick Blue Notes toured and performed throughout England. The group of 23 student musiciansinclud-ing the graduated seniorswas chaperoned by Paul Raaen (Brunswick Upper School Music Director), Andrew Hall (Chair of the Brunswick Arts Department), Beth Raaen, Performing Arts Chair at Greenwich Academy and Theresa Hall. Our nine-day tour included seven scheduled performances in four cities throughout the country.

    While having a great time spread-ing the knowledge of American Jazz to another country, the trip was an opportunity to learn about the British culture, and provided us with invaluable performing experience in front of a variety audiences.

    1 The Blue Notes first stop was London, the groups hub for three days and three nights. While in town, we played a joint-concert at Victoria Embankment Gardens with

    the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, which received great reviews from an enthusiastic audience. While visiting the capital, the Blue Notes had the opportunity to visit several iconic British landmarks: St. Pauls Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Tate Modern art gallery and Madame Tussauds. We also enjoyed a jazz performance at the infamous Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club.

    The Blue Notes By Parker Odrich 13, member of The Blue Notes

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  • 7WINTER 2012 | Times of Brunswick

    2 & 3 The Blue Notes had two perfo...