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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