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Catch Up With Your Former Classmates

List of 17 news stories.

  • Former faculty member Dr. Michael Sherry.

    Former Faculty Member Now Professor Emeritus at Northwestern

    While not an alumnus, Dr. Michael Sherry is a former faculty member whom we caught up with recently after discovering his photo on the cover of the 2003 Hamden Hall Magazine. Michael was pictured alongside alumni Richard Peck and David Pilot, classmates from the Class of 1972. The three had attended a Hamden Hall 30th reunion, hosted at the home of Richard Peck’s mother, former faculty member Mary Peck.
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  • Alumna Ellen Rich, Class of 2010, and her canine buddy.

    With Patent Knowledge, Alumna Shares with Students

    Ellen Rich, Class of 2010, is a regional account manager with IFI Claims Patent Services, a leading supplier of patent data for resellers and innovators in the research and healthcare sectors. She has been with the company since June 2018 in the capacity of identifying, engaging, and developing new regional accounts.
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  • Maria Kozdroy, Class of 2014, is seen atop the roof of an academic building on the campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Behind her is the Throgs Neck Bridge along with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.

    2014 Civil Engineer Helps Renovate Merchant Marine Academy Campus

    Getting out in the field more and interacting with stakeholders were two things Maria Kozdroy, Class of 2014, was looking for in a new job. Maria recently found the right opportunity as a civil engineer working for the Capital Improvement Program at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
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  • Alumnus Marco Fontana 2016.

    2016 Alumnus Scores Job with Miami Dolphins

    Following his May 2020 graduation from Ithaca College, Marco Fontana, Class of 2016, scored a job as a ticket sales representative for the Miami Dolphins.
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  • 1964 alumnus Fred Paillet.

    Outdoor Adventurer Pens Handbook for Similar Enthusiasts

    After trekking through both the Ozark Mountains and Alaska’s Brooks Range, 1964 alumnus Fred Paillet has co-authored a handbook that details and illustrates the “typical trailside perspective” of a hiker.  
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  • An alumni panel spoke virtually to Upper School students during a recent assembly.

    Alumni Offer Insight on Path to Professional Success

    Having journeyed through the same halls and classrooms as current Upper School students, a panel of Hamden Hall alumni offered valuable insight into their respective paths to professional success.
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  • Alumnus Adrian Zuckerman received the “Star of Romania” from Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. 

    Alumnus Receives Romania's Highest Civil Award

    Alumnus Adrian Zuckerman, Class of 1975, who served as the United States Ambassador to Romania, was awarded the “Star of Romania” from Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
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  • Alumna Shin Hae Lee, Class of 2013.

    Designing Alumna Gets Creative at Vineyard Vines

    Alumna Shin Hae Lee, Class of 2013, began a new job in late 2020 as an associate digital designer for Vineyard Vines, the popular American clothing and accessory retailer.
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  • Cameron “Cammy” Griffin, Class of 2011.

    'Swanky' Alumna Starts Shell Company

    While there may be shells aplenty strewn across the sands of most beaches, Cameron “Cammy” Griffin, Class of 2011, discovered a lack of pretty ones on retail shelves. She has since established Swanky Shells, a commercial line of decorated shells that can be used for party favors, decorations, home décor, and more.
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  • Alumni panel members Sheryl-Leigh General 2016, Tyler Williams 2009, and Chavon Patterson 2020.

    Alumni Panel Talks Race with Middle Schoolers

    A panel of alumni recently spoke to Middle School students on the topic of race, answering questions about their own time as seventh- and eighth-graders.

    Sheryl-Leigh General 2016, Tyler Williams 2009, and Chavon Patterson 2020, returned to campus virtually via Zoom for the Dec. 11 assembly that was hosted by the Anti-Defamation League. 
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  • Alumnus Jesse Gabbard, Class of 2003.

    It's a Performer's Life for 2003 Alum

    Jesse Gabbard, Class of 2003, reports that he's living in East LA, and "loving" it! We last heard from Jesse in 2015 when he appeared as Domingo Garcia in the 2016 action thriller, The Finest Hours. Since then, Jesse has continued pursuing his acting career and has appeared in such movies as The Fate of the Furious (part of the Fast and Furious franchise), 6 Underground with Ryan Reynolds and directed by Michael Bay, and Songbird, the first movie shot during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • Albert D. Blakeslee III, Class of 1952.

    Island Life for 1952 Alumnus

    Albert D. Blakeslee III, Class of 1952, maintains that he has visited “the East” over the years, but was never tempted to move back permanently – especially when Hawaii was an option.
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  • Harpur Schwartz 2013 is doing impactful work in the public health field.

    Harpur Schwartz 2013 Establishes Domestic Violence Social Impact Company

    Harpur Schwartz, Class of 2013, is doing impactful work in the public health field, specifically related to domestic violence and intimate partner violence intervention. 
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  • CT FoodGirly Alex Acquarulo 2014.

    2014 Alumna is the CT FoodGirly!

    A family vacation in Italy – which of course meant lots of wonderful meals – has led to a licensed business for alumna Alex Acquarulo, Class of 2014.
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  • Danny Oglesby, Class of 2002, was honored in 2018 with an Athletic Hall of Fame Award.

    Alum Scores New Coaching Post

    After returning to his alma mater to help coach the Boys' Varsity Basketball team for seven seasons, alumnus Danny Oglesby, Class of 2002, has been named head coach at North Haven High School. 
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  • Abigail Podlubny 2014 with her co-partner in Flanagan United LLC.

    Abigail Podlubny 2014 Starts Company

    Abigail has formed a company that sells EPA-approved disinfectant solution. Along with a friend, Abigail started Flanagan United LLC in April 2020. 
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  • Catharine Walker Bergström 1973 with her husband, Torbjörn, and their grandchildren.

    Alumna is Sweden-Bound

    Catharine Walker Bergström, Class of 1973, is moving back to Sweden in 2021 after having lived and worked in Malta for the past six years. 
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The Office of Development and Alumni Relations recently dedicated a bench in remembrance of alumna Sarah Alexis Foster, Class of 2010. The bench was placed on our Whitney Avenue campus. Sarah's parents, Laurie Stone and Stuart Foster, wanted to memorialize Sarah and provide students and faculty a place to relax and reflect.

Sarah's special relationship with teacher and advisor Tom Iampietro, who died March 5, 2020, led her to become a history scholar and exemplary history teacher. Mr. I's mentorship and belief in Sarah supported her career vison and goals.

If you would like to make a donation in Sarah's name to the Tom Iampietro Scholarship Fund, click here.

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In Memoriam

List of 8 news stories.

  • Nancy Jean Tripp Herrington, Class of 1952

    Nancy Jean Tripp Herrington, Class of 1952, passed away on February 24th at the Nottingham in Syracuse, NY. She leaves behind her husband of 65 years, Dr. Lee Pierce Herrington, also a Hamden Hall alumnus, Class of 1952. Nancy and Lee met at Hamden Hall.
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  • Ret. Major Carl B. Fedde, Class of 1960

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  • Jean Arpine, Mother of Hamden Hall Staff Member and Past-Grandparent

    Jean Arpine, mother of Hamden Hall staff member, Daria Howard, died on February 11, 2021. Jean was the grandmother of alumni Jackson Arpine, Class of 2007, son of Hamden Hall staff member Benelyn Arpine, and Francesca Howard Macias, Class of 2008, daughter of Daria Howard.

    The Hamden Hall Community is saddened by this news and extends sincere condolences to the Arpine/Howard family during this difficult time. 

    Funeral services are private. A celebration of Jean's life will be held at a later time.

    To read Jean's obituary, please click here.
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  • Joy Sundgaard Kaiser, Class of 1947

    Hamden Hall alumna Joy Sundgaard Kaiser, Class of 1947, died on February 3, 2021. Her sister Jill Sundgaard Jones was also a graduate of Hamden Hall Class of 1951.

    The Hamden Hall community extends condolences to the Kaiser family during this difficult time.

    There is no obituary available. We will share the obituary to this page when it becomes available.
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  • Norma Josephine Zito Bailey, Grandparent, Great-Grandparent

    Norma Josephine Zito Bailey, grandmother of Hamden Hall faculty member Andrea Calandrelli, died on January 23, 2021. One of Norma's great-grandchildren, Giulia Calandrelli, is a student in the Hamden Hall Class of 2033. 

    The Hamden Hall community extends sincere condolences to Andrea and her family during this difficult time.

    To read Norma's obituary, please click here.
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  • Russell Doolittle, Class of 1948

    The Hamden Hall office of alumni relations was recently informed that Russell Doolittle, Class of 1948, died on October 11, 2019. Our community extends condolences to the Doolittle family.

    To read Russell's obituary, please click here.
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  • Past Grandparent Bernice (Levine) Margolis

    Bernice (Levine) Margolis died on January 22, 2021. She was the grandmother of Hamden Hall alumni Kate Epstein Fierman, Class of 2000, Emily Epstein, Class of 2002, and Herbert "Herbie" Epstein, Class of 2005. She was the mother of Debbie Epstein, wife of Hamden Hall Trustee Emeritus Richard Epstein. The Hamden Hall community is saddened by this news and extends deep condolences to the family during this difficult time.

    Funeral services will be private and are under the care of the Robert E. Shure and Son Funeral Home.
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  • Marilyn Fellner Gredinger, Past Parent

    Marilyn Fellner Gredinger, mother of Alan Schwartzman, Class of 1972, and Carol Schwartzman Press, Class of 1973, died on January 8, 2021.

    Marilyn was also the aunt of alumna and Hamden Hall faculty member Emily Zeid Schimelman, Class of 2002, and alumnus Joshua Zeid, Class of 2005.

    The Hamden Hall community extends condolences to Marilyn's family.

    To read Marilyn's obituary, click here.
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