Hamden Hall Country Day School

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Catch Up With Your Former Classmates

List of 17 news stories.


Congratulations To Our Alumni Who Have Recently Graduated From Institutions of Higher Learning!

Remembering Sarah Foster

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.

Alumni News

Help us build our alumni network! The following survey will enable the Office of Development and Alumni Relations to better connect with our alumni and provide networking opportunities for individuals throughout the country. We have more than 3,200 alums across the globe, and we're eager to engage with them via social events, workshops, programming, and more.


In Memoriam

List of 8 news stories.

  • Alumna Barbara Hastings Young, Class of 1941

    Barbara Hastings Young, Hamden Hall alumna from the Class of 1941, died on June 21, 2021 at her home in La Jolla, Calif. Barbara's twin sister, the late Patricia H. Falk Howd, and her brother the late Henry W. Hastings II, also graduated from Hamden Hall in the Class of 1941.

    Hamden Hall extends condolences to the Hastings family. To read Barbara's obituary, please click here.
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  • Ralph De Natale, Past Grandparent

    Past Grandparent Ralph De Natale died on July 6. He was the grandfather of alumna Taylor De Natale, Class of 2011. Two other grandchildren, Jonathan "Jay" De Natale and Blair De Natale, also attended Hamden Hall. Ralph's daughter-in-law Barbara De Natale is a member of the Hamden Hall Board of Trustees.

    The Hamden Hall Community extends heartfelt condolences to the De Natale family during this difficult time.

    To read obituary, please click here.
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  • Robert Massey Sr., Past Grandparent

    Robert J. Massey Sr., father of Hamden Hall Country Day School Board of Trustees member Robert J. Massey Jr., died on June 9, 2021. He was the grandfather of Hamden Hall alumni Morgan Massey, Class of 2011, Taylor Massey, Class of 2011, and Brandon Massey, Class of 2016.

    The Hamden Hall Community extends deep condolences to the Massey family.

    Please click here to read obituary.
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  • Thomas Hogan, Past Parent

    Thomas Hogan, husband of Hamden Hall faculty member Ceil Hogan, and parent of Hamden Hall alumni Tom, Class of 1994, (Jennifer Lewis Hogan, Class of 1993), Kevin, Class of 1997, and Christopher, Class of 2001, died on June 1 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. 

    Prior to his retirement, Tom spent his professional career as a teacher and educator with the Hamden Public Schools.  He also taught classes in our Hamden Hall Summer Academy.

    Hamden Hall extends heartfelt condolences to Ceil and the Hogan family. Services will be private. Please read on for Thomas' obituary.
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  • Ralph J. "Pappy" Moniello, Past Staff Member

    Ralph J. "Pappy" Moniello died on May 12, 2021. Ralph retired from his job as a U.S. mail carrier and went on to work at Hamden Hall for over 40 years. Hamden Hall wishes Ralph's family deep condolences.

    To read Ralph's obituary, please click here.
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  • Past Parents Richard and Claire Faulkner

    Richard and Claire Faulkner, parents of Hamden Hall alumna Christine Faulkner Jamaitis, Class of 1989, died in the early months of 2021. The Hamden Hall community extends sincere condolences to Christine's family during this difficult time.

    Obituaries will be listed on this page when they are made available. Please check back periodically.
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  • David Swensen, Ph.D., Past Parent and Former Trustee

    Past parent and former Trustee David Swensen, Ph.D., who has been a longtime supporter and friend to Hamden Hall, has died from cancer.

    David was the head of Yale University’s endowment and was credited as having helped reshape how institutions manage their money. 
    “I am sad to learn of David’s passing,” said Head of School Bob Izzo. “He was a treasure to our school community in so many ways. Our condolences go to the Swensen family, especially David’s son Tim, who graduated from our halls in 2012.”
    David joined the Hamden Hall Board of Trustees in the fall of 2009.

    “Because of my love for education, I’ve devoted my professional life to advancing educational institutions. I’m honored to work with Hamden Hall, where my son Tim is an enthusiastic 10th grader,” said David of his being named to the board.

    At Hamden Hall's 2013 Commencement, David was honored with the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools Award. Tim Swensen presented his father the award during the graduation ceremony.

    In his professional life, David obtained almost legendary status for revolutionizing how institutions manage their money. He was called the “architect” of Yale’s model of endowment investing and was written about in myriad articles and publications during his nearly 35 years at Yale.

    “Swensen has raised an entire generation of endowment CIOs in his image and explained Yale’s strategy to the world in his hit book. Yet the greatest institutional investment machine of modern times, though much imitated, has almost never been replicated,” stated Leanna Orr in an article published in Institutional Investor.
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  • Doris Anne Catania Polinsky, Class of 1958

    Doris Anne Catania Polinsky, Hamden Hall Class of 1958, died on May 2, 2021. Doris was the beloved wife of Hamden Hall alumnus William Polinsky, Class of 1958. Her grandchildren, Luna Polinsky, Class of 2028, and Alexander Polinsky, Class of 2032, also attend Hamden Hall.

    The Hamden Hall Community is saddened by the passing of Doris. Please join us in extending condolences to the family during this difficult time.

    To read full obituary, please click here.
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