Celebrating 110 Years of Excellence in Education
Hamden Hall Country Day School
Educating students in PreSchool through Grade 12
< 2023


  • March

    Betty Trachtenberg, Past Parent

    Hamden Hall past parent Betty Trachtenberg of Hamden, died at her home on March 14 at the age of 89.
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  • John E. Sizemore, Past Parent

    Hamden Hall past parent John E. Sizemore of New Haven, died on March 13, at the Arden House in Hamden. He was 84.
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  • Christopher Tracy, Past Parent

    Christopher Tracy of Guilford, a Hamden Hall past parent, died on March 5 at the age of 63.
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  • Joseph Onorato Jr., Past Parent

    Joseph Onorato of Madison passed away peacefully at his home on March 10, 2023 with his family by his side.
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  • Karen O'Brien Lenois, Past Parent

    Karen O'Brien Lenois of North Haven, died on March 1 at Yale-New Haven Hospital surrounded by her family. She was 79 years old.
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  • February

    Joseph A. Sansone, Past Parent

    Joseph  A. Sansone, Hamden Hall past parent, died on February 20 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was 76 years old.
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  • Vincent A. Virgulto, Past Parent and Former Coach

    Hamden Hall past parent and former coach, Vincent A. Virgulto of East Haven, passed away peacefully February 23 at St. Raphael Hospital. He was 81.
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  • John Evers Robinson, Class of 1983

    John Evers Robinson, Class of 1983, died in New Haven, Conn., in March of 1990 at the age of 24. Sadly, John met his demise at the hands of an unknown assailant in New Haven, and the case remains unsolved. 
    While at Hamden Hall, John played soccer, basketball, and was a member of the academic club called High School Bowl, the debate team, and on the staff of the school newspaper, The Advent. According to his classmates, he was friends with everyone!

    John was a musician, and at the time of his death was the bass player and vocalist for an ‘80s band. In the last months of his life, John was working on the band’s first album. After his death, friends and family pooled money to produce the record posthumously.

    A 1990 article written by Howard Altman for the New Haven Advocate described him as a gifted student, good friend, and strongly opinionated person who could win many arguments with points and wit. According to friends, he did everything 300 percent. “John was everyone’s friend, from the homeless person on the street to the Yale professor. He brought people together from different worlds. He would spend his last dime to help a friend. His smile lit up his whole face. He was a talented musician and one of the kindest of people. That’s the way he lived his life.”
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  • Dr. H. Michael Fiskio, Class of 1953

    Dr. H. Michael (Mike) Fiskio, Class of 1953, died on January 27, 2023, at the age of 87, at home in Middlebury, Vt. He was born in New Haven, CT. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and three children. He was predeceased by his brother and Hamden Hall alumnus Peter Fiskio Jr., Class of 1950.

    He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland in 1960. He then joined the U.S. Army, where he served in the Dental Corps from 1960 to1962. Following his discharge, he opened a dental practice in New Haven, CT.

    Hamden Hall extends condolences to the Fiskio family. To read full obituary, please click here.
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  • January

    Edward M. "Ted" Shay, Class of 1977

    Edward M. Shay, Class of 1977, died peacefully on January 11, 2023 after a long battle with brain cancer. 

    Ted was born in the Morris Cove section of New Haven, and spent most of his childhood in Orange. At the time of his passing, he was living in Guilford with his wife, Sybil, and three children, Michael, Alexandra, and Teddy.

    Ted went on to graduate from Providence College with a business degree. Having a need to be active, he became an electrician. 

    Ted followed in his dad's footsteps and grew up playing hockey. He was a member of the Hamden Hall Hockey Teams where he formed a large group of life-long friends that stayed close. In 2018, Ted and his teammates were inducted into the Hamden Hall Sports Hall of Fame.

    Since his diagnosis last year, Ted had been meeting with his former Hamden Hall classmates and ice hockey teammates on a weekly basis. Those classmates included Nick O'Brien 1976, Peter Hiza 1977, Brian O'Connor 1977, Ron Petrillo 1977, Bill Cummings 1978, John McColl 1978, Mike Poole 1978, Bill Riegelmann 1978, Doug Theroux 1978, Paul Winch 1978, Bill Carroll 1979, Mike Sequino 1979, Mark Ward 1979, Charlie Corvi 1981, and former coach Bob Schroeder. As such, the friends had been meeting regularly to support Ted during his most challenging days.

    Hamden Hall extends sincere condolences to Ted's family and friends. To read Ted's obituary, please click here.
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  • Rear Admiral Clifford DeWolf, Class of 1946

    Rear Admiral Clifford DeWolf of Litchfield, Arizona, died on April 13, 2019, and is buried in the National Cemetery in Washington, DC. Clifford is an alumnus of the Hamden Hall Class of 1946. He was married to the former Marcia Staub of Waterford, Conn., and they had five children.

    Clifford, a native of New Haven, graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1950. He also attended Georgetown University where he earned a Juris Doctor Degree in 1957. Following his graduation from the Coast Guard Academy as an Ensign in 1950, he was subsequently promoted as follows: Lieutenant (junior grade) in 1952; Lieutenant in 1955; Lieutenant Commander in 1961; Commander on July 1, 1966; Captain on February 1, 1972. His date of rank as Rear Admiral began July 1, 1978. 

    He served aboard many Coast Guard cutters in his career, and was the Coast Guard's principal legislative counsel during the development and enactment of the Federal Boat Safety Act and the Ports and Waterways Safety Act.
    Prior to assuming command of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, he was the Coast Guard's Chief Counsel.

    Admiral DeWolf's awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Coast Guard Commendation Medal.

    Hamden Hall extends condolences to the DeWolf family.

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