Volume X No. 3 Spring/Summer 2004
Looking To The
p. 5
p. 6
FA’s Growing
Boarding Program
p. 8-9
Class Notes
p. 10
Reunion 2004
p. 15
....and more!
The Legacy Circle
he Legacy Circle of Foxcroft Academy recognizes, honors, and
thanks alumni, parents, and friends who have made direct provisions for Foxcroft Academy in their wills, named FA as beneficiary of a life insurance policy, or who have included FA in a charitable trust. All members of the Legacy Circle are listed in the school's
publications in recognition of their special, permanent philanthropic
investment in the school.
Planned gifts to the endowment ensure that Foxcroft Academy will
continue to be strong and financially secure well into the 21st century.
Gifts to the endowment also allow the Academy to offer a quality of
educational programming that exceeds what tuition revenues alone
can provide.
The school's current endowment of $3.6 million is no longer adequate to meet the needs of a school the size of Foxcroft Academy.
As an independent school the Academy is not eligible for any state
capital construction funds, therefore, the endowed funds of the Academy play a critical role in protecting the future of the Academy. The
Trustees’ 2003 Long Range Strategic Plan calls for a needed increase in
the school's endowment from its current level to a minimum of $12
million over the next several years.
A bequest or trust of any size qualifies an individual for membership in the Legacy Circle. While the donor is not required to notify
the school of the size of the intended gift, donors should note that
they may establish a named fund or a restricted purpose fund, and
that such intentions should be discussed with the school before
establishing the estate plan so that the donor's wishes can be met.
You may choose to remain anonymous, but your public membership
in the Legacy Circle often helps others give further consideration to
their own support of this important need.
All planned gifts such as a bequest are added to the school's
permanent endowment fund. Trustees receive a 5% income distribution
from endowed funds annually, leaving the principal intact and growing.
Endowed scholarship funds such as the Horizon Scholarship Fund
and Academic Aspirations Fund benefit students while they are still
attending Foxcroft Academy.
If you would like more information on the various ways to include the Academy in your estate plans or on how to establish a
named endowed fund, please contact Jay Brennan, Associate Headmaster for Institutional Advancement at Foxcroft Academy, 975 West
Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. If you have already made
plans to include the Academy in your estate plan and would like us to
place you name as a member of the Legacy Circle, please let us know.
Foxcroft Academy
Board of Trustees
President, Vandy E. Hewett ’75
Vice President, Douglas M. Smith ’65
Secretary, Lois W. Reynolds ’54
Treasurer, Donna L. Hathaway ’66
Members of
the Legacy Circle
Bessie Bush
John and Janice Ellery
Berta Washburn Fitzgerald ’39
Paul and Olive Lee Gates ’20, ’23
Donna Libby Hathaway ’66
Frank Knaut ’70
David and Yoriko McClure ’45
Woodrow Evans Page
Margaret Bradford Patzner ’65
Lois Ward Reynolds ’54
Frederick Robbins ’41
Douglas Smith ’65
Miriam Smith
Helen Dillen Stitham
Kevin and Jane Hayes Stitham ’70, ’73
Muriel Philpot Watson ’25
James Williams ’51
Ruby Carlson Williams
Susan M. Almy
William C. Bisbee
Peter W. Culley ’61
Rebecca R. Engdahl ’52
Edgar E. Gammon ’47
H. Thomas Gerrish ’52
Wayne O. Huff
Jane Hibbard-Merrill
Frank T. Knaut ’70
David R. Perkins
Glenda B. Smith
Richard B. Swett
John E. Wentworth
John E. Wiles ’51
Honorary Trustees
Philip S. Annis ’41
Doris G. Coy ’64
William C. Forbes III
Elizabeth H. Harvey
Louis O. Hilton
Frederick E. Hutchinson ’48
Woodrow E. Page
Martha G. Rollins ’37
Murray M. Stanhope ’37
Helen D. Stitham
Kevin L. Stitham ’70
Muriel P. Watson ’25
Volume No. XXVI
Spring/Summer 2004
Editor: Jay Brennan
Associate Headmaster
Associate Editor: Cathy Hall
Pictured on Cover: Alex Small '05, Lauren Snow '05,
Ashley Smith '05, and Mitch Sawyer '05
The Foxcroft is published two times each year for
alumni and friends of Foxcroft Academy.
If you are receiving duplicate copies of the Foxcroft
or have a change of address, please contact the
Foxcroft Academy Alumni/Development Office at
975 W. Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426.
Sports at Foxcroft Academy
Foxcroft Academy Excels
in Sports with Two
State Championships
hile Foxcroft Academy is often noted for the academic achievements of its students, state championships in both football
and wrestling have brought it additional recognition.
In football, the last time Foxcroft Academy earned back-to-back
trips to the Class C State Championship was in 1996 and 1997. The
Ponies won their previous state title in ’96 by defeating Old Orchard
Beach in the championship game, then fell to Lisbon in the ’97 final.
Last year the Ponies made an appearance in the Class C State Championship game, but fell to Boothbay in a heartbreaking 25-20 loss.
This year the Ponies compiled an 11-0 record, their second straight
undefeated season, with an offense averaging 400 yards per game. It
was also a special season for Coach Paul Withee who not only achieved
his 100th career win and won his second gold ball as coach, but had
the privilege of winning the gold ball with his son Josh Withee ’04 as
the team’s quarterback. The team was awarded championship rings
for their fine accomplishment.
2003 State Class C Championship Football Team; Captains Lincoln Robinson, Josh Withee,
Max Kennedy, Madison Earnest
In wrestling, Foxcroft Academy has not won a state championship in the 42 years that wrestling has been a varsity sport. Wrestlers
were regularly seen and heard every morning at 6:15 as they began
their morning workout with a run on the cross country trails of the
Academy, shouting out a chant as they ran together. Local residents
up early on those cold and snowy December and January mornings
who drove by the Academy saw these dedicated students log in an
hour and a half workout before classes started. This work ethic, instilled by a dedicated and passionate coaching staff, has produced a
number of individual state championships, but never the state title.
This year the Ponies took home five individual state titles as well as
the team state championship.
Winning individual titles for the Ponies were Max Kennedy at
145, Caleb Pelletier at 152, Randy Briggs at 171, Josh Pelletier at 215
and Chris Lewis at 275. As in football, Foxcroft Academy battled Lisbon
for the state title, and when it was all over, Foxcroft wrestlers outscored Lisbon by 30 points.
Coaches Ayala and Pelletier with 2003 State Class C Championship
Wrestling Team
Foxcroft News
Partnership with Jackson Laboratory
The second research project is in the
his fall Foxcroft Academy entered inarea of fibroblast proliferation. Fibroblasts
to a relationship with the Jackson
are connective tissue cells involved in the
Laboratory in Bar Harbor, who has
normal growth, healing, wound repair, and
agreed to assist Foxcroft Academy students
day-to-day physiological activities of every
in the development of scientific research
tissue and organ in the body. Working with
methods as it relates to the Lab’s work with
cells from a strain of mice from the Island
specific research projects. The Jackson Lab
of Pohn in the Mediterranean, Foxcroft
will work with the Foxcroft Academy sciAcademy students will be counting fibroence staff to aid students conducting reblast cells to determine their proliferasearch on the campus of the Academy. The
tion, which will then provide data to the
Jackson Lab is the world’s largest mammaJackson Lab in support of their work to
lian genetic research facility and serves the
Isaac Almy examining cell division
understand the relationship between fibroglobal scientific community as a key problast proliferation and aging in mice.
vider of critical genetic data, and is a center
The third project would be under the
for training present and future scientists.
direction of Dr. David Harrison, whose area
Helping to foster this relationship is
of research at the Jackson Lab has been genFoxcroft Academy alumna Jane Barker ’52,
etic and endocrine mechanisms of aging.
Chief Scientist at Jackson Lab. As a result,
The specific research project for which
Dr. Jon Geiger, Educational Program Officer
Academy students would prepare and colat the Lab, and Dr. David Harrison, Senior
lect data on tissue cultures is known as:
Staff Scientist, have had several meetings
Pluripotency of Mesenchymal Stem Cells
since last spring with the Academy’s SciDerived from Adult Mouse Marrow. This
ence Department Chair, Mr. Gary Worthing,
research would take place in the 2004-05
and Mr. Jay Brennan, Associate Headmasschool year. To facilitate the implementater for Insitutional Advancement. Working
Science instructor Jessica Wentworth '98 working with
tion of this particular research piece, the
together over the last several months, the
students on phases of mitosis and meiosis
Jackson Lab has named Foxcroft Academy
Jackson Lab and Foxcroft Academy have
science faculty member, Jessica Wentworth ’97 as part of Dr. Harrison’s
tentatively identified three research projects in which Academy sturesearch team for a period of eight weeks in the summer of 2004.
dents will participate during the next two years.
Jackson Lab will provide training opportunities in developing tissue
Already underway, the first project has our Advanced Placement
cultures so that Ms. Wentworth can help the Academy’s science staff
Biology students working in the area of biofilms, which in recent years
in implementing research and data collection with students, related
has become a major focus of microbial research. Biofilms represent a
to Dr. Harrison’s project.
distinct lifestyle for bacteria which provides protection from deleterious
To prepare for this third research piece, Foxcroft Academy will
conditions. In medicine, biofilms are known to complicate the majority
need to create a sterile environment to conduct tissue culture developof chronic and difficult-to-treat bacterial infections, including prostatitis,
ment. To fund the equipment for this research, Foxcroft Academy will
biliary tract infections, and urinary catheter cystitis caused by Escherneed to raise approximately $20,000 in charitable support from alumni
ichia coli. The purpose of the Academy’s research is to help identify
and friends of the Academy. Those wanting to help support this imthe kind of substance that could migrate through the surface to block
portant project may contact Jay Brennan in the Academy’s Developbiofilm formation.
ment Office at (207)564-8664 or [email protected]
Foxcroft News
Foxcroft Academy Science
Department in Action
n today’s world, there seems to be an explosion of science and technology information. Foxcroft Academy’s Science Department strives to develop an understanding of biology, chemistry, and physics that allows students to access and
evaluate this scientific information.
Foxcroft Academy’s science curriculum offers a rigorous base of science knowledge necessary for students to be competitive in pre-med, nursing, and engineering
programs, as well as a host of science related fields. As a result, Academy students,
over the last number of years, have earned entrance into schools such as MIT,
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Maine’s Engineering School, Roger
Williams, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Cornell.
The science curriculum offers something for every student. In addition to general courses in each of the science fields (biology, chemistry, and physics), students
may also enroll in college prep courses in each of these areas. Students enrolled in
college prep or general courses often need 3 1/2 to 4 years to meet all the science
standards necessary for graduation.
In addition, honor students may enroll in CPA classes in biology, chemistry and
physics, conditioned upon their demonstrating strength in scientific reading, research, and writing. Upon demonstrating the necessary academic ability, students
in their final year may also enroll in Advanced Placement Biology or Chemistry
course or a Physics II course.
An American Tradition of
Independence in Education:
Town Academies
oxcroft Academy and sister schools like Thornton, Washington,
MCI, and Fryeburg Academy are often referred to as town academies, and for good reason. In early American history, local community members took the responsibility for schooling in their community (town) either through a voluntary association of community
leaders or through a local church. Town academies represent a part
of this historic American tradition of local control in the educational
decision making process. What was considered a “public education”
for students was achieved at independent, church-related and community-sponsored schools that served large heterogeneous populations.
When Massachusetts adopted its state constitution in 1780, it
decided to use a model of tax-funded schools, establishing the first
tax-funded school system in America. However, tax-supported funding
was provided to both common and independent schools, including
religious schools, because each was seen as performing a public service. The role of the government in education was limited to encouraging the growth of schools through financial support.
It was within this climate that town academies emerged in the
late 1700’s, whose mission was mainly the education of secondary students, which up until that time had been largely neglected. The free
enterprise notion that competing corporations best served the public
interest in business was extended into the realm of education and
was best typified in the academies. They were operated by self-perpetuating boards of trustees, often associated with a founding local
church, and financed either wholly through private endowment or
combination of endowment, subscription (fund-raising), and tuition.
State governments accepted this corporate form of organization for
secondary education as desirable public policy and actively promoted
the growth of independent academies through grants of land or money
to individual academies.
The 1792 records of Fryeburg Academy showed that when the
General Court of Massachusetts granted its petition, the school was
endowed with 12,000 acres of land. Foxcroft Academy, the first academy to be incorporated after Maine became a state, was awarded
11,020 acres of land. State legislatures came to view land grant support
for independent academies as an inexpensive and administratively
simple method of ensuring the maintaining of substantial numbers
of secondary schools. The policy of governmental encouragement of
academies spread throughout the country during the early and mid1800’s as the most efficient means of providing secondary education
to children. By 1892 Maine had over 110 town academies.
Ava Harriet Chadbourne writes in her 1936 book entitled A History of Education in Maine, “In the post-Revolutionary War period in
Maine, the academy became the secondary school.” So it was that
up until the late nineteenth century the academy emerged as the
dominant form of secondary education.
With the role of the government limited to encouraging the growth
of a variety of educational models through tax supported funding,
there was no clean line of separation between public and private schools.
For this reason town academies were often considered “public” institutions; however, by the beginning of the twentieth century the term
“public education” had taken on a new meaning and became synonymous with direct governmental sponsorship, operation, and control
of schooling. In the midst of this changing definition of “public schools”,
Maine’s independent town academies have held fast to their continuing duty to offer parents, students, and towns an educational choice,
one that is in keeping with the historic American tradition of local
control in the educational decision making process.
Today, the relationship between sending towns or districts and
town academies is strictly voluntary. If an independent school fails
to meet the expectations of the sending town or district or the families
it serves, the option of withdrawal and enrollment in other private or
public schools can be exercised. Competition for scarce resources in
an open market environment dictates that independent schools such
as town academies establish and maintain high standards. The very
nature of private education thus promotes direct accountability of
schools, teachers and administrators to the towns, sending districts,
parents and students they serve.
With a history of serving Maine families for over 200 years, town
academies continue to offer unique educational models while providing
significant cost savings to taxpayers. To request a copy of Maine Academies: An American Tradition of Independence in Education, please
write to An American Tradition, Foxcroft Academy, 975 West Main Street,
Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 or e-mail: [email protected]
Nine Maine academies continue to exist today as independent schools: Foxcroft, Lee, George Stevens,
Maine Central Institute, Erskine, Thornton, Lincoln, Washington, and Fryeburg.
FA’s Future
Looking to the Future
istorically, Foxcroft Academy has offered its students a broad
range of academic programming and experiences. A relatively
small secondary school in central Maine, Foxcroft Academy
stands as a testimony to the philanthropic support of its alumni, parents, grandparents, community members and friends. Nevertheless,
preserving the Academy's breadth in academic programming is likely
to become more challenging during the next few years.
In 1996-97, tuition revenue (the per pupil tuition rate is established
and capped by legislative statute, not by FA) from MSAD #68 for their
433 students accounted for 86% of the Academy’s overall revenue.
In 2003-04, tuition revenue from MSAD #68’s 374 students accounted for only 68% of our overall revenue. As we look to 2010-2011 we
are anticipating only 305 students from MSAD #68, which would account for no more than 54% of our overall revenues.
Although Trustees and administration continue to study these
numbers, including population and local school enrollment trends,
the current trends indicate a clear message. If the Academy is going
to continue to offer students a broad range of academic opportunities,
such as three foreign languages, 6 Advanced Placement Courses, and
29 honors courses, or opportunities like that with Jackson Lab (see
page 2) we must find additional sources of revenue outside of local
tuition funds.
The expansion of our boarding program this year will account
for an additional $115,000 in revenue after all costs for the program
have been deducted. The continued growth of this program will be a
critical source of additional revenue in the years ahead. Growth in
the day student population from either surrounding towns with choice
or parents who are willing and able to pay full tuition will also help
ease the burden. The Academy must also look to continued and grow-
Revenue Resources 2003-2004
Revenue Resources 1996-97
1% Annual
2% Athletic,
Gifts, and
Other Income
86% Tuition
from MSAD #68
ing philanthropic support from parents, grandparents, alumni, community members and friends of the Academy. A projected revenue
model for the 2010-11 school year anticipates about 305 MSAD #68
students, 50 boarding students, growth in the endowment, and $100,000
in unrestricted annual giving gifts. In this model, the Academy would
also anticipate about $400,000 in operational cost savings due to smaller student numbers. Even with these new sources of revenue and
cost saving measures there is a projected $220,000 (3%) shortfall in
revenue. Without boarding revenue the Academy would face an additional gap in funding of $1million annually.
While these challenges appear significant, the Trustees’ commitment remains strong to preserving the quality and breadth of educational opportunities that has made the Academy a distinctive learning
institution for the communities it has served for over 180 years.
Projected Revenue Resources 2010-11
1% Annual
4% Athletic,
Gifts, and
Other Income
4% Gap in
2% Annual
5% Athletic,
Gifts, and
Other Income 3% Gap in
68% Tuition
from MSAD #68
55% Tuition
from MSAD #68
5% Other
Day Tuition
FA Horizon Programs
Summer Programs Offer
FA Students a Look at the World
Museums of Natural History, U.S. Hisive Foxcroft Academy stutory, and Air and Space, Lincoln and
dents participated in sumJefferson Memorials, and the Pentamer programs that took them
gon. Meeting with Senator Susan
to Washington D.C., Bates College,
Collins and Rep. Mike Michaud was
and even Europe. The Congressionalso a highlight of the trip.”
al Student Leadership Conference
Travis: Here is a speech that
in Washington, D.C. was attended
Travis wrote in his run to become
by three students: Steve Tatko ’06,
floor leader: “’I have a dream.’ Four
Benjamin Brown ’06, and Travis
simple words spoken by the great
Belanger ’06, while Mike Freese
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that
’04 participated in the Edmund S.
shook the foundation of prejudice
Muskie Scholars Program at Bates
and racism that our great nation
College. Jennie Walker ’04 followed
was once based upon. Our nation,
the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mothanks to a dream, is now based
zart with the Oratorio Society.
upon justice, freedom and equality.”
The students who attended
“I, too, have a dream. My dream
the Congressional Student Leaderis that all the hatred, mistrust, and
ship Conference had their eyes
anger that has endured the efforts
opened on the legislative process.
of countless previous generations
Here are some of their thoughts
to destroy it, will finally be deon their participation and the
stroyed by this generation. Every
events they attended.
man, woman, and child on this
Steve: “The main goal of the
earth will be able to respect one
Benjamin Brown, Steve Tatko, Travis Belanger
conference was to take us through
another, accept the differences betthe legislative process used in creween one another, and talk to each other over the table of peace, after
ating bills. We were to write our own bills and present them before an
our generation.”
assembly of our peers for debate on the last day of the program. We
“This is my dream, but this dream will never come true in our
were divided into two political parties: Federalists and Nationalists,
lifetime without strong leaders. That is why I am appearing before this
and over the next ten days the parties themselves created their own
assembled Senate. If elected floor leader, I believe that I will receive
political philosophies. Each party was divided into committees to
the experience and knowledge necessary to share my dream with
which each student was assigned.”
people around the world.”
Benjamin: “Mock Congressional sessions were held and legisla“This conference is the starting point from which the end of tyrtive bills introduced, discussed, debated, and finally voted upon. In betanny, hatred, and prejudice will come. Using the knowledge gained
ween these sessions there were lectures from guest speakers who introhere, we will be able to stop the killing and bloodshed in our lifetime.”
duced them to many controversial and political topics. We were often
“This is my dream, ladies and gentlemen, and if elected floor leader,
reminded how important it is to have goals for the future and that a
I will share this dream, this vision, with all of you. And hopefully, with
plan of action would help us reach those goals. We also spent time
your votes and support, we all may be able to see this dream come true.”
visiting many of the tourist attractions including: the Smithsonian, the
FA Horizon Programs
Jennie Walker ’04 Prepares for her Role in the Academy’s
Production of the Sound of Music
FA’s production of the Sound of Music
ast summer,with the help of a Horizon Scholarship, Jennie Walker
visited Salzburg and Linz, Austria, traveling onto Vienna in the
Czech Republic and Prague. She toured with the Oratorio Society,
performing in the town of St. Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart’s mother
and in the very cathedral where Mozart’s mother’s parents were married. She was thrilled to take the Sound of Music tour, visiting the Nonnberg Monastery, the mansion in which the film was made, along with
its gazebo, and the cathedral where Maria and Captain Von Trapp
married in the movie. This tour prepared Jennie to star in the Foxcroft
Academy production of the Sound of Music last fall, in which she portrayed the Mother Abbess. She observes, “One thing that I would
never trade for anything about this trip is what I learned about myself.
Becoming a stronger person while I was away has really allowed me
to put a foot in the right direction to my future.”
Jennie Walker at the Sound of Music setting in Austria
Mike Freese ’04 Attends the
Edmund S. Muskie Scholars Program
n the summer of 2003, Mike Freese attended the Edmund S. Muskie
Scholars Program held at Bates College. The focus of this program
is history, politics, and government and emulates the “typical college
experience,” according to Mike. Each day, professors from Bates,
Bowdoin and USM presented topics ranging from the Cold War to the
Nixon tapes, emphasizing the time period from 1945 to the present,
resulting in many heated debates.
Mike was able to hone his research skills in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives, 2100 linear feet of Muskie’s textual records, with an assignment of writing a paper on an issue involving Edmund Muskie. The
proposed closing of Loring Air Force Base in 1976 was his chosen topic,
which required the use of the archives along with the college library.
Mike is extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this program and increase his desire to study history and
attend college.
Mike Freese in front of Edmund S. Muskie Archives
oxcroft Academy’s current boarding program has its roots dating back
to the school’s earliest years in the 1800’s, including a small dormitory
and boarding homes which were in use until the late 1930’s. In 1995
the Academy re-initiated its boarding program with a small group of international students. Since then, with help from the faculty and staff, Jeff Robinson and his family as the Residential Director and now with Amy Smith
as the Admissions Director, it has grown into an active and diversified
boarding program including both international as well as national students.
Today, the tuition, room and board fees to attend the Academy are some
of the least expensive in New England, making an American education
available to a greater handful of international students while providing
additional revenue to support the educational program for day students.
This year there are 18 boarding students from all over the world including Spain, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the Canary Islands, Vietnam, Miami, and
even as close as Greenville and Chesuncook Village. Some live in residential
dormitories and some are placed in the community with host families.
Since boarding students arrived in mid-August, they have been very
involved with the life of the school. Most have participated in sports including soccer, football, ice hockey, wrestling, swim team and basketball.
They have also made a positive impact in the Academy’s band, chorus,
musical theater, math team and science fair competition.
Not only are boarding students busy with their studies and extracurricular activities, they also have fun with specially planned weekend activities which are a regular part of the boarding experience and program.
Many of the students are seen at the local YMCA, located near the school’s
campus, participating in an aerobics class,
swimming or working out.
When students arrive they are
quickly introduced to each other dur-
ing orientation and are initiated into the Foxcroft experience as they join
Jeff and Amy on a white water rafting trip down the Penobscot River, north
of Moosehead Lake. Late in September, the students participated in the
Annual Friendship Ride with United Bikers of Maine, who volunteer their
time as well as their motorcycles every year to drive the boarding students
to Bingham for a barbeque. This year the trip took place on a beautiful
Indian summer day and by the end of the trip, all the students were saying
that they wanted to buy Harleys for themselves!
Over Thanksgiving break, the boarding program took a trip to New
York City for 3 days and nights of sight-seeing and parade watching. The
boarding program students from Washington Academy in Machias joined
the Academy’s students as they visited Ground Zero, Times Square, Empire
State Building, Wall Street, Macy’s, China Town, Little Italy, NBC Studios,
Rockefeller Plaza, and the Macy’s Day Parade. FA students were even interviewed by the CBS Early Show on the parade route! Amy and Jeff were
pleasantly surprised in hearing the reactions from some of the students
who said, “I like visiting NYC, but I’m glad I live in Dover-Foxcroft.”
The boarding students have also enjoyed other weekly or weekend
trips to the Bangor Mall, L.L. Bean, a lobster bake, athletic
events, a local ski resort, the University of Maine, Acadia
National Park, Boston, school dances and community held
dinners. The boarding program has not only brought much
humor, fun, learning and diversity to the Academy, but it
has been an economic stimulus to the school and the
community at large.
If you know students who may wish to attend the
Academy as a boarding student you may contact
Amy Smith at (207)564-8351 or visit us on the web at:
Class Notes
Class Notes
Class of 1939
“The best banquet she can remember”, is what Julia Robbins
Shambach said about last year’s
Alumni Banquet. “The program
was extremely well done and
quite a change from previous
ly reached that goal and has
now turned her sights on hiking every 4000-footer in New
Class of 1961
Ruth Bean Bell reports that
Pat Leland Mereen’s husband
Sam died 11/23/03. They had
just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 7/19/03.
Betty Libby Arno and her husband Jake ’59 have three wonderful sons and six beautiful
grandchildren. Jake has retired
from Central Maine Power Co.
and after 35 years they still live
in Dover-Foxcroft. They would
like to hear from classmates
at: [email protected]
Class of 1952
Class of 1964
Sheldon Scribner, retired and
living in Clifton Park, NY, can’t
wait to attend his class’ 55th reunion in a couple of short years.
After living in Cape Cod for 39
years, Sherry Turner Martino
and her husband Tony have
moved to Dexter. She has four
children: Michelle and David
who live in FL, and Heather and
Nicole who live in Plymouth, MA.
Class of 1943
Class of 1957
The Lincoln County News in Maine
recently ran an article about Dot
Anderson Blanchard, who at age
64 continues to hike 40-50 mountains per year. In her lifetime she
has climbed 240 mountains in
Maine and numerous others on
the eastern seaboard of the US
and Canada. She has also hiked
the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in Maine and parts
of New Hampshire and Vermont. Her goal is to hike every
mountain in Maine that has a
trail up its slopes. She has near-
Class of 1971
Linda Gammon, director of the
middle school band and middle school music department
at Robinson Secondary School
in Fairfax, VA, was awarded the
Scroll of Excellence by the Women Band Directors International Association. She was cited for
making outstanding contributions to music education and for
consistently producing bands of
a superior performance level.
Class of 1973
Judy Dow has moved back to
ME from RI, where she is now
a closing agent for the DFC of
Maine in Portland and makes
her home in Yarmouth.
Class of 1975
Tim and Ann Miller King’s ’76
oldest child Jennifer has joined
the USAF as an electronics technician. She is the granddaughter of Dover resident Barbara
Class of 1976
Residing in Lisbon, ME, Earl
Moulen is working at Maine Medical Center in Portland as a lead
telecommunications technician.
Class of 1980
Mona Roy St. Peter and her husband Wayne welcomed a son
Connor Nathan into the world
on 8/13/03, weighing a hefty 9
lbs. 5 oz. Mona is a loan services
technician at Bangor Savings
Bank and Wayne is self-employed as a real estate broker.
Class of 1981
An independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay, Lassie
Johns Henry and her husband
make their home in Jackson, ME,
along with their two children.
Class of 1984
Penny Ruksznis Kerwin and her
husband Kevin ’85 keep very
busy with their two young children: Connor (4) and Samuel
(1). Penny is an Assistant VicePresident of Finance at Banknorth, NA. Kevin is a project
manager for Comfort Systems
USA in addition to being a licensed master plumber.
Class of 1987
Muriel Sherrard O’Brien ’40 in front of her motor home
Jennifer Fricke King and her
husband Tony have a new son
born 9/19/03, Evan William King.
He joins big sister Kayla, 4,
and the family resides in Round
Hill, VA.
Linda Gammon ‘71 awarded Scroll
of Excellence
Class of 1988
Alumni Weekend 2003 was spent
in Dover-Foxcroft by Renae
Mitchell Freid, her husband Ron
and daughter Emily. They visited
with great aunt Muriel Philpot
Watson ’25, grandparents,
Aubrey ’45 and Norma Neal
Philpot ’48, and Aunt Carole
Philpot Buzzell ’72. Living in
Sebec, ME, Gingar Rush Dow
and her husband Herb have two
sons: Adam, 14, a freshman at
FA, and Bradley, 11. Gingar works
for Shari Stevens Sage ’93 at
Modern Image Salon in Dover
and Herb works for Verizon.
Roger Smith and his wife Angela
announce the birth of a second
son, Garrett Marsh Smith, born
4/25/03. He joins big brother
Dawson Anders Smith, born
4/23/01. Roger is the head of
the Social Studies Department
at Lake Region High School in
Naples, ME.
Class of 1990
Pat Myers and his wife Teresa
moved to Sebec, ME, this past
April, taking over the family
homestead. Zachary Daniel Aaron Kinley is the name given
to the son of Renee Moonlight
Kinley and her husband James.
He was born 12/23/02 and the
family resides in Ewing, NJ.
Class Notes
in England is where Stephen
Witmer is studying for his PhD
in theology.
Class of 1995
Mac ‘53 and Dottie Anderson Blanchard ‘57 at Alumni Banquet ‘03
Class of 1992
Heidi Chambers Walker, in her
position as Senior Manager,
Business Valuation Consultant
at Baker, Newman & Noyes in
Portland, ME, has been speaking to various professional organizations around the country
on business valuation issues.
Her husband Lance ’90, attorney at Norman Hanson & Detroy LLC in Portland, had the opportunity to chat with William
Buckley, Jr., known to millions
as host of Firing Line, the longest running television debate
program on PBS. They discussed everything from politics
to celestial navigation to Mr.
Buckley’s love of peanut butter.
Tim Blakely is an attorney living in New York City. The Finance Authority of Maine has as a
new Education Divison Program
Officer in Anne Tabor Reed, who
recently moved to Manchester,
ME, to take the position.
Class of 1993
Making his home in Hawley,
PA, Robert Weymouth III is
owner of Weymouth Construction. On leave from teaching,
Jen Moonlight Meserve and her
husband Barry were expecting
a new child on 2/4/04. They reside in Lincoln, ME, with their
daughter Kaylee Eve, 4. Married on 6/19/03 to Erin Casey,
Mike Hoschouer and she have
three-year-old identical daughters, Paige and Kai, who keep
them running every minute.
“They never walk,” says Mike.
They currently live in Ellsworth,
ME, and he works at Brewer Automotive Components. He would
like to hear from classmates.
Class of 1994
A driving school instructor and
office manager, Darcie Johndro
Currier and her husband Jesse
’92 have a son Noah born 8/10/01.
Jessica Chase Verrill and her
husband Cory have moved back
to central Maine. She looks forward to catching up with everyone and is employed at the University of Maine Pulp & Paper
Process Development Center
as a research engineer. Married
on 6/28/03, Nicole McLellan
Bienkowski has a daughter Jade
who is 7 and doing well at Newport Elementary School. Sandy
Tucker and Jacob Kennedy ’99
were married on 9/6/03 at the
home of Sandy’s parents. They
make their home in Saco, ME.
Sara-Mae Turner Burke is currently living in Farmington, ME,
and teaching 5/6th grade language arts. Emily Harvey recently purchased a home in
Phoenix, AZ, and is attending
the University of Phoenix to
earn a Masters Degree in marriage, family and child therapy.
The University of Cambridge
Tom Moonlight was married on
7/18/03 to Julie Labbe of Scarborough, ME, and they make
their home in Newport. Amanda
Lockwood and Fred Maddocks
’96 were married on 1/4/04 and
they reside in Raleigh, NC. Toby
Nelson is a sports broadcaster/
program director for the Zone
Corp. in Bangor, ME, and does
the FA games for WDME here in
Dover-Foxcroft. His wife Miranda
Johnson is a provider relations
specialist for the State of Maine.
In May of 2004, Jolene West will
wed Anthoney Ensey, formerly
of Kerrville, TX.
Class of 1996
An error was made in the last
issue of the Foxcroft for news
from Vicky and Dennis Crocker.
They make their home in Carmel, ME, and Vicky works in
Brewer as a CSR and Dennis in
Hermon as a welder. They were
married in May of 1998. Ben
Warstler was married to Lisa
Davis of Springfield, MA, in an
outdoor ceremony on 8/26/03
in the Adirondacks of NY. Ben
is a certified athletic trainer
and strength and conditioning
specialist at Amherst College,
while working on becoming a
certified nutritionist. They make
their home in Springfield, MA.
LaDawna McLeish is a senior
software engineer in Lexington,
MA. Jeff Greiner and his wife
Rachel and daughter Clara (18
mos.) are living in Norwich, CT.
Jeff is pursuing a career in land
surveying and Rachel works at
the Mohegan Sun Resort Casino.
Class of 1997
A new baby girl, Brooke Elizabeth, was born on 6/5/03 to
Bobbi Perkins Lunt and her husband Eric. Bobbi works for Estee Lauder at Filene’s in Bangor
and they make their home in
Corinth. Maida Rollins Cordero
has returned to school to get her
Masters Degree in Higher Education at UMO, where she is a
graduate assistant and her husband Jose is Assistant Director
of Admissions. Graduating from
UMO in May of 2001 with a BS in
social work, Angela Mackie is
engaged to be married to Noel
Santiago on 9/25/04. She works
for the DHS in Bangor, ME, and
they recently bought a home
in Glenburn. Mae Olmsted
Anderson is living in Bradley,
ME, and studying child psychology. Very happy working as a
heavy equipment operator,
Alicia Jonah and her son Tyler
live in Bangor, ME. She would
love to hear from classmates
at [email protected]
Clair Hall ‘77, Bobby Stevens ‘73 and Steve Howard ‘59 chatting at Alumni Banquet ‘03
Class Notes Cont’d. . .
Class of 1998
Class of 2000
Kim Ames is a reporter for Courier Publications in Rockland,
ME. Beginning in 2004, Amber
Smith’s new boss will be Senator Susan Collins and her new
address will be Washington D.C.
Amber graduated from USM
with a degree in political science. Jen Ditzel is a case manager for children with developmental disabilities. She is getting married in August of 2004.
Also getting married is Kelly
Emmons in May of 2004, who
graduated from UNE with a Masters Degree in physical therapy.
She works at the Dover Rehab &
Living Center in Dover, NH, and
is building a house in Alfred,
ME. A new homeowner, Sayward
Carolin plans to begin her studies for her Masters Degree in
social work in the fall of 2004
at Ball State University. In the
suburbs of Berlin, Germany,
Jan-Mirko Kruschet is studying
digital art at the German Filmschool for Digital Production.
Happily married, Sara Nash
Turner and her husband make
their home in Jacksonville, FL.
Patty Blockler and Derrick
Nutter ’99 are engaged with
plans to marry in October.
Derrick graduated from Husson
College with a BS in nursing and
Patty will graduate in May from
Green Mountain College with a
BS in theraputic recreation.
Class of 2001
Dana Frasz has stopped traveling around Southeast Asia and
spent the 2002-03 school year
attending the Rochester Institute of Technology studying
photography. She is now studying at Sarah Lawrence College
in NY, organizing various social
justice events and campaigns
on campus: fair trade coffee,
increased wages for workers
on campus and also working
closely with the environmental group on campus, encouraging recycling and use of less
paper. She has also started a
program called Empty Bellies,
to which local businesses donate their leftover goods to a
food shelter in the Bronx that
feeds over 300 people a day.
Class of 2002
Ryan Hobbs is in the Marines
stationed in Japan, working in
the area of logistics. Jamie
Lamber t finished her basic
training on 10/2/02 and was deployed to Afgahnistan, but arrived back in the states on
8/25/03. She is now engaged to
be married on 5/15/04 to Eutimio
Reynda, whom she met while in
the Army. She enjoyed the experiences that the Army gave
her and is very grateful that
she was able to meet her future
husband there.
Class of 1999
Gwen Rollins has moved back
from AZ and is now attending
Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
Dr. Paul Gates ’20
Olive Lee ’23
Ada Dow Foley ’25
Mary Saulmer Hastey ’25
Edna Hurd Monteith ’26
Evelyn Nuite Marden ’27
Helen Melia Howard ’28
Ona Rogers Littlefield ’30
Caxton Pratt ’30
Kathryn Wiley Greene ’31
Myrtle Bell Thompson ’31
Margaret Harlow Delue ’33
Phyllis Salley Brackett ’34
Marion Brown Foss ’34
Frank Tumosa ’34
Philip Speed ’36
Clyde Clukey ’37
Bill Davis ’37
David Goodrow ’38
Class of 2004 girls join in a cheer at FA Pep Rally
Foxcroft Academy sadly acknowledges the passing of these alumni and friends:
date unknown
William Gorham ’38
Ruth Elden Hubbard ’39
date unknown
Alfred Peakes ’39
Myrtle Finley Wentworth ’39
George Atherton ’40
Helen Babin Klemek ’40
Harland “Pat” Collins ’41
Sheldon “Ted” Harvey ’41
William Bragg ’42
Joanne Law Cole ’42
Mary Cary Kimball ’42
Clarence “Dick” Libby ’44
Edward Tucker ’44
David McClure ’45
Geraldine Palmer Wilson ’46
Marjorie Gammon Eldridge ’50
Amy Pingree Hodsdon ’50
Arthur Levasseur ’50
date unknown
Ann Fowler Rizzo ’51
date unknown
Calvin Wright ’51
Carleton Clukey ’53
Arthur Berce ’57
Nancy Green Curtis ’59
Omar Buzzell ’61
Mary Beth Dean ’69
Albert Wheaton ’71
Jeannie Hayden Joslyn ’72
Chris Ames ’85
Wayne Grant ’88
Leo Dean
- non-alum
Ruby Carlson Williams
- wife of the late Hon. Matthew Williams
Mary Jules Ross
- former faculty member
Mary Bray
- non-alum
Alumni News
Classes of 1952 and 1937
Initiate Class Funds
his past year, two classes of Foxcroft Academy have started
class funds, a way in which to honor a special occasion of the
class or to remember deceased classmates. The class fund
could begin with small donations from classmates and be added to
over time. As members of the class pass away or in honor of a special
accomplishment, their families may choose to have memorial or
honor donations come into the class fund, thereby helping it to grow
through the years. This fund will “live on” in perpetuity and provide
support to the students of Foxcroft Academy for many generations
yet to come, in the name of the class.
A Trustee at the Academy, Rebecca Rowe Engdahl ’52, gives
testimony to the need for these endowed class funds, “Tuition revenue, which is capped by the state, only covers a portion of the cost
of providing students at Foxcroft Academy an education. As we look
to the future, our Annual Giving Campaign and income from endowed
funds will become more and more critical in funding the difference.”
As you can see from the graphs on page 5, over the next few years
Foxcroft must look to other ways to increase sources of revenue
outside of local tuition funds in order to maintain our legacy as an
independent school offering students in central Maine the very best
educational opportunities. One way to do this is the establishment
of an endowed fund, with a simple trust document which states that
“the Class of 1952 Fund has been established to benefit the educational programming at Foxcroft Academy”, although your class may
designate the fund in whatever manner you choose.
Some class members may opt to bequeath a percentage or specific dollar amount in their will to the fund, but there will be no income
disbursement until the fund reaches the $5000 level. At that point,
the Academy would receive a 5% income distribution from the fund,
so the principal would continue to grow in most years even if in some
years no new money was added to the fund.
If this option is something you would like your class to explore,
please let your class agent know of your interest and contact Jay
Brennan at the Academy. You can either call him at (207)564-8664 or
e-mail him at [email protected] Remember.... as a
Foxcroft Academy graduate, you will always be a part of our school’s
wonderful history; thank you for considering the school’s future as well.
News Flash
hree members of the Foxcroft Academy faculty retired last
year after a total of 76 years of service. Peter Classen, Lori Everett, and Dave Clement all bid the Academy a fond farewell.
A technology education teacher since 1974, Mr. Classen and his
wife Judy have moved to their new home in Harrington, Maine. He
will be fondly remembered for his always cheery smile and friendly
Mrs. Everett, secretary in Counseling Services and subsequent
secretary to the Headmaster, retired after 16 years of loyal service.
She and her husband Jerry are doing a lot of traveling, and this past
April their two daughters, Julie, Teresa, and their respective families,
visited Ireland, something Mrs. Everett had wanted to do since a
very young age.
FA faculty member and athletic director for 30 years, Mr. Clement
has retired while Mrs. Clement continues to teach computer classes.
They enjoy spending time with their son Scott ’92 and daughter
Gwen ’89 and their families, especially their granddaughter Ella.
We wish the very best to people who will forever be a part of
the FA family.
Dave Clement and his Granddaughter Ella enjoy a hike up Borestone Mountain.
Class of 1948 Holds 55th
by Jeanette Kinney Cakouros
Sixteen of the remaining 26 of the Class of 1948 (36 were graduated) attended one or more of our 55th year reunion activities, 17 if
you count Herm Miller who showed up at the wrong time and so
visited only class agent Lewis Dow and his wife Leona ’51.
On Friday evening we had a lobster-steak feed at the Dow’s attractive home in Sebec. Former business teacher, Frances Glover,
was our honored guest at this activity. Saturday evening, nine of us and
our spouses attended the Alumni Banquet which we enjoyed despite
our disappointment that Principal Theodore P. Blaich, our leader
during three of our four years at the Academy, was not mentioned
at the dinner among the other principals of the past.
Sunday morning, we attended the Congregational Church as a
group followed by brunch at the North Meets South Restaurant.
Twenty-two, including spouses, were present and Marilyn Hill, widow
of our beloved classmate Walter Hill, was our honored guest.
L-R Mary Love Pike; Nola Goulette Shannon; Wilhemina Earley Shaw; Hazel
Pratt Farnham; Elizabeth Warren Hewett; Anne Ricker Miller; Lewis Dow;
Yolande Robinson Severance; Herbert Flowers; Joanne King Metivier;
Priscilla Ames Berberian; Beverly Eldridge Anderson; Wallace Hewett,
Jeanette Kinney Cakouros; Richard Boss
Sixty-Five Years Later the Class of 1938 Gets Together
Around 14 people (including some spouses) from the Class of 1938 met at the Covered Bridge for
lunch and then spent the afternoon at Dot Gray’s house. According to Priscilla White, “Unfortunately (or
fortunately) we spent so much time chatting and catching up that no pictures were taken.”
Much Overdue Article for the
Class of 1992’s 10th Reunion
The Alumni Office apologizes to members of the Class of 1992
for the tardiness in getting this article published. Tracy Michaud Stutzman was good enough to write up some notes about the 10th reunion.
“On August 3, 2002, amid the festivities of Alumni Weekend, the
Class of ’92 came together after ten years apart to celebrate the past
and learn about each others’ futures.”
“The reunion event was a great success with over fifty classmates
and their families attending. The day started with a ‘family outing’
at Peakes-Kenney State Park. Later that evening, classmates, along
with their spouses/significant others, met at the Dexter Motor Lodge
for a private buffet dinner, dancing and door prizes. Many classmates
traveled from great distances to attend, including John Cornett from
FL, Lindsay Varnum Cano from MN, and Kelly Keenan from CA. Kelly
also brought with her a DVD she developed of pictures that classmates had sent to her of their lives over the last ten years. The senior
video was watched, followed by much laughter and conversation.
Current information was exchanged in hopes that people would stay
in touch. Everyone enjoyed themselves as old friends connected
and some new friendships developed.”
“All who attended wish to thank Concho King for all her hard
work in making this a reunion to remember! And the reunion committee wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Cathy Hall in the Alumni
Office for all the time and effort in helping to organize the event.”
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Celebrate Alumni Weekend
With Your Classmates
Alumni Weekend Schedule
AUGUST 6 - AUGUST 8, 2004
Friday, August 6, 2004
6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
Lawn Party at Foxcroft Academy. This year is the 30th reunion of the Romanian Band Trip. If you were a
part of that trip, come and remember this fond memory with other classmates who went. You can even
bring your instrument to play along with the Alumni Jazz Band. All former FA band members are welcome
to play, call Doug Smith ’65 at (207)564-8819 for more information. Refreshments will be served.
6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Alumni Ice Hockey Game Alfond Area, University of Maine @ Orono if you would like to play,
come with your standard hockey equipment. See page 15 for details.
Saturday, August 7, 2004
8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.
5K Race - Registration begins at 7:00 A.M. and race starts at YMCA.
9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
FA Alumni Boys’ Soccer vs. FA Varsity Soccer Team if you would like to play, show
up at the Academy dressed and ready to play.
9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
FA Alumni Field Hockey vs. FA Varsity Field Hockey Team if you would like to play,
show up at Academy dressed and ready to play.
9:30 A.M. - Noon
Community Parade, class floats and cars welcome. Make plans on having your class joining
the parade. Call the town office at (207) 564-3318 for further information.
11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Alumni Boys’ Basketball vs. FA Varsity Basketball Team if you would like to play, show up at
Sedemocha Middle School dressed and ready to play.
11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Alumni Golf Scramble held at Foxcroft Golf Course. Prizes will be awarded. You can
put together your own team. Over 90 players last year! Please call Foxcroft Golf Club
(207)564-8887 to sign up for a tee time.
1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
FA Alumni Girls’ Soccer vs. FA Varsity Soccer Team if you would like to play, show
up at the Academy dressed and ready. Contact Darcy McCormick ’02
at [email protected] for more information.
8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Street Festival with crafters, food vendors, music, dancers, games
for kids, barbecues, dunk tank, quilt show and much more.
5:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Hors d’oeuvre Social at Foxcroft Academy.
Cost included with banquet.
6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
Alumni Banquet at Foxcroft Academy. Cost $11.
7:30 P.M. - Midnight
Street Dance in FA parking lot.
Sunday, August 8, 2004
8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Brunch for FA alumni classes in Pride
Manufacturing Student Center.
Reservations by class required,
call (207)564-8351.
Banquet 2004
F.A. “Stuff” for Sale
Remember to pick up FA items on Alumni Weekend.
They make great Christmas gifts.
FA Polo Shirts - pique knit .................................................................. $20
FA Sweatshirts...................................................................................... $25
V-neck acrylic sweaters ...................................................................... $20
FA notecards (20 pack) ........................................................................ $12
Pre-registration is highly recommended for the Alumni Banquet
if you want your class to sit together. Registration is not required, but seating preference will be given to those who have
made reservations. See schedule on opposite page.
FA mugs................................................................ $6
Catered by the Academy’s Jeff Robinson
FA Caps.................................. $18
Buffet dinner will be served with the follwing entrees:
Prime Rib AuJus, Baked Stuffed Chicken, Lobster/Seafood
Newburg, Vegetable Italian Dish
Many delicious salads will also be served, along with breads
and Fresh Apple or Cherry Crisp for dessert.
FA Golf Balls .......................... $6
Cost is $11.00 per person.
All Alumni: If you have news or photos, we’d love to pass them along (photos will be returned if requested).
Send information to: Foxcroft Alumni Magazine, Foxcroft Academy, 975 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
(207)564-8664 E-Mail address: [email protected]
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New Alumni: Send school addresses. After graduation, let us know where you are.
Retired Alumni: Be sure to send both your winter/summer addresses.
Parents: Help us keep track of alumni; notify us of address changes.
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Make Foxcroft Academy
Your School of Choice
Founded in 1823 and located in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Foxcroft Academy is a private secondary school offering day
students as well as boarding students a broad range of academic, interscholastic and co-curricular opportunities.
Whether it is mastering your computer skills in the Philpot Multimedia Center, conjugating Latin verbs, taking an
Advanced Placement biology course, pursuing forestry management in the Packard Center, or taking an art course in the
Ebersteen Art Center, Foxcroft Academy offers something for every student.
If you are looking for a distinctive and challenging educational experience, we invite you to discover Foxcroft Academy.
For more information you can contact Amy Smith, Director of Admissions, at (207)564-8351 or email her:
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