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Boarding Program Established at TA What’s Inside

Image courtesy of Barba + Wheelock

The new residence hall at Thornton Academy is being constructed near Hill Stadium and Route 1. This architectural rendering shows what the structure will look like from south of the building.

Photo by David Hanright

Residence Hall groundbreaking ceremony See photos on page 3

3 new members join Board of Trustees See story on page 4

Thornton Academy revamps its web site See story on page 18

Photo by Jennifer Hass

Irving Backman ’43 helps launch TA science project See story on page 7

TA Quote “Between now and the Bicentennial we hope to engage most of our students at some level in Thornton’s history.” —Headmaster Carl J. Stasio, Jr. See story on page 17.

Mark Powers & Shawn Rousseau brought on board as school prepares to welcome students in fall 2009 It was a historic moment on Oct. 17 when—nearly 200 years after the school was founded—Thornton Academy held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new residence hall that will house students in grades 9-12. The 18,200 square foot facility will be two floors, have 38 beds and include four apartments for residential staff. “Good schools are always evolving, and as we move forward with the boarding program it will allow Thornton to welcome students from every corner of our country and from around the globe,” Headmaster Carl J. Stasio, Jr. remarked. Board of Trustees President James E. Nelson ’67 also spoke at the event. “Today marks the beginning of a truly exciting new era in the history of Thornton Academy. We have always been a school that builds and nourishes a strong sense of community. While Saco is our home, Arundel and Dayton are equally close to us. We cherish all of our community connections within and around southern Maine. With this groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of our first on-campus residence hall, we are taking the first step in expanding that community.” Finally Student Body President John Gilboy ’09 addressed the crowd, which included staff, faculty, students, alumni, friends of the school as well as members of the architectural firm Barba + Wheelock and representatives from project contractor PM Construction. Also that day, a plane flew overhead taking aerial pictures while students linked hands around the area where the new building will be constructed on campus off of Route 1 near Hill Stadium. This past summer, Director of Admissions Mark Powers and Director of Boarding Shawn Rousseau joined TA’s administrative team. The Director of Admissions Powers joins Thornton Academy from The White Mountain School in Bethlehem, N.H., where he served as Associate Director of Admission. Previously he was Associate Director of Development and Alumni Affairs in Limestone, Maine, at The Maine School of Science and Mathematics. The Bates College graduate says he’s excited to jump-start TA’s admissions office. “There’s no question this is going to be an amazing program and a great opportunity for our new students,” he said. Powers is an alumnus of Middlesex School in Concord, Mass., an independent high school with a residential program that serves the majority of its student body. Meeting people from near and far was an “eye opening” experience that provided Powers with more than the classroom alone can offer, he explained. “I still have so many good friends from attending school there, and they came from all over the country, all over the world. It helped me to be a critical thinker and a global thinker.” That perspective no doubt proved helpful when Powers went on a three-week tour of Asian countries – including Japan, China and Thailand – earlier this year to speak with international students about enrolling. Thornton Academy’s prime location in southern coastal Maine should be a big draw. Incoming students can take the train for a weekend in Boston or even New

Director of Boarding Shawn Rousseau

Director of Admissions Mark Powers

York City, catch the bus and spend an afternoon in Portland, or walk just a few blocks to enjoy downtown Saco’s shops and restaurants. Although in the past boarding schools may have been regarded as elitist or only for the rich, Powers says that the goal at Thornton Academy is to create an environment with lots of diversity in terms of the students’ cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Powers’ central role beyond marketing the residential program is to field inquiries from potential boarding students, to set procedures for the application process, and to implement benchmarks and standards for Thornton’s future international students. He will also act as the point-person for inquiries from parents or students who want to know more about TA’s day school, which accepts students in grades 6-12. Now living in Saco, Powers is an avid downhill skier and Red Sox fan. The Director of Boarding Rousseau, who grew up in Lewiston and graduated from Bowdoin College, returned to Maine to work at Thornton Academy as Director of Boarding and an English teacher. Although he attended a public high school, Rousseau spent his junior and senior year at Salisbury School in Connecticut, and that experience greatly influenced the trajectory of his career. He has 10 years of experience as a dorm resident and has worked in a variety of administrative positions at private schools, most recently as dean of St. James School in Hagerstown, Md. He has also worked at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass., Hebron Academy and Monmouth Academy. “We’re taking nothing and building a complete residential life program here,” Rousseau said. TA will offer a 24-hour curriculum to the boarding students, he explains, that will include afternoon and evening activities, supervised study periods, weekend and evening programs as well as a host of recreational opportunities that will allow everyone to have a fun, enriching school experience. Rousseau will be plenty busy as he lays the foundation for the boarding program this year. He’s creating policies and procedures, for example, hiring staff and getting to know the Thornton Academy community – but perhaps his most important role is to support residential students and everyone around them. “My job is essentially caring for the caretakers, or dorm parents, who will be kind of like parents to these kids,” he said, adding that the response from TA’s existing faculty and staff has been motivating and inspiring. A sports enthusiast, Rousseau is coaching Thornton’s varsity ice hockey team and is enjoying being able to see how TA’s other teams fare this year. He and his wife Laurie – who teaches math at Thornton – live in Kennebunkport with their daughter Sophie.



Thornton Academy Fall 2008 Vol. 43, No. 2 Postcripts is published twice a year for Thornton Academy alumni and friends. Its production is made possible through gifts to the Thornton Fund. Address alumni news to: Postscripts Thornton Academy 438 Main St. Saco, ME 04072-1595

Opening our School to Students from Around the World By Carl J. Stasio, Jr. Headmaster

Thornton Academy is

always be committed

a school that is in healthy

– the students of Saco,

transition from the way

Dayton, Arundel and the

things were to the way

surrounding communities

things will be, yet it never

of southern Maine.

devalues the past in order

By adding a boarding

to embellish the future. Edited & Designed by: Jennifer Hass Development Director: Lisa Morin Development Staff: Mary Nasse Barbara Martin Caron Smith Pelletier ’98

COVER PHOTO: This aerial picture of Thornton Academy’s campus was taken Oct. 17 during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new residence hall. Students linked hands around the area where the building is under construction. Photo courtesy John Apte with Aerial Advertising Works.

TRUSTEES: Vangel Cotsis ’85 Brian Dallaire ’75 Philip D. Fearon ’70 Dennis Flaherty Bernard Gaines ’65 Stephen Garland ’64 Robert Gowen Kenneth Janson ’72 William D. Johnson William S. Kany ’77 Karen B. Lovell Joyce Haley-Martin ’75 James E. Nelson ’67 (President) Eric A. Purvis ’81 Paul Remmes Kathleen Boutet Santamore ’80 Joan Vachon Victor ’48 Mark G. Willett ’65

ALUMNI BOARD: Kathy Allen ’72 Patricia Martin Beaudoin ’71 (President) Todd M. Davis ’81 Lauren Chenard Folsom ’75 Scott Gallant ’86 Kenneth Janson ’72 Vera Gallant Kalagias ‘80 Debra Ketchum ’75 Melody Jordan Laskey ’79 Anthony M. LeBlanc ’88 David K. LePauloue ’84 Susan Willey Marston ’78 Mary Ann Stickles Martin’ 78 George Mendros ‘76 Richard Milliard ’66 Richard Parker ’60 Kathleen Boutet Santamore ’80 Allen R. Sicard ’75 Sue Mondor Spath ’67 Giselle Tardiff ’90

Corrections will appear in this space as needed. Please bring errors to our attention by calling 207-282-3361, ext. 321 or by e-mailing [email protected]

school program we will

A visiting team of edu-

be able to provide all of

cators wrote these words

our students – both our

fourteen years ago after

students from our tradi-

spending just three days

tional sending commu-

on the Thornton campus. I

nities and our students

remain impressed that such

from around the country

an essential core truth about our school

and the world – with invaluable opportuni-

was so readily discernable. Over the years

ties to learn together, spend their adoles-

Thornton has indeed successfully balanced

cence together, and leave this place with a

the traditions of our past with each new

level of academic, social and cultural knowl-

phase in the life of this school. We are in

edge that, although very hard to come by

the midst of doing so again as we add a

in northern New England, is critically impor-

residential life program at Thornton Acad-

tant to living in our inter-connected world.


Perhaps you already know that our Main

Friday, October 17 was one of the most

Street campus is not the site of the origi-

beautiful fall days in my memory, a perfect

nal Thornton Academy. The “old Thorn-

backdrop for the groundbreaking ceremony

ton Academy,” which sadly burned to the

for Thornton Academy’s first-ever dormi-

ground in 1848, was located somewhere in

tory. The construction of this residence

the vicinity of Fairfield School. The com-

hall will allow us to invite the attendance

munity sorely missed this school. The

of students from every corner of our state,

school’s reopening in 1889, following the

our country and even the world. We felt

completion of the Main Building, brought

honored that so many alumni/ae, parents,

much satisfaction in the area. A trustee of

community supporters and trustees were

that time, James Garland, promised that

on hand to mark this momentous occasion

Thornton would be “a bright light to illu-

with us. As you can see in the aerial photo

minate and stimulate the minds of genera-

on this issue of Postscripts, everyone pres-

tions to come.”

ent received a good sense of the scope of

To illuminate and stimulate the minds of

the building project when nearly 200 stu-

generations to come, to prepare students

dents linked hands to outline the footprint

for a changing world through instilling the

of the new dorm.

practice of lifelong learning, has always

Preparing students for a changing world

been the mission of Thornton Academy. By

has been the central purpose of Thornton

opening this campus to residential students

Academy for nearly two hundred years. If

haling from geography as diverse as Mexi-

we sincerely believe in the value of life-

co, China, Korea and Jamaica, we re-commit

long learning, this new venture is a crucial

ourselves to that mission. As I know you

step. We are very excited by the prospect

have heard me say countless times before,

of broadening the perspective for the stu-

education really is all about everything.

dents to whom we have always been ab-

Starting soon, “everything” will finally en-

solutely committed, and to whom we will

compass “everywhere” and “everyone.”


Residence Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette ‘89, Jennifer Hass and John Apte with Aerial Advertising Works

Thornton Academy’s groundbreaking ceremony for a new residence hall took place on Oct. 17. Participating at left are Headmaster Carl J. Stasio, Jr.; student body president John Gilboy ’09; Board of Trustees President James E. Nelson ’67; Board of Trustees Member Stephen Garland ’64; three representatives from the firm Barba + Wheelock, Architect Margaret Innes, Principal Project Manager Cynthis Wheelock, and Senior Architect Sharon Ames; Director of Boarding Shawn Rousseau; Associate Headmaster Rene Menard ’88; and Director of Admissions Mark Powers.

Ground Breaking Suns and moons sons and daughters rise in the far east near east, too yeast and muscle do words from Confucius & Aristotle teaching us what to do how to listen for a full & global insight during both day and night just as we enjoy the sun’s daily glisten what we need to do now carefully listen... a learning lesson... — Roy Fairfield ’36

At left, students link hands around the area where the residential hall is under construction. Below, a view from the sky shows the building site on campus near Route 1 and Hill Stadium. Below left, many wore their maroon and gold to the groundbreaking event to show their school spirit, including from left to right Abby Boissonneault ’11, Kaitlyn Hall ’11, Sarah Young ’11 and Samantha Leblanc ’11.


3 New Members Join the Board of Trustees Thornton Academy has announced that three new members have joined its Board of Trustees: Brian Dallaire ‘75, Dr. Paul Remmes and Kathleen Boutet Santamore ‘80. After graduating from Thornton Academy, Dallaire received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati Hospital, both in pharmacy. He is founder and president of Lighthouse Clinical Development, a California-based company specializing in helping the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries to plan strategies for clinical development. Before forming the company, Dallaire trained as a clinical pharmacist with a focus on oncology at the University of Cincinnati and served as senior director of medical affairs and as senior director of clinical trials management at IDEC Pharmaceuticals in San Diego. He was part of an IDEC research team that developed the drug Rituxan, a genetically engineered antibody that is used to treat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Dallaire sits on the board of directors for University of New England, he’s a member of Thornton Academy’s 1811 Society, and he received the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. He lives in Biddeford Pool with his wife, Debbie. Remmes, an orthodontist with offices in Portland and Biddeford, is a Thornton Academy parent who is a great supporter of the school. He has served on Thornton’s Development Committee since 2006 and has four children who currently attend TA: Michael Remmes ‘09, Peter Remmes ‘10, John Remmes ‘12 and Christine Remmes ‘12. Their youngest child, Jimmy, attends Saco Middle School. Remmes attended Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. where he received a bachelor of science degree and went on to get a doctorate in dental medicine from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. He is an active volunteer in the community and currently serves as president of Junior Trojan Football and Cheering, president of the Southern Maine Youth Football League, president of the Maine Sportsmanship Foot-

Brian Dallaire ’75

Dr. Paul Remmes

ball League and has coached Saco Little League for the past 9 years. Remmes lives in Saco with his wife Holly – a former elementary school teacher – and their family. Santamore, a second generation graduate of Thornton Academy, is a dedicated volunteer with much passion for her alma mater. She has been a member of the school’s Alumni Board since 2003 and has been involved in planning all of her class reunions, serving as a reunion committee chair twice. She is a registered nurse at Maine Medical Center who graduated with a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Salve Regina College. She has two children: Jill Santamore ’06, cur-

Kathy Boutet Santamore ’80

rently a junior at The College of the Holy Cross, and Paul Santamore ‘10. Santamore served as co-chair for Thornton’s Dry Dock celebration in 2006 and has for many years helped raise money for the Thornton Fund. This past May, she assisted the school with its first annual auction. She also spends significant time volunteering with her church, Most Holy Trinity in Saco, and is a member of ASPAN, the American Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses as well as MESPAN, the Maine Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses. She lives in Saco with her husband, Clifford Santamore ‘78, and their family.

Portland Symphony Orchestra Sue Mondor Spath ’67 is Conductor Visits Thornton on TA Alumni Board

Photo by Jennifer Hass

The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s new conductor, Robert Moody, led the full orchestra during a rehearsal at Thornton Academy on Oct. 8.

In October, Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Music Director Robert Moody visited Thornton Academy to lead a rehearsal with students in the chamber orchestra and full orchestra. He spoke about several pieces that students were to perform, discussed voicing and phrasing with the young musicians and touched on other topics related to being a good musician. Moody began a three-year term at the helm of the PSO at the start of the 2008-09 musical season. He started his new job after leading the Winston-Salem Symphony. His talent, energy and rapport with audiences in North Carolina has been credited with infusing new energy into the organization.

Susan Mondor Spath ’67 is the newest member of Thornton Academy’s Alumni Association Board. After graduating from TA, she attended the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and received a bachelor’s degree in physical education. She student taught in Stamford, Conn., which is just a stone’s throw away from New York City, and decided that Maine was a much better place to live – with clearer skies and a slower pace. Subsequently, Spath moved back to her home town and began working as a substitute teacher in the area. She later joined the Saco Parks and Recreation Department and worked in a variety of capacities from 1973 until 1979 when she was appointed as acting director of the department. She served as permanent head of the office from 1981 until her retirement in 2005. She continues to work in the outdoors on a parttime basis at Moody’s Nursery and Garden Center in Saco. Spath has volunteered on her class reunion committee twice. She has also given back to her school through involvement with alumni field hockey events. Spath


Sue Mondor Spath ’67

played the sport all four years at TA and went on to play at the college level as well. She also helped form a field hockey program in the 1970s that is still active today and serves third- to sixth-grade students. She says that her fondest memories of TA are the friends she made and the involvement she had in school activities, including the Girls Athletic Association, intramural games and the Future Homemakers of America. Spath lives in Saco with her husband, Michael. She joined the board as the terms of Kirk Purvis ’93 and William S. Kany ’77 expired. Spath will serve on both the Community Service and Sports Committees.

Bringing “Once in a Lifetime” to the Stage Thornton Academy’s TA Players performed the comedy “Once in a Lifetime” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart on Dec. 4, 5 and 6. According to Director David Hanright, it was a large production with more than 60 students in the cast and crew. “It’s a funny show with many great moments and one liners from a Pulitzer prize winning team of authors,” he said. “Once in a Lifetime” is the story of a trio who hatch a scheme to make it big in Hollywood in 1927, when vaudeville is fading and the coming of sound films or “talkies” began. The main characters Jerry Hyland, May Daniels and George Lewis start a school of elocution for actors at the Glogauer film studio, but it’s only a scam. When they are found out, it’s bumbling George who comes out the hero. The early satire of Hollywood featured student actors Clayton Luopa ’10, Alexis Simonetti ’09 and William Sawyer ’09.

Photo by Jennifer Hass

Thornton Academy students Clayton Luopa, Alexis Simonetti and William Sawyer (from left to right) run lines during play practice for “Once in a Lifetime,” which was performed earlier this month.

Middle School Students Start Online Radio Project Thornton Academy Middle School students in the eighth grade are working on a new online radio project. Log on to http://tamsradio. to check out the interviews and stories. It’s a virtual cornucopia of information, including poems, persuasive essays and news stories with local impact. Among the recent postings are Maine Mall shoppers talking about how they feel about the recent economic downturn and Saco residents chatting with TA students about the recent presidential election. The project grew out of work done in the 2007-08 school year, when language arts teacher Hope Hall had eighth-grade students conduct nearly 30 interviews as part of the 100 People project, a national initiative. Among those interviewed

were immigrants in a Portland ESL classroom, a number of first generation Americans who were interviewed in the high school’s podcasting studio, and a retired medic who worked on a boat during the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the current school year, Hall decided to continue the project with

another group of eighth-grade students. In December they will interview 10 recent immigrants at Barber Foods in Portland, Maine. It’s her goal to show the kids at TAMS how they are connected to what is happening locally and around the world. Photo by Hope Hall “Doing these interStudent Eric Patoine, right, conducts an interview for the TAMS Radio Blogspot views is so with help from Saco resident Ernie Huot cool,” she said. “They ’48.

learn such a wide variety of skills. It improves their reading and writing, helps them understand how to speak clearly, and they learn how to be active listeners. After returning from the interview, the editing process begins, and they have to decide what is important to include in the radio piece and what’s not. And they start to see that it’s the same in some ways as organizing an essay, where it has a beginning and middle and end.” Once each piece is complete, the students upload it to the web site along with photographic images or and sometimes video. Hall believes that a public audience is an essential component in motivating students to be their best. The new TAMS Radio Blogspot gives them one more place to share their work.

News from Hyde Library and Academic Commons The Mary Weymouth Hyde Library and Academic Commons is looking different this school year – and buzzing with lots of activity. The new Academic Commons provides students with a fun and relaxing space to research, study and collaborate. And additional seating in the library makes it easier than ever for students to find somewhere to read, search for information online and interact with a variety of other media. Special events running throughout the school year are sponsored by the library and based on a different theme each quarter. A variety of in-

terdiscimenRecent library-sponsored events plinary tallyprojects got students thinking about what it friendly that tie products means to live “green” and how into the on dispresidential elections work classplay. In room the along second those themes also engage the TA quarter, the focus was on the recent community. election and the presidency. An ElecEnvironmental issues were the tion Night Bash brought more than focus during the first quarter, at 120 students and 20 staff and facwhich time students participated in ulty members to the library while eva Green Expo among other activities. eryone watched polling results come The event was open to the public and in on four television feeds, two web allowed a variety of companies and feeds and TATV coverage on local organizations to put their environchannel 3. In the third quarter, stu-

dents will reflect on inhumane acts and genocide as they learn about the Holocaust and other atrocities. Director of Information and Technology Chris Indorf, who began overseeing Hyde Library and Academic Commons after David Anderson retired in the spring, said that this area is a central part of the school community. It hosts 200 students daily and is heart of the school’s interdisciplinary programs. As TA moves forward with its boarding program (see story page 1), the scope of the library program and its hours of operation will be significantly broadened.

From Giving Back on back page

Water Conservation District and in 1997 Oakhurst Dairy presented the Leary Farm with its Producer of the Year Award. Jim still works at the farm – which is now 500 acres – every day. He also keeps busy by volunteering with conservation and historical groups, going to postcard club meetings and collecting items like tractor seats and milk bottles. He

Three were in the top 10 of their class. Both Jim and Edna – a former school teacher – encouraged their kids to get good marks in school, seek out scholarships, attend college and find something to do in life that’s fulfilling. “Whatever you do, you’ve got to like it,” Jim said. That’s something he and Edna continue to emphasize with their 17 grandchildren.

acre farm behind. He says he “hit the ground running” as a farmer after receiving his diploma. That kept him busy seven days a week for most of his life, and the hard work earned him accolades. In 1970 and 1996, the Leary Farm was honored as Conservation Farm of the Year by the York County Soil &

was one of the founders of the Saco Valley Land Trust, and part of their property is used by Saco Bay Trails so members of the public can enjoy walking, hiking or even snowshoeing through the area. The Learys have six children which include Tim as well as Janet Leary-Prowse ’76, Joanne Leary ’79, Joyce Leary Clark ’81, June Leary ’84 and Thomas Leary ’85.


Another Exciting Night Planned for 2nd Annual Thornton Fund Auction There’s a new way to support Thornton Academy and have fun while you’re at it. Maybe you missed our first auction fundraising event last spring. Or perhaps you bid and won something great to remember this new tradition at TA! There were nearly 200 items in the silent auction and another 50 in the live auction. All funds raised that evening – nearly $40,000 – benefited the Thornton Fund, which provides critical support to academic, arts, athletics and so much more. The announcement of raffle winners added further excitement to the evening. Consider attending the 2nd Annual Thornton Fund Auction on Friday, May 1, 2009. Once again the event will allow alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff members to bid on a great variety of items and show their support for education. What’s new this year is that the auction will be held on the TA campus. Show your support for the 2009 auction by purchasing a $100 raffle ticket. The night of the big event, we’ll find out who wins the $10,000 top prize as well as one $5,000 prize and five $1,000 prizes. No more than 500 raffle tickets will be sold. To learn more about getting involved, purchasing a raffle ticket, buying events tickets or becoming a sponsor, con-

Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette ‘86

Thornton Academy Trustee Philip Fearon ’70, center, was among those who bid on items at the 1st Annual Thornton Fund Auction in May. Fearon won a Deep Bore titanium myOstrich driver.


tact Caron Smith Pelletier ‘98 at [email protected] or 207-282-3361, ext. 245. Check the “Giving Back” section of our web site, www., to get additional information as the event approaches.

There are many ways to support TA’s upcoming auction: • Purchase a $100 raffle ticket • Buy an event ticket • Donate an item, product or service • Consider sponsorship opportunities • Mark the auction date, May 1, on your 2009 calendar • Learn more by contacting Caron Smith Pelletier ’98 at [email protected] 207-282-3361, ext. 245.

It Just Got Easier to Make Planned Gifts to TA Thornton Academy recently started to work with Comerica Charitable Services Group and RBC Wealth Management to make it easier than ever for donors to make meaningful gifts to the school.

Thornton’s Athletic Department Recognizes Academic Achievers The Athletic Department has established an academic recognition program for TA sports teams. Each quarter, the team in season with the highest cumulative team grade point average will be recog-

Comerica is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the organization was created to bring added value to nonprofits and the donors who support them. It is able to provide administrative, tax, compliance and technical support to TA’s Development Office while RBC Wealth Management in Portland, Maine, assists with investment management and strategies. This is an important development for Thornton Academy as good organization is key to

nized at a school meeting and will have its name inscribed on a recognition plaque. The Thornton Academy athletic team with the highest team GPA for the first quarter of the 200809 school year, with an cumulative 3.5 GPA, was the girls cross country squad. The cumulative GPA for

helping donors decide how they can help promote education while possibly improving their

all 354 student-athletes participating in a fall sport

financial well being.

was 3.1. In related news, 52 fall Thornton athletes were

Those who make a planned gift to Thornton Academy become part of the 1811 Society. A bequest of money, property or securities – often through a will – can be designated for TA according to your wishes. Charitable gift annuities or an annuity trust allow the donor to make a gift that returns income to you and/or a family member.

selected for Southwestern Maine Activities Association’s all-academic teams. This is the largest number of students honored with this recognition from TA in one season, and it is also a new SMAA record.

Those who join the 1811 Society understand the unique history of our nearly 200-yearold school and the importance of its independent nature. Learn more about planned giving options by calling our Development Office at 207-2823361, ext. 281, or e-mail [email protected]

Students in the SMAA conference were eligible for this award if they were affiliated with a fall interscholastic sport and maintained a grade point average of 3.2 or higher during the first six semesters of their high school careers.


Students Pitch In at Phonathons through the Philanthropy Society

Photo by Jennifer Hass

There’s a new student club at TA called the Philanthropy Society that supports the Development Office and the Thornton Fund. For years students have helped make calls to alumni, parents and friends during our annual phonathons, which run throughout the academic year. Now this effort is more organized and student-driven. Anyone in grades 9-12 can join the club, give back to their school, and get volunteer experience – which is great for any kid but especially good for those who are college bound. Pictured at left are the Philanthropy Society members for 2008-09. They are, from left to right in the back row, DJ Robinson ’09, Katie Pinard ’10, Gordon Renell ’10, Josh Going ’10, Alexandra MacDonald ’10, Cayli Paul ’10, and Jacob Letellier ’10. In the middle row from left to right are Stefanie Peterson ’09, Cassie Henson ’10, Amelia Croteau ’10, and Sydney Morin ’12. In the front row from left to right are Kim Dao ’10, Tom Letourneau ’09, Dana Tripp ’10 and Paul Santamore ’10. Not pictured are Lexie Carter ’10, Millie Cooper ’10, Bekah Giacomantonio ’11, Abbie Hanright ’10, Chelsey Johnston ’10, Emma LaFountaine ’09, Kim LeClaire ’09 and Kyle Soule ’10.

Football and Golf Teams Make Headway in Fall Varsity Golf It was another big season for TA’s varsity golf team, which last year claimed the state champion title in the sport. On Oct. 11, team members participated in the Class A State Golf Championship match at Natanis Golf Club in Vassalboro. The Golden Trojans placed second in the match and accepted the Runners-Up trophy, finishing six strokes behind Deering. The varsity golf team members are, in alphabetical order: Brian Angis, Peter Bilotta, Jon Cook, Andrew

Cummings, Zach Golojuch, Peter Kalagias, Alex Martin, James Morse, Jonathan Pate, Jim Quentin, Jon Thompson and Jeff Wolstenhulme. Varsity Football On Saturday, Nov. 15, Thornton Academy hosted Western Maine’s Class A Football Championship game versus the Bonny Eagle Scots at Hill Stadium. TA lost the game but it was the first time since 1993 that Thornton played at that level. It was also a first for nine-year head coach Kevin Kezal. TA lost three key play-

ers this fall but remained undefeated up until the Western Maine title game. It was a historic year for the team, which played in the 99th Battle of the Bridge game against Biddeford in October. The Trojans came ahead in that match up with a 23-6 victory at Waterhouse Field. The varsity football team members are, in alphabetical order: Ryan Barclay, JJ Begin, Derek Cameron, Cody Chaloult, Nate Colpitts, Tom Cote, Aaron Crowe, Chris Dolewa, Nick Farris, Greg Foster, Jeff Galasyn, Tom Gallant,

Joe Geaumont, Cooper Gerow, Sean Gilbert, John Gilboy, Jeremy Girard, Joel Gott, Dominic Goyet, Tim Grose, Chad Harvey, Alex Howard, Sam Lalezari, Justin Laverriere, Justin Nezol, Hung Nguyen, Zach Nolette, Jake Pulsifer, Fred Randall, Patrick Randall, Mark Reaser, Michael Remillard, Michael Remmes, Peter Remmes, Matthew Sedlis, Zach Sheehan, Dimitri Skinsacos, Dan Smith, Tyler Smith, Steve Trask, John Trull, Zach Viger, John Wrobleski, Jarrett Woodward and Josh Woodward.

Boys Track Team Won Top State Title in Spring For the first time in 18 years, the Trojan boys team won the Class A state outdoor track championship, which took place in June at Windham High School. TA beat the Bonny Eagle Scots by a point., 79-78. It was Thornton’s first outdoor title since 1990 and the first for Head Coach George Mendros ’76. As soon as the last heat of the relay was finished, team members hoisted Mendros on their shoulders and then drenched him with a bucket of water. The key to the win, Mendros said, was Andrew Lambert ’08, who edged out Jamie Ruginski of Bonny Eagle in the 110and 300-meter hurdles and then jumped 6 feet, 4 inches to finish third in the high jump. Daron Kinsman, Paul Mondor, and Natalie Berry were assistant coaches to the team. The members of the spring 2008 team were, in alphabetical order: Russell Adams, Nick Allen, Daniel Bailey, Marc Beauchemin, Colin Benham, Jacob Berry, Colin Buttarazzi, Michael Corbett, Tom Cote, Justin DeFrancesco, Travis Dion, Brad Duquette, Joe Duquette, Richard Felbaum, Sean Fitzgerald, Ethan Forbes, Greg Foster, Justin Francis, Derek Gaudreau, John Gilboy, Jeremy Goebel, Chad Harvey,

Photo courtesy of Bruce Haskell Photography

Alex Howard, Edis Huric, August Ibekilo, Kyle Jandreau, Matt Johnston, Spencer Lagerstrom, Andrew Lambert, Brandon Lamontagne, Christian Letourneau, Tom Letourneau, Phil Levecque, Josh Lombard, Patrick Martel, Zach Matthews, Ken

Maxfield, Kyle McAuliffe, Mike McDonald, Brett Meiler, Craig Milliard, Keegan Moody, Dylan Moulton, Justin Nezol, Hung Nguyen, Tony Palumbo, Colby Parker, Eliezar Petri, Tom Quentin, Mike Remillard, Michael Remmes, Peter Remmes,


Dylan Renell, Gordon Renell, Nate Reynolds, Darrell Robinson, Justin Rondo, Javere Shaw, Dan Smith, Tyler Smith, Steve Speckin, Noah Stolkner, Ben Sylvain, Brian Thibodeau, Tyler Tholl, John Trull, Doug Wilcox and Nick Woodman.

Irving Backman is Distinguished Alumni Award Winner At baccalaureate this year, Irving A. Backman ’43 was presented with the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award. While at TA, Backman worked after school in a nearby textile mill and shoe factory for 13 cents an hour. After graduation, he attended Bowdoin College for a year before enlisting in the Army Air Corps during World Irving Backman War II. Following his 1945 discharge, he started a small wholesale and retail shoe store and attended Northeastern University’s evening business school and law school. He graduated from law school in 1951 as class marshall. While he’s been a member of the Massachusetts Bar for more than 55 years, Backman has never practiced law but instead used his legal and business talents to support technological innovation with the goal of improving the world. During his career, Backman has funded or initiated a wide variety of significant high-tech projects such as industrial and surgical laser technology, a system for continuous roll system laser printing, and he helped to develop the drug Interferon. He has also extended his expertise to a series of mining programs in Columbia, South America, as well as hydrology research and development in drought areas, and he has worked with Native American reservations to develop their natural resources in an environmentally sound manner. In addition, Backman funded research and helped develop the Vectrix electric motorcycle, which in the past year has been approved for road use in more than 50 countries in Europe and Asia – cutting down on pollution and traffic congestion. An avid runner and frequent participant in TA’s Alumni Cross Country meets, Backman figures he has put in enough miles to circle the globe three times. He has been married to his wife Charlotte, a Colby College graduate, since 1952 and they had three children. Unfortunately their daughter Joan died at age 24. One of Thornton’s science labs is named in her honor. Currently Backman is working on new solutions to our energy crisis. One is to generate a high-quality, pollutant free synthetic gas or oil from coal, oil shale or tar sands, which we have in abundance in the U.S. and could use to help solve our energy and security needs. He is also researching the feasibility of growing algae for conversion into biofuel and is working with the Thornton Academy Science Department on a project using various strains of the organism to test the concept (see story at right). Finally, Backman recently became involved with a clean technology initiative with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, a major philanthropic organization. They are working with a number of high-tech universities and other research

Alumnus Supports “Green” Science Class at TA In an effort to enhance the science department at Thornton Academy, Irving A. Backman ’43 has supported the creation of the TA Environmental Research Collaborative at his alma mater. Thanks to Backman’s vision and financial support, students are growing algae and learning about how it might be used to produce energy or control pollution. “There are many reasons researchers grow and study algae,” said teacher and project coordinator Christy Lajoie. “It could potentially be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, clean up wastewater or make biodiesel fuel. There are lots of environmentally sound things that may come from it.” The joint venture provides Thornton students with hands-on scientific experience, allows them to understand the collaborative nature of research projects, and gives them an understanding of “green” markets. This is a significant development at TA as concerns about the cost of fossil

fuels, the use of toxic chemicals and the effects of global warming are on the rise. There are nearly 30,000 known species of algae, the largest of which are called seaweed. Algae are photosynthetic like plants but are more simple since they lack organs. There are 12 students at Thornton Academy working on the project. As the collaborative gets underway, they are focused on the conditions that produce the largest quantity of the one-celled microalgae indoors. So far this year they have conducted experiments using different types of artificial lights, for example, and are determining what level of nutrients provide optimal algae growth. The students will also meet with experts in the field at Maine colleges like the University of New England and have offered to work with the city of Saco on projects like wastewater filtration. The latter could involve the production of plant or tree life, including willow trees or bamboo trees, as an aid to water filtration, which would reduce chemicals and power use due to the high nutrient level of wastewater. Thus in subsequent years, Lajoie expects students may study how different varieties grow outdoors or possibly in a greenhouse on campus, if one could be constructed. The important thing, she emphasizes, is that the research is driven by students. “It’s not a teacher standing at the front of the room telling them what to do,” she said. “They have to be deliberate about their work and always need to think about what questions they want to answer and which variables they will test in subsequent experiments.” All of that is appealing to students taking part in the collaborative like Shannon Folsom ’09. “It’s a lot more independent than other classes. We decide Photo by Jennifer Hass where we’re going next. The teacher doesn’t come in with curStudents measure the concentration of algae riculum. We think for ourselves, in samples using a spectrophotometer as they we run the experiments, and that’s work on the TA Environmental Research Collaborative. From left to right are Matt Koehler, Marc great since many of us want to study science after graduation,” Beauchemin and teacher Christy Lajoie. In the background is Tyler Lauzon. she said. centers in Israel and the U.S. to develop and introduce to the marketplace advanced clean technologies in wind, solar energy, geothermal energy and the ability to “grow

energy” with plant life, which like the research at TA may benefit from clean technology projects.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS The Thornton Academy Alumni Association is always seeking nominations for the many awards and honors bestowed to our alumni each year: The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes outstanding lifetime accomplishments of alumni and fosters aspirations in Thornton students. The Public Service Award is given to an alumnus/a who has made outstanding contributions in the areas of public service and volunteerism. The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes the athletic excellence of our alumni. The Alternative Diploma Program recognizes the achievements of students who, despite challenges that lead them to decide to leave Thornton Academy, grow up

to be productive and successful adults. To submit a nomination online or to learn more about award criteria including deadlines, go to the Thornton Academy web site at and click on “Alumni.” Award nomination forms — which can be downloaded from the web or found at the Alumni House on campus — may be mailed with any supporting materials to: Alumni Office Thorton Academy 438 Main Street Saco, Maine 04072 Questions about these awards and programs may be directed to Mary Nasse at 207-282-3361, ext. 234 or [email protected]


Six More Inducted into Thornton Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame On Sept. 27, Thornton Academy honored six individuals at its third Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The annual event celebrates the long and distinguished history of sports at Thornton, which was founded in 1811. The Thornton Academy Athletic Hall of Fame was founded by the Alumni Association and Board of Trustees in 2006 to honor and recognize athletes, coaches, teams and others affiliated with the school who have excelled at or contributed greatly to athletics at TA. The 2008 inductees are Fred Arno ’45, Coach George Martin, Terrence McSweeney ’38, Roger Spaulding ’56, Athletic Director and Coach Philip Curtis, and Amy Belliveau ’75.

also coached the varsity boys tennis team, the junior varsity boys basketball team as well as a variety of summer recreational programs. Phil coached 40 seasons at Thornton Academy and had an estimated 250 wins.

Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette ’89

George Martin, Coach Thornton Academy reigned as one of the top football teams in the state during the nine-year tenure of George Martin. With Martin at the helm from 1935 to 1943, TA won 70 games, lost only nine, and tied seven times. TA won four state titles under his watch. Martin’s teams were noted to be prolific on offense and stingy on defense – Thornton racked up 1,884 points, nearly six times as many as their opponents’ 316 points. George Martin, with the help of his lucky hat, led TA to victory over Biddeford eight times with one tie, outscoring the rival team 198 to 12 in nine games. Because TA did not have a mascot at that time, the team during these years was some times referred to as the “Martinmen.”

Fred Arno ‘45 Thornton Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on Entering Thornton AcadSept. 27. Pictured in the back row from left to right are Philip Curtis, Amy Belemy in the fall of 1941, Fred liveau ’75, Fred Arno ’45 and Michael Spaulding ’70, who accepted the award Arno began his athletic career for Roger Spaulding ‘56. In the front row from left to right are Sandra Macin a rush. Arno received his Donald and Patricia Saucier who accepted the award for Terrence McSweeney first letter playing left half’38. Missing from the photo is A. William Kany ‘49 who accepted the award for back on the varsity football George Martin on behalf of Helen Martin Freise. team that fall. He earned his second letter shortly thereafter by competing on the indoor track team running the 40 yard dash, 300 yard run, high jump and relay. He also competed in outdoor track in the 100 and 200 yard Terrence McSweeney ‘38 sprints, as well as shot put, javelin, discus and relay. As a sophomore, While at Thornton Academy, Terry “Touchdown” McSweeney was an Arno earned letters in basketball and baseball. In 1943 he was a memall-around athlete. He earned an amazing 14 varsity letters. While he’s ber of the varsity basketball team that won the York County Championmost prominently known as a football player, he also excelled on the ship. Off the field, Arno was president of his class for three years. At baseball diamond and the basketball court for four years and served as the end of his junior year, in April of 1944, he enlisted in the Marine the captain of both the baseball and basketball teams his senior year. Corps and left for World War II. Returning to Saco in 1946, Arno graduAdditionally, he was a mainstay on the relay teams for the track and ated from Thornton with the Class of 1947. He attended Springfield field squads during his freshman and sophomore years. In an article College and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and worked in summarizing his most successful gridiron game, a battle against Deerhuman resource management for various electronics companies in the ing High, the following description was given, “It was a broth of a boy Boston area. named Terrence McSweeney who led the Sacoites to their overwhelming conquest by scoring four touchdowns in a brilliant exhibition of runAmy Belliveau ‘75 ning and pass receiving.” It should be noted that this was done in an With the help of Title IX, female sports started to evolve in the era of football where there was little scoring. In 1937, Terry was a first 1970s. At the forefront of this campaign for Thornton Academy was team all-conference and second team all-state running back. Terry joins a three sport athlete, Amy Belliveau. In field hockey, she was an outhis fellow teammates Charlie Mistos and Swede Anderson who have standing offensive threat and the team’s leading scorer. In 1974, she previously been inducted along with his coach, George Martin, who was scored 12 goals when her team was crowned the Southwestern Maine also inducted this year. Champions with a record of 9-1-1. On the basketball court, Belliveau lead the team to a number one ranking in the first ever Western Maine Roger Spaulding ‘56 Tournament for girls. That year, she scored 291 points and pulled down At 5’8” and 155 pounds, Roger Spaulding dominated in the athletic an impressive 169 rebounds. As a former teammate, Karen Reardon ’76 arena with his speed and quickness. In his junior campaign, Spaulding’s noted, “Amy was fast, strong and agile. She had a true jump shot and football team was undefeated at 10-0 and outscored opponents 299-39. was an intimidating force on defense. If they had All State Teams for The team’s success continued in his senior year as the Trojan eleven girls at that time, Belliveau would have been on the team and quite poswent undefeated again and repeated as state champions. Roger shared sibly the season MVP, as we know them today.” In track, Belliveau was backfield duties with Brad Leach ’56 and Norman Hirst ’56 while Ralph a sprinter and a thrower. Running on a cinder track at the University of Tarbox ’57 handled the quarterback position. One newspaper article Maine in Orono at the state meet, she was the anchor leg on the 1975 offers this reflection of Roger’s talent: “In the way of statistics, Capstate championship 440 relay team along with Laurie Scott Scamman, tain Roger Spaulding was the star, averaging 10 yards in 57 carries. Diane Jamieson Fenderson and Diana Grant Walker ’75. Amy’s natural He completed 8 of 10 passes with a net gain of 303 yards on the 10 ability and hard work helped her to become one of the first in a growthrows.” He was the leading scorer in Maine in 1954 and made the alling tradition of excellent female athletes here at Thornton Academy. conference team two years in a row. Roger was also the recipient of the Tom McCann Trophy which was given to the most valuable high school Philip Curtis, Coach and Athletic Director player in Maine. Roger ranks number 6 on Thornton’s all-time scorer During his 31 years at Thornton Academy, Phil Curtis was a versalist. His accomplishments were no less astounding on the baseball field tile and wide-ranging coach, for a wide variety of sports, both boys and where he was named to the All-Telegram League team and was the girls, in addition to serving as athletic director and teaching math. Phil Telegram League batting champ in 1955. In the last game of the 1954 served as freshman football coach from 1962 through 1966 and again season, Roger led the way on offense as he scored two runs and stole in 1969. Phil served as the varsity baseball coach from 1963 through four bases, including home plate, as the team won the Telegram League 1975, leading the team to a Telegram League Championship in 1963. championship. According to Dave Kerry, who was one year behind Phil served as Athletic Director in 1970-1971. Curtis coached the girls Roger at Thornton, “He was one of the finest athletes ever to come out basketball team in 1973 and remained at that position through 1981. of the State of Maine.” Roger continued his career playing two seasons During those years Thornton made the playoffs in all but one year and of football at Iowa State, then began a family with his wife Louise and made it to the Western Maine finals twice. He was named Coach of the pursued many different occupations. Roger passed away in 2001. year for Western Maine in 1981. During his tenure at Thornton, Phil


Graduation 2008 Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette ‘89

Thornton Academy presented high school diplomas to 275 members of the class of 2008 at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 8 at the Dr. Paul S. Hill Jr. Stadium. Headmaster Carl J. Stasio, Jr. presided over the ceremony. He encouraged the graduates to join, cooperate and collaborate with others to make exciting things possible in their lives that would be impossible to achieve alone. Class of 2008 valedictorian Teresa Scontras told her classmates to prepare for their future by having fun while striving for personal excellence. Student-selected speaker Kelly Foley said that although she and her classmates have been trained in academics, athletics and the arts, perhaps the most important thing TA teaches young people is how to be an accepting person regardless of their differences. David Hanright, Arts Department co-chair and drama teacher, also addressed the graduates and said they should never settle for less than the best in themselves. Diplomas were presented by James E. Nelson, president of Thornton Academy’s Board of Trustees, with assistance from Associate Headmasters Rene Menard and Stephen Marquis. Awards and scholarships were presented by Stasio and Kevin Kezal, dean of the 2008 class. In the upper left photo, students celebrate on the big day. Stasio, at left, introduced Scontras before she addressed her class. Below, Guidance Counselor Mark Defrancesco poses for a picture with his son Justin. Below right, Austin Gregory hugs a friend after the ceremony. Below left, Caitlin Cunningham straightens out her graduation cap.



Senior Alumni Reunion Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette ‘89

The Senior Alumni Reunion at Thornton Academy celebrated its 15th anniversary this fall. In a clockwise direction: Above, Jeannine Belisle ’48 gets her camera out to capture the moment. Robert Keithley ’57 shakes hands with Kenneth Turgeon ’54. Trustee Joyce Haley-Martin ’75 catches up with Batey Kennedy ’49 and others. Celia Hooper Lewis ’48 is all smiles. Family members from left to right Dorothy Brock Carter’39, Louise Brock Hill ’34, Betty Brock Langewisch ’36, Carleton Brock ’41 pose for a picture. Jesse Philbrick ’41 chats with a friend.



Class Reunions Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette ‘89 except for Class of 1983, 1993 & 1998

On this page in a clockwise direction: Above left, graduates from the class of ‘88 made their reunion a family affair and enjoyed swimming at Jon Stewart’s home. Before the class of 1958 went on a campus tour, Leo Fortier, center, and his wife Delloroise greet Bryce Roberts. Classmates Judith Watson Richardson ‘68, left, and Janet Yarborough Deschambeault ’68 look through their yearbook. Tomas Gallagher, Kenneth St. Onge and William Hurst, from left to right, attended the 1978 reunion. The class of 1993 poses for a group photo. In the front row from left to right are Bob LePauloue, Ben McDougal, Mary Anderson Pinette, Diane Boucher, Stacey Bouffard Rancourt and Kathy Joe Boisvert Cameron. In the middle row from left to right are Crissy Karales Paul, Jessica Weiss Collard, Christina Paul, Bethany Savage Paye, Christina Anton Benamatti, Dan Trottier, Kirk Purvis, Mark Hodgdon, Jeff Goulet and Harri Sterling. In the back row from left to right are Eric Grace, Jared McCrum, Matt LeBlanc, Sean Hogan, Jim Fowler, Matt Sanborn and Ray Bassett. Posing for a picture from left to right at the class of 1998 reunion are Jessica Austin, Caron Smith Pelletier, Robyn LaMarre and Kate Wilkinson. On the page at right in a clockwise direction: Above left, posing for a picture at their 1968 class reunion are Linda Rumery Boivin, Frank Vance, Linda Lisica Scamman and Patricia Gallagher Reali, from left to right. Larry Bowie takes to the dance floor with others at the 1963 class reunion. 1988 Reunion Committee members Rebecca Koebler Federico and Jon Stewart have some fun outdoors and jump on the slip ‘n slide. Classmates Mary Ann Stickles Martin, Steve Philbrick, Sheri Perrigo Rioux and Judy Duross Slefinger, from left to right, socialize at the 1978 reunion. The class of 1983 reunion brought Lisa Pate Barden, at left, Randy Brocher and Carole Walker LePauloue together. Taking a walk through the connector between the Main Building and New Building during a campus tour are, from left to right, Roberta Sargant Gallant ’62, Dianne Wormwood Williams ’58, Marcia Littlefield Bobryk ’58 and Joyce Thurston Purvis ’58.



Class Reunions Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette ‘89 except for Class of 1983, 1993 & 1998



Class Notes 1927 Marion Howard Dennis was featured in the Sun Chronicle newspaper in September. She’s now 100 years old and always makes it to the senior alumni reunion in the fall. 1938 Laura Harmon Ekengren became a registered nurse in 1941 and was an operating room supervisor for 34 years at Salem Hospital, Salem, Mass. She previously studied at Yale. 1939 Kenneth Luce’s wife Charlotte passed away in September. The couple were married for 66 years. 1942 Carroll Huntress has spent the past 31 years coaching football and had a second career that lasted 28 years in the oil & gas industries. He may retire next year at 85 years old. 1944 Rachel Whipple Small continues to live in Gainsville, Florida and is involved with the state and national Democratic Women’s clubs. Richard Maxwell is still birding & hiking, including a trip to the Canadian Rockies & Glacier N.P. in Montana. 1945 Fred Arno was inducted into TA’s Athletic Hall of Fame over Homecoming weekend. Arno spends each summer in his Raymond, Maine, cottage and enjoys winters in Oregon. His granddaughters keep him active. Helen Lundy Boyd now has six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, including identical twin boys born in August. 1946 David Patriquin reports that he is thoroughly enjoying his retirement. Wallace Nutting, a retired four star general in the U.S. Army, received a Distinguished Graduate award from West Point in June. Susanne Garon Horne worked at Prudential for 32 years, worked at WIDE for 7 years and worked for City Hall for 7 years. 1948 William Bogas is living in Florida and doing great in the warm weather. Rosemary Fettinger Worth has moved back to Saco’s Atlantic Heights retirement community after living in Connecticut for 54 years. Ruth Drysdale Frazier has retired from working as a volunteer in church related activities. She became a grandparent when her son and wife had two children. Harriet Larkin Wilson’s husband of 59 years, Albert, passed away last fall. 1949 Kenneth Foss continues to enjoy Florida and his retirement. He reports that park activities keep him busy but he and his wife still visit Maine for weddings, graduations, and the family Christmas. They have five children, 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Teresa Hooper Mann completed 3500 hours with the Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington Auxiliary Volunteers. She is still bowling and delivering Meals on Wheels. Mary Neal Morrison, retired from the special education office at Escorse Public Schools, goes to Maine twice a year. She’s also in Arizona once a year to visit her


daughter & family, including two greatgrandchildren. Jeanine Wortman Post briefly visited Maine in May and had a wonderful time with Jan Kirby Clark ’49 and Dick Clark ’48 and Ginny Moody (Bob Moody ’48). She says Thornton looks great. 1950 Marcella Colpitts Bates, who is married to David J. Bates ’49, has two children and six grandchildren. The couple has been married 55 years. Mahlon Lary has been spending winters in Florida after retiring from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1992. Barbara Pillsbury Bradstreet has relocated back to Glouster, Mass. She is on kidney dialysis and is taking part in a balance and mobility program sponsored by Gordon College. 1951 Audrey Cole Fogg reports that the 3rd Annual Don Fogg Memorial Golf Tournament was held July 14. There were 80 golfers in attendance to help raise funds for the Don Fogg Memorial Scholarship Fund. Last year’s recipients of this scholarship were Darcy Carrier ’08 and Nicholas Janelle ’08. G. Robert Wentworth attended the University of Maine at Orono for two years, Bob Jones University for four years, and spent 22 years stationed in Alaska with the U.S. Army. He’s now retired after working in three woolen mills and Cord Spurwink Co. Helena Cardin Gannon was honored as Volunteer of the Year 2008 at the annual meeting of the Portland Symphony Board of Trustees. She was thanked for serving as a volunteer usher for 16 years. 1952 Margaret Hooper Cote’s husband George “Bob” Cote passed away in February. Mary Gochie Blaisdell is traveling to Florida with her younger sister Sally Gochie Chase ’55 for a few months a year. She also travels to Georgia, Washington, D.C. and Rhode Island, enjoys camping in Maine, volunteers with her church and food cooperative, and has get togethers with family and clubs. Anita LeBlond Fleming is retired from Raytheon Aircraft as a master scheduler. She and her husband Joe have been married for 54 yrs. They have four children, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Elizabeth Milliken Schumaker retired from Stetson University as a professor of exercise science and is enjoying her family and two horses. She rides daily and has eight grandchildren. Forrest Tripp and his wife Ruth celebrated their 50th anniversary in July with a big family surprise party. Lawrence Spulick has two great-granddaughters in Germany. Helen Rancourt Hilton has been retired for 10 years and spends her time volunteering with her church and spending time with her kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loves to travel and has been on a couple of cruises. She spends each winter in Florida and the rest of year in New Hampshire. Constance Sellers Briggs lives in Oakland, Maine, and winters in Florida on Pine Island. She is enjoying retired life with her husband, five kids and 13 grandkids. 1953 Rita Choroszy Boudreau celebrated her 50th Anniversary by going to the Grand Canyon with her daughter and

husband. Barbara Mackenzie Smith has composed and recorded four CDs about the state of Maine. These solo piano pices and are available at Stone Soup Artisans in Saco or by contacting [email protected] David Kennedy bred a new species of iris and named it Thornton Gold. Specimens are planted in alumni garden outside the TA Alumni House. Lily Hirst Yarnell has been promoting the restoration of Wood Island Lighthouse. She and her husband Laurier were keepers from 1959 to 1963. 1954 John Hanning enjoyed last year’s spring and fall visits with Justine Cote & husband and teammate Woody Davis ’54. He and his wife Winona are looking forward to next year’s 55th reunion. Ancyl Thurston has been retired since 1995 from the Maine Forest Service and Army Reserves after 30 plus years of service to both. He is now enjoying life! Richard Mitchell is expecting his first great-grandchild in January. Harold Pendleton is retired and raising his austistic grandson who is 7 years old. 1956 Geoffrey Ragsdale retired in 1979 from the U.S. Navy and from Key Services Corp in 1998. Now he’s working with a nationwide distribution system and has been married 46 years. He has three kids and six grandchildren. Jocelyn Janson Martin will retire in December after 33 years at Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution in Saco. Roger Spaulding was inducted into TA’s Athletic Hall of Fame over Homecoming weekend. 1957 Odessa Nason Szumita has been doing much better with her health and is enrolled in a Pulmonary Rehab program. Sylvia Fortier Greco celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary in September. Roland Dubois has been married to his wife, Bette, for 44 years, has three children who are all married, and two grandchildren. Florence Ross McCormick says her granddaughter Jennifer was married in September. Her grandson was on leave from Iraq at the time but she was able to meet his wife and great-granddaughter. Ethel Boothby Beaudoin recently moved back to Saco after 10 years. She visited Jeanette Tardiff Stewart in Florida, is retired and enjoying life, doing volunteer work and having yard sales. Michael Roussin received a doctorate degree in Spanish form the University of Sala Manca in Spain. Shirley Hayford Beaudoin’s daughter Laurie Jacques graduated from USM with a master’s degree in education. 1958 Dianne Burgess Burke has a new grandson, Brad, child of Michael and Yuly. Haley and Jedd are 16 and 13, children of Bonnie. Carole Warren Spiller also has a new grandson Brady Arthur Spiller, born in March, as well as two other grandchildren, Alexandria 3, and Katherine, 18 months. Her husband Don retired in September. Arlene Tracy Laskey has been married since 1968 and has two sons, Ed and Mike, who are married with their own families. 1959 Ernest Morrill has four grandkids, a


son in Maine, and two others in Arizona. He plays lots of golf in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Ruby Jolin Dohner welcomed her first grandchild in July of last year. Jeanne Gregoire Martin is enjoying her retirement and keeping busy with her granddaughters and painting. Robert Spulick, who has been retired since 1988, has two great-granddaughters born in Germany. 1960 Andrew Kochis is retired and says babysitting his grandkids is the best! Joan Bouffard Camire has been married 44 years now and has two adult children and five grandchildren, including one at Thornton Academy Middle School. William Soucy’s wife Daphne Victor Soucy ’61 passed away in August. 1961 Patricia Massie is still volunteering at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington in Virginia. In retirement she also walks the neighbors dogs. Peter Gordon is a senior business consultant for American Management Services, Inc. He has been married for 42 years and says he has a marvelous family. Anne Koutoulakos Maragus is the proud grandparent of six grandchildren. She travels with them and still works. Michael Prejean is enjoying kayaking, hiking and ballroom dancing. 1962 Susan Willey Marston retired from teaching in June. Her famous pink piano, which accompanied thousands of children in song, will stay on at C.K. Burns School. Roberta Sargent Gallant retired from her position as children’s library assistant at McArthur Library in Biddeford in June after 29 years of service. Aurel Paquette retired as an international purchasing manager earlier this year. She is still involved in music. 1963 Richard Rouillard retired as a law enforcement officer in December of last year. He served 9 years with the York County Sheriff’s Department and 11 years with the Biddeford Police Department. He now works part time for his two sons’ business, Central Furniture and Appliances. He resides in Saco with his wife Susan Gagne Rouillard ’72. Richard Pelletier has been appointed as the suspension and debarment official for the Environmental Protection Agency. In this position he judges cases of waste, fraud, abuse, or other behavior that indicates a lack of business ethics or integrity who should be suspended or debarred from doing future business with the federal government. Linda Zello Ladakakos, founder of the Saco Jets, celebrated the 45th anniversary of the baton twirling association. The group was featured in both the Portland Press Herald and Journal Tribune in 2008. Sally Stoddard Dearborn’s oldest grandchild graduated from McCauley High School in Portland this past spring and began attending St. Joseph’s College in Standish this fall. Robert Lamontagne has retired. 1964 Richard Atwater recently published a new book on the historical recap of intelligence operations in Soviet Affairs and counter-terriorism during the Cold War. Its title is “The Man Who Helped Bring

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and chief financial officer of Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution.

1965 David Hickey retired from Delta Airlines in 2005 with 32 years of service. Now he is employed as an avaition safety inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration. Irene Halasz retired to Maine in January after living in Pennsylvania and Maryland for the last 10 years. Norman Dubois retired this June after 38 years of teaching high school math. His son, Chris, is lawyer in San Francisco, and daughter Renee teaches on Peaks Island. Dennis Petit had a stroke in September of 2006 and he is rehabing at the River Ridge Neurorehabilitation Center in Kennebunk. If any classmates would like to email him, his address is [email protected]

1978 Roland Emerson is working on his acting career and making progress. To learn more, go to Joseph Gregoire has a beautiful granddaughter named Sophia Maya Ann Dove who was born in June.

1966 Irene Morin Martell spends six months in Florida and another six in New Hampshire. She loves making memories with family and friends. Louise Whitten Doughty has retired after working 30 years for the U.S. Postal Service. She plans to spend time with her family and to remain an active member of Lions Clubs International. Over the years she has traveled to Europe, Asia and the Caribbean and now just wants to spend a little more time traveling here in the states. Richard Bailey is building a house and workshop on Siltcoos Lake in Oregon. He says there are beautiful lake views, no blackflies or bugs! William Searle just completed a year’s sabbatical writing books on teaching for college faculty. 1967 Wayne Grenier has been working at Province Lake Golf Course for six years. This year he’s tournament director, pro shop manager and helps with accounting. David Massie was in the Army 12 years and Bath Iron Works for 21 years. He golfs, travels and goes fishing. Richard Wood had his first greatgrandchild in May, Ethan Thomas Galaffi who was born in Whitefish, Montana. Janice Boutet Martell has a web site up and running at 1969 Elizabeth Menard Brumback and her husband Dan left corporate America and bought a business in Boca Raton, Florida. 1970 William Donald and wife Jean Winston Donald ’69 own a couple of Planet Fitness gyms in Florida and see Alan Polackwich frequently. Susan Martel Branyen and her husband Gary visited their daughter, Becky, at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs where she is a Class 3 or sophomore. Susan’s son, Tim, is a senior at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and Sarah turned 18 this summer. Michael Spaulding attended TA’s Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony on Homecoming weekend and accepted the honor for his brother, Roger. Chris Hadiaris’ daughter Stephanie Hadiaris graduated from USM with a bachelor’s degree in media studies, a minor in economics, and concentration in business administration in May. Nicholas Hadiaris became a registered professional engineer in Virginia and was promoted to project manager at The Timmons Group in Richmond.

1981 Mary Boutet McHugh has been at Mercy Hospital for the past 2 and a half years as the manager for clinical nutrition. She has two girls ages 11 and 13 and lives in South Portland. Thomas Kane and his wife Roberta McAuliffe Kane ’83 have two daughters at TA who are a freshman and sophomore. Photo submitted by Roy Fairfield ’36 Historian, author and educator Roy Fairfield ’36, left, in September welcomed Betty Chan Po-king, center, to Maine along with her husband and niece. Fairfield’s wife Maryllyn is at right. Chan is director of the Yew Chung Educational Foundation and worked under the supervision of Fairfield in the 1980s while pursuing her doctorate degree in education. Headmaster Carl J. Stasio, Jr. met Chan on a recent trip to China when he traveled with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on American and International Schools Abroad, which accredited Yew Chung’s school in Shanghai. During her visit, Chan visited Thornton Academy and caught up with Fairfield.

Joan Fink was elected chairperson of Southern Maine Medical Center’s Board of Directors in May. She has served on the board since 2002 and works as a consultant specializing in organizational and financial systems management and policy development. 1971 James Bonang has been living in the Chicago suburbs for the past two years as a field service engineer for Teleflex Medical covering the central US and eastern Canada. Sharon Smith Landry received the 2007 American Cancer Society Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award. She is the Southern Maine breast and cervical health coordinator for York County, and was given the award for her extraordinary efforts to ensure women get yearly mammograms. David Dardano moved back to Saco from Portland. 1972 Jeanne DeNaples Peterson-Kamfonik moved back to southern Maine. She’s working as a project manager for Wise Business Forms in their Portland facility. Charles Massie ran the Beach to Beacon but is getting slower every year and wishing golf scores could go down as running times go up. 1973 Steve Fennell opened a new alternative energy store in Saco with his wife Cathy Frost Fennell ’75. The Saco Solar Store will allow Mainers access to quality products and education on alternative energy use. Dwight Havu built another house, his wife Liz is back at UNE after 10 years and their son is looking at colleges. Julia Hennessy is finishing her third year of teaching at Mallett School in Farmington. She spends a week at the beach each summer with TA classmates Kathi Staples, Audrey Allen and Vicki Schaffer. 1974 Stephen Dupuis was elected president

of the Cumberland Motor Club for 2008. He’s looking forward to the upcoming season where he can run his 2003 MR2 Spyder. John Culloton is happily married and happily employed at Vishay. 1975 Patricia Aube Doiron’s son Christopher Doiron ’98 married Hilaire Savage ’00 in June. They are expecting their first child in January. Her daughter Kathryn Doiron ’02 graduated from the University of New England and is now working as a registered nurse at SMMC. Elizabeth Procter-Gray had three graduations this year: daughter Erika’s from Eaton University, son Ron’s from St. Johns High School, and her own in Public Health from UMass. Erika also married Greg Walton ’03 and has settled in Maine. Ron is at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Richard Benway is working for Carquest Auto Park as a driver. Cathy Frost Fennell opened a new alternative energy store in Saco with her husband Steven Fennell ’73. The Saco solar store will allow Mainers access to quality products and education on alternative energy use. Amy Belliveau was inducted into TA’s Athletic Hall of Fame over Homecoming weekend. Jon Dupuis moved the business Dupuis Hardware and Locksmith to 104 Elm Street in Biddeford last February. This increased store space to 7,000 sq ft. The business has served the Biddeford/Saco area for 51 years. Janice Pendleton says that she loves playing in the Alumni Field Hockey and Basketball Games! 1976 George Mendros was named Coach of the Year by the Maine Sunday TelegramPortland Press Herald in July. In his 15th season as the Golden Trojans’ boys track coach, he led the team to a Class A state title. It was the team’s first outdoor state title since 1990. Robert Quentin in March was named senior executive vice president, treasurer


1982 Paul Rondeau says after 19 years of running Paul’s Variety in Biddeford he started a new career working for Biddeford Police Department in April. Brenda Morin Oldenburg married Bryan Oldenburg ’81 in 1983 and the couple had their 25th anniversary in July. Bryan died last month to brain cancer. The couple has two daughters who are 18 and 13 years old. 1983 Jennifer Trask Jones has been married to Steve Jones for 5 years. The couple has a combined family of four: Steve, 22, is an E5 in the Navy Nuclear Program; Derek, 20, is considering enlisting in the Army and working hard locally; Ben, 20, is a junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and Aisha, 18, just graduated BHS and will be enlisting in the Army. Steve and Jennifer have both worked for Fairpoint (formerly Verizon) for about 21 years. They live in Lyman. Kimberley Graffam Meikle is working as a paralegal specialist in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland. Catie Curtis has been performing at Stone Mountain and Jonathan’s in Ogunquit. She also recently donated 15 guitars to the Fresh Air Fund, a program for economically challenged inner city kids based in New York City. Her ninth album, “Sweet Life,” was released this year. David Sullivan is creative director at ADMedia Communications in Portland. Christopher Peterson is associate professor of choral music education at California State University in Fullerton. He and his wife Tina live in Long Beach with their two dogs. 1984 Christopher Koutalidis just had his third child Willia, in August and moved back to New England from Dallas to be closer to family and are living in Hampton, N.H. Scott Nason has a job working as the technology director fro SAD 6. His wife Kris Hoitt Nason ’84 is a social worker in MSAD 57. They have two children, Lexi, 10, and Jacob, 7, and live in Saco. 1985 Joel Levesque is serving in the Pentagon and continuing his military career. Angela Boudreau Searles, her husband and six boys moved to Knightdale, North Carolina, in August. Her daughter Jenn ’04 gave birth to Landon on March 13 and joins his sister, Gracie, who is now 3 years old. Robert Morowski started his own business, Dr. Stereo, in 1998. He also owns a property maintenance business, Snowman Property Service. He got married in June and is living in Standish.


Class Notes Donald Saucier volunteers as chief pilot for the State of Maine Civil Air Patrol. He is in the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and holds the rank of major. 1986 Colleen Allen Maynes recently returned from a Missions Trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic where she treated a young man with severe lymphedema. She will be doing a fundraiser for him to come to the U.S. for two months for treatment. 1988 Deborah Fournier Camire lives in Saco with her husband Craig and three sons: Chris, Jon and Ben. She enjoyed running into classmates over the summer. Jason Haskell and his wife celebrated their 10th anniversary together with a trip to Italy. Bradley Meserve went his 20th Reunion at Jon Stewarts’ house and says it was “an awesome time”! Anthony LeBlanc was promoted to Bank Secrecy Act Officer at Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution this spring. 1989 Devra Bouffard Holmquist welcomed a second child, Audrey Geneva Germaine Holmquist, in January 2007. Her father passed away in November of 2006. She is now working at IDEXX Laboratories. Susan Forest Lance says after her husband got out of the Navy 9 years ago, they have settled in Michigan with their three kids: Jon (16), Brad (12) and Jessica (8). This year they will be celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary. Denise Perreault Cintron is married with one son and he’s four years old. She loves being a stay-at-home mom in Florida. 1990 Michael Babcock and his wife Jennifer had a son who they named Evan Michael in October 2007. Mike is living in Bangor and is the Molecular Biology supervisor at Dahl Chase Diagonostic Sevices. 1991 Michelle Binette Harlfinger has returned to her home town in August 2007. She graduated with a master’s degree in May 2007 and is now working at Liberty Mutual. April Cobb Jones has been sick and fighting a lung infection. She wishes everyone the best of health and welcomes anyone to get in touch with her. 1992 Jennifer Cooper Mullett and her husband celebrated their 13th anniversary. She went on a trip this fall with her daughter, Lauren, from the University of Maryland. They went down with the Odyssey of the Mind teams from MSAD #57. Samantha Korpaczewski Lane is married and has one child. She is a registered nurse on a cardiac floor and lives in Maryland. 1993 Kelly McKague MacVane was married in June 2007 to Ernie MaCvane, a police officer in Windham. They have three boys: Kyle, 11, Evan, 9, and Tyler 1 1/2. She lives and works in South Portland.


1994 Matt Gooding was promoted to the rank of Major in the United States Army. For his service in Afghanistan he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor. 1995 Melissa Littlefield Farley married David M. Farley, Sr. in 2003. She has a six-year-old son named Devin Pratt as well as a daughter, Abigail Elizabeth Farley, born in 2006. Amber Fradette Slater is still living in Kingsland, Georgia. She remarried in October 2007 to Mike Slater and this past May they welcomed a son, Raiden Maximus. He joins a blended family of 5 sisters and a brother. Melissa Garland Stolper and her husband welcomed their first child, a daughter named Madeline, in August. 1996 Antonia Scmidt Lapierre and her husband, Tom, welcomed their second child, Preston, in October 2007. Amanda Dulac Coughlin and her husband Joe Coughlin welcomed their third child Ava Grace, on August of last year. Her oldest daughter Alexis is four years old and her son Will is two and a half. The family is currently stationed in Henderson, Nevada, where Joe is a captain in the U.S. Air Force. Amy Starnes recently got married to Elias Carlston in Santorini, Greece. They are living in Boston, where she’s an information security engineer for Partners Healthcare and Elias is a systems engineer for Zipcar. 1997 Katie Parisien Geddes had a daughter, Caroline, in May. 1998 Brenda Boucher Coulombe got married in September 2007 to Brady Coulombe. They are living in Saco and Brenda is working at Lucinda’s Day Spa, where she’s been for 10 years. Sarah Daigneault Moore and her husband Joel welcomed son Nicholas Aiden Moore in March. He joins their threeyear-old son Benjamin. 1999 Arianna Vakas Hudson was promoted to assistant vice president at Fairfield County Bank. She still resides in Fairfield, Conn. with her husband Frank. Jennifer Hatch Sirois had a baby girl, Olivia Rose Sirois, in July with her husband Ricky Sirois ‘98. Sandy Schmidt married Patrick Coombs in August 2007 in Boston. The couple now resides in Dedham, Massachusetts and Sandy works as the Investor Relations Manager at Oscient Pharmaceuticals. Marissa Gagnon attended the Olympics in Beijing in summer 2008 as a senior athlete manager with Octagon, a worldwide sports agency with offices in Portland. She works with athletes like Michael Phelps. She was also in the 2004 summer games in Athens as well as the 2006 winter games in Torino, Italy. Gagnon’s position requires handling the public appearances, media requests and sponsorships for athletes. 2000 Elizabeth Furbish in March moved to New York City to work in marketing the Mid-Atlantic region for Sports

Illustrated. Michelle Bissonnette Winn and her husband Wayne Winn Jr. had their third child, a girl named Savannah Jean Winn, in February. Eric Peterson was living in Washington and working as a consultant for the pharmaceutical industry but recently moved to Medford, Mass. to begin a doctorate program in chemistry at Tufts University. Nicole Durand Derr is moving back to Maine and starting work as a freelance photographer for weddings and fine art. She encourages classmates who are having babies and weddings to get in touch with her through her web site: 2001 Stephen Dupuis got engaged to Angela Labonte ‘03 in August of 2008. They plan to have a fall 2009 wedding. Stephen is co-managing Dupuis Hardware at their new location on Elm St in Biddeford. He loves running his own business. Justin Poissant completed an osteopathic program in Arizona and is taking boards summer 2008. Crystal Gomes is attending Carnegie Mellon University to obtain her master’s degree in costume design. 2002 Christopher Tripp earned bachelor’s degree in English from USM in May and is an outreach worker for the Frannie Peabody Center in Portland. Michael Peterson in August moved to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, to teach high school and middle school math. Maryellen Pribish is living in New York City attending Columbia University Medical School in a pediatric nurse practioner program. 2003 Tracy Burgess Velazquez and her husband Javier welcomed a baby boy named Xavier Atlan in August. Melissa Gagnon graduated from The University of New Hampshire. Stephanie Hadiaris graduated from USM in May with a bachelor’s degree in media studies, a minor in economics and a concentration in business administration. Angela Labonte got engaged in August to Steve Dupuis ’01 and they plan to have a fall 2009 wedding. Megan Bovill married in August and is teaching in Baltimore through Teach for America. Nicole Sevigny is working for Wiggins Airways as a First Officer in their King Air based out of Manchester, N.H. Christine Felser’s mother Terry, a longtime teacher at Burns School, passed away in May after a long battle with cancer. Alicia Doukeris recently attended her one year reunion at Bates College. Since graduation she has been employed by the Harvard Business School in external relations development. She began graduate school courses this fall. 2004 Petro Boucouvalas is a private first class in the Army and has completed basic training in Fort Lewis in Washington State. With additional field work he will soon be heading to Iraq. Emma Arenstam graduated in May from Bates College with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and interdisciplinary studies. She also received the


Marcy Plavin Dance Award in 2008 and studied at University College in Dublin, Ireland, in fall 2006. Christina Marie Gregoire was awarded a bachelor’s degree from Bentley College in May and graduated magna cum laude. She majored in business finance and plans to finish her masters program in the 2008-2009 school year. She is currently interning at State Street Finance in Boston. Benjamin Carignan graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in May with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering technology. He’s now living on Naticook Lake in New Hampshire. He sailed as a third assistant engineer (civil mariner) aboard Naval auxillary support and supply ships employed by Military Sealift Command. Daniel Desrochers graduated from Franklin Pierce this year with a degree in mass communications. Nicole Voccia graduated from USM in May with a major in psychology and she’s the head riding instructor at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough. Autumn Welt this spring presented her dance choreography at the American College Dance Festival located at Goucher College. She brought research on abstract theory and kinesthetic logic to the Nattional Conference of Undergraduate Research at Salisbury University. Jennifer Canning is engaged to Samuel Lobel, and they are planning a September 2009 wedding in Portland. Jessica Perkins graduated from USM with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and she was interning in elementry education this spring. Shawn Rumery graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Penn., in May and then relocated to Pittsfield, Mass., to start an Americorps VISTA position doing community development work. 2006 Jill Santamore is a junior at the College of Holy Cross. Samuel Christenbury was recently honored with a proclamation from the city of Saco and a proclamation from Sen. Susan Collins for completing the Journey of Hope cross-country bicycle trek this summer. He was part of a 100person team of riders who completed the 4,000 mile ride this year, which raised more than $500,000 for the national disabilities awareness organization Push America. 2007 David Saucier completed basic training & A.I.T training for the U.S. Army in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, as a combat engineer. He is currently stationed in Bamberg, Germany. Monique Bishop, Briana Galiardi, Amanda Harrison, Christa-Marie Magee, Jillian McDonough and Jennifer McGrath took part in Saint Josephs College nursing program’s “Blessing of the Hands Ceremony” in September. 2008 Scott Madden graduated from Air Force boot camp in San Antonio, Texas in October. He’s now at Sheppard Air Force Base in Witchita Falls, Texas, for four months at technical school specializing in aircraft maintenance. From there he will go to Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, for four weeks to complete his training.

2011 Bicentennial Preparation Begins!

Students Become Thornton Historians April 29, Wednesday. I got my seat changed today for laughing. I sit now in the front of the room on the boys side. To tell the truth I’m in the glory. I began to give away my pictures today. They are going awfully fast. So reads the 1908 diary entry of senior Leonora Lord. Rubie Gaudette and Julia Townsend, both Class of 2009, take turns reading the text and typing, stopping regularly to comment. Across the room two other seniors tackle the diary of Nora’s cousin and fellow student, Laura Lord, written in the same year. “Can you believe how late they are out walking the streets?” “I thought girls back then couldn’t do anything. She’s hardly ever home.” “Yeah, they take the train to Portland and to Kennebunk and Wells all the time.” Silence as more transcribing is done. Then, “Boy, some things never change.” When asked what that means, the answer is familiar. “She has about three or four boys she’s seeing on different nights.” The ways things are different and the ways they are the same are topics every class period when students examine Thornton history. In having the opportunity to handle primary documents, students get a unique education. No one has filtered this history for them. They must grapple with words that no longer are used. They must discover what social mores are different 100 years ago (young teachers dating students, for example). History becomes alive—and they are helping to write it. “In history class you don’t get to see the people. Reading things from real life makes history easier to understand,” says senior Grace Martin. Around the campus other students are handling documents, creating archive lists of old TA playbills, sorting photos, creating a catalog of the contents of TA Tripods, learning how to do historical research and learning how the role of the historian shapes that history. “Between now and the BicentenRecent Donations. T-Club rules, donated by Lucille Mistos Anderson. Members of the Class of 1953 in New York City as they travel on a trip to Washington D.C., donated by Sara Morrill Read. This the only personal D.C. snapshot in the archives from 1931 onward!

proaching history.” The diaries of the Lord cousins are one example. Already several students in Mr. Hanright’s theater production class are using the diaries and a novella written by Laura to construct one-act plays for the spring of 2009. In another class, students are Class of 2009 students work on archives. researching the Kathyrn Hersom and Grace Martin transcribe Thornton campus Laura Lord’s diaries, while Brett Meiler and for information for Nelson Merrick organize photo archives. a walking tour of campus, both real nial we hope to engage most of our and virtual. students at some level in ThornOther projects set for this ton’s history,” says Headmaster school year involve local and alumCarl J. Stasio, Jr. “Whether that be ni connections to the Civil War and working on the archives, cataloguWWII and the local mills. In second ing original documents, or writing semester, TATV will be broadcastabout something related to our his- ing spots on Thornton history on tory in our communities. the local cable channel. “Today’s world is so different. This past summer, the oldest When students are able to discover alumni classes were invited to help firsthand how things change over with the student projects in a letter time—or don’t—they will underfrom Coffman and historian Roy stand the past better and may Fairfield ‘36. begin to think about how the future “The response has been very will see our time period.” good,” says Coffman, “I have had To help coordinate student wonderful phone conversations, projects related to TA history, and we have had donations of exStasio hired retired Finance and Ad- cellent archives.” vancement Director Cathy Coffman Sara Morrill Read ‘53 read the part-time. Between now and 2011 letter and responded. She had she hopes to coordinate dozens of unique pictures of her student student projects. days as well as of her grandfather, “I think people will be amazed Ernest Morrill, the Pepperrell mill at what students will discover and agent from 1910-24. produce,” says Coffman. “Students “It is a wonderful idea to get have a very personal way of apstudents involved in studying

Thornton’s history,” she says. “I hope more people go through their drawers and participate.” One loan that Coffman values is a complete set of Pepperrell newsletters for all the WWII years from Harold Boudreau ‘51. “Not only is there extraordinary information about the mills,” says Coffman, “but there is a complete picture of the homefront efforts, with letters from local soldiers and essays written by soldiers themselves.” At the Senior Alumni Reunion in September, Coffman, Fairfield, and retired Associate Head Mary Nasse invited participants to begin sharing memories and suggestions for the Bicentennial. Many wanted to organize a Washington trip! In the coming months Coffman and Nasse will be inviting others to help vision the Bicentennial as well as launching a project involving former teachers. “We hope many alumni join the students and get involved in preparing Thornton for this historical celebration, “says Stasio. “History is always uncovering 100- and 200year-old diaries, letters, and photos. I hope our alumni will come forward and help us tell the story of TA men and women.” Mike Bailey, Class of 2010, has been researching the John Locke Building and says he has “enjoyed the chance to look at firsthand information rather than the Internet. It really helps to get to the meat of the subject.” He regrets he didn’t find any firsthand archives about Locke’s growing up or his school days. Who knows? Perhaps that information is available from a someone reading this very page.

Giving Students Historical Resources: Can You Help? In developing historical projects related to Thornton Academy between now and the Bicentennial in 2011, both specific and general archival materials are needed. If you have anything described below, please call Cathy Coffman at 207-282-3361, ext. 235 or email her at [email protected] Donations, loans, permission to copy—whatever you are comfortable with, she can help you arrange. Project-Related Materials Sought uThe Local Mills: Anything related to the local mills from any time period, the older the better—from photos to videos, work gear, letters and diaries, company newsletters, scrapbooks kept about mill news/life, etc. uCivil and World War I and II: Materials such as photos, letters home, diaries kept, interviews during or post-war, newspaper stories, homefront activities, anything that captures the firsthand war experiences of local men and women from Saco, Dayton and Arundel. Archive Materials Sought from 1811 to present uFormal group photos: graduation, teams, DC trips, clubs, etc. (see archive list of missing group photos around Thanksgiving on TA’s new website). uCasual photos: friends hanging out, proms and other dances, TA games and events, anything showing campus, candids of teachers, etc. uAny video of TA events, especially in early years of reel projectors and handheld video cameras uClassroom essays, papers, tests and other work products as well as actual old textbooks and anything written by a teacher to student uFiction and poetry written when a student uDiaries and scrapbooks kept as students uStudent newspapers (see archive list mentioned above for missing issues) uArtifacts: play bills, dance programs, uniforms, old TA memorabilia, athletic and club programs/products.



Want to Know More? Log on to In October, Thornton Academy launched a revamped web site at According to Information Technology Director Ben Nasse ’93, it’s now easier than ever to see what’s happening at TA, whether it’s the score for a recent basketball game, an upcoming parent-teacher meeting or the performance dates of the school play. “The site is user friendly and is full of great information that’s updated frequently,” Nasse said. Log on and enjoy the site’s new look, better functionality and improved communication tools. You can go on a virtual campus tour, e-mail a teacher, see what events are on the school calendar, look through a gallery of reunion photos, make a gift to the Thornton Fund or submit a change of address to make sure you receive future issues of Postscripts. Details about major projects like the residence hall currently under construction will also be shared online. TA staff developed the site with WhippleHill Communications, which specializes in providing a rich online presence for independent schools. Thornton Academy teachers, students and parents will continue to use TAOnline, which operates as a virtual classroom.

Thornton Academy’s updated web site can be accessed at www.thorntonacademy. org. Check it out to see the latest sports scores, read about upcoming events, learn about reunions in 2009, or get the low down on recent activities and educational programs.

In Memoriam 1925 Harry Legallee of Biddeford in February 1992. 1932 Charles Fenderson of Saco in July. 1933 Carleton Cole of Saco in October. 1935 Elsie Hood Burns of Dayton in April. Archibald Sinclair of Wilbraham, Mass., in July. 1936 Melkon Bagdasarian of Middlebro, Mass., in July. Fotis Hadiaris of Saco in May, father of TA teacher Leon Hadiaris ’70. 1937 Wendell B. Willett of Saco in August, father of trustee Mark Willett ’65. 1939 Edna Annett Bogerd of Laurel, Md., in February 2007. Leo Buda of Dayton in October. Lawrence Cabot of Biddeford. Raymond D. Smith of Waterville in August. 1940 Aleck Brikiatis of Saco in September. Gertrude N. Olson Lonsdale of Columbia, S.C. in January. William Smith in March 1994. 1941 Robert Brickates of Saco in February. Robert H. Knox of Saco in April. Robert Lamontagne of Saco in April. 1943 Phillip Descoteaux Jr. of Lowell, Mass., in October. John R Fortier of North Waterboro in April. Isabelle MacIntosh Strickland of Melbourne, Florida, in April. Marjorie Gould Viets of Lynn, Mass., in March. 1944 Francis A. Bennett of Lyman in October. Doris Pellerin Fortney of Lyman in August 2007. Gordon F. Guest of Scarborough in July.


The names that appear “In Memoriam” have been received by Thornton Academy since Postscripts was last published. We make every effort to notify our readers about alumni who are deceased, but we rely on friends and family to mail us obituaries – especially for those living out of state. Send notices to the Alumni Office at 438 Main Street, Saco, Maine, 04072 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Eugene LePage of Biddeford in July. Kenneth H. Taylor Jr. of Griffin, Georgia, in November 2007. 1956 Jeremiah “Jerry” Twomey of Saco in May. 1958 Frank J. Lemoine of Gorham in February 2007. 1961 Edward LeBlanc of Dayton in February. John Moore of Saco in August. Daphne Victor Soucy of Saco in August. Lorraine Boissonneault St. Michel of Saco in July. 1962 Keith Mason of Portland in September.

1944 Thomas Mercier Sr. of Holden in September. 1945 Helen Rankin Fisher of Saco in August. Helen Tousignant Kastler of Augusta, Georgia, in April 2007. Jeanette Jackson Salvato of Kennebunk in July. 1946 Frances Taylor Ross of Scarborough in November. 1947 Rebecca Grace Littlefield of Lyman in September. 1948 Edward M. Goldman of Delray Beach, Florida, in May June Payzant Lanza of Hobe Sound, Florida, in July 2006. Paul “Pete” LePage of Biddeford June. Robert Steele of Portland in March. 1949 Natalie Glover of Saugerties, New York, in February. Ralph E. Letellier of Saco in March. 1953 Doris Metayer Keen of Saco in July.

1963 Allen Lisica of Saco in November. 1964 Paul Moore of Woolwich in May. 1966 Beverly Rouillard of Chesterland, Ohio, in August. 1968 Peter Cook of Venice, Florida, in August. Marc Corriveau of Biddeford in September. 1969 Everett Inman of Atlanta, Georgia, in September. 1972 Sandra Lachance Schoppee of Old Orchard Beach in November. 1973 O’Neil LeBlanc of Portland in May. 1977 Barbara Cross Goss of Saco in May.

1954 Janice Ayer of Scarborough in September.

1981 Bryan Oldenburg of East Waterboro in August. Kelly Roberts of Dayton in September.

1955 Dorothy Greene LaBelle of Lyman, S.C., in May.

2001 Kapono Kuheana of Hilo, Hawaii, in October.



Upcoming Events Children’s Winter Carnival

We are seeking volunteers to help organize reunions that will be held in the summer and fall of 2009. If you graduated in any of the years below or if you want more information on your upcoming reunion, contact Mary Nasse at [email protected] or (207) 282-3361, ext. 234. 1949 1969 1989










The reunion for the Class of 1969 has been scheduled for Aug. 15 at the Biddeford Saco Country Club from 7 to 11 p.m. Visit our web site for information about other reunion dates on TA’s new web site, Click on the “Alumni” heading to learn more.

The Thornton Academy Alumni Association and many student organizations are sponsoring the upcoming 8th Annual Children’s Winter Carnival on Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Linnell Gymnasium. Lots of teams and clubs offer a variety of activities—bowling, face painting, crafts, basketball and football throwing and kicking and other games— for children ages 2 to 10 to enjoy. Children buy game tickets for 25 cents, and they can win small prizes by playing games. Carnival-goers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Saco Food Pantry. The Athletic Boosters will sell refreshments. For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact Mary Nasse at 207-282-3361, ext. 234, or [email protected]

Red Cross Blood Drive This event, which is co-sponsored by TA students and the Alumni Association, is taking place on Thursday, March 19 at Linnell Gymnasium. Students and faculty may sign up to donate from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. while members of the public donate from 1 to 6 p.m. Those interested in volunteering or who want to donate blood should contact Mary Nasse at 207-282-3361, ext. 234, or [email protected]

Mary Nasse Returns to TA

Alumni Sports Games

Former Associate Head Mary Nasse recently returned to Thornton Academy and is now coordinating alumni events and activities for the school. Nasse has more than 20 years of experience working at TA and has worked in the education field for more than 30 years. Since departing from her administrative position in 2007, Nasse has continued to be involved with the school. She has served as an educational consultant for TA and in the 2007-08 school year helped launch an all-boys college preparatory English class aimed at boosting male achievement. She also volunteered at the 1st Annual Thornton Fund Auction last May. Questions about upcoming alumni events may be directed to Nasse at 207-282-3361, ext. 234 or [email protected]

Attention Class of 1975 Field Hockey: On Aug. 25, the annual TA field hockey game was held between alumni and the varsity squad. Above, Roberta “Sam” McAuliffe Kane ’83, left, played with TA player Lexie Carter ’10, middle, and Helen “Pookie” McAuliffe Corriveau ’81, right. Students beat alumni by 5-0. It was the first time that the varsity squad won in the game’s 13 year history. Goals were scored by Morgan Ouellete-Foss ’12, Katrina Thibodeau ’11, Hannah Baker ’09 and Christine Kirby ’10.Sarah Dunbar ’09 also scored on a penalty stroke.

Members of the class of 1975 are seeking photos and videos from previous reunions and from their school days to enliven their 35th reunion in 2010. If you have items to submit, e-mail Marc Picard at [email protected]

Class Leaders Are Wanted! Maybe you stay in touch with your classmates and know what they’re doing, who’s getting married, changing jobs or retiring. As a Class Chair, you keep an ear out for address changes and other updates to the alumni listings, send along interesting news for Class Notes, help organize reunions and recruit volunteers to help with the Thornton Fund and other projects. If you read Postscripts, attend reunions, or participate in other TA events, you know how important volunteers are to the continued success of the Alumni Association and to the future of our school overall. Here’s your chance to do your part! Contact Mary Nasse at 282-3361, ext. 234 or [email protected] saco. org.

Ice Hockey: On Nov. 28, alumni played alumni at the second annual ice hockey game at Biddeford Ice Arena with 44 players in attendance from the classes of 1988 through 2008. The end score was a tie, 6-6. Above, kneeling from left to right are Preston Delage ’08, Jayson Jalbert ’90, Steve Dube ’90, Dom Cloutier ’07, Drew Vaillancourt ’05, Eric Howard ’07, Nick Dyer ’04, Jason Boudreau ’95, Scott Rheault ’95, Nick Donilon ’98, Bill Lynch ’02 and Corey Gray ’97. Standing from left to right are Nick Laskey ’06, Andrew Letellier ’06, Craig Perham ’06, Jon Stewart ’88, Ryan Foss ’06, Ryan Prescott ’07, Ryan Hiltz ’97, Brian Mockler ’06, Mark Reed ’92, Dan Laskey ’07, Scott Fournier ’95, Brad Graffam ’89, Parker Mooney ’03, RJ Thompson ’04, Joey Cloutier ’05, Mike Collette ’05, Ryan Danley ’05, Jason Dutremble ’05, Shawn Haskell ’05, referee Ralph Hiltz, Jeff Marcotte ’00, Mike McCormick ’02, Zack Champagne ’07, Ricky Leclair ’07, Greg Lesperance ’94, Colin Albee ’02, Logan Douston ’08, Jack Sevigny ’06, Aaron Hiltz ’06, Mike Pellerin ’00, Matt Murphy ’00, Jayson Haskell ’03 and Dave Grigsby ’97.

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Thornton Giving Back to TA James H. Leary ’47 and his wife Edna encouraged TA donations on their 50th anniversary Jim Leary ’47 and his wife Edna have a lesson to teach when it comes to giving back to their community. For their 50th wedding anniversary last year, they asked friends and family to make a donation to Thornton Academy in lieu of gifts. “People feel they have to give something but a lot of times it’s an item that you have out for a while but it just ends up in the attic,” Jim said. Edna agreed. “We don’t need gifts. Thornton can use the money, and I don’t have to dust it.” Their generosity raised more than $1,000 for the Thornton Fund. Anyone living in Saco may have heard of the Leary Farm. Jim says he has been “semi-retired” for years but doesn’t know much about what it means to take a day off. He and Edna along with two more generations of the family keep busy – on holidays, Submitted photo on weekends and all the days in between – with about 100 cows on their property. Jim Leary and his wife, Edna, at their 50th wedding It’s the last dairy farm in Saco, a city once anniversary. In lieu of gifts, family and friends were encouraged to make donations to the Thornton Fund. populated by dozens of similar operations. The business is now run by the couple’s son Tim Leary ’77, who milks the cows twice daily just as someone in the family has done there each day, every day for more than 60 years. Jim says he believes that there were about 50 other farms just like his back when he graduated from Thornton Academy. And that’s certainly not the only thing to change over the years. “When I was in school, there were no more than six cars in the parking lot and most of those were owned by the teachers,” he said. “Main Street was a two-lane road back then. I graduated with a class of 80 students. It’s so different today even though it doesn’t feel like that long ago.” Jim, who lived in Scarborough until he was 13, said his life was never the same after an uncle passed away and left the 125See Giving Back on page 5

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