fall 2016

Class Notes



  • HILL Nancy Ridill, G73; Donna Apgar, J64; Louise Copeland Marks, J64; and Dorothy Rubin Schepps, J64, G66, toured Costa Rica. Apgar writes, “After trading travel dreams at our fiftieth reunion, we made something happen together. We did it all: rainforest rafting, hiking, organic coffee farming, watching chocolate transform from fruit to the bar, and observing howling monkeys and myriad exotic birds and butterflies.”



  • HILL In recognition of his work to strengthen science and technology relations between Japan and the United States, Richard A. Meserve, J88P, received the 2016 Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, from the Japanese government. He has played an important role in the nuclear community in the United States and throughout the world as former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and as chairman of the International Nuclear Safety Group for the International Atomic Energy Agency. He is president emeritus of the Carnegie Institution for Science.





  • HILL Theo Killion, G75, was the 2016 commencement speaker at his alma mater, the Hill School, a private boarding school in Pottstown, PA. The school also presented him with a leadership award during its class day ceremonies. His career has focused on directing human resources operations and leading merchandising and buying for top retailers, including Macy’s, Tommy Hilfiger, L Brands, and HSN. He is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. 




  • HILL Jennifer Trainer Thompson has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Hancock Shaker Village, the living history museum and farm in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. She has more than twenty-eight years of experience in arts administration and culture, most recently as senior vice president of partnerships and external affairs at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). She is the author of twenty-two books, including ten acclaimed cookbooks, as well as articles on design, science, art, and lifestyle that have been published in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Travel & Leisure, Omni, and Harvard Magazine.



  • HILL Anthony V. Rao, a psychologist who practices in Lexington, MA, is a new member of the board of directors of the Discovery Museums. He has been a featured expert for the A&E series Investigative Reports and MTV’s True Life series and regularly appears on news segments pertaining to childhood. He is the author of The Way of Boys: Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys and is working on his next book.



  • HILL Jonathan Barron was selected as the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters 2015-16 Researcher of the Year. Barron, who has been with the Department of English since 1995, is an associate professor whose research focuses on American poetry and literature. He is the longtime director of the Robert Frost Society and the editor of the peer-reviewed annual journal the Robert Frost Review. His most recent book is How Robert Frost Made Realism Matter.


  • HILL Robert J. Munnelly Jr., a shareholder in the regulatory and administrative law area at the Boston law firm Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, been elected to the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association’s board of directors. He will help advance the association’s mission through new member outreach and education on commercial and regulatory developments in the retail electric and gas markets across New England.


  • HILL Sharon Reeber, a professor of art history at Missouri Western University, will give a presentation titled “Finding Harmony: Adolf Hoelzel’s Modernism” at the annual conference of the Midwest Art History Society. Reeber’s work marks the first time the seminal work of one of Stuttgart’s most renowned artists has been recognized and examined in North America. 





  • ENGINEERING Jay Calnan will be inducted into the Bristol (CT) Sports Hall of Fame in November. A 1983 graduate of Bristol Eastern High School, he played baseball and football in high school and football in college. He played four years of football and was captain of the Tufts football team, NESCAC champions in 1986. He has a construction management firm, based in Quincy, MA, and is one of five Tufts alums who are founding board members of Team Impact, a Massachusetts nonprofit that pairs children facing life-threatening or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams.

  • ENGINEERING Caroline Fitzgerald, A18P, is the new director of business development at Bond, a full-service construction management and general contracting company with offices throughout the Northeast. She is responsible for the firm’s education market sector. Fitzgerald is co-chair of the Boston Society of Architects’ Women Principals Group, serves on the town of Lexington’s Design Advisory Committee, and holds several memberships with Greater Boston industry associations.

  • HILL Susan B. Present was honored by New Jersey SEEDS, an educational nonprofit that works with high-achieving students from low-income families, with its Leading Change Award, which recognizes individuals who have enhanced educational opportunities for young people throughout New Jersey.



  • HILL Nina Smith, the executive director of GoodWeave International, the nonprofit seeking to end child labor in the handmade rug industry in India, Nepal, and Afghanistan, has been selected as the 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation. Smith received the award, which recognizes those who are “correcting market failures with tools of capitalism,” at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in June. GoodWeave’s work has contributed to an 80 percent decline in the prevalence of “carpet kids.” The organization has expanded its efforts to protect workers in brick kilns and the apparel industry. “Companies have spent more than $50 billion on corporate social responsibility and supply chain-related initiatives since 2011,” says Smith, “yet why is it that 168 million children still toil in global supply chains?” She says the most flagrant forms of child labor and forced labor occur in villages and even homes, but efforts to address abuse typically target only factories.







  • HILL Tara Nurin is the new beer and spirits contributor to Forbes.com. This year, she began writing a regular drinks column for New Jersey Monthly. She also co-hosts a weekly TV show about craft beer and cofounded a beer education and tasting company. She volunteers as the historian for the world’s only organization to advance women in the beer industry, and she founded New Jersey’s first craft beer appreciation group for women.







  • HILL Jennifer Uhrhane, an independent art consultant, was instrumental in acquisitions of the Lucien Aigner Collection to the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, the Yale University Art Gallery, and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The collection is an archive of photographs, negatives, recordings, film, books, magazine clippings, letters, and articles. Uhrhane proposed the Aigner Collection on behalf of the Aigner family after curating an exhibition of Aigner’s photographs in 2011. Aigner was a Hungarian-born photojournalist. His photograph of Benito Mussolini about to sneeze as the picture was taken made the cover of Newsweek in 1940.



  • ENGINEERING Michael Coughlin writes, “I am in my seventh year of teaching middle school science at Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School in Somerville. In 2015, the school competed in the New England Regional Future Cities competition and won the award for Best Education System for our innovative use of an educational system to sustain our food supply in the city. The Somerville Board of Aldermen also honored us with a citation recognizing our achievements. In 2016, we placed sixth overall at the competition and won the award for the Best City Model. I am also running a Lego robotics club after school.”

  • HILL Kasara M. Williams writes, “As of April 1, I was promoted at Cushman & Wakefield here in Washington, DC, in the property management department. After managing the operations of two Class A office buildings in downtown DC, I am now vice president. During the past year, I also earned a Team Management Excellence Award from my company and the Chapter Ambassador Award from my local chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management. Finally, I will be starting the FBI Citizens Academy.”



  • SACKLER Vicki P. Losick, a scientist at the MDI Biological Laboratory, a nonprofit biomedical research institute in Maine, reports that she has discovered a new mechanism for wound healing in fruit flies in which wounds are healed through cell growth. Instead of making more cells, the flies make bigger ones. The body’s ability to heal wounds is important in terms of injuries, surgical wounds, and degenerative diseases, such as heart disease. 


  • HILL Denisha McKenzie, an associate at the law firm Fisher & Phillips, has been elected vice president of the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association, an organization that is committed to diversity, professional improvement, and the advancement of justice through positive community involvement and excellence in law. She is an associate in the Irvine office, where she represents and counsels employers in all areas of labor and employment law in state and federal courts, as well as before state and federal agencies.

  • HILL Jason Yeager continues to split his time between New York City, where he is a jazz pianist/composer, and Boston, where he teaches piano at Berklee College of Music. He toured the West Coast and mid-Atlantic last year with his eponymous trio and attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music this summer.


  • HILL Former Tufts University All-American Taylor Dyer has been named assistant field hockey coach at Lehigh University. She had been an assistant coach at Tufts, including a three-month stint as interim head coach. Last season, she helped lead the Jumbos to an 11-6 record, including a trip to the New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinals. As a player, Dyer was a two-time Longstreth/ National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American, earning first team honors as a junior in 2010 and third team laurels as a senior.