fall 2016

Class Notes





  • 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 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 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.”





  • 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.