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Seven former PA cross country runners held a surprise reunion in late June with track coach Steve Marx at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge, MA. Pictured here are Bob Muldoon ’77, Andrew Brescia ’77, Sam Butler ’72, Coach Marx, Ed Suslovic ’77, Bob Burnham ’76, Emile Zen ’77, & Henry Wigglesworth ’76.

Tajlei Levis ’85 and Sarah Heard ’85 enjoy reminiscing with Rabbi Everett Gendler this past May during a special reunion of the tripartite chaplaincy and the Jewish Student Union.

Luci Bingham ’64 recently traveled to Peru and led her second tour with the Connecticut Audubon Society, trekking into a remote part of the Andes where the indigenous Quechua people live. Luci’s grandfather, Hiram Bingham, Class of 1894, brought Machu Picchu to the world’s attention in 1911.

1978 classmates Mike Cannell, Jeff Strong, and Peter Tobeason were recently in New York for the release of Cannell’s book, Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling.

An impromptu memorial service for Don Gordon ’52, the 18th and last principal of Abbot Academy, was held on a beautiful, cool, clear afternoon April 29 on the Sacred Circle. Mary “Mimi” Kessler ’73 read the remarks she delivered at Gordon’s Memorial Service at the Trinity Methodist Church in Denver on July 18, 2016. She asked the 30 former Abbot students and one Andover student from the years 1971–1973, and several faculty members from those years who were in attendance to share their memories of Gordon. A number of people spoke, including Jim Lynch who told the story of Gordon hiring him for his first job as a math teacher at Abbot. The service concluded with the song “Good Night,” a round song that was often sung at Abbot. After the service, the group walked behind Draper Hall to the start of the Maple Walk to see a copper beech tree—Gordon’s favorite type of tree—that Leslie Hendrix ’73 arranged to have planted in his honor. At the base of the tree is a stone inscribed with Gordon’s name, title, and years of service at Abbot Academy (1968–1973).

On March 30, Stephanie Curtis Harman ’75 celebrated her 60th birthday in style with a tent in the backyard of her home in Woodside, CA. Pictured here are 1975 classmates George Cogan, Harman, Dick King, Mari Wellin King, and Kimberly Miller Casazza.

Catherine Hoover Petros, Candace Howes, and Anstiss Bowser Agnew, all Abbot Class of 1967, stroll through the Abbot Gates en route to their 50th reunion dinner.

Margery Goldman ’67 held her own at her 50th Reunion—even with a torn Achilles tendon.

The Will Hall boys in 1969.

Frank Cregg and Peter Hetzler, both Class of 1972, look at a photo of Will Hall residents during Reunion Weekend.

The Class of 1972 got together to restage a 1969 photo in front of Will Hall. Front row: Doug Bigwood, Tom Rawson, and Peter Hetzler; middle row: Phil Moore, Charles Hirschler, Doug Billman, Buzz Bissinger, and Christian Bremser; back row: George Church, Sam Butler, Jim Mayock, and Rick Berry.

A group of 1957 Abbot alumnae gathered at the Maple Walk during Reunion. From left: Gordy Amundson (Mary Wellman Amundson’s husband), Mary Wellman Amundson, Jody Bradley Bush, Dick Isabel (Joan Pelletier Isabel’s husband, who had the maple trees planted in Joan’s memory), Miriam “Mimi” Ganem Reeder, Louisa Lehmann Birch, Anne Luquer Boswell, Lynne McLaughlin Moughty, and Elizabeth “Libby” Horan Edgerly. The photo was taken by Louisa Edgerly ’87, daughter of Libby Horan Edgerly.