1941


80th Reunion Year


Members of the Class of 1941

Members of the Class of 1941: Recognize this photo? Share the classmates and story captured here.

 Britta Ericson Chambers (L) with her great-granddaughter (R)

 Britta Ericson Chambers (L) with her great-granddaughter (R)
Britta Ericson Chambers shares, “My first great-grandchild was born in May and named Britta. My granddaughter, Britta, was married in November in a lovely small (11 people) outdoor wedding at a beautiful country inn in nearby West Virginia.”

1946


75th Reunion Year


1946 Thistledown Staff

1946 Thistledown Staff

1951


70th Reunion Year


Members of the Class of 1951

Members of the Class of 1951: Recognize this photo? Share the classmates and story captured here.

1953

Judith ‘Judy’ Dubin Oksner shares “My years [at WT] changed my life. I learned to play field hockey (right halfback), basketball (only half court – unseemly for girls to run that far), wore uniforms, stood in presence of teachers, learned to diagram sentences including the preamble of the Constitution, trembled in Miss Johnson’s Latin class, went to college. Miss Mary Philput ’14, the headmistress, sent me off to Smith College as someone who was an individual with a sense of self and a great education. Smith, my college, paled by comparison. If there are any of you from my class left, would love to hear from you.”

1955

Faith Wertz Eastwood Shore, writes, “Enjoyed Zooming with 1955 classmates [during our virtual reunion]. Hope to do it again next year at Reunion time.”

1956


65th Reunion Year


Members of the Class of 1956

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1957

Judith Rohrer Davis, “The things I learned at WT have served me well for all these many years in ways I never dreamed they would!”

1961


60th Reunion Year


Class of 1961

Class of 1961: Your class has taken pride in the creation of student government. Do you remember any of the students in this photo?

1965

Julie Hibbard Crittenden writes, “Memo to self: Think again before deciding to build a new home during a global pandemic. Yup. Two years (almost) later we are enjoying our new life at the beach. But! Still no railings or fence, so no mailbox yet! Maybe by Christmas 2021! Happy to be out of the snowy mountains here in San Diego, California, but will spend time in our Park City, Utah nest during summers.”


The Class of 1965 formed a Book Recommendation Group after their Virtual Reunion in 2020. Top Row: Susan McGowan ‘66, Emily ‘Tabby’ Amerman Vagnoni, Carolyn Slease Frahm, and Samantha Francis Flynn. Middle Row: Louise Geer Herman, Helen Mar Parkin, Darlene Wolf Millman, and Cynthia Pearson Turich. Bottom Row: Margaret ‘Peggy’ Stubbs, and Nancy Herron.

The Class of 1965 formed a Book Recommendation Group after their Virtual Reunion in 2020. Top Row: Susan McGowan ‘66, Emily ‘Tabby’ Amerman Vagnoni, Carolyn Slease Frahm, and Samantha Francis Flynn. Middle Row: Louise Geer Herman, Helen Mar Parkin, Darlene Wolf Millman, and Cynthia Pearson Turich. Bottom Row: Margaret ‘Peggy’ Stubbs, and Nancy Herron.
The Class of 1965 Book Recommendation Group led by Emily ‘Tabby’ Amerman Vagnoni, “was formed after our last reunion (on Zoom). Rather than discussing one book as many groups do, we get together monthly to recommend books, movies, and good TV series to each other. In our March meeting, we were joined by Susan McGowan ’66, who educated and entertained us with her experience as a mystery writer. All Class of 1965 members are invited.” Carolyn Slease Frahm and Nancy Herron also wrote to tell us how much they enjoy the group. Anyone who wants to join can email Emily ‘Tabby’ Amerman Vagnoni at eala@comcast.net.


Eleanor Levinson Peris writes, “Hi classmates, I enjoyed reconnecting with many of you over Zoom at our last reunion and seeing some of you on our book group. I’m looking forward to the summer and getting to travel a bit. I kept busy all during this pandemic walking everyday (with lots of layers) and doing an ancestry project. I have found new relatives all over the globe. Excited to get back to seeing the grandkids up close and personal now that we’re vaccinated. Stay well.”

1966


55th Reunion Year


Class of 1966 Commencement Photo

Class of 1966 Commencement Photo

1968

Patricia ‘Patty’ Watson Kammerer shares, “Trying to keep you all safe during pandemic vaccine roll out. I came out of retirement to continue my nursing career as a nurse vaccinator in the stadium outdoor drive-through tents in Columbia, South Carolina run by Prisma Health. I truly love what I do, and everyone is so appreciative. Please everyone, stay safe and get vaccinated! I would love to see all of you again in the near future. I still have my home in Pittsburgh, but have been in Columbia, South Carolina for close to five years.”

1970

The Class of 1970 has continued to meet regularly on Zoom following their successful virtual Reunion in October. Together they have gone on virtual tours, discussed art and social justice issues, and passed many laughter-filled hours together. Contact Saralu ‘Sarah’ Baehr, Megan ‘Meg’ Hall, or Anne ‘Annie’ Peters if you would like get involved.

1971


50th Reunion Year


Members of the Class of 1971

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Paula Becker Vito writes, “You may remember the one young man in the congregation dressed in a Navy uniform at our graduation ceremony in Shady Side Presbyterian Church. It does not seem like that was fifty years ago. Denny and I have been happily married for 48 of those years. We now live in our dream retirement house on the Wye River, a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. We continue to sail as often as we can with the company of our son, Tom, his wife, Marilyn, and our daughter, Blythe. We have plenty of room for visitors so please find us when you are in the area.”


Meg Taylor shares, “I moved back to Pittsburgh (after 30 years in Canada) in 2015. My mother (founder of the Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School) is now 97, and I wanted to be here for the end of her life. Luckily, my daughter and her family have relocated from Manhattan to Pittsburgh for the duration of the pandemic. I still run the Publishing Certificate (postgrad) program at Ryerson University in Toronto, which I can do online. And I’m the managing editor of MONKEY, the English-language offspring of the Tokyo-based Japanese literary journal. Read more about MONKEY magazine.

1972

Carolyn Cramer Sanford shares, “I joined The Neighborhood Academy in Stanton Heights as Assistant Head of School for Development almost two years ago. I am grateful to have the opportunity to fundraise for our students so they may have a college preparatory education and attend college. Please contact me if you would like to visit the school!”

1973

Victoria Dym (top left) joined by Martha McDowell (top right) are seen here leading a Laughter Yoga Writing Workshop.

Victoria Dym (top left) joined by Martha McDowell (top right) are seen here leading a Laughter Yoga Writing Workshop.
Victoria Dym led a Laughter Yoga Writing Workshop online for The North Florida Poetry Hub. She was joined by Martha ‘Murph’ McDowell. Martha and Victoria were ready to launch The Metanoia Retreat for Writers, Well Being and Right Whales in May of 2020, but have postponed the retreat until May 2022 to be held in Fernandina, Florida. Martha specializes in Restorative and Yoga Nidra and Victoria is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. For more information about attending the retreat contact Martha and/or Victoria at metanoiaretreat@gmail.com. Read more about Laughter Yoga Writing Workshop.

1974

Local nutritionist Leslie Joseph Bonci consults for the Kansas City Chiefs, Carnegie Mellon University athletics, and the National Dairy Council. She was also the sports dietitian for the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, and the Women’s National Basketball Association. Leslie was featured in NEXTpittsburgh’s, “Eat. Drink. Do.,” section where she explained how to support your immune system during the pandemic winter. Leslie is also the owner of Active Eating Advice, a nutrition consulting company. Read more about Leslie’s offerings.


Susan Whitacre participated in the “Corona Lisa 100 Mile Challenge” where participants ran or walked an accumulative 100 miles and earned a limited edition Corona Lisa Medal.

Susan Whitacre participated in the “Corona Lisa 100 Mile Challenge” where participants ran or walked an accumulative 100 miles and earned a limited edition Corona Lisa Medal.
Susan Whitacre writes, “Hello, Classmates! Looking on the bright side of the COVID quarantine in Texas and most recently the extensive damage our home suffered in sub-tropical Houston, during the arrival of the Polar Vortex and days of freezing temperatures. I built my first snowman in YEARS! We experienced days of candlelight dinners and romantic meals for two cooked in our fireplace during power outages. Plus the awesome wonder of full-on waterfalls from light fixtures and vents in two rooms of our home! With some support from our insurance company, we’ll be enjoying a partial home makeover with new flooring, walls, ceilings, and paint! The days, weeks, and months spent entertaining ourselves in our quarantine garden, brought more joy and peace than I could ever anticipate…as well as a bumper crop of herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Our chickens thrived on the extra attention and have provided us (and our extended family and friends) with a rainbow of colored, fresh eggs, and entertainment. We marveled at the variety of bees, anoles, and hummingbirds which came to visit and even raised Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies in our greenhouse. I earned my Master Gardener Certification through Texas A&M Agrilife Extension and enjoyed writing numerous articles and taking nature photos for publication. Missing my grandchildren motivated me to write a series of children’s books…like colorful, whimsical Love Letters to them! It was a way of reaching across the miles, and touching their hearts when I was unable to hug them. My wish is that this Cosmic Timeout has proven to be a rich and meaningful time for all my classmates, even as many of us faced heartbreak and overwhelming challenges.”


Heidi Kanterman Freedman shares, “My husband Glenn and I are so happy to welcome our fourth grandchild, Easton Michael Freedman, born February 2021 to our son, Andrew, and daughter-in-law, Krystie. We now have one granddaughter and three grandsons. They bring us so much joy!”

1976


45th Reunion Year


Members of the Class of 1976

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1981


40th Reunion Year


Members of the Class of 1981

Members of the Class of 1981: Recognize this photo? Share the classmates and story captured here.

1985

(L) Anne Peterson

(L) Anne Peterson
Shannon Smuts shares, “My art teacher at WT, Mrs. Petersen, ignited my lifelong interest in art and art history. I am the host and producer of a podcast, Living Artists Podcast. Please give my podcast a listen when you have time and let me know what you think.” Explore the Living Artists Podcast: visit livingartistspodcast.com or @livingartistspodcast on Facebook and Instagram.”

1986


35th Reunion Year


Class of 1986 Commencement Photo

Class of 1986 Commencement Photo

Tamara Rice Lave was recently appointed to faculty director of the litigation skills program at the University of Miami School of Law.

Tamara Rice Lave was recently appointed to faculty director of the litigation skills program at the University of Miami School of Law.
Dean Anthony E. Varona recently announced the appointment of Professor Tamara Rice Lave to faculty director of the litigation skills program at the University of Miami School of Law. The litigation skills program invites students to engage in rigorous, hands-on training providing them with the practical skills necessary for competent professional legal service. “Professor Lave is a devoted and award-winning teacher, a gifted and nationally renowned scholar, and an experienced and talented litigator with a passion for trial and appellate advocacy,” said Varona. “I am thrilled that Tamara is our next litigation skills faculty director and that I get to partner with her and with our associate dean for experiential learning, making the program even stronger and more nationally prominent.”

1991


30th Reunion Year


Members of the Class of 1991: Recognize this photo?

Members of the Class of 1991: Recognize this photo? Share the classmates and story captured here.

WT Trustee Kelly Hanna Riley has been named President of Global Relocation and Business Development at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. As part of her new role, she will also lead their third-party relocation company as President of Relocation Horizons, Inc.

1995

FISA Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and The Pittsburgh Foundation are co-sponsoring the Race + Disability webinar series, as part of a broader effort to address the intersection of race and disability. Earlier this month, WT Trustee Tiffany Sizemore was part of a free panel, “Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students of Color and Students with Disabilities.”

1996


25th Reunion Year


Class of 1996 Commencement Photo

Class of 1996 Commencement Photo

1997

Latika Ravi Signorelli is a Vice President at T. Rowe Price. During the pandemic, she relocated her family back to Pittsburgh. She has been an active member of the Alums of Color group, and the Endowment Committee of WT’s Board of Trustees. She recently spoke with WT’s Student Investment Club about her indirect career path and her work to diversify the financial sector.

1998

The Cultural Humility & Equity Collaborative (CHEC), founded by Dr. Azadeh ‘Azi’ Masalehdan Block, has partnered with the City of Pittsburgh to provide cultural competency training for public safety workers working with the city’s immigrant and refugee populations.

2000

Check out the double dose of WT talent in Quantum Theatre’s immersive audio experience, 10 for 21, featuring the talents of Jason Shavers and Zoe Silberblatt ’11.

2001


20th Reunion Year


Members of the Class of 2001

Members of the Class of 2001

2002

Congratulations to Sarah Humphrey for being accepted to West Virginia University School of Law!

2003

Malcolm Smith shares, “I moved on from the Albuquerque Isotopes in November 2019 and I am now a Judicial Specialist II with the New Mexico Second Judicial District Court (Bernalillo County District Court).”

2006


15th Reunion Year


Class of 2006 Commencement Photo

Class of 2006 Commencement Photo

Alums of Color Co-Chair Don Mike Mendoza facilitated the WT Alums of Color Gathering: A Personal and Professional Networking Experience. Attendees included Linsey McDaniel A’96, Latika Ravi Signorelli ’97, Neena Kumar Rawls ’98, Trustee Brandilyn ‘Brandi’ Dumas ’99, Jason Shavers ’00, Mia Long Collette ’01, Cassandra ‘Cassy’ Richards Davis ’01, and Brea Heidelberg ’02. The group is energized to find ways to connect and engage with WT alums of color across the generations. If interested in learning more, please contact alumsofcolor@winchesterthurston.org.

2011


10th Reunion Year


Class of 2011 lifers

Class of 2011 lifers

Rogan Grant
Rogan Grant
Rogan Grant, a Ph.D. candidate in the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience program, co-authored an article published in Nature Research on COVID-19 pneumonia entitled “Circuits between infected macrophages and T cells in SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia.” Grant shared, “WT had a large role in my choice to become a scientist. I really appreciate all of the support!” Read the full article.


Dayna Scott Jenkins (R) and her son Harrison (L) rocking some sweet WT gear.

Dayna Scott Jenkins (R) and her son Harrison (L) rocking some sweet WT gear.
Dayna Scott Jenkins shared, “Shout out to my alma mater, Winchester Thurston School, for the cutest little gift. We can’t wait to see what this little bear will do!”

2013Laura ‘Lita’ Brillman with her dog Cassie

Laura ‘Lita’ Brillman with her dog Cassie

Laura ‘Lita’ Brillman is honored to have completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Policy in May, and will be attending the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall to earn her Master of Public Administration in 2023. She plans to use her public policy experience to make Pittsburgh a more livable and equitable place for communities of color. She happily resides in Wilkinsburg with her partner Kevin and her dog Cassie.


Max Herz spoke with students about sports commentating. Max is a sports broadcaster currently based in Nashville, Tennessee, with a wide variety of on-air experience in television, radio, and online media. Max’s broadcasting experience includes extensive credits with the SEC Network, Learfield IMG College, 102.5 The Game, Vanderbilt Athletics, MyTV30, the Iowa High School Sports Network, WQKR Radio, the Cape Cod Baseball League, VandyRadio, and more as a reporter, host, and play-by-play announcer.

2014

Congratulations to Tonya Armes for starting medical school at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences.


Nikhil Mohan has poured his creative energies into some new tracks, dedicated to WT, which can be found on SoundCloud. Have a listen.

2016


5th Reunion Year


Class of 2016 Commencement Photo

Class of 2016 Commencement Photo

2017

Benjamin ’Ben’ Harrison was accepted to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

2019

Current college student Ian McGough reported that he had COVID-19, but has since recovered. Wishing all alums with COVID a speedy recovery.


A still from Thanks to Her, starring AJ Molder (L) and Julia De Avilez Rocha (R).

A still from Thanks to Her, starring AJ Molder (L) and Julia De Avilez Rocha (R).

AJ Molder recently starred in a short film, Thanks to Her, a Pittsburgh-set coming-of-age tale about being comfortable with one’s sexuality. In an article on the University of Pittsburgh’s website, AJ shared, “I was so excited when I first read the script for Thanks to Her because the character of Millie was someone who felt very familiar to me. I was lucky enough to attend a school that strives to give its students the space to explore who they are in a safe environment where self-discovery was always fostered and supported. I want Millie to be an example for those who didn’t have a nurturing environment like WT.”

2020

Best friends Aria Eppinger and Nicole Shigiltchoff say, “Hi from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts!”


(L-R) Rivers and Zoe

(L-R) Rivers and Zoe
Congratulations to Rivers Leche and Zoe Soteres, for being recognized in City Theatre’s 2020 EQT Young Playwrights Contest! Rivers’ play, Fracture, was one of just three winning one-act plays, and Zoe’s play, Grand Visions, was one of just four honorable mentions. Rivers recently spoke to Kristin Kovacic’s Literature and Power classes about the experience of having her play produced by City Theatre, which featured actor James Counihan ’15.

In Memoriam

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The following members of the WT community will be missed by their classmates, friends, students, and colleagues. We offer sincere condolences to their families.
Charlotte Rush Brown ’38
Mary Louise Richardson Brock ’41
Ruth Speidel Dalzell-McMillan ’42
Suzanne Fink Scott ’43
Adrienne Pigossi Shryock ’43
Margery Succop McCarthy ’45
Ellen Falk Hirsch ’46
Nancy Noah Succop ’46
Jean Jacob Delynn ’49
Frances Hollearn Gleim ’51
Elizabeth Forstall Keen ’55
Linda Crandall Smith ’58
Polly Brandt Lechner ’59
Alisoun Kuhn ’61
Carole Kettering Pringle ’62
Mary Hamilton Burroughs ’65
Marguerite ‘Molly’ Singley ’73
Gretchen Becker Wegler ’74
Daniel Plaut ’18
Natalie Hulme Curry, former Trustee
Joan Helen Bloomquist Franklin, former employee
Dr. Susanne ‘Sue’ W. Hershey, former employee
Kenneth ‘Ken’ L. Lovasik, former employee
Robert ‘Bob’ T. Scully, Jr., former Trustee