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Alumni Association

Alumni Give Back

The STA Alumni Association recently requested that Bulldog graduates describe their ongoing charitable and community efforts since they left the Close. The response from our alumni has been overwhelming. As a result, the Alumni Association has agreed to share just a few of the many stories of incredible dedication and giving by our outstanding alumni who – in so many ways – continue to give back to our society.

Please send in your community service story to our Alumni Office today.

List of 13 items.

  • Bob Brooks '64

    Rev. Bob Brooks ’64 serves as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Providence, RI. Grace Church is a city parish that is committed to social justice in a variety of ways, including hosting the homeless each day of the week, serving a lunch and a dinner each week to the homeless, opening as a homeless shelter in the winter when needed, doing mission work each summer from Maine to New Orleans, and a variety of other important work. In recognition of the Grace Church's efforts under Rev. Brooks' leadership, the Episcopal Church designated it as a Jubilee Center. (04/09)
  • Bobby Pinero '06

    Bobby Pinero '06 biked across the country, 4000 miles from New Hampshire to Vancouver, this past summer, stopping along the way to build homes with Habitat For Humanity and other affordable housing agencies. Bobby and his fellow riders spread awareness about the housing crunch by giving presentations in every town where they stopped. Bobby personally raised $4,500, and his group donated approximately $60,000 to local agencies.
  • Raud E. Johnson '54

    Raud E. Johnson '54 retired from practicing law in 1995 and became an Emergency Medical Technician with the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps in his home town of New Canaan, CT. He served as an EMT until the end of last fall and, in those 11+ years, helped hundreds of patients and saved a fair number of lives.
  • Jugo Kapetanovic '03

    Jugo Kapetanovic ‘03, a native of Yugoslavia who emigrated to the U.S. when he was three, won the Bishop Walker Fellowship for Social Service as a junior at STA, which allowed him to spend that summer volunteering at an orphanage in Sarajevo. Eager to assist the extraordinary children whom he met at the orphanage, Jugo reached out to fellow STA classmates John Gillis and Jonathan Basile. Together, they founded Scholarships for Peace, a group dedicated to reversing the effects of ethnic and religious hatred by creating educational opportunities in the US for young student-leaders from former-conflict regions. In their three years of running Scholarships for Peace, four young Bosnian students of different ethnicities were able to travel outside of their borders for the first time and receive an unparalleled educational and cultural experience attending the St. Albans School of Public Service. One of these students recently started his first semester at Harvard College.
  • James C. Cobey '61

    Dr. James C. Cobey ‘61 has provided relief and care to people across the globe for decades. In the 1960s, Dr. Cobey worked with the United Nations in the Gaza Strip assisting in refugee care, studied the epidemiology and effectiveness of primary health centers in western Nigeria, and developed public health programs in northern Haiti in a primary health center. After serving as chief of the Preventive Medicine Service at Fort Lewis, Washington, and while studying orthopedics at Yale, he worked in Hong Kong with tuberculosis and polio patients. In 1977 he was assigned by the American Red Cross as an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) health delegate to work on the Thai-Cambodia border. In this capacity, he was coordinator of one of the largest refugee camps managing medical care as well as overall relief care. Since that time his has worked as a consultant to the Agency for International Development (USAID) on health care programs at the Thai-Cambodian border. In 1981 he revitalized and organization, Orthopaedics Overseas, to send physicians abroad teaching. This organization was expanded into Health Volunteers Overseas, and organization that sends over 300 physicians, nurses, dentists, and therapists to over 20 developing countries. In 1991 Dr. Cobey, together with two other staff members from Physicians for Human Rights, conducted the initial epidemiological study of land mines. This led to a publication, LAND MINES IN CAMBODIA: A COWARD'S WAR. This joint publication for Physicians for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch, led to the initiations of the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines (ICBL). Dr. Cobey is still involved in other international issues. In Oct. 200l he led a team to evaluate violations of the Geneva Conventions in the West Bank and Gaza. For these and other efforts, Dr. Cobey has received numerous awards, including the American Red Cross's International Humanitarian Service Award.
  • George Damon '63

    George Damon '63 began his community service work in South Korea in 1961 where he worked to help North Korean Refugees reclaim tidal land for future farming. Since then his efforts have included work in Harlem, Morocco, Boston, Turkey, and most recently with the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon, where he is the Headmaster and supports work with Palestinian refugees, a sister school in the south bombed by Israel in the Summer of 2006, a local cancer center, environmental projects, and more than thirty student projects.

    Despite the long hours involved in his finance career, Matthew Handorf '01 has found time to tutor elementary students about basic business concepts through the Junior Achievement Program, mentor students from his alma mater (Davidson) who are seeking positions in finance, and assist war veterans in developing cover letters and resumes as they move back to the United States.
  • John Brock '86

    John Brock '86 has contributed generously to his hometown of Annapolis by serving dinners at the Lighthouse Shelter, participating on the Board of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, raising funds for the Anne Arundel Rape Crisis Center, serving as Director of Second Street Benefits, a fundraising vehicle for local charities, and working for Eastport-A-Rockin, a street music festival that raises money for local charities.
  • Jon Falck '57

    Jon Falck '57 has worked with about nine churches and the Salvation Army on a project to provide hot meals to needy families in Williamsburg, VA, spent two weeks in Houston with the Salvation Army as part of Hurricane Ike Disaster Relief, took two trips to New Orleans as part of Katrina Relief, and participated in many other volunteer efforts through Kiwanis and the King of Glory Church in Williamsburg.
  • Randy Smith '74

    Randy Smith '74 lives in New Orleans where he has served (without compensation of any kind) for 14 years on the Board of the Canal Street Development Corporation (CSDC), which manages a considerable amount of real estate for the City in public-private partnership. For the last five years, he has served as President of CSDC and has focused his efforts on bringing the arts back to the City. He has also taught (without compensation of any kind) for 17 years as an adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School in New Orleans.
  • Evan Wilson '58

    In 1991, when Evan Wilson '58 moved to his lakeside home near Villa Rica, Georgia, he was surprised to find that the town in no way recognized its famous son, Thomas Andrew Dorsey, who is known as the "Father of Gospel Music" ("Take My Hand, Precious Lord," "Peace in the Valley," and 400 other compositions). Dorsey was born in Villa Rica in 1899. After Dorsey died in Chicago in 1993, Evan established the Thomas A. Dorsey Birthplace and Gospel Heritage Festival, Inc., with the blessing of the mayor. He wrote a state historic marker that was cast, installed, and dedicated on Dorsey's birthday in 1994. Special services in Dorsey's boyhood church and gospel festival and blues picnic have been held on or near Dorsey's birthday every year since. Later, Evan helped to establish the Thomas Dorsey Gospel Choir in Dorsey's boyhood church. The choir travels widely in the South and was invited to sing at a "Gospel Brunch" at the House of Blues in Cambridge, Mass., and in two performances in the New England Conservatory of Music's Jordan Hall in 1997.
  • Crispin Clarke '93

    From 2000-2004, Crispin Clarke '93 was the volunteer vice-president of the Yucca Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. The Foundation's mission is to promote global peace and cultural exchange (with a focus on Japan and Native America). He is now the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization in Taos named Men Engaged in Nonviolence (or "MEN") whose mission is "to train, inspire and empower men and boys to lead lives of nonviolence." He works with at-risk youth on MEN's programs, which include in-school mentoring, support groups, fatherhood training, activities and field trips, and media campaigns.
  • William Temko '72

    William Temko '72 is a Board member (and outgoing Chair of the Board) of United Friends of the Children, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles serving current and former foster children in Los Angeles County, providing education programs, employment, counseling, and transitional housing. He is also Co-chair of the Southern California Board of Human Rights Watch, the preeminent U.S.-based international human rights organization.
  • James Whitehead '63

    James Whitehead '63 helped found and served as President and board member of the Florida Free Speech Forum, Inc., a Florida based non-profit promoting free speech issues. In addition, he has served as Program and Foundation Chair of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, where he has been a member for twenty years. He is currently a board member of the Gainesville Youth Chorus, an international touring chorus for kids aged 8 to 18, in which both his kids have sung.

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  • Kevin Ewing '84

    Kevin Ewing '84 reports that his community service efforts include serving as an elder at Hermon Presbyterian Church, serving on the board of Stephen Decatur House Museum of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and volunteering for Reading For the Blind & Dyslexic. According to Kevin, "As I now realize, they represent faith, art, and knowledge -- lessons from St. Albans that I cherish to this day."
  • Jim McConaughy '64

    For 24 years, Jim McConaughy '64 has been running the GLEC Multicultural Enrichment Partnership (MEP) through a coalition of public school districts to build bridges between a low income, mainly Hispanic, former mill city in northeast Massachusetts and her wealthy suburban neighbors. MEP serves the communities of Lawrence, Andover, North Andover, and Methuen with a wide range of innovative academic enrichment and leadership building programs benefiting more than 3,000 students in grades 1-12. Jim writes, "It is rewarding and a lot of fun. It allows me the freedom to work with highly positive and creative people and provides the thrill of seeing under-recognized students develop and be appreciated. It is also the longest, most insecure job I've ever had (funding is always an issue). I hope to be able to continue for at least a few more years, as I have several ideas for new projects." For anyone who is interested in learning more about GLEC, please visit www.glec.org/enrichment.
  • Jairus Stratton '71

    Jairus Stratton '71 has served on the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Art Museum for 20 years, chairing various committees, campaigns and events. He is now an Honorary Trustee of the Museum. He has also served as Chairman of the Seattle Arts Commission and of the Pioneer Square Preservation Board, both of which are agencies of the City of Seattle. In addition, he has at various times been on the Boards of the Seattle Children's Theatre and the Seattle Public Library Foundation, has participated in several city-sponsored planning studies and has worked on fundraising campaigns for Lakeside School and Epiphany School, both located in Seattle.
  • Bob Griffin '47

    Over the last 20 years, Bob Griffin ’47 has served on an advisory committee for the Sarasota Estuary Study Committee, a fiscal impact advisory committee for Sarasota County, and director of the Florida Chapter of The Concord Coalition, which was a full-time position that he undertook without compensation. The Coalition contributed to eliminating the Federal budget deficit by 2000. Bob currently serves as Class Secretary for the Class of 1947.
  • Jamie Warlick '05

    Jamie Warlick '05 is the business manager of Yale’s Whiffenpoofs, America’s oldest collegiate a cappella group. The Whiffs regularly contribute to various charities and non-profit groups (it is a non-profit as well), including Save the Children, Children's Literacy, local school boards and communities. The Whiffs pride themselves on their outreach efforts, particularly over the summer when they travel to places like India, South Africa, and rural China and have the opportunity to perform for those who otherwise would not be able to see them.
  • William Howard '74

    William Howard '74 is a Charter Member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown. He has prepared and printed the Club’s weekly newsletter for the last 22 years, which comes to more than 1,100 issues. He is also Volunteer Administrator (for 16 years) and Co-Treasurer (for 5 years) of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church and worked as a volunteer project manager for a million-dollar historic renovation and addition to the Church’s sanctuary and education wing. For the last 17 years, he has also served as Executive Director of the non-profit American A Cappella Alliance, Inc. In addition, he served on the Shepherd College, President's Board of Advisors.
  • Art Bechhoefer '53

    For over 15 years, Art Bechhoefer '53 was an officer in a community association in rural upstate New York that successfully fought a developer's attempt to build a large-scale subdivision on one of the Finger Lakes. In what turned out to be quite a battle, he survived seven lawsuits, including one for libel and slander, claiming damages of $32 million. The developer and many of his cronies recently were convicted in federal court on 56 counts of bribery, money laundering, and fraud on related matters.

    Having learned the law in the trenches, he also has been able to help numerous low-income citizens defend themselves in both civil and criminal matters that rarely are handled by legal professionals. These matters include employment discrimination cases, prosecutions based on a false complaint, breach of contract, and zoning violations. Art credits the St. Albans experience, especially the Honor Code, with instilling in him a sense of justice and civic duty.
  • Brooks Clark '74

    Brooks Clark '74 is active in the Downtown Rotary Club of Knoxville (where they provide Free Flu Shot Saturday, among many other things), taught Sunday School and Children's Chapel at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Knoxville for years, and ran a co-ed recreational soccer league and coached recreational soccer and basketball for 8 years. He now referees club, middle and high school soccer games, is a regular blood platelet donor, and serves on the Knox County Library Advisory Board.
  • Ty Hilkert '74

    Ty Hilkert ’74 started as a volunteer at the St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, but ended up leaving the technology business world and joining as an employee six years ago as the assistant manager of the Clothing and Housewares Program. Each month the Foundation gives free clothing to 2,600 poor and homeless men, women, and children and provides free dishes, linens, and household items to 270 individuals. The dining room serves 2,600 free hot meals every day, and the medical clinic provides 12,000 free patient visits every year. St. Anthony's started as a free dining room, founded by Franciscan Friar Fr. Alfred Boeddeker in 1950.
  • Robert Bennett '60

    Robert Bennett '60 has been active in local conservation efforts since 1966 when he joined the Stanford Conservation Group. Arriving in Newark, Delaware as a newly hired University of Delaware professor of English in the fall of 1969, he became involved with an effort to save a local waterbody from being dammed. Thirty-two years later the never-dammed White Clay Creek and its Valley (portions in Pennsylvania and Delaware) became the first urban situated national wild and scenic river. Robert was also, for a time, chair of the Delaware Group of the South East Chapter of the Sierra Club. For the last eight years, he has served as a city council member appointee to the City of Newark's Conservation Advisory Commission and as Secretary-Newsletter Editor and Trail Maintainer for the Mason-Dixon Trail System. He is also a long-time member of the Non-Motorized Transportation Committee of the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO), which is the local government organization in charge of transportation planning.
  • John Patrick ’81

    John Patrick ’81, who lives in Lexington, MA, was elected to a one-year term to Town Meeting, a traditional New England gathering of 189 citizens who vote on town budget and by-law. Subsequently, he was appointed to the Town of Lexington Tourism Committee, which works to improve the visitor awareness and overall visitor experience. Finally, he also volunteers his time as a consultant to the Lexington Historical Society, which owns and operates the three historic houses in the town near the Battle Green, offering a wide range of events and exhibits. Through this work, John helped the Executive Director and Head Guide create an on-line visitor satisfaction survey and designed a project involving a nearby business school, where over 100 students are currently working on a marketing plan.
  • Nick Denton '57

    Nick Denton '57, who lives in State of Washington, has been a volunteer with the American Red Cross for the last 28 years. Currently, he is a volunteer National Instructor and a Government Liaison. Over his many years in the American Red Cross, he has been assigned to “temporary paid status” as a Disaster Relief Officer, serving all over the U.S., as well as the Caribbean, the Balkans and India.
  • Jeff Atlas '74

    Jeff Atlas '74, who lives in San Francisco, has been actively engaged in many community service activities over the years. Here are a few:
    • San Francisco Ballet -- was one of the founding members of "Encore!", the young professionals auxiliary of the San Francisco Ballet. After 10 years, the organization has several hundred members and hosts a dinner for 500 on the Ballet Opening Night.
    • San Francisco School Volunteers -- for 6 years, has helped develop the themes for the San Francisco School Volunteers "Back to School" fundraiser. He also created the "Read Aloud" program that enabled young professionals to donate their time at the public schools.
    • SF ASPCA -- he created the name for the ASPCA fundraiser: The Bark & Whine Ball -- a take-off of the San Francisco Symphony's famous Black & White Ball.
    He has also helped with the San Francisco Symphony, City Team Relief Services, and many other groups.
Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.