On Friday, April 12, nearly 130 alumni and guests returned to Browning for the annual Alumni Reunion. Alumni ranging from the Classes of 1949 to 2015, along with a number of current and former faculty, attended the Donor Recognition and Award Luncheon and the evening Reunion reception. This year, the Alumni Association’s highest distinction, the Charles W. Cook ’38 Alumnus Achievement Award, was presented to Andrew Lack ’64, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. Click here to view photos.
On March 7 nearly 20 members of the Browning community sat down for breakfast and a conversation with Cushman & Wakefield’s Executive Vice Chairman Mark Boisi P ’97, ’00. An industry icon with a 40-plus year career, Mr. Boisi graciously welcomed Browning alumni into his office to share his experiences, answer questions and give meaningful advice. A huge thank you to Cushman & Wakefield’s Bryan Boisi ’00 and Edward Kent ’02 for hosting this event, and Mark Boisi for sharing his insight and knowledge with the community. Click here to view photos.
For the seventh consecutive year, Browning and Marymount co-hosted an alumni event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by a reception at Marymount. On January 11 Marymount art history students took on the role of docents, leading tours of various exhibitions, including Jewelry:The Body Transformed and Armenia!, along with visits to the Greek and Roman Wing, as well as the 19th- and 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture Wing. Following the gallery tours, guests walked across the street to a reception at Marymount. The Alumni Association is grateful for Marymount’s partnership with this annual event. Click here to view photos.
On January 10 Browning’s Alumni Association hosted a reception for alumni and parents from the Classes of 2009-2018. More than 40 young alums and their parents, as well as faculty, staff and Alumni Council members attended the reception. It was great to see everyone and we look forward to next year’s event! Click here for photos.
On December 19 the Alumni Association welcomed Browning alumnus Sam Morril ’05 as the 2018 Class of 2000 Distinguished Speaker. Earlier in the year, the stand-up comedian, writer and actor debuted his one-hour stand-up special produced by Amy Schumer on Comedy Central entitled “Sam Morril: Positive Influence.” Alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff were treated to an intimate conversation with the comedian in the Kurani Gym, moderated by Mr. Morril’s former teacher and Dean of Faculty Michael Ingrisani. Click here to view photos and read more!
Browning alumni in finance and media were invited to the Wall Street headquarters of TheStreet on December 3 for breakfast and conversation with David Callaway ’82, then CEO of TheStreet and Richard Weaver ’75, a national director of AllianceBernstein’s Wealth Strategies Group. Alumni attendees had the opportunity to have a candid conversation with these industry veterans and receive their professional advice. Thank you to Mr. Callaway and Mr. Weaver for generously sharing their time, wisdom and experience with Browning alumni. Click here for photos.
On Wednesday, April 18, Head of School John Botti and Alumni Association Vice President Stuart Orenstein ’00 hosted the annual Form VI Alumni Association Breakfast. Every year at this event, the Alumni Association recognizes each member of the graduating class with a special gift in honor of his upcoming graduation. Speakers at the breakfast included Alumni Association Vice President Stuart Orenstein ’00, Director of College Guidance Sandy Pelz ’71, Director of Athletics Andrew West ’92, and Director of Communications Design Jeremy Katz ’04. Upper School Head Jim Reynolds and Director of Institutional Advancement Jim Simon were also in attendance. The Alumni Association members look forward to Graduation Day, when these 29 members of the Class of 2018 will officially join their ranks! View photos.
On Friday, April 13, more than 160 alumni and guests returned to Browning for the annual Alumni Reunion. Alumni ranging from the Classes of 1950 to 2013 returned to Browning, along with a number of current and former faculty, for the Upper School assembly, True Grytte Society and Donor Recognition Luncheon, and the Reunion reception.
This year, the Alumni Association’s highest distinction, the Charles W. Cook ’38 Alumnus Achievement Award, was presented to Zachary Goldfarb ’01, deputy business editor of The Washington Post. Mr. Goldfarb was honored during the Reunion evening reception with an award ceremony led by Head of School John Botti and Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg ’01.
Earlier in the day, an Alumni Panel presented at the Upper School assembly and featured three inspiring alums: Lawrence Bahr ’96 (financial advisor at Morgan Stanley), Chris Coffey ’98, (head of the NY practice of Tusk Ventures and Tusk Strategies) and Francisco Estrada ’93 (talent acquisition consultant at AMC Networks). At 11 a.m., Zachary Goldfarb ’01 met with the staff of Browning’s student newspaper, The Grytte. At noon, the annual True Grytte Society and Donor Recognition Luncheon was held for the 12th year at a nearby private club, where guests were treated to a special musical performance by Browning’s a cappella group, the A CaPanthers.
More than 150 guests gathered in the Kurani Gym for the evening reception. In addition to the Charles W. Cook ’38 Alumnus Achievement Award presentation, the Stephen S. Perry ’76 Memorial Class Representative Awards were presented to the following class representatives:
- Most Outstanding Class Fundraiser: Andrew West '92
- Most Outstanding Class Correspondent: Ben Berman '93
- Most Outstanding Class Representatives: Chris Coffey '98, Sasha Forostenko '98, Graig Springer '98
The Alumni Association is grateful to all who helped make this event possible! Please click here to view the photos.
Browning's Alumni Council hosted the 10th annual Alumni Note-a-thon in the Kurani Gym on Monday, February 12. A record number of 55 volunteers (many participating remotely) ranging from the Classes of 1963 to 2013 participated in signing and personalizing nearly 900 letters to fellow alumni. Letters promoted attendance at Alumni Reunion on April 13 as well as an Annual Fund contribution. For the first time, each and every milestone reunion class (those ending in "3" and "8" this year) received a letter signed by their Reunion Representative. A brief Alumni Council meeting was also held during the event. Huge thanks to our dedicated volunteers who took the time to write thoughtful notes to classmates near and far! Click here to view photos and a video.
Browning and Marymount co-hosted an alumni function for the sixth consecutive year on Friday, January 19, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Marymount School. As is tradition, the Marymount student tour guides once again did a phenomenal job leading tours of two exhibits: David Hockney and Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer. Following the gallery tours, guests walked across the street for a reception at Marymount. Browning's Alumni Association is grateful for Marymount's partnership in this annual event! Please click here to view photos.
On Thursday, January 11, Browning's Alumni Association hosted a Young Alumni and Past Parent Reception for the Classes of 2008-2017. More than 60 young alumni and their parents, as well as faculty, staff and Alumni Council members, attended this inaugural event. Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg '01 and Head of School John Botti both gave brief remarks during the reception. It was great to see everyone! Please click here for photos.
The Alumni Association featured a CFO Panel at this year's Class of 2000 Distinguished Speaker Series on October 25. The three panelists, all current parents, included Peregrine Broadbent P '29 (CFO of Jefferies), David Granville-Smith P '21, '25 (CFO and COO of A+E Networks) and Jane Nielsen P '18 (CFO of Ralph Lauren).
The evening began with an alumni donor roundtable in the Wilson Room, where an informal half-hour was spent discussing a variety of topics with the three CFOs. The many challenges that each one faces within their respective industries, particularly in light of the digital world and the current political climate, were touched on.
The panelists and alumni donors were then joined by more alumni, as well as current and past parents, in the Kurani Gym for the panel presentation. Head of School John Botti introduced each CFO and then turned things over to Mr. Granville-Smith, who acted as moderator. The three panelists spoke about their backgrounds and how they ended up in their current roles. Mentors, education experiences, and the balance between professional and personal lives were also discussed. Questions from the audience highlighted some of the ways in which the CFOs manage corporate culture, operations in different countries and company strategy. Following the panel and audience Q&A, a reception was held for all guests in the lobby.
The Alumni Association extends its sincerest gratitude to Mr. Broadbent, Mr. Granville-Smith and Ms. Nielsen for giving so much time and effort to make this evening possible for our community. Please click here to view the photos.
The Alumni Council reconvened after summer break for its first meeting of the 2017-18 school year on Monday, September 18. As is tradition, the meeting began with a special guest, typically someone from within the School's faculty, administration or Board of Trustees. Betty Noel, director of equity and diversity and Upper School science teacher, joined the group as special guest to speak about the recent and upcoming equity and diversity initiatives at Browning. The meeting also included an in-depth review of alumni participation in the 16-17 Annual Fund; a record number of alumni donated and the Alumni Council again reached 100% participation for the eighth year in a row. View photos. Further, the Alumni Association is gearing up for its first big event of the school year, the Class of 2000 Distinguished Speaker Series on October 25 featuring a CFO panel. Alumni, current parents, select past parents, Trustees and faculty are invited and registration is required here. Please contact Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan with any questions. Hope to see you there!
Form VI boys, their families and the entire Browning community gathered to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2017 during graduation exercises on June 14 at Christ Church. Head of School John M. Botti, President of the Board of Trustees Valda M. Witt, and Head of Upper School James E. Reynolds presented diplomas to each member of the graduating class. Conor P.D. Harkins ‘17, president of the Upper School Student Council, offered parting remarks and best wishes to his fellow graduates. He was pleased to note that members of the senior class reached 100% participation in their class gift effort, raising a total of $7,691.13 and setting a record for Form VI fundraising. These funds have been allocated toward the renovation of the Cook Room. Click here to read more details and view photos.
The annual Form VI Alumni Association Breakfast took place on Wednesday, April 19. Head of School John Botti and Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg '01 led the festivities in recognizing each member of the Class of 2017 with a special gift from the Alumni Association in honor of the seniors' upcoming graduation. The following officers, Trustees and alumni faculty members also spoke to the boys about their involvement with the Alumni Association: Stuart Orenstein '00 (vice president of the Alumni Association), John Moran '97 (secretary of the Alumni Association), Jeffrey Landes '83 (Trustee), Richard Weaver '75 (Trustee), Sandy Pelz '71 (director of college guidance), Andrew West '92 (director of athletics) and Jeremy Katz '04 (director of communications design). Director of Institutional Advancement Jim Simon, Head of Upper School Jim Reynolds and Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan were also in attendance. The Alumni Association looks forward to Graduation Day, when these 25 members of the Class of 2017 will officially join its ranks! Please click here to view photos.
The annual Alumni Reunion saw a record turnout of 192 guests this year! On Friday, April 7, alumni ranging from the Classes of 1950 to 2014 returned to Browning for the Upper School assembly, True Grytte Society and Consecutive-Year Donor Luncheon, and the Reunion reception.
For the first time since its establishment in 1991, the Charles W. Cook '38 Alumnus Achievement Award was presented to two alumni faculty members: current Director of College Guidance Sanford M. Pelz '71 and former teacher and administrator Eric Ordway '67. Mr. Pelz and Mr. Ordway were honored during the reception with an award ceremony led by Head of School John Botti and Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg '01.
Earlier in the day, an Alumni Career Panel presented at the Upper School assembly and featured three alumni employed in varied fields: Spiros Frangos '87 (chief of surgery at Bellevue Hospital), Peter Gordon '84 (head of Hilltop Country Day School) and Patrick Murtaugh '97 (co-founder and brewmaster of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery). At noon, the annual True Grytte Society and Consecutive-Year Donor Luncheon was held for the 11th year at a nearby private club where guests were treated to a special musical performance by Browning's newly-formed a cappella group, the A CaPanthers.
Nearly 200 guests gathered in the Kurani Gym for the evening reception. In addition to the Charles W. Cook '38 Alumnus Achievement Award presentation, the Stephen S. Perry '76 Memorial Class Representative Awards were presented to the following class representatives: Steven G. Schott '72 (most outstanding overall), Charles B. Davis '07 (most outstanding correspondent) and Ahmed El-Razi '08, Philip Devereux-Demetriad '08 and Nicholas P. Rango '08 (most outstanding fundraisers).
Please click here to view photos. The Alumni Association is grateful to all who helped make this event possible!
Browning's Alumni Council hosted the ninth annual Alumni Note-a-thon in the Kurani Gym on Monday, February 13. A total of 38 volunteers participated in signing and personalizing nearly 850 letters to fellow alumni. The goal of the Note-a-thon is to encourage attendance at the upcoming Alumni Reunion (register here) as well as participation in the Annual Fund (support here). An Alumni Council meeting was also held. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who made this event possible! Please click here to view video and photos.
Browning and Marymount co-hosted an alumni function for the fifth consecutive year on Friday, January 20. The evening began at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where guests had the opportunity to enjoy Marymount student-guided tours of two different exhibitions: "Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio" and "Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion." Following the tours, the nearly 100 guests walked across the street to Marymount where a wine and cheese reception was held. Browning's Alumni Association is grateful for Marymount's partnership and looks forward to collaborating again! Please click here to view photos of the event.
The Browning School notes with sadness the death of John M. Richman '45, 2008 recipient of the Charles W. Cook '38 Alumnus Achievement Award. Mr. Richman attended Browning from 1937 until his graduation in 1945, followed by Yale University and Harvard Law School. He later became chairman and CEO of Kraft, Inc. His full obituary can be viewed here.
Please click here to read Mr. Richman's 2008 Alumnus Achievement Award acceptance speech.
Our thoughts are with his family.