Alumni News & Events

Martha's Vineyard Alumni Gathering

Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 5:00 p.m., Jonah Maidoff '80 will host a Putney School gathering at his home on Martha's Vineyard. All alumni and their families are welcome. If you'd like to attend, contact Brian Cohen in the Development Office: or 802-387-6261.

2012 Alumni Events

Last year, we hosted three alumni events around the country: two Sings in California, and a gathering with Emily Jones in Atlanta.

Photos from the Alumni Sing events are on Facebook

Thanks to everyone who came to the events. Here's the group in Berkeley singing an old favorite.

Harvest Festival 2012

The rain held off during Harvest Festival weekend, and a good time was had by all. Thank you to the many alumni, parents, friends, and community members who continue to make this the highlight of fall at The Putney School.

Earth Day at The Putney School

A day-long community celebration came to Putney on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, in collaboration with the Putney Co-op.

Workshops were many and varied, and included, among many others, compost bin-building, bike maintenance, nature walks, foraging for wild foods, permaculture, wool spinning, energy education, net-zero building tours, grass-roots organizing, meditation, as well as workshops geared for children and families, including gardening, environmental games, art and music, bird songs and making birdfeeders, ecology, ocean ecosystems, and kite making.

The festival also featured local vendors who provided us with food, crafts and information. There were music and speakers throughout the day, including our keynote speaker, Tom Wessels. The day will wraped up with an uplifting sing.

"Bully" Premeires April 13 Nationwide

Lee Hirsch '90's documentary film Bully has caught people's attention. Following a battle with the MPAA over the film's rating, it is being released nationwide Friday, April 13, with a PG-13 rating. 

Check local listings for a theater near you, or join Putney alumni at Kendall Square Theater in Boston for a 6:45 showing. The group will meet up afterward at Think Tank.
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Bully website

Putney School Sing in Cambridge

Friday Night Sing
6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Free admission, guests welcome

Helverson Parlor
First Parish Cambridge
1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA 02138

RSVP by April 16 or 802-387-6273

Seattle and Portland Events - February, 2012

Alumni and Friends in Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA are invited to join us for two Putney gatherings.  Putney director Emily Jones will be at both events, fielding questions and updating people on the latest news from campus.  Contact the Alumni Office for details.

Portland Alumni and Friends Gathering
Sunday, February 26, 6:00 p.m.
at the home of Tori Breyer '59 
Dinner provided
Guests welcome

Seattle Alumni and Friends Gathering
Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.
Cicchetti Kitchen and Bar
121 East Boston St
Seattle, WA 98102
Guests welcome

New York City Weekend

In celebration of the school's 75th anniversary, two exciting alumni events were held in New York City. The first was a Friday Night Sing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, to which over 100 people came and sang for hours. The following morning, a tour of the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan was held. The entire weekend was spearheaded by the energy and vision of Peggy King Jorde '76. Peggy was instrumental in the creation of the African Burial Ground in the 1990s, while she was working the New York City Mayor's office. Her persistence and vision brought the site from a quiet discovery, to a focus of media attention as New Yorkers debated its future, to the powerful memorial that exists today. Harvard magazine, in a 1998 story, captured the breadth and importance of Peggy's contributions to the site. The New York Times also tells the story well, writing about the opening of the African Burial Ground in 2010.

Harvest Festival 2011

Check out photos from Harvest Festival 2011, and save the date for next year, when Harvest Festival returns to the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend.


Sally Mann '69

Sally Mann '69 Featurned on NPR's All Things Considered

Renowned photographer Sally Mann discusses her work, and how it was influenced by her husband's illness.
Listen to the story online, or watch an overview through the video below:

In The News

VT Digger: "The Putney School perpetuates a deserved reputation as, dollar-for-dollar, the most enlightened institutional client in Vermont"

The blog's story, "Of paleontology and excellence in Vermont architecture," lauded the school's approach to architecture and sustainability, saying "that the Putney School is able to pull off stuff like this without wrecking the stark and distinctive character of its farm-centered campus is worthy of an architectural lifetime achievement award." Read the full story.

Lee Hirsch '90

Lee Hirsch '90 Tackles Bullying Issue in New Film

The Bully Project Movie, a new work by Lee Hirsch '90, is nearing its completion and getting attention. Lee and his movie were featured in the story "Bullied to Death: Victims' Stories" on ABC's 20/20.
(watch the episode online).

David Plowden '51

David Plowden '51 Publishes "Requiem for Steam" Collection

Chicago-based photographer David Plowden's latest book is a reverent tribute and requiem for the era of steam. For years David photographed all facets of the railroad world, from long steam-powered freight trains crisscrossing middle America to the yards, small stations, and industrial settings that are synonymous with trains. While his photographic love affair with America has resulted in many books and exhibitions of his beautiful documentary photographs, he never lost sight of the railroads, where his work would result in the images presented in this book.
David's Website

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Alumni Gathering in Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 17, 2010

Sue Brearey, Putney Art Faculty, exhibited at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, and Putney alumni and friends in the high desert came out to see the work and enjoy a nice evening together.

Joan Hinton '39

Joan Hinton '39 Dies

Joan Hinton, class of 1939 and daughter of Putney School founder Carmelita Hinton, died in Bejing on Tuesday, June 8, at the age of 88. Her life as a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, as well as a diary farmer in China in her later years, is well covered in several online obituaries, including those in the New York Times and the Washington Post. An obituary will be run in the fall issue of the Putney Post. She was also featured in the New York Times's 2010 year-end feature, "The Lives They Lived," which looked back on notable people who had died in 2010.

Leland King '75

Alumni and Friends Gathering in Atlanta

Putney School alumni, friends, and future students gathered at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in March to see the model building work of Leland King '75, who was featured in the exhibit "John Portman: Art and Architecture." James King '74, Putney School Trustee, hosted the event. It was the first alumni gathering in the Atlanta area, and we were thrilled to have so many Putneyites attend.

Nick Wolfson '62

The Art of Nick Wolfson '62 Featured Off-Broadway

The Awakening, a play written and directed by Annie Ward, willfeature large-screen projections of art by Nick Wolfson '62. Ward describes Nick's art as "one of the main characters in the show." July 7 - 18 at Theater Three, 311 West 43rd Street, New York City. website
Right: Klee Beauty, Nick Woflson

Bob Gray '57

Bob Gray '57 Inducted into Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame

Bob Gray '57 grew up in Putney, and after graduating in 1957, he went onto University of Colorado at Boulder, and started competing internationally in 1962. He was a member of the US Nordic Ski Team from 1962-1974, and competed on the 1968 and 1972 Olympic and 1962, 1966, 1970 and 1974 FIS Nordic teams. From 1963-66, he instructed at the Marine's Mountain Leadership School in California. During his long career, he won national titles in the 15km and 50km and was the top ranked American man in 1973. He opened the famous West Hill Shop in Putney in the early 1970s and the Green Mountain Touring Center in Randolph in 1977. Bob mentored many aspiring skiers through his coaching and long time involvement with the sport.

Zach Caldwell '88

Zach Caldwell '88 "Grinds Out Winning Edge" for U.S. Olympic Skiers

NPR recently featured Zach Caldwell '88, and his work as a ski technician for U.S. Olympians in Vancouver. Read the story, or listen online.

Allen Shawn '66

Allen Shawn '66's Commissioned Work Premieres at Rochester Philharmonic.

Allen Shawn '66 has composed a concerto specifically for Juliana Athayde of the Rochester Philharmonic. The concerto, commissioned by Ron Fielding '66 and his wife Donna, premieres March 11. Story | Tickets

Joseph Ellis '03

Joseph Ellis '03 Featured in New York Times Article

Photo: Reuters

Joseph Ellis '03, was commissioned by Greenpeace to create ice sculptures, pictured above, to raise awareness for global warming. Read more about Joseph, his experience in China, and his art, in this New York Time article.

Jane Dickson

Jane Dickson '60 - "The Revelers" Mosaic in Times Square Subway Station

See Jane Dickson '60's mosaics come to life in this video.....

... and check out the slide show below for the show's big opening, May 22, 2008.

Learn more at Jane's website, or take a trip to the Times Square subway station to see the mosaics in person.

Reid Hoffman '85

Reid Hoffman '85's TED Talk from Silicon Valley, December 2009. Reid is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn. 

Poliwood, produced by Tim Daly '74

Poliwood, a film that explores the nexus of Hollywood and politics, was produced by Tim Daly ’74 and directed by Barry Levinson (The Natural, Rain Man, Wag the Dog). The film follows members of The Creative Coalition, including Daly, Susan Sarandon, and Anne Hathaway, as they attend the Democratic and Republican conventions of 2008, as well as the presidential inauguration. It also asks broader questions about media, influence, political dialogue, and truth.

A Sea Change, with Sven Huseby, is now showing worldwide

Sven Huseby, former Putney School Director and history teacher, stars in and co-producedA Sea Change 

A Sea Change, which premiered to sold-out audiences in Washington, DC, Seattle, and San Francisco, debuted at Putney School on Friday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. Other upcoming screenings are listed online.


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