2019 Annual Report

The Log of the West Wind

News of Friends and Alumni

Tuesday, March 10, 2020/Go Back

This is the 23rd edition of the Log of the West Wind, reporting news of Kabeyun alumni and friends, submitted by Bill French. We want to hear from you! Submit your news on the Kabeyun website at kabeyun.org/youralumninews.

Jeff Beavers joined the Four Thousand Footer Club in 2019.

Colleen Boddy married Zachary Sprague on Ram Island Farm in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in September 2019. Kabeyun attendees were Grace Goodrich, Ken, Roanne, Quinn and Nora Robbins, Tim Cook, Chris Cabot and Richard and Kate Pratt.

Marshall Bronfin, a camper from 2006 - 2010, graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has moved to Manchester, NH, and enjoys hiking Mt. Major at least once a month. Marshall works with Helix Design Inc. and Bellair3D. You can see some of his designs at marshallbronfin.com.

Mac Callahan is taking a gap year before starting at Tufts University. He spent the fall studying Italian in the historic city of Siracusa on Sicily’s eastern coast. He took language classes five times a week. On weekends, he traveled across Sicily to Taormina, Mt. Etna, Catania, and the Greek ruins at the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento. For the winter, Mac moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where worked as a digital media fellow leading up to the Iowa caucuses.

Henry Cattan married Blaine Willocks this summer at the Wolfeboro Inn. George and Will Cattan attended along with Eliot Golding, Alex Hill, and Christian Latham. Henry and Blaine have settled in Karratha in Western Australia. It is a two-hour flight to the closest major city, Perth.

Stephen Harby is a Visiting Critic at the Yale School of Architecture and conducts a travel enterprise “Stephen Harby Invitational.” He usually organizes four fascinating trips a year. He divides his personal time among Santa Barbara, CA, York Harbor, ME, and Chiang Mai, Thailand. He presents a monthly column in Artists Magazine on his travels together with beautiful water colors he has done of each place. The November 2019 article features the place he and his partner purchased in Chiang Mai. It is a 17 acre active rice farm. There is much to be seen of his travels and his beautiful water colors on his website: Stephenharby.com. He was a camper in the early 1960’s.

Billy Cotton, a camper in the 1990’s, was named Creative Director of Ralph Lauren Home in November and has been recognized by Architectural Digest as one of the top designers and architects of 2019. Billy is known for working with stars of the art world. He designed Cindy Sherman’s farmhouse in East Hampton, as well as her triplex in Manhattan. The triplex, along with artist retreats he designed for Carol Bove and Gordon Terry in Brooklyn and Lisa Yuskavage and Matvey Levenstein in Manhattan, all were chronicled in Architectural Digest.

Sam Dyer, Jesse Metzger, and Matt Thacker are spending the winter living and working at the Peruvian Lodge in Alta, UT, where they ski almost every day. Sam is in his fourth winter as a ski technician in the ski shop. He is pursuing certification by the American Mountain Guide Association and completed an intensive course in leading multi-pitch climbs in North Conway this fall. Jesse and Matt work as line cooks at the Lodge. Jesse graduated from Colorado College in 2019 with a degree in Film and Media Studies. Matt earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in remote sensing and geospatial science at Boston University in 2018.

John Murchison has entered law school at NYU. He and his fiancé live on East 26th Street in Kips Bay, Manhattan. Previously, John lived in Washington, D.C., and worked for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Kate Pratt joined the Four Thousand Footer Club in October 2019. Cannon Mountain was her last peak, which she hiked with eight friends, many of them from Kabeyun. Kate chronicled her two-year hiking project in a blog, prattemptynest.blogspot.com.

Roanne Robbins lived at the Mount Washington Observatory for a week in October as a Summit Volunteer. She cooked meals for nine staff members and baked many cookies for visitors celebrating the observatory’s Founders Day. Roanne explored Mt. Washington in excellent weather, frequently hiking above tree-line and identifying alpine plants and lichen. She enjoyed learning from scientists and the rest of the mountaintop crew.

Davis Tantillo graduated from Brown University. He moved to Paris in September. He is teaching English to elementary school students under a special French government program. He intends to do this for about three years and then go to graduate school in Paris. He lives in the Montparnasse neighborhood.

Eli Wolff lives in Wellesley, MA, with his wife, Cheri Blauwet, and two young children, Stella and Spencer. Eli co-directs the Sport and Society initiative at Brown University and also co-directs the Power of Sport Lab, a platform to fuel and magnify innovation, inclusion, and social change through sport.

In Memoriam

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families of these Kabeyun alumni, staff members, parents, and friends.

Bruce Amsbary lost his long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer in November 2019. He lived in Needham, MA, and had been the CFO at the Rivers School for 28 years. He and his wife, Betsy, visited camp during the summer of 2019. Both Bruce and his brother, Doug, attended camp in the 1960’s. Jeff Kuebler, Bill French and Ken Robbins attended his funeral.

John Barrett (1936 - 2019) was a camper in the late 1940’s and a hiking counselor In the 1950’s. John was a gifted scholar in botany, history, geology, languages and classical music. He grew up in Boston and received top honors at Roxbury Latin School and two degrees from Harvard. Later he moved to Port Angeles, Washington, and more recently to Twin Falls, Idaho. He became a devout Mormon in the 1990’s.

Gordon “Duff” Lewis (1940 - 2019) was a camper in the 1950’s. He and his wife, Jeannie, moved to Chestnut Cove in Alton Bay a number of years ago. As close neighbors, they reconnected with camp. They have two grandsons attending camp. Gordon was a graduate of Syracuse University and the Navy’s Flight School in Pensacola, Florida. He did three tours of duty in Vietnam where he flew the Douglas A-3 Sky Warrior. He retired as a naval Commander. Military honors were presented following his funeral at the Melvin Village Community Church. Bill French attended the service.