Notable Alumni

For more than a century, Choate Rosemary Hall alumni and alumnae have made a significant impact in their communities and in the world. Meet some of the notable individuals who have passed through our doors.

Architecture

  •  Andres Duany ’67 – Architect, Co-founder of Congress for the New Urbanism, Author of Suburban Nation and Developer of Urban Transect Theory. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 2002.
  • Matthew Berman ’90 – Competition Winner - Workshop APD/Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen for Global Green U.S.A.’s Holy Cross Project in New Orleans.

Arts and Entertainment

  •  The late Roger Stevens ’28 – Noted theater mogul, he produced more than 250 plays and musicals, from “West Side Story”to “Les Misérables”to Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass. Director of the Kennedy Center for the Arts for 17 years, and chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1965-1969. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1970.
  • The late Alan Lomax ’30 – A renowned American folk musicologist, he was a cofounder of the Archive of American Folk Song at The Library of Congress. He was awarded the National Medal of the Arts from President Ronald Reagan in 1986, and received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 1989. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1999.
  • The late Alan Jay Lerner ’36 – Lyricist and librettist whose famed collaboration with Frederick Loewe in “Brigadoon”(1947), “My Fair Lady”(1956) and “Camelot”(1960) made them iconic figures of the Broadway musical. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1962.
  • The late James Whitmore ’40 – Stage, screen, and television actor. Winner of a 1947 Tony Award. In the 1970s, he returned to the stage in a series of one-man shows that brought him great acclaim, playing Will Rogers, Harry Truman, and Theodore Roosevelt. He was nominated for two Oscars, and won an Emmy and a Golden Globe award.
  • Edward Albee ’46 – The author of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “The Zoo Story”is America’s most celebrated living playwright. He is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the 2005 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the 1996 Kennedy Center Honors and National Medal of Arts Award. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1972.
  • Buck Henry ’48 – Actor, director and screenwriter. He has appeared in more than 40 films, including “Catch-22”, “Taking Off”, “Eating Raoul”, ”The Graduate“, “Tune In Tomorrow”, “Defending Your Life”, “The Player”, and “Grumpy Old Men”. He co-directed “Heaven Can Wait”. His writing credits include “Candy”, “The Owl and the Pussycat”, “What’s Up, Doc?”, “The Day of the Dolphin”, “Protocol”, and “To Die For”. He shared an Oscar nomination for his screenplay of “The Graduate”, a film in which he made a cameo appearance.
  • Ali MacGraw ’56 – Received the “Optima” award, the highest honor conferred by Rosemary Hall. Her career began as a fashion model and then film star, appearing in “Goodbye, Columbus”(1969) and “Love Story” (1970), for which she received an Academy Award nomination. She is also an interior decorator and civic activist. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 1993.
  • Steve Swallow ’58 – Grammy Award-winning jazz bass guitarist and composer. He studied music composition at Yale, and joined the Art Farmer Quartet and Gary Burton’s bands.
  • Tom Viertel ’59 – Theatrical producer and real estate executive. Chairman, Scorpio Entertainment. Inc., and Principal, Broadway Asia Entertainment. Recipient of five Tony Awards. Productions include “Company”, “Smokey Joe’s Café”, “The Producers”, “Hairspray”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Young Frankenstein”, and “Gypsy”.
  • Michael Douglas ’63 – Actor and producer. An Emmy Award and two-time Academy Award winner, first as producer of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”(Best Picture 1975) and Best Actor in for his role as Gordon Gecko in “Wall Street” (1987). Emmy Award for Best Actor in “Behind the Candelabra” (2013). Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1988.
  • Glenn Close ’65 – Film and stage actress, she won an Emmy Award for the TV movie “Serving in Silence”(1995), three Tony Awards for her roles in “The Real Thing”(1984), “Death and The Maiden”(1992), and “Sunset Boulevard”(1995), and two Golden Globes for her TV roles in “The Lion In Winter” (2004) and “Damages” (2008). She was a member of the a cappella group, The Fingernails, as well as The Whimawehs at Rosemary Hall. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 1982.
  • Rick Rosenthal ’67 – Film director. He earned a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard in 1971. He directed Jamie Lee Curtis ’76 in “Halloween”(1976). In 1989, he directed the pilot episode for the hit television series “Life Goes On.” In addition to his filmmaking, he also teaches film at the American Film Institute and the University of Southern California.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis ’76 – Nicknamed “The Queen of Scream” for her early roles in horror flicks, including “Halloween”(1976), this Golden Globe–winning actress (“Freaky Friday”, 2003) is also a best-selling children’s author. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 1996.
  • Tom Dey ’83 – A film director, he graduated from Brown in 1987, and then studied film in Paris at the Centre des Études Critiques. A 1993 graduate of the American Film Institute, he made commercials for Ridley Scott Associates before his feature film directing debut with Touchstone Pictures’ “Shanghai Noon” (2000) and “Failure to Launch” (2006).
  • Paul Giamatti ’85 – Broadway and film actor, featured in “Sideways” (2004), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination; and “Cinderella Man” (2005), for which he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor and received his first Academy Award nomination. Winner of a 2008 Golden Globe and a 2009 Emmy for HBO’s “John Adams”. Alumni Award 2013.
  • Geoffrey Fletcher ’88 – Screenwriter won a 2010 Oscar for his adapted screenplay of “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”.
  • Dean Georgaris ’88 – Screenwriter for “Tristan + Isolde” (2006); “The Manchurian Candidate” (2004); “Paycheck” (2003); “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” (2003); Executive Producer “Life of Pi” (2012)
  • Tift Merritt ’94 – A Grammy–nominated alt-country singer for her 2004 breakthrough album, “Tambourine.”

Athletics

  • Bob McVey ’54 – Choate’s first Olympic gold medalist (men’s ice hockey at the 1960 Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, California). Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee 1998
  • Judy Geer ’71 – Olympic Rowing team USA Women’s Coxed Fours, 1976 summer Olympics Montreal; Women’s Double Sculls, 1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles. Marketing director for Concept2, a manufacturing company that sells composite oars and other rowing supplies. Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee 2006
  • Dede Griesbauer ’88 – A triathlete, she finished 7th at the 2007 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and is eager to move up a few spots in 2008. Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee 1998
  • Chris Denorfia ’98 – Choate’s first major league baseball player, he is an outfielder for the Oakland Athletics. Inducted 2012 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee 2012.
  • Angela Ruggiero ’98 – As a Choate sixth former, she won a gold medal with the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team in the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Two more Olympic Championships were to follow, earning a silver medal at Salt Lake in 2002, and a bronze at the 2006 Torino Games. In addition to cracking the gender barrier as the first female non-goalie to play in men’s professional hockey, in 2007 she appeared as a contestant on NBC’s hit series “The Apprentice.” Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 2006.
  • Kim Insalaco ’99 – After graduating from Brown in 2003 where she recorded 127 points (45 goals, 82 assists) in her four-year career, Insalaco headed to Toronto to sharpen her hockey skills by playing in the highly competitive women’s leagues. In 2006, she made her Olympic debut in Torino and won a bronze medal. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 2006.
  • Julie Chu ’01 – Named the winner of the 2007 Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the top player in women’s college hockey, Chu, is the fourth Harvard player, and the second Choate graduate, to receive the coveted award. She deferred admission to Harvard for a year to train for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics where she helped Team USA win a silver medal. In 2006, she won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Torino. And silver medals at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and Sochi Olympics in 2014. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 2006.
  • Hilary Knight ’07 – Youngest member of the 2006-07 U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team. Plays for the University of Wisconsin Badgers, while also competing with the U.S. Women’s National Team as they prepare for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Knight earned silver medals at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and Sochi Olympics in 2014.
  • Josephine Pucci ’09 – A member of the Harvard Crimson women’s ice hockey program, Josephine made her Olympic debut for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
  • Phoebe Staenz ’13 – Represented Switzerland at the 2014 Sochi Games earning a bronze medal. Played for Swiss Under-18 team for three years. A Yale freshman, Phoebe was a postgraduate at Choate and Division 1 Player of the Year. She was League MVP and led the 2013 team with 38 goals and 23 assists. The team was New England Finalists in 2013.

Business & Economics

Business

  • Jean Bernhard Buttner ’53 – Former Chairman, President, and CEO of Value Line, a company that provides investment research on stocks and mutual funds. Former Trustee. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 1995.
  • Ken Melrose ’58 – Executive Chairman, The Toro Company. He serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc.
  • Hamilton (“Tony”) E. James ’69 – President and Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone, and a member of the board of directors of general partner, Blackstone Group Management L.L.C. Alumni Award 2011.
  • Steven J. Bresky ’71 – CEO/President/Director/Chairman of the Board of Seaboard Corporation, composed of Seaboard Foods, an integrated producer of premium pork products; Seaboard Marine, a containerized shipping service between the United States, the Caribbean Basin, and Central and South America; and Commodity Trading and Milling, an international grain processing and trading business.
  • George F. Colony ’72 – Founder and CEO of Forrester Research Inc., an independent technology and market research company. In 2008 Forrester was named by Forbes magazine as one of the “200 best small companies in America” and as one of the top 100 Fastest-Growing Companies by Fortune Small Business. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 2005. Current Trustee.
  • Kim A. White ’74 – Partner, Moore Capital Management, LP, an employee-owned hedge fund sponsor that provides its consulting services to institutions and high net worth individuals.
  • Linda H. Riefler ’79 – Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, responsible for Client Services business including MSCI Barra, Modelware, and The Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. Former Trustee.
  • George Pyne ’84 – President, IMG Sports and Entertainment, a global sports and entertainment enterprise spanning 30 countries that includes the world’s preeminent clients and events in golf, tennis, fashion and entertainment, along with consulting, licensing and the IMG Academies.
  • Caterina Fake ’86 – Businesswoman and entrepreneur, co-founder of Flickr along with her husband, Stewart Butterfield, in 2004. Founded Yahoo’s Brickhouse, and ran the Hack Yahoo program. Alumni Award 2010.
  • Don MacKinnon ’86 – Founder of Hear Music and former Vice President of Music & Entertainment of Starbucks Coffee Company. Don launched (RED) in fall of 2008, a new way for people to get music from their favorite artists in their lives and help save lives in Africa being destroyed by the AIDS epidemic.
  • Ivanka Trump ’00 – Vice President of Real Estate Development and Acquisitions at the Trump Organization. In 2007, she debuted her signature jewelry line, the Ivanka Trump Collection.
  • Veronica Chou ’02 – President, Iconix Brand Group owns a diversified portfolio of fashion and home brands in Asia that touch every segment of retail distribution from the luxury market to the mass market.

Economics

  • Douglass C. North ’38 – Spencer T. Olin Professor in Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. University of California Berkeley. In 1993 he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his work on the evolution of economic and political institutions. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1994.
  • Emily Oster ’98 – Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Chicago. Her research focuses on issues of development and health and, in particular, the economics of infectious disease. Named by The New York Times as one of the nation’s leading young economists.
  • E. Glen Weyl ’03 – Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Chicago. His research is economics and related fields, including philosophy and the history of economics.

Education

  • The late Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. ’36 – For more than half a century, Cardinal Dulles shaped thought within the American Roman Catholic Church. He authored 750 articles and 23 books on religion. He was created a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in 2001 by Pope John Paul II, the first American born theologian who was not a bishop to receive this honor. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1995.
  • James Griffin ’51 – Holder of the White’s Chair at Oxford University, the world’s most prestigious chair of moral philosophy.
  • Thomas Yankus ’52 – Minor league baseball player and esteemed Choate English teacher and varsity coach for more than 50 years. In January 2007, he was awarded the inaugural Minicucci Family Endowed Teaching Chair. In 2008, Tom received the Martin William Souders Memorial Award, an honor given annually to a graduate of a New England independent school who has made a distinguished record in life through high ideals, leadership, and accomplishments. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 2000, Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee 1996
  • Rebecca J. Cook ’64 – A professor at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine and the Joint Centre for Bioethics, she is a human rights activist and recipient of national and international honors, including a 1999 Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada and a 1998 Ludwick and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 2004.
  • Dr. Arthur (“Tim”) Garson ’66 – Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Virginia and the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Health Science and Public Policy. He is responsible for the planning and operations of the University’s 10 schools, as well as academic planning. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 2009.
  • Katherine Verdery ’66 – The Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at City University of New York, she has conducted field research in Romania since 1973, emphasizing the political economy of social inequality, ethnic relations, and nationalism. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 1992.
  • Drew Casertano ’76 – Head of Millbrook School since 1990. Drew holds a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He worked at Loomis Chaffee School and at The Gunnery, serving as director of admission and financial aid at both institutions. During his thirty years in independent education, he has also been a history teacher, a dorm parent, a director of student activities, a football, lacrosse, and hockey coach, and an adviser to dozens and dozens of students.
  • Langdon Hammer ’76 – Professor and Chairman, Department of English, Yale University (Lecturer, 1987; Assistant Professor, 1989; Associate Professor 1994; Associate Professor with tenure, 1997; Professor, 2001). Published works include “Hart Crane: Complete Poetry and Selected Letters,” edited by Langdon Hammer and “James Merrill: Life and Art,” a biography.
  • John Green ’77 – Retired Head of Peddie School, he has long been deeply committed to teaching and to boarding schools. A former member of the faculty at St. Paul’s School, Green served as dean of faculty, history department chair, and director of admission. Before that, he taught history and English at Western Reserve Academy and the Fessenden School. Former Trustee.
  • Morenike Irvin ’81 – Executive Director of the Level Playing Field Institute in San Francisco. Before joining LPFI, Nike was president of the Riordan Foundation in Los Angeles from 2000-2006 (becoming chair in 2007), overseeing grant making and administration in the Foundation’s interest areas of literacy and youth leadership programming. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 2008.

Journalism, Publishing & Literary Arts

Journalism and Publishing

  • Hedrick Smith ’51 – A 26-year correspondent for The New York Times, his reporting earned him the Pulitzer Prize for journalism twice, once as a member of the Times team that disclosed the Pentagon Papers and the other for his international reporting from the former USSR and Eastern Europe. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1981.
  • Geoffrey L. Cowan ’60 – Holder of the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership at the Annenberg School and director of University of California’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. He holds a joint appointment in the USC Gould School of Law. For more than 30 years, he has been an important force in the communication world—as a public interest lawyer, academic administrator, best-selling author, and award-winning teacher, playwright, television producer, and government official. Alumni Award 2014.
  • James Berrien ’70 – Former President and Publisher of Forbes Magazine Group. Chairman of the Connecticut College Board of Trustees. Berrien joined the Forbes Magazine Group in August 1999 as president of Forbes magazine. In 2000, he was named president of Forbes Magazine Group and was appointed publisher in 2003.
  • Gretchen Teichgraeber ’71 – President/CEO of Scientific American. The oldest continuously published monthly in America, Scientific American is published in 17 languages, totaling over 1 million circulation worldwide. Prior to joining Scientific American in May 2000, she served as Director of Corporate Strategic Planning for The New York Times and Publishing General Manager for CMP Media. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 2005.
  • Philip Gourevitch ’79 – Former Editor, The Paris Review. Well-known author and long-time staff writer of The New Yorker. His first book, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, won a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a George Polk Book Award.
  • James Surowiecki ’84 – Author of The Wisdom of Crowds, he also writes a twice-monthly financial column for The New Yorker. He wrote “The Bottom Line” column for New York magazine, and was a contributing editor at Fortune.
  • Kalefa Sanneh ’93 – New York Times music critic and new staff writer at The New Yorker.
  • Thomas Kaplan ’06 – reporter for The New York Times covering the Albany, NY bureau.  Previously Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Daily News.

Literary Arts

  • The late John Dos Passos ’11 – One of the Lost Generation writers, his novels Manhattan Transfer and the U.S.A. trilogy place him alongside Theodore Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis in the top tier of American realist writers. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1965.
  • The late James Laughlin ’32 – Poet and literary book publisher who founded New Directions Publishers. Winner of the 1992 Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award from the National Book Awards Program. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1982.
  • Reeve Lindbergh ’63 – Author of several books for adults and children. They include the memoir of her childhood and youth, Under a Wing, and No More Words, a description of the last years of her mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Forward From Here, a memoir about entering her sixties. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 1988.
  • Doug McGrath’76 – A writer and actor he was nominated for both an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for his Bullets Over Broadway screenplay. He was twice nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for the films Emma (1997) and Bullets Over Broadway (1995). He received a 2014 Tony Award nomination for the Best Book of a Musical category for Beautiful—The Carole King Musical.
  • Maria Semple ’82 – A screenwriter and novelist whose television credits include Beverly Hills, 90210, Mad About You, Saturday Night Live, Arrested Development, Suddenly Susan and Ellen, Semple’s novels include This One is Mine (2008) and Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2012).
  • John Burnham Schwartz ’83 – The author of critically acclaimed novels The Commoner, Claire Marvel, Bicycle Days, and Reservation Road, which has been made into a film based on his screenplay, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, and Jennifer Connelly. His work has been translated into twenty languages, and has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Law, Government & Global Ambassadors

Law

  • The late Hon. Whitman Knapp ’27 – A federal judge who led a far-reaching two-year investigation into corruption in the New York City Police Department. He attended Yale and Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review.
  • The Hon. Margot Botsford ’65 – Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1969. She earned her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1973 and an M.P.A. degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2007. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 1994.

Government

  • Adlai E. Stevenson ’18 – A politician and diplomat, he was twice the Democratic Party’s candidate for President of the United States. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest political orators of his time, second only to Winston Churchill. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy ’35 appointed him Ambassador to the United Nations. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1961.
  • John F. Kennedy ’35 – The 35th President of the United States, he received the Alumni Seal Prize in 1958 when he was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.
  • Emil (Bus) Mosbacher, Jr. ’39 – State Department’s chief of protocol in the Nixon Administration from 1969-72. An accomplished sailor, he skippered two winning teams in the America’s Cup races.
  • Robert Mosbacher, Sr. ’44 – Secretary of Commerce in George H.W. Bush’s administration from 1989-1992. A Texas businessman, he founded the Mosbacher Energy Company. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1990.
  • Arne Carlson ’53 – Elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 1965, he later served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and from 1978 until 1990, was state auditor. In 1990, he emerged as the Independent Republican gubernatorial candidate and served two terms as governor of Minnesota, becoming the first Republican governor to win reelection in four decades. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1998.
  • John Danilovich ’68 – CEO of Millennium Challenge Corporation, offering “foreign aid with accountability” to more than 24 countries in the developing world. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Danilovich to serve as the American Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica and, in 2004, he was asked to take a second ambassadorship to Brazil. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 2007.
  • Francesca Vietor ’82 – Board member, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. She served as President of the City’s Commission on the Environment from 1997 to 1999 and as Director of the Department of the Environment from 1999 to 2001. In 2003, she co-founded 1000 Flowers, a non-partisan non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to registering and mobilizing women to vote across the country. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 2009.

Former United States Ambassadors

  • Adlai Stevenson ’18................... United Nations, Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1961
  • Chester Bowles ’19................... India, Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1968
  • Philip Young ’27………………………The Netherlands, Choate Alumni Seal Prize, 1960
  • William Attwood ’37................ Guinea, Kenya, Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1971
  • Bruce Gelb ’45.......................... Kingdom of Belgium, Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1975
  • Eric M. Javits ’48...................... Ambassador and Permanent U.S. Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
  • S. Davis Phillips ’61.................. Estonia, Alumni Award 2010
  • Robert McCallum ’64............... Australia, Hall of Fame ’02, Choate Alumni Seal Prize 2008
  • John Danilovich ’68.................. Republic of Costa Rica & Brazil, Choate Alumni Seal Prize 2007
  • William Monroe ’68................. Bahrain
  • Victoria Nuland ’79.................. NATO, Alumni Award 2012

Medicine & Technology

Medicine

  • Hoi Sang U ’65, M.D. – Dr. U is an internationally renowned expert in brain tumor research. He joined the University of California, San Diego faculty in 1978. He has conducted studies on diseases ranging from human pituitary adenomas to glioblastomas and is pioneering work in gene therapy and brain tissue transplantation. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 2003.
  • Paul Pepe ’68, M.D. M.P.H. – Riggs Family Chair in Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Appointed Emergency Medicine and Trauma Consultant to the White House Medical Unit (WHMU). Since 1994, assigned (and continues) to train and advise The White House physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and other medical personnel, including the Physician to the President, in the latest EM and Trauma care advances and resuscitation techniques.
  • Dr. Daniel J. Carucci ’76, M.D. MSc., Ph.D. – President of Global Health Consulting, Inc. providing consulting services to for-profit and non-profit organizations, international NGOs, multilateral and service organizations who are working toward improving the impact of global health investments. As the Former Vice President for Global Health at the United Nations Foundation, Dr. Carucci supported programs and fostered diverse partnerships to address the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Alumni Award 2012.
  • Dr. Amy G. Lehman ’91, M.D., M.B.A – is the founder of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic. The LTFHC is an international organization whose mission is to address the problem of health care access for millions of people who live in the isolated, but strategically critical Lake Tanganyika Basin/Great Lakes region of Central Africa. Alumni Award 2014.

Technology

  • Nicholas Negroponte ’61 – Founder and Chairman of One Laptop per Child, a non-profit association, he is Co-founder and Director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. Negroponte was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 2006.
  • Betsey Cole Nelson ’79 – Former chief financial officer at Macromedia, an internet software company.
  • Window Snyder ’93 – Chief Security Officer at Mozilla Corporation; recently named to Black Enterprise magazine’s Hot List of 40 African American achievers under age 40. Former Trustee.

Philanthropy

  • The late Paul Mellon ’25 – An American philanthropist, whose many contributions included The National Gallery of Art, the Yale Center for British Art, the preservation of the shoreline of Cape Hatteras, the restoration of Monticello and the creation of America’s top poetry award, the Bollingen Prize. His lifetime contribution to his alma mater totaled more than $27 million, including the Paul Mellon Arts Center, the Paul Mellon Humanities Building, and the Science Center. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1966.
  • The late Mary French Rockefeller ’27 – A philanthropist devoted to promoting leadership opportunities for women. She became a member of the national board of the YWCA in 1951 and served as Vice President and then Chair of the organization’s international division from 1955-1973. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 1977.
  • The late Lawrence Hart ’32 – A Texas businessman and prize-winning cattle breeder, at age 76 he began to compete in and win masters swimming meets worldwide. His contributions to Choate include financial aid scholarships, The Larry Hart Pool, and posthumously, The Sally Hart Lodge & Alumni Center. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1977.
  • The late Worthington Johnson ’32 – A businessman, he served as a Choate Trustee from 1967-1972 and was named Honorary Trustee in 1975. When a fire destroyed Choate’s Winter Exercise building in 1976, he became chair of the “Restore and More” campaign to rebuild it. The drive raised more than $4 million, and in 1979, the building was rededicated as the Worthington Johnson Athletic Center. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1979.
  • The late Ann Loeb Bronfman ’50 – A philanthropist whose projects include the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery in Washington, D.C. During its first year, the gallery featured the acclaimed “Urban Diaspora: Reclaiming Space,” which chronicled through photographs the urban renewal efforts of Jewish communities across the country. Other funded projects include the National Crime Prevention Council and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 1999.
  • Christopher Hutchins ’56 – Former Choate Rosemary Hall Trustee and National Chairman of A Shared Commitment: the Campaign for Choate Rosemary Hall that raised $135 million in unrestricted funds. President and Chief Executive Officer of Alternative Energy, Inc., and its affiliated companies which have pioneered the development of waste wood-power generation plants to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 2004.
  • Jonathan Fanton ’61 – For 17 years (1982-1999) he was the President of the New School for Social Research in New York City. From 1999-2009 he was president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and chairman of the not-for-profit Human Rights Watch. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 2001.
  • Susan R. Cullman ’67 – President, Joseph F. Cullman Institute for Patient Care at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York. Co-Chair, Republican Pro-Choice Coalition (1991-2002). Co-Founder and Board Member, National Alliance to End Homelessness (1983-93). Former Trustee of Choate Rosemary Hall.
  • Nathaniel Simons ’83 – Principal at Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund manager, where he has worked since 1994. He has been the portfolio manager of the Meritage Fund since its inception in 1997. He sits on the board of Habitot, a Berkeley children’s museum, and Sea Change Foundation, a private foundation devoting its annual grants to addressing the serious threats posed by global climate change.
  • Benjamin S. Walton ’92 – Architect, Sharpe Designs; Director, Walton Family Foundation. Board Member Emeritus, Sustainable Settings. The Walton Family Foundation is committed to addressing k-12 education reform, economic development in the Delta Region of Arkansas and Mississippi, and conservation of sensitive marine and freshwater environments. Former Trustee.
Notable School Officials

The Founders

In 1890, Mary Atwater Choate founded Rosemary Hall in Wallingford. Six years later, her husband, Judge William G. Choate, founded The Choate School.

Headmistresses of Rosemary Hall

  • Caroline Ruutz-Rees: 1890-1938
  • Mary Elizabeth Lowndes (co-headmistress): 1910-1938
  • Eugenia Baker Jessup RH 1910: 1938-1953 and 1957-58
  • Helen MacKissick Williamson: 1953-1957
  • Alice E. McBee: 1958-1970
  • Elizabeth W. Loomis: 1971-1973
  • Joanne C. Sullivan: 1973-1975

Headmasters of The Choate School

  • Mark Pitman: 1896-1905
  • George St. John: 1908-1947
  • Seymour St. John CH 1931: 1947-1973

Headmasters of Choate Rosemary Hall

  • Charles F. Dey — Principal and Head 1973-1991
  • Edward J. Shanahan — President, Headmaster, and CEO Choate Rosemary Hall Foundation, Inc., 1991-2011
  • Alex D. Curtis — Headmaster, and CEO Choate Rosemary Hall Foundation, Inc., 2011-present

Trustee Leadership

  • The late Elizabeth Hyde Brownell ’21 — Unanimously elected chair of the first Choate Rosemary Hall Board of Trustees, serving from 1974-1977. Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award 1973.
  • Life Trustee Charles F. Dey — Principal and Head 1973-1991
  • Life Trustee Bruce Gelb ’45 — Former Chairman, Board of Trustees, 1982-1985. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1975
  • Life Trustee Stephen J. Schulte ’56 — Former Chairman, Board of Trustees 1990-95. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1996
  • Life Trustee William Spears ’56 — Former Chairman, Board of Trustees 1985-90. Choate Alumni Seal Prize 1991
  • Life Trustee Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. ’57— Former Chairman, Board of Trustees 2005-2011
  • Life Trustee Edwin A. Goodman ’58 — Former Chairman, Board of Trustees, 1995-2000
  • Life Trustee Cary L. Neiman ’64 — Former Chairman, Board of Trustees, 2000-2005
  • Life Trustee Edward J. Shanahan — President, Headmaster, and CEO Choate Rosemary Hall Foundation, Inc., 1991-2011
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