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Alumni News Archive

In Memoriam, Fall 2018

We share obituaries of four Woodstock alumni who passed away in 2018: David Robert Moomaw ’40; Charles W. Reckard; Dilshad Najmuddin and Lois Augusta (Duerksen) Deckert.   David Robert ...

Graduation speeches 2018

Key speeches from 2018 Graduation service, including from Valedictorian Hyechan Jun, Salutatorian Hah Yeon Lee, and guest speaker, former Head of High School, Jonathan Seefeldt ’00.   Valedic...

Ellen Stewart Alter ’68: July 1926 – August 2018

It is with much sadness that we share this news from Steve Alter that his mother, Ellen Stewart Alter passed away on August 23, 2018. With heartfelt condolences to Steve and Ameeta and the entire Alt...

Alumni Spotlight – Isaac Gergan ’06

When did you graduate and how many years did you spend here? I graduated in 2006 (Intrepid) and while my time there was divided in two, I spent about 8 years altogether. Where are you from? I’m ...

Invincible!

The Class of 2018 spread out across the world to the new destinations and adventures   On Saturday 26 May, the Class of 2018 graduated and left Woodstock! For everyone in the school community ...

Looking back at their time at Woodstock!

With the Class of 2018 quickly approaching their Graduation, we caught up with the three students – Jayant Singh, Abhishek Bhandari and Avanya Joab, who have been at Woodstock the longest to fin...

Alumni Spotlight – Annie Dieselberg ’82

Annie Dieselberg graduated from Woodstock in 1982, having spent her senior year at the school. Describing herself as a true Third Culture Kid, her citizenship is American but she started moving at a ...

Summer at Woodstock – Entrepreneurship

Woodstock alum Susan K Rits ’79, founder of Rits & Co, is leading a practical course for budding entrepreneurs at this year’s Summer at Woodstock programme. She tells us more about wha...

Grandparenthood and Guiding Principals

Dr Long announces the establishment of Woodstock’s Guiding Principles, along with a new arrival to his family.   I never saw it coming! I’d thought about it – but it was always somethin...

Summer at Woodstock – Art for Change

Woodstock alum Stefan Prakash Eicher ’90 – pictured above with Joshua John ’98 – is returning to the hillside to lead Summer at Woodstock’s Art for Change course. He tell...

Working at Woodstock – Darab Nagarwalla ’80

Have you ever considered that there are many ways to be a part of life at Woodstock, including giving us your time? Darab Nagarwalla ’80 joined the staff at Woodstock because of his passion and...

Varun Kedia ’13 – Why is mentorship important?

Varun Kedia graduated in 2013, having spent 10 years at Woodstock. He went to the Cass Business School in London and graduated with a BSc in Business management. While at university he started and r...

Alumni Spotlight – Duc Pham ’03

Duc Pham graduated from Woodstock in 2003, having spent five years at the school. He moved to Woodstock from Ho Chi Minh City, in the South of Vietnam. He is the co-founder of Freelensia, the world&#...

Nikhil Chouguley ’98 – The Gift of Mentorship

Nikhil spent grades 5 to 10 at Woodstock, but did not graduate from the school. He moved to Woodstock because his father was Head of Finance at the school. From warm memories of hosting boarders at ho...

Disconnecting and reconnecting

The less connected you make yourself, the more meaningful connections you can develop. Dr Long shares his New Year resolutions for 2018.   Welcome to 2018! For many of us the New Year is a time t...

Anne Lockwood Romasco: May 1933-November 2017

By Anne’s nephew Lawrence MacDonald Anne Lockwood Romasco, who was born and raised in southern China during the tumultuous years before the Communist revolution, was active in the 1960s Civil Ri...

Alumni Spotlight – Anjuli Wagner ’05

Anjuli graduated in 2005, having spent her senior year at Woodstock. She went on to Tufts University and studied Peace & Justice studies and Community Health as an Undergraduate Degree. She then ...

Alumni Spotlight – Grishma Bista ’97

When Grishma finished tenth grade in Nepal and was waiting for her final results, family friends whose children were at Woodstock encouraged her parents to send her here. They had also visited the sch...

Worldwide Woodstock Day 2017

On 28 October, Woodstock alumni from across the globe came together for Worldwide Woodstock Day. From Arizona to Toronto, and Sydney to (of course) Mussoorie, Woodstockers met to catch-up over delicio...

Lives built on extraordinary foundations

One of the most rewarding aspects of spending a lifetime in teaching is following the lives of the children you teach onto adulthood, finding out about their incredible achievements and reflecting on ...

Alumni Spotlight – Madhvi Subrahmanian

A sense of adventure brought Madhvi to Woodstock from Mumbai! She remembers how hard she had to work to get her parents to say yes. Fortunately, they had friends who had their children at Woodstock, a...

Molly Taylor Lhamon: July 1926 – Oct 2017

We share sad news that former Woodstock Board Member, parent and community member, Molly Taylor Lhamon, passed away on 15 October.  Molly Taylor Lhamon passed away peacefully at Emerald Heights, Red...

Tom Alter ’68: June 1950 – September 2017

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Tom Alter, Distinguished Alumnus of Woodstock School and Padma Shri actor, passed away on Friday 29 September. A dear friend to Woodstock and many...

Alumni Spotlight – Dr. Eleanor Nicholson

Dr Eleanor Nicholson has spent the last month at Woodstock running the Women in Leadership Program. At Woodstock, she has dedicated her time to the Centre for Imagination, as well as staff and student...

India and Woodstock, Sixty One Years Later

A more literary title would be Passage to India, The Return of the Native, or Richer by India (to duplicate the title of my mother’s book about our life there in the 1950’s), but all of these woul...

Towards greater things

Our graduates leave Woodstock for prestigious universities and colleges the world over   On 26 May, our seniors graduated and left Woodstock. They have come a long way and reached the end of a jo...

Alumni Spotlight – Sara Ahmed

Sara graduated from Woodstock in 1981, having spent two years at the school. Born in Bombay, her family moved to Tehran in 1971, where she lived until they had to return to India to escape the Iranian...

Graduation speeches 2017

All the speeches from 2017’s Graduation and Baccalaureate services, including from Valedictorian and Salutatorian Shar and Shanti Mathias, pictured above.   Valedictorian Speech – Shar Ma...

Alumni Spotlight – Hazel Ebenezer

Hazel Ebenezer graduated from Woodstock in 2014, having spent 12 years at the school. She went on to John Cabot University in Rome and studied International Affairs with a minor in Business Administra...

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT – PEMA GYALSTEN

Pema Gyalsten graduated from Woodstock in 1990. Our class was very united, this resonated every morning as we shouted our class name ‘Mirage’ loud and clear. When I completed my twelfth gr...

Alumni Spotlight – Renu Singh

Renu Singh and her sister Ena Singh Murphy both work with the Paradada Paradadi Educational Society (PPES). They both graduated from Woodstock.  Since 2000, Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPE...

Alumni News – An Indian Safari

Harvey Kline (class of ’57) recently took a trip to India with his wife. The glow of the sunrise was visible but had not yet overpowered the pre-dawn darkness.  There was an unexpected chill in...

Alumni Spotlight – Shruti Ganguly

Shruti Ganguly is a filmmaker based in New York City. She left Woodstock in 2000, having spent three years at the school. Moving to Northwestern University in the States after graduation to study Art ...

Alumni news – Mr & Mrs Chophel set to retire

Mr. & Mrs. Chophel, who have an association with Woodstock that spans 43 years, will retire this summer. Throughout their many years of service, they’ve been an inspiration to generations ...

The White Helmets – striving to save lives

Woodstock Student Shatakshi Kabi reflects on her conversation with alumnus Nellie Little about the work of Syria Civil Defense, colloquially known as The White Helmets.   A few weeks ago, th...

Alumni Spotlight – Shubhashish Bhutiani

Shubhashish Bhutiani graduated from Woodstock in 2009, having spent eight years here. After studying film at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he found himself back in India as a lost 22-year-ol...

Alumni spotlight – Hadisa Wali

Hadisa Wali came to Woodstock in 2009, when she was chosen by the Afghan Scholars Initiative (ASI) to attend Woodstock. She had always wanted to go to boarding school and was very excited to move to ...

Alumni Spotlight – Asma Ebadi

Asma came to Woodstock in 2011, when the Afghan Scholars Initiative (ASI) selected her from a pool of 120 students to apply to Woodstock. Founded by Qiam Amiry, ASI gives opportunities to exceptional ...

Li Chu ’59: July 1941 – January 2017

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and invaluable member of the Woodstock community, Li Chu, on 25 January. Whether you knew Li in person or not you ca...

TZ Chu ’52: April 1934-September 2016

It is with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Woodstock’s dear friend and Distinguished Alumni, TZ Chu on 16 September. Surrounded by family members and very much at peace, TZ lost a batt...

Quad 2015. Commencement Speech

GRADUATION 2015 by Dr Jonathan Long Three words. That’s all – just three words. Three words which will be reliable guides throughout your life. Three words to pay attention to whenever you lose yo...

Quad 2015. Salutatorian’s Speech

By Nishant Agarwal Honorable Friends and Family, It is my distinguished honour to speak to you today. It seems just like yesterday when I came to this school. Memories of six years are fresh in my min...

Quad 2015. Valedictorian’s Speech

By Eriko Shrestha Mr. Mathews, Dr. Long, Parents, Teachers, Friends, and most importantly, my dearest Ad Astra: One of the things I learnt at Woodstock was to stop caring about my grades and instead l...

Quad 2015. Baccalaureate Address

By Brian Dunn’89 Honoured guests, proud and supportive parents, dedicated and relieved staff, beloved but annoying siblings, and last but certainly not least, our gorgeous and hard-working gradu...

Quad 2015. A Year at the Hanifl Centre.

By Marta Lofesser It has been a year of change and growth at the Hanifl Centre. 2015 kicked off with a new partnership with Aerie Backcountry Medicine, a leading provider of wilderness-medicine course...

Quad 2015. Around the Sundial.

By Judy Crider ‘69 JULY: In the midst of monsoon, new and returning staff arrive for the start of the 161st year of Woodstock. AUGUST: The year has begun and we are already into the Indian Cultural ...

Quad 2015. From the Principal

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Henry Ford’s wisdom is an ode to lifelong learning. There are less elegant ways of putting...

War and Woodstock. Peter Vodicka’s Story

Peter Vodicka ’57 was born in Czechoslovakia, spent part of his childhood in Woodstock School, (India) and presently lives in Australia!  When Peter and his wife, Rachel, visited us earlie...

“Will I Die a Muslim?” -Raad Rahman, Class of 2002

Raad Rahman writes about the reality of being a Muslim post Paris attacks.  An absolutely must read. “But I am done apologizing for extremist obscenities, because these extremist acts are not ...

John G Shulman ’82 Sues the State of Minnesota

Presenting John Shulman:Alumnus,  Author, Attorney and Gentleman. “John G. Shulman is an experienced attorney, negotiator, entrepreneur and public speaker skilled in the art and science of inte...

Unveiling of Antonio Puri’s Artistry

  Antonio Puri’s  much awaited Varna Project  was unveiled in the school quad yesterday. It was a beautiful evening which began with a very pleasing sitar-rendition of raag Marwa by Alo...

Giving Back To Woodstock Like Few Can

Presenting  Cate Whitcomb’ 66, Margo Warner Curl ’67 and Anne Lind (ex staff 1968-71 and 1975-80).  These alumni add new meaning to the word giving. They give time  – a commodity...

Shades of Dissent. What is Antonio Puri Thinking?

Our artist in residence, Antonio Puri ’84, is now quite a familiar figure at Woodstock. If he’s not focusing on his work, you’ll find him deep in conversation – dressed in paint-dabbed jeans. ...

Dear Eleanor

Dr Eleanor Nicholson recently stepped down as the President of the Board of Woodstock school  passing the baton on to Mr Rajan Mathews. Her experience of over 40 years in the sphere of education...

Monsoon in Black and White

A tinge of brown has now appeared on the fingertips of the ferns here on the hillside, signaling the beginning of the end of the rainy season. Before it leaves us until next year, Mathai (Grade 12) ca...