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Posted Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 5:45:13 PM

Two members of Riverdale's Class of 2012 have received Stanford University medals for distinguished undergraduate research.

Soo Ji Lee received the Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and Creative Arts for her history thesis, “Photographing for Change: Reinterpreting Bob Fitch’s Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement and United Farm Workers Movement.

Mark Walsh received the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for his thesis, “The Effect of Indian Community Health Workers: Multiple Tasks and Few Results.” 

The awards were announced in June.

Posted Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 1:27:00 PM

by John M. Davis '68


With only two years remaining until our big 50th Reunion, I thought that it would be fun to share a few events and occasions that involved some of my Riverdale childhood friends. This year, we have seven destination weddings, all children of childhood friends, some of whom were our classmates at Riverdale. 


At the end of April, Andrew, the son of Tony Adler '68 (pictured with me on the right in the photograph at the left), was married in Santa Barbara. I had been the best man at Tony's first wedding to Hilda Herrera in Guatemala. I am godfather to their daughter, Monica.


For those of you who attended Riverdale dances, you will remember my great friends, Lorraine Carrady and Wendy Flink (pictured at right, below). Lorraine Carrady Quinn attended Riverdale for one year, and she was my date at our senior prom. Lorraine's middle son, Gregory, was married in Greece in June at a six-day celebration, which was phenomenal. Wendy was there as was Diane Levbarg Klein '68 (pictured at left, below) and her husband, Martin. 


August will bring us back to Santa Barbara for the wedding of Jeremy, the youngest son of Richard and Niza Davidson. Jeremy and his fiancee, Jen, both age 24, are just as close to us as his parents. Richard attended Horace Mann. Another Horace Mann grad, David Sandberg, brother of Helen Sandberg Metzger '72, both childhood friends, will also attend.


While not a wedding, yet another event sparked Riverdale memories this year. I have always joked that I was one of the few students in my class who did not have famous parents. Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, have written a wonderful new memoir entitled The Rainbow Comes and Goes. It was also made into a documentary for HBO this year. My old friend, Stan Stokowski '68, makes an appearance in the film. Stan now has grey hair and looks great. He is Anderson's half-brother. When they showed scenes of the Vanderbilt townhouse in the East 60s, I remembered being there with Stan as if it were yesterday!


All of these recent events reminded me of our wonderful days at Riverdale and made me all the more excited about our upcoming big Reunion!


To be included in the next Quad magazine, please send your news and updates to your Class Correspondent. A comprehensive list can be found here.

Posted Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 4:49:22 PM


Demetra Caldwell '97 has been awarded the Al Davis Teaching Award for the 2015-2016 school year.

Caldwell, a third grade teacher, joined the Riverdale Lower School faculty in 2004.

Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph made the announcement at the closing faculty meeting today. He said:

“In 1997 the Class of 1964 established an endowment to fund a faculty award in honor of Mr. Al Davis, a much respected teacher and administrator who taught at Riverdale from 1953 until his retirement in 1987. The recipient of the award receives an honorarium and has his/her name inscribed on a large plaque.
“In selecting an honoree, emphasis is placed on a faculty member whose teaching is ‘an act of mutual respect, commitment, and love’ and who encourages team spirit, persistence, and a sense of community.
“The recipient may use the honorarium/stipend for academic classes, personal travel, concerts, lectures, resource materials, or other suitable activity.
“The recipient is chosen by the division head in consultation with a representative of the Class of 1964. As a general practice, the selection alternates yearly among the three divisions.
“This year’s recipient has a unique bond with Riverdale as an alum as well as a faculty member. This teacher embodies the ideals of the Al Davis Award, bringing enthusiasm, experience, commitment, and love for children and education to school every day. This teacher ably models character strengths such as grit, perseverance, and gratitude in everyday life as an educator.  
“A lifelong learner with an extraordinary passion for teaching, learning, and leading when working with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and stakeholders throughout the community, this person consistently remains intellectually alive and open to change grounded in theory, research, and practice. Known for an active engagement with students, this educator ignites students' interest by creating learning opportunities that are challenging, meaningful, and relevant. This teacher believes that teachers must embrace change, encourage innovation, and foster creativity; not just in their students, but in themselves. This teacher sets high standards, continuously rises to difficult challenges, and leads and inspires the way for others.
“Consistently professional and reflective, this teacher also fosters a sense of community in the classroom, throughout the school as a whole, and among alumni. Over a 12-year career at Riverdale, this teacher has engaged students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni in important diversity work, serving as a Lower School diversity coordinator for several years and a founder of the very successful Lower School SOCS program.
“It is with great pleasure that I present Demetra Caldwell ’97 with this year’s Al Davis Award.”



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Robin Gottlieb
Director of Alumni Affairs and Institutional Engagement

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