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  • published Scarsdale Comedy Night in News 2022-09-15 18:14:30 -0400

    Scarsdale Comedy Night

    Please join us on Saturday October 15 at the B-Side Comedy Club in Scarsdale For a great night of comedy emceed by comedian Andrew Rich from the SHS Class of 1991. All proceeds will go to benefit the Scarsdale Alumni Association’s scholarship programs.

    Buy tickets here: https://bsidecomedyclub.ticketsauce.com/e/oct-15th-scarsdale-comedy-night/tickets

  • published Career Resource For Alums in Programs 2022-07-14 11:50:24 -0400

    Career Resource For Scarsdale Alums

    The SAA just created an alumni networking group on KIP101, which is an innovative networking platform developed by a Class of 2000 Scarsdale alumna Grace Chao!

    Join the group to network with other alums, share and receive career insights, create and discover professional opportunities, reconnect with old friends, and mentor recent Scarsdale graduates.

    We encourage you to join the group today, either as a Knowledge Provider (if you have career insights to share), Knowledge Seeker (if you need career insights) or both.

    Click here to sign up.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]

  • published Holly McClave Griffith '61, in In Memoriam 2022-06-28 16:28:41 -0400

    Holly McClave Griffith (SHS '61)

    Holly McClave Griffith, 77, of Orlando, Florida passed peacefully away at her home, with family members by her side, on August 25, 2020.  Born in White Plains, New York, to Vera H. and Edmund McClave.

    Holly was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Deborah M. Burden; and aunt, Janet Grey Howe. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Walter C. Griffith; daughter, Tammy L. Harbour of Orlando; son, Donald W. Griffith (Tammy) of Raleigh, North Carolina; grandchildren, Jonathan Harbour, Noah Griffith, Madison Griffith, and Roman Griffith.

    Holly graduated from Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, New York, and attended Marion College in Marion, Virginia.  She enjoyed RVing and reading.  As an Air Force wife, she lived in Italy, Guam, Philippine Islands, and Turkey.  While living abroad, she visited other neighboring countries.

  • Art and Architecture Get a Refresh on the California Coast

    The Pacific Ocean surf steadily lapping at the coast not far from the newly renovated and expanded Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego serves as a metaphor for the successive waves of architecture that have formed the institution since it was founded.

    High on a bluff here in the affluent village of La Jolla, it was established in 1941 in the Irving Gill-designed home of the philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. The museum — which has had several different names over the years — was expanded three times over the decades by the firm then known as Mosher & Drew, and in 1996 received a major makeover from the former Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates.

    Now, the New York firm Selldorf Architects has had its turn, coming up with an addition and overhaul that may be the most transformative yet — and one that has incorporated the previous iterations.

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  • Open Letter to NPR: Why Leave Nina Totenberg's (SHS 1962) Sister's Name Out of Your Story on MTG?

    National Public Radio energetically reported on a left-wing attempt to cancel Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from the ballot in Georgia, and "a judge" who allowed their crusade to continue. But there was an ethical problem: The enabling judge's name was Amy Totenberg, the sister of NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg. Reports on Friday morning avoided the name entirely. I recorded and transcribed the Friday morning 9 am (Eastern) newscast

    A judge in Georgia will question Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene about her involvement in the rally held before the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol last year.    

    A group of votersclaims Green helped facilitate the insurrection and that makes her ineligible to run for office. Greene has not been charged, and denounced the violence at the Capitol, but her incendiary and often false rhetoric against opponents has drawn criticism. Still, Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Stephen Fowler reports it is unlikely the voters’ complaint will force Greene out of the campaign. 

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  • Aaron Sorkin (SHS 1979), Bartlett Sher Team for ‘Camelot’ Revival

    Lerner & Loewe’s “Camelot,” that oft-old story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, will return to Broadway featuring a new book by Aaron Sorkin. That creative change may mean that Lancelot and Queen Guinevere will be doing a lot more walk and talks than they did in the original 1960 production or the 1967 film version.

    The revival, the first since 1993, is being produced by Lincoln Center Theater and will reunite Sorkin with director Bartlett Sher, his collaborator on the mega-hit stage version of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Lincoln Center says the show has been “reimagined for the 21st century.” Presumably it will still boast the same swooning, soaring, irresistibly hummable music. Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music), the team behind “My Fair Lady,” really outdid themselves with “Camelot,” which includes such musical theater bangers as “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “What Do the Simple Folk Do?” and the title song. Sher recently helmed the 2018 revival of “My Fair Lady” for, you guessed it, Lincoln Center Theater.

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  • Art around the corner: Local galleries offer a wealth of views to welcome spring

    Prince,” an exhibit of prints by New York artist Nicole Eisenman (SHS 1983), remains on view in UMCA’s main exhibit area. But two smaller shows can also be seen through May 5, including “From My Heart to You — Dance and the Unifying Force of Social Consciousness,” and a new exhibit, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place — Transportive Art.”

    “From My Heart to You” centers on photographs of Pearl Primus, the seminal African-American dancer and choreographer of the mid-20th century who danced at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket and lived in the Valley in the 1980s, when she taught ethnic studies at UMass. The show, which includes paintings, film and other work by other artists, reflects on the transformative nature of dance and “the role of imagination in creating positive social change,” as program notes put it.

    And following months of COVID lockdowns, fears and related strife, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” offers a selection of work by various artists that’s designed to give viewers a means of escape — as exhibit notes put it, “taking us out of ourselves and into another realm.”

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  • Lindsay Gottlieb (SHS 1995) is empowering women through basketball

    Lindsay Gottlieb is not like most coaches.

    Sure, you’ll find her marshaling the sidelines of Galen Center on most weekends. Her dirty blonde hair will be bundled up in a tight ponytail as she calls out assignments and plays. There won’t be a quarter in which Gottlieb isn’t turning to her bench to talk to her coaching staff and players, regardless of how the game is going.

    On the court, Gottlieb is intense and demanding.

    She is the head coach of the University of Southern California’s women’s basketball team and she strives for success. That’s how she has operated her entire career.

    But off of the hardwood, Gottlieb’s responsibilities go far beyond drawing up a successful pick-and-roll.

    “My role with this group and with college basketball in general is absolutely to impact the young women I coach in greater ways than just Xs and Os,” Gottlieb said in a recent phone interview with Annenberg Media.

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  • The Post’s Jacqueline Alemany named congressional investigations reporter

    We are delighted to announce that Jacqueline Alemany. (SHS 2007) will be taking on a new position as congressional investigations reporter.

    Jackie is a relentless and dynamic journalist who has already demonstrated her ability to land scoop after scoop about the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. In her new role, she will pursue revelatory stories about how Congress uses its oversight power and expansive pieces about the people and entities that come under congressional scrutiny.

    Along with leading our coverage of the House Select Committee, she will have a broad portfolio that will include a range of House and Senate oversight efforts, seeking to unearth stories about how the government uses its resources and power.

    Since November 2018, Jackie has served as co-author of The Washington Post’s flagship early morning newsletter, now called The Early 202, the must-read morning political briefing for the nation’s top leaders and influencers. After the 2020 presidential election, Jackie took on additional responsibilities covering Congress. She is also a contributor to MSNBC and NBC News.

    Jackie joined The Post after six years at CBS News, where she was a White House reporter covering the Trump administration. She also served as a digital journalist covering the 2016 election from New Hampshire and Ohio for the network.




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  • Aaron Sorkin (1979) on J.K. Simmons: ‘There Was Only One Actor I Wanted’

    Everybody in the industry seems to like and admire J.K. Simmons, and why wouldn’t they? He’s talented, versatile, dependable and affable. The fan club includes Aaron Sorkin, writer-director of Amazon’s “Being the Ricardos,” for which Simmons is Oscar-nominated as supporting actor.

    Sorkin’s last seven screenplays have centered on real people, but he tells Variety he doesn’t picture the person, or any actor, when writing. “But in the case of William Frawley, there was only one actor I wanted. Frawley and J.K. is the closest I’ve come to writing a part for an actor.”

    Sorkin’s appreciation began 30 years ago, when his “A Few Good Men” was a big Broadway hit. In a dual phone interview, Sorkin relates, “J.K. understudied the Colonel, which Jack Nicholson played in the movie. I heard J.K. was going on so I went to see, and he blew the doors off the theater. It was incredible.”


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  • Doctors use ‘innovative’ coding to slip high-priced services into patient bills

    Dr. Ian Malcolm, the gibbering mathematician played by Jeff Goldblum in the 1993 film “Jurassic Park,” is arguably best known for his oft-quoted line: “Life finds a way.” The line, uttered ominously to the team of geneticists who have successfully cloned dinosaurs for use in an amusement park, is a personification intended to suggest that nature will override any attempts by presumptuous human beings to control her. That is, nature will get what she wants no matter what measures are affected to slow her down.

    Nature, it seems, has a lot in common with profit-based health care. As Elisabeth Rosenthal (SHS 1974) wrote yesterday in the New York Times, many doctors, when faced with increased regulation limiting the ways patients can be billed for services, get shamelessly creative in keeping revenue streams flowing.

    Take, for example, the practice of “surprise charges” on hospital and doctor bills. As various health care reforms take effect, and in anticipation of others scheduled to be implemented, many insurers have slashed reimbursement for many medical services. To combat this and the consequences such measures have for their pay scales, many doctors are using the expertise of out-of-network providers during surgical procedures, as well as over the course of other forms of medical care, without patient consent. The practice is usually justified to patients and insurers as medically necessary. The reality is that, often, the job such an out-of-network provider is called in to perform is one that could be performed by a nurse or resident at no additional charge.


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  • Lindsay Gottlieb (SHS 1995) coached the heck out of USC in 2022; good times are coming

    We’re going to spend the next several weeks discussing USC men’s basketball. Today, we put a bow on the USC women’s basketball season and wrap it up.

    The Trojans’ season ended Wednesday at the Pac-12 Tournament with a first-round loss to UCLA. USC finished 12-16. It went 5-12 in the conference’s regular season before losing a tournament game. The numbers look ugly, but if you look beyond them, you’ll see this was an encouraging first year for Gottlieb.

    Let’s keep in mind that she was hired in May of 2021, well into the offseason. Players who might have transferred to USC had she already been in place were not in position to commit to the Trojans given the timing of the hire, which came after previous coach Mark Trakh decided to step down on April 21.

    If Trakh had announced his retirement earlier and Mike Bohn had been able to hire Gottlieb earlier, USC might have made more gains in the transfer portal, and the Trojans might have been able to convince other players to stay. This was not an athletic department problem; Trakh’s late decision to retire was the main plot complication.

    So, Gottlieb had to coach a limited roster in Year 1. This was going to be a painful process. No one should have gone into the season thinking USC would immediately contend for an NCAA Tournament berth — not in a conference which is routinely loaded in women’s basketball.

    The main measurement of this first season for Gottlieb was if she gained total buy-in from her players and established the right culture.

    She thoroughly succeeded, a very encouraging sign for the future at Heritage Hall.

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  • 1st Circuit's first woman judge to retire from active service

    U.S. Circuit Judge Sandra Lynch on Tuesday told the White House she plans to retire from active service on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, giving President Joe Biden his fourth chance to name a judge to the Boston-based appellate court.

    Lynch, an appointee of former Democratic President Bill Clinton who was the first woman to serve on the 1st Circuit, in a letter told Biden she intended to take senior status upon the confirmation of a successor.

    Chief U.S. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Howard, an appointee of former Republican President George W. Bush, and U.S. Circuit Judges O. Rogeriee Thompson, an appointee of former Democratic President Barack Obama, also plan to take senior status.

    Lynch joined the 1st Circuit, which hears appeals from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico, in 1995. She was the first woman to serve as its chief judge from 2008 to 2015.

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  • Fighting On: Alyson Miura buzzer-beater carries USC WBB to road win at Arizona State

    It has been a predictably difficult season for USC women’s basketball. Lindsay Gottlieb inherited a roster which was not built to contend for a championship or a high NCAA Tournament seed in a cutthroat Pac-12 Conference. The transfer portal offers the promise of quick restoration, but it also can limit a coach’s outlook when players know a transition year is coming.

    USC lost Endiya Rogers to Oregon in the portal, which undeniably constrained Gottlieb (SHS 1995)in her attempt to maximize this particular season. USC lost a significant scorer from a roster which was already incomplete. No one entered this season thinking USC was a likely NCAA Tournament team, especially in a Pac-12 Conference which is a heavyweight league in women’s basketball.

    As things stand right now, ESPN is projecting the Pac-12 to get six NCAA Tournament bids, a typically strong showing for a conference which put two teams in last year’s national championship game, Arizona and Stanford. USC was always going to struggle in this conference in 2022 before building for 2023 and beyond. That is exactly what has happened … but amid these expected difficulties, Gottlieb’s players have continued to do what USC Trojans do: Fight On.


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  • Regulate Social Media? Jonathan Haidt Debates Robby Soave

    Are platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram harming Americans in ways that government regulation could help correct?

    On Thursday, February 17, Jonathan Haidt (SHS 1981) and  Robby Soave had an Oxford-style debate on the role of government regarding social media before a capacity crowd at the Sheen Center in downtown Manhattan. It was hosted by the Soho Forum, a monthly debate series sponsored by Reason. Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein served as moderator.

    Haidt, professor of ethical leadership at New York University and co-founder of Heterodox Academy, defended the debate resolution, "The federal government should increase its efforts to reduce the harms caused by social media."

    Soave, who took the negative, is a senior editor at Reason and author of the recently published Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn't Fear Facebook and the FutureHe argued that widespread criticisms of social media stem from our innate—and misguided—distrust of new technology. Soave also contended that, for all its flaws, social media confers huge net benefits, and that the application of "government force" is likely to do far more harm than good.

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  • Nina Totenberg (SHS 1962) to release memoir about Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    One of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s close confidants of almost-50 years is releasing a memoir about their relationship.

    “Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships,” by longtime NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg will be released on Sep. 13, Axios first reported on Tuesday.

    A promotional page for the book describes how Totenberg, then a cub reporter, called Ginsburg in the early 1970’s to ask the then-attorney’s early cases she argued against sex discrimination.

    “That call launched a remarkable, nearly 50-year friendship,” publisher Simon & Schuster said.

    “’Dinners with Ruth’ is an extraordinary account of two women who paved the way for future generations by tearing down professional and legal barriers,” the publisher said.

    “It is also an intimate memoir of the power of friendships as women began to pry open career doors and transform the workplace. At the story’s heart is one, special relationship: Ruth and Nina saw each other not only through personal joys, but also illness, loss, and widowhood.”

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  • Tech executive McCarthy moves to Peloton, investors cheer his arrival

    Technology industry executive Barry McCarthy is an avid user of a Peloton bike and now the stakes for his workouts are rising as he becomes chief executive with a goal to restore the fitness company's lost luster.

    McCarthy cemented his credentials in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street when he worked alongside company founders as chief financial officer at subscription-based streaming companies Netflix and Spotify Technology.

    Now those skills will be put to the test as he replaces Peloton co-founder John Foley in the top position and tries to recoup billions of dollars in value erased over the last year.

    Investors welcomed his arrival by pushing Peloton's stock price up 30% on Tuesday, more than the gains from news that Peloton was a possible takeover target.

    Dan Rosensweig (SHS 1979), chief executive officer of student services company Chegg, where McCarthy had served as a director, called him a "perfect choice" to lead Peloton into its next chapter.

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  • published DAVID ANTHONY ROSS (SHS 56) in In Memoriam 2022-03-14 11:45:05 -0400


    David Anthony Ross, a Washington, DC attorney and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the
    United States Army Reserve (USAR), of Falls Church, VA, died peacefully on 23
    January at age 84 due to natural causes.

    David was born on January 20, 1938 in New York City to Nathan Franklin Ross (1889-
    1947) and Margareta Herdegn Ross (1906-1973) of Scarsdale, NY, where he grew up
    and graduated from Scarsdale High School  (1956).

    He is a graduate of Yale
    University (1960) with a degree in Economics and an officer's commission in the USAR
    (2 Lt /Infantry) and of Duke University Law School (1963).
    His active duty service assignments were at Ft. Benning, GA (1964) and in South Korea
    (1964-5) where he served as a communications officer with two Infantry Battalions (2/7
    Cav and 3/23). His duties also included investigations and special court martial defense

    He is survived by Thomas and Karen Ross, the children of his brother, the late John Michael Ross (1940-2016), and numerous cousins in Bavaria, Germany, where David's mother was born and from which she emigrated to the United States in 1922 at age 16.

    David is also survived by Pamela MacIntyre, his sister-in-law, and her husband Robert Sawrey, and Duncan and Gordon MacIntyre, the sons of his brother-in-law, the late Bruce MacIntyre (1938-2007).

    David's wife of 26 years, Clare Alden MacIntyre-Ross, predeceased him in 2016 at age 73.

  • published Nancyann Gillis Sheridan ( in In Memoriam 2022-03-14 11:23:41 -0400

    Nancyann Gillis Sheridan (SHS '50)

    Nancyann Gillis Sheridan was born on October 19, 1932, in New York City to Elsa Roelofsma Gillis and Joseph Francis Gillis, Jr., and raised in Scarsdale, New York.  Her mother was a dance teacher and an actress, and her father a lawyer who later purchased the old CBS building in New York, which Nancy managed for a time.  
        She attended Scarsdale High School, except for a year at the Wyoming Seminary boarding school in Pennsylvania, from which her father withdrew her because she was having too much fun.  (Nancy later sent both of her children to boarding schools.)  She graduated from Scarsdale High in 1950, and entered Simmons College, from which her father also withdrew her, for similar reasons.  In she 1952 graduated from Stephens College in Columbia Missouri with an associate’s degree, which her father considered sufficient for a woman.
    She was active in the Charleston Place community in Boca Raton, Florida until 2019, when she moved to The Meridian at Boca Raton assisted living facility, where she died peacefully, after multiple brief illnesses, on September 14, 2021.  She is survived by one brother, two children, one niece, one step-niece, two nephews, two grandchildren, a soon to be granddaughter-in-law, one step-grandson, one step-great-granddaughter, one grand-niece, one step-grand-niece, and two grand-nephews, and a mixed short-hair Chihuahua shelter dog; one brother, a nephew, and a grandson predeceased her.