Appleby Quarterly — Winter 2010
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Former Faculty

Former faculty member Dacre Stoker, the greatgrandnephew of Dracula author Bram Stoker, has written Dracula: The Un-Dead, a sequel to the famed vampire tale that was written more than 100 years ago. It’s the first Dracula knockoff officially sanctioned by the Stoker family estate and is based on handwritten notes and plot threads cut from Bram’s original story. The new tale was released in October and is co-authored by Long Island screenwriter Ian Holt. Dacre taught physical education at Appleby from 1981 to 1990.


Gordon Verge recently returned from Australia where he competed in the World Team Matches as a member of the Canadian Tennis Team. It ended a most successful season for Gordon as he co-captured the World’s Men’s Doubles Championships, upsetting the world’s number one ranked team from the U.S.A. E-mail:


Bill Green attended his 50th reunion at Appleby College this fall. On the Sunday following this occasion, Bill, Nick Ahern ’58 and their wives headed to Port Hope and Peterborough intending to play two days of golf. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. They played once despite the rain.



This summer, Alex Kleider, Isabella Kleider ’07, Alexander Gehl ’10, along with Mike Gehl and Max Gunton, canoed from Kewen Lake to Nordbye Lake in northeastern Saskatchewan. The goal had been to get to Kasba Lake, but that leaves an opportunity for a follow-up trip, perhaps next year.

The goal is to eventually continue down the Kazan River which flows through the tundra into Baker Lake. Alex’s additional interest in computer technology led him to create a website featuring the canoe trip. Visit:; e-mail:


John Kent Harrison wrote and directed The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler for Hallmark Hall of Fame and CBS. It was nominated for three Emmy Awards and won one for outstanding makeup for a miniseries or a movie. The feature film Irena Sendler played in Toronto during Holocaust Education Week. He is presently directing The Lois Wilson Story for Hallmark Hall of Fame, starring Winona Ryder and Barry Pepper.


1968 James Gundy is very pleased to have started a new career with Commissionaires Great Lakes (Ontario chapter of Canadian Corps of Commissionaires) at Pearson International Airport. He will be working in customer service greeting passengers at Terminals 1 and 3. E-mail: 1974 A reflection from Michael “Verge” Barber: “This year’s Homecoming weekend allowed me and my old buddies to share stories about the good old days, and to have the pleasure of having dinner in the new dining hall. If you have not been down to see the dining hall, I would suggest it’s worth the visit. It reminds me of a ‘preparation for university’ with its self-serve food service area and a much less regimented dining set up. The school has changed over the years, as displayed on the dining hall’s entrance mural, and as I sat back and enjoyed the evening I thought how lucky I was to be part of a progressive yet traditional establishment.” E-mail: 1975 Jay Burn lives in Stratford where he is a potter and recently contributed to the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale in Toronto. He sells his pieces all over Ontario and beyond, and has orders from the Gardiner museum gift shop and the Guild Shop in Yorkville, which keeps him very busy.

E-mail: Dave Crosbie remained in Newfoundland (with occasional trips abroad) after leaving Appleby College. His oldest son, a lawyer in St. John’s, lives with his partner, Jess Dellow. His youngest son is in his second year of a PhD program in the United States. His brother Paul Crosbie ’77 lives in St. John’s with his wife and two young daughters. His brother Bill Crosbie ’74 moved to Kabul in August where he serves as the Canadian Ambassador.


Buzz Green continues to guide Harley Davidson in Canada in a job that many have described as “the best job in Canada.” His job, seemingly, is travelling from one part of the country to the next and going on group rides with Harley enthusiasts from coast to coast. In the winter months, he is forced to go south to continue his riding. E-mail: Thomas Oliver Henkel left Canada after finishing his bachelor of science degree in 1979 to pursue medical studies in Germany, specifically in biology.

He remained in Germany and is now living and working in Berlin as a urologist/radiotherapist.

He and his wife Isabelle, as well as his children Yannik, eight, and Jette, four, welcome any guests or Appleby alumni who are interested in visiting them in Berlin. Visit:; e-mail:

Howard Katz is busy running his real estate business and church in London, Ontario. He spends half his time running the real estate business and half as pastor of the church he has founded.

He and his wife travel each year for missionary work around the world. E-mail: Chris Merritt has two children at university in their second and fourth years. He is still organizing and playing men’s hockey year-round and is completing never-ending renovations around the house. He works with POG Consulting, a vendorindependent firm that is North America’s leader in print and records management optimization services. E-mail: Chris Robertson recently moved to Stoney Creek and continues his career as a bestselling author and motivational speaker. All Appleby alumni are invited to drop by to say hello.

E-mail: 1976 The summer of 2009 saw the marriage of Caitlyn Stuart to Paul Mengers in Elmwood, Ontario. Caitlyn is the eldest daughter of David Stuart and his wife Elspeth. Caitlyn is also the granddaughter of former faculty and Chaplain Rev. Ian Stuart, niece to Brian Stuart ’78 and James Stuart ’88, and cousin to Mr. and Mrs. Matt Mundy ’01 andJennifer Hibberd ’01, Chris Mundy ’02, and Heather Mundy ’03. All were on hand for the festivities except Uncle Brian who resides in England. Rev. Stuart performed the ceremony while Caitlyn’s godfather John McBride ’76 was the emcee for the evening. Also in attendance were “uncles” John Slattery ’76, Terry Bourne ’76, Bruce Peart ’76 and John Eckert ’76.


1978 Brian Stuart continues to teach mathematics at a local high school in Somerset, UK, and in his spare time focuses on his music. He is in a duo called b.e_cooling, which has performed at a few festivals over the years, including the renowned Glastonbury Festival in 2008; has released an EP; and is currently recording its first album.

Visit: and subscribe to the duo’s newsletter to download the free EP.

E-mail: 1981 Nick McConnell is still employed by Halton Regional Police and is currently assigned in Burlington. He is entering his 24th year of police service, having spent 10 years in York and almost 14 years in Halton. As the drum major for the Police Pipes and Drums, Nick was recently seen leading off the Oakville and Milton Santa Claus parades. He resides in Vineland Station, Ontario with his wife of 17 years, Kelly.


1982 In June 2009, Class of 1982 grads gathered for a friendly golf tournament at Caledon Country Club.

The event was followed by a barbecue hosted by Brad Merrill and his wife Debbie.

1984 Gavin McCulloch lives in Toronto with his wife Carolyn Meacher and their two sons. Gavin has operated his own project management consulting company, Milestream Inc., since 1998 and focuses on the telecom, finance and real estate sectors.

He is still active in squash and tennis and enjoys winter weekends in Ellicottville, New York. Visit:; e-mail: Tom Nicholson is running an investigative news program with a focus on political corruption and organized crime with the SME daily paper in Slovakia. He has two children with his wife Lucia: Dominik, 10, and Lilly, 18 months.

E-mail: Greg Williams is happily married to his wife Jennifer and between the two of them they have three beautiful daughters, ages six, seven and nine.

Greg is a plastic surgeon, the director of the only burn unit in London, England, the clinical director of burn services in the southeast of England, a hair transplant surgeon, and the vice-president of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons.

E-mail: 1985 After two years as chief of staff and then principal secretary to the leader of the official opposition, Andrew Bevan is now the executive director of Sustainable Prosperity, a national think tank on the economy and environment based at the University of Ottawa. E-mail:

1986 Tim Footman had two books published this year: The Noughties: A Decade That Changed The World (Crimson Books) and Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah (Chrome Dreams), the latter being the first biography in several years of the recently resurgent Canadian singer-songwriter. He is currently splitting his time between London, England, and Bangkok, Thailand, where he recently had a delightful reunion with Mani Haghighi ’88. E-mail:

1987 Six years ago Nick Jelinek’s marketing agency created a race called City Chase, which is now the largest adventure race series in the world with more than 40 events in 15 plus countries.

In April 2009, Nick brought some of that success to Appleby: he created the Mercedes-Benz 10K, a community event with the start and finish hosted on campus. It was one of Canada’s largest first-year 10K races ever, with more than 1,000 participants of all ages. This year’s event, on April 25, will be even bigger with the creation of an Appleby alumni category. Alumni will receive a special event shirt, dedicated check-in and bag drop area, and will compete for the inaugural Alumni Cup.

For more information, contact Will Raham ’94 at or visit E-mail:

Brent Norrey has joined State Street Global Markets Canada as vice-president, equity sales trading. Brent brings more than 15 years of experience to State Street, including recent stops at both Credit Suisse and Blackmont Capital in Toronto where he held the role of director, institutional equity trading with both firms. E-mail: Fraser Grant ’87, John Verdon ’87, Graham Verdon ’89, George Tazbaz ’87 and Kevork Sevadjian ’92 travelled to Dublin, Ireland this summer to see two U2 concerts at Croke Park from July 24 to 26. E-mail: 1989 Jeffrey Boomer, Ian Brown and Graham Verdon held a 20-year reunion weekend in Las Vegas in October where they numbed the dull ache of middle-age with gambling, gorging and desert dune buggies. E-mail: Michael Kuhnert writes that he very much enjoyed his return to campus for the Class of 1989’s 20th reunion during Homecoming weekend.

Michael’s ongoing work in the music industry sees him continuing to develop new talent at Gotham Management, while also doubling at How To Kill Music and Shull Management Inc. in support of rapidly rising rockers Die Mannequin. 1992 David Richmond-Peck, of Robson Arms fame, plays Georgie Sutton in the new ABC-TV series, V which premiered in November 2009.

E-mail: 1995 Ryan Cater has left the golf world and started a new business, Storesupport Canada, which is a company and concept that he has brought over from Sweden. Visit:; e-mail: Yun-Yi Goh moved to Los Angeles in October 2009 and along with running her publishing company Cavallo Publishing with her husband, she started a new website,, that features stylish restaurants around the world.

E-mail: 1997 Scott Zabielski is producing and directing Tosh.0, which airs Sundays at 10:00 p.m. eastern standard time on The Comedy Network.

E-mail: 1998 Michelle Bridge has been a paediatric resident of infectious disease at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for the past four years and recently earned her fellowship to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Michelle plans to continue her clinical responsibilities at Sick Kids, but is also pursuing specialized research in her field. E-mail: Anna Lydall participated in the Olympic torch relay on December 20, 2009. She ran 300 metres with the torch between Hamilton and St. Catharines.

E-mail: Steve Nightingale is a project manager at Universal Music Canada in Toronto and has been leading launches on some of the biggest rock ’n’ roll albums of 2009 including Weezer, Wolfmother, Cage The Elephant and Them Crooked Vultures, made up of rock superstars Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme and former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.

E-mail: Cindy Yong is the owner of a new boutique in the Bloor West Village called Periwinkle. Most of the items sold in the store are handmade by local artist and designers, with more than 20 artists and designers hailing from Ontario.

E-mail: 1999 David Chough and Daniel Kwon ’01 opened a frozen yogurt store, Cefiore Italien Frozen Yogurt, in the Annex in Toronto. The grand opening event was held in July 2009. E-mail: 2000 Dr. Christine Hibberd received her Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) from the University of British Columbia in May 2009. She is currently completing her residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She has been accepted into the specialty graduate program in orthodontics at the University of Toronto starting in June 2010.

E-mail: 2002 Richard Morrow just finished his research masters of science in biology at Queen’s University, where he received the Queen’s University Award for Excellence in Biology from the principal. He is thrilled to be heading to the University of Warwick medical school for graduate entry medicine in England.

E-mail: Paul-Erik Veel graduated from the University of Toronto in 2009 with a masters in economics and a Juris Doctor, winning the Angus MacMurchy gold medal for the highest cumulative average in law. He has published a number of articles on a variety of topics, including constitutional law, contract law and international trade law. He is currently clerking for Madam Justice Louise Charron at the Supreme Court of Canada.

E-mail: 2003 Janice Cheng has recently made a significant move in her career and joined an amazing team as the project director at THINK Global School (TGS), the world’s first global and mobile high school.

On a trimester basis, students and teachers will study in three international cities each academic year. Janice manages TGS in Asia and was invited to present a keynote speech about TGS at the Xi Hu 21st Century Learning Conference, where TGS received very positive attention on many levels. Visit:; e-mail: Shannon Hibberd recently completed her masters of commerce degree (specializing in marketing) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.


2005 In September, Nadia Bashir was awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to pursue a master’s degree in psychology at the University of Toronto.

Broadly speaking, her research focuses on motivation to engage in environmentally friendly behaviour. In January 2010, she will present a poster based on her undergraduate research at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Las Vegas. E-mail: Lisa Byers graduated from the University of Western Ontario in May and earned a bachelor of arts degree in media, information and technoculture. She is now at the University of Texas at Austin doing a master’s in advertising. E-mail: Emma Hobson recently qualified to receive funding from the Quest For Gold Athlete Assistance Program. She is a short-track speed skater with the Oakville Speed Skating Club and Ontario Provincial Development Team. Emma is currently studying law at the University of Western Ontario.

E-mail: Phil MacKenzie is playing professional rugby in England for Coventry Rugby Football Club.

E-mail: Reena Mohan is in her first year of medical school at the University of Toronto.


Peter Nakamura is working at a microcredit program in Pemba, Mozambique through a fellowship offered by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. The program offers small loans to low-income borrowers to start or expand their micro-businesses, make home improvements or pay for their child’s education, among other uses. Peter concluded his fellowship in February.


2006 Hayley Parsons captained the McGill University field hockey team this year while Sarah Cobourn captained the University of Western Ontario’s team. Together, they organized a pre-season tour in Montreal. Also playing on the McGill team was first-year student Caroline Murdoch ’09.

Sarah was recently in Vancouver for a Canadian National Team Identification camp.

E-mail: 2007 Cathy Trinh is a member of Team In Training which is raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. On May 2, 2010 she will fly out to Vancouver to run a half-marathon and her goal is to collect $6,500 for the foundation. Contact Cathy to support her cause. E-mail: 2008 On September 10, 2009 Curran Egan enrolled as an officer in the Royal Regiment of Canada, a battalion of the Canadian Army Reserve. The Royal Regiment of Canada was the parent unit of the Appleby College Cadet Corps, and was Joe Ryan’s regiment during the Second World War. Other Appleby alumni who have served in the Royal Regiment of Canada include Lieutenant Colonel Vijay Sharma ’88, a former commanding officer of the Royals. E-mail:

Lauren Sampson has been awarded the Orr-Fry English award at Queen’s University. This award was founded by the Reverend Robert George Fry, a 1921 arts graduate, and is awarded annually to the best student from four first-year English courses at Queen’s. E-mail:

2009 Eric Coomes received a bronze medal after a successful showing at the International Chemistry Olympiad, hosted by Cambridge University this summer.

Students under the age of 20 with no previous university experience are tested on material equivalent to a second- or third-year chemistry undergraduate.

At this year’s Olympiad, 250 students from six countries participated. Eric is currently attending McMaster University. E-mail:

In his first year at Yale, Aaron Hakim was selected as a member of the Yale Debate Association, Yale’s only competitive debate team. This incredibly rigorous but rewarding activity takes up most of Aaron’s weekend time, as the team has traveled to Boston University, Harvard University, Tufts University, Brown University, Fordham University, the University of Toronto, and judged at a tournament at Yale. E-mail:


Greg Velanoff ’93 and his wife Danielle are pleased to announce the birth of their first son, Max, born March 3, 2009. This fall, Greg built and opened a new Canadian Tire store in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

Greg now owns two Canadian Tire stores.

E-mail: Bryan Goudie ’91 and his wife Kristen welcomed their second son on March 27, 2009 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. So far, Oliver George is getting along well with his older brother Harrison Ellis, three. Uncle Davin Goudie ’90 is already giving them both music lessons.

E:mail: Jennifer and Marcus Bosch ’91 welcomed Matilda Scout on April 17, 2009.

E-mail: Tim Shrigley ’95 and his wife Michelle are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Lila Nicole, on June 15, 2009 in Vancouver, B.C. Proud grandparents Lyle and Lorraine, and Lila’s auntie Ashley and uncle Drew Shrigley ’97 can’t wait to see her again in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics! E-mail: Candice Brausch and Chris King ’83 are pleased to announce the birth of Alexander and Laura on July 5, 2009. The twins join their older sister Nicole and are already taking a keen interest in rugby and expressing a preference for Powell’s House. E-mail: Colleen and Chris Pritchard ’83 are pleased to announce the birth of their second son, Stirling John, on July 21, 2009 in Victoria, B.C. E:mail: John Lee ’87 and his wife Sue-Anne are happy to announce the arrival of their baby girl Zoe Rachel.

She arrived on July 28, 2009. The Lee family is now living happily in southeast Asia.

E-mail: Chris Haroun ’90 and his wife Christine are pleased to announce the birth of their son Dylan on August 5, 2009. He was born in the San Francisco Bay area at Mills-Peninsula Hospital. Older brothers Andrew, five, and Matthew, three, are also thrilled.

E-mail: Penelope (Penny) Lane Dell was born on August 28, 2009 to Meg Morrison ’01 and long-time partner James Dell. She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

E:mail: CL ASS NOTES Penelope (Penny) Lane Dell Stirling John Pritchard Max Velanoff Dylan Haroun with older brothers Matthew and Andrew.

Matilda Scout Bosch with mom Jennifer.

Ted Schnarr ’96 and Jen are proud to announce the arrival of “Lucky” Lucy Schnarr who was born on September 2, 2009 at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. Everyone is healthy and happy!

E-mail: Ryan Lennox ’98 and Ainsley Hnatiw ’98, who were married at the John Bell Chapel on August 18, 2007, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Owen Ryder Hnatiw Lennox, born September 8, 2009 in La Jolla, California. Ryan and Ainsley are currently living in San Diego, California, where Ryan is an associate in the emerging companies and venture capital practice group at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and Ainsley is on leave from her work in the education field. E-mails: and Carol (Raven) Gubisi ’93 and her husband Andrew welcomed Megan, a little sister for Gavin, two, on September 25, 2009. Megan was born in Burlington. E-mail: Timothy Cooper ’90 and wife Sinead were delighted to welcome Patrick Thomas Edward into their family on October 15, 2009. Sister Eleanor is delighted to have a little brother to torment and bully, but generally adore. E-mail: Colin Duthie ’91 and his wife Janelle welcomed son Campbell Robert on December 16, 2009.

Colin, Janelle and Campbell are living in Hermosa Beach just outside of Los Angeles.

E-mail: MARRIAGES Emily North ’97 married Colin Wallace at the Caledon Country Club on August 12, 2006.

Alumni in attendance included Corina Knapp ’98, Andrea Chu ’97 and Anne Cowans ’98.

E-mail: Peter Boyle ’80 married Lisa Anne Mikonis on January 9, 2008 on Kona, the big island of Hawaii.

They live on the West Coast in Victoria, B.C. with their second son Samuel, who was born on July 3, 2009, and their first son Adam, 12.

E-mail: Scott Edgecombe ’87 married his girlfriend of seven years, Meredith Taylor Engelstein, in Big Bear, California on May 3, 2009. Two weeks after the wedding they moved back to Toronto from Los Angeles, where Scott had been for the past 15 years.

E-mail: Joanna Morrow ’96 married Gavin Alexander in Somerset, England on May 16, 2009.

Liz Fox ’97 was a bridesmaid. Other alumni in attendance were Andrew Morrow ’99, Xanthe Visram-Jennings ’96 and Phil Coster ’95.

For their honeymoon, the couple went on a safari in South Africa followed by a week in Mauritius.

E-mail: Lucy Schnarr Ainsley Hnatiw ’98 and Ryan Lennox ’98 with Owen Ryder Hnatiw Lennox.

Megan Gubisi and big brother Gavin.

Kati Brown ’08 and Ryan Luknowsky were married on July 11, 2009 on the Fundy Shore in Hampton, Nova Scotia. Kati and Ryan are currently living in Edmonton, where Kati is attending the University of Alberta. She recently took on a soccer trainer/coach position with the Mexican Club America corporation.

The academy is training two teams in the greater Edmonton area and administers running club programs for individual skill development. There is another academy opening soon in Seattle, and plans are underway to open schools across Canada and the United States. E-mail: Matt Mahoney ’95 and Kristin Heins ’97 celebrated their wedding at Appleby College on July 11, 2009. Both the ceremony and reception were held on the campus and a large number of Appleby alumni were present. Kristin is now practising naturopathy in Oakville on Fridays at the Root of Health clinic. E-mail: and Lauren Caldwell ’00 and Joshua Gibson were married on July 11, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. Making the trek south to attend was Ashley Armstrong ’00.

Lauren is a teacher and Joshua is a principal project manager at Capitol One Auto Finance. They live in the Dallas area. E-mail:

Adam Cobourn ’03 and Jaclyn Aberg-Brunton ’03 were married on July 25, 2009 at St. James Cathedral in Toronto. The reception took place at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto. Alumni involved in the bridal party included Liana Soper ’03, Ashley Boyce ’03, Sarah Cobourn ’06, Jeff Cobourn ’09,

Kevin Levi ’03, Taylor Carson ’03, Rob Church ’03, Peter Garbacz ’03, Trevor Clark ’03 and Andrew Mackay ’03. Other alumni in attendance included Annie Sarne ’03, Jessica Miles ’03, Vanessa Green ’03, Elynn Tucker ’03, Sharon Kim ’03, Mary Beth Peddie ’03, Jena Shields ’03, Emily Pearce ’03, Alex Hemmingsen ’03, Imran Jessani ’03 and Nick Senst ’03. Following their wedding, Jaclyn and Adam honeymooned in Maui and Oahu. They now live in New York City.

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Melanie Vipond ’00 and Adam Perry were married on August 2, 2009 at Château des Charmes in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Alumni in attendance included family members Gregory Vipond ’94, Alison Vipond ’97, Alex Vipond ’98, Patrick Vipond ’00 and Jennifer Vipond ’02, and friends Jessica Warren ’00, Craig Lennox ’00, Grant Minkhorst ’00, Clarisse Mussi ’00, Lauren Hanna ’00, Christine Hibberd ’00, Alexandra Fox ’00, Emily Williams ’00, as well as former faculty member Jone Schoeffel. Following their wedding, Melanie and Adam enjoyed a honeymoon in Maui and Kauai. Melanie is currently completing her masters of law at Stanford University, California.


James Johnston ’00 married his girlfriend of five years, Shannon Emmett, at Piper’s Heath Golf Club on August 15, 2009. Many Appleby alumni were in the wedding party, including the groom’s brother, Oliver Johnston ’98, who was the best man.

The wedding party included Steve Coomber ’00,

Tim Finch ’66 married his long-time friend Alison on August 24, 2009 in Peyia, Cyprus. His youngest daughter Susannah, 11, and Alison’s children Adam, 13, and Ehlana, 11, were in attendance. E-mail:

Jodi Gilmour ’96 married her best friend, Jeff Penelas, on August 29, 2009 at the Hacienda Sarria in Kitchener, Waterloo. Jodi is the host of the television show For Rent. It is currently in season three and is hugely popular in the United States and Europe, especially in Holland where Jodi is dubbed in Dutch. She would love to have Appleby alumni apply for the show. Email: Behn Conroy ’97 married Nadia Medalla on September 19, 2009 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Toronto. E-mail:

Cameron Dryburgh ’94 married Laura Alexander on October 17, 2009 at Splendido Restaurant in Toronto. Alumni in attendance included Cam Bradley ’94 who was the best man, Steve Curic ’94, Dave Butorac ’94, Peter McLennan ’94, Anna Trbovich ’96, and Todd Alexander ’92 who stood up for his sister Laura. E-mail: Daniel Hebert ’78 and Nadine Davis were married on October 23, 2009 in Oakville. They have two daughters, Shekyra, seven, and Sheyana, two. Dan works in the Internet industry and Nadine works at the Oakville Real Estate Board. Alumni in attendance included Eric Hebert ’76, Jeff Wannamaker ’79, and Margaret Hebert, former staff member.


Charles Williams ’39 passed away on February 27,

2009. He is survived by his wife Martha.

Commander Martin “Sandy” Beardmore ’35 passed away on April 29, 2009 in his 93rd year.

David Hardwick ’54 passed away on June 19, 2009 in London, England. He graduated from the University of Toronto in civil engineering and won an Athlone Scholarship for graduate study at Imperial College in London, England, where he taught fluid mechanics until his retirement in 2003.

At Imperial College, he followed in the footsteps of his father, H.C. Hardwick, who taught English at Appleby for 35 years. Like his father, he was closely involved with every student, encouraging them in all aspects of their young lives. David will be fondly remembered by generations of students as a great teacher and as a compassionate friend.

He is survived by his wife Alison, his daughter Ruth and her husband Rory Healey, and by his brother Douglas Hardwick ’51.

Kingsley E. Thomas passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2009, surrounded by his family at Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, at the age of 63. Beloved husband of Vinodhini, and dedicated father of Kevin Thomas ’96 and Kavitha.

Naveen Anant Deshpande ’91 was born in Mississauga, Ontario on September 2, 1973 and passed away on October 13, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was a beloved son, brother, and friend; a first-class physician of compassion and brilliance; a passionate commentator with a keen intellect and sharp wit; and a good, loving man who earned the respect and love of all those around him.

Frederick G. N. Pearson ’41 passed away on September 10, 2009 peacefully at his home in West Newbury, Massachusetts surrounded by friends and family. Pearson attended Appleby School (now College), as did his two brothers, Marmaduke Pearson ’39 and Hubert Pearson ’31, at the suggestion of his uncle, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.

Curzon Ostrom ’29 passed away on November 18, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario in his 99th year after a long life well lived. Left with happy memories are his wife Pamela (nee Evershed), daughter Susan and husband Peter Conradi, son Peter and wife Anne McKillop, and daughter-in-law Kim Moogk Ostrom.

Educated at Appleby College, Royal Military College, the University of Toronto and McGill University from which he graduated as a mechanical engineer.

During WWII he served overseas with the 14th Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery.

George Stuart Atkins ’35 died peacefully at Gateway Haven in Wiarton, Ontario on November 30, 2009 in his 93rd year. Loved in life by his wife, Janet (nee Blackwood), and family, Margaret and Philip Andrewes (Sarah and Jim, Christopher and Dorian, Caroline and Joe); Mary and Robert Carley (Jonathan, Brendan and Stephanie, Ryan); Norah Elliott (Mark, Derek and Ashley, Tim Kennedy); and Louise Atkins and Duncan Bury (Jessica, Philip and Samantha). He had a passion for radio and dedication to serving farmers around the world. He founded an organization called Farm Radio International, formerly Developing Countries Farm Radio Network.

Todd Cameron Lanning ’81 passed away on December 10, 2009 as the result of an accident.

Dearly beloved son of Nora MacDougall Lanning and the late Beverly Earl Lanning (2002).

Beloved father of Alexandra Aldcroft Lanning and dear brother of Laura MacDougall Lanning (Colin). Todd worked for many years in the press room of the London Free Press and the Sarnia Observer.


• Appleby’s campus won the Town of Oakville Greenscape Award for the town’s best-maintained institutional property.

• David Coppins, Appleby’s head groundskeeper, retired after 30 years of service.

• The Junior School under-14 soccer team won the ISAA title.

• The Northward Bound tie was introduced.

Designed by director of art John McConnell, the tie’s two figures represent the instructor (in blue) and the learner (in gold).


• The Memorial Classroom building was extended to accommodate the Junior School under the direction of T.R. Merritt.

• Fall enrolment included 136 boarders and 80 day boys.

• The Women’s Association (now Parents’) sold Wedgwood plates each inscribed with the school crest and depicting a view of the Memorial Building for $1.25. Proceeds went towards a school bursary.

• The First football team had another successful season under Captain Chris Lang ’60 and won all of its games.


• Percival Wickens became Appleby’s second Headmaster.

• On November 11, the Old Boys’ Memorial Window was unveiled and dedicated in the Chapel.

• The school won the Strathcona Trust Trophy for excellence in physical training for the third year in a row.

• Lady Baillie donated bedspreads made in the school colours for every boarder.

• School House (now Colley) won the McGill Cup for Gymnastics.