Nota Bene: July 15, 2019
From the Alumni Advisory Council President
This is my last Nota Bene as president of the Saint Mary’s Hall Alumni Advisory Council.
It has been an honor and pleasure to serve in this role. I entered Saint Mary’s Hall in the fall of 1982. Whether as a student, young alumna, or parent, I have watched our school’s evolution for nearly 40 years. I can confidently say that the Saint Mary’s Hall of today is the best version of itself.
Part of our school’s strength comes from the excellence of its facilities. In 2019, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our Starcrest Campus. Although many alumnae did not attend school at 9401 Starcrest Drive, this campus is home for us all. Our school’s greatest strength, however, is its people. From the leadership of the board of trustees and administration, through the dedication of the faculty and staff, to the energy of the students and families, Barons — and the relationships we share—make Saint Mary’s Hall extraordinary.
It is no secret that the 1987 decision to make our Upper School community fully co-educational was not welcomed by everyone at the time. Today, I cannot imagine our student body without the fine young men that make up half our family. The boys that challenged me in the classroom and leavened my time in the courtyard then have become the men that are among my most valued contacts and treasured friends today.
Saint Mary’s Hall has been graduating men for almost thirty years. As students, these men were integral to the life of the school. As alumni, they are integral to the school’s continued success. In this vein, I am proud and excited to announce that our next president of the Alumni Advisory Council is Kenneth Bethune (Class of 2001). Kenneth is the founder and managing partner of the Beeville law firm, Bethune Enright PLLC. He also is the founder and owner of Coastal Bend Distilling, Co. Kenneth is an active alumnus and generous supporter of the school. I cannot imagine a better individual to serve as the first male president of the Alumni Advisory Council.
Katherine (Katy) E. David (Class of 1996, Elliott)
President, Saint Mary’s Hall Alumni Advisory Council
Around the Hall
On May 24, a total of 106 graduates from the Class of 2019 came together on the Saint Mary's Hall campus to take part in the school's Commencement Ceremony.
This year's graduates were admitted to 198 institutions in 38 states and will attend 56 different colleges and universities, including two universities in England and Scotland. The outstanding group earned nearly $11.3 million in merit scholarships. Collectively, the class completed an impressive 16,589 community service hours, and seven student-athletes will play a sport at the collegiate level, two of which are bound for Division I play.
Other notable accomplishments include:
- 56% of the graduates were admitted to their top-choice university or college
- U.S. Presidential Scholar semi-finalist
- 6 National Merit Scholars
- 8 National Hispanic Scholars
- 32 "Lifers," or students who have attended Saint Mary's Hall for 12 or more years.
Several alumni participated in this year’s Commencement by presenting academic and extracurricular medals:
- Pamela (Pam) Wagner Lewis (Class of 1981) – English Award
- Gabriella (Gabby) Feuillet (Class of 2016) - Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Media Arts Awards
- Carla Walker Touliatos (Class of 1982) - World Languages & Cultures Award
- Claire Benson (Class of 2018) - History and Social Sciences Award
- Dr. Nora Walker (Class of 1978) - Science Award
- Justin Tibbs (Class of 2018) – Female Athlete of the Year Award and Male Athlete of the Year Award
If you missed the ceremony, you can watch it on our SMH Livestream channel.
We are so proud of our graduates and look forward to hearing from each of you – congratulations Class of 2019!
Fine Arts Photography Teacher Ralph Howell passed away suddenly at the end of March and his wife Mary Ann Spears-Howell donated the Ralph Howell photography collection to Saint Mary's Hall for this retrospective exhibition. Mr. Howell, who retired in 2017 after 30 years of teaching at SMH, was a nationally recognized photographer.
At the request of Mrs. Howell, the majority of the works will be available for purchase to benefit the Tobin Fine Arts School at Saint Mary's Hall. The exhibit, displayed in the Coates-Seeligson Theater/Chapel Galleries, is curated by current Upper School Photography Teacher Kyle Petersen and is open until August 23, 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday only. For more information, please contact Director of Fine Arts Bethany Bohall at (210) 483-9253 or email@example.com.
As the school year drew to a close, we were honored to recognize and celebrate the retirements of seven beloved faculty and staff members. Carol Brown, Kay Dahle, Amy Hetrick, and Susan Legan were inducted into the Legacy Society at the closing All-Staff Meeting on May 22. Employees are inducted into the Saint Mary’s Hall Legacy Society when they retire with 25 or more years of service to our school. They also have a day named in their honor.
Upper School Chemistry Teacher Carol Brown (pictured right) retired after teaching for 45 years. Carol spent 43 years teaching chemistry/physics (including honors and AP chemistry), one year teaching elementary science, and one year teaching religion. We honored her with Carol Brown Day on May 10 to celebrate her 30 years of service to Saint Mary’s Hall. Outside the halls of SMH, Carol loves to travel, and she has been to some fascinating places with a long list of other destinations she wishes to visit. She is an avid reader, likes to garden, and is active in her church.
Form 3 Teacher Amy Hetrick (pictured right) will be remembered for her dedication to the education of our students and legacy at Saint Mary's Hall. Amy is retiring after a remarkable 38 years of service to SMH, and a total of 41 years teaching. As the daughter of a military family, she has lived many places, but claims San Antonio as home. Outside the halls of SMH, her passions include her church and family.
Student Service Coordinator Kay Dahle (pictured left) has called Saint Mary’s Hall home for the last 36 years. Her 48.5-year career has taken her to teach children in Minnesota, Iowa, Delaware, Colorado, and Texas. In Kay’s words, “teaching is not a job, it is a vocation.” Kay leaves a strong legacy as an impactful educator, serving in multiple roles over the years for SMH. Kay was a great teammate and beloved and loyal friend. We celebrated and honored Kay and Amy on May 7 with Kay Dahle and Amy Hetrick Day. Looking forward to retirement, Kay is excited about quilting with her friends at church, taking classes at NEISD Center Citizens with some of her fellow SMH retirees, and reading a few good books … and that’s just for starters.
As the Director and founder of Extended Care, and as an alumna of SMH Class of 1975, Susan Legan’s (pictured middle) legacy will long endure. Working in education for 29 years, Susan started at SMH in 1991. She spent one year as a substitute teacher and room mom for SMH Montessori. She earned a Montessori World Educational Institute Pre-Primary Diploma in 1991. Her passions outside of SMH include her family, watching old Westerns with her Mom, playing with her rescued cat and four pups, reading, working in the yard, and quilting. May 17 was declared Susan Legan Day.
Carol, Amy, Kay, and Susan - thanks for your love and care and welcome to the Legacy Society!
Lower School Spanish Teacher Mary Ann Blue enriched young students with her inspiring and engaging teaching style. Mary Ann taught for 44 years, with 11 of those years at SMH. She began her career teaching high school Spanish, but 39 years ago she bartered Spanish lessons for tuition for her daughter at a private Kindergarten. “I rescued my puppet Pancho from a box of unwanted puppets (Yes, Pancho is a rescue puppet!), and I have been in pre-school, Lower School, and a brief time in Middle School ever since.” Outside the halls of SMH, traveling is one of her passions. She and her husband are making plans to visit their nine grandchildren, but are also planning some international travel as well. Mary Ann will continue to pursue her passion for storytelling. She plans to include presenting workshops on storytelling at storytelling festivals and performing her own stories as well.
Upper School Physics Teacher Jane Kaestner is stepping out of the classroom on a full-time basis, and moving on to other challenges and adventures. Jane was at SMH for 22 years, where she was a dedicated and successful teacher, incredible colleague, and strong advisor. Jane is excited about her glass and jewelry making venture becoming a full-time focus for her. Thank you Jane for molding future scientists!
Form 8 Mathematics Teacher Katharine Kerr taught for 32 years, with 23 years of service to SMH. Her dedication to Saint Mary’s Hall and her warm teaching style are an inspiration to us all. Though originally from San Antonio, she spent more than 20 years living in the Dallas area, where she taught high school for nine years. Outside of her school life, her passions include her family, friends, Texas history, the arts, travel, and the outdoors.
Thank you all for being a dedicated and integral part of our great school. You will be missed, but will always be a part of the SMH family.
Congratulations to the members of Team Elliott, who defeated Team Capers this year with a score of 1342 - 1069. Team Elliott was rewarded with an Elliott-only Out-of-Uniform (OOU) Day on May 14.
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Distinguished Alumni Award - This award is presented to an alumna or alumnus whose contributions to Saint Mary’s Hall and the greater community have set a standard worthy of recognition by Saint Mary’s Hall.
Carolyn Holland Labatt (Class of 1972) was presented the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award and honored on May 15 during a luncheon at The Argyle. Carolyn was surrounded by her family, friends, and past Distinguished Alumni Award winners as she received this prestigious award. Carolyn is the majority owner and CEO of Computer Solutions, San Antonio’s largest systems integrator, and a leading provider of complex technology business solutions.
Carolyn has worked through the turbulence of the technology industry to reinvent her company time and again to accommodate changing market conditions, demonstrating vision, key leadership skills, understanding of strategic alliances, and willingness to adapt. The result is a notable business success story and a company that reflects her own sense of customer service, reputation for understanding her clients, and customizing technology solutions to their individual business needs.
Since buying Computer Solutions in 1984 as a struggling Apple dealership, Carolyn has grown it to revenues of more than $70 million annually, 75 trained and certified staff, and 200-plus San Antonio and South Texas clients. It has top-level partnerships with Cisco Systems, H.P., and Microsoft. Computer Solutions has been recognized as a top achiever with many awards and is regularly listed as one of the “Top 50 Private Companies” and has won the number one slot for medium sized companies for the past four years in the San Antonio Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” competition.
Carolyn has a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University and has received many honors including Outstanding Small Business Leader in San Antonio, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from NAWBO. She serves on numerous community boards including Broadway Bank, where she is chairman of the trust committee and also serves on the loan, compensation, and governance committees, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, where she serves on the audit committee and will serve on the upcoming capital campaign committee; UT Health San Antonio M.D. Anderson Development Board; Southwest Research Institute Board of Advisors; Trinity University Board of Visitors; and the UIW Business School Advisory Board.
While at SMH, Carolyn was president of her freshman class and her senior class and was awarded the English medal at Commencement. She feels strongly that her strong liberal arts education at SMH led to a full year of advanced placement credits, which allowed her to graduate from college in three years at age 19 and gave her the opportunity to focus on her business education in college.
Carolyn has been married to her husband Joe for 39 years and has three children: Roxana (Class 2003), Camilla (Class of 2005), and Joseph (Class of 2010) Labatt, who all graduated from Saint Mary’s Hall. Her mother, Annie Mae Fawcett, is a member of the Class of 1949.
To view a list of past Distinguished Alumni Award and Momentum Award winners, click here.
The Momentum Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus, 35-years-old or younger, whose professional achievements have set a standard of excellence worthy of recognition by Saint Mary’s Hall.
During a breakout session at Senior-Alumni Mentor Day on May 23, Head of School Jonathan Eades presented the Momentum Award to this year’s recipient, Corinna Holt Richter (Class of 2003).
As president and chief administrative officer, Corinna leads the administrative and support divisions at HOLT CAT, including human resources, safety and environmental, information technology, organizational development, facilities management, continuous improvement, legal, marketing, and strategy.
Corinna joined HOLT CAT in 2011 as a trainee in HOLT’s Leadership Training Program. In 2012, after completing a comprehensive rotation through every department in the company, she served in various Product Support management roles. In 2016, she was named executive vice president and chief administrative officer, before taking on her current role as co-owner of HOLT CAT and as president of the company.
Corinna earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
She is an active leader in the San Antonio community, serving on the Board for San Antonio Sports and Entertainment, San Antonio Art Museum Board of Directors, and the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, along with the boards for Girls Inc., the McNay Art Museum, and the Texas Biomedical Forum. Corinna also serves as an advisory board member for Haven for Hope and the Brackenridge Park Conservancy and is involved with the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.
Corinna and her husband, J.B., have two young children and live in San Antonio. Her son, James, attends SMH as a Half-Day Montessori student.
To nominate an outstanding alumna or alumnus, who you feel deserves either of these honors, click here.
For the second year, the Capers emerged victorious in the Capers vs. Elliott Alumni Giving Challenge! As promised, Luci Leykum (Class of 1989), Capers Team Captain, once again led her team to victory stating, “As an alum and current SMH parent, I have a great appreciation for the SMH community. Stay involved and show your team spirit – and Go Capers!” We celebrated at alumni reunion with yellow C cookies. And of course, the Alumni Bishops’ Cup was on display.
On May 18, members of the Class of 1969, the first graduating class from the Starcrest Campus, took a walk down memory lane as they returned to campus to celebrate their 50th reunion. After touring the campus with Head of School Jonathan Eades, the ladies gathered on the front steps to have their picture taken with the Teach Us Delight In Simple Things iconic image. Returning to the Peggy Pitman Mays Dining Hall for Memories and Mimosas, a great time was had by all as they dined on a delicious brunch, and shared years of stories.
Later that afternoon, the all-school reunion began with a beautiful and touching remembrance service, led by SMH All-School Chaplain Rev. Dr. Cameron Gunnin, in the Hearth Room of the Marrs and Verna McLean Library Complex. We remembered all our alumni who passed away during the past year, and attendees lit candles for each decade.
Alumni enjoyed the evening participating in school tours led by Head of School Jonathan Eades and Head of Upper School Brent Spicer, smiling pretty for class photos, enjoying the music of SMH Guitar Teacher George Gaytan, and visiting over cocktails and hors d’oeurvres in the Peggy Pitman Mays Dining Hall. Our winners of the SMH swag baskets were Leslie Beightler (Class of 2009), Monica Violante (Class of 1989), and Elizabeth (Liz) Cape (Class of 1983). Some alumni also took advantage of the spirit store being open and stocked up on t-shirts and other SMH goodies for themselves and their family. Many thanks to this year’s class agents Margarite Guggolz (Class of 1969), Atlee Weber McCauley (Class of 1989), Connie Brown Collins (Class of 1994), Caleb Campaigne (Class of 1999), and Claire Cavender McNab (Class of 2009) for encouraging alumni to attend.
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Plans are already underway for next year’s reunion so save the date: Saturday, May 16, 2020! Alumni are needed from the classes of 1970, 1980, 1990, 1995, and 2010 to help coordinate next year’s reunion. The Class of 2000 representative is Stacey Grossman Boger. If you are interested in reconnecting with your classmates, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On May 23, eight alumni returned to campus to engage with members of the Class of 2019. After a meet and greet at the coffee bar in the Upper School courtyard, seniors divided into groups to hear each of the alumni present about their fields of study and professional careers. This is an opportunity for seniors to ask real-life and real-world questions of alumni. Each senior gets to attend two different sessions. After those two sessions, all seniors and the alumni returned to the Remmert Theater where alumni offered words of wisdom and advice for the seniors as they begin their college journey. Special thanks to this year’s alumni presenters for spending their morning with us.
Brooke Benson Bell (Class of 1988)
Director of Business Development & Analysis
Macro Management Services, Inc.
Bachelor of Applied Arts, Vanderbilt University
Master of Arts , The University of Texas at Austin
Kenneth Bethune (Class of 2001)
Managing Partner, Bethune Enright PLLC
Proprietor, Coastal Bend Distilling, Co.
Bachelor of Arts, Schreiner University
Juris Doctor, Oklahoma City University School of Law
John Brozovich (Class of 2001)
Director of Finance, The Gambrinus Company
Bachelor of Arts, Georgetown University
Juris Doctor, SMU Dedman School of Law
Tommy Calvert (Class of 1998)
Bexar County Commissioner for Precinct 4
Bachelor of Arts, Tufts University
Katherine (Katy) Rouse David (Class of 1996)
Tax Attorney and Partner, Clark Hill Strasburger
Bachelor of Arts, Johns Hopkins University
Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center
Luci Leykum (Class of 1989)
Division Chief, General and Hospital Medicine and
Professor, UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Doctor of Medicine, Columbia University
Corinna Holt Richter (Class of 2003)
President and Chief Administrative Officer, Holt CAT
Bachelor of Arts, Vanderbilt University
Joseph (Joe) Shields (Class of 2009)
Business Development, McCombs Enterprises
Bachelor of Business Administration, The University of Texas at Austin
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Mrs. Lucie Bourne
nee Lucie Jean Whitehead
Class of 1945
April 25, 2019
Mrs. Joyce Booth
nee Joyce Judkins
Class of 1947
June 3, 2019
Mr. George Johnston Ames
Class of 1958
June 6, 2019
Mrs. James B. Payne
nee Mary Ellen Kibby
Class of 1958
June 4, 2019
Col. Sterling R. Johnson, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Former SMH Staff – 1969 - 1984
April 5, 2019
*This list contains information received April 1, 2019 - July 10, 2019.
Mary Ann Whitehead Hague '52
on the loss of her sister, Lucie Jean Whitehead Bourne '45
Annabell Sweeney Ames '57 and George Henry Ames (Form 6)
on the loss of a husband and grandfather, George Johnston Ames '58
Dana Dillard Powell '70, William (Forrest) Powell '17, Simon Thomas Powell '19, and Hunter (Zach) Powell (Form 12)
on the loss of their mother and great-grandmother, Rowena Nixon Dillard
Dianne Woodley Littleton '72
on the loss of her father, Fred Woodley
Caroline Pyle Lochte '79
on the loss of her father, Jerry Allen Pyle
Joan Wyatt '81, William (Richey) Wyatt '87, Henry Wyatt '18, and William Taylor Wyatt (Form 11)
on the loss of their mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, Emma Jean (Jeanie) Rabke Wyatt
Michael (Shane) Brenan '83 and Heather Brenan Lichtie '86
on the loss of their father, Michael S. Brenan
Valerie Dufner Lof '83 and family
on the loss of her father, Romie Mark Dufner II
Thomas (Bear) Cebern Musgrave IV '84
on the loss of his mother-in-law, Nina Margaret West
Margaret Ann Quirk Scoggins '86 and Milissa Jane Quirk Sartain '87
on the loss of their father, James Patrick Quirk
Marrs McLean Bowman '96
on the loss of her mother, Erin Gardner Bowman
Caroline Richardson Stivers '99 and Julia Harte Buttery '04
on the loss of their grandfather, C. G. (Corky) Richardson
Julie McGinnis Flanagan '01 and Sean McGinnis '03
on the loss of their grandmother, Carol Grubb McGinnis
Adam Grant '03
on the loss of his father, Dr. David Grant
Christopher (Chris) R. Bankler ’04 and Lauren (L.A.) Bankler '05
on the loss of their grandfather, Morris Bankler
Valerie Dukes Bruchmiller '10 and Zachry (Zach) Bruchmiller '10
on the loss of their grandfather, Alex M. Arevalo
Lauren Patricia Heydenreich '07 and Julie Ann Heydenreich '10
on the loss of their grandmother, Elizabeth (Betty) Hans
Samuel (Sam) Berman '13, Adam Berman '14, Matthew Berman '16, and Brian Berman (Form 8)
on the loss of their grandfather, Arthur (Art) E. Smith
Elizabeth J. Braha '14
on the loss of her grandfather, Lt. Col. Richard (Dick) Brownell Kernaghan
Clay Crawford Ellis '15
on the loss of his grandfather, Carl Crawford Mengden
*This list contains information received April 1, 2019 - July 10, 2019.