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Spring 2021


Confronting the Pandemic
Bonnie Blackburn-Penhollow ’84

Dr. Paul Ehrlich '62 and his work as a New York City allergist-immunologist

Bellevue Hospital, the oldest city hospital in the U.S. and where Ehrlich did his training and now works; pictured is the original entrance that was preserved during renovations to the buildings.

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Alumni Spotlight

Working (Very) Remotely

Bianca Perren ’93

As a paleoecologist for the famed British Antarctic Survey, Bianca Perren’s fieldwork routinely involves visiting some of the most inhospitable locations on earth. She establishes ecological records through a process called “lake coring,” or drilling holes into the muddy bottom of lakes, retrieving samples from below the surface to gather an environmental record.

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Hail to the Chief

Dave Kirkpatrick ’89

As a coproducer, Dave Kirkpatrick helped create the critically acclaimed film Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, which sheds light on Carter’s close ties to popular Southern rock musicians, both during the 1976 presidential campaign and well into his time in the White House.

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Digging In Locally

Will O’Meara ’12

Will O’Meara cofounded Hungry Reaper Farm in Morris, Connecticut, not far from Taft, with his fiancée in 2020, after nine years of experience farming in New England. O’Meara’s work at his vegetable farm is more than a job—it’s a passion, a calling, and an industry he wholeheartedly believes in and strives to improve.

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Teaching the Universal Language

Bob Anderson ’82

Bob Anderson ’82 is the cofounder of Leading Challenges and 1Hero Sports, which help clients grow and succeed through the power of emotional intelligence. He has spent the last 20 years crisscrossing the globe. “When something isn’t working at an organization, be that leadership struggles or problems within the team, we get brought in,” he says.

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