Alumni Weekend and Class Reunions
Alumni Weekend 2018 will take place May 4-5. We are looking forward to the return of many alumni for class reunions, the Dinner Among Friends, the Luncheon for the Class of 1968 and All Prior Classes, the Alumni Networking and Class Reunion Reception, and more. Please enjoy photo galleries from prior Alumni Weekends by clicking on the photos to the right!
2018 Alumni Weekend Schedule
Friday, May 4
12:00 p.m. May Day Celebration
Alumni are encouraged to participate in this longstanding MFS tradition. The Class of 2018 will lead the parade followed by activities and the Maypole Dance.
12:45 p.m. Opening Ceremonies, Athletic Fields
1:05 p.m. May Day Activities, Athletic Fields
Performance of “Pyramus and Thisbe”, Human Chess, Acrobatics, Juggling, Community Service Project, Madrigals, Minstrels, Maypole Dance and more!
3:30 p.m. Varsity Baseball and Lacrosse games, Athletic Fields
6:00 p.m. Dinner Among Friends, Dining Hall
Saturday, May 5
11:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, Meeting House
12:00 p.m. Luncheon for 50th Reunion and Prior Classes, Dining Hall
12:00 p.m. Luncheon Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the first graduate of the Camden Scholars Program, Baiada Field House
1 p.m. through 3:30 p.m. Student Guided Tours/Photo Scavenger Hunt, Stokes Lobby
1:30 p.m. “State of the School”, Dining Hall
Presentation by Larry Van Meter and the Alumni Association
2:00 p.m. Girls Alumni Lacrosse Game, Athletic Fields
3:00 p.m. Reception for Former Faculty and Staff
4:00 p.m. Head’s Reception/Alumni Networking Reception, Greenleaf Mansion
Visit the newly renovated Greenleaf Mansion and enjoy craft beers, wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
The Alumni Association Service Award will be shared by William E. Teale and Mary McAllister Teale ’58, of Williamsburg (VA), for their lifelong exemplary volunteer service both to MFS and many other organizations. At MFS, their roles have encompassed alumni leadership, helping host regional and class reunions, and promoting planned, annual, capital and endowment giving.
The Young Alumni Award recognizes Erika Richardson Hall ’03, of Atlanta (GA), an Assistant Professor at Emory University Goizueta School of Business, for her groundbreaking academic research on the influence of race, gender and class-based implicit bias both in the workplace and the broader society.
The Alice Stokes Paul Award of Merit will go to Dana Calvo ’88, of Santa Monica (CA), for achievements in her writing career, first as a journalist and now as a television screenwriter and producer, and as an early spokeswoman advocating on behalf of the status of women in the entertainment industry.
June 2018 Retirements
Deb (Muzyka) Casne – Middle School English teacher, is retiring after 27 years with MFS where she helped students explore stories and the wonders of the English language. She has clerked for the Friendship Scholarship Committee and is known for her warmth, thoughtfulness, and eagerness to help students. In retirement, Deb plans to study master gardening, storytelling, and volunteer for adult literacy and Habitat for Humanity.
Martha Reilly – Head Librarian, is retiring after two decades of service in the Diller Library during which time she automated the catalog, was instrumental in the ‘03 renovation, increased library hours for students and developed online access. In retirement she looks forward to quilting, working with Literacy Volunteers of Camden County, spending time with family, and, of course, reading!
Larry Van Meter ’68 – returned to MFS in 2001 to serve as Head of School. His achievements include establishing MFS as the preeminent school in South Jersey, acquiring the Greenleaf property and renovating the South Annex, growing and maintaining enrollment, doubling the school’s diversity, and ramping up the academic program. Overarching all of these accomplishments was a strong, intentional emphasis on the school’s distinctive Quaker dimension.
Margaret Van Meter – served as Associate Director of College Counseling from 2002 to 2015, sensitively guiding juniors and seniors and their parents through the college process, and helping them to find a school that was the right fit for them. She also has taught in the English Department, and most recently in the Arts Department, where she has offered signature elective courses in handcrafts such as Fashion Sewing.
Judy van Tijn – History teacher, is retiring after 26 years of service. Not only has she taught World History, 20th Century History, AP/Honors Comparative Government, and numerous other courses, but she also served as MFS Mock Primary Election coordinator where she invigorated the event with new ideas, issues, and student engagement. Judy resumed service trips in 1996 when she took a group of US students to the Navajo Reservation. Over the next 15 years, she traveled with students on multiple service trips to destinations including the Navajo Reservation, Mexico, Arkansas, California, the Florida Everglades, and Hawaii. Additionally, she served as the first official Upper School Service Coordinator from 2000-2006 and oversaw the expansion of service hours from 25 to 50. In retirement, Judy plans to volunteer in literacy education and at the Working Dogs Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Reunion Class Information:
The 2017-18 school year is a reunion year for the classes ending in “3” and “8”.
Dinner at CoZara.
Contact Reunion Committee:
Bob Barnett, Trish Mainwaring, Chiyo Moriuchi, and Kathy Andreola Mullin.
Planning events at a later date.
Luncheon for 50th Reunion and Prior Classes. Dinner on Saturday at the home of Sandy Bray Wasson. Travel to Harvey Cedars for events and activities Saturday evening and Sunday.
Contact Bill and Mary Teale.
May 4: The class will gather after the Dinner Among Friends at the home of Larry and Margaret Van Meter.
May 5: Luncheon for 50th Reunion and Prior Classes. Dinner location to be determined. Brunch Sunday at the home of Susan Stapler Kelemen ‘68 and Scott Kelemen ‘66.
Phil Elbertson, Eric Jones, Renee Kaufman, Susan Stapler Kelemen, Ken Mayer, Lee McDaniel, Jay Novick, and Paul Pinsky.
- Attendees: please email 3-4 photos of your lives for a slideshow during the dinner to
- Non-attendees: please send a video greeting (up to 30 seconds long) to show during the dinner to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Cohler, Anne Evaul, Larry Riesenbach, Katy Shelley-Barnes.
Dinner at Il Villagio.
Lamont Elliott, Rachel Melroy Husser, Barry Koen, Dave Mouber, Kristin Roach, and Ryan Winkelspecht.