Class of 1974

To the great Class of 1974:

In two months, we will be celebrating our 45th Reunion! Can you believe it? For those of you who can make it back on June 7-9, you will be very impressed at the many physical changes to the campus and curriculum! Most recently, the revered Dining Room has gone through a major renovation. If you can make it back, either for just a dinner on Friday or Saturday night, it is always fun to reconnect after all of the years. It’s always a good idea to register and you can do so by visiting www.thehill.org/reunionweekend. Here you will also find information about the weekend schedule and view a list of who is coming back from our class.

Recently, a few classmates responded to a brief questionnaire and a few results are below:

Ed Henderson

Ed Henderson

Where has life taken you since leaving The Hill? After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, I returned to my hometown of Hollidaysburg, Pa. I got married and had an instant family including two great stepdaughters. Our family was completed when our son, Dan, was born. I began a career in financial services and now am a vice president with PNC Bank in the Wealth Management division located in State College, Pa.  I am the New Business Development Officer for this region.

Have you connected with any old or new Hill friends over the years? I connect with Bill McElhiney and Geoff Liggett on a fairly regular basis. Bill hosts us in NYC for annual trips to catch up over cocktails and great food. This continues the tradition of visits I had with these guys while in college. John Summerlin was also an integral part of the mix when I would go to Hobart for a weekend. I remember Dick Vermillion sighting at Hobart. Geoff, Bill, and I have visited Jean Gardner in Maine over the years. During my junior year at UNH I shared a house with Ryck and Karen Walbridge on the coast of Maine. Ryck was getting his master's at UNH that year. While at UNH I saw a lot of George and Snookie Mangan, who had moved from The Hill to Exeter. Before Ryck and Karen’s retirement, I was able visit them in Pottstown where we would also connect with Tony Reid (’75). Geoff’s brother, Ned (’76), and his wife live near us and we get together over wine and scotch tastings. 

What advice would you offer a Hill student today? While students at The Hill need to focus on education, don’t let opportunities to connect with classmates slip by.

What are some of your fondest Hill memories? The chance to build tight and long lasting friendships is so important also. 

What are some of your fondest Hill memories? My best memory of The Hill is how that time created lasting friendships. The Hill is a place to learn, develop as an individual, and make lifelong friends.

The Class of 1974 was…I don’t know how to answer this question, but I truly believe my classmates are missing an incredible opportunity if they don’t take advantage of our Reunion weekends.  Any time I return and see friends, our conversations pick up like we just saw each other recently. 

David Hall

David Hall 

Where has life taken you since leaving The Hill? Most importantly, it took me to Jenny, to whom I've been happily married since 1980. We have three wonderful children and two much adored grandchildren.  In 2013, I retired from public service after serving 23 years as a federal prosecutor, and 30 years as an intelligence officer in the Navy/Navy Reserve. I'm now a partner at the law firm of Wiggin and Dana, practicing in Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; and New York. I wrote a book about my last case in the government called CRACK99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate. It is guaranteed to make you smarter, happier, and better looking.

Have you connected with any old or new Hill friends over the years? Yes. Walt Boyer wrote to tell me how CRACK99 changed his life for the better.

What advice would you offer a Hill student today? Find your own path. Listen carefully to others, but make your own decisions. and own them.

What are some of your fondest Hill memories? Getting credit for a fumble recovery after Gerry Gigon stripped the ball on a sack. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Mac Jones trying to say "peanut."

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The Hill School is: Rigorous. I was pushed harder there than at Dartmouth, Yale, or Penn.

The Class of 1974 was: Awe inspiring.

Geoff Kerr

Geoff Kerr

Where has life taken you since leaving The Hill? The last 20+ years have been devoted to building custom wooden boats in my solo shop in Westford, VT, about 30 min NE of Burlington. My two daughters are happily off in the world pursuing their own cool, but equally unlikely careers. I live in a house I designed and built myself, and spend my recreational hours backcountry skiing, riding road and mountain bikes, and sailing.

Have you connected with any old or new Hill friends over the years? Several months into an 18-month boat-building project my client noticed a Hill decal on my shop window...Liam English '65 and I became quite good friends while building his dream boat.

What advice would you offer a Hill student today? Find a passion and do it...but don't panic if it takes a while to figure out what it is.

What are some of your fondest Hill memories? Hilltones with Lloyd Tuttle; Chapel choir; being prepared and nailing it in Mr. Eddy's geometry class

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The Hill School is: a fond memory

The Class of 1974 was: a bunch of good folks...I wonder how cell phones and Facebook would have made us different?

Pete Drennan

Pete Drennan

Where has life taken you since leaving The Hill? A whirlwind tour culminating in three college graduations for two daughters and a son. Thirty-five years in the practice of medicine. I thought playing the whole game on D for Ec was tough.

Have you connected with any old or new Hill friends over the years? I’ve been in touch with Mike Whiteside lately in Texas and happy to see that he and his wife have two great kids. Also reconnected with Roger Elliot and happy to see his joy in family life.

What advice would you offer a Hill student today? Work hard on your career. Pray often, attend church regularly, and be tolerant. Lay off the carbs, eat healthy. Get exercise regularly and never give up. Read quality books including inspiring biographies.

What are some of your fondest Hill memories? The people who dedicated their lives to create an awesome school with high ideals.

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The Hill School is: steeped in tradition and excellence

The Class of 1974 was: a potpourri of the 70s