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For more than a century, Hotchkiss alumni have made a significant impact on our world. Meet some of the remarkable people whose accomplishments have given us countless stories worthy of sharing.

Distinguished Hotchkiss Alumni

W. Spencer Finch

W. Spencer Finch

Class of 1980
Titles: Art
Biography:

Internationally acclaimed American Artist based in Brooklyn, NY; extensive exhibits all over the world; his work is held in museum collections such as the Guggenheim, the Hirshhorn, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum fur Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt; recent public projects include “The River that Flows Both Ways” on the High Line in New York City; the entire façade for the new Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Baltimore; “Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning” the National September 11 Memorial Museum

John Hammond

John Hammond

Class of 1929
Titles: Music, Alumni Award Recipient
Biography:

Executive, Columbia Records; discoverer of musical talents Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and many others; supporter of black music (1940s), honored for his civil rights activism

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Class of 1977
Titles: Entertainment, Alumni Award Recipient
Biography:

Actress; productions include Taming of the Shrew, A View from the Bridge (Tony Award nomination, Drama League Award for outstanding artist), 9 to 5, The Autumn Garden, Present Laughter (Outer Critics Circle Award, Actors' Equity award 2010); television appearances include Lost, Family Guy, Phineas and Ferb, Two and a Half Men, Frasier, The West Wing, Mom; films include Drop Dead Gorgeous, American Beauty, 10 Things I Hate About You, Nurse Betty, The Hours, How to Deal, Juno, Hairspray,The Help; 7 Emmy Awards

Gina M.A. Kingsbury

Gina M.A. Kingsbury

Class of 2000
Titles: Sports
Biography:

Olympic Games, Women's Hockey Team Canada; Gold Medalist, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2010); Gold Medalist, Torino, Italy (2006)

Nicholas Lezama

Nicholas Lezama

Class of 1975
Titles: Military
Biography:

M.D., MPH Colonel; Chief, Emergency Department, Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center; formerly, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Department of Preventive Medicine Faculty, Bethesda, MD; former U.S. Air Force Chief, Medical Plans and Policy; U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, IL

Virginia R. Litle

Virginia R. Litle

Class of 1981
Titles: Medicine
Biography:

Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine; former Academic Thoracic Surgeon, University of Rochester; clinical expertise and specific interests in esophageal cancer and minimally invasive thoracic surgery of the esophagus and lung

Alan Y.K. Lo

Alan Y.K. Lo

Class of 1999
Titles: Business
Biography:

Entrepreneur, Hong Kong restaurateur, co-founder of Hong Kong-based Press Room Group (along with Paulo Pong ’96 and a third partner); owner, operator food and beverage outlets; The Press Room, a French-European brasserie; Classified, a collection of neighborhood cafes specializing in cheese, breads, and wines; The Pawn, a modern British concept housed in a local heritage building; featured (along with Pong) in Business Week as two of Asia’s best young entrepreneurs (2008); Chairman, NGO, Charity Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design; advisory group member, ART HK (Hong Kong International Art Fair); non-official member, Hong Kong Government’s Tourism Strategy Group; non-official member, Hong Kong Government’s Business Facilitation Advisory Committee; curator for arts, city integration & events of 2009 Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

Henry R. Luce

Henry R. Luce

Class of 1916
Titles: Media, Alumni Award Recipient
Biography:

Founder, Time, Inc.; Co-Founder, Time magazine; Founder, Life, Fortune, Sports Illustrated magazines; shaper of public opinion and the political landscape of the 20th Century; prominent role in the U.S.-China relationship of the 1940s to 1960s; Hotchkiss Board of Trustees (1947 -1950)

Archibald MacLeish

Archibald MacLeish

Class of 1911
Titles: Writing, Alumni Award Recipient
Biography:

Poet; Writer; Presidential Medal of Freedom; Librarian of Congress; Poet Laureate of the U.S.; Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, Harvard; Editor Fortune magazine; Director, War Department's Office of Facts and Figures; Assistant Director, Office of War Information; Assistant Secretary of State for Cultural Affairs; first American member of the governing body of UNESCO, Simpson Lecturer at Amherst College; poetry, prose, plays, Songs for a Summer's Day, Tower of Ivory, The Happy Marriage, The Pot of Earth, Nobodaddy, Streets in the Moon, The Hamlet of A. Macleish, Einstein, Conquistador (Pulitzer Prize 1932), Elpenor, Frescoes for Mr. Rockefeller's City, Union Pacific (ballet), Poems, 1924-1933, Panic, Jews in America, The Fall of the City, Air Raid, The Land of the Free, America Was Promises, The Irresponsibles: A Declaration, A Time to Speak, The American Cause, American Opinion and the War: the Rede Lecture, A Time to Act: Selected Addresses, Colloquy for the States, The American Story: Ten Broadcasts, Actfive and Other Poems, Freedom Is the Right to Choose, Later Poems, Collected Poems (Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Bollingen Prize 1952), The Trojan Horse, This Music Crept By Me on the Waters, Songs for Eve, Art Education and the Creative Process, J.B. (a verse play based on the book of Job, Pulitzer Prize 1958), Poetry and Experience, Three Short Plays, The Collected Poems of Archibald MacLeish, The Dialogues of Archibald MacLeish and Mark Van Doren, The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (screenplay, Academy Award 1965), An Evening's Journey to Conway, Herakles, The Wild Old Wicked Man and Other Poems, A Continuing Journey, Champion of a Cause: Essays and Addresses on Librarianship, Scratch, The Human Season, Selected Poems 1926-1972, Poetry and Opinion: the Pisan Cantos of Ezra Pound, The Great American Fourth of July Parade, New and Collected Poems 1917-1976, Riders on the Earth: Essays & Recollections, Six Plays, Letters of Archibald MacLeish, 1907-1982

Cristina Mariani-May

Cristina Mariani-May

Class of 1989
Titles: Business
Biography:

Family Proprietor, Co-CEO, Banfi Vintners (America’s leading wine importer) and the award-winning Castello Banfi Vineyard Estate, Montalcino, Tuscany

Laurence M. Mark

Laurence M. Mark

Class of 1967
Titles: Filmmaking
Biography:

Producer, films, Julie & Julia, Dreamgirls, The Look-Out, Last Holiday, I, Robot, Finding Forrester, Center Stage, Anywhere But Here, The Object of My Affection, As Good As It Gets, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, Jerry Maguire, Working Girl - and the 81st Annual Academy Awards hosted by Hugh Jackman

Miranda S. Massie

Miranda S. Massie

Class of 1984
Titles: Public Advocacy
Biography:

Executive Director, The Climate Museum Launch Project; former General Counsel and Legal Director, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a nonprofit, civil rights law firm; former civil rights impact litigator, notably serving as lead counsel for the student interveners in the high-profile University of Michigan affirmative action case, Grutter v. Bollinger, successfully represented pro-affirmative action students and organizations; lead for students in the defense of the Los Angeles school district's voluntary school integration plan; board member, Center for Popular Democracy; former board member, East Coast Migrant Head Start Project, an organization charged with providing Head Start services to the children of migrant farm workers; Fletcher Foundation Fellowship, Wasserstein Fellowship

Raymond J. McGuire

Raymond J. McGuire

Class of 1975
Titles: Business
Biography:

Head Global Banking, Citigroup Inc.; Hotchkiss Board of Trustees (1985-1995) (2016-present) Vice President (2017-present)

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Jodie Watt McLean

Jodie Watt McLean

Class of 1986
Titles: Business
Biography:

Chief Executive, Edens and Avant, one of the nation’s leading private owners and developers of neighborhood shopping places in primary markets throughout the East Coast

Paul H. Nitze

Paul H. Nitze

Class of 1924
Titles: Government, Alumni Award Recipient
Biography:

Leading Cold War strategist of the 20th century; career diplomat; Presidential Medal of Freedom; Vice President, Dillon, Read & Co.; President, P. H. Nitze & Co., Inc.; Financial Director, Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, State Department; Chief, Metals and Minerals Branch, Board of Economic Warfare; Director, Foreign Procurement and Development Branch, Foreign Economic Administration; Vice Chairman, U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey; Deputy Director, Office of International Trade Policy, State Department; Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs; Director of Policy Planning Staff, Department of State (principal author of the highly influential secret National Security Council document NSC-68); Appointed Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense; resigned amid Congressional opposition; President of the Foreign Service Educational Foundation; Associate of the Washington Center of Foreign Policy Research, School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University; Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; Secretary of the Navy; Deputy Secretary of Defense; member, U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT); Consultant, Washington, D.C., for State Department, General Accounting Office, and System Planning Corp.; Ambassador, head of U.S. delegation, Chief Negotiator, Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty talks, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on arms control matters; appointed Ambassador-at-Large, Special Advisor on Arms Control Matters to the President and Secretary of State; Diplomat-in-Residence, Distinguished Research Professor in Strategic Studies and American Foreign Policy, founder, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., (renamed Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies); author; Medal of Merit; Knight Commanders Cross Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany; grand officier de l'Ordre de la Couronne Royaume de Belgique (1989); Grosse Goldene Ehrenzeiche des Landes Steiermark, Austria (1991); Secretary General Atlantic award (NATO's Man of the Year 1988); Secretary of State Distinguished Service award (1988); January 10, 2001 Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig announced the decision to name the 44th ship of the Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers, USS Nitze

Potter Stewart

Potter Stewart

Class of 1933
Titles: Law, Alumni Award Recipient
Biography:

Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court; during his tenure on the Court advocated for the careful exercise of judicial review; dissented from the Court’s decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, which invalidated the law banning the sale of contraceptives based on a “Right of Privacy”; after changing his views, a key mover behind the Court’s affirmative decision in Roe v. Wade; well-known for a candid comment about pornography – while pornography is difficult to define, he said, “I know it when I see it.”

Nelson Talbott

Nelson Talbott

Class of 1964
Titles: Government, Media, Alumni Award Recipient
Biography:

President, Brookings Institution; Chairman, the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board; former Deputy Secretary of State; Ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the Secretary of State for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union; founding Director, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; correspondent, Time magazine, (Eastern Europe, the State Department, the White House, Washington bureau chief, editor-at-large and foreign affairs columnist); author, Khruschev Remembers, Endgame: The Inside Story of SALT II, The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation, The Russia Hand: A Memoir of Presidential Diplomacy, Master of the Game: Paul Nitze and the Nuclear Peace, The Age of Terror, Deadly Gambits, Reagan and the Russians, Endgame; co-author, Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming, At the Highest Levels, Reagan and Gorbechev; Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University; recipient, Edward Weintal Prize for Distinguished Diplomatic Reporting (twice), Overseas Press Club awards (four times), Olive Branch Award; honorary doctorates, Monterey Institute of Strategic Studies (Humane Letters); Trinity College, Georgetown University, Fairfield University; awarded state orders by the presidents of Estonia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and the Kings of Sweden and Belgium; Board of Directors, American Association of Rhodes Scholars; Trustee, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations; North American Executive Committee, Trilateral Commission; member, World Economic Forum, Aspen Strategy Group; fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Academy of Diplomacy; Hotchkiss Board of Trustees (1982-1987)

Nader Tehrani

Nader Tehrani

Class of 1981
Titles: Architecture
Biography:

Dean, the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and the Arts; founding Principal, NADAAA, a Boston-based architecture firm dedicated to design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, the cultivation of new methods of fabrication, and productive dialogue with the construction industry; formerly, Head of Department, Architectural Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; award-winning projects include the Tongxian Art Gatehouse in Beijing, the Fleet Library at RISD, the LEED-certified Helios House in Los Angeles, and the LEED-Gold certified Macallen Building in Boston; recipient, 13 Progressive Architecture Awards, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architectural Award

Ian B. Wardropper

Ian B. Wardropper

Class of 1969
Titles: Fine Arts
Biography:

Director of The Frick Collection; former Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman of the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Medal of Chevalier from the French Order of Arts & Letters

Thomas Werner

Thomas Werner

Class of 1967
Titles: Entertainment
Biography:

Partner, The Carsey-Werner Company, productions include That ’70s Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Cosby Show, Cybill, Davis Rules, A Different World, Grace Under Fire, Roseanne; Chairman: Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, and New England Sports Network

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