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In Memoriam

Ann Hartman ’43
Phyllis Bentley ’45
Norman Alling ’48
Susan Pulsifer Colson ’48
Ginger Dreyfus Karren ’48
Margaret Kennedy ’48
Paul “Pete” Keller ’49
Jean MacLean McKelvey ’49
Gwyneth DePuy Hunting ’50
Jerry Coon ’53
Robert Gray ’56
Nonie Hartnett White ’56
Susanne Wilson Hershey ’63
Marc Dunthorn ’66 (July 2019)
John Davidson ’67
John Alsina ’68
Ann Parsons ’71
Brad Prozeller ’71
Ted Boucher ’73
Quondra Willis ’93
Peter Goodyear ’04

Diane Shrager
French, 1972 to 1978

Francis Laimbeer
Mathematics, 1960 to 1981

David Strasenburgh
Director of Development, 1974 to 1983

Leah Watson
Learning Diagnostician, 1976 to 1987 

Ann Hartman ’43
Phyllis Bentley ’45
Norman Alling ’48
Susan Pulsifer Colson ’48
Ginger Dreyfus Karren ’48
Margaret Kennedy ’48
Paul “Pete” Keller ’49
Jean MacLean McKelvey ’49
Gwyneth DePuy Hunting ’50
Jerry Coon ’53
Robert Gray ’56
Nonie Hartnett White ’56
Susanne Wilson Hershey ’63
Marc Dunthorn ’66 (July 2019)
John Davidson ’67
John Alsina ’68
Ann Parsons ’71
Brad Prozeller ’71
Ted Boucher ’73
Quondra Willis ’93
Peter Goodyear ’04

Diane Shrager
French, 1972 to 1978

Francis Laimbeer
Mathematics, 1960 to 1981

David Strasenburgh
Director of Development, 1974 to 1983

Leah Watson
Learning Diagnostician, 1976 to 1987 

In Memoriam

Phyllis Bentley ’45

Phyllis Bentley ’45, Ron Richardson (Art, 1975 to 1998), and Sarah Todd ’79 at the Centennial Celebration weekend

Phyllis Bentley ’45 was the daughter of Cogswell Bentley, the husband to one of The Harley School’s founders, Harriet Bentley. Phyllis had strong ties with Harley from her beginning. She had many family members attend the school: Charles Bentley ’46, Martha Bentley Hall ’46, Helen Bentley ’46, Constance Bentley Knobel ’41,Nancy Randall Lindsay ’42, James Randall ’41, John Randall ’69, Ruth and Robert Randall ’40, William Randall ’44, and Rolland Randall ’67.

Phyllis attended Harley from Grade 7 to Grade 12 and, although she did not want to leave her friends at Rochester City School No. 46, she quickly grew to love the atmosphere and said “Harley is responsible for the love of learning that I still have today.” She was quite active as a student. She participated in chorus, varsity field hockey, and basketball, served on the girls’ athletic committee, was secretary of the student body, and a member of student council.Following Harley, she went to Mt. Holyoke College where she received a bachelor’s degree, then on to Columbia University for a master’s degree in psychology, followed by a second master’s degree in social work from Boston University. She had a longstanding career at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health as a psychiatric clinician and instructor. She lived in Cambridge and then Hingham, Massachusetts for many years.

She moved back to the Rochester area in 2003 after 50 years in Massachusetts. It was not long after her return that she joined the Harley Archives Committee. “Little did I know I would be returning to Harley. We meet monthly to organize mounds of pictures and other material accumulated through the years. It is a nostalgic journey which we all enjoy!” she told Anne Townsend, P ’98, ’01, GP ’32, ’33, a friend and former member of the Development staff (1991 to 2016). 

“Phyllis worked tirelessly, sorting through hundreds of pictures and yearbooks and Harley documents to identify people and events. Once that was done, she preserved decades of Harley history in the photo scrapbooks you may have enjoyed at Harley reunions,” said Anne.

In talking with Phyllis after she visited the school for the first time in almost 50 years, she said that she was “less concerned with the building than with the people and philosophies that inhabit it.” She said nothing looked the same, but that didn’t matter because “it was the style of the teaching I cared about,” and that seemed to be the same.

Phyllis was a huge Harley supporter, not only as a volunteer, but also philanthropically. She was an inaugural member of The Harley Circle in 2009, supporting the school annually with a gift of $1,000 or more, and was a huge supporter of the Commons. She said she admired the new addition because it supported the idea of more hands-on learning. “That’s the kind of learning we had when I was there.” She made a generous gift to create  the new Flag Hall which leads into the Commons from Beckerman Center. Phyllis liked the idea of a forward-thinking, environmentally friendly building. “We continue to find joy in learning as we progress!” Phyllis was awarded the Sands-Stern Award for Philanthropy in 2012.

Brad Prozeller ’71

Brad Prozeller ’71, age 68, died at home peacefully, with his loving wife at his side, on October 26, 2021. Brad was born and raised in Fairport, NY, the second youngest of six children. Following the path of his siblings, he was placed in kindergarten at The Harley School by his parents, taking advantage of the Headmaster’s “volume discount.”

Family members who attended and/or graduated from Harley:
Siblings: Sara Prozeller Hartman ’61, Randy Prozeller ’62 (d. 2019), Drew Prozeller ’74 Nephew: Chris Hartman ’93 (Harley faculty, 2007-2016, Social & Environmental Sustainability) and his children: Quinn Hartman ’22, Sawyer Hartman ’24, Niece: Mary Hartman ’90

Benefitting from Harley’s rigorous academic curriculum, Brad matriculated at New College and later transferred to Haverford College for a Bachelor’s Degree, followed by obtaining a degree in law at NYU Law School where he had the high honor of being on the Law Review.

Brad’s legal career began in NYC at a large Wall Street firm, then shifted to a boutique Rockefeller Center law firm, where he represented international banks in commercial transactions. His nine years in Manhattan characterized one of the great experiences of his life, but he was daunted by the prospect of utilizing his talents on behalf of large-money interests. At age 34, he packed up and moved to Geneva, NY. where the people and environment more closely aligned with his values and sensibilities. There he set up what became a very successful small town legal practice which represented a wide range of local businesses and individual clients. Brad was generous with his time and knowledge. One could get legal advice, often for free, or his strong opinion on the latest political news, which was rooted in non-debatable evidence and facts.

Geneva also had another benefit for a bachelor: he met and married Alaine Espenscheid, a lovely, gracious, talented, smart lawyer. Together, they loved the life they created in Geneva with its multitude of diversities, a pedestrian lifestyle, and daily interactions with local folks. There, Brad became active in community organizations. He served terms as President of the Smith Opera House, Vice Chair of the Geneva Human Rights Commission, Chair of the Geneva City Zoning Board of Appeals, and was a Docent at the Seward House Museum in nearby Auburn. He was also a strong supporter of the Boys and Girls Club and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund, both located in Geneva.

Brad was a “Man For All Seasons.” He was an avid outdoorsman. He spent many summers of his youth at a camp in the Adirondacks as a camper, counselor, and trip leader. In time, he earned the ADK 46er badge for climbing all 46 high peaks; and, in his 20s, he fell in with a group of adventurers who shared his passion for canoeing. They spent part of their summers canoeing through remote regions of Canada. Transporting themselves and their canoes by mining trains to northern Quebec or flying into Northern Labrador or the James Bay region by sea plane with their canoes strapped to the pontoons, they would spend three weeks canoeing down wilderness white water rivers. He participated in the Adirondack Canoe Classic 90-mile races, Wild Water Derby races, and other similar adventures. While not the strongest or most technically skilled paddler, Brad had a knack for reading the rapids, seeing the dangers, understanding what the current was going to do to the canoe and how to use that to his advantage, discerning the safest or most exciting route through the rush of it all. He was eager to share this experience with others. Amazingly, for several successive years, he entered the Wild Water Derby on Canandaigua Outlet with Phil Hartman, a lifelong friend who was wheelchair bound and paralyzed from the waist down; and one year, the two actually won! Phil also earned a pilot’s license, and he and Brad bought a plane for their recreational enjoyment.

Brad and Alaine’s love of the ADKs led to the joint purchase of a lakeside, rundown Adirondack Camp built in the 1900s. The ownership was shared with two Harley alumni, Jim ’64 and Peter ’72 Davidson, and their wives. They spent thirty years restoring it and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining their extended families on the premises. Brad’s 10 nieces and nephews were frequent guests. They cherished the fact that Brad took the time to bridge the generation gap and to establish a meaningful and purposeful relationship with them. He was fueled by an innate desire to understand others’ experiences and perspectives and had a beautiful ability to appreciate and truly know people, even when there were differences in background and lifestyle. He hosted many conversations on topics across the human and political spectrum. He was a lifelong learner, willing to put in the effort to broaden his understanding of the past, present, and future so he could deepen his ongoing yearning to connect with others. The thoughtfulness he put into a relationship was a true gift.

For those who knew Brad at Harley, as summarized by the Headmaster at the time, Stephen Hinrichs, they recognized and appreciated that Brad “is, in fact, an idealist with a strong social conscience and—in a gentle way—a political activist… He can be a forceful and persuasive speaker in a one-to-one situation or where the group is small and familiar… He is sincerely concerned about economic and social inequities.” He earnestly engaged with local political and social organizations that leveraged his interests. These included the New Democratic Coalition, Metro Act, and the Council on Human Relations. At Harley, he was the chief organizer of the school’s program on Earth Day, a member of the Social Action Committee that supported community assistance projects, and a Big Brother to a young student in Rochester.

Throughout, Brad lived his life with integrity and an unerring moral compass that guided his path as true as the strokes that he applied while paddling his canoe in the wilderness. He took the time to identify and engage in what mattered most to him.

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Letter from the Head of School

Letter from the Editor

Features

Central Work that Matters

Affinity Group Forms

Climate Crisis Curriculum

Citizen Scientists

Joy Moss: Storytelling Roots

In Every Issue

Class Notes

Diane Donniger Award

By the Numbers

From the Archives

What’s (Who’s) New at Harley

Divisional Highlights

Alumni Profile: Vandebroek

Alumni Profiles: Keller

HAC Athletics

2021 Lives of Great Purpose Awards

1000 Words

Commencement 2022

Reunion 2022

In Memoriam

Retirements and Fond Farewells