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Class Notes

Class Notes are a great place to read about the accomplishments and happenings in the lives of your old friends and classmates. Read class notes from the latest issue of SPA Magazine below or visit the Class Notes Archive to read notes from previous issues. To submit a class note, please complete the online submission form.

Spring/Summer 2021


Members of the St. Paul Academy Class of 1968 hosted Nick Linsmayer to a farewell lunch on the occasion of his move to Sanibel, FL.


After 25 years serving as the Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Dr. John Fitzpatrick retired at the end of 2020. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world’s leading institute for the study and appreciation of birds. 


Bruce Lilly, Charlie Greenman, Chip Lindeke and Bill James (pictured below) gathered at a Woodbury hockey rink “to regain some of our lost glories on ice and talk about almost everything,” Charlie reports, adding that Barry Ross and Gates Blodgett also join the group on occasion. “These gatherings, now almost weekly, are a highlight of my weeks,” Charlie says.

Betsy Cudworth Perna reports that following the Class of 1970’s “zoomtastic” virtual 50th Reunion in the fall of 2020, classmates from the Reunion Committee have continued to meet, including Cynthia Mills, Kate O’Brien, Chip Lindeke, Charlotte McDermott, Betsy Perna, Terry Gilberstadt, Ellen Seesel and Charlie Greenman.


Gretchen Glenney Damon celebrated Earth Day by volunteering to help clean up Lilydale Regional Park.

Julia Weyerhauser Heidmann joins the class list of authors with the publication of her first book, Climate Change Impacts All Species.

On November 14, 2020, Chris Kuhn set a class record with the recording of 22 turkeys in his backyard. He challenges anyone to do better but he wants photographic proof.

William Farrell has taken up long-distance biking on the scenic back roads of Taiwan, including rides up to 100 kilometers. “If anyone is Taiwan bound, stop by and say hello!” he says.

Chuck Strouse and Tim Hartnett sang their way down memory lane as they reconnected over the passing of Jerry Jeff Walker.  Rumor has it they jumped so high and lightly touched down.

Jamie Forman was profiled by the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation in an online feature entitled “Local Lawyer's Passion For Education and Mentorship Fuel Giving.” “I have been successful with many aspects of my life. For this, I feel incredibly lucky,” Jamie says in the profile. “I believe that my own schooling has contributed to this success, including with my chosen field of law. By my giving back, I am hoping that others will enjoy similar fortune and success, and in turn will give back in ways that are meaningful to them.”

Annie Bailey knows her trivia having taken the top spot with her team  in the Team Jeopardy ECCT 2021 competition. Rightly so, she celebrated National Midwives Day.

Sarah Ross Caruso was a Precinct Captain for Amy Klobuchar's presidential campaign in Iowa.

Pamala McInnis participated in a COVID-19 vaccine study.


Tony Sanneh was quoted extensively in a New York Times article in February 2021 about his anti-racism work with his own Tony Sanneh Foundation and with Common Goal, a social movement led by global soccer players designed to tackle racism in the sport. “We had to step up and work collectively,” Sanneh says about the effort in the article. “To use our success to work for others in this industry. We have to all work together to combat societal challenges."


Nathan Johnson has been named one of the Bush Foundation’s 2021 Fellows, a group of visionary individuals who are leading transformative change in their communities. The Bush Fellowship provides Fellows with up to $100,000 over 12 to 24 months to pursue education and learning experiences that help them develop the skills and relationships to foster large-scale change in their communities and region. Nathan, who is an Architectural Technology faculty member at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, will use the Fellowship to further his work to change design and construction processes to be more inclusive and to have a greater economic impact for communities of color. In addition, he will study leadership methods that inspire equitable solutions and lead efforts to diversify the architecture profession. 


A group of five medical experts at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in Saint Paul led by Dr. Jennifer Laine recently published an innovative article in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery about their innovative treatment for patients who have congenital bowing of the tibia. The treatment has helped correct the growth of patients who have the rare condition, and results have been so successful that it is now a frontline treatment for all patients who come to Gillette. Jennifer is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Specialist and the Associate Medical Director of Research and Clinical Outcomes at Gillette.


With many speaking engagements converted to virtual events in 2020, Tyler Olson had the opportunity to virtually emcee the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards competition, which included 50 students from 50 different countries and over 10,000 attendees.  Tyler credits his work with Tom Fones' on his Senior Speech for his great success.


Darwin Longfellow, a Physician Assistant in New Mexico, was named a “Humble Hero” by Dunlop Motorcycle Tires for her work during the COVID-19 pandemic. In nominating Darwin for the award, a colleague noted, “As a fellow healthcare provider, I have been humbled by Darwin’s selfless service to her patients. She has met her community where they are, and cared for them with limited resources and support, working diligently to practice preventive medicine and protect her community both within and outside of the clinic.” As the winner of the Humble Hero award, Darwin received a brand-new 2020 XL1200 Sportster Roadster.


Linnea Herzog earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2020 from Brandeis University and is now a postdoctoral associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she is studying the genetic basis of psychiatric disease. Linnea’s band won a Boston Music Award for Rock Artist of the Year in 2020 (joining the likes of Aerosmith, Belly, and Morphine). Since then, she has started a new group, Linnea's Garden, which released their first EP on Red on Red Records in March of 2021. The group is looking forward to the return of live music.


Bryce Holstad has left his work as a staff attorney at Iowa Legal Aid and has formed a new private firm, Lakes National Law, LLP in Washington County in Minnesota. His new firm merged the practice of previously private attorneys licensed in California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin. Bryce now lives in Stillwater, MN.


Yusra Murad was interviewed by National Public Radio in February 2021 to discuss her family’s organization, Zakat, Aid and Charity Assisting Humanity (ZACAH), and its work to assist unhoused individuals in finding safe and warm places to stay during the winter months.