Trinity-Pawling Headmaster Bill Taylor


During a recent Preview Day presentation, Headmaster Bill Taylor encouraged visiting families to take a “deep” look at the schools they would be visiting. “One should look for the “soul” of a school,” said Taylor. He explained that many schools have outstanding facilities and ambitious curriculums and are situated in beautiful environments, but the “soul” of a school is what cannot be seen on the surface. “The soul of a school is revealed in its community — it is what allows students and faculty to develop their self-awareness, it is a community that encourages stepping out of one’s comfort zone to build self-reliance, it is a community that is supportive and caring — one that builds meaningful relationships with one another,” said Taylor. These are the qualities of a school, which determines its depth as an institution.

“As time goes by, I increasingly appreciate what an influence Trinity-Pawling had on my development as a person” — this is a phrase we hear often as our alumni share stories of their time at Trinity-Pawling — it is one of many examples of the “depth” of the Trinity-Pawling experience. “Many of the seeds being sown at Trinity-Pawling are not intended to germinate until after boys graduate, when they have the maturity to fully appreciate what the experience has fully meant to them,” explained Taylor. “These seeds grow deeply inside the experience of our students and provide a lifetime of reflection and guidance.”

“The irony is, we think we don’t need structure when we are teenagers, but that is what we crave most. It is the single greatest gift that Trinity-Pawling gives us forever,” stated alumna Allison Whipple Rockefeller ’76, who attended Trinity-Pawling during its brief period as a co-ed school. “It is the foundation of the life I live today, one of discipline and expectation for myself.”

Trinity-Pawling Theater Dept. presents


H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S! That’s the way to spell this smash-hit musical comedy about six young people vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Along the way, they learn that winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. With its enormously appealing cast of loveable misfits, nerds, and neurotics, the Tony Award winning,
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee perfectly captures the angst, exhilaration, and heartache that makes growing up so painful and so wonderful.

Trinity-Pawling Theater Department presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on three nights:
February 27, 28, and March 1, at 8:00 PM!
Gardiner Theater Arts Center, Trinity-Pawling School, 700 Route 22, Pawling, NY

Trinity-Pawling alum Chris Roux ’73, AJ O'Buck ’19, Tom Ahrensfeld ’73


Chris Roux arrived as a second semester sophomore in late 1970, Phil Smith’s first year as headmaster. “I came from a large high school in northern New Jersey where I was one of thousands. My mom had just died and Dad knew T-P would be a good fit for me.” Matt Dann had taught Roux’s father math at Trinity Manhattan. “I developed relationships with faculty members who worked 24/7. My teachers made themselves available so there was no excuse for me not to succeed.”

“The Effort System created opportunities to become independent,” Roux recalls. “Everyone has the same chance to succeed. It’s just a matter of how you learned to work with the System. Group One offered incentives that reward effort by reducing the number of rules a student had to comply with. Sure, the rules were still in place but we had internalized them. It was a great motivator and taught me I could be independent and control my life. That autonomy stuck with me and completely changed my perspective as a 16-year-old.”

Roux thrived at Trinity-Pawling where he could play three sports and experience leadership opportunities. “I could be on student council, start a club, or captain third hockey.” When Roux was elected head prefect by the student body, he was utterly surprised. “That gave me a confidence that carried through the rest of my life. I was thrust into a position of leadership and I learned how to handle situations.”

“I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without T-P. I was bumping along in my previous school, one of thousands. T-P provided opportunities to grow up.” Roux admits that having no girls eliminated an anxiety at that age and allowed him and his peers to grow up among brothers.

And brothers help brothers. For the past three years, Roux and several of his classmates have funded a current Trinity-Pawling student. The student’s father was a classmate of theirs who died prematurely, and the group of friends wanted to give this young man the same opportunity that they had all experienced.

“Our reunions, on and off campus, have become some of the most important events in our lives. Some of us may not have been terribly close while at T-P but we have all become best friends. Regardless of your era, all alumni share common experiences that deepen the bonds once you leave.”

Roux was invited to serve as a trustee in 2005. “Being a trustee has created something important in my life outside of work. I love and respect my fellow trustees and really enjoy having the chance to connect with students when I’m on campus for meetings. I cherish the opportunity to see how far the School has evolved and I’m happy to help however I can.” As Secretary of the Board, Roux has the honor of signing every senior’s diploma. “My hand definitely cramps up by the end!”

Roux is a partner with Alston & Bird, an international firm with more than 800 lawyers. He specializes in construction and government contracts law. Roux serves on the firm’s ten-person management team, essentially the board of directors, and he splits his time between Los Angeles, CA and McLean, VA. He and his wife, Barbara, have a 30-year old son, Michael, who lives in Hyannis, MA.

by Maria Buteux Reade

Trinity-Pawling alum Daryl Rubenstein ’94


Squeezing every opportunity out of every opportunity. This describes Daryl Rubinstein ’94 to a tee! From his days at Trinity-Pawling, to each of his work endeavors, he takes full advantage of the experiences presented to him in order to learn, grow, and succeed.

Currently the Executive Vice President at Consolidated Bearings Company in Cedar Knolls, NJ, Rubinstein spends his days as the company’s primary marketing and sales contact, a role that takes him all over the world. Recent business travels have included trips to Romania, Poland, Korea, and India, just to name a few.

“Consolidated Bearings is an awesome company with great brand equity. We are a wholesaler of bearings and have nine locations in the United States. In my current function, I visit global suppliers and am constantly working to expand the business,” reports Rubinstein.

The bearings industry is not at all new to him. His family owns Berliss Bearing Company, an industry-leading bearing manufacturer with over 75 years of experience. He brings a wealth of background knowledge and contacts to the table!

His career trajectory hasn’t been solely in the bearings arena, however, for three years, Rubinstein spent a little time in a completely different industry — the car business. He worked for Flemington Car & Truck Country as the Director of Business Development.

“I developed a true appreciation for how hard work can lead to success at Flemington. It was a high-stakes retail environment with a true grind at month’s end. Making deals, negotiations, and solidifying relationships were part of the daily workload, and the skill set I gained from that experience has served me ever since,” Rubinstein comments.

The first Young Alumnus member of the Board of Trustees (from 2002-2004) and then a committee member for a number of years, Rubinstein has a soft spot in his heart for Trinity-Pawling. “I was a ‘rebel without a cause’ when I came to T-P. I saw the opportunity presented to me (in the School) and worked hard to get ready for college. Trinity-Pawling transformed me into a responsible adult.”

He has fond memories of his times here as well. “I’ll never forget chatting with Ned Reade as we listened to NPR trying to stay awake on our way home from Squash matches over those 4 years. Ned and Maria are the best!!” Rubinstein effuses.

Rock on rebel (now ‘with a cause’) Rubinstein — much success to you as you keep moving up that career ladder!

by Kate Vengrove

Trinity-Pawling Go For The Gold Challenge


Trinity-Pawling community, you have 4 DAYS LEFT to meet the CHALLENGE! We are in a race toward 1,000 donors — once we reach that golden number, Henry B. duPont IV ’86 through the Nor’easter Foundation has promised a match of $50,000.

Visit to give online and keep tabs on our progress. You can also Venmo @TrinityPawlingSchool, or call 845-855-4830 to make your donation — let’s GO FOR THE GOLD, Trinity-Pawling! #GoForTheGold

Trinity-Pawling student Tim Wang ’19


In January, Trinity-Pawling senior Ziqing “Tim” Wang was named a Top 300 Scholar in the 78th Regeneron Science Talent Search — the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors! Wang was selected from over 1,800 applicants from 555 high schools across the United States. He and his fellow scholars were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking, and promise as scientists.

The research that led Wang to this extraordinary accomplishment began in his junior year at Trinity-Pawling. His topic: photo degredation of organic pollutants for water treatment solutions. Wang’s motivation behind his research topic centers on the lack of clean water in many parts of our world. “Water is limited in 2/3 of the world,” Wang explained in a presentation to classmates. “500 million people live where water consumption exceeds the renewable water resources and they’ve become dependent on getting their water from other places. But over 80% of that water is provided without proper treatment. Treating water to be safe for consumption can solve this problem and we must find a way to do it sustainably.”

Wang’s conclusions point to safer, more efficient, and eco-friendly processes for treating water. He plans to continue his research in the coming months, particularly focused on the various real-world applications of his findings.

Trinity-Pawling faculty, staff, and students applaud Wang for his outstanding work and celebrate his selection in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. “This is a tremendous honor for Tim,” concluded science teacher Mike Webber. “He has put so much work into his research and we are all extremely proud of him.” Congratulations, Tim!

by Emma Christiantelli

Trinity-Pawling faculty Shannon Doyle


Varsity hockey players may be loath to admit that a faculty member is the best defender at Trinity-Pawling School.

Shannon Doyle, who teaches middle school and 9th grade English, balances a busy Trinity-Pawling life with her professional hockey career as a Connecticut Whale.

Mrs. Doyle has played for the Whale since the team’s inception when the National Women’s Hockey League was founded in 2015, and NWHL Zone has called her “one of the steadiest defenders in the NWHL” during this time. Prior to her professional career, Doyle was a leader on a successful Boston University Terriers team that celebrated multiple Hockey East Championships and a trip to the NCAA National Championship in 2015.

On February 10th, Doyle represented ‘The Pod’ for Team Szabados at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee in the 2019 NWHL All-Star game. In the contest, Doyle tallied a highlight no-look assist, which the Trinity-Pawling community watched and celebrated during Monday’s morning meeting. Earlier this winter, a group of students traveled to Stamford, CT to cheer on Doyle and the Whale.

Mrs. Doyle is a tremendous example of the great effort and dedication it takes to balance academics and athletics, as it is not unusual for her to attend evening practices during the week in preparation for Saturday and Sunday games. When Doyle isn’t geared up for her own play, the rising talent on Trinity-Pawling’s JV Hockey team enjoys sage coaching from this highly experienced player. From Pride to Pod, we have a star in our midst. Go Whale!

by Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris

Trinity-Pawling Spike Ball Tournament


Passion-based learning is central to Senior Independent Projects (SIP) at Trinity-Pawling. From start to finish, the SIP process encourages students to be curious, ambitious, and creative as they pursue a personal interest or passion. Matt Dow ’19 and Connor McKay ’19 did just that.

For their SIPs this year, Dow and McKay worked together to organize and host a Spike Ball tournament to benefit Matthew’s Hearts of Hope (MHOH). Founded by Marie Hatcher, Matthew’s mom, the mission of MHOH is to raise awareness of the number one birth defect in children: congenital heart defects (CHD).

The MHOH organization – and the family behind it – both hold a special place in Dow’s heart. “About four years ago, my sister was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease,” explained Dow. “After one of her surgeries, Matthew Hatcher (of MHOH) was in the next room over. He and my sister soon became friends and my family stayed closely connected to the Hatchers.”

Marie and Matthew Hatcher visited campus in the fall to share a presentation with the Trinity-Pawling community about congenital heart diseases. Raising awareness of CHD, however, did not stop there for Dow and McKay. “Many people don’t understand how serious CHD can be in young children,” Dow shared. “We knew that hosting a Spike Ball tournament would bring a lot of people together for the cause and help them gain a better understanding of CHD and Matthew’s organization.”

The logistics of organizing the tournament presented a few challenges to the duo along the way, but with determination and some faculty guidance, they found success. The Spike Ball tournament was held on Friday, January 25th in the Smith Field House. “It ended up being a 20-team tournament with 2 players on each team,” shared McKay. “It was a great turnout.” With team registration fees and donations throughout the event, Dow and McKay raised over $250 for Matthew’s Hearts of Hope. Even better – they played Spike Ball alongside Matthew Hatcher himself.

“The tournament was very successful and everybody had a great time,” Dow concluded. “We’d like to thank everyone who participated and helped make it happen. It means so much!”

by Emma Christiantelli

Matthew Dow ’19 and Conor McKay ’19
Trinity-Pawling Hockey Team 2019


The varsity hockey team has won five of its last eight games, including wins over Berkshire, Taft, and Choate. Joey Musa ’19 and Stephen Willey ’19 have provided much of the offense, Phip Waugh ’19 has played well on the back line, and Evan Ruschil ’19 has been terrific in the goal.

JV hockey continues their wonderful season winning seven of their ten games. CK Giancola ’20 has been the spark on offense while goaltending from Jack Sawyer ’20 and Jacob Provost ’22 has been outstanding.

3rd hockey has recorded wins against Forman, Berkshire, and Kent. Toby Berner ’21 has provided a great deal of offense for the team. David Poulos ’20 has been excellent on defense and Joey Doyle ’20 has played incredibly well in net for the Pride.

The wrestling team hosted the Western New England Tournament for the first time in the School’s history. Zack Conlan ’20 finished first in his weight class. Kyle Lee ’22, Jake Conlan ’19, and Liam Dietrich ’21 finished second in theirs. The team finished second overall in the tournament.

JV and 3rd squash both defeated Berkshire in their most recent matches. Aidan Morgan ’21, Tommy Li ’21, Chris Devanny ’21, and Kevin Li ’21 won for the JV team. Jackson McAvoy ’21, Peter Claro ’21, CJ Mezzatesta ’20, Matt Bologna ’21, Mason Hughes ’22, and Nate Walker ’22 were winners for the 3rds squad.

Third basketball is near the end of their season and currently have an 8-2 record.

Varsity basketball is .500 over their last six games with an impressive win over Choate. Truth Harris ’20, Mike Koch ’19, and Bryce Nash ’19 have played very well during that stretch.

Tune in to watch Pride Athletics live!

by Brian Foster ’79

Trinity-Pawling Alumni Gathering


Joe McElligott ’02 is hosting a Trinity-Pawling Alumni Happy Hour!
Thursday, February 21
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Stout NYC – Grand Central
60 E. 41st Street, New York, NY

Join us for Alumni Happy Hour and celebrate the closing of our Go for the Gold Challenge! 1st drink on us!
Friday, February 22
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Jose – 4931 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX

Trinity-Pawling DELRAY BEACH Reception


You are cordially invited to join Headmaster Bill Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, and hosts Andrea and Paul Miller ’63, P’92 for a reception celebrating Trinity-Pawling School.

Join us on March 19, 2019 at the Seagate Beach Club, 401 South Ocean Boulevard, Delray Beach, FL from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.

Attend the evening reception — or make a day of it! Paul has graciously invited all golfers for lunch and 18 holes at the Seagate Country Club, before the reception. Lunch begins at 11:30 AM, followed by a 12:30 PM tee time.

RSVP for the reception and/or the golf outing by March 11, 2019 at 845-855-4830 or email