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Alum Profile: Andrew Guidone ’94

  Emmy-winning producer Andrew Guidone ’94 entered BFS as a ninth grader.  He’s never been a practicing Quaker, but a seemingly prophetic encounter the year before his arrival in 1990 sparked his curiosity.  “I had a tutor during my last year of junior high school,” he intimated, “and she revealed to me on her last […]

Alum Profile: Adam Distenfeld ’81

Adam Distenfeld ’81, an acclaimed sculptor, is as direct and outspoken as much of his stone work, including his newest piece commissioned by The American University. “I was born in the Bronx and then I was adopted,” said Adam Distenfeld ’81 of his home life.  “My parents’ first apartment was in Jamaica, Queens. The rest […]

Alum Profile: Hon. Ellen Chaitin ’66

Ellen Chaitin’s childhood “argument skills,” combined with a social conscience groomed in part at BFS, set her on the path to becoming a judge in the California Superior Court.  “My parents didn’t want a school with social pretensions and they liked Quaker education,” recalls Hon. Ellen Chaitin ’66, a judge in the Superior Court of […]

Alum Profile: Hon. Dena Douglas ’83

Kings County Civil Court judge and former Federal prosecutor Dena Douglas received this year’s George Fox Distinguished Alumna Award for exemplary service to the community and to the school. “I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I lived in Crown Heights. I started Brooklyn Friends in kindergarten, so I’m a lifer. We moved to Lefferts Gardens when […]

Alum Profile: Dr. Jonathan Pincus ’52

Dr. Jonathan Pincus ’52 is Chief of Neurology at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington, D.C., and a professor of neurology at Georgetown University. He has also written two books, Base Instincts—What Makes Killers Kill, and the textbook Behavioral Neurology. “Brooklyn Friends provided an advanced curriculum and presented it with love,” says Dr. Pincus. “The […]

Alum Profile: Dr. Martha Bridge Denckla ’54

Martha Bridge Denckla ’54 is an MD and the director of the Developmental Cognitive Neurology (DCN) Department at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, a part of the John Hopkins Hospital institutions in Baltimore, Maryland. Of her department, Denckla says that “most of it is a research group. It’s a very academic place. I am a professor […]

Alum Profile: Peter Trachtenberg ’70

Author of the critically acclaimed The Book of Calamities, Peter Trachtenberg began writing seriously at BFS and never stopped. Peter Trachtenberg ’70, an accomplished writer whose latest book debuted in August, entered BFS as a junior.  “I was one of the subway contingent,”  he said, referring to the fact that he lived on Manhattan’s Upper West […]

Alumni Profile: Camilla Church Greene ’60

An anti-racism public school reformer speaks frankly about being BFS’ first African-American K-12 student, and of a lifetime spent bucking tradition. “I remember being the only person of color. My hair was different. I remember a boy telling me I was dirty.  I remember that I hated Dick and Jane. This was before the updated version.  […]

Alumni Profile: Stephen Wermiel ’68

He started out writing about the Supreme Court for BFS’ former student newspaper The Life.  It spawned a decades-long career covering the court up close for the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal, and his co-authorship of the acclaimed book Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion. Stephen Wermiel ’68 seemed delighted on November 19th to be back at […]

Alumni Profile: Dr. Lawrence Madlock ’66

Class of 1966 alumnus Lawrence Madlock, MD, went to segregated schools in Memphis, Tennessee, and entered BFS as a junior in 1964 “under some strange circumstances.” He returned to BFS under even stranger circumstances during the Vietnam war, and later experienced war and famine in Ethiopia. After completing medical school and his internship, he returned […]

Alumni Profile: Jill Kneerim ’56

Boston literary agent Jill Kneerim continues launching the careers of heavy-hitting journalists, novelists, poets, scholars and short story writers who have won the Pulitzer Prize and other major awards, but she remains an active alum in the BFS community. “BFS and all other schools in the ’50s were pretty dull places by comparison to what’s […]

Alumni Profile: Dr. D. Crystal Byndloss ’87

From Crown Heights to Harvard, sociologist D. Crystal Byndloss, PhD, remains a crusader for broadened educational access for low-income, high-achieving students. She received the 2015 George Fox Distinguished Alum Award at BFS’ commencement ceremony.  “West Indians, black Americans, and a tight-knit Hasidic Jewish community lived in close proximity to one another,” Crystal recalled.  “Korean shopkeepers […]