Dear Hyde Community,
It is my great pleasure to inform you that after an extensive nominating and voting process we are ready to announce the Inaugural Class of the Hyde School Alumni Hall of Honor.
The Alumni Hall of Honor, established in 2016 as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, was founded to recognize and honor those Hyde Alumni who exemplify one or more of the 5 Words that is a hallmark of their Hyde education – Courage, Integrity, Leadership, Curiosity, Concern – in their professional and personal life.
The Alumni Office was overwhelmed with the number of nominations they received from Alumni, HAPA, employees, and former employees. A selection committee, comprised of Alumni and two administrators, and spanning Hyde’s 50 years, was created. We were tasked with reviewing and eventually voting on the submissions.
On behalf of the Alumni Hall of Honor Selection Committee, it is my privilege to announce the 2016 inductees.
- Paul Hurd ’67 (posthumously)
- Nelson Arnstein ‘71
- Joanne (Wingood) Goubourn ‘75
- Stuart Jones ‘78
- Beth Livingston ‘83
- Jessica Jackson Sloan ‘01
The Hyde School Inaugural Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony will be celebrated on Saturday evening, June 4th, at Hyde’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Craig Mael ‘71
Chair, Alumni Hall of Honor Selection Committee
Paul Hurd’s Hyde file includes a simple notation: “1st candidate for admission interviewed at Hyde School.” The first student enrolled at Hyde, Paul Hurd concluded his 1966 Hyde application essay with these words: I feel it would be my duty to try to completely devote myself to the ideals which the school sets for its students, and to try to emulate those ideals throughout life.
Suffice it to say that the deeds of Paul Hurd’s life more than matched his words.
Enrolling as a post graduate student following his graduation from Bath’s Morse High School, Paul excelled both in and outside the classroom. He then went on to Bowdoin College, graduating with a degree in History. After earning his Master’s Degree at the University of Chicago and beginning his teaching career at Beaver Country Day (Brookline MA), Paul returned to Hyde where he spent decades as a master teacher to generations of Hyde students. His government class was a rite of passage.
Paul’s courses reflected his deep commitment to the best in teenagers as well as his dedication to scholarship. A lifelong historian, Paul was long active in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and also served on staff at the Ohio Historical Society. During his career he also served as Director of Studies at Norfolk Academy (VA).
Paul and his wife Laurie Gauld Hurd ’75 contributed to Hyde’s pioneering efforts, serving on the founding faculty teams of Hyde models in New Haven and Woodstock, CT. All three of their children are also Hyde graduates: Zachary ’99, Georgia ’03, and Meredith ’04.
The entire community mourned Paul’s passing due to a car accident in November 2013. It is perhaps a testament to his contributions to all of us that the memorial service in his honor held the largest audience of any campus event in Hyde history.
Physician, Astronomer, Marathoner, Photographer
Nelson Arnstein, the first Hyde alumnus to pursue a career in medicine, is a physician who serves as the Director of Nuclear Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles.
Hailing from New York City, Nelson arrived at Hyde in the summer of 1967. During his four years at Hyde (1967-71), Nelson exhibited a level of courage in the classroom, on the diving board, on the cross-country course, and around campus that inspired all who attended Hyde during those early years.
After Hyde, Nelson went on to Pomona College, graduating magna cum laude in Zoology. He continued with medical school at Mt. Sinai Hospital and has since received fellowships and teaching commissions at Georgetown, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University.
While Nelson’s contributions to medicine, by themselves, are worthy of Hyde’s highest honor, he also embodies Hyde’s qualities in his “leisure” activities. Some of these include:
– Running: He has completed several marathons (Always in his Hyde cross-country singlet!) as well as an Ironman 70.3 triathlon;
– Maritime Historian: (Go ahead, try to stump him on anything to do with the Titanic!);
– Astronomy: In May of 1994, he came to campus to teach Hyde students about an annular solar eclipse, going so far as to outfit the entire community with safe viewing glasses for the occasion;
– Photography: As an example of his professional creativity, over a several year period, he photographed the entire Maine coast from Kittery to Calais, creating images that contributed to a single work stretching from one wall of the Hyde-Bath Field House all the way to the other.
As one of his classmates said, “Nelson Arnstein personifies unique potential.”
For over a quarter century, Joanne has been the leading force in bringing the Hyde opportunity to under-served communities in America. She has played a key role in establishing Hyde schools and affiliates in New Haven, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Washington DC, Prince George’s County (MD), Orlando FL, and other communities. Thousands of children and families, most of whom do not possess the means to access a Hyde boarding education, have been given the opportunity to develop their character and discover their own unique potential.
Hailing from Lowell, Massachusetts, Joanne followed brothers Ken ’71 and Harold ’74 to Hyde. She arrived in the fall of 1971 with the first cohort of girls to enroll at Hyde. Hence, she has been a trailblazer in any sense of the word for most of her life.
After Hyde, Joanne received her BA in Urban Studies from Wellesley College, an MA in Human Resource Development from American International College, and a C.A.G. from Southern Connecticut State University. She has also completed all the course work in the Education Administration Doctoral Program at Howard University and is currently working on her dissertation.
An award-winning community service member, Joanne has served as a member of the National Black Child Development Institute, the Association of Supervisors of Curriculum and Development and as an advocate for children in the court system. She has also worked with African Peace Partners to help support children and families in Rwanda.
Finally, Joanne is all about family. Not only did she follow two siblings to Hyde, she had two children graduate as well – Kevin ’98 and Lauren ’01. Furthermore, stepson Pierre ‘98 graduated from Hyde-New Haven. She and husband Pierre have also broadened the very definition of family. In fact, over the years they have fostered, cared for, and welcomed children into their family as needed.
United States Ambassador to Iraq
In 2014, Stuart Jones was sworn in as Ambassador to Iraq by U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry following confirmation. Stuart had previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Hailing from suburban Philadelphia, Stuart arrived at Hyde in the summer of 1975. An outstanding student, Stuart challenged himself in a wide variety of endeavors. In addition to captaining a strong wrestling team, he also established himself in journalism, student governance, and in the performing arts, portraying a memorable John Wayne in the 1978 America’s Spirit production. He graduated from Hyde in 1978 with Leadership Honors and the L. Robert Porteous Community Service Award.
Following Hyde, Stuart went on to receive his B.A. from Duke University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania whereupon he embarked on a nearly 30 year State Department career that has found him in many parts of the globe including El Salvador, Colombia, Somalia, Turkey, and Egypt. As staff aide to Madeline Albright and in the State Department’s Executive Secretariat, he visited more than 70 countries. He has also worked in Washington and at the U. S. Mission to the United Nations.
Stuart and his wife Barbara are the parents of three children.
Artist, Athlete, Teacher
Arriving at Hyde in 1980 from Princeton, New Jersey, Beth spent two years at Hyde before returning to Princeton to graduate with her local high school class. She then moved on to receive a B.A. from the Parsons School of Design and a Certificate of Graduate Study from the Bank Street College of Education.
Throughout her teens and twenties, one of Beth’s hallmarks was her energetic spirit and involvement in outdoor sports and activities. This interest was significantly challenged in 1989 when an automobile accident resulted in her being paralyzed from the waist down. However, true to her intense spirit and resolve, she then regrouped only to pursue and reach new heights in a variety of endeavors.
On the athletic front, she evolved into an internationally recognized Paralympic athlete competing in Nordic and Alpine skiing events around the world in addition to triathlons and other competitive and recreational sports.
A multi-media artist, her work in sculpture, sketching, and painting is critically acclaimed. Furthermore, Her “Kids at Art” curriculum is utilized by many schools and communities. She has also served as an Artist in Residence in Montana.
And as if the above isn’t enough to keep her busy, Beth has recently launched a new career as a clinical therapist.
Beth has two adult children and resides in New York City where she continues her multi-faceted, active and artistic lifestyle.
Human Rights Attorney
Jessica is a human rights attorney living in Mill Valley, California. She is nationally recognized for her efforts in support of prison reform and opposition to the death penalty.
A student in Woodstock’s earliest years, Jessica exhibited a spirited questioning of authority that has crystallized into the principled work she does today as an attorney. Following Hyde, she graduated from the Honors College of the University of South Florida with a degree in political science and English. A stint at a Florida state agency representing Florida death row inmates inspired her to attend Santa Clara University School of Law where she graduated with the Dean’s Leadership Award. While in law school she served on the national board of the American Constitution Society and wrote a regular column for the Harvard Law and Policy Review.
Jessica began her legal career representing death row inmates at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in San Francisco, she and CNN commentator Van Jones then co-founded #cut50, a bipartisan initiative with an explicit goal to cut the U.S. prison population by half in the next ten years. She serves as the national director of this non profit and has managed to bring together coalitions on both sides of the political aisle in the interest of criminal justice reform.
In 2013, Jessica was elected to the Mill Valley City Council becoming the youngest person ever elected to office in the county of Marin. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys hiking with her husband Craig, and their daughters Hannah and Scarlett.