Over 90 alumni, parents, trustees and friends of Webb gathered at the Alf Museum on March 1 to celebrate the release of Moment of Time: The Life of Raymond Alf and The History of The Peccary Society. The 350-page biography, written by Museum Director Dr. Don Lofgren and Director of Parent Relations and Special Events Jennifer Liu ’05 is an incredible tribute to Ray Alf, founder of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. The book features interviews with over 80 former students and faculty, as well as members of the Alf family, that help capture the passion and spirit of Alf. The evening was a special way to celebrate the history of the museum and its founder, while also honoring the incredible work that is being done today. During the event, Lofgren read excerpts from the book and spoke about his own experiences with Alf. Click here to watch.
By all accounts Alf was a truly remarkable person. His enthusiasm and energy knew no bounds and were infectious to all those who encountered him. He lived on Webb’s campus for 70 years (1929 to 1999) and during that time, created a paleontology museum and program that has spanned generations. Webb is the only high school in the world that has a nationally accredited paleontology museum on its campus, offering students opportunities for discovery and unbounded learning. With the addition of fully-equipped research and fossil preparation labs, the museum’s ability to support the work of Webb students and museum staff is unsurpassed.
Alf, who passed away in 1999, would be amazed at how his once modest paleontology program has grown into an internationally recognized scientific research institution.
To receive a copy of the book,make a gift of $100 or more designated to the Alf Museum at webb.org/giving.
John Stuver ’89 has been accepted into the sound branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has been fortunate to work on a lot of great movies, but among the highlights was getting to do the last two James Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre, the first of which won the Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
During his tenure, Robert Connolly, Sr. was a friendly and supportive presence on campus, an inspirational educator to many students, including his own son. He is remembered not only for his service inside the classroom, but as a teacher they could relate to beyond math. Bob Connolly Jr. connected to his father through athletic and academic pursuits, and now he and his wife Nancy Tung have created an endowed fund in his father’s memory. “Dad always said that of all his teaching experiences, Webb was the best experience of his career,” said Connolly Jr.
“The process of finding the right college is more often than not riddled with anxiety for both students and their families. It is paradoxically both increasingly complex and more streamlined than ever. Technology allows students to simply add multiple colleges to the Common Application with a few clicks. And yet the convenience doesn’t reflect the intricate web of criteria that factor into applying to one college over another.”
So opens the feature to our recent issue of WEBB Magazine. Reported and written by Christopher Michno, the piece delves into the myths and truths intertwined in the college admission process. He also offers up a series of personal success stories from recent Webb alumni now thriving at Stanford, Columbia, UC Berkeley and beyond. Part two follows young alumni who chose colleges related to their avocations—like art, business, engineering and others. The feature photography is done by Elisa Ferrari and focuses on the beautiful and varied architecture of the Claremont Colleges.