On the Saturday of Reunion Weekend, the St. Mark's Athletic Hall of Fame inducted six new members. Casimir deRham '42, T. Jefferson Coolidge '45, Lindsey Davison '90, Suzanne Parish '87, Peter Shimkus '64, and Ben Dillingham '63 were honored in a ceremony witnessed by more than 100 guests in the Hinkle Common Room.
Head of School John C. Warren '74 welcomed everyone, and introduced "Attributes of a St. Mark's Athlete"-- a special video presentation prepared for the event. Robert P. Masland III '68, a member of the St. Mark's Alumni Executive Committee and the Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee then delivered a few opening remarks. Acting as master of ceremonies, Mr. Masland then introduced the presenters for each of the honorees.
Casimir de Rham ’42 (inducted posthumously)
A second-generation member of a great St. Mark’s athletic family, Casimir “Casie” de Rham, Jr. was the epitome of the multi-talented St. Marker. At St. Mark’s he played hockey, baseball, football, soccer, tennis, and fives. He was Captain of the St. Mark's baseball team as a VI Former. . He was a singer and debater, Brantwood counselor, Monitor and Prefect, and he served on the Student Council. A St. Mark’s Scholar, deRham earned a Diploma with Distinction at Prize Day, but he was above all an athlete. During his freshman year at Harvard, de Rham enlisted in the Marine Corps, transferring to Yale for ROTC as part of the V-12 Navy College Training Program. After the War he returned to Harvard, graduating in 1946. Casie de Rham was by profession a lawyer, but it was through his charitable endeavors that he made his greatest impact.
(presented by William Ziegler ’42 and accepted by the deRham family)
T. Jefferson Coolidge ’50 (presented posthumously)
Jeff Coolidge earned eight varsity letters at St. Mark’s, playing football, hockey, and crew. A true-scholar athlete, Coolidge was also a member of the Cum Laude Society at St. Mark’s, and he was Head Monitor. At Harvard he was an All-Ivy center in football and at graduation he was presented with Harvard’s highest athletic honor, the William J. Bingham Award. Coolidge’s professional career included the Marine Corps, the CIA, and forming Coolidge Investment Corporation. In his charitable work he was particularly dedicated to serving the interests of the justice system and young people.
(presented by Chris Weld ’50 and accepted by Linzee Coolidge '55)
Lindsey Davison Page ’90
Arriving at St. Mark’s as a IV Former, Lindsey Davison Page earned varsity letters in field hockey, squash, and lacrosse for three straight seasons. Overall at St. Mark’s, the teams she played on went 67-34-4, beating Groton 5 times. Page served as captain of all three sports her VI Form year and received the Fearing Athletic Prize. At Trinity, she earned ten varsity letters and was field hockey MVP, setting several scoring records which still stand today. She has since pursued a career in investment banking and remains actives in athletics.
(presented by Christina Davison Melchionni ’88)
Suzanne L. Parish ’87
Suzanne “Susie” Parish was the first female athlete at St. Mark’s to receive 12 varsity letters. A recipient of the Fearing Athletic Prize, she earned All-League status in all three sports, and her VI Form year she was captain of all three varsity teams. Parish attended the University of Vermont, receiving three varsity letters for women’s lacrosse. She then began a career in professional sports advertising, marketing, and event management. Today, Parish lives and works in the Boston area.
(presented by Chrysanthe Gussis ’87)
Peter Shimkus ’64
Peter Shimkus received ten varsity letters at St. Mark’s for baseball, football, and basketball. Shimkus was 25-5 on his St. Mark’s baseball career, the second best pitching record in St. Mark’s history. Longtime St. Mark’s coach Ernest “Benny” Howarth once said that he regarded Shimkus as “the finest all-around athlete (football, baseball, basketball) I ever handled at St. Mark’s.” A native of Southborough, Peter Shimkus never forgot his roots. “Peter was an inspiration for countless local boys to attend St. Mark’s,” relates Bill Pollack ’71. “He was never shy about helping them to better themselves through his coaching as well.” After graduating from St. Mark’s, Shimkus continued his athletic career at Holy Cross, playing on the football, basketball, and baseball teams. He pursued a career as an investment advisor, and has never stopped being an athlete.
(presented by Bill Pollack ’71)
Benjamin F. Dillingham III ’63
Ben Dillingham managed the varsity lacrosse, varsity football, and varsity hockey teams at St. Mark’s. Lacrosse coach Fritz Wiedergott, himself a member of the St. Mark’s Athletic Hall of Fame, had the highest praise for young Dillingham. “I was fortunate enough,” he said, “to be blessed with one of the finest managers St. Mark’s will ever experience, my ‘right hand’, Ben Dillingham.” He was also a Prefect, and he received the Religious Studies Prize and the History Prize. Dillingham went on from St. Mark’s to Harvard, where he would continue his managerial career, earning major letters in that capacity in lacrosse, hockey, and football. After Harvard, he was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps, thus beginning an impressive military career. He now resides in San Diego and is committed to service and community advocacy. “So much goes into sports at St. Mark’s, not just athletes and coaches," commented Fritz Wiedergott. "Managers are just as crucial. They do the work behind the scenes, during practices, between games, that make it all possible. Managers are a significant and important part of athletics at St. Mark’s. Along with all the coaches and athletes our Athletic Hall of Fame has recognized, is recognizing, and will recognize, it is definitely appropriate to recognize the contribution of managers, and no one is more appropriate to be the first manager in the Athletic Hall of Fame than Ben Dillingham, one of the two or three best managers ever at St. Mark’s.”
(presented by Eric Rosenberger ’63)
for more photos of this year's SM Athletic Hall of Fame event, go to the following link: http://www.stmarksschool.org/album-list/album-detail/index.aspx?LinkID=1755&ModuleID=266