Five Foxcroft Academy alumni were inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in the FA Student Center on Friday, May 4th. The 2018 Academic Hall of Fame Induction was held in conjunction with the presentation of medallions to the Class of 2018’s Rose Award winners in order to link outstanding students of the present with those of the past.
Nominations for the Academic Hall of Fame are generated by the Foxcroft Academy Alumni Office, which each year asks alumni, community members, parents, and faculty (past and present) to nominate alumni who demonstrated “success at Foxcroft Academy through academics and/or visual and performing arts, leading to notable accomplishments in a chosen career path.” FA’s selection committee then draws from a large pool of excellent candidates and carefully selects a new class each spring. Congratulations to this year’s outstanding inductees. For all the event photos, go to: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmbedf7L.
Nancy Buck Sidell, ’64
Nancy Buck Sidell was born beside Moosehead Lake and grew up on a farm in East Dover where she attended a one-room schoolhouse until third grade. At FA, she was very active in the band and choruses, including All-State Chorus, and received a scholarship to Music Camp. She was also in debating club (winning Maine Debate Tournament Recognition), Junior Exhibition, Senior Play, contest plays, Girls’ State, and the National Honor Society. She received the Anna S. Buck English Award, MTA Award, and was class salutatorian. Nancy was one of only two students in Maine to receive a National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award, which recommended her for a scholarship to the college of her choice. She chose to pursue a B.S. in Botany (1968) at the University of Chicago, where she particularly enjoyed plant ecology field trips. She married an archaeologist, worked as a research assistant in the University of Michigan Ethnobotanical Laboratory, and earned an M.S. in Botany at the University of Michigan in 1973.
She was director of the Archeobotanical Laboratory at the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville, Illinois for 15 years before starting her own business as Nancy Asch Sidell Archeobotanical Consulting, now located in Guilford, Maine. She has authored and co-authored articles in prominent journals including American Antiquity, Archaeology of Eastern North America, Mid-Continental Journal of Archaeology, Northeast Anthropology, and Nature; and chapters in numerous publications of the University of Michigan, the Illinois State Museum, the Center for American Archeology, and the New York State Museum. She published a summary of 12,000 years of plant use in Maine beginning with a Paleoindian site in the Kennebunk Plains, then documenting 6,000-year-old pepo squash/gourd in the Milo area, and ending with the Norridgewock Mission site occupied A.D. 1694-1754. She serves as secretary of The Maine Archaeological Society.
Floodplain management is another of her passions. After being flooded three times in five years, Nancy wrote grant proposals and a land re-use plan to obtain $1.2 million for the Village of Kampsville to relocate or elevate flood prone buildings and the ferry landing.
Returning to her rural roots in 1987, Nancy acquired and operates Perseverance Wild Blueberry Farm in Kingsbury Plantation. She balances months of seasonal farm work (and hiking) with winters spent in the comfort of a home office/laboratory linked to the web. Her parents, Lester and Olive Buck of Blueberry Ridge Farm in Sebec, always encouraged her to be the first in the family to go to college and were very supportive of all her endeavors. At FA, it was the dedicated teachers of creative writing, history, advanced math, physics, and music who were not only great teachers, but also provided the opportunities for new experiences and links to the outside world.
Frederick Campbell, ’65
Fred Campbell graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1965. He was in the National Honor Society, had a strong aptitude in mathematics and played baritone saxophone in concert, marching and dance bands. Fred was a member of the FA Dance Band that won first place in the 1965 State of Maine Dance Band Competition.
Fred attended the University of Maine, followed his interest in mathematics to study engineering and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1969. While the engineering curriculum was challenging, Fred always felt FA prepared him well to meet those challenges. Fred’s electrical interest was primarily in RF engineering.
Fred started work at the RCA in aerospace and defense engineering where he worked on the NASA Apollo rendezvous radar, a tail warning radar system for B 52 Bombers during the Vietnam war and the Navy AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System.
In 1975, Fred joined Hewlett Packard Company, where he began his career as an R&D and manufacturing technology professional. Fred led both manufacturing and Research and Development teams in the design of medical patient monitoring devices used primarily in hospital cardiac intensive care units. As manufacturing manager of the HP Waltham Patient Monitoring Division, Fred was named by Fortune Magazine as managing one of the 10 best manufacturing plants in the U.S. And, as a side note, years after leaving HP Fred found himself as a patient on the Catheterization System his team designed. It was personally rewarding to have a Cath procedure and be monitored in OR by one of his team’s innovations.
Fred spent a short time as Vice President of Engineering of Mentor Corporation, an Ophthalmic Company developing products used for cataract surgery.
Next, Fred became General Manager at another high tech company named Varian Inc. Varian designed and manufactured high vacuum pumps for the Analytical, Semiconductor, Industrial and High Energy Research markets.
Fred retired from RE-Gen, a Maine Energy startup company, as Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer.
William Babash, ’82
Bill Babash graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1982 as a member of the National Honor Society and a Rose Award recipient. At FA, he was a member of the Key Club and played alto saxophone in the marching band and bassoon in the concert band. He did an internship at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor during his junior year and spent the following summer in Zürich, Switzerland as an AFS exchange student.
Upon graduation from FA, he received several scholarships for his college career—the Helen K. Campbell Computer Scholarship, the Helen Dyer Paine Scholarship, the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club Scholarship, and (twice) the Harry Martin Bush and Lillian Rogers Bush Scholarship.
Mr. Babash graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Computer Science and Economics and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. While at Dartmouth, he studied for a semester at McGill University in Montreal as part of an academic exchange, and held an internship with the office of Congressman John McKernan in Washington, D.C. Later in his college career he was a student intern at the Central Intelligence Agency working on econometric modelling. He later continued his academic studies and earned a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.
His CIA internship led to a 30-year career at the Agency, where he moved quickly up the ranks, becoming a member of the Agency’s Senior Intelligence Service at a young age. During his career he focused on the full range of information technology challenges, serving in senior roles leading organizations in IT engineering, operations, and service delivery for both the headquarters area and the field.
Mr. Babash was honored with the CIA’s prestigious Donovan Award for his leadership in the innovative application of information technology to a key intelligence mission area. In addition, he led a branch that received an Intelligence Community Meritorious Unit Citation, and he received numerous Exceptional Performance Awards throughout his career.
Later in his career, Mr. Babash served as the Executive Assistant to the CIA’s Chief Information Officer and represented the Agency in government-wide fora on information sharing and security policy. His career enabled him to travel across East and Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in support of the mission, and culminated in an overseas assignment in Western Europe in which he had extensive regional responsibilities for information technology and communications. Throughout his career, Mr. Babash was known for emphasizing collaboration and bringing out the strengths of his employees and colleagues.
Foxcroft Academy provided the rigorous academic foundation and unique opportunities that enabled Mr. Babash to develop the analytic, technical, and leadership skills essential for success in college and the professional world. Moreover, the passion for learning that FA instilled extended to his personal life, with pursuits ranging from professional-level culinary classes to travel (for work and pleasure) to over sixty countries.
Joshua Iannetta, ’96
Joshua Iannetta was very involved in both academics and athletics at Foxcroft Academy. In academics Josh was a member of The National Honors Society, Key club, Latin club, and treasurer/member of the Math Club. Josh was a Rose Award recipient, won second place at the State Science Fair, awarded magna cum laude on The National Latin Exam-Latin 1, winner of the Rensselaer Math and Science Award, awarded and attended the National Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston, and was the Valedictorian of Foxcroft Academy class of 1996. In athletics he lettered on the varsity soccer team two years, lettered on the varsity golf team two years, and lettered on the varsity tennis team three years. He was captain of the golf team his senior year.
After graduating from Foxcroft Academy Josh attended Colby College. During his four years at Colby Josh tutored high school students in advanced math, calculus, chemistry, and physics. He was a member of the Colby Golf team for three years. Josh graduated magna cum laude in 2000 with a major in Biology and a minor in Classics Civilization.
After college he attended The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 2004. Josh then completed a traditional rotating internship at Mercy Hospital in 2005. From 2005-2007 he continued his training at The University of New England and Southern Maine Medical Center in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation. In 2006 Josh was the Chief Resident at the University of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing his residency, he started working at the University of New England as an assistant professor and clinician. While working full time at UNE, Josh was named preceptor of the year in 2012. He was a practicing clinician part of the study entitled “Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Middle Ear Effusion Following Acute Otitis Media in Young Children.”
As an attending physician, Josh received advanced training in Musculoskeletal Guided Injections, Osteopathic consideration in Sports Medicine, and Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. In 2009 he continued working as an assistant professor at the University of New England. In addition to teaching at UNE, he opened his own practice in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Sports Medicine in Scarborough, Maine, where he now practices full time. While living in southern Maine Josh enjoys spending time playing tennis, golf, skiing and traveling with his two kids and wife.
“Foxcroft Academy provided me with a solid foundation for my future training. I have very fond memories of studying and discussing math with Mr. Larson and Mr. Strout as well as spending hours learning my Latin conjugations with Mrs. Mullis. I am appreciative to have had Mr. Brown for English, he was a great resource when it came to writing my valedictorian speech and college essays. In sports it is hard to forget the many long team bus trips in soccer, golf, and tennis. I am grateful for my education at a unique, well rounded high school. I believe the opportunity to thrive in extracurricular activities and academics contributed greatly to my future success. I continue to try and practice a well-balanced lifestyle today.”
Heather Steinke Evans, ’98
During her time at Foxcroft Academy, Heather was a member of the National Honor Society, a Rose Award recipient, and was actively involved in music, theater, and sports including field hockey and cheerleading. She was a member of the District V Honors Choir and won several personal awards in one-act play competitions.
Heather is grateful to Foxcroft Academy and her teachers and mentors for the nurturing environment the institution provided for both pushing the limits in academics as well as providing ample opportunity to grow and pursue interests in the arts. “My years at FA established a firm academic foundation and allowed me to become a well-rounded person early in life. The community support around the school is so special, and something that I love to see and experience when I am back in Dover-Foxcroft.”
Upon graduation, Heather attended the University of New Hampshire, majoring in nutritional sciences. She graduated summa cum laude and from there was accepted to the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Heather graduated from UNE in 2006 and returned to central Maine to complete her residency program in family medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. In her third year she became Chief Resident. After completing her residency she then obtained a Fellowship in Osteopathic/Neuromuscular Medicine. Heather is Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Neuromuscular Medicine and is currently the Director of Family Medicine at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, Maine, and serves on the Local Operating Council there as well as several other leadership councils. She greatly enjoys caring for multiple generations of families in her practice and providing comprehensive primary care and osteopathic medicine for many in the community.
In 2015 Heather became a McAfee Fellow in the Physician Executive Leadership Institute. In 2017 she founded Tensegrity Health and Aesthetics, L.L.C., to pursue an interest in Aesthetic Medicine and Skin Rejuvenation in addition to her full time work in Family Medicine.
Heather lives with her husband Thomas and their two children, Noah and Lydia, in Glenburn, Maine. Outside of work she enjoys attending her children’s activities, skiing, hiking, running, traveling, and spending time with family.