Six Alumni Inducted into Foxcroft Academy Academic Hall of Fame

May 6, 2017

Six Foxcroft Academy alumni were inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in the FA gymnasium on the Friday, May 5th. The 2017 Academic Hall of Fame Induction was held in conjunction with the presentation of medallions to the Class of 2017’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:   Thanks to FA Applied Media Student Hayley Grant for taking pictues.

Accepting on behalf of Mr. Dean are three of his nieces who are also graduates of Foxcroft Academy: Gail Merrill Stutzman ’65, Martha Dean Andrews ’71, and Cathy Dean Buckley ’77.

Myron “Mike” Dean ’47

Myron “Mike” Dean was born in Dover-Foxcroft.  He was a honor student throughout his years at Foxcroft Academy, graduating in 1947.  At FA, Mike was an officer for his class, a member of the student council, a Rose Award recipient, and a member of the National Honor Society.  He participated in every sport that was available, excelling in basketball and was even recruited to play at the University of Maine, but could not play due to work obligations.  Financially, he would not have been able to attend college, except for the fact that the Hood Dairy Company awarded him a four-year scholarship so that he could, gratefully, enroll at the University of Maine.

After graduation in 1951, Mike entered the Army to serve his country during the Korean Conflict.  At the war’s ending, Mike was awarded a Fellowship for Graduate Study at the University of Wisconsin, and after receiving his degree he was hired as a faculty member in the Food Science Department, as a dairy foods processing specialist.  He served for thirty years to improve the image and quality of dairy products and was well-known throughout the country for his expertise in that area.  Mike was the first chairman of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture’s Dairy Advisory Council, serving in that capacity until his retirement.  He also received the Wisconsin Association of Milk and Food Sanitarians Service Award in 1974, and was June Dairy Month Chairman in 1978.  During 1998, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association established that two $2,000 scholarships be awarded each year, named the Myron “Mike” Dean Scholarships. After his retirement from the University, Mike served as a consultant for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

In 1951, Mike married his high school sweetheart Joyce Johnson, a member of the FA class of 1950.  Together they had two children, Paul and Sue, and each summer they would pack up the car and return to Dover-Foxcroft to visit with family and friends.  Mike was always known for being a positive and fair-minded person, and remembered for his lingering Maine accent.  He passed away in 1999 after a long battle with cancer.  

As Mr. Dean’s wife Joyce Johnston Dean of the Class of 1950 is unable to attend tonight, accepting on behalf of Mr. Dean are three of his nieces who are also graduates of Foxcroft Academy: Martha Dean Andrews ’71, Gail Merrill Stutzman ’65, and Cathy Dean Buckley ’77.

Nina Tumosa ’69

Nina Tumosa was the oldest daughter of Frank Tumosa (FA class of 1934) and Mary Green Tumosa (FA class of 1947).  The most valuable lesson Nina learned while at the Academy was how to learn. Facts can be forgotten but once you know how to learn, you can always learn new things.  Her interests as a student were reflected in her high school memberships.  Nina was a member of the National Honor Society, the girls’ softball team, and the Physics Club. Her education and activities led to her receiving the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award and the Rensselaer Medal Award for outstanding achievement in math and science. With this latter award came early acceptance at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute plus enough scholarship money to make a college education affordable.  A women going to college was not always a given 50 years ago, so any encouragement from faculty, family, friends and townspeople made a big difference in making someone believe she could accomplish whatever she wanted to.  And the support of all was given freely by both the Foxcroft Academy and Dover-Foxcroft communities.

At RPI, she worked in the biology department as a work study student, earning both a B.S. in Biology (’73) and a M.S. in Molecular Biology (’74). That was followed by earning a PhD in the brand new field of Neuroscience at the University of New York at Albany (‘82).  Then came postdoctoral fellowships in anatomy at the University of Calgary Medical School and in electrophysiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She completed one final fellowship completing an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellowship.

Nina worked as a faculty member at the University of Missouri, a full professor in Geriatrics at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and the Associate Director for Education at the Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the St. Louis Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.  Nina ended her professional career in public service, working for the federal government. She did one more fellowship, the Primary Health Care Policy Fellowship of the US Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) in Washington DC.  Following that, she joined Health Resources and Services Administration, one of the agencies that make up DHHS, and now administers 44 programs nationwide that specialize in workforce development to provide better medical and psychosocial care of those over age 65.  

Nina loved her time at FA and the foundation it gave her, on which to build a strong career.

Jane Hayes Stitham ’73

While Jane graduated at the top of her class in 1973, her greatest accomplishment was convincing FA Music Director Bob Thorne that as she had no talent in playing the flute, as his office was buried in an avalanche of sheet music and papers, as she had amazing organizing skills, he should create the brand new position of “Band Librarian”, and appoint her to the position. He did, she got to stay in band … and order indeed came out of chaos.

Jane graduated from the University of New Hampshire in just 3 years with a BS degree in business administration. As she was now married to Kevin, and as her brother-in-law Sean ‘72 was not set to graduate from Dartmouth for a couple of weeks, her father Stuart Hayes Esq. ’40 ribbed her father-in-law L.J. Stitham M.D, “Jane’s the first Stitham to graduate from college summa cum laude”. June of 1977 saw Jane obtaining her Master’s degree in Education from UNH.

Jane taught for three years.  After the close of the 1980 school year while she would still teach part-time for colleges and adult education, she began a series of careers using all of her skills. Part time bookkeeping at a local food co-op and for Varnum’s Farm led to Jane becoming one of 8 employees at the fledgling Charlotte White Center in November of 1982. When she started she was the bookkeeper with a staff of one – herself. CWC was simply a single day program in Dover-Foxcroft for developmentally disabled adults. 25 years later she retired in 2007 as the Chief Financial Officer with a staff of 12.  By that time CWC had a 14 million dollar budget and over 400 employees. The expertise she developed over the years achieved statewide recognition. In 2005 Jane was appointed by the Governor to the Medicaid Provider Advisory Committee on the Medicaid payment system crash.

Her “retirement” was short lived as she immediately began a career as a consultant CFO for similar organizations. Jane’s deep caring for others and her commitment to trying to help the communities of central Maine would be given an entirely new focus when in 2010 she became the executive director of Pine Tree Hospice. PTH is one of less than 50 volunteer hospices in the U.S.  Its volunteers provide free supports to clients and families throughout 39 towns in central Maine as soon as there is a life-limiting progressive disease diagnosis. The skills and leadership she honed at CWC have resulted in PTH’s growth each year.

Jane is every bit her father’s daughter and is by every measure all that her father was, and all her grandfather Harold (class of 1910) was, and all her great-grandfather Charles (class of 1892) was.  Each of those 4 returned to Dover-Foxcroft to live and give decades of service to the communities of Foxcroft Academy.

Daniel Joyce ’77

Dan Joyce moved to Dover-Foxcroft with his six brothers and sisters in 1973 following his father’s retirement from a career in the Air Force. He attended Foxcroft Academy and graduated in 1977.  He then attended the University of New Hampshire on an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, graduating in 1981 with BS in Mathematics.  He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served his first tour at Headquarters Strategic Air Command in Omaha, Nebraska.

Throughout his military career, Dan worked in a variety of fields, including strategic war planning, command and control software development, computer network operations, intelligence collection, and satellite communications.  Dan earned a Masters in Computer Systems from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1987.  In 1990, he received the Rawlings Award, given each year to the best Computer Systems Officer in the entire Air Force.  

Dan retired from the Air Force in 2002 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years of service.  Following his Air Force career, he worked as a defense support contractor for the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Army Staffs, coordinating the production and fielding of military satellite communication terminals for Army units deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.  He joined government civilian service in February 2013 and is currently the Deputy Director of Mission Command Systems in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology.  In this capacity, he has oversight of the development, production, testing, and fielding of Army tactical and enterprise communication and software systems supporting Army forces in garrison and deployed locations around the world, with expenditures of $5 billion annually.  Dan spends a lot of time with Microsoft Excel!

Dan credits his time at Foxcroft Academy with giving him a solid educational foundation as well as the opportunity for leadership as editor of the school newspaper.  Most importantly, Dan had teachers who challenged him to go further and continue learning beyond the classroom: Wayne Champeon and Bob Beek in Math, Dr. Stanley Johnson in Physics, and John Glover in History.

Dan and his wife Gail Glover, also a 1977 graduate of Foxcroft Academy, live in Fairfax, Virginia with their two children, Julia and Owen. Dan and Gail celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in May, 2016 and continue to visit Gail’s camp on Sebec Lake every summer.

Albert Kinney ’83

Albert “Butch” Kinney is a proud 1983 Foxcroft Academy graduate.  While at FA, Al had many interests, but his love for music and theatre really showed through.  He was active in band, chorus, and drama.  He was a member of the All-County and All-State Band and Chorus and won the Louis Armstrong Award.  He was also the recipient of a summer scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

After high school, Al enlisted in the Navy Advanced Electronics Program, graduating first in his class from a 2-year technical training program in Electronic Warfare.  Kinney’s initial assignment was as a plankowner on USS Elrod, FFG-56.  He entered the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1989, earning his Bachelor of Science degree and earning his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2001.

During his 24 year career of active duty, he earned Naval Aviator “Wings of Gold” and flew the P-3C Orion hunting Soviet ballistic missile and attack submarines in the Atlantic ocean.  After the Cold War ended, Al became a Cryptologic Warfare officer serving in submarines as well as various U.S. and overseas duty locations.  He was part of the original cadre to participate in the modern Cyber Warfare discipline, creating the Navy’s first Cyber Attack Team during his last tour on active duty.  He retired from active duty in 2007.

In his second career, he was formerly a Cyber Warfare Engineer with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where he created a line of cyber test range business.  He’s formerly Adjunct Professor with Johns Hopkins University in Electrical Engineering and was an executive with Hewlett-Packard, promoting cybersecurity services to global markets.

Currently, Al serves as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Maryland in Cyber Policy.  He volunteers as President, Cornerstone Tutorial. This tutorial service augments homeschool instruction for 92 students from 60 families with subjects ranging from Algebra to American History and robotics to rhetoric, and  he is Vice President for Cyber Mission Training at KeyW Corporation. Builds mission critical cyber operations workforce for the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.  Al has nothing but great memories of his days at Foxcroft Academy.  “FA prepared me to face any challenge. I had both the academic foundation to compete at the most prestigious universities, but also the basis of character to endure arduous professional training and lead under the most challenging operational circumstances.”

Jacob Brooks ’99

While at Foxcroft Academy, Jake enjoyed numerous groups and activities.  He was a three-sport-variety athlete, participating in football, hockey and tennis.  He lead his teams as Captain his senior year and captured Eastern Maine and State Championships in football.  In addition, Jake enjoyed spending time off the field participating in musicals, concert band, Latin Club and student government.  As a senior at FA, he attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on medicine at Georgetown University where he was introduced to Dr Patch Adams and became passionate about a life and career in medicine.  

After graduating from FA in 1999, he attended the University of New England, where he studied Medical Biology and was competitive on the NCAA Division II golf team in which he was selected to the NCAA All-Academic team for four consecutive years.  While at UNE, summers were spent working for Mayo Regional Hospital EMS where valuable direct medical experience was gained.  He earned his Advanced Graduate Certification in Public Health and was honored with election into Phi Sigma Honor Society.  

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from UNE in 2003, he attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.  While at UNECOM, he enrolled in the Masters of Public Health program and become the first student to graduate from the College with dual degrees of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Masters of Public Health in 2009.  Following medical school, Jake moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery.  At this time, he completed special training and FDA certification in Secure C cervical spine disc replacement surgery.  Over his 5 years of orthopedic surgery training, he was asked to present his scientific research projects at over 10 national and international meetings including podium presentations in Barcelona, Spain and Vancouver, Canada.

Currently Jake is in private orthopedic practice at Downeast Orthopedic Associates in Bangor.  He provides comprehensive orthopedic care in reconstruction of the shoulder, hip and knee and shoulder knee arthroscopy.  Last year, Jake and his wife Amanda, along with their 2 year old daughter Arabella traveled to Haiti where they were part of volunteer project, “Loving Hands”.  He recently was elected to the Maine Osteopathic Association Board of Directors.  He is grateful to his teachers and coaches at FA who challenged him to work harder and gain confidence to achieve goals.