Alumni Trustees Host Winter Work Students

San Diego

On January 27th, Amy and John Malone ’71 continued their annual tradition of inviting the Webb winter work students in the San Diego area to their home for an evening of good food, fellowship and relaxation.  

The students were Mike Abbruscato ’11, Michael Klein ’11 and John Fleming ’12 (all three working at General Dynamics NASSCO Engineering), Andy Lachtman ‘11 (at M Ship), and Matt Graham ’14 (at the NASSCO shipyard).   The students enjoyed some time in the hot tub between appetizers and dinner —and of course several of the students had to display their Webb toughness by diving into the unheated (57°) swimming pool … then making a hasty retreat back into the 99° spa. 

Conversation in the hot tub and during dinner focused on that popular oxymoron, “life at Webb,” and the students provided their unique perspectives on the Student Organization, the faculty, the administration and the marine industry.  

Los Angeles

Three days later, on Sunday January 30th, Jay Carson ’73 hosted three of the Webb students (Mike, John and Michael) on a day trip for a taste of Los Angeles architecture, art and music.  Jay drove them to the J. Paul Getty Museum to view paintings and sculpture, as well as the impressive architecture and grounds of the Museum. 

An interesting connection was finding the painting  Princess Leonilla, by German painter Franz Xavier Winterhalter William Webb owned a later Winterhalter, Florinda, which he donated to the Metropolitan Museum in New York.   

A short trip across town took them to the L.A. Music Center and a guided tour of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, with an impromptu lecture during organ rehearsal.  Walking from the Concert Hall to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, the group discovered that it does indeed rain in Southern California.  After browsing the Cathedral, they attended a Jubilarian Mass celebrated by Cardinal Mahony and showcasing the Cathedral’s fine acoustics, magnificent organ and choir. A good dinner at Kendall’s Brasserie preceded their return to the Disney Concert Hall for a performance by the L.A. Master Chorale, featuring pieces by William Byrd, Judith Weir, Benjamin Brittan, and John Tavener, as well as English madrigals.  It was a very full day, but well worth the short night’s sleep before a work day!