Last updated Sunday May 06, 2007
Remember Denise Sleem
What was your nickname at Priory?
When did you attend Priory
How did you locate the Priory website?
Did a Google search
Who were your most memorable teachers?
Mr. Tansey - he taught Math and made it fun. I'll never forget his "silver" hair at such a young age. He was able to inspire the respect of the students at school, and yet he could also be our friend outside of school (in our older years). He and his wife were rays of sunshine on the campus - great teachers and personable.
John Tansey 1969
Who were your best friends at Priory?
My Priory experience spanned 13 years, so there were many great friends who came and left along the way. In my younger years, I remember Susan Douthwaite, Debbie Heyn, and Frances Murray, among others. As I got older, I became more attached to Jamaican nationals, as they weren't going to leave in a year or two. My best friends in my later years were Christina and Roberto Clivio, Michael and John Matalon, and Diane Taylor.
John and Michael Matalon
Diane Taylor 1973
Who are you in touch with today?
No one. I was very close with Roberto Clivio while he was at Harvard and I was at Wellesley until he graduated, left town immediately after graduation, and was never heard from since!
Who would you like to track down?
Roberto Clivio - and anyone from my earlier years, like the girls I listed above. Actually, I saw Debbie Heyn's interview, so I'll try to e-mail her.
What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?
Hmmmm... I'm not sure. I wasn't really very wild while I was at Priory (it started later...)
What memories/views do you have of Priory?
Just a fun place to go to school - met people from so many different countries. Great teachers, so great preparation for life.
Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?
Remember David Gregg? He was a character – and kind of a “bad boy.”
Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?
I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after going to college in Boston and living there for many years after. But the warm weather finally lured me back. I'm a Technical Writer for the Information Technology department of a Hospice company - I write user documentation to describe how to use our computer applications, etc.
Tell us about any significant others
I've been married for 11 years to Farhan Malik, a tennis pro from Pakistan. We have one 10-year old daughter, Kaely, who is a well-rounded, great little kid who keeps me busy 100% of the time (in between time working).
Denise, Farhan and Kaely
Farhan represented Pakistan both as a junior and in the Davis Cup, and was ranked in the top 5 Men's Open in Pakistan until he moved to the United States in 1989. He was ranked in the top five in the Florida Men's Open singles for several years, before turning to coaching. He polished his coaching skills under Rick Macci for 10 years, where he worked with top ranked players in the nation and in the world, including Anastasia Myskina and Luis Horna. Farhan contributes a high level of intensity on the court to push players to excel in all areas, with special focus on developing a strong psychological attitude.
Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person
I haven't met anyone from Priory since hanging out with Roberto Clivio in college.
What do you think of the Priory Website?
It was great to see it! The scanned yearbooks are fun to browse through, since I've lost my old yearbooks.
©Stephen Smith 2007
Published on the Priory Website Sunday 6th May 2007
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