Deaths: Miriam Leighton Mayo '45 in Portland, Maine, at 69. . . . Seabury T. "Buzz" Stebbins '48 in Bronxville, N.Y., at 71.
By the time you read this column, I will have been to Egypt to attend the World Assembly of the International Council for Adult Education. This is my last meeting as a member of the executive committee of the ICAE. It has been a great pleasure and learning experience for me. I will miss it. Our theme this year is "Women, Literacy and Development"--a subject suggested by officials in Egypt and one that is an important part of our work. I should also take this occasion to give you my change of address--2130 Massachusetts Ave. #3B, Cambridge, MA 02140--and to tell you that I am passing on the responsibility for the column to other hands. It has been a great pleasure to make contact with so many of you and to feel like a real member of the Colby family again. Thanks to all of you who have been communicating with me. . . . I am sad to report two deaths: William C. Gutteridge died on April 22, 1994; and Donald Rex, husband of Alice Billington Rex, died on February 7, 1994. . . . I had a letter from Tom Burke, who would like me to pass on to you some information about our response to the 1994 Alumni Fund. He reports that our class goal was $6,000, which we reached in the waning minutes of the fiscal year. Sixty-four out of our 100 members participated with a total of $6,510. He is looking for 36 additional givers next year. As for himself, when he is not raising funds for Colby, he keeps busy playing golf and traveling--Alaska last year and this year a Princess cruise out of New York for Montreal and Quebec. . . . I have four additional letters in my file about interesting activities of our classmates. It is hard to condense all of Shirley Thorne's activities for this paragraph. I am extremely pleased to know that she is working with a group that is pushing for more controls on food packaging, even though the last bill was defeated. She also is working with the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry on a project for Asian women, helping them enter the host communities more smoothly. A volunteer with Citydance, which is a project of the Boston public schools, she attended a mediation workshop and has been invited to work in that area at the Boston English High School. . . . Jane Lamb is also a great environmentalist. She practices non-consuming, organic agriculture, recycles everything, raises her own food and buys basic ingredients in order to cook from scratch. She has been active on planning for the new Brunswick high school, participated in the Sunday Telegram/Maine Council of Churches Reader Round Table on education and wants to continue to be involved in evolving the education needed for our time. Last summer she took a walking tour in Bristol, England. She says that as a freelance writer, she doesn't have to consider retirement but is perpetually engaged in the things she wants to do. . . . I reported earlier that Stanley Levine took his master's degree in fine arts at Savannah College in '93, concentrating on historical architecture. He and his wife have restored four early-19th-century townhouses in Savannah's enchanting historic district and also conduct a rare-book business in their 1820 house. He says he has not retired but moved to another career. . . . Carl Wright last summer was the pitching coach for the Skowhegan American Legion baseball team, which won the Zone One championship. He enjoys his own grandchildren and also likes to work with other young people.
Class Correspondent: Mary Hall Fitch
By the time you read this column you will have received a request from us for news and encouragement to let us have your views on substantive matters taking place at Colby. . . . The summer was fairly uneventful and with surprisingly few Colby contacts. We did have Lenny Warshaver '49 and his wife, Elaine, visit us at our dock in Falmouth. We sailed to Menemsha too early in the season to see Marvin Joslow, and we had hoped to sail to Padanaram (South Dartmouth) to enjoy the harbor and the scenery and perhaps surprise Paul Solomon, but somehow we just cruised around Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and unfortunately did not see very many Colby people. We are going to become grandparents for the third time since our daughter and David's business associate, Marsha, is about to have a baby. January 15 is David's tentative retirement date. He is determined that it will take place no later than the first of April, so for the first time in 38 years he can prepare Hero unhurriedly for another season of sailing. We are going to take a January vacation in St. Barts and in the spring take our grandchildren (children of our daughter Debbie '75) to Disney World. After Orlando we suspect that we will really need a vacation. . . . We can not overemphasize how important it is for our classmates to keep in touch, because without material this column is very difficult to keep interesting. Just the threat of having to hear more about our family ought to get you writing furiously.
Class Correspondent: David and Dorothy Marson