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Parliamentary Procedure
C. Kenneth Ongalo-Obote '94 returns to Ugana to run for office

Alumni Club Circuit
Club News, upcoming events, etc.



W. Mal Wilson '33
a heck of a good skate

Sara Holbrook '66

Dale Kunhert '68
An unsurpassed Down East view

Judith Kenoyer Stoy '71
What she can't tell you

Gwynelle Dismukes '73
An alternative to city life

Kevin Carley '76

Nancy Marshall '82

Jan Dutton '94

Morgan Filler '97
Swimming the world's waters

Kathryn Johnson '00
She was one high diva

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Newsmakers & Milestones



Alice Jennings Castelli
6 Salem Road
Madison, CT 06443


50 The year 2000 was indeed a golden anniversary year for our class. Lots of Colby friends gathered at Ben '51 and Nancy Ricker Sears's 50th wedding anniversary celebration last October. They included Bob and Barbie Hill Millett, Ray and Barbara Miller Green, Dick and Nancy Ardiff Boulter, Pete and Puss Tracey Tanguay, Barbara and Dick Granger '46 and Jane Perry Lindquist '51. Susi Goldey Morrison and I went together with Susi's husband, Kerm, and my friend Bob Bundgaard to Lexington that beautiful fall afternoon to attend the Sears festivities and also traveled together to South Hamilton in December for another lovely party honoring Barbie and Bob Millet's golden wedding anniversary. . . . Gil and Shirley Cookson Hall's three children gave them a lovely anniversary party in September, and I understand that Bob and Dale Avery Benson were given a surprise golden anniversary party in September as well. . . . I received a wonderful letter from Rev. Win Clark. I would like to include it all here, but I'll quote from part of it and perhaps include one of his Colby anecdotes in a later column. Win was a mortar man in the 97th Infantry Division attached to Patton's Third Army late in the war. On May 7, 1945, near Pilsen, Capt. Homer Knight, "B" company, 387th Regiment of the 97th, sent out a patrol that came under fire from a Waffen SS unit. As the fighting ended, a member of "B" squad shot his rifle at a sound near a wounded buddy. This proved to be the last official shot of World War II in Europe. Deciding in the last few years that the last shot fired in Europe should be commemorated, Homer Knight contacted 97th vets. They raised the funds and had the monument designed and placed at Sacrifice Field in Fort Benning, Ga. On October 12, 2000, at Mr. Knight's request, Win gave the prayers of dedication at Fort Benning, where it was accepted as a new national memorial. Two hundred fifty veterans and guests from across the country attended, complete with a color guard, rifle squad and band participating. Win described it as an "unforgettable experience." . . . Keep those letters coming.

--Alice Jennings Castelli


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Barbara Jefferson Walker
3915 Cabot Place #16
Richmond, VA 23233


51 Shirley Raynor Ingraham, Clearwater, Fla., writes that she is enjoying her new volunteer job as secretary of Florida Life Care Residents Association (FliCra) in her new retirement center. The Florida crisis was the massive increase in liability insurance for nursing homes--that is, until last fall's election came along. The state board of directors has sent drafts of recommendations to Lt. Gov. Brogan's task force, and final recommendations will be forthcoming soon. FliCra now has seats on several of the governor's boards concerning elderly affairs and was to travel as voting delegates to Tallahassee in February to meet with legislators on these issues. Shirley finds this concern very interesting. Recently Shirley had lunch with Newton Bates '50 and his fiancee, Carolyn (now Mrs. Bates), and another Waterville, Maine, friend. During Colby years Newt was part of a young couples' club, as was Shirley, meeting at a local Baptist church. . . Harry Wiley, Scarborough, Maine, wants to be sure that each and every member of our class submits an autobiography for the 50th yearbook. He writes, "I found it to be an interesting challenge to look objectively at my life and what I have done with it." . . . William Burgess, Tucson, Ariz., has taken his third trip to Australia. This time he went by freighter. . . . Maury Ronayne, Alexandria, Va., earned a gold medal in the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics by completing the half-mile freestyle swimming race in his age class of 70-74. He also attended the reunion of his WWII outfit, the Army 280th Combat Engineering Battalion, which crossed the Rhine River at Wesel, Germany, in March 1945. . . . I look forward to reading the biography of each one of you--and seeing your pictures, too.

--Barbara Jefferson Walker

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Paul M. Aldrich
P.O. Box 217
Bristol, ME 04539


52 Steve Kenyon recently acquired a home on the New Meadows River in West Bath, Maine. Steve's wife, Helen, passed away in the spring of 1998, and he since has married Mary Schausbach of Sea Girt, N.J. They plan to divide their time between Maine and Mary's New Jersey home. A 19-foot Cape Dory sailboat has been hauled to Maine and a dock built by Mary's son, Eric. Steve reports that the sailing is delightful, striped bass take the hook, and seals, osprey and eagles are frequently sighted. (One questions that with all this, why go back to New Jersey? Ever.) . . . Mel Lyon reports that although he is about to retire from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, he plans to stay on without pay while he completes an article on "how cognitive behavior arises in normal people and schizophrenic patients." Not wanting to get too technical, he writes, "We think there is a subconscious process related to the precise timing of behavioral events, which is disturbed in schizophrenia, so I am using a special method for computer analysis of temporal relationships in the stream of behavior to try to sort this out." (Thanks, Mel, for keeping it simple.) Mel is partway through his fourth year following a kidney transplant; both he and it are doing well. . . . Every four weeks or so Mimi and I have intermittent conversations with Edie Carpenter Sweeney, whose subscription dates for Portland Stage Company performances coincide with ours. Edie and her husband, Arthur, live in South Freeport, Maine, where she is busy in a number of community activities, including their church choir. In the spring of 2000, she and her sister, Carol Carpenter Bisbee '49, toured Germany and Austria and experienced the Oberammergau Passion Play. For some of the winter months, the Sweeneys vacation in Mesa, Ariz., where, just to keep in tune, Edie sings in a 70-member choir. . . . A follow-up on Rod Howe's airplane projects: "The first plane I built was . . . a two place side by side, all metal, 200 mph, fun to fly airplane [that took] seven years to build. The one I just completed is a fabric covered steel frame [and] weighs only 500 pounds." Rod says it took 700 hours to build, flies at 100 mph and is for sale. He feels "much satisfaction in flying 200 mph in an airplane that comes out of your garage." (Good for the heart muscles, too, I suspect.) A number of Colby friends have had mini-reunions. One such event took place last fall when Judy and Herb Nagle, Evie and George Bazer '53 and Ann and Bob Peck '51 spent an evening together at the Hyatt in Cambridge, Mass. . . . And if you want an inexpensive "European" vacation, Mark '51 and Eddi Miller Mordecai will tell you of the sinfully good food and pampered treatment they received in Montreal. . . . When Sheila and Don Hailer moved to Cape Cod a year ago, I warned that taking up residence in a popular vacation spot might result in being discovered by friends not heard from in years. Don writes, "Boy, were you right. We had guests coming out our ears. Relatives from both sides. Friends. College and high school chums. You name it, they have come! We have had 47 people since February 20 (as of September 28)." Truth be told, the Hailers are wonderful hosts, and for an appropriate contribution to the Alumni Fund I could be induced to give you their address. . . . Enjoy the spring!

--Paul M. Aldrich

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Barbara Easterbrooks Mailey
80 Lincoln Avenue
South Hamilton, MA 01982
978-777-5630 x3310


53 John Lee sent me a "filler" in case I needed more news. Well, it seems that he has become, for this time, the only correspondent. He saved me once before and now again. John had a busy season in Washington, D.C., with his tour-guiding duties but took some time off in August to go on a bus tour of Scandinavia via London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Lubeck (Germany), Copenhagen and Stockholm. He says he believes Stockholm is home to some of the most beautiful women in the world and that the sight of the fjords was breathtaking and well worth the whole trip. In September he became adjunct associate professor at Southeastern University in Washington, D.C., teaching courses in U.S. government and introduction to philosophy. His daughter lives in Virginia Beach as her husband has had sea duty on the aircraft carrier J.F.K. His son was to be married in Connecticut in February. . . . Nelson Beveridge sent me some old memoirs, which he found while "house cleaning." I will be sure to include them at our 50th. Nellie retired in December--but I'm not sure if he meant the year 1999 or 2000 because I thought he made that move before I did. . . . I'm sure that 2001 will bring up some news ideas, so try not to let John Lee be the star yet another time. Write!

--Barbara Easterbrooks Mailey

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Helen Cross Stabler
206 Crestwood Drive North
Syracuse, NY 13212


54 Carol Dyer Wauters writes that although she hasn't traveled to any exotic places in the last year or so she continues to make photographs, show her work and occasionally sell some. Two years ago she spent six weeks backpacking all over Vietnam. This summer she plans to visit Tuscany and Provence. Carol has a son and daughter living in Wyoming, where she goes often to see them and to ski. She also has a daughter in L.A. All three are married, but so far no grandchildren. . . . Last fall Robert B. Parker received the Sarah Josepha Hale Award in Newport, N.H. The award is given annually to an author who reflects New England connections in his writing. Parker's detective hero, Spenser, works in the Boston area, where Parker himself has spent most of his life. His wife, Joan Hall Parker, also attended the award presentation. Robert Parker says she is very influential in his writing and also describes the occasion of their meeting at a freshman dance at Colby as "the central event" in his life. Parker, who has written more than 25 novels, several made into movies and a TV series, joined such writers as Robert Frost, Michael Dorris, Stephen Jay Gould and Arthur Miller in being honored with the Sarah Josepha Hale Award. . . . Although most of us are not as famous as Robert B. Parker, we are all interesting to old friends from Colby. So do send along a little about yourselves for this column!

--Helen Cross Stabler

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