Kathleen McConaughy Zambello
135 Iduna Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
56 By the time you read this column we will be close to reunion time.
With all of us past the big 65 and joining the retirement ranks, we
are ready for a nostalgic journey to Mayflower Hill in June. I was back
twice last fall. Once, to witness our good friend Ed Fraktman '53 receive
the Carl Nelson Award from the Colby C Club on Parents/Homecoming Weekend.
Many familiar faces were at the football game--Bill Haggett,
Peter Lunder, Larry Pugh--watching our winning team.
(I had my very first cup of coffee at a chilly football game as a freshman.
I thought it was horrid.) We returned to Colby a few weeks later to
attend a lecture/book signing by Robert B. "Ace" Parker '54. We stayed
at Hill House as guests of the College and as "chaperones" for Ace and
Joan Hall Parker '54. While there we met our new college president,
Bro Adams. . . . Sara Dunbar LaMonica retired in June after a
long career of teaching that started right after graduation (she took
a few years out to raise her two children). She and Ray stay busy with
their church and choir and are looking forward to traveling. Hopefully,
Waterville is on the itinerary. Sara would like to hear from anyone
who remembers her. I can forward e-mail to her if you send it to me.
. . . News is brief. Hope to see many of you in June.
--Kathy McConaughy Zambello
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Guy and Elenor Ewing Vigue
238 Sea Meadow Lane
Yarmouth, ME 04096
57 As I write, everything is relatively quiet here in Maine after
a busy summer and fall. The perennials have all been put to bed, the
golf clubs are cleaned and stored away, and we have squirreled around
and dug up some news, including friendships that were renewed on the
golf course this summer! A mutual friend of Marilyn Perkins Canton
and mine arranged a golf foursome for us at the Bridgton (Maine) Highlands
Golf Course, which evolved into our playing together several times over
the summer. We ended the season in late September by including our husbands
(Guy Vigue and Dick Canton--Guy made the money) and then going
to Perk's beautiful summer home on Long Lake for a potluck supper. The
LPGA need not feel threatened by us yet, but hopefully Carol Ann
Cobb Christ will join us next summer, and that might be another
story. . . . Janice Thomson Christensen's spirits are soaring
these days, and she is getting her life back on course after her husband,
Howie, had a stroke a year ago. He is doing very well, and they are
able to resume their busy schedule and concentrate on their nine grandchildren
again. . . . Jerry Ventra and his son stopped by to visit with
us earlier in the fall on their way home to New York from a fishing
trip on the Belgrade Lakes. Jerry said that his cousin Vic Ventra
is retired and living in Florida and that he had seen Sam Graft '53
earlier in the city. I tried to catch up on news regarding Zeta Psi
brothers, but information was nonexistent. Come on you guys, write,
call, e-mail--let us know what's happening! . . . After living 38 years
in Wayland, Mass., Ellie Shorey Harris has sold her old homestead
and moved into a new condominium in nearby Marlborough. As many of you
know, Ellie's husband, Joe, has Alzheimer's, and Ellie's life has been
greatly altered. Putting her heart and soul into renovating her two
cottages on the shore of China Lake, Maine, has helped her through a
very difficult transition. . . . It was nice to hear from Allan van
Gestel, who is a judge in Massachusetts's Suffolk Superior Court.
A two-year pilot program, created by the court to be devoted exclusively
to complex business cases, will be presided over by Judge van Gestel.
Before becoming a judge, Allan spent 35 years as a business litigator
at the law firm of Goodwin, Proctor & Hoar. . . . And last but not least,
we have wonderful "new" neighbors (moved in five years ago) down the
lane: Larry '56 and Jean Van Curan Pugh '55. Can you imagine? Forty
years later, two Colby couples meet up with one another again! And what
fun we have all had since then, including a great three-day stay at
the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch, N.H., this past September. . .
. We're enjoying doing the column but need help in getting information
on our classmates. We'll even accept hearsay (sorry, Judge van Gestel).
So keep the news coming; we do not want our mailbox to languish!
--Guy and Eleanor Ewing Vigue
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Margaret Smith Henry
1304 Lake Shore Drive
Massapequa Park, NY 11762
Responses have improved a bit using our new e-mail system, but news is still not as plentiful as it was via the old method of questionnaires mailed to each of you. E-mail is quick and easy; take advantage of it if you don't want to use the questionnaire in the magazine. . . . Ann Willcox Loftin has been adjusting to a new life since her husband died last August. She still runs the family's small advertising specialty company and lives on an island in the Charleston, S.C., harbor but also is fixing up the beach house for lots of family and friends to visit. Ann traveled to Connecticut in October to see her mom, who celebrated her 98th birthday in September. . . . Jim Bishop has had a film script kicking around Hollywood for 10 years. According to Winston Churchill, the first rule of life is never, never, never give up. Jim never did, and now a big Hollywood group has flashed the green light on his script, which centers on a World War II hero who returns home and can't cope and becomes a guerrilla. Raise the glasses at Onie's, says Jim. . . . John Edes and his wife, Valerie, now live in Boynton Beach, Fla., but he is still a registered representative for Phoenix and maintains an apartment and office in Providence, R.I. John has become very involved in charitable work, specifically with the Amos House, a home in Providence for the homeless, and he was recently written up in an article in the Providence Journal for befriending a homeless man who had once been a high school basketball star. John and another man have become a mini-support system for this fellow and have gotten him back into the union and are trying to get him work in construction. When asked what special memories he had of Colby's former presidents, John told about the time that he and several friends asked President Bixler if they could watch the World Series in color at his home, and President Bixler very generously invited the boys. John also has fond memories of Professor Jim Gillespie, who helped many of the students in their studies as well as their personal situations. . . . Cynthia Gardner Bevin has retired after 20 years of teaching history in Johnstown, Pa. Cindy and her husband, Douglas, recently had their third grandchild. Their daughter, Cici '85, has become president of her class and has a son and a new daughter. This past June the Bevinses' second home in Connecticut was nearly destroyed in a storm. Two houses were featured on national television during the storm, and these houses belonged to Cindy and to her mother. Cindy's family was very grateful to Robin Hunter Clutz, who helped get them back into their home and get their lives back together. . . . We are all about the same age, and most of us are certainly not ready for the rocking chair, especially Susan (Macomber '60) and Dick Vogt. In the summer of 1999 Dick and Sue flew with their bicycles to Seattle and biked across the northern part of the United States to Kennebunk Beach, Maine. They biked alone, camped out (some moteling), ate great quantities of calorie-laden food and completed the cross-country trip in about 90 days and totaled 4,104 miles! They averaged about 50 to 60 miles a day and had a wonderful time exploring back roads and small towns. Susan wrote a daily journal, which can be seen on their Web site (www.conknet.com/jvogt). The trip had been planned for 10 years, and they started training six days a week in February 1999 until they left in mid-June. The training consisted of spinning and biking. In March 1999 they sold their home of 30 years and moved in with their daughter temporarily. Upon returning from the bike tour, they bought a motorcoach. Last February Dick drove the motorcoach to Florida to see the Yankees' spring training (Susan thought this was a guy thing and stayed home). This March Dick and Sue plan to take the motorcoach to Florida and bike from Key West to Eastport, Maine, about 3,000 miles. Their son will drive the motorcoach to New Hampshire, and then the Vogts will take off for the summer and fall in Canada and Alaska, going wherever the winds blow them. When not on the road, the Vogts enjoy their nine grandchildren, produced by their four children, and everyone lives in New Hampshire, the home base for these vagabonds. If you have any thoughts of hitting the highways and byways of our country, do get in touch with Sue and Dick. . . . And that is it for this time. As I said, you are doing better, but I still need to hear from more of you. Take care.
Margaret Smith Henry
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Ann Segrave Lieber
7 Kingsland Court
South Orange, NJ 07079
59 Retired professor Arthur Goldschmidt continues to
advise Penn State students, gives guest lectures and even taught a course
to senior citizens off campus. Arthur was honored with the 2000 Mentoring
Award from the Middle East Studies Association. The citation recognizes
"his remarkable talents for inspiring learning and for instructing others
in the fine art of teaching" and "his generous sharing of wisdom, advice
and research assistance with students, colleagues and other scholars
throughout the world." . . . Carol Sandquist Banister recently
finished a year-long fellowship at St. Thomas University and continues
with part-time work and volunteerism. The state legislature has offered
her a position as a regent for the University of Minnesota, a six-year
tenure. She is considering it; the Banisters love Minnesota and don't
plan to move. . . . Phsh firstname.lastname@example.org will connect you with Sheila
and Phil Suchecki in southeast Michigan. Phil attributes much
of the success he has enjoyed in life to his experiences at Colby (as
do many of us); hope we'll see you at the next reunion, Phil. . . .
Jane Mills Conlan and Pat Richmond Stull joined Cyndy
Crockett Mendelson for a wonderful mini-reunion at the Mendelson's
Florida condo. They laughed and talked, just like the old days, got
in plenty of beaching and enjoyed a get-together with other Colby alums.
. . . On a personal note: I've had my fifth successful mammogram; the
magic number "five" makes me feel as if I've crossed a line back into
the world of good health and long life. In fact, my surgeon says I can
look forward to another 30 years! Obviously he has forgotten my current
age, but his confident words certainly sounded good. My dear lady readers,
if it is time for your mammography, please make the appointment now.
Do it for yourself and for all those who love you.
--Ann Segrave Lieber
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