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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.

        

 

ALUMNI PROFILES
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


Newsmakers &
Milestones

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Profiles: Sarah Hudson '69  |   Profiles: William "Ted" Williams '69  |  Newsmakers & Milestones

 

 

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CLASS CORRESPONDENT
Richard W. Bankart
20 Valley Avenue Apt. D2
Westwood, NJ 07675-3607
201-664-7672
classnews1965@alum.colby.edu

 

Reunion part 3--I think some of us are still yakking and yakking. Chris and Eliot Terborgh are still in California, where Eliot continues as president and CEO of SmarTrunck Systems, Inc. His company has a focus of wireless communications and radio tracking. Eliot thought he had talked Ralph Bunche into attending from his home in London, where he is with Ambro Bank, but last minute business took priority. . . . Louise Mac Cubrey Lord and Tom joined us from their home in Unity, Maine. Louise continues in counseling with offices in Waterville and elsewhere in central Maine. . . . May-Lis and Jay Gronlund were there, too. Jay has a thriving international consulting business and had occasion to visit George Hooker in Thailand in 1999 while on assignment. . . . Theresa and John Bragg joined us from Bangor, where John continues with the family business. . . . Pat McClay Gauer lives in East Vassalboro with Ernie '58. She is a teacher at Waterville High. . . . Kathryn and Russ Ives live in Wyckoff, N.J. Russ is president of Guaranteed Lenders Management Inc. in Waldwick, N.J. . . . Also spotted at dinner, Laura and Mike Gilman. . . . John Cornell is a Colby trustee and joined us from Atlanta, where he is a lawyer specializing in executive compensation. . . . Anna Owens Smith and Bucky were there, too, from their home in Stockbridge, Mass. Bucky does real estate appraisals, Anna works in a local garden shop, and they entertain wandering classmates visiting nearby Tanglewood. . . . Shirlee Clark Neil and Bill arrived from Southbury, Conn. Bill is retired from NYNEX. . . . Patti Raymond Thomas and Tom '63 took a break from their travel agency business in Doylestown, Pa., to join in all the yakking and yakking. . . . Pam Harris Holden '66, widow of Randy, started with our class and enjoyed the festivities. . . . Rand Antik joined DIMAC Marketing Corporation in May 2000 as executive VP sales and strategic initiatives and chief marketing officer. DIMAC is in the direct response marketing field. . . . Although I talked with Don Short '64, I missed speaking with his wife, Lynn Smith Short, but with all the yakking and yakking . . . Gloria and John Tewhey drove in from Gorham, Maine, where John is self-employed in hydrogeologic consulting. He explains this as water moving through the ground in ways only he can explain. He charges people a fee to explain. . . . I saw Betty and Eric Beaverstock as we toured the art museum. Eric is a systems analyst in Hudson, N.H. . . . Lynn Urner Boxter and John took time to prowl for antiques for their shop in Gettysburg, Pa., while driving up to reunion. . . . I did not get news on everyone, but also at the reunion were Marcia Harding Anderson, Joss Coyle Bierman and Norman, Callie Kelley Gothard, Virginia Cole Henkle and Bruce '64 and Nancy and Arnie Repetto. . . . Second-hand news has my old roommate Dave Begg remarried and still with the University of Alberta in Edmonton in the department of anatomy and cell biology. . . . Ken Gray was to attend but had a house closing. . . . Also registered but missing were Ginger Goddard Barnes and Howard, John Morris and Fran Holmes Varney. . . . After the class banquet, there were four different bands to choose from. An Al Corey-style '30s/'40s group provided a nice atmosphere for talking. A '60s DJ in the new Spa had some appeal to our crowd. However, most folks stayed outside in the clear, warm June summer air where you could have a beer, yak and still hear the music. On Sunday we said our final farewells at the Dana dining hall breakfast buffet. I left via downtown Waterville. On Sunday morning it is a ghost town, Parks Diner is gone, Levine's is "for sale"; Onie's, the Sentinel building, Diambri's, the Majestic restaurant--a parking lot; the State Theater, Dick's place and the plumbing store on the corner of Silver and Main are all restaurants with unfamiliar names. The two-penny bridge is there. The Opera House is still standing and in active use. The Chez Paree is also in business but no word about the Prince. About the only business that seems unchanged is Joe's Smoke Shop, still redolent of cigars, pipe tobacco and newsprint. Joe is gone, but his store is in good hands. I finished the reunion by driving south on Rt. 104, the Sidney Road, on the right bank of the Kennebec. That side seemed as I remembered it from excursions to public suppers on Saturday nights 35-plus years ago. Colby is bigger, more beautiful and just as friendly a place as when we were there. It continues to attract the finest and brightest. Sorry you could not all be there to see what Bill Cotter's stewardship has meant. But we do have a 40th reunion in 2005. So . . . Hail, Colby, Hail!

--Richard W. Bankart

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CLASS CORRESPONDENT
Natalie Bowerman Zaremba
11 Linder Terrace
Newton, MA 02458
617-969-6925
617-266-9219 x107
classnews1966@alum.colby.edu

 

Mary Gourley Mastin writes that she and husband Bill are retired and are thoroughly adjusted to their new lifestyle and to having less energy than in their youth but are enjoying every waking minute! Their daughter, Amy, is still a student in Montana, and son Shawn is in the Army in Bosnia. Mary's favorite memory from dorm life at Colby was being "hazed" as a freshman by being forced to creep down the stairs wrapped in a sheet, saying "fetal, fetal--oink, oink" and getting smeared with Vaseline by upperclasswomen--ouch! . . . Robert and Merri Aldrich Egbert write that they are still married after all of these years. Their daughter was married last year, and their finances survived it--a real feat today! They had their own celebration by taking a spring trip to Italy, which they highly recommend. Bob has been a therapist with the Veterans Hospital in Richmond, Va., for the last 25 years, and Merri has been a technical specialist with GE Lighting for the last 13 years. They have two children, one son-in-law and a red Miata, just to prove they are middle-aged. Actually there is no mid-life crisis to justify the Miata . . . and Bob still has his hair. . . . Brad Simcock and his wife are in Japan this year while on leave from teaching sociology at Miami University in Ohio. They had a recent visit from Peter Grabosky, who stopped in on his way through from the U.S. to his home in Australia. I guess you never know where you might have an opportunity to catch up with friends.

--Natalie Bowerman Zaremba

 

 

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CLASS CORRESPONDENT
Judy Gerry Heine
21 Hillcrest Rd.
Medfield, MA 02052
508-359-2886
classnews1967@alum.colby.edu
Robert Gracia
295 Burgess Avenue
Westwood, MA 02090
781-329-2101
classnews1967@alum.colby.edu

 

The millennium seems to have brought many classmates to a crossroad in life, and many are busy shifting focus but feeling renewed and invigorated. . . . Jean Howard Bleyle e-mailed that she tries to get together with Elaine Dignam Meyrial and Diana Weatherby at least once a year. Diana will be retiring from her Defense Department career soon, and Elaine is back in Connecticut after several years living in Brazil. Jean embarked on a new path, a two-year graduate school program studying marriage and family therapy in the applied psychology department at Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, N.H. She is doing a practicum in a local elementary school guidance department and says, "At times I feel crazy starting on this at the age of 55, but I love it." Her husband, John, also following a new interest, teaches a course in business and government at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, N.H. They also are the proud grandparents of 3-year-old Gilbert Herrera-Bleyle, son of their daughter Susan, who lives in Atlanta, Ga. . . . In the past several years Clemence Ravacon-Mershon has done a career change opposite to those of most of her age cohorts, graduating "from semi-retired substitute teacher and part-time poultry-truck farmer to foreign language teacher at college, then high school." (Interesting, CC, since many of us in education are nearing the end of our careers!) She taught German at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., a college very similar in outlook and size to Colby (and she continues to serve as chapter advisor to Allegheny's Alpha Delta Pi chapter). Last year she taught French and world cultures at a private high school 40 miles from home--she and her husband, Homer, a full-time foreign language teacher, drove in opposite directions while also running the farm. The school year culminated with three big events: Homer's retirement from college teaching and, a month later, their 25th wedding anniversary on the same weekend and in the same outdoor amphitheater in which their daughter, Claire-Helene, graduated from high school. Their son, Andre, flew in from Seattle, where he works for an environmental watch firm after graduating with top honors from American University in 1999. Claire-Helene's now a freshman at Oberlin College. This year CC's school asked her to teach French and Spanish, and she feels that teaching several languages has given her a new insight into how languages work, leading to frequent "Eureka!" moments. Homer is beginning to tackle much-needed farm repairs during daylight hours while continuing to write about the universality of language at night. In her spare time, CC volunteers for Quaker organizations and their committees as well as for La Leche League International. Volunteering has drawn her to meet with many people in numerous countries and U.S. states over the last 12 years. One highlight of summer 2000 was her work as a French-English interpreter at a Quaker international conference in New Hampshire, which reminded her of "many Colby language class discussions about how mentally demanding interpreting (particularly simultaneous interpreting) can be." Another highlight was a graduation trip to Peru after she completed a three-year full spectrum healing program. Upcoming is a fourth-year assistantship. CC hopes sometime to be able to revisit Colby, maybe for our 35th reunion! . . . In July, Fred Hopengarten was a referee at the World Radiosport Team Championships in Slovenia, then traveled with his wife in Austria and Hungary. . . . Susan Mersky Fooks returned home to Melbourne, Australia, after visiting family and friends in the U.S., where she caught up with Phyllis Jalbert in Brooklyn. Susan says, "Phyllis has kindly opened her heart and home on various occasions this year to my two sons, as well as some of their friends. My older son has been studying (architecture in Texas) and working (in New York) for the past 14 months, and my younger son went to visit him in N.Y. as well as to do a bit of exploring of Europe." Actually it was the second time last year that Susan got to see Phyllis--she had two family weddings to go to, one in New York in March and one in Boston in September. She keeps trying to convince Phyllis to come for a visit to Australia--it really isn't that far away, if there are any travelers out there. . . . On a lovely day in mid-November I attended the Colby-Tufts football game and enjoyed the company of Jim Thomas, Bob Field, Lee Potter and Phil Kay. We had a chance to watch the Mules take a step toward another CBB title and shared NESCAC crown. Later that month I had the pleasure of watching a high school game with Dave Aaronson. . . . By the time you read this, the first planning meeting for our 2002 reunion will have been held in Boston. Keep June 9-11, 2002, open so that you can join us for the 35th. But don't wait that long to get in touch!

--Robert Gracia and Judy Gerrie Heine

 

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68
CLASS CORRESPONDENT
Nancy Dodge Bryan
7 Weir Street Extension
Hingham, MA 02043
781-740-4530
classnews1968@alum.colby.edu

 

Jay Sandak writes that he continues to practice law in his hometown of Stamford, Conn., with an emphasis on commercial and personal injury litigation. He anticipates that this will continue for the foreseeable future since his three sons insist on being educated (Colby '03, University of Notre Dame '04 and high school '03). His wife, Mary, is also practicing law and everpresent on numerous community nonprofit boards. Family vacations have primarily been ski trips to Whistler, Jackson Hole, Heavenly and, this year, Snowbird. Their true love continues to be their weekend retreat at Bromley in Manchester, Vt. . . . Barbara Brown has returned to her maiden name. She is teaching an at-risk class of fourth grade children and loving it, and she has started working on her doctorate in educational administration at the University of Idaho in Boise. She also plans to start skiing again this winter. Says she's always been a beginner and needs to try doing it more than every 10 years. Her two older daughters, Alixe and Michelle, are married. Michelle is teaching algebra at a nearby high school, and Alixe is working on a master's in social work at USC. Jamison, her youngest daughter, is making a career out of finding herself while working and attending Boise State University. Barb says she has adjusted to her new single life and finds it quite relaxing! If anyone is ever in this area--please go and see her. Her new address is 744 Palmetto Drive, Eagle, Idaho 83616. . . . Sandy High Walters writes with news from Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. Her husband, Kenneth (Bowdoin '68), is the current chairman of the classics department at Wayne State University. Her eldest daughter, who was married in Seattle, Wash., last summer, is an environmental planner, and her new husband is a geo-tech engineer. Sandy says it was difficult having a wedding 2,500 miles from home. They drove back cross-country, and it was the highlight of the summer seeing the West. Coming back through the mountain passes of Wyoming and South Dakota, their other three children broke out into every patriotic song they could remember. Her eldest son is a sophomore at Michigan State, majoring in zoology, and is on the lacrosse team. Her third child is a junior in high school and may be considering Colby. And her fourth (!) is in the seventh grade and keeps them young with his activities. Sandy is still working at ANR Pipeline Company (natural gas pipeline transportation, gathering and distribution company) as project leader, currently of a corporate warehouse project, primarily IT work. Her company is undergoing a merger, and this time next year she will be working at another job. "My option was to take early retirement or relocate to Houston, Texas. I don't think soooooo. You asked about thoughts on retirement: I'd love to but still have to keep pursuing the mighty green dollar to get my brood through college expenses and eventually another daughter's wedding." Renovations and additions on their Tudor house continue. . . . That's all the news I have--each came via e-mail, and I encourage all of you with Internet access to take a few moments and send a few thoughts.

--Nancy Dodge Bryan

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CLASS CORRESPONDENT
Sari Abul-Jubein
257 Lake View Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-868-8271
classnews1969@alum.colby.edu

 

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