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Brewing Up a Storm
Colby alumni use teamwork as a formula for business success with Newport Storm beer.


Hannah Laipson '46
A Need to Teach

Janet McMahon '79
Mapping the Uncharted

Jeremiah "Josh" Burns '81
Mountain Man

Chris Gieszl '93
SEAL of Approval

Roy Hirshland '85

David A. Ghertner '02

Newsmakers &


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Lynn Collin Francis
16 Oakridge Road
Sudbury, MA 01776


Our class president, Dan O'Halloran, says that he and Eliott Pratt are making plans for our 25th reunion in 2005. If classmates are interested in helping, contact Dan at or Elliott at Dan reports that Mark Kelley is the European scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mark and Sabrina, from Waterville, Maine, were married in June '02. In attendance at the wedding in Jupiter Island, Fla., were Bruce Forsley '79 as best man, Jim Erskine '82, Rick Klein and Dan, who says that they did their best to relive Colby days! . . . Lisa McDonough O'Neill is enjoying the volunteer side of life and says she seems busier than she was when she was working. She is the secretary for the elementary school PTA and is an elder in their church (although she doesn't feel old enough to be an elder!). Lis reports that Kitty Weyl Dove, her husband, Robert, and family were transferred to England in February '02. Robert is a partner with Bechtel. Lis says that Suze Connolly Levere is busy with children, Julia and James. Suze and family spent time with Carl Costigan '81 and family at Lake Tahoe in the summer of '01. . . . In August '02 Scot Lehigh got together with Scott Butterfield and family in Maine. Scot says that Scott is an attentive father, windsurfing is not his sport, and they stayed up late drinking (too) many beers and remembering college days. . . . From a newspaper article: Richard Linnehan recently completed a mission in space with NASA. After Colby, Rich went to UNH, graduating with a B.A. in animal sciences and a minor in microbiology, and received his doctor of veterinary medicine from Ohio State University in 1985. Rich's background in medicine and experience with exotic animals led him to apply for a job with the U.S. Navy and NASA. In 1992 Rich completed astronaut candidate training, qualifying him for Space Shuttle flight assignments as a mission specialist. Rich has logged more than 787 hours in space. . . . From Darien, Conn., Leslie Mitchell reports that she enjoys spending time with her new black Lab, Mookie. Leslie's recent travels include Cooperstown, N.Y., Chatham, Mass., and Martha's Vineyard. Leslie says that she is falling apart, having had orthopedic surgery for rotator cuff for both shoulders and surgery on both knees twice. While attending the International Trademark Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in May '02, she had the chance to visit with Sonia Turcotte Fois and her son, Tommy, who is 4. Sonia reports visiting with Joy Crafts McNaughton and her 6'2", 14-year-old son, Nick, in Maine in the summer of '02. . . . Herb Perry is in his second year covering the sometimes heated politics of southern York County for the Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald after leaving his post as editor of the York Weekly in York, Maine. His wife, Kathy, is an assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of New England in Biddeford. Jennifer, their 14-year-old, is on the freshman soccer team at Marshwood High School. Hannah, 11, is in middle school and takes two dance lessons a week. . . . Bill Linnell has a new (to him) 36-foot Jonesport lobster boat, the Babydoll, out of Portland Harbor. He hopes to do more lobstering and less construction work. . . . Mimi Brodsky Kress is still busy building custom homes in Maryland. Check out her Web site ( Son Max is 12 and into hockey and art, daughter Jenna is 7 and into everything from team sports to acting and ice-skating, and husband Michael is the "best photographer in the Washington, D.C., area." Mimi had the chance to assist him at a wedding in Nevis in the Caribbean in summer '02. But last summer was the first one in eight years that she did not visit with Deb Pugh Kelton and Gretchen Huebsch Daly in northern New England. They took a family trip to California instead. Mimi also stays in touch with Paul Faulkner and Lesley DeYulio DeFio '82. . . . By the time this column is out, you will have received a class newsletter and questionnaire. I am counting on all of you Class of '80ers to complete the questionnaire and send it in with your news. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

--Lynn Collins Francis


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Elizabeth Stiller Fahey
4740 Connecticut Avenue, NW #610
Washington, D.C. 20008


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Janice McKeown
73 Elm Road #8
Newtonville, MA 02460


I will finish up with stories from our June reunion and then get to some news that classmates have sent in. First things first! Linda Hurwitz joined us from Virginia. She's in her 15th season with the Virginia Symphony in Norfolk, Va., as a violinist and in her 10th year of teaching strings in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, where she was the all-city orchestra director last spring. She spends her summers in Jackson Hole, Wyo., performing violin at the Grand Teton Music Festival, where she often runs into her freshman-year roommate, Jamie Mackintosh. Jamie also made it back to Colby with her husband, Mike, and daughter, Emory. She has been a ski instructor at Jackson Hole for 20 years, and I think she was quite sincere when she said she welcomes visitors. I'll do my best to get out there, Jamie! . . . It was fun to see Linda Welch and Lisa Clark Bureau hanging out on the steps of "Lambda Chi" on Saturday morning. Kathy McHugh Mirani joined them later in the day. They still miss their dear friend Meg Torrey Crain very much, especially when they return to Colby. They were quite the foursome, always up to some mischief. Linda is now the benefits manager at Cole-Haan footwear (a division of Nike) in Yarmouth, Maine. She treated Lisa to a stop at the employee store on the drive up to the reunion, so Lisa arrived all decked out in new Nike apparel! . . . Diane Conley Lavangie, Sarah Lickdyke Morrissette and Helen Dooley Jursek looked like models that just stepped off the set of Sex in the City when they arrived at our Saturday reception in their sleek summer shifts! I thought they were fifth-reunion attendees who went to the wrong reception. Not that I'm jealous! It really was a great weekend. Thanks to all of you who did join us in June. We want to see even more of you for the 25th. . . . Jim Haddow writes that during the summer of 2001 he and his wife, Michelle, and their sons, Hamish, seventh grade, and Max, fifth grade, moved to Portland from Limington, Maine, where they had been living since 1993. Jim is serving as vice president this year of the board of directors of the University of Maine Law School Alumni Association. He also recently completed a chapter about legal issues in prenatal diagnosis for a medical text, Prenatal Diagnosis: The Human Side, due out in the fall of 2002. Jim is a partner in the law firm Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow, LLP. . . . Susan Reese Krevat is teaching third grade in Woburn, Mass., at the Goodyear School. She writes, "this is the first year I have my own classroom, and I really love my new job." Her husband, Matt '80, is an attorney in Lynn, and their three children, ages 13, 11 and 9, are always on the go. Susan recently spoke to Kelda Caldwell Simpson, who she says is enjoying life in the Washington, D.C., area. Kelda works at the World Bank and has two young daughters. . . . Wende Davis was sad to miss the 20th reunion (her first absence since graduating), but she had a great excuse. She gave birth to twins! Her son, Camden Alexander Shultz, and daughter, Ashley Sterling Shultz, were born on April 4, 2002. Wende and her husband, Joe, are "thrilled but very tired." Their previously quiet life, spent with their two large dogs, traveling and sailing off the coast of California around the channel islands, has slipped away for a while. Wende and Joe both work as research scientists for Amgen, a large biotech company. Despite missing the reunion, Wende was happy to report that she did manage to see Sarah Lickdyke Morrissette, Cindy Koehler Bernstein and Juleanne Cully Wright on her annual 4th of July trip home to Massachusetts. . . . Amy and Brad Miller are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Eliza Macauley Miller, on August 23, 2002. . . . Ann Renner Stillwater writes that after the reunion she and her family took a three-week trip to Canada and the Rushmore area. It was fun and educational, she says, to see the differences and similarities across national and provincial borders. Ann writes, "be sure to stop at McDonalds for poutine if you are in Canada!" Now that she is back home in rural Ohio she is planning college visits for her son, Chris. This brings back memories of her own college search 25 years ago. We are at a fun stage in life. Some classmates are having their first children while others are starting to deal with college searches. Pretty cool. . . . Scott Sophos is busy acting and directing in Washington, D.C. He will be appearing in the Keegan Theatre's production of Brendan Behan's The Hostage in January. Details are on the Web site ( . . . Please make sure to fill out the questionnaire in this issue or drop me an e-mail to keep me up to date throughout the year.

--Janice McKeown


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Sally Lovegren Merchant
24 Easy Street
Mt. Desert , ME 04660
fax: 207-244-9445

We're gearing up for reunion so keep posted and plan to have a great weekend on campus in June. . . . Geoff Ballotti is executive vice president of hotel operations for North America with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Geoff began his Starwood career with Sheraton in 1989 as director of marketing for North America and subsequently held a series of operations assignments, with his most recent role in Europe. . . . Heidi Dickman Taylor, please write to me; I received an inquiry about you of a genealogical nature. . . . Mark Green is vice president of sales for Relicore, Inc. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Burlington, Mass., Relicore is a leading provider of automated discovery, tracking and dependency mapping solutions for distributed application infrastructures--i.e., the company provides solutions to IT organizations. Mark brought almost 20 years of sales and sales management experience in the enterprise software market. . . . In El Segundo, Calif., Sonya Thompsen Halsey is pursuing her master's in clinical psychology through Antioch University toward licensure as a marriage and family therapist. She's doing her internship in El Segundo at the South Bay Center for Counseling, a low-cost family therapy center serving the whole South Bay area. She also consults for New Line and does some contract work with a talent agency. And she's enjoying more time with her son, Zachary, 2 and a "handful," Sonya says. . . . We commemorated September 11 as so many did with tears. But, happily on that day, I heard for the first time from Rebecca Thomforde and Rick Hauser, who were married in August 2002 in Hoboken, N.J., where they currently live. Rick met Rebecca in 2001 in Boston, where she was living and where Rick was visiting Sean Duffy, who was in town on business. Rick earned his M.B.A. from Cornell and is now a management consultant for a small N.Y.C. area firm working mostly with large banks and securities firms on various re-engineering projects. Rebecca works for The Center for Court Innovation, assisting courts throughout New York state to implement specialized domestic violence courts as well as to train court staff on domestic violence issues. Rick keeps active playing in baseball and basketball leagues. He reports that Sean Duffy lives in Malmo, Sweden, where he runs an international advertising firm called The Duffy Agency. Rick and Sean still manage to get together "spontaneously" a couple of times each year, having met over the years in places like Stockholm, Copenhagen, Zurich, London, Quebec, Mexico, the Caribbean, San Francisco, New York, New Hampshire and Boston. Sean was best man at Rick and Rebecca's wedding. . . . Want to become a sales rep for Mair Hill and Associates, Inc.? I checked out the web site ( and learned that many products I know and love can be purchased indirectly through a Mair Hill rep. Mair Sirakides Hill is the owner of her own company that sells "fun stuff" to retail stores. Mair's note was brief because she was preparing for the October Chicago Marathon and I envisioned her running off to train. She completed her first triathlon in July! . . . Barb and Sean McNamara were expecting their second child in November. Proud father Sean sent me a cute picture of older brother Riley, 2, and I, as some sort of happy Colby grandmother or godmother to all of your family members, saw Sean in Riley right away. (You are all welcome to send photos to me anytime of family members, special pets, partners, etc.) The McNamaras live in Atlanta, Ga., where Sean is the director of product planning for Saab Cars USA. Sean travels to Sweden four or five times a year, generally. Who in our class lives near Sean? . . . An e-mail from Paul Revere III was a mini-column in itself (Paul may want to take over writing this column sometime since he has a knack for contacting Colbyites). Paul, his wife, Stasia, daughter Kira, 10, and son Paul IV, 8, live on Cape Cod. Paul owns a solo practice in environmental law in the Northeast, handling and having success with many controversial matters such as rental moorings on Maine islands. Mass. Lawyers Weekly at least twice reported on front-page decisions in Paul's favor. Paul says he speaks often to Al Pare '84 and Rob McInnes, who together own Mortgage Network in Danvers, Mass., a major originator of mortgages. Al spends his free time tuna fishing, and Rob's busy with his children. Elliot Pratt '80 is a manager for them. Paul also says that Andrew Kaye '83 has three children and is northeastern regional manager for Jefferson Properties, Inc. (or JPI), out of Westboro, Mass., a national apartment developer. Paul says that Al Paperny, legal counsel for Casual Corner, lives in Hartford, Conn., with his family and sees Kevin Morin '84, also living in Hartford, and that Drew Fitch '84 lives in Portland, Maine, and works in management for Silver Street Development, a national apartment development firm. Paul sees a lot of Lisa Murray MacLean at their Hyannis Yacht Club--they have daughters the same age. Lisa is a high school guidance counselor concentrating on college admissions, and the family lives in Reading, Mass. Finally, Paul reported seeing Bruce Stewart, who began college with us in 1979. Bruce is recently remarried and lives in Dracut, Mass., with his wife, Sandy, and their mixed family, which includes four children. Bruce has started his own repair and remodeling business. Wonderful to hear about Bruce. Fantastic job, Paul, tell everyone we say hello. . . . Quick news from Dan Weeks: he's happy to report that in August he was promoted to full professor of human genetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

--Sally Lovegren Merchant

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Cynthia M. Mulliken-Lazzara
107 Diablo Drive
Kentfield, CA 94904-2605

Hello to all. I received some news clippings from the Alumni Office and some lovely e-mails from classmates. Virginia Converse Wood ran for a seat on the Groton, Mass., planning board. No word at deadline as to how her bid fared, but the article mentioned that she has worked as the owner of Ken's American Café from 1995 to present. We have another café owner/chef from our class. Oliver Outerbridge is the owner/chef of Spring Street Café in Belfast, Maine--and I would hope proud owner, given the reviews I've read. Oliver studied in the intensive program at Peter Kump's New York Cooking School, graduated with honors and went on to apprentice in a two-star Michelin restaurant in Cannes, France. From there he went to work for several years at restaurants in New York, Sante Fé and Portland, Maine, before opening Spring Street Café. . . . Beth Stillings Brooks wrote to update me on the non-professional portion of her family's life (in the last column I wrote about Bob becoming CEO of Seniorlink). They have three children: Meghan, 12, Katherine, 9, and Jack, 3. Beth is working as a full-time mom trying to keep up with soccer, basketball and softball schedules as well as volunteering in the kids' schools. She's attempting to wrap herself around the idea that in a few years her eldest will be looking at colleges. They keep in touch with George and Sarah Chapin Reardon and Trish (Martin '86) and Harry Raphael. . . . Congratulations are in order for Derek Tarson; he made the Rutgers Law Review in his second year of law school! . . . More congratulations go out to Sharon Kehoe, who was married on Sept. 7, 2002, in Tensleep Canyon, Wyo., to Daniel Miller. Dan is a geologist for Marathon Oil Company, and Sharon is working for a computer software company as a writer and Web designer. They are currently living in Cody, Wyo. . . . In June 2002 Sam Staley became president of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy solutions, a public policy think tank based in Los Angeles. He co-founded the institute in 1994 but left in 1998 to direct the urban futures program for the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles. It's a big change for Sam. He's been doing policy research for almost 20 years and now he has to make payroll and manage people--good luck, Sam! . . . Peter Necheles wrote about the first day of school--for his oldest daughter. The whole family walked to school together on a beautiful fall day. What a great way to start your academic career! Peter changed jobs in May '02, going from junior partner at Hall and Dorr in Boston to a senior corporate counsel for a division of a multinational company in Canton. He's handling mergers and acquisitions, international law, real estate, regulatory issues and intellectual property--a full mix. Prior to the corporate law world he was at the Treasury Department and the Department of Agriculture in Washington for about six years. He worked on economic development issues and privatization of small pieces of the federal government and enjoyed the political process. Peter and his wife, Marlissa, and their daughters, Shea and Ella, are currently living in Arlington, Mass. . . . John Tawa and his wife, Lisa Dunne, welcomed a second son to the family. This child was walking at nine months! John figures he's well on his way to being a better athlete than his old man. . . . My final update came the furthest--from Catherine Altrocchi Waidyatilleka, who is living in Hawaii (which she loves--no surprise there) and teaching high school English. She has two "rascally" sons, 8 and 6, and says "life is good" (again no surprise to hear this from someone living in paradise). She was curious as to how to get in touch with Doug Waite. If anyone wants to find a classmate, the easiest way to do this is to go to the Colby Web site. Find the alumni section; after a short sign-in process to verify you are who you say you are, you can easily look up anyone from any year.

--Cynthia Mulliken-Lazzara

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