2010 Newsmakers

Pandit Mami '14

Mechanical engineer Zach Currier ’11 was the subject of an “Engineer Profile” in Avionics International magazine. Currier works for the defense and technology company Logos Technologies, where he oversees the Blackkite program that’s creating a sensor pod for aircraft. Computer work, testing, and time in the machine shop fill his days. “I like to get my hands dirty and try to build things,” he said. * Marquette University awarded Pandit Mami ’14 a Trinity Fellowship, which combines social justice work, volunteerism, and scholarship. Mami is working on his master’s in international affairs and volunteers with City Year as the AmeriCorps member development coordinator in Milwaukee. * In April Sara LoTemplio ’16 won a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. LoTemplio is a second-year Ph.D. student in cognitive neuroscience in the University of Utah’s psychology department. She reports being “interested in the restorative effects of natural environments on attention, both their cognitive benefits and neurological underpinnings.”


Class Correspondent:

Clare Murray

Saying the Class of ’18 has moved mountains since graduating is most definitely an understatement. To begin, Samantha Carter has been spending her weekends volunteering as a mentor with Minds Matter to help low-income, high-achieving high school students through the college process. * Chase Goldston has been working as an agriculture volunteer with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, spending most of his time in the dirt, making household gardens and beehives, teaching English and nutrition lessons, funneling volunteer earnings almost purely toward downloading Cleveland sports highlights, and reading on his porch. * Avery Heilbron has been abating lead paint in homes across Massachusetts while also working as a data analyst at Sun Life. * Anna Ramsey has been working at the asthma clinical research center at Boston Children’s Hospital. She’s been especially enjoying heading north to adventure in the mountains and lakes on the weekends. * Between Samantha Attar and Molly McGavick, the Class of ’18 has also covered great territory in Boston, getting to know all of the hot spots and yummy eats. * Music-wise, Christian Sparacio established a solo music project under his name (@sparaciomusic) and sold out Arlene’s Grocery in the Lower East Side (keep an ear out for his debut EP in early 2020). * On the graduate school front, Brooke Gentry started a master’s of arts in law and diplomacy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston. Kathleen Mason began studying at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University for a master’s in environmental management. And Haley Jones began studying for her master’s of arts in teaching foreign languages at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. * As for me, Clare Murray, the Class of 2018 correspondent, well, I’m enjoying the process of getting re-adjusted to life in the United States for now; reconnecting with my classmates has sure been the highlight of the process thus far. I’m eager to continue reporting what new and exciting things these mountain-movers are up to!


Class Correspondent:

Cecil K. Brooks

Greetings, 2017 Mules! As your class correspondent, I seek to uplift your stories and provide exciting updates. The second half of 2019 provided plenty of avenues for Colby alumni to have a great time. At reunion in June, I cheered on Trustee Kate Roosevelt ’89 and her Colby Brick Award over a lobster-filled lunch. At our Annual Summer Finance Banquet in July, I geeked out over economic policy with Trustee Michael Koester ’94 of Goldman Sachs. In August I shared cheese fries with Bethany Weitzman ’14 at the annual Yankee Stadium BBQ in preparation for my birthday. At our Welcome to the City event in September, I congratulated Gerald Nvule ’19 on his recent Colby Magazine appearance. Homecoming in October saw a grand toast at the Blue Light Pub with Andy Lin ’18 and Clint Henry Ross ’16. Here’s to another year of Mule spirit! What are other classmates up to? * Izzy Zaidi moved to London to pursue a master’s of public health from Imperial College London. She had a year of amazing travel around the UK before staying in Geneva, Switzerland, to do an internship with the World Health Organization. Now she’s home working part time at the Maine CDC and figuring out next steps. * John Kensinger is still living in San Francisco, where he now leads content marketing at a health-tech startup called Trusted Health. He is advancing the nursing industry for travel nurses—and loving it. * SGA President Matt Hawkins has graduated from Duke University with a master’s of engineering! A long flight from York, Maine, he is in Dallas spending most of his time with a small team of graduates in partnership with a U.S. Army Special Forces group on a telemedicine-related project. * Rachel Prestigiacamo is in her third year of vet school at Tufts, and she is looking forward to starting clinics (when she will have her very own patients!) this coming March. * Jari Abreu develops software applications remotely and resides in the Bronx, N.Y. * Larry Patrizio loves his fast-paced job on IBM’s sales team. * Georgia Lubrano hopes everyone is well and that life after Colby is not only bearable, but enjoyable. After two years in NYC, she just moved to Boston and would love to see anyone in the area. Reach out if you’d like to grab a drink with her! * Kadish Hagley was recently promoted to an associate at Citibank and remains in Brooklyn, N.Y. * Albertha Ladina is excited to start an accelerated nursing school program at Stony Brook University and loves Long Island in New York. * Sava Petovic is a senior analyst at the Brasidas Group. * Rebecca Robinson takes on another year as an analyst at BlackRock. * Ben Bostwick takes on hard questions daily as the deputy press secretary for the Maine Democratic Party. * Robert Donohue works in New York City as an investment banking analyst at Brookline Capital Markets. * Lydia Larson enjoys France’s Rennes area as an English language teaching assistant at France USA. She is one of 1,400 U.S. citizens taking full advantage of the opportunity to work in France for seven months. * Paige Shortsleeves supports social causes in Portland, Maine, as a community organizer with the Broward Organized Leaders Doing Justice. * Gemma Bready and Andrew Beacham share similarly exciting gigs on the MarketAxess sales and emerging markets teams, respectively, in New York City. * Kyra Webb also works in the NYC finance industry as an assistant for the investor relations and foundation teams at Centerbridge Partners. Our class is all over, for sure! * There are plenty of ways to get involved with designing our next reunion in 2022. You can update your contact info on alumni.colby.edu, join our reunion committee, support our teams with the C Club, or attend local events. The alumni relations department can even reimburse those hosting a get-together in your city. I am always happy to discuss ideas or simply catch-up. Reach out if you need a free tour in New York!


Class Correspondent:

Holly Bogo

Hi Class of ’16! * Eda Reed moved to Baltimore to pursue a dual M.P.H./M.B.A. at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School. * Ben Crocker started a new position this fall as the school counselor for Central Middle in Corinth, Maine. He’s also in the final year of graduate school, getting a dual master’s in school counseling and human relations. * Matt Lara, currently living in Hoboken, N.J., and working in New York City, remains close friends with Cam Copeland, who lives and works in Boston. The two planned to meet up in Chicago at the end of September to run the Chicago Half Marathon and indulge in some deep-dish pizza. * Will Kearney and Jesse Juntura have a new roommate, Kimchi, who likes to watch birds and chase the laser pointer. * Jack Lynch moved to Asheville, N.C., to start work as an environmental science teacher at the Christ School; he is currently working with Cam Hillier ’17. In addition to teaching science, Jack’s working in their outdoor program as a kayaking and climbing guide. If you are passing through, be sure to drop him a line! * Toni Newton-Acquah recently relocated to Accra, Ghana, where she saw all the business opportunities available and launched an African wellness company, Flowers & Moondust. It’s a social enterprise business that features African health + beauty products and a wellness retreat, working with local African farmers to bring African wellness products to the global market. * Hannah Twombly has been living in North Haven, Maine, for two years now. She’s bartending, teaching yoga, lobstering, and doing other odd jobs in the area to make some money while she and Connor O’Neill ’15 start an aquaculture business. They’re currently growing scallops and plan to begin growing kelp with the hope of selling their product within a year or two. * Will Ryan was featured in a Wall Street Journal in an article on shorts. * Greg Ho moved to Hanover, N.H., to start his Ph.D. in immunology at Dartmouth College. * Brooke Chandor ’15, Kate Parsons ’15, and Carylanne Wolfington have aged 40 years since graduating from Colby and spend their free time playing pickleball. Challenge them to a match next time you are in Boston, NYC, or Portland, Maine! * Jack Bjorn graduated from law school and has moved to Portland, Maine, to be a lawyer for Eaton Peabody. * Joe Maher moved to Seattle and is working at Bain & Co. He has also started his M.B.A. at the University of Washington Foster. * Thanks for sending so many updates and sharing what you’ve been up to. Wishing everyone a great rest of the year!


Class Correspondent:

Molly Nash

Marie Bebear and Raymond Zeek got engaged over the summer and will marry in the summer of 2020. * Katherine Bell works in real estate at Compass in Back Bay. She’s had the pleasure of working with a number of Colby grads and would love to continue helping the Colby community find their homes in Boston. Buying, selling, or renting! * Connor Clancy married Sarah Lux ’14. She’s now Sarah Clancy! * Zach Eslami started a new job as a data science and AI implementations leader for North America at IBM, and he recently moved in with his girlfriend in Battery Park. It was a great summer of outdoor adventures, and he can’t wait to have some more fun with the whole gang at reunion next year. * Tionna Haynes is in school earning her second master’s, this one in public school building leadership through the Summer Principals Academy of Teachers College at Columbia University. This time next year, she could be a principal at a school near you! Tionna is the interim case manager of special education services at the Chicago school where she currently works. * Max Jennings and Audrey Sandberg are excited to announce that they’re engaged! They live in Sidney, Maine, and Audrey recently started a job as a veterinarian in Fairfield. Max enjoys teaching high school in Hebron. * Thomas Kader is in Hangzhou, China, teaching English classes for grade 10 at AHEAD-UNSW Australian High School Program on the Hangzhou Entel Foreign Language School campus. * Megan MacKenzie is in her first year of pursuing a master’s in social work at the Smith College School for Social Work. She is interning at the Maine Medical Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Center throughout the school year. She also works as a high school and college sexual consent educator with the nonprofit Speak About It. * Catherine Minahan is excited to start a 16-month nursing program. * Janie O’Halloran completed graduate school at Northeastern University and is now a school psychologist with Chelsea public schools in Massachusetts. * Ari Porter and Ryan Cole still live in Boulder, Colo., and love it. Ryan started the fourth year of his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at CU Boulder. Ari works at the Colorado Outward Bound School in Denver on the sales and marketing team. They’ve been lucky enough to have John Tortorello, Molly Robertson, Max Jennings, Zach Eslami, Drew Kelly, Evan LaMarre, and Sophie Janeway ’16 visit them over the past year. They had a wonderful summer with lots of camping and mountain biking, but they’re mostly just looking forward to next summer because they’re stoked for reunion. * David Watson married Clare Hasbrouck ’18, who he met at Colby in 2014. They’re honeymooning in Japan after Christmas. David started a new job as a digital analyst contractor for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in D.C. David and Clare moved into a new apartment in the NoMa neighborhood of D.C. with their black pug, Eddie, who is three.


Class Correspondent:

Anders Peterson

Hi everyone! It was great seeing so many of you on campus for our fifth reunion. * Colin Cummings left his job as director of admissions at Overland Summers two years ago and has lived in Boston since, working as a certified nurse assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He’s also taking prerequisite courses for physician assistant school and is happy to share that he’ll start PA school at the Tufts University School of Medicine in January. He’s also recently engaged to his now fiancé, Caroline. They took an incredible trip to Hawaii to celebrate. He looks forward to catching up with more Colby alumni in Boston. * Miia-Liisa Termonen wrote to inform me that she is still alive. * After a two-year detour in Vienna, Austria, Gift Ntuli is finally settled home in Harare, Zimbabwe. He’s enjoying putting his liberal arts education to use in innovation and experimentation for climate mitigation and adaptation. He invites any Mules in Zimbabwe to link up. PV=nRT! * Felix Baldauf-Lenschen moved to Toronto to conquer the world and start his own company. * Tom Nagler moved to Portland, Maine, to pursue an acting career, and Peter Hambidge felt so bad about missing reunion that he camped on Runnals Hill for two weeks in July. * Guga Gogia is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. program. Guga made a serendipitous discovery that shaped the course of his Ph.D. and resulted in his first published paper, in 2017. He’s in the process of publishing two more papers that will showcase details about the phenomena he discovered. * Elena Kirillova is back studying Japanese and Japan in the second and final year of her M.A. in Japanese literature and language at UMass Amherst. She recently had two poems published in Ungatherable Things, an anthology by Word Portland, a monthly poetry reading in Maine. * Madeline Bruce got engaged to Tom McGinn ’12 last May while on vacation in New Zealand. * Through January 2020, Will Hochman will be performing in The Sound Inside, a two-person play on Broadway at Studio 54. As an author’s note, his big break is documented at colby.edu/magazine/welcome-to-broadway. Break a leg, Will! * I’m enjoying the second year of my M.B.A. at the University of Southern California, where my coursework has focused on business analytics. I’m currently in the swing of things with recruiting and am significantly more dedicated to finding a job after graduation than I was during my senior year at Colby.


Class Correspondent:

Sarah Lyon

Hope everyone is doing well, and thank you to all who submitted updates! * Matt Mantikas and Cassady Roberts found themselves on the same small flight in Norway in July. Matt was embarking on a week-long sailing trip with fellow mule Matt Carroll ’14, and Cassady was with family visiting her brother, who lives in Norway. While catching up, Matt shared that he’s starting business school in the fall in Portland, Ore. Cassady started her seventh year teaching lower elementary school in Steamboat Springs, Colo. It was a wonderful moment of serendipity for their paths to cross briefly. * Erika Hinman married Elizabeth Kaskel (now Hinman) Aug. 31. * Charlie Frank shares, “I’ll be embarking on a two-year academic sabbatical from my surgery residency at Emory. During this time, the department has sponsored me to get my M.B.A. at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, and I will be researching financial components of our tele-health ICU division.” * Over the summer, Holly Mawn and her husband, Austin Sutherland ’11, moved to Pittsburgh to start a new adventure. Holly is working at an all-girls school providing small-group instruction to students in grades one through four. She and Austin look forward to hosting many Mules in their new city in the months to come. * Nick Rimsa co-created Eariously, which allows people to listen to digital content such as emails, articles, and more on a phone or laptop. The company, based in Waterville, was awarded a $10,000 development grant from the Maine Technology Institute to help bring its product to market. * Gabriela Wyatt-Llort and Peter Jones married in June 2018 in North Yarmouth, Maine, surrounded by Colby friends. This August they welcomed into their family future Mule Nolan Francisco Llort Jones. Peter is in his last year of a Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley, and Gabriela is working as a high school college counselor at a charter school in Richmond, Calif. * Katherine Fecteau recently became the assistant curator at Old Sturbridge Village. * Kareem Kalil writes, “I’m currently an instructional coach at a 6-12 school in Denver, where I also get to be the head girls varsity basketball coach. And I’m getting married in July!” * Emily Bohm graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with her M.S. in physician assistant studies and started an emergency medicine residency at Johns Hopkins in March. She notes, “It’s a little change from my classical civilizations major at Colby, but I love it so far!” * Jayne Munger graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University Law School in D.C. This fall she started as a corporate associate at a law firm in New York City advising tech startup companies.


Class Correspondent:

Sarah Janes

A big thanks to everyone who wrote in with their news. I love hearing from you! An update from me, Sarah Janes: In May I completed my master’s in educational leadership and policy studies at Boston University. I continue to work at Concierge Services for Students as the director of client services. * Nathaniel “Than” Moore recently returned from being the expedition medical provider for this summer’s Juneau Icefield Research Program, where he supported the undergraduate research program, studying glaciology and climatology during their traverse from Juneau to Atlin, B.C. He’s returned to Burlington to begin his M.B.A. with a focus in sustainable innovation at the University of Vermont. * Peter Smithy completed business school at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University with a capstone in Hong Kong, during which he traveled to 12 countries in Asia. He has since moved to the New York City area to work at Merck in a corporate finance position in their research labs. * Gabriel Lerner graduated from Boston University School of Medicine this spring, and he’s very much enjoying the start of his pathology residency at Yale University. He’s settling into life in New Haven and enjoys biking around the city. * Jennifer Cox married Krupa Shah this spring, and their wedding was featured in The Cut! I implore you to check out the article and accompanying photos—truly a special and beautiful tribute to their respective cultures. * Courtney Yeager was recently named executive director of the United Way of Kennebec Valley, allowing her to follow her passion for helping local people access basic needs, healthcare, and education. She often says she “cut her teeth” at the Colby Echo, where she learned most of the skills that she draws upon daily in the workplace. Courtney lives with her husband, Andrew, in Brunswick and can usually be found taking a food tour of Maine with Lindsay Putnam, Jessie Rottersman ’14, and Amarinda Keys ’14. * Jeff Carpenter married Elva Fan in Half Moon Bay, Calif., with Trip Venturella, Bogo Giertler, James Lasher, Tanya Tsay, Yuri Min, Jon Riesenbach, Jonathan Kalin ’14, and Cole Yaverbaum ’14 in attendance. They had a second wedding in Harbin, China. Jeff and Elva both work at Google and are hopefully soon-to-be dog parents. * Emily Fleming began her fifth year teaching yoga and mindfulness as a full-time, specials class (alternative to PE) at a charter middle school in Baltimore, where she has created her own curriculum and uses yoga and mindfulness to teach self-management and social/emotional learning skills to students. Emily traveled to Bali this summer to complete her 300-hour yoga teacher training, and she spent a weekend at the beach in Delaware with Ali Reader, Lauren McCrary, and Allie Emery. * Mandy Reynolds loves living in Portland, Maine. She is slowly but surely transitioning from socially responsible investment research to commercial real estate brokerage and development. She wants to make more of Maine’s best-loved places and is cutting her teeth at one of the busiest times in development in Maine. * Aileen Evans and Ben Grimmig were married in the fall of 2018 in the Shenandoah Valley. They’ve since adopted a puppy named Colby! Colby made her first trip from Washington, D.C., to her namesake this August. * Taylor Horan married Trevor Jones at the beginning of August surrounded by many fellow Mules. * Rebecca Gonzalez-Kreisberg earned her master’s of arts in teaching in elementary education at Mount Holyoke College and subsequently received her Massachusetts teaching license. She has since moved to Bennington, Vt., and has started a job as a sixth-grade teacher in North Adams, Mass. * Congratulations to all who received graduate degrees, started new jobs, got married, had children, and every achievement in between! I hope your lives continue to flourish.


Class Correspondent:

Rian Ervin

After graduating from Harvard Business School in May, Austin Sutherland and his wife, Holly Mawn ’13, moved to Pittsburgh. Holly teaches elementary school, and Austin started a new job as a member of the strategy team at Dick’s Sporting Goods. * In August Noah Bonnheim and Hannah Wagner were married in the mountains of Montana. * Morganne Kraines recently graduated with her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. In June she completed her clinical internship year at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she’s staying as a postdoctoral research fellow. She recently received a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Health. This grant will fund her independent research for two years and will provide her with several exciting training opportunities. * Gil ’10 and Annie Warner Haylon welcomed the birth of their son, William Schellenger Haylon, in June. * In September Zach Currier married Chelsea Lord in Vermont. Laura (Maloney ’12) and Michael Johnsen, Justin Rouse ’12, Rian Ervin, Peter Williams, Noah Bonnheim and Hannah Wagner, Sam Axelrod, Jamie Leake, David and Heather Pratt Lowe, and Andy Maguire attended the ultimate farm party. * This summer John Perkins, Saikrishna Chavali, Claudia Camerino ’13, Carly Rushford ’13, Chris Eden ’14, Robyn Wardell, Larissa Lee ’13, Alec Peters ’13, Eric Freeman, and Sara Ramsay gathered for a Fourth of July backpacking trip in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in southwest Washington state. The Colby COOT alumni of 2019 hailed from Portland, Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Europe.


Class Correspondent:

Caity Murphy

Sam Brakeley is excited to release a book this fall titled Skiing with Henry Knox, published by Islandport Press in Maine. * Casey Sullivan wrapped up his Columbia fellowship in May and started at Business Insider, where he is covering private equity. If any Colby grads have experience working in private equity, Casey would love to hear from you. * Jeoff and Naamah Azoulay Jarnot welcomed a beautiful, healthy baby girl earlier this year. Liviya “Livi” Mazal Chava Jarnot was born Jan. 26, weighing seven pounds, six ounces and measuring 19.5 inches. She’s the light of their lives, and they can’t wait to bring her to Colby sometime in the fall to show her where mama and papa first met. * Annelise Weirsema married Jeremy Plourde (a Tufts alum) in Maine. Alumni in attendance included Alyssa Kavanagh Planeta, Kelly Sullivan Giachetto, Emily Hanley Elting, Emily Pavelle, Katie Unsworth, Kelly Foss, Max Mutter, Nick Planeta ’09, and Chrissy Atwood ’04. * Kari Rivers started a new job teaching fourth-grade science and social studies in Kirkwood, Mo. This summer she taught a Harry Potter-themed summer camp class and had lots of fun making potions, magic wands, and having a pretend sorting hat ceremony. * Caity Murphy ditched the Front Range of Colorado to return to the mountains of Lander, Wyo., where she works as an emergency room nurse. She’s quickly ruining her fingernails rock climbing the area’s glorious limestone cliffs. She attempts to spend as few moments inside as possible. * Yanica Faustin is completing her Ph.D. at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and starting a pre-doctoral fellowship in the public health studies department at Elon University. Both of her children celebrated birthdays last June—son Idris turned three, and daughter Zuri turned one. * Jim and Brittany Soderholm Gancarz welcomed a baby boy, David Micah, May 7. David is happy, healthy, and the light of their lives! * Maureen Dunn started a pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. * Jaclyn (Johnson ’12) and Erik Johnson welcomed Benjamin Edward Johnson in July. Everyone is happy and healthy! They’re already looking forward to his first game of die with Doug Wong and Brett Souza at our 10th reunion. * Mark your calendars for June 5-7, 2020, for our 10th reunion. I hope to see lots of classmates back on the Hill!

2000 Newsmakers

Victor Cabada '05

Victor Cabada ’05 was awarded an Excellence in Management Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award is the third-highest honor granted by the department and acknowledges an employee’s contribution to the agency’s performance. Cabada is a public health advisor for the CDC in Atlanta. * Liz Byrne ’09 presented a talk at the 2019 South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) titled “Going Beyond the Gender Binary in the Workplace.” Byrne, a program manager at Apple, also does advocacy work at Santa Clara University “helping educate future healthcare providers in supporting gender-expansive clients,” according to their SXSW bio. * Ellen London Crane ’09 was awarded a WGBH 2020 Becton Fellowship. London, a digital editor at WGBH, was selected for her work that is “emblematic of the organization’s public service message.” * Tarini Manchanda ’09 was awarded one of four Climate and Environmental Justice Media Fellowships from FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund. Manchanda is an independent filmmaker based in South Delhi, India, who turns her lens on social and environmental justice stories in her home country of India.


Class Correspondent:

Elyse Apantaku

I know a lot of us had fun at reunion this year! I can’t believe it’s been a whole five years since we graduated. Just kidding—it’s been 10 years! And for these past 10 years, Olivia Sterling has faithfully, regularly emailed us asking what we’ve been up to since the last issue of Colby Magazine came out. Now it’s time for a new class correspondent—myself, Elyse Apantaku. * Sean Prockter owns Jasper Hikes & Tours in Alberta, Canada, with his wonderful wife, Joy. He leads ice walks in Maligne Canyon and is an interpretive hiking guide, technical canyon guide, and a top rope-climbing instructor. He’s currently working towards becoming a fully certified Association of Canadian Mountain Guides ski guide. * Alea Thompson and Jason Stigliano bought a house in Peabody, Mass., with their daughter, Isadora, and their cat, Kira. They had fun at reunion and enjoyed seeing friends new and old-—as well as discovering the absinthe made by Karen Heck ’74 and Bruce Olson ’76 at Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery near campus. * Kat Brzozowski Miller is now a senior editor at Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan), where she’s working on a book by the Jonas Brothers. * Shirmila Cooray and her husband, Tommy, were delighted to welcome their daughter, Sophie Celine Szalasny, into the world at 3:16 a.m. March 16. Mom hopes Sophie will be a future Mule one day. Shirmila brought her to reunion in hopes of getting her hooked on Colby early. * Alexander Richards married Kate Archer, daughter of Pierce Archer ’78, in Westport, Conn., July 27, with 22 Mules in attendance, including groomsmen Sam Hoff, Alex Hoder, Josh Sadownik, and Simon Levy. Like everyone who was able to make it, Alexander very much enjoyed reunion. * Dan Heinrich recently participated in and crushed the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon. Danny Wasserman and Sarah Switchenko ’08 and Ishan Bir Singh ’08 were among a crew of fans. Dan recently popped the question and became engaged. * Danny Wasserman has been traveling to many cool places, including Japan and Colombia. He was excited to host Dan Heinrich and Scott Zeller in Seattle to celebrate 33rd birthdays. For the festivities, they grew hipster mustaches, drank aggressively hoppy IPAs, and sported outfits strictly assembled from vintage thrift shops … all while listening to Macklemore. * Scott Zeller wrapped up a five-year stint in North Carolina and is now traveling the world with his wife, Sameera Anwar ’10. Some of the planned highlights included seeing Petra, trekking to Everest Basecamp with Lokesh Todi, and touring Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. * David Metcalf and his wife, Hillary, weren’t able to make it to reunion because their son, Everett, was born early this summer. Everett is a joy, and they’ve had fun sharing him with friends and family in and around their home in Chelsea, Mass. * Brooke Barron moved to Brunswick, Maine, from Berkeley, Calif., this spring with her family to work for Sara Gideon, Maine’s speaker of the house. Brooke and Sam love exploring mid-coast Maine with their son, Owen, 1, and look forward to hosting Colby visitors. * Ben Hauptman and I welcomed Luther into this world in May and brought him and his three big siblings to reunion. Luther is the fourth grandchild of my dad, Frank Apantaku ’71, and the fourth nibling (the non-gendered variant of niece or nephew) for Zack Hauptman ’05 and Tessa Hauptman ’18. Hopefully we’ll see updates from Sophie, Everett, and Luther in the Class of 2037 column and from Isadora and Owen for the Class of 2036 column.


Class Correspondent:

Palmer McAuliff DePre

Emily Wagner took a new job at Middlebury College as a violence prevention specialist. She would love to meet up with other alums in the Burlington or Middlebury area. * James Tang was honored and humbled to have been selected by Maverick PAC to the Future40 Class of 2019. Future40 recognizes young professionals and veterans across the country that embody the next generation of leadership in the public and private sector. * Erica Ciszek accepted a new job as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She and Christina Raymond also welcomed their son, Eli Walden Raymond-Ciszek, June 2. * Bobby Underwood is playing the constable in Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish off-Broadway. It has been running at Stage 42 since February and is currently selling tickets through Jan. 5. Visit fiddlernyc.com for more info. * Emily Plumb and Nate Deschaine welcomed their first baby, Samuel Plumb Deschaine, March 19. * Billy Fong recently graduated with his second master’s degree, in educational leadership and administration, and now looks forward to spending more time with friends and family again. In early July he caught up with Julie Bero and hoped to meet up with Christina Feng soon. * Christine Avena earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology last spring from the University of Colorado Boulder. She also got engaged to Jordan Wachs, University of Wisconsin-Madison ’10, and planned a fall wedding in New Hampshire with lots of Colby friends. She looked forward to seeing everyone and having a mini-reunion! * Elizabeth Petit now works for a biotech startup called Affinivax and is working on a new vaccine for pneumonia with their novel vaccine technology. * Several alumni converged at Sarah Kunkel Waterman’s cabin in Palermo, Maine, last August. Jon Amadei, Rich Waterman, and John Waterman ’11 attempted a midnight canoe ride and proceeded to fall into Branch Pond while launching, ruining clothes but miraculously sparing cell phones, which Jon reported he thought would be a great idea to bring. Ed Davis and Abby Harris ’11 also joined for some epic beer die and some wound-free rounds of stumpy. * Juan Colón shared that JaeHee Yun gave birth to twins Aug. 20! * Over the summer Erica Kreuter Schechter and her family moved to Frankfurt, Germany, where they’ll live for the next two years. They’re excited to travel around Europe. Visit them! They’d love to host any Colby alumni!


Class Correspondent:

Annie Mears Abbott

Annie Mears (that’s me!) married Doug Abbott July 20 in her hometown of Woodstock, Vt., with the reception held on her family farm in South Woodstock. Maids/matrons of honor were Lucy Hitz and Stephanie Finn, and bridesmaids included Lindsay Snyder Salamon, Ali Fulreader, and Laura Keeler Pierce. Other Colby alums there included Karli Gasteazoro McGill, Dan and Katie Maland Schupack, Natalie Ginsburg, Blake Foster, Alison McArdle, Alisa Perry, Sarah Eilers, Tunde and Jennifer Hinson Bamigboye, Courtney Goodie Barker, Jamie Kline, and Adam ’08 and Erin Scholssman Curatolo (with teeny-tiny baby Olin, who joined their family in May!). Other Colby guests included Deb Wathen Finn ’74, Derek Snyder ’04, and Andy Warneck ’05. * Tucker Kelton reports that “Liz (Morbeck) and I continue to live in Beacon Hill, and we had our second child, Johnny Kelton, in January 2019. On Labor Day weekend a crew of us ’07 guys congregated in San Francisco to help make Geoffrey Buckle a married man.” * This spring Dan and Katie Maland Schupack and big brother Ari welcomed the newest member of the family—Leo! * Amanda James Venezia is experiencing a mix of emotions as she says goodbye to her role as a claims learning and delivery specialist with the University of Farmers. After 12 years in claims, she has accepted a position on the agency side as a content curator and instructional designer for the University of Farmers specialty and distribution team. Despite the switch in professional roles, Amanda still managed to find time to redecorate son James’s bedroom to accommodate his request for a “Hulk Smash big-boy bed” and to shamelessly stalk her daughter, Leah, on her first day of kindergarten. * Zach Haas is finishing a fellowship in Buffalo and will be working as an anesthesiologist in Hartford, Conn. He has two kids, two and four. * Amanda Vickerson and former Baxter Academy coworker Aleah Starr ’11 are both new hires to the South Portland, Maine, school district. Amanda has joined the high school special education team, while Aleah is assistant principal at Memorial Middle School. Amanda continues to hone her avid thrifting skills and is often seen roller-skating around Gorham with her dogs. Y Ian London was married in Steamboat Springs, Colo., with the help of Ellen London Crane ’09 (best woman) and Bryan Gattis and Ben Crane ’06 (groomsmen). * Kevin Fritze accepted a new position as manager, talent management, with the paper company Domtar. After spending five years on the company’s environmental and sustainability team, Kevin is excited to see how well his skills transfer to a new area. Kevin and his wife, Dorian, are still enjoying life in Charlotte, N.C., with their two children, the oldest of which just started first grade. * Kevin Shers and his wife, Kate, welcomed Lucas Benjamin Shers Aug. 30. * Kris King and Caitlin Sateia had their second son, Sawyer Bradley King, Aug. 7. Mom and baby are doing great, and Lawson, 5, was excited to start kindergarten at the Bates School in Wellesley, Mass.


Class Correspondent:

Lindsey Boyle McKee

Becky Mandeville Coleman and her husband, Daniel (Tufts 2004,) live in Providence, R.I. In May they had a daughter, Kate Elisabeth Coleman, who, Becky writes, “is just the best!” * Abbi Lathrop Martz welcomed her second child, Richardson “Rickie” Lathrop Martz, April 19. Big sister Elsie, 2.5 years, is loving her new playmate. * Jennifer Radcliffe welcomed a baby girl, Madigan, with her boyfriend at the beginning of August. Her real estate brokerage was featured in a local magazine for being a dog-friendly office, for its community involvement, and for its charity work with one of the local nonprofit dog rescues. * Christian and Amanda Stein Rieben welcomed their third daughter, Sadie Walker Rieben, Aug. 16. Her two big sisters, Hadley and Mirielle, are equally as thrilled as their parents! * On July 5 Ellen (London ’09) and Ben Crane welcomed their daughter, Aurora Lahiff Crane. She already has three Colby onesies and will have no other choice but to join the Class of 2041. * Becky Greslick Vance married Brian Charles Aug. 3 in their backyard in Gorham, Maine. In attendance were Emily Bernier Shepard ’04 and Kate Theriault ’02. * Josh Montague moved to Denver, but he still gets to enjoy lunch at work with Alex McPherson ’07. He occasionally hangs out with Jess Seymour Wood and helped pace her husband, Anders ’07, during his successful finish at the Leadville 100 trail run this summer. * Cait Miller married Kristian Berhost this summer at a vineyard outside of Leesburg, Va. Colby alums in attendance included Nate Stone, Stephen Planas, Melissa McNulty, Taylor Snook, Aine McCarthy, Steven and Lindsey Brewer Djordjevich, Emma and Helen Emory, Greg and Kasi Carson Ortiz, Trevor ’07 and Kristine Fucillo Hanly, Ashley Germain Wallace ’05, Dan Lake and Marcy Rolerson, and Bennett Barnwell. They all had a fun weekend reconnecting! * Kendra King graduated from Quinnipiac University’s physician assistant program in August and will be working in general surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. * It was an eventful summer for Barbara Hough Kallas. She married Dominic Kallas June 29, had a wonderful weekend visit with Elizabeth Whittington in Connecticut, and had the honor of performing on flute with Grammy Award-winner Daniel Ho at Strathmore UkeFest in North Bethesda, Md. * Alex Jospe moved to Vermont with her partner and is now Nordic ski coach at the Stratton Mountain School. * Alan Chang started a college counseling company called Bay State Education (baystateedu.com) that works with athletes and international students. His first client was accepted early decision to Colby! * Bethann Swartz and her husband, Doug Hill, welcomed a daughter, Sierra Lainee Hill, in March. Beth and I try to meet up quarterly and are looking forward to many adventures together with our girls. * John McKee and I enjoyed trips to Washington, D.C., and Vermont this summer with our daughters. This summer I also became the new owner of FIT4MOM Longmeadow, which provides fitness and wellness programs for women at all stages of motherhood. It has been a busy but exciting transition to running my own business!


Class Correspondent:

Kate Slemp Douglas

Another season has come and gone—all too quickly! We continue to be a busy bunch. * Todd and Nora Gouge Moore welcomed son Liam last December. They reside in NYC, where Todd’s an attorney for Discovery Networks, and Nora practices clinical psychology, teaches at Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and trains for longer races. * Lauren (Uhlmann ’06) and Aaron Blazar welcomed son Benton in March. * Sara Nicolette Camak and her husband welcomed their second daughter, Mary, in April. * Lauren Smith Camera, recently named senior writer for U.S. News & World Report, where she covers education and the upcoming 2020 election, also welcomed a son, Dylan. * Melissa Mullen Davis started as chair of the board of directors of Graduate Women in Science. She and her husband welcomed their second daughter, Margaret. * John Fallon, in his final cardiac surgery fellowship year at Emory in Atlanta, is searching for an attending job. He welcomed his second daughter in August. * Peter Sherman’s restaurant, BarBacon, opened its second location in Union Square, NYC, and this summer he released his cookbook, The Bacon Bible. * Christina Pluta moved to San Francisco to start a new job at Zymergen, a synthetic biology startup. * In June Patrick Ochieano married Jeanette Wolfarth in Bath, Maine, and then moved cross country, via a POD, to Running Springs, Calif. * A day after earning her M.B.A. from the University of Washington Foster School of Business, Alana McGee married Colin Skone on the coast of Italy in an olive grove overlooking Sorrento. In attendance were Margaret Trzyna Marks, Rich and Jessica Sattler Crowley, Nate Mylrea, Alana’s brothers, Evan ’03 and Tim ’00, and her sister-in-law, Amy Piaseczny McGee ’99. * Margaret Trzyna Marks started as assistant director of admissions at Lakeside School in Seattle. * Corey Cramer teaches English and maritime literature at St. George’s School in Middletown, R.I., where he also runs the school’s surfing and outdoor leadership crew. He and his wife expected their second child in October. Last winter Corey, John and Wendy Sicard Cole, and Dan Seifert skied in Utah. * Andrew Drummond runs around the White Mountains, hosting trail-running events in the summer and running a backcountry ski shop in the winter. * Ilana Saxe completed her first half Ironman event this summer in Ohio, the perfect preparation for her visit to Sarah Webster in Anchorage. * Eight years after joining his family’s organic bread business, Bread Alone Bakery, Nels Leader recently took over as CEO. He’s put sustainable operations at the center of the bakery’s strategy, working toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. * Hillary Wiley McAllister works as an outpatient clinician for Oxford County Mental Health Services in western Maine, where she lives in a log cabin with husband, daughter, and dog. * Yan Kung received tenure at Bryn Mawr College—he’s now associate professor in biological chemistry. He lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his husband. * Nick Malick completed a master’s in independent school leadership at Columbia University. He’s in his second year as head of the upper school at Town School for Boys in San Francisco, where he resides with Rebecca (Taylor ’04) and their two daughters, Juliet and Eloise. * Last but certainly not least, per Bill Gallitto, Rich Downing is busy selling bitcoins. We wish him all the best. * Great to hear from you all—keep the news coming!


Class Correspondent:

Emma McCandless

Jesse Morrisey married Melissa Drysdale Aug. 3 in Easthampton, Mass. Karen Prager and I attended and enjoyed celebrating with Erica Ayotte and Kate Trasher-White. * Dana Wheeler and her husband, Charles Fizer ’05, welcomed their son, Sebastian, June 22. They’re enjoying their time with him in New Milford, Conn., where Dana teaches fourth grade and Charles is a software engineer. * Kim Strader O’Leary just became a registered nurse! She’s working as a triage nurse while earning her doctorate in nursing practice to become a primary care nurse practitioner. * Peter Rice, his wife Betsy, and their kids, Sam, 11, Marina, 8, and Eliza, 6, are now in Arlington, Mass., after relocating from northern Virginia. Peter is working at a startup called PharmaCCX building a platform that allows payers and pharma to negotiate drug prices. He says it’s been fun to run into more Colby alums now that he’s in the “20 minutes outside of Boston” club. * Kerry Whittaker-Rodriguez and her husband, Gabe, are still in southern California and welcomed their second child, Victoria, March 28. * Alan Hartmann made partner at Moss Adams LLP, the accounting firm where he’s been for 13 years. His daughter, Claire, was 18 months old this November.


Class Correspondent:

Rich Riedel

Brock and Stacy Thurston Barton live happily in Vermont with their sons, Benjamin, 8, and Clark, 6. They were excited to catch-up with Julie Brown Shepherd and her two lovely little girls this summer, as well as with Christine O’Donnell Hagan and her three awesome kiddos. Brock headed to Asheville, N.C., this fall with JD Hadiaris, Sean O’Grady, and Jay Goebel to celebrate their 40th birthdays. In October they participated in the Dartmouth Hitchcock Children’s Hospital (CHaD) 5K race as part of Team Finn 321, organized by Luke Webster, whose son, Finn, is the CHaD Hero of the Year. * Hal Hallstein was recently appointed to Boulder’s Open Space board of trustees, overseeing the management and acquisition of public lands financed through the nation’s first sales tax for land conservation (1967). * Erin Reed-Geaghan was appointed to assistant professor (a tenure-track position) in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Rootstown (near Cleveland). She will develop courses in biotechnology and immunology and continue her research on Alzheimer’s disease. * After 15 years at Music Sales, Kate Hughes has moved to Cambridge University Press, where she’s head of product supply for their English language teaching division. She says she loves the company and team. Her partner started a new job with Deloitte in London, and they’re house hunting in Letchworth Garden City. * Abby Newkirk started working at the Colby College Museum of Art last December as the Linde Family Foundation Senior Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs. She had to take a new photo for her ID, but she got to keep her student ID number, only updating her location from Heights (where she lived senior year) to Bixler. * Alicia Ford Pelletier recently graduated from UMaine with her master’s in curriculum, assessment, and instruction. * Adam Bart received a scholarship to study bioethics at the Center for Global Public Health at NYU—he’ll start in spring 2020. After earning this second master’s degree, he plans to get a Ph.D. * This summer Eric Crabtree and his family moved from Vienna, Austria, to Guangzhou, China, where Eric is now assistant principal at the American International School of Guangzhou Elementary School. They’d love to show any fellow Mules around Guangzhou! * Sarah Zerbonne welcomed a boy, Lucca Oak, Jan. 10, 2019. Everyone is well and adjusting to a new life in Washington, D.C. She and former roommate Brighton Payne get together on occasion, with family in tow. * Clay Smith and his wife, Samantha, welcomed their second child, Lucy Marie, in July. * PK Marshall and his wife, Misty, welcomed their third child, Kaplin Prescott Marshall (KP or Kap for short), in June. They live in North County San Diego in the tiny surf town of Leucadia. Everyone is doing well! * Lexi Grant and her family recently moved to Harpers Ferry, W.V., about an hour outside of Washington, D.C. If anyone else is in the area, she’d love to hear from you! * Rebecca Stern Johns and her husband welcomed daughter Madeline into the world in January. She’s healthy and adorable, and they’re all in love. * I’m sorry to report the death of Jacob Seilheimer, who passed away in September from brain cancer. Jacob was a member of the football team’s offensive line and reportedly gave great bear hugs. We offer our condolences to his family. You can read his obituary in the back pages of this magazine. * If you have any news, large or small, we’d love to hear from you! Please send it to classnews2003@colby.edu any time of the year and I’ll get it in our next column.


Class Correspondent:

Bridget Zakielarz Duffy

Patrick ’01 and Bliss Woolmington Bernal moved with their two sons to Boulder, Colo., (from Vermont) in July 2018. They hosted a Colby ’02 get-together at their house in Boulder and had a great evening with Pete Kraft, Ben Griffin, Ali Culpen Schwabe, Gabe Duncan, and Will Cropper and their families. Bliss started a reusable straw company (ecoissexy.com) with tremendous Colby support. * David Zlatin married Christina Chamberlain in a small lakeside ceremony in Falmouth, Maine, in September 2018. At a reception a few weeks later in Connecticut were Meg Rieger Fox, Anna Berke Balfantz, Chad Weiss, Teresa (Hawko ’01) and Patrick Olsen, and Andrew Schannen. * Adam and Megan Thomas Tanous welcomed Caroline Victoria Tanous Nov. 6, 2018. They’re enjoying life in Sun Valley, Idaho. * After 12 years as the head alpine ski coach at Colby, Danny Noyes accepted a different position at Colby as the associate athletic director of communications and digital strategy in August. He’s excited to stay involved in athletics at Colby for many more years. * For the Washington Post, Noah Charney undertook the Slovenia Challenge of skiing in the Alps and swimming in the Adriatic in a single day. It felt like a very Colby thing to do. * JJ ’01 and Piper Elliott Abodeely finished building their house in Sonoma. They welcome Colby visitors. * On a much more somber note, as many of you know, Michael Dalton passed away last year from an accidental opioid overdose. In his memory, his family founded Think of Michael, a nonprofit that helps those in recovery obtain safe housing. Visit thinkofmichael.org for more information.


Class Correspondent:

Dana Fowler Charette

Congratulations to my college roommate Laura Montgomery Malone and her husband, Tom, who are expecting a girl in November. Laura and Tom were married in June 2018. * Peter Oppenheim and his wife, Katie, welcomed their second son into the world. Thomas “Teddy” Edmund Oppenheim was born May 22. Peter returned to the U.S. Senate as the general counsel for Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. * Janice Greenwald and husband Eric Horowitz welcomed a baby boy to their family Aug. 22. Rafael “Rafi” Austin Horowitz is a champion in the eating, sleeping, and pooping department, so mom and dad are doing great. Rafi’s middle name is Austin because that’s where Eric and Janice met (two NYers moved down to Austin for jobs only to find one another ... and move back to NYC). * Kelly Kenney Cavagnaro runs global consultant relations for State Street Global Advisors. Her children, Jack, 9, and Ella, 4, love to play with Alyson Nickse’s children. This year they finally organized a grownups-only vacation for their 20th (x2) (!) birthdays, which, Kelly wrote, “was absolutely nothing and yet everything like our actual 20th birthdays celebrated together on the Hill.” They all looked forward to Colby’s Homecoming Weekend and Colby volleyball finally playing at home. * Angela Makkas Rougas welcomed a new baby, Alex, who is now 1. Alex joins Gus, 5, and Maria, 3.5. They all spent a month in Greece this summer, not necessarily relaxing but enjoying the beauty. While there, two of the Spanish friends that Angela made while abroad with Colby in Salamanca joined them for vacation. They were two of the assigned “animadoras” that Colby set up for them. * Mieko McKay is in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, where she continues to work in international women’s and children’s health. Her current job as the social behavioral change advisor and deputy director of her program, Breakthrough ACTION has taken her back to her anthropology roots. * Shanna Brownstein lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband, Nathan, and sons Wynn, 7, and Micah, 2. She just took a new job working on transportation electrification and is really enjoying it. * Tim Grayson, Robb Henzi, Erik Balsbaugh, Seth Arens, and Rob Tarlock ’02 enjoyed a deep powder day at Deer Valley Resort in March. Happy to report no serious injuries! * Anna Randall Painter has been living her dream teaching elementary science at Lincoln School, an all-girls Quaker school in Providence, R.I., for seven years now. Last spring she was named 2019 Science Teacher of the Year by Save the Bay, a nonprofit that maintains Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island ... it was a huge deal. Thank you, Rob Painter, for sending me that update. Anna also hosted a mini-reunion in July 2019 with Katie Stimac Mendelsohn, Elizabeth Hoorneman, Nyasha Pfukwa, and Kate Thurman outside Boston. She hadn’t seen any of them for almost 10 years, but they jumped back in right where the stories left off—none of them seemed to have changed a bit. Rob is teaching linguistics at Northeastern in Boston and reports that there’s never a dull moment. * Sarah Breul, Bethany Knorr Chung, Michelle Cook, Janice Greenwald, Sarah Belanger Hay, Jessica Alex Keenan, Calla Fankhanel Morgan, and Rebecca Downing Tynan gathered in Nashville in April to celebrate turning 40. Given that 25 percent of the party was pregnant (expect those updates in our next column!) and 12.5 percent was pumping, hijinks were kept to a respectable level. The hungover mornings of yore were replaced by runs, yoga, and coffee. #thisisforty

1990 Newsmakers

Julia McDonald '99

Writer and award-winning poet Alexandria Peary ’92 was named New Hampshire’s poet laureate in October. Widely published in magazines such as the Yale Review and Gettysburg Review, Peary also has administered college writing programs and supported other writers through system-wide initiatives. * Matt Gaudet ’95 was inducted to the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in April. Gaudet, a standout player in high school and at Colby, is now a quadriplegic after a 2001 diving accident. “He’s just a profile in courage to the greatest extent,” former coach Dick Whitmore told the Bangor Daily News. * Jesse Salisbury ’95 made this year’s “50 Mainers” list in Maine magazine, which highlights Maine leaders who “help those around them succeed.” Artists attending the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium that Salisbury founded have created 34 public works of art that together make the 200-mile Maine Sculpture Trail. * The Maine Academy of Physicians awarded Julia McDonald ’99 its Maine 2019 Family Physician of the Year Award. An osteopath practicing in Augusta, she offers primary care, addiction treatment, and reproductive healthcare. Her nomination noted her “perseverance, depth, passion, and dedication for her patients.”


Class Correspondent:

Brad Sicchitano

Writing this makes me feel nostalgic for Colby’s campus and the amazing changes that are occurring since our years on Mayflower Hill. Our 20th reunion was certainly an event that brought many people back, some with spouses and children, others relishing in the weekend away with friends, teammates, and old roommates. It didn’t take long for the games to come out and for the initial orders of WHOP to arrive. The campus and activities for families and friends did not disappoint, from the food, the tours of Miller tower, the new athletics center, and the multiple trips to the bookstore. For those of you who have never been back, it is certainly worth the drive, flight, or catching a ride in Ezra Dyer’s RV. I want to thank Lindsay Hayes Hurty for her 20 years of keeping the class news going. It’s the first section of the magazine that I look at every time it arrives. Now I’m your correspondent! Please share your news throughout the year—we truly want to hear from everyone. Also check out our class Facebook page, “Colby College Class of 1999 25th Reunion!” * In addition to making it to Mayflower Hill for reunion, Jamie (Hinson ’02) and James Scribner spent a week in The Netherlands and Belgium in August. They live in Weston, Conn., with their two kids Walden, 9, and Reid, 6. * After 17 years, Krista Ward and her family moved from San Francisco. She’s still in the Bay Area though, teaching public health and research literacy at Life Chiropractic College West. Her daughter is in third grade and loved going to a Cincinnati waterpark this summer with Flannery Higgins and her daughter. * Alex Parrillo and his wife, Katie, had their first child Sept. 4—a baby girl named Aliana Elizabeth. They live in Denver but took last year off from work to travel throughout the U.S., UK, Spain, and Italy and to enjoy life before Aliana’s arrival. * Maxine Guay was married Aug. 12, 2017, in Freeport to Joshua Knock. In attendance were Christina Lemieux Oragano, Molly Frazier Macke, Laura Hurley, Julie McMaster, Melissa Murphy Hanlon, Jodi Siviski Fletcher, and Nina Domenico ’75. Maxine has a 10-year-old step-daughter and a 4-year-old French bulldog, Kaia. She works for Maine Med as a nurse practitioner in neurology and lives in Freeport. * Mark Melander started a new home-services company last November—MARK of All Trades LLC—and business is booming. He had a great weekend attending the 20th reunion with Matt Sawatzky, Chris Fleming, Ross McEwen, and others (he still has the touch for flip cup). He brought back tons of Colby garb for his three kids: Maggie, 13, and Anneliese and Johnny, 8. Sept. 1 marks the second year his wife is cancer-free after being diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2017. Doctors feel confident it will stay that way. * Nate and Molly Frazier Macke recently relocated to Carmel, Ind., from Cambridge, Mass., with their children, Francis, 4, and Maisie, 3, to be closer to the grandparents. Molly is taking a few years off from her job as an archivist to shuttle children to preschool and playdates. * Oliver Griswold is loving life in the best city in America: Portland, Maine. He’s working remotely for ad agency GMMB in Washington, D.C., leading brand projects for progressive nonprofit organizations. His wife, Ellen, and daughters, Amelia, 8, and Isobel, 5, had a wonderful time touring Colby with Oliver at reunion this year. * Heather Miles is a corporate attorney in NYC, where she works with emerging companies and investors in technology-enabled companies. She feels fortunate to work with an innovative, creative, balanced, and fulfilled client base that includes some Colby friends, including Dan Maccarone ’98 and Erik Bowie ’00, who run Charming Robot (one of the top UX/UI shops). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Dave Lombino, and their two daughters, Faye and Edie.


Class Correspondent:

Brian Gill

Lauren Hoisington Nuzzi and Becky Golden Biggs got together with their husbands and children in Rhode Island for a weekend, and they’re already planning the next meetup. Becky moved from working in schools to being the director of professional development for the Association of Independent Schools in New England. Becky also had the opportunity to see Kate Westhaver, Ben Liston ’99, Steve Feldman ’01, and Sara Rigelhaupt at AISNE workshops and conferences. She hopes to see more Colby alums this year! * Steve and Amy Lyons Higgs live in Portland, Ore., with their two kids and dog. Amy is executive director of the Eco-School Network, a community of parents, students, and teachers working together to make schools greener and healthier. The 80 participating schools grow school gardens, shrink cafeteria waste, organize walk and bike programs, save energy, and create schoolyard habitats. Steve is executive director of SAGE, a community of advocates for generational equity. SAGE supports older adults in giving forward to help younger and future generations thrive. Ella and Taz, their kids, started middle and high school this year. Their dog, Lucky, appears to have no goals or concerns. * Andrew Littell is embarking on a new venture likely to be called “Train Suds,” where he will recommend certain types of beer that would pair well with your train commute, taking into consideration the season, stress level, length of commute, etc. He also got a new Labradoodle puppy and named him Brady after his favorite NFL quarterback. * Devin Colman continues to work as the state architectural historian at the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, where he researches and documents historic buildings across the state. * Jenny Lane Townsend lives in New York and started a new job at St. Lawrence University with the CSTEP and McNair programs. She works with students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students. Her kids are now 5 and 10, and as a family, they do a lot of skiing, hiking, and paddling in the Adirondacks. * Dan Maccarone had his first book published by Audible, The Barstool MBA. He wrote it with New York Times bestselling author Bob Sullivan, and it’s about everything he’s learned from running bars and the parallels to creating a startup (including stories from his experiences launching Hulu, Rent the Runway, Foursquare, etc.). Find it on Audible. * Jeff Oppenheimer became a licensed architect in Massachusetts and started a new job as a project manager at Boston Children’s Hospital. He lives in Medford, Mass., with his wife, Heather Davidson ’99, and their dog, Sallie. Heather just surpassed eight years at Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island as senior manager of communications. In May Jeff spent time mountain biking and taking in the sights around Las Vegas and southern Utah with Brendan Kearney.


Class Correspondent:

Tom DeCoff

Greetings, classmates! I hope this finds you all happy and well. Earlier this year, I caught up with Katie McGovern and Kathleen Mulcahy Hopper and their families at a fondue dinner party hosted by Kim Berget Salmon. Kim, her husband, Dave, and their twin daughters, Addie and Ellie, 10, live in Bridgewater, Mass. Last year Kim left State Street after nearly 20 years and is now a vice president working in risk management at Santander. I also met up with Tom Moffitt for a fun time in Las Vegas, where he was attending a trade show for his new business—a plant-based food company headquartered in Naugatuck, Conn. Tom and his family had an amazing time vacationing in Iceland this summer. He and Pat Doyle planned a trip to New York with their sons to attend the Patriots/Bills game and see Niagara Falls. * Kara Marchant Hooper is back in Ojai, Calif., after a year’s sabbatical with her family in Austin. She found the volunteer work she was doing to be so fulfilling that she left Thacher School to focus on supporting first-generation college-bound students in the Ojai Valley. Her husband continues to work at Thacher, so she still lives on campus and enjoys the community. * Amanda Gläser-Bligh lives in Berlin, Germany, with her family and is happy to report that she had a “Colby-licious summer.” First, a visit from Stephanie Mann Gabelnick, who was vacationing in Prague and Berlin. Then, while spending three weeks in the States, Amanda got together with Dave Hanauer and Simone Kaplan Cote for a mini-reunion in Boston. Simone was visiting from the Washington, D.C., area, where she and her husband live with their two girls. Simone says that while on vacation in northern Vermont, she randomly met Ham Thompson ’94 (brother of Anna Thompson ’98). Their daughters connected the Colby dots after Simone’s daughter wore a Colby sweatshirt to camp. * Danielle Herget spent a wonderful afternoon with Leah Tortola Walton, Mark House, and her Colby roommates Mary Hofmann Henriques and Kelly Hagan McCormack at Kelly’s house in Natick, Mass. * And congratulations to Deirdre Brochu Sweeney! She lives in Florida and reports she was recently elected vice chair of the Citrus County Democratic Executive Committee. * I enjoy hearing and sharing your work, life, and family news. Please stay in touch.


Class Correspondent:

Brad Smith

Can’t stop (class notes)! Won’t stop (class notes)! Let’s get to it. * Earl Lewis returned to restaurant life in downtown Waterville as head chef of Opa, a Greek restaurant in the former WHOP location. (ALERT: WHOP is still there, it just moved next door.) Big Earl is loving the new place and being part of the revitalization of downtown Waterville. Earl also reports that Opa does not serve pancakes with extra butter, which makes me sad. * Sheila Grant Orphanides lives in Westerly, R.I., where she and husband Chris ’95 are raising a 12- and 15-year-old. Sheila’s a state-level support professional in the field of Birth to Three, and she reports that Chris just completed his Ph.D. in oceanography at URI. Despite her busy schedule, Sheila gets together with Kathy Alexander Romeo, Gretchen Rice King, and Heather Hunt Swales at least several times a year. * Rachel Zierzow lives in Austin with her husband, Nelson Guda, and their 11-year-old daughter, Isabel. She’s visited with Ann Savage Matthews, Brian ’94 and Rima Lathrop Carlson, Carrie Califano Carney, and with Professor Herb Wilson and his wife, Bets Brown. Since 2006 she’s worked as a natural foods chef and culinary instructor and is working on an online course and community for people wanting to improve their health through cooking. Check out her blog at cookloveheal.com. * Fact: Adam Mueller is a comedian in New York City, and he welcomes everyone to his shows in and around Manhattan. * Bex Mawn writes that after teaching second grade for 22 years, she’s moved into a reading specialist role at a K-2 school. She sees Jenney Smith Maloy sometimes—Jenney lives in the Berkshires and works as a children’s librarian. Love ya, Bex, thanks for the notes! * Russell White is still kicking it at Casco Development (Portland, Maine) but is contemplating a move out to the country so he can eat many peaches. In his free time, Russell moves material around with a tractor, grows weed, raises frogs that sing and eat the pests that snatch his crops, serves as an ordained priest at the Church of General Dudeism, and watches a megaton of documentaries. * Jill Picard Paine lives in Flagstaff, Ariz., works for W.L. Gore (the company that brings you GoreTex), and enjoys life in the mountains with family and friends. She welcomes any Colby visitors to the Southwest, and she’s looking to recruit Colby grads to Gore should any of y’all be looking for your next opportunity. * Anna Goldsmith writes that in addition to running her copywriting agency, The Hired Pens, Anna is also the organizer of TEDxPortsmouth. Get in touch at anna@thehiredpens.com if you have a great speaker idea for 2020, especially if it involves an outdoor survival story. * Finally, speaking of Portsmouth, I met up with Dan Rheaume, Jeff Sklarz, Gregg LeBlanc, and Ryan “The Chief” Sullivan for a romp in Portsmouth in mid-July. The entire weekend was its own outdoor survival story, complete with donkeys, tater tots, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (Anna, call me.) * Send more notes please.


Class Correspondent:

Yuhgo Yamaguchi

Sandy Bugbee Larsen just celebrated her one-year anniversary working in northern Maine as an occupational therapist. * Regina Wlodarski Kruger recently started a part-time job in membership sales at the Westboro Tennis and Swim Club. “It’s a great complement to my business as a Mary Kay consultant.” She and her boyfriend, Stephan Koester, completed a four-day bike tour in Vermont this past summer, totaling more than 120 miles. She saw Lenia Ascenso and her family when they came to central Massachusetts in the spring for Stephan’s surprise 50th birthday party. She also caught up with Jenifer Ngo Waldrop, who she’s planning to visit in Colorado next February. Regina’s daughter Anika is a sophomore at Shrewsbury High School, where she sings in the honors choir and runs cross country. Her daughter Megan moved to a new residence at her school, and Regina will be working on obtaining guardianship as Megan’s 18th birthday approaches in March. * James Colligan and other Colby alumni got together last August in Portland, Maine, where they celebrated and honored Matt Gaudet, who was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame. “It was a tremendous occasion to celebrate Matt’s accomplishment and honor him for his life on and off the court.” Adam Cote, TJ Maines, Chad Higgins ’97, and Glenn McCrum ’94 also attended the ceremony. Jamie ’96 and Rachel Kleinman Adams ’96 brought beer samples from Saint James Brewery, which they own together in Long Island, N.Y. * Fred and Heather Johnson Webster have been living in Boise, Idaho, for 14 years. Fred works for HCA at West Valley Medical Center as the director of physician’s relations. Heather works for Arbonne International and has her own photography business. Their daughter is a senior in high school, but “sad to say Colby is not on her list of potential schools; too small for her liking.” Fred plays a lot of golf with their son, Mac, “who is almost beating his dad now!” * Last August Manuel and Deb Whedon Fernandez and their boys, Thomas, Julian, and Lucas, hosted Joe and Carolyn Caswell Heinen and their children, Nate and Zoe, and Bryan Carey and his wife, Sarah, at Deb’s family camp on Branch Lake in Ellsworth, Maine. Earlier in 2019, Bryan hosted Lucas, his godson, in Washington, D.C., while he was visiting from Paris on a school exchange program. They went to the Smithsonian Air & Space Annex. Bryan and Sarah also spent time on Whitehead Island, Maine, last summer, but sadly, didn’t have a chance to visit Colby. * I was lucky enough to catch up with a number of Colby friends this summer. Back in June, I got together with Sean McBride, Carter Davis ’97, Steve Kidd ’97, and all of our families. It was great to see everyone and marvel at how big everyone’s kids are now. I see Marc Rubin, his wife, Hillary, and their three kids more regularly now that they’ve moved back to the Boston area after 15 years in San Francisco. I was also able to visit Andrew Vernon in Seattle last August, and I recently had lunch with Drew Snow, who I see somewhat regularly in the hallway at Fidelity Investments in Boston. And I got together with Michelle Grdina in Cambridge in September to very belatedly celebrate our April birthdays. I hope to see more of you at our 25th reunion in June 2020. Start making plans now!


Class Correspondent:

Sara Ferry

It was wonderful to see so many of you back on Mayflower Hill for our 25th reunion in June. A huge shout-out to Carolyn Hart for her spectacular efforts leading our class over the past decade, and best wishes to Jessie Newman as she takes the reins. A special THANK YOU to Kimberly Valentine Walsh for her 10 years of service as our class correspondent. I’m looking forward to being our next correspondent. * In August Marile Haylon Borden joined Holly Labbe, Jessica Haskell Curtis, Jennifer Walker Hemmen, Beth Cronin ’93, and Sally Zimmerli ’93 for their annual “Family-Palooza” on Little Bear Pond in Maine. Jennifer managed to squeeze in the trip east from Sacramento while preparing for her next amazing adventure: EcoChallenge Fiji. This 12-day endurance race, which is being produced by Bear Grylls and Mark Burnett, will air on Amazon Prime in 2020. You can follow Jennifer and team at facebook.com/teamcurl2019. Check out their cool team logo created by Marile! * Katie Morrison is living on the West Coast and has started a new job as K-2 special day class teacher at Venetia Valley in Marin County. * After 15 years leading a small nonprofit, the 495/MetroWest Partnership, Paul Matthews has been named head of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, an independent public policy research group. He looks forward to continuing to benefit from speaking with fellow classmates Chris and Andrea Bowman Rogers, Heather Lounsbury, TJ Winick, and others about critical issues facing this region. He’s also happy to share that his new office is just a mile from his home, so his carbon impact is significantly reduced! * Gary Bergeron has been promoted to senior vice president of the Breakwater Group at Morgan Stanley. He was also named to Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Best-in-State Wealth Advisors as one of Maine’s top advisors. Gary has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2009. He and his wife, Laura, live in Yarmouth with their two high-schoolers.  * Carolyn Read started a new job as a palliative care nurse practitioner for Oak Street Health, which delivers healthcare to low-income and underserved Medicare patients in the Chicagoland area as well as seven other states. She will be developing and implementing a palliative care program for the company. Despite living in the Midwest, she’s happy to visit family in Maine a few times a year. * Keep the updates coming!


Class Correspondent:

Jill Moran Baxter

Scott Greenfield recently accepted a role as acquisitions director for Enterprise Community Investment Inc. He says, “I invest in existing multi-family units to preserve affordable housing. My team is in NYC, and I’m based in Portland, Ore. Very excited about the social-purpose mission in a commercial setting.” * Cristen Coleman Mastroianni explored Italy for two weeks this summer with family, including sister Caryn Coleman Casale ’95. The highlight was the week at a hilltop villa in Tuscany, with day trips to Venice and Florence. Cristen reports, “the weather was extremely hot and sunny, so there was lots of bribing the kids with gelato!” * Greg Burns recently saw his son Jared off to Providence College. “It’s his freshman year, and he’s following in mom’s footsteps. Carrie is sad but recovering nicely.” Greg joined Steve Hatch, Eric DeCosta, Gregg Suffredini, Tim Merrigan, and Paul Froio at a party thrown by Coach Cosgrove, Colby’s new football coach, to honor former coach Tom Austin’s induction into the Maine Football Hall of Fame. Adam Cote ’95, Matt Morrissey ’95, John Devine ’78, Chris Fossella ’95, and Jason Jabar ’96 were also in attendance. Greg recently spoke with Ryan Friel and reports that Ryan is up in Alaska guiding and continues to be his super positive self. * I’m still living in Hong Kong with husband Tom and my two younger boys, Ty and Luke. I was delighted to catch up with Nancy Richards-Cavanaugh as I dropped my son Jed off at college. Nancy’s daughter Grace is a first-year student at Occidental College as well. Both our kids participated in trips similar to COOT to kick off their college careers. Connecting with a fellow Colby classmate during such a milestone moment was great fun. I’m sure your classmates would love to hear what you have been up to! Send me your news and I’ll share it in the next column.


Class Correspondent:

Molly Beale Constable

Colby couple Jenn (Roy ’93) and Lenn Ferrer celebrated their daughter Abigail’s graduation from Colby last May. The Ferrar’s giant schnauzer, Tyr, attended the weekend, having braved the trip all the way from Florida. The family marked the occasion with inscribed Colby rings for the trio. Engraved inside: 92+93=19. * In June Thorn Luth, Steve-o Neuhauser, and Torin Taylor, AKA “Shaggy,” got their Phish on at the band’s shows in Bangor, Maine. In late August, Thorn caught up with John and Marah Silverberg Derzon in Denver, where Thorn lives, after the Derzons dropped off their daughter Sidney at Colorado College. * Mark Boles writes: “This year I started a retail venture in Hingham, Mass., called Intrinsic Provisions (intrinsicprovisions.com). It’s a pilot store with a hybrid business model of rotating high-quality, small outdoor brands. I see Chris Ward all the time as his office is across the street, as well as Bill Higgins, who also has a business in town—plus all of our kids are in school together. Cary (Charlebois ’97) and I continue to love living by Egypt Beach in Scituate, Mass., with our daughters Ellie, Chase, and Charley, and our new dog, Harper.”* Tim Sullivan, a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch in Boston, was named to the 2019 Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list—an exclusive ranking based on criteria such as industry experience, assets under management, client retention, and the adoption of best practices. Tim has 26 years of experience working as a financial advisor and successfully helping families, individuals, and institutions grow their wealth, manage their finances, and plan for retirement. Tim lives in North Andover, Mass., with his wife, Debra, and their four children. He’s very involved in the community through charitable organizations and coaching youth sports in the Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston areas. * Last summer Jim Condron exhibited more than 40 sculptures and paintings in a show titled Trash Talk: History in Assemblage at the Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington. The pieces explore the ephemeral materials of life one chooses to collect. In the fall and early winter, his work is being exhibited at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. That show is called You never wash it off completely. “To mark Wilson College’s sesquicentennial, Condron worked with the college’s archivists, professors, and students to construct compelling art installations from campus relics and artifacts.” * I was able to hang with Beth Welch Gustafson again this summer on Nantucket. Beth continues to oil paint and has expanded her artistic adventures into woodcarving and scrimshaw. While on island, she enjoys catching up with Steve Albani’s parents, and last summer she had a visit with Deborah Fuller Berger. Deborah is an interior designer who lives in Wellesley, Mass. She’s the founder of Maven (maveninteriordesign.com). * Andy Rhein writes: “After nine years as director of counseling and wellness at the Landon School in Bethesda, Md., where I ran the counseling program, taught AP psychology, and coached wrestling (and where I worked with Bill Reed ’88), I accepted a position as director of the Learning Resource Center at the American School in Switzerland. In August I moved with my wife, Alison, two daughters, Charlie, 16, and Sascha, 14, son Dylan, 9, and dog Gus to Montagnola to begin work. Over the years, I’ve kept in regular contact with Bryan Chase, Matt Davie, Jay Hermsen, Joe Savoie, and Trey Vincent. I look forward to keeping that going and to hearing from any Colby folks who are passing through the area.” * And from California, Zach Shapiro writes: “Ron and I (with a lot of help from our surrogate) brought into the world the newest White Mules. Maya Ruth and Eli Noah were born Sept. 4. We are overjoyed!” * Cheers to all!


Class Correspondent:

Dave Shumway

Greetings, classmates! It’s time for another update! * In a double news story (class news AND international news), Erika Mailman was in Paris when Notre Dame burned, and she wrote about it for the Washington Post. Google Erika and the Washington Post to read the article. Erika said, “I’m glad it looks like she will survive the fire with great French resolve.” * To celebrate turning 50, Cory Snow, Kurt Whited, Sandy Colhoun, Jeff Fort, and Doug Fenn got together in Sun Valley, Idaho, to ski, enjoy the stunning scenery, and spend some time with “not-so-old” friends. A highlight was a four-day stay at a backcountry cabin with untracked powder as far as the eye could see. Cory said this could definitely turn into an annual event. * Erin (Minear ’92) and Tim Farnham celebrated their 22nd anniversary. They’ve lived in North Yarmouth, Maine for the past 19 years. Tim has worked as a residential real estate appraiser since 1991, and he owns and manages a small appraisal firm (Northstar Appraisal, Inc.) in Portland. Erin has been with L.L.Bean for 22 years working in customer service. Their son, Nate, started his junior year in high school, and they’re especially excited that their daughter, Cori, joined the Colby Class of 2023. They have much gratitude for their good fortune and are glad to have stayed in Maine, keeping close to family and the outdoors. They’re active volunteers in their community, and in his spare time Tim trains and volunteers with a search-and-rescue team based in southern Maine: Wilderness Rescue Team. * Another classmate with a Colby legacy is Scott Brink, who brought daughter Kassie up to Colby for her first year. * RB Kiernat recently formed Hennepin Partners, a lower middle-market M&A boutique firm in Minneapolis. In August he dropped his youngest off at Hamilton College. RB’s older son is a junior at Bates and a member of the soccer team. * Lisa (Miller ’92) and Todd O’Connor also dropped off a freshman. * Erin Kelly DiGrande reports that life is good, and that she and husband Chuck ’92 dropped their middle daughter, Grace, off for her freshman year at Bucknell University. Their oldest, Maggie, is a junior studying art and architecture at Lafayette College. Their youngest, Sophie, is home alone as a sophomore in high school. * Anneliese “Lili” Eckhardt Pugh has done quite a bit of swimming this year. She was invited by fellow swimming Mule Ron Thompson to swim a section of the Damariscotta River, a tidal river in mid-coast Maine, with him and his brother. Ron lives in Hong Kong, but his parents live in the Damariscotta area and go to Lili’s church. Ron regularly swims 15-20Ks in China, so he planned to go most of the way down the river. Lili ended up doing 7K, and he did at least twice that, following the tide as it went out. A week later Lili was in the water for the Islesboro Crossing for Lifeflight of Maine, swimming from Northport to Islesboro. Her husband, Alex Pugh ’89, was her paddler. A few other alumni were on Lili’s team for the 5K swim: Matt Russ ’96, Katie Curtis ’06, and Carrie Curtis ’08. Two Colby staff members were also on Team Chewonki: Ryan Linehan, director of outdoor education, and KC Ford, former associate director of admissions and financial aid. * Lots of great news, and I’m sure there is more out there. Feel free to send me a note at any time!


Class Correspondent:

Kristin Hock Davie

Tracy Roy Hankin checked in from the road this summer as she worked her way up the East Coast from Atlanta to drop her daughter at Colby to join the Class of 2023 and the women’s soccer team. * Elaine Kaufman Goldman is also a Colby ’23 parent as her second daughter is now attending Colby along with her older sister. One of Elaine’s daughters is actually living in Suzanne Quill Feldman’s old room in Dana. Suzanne is busy practicing pro bono immigration law and raising three kids. She recently saw both Elaine and Erica Hoffmeister Supple. After moving her son into Bowdoin, Erica got together with Leslie Couture Mourmoura in Portland. Suzanne and Erica also had lunch with Andrea Ciampa McEachern, who lives in Marblehead. * Jeff Phelps was likewise on campus this fall as his oldest son is also in the Class of 2023. * Stacey Parker’s daughter is a freshman at the University of Michigan. Her daughter’s amazing high school French teacher was Stacey’s former Foss hallmate David Goff. Small world! * Stephen Nahley recently bumped into Nick Childs’s sister, Jocelyn. His daughter just started at Carleton College in Minnesota. * Al Schwartz celebrated 20 years with Carnegie Mellon University this summer. Her son just started at Allegheny. * Congratulations to Jimmy Reynolds, who will be singing with the Japan Kocarina Ensemble at Carnegie Hall this November. * Jo Lilore, after seven years teaching Montessori elementary in Winslow, four-and-a-half years teaching/writing in Tucson, and 15 years working in web development in L.A., has lived for the past seven years in Vancouver, Wash. He continues doing web development and his Colby feminist activism via a feminist/gender equality Tumblr blog. In 2020 he plans to publish Model Citizen, a book on identity, individuality, gender, and culture.

1980 Newsmakers

Joan Fortin '88

Lisa Hallee ’81 was named to Maine Governor Janet Mills’s Prevention and Recovery Cabinet representing families affected by the opioid crisis. Hallee, an attorney and philanthropy consultant in southern Maine, lost her nephew to opioid use disorder last November. * Shareholders at Bernstein Shur elected Joan Fortin ’88 its first female CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020. “Joan was the most qualified candidate for the position,” said Pat Scully, current CEO. An attorney specializing in land use, municipal law, and tax increment financing, Fortin was named a “Woman to Watch” by Mainebiz in 2018. * Eric Hanson ’89, P’21 won the 2019 GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award from Green Mountain Power. Hanson, a biologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, led recovery efforts of the common loon in Vermont. “When a Vermonter hears the haunting and distinct call of a loon, we have Eric to thank for his restoration work and leadership,” said Steve Costello, GMP vice president.


Class Correspondent:

Anita Terry

I start this column with another thank you. I was absolutely overwhelmed by the wonderful gift you all gave me at reunion. And I was crying so hard that I couldn’t properly thank you. Thank you for the gift and for trusting me to write this column for the past 25+ years. If you didn’t make it to Mayflower Hill in June, you missed a great time. Mark your calendars for June 2024! Even though I didn’t get to the big tent to dance the night away (sorry Meg Christie and Doug St. Lawrence!), Brett and Leslie Norton Rankin insist that they will forgive me as long as I don’t make the same mistake next time. Pinky swear! Now on to the news! * Shaun Dakin had a good excuse for missing reunion—he was preparing for a family trip to Kenya, where he was born while his parents were in the Peace Corps. His return did not disappoint. They saw amazing wildlife in Maasai Mara, including a great migration of wildebeest, zebra, and others. * Mark Cosdon claims that he has to spend June teaching in Italy so he can’t come to reunion. Having never been invited to join him, I cannot confirm the veracity of his claim. Mark is in his 18th year at Allegheny College, where he teaches theater history, literature, and criticism. His older daughter is a junior at Denison, his younger daughter is in 10th grade, and his wife has a private therapy practice in Meadville. * Although Tracy Gionfriddo was unable to make it to reunion, I caught up with her when I brought my youngest east to tour Brown. Unfortunately, the trip coincided with me developing severe neuropathy in my feet (chemotherapy is the gift that keeps on giving), so I wasn’t in the best shape. But great to see her and her two boys nonetheless. * Since none of you wrote to tell me what you loved about reunion, you get to hear my personal report. I loved seeing all of you and just being with you. I loved hearing about your lives and meeting your kids and significant others. Catching up with folks like Kirsten Sherman Cervati, Sarah Moulton Lawsure, and Sonya Hall Morrison was an extra added bonus. If you’ve never made it to reunion, or if it has been years since you were last on campus, please think hard about coming in 2024. I promise you that it’s worth it! Now send me more news!


Class Correspondent:

Kate Walker

Greetings to the Class of 1988! It was wonderful to hear from so many of you. Let’s get straight to the news! * Congratulations to Scott and Kristen Foss Smith, who welcomed grandson Mason last February. He’s active, cute, and cuddly, and they get to see him weekly as he lives only 10 miles away. Scott and Kristen also closely follow the academic and athletic (indoor and outdoor track) activities of their youngest son, Ben ’21, who entered his junior year at Colby. * Scott Bunker checked in from Cape Cod, where he and his wife, Katie, have worked together for the last five years. Although business is busy, they’re able to sneak out for lunch at the beach whenever they can. Their daughter, Lily, is in sixth grade at the Light House Charter School in Harwich. Last May Scott traveled to D.C. to see his daughter receive her master’s in public policy from Georgetown. His son, Rob, lives in Hungary and recently got engaged in Budapest. Scott is looking forward to an overseas wedding! Scott sees Zoo (Mark Sicinski ’89) most weekends as they play a lot of golf on the Cape. They enjoy time together despite varying levels of success on the course. Scott also keeps in touch with Rob Koff and Tim Wissemann. They hope to have a repeat trip to Rob’s place in New Hampshire this fall with Kent Fikrig ’89, Peter O’Toole ’89, and Zoo. * Look out, HGTV! Mary Eickhoff Dunn-Wyatt and her husband just completed a major home remodel in Hilton Head, S.C., which included the kitchen, two bathrooms, laundry room, and new flooring. What a project! Mary’s son, Colby, turned 25 in June. He is an aerospace design engineer with Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Conn. Proud mom is in her 28th year working as an executive healthcare recruiter. * Hope Worden Kenefick is another home-makeover artist as she recently renovated her little house on a lake in New Hampshire from top to bottom. In the process, she accumulated quite a collection of power tools. Hope goes running most days to train for a Ugandan trekking trip to see mountain gorillas with her significant other. She also finds herself motivated to learn new things such as golf, painting, and Spanish (even though she went to Mexico over Jan Plan). Hope recently had dinner with Melissa Paul and will be seeing Melissa Ruff Cassel as well. She also played hooky recently to spend time with Kathy Wincapaw Velek ’87 in Portsmouth, N.H. * Laurie Anderson continues her work as a professor of plant ecology at Ohio Wesleyan University and lives in Delaware, Ohio, with her husband, Dan Seufert, and their son, Evan. Evan is 17 and exploring work options through a program at the Delaware Area Career Center. Laurie saw Margot Glocker Liffiton, one of her Colby roommates, on a visit to Chicago over the Fourth of July. Margot and her husband, John, relocated to Chicago in 2016. Margot now works in special education classrooms. Their other roommate, Jean DeNapoli, couldn’t join them because she’s preparing to be posted overseas as an army vet. * Melissa Ruff Cassel moved her son to Chapman University last fall to study screen acting. They enjoyed a great week in Orange, Calif., that included an Angels game and spending time at Disneyland. * Josh and Stacey Mendelsohn Marx celebrated 28 years of marriage on a backpacking trip in Olympic National Park, not far from their home. Josh and Stacey have been exploring the rich and wide-reaching natural environment of the Pacific Northwest more and more now that their grown kids have fled the coop. * Thanks to all who submitted news, and I look forward to hearing from more of you next time around!


Class Correspondent:

Scott Lainer

We are inexorably tied to Colby–and one another. That is why we share our achievements and milestones. The key beats of our lives become even more meaningful when our extended family is made aware. My hope is our collective solace may prove even more palpable. Our classmate Kathleen Harnett Linger lost her son, Jack. These are words I never expected to write. When I lost my mom, my cousin Stanley comforted me with the plain truth that this was the cycle of life. We must watch those who gave us life as they depart our world. But this is an insult to that truth, an unreasonable pain for anyone to endure, an affront to the sanctity of parenthood and the profundity of our blessed children. When the news was shared between us classmates, in texts, online, or in person, the solemnity shook us to the core. We almost hesitated to write, the news simply too terrible to accept. Then I read Jack’s online travelogue. You see, Jack Linger is no ordinary teenager. (I will speak of him in present tense, because I believe we are never really gone.) After witnessing our political and social discord, this singular boy chose to ride his bike around our majestic country and speak with everyday people to understand our disparate views. At the age of 17, he went far beyond the ‘what’ to uncover the ‘why.’ Can you imagine the initiative and courage this must have taken? I pause before riding my bike across town. This independent soul took on our national consciousness. I ask you to read the words he penned, the wisdom he kindly offers those of us who are less motivated or informed. https://labs.da.org/wordpress/jlinger/author/jack-linger. Jack provides many photos within his heartfelt entries. You’ll notice his handsome face is chiseled with deliberateness, his beatific smile permeating the screen. There is so much going on behind those eyes, as if he knows something we don’t. Yet his intent is to share his feelings, to offer us more than a glimmer of hope during this fraught period in our history. His beacon is the quintessential representation of our best selves. I believe Jack will serve a far greater purpose than we yet know. We are meant to share his adventures and embrace his generous spirit. Jack is at peace with himself because he sees the goodness in all of us. Whether encountering someone who supports gun control or opposes it, leans left or right, he pointedly highlights the inherent worth in all humans with equanimity. Jack makes us think harder and reflect more critically. In truth, I had all but cemented my opinions from a cloistered environment, never stepping out of my bubble; my Northeastern cocoon was more than sufficient. But Jack ventured into the unknown and, as you’ll read, recognized the depth in everyone he met. There isn’t a single moment of resentment or derision on his part. Jack is the emerging face of our citizenry, and it is of great comfort. So why did this boy, who clearly found his manhood, take this arduous journey at this time in our history? Why did he decide to chronicle his experiences so we might all benefit? Why are his words now standing before us in stark relief? I often wonder if God chooses to take our best souls, our warmest and most earnest, because they are simply too good for this sphere. As if some of His work suddenly becomes so compelling, He’s no longer willing to share it. And perhaps Jack’s transition is meant to help us realize a transition of our own. Please read his work. Jack is calling for us to see the value of humanity itself, not merely our kindred thinkers. He beckons us to embrace across the great divide. This important man is now part of us all. Let Jack Linger.


Class Correspondent:

Susan Maxwell Reisert

Hello, Class of 1986! Many thanks to everyone who contacted me and shared their news. The “first responder” award goes to Greg Beatty. Greg still resides in Thailand (more than 25 years!). His most recent accomplishment: publishing a book with his 11-year-old daughter. Greg reached out to several alumni for assistance during the writing process, including Chris Parker, Jim Sullivan ’87, Hamilton Brower, and Courtney Broderick McCormick ’88. The story features a 12-year-old girl who transfers to a new school and tries to fit in. The class bully sits beside her. Drama and comedy ensues. The book is available on Amazon. * Jill (Wertz ’88) and Doug Scalise celebrated their 30th anniversary in July. Their son Nathan is an adjunct music professor at Binghamton University. Their younger son, Greg, is in a master’s program at Johns Hopkins. This year Doug marks his 25th year as lead pastor of Brewster Baptist Church on Cape Cod, and he’s still playing baseball. In June he drove his dad, Vic Scalise ’54, to Waterville and chauffeured him around for Vic’s 65th reunion. He was happy to see Dave Epstein and his first-year Dana Hall neighbors Lisa Kuzia Kruger ’84 and Denise Brunelle Priess ’84 during reunion weekend. * Chris Parker sent a nice photo of himself, Mark Burke, and Ricardo Sieveking having a beer in Boston reliving old memories while Ricardo was in town on business from Guatemala.  * Andy Burns sent news that he, David Power, and David Watson met up in Cushing, Maine, to enjoy the beauty of the Georges River Land Trust. As they remembered trips to Moody’s and Reds on US 1, the distance between their homes in Kentucky, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire melted away. They concluded their visit with a trip to campus for Andy’s youngest son, Marshall (Colby class of 2026?). * David and Sally Jaffe Curley celebrated their 23rd anniversary in May and their second year of living in Savannah, Ga. Sally keeps busy with her strategic consultancy firm, serving on the advisory board of a small private healthcare company, and as an adjunct professor in the executive master’s program at Georgetown University (she runs their Singapore residency program). Sally stays in touch with Colby pals Chris ’83 and Heather Frasier Chabot, Hank Yelle, Kathy Reynolds Dunn, and Isabel Wells* Diane Smith is a managing attorney at the National Disability Rights Network. A while back, she left D.C. to live in Maine and now telecommutes to work. She lives in Brunswick with her 11-year-old daughter, her partner, Brian, their two cats, and a hedgehog. * Leslie Greenslet Perry moved to Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and is loving it. She moved there to be supportive of her elderly parents. She’s no longer teaching—instead, she’s building an insurance business. She’s also planning to build an intergenerational makerspace program to encourage creativity and problem solving for all ages. * The Colby Fund is currently looking for volunteers from ’86 to help with fundraising and reunion planning. To find out what roles are available, contact colbyfund@colby.edu. * From my own little perch in the Waterville area, I’ve seen a few classmates and, alarmingly, an occasional younger version. At the end of the last year’s spring semester, my husband (who teaches in the Government Department) and I hosted a dinner for the students in one of his classes. I found myself sitting across the table from John Haberstock’s son, Taylor ’19, who was about to graduate from Colby. Just starting Colby this fall is Mike Savage’s younger son, Matthew. I saw Rich Deering, who was my son’s boss last summer (or was it the other way around?). I also ran into Dave Epstein at the summer art lunch. Dave is a new Colby trustee. Congratulations! Early in the fall, I had drinks with Jen Imhoff Foley, who still works at Bates. Are you on Peloton? Follow me (Loon_E_Bin)! I hope all is well with you, wherever you are. And, as always, send me your news!


Class Correspondent:

Tom Colt

George Bamfo, with five children ranging from ages 20 to 30, works in East Hartford, Conn., with United Technologies Aerospace-Pratt & Whitney. * Sheryl Larson Mortensen (living in Connecticut) recently had a gathering at her house in Lake George with Laura Kozloski (Florida), Lisa Diffley Hernandez (Massachusetts), Lauren Russo Chocholak (California), and Kim Glendon Getschow (Connecticut). * Elizabeth Banwell lives in South Portland with her two children and works in real estate with Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International. She recently saw Sarah Land, Alison Cox, and Lynne Fuller Scarfo. * Lynn Brunelle and her husband, Keith, live on Bainbridge Island, Wash. They visited Japan last summer, toured multiple East Coast colleges with her son, and had a great long weekend on Cape Cod with Debbie England Gray. Debbie and her husband recently became empty nesters and moved from Andover to Winchester, near Ceci Bevin Gordon and Bruce Hickey. Debbie and her husband celebrated their 25th anniversary in Southeast Asia, traveling throughout Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Debbie does legal work for underprivileged schools and loves the mission-driven endeavor. * Boston-based attorney Steve Reed is trying to move to semi-retired status. He and Marcy traveled to Vietnam for two weeks in April; hosted Rick and Kathryn Clarke Anderson and Sean Padgett and Ann-Meg White for a week in Cabo San Lucas in July; and will be traveling with their daughter Hailey ’20 to South Africa and Namibia next year. * Paul Swartz and wife Linda are doing well in North Andover, Mass. Their son, Grant, graduated from BC last spring, was commissioned into the U.S. Navy as an ensign, and was off to flight school at Pensacola in September. Their oldest daughter, Dana, attends Bates, where she plays lacrosse. Their youngest daughter, Alex, is at North Andover High School. * Lori Gustafson Adams and her husband are selling their house in southern New Hampshire, where they raised their kids, and moving to a semi-retired lifestyle on a lake farther north. * James Gill still lives outside London but reports “the nest is emptying.” Callum attends the Queensland University of Technology, Isabelle will enroll at a commercial pilot flight school in Australia, and Oliver, 18, is taking a gap year coaching rugby in Fiji before enrolling at University of Queensland. James, who works for Navisite, recently traveled to Rome, Naples, and Ischia. * Carolyn (Boynton ’84) and Kevin Bruen recently celebrated their 30th anniversary while watching their youngest son Chris, 16, play water polo. Their son Conor ’17 now works in Seattle. After 28 years of combined service in the Navy and Coast Guard, Kevin retired from active duty in July. Sandra (Winship ’84) and Wayne Eddy, Tom Valinote, Phil ’77 and Lynne Deering Bruen ’79, and Steve Trimble ’82 attended a retirement ceremony for Kevin, who now works as a civilian attorney for the Coast Guard. Kevin and others, including Mike Sanderson and Tom Cushman, periodically get together with Rodney Krause at Rodney’s house in St. Louis. * John Prorok notes that earlier this year, for the 27th consecutive year, he got together with Rich MacNeille, Brad Whitaker, Keith Turley, Elliot Kolodny, Bill McDermott ’84, Doug Turley ’87, and Alex Spare ’88 for their annual Rotisserie Baseball Draft. Unable to attend were James A. Ffrench and Chris Lebherz. They toasted the memory of Ashley Morgan and humored each other with stories from their DU days. * Debbie Neumann-Dubowsky lives in Roslyn, N.Y., on Long Island with her husband, Jay, and her twins, who are very involved in Boy Scouts. She works as a cardiologist and spends much of her free time sailing with Jay. * Buster Clegg and wife Rebecca are doing well in Newburyport, Mass. His crew includes Ben (working for Lone Pine Brewing Company in Maine), Olivia and Aidan (both in college), Isabel (senior at Pingree), Quinn (ninth grader at Groton), and youngest daughter Parker, 3 1/2. * “Peirce,” as in Lincoln Peirce, was the answer to 14-across in the Oct. 31 New York Times crossword puzzle. I wonder how many others, like Sean Padgett, spelled Linc’s last name wrong trying to solve the puzzle? Thanks, Sean, for bringing this to my attention. And congrats, Linc!


Class Correspondent:

Marian Leerburger

The Class of 1984 had a very fun and enjoyable reunion this June. We’re hoping more folks come out in five years for our next reunion. Here are updates from those who attended: Jeff Nottonson moved to Vermont from the Boston suburbs two years ago. He runs a beautiful bed and breakfast called Whitford House (whitfordhousevt.com) and plans to reopen their property for weddings. Colby connections are welcome for a Vermont getaway at his B&B! He’s given up volunteer coaching for Nordic skiing but is exploring the wonderful hilly country roads on his new gravel bike. Jeff is also growing an orchard and is in consulting for business development and marketing for small businesses. He’s learned to safely operate a chainsaw, remove snow with a roof rake, and use a backup generator. Their son, Lewis, graduated from Middlebury and is seeking work in GIS. * Lance Hanson is a biodynamic farmer who approaches the farm as a complete organism with the soil, plants, animals, and insects all contributing to the whole. He’s also crafting wines that express the character of western Colorado. View a PBS documentary on Lance and his approach at pbs.org/video/on-the-vine-g3agln. * Nancy Silverman Levinsky attended the wedding of Alison Gluck ’13, her first cousin once removed. Many Colbians were there, including sister of the bride Lauren Gluck ’16 and grandmother of the bride Judy Levine Brody ’58. Professors Sandy Maisel and Patrice Franko were there as well. Nancy just started her 17th year in intake and marketing at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein. * TJ Palmer started his 33rd year at Brewster Academy this September. His oldest son is also a teacher, but in California. His daughter is at Ogilvy & Mather in Chicago, and the youngest, Brady, is with John Hancock Investments in Boston. * Sally Lee is an artist/illustrator/author who lives in Danvers, Mass. She also works at MIT as an administrative assistant in the computer science lab for five professors and their students. Lately, she’s illustrated and written books for kids. She’s published 40 books and has won several awards, including the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Family Choice Award. * Valerie Miller Brancato let me know that her son, Theo, received his next naval officer tour and will be a flag aide in Singapore. “Theo is my second son,” Valerie writes, “having been his weekend mom while he was at the Naval Academy.” * Kathy Soderberg and her partner, Bahar, took a fun-filled trip to Egypt and have plans for more travel in the future. She, like Jeff, is also involved in the B&B business—hers is a side hobby in Wayne, Maine. * Lisa Kuzia Krueger and Denise Brunelle Priess provided fantastic pictures from reunion. Dan ’82 and Christy Gledhill Crocker also came. It was lovely to see everyone! * Todd Halloran wrote that he missed reunion due to a college graduation, but he still attends trustee emeriti events throughout New England. His twin boys graduated from Colgate and Dartmouth last spring and are employed respectively at a New York investment bank and Boston-based consulting firm. He has two daughters, one a junior at Williams College playing ice hockey and lacrosse, and one a senior at Deerfield Academy. Todd sought a new challenge and invested in the sports entertainment industry with last year’s purchase of the South Carolina Stingrays, an ECHL hockey team (AA minor league affiliated with the Washington Capitals) in Charleston. He’s also a minority investor in the AA minor league baseball team the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays. * Sharon Miller made her first visit back to Maine since the 1980s. She was able to walk around the Colby campus and really appreciated the old and new sights. * As for me, both my children have graduated from college and have (what is that word?) jobs! My son is a clinical psychologist/rehabilitation counselor in Texas, and my daughter, having completed her last semester at the University of Maine in Italy, is teaching at a Montessori school in Nashville and loving the area.


Class Correspondent:

Sarah Lickdyke Morissette

Beth Ellis Tautkus, Colleen Plourde Harvey, and Denise Glennon spent a weekend catching up in Ocean City, Md. Beth also visited Sue Kallio in Mattapoisett, Mass. They all have kids in or graduated from college. Sue’s oldest was married in August 2018, and Beth’s oldest daughter will be married next September. * Linda Hurwitz enjoyed a visit from Claudia Goulston and husband Bill Raymond, of Salt Lake City, who were in Virginia for a tango workshop. Linda caught up with Patrick and Susan French Fine at their home in peaceful Lake Sunapee, N.H., over the Fourth of July. * Susan French Fine retired after 30 years with USAID and moved to Sunapee, N.H. Susan was the top career official in USAID’s policy bureau, where she led agency-wide reforms and represented the U.S. in the multilateral arena. Sue’s excited about hiking, kayaking, and skiing, political activism, and traveling for fun. She’d love to connect with Colbians in the area—find Susan on LinkedIn. * Scott Sophos is in his third year teaching drama at the Prague British International School. This summer he spent a week of CPD at Julliard, then performed in Prague Shakespeare Company’s production of All’s Well That Ends Well. Scott filmed an episode of the History Channel’s series Knightfall in Prague and appeared in a dance/verse/movement piece about Alzheimer’s. He’s also doing ghost tours for Mysterium Tours, so if you’re in Prague and bored...! * Last summer Walter Judge attended a mini-reunion to celebrate Jamie Engert’s 60th birthday, hosted by Adam ’83 and Becca Cunningham Weiss ’84 in Burlington. Walter hung out with Brian Garnick at the Vermont Brewers Festival, then visited Geoff ’81 and Barbie Fallows Ives in Portland, Maine, for some fabulous eating and drinking. In the midst of this, Walter won a $3.66-million verdict for a client in a federal jury trial. * Empty nester Bob Benjamin started his 30th year with Brunswick School. He’s finishing a tour of duty as senior sustainment trainer for combat support training exercises at Ft. McCoy, Wis., where he has about 2,500 soldiers honing their tactical and technical skills. Bob’s visited Army units at 12 different training sites in the U.S. In September he spoke at a naval retirement ceremony for Captain Fritz Canby ’83 in San Diego. He’s looking ahead to retirement next September. * Jeffra Becknell played in a hockey tournament with Karen Cowles Berkley last winter, fulfilling a wish they’ve had for years. Karen still has wheels and scored one of their team’s goals. Jeffra delivered her eldest child, Remy, to New School in NYC for her freshman year—trading the beaches of San Diego for the streets of East Village. Last summer Jeffra visited Anne Tiedemann ’84 in London, where many stories were told and Jeffra’s daughters listened for all the dirt. * EJ Meade reports that life beats on in Boulder. This summer EJ took his annual hike with daughter Eliot to scatter ashes on the fifth anniversary of her mother’s death. He also visited younger daughter Nora in Costa Rica. EJ’s architecture firm, Arch11, has offices in Denver and Boulder and projects spread throughout North America. He was excited about a vacation to Portugal to walk 100 miles of the Rota Vicentina along the coast, then a month in Lisbon, where he hoped to walk, draw, connect with the architecture school, and enjoy Vino Verde and grilled sardines. * Travelin’ Jeff Brown and wife Jessica spent 2.5 weeks in India, visiting nine cities, the Maldives, and Abu Dhabi. He also braved Cape Cod traffic for a summer wedding on Martha’s Vineyard, where his accommodations overlooked Jackie O’s place. * Jim Haddow authored and edited two chapters of MCLE New England’s A Practical Guide to Employment Law in Maine. Jim’s marine scientist son works at Maine Shellfish Developers, part of an aquaculture business incubator in Walpole. His older son is a second-year resident in psychiatry at Maine Medical Center. * Deb Hartshorn’s daughter graduated from Bates and left for graduate school in England. Deb sails on a race team and crews a boat that takes cancer patients and their families out on Lake Champlain. * Paul and Sarah Perry Indelicato and Sir Ben (their Bengal cat) are doing great. Sarah is happily employed at Fidelity but occasionally participates in Paul’s creative services business with a camera or as a production assistant. A favorite shoot was at a trade show, where they interviewed an associate holding a sloth! Sarah and Paul also cruised around the tip of South America, enjoying the Beagle Channel and the Straits of Magellan. They watched NFL playoffs on the pool deck wrapped in blankets as they cruised by a glacier.


Class Correspondent:

Ginny Bulford Vesnaver

Maine! How many of us would love to return to Maine if we could? OK, some of us never left or have already returned. But who knew that donut holes were invented in Maine, or that in Wilton there’s a cannery that imports and cans only dandelion greens? Obviously, I just googled “Maine” in search of a clever way to share the fact that much of our recent class news features, of all places, the state of pine trees, lobsters, and L.L.Bean (and Colby of course). * After 38 years teaching in New York and Massachusetts, Leslie Breton has returned to her home state, Maine. She’s taken a teaching position at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, and she purchased a vacation/retirement home in Bowdoin. * Dan ’80 and Liz Pizzurro Ossoff had a memorable Maine event in July. Their son, Ben ’10, married Robyn St. Laurent ’12 in Buxton. Many Mules from classes ranging from 1973 to 2014 attended the wedding. The Class of ’81 was represented by Bruce and Ellen Reinhalter Shain, Doug and Amy Parker Cook, Greg and Ginny Low Pomeroy, and Deb (Zarella ’79) and Rich Dube. The wedding was topped off with Shain’s of Maine ice cream for dessert. * My request for news arrived as Terri (Lewis ’83) and John Clevenger returned from “two glorious weeks” in Maine. They rented a house in West Point, a fishing village south of Bath, and enjoyed exploring the area from Portland to Camden. While there, they had dinner with Talie and Joel Harris and spent another evening with Tony ’82 and Dede Arruda Perkins ’83. John works in Boston for Denneen & Company, a small consulting firm. For now, he and Terri split their time between Boston and Connecticut as Terri’s business requires proximity to NYC and Connecticut. They hope to ultimately make the move to Boston. * Kimberly Hokanson has left Wellesley and taken a new position as VP for institutional advancement at Regis College in Weston, Mass. She also serves on the board of Camp Kawanhee for Boys in Weld, Maine, and is wondering if any Kawanhee alumni could be Colby classmates. * In news far from Maine, Eleanor Campbell celebrated her 60th with a trip to Australia. She shared the experience with several family members and enjoyed every moment. She has been happily married for five years to Darrell Swank, and they live in Ambler, Pa., with their four dogs. They’re both retired and keep busy training and competing with their dogs. Two of their canine pals participate in a local hospital’s animal-assisted therapy program. * Beth Wilson celebrated her 60th with a trip to China. She enjoyed cruising on the Yangtze River so much that she followed that trip with a Danube River cruise through four countries. * Peter Cocciardi planned to attend the October West Coast wedding of Jon Light’s son. Over the last few years, Peter’s son and daughter have both gotten married, and on July 18, 2019, Peter became a grandfather to Dominic Peter Cocciardi. * Speaking of grandparents, I have literally been interrupted as I type this column by news that our son and daughter-in-law, VJ (Victor Jr) ’11 and Petie Booth Vesnaver ’11 have given birth to Josephine Maya Vesnaver! Perhaps a future Mule?! * Returning to Maine, I will close with this: John Clevenger shared that Joel Harris, Bob Ryan, Bob Clark, and Scott Vandersall have all verbally committed to our 40th reunion. It’s in writing now, so we’ll plan on seeing them there, as well as everyone else. To quote John, “looking forward to a good crowd at our 40th!” See you all in Maine in 2021, if not before!


Class Correspondent:

Kevin Fahey

Our classmates are already looking forward to our 40th reunion, and many have been reconnecting through their own mini-reunions. * Mimi Brodsky Kress was in Vermont this spring for Mike and Gretchen Huebsch Daly’s daughter’s wedding. She said it was nice to catch up with Debbie Pugh Kelton, who was also there. * Tommy Marlitt left the Connecticut College admissions office in May and started as a search consultant with Carney, Sandoe & Associates out of Boston in June. He’s still working from his home in Portland, Ore., but instead of recruiting students he’s looking for college deans and school heads. He met Elliott Pratt for a beer at the lodge at Mount Sunapee while he was back East in March. * Mike Childers and his wife, Allison, are excited that their son, Quaid, is attending Northwestern University. Mike says he’s definitely planning on attending our 40th reunion. Since he was at the reunion in 2000 he wants to continue his “once-every-20-years streak!” * Bill and Lynn Collins Francis have retired and look forward to this next phase. Lynn had the chance for recent mini-reunions with several classmates: Nancy Reed, Patty Valavanis Smith, and Diana Herrmann in Rhode Island; Lisa McDonough O’Neill and Suze Connolly Levere in Marblehead; and Liz Nelb Gearan in New Hampshire. Lynn also looks forward to reunion in June. * Maria (Macedo ’79) and Tom Dailey are back living in the D.C. area in northern Virginia after returning from a three-year assignment with Verizon in London. Tom is getting ready for retirement and his next act. Meanwhile, he’s still cycling a lot and playing tennis in his spare time. Their two sons live in D.C., where one is a consultant specializing in healthcare data analytics and the other is in his second year at Georgetown Medical School. * Motivated by the 2016 general election, Pam Poindexter has been involved in political activism, for the first time in her life, through a grassroots group called Indivisible.org. She says it’s been an enlightening and rewarding experience, which gives her hope for the 2020 elections and beyond. She’d be happy to share her insights and experiences with classmates. * In early August Linda Alter Capell had dinner in York, Maine, with 10 former Colby women’s basketball alums from several classes who played together at various times. In addition to Linda making the trip from Minnesota, Patty Valavanis Smith came from Massachusetts, and Nancy Chapin traveled from Virginia. They spent a day together exploring York, swimming in the Atlantic, and catching up on their lives. Linda said it was the highlight of her summer! She also hopes to be at reunion in 2020. * Liz Yanagihara Horwitz described 2018 as the “year of replacement parts.” She had two full knee replacements in June, followed by a shoulder replacement in November. She’s back to playing tennis and music, saying it’s so nice to run from one side of the court to the other and to not be in pain doing anything. Their son, Michael, has a son who is almost two—and the best part is that Liz babysits her grandson three days a week. Their daughter, Ali, has finished architecture school and is one exam away from being a licensed architect. She works in a firm in downtown Boston. 

1970 Newsmakers

Tim Glidden '74

Tim Glidden ’74 was included on Maine magazine’s “50 Mainers” list for “creating a brighter future for the state.” Glidden, president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, feels privileged to work on behalf of Maine. “It’s work that helps me stay optimistic,” he said. * Barry Walch ’74 received the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award from SUNY Canton, where for 30 years he taught and developed academic programs, including an associate’s degree in mortuary science. Walch, now professor emeritus, has received six Golden Apple Awards from Phi Theta Kappa honor society and was director of the New York State Funeral Directors Association. * Joanne Defilipp Alex ’76 was the keynote speaker at an “Educating for Sustainability” meeting in Harrison, Maine. Alex, a Montessori teacher and early childhood education advocate, has earned numerous accolades, including the Maine State Teacher’s Award and a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Education.


Class Correspondent:

Cheri Bailey Powers

40th Reunion—what a great time had by all! The weather cooperated for a beautiful weekend, especially after several months of rain. Including spouses/partners, we had 72 in attendance. It was a great showing—one of the larger class groups there. We resided in Dana Hall, as we did for our 35th. There were several first-time attendees who expressed regret in missing past reunions but said they’d definitely be back. The banquet dinner was in a tent behind Roberts, where our special band, Pearl, set-up for a night of music and dancing. Pearl and Sara Frolio O’Leary did not disappoint! They featured a guest singer—Bob Kinney—who showed that his chops are not just for a Gilbert & Sullivan performance. By the end of the weekend, new class leaders were selected: Kathy Bleakney Pawley, president, Kirk Paul, head class agent, and me, Cheri Bailey Powers, class correspondent. A huge thank you to Bob Kinney for his direction and planning as president, and to Julie Sydow Palmason for serving as head class agent, and to the many who helped create this great reunion experience. * First-timer Craig Garson is entering his 39th year practicing law but has promised himself his last trial will be in October. He’ll continue as a mediator of complex commercial cases and high-stakes litigation (Canada/global). Craig spends 3-4 months a year in Australia on the board of a resource-based public company. He has no intention of slowing down for now. Daughter Ellen, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, lives in San Francisco; Rose ’15 is pursuing a master’s of law, and Marybeth oversees the family real estate business in Halifax. * Julie Sydow Palmason missed reunion for a good reason: an open house that resulted in the sale of their home of 32 years in Littleton, Mass. They’ve moved to Wolfeboro, N.H., on Lake Winnipesaukee, where they’re building their dream house. They celebrated son Erik’s wedding in early September. * Angela Mickalide was elected to the board of the South County Concert Association, based in the Annapolis area. SCCA started its 44th season this fall. Angela and Alex celebrated their 29th anniversary with a Viking River Cruise from Saint Petersburg to Moscow in September. They enjoyed our 40th. * Bob Kinney has decided to keep his day job after his flirtation with rock & roll stardom at our 40th (he rocked the stage!). * Cari and Carl Lovejoy are still working, but son Ben has retired from the NHL. * Elizabeth Armstrong has had her position as resident director of the Associated Kyoto Program extended. More time in paradise, she says. * Kyle Harrow made a major move from New Jersey to Scituate, Mass., after 28 years. She’s happy to be closer to family and friends and a mile from the ocean. * Jim and Betsy Bucklin Reddy traveled to Lake Como, Italy, in June for a family wedding, followed by sightseeing in Florence and Milan. Daughter Maggie graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle with a degree in nutrition and culinary arts. Daughter Emily was married last November and resides in Burlington, where she’s a middle school art teacher. * Mary Mitchell Friedman (first-timer) works as executive director for the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. She partners with Dick Whitmore, who is chair of the board. * David Ashcroft visited his daughter, who’s teaching at the university in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. They traveled to some Silk Road cities such as Bukhara and Kiva. David still enjoys his job, so retirement isn’t in the plan for a few more years. * Deborah Lieberman Moore, one of my freshman roommates, is a first-timer, too. She retired this summer after 20 years as executive director of the Wadsworth Mansion. The summer was spent golfing and gardening. Deborah isn’t sure what will happen next, but plans for it to be lively—and probably involve a boat. * I want to thank Janet Deering Bruen for hosting a mini-reunion of the Taylor/Sturtevant girls: Kathy Bleakney Pawley, Hillary Jones Egan, Sara Frolio O’Leary, Sarah Russell MacColl, Libby Maynard Gordon, Janet Ford Roberts, and myself. We were wined and dined (lobster, of course!) and sat up most of the night talking. Looking forward to a repeat for the 45th!


Class Correspondent:

Lisa Mathey Landry

Jim Moulton is returning to his “pedagogical passion,” independent work at jimmoulton.org, where the focus is on learning that is “community connected, technology rich, and project based.” He and his wife, Lu, have two children and two grandchildren living in Virginia and Maine. * With no immediate retirement plans, Alix Land continues private psychotherapy practice in Portland, Ore. Recently, she has worked with refugees helping them prepare for citizenship exams (she guesses that about half of us could pass the test!) and wonders if there are other ’78 alums in Oregon. * Kirk Denton has taught Chinese literature at Ohio State University for 32 years. He’s “wavering” about retiring. He plays hockey three times a week and goes to Nova Scotia every August. * Over the summer Jeff Wheeler and Peter Schmidt-Fellner and their wives went fly-fishing in northern Maine. * Gerry Boyle will have two new mysteries published this year. He and Mary Foley Boyle are grandparents of four, two in Maine and two in Ireland. Mary continues her work in school administration. They visited Sam Cremin and his wife, Annette, in Chicago this summer. * The good news from Greg Jordan is the graduation of his younger son, Colby, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, also the alma mater of his older son, Gregory. Both young men live and work in California—Colby in the mortgage business and Gregory in the technology field. * Tom Gilligan happily retired from the insurance business after 40 years. He sees lifelong Colby fraternity friends all around Boston. Life is filled with three grandchildren, golf, and photography, and Tom feels “as lucky as a person can be.” * Congratulations to Wanda L’Heureux on the birth of her second grandchild! * David and Alex Jackson Rieser are happily back in Chicago after 28 years in the suburbs. She practices law, defending medical professionals and facilities, with no plans to retire soon. Her son, Graham, is working and studying in San Francisco, and her daughter, Alanna, has lived and worked in Paris for almost two years. She and David travel frequently, and last year she saw Leslie “Lee” Stiller Kissner in Paris. * More congratulations to Pam Cleaves Devine and John Devine. They have three new grandchildren, twins James and Isabella, and Casey. That makes a total of six grandkids! * Sandy Buck remains on Colby’s Board of Trustees, fundraising for the Dare Northward campaign so the new athletics center, to which Jim Crook has been so generous, can be completed by next summer. His work has contributed to the rebirth of downtown Waterville and Colby’s place there. He was recently named the C Club Person of the Year. Sandy has three grandchildren. He sees Bob Underhill, Chris Morrissey, John Geismar, and many other Colby alums to ski, fish, attend weddings, and reminisce. “The older we are, the better we were!” * My class notes guru, Nancy Piccin, reports a great time in August with Ed Smith, Jim Cook, Laura Hyer, and Ann-Marie Hobson. She and Ann-Marie, with their former Coast Guard beaux, spent an evening on the Nantucket Lightship, now berthed in East Boston Harbor. Launched in 1936, it was decommissioned in the ’70s, and Nancy says it’s a great place to visit and watch fireworks over the harbor. * Gary Winer and his wife, Lu, traveled from their Nashville home to London for their daughter’s wedding, their second wedding of the summer. * After 30 years, most recently as deputy executive editor, Susan Areson retired in 2016 from the Providence Journal. She moved to Truro, Mass., and serves on the select board, a particularly busy job during tourist season. She and her husband regularly hike and kayak in Maine. * Doug Giron welcomed his first grandchild, Eleanor Marie Cook. Proud parents are his daughter Joy and her husband, Stephen Cook.


Class Correspondent:

Russ Lowe

Helene Morneau is still practicing as a landscape architect in Sonoma County, Calif. She and her business partner run an all-residential firm. She spends a couple of months a year traveling with her husband. When not working or traveling, she tends a garden big enough to live “farm to table.” And they still have the same furry kids: doodle, miniature donkeys, and llamas. * Three years ago, John Glynn became director of sales at NRD and loves it. He’s in Grand Island, N.Y., next to Niagara Falls, and has no desire to retire. He travels the world as part of the job. His daughter is taking care of his home back in Burlington, Mass., and his son is doing well and living in Brooklyn. * Paula Debnar is still professor of classics at Mount Holyoke College and expects to continue teaching for a few more years. On recent visits to Colby, she viewed the stunning Zao Wou-Ki exhibition co-curated by her dear friend Melissa Walt and played tennis with Janice Kassman. Not too long ago she contributed to Hanna Roisman’s Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy and had an email exchange about teaching Homeric Greek with Nathaniel Koonce, son of the late professors Dorothy and Howard Koonce. She sends greetings to Jane Brox ’78, Jay Franzel, Spencer Aitel, Ellen Sullivan, and Jackie Core ’78. * Peter Breu and Susan Woods have seen a bunch of Colby ’77 classmates over the last year. They stayed with Sandy (Hall ’78) and John Lake in August at their home near Springfield, Mass., and went bicycling the next day. Last winter they had dinner in Concord, Mass., with Bruce and Jane Williams Blumberg and also visited with Chuck ’78 and Judy Cue Lukasik ’78, who recently moved to Franconia, N.H. They sailed to Martha’s Vineyard with Bill and Chris McKeown Burry in July 2018. The Burrys and a number of 2012 Colby grads joined Peter and Susan for the celebration of son Martin’s September 2018 wedding. Susan and Peter looked forward to a visit from Tom Hearne after Labor Day. * Qaisar Kahn reports that the World Bank transferred him to the New Delhi office from Washington, where he had been working on economic development issues in Africa and emergency response to the civil war in Yemen. In India he will work on reforming social protection systems to increase efficiency and to reach more of the population in need of support. If any classmates come to Delhi during the next two years, reach out to him. He would be happy to see you. * Alan Taylor’s last book was discussed in the Winter 2017 edition of Colby Magazine. The two-time Pulitzer winner has a new book, Thomas Jefferson’s Education, published in October from W.W. Norton & Co. Alan holds the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia. * Kevin Farnham and his wife, Dale, work hard each day, but enjoy doing most of it together. They work on flower and vegetable gardening, landscaping their five acres, updating their 1850 farmhouse, programming mathematical models for the Navy, and various types of writing and editing. Their daughter, Kala, recently put the finishing touches on her new studio album at Abbey Road Studios in London. * Mike and Denise Martell Martin believe they’re leading in the “most grandchildren” category for our class. Their seventh grandbaby was born last April. Anybody got them beat? Mike continues as an SVP at The First. His boss refuses to allow him to retire anytime soon. Denise continues to work as a communication consultant. They shared lobster this summer with Val (Jones ’76) and Steve Roy and Mike and Ann Atherton Poulin. * My wife, Pam, and I now have a second grandson, born last April as well. I’m still happily employed helping teachers with technology in Clinton, Mass., after a career in software startups


Class Correspondent:

Robert Weinstein

Hello ’76ers! I hope life has been kind these past many months. Wendy Swallow is excited to share that after a 10-year effort, her novel Searching for Nora: After the Doll’s House is out. It follows Ibsen’s iconic Nora Helmer as she searches for love, family, and purpose from the slums of 1880s Kristiania to the harsh Minnesota prairie. Check Wendy’s website, searchingfornora.com, for more information. Wendy thanks Colby for making her read A Doll’s House all those years ago. * O.J. Morgan continues to live the life of an elementary school principal in Chattanooga, Tenn.—and loves his kids! * Peter Leschner’s daughter, Katharine, started at Bucknell University this fall, and his son, Michael, is a high school sophomore. * After 16 years as founding head of Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, N.J., Olen Kalkus and his wife, Kim, moved to Miami. Olen, now head of school at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, also teaches a class. His work with the students keeps him most energized. Olen and Kim welcomed grandson Landon last August. Summers and ski weeks are spent in Colorado. Olen writes he feels very blessed. * Mark Janos writes about getting older, being a Medicare recipient, having no grandchildren, still working his (derrière) off (and still loving it), and still married—a little grayer, a little fatter, a little grumpier, but mostly OK. Mark visited his son in Missoula, Mont., noting that it is a BIG, BIG country we live in. He was recreating a trip after law school 37 years ago. * Joy Sawyer Mulligan, Wendy Swallow, Julie Stewart, Kathleen Jewett ’77, and Heather Finney Eng gathered this summer on Cape Cod (from Wyoming, Michigan, Washington, and Pennsylvania) for their annual gathering of the Butler Broads. For Joy, it was, as always, one revelation after another about how these friends are using their talents, expertise, energy, and tenacity to enrich their families, workplaces, towns or cities and neighborhoods, and themselves. She added a “Hail, Colby, Hail” for bringing them together in 1972. Each of “the Broads” contributed a six-word offering: Sisters of my soul since ’72 / Darling Colby buddies, skinny-dipping, rebels still / Tried and true, timeless treasure trove / Time collapses, and we’re twenty again / We didn’t let go of us. * Speaking of get-togethers, Ed Harvey and his wife, Martie, joined Liz and Harry Nelson in July, then continued the next day to join Liz, Gary Thornberg, Ned Smith and Megan Thorn ’79, and Tracey and Henry Osborne, where they traded conversations across the picnic table. A group photo (with Harry photoshopped in) is posted at our class’s Facebook group. In October Ed was part of another get-together at Sugarloaf, as reported by Mike Boyson; others planning to attend include Kevin Carley, Ned Smith, Scott Pickett, Gary Thornberg, Rick Clunie, Will Porter, Dan Mallove, and Jamie Stubner. Mike lives in Portland, Maine, rides his bike as the weather permits, continues his career with Morgan Stanley, and looks forward to his 40th wedding anniversary. * A couple of times a year, after teaching at the Rutgers Business School in New Jersey, Rob Petersen enjoys visiting with Ilka and Peter Shaw, who live outside Philadelphia. They love their tradition of having a great dinner then conversation over coffee the next morning before Rob heads back home to Connecticut. * For the first time in 45 years, Toby Bobbitt returned to Spain, where she’d spent her junior year. The trip was full of happy moments and good memories, including a visit to Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, where Toby spent Christmas Eve in 1974. * I continued my return to local theater, appearing in How to Succeed and Children of Eden over the summer. Remember to donate to the Colby Fund. As always, reach out to a classmate who’s been on your mind. Our next reunion, June 4-6, 2021, is sneaking up quickly!


Class Correspondent:

Susie Gearhart Wuest

Last year Dave Bright swam in the Canadian National Meet in Montreal, winning three of his age-group events. A few of his swims are now ranked in the top 10 in the world! * In September Marty Womer’s small law firm, Maine Center for Elder Law, in Kennebunk, Maine, merged with a larger Portland law firm. Now “of counsel” part time, Marty is enjoying traveling with his Airstream trailer and pursuing other non-work interests. * Jay ’76 and Marguerite “Mugsie” Nelson Sarson are both retired, living in Venice, Fla., and enjoying their 12 grandkids (ages 1 to 9). Wayne and Laurie Fitts Loosigian vacation nearby in the winter months, and Barb Miller Deutschle already lives close by. Mugsie wishes more Colby alumni would retire to the beautiful Sarasota-Venice area. * Robin Urner Whitebay retired in April 2018 and loves her new everyday life of walking, reading, playing computer games, and once-a-week babysitting. Last summer Robin visited Sue Blanker in Rhode Island, and more recently Robin got back in touch with Ann Carlaw Evans. * Last summer Sarah Rosenberg traveled to Israel for a wedding that included a Moroccan henna party. The remainder of her summer included painting the exterior of her son’s new house, a traditional 15-person camping trip, two more weddings, and attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. More recently, Sarah has been auditing beginning Arabic classes at Portland (Ore.) State University. * Charley Bolger made many new Colby friends last January on a Colby alumni trip to India led by Professor Phillip Nyhus “to see a tiger” and visit the Taj Mahal and Delhi. “A great trip!” * Katy Seabrook Brunault has enjoyed playing cello in the Salem State University Orchestra, composed of students, faculty, and community members. She also had a fantastic time at an adult music camp in Vermont last summer. * Eric Parker updated us on his life in one of his “rare responses.” He’s always lived in northern Vermont, where he’s partner and litigation director at his law firm. Now he’s counting down to retirement in four years or less. Eric recently remarried after 12 years of “getting to know each other,” including one very important fact: “She’s an exec at Ben & Jerry’s, so we always have free ice cream in the freezer!” Their combined family unit has seven adult children and four grandchildren. * Lisa Turtz Birnbaum reports making great strides with her painting (watercolors, watercolor pencils, and gouache). Her paintings are in a book she made of Torah stories from Genesis. Last April at Larchmont Temple, Lisa had a solo exhibit of the Genesis paintings, one of which was chosen for the Katonah Museum of Art’s international open juried exhibition The Edge Effect, curated by Akili Tommasino of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Lisa works part time as a psychiatrist in a private practice. * Last April Charlie LeRoyer enjoyed a wonderful trip to the Azorean island of Terceira that included many hikes on his year-old hip. He feels ready for more serious hiking, such as the Swiss Alps. Recently, he did an overnight hike with Jim ’78 and Sue Conant Cook and (almost) ran into Dan Sexton mountain biking on the trail near Sugarloaf. Small world! When not traveling, he does volunteer trail work for a local land trust, plays golf, and cuts firewood. * Dan Alexander is still a math professor at Drake University in Des Moines. Retirement in May 2021 seems like a realistic goal. He has traveled to Malaysia and Belize in search of international opportunities for his students. * In January Indian Creek School in Crownsville, Md., announced that Gerry Connolly would be returning to the classroom full time to teach Latin and also to serve as advisor to the head of school.


Class Correspondent:

Dennis Delehanty and Richard Vann

Words like “awesome” and “amazing” were used by Colby staff to describe the turnout by our class for our 45th reunion in Waterville in June. Nearly 50 of us trekked to Central Maine to take part in the reunion events, some of which took place in downtown Waterville, to which the Colby campus has now expanded. Festivities began in Yarmouth, Maine, where Deb Wathen Finn hosted a cocktail party, followed by dinner at Art Bell’s home nearby. The crowd then moved north to Waterville, where we established our headquarters in Dana Hall, thoughtfully provisioned by Vicki Parker Kozak, Jill Gilpatric Richard, and Carol Wynne, our exemplary lounge hosts. Saturday morning brought pickleball lessons by noted enthusiast for the sport Art Bell. Events that afternoon included a book signing by our former dean of students and now local author, Earl Smith. Class president Libby Corydon Apicella had kindly slipped a copy of Smith’s Head of Falls in our reunion swag bags, and later Clif Brittain penned a Goodreads review of the novel, now posted on our class Facebook page. (If you’re on Facebook, look for “Colby College Class of 1974” and join the page, if you have not already done so.) On Saturday evening, our class inaugurated (so we were told) the Chace Community Forum of Colby’s newest campus building, the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons, in downtown Waterville, as a reunion dining room. Before dinner, former Waterville mayor Karen Heck led classmates on a tour of the revitalizing Main Street, while current city manager Mike Roy guided us through the city’s newly created waterfront park nearby. Karen offered us each a glass of wine from her winery, Tree Spirits of Maine, to which class oenologist and fundraising coordinator Phil DeFord gave a hearty two thumbs up. The Colby awards won by two of our classmates, Jane Dutton for outstanding educator and Deb Wathen Finn as a Colby Brick recipient, made us feel proud that our class continues to make major contributions to our alma mater. Kudos were also earned by our Alaskan classmate Howard Lazar, who traveled the furthest to join the reunion, and Keith Wilder, who set the pace for our next big gathering in 2024 by attending his first reunion. At the Saturday evening dinner, Tim Glidden, president of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, regaled us with an engaging presentation on protection of the Maine coastline, plus a bit of reminiscing about a certain Colby homecoming queen. * In other news, Mark Curtis and his wife, Diane, spent part of their winter at Sugarloaf for the ski jump competitions, then traveled to Sun City, Ariz., “to check out Rocky Goodhope’s new digs.” Mark often sees Ron Lupton and Dennis Pruneau ’71. * Meanwhile, Jan Hampshire Cummins flew with her husband and two daughters to a remote village in Romania for her third family wedding. “This time,” Jan relates, she “only managed to dance until 4 a.m., so missed the cake, which was cut around 5 a.m.” Jan retired again last year and began plotting her next act. Meanwhile, she has more time for hiking, standup paddling, and yoga. * From her log home in Turner, Maine, Shelley Bieringer Rau writes that the choral ensemble to which she belongs, the Maine Music Society Chamber Singers, performed at the inauguration celebration for Governor Janet Mills this past January. “Once a music major, always a music major,” says Shelley, who keeps busy in retirement, not only grandparenting, but also spinning, knitting, and her latest hobby, quilting. * Also grandparenting these days is Cindy Vietor Kahle, with two little ones in Houston and a third overseas in London. * As Richard Vann and I (Dennis Delehanty) take over as your class correspondents leading up to our 50th reunion five years hence, we wish to thank Nancy Spangler Tiernan for her enthusiastic work over the past several years keeping us up to date with news of our class. Please keep your news coming!


Class Correspondent:

Carol Chalker

This year, 2019, marks 50 years of friendship for many of us who began our freshman year together in the fall of 1969—the theme for this column is to highlight these friendships. Debbie Mael Mandino, Jackie Nienaber Appeldorn, Lisa Kehler Bubar, and I spent a weekend together to mark 50 years of friendship (which began as second floor “Dana Girls”). We reminisced about our Colby years and continued our tradition of playing hours of bridge. Our late classmate Chris Mattern Way was with us in spirit as her husband, Jon, joined us for a delicious evening with chef James Bubar ’72 at Chez Bubar. * Ken Gross, who still practices criminal law and plays in a jazz band, has been in touch with Colby friends Norm Olsen and Gary Arsneault. * Mark McGlynn wrote that he and his brother, Mike ’72, drove to Mayflower Hill for an informal reunion with Delta Upsilon classmates David Averill, Mark Serdjenian, Wayne Millen, Don Borman ’72, and one “fraternity outlier,” Dave Lane of Lambda Chi. They watched a baseball game at the new field, near where most of them played for John Winkin, and Mark recalled endless stories, most of which were “laugh-out-loud funny.” “All in all, a fabulous fun-filled day that left us with many reminders of why the Colby days and friends are so memorable,” Mark said. * Pam and Lloyd Benson hosted a 50-year gathering at their Salem, Mass., home that included great memories, laughter, fun, food, and conversation full of artificial knees, hips, prostrates, and grandchildren. “We even had a cake with ‘50’ on it,” Lloyd said. Joining in the fun were James ’72 and Lisa Kehler Bubar, Ronnie ’71 and Linda Howard Lupton ’72, John Krasnavage (wife Dawn), Joe Mattos (wife Pam), Phil Ricci (wife Liz), Duncan Leith (wife Jennifer), Carol Chalker, Alex Wilson (life friend Judy), Dave Lane (wife Rae), Jeff Lentz ’74 (wife Nancy), Mike Lapenna ’74, and Woodman freshman roommate Chris Lawson (wife Dianne). Their forever friend Brian Cone passed away in June, making the presence of his wife, Signe, very special. Daughters Amy and Molly and grandsons Max, 15 and Leo, 9 attended. It was nice for the boys to see what real friendship is like. * Susan Schink (who LOVES retirement) wrote of a number of adventures, including a visit with Anne Huff Jordan “for a few days of R&R and reminiscing.” Susan continues to enjoy her work as an ESL mentor, and this year she traveled to Norway on a Road Scholar program. * Francesca Demgen Gates wrote of gatherings over the years, all over the world, with Colby forever friends Merrilee Bonney van de Vaart, Anne D. Garner, Joyce Ashley, Doris Ford Mathis, and Pat Flanagan Olsen. * Alan Polackwich is now a retired attorney who enjoys gigs with NBC Sports and Fox Sports at PGA and USGA golf tournaments. Alan writes that this “job” takes him all over the world. * Morrie Herman plans to retire within the next year. He still enjoys a number of trips with his newly retired wife—they visited Alaska, Iceland, Peru, and Bolivia the last two years, and he looks forward to more trips in retirement.


Class Correspondent:

Nancy Round Haley

Robert Brown retired four years ago after teaching high school history for 41 years—Russian history (he also conducted exchange programs with Russia and Ukraine for many years), Middle Eastern history, and world history. Then he ran for his local board of education and has been elected twice. He also started a state task force to reduce childhood poverty. He has two children and five grandchildren, and he’s been married for 38 years. * Tina Murphy Serdjenian attended the dedication of the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons in downtown Waterville last summer. She feels that the couple’s enduring generosity to Colby and to the City of Waterville deserves special acknowledgment. The local alumni from the Class of ’72 so appreciate what Billy Alfond and his wife, Joan, continue to do for Colby and the greater Waterville community. * Doug McMillan promoted his son Spencer to president of McMillan Electric Company. He says it was a “wonderful feeling.” He also took a fun boat trip with Joe Benson, who he says can still ride a wave runner with the best of them! * Mitch Fox is renovating his house in San Francisco and, as a result, spent the summer in his Sonoma home. He relates that all is well in the land of 10,000 lakes. * And lastly, Sandy Manoogian Pearce reports that she and her husband purchased a Minnesota lake cabin this year. They’re loving life at the lake!


Class Correspondent:

Ann E. Miller

With the passage of yet more time, so many of us have entered into this new decade. This particular birthday hit me very hard; how about you? * Beth Marker writes a newsy note from Portland, Ore., which is her newish home far from her roots in NYC. She’s volunteering in the public schools helping with reading fluency. She took an exploratory drive to Vancouver Island, B.C., before the school year started. She will be doing the Columbia River Cross Channel Swim—something she hasn’t missed since 1987. She continues to sing, and next year she’ll tour England to sing at Canterbury Cathedral and at the York Minster. * Leslie Anderson is thrilled to report that she has no impending surgery or medical procedures planned in the foreseeable future! She’s enjoying her reconstructed, pain-free knee, and she’s especially enjoying her “hybrid e-bike” on which she has put 500 miles. She continues to paint and has another show in Portland, Maine, in December. Leslie had the usual lovely time in July with Debbie Messer Zlatin, Mary Jukes Howard, Pat Trow Parent, Jan Blatchford Gordon, and Karen Hoerner Neel. * Refusing to give in to medical issues, Tom Gallant continues to beat the odds of his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He and Suzanne have been checking off bucket list items. They’ve been traveling a lot this year in their RV with plans to go to Australia and New Zealand within the year (I don’t suppose they’ll be driving to Australia and New Zealand). Good work, Tom! * Greg Barry wrote a note expressing his sadness at the passing of Alan Ackley, who was a true and loyal Lambda Chi friend. * Mark and Linda Ruggles Hiler write that Mark has finally retired! They’re having fun with grandkids and travels. * Ruth Moore Barningham is happy to report that she and her husband have sold their animal hospital in Vermont. They’re living in their cottage on Lake Champlain for the summer months and in a new house in Hilton Head, S.C., for the winter months. She won’t believe she’s fully retired until the paperwork stops. * Looking forward to our 50th Reunion, Joe Greenman is fully retired but still active in bar programs involving elder law. Both his kids are in LA, and Joe travels more to visit them. * Bonnie Belanger Gauthier notes that this year marks important milestones: THAT birthday with a joyful party for family and 50+ friends at their local professional theater, the completion of her very own mystery novel, and the beginning of an editing business. With gratitude to Professor Benbow and the English Department, she has returned to her love of words. She’s also proud of her daughter, who is also an accomplished (and published) writer. * With the sad news that he lost his wife last year to leukemia, Rich Abramson continues his work with Day One, Maine’s residential treatment facilities for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues in teens. He’s beginning to get back “to life,” and he’s planning to visit Vienna and Budapest by riverboat. Rich works out daily and benefits from the motivation and challenge offered by John Bubar on their daily routines. * “Experiencing how small words said publicly carry great meaning,” Bill Hladky is happy to report his adventures with the “Roadtrek,” an RV … a home on wheels with all the comforts of home. He is embracing the “commitment to love in the present, rather than committing to the story of the past.” * Ken Didsbury has completed 48 years of teaching and was honored at the Benjamin School by having a building named for him. Congratulations! * As for me? The celebration of the MOMENTOUS birthday included a heavenly 10-day trip to Tuscany and then another 10-day singing concert tour to Greece with the Yale Alumni Chorus. Oh, and a new puppy!



Class Correspondent:

Libby Brown Strough

In September Mark Zaccaria presented a paper and led a seminar at The King’s College in lower Manhattan on the conundrum faced by philosophical libertarians as they consider participation in electoral politics. * Maureen Vaughan Ulevich retired from the University of Northern Colorado in June 2018. She’s selling her home and having an apartment made in her daughter’s basement. * Art and Pam Dyer Turton are splitting their retirement between Silverthorne, Colo., and Williamstown, Mass. They’ll attend our 50th Reunion along with son Jeff (his 25th) and Pam’s father (his 75th). * Phil Wysor and Deb took a third European river cruise to The Netherlands during tulip season. They’ll also attend our reunion along with son Adam for his 25th. Phil has found work on the reunion committee very rewarding. * Jane Knapp Stinchfield Sexton had a hectic summer emptying her house in Gorham, Maine, for a closing Aug. 9 and building a house next door. She continues to serve as vice chair of the Maine State Board of Education. * Christine Celata reports that they have their first grandson, now 15 months old. They enjoyed being at the beach in Oxnard, Calif., again for the summer. * Cheryl Dineen Soon enjoyed a three-month stay in London and Great Britain, followed by a cruise down the Rhine River. She enjoyed the architecture, history, museums, and plays, including some Shakespeare at the Swan Theatre. * Charles “Skip” Wood and wife Karen spent an awesome five days on Vinalhaven, Maine, enjoying hiking, swimming, berry picking, great sailing, and kayaking. * Jeff Parness reports that grandchild #6 should arrive in February. Grandkid #1 just graduated from college. Jeff and wife Barb will be in Milwaukee for the spring semester, when he’ll be teaching at Marquette Law. * Nicolette Pach has started a completely new venture in life with yoga practice, art studio time, and travel as her areas of concentration. And soon she’ll be a grandmother. She and husband Stephen Kunken are blessed with good health and two sons. * Norma Rivero de Biermeyer has become trilingual since spending more time in Germany with husband Herbert. As of this writing, she’s back in Caracas, Venezuela, her homeland. Norma has two daughters, one granddaughter, and another on the way. * Cathy Pagano is back in Rhode Island after about 10 years in Las Vegas. As a present to herself, she enrolled in a week-long dance workshop in Istanbul, Turkey, that entailed six five-hour days of yoga, belly dancing, ecstatic dance, and Sufi dancing. * In February Beth Ryerson Stinson ended her 35-year career in human resources benefits. She and her husband then took their annual four-week road trip south through the Carolinas to the Ormand and Vero beaches in Florida. At home in Grafton, Mass., Beth works out at their senior center and volunteers at the historical society. She speaks regularly with Laura Struckhoff Cline. * Chris Beerits is fully retired after a social work career in child welfare. He and wife Ellen live in Alna, Maine. Chris and Jeff Carty often hike together, including an annual hut-to-hut hike in the New Hampshire White Mountains each summer. * Ben Kravitz is involved with lots of volunteer work and lots of travel. He recently returned from a bike trip along the Rhine River and is planning another one in New Mexico next spring. In August he had a nice lunch with Don Bates and dinner with Joani Katz and her husband, Arthur. * Barrett Hurwitz is still actively practicing law, but trying to wind down a bit. * Doug Smith is still in private optometry practice after 40 years, and he’s on staff at two regional medical centers. He and Hazel live in Medford, Ore. * Finally, my news—Bob and I sold our home of 40 years in Glastonbury, Conn., and moved to our house in Tuftonboro, N.H., on Lake Winnipesaukee.

1960 Newsmakers

Kay White '60

Kay White ’60 and her husband started collecting face jugs—portraits in clay molded into various-sized jugs—15 years ago. Now, part of their collection is on view at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the subject of a new book, Early American Face Jugs. “Thanks to George and Kay [White] Meyer … contemporary collectors now have vastly more information to aid them in their identification of American face vessels,” Antiques and the Arts Weekly reported. * Frank Wallace ’61 published the novel Simon Seeker, a story for adult readers about a curious 12-year-old boy who learns that his woodland friends risk extinction. “The inspiration to write began at Colby,” Wallace reported. * John ’68 and Elizabeth O’Gorham DeSimone ’69 were the subject of a Q&A in Antiques and the Arts Weekly about their antique shows and antique shop in Wells, Maine. Their first show was in 1972, and they now run 10-12 shows a year. “We’ve been running the Kennebunk show for more than 40 years and the Camden, Maine, show for about 37 years,” they said.


Class Correspondent:

Ray Gerbi

Our 50th Reunion is history, and next up is our 55th! The five days in June were an incredible experience for me and for many of you with whom I spoke during our days on campus. For those of you who couldn’t make it back, start thinking about June of 2024! * Doug Kant and Joy spent most of 2018 moving from Newton, where they had lived for 33 years, to a two-bedroom condo in Boston. Now they’re city folks! “The serious downsizing was not fun, but I enjoy the Back Bay.” Their two granddaughters live in Burbank, Calif., making cross-country trips inevitable. * Connie Gates could not make it back for reunion but sent a description of her life since graduation. In her 20s, searching for a career path, she worked in Geneva, Hong Kong, and the Congo, “discovered” international health (non-clinical, community-based), earned an M.P.H., and worked with migrant farmworkers in North Carolina and Florida. In her 40s she worked with the United Methodist Church national office on health and welfare, racial/ethnic health concerns, and congregational health ministries in North Carolina. Just before her 50th birthday she left work, traveled to southern Africa, and rafted the Zambezi River. “Never again!” Since 1997 she has spent several months a year volunteering with the Comprehensive Rural Health Project in Jamkhed, India, and visits Brazil annually through church connections. * Ines Ruelius Altemose felt “our reunion was an amazing experience from start to finish.” Ines loved how we connected with those we knew well back then and also those we didn’t know so well. She feels the underlying commonality of our Colby experience serves as an easy conduit for relating to each other. Since reunion, her husband had carotid artery bypass surgery for a pseudo-aneurysm, and they feel lucky that this was diagnosed and treated successfully. Her grandson, a 2nd lieutenant, received a master’s in hospital administration from Seton Hall University under an ROTC program. Ines, her husband, son, and daughter took a trip to Poland, Austria, and Germany this fall. * Sharon Timeberlake took USM undergraduate and graduate students to South Africa for 17 days. They developed leadership skills in multicultural contexts in the streets, neighborhoods, museums, shops, and historical sites of Cape Town and in the small town of Montagu. They studied the effects of the end of apartheid, including the complexity of the transition to a multicultural democracy; visited game preserves, impoverished but resilient townships, Robben Island, and community craft markets. They also learned drumming, dancing, and singing. “It was life-changing!” * Alan Levin was unable to attend reunion as he was recovering from his second open-heart surgery. He’s “now doing beautifully.” He has three grandchildren, says he no longer works very hard, but still services his insurance clients and follows whatever leads come his way. * Sandy Hoe recently traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, with the Department of Commerce to work with the Bangladeshi government to help develop their capacity for public-private partnerships. Although the group was restricted to their hotel, the State Department permitted them to walk to an Indian restaurant for dinner, where another contingent expert from India ordered the meal and “we all ate quite well.” * John Burnham “was thrilled with the 50th Reunion. Planning and execution were first-rate, and the vision forward for Colby as outlined by President Greene was ambitious and exciting, including the initiative to partner with the City of Waterville.” John was especially grateful for the opportunity to remember our deceased classmates at the Johnson Pond ceremony. John was off to France in October for a much-anticipated river cruise on the Seine, including a day at the beaches of Normandy. * Bill and Cathy Cyr Latvis celebrated their 50th anniversary in July with a two-week trip to Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and three towns in Croatia. Y Pam and I also celebrated our 50th in July with a trip to England, Norway, Iceland, and Scotland. Thanks again for coming to reunion and for staying in touch.


Class Correspondent:

Lynne Oakes Camp

Barbara Brown retired eight years ago, shortly after earning her Ph.D. in educational leadership. She started playing golf, and it serves many purposes for her, primarily taking her mind off any problems in life. She doesn’t keep up with friends from Colby, but would sure love to hear from anyone so inclined. She will always cherish the small classes and wonderful professors at Colby—and she had a little fun at Colby, too. * Jessie McGuire continues to enjoy traveling. Shortly after our 50th Reunion, she and 11 friends headed out for Namibia, Victoria Falls, and Botswana. Last March she went to India, where she had more colored powder and water thrown on her during four days of their Holi celebration than she knew existed. She also visited the Taj Mahal and the “erotic” temples of Khajuraho. They stayed right in the center of the Ghats in Varanasi, the holiest city in India. The trip ended on a high—seeing tigers in a reserve in southern India. * John Morgan and his dog, Jack, spent much of the summer on the trout streams of the high country in Colorado. His daughter Sara (Morgan Hooda ’07), son-in-law Zoheb, and grandson Zain, 3, will be joined by a new baby boy in November. Most likely, he will head to their home in California to spend a few months. He likes his role as grandpa: lots of spoiling, no discipline. * Glenna White Crawforth recently celebrated her 50th anniversary with her husband, Richard. * Peter Roy reports that it has been a year or so without some near-death-risking adventure with Ted Allison, unless he forgot something! He has had regular contact with Dave Lanman ’72, Jed Davis, Phil Johnson, Steve Zweibaum,  Jeff McCabe, Jeff Smith, Hago ’67, Tom Watson, and a bunch of others. He urges all to keep taking deep breaths—nobody gets out of here alive. * Alan Crosby reports that a group of 10 Tau Delts held their seventh mini-reunion at the wonderful estate in Monterey, Mass., owned by George Cain ’66 last June. There were trading stories of failing body parts, wonderful discussions of all things germane, a great menu by chef Boobsie, too much vino, Hearts and Bridge matches, and a golf scramble. All good. The group included Alan, Harold Kowal ’65, Ed Burrell ’66, Stu Wantman ’66, Dave Chait ’67, Eric Thorson ’66, John Eiseman ’66, Bernie Finkle Davidson, George Cain ’66, and Bob Adams ’66. * Ken Young said that the wet spring and dry summer made gardening a challenge, but September was pay-off time for tomatoes and corn. Their daughter Sarah and husband Rene visited from Berlin for three weeks in July, and they planned to meet-up with them in Tuscany this fall. Their exchange student (1998-99) son Pascal visited briefly in July while delivering glacial core samples from Mt. Blanc to UMaine’s Climate Change Institute. They hoped to visit with him and his young family this fall in Venice. He finally hired a kid to mow his lawn, and the winter wood is stacked and ready. * Richard Foster retired from his psychotherapy practice not too long ago, and since then he’s alternated living with 6-12 months at a time between Berkeley, Calif., and the home they inherited from his wife’s grandparents in Muenster, Germany. They spent a few weeks in Maine this summer, mostly on a pond just inland from Camden. His great-nephew moved to Waterville to teach at Thomas College, and after a while opened up a wine, beer, and cheese shop in neighboring Fairfield. It’s been successful, so he recently opened a really great “destination” restaurant just across the street. (Both shop and restaurant are called Meridians, if you’re in the area.)


Class Correspondent:

Bob Gracia

Sally Ray Bennett, for many years the proprietor of this space, continues to provide us with gems of information and memorabilia. Sally, with assistance from her husband, Charlie, has provided us with pictures from our 50th Reunion. Visit this link and find yourself and friends. Lou Richardson Rhyne, Linda Allen Vaughan, Sandy Miller, and Linn Poulsen helped Sally with the project by providing photos that Sally captioned. She sent the collection to Colby for inclusion in the College’s Colbiana collection. When you’re on campus, visit the library and ask to view the Class of 1967 Memory Book. You can thank Sally for building the collection and sending the information to the rest of us. Now that she’s done her duty for the class, Sally and Charlie left for a 12-day tour of the Western national parks. * Kurt Swenson’s plans to join the PGA tour have been put on hold while he decides what to do about his balky knees and other assorted gifts of aging. He also tells us that we are fortunate to live long enough to complain about such changes. A wise man indeed. * Woody Berube, however, is not complaining at all. In fact, you can hear a “yahoo” all over the state of Texas with Woody telling all who can hear that his prognosis is not limited by the tumors he had for five years. Great recent test results. So, please join him in a great big “woo-hoo!” * Sandy Miller is also thankful for living well in Maryland in her renovated home on Antietam Creek. Her family, children, and grandchildren come to visit and join Sandy and Tom hiking, reading, and enjoying the country life. Sandy does leave her manse on occasion. She recently attended Colby’s Alumni College and recommends the experience to us all. * Bob Field continues to produce exciting documentaries and is currently working at Boston Productions on a project presenting the Collings Foundation’s American Heritage Museum, located in Stow, Mass. The project opened in May and was four years in the making. Bob provided research, writing, and some voice-over narration. * Jim Davis looks forward to reading Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Colby graduate Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64. He would vote for her for the presidency of the United States—though would not wish that job on his worst enemy. He recently enjoyed reading The March by E.L. Doctorow, a novel based on Sherman’s March to the Sea. * Dave Johnson is still living with Debby on beautiful Callawassie Island in the low country of South Carolina. Unlike his days on the Hill, he’s seen snow twice in 12 years. He claims not to miss it. He sells real estate a few days a week, plays some golf, and enjoys friends and life. * Ken Ingram lives a life of adventure. Taking a page from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Ken had been living in rural Mexico but recently moved to Uruguay. His home is about an hour east of Montevideo, about three blocks from an incredible beach, part of the so-called Gold Coast, which runs for 70 miles along the Atlantic. Fabulous people and the best beef in the world. It’s a long way off unless, of course, you are already there. * But if you think Ken lives an exciting life, how about Eric Rosen? He recently had dinner with some of the most glittering personalities in the Western Hemisphere: Jim Wilson, David Aronson, and me. Harry Graff and Rick Lubov were expected at the event but circumstances kept them away. Good thing, considering that the paparazzi would have swarmed the restaurant had they showed.


Class Correspondent:

George Cain

Greetings, Class of ’66! * Pat Berg Currier hosted a luncheon in Harpswell with Janna, Ruth, Donna, Mary Sue, Lydia, and Beth. Next year’s gathering will be in Brunswick, where Pat is building a new home. * Frank Neal, reflecting back on his Colby years, thinks about lost friends like Joe Loomis and Jimmie Lambert. Good men, raise your glass, “ye be missed.” * Terry Saunders Lane is teaching a course at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement. This annual event attracts 70,000 people to a remote Nevada desert area, where about 450 enormous art exhibits are installed for one week only. * Sue Turner spent time in Wisconsin with her daughter’s family, then went on to Montana before returning to Maine. * Ed Mowry ponders being ¾th of a century versus being 75. Why does the former seem older than the latter? Ed is too busy serving as a trauma doc at a 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital to solve this mystery. * Douglas Meyer continues to sail (recently from Essex, Conn., to Rockland, Maine) and still bicycles as his primary means of local transportation. * Anne Ruggles Gere reflects on her 75 years as a time to be grateful for the people and opportunities that have come her way; family, grandkids, teaching, traveling, gardening, and reading. * Elizabeth Peo Armstrong reflects on unpacking at her freshman Foss Hall room as she looks at her first grandchild’s photos of his Providence College freshman dorm. Beth was so happy entering her first choice of colleges. Ah, memories! * Peter Grabosky is writing another book and gardening competitively, specializing in chili peppers. * Dean “Dag” Williamson writes, “Every beginning is difficult.” True then, and still true today. “Keep on truckin’ because a moving target is hard to hit.” * Debby Chase loves living in Colorado. When not walking or scrapbooking, she’s line dancing, exercising, or doing yoga. * Steve Rand notes climate change is real and encourages everyone to join a group to craft action and to support national efforts. * Jane Hunter Bates has retired after teaching elementary school for more than 30 years. She enjoys traveling, playing bridge, and helping others. * Gary McKinstry reports that he’s still alive and living in Sarasota. * Peter Lax attended an event in Seattle memorializing the 400th year of slavery in America. He planned to travel to Wayland, Mass., in October. * Fran Finizio sent in a Snoopy cartoon noting: “Someday we will all die, Snoopy.” Snoopy responds: “True, but on all other days, we will not.” On the in-between days, Fran plays golf. * Mac Donaldson checked in, but with nothing new to report. * Ted Houghton has taken on a new role as chair of his condo association. He recommends reading The Cliff Walk by Don Snyder. * Tis the season for cartoon submissions: Bob Adams’s shows Abe Lincoln as a play-by-play baseball announcer indicating “No score and 7 innings to go.” Bob continues: “Four score and 17 years ago, my father brought forth to Waterville a new student, conceived in (censored), and dedicated to the proposition that all students should get a passing grade on their Jan Plans!” * Barry “Bass” Kligerman (a first-time responder) has enjoyed the journey and thinks about how our classmates actually cared about each other while trying to lead impactful and creative lives. “Hats off to Colby for picking a great Class of 1966.” * John “Daisy” Carvellas is happy to report nothing dramatic, a blessing at this age. He and Betty spend half the year in Burlington and the other half in St. Augustine Beach. * Peter Winstanely lives in Atlanta, lies about shooting an 89 golf score in 96-degree heat, has suffered with excessive hydration recuperation (a DKE house tradition), and enjoys sailing. * Bill Latvis recently traveled to Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Croatia. Got home and opened an Italian restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. Anybody think he should have spent a day or two in Italy? * I was elected for the ninth year to host nine fraternity brothers in my Berkshires home. John Eiseman, Stu Wantman, Ed Burrell, Bob Adams, and Erik Thorsen were joined by David Chait ’67, Alan Crosby ’68, Bernie Davidson ’68, and the adorable Harold Kowal ’65. Such events are a wonderful way to recapture our youth, and with my brothers’ growing maturity, the damage to my home lessens every year. * Last but not least, Gary Knight is “on the list” for a kidney transplant looking for a match (blood type A) of either an A or O donor. His cancer is behind him, and two stents have addressed his heart issues. As we count our blessings, let’s keep Gary’s needs top-of-mind and pray for a successful donor search


Class Correspondent:

Dick Bankart

Off we go! Marty Dodge went kayaking in Prince William Sound, hiking in the Chugach Mountains, and did other fun activities last summer at his second home in Wiseman, Alaska. * Bob Gordon and partner Steve volunteer at a shelter in Tucson for immigrant families seeking asylum after ICE releases them from initial processing. * Norman Miner is a “re-enactor” focusing on mid-1700s era. He trailered his costumes to the Fortress of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia and took on the persona of a captured British blacksmith confined to the fortress. Earlier last summer he portrayed George Washington for the American Independence Museum Festival. He also enjoyed a nine-day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel. * Phil and Pauline Belanger Beaudoin and some family members visited the Galapagos Islands. They celebrated their 50th with a lobster feed in Freeport. * Elfie Hinterkopf continues as a psychotherapist in Austin. She and husband Steve look forward to seeing 100-pound turtles and large starfish on Grand Cayman Island while celebrating their anniversary. * Tom Donahue has been doing a lot of Great Plains “history traveling.” He visited Montana to see Indian sites, and he went to North Dakota for some Lewis and Clark, Sitting Bull, and General Custer sites. * Lew Krinsky continues as a financial adviser with Robert W. Baird & Co. He and Ellen visited Nova Scotia and the Maritime provinces. They again hosted their Houston “Colby Sendoff” for incoming Colby freshmen. There were close to a dozen new students from Houston, including the newest group of Posse Foundation scholars. * John ’63 and Nancy Godley Wilson reported in from Deer Island, Maine. Last fall, with four other couples, they took a four-masted schooner nine-day cruise down the Adriatic from Venice to Athens with stops along the Croatian coast: Dubrovnik, Kotor, and the Greek islands of Corfu, Santorini, and Mykonos. Last summer they also took their grandkids and families to the Loire Valley that included a balloon ride over the Chateau de Chenonceau. * Craig and Merry Barker Chapin volunteer as docents for Maine’s First Ship and the Phippsburg Historical Society, where they are both board members. Craig does water testing on the Kennebec River, removes invasive plants, and is interested in the Phippsburg Land Trust activities. They’re both involved in land preservation. Merry is seeking an easement on her historic home in Yarmouth, now home to Maine Preservation. She also volunteers at the Morse High School Career Center. * Dave and Dale Rottner Hatch spent two weeks in South Carolina visiting family. They had a New England odyssey planned for fall, including a visit to Colby, before returning to their home of 40 years in Florida. * Rod Gould and Nancy went to the Arctic last June—very cold. Then to Paris—very hot. Both trips—much fun. * Jay Gronlund is enjoying life in his rebuilt house on Candlewood Lake, Conn. He had visits from his daughter and grandchildren from London. * Peter Mudge enjoys “small town life” in Black Mountain, N.C., and looks forward to future travel to Alaska and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. * Frank ’66 and Susan Brown Musche have left Rhode Island and now spend summers in Pocasset, Mass., and winters in Howey in the Hills, Fla. * Your correspondent enjoyed beach holidays in Jamaica, Guadeloupe, and Tobago and adventure holidays exploring Japan and in South America—Bolivia, French Guiana, Suriname, and Guyana. * Betsy Stevens Palmer hosted her second Colby mini-reunion in July. It started at the Muscongus Bay Lobster Pound in Round Pond, Maine, for a few hours of seafood and socializing before returning to Betsy’s home in Nobleboro. Harold Kowal and Ruth were there and noted Betsy’s beautiful blossoming flower gardens. Some of her extraordinary paintings were also on display. The potluck supper featured John Tewhey manning the grill, cooking burgers and hot dogs he brought. John Cornell brought beverages to go with the pies and salads Betsy prepared. Other attendees included Sunny Coady, Louise Melanson Belknap, Marcia Harding Anderson, Judy Turner Jones, Nancy Greer Weiland, Adora Clark Hill, and Margo Beach. They are all looking forward to seeing YOU at our 55th reunion in June. Hail, Colby, Hail!


Class Correspondent:

Marcia Phillips Sheldon

Greetings, classmates, in the 60th year of our Colby College experience! * Judy Milner Coche Anderson traveled to Kazan in Russia to attend a family wedding. People came from three corners of the world to celebrate. Judy spends time at her beach house near Cape May, N.J., where she enjoys watching egrets and osprey nest among the quiet marshlands. * Rediscovering Colby memorabilia, Martha Schatt Abbott-Shim notes that a Colby campus calendar for the first semester, circa 1960, shows a variety of events: daily chapel, an “informal freshman dance” the second day of our arrival on campus, the inauguration of President Strider, soccer and football games, and the inevitable first day of classes. * Susan Woodward is writing a book, preliminarily titled When Things Change: Your GPS for Getting Unstuck & Reinventing Your Life. She bases her book on journals kept while RVing around the country. Off soon to vacation in Mexico, Susan has an eye toward moving there. * Observing that our class news column now resides near the beginning of the Alumni News section of Colby Magazine, Phil Choate recalls that “it seems like yesterday that our class news was in the back.” Maybe time is in reverse, maybe we are getting younger? * John Pomeranz enjoyed the summer with family and friends with lots of time spent on the water. He and Nancy have six children and 12 grandchildren, and they’re building a small house in Wells, Maine. * Cliff Olson plays hockey with his son John ’92 and two other Colby alumni: Mike Slavin ’78 and Ralph Kimball ’63. Cliff and his wife, Suzanne, “took a Viking River Cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest with extra time in Prague, where we had not been since 1971.” Cliff proudly reports that their granddaughter traveled to Rwanda on a college service project. * Sara Shaw Rhoades forwarded a news article from the Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald reporting on the annual Bob Mangion Poetry Celebration sponsored by the Kittery (Maine) Art Association. The celebration honors the memory of Bob, who was a beloved and longtime supporter of the association and founder of a regular poetry gathering and of a music series. Bob’s poems have been collected in a chapbook titled The Poem, It Came from Me. * John Dyson and his wife, Margaret, have relocated to Denver to be near grandchildren. While they loved living in Maplewood, N.J., they realized that their teenage grandchildren there “didn’t seem to have time for us anymore, but the young grandchildren in Colorado seem to have plenty of time for us!” * John Brassem enjoys the weather and golf in Fort Myers, Fla., in spite of thunderstorms, hurricanes, and hot summers. He teaches management courses at a local state college and speaks at a nearby university. John is writing a combined historical/military/biographical novel that is in the finishing stages. He and his wife, Karen, travel on cruises each year, meeting people from all around the world. * Michael and Jean Martin Fowler moved from West Coast Destin to East Coast St. Augustine, Fla., to be closer to family. Their new location is part of World Golf Village but is also a continuing care retirement community. They’re active in building a scholarship fund for the employees/staff, and Jean still serves on the board of a scholarship fund for her high school in New Jersey. Twice a year they travel to Houston to the MD Anderson Cancer Center for Michael’s medical care. * Many thanks to our class president, Lee Scrafton Bujold. Her commitment to our class and to Colby has been extraordinary. She has had our heartfelt support all the while. Lee and her husband, Joe, spend time at their lake house in Weld, Maine, and are enjoying their son and his family’s move to nearby New Hampshire; their daughter lives in Virginia. Lee is very proud of her three granddaughters, who have excelled in academics and sports at their high schools.


Class Correspondent:

Paule French

After waiting all these years to have a Colby alum visit, Sandra “Sam” Moulton Burridge’s wish finally came true. Jody Spear stopped in Oxford during her trip exploring rural England: Cornwall, Wales, and Dorset. They enjoyed a historical walk along the Thames and a local pub dinner. Sam and her husband still get to Paris in the spring and play with their grandchild. * Sue Comeau spends summers in Surry, Maine, where Linda Greenlaw ’83, (author, and known for her part in the Perfect Storm) lives. Sue has taken her 22 grandnieces and grandnephews on Linda’s tours and recommends them highly. * Steve Eittreim’s passion continues to be protecting the climate. His hero is Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old environmentalist who crossed the Atlantic on a no-emissions sailboat. He urges us to live our lives away from high-emission habits, switching to electric vehicles, or going with less meat. * Forty-eight years and months of long-distance dating between Virginia and Massachusetts later, Wayne and Anita Nourse Largent returned to the church where they were married. “Wonderful memories.” * As always, Connie Miller Manter regales us with words of wisdom. “‘When you are finished changing, you’re finished.’ Benjamin Franklin. So proud of our growth-minded Colby! What a future!” Connie and Walt are actively involved with various endeavors and are enjoying visits with old and new pals and family. * Joanna Buxton Gormley visited Switzerland, Madeira, New Hampshire, Barbados, and recently, toured Western national parks. She collects wooden jigsaw puzzles, attends jigsaw puzzle parleys, and plans to cut puzzles with her new scroll saw. * Nancy (Godley ’65) and John Wilson took family to Paris, also visiting Tours, where John taught English in 1964. In Amboise, they visited the chateaux, ending their stay with a balloon ride over the Cher River and Chenonceau. They love living on Deer Isle and remain involved in community activities throughout the year. * Among many of her endeavors, Pauline “Pi” Ryder Kezer, president of the Alden Kindred, is organizing the 400th Commemoration of the Pilgrims Mayflower voyage in 2020 with a five-day reunion, July 29-Aug. 2. There will be an exhibit of never-before-seen artifacts from John and Priscilla Alden’s cellar, along with unique displays of glass, pottery, and metal researched with today’s archaeology tools. Pi invites us to visit the Alden House in Plymouth, a National Historic Landmark. “… be sure to tell them Pi Ryder Kezer told you to visit!” * Rick Varney and Donna celebrated their 58th anniversary this year. They have three children and four grandchildren. Rick volunteers with the emergency department of Morristown (NJ) Medical Center, is president of their townhouse association and is a trustee of a multi-employer pension plan. Being busy and helping people keep them both active and healthy. * Al and Rosemary Blankenship Hubbard are busy collecting supplies for refugees and serving food at their local lunchroom. Al, a former petroleum geologist, is very active in the Climate Change Lobby and was interviewed recently by NPR. Their cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains helps them escape the heat. For his 80th birthday, Al went sky-diving. They’ll celebrate their 58th “first kiss” anniversary, which was on the Two Cent Bridge in Waterville. * Cathy McConnell Webber sent a photo of a mini-reunion with Jo-Ann Wincze French, Laurice Puglia Haines, Karen Forslund Falb, Karen Beganny Megathlin, Jeannette Fannin Regetz, Didi Wilson Perry, and Pat Ey Ingraham. Karen dubbed them the “Colby Eight!” In the photo, they’re holding a huge Colby Eight banner to prove it. * Continuing the tradition of Colby friends getting together, Bonnie Brown Potter and Bill Chapin ’59 hosted a gathering this summer attended by Dick ’62 and Joan Dignam Schmaltz, Jane Melanson Dahmen, Buck and Nat Gates Lawton, and Ned Platner. Dick, a former Colby trustee, caught everyone up on Colby “inside” news and President Greene’s vision.


Class Correspondent:

Pat Farnham Russell
Nancy MacKenzie Keating

Greetings, Class of ’62! Mary “Buff” Symonds Leavitt wrote about her “traveling summer,” starting with a land-sea trip to Alaska followed by a week at the opera in Santa Fe, N.M., and the Logan Music Festival in Logan, Utah. The last two were Road Scholar trips. Buff and her husband, Boyd, also attended his high school reunion in Frankfort, Ind., and an annual opera weekend in Oakhurst, Calif. They’re now back home in Idaho and love all that the state has to offer. * Roey Carbino relays that a “quiet” 2019 has her acting as a “citizen scientist,” measuring snow in her backyard every three days. She says it has turned out to be more days/less snow. She traveled in June to the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., and in April undertook an addition to her home that had “snags and detours” that delayed her until November. Such a familiar story! * Ann Tracy shares the publication of Leviathan Rising, her novel depicting northern Maine in 1899. She says, “I hope it’s a nice mix of funny and touching and gross and rather sweet. Get it from Amazon.” * Jean Gaffney Furuyama “finally retired” in December 2018 and has enjoyed her free time, with cruises to Cuba, Halifax, and Alaska. She started a “senior network” in her apartment complex, arranging outings and speakers for the group. She says that, “NYC is a great place to retire, and you can never complain there’s nothing to do.” * Peter Duggan spends part of July and all of August in Phippsburg, Maine. He exercises three times a week at the “Y” and often sees his Maine next-door neighbor, Bruce Marshall. Peter is busy when home in Florida fighting environmental issues, particularly red tide. He says he can “still dance and drink.” * Richard Mittleman, semi-retired, does a lot of “strategy planning for clients.” Golfing and biking are what he does for exercise. * Anthony Kramer has joined the board of Andean Aid, a nonprofit that provides food and after-school activities for children in Venezuela and Colombia. * Brenda Wrobleski Elwell Gottschalk continues to work from her home office while recovering from disease and a fall last year. She still travels to New Orleans, the “Redneck Riviera,” and the New Jersey shore, using wheelchairs and trekking poles to get around. Bravo, Brenda! She stays in touch with Margot Ettinger Tartak and hopes to visit her next summer. * Judy Hoagland Bristol writes that she is “now a bionic woman” as she has had two hip replacements and a full shoulder replacement since October. Her husband, Harry, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at almost 90 years old, all this keeping them from their beloved annual New England/Colby trip. * Bob Reinstein attended his great-granddaughter’s high school graduation in May in Abilene, Texas. Do we detect a proud grandfather, Bob? * Michael (McCabe) and I (Nancy MacKenzie Keating) have moved yet again—to Orrs Island, Maine, to a wonderful house with a view of Mount Washington, N.H., when the clouds permit. We took a trip in September to Shelburne Village, Vt., to explore early American art and life. I then enjoyed a trip with my dear sister to New Mexico, where among other things we saw the famous Albuquerque Balloon Festival. Michael survived a heart attack on the golf course in August of last year. Fast thinking and response produced a very good outcome. We are so fortunate and happy to celebrate the fifth anniversary of our marriage. Please remember that when we all get Colby Magazine in the mail, we turn right to the news of our classmates. Why not take a minute to write us when the next issue comes around? We all want to hear from you.


Class Correspondent:

Diane Scrafton Cohen Ferreira

Three more classmates were listed in Colby Magazine’s spring ’19 obituaries: Anne Larkin Connolly, Gene Paul Keddy, and J. Paul Whitehead. We’ve recently lost Peter Armstrong, Bob Foley, Bob Shattuck, and Bob DiNapoli as well. All will be missed. Mary Sawyer Bartlett and Sally Thompson Solari attended Bob DiNapoli’s New York City services, where Mary eulogized Bob with comments about his “Spa” life at Colby. She saw Bob frequently for mini-reunions on the Maine coast. “DiNap” provided guaranteed quips and memorable entertainment at our past few reunions. Earlier in the year, Mary attended a Colby gathering with son Kevin in Ft. Myers, Fla., for a baseball game, where she saw Donna and Bob Burke and Helen Johnson Knox. * Our class president, Bob Burke, writes: “Donna and I traveled to Ireland to discover more about my great-great-grandfather Edward E. Burke, born in the town of Tipperary in the early 1800s, arriving in Brockton, Mass., in 1852. We plan to attend granddaughter Kate Burke’s Colby Class of 2020 graduation. Kate made the women’s crew team her first year and was recently elected captain. An economics major, she worked for a Wall Street firm this past summer.” * Sandy Graham writes, “Linda and I have been in St. James, N.C., for nine years and love it. We go northeast annually to see daughter Lisa, teaching in Bronxville, N.Y.; son Scott, anesthesiologist, Greenwich, Conn.; and daughter Leslie, molecular biologist, Woods Hole, Mass.” Sandy is still practicing dentistry, but now just volunteering. “Our clinic treats the low-income uninsured of Brunswick County. Plenty of need.” Sandy planned to see Norm Macartney and his wife, Mena, this fall in Morehead City, N.C., not too far away. * Jocelyn Keil experienced an unforgettable trip in March, with some close calls. She wrote, “My brother and I spent a month in New Zealand: two weeks with a group and two weeks on our own. We saw magnificent waterfalls, mountains, and glaciers and walked on multiple challenging trails. I zip-lined and para-glided for the first time! We were very fortunate when our bus left Christchurch two hours before the massacre. Shortly after, we just missed the washing away of the only bridge on the west coast of the South Island that went north. That flooding canceled the TranzAlpine train, but we were able to find a car to go from the west side of the South Island to the east side.” * Hank Sheldon is in Prescott, Ariz., moving there last year from Chicago. He always welcomes visits from Colby friends. * Your correspondent recently journeyed with Japanese friends to Kyoto and Osaka direct from Honolulu (Japan is closer than Maine from Hawai`i). We enjoyed riverside yakitori cafes, Samurai castle culture, and perfect sake/sushi ambiance. After a quick stop home, I flew east to attend another 55th Colby reunion as the guest of the Class of 1964 class president (and sister) Lee Scrafton Bujold ’64. This added a family visit to reuniting with Colbyites who were freshmen when we were seniors. My mainland trip also included a fun mini-reunion with Sandra Nolet Quinlan and family along with a wonderful tour of Kittery and the Point. I took a quick visit to the N.H. coast with my nephew, who recently moved to Stratham, before flying to New York City to see son Bill. Both granddaughters had summer jobs with the Delacorte Theater, home to Shakespeare in Central Park. After checking into the Bellagio Spa in Las Vegas with Hawai`i friends, I enjoyed a brief sampling of San Francisco cuisine and the suburban art scene in Walnut Creek, Calif. Life is good! Y And, finally, this just in from Frank Wallace: “Wanted to share that as I approach my 59th year after graduation from Colby I published a novel, Simon Seeker, available on Amazon. We are still moving!” * As a friendly reminder, our 60th reunion is less than two years away. Set a date for early June 2021 combined with a reservation somewhere new!


Class Correspondent:

Jane Holden Huerta

Steve Curley is in charge again—the guys are leaving reunion organizing to him. A group of old-timers has begun a monthly countdown to our 60th reunion June 4-7, 2020, done with the war cry from a Toby Keith song, “Don’t Let the Old Man In.” This is the forward-thinking motivator for guys preparing to go back, raise some hell, and return to those thrilling days of yesteryear, as the Lone Ranger once said. Forget about your age, your new knees, your new hips, your canes, and your arthritis. Just get ready! Hoping to attend are the likes of Phil Shea, Jock Knowles, Dick Lucier, Ed Marchetti, Mike Silverberg, Pete Cavari, Billy Hood, Ray Berbarian, Brian Blanchard, and John Vollmer. Other possibilities include John Rafferty and even George “Widge” Needham. And very important, Betsy Burke is on board as well. Let’s hope it all comes to fruition. * Jock Knowles reports to “those kind and generous friends” who have contributed to the scholarship fund for his daughter, Callie (Clapp ’89), that it has burgeoned to more than $100,000. She would be astonished and grateful, as they are. * Dick Lucier also has something to say about our reunion—the gathering gets bigger! The date is less than a year away. Betsy Burke’s attendance will be more than worth the trip to those who know her. * Sandra Myers Paap looks forward to getting together with classmates at our reunion, even though she finds it hard to believe it’s our 60th. She thinks it will be exciting to share news of all the changes at Colby over the last half-century as well as news of friends, families, marriages and careers, travel histories, and new horizons. * Ralph Nelson and Kay are settled in at The Forest at Duke in Durham, N.C. They recently took a trip along the Alaskan coast, where they ate a lot of salmon, walked trails through the temperate rainforest, and saw an immense wall of ice fall off the Hubbard Glacier and create a 50-foot-high wave that diminished to two feet before hitting their small tour ship. Ralph met another Colby alumnus at The Forest, Jerry Lazarus ’59. This fall, as a 60-year member of the American Chemical Society, Ralph taught a class on the periodic chart. * John Vollmer spent a wonderful vacation in Maine with their two sons and four grandchildren at a resort near Boothbay. His granddaughter, Ursula, enjoyed a tour of Colby and will apply in 2021. John was impressed by all the new buildings on campus. He also toured the Maine coast with wife Diana and then drove to New London, N.H., to visit Bill Clough ’61, his Colby roommate. Although it’s a long trip from San Francisco, John hopes to attend our 60th. * Judy Allen Ferretti and her husband enjoyed a Road Scholar and National Geographic program in Baja California last winter to see mother whales and their babies. Judy has had both shoulders replaced and also has an artificial hip. Her goal is to have a few remaining original parts by the time she leaves this Earth! * After five years of labor, frustration, and learning, Kay White and George Meyer have published their new book, Early American Face Jugs, with photos and documentation. Kay says that writing a book with a spouse is challenging, but they worked hard to bring out each other’s best ideas and are pleased with the result. George’s collection of face jugs is on exhibit at Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., until the end of December. * Unfortunately, Robert Haggett lost his wife, Lucie, May 5 following a brief illness with congestive heart failure. At a celebration of her life, held in Biddeford, family and friends made wonderful comments about her life as a professional healthcare administrator, mother of three great children, and wife. * In August Peter Henderson also lost his wife of 59 years, Jane, from lung cancer. He’s in the process of getting his life back together with the help of a very supportive family, including his two daughters. * Jane Holden Huerta is saving her news until June because she’s used up all her allotted words in this column!

1950 Newsmakers

Chuck Morrissey '56

Charles Morrissey ’56 received a distinguished alumni award from Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management, where he earned a Ph.D. in business administration in 1997. Coincidently, Morrissey was featured in the spring 2019 alumni magazine from Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols School, his high school, in the cover story “Charles Morrissey ’52: Johnny Appleseed of the Information Age.” He is a professor emeritus at Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management.


Class Correspondent:

Joanne K. Woods

Mike Ferber was very impressed with the 60th reunion. He would love to move back to Maine but could only instruct handball, options trading, or spinning class. No demand for those specialties. Meanwhile, he’ll stay at his place in Greenport, N.Y. He has an open dock if anyone with a boat wishes to visit. * Russ Peppe is alive and well in Lewiston, Maine, where he’s close to his three kids and seven grandkids. He’s also near enough to the mountains to backpack and camp and close enough to the sea to relish its scent and stare amazed at the overarching stars. His principal pastime is photographically documenting the small and diminishing towns and plantations of Maine while they are still vibrant and nurturing life. * The past 10 months have seen big changes in Bill Nicholson’s life. After 44 years of having his lake home in northern Minnesota, he decided it was time to move on. Bill had two family reunions there and saw his grandsons grow up there. Trish and Mike Farren had visited him up there, too. He sold the lake place in November 2018, a sad time for Bill. Then, after visiting friends in Florida, he and Marian decided to move there and bought a house in Rotonda West in March 2019. They sold their townhouse in Minnesota two weeks after they returned home, but had to be out of it in two weeks. Most of the furniture and other things were either sold or donated. It was a hectic time, but now they’re officially Florida residents. * Bob and Mary Twiss Kopchains are still “hangin’ in” down in South Carolina, but they made a significant change and moved to “independent living” at The Lakes at Litchfield. They’re still in Pawleys Island but making life a little easier with a smaller house, nice neighbors, and a terrific dining venue. (No need to cook!) They continue to attend happy hour twice a week. They have a small guest bedroom and would enjoy hosting Colby visitors passing through the Myrtle Beach area. * Bob Younes says nothing is new. He’s 82 and retired. Their dog, Hal, keeps them company and continues to be a rascal. Their son and daughter are independent. Blue skies into the future. * Bill Chapin and Bonnie Brown Potter ’63 hosted a mini reunion in August for the Class of ’63. They’re enthusiastic about Waterville, Colby, and David Greene. * Steve Levine’s wife of 53 years, Sandy, passed away in 2016. She was very active in class activities. Steve relocated from Laguna Woods to the foothill village of Sierra Madre, and after two years alone he felt it was best to join his youngest son and his family in a house for all six of them in Pasadena. After 20 years in northern California and 15 years in Sarasota, southern California was the obvious choice, as his other sons live in Boston and Seattle. He’s learning oil painting, playing a variety of Native American and other flutes, and enjoying both new skill sets. He’s in touch with David Bloom, Carolyn Webster Lockhart ’60, and Steve Kudriavetz ’60. Steve is still in good spirits, although he’s sorry to have missed the 60th reunion. Life is a journey, and he has made his as sweet and memorable as he can. * Gay Fawcett was at the 60th reunion. She said it was fun, but was sorry to see so few of our classmates. When she wrote, she was in France and looking forward to a trip to Cairo, a cruise on the Nile, and then a journey to Petra. Y Thank you to all who wrote.


Class Correspondent:

Mary Ellen Chase Bridge

Last year Archie Twitchell and his wife, Irene, flew to California to visit Archie’s former roommate Frank Seebode ’59. They attended a performance of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, drove to Yosemite National Park (an extraordinary experience), and dined at the lodge, where they appreciated a world-class setting, atmosphere, and food. Frank and his wife of 60-plus years, Amy, took them for a drive along the breathtaking California coast and then loaned them a car so they could set off for another week to view the beauty. “Thanks to Frank and Amy, the California Highway Department, and the weather (no rain for two weeks), we had a marvelous experience.” * Marcia Phillips Helme lives in a condo in Edmonds, a seaside suburb of Seattle, where she can walk to restaurants, the library, the hardware store, and the neighborhood bar. She has a pair of male Siamese cats named Winston and Franklin. “The former has learned to operate my kitchen light switch, not always according to my choice.” * Marty Burger is STILL working as a risk management consultant and wonders how many classmates are still fully employed. After an intensive search, his office recently hired a Colby graduate, who asked if Marty could sing all of the words to “Hail, Colby, Hail.” He admits to remembering only the first 10. He was looking forward to a weekend with the Tau Delts—Bob Saltz, Peter Doran, and Al Dean—in Gloucester, Mass. “Perhaps we can all make the 65th reunion.” * Ed and Carol Hathaway de Lemos went on a wonderful 10-day trip with family members to the Azores and Portugal in June. Through ancestry.com they found out that Ed’s mother was born on the Azores island of Graciosa, which spurred interest among several of their offspring to go with them. Planes now fly from Boston directly to Ponta Delgado, San Miguel, a beautiful island only a four-and-a-half-hour flight away. They did not have time to visit Graciosa (another time?) but toured mainland Portugal: Lisbon, Obidos, Coimbra, Aveiro, Sinatra, and other towns. * Leigh Bangs brought his partner, Alice, to our 55th reunion, and she was so impressed she became a supporter of the College and told others about our beautiful campus. Her family from the Columbus, Ohio, area was hooked after one visit, and now her grandson Dean Strup ’21 is a junior at Colby, preparing for medical school. His brother, Jackson, is a high-ranking student and very good baseball player in Dublin—he may follow his brother to campus. “It only takes one visit to get folks from all over the USA very interested in our seriously attractive college!” * Last winter Ellie Fortenbaugh de la Bandera and I had our usual Florida luncheon chat. Ginny Angney Bushee and I have taken a few trips around Vermont and nearby locations—Quechee, Woodstock, and an abbey in Québec, where 42 monks make cheese, wine, jam, and chocolate. A lavender field there is next on our list. Susan Sherman White and I spent time in Cambridge and Boston last summer, and I stayed overnight with Kay Litchfield Cross and her daughter, Kaye ’84, before taking the boat to Star Island, off Rye and Portsmouth, N.H. Though I have always lived in New England, I didn’t realize just where the Isles of Shoals are. It was a refreshing and invigorating mid-week stay, and I came away with a full realization of the devotion many people have for the island and its rich history. One man I met has gone there for 81 years! * Now, you know the pitch—send your news! Have you traveled, moved, seen a great movie, or read a terrific book? Write down some topics you can tell us about for the next class notes. We are all wondering what so many of you are up to!


Class Correspondent:

Don Tracy

It is always nice to hear from classmates enjoying their later years. * Dave Palmer writes that he turned “85 today. Wow, did the years fly by! I’m living the good life in Florida in a place called The Villages.” Take a look at thevillages.com and see Dave in one of the videos “living the good life.” * Anne Schimmelpfennig Laszlo writes, “I’ve enjoyed the sweetness of summer, working in the garden and entertaining family, but now I’m looking at travel spots for a winter vacation in the Caribbean. When to book? A November treat for son and grandson and me (early Christmas present?) or wait for February to combat our winter blues? In the meantime, I wile away the hours knitting and (and selling) colorful scarves in the shapes of alligators, giraffes, dragons, lions, tigers, bears, (oh my) and, of course, snakes. Much fun.” * Digging into the mail bag there’s a note from Ellie Gray Gatenby that reads: “Art and I have made a major lifestyle change as we sold the big house and moved to a 1,500-square-foot condo last September. It was a tough decision but a good one as we spend winters in our condo in Vero Beach, Fla. We’re solidly tied to Fairfax, Va., with two daughters and three grandkids here. We own a company in Fairfax, and Art is still very much involved. I make cameo appearances at the office when I’m not on the golf course. I belong to teams in both Fairfax and Florida. Our five grandkids are aged 9 to 15, so we spend hours at the swimming pool, soccer field, basketball court, etc., cheering them on. What a privilege! We’ve never been bitten by the travel bug, and our bucket list is short. We hope to live long enough to shoot our age! Each birthday brings us closer to that goal!” * Don Dinwoodie said, “It has been an international summer. Our oldest grandchild, a medical student in Bordeaux, France, spent the summer with us helping us maintain our property. Our son from Scotland just left, and our son from New Zealand just arrived. Our son from Spain arrives in a couple of weeks. We have a very colorful family.” Don still battles Parkinson’s disease. “Win a few or fumble a few. Elaine takes on the caretaker role. Recently we celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and what a great year it has been. Bless you all.” (Editor's note: Don sent in this news in September, prior to his death Nov. 17. His obituary will be in the next issue of this magazine.) * Finally, Peter Hussey writes, “I don’t recall if I have ever contributed to the ’57 class news, so this is a first for me! Like Mac Harring, I’ve been a skier all my life, but unfortunately had to give it up at age 80. We still maintain a condo at Sugarloaf for the family. We’ve had our present condo there since 1984 and will pass it on to our children, three in number. It’s been interesting to watch Sugarloaf Mountain develop from the 1950s to the great development it is today. Another ‘development,’ not so pleasing, is our town of Kennebunkport, which is overcrowded with tourists during the summer. Only 56 percent of our residents are year ’round. The town just bought a large parcel of land with plans underway to build ‘affordable housing’ in an effort to bring a larger year-round population back. Cheers!” * In closing, this old classmate (Don Tracy) is doing well. I use a cane to assure I don’t fall, always alert to walking on level ground. No longer do I dare walk down to the shore and jump from one large rock to another. Just looking at Penobscot Bay makes me feel happy to have a wonderful wife and six grown children with their families, all of whom care for their mom and dad. We have no plans for entering any facility, just remaining at home, being hospitable.


Class Correspondent:

Charlene Roberts Riordan

Barbara Duer Arnstine has two personal traits for which she is grateful; mobility and a sense of humor. She thanks Colby for the latter because of a 7 p.m. curfew, freshman year, that has sent her daughters into “please stop” laughter. Meanwhile, she and her husband live in Sacramento and continue to travel. In September they were in Pennsylvania Amish country, where their old racehorses go to retire. Their best harness horse, the Art of Confusion, races in Yonkers, N.Y. * John and Joan Williams Marshall winter in Florida and enjoy their “Little Luncheon Club” with the Abedons, Landaus, and Lunders, where they share family and Red Sox stories. Kathy McConaughy Zambello and Christie Layer Larson joined them last year. If you’re in St. Lucie, get in touch! * Joan Kyritz O’Rourke has moved after 25 years to a live-care facility, St Andrews, in Boca Raton, Fla. Activities abound: volunteering at Broward Center for operas, ballets, and Broadway plays. In November she’s off to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. * Margaret Darby Persons says “hello” from Manchester, N.H. Approaching her 85th birthday, she’s grateful to be able to continue volunteering and enjoying her family of six grandchildren and three great-grands. * Lois Latimer Pan has just read Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton. Lois has lived near the Hudson River for 40 years and has spent years volunteering in the FDR Presidential Library. Her thoughts often drift to Eleanor Roosevelt and, now, to Eliza Hamilton, both of whom lived next to the Hudson. Lois has also sailed on Pete Seeger’s sloop, a type of boat used by the Hamilton family. * Joanna McCurdy Brunso still oscillates between the Seattle area in summer and Green Valley, Ariz., in winter. She keeps in touch with Lois Latimer Pan and hoped to see Kathy Vogt on Cape Cod in October. Joanna’s book suggestion: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes, a historical novel about the attempt to purge Seattle of the Chinese in the late 19th century. * Brian Stompe is still gardening and fishing off the coast in his boat as often as possible. He and a partner caught a 15-pound striper, a 10-pound striper, and four salmon. Some slow days, but always good to be out on the ocean. He and wife Susan are in good health. * Charlie Morrissey was on the advisory board at CGU for the last six years after retiring from 26 years at Pepperdine. He and wife Kathy live in a retirement residence in Newport Beach, Calif. As a caregiver, his travel is restricted, but he’s been to seven granddaughters’ weddings/graduations. Great reunion recently with Bob Bruns and Johnny Farley. * Don Rice and wife Sherry sold their Spring Island, S.C., home after 20 years. Now they live in a condo in New London, N.H., only five miles from their Lake Sunapee home (sold in 2016). They remain close to their combined families: eight children and eight grandchildren. Don coached Greenfield Community College basketball (1967-1972). The 1970 team was second in Massachusetts. A team reunion was planned for September. * Janet Nordgren Meryweather celebrated her birthday by giving herself a party with family (children, grands, great-grands, dog Lilly). A wonderful day! A sad note: son Rodney passed away at Easter time, in the prime of his life. Two cousins also died. However, she espouses Clint Eastwood’s credo: I will not let the old man (lady) in! Her passion is gardening, a pleasurable, healthy, laborious preoccupation. * Frank Huntress spent a week at Westminster Abbey as duty chaplain during Holy Week. He stayed on after Easter to help visitors, and he returned in July to attend the installation of the new knights in the Abbey Order of the Bath Service—English pageantry at its best. He lunched with Satch Adler in Marblehead, and they reminisced about those wonderful days on the Hill. Sadly, his roommate George Rudolph passed away after a long illness. * In closing, I would like to recommend two books: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, from hillbilly to Yale Law; and Educated, by Tara Westover, from survivalist Mormon family in Idaho mountains to Ph.D.


Class Correspondent:

Betty Harris Smith

Greetings, classmates. I hope you all are enjoying the season. A few classmates checked in, and they’ve been busy. * Carol Branch Martin sent a nice note. She vacationed with her family at Basin Harbor on Lake Champlain, as they’ve done for a number of years. There are 20 of them—10 adults and 10 children, ages 12 to 24. Carol reads a lot, and she’s involved in a local 36-page newspaper in Suffield, Conn., that generates enough ad revenue to send one copy to everyone in town for free. She’s been involved with the paper since it began 20 years ago and was co-editor for five years. Currently, she writes a book review column every month (10 issues a year). She’s active at her church and at her local thrift shop, which donated $80,000 to a charity in Hartford this year. She loves going to the movies and goes to one every week with friends. “I’m active and enjoying myself, which is the best we can hope for at our ‘advanced’ ages,” she wrote. * John Dutton lives in California, and he expected a visit from his family this fall. John does correspond with Sid Farr and with his roommate and fraternity brother Gil Alfano. John has retired from the Air Force, and now he keeps up flying on his computer. * Ellie Small Hudson reports that she is doing well. She attended Colby’s one-day Alumni College in June, held the first day of reunion. “It was great! Good to be back in the classroom, and the College looked beautiful,” she said. Ellie also attended a get-together and luncheon in early August hosted by Jean Hahlbohm Hampton at Ocean View in Falmouth. Lots of Colby and family news, and a delicious lunch made for a delightful day. Classmates in attendance included Ann Burnham Deering, Jean van Curan Pugh, and Ellie. Other Colby folks were Lauren Hampton Rice ’81 (Jean’s daughter), Jane Perry Lindquist ’51, and Cindy Love Estes ’60. “Colby friends are forever friends!” * Colby informs us that Chandler “Chan” Coddington, husband of Jane Whipple Coddington, passed away Nov. 16, 2019. He was active in community organizations in New Providence, N.J., and he, together with Jane, was dedicated to Colby as well. Our condolences to Jane and her three daughters.


Class Correspondent:

Art Eddy

On June 7, 2019, 12 members of the Colby Class of 1954 (Jean Cressy Barker, Karl Dornish, C. Arthur Eddy, Robert Fraser, Thomas Hunt, Susan Johnson, Janet Fraser Mitchell, Vic Scalise, Ned Shenton, Bob “Whitey” Thurston, and Dave and Betsy Powley Wallingford) gathered for a 65th reunion lunch. Tom Hunt offered grace, we had a phone call from John Krussel in Florida, and Vic Scalise read letters from Chris Henderson Harper, Karl Decker, and Leslie Van Nostrand Shaffer. Tom and Vic read the names of the 34 classmates who have passed away since our last reunion. Ned Shenton read a few passages from his recently published memoir, Grateful Ned. I introduced retired Alumni Secretary Sid Farr ’55, who brought us up to date with Colby happenings over the past several decades. Tom gave the closing prayer. Dick Fornaciari Forna carried the class placard in Saturday morning’s Parade of Classes. Lindon Christie made the Saturday lunch and really enjoyed the lobster. Dave and Betsy Powley Wallingford send kudos to Tom, Karl, Vic, and me for our role in the success of the class lunch. Betsy and Dave are truly impressed by what Colby has been doing to revitalize downtown Waterville. Karl Dornish, class president, represented our class at the Boardman Service on Sunday. He also reports that the final tally of the 2018-19 Colby Fund had our class contributing just over $7,700 with a participation rate of 67.7 percent, which puts us in second place. * Ned Shenton sold his home of 35 years on Peaks Island and moved to a senior living community, Oceanview, just north of Portland, Maine. He had a nice sail with Jean and Bob Jacobs in the waters off Rockport, Maine. * Vic Scalise and Sue Johnson visited Al and Mary Pilon Obery on their way to Colby. Vic spoke at Al’s funeral service later in the summer. Vic is scheduled to give an address at the 150th anniversary of the Calvary Baptist Church in Lowell, Mass., where his father served for 35 years. * Sue Johnson is grateful for being able to attend our reunion. She was so impressed by the speakers. * Lois McCarty Carlson has moved to The Saybrook in Haddam, Conn. * Sally and Robert Anderson took a Columbia/Snake River cruise from Portland, Ore., to Lewiston, Wash. Beautiful sights! * Many, many thanks to Colby staff member Karin Weston and her crew for all their assistance with our reunion.


Class Correspondent:

Barbara Easterbrooks Mailey

I want to begin this column with news of my move from Massachusetts to Maine. I began looking for a ranch-style house in Maine in early spring, and by the first week in June I had sold my home of 28 years and found this lovely ranch in the countryside of Windham. I’m now close to my two sons and not too far away from my daughter as well. When I was leaving the closing with my Maine realtor, I mentioned that I’m a Colby alumna. Realtor Edie Fontaine then said that her father, Payson Sawyer, was also a Colby grad—Class of ’55. I remember Payson very well from geology classes. What a small world! However, she said that he recently passed away. My roommate Diane Chamberlin Starcher ’54 and I spent time together this August at her son’s summer home on Sebago Lake. Diane was spending a month there before going back home to Florida. My new home is only minutes from Sebago, so it was great to be able to see one another. If you’re visiting the Sebago Lake area, be sure to look for me as you are welcome any time. * Ken Castonguay “checked in,” just saying he is well and still moving with his new hip. * Harold Cross wanted classmates to know that a recently published book, Just Mercy, about injustices, especially in the South, is worth reading. * Al Sprague manages to make a few trips north to the Moosehead Lake region to his cottage on Monson Pond, which includes a look in on the family maple syrup operation. He likes to stop at Colby to see the campus buried in a blanket of snow in February. He attended Reunion 2018 and particularly liked his tour of the Farnham Writers Center. It also provided an opportunity for his daughter, Susan, to acquaint herself with her grandparents’ gift to Colby. He wished there had been more classmates at reunion. I must add, Al, that my son, living on Moosehead Lake, also makes good maple syrup! * Priscilla Eaton Billington sent a quick note to say that her granddaughter Katie Billington entered her fiancé in the Billington Family Road Race, sponsored by Somerset every Fourth of July in memory of Ray Billington ’54 and Greg Billington ’78. He won the race, pleasing the whole Billington family.


Class Correspondent:

Art White

Our class continues to be happy in their communities, and I am happy to report the following: Dick Sutton is living in Fort Myers, Fla., and he has remarried after losing his wife four years ago. He plays golf once or twice a week and is active with a local bridge group. He recently visited New Zealand and the Virgin Islands, and he’s sailed throughout Europe. Dick’s family lives in Massachusetts and Maine but gather at Thanksgiving. Dick gives back to his community by volunteering at the local library and school. * Nancy Nelson Cedrone recently lost her husband of 61 years but has remained very active. Nancy leads a discussion group that meets two hours a week, year-round! The topic is “The World We Live In” and is an adjunct program of Towson University. Nancy also attends classes for two months each autumn and two months each spring at the Osher Institute. Nancy’s a facilitator at the institute, which started 21 years ago with 40 people. It now has about 650! I’m sure Nancy had a lot to do with the institute’s success. I don’t know how Nancy finds the time to travel, but she has done so extensively, visiting South America, China, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Eastern Europe, and Canada. WOW! Nancy says she’s a devout movie fan and sees her family on a regular basis. * Janet Hewing writes from San Francisco that she continues to be a fan of the opera and symphony. She’s become very interested in learning about Buddhism and sharing discussion with friends. Her son lives close by so they can visit one another easily. * Carol Connors Krikun checked in from Cresskill, N.J., and said that she feels fortunate to have frequent visitors and family close by. She keeps busy with a bridge club that meets three times a week, weekly exercise, and an active book club. She maintains her interest in the opera by watching simulcasts, and she often visits the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall. Carol had a wonderful time visiting a nephew in Madrid last fall. She still lives in her home and is obviously quite active. * Anne Osborne Shone writes from her summer place in Oquossoc, Maine, where she spends time from early spring until after leaf season. Family members living close by visit during the summer, and Anne travels west to see family in the San Francisco area. She enjoys art classes, has lunch with local friends, and frequents the local libraries—she recently read and enjoyed Michelle Obama’s new memoir. Anne plans to attend the next reunion. I hope more of our class will join her there! * As far as I know, these classmates have written to the class news for the first time. There are many more of you out there that we would like to hear from, so let us know what is going on in your world.


Class Correspondent:

Chet Harrington

Colby Magazine apologizes for reporting news from Cass Lightner using the feminine pronoun in the last column. Cass wrote in correcting the error, adding, “I entered college in 1947 after my Army service when I was drafted. In my second year I joined KDR fraternity, was drum major of the marching band, and graduated in 1951.


Class Correspondent:

Gerry Boyle '76

Rev. Charles Smith serves as elder of the Pittsburgh-area Mayflower Society, and in 2020 they’ll celebrate the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. “Thanks to the internet,” he says, “I have learned a great deal about my past, most of it favorable.”

1940 Newsmakers

They came 73 years late, but the four medals that Ruth Endicott Freeman ’49 earned as a court reporter and stenographer during World War II were finally presented to the now 103-year-old veteran in May. WCSH-TV reported that Maine’s Senator Angus King visited Endicott in her Ogunquit, Maine, home to present her with the medals: The Women’s Army Corps Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, the Honorable Service Lapel Button, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. Endicott earned a medical degree in 1953 and was a family physician in Ogunquit for 50 years.


Class Correspondent:

Anne Hagar Eustis

Time again for a little catch-up on the news from us ’49ers. * Bob Tonge writes, “I am well and do a lot of traveling. I spend winters in Florida and summers in York Harbor, Maine.” He also reports that our classmate Ruth Endicott Freeman was 103 on Aug. 26! And I’m a mere kid having just turned 92. * Cynthia (Dickie) Crook Lieck reports that on Sept. 1 she moved  “from Virginia Beach to Venice, Fla., where I’ll be at a similar retirement community between, and within minutes of, BOTH my daughters and a son-in-law. Other highlights of 2019 were the birth of my first great-grandson, Liam, in Virginia Beach, (I saw him on his first day), then six months later the birth of my third great-granddaughter, Noa Scout, in Key West. Hoping they’ll bring that part of the clan to Venice soon.” * That’s it for now, but please keep the news coming when you hear from me or at any time during the year.


Class Correspondent:

Gerry Boyle '78

Since helping Colby Librarian James Humphry move the library collections in 1947 from its historic site by the Kennebec to Mayflower Hill, David Weber earned a Harvard graduate degree in history while serving as a library administrator at Harvard. He then became associate director and then professor and director of university libraries at Stanford, retiring in 1993. In 2018 he wrote Practical Lessons in Library Management: Case Studies from the Workplace (Kindle Direct Publishing at Amazon). David writes that the book is “packed with universal management lessons, distilling nearly 50 years of university service and presented as an education for academic administrators of today. Dynamic with the bursting of computers into the college and university scene, changes in worldwide publishing, and coping with a greater international breadth of academic life, this volume paints the lively challenging university life with particulars as well as philosophic insight, ending with three conclusions: The academic 20th-century environment of constant change, the administratively essential humanistic personal qualities needed of officials, and the value of lifelong learning.”