2010 Newsmakers

Abukar Adan '17

The New York Times profiled Emma Brown ’16 about young women who are running campaigns this year. Brown was working for Virginia’s Lindsey Davis Stover, who told the Times, “I wanted Emma because she’s intelligent, she’s compassionate, she’s driven. I wanted someone with grit to walk through the fire.”  * “Crossover Artist” is the title of a Q&A with Abukar Adan ’17 in DownEast magazine. Adan was Maine Public’s Jim Dowe Public Media Intern and produced a number of pieces on Muslims in Maine.  * Muheb Esmat ’17 held a Q&A with JDEED magazine about being an artist and about two of his projects: 08.25.17 and a project on graffiti in Kabul, Afghanistan. Esmat’s work is “autobiographical. It’s deeply influenced by my own past,” he told JDEED.


2016

Class Correspondent:

Holly Bogo
classnews2016@colby.edu

Hello, hello, Class of 2016! I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying warmer weather. * This July Mike Loginoff will graduate with a master’s from the University of Oxford and move to London to work on the investment banking team with Citi. * Sam Reed recently started at Digiday Media in New York as the business development coordinator. * Emily Berry is in her second year of Teach for America on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She’s teaching middle school science and coaching the cross country team. * Martin Turrin, Jesse Juntura, and Jacob Kandel videoconference monthly to catch up on business and life and to plan a grade-A bro trip to the Philippines to surf, dine, and connect with Jesse’s extended family. * Hannah Schafer is finishing up her Teach for America commitment in Lawrence, Mass. Along with teaching third grade full time, she graduated this spring from BU with a master’s of education. * Casey Ballin switched his home over to energy-efficient LED light bulbs and has successfully shown his Colby friends how easy it is to be green. * Pat Stewart is in his first year as a math teacher, basketball/tennis coach, and dorm parent at Millbrook School in New York. * Gillian Katz lives in New York City and runs brand and content strategy at Real World Playbook, an early-stage startup aimed at helping 20-somethings acclimate to the real world. * Holly Bogo spent a phenomenal weekend In May with a number of Mules on Cape Cod and appreciated the wonderful hospitality of Stephen O’Grady and Elizabeth Sull. * Thomas Gregston graduated with his M.Ed. from UPenn and now works as an associate dean of students at St. Paul’s School. He’s also stoked about Kel Mitchel coming to visit the East Coast!


2015

Class Correspondent:

Molly Nash
classnews2015@colby.edu

Katrina Belle works as a carpentry lead for Teton Habitat for Humanity, where she’s building 24 category-one homes in Jackson, Wyo. * Joe DeAngelo is enrolling in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s MSTP program, working toward an M.D./Ph.D. degree. * Anna Doyle was accepted to Indiana University for a master’s of fine arts in acting. She’s headed there this August for their three-year program. * Molly Hodgkins graduated from the University of Maine in May with a master’s in higher education. She was recognized with the Higher Education Excellence Award and as the Graduate Student Employee of the Year. She’s job searching for a position at an institution that promotes access for traditionally marginalized and underserved student populations. Recently, she met up with Ellie Quinby, Victoria Falcon, Karen Chen, and Matt D’Orazio for some good ol’ honky-tonkin’ in the wild city of Nashville. * Catherine Minahan lives in Boston, where she works in corporate relations and patient programming at Boston Health Care for the homeless program. She takes classes after work toward eventually going to nursing school. Catherine loves having Colby alumni volunteer with patients—if you’re in the area, don’t hesitate to reach out! * Haley Oleynik lives in Seattle and works for the National Marine Fisheries Service as a fisheries observer. She goes up to Alaska (the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea) for two months at a time to live on commercial Pollock-fishing vessels and collect biological data of their catch. Haley has applied to graduate schools for fisheries science and is awaiting decisions. * Kayla Turner received her J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law May 19. She graduated as a Daniel Webster Scholar and therefore doesn’t have to sit for a bar exam. She was sworn into the New Hampshire Bar and the Federal Bar for the District of New Hampshire May 18, 2018. * Molly Wylie worked for two years as a research coordinator at Boston Children’s Hospital on a grant-funded study of women’s health and disability. She now works as a geriatric care advisor at Springwell in Waltham, Mass., and will begin the gerontology Ph.D. program at UMass Boston this fall.


2014

Class Correspondent:

Anders Peterson
classnews2014@colby.edu

Kyle Wehner finished a master’s degree in politics at Oxford University and returned to his hometown of Albany, N.Y., to pursue an internship at the New York State Senate. He’ll attend Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va., this fall. * After a year teaching abroad in various places, Jeff Lamson settled in Connecticut and has taught history and coached football and wrestling at the Taft School for the past three years. This fall he’ll head to Colorado Springs for a new gig teaching at Fountain Valley School. He still spends every summer in Maine working at Camp Winona, and he plans to continue doing so forever-ish. * Camille Gross got married in March in Raleigh, N.C., to Max Inman. Mules in attendance included Margaux LeBlanc ’15, Jack Walpuck ’16, Jill Riendeau ’15, George Humphrey ’15, Shannon Kooser, and Kelsey Park. Camille and Max live in Raleigh, where Max is a computer engineer with Verizon, and Camille works as the assistant to a child psychologist. * Trevor Shorb has been in Cambridge, Mass., since returning from service in the Peace Corps in El Salvador. He’s worked for two years now at an international education company called Education First, where he manages development programs in Latin America. Since graduating, he’s surfed in San Diego with Tom Nagler, completed a triathlon on Long Island with John Madeira, summited 14ers in Denver with Russ Wilson, cycled Chicago with Jack Bryant, and will surely get weird with Matt Carroll when they meet up in Berlin this summer. * Dan and Christine Kashian Sunderland are expecting their first child in September. Dan and Christine married in 2016, and their wedding party included Max Cushner, Maddy Renzetti, Becky Forgrave, Bertrand Teirlinck, Terrence Tan, and Catherine Sharp ’15. * Ian Boldt is entering his second year as the head boys’ lacrosse coach at Cushing Academy. Coach Boldt is excited to lead the Purple Penguins to new heights. * Josephine Liang has been working as a campaigner in food sustainability, especially food waste. Her latest personal campaign is called Free Tasting, which is a foodie Instagram with a twist—everything featured is saved from the landfill. It was featured in the Mirror, the Sun, HK01, Business Insider, and more. Josephine currently runs her own company in London called DayOld, a food surplus social enterprise that fights food poverty and food waste, with treats saved for tomorrow. They collect surplus bread and baked goods from artisan bakeries and sell them in office pop-ups, catering, and treat boxes, donating their profits to provide unrestricted monetary support for charities fighting child hunger. * William Hochman is in New York City, still working as an actor. His next job is a two-person play at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It’s a new piece by Adam Rapp called The Sound Inside. He’ll be acting opposite Mary-Louise Parker. Break a leg, Will! * Marianne Ferguson graduated from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2016 with a master’s of environmental management in coastal environmental management. For the past year and a half, she’s worked as a National Environmental Policy Act analyst for the National Marine Fisheries Service at their regional office in Gloucester, Mass. She lives on the North Shore, hikes a lot in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and would love to catch up with Colby classmates in Boston. * I continue to be the only person in the greater Los Angeles area who wears clothes from L.L.Bean. I’m still working as the vice president of sales at a small company that supplies technology related to visual effects in the media and entertainment industry. One of my recent job highlights was being involved with Alejandro Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning VR experience “Carne y Arena,” which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and now has locations in Los Angeles, Milan, Mexico City, and Washington, D.C.


2013

Class Correspondent:

Sarah Lyon
classnews2013@colby.edu

Thank you to everyone who wrote in with updates in advance of our fifth-year reunion. * Matt LaPine and Emily Unger have been living together in Asheville the better part of three years. “When we’re not out enjoying one of the 30-plus breweries in town, you can find us hitting the trails by bike and foot, along with our four-legged, stick-chasing, dock-jumping trail master black lab, Baxter. Can you guess where his name came from?!” * James Hootsmans writes, “It’s been a topsy-turvy few months for me in the Los Angeles area, but I finally have a new place in Surf City and a new job. Alas, I won’t make reunion unless I magically build up some paid time off. But, Class of 2013, stay strong, and remember we are the bicentennial class!” * Alexandre Caillot is well on his way to earning his Ph.D. in history at Temple University, where he specializes in American military history. He just passed his comprehensive exams with distinction, which he says is a rarely bestowed designation. Alexandre is now preparing his prospectus for a dissertation on the Civil War. * Laura Crowley reports that she’s been “working furiously in the lab every day.” In addition, she has advanced to Ph.D. candidacy, presented her work at several conferences on developmental biology and prostate cancer, and she became the principal bassist of the Columbia University Medical Center Symphony. Lastly, a paper she coauthored with several other current and former Colby students—from her time in the lab of Assistant Professor of Biology Dave Angelini—was accepted to Nature Communications. * Alex Rasmussen was busy last year doing research and teaching undergraduates at Yale. He went to several international math conferences and had a paper published. * In December 2017 Priscilla McCelvey finished up her master’s at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. There, she focused on human security and international conflict resolution. She adds, “Peggy Meyer and Ryan and Kendall Hatch Winter were in attendance at my graduation! I’m working now in D.C. at Chemonics International.”


2012

Class Correspondent:

Sarah Janes
classnews2012@colby.edu

Angelica D’Aiello graduated from the Stony Brook School of Medicine this May and will start an internal medicine residency in July. * After catching up with many classmates at reunion last summer, Trip Smith left his job and spent 10 days in Ecuador with a tour group doing extreme sports (whitewater rafting, canyoning, zip lining, trekking, and mountain biking). Upon his return to the U.S., Trip started a full-time M.B.A. program at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Last spring he traveled to India with a student consulting team to work onsite with a client. * Michael Brophy has gone full Virginian. He’s working toward his M.B.A. at the University of Virginia and marrying a fellow Wahoo. They plan to stay in Charlottesville long term. Last year he founded Identify, a company that helps families with paperwork when a loved one passes away. * Annalyse Tamashiro left her job at Harvard to become a user-experience designer. She’s completing a UX design immersive course at General Assembly in Boston. * Hannah DeAngelis and Aleah Starr ’11, Tim Corkum ’11, Jill Howell, and Sarah Wright ’11 were last seen at Bubba’s Sulky Lounge in Portland, Maine. * Caitlin Burchill works as a news reporter in Salt Lake City. She’s been spending time with fellow Mules out West. She visited Colby women’s volleyball teammate Maggie Taylor ’13 in Montana, ran into a spunky crew in Oahu, Hawaii—Laura Burns, Sandy Johnson, and Eliza Larson ’13—and stayed with Pollee Hruby Brookings ‘09 and her husband in a yurt outside Bryce Canyon National Park. She also hosted a Colby alumni party in SLC with Sara LoTemplio ’16. Amidst all of her socializing Caitlin found time to train for and run the Boston Marathon! * Great to hear from so many of you this time around! Thanks, as always, for your notes.


2011

Class Correspondent:

Rian Ervin
classnews2011@colby.edu

After completing his executive M.B.A. at the Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt this spring, Zander Koallick is working for a fin-tech company and looking forward to what’s next. * This spring Emily Hilton completed the coursework for her master’s degree at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She’s traveling to Colombia this summer to do the research for her dissertation. * Charlotte Wilder lives in Brooklyn, where she watches a lot of cake decorating videos on Instagram and thinks about getting some houseplants. * Tory Gray Fenton and her husband are expecting a baby boy this summer, due July 18. Future Colby grad in the making! *

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Last July Annie Wardwell and Noah Atlas were married in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Around 30 Colby grads were in attendance to celebrate. * Adan Hussain works at the University of Michigan and recently returned from traveling in Japan. * Nikki Busmanis gave birth to a baby girl, Andra “Andi” Marie. Both mom and baby are doing well and looking forward to summer in Maine. * In August Catherine Mullin will begin a dual degree program at the University of Michigan, pursuing her M.B.A. at Ross School of Business and her M.S. in natural resources and environmentally sustainable systems from the School for Environment and Sustainability.


2010

Class Correspondent:

Caity Murphy
classnews2010@colby.edu

In August Erica “Jeb” Block will move from Brooklyn to Phoenix to pursue a graduate degree in sports journalism and broadcasting at Arizona State. Before leaving New York she’ll go with Sara Hutchins ’09 and Cosme Del Rosario-Bell ’12 to a bunch of games at Yankee Stadium, and she’ll spend some quality time with Colby’s woodsmen alumni community at the 72nd Annual Spring Meet, where Marty Dodge ’65 and Kate Braemer ’07 are favored to win the doubles canoeing event. * Kelsey Gibbs and Matt Silverman ’12 just bought a farm in MidCoast Maine. They have plans to convert it into Wanderwood, a sustainable lodging and events venue, over the next few years. * Casey Sullivan, currently a senior editorial director at Bloomberg Law, will spend next year at Columbia University as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow, an honor awarded to 10 business and economics journalists from across the globe. * Leigh Bullion and Ross Nehrt survived the long Maine winter and are excited to welcome new Portland resident Sarajane Blair. They were thankfully only invited to one Colby wedding this summer, so please don’t invite them to any more. * Emily Marzulli married Peter Rummel ’11 at a wedding well attended by 37 Colby alumni. Here's a photo of everyone (except Tim Brettingen, Amy Hernandez ’11, and Jeanne Loftus ’11, who are missing).

 


2000 Newsmakers

Emily Judem '06

Reagan Carey ’01 was inducted to the 2018 Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Carey is general manager of USA Hockey and manages the U.S. Women’s National Team, which won the gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. * Sea Machines Robotics named Christopher Sotzing ’04 director of engineering, where he’ll be responsible for the development and deployment of the company’s Sea Machines 300 technology system. Sotzing previously worked at SeeByte as an engineering manager for unmanned vehicle technology. * Emily Judem ’06 was awarded a 2018 Regional Murrow Award for her piece “What it means to be DACA-mented” in the category of Large Market Radio Station–Best Use of Video. Judem is currently a digital producer for WGBH News in Boston, where she develops digital and multimedia strategy and creates content for the site. * Kate Emery McCarthy ’06 was named executive director of the World Affairs Council of Maine. She has 11 years nonprofit experience, most recently with Limitless Child International.


2009

Class Correspondent:

Olivia Sterling
classnews2009@colby.edu

Daniel Zawitoski got married last year, and he was named chief of staff to Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52). * Sam Hoff married Elisabeth Russell (Bates ’10) in Boston June 2. His groomsmen included Dylan Perry, Logan King, and Alexander Richards. Joshua Sadownik officiated the ceremony, and many more Colby friends were in attendance. * Catherine Coffman married Bob Hammill March 17 in Healdsburg. Christina Mok (who attends all Colby weddings), Jess Stern, Stephanie Grocke, and Catherine Fanning were there to help celebrate under an actual double rainbow. * In April Scott Zeller and Danny Wasserman ran the Ragnar Relay SoCal in sunny San Diego with Allison Stewart, Patrick Roche, and Sameera Anwar ’10. Separately, Scotty finally broke the three-hour barrier in his ninth marathon! * Dan Heinrich trained for the Raleigh 70.3 Half Ironman for June and was excited to see friends Scott Zeller, Sameera Anwar ’10, Anuja Kapur (’10 but transferred), and Scott Carberry while there. * Devon Anderson graduated with his M.D. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Oregon Health & Science University in June. He matched into orthopaedic surgery at the University of Rochester. Meanwhile, Abigail Sussman Anderson continues to shape future Colbians as a college counselor with College Coach. They’re excited for this next adventure but so sad to leave Christina Mok, Andy McEvoy, Liz Mortati ’08, Austin Ross ’08, Pollee Hruby, Lucas Bennett, John Perkins ’11, and other Colbians in Portland. They hope to get as many Colby visitors in Rochester as they’ve had in Portland, but they’re a little suspect of that happening! * Brooke Barron and her husband, Sam, welcomed their son, Owen, into the world March 18. He’s adorable, and they’re loving life as a family of three in Berkeley, Calif. * That’s all we’ve got for now—great to hear from everyone!


2008

Class Correspondent:

Palmer McAuliff DePre
classnews2008@colby.edu

As usual, thanks for sending along your updates! Erica Ciszek accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Texas (Austin) Moody College of Communication, where she’ll be an assistant professor of public relations. She and Christina will move to Austin this summer after the birth of baby #2. * On March 10 Skylar Sutton and Ronnie Wise were married. Emily Goodnow and Jack Davidson officiated the ceremony. Dustin Hilt, Bailey Woodhull, Michelle Easton, and Sam Boss stood by their sides. Also in attendance were Patrick Sanders, Meaghan Jerrett, Jake Obstfeld ’09, Kat (Brzozowski ’09) and Wes Miller, Courtney Johnson, Jamie O’Connell, and Lijah Barasz ’06. While in California for Skylar and Ronnie’s wedding, Patrick Sanders and his husband, David, enjoyed brunch with Lijah and her husband, Wes. Later in March, Patrick attended a CASE conference in Boston where he heard Gerry Boyle ’78 and Milton Guillén ’15 present. Also in March, he had a nice lunch with Caroline Voyles, who was in D.C. to present at a major public health conference. In February Patrick was promoted to executive director of development and alumni relations at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. He was also named co-chair of the 2019 CASE District II Annual Conference, one of the largest professional development conferences nationwide for school fundraisers and alumni relations professionals. * With his family, James Tang has opened two restaurants in New York City: casual-dining restaurant Shorty Tang’s and fine-dining spot Hwa Yuan Szechuan. Both restaurants have received attention from the media, including spots from New York Magazine, the New York Post, the Travel Channel, NBC World News, Fox News Channel, and the New York Times. Hwa Yuan recently received two stars and a strong review from New York Times head food critic Peter Wells. James also remains at Alliance Global Partners, where he works as vice president of investment banking, focusing on advising and raising capital for companies in the health care sector. * In May Jessica Osborne celebrated one year since she moved to Tennessee for her job at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and bought her first house. She works alongside researchers and engineers and uses x-rays, ultrasound, and other methods to test the newest experimental metals and other materials, nuclear products, and other technologies being developed. * Kate Yedinak Payson shared that Sarah Switchenko married Ishan Singh last summer in Harwich Port, Mass. Kate, Alex Pietroforte, Dan Heinrich ’09, and Aman Singh Dang were all in the wedding party, and there were many Colby grads in attendance. Dan and Kate were excited to join Switch and Ishan for part two of their wedding last November—this time in India! She reports that the newlyweds are doing fabulously, still living in NYC. As for Kate, she’s excited to have a new job as the assistant head of the Expressive Language Program at Landmark School in Beverly, Mass. * In October Alex Pietroforte married Alexis Poirier. Many alumni were in attendance, including Kate Yedinak Payson, John Kester, Jenn Li ’10, Dan Heinrich ’09, Sarah Switchenko Singh, and Ishan Singh, who led the ceremony.


2007

Class Correspondent:

Annie Mears
classnews2007@colby.edu

Adam ’08 and Lindsay Snyder Salamon welcomed Audrey Kay Salamon in March. * Meghan Church Rennard and her husband welcomed Miles Daniel, also in March. Their eldest, Max William, born May 2016, is learning the ins and outs of how to be a big brother from Spencer Bovill (son of Megan Bovill and Steve Plocher). Megh now works for Teach For America-Baltimore. * Ian London moved to Steamboat Springs, Colo., to continue his law practice. He enjoys everything the mountains have to offer, and he recently hosted Elise and Bryan Gattis Wulff for a ski trip. * Jui Shrestha welcomed Dhruv Chadha and Ivica Petrikova and their family to Kathmandu, which ushered in an early spring. * McKenzie Wessen married Dan Chebot Dec. 9 in Freedom, N.H., with her sister, Nicole Wessen Cushman ’05, as maid of honor. Also tearing up the dance floor were Jared Cushman ’05, Meg Smith ’08, Brett Wagenheim ’08, John Goss ’06, Meredith (Lawler ’09) and Bryce Cheney, Anne Cuttler Hicks, and Laura Keeler Pierce.


2006

Class Correspondent:

Jen Coliflores
classnews2006@colby.edu

Cathy White Sethi and her husband, Ajay, welcomed Penelope Alba Sethi Feb. 25—possibly a future Mule in the making! * Bram Gellar is excited to be moving back to Portland, Maine, this summer. He’s accepted a critical care cardiology position at Maine Medical Center as assistant director of the cardiac intensive care unit. He’ll also practice cardiology there. * Nate Dick and his wife, Katie (Holy Cross ’06), live in Medford, Mass., with their two daughters, Juniper and Tatum, and a dog, Clover. Nate works as a consultant in energy efficiency programs for a large electric and natural gas provider in New England. Katie is national director for fundraising at Jumpstart. Nate spends time with friends from Colby and crosses paths with alumni in unlikely settings. He was at Colby for the annual basketball alumni game, and he looks forward to the new developments in Waterville. * Michael ’07 and Emily Boyle Westbrooks are moving back to Dublin in July. They love visitors—especially Colby friends! * Barbara Hough and Dominic Kallas got engaged on Christmas night 2017 and plan to get married in June 2019. * Sara Booth Petrosillo is moving to Evansville, Ind., this summer with her husband, Vincenzo, and their two daughters to begin a new job as assistant professor of medieval and early modern literature at the University of Evansville. Sara finished her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis in 2016 and has been a visiting assistant professor at Franklin & Marshall College since 2017. She looks forward to this permanent position and to being closer to friends in the Midwest, like her first-year roommate, Emilia Tjernstrom. * Lindsay Masters works as an environmental regulator for the State of Colorado, helping clean up groundwater pollution and steward a nuclear legacy Superfund site. In February she had beers with Tim Monahan and Michael Feldman ’05 in Boston. * Jennifer Radcliffe opened her own real estate brokerage this March. She’s owner/principal broker of a team of five operating out of a new office at the golf course in Creswell, Ore. * Becky Greslick Vance looked forward to a spring of home improvement projects—painting the house, re-lining the pool, fixing rotting door frames, and lots of flower and vegetable gardening with her kids. * Rob Jacobs and his wife, Terry, welcomed a daughter, Morgan, in November. Older brother Tyler, 4, is very excited by the new arrival. They’re in a time of transition—when Rob finishes his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Vermont, they’ll relocate to Seattle in July for a one-year fellowship in orthopedic trauma surgery at Harborview Medical Center. * Nate Stone writes that Stephen Planas recently tried his hand at home brewing in D.C., creating a tasty birthday stout and inviting other Mules over for samples. Melissa McNulty, Eli Lehrhaupt, Cait Miller, and Lauren Wagoner were at the event, and the stout was very well received overall! * Josh ’05 and Emily Greene Kahn welcomed their daughter, Evelyn Iris Kahn, March 5. Baby is doing great and has already seen four Boston blizzards in her brief time on earth. Mom was on maternity leave from her position as chief of staff at an education and workforce nonprofit, and dad is a creative director at Arnold Worldwide, an advertising agency. * Erin Parry and her husband, Adam Hart, welcomed a son, William Lawrence Hart, Dec. 19. * To round out the baby news, my husband, John McKee, and I welcomed a daughter, Teagan Grace McKee, March 22. She’s happy, healthy, and well loved, especially by her big sister, Quinn.


2005

Class Correspondent:

Kate Slemp Douglas
classnews2005@colby.edu

Accepting the baton from Katie Gagne Callow, I’ve really enjoyed hearing from many of you. If you’re in the Boston area, please reach out as Andrew, Ainsley, and I would love to catch up! I often meet up with Karina Johnson, who bumps into Katie on several occasions. * Maggie Johnson, currently in Florida, finished her Ph.D. in marine biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2016. She’s currently wrapping up a three-year postdoc fellowship with the Smithsonian. * Suzanne and Sheldon Stevenson, who practices emergency medicine at Central Maine Medical Center, live with their children, Finn and Charlie, on Casco Bay, down the street from Chris and Erin Rockney Van Wagenen. Sheldon attended Jon Gilboy’s wedding in December in a gorilla costume. Mac Lynch, Lauren (Uhlmann ’06) and Aaron Blazar, Brad Kasnet, Adventure Dave (honorary ’05), and Matt and Maureen Sherry Lynes were there too. Matt and Maureen, along with Nathaniel Hulme, Andrew Raser, Steph Pierce Sheline, Nicole Wessen Cushman, Katie Lynch, and Blake Grosch ’03 have met Henry Robert Ryder, mini Mule of Jon ’02 and Carreau Mueller Ryder, born in February. Carreau joined David Acker, Jeff Lederman, Kevin Yardi, Alana McGee, Joanne O’Donnell, Tara Studley, Carrie Fredland, Jon Eisenberg, Cat Pappas Marks, Katie Markowski Dru, Kaitlin McCafferty ’04, Steph Pierce Sheline, and Abbey McGuire in the streets of Boston in April to cheer on Jackie Dao Dinneen, who ran the marathon after welcoming Baby James Ryan last year. * Brianna (Tufts ’07) and Mike Walsh welcomed their second child, Connor James, in January. * Torrey Kulow moved to Portland, Ore., with her husband and daughter. * Hillary Klug married her longtime boyfriend, Jon Stuart, in Aspen in March. In attendance were Josh German ’04, Mike Shea ’04, Caitlin Krauss (two years at Colby), Melissa Landau, Jake Moe ’06, cousin Madeline Ratoza Ragan ’08, and sister-in-law Hilary Peterson Klug ’97. Hillary returned from Afghanistan last June and continues to serve in the Army as a JAG attorney. * Warner Nickerson, on the board of the U.S. Ski Team, moved to Stockholm, Sweden, to live with his girlfriend. He started a YouTube Channel (Warner Nickerson) in February and posts videos 3-7 days a week with (mostly) daily blogs. Y Emily (Tull ’06) and John Pollakowski, with daughter Lyanna and dog Dakota, moved from Manhattan to Bronxville (the ’burbs!). * Patrick Harner works as a personal trainer in Lebanon, Ohio, where he lives with wife Leah and daughters Brielle Mae and Tahlia Grace. He recently earned his EMT and Firefighter II certifications and will compete in the Spartan Trifecta this summer. * After six years as director at Matthew Marks Gallery, Helen Brown Babst left to start her own gallery, The Babst Project, set to open in January 2019. In September she had a girl, Audria. * Ryan and Wendy Bonner Spicer welcomed Jameson Michael last November. Jameson, named for his father, grandfather, and Wendy’s mentor/AAU basketball coach, adores his big sisters, Riley and Emery. Wendy works as a program director for a small tutoring company. * Adelin Cai recently left her head of policy role at Pinterest to take time off to goof around with her husband, who’s also on an indefinite work sabbatical. She plans to travel and learn who she is without work to define her. * In December Melissa Plante DuBois welcomed daughter Nora Rose, who joined siblings Penn and Maren. Melissa completed her M.B.A at Cornell in May and moved to Minneapolis this summer. Former roommates of 16 Winter Street (Sarah Burlingham, Laura Cimini, Ann MacDonald, Marisa Giller, Meggie Finn, Elizabeth Johnson, Rachel Ritchie) have reconvened from all corners of the country for the past two years and plan a third reunion in Oregon this July. * Corrie Shattenkirk works as a nurse-midwife at a community health center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., after receiving her degrees from Columbia University. * Shawn Chakrabarti lives in D.C. and is set to open The Family Place PCS (one of the only adult charter schools nationally that concurrently serves immigrant parents and children through ESL classes, workforce development, and early childhood education) as a founding board member this fall. * In February Jonathan and Mallory Young Michaeles had their second child, Emerson Lincoln, who joins older sister Amelia. * Emily (Greene ’06) and Josh Kahn welcomed daughter Evelyn Iris March 5. Emily’s on maternity leave from her position as chief of staff at an education and workforce nonprofit, and Josh is a creative director at Arnold Worldwide.


2004

Class Correspondent:

Kate Weiler
classnews2004@colby.edu

Annika Svore Wicklund is excited that the remodel of her 1926 Seattle home that started nine months ago is nearly finished. It’s required her family to move six times! She and her husband are expecting baby #3 the end of June to add to their family of Lillian, 5, and Averie, 3. Life is busy and full of fun. * Trevor MacKesey accepted a full-time lecture position in Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Leadership Education. He’s childless and unmarried, but he has ranked a number of his ’04 classmates’ children based on weekend visits. His dogface Killah celebrated his 14th birthday in May. * Justin Juskewitch completed his anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., this spring. He’ll stay at Mayo Clinic to complete a two-year combined fellowship in clinical informatics and transfusion medicine, living with his wife, Katie, and children Adelyn, 5, Oliver, 4, and Amelia, 21 months. * Kim Strader O’Leary was accepted to the University of Vermont’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice program, starting this fall. In four years, she’ll be a DNP providing primary care to adult and geriatric patients. * Laura Snow and her husband, Justin, had their first child, Quinn William Robinson, in New Haven. On his due date in September, she received the President’s Leadership Award at Jewish Senior Services in Bridgeport, Conn., for starting a new adult family living and foster home program after studying the model for a few years and receiving a state grant. Since the award ceremony was on her due date, they surprised her earlier with the announcement, but he was 10 days late so she got to attend. * In May Kaitlin McCafferty walked in Babson’s commencement, where she received a graduation award. She’s a class officer and will complete her M.B.A. program (social innovation intensity track) in August. She’s living in Boston and working at Citizens Bank, where she loves seeing Grace Becker Lochhead all the time—just like back in the day! * Grace Becker Lochhead was promoted to SVP at Citizens Bank last winter. She and Ryan are expecting their third child in August. Ryan is pursuing a degree in advanced management at Babson part time. Grace and Ryan hosted their second annual spring celebration, “Glewhead,” at their home in Norfolk, Mass. Attendees included Evan and Kim Betz Kearns, Nick and Jen Barrett Crocker, Benson Hyde, Caroline and Tim Glew, Josh and Jackie Smith Zweig, Ashley (Mihos ’05) and Mike Kennedy, Jessie Zerendow and Bill Younker, Emily and Kearney Shanahan, and their collective 15 children. * Tim Glew and his wife, Caroline, are expecting their third child in August. * Marisa MacNaughton Meloski is the proud owner of Stilista, a personal styling company based in Boston that she purchased in January. She and her husband, Mike Meloski ’02, live in Jamaica Plain, Mass. * Tom and Allison Dwyer Webb recently relocated to Park City, Utah, for Tom’s new job at U.S. Ski and Snowboarding. They’re enjoying the snow and mountains after their time in Bermuda. * Jared and Maura Myers Bisogni and their family are excited for some warm weather after a long winter in Maine. Maura realized her lifelong dream of becoming a Girl Scout leader when her daughter, Eliza, became a Daisy this year. (She tapped into the Colby cookie market with video calls and is already a successful entrepreneur!) * Hey crew—I need someone to take over as correspondent. I’m super busy running my business and need to step back. Any volunteers? It’s a great gig. Drop me an email at classnews2004@colby.edu if you want more info. Thanks!


2003

Class Correspondent:

Rich Riedel
classnews2003@colby.edu

Before turning to our class updates, a big thank you to Lauren Tiberio Puglisi for 15 amazing years of keeping us connected through this column. I have big shoes to fill, but I’m happy to be the next correspondent for our class. Now, onto our news! * Kevin ’98 and Brooke McNally Thurston welcomed a baby girl, Norah, in October. She joins big sister Hannah, 2, in their home in Boston. * Dan and Christine O’Donnell Hagan welcomed their son Conor in January. He’s adored by older siblings Parker, 5, and Liza, 3, in Burlington, Vt. * After 18 months of product testing and sampling, Erika Togashi launched her surf and swimwear brand SEPTEMBER, which is made from 100-percent Italian recycled nylon. She’s splitting her time between New York City and Bali, Indonesia. * Aliya Al-Aufy, her husband, and two kids recently moved to Houston after living in Prague, Czech Republic, and Muscat, Oman, for most of the years since graduation. Aliya works as a global HR consultant for a specialty petrochemical company. * After living in Jakarta, Indonesia, for a few years, my wife, Sarah Schleck Riedel ’06, and I moved back to Washington, D.C., and welcomed our first, Otto. Working for Wellist, a Boston-based startup, it’s been fun to see David and Allegra Roundy Sandak and their two kids and Peter Loverso when in town. * If you have news, large or small, we’d love to hear from you! Please send it to classnews2003@colby.edu anytime during the year.


2002

Class Correspondent:

Bridget Zakielarz Duffy
classnews2002@colby.edu

Classmates sent in updates from all over the country for this column, perhaps serving as inspiration for a road trip vacation. Sarah Mockler works at Northeastern University in Boston as a cooperative education coordinator for engineering, where she recently connected with Linnea Basu ’96, fellow cooperative education coordinator for economics. * Ed Jastrem was elected to the board of bank corporators of Dedham Savings in Dedham, Mass. * Meredith Renda lives in Ridgefield, Conn., with her husband, Reed, and their three children, Lina, 7, Adam, 5, and Sophia, 5. Meredith has been practicing as a pediatrician and is a lactation specialist as well. She’s enjoyed seeing classmates when they’ve brought their children to her practice over the years. * Per and Catherine Benson Wahlen live near Philadelphia with their two children, Emma, 4, and Alex, 2. She works on a project that helps USAID better integrate biodiversity across its development sectors. When in D.C. for work, she tries to see and stay with Colby friends, including Emily and Eric Laurits and Carolyn Lindley, and she has plans to see Katy Bondy, Melanie Ouellette Karlins, Mary Zito Smith, and others. * Alexandra Suchman is also in D.C. She started her own consulting and coaching business, AIS Collaborations, specifically for small nonprofits and small businesses in the social enterprise space. Her goal is to help them develop a proactive, deliberate, and streamlined approach to internal operations and infrastructure so they can accomplish more with less chaos, clutter, and stress. * Nicki Shoemaker McNair lives in Chicago and is already looking forward to seeing classmates at our 20th reunion in 2022. Mark your calendars! * If you’re planning on visiting Yellowstone, Glacier, or any of the other spectacular wild places in Montana this summer or beyond, Erin Clark would love to see you. She’s based in Missoula and operates wildlife courses for high school students in Yellowstone National Park (Maui too, but from afar most of the time). * JJ ’01 and Piper Elliott Abodeely live in Sonoma with their three kids and love having Colby visitors! * Kristy Malm and her husband, David Fernandez, welcomed Oskar William Feb. 11. Everyone adores him, and he’s such a good baby. Shortly after he was born, Tammie Sebelius flew out to Hawaii to meet him and help out momma. The Malm-Fernandez crew will be making their first trip to Maine in July!


2001

Class Correspondent:

Dana Fowler Charette
classnews2001@colby.edu

This one gets the lead since she was my college roommate: I’m excited to report that Laura Montgomery and her fiancé, Tom Malone, are getting married June 2 in Little Compton, R.I. It promises to be an exciting weekend full of Colby friends, and I’m really looking forward to the celebration. I had another Colby reunion of sorts this winter—through a mutual friend’s invitation, Chad Creelman and I, with our families, skied for a weekend at Jiminy Peak in Massachusetts. Last time Chad and I skied/snowboarded together was at Sugarloaf, and that did not end well for Chad’s collarbone. This time was much more successful, and we loved watching our kids rip it up together. * Ben Schreiner and his wife, Amanda, welcomed their second daughter, Mary Ann Schreiner, Feb. 2, with much excitement! * Kate Isley has worked as an assistant attorney general for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the trial division since February 2017. Most recently, on March 29, she had her second daughter, Winifred Jane. Big sister Oona Mae is thrilled. * Kate Meyerhans Hammonds has lived all over the country, but now she and her husband are finally settled in Bozeman, Mont. They also had a baby girl, who they’re excited to raise in the mountains and sunshine of Big Sky Country. Of course, this means lots of trips to Maine to see the grandparents, including Marilyn McDougal Meyerhans ’72. * Frank and Abbie Parker Petz welcomed their fourth baby, Elizabeth, who joins her older siblings, Frank Jr., Susan, and Thomas. * Dave ’00 and Grace Price Sherwood, along with their two kids, Lily, 4, and Andrew, 10 months, recently moved to Santiago, Chile. Dave is working as a correspondent for Reuters News, and Grace is taking some time off from work to be with the kids. * Dan Martin has lived in Los Angeles for 12 years and spent 11.5 of those years producing Dancing With the Stars while also doing some other projects, such as producing/directing The X Factor. This year he moved over to produce the new season of American Idol. He’s connected with a few Colby alumni, including Nick Bizier over Christmas. * Stacie Galiger Williams and her three girls (11, 8, and 5) still live in the D.C. area, where she teaches. They recently added an adorable rescue pup to the family, and Baxter (named after Baxter State Park!) keeps them busy and laughing. They go to Maine for almost the entire summer, and last year Stacie started working at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment in Freeport. * Scott Friemann and his wife, Sarah, had their first child, Helena, Jan. 29. Mom and baby are both healthy and happy. Scott took advantage of four weeks of paternity leave this April and really enjoyed the experience. They still live in Chicago, and Scott continues to work at Willis Towers Watson as a large-and-complex-casualty broker. * Stu Luth’s son, Auren, will be two in July. Best parenting advice they received and followed: sign language! He had more than 150 signs before he started speaking, so they were able to communicate well and meaningfully much earlier than they otherwise would have. It helps with everything from tantrums to symbolic thought to learning multiple languages ... and gives an incredible window into a child’s development. Stu continues to work as an actor, primarily in voiceover (a PBS spot he did won a 2017 Emmy) and also in film and television. He recently enhanced his communication coaching work by signing on as a new coach with Own The Room, an innovative and experiential training company with offices and clients all over the world.


1990 Newsmakers

Meghan Myers Labot '96

Chris White ’90 was named special coordinator for the University of Connecticut’s football team in January. White had previously worked as special teams coordinator at the University of Iowa and as assistant special teams coach for the Minnesota Vikings. * Graphic Design USA magazine profiled Meghan Myers Labot ’96 for its “People to Watch in 2018” series. Labot, a managing director at Spring Design Partners in New York who also started a new brand strategy consultancy, MR LABOT, has “focused on fostering connections between brands and their consumers through an astute understanding of the cultural context that influences relationships,” GDUSA said. * Arches National Park hired consultant Chip Paterson ’96 to evaluate the economic impact a proposed reservation system for the park would have on the local area, the Moab Times reports. “Paterson’s work focuses on the economics of natural resource management, including changes in the quality and availability of recreational opportunities,” a park service press release said. 


1999

Class Correspondent:

Lindsay Hayes Hurty
classnews1999@colby.edu

After spending the past year living and working in Tennessee (coming home to NY most weekends) rebuilding and relaunching the brand, e-commerce platform, and marketing for Hardwick Clothes, Chris Fleming has returned home to New York to take over marketing for Brooklyn-based design outfit Roll & Hill. He was just in time to greet his first, Miss Kennedy Rahe Fleming, who made them a family Feb. 18, clocking in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and 20 inches long. Baby Nedy is healthy and happy and adjusting seamlessly to the New York City lifestyle: up all night, sleep all day. Despite the lack of sleep and the associated mayhem of first-time parenthood, mom (Lauren Cooke ’00) and Chris love it all. * After six years living abroad, Laura Houston is embarking on a sabbatical. She spent the last three years living in Cyprus, working as an administrative coordinator and IB economics teacher. A highlight of last year included a trip to Dubai to visit Dan and Nicole Bedell Rogers. Plans include a few months backpacking around Southeast Asia, spending time with family in Chicago, and reflecting on the next step in her career. * Renee Lajeunesse moved abroad to São Paulo, Brazil, in June 2017 with her husband and two daughters, Eleanor, 8, and Maeve, 5. Her husband’s work with law firm Jones Day brought him to Brazil frequently, so they decided it would be an interesting family adventure and educational experience for their girls to move there full time. Despite São Paulo being a huge city with lots of crime and traffic, they love meeting interesting people, learning to speak Portuguese, and traveling extensively throughout South America. * Courtney Smith Eisenberg is a certified birth doula and runs her own doula practice, coaching women through childbirth. She finds the work rewarding and hopes to expand her practice to offer lactation counseling and post-partum doula services. She lives in Boxford, Mass., with her husband of 10 years and their three children. * Dave Fasteson and his wife are celebrating their 10-year anniversary. * Sara Brown Worsham and her family (husband and three kids) moved to London this summer for her husband’s job. Sara has a book coming out Sept. 5: Namasté the Hard Way: A Daughter’s Search to Find Her Mother on the Yoga Mat, a memoir about becoming a yoga teacher after losing her mother (also a yoga teacher) at a young age. She wrote quite a bit of it in Mackenzie Dawson’s guest room, so “big thanks to her!” * After years of agency work, Kim Nagy loves the freedom of having her own private mental health counseling practice based in a historic building in downtown Portland (Maine). * Karena Bullock Bailey just celebrated 10 years of B*CURED, the nonprofit brain cancer organization she runs in Greenwich, Conn. (She lost her mom to the disease in 2006.) Alex Leach has produced all of B*CURED’s video and media last few years, helping share the message to #endbraincancer across platforms. The organization was awarded 28 research grants across the globe. * Ron Russo and his wife, Gina, opened their first Bar Method studio in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. They’re working toward a plan to open three locations over the coming years in and around Philly. Ron spends his days focused on venture investing through 5Lion Ventures, where he’s a partner. It’s a lot to juggle as they have two boys, Luca, 8, and Jude, 6. * Ryan Aldrich finished his first year as head of school at Sugar Bowl Academy in Tahoe, Calif. He and his family enjoy the amazing outdoor adventures Tahoe offers, and they survived last winter’s 800 inches of snow. Colden, 4, and Avery, 7, had great first years on the ski team and aren’t pushing their parents to ski faster. * After seven years in Flagstaff, including living in an off-grid, tiny, passive-solar home and completing a master’s in sustainable communities, Katherine Golfinopoulos relocated to Northern California, where she manages an educational organic farm for a community food-security project. She’s thrilled to be living in magnificent West Sonoma County under redwood trees alongside a salmon river and close to a wild and rugged coast. Katherine invites conversation with other Colby grads who are cultivating and stewarding life at the intersection of the human and natural worlds and are working to blur those distinctions. * Derek Kensinger will embark on his first role in school administration as vice principal of American School in Tegucigalpa this fall. This marks the fourth country in which Derek has lived and worked as an international educator. * Our 20th reunion is NEXT SUMMER—June 2019! Can’t wait to reconnect then!


1998

Class Correspondent:

Brian Gill
classnews1998@colby.edu

I received no news for this column, so there’s nothing to report. Come on, 1998! Send me news about your life and your reunion experience for the next column.


1997

Class Correspondent:

Leah Tortola Walton
classnews1997@colby.edu

Cyrus Stahlberg and his wife, Katie, recently welcomed their second son, Henry. Along with son Jack, 2, they live in Washington, D.C., and look forward to visiting Maine this summer. * Mark and Susanna Montezemolo are doing well readjusting to sleepless life, having welcomed a second daughter, Maddalena “Maddie,” just before Thanksgiving. Sus is now back to work at AARP after “five glorious months” of maternity leave. Older daughter Regina “Reggie” will enter first grade this fall. * Rebecca Durham finished her M.F.A. in creative writing in poetry in December at the University of Montana. This summer she’s looking forward to her annual trip back East to see Suzanne Higley and Morgan von Prelle Pecelli. Last year they had a blast paddleboarding and spending time on the lake. * Paul Reizen is married and living in San Diego with his fourth child on the way. He’s a deputy district attorney (13 years and counting), and in his spare time he started WestBean Coffee Roasters in 2009, which now includes three cafés and a roastery. He says life is great, and he’d love to catch up with classmates! * Carter Davis reports that he quit his job and that he and his wife, Ashley, daughter Maisie, 10, and son Gibbs, 7, sold their house in Maryland and are taking a little break from life. They recently embarked on a three- or four-month trip around the world with stops in Switzerland and New Zealand and plan to visit Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali, and other parts of Asia. Upon returning to the States, likely in June, they plan to move to Denver. * Speaking of Colorado, Amalie Gosine Howard has been living and writing there for the past four years and says the quality of life “is awesome.” Her 14th novel, Dark Goddess, a young adult fantasy based on Hindu mythology, was published this spring, and Sweet Home Highlander, a historical romance novel, was to be released in May. Her books have received national awards and have been number-one bestsellers. * While on a Hawaiian vacation visiting family in January, Tom Moffitt met up with Matt McGuiness ’96 for a hike of the Sleeping Giant and for beers at the Kauai Brewing Company. Y Congratulations are in order for several classmates. Denise and Steve Papagiotas welcomed daughter Kara Renee in February. In April Mika Hadani Melamed earned the Chairman Award for top recruiter of the Creative Group Division of Robert Half International at a ceremony in Las Vegas (her fifth time qualifying). She also reports that last November she met up with Welling and Heather Derby LaGrone, Cherie Galyean, Kate White, and Kristina Denzel and their families in upstate New York for a fun long weekend of fishing, hiking, sculpture-garden visiting, and plenty of eating. * Anthony Moulton completed his 11th Boston Marathon for Children’s Hospital Boston, raising more than $150,000 for the Miles for Miracles Team since 2007. Last July he left St. Jude Medical/Abbott after 15 years and moved to Washington, D.C. After eight months of “funemployment,” which included around-the-world travels to eight countries, Anthony joined Mölnlycke Health Care as territory sales manager for the northern Virginia area. He continues to serve as director of logistics on the board of directors for Project Pacer International and is planning his 10th mission to Cochabamba, Bolivia, in October to implant cardiac pacemakers in indigenous people afflicted with Chagas disease. * And just in time for our column: congrats to newly elected State Representative Javier Fernández (Dem.), who won Florida’s special election for House District 114 May 1. * As your correspondent, I’m happy to share all your news and accomplishments. Please keep it coming! I look forward to catching up in person if you’re in Boston.


1996

Class Correspondent:

Brad Smith
classnews1996@colby.edu

This installment of class notes starts with some senior-year trivia. Question 1: What team beat the Bison to win the 1996 I-Play open league softball championship? Question 2: In the fall of 1995, the Colby woodsmen’s team posted a large plywood sign atop their woodpile. What did that sign read? Question 2a: This same sign boasted a different message for about 24 hours in November 1995. What did the new sign read? See how you did at the end of this column. OK, onto the notes! * Tina Garand Branson has been busy working as a PA focused on women’s health. Her kids, Luke, 12, and Emma, 17, sound pretty great—in fact, Emma is graduating high school a year early to pursue a B.F.A. in dance, which makes Emma impressive but makes me feel older than distressed Busch Light. * In other impressive news, Dori Desautel Broudy moved from Philly to Haverford, where she started an art and photography firm (doridesautelbroudy.com) this spring. Dori’s work aims to honor the beauty of nature and the joys of childhood, all through the purity of play. Oh, and a portion of the net proceeds from every sale will be directed to charitable or philanthropic causes, which is pretty cool. Dori and husband Josh love life with their three kids, Penn, 5, London, 7, and Charlie, 9. * Cate Kneese Wnek wrote to say that she’s an aspiring fine art photographer—our class’s answer to Ansel Adams. Cate’s husband, Chris, owns a thriving dental practice in Freeport, and when he’s not working, he plays with his rambunctious boys, 9 and 12. * Eric Gordon (Connecticut) and Keith Albert (Maine) have been living vicariously through their kids’ hockey teams. In 2016 their 10-year-olds met in the New England sectional championship tournament in North Conway, N.H., with Connecticut earning the title. This year, as 12-year-olds, both teams met again in Waterbury, Vt., but this time the Maine state champions knocked out Connecticut in the semi-finals then went on to win the crown. Looks like a rubber match is due in 2020. * Jodi Schwartz Belson said that her husband, Matthew Belson ’94J, opened a brewery called Devil’s Purse Brewing in South Dennis, Mass. Devil’s Purse was on campus for a “tap takeover” at the Colby Spa May 5, which is just plain awesome. * As for me, my wife, Peg, recently became a partner at the Portland law firm of Pierce Atwood LLP while I anxiously awaited the start of spring and the delivery of four maiden apple trees for my fledgling heirloom apple orchard. In addition, my family and I went on a Canadian roadie during February school vacation week and met up with former Nudd Street resident Jean Michel Picher. We took our instant-BFF daughters—Picher’s daughter, Claire, 6, and my girls, Ellie, 8, and Evie, 7—to their first Maple Leafs’ game, had a family pond-hockey throwdown in High Park, and delightfully—yet responsibly—enjoyed some of the finest beer in the Great White North. Zut alors, that was fun. * Trivia answers: 1: “The Tecmo Balls.” 2: “This wood is for sale. This wood is not free.” 2a: “Honk if you love free wood.” Y*Send more notes, please.


1995

Class Correspondent:

Yuhgo Yamaguchi
classnews1995@colby.edu

Karen Rose recently obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. She’s worked for 15 years at L.L.Bean, where she’s currently a project manager for the customer insights and analytics division. She gets together with Elizabeth Franco, Jaye Gennaco, and Michelle Friedland Gagnon every few months. She’s also busy raising her daughter, 11, and son, 7. * Matt Martel lives on the north shore of Massachusetts with his wife, Anna. They have a daughter, 3, and a son, 1. “I expect my oldest to join the Colby Class of 2033. Wow, typing that made me feel old!” * Noah Learner and his family love living in Louisville, Colo. Last year he started Bike Shop SEO to help bike shops across North America with search-engine optimization and digital marketing. In his free time, Noah skis a lot, is “obsessed” with Tenkara fishing (Japanese fly fishing), and enjoys car-camping trips. Last fall he visited New England for two weeks and visited Scott Koles, Greg Belanger ’93, and Brian Gressler, who is the father of new twins. * Emily Fantasia Hayes, Katey Ford DeTraglia ’92, and Julie Cyr Gibowicz ’94 are co-chairs of the Curtis Parent Organization. They enjoy working together to support middle school guardians and students of Sudbury, Mass. * Dan Polk recently visited Chris Shore and his family in New York, and he’s also in touch with Adam Cote and Ben Bartlett, who are running for governor of Maine and California state assembly, district 15, respectively. * Kristen Hanssen Goodell will become the associate dean for admissions at the Boston University School of Medicine in July. She’ll continue to see patients at the family medicine clinic at Boston Medical Center. In April Kristin and Ned Goodell ’92 hosted Erika and Ben Damon, Ken ’94 and Julia Rentz Dupuis, Adam Zois ’94, and all of their kids. “It was extremely lively, and an extremely large amount of tapas was consumed,” reports Kristen. * Julia Rentz Dupuis is the area manager of optical systems technologies at Physical Sciences, Inc. * Brett Hudson took a paragliding course in Northern California during his summer break. He also plans to go to the Rugby World Cup in San Francisco and participate in a weeklong fiction writing course in Squaw Valley, Calif. * Marc Herbst just obtained a Ph.D. in cultural studies at Goldsmiths University in London. He’s living between Berlin, Leipzig, and London, and he’s currently a fellow at the Humboldt Area Peoples Archive in Berlin. Marc has also published a series of books through partnerships with his small press, the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest.


1994

Class Correspondent:

Kimberly Valentine Walsh
classnews1994@colby.edu

Jennifer Stokes was excited to run into Chris West ’93 at a land trust conference in Denver, where she lives with her family. She also proudly hosted a Colby senior for Jan Plan at Rocky Mountain Institute, where she’s a managing director working toward a low-carbon energy future. * Sara Ferry hosted a gathering of Colby friends for a weekend at her home in Montclair, N.J., with Carolyn Hart, Heather Lounsbury, Marile Haylon Borden, and Bekah Freeman Schulze. Their weekend highlights included seeing the Broadway show Waitress with Sara Bareilles in the lead, and, of course, the required vat of Utz cheese balls. They’re looking forward to an October road trip to Québec City to celebrate the 50th birthday of Kim Morrison Lysaght ’90. * John Utley also writes from New Jersey and says Colby friends are always welcome to come for a “lake hang” on Greenwood Lake, where he lives. His daughter Lana is at Lawrenceville and loving it, and his younger daughter, Maliah, is a nationally ranked figure skater trying to take it all the way. I know we’ll all look forward to hearing about her progress. * Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the weekend of June 7-9, 2019, for our 25th reunion—less than a year away! Follow our Facebook 25th reunion page to connect prior to our gathering on Mayflower Hill.


1993

Class Correspondent:

Jill Moran Baxter
classnews1993@colby.edu

Bree Jeppson was honored to have her term renewed on the Colby College Museum of Art’s Board of Governors. She’s proud of the CMA’s accomplishments and the work of an incredible staff. She says, “Please become a Friend of the Museum to support its efforts and to be in better touch!” It’s a terrific way for her to stay actively involved with Colby, in Waterville and New York, where she lives, and beyond. Bree works for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, an international philanthropy she designed and helped found in 2002. Now in its 16th year, the program seeks out gifted young artists from all over the world in the areas of dance, film, literature, music, theater, visual arts, and architecture and brings them together with artistic masters for a period of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. * David Crittenden, wife Laurie, and kids Jeffrey, 15, and Bethany, 13, relocated to Philadelphia about three years ago when Dave had an opportunity to become an in-house company lawyer. Nowadays, Dave is in Old City Philadelphia working as chief legal officer and general counsel of Abra Auto Body Repair of America. He enjoys working for a growing company with locations in 26 states throughout the U.S. Dave didn’t make our reunion this year but, he says, “Maybe we’ll make a visit to Mayflower Hill soon if my son decides he’s interested in applying to Colby in a couple of years.” * Suzie Girard planned a swim vacation in the British Virgin Islands, with Heather Perry Weafer as her guide. Suzie’s been swimming consistently since Colby, but says, “I have some anxiety over open water. Heather has assured me she will help me work through my anxieties and that I will come back better. Worst case, I will be on a boat for a week in BVI...” * Doug Morrione continues to live with his family as expats in Dubai, where he’s working away at parenting Valentina, 4, and Chiara, 16 months. He says, “They’re both handfuls, to say the least. Life as expats has its challenges ... but I can’t say we’re envious of life in the USA right now, which seems more frightening by the day. My movie, Everything in the Song is True, finally got worldwide distribution and is now available on Amazon, too, which is a relief. It’s kid-friendly, btw, so if you haven’t seen it, get online!” In addition to staying at home with his girls, Doug’s working on a new film about “happiness” and expat life in Dubai. * Scott Reed was recently visiting Los Angeles for work and had a chance to catch up with Marshall Dostal and Ed Ramirez ’94 over drinks. He also connected with Tyler Merritt in northern Vermont. * Speaking of connecting with classmates, watch this space for our 25th reunion roundup in the next issue!


1992

Class Correspondent:

Molly Beale Constable
classnews1992@colby.edu

Aloha from Jessica MacLachlan Gauthier! “I’m CEO and 2018 convention chair for HawaiiCon, a nonprofit I helped found in 2013. We benefit STEAM education for Big Island keiki (children). Each September we host a science fiction convention for about 1,500 island residents and visitors. Throughout the year we host social events to raise awareness of environmental and astronomical science happening in the observatories on Mauna Kea, our tallest mountain peak. We hope to inspire kids growing up in Hawaii to strive for careers in the sciences and arts.” * John Klick is a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and critical care physician. “I’m now the division chief for cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesiology at the Penn State Medical Center in Hershey, where I’m also an associate professor with the medical school.” * In March Warren Claytor went on a “daddy-daughter” ski trip to Jackson Hole with his two daughters and many nieces. “We took the Colby ‘Dare Northward’ spirit to heart as many of us hiked the headwall in a snowstorm in search of fresh powder!” * Also in March Wylie Dufresne, chef and owner of Du’s Donuts in Brooklyn, N.Y., caught up with Bill ’93 and Anne Maddocks Michels in South Pasadena, Calif. In April the Michelses attended a wedding in Denver and had more shenanigans with Thorn Luth and Josh Steinberger Cummings. * Fellow Seattleites Lisa Black and Lisa McMahon Myhran reconnected at a high school alumni event. Lisa (Black) is busy running the two yoga studios that she founded 18 years ago. “In addition to teaching daily yoga classes and leading teacher-training courses, I enjoy getting up in the mountains to ski and hike. My kids are 8 and 10; I raise them on my own, so life is full and lively.” * Kelly Wenger Miller writes, “After us both living in Portland, Ore., for many years and discovering we had friends in common, Jon Ostrom ’94 and I finally connected, and I got to hear his band play. It was great to catch up, and it made me nostalgic for concerts in the Spa!” * Chris Petron has opened a bike-fitting studio and boutique bike shop in Avon, Conn. “It’s a unique business model and speaks a little to the uniqueness and creativity that Colby grads seems to have as part of their fabric.” * Last year Sarah Poriss published Got Debt?: Dispatches From the Front Lines of America’s Financial Crisis, a book about what it’s like to be a consumer protection attorney. “My law firm is the largest foreclosure defense firm in Connecticut—maybe even the largest in the country since few lawyers are attracted to working with the struggling middle class. I’ve made a career of only representing consumers, and the last 10 years since the economy crashed sure have been interesting!” * Bruce Reed has lived in the Bay Area for about 20 years. “My wife, Terri, and I have two kids (Jackson, 16, and Lindsay, 11). I run Compass Education Group, a company I cofounded 15 years ago. We are an in-home and online tutoring company, working with students both in person in California and online all over the world. My East Coast roots have remained intact; for the last 10 summers we ‘move’ to our tiny beach house in Chatham, Mass. It’s a good chance to run into Colby folks, and I hope to reconnect with more this summer.” * Steve Earp lives in Allen, Texas. “My son, Thomas, earned his fourth varsity letter in high school tennis and has committed to attend Trinity University (the alma mater of my wife, Patti) in San Antonio, accepting a vocal music scholarship. Serena (sophomore) and Amanda (seventh grade) both play club volleyball and compete at a high level. Work, school, volleyball, and our two rescue dogs keep us all busy.” * Greg ’91 and Dakota Glenn Smith celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Chloe, at Temple Akiba in Culver City, Calif., where Zach Shapiro is rabbi. Matthew Meyer ’91 was in attendance to hear Greg and Dakota’s beautiful speeches. Zach wore his Colby College kippah (thanks to Rabbi Rachel Isaacs from Colby Hillel). * If you haven’t read “The Elsie Mysteries” article in the winter issue of the magazine, grab your copy or go online. It’s fascinating! Did you know that for half a century, from 1945 until 1997, a painting of a cow was a secret honor for Colby women? Laura Longsworth and Jennifer Alfond Seeman were both recipients. * Be well, everyone. Please stay in touch. Cheers to a great summer!


1991

Class Correspondent:

Dave Shumway
classnews1991@colby.edu

Greetings classmates! Here’s the latest and greatest news. * Candace Green Blust got married Feb. 16 in Las Vegas. She and husband Kane thoroughly enjoyed a honeymoon in London to see the sites and catch Hamilton on the West End. What a show! Also new is her position as co-owner of Tyme2Shyne Artistic Studios based in San Diego (t2sartisticstudios.com). Be on the lookout for an upcoming project called ENTRENCHED, which concerns PTSD and its effects. * Jeff LaCourse had a surprise visit with one of our classmates. His son was playing in a hockey tournament at Notre Dame and he ran into Sean Lucey, whose daughter was on a visit with the lacrosse program. Since Jeff lives in Ohio and Sean is in New York, the encounter was definitely out of the blue! * Fred Stewart reports that his oldest child (son Ian) started college last fall at Whitman in Walla Walla, Wash., where he’s majoring in computer science. It’s even smaller than Colby with only 1,500 students! And his youngest (daughter Natalie) will start high school this fall. The family is adjusting to one less household member ... it goes by quickly. * Audrey Wittemann Wennink has been director of transportation planning and policy at the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago for a year. She’s loving working in an advocacy role after more than a decade of transportation consulting, working on research, including studying the benefits of transit to businesses, and increasing equity in Chicago transportation. The job includes lots of media work, which is fun (she worked in PR for the first nine years after college, and that knowledge is coming in handy). Audrey was also very proud to dig up her Spanish skills, 27 years after living in Salamanca on the Colby program, and do an interview in Spanish on Univision Chicago recently. Working for a nonprofit offers a great vacation policy. Over the holidays her husband, Herbert, and daughter Claire, 14, took the trip of a lifetime to New Zealand’s South Island for two weeks and to Sydney, Australia for a week. Highly recommended! * Alan Yuodsnukis writes, “Alas, not much exciting news to share. Plenty to be happy about, though: still at the same great job supporting at-risk students at Gardiner (Maine) Area High School; still living in the same happy town of Brunswick, Maine; still married to my lovely bride of almost 26 years. I’m on the verge of making the final tuition payment for the last of my kids (Emily, Clarkson University Class of ‘19). I guess that could count as exciting. Best wishes to all!” * As for your class correspondent, there have been quite a few changes: losing my apartment of 18 years and relocating to Rhode Island, leaving one job because of the move and then losing the other job when the bosses decided to sell their boats and close the dive shop… so what do I do with my spare time? Travel, of course! March brought my annual Brothers Weekend, this year in Tombstone, Ariz., and in April I made my first trip to Ireland, which was just as green as it has been described. I even saw an authentic Irish rainbow, but was regretfully unable to find the pot of gold at the end of it. * Thanks for the news, and keep it coming!


1990

Class Correspondent:

Kristin Hock Davie
classnews1990@colby.edu

Best wishes to Scott Sullivan, who recently proposed to his girlfriend (now fiancée) on Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk. This is a wonderful blessing for Scott and his children after losing his first wife to colon cancer four years ago. * Glenn Powell has spent the last 20 years as a professor and attorney. He’s excited that his daughter will join Colby’s Class of 2022 this fall. * After 21 years at Christie’s, Beth Poole Parker left to become a private carpet and textile consultant. The big upside of that change is she’s able spend more time with her kids and pursue volunteer interests. * Scott Kessel wrote from Maine, where he and his family have lived for 20 years. He keeps busy running half marathons, playing the saxophone, and managing the 18-piece big band Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra that he plays in. * Matt Ovios sent greetings from Baghdad. After three years in Japan, he’s now on a one-year assignment at the U.S. Embassy advising the head of the Iraqi navy. In between assignments, he spent some time in Maine, including a trip to Colby to see the Marsden Hartley exhibit at the art museum. * Dan Spurgin just missed qualifying for the Ironman Triathlon in Kona this fall. Better luck next year, Dan! * While looking at Colby with his son this spring, John Hayworth met up with Steve Coan and Bob Lian. In addition to checking out campus and catching a lacrosse game, they, of course, fit in a huge lunch at Big G’s. John recently left law practice and is in search of a new career.


1980 Newsmakers

Beth Staples '86

Joel Castleman ’81 was inducted into the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The former head coach at Western New England College, he is credited with starting a winning tradition at the school, which inducted him to its Downes Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. * Former coach Beth Staples ’86 received the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches Media Award in March. The former basketball and softball star at Colby was a high school basketball coach before transitioning to become a writer, editor, and sports broadcaster. Staples is currently at the University of Maine as a news writer and editor.


1989

Class Correspondent:

Anita Terry
classnews1989@colby.edu

After the “spring” many of us have experienced, some news that has nothing to do with an impending snowstorm is welcome! * Brad ’90 and Shelly Horton Olson have a son at Dartmouth, a daughter just starting the college touring process, and a seventh grader. They’re celebrating their 25th anniversary in June, which will be good preparation for celebrating our 30th reunion a year from June! * Susan Fanburg Hanlon lives in New Hampshire, where she’s a pediatrician. She and husband Steve have three kids, two dogs, and probably aren’t busy at all. * Bill Auerswald is the CFO/COO at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut. He has a fourth grader and a second grader, and is also not at all busy with kids’ activities. (Notice the theme?) * Dawna Zajac Perez may be less busy because two of her four kids are in college, but probably not. She just started a new job at UNH, where she’s executive director of academic success (which is, I think, what we used to call dean of students). Dawna’s looking forward to summer, following a bad February in which she totaled her car and caught pneumonia and the flu. * Tripp and Heidi Lombard Johnson are, in Heidi’s words, “still doing a jig” because their youngest, William, was accepted to Colby. That’s three for three for the Johnsons. Heidi had the great pleasure of meeting my husband and daughter on the Hill; my husband said only, “Heidi says you have to come to reunion next year.” Don’t worry, Heidi. I’ll be there! Even better than the Colby acceptance was the news that William, who has spinal muscular atrophy, was cleared for a relatively new treatment for the disease. We’re all crossing our fingers for William. * My freshman roomie Jill Rothenberg lives in Colorado Springs and is a crazy distance runner (my interpretation, not hers). She is also an amazing writer, and if you haven’t read her stuff, get thee to the Internet to find some. * Laura Johnson is medical director of the pediatric hospitalist program at Clear Lake Medical Center in Texas. Her daughter just graduated from Kings College London, son is at Trinity, another daughter will be at American University in the fall, and the youngest is a high school sophomore. Laura celebrated her 50th birthday with a trip to South Africa. Lucky! * Christin Haight Barnett lives in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., with her husband and two girls. She recently started working with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; she’s excited about a conference in Maine this fall. * And as you may have guessed, my kid also got into Colby, and despite my connection, she decided she wants to go there! I loved all your comments on my FB post about it, and I even got to talk (on the phone!) with my freshman neighbor John Beaulieu because of the post. (John has never written in that I can remember. Maybe I should make stuff up about him??) Thanks to everyone for sending news, and can someone tell me how to apply for the Class of 1989 discount?


1988

Class Correspondent:

Nancy Donahue Cyker
classnews1988@colby.edu

John Davie and his wife, Kristin (Hock ‘90), have a daughter in Colby’s Class of 2021. John caught up with Harold Rider in Colorado and Canada for some skiing last winter and then finagled his way back to Canada for more skiing with Bill Bullock ’89, Paul Beach ’89, and Bill Carr ’89. * Jeff and Karen Linde Packman’s daughter Hannah also is Class of 2021 at Colby. All reports say she had a fantastic first year! Y Leslie Migliaccio-Mitchell says that all is good on her home front. She and David will celebrate their 30th anniversary this fall. While life provided lots of changes over the years, they were all on schedule and they’re grateful for the fun ride thus far. David and Leslie’s youngest daughter, Samie, will be a junior at the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS Amherst. Their eldest, Eliza, is a computer engineer for a financial corporation in Boston. Isabel is a graphics designer for an engineering firm in East Longmeadow, Mass. The empty nesters miss having the girls around to entertain them, but they have grown to enjoy the freedom. Since October, they’ve split their time between the Berkshires and Westerly, R.I., and are contemplating a move back to Rhode Island. David’s still with Bank of America, entering his 29th year, where he’s a senior business control specialist. David has become a master home brewer and also enjoys golfing and skiing. Leslie has returned to teaching and substitutes PreK-12 in several school districts. * Heidi Irving Naughton’s son, Liam, graduated from Middlebury. Heidi and Kevin enjoyed a special end to his athletic career as the Midd team made it to the Elite Eight during 2016-17 and hosted the NCAA playoffs for the first two rounds. Exciting for Heidi, a former player herself, to watch. During his senior year, one of Liam’s teammates was the son of her Colby coach Gene DeLorenzo. The Colby world can sometimes be very small! The Naughton girls finished their junior year at Bates while studying abroad in Scotland. They appreciated the opportunity to visit with both girls before a work trip to Berlin. Heidi and Kevin continue to enjoy life in Darien, Conn., and take frequent trips to their homes in Cornwall, Vt., and Spruce Head, Maine. Heidi enjoyed a fun dinner last fall with Lisa Collett Hook, Nancy Pare Burton, Carol Anne Beach, Susan Whittum Obar ’87, and Deb Adams Murray ’90. It was a great chance to catch up and share some laughs! * Geoff and Deedra Beal Dapice, living in Brewer, Maine, are doing well. Deedra just finished her third Boston marathon in the worst-recorded race-day weather in 30 years (rain, 25 mph headwind, and sub-50-degree temperatures). Supported by Geoff and their kids, she still managed to run fast enough to qualify for Boston next year if she chooses (yet to be determined). Deedra continues to work as a science teacher at Brewer High School and is one of two class advisors for the junior class. Geoff has also caught the running bug, though he’s not nearly as fast as Deedra (his words). Last year he completed three half-marathons. Geoff works as a manager for a small computer firm based out of the Bangor area. Their children, Coralie, Shannon, and Ethan, are busy. Coralie is married and a graphic artist for the Bangor Daily News. Shannon is a nurse at Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover, N.H., and Ethan starts his senior year this fall in the chemical engineering program. After attending their 30th Colby reunion in June, Deedra and Geoff have another milestone to celebrate—their 30th wedding anniversary in August! * Thanks, as always, to all who contributed. Not sure if you noticed the thread running through the entire column…all of the families featured are couples who first came together on the Colby campus. Hail, Colby, Hail!


1987

Class Correspondent:

Scott Lainer
classnews1987@colby.edu

By a show of hands, who wants news? Okay, good, because I have lots. * Brad Fay writes to say Hillary Clinton cited him and his company, Engagement Labs, in her bestselling book What Happened, as a key source of intelligence. Conversations about Trump and Clinton dramatically shifted in the last 10 days of the presidential campaign after FBI Director Jim Comey’s Oct. 28 letter about reopening the email investigation. Clinton quotes Brad saying, “the change in word-of-mouth favorability was stunning” after the Comey letter, supporting her contention it was the single most important factor leading to Donald Trump becoming president. (Sorry, Brad. I’ve never heard of these people.) * Barbara Barch Sgro says, “I retired after 30 years of working in the children’s mental health field. The last 28 were with the Positive Education Program in Cleveland. I taught life skills to children dually diagnosed with mental illness and cognitive delays. Husband Frank and I moved to Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Beyond the great weather, our grandchildren, Selkie, 5, and Uhtred, 4, live in the area, along with our daughter, Amy, and her husband, Travis.” (Way to go, Barbara!) * Chris Van Horne announces, “I’m going to be a ‘VanPa.’ Oldest daughter Tori is having a baby after she graduates in May from the University of Alabama! She and her boyfriend will settle in Texas after graduation. My daughter Kelsey is a sophomore at Virginia Tech, and daughter Ashley is a sophomore in high school. We also have a Toller named Colby!” (No way. I have a Colby named Toller!) * Peter Marshall’s middle son, Will, attends our alma mater this fall. “Scarily, it’s 35 years after we did the same thing. Our youngest, Andrew, is a high school junior. A few weeks ago, my wife and I met Alan Adams and Ron Caporale for dinner in Newport Beach. They’re loving California. I frequently get down to Washington, D.C., and meet up with Chris Van Horne.” (You mean VanPa?) * Andrew Rudman proclaims “the upcoming college graduations of our twin sons from William and Mary and Davidson. Both have exceeded anything I accomplished at Colby so I suppose I forgive them for choosing other schools.” (I’m sure they forgive you for plenty, Andrew.) * Chris Vickers writes, “we’ve moved back to Brunswick, Maine, so I could become CEO of STARC Systems, an early-stage company manufacturing temporary modular walls used to contain dust and debris during renovations. One additional benefit is that I’m working closely with Scott Bates, partner at Erland Construction, on different products and services. Hard to believe only 33 years ago, we were showering together in Averill.” (No comment necessary here, Chris. This stuff writes itself.) Chris’s youngest son, Carter, is a first-year at Colby, “playing lacrosse and having a great time. Carter is taking macroeconomics from Dave Findlay, whom I helped hire as a student rep in 1987!” (I smell an A, Carter!) * Tristram Korten “spent the last year writing a book—Into The Storm—published by Ballantine/Random House in April 2018. It's based on a story I did for GQ in 2016 about a hurricane that sank two cargo ships, the ensuing rescue efforts, and climate change. (Fake news.) Family seems to have gotten along fine without me. I have two middle schoolers. Oldest is in the creative writing program of an arts charter school here in Miami and published a poem in an anthology. My wife, Rosario Montalvo, just finished her master's degree in nursing education.” * Ken Vopni reunited with “one of the best guys I had the pleasure to know, teammate and friend Rod McGillis ’85. I met he and his wife, Lynne, at the Big Smoke in Toronto to reminisce over java, and realized it’s been too long. Make sure you take advantage of how incredible the relationships you fostered at Colby helped shape your lives, and hopefully how you shaped theirs. Big Love.” Big love to you, Ken. And classmates.


1986

Class Correspondent:

Susan Maxwell Reisert
classnews1986@colby.edu

I had hoped to write a more interesting column with “mistakes and misadventures.” But, no one sent any stories. Really, no mistakes or misadventures? Maybe next time?? * Beth Schwartz sent me a nice email. Her time as a Colby student shaped her career in significant ways. After 24 years as a psychology professor, she moved into administration. She’s currently the vice president for academic affairs and provost at Heidelberg University. In her role, she uses her Colby experiences to develop opportunities to best serve students. * Phil and Lisa Woods Guarino have become empty nesters with two daughters in college—Paige is at Middlebury and Natalie at Colby. Lisa and Phil have been together since sophomore year (34 years!) and married for 30 years. Congratulations! * Dan Shiffman wrote to share news of his new book, College Bound: The Pursuit of Education in Jewish American Literature, 1896-1944. * Jane Powers, my favorite Colby trustee, says that she got a real kick out of reading the story in the last Colby Magazine about the painting of Elsie the cow, one of the hidden Colby traditions. Jane also remembered the Foss Falls (can you believe that Colby students don’t do that anymore??!!) and is still grateful to have escaped physical harm from having thrown herself down the stairs during skits during finals. Jane is excited about the Dare Northward campaign. She encourages everyone to check out the videos online to see what Colby is up to these days and why we all should be supporting it. * Jen Imhoff Foley’s son Jameson got married to Ann Ware, his college girlfriend, in January 2018. Jen’s proud to report that there was not a “shotgun in sight.” Jen and her husband, Brad, are excited and appreciative that this next generation is so much more practical than their parents. Jen remembers her own wedding in October 1989 in Baltimore where bridesmaids (Kristin Giblin Lindquist and Sue Whitney) had to wear peach taffeta moire dresses with dyed-to-match pumps. Maybe there’s hope for the future after all. [This next generation may be more practical, but they may find themselves bereft of fun stories later in life. Time will tell.] * I also heard from Meg Frymoyer Stebbins. Her daughter Emily graduated from Stanford and now works in San Francisco. Daughter Sarah is a junior at Stanford and will intern at Morgan Stanley this summer. Meg and husband Peter love city life in Boston and are glad that they downsized and moved from the suburbs. Meg keeps herself busy renovating and flipping houses. * Like many of you, my husband and I are about to become empty nesters. We have a daughter at Vassar College and our son graduates in June from Waterville High School. After a summer at Birch Rock Camp with Rich Deering, he’ll head to Bard College in New York. Sadly, we couldn’t convince either child to consider attending Colby. Both children seem to want a little more distance. If you haven’t been to Waterville in awhile, I highly recommend a visit. A new dorm is being built on the Waterville concourse, changing the shape and character of downtown. The building across the street has been renovated with Portland Pie coming in as a tenant (yum!). The new athletic facility is underway on campus. And, lots of other things are going on. It’s an exciting place to be. That’s it for now. I hope all is well with the Class of 1986!


1984

Class Correspondent:

Marian Leerburger
classnews1984@colby.edu

I’m really enjoying hearing from everyone and having so many folks contribute to our column. We’re growing our participation, and that’s fantastic! * After 27 years practicing law, Dana Hanley has sold his practice. He’s committed, however, to staying with the firm as a special counsel for five years. He spent most of the winter in Texas and did not miss the snow in Maine. * Sarah Woodhouse Murdock finished her 14th year working for the Nature Conservancy, where, as director of U.S. climate resilience and water policy, she’s worked to advance U.S. climate change policy. She lives with her husband, Bob, and son, Robbie, 15, in Scituate, Mass. She’s in touch with Karen Malkus, Letty Roberts Downs, Julie Schell Collias, Kimberly Fitch, and Tammy Jones Howe. * Sarah Jordan Gould is an administrator at Cornell University. She did her graduate work in marine biology at Northeastern University, where Eric van Gestel was her roommate. Sarah and her husband are working on their second fixer-upper. * Heather Nicol Rutherford still loves living in Cotswolds, England, with her three teenagers, Alex, 18, Sylvia, 16, and Lizzie, 14, and their Labrador, Alfie. Following many years in finance and working with a number of charities, she’s now a parenting coach and facilitator, having set up The Parenting Partnership (theparentingpartnership.com). * Cathy Altrocchi Waidyatilleka spent time with her roommate Becca Cunningham Weiss (and husband Adam Weiss ’83) for the first time in about 30 years as she traveled the East Coast during her sabbatical. She got a tour of Colby from Anthea Weiss ’18. * Andrew Christy lives in North Dallas and owns a successful bagel shop (bennysbagels.com) in McKinney, Texas. He’s been married for 27 years, has a daughter who graduated from the University of Missouri this spring, and has a son who’s a sophomore at Oregon State University. * Lisa Kuzia Krueger started an Airbnb last year, and she also traveled to Dubai to visit her oldest daughter. She’s going to the Grand Canyon in June to hike with her son. * Steven Barbour works in Boston as a science operations manager for a medical institution. * Kathryn Soderberg spent time this winter visiting Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam and still works hard managing her insurance agency. * As for me, I’m still working full time managing continuity and readiness for the U.S. government and taking my Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) dog, Remy, to many hospitals and in-care facilities to visit those who need to talk with a collie. My son is about to complete his master’s in clinical rehabilitation and counseling, and my daughter is completing her junior year at the University of Maine in Orono. She’s going to Ghana this summer to teach English in an orphanage.


1983

Class Correspondent:

Jennifer Thayer Naylor
classnews1983@colby.edu

Hey gang! I was hoping to see John Northrop here on the East Coast in the hoary days of March, but I took college kids to Puerto Rico instead for spring break. John did let drop that he and his FamSquad may be darkening the Northeast corridors for good in the near future. Stay tuned for news. * John Munsey wrote that he has become grandfather to Alana Rose, daughter of John’s son Johnny and Johnny’s wife, Eileen. Expect to see John more frequently in Lebanon, N.H. * As for me, I’m looking forward to our reunion, having scheduled some couch surfing with Barb Leonard and Dan Marra over that weekend. Bonus email from Sal Lovegren Merchant, who wrote to make sure that we would see each other in June.


1982

Class Correspondent:

Sarah Lickdyke Morissette
classnews1982@colby.edu

Jim Haddow is editing an employment law handbook for which he wrote the chapter on privacy in employment. Jim’s son Max earned his M.S. in marine biology from the University of Maine in July 2017 and works as lead scientist for Nonesuch Oysters in Scarborough. Son Hamish graduates from Tufts Medical School in May, marries, and then begins his residency in psychiatry at Maine Medical Center. Wife Michelle continues to design and garden. * Melvin Dickerson and his wife moved from Alaska back to Maine in June 2016. Melvin practices architecture in Bethel, Maine. Many of Melvin’s projects are lake or mountain vacation homes, as well as commercial projects. His two grown sons still live in their house in Anchorage. Previously, Melvin owned a business in North Carolina. * Dorothy Distelhorst’s daughter Cynthia graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in May, then headed to the Army, starting in Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs, just three hours from her parents in Vail. Daughter Ellen, a 2017 Stonehill College grad with a degree in biology, now studies naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle. Dorothy’s 88-year-old dad climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro last summer, making Dad Distelhorst the oldest person ever to summit! Dorothy and family did the 50K Birkie skate ski event in Hayward, Wis., in February. She keeps in touch with Jenny Batson Wilson and gets together with Rob Eber ’83 and his family in Vail. * Dan Crocker’s life is above average in every way! He’s been teaching middle school math for almost 20 years. Wife Christy (Glehill ’84) is executive director of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council, and Christy’s 99-year-old mom has lived with them for more than 10 years. Daughter Abby ’13 is enrolled in a master’s program in folklore at Memorial University in Newfoundland; son Ben ’16, a middle school ed tech and the Bucksport High junior varsity baseball coach, is pursuing his master’s in school counseling at Husson University; and Nat, a junior at Salve Regina University, is living the life abroad in Nice, France. * Seth Medalie and wife Leslie have lived in Needham, Mass., since 1992. They each founded companies in the early 90s—Leslie’s in public relations (Leary and Co.) and Seth’s in financial services (The Bulfinch Group), which still keeps them busy. They managed to sneak away for much of the winter to their home near Tucson, which they discovered while daughter Caitlin attended University of Arizona. Caitlin works in PR in NYC, and son Ryan works in social services in the Boston area. Their husky, Maya, prowls the backyard when not relaxing on the sofa. * It was nice to hear from fellow English major Jed Santoro, who is currently VP of sales for Merriam-Webster, where he’s been for nine years. Jed has been happily cohabitating with Delisa Laterzo ’83 in Littleton, Mass., since 2014. They get together regularly with Colby friends and their families, including Doug and Kim Smith McCartney, Marc Gordon, and Paul McCrorey. * Life has been an adventure for Jeff Brown and wife Jessica since Jeff’s job was eliminated at the end of 2017. They just returned from two-plus fantastic weeks touring Australia—14 planes and no delays! They have also traveled the southern U.S. visiting family and seeking sunshine, but now Jeff will focus on finding his next work adventure. * Susan Robertson Kuzia has enjoyed her duties as class co-president with roommate Tracy Don MacDonald, and they plan to continue until our 40th reunion. Susan stays in touch with classmates through snail mail and our FB page, Colby College Class of 1982, 35th Reunion. Susan’s been busy hosting wedding showers galore. Son Will graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in May with a B.S. in computational media; daughter Virginia received her M.Ed. from the University of Arizona last May and continues her job as a behavioral interventionist. * Beth Ellis Tautkus wrote to say “hi” and that she has no new updates. Hi Beth! * Becca Badger Fisher left United Healthgroup/Optum Technology after 21 years and is formulating her next step. She’s exploring staying in IT project management but potentially changing industries. Becca finds this both exciting and scary, and that not having all those work deadlines is a life-changing experience!


1981

Class Correspondent:

Ginny Bulford Vesnaver
classnews1981@colby.edu

Hey ’81—Happy 60th birthday in 2018 for many of us! I’m starting right off with a theme shared by Kimberly Hokanson and the “Small Hall Group.” They’ve suggested planning mini-reunion get-togethers for the “Class of 1981 turns 60.” Great idea! * Living in Auburn, Maine, Kate Rogers downsized in 2016 from her 46-acre farm, where she’d lived for 15 years with her horses, to a smaller property. She coerced Lauren Hampton Rice, Lynn McLaren, and Nancy Welsh Isbell into some snowshoeing during their recent visit. Kate works as an Oracle/SQL server DBA for a small company in Westbrook, Maine. She also works part time at her favorite quilt and yarn store. * Karen Baumstark Porter’s daughter, Mary, graduated in July from the University of Nebraska-Kearney with a B.S. in parks and recreation. Karen and her two daughters, Mary and Anna, traveled to Europe in May. * Mark Bloom reports that he’s “alive and living in Asheville, N.C.” * John Andrews has been in Salt Lake City since starting law school there in 1982. After 24 years, he recently left his job as general counsel of Utah’s state land management agency to return to private practice. He’ll continue to focus on public lands, mineral, and Native American issues. He shared that Ken Sharples is “doing cool biotech startup things” in Santa Fe, N.M. John and his wife, Katy, have two daughters: Emily, 25, works in LA for Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute, while Mimi, 23, is heading to Jackson, Wyo., this summer to assistant teach at the Teton Science School. * Mark and Barbra Cooper Comunale have been married 32 years. They have a ranch in Temecula, Calif., where they grow organic Ruby Star grapefruit to sell and lots of other fruit and nuts for their own use. Their son Mark and his fiancé, Corin, will be married this summer with son John as best man. * Ginny (McCourt ’82) and Bob McCurdy live in Newburgh, N.Y., and have four children who have scattered across the globe; oldest daughter Kate lives in Berlin working for Babbel; oldest son Rob lives in LA working in the music business; son Ryan teaches English in Paju, South Korea; and daughter Annie is sticking close to home to live and work in Newburgh. Bob and Ginny enjoyed watching the progress of their niece Emma Marjollet ’16 in the 2018 Boston Marathon. * Glenn Currier is now a senior professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. He’s “gradually hobbling along toward retirement on someplace like Anna Maria Island.” The youngest of his four children will finish high school this year; his oldest son serves in the U.S. Army, field artillery. Glen asks all Colby friends to remember and honor our service members. * Natalie and Joel Harris welcomed their first grandchild, Walter Harris, in February. * Lynne D’Angelo Many is overjoyed to share that her middle son, Ben ’09, welcomed her second grandchild, Kaya Joy, in October. Ben never left Maine and lives in Cape Elizabeth. Lynne also has a four-year-old grandson, Liam River, in Colorado. She hopes the grandchildren will be Colby alumni one day! * Joel Castleman was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Western Mass Chapter. His oldest daughter, Hali, played field hockey for the Mules and graduated in 2011. * In other legacy news, our son VJ and daughter-in-law Petie, both Colby Class of 2011, traveled to India in January to attend the wedding of Steve and Jean Siddall Bensson’s daughter Mara Bensson ’11 and Athul Ravunniarath ’11. Who knew that when Jean and I shared a room in Butler sophomore year that we’d have Colby offspring close enough to attend each other’s weddings! (Athul represented the couple last summer for the Vesnaver-Booth nuptials). Happy 60th everyone!


1980

Class Correspondent:

Kevin Fahey
classnews1980@colby.edu

Barry ’81 and Johanna Rich Tesman’s oldest daughter, Emma, is getting married in October, and their youngest, Lucy, is a freshman at Lehigh University studying computer science. Barry’s at work on a new math textbook. Johanna sees Ellen Mercer Papera and Lauren Dustin frequently and looks forward to a mini-reunion Ellen’s organizing at the Jersey shore this summer. * Lynn Collins Francis wishes a very happy birthday to classmates reaching milestone number 60 this year. * A colleague of Glen Coral’s recently toured the CBB campuses with his daughter and couldn’t help but note the great things happening at Colby and in Waterville. Glen and his wife, Amy, have been traveling and celebrating milestones with their children. In January they visited daughter Stacey, who received her B.S.N./R.N. from Drexel and is now a nurse in Scottsdale, Ariz. They hiked in the Scottsdale hill country and in Sedona. At the end of April, they celebrated son Jon’s wedding to his bride, Taylor. Their oldest son, Jason, completed his dissertation and received his Ph.D. in environmental toxicology from Clemson; he moved to Bloomington, Ind., in May. Glen said they were “basking in the glow of both an Eagles Super Bowl and Villanova Wildcats NCAA Basketball Championship here in Philly.” * In January Brian Heneghan became a partner in Kates & Barlow, P.C, a boutique family law firm in Boston. He married Miriam Varian June 4, 2017, at Granite Links in Quincy. Brian and Dave “Garo” Allaire ’81 traveled to Portland, Ore., to visit Dave “M.L.” Carr ’82 over Easter weekend. * Sean and Lisa McDonough O’Neill live in Palm City, Fla., at Harbour Ridge, which is a lovely golf course community. Lisa’s parents had been there since 1996, and they’ve been visiting since 1998. They ended up buying her parents house, which they’re very happy to keep in the family. Lisa’s mother lives 10 minutes away in a beautiful assisted living residence, so they see her a lot, which is great. Sean still works full time; Lisa is learning to play golf—badly, but enjoying it! Their son, Richard, is a senior compliance officer for the Hedge Fund Administration Division of U.S. Bank and is doing well. He lives in Westwood, N.J., and visits them often. Lisa adds, “If anyone is down this way, please look us up!” * Bruce Martel and his wife, Karen, enjoy life on the Maine coast in Saco in a 19th-century house. Last fall they traveled to Québec City, a destination they always enjoy, for their 10th anniversary. Bruce’s in his 17th year as an aerospace quality control specialist at Praxair Surface Technologies in Biddeford. At our 2015 reunion, he discovered that the associate pastor at his church is also an alumnus, Bob Morse ’65, who’s now retired but still a member of the congregation. * Some news of my own, I’ve been enjoying what has been referred to as my “sabbatical” since January. After more than 15 years at America’s Health Insurance Plans, I have moved on. We’re still in D.C., and I’m currently consulting for a community-based organization in New York City and exploring some new directions related to health care and research. Stay tuned for future updates. I’ve already heard from several classmates about their career switches and welcome offline conversations with any of you with similar experiences.


1970 Newsmakers

Fritz Martin '78

The Berkshire Edge profiled Ron Majdalany ’73 upon his retirement from a 37-year career as a community veterinarian in Great Barrington, Mass. “A beloved figure in the South County, he has treated countless pets and livestock and has saved many animal lives” at his practice, Seekonk Veterinary Hospital, the Edge reports. * Fritz Martin ’78 is the winner of the 2018 Vermont Writers’ Prize for his short story “Maybe Lake Carmi.” The prize is awarded annually by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine, which published the story in its March/April issue. * Doug Taron ’79 was profiled in the Chicago Sun Times about the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, which he started running in 1989. Taron is chief curator for the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.


1979

Class Correspondent:

Cheri Bailey Powers
classnews1979@colby.edu

Let’s get started! In April Elizabeth Armstrong visited Colby for the first time since graduation and met with President Greene. Next year she’ll be resident director of the Kyoto Program Abroad in Japan and will miss reunion. * Kristin West Sant resides in Venice, Calif., and vacations in MidCoast Maine. Best of all, her daughter, Ingrid Sant, is a member of Colby’s Class of 2021! * Yoichi Hosoi writes from Tokyo, where he works for Genesys as president of the Japanese entity. His daughter, Erika, married, moved to Nashville, and in April welcomed a grandson. Plans for a trip are in works! * Amy Davidoff starts retirement in June after 21 years teaching at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Plans are to sail with her partner, Mary Schwanke, Down East this summer in their 38-foot Cape George Cutter. * Living in Falmouth, Maine, Geoff Emanuel has reconnected with several Mules: Fred Madeira ’80, Bob Kellogg, Betsy Williams Stivers ’78, Sarah Stiles Bright ’80, and others. He sailed a regatta last summer with Charlie ’78 and Jacie Cordes Hurd in Rhode Island. * Kyle Harrow’s daughter, Ella, heads to McGill in the fall, joining her brother, Sam, who’s at the University of Toronto. Kyle and hubby have an empty nest trip planned in September to Austria and Italy to hike and bike the Dolomites. * Catherine Courtenaye is back from an exhilarating art and architecture trip to Madrid and Andalusia, as well as three days in Tangier, where she graduated from the American School of Tangier in 1975. Last December Catherine received a Montana Arts Council Artist Innovation Award, and her work has been selected for the upcoming Montana Triennial at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings. * Living in northern Wisconsin, Melinda Edgerley Pearce enjoys the wildlife, lakes, and rivers for kayaking and fishing, as well as ice fishing, snowshoeing, and skiing. Melinda works at Clearwater Camp, and it’s so much fun it doesn’t feel like a job. She’ll head to Alaska this fall to visit her son, a manager of a remote fish hatchery. They’ve benefitted greatly from the shrimp, yellow eye, lingcod, halibut, and salmon sent regularly. * Sarah Russell MacColl is lucky enough to have garnered a reservation at the Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine, this summer. More than 18,000 reservation postcards were processed! Sarah is busy as a personal trainer and European hiking guide, having snorkeled in Belize earlier this year. She sings with Women in Harmony, a Portland-area chorus that’s celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Patty Valavanis Smith ’80 has come to hear the chorus, and Sarah has gone to hear Patty sing with the Merrimack Valley Chorus. * A mini-reunion was held in Boston over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend with Joe and Stacey Cox Slowinski, Jim and Betsy Bucklin Reddy, Nick and Kim Rossi Nichols, Emily Grout Sprague, and David Linsky. A great time was had with lots of laughs and festive beverages. * Louise F. “Robin” Reid played music gigs this spring at Palmer’s Sugarhouse in the Champlain Valley. She’ll work at Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh, Vt., again this summer, so stop by if you’re in the area. Robin lives in Charlotte, Vt., and has been married to dairy farmer Robert Mack for 26 years. Their son, Peter, works the harvest seasons in Texas and Kansas, driving a “chopper.” * Nick Mencher and his wife are proud grandparents of Levi, born in March, to his daughter Catherine and her husband, Erich. Nick has been in touch with Gerrit White, who teaches in Bulgaria. They’ve exchanged music from Colby days—Riverside Drive—featuring Gerrit and Jon Swenson trading guitar solos. Nick tried to remember the bar where they played—any suggestions? * Joseph Meyer and wife Minako are now empty nesters in Tokyo as their youngest, Jocelyn, completed her first year at Colby. He welcomes Colby students Alex Beach ’18 and Jansen Aoyama ’19 this summer to work at his company’s offices. * Margaret “Meg” Matheson’s retirement is filled with theater (Aqua City Actors Theatre in Waterville) and a recently completed stint as chair of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices (eight years!). * Our class is well represented on Colby’s Board of Trustees: Richard Uchida, vice president, secretary of the college, general counsel; Eric Rosengren, board chair; Sara Burns, Steven Earle, and Randy Papadellis. Thank you for your service and commitment to Colby! * My news—Collins Sarah Thornton arrived Dec. 21, 2017, full term and a healthy little girl. I love being Gigi and can’t wait to swap photos of everyone’s grandbabies at our 40th reunion, June 6-9, 2019. Put it on your calendar!


1978

Class Correspondent:

Nancy Piccin
classnews1978@colby.edu

Ciao, classmates! This will be a short update—all of you must be so busy planning your wardrobes for our 40th reunion you just didn’t have time to write. Said reunion will have happened already by the time you read this so I hope you had a great time! FORTY? Really? Well, I hear 60 is the new 45, so maybe 40 is the new 30, which means it’s really only 2008 … if my daughter was editing, this is where she would fix me with her steely glare and just say, “MOM.” Can you tell I have a little spring fever? * Cynthia Burns Martin continues to teach at New England College in Henniker, N.H., where she is a full-time tenured business administration professor. Her most recent publications are visual histories under Arcadia’s Images of America and Campus History series. * Susan (Raymond ’79) and John Geismar send news from lovely Minot, Maine, where they’re happy to be able to participate in the “Have I Shown You Pictures of My Adorable Grandchild?” event. They finished with college tuitions last fall with youngest son Brad’s graduation from Dartmouth, were excited to attend daughter Anna’s graduation from Vermont Law School in May, and anticipating a fun family trip to Italy this summer—suggestions for “can’t miss” places to see in Tuscany are welcome. * Okay folks, sharpen those pencils, charge up those keyboards, and get ready to send me a flood of news next time!


1976

Class Correspondent:

Robert Weinstein
classnews1976@colby.edu

Jumping right in this time! Doug Rooks, whose biography of George Mitchell came out in 2016, is back this year with Rise, Decline and Renewal: The Democratic Party in Maine, published by Hamilton Books. It’s available on Rowman & Littlefeld’s website, via Amazon (e-book), and directly from Doug. The book grew out of his research for the Mitchell biography. Doug had an extensive set of readings throughout Maine this spring promoting the new book. Doug says he’s been inspired to join a political campaign for the first time, and he encourages everyone to participate in the process this year. * Lin Wallach Schroeder loves being a grandma to grandson Kai, born earlier this year. Unfortunately, Kai lives in Idaho. Lin thinks there should be a law that grandchildren cannot live more than a six-hour drive away. She was heading out this spring to visit. Meanwhile, Lin continues teaching science to adult ed students. * Suki Whilton Agusti is heading into her 40th year of marriage and finds herself the grandmother of five. She’s been using that as a great excuse to go to the circus, the beach, and the ski slopes, to drink more hot chocolate, and to generally indulge herself. She hopes everyone is enjoying this time of life as well! * Cort and Sherry DeLuca Delany traveled with their 15-year-old twin boys to Aruba for spring break. They all took kite-surfing lessons. As Sherry writes, “The boys got the hang of it pretty easily. Cort and I…not so much.” But they were motivated to not give up. Now she just needs about a month alone on a warm, windy island! * Elizabeth (Barrett ’80) and Martin Hubbe are still in Raleigh, N.C., where Marty is a professor teaching papermaking technology at NC State University. He is cofounder and editor of the peer-reviewed journal bioresources.com, now in its 13th year of publication. He notes, “We are by far the largest journal, in terms of published concept, in the field of materials science: wood and paper.” He’s obviously not fallen far from the roots developed in Maine and at Colby. Marty’s son, Allen, and daughter Gerilyn are also in North Carolina; Allen and his wife, Miriam, have a daughter, Amanda, 5. * Dale Marie Crooks Golden MacDonald is thrilled to announce that her daughter, Drew Marie, gave birth to Samuel Chance Assael in March. Chance, as he’ll be known, is Dale Marie’s first grandson—and she’s feeling so fortunate! Dale Marie was nominated for the second year in a row as “Best Person in Oakland,” an annual competition held by Oakland Magazine. She was one of six people who received the most reader votes in the first round of competition. Even though 3,000 miles separate Dale Marie from Waterville, she stays connected. In early March she attended the Bay Area Colby Women Networking event in San Francisco, and later in the month she met with Colby staff and other alumni to discuss the DavisConnects program regarding internships. * I had a chance recently to see Jack and Wendy Broadbooks Pickett for lunch as they were passing through my neck of the woods. Wendy B retired last year and lives in Delaware. But it’s hard to keep up with Wendy B and Jack, who are often off to square dancing conventions, camping, family visits, and, most recently, a Caribbean cruise. Wendy B’s daughter, Lisa, is a music teacher in the Bay Area, and her son, Brian, works as a research assistant in Washington, D.C. As I wrap up this column, don’t forget to make your donation to the Colby Fund. Contact a classmate who’s been on your mind! And circle your long-term calendar for our next reunion, June 4-6, 2021—it only seems far away!


1975

Class Correspondent:

Susie Gearhart Wuest
classnews1975@colby.edu

This past winter Ed Walczak skied at both Meribel (French Alps) and Whistler (Canada). His motto now is “live to ski another day”—no more double black diamonds for him! * After 33 years as a financial advisor, Malcolm Foster has retired! It took a 5,000-mile solo road trip through a wintry Midwest “to get my arms around it—but I’ve got it now!” They hope to spend most of their time in Damariscotta, where they bought a home four years ago, and are feeling very blessed with a new grandson and three corgi grand puppies! They also attended several Colby hockey games last winter, which was “a magical season!” * Despite the fact that his mailbox now includes regular solicitations to sign up for Medicare, Kevin Cooman is still working full time in his law practice and intends to do so until eyesight or health fails. Kevin does general civil litigation, with a wide range of cases from estate disputes to contract and commercial disputes, plus general counseling and risk management for skilled nursing facilities. One indulgence is a few more weeks of vacation each year! They spent 12 days in Phoenix in February (where there was record cold!) but had a great evening of catch-up over dinner with Jeffrey Frankel, who also still practices law, and his wife, Lydia, a psychiatrist at a Phoenix hospital. The most joyful highlight of the year was the arrival of their third granddaughter in December. All three live in the greater Rochester, N.Y., area, which gives them plenty of opportunity to be “grammie and grampie!” * There were lots of milestones this year for John Loker, who retired in April. Three days later, their house in Indianapolis was up for sale. In June they moved back to Maine after 30 years in Indiana. A most important event happened in October when he and Wendy became grandparents, necessitating trips back and forth to California at every possible chance for “baby hugs” from their grandson, Cash Vaughn Loker. * Laurie Fitts Loosigian writes with the sad news that “my mom died in my arms last December.” Last year there were visits at her orchard, Apple Annie, from Sue Fox Digilio and Barb Miller Deutschle and her husband. “What a treat to meet up with old Dana Hall friends.” There was also an evening with Mugsie Nelson Sarson in Venice, Fla., and another treat—a trip to Guadeloupe with eight others. “What a blast! Beaches, hiking, and food!” Laurie was recently interviewed for a Colby Special Collections’ project that gathered stories from women in Colby athletics. It made her “feel like a relic, but it was fun to remember the early days of Colby women’s ice hockey!” * David and Suzie Benson Turnbull enjoy life on Boston’s North Shore and spend lots of time traveling, enjoying recreational activities, and being with friends and family (including four grandchildren, who all live in the Boston area). Suzie continues to work, while Dave, after selling the company he ran, is in the process of “re-wiring.” (That’s defined as doing some advisory work, spending a lot of time working out at the pool, taking up the piano, and working on various house and cottage projects.) They’re really looking forward to the wedding of their youngest daughter, Caroline ’10, this September.


1974

Class Correspondent:

Nancy Spangler Tiernan
classnews1974@colby.edu

And the winner of my Name Those Songs contest is Judy Bradeen, who has lived in Oak Park, Ill., since 1978. She has provided operational and financial management there for local nonprofit organizations. Her daughter, Karina, is an IT specialist in New Hampshire and is married to a dairy farmer, while son Mark is executive director of Feather River Camp in Northern California. Although she loves the Midwest, Judy hopes to retire in New England and she continues to see Gay Peterson when she gets to Maine. * The other music ace, Brett Bayley, and Deborah Wilson ’73 left San Diego after 30 years and now reside in Fresno, Calif. They live just around the corner from their grandson and are enjoying life in the San Joaquin Valley, just a short distance from the beauty of Yosemite, Sequoia/Kings Canyon, and the San Francisco Bay area. * Karen Heck celebrated her 65th year of living by taking a vacation a month, “while I still have the stamina.” She celebrated Colby with lots of other alumni at Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery last August. “Funny how with a few drinks and no eyeglasses we all look just the same as we did way back then.” * Hoping to sail to Maine this summer, Neal Conolly used semi-retirement as an excuse to sail with his wife, brother, son, son-in-law, and a friend in the St. Petersburg to Havana race in February/March of this year, seen here. * Joining the Locals Races for the second year at Sugarloaf, Mark Curtis races for the Shipyard. He admits having a little trouble keeping up with his two granddaughters, who race for Maranacook Community High School in Manchester, Maine. He moved to a condo on the golf course in Manchester last summer and had a visit then with Jan and Rocky Goodhope. * Rodger Silverstein is happily married: “Took three tries, but I think I finally got it right. I’m a practicing ophthalmologist in New Jersey—still love what I do.” * After attending Colby Alumni Council and trustee meetings on campus, S. Ann Earon notes much is beginning to happen in downtown Waterville, thanks to our alma mater’s revitalizing efforts. She took her daughter on a 28-day around-the-world tour last winter, visiting Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the Czech Republic, and Iceland. Ann plans to continue working until her daughter finishes her M.B.A. program “and can keep Ann and her husband in the manner to which her daughter is accustomed!” * Musing about her Colby days brought Jan Hampshire Cummins images of “the crunch of fresh snow under my boots on a clear moonlit night, hanging out with friends for late-night chats, tray sledding by Lorimer Chapel, first meeting that special person in the library, and the first rays of truly warm sunshine in the spring so appreciated after the long winter.” * Clif Brittain also remembers traying by the chapel, where a good run would carry you across the road (still used by cars then). He also recalled Charlie Bassett paraphrasing Gertrude Stein: “I am not some black beetle on your chocolate pudding. I am an American!” Clif takes ukulele and singing lessons and is part of a uke jam circle. He’s also building a kayak for his wife and trying to figure out how to train his recently acquired standard poodle puppy, Kirby, how to play the ukulele. * Spending more time with her children and grandchildren is one benefit Jane Dutton finds in semi-retirement. She now teaches at the University of Michigan only three months of the year, and she looks forward to reconnecting with old friends and planning new adventures. * Robin Sweeney Peabody sent a reminder that Linda Krohn Lund’s daughter, Lindsay Vonn, won another Olympic medal in PyeongChang, South Korea, this year.


1973

Class Correspondent:

Carol Chalker
classnews1973@colby.edu

Alex Wilson, amazing spokesperson for the Lambda Chi “Choppers,” reports that for the first time in decades the group will not have a spring confab, but they hope to gather at our Colby reunion. I’m hoping to report for the next column that I saw many of them and share details about their planned, late summer beach day in southern Maine. * Martha Wetmore Scott has been retired from teaching art at Fisher College (Boston) for a few years, but she continues to make art and design all her own greeting cards. She and husband Howard have beehives in their yard, and he’s sold close to 40,000 copies of his book Bee Lessons through independent bookstores and honey stores. They spend winters in the Bahamas. Daughter Hallie recently earned her Ph.D. in art history and is a museum educator for teen programs at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. * Ingrid Svensson Crook enjoys retiree time traveling. This year she’s been to Bath and Stonehenge in the UK, and this summer she’ll return to Sweden with her family. She divides her time now between homes in Suwanee, Ga., and Southport, N.C., where she keeps busy gardening and jogging. * James ’71 and Lisa Kehler Bubar traveled to Portugal this year. James began the trip with his brother, John Bubar ’68, and was joined by John’s son, Josh Bubar ’93. Lisa and John’s wife, Kathy, arrived later and joined them in Lisbon; all had a wonderful time. Y I recently had the pleasure of visiting Phil Ricci and his wife, Liz; they’re both well and still live in Providence. I had the additional pleasure of meeting Finley, the beautiful granddaughter of Duncan Leith and his wife, Jennifer. Finley is the daughter of their daughter, Kendra. * By now, our 45th reunion is a fine memory. I’m already anticipating the fun of our 50th in 2023!


1972

Class Correspondent:

Nancy Round Haley
classnews1972@colby.edu

Tom and Ellen Woods Sidar are retired and living in Portland, Maine. They now split their time between Portland, Belgrade Lakes, and Boca Grande, Fla. Tom’s retirement hobbies include squash, fly-fishing, and watercolors. * Marilyn McDougal Meyerhans and her husband are still growing apples and vegetables on their farm in Fairfield, Maine. They have three grandbabies in Montana and Seattle, so travel is important. They also spent time last year in Panama and Honduras, and they plan to visit with Colby Class of ’71 friends in Colorado this summer. * Sandy Manoogian Pearce is now an Arizona snowbird! She and her husband, Tom, purchased a second home in Green Valley, Ariz., last May. Obviously, the weather in Arizona beats the winter weather in Fargo, where they had lived for 30 years! Sandy had taught across the river at the university in Moorhead, Minn. Sandy adds that her two former roommates, Betsy Ann Rogers McComiskey and BJ Weldon Morin, are both well and loving retirement too. * Paul Young hopes that everyone in our class is managing senior living with enjoyment. He had a nice visit with friends at our 45th reunion at Bill Alfond’s Sunday brunch. Paul and his wife, Paula, still live in Maine, enjoying retirement and traveling to visit grandchildren in Singapore and Oregon. They’ve recently seen Don Borman and his wife, Terry. Paul plans on improving his golf game this summer. * Mike and Anne O’Hanian Szostak are still based in Rhode Island. Anne has been out of the banking world since 2004, when she retired from Bank of America after 31 years. She continues to serve on corporate boards, maintains a boutique executive-coaching practice, and is involved with Colby’s trustee emeriti group. In 2013 Mike took a buyout and left the Providence Journal after 36 years as a sports writer and columnist. He had begun his 41-year newspaper career in Woonsocket, R.I., the day after graduating from Colby. Wanting to keep his hand in the writing game, Mike launched a blog, “On Sports,” for Rhode Island Public Radio about a year after leaving the Journal. * Michelle and Bill Tracy are opening their fifth exhibition since Bill’s retirement. It’s titled In Their Footsteps: A Century of Aboriginal Footwear in the Canadian West. The show will run from Aug. 21 to Oct. 31 at the Musée Héritage Museum and will feature more than 100 pairs of moccasins and mukluks, primarily drawn from their collection. Their winter was brutal, but they escaped some of it by spending three months in Santa Fe and Mesa, Ariz. * Thanks for all the news.


1971

Class Correspondent:

Ann E. Miller
classnews1971@colby.edu

The seasons are a-changing once again, and after a long cold winter, soon it will be hot and humid. And the world spins on. * Janet Beals and Dave Nelson are enjoying their fourth year as snowbirds, dividing their time between Vail and Peoria, Ariz. Janet’s horse, at 27 years, makes the trek, too. When they’re not hiking, biking, horseback riding, or doing yoga, they keep busy with music, dance festivals, and building houses with Habitat for Humanity. * Soon to be volunteering for the Make-a-Wish Foundation as an “ambassador,” Rich Abramson is also consulting for Day One education programs in Maine as well as working on the USM Promise Scholarships. In his spare time he enjoys his twin granddaughters, who live nearby. * Bill Hladky will have a busy summer traveling: Shenandoah, the White Mountains, Crater Lake, Glacier National Park, and Seattle, spending time with his son. * Just after celebrating her 20-year anniversary with JPMorgan Chase, Elaine Weeks Trueblood decided to retire and start playing more golf, traveling, and learning to play the French horn. She’ll also join the ranks of adjunct professors. * Beth Marker made the move to Oregon and bought a condo in Portland with views of Mt. Hood and the Willamette. While waiting to sell her NYC condo, she took a cruise to New Zealand and Australia. She’s singing in a choir and does the annual Columbia River Cross Channel Swim—except that the fires put an end to this year’s effort. She intends to start crab fishing, too. * State representative for Attleboro, Mass., Jim “Hawk” Hawkins spent the cold and dreary winter days knocking on doors talking about why he was the best choice for the job. He won the special election in April and is now working toward winning the election in the fall for the full term. Of course, he’s still running, biking, swimming, and planning his next Ironman Competition strategy. * Nushafarin Safinya wrote to tell me there would be more to come… * Having finished a Ph.D. in psychology this year, Cliff “Trip” Stevens is planning a trip to Paris and Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago, a restorative segue before he begins a clinical internship as a grief counselor. * I heard from Bill Simons at the end of 2017 with news of his grandchildren, his plans to visit the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River, and, of course, his anticipation about the success of various Boston sports teams. * Fred Osborn III recounts his years at Colby as memorable and formative. He’d spent two years at Princeton and two years in the U.S. Army, one year of which was in Vietnam. He arrived at Colby but was unable to graduate with our class due to Colby’s not accepting some of his Princeton credits. He finally got his degree in 1994 (yes, 1994), the year Bob Dole was the commencement speaker, and is officially a member of our class. He’s spent 27 years managing his family’s mansion, “Cat Rock,” in Garrison, N.Y. He has 10 grandchildren, and now he and his wife are planning to embark on an around-the-world sailing trip this summer on their boat! * Having just returned from Italy, Leslie Anderson writes about her preparations for a major show of her paintings in Yarmouth, Maine. One series of paintings features three of her Colby women friends in oil on linen (Kathy O’Dell ’72, Sue Feinberg Adams ’73, and Lois Leonard Stock ’73). She had just visited with Mary Jukes Howard, Debbie Messer Zlatin, Pat Trow Parent, Jan Blatchford Gordon, and Karen Hoerner Neel. Leslie has taken up playing the bass and plays in two ensembles; she’s also volunteering as an ESOL classroom aide. * We’re beginning plans for our 50th Reunion! Are you coming? That’s it for now!


1970

Class Correspondent:

Libby Brown Strough
classnews1970@colby.edu

In January Earle Shettleworth returned to Colby to teach a Jan Plan class on Maine in World War I. The course taught students the history of World War I from the perspective of Colby, Waterville, and Maine a century ago. From the start, he was impressed with the quality of the 20 students. * Todd Smith, Dan Timmons, and Skip Wood had another terrific December weekend in Waterville, cheering on Colby to back-to-back men’s hockey wins over Bowdoin. Unfortunately, Andy Hayashi missed it this year. * Chris Crandall and husband Christopher Harris happily downsized four years ago to a downtown Seattle condo. In between their views of stadiums, ferries, and Mt. Rainier, they have the endless Seattle construction cranes. Chris is busy with travel, music, and work at a huge annual Seattle free clinic, some activism, and lots of friends. Christopher continues showing his photo-based art at several galleries in and out of state. Their son, Sam Harris, graduated with a theater degree—he acts and works at a well-known family-run tile business. * Barbara Fitzgerald has another grandson, Kai, now 10 months old and living with his parents in New York City. Barb’s husband works for Sands Corp of Las Vegas, and she’s busy coaching skating in the Cleveland area. They basically travel back and forth between homes in Las Vegas and Cleveland. She has several students who are regional competitors hoping to make it to sectionals and perhaps nationals someday. Their children are all over the country: son in Spokane (AF helicopter pilot); son in Philadelphia (mechanical engineer at Boeing); son in Dublin, Ohio (owns an industrial lighting business); son in NYC (visual-effects artist); son in Kent, Ohio (insurance industry); and a daughter with a law degree who’s raising two boys, 5 and 7. * Judy McClean Smith Lucarelli retired in 2012 as a school superintendent in the Rockland, Maine, area. Since retiring she’s worked for the child welfare departments of the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point; worked as a superintendent of small rural schools that needed a superintendent just 1-2 days a week; worked with towns that had withdrawn from a district as they transitioned to operating independently; and worked as an adjunct graduate faculty in educational leadership at UMaine and Thomas College. Last summer she retired for real. She and her husband now live in Tarpon Springs, Fla., eight months a year and spend four in Maine. * Debbie Anderson is retired and very engaged with her community through a nonprofit she started more than nine years ago. It’s a small neighborhood organization called NEST—North East Seattle Together. It’s part of the national village movement that supports older people to live and thrive in their homes as they age. She’s been traveling with new friends to Bhutan and Portugal and doing some great hikes with her husband and friends in Switzerland and Italy. Their older daughter, Holly, lives in Seattle, and younger daughter Kim is married and lives in San Francisco. Mike’s still working and enjoying his job as a software engineer. * Art and Pamela Dyer Turton are also enjoying retirement. They spend five months in Colorado skiing and working at Copper Mountain in mountain safety patrol. The other months, they’re in Williamstown, Mass., where they’ve lived for 40 years! Son Brian lives near Williamstown and has four kids. Son Jeff ’95 lives about an hour from their place in Colorado and has two kids. They’re avid golfers, tennis players, gardeners, and travelers. * Barrett Hurwitz is actively practicing law but trying to wind down. He recently bought his 18th guitar and plays one or more of his collection daily. He stays in touch with Clark Smith, whose daughter, Mariah, just gave birth to Clark’s first grandchild, Paige. * Finally, Bob and I had a great vacation week in Cabo San Lucas in mid-winter.


1960 Newsmakers

Lee Urban '68

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Professor Anne Ruggles Gere ’66 was named a Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year in April. Gere, a professor since 1987, was honored “in recognition of her innovative approaches to pedagogy and the numerous programs she has initiated to strengthen undergraduate education,” according to a U-M press release. * Lee Urban ’68, sporting a Hawaiian shirt, was featured in a Portland (Maine) Press Herald story about sharing his love of the ukulele with students at Riverton Elementary School. Urban, a former city planning director, offers a ukulele camp, organized a ukulele festival, and started the nonprofit Ukuleles Heal the World. “It’s a very social, smile-inducing instrument,” he told the Press Herald. * Reflections by Thom Rippon ’68 were included in a yearlong review of 1968 by The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa. Rippon recalled his 1966 Jan Plan in East Harlem, where he made friends that he was visiting two years later on the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.     


1969

Class Correspondent:

Ray Gerbi
classnews1969@colby.edu

Hi everyone! In 2017 Doug Kant retired from a 28-plus-year career in the legal department of Fidelity Investments when the firm made an attractive offer to a large group of longtime older (ouch) employees, and he decided this was a good time to stop. This decision is reinforced when he doesn’t have to get up at 6 a.m. for work! He still finds the employee-benefits field interesting and expects to continue with some part-time involvement. Doug and Joy were in Paris last November to attend an annual photography show and hope to return. Their daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter live in Burbank, Calif.; their son and his wife live nearby in Jamaica Plain; and their favorite place to go is a vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard. “At least the California contingent loves to vacation there!” * Eddie Woodin was prominently featured in the May issue of Maine magazine for his ongoing campaign to promote the use of organic products rather than commercially produced pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic chemicals. Eddie successfully convinced his hometown of Scarborough to adopt this approach, and he continues to work closely with organizations such as Friends of Casco Bay to promote the use of such non-toxic products. * Five years ago, Eric Siegeltuch switched from Metlife to Cetera, an independent broker/dealer, where he maintains a financial planning practice. Involved in the art business for 47 years, many of his clients are artists, galleries, and collectors for whom he does estate and business planning. He tells colleagues who have inquired about buying his business that he only wants to retire on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but isn’t sure how much longer he’ll keep working. Eric has been married for 47 years to Eunice, whom he met junior year abroad at Oxford, and who has a very successful classical singing career in New York. They live in Yonkers with two dogs and two cats, and they spend time every summer on Cape Cod, where Eric sees friends Jim Sandler ’68 and Sol Hartman ’67 and his wife, Carol (Bennison ’68). He also stays in touch with Barry Atwood and in the past would see Moses Silverman. * Jeff Coady has been retired for almost four years. After 12 years teaching high school math and two years as a software engineer, he spent more than 30 years at Brown University as IT director for the Department of Computer Science, where he “met and worked with some amazing teachers, researchers, and students.” One of his many highlights was eating sushi with Steve Jobs as he tried to convince Brown to buy NEXT computers. Jeff and his wife have two children, both high school teachers, and three grandchildren. “We don’t travel too much, but we do get around New England occasionally. I have a few ‘hobbies’ but nothing too serious.” * Peter Shearston continues to enjoy his application program management position at the Missile Defense Agency in Colorado Springs and feels blessed to work with great people, great teams, and interesting IT and business modernization initiatives. He suspects he’ll be cutting the cord on his third career soon and is just waiting for the right signs. His previous careers included the Air Force, operating installation services, and working with MCI, developing and negotiating corporate license and consulting agreements. His grandson graduated from high school in May 2017 with plans to join the Marines, and his “granddaughter, about to turn 16, is a science whiz and hopes to become an architect.” Peter looks forward to reuniting with friends at our 50th and invites anyone in the area to please stop by. * Gary Austin’s son Aaron remarried March 29 in Dallas, so Gary and Judy now have a new daughter-in-law and three new grandsons, 8, 4, and 2, giving them six grandsons and three granddaughters all together! Aaron, who works for Pratt and Whitney, and his youngest daughter live in Seoul. New family members will be joining him in August. * Have a great summer, and please make plans to support Colby and come to our reunion about a year from now!


1968

Class Correspondent:

Lynne Oakes Camp
classnews1968@colby.edu

Ken Young and his wife, Anne, traveled to Germany in late November to attend daughter Sarah’s wedding in Rostock. They had a super time. They were the only Americans and the oldest people attending. Sarah and her husband, Rene, moved to Berlin, where Sarah started working with a firm that does conflict transformation and peace-building work in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. * Art Brennan enjoyed following Colby’s hockey team over the winter. The Mules had two wins over Bowdoin, a NESCAC championship, and two NCAA tournament wins before a tough 4-3 loss in the national semifinals to eventual champ, St. Norbert College. Just like the old days, when Ken Mukai, Ted Allison, Bill Henrich, Bob Waldinger, Pete Frizzell, and Mike Self ’70 were skating for the Mules and competing for ECAC titles. Nothing like the atmosphere of a Colby versus Bowdoin game at Alfond Ice Arena! * Hope Jahn sings with a women’s barbershop chorus, Sounds of the Seacoast, from Portsmouth, N.H. They recently competed in an area competition and look forward to competing in an international competition in November. They’re available to sing for functions! * John Leopold and his wife, Terry, took their annual culture blitz trip to New York in February. They went to the Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Carnegie Hall, and they saw Bernadette Peters in an excellent production of Hello Dolly. They were in New Orleans in April for the annual Academy of Court Appointed Masters conference. The 2017 iteration in San Diego featured a presentation by none other than Robert Mueller (a couple of months before he left private law practice to return to government service). This year’s program didn’t have quite that level of superstar, but it was rewarding. New Orleans also had its annual French Quarter Festival going—lots of local fun. * John Birkinbine and his wife, Sarah, are in the midst of getting their house of 43 years in shape to sell. They’re moving to Venice, Fla., to escape the Midwest winters and to join friends who have done the same. Their summers will be divided primarily between Maine (Orr’s Island) and Wisconsin (Ephraim), where they have long-established summer cottages (and not the oppressive heat of Florida in August). They hope their plan works out as well as it sounds. John’s looking forward to our reunion. He’s gotten together in recent years with ’68ers Gary Weaver, Alex Palmer, Rick Mansfield, Rick Sabbag, Rich Beddoeand Richard Colby. He’s also touched base via email with Greg Nelson and Steve Ward. Everyone seems to be doing well, if we include such things as knee replacements in the “well” category! * Peter Roy reported being trapped at Sugarloaf with nothing to do but ski. He’s found some spare time over the past 50 years to do a bit of biking and sailing with Ted Allison. He’s looking forward to the next 50! * Jolan Force Ippolito, Judy Mosedale, Judy Dionne Scoville, Betty Savicki Carvellas, and Margie Reed McLaughlin had a ball putting together the yearbook for our 50th reunion. They were amazed at the things that happened during our college years, both on and off campus. They didn’t even remember some of the events! Others, you could never forget. All of them reconnected with classmates and laughed over old memories. It was a wonderful experience.


1967

Class Correspondent:

Bob Gracia
Judy Gerrie Heine
classnews1967@colby.edu

Rick Sadowski is up to his ears in cardboard and paper-wrapping things to ship to his new home in Osprey, Fla. After spending all of his adult life in New England, other than five years in the military, he’s starting another chapter in a new venue and looking forward to it. His new address is 17 Landlubber Lane, Osprey, FL 34229. He admits that the Landlubber description fits him to a tee! But, he and Gail like being on the water and on the beach. Rick hasn’t been a regular at the gym, but after three surgeries and PT, he finds that it’s part of his life. Rick’s eldest grandchild graduates from Duxbury High School this June and will be off to college (not Colby, unfortunately). Two more will finish high school in two years, and the youngest is about to enter high school. * Nick Hadgis has welcomed his fourth grandchild, a boy, born this past year, adding to the joy of family gatherings. In his retirement from academia, he’s consulting for a resort called Ladera on the island of St. Lucia. It’s a remarkable place that alumni would enjoy visiting. Anna and Nick headed to Crete and Cyprus this spring to enjoy archaeological sites as well as the great people and beautiful environment. Nick enjoyed seeing everyone at Colby during our 50th Reunion and hopes we all stay in touch. * Laura Page Mills and Barbara Webster Black had their annual dinner on the Big Island of Hawaii. Laura and her husband, Jim, travel to Hawaii every year for a couple of weeks, and Barbara and her husband, Peter, live on the Hamakua Coast on the Big Island. Barbara and Peter grow fruit, raise chickens, and make pots. Laura and Jim live in Phoenix and at Lake Madawaska in northern Maine. They’re all enjoying retirement and traveling constantly. They have Colby memories of Woodman Hall and Onie’s bar. * Linda (Mitchell ’66) and Lee Potter took a 15-day trip to the British Isles this spring. They visited London for two days then on to Guernsey, Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Invergordon, Edinburgh, and Paris, ending in Southampton. Lee was particularly interested in Colby’s spectacular men’s ice hockey performance in the NESCAC and D-III playoffs. Too bad Lee used up all his eligibility. Oh for one more season! * In April Harry Graff, Dave Aronson, and Eric Rosen caught up at lunch in Brookline, Mass. They’re all doing well. Sadly, Eric’s well-loved dog passed away. He and his wife, Barbara, have not been without a dog for the last 34 years. * Dave Johnson lives in South Carolina’s Low Country on Callawassie Island with his wife, Debby. Dave sells real estate part time to stay busy and connected to folks, and he plays some golf, enjoying life in the warm and sunny South.


1966

Class Correspondent:

George Cain
classnews1966@colby.edu

Greetings classmates! Here you go. What name do you hope to see? Is your name here? Nope? Can’t blame me. Time to see who did their homework. * Gayle Jobson Poinsette seems to enjoy warm-weather, chicken farming in Vermont as a “tick control” pastime. Who knew about that trick? When winter comes and she heads for warmer climes, she keeps her flock safe from foxes, raccoons, etc. by storing them in her freezer. * While on the subject of freezing, Fran Finizio stays warm by spending four months in Naples, Fla., where he played golf with Dag Williamson. Later they joined Dick Dunnel and Rick Lund as guests at a Red Sox spring training game. * Stu Wantman spent a Jan Plan interning at the Waterville Sentinel. I believe his delivery route was Main Street and Mayflower Hill. This experience was so interesting that he started reading the paper back then, and he continues to do so today. Recently, he saw a Sentinel article about the death of a homeless man (near where the Bob-In was located). Thinking about “There for the grace of God, go I” (being so close to the Bob-In), Stu raised the funds needed for a burial from Bob Adams, Rick Lund, Gary Knight, Ann Ruggles Gere, and yours truly. * Meg Fallon Wheeler is still laughing out loud that she doesn’t have to type out all this “stuff.” Aside from having a grandchild who actually sang at Carnegie Hall, she and Whizzer enjoyed following a very successful Colby men’s ice hockey team. * Talk about success… Peter and Diane Fioto Lardieri have reemerged after 52 years in hibernation. Sal Manforte, Jim Bither, and Rick Lund met the Lardieris in Sarasota, Fla., for dinner. * Laurance Angelo, after 30-plus years in New York, returned home to Philadelphia, where he’s working on a book about neglected artists to be titled The Art You Missed. * Peter Anderson, rather than just volunteering for charity runs, as he has been for 35-plus years, decided to actually run a 10K race—his first competitive event since an inter-fraternity race back in the day. He won a bronze medal in the 70-plus category! A couple of days later when reading about the race, he learned that the 70-plus category had three entrants. The lesson: “It’s not as important to out run your competition as it is to out live them.” * Sue Mahoney Michael enjoyed a terrific trip to the Azores, then hopped onto Facebook and caught up with lots of Colby pals. She’s off to the Canary Islands this summer. * Gary Knight (our own Mr. Colby) is still undergoing daily dialysis, but he made it to Lake Placid’s National Ski Championships to see his granddaughter compete for the U.S. Air Force Academy. * Britt Carlson Anderson takes the cake with her report about waiting for a new hot water heater to be installed so she can take a long, hot shower. * William Donahue will be Tom Cox’s guest when Tom receives Boston University Law School’s “Silver Shingles Award” in June. * Karen Riendeau-Pacheco met an old friend at a high school reunion 10 years ago and re-married. Note to classmates: See the importance of attending reunions! * Peter Lax spent a week in Maui and learned how to snorkel. He then tried his hand at fishing and found out he’s better at snorkeling. * Geoff Quadland lives in southern Ontario and volunteers in a 1860s print shop. He looks forward to warmer weather, when he can go to his island cottage on the Great Lakes. * Bill and Mary Gourley Mastin survived a serious driveway mishap and will soon head to North Pole, Alaska, to visit their son, and then to Montana to visit their daughter. * Peter Grabosky is working on a book, Sympathy for the Devil, about how governments use organized criminals. Contact him if you’re interested in a draft: peter.grabosky@anu.edu.au. * Joanne Richmond Shideler writes from Colorado, where she’s helping her son’s e-commerce business, which markets sports gear. She visits family in Boise and enjoys trips to the Jersey Shore. * Linda Hall Lord broke her ankle one day before she was scheduled to leave for three weeks in Spain. As a consolation prize, she was recently elected chair of her town’s planning board. * Brian Shacter got pretty “high” climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to the 16,000-foot level, then altitude sickness set in…and just like his last marathon, losing his lunch was again on the menu. * There were lots of new names in this column. I appreciate your response to my pleas for your participation in this effort to keep our very classy class up to date on the aging process we now share. Who wudda thought we’d be in our 70s and still smilin’? As one classmate indicated, life is good!


1965

Class Correspondent:

Dick Bankart
classnews1965@colby.edu

Oh boy! We are having fun exploring the world. Perhaps you should read Pam Plumb Carey’s new book, How to Survive Your Dream Vacation: 75 Ways to Keep Your Companion Talking to You on the Road. Just published, it consists of funny “rules” for adult travel companions accompanied by anecdotes from trips with her husband, Charley ’63. The Careys were in Cuba this spring. Pam is soliciting more stories from “anyone with travel stories to share!” (pamcharley@yahoo.com) * If you need a travel agent for your next adventure, contact Rod Gould (rgould@smithduggan.com)—he is a partner in a company that represents tour operators and cruise lines. Rod tries to maximize his vacation travel. He did the South Pacific last February and is “cranking up for East Africa with our kids and grandkids this June.” * Harold Kowal and Ruth spent several weeks on Bequia island last winter and will return next winter. This summer they’ve rented a large old farmhouse in southwest France for seven weeks of exploring. He attended a Colby gathering with some frat brothers, including John O’Connor and his wife, Gretchen (Wollam ’66), and Stan Dubitsky. At another gathering Harold saw George Burks, who lives in Houston. George was the night DJ on the Colby radio station and had the largest collection of Frank Sinatra LPs of all time. * Also on the radio is Peter Ives in Northampton, Mass. He does a weekly radio show, “The Rev and the Rabbi.” Peter is very involved with downtown Northampton community events. He and Jenny circle around New England visiting their four daughters and six grandchildren. He completed a 400-mile bike ride to Washington, D.C., for the Climate Change March and notes he “could still play with the soccer team at Colby.” * Our Florida crowd, Dave Hatch and Dale Rottner Haas, joined Ann and Bud Marvin to watch New England sporting events. Jay Gronlund also had some Florida time and got together with Rick Davis, Eric Spitzer, Bucky Smith, Sunny Coady, and Andrew ’64 and Nancy Greer Weiland. * Tom Donahue has been volunteer teaching at Saginaw Valley State University. “Mostly courses of my own creation dealing with American literature and the westward movement.” This has led to a lot of history travel, including to northern Montana Indian reservations, forts, and battle sites. He has “become a compulsive student of The Great Courses.” Tomas continues writing on topics that spring from his travels. * Marty Dodge enjoyed time at his timeshare in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He also enjoyed watching his grandson perform as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz in a play put on by the Winchester, Mass., community theater. His 2018 daffodil display exceeded 15,000 blooms this April. He anticipated joining the Colby woodsmen at competitions this spring. He’s completing interior decorations for his “home at the top of the world” in Wiseman, Alaska, this summer. * Nancy Godley Wilson plans to join her husband, John ’63, at his 55th Colby reunion. She hopes to resume playing tennis once her knee surgery heals. They live on Deer Island, Maine, and make trips to the Colby art museum annually. They enjoyed a 12-day cruise on a five-masted schooner from Lisbon to Cannes, stopping at various islands, ending with a three-week holiday in Provence visiting friends. They “college coach” at the local high school, which keeps them in touch with what’s going on. * Sally Thompson Bryan, widow of Ken, retired from teaching in Fairfax County, Va., and moved to Vero Beach, Fla. She plays golf and volunteers at the local elementary school two days week. She keeps in touch with several sorority sisters but would “love to hear from others.” * Also in Vero Beach is Joan Stressenger Chesley, who sadly reports the loss of husband Roger last October. Y Your correspondent had lunch with Harry Marshall in April. Harry is a retired German teacher. He splits his seasons between Cornwall, N.Y., and a home in Radda in Chianti (Siena), Italy, he’s had for years. We share interests in family history, travel, and “investigating stuff.” * Peter Mudge says “Hi.” * Hail, Colby, Hail!


1964

Class Correspondent:

Marcia Phillips Sheldon
classnews1964@colby.edu

Dennis Hardy and his wife spend winters in central Florida, where they’re active members of the Florida Trails Association. * Richard Larschan teaches at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. The subject: novels by and about immigrants. Richard publishes reviews and other writings. He’s celebrating a daughter’s promotion to associate professor of molecular biology, a new granddaughter, and his partner’s new book being published in Australia. 8 John Pomeranz looks forward to warm weather and a beautiful boating/fishing season. He’s still working, “but not too hard,” and spends a lot of time with his three kids and their families, in NYC and in San Francisco. * Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Jim Harris and his wife hosted a party in their hometown of Issaquah, Wash. They visit Kristi and Dick York once a month. Jim reminds us of our 55th reunion next year, and he hopes for 100-percent participation in class fundraising efforts. * Gloria Shepherd toured southern Portugal and Andalucia, staying in pousadas and paradores. A highlight of the trip was a visit to Ronda with its beautiful gorge. Gloria also traveled to Havana, Cuba, to paint with a group organized by a publisher of several art magazines. * Karen Eskesen lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she paints and teaches watercolor painting. “Life couldn’t be better!” she exclaims. * Nick Ruf writes about a personal experience: He details a horrifying, near brush-with-death story and finishes with coincidence, irony, and shrugging humor. The reader doesn’t know whether to laugh or cringe. * In southern Maine, Larry Dyhrberg is writing a mixed-genre piece on the history of the Danish community in Falmouth for the town’s 300th-anniversary celebration. Larry also reads to fiction classes at Falmouth High School, and he’s visited Allan Smith at his Canadian vacation home. Both of Larry’s daughters are now in college. * Steve Schoeman writes that he and his wife try to live life to the fullest, always looking for new paths to explore. * Jack Mechem visited Herm Hipson (affectionately known as “The Sandwich Man”) at his home in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and with their wives enjoyed golf and a Red Sox spring training game. “Many riotous memories over PB&J sandwiches and beers!” Jack noted. * Martha Farrington Mayo says conducting and particularly singing have been constants in her life. Starting in high school, she continued these interests at Colby and credits Peter Ré with great teaching and learning. Martha is involved in many community musical activities and organizations in the Bath, Maine, area. * Enjoying the slow pace of life in Ft. Myers, Fla., John Brassem notes the lower cost of living and the wonderful weather, except for occasional disasters such as hurricanes. John’s a high school teacher and a writer. He and his wife were visited by Robbie (Gilson ’65) and Bob Drewes and attended Red Sox spring season games with Mike Knox and his wife. * Johanna Mangion, widow of Bob Mangion, writes that the third annual memorial poetry event in Bob’s name will be held in Kittery, Maine. Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic will speak and read his works. * Bob Dyer has been taking a senior college class with Harlan Eastman ’51, focusing on local history. At a Colby hockey game, Bob saw Colby’s team defeat the University of New England, and he spotted Cliff Olson in the crowd. “I’ll greatly miss Ed Phillips ’62,” Bob says, since “Ed would visit for morning coffee and talk about the Red Sox.” * Florida resident Marjorie Convery plays golf often and is traveling to Scotland to visit St. Andrews, the Highlands, and Glasgow, where her grandmother was born. * Charlie Fallon lost his wife, Marcia, to cancer in 2017. Since then, he spends time with his children and grandchildren and stays engaged as a volunteer driver for senior citizens. He’s learned to play pickle ball, traveled in New England and North Carolina, and experienced a biking trip in Virginia. * There’s sad news to report: Bruce Lippincott died last November. Peter Whalley passed away in February of this year, and Don Haughs’s family announced his death in March. Please look for their obituaries in the back pages of this magazine.


1963

Class Correspondent:

Paule French
classnews1963@colby.edu

Bill ’62 and Barbara Haines Chase visited Baja, Calif., where they saw the gray whale migration, traveling in small boats “into the 40-mile-long lagoons to see the moms and babies where they’re born.” Gray whales migrate from Alaska/Siberia to the Baja Coast to give birth or breed. “It was quite amazing … lots of desert between San Diego where we began—400 miles—to the lagoons.” Their next adventure is a camping trip to Newfoundland and Labrador. * Jane Melanson Dahmen hosts “Talking Art In Maine, Intimate Conversations” at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta, Maine. In April she spoke with guest artist Barbara Sullivan. * Carole and Steve Eittreim enjoy retired life in Palo Alto, but they’re sad that their children and grandchildren, now close by, will move 150 miles south to San Luis Obispo. In their spare time, they’re engaged in trying to bring our nation back to a functioning democracy. The core issue for Carole is gun control; Steve’s is climate policy. They’re in the streets often, “as we think just voting today may not be enough for our democracy to survive.” * Karen Forslund Falb has seen several classmates recently. Jeannette Fannin Regetz is very active, healthy, and traveling to Costa Rica. She also saw Pauline Ryder Kezer, who has done a wonderful job as president of the Alden Kindred of America Society. She enjoyed seeing Pi and Ken at a program in Duxbury. Karen also sees Lucille Waugh frequently in Medford, Mass., and Lillian Waugh, who comes up often to visit her daughter, Andromeda, and Lucille. Karen has gained two granddaughters this year, Ruth and Eda, who join brother Aaron. The two “older” children will live with Karen as their dad will be starting at Harvard Business School. * Ruth Pratley Madell is finally retiring from Humanities Kansas! After our 55th reunion, she’ll sell her condo and return to the Chicago suburbs to be near good friends, her son, daughter, and granddaughter. She attended the Chi O Eleusinian, and looks excitedly to the future! * Connie Miller Manter wished us a great reunion. She wasn’t able to attend this one, but hopes those of us in the area can get together soon. Terrific idea, Connie! Let’s be sure to make it happen! Y After two months in Naples, Fla., Skeeter ’59 and Karen Beganny Megathlin headed to Cape Cod. They attended a Red Sox game, where they saw Booty (Ann) Bruno and P.J. Downing Curtis ’64. Karen went through her second bout with breast cancer, but she has recuperated very well and feels great. Skeeter also had cancer this fall, a neck cyst, and he also made a remarkable recovery. “We were a sorry pair for awhile, but with lots of help from family and friends, we got through it all. Pat Ey Ingraham was terrific.” Pat lost her husband, Jack, who enthusiastically supported our reunions. We’ll miss him. * “Vertical and taking nourishment!” writes Gordon Moog. He had a great season skiing in eastern Washington, followed by a month of projects for Washington state parks. He’ll be fighting wildfires with two new fire stations, new equipment, and new personnel. * Sam (Sandra) Moulton didn’t make her “annual trip to Paris and Spain because of aging health and a greater occupation with the arrival of a grandchild.” Sam’s son and his Italian wife and baby live in London, so traveling is mostly to London and Italy. She’s very glad she made it to our 50th and wishes everyone the best. As always, Sam offers her good guiding skills to anyone traveling through Oxford. * Dick ’62 and Joan Dignam Schmaltz are very excited about the new house they’ve built on the lake near Oakland, Maine. * MacKenzie Smith is trying to locate Dave Columbia—can anyone help? * Lillian Waugh makes frequent trips to visit her sister, Lucille Waugh. Her granddaughter, music, and yoga bring her much joy.


1962

Class Correspondent:

Pat Farnham Russell
Nancy MacKenzie Keating
classnews1962@colby.edu

Happy summer, Class of ’62! A wonderful story of recovery from Gary and Peggy Bone Miles. About a year ago, Gary was stricken with Guillain-Barré syndrome, which left him almost completely paralyzed. With “lots and lots of hard work,” he’s been making progress to the point that he can swim again in the Pacific every morning “without a wetsuit.” Gary writes that he’s practicing his French in preparation for a visit to their daughter and granddaughter, who live a bit north of the Pyrenees. Their son, a captain in the local fire department, and his family live just 15 minutes away. Peggy continues to teach ESL and is a “voracious reader of fiction”—three books a week—while Gary holds up the nonfiction end. * Boyd and Mary “Muff” Symonds Leavitt completed a 50-day cruise on Cunard’s Queen Victoria, which included 26 destinations around South America. Back in Boise, Idaho, they enjoy Boise’s Opera Idaho, the philharmonic, the art museum and, “of course, bridge.” * John Chapman and wife Allison (UMO ’70), currently in St. Augustine, Fla., for the winter, relate that although January was the coldest month on record in Florida, they enjoyed the bitterness “without shoveling and potholes” and laughed at the locals in their quilted down. John’s winter project was finishing a guest room over their garage, and they enjoyed several trips—to Disney Springs with children and grandchildren and a memorable trip to New Orleans. Y Retired from full-time teaching for 17 years, Ann Tracy will teach a class in Latin next fall. She also continues writing, most recently an 1899 Aroostook novella, which reader Pam Taylor described as a “hoot,” destined to be called Leviathan Rising if published. Ann says she’ll let us know “if it sees the light.” Ann is in touch with a long list of classmates, including Jennifer Nesbit Shapp, Brenda Phillipps Gibbons, Sandy Keefe, Frank Stevenson, Debby Price, Jean Hamilton Workman, Susy Martin Bronstein, and Alice Webb.” * In late February Cy Theobald, his wife, and friends (John McHale, Peter Leofanti, Denny Dionne, and Bob Burke ’61) had a “terrific lunch” with Jack Kelley and his wife on the waterfront in Venice, Fla. Cy says that coach Kelley had lots of stories that took them all back to the days 50-plus years ago that gave them all a chance to “embellish our stories and bring back great memories.” * Richard Mittleman is “semi-retired” from the practice of law. He spends most of the winter in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., but returns home monthly to attend board meetings and see clients. He still enjoys riding his bike and playing golf. * A note from Brenda Wrobleski Elwell Gottschalk tells of a “madcap” weekend in Paris with her kids and their Parisian friends. Brenda says that their bill for dinner at the Ritz was “almost as high as my annual property taxes!” She relates that she is now up to 90 countries! Trips to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole are in her future for September. * Susan and Jim Bishop still enjoy retirement and try to keep up with nine grandchildren, one of whom plays lacrosse and another who has been accepted to Mt. Holyoke and will be going with her grandmother to an “accepted student” weekend. The rest, she says, are “on their own for now.” * Michael McCabe and I (Nancy MacKenzie Keating) sold our house in Harpswell, Maine, last summer and moved into a small condo in Brunswick while we plow through the many steps of building again. Lest you exclaim, “you must be crazy,” the new house will be significantly smaller than the previous one and have many features that relate to “growing older.” Wish us luck! Have a happy and healthy summer.


1961

Class Correspondent:

Diane Scrafton Cohen Ferriera
classnews1961@colby.edu

Judith Hoffman Hakola was “shocked and distressed” to learn of the death of Tom Evans. Those at our 55th will remember Tom’s generosity in providing wonderful wine and champagne that he shipped from California, as well as his and Marilyn’s willingness to participate in our class skit (“After all these years, still kicking mule”). Judy is “almost retired” (after 52 years) from teaching English at the University of Maine. She’s “down to one online summer course and taking up the slack” by teaching Senior College courses: “Very satisfying—eager, well-informed students, and no papers to grade!” Last fall one student was Scotty MacLeod Folger, “who lives not too far away—when she’s not traveling around the world!” But wait! Now Judy accepts the job of curriculum committee chair of the Bangor-area Senior College, “which is keeping me very busy.” Last summer she and Dave Wiggins ’60 visited Tom and Dorothy “Dotty” Boynton Kirkendall at their Smithfield summer camp, a short distance from Colby. They called Hank Wingate in Massachusetts and had a great time reminiscing. * A first-time respondent, Mike Holland, and wife Lilli live in Almonte, Canada. They’ve lived in Montreal, London, Rangeley, Maine, and St. Petersburg, Fla., and experienced many trips to Austria. “Now we’re happy in Ontario, even if we can’t take advantage of the snow—we’ve both been Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance teachers for years. Sending the best to all!” * John Kelly writes: “Following graduation, thanks to Professor Mavrinac’s advice, I studied law at Georgetown University. For several years, I served as legislative and administrative assistant to a California congressman. During summer ’67, I sailed in the crew of an America’s Cup contender. Then I took life more seriously, returned to Maine, and worked as an assistant attorney general for several years before going into private law practice in Portland. My life partner, Betsy, and I married in 1969 and raised three children. In 1979 I opened a new firm, Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman, where, in my old age, I practice in an ‘of counsel’ status, which means, ‘on flex time sliding toward full retirement.’ For five years, I enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine Law School. I still get to a number of Colby basketball games, reminding me of the great Colby group I played with in the late ’50s.” * Sandy Nolet Quinlan wrote following three active months in Jupiter, Fla. “Our Colby connection was two delightful dinners with Frank D’Ercole, who has a lovely home on Jupiter Island, just 20 minutes from where we stay. With his daughter on Colby’s Board of Trustees, and his keen interest in Colby sports teams, Frank filled us in on Colby news. Dean and I plan to spend summer with family from France and New England, then a first-time trip to Santa Fe in the fall. Life is good!” * Penny Dietz Sullivan still loves New Bern, N.C., in spite of the cold, snowy winter. Penny assembled a resident community directory and sold enough ads to offer it free for all residents! She’s playing lots of golf in warmer weather and preparing for elections, where she serves as a judge. She recently saw Bertha “Bebe” Clark Mutz, who was in the process of moving to Lewes, Del., near Carla Possinger Short. * Ann Weir Ventre writes, “News? From my kitchen window I can see more than 40 daffodils in full bloom after surviving a long winter. My husband, Tom, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease five years ago and his functioning is beginning to be affected. A caregiver stays with him when I work as an adjunct faculty member at Towson University. Public speaking is a great class to teach; next week’s topics include Kurt Cobain, Ghanaian culture, the history of skeet shooting in the Olympics, Airborne Operations, and the impact of Pink Floyd. How can I ever be bored?”


1960

Class Correspondent:

Jane Holden Huerta
classnews1960@colby.edu

This column has a definite theme—almost everyone mentioned turning 80 this year! * John Vollmer has decided at 82 to hang up his downhill skis. His final trip down the slopes was at Deer Valley in Utah this spring. Memories like being ski captain at Colby afforded him fantastic moments on the white stuff. Now for a more relaxing future at their “getaway farm” in Missouri. “Best wishes to all who are still skiing.” * Peter Henderson, approaching 80, feels lucky to still be fundraising for a small but successful local company. Pete and Jane have been traveling to keep up with their talented grandkids. He was privileged to be one of hundreds of local veterans honored March 29 at a huge Vietnam veterans’ reception. March 29 is now designated Vietnam Veterans Day. Peter’s Colby Eight reunion group has finally given up singing at reunions, which greatly saddens him, but it was inevitable. The Colby Eight influenced his life as much as anything else, and it’s tough to see that era end. * Maren Stoll Fisher is taking a small group to Bordeaux on a “wine/river” trip. Then her kids are taking her out of the country for her 80th. She’s suspecting it may be Costa Rica because her grandsons love wild monkeys! * David Fowler lives in New Mexico. He lost his wife, Polly Brown, more than a year ago, so life’s been different. He has 12 grandchildren to keep him positive—one is at Colby! He spends time in Montana in the summer fishing and boating on the Madison River. “I must say that I have been somewhat depressed over our political scene,” he wrote, “but was positively moved by attending the March for Our Lives in D.C.” * “Every 10 years, your life changes,” writes Ralph Galante, whose wife, Jane, came down with Parkinson’s disease. They sold their Florida home and built a small apartment onto daughter Lauren’s house in Centennial, Colo., which has “turned out terrific. We still go back to Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, N.H., for the summer.” * Steve Curley sees Phil Shea often and keeps up with Jock Knowles and Mike Silverberg, both of whom are working into old age! Steve and wife Bryna visited Pat and Ed Marchetti in Florida with lots of Colby talk. On the same trip, they visited coach Jack Kelley, who, at 90, is still going strong. Pete Jaffe ’62 and Steve had lunch with Emmett Cavari, who is handling his health issues with determination and toughness. Steve has weekly conversations with Ray Berberian while Ray walks the boardwalk in his beloved New Jersey. * In April Bette and Dick Peterson took a river cruise on the Danube, exploring Prague, Venice, and Budapest. This summer, as part of a road trip, they’ll visit Colby and the art museum, ending with the Cape Cod Music Festival before returning home to Bryn Mawr, Pa. Dick still enjoys being chairman of an insurance company. * In September Kay White “retired” as board chair of Common Ground, the crisis center where she’s volunteered for 34 years. She’ll continue answering phones—she’s spoken to more than 15,000 callers trying to move them “from crisis to hope.” She also enjoys tennis and gardening. “Life is good.” * Frederick Moffatt is professor emeritus of art history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he taught 1969-2005. The University of Tennessee Press released his new book, Paintbrush For Hire: The Travels of James and Emma Cameron, 1840-1900. A portion of the couple’s travels included a two-year stint in Waterville in the early 1870s, where they presided over the local Unitarian (Church) Society. * John Kellom enjoys a retired lifestyle on Hilton Head Island. He still plays tennis several times a week. A musical highlight was singing at a distinguished international chorus concert in Carnegie Hall last November. Quite a thrill! * Art and Louise Robb Goldschmidt live at Foxdale Village, a retirement community in State College, Pa. They’ll celebrate their 80th birthdays with a joint party that will include about 120 of Art’s former Penn State students. Louise is active with Osher Lifelong Learning—taking courses and recruiting instructors. * Bob and Liz Chamberlain Huss still happily live on Martha’s Vineyard. This year they’ll cruise across the Atlantic and visit Portugal, the Canary Islands, Tangiers, Morocco, and two stops in Spain. Liz tutors at an elementary school, and Bob is on the port council of the steamship authority. * Ken Nigro attended the Red Sox home opener. He’s looking forward to his annual trip to the Dominican in late July when a group of Red Sox employees help residents in a Dominican village. * Juan and I visited Delft, Zurich, Umbria, and Tuscany in May and hope to cruise to the Canaries, Madeira, and Lisbon in December. We’re spending the Fourth of July with our sons and granddaughters. I’m looking forward to a big party in December!


1950 Newsmakers

Ed Tomey '59

Richard Abedon ’56 received the 2018 Nettie Finkle Award from the Town of Palm Beach United Way. Abedon, a former attorney and retired judge, has “helped thousands on pro-bono legal cases, including accessing SNAP and Medicaid benefits,” according to the Palm Beach Daily News. * Burton Angrist ’58, M.D., was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who. Angrist is a highly regarded professor of psychiatry who taught at the NYU School of Medicine for more than 30 years. * Ed Tomey ’59 and his wife, Maich Garner, received Paul Harris Fellow Awards in January. Tomey has volunteered for area nonprofits for more than 35 years, including the N.H. Community Loan Fund, which established the Ed Tomey Fund in his honor in 2014.    


1959

Class Correspondent:

Joanne K. Woods
classnews1959@colby.edu

Thank you to all who wrote. * Janice Piazzi King is still in Florida playing bridge and other card games and enjoying the pool. * Carlene Price White is still donating fully accredited service dogs to veterans and people with neurological issues like MS and Parkinson’s. Explore.org has seven cameras on her operation 24/7/365. To watch 55 Great Danes in various stages of training, watch online at servicedogproject.org. * Bill Chapin celebrated his 80th birthday last June at the Long Cove Tennis Club in Chamberlain, Maine, with great jazz from Pete Collins. Eighty people, including Bonnie Brown Potter ’63 and Jane Melanson Dahmen ’63, and lots of kids on the rocks and water. Bill keeps up with Dave Russell, and when he wrote he was planning to have dinner the following week with Boyd Sands. Boyd is living in retirement in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and he and Fran are looking forward to their 60th anniversary. * Daniel van Heeckeren retired 10 years ago from an academic practice of cardiothoracic surgery in Cleveland after the first signs of Parkinson’s disease reared their ugly heads. For almost six years, Dan has been a surviving spouse since Doris, the love of his life, drowned while snorkeling off Oahu. The Parkinson’s is relentless, but with the help of his four children, all living within 10 miles, and a house that is ADA compliant on the first floor, he is satisfied that he’s optimized. * Let’s hear from more classmates when I send out my next request.


1958

Class Correspondent:

Mary Ellen Chase Bridge
classnews1958@colby.edu

Our globetrotting-est classmate, Judy Brown Dickson, recently returned from her adventures on a safari in Tanzania, on the island of Zanzibar, and on a Road Scholar trip in Egypt. “A most amazing trip on all accounts! I did post photos on my Facebook account ... and I’m debating whether to close it out. Guess it’s really my best way to share my travels.” Judy expects to be in Paris on our reunion dates. * And perhaps our longest-working member, Marty Burger, is now with Marsh & McLennan Agency as a risk management consultant. In 2009 MMA purchased a company that he had merged his agency with in 1994. “My wife still doesn’t want me home for lunch. I do not plan to retire. See you at the 60th reunion.” * Ginny Angney Bushee, who sold her summer home in Vermont near the Quebec border and now has an apartment near Burlington, had an enjoyable winter cruise through the Panama Canal. She and I may team up to drive to our 60th in June. * Other travelers Kay (German ’59) and Al Dean drove to Mobile, Ala., this year and rented a house on the Dog River. They took several side trips to Dauphine Island and Biloxi, Miss., eating at many great restaurants with fresh seafood. On a boat trip on the Everglades, they learned about the importance of the gulf to the local inhabitants. “Mobile, the 15th- largest seaport in the U.S., first developed container shipping and also claims to have founded Mardi Gras as part of Louisiana in 1703, before New Orleans.” * Gail and Bob Hesse were looking forward to reunion. They see some alumni and their spouses fairly regularly: Kay and Warren Judd, Mary and Gard Rand ’59, Joyce and Ed Rushton, Bob and Cathy Stinneford Walther, and Joan Shaw Whitaker. They occasionally hear from Matty Gache ’60 and Marge and Richard Keddy. “Perhaps we’re all missing some of the old vitality, but we all share fond memories of Mayflower Hill and surroundings, and look forward to reunion.” * Since you won’t read this column until after our 60th, I’ll send an update later on the activities. Class agent Leigh Bangs has written about the increasing challenges of travel to the Hill, especially for those who live far away—Indiana, for him. So this may be our last big hurrah!

 


1956

Class Correspondent:

Charlene Roberts Riordan
classnews1956@colby.edu

Bonnie Barron Laforme is well, now. However, while in Florida last August (on her 58th anniversary), she had some medical problems. She’s now recovered and plans to go to the family camp in Maine this summer until September. She prepares Girl Scout adult awards, sings in a small church group, and plays Mahjong. One grandson is a city planner in Ft. Lauderdale, and the other is a freshman at the University of Central Florida—their parents live in the next town. Bonnie’s daughter lives in western Massachusetts. She and her husband happily downsized four years ago. * Barbara Davis Howard’s husband, Bob, passed away last October after almost 63 years of marriage. He had been a pastor for 50 years, so he’ll be missed by many. In April there was a third memorial service for him at the Long Island Church, where he served for 30 years. BJ lives in West Hartford, and one of her three daughters is with her. Our sympathy goes out to you, BJ.  * Janet Nordgren Meryweather plans to be at Colby for the alumnae luncheon. She’s been in Florida, where she’s continuing breast cancer treatments, but was planning to be in Maine this spring. * Sue and Bob Adams report that they’re in good health. They’re still in Daytona Beach and still RVing, but not for long. Bob plays a lot of tennis. Sue has had many surgeries but is doing okay. They have 13 grandchildren, the oldest of whom will soon have his doctorate in anesthesiology. Bob would like to hear from some Zeta Psi brothers. * Hope Palmer Bramhall and Kathy McConaughy Zambello were at Colby Feb. 27 for a moving presentation and poetry reading by Richard Blanco, poet for President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural and Colby’s spring semester artist in residence at the Lunder Institute. In Waterville, they saw the “ginormous” five-story dorm under construction, which will be ready for students and faculty in August. Hope, Kathy, and Rosemary Crouthamel Sortor attended Harry Wey’s funeral service March 3. Harry died instantly after falling down his cellar stairs. After spending the night at Rosemary’s new condo in Sherborn (Mass.), they had a great dinner at the beautifully renovated Sherborn Inn (formerly owned by David Sortor). Kathy and Hope visited Chrissy Layer Larson and the Marshalls (John and Joan), after which Kathy left for Florida. She and Hope go to the symphony and performances at a local theater. * Susan and Brian Stompe are taking a two-week Viking river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam in September to celebrate their 60th anniversary. In the meantime, salmon season opens June 6. Garden and garden pests are thriving. * Retirement keeps me busy: Bible study group, French-speaking group, tap dancing (great exercise), New York Met Opera (10 performances per year), local lectures (at various libraries from music to business). I’m looking forward to watching my daughter Deborah, 50, run her third marathon in October in Washington, D.C. She ran the New York City Marathon in 2016 and the Chicago Marathon in 2017. As I watch these races, I marvel at the stamina and will of these young and not-so-young runners—they give it their all!


1955

Class Correspondent:

Betty Harris Smith
classnews1955@colby.edu

Sixty-three years ago the Class of 1955 graduated from Colby on a sunny day. Remember? * James Smith is now in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, where it was a rainy winter and spring. His antiques business is well underway. * Dick and Diane Reynolds Wright enjoy retirement in Minneapolis. Time goes by playing bridge, biking, skiing, spending time with family, and taking Osher Lifelong Learning Institute courses. * Carol Smith Bianchi Brown has recently moved into a facility and is selling the house that she lived in for 54 years. * Ed Ducharme had triple bypass surgery, “something nobody approaching 85 should ever do,” he said. “It finished out my 42-year running career!” * Carol Branch Martin, who wrote in from Plainfield, Ill., is lucky to be in good health at 84. “I’ve done a couple of 5K walks and came in first in one of them, although I was the only one in the over-80 group. Does that count as a win?” Carol talks to Molly Cutter Yans, who was her roommate in Boston after graduation. She also occasionally talks to Jean Van Curan Pugh, who was Carol’s neighbor when she lived in Colorado in the mid-70s. Carol attends the same church in Suffield as Dick Davis ’56, and they each have a grandchild who is 15. Carol’s grandchild lives two doors away and comes to rescue her when she “fails on the computer,” which is frequently, she said. “Life is good.” * I recently heard from John Dutton. We went to the same Sunday school, and he enclosed a picture of us around the table. * Dino Sirakides’s daughter, Mair Sirakides Hill ’83, reached out to tell us that her father passed away March 3. His obituary is in the back pages of this magazine. Our condolences to Mair and her family.


1954

Class Correspondent:

Art Eddy
classnews1954@colby.edu

Greetings from the northwest corner of Connecticut, where it finally looks as though golf season has arrived! * Fred Ashman and his (unnamed) roommate left Onie’s on a cold winter night after the last “Blue Beetle” had departed and had to walk back to campus in what they later learned was 30-degrees-below-zero weather. It was so cold that both liquids tossed out the window turned to ice before hitting the ground. (I have to wonder if Fred and Marge were listening to a Bert & I record?) * Diane Chamberlin Starcher is working with a trainer twice a week on her strength and balance, and she’s achieved remarkable results. She and husband George have enjoyed the excellent musical offerings in the Sarasota, Fla., area, and have continued their activities with local and regional Baha’i activities. “We are doing quite well for our age and condition.” * Bob Cummings, who has to be the Cal Coolidge of our class, tells me, “My last read was Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, most of which I didn’t know nor need to know, but it was interesting.” * Susan Johnson is still happily residing at Sunnyside Life Plan Community in Harrisonburg, Va. Over the past several years, in spite of some serious health issues, she has done a lower Mississippi River cruise, and a Columbia and Snake River cruise in Oregon and Washington State. She continues to be involved with her Sacred Dance group. While visiting family in Tennessee, she viewed last August’s total solar eclipse. * Ned Shenton survived another winter on Peak’s Island, Maine, where temperatures routinely reached seven below zero. Ned had dinner and a movie with Carolyn English Caci ’53 in Peabody, Mass. Now that his “book-length” memoir, Grateful Ned (really more of a autobiography), is ready for the publisher, he plans on traveling by Canadian rail from Halifax, N.S., to Vancouver, B.C., and hopes to be home in time to put his Cape Dory Typhoon in the water for some summer sailing along the Maine coast. * But for the fact that her grandchildren are growing up so much faster than did her own children, Carol Dyer Wauters says that not much has changed since her last note. Life continues to be focused outdoors with skiing (both types), biking, hiking, and river rafting (each less vigorously but with undiminished enthusiasm). Involvement with community affairs (conservation, wildlife issues, local literacy programs, and affordable housing) continues, but travel has been curtailed with only a trip to Alaska to view the amazing wildlife. * I have cherished my connection with John Lee ’53, with whom I have lunch when I visit my daughter in Washington, D.C. I hope to spend a few hours on the links with Bob “Whitey” Thurston this summer when I visit my daughters in Maine. I hope that life is as joyous for each of you as it is for me, and that Father Time is treating you well. Thank so much to those who have written.


1953

Class Correspondent:

Barbara Easterbrooks Malley
classnews1953@colby.edu

Welcome summer! As I write this column, Ann and Rick Tyler will be back in Maine. Rick said there hadn’t been a full winter of snow in Utah, but he managed some good days of skiing. Before returning to Maine, they spent the first week of March in Maui. They have a full calendar of travel: a Viking river trip in June from Moscow to St. Petersburg, then to Helsinki for a few days before returning home in August, only to drive to Victor, Utah, for their grandson’s wedding, then back to Maine for two weeks to close up their home. * Always keeping in touch, Tommi Thompson Staples is still involved with cribbage matches, she says, at 6 a.m. at a local Panera, and also a trans-Atlantic cribbage cruise. That’s all her travel plans for now. * John Lee keeps in constant touch with me. His second son and granddaughter from Connecticut visited the Washington area in May. He plans to have lunch with Art Eddy ’54 this summer. * Sadly, Harold Cross said he lost his son to colon cancer in December. He handled it well for more than six months, having good times with family and friends through all that period. Harold mentioned a good read for all—Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. * Phyllis Whitcomb Laurin had dinner recently with Millie Thornhill Reynolds, both catching up with their lives and memories of Colby years. * News of our Colby 65th reunion should highlight the column after this one. I may or may not be at reunion, so if you go, I would appreciate receiving news about your experiences there. Have a nice summer!


1952

Class Correspondent:

Art White
classnews1952@colby.edu

Herb Nagle has celebrated his 89th birthday. He and Judy met with Lum Lebherz and his friend Brenda to mark the occasion. I believe Lum arranged the gathering, as he has done often for his Colby classmates. * I was pleased to hear from Sandy Pearson Anderson, who writes that she is feeling much better after fighting health issues for four or five months. Sandy takes advantage of her surroundings in Middlebury, Vt., and attends “Super Senior” classes at Middlebury College for informative and stimulating lectures. Sandy has been in touch with the current student director of the Colbyettes on campus. I wonder how many remember that Sandy started that group in 1951. * Bob Kline called to say he was back in Maine after spending a couple months in Florida last winter. I’m sure Bob and I will meet for lunch soon. * C’mon, Class of ’52! Let me know what’s going on in your life. Your classmates would be pleased to hear from you.


1940 Newsmakers

Lawrence Kaplan ’47 has a new book out. Harold Stassen: Eisenhower, the Cold War, and the Pursuit of Nuclear Disarmament (University of Kentucky Press, 2018) is a biography of Stassen, President Eisenhower’s special assistant for disarmament. Kaplan is emeritus director of the Lyman L. Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Studies at Kent State University.


1949

Class Correspondent:

Anne Hagar Eustis
classnews1949@colby.edu

Time again for a little catch up on the news from us 49ers. First, from Charles Pearce, whose news arrived after my last deadline. His three children are spread around the country, with Sally, Colby ’78, in Denver, Cathy and family in Massachusetts, and Jim in Chapel Hill, N.C. Charlie is fully retired as chairman, president, and CEO of Quincy Savings Bank in Quincy, Mass. After 47 years in Massachusetts and 18 years in New Hampshire, he and Ginny have settled in Chapel Hill, N.C. Being near UNC and Duke, they keep very busy with lectures, classes, and nearby trips. They’ve traveled extensively, but their latest trip was a paddleboat cruise on the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to St. Louis. * Haroldene Whitcomb Wolf wrote, “Having moved to a continuing care retirement community last November, I was surprised to find a fellow resident, Anne Kimsey Brakman ’58, who had been a student in my accounting class. Small world, as they say!” * A short column this time around, but keep the news coming when you receive my requests. I do appreciate all your help.


1948

Class Correspondent:

David Marson
classnews1948@colby.edu

Howell Clement says that he is alive and well, except his wife says he’s losing his hearing. He says that he doesn’t ski anymore because the local area slopes are too fast. One hard fall and things would break. His skiing and golfing partner passed away, and that has reduced his activities. With reference to a paucity of responses to my requests for news, Howell points out that some simply do not relate to the College today. Kalispell, Mont., received 77 inches of snow this year, and the snow wall along his driveway was about four feet high. * Evi Helfant Malkin spent 17 days on an Elderhostel-Road Scholar trip to the Balkans last fall. “Not enough time to do justice to all the places we visited,” she wrote. She keeps busy in Cambridge, Mass., attending lectures, museums, concerts, theater, and the large local library. She also works with a fourth-grade class in Cambridge on Mondays, and at a Ronald McDonald House in Charlestown on Wednesdays, which keeps her in touch with the staff with whom she worked at Mass General for some 30 years. Like many of us, she has a big birthday coming up, and she plans to go to Ireland in August with her five “children” and their spouses for a week of walks, rides, good food, etc. She sends greetings to all. * Carol Stoll Baker wrote that she is happily involved in wonderful activities such as attending the Boston Symphony and plays at the Huntington Theater. On Mondays she does watercolors at the New Art Center. Tuesdays, she attends a course at Regis College on Hollywood film genres. * As I write this news, I’m still at my house in Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, Fla., and plan to return to my new home, still in Dedham, called Newbridge on the Charles. My house in Dedham was sold last year, and I moved only about three miles and have a spacious new four-room apartment. I don’t have as many activities as I do in Florida at Admiral’s Cove, but my two daughters and my brother are nearby, and occasionally I receive invitations for dinner and also to play golf at their country clubs. For those of you who play golf, I’m so short off the tee that I can hear the ball land. I plagiarized that remark, made by Lee Trevino. Lastly, and most importantly, my granddaughter, Jessica McNulty Sargent, Colby ’07, made me a great-grandfather in September 2017 by giving birth to Charles David Pickman Sargent. I have not as yet had a talk with Charley about college, but I intend to recommend Colby. Can’t start too early.