2010 Newsmakers

Greta Wells '11

Kristen Gates ’10 held a standing-room-only crowd in rapt attention Jan. 16 talking in Maine about her advocacy work on behalf of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Gates talked about her trips through the refuge and to Gwich’in villages to interview native peoples working to defend ANWR. * Musher Blair Braverman ’11 completed her first Iditarod in March, and her social media presence attracted mainstream media attention. NPR, Vogue magazine, and NBC’s Today show all ran pieces by or about Braverman. * Greta Wells ’11 was awarded a Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research grant to study in Iceland, where she’ll investigate a series of glacial lake outburst floods (jökulhlaups) that drained from the Kjölur region in Iceland at the end of the last ice age. Wells is pursuing a Ph.D. in geography at the University of Texas at Austin. * Park City Magazine included Garth Franklin ’13 in a story about furniture makers. His custom pieces reflect “hallmarks of his work: subdued design, careful proportion, and visible joinery statements,” the magazine wrote. * Alpine skier Jim Ryan ’14 was included in the 2018 Warren Miller film The Face of Winter. He’s also a featured athlete with a Q&A and short video about his skiing career on warrenmiller.com. * Samantha Lovell ’16 coauthored a paper published in the journal Oryx. “Shifted baselines and the policy placebo effect in conservation” is based on Lovell’s senior honors thesis and aims to understand how island communities perceive long-term and recent ecosystem degradation and recovery.


2017

Class Correspondent:

Cecil K. Brooks
classnews2017@colby.edu

Greetings 2017 Mules! As your class correspondent, I seek to uplift your stories and provide exciting updates. At Homecoming last October, I climbed Miller Tower with Tanvir Shahjahan ’18, attended the Alumni of Color Panel with Isadora Alteon ’13, and feasted in Foss with Richard Uchida ’79. This year I find myself in a cozy New York City apartment with a waterfront view of the Manhattan skyline. I feel grateful to remain in my South Bronx neighborhood, and I feed myself with vegetarian lunches throughout the week. What are other classmates up to? * John Kensinger lives in San Francisco, where he has worked at a startup for over a year now. Before the holidays, he was invited to work in Berlin, Germany, for two weeks with his company’s overseas branch. He spends his free time taking trips to Lake Tahoe. * Yoona Chun started a hand-lettering business, where she does freelance chalkboard art and designs wedding signage. She also volunteers as a development and grants coordinator for a free health clinic in rural Arkansas. * SGA President Matt Hawkins will graduate in May from Duke with a master’s of engineering and plans to join the industry afterwards. For the next nine months, he will spend most of his time working with a small team of graduates in partnership with a U.S. Army Special Forces Group on a telemedicine-related project. * Nadia Mustefa moved to Australia through a holiday work visa and produces Instagram comedy shorts, podcasts, and stand-up routines. Reach out for more info or if you know of alumni on her side of the world. * Grace Farnkoff will spend 2019 living and working in London as part of Unum’s Professional Development Program. * Rachel Prestigiacamo is currently in her second year of veterinary school at Tufts University. She looks forward to working on a farm this summer. * Emily Leach now attends the University of New England’s College of Dental Medicine in Portland, Maine, as a part of the Class of 2022! * Last fall Lindsey Harrigan moved back to the U.S. from Madrid, Spain, and enrolled at the Yale School of Nursing, where she works toward becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. * Hannah Insuik will finish her master’s from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in their Boarding School Teaching Residency this spring. She will present her thesis alongside classmates Griffin Gagnon and Sam Crimmins! * Our favorite Michelle Boucher reached her second year of teaching physical science at Landmark High School in Beverly, Mass. Her school services students with language-based learning disabilities. Meanwhile, she pursues a master’s in education with moderate special needs, and she’ll travel to Mozambique in March to conduct workshops through the Sunshine Approach Foundation. * Lily Fernald splits her time between pet sitting and working as company director for a new theater in Portland called Stage Rage, which revives ancient stories/themes for a contemporary audience. In the coming year she will direct an original show based on the Phaedra myth called Waking Nightmare, among other works. She will also be back in Waterville this June to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, written and performed by Out and Allied Youth Theatre. * Danielle Bagley is happy to be graduating from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health with her master’s in public health this May. She currently works as a research assistant on HIV studies and teaches seventh grade sex education. She intends to stick around in New York City near Fen Bowen, who works at Success Academy Charter School. He has found time to think about our education system and the direction our schools—both public and private—are headed. * There are plenty of ways to get involved with designing our next reunion in 2022. You can update your contact info on alumni.colby.edu, join our reunion committee, support our teams with the C Club, or attend local events. The Alumni Center can even reimburse those hosting a get-together in their city. I’m always happy to discuss ideas or simply catch-up. Reach out if you stop by New York!


2016

Class Correspondent:

Holly Bogo
classnews2016@colby.edu

Thanks to everyone who sent updates. * Will Ryan works at Definitive Brewing in Portland, Maine, named one of the top 15 breweries to watch by Hop Culture. * Meg Giblin is a clinical research coordinator for multiple studies at Massachusetts General Hospital that examine the late side effects of proton radiation on pediatric tumors. * Katherine Kibler lives in Somerville and works as a stylist for Blank Label, a custom menswear startup. She also runs an Etsy shop, Woolens by KK. * Kim Bourne works at Davidson College conducting social psychology research on the impact of diversity messages on underrepresented minorities and women’s learning, retention of science, and feelings of belonging within STEM. They recently published a paper on the impact of embodying a different gendered avatar in virtual reality on stereotype threat, and have a book chapter coming out on confronting sexism. She hopes to begin a Ph.D. in social psychology this fall. * Samuel Reed had his one-year anniversary at the adtech magazine Digiday. * Emily Sapoch earned her M.Ed. from Johns Hopkins School of Education last June. She’s in her third year teaching kindergarten in Dallas. * Hannah Twombly lives on North Haven Island in Maine and works mostly outdoors on the small, organic Cider Hill Farm. She tends sheep and chickens, does maintenance and construction projects and works steadily on cutting back the invasive species Glossy Buckthorn, planting native species in its place. She’s revamping the website and working on marketing and inventory—indoor tasks much appreciated on sub-zero days! * Hannah Corderman was featured in the December 2018 issue of Scientific American. At 17, Hannah was diagnosed with Usher syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes combined deafness and blindness. The article highlights Hannah’s personal story while investigating scientific developments in treating deafness with gene therapy. Hannah, an active board member of the Usher Syndrome Society, is hopeful that this high-profile feature will support her efforts to raise awareness and funds to one day find a cure. * Last summer Russ Ollis moved to New York and began working at a boutique consulting firm. * Cathryn Ryan graduated from Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law. Next fall she’ll work at Reed Smith, LLP in Philadelphia, joining Tom Suddath ’78. * Rubez Chong started a master’s program at the MIT Media Lab last fall. She’s working at the intersection of anthropology, design, and technology and spent the fall working with formerly incarcerated individuals to build technologies to facilitate reentry. Rubez spent January in Colombia working with coffee farmers to improve their coffee production process. * Grace Baldwin is in her first year at Harvard Medical School, Class of 2022! * Last fall Taylor Peterson started an M.A. media studies program at the University of Texas at Austin. Any Mules coming through Austin should let her know! * Hannah Schafer, Blake McCartney, Sarah Carrigan, William Qualey, Emily Reif, Jenna Hill, and Abby Lebowitz ’15 started a book club in Portland, Maine. They gather monthly to discuss books only half of them read and eat snacks from Trader Joe’s. They’ve decided this is peak adulting. * Maggie Chutter is in her third year of vet school at Cornell. * Iavor Dekov visited his family in Eswatini, Africa, for the first time since 2013. * Maya Finkelstein is in her first year of law school at Duke University. * Yinka Onayemi attends Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C., runs the nonprofit Renascent America out of New York City that focuses on youth civic engagement, and is the D.C. regional director for the Healthy Democracy Coalition, which brings big donors together across party lines to fund solutions to large-scale political problems. He’ll work as a summer associate for a big law firm this summer. * Ben Crocker is a 5/6 math teacher in Bucksport, Maine, and is in his second year at Husson University, getting a master’s in school counseling. * Cam Coval still serves as executive director of the nonprofit Pueblo Unido PDX, which is developing trainings to teach other local nonprofits how to perform trauma-informed intake interviews and connect their clients to legal representation as well. See the “Good Works” story about Cam in this issue.  * Ending on an exciting note, John Morrow and Erin Trainor are engaged! They’ll wed in Kennebunkport, Maine, this November. Congratulations!


2015

Class Correspondent:

Molly Nash
classnews2015@colby.edu

Tony Atkinson lived on Mike Wincek’s couch back in January and February. Then they traded Zach Padula for Gabe Salzer in the New York area. It was an upgrade. * Meredith Braun moved to Chicago last fall and started a job at SpotHero, a tech company. She works in digital marketing focusing on acquisition marketing and marketing analytics. * Connor Clancy and fellow Mule Sarah Lux ’14 got engaged in October 2018! Another Colby couple on the way. * Milton Guillén is one of the 2019 Diverse Voices of Documentary fellows for Kartemquin Films in Chicago. He was also named a North Star Fellow by the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Institute in September. They referenced the 2017 national award he received with Colby Associate Professor Maple Razsa for the best feature by the Society of Visual Anthropology. * Max Jennings teaches physics, engineering, and robotics classes at Hebron Academy near Auburn, Maine. He has almost completed designing and building his own yurt. Halley, his two-year-old border collie mutt rescue, comes to class with him every day, and they’ve been working on skijoring together in the winter. Next summer Max and Audrey Sandberg will move to the Augusta area together after she graduates from UC Davis Vet School.


2014

Class Correspondent:

Anders Peterson
classnews2014@colby.edu

Mo Kelly lives and works on Long Island, teaching high school math and coaching soccer and lacrosse. Her soccer team had its first undefeated season and won the PSAA championship for the fifth year in a row, which was definitely a highlight last fall. She spends most of her winter weekends skiing in Vermont, but she also likes taking trips to New York City to visit Colby friends. This year she’s most looking forward to visiting Adele Priestley in Chile over her spring break in March. She hopes to see everyone on the Hill for our five-year reunion just around the corner! * Shannon Kooser recently moved to Canton, Ohio, where she works remotely for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She’ll be getting married in the spring and starting business school in the fall. * Mika Mintz is in her first year of medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. * Kristin Glasheen moved to Connecticut last fall to work as an instructor of Spanish at the Hotchkiss School. She’ll be traveling to Buenos Aires in June to complete her final summer of graduate coursework through Middlebury and hopes to connect with Mules living in South America while she’s there. * Will Hochman just finished shooting a feature film called Critical Thinking, where he was one of the lead roles. He acted opposite John Leguizamo. Break a leg, Will! * Elena Kirillova moved from Maine to Massachusetts to start an M.A. in Japanese literature and language at UMass Amherst. She’s learning to rock climb in her free time. * Mackenzie Nichols has been in Toronto working as a consultant. He likes that his work allows him to travel (Prague in January, for example). Unfortunately, he tore his ACL last year and underwent surgery. He’s almost 100 percent again though, which he sees as proof that he’s still invincible! *

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BriAnne Illich married Andrew Meeds—who she met in St. Louis while attending WashU School of Law—Oct. 27, 2018, in California. Annika Moline, Natasha Ziv, Lisa Nehring, Katie Allan ’15, and Lauren Shirley ’17 were part of the wedding party, and Kate MacNamee acted as officiant. Forrest Lovett (recently engaged to Annika Moline, who he first met on COOT), Danny Fowler, Ginger Brooker, Erin Love, Avery Beck, Buck Auchincloss ’16, and Amelia Kennedy-Smith were also in attendance. BriAnne, who graduated law school in 2017, works in New Mexico as a law clerk for a federal judge, but she and Andrew will move to Phoenix this fall to begin a second federal clerkship. Natasha Ziv began her second year of medical school at Tufts University in August. In October she traveled to Turlock, Calif., to celebrate the wedding of her dear friend and former Dana suitemate, BriAnne Illich Meeds, along with a rowdy barren of fellow Mules. She’s now preparing to take Step 1 of the medical licensing boards in April. * I’m still in Newport Beach, Calif., working towards my M.B.A. at the University of Southern California. I’ll soon begin training for the Ötillö Swimrun race in Casco Bay this summer with my friend and former swim teammate John Madeira. The race entails a series of consecutive runs across and swims between the islands of Casco Bay.

 

2013

Class Correspondent:

Sarah Lyon
classnews2013@colby.edu

I hope that everyone has been enjoying the start of 2019—as always, it’s great to receive so many exciting updates from our class! * Amanda Lavigueur earned a one-month sabbatical for completing five years of service at Epic, which is based in Madison, Wis. She traveled to Australia and New Zealand, where she met up with Allison Polchinski and Naomi Staley, and the three explored the South Island for a week. * Monica Davis will marry Max Pollinger ’14 Sept. 14—the two have been together for eight years! * Chelsea Tyler writes, “After working nearly five years at TripAdvisor, I decided to take some time off to think about what I wanted to do with my career going forward. I finally decided that education was a better direction for me, and I’m now working in admissions at General Assembly, a private education organization that focuses on teaching practical technology skills.” * Georgie Hurst and Pasquale Eckert tied the knot Sept. 15, 2018, in New Canaan, Conn., with Will Taft and Hillary Sapanski accompanying them in their wedding parties. Georgie and Pasquale continue to live in downtown Boston. * Molly Colman will be attending NYU Stern for her M.B.A. * James Hootsmans is heading off to Oregon to start a new job as a hydrogeologist—and to be in the same state as his fiancée, Kayla. The two plan to tie the knot in 2019. James is sorry to have missed everyone at reunion but encourages classmates to reach out if they are ever in the Portland area. He adds, “All the best for 2019, fellow Mules. Way to go Class of 2013 for most participation!” * Julian Giarraputo writes, “Last year I moved from Queens to Bushwick with my partner, Samantha. I’m now the studio manager at Float Design Studio, a commercial interior design firm, and I just launched a handmade leather good brand at RooseyWorkshop.” * Claire Dunn received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship and is spending the year completing research in Brazil. * 

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Catherine Kahl married Mike Linskey in Alexandria, Va., Sept. 15, 2018, with more than 20 Mules in attendance! Catherine works at Global Impact, where she advises corporate and nonprofit clients on their philanthropic programs, and Mike works for Ernst & Young in their Restructuring Advisory Services group. Catherine and Mike live in Arlington, Va., with their dog, Weston. * In addition to working in alumni relations at the George Washington University School of Business, I have kept busy writing freelance design and lifestyle pieces for publications, including Country Living and Apartment Therapy. I was also thrilled to see my own apartment featured in the spring 2019 issue of Small Space Decorating magazine and in the January 2019 issue of Washingtonian. I can’t wait to hear what’s next for all of you—keep writing in!


2012

Class Correspondent:

Sarah Janes
classnews2012@colby.edu

Katie Selin lives in Portland, Ore., where she works as an urban planner. She spends her free time skiing, and she just bought a house. * Anne Burton passed her dissertation proposal defense in November and earned her M.A. in economics in December from Cornell University. She taught a Jan Plan at Colby on the economics of crime while continuing to work toward completing her Ph.D. in economics. * Laura Maloney married Michael Johnsen ’11 Sept. 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C., surrounded by many Colby friends. * Greg and Carolin Maney Purser moved to Baton Rouge, La., in May 2018. She works as a research associate at the LSU Public Administration Institute. She made fast friends with fellow alumna Meghan Foley ’02, who helped her acclimate to the city, and would be thrilled to connect with more Colby folks in the area. She has also been enjoying the PCB book club for Colby alumni. * Nikki Yanok got engaged in October at Acadia and is planning a 2020 wedding in Bar Harbor. Her fiancé is Ross Schneider from Washington, D.C., and they reside in Freeport, Maine. * After two years in Houston, Daren McGregor moved to Geneva, Switzerland, in December to work in operations as a commodities trader. He’s looking forward to learning how to ski (he never went to Sugarloaf) and meeting up with any Mules who pass through Europe this spring. * Rachel Frenkil has lived in Boston for three years and teaches high school Spanish. She recently got engaged! In the fall she attended the wedding of Laura Maloney and Michael Johnsen ’11, and this summer she’ll be in Ben Ossoff ’10 and Robyn St. Laurent’s wedding with Colleen Kenny. * Gabriel Lerner is looking forward to graduating from Boston University School of Medicine this spring and starting residency in pathology (location TBD) this summer. * Peter Smithy will be graduating from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon in May, after he completes his capstone, which will take him across Asia. He will then begin a corporate finance rotational position at Merck just outside NYC. * Trip Smith is in his final semester of a full-time M.B.A. program at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation, he’ll move back to Boston to work as a management consultant for Accenture. Over winter break he traveled to Ecuador with a student consulting team to work onsite with a nonprofit client. He plans to travel to Australia this summer.


2011

Class Correspondent:

Rian Ervin
classnews2011@colby.edu

Elizabeth Hathaway and Khoa Nguyen are once again classmates sharing the same alma mater at Columbia University through the M.B.A. program. Both are enjoying the program to the fullest and are embracing the new friendships and broader network Columbia has to offer, but Colby forever remains the launching pad and alma mater of their formative years. * Savannah Lodge-Scharff married her grad school sweetheart, Alex Demers. They recently bought a house in Roxbury. Savannah teaches physics at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Boston. * Liz Fort started a new job this November at Takeda Pharmaceuticals as a senior product manager in immunology marketing. * Blair Braverman raced her rookie Iditarod in March. * Caley Robertson Zappacosta works at the Department of International Trade for the UK government amid the challenges of Brexit preparation. In August she and her husband welcomed their second child, a son, into the world. * Chris Gorud recently started a new job as legislative director for Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47). He enjoyed catching up with Alex Pan and Ellen Morris in Oakland in December. * Stephen Zaharias married Allison Piersall Nov. 9, 2018, with several Colby alumni at the wedding, including wedding party members Jeremy Lachtrupp ’12 and Patrick Mara ’12, and Matthew Boyes-Watson ’12, Hao Yang ’12, and Caroline Leonard ’07. * In 2016 Caitlin Vance received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University, and she’s currently working toward her Ph.D. in English and creative writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She teaches creative writing, literature, and composition, and is engaged to Michael Keen, who she met at the Syracuse M.F.A. program. Her poetry chapbook, The Little Cloud, was published in 2018, and her poetry book, Valentine’s Day at the Psych Ward, is forthcoming in 2019. * David and Heather Pratt Lowe enjoy raising their lab mix puppy, Cammy. They love visiting her during their lunch breaks and taking her for hikes. Heather and David look forward to attending more Colby weddings this summer and introducing Cammy to the Colby campus! * Sarah Martinez Roth was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein Diversity National Research Service Award (Diversity NRSA F31) from the National Cancer Institute for her thesis work titled “Molecular indicators of treatment responses and adverse events in melanoma.” Sarah is a third year Ph.D. student in the tumor biology program at Georgetown University.


2010

Class Correspondent:

Caity Murphy
classnews2010@colby.edu

Brandon Pollock and Nick Cody Friedman opened their sixth recreational dispensary in Massachusetts last week, continuing their post-Colby collaboration. * Hasan Bhatti graduated with a master’s in international peace and conflict resolution/transformation from American University in December 2018. He’s co-organizing transforming conflict and harm modules within social justice movements in D.C. * In February Reuben and Frances Still Biel relocated to Des Moines, Iowa, where they look forward to hanging out with Ray and Emily Wolf Julin, as well as using their leftover cold-weather gear from Colby days. * Kat Cosgrove got married Oct. 13 in D.C.  with LOTS of Colby kids in attendance: Jim Rockafellow, Jessica Kravetz Cooper, Dana Himmelstein, Caroline Atwater, Peter ’11 and Emily Marzulli Rummel, Maddie Dufour Scheve, Sarah Bruce Cantley, Samantha Smith, Katia Setzer, and Alison Cappelloni. They honeymooned in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. * Chas Woodward graduated with an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in June and now lives in New York. * Leigh Bullion and Ross Nehrt welcomed their son, Ben, last fall and already picked his die name (waiting for that first plunk to announce it officially…). They’re still loving life in Portland, Maine. * Lauren Harris and Caity Murphy both live in Colorado (Fort Collins and Denver, respectively), training together for the Grand Traverse, a 40-mile backcountry ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen. *

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Last September Jevan Jammal married Ben Metcalf ’11 in Kennebunkport, Maine, with many of their Colby friends alongside to celebrate.


2000 Newsmakers

The Westbrookses

A story about Michael ’07 and Emily Boyle Westbrooks ’06, “Now we are four,” appeared in the January/February issue of Ireland’s Image magazine. The story, written by Emily, chronicles their journey to Houston to adopt two children while shining a light on the near impossibility of adopting in Ireland, their home country. * Democrat Henry Beck ’09 was elected Maine state treasurer in December. Beck, a former state representative from Waterville, told the Bangor Daily News he was “appreciative and honored” to be elected treasurer. * The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s blog Shorelines posted a Q&A with Jon Lefcheck ’09, who joined the center as the new coordinating scientist for the Marine Global Earth Observatories, a community of collaborators focused on coastal ecosystems. “What I’m most excited about is harnessing the power of this network to really get at some generalizations about biodiversity.”


2009

Class Correspondent:

Olivia Sterling
classnews2009@colby.edu

Ben Hauptman and Elyse Apantaku are expecting a baby boy in May! This will be the first biological grandchild of Frank Apantaku ’71. * Patrick Boland is now working as deputy chief of staff for Congressman Adam Schiff and as communications director for the House Intelligence Committee. * Kat Brzozowski and Wes Miller ’08 bought a house in South Orange, N.J., where the only downside is the abundance of Yankees fans. Kat was also promoted to senior editor at the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. * Rachel Bonenfant moved to the great city of Boston from her small hometown, and she hopes to connect with more Colby grads there. She began a master’s of social work at Simmons University (formerly Simmons College) in September and looks forward to advancing her career. * Amanda Comeau and Casey Shea were married in October 2018 at the Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort in West Dover, Vt. Classmates in attendance included Becky Julian, Jennifer Caruso, Kaitlyn Conway ’10, Denis Cronin, Marissa Mullane Hanify ’08, Colette Finley, Justin Smith ’07, Mike McKeon, Lauren Goethals ’08, Colin Flaherty, and Max Williams. Amanda took a new job, and together they’ve started their forever-home search in Glastonbury, Conn. * Bryan Brown finally caved and got a smartphone. He also joined the faculty at Cornell, researching ecological ways to control weeds. * Alea Thompson and Jason Stigliano were delighted to welcome their daughter, Isadora, in April 2018. Izzy was a micro-preemie, born at 1 pound 11 ounces, and had a long stay at NICU, where she received excellent care from doctors and nurses. She came home in July 2018 and is doing wonderfully. * Chelsea Eakin has been back in New York for a year now, working at a nonprofit PR firm and focusing on clean energy communications. She’s always happy to meet up with others in the city and can be reached at chelsea.eakin@gmail.com. * Stewart and Lacey Brown Bell welcomed a son, Nolan Sumner Bell, in September. * Alex Richards enjoyed catching up with London neighbor Adam Lowenstein in December. He spent New Year’s with Sam Hoff and Josh Sadownik in Boston. Alex and Alex Hoder welcomed Krishan Rele to London this year. * In January Henry Beck took office as Maine’s 52nd state treasurer after being elected by the Maine House and Maine Senate. * Hannah Hickok married Jonathan Sadighian (Pepperdine ’09) in Wellfleet, Mass., Sept. 15. Jess Vogel, Molly Corbett, Delia Langan ’10, Lissa Martin, Suz Merkelson, Julia Coffin, and myself joined in on the celebration. In October the couple relocated from Brooklyn to Paris, where Jonathan is getting his master’s and Hannah is freelance writing. They hope to host lots of Colby friends in 2019!


2008

Class Correspondent:

Palmer McAuliff DePre
classnews2008@colby.edu

Thanks for the updates! Apparently this column is dedicated to our future Mules! I’m excited to share that Justin DePre ’06 and I welcomed our son, Charles John DePre, Jan. 15. We can’t wait for Charlie’s first visit to Colby. * Jeffrey and Jess Iwasaki Mullins currently live in Bethesda, Md., and love the craziness of life with kids Chase, 9, Noah, 7, Mia, 5, and Lila, 2. Their current interests include: Chase—learning Japanese, violin, karate; Noah—reading, piano, karate; Mia—karate, ballet, Legos; Lila—talking non-stop, baths with cucumbers on her eyes; Jess—boxing, asking for more babies; Jeffrey—karate, saying no. * Colin Riggs and his wife, Zoe, welcomed their first child, Graham Brady Gandee-Riggs, Dec. 9, which was also their one-year anniversary! * Darcy Taylor Mock shared that her daughter, Hayden Lyn Mock, was born Sept. 16. * Joe and Adrienne Angel Giampaoli welcomed Sabrina Giampaoli Sept. 15, who joins big sisters Ellie, 4, and Gemma, 3. 


2007

Class Correspondent:

Annie Mears
classnews2007@colby.edu

Jamie Kline and Jamie Winterbottom welcomed Micah Kline Winterbottom on Christmas Day! Family and friends are coming to terms with the baby not being named Jamie. * Rebecca Goldstein and her husband welcomed their second daughter, Ada, April 21. Becca reports that she’s a very chubby, very happy baby. * Chris and Mariah Buckley Peric live in Boston, where Mariah works as a pediatric nurse. Their little boy turned two in August, and they’ll be welcoming a little girl in April! * John DeBruicker and his wife made a spur-of-the-moment trip to New Orleans to see the Eagles play the Saints. “We stayed in a haunted hotel, took a ghost and mystery tour, ate amazing food, and had a great time despite the outcome. We will be back!” * James Tang and family 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 media such as the New York Magazine, the New York Post, NBC World News, and Fox News Channel. Hwa Yuan received two stars and a strong review from New York Times head food critic Peter Wells, and was mentioned in the 2018 Michelin Restaurant Guide. James also works at Alliance Global Partners as vice president of investment banking focusing on advising and raising capital for companies in the healthcare sector. * Sangeeta Asre got married in August last year. * Genni Dubuque Rizzo and her husband went to Paris in October and spent an awesome day running around the city with Kristen Renfroe. Genni reports that, “I had a big Friendsgiving at my house that Z Finn helped me put on, and, not to brag, we killed it on turkey almost like real adults.” She was headed to Vieques Island off Puerto Rico for her husband’s 42nd birthday and a week of snorkeling, watching wild horses, and exploring the largest bioluminescent bay in the world. * Allison Cole and her husband, Ben Nickerson, welcomed a daughter, Grace Annabelle, June 10. They live in Somerville. * Christian ’08 and Leslie Peterson Crannell were thrilled to welcome their baby boy, Theodore “Theo” James, Sept. 25. All three enjoy life in Portland, Ore., where they occasionally meet up with fellow moms Mariah Whitney Nichols and Katie Price Testo. * Claire Deeley gave birth to her second baby girl, Hattie Elizabeth Singelais, Dec. 22. Big sister Ella turned four in February. They live in Norwood, Mass., and Claire works as an accounting manager at a book publisher in Boston, while Jamie Singelais is the English language learner coordinator for public schools in Needham, Mass.


2006

Class Correspondent:

Lindsey Boyle McKee
classnews2006@colby.edu

Anders ’07 and Jessica Seymour Wood welcomed a son, Theo, Oct. 15, 2018. They’re enjoying life as a family of three in Boulder, Colo. * Meghan Race and her husband, Jeff, welcomed her second daughter, Madison Ruby Race, Nov. 23, 2018. Madison joins big sister Lily, 2 1/2. * Alan Chang cofounded an education consulting company in Boston called Bay State Education, which specializes in international education and works with more than 35 universities across the U.S.and UK. He was excited to share that the first acceptance letter for the company’s inaugural group of mentored students was an early decision to Colby! * In July Michael ’07 and Emily Boyle Westbrooks moved back to Dublin from Houston and are settling into the cold and wet. Emily published a book in August, and Michael is trying to resurrect his basketball career in Ireland’s top league. * Liz Wyckoff and her husband, Craig Ely, welcomed a baby, Otis, in early November. Otis has already received many sweet gifts and hand-me-downs, including his first Colby teddy bear from Liz’s Colby roommates Kaitlin Adams Roche, Karen Bennett Bianco, and Megan Devlin Olt, who are planning their 17th roommate reunion since  graduation! * Bennett Barnwell and wife Heather welcomed their second son, Aro Barnwell, Dec. 28, 2018, which made for a busy but wonderful holiday season. * After two more degrees and eight more years of schooling, James Thompson landed a faculty position in 2017 at the University of Portsmouth, England, where he teaches architecture. His recently published book, Narratives of Architectural Education: From Student to Architect, is based on his Ph.D. project conducted at the University of Washington. He attributes his interest in the socio-cultural dimensions of architecture to his courses and instructors in Colby’s Departments of Art and Education, as well as his four-year work study job in the Physical Plant Department. * Alex Jospe, when not busy doing GIS, spends her time volunteering as a coach for a junior ski club in Boston. She reports that there’s a thriving community of Colby alumni skiers in the Boston area who gather on Tuesday nights for a weekly showdown race under the lights! * Monty and Laura Harker Hankin welcomed their third son, Colby John, June 30, 2018. Monty works for Apellis Pharmaceuticals in Waltham, Mass. Laura’s taking a year off from education work to be with the boys—they’re growing up fast! * Juliana Chessin welcomed a son, Isadore “Izzy” Byron Lambert, with her husband, Doug Lambert (Hamilton College ’02), Jan. 8, 2019. They’re living in the Bronx and just trying to enjoy their little guy. * John McKee and I are planning our baby’s first birthday party—fastest year to date for us! We’re also hoping for a good snow so we can enjoy sledding with our three-year-old.

 

2005

Class Correspondent:

Kate Slemp Douglas
classnews2005@colby.edu

As we welcome 2019, 2018 brought us lots to be thankful for! Still Boston-based, my husband and I welcomed daughter Emeline. Big sister Ainsley loves her new role. * Brian Footer and wife Mandy welcomed son Jack in June. * In October Mike ’04 and Ashley Mihos Kennedy welcomed twin boys, Rhett and Owen, as did Torrey Kulow and her husband, Yasin. * Rob Saunders and wife welcomed twin boys in November. Warner Nickerson is their godfather. * In October Elliott Katz’s Other Planet exhibit opened at Syracuse’s Everson Museum of Art. The exhibit, part of their permanent collection, is on view until October. Elliott also installed a public sculpture commissioned for University of Maine Farmington. Photos are available at relliottkatz.com. * In November Nicole Wessen Cushman, Carreau Mueller Ryder, Stephanie Pierce Sheline, Maureen Sherry Lynes, Heather Hansman, Courtney Morris Drauschke, Katie Lucas Geant ’06, Melissa Plante DuBois, and Cheka Gage reunited in Baltimore. * Gabriel Reyes, on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ board, spent Thanksgiving with Pawel Brodalka, Nick Von Mertens, and their families. * Katie Markowski Dru, partner at Hooper, Lundy, & Bookman, and her husband moved to Denver, bought a house and puppy, and enjoy skiing. * In December Todd and Nora Gouge Moore welcomed son William, who joins a big sister. Todd is in-house counsel at Discovery; Nora is an adjunct supervisor at Ferkauf Graduate School, teaches at Montefiore Hospital, and has a private practice. * Kate Durda and Shawn Sato celebrated daughter Josie’s first birthday. Shawn’s a pediatric neuro-radiologist at University of Iowa hospitals and clinics; Kate works as a genetic counselor. * Meg Musser and husband Jason also live in Iowa; both work at Iowa State University. * Chelsea Pawlek lives with her husband, son Jameson, 14 months, and two step-daughters, Addison and Shannon, in Sharon, Vt. Chelsea works at King Arthur Flour. * Brendan Carroll and Carolyn Hunt, and daughters Chloe, 5, and Emily, 2, moved to Brussels. Brendan teaches public policy at Leiden University; Carolyn is marketing manager at a Belgian software company. * Nora Beltz, who has a Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Connecticut, began as an assistant professor at Emory & Henry College School’s athletic training department. She and dog Bella enjoy outdoor activities and exploring their new Virginia home. * Adelin Cai continued her world travels: Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, and a road trip from the Bay Area through Nevada and Utah. She plans to drive to Party City and onto the Pacific Northwest in March. * Kara Lanahan, registered landscape architect and associate at Oehme van Sweden, also trains as a yoga instructor and tries to connect with DC-based alums Rory ’06 and Jess Hardy Kelly (son Max), Ryan Crotty, Will van der Veen, Pat Semmens, Niko Schnermann, and Catherine Sear. Will makes a cameo in Heather Hansman’s first book, Downriver, out in April. * After eight years enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, Liam McDonnell graduated from Officer Candidate School. He moved with wife Katie and daughter Keagan to Texas, where his primary job is carrying out maritime safety and security missions. * Kat Perez and Justin Fahey (and toddler) returned to Maine; Justin is Bowdoin’s associate dean of admissions; Kat works at an ad agency. They spend time with other Maine-based alums Kyle Foley, Chris and Erin Rockney Van Wagenen, and Pat Ely and Susannah Young ’06. * Mike Walsh joined Boston University’s earth and environment faculty as research assistant professor. * Alison Cook Crossland, who married in June (Heather Lersch ’06 in attendance), resides in San Diego. She and husband Stan welcomed a baby girl, Sierra. Laura Miller Rios attended her baby shower. * Nandini Naik, her husband, daughter, and dog call NYC home. After working as a NYC DOE public high school teacher for six years, Nandini is now an instructional coach with the Internationals Network for Public Schools. * Nick Malick began as upper school head at Town School for Boys in San Francisco, joining Rebeccah Amendola Kilian ’06. This spring he’ll earn his M.Ed. from Columbia University, alongside Liz Fontaine Squindo ’11 and Karlyn Adler ’11. Nick’s wife, Rebecca (Taylor ’04), teaches math in Oakland; they live with daughters Juliet, 9, and Eloise, 6. * James and Jackie Dao Dinneen and their son (21 months) ran into Ed Mezer and daughter Alex, 2, at the Boston Science Museum. Both families are expecting children in 2019. * Congratulations to all!


2004

Class Correspondent:

Emma McCandless
classnews2004@colby.edu

Elizabeth Neumann married Tom Filippone Oct. 27, 2018, at Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod. Bridesmaids included Margaret Siciliano McCarthy, Jacqueline Smith Zweig, and Jessica Hayward Pendarvis. The wedding was officiated by Anne Feutz Furlong ’08. Also in attendance were Evan Magee ’03, Jordan Finley ’02, Neil Reynolds ’03, Patrick Sanders ’08, Josh Zweig, Jared and Maura Meyers Bisogni, and Casey McCarthy ’05. * Brad Seymour and Lauren Henderson welcomed their son, Craig Henderson Seymour, Dec. 26. Brad is now an instructor in theater and dance at his alma mater, Phillips Academy, in Andover, Mass. * Derek Taff welcomed a son, Conrad James “C.J.” Taff, in June. * Elizabeth Magner and her husband, Chris Sousa, welcomed a baby boy, Nathaniel Magner Sousa, in March 2018, and Liz earned her Ph.D. from Boston College in political sociology. * Chris and Amy Tolsdorf Madison welcomed a daughter, Annika, in August. They live in Bend, Ore., where Amy has been working in private practice as a rheumatologist. * Walt and Emily Bernier Shepard welcomed their third child, Mae, last spring. They are enjoying raising their family in Freeport, Maine. * Rumbi Sundire Mkodzongi had her third child, Prince John, in December. She continues to live in Zimbabwe and run the Internet business she started in 2017. She has been learning French to keep up with her daughters, who attend the French School of Harare. Last August Rumbi spent a week at Victoria Falls, which she highly recommends! * Janine Elliott bought a house in Northampton, Mass., where she works for VentureWell, a nonprofit that gives grants and training to student inventors who want to have social impact. * Jesse Morrisey got engaged to Melissa Drysdale, and they have purchased a house in Easthampton, Mass., that they’re renovating. * Holly Brown has a new job overseeing actor Johnny Galecki’s production company, Alcide Bava Productions. She was also a producer on the film Cruise, which came out in theaters in September and is now available on Hulu. * Cynthia Davies lives in South Portland and works at Maine Medical Center as a physician assistant. She also skis patrol at Sunday River, works shifts as a PA at the Western Maine Mountain Clinic at the base of the ski area, and works in the summers at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine. In December Cynthia went to the Azores, where she said the hiking and views reminded her of Maine! * Andrew Lizotte was recently commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve and completed Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Ala. He’s still living in Portland, Maine, where he’s working as an assistant U.S. attorney and will also serve as a JAG officer with the New Hampshire Air National Guard. * Cassandra Cote Grantham was selected for a new year-long Leadership Development Program at MaineHealth, where she will rotate through several executive management departments. She just finished strategic planning and is on to finance this spring. * Shawn Chakrabarti serves on the board of trustees for the Family Place Charter School, which opened last fall with classes for adult immigrants and their families in Washington, D.C. * Hard to believe our 15th reunion is approaching! Hope to see lots of you back on Mayflower Hill in June!


2003

Class Correspondent:

Rich Riedel
classnews2003@colby.edu

Chris and Ellen Whitesides Kalisz welcomed a baby girl Dec. 14. Baby Elizabeth is excited to join big brother Prescott, their greyhound. They had a great time at reunion, where they saw (among others) her four senior-year roommates—Holly Niles Getty, Lauren Calimeris Kocman, Michelle Keady Hadley, and Stephanie Hicks Hirst—and their collective nine kids (with another two on the way!). Michelle works at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her family welcomed their third child, Emma Claire, at the end of November. Emma joins siblings Patrick and Maddie. * Kristen Vaughn Olson had a busy 2018 as an architectural historian/rope-access technician/drone pilot, with projects in Puerto Rico, Panama, Asheville, Atlantic City, and Boston. Highlights included watching ships pass through the Panama Canal, being chased from a job site by peregrine falcons, and working on Maine’s eighth tallest building. * Bianca Belcher married Jessica Duff Nov. 23 in Ardington, England. Kate Chuprevich ’04 and Jen Hallee Little ’01 were in the bridal party, and Benson Hyde ’04 and Jenny Hanson ’04 were also in attendance. Bianca recently started as national director of bundled payments for Steward Healthcare Network in Boston and is excited for the new challenge. * After more than a decade at the Boston law firm WilmerHale, Pete Osborn recently became a partner at Moulton Law Group, where he’ll continue to advise venture capitalists and startups on financings, M&A, and general corporate matters. He and his wife, Chrissy, spend their “free” time keeping up with their four-year-old son and 18-month-old daughter. * Scott and Rachel Merrick Maggs are happily settled in southern New Hampshire. Scott’s a full-time dad with their littles, Lucas, 6, and Lilly, 3. Rachel recently started in leadership at Thomson Reuters. They see Adam Bickelman frequently and had a wonderful visit with Pamela Sawyer Powers and her family just after Thanksgiving. * Kelly Miller gave birth to twins, Alexander and Amaya, Dec. 11. The babies are thriving, and the new mom is enjoying the double snuggles—what a wonderful way to bring in the new year! * Garrett and Amy Lansdale Kephart live in Seattle with kids Sawyer, 6, and Ainsley, 3. Todd Hunsdorfer ’04, wife Kathy, and their identical twin boys live up the road, and they occasionally visit Hank Warneck, Tom Mace, Emily Allen Tyler, Chris Reigeluth, and Rich Cook, who also live in the Pacific Northwest. Aaron Henckler makes an annual overnight sojourn from New York to support a side-business (winterdrams.com) that he, Garrett, and Todd, started in 2012. * Katie Altneu, Jenn Brenneman Clements, Marin Hoffman Kemnitz, and Shelley Hughes met in December at a Wisconsin cabin with their families and had a blast. In December Marin welcomed her third son, Toby, on the same day that Katie welcomed her first child, Samara. Marin is vice president of clinical services for Virgin Pulse, a health and well-being company. Katie is founder and owner of The Point Acupuncture in Denver. Jenn is general manager of Three Forks Ranch, a luxury guest destination and cattle operation north of Steamboat Springs, Colo. Shelley is director of care strategy and operations for Honor, a health startup that helps seniors at home. * Laurel Burnham Deacon loved seeing everyone at reunion and exploring the great kids’ activities with her eldest daughter, Elle. She lives in Duxbury, Mass., with husband Dan and their three kids. After spending nine years at home, she was excited to join Travel Sommelier, a curated luxury travel service based out of Duxbury. * Vivienne Ho and Alison McAnneny Shore had an incredible trip to Japan in October 2018, visiting Osaka, Kyoto, Kamakura, and Tokyo. * Billy Thompson finished his position as senior education policy advisor to Maine’s governor and started a new job as chief-of-staff in the Maine House Republican Office. * Jay and Karli Jaffee Efron welcomed their second daughter, Miriam, Oct. 24. Big sister Adele is excited to build fairy houses with her little sibling. Karli is director of Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services, providing direct support to families in southern Maine through food pantry and diaper distribution (they distributed more than 300,000 diapers last year—no child wet behind). * Thanks for such wonderful updates! If you have news, large or small, we’d love to hear from you! Please send it to classnews2003@colby.edu.


2002

Class Correspondent:

Bridget Zakielarz Duffy
classnews2002@colby.edu

Warm greetings all! Late last fall I was in Boston for a few days and met up with several classmates. We got the old Heights suite back together with Anne Paruti Lohnes, Sarah Mockler, and Jeanine D’Angelo Campbell. Jeanine and her husband, Patrick, recently opened The Stones, a restaurant in Stoneham, Mass. I visited with Tammie Sebelius and Kathryn Kosuda, as well as Kathryn’s precious new son, Rowan Cyrus Yeganeh, who was born Oct. 21. Rowan joins Kathryn, her husband, Sina, and older brother Rory. Tammie loves living close enough to babysit. I also caught up with Jess Bennett Shah, her husband, Nik, and her adorable children, Bennett and Anya. Jess continues to work as a pediatrician at Tufts Medical Center. * Kate Dalton lives in Hyannis, Mass., with her three children, Cagan, 11, Aidan, 7, and Adria, 4. She’s practicing breast surgery at Cape Cod Hospital and also works as a professional speaker for Myriad Genetics on hereditary cancer testing and breast cancer genomic testing. She recently launched a concierge medi-spa business called Cape Cod Aesthetics. When not working, she enjoys the beaches of the Cape with her family. * Ali Culpen Schwabe, Whitney Alford Mallozzi, Jaime Langione Endreny, Ashley Landbloom, Emily Bridwell, and Helena Tubis also enjoyed the Cape this summer during a fun weekend reunion celebrating 15 years of friendship and 10 babies! * JJ ’01 and Piper Elliott Abodeely are building a house in Sonoma with their three kids and invite visitors next summer! * After four years at the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, Carl Tugberk joined Wells Fargo as a senior vice president of government relations and public policy with a focus on regulatory issues for the bank’s wealth and investment management businesses. * In late 2018 Erin Clark became Western Montana field director at the Montana Wilderness Association, where she’ll be inspiring advocates and delivering campaigns to increase protections for public land. She made the most of a holiday layover in Boston with a quick dinner with Anne Tricomi Lang and Michelle McInnis Myers. * Noah Charney’s latest book, Museum of Lost Art, was a finalist for the Digital Book World Award. This winter his research group, ARCA, is launching a campaign to generate funds for scholarships for students from countries where art and antiquities are at risk for looting and destruction. The scholarships will allow students to come and study at the ARCA postgraduate program in art crime and cultural heritage protection. Noah lives in Slovenia with his daughters, now 4 and 6, and his hairless dog. * Michael Ames published his first book with Penguin Press March 12. American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan is the result of a combined 15 years research between Michael and his coauthor, former U.S. Army infantryman Matt Farwell. It was a ton of work, and Michael is excited to finally vacate his desk. In April Michael was joined by Brett Lurman, David Schoetz ’00, and Chris Fleming ’99 at a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, reading for the new book. Michael would love to meet up with any other Mules passing through Brooklyn and New York this year. * Charlie and Abby Kussell Hopper live with their two girls, Lila, 4, and Lucy, 2, in Charlestown. They’re getting lots of skiing in this winter and love every chance to meet up with Mules during the year. * After the birth of her daughter, Wilder Alvy, in spring 2016, Alyssa Severn started her own business focused on brand and content strategy and writing. She lives in the Kansas City, Mo., area with her husband, daughter, and two rescued pit bulls. She still adventures, is active in dog rescues, races mountain bikes, and jumps into cyclocross races whenever she can. * I hope the new year leads to more wonderful adventures, achievements, and cherished moments for all of you. I look forward to sharing them with classmates here.


2001

Class Correspondent:

Dana Fowler Charette
classnews2001@colby.edu

Julie “Drew” Hall Williams returned to Colby … this time as an employee! Drew is working in College Advancement and will be posting lots of updates and photos on the Colby 2001 Facebook page. * Mark and Jodi Dakin Loughlin continue to live in Concord, Mass. They have three kids—Page, Alta, and Dakin. Page is in first grade with two other Mule children, Myler ’99 and Johnson ’03. The Loughlins spend winters skiing at Sugarbush and would love to connect for runs and a beer with Colby friends in town! They were lucky enough to have Jamal and Becky Munsterer Sabky visit at Sugarbush’s Oktoberfest, when they met Rudy Sabky’s little sister, Polly. * Jemison Foster became a father in February 2018! He was still living on a boat in French Polynesia at the time, so life was bound to change quickly. They gave her a Polynesian name, Oliana, but call her “Ollie.” Because of these changes, Jemison decided to go back to work and is currently director of counseling at Saigon South International School in Vietnam. Life is good! * Angela Makkas Rougas is now a mother of three: Gus, 4, Maria, 2.5, and their newest, Alex, born Nov. 9, 2018. Angela still works as an HR business partner in the biotech industry. Her company, Moderna Therapeutics, just went public. “It’s been a really cool experience working for a ‘small’ biotech in Cambridge.” She hopes to get to Maine soon and visit Colby after following them on Instagram. She wants to see the new buildings and reminisce a little. * Life has been busy for Scott Friemann. He and his wife moved into a new condo as the realities of parenthood and space continue to set in. They’re still in the city of Chicago, fighting the good fight of the urban dweller. Scott started a new job, transitioning from insurance broker to insurance underwriter at Everest Insurance. So far, so good. * Dan Martin moved on from Dancing With the Stars and is now co-executive producer on American Idol. * Hue ’00 and Danielle D’Entremont Lam live in Quincy, Mass., with their two little ones, Olivia, 3, and Tyler, 6. Danielle’s a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Norwood and Franklin. * Cara Erdheim Kilgallen received tenure in English at Sacred Heart University and has been elected chair of the department. She’s so grateful for the unbelievable wisdom and confidence that she gained at Colby! * Danielle Fornes Quinlan gave birth in October to a son, Emmett. Mom, dad, and sister Elliott are so in love. They live in Fort Worth, Texas, and Danielle does voice overs from a home studio. * Ted Wallach is the visiting scholar at the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford working on masculinity. He’s also running online men’s circles under his new company, Quantum Warrior. He has a private practice in which he works with clients one on one. * Milan Babik is extremely excited to be teaching in the Government Department at Colby! Routledge just published his second book, The Poetics of International Politics. He took a break from writing and led a Jan Plan at Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. His main job, however, has been raising his two marvelous boys, Kylian, 10, and Matyas, 9, including coaching their hockey and soccer teams and serving on the board of their tiny school in rural mid-coast Maine


2000

Class Correspondent:

Ben Mackay
classnews2000@colby.edu

Class of 2000! I hope everyone is doing well. Here’s the latest…some interesting stuff! * Charlotte Tiffany Stephenson spent a long weekend in January with Debbie Sabath Powers and Julia Humes Taylor-Brown in San Francisco for Melinda Stockmann Sullivan’s baby shower. Melinda was due in February, so stayed tuned for some baby news in the next magazine issue! * Benjamin Schlitt Ritz’s federal law clerk position ended and he has joined a mid-size litigation and transactional firm (mhllp.com/member/benjamin-l-ritz). He primarily works on life and disability insurance law. *Parke Burmeister took a position at the law firm of Drummond Woodsum in Portland, Maine, last September. He focuses on trusts and estates and business law. Parke and his wife, Sarah, are still enjoying life in Portland with two girls, 5 and 7. * Aubrey A. Love lives in Dedham, Mass., outside of Boston with his wife, Elizabeth, and two kids, 3 and 6. He’s in his 17th year at Brookline High School teaching physics and engineering design. He’s no longer coaching, as his kids take up every spare minute. Aubrey still hangs out with Jed Donnelly, Danielle (D’Entremont ’01) and Hue Lam, and Becca (Bischoff ’01) and Sean Luoma, Pete Aykroyd, Geoff Cole, Matt Boutet, and Matt Stokes from time to time. Every year he has former students who are now attending Colby come back and keep him up to date on life on the Hill. It’s fun to hear what has and what hasn’t changed. * In 2014 Marc Pinansky, first-time submitter, longtime reader, and denizen of Maynard, Mass., (the Paris of the Metro West) married Andrea Gillis of South Boston, a professional singer and chef at the Fessenden School. They welcomed son Massimo in 2015. Mark spent the first 14 post-Colby years recording and touring as a professional musician, songwriter, and bandleader, but he’s now a research coordinator at MarketCast. He continues to write, perform, and pursue musical opportunities as they arise. He most recently contributed several songs to Andrea’s latest album, Ladies Love Thunder, and teamed up with her to supply the music for nationally airing Degree Motionsense commercial. * Last fall Michael K. Farrell was on Wheel of Fortune (season 36, episode 15). He writes, “Vanna and Pat are really great to all the contestants. One surprise: each contestant is actually on their own platform, which is adjusted so that all contestants are the same height. In an unrelated matter, I watched the documentary RBG and it was fantastic. It was so good that I wanted to share.” * Patrick Burlingame, wife Zsofia, and daughters Zita and Illona arrived back from a two-plus-year assignment with the State Department in India. They’ll be in Washington preparing for their next assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan, later in 2019. * In November 2017 Nathan Ellingson, his wife, and two daughters (4 and 20 months) moved from Miami to Dubai for work relocation. From there he oversees the Middle East region for Guerlain, a French cosmetics house that’s part of LVMH. Although Dubai was not on their list of requested destinations, they were very pleasantly surprised by the diversity and the openness of most people. * Ben Mackay continues to live in Jackson with his wife, Morgan, and their 10-month-old, Robert. Just trying to ski powder and be outside as much as possible.


1990 Newsmakers

Patch and Lindsay Hayes Hurty. Photo: Charlotte Bodak, Ford Motor Co.

Tyler Lewis ’93 is the new head of school at Kimball Union Academy effective July 1, according to the West Lebanon, N.H., Daily News. Lewis, most recently head of Bishop’s College School in Québec, previously worked at the Holderness School and at Blair Academy. * CBS Corporation named Dana McClintock ’93 executive vice president, chief communications officer, last October. “Dana’s honesty, intelligence, coolness under fire, and overall positive spirit have already distinguished him in our business,” said McClintock’s predecessor Gil Schwartz. * A Q&A with photographer Heather Perry ’93 about her project “Southgate Faces” was featured in the Bangor Daily News. Perry captured “close-up, unflinching color photos” of Bath Iron Works’ workers in a makeshift studio outside the shipyard gates. “These are some of America’s last manufacturing jobs. So who are you?” she said. “We just want to know who you are.” * Ezra Dyer ’99 penned a story for Popular Mechanics about Patch Hurty, son of Lindsay Hayes Hurty ’99, and his quest to collect car badges. Patch’s pitch, sent to more than 50 companies, netted overwhelming results. “Somehow most of these letters found their way to people who wanted to help.” Dyer wrote. The Hurtys were invited to tour the Ford World Headquarters and earned a spot on the CBS Evening News.


1999

Class Correspondent:

Lindsay Hayes Hurty
classnews1999@colby.edu

Jonathan Hiltz helped coach son Brady’s Cal Ripken 9U tournament last summer. They were Maine state champs and made it to regionals in Chelmsford, Mass. * Last August Shana Dumont Garr, a curator at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Mass., was a scholar at the Clark Art Institute’s research and academic program. She was part of a group working on joint exhibitions with curators from the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum. * 

[caption id="attachment_63466" align="alignright" width="375"] Katie Frank, Pam Landry Teichman, and Andrea Taylor Gavin in Uganda[/caption]

Katie Frank checked in from Kampala, Uganda, where she’s worked at the U.S. Embassy in the Foreign Service as a health development officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development since 2016. Shortly after Katie moved to Uganda, she found fellow Mules Pam Landry Teichman ’77 and Andrea Taylor Gavin ’03. Pam and Katie worked together in the health and HIV office at USAID, and Andrea was working for the State Department. * Meg Watson reports that she is now a divorced, single mom happily living with her two kids and returning to a career in education in Olympia, Wash. * On Jan. 23, 2019, Ezra Dyer wrote a piece that was published in Popular Mechanics on my (Lindsay Hayes Hurty) car-loving son, Patch Hurty, that went viral! Subsequently, Patch and I were featured in a piece on the CBS Evening News and were invited to go to Ford World Headquarters in February! * Looking forward to reconnecting at our 20th reunion in June. Keep the updates coming!


1998

Class Correspondent:

Brian Gill
classnews1998@colby.edu

Christina Goudreau Collison is now a full professor of chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her oldest son, Andrew, starts high school in the fall, and her youngest son, Luke, will be in seventh grade. Her stepchildren are now out of the house, and life is progressing to the point where their second-half-of-life plans/goals are kicking in. A big part of that for Christina and her husband is making time for sailing. They bought a 37-foot sloop last year and sailed across Lake Ontario last summer to Canada. They spent two weeks sailing back around through the Thousand Islands. * Cindy Lohmann is still in the D.C. area working as a writer/editor for the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. On the side, she does activism for animal rights and healthy food environments. Last December Cindy hosted the first screening in the Northern Virginia area of the film Dominion. She’s currently working with the organization Balanced to bring healthier foods to the public school cafeterias in Alexandria, Va. She meets up with Ashley Mandry ’00 and her three kids on a pretty regular basis for play dates with their kids. * Jon Foster recently participated in a 24-hour yogathon to raise awareness for vehicular rat infestations.

 

1997

Class Correspondent:

Tom DeCoff
classnews1997@colby.edu

Greetings from Titletown Boston! I’m happy to hear from so many, and I’m impressed by the interesting, fun, and fulfilling things you’re doing. * Erin Duggan Kramer is senior advisor to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, and she recently helped secure the first-ever conviction of a white supremacist on terrorism charges in the U.S. She sees Cassin Donn Duncan and Michelle Lin Greenip regularly. Her twin boys just turned 1, and toddler Meredith, Erin happily reports, “just started using the potty!” * Becky Briber is executive director of a local nonprofit in Whitefish, Mont. She and husband Doug are living and loving the mountain-town life, and during the winter they work as ski patrollers with Ryan Friel ’93. They recently had cocktails with Brian Golden, who was in town for work. * After leaving Washington, D.C., last summer, Carter Davis and his family settled in the Boulder, Colo., area and are enjoying the outdoors and skiing. They were planning to see Anna Hamlen and her family. * Amy Stengel is an attorney and mediator at Conscious Family Law & Mediation, a small family-practice firm. She and daughter Barrett, 7, love having a mountain escape. They divide their time between Boulder and Nederland, Colo., where Amy’s partner and his daughter live. She says they make annual river trips with other Colby alumni around Colorado and the West. * Kara Marchant Hooper is enjoying a sabbatical year from the Thacher School with her family in Austin, Texas. She says they’re getting their fill of great music, food, and culture. If anyone is in Austin before June, let her know! * Matt Logan and wife Galin married in 2017 but recently returned from a delayed honeymoon in Mendoza and Patagonia, Argentina. Although it was hazardous mixing all that good wine and hiking, he says it was worth it. He met up with Rich Morrissey in Baltimore to watch the Patriots playoffs and also saw Jess Miller Pachler. * After living out West for a while, Brian Miller is back in New England. Pursuing a career change at Suffolk Law School in Boston for his second year, he’s studying housing law, evictions, and landlord/tenant disputes. * Josh and Sarah Molly Lampe moved to Groton, Mass., last summer with children Alex, Iris, and Tessa and are excited to be back in New England. Sarah hadn’t even been back in Massachusetts for a week before running into a Colby classmate, Mark House. * Congrats to Becca Durham! Her poem “Oblique Helix” was published in the winter and spring 2019 issue of Poetry Northwest. She recently began a Ph.D. program at the University of Montana focusing on ecopoetry, ecocriticism, and environmental philosophy. * Congratulations also to Jennifer Robbins, named vice chair of Colby’s Alumni Council. With Athletics/C Club Committee member Kerri Duffell and chair Chad Higgins, the Class of 1997 is certainly well represented! Speaking of Kerri and Chad, I saw them and Mary Rosenfeld D’Eramo at the kickoff finale of Colby’s inspiring Dare Northward campaign in Boston. Kerri was about to depart for another (literal) kickoff—Super Bowl LIII—to cheer on the Patriots. Chad caught up with several classmates at the event. He reports that Jen Atwood Lesky lives on the Cape (Mass.) and is director of advancement at the Learning Project; Ted Keysor is a vice president at Biogen and attended the event with his wife, Erin Roberts Keysor ’98; Lucas Penney is CEO of LEAP Organics, the body care product company he founded, and is teaching a sustainable business course at Colby after years as a Jan Plan instructor. After the event, Chad spoke with John Hebert, who owns pharmacies in Van Buren and Bangor, Maine. Then Chad went to Hanover, N.H., to watch head coach David McLaughlin and the Dartmouth men’s basketball team play against Yale. He also visited Pat McBride, who is managing director of athletic fundraising at Dartmouth. * Please stay in touch!


1996

Class Correspondent:

Brad Smith
classnews1996@colby.edu

New year, new you, but the same class correspondent. But in the immortal words of Meatloaf, two out of three ain’t bad. Anyhow, let’s get to it. * Prompted by watching way too much HGTV, Cathy (Neuger ’97) and Gregg LeBlanc are in the process of renovating and flipping a house in Sudbury, Mass. … hopefully for profit. Sadly, when asked, Gregg confirmed that he decided not to flip houses in his home town of Waltham, aka “the real capital of Massachusetts.” (Go Hawks, baby.) * As of January 2, J. Simon Dalgleish is general manager of m2crowd.com, a real estate crowdfunding website in Mexico—think Realty Mogul or CrowdStreet in the U.S. Simon always had pretty decent room-draw numbers, so it makes sense that he’s in this area of work.* Nate Howell and I finally met for a drink and fried clams at the Ramp in Cape Porpoise. Over dinner Nate shared that he might know where Ken Fowler is, but won’t say for sure. We also avoided tales of hitchhiking around Ireland with Brian Kennealy, which involved riding shotgun in an auto parts truck, far too many sheep sightings at close quarters, and a near-death experience in the fog at Slieve League. Kenny and Brian, I hope you’re well wherever you are. * Last December my family and I enjoyed a lovely dinner with Tobin Scipione and her immensely talented husband, Soren. Their boys introduced my girls to slamball, which will make for a noisier Smith home henceforth. * Finally, I conclude this edition with a new class notes feature, called “I wonder?” In this section I ponder questions about the whereabouts of my classmates, such as “I wonder if Jill Picard Paine is still working for Nike?” and “I wonder when I’ll happen upon another Matt Russ painting?” and “I wonder if Nizar Nabil Al-Bassam remembers putting that fish in my Subaru in 1995?” and “I wonder if Mallo Cup Day is still a thing?” and “I wonder whether you can Still Honk if you Love Free Wood?” and finally, “I wonder what you call an octopus when it loses an arm?” Hopefully you will send notes answering these questions—and more—when prompted via electronic mail later this spring. Send more notes please.


1995

Class Correspondent:

Yuhgo Yamaguchi
classnews1995@colby.edu
Jon Bowden and Denise Mailloux Bowden ’97 still live in San Francisco with their two boys. Denise’s acupuncture clinic has now been in business for 10 years. Recently, Jon directed and edited an online branding piece that won nine Telly Awards, including a gold for “best use of humor.” Congratulations! * Melissa “Missy” Smith Konur lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and is the planning director for Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. Missy visited Boston over the holidays and caught up with Patty Lee Devaney, Carrie Farber Rose, and Beth Timm Preston. * John and Jen “Hank” Ancker Whelen have two boys, Henry, 7, and Teddy, 5. “We’re all having a great winter playing ice hockey and skiing!” Jen also reports that she, Bryan Raffetto, Michelle Grdina, and Bruce Mason are working with Colby’s alumni office to begin planning our 25th reunion! They’re working on a private tour of the art museum, among other things. They are also taking the lead to increase annual giving from our class. “Every dollar counts, and Colby has a number of matching initiatives over the coming months. It would be fantastic to see our class at the top of the list rather than the bottom. Can you give $10? $100? $1,000?”

1994

Class Correspondent:

Kimberly Valentine Walsh
classnews1994@colby.edu

Who’s ready for our 25th reunion?! I can’t wait to see you all and find out what you’ve been up to for, oh say, 25 years. Let’s stop catching up over paper and do it in person. * Jason Sudano and his family moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he’s started a business. He’s super excited to see everyone at reunion. (If he can make it from Denmark, then no excuses from the rest of you!) * We have a new restaurant to visit this summer thanks to JB Blau. He’s opening his sixth restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard—a comfort food, BBQ joint named Sea Smoke BBQ. “Any current Colby students looking for a ridiculously fun summer should contact me for a summer job!” * Rob Underwood has joined FINOS, the Fintech Open Source Foundation—a consortium of leading investment banks and technology companies such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citi, Github, and RedHat—as director of programs, where he works to expand open-source adoption in financial services. He also continues his work as cofounder, with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, of the CodeBrooklyn campaign, which works to expand computer science into Brooklyn’s 400 public schools in support of the CSForAll initiative. Rob’s son Toshi and Stephanie Cain Sherman’s son Harold are in the same grade in Park Slope Brooklyn and play on the basketball team together. Small world! * Justin Brown has worked as a fourth grade teacher in Brookline, Mass., for 14 years. He recently became a climate organizer with the group 350Mass to grow the climate movement and help design and implement both advocacy and direct-action campaigns to push for a livable future. (Thank you, Justin!) He continues to play music, though not as much, and started playing tennis again. He married Erin Smith in August 2017, and they live in Boston. * Marina Netto Grande Campo met Paul Marnoto and his family in Orlando, and her senior-year roommate, Julie Ackerman Kaeli, in South Florida. She attended the Colby Dare Northward campaign event in Miami—“an amazing experience”—where she caught up with Karlene Burrell-McRae and others. Marina volunteers as an alumni interviewer in South Florida and enjoys sharing her passion for Colby. She’s looking forward to reunion! * Josette Huntress Holland took a new job as assistant head of upper school at Cary Academy. She also took her family to see Kamin McClelland Macomber and her family in San Francisco before taking a bike trip through Yosemite last summer. * Rima (Lathrop ’96) and Brian Carlson and their two daughters are spending a year in New Zealand, away from their Vermont home. They ran into a group of current Colby students, on an exchange program in Dunedin, on a hiking trail in New Zealand’s “Southern Alps.” * Colleen Brennan Thorndike lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter, and son. She can’t attend reunion because her daughter, Abby, graduates from high school that weekend. But Colleen’s positively influenced Abby, who will become a member of Colby’s Class of 2023 and the women’s soccer team. Colleen will head to campus in August for move-in day and in October for Homecoming. Heather Eskey plans to join her on the October trip. * Dave O’Shea ’93 and Carolyn Hart had a lovely, if chilly, January brunch with Kim Kessler Rubin, Kelly Moynihan Barry, and Donna Bacchiocchi in Portsmouth, N.H., at ... wait for it ... Colby’s Breakfast & Lunch. We are nothing if not on-theme. I know you’ve heard from Carolyn about reunion, but she finishes our column with this: “Would LOVE to see everyone in Waterville June 6-9 to celebrate our 25th reunion. If you haven’t been back in a while, you won’t believe the changes—but so much remains the same. It’s a fantastic weekend, and the College pulls out all the stops. Come back and network with old friends, make new ones, and celebrate 25 years of Colby memories and fun. Looking forward to seeing you!”


1993

Class Correspondent:

Jill Moran Baxter
classnews1993@colby.edu

Mike Murphy says, “First day back from reunion I put on my Colby hat for my son’s soccer practice (first piece of Colby gear worn in 20 years) and was engaged by two parents and Colby alum who’d lived in Dana.” He says the top highlight of 2019 thus far is his 7-year-old son paying him $2 to finish his homework. Mike works as a mental health and substance abuse therapist in Taos, N.M. He writes, “I’m certain there is much more I don’t know than I do, and I’m grateful life remains a process of ongoing discovery both professionally and personally.” * John Veilleux lives in Yarmouth and has worked in Portland at Norman Hanson & DeTroy, LLC for 19 years and counting. John heads up the general litigation group. He says, “Our oldest son, Tyler, is now a Colby sophomore and is loving it on Mayflower Hill. The campus looks amazing. Our 17-year-old twins are college shopping now. Busy times.” * Hilary Gehman writes, “I had an awesome time at our 25th reunion, staying in the dorms with Susan Furst Knight and Kathaleen Smyth Lane. The Tiki Bar did not disappoint.” Hilary works at the Princeton National Rowing Association as the events manager for all the major rowing regattas on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., where she is also the director of Mercer Rowing Programs. Hilary recently joined the Colby alumni book club and enjoys getting in some good reading while also connecting with Colby alumni from different eras. * Rod Gerdsen continues to work at Blair Academy teaching marine science and biology, and coaching squash and tennis. Rod is excited that another one of his students is heading to Colby next year ... Grace Rayer, Class of ’23! He says, “As we get older and any of you parents are interested in your kids attending an amazing boarding school, please consider reaching out and looking at Blair!” * Doug Morrione traveled to Kathmandu to interview Buddhist monks for his next film about “happiness.” He was welcomed and chaperoned by Brent Willey ’91 and Jui Shrestha ’07. Doug had a great time exploring Kathmandu and says, “Colby connections continue to deliver decades later, for which I’m thankful.” * Your classmates would love to hear about your Colby connections. You don’t need to wait for a request! Share your news anytime at classnews1993@colby.edu.


1992

Class Correspondent:

Molly Beale Constable
classnews1992@colby.edu

Last November I attended a Tedeschi Trucks Band concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston with Beth Whelen Thut ’95. In the lobby, we ran into Curt Beckwith, Arthur Steinert, and Torin Taylor. Colby grads know good music! It was great fun to catch up with each other. * Sura DuBow Lennon writes from Chicago: “I’ve been working on my own as a marketing consultant for more than a year now, and it’s been great. In January I had the opportunity to see Lyz Makely Best and her daughter Emmy as they were in town for Fiddler on the Roof. Emmy stars as the character Bielke and is touring nationwide with the production. It’s always fun to see Lyz and catch up, but it’s never long enough!” * John Cook has cut the cord from Facebook and has a renewed appreciation for the class notes in Colby Magazine. He writes: “2018 was a big year. I took a four-month summer sabbatical (and enjoyed every moment). One of the highlights was a self-directed road biking adventure around—and in some cases up—some of the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range. I joined Katie Morrison ’94, her wife, Curran, and daughter Ellis Jane on an epic hiking adventure in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in California. I also spent some quality time in NYC visiting Nicole St. John. My husband, Gabe Speyer, and I will celebrate 19 years together this spring. After 12 years at the same company, I made the leap to join a larger consulting firm, ICF, where I’m leading environmental studies of transportation projects throughout California. On my docket for 2019 is my first-ever 50K trail run—legs willing!” * Zach Shapiro has been inducted into the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Zach has spent his entire rabbinical career in the Los Angeles area, first as the associate rabbi of University Synagogue in Los Angeles (1997-2005), and subsequently at Temple Akiba in Culver City. His mission in life is to bring goodness into the world. A musician and composer, Rabbi Shapiro has written liturgical folk music used around the country and has written a children’s book titled We’re All in the Same Boat. * In January Warren Claytor and his family took a ski trip to Montana and Wyoming. “We proudly displayed the Colby flag after ‘Daring Northward’ by hiking the Headwall in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in a full-on snow storm and -34 degrees with the wind chill. It kind of reminded me of skiing at Sugarloaf! This was a huge contrast to the 100+ degree daytime temperatures I experienced last summer in the Black Rock Desert, Nev., while celebrating the life of Larry Harvey, cofounder of the Burning Man community.” * Tabby Biddle continues to live and enjoy life in Santa Monica, Calif., with her husband and 6-year-old son. “Last fall I cofounded 100 Women Change Hollywood, a gender-parity initiative that has brought together more than 100 women leaders in the media and entertainment industry who are leading the way for intersectional gender parity in the industry and beyond. We are coalition building, leveraging our relationships, and expanding the roadmap to making 50/50 a reality. On this note, this spring I’ll be co-hosting a workshop in New York at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and Girls that is focused on creating the infrastructure for a sustainable path for gender equality. If any of you New Yorkers are interested in this topic, please come. I’d love to see you!” * Becky Birrell Smith has started a new job as director of government and community relations for the Maine Community College System after almost 20 years in public health advocacy, where she spent seven years at the American Heart Association. She lives in Brunswick with her husband, John Smith ’93, and daughter Cecelia.


1991

Class Correspondent:

Dave Shumway
classnews1991@colby.edu
Greetings classmates! Apparently it has been a VERY quiet couple of months because I didn’t receive a single bit of news. I have to believe that, with more than 400 classmates out there, somebody has something to share, so please, write in! The best part of being class correspondent is keeping in touch with everyone, and I’d love to hear from you any time at all. You don’t have to wait for a request from me: if you have some news, or something you’d like to share, send me a note to let me know—I’ll be happy to pass the news along. By the way, our 30th reunion is now less than two years away, so clear early June 2021 on your calendars because I hope to see everyone there. Thanks, and keep in touch!

1990

Class Correspondent:

Kristin Hock Davie
classnews1990@colby.edu

Here’s a great one: Classmates Mim Siegel Lombardo and Saïd Eastman were married on New Year’s Eve with all four of their children at their side at the Press Hotel in Portland, where they first met 32 years ago. Even better is that Jon Gale was their officiant, and Nori Sterling Gale was, of course, there as well. Mim also reported that she had coffee with Beth Poole Parker in Brooklyn, has run into Mike Grant in Portland, and had drinks with Chip Gavin, Tom Whelan, and Andrew Richter in December. * After 15 years teaching art at the Park School in Brookline, Mass., Andrea Sparks moved to rural New Mexico to pursue a dream of working on her own artwork and starting a gallery. If you’re ever in the Land of Enchantment, look for Andrea’s Star Garden Gallery, one mile east of the El Morro National Monument. * Reed Bernhard lives in Bellingham (north of Seattle) and still works as standards captain for the IAC/Expedia Global flight department. He loves the job, especially flying the Global 6000 business jet. He sees Stephen Hord often and stays in touch with Greg Lundberg and Mark Panek. * Jill Vollweiler was a double National Age Group Champion W50 in the 5,000M and the 10,000M runs at the USATF Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships last summer in Spokane, Wash. And yes, she has a day job too. * Elaine Kaufman Goldman gathered for an ’80s-themed weekend in Boston last summer to celebrate “50” with classmates Erica Hoffmeister Supple, Suzanne Quill Feldman, Leslie Couture Mourmoura, and Andrea Ciampa McEachern. Elaine’s also excited to share that next fall two of her three daughters will be at Colby! * Cinda Jones is president of W.D. Cowls, Inc. in Massachusetts, where she completed the commonwealth’s largest private conservation project in 2011. This summer she’s adding another 2,000 acres of conserved land to the original 3,486 acres. * Sheri Berger Bronstein checked in from Ridgewood, N.J., where she lives with her family. She loves her job as global human resources executive at Bank of America and enjoys the impact she is able to leave on diversity and human capital matters. She sees Elizabeth LeRoy Clothier from time to time as their oldest children attend the same school.


1980 Newsmakers

Tom Jester '88

The University of Montana appointed Sarah Swager ’81 its vice provost for student success. A Montana native with more than 35 years experience working in student affairs, Swager will oversee the university’s American Indian student services, veteran services, dining, housing, and campus health, among others. * Christine Petersen ’85, an executive with 20 years of experience in the travel industry, was named CEO of smarTours, a guided tour company. Petersen previously worked as CEO of Time Out Digital and spent a decade as president of TripAdvisor for Business. * Tom Jester ’88 has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. A principal with Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, D.C., Jester was recognized for his “design achievements in the renewal of aging buildings using advanced technology and pioneering methods in preservation science,” according to a company press release. * A “bittersweet departure” is what the Aspen Times called the retirement of Craig Rogers ’89 from Aspen Middle School. After five years as principal, two years as assistant, and many years teaching at the Colorado high-country school, Rogers has mixed feelings. “The thought of not being at the front door and greeting the kids every day, that’s a big adjustment.”


1989

Class Correspondent:

Anita Terry
classnews1989@colby.edu

Thank you, dear classmates, for all the lovely emails you sent after learning of my cancer diagnosis. You all are the reason I love being class correspondent. Several of you shared your own health struggles, and while most asked me to keep that information private, Andy Ayers agreed that his news was too important not to share. Last June Andy was playing hockey before work when he started having chest pain. He ignored it, kept playing, and ultimately collapsed in the locker room in full cardiac arrest—he was dead on the floor. Luckily, the arena was equipped with an AED and his teammates started CPR and then shocked him with the AED. Without their quick action, Andy would have died. He’s made a full recovery, and he reminds us to not ignore symptoms of heart trouble and to make sure that the places we frequent have AEDs. Andy, we are grateful that we’ll be able to see you in June! * Melinda Pittis keeps her heart healthy. She completed the Maine half-Ironman triathlon last August. Amazing! * Bill Stauffer wrote from Thailand, where he was with a group of Colby students interning with the Freedom Story, an NGO that works to keep kids from being exploited for labor and sex. * Bob and Sue Banta Gallagher also have a daughter in the Class of ’22. Sue says that there are five children of the Class of ’89 in the Class of ’22. And again I ask, where is the discount? * Mark Cosdon won’t make it to reunion again, for some lame reason like he’ll be a visiting professor in Italy or something. He’s directing Urinetown the Musical this spring at Allegheny U, which sounds a lot better than Italy. * Lawrence Collins wrote from Barcelona, where he visited Gerry Hadden. Things are chaotic in France these days, and in addition to his music, Lawrence has decided to follow in Gerry’s footsteps and write a book. He’s shopping it to editors and hoping to hit it big so his 15-year-old daughter can go to Colby. * Tina Clifford Comparato’s daughter is a freshman at Georgetown, where there’s definitely no Class of ’89 discount, but there’s still hope for the eighth grade twins. Tina is busy with local theater, doing interviews for Colby and Pingree, and all her girls’ activities. As for my Colby freshman, she was headed to see Meg Christie and Will Cheever ’85 for Jan Plan break, a week before Meg comes to visit me, so I don’t have to be jealous. * Suzanne Milauskas recently moved into a condo in Cambridge after her daughter graduated high school. She is director of prospect development, systems, and stewardship for Spaulding Rehab Network, and she’s enjoying her new social life in the city. She recently reconnected with Sue Keliher, and we expect to see both of you at reunion! * Christina Theokas hosted a mini-reunion in San Diego in September with Melita Marks, Wayne Dougal, Tony Ekstrom, Scott Turtel, and Robyn Torrisi Gavin. There was little drinking and not much talking, I’d imagine. * Nancy Mahon O’Sullivan finally put Career Services to use, 28 years after graduation. She reports that Colby was very helpful as she looked to re-start her career after taking time off to raise six kids (with Brenda O’Sullivan Kostyk’s brother, John), one of whom is a junior at Colby. * Christin Haight Barnett’s new job with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will keep her from reunion, but she may get up to Colby with her 17-year-old daughter, who’s starting to look at colleges. Be sure to ask about the class discount, Chris! And for the rest of you, I really hope to see you in Waterville June 7-9.


1988

Class Correspondent:

Kate Walker
classnews1988@colby.edu

Greetings, Class of 1988!  Thanks to everyone who sent news for our column.  It was wonderful to hear from classmates near and far! * You may remember how Andrew McIntosh graced the Colby campus back in the day with the sounds of his bagpipe. Last summer Andrew traveled to Scotland to perform with his band, Fellswater, and the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums. They performed at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and some Fringe concerts to audiences of 9,000 people. To support his musical habits, Andrew works at Brown University, overseeing endowments and gifts. * Paul Henry checked in from Santo Domingo, Ecuador, where he harvests organic pitahaya on his rainforest farm. * Ellen Meigs got together for a New Year’s Eve lunch with Heidi Kampersal Petrosino and Patty Rush ’87. They enjoyed catching up and hope to plan a group vacation sometime soon. * Betsy Lockhart Casey sends her best to all of us ’88ers! She and her husband have three kids, 11, 13, and 18. Betsy works at the regional high school on Cape Cod, where her kids attend. She and her oldest son, a senior, will travel to China this spring for a school service trip and look forward to visiting the Great Wall and a panda sanctuary. The Caseys recently bought a beautiful farm house in Harwich, Mass., a mile from the beach and close to family. * John Seidl, Mike Paquin, and Dave Rand reconnected at our 30th reunion. Having spent a lot of time with each other in various locales in ill-advised situations usually caused by their own poor choices, they decided to see if their luck would hold in the Pacific Northwest. In early October, they regrouped in Anacortes, Wash., to charter a boat for a week around the San Juan Islands. It was a great time hiking, kayaking, and figuring out how to run their boat. Amazingly, they never bumped anything (too) hard, and each morning the boat was right where they had anchored her. Dave described it as being on a floating version of the ponderosa, their off-campus house at Colby, albeit with better food and drink. But the antics were just as stupid and the laughs were just as good! * Heidi Irving Naughton was pleased to be asked to be part of the 1813 Committee for Colby and continues to be in awe of the amazing things that are going on at Colby and in Waterville. Her twins—Daly and Claire—are slated to graduate from Bates this spring. Fingers crossed! They’ll travel to Kenya for a few weeks in June to celebrate and will spend time at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Africa’s wilderness and its particularly endangered species, such as elephants and the black rhino. Heidi’s twins are planning their next steps in life, and she would love to hear from any classmates in the Portland, Ore., region or in the Glasgow, Scotland, area as preliminary plans have the girls headed in those directions. Heidi is also renovating a building in beautiful Rockport, Maine, that will be available for short-term rentals starting in July. The building is called HarborHouse and features two one-bedroom luxury apartments. * Congratulations to Kristin Sween, who recently got engaged! She and her fiancé, Jesse, live in Casper, Wyo., where Kristin is a clinical supervisor at the psychiatric hospital. Jesse proposed last fall during Kristin’s birthday weekend trip to Deadwood, S.D. They have yet to set a date due to their busy schedules. Best wishes to the happy couple!


1987

Class Correspondent:

Scott Lainer
classnews1987@colby.edu

Hello, dear classmates! First an announcement of epic proportions: Andrew Rudman and Jeff DiSandro are co-chairing the ’87 gift committee. They are on a mission to exceed 50-percent class participation. If you remember Colby well, could you make a donation? (And if not, make a donation in protest! Even more fun.) * John Beaudoin writes, “My wife, Fay, and I love Brunswick, where she welcomes babies into the world as a labor and delivery nurse, and I write and provide advisory services to media businesses. Guess whose job provides greater joy? (Um, yours? I’m a terrible guesser.) Our daughter, Genevieve, leads a band called Dead Gowns and plays across the Northeast. They released an EP last summer, and Gen composed music for a production of Sam Shepard's True West, which opened in Portland late January. My son, Nicholas, graduated with a degree in comp lit from Hofstra, but plans to become a chef and open his own restaurant. (Call it “Comp Restaurant!”) Camille, our youngest, is a sophomore at North Yarmouth Academy. She loves school and plays volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse. I was at Mayflower Hill in October for the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Convocation; this year, my good friend and colleague Chuck Plunkett received an honorary degree for his courageous editorials at the Denver Post. I'm proud of my alma mater for its dedication to First Amendment rights despite the anti-press vitriol in Washington.” (Amen to that.) * In local news, Hayden Spring says, “I have a Snoopy & Woodstock Grilled Cheese maker; it’s more fun than George’s Grill. I have no fabulousness to report. I am content to have no news to share. Peace.” (Contentment is top of my list, Hayden. Well done!) * Kris Davidson continues to love Vinalhaven in Penobscot Bay, celebrating 10 years of owning Davidson Realty. “I also added vacation rental management, which has taken off! This spring I’m opening a speakeasy in the rear section of my c.1880 building. I call it a speakeasy because it will be located around back of Davidson Realty. (Expect a police raid in the near future, Kris.) Of course liquor will be served and small plates of food, but the primary reason is to bring live music to the island. I’m a classically trained pianist, the only music major in our class, and am excited to find professional groups to play here. I’m hoping we will have the grand opening for Skål on Memorial Day weekend. Anyone who plays/sings jazz should shoot me an email.” (I do amazing jazz hands. Does that count?) * Wendy Barrows Lyles says, “Greetings from eastern NC, where hurricane Florence is still keeping people out of their homes without enough rentals. (Good time to be grateful for what we’ve got, my friends.) From the blessed side of life, our youngest son, Billy, married Jordan Goodson in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at her parents’ home. When asked, 'do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband?' Jordan answered, ‘I SUPER DO! (Was she wearing a cape?) It was so memorable! Our daughter, Kelly, is an assistant manager with Enterprise in Greenville and was also the amazingly talented photographer for her brother’s wedding. Our oldest, Chris Jr., is a nationally recognized service writer for Toyota here in Jacksonville. It is wonderful to have your kids nearby! (Probably makes it so much easier when they need money.) My hubby, Chris, is still in flooring sales, and I’m a loan officer at SECU/NC. I’m also working to bring botanical-patented pain relief that works almost as well as steroids and NSAIDs. Please email me at wlyles65@gmail.com if you would like a pain cream sample. Our aloe gel drink—yes, you can drink aloe—helps the body heal itself with a myriad of issues from inflammation to GERD.” (And if you don’t know what GERD is, feel free to guess.) * Remember, you matter and every day is precious, my friends. Live accordingly.


1986

Class Correspondent:

Susan Maxwell Reisert
classnews1986@colby.edu

Many thanks to those who wrote in to share their news. * Sue Whitney is alive and well and has been teaching high school math and coaching girls’ cross-country for (gasp!) the past 28 years at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa. She’s married to Tim McVeagh, a life-long Pittsburgher and art teacher. They have two daughters, Weezie, 19, and Whitney, 16. Weezie is a freshman at Penn State, and Whitney is a sophomore at Shady Side. Sue usually visits with Kristin Giblin Lindquist in Westport in the summer and keeps in touch with Rich Deering, Jen Imhoff Foley, and Andrea Sarris. Please reach out to Sue if you are in western Pennsylvania! * I also heard from a couple of other teachers from the Class of 1986. Joyce Seymour Rains is a STEAM specialist in the Boxford, Mass., public schools (in the small-world department, it turns out that Joyce has taught my three nieces, who live in Boxford). This summer Joyce will be, for the first time, co-manager of Three Mile Island AMC Camp, a family camp located on Lake Winnipesaukee. Joyce’s daughter, Molly, is a sophomore at Colby majoring in biology and art. * Joyce Sutton Anderson loves teaching French at Winchester (Mass.) High School. She plans to retire in about 4.5 years and move to a home she’s renovating in Phippsburg, Maine. Her daughter works in Nashua, and her son will soon move to Seattle. Sally Jaffe Curley started her own company in the fall of 2017—focusing on investor relations, corporate sustainability, and governance consulting. She now lives in Savannah, Ga. She reports that all is good on the professional side. Her husband, David, retired from teaching at Bentley University and now spends his life golfing and boating. Sally and David are looking forward to celebrating 23 years of marriage in May. Anyone from the Class of ’86 is welcome to look Sally up if you’re in the Savannah area! * Dave Epstein continues to teach his popular Jan Plan class focused on . . . can anyone guess? Yes, meteorology. When Dave is in Waterville for his annual gig, we usually get together for dinner. This year was no exception. Over dinner and wine, we talked about Colby, its students, the rewards of being an active and engaged alum, and . . . can anyone guess? Yes, the weather. It’s better than politics. Actually, the conversation about weather and weather patterns was very interesting. * As for myself, my husband and I are enjoying our new empty nest. Our daughter is a senior at Vassar College and our son is a freshman at Bard College. We’re looking forward to our 25th wedding anniversary this summer with a trip to Scotland to explore the islands—the Hebrides, St. Kilda, the Orkneys, and the Shetland Islands—followed by a walking tour of the Speyside whisky distilleries. Can’t wait. I hope you are all well, and I look forward to hearing from you! Get in touch if you venture to the Waterville area.


1985

Class Correspondent:

Tom Colt
classnews1985@colby.edu

Imogen Mintzer Hinds has been promoted to the position of executive director of R&DE student housing at Stanford University. Her responsibilities include assigning and providing housing for the undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford. She’s looking forward to opening a brand-new graduate housing complex in fall 2020. Imogen will also be celebrating her 20-year work anniversary at Stanford this coming July! * Rodney Krause’s son Connor is in the Colby Class of 2020 and on the defending NESCAC champion hockey team that went to the NCAA D-III Frozen Four last year. * Angela Drennen Hansen, a family law attorney in Rockville, Md., is happy to report that on Jan. 12, 2018, she added (by adoption) daughter Addie, 3, to the Hansen family. Addie joins much older brothers David, 27, and Matthew, 25. Angela and her husband of 30 years, Steven, moved into a larger home in Olney, Md., to accommodate her parents and little Addie. “Life is good!” notes Angela. * Roy Hirshland and his wife, Chris, enjoy their city life in the Back Bay area of Boston. He often runs into Colby neighbors Nancy Donahue Cyker ’88, George Katz ’83, and Kevin Starr. Roy proudly proclaims, “Colby Mules rule Back Bay!” * Kevin Bruen just retired from serving in the Coast Guard after 22 years. He is currently employed as a civilian attorney with the Coast Guard. Kevin recently took up water polo and plays twice a week—“the hardest workout I’ve ever done.” This summer marked a regular gathering of Colby friends from the Class of 1985 in St. Louis. Rodney Krause was the host, and attendees included Kevin, Mike Sanderson, Tom Valinote, and Wayne Eddy. Rodney took everyone to a Cardinals game and they had great fun enjoying the St. Louis nightlife. * Megan and I have enjoyed recent trips to India (touring the Golden Triangle) and Kazakhstan (skiing near Almaty). Thanks to all who contributed to the news column!


1984

Class Correspondent:

Marian Leerburger
classnews1984@colby.edu

I hope everyone is as excited as I am to see our class at reunion in June. I’m already hearing from folks who plan to attend, such as Kathryn Soderberg, who has been traveling quite a bit, including to Vietnam and Cambodia. She learned quite a bit about U.S. involvement in those countries during the Vietnam War. With two houses in Wayne, Maine, she also takes many weekend trips around Maine. Additionally, she helps lead services in her Methodist church. Over Thanksgiving, Kathryn, her partner, and her dad made it a point to explore Waterville. She hadn’t done this since her Colby days and saw many changes, all of them for the better. She’s very pleased Colby has taken the initiative to invest in Waterville. Kathryn traveled to Jamaica in January, Egypt in February, and Palm Desert, Calif., in March. She does the California trip every year to celebrate her dad’s birthday. * Dana Hanley sold his home on Sebago Lake in Windham, Maine, and after 28 years of practicing law, he sold his practice and is now serving “as counsel” for four more years. He bought his dream house on Lake Conroe in Texas, where he plans to spend his winters. His daughter graduates from Connecticut College in May, and he’s looking forward to the end of tuition payments! * Sharon Kehoe Miller was on a four-month travel excursion with her husband and son, visiting Australia and Fiji. So far they  had traveled to Western Australia, taken a side trip to Bali, then South Australia and Victoria, before taking the ferry across the Bass Strait to Tasmania. They planned to return to the United States in February. * Todd Halloran has twin boys, both seniors, at Colgate and Dartmouth. He has a sophomore daughter playing hockey and lacrosse at Williams College and a junior at Deerfield Academy (his final hope for a Colby child!). Todd is going on 24 years at NY and LA-based private equity firm Freeman Spogli, and he recently lost his mind (his words!) and bought a minor league sports franchise in Charleston—the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL and affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals. * Barbara Duncan Marchetti enjoys hearing about everyone in this column. * Since leaving the practice of law in 1997, John Tawa has been a sports writer. His most recent venture has been launching the content side of the Oregon School Activities Association. John’s youngest child, Jordy, recently won his first varsity match as a freshman wrestler in the 106-pound class. His middle, Casey, a high school junior, was named Oregon Second Team All-State in Class 6A for both wide receiver and cornerback. And his eldest, Tim, a sophomore baseball player at Stanford, was recently named the number 22 prospect nationally for the 2020 Major League Baseball draft. He was the MaxPreps National Athlete of the Year as a high school senior in 2017. * Lorna Neligan Colarusso has a daughter who is a junior at Colby. She was a COOT leader at Acadia. Lorna’s other daughter, Maeve, is a freshman at Bowdoin, which gives Lorna an allegiance issue during hockey season. Lorna is currently querying agents for her YA thriller and hoping to get some bites. Otherwise, she’s just writing and traveling around. * As for me, my son completed his master’s in clinical rehabilitation and counseling at LSU in May and is working for the state of Texas as a counselor for at-risk adults in Houston. My daughter is completing her degree at University of Maine in Orono and spending her final semester in Reggio Emilia, Italy, studying education (and from what I can tell, food and travel, too!). My therapy dog, Remy, takes me to visit hospitals and wounded warriors each week. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our reunion!


1983

Class Correspondent:

Jennifer Thayer Naylor
classnews1983@colby.edu

Well, helllloooo darlings! Have we got surprise entrants in the news cycle here at ’83 Central, starting with my pre-Christmas greeting from none other than the incomparable Peter Ruggles! The message was such a delight that we immediately scheduled a beer summit on the border of our home states. It was an epic three-hour lunch. Pete is living in Connecticut’s storied Candlewood Lake community with his wife and three boys, two of whom are college students, with several lacrosse players in the mix. Pete, who is the opening personality of Chapter 20 in The Long Haul, the rollicking memoir of former Colby student and long-haul truck driver Finn Murphy, heads operations for Joyce Van Lines. Very cool to have Ruggs take on one of the foundational industries of our economy, and also cool to share our paths to now. For all my former Foss fans, Ruggs also put me in touch with Mark Cote ’84, with whom I hoped to beer summit in March. * Kelly Dodge wrote that he moved to Keene, N.H., in 2015, retired in 2016, and married in 2018. Okay, this is not the usual order of life, but he’s definitely loving retirement. He also shared that he’s been spending a lot of time on his bucket list of traveling, volunteering, and gardening. And hiking. He writes, “Last summer my goal was to hike NH’s 10 highest mountains. I completed those and eight more and am now on my way to complete all 48 over 4,000 feet. My wife and I are going to Puerto Rico [over the 2019] winter with high school members from the local Rotary Interact group and will rehab some homes damaged by Hurricane Maria.” * Northeast ALERT: John Northrop has darkened our shores, finally able to move back from Texas to … his birthplace of Lisbon, N.H.! Our man is back on the slopes on the days when the Polar Vortex does not dim skier enthusiasm and drive commerce inside. Having left his long stint with BP, John is back on the market, once ski season is over (because … priorities!). John writes, poetically: “Gonna miss Texas, believe it or not, but really happy to be back in the mountains. Happy as I bask in the beauty of the White Mountains, the snow, the mountains, the three new microbreweries within 10 miles of home, and the new, improved quality of life. I’m enjoying the kids’ sports—soccer, skiing, and hoops for Addy, and base/softball this summer. Twenty minutes away is Cannon Mountain, where I have a NH resident all-days ski pass. The kids walk to school, and all my siblings are in the same state again!” * I heard that Chip Kelley was named Maine market president for KeyBank on top of his already big role as commercial sales lender for Maine, N.H., and eastern Massachusetts. Next time you’re passing through Portland, you can find Chip on Franklin Street. Congratulations from here!

 

1982

Class Correspondent:

Sarah Lickdyke Morissette
classnews1982@colby.edu

Deb Nader Hartshorn enjoys living near Iain Hoefle near Burlington, Vt., where they exchange home renovation help. Deb enjoyed some exciting outdoor experiences in 2018, including visiting her daughter in Scotland in February. They stayed in a youth hostel under Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain, with a group of English ice climbers and no heat. Last summer Deb raced on eight different sailboats. She is learning how to sail, albeit under duress. * Paul “Beef” Maier reports that he and DKE brothers Marc “Jets” Jeton and Jon “J” Schwartz stay in touch and gathered to celebrate the holidays. In addition, they reunited with Brother Tom “Dog” Dougherty and wife Vicki as they made a swing through New England. * Many of the more seasoned Colby hockey alumni (Paul “Ikie” Eichelroth, Paul “Q” Quaranto ’80, Bobby “Norty” Norton ’81, Larry “Sparky” Sparks ’79, Carl Lovejoy ’79, Marc “Monte” Ciarallo, Dean “Deno” Morrissey ’79, Dan “Dano” O’Halloran ’80, and Bill “Otis” Maddox to name a few…) survived the most recent alumni game. Paul reminds the elder pucksters that next year will be the last skate in the hallowed Alfond Ice Rink, so they should participate. #MULETRAIN * Carolyn Berry Copp and her husband are officially empty nesters, though she writes that her children have left their junk in the nest. Carolyn has driven across country to Portland, Ore., with daughter Charlotte twice in the past year. Both trips were fantastic and very different. Charlotte graduated from Lewis & Clark and now juggles many jobs using her environmental studies degree. Carolyn works from home as a principal strategy consultant for Blackbaud, a fundraising software company based in Charleston, S.C., and travels a bit. This fall Carolyn had a wonderful visit with her dear old friend Cathy Fracasse, whom she hadn’t seen since we graduated. She also cares for her 90-year-old mom, who lives nearby in an assisted living facility. Last spring Carolyn became an official Concord, Mass., tour guide, so if you want to visit the North Bridge or Walden Pond, let her know! * Diane Conley LaVangie wanted to make sure I noted that Helen Dooley Anthony was elected to the Providence City Council—our civic-minded friend continues trying to make the world a better place! I happen to know that besides acting as a PR rep for Helen, Diane runs, cycles, and swims up a storm, and recently became the proud grandmother of her very first grandbaby. * Robert and Kathy McHugh Mirani and Linda Welch traveled to Virginia to celebrate the wedding of Lisa Clark Bureau’s son, Nicholas. The roomies had a chance to catch up and start planning a roomie weekend in Charleston. Nicholas recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan, during which he had a Colby flag flown over the post as a gift for his mom. The enormous flag, dust and all, is framed and hangs in a place of honor in Lisa’s house. * Bob Benjamin completed year 28 teaching, coaching, and advising at Brunswick School. He had a great year and wrestling season—Bob was named New England Independent School Wrestling Association Assistant Coach of the Year. He’s excited about Brunswick’s new 700-plus-acre campus in Randolph, Vt., where he’s developing an outdoor leadership education program, during which the boys will spend a week away from school and technology. Bob enjoyed a nice motorcycle trip there to do a site survey last June. Bob also travels for his “part-time” job in the Army as deputy commanding officer for the 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). Bob’s own gang sounds like a bunch of highly educated, world-improving, service-oriented individuals, but there are too many of them doing too much to include here! Thumbs up, Bob! * And on a sad note, Jennifer Batson Wilson passed away at home Aug. 18, 2018, after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. Her obituary was in the last issue of Colby Magazine, and a service was held for her Oct. 6 in Newbury, N.H. Our class also lost Brian Kelley in October and Joe Lynch in September. Their obituaries are in the back of this issue.


1981

Class Correspondent:

Ginny Bulford Vesnaver
classnews1981@colby.edu

Hi everyone! Here’s the latest… Scott Vandersall kicked off our 60th birthday year with a surprise party in early January organized by his wife, Amy (Boyle ’83), and their two daughters. The event was on Cape Cod, where they live. Attendees included John Clevenger, Bob Clark, Steve Pfaff, and Paul Revere ’83. They missed Joel Harris, who wasn’t able to make it. Joel, Bob, Steve, and Scott have gotten together for a round of golf every year since our 30th reunion. Scott’s brother-in-law, Gerry Boyle ’78, and his wife, Mary Foley Boyle ’78, also attended. Check out our Class of ’81 Facebook group to see Scott’s group photo with fellow Mules. A review of the comments on the Facebook post will reveal a photo of the surprise party thrown for Mimi Pratt Valyo, who also has an early January birthday. * Beth Pniewski Wilson’s birthday celebrations started last fall with a Colby get-together in Kennebunkport. Kate Rogers, Lauren Hampton Rice, Janet Blau Cobb, Kimberly Hokanson, Lynne Bruen Winter, Lynn McLaren, Ellen Owens Dion, Nancy Welsh, and Darlene Howland had a wonderful weekend together looking at pictures from their Colby days and exchanging memories of freshman year in Small Hall and Dana. Beth keeps reminding everyone LX is the new XL! And 9 p.m. is the new midnight! And, I’ll add 60 is the new 40! * Dani Nemec Micsan is doing her best to support my “60/40 theory.” She and Tory Sneff Schulte ran in the Marine Corps Marathon last fall after training together in a running group. In a small-Colby-world story, Dani recently trained in a running group with the wife of Alison Jones Webb’s brother. Alison was Dani’s freshman year roommate! Dani lives in Reston, Va., and shared that Carrie Bingham Boera also lives there, though they have yet to get together. Dani ended 2018 with her retirement from the U.S. government after 35 years of service. To start 2019, she purged and sorted neglected items in her home, signed up for races, and spent time at the gym. She fears she may have to take on some contract work to support her running habit! * Sarah Swager returned to her home state to take a new position as vice provost for student success at the University of Montana (Missoula). She’s excited to serve an institution she knows and respects. * Steph Vrattos recently met Pam Woods Mosdale in Medford, Mass., to watch Pam’s daughter play soccer for Fisher College. “Woodsie” and Steph have plans for a trip to Florida to visit their hockey captain, Wicked Good Lee Johnson ’79, who has retired there. * Jim ’82 and Melise Maggioni O’Sullivan celebrated Melise’s 60th with a June 2018 trip to Bermuda. In July they spent two weeks in Paris and Cannes with their daughter Catie. They celebrated mutual wedding anniversaries with Wendy and John Nivison ’82 and Cathy and Greg Marco ’83 with “Billy Joel at Fenway Park” in August. September brought a visit from Beth Pniewski Wilson, and in October they celebrated the wedding of their oldest son, Greg. The Atlanta wedding was also attended by the Nivisons and Marcos. Melise is truly empty nesting now that their youngest son, Will, has graduated from college. They’ve filled the silence with two rambunctious rescued yellow Lab puppies. * Christian Melby’s daughter, Lily, is a sophomore at Colby and spent Jan Plan 2019 in Genoa to learn Italian. The family went to Thailand and Vietnam for their yearly December trip. * I sign off now with a 60th birthday-year challenge. I’ve heard from 39 of you so far. Let’s make that number 60 with the remaining two columns in 2019. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!


1980

Class Correspondent:

Kevin Fahey
classnews1980@colby.edu
My wife, Elizabeth (Stiller ’81), and I began our early fall vacation by visiting Jon Bees in Boothbay Harbor. We spent the afternoon with Jon and his dog, Elsa, on his boat and then relaxed over dinner at his summer house that looks out at Burnt Island Light—all the while keeping one eye on the Red Sox game. In the course of conversation, we discovered that Jon and Elizabeth are very distantly related to a common ancestor also shared with Gardner Colby. We’re still figuring out the exact relationship, but the common ancestor is from somewhere in the late 1600s. * Glen Coral, despite hitting 60, doesn’t seem to be slowing down. He still plays basketball a few days a week, thinking he can keep up with the 30 and 40-somethings. Glen and his wife keep busy with their children and travel. They helped their son Jon and his wife, Taylor, move into their “new” old farmhouse. They traveled out to Southern California to do some hiking in Joshua Tree National Park and enjoyed beautiful desert sunsets with their daughter, Stacey. They followed that up with a stop at Indiana University, where their son Jason recently started a genomic research post-doc and also recently announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend, Gina. * Linda Alter Capell’s goal for the past year was to travel, and she seems to have achieved that. She spent two weeks in Montana and Banff in August, a week at her cabin in July when she turned 60, a long weekend in Boulder, a week in Florida at Thanksgiving, and a week in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, for the post Christmas and New Year’s week. Linda has two kids who are nine, so she won’t be retiring from real estate until she’s at least 70. She came close to a visit with Leah Maher ’82 when she was in Isla Mujeres. Linda has also recently exchanged emails with basketball teammates who send various photos and newspaper articles of the team. Forty years later and all those memories make for some unique connections. Meanwhile, Linda is planning her travel for 2019, so we may have a chance of seeing her some place. * Liz (Pizzurro ’81) and Dan Ossoff look forward to the wedding of son Ben ’10 this summer to Robyn St. Laurent ’12. Son Will has followed in Dan’s footsteps, having started at Harvard Law School last fall.

1970 Newsmakers

Kim Nickerson Potember '79

The “apple whisperer” John Bunker ’72 was profiled in Lancaster Farming about his life as a “fruit explorer” locating, identifying, and preserving heritage apple tree varieties in Maine. The story chronicles Bunker’s journey that eventually led to the creation of the Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity. * Roy Meyers ’76 was a guest on NPR’s The Takeaway in a Jan. 8 episode titled “Shutdowns Are a Game of Chicken, But Does Anyone Actually Win?” Meyers teaches political science and public policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is the founding director of the school’s Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program. * Kim Nickerson Potember ’79, senior vice president and director of development at the mid-Atlantic developer Greenberg Gibbons, has been appointed to its board of directors. “Her tenacity and proven leadership are an invaluable asset as the company continues to grow and explore future transformative projects,” Brian Gibbons, chairman and CEO, told citybizlist.com.


1979

Class Correspondent:

Cheri Bailey Powers
classnews1979@colby.edu

New Year! New you! Here’s what’s new! * Sarah Russell MacColl started 2019 with hope for Maine with the inauguration of Governor Janet Mills. Her daughter, Katy, launched a Turkish towel and blanket import business called “kt woven” and has a “day” job at Cultural International Educational Exchange in Portland. Son Chris clerks in first circuit in Boston. Sarah’s fitness clients seem to be aging along with her, stretching and sighing more these days. * Great to hear from Rebecca Rogers Bushong! Becky says she’s still finding her way, getting out, and trying new activities in the aftermath of husband Bill’s passing several years ago. She’s tried multiple self-improvement classes but traveling and photography make her happy. Her next venture may be an acting class. * Katie Cofsky Lemaire enjoyed a mini-Colby reunion last June with Donna Drury Bleakney (SC), Lisa Pacun (London), Tricia Garrambone (FL), and their spouses at Maine’s Sebago Lake. Despite keeping in touch for 40 years, this was the first time they’d been together since graduation. * Cari and Carl Lovejoy welcomed their third granddaughter, Quinn Avery Lovejoy, Sept. 22, 2018. Carl returned to Colby in December for the annual alumni hockey game along with Dean Morrissey and Larry Sparks. Next year will be the final season for Alfond Ice Rink, and Carl encourages all former Mules to return for the 2019 alumni games. * Busy coding in Santa Clara, George Powers used his free time to complete a remodel of his downstairs apartment. He looked forward to his next project—snow tires and a trip to see new snow in Tahoe. George and wife Annette attended son Derek’s graduation from flight school over Thanksgiving and plan to visit him at Fort Drum over July Fourth. * Elizabeth Armstrong sent regrets for not attending reunion. She’s in Japan for the next two years as resident director of the Associated Kyoto Program (the same program she participated in at Colby). She loves giving back to a program that gave her so much. She started the year off with a canonical visit to a temple to ask for good fortune. * Now retired, Amy Davidoff and her partner, Mary, hang around Eleuthera, Bahamas, with plans to visit Australia and New Zealand. * Hillary Jones Egan spends her time between Cape Elizabeth (summers) and Florida (winters). She’s still involved in music through the Portland (Maine) Conservatory of Music and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Florida. Last February her family attended the Olympics to see middle child Clare, who’s competing this season in World Cup races as a member of the U.S. Women’s Biathlon Team. In August Hillary saw Dean Janice Seitsinger Kassman at the wedding of Carly Tripler-Rapaport ’10, daughter of Lisa Tripler ’77 and Dan Rapaport ’74. * It’s been a long time since Janet Deering Bruen wrote in. She was heading to her love shack in New Jersey, where hubby Phil Bruen ’77 works for MetLife. Travel to visit her four daughters in Montana, Colorado, and Oregon keeps her busy. * David Ashcraft’s daughter is back in central Asia—Uzbekistan—for her second Fulbright scholarship teaching English. He hopes to visit her soon and see the Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, with a layover in Istanbul. * Last April Bob Kinney celebrated his 10th year with the N.J. Attorney General’s Office, where he’s deputy attorney general in the environmental enforcement and environmental justice section. He also found time to direct Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta The Yeoman of the Guard for four nearly sold-out performances last June. On Jan. 1, he attended the Citrus Bowl in Orlando with his “rabid” UK alumna Kay Kinney. Bob encourages all ’79 classmates worldwide to come to reunion! I echo Bob’s words—please come to our 40th reunion. It’s going to be a great time. Reach out to classmates you keep in touch with, and those you haven’t, urging them to come June 6-9. See you there!


1978

Class Correspondent:

Lisa Mathey Landry
classnews1978@colby.edu

Welcome to 2019! It was bitterly cold here in the Northeast this winter, so I hope this column finds you all warm and well. * Nick Levintow writes from Geneva, Switzerland, where he leads the SafeYouth@WorkProject for the International Labor Organization, an agency of the United Nations. The project’s goal is to improve workplace safety and health for young workers throughout the world. He hopes to continue this important work for another two years. Nick was with the UN in Washington, D.C., and moved to Geneva in 2015. He finds that the city suits him. An avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast, he has a collection of four bikes he utilizes depending on where the day takes him. He enjoys the Swiss sense of community, their love of nature and physical activity, and the year-round public festivals. A trip to the French Alps with Steve Jacobs is planned. Over Christmas Nick traveled to Puerto Rico with his sister, Alix ’77, for a family gathering. He stopped in Greensboro, N.C., to visit his grandson Spencer and daughter Sara, a Ph.D. candidate in epidemiology at UNC Chapel Hill. Nick has two sons. David is attending law school at GWU, and Chris currently works in Greensboro. * Jeff Wheeler announces that in September his second son, Tucker, was married on Cape Cod. “The first of three with two more to go.” Sadly, Tucker’s godfather, the wonderful Peter Schmidt-Fellner, wasn’t able to attend. Nevertheless, all went well. Congratulations! * Jane Brox’s new book, Silence, was published in January by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It examines how silence has been practiced as meditation in monastic communities and by penal institutions through the use of solitary confinement. The book was favorably reviewed in the New York Times. All best wishes and success! * Finally, Pam Cleaves Devine and John Devine are thrilled to welcome three new babies to their family this year. Sarah (Harvard ’08) was due to have twins in April, and Kim ’06 is having her third child in August. That makes six grandchildren for Pam and John!


1977

Class Correspondent:

Russ Lowe
classnews1977@colby.edu

It’s been great to hear from so many of you. * Cindy North lives in Ventura, Calif. For 30 years Cindy has worked in technical staffing. Since 2012 she has run a technical staffing division for a large engineering outsourcing company, and this year Forbes ranked her division 122 out of the top 250 of 4,000 professional recruiting companies in the United States. Her oldest son lives in an apartment on her property and works as a massage therapist. Her youngest is a senior  at UCSC studying computer gaming/engineering. She sails on weekends off the Ventura coast and Channel Islands. * Jane Hoffman continues to live with her husband in Larchmont, N.Y. She’s now in her 14th year of practice as an independent educational consultant and college admissions advisor. She loves being back on college campuses and helping high school students and their parents navigate the college admissions process. Her kids live in Oakland, Calif., and work in San Francisco. Daniel, 27, paints using oil and gouache in his studio and paints plein air through residencies at national parks. He also works as a handler/preparator at the Asian Museum of Fine Art. Rachel, 31, followed him there and works in the tech industry. Both enjoy their lives on the other coast and stay in touch with classmates from Smith and Oberlin. During Jane’s  annual trip to the coast of Maine, she enjoys seeing Lisa Fink ’75. * Janet Josselyn graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design and worked as an architect. Later graduating from Boston College Law School, Janet worked as a trial lawyer in Boston before marrying and having a child in her thirties. She wrote one novel, Thin Rich Bitches, about life in Dover, Mass., and has contributed hundreds of articles to HuffPost. These days she enters botanical photography competitions and will be interpreting a work of art for Art in Bloom at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in April. Her son graduated from Union College last June and is an officer in the Marine Corps. * Ann Atherton Poulin sent in a wonderful picture of a group of Colby women friends who met in Portland for a weekend this October. The group, Ann, Karen Gustafson Crossley, Claudia Schneider, Janet McLeod Rosenfield, Ina Toll Block, Amy Schenck Frankel, and Nancy Epstein, visited Colby for an afternoon. Feel free to put pictures like this in the “Colby College Class of 1977” Facebook group. * Kim Ayer McVeigh writes in from Michigan about some very special dogs that she trains: “2018 was the year of Merlin, our one-eyed English setter, who earned his American Kennel Club (AKC) Amateur Field Champion title. He had previously achieved his AKC Field Champion (Open/Pro) title in 2016. In addition, Merlin was the number one English setter at the AKC Pointing Breeds Walking Field Trial Championship. Our American Brittany, Pike, had several second and third placements in both the pro and amateur gun dog field trials as well as both horseback and walking field trials.” Kim also caught up with Lauren Siegel Goldman in Salem, Mass. * Alix Levintow Howell has worked at Dartmouth Medical School and VA Medical Center in biomedical research since she finished graduate school in 1983. Three kids and two husbands later, she’s winding down her career and will move to Brunswick, Maine, to perhaps start a second career or otherwise enjoy a less stressful life in retirement. She and her husband, Peter, have already bought a house in downtown Brunswick, steps away from Bowdoin, where she may venture over to the biology department and see if they need any help with teaching, running seminar series, or tutoring students. Her brother, Nick ’78, was enticed to buy the house directly across the street from hers, so there will be two Colby expats living in Brunswick. * Bob Guillory continues to enjoy his small-town law practice in Saco. He’s now joined by his son, also an attorney. How do you pass along 38 years of wisdom? He just became a grandfather for the first time. Life is good!


1976

Class Correspondent:

Robert Weinstein
classnews1976@colby.edu

Greetings all! Jumping right in with a hearty welcome to Andy Gleeman, making his class column debut. Andy, who claims to have neither aged nor matured, lives in Fairfield, Conn. He’s retired from Pepperidge Farm, for whom he traveled the globe opening new markets for Goldfish crackers and “the world’s greatest cookies (think: Milan Double Chocolate).” For 13 years, he’s loved teaching English as a second language to immigrant women at Bridgeport’s Mercy Learning Center. Sadly, his wife, Beth David, died in 2014. His two children are his treasures. Drew lives the techie life in San Francisco, and Emma lives in Valdivia, Chile, as a Fulbright Scholar researching the environmental impacts of volcanoes, wildfires, and climate change. Proud papa visits both as often as they will let him. * Dan Murphy sent quick greetings to all. He’d have added more but he was in the middle of skiing with Jenny Frutchy Ford when he wrote. * Hank Osborne writes that life is delightful. He enjoys his marketing work for a five-state nonprofit human services organization. He also teaches public speaking at UNH and keeps playing music. In May he’ll visit Japan, where he and his younger son will visit his old base of Kyoto/Osaka/Kobe. Hank’s older son graduated from USC and is working on the visual effects for the upcoming Spiderman movie. * Mitch Brown retired after 20 years of working for Walgreens corporate. He now runs an independent insurance agency, protecting business owners, their families, their health, and their assets. He works with 30 top carriers, noting he can always survey the landscape to get his clients the best coverage at the best prices. Mitch has also re-engaged in an earlier career and teaches English and history online globally. He was recently appointed headmaster for a small private school, so his days and evenings are full. Two of his four daughters are still at home. Mitch’s wife, Yanhua Xie, a former ob-gyn surgeon in China, now runs a genetic research firm doing RNA sequencing to attack cancers at the genetic level. He summarizes that life is full and exciting, and he’s helping others at the crossroads of their lives. “I enjoy getting up each morning early to do what I love.” * John Lumbard has become involved with a New England-based charity that helps entrepreneurs who are trying to rise from the ranks of the working poor. It’s called Entrepreneurship for All or “EforAll.” John’s still playing soccer despite “lumbar” stenosis that resulted from repair of his broken back. He enjoys skiing, sailing, paddling, and the Maine Island Trail Association. Although he isn’t sure he can join Pete Coz ’75 for another backpacking trip in the Sierras, he’s feeling fortunate nonetheless. * Martin Hubbe continues to teach papermaking technology at North Carolina State University, where he’s founding editor of BioResources, the largest scientific journal in the field of materials science: paper and wood. He and Liz (Barrett ’80) now have a granddaughter, Amanda, who is five. Martin and his siblings celebrated Christmas in Portland, so he hasn’t lost his Maine ties entirely. * After teaching French for 19 years, Paul Kueffner decided to retire. He still tutors but has more time for driving his tractor, walking the dogs, and picking good things from the garden. His wife, Sue, has been busy writing children’s books, including Lifeboat 12, which won the Golden Kite award, a prestigious national jury-decided prize for middle-grade fiction. Paul and Sue have trips planned to Beaver Creek, Fla., and a long cruise to Maine this summer. Their second granddaughter was born in January. * As for me, I appeared locally in the ensemble in Scrooge last December. That’s a wrap! Don’t forget to donate to the Colby Fund. As always, reach out to a classmate who’s been on your mind! And our next reunion, June 4–6, 2021, is the year after next—yes, that soon!


1974

Class Correspondent:

Nancy Spangler Tiernan
classnews1974@colby.edu
[caption id="attachment_63480" align="alignright" width="354"] Mick Chapuk, Christine Bogosian Rattey, and Martin “Doc” Zeller[/caption]

Brian and Marilyn Lebowitz Rothberg completed their 44-year quest to see all 60 National Parks when, celebrating his retirement, they visited Pinnacles National Park in California, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (“the part not covered with fresh lava”), and American Samoa. They also visited Mick Chapuk in Bethlehem, Pa., along with Christine Bogosian Rattey and Martin “Doc” Zeller. Mick had an art exhibition at Northampton Community College, where he’s been teaching for the past decade. Meanwhile, Norman Rattey was at Sivananda Vedanta Center, Maluenda, Spain, for a month-long retreat. * Tom Sullivan (another visitor to Mick’s art exhibits) wrote of a hiking trip in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. “After 35 years in medicine, the last 18 dedicated to hospice and palliative care, I decided it was time to let the younger folks lead the way.” Trying his hand at landscaping, interior renovations, banjo, and furniture building, he and wife Sue also love visiting their grandchildren in New York City and Ireland. * Robin Hamill-Ruth spent two weeks in Syracuse painting and dying art fabric for quilts destined for several shows. An African safari in September was another interruption to her weekly grandbaby-sitting gig. * Don Toussaint recently retired as executive VP of Citizens Business Bank in California. He spent 42 years in commercial and corporate banking, mostly in California and  Connecticut. He and his wife, Libby (retired from Westmont College, Calif.), have traveled in the Canadian Rockies, Maine, and New Hampshire. * Dennis Delehanty and wife Elizabeth sold their Centreville, Va., home and moved last June to Laureate Park in a new city called Lake Nona, near Orlando. “Florida is often referred to as ‘God’s waiting room,’ but Lake Nona is mainly younger families with a smattering of older folks … plus a good racial/ethnic mix.” He extolled recreational and medical facilities there and urged us all to Google it. When he lived in the Washington, D.C., area he frequently saw Norm Olsen ’73, since they both worked at the Department of State. * Havard Jones took the Amtrak sleeper car from Nevada to Union Station in Washington, D.C., “Scratching an item off my bucket list.” It was the return part of a spectacular trip to see the Grand Canyon and then the total eclipse of the sun in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. He was joined by Irl “Bucky” Marshall ’76, Walter Lienhard ’75, and John Allan ’75 for various parts of the trip. * Larry Kominz is teaching Japanese language and literature at Portland State University, and directing student productions of kabuki melodrama and kyogen farce, with occasional performances in Missouri, Canada, and Japan. Larry and his wife, Toshimi, spent the winter holiday with their two children, who live and work in Tokyo. “As a ‘left coaster’ I rarely come east these days. Last year I set foot in Maine for the first time since graduation day! I got as far as Kittery. Wishing my fellow alumni a healthy, happy Year of the Wild Boar.” * Diana Waterous Centorino, still a practicing attorney with her own firm in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., loves the beach and watching cruise ships sail from Port Everglades. One son is a psychiatrist for the VA in Tampa, the other an attorney for the State of Louisiana. Diana’s daughter works in her law office. Diana’s husband recently retired as ethics commissioner for Miami-Dade County and is now in consulting work. They enjoyed a holiday family gathering in New Orleans and still spend time each summer at their house in New Hampshire. * John Robbins started his 40th year as a consulting forester in Massachusetts. “Climate change has made my work a real challenge these days, with weather extremes and new insect and disease problems that are seriously stressing our forests.” A highlight of his year was the wedding, in Harpswell, of his daughter, Ginny ’10, whose roommate traveled from Fairbanks, Alaska, to perform the ceremony.

 

1973

Class Correspondent:

Carol Chalker
classnews1973@colby.edu

The Class of ’73, including its loyal correspondent, has maintained a lower profile this magazine cycle. I believe we’re still basking in the glow of our 45th reunion and feeling connected enough without writing. In July I gathered with Colby Forever Friends Lisa Kehler Bubar, Debbie Mael Mandino, and Jackie Nienaber Appeldorn in Lenox, Mass., where we spent two nights in an Airbnb. We enjoyed many hours of bridge playing along with an amazing day at the Clark Art Institute. Last August I took my annual trip to Cherryfield, Maine, with my 14-year-old grandson, Max, to visit Norm and Pat Flanagan Olsen. We stayed in their special guesthouse that overlooks the Narraguagus River and enjoyed many days of outdoor fun, including fishing, kayaking, and blueberry picking. * I’m excited to report that Alberto Bonadona Cossio made his first contact with Colby classmates since graduation—thanks to our magazine message reaching him in Bolivia. Alberto majored in economics at Colby and wants to know about class activities now that he is connected. Alberto, we hope you’ll make it back to Colby for our 50th Reunion in June 2023! * Norm and Pat Flanagan Olsen led more international tours last year; first to Egypt, then to Adriatic Sea ports. They planed to lead a group in Israel in March. They recently visited Norm’s Colby roommate Gary Arsenault for the first time since 1988. Gary has been a practicing attorney in Virginia Beach since graduating from William & Mary Law School in the ’70s. * Peter Rinaldi reports that he’s “tired of being retired,” and despite the fact that he lives in Bonita Springs, Fla., has restarted his newspaper in Natchez, Miss. “Makes for a nice commute,” he said. (My response: Peter, get involved on the 50th Reunion planning committee!) * Francesca Gates Demgen recounted her past year and noted that she took 27 airline flights. One of them was to our 45th reunion, where she met a Colby environmental studies professor who led her next big adventure—to New Delhi for the “Tigers and Temples of India” alumni trip. She and Pat Flanagan Olsen continue to share thoughts and ideas for our 50th and the importance of quantifying all of the non-monetary ways our class has contributed to the communities of the world. She was inspired by a message that President David Greene and students shared at the Dare Northward San Francisco presentation. She sees current Colby students as “circling beyond” the trend of maximum money making and looking for other ways to give back; Fran describes this as “a little more like us.” Thank you for this uplifting message, Fran.


1972

Class Correspondent:

Nancy Round Haley
classnews1972@colby.edu

Jim and Gail Glidden Rowe spent time in a small northern town in Thailand for their 13th winter. There they live a simple life of biking, volunteering, and hanging out with Thai friends and a few expats. They still see Linda Kagels Johnson ’73, Bob Weimont ’71, and John ’71 and “Pinky” Maurer Slagle in the summer when they’re back home in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. * David Cheever is honored to have been asked to serve as vice chair of Maine’s Bicentennial Commission. The commission itself has drawn a lot of talented people, and the planning process has produced a slew of worthy programs and projects. It’s especially noteworthy for David to be involved, given how important Colby was to the push for separating from Massachusetts. At the suggestion of John Koons and Tina Murphy Serdjenian, he had the chance to share that lesser known bit of Maine history with the Waterville Historical Society. The bicentennial will feature a retrospective of Maine history and invite perspectives of the present. The commission’s emphasis is to encourage thinking about Maine’s future. The major initiative underway at Colby certainly fits into that theme as the College positions itself for prosperity for the next 100 years. * Steven and Marilyn McDougal Meyerhans are still farming in central Maine but have cut back to just one farm, their original farm in Fairfield. They bought it 45 years ago with Nick ’71 and Suzi Harding Preston ’71. “What a life farming is!” They have three grandbabies now—two in Seattle, one in Montana (of Kate ’01), so they travel West a lot. They headed to Mexico to warm up this winter, but still enjoyed cross country skiing and ice skating when the weather cooperated. “Come by in the fall for a visit and a walk through our lovely orchard!” * Kathleen Otterson Cintavey has been an avid quilter. Last fall she assisted in forming a quilt guild, and at their monthly meetings they always spend time learning or honing a new technique. For the past two years, she traveled to Tokyo, Japan, to be inspired at the Great Tokyo Quilt Show. While there, Kathleen and her husband spend time with their son, Christopher ’97, who lives there with his family. Kathleen and her husband enjoy time at their lake camp not far from Colby, where they see Diane Malpass ’73 and Susan Pinciaro Bres ’73. * And lastly, I received mixed news from Paul McGurren. Sadly, his wife of 25 years, Carol, passed away on New Year’s Day. But luckily, his two daughters were home on semester break from college and by his side. His oldest daughter, Emma, is a junior at Clark University, and Clara is a sophomore at Wheaton University. His daughters are the light of his life and “excellent students’’ (he so proudly added). Paul retired in December from his 28-year profession as an outdoors outfitter in mid-coast Maine. He has been a fly fisherman since his Colby days and a Maine fishing guide for the past 25 years. He’ll continue to do some guiding and a lot more fishing, just for fun. If any classmates are in the area and want to wet a line, look him up!

 

1971

Class Correspondent:

Ann E. Miller
classnews1971@colby.edu

Jane Hight and Paul Edmunds gathered in Vermont last October for the third Colby Fest ’71 with a group of Lambda Chi’s, plus Linda and Dennis Cameron, Bea and Dennis Pruneau, Linda (Howard ’72) and Ron Lupton, Ken Bigelow, Nancy and Jim Faulkner, and Mike Smith. Linda and Dave Williams, who live nearby, joined the revelry when they could. The group hiked, golfed, feasted, enjoyed the Vermont scenery, told lots of stories, laughed, and enjoyed “old” friends. No one felt any older than when we graduated 47 years ago. * Much to Dave Myles’s surprise, a group of friends and family gathered recently for his big birthday. Jim “Hawk” Hawkins and I were among the celebrants. Who says we’re “old”? * A very newsy and uplifting note came from Bill Hladky rejoicing about his year of firsts. He’s met a lovely woman, Anna, who has brought him much joy. They are planning adventures for this year. Bill still hikes as a docent hike leader in the ice caves in New York, travels with his son exploring mountains in Montana and Oregon, and hikes with his brother in the White Mountains. “Surviving is a special beauty of living,” he remarks. * Imagine playing golf in New England on New Year’s Day! Harry Tamule did just that and birdied the 18th hole. He’s recently seen Mike Twohig and Steve and E-Beth Allen Cain. Coincidentally, both Mike and Steve are tax accountants and are still working, at least part time. E-Beth loves her job and is still working full time. * Jacques Hermant went for the last time to teach in Vietnam and Cambodia since the program is ending. But he may go to Japan, where a new program is beginning. Jacques learned that Cemal Yalinpala, a friend of his and Michael Moschos, passed away in 2017. * After Leslie Anderson begins her note saying, “Not much new here,” she goes on to recount what challenges she’s had recovering from foot surgery so that she could indeed walk again. What an arduous and boring process to be housebound for six weeks. She’s looking forward to being liberated and back to her studio. She and her compadres are planning a big birthday celebration together in Québec: Debbie Messer Zlatin, Pat Trow Parent, Mary Jukes Howard, Karen Hoerner Neel, and Jan Blatchford Gordon. Happy Birthday to all of you … and us! * Susan (Hoy ’72) and Steve Terrio have moved from their longtime home in Maryland to Savannah, Ga. They’re loving the city and the community of like-minded and fun loving people. They are happy with the slower, warmer Southern lifestyle. They reconnected with Gary Newton ’72 in D.C., where Gary and his wife live. Steve planned a ski trip with Gary this winter. * Finally retired, Elaine Weeks Trueblood is teaching and tutoring English as a second language. She’s learning to play the French horn and is playing in a local symphonic band. She’s reading a lot, playing golf, and loving retirement, now realizing that she didn’t have time for these things while working. Oh, and a new Newfoundland puppy was scheduled to arrive in April. “NEWFOUND FREEDOM,” she says. * Joe Greenman has officially retired from his law firm, but he’s still the village justice and will be president of the N.Y. chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Both of his kids live in California, making that a travel destination. * Debbie Wentworth Lansing has been very busy on advisory boards and traveling. She’s doing a lot of genealogical research as well as taking trips to Iceland, Ireland, and Scotland, and this winter, a cruise to Australia and New Zealand. * I saw Bill Simons’s son on the Boston news one night. He looks just like Bill. He’s a trial attorney and was being interviewed about an incident that occurred. Bill is proud of his son.


1970

Class Correspondent:

Libby Brown Strough
classnews1970@colby.edu

Steve and Laura Struckhoff Cline sent along news from Baltimore. As of January 1, Steve went kicking and screaming into retirement. He enjoyed (mostly) a career in both the commercial world (television and advertising) and the not-for-profit world (he spent the last 19 years with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids). The retirement adjustment is going fairly smoothly, but you might want to check with Laura on that! Last fall they had a most enjoyable visit from Joe and Beth Ryerson Stinson, who stopped in for a few days on their way to Florida. Steve and Laura are extremely grateful for the time they get to spend with their six grandchildren (four in Baltimore; two on Staten Island) and other friends and family. They’re very much looking forward to our 50th Reunion on campus next year. They invite others in our class whose travels take them through “Charm City” (Baltimore) to stop by to see them. * Alfred Dostie semi-retired in April 2016 after working a six-year contract for the FDIC closing failed banks. He became a gun dealer in 2018 and reopened his consulting company in 2017. He lives in suburban Rowlett, Texas, about 20 miles east of Dallas. * Peter Bogle has retired from the practice of law. His law firm was Bogle, Deascentis & Coughlin. * Like many of you, I’m looking forward to our 50th college reunion in 2020. Prior to that, in June of this year, we will attend husband Bob’s 50th college reunion at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. Best wishes to all for a wonderful spring and early summer.


1960 Newsmakers

Penny Post Crockett ’69 was recently inducted to the Midcoast (Maine) Sports Hall of Fame. A varsity alpine skier at Colby, she established girls varsity ski and cross-country teams at Camden-Rockport High School, where she taught English. Crockett’s ski team won three state championships, and she coached her cross-country team to league, regional, and state runner-up honors. The school named its new cross-country trails “Crockett Trail” in honor of her and her husband, Charlie.


1969

Class Correspondent:

Ray Gerbi
classnews1969@colby.edu

Hello classmates! This will be the last update before our reunion, and I hope many of you will be joining us in June. The response for this issue was the best I have ever experienced, and I’m sincerely grateful to everyone who wrote. With so many responses and a limit to the length of the column, I cannot report all the news here, but I will provide a brief mention of everyone and put all the news I received in a class letter you should receive in April. * Rand Surgi and his wife, Kathryn, are continuing their western tour this spring after 7,300 RV miles and 3,400 truck miles last summer. In April they’ll retrieve their trailer in Idaho and tour the Southwest before returning to Maine for reunion. * Steve Wurzel, who recently received a call from Jeff Sandler, is deciding whether he can make it to reunion. Steve joined the Limbach Company in 1973, became branch manager in 1980, president in 1985, and CEO in 1988. Steve and wife Linda have one married daughter, Lisa, and live in Calabasas, Calif. * Penny Post Crockett received the honor of being inducted into the Midcoast (Maine) Sports Hall of Fame for her career as a skier at Colby, her 11 years of coaching the Camden-Rockport High School ski team (three state championships) and the girls X-C team, as well as 20 years as a professional sports videographer. * Sharon Timberlake still lives in Portland and teaches full time at the University of Southern Maine. In May she will take students on a trip to South Africa. * Warren Heller is planning on retiring from his solo law practice this year and is enjoying life with wife Debbie and their two grandchildren. * Nancy Money and her husband, Paul Thabault, lived and worked in Costa Rica, where her daughter still lives, and moved to Vermont 11 years ago. Nancy still has a passion for travel and has been to 52 countries. * Anne York Samson visited Kris Kreamer in Washington, D.C., last summer and after reunion is taking trips to Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Croatia. * Chris Christensen retired from the N.H. Legislature this year, and he and wife Lynn are looking forward to traveling to Malta, Denmark, and Hawaii. * Craig Stevens will be teaching a workshop in Colorado this summer so unfortunately won’t be at reunion. * Peter and Mary Holden Brown will be celebrating their own 50th anniversary next year. Their travels in the past year included trips with children and grandchildren. * Judy Lee Moeckel retired 16 years ago and still has a passion for classical choral music. She sings in the New England Chamber Choir in Higganum, Conn. * Laurie Killoch Wiggins and Cherrie Dubois, co-editors of the 50th Reunion yearbook, extend special thanks to Miriam Wohlgemuth Bowen for her work on the layout for the book. * After starting a master’s of music program at the University of Wisconsin, Benjamin Mague spent four years in the Navy as a chaplain’s assistant and subsequently found his way to the Andover (Mass.) Organ Company, where he has been president since 2012. * Karen True-Samson has a psychotherapy practice in Santa Rosa, Calif., where her home survived the recent wildfires. She has been working with many people who were not so fortunate. * Connie Gates has spent her post-Colby life as a “global citizen,” applying her public health degree to work with and provide a broad range of aid to people in multiple countries on five continents. Connie is passionate about world health challenges and continues to promote awareness of these issues. * Deb Van Hoek Abraham retired as library director of the Shute Memorial Library in Everett, Mass., and is now a member of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. * Jon and Paula Joseph Eustis would really like to see all the ’69 Dekes in June. Vinny Cianciolo, Tom McBrierty, Mike Mooney, and Terry Reed have indicated they’ll be there. That leaves Stu Giles, Gerry Farnsworth, Bob Oldershaw, Jack Sherger, Joe Steiner, and Marty Swartz. * That’s a quick peek at a great deal of more news that will be in the class letter. I wish everyone a great spring, and I look forward to seeing you in June!


1968

Class Correspondent:

Lynne Oakes Camp
classnews1968@colby.edu

Jeff Lathrop says that it was great to see so many classmates at reunion. It was a wonderful group of people and a lot of fun. He’s spending lots more time in Park City, Utah, with their twin daughters and grandchildren. He’s mountain biking frequently as well. They have four more grandchildren arriving in a four-month window—more twins! There will be seven grandchildren total, all born in two-and-a-half years! * Linda and Skip Fucillo enjoyed the 2018 World Series at Fenway with Chris and Jerry Ogus last fall. He also met with Joe Boulos, Art Brennan, and Bill Alfond ’72 at the Dare Northward party in Portland, Maine. Skip looked forward to Red Sox spring training March 6 with Colby alumni. He and Linda also follow Colby hockey with Martha (Luce ’70) and Rich Habeshian in Vero Beach. * Art Brennan reports that Colby is changing the format for Alumni College from a three-day event in July to a one-day event as part of Reunion Weekend. Our class pioneered this change, which was well attended and well received. Once again, the Class of ’68 leads! * John Birkinbine and his wife, Sarah, recently moved from their longtime home in Illinois to Venice, Fla., where they have vacationed for the last three years. Average daily temperatures of 71 degrees are much more to their liking than the northern alternative. While recently in Maine visiting family, they spent a couple of days with Liz (Damon ’77) and Gary Weaver. John has also exchanged emails with Al Palmer. They return to Maine in July to see family, the Weavers, Palmers, and hopefully, additional Colby alums. * Peter Roy reports that Phil Johnson and his wife, Brenda, are in India on a mission trip, and that Ted Allison and wife Carolyn are in Thailand and Bali doing something groovy. Meanwhile, Peter and his wife, Jane, are in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, where it was nine below zero! He commented, “It’s funny how this all shakes out.” * Clarke and Cathie Smith Keenan thought the 50th Reunion was the best, and they were happy to see so many friends. They send congrats to the campus team that put it all together. They were on a road trip in the Southwest seeing friends and family in Arizona and California and sent this message from La Jolla, Calif., while looking out at the Pacific horizon. * Bob Hughes has been retired since 2008 and is happily settled in Warren, R.I. Summer finds them out on Narragansett Bay and surrounding waters enjoying their trawler on day cruises with friends. He’s still an avid photographer and has spent winter months converting all his photos, starting with Colby, to digital images. He’s spent the past 10 summer seasons as assistant harbormaster in Barrington, which is probably the best job he has ever had. He’s grateful for the Internet in retirement as social media and email have helped him stay in touch with Colby classmates. * As for myself, I’m planning to use all the equipment I got last year and try cross-country skiing. Howie ’69 and I went out to California (San Diego and San Francisco) and Hawaii last fall and took a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands. I couldn’t believe how built up Honolulu was compared to when I was there 50 years ago, but Hawaii is still beautiful. I appreciate all your news—keep it coming!


1967

Class Correspondent:

Bob Gracia
classnews1967@colby.edu

Judy Kolligian is well and has been doing valuable volunteer work for Boston Climate Action Network. She lives in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood in Boston. Judy asked if Colby has ever considered divesting investments in fossil fuel companies. * Sandy Miller has had a year of opposites. Her father passed away last January at 99+, and Sandy had been caring for him for the past seven years. She attended her 55th high school reunion for the American School Paris with her daughter. She then attended Colby’s Alumni College, which she loved as one of the younger attendees at 73. She plans to attend again. Then she was off to Maryland to renovate her parents' home, where she enjoys the country life on Antietam Creek. She has designed more than a thousand fabrics and enjoys having her own fabric company. She finds plenty of time for her grandchildren. * Fred Hopengarten has been a licensed radio ham operator since 1955 and was elected to the board of directors of ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, an organization of 156,000 members. * Phil Kay, as you may recall, hails from Boston’s North Shore, but that was then and this is now—and now is in Colorado. Phil hikes the Rockies in spring and fall and skis all winter. He lives in Evergreen, where he regularly sees animals from wild turkeys to elk. He recently tore himself away from the area’s almost constant sunshine to travel to Namibia. His daughter gave him his second grandchild. Even though Phil’s now a committed Rocky Mountain guy, he still pays close attention to the Red Sox and Patriots. I guess you can take the boy out of Boston, but can’t take Boston out of the boy. * Like Phil, Nick Hadgis enjoys traveling and being a grandfather. Sometimes when Nick travels he manages to do some business along the way. Recently, he’s been consulting for a resort in St. Lucia. * In mid-January I noticed an article on page two of the Boston Globe about a dynamic math teacher in the greater Boston area. The article extolled the teacher’s dedication and competence resulting in her students' stunning academic performance, which earned her the title of Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year. The teacher’s name is Erin Cronin, as in Paul Cronin. This apple fell near the tree. * Also in January, I had the pleasure of lunching with several distinguished fellows: Eric Rosen, Dave Aronson, Harry Graff, and Jim Wilson. What a coincidence that we were all DU’s. One other member of that group, Rick Lubov, has settled on Cape Cod after living the last 40 years on the West Coast. We will expect Rick to join us next time.


1966

Class Correspondent:

George Cain
classnews1966@colby.edu
Welcome! Did you graduate to be in the top 10 percent of the Class of ’66? Read on and find out. Attainment of this lofty title was simply to respond to my heartfelt plea to provide three sentences about yourself. First and fastest responder was Pamela Harris Holden, who reported that she moved to Friendship Village, a CCRC in Tempe, Ariz. Although “downsizing” can be traumatic, it can also be therapeutic…and worth it. (Note to bottom 90 percent of the Class…Pam’s news = 3 sentences = A+). * Stuart Wantman, while on a business trip to Virginia, had dinner with Bob Adams and John Eiseman, along with their wives, Jan and Lynn. The “men” noted that they all looked as good now as they did as pledges at Tau Delt back in ’62. The “women” are still laughing. * Budge and Anne Ruggles Gere celebrated their 50th and the fact that they’re finally empty nesters as their youngest went off to college last fall. This newfound freedom has led to skiing in Utah, hanging out on the NJ shore and in NYC, trips to London, Prague, Santiago, and Lisbon. To stay busy, Anne continues to teach full time. Perhaps this is the Anne Gere from Colby Class of ’86! * Geoffrey Quadland reports that in the winter he makes a few bucks playing the stock markets, gathers wood for his wood stove, plays with his dogs, and awaits summer, when he volunteers in a historic village demonstrating 19th-century printing in an 1860s print shop. * Ed Mowry proudly announced that he can do three sentences. 1) Works at the Crossroads Animal Emergency Center in Norwalk, Calif. 2) Plans to ski Mammoth Mountain 74 times this year, commensurate with his age. 3) Welcomed grandchild #4 last November. * Douglas Meyer challenges my comment that today’s 74-year-olds are yesterday’s 54-year-olds. He believes that today’s 74-year-olds are yesterday’s 73-1/2-year-olds. Even so, he bikes, sails, and mentors in the public school. Visiting Colby’s art museum is on his bucket list. * Susan Turner’s 2018 highlight was meeting “senior emeritus” members of the Outing Club Lynne Eggart, Peter Anderson, Marty DeCou Dick, Carey Parsons, and Janet Throop at Lynne’s Montana home for hikes in the Bear Tooth Mountains. She also caught up with Russell and Linda Hall Lord, Susan Michael, and Mary Sue Weeks. Fearing that these folks might come all together to visit her, she downsized her house in Charleston and headed out on an Amtrak cross-country trip. * Class president Linda Mitchell Potter enjoys volunteer work and travel. However, husband Lee ’67 has slowed her down a bit due to a skiing accident where he broke six ribs. Nevertheless, ready or not, they plan to head to Spain and the Netherlands in April. * Erik Thorson has some good news and bad news. First the good news: his son Lars plays the fiddle in a band that was recently featured on The Colbert Show. The other news is that he had to spend a couple of nights in a VA hospital to have his pacemaker regulated. Let’s hope that this tune-up lasts forever. * Peter Lax reports in from the Pacific Northwest, where rain and chilly weather currently prevail. Accordingly, the calls and photos from Colby Floridians (Carl Begin, Fran Finizio, and Dag Williamson) wearing Red Sox T-shirts and hats showing sunburned faces were only mildly amusing. Although he still enjoys fishing, travel to Scotland, Washington, and the public library are being planned. * Meg Fallon Wheeler, Colby’s most accomplished salesperson since she convinced me to take on this role after she did it for only 30 years, reports that she has no idea what to report. Her role was simply to gather the news! But, she loves living only 45 minutes from Colby where she can visit the fabulous Museum of Art and observe all of the ongoing changes/improvements. * Mac Donaldson must have got through Colby by copying Ed Mowry’s homework. They both numbered their three sentences. I did note that Mac had fewer spelling errors. Mac’s life in three sentences: 1) volunteers with the Marine Trade Association and with his church, 2) enjoys hobbies, hunting, woodworking, reading, exercising, and time with family, and 3) loves RETIREMENT as it is all it is supposed to be. * Robert Sears is still in Manila, The Philippines, awaiting any Colby travelers. He notes that it’s a great place to visit. * Colby ’68 and Patricia Berg Currier celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, moved from Maryland to Maine, and took a cruise on the Seine. She likes reunions where body-part replacements and medication discussions are limited to five minutes. Best to spend time talking about living happily ever after. * Mindy and Fran Finizio are wintering in Naples, Fla. He looks forward to the Red Sox training camp and visits with Dag, Rick Lund, and Dick Dunnel. * Speaking about The Sox, Linda “Barry” Clark Hews chipped in with a paragraph about being a fan for 60-plus years and enjoying a few games at Fenway. She welcomes any and all classmates in the southern to mid-coast Maine area to stop by for a visit. * Charles “Ted” Houghton has turned a hobby of collecting data on public campgrounds into a business via a new app. He remains reasonably healthy even though his cancer treatments from many years ago are now yielding some nuisance side effects. * Ginger and William Koster have enjoyed extensive coastal cruising in their new boat. Stops included San Juan Islands, Washington, and Vancouver Island on the West Coast and trips from Rhode Island to Florida on the East Coast. Their 50th anniversary was celebrated in Scotland. Must be the year for 50th anniversaries. Jim and Sue Footer Hummer also celebrated theirs and then went tent camping in Vermont, followed by trips to England and the Bahamas. Other travels included Thailand and Colorado. In December they opened up their 500-tree Christmas farm and sold out in one week. Any questions about trees or travel, call Sue. * Last, but not least, Elizabeth Peo Armstrong reported a fantastic 12-day trip to Antarctica. Enjoyed superb naturalists on board, stopped at Palmer Marine Research Lab, and noted the effects of global warming. Wildlife and sea life were off the charts! * Well, folks that is all the news from the top 10 percent of the Class of ’66. You, too, can be an honors graduate. It only takes three sentences!

1965

Class Correspondent:

Dick Bankart
classnews1965@colby.edu

Wow, seems without any pesky Jan Plans limiting fun time, you/me/we are having a ball traveling, visiting classmates and family, and doing other fun things. * Dave Fearon is helping his old doctoral dissertation mentor finish his book, On Practice as a Way of Being, focused on keeping folks “moving ahead in permanent whitewater.” * Ren and Pam Pierson Parziale had several successful exhibits of their pottery. Google “Sycamore Pottery” to see their creations. Last October they traveled from their home in Kearneysville, W.V., to East Steuben, Maine, and stayed with Jim ’66 and Donna Brown Salisbury, whose son Jesse ’95 is also a sculptor. The gang, joined by Ellen Mitchell Lehto, enjoyed a lobster feast. Pam and Ren see Pat Campbell several times a year while in Maine. Also visiting was Linda Stearns of Bangor, also an artist. * Adora Clark Hill fills the void since Tim’s death by working through her church to minister “young and old who need a listening ear.” * Callie Kelley Gothard retired last June after 20 years as a nurse practitioner in the Bangor area. She took up curling at the Belfast Curling Club. She enjoys regular hiking on Mt. Desert Island with friends, which led to a hiking adventure in southern France in 2017. She built a wooden skiff at the local boatyard a few years ago aimed at “improving my fleet.” She recently reconnected with Colby roommate Marnie Hale Fowler, and she visits her eight grandchildren in Minnesota and Illinois. * Harold Kowal and Ruth spent three months island hopping in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, followed by a long stay on Grenada. Harold had spinal fusion back surgery in September and reports, “My recovery has been terrific, no more back pain.” Yes, Harold, warm sun, sand, and a cold beer are restorative medicines I’ve understood through my  27 visits to Jamaica. * Elfie Hinterkopf and her husband enjoyed a holiday trip. Their favorite place was Homer, Alaska. While staying at Land’s End resort, they had beautiful views of the bay, snowy mountains, and glaciers. They also visited the Sea Life Conservation Center in Seward and saw bear, moose, fox, and bison while visiting the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage. An eagle totem now sits on her desk as a souvenir. * Adventures under sail are how John ’63 and Nancy Godley Wilson explore exotic places. They’ve taken several Star Clipper cruises on four- and five-masted schooners, most recently from Venice to the Adriatic Sea. They have five grandchildren and spend individual time with each. While in Washington, D.C., for Christmas, they took each to a show. * We have another boat builder—Nick Locsin teaches wooden boat building at Maine Maritime Museum. Nick had dinner with Ira Hymoff and his wife, Jess, when they visited Maine last summer. Nick spent Christmas in London, but the “drone scares at Gatwick prevented further travel to Spain. What a mess!” * Larry and Callie Holmes Marsh have decided life in rural Iowa on acreage with sheep, lambs, chickens, and barn cats is becoming too much. They heat with wood, and this year bought three cords instead of cutting local wood. They’ll be looking at life care centers in Iowa City but plan to continue annual summer trips to Maine. * Margaret Lutz Ott and her husband sold their home in Vermont and now live in metropolitan Washington, D.C., to be closer to family. * Our sports fans Dave Hatch and Dale Rottner Haas follow the New England Patriots, as do Bud Marvin and Ann, and host an annual Super Bowl party. (I’m composing this column the day after the big win!) They were looking forward to seeing a Red Sox spring training game in Fort Myers in March sponsored by Colby. Jay Gronlund spends the winter in Naples, Fla. He had lunch in January with Bucky and Anna Owens Smith, Sunny Coady, and Andy ’64 and Nancy Greer Weiland. Jay had a golf date with Andy, Eric Spitzer, and Rick Davis. That seems to be a more enjoyable Jan Plan. * Save the date for our 55th reunion next year, June 4-7, 2020. Hail, Colby, Hail!


1964

Class Correspondent:

Marcia Phillips Sheldon
classnews1964@colby.edu

Hello, classmates! Our 55th reunion is around the corner—June 6-9. In the meantime, our news: Martha Schatt Abbott-Shim “hiked the 100-mile Mont Blanc hiking tour in 10 days through France, Italy, and Switzerland with eight other women from Atlanta. The scenery was gorgeous and [it was] lots of fun to meet other hikers from all over the world.” Martha then “rented a car, drove 1,000 miles over five [mountain] passes, and sought information about my paternal grandparents’ Swiss heritage.” * John and Judy Milner Coche celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on New Year’s Day with kids and grandkids at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, where they live. They’re building an addition on their beach house in Stone Harbor, N.J. Judy continues to see clients and teach internationally as well as at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her 75th birthday gift was a three-generation trip to London with her daughter and granddaughters. * Sally Berry Glenn writes that her husband, Rich, has Alzheimer’s, but they’re managing. She has a support group near their home in California. They traveled the last 10 years of their marriage and now love watching travel shows. Their last trip was a cruise around the British Isles and driving in the Cotswolds, England. Sally did Ancestry and found that the Berrys came from Devon, England, to Maine in the early 1700s. She still loves painting, gardening, and swimming. * Jim Harris celebrated his 59th high school reunion in New York. He and wife Madie drove from the Northeast to South Florida over a 24-day period, visiting family and friends. They keep up regular communication with Dick York and wife Kristi. * Martha Farrington Mayo is “very fortunate that both of my daughters are here in Bath [Maine]. I’ve been wicked witch of the Gingerbread House on Green Street for 47 years. (I’m supposed to call the style Carpenter Gothic.) I’m twice-widowed and not interested in doing that again!” * Art Fulman is now fully retired after 51 years of legal practice and 15 years of law school teaching. “I’ll remain active in community activities, mentoring young lawyers, and possibly in restorative justice programs.” Art and his wife of 50 years traveled to Alaska, Canada, Morocco, Spain, and Portugal in 2018, and 2019 travel plans include Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Tanzania, and Zanzibar. Art sees Dick Geltman periodically, and he also sees Doris Kearns Goodwin occasionally as they both live in Concord, Mass. * Karen Eskesen recently realized that she’s been painting daily for about 40 years. She teaches watercolors at Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in the winter season, and painting at Bonnet House during the summer. She paints mostly botanical illustrations of their orchid collection. See her art on Facebook. Karen stays in touch with Gloria Shepherd, Louise Brown Smith, and John Oaks through Facebook. * Larry Dyhrberg writes that, “Michelle and I are basking in the pleasure of having a full nest for the winter break: both daughters home. My performance piece on the history of the Danish community in Falmouth, done by high school theater and chorus students, went very well. A new writing experience. Last fall daughter Caroline and I visited Alene and Bob Gelbard at their place in Friendship [Maine]. Caroline, a senior at Wheaton, was engaged by their stories of opportunities overseas.” * After 40 years of writing scientific papers and grants and preparing lectures, John Oaks turned his attention to making etchings. He learned methods of copper plate etching from a professional print artist, and now John owns the Crooked Line Etching Studio, complete with a 100-year-old press. His work is in collections throughout the United States and has been in shows in NYC. * Colby sends the sad news of the passing of Nancy Mitchell Miner Nov. 8, 2018, in Hopkinton, N.H.


1963

Class Correspondent:

Paule French
classnews1963@colby.edu

Dear classmates: As always, it was wonderful to hear from so many of you! * Barb Haines Chase reports that Don and Mary Michelmore Ackerman-Hayes, after sorting and pitching years of collections, have moved from their home in Keene, N.H., to Heritage Heights in Concord, N.H., and are happily settling in. Barb and Bill ’62 are slowly sorting through some things but plan to stay where they are for the foreseeable future. She says Bill’s the saver and she’s the pitcher! * At Barb’s suggestion, I called Susan Ferries Moore, who lives with husband Jack on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay and happily does all the things waterfront living allows. She’s on the board of a local nonprofit land conservation organization and involved in the impressive arts community there. Their two oldest grandchildren have graduated from college, and the next two are sophomores. * Byron Petrakis and wife Gayle are planning to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary in Greece this year. He keeps busy reading, practicing yoga, traveling, and teaching two physical fitness classes per week to seniors. While his arthritic hip no longer permits running, he can still bike, walk, and snowshoe. They sold their house in Kingston, N.H., in 2017 and moved less than a mile away to a condo nestled in the woods. * Walt and Connie Miller Manter, ever the globalists, are well and happy spending the winter on the coast of Maine. Connie enjoys collaborating with the Transatlantic Outreach Program and their regional school system: “Growing a Vision! Empowering all Learners for Challenging Futures.” * Jane Melanson Dahmen hosted “Talking in Maine, Intimate Conversations” with artist Sam Cady at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta, Maine. * Nancy (Godley ’65) and John Wilson traveled to Venice and sailed with friends on the Star Clipper along the Adriatic Coast. They visited several Greek Islands: Montenegro, Santini, and Athens. “Wonderful way to travel, meet people, and share the time with friends.” Their grandchildren are approaching college selection time and beginning to strike out on their own. They love living on Deer Isle, Maine, and welcome visits from friends and family. * Ken Robbins remains fully engaged as a trial attorney in Hawaii. When he’s not in trial, he travels to mainland cities and abroad to prepare for trials. Last year he flew more than 120,000 miles for professional meetings in Singapore, Tokyo, Amsterdam, and Lisbon. He looks forward to a safari in South Africa and Botswana. Rather than returning to North Haven annually, he plans to expand business travel and re-immerse himself in the cultural and entertainment opportunities of NYC. * Daughter of Franklin Dexter ’29 (she still has his yearbook), Mary Dexter Wagner pursues her lifelong love of history as a trustee of her local historical society and as an American history chair of her DAR chapter. She loves teaching her five grandchildren and hopes Dexter, 2, will go to Colby! * Peter Vogt and Pamela Zilly have moved from their wonderful big arts and crafts bungalow in Maryland to a cozy early-20th-century lake house in Laurel Park, N.C., on the edge of mountains, next to the charming town of Hendersonville, near Asheville. “Everything is wonderfully close! The guest room is quiet and waiting. Come visit!” * I have moved from my home in Portland to a cottage at Ocean View, a retirement community in Falmouth, Maine. When I recover from my shoulder replacement, I’ll join Al and Pen on the slopes…mostly in my dreams! * We’ve had sad news since our last class notes. Three dear classmates have passed away. Cindy Smith Whitaker on 6/28/18, Lillian Waugh on 10/8/18, and Warren Balgooyen on 1/11/19. Their obituaries should be in this issue. * Many thanks to all for responding, and please keep in touch!


1962

Class Correspondent:

Pat Farnham Russell
Nancy MacKenzie Keating
classnews1962@colby.edu

Brenda Wrobleski Elwell is recovering from non-smokers lung cancer, a fractured back and pelvis, and a divorce all in the same year. Her daughter and grandson moved in to assist her for four months. Knowing Brenda, she is now well on the road to resuming her usual active life. We wish her well. * Brenda Lewison was in a horrific car accident last May. After spending three months in the hospital and rehab she has recovered. She and hubby Bill Bunden were off this winter to Savannah, where they walk the streets admiring live oaks and the beautiful architecture. Her book club continues to introduce her to new writers. Brenda truly enjoys the inspiring women who take part. She’s still adjusting to the fact that her roommate Cynthia Dunn Barber died in August. One minute they were only 18, then turned around a few times and discovered they were 77. * Alice Shest Loffredo reports good news with husband Don’s “miracle” recovery from a gym accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down on one side of his body. He is virtually totally back to normal. The third book of her karmic trilogy, Healing the Karmic Wounds, was published last year. Granddaughter Lulu will be going to Williams come September. But rest assured, the Colby mule has a lifelong pride of place! * Frank Stevenson continues to work part time at the Stevenson School, where he enjoys his fellow teachers and spending time with girls and boys from all over the world. Frank has given up bicycles and shifted to walking. He fell at a rink over Thanksgiving, and the bump on his hip has been slow to disappear. His reading is now focused around the year 1898: the events around that time and the people who would influence the future. He wonders if Colby’s new downtown residence hall sits on top of Park’s Diner? He also mentions that Joan (Dignam ’63) and Dick Schmaltz have established a fund at Colby to support public speaking. Their commitment to Colby is inspiring. Life is good, and Frank is proud of the incredible things happening at Colby. * Mike McCabe and Nancy MacKenzie Keating moved into their new place in the Brunswick area in mid-January. * Judy and Chris Wood admit to not contributing much to our column but turning quickly to ’62 news as soon as the magazine arrives. They admit to the usual age-related physical challenges but remain active with 12 grandchildren. Lacrosse seems to be the dominant sport among the grands. They will escape the cold for a month in Florida. * Ellie Tomlinson has big news. After many years of work, and many rejections, she finally self-published her book Molly’s Pal. She gives thanks to readers Ann Tracy, Mark Bradford, and Sandy Fullerton, who have praised and enjoyed her book. It is listed on Amazon under children’s fiction. Ellie tells us to be humble and enjoy the moment. One observation that I relate to, is “I’m shocked when I look in the mirror and see my own mother.” How true! * John Chapman has moved to Highland Green in Topsham. * Judy Cronk Liberty hosted a gathering at her home in Yarmouth. Attendees included Nancy Rowe Adams, Linda Nicholson Evers, Anne Ticknor McNeece, and Sue Keith Webster. They had a great time laughing, catching up on their lives, and reliving their Colby days. They plan to meet again next summer. * Yours truly, Pat Farnham Russell, has undergone a major life change. After more than six years of widowhood, my widower bridge partner and I have become life companions. Blending two families, homes, cottages, lifestyles, etc., is often challenging but fun, as many of you can relate to. Last summer we purchased and renovated a cottage in Hampden. Now we are dividing our time between two homes (Hampden and Florida) and two “camps” (Millinocket and Ellsworth). Life is good!


1961

Class Correspondent:

Diane Scrafton Cohen Ferreira
classnews1961@colby.edu

Aloha, and thanks to classmates who wrote. * Bill Byers says 2018 was big: camper-traveling the Northeast, including Missouri for a niece’s wedding, and a partial knee replacement in October. Healing’s gone well. “I can walk, dance, run upstairs (catch my breath), and go down.” He had logs to cut and split in Tolland, Conn., and was ready for a “forest product harvest” in Blue Hill, Maine. This spring he hopes to camper-travel the Atlantic shores, stopping at good birding places. * Margie Chamberlain Davis has health problems that keep her close to home, but she still drives, swims, and attends aerobic and Pilates classes in a heated pool “where nothing hurts. The hot tub is heaven!” She visited sister Liz Chamberlain Huss ’60 and her husband, Bob ’60, who live on Martha’s Vineyard and are active in community events, golf, and travel. Margie still lives in the same house in Saunderstown, R.I., sings alto in her church choir, and enjoys seeing people on Facebook. * Mary and Denny Dionne spent Christmas week in Costa Rica with their entire family—seven adults and eight grandchildren. On the menu: zip lining, horseback riding, whitewater tubing, and ATV trail riding. “Needless to say, Mary and I got out of our comfort zones.” In early January Denny joined a large Colby group in Andover, Mass., to attend the funeral of Mary Ellen Fillback, wife of Wayne Fillback ’64. “She was a lovely lady,” Denny wrote, “and will be missed by all of our Meredith, N.H., Colby crowd.” * Carol Walker Lindquist sent an animated note: “Remember me? I’m your classmate who started with the Class of ’51, dropped out to get married, and returned ten years later, divorced (with two little girls to support), to finish my B.A. I really appreciated your generous acceptance of me as I tried to figure out what to do with my life. I’m finishing a book on thoroughbred racing I started after I retired from teaching at the City University of NY in 2000. I live in Brooklyn and spend summers in the Maine coastal cottage that my dad built for my mother in the 1950s. I certainly wish all of you the best!” * Carole Ann Pope reports two things that happened on the same day: First, she met Jane Bowman and Sue Fourcade Erskine for brunch in Damariscotta, Maine. “Had a great time catching up with Jane, now a permanent resident of New Harbor, Maine, and a highly regarded artist showing in several area shows. Sue, living in Maryland, was in South Bristol with her son and his family. Both were as bubbly as ever. Secondly, while with Jane and Sue, Regina Foley Haviland’s husband, Gerry, slipped a 1989 signed print of Miller Library inside the front door of my condo in Brunswick. The print, very special to Regina, hung for years in their Kennebunk Beach home, and Gerry wanted it to go to someone for whom it would be meaningful.” Carole hung the print near a bookcase with photos of Regina and her yearbooks so she can remember “the wonderful human being Regina was and the venerable institution that Colby still is.” * Dean and Sandra Nolet Quinlan enjoyed winter in Jupiter, Fla., with visits from friends. “We golfed, attended lectures, lessons, shows, and ‘reviewed’ many restaurants.” After a family summer of fun—“the best one yet,” with six “kids” (ages 47-53) and 14 grandchildren (ages 8-22) from France and Minnesota—Sandy and Dean traveled to Colorado and then “road-tripped” to Santa Fe. “We marvel at how busy most days are.” * Nancy Schneider Schoonover lives in Woodbridge, Conn., with her oldest daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons, 14 and 12. Two other daughters live nearby. “My husband, Jack, died last March. We had 55 grand years together. For now, my life is adjusting, but who knows what comes next, even at 80.” * Last June Elise and Hank Sheldon moved to Prescott, Ariz., from Illinois and love it! Hank looks forward to his 80th birthday in October and reports good health. He welcomes classmates who might be in the Prescott area. * Penny Dietz Sullivan’s holiday greetings, always in verse, cited much damage in her area from Hurricane Florence but great resilience of neighbors in New Bern, N.C., helping out.


1960

Class Correspondent:

Jane Holden Huerta
classnews1960@colby.edu

Judith Allen Ferretti and her husband continue to travel with Road Scholar. Judith has the good fortune to chair the Road Scholar board of directors. The pair traveled up the Mississippi on a paddleboat in the fall, and in February they saw mother whales and their calves in Baja, Calif. She keeps active with board work, volunteer work, and traveling. * Chet Lewis has been happily retired from the Michigan Department of Attorney General for 15 years! He and his wife, Fran, still live in the house in East Lansing they’ve owned for more than 40 years. He volunteers in community activities with their local Kiwanis club and also works as an AARP tax aide helping older, low-income people do their taxes. Trips last year were to visit daughters in Minnesota and Florida. One concession to their age is that now they fly rather than drive to out-of-state destinations. * Tony ’57 and Beverly Jackson Glockler wrote that 2018 was a good year for them. In the summer all their family, including their two daughters, Margot Liffiton ’88 and Alison Schwartz ’90, gathered in Michigan. (They miss Maine.) They also fulfilled Tony’s longtime dream of visiting New Zealand. Wonderful! As Bev walked down the hall at their CCRC, she had a great conversation with Mary Glenn Lobdell Smith ’50. In January and February Bev and Tony joined Colby’s alumni trip “Tigers and Temples of India.” * Joan Crowell Tolette went skiing in Utah with her 93-year-old hostess. She had a total ankle replacement last year but is back golfing, playing tennis, and skiing. Joan and Skip ’59 love both their homes: Vero Beach, Fla., with sunrises in the winter, and the Thousand Islands (St. Lawrence River), with sunsets in the summer. Four grandchildren bring them pride and joy—three in college and one graduated. They occasionally see Colby friends Karen (Beganny ’63) and Skeeter Megathlin ’59, Keet ’59 and Bev Johnson Arnett, Val and Bob Marier (Skip’s former Colby roommate), and Eve (Skidmore) and Ian Tatlock ’59 (their best man!). They hope to go to Skip’s 60th reunion this spring. Be sure to check out Bob Marier’s books on Amazon Kindle! * Ralph Galante and his wife are spending more time in their apartment attached to their daughter’s house in Centennial, Colo. His wife has had Parkinson’s for about six years, and all of her doctors are there. They manage to make it back to Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, N.H., for three months in the summer. While there, all their family and friends gather and talk about the old days, and the grandkids enjoy lake activities. Ralph took his granddaughter Ellie to university in Seville, Spain. * Steve Curley has a “Colby connection” that began in 1956 and stands as a testament to the relationships that developed there. He embraces the friendships of Pete Cavari, Phil Shea, Mike Silverberg, Jock Knowles, Ed Marchetti, and Ray “Babe” Berberian. Steve thanks Colby for introducing him to 63 great years of friendships. * Juan and Jane Holden Huerta spent Thanksgiving in Las Vegas with their sons, Juan ’92 and Jon ’95, Nicole and Shabnam (daughters-in-law), and their three adorable and brilliant granddaughters—Victoria, 6, Juliet, 4, and Alexandra, 3 ½! They keep them young, for sure. Jane had an amazing 80th birthday party in early December attended by 40 of her friends and family. Juliet was the star of the show! Christmas and New Year’s were spent cruising the Canary Islands, Madeira (spectacular fireworks), Cadiz, and Lisbon. Jane is in touch with Susan Macomber Vogt, who is back in New Hampshire enjoying her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and she visits Joanne Price Rockett in Manhattan when she visits Jon.


1959

Class Correspondent:

Joanne K. Woods
classnews1959@colby.edu

Our class agent, Jack Pallotta, wants to encourage as many members of our class to return for the 60th in June. “We have always enjoyed good participation, and it would be great to have a large turnout.” Jack and Pat Richmond Stull were married last summer in Avalon, N.J. They will continue winters in Florida and Avalon in the summers. They think life begins at 80! * Skip Tolette says he and Joan (Crowell ’60) take enough pills so they don’t need breakfast. In January Joan went to ski in Utah with their 93-year-old hostess. Joan had a total ankle replacement last year and is back to golf, tennis, and skiing! They love both Vero Beach, Fla., with sunrises in the winter, and the Thousand Islands with sunsets in the summer. Four grandchildren bring them pride and joy—three in college and one graduated from college. They occasionally see Colby friends Karen (Beganny ’63) and Skeeter Megathlin, Bev (Johnson ’60) and Keet Arnett, Val and Bob Marier ’60, and their son and daughter-in-law, Mark ’83 and Mary Lou ’86. * Bill and Edo Foresman Donaldson are fine and living an active life in a 55+ community in Leesburg, Fla. They are full time there except a few months up North visiting their four children and seven grandchildren. Edo’s newest “job” is as a volunteer eagle nest watcher. Known nests are numbered in each county and volunteers are expected to report on eagle behavior, how many chicks are hatched, and when they fledge. She has learned more than she ever expected about eagles! * Jacqueline Bendelius Davidson was accepted into a fiber art show at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, Mass., this last fall. Darwin and she drove to Cape Cod to see the exhibit and tour the area in November. On their way back to Maine they visited Carlene Price White in Ipswich, Mass., where she raises Great Danes for her service dog project. * To answer Gay Fawcett’s inquiry about who in our class received the picture of Elsie the Cow. She believes it was Melba Metcalf Boynton, which Colby confirms is correct. She remembers it was a very secretive event. * Bill Chapin still often skis at Sugarloaf’s ski club and at the home of Bonnie Brown Potter ’63 in Carrabassett Valley. He’s also active at J.W. Wing Snowmobile Club. He writes that Dave Russell died New Year’s Eve. * In January Bob Younes was in a forced hiatus from work due to a total knee replacement. He expected to be back at work soon as the medical director for Montgomery County Correctional System in Maryland. Now he is free of pain and his mood has decidedly lifted. Wife Anne is still working for the Fed, and she is not one of those affected by the government shutdown. His daughter, Nora, will be married in the spring in their spacious backyard. Son Nick is finishing his master’s in English at Johns Hopkins this year. He works with Anne at her foundation that’s re-publishing her grandfather’s many religious books. * It was a rewarding year for Ed Toomey and his wife, Maich Gardner. As mentioned in a previous Colby Magazine, in January 2018 they received the Rotary International Paul Harris Award. Then to close out 2018 they were honored by the Cheshire Health Foundation’s “Caring, Candlelight, and Community Tribute,” an annual event “recognizing key citizens who have helped make a difference in the care of our community, and also commemorating milestones in the history of the Cheshire Medical Center.” It was delight to have all their four adult children at the award dinner. In the early spring, Maich and Ed planned to move to the next stage of their lives and leave the home they built 17 years ago on 25 acres on the outskirts of Keene, N.H. They were to be among the first residents of a new senior retirement community also on the outskirts of Keene. They intend to continue their volunteer work on behalf of a healthy and arts-rich community, and Ed will still perform in community theater and maintain a small part of his 46-year-old private consulting practice by providing executive coaching to CEOs.


1958

Class Correspondent:

Mary Ellen Chase Bridge
classnews1958@colby.edu

Bob and Cathy Stinneford Walther were sad to hear about Warren Judd’s recent passing, as Warren and Kay were a part of the Maine Zete group that met in Florida every September. Warren, Ed Rushton, Bob Hesse, and Gard Rand ’59 made it this fall, though the Walthers did not. Bob has had two hip replacements—“too much golf.” Cathy is still in touch with Mary Adams Harrington and Judy Spall. * Archie Twitchell has many happy memories of his days at Colby and time spent with friends he met there, including his 1962 biking tour of Germany with Don Dinwoodie ’57, then hitchhiking around Italy, France, and Spain. Archie and wife Irene built their dream house in Bardstown, Ky., named by Forbes magazine as “one of the 10 most beautiful small towns in America.” They apparently haven’t visited the towns in Vermont or Maine. * William “Ding” and Betty Cooper Cochran recently joined the rest of their family in Virginia when they moved to Bellaire at Stone Port assisted living in Harrisonburg, “upright and unassisted.” Beryl Scott Glover is close by, and she often meets Ding and Betty for lunch. “Our doctor declares we are deteriorating nicely, so no complaints.” * Kay (German ’59) and Al Dean drove their trusty VW Bug to our June reunion. (You may remember Al arrived at Colby in it in 1954.) They enjoyed the waves and honks en route. Unfortunately the starter stopped working, but with a few pushes they made it to campus and happily celebrated with (among others) Peter Doran, Bob Saltz, Marty Burger, and David Rhoades (by phone). Other summer trips took them to Nantucket to visit Jim ’59 and Sally Phelan McIntosh ’59 and to Moultonborough, N.H., for their annual vacation with three  sons, daughters-in-law, and five grandkids. Al is still on air at WICN 90.65 in Worcester; this 20th year may be his last. The Deans are happy in their home of 57 years and very fortunate to have a healthy, happy family. * Richard and Gail Crosby Davis have been traveling since our reunion—to visit their daughter in Switzerland for a Viking wine cruise, to Dick’s reunion at the Naval Academy, and to the eastern Mediterranean. On their way to their winter home in California for Christmas, they toured Carlsbad Caverns. “We’re grateful to have good health to enjoy life’s adventures.” * Marcia Griggs Atsaves sold her house in McLean and bought a smaller one in Ocean View, Del., overlooking Spring Lake in the Savannah’s Landing community. She’s been playing tennis and pickleball, attending local concerts and plays, traveling to the Barnes in Philadelphia to see the fabulous Impressionist paintings, and making plans to see the Philadelphia Flower Show in March. “This move couldn’t possibly have turned out any better!” She invites friends to visit, so please contact me if you’d like her new address and phone number. * Ed and Carol Hathaway de Lemos were happy to hear from Eleanor Roberts Littlefield ’57 and to meet her and husband Dick for supper in Andover, Maine, last summer. “We could have talked for hours!” They continue to see Joan Shaw Whitaker, Sally Howes Hansen, and Carol Conway Denney. The couple also had an enjoyable Road Scholar trip to Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. * Carol Conway Denney, Dot Greenman Ketchum, Susan Sherman White, and I had a wonderful week at a cottage in Stockbridge, Mass., attending Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, and a local play. Later I renewed a connection Peter and I had with a home exchange group, and eight of us friends—who met in Tuscany in 2012—occupied a large home west of Paris while the French couple stayed at my Vermont condo. Despite the heat, we enjoyed Paris, Versailles, and Monet’s garden. * GREAT to hear from so many of you, and you know the pitch: please keep the news coming. Best wishes to all!


1957

Class Correspondent:

Don Tracy
classnews1957@colby.edu

The news from Don Dinwoodie, Eleanor Roberts Littlefield, and Mac Harring in our last column was commendable, proving that our Class of ’57 still has that “get up and go!” We do need more responses so I don’t have to add minute details about my life <smile>. * Marilyn Perkins Canton writes, “It’s a good time to get caught up with Colby, beginning a new year. Dick and I are still happily in Naples, Fla., and have lived in the same condo for 26 years. We’re looking into ‘the home’ but haven’t made the move yet. There are many good choices here. We live an active life socially and physically—so far. I keep in touch with good Colby friends Bill and Judy Prophett Timken, Sheldon and Audrey Hittinger Katz, along with Colette “Kyp” Piqueres Greenwood, plus others occasionally. Colby is a well-known institution in this Florida community.” * Tony Glockler finally took a trip to New Zealand. “The flight is only a bit shorter than forever, but once in NZ we had a great time. We learned about Maori culture, visited hot springs, and had lunch with a family that operates a dairy farm on the North Island. On the South Island we saw rugged mountains, waterfalls, took a jet-boat ride, saw a glacier, and had lunch on a sheep farm.” In January they joined Colby professor Philip Nyhus on an alumni trip to India to see tigers and other attractions. * Ron Rasmussen still communicates with John Dutton ’55, who lives in Northern California, and exchanges Christmas cards with Buddy Bates, a fraternity brother who lives in Aspen, Colo. Ron’s lived in the same home for more than 31 years in San Diego Country Estates, 40 miles east of San Diego. “As many of you know, I was paralyzed as the result of a staph infection to my spinal cord in 1997. However, I was able to attend our 50th Reunion in 2007 and enjoyed seeing many of my classmates.” * Lucille Pickle Haworth stays busy even though she retired from teaching in 2000. She’s actively engaged in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where she chose to live almost 50 years ago. Lucille is treasurer and committee member of the NEK Classical Series, which brings world-class chamber musicians for winter concerts. She volunteers with St. Johnsbury OLLI, which provides eight lectures each fall and spring on diverse topics. She also serves on her church’s Ministry of Spiritual Formation as the adult ed representative. She volunteers at a used bookstore, Secondhand Prose, that raises money for the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. As an avid reader and member of two book groups, she has to practice restraint and remember she’s weeding bookshelves at home, not building a library. Lucille enjoys the outdoors by snowshoeing, hiking, and swimming and takes an exercise class three times a week. Sacred circle dance keeps her centered in these troubled times. “Best wishes to my classmates as we face aging together.” * A closing comment from me, Don Tracy, who encourages more classmates to tell our old friends what you and your family do to remain “young at heart.” As I prepare to send this column, my wife is preparing a nice family dinner. We’re expecting more than 12 guests from our younger ones who remain local. Many will bring their favorite dishes to the table. What an advantage to have planned ahead, raising a family of many good cooks!


1956

Class Correspondent:

Charlene Roberts Riordan
classnews1956@colby.edu

Janet Nordgren Meryweather has been back in Florida since early December. Her friendships at King’s Gate Club and now in Captiva have spanned 33 years. Both places have become generational, with people her age having their families come to enjoy these two special places. * Barbara “BJ” Davis Howard lives in West Hartford, Conn., the same city as her sister and many friends who share activities like craft fairs, the Hartford symphony, and the congregational church in Hartford. She follows the activities of her two daughters and eight grandchildren. A third daughter lives with her, and they share business endeavors. BJ paints watercolors (West Hartford Art League), swims, gardens, and plays the piano. She also spends time at her Vermont cabin, built by her late husband. * Brian Stompe has been busy working on single-payer healthcare and trying to make it clear through “letters to the editor” that “health insurance” is not “healthcare.” He’ll teach fly fishing at Boy Scout camp for five days this summer, and he hopes for a good fly-fishing shad season in May and an equally good salmon season off the California coast. His lively garden activity has led to carpal tunnel surgery. In 2020 he and wife Susan hope to take an RV trip across the U.S. to Maine to canoe on the Kennebec River, fish for striper, and reconnect with Colby friends. * My latest trip has taken me on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. One of the highlights was swimming/floating in the toxic Dead Sea. Upon my return I had lunch at Rosemary Crouthamel Sortor’s daughter’s home in Darien, Conn. Lots of reminiscing and a chance to visit with two adult grandsons, one of whom was once my Latin I student at Darien High School.


1955

Class Correspondent:

Betty Harris Smith
classnews1955@colby.edu
As I write from Lincoln, Mass., the snow is coming down hard, just like at Colby. Remember the snow on the library steps and the skiers on their way to class coming down the chapel hill? * Sid Farr is in Waterville and says all is going well. Sid has a great-great grandchild—he’s thrilled! Does anyone else have great-great grands? Do you get to babysit? * We heard from James Smith, who is still active in antiques and art in Brocante Galene in St. Jean de Luz, France. He’d like to hear news from others in this column. * Carol Smith Brown was in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, last fall visiting her sister and her brother-in-law, Dick Tripp. Carol found the Maine autumn quite enjoyable. * Edward and Kay Hartwell Philipps moved to Kennett Square, Pa., three years ago. They live at Crosslands, a Kendal CCRC near Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, and the Brandywine River Museum—all great tourist spots. Edward walks the many trails, and Kay utilizes the pool and plays water volleyball. Kay enjoys reading our columns and would also be pleased to have classmates visit.

1954

Class Correspondent:

Art Eddy
classnews1954@colby.edu

Bob “Art” Cummings, in his delightfully terse style, writes: “Update: reading Billy Joel biography… not my lifestyle; didn’t know we would be living in George Orwell’s society; looked at the list of the country’s biggest companies and none of them existed when we were growing up. Take care, Art.” * Karl and Merrillyn Healey Decker report that alongside Karl’s 40-year career as an English teacher in Westport, Conn., he worked for Vermont Magazine 2000-08—traveling Vermont, photographing, and co-writing stories about 35 small towns. His book The People of Townshend, Vermont is a treasure (my comment). A novel sits on some publisher’s desk and a second one is in the works. Merillyn taught for nearly 30 years in Newtown, Conn., while earning a law degree along the way. Retirement has her running a book group and a global issues study group. They plan to stay in their Monroe, Conn., home of 60 years until “they scrape us off the floor.” * Karl Dornish tells us that our class ranked third (72 percent) in participation in the 2018 Colby Fund drive. The downtown dormitory now has students and faculty in residence—the facility is a great addition to the rejuvenated downtown Waterville. * Susan (Miller ’56) and Tom Hunt now live at The Highlands, a retirement community in Topsham, Maine, so they can be near their daughter Leslie, who lives in Brunswick. * Vic Scalise must be one of the busiest “retired 86+” people in the country. His schedule for 2019 consists of four trips: January will find him in Fort Myers, Fla., at his fifth Red Sox Fantasy Baseball Camp, watching his son Doug ’86 play ball; in February Vic and wife Carolyn will be in Maui. They will return to Maine for two months at their summer home in Ocean Park (Vic has a few preaching engagements while there). A side trip to our 65th reunion in June is trip number four. * Bob Thurston bought a home in Englewood, Fla., to which he escapes the harsh Maine winters. “Bike riding, swimming, shuffleboard, and golf keep me active and looking forward to each new day.” Bob keeps in touch with longtime friends John Dutton ’55, Don Rice ’56, Nate ’55 and Winnie Robertson Miller, Sue Biven Staples ’55, and Dave Roberts ’55. “I have another golf match with Art Eddy this summer.” * Don Wyeth and his wife returned from their 12th Oceana cruise in the Caribbean. They live in Canton, Ga., but spend cold weather on St. Simons Island, Ga., where the temperature ranges between 60 and 80 degrees. Five married sons and daughters, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren all live in Texas. Don hopes to see Maine again this year and, at 88+, appreciates that time is getting short so he treats every new day like a birthday. * I received a wonderful snapshot of Bob Fraser and Barbara Nardozzi Saxon ’56 enjoying the “warm” Maine ocean breezes. Both of them look happy and healthy. * Yours truly has moved a short distance up the road to a retirement community (17 Cobble Road, D3, Salisbury, CT 06068), where all the concerns of home ownership are taken care of and the village center is a short walk away. I have had several phone conversations with Nancy Eggleston Kibens ’57, who still lives in the St. Louis area. Small world item: two of my grandnieces attend Union High School in Townshend, Vt., the subject of Karl Decker’s book. I must remind everyone that our class has been a regular “best three in Colby Fund participation” at reunion time (50th ... 94%, 55th … 96%, 60th … 88%). How great it would be if, for our 65th, we could reach 100 percent! Hope to see you on the Hill in June.


1952

Class Correspondent:

Art White
classnews1952@colby.edu

It pleases me that our classmates in the Cape area meet often. Herb Nagle writes that he and Judy met with Lum Lebherz and Brenda for lunch and shared many fond memories. Herb and Lum have remained very close friends since the Colby days and meet often. * Evelyn Walker Mack continues to do well in her senior living facility, and she recently went to her 70th high school reunion. Carolyn Stigman Burnham and James Kalparis [remember him?] also attended that gathering. * Sandy Pearson Anderson still enjoys life in Middlebury, Vt., although she’s not crazy about the winter storms. She’s pleased to see Colby so active in its work in downtown Waterville. * Elizabeth and Bob Kline headed to the Vero Beach area in Florida for three months. Bob continues to volunteer at the Maine Maritime Museum, working in the boat building area. Bob and Elizabeth are both very capable at racquetball, and if they invite you to play, do not play for money! * Mary and I also headed to Florida in January. We will be on the west coast and look forward to seeing family and friends in that area. Remember if you have stories to share with your Colby friends, this is the place to do it!


1951

Class Correspondent:

Chet Harrington
classnews1951@colby.edu
Cass Lightner sent in a letter noting that she was celebrating her 91st birthday in September, and, of course, sending her best.

1950

Class Correspondent:

Gerry Boyle '76
classnews1950@colby.edu

Mary Glenn Lobdell Smith had a wonderful weekend in January with more than 40 family members who celebrated her 90th birthday. Mary recently moved into a senior living facility in Skillman, N.J., and discovered that she had Colby neighbors down the hall. She met Tony ’57 and Bev Jackson Glockler ’60 when Bev was writing Mary’s biography for a community newsletter.


1949

Class Correspondent:

Anne Hagar Eustis
classnews1949@colby.edu

Time again for a little catch up on the news from us 49ers. * Don Nicoll sent me a copy of his Christmas letter, from which I’ve gleaned some highlights to share. His first great-grandchildren arrived in 2018, China (pronounced chee-nah) in August in Japan and Orin in September in Maryland. Don travels up and down the East Coast with occasional “side trips” to Japan to visit family and friends. Last spring he traveled to Japan with his daughter, Jessica, visiting places dear to Hilda Farnum Nicoll and her family when they lived there from 1927 to 1940. This January he flew to Japan to participate in a family celebration and once again visit Hilda’s former home, which is now an inn. Don reports that although “deaf as a haddock,” he’s still here and active. He continues as a member of the board of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation and as a member of the board of visitors of the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service. I was quite taken  aback when he closed with, “I hope to make it to part of our 70th reunion . . . and see members of our class.” Can this really be our 70th reunion? * Sid McKeen writes, “We’re now living in an assisted living facility less than a mile from home in Punta Gorda, Fla. A few months ago, I decided it was time to give up writing my weekly syndicated column, Wry & Ginger, after a 55-year run. As I expect is the case with most classmates, our travels are largely to medics.” Y Nellie MacDougall Parks reports: “I’m very busy taking care of my Victorian house and the old lady who lives in it (me).” She’s active in her immediate neighborhood, all within walking distance—the PO, the library, and her church. She made an interesting comment considering what we experienced 70 years ago. “I have to smile at how happy the Colby community was to leave R.R. tracks and smelly paper mill and move up to Mayflower Hill. Now Colby is very much involved in downtown Waterville—‘sprucing it up’ with a dormitory and a hotel. I understand why, but what a change.” What goes around comes around! * Charles Pearce reports from N.C. that they don’t travel much except to see their children. They saw the whole family over Christmas at daughter Cathy’s home in Northborough, Mass., including Cathy’s husband, John, and their two kids (one recently married at a gorgeous wedding in Newport, R.I.); Sally ’78 from Denver; and Jim from Chapel Hill, N.C., plus his two kids. * One sad note from Lee Silva telling me of the passing of her mother, Elaine Noyes Cella, in November. Lee writes, “She was always incredibly proud of being a Colby graduate. We will miss her terribly, but will live her legacy of kindness and compassion for all human beings.” * See you at our 70th! Unbelievable!


1939

Class Correspondent:

Gerry Boyle '78
classnews1939@colby.edu
Estelle Rogers MacDonald turned 100 on January 27 and celebrated the milestone with family and close friends. Estelle is the daughter of A. Raymond, Class of 1917, and Harriet Eaton Rogers, Class of 1919, and the sister of Martha Rogers Beach ’42, A. Raymond Rogers ’49, and Manley Rogers (West Point). She’s the granddaughter of Harvey Doane Eaton, Class of 1887. Estelle lives in Braintree, Mass., where she raised nine children and is a long-time member of the First Congregational Church of Braintree. She has 18 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. Celebrating this remarkable birthday milestone with Estelle were her seven surviving children and many of her family members, including granddaughter Megan MacDonald Davis ’94 and niece Margo Beach ’65.