2010 Newsmakers

Hannah Tuttle '15

University of Wisconsin-Madison clinical law student Hannah Tuttle ’15 has been named editor-in-chief of the student-run Wisconsin International Law Journal for 2020-21. Tuttle is concurrently pursuing a dual master’s degree in international public affairs and expects to earn her J.D. and M.A. in 2022. After graduation, she hopes to work in international law as part of an international governmental organization. * Olivia Amber ’17 was profiled in Ultra Running Magazine ahead of the USATF 50-Mile Championships at the Pioneer Spirit Trail Race in California in March. One of Amber’s goals is to inspire women to chase their fitness dreams. “It doesn’t matter if you are the fastest or the slowest one out there. Everyone is presented with the same rooty, rocky, muddy, and steep trails,” the former All-American Nordic skier said. * Duncan Coles ’19 was included as a team member on a recently published paper in the journal Nature Methods titled “Genetic tool development in marine protists: emerging model organisms for experimental cell biology.” The paper stems from an independent research project Coles conducted during a Colby semester at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. * Catherine Fraser ’19, clean air associate for the nonprofit advocacy group Environment Texas, appeared on Fox News Houston in January after Houston was ranked the fifth worst city for air quality. “We need to take action to regulate facilities like oil refineries and petrochemical plants to limit air pollution from those sources,” Fraser told Fox News.


2018

Class Correspondent:

Clare Murray
classnews2018@colby.edu

The Class of ’18 is making waves all around the world. From across the pond, Indiana Thompson, now a very busy master’s student at King’s College London, reports that the Colby community in London is alive and well! * Joelle Young graduated with an M.Sc. in environmental anthropology from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. She completed her dissertation on dark sky conservation by spending six weeks in New Mexico. There, she carried out multi-sited fieldwork to explore the motivations and actions of people conserving the night sky as a cultural and natural resource. While studying in the UK, she enjoyed visiting castles, eating scones with clotted cream, and drinking English breakfast tea. * After teaching English in Madrid all last year, Will Schmidt began a master’s in management at Madrid’s IE University. * From UWC Mostar, Adela Ramovic has been working with university students and exploring virtual teaching tools.


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. The start of 2020 has brought uncertainty to many of our lives with the global outbreak of COVID-19 and unprecedented economic crashes. Colby sends prayers to you and your families during this time. I stay grounded through local volunteering, educational webinars, and solitary meditation. I recently caught up with Hunter Riehle ’18 at a country club in Connecticut. I binged-watched the psychological thriller You on Netflix across time zones with Jeanné Gilliard. Shaquan Huntt ’13 shared law school adventures over lunch on Wall Street. * What are other classmates up to? Luc Marrie hopes to stave off the ennui that comes as we head towards our mid-twenties. He recommends a book of short stories by Haruki Murakami titled Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. Luc hopes it reminds us to look around and enjoy life a little bit more. * Aaliyah Bell and Bonnie Maldonado ’16 in New York City recently welcomed a new member to their home. Their new cat named Nebula! * Anna Jackson earned her M.A. in Hispanic studies from Boston College in May; she may become a certified Spanish teacher in Massachusetts. * Caroline Ferguson was selected as a 2019-20 White House Fellowship regional candidate. She drafted policy proposals for legislators then traveled to Boston alongside an accomplished group of candidates—including the assistant deputy chairman of the NATO Military Committee, a candidate for the governor of Rhode Island, a U.S. naval officer, and a Blue Angels squadron pilot. She, unfortunately, was not selected for the White House, but she had a rewarding experience. * Madeline Bistrong works in employer partnerships at Handshake (our career center platform) and just celebrated her one-year anniversary. * Mollika Tahsin moved to the Saint Paul area in Minnesota to start her master’s in a data science program at the University of St. Thomas. Coming from an economics background, she hopes to merge finance and tech skills into fintech or venture capitalism. * Maggie Hojlo and Katie Metayer both work as clinical research coordinators while living together at Coolidge Corner in Brookline, Mass. Honorary guest Alan Ottenstein lived with them last August, “which was GREAT!” * After two incredible years ski patrolling in Park City, Utah, Luke Andrews is back on the East Coast as an MD student at Tufts School of Medicine in Boston. * Jenn (Shiyun) Qiu married Laurence Li from San Diego in January 2019; they now live in Cambridge, Mass. * Thomas Barry works at Bank of America as a consumer and small business relationship manager in Rhode Island. He caught up with classmates at the Mary O’Donnell 5K organized by Tom O’Donnell and his brother, Jimmy ’18, in memory of their mom. * Olivia Amber lives and works in San Francisco while running for Salomon on the U.S. Pro Squad (primarily focusing on mountain ultras). She won a bronze medal at the USATF 50-Mile Trail Championships! * Alexandria Lucas started physician assistant school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She’ll also research patients in the Cleveland Clinic’s MICU. * Teddy Simpson is moving to Portland to live with Jackson Hall and Eliza Baker-Wacks on Munjoy Hill. The three of them hope to start taking didgeridoo lessons while working their normal jobs. * John Kensinger continues to enjoy San Francisco, still working—now very aptly—at Trusted Health with nurses fighting back against COVID-19. It’s been a trying time, but it’s through strain that his team must innovate in order to overcome. He encourages anyone interested in cutting-edge healthcare technology to reach out. * Thank you to all who chimed in with stories. In uncertain times, we need to keep in touch more than ever. You can stay involved between columns by updating your contact info on alumni.colby.edu, joining our reunion committee, or suggesting ideas for virtual events. I’m always happy to discuss ideas or make introductions. Reach out anytime for a catch-up call!


2016

Class Correspondent:

Holly Bogo
classnews2016@colby.edu

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. Thank you to those who sent updates, and best wishes to everyone! * Iavor Dekov moved to a new place in Austin last November and is working for HeartFlow as a software engineer. * Peter Wirth will be leaving Washington, D.C., to start his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin in June. * Katie Southworth now paints, exhibits, and sells her artwork out of her newly acquired shared studio space in the SoWa Arts and Design District of Boston. She’s also a member of the SoWa Artist Guild. Her studio (#412B at 450 Harrison Avenue) is open to the public every first Friday of the month as well as most Sundays from May through October. She would love to have fellow Mules come by for a visit, or for anyone to follow her new adventure on Instagram @katiesouthworth_art. Katie also continues to teach full time as an elementary school art teacher for Boston Public Schools. * While working from home, Martha Holland has been calling old friends on the phone, finding creative ways to make rice and beans, and practicing yoga on her floor. * John and Erin Trainor Morrow bought and renovated a house in Portland, Maine. They moved in this spring! * Maggie Chutter graduated in May with her D.V.M. from Cornell and was slated to start as a small animal vet in New Hampshire in June. * Holly Hogan is pursuing her master’s in social work at Arizona State University through their online program. She’s also working in residential and community mental healthcare. She has been a homeowner for a year and a half now, and she’s a proud mom to three cats. * Kate Riley recently moved to Seattle and has had fun reconnecting with Kim Bourne, who is also in the area. She’s working at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and will start grad school this summer. * Lydia Nicholson is fighting for tenants in Los Angeles who are being forced to pay rents even amidst a global crisis. They hope to win a rent suspension until the pandemic is under control. They live in mid-Wilshire with their cat, Lily. * After spending three years working for Varian Medical Systems in Palo Alto, Phil Adamson will enroll in the Stanford University electrical engineering Ph.D. program this fall. His research will mostly take place in the Stanford Medicine Radiology Department, with interests in MRI and neuroimaging. * Hannah Twombly and Connor O’Neil ’15 have been living in Mid-coast Maine for the past three years, and they’re slowly building up an aquaculture business (formed in 2018) together. They’re hoping to start selling whole scallops and kelp in 2021.


2015

Class Correspondent:

Molly Nash
classnews2015@colby.edu

Apartment 110 had another banner year. The biggest news is that Connor Clancy married his longtime Colby love, Sarah Lux ’14. All were in attendance at the ceremony in upstate New York. * Connor Emmert moved to Dallas, finally leaving Maine after more than eight years in the state. * Zach Padula moved back to his home state of Rhode Island. * Tony Atkinson, Gabe Salzer, and Mike Wincek all remain in New York and continue to hang out, except during the coronavirus quarantine as that would be irresponsible and against Mayor de Blasio’s strict orders. “We all maintain our social distance through appropriate group text messaging and vaguely apocalyptic memes.” * Victoria Falcon and Nick LaRovere adopted a puppy, Onyx, on Dec. 6, 2019. They’re super excited to have him as part of their family. They also enjoy spending time with friends and family in San Francisco. Check out a picture of them at colby.edu/mag in the class notes section. * Meg Hassey is teaching fourth grade at a charter school in San Diego, and she’s finishing an additional special education certificate. If there are any Mules in the area, let her know! * Milton Guillén is producing and directing a film that has received several grants and funding from public television (ITVS), Tribeca Film Institute, the Bay Area Video Coalition Media Maker Fellowship, as well as from Kartemquin Films (the producers of Minding the Gap). It was also invited to the DOK Co-Pro Market in Leipzig last October, where he pitched it to several funders and distributors from Europe. Several of these fellowships come with money, mentorship, and some media attention. This film has a lot of Colby connections, and two of the protagonists are former Colby Oak fellows—Khalid Albaih and Bassam Khabieh—plus Milton as a third character. Another Colby-created film, from the Center for the Arts and Humanities’ annual theme, had a screening at a theater in Chicago as part of the yearly Panorama Latinx. This screening got a lot of media attention from a few places, including the Chicago Tribune and others. Milton will have more things coming up from Northwestern University too, with a profile on the film and his work as a graduate student. * Megan MacKenzie is halfway through earning an M.S.W. at the Smith School for Social Work. This spring she wrapped up her first internship at Maine Medical Center in Portland providing outpatient therapy for children and adolescents. In August she and her partner will drive their dog and two cats across the country to Boulder, where she’ll complete her second internship at Mental Health Partners, offering adult outpatient therapy. She’s excited to spend more time in big mountains and connect with Colby alumni in the Rockies. * Some members of the Class of 2015 gathered in Jackson, Wyo., to cheer on visiting Mules, who were competing in a double-header against the Jackson Hole Moose, a local hockey team. Here's a photo of Erin Maguire (TX), Kellie Walsh (WY), Nate Morgan (NY), Jill Conway (Bates alumna and sibling of Colby alumni), and Jack Hartigan (AR). * Kali Stevens graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine this spring, along with Erin Bewley. Kali started a  residency in orthopaedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. * Kara Witherill works in admissions operations at an international education company called Shorelight, based out of the Seaport in Boston. She moved to Somerville, Mass., and loves getting together with Katie Daigle, who lives just down the street.


2014

Class Correspondent:

Anders Peterson
classnews2014@colby.edu

Caitlin Murray rang in 2020 cancer-free after a two-year-long battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Congratulations, Caitlin! She’s looking forward to her multiple trips to Maine this summer, where she will celebrate the weddings of fellow Mules Sam Slotnick and Dave Stanton as well as Lucy Gerrity ’13 and Rich Newton ’11. * Mac Nichols recently bought a home in Toronto with his girlfriend and started a new job as a developer/data engineer. * Shannon Kooser Miller moved to Evanston, Ill., with her husband to pursue her M.B.A. at the Kellogg School of Management. She got to take a marketing class with Amanda O’Malley this past fall! * Hib Schenck will start at Harvard Business School this fall to pursue his M.B.A. as well. * Melissa Anderson and Tim Badmington got engaged in December and will move to Baltimore in August. Melissa will work as an Army dentist at Fort Meade after she finishes her AEGD residency at Fort Campbell, Ky. Tim will continue his work for a bioethics nonprofit. * Carey Powers and Quinn Ziegler live in Missoula, Mont., with their dog, Darby. Carey works in the development department at the Missoula Art Museum, and Quinn is a data analyst for Missoula County. * I continue to be the only person in Los Angeles who wears clothes from L.L.Bean—perhaps I’m a trendsetter. I’m wrapping up my M.B.A. at USC Marshall and will have graduated by the time this is printed! I’m also looking forward to a handful of bachelor parties and weddings of Colby friends this summer and fall.


2013

Class Correspondent:

Sarah Lyon
classnews2013@colby.edu

I hope everyone has been staying healthy and safe during this stressful time. A few 2013-ers wrote in with updates, and I hope everyone else is doing well. * Joey Tagliente’s fitness studio, Row Republic, had to temporarily close, but it launched a virtual workout series, which NBC10 Boston highlighted online. * Carla Aronsohn recently launched a progressive digital consulting agency, Cultivate Strategies. Notably, Cultivate helped launch and continues to work with Fire Drill Fridays, Jane Fonda’s climate action organization. Cultivate is focused on how the U.S. Census, 2020 elections, and organizing for change will be impacted by COVID-19 by helping organizations and candidates adapt to an even more digital world. Carla sends love to everyone in these difficult times. * Julia Knoeff now lives in Amsterdam working with the nonprofit Techleap to help Dutch scaleups with their internationalization efforts. * Noah Teachey writes, “I’m in my third year of teaching music at a school in the South Bronx. Last year I was a quarter-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award. This year I was one of a handful of New York City music teachers awarded a Paul Simon Fellowship. I’m also performing and working on an album with Last Legion, a death metal band based in Yonkers.”


2012

Class Correspondent:

Sarah Janes
classnews2012@colby.edu

Than Moore is working on the front lines in an emergency department in Vermont seeing multiple COVID-19 patients. He’s trying to mitigate the risk of in-hospital transmission by working with the VT National Guard to provide medical care outside the hospital walls. Furthermore, he is excited to advance in his medical journey this summer, when he will begin medical school at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. * Sule Nasseri and his wife had their first child, Harris, Class of 2040, on Feb. 11. They’re enjoying every moment of the rewarding and joyful experience. Recently, they hosted Janice Kassman, dean of students, emerita, and her husband, Larry, in their new home. * Lucy Wilhelms works in property management and has just obtained her brokers’ license. She is the third-generation broker in her family. Lucy enjoys life in Milwaukee and promises to do her best to send a case of Wisconsin Stevens Point Beer to any member of the Class of 2012 who needs it. * Andy Estrada and his partner, Andie, moved across the country from Washington, D.C., to Washington State, where he has taken a Seattle-based communications role with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They’re excited to take advantage of the glorious outdoor activities in the region. * Allison Brown Kenney was married last July in Scarborough, Maine. She now works as an RN at Maine Medical Center and is looking forward to a long, meaningful, and challenging career in healthcare. * Nikki Yanok and her fiancé, Ross Schneider, are looking forward to their wedding. The pair met in DC and have been together for six years. While he is not a Colby guy, they were introduced through a Colby friend. They have settled in Maine and will have a small wedding ceremony on top of a mountain near Camden in October this year. * Kayla Chen freelance edits and copy edits in Washington, D.C., where she has lived for the past few years. She keeps busy with her freelance business and other editing projects, and she continues to explore more of Latin America when she can. * Abbey Wallace Eddy resides in Park City, Utah, with her new husband and their dog, Merle. She was married in Park City in August 2019 with 12 Mules in attendance: Lindsay Hylek, Katie Ricciardi, Gemma Yie, Margie Weiner, Jill Howell, Hannah DeAngelis, Jenny Stephens and Gordon Lessersohn, Erik Baish, Theo Papademetriou ’11, Jeb Block ’10, and Matt Hirsch ’08. * Aileen Evans and Ben Grimmig also recently moved to Utah—to Salt Lake City with their dog, Colby. They look forward to enjoying the skiing, hiking, and endless outdoor adventures ahead! * Caitlin Burchill continues to seek out the truth and battle the stigma of “fake news” as a reporter for NBC Connecticut. This unprecedented time of social distancing “forced” some former members of the Colby College women’s volleyball team to reconnect. Despite living in different time zones, it was as if the teammates were right back in Dana Dining Hall when Caitlin virtually spent time with Anne “Mackie” Sewall, Maggie Taylor ’13, Emily Varni ’13, Kate Pleasants ’14, Ellie Linden ’14, and Anna Clifford ’14. * Robyn St. Laurent married Ben Ossoff ’10 in July 2019. Their Maine wedding was officiated by Allie Holmes Glotfelty ’08 and attended by many Colby alumni ranging from 1973 to 2014. It was a busy year for their family: Robyn received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Brown, the couple moved to San Francisco to start new jobs, and they rescued a puppy named Maya.


2011

Class Correspondent:

Rian Ervin
classnews2011@colby.edu

Julianne Kowalski Forlizzi and her husband, Matt Forlizzi ’04, welcomed their baby girl, Grace Madeline, into the world Feb. 16, 2020. Grace was 9 lbs., 6 oz., and 22 inches long. She’s growing every day! * Three members of the Class of 2011 are working as consultants at Altman Vilandrie & Co.: Jarad Doyon, Irina Cazan, and Athul Ravunniarath. They all came to the company through different paths and are enjoying working at the same firm along with fellow Mules Adam Musial ’09 and Emily Muller ’17. * Conor Tidgwell is enjoying life as a dad—he and his wife welcomed their baby girl, Clover Roy Tidgwell, Sept. 2, 2019. * Hali Castleman married Lindsey Mayer in July 2019. Anna Tanasijevic and Brynna Patel were both in her “I Do Crew.” Hali celebrated with her Colby field hockey teammates Olivia Lattanzi, Elizabeth Fontaine, and Heather Quadir. There were many other Colby alums in attendance as well, including her dad, Joel Castleman ’81, her mom, Wendy Bauer ’82, and her grandfather Philip Castleman ’51. A great time was had by all! * Ben Cunkleman moved to Providence, R.I., for work. He’s enjoying the seafood and finding a great community through playing at the local squash club in his free time. * Frances Nixon Denote and her husband welcomed baby William Michael Denote July 28, 2019. It has been an amazing seven months with him, Frances reported earlier this year, and they’re thrilled to be a family of three. * David and Heather Pratt Lowe expected their first baby in May. Baby is excited to meet everyone next summer at reunion!


2010

Class Correspondent:

Caity Murphy
classnews2010@colby.edu

Maya Ranganathan and Kevin Baier ’11 got married on a beautiful fall evening in October, with many Mules of the Class of 2010 in attendance: Caity Murphy, Nick Cody Friedman, Hasan Bhatti, Megan Browning, Adam Paine, and Hannah Holbrook to name just a few, along with their golden retriever puppy, Margot. They’re delighted to announce they’ll be adding a baby girl to the family in August. In the meantime, Maya will continue working on the front lines as a new graduate RN at Maine Medical. * Jennifer Corriveau Honeycutt and her wife, Christina, were expecting a daughter in early May and could not be more excited! Shortly after she’s born, they planned to move back to Maine. Jenn is excited to announce that she’ll be opening her own lab at Bowdoin College as an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience. Her lab will study the neural basis of affective dysfunction in clinical disorders such as anxiety and schizophrenia, and it will aim to create better translational assays to study human mental illness in rodent models. * Amy Snickenberger Witherspoon graduated with her M.B.A. this spring and will move to Chicago this summer with her husband, Eben Witherspoon ’09. * Yanica Faustin graduated this May with a Ph.D. in public health from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Congratulations! * Michael and Sara Cameron Baldwin had a little girl, Madelyn Blace, born Oct. 21, 2019. They’re settling in well as a family of four (including their puppy, Finn), and they hope to have a future Mule on their hands! * I, on the other hand, remain childless, but I’m very busy these days as an emergency room nurse in Lander, Wyo. I’ve mastered the technique of wearing the same N95 mask for 12 hours a day while simultaneously sending my partner a constant stream of puppy photos to inspire a future adoption. In my off hours, I continue to run on beautiful mountain trails to maintain sanity. We are living in strange times, and as most of you surely know by now, reunion has been postponed until 2021. I’m deeply sorry I will not get the chance to see you all on Mayflower Hill come June. I’m also incredibly hopeful that when the time does come for us to reunite, it will be even sweeter than we could imagine. Be good to yourself, and to each other, and best wishes for health and happiness.


2000 Newsmakers

Sheldon Stevenson '05

Maggie Kidd Payne ’01 was named Scientist of the Year by the National Cooperative Soil survey. Paine is a resource soil specialist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Massachusetts. * After graduating from a nine-week judge advocate staff officer course in Montgomery, Ala., Andrew Lizotte ’04 received the Lowry Award from the U.S. Air Force, for demonstrating the highest standards of leadership, academic excellence, esprit de corps, and service amongst all students. Lizotte is a first lieutenant with the New Hampshire Air National Guard. * Sheldon Stevenson ’05 was named system chief of emergency medicine for Central Maine Healthcare this spring. “Dr. Stevenson has built a reputation for steady and thoughtful leadership,” said Jason Krupp, president of the Central Maine Medical Group. “Our organization is lucky to have him in this critically important role.” * In the wake of the George Floyd murder and ensuing protests, Emily Boyle Westbrooks ’06 wrote an essay for the Irish magazine Image, imploring parents to teach children about racism early and often. “Do not teach them to be colourblind, instead teach them to love and appreciate the whole range of shades we’re all made in and the people underneath, by talking about the differences and strengths and talents we all have,” wrote Westbrooks, who is raising two children of color with her husband, Michael ’07, in Dublin.   


2009

Class Correspondent:

Elyse Apantaku
classnews2009@colby.edu

Kat Brzozowski and Wes Miller ’08 welcomed a new baby this spring! * Eben Witherspoon graduated this spring with a Ph.D. in the learning sciences and policy from the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Amy (Snickenberger ’10), will be moving to Chicago. * David Way’s daughter, Honor Eleu Way, celebrated her first birthday this February. * Drew Hill and Elise Randall ’10 welcomed their first child, Lucy Violet, in October; bought their first house in Oakland, Calif., in November; and by February had finished moving in. In January Drew started a new job leading data science and applied research efforts at an air-quality monitoring company. * Dylan Perry and his wife, Liza, are expecting their first child in July! * Liza Comeau and her husband, Matt, welcomed their baby girl, Lehvi, into the world in January! * Sarah Whitfield caught up with Sommer Engels and Joe Meyer via a virtual happy hour and “met” their new kitty, Eleanor Engels-Meyer. * Adam Lowenstein lives in London with his partner, Erin, and published his first book, Reframe the Day, in April. * Scott Zeller and Sameera Anwar ’10 returned to the U.S. from their epic six-month adventure around the world. A couple of highlights include trekking to Everest Base Camp with Lokesh Todi and exploring New Zealand with Beth Cole. Scott ran the LA Marathon to celebrate coming back to the U.S. in March. Sameera and Scott are planning to move to Denver. * Danny Wasserman is spending time during the quarantine indulging in traditional Pacific Northwest hobbies: pickling vegetables, chopping wood, and perfecting the French press. Also on-brand for Seattle: exhausting all possibilities for kitting out his home with Alexa devices. He’s looking forward to some reprieve from staying safe at home later this fall when he celebrates Dan Heinrich’s wedding alongside Scott Zeller, Ishan Bin Singh ’08, Alex Pietroforte ’08, and Jeff Breece ’10. * Dan Heinrich is training for a new kind of marathon this year: wedding planning, and looking forward to celebrating with many Colby friends this fall. * Ben Hauptman and I are enjoying the opportunity to spend more time with our many children, and we are so proud of our oldest, who got into her first-choice college, the University of Maine at Farmington! (Unfortunately, it isn’t Colby but it’s not Bowdoin or Bates, so there’s that.)


2008

Class Correspondent:

Palmer McAuliff DePre
classnews2008@colby.edu

Thanks for the updates! I hope you’re all staying healthy and safe. * Meredith Carden leads Misinformation Partnerships and Global News Escalations at Facebook, Inc. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband and daughter, Viola, born in April 2019. * Elizabeth Petit said that in January, there was a Colby cross country/track reunion at Jamie O’Connell’s house in Somerville, Mass. In attendance were Karina Johnson ’05, Devan FitzPatrick ’09, Anna King, Jess Minty ’06, Hillary Easter ’06, Laura Pomponi, Lane Marder, Kirsten Davis Pajka ’07, Christine Avena, Brianna Walsh ’07, Chantal Balesdent, Lauren Sonalkar ’07, and Abbie Maguire ’09.  2008 was well-represented! There was much laughter and reminiscing about days at Colby. * Last October Katie Harris completed the Chicago Marathon. It was her fourth marathon (her third world major) with Team in Training, an organization that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In her six events with them, she has raised more than $28,000. * Heather Todd happily reported that she, Casi Newell, Joanna Ko, Ryan Rodel, and Julia Gilstein spent a week together in Seoul, South Korea for Stella Kim’s gorgeous wedding last October.


2007

Class Correspondent:

Annie Mears Abbott
classnews2007@colby.edu

Katie Maland Schupack, Annie Mears Abbott, Laura Keeler Pierce, and Ali Fulreader had an amazing ski trip to Jackson Hole and ended up skiing the closing day for the season in two feet of powder. * Chris Zajchowski and Nicole Remy welcomed Gabriel Bowie Zajchowski into the world Feb. 4, 2020. He’s a fan of long walks on the beach, the Green New Deal, and is excited for COOT 2038. * Jordan Levinson reports that “my partner and I just bought a little house in Cape Town, South Africa, where I’ve been living the past few years. I’m working as a project manager at a social enterprise called Dimagi, which builds digital health infrastructure for developing countries. These days I’m working on different projects with the governments of South Africa, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Nepal to strengthen their health systems, chiefly by rolling out mobile-phone-based tools for big networks of community health workers and building data flows from the most remote areas to the top officials. When it works, it means that underserved folks get better care on the ground, and policymakers can work from proper information. We’re doing some good work on COVID around the world, so it feels good to be contributing in some small way. In other news, a puppy adopted us last year, and he’s suddenly 50 pounds of pure dog love. If anyone knew my two black cats in college, believe it or not, one of them is still around and made the move with me overseas. Hope anyone who’s over this way will reach out!” * February 16 marked the 10th work anniversary for Hengtian “Danny” Lin working as an FDNY inspector. He’s looking forward to visiting Marin Ma and his wife, Leah, and their three beautiful children once the health crisis is over. * Matt Wallach and his wife, Katie, welcomed a son, Archer Thomas Wallach, Feb. 19. Matt reports that “he’s happy and healthy and weathering the storm well. :)” * Amanda Vickerson has taken up roller dance and bought herself some purple Moxi skates! She’s in love. * Suzi Swartz has been in the Asheville, N.C., area since May 2018 and loves living in the mountains. She reports: “I decided to go back to my Colby tour guide roots and have been working in admissions at Western Carolina University for the past two years. I also finished my Ph.D. in history at Stony Brook University in November 2019.”


2006

Class Correspondent:

Lindsey Boyle McKee
classnews2006@colby.edu

I hope that as you read this we are back to more normal ways of living and that you and your families are happy and healthy. It’s early April as I write this, so my family is spending lots of time together at home. I have moved my FIT4MOM business completely online and am offering classes and support for moms through a virtual platform. It really brightened my days to receive these updates, so thank you to those who submitted news for this column! * Dominic and Barbara Hough Kallas bought a house in Haverhill, Mass. * Chris Russoniello started as a geology professor at West Virginia University in August and is recruiting graduate students and postdocs to his hydrogeology lab. * Oscar and Jennifer Scotland Campos welcomed their daughter, Marina, Jan. 24. Katie Packard Henderson was at Jenn’s baby shower with her new daughter, Maria. * Alex Jospe picked up and moved to Vermont last summer to be a ski coach at Stratton Mountain School. She’s still doing a little GIS on the side, but she and Ed are very much enjoying the change of lifestyle. * Aine McCarthy and her husband, Luke Johnson, welcomed their first child, Frances Quinn McCarthy, Jan. 5. She’s named in honor of Aine’s brother Quentin, who passed away in 2016. Aine is extremely thankful for her solid parental leave from Lewis & Clark College, where she works as an economics professor. Despite unsettling news and challenges ahead, they find joy in life with Frances every day. * After completing a fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Robert Jacobs was hired in 2019 by the University of Minnesota Department of Orthopaedics as an assistant professor and clinical instructor of orthopaedic trauma. * Last July James Thompson and his partner moved from the UK to Australia, where he started a new job as a lecturer in teaching and learning at the University of Melbourne’s School of Design. Apart from the global pandemic and all, life in Oz is amazing! They have already nearly filled in their wildlife bingo card—they just need to find a pesky platypus.


2005

Class Correspondent:

Kate Slemp Douglas
classnews2005@colby.edu

In this time of challenge and uncertainty, I’m delighted to share with you some good news. Katie Markowski Dru and husband welcomed their first child, son Harry, Jan. 4. * Sasha Schroeder and her husband also welcomed a child, daughter Aubrey, Jan. 8. They live in Las Vegas, work in hospitality, and are currently enjoying time at home with their newborn. * Steph Pierce Sheline and her husband bought a fixer-upper home in September 2018 and have spent the last year and a half removing wallpaper, updating electrical, redoing plumbing, and much more! Four dumpsters and lots of hard work later, they’ve finally begun to unpack, just in time to shelter in place with newly adopted puppy Lola. * Osman Haneef and his wife recently moved to London from Pakistan, where he launched Pakistan’s largest telehealth and microinsurance company. His debut novel, Blasphemy, will be published later this year. * Patrick Harner and his wife reside with their three daughters outside Cincinnati. While writing with the goal of publication, he continues to be a personal trainer. He keeps in touch with Xavier Garcia, Greg Lynch ’04, and Jared Beers ’01. * Rebecca (Taylor ’04) and Nichols Malick, both educators, have been pushed into online teaching, while their two daughters work from home. * After more than a decade teaching high school Spanish, Megan Loosigian ditched teaching and the mainland United States in 2018 for life in Vieques, a small island off Puerto Rico. Although she returned to New Hampshire last summer to work at a local brewery, she’s currently back in Vieques under 24/7 lockdown. * Jackie Dinneen, Cat Pappas Marks, Chelsea Pawlek, Alana McGee, and Rich and Jess Crowley Sattler are making the most of sheltering in place by connecting via Zoom for a Dana 345 digital reunion. * May you and your family all stay healthy and sane.


2004

Class Correspondent:

Emma McCandless
classnews2004@colby.edu

Allison Dwyer Webb and her husband, Tom, welcomed their first baby, Juliette Kennedy Florence Webb, Nov. 11. * Morgan Pratt Arvisais is currently deployed in Atlanta in response to COVID-19, supporting the federal quarantine of passengers from cruise ships as a logistics chief for the National Disaster Medical System. Back in her regular home in Colorado, Morgan was recently promoted to principal project manager of cranial navigation and robotics at Medtronic. She’s looking forward to finishing her deployment and getting home to husband Cooper and dog Rowdy! * Anne Olmsted Kirksted gave birth to identical twin girls on Sept. 5. She’s currently taking a year off from teaching fifth grade in Waltham, Mass., to stay home and get to know these two loud and lively ladies! * Andrew Lizotte was certified as a judge advocate in December after graduating from a nine-week judge advocate staff officer course in Montgomery, Ala., where he also received the Lowry Award, given by the U.S. Air Force to the officer demonstrating the highest standards of leadership, academic excellence, esprit de corps, and service amongst all students. Andrew is a first lieutenant with the New Hampshire Air National Guard. In his civilian life, he’s still working as a federal prosecutor in Maine. * Greg Cary, his wife, Sara, and their two boys are also back in Maine, having recently moved from Pittsburgh, where Greg had been working at Carnegie Mellon University. He’s now working on Alzheimer’s disease at The Jackson Laboratory on Mount Desert Island. In his first week on the job, he joined an informational dinner and panel for a Colby Jan Plan course taught by Professor Andrea Tilden! * Send your news, big or small, any time to classnews2004@colby.edu.


2003

Class Correspondent:

Rich Riedel
classnews2003@colby.edu

Last July Em Goss joined ClickUp, a SaaS startup that provides project management productivity software. She’s excited that ClickUp recently moved its headquarters to her home city of San Diego. They’re growing quickly, and she’s hoping that she may be able to provide job opportunities for other Colby grads. * I had a great time seeing Ricky Brown, John Knoedler, Jeff Siteman, and David Sandak earlier this year in Park City, Utah. It was a treat to spend some time in the mountains and catch up with everyone (they’re all doing well). Now, with reduced travel, I’ve enjoyed spending more time at home with my wife, Sarah (Schleck ’06), and our two-year-old son, Otto, as we chase him around (for fun and for potty training). * I was saddened to have learned that Matt Danziger suddenly passed away in mid-April. Matt was a member of the soccer team and warmed many hearts across campus at Colby. His family shared these thoughts: “Matt’s happiest days were spent with loved ones near the ocean or in the mountains, whether it was skiing on the slopes of Tahoe, surfing in the waves off Wellfleet, or sailing in waters of San Francisco Bay. At home, his love for simple pleasures—be it making pancakes for Aidan and Izzy [his children] on Sunday mornings, or cooking his famous paella for family and friends, or dancing with his beautiful wife in the middle of their kitchen—made every moment with Matt a beautiful adventure. Matt’s kind and generous spirit made everything around him, and everyone who came into contact with him, better. In place of flowers, and for those who are able, a GoFundMe educational fund has been established for Izzy and Aidan.” We send our condolences to his wife, Kate, and his children, as well as his brothers, Andy and Michael ’00. For more information, please see the obituary section of this magazine. * Please send any news (what’s happened over the past year or two?) or even share some tips for sheltering in place to classnews2003@colby.edu. Especially now, it’s nice to reconnect with friends.


2002

Class Correspondent:

Bridget Zakielarz Duffy
classnews2002@colby.edu

Warm greetings, Class of 2002. Hopefully by the time you read this our period of self-isolating and 40th birthday parties celebrated on Zoom will be behind us. I, for one, am keeping a running list of things I won’t be taking for granted on the other side of the pandemic, and I wish good health to all of you. Here are some updates from your classmates. * Victor Cancel works as a specialist level III (supervisor) for the U.S. Department of Education, Default Resolution Group. He lives in Florida with his wife, Aileen, son AJ, 11, and daughter Yesenia, 3. Aileen works for the Florida Department of Education. * Clinton Johnson’s Ph.D. program is going well. With one more A, he’ll get to join an honor society equal to PBK. Find him as Clinton Anthony Johnson on Facebook, where he regularly chats with several classmates. * Cam and Corey Gammill live on Nantucket with their families. They both actively fish for a living. Corey owns Bill Fisher Outfitters, Cam owns Fisher Real Estate, and together they own Bill Fisher Tackle. They love connecting with people as they visit the island, so drop them a line (see what I did there?) if you’re ever in the area. * Sarah Dressler Benson writes while working from home with a 3- and 5-year-old hanging on her. Her family just bought their dream home in Rancho Santa Margarita in Orange County, Calif., so they’re using the self-isolation time to get settled in and enjoy the extra space. They definitely will be ready for a big housewarming party once this social distancing is behind us. * Edward Jastrem and his wife, Sara (Onderdonk), welcomed Theodore Edward Jastrem, born March 11 in Newton, Mass. * David Zlatin and his wife, Christina, welcomed their first child, a baby boy, Jack Bryson Zlatin, in September 2019.


2001

Class Correspondent:

Dana Fowler Charette
classnews2001@colby.edu

Hello, classmates! I’m writing to you in early May from home, where we’ve been for several weeks at this point. While everyone’s routines are thrown off, some of the bright spots include having more time to connect with friends, especially my Colby ones. Laura Montgomery Malone is keeping us all organized, and now we celebrate the little things, like Melinda Mraz Barber moving close to Laura and being neighbors again, and Jon and Jenny Bubrick Engel adopting a new dog. Lauren Stevens Hannigan has been inspiring everyone with her running commitment while raising awareness for aphasia (while also teaching her students and her two boys!). While we wait to see what the world holds with the pandemic, I thought I’d share some good news, with thanks to those who emailed me. * Lindsay Fanjoy Corson is keepin’ it real in Ellsworth, Maine. She teaches high school Spanish, so she was trying to build up a YouTube channel to help with grammar while updating her Google classrooms. She’s also teaching her 13-year-old son, which is proving to be WAY more difficult than managing her classes. She says, “I don’t remember algebra. When he’s in geometry, I’m going to shock him with my skills, but for now...I’m mom, and I don’t know squat.” She’s trying to stay healthy, wash her hands, and sanitize her phone. * During the shutdown, Peter Oppenheim is busy negotiating the health, education, and labor portions of the Congressional legislative relief packages to the national emergency. In March he got to ski some of the last days of the season in Park City and Deer Valley, Utah, with Tim Cassidy, Mead Rust, Scott Tucker ’02, and Tom Curran ’02. They had a great time skiing and catching up, despite the fact that a lot of their friends weren’t able to make it. * Jemison Foster continues to work as a university guidance counselor at an international school in Saigon, Vietnam. He gets to spend plenty of time with his two-year-old daughter and to travel a bit around Asia. Life is good for him! * Lauren Schaad is harnessing more than a decade of recruiting experience, helping career-minded folks learn networking and interviewing skills in challenging times. Alumni can feel free to contact her at lauren@laurenschaad.com. On the creative side, she’s teaching improvisation online to stir-crazy young people, and her revamped travel blog, SheClimbs.com, dropped in May. * I hope that everyone is staying healthy. Sending my best!


1990 Newsmakers

Reena Chandra Rajpal '93

Mary Madigan ’90 was named executive director of Santa Fe ProMusica in January. Madigan has more than 30 years of experience in “music publishing, artist representation, and nonprofit management, finance, and development,” Santa Fe ProMusica reports. Previously, Madigan was executive director of Composers Now, a nonprofit advancing the work of living composers. * Jeffrey Phelps ’90 was inducted into the Rockland (Mass.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame for football last fall. Phelps, a standout player at Colby, is now a successful businessman in Rockland, running the family’s Amos A. Phelps Insurance Company. * Elisabeth Poole Parker ’90 was featured in Jozan Magazine to announce she has joined Nazmiyal Antique Rugs, a prominent antique rug dealer. “Parker has over 25 years of experience in the field of rugs and carpets. As an independent consultant and appraiser, she specializes in carpets from Iran, Turkey, India, China, the Caucasus, and Europe.” * Reena Chandra Rajpal ’93 was featured in a Madison Magazine story about Combat Blindness Foundation in Madison, Wis. In April Rajpal became the organization’s executive director, following in the footsteps of her father, an ophthalmologist who started the organization 35 years ago in an effort to combat preventable blindness around the world. “I want to carry on his good work. It’s needed. If I learned anything from him,” Rajpal said, “it’s that we are a global community.”   


1999

Class Correspondent:

Brad Sicchitano
classnews1999@colby.edu

This will certainly be a time that will be remembered for years to come. It has been an opportunity for families to spend time together, siblings developing their relationships while finding things to do, and parents realizing the balance between work and family. As an education minor and former teacher, this experience also shows clearly the time and efforts that our educators provide to our children; thank you, as you have more patience than I do! Thank you to all our classmates who followed the sciences as doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and researchers. Thank you to all our classmates who were able to continue working while others could not. While graduations, reunions, and family celebrations are being canceled, postponed, and rescheduled, it has been my family, co-workers, and college friends who have helped me see the brighter side of this. Thank you for keeping in touch—this has impacted all of us. On a lighter note, many classmates responded to my call for news prior to restrictions on travel and social distancing, and, like John Krasinski’s SGN (Some Good News), this is our class’ good news: * Larry Spollen and his wife, Charity, are happy to report that their three-year-old son, Teague, has a new baby brother. Shane Cashel was born Nov. 13, and his family lives in Brooklyn. Larry was recently promoted to supervising attorney at New York County Defender Services, a public defender’s office in Manhattan. * Ali Mian lives in St. Louis with his wife, Elise, and two boys, Noah, 7, and Jonas, 4. Ali is a professor at Washington University’s School of Medicine. They’ve been having fun rock climbing, ordering lots of post mates, and hanging out at the local Top Golf. * Catherine Garland continues to delight in teaching physics and engineering to high school students in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She also loves nurturing their connection to the outdoors by mentoring the Gardening Club, where students learn how to grow flowers, herbs, and veggies from seed. * Johanna Reardon Prince lives in western Maine and enjoys her role as principal of the local PreK-8 school. She skis at Sugarloaf every weekend and loves running into fellow Mules on the mountain. * Chrissy Barnett Miller, her husband, Kevin, and two daughters, Mai and Aya, still enjoy living overseas in Okinawa, Japan. Chrissy works in marketing, and in her spare time, she enjoys cooking, photography, and traveling. As a family, the Millers have visited more than five countries in the past five years, including Thailand, South Korea, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. They’re trying to also experience as much of Japan as they can as they will likely return to the States sometime in the next year. * Bill Hinton is living the YMCA camp life in western Michigan, just south of Grand Rapids. In late winter, he took a quick trip to Colby and stayed at Brandi and Nahum Meisner’s house. They attended Colby’s final home basketball game on the court they played on as students, and they got to tour of the new athletic facility under construction. Both Nahum and Bill ended on a made shot before they left. * In December John Bishop moved to Manila, Philippines, to take an assignment with the Asian Development Bank. He went on leave from the IMF for a few years to work as an editor at the bank. He brought the whole family, and since arriving they’ve experienced a typhoon and volcanic eruption. * Thank you all for sharing your updates.


1998

Class Correspondent:

Brian Gill
classnews1998@colby.edu

Matt Godsey went to a four-day United Nations conference in Thailand, where he presented to delegations from Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, and he participated in hands-on exercises involving export controls and sanctions issues. Matt also went to Tanzania and Uganda to give presentations on the implementation of UN sanctions, and he met with delegations from South Africa and Kenya as well. He’s also had a few chances to spend time with Ethan Pope and his family, who are “the best people ever. So much fun!” * Betsy Kies Raftery met with several Colby friends over Zoom, including Mimi Sotiriou Raygorodetsky, Mary Ellen Shuttleworth Miller, Shelley Wollert, Dawn Seckler, Sam Sheridan Spielman, Melissa Carpenter Haire, Kristina Smith Gates, Cassie Wayne, Leah Bernstein Jacobson, and Montine Bowen Fredrickson. Then a couple of Colby husbands popped their heads in, and they had Chris Gates and Justin Fredrickson. Next thing Betsy knew, a few of their other guy friends joined in: Gray Macmillan ’97, Nathan Curtis, and Dave Spiro. “It was so great to see all these very familiar faces at such an uncertain time. Between working from home, e-learning with our kids, cooking, cleaning, parenting, and trying to stay sane, it’s so important for everyone to stay positive and connected, especially with old friends. Stay healthy Colby family!” * Rachel Westgate has been using Zoom to conduct frequent Zoom-ba classes for adults in her community in order to maintain mental fitness and cardiac health during the COVID-19 quarantine. * I hope everyone’s family is healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. Take care!


1997

Class Correspondent:

Tom DeCoff
classnews1997@colby.edu

By the time this reaches your mailbox, I hope we’re on our way back to our physical, social, and emotional norms. I trust you’ve been taking care of yourself and your loved ones, and I look forward to sharing your news in the coming months. * Just about a month before this COVID craziness began, I was fortunate to catch up with some of our classmates and their families, thanks to Sarah Molly Lampe and her family, who organized a mini-reunion tailgate at Harris Ski Jump in Brattleboro, Vt. I got to see Pat and Amanda Randolph Doyle, Meghan Kolodziej, Suzanne (Kulin ’96) and Tom Moffitt, Kim Berget Salmon, and Chris Sullivan, as well as their families. I’m grateful for having a group of longtime friends with whom visits are indeed timeless—we pick up right where we left off, be it months, or years, in between; we reminisce about the old days, but also connect on the new stuff: careers, families, and the other trials and tribulations of adulthood. I keep hearing that many things in the world will probably change and won’t be the same after this pandemic comes to pass, and that can be unsettling. But as I reflect on that day in Vermont, with friends of more than 20 years, I’m comforted in knowing that some things—important things—won’t ever change. Wishing you and your families much health and happiness.


1996

Class Correspondent:

Brad Smith
classnews1996@colby.edu

I thought about spraying Lysol into my mouth prior to writing this column, but the EPA told me not to. OK, let’s get to it! * Andrew Rice shared that he recently completed a novel called Ghosts of Ursino, inspired by his great-great-grandparents interracial marriage just after the Civil War in Mississippi. It’s available on Amazon for those so inclined. * Simon Dalgleish writes that he’s still in Mexico (16 years now!) and works as general manager of m2crowd.com, one of Mexico’s leading real estate crowdfunding platforms. Veh Vay says that the company is growing muy loco! Speaking of growing, Simon’s son, Diego, is 12 and swims, climbs, and boxes at a local gym. Simon and his wife, Laura, celebrated their 15th anniversary last year—ay carrumba! * Nobody believes me on this one, but I saw Kenny Fowler three times this winter: twice at the Falmouth Shaw’s and then at one of my daughter’s ice hockey games. Sadly, I have no photo evidence of the encounter. I also emailed back and forth once with Jason Jabar. He lives in Yarmouth. * Back when we could have friends and restaurants were open, my wife, Peg, and I had a tremendous dinner with Tobin Scipione and her husband, Soren, at Cong Tu Bot in Portland. I love going out to dinner with Tobin. I had no idea we even went to Colby together. (I played football, and she lived in the Co-op, so, you know, our Colby worlds didn’t really overlap.) Over dinner, Tobin shared some hippy blah blah blah and I acted like a meathead. It was a fun night. * Earlier this year, Big Earl Lewis married Becky Stevenson of Thorndike, Maine, then jetted off to Vegas for a fun-filled week of buttery excitement over Feb break (Earl notes that Elvis was not involved in the wedding). * Also in Waterville, Melissa Taylor writes that she’s still a pediatrician at Waterville Pediatrics, and she reconnected with Betsy Low Bowen this winter, as their boys played on the same hockey team this season. * Tina Garand Branson met Heather Hunt Swales for brunch in Boston, then they went to watch Tina’s dancer daughter, Emma, perform at Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music. * In lighter news, Jeff Sklarz organized a Zoom version of a very special Colby tradition, producing a “COVID-19 Virtual Lock-in” in late March. Dan Rheaume, Gregg LeBlanc, Ryan Sullivan, Jean-Michel Picher, and I joined Jeff and downed beers, snack cakes, and pudding with reckless abandon. So, you know, typical behavior for middle-aged men. * As for me, after 20 years in fundraising, I launched my own consulting firm, Rootstock Philanthropy LLC. Onward, as always!


1995

Class Correspondent:

Yuhgo Yamaguchi
classnews1995@colby.edu

Ben Bartlett is “happy to report that my wife, Yelda, and I had our first child, Ankara Bartlett, in October.” Congrats Ben! * After almost 24 years living in San Francisco, Dan Polk is moving with his family to Nashville, Tenn., to teach upper school history at Harpeth Hall School. “I’m looking forward to the music and a slower pace of life in the South.” * Kristen Hanssen Goodell is the associate dean of admissions at Boston University School of Medicine. She enjoys meeting amazing Colby students applying to medical school, and she’s honored to have been invited to a DavisConnects forum on health professions at Colby the past two years. Kristen and Ned Goodell ’92 get together with Colby friends Erika and Ben Damon, Ken ’94 and Julia Rentz Dupuis, Adam Zois ’94, Alyssa Falwell Ross, and Eric ’96 and Maureen Finn Schwartz. “This past summer, we visited with Deb Whedon Fernandez when she and her family visited from Paris.” * Noah Learner’s company, Bike Shop SEO, recently merged with another digital marketing agency, Two Octobers, where he is now product director. Noah and his wife bought a house in Broomfield, Colo., last June, and “we’ve been loving getting to know our new community. I wish you all peace and health, and I hope to see you all soon,” writes Noah. * As of this writing, our 25th reunion has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you and your families are staying healthy through this crisis.


1994

Class Correspondent:

Sara Ferry
classnews1994@colby.edu

Greetings, all! I’m hopeful by the time you receive your Colby Magazine we are all adjusting to a new normal. * I was fortunate to get together with Heather Lounsbury, Marile Haylon Borden, Rebekah Freeman Schulze, Carolyn Hart and Dave O’Shea ’93, and Kim Morrison Lysaght ’90 for Rebekah’s daughter’s Bat Mitzvah in South Florida in November and then three weeks later in Massachusetts for Marile’s daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. * Jason “Guido” Sudano’s Denmark adventure has come to an end with the coronavirus. Guido and his family have moved from Copenhagen back to Long Island. He writes, “Denmark was amazing! My daughter is fluent in Danish now, and we miss it already, but it’s also good to be back around family now.” * After 11 years of working and living the country life in Yosemite National Park, Heather Boothe has taken a two-year fellowship with the National Park Service’s Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs in Washington, D.C. She knew it was going to be a big year in the capitol due to the election, but the coronavirus has added a new twist. That said, once travel bans are over, she’d love to see you if you’re in DC. * Finally, it’s with much sadness that I share the recent passing of two classmates, Deanna Huston and Jason AngellOur condolences to their families. More information can be found in the In Memoriam section in the back of the magazine. * Wishing you all good health and happiness. Please keep the updates coming.


1993

Class Correspondent:

Jill Moran Baxter
classnews1993@colby.edu

Truckee, Calif., is where I now “stay at home.” Just before I left Hong Kong, my husband, Tom, and I were delighted to share a dinner with John Bonello, who had flown in for a conference. If there is a bright spot in the pandemic, it’s extra time with all my kids under the same roof. My younger two, Ty and Luke, are distance-learning from the local high school here in Truckee, while Jed, my eldest, returned from college and is also engaged in online classes. * Chris Chin knows what it’s like to welcome a college kid home. He says, “Linda and I have downsized, since we are empty nesters now. Or at least we were until this age of online college during this pandemic.” After a lifetime of living in Duxbury, Mass., Chris and Linda moved up the coast to Marshfield, Mass. He writes, “We can see the ocean on the horizon and can walk to the beach. Our 12-year-old Shih Tzu, Gizmo, loves beach life.” Chinny recently caught up with Ellie North, who is remodeling her home. * Sarah Burditt McDougall reports, “COVID-19 has slowed things down here in central Oregon, but life rolls on. I’m impressed with how quickly my workouts turned up through Zoom. Our library stepped up their online offerings to even better than they’d already been. While all of the changes have brought some disappointments, this has been yet another time to take stock. I’m grateful for my health, a roof over my head, food on the table, and friends and family (even at a distance). Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2023!” * Greg Burns joined a virtual cocktail hour hosted by Dan Connolly ’92. Also raising a glass were Frank Toce ’92, Steve Hatch, Mitch Rogers, Tom Cochran, Rick Catino ’95, and Mark Jackson ’95. As Greg says, “with COVID-19, more virtual gatherings are to come.” * In these uncertain times, it’s an even greater pleasure than usual to hear from old friends. Drop me a line anytime at classnews1993@colby.edu.


1992

Class Correspondent:

Molly Beale Constable
classnews1992@colby.edu

Last fall Alexandria Peary was appointed poet laureate of New Hampshire and gave a TEDx talk, “How Mindfulness Can Transform the Way You Write,” which is available on YouTube. After graduating from Colby, Alex earned M.F.A.s from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of six books, including Prolific Moment: Theory and Practice of Mindfulness for Writing (Routledge 2018) and The Water Draft (Spuyten Duyvil 2019). * In October David Leavy and his wife, Katie, threw an epic “100th Birthday Party” to celebrate their combined 50th birthdays. Susanna and Curt Beckwith, David Cody, Jen and Josh Cummings, Michelle and Aaron Davis, Maile and Wylie Dufresne, Mike Keller, Steve Neuhauser, Beth and Mike Rosenblum ’93, Suzanne and Arthur Steinert, Anika (Smith ’94) and Torin Taylor, and Laurence Constable and I—along with many more of their friends—joined the festivities at the Monkey Bar in New York City. There’s little better than a Colby mini-reunion that stretches into the wee hours of the morning and is filled with catching up, music, and laughter. To think that we all met more than 30 years ago! * Bob Gramling writes: “George Linge, Mike Gorra, and I did the ‘Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim’ Grand Canyon hike in November while [wearing Colby hats] to celebrate our 50th birthdays. It was an amazing weekend together with lots of stories. 48 hours, 45 miles, 20,000 feet elevation change—and no injuries!” * In January Amanda Bishop Becker, Kristin Nixon Donahue, Kate Kane, Lizzie Frado Mazzola, Bess Moss St. Lawrence, and Jessica D’Ercole Stanton got together in Boston to celebrate their 50th birthdays. Another festive mini-reunion! * Alice Johnson Handwerk is the new director of philanthropy and communications at Breakthrough Manchester at the Derryfield School in New Hampshire. Breakthrough is a dual-mission program that launches promising Manchester middle school students, particularly those with limited opportunities, on the path to college while inspiring high school and college students to pursue careers in education. “After having worked in the philanthropy office at Derryfield for many years, it has been great to get to learn more about Breakthrough, get to know the students and teaching fellows, and see their great potential. The bonus is that I’m on Derryfield’s campus, where my two daughters attend school.” * In March I joined Colby’s Alumni Council, which works to foster connections between alumni and the College. The council meets on the Hill in March and October. We held discussions in our five small groups, heard a presentation from the Admissions Office, took a tour of the amazing 350,000-square-foot athletic complex scheduled to open in August (the largest project in Colby’s history), engaged with students at the Mary Low Coffeehouse (way more upscale than when we were there), hit the Marchese Blue Light Pub, then hightailed it to Big G’s for some sandwiches (Zonker Harris). I can’t wait to go back this fall. * Many thanks to Daniel Connolly and Sarah Hamilton Barringer for connecting us via “Colby Mules Virtual Happy Hours” on Zoom this spring during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was great to be together online and share time with each other. Stay well, everyone, and please be in touch!


1991

Class Correspondent:

Dave Shumway
classnews1991@colby.edu

Greetings, classmates! I heard from a few of you, so here is the news. * Dave Vincent writes, “I’ve been detailed to my bureau’s Enterprise Fraud Program, where I fight financial crimes for Uncle Sam—rather different from my long-ago career as a criminal defense and tax attorney. My latest spare-time activity, besides motorcycling, has me involved with the American Chestnut Foundation and its long-term efforts to restore the American Chestnut tree or hybrids thereof to its historical range. Insert old joke about being ‘sent to count trees’ here. My daughter continues to visit her old man, and she makes him very proud of her many accomplishments and the wonderful young woman she has become.” * A note also arrived from classmate (and my Colby roommate) Rob Deacon, who has been married for 18 years to wife Amy. They have a 12-year-old son, Logan, who is learning the saxophone and how to program computers. Logan is in a Lego robotics afterschool program and is hoping to enter a state competition next year. Amy is going back to college to get a degree in early childhood education so that they have the qualifications to open their own preschool in Arizona. They spent four years in Charleston, S.C., where the hurricanes go to roost, and recently moved back to Arizona to get away from the humidity and bugs (and hurricanes). Rob is currently driving Uber since the recent move and was looking to get his next startup business going (hopefully sooner than later!). * I know there isn’t much news to report, and we all know why: life in a “stay-at-home” situation tends to be much less eventful, and a trip to the grocery store for necessities has now become as noteworthy as an exotic vacation. To all of you out there, whether members of the Class of 1991, spouses, partners, children, or friends, I hope you’re all staying as safe as possible given the unprecedented situation we find ourselves living through. Please do all you can to keep yourselves, your loved ones, and everyone who is connected to you healthy and happy, and I hope we can all get together next year at reunion to reconnect and share stories.


1990

Class Correspondent:

Kristin Hock Davie
classnews1990@colby.edu

Mark Smith checked in from Lawrenceville, N.J., where he and his family live. He reports that Marc Duchette and his wife recently moved to New Jersey so they see each other more frequently. Mark met up with Jim Reduto and family in Philadelphia to watch Jim’s daughters perform at the National Jazz Festival. Last fall Mark had lunch and caught up with Dan Erving in Ann Arbor, Mich. Last winter, when skiing near his place in Wilmington, Vt., Mark made a quick stop at the Weston Village Store and realized the owner was classmate Jeff Borhek. Mark is also in touch with Mike Grant, whose daughter plays hockey at St. Paul’s. * Kate Brennan Dailey and her family are doing well in Marblehead, where her yarn shop continues into its fifth year. Her shop has a starring role in Adam Sandler’s new Netflix movie Hubie Halloween, so keep your eye out. Her oldest two kids are at Tulane, and she has one still in high school. 


1980 Newsmakers

Scott Hunter '87

Attorney Thomas McKeon ’82 was nominated to serve as justice on the Maine Superior Court by Governor Janet Mills; in January, the state legislature confirmed him. For almost 30 years, McKeon has practiced law with the firm Richardson, Whitman, Large and Badger. * Remy, a service dog belonging to Marian Leerburger ’84, is the Collie Club of America’s 2020 Shining Star Award recipient, one of the highest honors for a collie. “He’s missing his work terribly at the moment,” Leerburger told the Capital Gazette in March. “Every day he goes up to his vest and touches it and waits by the door.” * Cartoonist Lincoln Peirce ’85 was included on Portland Monthly’s list of the 10 most intriguing people in Maine. Creator of the popular comic series Big Nate, Peirce has also drawn eight Big Nate books. “These hybrids of text and pictures held down a top ten slot on the New York Times bestseller list for over 140 weeks,” Portland Monthly reported. * In March Scott Hunter ’87 stepped down from coaching boys varsity soccer at Caribou (Maine) High School, a position he’d held since 2011. Hunter suffered a stroke five years ago but found the coaching position therapeutic. “Being able to get back out on the field and coach was a great goal for me and helped in my rehab,” he told the Bangor Daily News. Hunter, also a local attorney, lead his team to its first regional championship last fall and was awarded the Maine Soccer Coach’s Association Coach of the Year Award for 2019.


1989

Class Correspondent:

Anita Terry
classnews1989@colby.edu

With all that’s going on in the world, it’s not surprising that I received very little news this time around. * Dave Fernandez wrote just after Colby canceled the March Board of Visitors meeting, saying that he and Cindy (Cohen) were going to have a full house as their daughter returned early from Suffolk U. They also reported a pre-social-distancing clay-shooting get-together with Matt Sotir. * And John Beaulieu, whose Facebook posts have kept me entertained for years—even more so now that I’m on Facebook more than is probably healthy—sent a hilarious message that he dared me to put in the column. Challenge accepted, John: “Where do I begin? It has been an unusual year when compared to the others. I finally finished reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Took me a long time as I had to stop and research some of the activities. Someday my wife will lift the restraining order when she realizes that what I tried did not come from ‘the deep bowels of my disturbed mind,’ as she so eloquently put it. I begged her to read the novel, but she is unable to hold books now due to an abnormal fear of paper cuts.” I encourage you to send John a FB friend request if you’re interested in learning more! * Last April, we were preparing for our 30th reunion, looking forward to getting together on Mayflower Hill. What a difference a year makes! As I write in mid-April 2020, Colby has just canceled graduation and this year’s reunion, and the world is at a standstill. I hope by the time you read this, life will have returned to a semblance of normal, and that you and your family have emerged from this crisis healthy, strong, and with a renewed sense of community. Because as we Class of ’89-ers know, we’re really all in this together.


1988

Class Correspondent:

Kate Walker
classnews1988@colby.edu

Greetings, classmates! I hope that you and your families are staying safe and positive in these challenging times. Hopefully, we will have opportunities to reconnect in person in the near future and make up for opportunities that may have been missed. * Congratulations to Mel Brown Bride, who was appointed director of development at the San Miguel School in Providence. San Miguel, in operation since 1993, serves fifth- through eighth-grade students from underserved populations in the Providence area. * Scott Bunker provided an update from the Cape. His daughter Sarah received her master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown last year and accepted an offer from the World Bank in D.C. She’s working from home due to the coronavirus, but she’s excited and looking forward to the challenge. Scott’s son, Rob, recently returned from living in Hungary and will be helping dad with his insurance office while also working on his teaching certificate. Youngest daughter Lily attends Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter, where she sees Susie Crowell Remillard ’87, who is a teacher there. Scott keeps in close contact with Rob Koff and Tim Wissemann. Rob is a passionate skier and recently took a trip to Breckenridge. Tim also gets some skiing in and regularly sees Gary Donaldson. Both of Tim’s children graduated from college this past spring. * As for me, after working as a school counselor for more than 25 years, I decided to “take a break”—just like Rachel and Ross on Friends. I spent the last school year working as a tennis administrator for a parks and recreation district in Littleton, Colo. I was also employed by Winter Park Resort as a ski guide, where I broadened my ski experiences to include night skiing with headlamps and uphill skiing with skins. Although the ski season was cut short due to COVID-19, I still managed to get in 66 days. Next fall, I will start a new position in the Post Grad Center at Littleton High School, where I look forward to wearing something other than snow pants or sweats!


1987

Class Correspondent:

Scott Lainer
classnews1987@colby.edu

Hey, what’s new? Anything new? Like, I dunno, a global freakin’ pandemic? Ah well, we shall not be deterred. For example: George Padula’s daughter Emily is now Colby Class of ’22. She will major in physics. (Wait, doesn’t that mean she can read minds?) “My older daughter, Ellen, graduated with honors from Lafayette College with a degree in mechanical engineering and is now working for a defense contractor in Massachusetts. Margie (Harriman ’85) and I are in Westwood, Mass., navigating the empty nest, like so many others. In the past years, we’ve spent time hiking in national parks, including Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Yosemite, and Yellowstone. All are highly recommended!” * Will Holmes lives and works at Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif., with Lisa Tomasetti Holmes ’88 and their two children, Scott, 17, and Matthew, 15. (Scott is clearly my favorite.) “This summer we connected with Kelly Powers Larner for a fun family evening at her home in Natick, Mass. Lisa and I visited Mike Archibald on Isle au Haut, Maine, where his extended family has a home. This was the first time we were able to visit Mike since I directed a family camp in New Hampshire from 2008 to 2018. Three Mile Island Camp is on Lake Winnipesaukee, an amazing place to work and have our children grow up for eleven summers.” * Beth Healy says, “I don't often have news, but in August I left the Globe after 19 years, following my second stint on Spotlight. I joined a startup investigative team at WBUR, an NPR station in Boston. My ink-stained soul still misses the paper, and I'm currently rebelling against forced work-from-home amid #coronavirus. But our first project will be out soon, so take a listen. (We’re proud to have you out there fighting for us, Beth!) * Willa Cobb is “thrilled to be back in Maine after our 4½-year foray to the Puget Sound. I love Maine; maybe not quite as much as NYC, but it's a perfect place for family. My boys, 19 and 15, are finding their way in the world. Since we've been back, I've spent time with Cathy King, Eli Orlic, Karen Hutchinson Jagolinzer, and Lucy Lennon Tucker; also with ’88ers Mary McHugh, Pam Parker, and Jo Muffy Guthrie and Debbie Mann Johnson ’89. I'm studying interfaith chaplaincy and hope to be ordained next June. Also, there is a continuing education intensive at the New York Academy of Art that I plan to attend this summer, staying with Paige Alexander Soto ’88.” (Does Paige know about this, Willa?) * Jeff DiSandro’s daughter, Maeve, got into Colby. (Hi, Maeve!) * Susannah Crowell Remillard “recently completed a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching to New Zealand, studying the teaching of difficult history, particularly in regards to colonization and indigenous perspectives. (As opposed to easy history, I guess.) I’m back in my Cape Cod classroom, getting ready to build a Wampanoag garden with grant funding from the Whole Kids Foundation and the Department of State. Next adventure is a trip to Qatar with the Qatar Foundation's Teacher Leadership Program. My three daughters work in engineering, restorative agriculture, and neuroscience. (Yeah, I’m not impressed.) My husband, Joe, and I enjoy watching their journeys. I got back to Colby to help with the Devil's Purse Tap Takeover last year.” * Gingy Harris Gable writes, “My brother and I opened Cultivar SF, a farm-to-table restaurant and wine bar in the Marina of San Francisco and to sell our Cultivar Wine & Caspar Estate wines. Last year we opened a heated patio, and business has been strong. (Definitely beats a frigid patio.) We quickly changed to carry out and delivery. I’ve been lucky to catch up with Marianne Campbell. My husband’s website, AllSides, and his AllSides for Schools, are making a difference. Our son is doing well, and the dogs love us being home.” (Did they actually say that, Gingy?) * Stay safe, dear classmates! Extra safe.


1986

Class Correspondent:

Susan Maxwell Reisert
classnews1986@colby.edu

Hello, Class of 1986! Many thanks to everyone who sent news. * Mary Lou Waterman Tolette’s two kids are out of college. Her son, Robby, went to Ithaca College and graduated in 2016. He lives in Boulder, Colo., and works at a small aquaponics company. Her daughter, Anna, graduated from Tufts in 2019 with a communications degree and is living in NYC and working for Synthesio, a social media listening company. Mary Lou herself is working as an educator at Philip Johnson’s Glass House, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site, in New Canaan, Conn. She’s been working there for five years. Her husband, Mark ’83, is at Morgan Stanley in Times Square and is a commodities futures broker. They live in Cos Cob, Conn., in an 1898 farmhouse. “Life is good,” Mary Lou reports. “Doing a lot of skiing, and we travel up to Maine a lot.” They have a place on Vinalhaven and spend as much time as they can there. Mary Lou saw Sheila Duffy in Denver last January, while she was visiting her son. Sheila has two kids—a daughter, Larkin, who graduated from CU Boulder in 2018, and Nelson, who is currently a student at Denver University. * Heather Freeman Black lives in the Sun Valley, Idaho, area. She shared the very sad news that her husband passed away three years ago after a short battle with melanoma. She then ran her husband’s business, skiracing.com (formerly Ski Racing Magazine) before selling it last fall. Heather has participated in Masters ski racing for the last 20 years. Last year she finished first in her age group, making her a national champion. Congratulations! Unfortunately, she broke her leg during this past season, but she occupied herself with a lot of volunteer work and singing in choirs. Her daughter is a student at Hamilton College. * Greg Beatty sent greetings from Bangkok. He works with a boutique law firm that advises on infrastructure projects across Asia. He had the pleasure of hosting Mark Burke and his family on their Asian tour last year, and Rick Bernard also visited last year. Greg and his 11-year-old daughter are working on their second book together, The Big Bake Off. It’s the story of a young girl competing in a city-wide cooking contest. One competitor is the school bully. And his dad is the mayor, so the fix is in. * Diane Smith lives in Maine with her partner, 11-year-old daughter, two cats, and a hedgehog. She telecommutes to DC for work and is a semi-professional dance mom. She and her family spend their spare time listening to music, watching Star Trek, and taking advantage of Maine’s amazing outdoors. * I recently enjoyed meeting up for a couple of drinks, in lovely Hallowell, Maine, with Jen Imhoff Foley, just before the COVID-19 crisis broke out. My husband and I enjoyed a nice evening with Dave Epstein in January during Dave’s annual stint teaching during Jan Plan. Believe it or not, we have a reunion coming up! (Let’s not talk about the number, okay?) Put it on your calendar! June 3-6, 2021.


1985

Class Correspondent:

Tom Colt
classnews1985@colby.edu

Tom Claytor is in Burma with Htet, his six-year-old daughter, “hunkered down and hoping to avoid the coronavirus.” Tom continues to promote polo and hopes to see a Thailand-Burma match come to fruition. * Cici Bevin Gordon made two recent trips to Japan with her husband, who travels there for work. Cici runs not one, but two bell companies: Bevin Bells (a family business founded in 1832) and Guardian Bell, which she recently bought with her cousin. Cici reports that Rob Boone is her box supplier for the business. She notes, “Rob, Gin Pup (John M. Collins), and Scott Lainer ’87 still find many excuses to harass me!” She and her husband are now officially empty nesters as their daughter, Tate, is a freshman at Lafayette and was loving it. Their son, Tucker, lives in North Conway, N.H., working in environmental engineering and LOVING the mountain lifestyle. Cici is serving on the Colby Alumni Council with Katie Hollander Adams and “having a blast” staying very connected to the school. * Stuart Johnson is a partner at DanaherLagnese, PC in Hartford, Conn., defending hospitals, doctors, and lawyers in malpractice cases. He’s also doing some employment law and construction law. He lives in beautiful Chester, Conn., with his wife and three kids. * Rob Hazard still lives in North Kingstown, R.I., and works for Signature Printing in East Providence as a client service manager. He’s been in touch with classmates Marita Stapleton and Andy and Barbara Wilkes Sheehan recently. * Paul Swartz lives in North Andover, Mass., with his wife and daughter Lexi, a high school junior who has been going through the college recruiting process for lacrosse. Paul’s daughter Dana attends Bates, and his son, Grant, is in flight school at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. * I’m finishing up my third year working at Shanghai American School as a college counselor. My wife, Megan, and I enjoyed recent trips to New Zealand, Fiji, and Vietnam.


1984

Class Correspondent:

Marian Leerburger
classnews1984@colby.edu

Our class has been quite busy. * Scott Morrill and his wife, Jane (MacKenzie ’83), enjoy retirement together. They went to Peru for six weeks and took Spanish lessons, volunteered at a dog shelter, and did some sightseeing. This winter they visited friends who were housesitting a charming cottage in Provence. They returned to their home in Portland, Ore., before all the COVID-19 issues created travel chaos. Scott has been asked to come out of retirement by his former employer, the Oregon State Bar, where he will be helping analyze ethics complaints about Oregon lawyers. This is the third part-time stint he has done since he retired! * Sam Staley has big news about the April publication of his book, The Beatles and Economics: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution. April 10 was the 50th anniversary of the Beatles break-up, and Sam’s book does a deep dive into the band’s innovative process to understand, and explain, why they were able to sustain their path-breaking contributions to pop music, why they broke up, and why other bands such as the Beach Boys and Rolling Stones could not match the pace or the breadth of their music. Sam hoped to make it to New England to visit Colby friends in May or June, and he was trying to have a coronavirus-free spring break skiing with Don Gallo ’83 and Dawna Eastman-Gallo ’83. * Eric Broadbent and Susie Macrae ’83 jumped over the downsizing hurdle to Florence, Mass., from their 1850s farmhouse of nearly 14 years in Harvard, Mass., from where their three sons went off to college: oldest Charlie ’12 and youngest Scotty ’16 to Colorado College, middle son Jackson to Colby, Class of ’13. * And for me, you read the Colby Magazine article about my therapy dog, Remy. Well, since that article, Remy was awarded the American Kennel Club’s highest distinction, level 4, for his therapy work, and, most significantly, won the Shining Star Award from the Collie Club of America. The Shining Star award is given once a year, internationally, to the top therapy/service dog and usually goes to a collie who is about 7 years old. Remy was 3 when he got the award! I tried to explain to him what an honor he had won, and while he didn’t quite understand, he did ask if that meant he would get extra treats. Unfortunately, with the coronavirus, his awards ceremony in New York was canceled, but he will be at Sunnybank in New Jersey (Lassie’s former home!) in August to see his peers then.


1983

Class Correspondent:

Jennifer M. Thayer
classnews1983@colby.edu

#DearPlagueDiary, I’m not sure where to start because, well, I knew 2020 was going to be wicked special, I just never anticipated how wicked special it would be. Certainly, it compelled many people WHO NEVER FRICKING WRITE ME to send some news. PS, I loved hearing from all of you, and I’ll be writing you back as soon as I hit “Send” on the class notes. * Me first. I decided in December 2019 to launch a new business, and it seemed to me that there would be no better time than in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Backstory: I am a strong proponent of corporate and not-for-profit governance, and it’s shocking to me that not everyone shares my passion for arcane management science. Nevertheless, I persist, and I flipped the switch in March: TheBoardMechanic.com. “Your governance, fixed.” * Now back to all of you. First of all, thank you, Paul Lezberg, super swell to hear from you. As you may know, Paul joined a medical device company in Andover, Mass. If I recall, it coincided with our 20th reunion, because I remember learning more about organ transplants than I ever could have hoped. He is celebrating 15 years there. Glad to hear that he was able to lunch with Barbara Leonard and Dan Marra in Portland just before The World Shut Down. * Delisa Laterzo wrote that her son is off to graduate school in London, hopefully starting in September 2020. Delisa enjoyed a recent ski trip to Okemo with a group of Colby ’82 grads the seemed to include a hoard of great wine! I love that for you, Delisa! <3 * Speaking of love, Sal Lovegren wrote from Camden, Maine. I’m conflicted about revealing this, but she did confess to an eight-month sponge hoard and is mad flirting with the mindfulness coloring books (hey, Sal, I broke out mine, plus the colored pencils and spent the evening doing a mandala in seven shades of purple and blue!!). * Congratulations are in order to Mair Sirakides Hill, who shared that her new book is out, A Good Plan: Intentionally Simple, from Balboa Press. Mair has been a health and wellness coach for decades and focuses her attention on helping people live healthy, which I gotta think is hot RN. Go, Mair!! * Together with his wife, Gail, Mike Schafer has finally emerged from the wilds of central New Hampshire to darken again the sidewalks of Boston as the incoming head at the Newman School. Mike always has the best timing for these kinds of major life transitions, no? Both of my kids had the pleasure of high school under Mike and Gail’s attention and humor, and I know they’ll agree that Newman School scored big here. * My occasional Hudson Valley Beer Summit co-leader Steve Rowse gave up the crew attending a recent Epic Zoom Cocktail Hour: co-conspirators included our own ’83s, Ellen McIntire, Jamie Town, Nick Silitch, and spouses. A great digital experience was had by all. * Scott Stein sent up a flare spelling out the words, “No News,” which must mean he’s still in Manhattan; your fearless interlocutor will get more for next time. * And now for my final shout-out: Oh, hey, Chris Easton, thanks for the low-key dark one-liner to my news request: “Whole. New. Reality.” Yep, that about sums it up. Keep the cards and letters coming, Fam, and we’ll talk on the other side. Cheers!


1982

Class Correspondent:

Sarah Lickdyke Morissette
classnews1982@colby.edu

Eric Ridgway writes that life is going well in rural north Idaho, where they weren’t yet nearly as impacted by the coronavirus as other parts of the country. His counseling business, the Human Connection Counseling Services, is growing with the addition of neuro-therapy and neurofeedback to the toolkits of the team’s five counselors. They were also actively looking to hire another licensed professional counselor. Eric appreciates his geology degree as he and his wife, Cindy Aese, keep adding to their collection of rocks, minerals, and gems. He notes that Phil Hough ‘81 is working actively to create and defend more wilderness in their region. Eric sends out a “big hello” to Sandy Whatley ’81, Britt Holmen, Diane Zavotsky, and others who were a huge part of his Colby experience. Eric wishes he lived close enough to make our class reunions. He also wishes all of us a safe journey through these challenging times, and reminds us that our 40th reunion is in two short years! Thanks, Eric—the same to you. See you in two? * Nancy Briggs Marshall has started a podcast called The PR Maven Podcast, which is all about personal branding and public relations. She is also writing for Forbes.com and MaineBiz. She’s not slowing down one bit! She went cross-country and alpine skiing every weekend all winter. She’s looking forward to riding the Trek Across Maine and swimming the Peaks to Portland (Maine) this summer. Go, Nancy! * Jeff Brown’s daughter, Hannah, married in January and moved to Boston in May, where her husband will attend graduate school at MIT. Jeff and wife Jessica hope to be around Boston more often in the very near future. Their son became engaged in February—he’ll get married and move to Denver this year. Lots of family logistics! * Due to the coronavirus (March 2019), my family has relocated to our Maine cabin, except for daughter Laura, who works in the ER at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston and is staying away from us. We are working, online learning, walking, cycling, and watching too much TV. We feel fortunate to be together, have jobs, and have a good internet connection. The hardest part is not being able to visit my mother-in-law in her nursing home. A year ago, Diane Conley LaVangie, Helen Dooley Anthony, Ann Skinner Rider, and Kim Smith and Doug McCartney joined us at the cabin for a wonderful weekend of socializing and cross-country skiing. Coincidently, I was keeping my distance from everyone then, too, as I was recovering from the flu. I think we may be here in Maine for a while, but hopefully, by the time you read this, the worst of the coronavirus will have passed. I’m looking forward to the days when we can gather with friends again.  Warm wishes for good health everyone.


1981

Class Correspondent:

Ginny Bulford Vesnaver
classnews1981@colby.edu

Connections! If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the importance of remaining connected to our friends and loved ones. Along those lines, I’ll start this column with the sentiment that Victor and I hope to see as many of you as possible at our June 2021 reunion. It’s difficult to believe that it will be our 40th, but it’ll be a perfect opportunity to reconnect and just enjoy Maine and Colby. As for catching up with a few of our classmates, here is the latest. * Jane Eklund lives with her spouse in Hancock, N.H., and is the alumni magazine editor at Keene State College (maybe I could use your help, Jane?). Jane’s novel The Story so Far was set for publishing in May from Bauhan Publishing. * Duncan and Karen Sondergeld Whitney live in Boston’s Back Bay. Karen does executive searches for life science companies. She’s joined the board of Science Club for Girls, a 25-year-old nonprofit in the Greater Boston area whose mission is to foster excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls and young women from underrepresented communities. Karen said that David Ryley, MD, at Boston IVF, has been a wonderful advocate for spreading the word about the cause. David and Duncan spent a week skiing this year in Big Sky with several other Colbians. * Dani Nemec Micsan retired in December 2018 after 34 years of government work. She spent 2019 enjoying gardening, going to the gym, and lots and lots of running. She ran the November 2019 marathon in Richmond, Va., and also the Dopey Challenge at Disney Orlando in January this year. Dani has more marathons planned in her future, and she often runs with Tory Sneff Schulte, also a marathoner. * John Clevenger shared that Joel Harris, Steve Pfaff, Scott Vandersall, and Bob Clark got together in Boston Seaport in January for dinner. As noted in my last column, this crew has verbally committed to our 40th reunion. So, we’ll plan on seeing them and the rest of Colby’s Class of 1981 in spring 2021 in Maine!


1980

Class Correspondent:

Kevin Fahey
classnews1980@colby.edu

I think Michael Fanger said what was probably on many others’ minds when they received my email message with the COVID-19 pandemic upon us. “So, this is an interesting time to send class notes!” As of the third week in March, he said that he had 75 employees in two offices working remotely for a week already. He and his wife have lived in New Jersey for 20 years, and they have a place in NYC and in Woods Hole, Mass. Their business, Eastern Funding, is now wholly owned by Brookline Bank, Boston, so he’s in Boston often. Several years ago, they had an intern from Colby for the summer. Michael is close friends with Jonathan Smith ’77 and has skied with Jonathan and Boyd Allen ’77 out West several times in recent years. This year Michael and his wife had planned travel to Ireland and Italy, but that’s now questionable until the coronavirus passes. * Speaking of skiing, in January Ronni (Posner ’78) and John Carpenter went skiing at Big Sky in Montana and had a mini-reunion with Warren Pratt, Jack McBride, and Ted Tinson. According to John, there were “lots of stories told—most of them lies.” Here is John's photo from the slopes (LtoR: Ronni Carpenter ‘78, Warren Pratt ‘80, John Carpenter ‘80, Jack McBride ‘80, Ted Tinson ‘80)

 * Fred Madeira has retired from a 25-year business-development career with WEX. He’s doing some consulting, and he enjoys not spending inordinate amounts of time in airplanes, airports, and strange hotels. Fred has also put in plenty of effort planning our 40th reunion, along with Elliott Pratt, Susan Sullivan Hinrichs, Lynn Collins Francis, Bob Bower, Beverly Nalbandian Madden, and me. We have our plans in place and look forward to enjoying reunion with more of our classmates, whenever that becomes possible.

 

1970 Newsmakers

Riki Ott '76

Don Snyder ’72 was featured on the BBC Scotland’s show “The Nine” highlighting his Caddie School for Soldiers, which welcomed its first class of students to St. Andrews last year. The world’s first caddie training school for wounded vets honors past soldiers as well as the new generation of soldiers, Snyder told the BBC Scotland. * Sharon Walsh McNally ’76 has joined the board of Jamaica Plain’s Community Servings, a nonprofit providing medically tailored meals and nutrition services to critically and chronically ill individuals and their families. McNally is president of Boston’s Camp Harbor View and chief of staff in the Connors Family Office, also in Boston. * Marine toxicologist Riki Ott ’76, director of the nonprofit ALERT, discussed the lasting effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on an NBC News feature in March. “Dispersants have been the go-to, sort of the red herring: ‘Oh, this stuff works, and it just disappears and goes away,’” Ott said. “We know it doesn’t go away, and it does more harm than good.” Ott is also in two recent documentary films: A Concerned Citizen: Civics in Action (2019) and The Cost of Silence (2020), an exposé about the long-term health effects of the BP disaster. * Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alan Taylor ’77 has been elected to the American Philosophical Society in the social sciences section. Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in American History at the University of Virginia.


1979

Class Correspondent:

Cheri Bailey Powers
classnews1979@colby.edu

Hello, all! I have a little good news to share in this time of uncertainty. Last August Kyle Harrow moved back to Scituate, Mass., after 28 years away. She went kicking and screaming, she said, but she’s very thankful to be close to the ocean. Despite living in a one-bedroom apartment while her house is being renovated, she’s grateful that she can watch the swans and ducks on the pond and walk down the block to watch the waves crash onto the beach. She finds peace in all of that. Kyle hopes that everyone is well and healthy. * Angela Mickalide just started a new position as vice president, programs and education at the American College of Preventative Medicine (ACPM) in Washington, D.C. ACPM is a professional medical society of more than 2,000 physicians dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of individuals, families, communities, and populations through disease prevention and health promotion. I gather she’s very busy and has hit the ground running. Angela is happy that we were able to have our reunion last year and see everyone there. She also wishes for everyone to stay safe and healthy. * Kevin Schneider, CLU, executive VP, and manager, was named a Five Star Wealth Manager with the Bulfinch Group in February. * Gayle Amato has three children—one son was married in 2018 and the other two have weddings planned this year. Her daughter’s spring wedding plans are shifting to summer, and her other son is planning for October. She’s thankful that she can work full time from home, has Zoom to stay connected with family, and has Instacart! * Right now, I’m thankful that my children and grandchildren are healthy. My daughters are busy figuring out how to teach online for the remainder of the school year. I hope that this finds everyone safe, healthy, and stronger in spirit and kinder in our hearts. I know that we are all of those things and more.


1978

Class Correspondent:

Lisa Mathey Landry
classnews1978@colby.edu

Francie Palmer Christopher and her husband, Franklin, have spent the last 2½ years cruising between the Chesapeake Bay and the Bahamas on their 48-foot trawler. Now they’re back on land, visiting their seven grandchildren (all under the age of three!), dividing their time between Boston, Annapolis, and Norfolk. They’ve owned property in Roatan, Honduras, for eight years and try to sneak away there when they can. Francie hopes to make it to Waterville for a reunion. * Like all of our lives, Nancy Piccin’s life has been altered by the coronavirus. She’s thankful to have been telecommuting for the past 20 years, and she’s counting down the two years until she can officially retire. She’s very worried about everyone—friends and acquaintances—and misses the simple pleasures, like listening to live music and eating at local restaurants. Nancy is glad she was able to move her mother from an independent to an assisted living facility just before “the madness hit.” She learned a lot about all the factors involved in this big life change. Sadly, her daughter had to cancel a long-planned trip to Japan. On the bright side, she’s getting more organized, scraping old wallpaper, and making soups. Nancy still hopes to travel someplace warm after Thanksgiving. * Jeff Wheeler encourages us to stay in contact with classmates and friends, and he stresses the importance of helping each other at this time. * Fortunately, Pam Cleaves Devine works for a company, Business Learning Institute, that runs executive seminars, conferences, and training courses. It’s had remote and cloud capabilities for a few years, so working at home is not an issue, a good thing as she’ll be busy for the next few months. She asks us to “please stay safe, healthy, strong, and positive!” Last fall at Colby, John Devine attended the C Club Man of the Year dinner (honoring Sandy Buck) with Jim Cook, Doug Giron, Larry Hill, Henry Kennedy ’80, and Jeff Wheeler. Kim ’06, Pam and John’s daughter, and her family recently moved from Princeton, N.J., to Cape Elizabeth, Maine. They’re living a mile from Pam’s childhood home. * It’s hectic in the Mathey Landry house! Jack and I have been going through mountains of our “stuff” in anticipation of downsizing once this crisis has ended. We’ve (well, mainly Jack has) made numerous trips to the dump or the storage unit. There’s been lots of time to look through closets, the basement, and attic and to wonder: “That’s hideous, what were we thinking? Who bought all the snow globes? Ah, there’s the rest of Devin’s drum kit. Boy, Nate had a lot of shoes! Why are there 10 duffle bags—we’re the only two here. Another umbrella? C’mon, really?” It’s been interesting and prompted lots of old stories and memories. The house is getting neater and the storage unit is almost full. * Congratulations to Jane Brox and Gerry Boyle, both winners of a 2020 Maine Literary Award. Jane was honored with the award for nonfiction for her book Silence, while Gerry won in the crime fiction category for his book Random Act. How fun to have two Maine-based writers recognized for their talents!


1977

Class Correspondent:

Russ Lowe
classnews1977@colby.edu

Greetings! Mark Richardson reminded me that our 45th reunion is coming up—it’s the first weekend in June 2022. By then, we should all be able to be together instead of having to stay apart. If anyone has any suggestions/thoughts/requests please let Mark know. * Steve Roy reports that he and his wife, Valerie (Jones ’76), are doing well in South Portland, Maine. He intended to head up to Colby March 15 for “one last skate,” just as the College was shutting down. Colby invited Waterville High School alums to skate before the arena is torn down. The new facility will be a masterpiece with not only the rink but everything else for athletics, including the only 50-meter pool in the state. The “original” Alfond Ice Arena was opened in 1955. Please, Colby alums, when you hear anyone—especially UMO folks—talking about “the” Alfond Arena in Orono, remind them of where and when the original was first constructed. No better place to play or watch a game! * Peter Cohn has retired from classroom teaching, but he works for an agency that places home school earth science tutors for kids with medical challenges. Pete says that the local history and science museum association he presides over, the Christopher Morley Knothole Association, may open its doors this summer. He also plays in the Long Island Harmonica Club, keeps three small boats, and volunteers once a week to help the staff at a senior center. His wife, Joanne, still substitute teaches and loves her organic community garden. See her photography website, joannemulberg.com, made by his son, Aaron, who creates websites for a living while residing in Manhattan. His daughter, Sarah, is a packaging design artist living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When she comes out to Huntington, Long Island, Peter and Joanne borrow her apartment to see a show and stay overnight. * In retirement Evan Katz is writing major league baseball biographies and historical game stories for the Society for American Baseball Research (sabr.org). * The past year has been a big one for Sandy Pardee in Québec. He bought his wife’s aunt’s house in Cap-Rouge, a suburb of Québec—his first time buying a home. They put on a new roof with new insulation and remodeled the dining room, living room, and kitchen with a heated floor. They’re ready for those Québec winters now! Sandy retired after teaching English for many years and now his only “work” is playing music. His last piece of big news is that he’s now a Canadian citizen (as of January). Just in time, some would say. He is still a U.S. citizen, though, and intends to stay one. * Robert Weinstein ’76 shared the sad news that our classmate Deb Cohen passed away suddenly March 13, 2020. Robert was her good friend and was in touch with her over the years. She apparently died in her sleep. Her obituary is in the back pages of this magazine.


1976

Class Correspondent:

Robert Weinstein
classnews1976@colby.edu

Greetings! Well, the ’20s have certainly roared in. I’m writing amid the pandemic, hoping when you read this all will be under control, that you and those you love are safe. Usually, I end with a reminder to reach out to a classmate who’s on your mind. This time, I’ll put it up front. You never know when the friend you call is the friend who needed to hear your voice that day. Now, to the updates. * Rich Cifelli retires in June after 34 years at the University of Oklahoma. He’s diving back into his woodworking and taking metalworking classes, both machining and welding, so he can work some metal into his pieces. He’s downsized his menagerie, retaining for now only a few turtles, some fowl, and a couple of cats. Rich hopes to eventually move to Arizona. * Andy Gleeman noted that he’s spent more time washing his hands in the previous two weeks than he had the entire time since graduation! Fifteen years ago, Andy was asked to spend a year teaching English as a second language to immigrant women at Bridgeport’s Mercy Learning Center. All these years later and he’s still at it and loves doing this important, gratifying work. He visited Colby last summer, only his second time since graduation, while en route to a hiking adventure in Acadia National Park. Walking the old footsteps was a fun time-warp experience. He pointed out to his daughter the blue tower light that he turned green on St. Paddy’s eve of 1973. (You’re good, Andy—the statute of limitations has long run out!) * Joy Sawyer-Mulligan wrote with information about Riki Ott and Riki’s recent work as founder and director of the ALERT (A Locally Empowered Response Team) Project. The organization focuses on oil and oil-based chemicals as pollutants and on communities at risk from exposure. Earlier in the year, ALERT filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over its rules on the use of chemical dispersants in response to oil spills. Riki appears regularly in the media, with both online appearances and blogs, to provide her expertise. * Lisa Wolman Haber wrote quite movingly about the funeral services for her late husband, Sigmund, at Arlington National Cemetery last November, with full military honors. Later in the year, she took two cruises with family and friends. Lisa continues to volunteer for Small Paws Rescue, a rescue group for bichon frisé. She’s kept her RV and is hoping to learn to drive it herself—she has a list of girlfriends ready for weekend getaways. Lisa’s an assistant campaign manager for a U.S. Congressional candidate, and she plans to work on the presidential election later this year. She loves life in Boca Raton and welcomes visitors headed to south Florida. * Dale Marie Crooks Golden McDonald continues her important work with Bridge Bank, empowering small businesses in the Oakland, Calf., area. This work was especially important in helping distribute loans from COVID-19 funds for small businesses. This spring Dale Marie was slated to receive the Anne Woodell Award for Business Leaders. She’ll also be the keynote speaker at an upcoming women’s leadership luncheon. Her topic: “Women in Leadership—The Power of Giving Back.” * Paul Kueffner has retired, but his wife, Sue, has kept them super busy with speaking engagements in the Northeast and Florida covering her book Lifeboat 12. While traveling, they visited Rab and Martha Bell in New Jersey. Other travel plans were nixed for awhile due to COVID-19, as was a three-week anniversary trip to Europe and Africa. Their plan to make lemonade instead sounds good: taking their boat on a cruise to Maine while practicing the celestial navigation Paul learned one Jan Plan. * Remember to donate to the Colby Fund. Our next reunion is NEXT year, June 4–6, 2021; add it to your calendar!


1975

Class Correspondent:

Susie Gearhart Wuest
classnews1975@colby.edu

Vinnie Cassone reported that his 16-year-old son, Gabriel, is a high school junior and varsity soccer player; eldest daughter Ariel is an artist; and he has four grandchildren living in Texas with his older son, Michael. Vinnie continues as biology department chair at the University of Kentucky, where he leads an HHMI-funded educational program to retain STEM majors through hands-on research. Funded by the NIH (National Institute of Health), his research program has evolved into a study of biological clocks in commensal bacteria in our gastrointestinal systems. * Jacquelyn Lindsey Wynn had the opportunity to travel to Charlotte, N.C., last fall to attend the inauguration of Daniel Lugo, Colby’s former vice president for college advancement, as the 21st president of Queens University of Charlotte. * Over the years Buck Drew has enjoyed visits with Steve Tait, Dave Turnbull, Jim Schmidt, Gayle Nicoll McCampbell, and Curt Brown at his cabin on Lake Michigan. In the past decade, Buck has worked with family members and neighbors to preserve more than 150 acres of woods and dunes as preserves under the stewardship of the Nature Conservancy. The larger idea is to hold off the development of carbon-rich forests; the more immediate gain is watching the local kids participate in trail building. Once completed, they’ll mountain bike together in “these magnificent stands of conifers and deciduous trees.” Buck has found a way, he said, to apply what he learned in Bio 101! * In November Ed Walczak had a great trip to Chilean Patagonia and reports that Torres del Paine National Park was the awesome highlight. He enjoyed seeing Professor Sandy Maisel in February at a Colby event in Boston, and by March Ed was back out on the slopes of Breckenridge, Colo. Y Retired since 2015, Linda Watts resides in the same house in Malden, Mass., where she’s slowly making progress on her “huge personal backlog.” She and Andie Ward Antone had planned to our 45th reunion, but are looking forward to seeing everyone whenever it happens. * Lisa Turtz Birnbaum had a great start to her year with the February wedding of her oldest daughter, Zoe. Lisa painted the Ketubah, a marriage contract, for the newlyweds. She has had several exhibits of her paintings and a recent solo show at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In addition, three of Lisa’s paintings were chosen for the EXPO 39 Winners Exhibition, held at a gallery in Huntington, N.Y. * Philip McCahill has been enjoying retirement on Cape Cod with a mixture of travel and volunteer/consulting work. Last year he and his wife traveled to the Far East, Jacksonville (NCAAs), Savannah, Charleston, NYC, and the Grand Canyon area. When spring trips were canceled, Phil and his wife chose to spend as much time as possible with their five-year-old granddaughter. “You forget the energy they have at that age!” * Richard Whitecar happily reports that he and his wife, Cathy, have been married for 40 years and have two grandchildren. They enjoy their condo at the Jersey shore, and they substitute as elementary school aides in their local school system. Recently, Richard began a weightlifting program and is very pleased that his weight is now five pounds less than at his Colby graduation 45 years ago!


1974

Class Correspondent:

Dennis Delehanty and Richard Vann
classnews1974@colby.edu

As I write these notes, our entire planet is caught in the grips of a deadly coronavirus crisis. In the United States, the contagion has not yet reached its peak. So between the writing these lines in early April, and the reading of them months hence, let’s hope that life on the far side of this pandemic has returned to a reasonable level of normalcy. * Many months ago, Bill ’77 and Nancy Spangler Tiernan went whitewater rafting with son Peter ’03 near Chickaloon, Alaska. During their stay in the 49th state, the trio visited Howard Lazar, who, as they enthusiastically report, “has chosen a truly spectacular place to live.” * Michael McNamara is now retired from nearly a quarter-century of practicing law and nearly that many years teaching high school English and Spanish. Both professions still tug at him, though, as he still gets calls from both former legal clients and proposals from local schools for long-term substitute teaching assignments. Mike concedes that he enjoys the “dynamics of the classroom,” and his growing ranks of grandchildren. * Also retiring, after 42 years as head of Starr Marine Agency, a Manhattan-based global maritime insurance company, is David French. He and his wife, Marjorie, are relocating to Cohasset, Mass. The couple’s son is happily employed at Google in San Francisco, while their daughter is winding up her second year in medical school in New York City. “We are blessed,” says David. * For Judy Sidell Westerlund, a recent cross-country skiing trip with grandchildren in the Swedish mountains, where she managed to keep up with the three-year-old, was “divine.” Judy’s daughter-in-law, an ICU nurse, is in the thick of the fight against the virus. “Hats off to all those in the care sector,” she writes. If life during the pandemic becomes too boring, Judy says, she may return to making lace, the subject of her senior year Jan Plan project. * Before the virus struck, S. Ann Earon had been traveling at a breakneck pace, from “Maine to Florida to Vermont to Italy to France.” Ann enjoyed lunch with Libby Corydon Apicella on the Jersey Shore last year before Libby’s prolonged visit to Italy. In one special trip, Ann plied the Rhône, from Lyon to Marseille, on a cruise to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary. Plans to retire can wait to her seventies, says Ann, who still cannot find enough hours in the day for her many interests. * Over the winter Kent and Cindy Vietor Kahle made an extraordinary trip to Australia, where they witnessed the smoke from wildfires near Sydney. The coronavirus put the kibosh on spring dates for the weddings of both Cindy’s youngest daughter and for Deb Wathen Finn’s daughter, Stephanie ’07. The brides hope that fall dates can be set for the weddings; plans are for Stephanie’s wedding to be held in South Africa. Meanwhile, our class’s Cousins Islands contingent reports that Art Bell has launched a candidacy for election to the Maine legislature. * In early February several members of our class’s Maine alumni crowd gathered at the home of Norman and Christine Bogossian Rattey for a pre-game party before the Colby-Bowdoin men’s hockey game. Classmates who joined the get-together and went on to watch the Fighting White Mules defeat the Polar Bears 4-1 included Art Bell and his wife, Robin; Mark Curtis and wife Dianne; Rob Burgess; Steve Collins and Carol Wynne; Brian McQuarrie; and Deb Wathen Finn and Stephanie Finn ’07. At this gathering, reported one classmate, “We recalled the month we met, arriving on campus nearly fifty years ago, to forge friendships we have sustained to this day. As we discussed marking that milestone in some way, Rob Burgess volunteered to host a 50th-anniversary celebration in the fall. As the COVID-19 crisis—hopefully—eases, could our class consider holding such informal gatherings later this year as we begin to think and plan for our 50th reunion?” * Stay safe, everyone!


1973

Class Correspondent:

Carol Chalker
classnews1973@colby.edu

The Class of ’73 has been doing a great deal of reflecting about Colby friendships lately. The recent article that Lloyd Benson wrote about the 50 years of friendship with the Lambda Chi brothers appeared in the Boston Globe magazine as well as the last issue of this magazine. He is very grateful for the wonderful comments and messages classmates have sent him. Peter Rinaldi was brought to tears over the story and the “wonderful picture” of these guys who he remembers at age 22. * Sue Schink has two Forever Friends from Colby. One is a classmate she knew since seventh grade and then at Colby; this woman is one of a few who ”knew her when.” Her other FF is her college roommate; though often separated, it’s as if they were never apart when they are again in touch. I share that sentiment as well, Sue. These two women are her “prayer warriors” with whom she can share her deepest concerns and biggest joys; the years at Colby were important to the building of these relationships “to be strong pillars” in her life. * Fran Gates Demgen, while reading a poem to her granddaughter, believes the understanding of poetry, politics, or pandemics “is facilitated by experience and critical thinking.” We all learned through our Colby education. * Anne Badmington Cass describes being a “Colby Couple” (with husband Richard Cass) represents her most cherished friendship from college. Knowing him for more than 50 years is inspiring. She writes of other Colby duos they see, including Norm and Pat Flanagan Olsen, Amy (Brewer ’71) and Gary Fitts, Susan (McBratney ’74) and Matt Powell, and Anne (Traver ’74) and David Swardlick. Anne also identifies Sigma Kappa sorority as a source of extended closeness and those forever friends such as Sue Colucci Neumyer, Janet Hueners Crook, and Roberta Rollins Wallace. She finds reunions to be “great fun,” and I agree; I have come to know many of you well through wonderful opportunities to return to campus together and serving as your class correspondent. * Norm Olsen has been thinking about the wonderful connections he renewed while working on the 45th reunion—and how that experience has resulted in more close communication since then. As a Colby Couple, Norm and Pat have raised three sons, all of whom graduated from Colby, and their middle son and his wife are also a Colby couple. * Alex Wilson, the loyal spokesperson for the aforementioned LCA friends, wrote to update on their most recent gathering, the Winter Pokerfest, at the newly completed home of Duncan Leith and his wife, Jennifer, in Cape Neddick, Maine. Joe Mattos provided a preview of the website he’s building using 50 years of friendship photos taken since freshman year at Colby. I have seen this as well and hope it can serve as a model for others to consider. * I look forward to a weekly online bridge date with Forever Friends Jackie Nienaber Appeldorn, Debbie Mael Mandino, and Lisa Kehler Bubar—just like 50 years ago. * A reunion committee has begun planning for our 50th Reunion (May 31-June 4, 2023). Hard-at-work members include chair Lisa Kehler Bubar, class correspondent yours truly, class president Gary Fitts, gift planning agent Doug Gorman, and executive committee members Dave Baird, Janet Gillies Foley, Sue Yovic Hoeller, Norm Olsen, Ken Viens, and Alex Wilson. This core group will be working hard to develop the next phase of planning, which will involve more classmate recruitment for important roles in making our reunion what we want it to be. There is a part to be played by anyone who wants to become involved, so please watch for communication from one of these hard-working volunteer leaders. * I hope you and your families have been safe and that the worst is behind us. Thank you to President David Greene and his compassionate leadership of Colby at this time.


1972

Class Correspondent:

Nancy Round Haley
classnews1972@colby.edu

Chris Legere currently lives on Cape Cod and works as a reporter for the Cape Cod Times. During her 30 years in the field, she’s worked for South Shore dailies, which included 12 years for the Boston Globe’s South Section. “The best part of the job is the ability to meet so many people.” Chris had one sad bit of news: her ex-husband, Hugo Wallgren, passed away in 2018 in Newport, R.I. * I heard from Gary Petzold in March. He and his wife, Sue, had just visited Tucson to see family and friends. Gary and Sue bought a home in Noank, Conn., last year and spend a lot of time there. They hope to head to Maine in September for their annual RV trip to visit Colby/KDR friends. Last year they enjoyed a cruise to England, Ireland, and Iceland. * Sally Chester Williford sent greetings from Green Spring Valley, Md., where she was recovering from her second hip surgery. She will mandatorily retire from the bench this September. Sally looks forward to some leisure time after almost 50 years of nonstop employment. She had a rewarding legal career as a trial lawyer defending capital murder cases and later as a trial judge hearing speeding and domestic violence cases. Her entire career has been about people, law, and upholding the Constitution. She’s contemplating coming to our 50th Reunion if she can get Joyce Bemak Haines to go. She sends her best and a special thanks to Bill Alfond and his family for their contributions to Colby. * Speaking of Bill Alfond, he had been traveling a lot for business and pleasure. Last fall he and his wife, Joni, visited Egypt for the first time, and he found it fascinating! They also visited their daughter and family in Thailand. Later, they attended the World Biathlon Championships in Germany and Austria. * Nancy Brunnckow Marion wrote with the wonderful news that she’s healthy and leukemia-free! She had a stem cell transplant three years ago this July. She still has a few side effects, but overall feels great and thanks modern medicine for giving her a renewed life. She visits the gym, paints with watercolors, and plays competitive bridge. She spent time with Art and Jeanne Emerson Young when they visited her in Florida. When she wrote, she was ‘hunkered down’ trying to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s hope it will only be a memory by the time of our 50th Reunion. * Fahed Al-Mugairin sent an email to the College from Saudi Arabia, where he’s currently residing. “I really would like to connect with my former classmates and with anybody who still remembers me. Contact me via email (falmugairin@gmail.com) or Whatsapp.” Fahed was at Colby for two years before transferring to Syracuse University. * Chris Pinkham and Donna Power Stowe are co-chairing the executive committee for the Class of 1972 50th Reunion, which is just a few years away. They’re looking for volunteers to help connect with as many classmates as possible. To date Carol Beaumier, Mike and Anne O’Hanian Szostak, and Clark Ruff have joined the committee—but they need more of you! The COVID-19 pandemic has put a temporary hold on the committee’s active work, so Chris and Donna are working with Colby staff to develop an amended work schedule. However, they’ll go forward once the world restarts. So, please, if you’re interested in volunteering, or are willing to connect us to your Colby network, please contact Donna at dlpstowe@verizon.net, 703-362-3039, or Chris at cwpinkham@gmail.com, 207-415-1770. See you in June 2022!


1971

Class Correspondent:

Ann E. Miller
classnews1971@colby.edu

Social distancing, self-quarantining, self-isolating, PPE, floating hospitals, surgical masks, TP (???) ... ventilator shortage, “making old people sacrifice (that is, die?) in order to jumpstart the economy,” (???) whole countries locked down and … “coronials” = all new vocabulary for us as we navigate our way through this coronavirus along with the rest of the world. Horrifying statistics, the likes of which we’ve never encountered in our lifetimes. It is my sincere hope that you all have weathered this pandemic well and are all right. May we all see some normalcy emerge, if it hasn’t already. Have you heard that the generation that will be born 8-9 months from now will be known as “coronials?” As Nancy Neckes Dumart suggests, it used to be that our classmates would write in about their travels and visits to exotic places. Now you’re writing about the places you have NOT been able to visit—along with the activities that keep you active and safe. * Jon Stone had a wonderful visit to Florida with Steve Orlov and his wife, a renowned cellist. They reminisced about growing up together in Hull, Mass., and all their athletic endeavors over the years. They determined that “the older we get, the better we were!” Isn’t that true of all of us? Jon added that he’s played on two separate softball teams and won championships with both the 60s and 70s teams. Congratulations, Jon! Keep on swingin’ that bat. * I hear from Jim “Hawk” Hawkins on a regular basis as we share funny photos and videos of our animal friends. I’m thankful for my dogs, who keep me entertained during these troubling times. * As with many of us, Rich Abramson has put travel plans on hold. But he keeps busy serving as Day One’s educational director as well as supervising programs for their residential treatment facilities. Rich walks every day with John Bubar ’68, which helps keep them both sane. * From across the pond in France, Jacques Hermant writes that with two police authorizations, he is allowed to go to the grocery store and to walk his dog for 500 meters. Prior to this virus, Jacques and his family were able to spend two weeks in Japan. Otherwise, they are all secluded safely and are washing their hands. * The benefits of the teleconferencing mechanism Zoom have enabled Alan Levine to “go to lectures” on the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. Since cyberspace has made so much accessible, he’s also had a lecture straight from Jerusalem. He’s been a gabbai (assistant in Torah reading) as well. Thanks, Alan, for donating platelets as often as you can, too. * Bernie Stewart continues to forge ahead as a seven-year stroke survivor! YAY, Bernie! He decided it was time to give back, and he started a nonprofit called Cape Cod Advocates for the Disabled. The 501(c)3 organization helps those disabled individuals on the Cape with housing, educational, and other needs. Feel free to contact him for more information. * While responding quickly to his son’s suggestion, “Let’s go skiing,” Bill Hladky had a wonderful time skiing in Idaho, the bang on his head notwithstanding. They had a blast together, especially after Bill had made friends again with the “bucking bronco” on the ski slopes (which caused the bang on his head). He’s looking forward to the trip next year—after he’s had time to practice—when he can fly down the slope. * Then there were the best-laid plans for a lovely trip to Spain for Leslie Anderson. Of course, it was canceled, but she was able to get vouchers and refunds relatively easily. Instead, Leslie is painting, learning Spanish, going to her gym, working on improving her guitar and bass skills, all the while missing the normal activities they enjoy. She points out that we’re lucky we didn’t graduate in 1970. * Are you thinking about our 50th Reunion in 2021? I am! Stay well, everyone.


1970

Class Correspondent:

Libby Brown Strough
classnews1970@colby.edu

Jane Knapp Stinchfield Sexton expresses the thought that we are all fortunate to have the internet for communication, especially during this time of the coronavirus. Her husband has been receiving chemotherapy, so they’ve been semi-isolating themselves until the pandemic is over. * Steve and Laura Struckhoff Cline had an interesting beginning to the year. Steve had his left hip replaced in early January and had to have it redone in mid-February. There were times before the second surgery when he had an audible squeak when he walked. He felt like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. It is amazing how hard it is to “take it easy” for several months. He should be 100 percent by the time they would have visited Mayflower Hill for the 50th reunion. Steve says that Laura was a rock throughout. On a lighter note, they were blessed with the arrival of another healthy and beautiful granddaughter on Lincoln’s Birthday. That makes seven grandchildren for them. Final score: girls, 5, boys, 2. * Doug Smith’s West Coast optometry practice is closed to all but emergency sight-threatening conditions, which, as no one is very active right now, are very rare. No bar fights, few motor vehicle accidents, and a decline in strokes for some reason. He and Hazel, along with their local son’s family, are following isolation rules. His wife, however, is a delivery nurse and very busy right now. Their California daughter’s family is fine, although, with a 6- and 3-year-old out of school for the balance of the year, they’re researching how to build tiger cages. * Joani Katz, head of the 50th Reunion committee, submitted this update: “It is mid-April, and here in Boston we are in lockdown. Colby has wisely postponed all June 2020 reunions until a later date. It’s ironic that 50 years ago our graduation and senior year were disrupted. However, we’ve proved we are a resilient class, and our Colby ties remain strong. It has been my privilege and pleasure to chair this seminal reunion. Our committee has been terrific. Class Co-Presidents Debbie Hawks Kelley and Mark Zaccaria and I are part of nearly 20 classmates who worked with Colby staff to plan a wonderful multi-day celebration. Now, several different dates are being considered. Whenever our reunion will occur, I urge you to come as the 50th is a once-in-a-lifetime event. There had been an overwhelming response to registration, and I know we can sustain that sentiment as we work with the College to arrange another date. Have a healthy summer, be safe, and stay tuned to further communication from Colby.” * Bob and Libby Brown Strough survived their first full winter in New Hampshire, although it was a mild winter by NH standards. We took long walks with our Portuguese water dog, Tango, and Libby spent hours quilting. Son Jonathan and his family visited in February for a ski weekend. Wishing you all a happy and healthy summer, and I hope to see everyone at our reunion, whenever it occurs.


1960 Newsmakers

Jane Melanson Dahmen '63

A book by Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton ’65 was the subject of a post in the Bangor Daily News blog George’s Outdoor News. Bolton’s book, When They Took Dad Away, recounts her childhood in Maine. “I have to thank Barbara for sharing her story with us,” George Smith wrote. “I promise if you grew up in the ’50s and ’60s, this book will bring back lots of great memories. And even if you didn’t, you will enjoy these stories.” * Jane Melanson Dahmen ’63 showed her large environments paintings at the Portland (Maine) Art Gallery this spring. “The large-scale size of the paintings help to create an environment for the viewer to enter,” Dahmen told the gallery. “My ideas begin in the natural world, but once a work is underway, the paint itself on the flat surface takes on a life of its own, and the color, line, and surface texture evolve as I work.”


1969

Class Correspondent:

Ray Gerbi
classnews1969@colby.edu

Hello classmates! I hope this update finds you all happy and, most importantly, healthy. I’m not sure when you will all receive this class update, but hopefully, the COVID-19 pandemic will be history, although the recovery from the economic and emotional impact is likely to be with us for quite some time. * Bill Lyons wrote that “I’m not sure how many of our classmates know that Boston had a National League baseball team from 1876 through 1952. That team moved to Milwaukee in 1953 and now resides in Atlanta.” Bill, a baseball historian, wrote a chapter on William H. Conant, one of the owners of the Boston Nationals from 1877 through 1906, and was published in The Glorious Beaneaters of the 1890s by the Society for American Baseball Research 2019. Usually referred to as “Boston” or “Boston Nationals” by the press, the nickname “Beaneaters” mostly appeared in newspapers in other cities. * Bill ’66 and Cathy Cyr Latvis were hoping to travel with some Maine friends to Isla Mujeres for 10 days in mid-March but had to cancel because of the pandemic. They were hoping to be able to visit Margie Allan Ewell, who was vacationing there as well. A trip to Vietnam was also scheduled for October, but they were waiting to see if traveling would be safe by then. They’re locked up in their home in Florida riding things out. * Gary Austin and Judy had a busy year. It began on the beach in Clearwater, Fla., in early January, after which they headed to the Middle East for three weeks, visiting Palestine, Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. The trip included a small-ship cruise that took them from Haifa down through the Suez Canal, with stops in Giza and Luxor in Egypt, and finally Amman, Jordan. The tour ended in Jerusalem. They felt that the religious and political aspects were complicated and sometimes confusing, but the people and scenery were spectacular. Gary said it was “probably the most emotional trip we have ever taken.” As of mid-March, their son and his family in Seoul had been self-isolated for just over three weeks, but were fine and were schooling and working from home. Other trips for the year were canceled, and they hopefully will be visiting Maine again in August. * Peter Shearston had planned to retire from the Missile Defense Agency in April but elected to remain until a replacement could be brought on board following the COVID-19 shutdown. Peter expressed his “humble apologies for not publishing our reunion slide show yet. It will happen soon. Best wishes to all!” * I had an opportunity to connect recently with Paula and Dave Demers and with Denise and Sandy Hoe. They’re all doing well and are anxious to get back into the world. Pam and I are scheduled to travel to Great Britain in August to accompany one of our granddaughters to a theater camp in London’s theater district, but it remains to be seen whether that will happen. I send my best wishes to all of you for healthy and happy times. And remember—our 55th reunion is only four years away!


1968

Class Correspondent:

Lynne Oakes Camp
classnews1968@colby.edu

Jessie McGuire reports that things are being canceled right and left due to COVID-19. She and a group of her friends were booked for a couple of weeks in Mongolia this summer, but it looks like the trip will have to be postponed for a year. American Airlines canceled all flights into/out of China throughout the summer, and Mongolia’s borders are closed in order to keep the country virus free (which it was at the time of her writing). Four of the 13 in this group had planned to fly on American, and all were planning on spending a night in Beijing before flying on to Ulaanbaatar. Even if they managed to get there, they might face mandated quarantines trying to get home. She hopes that the rest of you are faring better and that, whatever you plan and wherever you are spending the summer, that everyone remains healthy, happy, and untouched by the virus. * Ken Young says that things in Hallowell, Maine, are moving steadily toward spring after a warm and comparatively dry winter. Nonetheless, Ken and his wife did go to Tucson for two weeks in February and March to thaw out. They decided to postpone their visit to their daughter and her husband in Berlin from April to the fall due to the virus. Ken keeps busy and engaged as president of the board of trustees of the Hubbard Free Library. The trustees are challenged by ongoing concerns about raising money but more pleasantly challenged by the needs of their patrons for books, computer access, tech support, and for new and interesting programs for adults and children—lots of fun. The neo-Gothic building is 140 years old and a pleasure to visit. Ken also does Medicare counseling for the newly eligible and during open enrollment at the local senior center. He planned to uncover their sloop soon and get ready for another summer of sailing in Penobscot Bay. * Steve Ford and his wife, Mary, recently returned from an ocean cruise around the south of Australia and the southern island of New Zealand. They were impressed with the beauty of those two countries. Until the cruise, he had not appreciated the size of Australia; it is almost the same size as the U.S. lower 48. They returned hours before the borders were closed and flights discontinued. Planned trips later this year to Israel and France are in doubt for them. * I hope that all of you remain healthy throughout this trying time and that I continue to hear from you. Stay well!


1967

Class Correspondent:

Bob Gracia
classnews1967@colby.edu

The recent catchy Colby branding phrase is Dare Northward. I like it. But some of our classmates are daring southward. Tom Saliba resides all winter in Mexico, far from the snow and sun-deprived days of his summer home in South Freeport, Maine. Tom is caring well for his health, getting in trim fighting shape while he collects art and travels to every exciting place he can find. His travels and years of living have led Tom to write, “There is so much beauty everywhere if one just allows one’s eyes to see what is right there. The same goes for peoples of various cultures.” You see, he was paying attention during philosophy and art classes. * Also, daring southward is Kurt Swenson. You will recall Kurt hales from the ski and snowmobile state of New Hampshire. But now, Kurt is very happy piloting his fishing boat on the Indian River near Vero Beach, Fla. Kurt’s knees have convinced him that skiing is no longer in his best interest, but hours at the wheel of a fishing pontoon boat with muscular engines fits him just fine. He’s still learning to maneuver in close quarters, but Kurt is not one to shrink from the challenge. Do we know anyone who sells marine insurance? * Daring even further southward, we find Ken Ingram. Ken now lives in Uruguay. You might recall he used to live in Mexico. Ken is enjoying life with good wine, great beef, and the social benefits accruing from having good wine and delicious beef. As of this writing, Ken has avoided any more motorcycle adventures and attendant medical visits. If he keeps moving south at his current rate, he will reside in Tierra del Fuego by our next reunion. * Linda (Mitchell ’66) and Lee Potter have stayed the course and dared northward. On the ski slopes in their for-now home of Vermont, they embraced winter. The problem, however, was that Lee broke six ribs that took three months to heal. They decided to sell their Vermont house and move to a continuous care retirement community. Their house sold quickly and they were ready to pack up. But, in the middle of getting packed, Lee had a heart issue and ended up in the hospital for a pacemaker implant. Lee, you will recall, is a hockey player, not just a mere mortal, so he and Linda left the hospital and left for a cruise to Amsterdam and Budapest. * Remaining in the northern regions of the USA, Alice Hubert Gardner lives in Massachusetts, in the lovely seaside town of Manchester-by-the-Sea. One of the many charms of old towns is the presence of community traditions. For Alice, the tradition that caught her attention is the annual Fourth of July parade. She was so taken by the event that she has just published a book she wrote and illustrated called Fourth of July, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts that celebrates the town’s 375th anniversary. * Sally Ray Bennett sent her Christmas letter, and after reading it, I could only think of the Johnny Cash song “I’ve been everywhere man, I’ve been everywhere.” Sally has been traveling across the country from east to west, from north to south, and every compass point on the face of the Earth. For example, she visited Custer’s Last Stand, the Buffalo Bill Center, Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon. … You get the idea. Sally met many people from across the globe and treasures those connections as she does the beauty and grandeur of the many locations. * I’ll close with a somber note as we extend our condolences to Jean Howard Bleyle on the loss of her husband of 51 years, John (Bowdoin ’66). John died after a two-and-a-half-year battle with aggressive prostate cancer. Jean, her three children, three grandsons, and other family and friends celebrated John’s life at a service in Athens, Ga., where she has lived since 2006. The family met again for an internment service in Wilton, Maine, last July. Jean had the pleasure of being with Jean Grindell Giles-Sims and Linda Allen Vaughan, her Colby freshman roommates, as they met for lunch while vacationing in Maine last year. She also visited Carole Fraser Fowler ’68 and her husband, Northrup, who was a fraternity brother of John’s. Jean will continue to summer in Maine at Clearwater Lake outside of Farmington and return to Georgia each fall.


1966

Class Correspondent:

George Cain
classnews1966@colby.edu

Greetings all! When we were at Colby, who thought the Red Sox would ever win a World Series? Who thought we would ever experience something like the Great Depression? But, the 2008 recession was very depressing. Whoever thought we would experience something like the plagues of the Middle Ages? Hello, 2020! * Stu Wantman recalls Chappie’s words of wisdom: “Things have a way of working themselves out.” In these trying times, it’s great to remember lasting friendships made at Colby. * Barry Clark Hews, after years of intending to respond, has responded. This new normal prompted Barry to reconnect and wish classmates health and safety wherever they are. * Pat Berg Currier’s Colby memories go back to her grandmother’s sister, a 1907 Colby grad. As a class agent, she always put in $5 for every class member so her class would have 100-percent participation. * Sal Manforte had dinner in Florida with Rick Lund. Baseball is still among their fondest memories. * John Carvellas followed my three-sentence request precisely: 1) In VT 6 months. 2) In St. Augustine 6 months. 3) In state of confusion 12 months. * Ted Houghton also worked to perfect the three-sentence challenge: 1) Moved from Charlton, Mass., to Sturbridge. 2) Washes hands a lot! 3) Stays off cruise ships, and good luck to all. * Doug Meyer’s limited time at Colby yielded lasting memories: Cuban Missile Crisis fears then equals COVID-19 fears today. These issues are more traumatic than the memory of an English class at Onie’s. * Peter Lax welcomes two new grandsons, who he hopes to fish with down the road. He’s been reading Sir Edmund Hillary and Teddy Roosevelt for inspiration. * Anne Ruggles Gere’s memories that punctuated her Colby years include the Cuban Missile Crisis, walking from Prof. Gilliam’s English history class into the news of Kennedy’s assassination, and singing “We Shall Overcome” with Martin Luther King Jr. She wonders what will punctuate today’s students’ memories. * Peter Swartz is pleased that Colby recognizes the need to invest in Waterville, to continue building a first-rate campus, and to support the athletic programs. Grandfathering five very funny granddaughters offsets his ongoing work in real estate, where he jokes he creates more problems than he’s worth. * Natalie Bowerman Zaremba reflects in the midst of the pandemic about the optimism we all shared after our Colby experience versus the world our children and grandchildren may be facing. She’s thankful for the career she enjoyed and for her loving family. * Bill Latvis celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary by traveling to Hungary, Czech Republic, and Croatia. Bucket List accomplishments equal flying lessons, horseback riding, playing steel drums, and teaching himself classical music. * Meg Fallon Wheeler loves living 51 minutes from Colby, so she visits the Museum of Art regularly. She notes that she majored in French, not math. Accordingly, she submitted two well-written sentences, not three. Gotta love that woman! * Janice Holt Arsan feels fortunate to live within 15 minutes of her two daughters and two grandchildren. She exercises regularly and loves to travel to places like Sedona, Gulf Coast beaches, and sometime soon to Spain and Portugal. * Bob Davis moved from rural Ohio to busy Indianapolis. He misses raising chickens and making maple syrup, but great restaurants and a terrific YMCA pool offset these pastimes. He also enjoys sculpting and painting. * Pamela Harris Holden turned 77 on March 9. She’s still ticking and enjoying life.  * L. Gary Knight has both a granddaughter and a grandson graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in May with pilot slots. He’s scheduled for a kidney transplant this spring, barring any virus issues with hospital scheduling. Our prayers are with you, Gary. * Linda Mitchell Potter downsized to their ski house in a hectic fashion as the first person in the door bought the main house and wanted to close in a month. This, as they were planning a trip to Europe and finding out Lee ’67 needed a pacemaker. Future travels (when permitted) include Africa and Scandinavia. Retirement will be in Peterborough, N.H. * If you’ve made it this far and haven’t seen your name, please contribute next time. 2021 is our 55th reunion—plan to participate. Finally, for the past 6-7 years I’ve hosted mini-TDP reunions at my Berkshires home with Eric Thorsen, Bob Adams, Ed Burrell, Stu Wantman, John Eiseman, David Chait ’67, Bernie Davidson ’68, Alan Crosby ’68, and Harold Kowal ’65. These gatherings have been a treasure trove of terrific memories and bad golf scores. Adapting to today’s situation, we’ve planned a Zoom gathering. We’re in very difficult times in many different ways, but Colby has provided us with lifelong friendships and memories. Perhaps as we look forward, thinking about a few things we’re grateful for will be a special way to start each day.


1965

Class Correspondent:

Dick Bankart
classnews1965@colby.edu

BUCKET LIST TIME! Kids are gone, job is gone, and health is still okay. We have now reached the age where family, job, and health allow us to explore the world. * The Bob Morse pair traveled to central Asia to explore part of the Silk Road, “a long-time fascination.” They also had a trip to eight magnificent German Christmas markets with their daughter. Next up is “downsizing. We are envious of anyone who has already successfully accomplished it.” * The Mudge’s had a Christmas holiday at Margaritaville in St Thomas. Next was two weeks in February at Lover’s Key Resort south of Fort Myers. An Alaskan cruise was on tap for May, if the COVID-19 pandemic does not interfere. * Tony Blaine and Jackie celebrated #57 and enjoyed “traveling to places on our bucket list.” Retired from the aerospace industry, they travel to see their four children, and they attend lots of sporting events with their 11 grandchildren. Golf is also on Tony’s list from the Avon, Conn., base. He says, “Hi to my fellow DKEs.” * Norm Miner spent two weeks in Williamsburg, Va., tuning up his understanding of our colonial history. He also visited the American Independence Museum’s annual festival in Exeter, N.H. He sent pictures of himself dressed up as President George Washington taken during that visit. “I’ve been asked to repeat again this year. Just loads of fun.” * Dave and Dale Rottner Hatch are self-hibernating during this coronavirus problem. They anticipate travel later in the Deep South. They have dined with Anne and Bud Marvin several times. * Your correspondent spent two weeks in the sun in Jamaica in January. Yes, jerk chicken and cold Red Stripe. I also managed to get in six of a scheduled nine-day holiday in Curacao before the virus required everyone to return home. * Downsizing is a popular class activity. Stan Garnett moved to Westminster Shores retirement community in St. Petersburg. Stan says it was the setting for the 1983 Ron Howard film Cocoon. Not far away you can find the new home for John Bragg and Theresa in Venice, Fla. * We have a new author in our midst—Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton. “Last January (yes, a real Jan Plan!) North Country Press published my memoir When They Took Dad Away.” It recounts the time when she was eight and her father had a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized for 18 months. Barbara and Frank now spend summers in Aroostook County, where she has annual visits in Houlton with her Colby roommate Jean Ferguson Cole. Jean and her husband, Jimmy, are mindful of the feral cats nearby and leave food and water on their back porch. The balance of the year is spent in Brooklyn and shuttling around visiting children and grandchildren in Montreal, Ketchikan, and Cincinnati. * Some history as we approach our 65th reunion (sadly postponed). For the 1962-63 academic year, tuition was $1,400 for room, $325 for board, $500 for student activities, $500 for fees, and $23 for books. Yes, we could go to Colby for $2,248. Not mentioned in the “About Colby” booklet, you could get a cold one at Onie’s for 25 cents. HAIL, COLBY, HAIL!


1964

Class Correspondent:

Marcia Phillips Sheldon
classnews1964@colby.edu

Our classmates write in from all corners of the United States to share personal updates. It brings us all a little closer. * A recent friendly shout-out came from Jack Ross from his home in Arizona. Thanks, Jack, for staying in touch. * John Pomeranz is still working with what he describes as more of a hobby than a job. He looks forward to warm weather when he spends time with his grandchildren, boating, and fishing. Recently, John has heard from classmates Jon Fredrikson, Dick Zipser, and Tom Carney ’65, who are all doing well. * Reminiscing over the past, Sara Shaw Rhoades has discovered that each phase of her life lasted about 20 years, and perhaps that is her threshold of interest: 20 years as church secretary, 20 years of managing church suppers, 20 years of spearheading soup luncheons; 20 years as a Navy wife, and 20 years of parenting! Sara is presently part of a choral group in Maine and is looking forward to a concert tour in Germany. Another 20-year project! * Jim Harris lives in Washington State and followed the Colby basketball team’s great season this year. Jim and his wife, Madie, plan to take a cruise later this year to celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary. * Florida residents Michael and Jean Martin Fowler live in St. Augustine. Jean notes that Jacksonville, which is less than an hour away, is an awesome city. It is located at a higher elevation than other areas along the coast, so Jacksonville has never had to be evacuated due to a storm. Jean and Michael enjoy their new friends and the community spirit they have found there.


1963

Class Correspondent:

Paule French
classnews1963@colby.edu

By the time you read this, I pray the pandemic will be over and that we will have been spared. Nearly all of you have mentioned its impact. Thank you for having sent in your news. * Tim Dakin and wife Irene are doing well and send their warmest regards to everyone. * The Colby calendar was a comfort to Rosemary Blankenship Hubbard, according to husband Al, while she recovered from rotator cuff surgery. The photo of Runnals Union captured the spot where they first spoke to each other! “We appreciate our days at Colby more and more as time goes on.” * As a trustee of the Wantagh (NY) Preservation Society, Mary Dexter Wagner is educating folks about the history of their town. Mary’s also in charge of essay contests for the DAR. She’s constantly learning about and loving American history. * Connie Miller Manter and Walt always enjoy visits from family and friends at their home on the coast of Maine. Connie’s an education coach with their regional school district. Their mission: “empowering agile learners for a changing and healthy world.” She’s proud of Colby’s offering scholarships to low- and middle-income “empowered learners.” * Peter Vogt and Pam Zilly live “in a sweet enclave of Hendersonville-Laurel Park, N.C. Our cozy world of awesome rock gardens, which Pam has created, is about 300 feet from Lake Rhododendron Nature Park. Google: 55 Rustic Drive, Hendersonville, NC for a treat!” * After years of dealing with French bureaucracy, Anne Quirion Connaughton is back in Virginia planning renovations for her home here. Her son and daughter live nearby. She hopes to visit Maine in the fall, and we look forward to seeing her. * Raoul “Mike” Tschebull, a long-time resident of Darien, Conn., sold his business and now happily raises tropical terrestrial orchids. * After years in academe, David Bromley is currently running the World Religions and Spirituality Project at Virginia Commonwealth University. A highlight of his career was delivering the annual Kingsley Birge lecture at Colby. Professor Birge was a mentor and inspiration to David. “For me, it was coming full circle.” * Don and Elizabeth Doe Norwat had a “truly wonderful experience” on a cruise from several points in Argentina to Uruguay, through the Chilean fjords, close to Amalia Glacier, and to Valparaiso. They also visited Peru, including Cusco, and Machu Picchu. * After 25 years of teaching skiing at Sugarloaf, Al Carville “is retiring from that gig.” Al continues to drive “older” folks at a retirement home. Al Rogan and Ann Worcester ’59 are among his passengers. He keeps in close touch with Rod Pierce and usually sees him when in Florida. * On Deer Isle, Maine, Nancy (Godley ’65) and John Wilson had planned to visit friends in California, but the health crisis has changed their plans, as it has for most of us. They hope for some resolution to current domestic political and environmental issues and of some of our serious global crises. They wish everyone a healthy season. * Celebrating 23 years of retirement in Estero, Fla., Bill and Shirley Kelley Tychsen are doing their best “to stay positive in these trying times.” Their two children live in Colorado, and three grandchildren are graduating and heading to college! * Pauline Pi Ryder Kezer is in the midst of all things Pilgrim and Mayflower! As president of the Alden Kindred, she invites all Colbyites to visit this summer and fall. There will be lots to see and do. Come July 31 to enjoy music, the Mayflower Breweries offerings, tours, and music. * Tom Thomas has moved to Foulkeways, a retirement community in Gwynedd, Pa. * David Hunt and wife Jackie traveled to Italy, where David had served in the CIA in the ’60s. They cruised down the Adriatic coast and drove to Rome through Tuscany, the only area still unspoiled and as beautiful as before. David continues to lecture on his former profession.


1962

Class Correspondent:

Pat Farnham Russell
Nancy MacKenzie Keating
classnews1962@colby.edu

Greetings from Maine in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Today, President Greene sent a letter canceling Reunion Weekend and postponing graduation for the first time in Colby’s 200-year history. How disappointing for graduating seniors, including those from high schools and colleges across our country. * For many of us 2020 is a milestone year. One by one we are entering the decade of our 80s. Can you believe that you are, or soon will be, an OCTOGENARIAN?! My children, their spouses, and the grandchildren surprised me (Pat Farnham Russell) with an early birthday celebration at our winter quarters in Barefoot Bay, Fla. We returned home early to shelter in place nearer to family during this pandemic. * Boyd and Mary “Muffy” Symonds Leavitt started off the new year and decade with a trip to Houston with Opera Idaho to attend two performances by Houston Grand Opera. Their personal highlight was time spent with Harry and Judy Hoagland Bristol, who provided them with a grand tour of Houston and insights into their busy lives there. * Sandra Keef Hunter is at home in East Hampton, where everything was closed and supermarket shelves were bare. She has a trip planned to Brazil at the end of July. However, she joins many of us wondering if summer plans will be a “go.” * Brenda Wrobleski Elwell, with her cancer momentarily under control, is back to traveling. In the fall she visited her 90th country, Lichtenstein, with her son, who lives in Germany. She planned on Eastern Europe and Germany again in June. She’s hoping to get closer to her goal of 100 countries. Brenda still needs to use trekking poles to walk, but no medical devices for her! * Frank Stephenson continues to live and work part time at the Stevenson School in beautiful Pebble Beach. His major interest in reading is the year 1898, plus or minus 25 years, a remarkable time in terms of wars and imperialism; of oligarchic capitalism and oppression of workers; of social unrest and the struggle of women to find a footing, a meaning for their existence above servitude and producers of children. Frank has many good books to recommend. He also reported that Suzie Martin died in April 2019 from virulent cancer that took her within a month of its discovery. * Jean Gaffney Furuyama has been retired for a year. She receives a lot of satisfaction from organizing the seniors in her apartment complex—they usually have one outing and one lecture per month and meet weekly for their “chat.” She and Toshi canceled their planned Japan trip this spring. Their only loss was $450 worth of Godiva chocolates that were to be used as gifts. * Kathy Hertzberg and her partner plan to move to a retirement complex when construction is completed. She’s been in contact with Lynn Kimball, who had heart valve replacement then fell and broke her wrist. She is coming along fine now. * Time to start thinking about 2022 and our 60th!


1961

Class Correspondent:

Diane Scrafton Cohen Ferreira
classnews1961@colby.edu

Aloha! Sad news of another classmate’s passing: Betsy O’Connell recently died in Staten Island. She worked as a senior editor at New York University. Some of you remember Betsy was encouraged to attend our 50th Reunion by Judy Hoffman Hakola, another English literature major and advocate of the arts. Betsy supervised makeup for most Powder & Wig theater productions throughout her Colby career. When she made me up as Natasha in Chekhov’s Three Sisters, I wanted to be Russian! * Quimby Robinson reports: “Mitzi and I spent a wonderful day last fall with Bonnie McGregor Otis eating lobster on the wharf and reminiscing at her lovely cottage in South Bristol on the Maine coast. It’s been 10 years since Bonnie’s husband, and my roommate, Bob ’60, died. We’ve promised to see each other next year and not let ‘time fly by’ easily. Bonnie lives in Michigan, and we live on Mount McGaffy in Mount Vernon, Maine, enjoying ALL the seasons of the year. When our kids and grandkids visit from their working lives in Connecticut and Florida, it’s “Mount Rehab” to and for them. We also lunched recently in Falmouth with Patsy Houghton Marr, widow of Dave Marr. I skied the back snowfields at Sugarloaf, my 27th day at the Loaf this winter. Been skiing there most years since arriving as a freshman at Colby 64 years ago. Mitzi and I are well, just sitting here in Mount Vernon waiting out the coronavirus.” * Penny Dietz Sullivan keeps really busy: “As though I didn’t have enough activities, I recently took a part-time job with the Census Bureau doing the National Crime Victimization Survey. This is not the decennial census, but an ongoing study to gather statistics about crimes committed in the U.S. I’m still active playing golf, bridge, and organizing social activities, as well as working for Weight Watchers, now WW. I also work as an elections judge for the local board of elections, and I serve on the board of Craven Concerts, an organization that brings live music to New Bern as well as sponsoring outreach programs to bring music to the local schools. My husband, Paul, still works full time. Yes, we are busy! * This just in from Scotty MacLeod Folger: “While spending two months in Florida near St. Petersburg, Charlotte Clifton Lee and Mary and Denny Dionne visited me from their Sarasota homes. I know more Colby people will gather after I leave the area. I had planned an April trip to Nepal, which got canceled by the sponsors, an organization that matches young girls with adults who pay for their education. We would have had the opportunity to visit them in their homes and schools in Kathmandu. Needless to say, I was very disappointed, as was my Nepali daughter, Sabina. I’m still living in Ellsworth, Maine, on a beautiful lake. Many visitors in the summer but none between September and June. I’m grateful for good health, a loving extended family, and very special friends.” * Your correspondent spent February in Australia and New Zealand. A former student, now a yoga instructor, and I spent 10 days on a Celebrity Solstice cruise from Sydney to Auckland with daily yoga at the ship’s Canyon Ranch Spa. A friend from Hawai`i Island chairs the anthropology department at the University in Auckland and introduced us to Maori students working in museums. Another highlight: a private tasting at Kennedy Point Winery on Waiheke Island, a short ferry ride out of Auckland. I write during one of the most life-changing events of our alumni years. I’ve self-isolated for over three weeks now. All arrivals self-quarantining for two weeks decimated our tourist industry but kept COVID-19 numbers low. I hope all of you are managing to stay connected with friends and family. I send warmest wishes.


1960

Class Correspondent:

Jane Holden Huerta
classnews1960@colby.edu

In this strange time, so many of us planned travels for the summer of 2020, including a trip to Colby. Hope to see you all in 2021. * Jock Knowles must be a poor salesman! He and Pat (Walker) have eight grandchildren, but to date, he hasn’t convinced any of them to attend Colby. He’s hoping that the youngest grandson, a junior, will be the one. * Claudia Lawrence Rogers lives in Rockport, Mass., during winters and returns every spring to Martha’s Vineyard. She travels, and she discovered her father’s roots in the medieval village of Dinkelsbuhl, Germany. “The happy news is my remarriage in 2017 to Philip Rogers; the sad news is his sudden death in February 2019. Life goes on with visits to my children and grandchildren, Sofia, Sigo, and Sasha, who always put a smile on my face! I miss Alumni College, which is bundled with reunion now, but I went to Great Books at Colby in its place in 2019. Sending my best wishes!” * Peter Henderson’s overarching news is last August’s passing of Jane, his sweet wife of 59 years. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in February (she didn’t smoke—this was inherited). His two incredible daughters and their families jumped in and are helping him regain sanity and perspective. * Ralph Galante’s wife, Jane, contracted Parkinson’s about six years ago, so they sold their Florida home and moved to Centennial, Colo. Jane is now in an assisted living facility three miles from his home. * Judy Allen Ferretti and her husband went on a Road Scholar program in early March to Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. Savannah, in particular, is really beautiful at that time of year. If you go to Savannah, be sure to have ice cream at Leopold’s. They follow the wise saying, “Life is short; eat dessert first.” * Richard Peterson stays off the streets by continuing to serve as chair of two insurance company boards. He and Bette live in a retirement community in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and had planned many trips for 2020. “We’ve changed our address but not our lifestyle, at least not yet. I’m gratified by Colby’s energetic initiatives in Waterville and look forward to a visit.” * Waring Blackburn and his wife joined thousands of Canadians migrating north from their condo in Florida to their home on the St. Lawrence River. “The trip was a bit surreal with yellow tape marking off dining areas as off-limits and people respectfully keeping their distances. Seasonal residents are now opening their summer homes to escape the virus centered in metropolitan areas. No tennis or pickleball, but the views are great and there is plenty of yard work to do.” Waring has self-published a novel titled Journeys, available on Amazon. The novel grew from notes taken years ago while cruising from Maine to Clayton, N.Y., on a 55-foot antique CrisCraft. “The genre is international terrorism with integral philosophy illustrated by dialogue and actions, including a new U.S. president.” Last fall they spent nearly a month in Africa—a trip of a lifetime. * Peg Jack Johnston stays busy with Zoom meetings and keeping in touch with friends. She has found many online courses, which she finds really fun! She also enjoys the sun in her backyard and talking over the fence to neighbors. More than a year ago, she celebrated her 80th with 14 members of her family in Scotland. * Rebecca Crane Rafferty was a bundle of nerves in North Myrtle Beach, just hoping she would get home somehow! Becky lost her husband, John, Nov. 1, 2019, to a disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lungs for which there is no cure. He was able to lead a pretty active life until the last year. He passed away peacefully at home with two of their children with him. John was a fighter, right up to the end! He even told Steve Curley he’d try his darndest to get to our 60th reunion! Becky and John met their first night out walking at Colby, he with his NJ buddies and she with her roommates. “I’ve tried to adjust to a life without him,” Becky wrote. “To those still together, express your love for each other every day, as each day together is a gift!” * Jane Holden Huerta keeps very busy working to help set up virtual bridge clubs all over the country. Zoom is a constant in her life, both for work and visiting with grandchildren and their parents.


1959

Class Correspondent:

Joanne K. Woods
classnews1959@colby.edu

As I write this I am in social isolation because of the coronavirus. Who would have ever thought we would be living like this? Let’s hope it’s conquered soon so we can all get back to normal living. Because of the isolation, it was extra nice to hear from Colby classmates. * Ed Goldberg is a Montana resident living in Bozeman. He remains active in a variety of nonprofits, with most of his time spent working with families with autistic children. He continues to spend a month or so a year in Vietnam, where he has many friendships. He’s always struck by how warmly he’s greeted by the generation who served in the war. Most recently, a grandparent at the dinner table told his family Ed should be the honored guest for the evening, at which point he received a big hug as well. Otherwise, all is well, and Ed makes a point of celebrating every day. * Tom Connors writes that as of Feb. 1 he is absolutely finished with any responsibility for all civic, church, and educational endeavors he has been involved in. Now it is golf, reading, and Jocelyn the rest of the way. * Frank Seebode says all of us have graduated from the Golden Years to the RUST YEARS. He says just being able to reply to my message is good news. He’s still going strong, active and alive. “Who could ask for anything more?” * Joan (Crowell ’60) and Skip Tolette have been attempting to learn which Colby alumni reside in their area of Florida (snowbirds like them included). They have found Don Dunbar ’56 and Bev ’61 and Liz Rowe Lapham ’63, who are in Vero. They recently had lunch with Eve and Ian Tatlock, who are in Key Largo, and Val and Bob Marier ’60, who are in Stuart, plus Karen (Beganny ’63) and Skeeter Megathlin heading to Naples, and Bev (Johnson ’60) and Keet Arnett, who also winter in Vero. Joan and Skip are thrilled with the marvelous resurgence that Colby is creating on many fronts, including the investment of time and treasure in Waterville. * Keep well, my friends.


1958

Class Correspondent:

Mary Ellen Chase Bridge
classnews1958@colby.edu

Robert Saltz, a “Dana Farber poster boy,” deserves a lot of admiration for fighting cancer for 22 years and surviving 13 operations, radiation, and chemo. He tells everyone he knows to “never give up.” In early April he was living in a new, one-floor home in Arizona, quarantined because of the virus. He also reports on a recent Tau Delta Phi reunion in Gloucester, Mass., attended by Al Dean, Pete Doran, Marty Burger, and Bob, with their respective spouses. They all enjoyed lunch and dinner at a restaurant and then Sunday brunch at the Saltzes’ “to cap off an incredible weekend.” A high point was a long telephone conversation with David “Dusty” and Sheila Campbell Rhoades in Colorado. * Robert Hesse writes that Colby Zetes and friends are looking ahead to their annual get-together at the Muscongus Bay lobster dock at noon on Sept. 10. This very informal, sun-or-rain event is always the Thursday after Labor Day, and everyone looks forward to great food and conversations. Let’s hope that is still on the calendar now. * As I write on April 2, the coronavirus takes all the headlines daily and the country hasn’t peaked yet. I’m in Florida, where the governor finally just called for people to stay in place to help control the spread. Shortly before the virus really ramped up, classmates Dot Greenman Ketchum, Carol Conway Denney, and Susan Sherman White joined me for a week by the beach. We too enjoyed great food and conversation, warmth and sunshine until they heard about a possible lockdown and decided to fly back to Logan while they still could. Things will have to be better next winter! * On a more positive note, Beryl Scott Glover took a trip to the Panama Canal in February. “The country is beautiful, and the canal is an engineering miracle!” Her group spent three days traversing the area in both directions, and she recommends the trip to others. She got home safely as the virus was spreading exponentially, and she hoped everyone is hunkered down for the duration, as do we all. * Stay cautious, safe, and well, friends, and please be in touch again soon, when this horrendous experience is behind us.


1957

Class Correspondent:

Don Tracy
classnews1957@colby.edu

While we’re in the midst of this pandemic, I received some nice responses from classmates. * Ronald Rasmussen writes, “I recently celebrated my 85th birthday with family and friends. While I’ve been paralyzed for 23 years, I enjoy life to the fullest. However, I’ll soon start radiation treatments for prostate cancer. I pray that all who remain in our class are healthy and doing well.” * Cedric Harring is hunkered down in Heber City, Utah. “We live in a 39-foot motorhome in a nice RV resort and go out for exercise and fresh food daily. We had a good season skiing until the virus shut down the ski slopes. We intend to stay here until things quiet down on the coronavirus front. Then we will fly home to Acton, Mass., and fly back next winter.” * Here’s a note from a Maine-ah, Rose Stinson Zuckerman Ebsworth, whose support for Colby inspired her to write. “Those four years at Colby were more important than I realized in 1957. I’ve traveled the world and thought I was settled in England with an English husband and English citizenship, but surprisingly, I’ve returned to Deer Isle, where I grew up, alone (my husband, Evelyn, has passed away), but with that Colby education still an influence. I FaceTime with my five children, four step-children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner recalls Professor Mariner, and it’s good reading for the COVID-19 days we live in.” * Eleanor Duckworth was excited about performing in a dance inspired by Macbeth in the Stockbridge Theater in Derry, N.H., in April, which, unfortunately, was postponed. * Tom Brackin says he stopped by a liquor store prior to an order by the New Jersey governor to close non-essential stores. “There were only three customers. We took a vote and unanimously agreed that the liquor store was an essential one.” Tom misses old friends—“so many have passed on. I also miss Colby. I made the 60th and plan to attend the 65th.” * Babs (Faltings ’56) and Warren Kinsman are staying “pretty much housebound” in their home in Beaufort, S.C. They look forward to coming back this summer to their cottage on Green Lake in Ellsworth, Maine. “We welcome anyone traveling to this area to stop by for a swim.” * John Conkling turned 85 in March. “My ski season is over as the areas have all closed,” he wrote earlier. “My wife, Nancy, gets her last chemo shot next week. Hurray! We had planned a trip to Colby in mid-May but will wait until late September. We plan to enjoy this summer again at our camp (bought in 1963) on Squam Lake.” * Ken Haruta received “a second chance at 88” when he got married last November. His wife died in 2016, leaving him devastated. “I had resigned myself to live a quiet life. But I decided to reconnect with my old friends.” He looked up former colleague but discovered he had died shortly after his wife. “Then one day, Julie, his widow, recognized me. … We started going out and doing things together. She is vibrant and intelligent, and we enjoy playing bridge, hiking, entertaining, and traveling. Now, we’re planning our honeymoon trip to Japan in October. I still enjoy playing tennis twice a week. Life is certainly good!” * On Dec. 31, 2019, Allan Van Gestel retired from JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services) in Boston where, since February of 2008, “I have been serving as an arbitrator, mediator, and neutral evaluator in business-related legal proceedings. This was my third retirement in my 50-year legal career. At the end of September 1997, I retired as a partner at Goodwin, Procter & Hoar in Boston, where I practiced as a trial lawyer for 35 years after my graduation from Boston University School of Law. That first retirement was to accept an appointment as a justice of the Superior Court in Boston. I spent 11 years on the Superior Court, retiring in January of 2008. My lovely wife, Andrea, and I have lived in Rockport, Mass., for the past 21 years, where she is a highly regarded artist. Indeed, she just had one of her most recent paintings accepted by the American Watercolor Association to be shown as its annual international show in New York City in April.” * I appreciate this great response from classmates. Part of our family is riding out the pandemic storm as a team with six of us temporarily living together. The older ones take good care of mom and dad, while our grandson, 12, attends school via Zoom.


1956

Class Correspondent:

Charlene Roberts Riordan
classnews1956@colby.edu

Dear Classmates. In my view, hope springs eternal: it is spring, not winter; there have not been power outages; we can communicate with our friends and family near and far by phone, internet, Zoom, etc.; we can shop for food. I hope you’ll join me in believing that we shall get through this. * Brian Stompe and his wife, Susan, celebrated their 62nd anniversary in February. They have three grandkids who live close by and are college grads: Mary, who makes a good living training dogs; Michael, a teacher and a swim coach; and Dylan, who is working on his Ph.D. in marine biology. Brian’s son Brad took him fishing on the North Bay, and they had fresh striper for dinner that night. Brian reports: “Oranges are falling off the trees; soon it will be time to plant the big vegetable garden. How fortunate we are!” He’s still active in Health Care for All California and thinks California will get single-payer legislation passed before the U.S. does. * Susan Miller Hunt sends her best wishes and thanks to all of her ‘56 classmates. * I was excited to read about Colby in the New York Times, February 25, about the College’s ambitious three-year campaign that, at that time, had raised more than $500 million; its huge athletic complex under construction; and its projects that are revitalizing downtown Waterville. Impressive! Did you see that “Colby College” was the “question” on a recent Jeopardy! episode? The answer was: “This college in Waterville, Maine, has used 100% renewable electricity sources since way back in 2003.” Can you believe that none of the contestants got it right?


1955

Class Correspondent:

Betty Harris Smith
classnews1955@colby.edu

It’s always a pleasure to hear from my classmates, especially during these unprecedented times. I hope you are all faring well enough and staying healthy and safe. * Reggie Anderson wrote with his deepest regrets informing his Colby friends that his dearest wife of 64 years, Jean Hawes Anderson, passed away Nov. 26, 2019. Jean was diagnosed with ALS in December 2018 and fought a valiant fight. Reggie said that her memorial service was attended by more than 300 family and friends at the Unitarian church in Grafton, Mass. Anyone interested in reading her full obituary can Google “Jean H. Anderson at Roney Funeral Home.” We offer our condolences, Reggie. * John Dutton wrote as we were all experiencing the national epidemic of COVID-19. John reported good health but concern for a dangerous fire season ahead in California. He wrote, “I still enjoy flight simulation but am into reading much more now. My favorite mystery authors are Preston and Child. Their books are well researched and hard to put down. I’m also watching “Great Courses” streamed on Xfinity.” * Sid Farr and Jane Millett Dornish had been working with Karin Weston at Colby about our 65th reunion celebration, which has been postponed due to the coronavirus. Sid still hopes that classmates will plan to attend when the new date is announced, and Jane said, that whenever we come together, “we will gather to share good memories of our special four years at our beloved Colby.” Jane also said that the class notes are “the first thing I look at when the magazine arrives. I was pleased to have Jean Van Curan Pugh ask me to join her, Ann Burnham Deering, and Kathy McConaughy Zambello ’56 for a tour of Colby’s amazing new athletic complex, which is under construction. What a treat to be there with our hard hats, safety glasses, and excellent tour guides!” We all look forward to Colby students being back on campus and making use of this new center, hopefully, this fall.


1954

Class Correspondent:

Art Eddy
classnews1954@colby.edu

Bob Anderson and Sally are staying inside most of the time, praying for family, neighbors, and friends. Occasionally, they take a walk, smell the fresh air, and hold tight to happy memories of Colby. * Diane Chamberlin Starcher, who had to forego her season tickets for the Sarasota Opera and Symphony Orchestra because of the virus, is still able to take walks, sit by the pool, read a good book, and enjoy frequent visits from her sons. * Lindon Christie and his companion are well, and they easily make the weekly trip between their mountain home in Rumford and the family farm in Brooklin. Lindon flew a private plane for an hour in February, and he hoped to do the same in April. * Karl and Merrillyn Healey Decker are both dealing with predictable pathologies and adventures that come with being in their late 80s. Merrillyn still runs her book club and global issues study group, while Karl awaits the publication of his novel, which is “probably sitting at a publisher in Vermont, likely being used as a doorstop.” With two of their three children living nearby, they have decided to stay in their home of 60 years until “they have to scrape us off the floor.” Karl often wonders what Professor Birschneider would say of The Donald. * Tom Hunt sends his best wishes and thanks to all of his 1954 classmates. * Vic Scalise continues to keep busy by attending worship and leading the discussions that follow; by being stimulated mentally by the books he reads and his book club activities; by exercising several hours each week at home and at the local pool; and by taking in as many Mariner baseball games as he can. This summer will again find him at his Ocean Park, Maine, cottage. * Ned Shenton finds his new digs in Falmouth, Maine, “small but adequate. (I have a great view from the third floor.)” He cut way back on his belongings, and he has an 18-year-old cat as a roommate. “I have yet to find myself in the obit column when I check each morning, am able to remain upright most of the time, am looking forward to a new golf season, and I relish each day that comes my way. I do hope you all have read President Greene’s recent letter—it’s a good read.” * The following items are gleaned from an email from Vic Scalise that reports on phone conversations he had with various classmates: David and Carole Bullock Adams feel prepared for the current virus challenge by their years as missionaries in Bolivia. * Robert Anderson was very impressed by the most recent letter from President Greene about Colby. * Following his mother’s passing, Arthur Cummings’s son is now living with his dad. * Christine Henderson Harper describes her retirement center in Ontario, Canada, as “like living in a fancy hotel.” * Virginia Kane Hawrylycz has found meaning in reading and knitting. * Sue (Miller ’56) and Tom Hunt feel that their sparsely populated area of Maine has, thus far, saved them from the harshness of the coronavirus. * Marlene Hurd Jabar reports that ice cream helps Tony get through some of the difficult moments. * Susan Johnson indicates that her belief in God gave us the gift of freedom, which we must use responsibly, helps her through the tough times. * John Krussell states that Florida (in the low 90s) is “hot enough to roast a turkey.” * Mary Pilon Obery reads a lot and gets out for a walk to break the boredom of living in a senior community. * Jim Rapaport hopes to get back to his summer place in Rockport, Maine, this summer. * Sherman Saperstein hopes to return to his home in Chestnut Hill, Mass., by summer. * Helen Cross Stabler expressed concern for the least among us who are struggling to survive without a job or money. * Diane Chamberlin Starcher believes the virus may be a blessing for our environment and our outrageous materialism. “The skies are clear and the air clean.” * Dave and Betsy Powley Wallingford had just moved from their home in Sudbury, Mass., to a new condo in the same community. * Carol Dyer Wauters has found joy in classical and jazz music, as well as virtual visits to museums.


1953

Class Correspondent:

Barbara Easterbrooks Mailey
classnews1953@colby.edu

Back in December, before COVID-19 enveloped us, I heard from Joey Leader Creedon, who hoped to travel to California to stay near her daughter, Kerry, during March and April, living near where she and Dick ’52 previously had a place for a winter get-away near Mirage and Palm Springs. Joey was planning on renting a small condo at Mission Hills. She hoped to have a second hip replacement when she returned to the Cape. However, I think that in this present situation, she might be “stuck” out West. Joey stays in touch with Barbara Studley Barnette, who apparently sends out more than one hundred Christmas cards every year. I did get one of those, created by her. I sent a quick note to Bobbie to catch up on her news. She answered saying she had had a recent fall while rushing to the telephone and ended up with staples in her scalp, now since removed and healing. She reported having the “wobble wobble” for awhile! She shared her summer plans to see her kids and grands and to attend her granddaughter’s wedding in Atlanta. Bobbie described it as “a veritable mob scene” with 16 bridesmaids. I hope it all comes together for a wonderful family affair. * Ken Castonguay got a new hip and is walking with a cane. He said, “I hate it—it makes me look old!” * John Lee offered to send more of his war stories, but I liked the story of his experience on Jeopardy! when the show was in its infancy and rather primitive with wires all over the floor and workers from two different unions. It was hosted by Art Fleming in the old Johnny Carson studio. John said he goofed the final question: “For 10 years she was the most admired lady in America. Who was Eleanor Roosevelt?” I quote John: “Would you believe I said Mamie Eisenhower?”  Nevertheless, he collected $500 and a set of luggage, which wasn’t bad in 1969. He collected another $300 later when the question involved World War II. John did okay with his hip replacement but fell a couple of times with bloodied skull and scalded shoulder, but nothing life-threatening. Later, John wrote to me with a sad note: “My beloved Cheryl (Reed ’67) passed away this morning, April 26. I think it was her heart.” Join me, and keep John in our thoughts at this time. * Carolyn English Caci also had a fall, but this one sounded life-threatening. Carolyn broke her neck when falling backward, hitting the floor and fracturing a neck bone. She used her emergency button, which saved her life. She wore a neck brace until Friday, March 13, her lucky day as it turned out. She has all her meals left at her door now and misses the camaraderie of the dining meals at Brooksby Village. * Now, at this writing, we are all being tested by this terrible pandemic. My thoughts are with all of my classmates for a great recovery.


1952

Class Correspondent:

Art White
classnews1952@colby.edu

The upset caused by the worldwide virus has not prevented some of our classmates from sharing news. * Paul and Mimi Russell Aldrich live at the Highlands, a retirement community in Topsham, Maine. They’ve been there for four years and have put behind them the need to mow grass, plow snow, etc. Joan and Dave Morse live close by and see Paul and Mimi often. * Anne and Russ Wallace continue to live in California, and they recently took a cruise to St. Maarten. Russ enjoyed pickleball on the ship, and I’ll bet he dominated the court! * Mary and I have been successful in avoiding all the rabid animals running around Bath, but I must say that since I moved to Bath my backyard has had one moose, two playful fox kits, several skunks (one albino), an entire family of woodchucks, and one fawn. I may start a petting zoo! Stay healthy, and let your classmates know what is happening in your life.


1951

Class Correspondent:

Chet Harrington
classnews1951@colby.edu

As this magazine was going to press, Colby received news of the passing of your correspondent, Chet Harrington. Chet died May 31, 2020, at his home in Villanova, Pa. A full obituary will appear in the next issue of Colby Magazine. Y If anyone would like to continue Chet’s legacy and become the next correspondent for the Class of 1951, please send an email to classnews1951@colby.edu or call Laura Meader at Colby at 207-859-4356. Thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity.


1949

Class Correspondent:

Anne Hagar Eustis
classnews1949@colby.edu

Unfortunately, I have no news to report from our classmates. As I write this, I imagine you are all hunkered down as I am, trying to avoid the nasty COVID-19. As I began my self-isolation in March, I decided I needed something worthwhile and positive to come out of it—well, something more interesting than getting my taxes done, my files cleaned out, and all the things I’ve been procrastinating for years. I decided I needed some knitting, having just finished a sweater, so I called my yarn store, ordered what I needed, and they delivered it to my car when I arrived in their parking lot. I can now report that I’m working on the second sleeve of what I now refer to as my COVID-19 sweater! * Please send me your news when you can, and in the meantime stay healthy and spit in the eye of COVID-19.