To any classmates who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, I hope you’ve recovered. You’re in our thoughts. * Ed Ludwig writes that “everything is cool here in SW Fla.,” and that he still misses his frat house. * Mary Rudolph Black and her family, who live in Gloucester, Mass., escaped Hurricane Sandy with no damage. Mary still practices law in Gloucester and is helping her twins, one of whom is considering Mayflower Hill, with the college application process. * Carolyn Berry Copp reports that after a six-month job search she is now the VP of development and marketing at the Family Center in Somerville, Mass., a human services organization that assists with parenting and life skills. * Ray George’s oldest daughter, Kelsey, started Boston University School of Dentistry in July. “Upon her graduation and eventually joining the practice, she will be the third generation to keep the family dental tradition intact. I’m very proud of her.” * Helen Dooley Anthony has beaten a path between Missouri and Providence, R.I., where husband Doug has a new job. Selectwoman Helen finished up her stint on the Columbia, Mo., city council and spent Election Day in Missouri getting the vote out for Claire McCaskill, who successfully ran against Todd Akin. * Ann Skinner Rider (editor of numerous award-winning children’s books) popped in to visit Diane Conley LaVangie while in Maine visiting her daughter, Molly, a Bowdoin student. The one night they had to relax together, Diane’s dog, Paige, was sprayed by a skunk. While Ann made sure Paige stayed on the deck, Diane went to buy ingredients for deskunking. Ann had to wash her clothes; Diane just threw hers out the window before bed! * Doug and Kim Smith McCartney spent a week in France in October bicycling with Colby daughter, Blake ’16. They met Blake in Dijon, where she was studying, and biked through Provence for five days. It was the wrong time of year for fields of lavender, but they did see vineyards, orchards, and medieval villages. * Paul Maier took a little time off in 2012 to do some consulting and to spend time with his family (wife Jane and kids Kal, 15, and Paige, 13), travel abroad, and ski, among other things. Paul’s leisure time ended in August, however, when he accepted the position of SVP/president in the ConvergeOne company’s family of businesses (converge-one.com). He’s president of S1–IT solutions (Boise, Idaho) and SVP of technology for NACR (Minneapolis, Minn.). He is enjoying the new opportunity. * Erin Marston was appointed to the Fairbanks Superior Court by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell. Erin is a partner at the law office of Marston and Cole PC. He practices civil litigation with an emphasis in insurance defense and aviation law. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in Anchorage. Erin is a volunteer pilot and attorney for the Iditarod Air Force and participates in the Alaska Airmen’s Association. * Lots of interesting news from E.J. Meade: “We took a three-week family trip through Vietnam in January 2012. It was remarkable to see such a demographically young country building with China-like speed. More interesting was visiting places that were foggy memories of the 1968 war reporting. My girls, 17 and 13, got a real insight to the world economy. We stayed with Viet families, a fisherman one night, a noodle maker another. They were extended households, three or four generations under one roof. There was a richness to their family life that stood in great contrast to what they had materially.” E.J. and family followed up with a trip to Portugal this summer, including a visit to his grandfather’s home village just south of the Spanish border. E.J. also managed to tour projects by Alvaro Siza, one of his architectural heroes. E.J.’s oldest is applying to colleges but prefers the balmy Pacific to New England winters. E.J. left his teaching post at CU to focus full time on his architectural studio, which has a regional reputation for sustainable modern projects ranging from libraries to schools to homes. “We recently collected five of eight design awards from the local AIA and also received a state award. This is the 19th year of my practice (www.arch11.com), so it’s about time to gain some recognition.” E.J. recently established another studio location in Denver and has a staff of 10 working across both the Boulder and Denver locations.