Jessie McGuire continues to organize trips for groups of friends. Last year they trekked in Malaysia and Borneo. In September she and nine of her friends were in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. She had been to Zimbabwe and Botswana before, but Namibia was new territory. She suggests going if you get the chance since it’s an incredible desert experience. Next, she is off to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and then Morocco. She is loving life and hoping everyone is enjoying a happy and healthy 2015. * John Morgan received Christmas cards from Bob Hayden, Bob Hughes, and Jay Fell ’66. He reports that they are all well and enjoying life. His daughter Sara Morgan ’07 will get her M.S.W. and her “Mrs.” this summer. There will be several Colby friends (hers and his) visiting them in Colorado for a wild time. * Al Gray (AKA “Hootie”) sends an update on his family. Their oldest daughter, Erin, 35, recently relocated from Berkeley, Calif., to Petaluma and loves living there. After 10 long years of hard work, schooling, testing, and studying, all while working full time, Erin took and passed the last piece of her licensing exam and is now a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Al and his wife, Donna, are extremely proud of this accomplishment and the hard work needed to get there. Their son, Chris, 31, and his wife, Kara, continue to live in New Milford, Conn., where Chris works for a large insurance agency and Kara teaches first grade. Chris and Kara’s daughter, Avery, turned 1 in November, and Al and Donna are loving being grandparents. It’s a good thing because they just learned that grandchild number two will be arriving in July 2015—very exciting news for all concerned. Their youngest daughter, Julie, 26, decided she wanted a change of scenery and to get away from the cold New England winters. In March 2014 she moved to Wilmington, N.C., where she continues to work in the childcare field. She loves working with the little munchkins and is very good at it. She also loves living near a beach in a warmer climate. Al and Donna (married 37 years now) still live in Concord, Mass., and work full time, enjoy being grandparents, and visit their kids every chance they get. * John Leopold and his wife, Terry, traveled to San Francisco and Monterey last September. While in San Francisco, they visited with Wendy (Slater) ’69 and Alex Palmer. Alex and Wendy’s son, Denny, and his family live in the city. They had two great visits with Alex and Wendy and report that they are happy and doing very well. In November John and Terry traveled to Evanston, Ill., and Chicago. At Northwestern, they attended John’s uncle Richard’s 25th-anniversary lecture. His uncle was a highly regarded professor of American history (diplomatic and foreign policy) at NWU. His many faithful students raised funds for an endowed chair, the lectureship, and a fellowship program. It was quite a tribute. The lecturer was Anne-Marie Slaughter, formerly at Princeton and now president of the New America Foundation. John reports that it was a great and memorable evening.