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.