Greetings ’85 classmates! I don’t know exactly when you will be reading this, but hopefully the polar vortex that has made every day feel like a February night in Waterville has evolved into a solar vortex of sunny beach days. * It was great to hear from Cathy Urstadt Biddle who lives in Westchester County with her husband, Wing. Cathy has one daughter who is a sophomore at UVa and another who is a high school senior at the Taft School. She
recently took her younger daughter on a college visit to Colby and is pleased to report that she loved it. They also visited Sewanee and stayed with Kathy Kamm. Cathy periodically sees Wendy Howard Epstein and Alison Cox and has stayed busy with many volunteer activities. * Roy Hirshland’s daughter is a freshman at Kenyon College and loves it. Roy enjoys his time on the Colby Alumni Council and has been involved with Career Services, including hosting a bunch of Colby kids in his office for a career lunch. Roy would encourage everyone to help out in any way, such as hosting an intern, reviewing a résumé, or talking on the phone about our careers. “We all need to help keep liberal arts grads relevant in this economy!” * Tom Colt may still be thawing out from his fourth annual Pittsburgh Polar Bear Jump New Year’s morning. The river was a toasty 36 degrees. When not plunging into freezing-cold rivers, Tom spends his days as a college counselor at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh. * Carol Eisenberg just marked five years since she reluctantly attended her first Bikram yoga class. More than 500 classes later, she credits her yoga practice with countless physical and mental benefits, including taking the sting out of turning 50. * Andrew Myers is traveling to Montevideo, Uruguay, to officiate his sister’s wedding. He has visited Uruguay several times over the past few years and is impressed that The Economist named it the 2013 Country of the Year. Andrew clarifies in his note that he is still a lawyer and not a member of any clergy! * It was nice to hear from fellow Medfield, Mass., resident Chris Rona Alban. Her twin girls are happily settled in South Carolina as freshmen at U.S.C. in Columbia and the College of Charleston. Chris reports that her daughters were happy to leave winter and the snow banks behind after the holiday break and head back south. Chris is sitting for her certified residential real estate appraiser exam in mid-February and notes that the thought of a six-hour exam at her age seems daunting. * I have some sad news to report. Our classmate Paul Henion died Jan. 10 after a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Paul was an associate professor in the department of neuroscience at Ohio State and leaves behind his wife, Christine Beattie, and sons Sam and Neil Henion. According to his obituary, Paul left his family the legacy of his family cottage in Canada, where they spent every summer vacation. He also loved the time he spent living in Oregon and ventured back yearly to go salmon fishing. Besides being with his family, his happiest times were in a boat on a river. Paul was an accomplished experimentalist. He majored in biology at Colby, obtained his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve, and did his postdoctoral studies at the University of Oregon. * Thank you for the news, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.