Erica Ciszek ’08 slipped an engagement ring into the Scrabble tile bag for her girlfriend, Christina, to find. Peeking in to find a good letter, Christina saw the ring and gasped. “That’s when I got down on my knee,” Ciszek wrote, “and asked her ‘Will you grow old with me?’” Ciszek shared her Scrabble proposal story on soyoureengayged.com.
In June Steve Luke ’06 passed his international brewer’s exam and days later became master brewer at Rogue’s Issaquah (Wash.) Brewhouse. Luke got his start at Allagash Brewing Company and has earned a silver and a gold medal for his brews. “It’s really fun coming up with new stuff,” he told the Issaquah Press. “It’s a nice meld—part biochemistry and part art.”
Real estate executive Matthew Wallerstein ’03 joined Jericho, New York-based Metropolitan Realty Associates as a vice president. Wallerstein earned an M.B.A. in analytical finance in 2009 and brings “exceptional analytical skills and a strong background in real estate” to Metropolitan.
Reagan Carey ’01 is the new director of women’s hockey for USA Hockey. Carey worked the last nine years for the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers and “had a huge impact on hockey in Georgia.” A former captain of Colby’s women’s ice hockey team, Carey is “eager to team up with the best players, coaches, volunteers, and supporters of girls’ and women’s hockey.”
Growing up in rural Knox County, Maine, Erin Rhoda ’06, had never seen the Colby campus before a high school field trip took her past Mayflower Hill. “I knew instantly that I wanted to go there,” she said. “There was never any doubt.”
Though she was at the top of her class at Medomak Valley High School and “played every sport I could,” she didn’t think she’d be admitted. When she was, “I figured I was at the bottom of the ladder. It must have made me study really hard.”
Rhoda graduated near the top of her Colby class and has continued to work hard since. She’s been to Africa twice, spent a year as a George J. Mitchell National Scholar in Ireland—and started a career as a daily newspaper reporter.
Obstacles make her more determined.
When Colby officials said they couldn’t support a student humanitarian trip to Sierra Leone—the country had recently suffered through a civil war—Rhoda and other students raised $23,000 and traveled to the West African nation the week after graduation. “The rural villages that were destroyed by the civil war were being destroyed by malaria,” she said. Many of the 2,000 bed nets they provided are still in use.
Later Rhoda got involved in the Maine/Ghana Youth Network, which helped educate and provide meals for children in that country. She chaired the board as its American representative while working her first reporter’s beat for the Courier Gazette in Rockland. “It was like holding down two full-time jobs,” she said. “I don’t recommend it.”
By that time she had been selected as a Mitchell Scholar and attended Trinity College in Dublin, studying creative writing and working on her poetry. During her stay in Ireland, she traveled extensively, visiting 12 countries to bring her total to 28.
Back in Maine she was hired in September 2009 as one of two reporters in the Morning Sentinel’s Skowhegan bureau. She finds the attractions of daily reporting simple but compelling.
“I get to tell people’s stories,” she said, at the newspaper’s office in Waterville. “I get to learn about what’s going on before anyone else.” Rhoda particularly enjoys the diversity of newspaper work. “I’ve covered homicides and I’ve interviewed candidates for governor,” she said. “I’ve also talked to mothers after their children had died.”
Rural Somerset County, her beat, looks like a place to settle down. “There are a lot of fascinating people here,” she said. “There are a lot of strange people.”
Just a year into the job, she says she’s hooked. “I’ll stay here as long as I’m able.”
Coaching, like a lot of things in life, is about relationships. For former Colby football player Bill Polin ’00, those relationships have paid off.
Polin was finishing up as a graduate assistant with the football program at the University of Virginia a few years back, working with assistant coach Mike London. London went on to become defensive line coach for the NFL’s Houston Texans and then head football coach for the University of Richmond.
London quickly tapped Polin to be the offensive line coach at Richmond. And in his first year as a coach with the Spiders, Polin was part of a Richmond program that won the Division I-AA national title with a 24-7 win over Montana. Richmond won its last eight games and was 13-3.
“It was certainly something I will never forget,” said Polin, an offensive lineman and American studies major at Colby. “Just to see the resiliency of the team and improvement from week one to week sixteen, just the way it came together and to go on that streak at the end. It is everything that coaches talk about.”
Polin got an early start in the business, as he helped coach his brother’s team in a youth league in Massachusetts when he was in high school. Their father was the guiding force behind the program. Since Colby, Polin has been an assistant at Middlebury, Dartmouth, Virginia, Hofstra, and Stonehill, as well as Richmond. He keeps in regular contact with former Colby head coach Tom Austin and current head coach Ed Mestieri, the former offensive line coach for the Mules.
“I always admired his toughness and the way he coached the players,” London said of Polin, who was the offensive line coach when Virginia beat Minnesota in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl in 2005. “When this position opened he was one of the top guys on the list. He has done a good job with the players and teaching them.”
And Richmond kept on winning last season. The fourth-ranked Spiders finished 10-1 in the regular season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division I-AA championships.
Polin doesn’t take any of this success for granted. “Any time you can win a game it is special,” he said.
Sarah Ross-Benjamin finished her first year at Emory Law School and works for two juvenile court judges in Georgia. Come fall semester, she’ll work for the capital defender’s office in Atlanta. * Sally Drescher started working in development at the Brookline Community Mental Health Center in May. She also moved into a house with Justine Scott ’08, Blake Foster ’07, and Pat Lizotte ’06. * Liz O’Neill is in D.C. working for the ONE campaign, an advocacy nonprofit that helps fight poverty and disease in Africa. She recently went hiking with Suzanne Merkelson, Brooke Barron, and Beth Cole in Virginia. * Sam Handler has been assisting Garrett Hatton on his debut R&B album Free the G. The album should be ready by the end of September. * Ned Warner bumped into Tucker Hancock ’08 and Julie Casper ’08 at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival while there with Tom Treat ’08. * Kate Humphrey started a master’s of urban planning degree at the University of Michigan this fall, where she expects to see lots of Becky Lipson and Jess Palffy, who also study there. * Emma McLeavey-Weeder is happily settled in Tacoma, Wash., and took a fabulous two-week backpacking trip across Germany, Greece, and Turkey with Nicole Veilleux. * Chelsea Eakin and Byron Meinerth both live in China, indoctrinating young and innocent children with the English language and pushing for multi-party elections. * Lokesh Todi went to Dartmouth for the graduation of Colby students in the Colby-Dartmouth five-year program. During June and July he visited Nepal to attend his sister’s wedding. * Ellen London graduated with a master’s from the Columbia School of Journalism in May. * Sam Hoff works as operations associate with a boutique investment firm in Boston’s financial district. He’s having a great time rooming with Sam Witherspoon and Logan King in the North End. * Griffin Richards plays professional basketball for a minor league team in Kigali, Rwanda. * This fall Kris Miranda started a two-year M.A. program in philosophy at the University of New Mexico, where he also hopes to dabble in dramatic writing. * Ben Goldenberg, Scott Carberry, Christina Mok, Danielle Crochiere, Kristen Hitchcox, Jay Larmon, Megan Schafer, Sam Hoff, Soren Craig-Muller, and Chris Vancisin participate in a coed Boston softball league under the team name “M as in Mancy.” * Olivia Sterling recently caught dinner with Emily Hansen at Candle Café, in NYC. She also had Hannah Hickok out at her family’s summer home on Shelter Island, N.Y., for a weekend in July. * This summer Lauren Pongan moved in with Jake Hanin ’07 and Brian Lessels ’08. She also drove to Wildwood for an ultimate tournament with Josh Sadownik and saw Lewis Seton there. * Sarah Whitfield spent the Fourth of July in Washington, D.C., with Caitlin Dufraine and Joe Meyer. She caught a showing of Sex and the City 2 with Sommer Engels in Bethesda just before Memorial Day weekend. In early June she crashed at Rebecca Lynch’s new apartment in Brooklyn while on a work trip. * For the month of June Danny Wasserman, Scott Zeller, and Dan Heinrich went to the World Cup in South Africa. It was incredible. For their last game (USA vs. Ghana), they made a banner that read: COLBY - GO USA. The day after the game, a photo was on the front of the New York Times sport section where their banner could clearly be read by the world! Talk about Colby pride!
Lucia Giordano started a job in development at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in N.Y. She lives in Astoria, Queens, and loves working at the Met. * Kaila Saxe started her second year of graduate school for nursing at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions. She’s pursuing a family nurse practitioner’s degree. * Brent and Sharon Fuller Aigler received master’s degrees from the University of Colorado in May. Brent works at an environmental engineering firm near Boston; Sharon teaches high school biology. * Michelle Easton started a job in Worcester, Mass., as college counselor and assistant program manager for the nonprofit Bottom Line. She works with low-income, first-generation high school students to help them get into college and graduate. She hopes to recruit students to Colby even though her boss is a Bowdoin grad! * Patrick Collins had dinner with Lulu Wang ’10 and Kristen Devlin ’10 in NYC. Though the food was overpriced, the company made up for it. Patrick is purchasing a small business in the Tampa area. * In July Alicia Thibeault married Gregory Engel ’07. They live in Winooski, Vt., where Alicia completed her licensure program at Saint Michael’s for teaching middle school language arts. * Emily Parker began her first year at Syracuse University College of Law. * Amanda Roehn finished her master’s in sport administration at University of Miami. She’s now in Durham, N.C., working in athletic development at Duke. She loves working in the Iron Dukes office and is excited for basketball season! * Darcy Taylor is a project manager at TracyLocke, an advertising agency in Wilton, Conn. * David Sternesky loves life in San Francisco. He and roommate Riley Doyle ’07 enjoy the amazing weather with rooftop BBQs. David’s job at OutCast Communications is full of opportunities to work with big names in tech, venture capital, and social media. In his free time David refines his DJ skills on the wheels of steel. * Yvonne Baker began her second year at Temple University School of Medicine. * After graduation Gretchen Markiewicz had a wonderful year in Munich teaching English at a high school. Meaghan Fitzgerald visited from London and they visited the Austrian town Chris Shelley called home. Joel Alex came too and experienced the holiday season in Germany. Gretchen tutored math at a college near Brattleboro, Vt., for students with learning disabilities, and is now getting her master’s at BU in cognitive and neural systems and working as a research assistant. Gretchen visited roommate Jenny Zuar in Boston and Maya Klauber in N.Y.C., where they met Billy Fong for dinner. * Jeffrey and Jessica Iwasaki Mullins and their wonderful son, Chase, 18 months, got a house in Maryland. Jeffrey works at Booz Allen Hamilton, and Jessica chases after an excitable little boy, who runs, talks, and is working on his Colby application. If anyone is in the DC area, they would love visitors! * Joerose Tharakan returned to the U.S. after two amazing years working in London for Lehman/Nomura. She started her M.B.A. at Yale. She can’t wait to visit Mayflower Hill and looks forward to reconnecting with classmates around Boston and New England. * Julie Bero started at London School of Economics and Political Science for a master’s in gender and social policy. Rishi Chatrath is at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for a master’s in text and performance. Julie and Rishi moved to London in September. This summer Julia Stuebing and Rebekah Fasel visited Julie in Brooklyn and had a great time checking out the bamboo roof sculpture at the Met. * Kossi Nacheva works at an advertising agency in Bulgaria. Her first big project, organizing HI-FI EXPO Sofia 2010, a trade show for audio and video equipment, was a resounding success. She also spent a week in Turkey and saw Joerose Tharakan in Bodrum. * Lindsay Philips moved to Boylston, Mass., with Sam Rouleau ’10 and started at Tufts Veterinary School. * This summer Christina Feng headed to Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Nimaj, Jaipur, and Agra, absorbing the culture and exploring microfinance’s effects in India. She started her third year teaching in NYC and is excited to share her research with her students! * Kara Dalton moved from Boston to Philadelphia, where she’s getting her master’s in education from UPenn, and frequently sees Yvonne Baker and McKenzie Wessen ’07. * Genevieve Triganne was named head girls ice hockey coach and assistant director of admissions at Deerfield Academy. * Emily Wagner works as a school-based programs coordinator for Spruce Run, a domestic violence prevention nonprofit in Bangor. She’s wicked excited to return to Maine! * Thanks for the updates.
Megan Deeley finished her first year of law school at Northeastern and interned at the Family Equality Council (a LGBT family advocacy organization) this summer doing legal research in their public policy department. Megan lives in Jamaica Plain, down the street from her twin sister, Claire Deeley. Claire works in accounting in Boston and recently got engaged to Jamie Singelais! Jamie just finished her master’s in elementary education at Lesley. They’re hoping to have the wedding next summer with bridesmaids Megan Deeley, Sarah Smiley, and Tara Bergin. * Amanda Vickerson is engaged to Erin Wolfe (University of Southern Maine ’06), and their wedding is planned for July in Maine. * Julie Hike works in the maternal fetal medicine department at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington and got engaged to Danny Epstein ’08 at the end of April. They’ll wed Sept. 17, 2011, on Cape Cod. * Lee Emmons lives in Damariscotta, Maine, and works at a local nonprofit. He’s going back to school for his master’s in public policy at the Muskie School, USM. * Emily McClure finished her M.S. in microbiology and molecular genetics at MSU and will continue her doctorate at UConn this fall. * Julia Hutchinson, Victoria Yuan, Naomi Branz, Kyle Haskett, and Casey Turmelle got hammered on a porch in San Francisco together. * Alexis Heimann started her second year towards her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Denver. * Dylan Harrison-Atlas moved to Fort Collins, where he’s pursuing his doctorate in ecology at Colorado State. When he’s not fishing or skiing, he’s golfing and brewing beer. He contributes the Colorado Colby contingent to Leigh Audin’s gravitational pull and is excited to welcome Emily Pugach as she begins her Ph.D. program at CU Boulder. * Brianna Tufts completed her first year in the M.B.A. program at Cornell and in the spring became engaged to Mike Walsh ’05. Brianna spent the summer as in intern for an energy company in Boston, and she was delighted to travel to Maine in June for Mindy Favreau’s wedding to Will Woerter, where she also saw Allison Cogbill, Leslie Peterson and Chris Holcombe. * Alan Ozarowski moved back to Maine to start working for L.L.Bean. * Dan Schupack began medical school at Tufts as part of the Maine Track program. * Mary Warlaumont is attending Creighton School of Medicine in Omaha, not far from Katie Maland, who started her first year at Iowa Medical School in Des Moines. * John DeBruicker interviewed a hero of his, Danny Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers. Keep your eye out for the article which will hopefully be in ESPN the Magazine sometime this fall. * Adriana Nordin Manan spent the past three years working in Kuala Lumpur in the research and investment strategy unit of the Malaysian government’s investment arm, Khazanah Nasional. In her spare time she is a writer for a sketch comedy show staged in the city and is considering M.F.A. programs in creative writing. * Liz Stovall completed her year as an Americorps VISTA in Kalispell, Mont. This spring she planned and implemented a new community initiative to address homelessness in the Flathead Valley called Project Homeless Connect. Through the one-day event they helped 160 homeless individuals, veterans, and families receive medical care, haircuts, food, clothing, pet services, housing counseling, and more. She also hung out with Liz Boeheim in Missoula.
Love is in the air for all the Colby couples out there. * Laura Harker and Monty Hankin were married July 24 in Barrington, R.I.! Hilary Langer served as maid of honor and Todd Rockwood was best man. Also included were Amanda Stein, Lauren Uhlmann, Jon Bodansky, John Wheelock, and Ben Crane. * Sarah Belden married Steve Markesich ’05 on Mayflower Hill July 24. Many Colby alums were present. Before the wedding Sarah visited Kendra King in Australia and started her first year of medical school with Dana Maglaris at University of New England Osteopathic Medical School in Biddeford, Maine. They join Sarah Smithson and Anna King ’08 there. * Emily Greene and Josh Kahn ’05 were engaged in May at none other than Marriner dorm, where they first met in 2002! * Another Colby engagement includes Lauren Uhlmann and Aaron Blazar ’05. Lauren writes that Aaron proposed over the Fourth of July weekend at the top of Sugarloaf! * Zack Goldman finished dental school at University of Connecticut. * Dan Giuliani started coaching running backs at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. * Brian Rodriguez was married one year as of June 20. He entered his last year of med school at Drexel and hopes to come back to New England for his residency, probably in family medicine. * Steen Sehnert writes that Jon Bastian has his own radio show on Aspen Public Radio called Page by Page, for which he’s interviewed Richard Russo, Barbara Ehrenreich, Colum McCann, and Sebastian Junger. It’s badass and his voice is erotically soothing. Steen also writes that Tim Stenovec spent the summer working at the New York Times and will finish this fall as part of the inaugural class of the new media program at NYU. Steen made sure to mention that Tim is the fastest rider on the NYU biking team and his calves are even bigger than they were in college. He’s also wicked smart. * After a brief stint in administration/business at a fine art supply company, Jenn Corey started her first year at UMaine Law School. * Chris DeSantis was hired in 2009 as an assistant swimming coach at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Just as he got hired he finished graduate school with a master’s in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. In September he married Kate Mandel (Johns Hopkins ’05) on Martha’s Vineyard. * Nikki Stadelman moved to London last November and works for Ropes & Gray. * Kate Rooney finished graduate school at the University of Chicago and happily reports she started working as a therapist at a community mental health center in Chicago. The day she graduated Kate and her puppy were happy to welcome Jess Seymour. Jess was driving through Chicago on her way to Boulder, Colo., where she’s now in graduate school. Jess and Kate, as well as Jenni Lathrop, are very excited to be bridesmaids in Rebecca Longworth’s wedding to Jason Korb next July on the Maine coast! * Allison Hertzberg officially launched her accessories line. Her collections feature fishermen knotting techniques she learned at Colby. The jewelry pieces have been covered on numerous blogs and websites. She makes everything by hand out of her East Village, NYC, studio and sells online and at boutiques in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. See www.accessoriesbyash.com.
Jesse Wrenn completed his Ph.D. in biomedical informatics at Columbia and is an assistant professor at Vanderbilt. * Laura Ellis finished her second year of law school at the University of Michigan and was in NYC for the summer working at the attorney general’s office. Recently engaged, she is planning an August 2011 wedding. * Lauren Smith and John Camera (Georgetown ’01) were engaged on the Fourth of July and plan a fall 2011 wedding. * Lily Maltz and Matt LaPaglia ’04 were engaged during a summer trip to Colby and married in June in Boston. * Meghan Barringer and Ken Pitter were engaged and planned a Memorial Day weekend wedding in the Poconos. * Jake Colognesi is in his second year in Tuck’s M.B.A. program. This summer he launched a web-based raffle company, RaffleMate LLC, a fundraising tool for nonprofits. Mules working for nonprofits, check it out (www.rafflemate.com). * Matt Bucklin married Arian Rockefeller Sept. 4 in Seal Harbor
Tom Rogers and his fiancée are currently on an island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua as part of a nine-month trip around the world. They’re traveling, working, and volunteering in 16 countries in Central America, Europe, Southern Asia, and New Zealand. Their blog is weddingsandwhitewater.com. They finish in April and will get married in Vermont Aug. 20. * Meghan Finneran married Chris Grant on Cape Cod in July. * Ryan Glennon moved to Boston and is assistant lacrosse coach at Harvard. * Camille Dugan Campanile is a full-time mom of three and a part-time professor of child development at Johnson State College, where her husband coaches the men’s and women’s soccer teams. She’s working on a second master’s in English at Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vt. * Will Sander moved to Norwalk, Conn., and started a one-year advanced profession master’s in public health at Yale after finishing a one-year small-animal internship outside of Chicago. * Holly (Niles ’03) and Matt Getty welcomed their first child, Eliza Grace, June 23. * Kristin Schaefer started a new job in January as a social worker at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and began a two-year service commitment as part of the National Health Service Corps. * Grace Becker and Ryan Lochhead got married in May in Kennebunkport. In attendance were Josh and Jackie Smith Zweig, Jared and Maura Myers Bisogni, Evan and Kim Betz Kearns, Jen Barrett Crocker, Kearney Shanahan, Cate Young, Meredith Collins, Allison Dwyer, Ryan Tyler, Benson Hyde, Jay Johnson ’03, Scott Smith, Timothy Glew, Jon Evans, Kristy Magyar ’02, Rose Becker ’08, Caitlin Cassis, Jessie Zerendow, Sarah Gagnon, Kaitlin McCafferty, Bill Younker, Danny Donovan, Russ Mink ’02, Orlena Scoville, Molly Wyatt, Jon Hierl ’03, Laura Mistretta Kirk, and Mike Kennedy. * Kelly Welch married Cory Ernst ’05 June 12 in Brewster, Mass. Carolyn Plant, Vicki Hayes Wepler, Ellen Soucy, Ken Pitter ’05, Joel Morash ’05, Eric Molander ’05, Pat Slipp ’05, and Barry Brown ’05 were in the wedding party. They had lots of Colby guests ranging from the Class of 2002 to 2010! They still live in Boston, where Cory works as a dentist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Kelly works as a family nurse practitioner. * Jason and Jenny Kalman Beal welcomed their first child, Mackenzie Helen, June 19. All are healthy and happy, including the family’s two Siberian huskies, Gryffin and Phoenix, who have adjusted well to the new arrival. * Reese Kelly started a position as a visiting lecturer in women’s and gender studies and sociology at the University of Vermont. * Taylor Mayo interned this summer at T. Rowe Price in retail marketing in Boston. This fall she started the second and last year of her M.B.A program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. * Cassandra Cote Grantham started a new job at MaineHealth. She’s working as the program manager for child health developing an initiative on increasing childhood immunization rates in Maine. * Chrissy Atwood moved back to Maine for a job at L.L.Bean in its development group. * Skyler Place graduated with a double Ph.D. in psychology and cognitive science from Indiana University. He started a joint research position at Harvard and Northeastern this fall.
Lot’s of news—hope I’m not leaving too much out because of the word limit! * Andrea Ernst and Matt Welch had a baby boy, Henry Welch, April 11.* Matt ’04 and Holly Niles Getty had their first child, Eliza Grace, June 23. Eliza received three Colby onesies and wore one her first full day at home (photo on class page!). * After seven years at the Taft School, Lindsay Tarasuk Aroesty and her husband moved to Pittsburgh, where Lindsay works for the Pittsburgh Foundation. They live close to good friend Patrick Koch and completed the Pittsburgh Marathon May 2. While running mile six, Lindsay saw Colby history professor Paul Josephson next to her. They ran several miles together and finished in pouring rain! Small Colby world! * Kate Carroll married Trista Kendall (Smith ’06) in June in Berkeley, Calif. * Jeff Halsey got engaged in May to Mandy Talley. They plan nuptials next summer. * Kate Zimmerman Marlow enjoyed her summer off from teaching English at School of the Holy Child in Rye, N.Y. She spent a lot of time with Laura Morrison and Eddie Piasecki and their new addition, Kellan Morrison Piasecki, who is great and looks like a miniature version of his dad! * Kim Niederberger Lynch finished her master’s from Middlebury Language Schools. She and husband Greg Lynch ’04 expect twins this fall. They live in the suburbs of Boston, where Kim is a teacher at the Montrose School. * Dennis Kuhnel attended the wedding of Michael J. Valkevich and Doan Trang Nguyen. Mike and Doan Trang relocated from Chicago to Madrid, Spain, where Mike is a global account manager for Amadeus. * Richard Thomas received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University Seattle in June and is studying for the boards. After he finishes his internship in psycho-oncology, he hopes to open a private practice in Seattle. * Andrew St. Martin finished his M.B.A. at Babson and Lauren Bliss completed her M.A. in teaching high school biology at Bridgewater State. Andrew continues to work for Anchor Capital in Boston, Mass., but Lauren stepped away from teaching to help at her family’s ice cream manufacturing business, Bliss Bros. Dairy. Lauren sees Katherine Jacobs every Monday for a workout and sushi. Lauren and Katherine flew to Seattle in June to visit fourth-year roommate Jen Varley Gerdts. * Liz Jackson finished her master’s in management studies at Victoria University in New Zealand and plans to get permanent residence. In July she visited Cam Dufty in Boise, Idaho. Cam, recently back in Boise after working as an editor for Penguin Books in NYC, is finishing up a master’s. Cam and Liz stuffed themselves silly on French fries and took Idaho by storm. * Spencer Hutchins married Laurie DePalo July 17 in Laconia, N.H., on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, joined by many Colby friends including Justin Stempeck, Katrina Noyes, Doug Laliberte, and Mike Cox. * Harrison and Bonnie McGuire Wreschner celebrated their fifth anniversary. Bonnie is a full-time doctor in the Greenwich Hospital emergency department, and Harrison launched a new hedge fund at their firm Andalusian Capital Partners, LP. Now that they don’t work in Manhattan, they’re looking for homes in Connecticut. * Tim Clark graduated from medical school in Philadelphia in June and is in a neurological surgery residency. At a graduation party Tim got together with Jon Allen, Amanda Surette Smith, Kim Langone, Alexis Frobin, and Michelle Keady Hadley. * Tracy Brenner completed her doctorate in clinical and school psychology at Yeshiva University and began a postdoctoral fellowship at St. Luke’s Roosevelt hospital in New York. After many years together, Tracy got engaged to Ben “Phong” Craig ’02. * Amy Lansdale and Garrett Kephart were married in Poulsbo, Wash., June 11. In attendance were Kate Fletcher, Anna Capezzera, Aaron Henckler, Conor Cooper, and Nick Rohs. * Kyle Burke married Olivia George June 13 in Peabody, Mass. Kyle’s roommate of many years, Kevin Radloff, was best man. Kyle, Olivia, and their new dog, Appa, reside happily in Ohio. * Catherine Garth lives in Seattle, where she got married in September 2009. This year she began a master’s in public administration program at Seattle University with a focus on nonprofit management. Catherine and her husband expected their first child this summer. * Tom Sterio and his wife, Caroline Lawler (Princeton ’02), had a son, Thomas William Sterio Jr., July 11. * Jonathan Allen enjoys southern California. In June he was on the East Coast and attended Tim Clark’s graduation party. Jonathan and Tim ran a half marathon in the San Francisco Marathon July 25.
Babies! Mike Bergan and his wife, Maeve, had their second boy, Ciaran, Feb. 12.. * Patrick ’01 and Bliss Woolmington Bernal had a boy in June 2009, Jude Lovett, who has red hair just like mom. Bliss, Patrick, and Jude traveled in Spain this summer. * Kevin and Meg Rieger Fox welcomed their second son, Thomas Aidan, in February. Meg returned to teaching this fall. * Gavin and Whitney Pearce Fitts welcomed daughter Chandler Whitney May 15. They live in Charlestown, and Whitney works for Appleton Partners trading bonds and managing portfolios. * Dan and Erika Tristan welcomed their first child, William Gabriel, June 10. * Matt and Loryn Traversi-Irwin had their first child, Colin Joseph, April 16. * In recent knot tying, Amanda Cuiffo married Christy Doyle in June at Harvard Square. They live in Vermont, and Amanda works at Norwich as assistant athletic director and head volleyball coach. * Stephanie Looney married Tadeusz Smykal this summer in Barre, Mass. They live in San Diego. * Elizabeth Sommo lives with her fiancé, David, and his kids in Reynosa, Mexico. She works as a school social worker right across the border in Mission, Texas. Eb and David are getting married this December in his hometown near Acapulco. * Brian Wezowicz and Anne Kulli (Rochester ’03) will be married Aug. 13, 2011, in Rochester, N.Y. Geoff Ward will be one of two best men. * Alexandra Suchman was married August 2009 in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. They live in DC, where they met through mutual friends. Anna Berke and Shayna Scholnick held the huppah at the wedding. Also in attendance were Sarah Mockler and Dave Zlatin. The couple honeymooned in Argentina. * Andrew Townsend got engaged to his girlfriend, Maggie. A June 2011wedding is in the works. They relocated to Boston this summer and hoped to land in the South End. * John Sullivan worked at Monitor Group this summer and will continue at Tuck this fall. He will lead Tuck Sustains, student-led, school-wide, sustainability efforts. * Steve Hooper worked at Boloco (a Boston-based 16-store burrito chain) this summer and was elected president of the Tuck M.B.A. Class of 2011. * Clinton Johnson survived the Tennessee floods in May and finished his first year as a middle school teacher at the only public school in Tennessee to receive the National Blue Ribbon Award. * Jon Weber defended his thesis in May and received a Ph.D. in pathology from University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. Jon has an M.B.A. from Simon School of Business and accepted a position with a life sciences consulting company. * Nick and Jenn Coughlin Gaubinger graduated from Tuck. In July Jenn started a job at Goldman Sachs and Nick starts at the Monitor Group in January. They attended the wedding of Eric Washer and Lisa Conte in Vermont. * Mike Sesko graduated from a joint-degree program at Yale (School of Management/School of Forestry & Environmental Studies) in May and started a biochar (charcoal) business based in New Haven. * Carl Tugberk graduated from Georgetown with a master’s in sports industry management. * Pete Kraft works at Denver Water as an urban planner and chairs the Green Team on interesting sustainability initiatives. * Katie Bailey and her husband, Brian, graduated from Duke with M.B.A.s this May and moved to the Princeton, N.J., area, where Katie works for Johnson & Johnson in marketing. * Chase Gentile graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law in May 2009, passed the Illinois bar in October 2009, and started at a law office in Chicago in January. * Andrew Hoyt enrolled in the Ph.D. history program at University of Minnesota, where he’ll study transatlantic labor/radical social movements. * This summer Erin Clark conducted forest and fire research near Bend, Ore. * Terry Packard Baker recently launched Curious & Company, a full-service graphic design studio in Philadelphia. In May she and husband Josh, welcomed their first daughter, Stella. * Nicki Shoemaker married J.R. McNair May 29 in Chicago. * Kathryn Kosuda is engaged to Sina Yeganeh and plans a spring 2011 wedding. She anticipated receiving her Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern this summer. * Lindsey (Antolino ’04) and Andrew Jaspersohn relocated to New Hampshire to teach at the Cardigan Mountain School. * Chris Hale still lives in Medellin, Colombia, and works for the Organization of American States Mission to Support the Peace Process, now as regional coordinator for the state of Antioquia. He recently started playing rugby. * Katie Egan Wertheimer still lives in Westfield, N.J., with her husband and son, Mason. She teaches English at Westfield High.
Jeff and Katie Lee Fishbone welcomed a baby boy, Samuel Anderson Fishbone, April 5. * David Riss married Elizabeth Birchmore this summer in New Hampshire, and in the few pictures I saw it was a stunningly beautiful wedding. David graduates from UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine soon. * Mindy Mraz recently became engaged to Matthew Barber. I can’t wait to see all the amazing calligraphy she does for her own wedding! * Katie (LaRochelle ’00) and Brendan Gavin moved back to the Boston area. Brendan works at Ropes & Gray as a patent agent and is about to start his second year at Boston University School of Law. They welcome their third baby, Violet Rochelle. * Eli Carmichael had an M.B.A. internship at Harvest Power, a renewable bioenergy startup in Boston, went to Nepal for a month to consult for a small international development NGO, and then started his second year of business school at Cornell. * Seann Tulloch spent the summer as a river guide on the Penobscot in Maine. He’s teaching high school biology and neuroscience at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Mass., this fall. * Chad Creelman married Michele Rihlmann-Burke in May. Ray Mazza and Paul Magyar ’00 were groomsmen. Chad started an M.B.A. program at UNLV and, though he is pretty sure his enthusiasm will not last, he’s excited about being back in the classroom. * Robb Henzi started a new job in the marketing strategy group at Ogilvy and lives in Greenwich Village, NYC, with his girlfriend. Robb was in Jackson Hole, Wyo., for Tim Grayson’s wedding at the end of June and was a groomsman along with Erik Balsbaugh, Quinn Keating, Rob Tarlock ’02, Jon Natkin, and Tyler Knauer. * Jon Weinberg married Heidi McCarthy (Bowdoin ’01) in July in Maine. Sam Mateosian, Michael Liedtke, and Nate Johnson were at the wedding. Heidi and Jon moved from Austin, Texas, to Washington, D.C., where he started at Georgetown Law. * Lauren Schaad recently graduated with her M.B.A. in marketing from Thunderbird and is building a website for active individuals with food allergies, called Glutina Adventures. * Cara Erdheim finished her Ph.D in English at Fordham and landed a teaching position at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. She is excited to make the transition to Fairfield County and looks forward to playing lots of tennis and golf! * Sara Richards Kim graduated from medical school in May and started residency in psychiatry at Columbia. * Kyle and April Hunter Garry are pleased to announce that Connor James was born July 4, joining Owen, 3. They live in Natick, Mass. * Jake Davie graduated from Kellogg School of Management and moved to Madison with his wife, Holly. They welcomed a baby girl, Ashley, in June. Jake works for the Hooper Corporation. * Melanie Morin is still deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, working as a psychiatrist doing detainee operations. She just celebrated her third anniversary with her wonderful husband, Robert Small. * Gareth Osborn and his wife welcomed their daughter, Darcy Ann, July 8. They live in the Bay Area, and Gareth works as a project manager for Nestle USA integrating the distribution and delivery networks for their frozen ice cream and frozen pizza divisions. * Jen Jost left Maine and started a job in Peoria, Ill., as an assistant professor of biology at Bradley University, teaching nursing and biology students. * Stuart Luth has been busy acting on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York he played Andrey in Three Sisters at the Public Theater with a star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, and Viggo Mortensen. In London he was one of 50 young artists selected to participate in the Old Vic Theatre’s inaugural T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange. He spent10 days at the Old Vic, working with artistic director Kevin Spacey.
Writing to you from a street-level window seat behind one-way glass at the Hilton Chicago. For all of you who worry about your vanity, apparently checking out one’s self in a window reflection is extremely common, and I’m starting to think the life of a mirror would be highly entertaining. On to the news. * Jen Kassakian married Joe Anderson July 10 in Poulsbo, Wash. There was solid Colby representation by Lauren Borchardt Guthrie, Jenny Tanenbaum Heffer, and Christie Beveridge (all bridesmaids), Becky Pollard ’99, Becky Rasmussen Dalrymple, Hilary Smyth Wirtz, Kate MacLeay Crespo, and Carrie Russell Marcus. * Caitlin Smith and her husband, Ronnie Turturici, welcomed their daughter, Cleo Campbell Turturici, June 21. Caitlin reports that little Cleo is “absolutely scrumptious.” * Jason and Trish Akins Elliott welcomed their daughter, Greta, in April. They’re living in Boston and Trish is working on a doctorate in public health. * Kevin and Kate Davies Grugan welcomed Hope and Jack Grugan April 22. * Carrie Logie Sprague has relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is working on a documentary for Doctors Without Borders about heart transplant recipients. Visitors welcome! Carrie, we might need a picture of you on the tango dance floor. * Jeffrey McCloskey married Jennifer Byers of Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 14. * Laura Gagne married Gabe Scheck in September at a vineyard in NH. She’s working for an educational nonprofit that manages a network of NYC public schools. * Danny Schmidt reports that he’s still alive, been married for six years to Larkin Armour Schmidt, and has a son, Charlie, 3. He’s a senior staff archaeologist with the Jamestown Rediscovery Project working at Historic Jamestown on the remains of the first fort, James Fort, the English built. * Christie Beveridge moved to Burlington, Vt., and teaches English at the Vermont Commons School. * Morgan McDevitt is trying his hand (legs?) at bike racing in the Philly area. He, wife Suzanne, and daughter Kathryn were anxious to meet the newest McDevitt in mid-August. * Jon ’98 and Melanie Guryansky Olinto (and big brother Jack) welcomed their second son, Will. They continue to live in Boston where Melanie is a real estate agent at Olde Forge Realty. * Michael Farrell still spins lots of fire and appeared on America’s Got Talent last summer (see www.poispinner.com/agt). He had dinner recently with Jeffrey ‘The General’ Zia
A July 29 New York Times article told the touching story of the courtship between Sarah Eustis ’96 and Andrew Meeks ’96, who didn’t know each other well at Colby but were reintroduced in 2008. The couple, both bicyclists, married in Lorimer Chapel July 17 and after the ceremony jumped on bicycles and raced down the hill.
Scientist Lisa Dickson ’92 was chosen as one of Mainebiz’s 2010 Women to Watch. Dickson heads the Augusta office of Kleinfelder/S E A, a civil and engineering firm with more than 60 offices across the country. Considered an authority on green markets, Dickson authored Maine’s Fossil Record: The Paleozoic, described by the Maine Geological Society as “the most comprehensive treatise on Maine’s bedrock fossils ever published.”
Janet Boudreau Ceddia ’90 received a Regional Minority Small Business Person of the Year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Ceddia is president of Hudson, Massachusetts-based Security Construction Services (CSC), which has tripled its workforce and increased sales 800 percent since 2002. CSC is “considered a leader in managing construction projects for federal agencies and military installations across the Northeast.”
The summer got off to a great start for me, Lindsay Hayes Hurty, with a girls weekend in New Hampshire with Heather Fine, Allison Birdsong, Becky Thornton Leach, Caroline Kasparian Myler, Heidi Tyng Piche, Karena Bullock Bailey, Katie Lawrence Sawatzky, Lynn Powers Harder, and Caitlin Skulley Van Til. * Jason ’98 and Caroline Kasparian Myler welcomed son Cassidy “Cass” Jay, Nov. 16, 2009. Caroline is thrilled with her new position of CMO (Chief Mom Officer). Strolling around Boston’s South End, they run into Christie Browning Rana (heading back to NYC for husband Adam’s fellowship in orthopedic surgery) and her boys William, 3, and Harrison, 1, and see newly engaged Louisa Williams running with her fiancé, David West. They were sad to see neighbors Casey ’98 and Heidi Tyng Piche move to the ’burbs with kids Hannah and Tyler (their newest addition in May). * Kristian and Martha Healy-Fried welcomed their first child, Emil Frederick, Feb. 9. He keeps them busy, but they love parenthood! * Danielle (UMF ’03) and Jon Hiltz are busy chasing son, Brady, 1, and daughter, Lydia, 3. They live in Topsham, Maine, and had a blast at the wedding of James Spidle and Jennifer O’Donnell ’00, where Bill Hinton was also a guest. * Jesse and Sandra DuBarry Laflamme expected their second child, a son, in September. Daughter Piper, 2, can’t wait! * Anna Tesmenitsky Collins is a hearing officer at the Maine Department of Labor. She is choreographing again for a dance company, Vivid Motion. * Dan and Courtney Smith Eisenberg welcomed their first child, Adelaide Jo, July 11, 2009. * Kevin and Valerie Russo Reddall welcomed a son, Miles Leon, March 13. * Ali Mian graduated from med school and is a neurosurgery resident at University of Chicago. * After moving to the D.C., area last summer, Brendan and Sharon Capobianchi Burke welcomed their second child, Caroline Anne, in November. Caroline joins sister Paige, 3. * David Black and his wife celebrated the birth of their first child, Ethan Stephen, born in March and a long 22 inches. * Peter and Karena Bullock Bailey welcomed their first child, Noah Boyd, July 11. His aunt Lindsay Hayes Hurty was there to be first to meet him. * Kevin and Chrissy Barnett Miller live in southern California after spending 2.5 years in Okinawa. While she misses Japan, it is definitely good to be back in the States. While abroad they traveled to Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Chrissy also got a second degree in business. She’s looking for a job as a TV producer. * Erika Blauch and Jack Rusley were married in Narragansett, R.I., June 5. Carrie Peterson Baughman, Jo Reardon Prince, Anna Thompson Ward, Christina Einstein O’Claire, Dave and Lissa Baur Matson, and Donn and Kristen North Downey attended. After five years in Providence, Erika and Jack moved to Portland, Maine, where Erika plans to work in education and nonprofits. * Justin Harvey and wife ArriAnna welcomed Cooper Stone April 2. Everyone is well, including brother Austin, 2 1/2! Justin has worked at Cabot Properties, an industrial REIT in Boston, since graduating from Tuck in June 2008. * Matt Lundquist got engaged to Caroline Handschuh, who is finishing a master’s in midwifery at Yale. They planned to wed in late summer and to settle in NYC. * Joshua DeScherer earned his Ph.D. in music composition from the University at Buffalo. He lives in Brunswick, Maine, where he teaches music and performs frequently. * Megan Watson started a job at BASIS Oro Valley, teaching eighth grade economics and training to be an administrator. * Ian McGinn and wife Katie moved to Dallas and are getting used to 100-degree days. They expected their first child in August. * On May 28 Lee Minton and wife Jana had their third child, Carter, who joins Liv, 3, and Peter, 2. * Kerry West left for Bangladesh on her first tour as a foreign service specialist with USAID. * Spencer Velott lives in Vancouver, Wash., with his family. In July Spencer adopted stepdaughter Danielle, who is studying biology/premed at University of Washington. He is very proud. * Jason Cherella and his wife, Melissa, welcomed a boy, Griffin, May 15. Jason lives in Los Angeles editing/producing reality shows including The Bachelor, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and Jersey Shore. * Ashley and Alex Quigley welcomed their third child, Maeve Frances, Oct. 12, 2009. Maeve is adored by brothers Aidan, 6, and Harper, 3. Alex just completed his first year as principal of Maureen Joy Charter School in Durham, N.C. * Steve Murphy, a diplomat with the State Department, will transfer from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Kabul, Afghanistan, in October. * Eliza Hoover and husband Joe had Sophie Rowena Skokowski April 21. Her first road trip was to N.H. to see Andy Brown and Geoff Herrick ’98, then to the wedding of Lindsay Fauth’s ’01, where they saw Karalyn Parzych ’01 and Dave Wilkens and Molly Pindell. * Jennifer (Spiess ’98) and Raj Gupta are delighted with the arrival of their third child, Molly Elizabeth. Brothers Owen and Parker are excited to have a sister. Raj enjoys working for Amazon.com. He attended a mini reunion with PeeWee junior-year roommates Courtney Smith Eisenberg, Becca Kita, Dakila Clark, Raj Khunkhun, and Rob Koh. * Melissa Federman welcomed her first child, Caleb, in March. Melissa reports that Laura D’Afflitti Weierman had a girl in July; Chris Einstein O’Claire had her second child due in August; and Kate Litle Scales was due in September! Melissa caught up with Payal Luthra, who is in Brooklyn and just launched her own line (www.payalluthra.com) * Shane and Emily Hinckley Ellis have three children
Nabla Kennedy and her husband, along with two little boys, recently returned to Ireland after a five-year stint in the wilds of northern British Columbia. They live in Kilkenny, which is a really fun town, and they are always open to visitors. * Liz Czernicki Quist quit her job as a senior tax accountant with a public accounting firm in Northern Virginia and started her own business. Liz is a CPA specializing in nonprofit consulting, individual and small business accounting, and tax preparation. Her husband is a captain with the U.S. Marine Corps, training new lieutenants. * Jenny (Johns ’97) and Jon Bolton moved back to Maine from Brooklyn with their daughter, Zoë, 1. The live in the Brunswick area, and Jon works at the attorney general’s office in Augusta. Y After three years out in a California suburban nightmare, Andrew Littell moved back to New York City, where he took a job with Google after he impressed interviewers with an impromptu piano performance of Brahms’s Waltzes, Opus 39. * As of June Jay Scott-Harris completed courses and exams to become an ordained minister (he can now be officially referred to as Rev. Jay Scott-Harris). * Vlad Dorjets has been in D.C. for the last nine years, the last three with the U.S. Department of Energy, where he is a lead industry economist in the electric power division. * David and Liz Ivry Cooper happily welcomed their second son, Joshua Ivry Cooper, May 27. He joins brother Dylan, 3 1/2. They had a mini Colby reunion in June with Tina Goudreau Collison, Lis Pimentel, and Julie Williams. It was great to see everyone. * Leah Bernstein Jacobson took some time away from practicing medicine to get an M.P.H. from Yale. Leah and her husband expected baby #2 in August. * Christine Vaughn Hendrickson had another baby girl in February. Elin Fair joined sister Liv Catherine, 2. * Michael Cuzzi and his wife, Heather, welcomed daughter Maegan Ryan June 4. * Raj ’99 and Jennifer Spiess Gupta welcomed their third child, Molly Elizabeth, June 18. Molly has two brothers, Owen and Parker, who are thrilled to have a little sister. In September Jennifer returned to her job at Stonyfield, where she leads the production planning group. They looked forward to seeing many Colby alums this summer and meeting all their kids! * Charlie and Jennifer Stephens Coniglio bought their first home in Clifton, N.J. They both still work in New York City and expect their first child (a girl) in November. * Eric and Kari Christensen Anderson and big sister Clara are excited about the addition to their family, Caden Eric, born June 21. * Jun ’92 and Kristin Wildman Shirahama welcomed their first child, Connor Dan, July 12. * Thanks for all the news and hope you had a nice summer.
Congratulations to Andy Kruppa, who made partner in the litigation department at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. He works in their Miami office. * Jami Fisher works as the American Sign Language program coordinator and lecturer in foreign languages at UPenn. She began an Ed.D. program in higher education this fall. * Liz Baker Meehan lives near Boston with her husband and 18-month-old twin sons. She was recently named director of development for the KIPP Foundation. * After teaching part-time ecology at Boothbay Region High School, Lauren Graham Harkins will teach full time this fall. She coached softball there last year, and her team got its first win in four years. Her Colby coach, Dick Bailey, attended many practices and several games. She wrote, “The girls loved him (of course!) and he continues to be my ‘coach’ in all things softball related. It was great to have him around, and I hope he returns next year.” * Jennifer O’Neill, Kerri Duffell, Molly Bracken Dunne, Mandy Ball Caruso, Kara Patterson Waters, Wendy Morris Levine, and Jen Mason Drolet visited Anna Thomson Patterson in Bozeman, Mont., in July. * Julie Lynch James e-mailed that Larry Benesh ran the Boston Marathon in April with a time of 3:04. Julie spent a girls’ weekend in the Old Port with Rebecca Hoogs, Kristina Dix Johnson, Jill Rathbun, and Stephanie Andriole ’98. Julie got engaged in November 2009 and then married on Cape Cod in June; Kristina, Jill, and Stephanie were all present for the nuptials. Her husband, David, originally from Australia, is an organic chemist at a Boston-area pharmaceutical company. They spent three weeks in Brisbane last December enjoying Australian summer while Boston got dumped with snow. They live in a Boston waterfront condo. * Matt and Rebecca Durham Whithed live in Whitefish, Mont., with daughter, Emaline, 2. They enjoy hiking in Glacier National Park and nearby national forests. They were back East in August and hoped to see some Colby friends. * Pete Nealis practices law in Cleveland. He and his wife, Melanie, welcomed son Ethan Richard in December 2009. * Amy Stengel works as an attorney in the natural resources section of the Colorado attorney general’s office in Boulder. Her husband, Brian, works for Namaste Solar, Colorado’s leading solar design and construction company. They spent a week this summer floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho with Ben Griffin ’02 and Jen-ai Stokesbary ’01. * Jonathan Nykvist married Lauren Filtzer June 5 in Brewster, Mass. Lauren is from Watertown, Mass., and a Saint Michael’s College graduate. * John and Katye Thatcher Charette live in Portland, Maine, with son Owen, 3 1/2. Katye works as executive director of the Maine Chapter, U.S. Green Building Council. USGBC created the LEED green building rating system, and she mentioned that Colby has several LEED certified buildings. She also owns a small green building consulting company, ecoCharette. Of friends, she writes, “I keep in touch with Lauren Bayersdorfer, who recently gave birth to twins; Tanya Stawasz Meda, who’s now a mom of three; Hillary Kane, who’s running a pottery studio in Bali (awesome!); and Melissa O’Donnell McPhail, who’s living in Ipswich with her husband, Brooks, for whom she just threw a very successful surprise birthday party.” * In baby news: CJ Polcari and his wife welcomed a daughter, Isabella Rose, April 24. * Michael and Amy Rzeznikiewicz Bachand welcomed a son, Aiden Michael, May 6. * As for me, Sean and I welcomed a daughter, Evelyn, April 29. Two weeks later we moved into our new home. We also have a very active 2-year-old, Owen. Life has been chaotic, but only in the best meaning of the word! Please keep that news coming.
Jonathan Bardzik launched a project for the American Nursery & Landscape Association’s Knowledge Center, which he filmed in Nebraska last June. If you feel like rocking out while virtually visiting garden centers in America’s heartland, see www.anla.org/teaser/. * Mike Montgomery works in admissions at Dickinson College after finishing his M.Ed. at Vanderbilt. He had dinner recently with Briana Thibeau in D.C.
Darrell Sofield and his wife, Ruth, moved to the Pacific Northwest for a year-long sabbatical. You can follow their adventures on http://amazingmaps.blog.com/. * For the past three years Elna Gordon has served as principal at Redwood Academy of Ukiah
Thanks to everyone for updates! * Doug Morrione works on the World Series of Poker for ESPN in New York and Vegas, doing his best to avoid becoming a degenerate. He wrote a comedy script and is trying to get it out there. He’s “slowly and painfully learning how difficult the literary agent world can be. If any media moguls out there want to give it a read, let me know.” Doug sees Suzanne Furlong and her rapidly growing twins in Brooklyn. * Claudia Tejada Riley, Brandy Shafter Chapman, Laura Steinbrink Mau, and Kristen Zilling Kreuzkamp had a relaxing reunion at the Equinox Spa in Vermont in May. Laura completed her M.B.A. and is going full speed with her environmental consulting firm, Humanity’s Loom. Brandy is back in the Boston area with her family and enjoying her V.P. position at Liberty Mutual. Kristen is juggling returning to work full time, sailing competitively, and spending time with her Wheaton terrier, Wilson. Claudia is home (again) with her boys after a two-year stint with Tiffany & Co. in Connecticut. * Last June Scott Greenfield flew from Portland (Oregon) to Portland (Maine) to meet Scott Alprin ’92. They hit Colby and had a great time before heading to a summer house on Peaks Island owned by Mike Gerard ’92 for a reunion that included Lorenzo Montezemolo. Scott’s family moved to Lake Oswego, Ore. * Sara Regan Sullivan danced in a sold-out tap showcase in Portland, Ore., this summer with local legends and Colby buddy Sabrina Austin Hill ’95. Sara will dance in more charity jazz productions this fall. * Dick and Heather Perry Weafer built a photo and art studio for Heather this summer, doing all the construction themselves. Heather discovered she loves to build. She competed in a few open-water swim races in Maine this year, and Dick took up running. Their son, Finn (already swimming), began his second year of preschool. Heather and Dick hosted fellow swimmer Eric Gordon ’96 this summer. * Lucy Yeager welcomed her first child, Hayden Nathaniel. “He is the best thing that has ever happened to me, better even than finding Colby!” * Aliza Hernandez Whittel has taught first grade for 17 years at Monroe-Woodbury Central School District in Monroe, N.Y. Husband Jim is a state policeman, and they have two children, Nicholas, 13, and Christina, 10. Aliza loves to travel; destinations have included Russia, Germany, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, France, Estonia, England, Hawaii, and many Caribbean islands. She planned an Alaskan cruise this summer and would love to visit Greece. Aliza also enjoys scuba and earned master diver status. * Karen Beauchesne Charette celebrates a 17th work anniversary this year—at L.L.Bean in Freeport. She regularly sees Jule Gourdeau Whelan and Louise Jalbert Brogan during noontime runs. Through work Karen has travelled to Hong Kong and Vietnam, where she visited the Cu Chi tunnels on the advice of Lael Hinman Stanczak. Karen lives in Scarborough, Maine, with her boys Ethan, 7, and Lucas, 5. * Ben Marglin wed Paula Brockway April 13 in Captiva, Fla. They live in Arlington, Va., and work in government contracting (Ben for Booz Allen Hamilton). * Kristin Winkler married Cristian Hera July 4 in Boylston, Mass. Colbyites attending included roommates Emilie Abair Barmashi and Beth Montgomery Rhinelander and Kristin’s brother, Scott Winkler ’90, and his roommate, Dan Johnston ’90. Scott’s daughter, Heidi, 3, was the perfect flower girl. Kristin and Cristian live in Lancaster, Mass., and Kristin teaches high school English in Bolton. “I promote Colby shamelessly to my AP seniors, and some years am successful at recruiting at new White Mule or two.” * In a multiday event that included a golf tournament, a Tiki bar, a broken-down wedding trolley, a no-show horse and carriage, a forgotten marriage license, missing rings, a winery, and some crazy dance moves from the groom himself, Scott Parker wed Kristin Van Dask in New Jersey. It was heralded as the BWE (Best Wedding Ever). Vouching for the BWE (and with T-shirts to prove it) were groomsmen John Olson ’92 (who was ripped, thanks to P96 workouts), John “Bonzo” Bonello, and Bill “Vanilli” Miller. Also attending were Ricky “White Shoes” Wallace and Dilan Siritunga ’92. Mike Murphy was supposed to be a groomsman, but was recovering from Scott’s bachelor party, where Murph got thrown out of the Hard Rock’s rehab pool party for climbing a palm tree. Jeff “Biscuit” Kosc missed the wedding due to his daughters’ dance recital. Scott and Jeff celebrated in Indianapolis instead. Scott and Kristin honeymooned in Fiji and are back at home on the Hudson in Jersey. Scott is senior director of marketing at ESPN. * After the BWE, Colby should contact Scott to plan our 20th reunion! Jungle Madness anyone? Keep that news coming!
John Rimas teaches social studies at Watertown (MA) High School. He recently gave up the positions of head girls’ varsity basketball and softball coach to spend more time with his own team: Sean, 11, Liam, 9, Kelly, 6, Alison, 5, and Michael, 2, in Roslindale. John and wife Beth attended the wedding reception of John Polischuk, where they mingled with John Daileanes and Tom Capozza. * Jim Condron has an art showing in Baltimore at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum. See the July 1 Baltimore Sun article titled “Harbor Scenes” for more information. * JC Klick is busy at Cleveland’s Case Western. He escaped for a week of fun to celebrate his and Jim Albright’s 40th birthdays with their wives on Big Sur and Pebble Beach. It was so much fun they’ll try to make it an annual event. While JC loves working at Case Western, he claims Cleveland has nothing on Maine! * Peter Carney sent great news that Pete Hayden is safely back from another tour in the war zone. Pete has a new posting in northern VA. * Karen Wu, husband Ben, and kids Peter, 4, and Molly, 4, met up in Leesburg, Va., with David and Tricia Baldridge Wickliffe and their boys, Charlie, 5, and Andy, 3.Tricia and her family moved from NH to South Riding, Va. * Julie Eells Vetter ran and skate-skied 40 miles on her 40th birthday on a bitter cold January day in Missoula, Mont. Her husband and two boys (5 and 7) skied the last lap with her in the dark at 6 p.m. After teaching English as a second language for 17 years in Japan, the Czech Republic, and Montana (most of that time at the U of M), Julie shifted careers and got a second master’s—in speech language pathology. She finishes next summer and hopes to work in a school system with summers off to help her lead a balanced life. Mike Schwartz ’91 lives with his wife, Suzanne, and two boys in Missoula, too. Julie and Mike see each other at fall and spring soccer. * Mike and Michelle Tupesis Gorra are doing well in Washington, Conn. (Mike’s old hometown). Madeline, 10, and Abigail, 8, are busy with sports, singing, and piano. Mike has owned Aspetuck Animal Hospital for more than five years and even has a Bowdoin grad working as a vet for him. Mike is also head varsity hockey coach at the local high school and runs the developmental programs for the local youth hockey association. Michelle is on the school board, Democratic town committee, PTO, and town soccer board. * Nicole Farkas Mogul informed me that Cecily von Ziegesar published a novel, Cum Laude, set at a fictitious liberal arts college in a small town in Maine (hmm). The book hit the stands this summer, and she has a gig with Candace Bushnell (author of Sex in the City). * Dan Starr and Becky Sawyer wrote from sunny Davis, Calif., where they have lived since 2003. Dan got promoted to associate professor with tenure in the molecular and cellular biology department at University of California, Davis. Check out his website. Becky finished her internship and passed her exams to become a licensed marriage and family therapist in CA! Their home life is great with kids Jocelyn
Rob Gramlich is a senior vice president of public policy for the American Wind Energy Association and is in the middle of energy and climate legislation in Washington. He and Merrie (Post Gramlich ’90) have a 14-year-old daughter starting high school (yikes!) and three younger kids, 12, 5, and 3. * George Hallenbeck writes, “I think it has taken me nearly 20 years to respond with an update, but better late than never. My big news is that my family (wife Kate, daughter Grace, 6, and son Andrew, 5) and I will soon depart for Singapore for a two-year work assignment. I work for Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting and should have an opportunity to do a lot of traveling in the region. I look forward to hearing from any Colby alums based in Singapore or elsewhere in the APAC region.” * Kay Cowperthwait recently completed the Ironman Triathlon in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. It was her second triathlon and she had forgotten (conveniently!) how hard that race is. She had a great family vacation in Idaho, so that was an added bonus. She hopes to be certified soon as a Pilates instructor, which will be beneficial to her personal training business. Daughter Sophie is 9 and son Tate just turned 3. * Campbell Field is entering the political arena again by running for town council in Westerly, R.I. * Libby Marsh lives in San Francisco, where she’s been since graduation (with a few years at U Michigan Law School, a couple of summers in Asia, and a year and half in Los Angeles). She married Adam Sopko, a San Francisco transplant from Wyoming, a few years ago, and they have a daughter, Beatrice Rose, 2. Libby works at Human Rights Watch as deputy director of international foundations after being director of the LA office and then director of the SF office. * Sandy Colhoun was in Portland, Maine, recently and stumbled on beautiful pottery made by none other than our own Timothy Christensen (aka Whaler). His work is amazing. Check out www.timchristensenpottery.net. * As for me
Cheers go to class president Elizabeth LeRoy Clothier for planning a fabulous 20th reunion weekend and hiring all those great joke tellers for the class dinner. Thanks to Nori Sterling Gale for putting together a great video of our class meet book and yearbook and to Katie Erickson for recommending such an inspiring class speaker. Kudos to Steve Coan, who led the charge to appoint Mark and Amy Farmer Michaud to lead the 25th reunion. The prize for best effort in attending reunion goes to Sara Hanson Cook for coming with her husband and two adorable boys from Denver. Honorable mentions go to Joe Lilore, who came from LA, Steve Hord from Seattle, and John Hayworth from Tennessee. The lack of effort prize goes to Sam Tucker, who lives with his family in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. * Dan Spurgin writes that he, John Robbins, Mark Winiecki, and families traveled down to NC to attend the wedding (and pre-wedding go-carting) of Tom Sherry. * Tina Wright is in NYC and has joined Team in Training for the Nation’s Triathalon in September. Team in Training raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. * Mike Eisenstadt, Joe Vecchi, Brian Cooley, Rob Petrucelli, and Gary Doherty returned home in July from their month-long drive in the RV. Mike reported that Steve Chmielewski coached his Little League team to the Needham championship. Bernie Farrell lives in Georgia with his wife, two kids, and three cockapoos. Jeff Phelps sells insurance on the South Shore and might be a finalist on the biggest loser. * Bebe Clark Bullock attended squash camp in June in her quest to lead her team at Berkshire to a national championship. * Chris Taylor and his wife, Caitlyn, welcomed their first daughter, Grace, last September. * Christopher Gaillard is now with a private art advisory company based in London with a satellite office in NY. He writes that “we have amazing clients and see some great works of art to buy and sell.” * Dyanne Kaufman Hayes is living in NYC with her son, Coleman, and teaching reading in the NYC public schools. * If you haven’t joined our class group on Facebook, get to it: Colby College Class of 1990 20th reunion.
Teacher Jon Jorgensen ’88, center, with students in his Russian course at Erskine Academy in South China, Maine.
A graduate student, a lamp and lighting consultant, an entrepreneur and founder of Waterville’s own Jorgensen’s Café, a teacher and coach—Jon Jorgensen ’88 has done all of this and more.
Jorgensen teaches Russian and coaches JV baseball at Erskine Academy, an independent day school in South China, Maine. A native of Maine, Jorgensen began substitute teaching at Erskine Academy in 2004 before starting the Russian program at the school from the ground up the following year. “Although I hadn’t touched Russian since my graduate studies, the administration was supportive of the program, and it has just grown every year,” he said.
In the program’s first year, Jorgensen signed up 15 students for one course. Now enrollment has grown to 30 students and the program includes three levels of Russian and a study-abroad component. Jorgensen’s Russian classes made Erskine Academy one of the few high schools in the state that taught Russian language and perhaps the only Maine school to teach the language in full immersion.
But Jorgensen’s students do not learn only Russian. Said senior Ryan Ferguson, who was headed for the University of Southern Maine in the fall to study Russian and Russian literature, “Mr. Jorgensen asks us to think beyond our classroom. We not only study abroad, we leave class knowing our studies are just stepping stones to any number of adventures.”
Beginning Colby with intentions to follow a premed track, Jorgensen changed course as a sophomore, fashioning a Russian and Soviet studies independent major with Professor Sheila McCarthy. He has certainly lived by the maxim “Try something new every day.”
“We can get so stuck in our ways and then realize we really wish we had taken the time to try that something different or challenging,” he said. After Colby, Jorgensen studied in California while working as a lamp and lighting consultant and working to create a gourmet goods business. He returned to Maine to open Jorgensen’s Café on Main Street in Waterville, which retained the name after it was sold. Now Jorgensen is married, and he and his wife, Alison, a registered nurse, have two sons: Bjorn, 10, and Beck, 5.
“I’ve always been adaptive,” Jorgensen said. “It’s probably the best advice I can give to my students. Keep your eyes open, your ears open, and never be afraid to take calculated risks. That way you’ll never regret not having done something when the opportunity arose.”
For the last 17 years, the State of Maine’s Office of Tourism has awarded its public and media relations services contract to the firm owned by Nancy Briggs Marshall ’82. Chosen this year over five other firms, Nancy Marshall Communications will provide public relations initiatives, media relations, and social media marketing for Maine’s largest industry.
Tree Bones, a story written by Peter Lee ’80, won third prize in the 2010 Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest sponsored by The Antigonish Review, a literary journal from St. Francis Xavier University. Lee has been writing for 20 years and his fiction has appeared in publications such as In Tenebris Lux, The Licking River Review, and Connecticut Review.
This summer I had a Colby-full vacation in Narragansett, R.I., where I shared a beach house with Tracy Gionfriddo and her daughter, Emma. Too bad Emma got sick and they had to go home early to Wethersfield, Conn. They missed seeing Doug St. Lawrence and Meg Christie and Meg’s kids, Max and Zoe. Meg’s husband, Will Cheever ’85, was working (Yankee Restoration and Building in Portland, if you need a good contractor) and couldn’t join us. I also ran into Kim (Norberg ’91) and Charles Burke at a grocery store. They were in RI on vacation, too! Small world. * Speaking of small worlds, Laura Wood McKeever discovered that Tom Cahill lives right around the corner from her in London. Laura’s son and Tom’s daughter were in the same kindergarten! Laura and her family are leaving London after 12 years (I’m sure Tom’s proximity had nothing to do with it) for the sun of Antibes in the Cote d’Azur in France. Are you looking for visitors, Laura? * Joan Langer has had a Colby summer as well. She spent a lot of time with Lara Beetham Monasch, whose youngest son is three weeks younger than Joan’s son, Steven. Joan had a mini-reunion with her former roommates Melinda Pittis Leitch and Amy Curtis Philippon and Amy’s husband, Jerry ’90. Joan also met up with Mark ’93 and Christine “Pickle” Bonner Burns ’91 in NYC. * Gerry Hadden reports that the wild boar stays out of his yard in Barcelona since he put up the electric fence. Keep an eye out for Gerry’s book, Never the Hope Itself: Love and Ghosts in Latin America and Haiti, next summer. * Brendan Cahill and his wife, Christina, welcomed their fourth child, a boy, in June. Congratulations! * Congrats also to Neha Patel Kishan, who had her third (and, she says, “FINAL!”) child in March. * Drew Ian Dodge and his wife, Kim, continue to write both fiction and nonfiction. Andrew remains active in the tea party movement in Maine and nationally. * Bret Dixon must know that I’m planning a southern hemisphere trip, because he very kindly moved to New Zealand. After 12 years as a geologist at ExxonMobil, Bret left to be an exploration geologist with Anadarko Petroleum. Maybe I’ll see you in March 2011, Bret!
Meg Galloway Pearce has joined the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund as vice president of marketing and communications. She is charged with keeping a spotlight on Haiti’s desperate need for long-term reconstruction, especially job creation and the promotion of economic opportunity. As CBHF invests in rebuilding lives and livelihoods, Meg will communicate these stories of the new Haiti: Haitians, producing and exporting to thrive, rather than importing to survive. After 20 years in telecommunications and then three years in environmentalism as the force behind World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour initiative, Meg is thrilled to finally be working in her fields of study at Colby, where she was a double major in government and French. Meg adds, “I still chat with Bevin Dockray Gove, who I just saw on a recent trip to NYC. She is adeptly running her own PR business and balances her client work with being an awesome mom, chasing her three kids around Connecticut. Jill Heslam and I stay in close contact too. She’s a French teacher at a private school in Connecticut. She recently took her two boys to see real baseball being played at Fenway Park.” * Although I don’t agree with the statement about real baseball at Fenway (go Yankees!), I’m thrilled that Meg took the time to send some news in for our column. Please take the time to drop me an e-mail at email@example.com and let me know what is new in your world!
What’s new with our classmates? At least 650 words worth of wow. And away we go. * Rob Borghese is rebranding and launching his new URL, www.RobsREAL.com. (Which definitely beats www.RobsSwampLand.com.) “I’ve been working in real estate and lending for over five years
Last time I reported that Geoff Alexander’s three boys would be at Birch Rock Camp this year with Camp Director Rich Deering. The connections go on. Susan Maxwell Reisert’s 11-year-old son, John, also attended Birch Rock this summer and had one of Jen Imhoff Foley’s sons as a counselor. Jen’s other son was there too, along with Lucia Stainton St. George’s boy. So, Rich says they are officially Camp Colby on Lake McWain in Waterford, Maine—and to keep ’em coming! When Rich isn’t at camp, he has a busy real estate practice with REMAX By the Bay in Portland—Maine’s number one top producing company. He has fun making the Colby connections there, too. * Also in Maine, Kathleen Pinard Reed is a retired internist living in Woolwich with husband Tom Reed ’87 and their two sons, the oldest of whom is the next Colby legacy. He started this fall. Their younger son is now at Deerfield Academy. Tom is the majority owner of Reed & Reed, a fourth generation family business, and is busy building windmills. The Reeds look forward to our reunion and have extended a fabulous invitation for everyone to join them at their family lodge on Sunday for a relaxing brunch before heading home. * Robin Scheuer Reynolds had an exciting summer with a one-person show of her paintings at gWatson Gallery in Stonington, Maine. She’ll have another show in May 2011 at Soprafina Gallery in Boston. In between painting, she’s busy with her daughters, Adelyne, 10, Lillian 7, and Eleanor, 4. View her website at www.robinlynnreynolds.com. * Jill (Wertz ’88) and Doug Scalise celebrated their 21st anniversary in July and had a trip to Iceland
It was great to see many of you at our 25th reunion. For those who couldn’t make it, highlights included: beating the Class of ’90 in a hotly contested softball game, Roy Hirshland’s hysterical dinner speech/slideshow comparing Colby’s attributes to rival schools, and learning that our class had the highest contribution to the Colby Fund this year. We’re a competitive group! Thanks to our class president, Bruce Hickey, for organizing such a great reunion, and congratulations to Swing Robertson, our new class president. If you missed the 25th, be sure to make the 30th. There will be some scores to settle with the ’05ers (the self-proclaimed beer die champions) and we’ll be 5 years younger! * Congratulations to Kate Lucier O’Neil for earning a Colby Brick for volunteer work that “spans fundraising efforts, Alumni Council committees, reunion planning, admissions interviewing, overseer duties, and six years as a Colby trustee.” Congratulations are also in order for Julie Sands Causey, a new Colby trustee. * Megan and Tom Colt were married in the summer of ’08. Tom works as a college counselor at Shady Side Academy. More importantly, he is employed as a Duck Boat tour narrator in his spare time. Tom has tour guide talent in common with his old Colby roommate, Gordon Tweedie. Gordon hosts haunted ghost tours—www.wickedwalkingtours.com—in Portland
Hope everyone had a great summer and is enjoying a much cooler fall. * Adam ’83 and Becca Cunningham Weiss still live in northern Vermont. He’s been a biology teacher for 26 years and Becca is an artist and works part time at the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, whose counterpart, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, has roots near Colby. They hosted a 50th birthday party last summer at their house, and several Colby grads from the classes of ’81, ’82, ’83, and ’84 attended. Adam and Becca have three wonderful girls, 14, 16, and 18. The oldest is headed off to Colby next year as a freshman! * John Tawa reports a few more wrinkles and a few less hairs and his skin is bronzer after the sudden arrival of summer in the Pacific Northwest. * Ann Brachman left Boston Scientific in June and started working at Vistaprint, an e-commerce company that provides printing solutions to small businesses. Anybody need business cards? * Sam Staley is still in Ohio working on transportation policy issues for Reason Foundation (headquartered in Los Angeles). He’s also dealing with the daunting prospects of a daughter heading off to college (just finished a six-college tour) and a son who is an aspiring filmmaker. Facebook has become a great way to connect with Colby friends, so feel free to track Sam down! * In July I had a great time catching up over dinner with my erstwhile roommate Genevieve Hammond ’86 while she was in D.C. for an intensive Shakespeare fellowship program at the Folger Theatre. Gen—and her fellow Bardophiles—were housed at American University, just across the circle from my office at the Department of Homeland Security. Genevieve, who teaches English at Acton-Boxborough HS, had the pleasure of reliving research paper deadlines and all-nighters but is bringing back a wealth of new knowledge and experiences (and I’m sure more than a few stories) for her students. Y And, in closing, I recently experienced some karmic payback: the townhouse next door was rented to four just-graduated VaTech Tri-Delts (not Chi-Os); so not just woo-hoo sorority girls but Southern woo-hoo sorority girls. I’ll admit so far I haven’t heard a late-night peep from them, so maybe I’m projecting my own post-grad exuberances, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and not turn into the cranky old lady next door. (I have, however, made a mental note to track down and apologize to every landlord and/or neighbor for all of my residences in the ’80s). And yes, Lauren Mogensen, Peggy Hale Ralphs, and Vicky Crouchley Dougherty, I’m thinking of you and our post-Colby apartment in Rosslyn, Va. * Happy fall everyone, and please keep the news coming.
My Colby “roomus,” Liz Murphy Kloak, took her daughter, Lucie, to Colby to visit this summer. Liz said she couldn’t believe all the new buildings and showed Lucie Mary Low, our stomping grounds. Lucie would like to attend Colby and play hockey. Liz’s son, Peter, is off to college this fall. Liz took a little time to stay in her home town, Hingham, Mass., to see her mom and brothers and enjoy a week at the Jersey shore. * Jennifer Knoll Bouchard’s family lives in Andover, and her husband, Page ’84, has a new job with Novartis that takes him to Switzerland and all sorts of other places. Jenny has yet to join him on a trip, but has thought about it. * At our 25th reunion Brian Daly saw his name on the Colby swim record board for top times. Brian was planning to swim the English Channel sometime between Aug. 17 and 24, weather permitting, in a relay of four people, including two Royal Marines. Each person will swim one hour and then be replaced, rotating until they reached France, 21 miles away. Expected time is between 12 and 16 hours, depending on conditions. Swimming is the lesser challenge. Cold water (expected 16 C or 61 F) and seasickness are larger obstacles. Jellyfish, oil tankers, ferries, beds of seaweed, and swimming in the dark (Brain expected to leave Dover at 4 a.m.) are additional minor obstacles. The swim raised money for a popular future industry charity called Futures for Kids. Brian says, “Having spent my entire career in the futures industry (started in 1983) I’m motivated to give something back.” His web page on Just Giving includes a few photos.. Brian is managing director of Morgan Stanley Consolidated Equities in London.
Greetings from the Marshall family in Maine. Son Craig will start at Colby in fall 2011 after spending a year training and competing in ski races in New Zealand, Colorado, and California. Son Jamie entered his sophomore year at Carrabassett Valley Academy. Parents Jay and Nancy work to pay the tuition bills, buy plane tickets, pay race entry fees, and keep their businesses going! * Janice McKeown is making a career change! For 20 years she loved working in marketing and product development for footwear companies, but always wanted to be a teacher. She’ll attend an intensive 13-month degree program at Brandeis—the master of arts in teaching (MAT) program. She admits it’s fun to do homework again! * Walter Judge’s daughter, 16, spent the summer in India living with a family and learning Hindi. Walter lives and works in Vermont and enjoys the Vermont lifestyle. * Jeff Brown’s daughter graduated from high school and is now at Sewanee University. They took a great family vacation to Paris, where they walked, ate, relaxed, and enjoyed everything French. They were kidless in July while Hannah, 18, worked on Nantucket and Alec, 15, worked in Alaska. Jeff is jealous of his kids! * Dorothy Distelhorst hit a big milestone this May when her eldest daughter graduated from Vail Mountain School. She’s now at St. Michael’s College in Vermont playing volleyball and participating in the honors program. Her youngest, Ellen, is in 10th grade. Dorothy practices dentistry in Vail and enjoys mentoring a young woman who hopes to attend dental school next fall. Dorothy hopes to visit some Colby friends on her trips to Vermont! * Despite Doug Sacra’s best efforts to steer his daughter toward Colby, she accepted a place in the Class of 2014 at Bates, where she hopes to major in art and possibly row crew. Doug, wife Deidre, and daughters Hannah, 16, and Maddi, 14, live in Wayland, Mass., where Doug designs zero-net-energy homes. * Fidel Fajardo-Acosta is a professor at Creighton University and just published a scholarly book, Courtly Seductions, Modern Subjections: Troubadour Literature and the Medieval Construction of the Modern World. * Jeffrey Goverman, James and Lisa Rohrman Bearce, David Dolbashian, and assorted family members caught up with Andy Miller in April at the Harvard Club to celebrate his 50th birthday. * Brian Sanborn remarried July 25 after being a widower for 13 years. His new family will take up residence in Sanford, Maine. His oldest daughter, Allana ’13, is a sophomore at Colby. * Jim Haddow ran his first marathon (the Sugarloaf Marathon, from Eustis to Kingfield) May 16. He finished in 3:30:29, a time that qualifies him to run the Boston Marathon if he decides to plunge into another winter of training to be ready by Patriot’s Day 2011. The jury’s still out on that. This fall his younger son, Max, started his first year at Hampshire College in Amherst. His older son, Hamish, who transferred from Bennington College to the University of Maine, is a third-year undergraduate premed student. Last spring Max played varsity baseball at Waynflete School in Portland with Luc, son of Marc Jeton, and Alex, son of Harry Hadiaris ’81. Jim said it was fun to talk with the Jeton and Hadiaris families during games. * Nancy Smith Daley’s son Michael graduated from Union College in 2008 and coached football there for a year. Son Thomas graduated from Colby in 2009. Both Michael and Tom have joined the military and are in North Carolina in the special forces. Son Patrick is in college at Bridgewater State College. Nancy works with autistic children, and husband Joe ’81 works at Bridgton Academy as director of physical plant. Nancy pointed out that Colby is a family tradition; her grandmother, Nancy Nivison Hamilton ’33, is one of Colby’s oldest living alums at 98.
Beth Pniewski Wilson traveled to Israel last April and plans to visit Alaska and Santa Fe, N.M., next year. Beth and Eleanor Campbell went to the ninth-grade graduation ceremony of their goddaughter, Katie Isbell, daughter of Nancy Welsh Isbell, at the Fay School in Southborough, Mass. Sitting right behind them was Randy Papadellis ’79, whose son was also graduating. * Paulette Lynch is “very happy in Monterey, Calif., with my wonderful son, Gabriel, husband Ken, and my work as executive director of the Arts Council for Monterey County.” Paulette celebrated her 50th by playing hammered dulcimer at the Swannanoa Gathering, a series of folk arts workshops held at Warren Wilson College in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, N.C. * Alexander Jones and wife Carol got together and renewed friendships with J.D. Neeson and Larry Isaacson and their families early last summer. * Cathy Pelletier works at Maine Medical Center, striving to implement a patient electronic medical record system that’s accessible by physician, practice, hospital, and patient. Cathy has lived in South Portland for 12 years. In her spare time she loves to create perennial gardens and follow the basketball games of her tween/teen family members, who enjoyed summer basketball camp at Colby. * This fall Faith Bramhall Rodenkirk’s son, Alex, will attend the University of Pittsburgh on a swimming scholarship. Last spring Faith had dinner at Tory Sneff Schulte’s home in Virginia. Because Faith’s job brings her to Boston monthly, she gets to visit classmates. In May she had dinner with Mari Samaras White, then in June she picked up Kim Wadkins Seymour and drove to Maine to see Faith’s family and surprise her sister, Sarah Bramhall Reynolds ’92, who was visiting from Portland, Ore. She has plans to get together with Alison Thomas Vietze in October. * When she turned 50, Marisa D’Andrea Barber vowed to do something different every month. So far she’s been to D.C. with her son, to Montreal with Pam Ellis, and to Chicago with her boyfriend, where they met Bun E. Carlos, the drummer for Cheap Trick. Carlos even took them to his house to see his private drum collection. Marisa adds, “when I was at Colby I loved Cheap Trick and went to all their concerts—here I am 30 years later hanging out at Bun E’s house. Life is funny!” * Finally, drumroll please ... I now give you Bill Clifford’s very first entry in our class column! After spending 20 years in New York City, Bill is enjoying life in southern Maine with his wife, Susan, and three kids, Elizabeth, 14, Tim, 11, and Grace, 6. They love the traditional Maine seasons—“playing soccer during the Almost Wintah months, skiing at Sugarloaf every weekend in Wintah, waiting to play golf in mud season, and road cycling during the ‘construction’ season.” * Anyone else out there who has yet to send news, please do so before our 30th reunion next June, when I hope to see many of you!
It was wonderful to see everyone at our 30th reunion in June. Special thanks to our class co-presidents, Lynn Collins Francis and Lisa McDonough O’Neill, and their reunion committee for their hard work. Kudos, too, to Susan Sullivan Hinrichs and Dan O’Halloran and their fundraising committee. From Friday’s cruise on Casco Bay to the moving gathering at Johnson Pond to remember lost classmates to dancing to the amazing sounds of Pearl (with Geoff Becker, Tom Stratton ’81, and a guest appearance by Ted Tinson!), it was a memorable weekend and a great reminder of how strong our connections remain, even after 30 years. * This was certainly brought home this July by the number of classmates who wrote about the passing of Hilary Morton Shontz. Jean Minkel, Brenda Bowen, and Cornelia Armbrecht Brefka attended Hilary’s service at St. John the Divine in NYC, where Hilary grew up and where her father was dean. Our thoughts go out to Hilary’s husband, David, and her sons, Harry and James. * Our thoughts also go out to Grace Koppelman Drown and her daughters, Lydia and Polly. Grace’s husband, Scott ’78, passed away in June after a brief battle with melanoma. * Back on Mayflower Hill, Susan MacKenzie will teach three courses for the Environmental Studies Program. She has also joined the board of directors at the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Husband Michael Donihue ’79 is in his final year as associate dean of faculty, son Colin is undertaking graduate field research in Kenya, and son Ross will graduate from Macalester in 2011. Y In addition to serving as president of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce (Boston to Cape Cod), Peter Forman has a small business dealing in historic autographs. Peter was pleased to donate to the College a 1902 letter from Woodrow Wilson to Colby President Charles White. * Andy Miller spent another long, cold winter working in Los Alamos, N.M. He spent the summer with daughters Savannah and Delaney traveling through Colorado, hiking, river rafting, and horseback riding. * After 26 years at Verizon, Pam Haury Cunningham changed career paths and is now a financial advisor at Marino, Stram and Associates, LLC in Braintree, Mass. She’s also enrolled in BU’s certified financial planner program, hoping to be credentialed in November 2011. * In April Brian Neligan began working at McLagan Partners, a management consulting firm specializing in compensation in the financial services sector. Brian still plays hockey once a week, pursues bluegrass music, and planned a summer trip to Boothbay Harbor and Alden Camps in Oakland. * Warren Pratt and Jack McBride are planning a 20-day sailing trip to the Baleric Islands from the Azores. * Liz Yanagihara Horwitz and sister-in-law Sue Horwitz Kerr spent two weeks in Japan. * Lynn Collins Francis enjoyed a brief stint as an empty nester, then son John was home for the summer after his first year at WPI and daughter Beth graduated with highest honors from RIT and started her first job as a web producer/analyst in Concord, Mass. * Susan Clark lives on the water in Marblehead, Mass., and works for Vertical Design Homme in NYC designing men’s sweaters. She’d love to connect with anyone in the area. * Kingsley Durant is “just keepin’ on,” playing music around Portsmouth, N.H., with his jazz trio and a spinoff group that involves his younger brother, a talented bassist. * For two years Cornelia Armbrecht Brefka has worked for AmeriCares, a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization in Stamford, Conn. “After years as a stay-at-home mom and then working for an independent bookstore, it was an adjustment to have a ‘real’ job again. It’s nice to put that English degree to work other than correcting my children’s grammar!” Cornelia’s son Paul is a sophomore at James Madison in VA, and youngest son Henry is at Kent. * Michael Childers lives in Chicago and is the director of global accounts at Anixter, an international distributor of wire, cable, data infrastructure, and physical security products. His global responsibilities have taken him to Europe and other interesting places. Mike, his wife, and his son, 9, spent their vacation at Disney World.
The New York Daily News appointed Kevin Convey ’77 its new editor-in-chief. Former editor-in-chief of the Boston Herald, Convey began his 33-year career as a general assignment reporter and moved up to city editor and managing editor. “Kevin will keep the paper true to its character and voice and bring to it his unique energy and wit,” said Mort Zuckerman, chairman and publisher.
Tommy Boy Records CEO Tom Silverman ’76 joined the board of indie music consortium Merlin, a nonprofit that represents “the rights of independent record labels worldwide.” Silverman, who served on the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has more than 28 years experience in the hip-hop, urban, alternative, dance, rock, and gospel music markets.
When American Hannah Kearney won the gold medal in women’s mogul skiing in Vancouver, Nick Preston ’71 was right there. Preston, a freestyle ski coach along with his wife, Susan Harding Preston ’71, was Kearney’s private coach throughout the Olympic trials, pre-Olympic World Cup races, and in Vancouver. Kearney’s gold was “an epic moment in Nick’s dedicated ski coaching career.”
School or college starting soon? Empty nest? College visits this fall? Joining the PTA? Here are your responses: Gayle Amato’s daughter, Amanda, graduated from Cornell and is heading to Columbia University for med school. Funny that Robin Towle Glynn’s daughter just graduated from high school and is headed to Cornell! * Kim and Steven Singer are dropping off their firstborn, Nick, at Columbia, where he hopes to become a jazz musician, or politician ... or not. Steven is a senior vice president at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Kim has her own advertising agency in Boston. * Eric and Andrea James Spangenthal thoroughly enjoy their empty nest. Both daughters, Alissa and Becca, reside in NYC, where Alissa works for a law firm and Becca is an art student at Pratt Institute. Andrea recently completed her second advanced degree in education, a CAGS (Certificate Advanced Graduate Studies), and enjoys teaching French and serving as language department chairperson at a middle school in Northampton, Mass. She and Eric have spent time this year with Tom ’80 and Maria Macedo Dailey and with Wayne and Bev Schnoor Larmie in Virginia. Y Keith and Lisa Hall Reed planned to swing by Colby on their way to New Brunswick to celebrate their 25th anniversary in July. Their son Will, 24, graduated from Colgate last May and was accepted to Navy Officer Candidate School to train as a pilot. He’s waiting for his official reporting date. Daughter Molly, 20, is a junior at USC, where she is majoring in East Asian language and culture and minoring in nonprofits and philanthropy. * Ross Moldoff has daughters Emily (sophomore) at Merrimack College and Allison at Salem (N.H.) High School. His family takes summer trips to Cape Cod and plans to visit Israel next summer. He enjoyed dinner with Dana Russian and Jeff Taylor a few months ago. * Carl Lovejoy’s son, Ben, married Avery Eyre, a Dartmouth classmate, in July at Bryn Mawr, Pa. Ben recently signed a three-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. * Patricia Maguire David says they have hit the high-water mark for private school tuitions: daughter Cate is a senior at Dickinson, daughter Sarah is a freshman at George Washington University, and son Cliff began his freshman year at Germantown Academy. Patricia is still a working lawyer at her firm, Maza & David. * Greg ’78 and Kathy Quimby Johnson spent two weeks in the west of Ireland, where their daughter is studying at NUI-Galway. * Sarah Russell MacColl works as a personal trainer in Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough, Maine. * Joe Piatczyc remains temporarily transplanted in the Kansas City area—and has been so for the past 25 years! With a second family of youngsters it may be another 10 years before he ventures back to the East Coast to live.
With all the wonderful weather, many classmates were active this summer—traveling and just enjoying themselves. Thanks to those who wrote in, and hope everyone had a great summer. * Stephen Miller and his wife have lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida on Treasure Island for 26 years. They enjoy a beautiful, outdoors lifestyle, boating, jogging, and hanging out on the beach, a few steps from their home. Their son, Max, graduated from high school and is at Flagler College in St. Augustine. Stephen says the campus and town are gorgeous, loaded with history and a very progressive environment. Max looks forward to playing rugby, surfing, and reggae music. Stephen thinks it would be great if he attends classes as well! Stephen occasionally sits in with local musicians, but the bulk of his playing is in temple in St. Petersburg with his band the Jammin’ Jews. Stephen enjoyed reading a Colby update on Geoff Becker ’80, since Stephen played a bit with him at Colby. Stephen also hopes to be in contact with Tony Lopez, his roommate in Pi Lam. * Stephen Jacobs is a member of the board of Advocates for Children in Androscoggin County, Maine. John Geismar recently joined that board. Stephen lent his Colby hat to Alyson Stone ’79 so she could attend a party announcing her alma mater with some school clothing. Alyson works in Lewiston for social organizations helping businesses, children, impoverished, and other excellent causes. Stephen reports that Ethel Bowden was remarried May 15 to Jeff Stuart! Stephen also learned that Jenny Barber had appendicitis. Fortunately all went well and she recovered wonderfully. Stephen planned on getting together with Ann McCreary at the end of summer. Ann vacations in Maine and they usually meet in Brunswick for Indian food, ice cream, and a walk in the park. * Abi Rome took a wonderful trip to Switzerland with her partner. They enjoyed hiking, biking, too much good food, and the clean and sparkling Alps. Abi returned home, spent one week in the hot and humid Washington, D.C., area, and then was off on her annual Maine trip. * John ’80 and Ronni-Jo Posner Carpenter attended their twin sons’ graduations in May. Scott graduated from Dickinson and Rob from Kenyon. Their daughter, Alison, finished her first year at Connecticut College. * Nancy Piccin planned to take her daughter, Rachel, 14, on her first trip to San Francisco. Nancy travels there frequently, as her employer is based there. Rachel wanted to save her money for a humanitarian trip to Haiti in December with her classmates at Wilbraham & Monson Academy. Nancy is proud of her for choosing an unselfish priority and was fine with no summer vacation plans. * Kathy (Quimby ’79) and Gregory Johnson spent two weeks in Ireland this summer. Their daughter, Lydia, a student at Hartwick College, spent her junior year at National University of Ireland Galway and they went over to make sure she would come back! They saw some breathtaking scenery around Galway—in the Connemara region—and in County Clare at a nature reserve called The Burren. They hope to return someday.
On a recent Mediterranean cruise, Iris Greenberg Kennedy met her Colby roommate, Zeynep Baler, in Kusadasi, Turkey. It was the first time they’d seen each other since graduation. * Linda Cabibbo Toga sent news for the first time ever. She just celebrated the fifth anniversary of the opening of her own law firm. She concentrates on estate planning, real estate, and litigation and would be happy to give Colby grads a discount. Linda has two kids: Daniel, 26, has been traveling the world since 2007; Jessica, 23, is “living in D.C., tending bar, and having a blast.” Linda and her husband, Andy, live on Long Island and just celebrated their 30th anniversary. “Life is good.” * Janet Josselyn has had multiple careers since graduation, first as an architect, then as a trial lawyer; she’s now focused on writing and raising her 14-year-old son with her husband, John Koon. Summer vacation plans included whitewater rafting on Oregon’s Rogue River and viewing the Perseids meteor shower on top of Mt. Hood. * Jonathan Fenton’s son, Jonathan, is attending Endicott College this fall, enrolled in the PE teacher licensure program. Daughter Katie is in eighth grade in Hanover, N.H. Jonathan teaches English and social studies to fifth graders at the Marion W. Cross School in Norwich, Vt. His wife, Corinne, is a receptionist at the school. * Priscilla Bondy Dube was surprised at a high school graduation party when she bumped into a young graduate who looked remarkably like Ellen O’Brien. It was Ellen’s son, James. Priscilla and Ellen live only a few miles apart, but have rarely seen each other—something Priscilla would like to change! * Peter Cohn’s son, Aaron, is a senior at SUNY Binghamton, and his daughter, Sarah, is a freshman at the University of Delaware. This means that Peter and wife Joanne are joining the ever-growing club of Class of 1977 empty nesters. Peter finished his ninth year as an earth science teacher at Art & Design H.S. in NYC. The Regents exam passing rate for his class jumped 16 percent this year (as opposed to 1-2 percent in most years): “Is it me? The kids? Was the test easier than usual? Next year I’ll let you know if it’s a trend or an anomaly.” * Bob Southwick is “working like a dog” this summer, six and a half days a week. But he’s not complaining. He finds it hard to believe it’s been more than 30 years since we graduated: “It is true, time goes so fast.” * Nancy McGarrah Wood made her way north from western Massachusetts this summer to visit roommate Suzanne Thivierge. They had lunch in Falmouth, Maine, and then visited Freeport for some shopping, including L.L.Bean (of course)—an enjoyable day of reminiscing and catching up. Following an afternoon tea at the Harraseeket Inn, they vowed to reconnect at our 35th reunion in 2012. * Jerrold and Ligia Campana Chadwick visited Ligia’s native country, Ecuador, last summer, and the highlight was a trip to the Galapagos Islands. After returning home to Maryland, Ligia traveled to Salamanca, Spain, for an international conference for modern language teachers. Ligia teaches Spanish and Jerrold teaches marketing in the M.B.A. program at Maryland but works in the food business in his day job.
Lots of news this cycle, including, once again, some sad news. But first—Janet Breslin Gilmartin has been seaside in Hull, Mass. for three years with husband Rich and sons Jason and Kenton. She’s feeling settled after years in Switzerland, London, Hong Kong, and Connecticut. She helps run the New England Alumni Association of IMD, the Swiss-based international business school where she and Rich obtained their M.B.A.s. Jason is a senior at Bryant College and Kenton is a freshman at Wheaton. * Sim-Kuen (Chan ’75) and Rob Gregory serve as spiritual life advisors to Bowdoin students through the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. All four of their children are married, and they have seven grandchildren. * Marguerite “Mugsy” (Nelson ’75) and Jay Sarson are now grandparents of Ella Jane Sarson, born this July. * Joy Sawyer Mulligan is happily, productively working at the Thacher School in Ojai, Calif.,—teaching literature, writing, photographing, advising, counseling—all the hats that a small boarding school demands. Her husband of 29 years is head of the school. They spend summers in a little house they built years ago in the foothills of the Wyoming Tetons. Their daughter is a junior at the University of Colorado. Joy was delighted to see Colby Music Professor Paul Machlin at a campaign dinner. Last March she was part of a Butler gals’ mini-reunion in Philadelphia with Julie Stewart, Wendy Swallow, Heather Finney Eng, and (via Skype) Kathy Jewett ’77. “Twenty-four hours, a whole lotta rain, and the blessings of enduring friendship.” (Julie, Heather, and Kathy—send updates!) * Wendy Swallow wrote enthusiastically about the same reunion weekend. Wendy was in Britain this spring visiting her son, Joe, who is doing a master’s in medieval art at the Courtland Institute. They visited the Brontë Parsonage, which Wendy has wanted to see since studying Brontë poetry with Professor Kenney. “It was spitting snow up there on the moors, with lowering skies. Just perfect!” Wendy and her husband continue to split their time between Washington, D.C., and Reno. * Paul Kueffner had to cancel his Maine sailing plans for the summer when he broke a rib at Block Island Race week. He still hoped to finish building his wife’s kayak before summer was over. * Caren Starr Schwartz’s software consulting business is doing well. Her son Jonathan graduated from Norwich University with a degree in criminal justice. Daughter Emily completed her freshmen year at University of Vermont, where she studies animal care and works on her passion for photography. * In addition to managing his investment business, John Lumbard has become a citizen activist, running the website http://weelectedyou.org. The bloggers at this site
Thanks to Dianne Billington Stronach for writing the class column the past five years! We appreciate her efforts. Thanks also to our out-going president, Rod Jones, and the reunion planning committee for such a fun reunion. Staying in Averill brought back old memories and a hardy crew returned! Rod and wife Joanne had a great time. They were happy to see Kathy (Donohue ’76) and Ron Yeo from New Mexico. Rod was disheartened to report that Dave White won the seventh pent annual frolf (Frisbee golf) tournament. The Joneses entertained the Steve Palmers, the Dave Whites, and Carol Majdalany Williams in July at their summer cottage in Ontario. * New class president Byrd Allen says the class gift is a jump drive with 25 songs released during our time at Colby. The last file is a time sweep with snippets of every number one song from 1971 to 1975. * David Turnbull has an interim job in Vancouver, B.C, so Sue (Benson) visits him from their home in West Virginia. In May they attended graduation at Colby for their youngest daughter, Caroline ’10, and later Sue vacationed in Nova Scotia. * Andrea Ward Antone works as a physical therapist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville (11 years). She and Al, married 30 years, saw their first grandchild by oldest daughter Becky in the fall. Becky is a critical-care nurse and their son, Jamie, is a captain in the Air Force, stationed in South Carolina after a stint in Afghanistan. Their youngest child, Lindsay, graduated from Western Kentucky University. * Lisa Turtz Birnbaum and her younger daughter, Rose, visited older daughter Zoe during her junior semester in Barcelona. Rose will attend Mount Holyoke and Zoe will graduate from Colgate. Lisa works as a private practitioner in psychiatry out of two Montefiore medical groups in the Bronx. Her patients get better with her interventions, so the work is very gratifying. * John Orefice attended reunion and has retired after 31 years of teaching English at Pelham (NY) High School. His retirement was due to “student essay fatigue,” but he’ll still be directing plays and musicals for one more year. His daughter, Joanna, graduated from Pelham HS this year and will attend Elon University. He hopes to do a better job of staying in touch in the future. * Jim and Sally Hawk Gibson missed reunion to work at Maine’s State Class B track meet. Sally sings in the church choir and plays in an African drumming group. They look forward to being done with college payments as their third child finishes UMO in two years. They also look forward to more traveling when Jim retires from teaching in a few years. They both enjoy Nordic skate skiing and Sally loves lake swimming and daily walks with their dogs. * Randi Mershon Leonard spent the Fourth of July with Rich and Janet Breslin Gilmartin ’76 at their oceanside home in Hull, Mass. After 21 years in Salem, N.H., Randi and husband Jack drove to their new home in Oro Valley, Ariz., this summer! Daughter Stephanie begins her nursing career in Arizona while daughter Jessica continues living on her own in Haverhill, Mass. * After reunion, and sleeping in noisy Averill, Susie Gearhart Wuest spent five days in July in Washington, D.C., at the Continental Congress for the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is very involved at the chapter and state levels. This summer she worked on quilting projects and took a 32-mile road bike tour. * Dan Sexton still mountain bikes in the piney woods of Maine. He has left newspaper ad sales and now consults in Internet marketing and lives in Portland. * Lawrence Potter went parasailing above the beautiful waters off Key West this summer. “It was definitely a highlight,” he said, “along with snorkeling in the waters at the coral reefs.” He also visited SeaWorld, “which teaches us to treasure our marine wildlife and ecosystem.” * Thanks for your news! Frost in early May at Apple Annie in Brentwood, N.H., made us lose the whole crop. My son is getting married this fall.
By the time you read this, summer will be over, but what a warm and beautiful summer it’s been in Maine. * Rumor has it that John Ladky made a quick trip to Maine, escaping the blistering heat in Atlanta. He planned to stop by Colby and check out the Spa to make sure that his bill had been paid in full. John, next time you’re in Maine let us know and we’ll meet you at the Spa. * Cindy Vietor Kahle writes from Houston that she and her husband have three grown children and travel in their free time. Argentina is their new favorite spot. Through an Argentine organization that provides the children with someone to guide them into adulthood, Cindy has become a mentor for two children who are 18, in child protective services, and without parents. She finds it an incredibly rewarding volunteer opportunity that others might want to consider. * Leo and Leslie Nickerson Bowers send greetings from Virginia. Their children certainly inherited the medical gene from Leo. Their youngest daughter graduated from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and began her residency in internal and family medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Their oldest daughter is in her fourth year of residency at the University of Florida Medical School, specializing in pathology. She’ll begin her fellowship in forensic pathology in the state crime lab at the Medical College of Virginia next May. Their son is in his last year of a master’s program in the physician’s assistant program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He plans to join Leo’s family medicine practice next May. Leo still works hard, and Leslie will retire next year from teaching ninth-grade English at An Achievable Dream High School in Newport News. They planned to visit Michele Burke McKnight ’75 and her husband and James Glover and his wife this summer. * Anne Richards took her Girl Scout troop (ages 16-18) to Switzerland to go adventuring in the Alps in June. It was the trip of a lifetime! In addition to cultural activities and lots of hiking, they did zip-lining and high ropes courses, rock climbing, rappelling into a deep river gorge, and whitewater rafting on a glacial river. Some of them did a night hike to reach a mountain peak for sunrise over the Alps. Another adventure was dinner in the red light district on their first night in Geneva—not intentional, but another life experience for the girls! * Jim Mahoney, from Waban, Mass., shared news that Jerry Buckley became a grandfather! His daughter, Leitra, who lives in Cromwell, Conn., just had a baby. Jerry lives in Duxbury, Mass. and works for Comcast. * Bonnie Nielson, who lives in Augusta, Maine, finished her master’s at USM—an M.S. in abilities and disabilities education. She traveled to Ontario with her daughter to camp for five days. Except for the rain, she wished it could have been five weeks. A highlight was sighting two mink families while hiking and kayaking. They also met one of the theorists in the field of gifted education in Montreal. In August Bonnie spent a week in a camp by a lake with even less to do than on the camping trip!
Summer news for the Class of ’73 is dominated by the Choppers of Lambda Chi, with Alex Wilson, Duncan Leith, and Joe Mattos writing in about the annual Fourth of July-week gathering in the Belgrade Lakes. This has been an annual event since 1978 and a highlight of their year. The usual evening with adults playing cards and kids watching videos has changed, however, with many kids now over 22 and outnumbering the adults at the card table. Also attending were Brian Cone, Bob Landsvik, and John Krasnavage and their families as well as Class of ’71 LCA brothers Ron Lupton and Ken Bigelow with their families. With hot weather all week, waterskiing and swimming provided relief. Former football coach Dick Magee attended the July Fourth cookout, which was an early 80th birthday celebra tion. Alex said, “It was wonderful to see Coach McGee, who suffered some serious health issues in the past year, enjoying himself as he regaled the gang with stories that had everyone laughing. At the end of the night he thanked us for the best time he’d had in a year. We were reminded what great friends he and his wife, Shirley, who passed away a few years ago, had been to us since we arrived on Mayflower Hill more than 40 years ago.” * Duncan Leith still works in the family business after 37 years, while wife Jennifer retired from teaching after 37 years. Duncan puts his government major to good use as he was elected to his eighth term on the Wachussett regional school district committee, which, after 25 years, will be his last. * Joe Mattos officially retired as superintendent in Maine School Administrative District 3 this June. His first order of business is to complete his doctorate and graduate from the University of Maine with his daughter, Emily. This fall Joe plans to do some consulting for the Maine Department of Education. * Francesca Gates Demgen sent an amazing photo of herself and Merrilee Bonney taken this June on their two-week safari in Kenya and Tanzania, accompanied by spouses. * Norm Olsen wrote with news about his son, Matt ’99, and the project he is involved with in Gaza. The story is inspiring. * Bruce Cummings is in his fifth year as president/CEO of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London
I hope that everyone enjoyed the long, hot summer! Some of our classmates had the energy and the time to write. * Lou Griffith enjoyed a get-together with Bonnie and Mike Gibbons at the June wedding of their daughter, Casey. Lou also caught up with Clark Ruff, who continues to enjoy retirement. * Christiana Holzer Gallant has finally settled in upper Michigan, in Traverse City, and it suits her well. “The natural beauty is breathtaking, with crystal clear water in the bay and amazing dunes and old forests. The people are progressive and friendly, and there is so much to do: hiking, biking, kayaking, a great independent theater run by volunteers, and an incredible film festival.” She would love to share this place with anyone who happens to come to the area. * Cathie Joslyn celebrated her 60th with a five-week sabbatical trip to Madrid and Andalucia, Rome, and London during late spring. She viewed great art and visited Sivananda yoga centers in Madrid and Rome. She hoped to see Amy Sosland Brown in the UK, but the Icelandic volcano foiled that plan. In June she gave a presentation at a fine and performing arts conference (www.atiner.gr) in Athens and saw Professor Harriett Matthews (art) busy at work on beautiful
These scorching hot days bring to mind dreams of crisp, cool autumn days. By the time you read this, this summer spell will have passed. With this extreme heat came the most turbulent weather I’ve ever seen in New England. * Bill Hladky is eagerly awaiting the outcome of his son’s process of applying to the college of his choice in California, which is his next step toward realizing his dream of being a computer engineer. * Although Jan Hancock doesn’t keep in touch with too many classmates, she enjoys reading about us. Having raised four sons in Plymouth, N.H., she is the proud “granny” of three granddaughters with another on the way. Jan lives in Vermont and works for a statewide, nonprofit agency that supports families whose children have special needs. She has an M.Ed. in adult education but is taking graduate theology courses, working toward an M.A. in pastoral care/theology. * A third-generation Finn, Nancy Hammar Austin participated in a 100-year-old Finnish midsummer event. Sherry Phipps Pettyjohn, Macy DeLong, and Pat Montgomery joined her in the festivities, and they all had a great time. * Andrea Thompson Leeson had a busy summer, with the oldest of four children getting married and a huge family reunion on her husband’s side. She is aunt to well over 55 kids! Their daughter, Zoe Leeson D’Amato, starred in a History Channel series this summer called Chasing Mummies, filmed in Egypt. Zoe’s husband, Nick, played bass in the Hollywood Bowl this summer. Her other children are scattered in British Columbia, Australia, and Nova Scotia. Andrea and her husband live in Harmony, near CFB Greenwood, in Nova Scotia on a 100-acre farm. They also have an 800-acre farm where they log, hay, and have heavy horses. When they’re not “working,” her husband is an auctioneer and she is a librarian. * Jon Stone, involved in three softball leagues and competing in tournaments, is blessing the new technology in bats! He’s also expecting his third grandchild and loves being a grandfather. * Fred Copithorn’s belief in the justice system has been semi-restored as he was excused from jury duty and was able to take a much-anticipated two-week vacation this summer. * John Bowey retired from Deloitte in May, which I learned from his “out of office” reply to my request for news announcing his retirement. Congratulations, John. Y My news: my miracle dog, Clementine, died in May after six years of being really sick, but surviving near death experiences in order to help me through my various life challenges. It was her time to go; her job was done. But it left me in a deep, dark hole of despair. I hadn’t intended to get another dog just yet because I felt I needed some independence and freedom from the commitment of owning a dog. But, as serendipity will have it, a bright beacon of light appeared to rescue me from my darkness. Her name is Eclipse (she came with this name); she is a shelter dog from the Bahamas. She saved me; I saved her. We rescued each other, and I believe there was divine intervention at work. I also just returned from a 10-day singing concert tour in Cuba with 210 members of the Yale Alumni Chorus. It was both a heart-warming and heart-breaking experience to see the dire state of disrepair and neglect that continues to exist in this Communist country. Our musical experience was exquisite, but otherwise it was distressing to see the poverty and absolute governmental control over everything and everyone.
Norma Rivero de Biermeyer was unable to attend our 40th reunion because of political activity in Caracas, Venezuela, that limits her freedoms. She and her husband still haven’t decided to flee the dictatorship and leave home and work behind. She reports that every weekend an average of 40 people are killed. Her main goal each dayis to think positively and not be afraid. If things get worse, she believes Venezuelans may lose their one independent TV news station, Globovision, which, she says, the dictator is definitely trying to close. Then if they are lucky they will still have Internet access to obtain information. * Jane Stinchfield Knapp, a member of the Maine legislature, attended a Women In Government meeting in Newport, R.I., this summer and visited Mark Zaccaria, who took her for a drive around historic Newport and along the Cliff Walk. They swapped stories of the campaign trail. In November Mark will be on the ballot in Rhode Island’s second congressional district as the GOP candidate for the U.S. House. * Barrett Hurwitz wrote about meeting President Strider twice during reunion, once in Dana dining hall and once in the museum. Barry asked President Strider about the student protests of the Vietnam War (May 1970), which led to the seizure of Lorimer Chapel. Barry, one of the activists who led the takeover, said President Strider told him, “I was not unsympathetic to your cause, but I found your process quite disruptive.” * Cheryl Dinneen Soon may have traveled farthest to reunion. She and Ray arrived from Hawaii after a short family vacation on Cape Cod and then were on their way to Europe to visit Lucerne and Tuscany. * During reunion Earle Shettleworth gave an interesting lecture titled Colby College, A Tale of Two Campuses. Colby was originally located on the banks of the Kennebec River north of downtown Waterville. The campus was relocated to Mayflower Hill starting in the 1930s, a process that took two decades to complete. Earle mentioned the copy of the Lion of Lucerne in Miller Library. I hope Cheryl and Ray saw the actual Lion of Lucerne on their trip. * Martha Alden Ellis and her husband moved to Prescott, Ariz., to spend a challenging year of minimalist living while their permanent home is used by their children. * Barb Skeats MacLeod, Molly Carroll Mains, and I got together in August at the Strough vacation home in New Hampshire to enjoy the lake and talk about our families, children, and grandchildren. * Ilan Hadani celebrated the birth of his fourth granddaughter, Margot Shiri Melamed, born July 31. Margot’s mother, Mika Hadani Melamed ’97, is doing fine. * Hope everyone had a great summer. Send along news of your vacations and other happenings for the next issue.
Head squash coach at Cate School in Santa Barbara, Calif., Terry Eagle ’66 was named Developmental Coach of the Year by U.S. Squash. Eagle has coached at Cate since 1988, and in the last five seasons eight of his prep school players went on to play intercollegiate squash. “It is the players who listen, respond, improve and grow,” Eagle said. “That is the measure.”
The U.S. Tennis Association named Jim Begin ’67 one of 18 finalists for its 2010 Starfish Award, which recognizes high school coaches who implement a no-cut policy. Begin, longtime tennis coach at Waterville High School, believes tennis doesn’t have an expiration date. “Let them play and they’ll make it a lifelong sport,” Begin told the Morning Sentinel.
While Massachusetts lawmakers worked on a law to license three casinos, the Boston Globe ran a story highlighting the recollections of Jim McConchie ’63. As a graduate student in the 1960s, McConchie worked at a harness race track where every night in the parking lot he passed a station wagon wrapped with chains and a padlock—and three sleeping toddlers inside. “I have nothing against gambling,” McConchie said, “but I don’t know how I feel about creating something that means there are going to be little kids left in locked cars.”
In April Jane Master Rohrbach and her husband went on a nine-day Chamber of Commerce trip to China. This was followed by an “amazing” two-week photography trip to Iceland in June. “Parts of the country are desolate but beautiful at the same time. I truly felt I was in the heart of nature at its wildest—fire, ice, hot springs, waterfalls, innumerable birds, etc.” Although the land is sparsely populated, Jane found the people friendly and helpful. * After 13 years in Macedonia, Carol Partridge and her husband, Lee Roberts, attended a renowned Galicnik wedding, which incorporated old traditions including dress, dance, music, and customs. The event takes place in July on St. Peter’s Day in the picturesque village of Galicnik in the western mountains of Macedonia. Carol and Lee celebrated their first grandchild, Logan Jon Roberts, born June 12, and hope to visit him in California this fall. * Cheryl (Moriarty ’70) and Bud Higgins celebrated their 40th anniversary this year. Bud has “returned to my passion ... academic emergency medicine as director of research for the residency training program in the department of emergency medicine at Maine Medical Center.” When not otherwise occupied, they’re at their cottage on Peaks Island in Casco Bay. * Chris Christensen worked with the Colby Career Center and a local doctor’s office to assist a student with a summer internship. Chris says “the Career Center is a great asset for students as well as alumni, and I’m really excited to have helped.” Chris and his wife, Lynn, celebrated their 41st anniversary and the arrival of their second grandchild, Caden, son of Eric ’98 and Kari Christensen Anderson ’98, June 21. Their son Jeff ’10 started at Boston College Law School. Lynn keeps busy writing mortgages and Chris, who still plays with boats on Lake Winnipesaukee, is running for his sixth term as a NH state representative. * Bob Stecker and his wife, Naseem, spent January through June in Hong Kong. Bob was a senior Fulbright scholar based at Lingnan University. He lectured at universities in Hong Kong, China, Japan, and Singapore and had a holiday in Bali. * Donna Massey traveled to Pittsburgh this spring and then to Minnesota to visit old friends. She plans a trip down the Salmon River later this year. * Sandy Hoe and his wife, Denny, live in Washington, D.C., where Sandy practices law. They have six grandchildren. Last fall Sandy traveled to Liberia as part of a United Nations team to assist the Liberian government draft a new concessions and procurement statute. He spent time in Monrovia working with government ministers and their staffs and met with the president of Liberia. Also working on the project was a group from the World Bank, including a lawyer from Ghana. Sandy found it very interesting and rewarding to contribute his expertise. * John Burnham extends greetings from the Berkshires. This year he’s working with a Colby grad in his internal medicine training program. With two daughters heading to college in 2011, he expects to work full time for quite a while. John got two new knees earlier this year, but plans to ski again this winter. He planned “to trounce Peter Brown and Steve Anderson on the golf course this summer.” * Ines Ruelius Altemose took daughter Kristen and granddaughter Kayla to France as a high school graduation gift for Kayla, 18. They spent three days enjoying Arles, where the B&B host, a master chef, taught them Provençal cooking. Paris was next with a visit to Versailles. Ines and her husband, David, spend as much time as possible at their Bradley Beach home and hope to retire there in several years. Ines continues her career in clinical research at a biotech company in N.J. * Mickey Jako suffered a detached retina last winter. Fortunately he expects to make a full recovery. Mickey was interviewed by his prep school classmate, Kevin Rafferty (a documentary filmmaker, Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29) for his next project, a film about Phillips Academy in the early ’60s. He still hopes to get married, and he continues to pursue his interests in religion (www.ConfrontingBelievers.com).
Hethie Shores Parmesano writes: “I retired from NERA Economic Consulting in January after 30 years, but am still doing a bit of consulting (energy economics). I took an ‘Introduction to Printmaking’ class in community college last spring and have become addicted to making prints. Who knew I had an artistic impulse? (I did take art appreciation and one studio art class at Colby.)” * Lee Weiser: “After my Colby years, time in the service, and graduate school, I became very involved in lacrosse as an on-field official, a ‘ref.’ If you count the years in college, I’ve been involved with lacrosse for more than 45 years. Within the last year or so, I’ve hung up my penalty flag. My last game locally was with eighth and ninth graders. I simply could not run up and down the field with 13-year-olds. I bragged about having 50-yard eyes and 10-yard legs. Counting intercollegiate, interscholastic, club, and youth lacrosse, I’m guessing that I’ve reffed over a thousand games. My son-in-law, Bruce Fougere ’92, was an All-American lacrosse goalie at Colby; my son, Kahl, and daughter, Caroline, also played. Recently I’ve been recognized with awards from U.S. Lacrosse and the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament. That’s a nice way to end a career and hobby about which I’m so passionate. I must add that Jim Wilson ’67 and Bill Soller were responsible for my introduction to the sport in the mid-60s at Colby. I thank them profoundly. I simply love the sport.” * Merry Mann Shore reports: “I spent four weeks in China this summer, hosted by current and former Hebron Academy students. While I did all the touristy things—the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the world’s largest Buddha—the highlight of the trip was staying in my students’ homes, getting to know their families, and experiencing daily life through their eyes. I’m still teaching—math, western philosophy, and world religions—and don’t even want to think about retiring.” * Barbara Bixby joyfully proclaims that her son, Joshua Abrams, proposed to Jessica Maltz, who Barbara says is “the most wonderful, beautiful girl in the world.” Barbara is “wild with happiness.” * Ed Quinto: “I have no news since I reported that I retired, but I was wondering if there is a way to find some information on my ex-roommate, Richard M. Goldberg.” Rich Goldberg, are you out there?
With our 45th reunion coming up in 2012, some classmates have gotten a jump on reconnecting. Scottie Brewer Brower had a great, albeit short, visit from Marty Mentch when she came east from Albuquerque and to Vermont for a day. Scottie reports that they did not play bridge. Marty retired from teaching Spanish, but Scottie has two more years teaching first and second grades before she retires. Scottie tried to get Fran Colmes Davis to join them, but Fran couldn’t as it was her last week of work before retiring. * Kathy Haskell Whittier attended a reunion with Judy Greer Deforest and Betty Coffey Gross. * In our spring column in Colby, we stated, incorrectly, that Sandy Miller had closed her store in Milton, Mass. Fortunately, Sandy and her store are active and productive. We apologize for the error. Sandy will meet Pattie Whittemore Jenkins and Ruth Elliott Holmes, and she recently had lunch with J.J. Mueller Sinton. Sandy also spent a week on the top of Beech Mountain, N.C., with her daughter’s family. * Kurt Swenson visited the Caribbean a couple of times in winter 2010. Kurt also attended a Colby ATO reunion with Irv Faunce, Doug Howe, Terry Shaw, Chris Sinton, Terry Stratton, Tom Watson, and Dave Watterson. Ross (Skip) Kolhonen, a DKE, crashed the party late in the evening since he was headed to the North Haven (Maine) Golf tournament with Terry Stratton. Kurt’s retirement keeps him busy as a result of the Swenson Granite Company offering to take Rock of Ages Corporation private. Kurt enjoys babysitting his two granddaughters, but his golf game is getting worse rather than better—he decided to do more fly fishing. * After 36 years in Needham, Mass., Jo Ellen and Chuck Levin sold the ‘old homestead’ (I’m told this has a hidden meaning for Tau Delts! As a DU, I have no experience with deception of any type) and moved to a condo in Sudbury. Chuck’s law office remains in Needham. * Charlie and Sally Ray Bennett took a two-week Grand Circle Travel escorted bus tour of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. In August their children, spouses, and grandchildren were in Rhode Island. * Jeanne Philson Sommers retired from working with actuaries for almost 40 years, moved to De Bary, Fla., and lives in a retirement community located on the St. John’s River. * Jim Katz reports he hasn’t done a damned thing worth reporting! For some reason I cannot accept this at face value. We’ll have to pay attention when Jim comes to Mayflower Hill in 2012. * Fred Beyer and his wife are grandparents of twins Billy and Joey, born in December. Fred attended the Common Ground Fair this fall. * Annette Sandrock lives on Martha’s Vineyard, where she teaches high school English. Annette’s daughter passed the bar and practices law in Massachusetts. * After 35 years in Hingham, Mass., Tony Wilkins moved into Boston and worked as managing director of Loomis Sayles. Tony was introduced to Joanna McGee, niece of Dick McGee, Colby’s former football coach and athletic director. Since then Tony retired, Joanna took a position with L.L.Bean, and they moved to Falmouth, Maine. Tony serves on the Maine Audubon board of directors. * Jim Helmer participated in the 25th anniversary Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour. Jim covered the 525 miles driving the support truck that bikers call the “sag wagon.” This fall Jim will watch the University of Colorado football team and scouting adventures in the wild west. * With a somber note we report the death of Susan Hall Lund, who died in Rye, N.H., and leaves her daughter, Sandra, and her son, Robert.
Tom Boghosian sent news from Orr’s Island, Maine, while helping lead kayak excursions. He’s still living and teaching in New Jersey and enjoys having his son Mike and family nearby in Philadelphia, especially for visits with his granddaughter, 2. Son Jeff was married in August. * Matt ’65 and Jemmie Michener Riddell looked forward to their trip to Scotland with four couples in August. * Carl Floyd had retired but now works part time as a technical consultant in submarine imaging systems. He’s back to playing classical guitar and enjoys woodworking. He returned to Farmington, Maine, to visit his parents in June and to celebrate his dad’s 100th birthday and his parents’ 70th anniversary. * Gayle Jobson Poinsette and Garfield Barnes are building a home in Plainfield, Vt., a well-insulated timber-frame house made from local wood with many energy efficiency features and recycled building products. Target completion date is this fall. * Peter Anderson’s wife, Elena, has often referred to Peter’s Pacific Geotechnical Engineering firm as his “other woman” for the past 22 years. The business is now on the market as Peter looks forward to retirement, and some recent interest has him hoping to be monogamous by our 45th reunion. * Karen Riendeau Pacheco is a big fan of Colby’s Alumni College and looked forward to attending again this summer. * Doug and Beth Adams Keene described their South American travel of last May as the trip of a lifetime. Peruvian Amazon, Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Ecuador, and the Galapagos—travel filled with wonders created by both man and nature. “Awesome!” * After graduation John Vermillion attended U of Kansas law school, spent many years in the energy business, and now owns an energy consulting company. He and his wife, Carole, live near St. Paul, Minn., have two children and two grandchildren, have traveled extensively in the Caribbean, and made their first trip to Europe last summer. * Another traveler checked in from far away. In July Deb Anglim Higgins wrote from France about her three-week adventure there, visiting a French friend, touring Provence and the Cote D’Azur, and chartering a boat for a week on the Canal Du Midi. Fabulous foods, wines, and sights all along the way, reports Deb. * Lynn (Longfellow ’65) and Gary Knight’s summer travel was precipitated by an invitation to visit Lynn’s classmate Loretta Kirn Lichtmannegger at her home in Salzburg, Austria. They had a week in Vienna, then drove the autobahn through southern Germany. * Retired physician Bob Davis and his wife, Nancy, split their time between Ashland, Ohio, and Basalt, Colo. They have nine grandchildren in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Bob is taking courses in metal sculpture and is also carving Kachina dolls, an interest stemming from his residency in Albuquerque, where he developed an interest in Southwest art. * Beth Peo Armstrong hosted Pam Harris Holden, Jemmie Michener Riddell, Diane Leach Wilbur, and me at her lovely summer home in Woods Hole, Mass., for a “girls weekend” in late June. We all agreed that Colby friendships age really well. * Jeff Lederman, a 2005 Colby grad, and his father are trying to track down classmates of Jeff’s uncle, Mark Lederman, who drowned the summer between his sophomore and junior years at Colby. Mark was a biology major. If you remember him, please contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org, 646-530-2763, or 145 E. 16th St., 2M, New York, NY 10003. It would mean a lot to them. * Your 45th reunion committee is hard at work planning a spectacular reunion for next June. BE THERE!
THANK YOU JAN! Did we have a wonderful reunion or what? Jan Wood Parsons and her committee orchestrated a perfect weekend without ever actually meeting as a group. The electronic age is wonderful. Thanks to Gloria and John Tewhey for hosting the reception/dinner at their Gorham, Maine, home on Thursday. Upon checking in we picked up our reunion T-shirt with another winning design by Chris Brown. His design featured sketch images of six notable people from our era including JFK, MLK, John Lennon, and RELS! Dr. Strider was a guest of the College that weekend and was presented with a T-shirt by Jan. He plans to have it framed. On Friday we toured the back roads to Rockport for a nice luncheon sail on the Heron. The weather was perfect. Friday night we had a wonderful gab fest and dinner at the Village Inn in Belgrade. Saturday’s planned nature walk with Marty Dodge was a washout as was the parade of classes and the tour of “Old Waterville.” Rick Davis was honored with a Colby Brick. Pam Plumb Carey spoke about her book, Minor League Mom. That was followed by a Class of 1965 panel open to all discussing changes in society and Colby over the last 49 years. Chris Brown, Dave Fearon, Bob Rogers, and Nancy Godley Wilson recalled a variety of things. Jan Wood Parsons attempted to moderate the discussion. No names, but those you recall as “windy” still are! * Tom and Nancy Ryen Morrione visited Scandinavia last July. Tom presented a research paper at the International Sociological Association conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. They started the trip in Norway, where Nancy visited the little town of Ryen, where her roots are, before driving via Stavanger and Stockholm to the conference. Tom continues as professor of sociology at Colby and will teach a course on nonprofit organizations and philanthropy next spring. Nancy is on the road recruiting in her job with the Colby admissions office. * Cris and Eliot Terborgh used the reunion trip to visit their son, John ’94, and family. They missed the birth of grandson Graham Eliot Terborgh—perhaps Colby ’31?—by two weeks. * Virgil Hervey had his one act play, Parking Spaces, selected as one of 12 from 85 submissions to be produced as part of a festival in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. * Linda Stearns works part time as a passenger service agent at Bangor International Airport and does a little office work for a local psychiatrist. She and Tom keep busy with their 1835-era house repairs and a very productive 12-foot “farm” with raspberries, strawberries, three peach trees, a salad garden, and sweet potatoes. Their Newfoundland, Alice, helps supervise. * Jean (Hoffmann ’66) and Neil Clipsham went on a Danube cruise and spent time this summer “tending the veg plot and spoiling the granddaughters.” * Dave Hatch moved to Venice Island, Fla., from Fort Myers. “Am enjoying the beach, walking, and fishing” * Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton had to miss reunion as her husband, Frank, had a stroke in December 2009. He’s on the mend and they planned to picnic at Johnson Pond this summer on the way to their summer place in Brooklin, Maine. * After reunion our new class prez, Harold Kowal, had a golf date with his son-in-law. One of the other pair was introduced as Stan. Harold, recognizing the voice asked. “Are you Stan Dubitsky?” He said “Yes, who are you?” Harold stated his name. Still no reaction. So Harold said, “Stan, I was your roommate at Colby in the Tau Delt House.” Still nothing. So Harold said, “I was Boobsie” and lights went on. So remember, just because you have spent the last 45 years becoming a big deal, you will still be Boobsie to your oldest friends. * Hail, Colby, Hail.
Martha Farrington Mayo: “Thanks to positive experiences at Colby reunions, I’m very much involved in the final preparation for the Cony High School 50th reunion. I’m organizing a mini-Chizzle Wizzle (the high school variety show that is a well over 100-year tradition). The finale is the tambourine line routine—that I’m confident I could teach to 8 to 10 in the Class of 1964—when we take the stage and acknowledge we are one of the most generous classes ever.” * George Shur: “I did not attend my prep school 50th, but I did receive a compilation of my classmates’ reminiscences of their high school years and, surprise, I was far from the only one who felt out of place or lost or both. At our Colby reunions many of you told me of your insecurities and fears as first-year college students. Some were able to cover it up better than others. Maybe all of us had more in common than we ever believed. Martha and I can’t imagine things being better than they are now—and we ain’t covering up nothin’!” * Gloria Shepherd: “My high school reunion was fabulous! It took a year of planning and everything was perfect, including a visit to the old school building with a recording of us singing the school song at our graduation. Alums came from all over the country and even from Mexico.” * Jim Harris returned to Mamaroneck, N.Y., last October for his 50th. “I found a friend I hadn’t seen or spoken to in 50 years. I remember thinking in 1960 that 2000 was 40 years away and would I be around to see the millennium. It seemed like such a lloonngg time away.” * P.J. Downing: “I’m looking forward to my 50th high school reunion in September. I’ve been back every five years just like at Colby, and we have a core group that always shows up! I anticipate the birth of my second grandchild in August.” * Jean Martin Fowler: “There was a Broadway show about my ‘typical inner city’ and ‘perfect’ town, it’s community spirit, football games, parades, etc. It has changed a lot. However, there are still many energetic, bright kids graduating from Irvington High. Our class started an alumni scholarship fund with four other classes and we’ve funded a scholarship for a graduating senior four years in a row. On a different subject, my husband and I enjoyed a small river boat cruise with friends to Portugal through the Duro Valley—port wine country!” * Frank Parker went to his reunion in Concord, Mass., and found 19 of 26 living classmates there, eight of whom had not been back for 50 years! * Larry Dyhrberg: “My 50th takes place this September. My 13-year-old daughter was on Mayflower Hill this summer for field hockey camp. I took her up and on the way to West Quad pointed out the window to the room in Averill that I shared with Bob Drewes our first year. * In other news, Suzy Noyes Mague and Barbara Carr Howson had a lovely trip exploring southern history in Natchez and Vicksburg, Miss., and St. Francisville, La., at the height of the spring flower season. That next week Suzy’s kids and grandkids arrived for Jazz Fest. * BJ Campbell had two successful hip replacements so she can dance at her wedding to Frank LeRose Oct. 10! Weezie Lippschutz Silliman plans to be there. They’ll honeymoon in Sedona, Ariz., with a day and night at the Grand Canyon and a hot air balloon ride. If anyone is near Hilton Head, stop and say hi. BJ and Frank are in Sun City, 12 miles from the island. * Marcia Phillips Sheldon went on her first “Road Scholar” trip (formerly Elderhostel), a five-day bicycling program in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey countryside. She had a fabulous time.
Linda and Al Carville toured Alaska when daylight was at its peak of 21-plus hours. They covered the state, including Mt. Denali, and saw a mile-wide glacier “calve.” Al will cruise up the Maine coast with Rod Pierce and get beaten at cribbage. “…In another month or so planning for our 50th reunion, in 2013, will begin.” * Allen and Rosemary Blankenship Hubbard had a great time with Donna Cobb Lawrence (Rosemary’s “roomie”) and husband Joe Teagarden, who visited them in North Carolina. Rosemary and Al took their daughter and grandson to visit Niagara Falls and Chautauqua. * Bill ’62 and Barb Haines Chase spent a week on the Blackfoot Indian Reservation in Montana with Global Volunteers. This was their first time immersed in a culture from our history, and they found it enlightening to work together on projects on the reservation. They went to northern Idaho to visit a friend from their Alaska days and headed to Maine in August. * Monte and Cindy Richmond Hopper spent part of the winter in Venice, Fla., and saw Paul and Anita Nourse Largent, who live in Englewood. They’d love to know of other classmates in the area. On their two-month, 13,000-mile road trip “around our magnificent country” they visited Paul and Mary Jo Cahill Schroeder. They also went on a cruise to Alaska and just missed Wayne and Mary Dexter Wagner at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. * Doug Mulcahy, aka Muldoon, plays golf and gigs at retirement communities. His son got into 10 colleges but decided on UConn and will graduate debtless! * Mel and Jean Elliott Thomason spend winters aboard their trawler in Florida. On their way north they visited Karna Bjorklund Hoagland (Jean’s freshman roommate) and husband, Bob, who have a condo on Pawley’s Island, S.C. Jean and Karna both left after freshman year but have fond memories of Colby and friends. * The Boston Globe had a wonderful article about Jim McConchie. Jim wonders how many Tau Delt brothers remember the trips to the Maine racetracks from Waterville. To read the very moving article, go to www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/07/13/gamblings_losers/?s_campaign=8315. * Jim Westgate is relieved that the political upheaval in Bangkok has calmed down. He wrote about spending time with a former student working on an Operation Smile project (fixing cleft palates). Jim swims in the canal in front of his country home and does yoga. He had a wonderful phone visit with Judy Magalhaes. * Nancy (Godley ’65) and John Wilson are enjoying their third summer in their Deer Isle home and will stay until December. They look forward to visits from family and friends. * Karen Forslund Falb had a visit from Lillian Waugh and husband David Yelton
Your class officers, Bob Burke, Steve Chase, and Diane Scrafton Cohen Ferreira, visited Colby June 3-6 to observe the Class of ’60 celebrate its 50th reunion. You should have received Bob’s note encouraging all to plan ahead and get involved in ours—at the very least by returning June 2-5, 2011, for a guaranteed great time! * Penny Dietz Sullivan volunteered to help with reunion. She wrote from “beautiful” New Bern, N.C., where she and Paul are “happily” retired. They enjoy golf, bridge, canasta, and dominoes. Penny worked for the 2010 census and looks forward to seeing everyone at the 50th. * Tom and Dotty Boynton Kirkendall completed their fourth bareboat charter in the British Virgin Islands with two sons and their families—nine in all. “There was extra excitement when our 44-foot sloop escaped its mooring in Cane Garden Bay with no one aboard. Quick thinking by son Bob rescued the boat just before a pending crash on the rocky shore.” A six-week cruise of the South Pacific islands, including Hawai`i, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand, and Australia is planned for September. Dotty and Tom spend summers on North Pond, Belgrade Lakes, just 20 minutes from Colby; they want to hear from classmates planning to attend the 50th. * David Moore attended his 45th medical school reunion and still lives in Framingham, Mass. For the past three years Dave’s been practicing medical orthopedics exclusively. Wife Jaye earned a master of divinity degree at Andover Newton Divinity School and found her “true calling”—she’s now in her seventh year as a hospice chaplin in the Metro West area. * Sandy Nolet Quinlan had “an experience of a lifetime”—a 12-day, private safari in Tanzania with one of Dean’s daughters and her family. “With three generations in our safari wagon, we saw Africa not only from these varied perspectives, but also through the eyes of our expert guide. We were left with a deepened appreciation for the wonder and miracle of the natural world and a wonderful impression of Tanzania and its gentle people.” * Cathie and Terence Lee were in attendance at the 50th reunion of the Class of ’60. “It was great to sing once again with the Colby Eight of the ’50s and ’60s. It’s amazing how you don’t forget the songs and arrangements even 50 years later. The voice quality is another matter!” Terry joined a local barbershop group, the Merrimack Valley Townsmen, that performs at assisted-living and nursing homes. Terry appreciates that the emphasis is on fun, not competition. If anyone reading this in the greater Haverhill, Mass., area wants to sing, let Terry know at email@example.com. Also
We had an AWESOME 50th reunion as 111 of our classmates and their guests can attest. Everyone looked so young, and we even had some “cougars” in attendance! We had such an incredible time! My son Jon ’95 celebrated his 15th and didn’t mind meeting all his mother’s college friends. On my way back to Florida I had lunch with Joanne Price Rockett, who looks great and enjoyed hearing about reunion. * Kim Chase says that those of you who missed the 50th missed a lot. As she says, not all of us have accomplished great things but none of that matters now. Make a vow to never miss another one. Kim’s accomplishments are knowing who she is when she looks in the mirror and having the blessings of being able to walk and talk. She will put off writing the great American novel another year. * Lucky Christof missed reunion, but as a recipient of the aptly named Moments to Remember CD he was there in spirit. He sees his neighbor and fraternity brother Reed Thompson ’59 a lot, and they had a glass of tequila while listening to the old songs. Reed and Lucky had lunch with DU brother Tony Kalloch ’58 recently and it was a great opportunity to lie to each other about how little life’s daily physical pains bother them. * John and Becky Crane Rafferty particularly enjoyed the 50th and the chance to see old friends. John mentioned that Coach Winkin is in the Lakewood Continuing Care Center in Waterville and would love to hear from others who played for him. John remembers that Coach Winkin taught him about never giving up or quitting and made John a pretty good baseball player without having any special talent or ability. * Janet Grout Williams mentioned the heat and humidity in New England this summer: in the “cool” White Mountains of NH it got to 93 degrees at their house and the mountains were nearly invisible. After reunion Janet had a wonderful lunch with Dottie Baldridge Dzenis and Julie Klafstad Runnells, neither of whom made it to reunion. * After Ronald Weber returned from the 50th, he joined Bob Keltie ’59, Brian Blanchard, and Pete Cavari ’61 at a lunch hosted by Bill Hood ’61 in South Delray, Fla. They plan to do it again when the snowbirds come. Ron compliments everybody on the fantastic reunion. * Carol York Fortier’s grandson, Ben, had a wonderful time at reunion. They never slowed down until he left just before the Fourth. Carol then went to the Miss Teen USA pageant in Nassau, Bahamas, where Ben’s sister, Julianne, competed for the crown as Miss Teen Hawaii. * Nancy Bassett Mack had a “great 50th reunion.” Right afterwards they planned her mother’s 100th birthday party and then celebrated their 50th anniversary. They went to Paris in August and then relaxed. * Nancy Shoemaker Dargle enjoyed reunion very much, the first one she attended. Nancy loved the fabulous readings, talking to classmates, and hearing of their wonderful experiences and accomplishments. Right after reunion she moved from Forest, Va., to Winthrop, Maine, to be near her four children and twin sister, Carol. * Steve Curley had a “Colby Day” at the Red Auerbach Basketball School July 21. Steve says it didn’t rival the great time at reunion. * Eunice Bucholz Spooner had summer visits from her family and from Janice Rideout Carr and her husband. Send your reunion pictures to Eunie (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Dec. 31. She has graciously volunteered to make a DVD with our photos. * Judith Allen Ferretti found our 50th great fun and well organized. She sends kudos to the planning committee. * Lucie and Bob “Bo” Haggett scheduled their 50th anniversary celebration for early July
Thank you to all who responded. * Bob Keltie decided to stay in Florida for the summer. He was delighted to host Karen (Beganny ’63) and Skeeter Megathlin along with Connie and Fred Reinmund ’58 at a Florida Panthers NHL game in February, followed by a Megathlin-organized Colby get-together in Naples. Bill Hood ’61 set up a lunch in Delray Beach, where Bob enjoyed reuniting with Brian Blanchard ’60, Pete Cavari ’61, and Ron Weber ’60. * At the end of June Dick Morrison completed a six-year term on the board of governors of the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. This included a term as president and one as program chair. He remained on the marketing committee as they’re revamping the website to take better advantage of social media. He also does a some market research consulting and a few pro bono projects each year for nonprofits in the Boston area. Vera and he divide their time between their home in Northport, Maine, and their condo on the Chelsea, Mass., waterfront. They had their granddaughter, Lilly, 5, with them for three nights in Maine. They went to the beach and watched Sponge Bob. * Mary Jane and Tony Ruvo spent July and August on the eastern seaboard, first at Long Beach Island, N.J., with friends, then Quonochonataug, R.I., with Mary Jane’s roommate’s family. Then it was on to Hilton Head Island for three weeks. * Judy Colbath Drinon has a great story in these difficult times. Many years ago she and her husband bought a recommended stock, which performed relatively well. Recently this stock, a Spanish bank, bought a U.S. bank. In April they received a call from the VP of stockholder relations inviting them to the annual stockholders meeting as the bank’s guests. In June they and another American couple flew first class to Madrid, travelled north by train to Santander, attended the shareholder’s dinner and meeting, and then returned to Madrid for first-class sightseeing, five-star accommodations, and meals. “A priceless experience!” * Edo Foresman Donaldson and Kiki Kies Madden stayed in a B&B in Oakland in July and explored the area and, of course, visited Colby. Since they didn’t get to the 50th, it was a good trip down memory lane. Edo and Bill are still full-time RVers, spending winters in Arizona and summers visiting their four children and seven grandchildren. * Alex and Gladys Frank Bernyk downsized from a huge house in Saratoga to a comfortable one-story house in San Jose. They celebrated their 50th anniversary June 11. Their five children took them to Yosemite for Memorial Day weekend with the grand dinner at the Ahwanee Hotel. Gladys keeps busy with the League of Women Voters, AAUW (permanent public policy chair), and the Assistance League. Gladys would be happy to see anyone who is in Silicon Valley. * John and Denny Kellner Palmer spent the summer at their cottage in Raymond, Maine, and Aaron and Cyndy Crockett Mendelson stopped by on their way back from Kezar Lake. Denny recommends visiting the Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, which she visited with Penny Burns Winship early in the summer. * Tink Batchelder Weeks is still “reliving” the fun of seeing everyone at the 50th. She had a wonderful trip to Alaska with some neat flying over the glaciers and around the mountains at Denali. She planned a visit with friends in England and Scotland in September. * Elaine (Healey ’62) and Paul Reichert celebrated their 50th anniversary in N.H. in July (March actual month) with their four boys and their families. They helped their son build a woodshed and split wood. In September they planned to go to Portland, Ore., and then to Helena, Mont., with the Friendship Force Club before attending the international conference in Washington, D.C., in October. They also planned to attend the fall conference of U.S. Power Squadrons in Florida before attending the national conference in Orlando in February.
In June Ding and Betty Cooper Cochran took an Alaskan cruise with their oldest daughter’s family. They learned a lot and even “got a peek at Russia” from Wasilla. They spent part of the summer at Skaneateles Lake, N.Y. “Life is good!” * In May Walter and Maggie Smith Henry, Ellie Fortenbaugh de la Bandera, and Marcia Griggs Atsaves had a mini-reunion at Marcia’s apartment at Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Del. They had Maine lobster tails with some wonderful wine Maggie brought and lots of other good seafood. Ellie made empanadas and brought special South American sausages. They took walks on the beach and visited a maritime museum and a local art gallery with a big mural of Renoir’s The Boating Party. Marcia enjoys long weekends at Sea Colony, playing tennis and spending afternoons on the beach, often swimming the half-mile length of the beach. “Are there any other Colby friends out there who want to come play tennis and sit on the beach with me? Since Mario died, I’ve been trying to bring friends with me more often.” * Ted and Sally Howes Hansen took a wonderful trip to Norway last summer. They visited Oslo briefly, then joined a group for a five-day trip to fjord country. They were impressed by the overwhelming beauty of the fjords—the Hardanger, the Sogn, and especially the Geiranger—the cascading waterfalls, the sheer mountain cliffs going into the sea, and the snow-clad peaks. They also rode the amazing Flam Railway and got to see the world-famous Briksdal Glacier. In Alesund they caught a Hurtigruten coastal ship at midnight (still very light out) for the trip south to the lovely city of Bergen. Their hotel was centrally located on Ole Bull Square, near Bryggen Harbour, the popular fish and flower market, the University of Bergen, and the funicular ride to Mt. Floien with its great views of the city and the fjords. Sally’s advice: “If you go, be sure to get The Rough Guide to Norway, which we found very helpful.” * Harry and Joan Shaw Whitaker attended Colby’s reunion weekend to see some Class of 1960 friends. They enjoyed a gathering of Sigma Theta Psi members and spouses at the Mt. Vernon home of Quimby Robinson ’61. Attending were Judith (Ingram ’60) and Doug Hatfield, Bill Barnett ’59, Bud Johnson ’59, Waring Blackburn ’60, Bob Hartman ’60, Bernie Scherban ’60, and Pete Van Alyea ’60. They also attended a cookout celebrating the return home of Elmer Bartels ’62 after many weeks of hospitalization and rehab, spending time with Marge and Bill Barnett ’62, Sue and Bob Hartman ’60, and Charlie Twigg ’57. * Pam and Dave Adams had such a great time towing their son’s travel trailer around Florida last spring that they made the leap and bought their own. They’ll tour the maritime provinces this fall and spend Thanksgiving with the Atlanta branch of the family. “The nearby Army Corps Parks are quite appealing for us trailer park folks.” * Bruce Blanchard and John Edes again competed in the annual Maffe Foundation Golf Tournament in Bloomfield, Conn. Bruce’s short game and John’s putting had them finish third. Over the past seven years their team has won once, come in second twice, and third three times. The two have played in a charitable tournament for 25 years now. “Soon we may compete with walkers, but so far we are just fine!”
It’s been years since we have had a HOT summer like this one! Hope that everyone kept cool! * Peter and Dr. Jeanne Arnold Jeffries have researched genealogy for more than 30 years and now offer workshops for beginners and those who have hit “dead ends.” In March they drove to Salt Lake City for skiing and more extensive research. Jeanne, who has been on the board of directors for the Sheldon Family Association (her ancestry) for 10 years, will assume the presidency this year. * Barbara and Marc Stahl have been retired from their consulting business since 1997 and live in Eastham on Cape Cod. Marc keeps busy volunteering on town committees and with nonprofit organizations, playing golf, and traveling world wide. * Pat Martin Maloney had a great summer in Harrisville, N.H., where she played the clarinet at local town festivals, band concerts, and Fourth of July celebrations with the Nelson Town Band. Pat is also part-time organist at her church in Dublin. I was sorry to read about her mother’s passing, but what a wonderful life she had for 101 years. * Rose Stinson Ebsworth’s news from Cambridge, England, tells of a very warm and dry summer that made the “English green” lawn’s suffer greatly. Rose and her husband spent 10 days in Maine in May, mostly on Deer Isle visiting family. They also spent time at some of their favorite Maine birding spots including Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, which prompted them to join Maine Audubon. * Arlett and Mac Harring traveled in their fifth-wheel trailer around Florida this spring, visiting friends and playing tourist all the way to Key West. This summer they went to Utah, then into Canada and eventually Vancouver and the Northwest Territories. * Anne Schimmelpfennig Laszlo finds that traveling is very challenging, all the way around. Anne spent 10 days in Guatemala over Easter week and found the country beautiful and eminently healthy! Fresh food straight from the market, smoking ban in all public places, and, where she stayed in Antigua and Lake Atitlan, a photographer’s delight! * Leslie Wyman Randolph-Brancart, who visited her daughter’s family in Denver last May, also saw Janet Kimball Clymer while there. Janet’s progress is remarkable, and Leslie found her in good spirits and able to share her delightful sense of humor. Her physical therapy is going well, she’s regaining some speech, and she got a faithful chocolate lab who will be her “assistance dog.” Leslie hopes to visit Seoul, South Korea, to visit her son and daughter-in-law, both educators there. * During Yarmouth’s annual July Clam Festival, a pleasant surprise awaited me (Eleanor Ewing Vigue): Jo Deans Auchincloss ’60, a Tri Delt friend I hadn’t seen in over 50 years. Jo’s grandson, Andrew, and our grandson, Patrick, are in a Yarmouth High School band, Low Flying Airplanes, which won the State of Maine “best band” competition. “Gigs” for the boys have been flying high ever since, including a Boston performance and one very special to Jo, Guy, and me held during the Clam Festival. Great fun seeing Jo, especially in such unusual circumstances. * Buddy Bates says, “to those who contributed to Colby’s annual fund last year, thank you so much for helping our class meet and exceed our goals. Our class raised $76,565 toward our goal of $77,000 and we had 68 percent participation, exceeding our goal by two percent. * Our class response for the columns has been very good and we thank you! Please don’t forget that we have space constraints and in fairness do not include the same classmates two issues in succession.
Once again, classmates, greetings from Ole Cape Cod. In June John and I, along with the Sortors and Kathy McConaughy Zambello, went to Waterville for reunion weekend. We attended several events but were focused on the planning session for next year. After the seminar, we walked the campus visiting as many potential meeting sites as possible. Hopefully, we will get Mary Low as our home base. We want to set up a cafe where folks can meet, greet, and just hang out between activities. * Thanks to those sent in newsy notes. From Wellington, Fla., Richard Abedon writes, “I received the Pro Bono Award from the Florida Supreme Court earlier in the year. In addition to this work with the underprivileged, I sit on four boards and am co-chair of Florida Stage, a theatre company that produces new plays by American playwrights. Most importantly, I bike 30 miles a day. Robin is still an educational consultant. We have been fortunate to spend time with Allan Landau ’55, Peter Lunder, Sonny Slater, Donny Kupersmith, and Bob Sage ’49.” * From western Massachusetts Richard Hellawell reports, “Pat and I returned early this spring so that Pat could have her second knee replacement in Boston. We’re in Stockbridge until mid October then back to Palm Beach Gardens for the winter.” * Bob and Celeste Travers Roach have improved health-wise and enjoy retirement. Since Celeste is the family chauffeur and doesn’t like long drives, we probably won’t see them next June. Bob has been one of our loyal non-Colby reunion attendees and will surely be missed. * Hope Palmer Bramhall took a fabulous trip through the Canadian Maritimes with the Sortors. On their return they saw Kathy McConaughy Zambello and Larry Pugh, who shared the exciting news that Colby’s capital campaign exceeded its goal. Kathy spent the summer in Damariscotta and reported that William Ganem ’54 and his wife rented the cottage next door. “It was a treat to hang out with them. We had a mini ATO reunion that included Barbara Nardozzi Saxon, Willard Wyman, and Ruthann Simmonds Mac Kinnon.” * Willard Wyman has aptly named our 55 reunion “our last hurrah,” and we’re hoping it will be a big hurrah, at least. Please mark your 2011 calendar now. June 2-5. Yes, we will have an early outing as in the past. Yes, we are guests of the College. Yes, it will be worth your time and effort. Frank Huntress said it well: “It is no secret that we are a devoted class family with tight bonds and happy memories. We can build on these features.” Let’s do it! * John and I wish you a happy, healthy fall. We are grateful for each of you.
This is my first column for our class! Heartfelt thanks to Ann Burnham Deering for her extraordinary job as correspondent. Hers are big shoes to fill, but I trust you will help by sending news for each column. * WOW! President Bro Adams announced that Colby’s Reaching the World campaign had stunning success with $376 million in gifts and pledges, exceeding the goal by $6 million. THANKS TO YOU and 25,000 Colby family who helped! * Good News! George Haskell is our next class president. In his acceptance letter he remarked that he has come to realize that “every five years is one of the most enjoyable and memorable weekends that I can consistently count on. ... I’m impressed with my classmates’ willingness to help and the wonderful interactions that result from volunteering. ... It occurred to me that at Colby I made close friends in classes behind and ahead of me, so I’ve decided to attend reunion for the next two years to catch up with the Classes of 1956 and 1957!” FYI: The office of class vice president has been eliminated and the alumni council has been reduced to 45 members. * Dave Roberts faithfully served his term and attended council meetings. Many thanks, Dave! * KUDOS to two volunteer committees. First, the 55th reunion: Jane Millett Dornish, Ann Burnham Deering, Germaine Michaud Orloff, Ellie Small Hudson, Judy Orne Shorey and of course, our “fearless leader,” Palmer McAuliff ’08, in the alumni office. Good choice of souvenirs: umbrellas! It really rained! Second, fundraising: Jane, Ann, Germaine, Ellie, Ann, Kathie, Kathie Flynn Carrigan, Jane Whipple Coddington, and George Haskell. Headed by Selden and Sue Biven Staples, they did very well, just one percent below the winning participation of the Class of 1960 (67 percent). By June’s end, however, we ’55ers hit the mark with 68-percent participation and broke the record of any other ’55 reunion year with a grand total of $96,435! * Judy and Andy Boissevain were hiking in Austria and Switzerland for the month of June. Last fall they cruised down the entire western coast, “around the horn,” and ended in Rio! * Jane and John Dutton loved the Emerald Isle. They’ll be east in October to lead four Californians on a two-week New England tour. * Marie and Vic Ladetto announce the birth of their granddaughter, Margaret Stefania Knakpczyk, born April 29 to his daughter, Katherine, a nurse practitioner, and her husband Dr. Maciej Knapczyk, a scientist. Their son, John, a specialist in pulmonary disease and critical care, and wife Stephanie, a pediatrician, are the parents of Allison, 11, and Reece, 9. Vic and Marie celebrated their 49th anniversary August 19! Congratulations to all! * What a joy to see Kathy McConaughy Zambello ’56 on campus! She and classmate Lou worked tirelessly for Colby for many years. Lou is sorely missed. We hold all our fallen classmates and their families in our hearts. * Cheers! Keep in touch!
Herb Adams spent a delightful day on the golf course with Lois McCarty Carlson and Art Eddy and reports that Lois is “long off the tee” and that he had difficulty with his third putts. Herb, who has had three aortal aneurisms repaired with one more to go, continues to preach but now calls his sermons “provocations.” * Diane Chamberlin Starcher spent the summer visiting family in the States and Canada. * Roger ’53 and Dorothy Forster Olson live four months at their cabin in Monson, Maine, and the remainder of the year in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Dorothy has just received signature statues in the Gold Coast Watercolor Society, of which she has been president for two years and has served on its board. She and Roger continue to enjoy good health but both confess to slowing down a bit. * As Herb Adams reported, he, Lois, and I had a grand day on the fairways of Purpoodock Golf Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Anne and I had a pleasant stay at Lois’s house on the rocky coast. On the way to Belfast we played 18 holes with Judy Jenkins Totman’s husband, Frank ’53, at The Ledges in York, Maine, and on the way home we had a brief visit with Art White ’52 in Bath.
As I read the ’53 column in the summer Colby, it all sounded similar to what I’m writing for this issue. You will note that, I am sure. Ginnie Falkenbury Aronson did, indeed, take her trip through Maine and the Maritimes. She said the visit to Biddeford Pool where she spent summers of her childhood every August brought back nice memories. She took an extended two-week trip into New Brunswick, P.E.I., and Nova Scotia, accompanied by a traveling companion from Princeton. They enjoyed comfortable temperatures of 54 to 64 degrees after leaving Virginia’s 102. She did stop to see Colby. Y I, too, stopped briefly at the Colby campus on my way to visit my son, Richard, at Moosehead Lake. I spent three wonderful days with him, hiking with our dogs near Big Squaw Mountain and then a four-mile jeep ride, which took an hour, into his wilderness camp. * Quinn and Ruth Sheehan Bersani live a couple of towns from me at Brooksby Village, Peabody, Mass. They do some volunteering and local traveling. Quinn says that Barbara Cheeseman Hooper ’52 moved there and is very active in that community. The Bersanis, as well, visit Colby when they visit a sister in Norridgewock. Their children live from Massachusetts to Alaska and New Zealand and were lucky to visit New Zealand two years ago. Ruth continues to keep in touch with Millie Thornhill Reynolds. * Carolyn English Caci still works a couple of days a week at UMass Lowell, where she took time out to send me her note. She mentioned it is pretty quiet there without students buzzing around. She did go see Marty Friedlaender, who died Sept. 3, in early June when she flew to Maryland with her sister to visit Tommi (Loretta) Thompson Staples. Then all three went to New York City to see Marty, such a dear friend all these years. * Please let me hear from more classmates. Any news is welcome.
Thanks to those great fellow ’52ers who came through with news. Let’s begin with Edie Carpenter Sweeney, who, on July 25, had a “double whammy birthday celebration with my 80th and Arthur’s 88th birthdays. Forty old friends, neighbors, and relatives gathered at our home in South Freeport, Maine, for lunch and fun!” * Hugh Chandler said that “In spite of obvious senility I’m still teaching (every other semester) at the University of Illinois, Urbana. This fall, presumably, I’ll do a course on metaphysics. My daughter, Leslie, is a forester who lives in Washington state. She has two children. I go there to see the family, walk in the woods, and eat turkey once a year.” * Norm Crook says, “This full-time RVing is the ultimate opportunity. We are currently parked at the Roanoke Mt. campground on the Blue Ridge as campground hosts, greeting all kinds of folk from all over the world. Volunteering makes for an easy way to spend a fairly cool summer.” * Carolyn Stigman Burnham still winters in Sarasota, but in the summer she lives beside Sebago Lake in Raymond and operates their summer business of renting family housekeeping cottages. Look them up at www.wind-in-pines.com. * Don Hailer says, “It’s been a busy family summer so far. The only person I have seen is Lum (George) Lebherz. We meet with two other couples. Lum’s son, Chris ’85, returned in June to his 25th reunion at Mayflower Hill. The third couple had a son, Paul Hersey ’73, and the fourth couple had a grandson who graduated seven or eight years ago. So we are definitely Hail, Colby, Hail.” * Warren ’51 (now deceased) and Betty Levardsen Finegan’s daughter, Kate, comes east every year for a visit. Betty then drives her and her two boys to the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, where she visits a high school pal. * Dick Chamberlin hears from friends in Waterville about walking around the Alfond track at Colby. Dick walked there himself and reports that the entire facility, football field and track, is wonderful. “Having had the experience of competing in races on the tracks at the old campus and also on Mayflower Hill, the new track is comfortable to walk on and the landscaping around it is great. My wife and I joined several others on a beautifully clear, sunny morning, some jogging and some, like us, just walking. It was great!” * Art White’s grandson is a senior at Hotchkiss, and Art took him to Colby recently. “We had a great time and the campus looks beautiful. What a great place! My grandson loved it. After visiting seven schools Colby is his first choice. Of course my granddaughter loved Colby also and, although it was her first choice, it was the only college that rejected her. Bummer! She ended up at St. Lawrence where she has done very well.” * As for yours truly, I’m still active in theater projects after all these years. Not many parts available for “an old broad,” but I still perform around the Cape in a readers’ theater group and recently did a one-night performance of Gurney’s Love Letters. * So good to hear from these folks. Next time, it’s your turn.
Greetings to members of the “greatest generation class.” Hopefully you are well and enjoying a cool autumn. We had excessive heat this summer in Villanova, Pa. My family took our trek to Orleans on Cape Cod for our annual family reunion, including our four sons and eight grandchildren. Life is good. * Lori (Arcese ’54) and George Wales, who live in Granville, Ohio, took a wonderful western trip to the Rockies, Glacier Park, and Yellowstone. Their son, Doug, is chairman of the tourist group, and they had a great family trip. Lorraine is celebrating her 39th year as music director of the Vail Foundation at Dennison University. * I hope some of you made it to Colby’s reunion in June and that someone will report who was there. * I hear from Walt Russell almost daily, as we strive to correct some political misdirection. * Ned Stuart is in the mountains of North Carolina, enjoying a good life with Barbara. * Please stay in touch. Did you make the list of contributors to the Colby Fund this June? It’s never too late. Remember Colby in your will. Anything will help. All the best to the best.
Bill and I were sorry we couldn’t come to the 60th reunion, but Patty Root Wheeler and George Wiswell filled me in on the weekend, which, except for some rain, was a lot of fun. No class parade, which was disappointing. * Patty and Ellen Kenerson Gelotte mentioned some of the people they spent time with: Dick and Nancy Ardiff Boulter, Nancy’s sister, Eleanor Ardiff Ormiston ’60, who now lives in Switzerland, Peter and Jeanine Fenwick Starrett, Gloria Gordon Goldman, Charlie Smith, Joan Seekins McDermott, Bob Rosenthal, Harriet (Sargent ’49) and George Wiswell, Connie Foxcroft Perrigo, Barbara Starr Wolf, Pete and Puss Tracey Tanguay, and Ruth Endicott Freeman ’49 and her daughter, Lynn Sauer. Jeanine and Peter are trying to sell their house in Phoenix but plan to stay in the area. Barbara Starr Wolf came back from six months in Argentina so she would be here for our reunion. Bob Rosenthal had CDs made of Bottoms Up and gave them to Ellen and some of the others who were in that musical. They were so pleased! Bev Deschenes Libby rarely misses a reunion, but they were planning to sell their house in Arizona and moving to Georgia to be near their son and his family. Patty commented that the President’s State of the College talk was well attended and very interesting with a lot of question-and-answer time. As always, the lobster bake was terrific. They visited the new bookstore and the museum of art. One of the lectures they enjoyed was a history of the College in pictures, a “Tale of Two Campuses.” Colby built the first building on the old campus in 1821. The fascinating program was shown on a large screen in the Diamond Building. Our class dinner in Foss started with a reception. Sunday morning was brunch at Dana, and it was a good time to visit before ending the weekend. Patty mentioned what a great job the young people did. They were excellent golf-cart drivers and polite and very helpful. “A job well done, from kitchen help to welcome to directions—no matter what!” * August was an exciting month for the Wiswells: Grandson Tim ’01 was married in Newport, David was married in Quogue, L.I., and George and Harriet (Sargent ’48) celebrated their 62nd anniversary! * Norm White was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in July. Norm, who died in 1955, was captain of Colby’s baseball team in 1948 and 1950 and contributed greatly to Maine baseball during his brief life. Y We were saddened to learn from Ruth Carpenter that Ernie Carpenter died June 3 in Westlake Village, Calif. In addition to Ruth he is survived by three children and four grandchildren. * Best to you all, and please let me hear from the rest of you, either about reunion or what you are doing in retirement, if you are retired.
Here’s the news from our classmates. A long letter from Charles Cotton in Hermon, Maine, reports he has five grandchildren and keeps busy as a handyman for widows in the neighborhood—mowing lawns, snow blowing, etc. He also volunteers in a retirement home. All of which keeps him fit. One thing he’s proud of since Colby is that on Armistice Day 2009, at a breakfast for veterans, he and a Coast Guard sailor were the only two who could fit in—and wore—their original uniforms. I guess he is fit! He’s always wanted to attend reunions, but as a schoolteacher, plus truck farming and maintaining an apple orchard, he never made it. His wife, Joyce, passed away this spring having suffered from Alzheimer’s, several cancer operations, and blindness. He is proud he took care of her himself. She was a lab technician dealing with mercury and was full of it at the time of her death. Charles regrets that he waited to transfer to Colby as a junior and therefore didn’t get to know as many of us as he would have liked. * Alice Rogers Parker reports that, after a fall and many injuries, she and her husband, George, moved to an assisted living facility. They’re making a good recovery. Her new address is 35700 Hunter Ave., Apt. 209, Westland, MI 48185. * Conrad and Martha (Jackson) White still sing together. They met in 1946 in the Glee Club and have been singing ever since—64 years to be exact! They sing in two concerts a year with the Western Carolina chorus and have had four overseas chorale trips to Germany/Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland/Italy, and Ireland/Scotland. They are most proud that they still raise their voices with energy and good harmony. Having retired to North Carolina 20 years ago, they keep busy volunteering in church and town. In addition Conrad’s recording and production skills keep him busy. Their daughter and her family live nearby, and their son and his wife are in HoHoKus, N.J. * Ruth Clements McGill stays very busy with genealogical research and has several family books in the works. “Doing genealogical research,” she says, “is like eating peanuts, and there is always another surprise ancestor or a new line to add.” Ruth goes twice a week to the wellness center to keep going physically (“a snail burning up the track”) and takes a weekly ceramics class (“mostly social”) at the senior center. * Good to hear from June White Rosenberg, who reports she is “still married to the same guy, still have three kids, although they have multiplied. We have retired, like most our age, are not as spry (were we ever?), and need captions on television.” * Edward A. Waller says, “Watch it—I’m moving up!” His grandson named his rabbit after him! Ed is still in touch with George Wiswell ’50. * It’s been wonderful hearing from so many. I hope to hear from others next time.
Dave Choate didn’t have much to report, but we found his letter interesting! “I still teach weekly at a high school in Denver that specializes in teaching English to refugees—very rewarding! Last November we spent three weeks in India—a totally fascinating experience. We saw the Taj, inspected palaces, followed a tiger in a national park, witnessed cremations on the Ganges, and wandered through centuries-old villages with streets no wider that a single cart and too narrow for rickshaws. Highways were one great melee of camels, water buffalos, elephants, rickshaws, and goats all going is various directions. Not to mention families living by the roadside doing their daily ablutions. This November we’re taking a cruise through the Panama Canal. Our batteries are running down!” * We had an interesting spring. In April Dorothy fell and broke three ribs. We had to remain in Florida until late May to allow her to mend and to have the stamina to make the trip north. Consequently, we missed our first Colby commencement in more than 25 years. We remained in Dedham, Mass., for only a couple of weeks and then returned to Jupiter, Fla., for five weeks. Dorothy demonstrated her complete recovery with a hole in one on our home course. As we write these notes we are back in Dedham and plan to take a trip to Maine (of course we will stop at Colby) and perhaps on to Canada. Since we sold our boat last summer we have time to do other things in the summer, but we still miss sailing and our sloop Hero. * Phyllis O’Connell Murray writes, “Just returned from visiting family in Seattle, especially my three great-grandchildren. That’s all the traveling I do now: PA to Washington state. I walk a fast mile at the Y daily and do pool aerobics, which keep me going. I have grandchildren here in Kennett Square so, all in all, life in my mid 80s is good.” * Gene Hunter now has 21 grandkids. The oldest is 34 and graduated from dental school. The youngest is 16 months. Following grandkids and their many activities take up most of their time. They have given up golf and travel very little, and they feel growing old is not much fun. They now live in a condo and like it very much. Gene still serves on a few boards that deal with young people.
In July Betty Wade Drum took part in an alumni college at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. She had never attended and enjoyed three days of excellent lectures on a number of subjects, including both World Wars. She did a lot of reading beforehand. Betty found it most enjoyable and thought of Colby all the time. She still lives in her own home with a son, daughter-in-law, and grandson, 5, to take care of her and keep her entertained. Betty volunteers in the town library, sings in the church choir, and directs the handbells. She saw Roberta Young in Pittsfield this summer. Roberta is fine and was at Colby for reunion in June. She said only a few of our class were there.
The Class of 1944 isn’t great on communicating. Wish they were. I had a wonderfully informative letter from Nancy Pattison McCarthy. She said life has changed for her. Her wonderful husband, Joe, passed away April 7 from leukemia. They moved from Carlisle, Pa., to Fort Belvoir, Va., before they were aware that he was ill. They had a funeral mass at Carlyle Barracks, and his final resting place is West Point, N.Y. * Possibly some of you heard on the news July 19 of a young man, 17, from West Chester, Pa., vacationing with his family in California who was killed while admiring the magnificent view of the Pacific. He stepped on some unstable ground on an overlook along the Muir Pathway and fell 400 feet. That was Andrew Hicks Jr., my oldest great-grandchild.
Margaret Campbell Timberlake is doing well. She still has her home and manages all the projects that a house involves—she hires everything done! She hopes everyone enjoyed the summer, hot as it was, and sends best wishes. * Harry Hicks celebrated his 90th birthday in June, with all their children at a bay-front resort in St. Michaels, Md. Congratulations, Harry!
We had a fine 70th reunion Saturday, June 5. Five of us were present for the Golden Mules banquet: Doris Rose Hopengarten, Lydia Farnham Johnson, Ernie Marriner, Alleen Thompson, and Art Thompson. In addition we heard from Stan Kimball, who expects to be buried next to Colby President Johnson in Waterville; Ruth Gould Stebbins, who sends her wishes from the Pacific Northwest; Lin Workman, who, with Joanna, will move into an assisted living facility this year; and Phil Grant, who lives in Nevada with his wife of more than 60 years.