Entrepreneur Nick Friedman ’10 received one of five Entreverge awards from Portland, Maine, PROPEL, a networking organization for young business professionals. Friedman, along with Brandon Pollock ’10, founded Blue Reserve as a senior at Colby and continues to sell the company’s bottleless purified water to businesses statewide. In addition to a brightly colored guitar, consulting advice and access to experienced entrepreneurs come with the award
Nick Bromley has been helping Nick Tucker and Sam Rouleau plan their walk from coast to coast offering help to those that need it as they go. More information on this noble adventure is at www.makestrides.net. * Emma Gildesgame took a train cross-country and saw Sakshi Balani, Alex Teixeira, Adam Boe ’09, and Isaac Opper among others. She currently works on Mt. Washington as a hut naturalist. * Megan Browning worked on a farm in MA, traveled to Israel and Jordan during winter, and spent the summer helping restore an organic garden on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. * Beth Ponsot and Will Price went backpacking for three months across New Zealand, China, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. They live together in Pittsburgh, where she works for the Post-Gazette. Will started at NYU School of Law this fall. Beth has seen much of Sarajane Blair, who came back during the summer from her Fulbright in Kosovo. * Tara Davidson finished her teacher residency at MATCH Public Charter Middle School and is the sixth-grade math teacher at MATCH this year. She’s excited to have Aleah Starr ’11 on staff. * Cindy Guan taught algebra 1 and Chinese culture to high school freshman at Hyde School in Woodstock, Conn. This year she’ll teach Mandarin. * Kari Rivers spent the year in Bernay, France, teaching English to first through fifth graders. She visited Brandon Beasley in Dublin, Fiona Braslau in London, Fiona Sheridan-McIver in Madrid, Courtney Cronin in Paris, and Chelsea Nahill in Boston. She works at a French immersion school in St. Louis. * Katherine Cosgrove is excited to start graduate school in Denver this fall. * Jenn Corriveau finished up her first round of experiments for her master’s project at UConn and is teaching an honors section this fall. * Alison Berryman lives in Philadelphia and works in the admissions and recruitment office at Drexel University. She began her master’s in higher education administration at UPenn this fall. * Katia Setzer started her M.F.A. in painting and drawing at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. * Wedding bells ring for Fran Still and Reuben Biel, who plan to get married next February in Sarasota, Fla. Amy Beich, Emily Wolf, Zach Hussain, and Ben Mickle will attend. * Bonnie Foley and Jay Mangold live in Williamsburg, Va., and completed their first year of law school at William & Mary. They’re also planning their upcoming wedding, which will be officiated in part by Professor Sandy Maisel. Bonnie, Danielle Carlson, and Amy Snickenberger are training and hope to run the Chicago Marathon later this year. * Hamdi Sheriff, Carl Richards, and Lamont Henry vacationed in Barbados this spring. Hamdi consults while Carl I-banks, and in their free time they search for their princesses in DC. Lamont is happily married and has become a local celebrity on VA beach. * Ross Connor works for Adimab, a start-up biotech company in Lebanon, N.H. He lives with Dan Reeves. * Whit McCarthy moved to Hermosa Beach, La., and started his own granola company, By Hand Granola. * Kelsey Gibbs and Steve Erario live in Augusta, Maine, working as a lobbyist and carbon-offset consultant respectively. * Leigh Bullion lives with Ross Nehrt in Minneapolis and works as a personal assistant/organizer for a family. She recently saw Jack Brainard in Indiana for some stellar pizza. * Andrew Cox works for Epic, a healthcare IT firm in Madison, Wis. He enjoys Madison and hopes to volunteer for an ambulance service and OutReach. * Andy Bolduc lives in Chicago and works as a staff writer for Groupon. * Rohan Dutt, Reilly Taylor, Doug Sibor, Scott Veidenheimer, James Westhafer, Julian Patterson, Mary Cummings ’11, Charlotte Wilder ’11, Scott Brown, Dan Marden, Mike Baldwin, Schuyler Weiss, and Bobby Rudolph ’09 came together in South Bristol, Maine, for lawn games and late-night revelry. * Chris Copeland lives in Portland, Maine, with Ben Many ’09 and works in sports marketing. He recently went to a Manchester United/New England Revolution game with Colby graduates to witness some amazing futbol!
A desire to educate and inspire young people took Antonio Mendez ’06 to a country where only a quarter of the population of 70,000 is native, everyone is trilingual, and the president can be seen—unescorted—ordering at KFC.
Mendez spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Andorra, the tiny principality in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. A New Yorker and one of Colby’s first Posse Scholars, he was a social studies teacher in a high school in the capital city of Andorra la Vella. And he quickly saw that Andorra was in many ways a much smaller version of the United States. “To me Andorra represents what America represents,” he said, via Skype video from Andorra. “This is a nation of immigrants.”
Most of the immigrants to Andorra are Portuguese, he said, and many of his students were ethnically Portuguese born in the Catalan-speaking country where their parents had moved to find jobs. “They have this thing that first-generation Americans have,” Mendez said.
It’s a population that he knows well, as a second-generation Latino, Colby Posse Scholar (a program that selects high-achieving students from public schools), and former Teach for America teacher, and Posse mentor for Posse New York, one of his several alma maters.
An American Studies major, with minors in government and theater, Mendez joined Teach for America after Colby and was assigned to an elementary school in Newark. He left that job after a year (changes at the school moved him from the classroom to a job handing out student suspensions), and returned to the Posse Foundation’s New York office, where he was a mentor to three Posse groups selected to attend Brandeis University. The last was a Posse concentrating on hard sciences. “They’re my pride and joy,” Mendez said.
While at Posse, he applied for a Fulbright fellowship, first to teach in Spain. He was not selected and reapplied for Andorra—and applied to law schools as well. “I figured I’d cast a wide net,” Mendez said.
He was awarded the Fulbright—and was accepted at eight law schools. He has just begun his law studies at the University of Denver, which deferred his enrollment so he could go to Andorra and teach—under the pseudonym, Anthony Mendell. That was the name given Mendez by an administrator, who was concerned that his students, upon learning that Mendez was Hispanic, would speak Spanish with him, not English.
Teaching as Senor Mendell was just the beginning of Andorra’s surprises.
Mendez said he was amazed at the country’s smallness and informality. The prime minister does indeed walk down the streets without an official escort, he said. The national archives is located in a walk-in closet. The country has two princes, one a bishop and the other the president of France. Neither lives in Andorra.
But Mendez said the most surprising part of his stay in Andorra La Vella was his high school students. “I’m used to my narrative of Posse and Colby,” he said. “If you work hard enough and if you try, there’s a way.”
That concept was as foreign to his Andorran students as his American hip-hop music.
“Here you’re taught, ‘You know who your parents are, you know what you can achieve. Stay within your social circle,” Mendez said. “They don’t care about school. This is about socializing.”
So he used his own life as an example, telling students that hard work opened doors for him, and a few took his message to heart, he said. “They saw it as very cool that [Americans] even have that attitude.”
Mendez taught traditions of America, England, Ireland, and Andorra. He also introduced his teenaged students to contemporary music (they listen to American music from the 60s and 70s) and recent hip hop, and they took to repeating words they heard in the lyrics. “I cringe,” he said. “I say, ‘Please don’t go to New York and say that.”
Mendez did return to New York in July, to prepare for starting law school in August. And he returned with a new appreciation for his home, he said. “It’s only when you leave that you think, Oh, my country is so amazing. For all of its faults, it really is an amazing country.”
The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research named Anya Toteanu ’08 2011 Outstanding Customer Service Representative (CSR) for Massachusetts. A certified insurance service representative for the Richard Soo Hoo Insurance Agency, Toteanu has “demonstrated a level of professionalism beyond her years, a sincere desire to help, and a tremendous amount of courtesy to clients.” Toteanu is now eligible for the national Outstanding CSR of the Year award.
Playwright Amina McIntyre ’04 premiered her most recent play, In the Garden, at Lenoir-Rhyne University in September. A visiting playwright in residence at Lenoir-Rhyne last spring, McIntyre wrote In the Garden as a creative retelling of the Song of Solomon. McIntyre has also had her plays staged at the Indiana Theater Association ITWorks and at Wabash College.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Gavin Garner ’01 was honored with the 2011 Mac Wade Award at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Garner was recognized for rebuilding the U.Va. chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, transforming the department’s lab spaces, and continuing the popular mechatronics course after the death of his mentor. Garner also won the professor of the year award from the Rodman Scholars Program.
Bianca Belcher ’03, left, who’s in the physician’s assistant program at Northeastern, with Emily Soto, a student at Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers in Boston. Soto is a student leader who helped organize Belcher’s health clinic program at the school. (Photo by Julia Bertozzi)
Bianca Belcher ’03 says she “sort of stumbled” into the health-care field—literally and figuratively.
An international studies major and All-NESCAC basketball player, she was in negotiations to play ball professionally in Spain when a last-minute injury derailed her plans. The Lewiston, Maine, native was at loose ends, trying to come up with a Plan B, when she helped out at the primary-care doctor’s office where her mother is a nurse. “I fell in love with health care,” she said.
Head over heels.
Belcher began by getting into the field of orthotics and prosthetics, earning her professional certificate at the University of Connecticut and working as “the interface between technicians and the patients.”
Soon she found herself working in operating rooms, observing surgeons during amputations. “And they’re asking us, ‘Should we cut here or should we cut here? Are you going to be able to give them a more functional brace if we cut here?’”
Belcher worked mostly with children who had spinal deformities or who had experienced trauma. She said she was inspired by her young patients, who accepted their conditions and treatment more readily than adults. “It’s heartbreaking to see and know that they’re going to go through so much turmoil in their life,” Belcher said. “But kids are so resilient. You put these large braces on them and they somehow just bounce back and go out and play five minutes later.”
After a year working in rehabilitation, Belcher wanted to learn more about treatment and care. She went back to school (a recurring theme) for her post-baccalaureate premedical work at the University of Vermont, applied to medical school, and was accepted. But she then concluded that being a physician’s assistant would be a better fit. With a year to wait for that program to begin, she earned a master’s in public health at Dartmouth, finishing in June 2010. Two months later she entered the P.A. program at Northeastern.
One year in, Belcher has begun clinical rotations and is drawn particularly to neurosurgery after having worked with patients with cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Belcher also was selected as a U.S. Schweitzer Fellow, one of about 250 graduate students in the country’s top health and human service schools who receive fellowships to design a community health project to address an unmet need.
Belcher learned that Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, near Northeastern’s campus in Boston, specializes in the health-care fields. But, she said, “they don’t have a school nurse. They barely have a physical education program. They only have two team sports.”
She is designing a program offering two clinics per year, staffed by Northeastern P.A. students, and is targeting asthma (prevalent in the inner city and among African Americans) and sexually transmitted diseases. An asthma clinic will help diagnose asthma while teaching the P.A. students to recognize, and high school students to treat, symptoms. The STD clinic will offer one-on-one sessions and create communication tools to help health-care providers educate students about trends in that area. A survey showed that 50 percent of the high school students are sexually active, and 24 percent of those have had sex with three or more people, Belcher said.
“These kids are 17 and under,” she said. “It was very eye opening.”
Belcher, who lives just north of Boston in Revere, will be overseeing the high school clinics while doing nine five-week rotations at different locations from Boston to Connecticut. “My schedule is pretty crazy,” she said. “I like to keep it nice and packed.”
Basketball doesn’t fit into the schedule much, she said, but the former standout point guard has found other athletic activities. “I actually picked up amateur [mixed martial arts] fighting,” Belcher said, “I’ve had a couple of fights. I don’t do it competitively anymore because I want to get into surgery. I don’t want to injure my hands.”
In September Sally Drescher moved in with Matt Ahern, Sara Burbine, and Justine Scott ’08. * Patrick Boland started a new job as communications director for Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-California) in her Washington, D.C., office. .* Adam Goldfarb received his certificate in fundraising from Canisius College. He’s currently working on his M.S. in higher education administration at Buffalo State College and works as the VISTA program manager for the Service Collaborative of WNY (formerly WNY AmeriCorps). * Kat Brzozowski and Wes Miller ’08 have been hanging out with Elizabeth Zagroba. * Jason Stigliano visited Ben Hauptman and Ben’s fiancée, Elyse Apantaku, in Brunswick, Maine, in July. * Scott Zeller worked as assistant tennis pro at the Dublin Lake Club in Dublin, N.H., this summer. He was outside all day teaching tennis. In late August he moved to Boston, where he lives with Scott Carberry, Danny Wasserman, and Josh Sadownik. * Collin Weiss is attending Roger Williams University School of Law, where he just completed his 1L year. His GPA put him in the top third of his class. Because of his performance on the Law Review Writing Competition, he’s now a member of the Roger Williams Law Review. * On an amazing summer Saturday, Megan Schafer, Scott Carberry, Christina Mok, and Danny Wasserman visited Scott Zeller in Dublin, N.H. They sailed a 420, dove off a 10-foot platform, and drank Arnold Palmers on the beach. All of them drove to Kennebunkport, Maine, to the beautiful beach house of Fran Nixon ’11 and had a bonfire with Fran, Ben Goldenberg, Maxime Guillaume, Danielle Crochiere, Steph Cotherman, and Jason Hine. To end the weekend, Christina, Ben, and Danielle joined up with Jay Larmon, Chris Vancisin and the rest of their softball team, the Boston Bombers, to dominate with a big win! * Steph Cotherman lived in Boston with Megan Schafer and Danielle Crochiere last year. She just moved to Chicago and started a new job at Energy BBDO. She’s excited to move home! * Dave Metcalf finished his master’s in accounting at Boston College and starts work for Deloitte in their Boston tax practice this fall. He’s also started taking sections of the CPA exam, and will be very happy when it’s all over. * Kate Jylkka finished her M.A. in English at Boston College and started teaching English and Chinese at Storm King School in Cornwall, N.Y., this fall. * Colin Flaherty is in the Army and was deployed to Pasab, Afghanistan, in July. He’ll be there for a year with the 14th Engineering Battalion. Our thoughts are with you, Colin. * Ruth Langton teaches first through third graders at Newton Montessori School in Newton, Mass. This is her second year in a lower elementary classroom. * Zac Bloom remains in NYC, where he revels in the summer heat and deplores the impending winter. He recently linked up with nonprofit leaders Qiam Amiry and John Campbell and became the communications director for their Afghan Scholars Initiative. * Carley Millian got engaged to David Silva Aug. 8 during a trip to Napa Valley. * It’s great to hear from you guys—keep in touch!
Thanks to those who sent in news. I’m happy to report that in August I accepted a position in Boston College’s annual fund office, so I have finally (only three years later…) made my way off of the Hill. It was certainly bittersweet, but it’s great to be surrounded by so many Colby alums in Boston. * Other classmates are doing equally exciting things. Katie Harris finished her master’s in secondary education at Boston College as a member of the Donovan Urban Teaching Cohort and started a new job as a seventh grade science teacher at Prospect Hill Academy this fall. * Jamie Luckenbill and Valerie Coit were married July 30 in Portland, Ore. Jessica Coliflores, Erica Kreuter, Christa Miller-Shelley, Taylor Kilian, Sam Reid, and Andrew Kabatznick were in the wedding party. * Anna Birnberg lives in Chicago and finished her master’s in secondary education last spring at DePaul. This fall she moved to Jaen, Spain, to teach English for the school year. * In July Stacey Dubois started an M.F.A. program in writing for children and young adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. * Karina Carley began biking across the country from Oregon to Maine in June and finished Aug. 8! * After three years with Ogilvy & Mather in San Francisco and Chicago, Melyn Heckleman McKay was given a Global Health Corps fellowship. The fellowship will take her to Kigutu, Burundi, for a year to work for Village Health Works, a rural community clinic. * Courtney Larson and Jeff Carroll recently got engaged while hiking in New Hampshire. Courtney works as a GIS analyst for the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and is applying to grad school. Jeff completed his first year of the master’s of forest science program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The wedding is planned for July 2012 in Minneapolis. * Bryan Solar and Alex Russell live in Boston, where they’re partnering with the City of Boston on their nonprofit Main Street Partners, which pairs smart young professional volunteers with struggling urban businesses owners. Cadran Cowansage and Mike King volunteer their expertise to handle all the new growth. * Ed Fox Davis moved to NYC, where he started a new job in project finance with First Solar. He’s crashing with Austin Nicholas ’09 and Brett Guenther ’09. * Steve Frechette, Christina Feng, and Carolyn Potz ’04 returned from their FirstClicks (www.firstclicks.org) trip to Thailand, where they implemented a computer literacy program. The trip was amazing, they said, and included speaking with kids about career goals and computers, working with two local teachers on a curriculum, touring the local school, and helping set up a wireless network for the classes. * Darcy Taylor was recently promoted to junior analyst on the Starbucks account at TracyLocke in Wilton, Conn. * Christina Evriviades and Nicholas Cade are thrilled to announce their engagement. They look forward to celebrating their New England wedding next year surrounded by Colby friends and family. * Julia Stuebing completed her Fulbright Fellowship in Israel and began law school at the University of Michigan this fall. In August she joined Laura Perille, Sarah E. Clark, Lucas LaViolet, Tom Treat, Brian Putnam, Jennifer Bushee, William Whitledge, and others for a much-anticipated reunion in Estes Park, Colo. * Thanks for the updates!
Adam Robbins is an associate at Amundi Asset Management, working on how sovereign wealth funds can invest more sustainably. His company hosted a conference in Paris in October. Al Gore and investors representing about $5 trillion attended. * Rebecca Flint is dean of students at the High Mountain Institute in Leadville, Colo. She got married in June. * Finn Teach had an artist’s reception for his oil paintings at the Smart Studio Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine. In August he visited freshman year roommates Stacy Robillard and Becky Anderson. * Siuman Ko completed her M.F.A. in drama (major in acting) from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She looks forward to her next role with the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies in November. * Mark Biggar works as a lawyer in Chicago and sees Jeffrey Barrow, Meggie Herlihy ’08, and Casey Civiello ’06 frequently. Jeff also spent time with Darkness, aka Rory Murphy. * Jordan Levinson finished her M.P.H. at NYU. She works as a research associate with EcoHealth Alliance and plays music at local dives in the East Village and Brooklyn. She planned to bust out of NYC to begin Peace Corps service in Senegal this fall. * Kate Braemer works as director of the leadership program and waterfront at Chewonki Camp for Girls. Kate saw Chris Andrews, Liz Stovall, Travis Kendall, and Amanda Hilton at Sarah Ayres ’06 and Doug Turnbull’s wedding. At the end of summer Kate and Josh Taylor ’05 married and plan to spend December in India and then move to Philadelphia. * Last spring Chris Zajchowski graduated summa cum laude from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a master’s in experiential education. He works for Loyola University as program coordinator for outdoor experiential education. * Ashley Hunt got her M.P.H. from Columbia and is consulting with international and domestic organizations working to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. She and Chris Juraska ’06 were married Aug. 6 in Chicago! They live in Brooklyn with their two dogs. * Robin Respaut was a fellow for the Carnegie Corporation this summer, working at ABC News in the investigative unit with Brian Ross. * Liz Boeheim finished her M.A. in English literature and teaches writing and literature as an adjunct instructor at the University of Montana in Missoula. * Jan Weidner and Tony Gill live in Park City, Utah, with their dogs, Trace and Allagash. Jan works as an EMT and Tony is working on a master’s in communication while editing for Telemark Skier magazine and skiing in their movie this fall. Katie Price recently stayed with them on her way to her new job in California. * Ellen Newcomb married Clarke Denham (CU Boulder) May 29 in Santa Barbara. Katie Himmelmann sang at the ceremony and Amy Fredrickson, Steph Agrimanakis, and Neila Sage were bridesmaids. * Anne Cuttler started the Tufts Medical School Maine track in August and is engaged to Nate Hicks. They plan an August 2012 wedding at Sugarloaf. * Jess Kaplan moved to Denver and works at Denver Health. She enjoys the Rockies while applying to medical schools and sees James Cryan and Liz Coogan when she’s in town. * Liz Stovall moved to the south side of Chicago and attends the Harris School of Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. * Jamie Singelais and Claire Deeley got married July 16 in Plymouth, N.H. The bridal party included Megan Deeley, Alex Shafer, Tara Bergin, and Sarah Smiley. Also in attendance were Jen McAleer and Caroline Donohue. * Katie Himmelmann got engaged off the coast of Georgetown, Maine, to fellow mule Charlie Hale ’06. They’ve dated since Colby and plan to marry in Maine in fall 2012. Katie lives in San Francisco and finished the first year of her graduate pediatric nursing program at UCSF. * In April Victoria Yuan and Bernadette Bibber spent time together in San Francisco. In May Bernadette ran into Roy Wilson, Denis Shubleka ’05, and Mark Burke ’86 at Cushing Academy’s graduation, where they all previously taught or currently teach. Bernadette taught and traveled around the U.S. with the American Boychoir School and in September began her master’s of biomedical sciences at UMDNJ (University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey). * Kristen Renfroe loves living in Paris and is traveling all over Europe, including Brussels and Bruges, Giverny, Reims in Champagne, Fontainebleau, Vaux le Comte, Marseille, Amsterdam and more. * Amanda Vickerson just finished the summer as a director at Gorham Kids Camp. She has a ridiculous tan and billions of friendship bracelets to her name. She and her wife, Erin, celebrated their first anniversary in August with a camping trip to Acadia. * Ross Kaplan is now licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. He and Adam Roslyn went tubing in Peconic Bay. * In June Bayley Lawrence moved to Hangzhou, China, wit her husband, Nick, and their baby boy, Owen. They live right on the famous West Lake and have room for visitors. * Carolina Sicard started paralegal school. Heather Miele and Amy Pendoley came to visit her and they met up with John Walden in Fort Collins. * Alex and Mariah Hudnut McPherson continue to enjoy Boulder, Colo., with their puppy, Izze. They spent the summer mountain biking, gardening, and enjoying local microbrews.
Nani Crashley Phillips and Jon Moss ’05 spent a week in Nantucket and saw Marina Stakes, Kendra King, and Malin King ’11 and bumped into Nicole Turgiss ’08 and Rachel Sheinbaum Sullivan ’05. Nani and Jon also met up with Sarah Belden and Steve Markesich ’05 in Baltimore for some Colby fun. * Katie Chamberlin, Susannah Young, and Kaitlin Adams graduated from Yale School of Nursing’s nurse practitioner program, passed their board exams, and began practicing in pediatric and family primary care in MA, ME, and CT respectively. * Alex Jospe qualified for the U.S. Orienteering Team this spring and competed for the U.S. at the world championships in orienteering in August in Aix-les-Bains, France. She was more excited for the wine and cheese and croissants than for the orienteering, but represented her country with pride. Last March she competed at the world championships in ski orienteering (basically orienteering but on cross-country ski trails) in Sweden and finished 24th in the world. * Brian Rodriguez is settling into his family medicine residency in Augusta and recently moved to Brunswick, Maine. * Julie Chessin married Doug Lambert May 14 in Long Island City, Queens. Several Colbians attended including Dan Osar, Juan Urruela, Adam Rafsky, Matt Birchby, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Kaitlin Herlihy, Jessica Moore ’07, Erika Nelson, Anneliese Radke, Toinette Rivas, Todd Basnight, Jessica Wansart, and Ted Wright. * Bryan Sanders was named one of Campaigns and Elections 2011 Rising Stars in American Politics. Bryan is a partner at Dresner, Wickers, Barber, Sanders in Little Rock, Ark. * Liz Shepherd married Chris Christensen in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Emily Tull, Lauren Uhlmann Blazar, and Amanda Stein were bridesmaids, while Laura Harker Hankin and Kristin Schmidt were greeters. * Greyson Brooks currently works at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. In August he interrupted the first week of classes at George Washington University, where he’s pursuing a master’s in development anthropology, for his wedding to Michael Barry on Nantucket. * Michael ’07 and Emily Boyle Westbrooks are doing well in Ireland. Michael completed his master’s in guidance and counseling at Dublin City University this summer. He still plays basketball and coaches a university team while he looks for a job guiding high school or college kids. Emily now works as communications director for the Irish Countrywomen’s Association and still writes her blog (www.fromchinavillage.com). Check it out! * Lauren Erickson continues to live and work in San Francisco and started a graduate program in counseling psychology this fall. * Katie Lucas became engaged last March to Drew Geant (Princeton ’05). They plan a summer 2012 wedding. * Jackie Rolleri is heading to Washington, D.C., after graduating from Roger Williams School of Law last spring. She was selected for the Presidential Management Fellowship and will work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Service Center as a natural resource specialist. * Doug Turnbull ’07 and Sarah Ayres got married June 18 in New Hampshire. There was a nice Colby crowd there including Brooke Barron ’09, Zach Manke ’07, Josiah Taylor ’05, Kate Braemer ’07, Liz Stovall ’07, Nancy McDermott ’08, Chris Andrews ’07, Travis Kendall ’07, Elizabeth Turnbull ’04, Mary Tuttle ’76, Anders Wood ’07, Amanda Hilton ’07, Caroline Turnbull ’10, Anna Morro, Alan and Dorothy Hume, David ’75 and Suzie Benson Turnbull ’75, and Janice Kassman.
Maggie Johnson graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a master’s in biology. She’ll continue her research on the effects of elevated carbon dioxide emissions on coral reefs in a Ph.D. program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UC San Diego). * Bill Foley was recently engaged to his long-time girlfriend and plans a Rhode Island wedding for summer 2012. * Carolyn Hunt and Brendan Carroll celebrated two years of marriage and moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Carolyn works for UPS in its European headquarters. Brendan is finishing his Ph.D. in EU policy. * Katie Markowski was engaged in March to Christo Dru, whom she met in Chicago while in law school. They’ve relocated to Hollywood, Calif., where Katie took a job with Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, P.C., and Christo began his residency at Cedars Sinai. I’m looking forward to celebrating their nuptials in May 2012 in Chicago. * Jake Colognesi graduated from Tuck at Dartmouth in June and now works for a small-growth equity firm, Volition Capital, in Boston. Jake and I will be swapping roles, as I started at Tuck this fall to begin my M.B.A. I plan to regularly see Jon Ryder ’02 and Wayne Harrington, who also started the M.B.A. program, and Carreau Mueller, who works in Dartmouth’s development office. * Matt Lynes and Maureen Sherry were married in Brookline, Mass., June 25, exactly four years after their first date. A celebration at the Wellesley Botanical Gardens followed, where many alums were in attendance. * Nick Malick’s short story “The Boy in the Lake” will be published in the Kenyon Review during winter 2012. It was runner-up in the Review’s national 2011 short fiction contest, judged by Ron Carlson. Nick and wife Rebecca (Taylor ’04) are schoolteachers in the San Francisco Bay area, and Juliet, their daughter, is 2. * Julie Bryar will stay at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as program manager for the chief quality officer. She’s getting married this October to Trinity graduate Dave Porter. * Peyton McElyea was married July 30 in Beverly Hills to Jen Keith. Steve Bogden, Pat Semmens, Matt Bucklin, and Kyung Ko ’06 served as ushers. * Wendy Sicard Cole started a master’s program in wildlife sciences at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Husband John is in his second year of pediatric residency in Burlington, where he started a grant-funded program to teach minority students in the Burlington area to swim. * Chris and Erin Rockney Van Wagenen had a baby girl named Milly and recently moved to Maine, where Erin started her pediatric residency. * Kristi Eck was promoted to assistant director of Say Yes in Syracuse and was featured on the news for helping a group of students write and publish several books now sold at Barnes & Noble. * Meg Musser moved to Raleigh, N.C., to start a veterinary medical oncology residency at NC State. * Casey McCarthy and Margaret Siciliano ’04 were married this summer in Vermont. * Jillian Parker got married to Paul Blakeslee June 11 in North Yarmouth, Maine. Lauren Wolpin, who introduced the couple, was a bridesmaid. * Nikki Patel is again living on the East Coast with her husband, Mihir Patel, working as a chiropractor by day and spending her nights as a dedicated mom to Diya, 1. * Meredith Duval married Kevin O’Brien July 16 in Boston and now lives in Richmond, Va. * Miranda Silverman got married Oct. 9 at a private estate in Wenham, Mass., to Matthew Gaude, who is the chef de cuisine at Aquitaine in the South End and in the process of opening his own restaurant in Kendall Square.
Erica Joseffy and Chris Blomberg got married this summer with lots of Colby friends in attendance. Groomsmen included Kyle Lieberman, Brian Foley, and Doug Dua ’05. Bridesmaids included Laurel Wolfrum and Justine Belvin. Others in attendance were Leigh Cummings, Sarah Wolfrum, Sarah Jasinski, Kristin Saucier, and Alex Kronauer ’05. Erica and Chris live in Boston, where Erica is a speech language pathologist at Spaulding Rehab Hospital and Chris is a medical resident at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. * Cynthia Davies started a new job in September as a physician’s assistant at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford. She spent August in northern India with Himalayan Health Exchange working with a mobile medical clinic. * Elizabeth Turnbull graduated from Yale’s joint M.B.A./master’s of environmental management program this spring and joined the Adidas Group to support the energy and environmental initiatives in their portfolio of buildings. She’s excited to join the network of Colby alums in the greater Boston area. * Andrew McKenna-Foster is helping design a new science center for Nantucket through the Maria Mitchell Association. He also completed his first sprint triathlon on Nantucket. I raced Nantucket Triathlon as well and also ran into him at the weekly Nantucket Brant Point Runners 5K, which he wins each week! * Judd Moldaver lives in LA and was named in the top 40 under 40 list in The Hockey News last January. He is engaged and works at a talent agency representing professional hockey players. * Tom Rogers and his fiancée, Julia Levine, finished a year-long trip around the world this spring and have settled in Stowe, Vt. They got married Aug. 2 with many Colby alums in attendance, including Nick Markham, Elizabeth Turnbull, Bethany Craig, Clifton Bullard ’07, and Chris Zajchowski ’07. * Samantha Saeger and her fiancé took time off from their jobs and moved to Sweden for the year to live and breathe orienteering. They’ll spend the year training, learning, and improving as much as they can. They’re both the reigning U.S. orienteering champions. * Matthew Harrington just opened a hip, new, low-cost, hassle-free gym in Brookline called GymIt. Check it out at www.gymit.com.
Way to go, Class of 2003—lots of great, exciting news to report! * Presenting new members of the Mule family first: Olivia and Kyle Burke welcomed Thea Margaret in May. * Garrett and Amy Lansdale Kephart welcomed a baby… no, not that kind yet… a baby basset hound, Kona, in July (a good replacement for the ferret, Moose, that Garrett harbored in his senior apartment at Colby). They moved to Seattle in August. * Plenty of weddings to report as well. Mike Jarcho was married in August to Annemarie Pizzo. He completed his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of California, Davis, and started a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA in August. * Jeff Halsey married Mandy Talley in Beaver Creek, Colo. in July. The wedding party sounded like trouble, with Jeff Owen, Ian MacPherson, Brad Petersen, Alex Burgess, Adam Cohen, Dan Parise, and Matt Wallerstein as groomsmen. * Greg Sawyer married Annah Kinsler July 9 in Chittenden, Vt. A bunch of Colby alumni were present, including Andy Danziger, Roger Tiao ’04, Derek Snyder ’04, Billy Twible ’04, Joe Siviski ’04, Mike Molloy ’04, James Oh ’04, and Jamison Sawyer ’13. The couple honeymooned in Belize for a week. Greg is a chief orthopedic surgery resident at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. * Chris Zeien is engaged to Lynn Morley. He finished his M.B.A. at Duke and moved to Boston, where he looks forward to connecting with other Colby alums. * Melanie Newton Lago continues to teach kindergarten at Beauvoir Elementary School in Washington, D.C., and started her ninth year of teaching in September. This summer she spent four weeks improving math education through various math camps and professional development opportunities. She ended her summer with a few weeks hiking and traveling throughout New Zealand and Australia with her husband. * Jesse DeLaughter joined Teach for America as a corps member. He finished at the training institute in Philly and started teaching ESL at the Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy in Boston. * Michelle Riffelmacher started at Citi in July doing institutional sales for the securities lending group focusing on U.S. clients. * Miko Yokoi changed jobs and is now the tribal optometrist for the Indian Health Service Health Center in downtown Reno, Nev. She keeps busy with trips to Lake Tahoe and practicing fire arts like hoop dance and poi spinning. * Ellen Whitesides taught quant classes at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government over the summer and this fall started working to help states implement the Common Core State Standards, a nationwide education policy. * Over the summer Chris Reigeluth did research on adolescent development and men’s mental health. He also moved from Boston to Worcester to be closer to his clinical psychology graduate program. * And last but not least—Hal Hallstein toured east from Boulder over the summer, visiting Mike Lee’s photography gallery and sailing on the wooden boat owned by Nick Owen ’04. He spent time with Jake Beren this fall in canyon country and remains impressed with Aaron McCloskey’s flatpicking. He has mixed feelings about Eric Crabtree moving to Vienna from Oahu. * Hope everyone had an amazing summer!
Baby time! Phil and Micki Young Armour welcomed son Brayden in June. * JJ ’01 and Piper Elliott Abodeely had their second child, a girl, Keaton Maykel, also in June. * Trevor MacDonald and his wife had a boy, Logan Winslow, in July. All are doing well. Daughter Leah Vivian turned 2 in June. * Dave Seel and his wife, Jaclyn, had their first child, Eliza Jane. They live on Long Island and Dave continues to enjoy blogging about his food adventures. * Amanda Cuiffo and her partner, Christy Doyle, had a son, Saben Cooper Cuiffo-Doyle, May 19 in Lebanon, N.H. * Jared ’01 and Jess Knight Beers welcomed a baby girl, Ruby Adelaide, in July. * Kate (Zimmerman ’03) and John Marlow had their first child, Declan Thomas, in July. They recently moved to CT and welcome friends and visitors now that they have more space. * Matt ’01 and Meredith Strasnick Carter had their second son, Jackson Ross, in May. * Gavin and Bridget Zakielarz Duffy welcomed their first child, a boy, Finnegan Stanley, in June. They live in Atlanta, where Bridget is a pediatrician. * Chris Cogbill and his wife, Elizabeth, had their first child, Grant Hull, in May. They remain in Milwaukie, where Chris and Elizabeth will finish up respective residencies and fellowships at the Medical College of Wisconsin, followed by a two-year fellowship in hematopathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Chris reports a quick sighting of Paul Lee and his family (wife Page, daughter Reese) during Paul’s trek across the country from Chicago to begin his internship in general surgery at Virginia Mason in Seattle in July. * Katie Knepley is a principal at SVB Capital and also started the Wharton executive M.B.A. program and expects to graduate in May 2013. Katie is engaged to David Riester, Middlebury ’05. They live in San Francisco and plan a summer 2012 wedding in Napa or Sonoma. * Erin Clark finished up at the Yale School of Forestry in May and landed in Montana. She’s working on wilderness issues at wildlife refuges in central and southwestern Montana for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She’s curious who from 2002 has settled in Idaho, Wyoming, or Montana. * Matt Overton married Kara Goodman in August at the Crane Estate at Castel Hill in Ipswich, Mass. Kara started at Colby and transferred to Simmons College, where she got her R.N. and is now a labor and delivery nurse at Beth Israel. Matt met Kara during his senior year—she was his neighbor in Dana. Matt now works for his family’s brokerage business. * Rashad Randolph, Coy Dailey ’01, Thomas Jackson ’03, Karima Ummah-Jackson ’04, and Victor Cancel celebrated Thomas’s 30th birthday over Memorial Day weekend. * Steve Hooper graduated with his M.B.A. from Tuck. After graduation he bicycled across the U.S. with classmates. Steve’s working diligently on a new startup restaurant concept, which he plans to open in 2012 in Seattle. * Deandra Brassard married Josh Early in June at the White Mountain School, where they met and have been working. Colby classmates in attendance were Chris Castle, Allison MacRae, Jonathan Greene, Chris Schlosser, Natalie Buccola Keilholz, and Danielle Olson Beardsley. Deandra is finishing up her master’s in educating for sustainability from Antioch University New England. They moved to Washington State in September and spent a year skiing, biking, and paddling. * As for me, I have been enjoying a glorious summer in the Pacific Northwest. I attended Anna L’Hommedieu and Greg Boyer’s wedding on Mt. Hood with oodles of classmates in attendance (too many to list). * I invite you all to save the date for our 10th reunion, in June 2012. Details are coming! We are excited to see everyone back on the Hill.
My husband, Jon, and I welcomed our second daughter, Alden Jane Charette, June 1! Alden’s arrival was thrilling to us, but not nearly as much drama as Lisa Hart Olsen’s delivery. Lisa’s baby boy, Lucas William, made a dramatic entrance April 20 by being born in the elevator at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan! He was delivered by an orthopedic surgeon with help from a security guard. It was quite a scene, but luckily everything went smoothly. Lucas joins big sister Hannah, 2. * Bliss (Woolmington ’02) and Patrick Bernal set off for a five-month trip around the world with their two-year-old, Jude. After their adventure they’re relocating to Vermont. Check out their blog at www.aroundtheworldwithatwoyearold.com. * Seth and Hilary Spitz Arens welcomed twins Willow Reese and Quinn John June 25! * Payal Shah and David Fuente had quite a busy year. After two years in India, they relocated to Chapel Hill, N.C., where David started a Ph.D. in city and regional planning at UNC. They welcomed their first child, Zara Shah-Fuente, Feb. 4, and Payal finished her Ph.D. in international and comparative education from Indiana University in May. During their visits to the Northeast they’ve regularly seen Peter Girard and Emily Fischer ’02, David Riss, Cassic and John Mason, Jess Weisbein, and Pierre Vanden. They also see Asher Ghertner from London and Sara Lovitz from New Zealand when they visit the U.S. Payal and David look forward to a slightly less eventful year. * Joel and Drew Hall Williams and son Joel Andrew welcomed 10-pound baby James Morris May 10! All four enjoyed their first trip to Colby for reunion just a few weeks later. * Nathan Boland and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their second child, Eli, July 10. Nathan defended his Ph.D. in environmental chemistry in August and then moved from Baltimore to Tacoma, Wash., to take a position as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Puget Sound. * Michelle Farrell accepted a teaching job at UPenn and moved from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia. * Lindsay Rowland married John Heller, a fellow veterinarian, in April. Heather Olson was her maid of honor, and Marion Matthews Miller was also in attendance. * Robb Henzi married Pamela Lowenstein and, after a two-week honeymoon in Thailand, he returned to work at Ogilvy & Mather as a marketing strategist. * Piper (Elliott ’02) and JJ Abodeely welcomed their second, a girl, Keaton Maykel Abodeely, in June. In April they were on an East Coast swing when JJ ran the Boston Marathon and got to mile 16 before the pre-race beer drinking with the usual suspects (Chris Brunet, Jake Civiello, Jeff Guerette, Pierce Cole, Devin Beliveau, and Matt Reeber) slowed him down. The Abodelly’s also caught up with Brian Newman and Geoffrey Sudderth (who completed a rare, prolonged exodus from Atlanta) in NYC. * Elicia Carmichael received her M.B.A. from Cornell in May and joined Root Capital’s strategy and innovation team, where she’ll assess clean technology investments for agricultural enterprises throughout Latin American. Her home base will be San Jose, Costa Rica. * Whitney Dayton Brunet wrote that Chris earned his M.B.A. from Yale’s School of Management in May. They’ve returned to Boston, and Chris is back working at Brown Brothers Harriman. * Gavin Garner, assistant professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was honored with the 2011 Mac Wade Award for outstanding service to the U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science. He also won the professor-of-the-year Award from the Rodman Scholars Program. * Stu Luth is producing White Alligator, a feature-length dark comedy about “acceptable” racism. The film is based on his wife, Viviana’s, experiences as a white-skinned Puerto Rican actor in New York in an industry that discriminates as a rule. Viviana has to pass as “white” to be eligible for acting work, despite having white skin. White Alligator works to eliminate discrimination, especially in the entertainment industry, and through that, worldwide. Visit whitealligatorthemovie.com.
Some people love visiting museums. Niles Parker ’91 loves museum visitors.
The veteran museum curator and director has spent his career considering just what a museum should offer its patrons. And he’s had quite a collection of museums to ponder.
Parker is executive director of the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor, the largest children’s museum north of Boston. He spent six years working with Native American and American fine art and folk art collections at the Fenimore Art Museum at the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown and at the State University of New York-Oneonta, where he earned his master’s degree. Added to the mix was a work-study job at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He’s also been executive director of the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport and chief curator of Nantucket’s renowned Whaling Museum.
“It’s not just about portraits of nineteenth-century sea captains on the wall,” he said, of the Whaling Museum’s success.. “It’s about the connection between them and what is going on today.”
Parker learned early on that museums were his calling. An American studies major, he gravitated toward classes (taught by professors Cedric Bryant, Charlie Bassett, and David Lubin, among others) that required consideration of art and culture from different perspectives.
Before graduating he did internships at the National Archives and the Smithsonian. After Colby he accompanied his wife, Sonja Wiberg ’90, to North Carolina. She did graduate work at Duke; Parker took a job at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Cooperstown followed, and then he moved to Nantucket where the Whaling Museum is an island institution.
“There’s a nice sense of community out there,” Parker said. “What we were trying to do at the museum was to be collectors of artifacts that preserve that sense of community and a sense of place.” He was part of a team that oversaw a $25-million capital campaign and was acting director for 16 months.
During his tenure in Searsport, the Penobscot Marine Museum used a technology-based K-12 curriculum presented by the museum’s staff and area teachers in area classrooms and at the museum. A 35-percent increase in the participation of the annual appeal during his final year there despite the tough economy suggested the strategy was connecting.
At the Maine Discovery Museum there are big numbers, as well. The Bangor museum sees 60,000 visitors each year, many of them adults.
An incentive for Parker taking on what is a high-profile job in the Bangor community was that it was “a totally different experience,” from his prior museum work. “In some ways, it is kind of liberating to explore topics [at the Discovery Museum],” he said, “because you are not designing exhibits around artifacts but rather themes.”
And there was another incentive—from his kids, ages 14, 11, and 8. “When I went home and told them about the opportunity they were real excited about it,” Parker said. “You don’t get to be a hero in your kids’ eyes for very long.
Melissa Knight DuBois and her husband bought 30 acres of land in Unity, Maine (only two exits away from Colby!), where they spent much of the summer camping, hiking, and clearing land for a cabin. They found this land with the help of their real estate agent, Amie Joseph ’98. Melissa accepted a promotion to head nurse practitioner of the Baker Surgery Inpatient Service, supervising a group of seven inpatient nurse practitioners at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she has worked since graduating from Colby. * Dr. Douglas Comeau and his wife, Rainelle (Stonehill ’00), welcomed their beautiful daughter to the world May 13. Charlotte Marie Comeau was born at Winchester Hospital, and mom, dad, and baby are all healthy, residing in Melrose, Mass. Doug is team physician for Boston College while also working at the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine, the first primary-care sports medicine clinic in Boston. He also serves as faculty for the primary-care sports medicine fellowship through the family medicine department at Boston Medical Center. Doug enjoyed some summer downtime before the busy fall sports coverage schedule began. * Wes Baff works as a veterinarian in small-animal private practice in Danbury, Conn. In addition he cruised around Long Island Sound all summer on his boat. * Alex Wall built a fence to keep his small Pomerian, Felix, in the backyard, where Felix has developed a taste for their cilantro and lettuce patches. Alex enjoyed catching up with Heather Miles in NY when he was in town on business. Heather is engaged and planned on getting married in September. * Courtney Smith Eisenberg gave birth to a daughter, Charlotte Rebecca, on New Year’s Day. Her sister, Ada, 2, loves having a little sister. * Becca Mets is finally starting her first real job! Becca also gets to live with her fiancé, Whitney Halgrimson, after three years of being in separate time zones. Becca moved to Denver from DC, where she had done a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology. In Denver Becca started at the Children’s Hospital at the University of Colorado in September. * Joe Kingsbury and his wife, Amanda, welcomed their first child, Henry Quentin, July 3. The little guy is fantastic, and they’re (still) loving NYC despite the summer heat. * Billy and Leanna Hush O’Donnell welcomed their baby boy, Liam, in May. Leanna continues to work in urban planning in Fairfax, Va., and loves being a new mom. * After seven years in the Waterville area, Milan ’01 and Jane Chamberlain Babik and their two boys, Kylian and Matyas, moved to Hamilton, N.Y., where Milan will teach at Colgate. * Ross McEwen teaches second grade at the Potomac School and coaches the varsity girl’s soccer team. His wife, Monica (Staaterman ’98), is a manager with a regional software company. They have two wonderful daughters, Claire, 3, and Marissa, 17 months. They had a summer BBQ with Ross’ brother Marc ’01, Sean Skulley ’02, and Julie Fidaleo Madison ’98. The McEwans recently traveled to Bermuda and then took a summer cabin trip to Colorado to spend a week with Ross’s family. Every summer they also head to the Cape to visit Monica’s family and see Graham ’98 and Kirsten Staaterman Nelson ’98 with their twin girls, Camden and Marin, 2. * Dave and Lissa Baur Matson welcomed James Baur Matson Dec. 5, 2010. They’re having a lot of fun (and less sleep). They moved to New Hampshire this summer and are happy to be close to the beach. Lissa practices rheumatology in the area, and Dave works in services development and marketing for EMC Corporation. * Our thoughts go out to Erik Quist, who was seriously injured in Iraq when an IED hit his caravan. Erik is recovering in Bethesda, Md., from damage to six vertebrae and both ankles.
Congratulations to Kazumi Nakanishi on the birth of her first daughter, Nina, June 17, in Paris. * Laurel Hart married Scott Willey ’96 May 28 in Scott’s hometown of Santa Barbara, Calif. Alums in attendance included Brent Willey ’91, Christian Powell ’96, Mimi Sotiriou Raygorodetsky, Shelley Wollert (who co-officiated), Mary Ellen Shuttleworth Miller, Betsy Kies Raftery, Justin and Montine Bowen Fredrickson, Cassie Wayne Gibson, Kristina Smith Gates, Samantha Sheridan Spielman, Nathan Curtis, and David Spiro. * Paul Caruso married Beth Monahan ’01 April 24, 2010. They recently moved to Weston, Mass., and expect their first child in early October. * Alice Wong married Raffi Moughamian July 9 in San Francisco. They had a traditional Armenian Orthodox wedding ceremony followed by a traditional Chinese wedding banquet. Geoff Herrick, Marty Elwell, Morgan Filler ’97, and Andy Brown ’99 were in attendance. Alice is the nurse manager of the medical respite program for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and provides recuperative care for homeless adults being discharged from the hospital. * Eben Peck and his wife, Colette, welcomed their first child, Lucy Antonia Peck, May 29. She arrived with a shock of red hair and looks forward to hanging out with other Colby babies in the Washington, D.C. area. * Dave Dodwell is training to kayak to all three points of the Bermuda triangle. * Kate Dunlop has been the assistant director of communications at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., for four years. She and her husband, photographer Michael Seamans, celebrated their 12th anniversary in May. Kate is still affiliated with her former employer, the Young Authors Foundation of Newton, Mass., through the Teen Ink Writing Program and spends two weeks in New York City every year with dedicated teen writers. She looks forward to completing her M.F.A. in creative writing at Lesley University in January 2013. * It was great to see Kara Landry Fieldhouse of Bend, Ore., this summer when she was on the East Coast, though sans twins. * Mike and Abbie Hofman Park welcomed their third child, Dylan WonJae, May 27. Brother Tyler, 5, and sister Sydney, 3 1/2, are thrilled. The Parks live in Fairfax, Va., where Mike works for the Department of Energy as a senior loan officer for the renewable energy loan guarantee program. Abbie is a stay-at-home mom. * After 10 years in Connecticut, Hilary White moved to Ft. Collins, Colo., and works as a physician’s assistant in the local ER. She’s looking forward to new job challenges and mid-week ski days at Steamboat this winter! Hilary had a blast last year backpacking in the mountains of Patagonia and exploring Vietnam with Elizabeth Castagneto Andrada. * Jennie Phelps was home for the summer enjoying time with family. She had been away teaching 4-year-olds at an international school in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq, and headed back for a second year in August. * Andrew and Lisa Murphy Maillet welcomed their first child, Tucker Andrew Maillet, July 7. They live in Bristol, R.I. Lisa took the summer off from teaching high school biology and environmental science to learn about babies and go to polo matches with her husband, their giant Bernese mountain dog, and the world’s newest tiny little polo fan. * Nathan Curtis married Kimberly Bokesch May 7 in Kiawah, S.C. Alumni in attendance were Chris and Kristina Smith Gates, Justin and Montine Bowen Fredrickson, Gray Macmillan ’97, David Spiro, Betsy Kies Raftery, Mimi Sotiriou Raygorodetsky, Laurel Hart Willey, Dawn Seckler Baltus, Samantha Sheridan Spielman, Leah Bernstein Jacobson, and Mary Ellen Shuttleworth Miller. * William Estrada and Juana Anguiano-Estrada welcomed Ernesto Esteban Estrada, or E3, May 26. Now Everett Gutierrez has a play buddy on the West Coast. * Thanks for the contributions and enjoy autumn.
I hope this finds you all well. It’s so hard to believe that we are entering our 15th year out of college! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our reunion next June. * Shawn ’93 and April Armstrong Campbell are moving from Auburn, Mass., to Irvine, Calif., where Shawn will work as vice president of game development at Future Ads. They’re very busy with their two toddlers and are trying to soak up as much family and friend time on the East Coast as possible before the big move. * Chris and Jennifer Atwood Lesky welcomed a daughter, Caroline Anne, April 6. Congratulations! * Eliot (Hyun) Jung and his wife welcomed a daughter, Elise, in February. Eliot works for the U.S. Department of State and is stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. He was hoping to find and check out the Colby Club of Tokyo while there. * Matt Burgener left Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C., for a new opportunity in Dallas, Texas, where he’ll work for Copart as senior vice president of marketing. Copart facilitates the sale of salvaged vehicles for insurance companies in the U.S. and internationally and also buys cars from consumers for cash. * Lisa Tinanoff was married in 2007 and is mother to Eli, 1. She works as a veterinarian at a small animal hospital in Baltimore. She and her family recently traveled to Colorado to visit Jen Adams and her family, and they had a great time in the mountains and reminiscing about the Colby years. Lisa also caught up with Linc Farr at a friend’s wedding last October and got to meet his wife and son. * Jon ’95 and Denise Mailloux Bowden, along with Wyeth, 2, took a two-week trip to Maine to visit her parents in the lakes region. At a small farmer’s market in Bridgton, she bumped into Scott Monteith for the first time in roughly 10 years! They had just a brief moment to catch up, but he reported that he’s building a home for himself, his wife, and their 2-year-old son. Then he directed them to the best vendors for meat, cheese, and veggies. * Amy Stengel and her husband, Brian, welcomed a baby girl, Barrett Eliza Moore, May 11. * Susanna Montezemolo expected a baby Sept. 19. She wrote, “I sure do wish I was spending my third trimester up in Maine instead of D.C.—it’s blisteringly hot here! I’m still working at the Center for Responsible Lending and teaching yoga on the side, although I’ll take a break from both during my maternity leave. I regularly see Cary Gibson, who is doing well and getting ready to embark on a European vacation to Italy and England.” * I was so excited to see Weyron and Mary Hofmann Henriques and their two sweet sons, Aidan and Timothy, as they traveled east this summer for a family reunion. While here they also visited Christian ’95 and Gwen Nicol Citarella ’96 and their family in New Hampshire as well as Kelly Hagan McCormack, Danielle Herget, Mark House and their families. It was a whirlwind for them, but they took it all in stride. * I’ve taken on a new role as co-director of the Bedford Family Connection, an all-volunteer group that connects families of young children (up through 5) through fun and educational activities for children as well as parent education seminars, moms’ nights out activities, and community service opportunities. It’s turning out to be a bigger job than I expected, but I’m loving every moment!
If you missed reunion you should be ashamed of yourself. The weather was great, there was this giant inflatable bouncy house for the kids, Earl Lewis was there—it was pretty much what you would expect. You also missed hanging out in Marriner, which in all likelihood you also missed your entire Colby career. I have it on good authority that we will be assigned to better digs for the 20th. Maybe even Sturtevant! Y Speaking of Earl, he’s a cook in Dana dining hall. Look, Earl was on my COOT, and I can tell you that the guy likes butter. What better place to surround yourself with butter than in Dana? How awesome is that. * And speaking of awesome, former Colby soccer star and now Glamour magazine reporter Lauren Iannotti went on a whirlwind roadie through the Middle East and Africa with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. You can find the article on Glamour.com, where you can also find a scintillating piece on whether floral and leopard prints go together. * Miranda Miller missed reunion with a good excuse: birth! She and husband Jud Wolfskill welcomed a daughter, Susannah Charlotte Wolfskill, June 15. * Here is news of another, though as-yet-unconfirmed, ’96 baby. When I solicited Kirsten Gaudes Rockwell for the class notes, I received her out-of-office message stating that she is currently on maternity leave from Bain and that she’d only be checking e-mail periodically. I assume that she had a baby, but her message said that she would return my message when she is able. I hope to have a full update on her whereabouts and her progeny by the next issue. * Another ’96er gave birth, but this time it’s the financial kind. Former Grossman RA Adam Muller quit working for Goldman Sachs after seven years to give birth to a hedge fund. Adam shares that he is resting comfortably. * Apparently there was a West Coast reunion in April, which took place when Jason Imfeld ’97 flew to San Francisco to hang out with Nicole Dannenberg Sorger and Azeen Chamarbagwala. Nicole lives in Belmont (not the Massachusetts one!) with hubbie Jonathan, Noah, 5, and Julian, 21 months. Nicole is happily teaching world history at Crystal Springs Uplands School. Nicole also visited with Suzanne Arnold Ennis earlier this spring. Suzanne lives in Manhattan Beach with hubbie Dan, Caroline, 6, and Cameron, 4. She keeps busy with freelance writing projects and motherhood, of course. * I may have already mentioned this but Melissa Taylor visited Bernadette Graham Hudson and her family at the end of June. Melissa lives in Portland, Ore., and has two girls, Clara, 5 and Nora 2. * And I saw a picture of Gregg LeBlanc’s son drinking an Irn Bru. This was a much friendlier-on-the-eyes picture than the random photograph that LaWaun Curry ’77 found in the Grossman attic in the fall of 1995. For those of you who did not see LaWaun’s photo, let’s just say you missed something unique. * Please send more notes. Thank you.
Jennifer Gennaco gave birth to Lora Elizabeth May 12. “Lora’s brother, Lincoln, 4, enjoys singing the ABCs to her. We are all adjusting well and looking forward to the summer,” writes Jen. * Tom and Kristin Eisenhardt Corbin got married in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, last summer and live happily outside of Boston. Cristina Harris Faherty was maid of honor. “Some things never change—she and I remain great friends,” writes Kristin. Kristin has been able to spend more time with Sean ’94 and Nicole Clavette Devine since she moved back to Boston. Kristin is director of K-8 admission at Milton Academy. * Cara O’Flynn married Adam Bell last June in Brooklyn, N.Y. * David and Amy Borrell Berner live in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with their daughter, Hazel, 5, who started kindergarten this fall. David is a systems administrator at the New York Times, and Amy is managing editor at a health-related website. “We’re making the most of our small backyard by hosting a bunny named Petunia for the summer,” writes Amy. * Ben Bartlett lives in Berkeley, Calif., and is now chairman of the City of Berkeley’s Zero Waste Commission. He oversees a budget of $36 million. He is crafting a plastic bag ban to help save our oceans and is shifting the nation’s first recycling program into a resource development model. * Lauren Pelz Kearney gave birth to John Burke Kearney in May. “Big sisters Emma and Gracie are very proud of their new little brother,” writes Lauren. * In 2010 Brian Carovillano and Michele Elliot and their kids, Graham, 2, and Emmy, 6, moved to Thailand, where Brian is Asia-Pacific editor for the Associated Press. They’re settled in and are eager to host any classmates passing through Bangkok. They spent time in the States this summer and caught up with a bunch of friends, including Jill Kooyoomjian, Alisa and Matt Zalosh, Georgia Brian ’96 and Dave Chen, Liz Keith and Jeff Vacanti, and Natasha and Peter Hoffmann. * Jennifer “Hank” Ancker married John Whelen June 4 under clear blue skies in Darien, Conn., at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club, where Jen is currently president. Alums in attendance included John’s sister, Beth Whelen Thut, Dr. Madelyn Meyn, Alice Tilson Koehler, Bruce Mason, Matt Marden, Meredith Dimenna, Anna Redmond Zable, Molly Townsend ’97, Erin Vogel, Laura Finn, and Josh Burker and Meghan Scheck ’97. * Abe Rogers returned from Afghanistan and is reintegrating in Indiana. He plans on finishing his work to acquire a master’s in education from Boston University in the fall and on coaching the master’s swim team at Harvard. * Josh Burker and Meghan Scheck ’97 welcomed their son, Willem Aleck Scheck Burker, into the world Aug. 3. * Marc Rubin and his wife, Hillary, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Miles Asher Rubin. Miles arrived a few weeks early in June weighing 4 lbs and 14 ounces. Miles has been putting on weight like a champion, and both he and his mom are doing fabulously. According to Marc, Miles is already showing early signs of being an intellectual giant and, to that end, has hopes of one day earning a B in Professor Findlay’s macroeconomics class. Maybe even a B+.
Jeff Kosc and his wife, Becky, recently visited Mike Murphy at his home in McCarthy, Alaska. Jeff writes, “Mike, his wife Denise, his devastatingly handsome son, Rio Murphy, 5 months, and his two dogs welcomed us to their home (built by hand by Mike from the ground up) and entertained us with glacier hiking, aerial sightseeing (of the Wrangell Mountains and nearby glaciers), and the freshest salmon meals one could imagine (caught fresh by Mike from the nearby Copper River).” * Paul and Angela Tennett Butler remain in the Queen City (Bangor, of course) with their three kids, the oldest of whom began high school this fall. Paul returned to high school as well, having been named principal of Bangor High School. Paul says Mary, their oldest, is “quietly supportive... .” * Suzanne Furlong Kiggins lives in Brooklyn with her 2-year-old twins and works part time for same company she has been with for 12 years, a company that develops learning simulations for schools and companies. Suzanne reports that Bree Jeppson welcomed Lucas De Ferrari Bassett April 18 and tipped the scales at a whopping 10 pounds! Suzanne sees quite a bit of Doug Morrione, who is writing a collection of biographical short stories, as well as Dave Nicholson ’94 and his family, who live in Queens. * Anne Griffin hails from Sofia, Bulgaria, and has begun exporting handmade Bulgarian pottery to the States (www.bulgarianpotteryandgifts). From time to time she meets up with Sibel Akbay and Sandra Vines in Turkey or Bulgaria. * Greta Wood started a new job in June as assistant professor/instructional services librarian at Mississippi State University in Starkville. * Thanks to everyone who wrote in—keep those e-mails coming!
Sarah Haynes Cooney continues to live in Phoenix, Ariz., and works at Honeywell Aerospace as senior director of customer and product support for the defense and space team. She took a business trip to Prague this summer and later led a group of 13 Girl Scouts backpacking in the Grand Canyon. “Weather is warm here—I miss the lilacs in New England.” * Cecily von Ziegesar is very excited about her hilarious new novel, Gossip Girl Psycho Killer, to be published in October. Also out by Cecily this fall is Class, the paperback edition of her Colbyesque hardcover novel Cum Laude. * Steve and Kristen Corey DeCastro had a baby, Tyler Joseph, in September 2010. He joins Annie, 10, and Clara, 6. * Kimberly Kennedy has lived in Sarasota, Fla., since 1992. She got her master’s in physical therapy in1998 and has practiced physical therapy for 13 years. Her thesis dissertation, Runner’s Perils, was published in a medical journal and in PT Advance Magazine in 1998. She stays in contact with Jill Vollweiler ’90 and planned a long girls’ weekend at Jill’s family winery, Sharpe Hill, in Pomfret, Conn., in August. Kim still runs, does yoga, and keeps busy with life in general. * Michael Spurgeon sent news about his former roommate, Eric Sohn, who launched a new hedge fund called North River Emerging Equities Fund, focusing on small-cap stocks in emerging and frontier markets. Prior to this Eric was part of a group that owned the first taco company in Russia. He also worked at the Russian desk in the DOE, where he was involved in nuclear nonproliferation. Later, his work in Africa was a significant factor in adopting a boy from Ethiopia. Seems like Eric’s journey post Colby has been interesting! * Eliza McClatchey Evans works for her family’s business, Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Her husband is a stay-at-home dad with Gabe, 8, who is on the autism spectrum. Gabe is mildly affected and is in third grade. He’s currently fascinated by geography and can tell you every capital of every country. Eliza and her husband recently vacationed in the Netherlands and Belgium. They’re fortunate to have so much family around Atlanta and lucky enough to take vacation without Gabe. The three of them plan to come to our 20th reunion. Eliza stays in close touch with Nicole St. John and Jessica Maclachlan Hall, who lives in Hawaii. * Peter Read Smith, his wife, Elizabeth Stites, and son Zoeth, 9 months, divide their time between NYC, where Peter is an international civil servant with the United Nations, and Westport, Mass., where they have a farmhouse and a garden. * Chris and Whitney Adams Ward still live in Hingham, Mass. Their kids are growing up fast: Lily, 11, Sam, 9, and Sasha, 5, keep mom and dad busy with school, friends, and sports. The Ward’s got together with Scott ’91 and Margaret Igoe Osborne, Chip ’91 and Hallie Hastert Smith ’93, and Paula and Ben Marglin ’93 over Memorial Day. It was a great Colby mini-reunion. * What a great lead-in to my pitch on our upcoming 20th reunion, which is less than a year away. Save the date: May 31-June 3, 2012. If you’re interested in joining the reunion planning committee and/or the gift committee, please contact Marah Silverberg Derzon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep your eye out for a 20th reunion Facebook page courtesy of Mark Boles.
Greetings classmates! It must have been a really slow summer—I received only one update. A note arrived from Kristen Woods-Noonan, who shares the happy news that she and her husband, Jim, welcomed their first child, Chloe Sierra Noonan, Dec. 9, 2010. They’re enjoying her immensely! Jim and Kristen live in Kingston, N.H., where Kristen works as a marketing director for a health-care consulting firm. She hoped to get back into triathlons this summer after a year-long break to have the baby—she squeaked in a half Ironman just before becoming pregnant with Chloe. Kristen keeps in touch with Said ’90 and Sally White Eastman, who live in Bolton, Mass, with kids Jake, 9, and Abby, 6. Sally’s kids are following in their mom’s swimming footsteps, raking in swimming accolades. Said stays busy working at Monster and also running a great restaurant, the River Rock Grille, in Maynard, Mass. Kristen also keeps in touch with Linnea Oliver O’Neil, who lives in Wellesley Hills, Mass., with husband Micah and kids Brendan, Mackenzie, Connor, and Jack. Kristen said all is well with Linnea, who enjoys being CEO, CFO, and COO of her household. * A few special notes about reunion. First, “Bring HEINOUS back!” Those of you in the East Quad lounge on Saturday night know what I’m talking about. For those of you able to attend, it was great to see you all. At first I tried to list all the folks I saw (to include in this column), but there were too many to keep track! Special thanks to Lesley Eydenberg Bouvier and Laurie Brown Withrow for their tireless efforts to keep the reunion train rolling, to Amy Walter for coming and talking at our class dinner, and to Portia Walker for presenting our class gift to President Adams after the parade of classes. (We’ve set a goal of 91 percent for our class participation rate next time, so please plan on helping us reach that target!) Thanks also to Aaron Mosher, who stepped up and took the position of class president. More thanks and recognition are doubtlessly called for and will be addressed in upcoming columns. For those of you unable to be there, you were missed—and you missed what may have been the best weather EVER on campus: warm and sunny during the day, nicely cool and breezy at night. A spectacular weekend! Check out some photos on the Colby website, and if anyone has pictures to share let me know. Until next time, keep in touch!
Congratulations to Katie Erickson, husband Pete Mitchell, and James, 3, who welcomed Abigail Ruth Erickson Mitchell April 19. Katie reports that Abigail is growing fast and that she (Katie, not Abigail) works very minimally as a private practice outpatient therapist for children and families in between motherhood duties. * Julie Ambrose Gray checked in from Freeport, where she lives with her husband and daughters Abby, 14, Jessie, 12, and Sarah, 9. Julie has worked since last year at Bowdoin College as a full-time physician’s assistant in the student health center. The job is fantastic, brings back many Colby memories, and is great because she gets summers off. Julie is also the coach of her daughter’s AAU basketball team, where she sees Kevin Whitmore ’91 and Matt Hancock, who also coach in that league.
Ice hockey coach Greg Cronin ’86 is headed to the NHL. In June the former head coach for Northeastern was named an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his six years at Northeastern, Cronin earned an overall record of 84-104-29.
Western Bank chair Julie Sands Causey ’85 received a Top Women in Finance award from Finance & Commerce, a daily newspaper for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. Honoring “outstanding efforts of women who are making a notable contribution to their professions and their communities,” the award cited Causey for Western Bank’s conservative business strategy that allowed it to avoid much of the prerecession speculative real estate lending of other banks.
Sweetbay Supermarket president Michael Vail ’85 discussed the supermarket’s expansion in tough economic times in the St. Petersburg Times. Offering budget price brands, buying and remodeling old stores in established neighborhoods, and using energy efficiency standards are keeping Sweetbay viable in the Tampa Bay area. Vail also heads the board of Feeding America, a food bank that sells excess food at low cost. “It fills a very important role,” Vail said, “helping feed the less fortunate.”
Captain Kenneth Branch ’80 has taken the helm at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington. Branch. He took charge during a historic high volume of business, delivering $1.5 billion of products and services in fiscal 2011. Branch admires the command’s “willingness and courage to take risks in order to expand their capabilities,” Federal News Service reports.
I’m writing in the heat of this hot, hot summer, having just returned to Minnesota from a “best of Maine” tour with my family. Of course, we visited the old alma mater, spent egregious amounts on Colby propaganda at the bookstore, and wandered around campus as much as the 97-degree day would permit. We visited Tom ’65 and Nancy Ryen Morrione ’65 at their home on Great Pond, showing my children that our Land of 10,000 Lakes has nothing on The Way Life Should Be. I also had a mini-reunion in Portland with Meg Christie and Will Cheever ’85 and Doug St. Lawrence, who braved the I-95 traffic to drive up from Mass. Tracy Gionfriddo planned to come from Conn., but her little Emma got sick. We missed you, Tracy. The trip was a raging success: I ate lobster five times and got a new Colby T-shirt. * Neha Patel Kishan recently moved to Basel, Switzerland, for two years because of work. Her 6- and 8-year-olds are excited, and her 1-1/2-year-old is happy for anything. * Maria Douglass and her family are settling in at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. They took a spring break trip to Italy and planned a summer trip to Iceland. * Robin Trend Baughan says she never writes because she never has any news. I don’t believe that and expect a long e-mail next time, Robin. * Dawna Zajac Perez works at Northern Essex Community College, where she is an associate dean and the new grievance officer and is spearheading the launch of a Student Success Center and early alert pilot. In October Dawna spoke at the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship annual conference in Portland, Ore. * Fellow Iowan Tom Wieck wrote with tales of an exciting 2011, including trips to Vegas, Disneyland, India, Santiago, Chile, and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Tom works at Pioneer Hi-Bred, with what he says is the longest title of his career: “DuPont production systems mindsets and behaviors coach, the Americas.” Tom’s kids are becoming experts at sports camp, and his wife, Erin, a second grade teacher, spent her summer driving them all over. The family planned to do one day of the famous bike ride across Iowa, RAGBRAI, this summer. * Look in bookstores for Gerry Hadden’s new book, Never the Hope Itself: Love and Ghosts in Latin America and Haiti. Gerry’s third child was due in September, as if publishing a book weren’t accomplishment enough. Gerry caught up with Dan Sullivan and Larry Collins this summer at Gerry’s home in Barcelona and in the south of France. * Carolyn Lockwood was recently named the director of Maine’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services in the Department of Labor. Congratulations! * Bill and Anne Webster Stauffer and their two daughters vacationed this summer in Seattle, where they had dinner with Kate Roosevelt, who is executive VP of The Collins Group, a company that helps nonprofits with fundraising and other services. Kate and her partner recently bought land for a summer home in Port Townsend, Wash. Bill and Anne also saw Greg Russell and his family in Washington. Bill reports that Greg “was hard at work shucking oysters, which the kids gobbled up before the adults had a chance to eat any.” Kelly Doyle is planning a trip to China and has been e-mailing Bill with questions. Finally, Bill says his “biggest executive decision of the year was to allow (give in) my 10-year-old to get her ears pierced.” * I hope you all had a fabulous summer. Please write and tell me all about it!
Hello ’88ers I want to introduce myself as the new class correspondent. We all like to read the news, but are often reluctant to submit our own. I’m looking forward to reaching out to you and learning about the paths you’ve been on since the Colby days. So, you may get a cold call (or e-mail) in search of news and, as always, I encourage you to submit your news to the e-mail address above. So if you lived on my floor but we haven’t talked in 23 years—heads up! That may be a place for me to start (Peter Weltchek of Johnson third floor comes to mind). I’m living in downtown Boston with my husband, Fred, daughter Sophie, 15, and son Leo, 12. I graduated from law school but that was the extent of that career. I started my family career soon after, living in Simsbury, Conn., for 15 years before moving back to Boston four years ago. The kids have loved the autonomy that city life affords. To this day my Colby friends continue to be the ones with whom I laugh the hardest and the ones to whom I turn during the inevitable bumpy times. I would say that the friendships are my biggest takeaway from Colby. Of course, the education was great. Let’s enjoy sharing our stories as we barrel towards our 25th reunion in 2013. * Bob and Carrie O’Brien Thomas regularly see Doug and Deanna Cook McDonald and Jemma Craig, and they just caught up with Kristen Roeder at Doug and Deanna’s house in Northampton, Mass. Jemma and her husband, Patrick, along with Dean Schwartz and his wife, Ann, attended the grand opening party of the Harbor Hotel in Provincetown, Mass., which Bob opened in May after a complete renovation of a former Holiday Inn. Bob and Carrie live in Cohasset with their children Nonie, 13, and Nate and Henry, 10. *
Okay, I’ve got good news and bad news. Which do you want first? The good news? Are you sure? People usually want to hear the bad news first. I’ll give you one more chance. No? Okay, you asked for it. I admire your optimism. This issue, three fine people wrote with updates; and one other is having his published whether he likes it or not. So let’s get to it: Bruce Dalbeck got married. Dr. Christine Barrett decided he was worth the effort, which we knew all along. They had an absolutely beautiful ceremony in the heart of Maine, complete with fancy food and beverages (if you consider Spam and wine coolers fancy, which I most certainly do). Bruce wore traditional white, and his bride carried him over the threshold. Wait, reverse that. * Last January Chris Vickers took a new position with the Vermont Country Store in Manchester, Vt., as chief merchandising and marketing officer. (Basically, he sells maple syrup.) “In July we were moving into our new home and a woman pulled up looking for the previous owners. She looked at me and said, ‘I graduated with you from Colby College in 1987. My name is Colleen Balch.’” (I thought he was going to say Julia Roberts, but Colleen is even better!) He went on to say, “Colleen looked great and is living in Tinmouth, Vt. Small world.” * Karen Czuchry Sallmann says, “I’m living back in Munich, Germany, with my husband and my two girls, 8 and 4. We bought an apartment in ‘the Munich,’ which is keeping me rather busy lately. We visited my brother, Matt, in New York, where he is filming his TV show The Good Wife. (Holy crap, Karen’s brother is Julianna Margulies?) Unfortunately, we did not make it up to Colby. Perhaps, next time we’re in the States.” * Adam Ernster just shot a fitness segment on Access Hollywood Live with Billy Bush ’94, which aired beginning of August. (Adam is the foremost expert in squat thrusts and received his Ph.D. in “Critiquing People Who Do Crappy Squat Thrusts.”) Seriously, if you have any alumni support in you, watch the segment regularly. He never has to know you’re reclined on the couch. * 282 words left, and you know what that means. If you’ll indulge. * My son just turned 1, which means I’m old enough to be his grandfather. Lately I’ve been feeling this sharp pain in my knee that temporarily slows my step, though hopefully never enough to keep up with this gremlin. Where there’s a will, there’s Lanacane. Or a prosthetic leg. Or a small pony to ride. Next year we celebrate our 25th reunion, which is to say that we will have been out of school three years longer than our entire lives prior to, and through, Colby. That is a sobering thought. Tonight, as my wife and I got our little boy ready for bed, we listened to Sting. He was playing on a CD, by the way, not actually in our room. The song was When We Dance, and it instantly took me back to school. I was all but literally transported, naïve again, full of potential. The world hadn’t yet tainted my psyche and age hadn’t slowed my step. I felt exhilarated by that place in life where it seemed like the party would never end. But it did. And while I wouldn’t trade any part of my life, I marvel at the power of memory. Make no mistake, we are all still at Colby, no matter where we find ourselves now. It belongs to us, remains as authentic as anything we can physically touch or taste or feel. All it takes is a song, and for a brief moment, we are back. * Okay, now for the bad news. You wasted five minutes reading my column. But I wish you extra happiness for the effort. Peace, classmates.
And in a flash, 25 years have passed! Although family obligations kept me away, I heard reunion was a smash. Fortunately, Dave Epstein agreed to fill in as guest correspondent with this reunion report. Our class hit a home run with the largest 25th reunion turnout in a decade and more money raised than any other reunion class ever. Jeff and Jen Douglas King accepted the awards for our efforts. Big thanks to everyone who made that possible. Special congratulations to Jane Powers, who finished her stint as trustee and accepted the prestigious Colby Brick Award. To kick off a great weekend, several classmates hit the links for the annual Presidential Golf Tournament at Belgrade Lakes Golf Club, hosted in part by Evan and Sue Roberts Dangel. Others enjoyed a barbecue hosted by Susan Maxwell Reisert and husband Colby Professor Joe Reisert at their Great Pond home. Dave loved meeting up Friday with Cabot Philbrick and Charlie Clippert, as well as Laurent Kosbach, who flew in from Paris. The class gathered Friday at Riverside Farm Market, where Dan MacDonald coordinated an amazing dinner and cocktail hour. Norma Delaney, Mark Burke, Janet Kelley Gjesteby, John Rafferty, Jen Imhoff Foley, Heather Reay Rocheford, and Geoff Alexander were just a few of the 60 or so in attendance. Dinner Saturday was in Cotter Union, where classmates (including Karl Ruping, Karen Mitchell Brandvold, Colette Cote Mayerhoeffer, Jessica Flood Leitz, Lori Burke, Kathleen Hooper Zane, Melanie Megathlin Flaherty, Beth Harrington, Genevieve Hammond, Suzanne Stahl Muir, Doug Parker, Peter Cooke, George Samaras, and wheelchair bound (from a torn Achilles) Jay Allen and his wife, Laurie [Haley ’87], heard Wendy Lapham’s amazing speech. Wendy followed a great recap by Janice Kassman (formerly Seitzinger) of her memories of our time at Colby. More than 30 folks, including Joan Handwerg and Kristin Giblin Lindquist, went to an “over-the-top” brunch Sunday at the home of Tom and Kathleen Pinard Reed on Merrymeeting Bay in Woolwich. Reunions are tough, often thankless, events to plan and pull off: Rich Deering and Suzanne Battit, our co-presidents, and the entire reunion committee spearheaded a flawless weekend. Guy Holbrook, I hope you took lots of notes, as 2016 will be here before you know it. * Harriet Haake Hall loves living in San Diego with constant good weather and the beach 20 minutes away. Harriet is married, has two kids, Garrett, 10, and Isabella, 8, and works part time for an investment manager. Her other jobs include taxi driver, soccer fan, cook, book fair chair, Girl Scout leader, and finder of lost items. She comes east annually for a Nantucket visit with Linda Flight Lull ’85 and Andrea McInnis Leonard. * Andrew Maley says it shouldn’t have been a surprise—but it was—when the kids didn’t stay kids forever. Their oldest, Margot, is looking at colleges, which brought the whole family to Colby for a visit. “Margaret (Davis ’85) and I were awash in groans and teen mockery as we fondly revisited old haunts (‘Dad, I’m sure the waitress would love to know how excited you are to eat at the Last Unicorn again’).” They enjoyed the impressive changes made to campus and appreciated the fact that Colby still seemed like Colby. * Lars and Barb Falcone Smith and daughters had an amazing adventure from February to July in China, where Lars had a Fulbright to teach law. They lived in Wuhan and traveled to Hong Kong, Kunming, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Xi’an and swung by Singapore, Elba, Pisa, and Milan on the way home. They say, “We would do it all again but are thrilled to be back in Louisville!” * Jeanne Choquette Radvany broke her leg playing tennis the weekend before reunion and had to cancel. She was working hard at PT hoping to recover enough to enjoy a planned trip to Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest with husband Dave and Rachel, 12, and Andy, 9. * Nancy Norris Gould’s oldest child, Sam, started at Indiana University this fall studying sports management. Daughter Morgan spent the summer in Israel on a leadership training and community service program and is a junior in high school. * While Chris Engstrom and I didn’t make reunion, we had a mini-reunion on our patio in July with Eric Pendleton (who works at Citizens Bank in Boston and helps runs Garside’s Ice Cream with his mom in Saco, Maine) and Kathy Reynolds Dunn (who lives with husband Doug in Connecticut, where she teaches French at Kingswood-Oxford School). A night of many laughs and the warmth of being with dear friends. I wish you many happy moments like these in the months ahead!
Debbie Neumann Dubowsky’s twins, 3 1/2, are growing fast. Her medical practice in cardiology is going well too. In May her family went to Ithaca, N.Y., and visited Bronwyn Quirk-Mohlke, who works for the Cornell University library. Debbie spent her summer sailing on Long Island Sound and would love to reconnect with others on Long Island. * Roy Hirshland participated in a career symposium at Colby this spring; while there he ran into current Colby trustee Julie Sands Causey. Roy’s firm hired a Colby sophomore (Colleen O’Donnell ’13) as an intern for the summer, and she did great work. He encourages classmates to talk to the Colby Career Center if hiring or looking for a bright intern. * Congratulations to Kelly Crump Ployer, who married Chris Capozzoli July 8 in Newport, R.I. Chris Lebherz attended the wedding. * Mike Muir is now the multiple pathways leader for the Auburn, Maine, school department. He works with the high school to implement customized learning and other district initiatives such as their primary grade literacy program that includes giving iPads to kindergartners. Mike is also director of Projects4Me, a program for at-risk and dropout youth. Students earn credit for self-designed, standards-based projects instead of courses. * Tom Colt still lives in Pittsburgh and is a college counselor at Shady Side Academy. He ran the Pittsburgh half-marathon in May, “finishing just ahead of the mayor (who is only 31!).” Tom recently saw Gretchen Bean Bergill at a conference at St. George School in Newport, R.I. * Dawn Gale LaCasce lives in Fryeburg, Maine, where she and her husband are officially empty nesters. Their daughter, Devin, is a freshman at McGill and son Jared is a junior at NYU. * Lynn Brunelle was recently in New York for the World Science Festival. She was asked to attend by Alan Alda, who had heard an interview of hers on NPR. Lynn did a show and some street fair experiments for kids before a huge crowd, “20,000 estimated!” Lynn is also working on several book projects, had her first play produced this spring, and runs a shuttle service for her kids Kai, 9, and Leo, 7. * After graduation Amey Travis Barnes married her high school sweetheart, Brian, settled outside of Boston, and worked for the Alliance Française. A year later they moved to New Jersey and Amy found a bilingual position at Rhodia (a French chemical company) as an overseas purchasing agent. In 1993 she opted for full-time motherhood and is raising two boys, Jeremy, 18 (a freshman at Dickinson), and Foster, 15. Amey enjoys volunteering for her church (gardening and playing flute for services) and singing with a women’s group that performs in area nursing homes. * John “Ginpup” Collins writes, “I’ve gotten old fast. The Willows Society people have me on speed dial for updates.” His daughter, Meaghan, is a junior at Mount Holyoke College, and his son, Jack, is a freshman at Berklee College of Music. “Since his goal is to be a musician, we’re starting now with the construction of an apartment over our garage for when he graduates.” * Kevin Bruen, a lawyer for the Coast Guard in San Francisco, had a recent brush with fame, appearing on national TV. On July 4 he took his son, Chris, and his stand up paddle board to McCovey Cove in San Francisco to “watch” the Giants. A home run ball was hit into the cove and Kevin jumped off his board (yes, leaving his son behind) to nab the ball. After he got the ball, a kayaker, also going for the ball, ran right over him. He survived and the ball is prominently displayed in his son’s bedroom. Kevin claims this is “easily my proudest moment since I left Colby.” The scene was replayed over and over on local sports networks and Espy. Check it out by going to the Giants website and searching for “Pablo Sandoval splash hit July 4.” * Thanks for the news!
I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing, fun, and not too hot summer. As many of us are rapidly approaching—or recently passed—the big 5-0, I’d be interested in hearing how you celebrate or confront the big day. For those who appreciate a poem: “Do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” How do you plan to rage? * I recently attended a mini-reunion celebrating the wedding of my former roommate Genevieve Hammond ’86 to Dan Matthews in Canton, Mass., (they eloped last February but held off on the reception). Gen and Dan live in Needham, Mass. I had a great time catching up with Gen, our former roommates Tracy Weiner Cotopolis and Kitty Wilbur, and ’86ers Wendy Lapham, Monique Reed Kotsiopoulos, and Kate Patterson. None of us look a day older than our time at Colby (or that might have been the wine goggles). * David Ballou celebrated his 20th year practicing law and the founding of his law firm, Ballou & Bedell, in York, Maine. He hopes that good health and his current enjoyment of the profession continue for many more years. * Anthony and Cynthia Mulliken Lazzara sent their oldest son, Forrest, for 26 days at Camp Kieve, an amazing Maine summer camp on Damariscotta Lake run by Henry Kennedy ’80. Their youngest, Hudson, was scheduled to follow a week later. Cindy and Anthony got to return for two weekends in a row and stay at Kieve’s Family Camp. Next was their annual Midwest driving tour: Chicago, Milwaukee, and Harbor Springs, Mich. * Sam Staley’s second teen novel, A Warrior’s Soul, was published in July by Wheatmark to positive reviews. This fall Sam moved to Tallahassee to become associate director of Florida State University’s DeVoe Moore Center, an interdisciplinary unit of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. He’ll teach a course in urban planning and urban economics as well as lead the center’s outreach and fundraising efforts. His family will stay in Ohio for at least another year so his daughter can graduate from high school. During a New England college tour, Sam visited Colby with his daughter, Claire, and Rick Patten ’84 and Anna Sandstrom ’85. (Colby is in the running for Claire, along with Vassar and Elon.) * I can always count on interesting news from the prolific David Rosenberg (accompanied this time by Bill Sheehan). Bill is expanding his foray into the restaurant business and plans to open another Golden Lotus in Kennebunkport. Bill and David report that Warren Burroughs’s boar, Jelly Belly, took first prize in the Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig Breeders’ Competition. Warren plans on putting him out to pasture and to stud in the fall. Brian Hesse spends a lot of time coaching his kids’ many athletic teams. He can also be found at The Lyceum, a restaurant in Salem, every Sunday morning playing the sax for the jazz brunch. George Harrington ’85 owns the restaurant and comments on Brian’s musicianship: “He’s not that great a musician, but what he lacks in talent he makes up for in looks and comedy.” Calls me back to freshman year Jan Plan, when I roomed near these guys in the Hillside dorms.
Sal Lovegren Merchant continues to move. With the economy what it has been, I got out of selling vacation rentals at the end of 2008, got back into high school and elementary substitute teaching, and also continued on Mount Desert Island to work for caterers in summer, and, in 2009 and 2010, for the Acadia Corporation as a supervisor. In 2010 I was a supervisor in the Jordan Pond Shop, one of Acadia Corporation’s Bar Harbor area retail stores. The shop and restaurant are run by The Acadia Corporation and are located on National Park property. I really enjoyed having people from all over the world come to Jordan Pond to discover the beauty of Acadia National Park, return for summer with family and friends, and to just totally fall in love with the people and places of Maine. Mr. Rockefeller came in often and other notables arrived under cover of biking shorts. We spent a week secretly preparing for President Obama’s visit to Jordan Pond but there was too much land to try to secure and the beavers in Jordan Pond are bigger than Michelle Obama herself. I’m blessed to live on Mount Desert Island. My son Jordan, 24, is in the Navy and Jake, 21, lives not far from me and works in Northeast Harbor, where I also work. I’m passionate about my position as a vacation rental agent for Summer House Cottage Rentals (email@example.com) and welcome folks to contact me. My ex-husband
Greetings from Maine! I went to Colby over Reunion Weekend in June to attend the memorial service for Charlie Bassett. It was a beautiful service in Lorimer Chapel with great jazz music and wonderful storytelling by former students and fellow faculty members. I hope Charlie was there in spirit to enjoy the music, wonderful stories, and remembrances of his life at Colby. He touched the lives of so many, including my own. I always think of him when I write and when I edit my employees’ writing. I misspelled the word “seperete” (sic) once, and he wrote in red ink on my paper, “there’s a rate in separate.” And I will never put an apostrophe in “its” unless it’s a contraction for ‘it is’! These are just two of the many lessons learned from a great professor that I share with my children and employees all the time. * Carolyn Berry Copp’s daughter, Charlotte (a sophomore in high school), started college visits in June and the first stop was Colby. They were on a mother-daughter adventure with friends and also checked out UMO (where the other mom went). Carolyn was shocked and saddened to discover that her room on the third floor of Mary Low is now a bathroom! Carolyn loves showing the art museum to folks and can’t wait until the new wing is completed. While in Maine they enjoyed whitewater rafting on the Kennebec. In August they rafted for four days on the Rogue River in Oregon. When she’s not rafting, Carolyn works as director of development for the Newton Community Service Center in West Newton, Mass. MaryBeth Whitaker McIntyre lives just up the street. * Bob Benjamin sends greetings from Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he arrived in June. He is deployed as the chief of mobility for the joint sustainment command. It’s very hot and dusty there—hard to believe the air can hold so much dirt! He works a full day, but the living conditions are pretty good. He shares a room with a few other senior officers with AC, Internet, and indoor plumbing down the hall. He looks forward to getting home next year in time to see his oldest son graduate from college and to attend our 30th reunion. * Susanna Schneider participated in the sidewalk art show at the Munson Williams Art Institute in Utica, N.Y. * Jeff Brown’s been a bachelor this summer. His son, Alec, 16, got a job at UNC in a biomedical engineering lab within the neurophysiology department, so his wife moved to NC with him for the summer. His daughter, Hannah, 19, works as a camp counselor at Lochearn Camp for Girls on Lake Fairlee, Vt. Jeff’s job takes him to Europe six to seven times a year and to Asia three to four times a year, so he’s very busy.
I am thrilled to present three first-time submissions! Alison Thomas Vietze and husband Richard have 18-year-old triplets (two girls and a boy) entering college. Son Will will be a freshman at Colby. * Katie Critchlow Luther moved to North Dakota after graduation to earn an M.S. in geology from UND. She works for the North Dakota Department of Health as a rule manager in the drinking water program. Married 28 years, Katie and husband Mark have three children. Daughter Megan Couser, 27, is married and teaches international baccalaureate biology at a high school in Kalispell, Mont. Son Corporal Jed Luther, 22, is married and currently on his second deployment with the U.S. Marine Corps. He will attend college after his active duty is complete. Youngest son Samuel, 13, entered seventh grade this fall. * Capt. Margaret Carlton Bash, M.D., M.P.H., is commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service and is board certified in pediatric infectious diseases. After medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she and husband Craig Bash worked at the Indian Health Service hospital in White River, Ariz., then returned to Bethesda for subspecialty training. She currently conducts research on bacterial vaccines and recently worked with the Meningitis Vaccine Project that developed and is implementing a vaccine to prevent epidemic meningitis in sub-Saharan African countries.* Jim O’Sullivan ’82 and Melise Maggioni-O’Sullivan celebrated their 26th anniversary in August. They still live in Needham and both are self-employed. Jim is a gymnasium flooring contractor servicing all of New England, including Colby, and Melise runs their real estate property management business, leasing two 20,000-square-foot office buildings to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Their oldest son graduated from Dartmouth in 2009 and works for a DC strategic consulting firm. Their daughter is a Dartmouth sophomore, and their youngest son, an all-league baseball player, will be a junior at Roxbury Latin School. “Maybe our third child is the charm and we’ll have a future White Mule athlete!” * Still in Monterey, Calif., Paulette Lynch and husband Ken Peterson celebrated their 25th anniversary. * Congrats to Beth Pniewski Wilson on receiving the Colby Brick Award at our reunion. She writes that Renee Ross Nadler will join her tennis group this fall at the Thoreau Club in Concord, Mass. * Joel Harris, Scott Vandersall, Bob Clark, and Steve Pfaff enjoyed a “post-reunion” golf outing in New Hampshire. “Never have a Phi Delt, Tau Delt, Chopper, and Deke gotten along so well,” says Joel. * A former lobbyist for the Podesta Group, Dale Oak returned to work in the front office of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations. Dale’s daughter, Anna, is a freshman at Northeastern. * Although Judith Greene Stewart was traveling in Europe during reunion, she “was thrilled to finally attend a Colby commencement on the library lawn” with goddaughter Mara Bensson ’11, daughter of Steve and Dr. Jean Siddall Bensson. * Finally, as visual arts curator for Colby’s Bixler Art and Music Library, Margaret Libby is conducting oral interviews with and preparing artwork of Colby’s illustrious and forgotten alumnae for a special bicentennial exhibit on campus in fall of 2012. Yours truly is happy to be a part of this project, which will feature Colby’s pioneering varsity women’s ice hockey team.
Lynn Collins Francis reminds everyone to check out our class Facebook page. There are reunion photos posted as well as pictures from as far back as our days on Mayflower Hill. If you have photos to post, send them to our class co-president and Facebook group administrator Fred Madeira at Fred_Madeira@wrightexpress.com. * Tom Eyman’s oldest daughter, Julia, headed to Bates this fall. As Tom says, “It’s a little like having her become a Yankees fan, but I’m over it already.” Tom met up with Dave Perry in Boston in June to soak up the Bruins’ first Stanley Cup parade in 39 years (that was four years before we started Colby, for those of you counting). * Jonathan Greenspan has been renovating his historic 1924 house for the past year and expected to move back in before the school year started. His twins are now 10, and daughter Lauren is a soccer stud, while son Jared can’t digest enough baseball. Jonathan continues to run his own business, On-Line Residential, which provides a broker-to-broker platform as well as website design and programming for the residential brokerage community in NYC. They’re located on Broad St. in the financial district if anyone wants to say hello. * Darcy MacKinnon Sledge’s oldest son, Kyle, is a senior at UVA. He had a summer internship at the Federal Reserve in D.C., where his boss was none other than John Colwell. John even took Kyle to a Fourth of July BBQ atop the Martin Building, where Fed chairman Ben Bernanke was grilling dogs and burgers! In March Darcy and her husband visited their younger son, Chris, on his Rotary exchange in Brazil. Darcy is still a real estate agent in Fairfield County, Conn. * After training all winter Bill Linnell completed the 2.4-mile Peaks to Portland ocean swim this July. Bill was a panelist at Colby’s Bern Porter symposium in August, speaking about his lead role with Cheaper, Safer Power and their successful fight to close Maine’s nuclear plant 12 years early. * Kitty Weyl Dove caught up with a bunch from the Classes of ’78 and ’79—Lindy Williams ’79, Vicki Mains Henderson ’79, Nancy Piccin ’78, Liz Gruber ’78 and Rus Lodi ’78, Laurie Hutcheson Leavitt ’78, Howie Ingraham ’79, and Jim ’79 and Kristin White Shaw ’78—at a fun weekend in Gloucester, Mass., this spring. * Susan Sullivan Hinrichs thanks her hard-working committee and all those who participated in the 2011 Colby Fund. She continues to work in the private equity field and is currently raising capital for a snake robotics company in the ENT and cardiac arenas. She and her husband, Peter, juggle visits whenever possible to their children’s Wednesday and Saturday athletic events now that Colin and Charlotte are away at boarding schools (Millbrook and Suffield, respectively). * Congratulations to Rev. Jane E. Dibden, who married Michael A. Bishop in Morrisville, Vt.
When Isolated Incident, the play Stephen Orlov ’71 co-wrote, garnered the Special Juror’s Prize at the 1989 Quebec Drama Festival, he had only just “discovered” theater the year before. Since then he’s written five more plays that have gained worldwide attention, he continues to work on a novel based in Cambodia, and he has taught film analysis courses on political cinema, American foreign policy, and Chinese politics at John Abbott College in Montreal.
Before embarking on his career in theater, Orlov earned a master’s in political science at McGill University, reported on wars and uprisings in Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines as a freelancer, and settled in Montreal. Yet the social issues that drove Orlov as an economics major and leader of Colby’s anti-Vietnam War protests continue to drive him today.
“I get pregnant with social issues I have to address,” Orlov said from North Rustico Harbour, his summer writing location on Prince Edward Island. “And somehow I give birth to them. Whether it’s in the classroom, the stage, or in print, still the same motivation is there.”
“What’s different about playwriting is the process is so liberating,” he added. “Because, as a journalist, you have to present a veneer of objectivity as you bear witness to events. As a playwright, you have to express the inner emotions that you hold for your characters, and that process, for me, is so much more creative.”
Orlov’s treatment of serious social issues sparks audiences both within Quebec and in theaters around the world. His allegorical comedy, Freeze, sold out the Montreal Centaur Theater with its treatment of Quebec’s 1998 ice storm as metaphor for calmer, post-separatist times in the francophone province.
His first in a trilogy of Jewish Diaspora plays, Salaam-Shalom, opened at Chicago’s Organic Theater Company and was showcased in the Chicago Dramatist workshop. The second play in the trilogy, Sperm Count, opened to critical acclaim at London’s Old Red Lion Theater, where it was directed by Julia Pascal, the first woman to direct at England’s National Theater.
Thanks to his international success, Orlov recently received a Canada Council writing grant to write Sperm Count’s sequel, Birthmark. Yet Orlov gets most excited over his collaboration with his wife, Karen Kaderavek, an internationally acclaimed cellist and writer. Their most recent work, Bow Ties, dramatizes a chance encounter between a male stranger and woman cellist who only speaks through her cello.
“It’s a true dialogue through words and music and not an accompaniment at all,” Orlov said of the work, which the couple first presented this spring in Montreal. Orlov’s years working in Asia continue to inspire him. His first, and as-yet unpublished, novel draws on his journalistic experience covering Vietnam’s 1979 invasion of Cambodia, where he trekked through jungles on elephant-back and interviewed senior Khmer Rouge officials such as Ta Mok.
Echoes of his past at Colby help him to feel more at home in Canada. “The first time that I emotionally felt like a Canadian, more of a Canadian than an American, was when Jean Chrétien chose to keep Canada out of the war in Iraq,” Orlov said. “A million people in Montreal demonstrated before he made that decision.” —Drew Bush ’03
Ellen Grant ’79 is the first chief operating officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, a marine research and education lab that has grown from 15 to 60 staff members since 2005. Formerly executive director at the Institute for Civic Leadership, she also served as consultant to The Nature Conservancy in Micronesia and the eastern Caribbean.
Ipswich (Mass.) Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Peter Gorniewicz ’75 to its 2011 class. A running back in high school and three-time MVP Colby, he earned the Swede Nelson Sportsman Award, was a two-time Golden Helmet Award winner, and was named All-New England in 1973.
Women’s rights activist Karen Heck ’74 is running for mayor of Waterville. A long-time Democrat, Heck is running as an independent, believing “voters want elected officials to work together regardless of their party,” the Morning Sentinel reported. Running with the slogan “Karen for Mayor? Heck, yes,” she pledged to facilitate “creative thinking and innovation” and to promote community building.
Jacie Cordes Hurd had a mini Colby reunion at her daughter Lydia’s wedding this summer. Jacie and Charles ’78 were the proud parents, Geoff Emanuel represented the ’70s graduate, and Katie Klepinksi ’08 also joined the fun. A great photo of Geoff and Charlie whooping it up after the ceremony is posted on our class page on the Colby website. The wedding was at Hope College in Holland, Mich. * Carl Lovejoy’s son, Matt, graduated from University of Virginia last spring with a B.A. in history and a national championship in men’s lacrosse. With an extra year of lacrosse eligibility due to an injury his sophomore year, Matt returned to UVA in September, enrolled in the Curry School of Education to earn his master’s, and, hopefully, win another NCAA title! * Sue Hadlock cruised the Inside Passage with friends on a Norhaven 74 from Petersburg to Juneau, Alaska. It was mind blowing to view snow-covered peaks, bears, whales, eagles, and glaciers. Last month Sue met Anne Hebert and Deb Zarella Dube in South Freeport, where they cruised Casco Bay on her Crowley Beal lobster boat and caught up on life. * Linda Frechette visited Colby roommate Kyle Harrow and family at Sebago Lake in July. Linda and Kyle keep in touch regularly. * Last May Katherine Quimby Johnson’s daughter, Lydia, graduated cum laude from Hartwick College, where she double-majored in English and philosophy, taking multiple classes with Stefanie Rocknak ’88 in the process. Before Lydia’s graduation, Katherine and husband Greg ’78 spent a blissful week in San Francisco, where Greg attended a conference, followed by a few days relaxing in Carmel that included watching the sunset over the Pacific. * It’s been awhile since Ingrid Gjesteby Janes checked in. Ingrid and husband Dale live in Longmeadow, Mass., and will celebrate their 30th anniversary this fall with a trip to Europe. Their oldest, Adam, graduated from Williams and started medical school at Loyola in Chicago. Son Scott graduated from Tufts last year and works in finance in Boston. Daughter Sarah started her senior year at Colby. Life has come full circle, though she missed out on living in the “new dorms!” * Robin Reid writes from Charlotte, Vt. Her husband, Robert Mack, still works hard as a dairyman and son Peter, 17, is following in his footsteps. Robin owns and manages Rural Route Today, a local newspaper that advocates for the rural culture and its role in our chosen lifestyles, overall economy, and well-being as a nation. She still writes music and plays some gigs singing with friends in a trio. * Robin Towle Glynn took a trip to Spain with her son Dennis, 14. The trip was a birthday gift from her husband, Dennis, whom she met in Spain during her junior year semester abroad. For a Spanish teacher, Robin, and a student of Spanish, Dennis, this was a trip to remember. They spent four days in Madrid with a side trip to Segovia to see a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct that was a favorite place of Robin’s. From there they traveled by high-speed train to Sevilla for three days and drove to the coast to check out the Mediterranean. On to Barcelona for two days of sightseeing (last time there was with Gayle Amato). The trip gave Robin many new stories to share with her students and Dennis the opportunity to hear and speak Spanish. Robin’s daughter, Kelly, had a great first year at Cornell, where she is majoring in electrical and computer engineering and earned a 4.0 second semester. * Liz Armstrong’s update is short and sweet. Job: got promoted; Children: Rebekah, 16, Mariah, 12, when will the teen years stop; Extracurriculars: distance running, swimming; Life: still happily married; and next project: volunteer work in Nicaragua. * Thanks everyone for writing in!
L. A. King has lived in Sonoma, Calif., since 2007 and served as priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. The Reverend Dr. King preaches and celebrates at a number of congregations in the diocese. Recently one of her sermons was recorded and posted on the website of the Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa. * Back on the East Coast, Al Sheehy played in the annual Spring Old Farts Classic hockey tournament against Mike “Sleepy” Slavin. Al doesn’t recall recording a point in the game, but his team won in an overtime shoot out! Al plays hockey three times a week and comments that he still has stone hands and little scoring touch but enjoys the workouts tremendously. Al also bikes as much as he can, and thinks that innumerable back exercise sessions keep his sciatica under control. Al is a data analyst at MaineHealth—work is good, as are other aspects of his life. Al loves living in the Portland area (26 years now) and plans to look for a new home in the area. * After many years Larry Hill checked in from Old Greenwich, Conn., where he lives with his 16-year-old son, Harry (named after his grandfather: a self-imposed rhyme, as Larry says). Larry’s been divorced for five years and has found that Match has run its course. He’s partner in a small technology company that does Oracle-Hyperion consulting and resells open-source business intelligence software. Larry spent a weekend this summer with John Geismar, part of an annual adventure with his son before he goes to Camp Kieve in Nobleboro, which is run by Henry Kennedy ’80. Last year Larry and Harry jet-skied on Lake Winnipesaukee and stayed with Nancy Hulm Jones. This year they flew in a Waco biplane replica like the one that did aerobatics over Colby for spring carnival 1978! They also camped in the White Mountains with John and his son, Brad. Harry and Brad are good friends and canoeing partners at Kieve. * Donna Long Cummens owns and runs a tax and accounting business with her business partner on Martha’s Vineyard. They’ve been in business 15 years, and Donna is happy that Congress continues to change the tax laws! Her oldest daughter, Taryn, graduated with her pharmacy degree from Northeastern in May, passed her boards, and relocated to Washington, D.C., to work for Foer Pharmacy at Sibley Hospital. Her youngest daughter, Jessica, is a senior at Roger Williams University majoring in architecture. Jessica studied in Florence last semester and Donna, her husband, Chuck, and Taryn visited for 10 days in April. Donna said it was a fabulous trip and now it’s summer on the Vineyard, so life is good! * Jeff Wheeler sends a huge thank you to our class, which has always stepped up to a challenge. The few weeks leading up to June 30 were amazing. More than 75 classmates stepped up and participated to elevate us to a 55-percent participation level for the Colby Fund, surpassing our goal of 52 percent and raising $221,162, which beat our goal by $97,162. He also thanks our classmate for the tremendous matching gift challenge, which certainly inspired our results! GO MULES! Thanks to another classmate, our class now has a presence on Facebook. Check out Colby College Class of 1978—it’s a great way to connect, especially with reunion approaching. Hope everyone had a great summer. Please stay in touch!
Qaiser Khan continues to work for the World Bank as lead economist and sector leader for human development for Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. His efforts help improve education, health, and social protection in these countries, and also in Guinea, where he’s engaged in reintegrating the nation back into international institutions after its first free election in more than 50 years of independence. Qaiser’s son will attend an ancient Scottish university, while his daughter is looking at large urban universities (despite Qaiser’s preference that she select a small rural college). * Susan Woods and Peter Breu say that “life continues well in Manchester, N.H.” Their son is a junior at Middlebury and will be joined next year by their daughter after she completes a year at a ski academy in Norway. Peter makes custom furniture, roller skis, and coaches Nordic skiing at a local high school. Susan is a business consultant. They hope to do some ocean kayaking off Deer Isle this summer. Y Valerie (Jones ’76) and Steve Roy became grandparents for the second time in June. Steve plays golf with Dave Lillich, Peter Skoler, and Herb Magid fairly regularly and stays in touch with Bob Keefe (AKA Nemo). Y Russ Lowe had a great springtime visit with Diane Lockwood Wendorf ’76. Y Nancy Epstein is now full-time associate professor of community health and prevention at the Drexel University School of Public Health. She teaches and works at the intersection of faith and public health with faith-based organizations in Philadelphia. Recently she had the honor of representing Colby and President Bro Adams at the inauguration of Drexel’s new president, John Fry. Y Jane Hoffman looked forward to spending time in June with Mika Hornyak Hale, her Dana roommate. Mika lives in Newton, Mass., and also has a home in the south of France. Y Stuart Georgitis has a new job at Spectro Analytical and thoroughly enjoys time spent with his four grandchildren. Y In June Richard Conant retired after 33 years working for the federal government as environmental division director at the submarine base in Groton, Conn. He plans to spend this summer hiking with his youngest son and his Scout troop in the backcountry of New Mexico, followed by a hike with his eldest son on the 700-mile New England stretch of the Appalachian Trail. This fall Dick will enter a teaching internship for his M.S. in education; he hopes ultimately to teach marine biology (his original academic love). Y David ’78 and Terry Grassey Sciore live in Marlborough, Mass. They were at Colby in May for the graduation of son Tim ’11. Tim majored in chemistry, plans to work for a while, then attend graduate school. Their oldest graduated last year from Providence College; their youngest is a freshman at the University of San Diego (“WAY too far away!” Terry says). Terry notes how much the Colby campus has changed since our time there, but, she says, “Every time I see the library it takes my breath away.” Y Mark Richardson is looking ahead to our 35th reunion, June 1-3, 2012. He’s seeking thoughts/ideas/suggestions for making it a great weekend. Planning started in June and you’re invited to participate by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org. * As for me
Miss me last issue? I missed you too. But you need to send news to get news. * First up are Sam and Karen Smith Gowan, who have a consulting company, Alpha Geoscience, near Albany. Sons Josh and Trevor have become geologists like Sam. Son Spencer works at a nearby fish farm after stints in the Bering Sea and Florida. Sam and Karen are excited to have a granddaughter, born last November. Sam was elected president of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, which includes lots of travel (Karen joining him) to places like Budapest and Vancouver. Karen plays hockey twice a week and enjoys the camaraderie. * Toby Bobbitt is a social worker in Amherst (Mass.) public schools. In July she went on a church-organized work trip to Honduras. She laughs that they wanted to put her Colby Spanish degree to use as the group’s main translator! Toby’s delighted to have close friend Diane Lockwood Wendorf back in New England; they already had a southern Maine rendezvous. Speaking of Diane, I had lunch with her on my way to reunion. We had a great time catching up! * Melissa Day Vokey has been with Mass Audubon at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport, Mass., for eight years. She’s seven minutes from home, overlooking the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge marsh, to work, at the mouth of the Merrimack River. Melissa and husband Mark joyfully babysit for daughter Caroline’s two daughters. Son Nick is deputy art director at the New Yorker and in June married Amy McCormick, owner of AMYCLAIRE, a women’s wear company. Son Cam is in NYC seeking his niche in theater/music/film. * Dale Marie Crooks Golden McDonald is vice president of Torrey Pines Bank, a California community bank. She lives in Oakland with her husband and serves on the board of Covenant House. Their two daughters are in San Diego and San Francisco. She and Betsy Buckland came to reunion together and taught younger alums how it’s done on the dance floor. * Jan Gorman is deciding what to do after retirement from the insurance industry—possibly a small business start-up for fun. But first she has to plan a wedding or two for her daughter, Court, a magna cum laude graduate of Wheaton. Because Court is marrying a Brit, Jan’s thinking of both U.S. and U.K. versions of the wedding. * Ron ’75 and Kathy Donohue Yeo have lived in New Mexico the last 26 years. They had a wonderful trip all over New Zealand last May, visiting their son, Peter, who was on an exchange program at the University of Otago. Peter was in Christchurch last February but fortunately was safely evacuated and not hurt following the earthquake there. * Kate Cone had a great time at reunion and on the sail around Portland Harbor that kicked off the weekend. She’s lived in Waterville for three years and is looking for ways to reinvent an American studies major, law degree, and an M.F.A. in creative writing into a new job. She welcomes all ideas! Kate has discovered something not all Colby grads get to appreciate—the campus is beautiful in summer. * Olen Kalkus is at Princeton (N.J.) Academy of the Sacred Heart, where he was founding head in 1999. The school has grown to 230 boys in grades JK–8 on an almost 50-acre campus with a new gym and a beautiful library. He and his wife, Kimberly, will celebrate their 25th anniversary in March. Just when his older kids had grown, his daughter became a teenager and is now a freshman. * Quick update from last column: Jim Morgan was elected president of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools. * Coming up next time: news from Ed Harvey, John Mulcahy, Eileen Dennett Burnell, and maybe you. Keep supporting the Colby Fund and help us maintain our fantastic 64-percent participation. Look for us on Facebook: Colby College Class of 1976. And YES, circle the first weekend of June 2016—you don’t want to miss our 40th!
After living in the sunny south for 28 years, Celeste Keefe Wesner’s family is finally putting a swimming pool in their Roswell, Ga., backyard. The pool company’s slogan is “live life with no regrets.” Celeste wishes they could have afforded this when the kids were younger, but maybe someday it will be a way to lure grandchildren to come visit. Celeste has taught at Roswell High School for 23 years and is a Spanish teacher and department head. Her husband is a ministry consultant with Walk Thru the Bible, an international outreach for Biblical studies. Daughter Marian graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 with a communications degree and works in post-production television editing in Atlanta. Son James will graduate next year as an audio engineering major from the Art Institute of Atlanta and is a certified bicycle mechanic with REI. * Marty Womer’s elder law practice at the Maine Center for Elder Law is busy and recently moved to a better office in Kennebunk. In July Marty attended his 40th high school reunion in Connecticut. * Another 40th high school reunion attendee was John Conant last June in Moorestown, N.J. He found it to actually be fun! He has stayed in touch with some Moorestown classmates, though not nearly as many as from Colby. * John and Ann Gage Conant joined Virginia (Day ’74) and Roy Hardin and David Peck last summer for a week of whitewater rafting on the Salmon River, Idaho, followed by a week of RVing in Yellowstone. This was their first experience on whitewater for longer than an hour! * Dave and Nan Weidmann Anderson are two thirds of the way through the 400-mile Colorado Trail. Their latest advice is to ditch those sweltering constrictive mummy bags and grab the cozy down comforter! Last June Nan ran the well-named “Slacker Half,” which was mostly downhill from 11,500 feet to 9,500 feet. Gravity does work! * Stephanie Maull is excited about the launch of her new online business, Tastefully Simple (http://simply-delicious-gifts.com), which has joined in supporting the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. * Joe Johnson had a great time being part of the large turnout to honor Coach Dick Whitmore for his 40 years at Colby. Fellow classmates Brad Moore, Gene DeLorenzo, Bill Walthall, and Kevin Zorski joined him, in addition to good friends from the Class of 1976. “It was a fabulous 48 hours and a fitting tribute to a great man and leader.” * Richard (Dick) Norwood and his family moved back to New England after 25 years in South Carolina. They live in Bourne, Mass., and are trying to make his grandparents’ summer cottage a year-round home. A genealogy buff for many years, Dick manages a Y-DNA project and a local geographical MtDNA project at Family Tree DNA online. His paternal side is all of New England and Maritime Canada descent; after settling in Gloucester by 1663, his Norwood forefather and wife raised 10 children and became progenitors of all the New England Norwoods. Dick is also a descendant of Roger Conant, one of the founders of Lynn, Mass. Definitely an enthusiast, Dick explains how each generation is naturally connected to its own times, but how genealogical research allows us, through our own families, to feel more intimately connected to the times and generations that have gone before. Will Tuttle can trace his New England roots back to the Pilgrims arriving on the Mayflower in 1620 and the Puritans on the Planter in 1635. * And on a lighter note, Liz Richards Julian’s grandmother, who was raised in Maine, had 15 brothers and sisters, producing 96 first cousins for her father, so Liz figures that somehow pretty much everyone in Maine is related to her!
Vicki and I are putting together this column while sitting in her camp on Parker Pond in Fayette, Maine, listening to the rain from a passing thunderstorm drum on the roof. We didn’t get much response to our request for news, which is understandable since it is summer. Here are some odds and ends. * We occasionally receive pictures of classmates, which are fun to look at but not easily shared in print. Bill “Bugsy” Callahan sent a picture of Mark O’Connell standing over several good-sized Maine lobsters. Mark, a Texas resident for the past 33 years, is a manager at a Houston consulting firm. Mark, anything else you’d like to share? * Tim Glidden is starting a new adventure as president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a land conservation organization that focuses on protecting Maine’s coast and islands while also working with land trusts throughout the state. It’s a dream job for Tim, who has spent his career working in Maine to safeguard the environment for future generations. Tim and his wife, Kathy (Lyon), live in Topsham, both of them within walking distance of work. Daughters Emma and Sophie have flown the nest, but Tim and Kathy wouldn’t mind if the kids stayed close. They recently had a lovely dinner with good friends Matt ’73 and Susan McBratney Powell in Scarborough, and they always look forward to crossing paths with other Colby friends. * Rocky Goodhope, our frequent contributor from Washington, is “getting payback for all the years I yelled at refs as a participant and parent. Now the shoe is on the other foot and I’m taking abuse from high school kids and coaches while reffing lacrosse. I guess there is eventual justice.” * Leo and Leslie Nickerson Bowers sent an update from Hampton, Va. The last of their children is about to complete graduate school. Leslie has retired from teaching but plans to work somewhere part time, and Leo is working harder than he should, as usual. He says he’ll continue working at least until their daughter, Jessica Anne, finishes her residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School. They take long walks with their “grand-dog” and are avid movie enthusiasts. They hear regularly from James Glover. They understand that Keith Wilder is still in Miami, and think Omar Wynn is in Maryland and Kenny Melvin is in Portsmouth, Va. Hey guys, how about sending your news along? * Our lifelong group of friends was thrilled to attend the wedding of Linda Krohn and Todd Lund in Apple Valley, Minn., in early July. The wedding was beautiful and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a new beginning for Linda and Todd. Those who rallied were: Joe ’72 and Martha Hamilton Benson, Jane Dutton, Debbie Wathen Finn, Janice Johnson Peterson ’73, Cathy Morris Killoran, Debbie Marden, Barb Powers ’73, Sonja Powers Schmanska, Sue Yovic Hoeller ’73, and, of course, Vicki and me, along with a few random husbands. We spent a long weekend catching up, laughing, crying, commiserating, exercising just a little, sampling Midwestern cuisine (love that walleye!), and helping Minnesota’s economy with visits to the Mall of America. * Vicki wanted to share (read brag) that her younger son, John, graduated magna cum laude this spring from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. John is off to Los Angeles to seek his fortune in the film industry. Coincidentally, Vicki’s older son, Michael, is also involved in the film business, specifically sound engineering, in New York City. Vicki is not handling the empty nest syndrome very well and would welcome any diversions or visitors “from away.”
Peter Rinaldi was in Florida for the summer and, when back at home in Mississippi, spends his days “running/ruining his newspapers and playing soccer.” * Nour Nahawi and his family moved from Tunis to Algeria. He’s still in banking but hopefully getting closer to retirement. Oldest son Hani graduated from Concordia in Montreal; second son Sami is a junior at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and youngest son is at American University this fall. He welcomes hearing from Colby grads in North Africa or at 21-377-060-0800. * Gay Quimby Auerbach was so happy catch up with her friend Roger Sherman when Roger and his wife, Shauna, stopped by Gay and husband Alan’s home in Berkeley, Calif. Roger practices law in Boston and plays doubles tennis “assiduously and victoriously.” Gay admired Roger’s “marathon-running agelessness.” Gay and Alan (professor of economics) travel a lot and try to manage semesters at NYC to visit grandsons. Both of Gay’s sons are gainfully employed, and her youngest is her favorite book-sharing buddy. Gay spends her time painting, drawing, and working fabric. * The Lambda Chi’s have spent many joyous days together since the last column. Alex Wilson reports that the ’73 Chopper Confab took place in Portsmouth, N.H. All but four of the LCA Class of ’73 were present for the communal observance and celebration of their 60th birthday year. In attendance were Dick Beverage, Lloyd Benson, Brian Cone, Gary Fitts, Steve Jasinski, John Krasnavage, Bob Landsvik, Duncan Leith, Joe Mattos, Bob O’Neill, Phil Ricci, and Alex himself. Missing were Doug Williams, Peter Card, and Bruce Smith. Missed by all brothers was Luke Kimball, who passed away in 2004. Also in attendance were Class of ’71 brothers Ron Lupton and Ken Bigelow as well as LCA spouses Barb Jasinski, Jennifer Leith, and Linda Kimball. The LCA’s gathered a second time for their 33rd Fourth of July vacation on the Belgrade Lakes. * Bruce Smith missed the Chopper reunion to stay at home in Texas with his family as they faced an illness with his grandson. He hopes to retire in five years from his vested position in Texas. We hope you are able to make it to our 40th reunion, Bruce. * After a couple of years in New York, Bob Diamond relocated to London in January upon his appointment as chief executive of Barclays PLC. He’s still heavily involved in Colby as chair of the board of trustees and regularly visits Waterville for board meetings and commencement in May. He notes Colby has strong momentum and is in the process of making strategic decisions to strengthen its position as a leading liberal arts college. He asks for further alumni interest and support and looks forward to the bicentennial and reunion in 2013. * Lisa Kehler Bubar described the second floor Dana girls’ reunion this summer. Chris Mattern Way, Debbie Mael Mandino, Jackie Nienaber Appeldorn, Lisa, and I (Carol Chalker) met in Boston in June to celebrate our collective 60th birthdays and our 42 years of friendship. We caught up on news, played bridge (of course!), visited the Chihuly exhibit at the Boston MFA (fantastic!), and toasted our next decade at a fabulous South End restaurant called Stella (highly recommended!). Actually Lisa, if you recall, we toasted our next THREE decades.
April Nelson McKay, Chris and Deb Trescott Pinkham, Sarah Lucy, and Judy “JB” Berringer Vanzon got together in February in San Diego, where Sarah lives and where Chris went for a bankers’ association convention. JB flew in from Florida and visited April in Venice, Calif., before they drove to San Diego. April says, “It was just amazing. I hadn’t seen Sarah in 39 years, and quite a few years since I saw Chris and Deb, but it felt like yesterday. Some connections transcend time.” It was a super mini-reunion, a small practice for the big one next year. (Yes!) * Kathy Muhlhausen McIntyre teaches ESL (29 years) at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City and is married to Ross McIntyre (23 years). Their daughter, Mary, finished her sophomore year at UC Santa Barbara, and she and Kathy traveled in Italy and France this summer. It’s been almost 30 years since Kathy spent time in Europe. “Oh, the changes! Euros, Internet, ATMs, cell phones—so different from my junior year in Caen.” Following in Kathy’s footsteps, Mary will spend a term of her junior year at University of Bordeaux studying biology. In May Kathy and her husband fulfilled a longtime dream and spent 18 days rafting through the Grand Canyon. Utah had incredible snow last winter, which meant lots of backcountry skiing through June. “Life keeps us busy! Greetings to all, and anyone passing through Utah please get in touch.” * Alice Osmer Olson still teaches second grade at the Winthrop (Maine) Grade School and also serves as Town of Mt. Vernon librarian. Their little town library is being automated this year with an online catalog. She still loves gardening, hiking, biking, and kayaking in the summer. Last April Alice took a trip with Louise Nurdin Sidelinger to walk some of the SW Coastal trail in England. This summer she planned a trip to Costa Rica with her husband. * Cindy Jevne Buck relayed the sad news that her husband of 17 years, Robert, passed away Oct. 8, 2009, from colon cancer. He was ill for only five weeks and died after a wonderful summer together. Since then she’s been with her mother in her hometown of Norwell, Mass. “It’s been a joy to be back in New England, but I plan to return to Fairfield, Iowa, to live long term. Friends can reach me at email@example.com.” * Donna Power Stowe is still deeply engaged in education reform work in the District of Columbia and surrounding metro area—challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. She stays in close touch with Cathie Joslyn and Debbie Christensen Stewart, who she’ll see when Debbie stops in DC on her way to South Carolina to take her youngest for his first year of college. Donna planned to see Tom and Ellen Woods Sidar on a trip to Maine in August, and she has reconnected with Jeff Lawrence, who works in DC and lives in the area. As class agent, Donna writes, “Thanks to all in the Class of 1972 who contributed to Colby this year. While we fell short of our total donation goal by about $10,000, we exceeded our participation goal of 46 percent. Our participation goal was of primary importance, so this is great news! Next spring marks our 40th reunion, June 1-3, 2012. I hope all of you are thinking about attending and that most of you can come. Anyone who wants to be involved in reunion planning just let me know.” * Okay, so we have heard from some Colby women, where is the news from the men? Let’s get fired up for our 40th reunion in June 2012. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Wouldn’t you like to know how much fun we had at our 40th reunion? None of us can understand how it can be this many years, but we out-danced a lot of underclassmen and had a blast in the process. There were about 50 to 60 of us there and it was wonderful. We owe a huge thank you to Linda and Dave Williams, who made sure we had a good time! * Pat Trow Parent said it’s always such a good feeling to return “to the place where you are forever 17.” Amen. Inspired by the wedding of Debbie Messer Zlatin’s daughter, Pat has decided to recreate herself as a justice of the peace. * Leslie Anderson had one of her paintings licensed by Trader Joe’s for use as a greeting card. The painting, “Last Night at the Lake,” was inspired by Debbie Messer Zlatin’s camp. Look for her card in September in the “friendship” category at Trader Joe’s. * (Debbie has been busy inspiring people.) * After a difficult year Chip Altholz’s wife, Linda, has recovered well from a couple of serious health issues. He admires her strength, faith, and courage. Chip only needs another few million dollars to get his nine-year project of a youth-oriented Internet start-up company launched. He misses Jim Peterson and Dave Nelson. * Richard Beaty, although he didn’t graduate with us, has had an interesting life as a ski instructor, real estate developer, homebuilder, and stockbroker. Through it all, he’s been a scientologist and is married with three children. He has fond memories of “those early years.” * Tom Gallant and his wife, Suzanne, were at reunion and had a wonderful time. They were busy attending weddings this summer and Tom gallivanted around the Michigan countryside on his motorcycle. * Due to a family commitment, Elaine Weeks Trueblood wasn’t able to come to reunion. She continues to work for JP Morgan Chase, but looks forward to making travel plans for her retirement. * The 100-year flood kept Ruth Moore Barningham more than a little busy earlier this year with repairs to her cottage on Lake Champlain. She’s in touch with Christa Mc Carter Kaufman. Ruth is still the office manager at her husband’s animal hospital. * From Alaska, Mike Round writes that the salmon business is thriving. His kids have flown the coop and he’s busy with backyard projects. Kathy Parmelee Chambers reminded him about reunion, but she wasn’t there either! * Jon Stone and Larry Boris spent time together in Las Vegas earlier this year. Jon welcomed his fourth grandchild in June and reports that she looks like a good candidate for the WNBA. * For those of you following the path of Bill Hladky’s son, he is safely within the walls of Cal Poly majoring in computer engineering. Bill is rearranging his nest, learning Skype, training to be his son’s advisor to be his own president, and working on the appropriation committee of this Congress. * In her first summer off ever, Nancy Hammar Austin took a trip to Iceland to soak in the Blue Lagoon, hike to lots of waterfalls, and ride little horses on the beach. Coincidentally, her travel companion is a work colleague of Nancy Neckes Dumart. It reminded us of journeys through Iceland on turboprop planes en route to Europe back in the old days. * This summer took me to Turkey, the Republic of Georgia, and Armenia singing. * Congratulations to Linda Wallace, our new class president. If the energy and enthusiasm she showed at reunion is any indication, we’re in for a rousing good time! * Wishing you all well.
After nearly 40 years Ben Kravitz sold his tire distribution business and retired at the beginning of the year. Although he enjoys traveling, most recently in Israel and South Africa, and playing a lot of golf, he finds retirement a bit too sedentary and he’s looking for some new challenges.*Jane Stinchfield Knapp is a member of the Maine Legislature. As a state representative, she attended a three-day educational tour in July of potato growers and potato processing in Aroostook County. • I heard again from Norma Rivero de Biermeyer. She, her husband, and daughters still live in Caracas, Venezuela. They have no grandchildren, only two golden retrievers, Ringo and Marley. Norma volunteers as secretary on the board of a VAAUW organization called the International Association of University Women. It used to be primarily English-speaking American women in the 1960s, but now it’s extremely international and sometimes predominantly Spanish speaking. Norma loves to work in her garden and likes to think of herself as an untrained tropical landscape gardener. * Sue Doten Greenberg has accepted the role of head class agent so that Pat Gerrior doesn’t have to fill that role as well as class president. Sue and Larry ’69 often meet up with Carol Lewis Jennings and Lori Gill-Pazaris in either Boston, NY, or Hartford, their current hometowns. Sue and Larry recently acquired a condo in Seattle so they have a place to call their own when they visit their children, who live in Seattle. Classmates are invited to connect with her on Facebook to let her know when they’re in Seattle (or NY). They’re easing into retirement and could use suggestions for how to spend their newly found leisure time. * I ran into Steve ’69 and Debbie Williams Anderson in August at the hardware store in Wolfeboro, N.H. Debbie retired as a school administrator last year and Steve has just retired. They have five grandchildren and live in Melrose, Mass. * As of this writing, Bob and I are spending some relaxation time in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee. Our son and his family join us whenever they can. I hope that everyone had a great summer and is looking forward to the holidays. Best to all from Libby.
When Grayce Studley ’61 became director of bilingual ESL programs at the Portland, Maine, school system in 1983, five language groups were represented and she had six staff members. When she retired in 2003, 57 language groups were represented, and the Office of Multilingual and Multicultural Programs had more than 100 staff members.
During that 20-year span, Studley established Portland as one of the nation’s premier providers of all-encompassing services designed to ease the transition of students into a new culture and a new language. By combining wisdom and chutzpah, Studley developed a national reputation as a guru on matters related to multilingual and multicultural education. The facts and awards speak for themselves:
• Studley secured $20 million from the U.S. Department of Education for funding programs related to all aspects of multicultural and multilingual education: instruction, curriculum development, staff development, parent involvement, and dissemination. • The Portland public schools earned the Academic Excellence designation from the U.S. Department of Education. As a result, Studley spent 10 years leading seminars and workshops at more than 100 replication sites around the country. • She made scores of presentations at state, regional, and national bilingual and ESL conferences. “When people learned I was from Portland, they assumed it was Portland, Maine, not Portland, Oregon, because of our reputation in the field,” she said. • She served as chair of the Maine advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
In addition to overseeing a superb staff of bilingual specialists and language facilitators with backgrounds spanning the globe, Studley created innovative programs: films, folktale sessions, songbooks, dances, art shows, parent newsletters, cultural bulletins, and on and on.
She and her staff remained ever sensitive to the fact that students should be placed in mainstream classes on an individual basis based on their ability to speak, read, and write English. Moreover she stressed the importance of involving parents in their child’s education. “I urged parents to spend quality time with their children, which might involve reading to them in their native language.”
Studley credits her success largely to her mother, who instilled an interest in other cultures, to her fantastic staff, and to her alma mater. “Colby prepared me very well to do what I did.” She notes that two of her German professors, Henry Schmidt and Phil Bither, were especially influential.
Looking back Studley said, “I loved my job. You never knew what language was going to walk through the door on any given day. It’s important that we share what we know and how we live; we can all learn from each other.” —David Treadwell
Maine Supreme Court Justice Joe Jabar ’68 was at Fenway Park July 29, but not in the stands; Jabar was honorary captain for the East squad at the Cape Cod League All-Star Game. While in college Jabar pitched in the Cape Cod League, earning a league title in 1967. Jabar was the league’s outstanding pitcher in 1966 and 1967 and was inducted to the its Hall of Fame in 2003. “Those were some of the best years of my life,” Jabar told the Morning Sentinel.
I hope everyone had a great summer! I had the good fortune to connect with Gary Austin. Gary was in Maine to participate in the three-day Trek Across Maine bike ride for the American Lung Association. He just finished his fourth year of retirement and says he stays busier than ever. He volunteers at a historic preservation site near Annapolis, Md., where they’re constructing an 18th-century carpenter’s shop using the hand tools of the period. He also volunteers at the VA hospital in Baltimore. Gary says, “When we’re in town, I work as a starter at a golf course—gets me free golf!” He and his wife, Judy, took a 30-day trip to Southeast Asia, traveling from China to Bali. After a family reunion in Maine in August, they took a trip up the Maine coast into NB, PEI, and NS. * Bonnie Allen Rotenberg ran into Mike Mooney and Tom McBrierty while taking a morning walk at her summer home in Christmas Cove, Maine. Tom was there helping Mike with renovations to his new waterfront summer home. * Teri and Don Caouette enjoyed a two-week vacation to London, Paris, and Geneva, where they joined up with their son, Brian. Except for getting pick-pocketed in Paris, Don says it was a great trip! Don and Teri spend a lot of time at their daughter’s home in Framingham, Mass., enjoying their new grandson, Jackson. * Chris Christensen and the Merrimack, N.H., Rotary club finished rebuilding Kids Kove, a local playground featuring a 2,000-square-foot overhead “sail” that will provide shelter from sun and rain. The project was town-wide: kids provided design ideas, and the Rotary contributed 3,800 man hours to do the building over five days. His summer plans called for lots of time at the lake with grandchildren Clara, 3, and Caden, 1. * Sue Magdefrau Werkhoven continues to teach and tutor part time but managed to get in some beach time this summer. She announces the arrival of a new granddaughter, Alexis Rose Werkhoven, born July 11. * In July Robbie Kent English completed a move from New Jersey to Providence, R.I., to be closer to her daughter and family. She’ll write more when she’s unpacked. * Jane Chandler Carney spent two great months at Sugarloaf before reluctantly leaving the mountain’s beautiful snow in time to catch the last of the cherry blossoms back in DC. Jane says, “We could not miss the second birthday of our younger grandson.” * Tom Wright recently saw Eddie Woodin and his wife, who brought Tom up to date on our last reunion and the Colby-Bowdoin football party. Tom’s son Doug, assistant editor at Conde Nast Traveler, published his first novel, Pendulum Rift, under the pen name Virgil Blackwell. It’s a fantasy adventure about three friends in their own subconscious worlds meeting up and saving each other. His daughter is visiting center manager at Otter Creek Brewery in Middlebury, Vt., and his oldest son is a third year M.D. resident at Yale. Tom still enjoys Sugarloaf and Tuckerman’s Ravine (this year the chute and right gully). Last winter he met the three Colby alpine ski racers at the NCAA Championships at Stowe, and he says he continues to gate keep at top national alpine races. Tom still enjoys tennis, skiing, windsurfing, and competing in triathlons. He sends his best to all our classmates. Eddie reminds everyone of the Bowdoin-Colby football game tailgate party Nov. 12 in Brunswick. Please plan on attending!
Glenna White Crawforth writes: Like many in the Class of ’68, my current focus is RETIREMENT. I’ll be leaving the Boise Police Department, where I’ve been the director of volunteer and internship programs for more than 11 years. Great job, but I’m so ready to retire. To prepare for our leisure time, my husband and I built a house on the Oregon coast for summers and a condo in Palm Springs for winters; Idaho is the perfect place to spend spring and fall. We also got a travel trailer, so we’ll explore the U.S. and Canada too. With three grown kids but no grandchildren, we’re spending our money on us! * Hope Jahn writes: I continue to sing with Sounds of the Seacoast Barbershop Women’s chorus. We came in first in an area contest in 2011 and second in an international contest in 2010. We perform several times a year at various venues and have two annual shows. Joy of my life, it is. * Al Gray (aka “Hootie”) attended his son Chris’s wedding in Danbury, Conn. Chris, 28, works for Bearingstar Insurance Agency. His wife, Kara, teaches in New Milford, Conn. Wonderful weekend with family and close friends. Al writes: Chris is the first of our three children to get married. Oldest daughter Erin, 31, came home from Berkeley, Calif., for the festivities. She’ll soon be a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been in California about eight years. Youngest daughter Julie, 22, works at The Learning Experience (daycare center) in Concord, Mass., and lives in Lowell. My wife, Donna, and I have been married for 33 years and live in Concord, Mass. In 1988 I started my own insurance consulting firm, Alan Gray, Inc. based in Boston. We now have about 65 full-time employees and work primarily for insurance companies in the commercial claims and litigation areas. Donna also works at the company in accounting. Would love to connect with alums in the area. * Rick Moriarty says: I still work at UMass medical school but have cut down my schedule. We love grand-parenting! My wife and I had an adventure last January when we started out on our dream vacation to see the pyramids and cruise down the Nile. Unfortunately, we got caught in the revolution and were evacuated after our camel ride and visit to the sphinx—what an experience. We were evacuated to Athens and spent several wonderful days there. We hope our next trip will be less stressful—might try Libya or North Korea. * Barbara Brown writes: I have retired from my special education director position and am looking forward to a relaxed future. I’ve been interested in writing a novel for some time and hope to get started on completing one this fall. My golf game has been my primary interest this summer. It’s now or never if I don’t improve soon. I had a video of my swing taken and that was interesting! I stay busy with my three grandchildren in Idaho and visit as much as possible the two in Carlsbad, Calif. Idaho is a long way from Colby, so I rarely see anyone from the days on Mayflower Hill. It would be great to hear from anyone who ventures this way. * Bob Kulp’s wife, Margaret, died in June. Our condolences to Bob.
We received a lovely letter from Linda Allen Vaughn that reads, in part, “My husband, Jim Vaughn, passed away last October. While I appreciated Colby publishing his obituary, I want people know more about the man he was and why it’s important to tell a piece of his story, because his Colby brothers and friends meant the world to him. It seems to me that the experiences and the relationships at Colby defined us and molded our futures, as much as the education prepared us for it. “Duck” was his nickname, a name that followed him from Summit (N.J.) High School, where he was lowered from the rafters as the duck in the Groucho Marx show with the secret word “paleontology” for his Latin class skit. Jim became “Duck” and Duck was a Lambda Chi Alpha. I’m sure his fraternity brothers and others have memories from 1963 to 1967 of Duck: he held the world record for reciting the superman mantra (faster than a speeding bullet), was the drummer in the house band, and president of the Newman Club (he bought doughnuts for meetings). He played IFL sports and loved basketball, a passion he passed on to his grandchildren. He hated geology and the Hotel Cassini, loved sleeping the ramps. He even loved snow coming in the dormitory windows and door, he loved the snoring (many offenders), he loved boulders being thrown out the second floor balcony (one unnamed but well-known offender). Duck was bitterly disappointed when the Greek system was abolished. Brothers from Lambda Chi were in Duck’s memory for more than 45 years and he loved and missed them all.” Thank you, Linda, for sharing. * Sandy Miller lives between her home in Milton, Mass., where she runs her business, and Florida, where she cares for her father. When she has time, Sandy researches family facts. One new fact: she has a new granddaughter, Molly. * Jim Katz plans to keep teaching as long as he enjoys instructing his students. By all indications, that’ll be a very long time. * Mike and Pam Cooper Picher expected the births of two grandchildren, one in August and one in September. They enjoy life in Ottawa and in their cottage on Georgian Bay. On an interesting note, Pat and Tif Crowell were in Canada biking and decided to look up Mike and Pam, but, as luck would have it, Pam and Mike were on Cape Cod at that time. Nonetheless Tif and Pat completed their 370-mile trip. * Mike Thoma works as a consultant and rides his Morgan horse in his free time. After Mike leads his horse to the feedbag, he takes up the pots and pans and cooks for his wife, kids, and friends. * Sookie Weymouth retired and has spent time traveling with her husband. When home in Maine, Sookie volunteers with a group studying invasive species of aquatic plants and socializing animals. While at a library sale near her home, she met, unexpectedly, Muffy Place Ireland, a friend she met in 1963 on Mayflower Hill when they wore blue beanies. * Joyce Henckler serves as chief development officer of the University of Central Florida, the second-largest metropolitan university in the country. Joyce finds time to travel and this spring, with husband Don, visited the Mediterranean, where they thoroughly enjoyed the countryside and the rich history of the region. * Jim Eisenberg has been a practicing radiologist for the last 30 years. He began his medical career in surgery and then did a second residency in radiology. Jim and his wife, Tova, have three children. When work schedules allow Jim and Tova travel and often escape to their retreat on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Classmates came from far and near, but Peter Grabosky of Deakin, Australia, came the farthest to attend our 45th reunion in early June. Peter enjoyed himself enough to state unequivocally that he’ll be back in 2016 for our 50th. * Ed Phillips attended just the Thursday night ferry trip and dinner on Great Diamond Island but has vowed that he will attend the whole weekend of events for our 50th. * In many ways the 45th felt like a warm-up for The Big One in 2016. Ideas were generated, several classmates offered help with the planning, and Fran Finizio, the newly elected class president, vows to keep the momentum going. Some 45th highlights: Linda O’Connor McDonough’s beautiful floral arrangements that filled our class headquarters; the announcement of reunion class gifts to the College, our class’s being one of the largest (with thanks to Gary Knight and his committee for their fundraising efforts); Professor John “Daisy” Carvellas’s lively lecture on the role of the housing crisis in the current economic recession, appropriately followed by Linda O’Connor McDonough’s serene and restful anti-stress workshop that returned our blood pressure to normal levels; Reverend Barry Clark Hews’s beautiful blessing before our Saturday night dinner; the minimally rehearsed but bravely performed ditty sung at dinner by Five Sixties Chix, alias Sue Turner, Britt Carlson Anderson, Meg Fallon Wheeler, Barry Clark Hews, and Beth Adams Keene; the well-deserved recognition of the reunion planning committee members with special thanks to retiring class president Stan Marchut, who did a fabulous job of leading us up to and through our 45th; the Colby campus, looking so beautiful, astounding us with its new buildings and big trees. But I suspect all would agree that reunions are really about friendships old, new, and rediscovered, second chances to connect with those with whom we walked the same pathways many years ago. Hail, Colby, Hail! * We missed seeing Bill and Ruth Loker Ingham on campus in June and were saddened to learn that Ruth’s breast cancer treatments were preventing them from traveling. The good news is that the outlook is excellent and they definitely plan to be at the 50th. Ruth writes, “For all who have walked this road themselves or with loved ones, I cannot recommend enough a book called Anticancer: A New Way of Life. It has given me fresh energy and a sense of power over the rest of my life.” Thank you, Ruth. * Those of you who saw Elena and Peter Anderson at reunion will be interested to know that they have remarried since then. When it came time to put the deed to their new Buenos Aires apartment in both their names they learned it would be necessary to get their U.S. marriage certificate translated, copied, notarized, and forwarded to Argentina—a cumbersome three-month process. Instead, they decided to just get married again—to each other!— in Buenos Aires. Congrats to the newly-reweds! * Janet Brooks retired from her job at a Portland, Maine, law firm in June and relocated to Iowa City, where she went to graduate school right after Colby—a big life change that felt both exciting and scary. She wrote, “If I don’t do this, it becomes the road not taken, and I know I don’t want that.” * Susan Footer Hummer wrote from England, where she and her husband, Jim, have lived for more than a year while Jim works at a nuclear power plant an hour out of London by train. They get back to their Bath, Maine, home and Christmas tree farm to prune the trees and enjoy the December cut-your-own weekends. * It is with a heavy heart that I report the loss of a dear classmate and beautiful friend Jemmie Michener Riddell, who died of ALS June 30. We send our sympathy to Jemmie’s husband, Matt ’65, and to all her family.
Retirements (3), reunions (3), unions (1)—not a bad scorecard! * Now that the class is mostly retired from the rat race, we are enjoying newfound travel fun and connecting like crazy with folks from our earlier lives. Dave Hatch—50th high school reunion in Massachusetts last June. “Am loving the Florida lifestyle” * Connie and Dave Fearon—50th high school reunion at Deering High in Portland. “Good practice for our 50th.” Dave is looking forward to “another cool T-shirt” from Chris Brown. * John Bragg retired in November after 46 years in the family business started by his great-great-grandfather, N.W. Bragg, in 1854 as a supplier to blacksmiths. He plans to spend more time in Fort Myers with the grandchildren. * Tim Cleghorn retired in August 2010 after 37 years with NASA at the Johnson Space Center. Since then he’s been teaching Aikido to small groups. Tom Donahue stopped by for a visit last February. “Nicest thing about being retired: not having to be anywhere at a set time.” * Neil Clipsham is only “95 percent retired.” He now has time for the garden, travel with wife Jean, some volunteer work, lunch with old friends, and “answering requests for class news.” * Lew Krinsky visited Colby in June to attend a tribute dinner for retired basketball coach Dick Whitmore. He spotted John Joseph, Earl Smith, and Carl Nelson at the event. * Marnie Hale Fowler is busy with grandmother activities in Belfast and at their summer lakeside home in Norcross, Maine. Marnie reports “rollicking visits in Portland with Rhoda Goldstein Freeman and Tina Moore Miller—yes wine was involved. Thus goeth retirement.” * Nancy Godley Wilson has been involved in theatrical activities on Deer Isle and connected with the Shakespeare in Stonington festival at the opera house—costumes, receptions, etc. Nancy recounted a nice lunch visit in East Blue Hill with Pam Harris Holden ’66 and Bryan Harrison Curd (see page 44 of Colby summer issue for news of Bryan’s new book). * Nick Locsin and his wife, Sue (Cook ’67), continue with volunteer work at Maine Maritime Museum. Nick teaches boatbuilding while Sue archives boat blueprints. They, too, are in the grandparent business and do “boating/fishing on the Kennebec, Sasanoa, and Damariscotta rivers.” The Locsins were in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in May and are off to Spain this fall. * Colby Professor of Sociology Tom Morrione was featured in the Colby summer issue you received last July. The article recounts his innovative approach to teaching about philanthropy management. In addition, his wife, Nancy (Ryen), continues in the Colby admissions office as associate dean. * Our UNION was reported by Jay Gronlund, with the happy news of daughter Melissa’s wedding last May. Helping to celebrate were Rich and Gail Crosby Davis ’58 and Charlie ’63 and Pam Plumb Carey. * I conclude with the sad news that Matt Riddell lost his wife, Jemmie (Michener ’66), after a long battle with ALS. Our sympathies and condolences go out to you. She was 66, which is too young. * Hail, Colby, Hail.
Jan Young Stinson writes: I’m trying to not let the grass grow under my feet. Having just moved to Ponte Vedra, Fla., in December to be near one of my sons and his family, I’m now moving to Hershey, Pa., where he started a new job as director of resort sales for Hershey Resorts. My other son and family live in Hollis, Maine, where he is the training coordinator for Olympia Sports as well as appearing in local theatre productions. I’ve spent a lot of time driving the eastern seaboard—it’ll be nice to have both families within an eight-hour drive! * Larry Dyhrberg: A French teenager spent a month with us, including four days in Montreal while Michelle did a French teachers’ conference. In Montreal we stayed with Allan Smith. After Chicago we’re driving to Madison, Wis., to see John Oaks. * Jim Harris writes of a cold summer, which most of us cannot relate to. He’s been volunteering at the library and at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, which sponsored a four-day writers conference in August. * Susan Woodward: For all the news of my life check out the latest at www.rv-adventuring.com/re-adventures-07152011.html. I’m really enjoying all these volunteering gigs and have seen some wonderful places. * Martha Farrington Mayo: I’m finally totally retired. Time at our summer home on Squirrel Island is now punctuated by visits from our grandchildren (and their parents). Even though we all live in Bath, Maine, life is different on the island, and I love to see my grandchildren enjoy the beaches, walkways, boats, and woods—and making friends with other generations of islanders. I directed another variety show in April. It was the best ever, but it may be time to quit while I’m ahead. The last act before the finale is a tambourine act, which is a showstopper. I’m willing to bring my tambourines to our 50th. I need 8 to 12 people willing to be taught (if you can count to eight repetitively, you’re in). If you’re curious, check out “2005 Tambo Line” at YouTube. * Gloria Shepherd: I had a fabulous time at the Joseph Peller “Painting the Vineyards” workshop in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, in June. We painted and enjoyed gourmet lunch and wine. * Bob Drewes: Robbie and I moved to Park City, Utah, and our vacation home has become our primary residence. I’m working on some start-ups. * Jonathan Allen: I’m semiretired but continue to do consulting gigs as RF Electronics Consulting, serving mainly the solar photovoltaic (solar cell) industry in its R&D programs. I’ve given talks and written about energy and climate change. My wife, Shirley, is now retired, and we’ll celebrate 40 years of marriage this year. Our daughter, Laura, 27, is in graduate school pursuing a dual degree leading to a Wharton M.B.A. and an M.A. at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. She wants to work in financing renewable energy in developing countries. We’re all luckily in good health and doing quite well. * Barbie Carr Howson: In April Susan Ellsworth, Margaret Mattraw Dodge, Joan McGhee Ames, Suzy Noyes Mague, and I “did” New Orleans for a “tween-reunion.” Suzy, having lived there nearly 45 years, was our hostess and intrepid guide to all things culinary, musical, and historic. In between seeing gators in the swamp, Ellis Marsalis playing the piano, eating beignets, and moseying through the Garden District, we caught up on each other’s lives and vowed to do it again! * Alan Cohen ’63 responded to my query as to the whereabouts of Steve Goldberg, AKA Krow. Steve moved to Australia 30 years ago to teach high school. He married and had two children there. Alan reports that Steve died of lung cancer about 10 years ago. Alan, who was friends with Steve before Colby, recalls that Steve was the only person he knew to get an “A” in freshman English.
Reminiscing about Costa Rica, Al Carville says, “When I think more about ziplining I realize my age may be increasing but perhaps not maturity!” * Bill ’62 and Barb Haines Chase write that “life is good.” * Don and Betsy Doe Norwat had a trip of a lifetime. They boarded a ship in Barcelona and sailed to ports in France, Italy, and Greece. * Yours truly went to Jane Melanson Dahmen’s art opening at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Her work is absolutely stunning! Bonnie Potter, Joe Drummond ’64, and Bill Chapin ’59 were also there. In August Bonnie, Jane, and husband Joe will join Bill for a sailing trip to the Bay of Fundy. * Ron and Bunny Read McEldowney had a fabulous safari in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Highlights were the multitude of healthy wildlife and flying in small planes to tented camps. * Though retired from Earlham College, Howard Lamson is involved in Earlham’s Mexico program, including a program devoted to studying migration. Students work with local organizations that address immigration issues. “It has been an amazing experience.” * Nancy (Godley ’65) and John Wilson will be at their home on Deer Isle through November. They look forward to visits from family and friends before returning to Lexington, Mass. Pam Harris Holden ’66, Bryan Harrison Curd ’65, and Skeeter ’59 and Karen Beganny Megathlin have all visited. * A wonderful suggestion comes from Karen Forslund Falb to collect reminiscences of turning 70. Send me your stories for the next column. Their daughters took her and husband Peter to the Island Creek Oyster Bar restaurant in Cambridge to celebrate. * Lillian Waugh helped Coral Crosman round up Class of ’63 gifts. Lillian won a yoga fitness challenge. Go to www.innerlifeyoga.com to see her! She’s also participating in CelloSpeak 2011 at Bryn Mawr as “Cello One” and referred to Mary Michelmore Ackerman-Hayes as a fellow cellist. * John and Marsha Palmer Reynolds take their therapy dogs to two area nursing homes. The residents bake dog cookies for treats! Marsha volunteers at the local spay/neuter clinic at the Animal Welfare Society. * 2013 will be a big year for Wayne and Mary Dexter Wagner when they attend Wayne’s 50th reunion at Gettysburg College, Mary’s 50th at Colby, and celebrate their 50th anniversary! They’ve traveled to Alaska, Florida, and the Cape and met Monte and Cindy Richmond Hopper. * Congratulations to Beth Brown Turner for completing her Ph.D. in theater studies at the University of Georgia! Her dissertation, “Haunting Memories: Black Francophone Caribbean Women Playwrights and the Traumatic Slave Past,” was nominated for a prestigious award. * Michael Archer, living in São Paulo, Brazil, since 1970, enjoys traveling and golfing after 33 years as an insurance broker. He and wife Ruth are doing well and invite visitors, “but advise in anticipation.” * Chris and Midge Walton Holmes attended a farewell party for Silvia Calliet Bois Bonta. Silvia left for a two-year tour with the Peace Corps to teach in Ecuador. * Allen and Rosemary Blankenship Hubbard are traveling to Yellowstone and the Tetons and visiting grandsons. Rosemary’s serving as church organist, reading English history, and growing potatoes “in honor of our beloved state of Maine.” * Ruth Pratley Madell’s big news is that her son is getting married Oct. 15! * Tom Thomas and wife Patti had a wonderful trip to Spain. The highlight was a visit to the Mezquita in Cordoba. * Whit Bond visited Colby with his daughter, Laura. They met Parker Beverage, Carleen Nelson, Sid Farr ’55, and Bro Adams. Whit is looking forward to our 50th!
Greetings Class of ’62! News is a little sparse this time, but thanks to those who responded. Ellie Tomlinson says, “There are only great things to be said about retirement and having no schedule, no set agenda.” She relates meeting friends and colleagues for lunch or dinner, reading a good book, or perhaps Skyping her friend in the Peace Corps in Mongolia. She plays squash, rides her bike, or takes a relaxing paddle in the kayak around the beautiful waters of Marblehead. She gardens and muses (as do a lot of us) about planting weeds so that “then maybe the flowers would take over.” She volunteers for the Pan Mass Challenge bike ride to raise money for cancer, of which every bit goes to Dana Farber. She ends with “life is good.” I agree Ellie, and thanks. * Jean Gaffney Furuyama sold her dental practice last year and now works for the new owner three days a week. She does expert witness work on dental malpractice suits and is a member of the State Board of Dentistry Office of Professional Discipline. She and husband Yoshi will take a trip to Japan, to which they both are looking forward. Semiretirement is agreeing with Jean. * Brenda Wrobleski Elwell has been in touch with Margot Ettinger Tartak in an effort to convince her to join us at our 50th. Brenda spent a “girlie” weekend in Italy with her best friend recently, and in April took a group to Argentina. She went to the Republic of Georgia in September with some Georgian friends. Her son is in Iraq, having graduated as a Green Beret. She and husband Peter spend long weekends traveling through the beautiful state of Colorado, and she extends an invitation to visit her in Denver. Let’s go! * Gail Macomber Cheeseman went swimming with whale sharks off Isla Holbox (north of Cancun), “where the Gulf of Mexico currents meet the Caribbean currents and trap tons of plankton that these gentle giants feed on.” Gail says there is no chance of being bitten by these sharks, because they can’t even swallow a fish—only tiny plankton! They plan to offer this adventure as one of their ecology safaris. * Mike McCabe sends greetings and heartfelt thanks to the class for their response to the Colby Fund. We had a record 66-percent class participation, which Mike hopes is a prelude to an even more successful year for our 50th reunion. Speaking of which, Malcolm MacLean reminds us that the 50th will be here before we know it and he’s looking forward to it! Planning for the 50th is underway with a successful reunion committee meeting at Colby July 29, with Peter Leofanti, John McHale, John Chapman, Bill Chase, Hope Hutchins Benton, Judy Hoagland Bristol, Patch Jack Mosher, Jeanie Banks Vacco, Nancy Rowe Adams, Bruce Kingdon, Mike McCabe, and myself (Nancy MacKenzie Keating). With the invaluable help of the alumni office, Meg Bernier Boyd ’81, and Carolyn Kimberlin, there are plans afoot for a truly memorable weekend. It’s not too early to make your plans for May 31-June 3, 2012. And remember, the College foots the bill! Be looking for reminders coming your way in the next several months.
Congratulations to the 77 classmates who attended the Class of 1961 50th reunion! Reconnection is wonderful—and what a joy to see classmates returning for the first time in 50 years. Bravo! Our four-day weekend kicked off Thursday with a spectacular sunny day at Seascape, Marjorie and David Tourangeau’s waterfront home in Falmouth Foreside. After a short drive to Waterville and check-in at the alumni center, we gathered for our first campus event, a reception and barbecue at our home base, Foss Hall. Some of us were in the very place our Colby career began. Everyone marveled at the expanded dining room—the food as delicious as ever, with some newer “healthy” choices. And imagine—elevators! Something we could have used in September 1957. A bulletin board crowded with ’50s and ’60s memorabilia proved popular along with ubiquitous copies of the reunion book. Thanks to Betsy Perry Burke and Helen Johnson Knox for these. On Friday morning the hale and hardy participated with President Bro Adams in the Presidential Golf Tournament at the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club. It was widely reported that class president Bob Burke and wife Donna added star quality to the event. We were happy to participate in the parade of classes Saturday morning with our Colby Brick Award winners Carolyn (Webster ’60) and Ted Lockhart and Steve Chase. Thanks to all who contributed to our award-winning class gift! As always, the lobster bake and barbecue buffet enabled us to interact, as did our reception and gala dinner in Dana, where we were memorably serenaded by the Colby Eight. A big thanks to David Ziskind’s wife, Linda, for being our photographer. Please send photos to the Colby class page or to me for uploading. Thanks, too, to Mary Sawyer Durgin Bartlett for e-mailing great souvenir memories. * Ron and Helen Johnson Knox “enjoyed seeing everyone at the reunion. We thought the whole weekend was a ‘hoot’ as they say in Maine.” * Many others, including Peter Denman and Bob Di Napoli, were “so glad to attend after fifty years!” Please let us know what you thought of the weekend! * Tom and Dorothy Boynton Kirkendall regret missing the 50th, but Dotty was recovering from a complicated knee replacement. They summered at their camp on North Pond, Belgrade Lakes, enjoying the occasional orchestral performance of the Atlantic Music Festival at Colby. * This summer your correspondent and a group of friends and university colleagues traveled to Turkey for the reverse of my 2008 trip. After reunion I flew to Istanbul for a tour led by Latif Bolat, an internationally acclaimed Sufi musician. From Istanbul we flew to Bodrum and took a gulet (a wooden yacht) to Bozburun, exploring a small section of the Aegean coast. We hiked every day and snorkeled and kayaked off the gulet. The second week, a land tour, included visits to western Turkey sites: Kas, the Pamukkale Travertines, and Arykanda, one of the “hidden” archaeological sites in Lycia. After two weeks I flew back to Maine for director Bruce McInnes’s birthday, celebrated by his group, the Mastersingers USA, with concerts in Weld and Farmington. The final leg included a drive with my sister, Lee Scrafton Bujold ’64, to Warsaw, Ind., for a cousin’s wedding. In all, I was away from Hawai’i more than six weeks, a record length since moving to the Pacific in 1970. * Congratulations to all the Colby couples celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year and next, including Bob and Jeanette Benn Anderson. * We truly missed those unable to attend reunion, but hope for another mini-reunion soon. Many Mayflower Hill returnees decided five years is too long to wait for our next gathering. Fortunately, Colby has planned well in advance for its bicentennial, in 2013. Check this column or the Colby alumni website for updates. * Aloha!
For the seventh time, Ken Nigro traveled to the Dominican Republic to help run a Red Sox kids camp. The 12 American and 12 Dominican kids worked on special projects and played ball at the Red Sox Dominican Academy. * Bette and Dick Peterson are excited have new twin grandchildren. They help out from PA and from Rochester, Mass., in the summer. Dick recently retired, so they’ll travel to Croatia for a 10-day walking trip along the Dalmatian coast. * Eunice Bucholz Spooner continues her fantastic work as our “historian” with pictures at www.wymanhillgarden.org/colby1960/colby1960.html. She needs pictures from others. * John Vollmer celebrated his 75th birthday in April on their farm on the Bourbeuse River in Missouri. They hosted 20 Vollmers from all over the globe including John’s two brothers, two sons, and two grandchildren. The next day wife Diana’s family showed up, making 46 people celebrating. Pictures will be on our website. * Sad news from Peg Jack Johnston that Peter “Mac” McFarlane died June 29. He went in for a hip operation in seemingly good health but died at home afterwards of an enlarged heart and blockage. A memorial was held Aug. 21 in Evergreen, Colo. * Skip ’59 and Joan Crowell Tolette really enjoy retirement. After 52-plus years of marriage they’re having fun in Vero Beach, Fla., and Thousand Islands, N.Y. Joan still skis (Alta, Utah) and plays tennis, while Skip does jigsaw puzzles. They play golf, walk the beaches, and garden. Their son Mark ’83 and his wife, Mary Lou (Waterman ’86) built a cottage on Vinalhaven in Maine. Their four grandchildren range from 13 to 17. * In May Judy Allen Ferretti and her husband visited the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion. Judy stepped down as chair of the Mount Ida board but serves on the presidential search committee and as chair of the development committee. * Pete Cavari visited New England and spent 12 days with his good buddy Steve Curley. Steve has run the Red Auerbach basketball school for each of the past 18 summers at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. At their “Colby Day” this year Ed Marchetti, Jock Knowles, Phil Shea, Peter Leofanti ’62, and Jay Webster ’62 reunited over lunch. After the camp Phil treated Pete to a Red Sox game in field-level seats! * Pat Sturges Aufdenberg visited her sister in February 2010 at their timeshare in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She even did a zip-line expedition through the trees. She missed most of the foliage while concentrating on getting to and stopping at each of the 14 stations. It was an experience she probably won’t have again! She fell in love with the place and bought her own timeshare right on the Pacific. (It’s also available for rent.) Pat’s granddaughter, Emily, 9, is her pride and joy. Pat would love to hear more from her Colby friends. * Jock and Pat Walker Knowles attended the first annual golf tournament in May put on by Colby football fans. They’re dealing with a serious medical situation with their daughter, Carolyn Knowles Clapp ’89. Callie keeps an online journal about her illness at www.caringbridge.org/visit/baldisbeautiful/en. The journal reminds me of how fortunate we are to have Pat and Jock as friends. * Kay White and her husband went to NH for antiquing and to MA and ME to see family, especially their two grandsons. Their garden is spectacular. * After learning that Jo Deans Auchincloss died in May, I asked her good friend Susan Chamberlin Trauger for contact information for Jo’s family. Sue was shocked at the news after spending a week in Jo’s home in Charlotte, N.C., last October, when Jo appeared to be in amazingly good shape. Connecting with friends was Jo’s happiness these last few years. We’ll all miss her. Please contact me if you’d like the family’s contact information. * More news is online at www.colby.edu/mag.
Certified business analyst Bob Keltie ’59 won two awards this year, but not for success in his day job at the Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach (Fla.) State College. Keltie, also an ice hockey referee, won the 2011 Chet Stewart Award from USA Hockey for developing a training seminar to increase the number of officials in south Florida. Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton also recognized Keltie for his 22 years of volunteering and for 12 years on its board.
William Wing ’54 was one of 11 inductees into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. A pitcher, Wing earned all-state honors at Colby and the Edward C. Roundy Award. Wing pitched in the Class B league, signed with the Red Sox, and played in the minors for three years before his career with General Electric. “It would have been interesting to see how far he would have gone,” a friend told the Morning Sentinel. “He could throw as hard a most major leaguers.”
Thank you to all who sent news. Dick Morrison is fascinated watching his grandchildren grow, astonished at how quickly the five-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy learned their dad’s iPad, and at their skill at Angry Birds on the iPod Touch. Although Dick has used a Windows PC since the ’80s, he thinks Apple has it right in how they design hardware and software. * Bob Keltie won the 2011 USA Hockey-Chet Stewart Award, which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the officiating education program as an official and volunteer. Bob has had a long officiating career and has been the off-ice official for the NHL’s Florida Panthers since the team’s origin. Bob was also recognized for his volunteer work with Hospice by the Sea. He began volunteering with them in 1989 as a patient volunteer and has served on their board for nearly 12 years. * Greg MacArthur is president of Viewpoint 2000, a corporate strategy and consulting company primarily in the teleconferencing industry. Prior to 1998 Greg was a VP of investments at Paine Webber for 21 years and from 1994 to 1998 VP at A.G. Edwards. He’s been quoted in Fortune magazine in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Shortly after moving to Stuarts Draft, Va., Mary Ranlett Mossman had a visit from her daughter, who lives in France. Her son and his wife from North Carolina also visited, and her other daughter lives nearby. The children had not been together in nine years. Mary and her husband enjoy exploring the lovely Shenandoah Valley. * Margaret Lippincott Brezel completed a trip with her brother and sister to celebrate their only living cousin’s 100th birthday in Connecticut. Her great-grandfather was Gardner Colby, who endowed the College when it needed bailing out and had it named after him. * John and Denny Kellner Palmer took a 10-day trip in October to Rome, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, and Venice. The weather was “the best.” In March they visited San Francisco to help their son John’s three kids (11, 5, and 3) while his wife went to Italy. To celebrate their 50th anniversary in June they rented a house in Bermuda with their three kids and their spouses, and “it was WONDERFUL!” When not traveling, Denny stays busy at the Preble Street soup kitchen in Portland, golf in season, babysitting grandchildren, and working on the auction committee for the Community Schools at Opportunity Farm in Camden. Travelers to Maine—the Palmers would love to see you. * Cathryn Cootner, while retired, is very much self-employed. For almost eight years she’s worked on an art educational website, Cathryn Cootner Art Forum. It’s a humongous project that was delayed by illness and a terribly bad fall. She is well again and is pleased to give tours of her large tribal art collection, mainly to museum people and private collectors. She began collecting in 1964 and is thrilled as an emerita curator of textiles to live in her own museum with 900 objects and textiles on display. To see photos of her art, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. * Fred and Carol (Sanka) Sandquist Banister celebrated their 50th anniversary with friends, kids, and grandkids (great-grandkids couldn’t come). Sue Taylor, who was Carol’s maid of honor, joined them for the event. * Tink Bachelder Weeks looks forward to a trip in February to Australia and New Zealand. With cataracts removed and two hip replacements, she is feeling like the bionic woman. * Joan (Crowell ’60) and Skip Tolette enjoy retirement. After 52-plus years of marriage they are happy and having fun in Vero Beach, Fla., in the winter and in Thousand Islands, N.Y., in the summer. Joan still skis and plays tennis, while Skip does jigsaw puzzles. They play golf and walk the beaches in Vero and garden in the summer. They’re also active in several civic organizations. Their son Mark ’83 and his wife, Mary Lou (Waterman ’86), built a cottage on Vinalhaven in Maine, and Joan and Skip hope to visit and “drink butter” surrounded by lobster often. They have four grandchildren 13-17.
While in Florida each winter, Constance Rockwell Ward volunteers with the children of Fellsmere, Fla., working with the local private library to put on educational programs for about 300 young children and arranging enrichment programs at the elementary school. For these efforts she was designated Volunteer of the Year at the school and this past season received a proclamation and a key to the city of Fellsmere. * In July Jane Gibbons completed hiking all the trails in the AMC Guide to the White Mountains. She is the seventh person to have finished—and the oldest. There are 1,420 miles of trails, many to quite remote places in the Whites. Previously she hiked New England’s hundred highest mountains, climbed to the highpoint of the lower 48 states, hiked to the summit of approximately 400 peaks in the Southwest, and scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro. “Pretty good for a gal who was one of Colby’s worst athletes while in college! It shows that it just takes persistence to reach your goal. You might say I was a late bloomer.” * In early August Jim ’56 and Ann Harding Jamieson were in St. Albans, Maine, at their camp, awaiting the arrival of four of their nine grandchildren and their parents and wishing the other five grandchildren could join them. “That, to us, is about as fun and satisfying as it gets.” One group was coming from Georgia, where the temperature was 95 degrees, so Ann hoped Maine would “show its really good stuff—cool and breezy weather.” In response to my query about reading recommendations, Ann suggested writer Daniel Silva, who recently published the 14th book in his Gabriel Allon series. She likes reading his works because they are “instructional and riveting—and oh so current.” * For the month of October Judy Brown Dickson will be in England with her son and his wife. She’ll also travel to Scotland to visit Bethia Reynolds Morris ’57 at her home in Helensburgh. “It will be another adventure for me.” * Janet Pratt Brown and her husband are happy that their oldest daughter, Deb, her husband, Mitch, and their two children, 11 and 7, are moving closer—from Seattle to Vermont, where Mitch has a counseling position at Williamstown High School. The move “will make family reunions a bit easier, and I look forward to visiting Vermont more often from Ithaca, N.Y.” * Kay Litchfield Cross and Dot Greenman Ketchum paid a summer visit to Ginny Angney Bushee at her home at Lake Seymour, Vt. As well as catching up on news and driving to Quechee to shop, they attended a performance of Alfred Hitchcock’s drama 39 Steps at the famous (at least in Vermont) Haskell Opera House, the only theater located half in the U.S. and half in Canada. The international boundary runs diagonally through the theater, and the exit sign on one side is in English and on the other in French. Fortunately, no passport is yet required to see a show there, but if theater-goers park on a street in Quebec, they must report to customs officials; failure to do so may result in a $5,000 fine! * All the news this time is from females. Okay, men, you’re up next time! I want lots of replies—what you’re reading, where you’re traveling, where you’re volunteering, what post-retirement jobs you’re taking, etc. Please keep me posted!
There is a lot to write about, so I’ll get right to it. Candace Orcutt Ph.D, enhancing her career even further, presented at her third conference on personality disorders at the Psychotherapy Institute in Istanbul. Candace’s book, Trauma and Personality Disorder, has just been published in Turkish. * Allan van Gestel is “still standing,” but I would venture to say that he goes further than that! He has a very busy arbitration/mediation law practice at JAMS in Boston. Al will conduct an arbitration in Hyderabad, India, and then testify as an expert witness on Massachusetts contract law in Cypress. Living in coastal Rockport, Mass., is a great change of pace. * In early June Rose Stinson Ebsworth and her husband drove around our beautiful Colby campus. Rose was amazed at the many additions of harmonious new buildings. They also toured the Perkins Arboretum and found many bird species there before returning to a wet and chilly July back home in England. * Here’s a challenge for any couch potatoes among us: Lucy Pickles Haworth recently climbed Mt. Washington via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, “a very challenging but scenic hike with its many waterfalls.” Staying overnight at the Lake of the Clouds AMC hut was a wonderful experience in itself. The next day, Lucy (and I don’t know how she could climb out of bed) hiked along the ridge from Mt. Monroe to Mt. Eisenhower. * Don Dinwoodie took his 14-year-old grandson to Barcelona last summer as a rite-of-passage trip. Life on the ranch hums happily along and Don is not retiring from real estate in the foreseeable future. * In April Marilyn and Tom Brackin attended Tom’s marine helicopter squadron reunion in Branson, Mo., which has become the music capitol of the country. Wonderful Southern cooking and hospitality! * Fifty-four years had passed since John Conkling skied at Sugarloaf, and the amazing changes there caught him and Nancy by surprise. The mountain they knew back in the ’50s, with two t-bars, has been transformed into one of the most magnificent ski resorts in the country. * Andy and Wendy Dorman McIntosh celebrated their 50th anniversary by spending the month of August in Scotland with their kids and grandkids. Wendy says it’s good to travel while they can—she and Andy are off on a photo trip to Kenya in October. * This fall Dick and Perk Perkins Canton will spend a few days in Moscow, then take a riverboat adventure on the Volga River. * Linda and Don Tracy, having traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, find that life on the coast of Maine, with all the activities (sailing, kayaking), beats everything. Don sold his tax practice and now has more time to enjoy his five children and families who live in Maine, including a “great-grand.” * Buddy Bates sends a big “thank you” to those in the Class of ’57 who participated in this year’s Colby Fund. We raised $72,000 with a participation rate of 71 percent, a record for our class. Special thanks to Bill Slade, Art Smith, and Colette Piqueres Greenwood for helping with this successful campaign. On the personal level, Buddy and his wife, Connie, are as active as ever and enjoy the cultural opportunities in Aspen, Colo. Spring and fall visits to Addison, Maine, are a real treat too. * It never ceases to amaze me how our class has come together and the response for our column gets stronger and broader. Guy and I are so pleased to be a part of unifying our terrific class! Thank you for your responses. Some of your news came in too late, but it’s “at the ready” for the following issue.
Greetings classmates, from the outer Cape. We’re still basking in the splendor of our 55th reunion in June. So many folks showed up to celebrate the magnificence of the school and continued devotion to it. Amazingly, most people have a recognizable feature and pulling up names to match was not difficult. Several highlights, of course, but the big one for John and me was the trip to the Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor on Friday. A delicious lobster luncheon, hosted by Paula and Peter Lunder, was held in the Children’s Garden, a wondrous place worthy of a special visit with your grandchildren. Thanks to all who worked to ensure the success of “Our Last Hurrah.” * Barbara (B.J.) Davis Howard floored me with the news that she and her husband met Jackie Huebsch Scandalios and her husband in Europe this summer. They were on the same riverboat! With them, also, was Margaret Vallaly ’07, a much younger grad. They toasted Colby on the deck! Jackie told B.J. of her wonderful summers spent boating around the Greek islands with her grandchildren. B.J. also connected with Ken Swanson, who has happy memories of his freshman year at Colby. All good stuff, B.J. Thank you. * Julie Brush Wheeler writes from Oregon that several of her former students attended Colby. “The College is well recognized in the Pacific Northwest and I’m proud to say I went there.” Julie is an avid advocate of antigun violence, raising large sums of money to perpetuate gun turn-in programs in Oregon over the last 16 years. She told a poignant tale of a recent visit to Istanbul and being outside the Blue Mosque, where she helped a struggling worshipper who gave her a “perfect rosebud retrieved from his ragged belongings. It was a precious moment of connection.” Thanks for sharing, Julie. * Ruthann Simmonds Mac Kinnon is one of the many people who said how great it was to be together at reunion. She was pleased to have Barbara Faltings Kinsman visit for a few days after reunion “to just hang out.” * Janet Nordgren Meryweather stays upbeat despite her odyssey with poor health. She and husband Steen are indeed role models. Steen had a grand time being pushed around campus by a darling coed, by the way. Thanks Colby for not missing a trick. * It has been a pleasure for me to be your class correspondent the past five years. I send my heartfelt thanks to each of you who contributed news for the many issues, sharing little glimpses into your senior lifestyles as we cope daily with old man old age. Our class is unique in many ways, but the ongoing relationship, still so caring after more than a half century, is still, by far, the most important. John and I continue to be grateful. * Charlene Roberts Riordan will be your new correspondent.
Greetings from Maine! Last week the summer issue of Colby magazine came—what a treasure! Lots of news, both good and bad. Good, concerning all the advances and student achievements. Bad, because it’s time to say goodbye to Parker and Dick. Things just won’t be the same. But life hurries on and Colby is moving with the times. Here we are, the ’55ers, one year older (and wiser?), a whopping 60 years out and counting. * Karl ’54 and Jane Millett Dornish received the coveted Ernest Marriner Award at reunion in June. This is indeed a special honor, well deserved. They’ve worked hard for Colby over many years and in many capacities. Congratulations from all of us! * Eric and Beryl Wellersdieck Piper came all the way east from Corona Del Mar, Calif., to take advantage of the Alumni College Italian Renaissance course at Colby. Short of time, they missed a visit with Karl and Jane and Dilly (Ann) Dillingham Ingraham, but did have dinner at Jack and Ann Burnham Deering’s home with Harriet Sears Fraser, Kathy McCounaughy Zambello ’56, and Larry ’56 and Jean Van Curan Pugh. Beryl reports that Sistie Restall Horne is doing well and seemed upbeat after Bob died. She hasn’t changed. * Bob Johnson lives in Canaan, Maine, and keeps busy with his family and his woodcutting business. * Jane (Daib ’58) and John Reisman spent three weeks in Maine this summer. Over the course of their visit, they saw Larry Walker Powley ’54, Willy McDonald Sawyer ’58, Cindy Allerton Rocknak ’58, and Fran (Wren ’58) and Bob Raymond ’56. Jane and John also had lunch with Kathy McCounaughy Zambello ’56 and toward the end of their vacation lunched with Jack Johnston and his wife. * Did you happen to see the photo of Connie Putnam Barker and her grandson, Jake, in the July issue of Down East magazine? She’s featured in an ad for Thornton Oaks retirement community in Brunswick, Maine, where she lives nine months of the year. Summers are spent at her beloved Orr’s Island cottage. Connie is active with the Orr’s-Bailey Yacht Club and cofounded the Abbot Fletcher Sailing School there. Jake has been a dock boy at the club. What a great life! * We’re looking forward to a beautiful and colorful fall after a warm summer in Maine. Please send me your news for our next column. Cheers!
Karl Dornish reports that living without pain following the replacement of both knees, being able to ski again, and being able to compete again on the tennis court is really nice. He also correctly asserts that during her 14 years as head class agent, Judy Jenkins Totman has “written the book” on class participation and will be sorely missed by both the College and our class. Karl and Jane (Millett ’55) were the recipients this year of the Marriner Award, the first time that a couple has been so honored. * Judy Jenkins Totman sends her sincere thanks to all who donated this year. Ninety-seven percent (122 of 126 members) contributed a sum that surpassed the dollar goal for our class. * Carol Dyer Wauters continues to do grassroots political organizing and advocating for smart sustainable community planning and the conservation of wildlife and open space. * Lois McCarty Carlson and I had our second annual golf outing during my yearly trip to Maine. * We came so close to a 100 percent participation rate that I’m hopeful we will make it for our 60th reunion.
When the Colby magazine comes I like to drop everything. I always read what other class correspondents offer in “Alumni At Large.” I have six entries this time. The first is from Virginia Falkenbury Aronson. Her favorite thing this summer was an 80th birthday celebration, one that showed some thoughtful/original planning. Her four children rented an apartment in midtown Manhattan so that they could walk to chosen activities. Each got to pick one thing: Avery Fisher Hall for a Beethoven concert, Broadway to see Billy Elliot, MOMA. Her son insisted they go to Greenwich Village to a karaoke bar, where each one had to participate. They also provided a long list of restaurants. Maybe Ginnie will send me the “results” of all this for the next column. She sends happy birthday wishes to all classmates celebrating their big 80th. * Loretta Mearns Setter wrote from San Diego, saying she did get back to Delaware in May to celebrate her 80th and also accompany her sister in burying her sister’s husband, who passed away in January. * In July Joyce (Whitham ’54) and Chuck Spencer returned from a 3,000-mile trip to visit family in Las Vegas and to attend a wedding in Alamo, Calif. While there they visited Napa Valley. During their drive home they encountered high winds, blown-over 18-wheelers, plus dust storms and hail. Chuck says the roads out west were either very bad or under construction and that the Colorado rivers were high or flooding in places. * Last May Alice Colby-Hall was honored for her teaching and scholarship at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. They had a banquet in Alice’s honor. She was one of 3,000 professors and graduate students and participated in a roundtable on the pronunciation of Old Occitan, the language of troubadours, followed by a workshop on French pronunciation spoken in England in the 12th century. It was all in appreciation by her colleagues, many of whom are her former students. * Chase and Nan Murray Lasbury went on two nice trips last spring. They met some friendly travelers on a three-week cruise to Norway. Later in June they attended a family reunion on the Outer Banks of North Carolina—fun for all ages from 4 to 81. * Roger Olson died July 19 and Al Hibbert sent a nice tribute about his best friend. He wrote: “Roger was more than a friend, he was like a brother. We went to Coburn Prep School in Waterville and were both ATOs. We played football together and met up when our ships tied together in Norfolk, Va. Roger married Dot (Forster ’54) and I married Pat in 1953. We visited each other often at class reunions, anniversaries, birthdays, and our children’s weddings. We always had great times together at our homes in Illinois or at their cabin in Monson, Maine. The four of us had many wonderful experiences. Dot took such great care of Roger, and the love they shared was very special. I’m going to miss Roger! I wish Dot the very best and hope we can continue to get together from time to time.”
Dear Class of ’52. I’m back and must start by thanking so many friends who sent me their concerns and good wishes while I was ill. I’m much better now. * Older news from Betsy Fisher Caldwell, who said that after the tornados hit Birmingham, “It was like a war zone in our little village of Cahaba Heights.” In July she added, “Wild, hot temperatures here. Roy (my husband) has to play tennis at dawn instead of the afternoon. We will (soon) head north to Saratoga for the races, then visit the children in upper New York State. Back east for Roy’s granddaughter’s wedding at a camp in New Hampshire, where I’ll see Els Warendorf Hulm ’51 at their summer home near Lake Winnipesaukee.” * Edie Carpenter Sweeney tells us that, “when our girls were teenagers, we hosted a girl from Torino, Italy, one summer for six weeks. Sylvana found me on the Internet and will visit us in Maine after visiting daughter Louise in Winchester, Mass. Other than that, Arthur and I lead old peoples’ lives.” * Dave Crocket, a regular contributor says, “My grandson, David Scott Crocket V, a staff sergeant in the M.P.s in Germany, served as an escort for the women’s soccer team. Had his picture on ESPN. David earned the Purple Heart as well as the combat infantryman’s badge in Iraq. Another grandson, “Bucky” Farley, has been appointed to the philosophy department at Northern Illinois University.” * Evelyn Mack took a trip to Russia and the Ukraine, including four days in St. Petersburg with a trip to the Hermitage, four days in Moscow with a tour of the Kremlin, and four days in Kiev. “Highly recommend the trip.” * Dave Morse wrote, “I was sorry to learn of the death of my roommate, Bob Hooper. He had to deal with more than his share of illness. I’m enjoying writing our condo association newsletter as well as conducting a writers’ group in Kennebunk. Short stories and poetry continue to be my focus. The Ogunquit Playhouse is a source of great pleasure for Joan and I. We enjoy fun times with Paul and Mimi Russell Aldrich, usually associated with food.” * Mel Lyons is working on his novel and has six chapters written. He writes, “My son brought to my attention an article about the Civil War and the doings of Colby alumnus Major General Benjamin Butler 1838 and how he was responsible for changing the Union’s attitude toward slavery, leading up to the Emancipation Declaration. Butler is usually regarded with some disdain, even by Colby graduates, but maybe this will restore some good will to his image.” * Finally, a bit of news from yours truly. After 22 years living on Cape Cod, I moved back to Connecticut in mid-October. My children have been insistent about being closer to them, so I’ll live in a retirement community in Guilford. If any of you live in the vicinity, please let me know. Until next time, my best to you all.
We held our 60th reunion and there was a wonderful turnout. I wish you all could have been with us. It was well planned and the campus is fabulous. Lucy and Richard Bowen attended and were glad to see many friends. Richard recently officiated at his daughter’s wedding at a park in Boston. He also attended the wedding of his grandson Matthew Lynes ’05 and Matthew’s new wife, Maureen Sherry ’05. There were more than 40 Colbians at the wedding. Isn’t that great? * Ted Weaver graduated from more than 45 radiology sessions and in three months will learn the results. In the meantime he moved to Maine for the summer. We wish Ted good results and many years ahead. * Dick “Red” Nemrow is alive and well. He moved his office to Brunswick, Maine, after 40 years in Boston and is restoring a historic building—a five-year project. He also moved to his summer home, acquired 33 years ago in Harpswell, Maine. * John Linscott was at reunion and entertained us with melodies on the piano. He has a band that plays at various places in New England. Thanks for adding to the reunion, John. * Walt Russell looks just like he did on the basketball court in the ’40s and ’50s. He doesn’t run as fast, but he should run for a Senate seat to change things in Washington. * Jane Perry Lindquist, Marie Donovan Kent, and Helen Palen Roth added glamour to our class and attended all the reunion events. They looked fabulous and are just as much fun as they always were. Jane became “Polly” Leighton again and made some great comments about all our reunion classmates. Thanks Polly! * And now from the editor, Chet Harrington: I enjoyed spending time with Ted Shiro and many of our super classmates. Ted has survived several tough operations—I was with him when he had major heart surgery last winter in Naples, Fla., where he lives year round. Thanks for making the trip to Maine, Ted. I’m playing golf anytime I can and on all days that end in “y.” I enjoyed playing in the alumni tournament with President Adams, who is a lot of fun and a good golfer. He has made a huge difference at Colby and I mean that in a positive way. We enjoyed our 50-plus years of vacationing at Orleans on Cape Cod, where I hoped to catch up with a lot of Colby people. All the best to the classmates of “the greatest class in Colby history,” without a doubt.
Joan Seekins Golden McDermott had lunch with Nancy Ardiff Boulter, Ginny Davis Pearce, Barbara Starr Wolf, Gloria Gordon Goldman, and Connie Foxcroft Perrigo recently. She told them about her trip to France for the 67th reunion of the 1944 crash of a B24 on which Paul Golden ’49 flew as a navigator during World War II. Paul was Joan’s first husband, who died in 1974 of a sudden heart attack. Joan traveled to the Cote d’Azur and Maritime Alps with her oldest son, Kevin Golden, and her husband of 25 years, Frank McDermott. The story of the crash begins May 27, 1944, when the B24 Liberator 252399, The Flak Finder, flew from Toretto Field, south of Foggia, Cerignola, Italy, on its 23rd mission. The pilot was Lt. Gerald Maroney and the navigator Paul Golden ’49. The target was the airdrome at Salon De Provence, France. A nest of Ju-88 aircraft had been raiding shipping in the Mediterranean. The group was greeted by heavy flak at the French coast near Nice. The Flak Finder was hit in the wing and tail and left the formation, turned toward land, hoping to fly to Switzerland. The engine caught fire and Paul informed the pilot that they were losing altitude and couldn’t clear the mountains. Ten men parachuted and the plane crashed into the Pic de l’Aigle east of Thorens near Le Mas, 30 kilometers north of Grasse. The plane burned for three days and the airmen were scattered over an area of 20 miles. The Germans captured four of the airmen but the other six were hidden by the French Resistance and given food, clothing, and some shelter for three months. All 10 safely returned to the U.S. after the war. Fast forward to the present, when Paul’s grandson found an account of a memorial and anniversary celebration of this rescue in a French newspaper and also a PBS personal oral account by O.B. Streepers, the tail gunner and only living crew member. Joan’s son, Kevin, met in Illinois with Streepers and his daughter, who knew the granddaughter of Edouard Parmelin, the Frenchman who hid Paul, Streepers, and the radio operator. A trip to France was planned, and Joan, Frank, and Kevin were guests of Parmelin’s extended family. They visited the remains of bunkers along the Mediterranean coast that delivered the flak, the American landing site near San Raphael, and then spent five nights in Le Mas, a town on the mountainside at the site of castle ruins with only 30 year-round residents. Parmelin bought the monastery in Le Mas after the war and his granddaughter now owns it. Joan’s family climbed and picnicked at the crash site on top of Pic de l’Angle May 27, 67 years to the date of the crash. They visited the ruins of the stone house where the three were hidden and saw the building in Le Mas where a sheet was displayed to warn the airmen to hide and not enter the village. Next they drove to Grasse, where they had lunch with Claudette Rouguier and Laurent, the wife and son of the then 10-year-old who climbed the mountain and hid food for the airmen. The last night there Joan’s family took the Parmelin family to dinner in Cannes. Joan said, “We will be forever grateful to the Parmelin family for their generosity and true friendship. We have many facts and stories, including pictures from 1944, 1992, and 2011, which we’re assembling, including some further research. At the very least, we have something of value to hand down to our family.”
Norfolk State University (NSU) awarded William T. Mason Jr. ’47 an honorary degree May 7. Mason earned his law degree from Howard University in 1950 and became the first African-American assistant U.S. attorney for Virginia’s Eastern District. The longest-serving member of the NSU Foundation board, Mason, still a practicing lawyer, has provided leadership and support to NSU, including establishing a scholarship fund in his name.
Time for a bit of news from the ’49ers. Jean Desper Thurston reports that in mid-June four former residents of Mower House had a mini-reunion. Elizabeth (Betsy) Brown Gordon, Elaine Noyes Cella, and Janet (Peanut) Pride Davis gathered at Jean’s home in Nobleboro, Maine. They caught up on lives, reminisced, and had a great tour of the Colby art museum, making a stop to view the old site behind the former Foss Hall. Unfortunately Kathryn Garrick Alex and Jean (Jeb) Bonnell Day were unable to attend as planned and were missed. Hopefully next time! Janet adds that they went to Moody’s Diner for breakfast. Having seen Mower House today, she now knows “why my father was not very impressed with our quarters.” Heat and humidity notwithstanding, Peanut enjoyed the summer with her children, their wives and husbands, and her grandchildren, the eldest of which “graduated from Northeastern in June and is employed!” Three others are seniors in college—at Towson in Maryland, and Endicott and Gordon in Mass. The last two are a junior and a senior in high school. Peanut thinks of our Colby years often. * I recived an e-mail from James Pearl, who reports the “old” news that 16 years ago he started a new business manufacturing fireplace mantels. These mantels are built by two furniture factories in China, and his company distributes them to building supply companies, hearth shops, and Internet companies, all of which keeps him busy and out of trouble. His best news is that due to “a wayward daughter who gave us a grandson, Carter, three years ago, and because of circumstances, we have had custody for almost the entire three years. What a blessing!” Thank you Jean and Jim for responding to my blast e-mail. * Hope (Toby) Harvey Graf and I went to reunion as we usually do. ’49ers were scarce—only seven were on the registration list and all those were Mainers. We visited with Ruth Endicott Freeman, who was there with her daughter, and spied Kay and Walter Borucki at the lobster bake. * That does it for now. In three months I’ll send out another e-mail requesting news and will hope to hear from some of the rest of you
Mike and Kay Weisman Jaffe recently traveled to Finland and Norway and even were above the Arctic Circle and on the border of Russia. Northern Finland is famous for reindeer, and Mike and Kay saw some big and little ones. There are images of Santa Claus all year round and some beautiful lake country, too. In Norway they spent five days going through the fjords on what was called a ferry, but it had fine accommodations and great food, though the rooms were smaller than a cruise ship. It stopped at many big and small ports and, when it stayed long enough, they could visit some charming and interesting towns. They were in Bergen for Norway’s National Day and saw a parade. They had every organization and school with separate sections and lots of bands and children’s groups, most in costumes. From Bergen to Oslo they went via ferry and old-fashioned train through the mountains and then a modern train into Oslo. They now have seven great-grandchildren (one couple has four)—so many that Kay doesn’t always remember to send birthday cards on time. As someone said to her, I don’t have a memory, I have a “forgetery.” Kay wrote, “at least I remembered to send this and hope you are both well.” Kay wanted us to tell all the Class of 1948, “Thank you for your support of the College.” * Janet Gay Hawkins doesn’t have much going on but she’ll have more to report after her trip to France in September. We look forward to hearing about it. * David received a letter from Bobo Folino in response to his letter of condolence regarding Buddy (Fran Folino). She lives in Vermont. She sent a long letter as well as the program for Buddy’s memorial service. The cover of the program was a reproduction of the May 1948 Colby Alumnus with a picture of Bobo and Buddy titled “Seniors.” It was a very appropriate tribute! * We attended this year’s commencement at Colby, the 190th, to see our grandson, Mark McNulty ’11, graduate. Our daughter, Deborah (Marson ’75), and David marched in the baccalaureate and commencement processions and the combined Marson, Moller, and McNulty clans totaled nine attendees. Although it rained a little on Saturday, the sun came out on Sunday and, as usual, commencement was a wonderful event held outdoors.
The Cambridge Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse in Cambridge, Mass., awarded the Beverly Benner Cassara Award in June to Judy Norris of the Women’s Center in Cambridge. Established in 2008 and named after Beverly, the award recognizes a senior volunteer who “embodies Beverly’s unique and long-term commitment to the ideals of productive aging, lifelong learning, and the understanding that volunteering is an enduring resource for the entire community.” Beverly received the first award in 2008 and remains active with the organization. * Dana and Harriet Nourse Robinson moved to Concord, N.H., six years ago to a continuing-care facility called Havenwood-Heritage Heights. It’s a special place with numerous activities. They found a single story home across the street from Harriet’s sister, Fran Nourse Johnston ’49, and her husband. The move worked out well, as one son in Portland and another in Middlebury visit more frequently than when the couple lived in Florida. When they made their last trip to China, in 2002, Dana and Harriet attended the opening of their oldest son’s law firm. He arranged a major 80th birthday party for Dana, which was attended by their Chinese friends whom they met during the 1993-97 period when they lived in Beijing. Sadly, Harriet died Aug. 15 and Dana died Sept. 17. They submitted this news before they both passed.
Maurice M. Whitten and wife Doris were busy this summer attending reunions. On June 4 they attended the alumni reunion luncheon at Colby. On June 24 they attended reunion at the University of Southern Maine, as it marked Doris’s 70th year since graduating from Gorham Normal School. And on July 12 they attended reunion at Wilton Academy, where Maurice taught science from 1945 to 1948. Maurice also talked by phone with Beverly Booth, who is in a nursing home in Weston, Mass.
I actually have some news! Nan Grahn Christensen moved into assisted living (almost 10 years ago) and says it is something like going back to college, being with her peer group again. There are a lot of Senior Challenges, which include competitions in many fields. She won a gold medal in a swim meet. Congrats Nan! She can visit with her family and grandchildren, who live near by in Wellington, Fla. * I had a note from Barbara Baylis Primiano saying she has moved into assisted living but is still in Barrington, R.I. * A wonderful long letter came from Nancy Curtis Lawrence, who lives in Sequim, Wash. She sent along sympathy to me on the death of my 17-year-old great-grandson in an accident in 2010. She lost her 41-year-old grandson in a train accident in March 2011. Irreplaceable members of our families. Our sympathies to her and her family. She does have arthritis in her knee and hip joints, which restricts her activities to some extent. But she still swims frequently and rides her tractor to mow the “back 40.* Nancy Pattison McCarthy came to Maine with her daughter Nancy in June to visit her sister, who is in a nursing home in Camden. We did have a chance to chat on the phone. She is so happy to be located in the Fort Belvoir area, as she is near a lot of her family. * My daughter and I returned just three days before alumni reunion weekend from a magnificent trip through nine national parks in the West. As the Saturday of reunion was clear and warm, I drove over in time for the parade of classes. That is always fun as well as moving. I was the only representative of the Class of 1944, but the Class of 1946 insisted that I join them! At the lobster bake I caught up with two of our classmates: Harold Joseph and his wife as well as Gabe Hikel and his wife. We are all well into our 80s and realize how fortunate we are to still be around. My left arm, which I broke in April (an inch or two below my shoulder), is now recovered, but I went on that trip to the parks with my arm in a sling. That seemed like freedom after it had been strapped to my body, which was a challenge.