Peace Corps volunteer Lauren Corke ’10 ran a leadership camp for deaf youth in the northeastern region of Ghana. The camp hosted 28 deaf students and seven teachers from around the country. Said Corke, “Despite having a relatively large population of deaf in Ghana, there is still very little awareness about deaf culture and extremely high levels of stigmatization”
Since April, Kelly Roche has been living and working on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea as a North Pacific groundfish observer. All of the data she collects goes to the National Marine Fisheries Service. After her current 90-day contract ends, she’ll volunteer for eight weeks at a sea turtle conservation center in Eikwe, Ghana, before resuming work as an observer in January. * Cliff Katz spent the past year living in N.Y.C., doing business coursework at Columbia and interning with a local investment startup. In September he moved to Azerbaijan to begin training with the Peace Corps. * Catherine Hawkins enjoyed being a bum in New Zealand for the year after graduation and is now at UNC-Greensboro to study fiction writing. * Heather Quadir is a dental worker and nurse for a clinic outside Pucallpa in the Peruvian Amazon. * Collin Jenkins continues to manage a climbing gym in Rockville, Md., and just completed a trip to Washington’s Mt. Rainier to ice-climb. He’s planning a climbing trip to the Middle East. * Ben Desmond teaches sixth grade math in Lynn, Mass., and lives in the North End of Boston with Ben Metcalf and Jo Bellairs. All three used to meet up with Dan Sidman for beverages before he moved to Korea to teach English. * Benjy Ogden completed his first year and qualifiers for Boston University’s Ph.D. program in economics and is officially a Ph.D. candidate. * Nick Steele, Jack Vernamonti, and Craig Bunker moved to Kendall Square in Cambridge, where Nick does tax consulting, Jack does medical research, and Craig works in financial services. * With the support of the Colby Alumni Network, Eddie Benjamin started a company and web app, CollegeTempo (collegetempo.com), aimed at answering the question “What’s going on?” in college communities through a series of social calendars. He is beta launching the site this fall. * Liz Fontaine enters her second year teaching history and French, and coaching field hockey and lacrosse, at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass. This summer she traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia with students from her school studying social media. * Khoa Nguyen is an analyst at Citi in N.Y.C., where he enjoys running into Rachel Gleicher, Mike Yohai, and Cliff Katz (before he moved). This summer he visited Canada, where he reunited with Loni Pisani, finished his first beavertail—two sandwiches from Nate’s Smoked Meat in one sitting—and ate a lobster at the Keg in Ottawa. Khoa also met with the uncle and friends of Tara Brian ’10 in “Bytown” (Ottawa) a.k.a. the friendliest city in the world. * Aqsa Mahmood visited Maine for a week this summer and brought her 14-month-old daughter with her. She is starting her second year as a sales analyst at JPMorgan. * Tom Barnico, Mike Dakers, Matt Vivero, Pete O’Hanlon, Will Brewer, Jason Schlundt, Chris Scharff, Ben Desmond, Tony Vorlicek, and Ben Metcalf, enjoyed a weekend in Biddeford Pool, Maine, with V.J. Vesnaver providing stories about his training to become a Time Cop. Vorlicek and Metcalf set up a lobster bake, and Tucker Cushing was a notable, albeit understandable, absence. They all wish Tucker the best of luck as he travels to Guatemala in the coming months.
Dana Breakstone lives in D.C. and works as a lab manager in the psychology department at the University of Maryland, College Park. She works with children and also runs studies with undergraduate students on social and cognitive development. * Pranay Shah is in his second year of medical school at LECOM in Bradenton, Fla. He had a great summer adventure backpacking with four friends, traversing nine countries in five weeks. At home in N.Y.C., he also met up with numerous Colby grads and current students. * Michael Schwartz recently completed two years at the University of Oregon and took his comprehensive exams to become a doctoral candidate. He met up with Jess Levasseur, Elise Randall, Isaac Opper, Allie Todd, Hasan Bhatti, Drew Hill ’09, Alex Pan ’11, and Ellen Morris ’11, in Tahoe City, Calif., for a few days. * Ian McCullough will start a Ph.D. program at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. * Hillary Rockey and Danielle Crochiere ‘09 both graduated from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice with master’s degrees in public health. Hillary started medical school at the University of Toledo this fall. * Victoria Gonzalez finished her master’s in physiology at Georgetown and started medical school soon after at Rush University Medical College in Chicago. * Brittany Soderholm joined the faculty as a clinical instructor at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where she will also serve as a prenatal genetic counselor for patients in the maternal-fetal medicine department. * Tara Davidson still teaches at Match Middle School in Boston. She has a great homeroom this year, which is named Colby and is all decked out in Colby gear! * Johanna Kunkel made the big move to San Francisco at the beginning of summer. * Liz Beltran was recently admitted to the CalStateTEACH program, a teacher preparation program. She happily lives in San Jose and met up with Kristen Psaty, who just started law school in Calif. * Kat Cosgrove had a great summer internship working as a research assistant at the Genocide Research Institute in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. * Ginny Robbins graduated from the master of arts in the humanities program at the University of Chicago and spent the summer working as the communications intern at the Smart Museum of Art on the University of Chicago campus. * Patrick Findaro loves the change of pace brought about by his recent move from N.Y.C. to Miami to work at an emerging markets consulting firm—Frontier Strategy Group. * Caroline Dickson works in merchandising in N.Y at One Kings Lane, a flash sale website for home decor. She traveled to Greece this summer with John Roberts ’09. * Leigh Bullion and Ross Nehrt had a great time seeing Lewis Seton ’09, Laura Webb ’08, and others at the July wedding of Jeff Carroll ’08 and Courtney Larson ’08 in Minneapolis. They recently moved to Boston. * Congratulations to Jenn Corriveau on her engagement to Christina Honeycutt and for publishing a research paper with Colby Professor Melissa Glenn in the Journal of Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior! * Katherine Perez took a road trip with Tiffany Martin ’09 and Cynia Barnwell ’11 to Woolwich, Maine, to attend follow DYNASTY member Paula Martel’s wedding to her high school sweetheart. * Sameera Anwar joined Corey Martin and Alex Fenstermacher at the beautiful August wedding of Jack Moriarty in Port Angeles, Wash. Both Jack and wife Erin are Ph.D. students at Yale.
Samantha Saeger ’04 competed in an orienteering event in Croatia after competing in the 2012 World Orienteering Championships in Switzerland. She will compete in the Swedish nationals before returning to the U.S. in October to compete in the North American Orienteering Championships in Pennsylvania. * Steven A. Bogden ’05 was quoted extensively in an Atlantic Monthly article titled “Slugfest” regarding the candidates prospects in the upcoming presidential election. Bogden worked for former candidate Jon Huntsman. * Alexandra Jospe ’06 is a member of the U.S. orienteering team and has competed in events around the country and abroad. She was recently featured in Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle. * Douglas A. “Fred” Bailey ’07 was named collections assistant at Maine Mineral and Gem Museum. A Libra Foundation and Maine Winter Sports Center-supported athlete, he is training to compete with the 2014 Winter Olympics U.S. Ski Team. * Tyler L. Cote ’07 was named head of Unlocking Potential Academy, a charter school in Lawrence, Mass.
Harry Goldstein moved to Hong Kong to work for Amcor, a global packaging company. * Madison Gregor graduated from California Western Law School magna cum laude. She now practices medical malpractice defense law in Las Vegas. * Ned Warner lives in Colorado, where he’s pursuing a master’s in art education at the University of Denver. * Charlie Moore organized the first annual Jabroni Invitational, a charitable golf tournament at the Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco. Andrew Cheit, Bobby Gorman ’08, Logan King, Mather Neill, Henry Sears, Adam Salamon ’08, Travis Townsend, and Sam Wampler competed. * Christine Fitzgerald and Jesse Crouch traveled for two weeks in South America this summer, where they visited Leah Gourlie, who lives in Paraguay. They just started an international book club that spans three continents. Members include Christine, Jesse, Leah, Fiona Brown, Ali Coughlin, and Frazer Humes, who lives in Denmark. They’re also still searching for Owl. * Zach Bloom left his role as an account executive at ad agency RJW Collective (now JWalk) to work at MTV Scratch, a “SWAT team that channels the reach, connection, and creative force of Viacom in new ways to drive culture and commerce.” He and Peter Perry-Friedman recently engaged in a platonic domestic partnership, living together in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, alongside their rooftop plants, infantile reading material, and equally suspect circle of friends. * Nikolai Barnwell runs 88mph, Africa’s first Internet accelerator program. They do early-stage seed investments in nternet startups in Africa. The continent possesses a massive opportunity with its one billion people and more than 800 million cell phones. The Internet is in its very early days, and adoption rates are exploding with dropping handset prices. Their fund has set up Africa’s biggest tech hub in Nairobi, with more than 100 young Kenyans coding away and building startups. They recently partnered with Google to launch within the coming year in Cape Town and Lagos as well. They have been featured in major media all over the world (the Economist, Sunday Times, TechCrunch, etc.) and will be featured on BBC in October in a special on African tech. * Chris Lemmons started a new job as a litigation associate at Lawson & Weitzen, LLP in Boston. * Mac Simpson began a new position with CBRE in Portland, Maine, as an associate broker. * Laura Bisbee spent the summer traveling through Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand) with her sister and a good friend. An awesome time, despite the fact that they mistakenly planned their travels during the rainy season. Laura next goes to Nicaragua to serve in the Peace Corps. * Rachel Bonenfant was promoted to DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) clinical educator at Mclean Southeast Adolescent ART. * After studying geology for a year in Durango, Colo., Fritz Freudenberger moved to Las Vegas to pursue his M.S. in geosciences. * Lane Mahoney started her first year at University of Connecticut Dental School. * Naomi Smith is in her 2L year at Northeastern University Law School. She and Katie Dammann walked the Jimmy Fund walk this September. * Lauren Duval started a Ph.D. program in history at American University this fall. * Benjamin Hauptman and Elyse Apantaku married Aug 11. Zack Hauptman ’05, Ashlee Holm, Maria Ryden, Jason Stigliano, Lindsay Tolle ’08, Alea Thompson, Cliff Vickrey ’10, and Rachel Watson, attended. * Kat Brzozowski is engaged to Wes Miller ’08. * Alea Thompson and Jason Stigliano are engaged.
It’s hard to believe another academic year is underway! In addition to working at Boston College, this fall I started my M.B.A. part time at B.C—apparently I can’t get enough of the school. * Nolan Gagne successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, “Dosimetric Optimization and Accuracy Improvement of Eye Plaque Brachytherapy,” and earned his doctorate in medical physics from the UMass-Lowell. Dr. Gagne is now an associate medical physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Tufts Medical Center, Boston. * Maya Klauber graduated with her master’s from Columbia’s School of Social Work, specializing in clinical therapy with children and families. She lives in N.Y.C. with fiancé John Ferrarone. The couple plans to marry next October and enjoy life with their recently adopted new best friend, Penny, a beagle mix. * Sarah Parrish and Evan Kaplan were married June 23 in Boston. * On the same day, Sam Kennedy-Smith and Kristine Robin were married in Lorimer Chapel. In attendance were Matt Haefele, Tyler Ingram, Doug Rooke, Christy Mihos IV ’09, Zak Starr, Amelia Kennedy-Smith ’14, Leanne Powers, and Erin McGowan. * Katie Harris participated in Nation’s Triathlon (1.5 K swim, 40K bike, 10K run) in D.C. Sept. 9 as a member of Team in Training, which raises money and awareness for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. * Emily Wagner started a job with Jobs for Maine’s Graduates and teaches sixth through eighth graders who face barriers to their education. She recently saw Alaina Clark, Caitlin Rumrill, Megan Watts Berube, and Kelsey Hilton for a roommate reunion. Kate Ludwig was deeply missed, as she is currently in Kansas City, Mo., having graduated from her master’s program at UPenn last June. Kate plans to take the board exam for certification as a women’s health care nurse practitioner. * Amber Collins received her law degree from the UMaine School of Law in May 2011 and is a member of the Maine bar. She works for Cloutier, Conley & Duffett, a general practice firm in Portland. Amber reconnected with Ryan Rodel, also in Portland, and Kari Rivers ’10 and Qiam Amiry ’09. * On July 24 Luke LaViolet summited Mt. Katahdin and completed a five-month thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Last March he competed in the men’s class D USA Broomball National Championships, which his team won. To ease back into civilization, he spent a week in Colorado visiting Tom Treat, Brian Putnam, Kit Clark, Laura Perille, Sarah E. Clark, and Ling U. Before moving into an apartment in D.C. with his brother, Luke will visit Switzerland for a week of hiking with a Swiss couple he met on the AT. * Joerose Tharakan received her M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management in May and moved to Pittsburgh for a job with Microsoft. She met up with Joel Alex, Gretchen Markiewicz, and Courtney Johnson, and hopes to connect with Jennifer Creamer ’86 soon (who works at the University of Pittsburgh). * In June Patrick Sanders was in San Francisco for work and had lunch with Maddie Given and Jocelyn Burke, drinks with Sam Jones and Megan Litwin, and dinner with Kelly Norsworthy. Patrick is involved with the Maine State Society and encourages any Colby alums in D.C. to contact him for information. * Jacob Franklin returned from teaching English for three years in Shenyang, China, and in graduate school at Stanford studying education policy, organization, and leadership. * So much news it didn’t all fit. The rest of it is online at www.colby.edu/mag. * Mel Larsen got engaged this summer to Maggie Crowley, her partner of four years. Mel and Maggie live in Jamaica Plain, Mass., and spend time fermenting their own sauerkraut, composting, making/watching art, and reading lots of books. Mel founded a social-justice focused art company (art now! Textiles), which was selected for the Future Boston Alliance’s Accelerator Program. The first piece is a bicycle-themed handkerchief. Keep an eye out at artnowtextiles for a new website and budding Kickstarter campaign. * Cheryl Hahn Bac finished her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Virginia in June. On July 4, she and husband Bac Cuong ’07 welcomed their son, Camden Tyler. * Kevin Hobson graduated from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law and joined the Massachusetts Bar. * After four and a half years, Meaghan Fitzgerald left her job with Evently to head up marketing at 23 Snaps, another London-based start up. She enjoyed the Queen’s Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics, where she saw the Team USA women beat Japan in the soccer final. She looks forward to spending time with Riley Doyle ‘07, now based in London, and was happy to see Annie Muir ’07 when she was in London for paralympic swimming. * Courtney Larson and Jeff Carroll were married in Minneapolis July 6. Alumni at the wedding included Charlotte Morse-Fortier, Caitlin Rumrill, Laura Smith, Laura Webb, Leigh Bullion ’10, Caroline Donohue-Ouellette ’07, Krissy Morin ’07, Ross Nehrt ’10, Justin Russell ’09, Lewis Seton ’09, and Ander Tallett ’06. They now live in Fort Collins, Colo., where Courtney is a graduate student and Jeff is a research associate at Colorado State. * In May Madison Gouzie, who is doubling as the director of account management and photographer/cinematographer with the creative agency (now expanded into two brands: Bear Fruit and Nieubreed) that he founded with a 2005 Colby alum, relocated to N.Y. from Boston to extend his company’s network. * Sarah Switchenko moved to N.Y.C. and is now a buyer for TJX, where she’s been working for four years. She buys handbags, shoes, and accessories for their international stores. She is also getting her M.B.A. at Northeastern part time and will finish her last year online. * Caroline Allison lives in D.C., and works for The Nature Conservancy on the corporate practices team. * Madeline Ragan is in San Francisco and finished with her first semester of physical therapy at UCSF. * Nick Kline was hired as the head Nordic coach at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine, and unlike many of us, is ready for snow!
Allison Cogbill graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in May and works as a criminal defense and personal injury attorney in Eau Claire, Wisc. * Mariah Buckley lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the past year, anxiously awaiting the beginning of her nursing program, hopefully in the new bilingual nursing section. She currently works as communications coordinator for Homeward Bound, a Phoenix-based nonprofit, and in April was appointed to the board of directors of Singleton Moms, a local charity serving single parents battling cancer. * Genni Dubuque married Chris Rizzo in August on an old steamboat on Moosehead Lake. Elizabeth Finn was maid of honor, and Meg Distinti was a bridesmaid. Many other Colby friends were there to celebrate. Genni starts her nursing clinical this fall. * Anna Bruno will teach literature at World Class Academy, a private high school based out of Trout Lake, Washington. WCA is a traveling high school with an athletic focus on whitewater kayaking. The school will spend time in British Columbia and Nepal in the fall before heading to Chile in January and Northern California in the spring. * Naomi Branz received her master’s and teaching credential from UCSC and now lives by the beach in Santa Cruz teaching algebra at Harbor High. * Amanda Vickerson spent her summer as director of Gorham’s Xtreme Teen Camp. She got to go whitewater rafting, met a lemur, spent TONS of time in the sun, and loved every moment. This fall she’s returning to Gorham High and is starting her master’s in abilities and disabilities studies at USM. In October she’ll visit Claire Conger in LA. * Ethan Abensohn completed an eight-week Middlebury Arabic program in California this summer. In September he moved to Meknes, Morocco, where he works as a foreign language instructor and is learning Darija, the Moroccan dialect. * Sara Morgan attended the wedding of Julia Lawson and Sidd Tewari in June. Colby grads in attendance included Nina Hoang, Nikki Wong dos Santos, Mikaela Bolduc, and Ryan Graumann. She also saw Alex Shafer and Jenn Nguyen during her trip. * Hanna Stailey and Rusty Glenn will be married in October. Finn Teach will travel to Colorado to attend the wedding. * Mindy Favreau Woerter started a new job as a communications manager at Avesta Housing, an affordable housing provider for people in need in Portland, Maine. She and her husband got a puppy this summer and named him Colby! * Meg Vallaly married Sean Sullivan in her hometown of Lake Forest, Ill., this August. Bridget Appe, Lauren Cahill, Lilli Higgins, and Kelly Norsworthy ’08 were members of the bridal party. A fantastic time was had by all at the wedding. * Kendall Kirby married Jeff Miller ’06 this August in Osterville, Mass. Jenn Murphy was Kendall’s maid of honor and Lee Kozakiewicz, Cassie Sancartier ’08, and Jessie Prentice ’08 were bridesmaids. * Lucy Hitz wants to hear your ideas for poems.
Lindsay Masters started as a climate and air program legal fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund’s Boulder, Colo., office in September. * John Pollakowski ’05 and Emily Tull married this July on Peaks Island, Maine. In attendance were 21 Colby grads from ’04 through ’08, including Liz Shepherd Christensen, Amy Cronin Davis, Ashley Lamb, Lauren Uhlmann Blazar, and Emily Greene Kahn. John and Emily will honeymoon this winter in Argentina. * Meredith Lowmaster filmed an appearance as a contestant on Jeopardy. Did anyone see it Oct. 17? * Josh and Kelsey Neville Berman welcomed a healthy baby boy, Trevor Steven, Feb. 29. Leap Day baby! * Jenny Venezia Faillace works as a paralegal at Liberty Mutual Insurance in the complex and emerging risks division in Boston. In July, Courtney Rothbard, always the fabulous host, showed Jenny a good time in D.C. * Jess Minty attended the wedding of Hillary Easter and Andrew Vermilyea in Vermont. Kathleen Maynard ’09 was there as the happy couple said their vows. In July Jess’s long-time boyfriend, Stephen Lane, proposed (during a run, of course). A late 2013 wedding is planned. * Amy Cronin moved to Cambridge, Mass., and married a Middlebury Panther in Vermont last June. Twenty-six Colby grads attended including Amy’s dad, Paul ’67, and brother, Brian ’96. Bridesmaids included Leah Weisberg, Nicole Stadelman, Ashley Lamb, Kelsey Neville Berman, Lindsay Barada Bayley, and Jessica McNulty ’07. * Caroline Theoharides is working on her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She married Josh Hyman last June. Josh and Caroline returned to the Hill, where they both taught Jan Plans in economics. She’s currently in Manila, Philippines, collecting data for her dissertation. * Bennet Barnwell writes that Rachel Carr and Eric Jordan, along with Krissy Fucillo and Trevor Hanly ’07, hosted the first annual “Brunswick Blowout.” Colby alums including Nate Stone, Stephen Planas, Bennett Barnwell, Drew Rausch, and Taylor Snook made it to Maine for the fun. * Adrian Walther, Monty Hankin, and John Wheelock successfully thru-hiked 217 miles of the Long Trail, from the border of Canada to Bromley Mountain, in two weeks, to raise $10,000 for the Travis Roy Organization. A big thanks to everyone who donated—the generosity was amazing. (facebook.com/longtrailfundraiser) * Shari Katz lives in N.Y.C. She’s certified in Zumba, teaches for Step into Salsa NY, and is training to become an instructor for Pure Barre at their Union Square studio. * Antonio Mendez completed an internship at the White House and took Courtney Rothbard on a tour of the East Wing. * Dan Giuliani is the founder/CEO of Volt Athletics Inc, a Seattle-based startup dedicated to helping high school and college sports teams implement elite-level strength training programs using web-based tools. * Grey Brooks spent the summer in Uganda working with and researching LGBTI activists for his master’s in anthropology at George Washington University. * Meris Esterly celebrates five years of owning and operating Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch this October. Check out geronimoranch.com to see what her life is like. * Dan Lake and Marcy Rolerson were married in June. They’re happy that many Colby alums were in attendance. * Caroline O’Connor LaFave moved back to Waterville, where husband Daniel has taken a faculty position in Colby’s Economics Department. * In late June Bethany Peck, Kait Taylor, Kim Devine McDevitt, and John LaMantia ’10, gathered in Tiverton, R.I., for the wedding of Elizabeth “Buffy” LaMantia to Beau Vestal. Dan George ’64 catered and cooked a classic New England feast. The couple live in Providence and own New Rivers Restaurant. Beau is the chef and Elizabeth is the general manager. If you’re ever in the Providence area stop in. * Bethann Swartz completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail this spring and summited Katahdin July 13. She spent a lot of the Maine section thinking of COOT Beth lives in the White Mountains, N.H.
Mac Lynch was recently engaged to Mary Bushnell and is planning a summer 2013 wedding in Connecticut. Mac and Mary live in Pittsburgh, Pa., where Mac is a financial advisor and Mary is a teacher at Shady Side Academy. * Jon Eisenberg moved to Israel this fall, where he will start medical school at Tel Aviv University. * Nikki Patel and husband Mihir bought their first home earlier this year and were expecting their second child, a girl, Oct. 14. * Kelly Wheaton finished her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and will stay on at Dartmouth Medical School as a postdoc, specializing in the assessment and treatment of early childhood trauma. * Gabriel Reyes, Osman Haneef, Justin Dubois, Tim Roberts, Mark Chapman, and Nick Von Mertens traveled to France for Dr. Kevin Selby’s wedding to Lauren Ventura. This was the first time Gabriel’s daughter, Pasquelle, Mark’s son, Sebastian, and Nick’s daughter, Eva, met. Kevin graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2009 and is completing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. * Nora Gouge Moore still lives in N.Y.C. working as a psychology intern at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center. Husband Todd works at the law firm Gunderson Dettmer, focusing on tech start-ups. They are happy to celebrate the September nuptials of Mike Sirois and to catch up with Colby alums at the event. * John Pollakowski and Emily Tull ’06 were married on a sunny afternoon in July on Peak’s Island, Maine. In attendance were 21 Colby grads from ’04 to ’08, including groomsmen Dave Acker, Josh Kahn, and Will van der Veen, bridesmaid Liz Shepherd Christensen ’06, ushers Sasha Kenyon ’08, Jeff Lederman, and Derek Snyder ’04, and reader Amy Cronin ’06. John and Emily will honeymoon this winter in Argentina. * Sheldon Stevenson and wife Suzanne welcomed Finn Hollister to their family Aug. 6. Sheldon will finish medical school next year and hopes to make it closer to the East Coast for his residency. * Tim Haas is engaged to Ellen Sherry (Stonehill ’07), and the two plan a Boston wedding July 27, 2013. * Mike Booras shares news from some of his favorite ’05ers. Curtis Chin and wife Kate welcomed baby boy Caleb (affectionately known by his Colby friends as “Chinfant”). Brandon Binder is getting married in Napa Valley in September, while Dan Saganey is currently planning his summer 2013 wedding. Dan is a pro scout for the Cleveland Browns. Noah Hoffman is completing his residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, while Larry Dagrosa is completing his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H. * Steve Kasperski has his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in agricultural and resource economics and has written an academic article, which will be published soon. * Brendan Crighton is serving in his second term as Ward 5 city councilor in Lynn, Mass., and serving as chief of staff for State Sen. Tommy McGee.
Marc Attiyeh started his fourth and final year at Columbia Medical School in N.Y.C. He will apply for residency in general surgery. * Amanda Stanke is thrilled to announce she got engaged to Mark Grentzenberg July 4. They’ll get married Nov. 1, 2013, in Princeton, Mass. * Josh and Allison Turner Osgood welcomed baby girl Paige Elizabeth June 24. * Emma McCandless and Karen Prager are still in south Texas. Karen writes social studies curriculum for IDEA Public Schools; Emma has a new job as director of teaching and learning with Teach for America. Emma is expecting their first child in February. * Brandon Irwin is an assistant professor of kinesiology at Kansas State. He’ll play a major role in the Physical Activity Public Health Program and continue research in computer-mediated physical activity interventions, including video games and mobile phones. Anyone who wants to visit, simply click your heels three times. * Justin Juskewitch completed his Ph.D. in clinical and translational sciences in May at Mayo Clinic. He’s tackling medical school third-year rotations and waiting with wife Katie for their first child, due near the end of October. * Evan and Kim Betz Kearns welcomed their second baby, Chase Bennett, June 28. Brayden is thrilled to have a little brother. * Kevin Andrews recently completed his master’s in civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, and works as a structural engineer at Ericksen Roed Structural Engineers. * Kellie Phelan married Matt Bentley Jan. 21, in a snowy wedding in Vermont. They moved to Seattle and Kellie looks forward to connecting with Colby alums in the area. * Brian and Jenn Withnell Hawthorne welcomed their first baby, Jack Harrison, July 26. * Kristine Ann and Leigh E. Cummings III celebrated their 30th birthdays with a trip to the beautiful island of St. Barthélemy. They’ll celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary with a whirlwind tour of Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, and St. Tropez. Leigh and Krisy are attorneys and reside in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston with their Shih Tzu, Ralph, and his best friend, Flick (a corpulent Ragdoll cat). * Kristan Jiggetts is engaged to Benjamin Kenney. He proposed while they were hiking on the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park. They’re planning an August 2013 wedding in Chicago. * Eric and Jenny Carpenter McAllister live in San Francisco, where Eric works for Apple and Jenny continues to make documentaries. They welcomed daughter Mae this June and are now experts at functioning on three hours of sleep. * Lauren Henderson and Brad Seymour were married June 17 on Southport Island, Maine. Nick Battista, Emily Bernier Shepard, Meredith Crane, and Erica Hill ’05 were in the wedding party. Several members from the classes of ’03 through ’05 attended * Marisa MacNaughton Meloski works in Boston as a freelance personal stylist for Stilista|Boston as a wardrobe consultant and personal shopper, working with everyone from businessmen in formal work settings to stay-at-home moms to early 20-somethings entering the workforce. In addition she does editorial and commercial work, styling fashion shows and photo shoots. Husband Mike Meloski ’02 works at Reebok International in Canton, Mass., in the global operations division and coaches AAU basketball in his free time. They live in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner. * Anna Catherine Getty was born July 28 to Holly Niles ’03 and Matt Getty in time to celebrate their fifth anniversary (Aug. 11) with big sister Eliza. * Mandy Murphy is back in Chicago and currently training for her fourth marathon, the Budapest Marathon, this October. She’s engaged to Dan Blake—they’re getting married in Chicago next spring. * Erica Bauer graduated from William & Mary’s School of Education with her master’s and educational specialist degrees in school psychology. She works as a licensed school psychologist in Northern Virginia for one of the nation’s largest school districts.
Erika Togashi is back in N.Y.C. after over nine years in Santa Barbara and San Francisco. After six years designing for The North Face, she thought she’d change it up and is now designing men’s outerwear for J.Crew. * Bianca Belcher graduated from physician’s assistant school at Northeastern and accepted a job in neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. * Katrina Noyes has lived in Jordan for two years and just signed a new contract as manager of international relations for the King Hussein Foundation. She is excited to be headed to Massachusetts for three weeks around the holidays to visit Justin Stempeck, Justin Ossolinski, and newly engaged Doug Laliberte. Katrina mentioned that Justin Ossolinski completed a six-week research cruise from the Azores to Iceland through his work at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. * Lauren Calimeris married Dan Kocman June 9, in Estes Park, Colo. Ellen Whitesides was a bridesmaid and Suzanne Skinner, Rebecca Stern, and Nat and Jess Wysor Chamberlin came to celebrate. A great time and wonderful to catch up! Lauren and Dan went to Belize for their honeymoon and immediately upon returning packed up their house in Colorado and moved to Rochester, N.Y., where Lauren is an assistant professor of economics at St. John Fisher College. * Jacoby Ballard continues to work in her four-year-old, worker-owned cooperative in Brooklyn, Third Root Community Health Center. She’s taught health and yoga workshops across the country. This fall Jacoby will be featured at the Yoga, Sex, and Feminism Conference in Dallas. * Eric Eichler graduated from his master’s of social work program at Smith College and is moving to San Diego for a one-year clinical fellowship with the V.A. to work with veterans with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. He recently hung out with Susan Ellsworth and her fiancé, Colin, on the beach in Connecticut a few weeks before Susan and Colin were to be married. * Tom Sterio moved back to the Boston area from Texas and joined a new dental practice, Perico Implants and Periodontics. * Kate Ginty lives in Philadelphia and works in Camden, N.J., as a second-year emergency medicine resident. * Erik Lisk married Nicole Wark in Turks and Caicos, April 20. Mules in attendance were Evan McGee, Mac Cathles, Lindsey Mahoney Jameson, and Doug Melzer. * Lots of new babies and it seems we’ve had a baby girl streak this spring/summer. Timothy and Abbie Newcomb Knickelbein welcomed a daughter, Maize June, in April. Also in April, Aliya Al-Aufy and husband John welcomed Hannah Regina Lindgren. Aliya switched jobs and now works as an HR consultant for the Oman Oil companies. * Eric and Courtney Fry Lerch welcomed their second child, Catherine, in April. Big brother William loves his new baby sister! * Michelle Keady Hadley is managing a lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, and she and husband Jim had a son, Patrick James, June 14. They’re excited to be parents and are having a blast getting to know their little guy. * Dan and Laurel Burnham Deacon (and big sister Elle) have a new addition, Ransom Bennett, born July 16. * Jay and Karli Jaffe Efron welcomed their daughter, Adele Star, July 11. One of the first people to hold Adele was her “auntie,” Leah Robertson. Y Matt ’04 and Holly Niles Getty welcomed their second daughter, Anna Catherine, July 28. They’ve already brainwashed older daughter Eliza and newborn Anna by outfitting and photographing them in Colby apparel and can’t wait to bring them to Waterville! * My husband, Steve, and I also want to introduce our new little one, Anabelle Quinn Puglisi, born June 25—she missed my birthday by a day, but I was relieved she didn’t make me wait that extra day! * Hope everyone enjoyed the summer. Block our reunion weekend, June 7-9, 2013, on your calendars, and keep the exciting news coming!
Thanks to all who wrote in—I hope you had a splendid summer. * Lance and Lisa McDonald Qualmann had their first son, Will Edwin, in June. Lisa and family live in Dallas, and Lisa works as a licensed professional counselor. * Josh and Terry Packard Baker welcomed their second daughter, Hannah Maye, in June. Terry is co-owner of a graphic design firm, Curious & Co. Creative, which was named Best of Philly 2012 for Custom Stationery by Philadelphia Magazine. * Kristina Tabor married Mike Saccone in September at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Kim Victor Neckers attended. * Adam and Lizzie Ford Inglis welcomed a baby boy, Charlie, in April. * Chris Castle joined a startup in Seattle named Simply Measured as a product manager, helping them manage their data processing and reporting platform. Chris had a great time attending sailing at the London Olympics, supporting his cousin representing the U.S.A. in the men’s 470 boat. * Hilary Corbin reports that all is well with her girls, Lavely, 3, and Campbell, 1 1/2, and that they had a lovely summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Hilary competed in her first triathlon in Greenwich in late July, where her cheering squad included Dana Fowler Charette ’01. * Erika Tristan and husband Dan welcomed their second child, Evelyn Maya, in May. * Gavin and Whitney Pearce Fitts had their second daughter, Harper Dillon, in April. The Fittses live in Charlestown with their two dogs and love catching up with Colby friends in town. * Stephanie Looney Smykal and her husband recently moved to Boston, where she will attend Boston College’s pediatric nurse practitioner program. They’re expecting their first baby in January. * Jon Weber has lived and worked in Munich since July and will be there through the end of the year on rotation. Jon welcomes the opportunity to catch up with anyone for Octoberfest. * Mark Buschenfeldt married Kellerey Lohman in July at the top of the historic Daniels & Fisher clock tower in downtown Denver. Their Native American ceremony was celebrated with family, friends, and their Labradoodle, Bindi. Mark is now a director at Vestas Wind Systems. * Katie Egan Wertheimer had another baby boy, Graham Dennis, Feb. 29 (leap day). Graham joins big brother Mason, 3. Katie and family still reside in Westfield, N.J. * It’s now been 14 years since we were young freshman on the Colby campus. The fall always brings back vivid and fond memories—it still feels like yesterday.
David Riss and wife Elizabeth welcomed August Malcolm, Aug. 26. David is in his second year of emergency medicine residency at the University of New Mexico and loves it. * Pete Girard and Emily welcomed their baby, Freida Fischer, Feb. 8. * David and Payal Shah Fuente moved to Columbia, S.C., in their endless pursuit of knowledge and degrees! * Tyler Knauer got married. He continues to teach in Denver while trekking to his little patch of heaven in the Tetons. * Hannah Smith Harrison signed contract with Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Picture Books for two books she’ll write and illustrate. The first, Ordinary Jane, about a little circus dog feeling ordinary in a world that’s extraordinary, is due out spring 2014. She’s also co-illustrating a book with Kevin Hawkes (a Maine illustrator she interned with while at Colby) for Random House. * Rachel Rokicki was promoted to assistant director of publicity at Crown Publishing and worked on the New York Times’s bestsellers Quiet and Why Nations Fail. * Tom and Jennifer Blume Shanley welcomed their first child Feb. 2, five weeks early. James Benjamin is doing well and now, at 8-plus months, he’s happy and healthy. You’d never know he was a premie! * Chad Creelman and wife Michelle welcomed Holden Tyler in August. * Kate Isley moved to Somerville in June and, because she works for the Maine-based firm Pierce Atwood LLP, she went to the Gentlemen of The Road music festival on the Eastern Prom in Portland in August. * Kathy Manu is in her fifth year living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She managed to squeeze in beach time this summer in Corsica and Portugal. A recent highlight was Michelle Storkan’s amazing wedding in Carmel, Calif. Annie Levy, Deb Harris, Jess Weisbein-Brooks, Addie Prudden Johnson, Dana Dupre, Justin Ehrenwerth, Molly Franke, and Megan Blackburn were in attendance. * Liz McGann left her job and long-time career teaching middle school science and started her own nutrition and wellness counseling business, Live Whole Live Well. She’s engaged! * Scott Bixby and wife Amy welcomed their first child, Luke Williamson, Aug 2. They live in Seattle, where Scott completed his M.B.A. at UW in 2010 and is now director of marketing at OneEnergy Renewables, a developer of large-scale solar PV projects. OneEnergy’s founder (and Scott’s boss) is the brother of Brendon Smith ’00. Brendon frequently visits the office to hone his dart throwing skills. Scott skypes with Tim Wiswell about the joys fatherhood. Tim and wife Natasha had their first baby, Theo, in Moscow, July 23. * Melanie Morin enjoys her sweet baby boy, Brady. With Melanie having returned to work, Brady hangs out with his daddy all day. They made a trip to Maine for his baptism. * Justin Pare and wife Cassandra welcomed their son, Noah Robert. * Adam Rolewicz completed the Tough Mudder challenge at Mt. Snow, Vt., July 14. Coincidentally, fellow Goon Matt Carter completed the course two timeslots ahead of him. Adam’s wife, Heidi, children Ryan and Jenna, Meredith Strasnic Carter ’02, and sons Max and Jackson, cheered them on. * Josh and Ali Aiello Lemaitre welcomed their first baby, Alfred Powell, May 19, in San Francisco, where Janice Greenwald and Stephanie Mendell met “Alfie.” They’ll soon move to the Boston area to be closer to family and Colby friends. * Jory ’02 and Stacy Erickson Raphael live in Vermont with kids Phoebe, 4, and Tatum, 2. After six years running education programs at the Vermont Arts Council, Stacy transitioned to associate director for school programs at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. She’s writing her Goddard College master’s thesis on aesthetic experience in public education. * Ryle and Alyssa Johnson Goodrich live in Seattle and welcomed their first child, Max, in June. * Visit www.colby.edu/mag for lots more fall class news online.
Lots of news! It’s fun to hear about everyone crossing paths and staying in touch. I’m in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where I recently purchased and renovated a 1940s log cabin right in town. Let me know if you’re coming through! * Jonah “J.R.” Rudman and his wife expected their first child, a boy, Aug. 18. Yes, he already has a Colby onesie, and no, Alex Moskos will not be the godfather. * Jenny Thomander (of Varberg, Sweden) and Jon Allen were married in the mountain village of Valldemossa on Mallorca, Spain, Sept. 1. Dr. Tielman Van Vleck ’99, Erik Waters, and wife Dr. Amy Forrer ’98 attended. * Imani Nissanka Clark and partner Kate Clark live in Gorham, Maine, less than five miles from Emily Stevens ’01 and Kathleen Pigeon ’98. They have a 2-year-old girl and another was due in August. * Reed Bundy and Kelly Fanning had their second daughter, Mabel. Melanie Guryansky Olinto, Alexis Fine Greiner, Greg Hanson, and Ben Lester ’99, were on hand to welcome “Mae” and congratulate Reece on becoming a big sister. * Ken and Jen Usher Kilduff had their first child, Carter James, June 17. * Sarah Czok married Eric Whittier (son of John Whittier ’60) in August 2011. In June she finished her gynecologic oncology fellowship at NYU; on July they moved to Denver, where Sarah is working for Kaiser. Psyched to be out of N.Y.C., they’re ready to enjoy the Colorado outdoors again. * Caroline Nutt Linz welcomed her third son, William Shields, Nov. 21, 2011. William joins brothers Charlie, 5, and Teddy, 3 1/2, and Caroline is expecting baby Linz #4 in January. She’s busy with her children’s clothing company, CPC Designs (cpcdesignsinc.com), which she started 3.5 years ago and is now represented in 30 locations across the country. Caroline, Mika Steffensen Reynolds (she and Tom Reynolds are godparents to Teddy), Lauren Cooke, Lauren McCarthy, Kristyn Morrissey, Amelia Schultz, Amy Sokotch, and Maggie O’Brien White continued their annual girls-trip tradition in June. Caroline also was part of the ENORMOUS Colby crew at Kristyn Morrissey and Dave Willis’s wedding. (Can we get a photo?) * Paul M. Berube, a postdoc at MIT, is working with the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education at the University of Hawaii. On a 10-day research cruise north of Oahu, he was junior chief scientist tracking daily changes in the microbial community in the North Pacific. Paul was at Lake Placid in August—like every year for the past three—for a week with a crew from MIT’s figure skating club. * Greg ’98 and Vanessa Wade Wehmeyer had a steep learning curve when it came to first-time pool ownership. After two months of filter problems, algae, and cloudy water, they finally cleared it mid-July and enjoyed a play date with Christine Casey Hutchinson’s family. Melissa and Scott Friedman also came by with their beautiful baby girl, Allison. After Labor Day Vanessa returned to her job of six years as a school psychologist at Mansfield High School. * Josh and Kim McCarron Camuso welcomed their first child, Lincoln Joshua, July 12. Their new little family enjoyed the summer together. * Phoebe Lehmann ’01 and Jay Zarnetske live in Guilford, Conn., and are postdoctoral fellows at Yale. They spent May in Madagascar and continued the adventure by catching up with Morgan McDevitt and his family earlier this summer. * Brian Hiester defended his Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology at CU-Boulder and started a postdoc research position at the Anschutz Medical Campus at CU-Denver, where he’ll study the mechanisms underlying neural synapse formation. To celebrate this accomplishment Brian, Alex Moskos, Jim Mason, Robbie Munoz-Jimenez ’03, and Ben Heneveld spent a month traveling across Colorado (east to west) on Segways. Don’t worry, they wore helmets! * Jeremy Donovan and Jessica Densmore had a son, Wells Donovan, born at home in Keene, N.H., June 29. He is adored by big sister Burke.
Christopher Chamberlain ’93 was appointed CEO of the pharmaceutical research company Novum. He had served as president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 2008. * Anna Lowder Monaco ’95 has been named principal at Jonas Clarke Middle School in Lexington, Mass. * Novelist Sarah V. Langan ’96 published an essay at the Los Angeles Review of Books in response to Dwight Allen’s attack on Stephen King. Langan’s essay was titled, “Killing our Monsters: On Stephen King’s Magic”. * Daniel Madru ’97 was appointed senior policy advisor for business and regulatory affairs on the policy committee by Texas Speaker of the House Representative Joe Straus. * Bill Clough ’91 was named the new head of school at the Nichols School in Buffalo, N.Y. Clough most recently had been associate head of school at the Berkshire School.
Ole Amundsen ’90 has good reason to love his work as in the field of conservation. “There’s nothing like being involved in a project and at the end of that project you look out at a hundred-acre farm field that you helped conserve or a thousand acres you added to a state forest,” he said. “That’s a very concrete and rewarding feeling.”
Ole Amundsen ’90
These days, though, Amundsen would have to log some serious miles to see all of the land he’s helped preserve.
As the author of Strategic Conservation Planning, he’s worked with more than 400 land trusts, helping them navigate the complex world of land conservation. And as a planner for the New York-based Conservation Fund, he’s helped select and finance dozens of conservation-related projects around the country.
He says his career path was sparked by taking Environmental Economics, a course taught by Thomas Tietenberg, Mitchell Family Professor of Economics, now emeritus. “It really opened my eyes to how one could actually use the power of the free market to provide solutions and furnish public benefits,” Amundsen said.
He recalls his first job interview with a top economist at the Environmental Protection Agency, who said, “Oh, Colby. That’s where Tom teaches.” With that, Amundsen was off and running: two years at the EPA, four years at the Department of Energy working on nuclear-weapons site cleanup. He paused to get a master’s degree in planning at MIT, then was assistant director for land policy for Massachusetts. He also taught at Cornell University for four years.
Amundsen was consulting for land trusts when he was hired by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to write a guide that would help organizations navigate the planning process. That pilot project was for a Maine coast conservation organization, but Amundsen was then asked to rewrite the guide for general use. He did, using a draft version to work with land trusts while he waited for its publication as part of a series. Strategic Conservation Planning was published by Land Trust Alliance in 2011 and now is used by conservation organizations of all types, from all-volunteer local groups to multistate trusts with multimillion-dollar budgets.
“The real challenge was to craft one planning process that would be appropriate for these land trusts that have different missions,” Amundsen said.
The missions can range from preserving thousands of acres of wildlife habitat to protecting a cave used for spelunking, he said. But no matter what the scope, organizations benefit from strategic and careful planning.
The land trusts that have formal plans conserved twice as much land as the land trusts that don’t have plans, Amundsen said. “There’s fairly ample evidence that these plans do help organizations become more effective, more efficient, and create more compelling materials for attracting donors for doing projects.”
“I think there’s a real hunger out there for something that gives that big picture view in terms of a planning process.”
I’ll start with some news of my own! Husband Blaine and I welcomed our second child and first little boy, Patch William, June 3; big sis, Penelope Kate (almost 2), loves having a baby. * Other baby news: Tony Pasquariello and wife Amy proudly announce that their third child, Owen Rudnick, was born June 9. Owen’s middle name represents a long Colby bloodline, dating back to his grandfather, Les Rudnick ’66, and his great-grandfather, Sheldon Rudnick ’36. * Matt and Katie Lawrence Sawatzky announced that their third little girl, Lila Peabody, arrived July 20. * Eric and Kelly Field Green had their second daughter, Adrienne Elizabeth, June 23. She joins big sister Emma, 3. * Cate Tynan O’Dwyer’s daughter Riley arrived March 13, joining brothers Ellis, 3 1/2, and Patrick. 2. * Sarah Hewins started a new job in January as a professor of interior design at Endicott College. In June, Sarah, her husband, and three stepkids welcomed baby girl Mia Grace into the world. * Chris Rogan finished his residency in emergency medicine and started as an attending physician at Christiana Care in Delaware. They were expecting their second child, a daughter, Aug. 27 (the day before their daughter Emma’s third birthday). * Becky Pollard has had a hectic but happy year with a wedding and new baby, Cillian Thomas, born seven weeks ahead of schedule on Friday the 13th—April 13, 2012. She married David Doolin of Dublin, Ireland, in Bar Harbor Aug. 24 with lots of Colby representation, including bridesmaid Kristin Devine and guests Hilary Smyth Wirtz ’00, Heather Daur ’00, Carrie Russell Marcus ’00, Katie Mitchell Brooks ‘00, Kate MacLeay Crespo ‘00, Jen Usher Kilduff ‘00, Sarah Church Murphy ’00, and of course, her maid of honor, Cara Pollard ’05, and father, Bain Pollard ’76. * Since graduating, Tennille Clemens has been a high school mathematics teacher at Mt. Desert Island High School. Tennille earned her master’s of education degree in 2009 from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., while on sabbatical. She married Sebastion Moore Jr. in November 2011, with Beth Ellen Dunphe as her maid of honor. On Aug. 4, 2012, Tennille and her husband welcomed their honeymoon baby into the world, a son, Rankin Atz Moore. * Meg Belanger spent a good chunk of the summer promoting her first book, The Boston Homegrown Cookbook. It was her first foray into food photography (although she does shoot goodies for Kristi Jacobi’s itty bitty bake shop). Meg gets to see a lot of Colby friends thanks to photographing their weddings and families. (megbelangerwedding.com/blog) * Robyn Osborn recently opened a multidisciplinary medical practice with several colleagues. The National Center for Weight and Wellness (www.centerforweightandwellness.com) opened in January 2012 in downtown D.C. She serves as assistant director and clinical coordinator of NCWW and is happy to report the business is thriving! * Danielle Driscoll Millett has been living in Lexington, Mass., with her husband and two children for the last three years. After teaching high school Spanish for nine years at Belmont High School, she is super excited to take on a new role as a preschool teacher at Community Nursery School in Lexington. Also, Danielle was thrilled to be a bridesmaid in Julie Simpson’s wedding this July, and it was great to see so many Colby faces at the wedding. * Laura Houston moved to Panama City, Panama. She’s teaching history to the children of businesspeople and diplomats at the International School of Panama and is very excited about fresh papaya, travel opportunities, and lots of visitors!
Congrats to Doug Jocelyn and wife Leah, who live in Needham, Mass., and have two children, Hannah, 4 and Nina, 2. Doug started a new job at Biogen Idec in Cambridge in July and looks forward to the upcoming reunion. * Derek Luke continues to set personal records at Newport Storm from total amount of beer made, to efficiencies, to most customer visits, to most hours worked, to “happiest we have ever been—things are looking up.” The rum is really doing well—up another 400 percent or so this year. Production has tripled from two years ago, and that will allow them to move the spirit into states beyond R.I. soon. * Maggie Drummond married Matt Bahl June 2, and they’re expecting baby Drummond-Bahl in January. * David and Nina Perkins Newman moved to Ridgefield, Conn., with children, Lily, 9, Elise, 7, and Will, 4. Nina started her new job as admission director at School of the Holy Child in Rye, N.Y. * Alison Kelleher married her high school sweetheart, David Mackey, June 2, after running into each other at their 15-year high school reunion (so go to your reunions!). * Alex ’96 and Mary Thach Chin welcomed their second child, Henry Christopher, Aug. 10. Big sister Lily is over the moon! Uncle Chris Chin ’93 was among the first visitors, along with Jason Kidwell ’96 and wife Jennifer. Tony Frangie ’01 also popped in for a visit. They’re so happy to be living in Alex’s hometown of Duxbury, Mass., amidst family and friends. * Peter Felmly continues to practice law in Maine and has started dabbling in abstract art using nonperishable items. * Bill and Betsy Kies Raftery welcomed their second son, Jason Patrick, July 24. Big brother Sean is 3. * Emily Larsen married Isaiah Moore May 25, and they expected their first child, a girl, in September. Emily still teaches biology at a charter high school in south Phoenix, but they recently moved to Tempe. * Josh Walton and wife Andi had their second daughter, Iris Helen, July 11. They’re still in Flagstaff, Ariz. * Mike Cuzzi and wife Heather expect their second child in mid-October. Daughter Maegan, 2, has already announced that she’s going to Colby. * Jessica Rice Healey works at The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. After working in international conservation for so long, she’s having fun supporting conservation efforts in her home state, as well as around the globe. She enjoys working with Caroline Allison ’08. * Tom and Anne Miller Crumlish welcomed their daughter, Emily, into the world. * Class president Sandra Hughes Goff encourages everyone to save the date for our 15th reunion, June 6-9. The more of us who come, the more fun we’ll have! * Thank you for your submissions, and enjoy fall!
Peter Sheren checked in to say that he is still living in Singapore and is starting renovations on his housing there to include a guest room for any visiting members of ’97. He recently traveled to Poland and Ukraine with his entire family, seeing the history of WWII and the Cold War, as well as taking in four matches of the European Cup. He also enjoyed a BBQ with Drew Minkiewicz ’96 and family in April. * In July Wendy Morris Levine took a trip with her husband and two children, Wyatt, 6, and Meredith, 4, to Legoland in California. While waiting in line for a ride, they bumped into Kara Marchant Hooper and her family. * Julie Lovell Dunlap sent a quick note to say that she had a great summer and that she learned to surf, “which has been awesome!” She’s hooked. * Steve Kidd is directing and acting at the Gamm Theatre in R.I. He also received a new position as professor at Brown University teaching literacy through performance in the education department. * Jami Fisher’s son Evan, 9, entered a kids’ Healthy Cooking Challenge cooking contest sponsored by Epicurious and the White House. One winner from each state was selected—and he won! They spent a day at the White House, guest of Michelle Obama, and joined the first Kids’ State Dinner. President Obama himself showed up and shook everyone’s hand. It was quite an experience! * Natalie Collins sent a great e-mail, filled with detail of what she’s been up to in the last 15 years. After graduating from Colby she earned her M.S.W. at Boston University. She returned to L.A. to work with the Los Angeles Children’s Museum and LAUSD Early Childhood Program. She then found herself on a new path as a National Head Start Fellow. In that role she moved to D.C. for a year to work on family and community partnerships with an emphasis on early-childhood partnerships with children’s museums and did a mini-internship with the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Strategic Partnerships Department. She wrote, “The interest in museum/early childhood partnerships became the groundwork for my master’s thesis at Bank Street College of Education, where I studied leadership in museum education. While working on my master’s at Bank Street, I decided to spend the year in Jamaica interning in the education department at the National Gallery of Jamaica. My projects focused on developing programming for school-age children, and creating gallery games and resources to introduce the children to the national collection. I worked for the summer arts on the waterfront, a program sponsored by the National Gallery of Jamaica and the multi-care foundation located in Kingston. After years of moving back and forth between Jamaica and the U.S., I decided to settle down. This year, I moved to Port Antonio, Jamaica, my grandparents’ hometown and the location of the blue lagoon. I am busy creating art (two of my pieces were shown at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery last year) and launching my dream organization, Jelicoconut, a community-based arts organization in Port Antonio. I have a vision for where I want it to go and am slowly working towards it. The first step was developing a website (jelicoconut.org). I am really excited by the opportunity to pull together both my passions, skills, and experience into something I hope will have a positive impact. ‘Imagine, create, inspire, and transform’ is my motto. All the best, from the Jam Rock ... to the world ... gold, silver and bronze.” * I love receiving your updates. Keep them all coming!
Everyday, everywhere, babies are born. Especially among the ’96ers. * Alex Levental and wife Erin had a lovely baby girl, Colby Oksana, in June. * Casey McCullough welcomed a handsome baby boy, Augustin Marek, July 31. * Beth Atkinson Zow welcomed her third, the luminous Ellen Rebecca, a while back. * And former Piper resident Alex Chin and wife Mary Thach ’98 celebrated the Aug. 10 arrival of the dashing Henry Christopher. * But hey, our classmates don’t just multiply. They do other stuff too! Rachel Zierzow teaches macrobiotic cooking at the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin (Texas’s “Foss Dining Hall”) and moved to an organic farm in August. This summer she visited Brian ’94 and Rima Lathrop Carlson and Carrie Califano Carney in Vermont. Speaking of Carrie, her freshman roommate, Julie Erickson Bond, saw Mike and Angel Coyne Sabin and their kids, Will and Charlotte, at Lake Winnipesaukee in July. Julie and husband John ’94 live in Vermont. * Amy Darling married Ewan Magie July 28. They went to Glacier National Park for a few weeks to celebrate. For the past six years Amy has facilitated meditation practice with Buddhist inmates at a medium security prison in Washington. (I could not confirm whether the inmates wear orange robes instead of jumpsuits.) She recently had dinner with Shana Berger, who was visiting Seattle for her own work with Campus Compact. * Still more news from the Pacific Northwest: Bernadette Graham Hudson lives in Portland, Ore., where she began a job with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife focusing on salmon recovery efforts and wildlife impacts from dams on the Willamette River. She saw Woody ’97 and Anne Robinson Pollack at their home in Clearwater, Fla., last February, and ran into jetsetting Carrie Allen at their recent high school reunion in Indianapolis. * Speaking of reunions, I bumped into Maylene Cummings Mitchell at the (rockin’) Oxford Hills H.S. 20th reunion a few weeks ago. She and husband Erik ’97 live on the Maine coast, and in her spare time Maylene trains herding dogs for competition. * Jen Hellman Wilfrid recently began a job with the WIDA Consortium at the UW-Madison Wisconsin Center for Education Research, where she does professional development with educators working with bilingual students. Hubby Brett is principal of Sandburg Elementary School in Madison. When not educating the masses, the couple spends time with their 18-month-old son, Wesley. * Emmett McCarthy lives somewhere in Idaho, canvassing the Tetons for free (or underpriced) wood. * And to top it off, B.J. Sample swam the 2.4-mile Nubble Light House Challenge—on purpose! * Seriously, keep the notes coming people. This stuff don’t be writing itself.
Noah Haverkamp Frere recently returned from a two-month journey to Nepal and India. He and his wife reconnected with the host family Noah lived with 18 years ago while he was a student at Colby. “It was everything a family reunion should have been, as we exchanged love and Namastes.” * Ben Bartlett has been working on California’s upcoming cap-and-trade carbon auction and helping wife Yelda run for a position on the AC Transit board of directors. * Nicole and Christopher Lohman welcomed daughter Kelsie in September 2011. They’re excited to plan her first birthday party. * Darragh Fitzsimons Young added a new member to her family in this summer. James Weston was born July 20. Sister Bryce, 9, and brother Tripp, 6, are great helpers. “We’re having fun with a new baby in the house again, although a full night sleep would be welcome.” * Keith Stockmann spent six weeks in Gabon, in central Africa, as a professor of forest and natural resource economics helping build a new master’s program for mid-career central Africans through the U.S. Forest Service International Programs. After he returned, Keith participated in the wedding of Nicole and Christian Bitterauf ’98 near Missoula, Mont. * Ariana Talbot Vance’s family summer vacation involved six people driving 3,700 miles through 12 states, and it included a visit with Margaret Suggs Herath and her family in Illinois. She’s looking forward to starting her 10th year working for the Laramie County school district in Wyoming. * Marsha Magnus visited family in Kingston, Jamaica, where she fixed, painted, and placed a headstone on her mother’s grave. She is moving to Orlando, where she hopes to attend the University of Central Florida for master’s degrees in business administration and accounting. * On March 15 John and Jennifer “Hank” Ancker Whelen welcomed baby boy Henry James, weighing a “solid” 10 pounds. “He’s currently rolling over, doing baby pushups, and getting drive-by hairstyling courtesy of our two golden retrievers,” writes Jen. They live in New Canaan, Conn. * In August the 12th annual Matt Gaudet Golf Tourney was held at the Dunegrass County Club in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Event organizers Glenn McCrum ’94, Greg Walsh, and T.J. Maines, did another fantastic job organizing this event to benefit Matt. Colby players included Vaughn “Chip” Clark ’94, Adam Cote, Mike McElaney, and Brian Pompeo. James Colligan, Charles Bowen ’96, Keith Albert ’96, and Mark Porter repeated as tourney champions.
Megan Harris Boucher wrote that stepson Kyle was packing for his freshman year at Rollins. She finds it hard to believe it was 22 years ago we were doing the same. Husband Ken and daughter Emma are well in Aspen, Colo. Emma started third grade, and they’re planning a trip to Disney World this fall to visit Kyle and Mickey. * Erik Cole-Johnson spent last year in Lucca, Italy, on sabbatical from Proctor Academy. By the end of the year, their 5-year-old son was telling Erik he spoke Italian “like an American,” and their 10-year-old daughter routinely corrected his vocabulary. It was a great opportunity, and they were also happy to have their home in N.H. to return to. * Steve Horsch left his job at MIT to move to N.Y.C., where he is associate VP of development at the New York Botanical Garden. * Laura Eanes Martin lives at The Gunnery, where her husband teaches English. She’s director of enrollment at Washington Montessori School, where children Isabel, 10, Luke, 8, and Amelia, 5, attend. * John Utley has his whole family riding motorbikes and took a chopper ride through the Grand Canyon, which he highly recommends. Check our class web page for photo. * Justin Brown is in his seventh year teaching fourth grade in Brookline, Mass., public schools. He’s lived in Boston for about 12 years. During summers he works as event staff for Antiques Roadshow and travels the country helping with the show. Sweet summer job! Last summer he traveled with the show to Boston, Myrtle Beach, Corpus Christi, Seattle, Cincinnati, and Cedar Rapids. He recently did a drum gig in N.Y.C. and caught up with Rob Underwood, Kelly Mendonca ’93, and Nicole St. John ’92. He also sees Stephanie White McKenna ’95 regularly—she’s married, lives in Arlington, Mass., and is a third grade teacher in Newton. * Ross Nussbaum writes that the family is heading south. They’re leaving the N.Y.C. metro area and relocating to sunny Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. * Jason Oberfest and wife Celeste moved to San Francisco three years ago and enjoy the city with daughter Nina, 6, and son Johnny, 4. After two previous startups, this summer he founded Mango Health with a goal of helping consumers take control of their health with fun, elegant, and easy-to-use mobile applications. He hopes to see more Colby alumni in the Bay area. * Donna Bacchiocchi celebrated her 40th birthday with a first trip to Las Vegas in March with high school friends and had a great time. A few weeks later she attended a conference in Chicago and, thanks to a photo she uploaded to Facebook, reconnected with Marinel Mateo Cahill, who treated her to a delicious lunch at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse. “It was such a treat to catch up, and we both remarked how we haven’t aged at all.” She continues to work at the Bentley University library and live in Watertown, Mass., with her boyfriend and French bulldog, Jasper. Earlier this year she met up with Bonnie Johnson Barry and Kelly Moynihan in Kittery, Maine.
Sarah Steindel Keating is VP of enrollment and marketing at Keystone College in La Plume, Pa., and an associate consultant with Noel Levitz, a firm specializing in higher education. Last July Sarah presented “Social Media: Information on a Hot Tin Roof” at a national conference. Check out the talk at noellevitz.com. Sarah spends time chasing kids Isabel, 10, and Tyler, 7. She got her Maine fix this summer and visited Dede Christensen and David Frothingham on the way. * Erik ’94 and Staci Strauss Mortenson and kids Anders and Anneliese live in Pottstown, Pa., where Erik teaches English and coaches lacrosse at Hill School. * Isabelle Gagnon Johnson lives outside D.C. with her 9-year-old son and partner Christopher. She’s CEO at a nonprofit organizing young people on climate issues, “which is a generous way of saying I can usually be found working on a spreadsheet, awarding someone a stuffed flamingo, or putting new batteries in a clock.” She’s in touch with Susan Krolicki Newmeyer, John Cully, and Lesley Frymier Cook and, through Facebook, with her cohort from Jenny Boylan’s writing classes. She remains close friends with Jenny. Isabelle plans to be at reunion and to cajole others to join. * Jeff Baron visited Colby last August with his girls (Samantha ’24 and Ali ’26). Seniors were prepping for COOT, and campus was being readied for freshmen. Jeff and family are lucky to spend much of every summer at their home on Long Pond in the Belgrades, occasionally sneaking to Big G’s and North Street Dairy Cone. Jeff stays in touch with Bill “Vanilli” Miller. * Sarah Burditt McDougall works from home in Bend, Ore., as an IT program manager. She enjoys Bend’s outdoor activities including walking, cycling, kayaking, volunteering, and microbrewery decks. She’s in touch with Colby folks on Facebook. “Sometimes it amazes me how much technology has changed since we graduated 19 years ago,” she writes. “I don’t anticipate making reunion 2013, but I’d love to hear from old friends I’m not in touch with.” * Aliza Hernandez Whittel began her 20th year teaching. Her first was in kindergarten and the last 18 were in first grade in Monroe, N.Y. Aliza’s been married for 17 years to Jim and has two children, Nicholas, a high school junior, and Christina, a seventh grader. She and Jim, master divers, have dived all over the world. * Kristin Winkler Hera and husband welcomed their first child, Anna Louisa Hera, July 31. Anna was greeted by stepbrother Cristian, 16. Kristin’s Colby roomies Beth Montgomery Rhinelander and Emilie Abair Barmashi helped host a baby shower. Kristin looks forward to a year off from teaching to be home with Anna. * Patricia Thorpe Tweedie works full-time at PrimaCare in Fall River, Mass., and teaches family practice residents at Kent Hospital in Warwick, R.I. She’s traveled to Haiti every year since the 2010 earthquake. Tish went to medical school with a Passionist priest who runs an orphanage and pediatric hospital (StLukeHaiti.org), which has expanded since the quake. During her recent trip, husband Andrew held down the fort while their girls, Caroline, 13, and Julia, 10, went to camp. * Highlights of Laurie Girard Eidt’s summer were returning to work as a physical therapist at Stamford Hospital’s Outpatient Rehab and Andrea Krasker Gavin’s surprise birthday party on Chebeague Island, Maine. The party included an extended weekend on the water and Maine lobsters. * Beth Curran Balter, our reunion gift chair, writes, “I’m looking for a few good men and women to join the committee.” She wants people to get fired up about reunion, which coincides with Colby’s bicentennial. “What better reason to make the trek—maybe desecrate that Bowdoin sign along the way for old time’s sake—and spend a weekend at our alma mater with old friends!” Get in touch with her at email@example.com if you’re interested in helping.
Our 20th reunion last June kicked off summer 2012, and it certainly set the “fun bar” pretty high. I hope the remainder of summer delivered good times, adventure, and relaxation for all of you. * On June 30 Tabby Biddle and husband Lee Schneider welcomed Bodhi Biddle Schneider. She writes, “Bodhi is very vocal and quite a character. He even has his own blog (overfiftyunderfive.com)!” The three live with their kitten, Max Frederick, in Santa Monica, Calif. * Karen Wu, husband Ben, and 6-year-old twins Peter and Molly spent July road-tripping cross-country from Roanoke, Va., to Irvine, Calif., to visit her family. They traveled 7,550 miles, camped in nine national parks, and had a blast. They spent two nights in Lucas, Texas, with Yong Kwon, wife Jeannie, and their children. “Yong still looks good—no visible gray hair and as tan as ever. It was great to catch up with him, but Texas is HOT.” * Warren Claytor checked in from vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where he was enjoying the mountain air, climbing in the Tetons, rodeos, rafting, fly-fishing, mountain biking, and soaking up the sun and time with his family. He dovetailed his vacation with a bit of work for his Pennsylvania-based architecture firm, inspecting a historic renovation he did to two Crescent H cabins at the foothills of the Rendezvous Mountain Range. * Nicole Farkas Mogul and her girls, Sylvie, 9, and Nora, 6, took a three-week odyssey to Colombia. The idea was language immersion, but it turned into more of an outdoor adventure with tons and tons of animals—especially bugs. * In late July, I was lucky to log some time with Jennifer Nehro Patriacca of Wellesley, Anne Maddocks Michels, who was back east from Pasadena, Calif., and all of our collective children. I think our abs were still sore from all the laughter shared at reunion on Mayflower Hill. * In August, after an amazing three years of living “the way life should be” in Maine, Sura DuBow Lennon and family moved back to Evanston, Ill. “It’s bittersweet,” she says, “but we’re looking for our next life adventure.” We can’t wait to hear! * And finally, Thorn Luth kindly took time to write with a promise that he will bombard me—column after column—with interesting updates to his life. I’m still waiting, Thorn. * Bring it on, ’92, bring it on!
Greeting classmates! It must be a very slow summer (or people must be very busy), because I only received one update. * N. Todd Pritsky wrote, “Wacky times. I was elected to the selectboard in Fletcher, Vt., for a three-year term at our annual town meeting in March. Daughter Sadie was born July 20, to which her big brother, Samuel, 2, is adjusting reasonably well.” * As for me, I recently completed another road trip, driving from San Antonio, Texas, though Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, to move some things for my parents. I didn’t have a lot of time to stop and see the sights, but you still get to see quite a bit of the country while driving about 2,000 miles. * It occurs to me that many of us will be attending our 25th high school reunions this year—I’ll be waiting for stories for our next class column. Keep in touch!
In addition to starting a graduate program to earn her M.A. in marriage and family therapy, Ingrid Moore Conway has become certified as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She finds being an advocate rewarding, and clearly her work is making life better for many deserving people. * Mike Marcello is seeking reelection to the R.I. General Assembly, where he has served since 2008. Otherwise, he practices law in Providence in the firm Morrison Mahoney LLP, where he’s been since 1996. (Can anyone else beat that tenure at one employer?) * Valerie Bryer Pettit lives in Alpharetta, Ga., with her husband and two children and has been teaching English and special ed at Roswell High School for 15 years. * Thomas McClintock and family continued making progress toward their dream of traveling around the country in an RV. While they don’t have an RV yet, they telecommute for long durations from the comfort of their minivan. This summer they visited Arches and Yellowstone national parks, the Strawberry Festival in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Ely, Nev., Lake Tahoe, and Thermopolis and Cheyenne, Wyo. * Bob Lian had the pleasure of running into Tony Corrado recently when he was chairing a meeting hosted by Bob’s firm. This summer Bob and family made a trip down the California coast with Tom Wilde ’89 and his family. * Jeff Jones and family enjoyed their yearly summer pilgrimage to Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H., to see family and friends. They live in Fincastle, Va., in an old farmhouse they are remodeling one room at a time. He and his wife have four kids, the oldest a senior in high school. (Not sure what is more nerve wracking—that we could be old enough to have children that age or that college tuition looms so close.) Running his own business, Mother Earth Landscaping, allows him the flexibility to coach soccer, baseball, and wrangle the kids. * Kathrine Cole Aydelott is an instructional librarian coordinator of assessment at the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. This year she begins her two-year term as secretary of the New England Library Instruction Group. She and husband Jack ’91 traveled to Italy in August, spending time in Venice and hiking in Tuscany and the Dolomites. * Colleen Bulger Proppe checked in from the San Francisco area, where she is raising 10-year-old twin boys. Her oil paintings are popular in Marin County and San Francisco galleries, and she feels lucky to make a living doing something she loves. In addition to painting, she is communications director for Art Works Downtown, an art center in San Rafael. She keeps in touch with Jill Sinclair Smith and loves seeing photos of her growing kids.
Marc Gordon ’82 was appointed to the position of executive vice president and chief information officer with American Express Company. He will also become a corporate officer upon his election by the American Express board of directors at the next meeting. * Stuart Swain ’83 is stepping down as provost and vice president for academic affairs at University of Maine at Machias at the end of the year. He will return to the UMM faculty, where he served as associate professor of mathematics before beginning his term as provost eight years ago. * Stefanie Rocknak ’88 won a national competition offered by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston to place a life-sized statue of the writer in Poe Square. The project attracted submissions from 265 artists from 42 states and 13 countries. * Karen J. DeAngelis ’89 was awarded the 2012 G. Graydon and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence at University of Rochester, as well as a Spencer Foundation grant to study the academic skills and racial/ethnic diversity of teachers entering the Illinois K-12 public schools.
Three years ago, Susan Zimmermann ’88 received an invitation from classmate Amy Lumbard Holbrook ’88 to participate in a Massachusetts cycling trek fundraiser for Best Buddies International, a nonprofit that fosters one-to-one friendships, employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Susan Zimmermann ’88 and her son Oliver
Although she detests biking, Zimmermann borrowed a neighbor’s cycle, joined Holbrook’s Audi Best Buddies Challenge team for the 20-mile route on Cape Cod—and came away inspired to improve lives.
A Concord, N.H., resident and mother of a 10-year-old boy with Down syndrome, Zimmermann co-chairs a board that is seeking to expand Best Buddies International in her home state.
Founded by Kennedy cousin Anthony Shriver in 1989, Best Buddies has programs that pair disabled youngsters with middle school, high school, and college volunteers in about 1,500 schools worldwide, including through a chapter at Colby. But only three are in New Hampshire. By leading a $250,000 fundraising campaign, Zimmermann and her fellow board members are striving to open a Best Buddies New Hampshire office that would launch chapters in schools statewide.
Although Zimmermann’s son, Oliver Laidlaw, motivated her to expand an organization that combats the social isolation many disabled youngsters experience, another Colby classmate was instrumental in introducing Zimmermann to Best Buddies. After informing family and friends in 2001 that Oliver would be born with Down syndrome, Zimmermann received a call from Mark Wylie ’88, who worked at the nonprofit’s Miami headquarters. “He said to me, ‘I hear you’re having a buddy,’” Zimmermann recalled. “He was so happy for me, and I so needed that at that moment.”
Wylie later helped make the connections that led to a Best Buddies New Hampshire board.
“I think Best Buddies will benefit kids like Oliver tremendously,” Zimmermann said. “But I also think it’s great for the typical kids involved in the program. There’s a lot of fear sometimes around kids who have disabilities, and this just totally minimizes that. You see how normal they really are.”
In February, Zimmermann met with members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation in Washington to advocate legislation supporting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities as part of Capitol Hill Day, an annual collaboration between Best Buddies International and Special Olympics.
“She’s paving the way for her child and making sure that his future is all-inclusive,” Wylie said. “She’s not just letting things happen as they may come, but she’s actually going out there and doing something about it, which I think is an amazing thing.”
Tom Abbatiello and his family moved to Hanover, N.H., more than three years ago, and Tom works at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He enjoys being back in northern New England, on a campus that “shares many fine traits” with Colby’s. But Colby’s is prettier. Right Tom? * A long way from N.H., Catherine Andrew Rogers and her family are embarking on an expat adventure in Florence, Italy. The family vacationed in eastern Europe for two weeks before heading to bella Italia, where Catherine will have a two-month assignment for her job as in-house counsel at GE. How do I get that gig? * Congratulations to Kristin Palmer McAnaney, who married Killian McAnaney in Amesbury in June. * Maria Luisa Arroyo is coeditor of a recently published book called Bullying: Rebuttals, Confessions, and Catharsis. (teatrovida.com). Son Shaheen, a rising 11th grader, spent 10 days this summer at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston. His sponsors for this amazing experience included his godmother, Anne Bowie ’92, and Carleen Nelson, beloved retired admissions secretary. * Kerri Hicks is also writing a book—a cookbook—and she’s looking for good recipes! * I’m sure she’ll write me about it, but Jennifer Joseph’s photos from her recent kayaking trip in British Columbia are spectacular. * Bob and Sue Banta Gallagher still live in Atlanta with two kids and a yellow lab. They had a full travel schedule in 2012, including a family trip to the Galapagos Islands and a 20th wedding-anniversary trip to London and Paris. In between, they found the time to get back to New England for a visit, including a dinner with Kirk Koenigsbauer in Boston. * Yellow labs are popular with our class: Michael Diamond and husband Damien recently adopted the most adorable lab puppy … and soon will be getting new furniture. * Jeremy Banks and wife Marcia welcomed their second child, Andrew Jameson, July 3. They live in Ellington, Conn., where Jeremy works as a special ed teacher and continues to perform in The Score, which Jeremy describes as a “rock/party band.” * Happy 20th anniversary to Tripp and Heidi Lombard Johnson. Loved the wedding pic on FB! Heidi is planning the sixth annual Fall Classic Families of SMA Charity Golf Tournament in Bellingham, Mass. Heidi and Tripp’s son, William, has spinal muscular atrophy, and the family is tireless in working for a cure. * Shaun Dakin, in Falls Church City, Va., continues the fight for voter privacy. He was quoted in the Washington Post, CBS, The Hill, Pro Publica, and on Russian TV, after he exposed the fact that the Obama iPhone/iPad app shows voter’s ages and addresses to all who download it. * Despite my pleas, very few of you signed up to let me stalk you on Facebook. That’s OK, but if you don’t start actually sending in your news, I’m just going to make stuff up. Come on, you can do it!
Jon and Judy MacDonald Webel live in Falmouth, Maine, with boys Stephen ’14, Tommy ’16, J.P., and Daniel. Jon co-owns a printing and mailing company, Mailings Unlimited, in Portland. Judy is an administrator at Camp Agawam in Raymond, where the boys have enjoyed many summers. Jon says, “Life in Maine is the way it should be!” * Kevin Molloy had a busy few years. He and wife Erica welcomed son Sawyer, who joined sisters Maddie and Whittier. Sawyer appears to be Kevin’s mini-me. They left Acton, Mass., and lived in Poland before moving to Houston last year. Kevin remains at Camp Dresser McKee Smith, which takes him near and far. He had a Colby encounter with Kim Norberg Burke ’91 in Madrid. * Meg Galloway Goldthwaite lives in Maryland and works at the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which promotes economic opportunity and jobs. Meg wants to shine a light on the inspiration of Haiti, a land “of extremes—sadness and immense beauty, spirit, and strength.” Last November Meg wed Todd Goldthwaite, twice. Initially on a stealth trip to Paris, then at home at what guests believed would be her birthday party. Meg will compete in her first Tough Mudder this fall. At reunion she hopes to drag Bevin Dockray Gove and Jill Heslam to Dairy Cone. * Todd Nicholson lives in North Yarmouth, Maine, with wife Gloria and kids Emma, 16, Claire, 14, and William, 10. The kids are busy with ballet, track, fencing, and dance. After 20 great years at L.L.Bean, Todd “had a mild, midlife, existential crisis” and moved into nonprofit. After two years fundraising at Bates, he’s director of advancement at Maine Audubon. In his free time Matt earned a master’s in American and New England studies. He sees nearly-neighbors Greg Cunningham and Matt Stetson often. * Laurie Anderson is a plant ecologist at Ohio Wesleyan and leads the Ecological Research at Education Network Foundation, which engages faculty and undergraduates at small colleges in multistate research. She lives in Delaware, Ohio, with husband Dan Seufert and son Evan, 10. Last July she had a great time camping in Maine with Margot Glockler Liffiton, Jean DeNapoli, and Debbie Gentile Springel. * Karen Hentz Merriam lives in Exeter, N.H., with husband Brent and daughter Maielle, 6. Karen is at home while Brent finishes his M.B.A. She gets together monthly in Newburyport with Mary Jane Carty Brown. * Josh Marx writes of biking adventures for work and pleasure. He rode 10,000 feet/101 miles on Mt. Laguna one day, then a few months later 16,000 feet/138 miles on and around Mt. Shasta. Josh reports Chris Hurley visited on his way to climb Rainier, and Mike Cantara ’89 visited while in Seattle. * Mary Eickhoff Dunn married Thomas Wyatt of Spencer, N.C., last summer. Son Colby is a freshman at N.C. State College of Engineering.* Randy Catlin is a project executive at Shawmut Design and Construction in Boston. One recent project was renovation of the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell. The center provides education and training to at-risk youth, and carpentry students assisted in the project. * Taylor Henderson lives in West Hartford, Conn., with wife Pamela, daughter Kiernan, 15, and sons Ramsey, 12, and Shea, 11. Taylor works for Pratt & Whitney managing a business unit that makes compression systems for military aircraft engines. Pamela owns a commercial point-of-use water filtration company. They enjoy watching and coaching their kids’ hockey and lacrosse teams across New England. * Toby Emerson and wife Dana teach and coach at Deerfield Academy, where they live with son Zeke, 15, and daughter Mae, 12. * Matthew Kennedy and Gil Falcone (and wives) got together in Santa Rosa, Calif., after reading in this column that they lived not far apart. Matt reveals “some beers were consumed.” A testimonial to the potential benefits of contributing to this column. Keep news coming.
Hello wonderful classmates and any bored people in the admissions waiting room randomly perusing the Colby magazine. I only had three people send news this quarter; but they are three such fine people. No, let me go further. They are three unbelievably attractive people of the highest moral fiber. They are the kind of people you’d like to buy a new villa in Italy if you could afford one, which unfortunately I can’t. But you get the point. I am extremely proud of these people. (This is to show that, if you write news, I will shower you with hollow praise. Talk about incentive.) I also get a lot of spam messages from non-classmates that I could print; but they usually involve some sort of fake lottery or promise of virility. So I respond to those in private. On we go. * Allyson Goodwin writes, “Son Jordan graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon in May. He’ll attend R.I.T. this fall to study engineering. Daughter Haley is a junior at N.M.H. I’m going into my seventh year as chief advancement officer at N.M.H., my second tour in advancement at my alma mater. My husband is also an N.M.H. classmate so, among the four of us, we are ‘all-in!’ [I’m sensing a theme here.] My family and I live on campus in the beautiful hamlet of Gill, Mass., where there isn’t even one blinking light and the closest Starbucks is 40 miles away. It’s the hinterland, but it’s gorgeous and a great place to educate teenagers. I was sorry to miss our 25th reunion, but my own work with alumni kept me away from Mayflower Hill.” * Ever calm Ellen Galambos writes, “I’m sitting here trying to write a course overview for the College Board’s A.P. English Language and Composition. I just spent the last week at Bentley being trained to teach this course, and I’m PETRIFIED! [Okay, I stand corrected.] Thankfully, the lovely Karen Glahn Meredith has been teaching this same College Board course for years in California, and I intend to draw heavily on her expertise.” (Phew, that’s more like it.) * Charles Herrera says, “My news, fascinating as it is, is that I’m getting married on August 26. Not my first, but practice makes perfect. [Not when it comes to cliff diving, Charles. Learned that the hard way. Sure do miss my chin.] I’m still living and working in Silicon Valley. We are off to Hawaii for a few weeks after, where I expect to enjoy snorkeling, sailing, and not getting stung by jellyfish. I missed the reunion, but it seems so did many of my Colby friends. My memory is going, so I’m guessing even if I had gone I would have ended up there on the wrong week. Meanwhile, in the course of planning the wedding, I’ve heard from Peter Voss, Peter McKinley, Michael Salvador, and Irene Izquierdo Patterson, who all sound alive, and Rich Bachus who sounds almost alive. He never replied to my invite so can’t be sure. To sum up: Herrera, alive, getting married. Did I mention at a winery? Fitting if you know me.” (Because you love bottling processors? The smell of cork? I mean, why else would anyone get married at a winery?) * Okay, I have one hundred words left. That’s a bigger number than it sounds. It is, I must admit, a daunting challenge to fill in the proverbial blank with enough phrases of merit to defeat this verbal mountain that now stands before me. Many times I simply don’t have one hundred words floating in my brain, much less flowing from hand to paper. But I want you to know, each and every one of you, from the very tallest to, well, myself, that I am no shrinking violet. I will make the most of this opportunity and … oops, ran out. Peace.
Lots of education news from our classmates. * Caroline Nelson Kris still loves teaching children with autism and has started her master’s in applied behavior analysis at St. Cloud State’s distance learning program. This summer she visited N.Y.C. and saw Suzanne Plansky ’87. * Bill Kules wrote from home in Tacoma Park, Md., to say he received tenure from Catholic University, where he is an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science. College visits are in his future with a daughter in 11th grade.* Joyce Sutton Anderson has those college visits all figured out. She and husband Kevin have a daughter in her last year at St. Michael’s College and a son at U.N.H. Joyce and Kevin took advantage of the empty nest to take their second cruise, having the time of their lives seeing Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Malta. * Bob Cobuzzi’s mother-in-law, Pauline Ryder Kezer ’63, convinced him it was time to send an update from his home in Chadds Ford, Pa., where he lives with wife Anne and their three kids. Their eldest daughter just graduated from West Virginia University and is looking for a job in psychology, their second daughter is attending Franklin and Marshall, and their son entered seventh grade. Bob has worked in the pharmaceutical industry since completing his Ph.D. and postdoctoral work and is senior vice president for corporate development for Endo Health Solutions. If that weren’t demanding enough, Bob is also an advisory board member for a venture capital group in Denmark and an industry trade advisory committee member for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In February he found time to visit Mayflower Hill for a career conversation with Colby students interested in the pharmaceutical industry. * Gretchen Bean Lurie also got back to Mayflower Hill last spring as an admissions committee member on the Colby Alumni Council. Now she has joined the Career Center committee with Noriko Miyakoda Hall ’87. When Gretchen met with the leadership team for the AISAP Summer Institute (advocates for the community of independent school admissions and enrollment professionals), she found Christopher Tompkins ’89 was part of their leadership team meeting on the beautiful shores of La Jolla, Calif. Gretchen loves running, swimming, and hiking year-round around her home in fabulous Southern Calif. * Robin Clisby Pelczar and her husband enjoyed a great vacation that included an amazing road trip through northern and eastern Arizona, seeing Sedona, Verde Canyon, the Painted Desert, and finally the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. She recommends a similar trip to everyone for the breathtaking scenery. When not traveling Robin works as a benefits officer at Meredith Village Savings Bank, where she’s been for almost 18 years. * While Peter Coley is a banker in real life, he plays a doctor on TV… er, film! This past year, Peter had a cameo part in an independent film written and directed by his cousin Brad Coley. East of Acadia is an eco-thriller set in Eastport, Maine, but filmed mostly in Westport, Mass. Daughter Juliette has a small part as well. * All you folks with college and high school kids, I’ll be coming to you for advice before long. Chris Engstrom and I are figuring out the vagaries of elementary school—our Henri started third grade this fall and loves it so far, thanks to a teacher who is “strict but not so strict that she’s mean, and also very nice but not so nice that you don’t learn anything.” Sounds like I might do well to take a page from her book. * Keep the news coming, my friends—it’s so good to hear from you!
Hi Everyone! Most classmates must have had busy summers as I didn’t hear from too many of you. Hope relaxing on the beach was at the top of your collective to-do lists! * Donna Boyler Aiudi wrote to say that daughter Katie is a senior at the University of Chicago. She’s gearing up to start looking at colleges for son Michael, a junior. Son Chris just entered middle school. Donna is still in private practice and is going on a medical mission trip to Haiti this fall. * Andrew Myers was elected to serve on the executive committee of his law firm, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine in Boston. He recently celebrated the second birthday of daughter Cora May, and traveled to Uruguay to visit his sister, Lauren, who just had twins. * Tom Claytor is currently flying a Pilatus Porter in Papua, Indonesia. In June he was invited to introduce the sport of lacrosse in Bhutan (bhutanlacrosse.com). He started with 40 sticks and 80 balls and reports that everyone picked it up quickly. He was surprised to see that the Bhutanese girls insisted on playing with the boys. As they didn’t have gloves or helmets, they “tamed the rules a bit,” and Bhutan is now officially a lacrosse-playing nation. A week later Tom was in Bumtang (central Bhutan) and saw a Land Cruiser with a Colby sticker on the back. He knocked on the door and met a young Bhutanese woman who had just finished her freshman year at Colby. Small world! * Tom Colt has been busy attending a college counseling program for low-income students in W.Va., and a conference at St. George’s in R.I., where he caught up with Gretchen Bean Bergill. “It’s the only college conference in the country that has an official beer sponsor (Narragansett.)” Last summer, Tom moved up the ladder in the duck tour circuit and captured the number one spot on the depth chart of narrators. * By the time you’re reading this, the deadline is probably fast approaching for the next issue. For those of you who have never written, why not reconnect? Would love to hear from you!
Marian Leerburger has excellent news. Daughter Katie competed in the U.S. Junior Olympic Acrobatic Gymnastic National Competition in Detroit in late July and won first in the country! She’s going to Bela Karolyi’s Gymnastics Camp to train in November and will compete to be on the national team, which will represent the United States in 2013 in Belgium and then at the world competition in Cali, Colombia. Son Alec started his freshman year at Elmira College, N.Y. He’ll play ice hockey (goalie) and lacrosse for Elmira while studying psychology. * Becca Cunningham Weiss continues her work for a nonprofit farming organization in northern Vermont and is in her 10th year coaching girls’ lacrosse. She and husband Adam ’83 are happy they have two children attending Colby: Amara ’14 and Caelin ’16. This year they hosted Sally Lee and enjoyed dinner with Doug Waite and Karen Wexler ’83, who were in Vermont for various events. They enjoy spending time with Sara Hill and Alastair Caperton ’83, Walter Judge ’82, J’Amy Allen ’86, Jamie Engert ’82, and Greg Matses, among other Colby grads. Becca was thankful last spring to reacquaint herself with professors David Simon and Michael Marlais on campus, who she says still look the same after all these years. * Ed McCartin sends greetings from Hong Kong, where he has resided since moving from Singapore in 2010. He was in Jakarta before that. He certainly gets around. Since leaving Indonesia, he’s been seeking to redeem his sooty soul after eight years running a large coal-fired power station in East Java, going back to his roots and taking up the cudgel for renewable energy. His main focus is on geothermal, but he remains active in biogas and some solar projects. Ed got in some skiing with Andrew Christy in Denver back in March. The snow was pretty beaten up at the time, but they had a great time. “It was almost like being back at Sugarloaf, except that the weather was sunny and warm and our bones creaked like the 50-year-olds that we are.” Plans are afoot to do it again next spring, creaking bones notwithstanding. Ed also had contact with some current students and recent graduates looking for positions. His company had a Jan Plan intern who assisted on some geothermal work in Indonesia and a few other matters in the region, and Ed met a current student from Singapore who was home for the summer. It was good to compare views on how the Ghost of Colby Present differs from the Ghost of Colby Past. * Nancy Silverman Levinsky’s daughter, Andrea, did very well her freshman year at Connecticut College. Andrew Marco, the son of Greg Marco ’83, was in Andrea’s dorm. Nancy and Greg were in the same dorm their freshman year! Son Greg will be a freshman at Deering H.S. She recently celebrated her 10th anniversary working at the law offices of Joe Bornstein in Portland, where she is an intake interviewer and on the marketing team. Nancy also was the curator of an exhibit on The History of Jewish Summer Camps in Maine, which opened in June at the Maine Jewish Museum. She recently reconnected with Susan Kaplan ’87, who moved to Portland from N.H..
Steve Shields of Medfield, Mass., is a practicing G.I. at Harvard Vanguard and Beth Israel Hospital. Two out of three of his children are college graduates. The family went on a two-week cruise around Italy and the Greek islands. * Sean McNamara is still outside Nashville developing future cars and trucks for Nissan. “While my fellow classmates have kids graduating from college, my oldest just graduated from elementary school.” At 52 Sean doesn’t feel like the picture of an “older parent.” He would like to hear from Ken Wong, Susan Shaver Stoloff, Teresa Forster Cleary, and Jim French. * Speaking of Ken Wong, he returned from Malawi where his organization, the Face-to-Face AIDS Project (facetofaceaids.org), held its first annual Kang’oma Youth Tournament of Hope in a rural village. Combining soccer, netball, HIV, malaria, and nutrition outreach, all spearheaded by local youth, the event attracted thousands of people including scores of village chiefs, local dignitaries, and media. While his return journey took 40 hours to J.F.K.—and he’s very appreciative of gin and sleeping aids—Ken can’t wait to return to see how what started as a tiny operation has now expanded into programs on organic gardening, human rights, and community leadership. Everyone is invited to join him for his annual event, Nov. 2, in N.Y.C. * Phil Allen loves sea kayaking. He took a six-day trip out of Campobello, N.B., this summer and another to Newfoundland. * Scott Russell’s big news is that he is the beer and wine buyer (as well as the home brew guru) for the South Royalton Market. He writes a brewing blog (vthomebrewguru.com) and teaches brewing and beer-tasting classes. * Jenny Stringham Ward is in her 10th year at Illinois State, where she’s been raising major gifts—corporate, individual, and planned—for the college of nursing. Jenny is active in the advancement portion of the American Academic Colleges of Nursing Association. In her Colby junior year, she went to Caen, France, and met a girl from Villedieu les Poeles named Ghislaine, who visited Jenny in Senegal in the Peace Corps in 1985. Ghislaine also hosted Jenny’s family in June 2006. This August Ghislaine, her husband, and her three grown children, made their first trip to America and visited Jenny’s family. Ghislaine’s first impressions were that the houses are huge, the properties around them are small, and the food is genetically modified. * Diane Therrien Lamper is a grandmother for the first time. Congrats on your daughter’s baby! * Peter Reif’s daughter, Emma ’16, went on a COOT trip to part of Maine’s coast. At the same time, Peter was sailing on Penobscot Bay. * Adam Weiss is in his 29th year of teaching biology in Essex, Vt. He and wife Becca Cunningham ’84 have three wonderful daughters, two of whom currently attend Colby: Amara ’14 and Caelin ’16. Thea started her junior year of high school. Adam and Becca have enjoyed reconnecting with Robin King and husband Jack during their visits to campus. * Chris Easton’s son, Thomas, is in his second year at Tufts. Son Robert is at R.I.T. and daughter Marian is in fifth grade. Wife Patti works in Colby’s Biology Department. Chris is chair of the Fire Science Program at Eastern Maine Community College. They traded in their old 19-foot sailboat for a newer 26-footer, and Chris has “new things to fix and build.”
Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your summer, which, as always, passed much too quickly. * Jeff Brown and wife Jessica are now empty nesters (plus dog). Daughter Hannah is at Sewanee, and son Alec is at Davidson. * Lynn and Bob Benjamin spent a week in the Bahamas to celebrate their 25th anniversary. In July Bob spent two weeks in D.C. at the National Defense University attending a national security course. He has taken command of the 167th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in N.H. Despite all that, Bob managed to fit in some nice motorcycle rides this summer and caught up with friends. * Beth Ross started a new job as associate director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. Beth writes, “After a 25-year career in public service, I was looking for a position where I could support a new generation of leaders to tackle the tough issues our world currently faces. The Haas Center is just such a place, and Stanford is an amazing employer. I continue to live in the Santa Cruz mountains with my husband and teenage daughter.” * Linda Hurwitz provided quite a bit of news, “Just returned from another fabulous summer in Jackson Hole, Wyo., performing violin with the Grand Teton Music Festival. Summer hikers, bikers, and music enthusiasts always welcome to visit. We give a terrific outdoor concert on the 4th of July! I missed seeing Jamie Mackintosh, but bumped into her daughter, Emory, at the pool one afternoon. I cannot believe it has already been 18 years since I turned to teaching strings in the public schools, but time flies when you’re having fun, and I love working with children on their music. This fall, I will continue to balance my daily teaching schedule with evening performances with the Virginia Symphony (26th season). I’m very grateful to have such an enriching career all these years in the arts.” Linda keeps in touch with Susan French Fine and recently hiked with her in Great Falls, Va. Susan lives with her family outside D.C. Linda hopes to attend Colby’s bicentennial celebration this February and hopes to see some of us there! * As for me, I spent a week this summer in Juneau, Alaska, as a leader of a church youth pilgrimage, along with my daughter, Laura. Juneau is incredibly beautiful, and we were amazed at the abundance of wildlife, especially all the bald eagles. A humpback whale surfaced just off our boat, and a sea lion appeared with a large salmon in his mouth 25 yards in front of my kayak. It was truly a wondrous experience! Back in New England, my family and I climbed Mt. Lafayette in N.H. My new hip passed the test with flying colors, but my husband and I were taking ibuprofen for a few days. * Keep the news coming everyone. I’d love to hear from more of those who don’t usually write in.
On behalf of my classmates, we send an incalculable amount of thanks and best wishes to Janice Kassman, whose singular talents and loving energy were vital to our success on Mayflower Hill. * Bob Ryan sums it up, “Going to miss Dean Kassman, who saved my career at Colby with her concern and dedication.” * Pam Ellis “wouldn’t even have known the opportunity to show her watercolors if good friend and personal cheerleader Bob Ryan hadn’t dropped her name to the organizers” of the Bates, Bowdoin and Colby College alumni art show at the Thomas Moser Furniture Gallery in Freeport in July. Pam’s son Connor will begin studying audio engineering this fall at the New England School of Communications in Bangor. * Terri Lewis ’83 and John Clevenger celebrated their 25th anniversary in Paris, then headed to London to see the Patriots play the Rams at Wembley Stadium. Terri runs her own PR company, and John recently traded a small consulting firm partnership to help take a larger firm public. Weekly travel takes him to L..A, Nashville, or Chicago—where he would love classmates to be his “business dinner!” * Nancy Welsh Isbell’s son Brian graduated from Middlebury with a degree in environmental studies and geographical information systems. * Peter Cocciardi’s daughter Emily is a junior at St. Joseph’s College of Maine, playing soccer and majoring in elementary education. Son Matt graduated from Bates and was a field representative for Sen. Scott Brown’s re-election campaign. * Joel Harris’s son got married in August. He and his bride teach at Connecticut’s Avon Old Farms School. Joel’s middle daughter is putting her Smith art degree to work as an artist/waitress/nanny/punk rocker in Northampton, Mass., while his youngest daughter starts at Conn. College this fall. * Debby Bartlett Smist and husband Peter traveled to Italy for their 25th anniversary. * Alexander Jones changed coasts and now manages all information technologies activity for Heath Tecna Aerospace in Bellingham, Wash., one of the foremost suppliers of interior products for the passenger aircraft industry. * Brigitte Raquet Farrell became certified as a personal fitness trainer and now works at the local YMCA in Westminster, Md. She also “totally loves” running her own business, In Balance Fitness (inbalancefitness.org). * Kathy Dornish DuGrenier and husband Robert had an amazing time in beautiful Istanbul last summer, installing several large chandeliers, a glass sushi bar, and many other light fixtures and glass sculptures that Robert created/produced for the Divan Hotel in Taksim Square (dugrenier.com/dugrenier/Divan_Istanbul.html). The DuGreniers spent their sixth-grade son’s April vacation in Matapalo on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. “Lush, tropical rainforest, four types of monkeys swinging through the yard, and scarlet macaws dropping beach almonds on the roof.” * You can’t make that sh*t up, or this: Yesterday I went shopping for a mesh pencil cup at Staples in Waltham. They were sold out.
Dougie Herbert had quite a summer. In July he visited Fenway Park, toured the field and inside the scoreboard, sat on top of the green monster, got autographs from Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, and Jim Lonborg, and saw the Sox beat the Yankees 9-4. He thought life was complete until he returned to Virginia to see his son’s all-star team win their district championship, the state championship, and go on to win two southeast regional games. To top it off, Doug and Gayle celebrated 25 years in August. Life doesn’t get much better! * Bill Linnell works part time at a group home for Day One, a nonprofit that treats substance abuse. He still volunteers at the Long Creek Youth Development Center (juvenile corrections) in South Portland, Maine, and just signed up for a third year as varsity soccer coach there. Last year Bill’s team made the Class D playoffs and his captain received the sportsmanship award for all of Western Maine high school soccer. Bill swam the 2.4-mile Peaks-to-Portland race for the second time and is feeling stronger now that he’s gone mostly vegan, having seen Forks Over Knives, and read The China Study. “Still eat the occasional lobster, however.” * Esme McTighe’s son Niall graduated from Harvard last spring and competed at the Olympic swimming trials in Omaha in June. * Michael Fanger headed west this summer visiting Seattle, Portland, Bend, and Crater Lake, Ore. In early August he played golf on the Cape with Jonathan Smith ’77. He also met up with Scott and Joan Benoit Samuelson after the Falmouth road race and they all reminisced about their former housemate and ski buddy, Jay Moody. * Apologies to our talented classmate, Liz Yanagihara Horwitz, whom I misrepresented as playing the flute with the Boston Civic Symphony—it’s actually the double bass. * Mimi Brodsky Kress wrote that she had SO much fun this summer with Debbie Pugh Kelton and Gretchen Huebsch Daly. They met at Gretchen’s family house in Nonquitt for a weekend of beers and reminiscing. * Mark Garvin was in Portland this summer for his annual meeting. Mark, Doug DeAngelis ’79, and I met up for a round of golf (they played, I drank), followed by dinner and a late night talking about old times. Mark and Jill Jeffery ’82 were then off to Alaska for a cruise with their two daughters.
Gail Glidden Rowe ’72 has published a new book, The Roots of a Family – Life in Rural Maine, which tells the story of three families, giving insight to the difficulties of growing up poor in a large family and life in Maine during and after World War II. * Edward “Ted” A. Snyder ’75, dean of the Yale School of Management, was featured in the New York Times article “Is Michigan State Really Better than Yale?” * Steve White ’77, one of the principal owners of Front Street Shipyard, a high-end yacht service business in Belfast, Maine, was included in an announcement of the expansion of the business with the purchase of its adjacent Belfast Boatyard. * Mark Silverman ’77 was noted as he retired after 30 years of teaching fifth grade at Gill Elementary School in Greenfield, Mass. * Eric S. Rosengren ’79, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, was featured in the Boston Globe article “Boston Fed chief embraces advocacy role.”
I have to start the column with an update on daughter Kayleigh’s wedding. Nature gave us a terrible start to the week with the Waldo Canyon fire here in Colorado Springs. A frightening wall of fire, homes lost, families uprooted, and a community coming together, left us realizing that whatever happened would be a small blip on the way (the photographer had to find a replacement for herself as she was involved with the local food bank’s massive food drive). Family and friends came from all over the U.S. and the weather (no smoke), cooperated for us to have a beautiful wedding ceremony on the patio at the Flying Horse Country Club (our venue was in the eastern part of the city and often confused with the Flying W Ranch, which burned to the ground). Now to the news from classmates! * David Linsky is serving his seventh term as a Mass. State Rep. and as chairman of the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight. He returned from his fourth trip to battleground states on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, where he serves as a surrogate for President Obama. David also practices law in Mass. * Catherine Courtenaye has a solo exhibition of her recent abstract paintings opening mid-September at the Modernism in San Francisco. She’s been working hard since January on this new series, taking advantage of the Montana Historical Society’s rich collection of manuscripts for inspiration. * Katie Cofsky Lemaire spent a wonderful summer vacation in France with her family. Katie’s husband is French, so they usually spend time there every summer, but this year they did a special three-week tour seeing friends and family. The trip started in Paris, then on to the beach in Brittany (which always reminds Katie of Maine!). They hiked in the Pyrenees, relaxed in Provence, went paragliding in the French Alps, and of course, ate amazingly the whole time. * Becky Alex’s oldest, Leia, headed to Georgetown this fall to the School of Foreign Service, studying culture and politics. Not empty-nesters quite yet, as daughter Kira is a high school sophomore (loved visiting Colby and will probably apply). Becky remains busy painting and teaching art. She and Eric recently took up sea kayaking, enjoying the bay of Santa Cruz. * Meg Matheson stayed cool this summer at camp, a mile down the road from Lisa Sauer and her husband. Meg retired three years ago after 27 years as an attorney for the Maine Legislature, the last half of which she was the Revisor of Statutes. Retirement is fantastic! Meg is a commissioner on the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices and is starting her third year as the theater program director at Thomas College in Waterville. Husband Frank puts his carpentry skills to great use creating the impossible set pieces that Meg designs for her shows. * Tony Musgrave celebrated his 55th by retiring from Hewlett-Packard and climbing Mt. Katahdin. * Emily Grout Sprague checks in from northern N.Y., where this summer they had visits by several classmates. Stacey Cox Slowinski, husband Joe, and son Stephen and bride Lura, visited Emily’s lake house, an annual event. Stephen has moved to Boston and will be close to his “god sister,” Emily’s Caroline, who is attending Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. Stacey and Emily are planning several visits to Boston to see kids and friends. Sue Raymond Geismar brought youngest son Brad on a college tour and spent several days with Emily, visiting St. Lawrence and catching up. Emily’s daughter Julia, a recent S.L.U. grad, provided a personal tour. Emily returns to her position as head teacher for English 12 at Watertown H.S. for a year or two, with plans for a new career soon—something that doesn’t include evaluating student research papers. This fall, Emily plans to meet up with Jim and Betsy Bucklin Reddy in Lake Placid; any classmates nearby are encouraged to join them. Contact her for details. * Cal Cooper lives in Prospect, Maine, and has a new job as K-12 SPED coordinator, working with adults about kids, instead of directly with kids. He’s still puttering along trying to finish his house—since 1985—but the house is winning. Some projects, like decorating and re-roofing, are being redone, even though some first timers are still waiting for attention. Son David is in the Peace Corps in Paraguay; and daughter Meghan is in her final year at Vassar. * Thanks for the news!
We hope that you all enjoyed summer and its incredible weather. We figure that most of you were very busy in August as we received numerous out of office e-mail responses to our news request. * Rick and Lucinda Kearns Hepp live in Shrewsbury, Mass., and have been happily married for almost 27 years. They’re now “empty nesters” and are enjoying it for the most part. They’re finally taking that trip to the Grand Canyon planned for years. Daughter Elizabeth is a dance major at NYU’s Tisch School and will graduate next year. They gather often for celebrations with Jana Kendall Harrison, Annette Lum Ngai, and Jodi Hewey Murphy ’81 and their families. Coincidently each family has a child born in 1991. * Susan Pollis and Ted Reed ’80 and their two girls repatriated back to Maine from the U.K. this
Laurel Van Stone Chandler lives in Easton, Mass. She’s worked in the Boston area as a technical writer for more than 20 years, and enjoys traveling to Mexico and N.H.—especially Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains, which she and husband Dave visit every year via motorcycle. * Alan MacEwan says that daughter Louisa, who attended a rowing camp at Colby in July, and her older brother, Graham (who made the trip to drop Louisa off and found the campus impressive), are now both considering applying to Colby. Based on their academic talents, Alan is hopeful that the MacEwan legacy at Colby will continue. * Jeff Gottesfeld is in Los Angeles, where he’s been doing lots of writing for non-white urban teenagers at lower reading levels. His “Robinson’s Hood” book series will be published by Saddleback Publishers starting in January. Jeff’s book, SuperFan (WWE), for third graders and up, was published in 2011. * Ron Parét continues to practice orthopaedic surgery in Conn. His wife, Janet Pappianni-Parét, is a pediatrician. Their daughters are Katie, Tufts dental ’13, Julie, Columbia law ’15, and Hayley, Boston College ’15. Ron and family vacation in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Silver Lake, N.H. Ron looks forward in the coming years to more sailing, hiking, and just relaxing. * Charlie Burch retired after 34 years of teaching American history to Maine high school students, and is now men’s lacrosse coach at the University of New England. * Carolyn Cain Eng lives in Springfield, Va. She’s used her Colby music degree as keyboardist and choir director for a Methodist church, and also teaches private piano lessons. Almost every year, as fall approaches, she wonders, “Is this the year when I quit teaching and get a ‘real job’?” However, for the past 20 years, enough kids have signed up that she’s continued teaching. Carolyn’s efforts have clearly proven worthwhile: some of her students have gone on to become professional musicians and music professors * Susan Woods and Peter Breu enjoyed catching up with new and old friends at our reunion. The music of Sandy Pardee, R. P. Higgins, Leslie Warren Van Berkum, and Peggo Horstmann-Hode was among the highlights. The previous week Susan and Peter also stayed in college dorms, at Middlebury, for son Martin’s graduation. Martin has since moved to Cambridge, and started a full-time job. Daughter Anna is heading back to Middlebury for her sophomore year. Peter’s business making roller skis, wax benches, and custom furniture, keeps him busy; Susan is an owner of Chartworth, which advises entrepreneurs and families on selling their companies. * Peggo reports that her year has been filled with music. She loved singing with the old college gang at reunion. Peggo is launching a new website (peggohodes.com) that promotes her Vibrant Voice workshops around the country. She spent nine days in Loveland, Colo., at a Healing Sounds Intensive, which put her “in the sonic stratosphere.” Kids, Max, 29, and Ariana, 26, both came “home” for two days to record their own music. To Peggo, “Music is a through-line full of blessings.”
Greetings for fall to one and all! (This concludes the column’s poetry portion. On to the news!) Don Lougee wrote from the Big Island, Hawaii, where he and wife Nancy live. Don teaches Hawaiian and Pacific history at the local middle school. He notes that where he teaches, south of Hilo, is not like the resorts. Lots of students are disadvantaged (poverty, family members in prison, etc). Don loves every second of what he does. * From the Big Island to Big Sky country, where I got an update on Carrie Getty Scheid via Paul Boghossian. Carrie lives in Montana; her husband is a retired cattle rancher. They still receive cattle at their ranch and lease ranch grazing. Unfortunately, that usually culminates during reunion week. After seeing a beer-in-hand photo Paul had posted at our “Colby College Class of ’76” Facebook group, Carrie noted we would not be surprised to learn she became a national beer judge at one point. I imagine several classmates will contact her to learn how to qualify! * David McKay Wilson returned to the Journal News in White Plains, N.Y., writing weekly about public affairs. He continues to write for college alumni magazines, including this one. * As Colby begins its 200th year, The Bright School, where Jim Morgan is headmaster, is celebrating its 100th year. Jim’s glad it’s not his 100th year! He loves life with a brand new grandchild, Henry. * MaryAnn and Mark Janos are starting to enjoy LWT—life without tuition. Son Jimmy graduated top honors from University of N.H., and son Emmanuel from Suffolk Law School; Louis works in Boston, living with Emmanuel in Boston’s North End, or as Mark calls it, the adult Disneyland. Mark hopes to travel to Greece this fall, stopping in Zurich to visit his sister and see Morgan Murphy. (Morgan, send news!) * David ’75 and Harriet Buxbaum Pinansky are excited because after retiring next spring, they’ll be able to spend all their summers at their house in Sebago, Maine. They’ll stay in San Antonio winters. They plan to start making it to reunions! (Circle June 2-5, 2016, on your calendar…EVERYONE!) * Sim Chan ’75 and Rob Gregory are expecting their 10th grandchild in February. All of their children (who were homeschooled) are in turn homeschooling the grandchildren. Youngest son David begins at Tufts Medical School next year. Rob and Sim remain involved in Christian gospel work at Bowdoin College. * Charlie Fitts and his wife, now grandparents, live in Scarborough, Maine, with their two youngest sons (of five). He teaches in the geology department at University of Southern Maine and writes groundwater software and texts. One son works for a computer firm near Boston, another attends grad school in Colorado, the third is chef at the Grateful Bread bakery/café in North Windham, Maine. * Jed Snyder was planning to leave Paradise (Hawaii) to return to D.C. in October. He’s had a marvelous four years as senior advisor to the commander of U.S. Pacific Command for four years, working on issues like China’s evolving strategy in the Asia-Pacific theater, and North Korea’s continuing mischief. Jed will return to headquarters for the Center for Naval Analyses. * As for this column’s 40-year nostalgia: How many remember “The Foss-Woodman Plague” that erupted post-Thanksgiving 1976. Dozens and dozens were struck by a mystery bug, so severe that Nurse Sargent had to set up shop off Foss Lounge. Strangely, the first 50 to get it came from 47 different rooms. * Well, that takes care of fall. The next column kicks off with updates from Carol Haffenreffer Abrahams. You can join her by sending your own update. As always, remember to give to the Colby Fund.
Everyone must have had a very busy summer with no time to send an e-mail! Hopefully, many more of you will find time to respond and help out this correspondent the next time around! * Eleanor “Woofie” Fleming Amidon enjoyed her visit to London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which she described as 10 days of celebrating and castle visiting. * Howard and Brenda Lincoln Lake were looking forward to a late summer trip to the Canadian Rockies. Earlier in the summer, Howard officiated at the wedding of their older son, Dan Lake ’06, and Marcy Rolerson ’06. Sixteen Colby graduates were in attendance; a photo was taken with a Colby banner! * In September Marguerite “Mugsie” Nelson Sarson became a grandmother of four! Mugsie’s youngest daughter recently left a great job to work on her M.B.A. at Stern at NYU. * And that is the end of this report!
Vicki and I are writing this column on Labor Day weekend as things are starting to slow down in the beautiful State of Maine. The nights are getting quite chilly while days are still warm and sunny. Let’s hope for a long-lasting indian summer. * I (Jill) returned from dropping my daughter Robin off in Florida for her freshman year at Stetson University in Deland. I’m now an official “empty nester” and thank all of my Colby friends for making this transition less traumatic. * Martha Bernard Welsh enjoyed attending a talk by Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64 (a fabulous speaker, of course) at a Colby alumni event. We always like to plug Martha’s nonprofit work in Boston. She’s working with a group of people launching a new nonprofit Home Away Boston. She says, “The mission is to provide housing and services to families who bring their child to Boston’s Mass. General Hospital for Children for treatment of critical conditions. Families who need to be in Boston will find a comfortable place to call home at no cost.” * David Roulston is running for clerk of courts of Franklin County, Mass. If elected, he’ll “continue to use his experience to protect the interests of Franklin County and its people.” The primary was Sept. 6. Artie Bell sent a picture of one of David’s campaign signs he spotted along the Mohawk Trail, Route 2, in western Mass. * Anne Callaghan has been in the Foreign Service for almost 28 years. After a yearlong assignment in southeastern Iraq leading a provincial reconstruction team on an Army Contingency Operating Station, she moved to Vancouver as U.S. consul general last year and covers British Columbia and Yukon. Her daughter joined her and is now a graduate student at the University of B.C. Anne recalled memories of her first-ever visit to Canada, driving up from Colby to Quebec City with a carload of friends so many years ago! Her brother, Neil, who spent two years at Colby before moving to Calif., loves life on the Big Island in Hawaii. * Mike McNamara and wife and children celebrated his 60th at a cottage in Cape May, N.J. He and his wife also spent 12 days this summer touring Italy. “The sites, the gelato, the wine—it was fantastic.” Mike is fully retired from law and has a great time teaching Spanish at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science in Manahawkin. Glad you’re enjoying your “retirement.” * Jim Heald, who lives in Alexandria, Va., with wife Laura, has his book, World of Wonders: the Lyrics and Music of Bruce Cockburn, now available on Kindle and in paperback at Amazon. Jim says, “If you don’t know the music of Bruce Cockburn, then you’ve been missing out on some of the best music of the last 40 years. Bruce is a Canadian singer-songwriter and an extraordinary guitar player.” Besides his venture into the literary world, Jim is a poet, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. * S. Ann Earon writes from N.J. that she is now a member of the Alumni Council’s Colby Fund Committee and will travel to Waterville in October for Colby’s bicentennial kickoff celebration. For her 60th, she, her husband, and her daughter, took a river cruise of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. Ann is now in her 30th year of consulting in the collaborative conferencing arena. She plans to become a master gardener next year. * Please let us know what’s going on in your life the next time our e-mail comes your way. Our column is only as good as the news and stories we get. We want to hear about exciting trips to faraway places, 60th or other significant birthday bashes, kids and grandkids, who you’ve seen recently, etc. Vick and I are good editors, so don’t be afraid to write a lot. Hope your summer was a great one and the coming fall treats you and your loved ones well. Take care and write!
There is a lot of excitement coming through messages from everyone, as we think about our upcoming 40th reunion and Colby’s 200th celebration. We have a very active and involved reunion planning committee and are using 40/200 to describe the big event. The reunion committee is growing and current. Active participants include class president Mark Serdjenian, head class agent Lisa Kehler Bubar, and members Mike Hart, Norm and Pat Flanagan Olsen, Dean Eaton, Janet Gillies Foley, Jane Currier, Susie Yovic Hoeller, Sue Colucci Neumyer, Lucia Whittelsey, Bob Diamond, Doug Gorman, Ken Viens, David Swardlick, and yours truly. Directed by Colby’s wonderful Alumni Relations directors Laura and Josh, and managed by Lisa Bubar, we recently enjoyed an extended conference call to actively kick off our campaign. In honor of Colby’s 200th year, our goal is to pester, nudge, call, engage, and connect with all classmates in an effort to bring 200 back to Colby next June and, if possible, help make our class contribution special as well. * Many classmates are already planning to come to reunion. Mark McGlynn plans to come for the “first time in quite a while,” and this will mark Malcom Tucker’s first reunion ever. He looks forward to returning to Mayflower Hill and is already excited about the chance to see everyone who comes. * Monica Bignelli will not be able to attend reunion as she rarely gets back to the U.S. from London. * Ken Gross is hoping to attend reunion unless his band’s schedule prohibits it. His New Magnolia Jazz Band played gigs over the summer in York Beach, Ogunquit, and Boothbay Harbor. * Bob O’Neil, a practicing attorney, will hopefully come to reunion He’s working on a song for our class, writing about the Colby College he loved from 1969-1973. * Bob Diamond enjoyed quality time with his family this summer and looks forward to spending more time on Colby (as a trustee, Bob already spends plenty of time and energy on us!). * My Colby forever friends, Chris Mattern Way, Jackie Neinaber Appeldorn, Debbie Mael Mandino, and Lisa Kehler Bubar, all hope to be at reunion. We spent a wonderful day in Debbie’s gardens behind her home in Natick playing a lot of bridge and catching up on everyone’s lives. * Jon Miller is an attorney practicing transactional law in Boulder, Colo., and is involved in filmmaking and photography. * Fran Gates Demgen, a member of The Dynamic Demgens Destination is a Cure team, participated for the sixth year in the 5K-walk portion of the San Francisco Marathon to raise research funds for Team Parkinson. * Susan Schink spent two weeks in June on Cape Cod, where Anne Huff Jordan joined her for a bit. They’re forever friends and Sue writes about officiating at the wedding of Anne’s daughter a few years ago in the gardens at Duke. Sue’s other joy, as a minister, is officiating at baptisms. * Amy Brewer ’71 and Gary Fitts sent many photos from their anniversary trip to Europe and met two different Colby alums in Paris! * The annual Lamda Chi ’73 gathering at Camp Relief on the Belgrade Lakes was very well attended by brothers and families. They hosted a cookout for former football coach Dick ‘Max’ McGee during the week there, while catching up with Alex Wilson, Brian Cone, Joe Mattos, John Krasnavage, Lloyd Benson, Bob Landsvik, Duncan Leith, Dave Lane, Ron ’71 and Linda Howard Lupton ’72, and Ken Bigelow ’71. * One more important 40/200 message: Jane Currier has generously offered to create a Facebook page for our class. By the time this article appears, the page will have a name and hopefully many posts from classmates. This page will be devoted to our class and may continue past reunion. Classmates can re-connect, post photos, and contribute ideas and thoughts about reunion 40/200, and is the best place to send photos, including those Forever Friends photos I’m begging for. Remember, Reunion 40/200 is June 6–9, 2013; please help us reach our goal and register early!
Before attending our reunion, Al and Kathe Otterson Cintavey went to Japan for the April wedding of son Christopher ’97, who works in Tokyo. They traveled to Kyoto and enjoyed visiting many shrines and historical sites. As recent retirees, they have now moved back East to N.H. to enjoy all that New England has to offer. * Catherine Joslyn published Engaging History: Continuities of Tradition in Peruvian Textiles for an exhibit of traditional Peruvian weavings that she co-curated/edited with a Peruvian weaver. The events were organized by Kennesaw State University, near Atlanta. “The catalogue includes an essay and photos from years of work I’ve done in Peru since 1997.” The exhibit will travel to Colorado and Kansas City in 2013. At reunion she enjoyed listening to, chatting, and/or dancing with Richie Fournier, John Bunker, Tom and Ellen Woods Sidar, Mitch Kaplan, Peter Krakoff, Gary Newton, Linda Chmielinski Gould, Carol Morland and Mike Meserve, and Howie Haase and Heather Dallas. Catherine caught up with Sally Barker in R.I. at a dinner in January, hosted by Deborah Christensen Stewart and Donna Power Stowe. Catherine still enjoys teaching but is starting to look ahead to the next chapter. (A reminder that she is right on Interstate 80 in western Penn. in case anyone happens to be driving through!) * Doug McMillan and his wife had fabulous dinners with Dana Fitts and wife, Robin Sweeney ’74 and Jay Peabody, and Martha Hamilton ’74 and Joe Benson. Dana still sells furniture, and Jay retired from a career at Halco, a company specializing in the water treatment industry. Joe sells real estate and Martha is still in the home appraisal business. Doug is in the motor business—his company just patented a high-efficiency motor that uses 40 percent less electricity than most. “It was a great evening with lots of stories and old memories.” * Bob Brown is in his 38th year teaching high school history and still loving it. He is also president of the local Southington, Conn., teacher’s union. * Russ Harris stopped in Portland, Maine, on his way to our 40th and enjoyed visiting with Dennis Gilbert, who is professor of media studies at the University of Southern Maine. At reunion, it was a pleasure for him to catch up with Susan Griffin Benjamin, Anne Emerson, Steve Sullivan, Doug O’Heir, Clark Ruff, Art Young, Susan Bassi Brown, and Judy Berringer Vanzon. This spring Russ and wife Deborah celebrated the birth of their second granddaughter, Tabitha, born to oldest daughter Rachel. Their youngest daughter, Allegra, graduated from Northeastern and has a job in a public relations business in Boston. Their other daughter, Midori, recently staged the play Tender Napalm in N.Y.C. Finally, they note the start of the 34th year of publication of the Groton Herald, a weekly newspaper covering the town of Groton, Mass., which was founded and operated by Russ and Deborah since 1979. * And the last I heard from Chris Belsky Russack, Hurricane Isaac was on its way to the Tampa, Fla., area. She had never been through a hurricane and didn’t know what to expect. She was hoping for the best, with plenty of cans of Beef-a-Roni and enough wine. (Hope that it went well!)
So many of you write in with news of your lives every quarter and I am always so amazed that as time goes by, you continue to want to share your news with each other. In the process I learn so much about you, too! * Harry Dickerson has a milestone to share—his daughter was married last June in a destination wedding at the Mexican Riviera Maya on the Caribbean. Her husband, like Harry, is a veterinarian. Harry’s son lives and works in China, where he is a business entrepreneur. * As she and her husband approach retirement, Leslie Schiller writes that they have recently relocated to the N.C. coast after 17 years in Wisconsin. They will spend summers there, and next winter (at least) in Winter Park, Colo., nurturing their love of both the beach and skiing. * To celebrate her 63rd birthday (what?), Janet Beals bought her first horse; she says it is a perfect match for her. She and Dave Nelson just returned from an amazing trip to Peru. They look forward to more traveling in their leisure time. * Another traveling duo, Bruce ’72 and Nancy Neckes Dumart, just returned from a magical (and hair-raising) trip to Glacier National Park, one the parks they had not yet visited. * Summer was very hot in France, as it was here in the U.S., as Jacques Hermant reports. He has been named an “emeritus professor” at his university. He’ll take his family to Cuba for Christmas, then return to Hanoi to teach next March. He will head to Tibet for a project in the spring. * We send Andy Schwab good wishes as he continues his struggle against a life-threatening illness. * Rob Wilson had an opportunity for a wonderful, though bittersweet, reunion at Casa Blanca, the famed restaurant owned by Sari Abul-Jubein ’69 in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Colby friends from ’69 to ’72 gathered to share stories old and new and to bid a fond farewell to the Casa B after nearly 40 years of Sari’s involvement. Among those gathered were Jack Taylor ’72, Gary Newton ’72, Lin Stone Gallagher ’70, and Sari. Rob is the executive director of the Veterans Education Project in Amherst. His job involves training veterans from 20 years of age to 80. Married and living in Hatfield, Mass., Rob looks forward to stepping down from this job at the end of the next school year, and will be exploring potential next steps. As an aside, through Rob’s reunion, I will be able to reconnect with Lin Stone, who had been a good friend 48 years ago, even before Colby. * Bill Hladky was eager for his son Jacob’s return from college this summer, the first visit in a year. Jacob reported that physics with calculus in college was easier than A.P. physics in high school. Bill is a very proud dad—proud of his son’s ability to learn and be competent. Bill had adventures of his own this summer exploring canyons, creeks, and waterfalls, in the Catskills. * Frank Apantaku’s daughter, Elyse ’09, married Benjamin Hauptman ’09, Aug 11. * This summer for me has been slightly less hectic than some. I’ve spent a lot of time with my own vocal jazz singing group “Boston Jazz Voices” as we are in the process of recording our second CD. I’m glad to have heard from so many of you. Safe travels to all of you who are venturing to far off places.
Chip and Judi Kelly Lord have lived in Charlotte, N.C., for six years. Chip has been retired for a while and is anxious for Judi to join him in December. Daughter Meredith, a stay-at-home mom, and son-in-law Brian, plant manager for ATI Allvac, live 45 minutes from them, with children Gavin, 4, and Molly, 2. Son Russell and wife Dana live in New Orleans, where Russell is curator of photographs, prints and drawings at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Dana is a psychologist for the V.A. Chip and Judi also have a home in Rye, N.H., that’s been in the family for several generations. This year they invited friends to spend the day with them: David and Linda Loring Shea, Peter and Linda Marsh Foss, and Bruce and Gail Cuatto Kilgour. * Sharon Eschenbeck Friedler sends greetings from Swarthmore College, where she’s entering her 27th year. Sharon serves as professor and director of dance, and is faculty adviser for off-campus study. She’s grateful for the opportunities creative research has afforded her, including a 2012-13 sabbatical, during which she will expand her work on the arts and social change, and teach a course on that topic in Siena, Italy. * State Rep. Jane Stinchfield Knapp has the benefit of going on educational tours. One tour included stops at a huge egg farm in Turner, Maine; an organic cow breeding farm; a potato farm; and an apple orchard. Another tour went to Washington County to see agricultural and marine products. She’s now busy campaigning. * Marlene Goldman reported that several Colby friends enjoyed a mini-reunion at her camp in southern Maine in July. Attending were Paula Crowley Kaveney, Pat Gerrior, and Christine Sherman Daviau and Marianna Ochs Estabrooke ’71, who was visiting from D.C. and had just come from a summer class at Colby. They had a wonderful time getting caught up, and plan to get together this summer when Sue Baird Hilario comes from Guatemala for a visit. Some of them have retired and others, like Marlene, keep plugging away at a career. She’s now professor and director of clinical research in obstetrics and gynecology at Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. The second edition of her reference textbook, Women and Health, is due out in the fall. When not working, she enjoys the outdoors and pursuing fiber arts of all kinds, especially knitting and weaving. * Earle Shettleworth has been serving on Colby’s Bicentennial Committee and is in the process of compiling a pictorial history of Waterville to be published next year. This will feature chapters devoted to the College’s old and new campuses. He feels a connection to the old campus through his mother, Esther Knudsen ’27, who showed him her Colby before the buildings were torn down in the 1960s. * Nicky Pach is a retired family court judge, but still sitting as a judicial hearing officer two days a week in Queens County. Husband Steve Kunken continues to practice law. Men’s senior league baseball and golf seem to occupy most of his time. Eldest son Charlie works for Skanska U.S.A. Civil Northeast while pursuing an M.B.A. at the Stern School at N.Y.U. Youngest son Jake announced after finishing at the University of Md. he had decided to become a stand-up comic. Like all good parents of a 23-year-old they said, “that sounds interesting.” However, he had interned at Skanska after his freshman year and they reached out to him and offered him a job! Nicky has been quilting for almost 30 years, and recently put her quilts in a gallery for the first time. Look for the YouTube video the gallery did on her. * Jay and Christine Celata have moved to Pasadena, and are enjoying the cultural life of Southern California. They’re both retired from physics research. Christine spends her time learning watercolor painting, tutoring math in the local public high school, knitting for charity, exercising, and spending time with family and friends. * As for us, Bob and I have enjoyed a relaxing and marvelous summer on Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. Thanks to all who sent in news for our column.
Jim Begin ’67 saw Waterville’s North Street tennis courts renamed in his honor at a ceremony in August. The Jim Begin Recreational Tennis Courts recognize the four-time Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference coach of the year, and longtime Colby assistant coach. As reported in the Morning Sentinel, attendees included Sue Cook ’75, and former Waterville High player Sean Flood ’03, who made the trek from Portland to join the celebration. * Eugene Bullis ’67 retired as chief financial officer of the Hanover Insurance Group, a property and casualty insurer. * Sari Abul-Jubein ’69 closed his landmark Harvard Square restaurant, Casablanca, after more than four decades. Abul-Jubein began working there as a part-time waiter in 1979 and bought it five years later. He plans to spend his time at his other Cambridge eatery, Casbah, which he is renaming the Fat Man Café.
Since leaving his post as general manager of the Boston Celtics in 1997, Jan Volk ’68 has become an everyman in the world of sports.
Jan Volk ’68
He spends his days as the CEO of SportsPix, a company he founded that photographs sporting events throughout the region. Until last year, he had worked as a consultant for multiple NBA teams. And for over a decade he’s been on the faculty at Tufts University, teaching about the business of sports.
How is Volk able to balance all of these different ventures? “It’s a labor of love,” he said.
It wasn’t long after his nearly three-decade career with the Celtics that Volk jumped back into athletics. He first took a role consulting in the NBA. Sports photography quickly followed.
Throughout his life Volk has had a keen interest in photography. He took pictures at his son’s high school football games, and though Volk says he didn’t always get the best shots of his own kid, other parents were impressed by the photos he took of their children. The idea for a business was born.
“I played soccer in college and three different sports in high school, yet I don’t have any pictures of me,” said Volk, a grandfather of two who lives in suburban Boston. “These are special times in the lives of parents, and they won’t get a second chance to get pictures of their kids playing sports.”
It’s a seven-day-a-week job, Volk says, as he and his staff cover anything from youth sports to college athletics. Yet despite the demanding, nontraditional nature of his work, Volk couldn’t be happier.
“It’s really a combination of a job and a passion,” he said.
Around the same time that he started SportsPix, Volk began a longstanding relationship with Tufts, where he teaches a popular course called The Business of Sports, bringing his experience as an NBA executive into the classroom. “I really love the interactions I have with the students,” said Volk.
“It challenges me every time I’m there, because they are so knowledgeable about what’s going on and they really keep me on my feet.”
Volk brings in guest lecturers, from agents to members of the media, providing different perspectives on the evolving world of sports business. “I really like making my classes interactive,” he said. “I want a lot of discussion and analysis of hypothetical situations.”
After leaving the Celtics, Volk spent time as a consultant in the NBA, working for the Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks. Now based in suburban Boston, Volk still keeps close tabs on the Celtics. But these days, Volk watches the team’s from a fan’s perspective.
“Like any other fan, I was surprised and disappointed to see Ray Allen go,” he said. “And now he goes to their archrival [Miami] and will compete against them. But the team had done a nice job retooling their roster. I really think they will be contenders next year.”
He should know. Basketball legend Red Auerbach named Volk his successor in 1984, a life-changing event. “On a daily basis, Red would push you to see what your limits were. He wanted to see how much he could get out of you. Red was always testing me. Thankfully, I ended up passing.”
Happy fall everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful, fun-filled summer. * Susan Diplock Constantineau recently moved to a 30-acre farm in Micanopy, Fla., where her horse resides. She describes it as a sleepy little town of around 750 residents where the Michael J. Fox movie Doc Hollywood was filmed. Her horse is being trained in dressage, but she doubts he will ever make it to the Olympics! Susan continues to work in the library at the University of Florida with no immediate plans for retirement. * Laurie Killoch Wiggins observed that she keeps seeing our class news column moving inexorably to the front of the alumni news section, “43 years, are you kidding me? I guess not. I’m going on Medicare—please tell me I am not alone! Has someone invented a time-stop machine?” * Alice Huse Tanner had a great summer of entertainment and family activities. She says that after all these years she finally got to a Jimmy Buffet concert. “As everyone said, the pre-show entertainment in the parking lot was nearly as good as the man himself.” Her 4th of July was spent in Boulder with family ranging in age from under three to over 80, including four children, significant others, and three grandchildren, two of whom are only nine days apart in age. A couple weeks later she traveled to New Brunswick to meet some long-lost cousins. Her grandfather, one of eight children, had seven children of his own. The gathering included about 30 blood relatives in St. John for the weekend, during which time she discovered that her great-grandfather was a famous paleontologist. The impetus for the gathering was to examine the contents of a safe containing letters from her grandfather to a family who adopted one of his daughters after her grandmother’s death in the 1919 flu epidemic. Her cousin’s husband opened the safe after her aunt’s death (at 90+, in 2010) and unraveled all sorts of history. “It’s really amazing to find out who’s part of your family!” * I also received brief notes of greeting from Eddie Woodin and Tom Wright. * Pam and I continue to enjoy retirement and this summer had an opportunity to join our daughter and son-in-law (John ’99 and Melissa Gerbi Doyle ’99) and their son and daughter on a fantastic family trip to Hawaii. Thanks to all of you who wrote in. I hope to hear from many more of you for the next edition of Colby.
John Birkinbine, “I’ve been retired for about a year and a half and find it to my liking. Wife Sarah and I spend more time with out-of-town family and friends and love it. We had a great visit with Liz Damon ’77 and Gary Weaver while they were here in Illinois visiting their son in grad school at Northwestern. We head to Maine soon and hope to get together with them and other Colby alums. I’ve heard from Steve Ward and look forward to reunion next June.” * Ted Swartz writes, “After many years Frank Dunton and I re-established contact. It’s still a great mystery how he tolerated rooming with me for four years. Turns out he’s happily retired for 10 years with lots of grandchildren. I’m still working at a charter school I founded just when Frank started the good life, plus Vicki and I continue to wait and hope for our first... grandchild, that is. Fortunately the school continues to prosper, so it looks like at least another six years before I hang up the pencils for good.” * Michael Lung-Hua and Olive Niles Shu are in their 10th year as snowbirds. They live in Holiday, Fla., and summer in Wellfleet, Mass. Olive retired in June from her telecommuting job with The Hartford. Their more relaxed schedule allows time for travel. Next trip: land tour and cruise in Alaska. They look forward to seeing everyone at reunion. * Richard Riemer attended Alumni College at Colby. “It is one terrific program. I hope current students realize how great the education is at Colby.” Rich remembers David Barnes, who is on the Vietnam Wall in D.C. “I was friendly with Dave, and it was a few weeks into our junior year that I realized he wasn’t on campus. I never knew what happened until I read in Colby magazine a few years after we graduated that he was killed in Vietnam. I liked him, and feel badly that his life ended at such a young age.” After various corporate jobs, Rich went into real estate investing. “I have since sold every property except for one minor investment, so I am 98% retired. At this stage of my life, I have no interest in saving the world, or making any more real estate deals. Being a good husband and father is enough.“ * Steve Ford says the reunion planning committee “has held a meeting and had conference calls as we try to put together a program having something for everyone.” * Jessie McGuire went ice trekking on a glacier in Patagonia. “I started organizing and escorting trips several years ago and love the opportunities. I have a safari adventure to South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe in October, and Malaysia and Borneo in January. We’re coordinating the second with a huge, very colorful Hindu festival called Thaipusam, which should offer us a few Nat Geo photo opportunities. I’m retired from the publishing industry, but still help out at some trade shows annually. They keep my mind active, my feet hurting, and my mileage account in the red!” * Arthur Brennan, “Semi-retirement afforded us the chance to spend time in the Caribbean this winter and two weeks in Italy this spring. Also looking forward to our 45th—hope to see many of our classmates there.” * Thom Rippon was recently elected to the governing board of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. “I also am still playing adult league ice hockey in Hershey 52 weeks a year, part of my six-times-per-week exercise regimen. In the 1960s, I was too Mid-Atlantic to make Colby’s hockey team, so I skated intramural and participated four years in indoor/outdoor track and field; we teammates are in touch, most lately about the death of our much-admired coach Ken Weibel. For age 65, I feel good and look less good!” * Gerry Kirshenbaum, “After retiring as assistant superintendent of schools in New Rochelle, N.Y., I’ve been the headmaster of two private schools. I’m now principal of a private high school in Nassau County and have been in education for 44 years. My wife and I have four married daughters and 16 grandchildren.” * Barbara Brown attended a small family reunion in Lake Jocassee, S.C. “My three daughters attended with their husbands and my five grandchildren. We did lots of eating, boating, and talking! I retired as a special education director and enjoy the freedom. My first short story will be published in the first-ever anthology of our Idaho Literary Log Cabin. I would enjoy hearing from fellow Colby friends—I’ve lost contact with just about everyone.” * Jan McGhee Adams is alive and well at Zion National Park in her third season after retiring from teaching. She enjoys hiking and rappelling in the canyons. You can visit her at the Zion Natural History Association bookstores at the visitor center or the history museum. “Isn’t it wonderful being the same age as the most famous route in America?” * As for me, the highlight of my summer was undoubtedly attending my son’s wedding among the redwoods of the U.C. Berkeley arboretum with the wedding reception at their botanical gardens. * It’s great to get so much news. If you haven’t communicated lately, send an e-mail!
Changes, new horizons, and adventures are the theme for this edition of the class column. Sandy Miller was not expecting a change, but her landlord informed her that the space that she had been leasing for her business these past 20 years was going to be used for a new venture. Sandy and her customers were devastated. Then, unexpectedly, the company that originally rocketed Sandy to success contacted her with an offer to reissue her puzzles for a 50th anniversary promotion. One door closes and another opens. * Stu Clayman and his life partner of the past 20 years, Eileen, have upsized. They sold their condo that Stu bought 30 years ago and moved to a larger space in Lexington, Mass., where Stu and Eileen have a lovely garden. While not retired, Stu does work an abbreviated schedule as he continues his private practice in clinical psychology. * Phyllis Hoar recently retired from a long career teaching chemistry and physics in Miami. At this writing, she is extending her walking and swimming schedule. * Sally Ray Bennett, a fixture in southern R.I., is selling her house. She and Charlie are heading south for a more benign climate. * Another change of the significant variety is Caroline Kresky’s move from the law firm she has worked for in Atlanta to a firm where she will become a partner and specialize in litigation for individuals. Caroline will increase her workload; isn’t that what you expect from a person in their prime? * Megge Hill Fitz-Randolph, having taught composition and poetry in college, has retired, sort of. She will work on a book of her own and teach fewer courses. * Led Baxter, after serving congregations in the United Church of Christ for more than 40 years, has retired. He and wife Nancy have moved from eastern Long Island to his family’s homestead in central Conn. * The last of the changes and adventures is that of Dave Aronson. You may recall that immediately after graduation, Dave earned a master’s in deviant behavior. He likely chose that area of study because his fraternity brothers were so very well adjusted and he wanted to see how others lived. For the past 40 years, Dave has been conducting a study of human behavior while driving an 18-wheeler. He writes that the Journal of Sociology has not yet paid him for the article. * Mike Picher is on the mend and doing well after spinal surgery to relieve back pain. He reports that he feels like a new person. We wish him well; and the old Mike, minus the back pain, was just fine the way he was. * Eric Meindl used his trip to reunion to gather with some Zetes at the home of Steve Ford ’68. Classmates attending the event included Lou Champagne, Nick Hadgis, Ed Scherer, Herb Swatrz, and Bill Walker. Eric hopes to repeat the Zete reunion before our 50th. * Larry Sears writes that he is on his way to attend a surprise 45th wedding anniversary party for Dick Hunnewell. We wish Dick and wife Anne the very best. * Paul Cronin attended the wedding of his daughter, Amy ’06, in Plymouth, Vt. Paul reports that aside from the fact that his new son-in-law is a Middllebury guy, he completely enjoyed the event. * Sadly, we report the death of Susan Davis Ritchie. Susan was raised in Middletown, Conn., and after Colby lived a life of adventure. She worked on a dude ranch in Montana, honed her culinary skills in the kitchen at Vermont’s Blueberry Hill Inn, hopped a freighter to South America, and worked as a newspaper editor in Brazil. She also was a writer in N.Y. for many years. She leaves behind her husband, Andrew, her son, Edmund, a sister, and two brothers. We sincerely wish the best to Susan’s family. *Next year Colby will celebrate 200 years as an educational institution. We arrived on campus in 1963, and we have been part of the Colby community for one quarter of its history.
We seem to be a class on the move! Gayle Jobson Poinsette and Gary Barnes are in Vermont until the winter solstice when they’ll head to warmer climes until early spring. Call them at 802-479-5460 if you’re anywhere near Montpelier. They’d love to show you their new home. * Liz Drinkwine ’68 and Ted Houghton spent seven months traveling in their RV last winter, to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, then New Mexico and Texas. Back with family in New England for the summer and early fall, they spent a good part of September traveling Down East, then they’ll roll along to the southeast for five winter months. * Bob and Merri Aldrich Egbert headed west this fall to tour some national parks. * Peter Anderson continues his work with Rotary International and his special interest in the Pinnacles National Monument, an ancient volcanic field with massive monoliths, rock spires, and caves 40 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Francisco, and on the San Andreas Fault. No wonder geologist Peter would be drawn to such a place! It’s also the site of a California condor re-establishment program. Peter has been instrumental in fostering exchange programs between Pinnacles and a sister park in Argentina, his wife Elena’s homeland, and he’s excited about Pinnacles now achieving full status as a National Park. Class travelers should include it on their itineraries. Peter and Elena spent time at their Buenos Aires home in late summer. * Gary McKinstry has moved from his beachfront condo on Longboat Key into nearby downtown Sarasota, with a view of Sarasota Bay and proximity to Sarasota’s shops, restaurants, and cultural institutions. * University of Michigan English and education professor Anne Ruggles Gere enjoyed a great trip to Mexico City in August, where she gave a talk and met with other professors. * Karen Riendeau-Pacheco and Joe enjoyed boating on Narragansett Bay this summer and loved seeing the Tall Ships depart from Newport, R.I. Karen, Bob Thompson and Brian Shacter attended Colby’s Alumni College in July. Look for a picture of them on our class’s web page at www.colby.edu/alumni. * From Jane Farnham Rabeni of Columbia, Mo., comes the following news, “We’re still spending summers in Maine and in Eastham on Cape Cod. Charlie retired three years ago, but it has taken that long to get the last of the stragglers’ dissertations read. I’m still piping and running a fire department bagpipe band. That’s a good sign—I can still walk and breathe at the same time. We have enjoyed some Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) and OAT–Grand Circle trips. Looking forward to Chile and Argentina in November. If we could get a daughter to move east, I think we’d consider moving back to New England, but we’re not holding our breath.” * Fun to see Bayard Kennett on TV in my neck of the woods. He’s the star of an advertisement for successful joint replacements at a North Conway hospital, sporting his golf game, new knee, and obviously successful surgery and recovery. It’s the thing to do these days…. * I love hearing from you. Keep it coming!
IN TRANSIT: Bob Lewis is alive after all. He has been moving around—he’s a transit executive! After Colby he joined the army and was a battery commander in Turkey and Fort Carson. He earned an M.B.A. in 1973 from Columbia the year after he married Genevieve. They moved to Washington State (Olympia and Seattle) in 1974. He was a transit executive and started a small software company. In 1989, he moved to L.A. and Long Beach—still in transit. Next to Denver in 1998 as transit executive/C.I.O. He’s now retired in Denver and enjoys golf, fly fishing, mountain climbing, motorcycling, skiing, and rafting in Alaska (see he’s still “in transit”). He’ll explain all this at our 50th. * Bill and Shirlee Clark Neil returned from a Block Island holiday with the kids and grandchildren in August. Earlier they had visited the Holy Land. “Virtually the entire country is a large 4,000-year-old outdoor museum. Life is good” * Linda Stearns went to Berlin last summer to visit her newest granddaughter. When I asked for news of her husband, Tom, he replied “Who do you think carries the suitcases on her trips?” * Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton is hard at work on her book Lulu Goes to College, a novel set in 1961-62 about a girl from northern Maine attending a small liberal arts college in central Maine (RELS college?). She hopes to have this published in time for our 50th. * Andy ’64 and Nancy Greer Weiland celebrated his 70th with a family trip, including daughter Sarah ’93, to Rome and Tuscany for 10 days followed by a week of cycling in the Italian Alps. The granddaughters are already asking to go back “for grandpa’s 75th.” The Weilands summer on Panther Pond in Raymond, Maine. She has retired, but Andy, a surgeon, flies up for long weekends. * Ann and Bud Marvin were able to visit our classmate Roland Morneau days before he passed away this summer. * Fran Holmes Varney enjoyed family gatherings in southern Maine with their kids and families from Indiana, Virginia, and Mass. She was also happy to see Judy Guptill Simmons in New Sharon, Maine, after a three-year gap. * Jean Hoffmann ’66 and Neil Clipsham were going through “Olympic withdrawal” as this was written. “It’s a good thing I didn’t know how much I was going to enjoy retirement. I can take three days to power wash the deck, nobody complains.” They’re off to Fairbanks and Denali to “kiss a sled dog or two and watch the glaciers calve” before a coastal cruise for a week. (Neil, if you see a grizzled and fit mountain man in the distance, it might be our Marty Dodge. He’s been on the trail again—Alaska’s Chugatch National Forest, Denali National Park, and other exotic places.) Then on to Oregon for a week of reunion with a dozen of his Woodsmen. “Life is good.” * Class president Harold Kowal and wife Ruth rented an RV and motored up the Maine coast to Campobello Island. Their first granddaughter arrived this summer, a child of Susannah ’96 and Richard LaCroix. Harold is leading a group of our classmates who are making plans for our 50th. “We want 100 percent attendance at that auspicious event.” HAIL, COLBY, HAIL
Jack Ross reports, “My wife and I have just returned from a three-week tour of Italy, spending one week in Tuscany, one in Sorrento, and the last week in Rome. The weather was great, and we walked at least 10 miles every day. Next we fly to Frasier Lake, B.C., for two weeks with friends. Frasier Lake is 900 miles north of Vancouver and will be a nice break from the 105-plus degree heat here in Ariz. Retirement is OK—lots of golf, plus some volunteer work with the Children’s Clinic in Nogales at St. Andrews church. * Joyce Arnold Kotta, “My summer project is going through the many boxes of ‘treasures’ from my parents’ families as well as my own. Reading hundreds of letters and seeing both formal and informal photos and artifacts of their lives has enriched my understanding of who I am. So many family influences have come down to me, unknowingly but profoundly, from people I never knew. Plans are for a CD of each of my parents and children along with transcriptions of historical and personal portions of their many letters, articles and work. An emptier basement...a fuller me.” * Norm ’65 and Nancy Mitchell Miner spend 1-3 days a week as docents at the Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown, N.H., sometimes staying overnight in the fort and cooking in the fireplace. “Bringing 1735 to 1761 to life for school groups and families brings us many friends and lots of satisfaction. Of course the younger ones think we actually come from that era. Elsewhere, we are selling our 36-foot sailboat to adjust our lives to fit our abilities, but we’re still camping, most recently in Camden, Maine. We just welcomed our fourth grandchild, first granddaughter, while our oldest grandson just earned his driver’s license.” * George Shur, “Our daughter Becky and husband have blessed us with new grandson Jacob Liam Dillon, born June 27, in Chicago. Already, he’s smart, handsome, thoughtful, and kind.” * BJ Campbell, “My husband and I will spend three weeks in France this fall with another couple. One week in Normandy in B&B’s, one week in an apartment in Paris, and one week in a small house in Provence. I’ve made all arrangements, having been at one time or another to each place over the 10 years I lived in Paris, and will be the only French speaker. We’re looking forward to renting a car, seeing the sights, having a blast, and coming home with lots of photos. Last May we took a repositioning cruise on Holland America’s Nordam. We loved the seven days crossing the Atlantic, and the ports in the Azores, Portugal, and Spain. We have plans to go to Hawaii next spring. We love our home in Sun City Hilton Head, S.C., with all its activities and our dear friends. Life is good!” * P.J. Downing Curtis, “In June, Janis Hillery Hirsch, Linda Johnson Crawford, Janie Lewis Sveden, and I got together at Shirley Cobb Rich’s in Wellesley, Mass. We had a great weekend catching up with each other, having fabulous dinners and wandering around Wellesley. We even had a visit from David Sveden (checking up on Janie, no doubt!) Shirley was a marvelous hostess! Fiancé John and I took a trip out West in April in his pickup camper. We drove from Fla. to Calif., up the coast to Seattle, back to Minn., and then to Maine by way of Canada. It was a wonderful trip. We visited about 12 National Parks, the Alamo, and Mount Rushmore. Saw lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery. On the way we visited Sharon Abbott Garcia ’65 and husband in San Francisco, and Essie McDonough Smith in Oregon. I hadn’t seen her nor heard from her since graduation 47 years ago, so we had a LOT to catch up on.”
Our 50th reunion planning committee met recently in Portsmouth, continuing preparations for our celebration next June. Work on our class book progresses, and the great news is that artist Jane Melanson Dahmen is creating a painting for the cover, which will be printed in color for the first time! Biographies are coming in—the deadline is Dec. 1. * Linda and Al Carville were in London and on a Baltic/Scandinavian cruise. Highlights were visiting palaces, churches, The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, and “spending rubles. It brought back memories of Professor Raymond’s Russian history.” Al and Rod Pierce did their annual sail up the Maine Coast. * Bill ’62 and Barb Haines Chase returned to Fairbanks, Alaska, where they lived from ’71-’74. They learned to fly fish, went fishing for halibut, saw a dozen moose and the midnight sun, ate salmon cooked over a wood fire, picked blueberries, attended the World Eskimo Olympics, and reveled in the vast beauty of Alaska. * Camilo Marquez retired in 2010 and moved to Portland, Ore. He’s into woodworking, horsemanship, hiking the Columbia River Gorge, and political activism on single payer universal health care. He hopes Oregon will pass a single payer bill. He’s coming to reunion with Robert Wise and is looking forward to seeing everyone. * As part of her 70th birthday celebration, DeeDee Wilson Perry met Cathy McConnell Webber for a day of fun and a cooking class at Stonewall Kitchen in York, Maine. Another part of her birthday year was spent renovating her kitchen. * Jim McConchie and wife Linda have moved to Clark Island in Spruce Head, Maine. They have vacationed there every year since Colby days, and now it’s their retirement home. They enjoy attending Colby events in the area. * John McDonald, who was at our recent reunion meeting, and wife Gayle, spend winters in Naples and were happy to read about Ann Bruno Hocking’s new quilt gallery. Gayle is also a quilter. They look forward to visiting Ann at The Quilted Turtle. * Nancy Godley ’65 and John Wilson look forward to seeing Colby classmates at their 50th reunions. They’re both involved in planning for each of their classes. They’re becoming a part of the Deer Isle community. John is singing in a Stonington Opera House production and Nancy is a member of the community advisory board. * Karen Forslund Falb’s younger daughter got married in early September and was very busy preparing for the wedding. She sends her best wishes to all! * Charlie and Lois Meserve Stansel and their family took a cruise to Alaska to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. “The scenery is incredible. We had stops in Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, B.C. We all had a wonderful time.” * Other travelers to Russia this summer were Don and Marcia Achilles McComb. After Moscow, they were on a small ship visiting St. Petersburg, other cities, and a small island with amazing wooden architecture. They also had the opportunity to meet with Russian families. * Living on Long Island, says Mary Dexter Wagner, is “an endless summer vacation.” The highlight was their ninth family vacation at Montauk, where they hiked, biked, kayaked, fished, swam, and had their first lobster bake. “As part of our class reunion planning committee, it was great attending the 50th for the Class of ’62. You’ll have a wonderful time at ours!” * Midge Walton Holmes has sent in her bio but may not be able to join us next June as her senior softball team will be in the Senior Olympics in Cleveland. * Paul and Susan Schaeff Pineo spend summers in the Allegheny Mountains in Penn. and winters in Port Royal, S.C., where they take courses at U.S.C., such as “War of Northern Aggression“ (Civil War). * Sally White Butler had a nice trip to Tampa in March, where she met her daughter Linda from Indiana. They stayed at Clearwater Beach and had a wonderful time visiting family.
John Hilton and wife had a great time with Matt Perry and his wife in mid-July. Matt was unable to get to our reunion. Along with revisiting the Waterville area, they toured the farm of Helen and Warren Balgooyen ’63 in Norridgewock. * Debbie and Malcolm MacLean are currently in Japan. * Peter and Brenda Wrobleski Gottschalk spent the July 4th weekend hiking at Crater’s of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, and later went to Pike’s Peak Raceway, where they reached speeds of 180 mph. Peter drove his own car for a 120-lap race. * Gerry Tays and wife spent most of the summer traveling the Maritimes, Maine, and many states between Maine and Washington after our reunion. After being home long enough to do laundry, they headed to Yellowstone, where they volunteered at the Norris Soldier Station. * Penny and Ed Kyle spent two weeks in Virginia including some camping, touring D.C. on a Segway, and a beautiful family wedding in Nokesville. * Jim and Sue Welch Bishop play golf and more golf, along with traveling to lacrosse tournaments with grandsons. * Harry and Judy Hoagland Bristol returned from a 16-day riverboat cruise on the Rhone with six full days in Paris. They still have great memories of the reunion both in Camden and on Mayflower Hill. * I received a correction note regarding Frank Stephenson’s school in Calif., which was not named after our Frank, but after the author Robert Louis Stevenson in 1952. * Hank Sargent writes, “It is with joy and pride that I announce the recent gathering of the historically outstanding Colby D.U. House Band, ’58-’62 vintage. From the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, the real “Fab Five” (minus 2) banged out various fondly remembered R’n’R and other upbeat tuneage, to the glee of the multitudes in attendance. Once again, and at long last, sounds of Ray Charles, Little Richard, Fats Domino, and The Five Satins brought back fond and appreciative memories for all our fans. Returning to perform for a cheering crowd was none other than Johnny West from Chicago, alias John Grieco. After a 50-year engagement inside the Evanston bus terminal, the “Cheeksman” never sounded better. His version of Chain Gang and Trick Trickle brought the crowd to its feet, after which he laid down the classic blues ditty Goin’ To Chicago. You just had to be there! Providing a repertoire of chops, back beats, and rim-shots in such perfection reminiscent of the Krupas and the Richs, was our brilliant drum man, Sonny “Skins” Bryant. Mr. Bryant brought to the evening a laid-back, mellow, and soulful rhythm display, which masterfully drove the band and showcased his vast talents. A 10-minute solo blew the crowd away, and earned Mr. Bryant various cheering tributes, not to mention a selection of female undergarments, which messed up his concentration momentarily. Wow! Hank “Black Keys Only” Sargent, gave the group the necessary lyrical and musical guidance on keyboards, but spent most of the evening delivering cold ones to the other members of the group. Prof. William “Yabs” Hurder, of somewhere FL., our beloved bassist, was unable to attend due to his attendance at a high-stakes poker tournament. He has agreed to be with us at our next benefit, which will be held at Guy’s Cafe, in beautiful downtown Augusta, Maine. Also missing at the affair, but very much with us in memory, was our outstanding tenor sax man, Jack “Hot Licks” Bober ’64. The finest saxophone virtuoso of his era north of Baltimore, Jack’s musical brilliance, sense of humor, and friendship will always be cherished. We miss you man. It was a memorable night for us this past July, and most importantly, we had a blast!” * Finally, kudos to Judy Hoagland Bristol, Mike McCabe, and Nancy MacKenzie Keating for their outstanding and tireless work in spearheading our 50th reunion. There were many other helpers, but these three really outdid themselves planning, organizing, fundraising, and decorating.
Denny Dionne writes, “We are renting our Salem, N.H., condo and moving to Sarasota, Fla., full time.” The Dionnes plan future New England summer travel to visit family and friends. * Richard Fields pens, “Hard to believe it’s one year since hitting Mayflower Hill for our 50th. Kathy (Penn State ‘71) and I still live in Lexington, Mass., where she owns The Crafty Yankee, a gift, jewelry, and artisan shop. Kathy is involved in town politics; I proudly support the Scott Brown for U.S. Senate campaign in my spare time. Still working and am on four advisory boards in the watch (REACTOR: sports performance brand) and jewelry business. More air travel than I’d like—not like the good old days. Daughter Ali ’95 teaches at a Charter Montessori school in Newburyport. With husband Dan, she’s raising 3-year-old twins, Sam and Molly—bilingual in English and Spanish already and a wonderful handful. We never really ‘leave’ Maine, since we vacation in a 100-plus year-old original log cabin on Lake Mooselookmeguntic in Oquossoc-Rangeley Lakes region. Tough skiing at Sugarloaf this past winter—very little snow, so we went west for some powder. Softball and even an occasional ol’ man’s ice hockey foray keep reminding me of advancing age!” * From Wendy Ihlstrom Nielsen: “Celebrated husband Bob’s 75th birthday with 50 family and friends. Grandchildren and their parents enjoyed beach and birthday—fun for us all, especially children living in Ariz. and Va. Late in August began the process of cataract surgery. It’s going well, and I’m feeling fine. Best wishes to all!” * Bruce Staples retired from the Idaho National Laboratory 13 years ago. Bruce reports, “Now living the good life with wife Carol in Idaho Falls, one of the premier small cities of the nation.” * From Bill Byers, “Professor Emeritus E. Donaldson Koons died in July, and a memorial service was held in Lorimer Chapel. The geology department chair for many years, he was my adviser and mentor/friend while I was at Colby. For years after graduating, I would call him from somewhere in the U.S. to speak about the geology I was seeing. The last call I made was from the Ozarks. I recalled his lecture about the mountain geology and his awe of their upthrust in the midst of horizontal beds. When I mentioned I remembered the lecture from first semester in 1955, he was astonished. ‘My gosh,’ he said, ‘You remember that?’ Yes. I had drawn his diagram in my notebook. He had a profound influence on me. Faculty, staff, and former students attended the service. Most impressive, the memorial ended with members of a concert group in a conference at Colby played Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. The performers appeared in the sanctuary one by one, playing upon arrival. The volume slowly increased from a somber-voiced bass to violinists, a cello, and others. In came a conductor. One person walked about setting music stands. A flute, bassoon, and tympani, then a trumpeter appeared in the left balcony. Finally, men and women sang a cappella followed by full orchestra. We were in awe and tears with this profound, respectful, and sacred memorial for Doc Koons. He was 95. Search YouTube for ‘Donaldson Koons Ode to Joy,’ and see this wonderful performance!”
John and Becky Crane Rafferty sent August greetings from the coast of Maine as they sat on their porch looking across Penobscot Bay to the Samoset. The 100-year-old cottage has been in the Crane family for almost 75 years. Becky has spent part of every summer for at least 60 of those, and John about 40. They celebrated their 50th here two years ago with all their families present. Becky and John spent March in Myrtle Beach and visited Charleston on the way down and loved it. In June they took a 12-day Baltic capitol cruise, preceded by three days in Amsterdam. They spent a day with John’s cousin in Stockholm and were ferried around by friends in Copenhagen. They enjoy spending time with Sandy ’61 and Nancy Cunneen Boardman ’61, who also live in East Granby, Conn. * Jane and Peter Henderson have burned up the roads between Florida and Tennessee keeping up with their six grands. Peter feels privileged to still be singing with his favorite group of guys, the Colby Eight, at the annual Colby reunion. Bob Marier is usually there along with members ranging from ’58 through ’63. In July, his entire family trekked to Caribou, Maine, Pete’s hometown, to get a sense of what northern Aroostook County is all about. They saw the potato blossoms in full bloom, canoed on the Aroostook River, feasted on lobster rolls in Fort Kent, had some of the best barbecue in the U.S. off the Rib Truck in Presque Isle, visited his grandparent’s grave site in New Brunswick, Canada, and followed the St. John River across the top of Maine. * Deb Wilson Albee is getting used to two new knees! She had a fun get together with Wendy McWilliam Denneen, and Doug ’58 and Judy Ingram Hatfield, in July. Her youngest granddaughter, Madeleine Albee, was the Connecticut gold medal overall gymnastics champion last May. Exciting for a 12-year-old and her family! * Both Jock Knowles and Pete Cavari sent news about Steve Curley, who will be honored during the Family Homecoming Weekend with the much-coveted Carl Nelson award. President Bro Adams will present this award and his much overdue honorary Colby degree October 5. Thank you, Steve, for your many contributions to Colby over the past years. * Eunice Bucholz Spooner attended her youngest son’s wedding in New Haven, July 3, and saw Janice Rideout Carr and husband July 6. On July 7, at home, she fell out of her wheelchair, slid down a flight of stairs, and broke her neck for a second time (nearly 30 years apart). She had her first helicopter ride to Eastern Maine Hospital in Bangor, where the doctor put on her second halo. Tony ’57 and Bev Jackson Glockler visited her during rehab in Waterville. Thankfully, she is doing very well with her Great Dane puppy and three excellent caregivers. * Peg Jack Johnston loves being retired because she can be extra busy all the time. She is active with Rotary and ending polio, has two rescue cats and a rescue dog, babysits for her Denver son’s three kids, and travels for fun. This year, she’s been to Puerta Vallarta, Chicago, Sacramento (to visit her other sons and their families), and to Dunsmuir, Calif., with her 8-year-old granddaughter. Coming up for Peg are trips to Morocco and Hawaii. She finds time for some reading and exercise, and has taken up badminton. * Bette and Dick Peterson enjoy their three grandchildren, including 14-month-old fraternal twins and namesake 5-year-old boy. Dick and Bette had an adventurous trip to England in May, where they saw Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip riding close by in their carriage. They went to the Cotswolds for an eight-day walking trip. Dick retired recently, and then unretired to start up an insurance company with a friend from Wharton’s faculty. The company writes cybercrime insurance. * Ken Nigro and Jane Holden Huerta have breakfast together from time to time and wonder if anyone is interested in a mini-reunion in 2013. Please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As in the past, Colby Eight members from the late ’50s and early ’60s gathered alumni weekend to entertain class dinners. Ed Tomey and Keeton Arnett represented the Class of ’59 along with honorary class member Bob Marier ’60. Sadly, this was the first time in 56 years that Keet, Bob, and Ed sang without Jay Whitman. It was hard holding back the tears. Chris Whitman’s presence was strengthening. Earlier the Eight led assembled classes in “Hail, Colby, Hail,” dedicating it to Jay. They miss him. * In June the N.H. Center for Nonprofits presented Ed Tomey the inaugural Board Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to the state’s nonprofit sector. The award was based on 35 years of helping nonprofit boards and creating the Board Self-Assessment model. Ed and wife Maich Gardner took an 18-day trip through Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Rocky Mountain national parks in July. Ed had traveled through the Rockies on a motorcycle in 1974, the year Maich and he started dating, and he promised they would go to the mountains together someday. They never imagined they would be so awestruck. * Jim McIntosh started his 47th year as a professor at Lehigh. While he could retire at 76, he enjoys what he’s doing. Jim has had to give up noontime hoops but works out a couple of times a week. In addition to usual faculty duties, he’s faculty athletic representative to the NCAA and carries the university mace in academic processions, protecting the president, who marches behind him. The position allowed him to meet the Dali Lama. Sally Phelan McIntosh also works out at the Lehigh gym, also at 6:30 a.m. Retired after more than two decades in Lehigh’s library, she gardens and is active in charitable groups and politics. * Vera and Dick Morrison spent most of the summer at their home overlooking Penobscot Bay. In February they visited a friend in Key West and stopped in Ft. Lauderdale for lunch with Bob Keltie and his friend, Carol. * Bob Cockburn’s edition of Distant Summers: P.G. Downes’ Journals of Travels in Northern Canada, 1936-1947, has been published by McGahern Stewart. * Elaine Healy ’62 and Paul Reichert found a house in Westmoreland, N.H., and are fixing it up so they and their son, John, and his wife can move in. Paul finds the gravity pull very strong in N.H.—it’s a lot harder climbing ladders and getting up after pulling carpeting. They had a great time at Elaine’s 50th reunion. * Wendy Ihlstrom ’61 and Bob Nielsen had a busy summer celebrating Bob’s 75th birthday. Their children and their families came from Va. and Ariz., most staying for two to four weeks. They were exhausted! * Liz Hay Henderson lost her son, Stephen Hay Wilkinson, in June to hemochromatosis, the hereditary disease that Liz has. He lived with Liz and her husband for six years, and his disease was very different from Liz’s. She had no idea what was making him sick until about a week before he died. Now she is urging everyone to get regular blood testing for ferritin. Liz is making it and doing all she can to keep doing so. * Mary Jane and Tony Ruvo spent a week at Tanglewood and time on Hilton Head. They celebrated milestones this year—75th birthday and 50th wedding anniversary. * Bill and Edo Foresman Donaldson started their 13th year of full-time RVing. They continue to marvel at this country’s sights and love meeting friends and spending summers with family in Va., Conn., or Mass. As long as their health holds out, they have no end date. Hiking in the desert southwest tops their list! * Greg MacArthur is president of Viewpoint 2000, a corporate strategy and consulting company primarily in teleconferencing. He’s a consultant to videoconferencing companies and has written articles for Business Week, Forbes, and Inside Wall Street. Thanks to all for writing.
John ’55 and Jane Daib Reisman spent two weeks in East Boothbay in August. They connected with Olin and Willie McDonald Sawyer in Falmouth on their way north, as well as Barb Newhall Stevens and Marian Woodsome, who were on their way south. During their stay they saw other Colby friends: Bill and Cindy Allerton Rocknak, Mark ’54 and Larry Walker Powley ’54, and Kathy McConaughy Zambello ’56. “We always look forward to these visits each year!” * Marcia Griggs Atsaves has been busy—still working but also playing: tennis, swimming, exercise classes, and traveling when not at her house in McLean or beach apartment in Delaware. Her last trip was to Scottsdale, Ariz., to visit older son Andrew’s family and attend a granddaughter’s graduation. “It was so hot. Amazing, for May!” Next trip will be to St. Maarten’s over Thanksgiving with her stepbrother’s family. * Brad and Helen Payson Seager spent a very hot week in Vienna recently and then went to Tanglewood with 17,000 others—Beryl Scott Glover, you too? Brad fell on the way home and endured two ambulance rides before EMTs decided he could skip a stay in the hospital. “Aging is not for cowards! I want to come to the 55th, but we have a granddaughter graduating from Vassar in 2013. I hope it doesn’t interfere!” * Al Dean decided to sell the plane he built and flew for the last 10 years. Though he and wife Kay (German ’59) made many trips all over in the last 49 years, he “felt it was time to stop and do more traveling with somebody else doing the flight plans.” He and Kay see Wendy McWilliam Denneen ’60 and John Ludwig and wife Connie, and hear from David and Sheila Campbell Rhoades, who are doing well in Colorado and their second home in Montana. The Deans are also in touch with Jim ’59 and Sally Phelan McIntosh ’59. Coincidentally, Jim’s sister-in-law, Abby McIntosh, is a friend and neighbor of mine. Al emcees the Sunday jazz matinee, noon to 4 p.m., on NPR radio (WICN) in Worcester and still drives the 1955 VW bug he had sophomore year. He may bring it back for the 55th reunion, and “rides will be available.” * I am excited about an imminent trip to Tuscany, where my sister and I and two friends from Mass. will rent an apartment for a two-week stay on a farm estate. We’ll have a car rental and make up our own excursions around the countryside, sampling wines and luscious Italian cuisine, drinking in the lovely landscapes, etc. Before flying back to Logan we’ll be in Florence for two days, visiting museums and sampling life in the city. Arrivederci till the next issue, and please keep the news coming.
The Class of ’57 is certainly a well-traveled group to say the least. Read on and you will all agree that our voyages go far and wide! At our 55th reunion Dick Phillips was very pleased with Colby’s beautiful campus and shocked to find himself walking into a campus disco bar. Dick lives in Chestnut Hill, Mass., with his spousal equivalent and keeps busy traveling all over the world, from Africa to China to Alaska. He also plays the banjo with a local group, the Stone Street Strummers. * Refreshing his long-faded memory of Eastern European history, Lou and Bill Bois took a riverboat trip up the Danube to Hungary, Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria, in June. * In August, as president of the Sheldon Family Association, Dr. Jeanne Arnold Jeffries and husband Peter were pleased to host the annual meeting and reunion in Northampton, Mass. One of the highlights was a presentation by the mayor of Northampton of a proclamation that Aug. 7 was Sheldon Family History Day in honor of the original settler, Isaac Sheldon. * Dick and Perk Perkins Canton enjoyed beautiful Maine weather at their summer home on Long Lake in Bridgton. Good health and their families coming for visits make each day even better! * Rose Stinson Ebsworth and her husband took a summer trip was to Denmark to visit old friends and share a weekend with their American granddaughter who was there to take a course on Viking history and archeology. Back “home” in England, Rose enjoyed all the Olympics, especially the U.S. swimmers and gymnasts. * Don Tracy’s summer was busy, as always, entertaining family and friends, sailing on Penobscot Bay, and enjoying the lowest-priced lobster ever! * Eleanor Duckworth will be on sabbatical this fall and in December is looking forward to retirement and devoting time to modern dance; Eleanor is in three dance companies and also dances with other choreographers from time to time. That, plus involvement with a nonprofit started by former students, will allow no time for boredom. * Mikki Chomicz Manno had a fall last spring that caused a lot of damage “from head to toe” and forced her to cancel plans to attend reunion. Her recovery, thanks to good physical therapy and sheer grit, allowed Mikki to enjoy a nice summer on the Jersey shore. * Roberta Santora Hindert treated her two young granddaughters to a cruise in June to Alaska, where they enjoyed whale-watching and bonding without parents. Her favorite activity these days is rally competitions with her Labradoodle! * Andrea and Allan van Gestel traveled in June to Sweden, spending one week in Stockholm and a second week traveling the coast south to Karlsham. Allan was recently designated by a major pharmaceutical company to be on an arbitral panel for a hearing in a patent case being heard in The Hague. * Bob and Sue Fairchild Bean, Ellie Shorey Harris and her friend Harry, and Guy and I had a most enjoyable lunch together recently here in Yarmouth. Every one was in fine fettle, and it is always such fun to catch up face to face. In the summer Sue is in Kennebunkport and Ellie is at China Lake. * Sadly, we lost loyal class member and Colby supporter Mac Blanchard in August. Mac and wife Dot were hiking near their camp in Sebec, Maine, when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Our condolences go out to his wife and family. * We hope everyone has survived the political mudslinging that has been going on for months. Here’s to a more productive and cooperative four years!
Delighted to hear travel, family, and friends were part of summer holidays. * Bill Wyman writes, “Barbara Nardozzi Saxon is contemplating a move to California She says there’s more sun out here than in drab Florida anyway, and the people vote more intelligently.” * Dick Abedon and wife Robin drove to Fenway Park for a Red Sox game. They were joined in the owner’s box by Paula and Allan Landau ’55, Barbara and David “Sonny” Slater, and Phyllis and Bob Sage ’49, all hosted by Paula and Peter Lunder. The Abedon’s also traveled to Bar Harbor and Campobello. * Bob and Barbara “BJ” Davis Howard enjoy activities of their eight grandchildren. They hosted a gathering of their Vermont Farm Group for its 75th anniversary. Bob has a website with essays (criticalchristian.com). * Brian Stompe’s vegetable garden was thriving and salmon season off the Maine coast prompted good trips on his boat with friends. He took his little brother from Big Brothers Big Sisters for a four-day boat camping trip and does something with him each week. Brian is active in the Sons in Retirement flyfishing and financial groups. He’ll get to be Big Sir in January. He enjoys good health as does wife Susan, who is active in the community. * Judi Pennock Lilley made her annual trip to Maine in August, visiting in Southport with Heppy Reed Powers, Mary Danforth Lozier ’57, Harry and Lyn Brooks Wey, Dave and Rosie Crouthamel Sortor, and Bill Wyman at the home of Barbara Nardozzi Saxon. After time at the Cape with her sister, Judi returned to Chapel Hill and U.N.C., where she’s “filled with all that youthful stimulation that keeps the old folks interested and moving—sports, lectures, and cultural events galore. Escaping the southern heat in the summer, thanks to my generous hostesses in great locations up north, is a good thing.” * After 30 years of teaching and research at universities, Barbara Duer Arnstine didn’t see herself getting any better after 65, so she didn’t “drag it out.” Retirement is more exciting than expected. She and Don owned and raced harness horses and bought a few more. A 3-year-old trotting filly aptly named Fortunista, is in the top five in the country. “Nicest thing about owning a harness horse? You can get lucky (as we did) and there is always hope.” * In April Pam and Karl Honsberger visited Naomi and Andy Anderson during their annual trip to Hilton Head, where the Honsberger’s lived for seven years. In August they visited Judy (Merrill ’58) and Bob Erb in N.H. and had a great dinner with Joan and Phil Ives ’57 and Rick ’55 and Nancy Perron Ives ’55. Next stop, Bar Harbor and the cottage of Warren ’57 and Babs Faltings Kinsman. Lastly, lunch with Bob ’58 and Joan Hoffman Theve ’59 in Melvin Village, N.H. Pam and Karl saw their two daughters, son, and seven grandchildren in Conn. and N.H. before heading home. * Paula and Peter Lunder had a spectacular summer. Jean (Van Curan ’55) and Larry Pugh, Harry and Lyn Brooks Wey, Peter and Hope Palmer Bramhall, Kathy McConaughy Zambello, Barbara Nardozzi Saxon, and Bill Wyman welcomed Dave and Rosie Crouthamel Sortor and Tess and John Jubinsky to the Portland area in August for a mini-reunion. Paula and Peter suggest our class should consider attending Alumni College. “We send our best wishes to the Class of ’56!” * I traveled to France to visit my daughter, son-in-law, and 8-year-old grandson, who brought me to two beautiful Loire Valley châteaux: Villandry with its incredible gardens and Ussé, said to be the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty. I even had lunch with a former Latin student who lives in Paris. Small world!
Greetings ’55ers! I’m so glad to be healed and return to my duties with the Colby column, but not without a huge thanks to dear Ann Burnham Deering, who kept our news alive by filling in since December and doing such a SUPER job! * All of us in the Class of ’55 want to express our sincere sympathies to Sue Biven Staples on Sel’s death, to Germaine Michaud Orloff (her husband, Paul), to Sistie Restall Horne (her husband, Bob), to Dave Roberts, (his wife, Ruth), and of course, to the family of Donaldson Koons, who will be remembered as our great geology professor and dear friend. Forgive me if I have omitted someone. We are saddened and always like to think that life goes on for all of us. Sue wrote that Sel’s interment in N.H. was attended by many Colby friends, including Kathy McConaughy Zambello ’56, Dave Roberts, Nate and Winnie Robertson Miller ’54, and Bob Thurston ’54. Jane Millet Dornish shared that at the memorial for Donaldson Koons students and staff of the Atlantic Music Festival entered the chapel by ones and twos performing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, sung by the choral group. She and husband Karl ’54 were overwhelmed. * On a lighter note, Jane Whipple Coddington enjoyed the last weeks of summer at their house on Vermont’s Lake Bomoseen. With boating, reading, entertaining, swimming, eating, and sleeping, this is the epitome of retirement! * Another retiree, Marilyn Faddis Butler, is fortunate. Armed with her B.A., plus 30 from Columbia in French, she took a course in Spanish and passed a reading exam in Latin, which she managed to do using a tutor. Thus she was able to teach French and Spanish at the high school level. * Ellie Small Wheaton Hudson’s granddaughter Annie graduated from Hamilton in May and landed a job with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, where she interned last summer. Another granddaughter, Megan, is at Maine College of Arts. Megan attended field hockey camp at Colby this summer with girls from many other states. “I was surprised,” said Ellie, “I expected only Maine girls. The campus was lovely as always!” * Having returned from vacation in Maine, where he enjoyed the low-cost lobsters, John Reisman had several visits with Kathy McConaughy Zambello ’56, Mark ’54 and Larry Walker Powley ’54, and many 1958 Tri Delt friends of Jane (Daib ’58). John was honored for 18 years as community volunteer counselor at Employment for Seniors, a job referral agency for folks over 50. * Jo Bailey Campbell sold the house in Waldoboro and is downsizing to an apartment at 58C Glidden Street, Newcastle. Jo knows her neighborhood well—as a child she lived on that street and moved to Academy Hill at eight years old. This fall she’ll take two courses from the Coastal Senior College, a branch of the University of Maine, Rockland. * Class president George Haskell was unavailable, but wife Karen offered some family news. Their youngest daughter, Alexandra, will be married very soon, and daughter Kate just returned home from a deployment as a Navy pilot in Qatar. * John Dutton writes, “Wife Jane and I took a seven-day guided tour of the Grand Canyon and the Utah parks of Bryce Canyon and Zion. During our walk along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, I remembered that Dr. Koons did much of his graduate work there. In July, we traveled from California’s high desert to Bodega Bay. Somehow we eluded Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘birds.’ I’m in contact with Rod Howes ’52, Aubrey Keef ’54, Bob Thurston ’54, Gil Alfano, and Dave Roberts.” * In 1951, the real beginning of our four years at Colby, my dad reminded me, “Start small, think tall, and have a ball!” So 67 years later, happy fall to one and all.
Greetings from the northwest corner of Connecticut. Sue Johnson recently spent time on a 10-day Road Scholars trip in the Canadian Maritimes. At home, she continues her involvement with lifelong learning classes, dance performances, and concerts at James Madison University’s new arts center. * Bob Fraser received a parachute jump for his 80th birthday from wife Lin, who, for his 70th birthday, had given him an hour-long duel in a T-6 WWII airplane he flew in pilot training in 1954. Once out the plane’s door, Bob’s reaction was, “It’s damn cold, and maybe I AM crazy.” The drop started at 14,000 feet with a 9,000-foot free fall. * Frank ’53 and Judy Jenkins Totman took a marvelous trip to N.M., visiting Carlsbad Cavern (“an amazing place”) and White Sands National Park. Judy had a one-person exhibit of her pastel paintings at Great Bay Community College in September. * Colby “Judy” Thompson Lowe has traveled to Georgia, Michigan (to celebrate the big 80th), N.Y.C. (“just to be there and see a ballet or two”), and California (to celebrate Thanksgiving with daughter Meg). * Vic Scalise spent two months in Ocean Park, Maine, seeing family and friends. He attended the annual KDR lobster bake at the home of Al and Mary Ann Pilon Obery. Helen Cross Stabler, Evelyn Bryant (wife of Joe Bryant ’53, who died in 2011), Ron ’55 and Ellie Turner Swanson, and Bill ’53 and Ann Eilertson McDonough ’55 were there to enjoy the feast. Throughout the summer, Vic has preached in seven churches in Maine, Mass., and R.I. Summer’s end will be celebrated with an Alaskan cruise. * As of Sept. 1, my new address is 52 Undermountain Road, Salisbury, Conn. 06068; phone: 860-435-9778; e-mail: email@example.com. My big news, however, is that on Aug. 21, I shot my age at the Southwick, Mass., country club.
I will begin with a correction to the summer 2012 news. Web Anderson visited Paul Wescott, not “Paul Scott,” in Portland. This was a spell-check error in Web’s news. Paul has since seen the Andersons in N.H. and had plans for dinner with Bob Grindle in early August. Paul retired in September 2011 after 35 years CEO of Howell Laboratories in Bridgton, Maine. He also practiced law for 21 years, with extracurricular activity as a trustee of the University of New England (and received an honorary degree there in 2006). Now he is on the board of the Maine Historical Society. He has eight children and 14 grandchildren. Like many retirees, he is interested in his genealogy and will travel to Devon, U.K., to seek his origins in the 1600s. Paul and wife Peggy plan to limit their travels after years of travel all over the globe. * John Lee is back from a two-week cruise to Bermuda, the Azores, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona. His grandson is home from Afghanistan and now in Missouri, and his daughter is safely home from Iraq. * Quinn and Ruth Sheehan Bersani are still active in volunteer activities at Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mass. They often see Barbara Cheeseman Hooper ’52. Quinn and Ruth cruised from Boston along the Maine coast in September. They stopped at Colby, as a lot of us (me included) did this summer. * Bob and Claire Macy Dubis sold their home in Naples, Fla., and returned to Chatham, Mass., where she has family. Her daughter’s husband is in his second deployment in Kuwait and Afghanistan. The rest of her family keeps busy in their construction business on the Cape. She and Bob enjoy the children and the outdoor pool, but no more golf. She calls these times ‘the metallic years,’ “You have silver in your hair, gold in your teeth, and lead in you’re a--.” Claire sees Joey Leader Creedon occasionally, but she doesn’t hear from other classmates. * Ginnie Falkenbury Aronson added a little about her trip adventures with Carolyn English Caci. They went on a memory tour, stopping on Memorial Day weekend at Carolyn’s family grave sites. That took in not only Mass., but also N.H. Their news in our last column told about their visit to see Mark ’54 and Lorraine “Larry” Walker Powley ’54, but added that they had lobster five more times that week in Maine. Their trip ended in Portland, where they visited Carolyn’s first great-grandchild and took many four-generation pictures. * Almost all the notes this time said they were looking forward to our 60th reunion, June 6-9, 2013.
Hi folks! Nita Hale Barbour attended the 60th in June and said, “Our reunion committee did a great job of providing for our aging group. The campus was sparkling and so welcoming. I also had a delightful afternoon reunion Aug. 3 with Beverly Cushman Pratt and Joyce Root Laubach at Bev’s home in Bangor. We were roommates for four years, starting at Foster Hall on the old campus and continuing at Louise Coburn on Mayflower Hill.” * Carolyn Stigman Burnham writes, “Nothing too exciting—just another boring summer in our little Raymond home and beautiful beach on spectacular Sebago Lake. Stop by in person to chat or visit our website (wind-in-pines.com).” * Evelyn Walker Mack writes that in June, “A friend and I took a 20-day cruise in the Mediterranean. We visited Italy, the Greek Islands, Athens, Turkey, Sicily, Monaco, Spain, Palma de Mallorca, and Tunisia. (Got a history lesson about Hannibal crossing the Alps. It seems that he and his men rowed the elephants from Carthage to Spain and departed for Rome from there.) Highlights of the trip were a day in Rome and seeing flames at the top of Mt. Etna.” * Dick Chamberlin and his wife live on the shores of Salmon Lake in Belgrade, Maine, year round. This summer they enjoyed riding around the lake in their pontoon boat. They usually see eagles nesting on the opposite shore, osprey vying for fish with the eagles, and this summer they watched two loon chicks grow up. “It has been a strange weather year with plants and flowers coming in earlier than usual. Our lake water temperature reached 85 this summer.” Dick arrived at reunion for the Friday class luncheon. * And finally, a message from Betsy Fisher Kearney Caldwell, “Returned on Aug. 24 from three weeks in Europe—a cruise from Stockholm to St. Petersburg, and ending up in Copenhagen. We stayed there a week, renting a car and panicking that we’d hit a biker (there were so many). Great country. Then spent a week in France, where Roy’s son is administering the French program for St. Lawrence University for the year. (Now am doing laundry and trying to recover.) Visited Els Warendorf Hulm ’51 in N.H. on the way to Waterville and Nancy Nelson Cedrone in Md. on the way back to Ala. It was great seeing so many at reunion.” * And from yours truly, I sure hope that none of you have suffered in the path of Hurricane Isaac, which blew and rained its way through the Gulf Coast regions. Nature has certainly not dealt happy blows this summer! Hope the fall will be good to all.
Ed Bittar has had an interesting career as a professor (now emeritus) of physiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His family consists of wife, three daughters, and a son. They all have great musical abilities, playing violin and oboe. They’re not amateurs, just good musicians who teach and play. * Speaking of talent, our class musician has been John Linscott of Portland, Maine. He’s written another musical, complete with costuming and dance, which will launch in spring 2014, hopefully all the way to Broadway! Good luck, John. Keep us informed. * I recently had the pleasure of meeting Charlie Tobin on Cape Cod. Charlie has owned and run the Old Wharf Inn in Dennisport for 42 years. He looks great and invites Colby-ites to visit him when possible. In the fall he’ll return to Sun City, where he relaxes with friends. Keep it up Charlie! * We heard again from the illustrious Richard Bowen. After many years in the public sector, he’ll retire from his activities involving the youth of Lawrence, Mass. I’m sure that he has left a lot of fond memories of saving the youth from all the things they were concerned with over the years. Good luck for your future, Richard. * Walt Russell and I share daily e-mails, and we are determined to make big changes in our Washington representation, for the good of patriots. * Bill Ashbaugh has developed a new career of repairing collectible computers. He also drives his motorbike, along with his wife, sometimes 25 to 50 miles—it sure beats walking. * I want to thank all our classmates for sending along some personal info and thoughts about Colby. I hope George Wales and Ted Shiro will keep on moving on the sports roads, even for a walk now and then. Remember Colby in your will and have a wonderful fall season.
Jean Chickering Nardozzi lives in Hobe Sound, Fla., in the winter and Pembroke, N.H., during the summer. Her eldest grandson, Rob, has his own business and employs 10 men to install carpet/tiles in shopping centers, college, and public buildings. Sarah is a teacher and missionary in Honduras, and Kristen is an ice-dance skater. Jean has a year-old great-grand baby, Rob’s first child. Since retiring, Jean has developed and written Bible studies and led groups in Fla. and N.H. She began a healing prayer ministry in her N.H. church, which is still operating. “I remember Pop Newman’s words, ‘Read the Bible, it will change your life.’” Jean paints in oils and watercolors and enjoys doing portraits. She used to go to Europe, but traveling between Fla. and N.H. is enough! She loves golf and plays regularly. * Charlotte Shoul Backman and her husband live in a retirement community in Dedham, Mass. They recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. Their two living children, Larry and Ellen, each have two children, three of whom are through college and the youngest in high school. Their third child, Joan, died in an accident at 24. Charlotte enjoys relearning bridge after 58 years. She loves to walk, bird watch, and swim and has become a Friday afternoon symphony lady! She’s been a fundraiser in the Boston Jewish community and is a pen pal for the Dedham public schools. Other activities include book club and more than 40 years taking college courses at B.C. in history and English, courses missed at college because of a biochemistry major. Charlotte has had some problems with her neck, back, arm, and shoulder, the latter due to competitive tennis. They have done Elderhostels to Gettysburg and “best of all, Tanglewood.” She wrote, “I hope you are all well and can laugh as much as I do. We’re all getting to be really old. I intend and strive to be 98, sharp and active.” * Jerold Wilbur lives in Ocklawaha, Fla. He was married for 57 years to Lauris, who is deceased. He has two daughters and two granddaughters. He is retired and spends time reading, horseback riding, walking, and watching baseball and football. He is a hospital volunteer in Ocala. Jerold and a friend drove to Calif. in an old R.V. and spent two months there. * Mary Anne “Ma” Seward Crafts is dealing with the loss of her husband, Redd, last December after almost 58 years of marriage. They didn’t have children, but she is fortunate to have a sister living close by. She and Redd loved travel and spent many vacations hiking and backpacking. After retirement they moved to Penn. and did “expedition cruising” in ships that never had more than 150 passengers. Recently Ma and her sister traveled to Greece and Turkey on Sea Cloud, a four-masted sailing barque built in 1931 by Marjorie Merriwether Post and E.F. Hutton. She wants to continue these trips as long as possible and was headed to Norway, Greenland, and various Arctic islands. When at home she works in the yard, volunteers at the local conservation organization, attends musical events at Penn State, and tries “to keep from slacking on exercise.” * Frank Jones’s wife died in 2010. He lives at Hunt Retirement Community in Nashua, N.H. He had a hip implant in June and hopes to return to golfing. * Barbara Starr Wolf is in Mass. May-October and Argentina November-April. Her oldest grandchild is at Bates. Through the Little Brothers, Little Sisters organization, she reads in Spanish to a “shut-in.” Barbara is retired and keeps busy with gardening, a book club, and travel. She has traveled to Argentina, to see the Perito Moreno glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park and took a cruise in southern Chile to see the fiords and the receding glacier of Laguna San Rafael.
Thanks to Jean Desper Thurston, I have a bit of news. She writes, “This past June, three former Mower House residents had their second annual mini-reunion at my house in Nobleboro, Maine. Betsy Brown Gordon, Elaine Noyes Cella, and I spent three days together. We visited the Pemaquid Lighthouse Museum and Art Gallery and the Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay. Despite the very hot weather we had a good time, although we were disappointed that Janet Pride Davis unexpectedly couldn’t come and that Kathryn Garrick Alex had a family event.” * Well, you can see I meant it when I said “a bit of news!” Hopefully, I’ll hear from more of you when my next request for news hits your e-mail inbox.
The month of June was difficult for us, as Aaron Sandler suffered a brief illness and passed away. * His former roommate, Jordan “Ike” Kaplan, died shortly thereafter, in early June. David had remained in contact with Sandy and Ike all these years, and both of them had been to our house in Florida (Ike as recently as last winter). Sandy and Ike were roommates in Hedman Hall and both of them, as did David, joined the Navy and returned to live on the third floor of the West Quad in the center of the building known as Chaplin on Mayflower Hill in the fall of 1946. They were members of the first class of men to live on The Hill. * Kay Weisman Jaffe wrote of health problems in the summer and fall of 2011 including Lyme disease and all the attendant miseries and a facial cancer operation that was beautifully done by a great surgeon. Then after “Mike had both cataracts removed and his own basal cell cancer nicely removed, we decided after my six weeks of radiation to plan some escapes. The first was to Tampa with friends where we did the touristy things and relaxed via the Dali Museum, the manatees, and such. Late March and early April found us in Ireland and, wonder of wonder, it never rained, but there were plenty of sheep, some sheep dogs, forts and castle, and sad stories of the famine and the Titanic. Of course we fortified ourselves with daily Guinness. By late April, I was ready to celebrate my 85th closer to home. We honored that milestone traveling from North Carolina to Maryland and up to Connecticut. The three shindigs and happy vacationing between were enough to dull the 2011 troubles. All’s well with such a nice ending.” * Dot Worthley Cleaver wrote, “Having a good summer as I follow communications with three granddaughters, some in Teach America, from an Arizona Navaho Indian Reservation to American Samoa to a farm in Norway. They all have graduated from college and are determined to give something back to those who have started them on their way to a lifetime education. I am still well, living in our home on the Kennebec River, canoeing and fishing, and involved in some community work ... just a town away from Colby. It is as beautiful a campus as it was over 64 years ago! I am still indebted for the education that was given me there at one of the loveliest spots on earth.” * We are planning to return to Jupiter, Fla., in early October. Actually, only two people wrote to us for this edition. We need a greater response from our class for the winter edition, so please let us hear from you. Any information you care to send will be helpful. We are certain that your classmates will appreciate your effort.
David Weber was recently asked by his World War II outfit to contribute his memories of fighting throughout Europe. The result is a story and photos posted online (76thdivision.com/dcweber/Memories385thIR_cweber.html). David was drafted his freshman year at Colby and served as a radio operator in Europe, including during the Battle of the Bulge. He returned to Colby after the war to finish his degree, studying with professors including Alfred K. Chapman ’25, Mary Marshall, Franklin McCoy, Norman Palmer ’30, and George Parmenter (for whom, woefully, he was an inadequate chemistry student). David writes, “My wife and I continue to relish the cooling breezes from the Pacific felt at our home in Newport Beach, Calif. We moved here in 2011, after I’d retired from Stanford University, to be near our children. It’s a life of reading, writing, volunteering, hiking, computers, photography, leading nature walks, and occasional travels. This October, we shall spend several days in Death Valley, followed by cruising up the historic Columbia River to Idaho on an authentic paddlewheel ship. The past 65 years since graduation have certainly been a festival of events and sights. I still hear from my best chum of 80 years, Robert Witherill, also retired and now living with his wife in lovely Belfast."
Marie “Connie” Daviau Bollinger is “very happy to be still alive.” She heads her church book club, belongs to a group called Women on a Journey, and does a lot of baking for one of her sons who lives nearby. With 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grands, and another on the way, she’s grateful to also have wonderful friends who keep her happy. * In August, Doris and Maurice Whitten attended the 73rd summer conference of the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers (NEACT). Maurice was the oldest member in attendance—both in age and in membership. He became a member in 1945, right after graduation. Maurice recalls that in 1957 the conference was held at Colby with Professor Evans Reid serving as conference host and Maurice as cochair for arrangements. NEACT made Maurice an honorary member in 1978.
Bill Hibel wrote a most interesting letter telling of his activities. He entered Colby with the Class of 1944. If you still have your Colby Oracle for 1941, you will find him pictured with his Tau Delta Phi frat brothers. In my last column I mentioned that everything changed after Pearl Harbor, and Bill was one of many that left Colby. He enlisted in the Army and served three years, with half that time in the Pacific theater. He returned to Colby in February 1946 intending to resume where he left off. However he had met “a beautiful cadet nurse.” All thought of college was gone! They’re still happily married 65 years later and living in Florida. They have two children, both with a Ph.D., as well as grandchildren with advanced degrees. Fifty-seven years later Bill went back to night school and got an A.A. degree “just to have something to hang on the wall.” * Third time never fails, they say, and this was the year that Nancy Pattison McCarthy and I actually got together here in Rockport. She comes to the area each summer to visit her sister. We got together for lunch, with her daughter, Nancy, doing the driving. We spent a couple of hours just chatting and reminiscing. * Colby had a spectacular event this August in Rockport, Maine, at the Megunticook golf course clubhouse, hosted by Chase ’53 and Nan Murray Lasbury ’53. It was a large gathering in a spectacular location with speaker Professor G. Calvin Mackenzie and wife, Sarah Vose Mackenzie ’70. The subject was “Revisiting and Rethinking Vietnam.” They had just returned from a six-month sabbatical there, both as Fulbright Scholars. Most interesting, as most of us know so little about that country as it is now.
Ben Harding was grand marshal for the annual Thomaston, Maine, Independence Day parade. Since retiring from a career at the cement plant, Ben has been active in civic duties. At 94 he still attends the Federated Church, participates in community activities, and corresponds with people everywhere.