Jay ’10 and Bonnie Foley Mangold ’10 were featured in a profile in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for their extensive philanthropic efforts. Both lawyers in Pittsburgh, the couple is involved with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. ♦ Allison Baxter ’11 joined the law firm of Jackson O’Keefe in Wethersfield, Conn. Baxter graduated magna cum laude from Hofstra University School of Law. ♦ Matthew Boyes-Watson ’12 and David Stanton ’14 were named to the “25 Under 25” list by Beta Boston. Boyes-Watson is the founder and CEO of Jumpshell, a real estate startup based in Somerville, Mass. Stanton works for DraftKings, the online fantasy football company, and has started his own company, GymSnap, a mobile app that gives college students real-time information about their athletic center.
Our first column will appear in the next issue of Colby Magazine, so watch this space for updates on our classmates. I’m thrilled to be our first correspondent—send me news anytime at the address above. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Tyler White married his best friend, Christina, in Lorimer Chapel last June. Danny Fowler, Lucas Killcoyne, Forrest Lovett, Annika Moline, Brian Palmer, Cecil Papafio, Kevin Smithwood, Caroline Southwick, Ty Steinhauser, and Natasha Ziv all returned to the Hill for the occasion. Also in attendance were Thomas Attal ’15 and Tyler Papa ’15 as well as many current and graduated members of the Blue Lights (who of course, gave a rousing and joyous performance at the reception). Congratulations Tyler and Christina! * Nick Merrill and Jacob Kandel ’16 traveled to Colombia, where they taught basketball to local youths. * Matt Carroll left his private banking job in Denver to reunite with Grey Benjamin, Justin Swansburg, and other 2014 alums. Matt will be pursuing his dream job of looking at numbers. * Will Hochman has been training and working as an actor in New York off-off-Broadway shows, independent films, short films, student films, commercials, and web series. Will wrote, directed, and acted in two short plays and two short films. He’s entered his first submission to several film festivals across New York. Break a leg Will! * Tom Nagler is finishing up a year of culinary school and hopes to open the sister location to Portland’s famed Duck Fat restaurant in Waterville. * Andy Vandenberg passed the level two CFA and lives in Murray Hill with Mike Foresta. John Madeira recently joined them in New York City and is working with Julia Blumenstyk at the Ad Council. John enjoys surfing and sampling microbrews in Brooklyn on the weekends. * I still enjoy living in Southern California and like John, have been surfing a lot. I’ll also be competing in a 50-mile bike race with Noah VanValkenburg ’13 in Baja California spanning from Rosarito to Ensenada. In October I attended the famed El Clásico Tapatío soccer match in Guadalajara, which pitted crosstown Liga MX rivals Club Deportivo Guadalajara and Club Atlas.
As always, it was great to hear from many of you! Unfortunately, the more humorous updates may have to be archived until Colby Magazine decides to release a joke issue. * Over the summer Matt LaPine and Emily Unger moved from Boston to Asheville, N.C. Matt writes, “We’re looking forward to exploring the exploding craft beer scene and the endless opportunities to hike, bike, and explore the area.” * Liz Malone is in New York City and recently began a teacher preparation program at a language-immersion private school. * Becca Levenson continues to live in NYC working for Phaidon Press but has moved from publicity to marketing and business development, representing the company at trade shows across the country and doing outreach for new partnerships. * Also working in Manhattan are Lisa Hoopes and Lauren Zion, both at LiveIntent. Last summer they—along with Tess Petesch, who began graduate school at Duke this fall—embarked on “the trip of a lifetime” hiking the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon. See a photo of the trio at colby.edu/alumni on the “stay connected” tab. * Ben Brauer and dog Bubba live in South Boston with Pat Harper and other friends. Ben began a new job with Cambridge Associates and looks forward to meeting up with more Mules in the area. * Abbott Matthews is in Brazil on a Fulbright until November and then is headed back to the U.S. She writes, “Best part of my second year in Brazil was a visit from teammate and roommate Claire Dunn. We saw Brasília and Rio de Janeiro and caught up before she headed to UNC for the beginning of her Ph.D. program in political science!” A photo of Abbott and Claire is also online at colby. edu/alumni. * Many others started grad school this fall. Tyler Lauzon began law school at the University of Maine, Brittney Bell started school at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine, and Alexandre Caillot—who we voted most likely to become a professor—began his Ph.D. in American military history at Temple University. He adds, “The transformation from a Mule to an Owl is a hoot!” * Julia Knoeff has finished graduate school, having completed international development studies at the University of Amsterdam. She’s now participating in a two-year traineeship at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands and hopes to welcome some Mules to her home in Amsterdam! * Anna Caron writes, “I just finished up two years of AmeriCorps service with City Year N.H., the first year in a third-grade classroom and the second as an AmeriCorps VISTA in development. This fall I’m starting my M.Ed. in elementary education at UNH.” * Ginny Keesler was selected for the inaugural class of the Kuehn Fellows Program, a new initiative from the Kuehn Charitable Foundation, which works on affordable housing and historic preservation. Ginny will work as an asset management analysis for the Community Builders. * Stay in touch!
After three magical years in Boston, Clare Saunders moved to sunny LA to start her Ph.D. in philosophy at UCLA. She lives in West Hollywood and, when she’s not thinking about virtue ethics, tries to spot celebrities and works on her tan. While I’m sad that she left me on the East Coast, I’m looking forward to visiting her in California. * Exciting news from one of our favorite 2012 couples: Chessy Breene and Joe Albano got engaged in Boston in July! * Sandhya Fuchs graduated from Oxford, where she completed an M.Phil. in social anthropology. Since then, she moved to London to pursue her Ph.D. in anthropology at the London School of Economics. * Tim Corkum ’11, Aleah Starr ’11, Hannah DeAngelis, Jillian Howell, and Lindsay Hylek moved out of their beloved Jamaica Plain, Mass., apartment in September. However, they’re finding it hard to stay sad knowing that Hannah and Aleah will be getting married in Readfield, Maine, next summer. Congratulations to these Colby College sweethearts! * Campbell Stevenson, Pat Henke ’13, and Alexander Chase moved out West and work for a maple syrup conglomerate. * Evan O’Neill took a new job as director of business development at Aquto, a mobile startup, and recently moved into an apartment near Davis Square in Somerville, Mass., with Ryan Trafton and Tom Hurley. This summer he traveled to Wildwood, N.J., where he participated in the world’s largest beach Ultimate tournament with a Colby alumni team. * Nicole Rainville started as a first-year medical student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. * Bailey Girvan and Dave Morneau bought their first house together in Longmeadow, Mass., last winter. Dave works as an actuary at The Hartford and Bailey is the development assistant for the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. * Thanks to all who sent updates. It was nice to hear from all of you. Here’s to a wonderful fall and winter!
Sarah A. Martinez graduated from Georgetown University with her M.S. in psychology. * In her second year as an EMU Bright Futures site coordinator at Holmes Elementary in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kelly Riffer runs an awesome after-school enrichment program for students in grades 2-5. * Sonia Mahabir began a new job in admissions at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She shares an apartment with Lisa Park, who is a first-year general-surgeon resident. * Amy Hernandez started business school at Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell. Jacob Schwartz ’09 is in her class. * In June Heather Pratt and David Lowe got engaged in Maine. Their wedding will take place at Colby next summer. Both Heather and Dave currently teach at a high school in Connecticut. * Aqsa Mahmood was promoted to sales officer at JPMorgan within the corporate and investment bank’s treasury services business, which covers large multinational corporations. * Clifford Katz moved to Los Angeles to pursue his M.B.A. at the University of Southern California. * In May Adan Hussain graduated with his M.A. in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University. He now works full time as the program coordinator for OSU’s multicultural center doing bias awareness and bias incident prevention work. * Matthew Smith finished his semiprofessional Ultimate Frisbee season playing for the Atlanta Hustle with 66 goals. The team made an appearance on the Sportscenter Top Ten. Alexander Morris ’14 also plays semipro Ultimate, for the San Francisco Dogfish. * This fall Ramsey Meigs started his first year at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where he will pursue a dual M.B.A. and master of forestry degree. * Elizabeth Fontaine and Karlyn Adler were selected as fellows for Teachers College’s Klingenstein’s Institute for Beginning Career Teachers. Liz entered her fifth year teaching and coaching at Wilbraham & Monson and got engaged to Michael Squindo in August. The wedding is planned for July 2016. * After a recent move to Pennsylvania, Preston Kavanagh started work as an actuarial analyst for Madison Consulting Group. * Patrick Burns is busy running his own art consulting and installation business. Galleries in Chicago, Dallas, Amsterdam, and London sell his work. * Frances Nixon married Jon Denote in June. Hannah Lafleur, Margot Apothaker, Leah Turino, and Judy Merzbach were bridesmaids, and Peter Bruhn ’01 was a groomsman. * Angela Warner married Gill Haylon ’10 Aug. 1 in Lenox, Mass., with 28 Mules in attendance, including bridesmaids Chelsea Heneghan, Grayson Palmer, and Rian Ervin, and groomsmen Adam Choice ’10, Andrew Katz ’10, Dave Hendrie ’10, and Michael Russell. The featured cocktail was a Colby (Moscow) Mule! A photo from each wedding is online at colby.edu/alumni under the “stay connected” tab.
Blythe Miller graduated from Fordham University School of Law and moved to Long Island to start a job as an assistant district attorney at the Suffolk County district attorney’s office. * Katia Setzer was chosen as the 2015 Visual Artist for the Music@Menlo festival in California and spent several months painting in preparation for her summer exhibition there. She’s still painting away in her Philly studio, getting ready for a solo exhibition at the Benton Museum (Conn.) in April. * In September Kaggie Orrick returned to Botswana to work for at least a year. But not before finishing up two weeks in France and Spain at a conservation biology conference. Her highlights from reunion include Andy Oakes-Caseau and Ross Connor DJing, making the Pierce basement the place to be both Friday and Saturday night, sunrise on the steps, Katie Unsworth for designing the most amazing bro-tanks anyone could ask for, Laure-Helene Oakes-Caseau for a wonderful slideshow of memories, and Sameera Anwar for being a fabulous co-reunion president! * Kat Cosgrove’s favorite reunion moment was just sitting on frat row in the beautiful sunshine, sipping a Sam’s summer, looking at Miller, and being surrounded by ’10ers. It was a goofy, magical feeling. * The Colby five-year reunion kicked off Sameera Anwar’s summer adventures! Spending time on frat row with friends, watching the sunrise on Miller steps, and eating at Riverside and Pad Thai were some of her best moments. Since then, she enjoyed summer travels in Croatia, Bahrain, India, and Nepal, where she met up with Lokesh Todi ’09. * Erik Johnson’s favorite moment at reunion was Todd Herrmann’s memorable performance at the 2010 class dinner! * Brandon Pollock has already purchased lift tickets for Jackson Hole this winter and will be crushing powder with Caity Murphy. * Caity Murphy spent another summer in the shadow of the Tetons, but has a heavy heart for the family and friends of Catherine Nix, a fellow Colby ’10 and Jacksonite who died in August after suffering a fall on Teewinot Mountain. Nix is forever in the thoughts and prayers of both amazing communities.
Jackie Dao Dinneen ’05 works in the Office of the First Lady on Let Girls Learn, Michelle Obama’s newest initiative. Dinneen is the associate policy director. ♦ Benjamin Morse ’09 was profiled in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel for his work in West Africa. Morse was adminstering surveys in Sierra Leone aimed at analyzing the spread of the Ebola virus. ♦ Adam Choice ’07 was one of six Colby men’s basketball alumni quoted in a New York Times story on a game in which the Mules held Stephan Curry—now an NBA star, then with Davidson College—to 10-for-24 shooting.
Shirmila Cooray married Tommy Szalasny (Northwestern ’09) in Berkely, Calif. Senior-year roommates Tarini Manchanda, Ena Lupine, and Amelia Nebenzahl were bridesmaids. Also in attendance were Suzanne Merkelson, Brooke Barron, Chelsea Eakin, Byron Meinerth, Sejal Patel, Kate Humphrey, Sarah Stevens, Jamila Keba ’11, and Kwadwo Opoku-Nsiah ’11. * Dylan Perry was at the wedding of Josh Kahane ’07 in June. This fall he’ll interview for a surgical residency and looks forward to being matched in March 2016. * Mary Clare Snediker was named head field hockey coach at Western New England University. She was at Cary Finnegan’s wedding Aug. 8. * Jen Caruso will marry James Farris Oct. 10 in Rowayton, Conn. * Collin Weiss graduated from Boston University’s Graduate Tax Program with his LL.M. in taxation. He’s now an associate attorney at Mignanelli & Associates, a full-service estate-planning firm in Providence. * Elyse Apantaku and Ben Hauptman have been married for three years and now have two foster children living with them—two girls, 9 and 13. Elyse accepted a job at a small law firm, Schneider & Brewer, in Waterville. * Patrick M. Boland became communications director for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in addition to his role as senior advisor for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Capitol Hill. * Willa Vogel Rose works at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, N.Y., as a digital communications specialist. She was married in 2013 and recently went on a road trip with Zoe Benezet-Parsons and Reva Eiferman to celebrate their 10-year friendship. * Henry Beck is finishing his fourth term in the Maine House of Representatives and is chair of the Insurance and Financial Services Committee. When he’s not at the State House, he works with Jason Jabar ’96 and James LaLiberty ’02 at a law firm in Waterville. * Mark Phillips spent the past year making music with his wife, Raven Adams ’08, in a duo called the Clearwings. After Mark recovered from hip surgery in March, they played at their first festival, the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, and toured in California for three weeks in September. * Diana Sternberg married Todd Waldman Aug. 29 in St. Louis, where they live. * Kat Brzozowski and Wes Miller ’08 bought an apartment in Queens in April. * Kyle McKay and his wife, Katie, are proud parents of a baby boy, Cameron, born June 24 and weighing seven pounds and measuring 20.5 inches long. * Alex Richards traveled around Europe and Asia this summer with Tom Winter, met up with Shehan Don Talagala in Sri Lanka, and started business school at NYU Stern this fall. * Scott Zeller started his second year of Duke PA school and is doing clinical rotations all around the world! * Dan Heinrich, Danny Wasserman, Patrick Roche, and Chris Holcombe ’07 did the B2VT in June, riding 135 miles in one day from Boston to Vermont. It was hard work but the memories will last forever. Dan Heinrich and Scott visited Danny Wasserman in Seattle this summer, culminating in an epic BBQ on Danny’s rooftop. After Danny Wasserman cheered on his sister in Colorado as she finished her first Ironman, he, Dan, and Scott were inspired to do one themselves. Date TBD, but an Ironman exists in their future! * Ali Coughlin and Artie Cutrone were married in Milton, Mass., Aug. 8 with a strong Colby contingent on the dance floor to help them celebrate. Ali and Artie live in Manhattan, where Ali works for Hachette Book Group and Artie works for the National Basketball Association. * On Oct. 11 Erin Beasley and Ben Poulos ’08 were married in Dedham, Maine. Brent ’08 and Sharon Fuller Aigler ’08, Catherine Woodiwiss, and Jennifer Anderson ’07 were in attendance. * Keep the updates coming, friends!
Thanks so much for all of the news. I’m delighted to write this column from Portland, Maine, where I now live and work for L.L.Bean—it is so nice to be back in Maine! * As usual, our classmates have had an eventful few months. Brent and Sharon Fuller Aigler had a son, Logan, in June and report that big sister Ginny adores him! * Annie Feutz is engaged to Chris Furlong, a Williams alumnus. They were engaged while hiking up Buckskin Pass around Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colo., and plan to marry next summer. They met 3 1/2 years ago at DC Doghead! Annie recently started working at Advanced Medical Technology Association as director of events and education. * Jessica Osborne spent last year between Georgia and South Carolina involved in the new nuclear power plants being built there. Her company does nondestructive testing on components and welds to ensure quality and public safety. Jessica oversees implementation of new phased array ultrasonic testing at the South Carolina site, as well as oversight and training of new technicians coming up through the ranks. She says it’s been busy but also extremely rewarding to see the progress of the new units that will provide much-needed resources to the region. * Billy Fong and his husband, Dale, welcomed a baby girl, Fiona Natalie Fong-Frederick, into their family May 1. Julie Bero, Rishi Chatrath, Christina Feng Collette, Rebecca Travis ’07, and Amy Lu ’09, all attended her welcome-home party! * Patrick Collins and Zach Redlitz ’09J spent one week in Costa Rica hiking the Arenal Volcano, where they were surprised to find that there was an abundance of Milwaukee’s Best. They hope to head to Munich for carnival in February. * Eric Hansen married Mary Olive Jones in May. They had quite the Colby mini-reunion: Evan Kaplan, Brad Woodworth, and Marcy Shrader-Lauinger were part of the ceremony and Luke LaViolet, Katherine Koleski, Bill Whitledge, Julia Stuebing Michniacki, Justin Dunn, Jenn Malpass, and Sarah Parrish were in DC to help celebrate. * Jennifer Malpass met five Colby folks in Montpellier, France, at the International Congress of Conservation Biology meeting in August—none of them realized the others would be attending! * Christina Feng Collette celebrated her wedding day with Colby family, including Professor Cal Mackenzie and Sally Vose Mackenzie ’70, William Fong, and Stijn Ortega Coppin. Her sister, Victoria Feng ’13, was maid of honor. * Adam Rich was accepted into the master’s program in energy policy and climate at Johns Hopkins. He began classes at the DC campus in September. * In August Julie Wilson, Jon Bodansky ’06, Nicolas and Christina Evriviades Cade, Emily Parker Beekman, Lissa Martin ’09, Tiffany Ng, Chloe Warren, and Sasha Kenyon hauled their dancing shoes to Loreto, Italy, to feast on Abruzzo pasta and celebrate the nuptials of Nathalie Chiavaroli and Timothy Blair! * Jamie O’Connell had an exciting spring and summer. She graduated from the Yale School of Forestry with a master’s of environmental science and started a new job as the watershed protection supervisor for the City of Cambridge, Mass. She loves her new gig and hanging out with Boston alums!
Mark and Karli Gasteazoro McGill are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Parker Jane. Karli continues to enjoy working as an oncology and palliative care nurse practitioner in southern Maine. * Alison McArdle received her law degree from Suffolk University’s evening program this spring then moved to Durham, N.C., to continue working for Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund. She’s excited to have her free time back and to explore N.C. with Lindsay Snyder and other Colby pals in the Research Triangle. * Jennifer Hinson graduated in May with a master’s in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. She works as a college counselor at Germantown Academy in Philadelphia counseling students in Beijing who wish to attend college in the U.S., UK, or Canada. * Jeff ’06 and Kendall Kirby Miller celebrated daughter Hayden’s first birthday July 19 in Charlestown, Mass. Many of Hayden’s “uncle” and “aunty” mules joined in, including Pete Lagos ’06, Troy Lieberman ’06, Cassie Sancartier ’08, and Brittany Canniff ’09. * Caroline Lyons married Petar Leonard June 13 at Lake Sunapee, N.H. Elizabeth Lyons ’09 and Ann Marchaland were in the bridal party. Jonathan Schroth ’09, Jan Lee, Katie Trionfetti Wolfgang, Jess Taylor, Kate Hanley White, Naomi Wilson, Andrew and Katie Lillehei Adelfio, and Stephen Zaharias ’11 made a strong Colby showing. Caroline and Petar honeymooned in Nantucket. * In May Julia Hutchinson graduated with a dual master’s in social work and holistic health studies from St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas. She now works as a mental health practitioner with individuals impacted by domestic and sexual abuse. She also studies Reiki and therapeutic touch and officiates weddings! * In August Jan Weidner and Elizabeth Hughes ’13 graduated from Pacific University of Oregon with a master’s of physician assistant studies. They’ll miss swapping Colby stories during long study sessions! * Lee Emmons has taken a position teaching at a public charter school in southern Maine. He and his wife live an hour from Colby. * Riley Doyle’s business, Desktop Genetics, received $2.15 million from investors to help accelerate the development of Riley’s DESKGEN genome editing software. Riley’s bioinformatics company aims to revolutionize the way genetic researchers work, according to a press release. * John DeBruicker wrote and sang a Surf Punk song called “Drinking Soda Late at Night,” available on Soundcloud. Check it out! * Shauna Welch married Adrian Gilmore last June on Cape Cod. Joining the celebration were Claire Conger, Justin Hayes, Marissa Meyer, and Laura Smith ’08. Cybill Gayatin Guynn ’06 and K.T. Weber were among Shauna’s bridesmaids, and Michael Howard ’06 served as Adrian’s best man. Adrian’s father, David Gilmore ’72, also attended. * Jessica McNulty married George Sargent April 11 in Boston on “what felt like the first official day of spring,” surrounded by families and friends. It was an amazing night (celebrated into the next day!) with a large Colby contingent spanning from the Class of ’48 (her grandfather, David Marson) to the Class of ’11 (her brother, Mark McNulty). There’s a photo of the crew at colby.edu/alumni on the “stay connected” tab.
Bobby Redwood has had a busy 2015. He’s working as an emergency physician in Madison, Wis., doing a second residency in preventive medicine at the University of Wisconsin, and finished up his M.P.H. degree in August. Bobby and his wife, Susanne, celebrated a long overdue church wedding on the Bodensee in Germany with Cliff White ’07, Kate Hanley White ’07, and Francie McGowan ’04 in attendance. Bobby and Susi’s daughter, Frieda, turned 1 Aug. 1 and just took her first steps. * Emily Boyle Westbrooks writes that her husband, Michael ’07, has taken a yearlong sabbatical from his job in Dublin and they’re spending the year in Houston, where they hope to reunite with some classmates. Emily and Michael spent the day with Michael ’08 and Tracy Kolakowski King when they were all in Maine last summer. * Jonathan Bastian accepted a host/ reporter job with KCRW, the Los Angeles NPR station. He lives in Santa Barbara to extend KCRW’s programming up the central coast of California. Previously, he’d worked for Louisville’s NPR station (WFPL) while also hosting a weekly PBS TV program that aired on stations across six states in the southeast. In the last two years he’s interviewed Ralph Nader, Congressman John Lewis, Oliver Sacks, Barbara Kingsolver, and many others. * Christopher DeSantis lives in Denmark with his wife, Kate, and their daughter, Olivia, who was born in 2013. Chris coaches swimming and went to the first inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, as a coach for the Danish team. * Shari Katz is actively acting and dancing in NYC. Having just performed in her fourth Broadway Bares, Shari recently played a supporting role in a TV pilot (that will hopefully be picked up!). Her “survival job” has turned into a vocation she loves: fitness. She serves as a manager at the NYC Pure Barre and teaches Zumba, hip hop, spin, and pound at the NYC Crunch Gyms. * Alex Kozen finished his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He’s staying at UMD in a research faculty position working on materials development for solid-state 3D nanobatteries. * In July Cathy White married Ajay Sethi in Newmarket, England. Claire Walsh and Caroline Polgar Perriello were delighted to make the journey across the pond to be bridesmaids for Cathy’s big day. Three weeks later, in August, Claire Walsh married Thomas Gallagher in New York City, and Cathy and Caroline made the trip to the Big Apple to be bridesmaids for Claire. Brad Petersen ’03 was also in attendance. Maddy Horwitz Boccuzzi was missed very, very much at both celebrations.
Thank you to everyone who wrote in—I hope it was a great summer with family and friends. * PK Marshall and his family moved from Cardiff by the Sea to Leucadia, Calif. He left his job of 10-plus years at Advisors Asset Management to start a capital markets group. They welcomed a second child, Isla Monroe Marshall, in May! * Michael and Lindsay Tarasuk Aroesty welcomed a baby girl July 26. Big brother Jacoby was excited to meet his baby sister, Sydney Adeline. They continue to love living in Pittsburgh and enjoy everything the city has to offer. * Steve and Suzanne Skinner Forster welcomed James Stephen May 16. Suzanne and her family moved to Scarsdale, N.Y., last summer. * Kate Ginty and husband Craig (Haverford ’00) live in Philadelphia, where Kate works as an emergency medicine doctor in Camden, N.J. They welcomed son Will in May. * Last summer Nick and Kate Swayne Wilson and daughter Ella went to a wedding in Kennebunkport and stopped by Colby (and Big G’s!). They still happily live in Boulder and love having so many alums there, including Courtney Smith Delfausse, Hal Hallstein, Anna Carvill, Anders Wood ’07 and Jess Seymour ’06, Erik Lambert ’04, and Natalie McKechnie ’04. * Jen Varley Gerdts welcomed a baby girl, Addison, in December 2014. She joined big brother Brendan, 2 1/2. Jen and her family live in Seattle, where Jen joined the psychiatry department at the University of Washington. Life is full and fun! * Pat and Nicole Russo Evans are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Grace, born July 27. Her big sister, Nora, adores her! * Conor Cooper and family welcomed Zachary Francis in late August. Zach joins his twin sisters, Anna and Emma. While Anna is still warming up to Zach, Emma and the rest of the family were excited to add this new member. * Scott and Rachel Merrick Maggs moved to southern New Hampshire and expect their second child in January. They still see close friends in California at least once a year, including Pam Sawyer Powers and Kevin Yardi ’05, and keep up with everyone on Facebook. * Annie Hall married Meg Allen (American ’08) on a perfect July evening in Lakeville, Conn. Colbians in attendance included Laura Shufelt Kenney, Alyson Lindquist Osgood, and Brooke Harris, as well as Emma Hall ’10, Kate Hamre ’13, Maggie Hamre ’19, Bob Diamond ’73, and Letty Roberts Downs ’84. Only missing ’90s representation! Annie still works at Hotchkiss while pur- suing an M.S.W., and Meg’s at Salisbury School. * Lee L’Heureux is based in New York and earlier this year was promoted to senior vice president, head of rhythm, urban & hip-hop promotion and strategy, for Warner Bros. Records. September also brought the third anniversary for Hot 104.7 Maine, a radio station Lee built and owns in Portland. * Erin Bodner was married last September, and she and wife Lori live in Minneapolis. Erin works as a speech-language pathologist for a local school district and they enjoyed the Twin Cities’ summer, exploring with their new puppy, Frankie. * Sarah Barclay Hoffman welcomed Conrad Stephen July 25. Conrad joins big brother Frederick and everyone is doing well. * Sean and Amanda McKown O’Grady moved from San Francisco to Sun Valley, Idaho. In June they welcomed their second daughter, Grace Porter. Big sister Rose and parents are thrilled with the new wee one and the new location. * Chris Makarewich started his third year of residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. His wife, Alyssa Hughes ’98, works as a veterinarian for an animal shelter in Park City. Chris, Alyssa, and their kids, Henry, 5, and Graham, 2, have fun exploring the mountains around Salt Lake. * Nat and Jess Wysor Chamberlin welcomed Henry Philip July 3. He (along with all the other babies in this column, hopefully!) will arrive on Mayflower Hill for COOT in August 2033!
Sister Madeleine (Sarah) Miller will make her final vows at Missionary Benedictine Sisters in October. This year she spent three months in Olinda, Brazil, working at their school in the slum and learning Portuguese. * Kara Hubbard Norman welcomed their second child, Leah Kathryn, last March. They still live in Boston (Readville) with their son Ian, 2, and dog Chesty. * Pete Morelli is back in school full time for an M.B.A. at the University of Rochester Simon Business School. * Kristina Tabor Saccone welcomed her first son, Isaac Kean, to the family in June and loves parenthood. * Per and Catherine Benson Wahlen welcomed their second child, Alexander “Alex” Fredrik Harald, in May in Nairobi, Kenya. While in Kenya, Catherine was delighted to bump into Oliver Sabot. * Rob and Fraser Ross Maloney welcomed their second girl, Serena West, in January. * Andrew Townsend and his wife, Maggie, welcomed their second son, Luke Samuel, July 7. He’s happy and healthy, and adored by big brother Graham Steven. * Jordan Finley celebrated his two-year anniversary with his husband, Devon MacIver, and they were featured in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign video “Equal” (youtube. com/watch?v=g2Y9abmNuRw), calling for marriage equality for gays and lesbians just before the historic Supreme Court ruling in June. * Shannon Murphy Weidinger and her husband welcomed their daughter, Emerson Irene, May 26 in San Francisco. Emerson met Alison Culpen Schwabe during her visit to California in July, as well as cousins Keagan and McKayla Murphy (Sean Murphy ’05 and Katie Austgen ’05). * Victor Cancel and his wife, Aileen, expect a baby girl in November. * Kendra Shank Krolik expected a baby girl in October to join 21-month-old brother Trevor. They continue to live in Minneapolis. * Noah Charney and his wife, Urska, welcomed their second daughter, Izabella. His latest book is The Art of Forgery (Phaidon) and was the 190th best-selling book on Amazon, helped along by Noah’s appearances on NPR’s Fresh Air and CBS This Morning. * Nicole Boulanger Dyhrman opened an indoor cycling (spinning) studio in Williston, Vt., where she lives with her husband and two kids! * In September Gavin and Bridget Zakielarz-Duffy and their boys, Finn and Killian, relocated for a diplomatic assignment that allows them to live in Mexico City, Mexico, for a few years. They’d happily host any traveling Colby friends! * Tammie Sebelius moved to London almost two years ago to run the regional office for EF Tours. She keeps up with Kristy Malm Magyar, who lives in Hawaii. * Kathryn Kosuda has a new son, Rory, born in July. * Anna Berke moved from D.C. (with her husband and 10-month-old), to Portland, Maine, to be closer to family. They had fun hanging out with Dave Zlatin and Stacie Galiger ’01, who were in Maine over the summer. Anna would love to meet other Colby grads in the Portland area. * Kate (Gardiner ’00) and Scott Tucker are now in New Orleans with their three children. Scott’s in private practice as a sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon. * Brian Wezowicz and his wife, Anne, bought a house in Upper St Clair, Pa., and expect a baby girl in December. She’ll join big brother Axel, 2. * Lindsey Williams moved back to New Hampshire from D.C. in January to pursue a Ph.D. in natural resources at UNH. She and her husband live in Dover with their two kids. * Chris and Sally Hall Bell welcomed a baby boy in June, Pierce Alden. They’re blissed out and loving life in Eugene, Ore., where the bounty of local produce, micro-brewed beverage, college football, and endless trails is a little slice of heaven.
Class president Pierce Cole lives the dream in Wells, Maine, teaching and coaching basketball at Wells High School. He’s looking forward to seeing everyone at our 15th reunion. Mark your calendars for June 2-5, 2016, as it promises to be a momentous occasion! * Pete Hanby is an architect, living and working in Brooklyn. He and wife Abigail had a son, Ansel Bolton Hanby, June 1. * Simon and Caroline Blair McKay live in Darien, Conn. Simon works in NYC and Caroline will continue working for John Hancock remotely. * Abbie Parker and her husband, Frank, live in Wellesley, Mass., with son Frankie, 2, and daughter Susan, 1. * Bill and Angela Makkas Rougas married May 10, 2014, and had a baby, Gus, in January 2015. They moved to Cambridgeport. * Tim Wiswell lives in Moscow, but the highlight of his family’s summer was visiting family in Connecticut and the Ucko family in Weekapaug, R.I. * Scott Friemann works at Willis, where he brokers large casualty programs. He’s also engaged to Sarah Hanson. Scott and former roommate Alex Lear played a gig at the Yarmouth Clamfest, then Scott and Sarah traveled to Colby, where Alex’s wife (a professional photographer) took engagement photos. * Last October Todd Miner married Emily Soergel, whom he met in graduate school at Columbia. They live in Brooklyn. * Stephanie Nichols teaches math at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va. She married Matt Allen April 25 and they honeymooned in Florence and Rome. * Rachel Rokicki was promoted to director of publicity at Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House. * Eric Lantzman transplanted the family from Alaska back to Pittsburgh. He took a job with Allegheny Health Network developing a family planning department, a transgender medicine clinic, and enhanced care for the Bhutanese population of Pittsburgh. * Basketball star Kim Condon-Lane was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. She scored 1,094 career points and helped Colby win the ECAC New England title. * Kelly Kenney Cavagnaro lives outside Boston and leads the northeast institutional relationship team for State Street. She welcomed daughter Ella Mae last December, joining brother Jack, 5. Jack loves to play with Sylvia Nickse-Jones, Alyson Nickse’s daughter. Kelly and Alyson looked forward to helping at the Colby financial career day in Boston this fall. * Coy Dailey is a middle school dean and math teacher at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn with several Colby alums, including Rashad Randolph ’02. Coy sees Juanito Savaille and his three daughters, and he caught up with Jon Lay, Rodrigo Mansilla, and Mieko McKay. * Marybeth Maney Wilhelm is excited that her boys, 5 and 7, are in school full time this fall. She’ll teach two classes for Endicott College: Seminar in Academic Inquiry and College Writing Seminar. Marybeth always tries to channel her inner Colby prof (Katherine Stubbs and Elizabeth Sagaser, I’m thinking of you!) when she’s in front of students. * Junko Goda worked as the interpreter for the production designer of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, coming out at Christmas. * Rob Painter is a teaching professor in the linguistics program at Northeastern. He and Anna (Randall) celebrated their 13th anniversary. Anna teaches elementary science at Lincoln School, an all-girls Quaker school in Providence. They talk to John and Katie Stimac Mendelsohn, who live in Poulsbo, Wash., enjoy the trials of new home ownership, and caught up with Richard Hallquist, who moved his family to London for business for two years. * Stephanie Fyfe and her husband moved to Winthrop, Maine, with children Riley, 9, and Harper, 7. Stephanie received a promotion and is senior director of business development at Laurel Springs School. * Milan Babik and his family reside in mid-coast Maine. After a stint teaching international relations at Williams College, Milan started a new appointment at Dartmouth, and his wife, Jane (Chamberlain ’99) commenced her third year as an English teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School. They have two boys, Kylian, 7, and Matyas, 5.
Class of 2000! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and early fall filled with adventure, friends, and family.* Limi Bauer is now a contributing writer for MOGUL, an online platform for women, at onmogul. com/users/limibauer. With her other time, she still teaches English at the University of Applied Sciences in Wels, Austria. * Paul and Jen Goodman (aka Goody) Bianchi had their first baby, Gia, May 7. She was a month early but is a trouper! * One of Milka Perez-White’s favorite moments of our 15th reunion was stepping back on campus for the first time to see its beauty again. She wrote, “The moment I saw the first Colby College sign it gave me my mule pride back. What a lovely campus, what an opportunity it was to be educated at one of the finest private colleges, and what an honor to meet President Greene, a breath of fresh air for Colby. President Greene is an innovative leader who understands what Colby needs to move forward without losing its integrity.” * Alex Bahn and his family relocated to Philadelphia, though he still spends lots of time in DC. He’s still a partner with the same law firm, Hogan Lovells, practicing corporate and securities law. Otherwise, life is good, he writes. “Emily, 5, is excited for kindergarten, and Charlie, 3, is excited for pretty much everything.” * Ben Mackay completed his second acquisition under Long Trail Holdings and is looking for one or two more companies to round out the portfolio.
Theresa Sullivan Brockelman ’91 won a 2015 Women to Watch Award from the Massachusetts Society of CPAs. Winners are selected based on leadership in their organizations, contributions to their communities, and promoting women’s leadership in the accounting profession. ♦ Felise Glantz Kissell ’91 was appointed chair of the board of directors of the National Investor Relations Institute, the professional association responsible for communication among corporate management, shareholders, and other financial community constituents. ♦ Jennifer Hartshorn ’94 was profiled in the Boston Globe for her track and cross country accomplishments, including All-America honors at Colby and an NCAA title as head coach of the Bates cross country team. ♦ Mark Jackson ’95 was named director of athletics at Villanova University. A former football running back at Colby, he moved to Villanova from the University of Southern California. ♦ The American Association of Geographers awarded Emma Spenner Norman ’95 the Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award for her latest book, Governing Transboundary Waters: Canada, the United States, and Indigenous Communities. The annual award goes to the author of the best book in the field of political geography.
Ali Mian finished his tenure as president of the Yale House Staff Senate and will take the boards next June. Meanwhile he’s enjoying his residency in radiology at Yale-New Haven. Ali and his wife, Elise, a pathologist at Lawrence and Memorial in New London, recently moved to Old Lyme and expect a second boy in November, joining big brother, Noah, 2. * Alexis Azar Posnanski returned to work full time last summer after spending five wonderful years at home with her three boys, Owen, 6 1/2, Griffin, 5 1/2, and Harry, 2 1/2. Alexis is the senior director of development for St. Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education. * Megan Watson reports that Veda Logan Schissel was born in March, making her big brother, Finn, a really happy boy. They enjoy life in Mountain View, Calif., where driverless cars and brightly colored Google bikes abound. * Chrissy Barnett Miller and her family moved to Okinawa, Japan, for a two-year tour. Chrissy’s husband, Kevin, is a civil engineer for the Navy. They look forward to introducing their daughter, 2 1/2, to Japan and will welcome another baby girl in November. Chrissy was a freelance producer for Discovery Channel for two years and will be a stay-at-home mom once baby #2 arrives. Before they left the States, she caught up with Courtney Smith Eisenberg. Chrissy would love visitors, so if any classmates find themselves in Japan let her know! * Nate Jue did the cross-country move from Connecticut to California and started as an assistant professor at California State University, Monterey Bay, teaching population genetics, genomics, and bio-informatics. Nate is pretty excited about the job and being out of the snow this winter. * After four years at the White Mountain School in New Hampshire, Ryan Aldrich accepted a position as the upper school director at Tahoe Expedition Academy in Truckee, Calif. His family is excited for the new adventure, more sun, fewer bugs, and hopefully tons of snow! Ryan already met up with Matt Smith ’00 (who lives in Truckee) for some mountain biking, and with Aaron Whitmore, who comes up often from San Francisco. * Emmett Beliveau left the White House for Austin, Texas, where he’s now the chief operating officer for C3 Presents, a global music and events company. * And, sadly, the Class of 1999 lost one of our own this summer. The unexpected death of Corey Kessler Aug. 9 came as devastating news to many classmates. To Corey’s family and close friends, we hope you feel the love and support from his Colby family.
Peter Manning lives in Kennebunk, Maine, and works as an OB/GYN at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford. Their 8-year-old and 10-year-old already have their eyes on Colby! He’s enjoyed seeing Adam Rana at Sugarloaf. * Kate Hamzi lives in Boulder and teaches earth science to sixth graders. She has a son Micah, 3 1/2, and a baby girl, Chloe. Kate and her family ski, bike, hike, and enjoy the beauty that Colorado has to offer. * Tom and Anne Miller Crumlish welcomed baby boy Steven Patrick in early September—a new playmate for daughter Emily. * Alexander Howard moved back to Capitol Hill after seven months in Massachusetts. Their 2-year-old entered preschool, and his (tenured!) wife teaches at the University of Maryland’s law school. Alex is in an actual office for the first time since 2009, working out of the Huffington Post’s D.C. bureau as a senior editor for technology and society. He looks forward to being back on the Hill, seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and figuring out how the next administration will approach technology and governance. * Kathleen and Dave Dodwell, Pete and Sarah Eno Felmly, Raja and Liz Hooper Bala, Rachel Westgate, and their families spent a weekend in New Hampshire and had a surprise visit from Joel Grossbard and his wife, Lauren Matthews. Joel and Lauren are training for orienteering races and got a chance to exchange merchandise at L.L.Bean. * Kazumi Nakanishi lives in Doha, Qatar, and just had her second daughter, Mia. She recently saw Sonia Totten Mayer in Tokyo and said it was fantastic! * Christian Bitterauf and Keith Stockmann ’95 had an adventure on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, a designated wild and scenic river that bisects the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho. Their five-day river trip covered 100 miles through three distinct ecological regions, from high alpine forest through Impassable Canyon, the third deepest gorge in North America. * Melissa Maclin now lives in Algeria as the naval attaché at the U.S. Embassy. She’ll be there for a two-year tour and hopes to take advantage of being so close to Europe. Her door is always open to any and all Colby alumni looking for an excuse to visit North Africa! * Thank you for all of your contributions!
Summer is winding down, and as I write this my children are settling in for sleep before their first day of school. We had a fun-filled summer, starting with a trip to Norway to visit my sister and her family. We saw the fjords and seemingly neverending sun. (The sun technically set for five hours each night, but the sky still seemed rather bright to us an hour after sunset!) Later in the summer, we took a trip to Disney World with my extended family. There were 18 of us and we had a blast! Now on to the next adventure—second grade for my son, and kindergarten for my daughter. * Simone Kaplan Cote lives in Andover, Mass., with her husband and daughters. She had a busy summer of Colby reunions! Jen O’Neill and Tom Killilea recently moved to town. Jen and Simone belong to the same book group, so they’ve enjoyed some fun child-free time together. In mid-July Amanda Glaser-Bligh, her husband, and her daughter visited Simone while on their summer trip to the U.S. (from their home in Berlin). While there Dave Hanauer and his family came for a barbecue. Simone said it was great fun to watch all of their children play together! While in D.C. this summer, Simone and her husband saw Rob Gimpel as well as JD and Megan Brennan Wood and enjoyed a picnic dinner together in Alexandria. * David Wright recently moved to San Francisco. He reports seeing friends Christy and Kent Robertson as well as Gregg ’96 and Cathy Neuger LeBlanc at Becky Briber’s wedding in New Hampshire last summer. * Jami Fisher got married in August. She still runs the ASL program at the University of Pennsylvania. * Susanna Montezemolo writes, “My daughter, Reggie (short for Regina), just turned four. It’s amazing how time flies! I started a new job working at AARP on housing, transportation, and consumer protection policy issues. I’ve caught up with some Colby friends. Cary Gibson lives in DC and works on healthcare policy for a firm in town. My COOT buddy, Josh Stevens, works at the new Trader Joe’s and has an unpaid second job as a DC United superfan. He lives near me, and I run into him regularly and at DC United games. I saw Carole Reid Bird when she was in town for a conference. She lives in Hong Kong and is a college consultant for expats there. I also caught up with Tom DeCoff in Boston over this summer. He continues to work for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.” * Rebecca Durham was preparing for another art show at the Montana Natural History Center in December, where she’ll present botanical renderings of native plants with haikus. Her daughter is in second grade and they’re learning guitar together. * Congratulations to Chad Higgins on the arrival of Max William, born Aug. 19. * Mika Hadani Melamed lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters, 11 and 5. Her husband owns an architecture company in NYC, and Mika recently earned VP status at her workplace. * Wendy Ridder Bergh recently joined Minted as SVP, operations, after nine years as an executive at Walmart e-Commerce. Between work and her family, which includes daughters Violet and Scarlett, she keeps pretty busy. They just had a wonderful family vacation to Turks and Caicos. If anyone’s ever in the San Francisco area, let her know.
First of all, a shout out to Matt Russ for showing his art at a Portland art gallery event I put together in June. Matt is seriously talented and greatly classed-up our affair. Thanks, Matt! * Donald Saucier tells me that he’s old, married, has two kids—daughter Delaney, 6, and son Liam, 4—and can still whip Ken Wilson in a race. He was also awarded the Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars at Kansas State University, which is pretty rare for a former hurdler. * Jess Boyles and partner, Marti, had their first baby, Elias, Aug. 12.f He’s healthy and lovely. They live in Berkeley, Calif., and Jess is a teacher in San Fran. She sees Jess Wolk ’96J on a regular basis and ate the world’s best hot dogs at Casey’s in Natick, Mass., this summer with Sarah Muzzy ’97, Kevin Emerson, and their posse of kids. Jess looked forward to a visit from Sarah Eustis and Andy Meeks when they come from Portland in September. * Erik and Michelle Torrens Gustavson spent a week in August hiking around Jackson Hole with their three boys. On the work front, the software company he started three years ago is doing well and he just hired his first Colby alum, Grace Perry ’97, to run enterprise sales in the Northeast. Hey Erik, get a hold of Ricky Catino ’95—he runs Leadbridge, a software sales consultancy—and thank me prior to our next issue. * While in Boston Sarah Gelman Carney ate breakfast with Mary (Thach ’98) and Alex Chin, then took her kids to their first Red Sox game at Fenway. Sarah has 11-year-old twins, one boy and one girl. Sarah says her daughter is taller than her #thatsnotreallysurprising. * Alex Chin writes that an epic crew of Colby folk descended upon Chatham Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the birthday of Glenn ’97 and Gregg Forger ’97. Attending were Brett Nardini and Erica Ayers-Nardini ’98, Stu and Karin Goodrich Wales, Sarah and Jerrod DeShaw ’97, Amanda McGovern (wife of Todd Mc- Govern ’97), Gregg ’97 and Danielle Rizzo Forger, Melissa and Glenn Forger ’97, and their 19 total children. * Whitney Glockner Black’s family welcomed their third son, Hugo Quincy Glockner Black, July 17. All were doing well and enjoying the hot (very dry) summer in California. * Susannah Kowal Lacroix lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and daughter Charlotte, 3. Susannah works as a pediatric physical therapist and spends as much time in the beautiful outdoors as possible. She hopes to move back to New England in the next couple of years as her husband finishes his career in the U.S. Air Force. * Eric Gordon’s sons took up golf, and to show them what a real waste of time looked like, he decided to compete in a marathon swim. Eric had already reunited with former swim team captain Heather Perry Weafer ’93, and worked as a tour guide for her business, SwimVacation (I have no idea what they do). Apparently people paid money for Eric to lead them through the warmth and clarity of the Caribbean. But when that became too pedestrian, he swam from the Tappan Zee to the George Washington Bridge (15.8 miles) as part of the 8bridges.org Hudson River Swim (he finished in just under 3.5 hours). Take that, Gordon boys! Eric reports that our class “rocks the flippin’ Casbah” for reaching our fundraising goal last year. Even so, Eric reminds us all to dig deep since we’re in a reunion year. He also thinks you should give preposterously sized gifts if your name rhymes with “clearani,” or “chardini,” or “porros,” or if you work in finance (give a mega-wad of jack to Colby!). Eric’s looking for reunion volunteers—you know, people interested in coordinating reunion activities, raising our participation level, or making runs to Jokas*. Let me, or him, know if you’re up for pitching in. *Oh wait, I forgot that Jokas delivers.
First, thanks to everyone who attended reunion. I heard from quite a few folks that it was a great event. I can’t wait to see everyone at our 25th! * Matt Medwick is assistant director of medical education at Tel Aviv University School of Medicine. * Fred and Heather Johnson Webster and their two kids, Gwyneth, 13, and Mac, 11, had a great time at the 20th reunion. It was their first time visiting Colby since graduation and their kids loved exploring Colby. Afterwards they visited Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Fred works as an administrator at West Valley Medical Center and has started a business with Zija International. “We’re loving our life in Boise and are freaking out that we now have two kids in middle school,” writes Heather. She still runs her own photography business and started a health and wellness business with Arbonne International. * “We stepped back in time for a weekend and everyone was a better, wiser version of their old selves. Cheers to everyone who made it an awesome reunion weekend,” writes Scott Koles. * The American Association of Geographers awarded Emma Spenner Norman’s latest book, Governing Transboundary Waters: Canada, the United States, and Indigenous Communities, the Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award. This award is given to the author of the best book published during the previous calendar year in the field of political geography. Emma also completed her first year as department chair of the native environmental science program at Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Wash., where she’s been a faculty member for more than a decade. In her free time, Emma enjoys gardening, trail running, and exploring the intertidal zone with her children, Parker, 9 and Luke, 6.
I hope you all had a wonderful summer. Mine was topped with a visit from Michelle Tadros Eidson, who was in Minneapolis for business and stopped at the Walsh house for a night. We had a lovely dinner on the deck and then yes, Lake House girls, I even went on a run with her the next morning. Shocker, I know. She’s busy at Platte River Equity in Denver and raising two darling kids with her husband, Sam. * Rebekah Freeman Schulze is enjoying life in Florida. She’s been working at Florida International University and recently accepted a faculty position at its college of education. Over the summer she traveled to the West and East coasts where she saw lots of Colby friends. In San Francisco she spent time with Stacey Warner and Ross Piper ’95 and their beautiful little boys. They had a great dinner with Greg and Erin Crossland Christopher and their kids at their lovely home as well. In August her family headed north, where they spent a fun weekend with Sara Ferry Gyan and her family at her gorgeous new home in Montclair, N.J. She then headed to Massachusetts, where she caught up with Marile Haylon Borden and her daughter. Further north in Maine she met Heather Lounsbury and her family, and then caught up with Carolyn Hart and Dave O’Shea ’93, Chris Austin, and Jon Frothingham ’95. They met Austin’s adorable new baby, Lorelei, and played with his 5-year-old, May. * While I didn’t receive many updates from our class, you can also continue to post and read on our Facebook 20th reunion page. There you can learn about Michelle Mathai climbing 14,179-foot Mt. Shasta in northern California to raise more than $15,000 to support cancer research. Or see a photo of Jennifer Zwick Somer, Alyssa Schwenk Adams, and Erin Crossland Christopher having a mini-reunion in Dana Point, Calif. Keep the news coming in any form you can!
Reena Chandra continues her work at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, serving as the director of advancement and development for the school of nursing. Reena is also president of Combat Blindness International, a nonprofit Reena’s father started more than 30 years ago with the mission to eradicate preventable blindness around the world. Reena writes, “We do this by funding free cataract operations and provide sustainable support for eye care entities throughout the world. To date we have given sight to almost 250,000 people.” * Matt Kearns was recently featured in Maine mag as one of 50 Mainers leading the state. Matt is currently vice president of development in North America for SunEdison, where he works to promote clean energy, including wind power projects. Matt also helped create a $700,000 conservation fund through the Appalachian Mountain Club and is active in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and the Maine Audubon Corporate Partners program. Matt keeps in touch with T.J. Winick, Mark Radcliffe, and Dave Higgins and recently saw Amy Young Kops at a wedding. * Jon Eddinger, wife Robin, and son Jackson, 7, relocated to Amherst, N.H., in August 2014. Jon works nearby at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. Jon saw John Poirier in Washington, D.C., this spring and says he will be catching up with Flint Hobart in NYC “as long as he doesn’t bail on me again! That’s right, hazing via Colby Magazine.” * Krista Stein is looking forward to her annual baseball safari with Sean Greene, Ben Merowitz, and Mike Pietraszek. The four attend a baseball game at a different stadium each year. This year’s baseball safari will take them to Washington, D.C. * Ari Druker visited NYC this summer and caught up separately with Jon Yormak, Rob Hostler, and David Beatus. He also spoke with A.G. Gillis and John Southall, and reports everyone is still good. * Paul ’94 and Sheri Petelle Marnoto and children Sonia, 11, Tristan, 9, and Cameron, 8, live in North Andover, Mass. Sheri volunteers in the kids’ schools while Paul is a partner at K&L Gates law firm in Boston. Sheri visited Susan Krolicki Newmeyer this summer and also caught up with Jill Soper Toomey ’92, Jill Camuso Daley ’92, and Jen Barnicle Babcock in Boston to send off Michele Ayan, who will be relocating to California. “After last winter in Boston, we are all very jealous of her and wish her lots of luck.” * Janine Deforge Olson has checked marathons off her bucket list and is looking forward to a year of moderation. While she plans to keep running and may run a half marathon, she’ll be focusing on her kids, managing her financial advisory practice, and doing social action work this year. * Paul and Angela Tennett Butler dropped their oldest child off at college this year. Paul attended the Aug. 8 New England Basketball Hall of Fame induction of Matt Gaudet ’95 in Worcester, Mass. “Matt also was recognized with a special award presented by retired Colby basketball coach Dick Whitmore, a fellow NEBHOF member, who spoke of Matt’s courage following the paralyzing diving injury he sustained not long after graduation. I spent time with Greg ’95 and Sarah Hamlin Walsh ’96, who keep in close contact with Matt, and Jim Zadrozny ’95, who lives near Greg and Sarah in Franklin, Mass.” * Earlier this year I caught up with Lael Hinman Stanczak in Singapore. Her oldest headed to college this fall. Although my family and I are back in Hong Kong, this summer we spent time in Scituate, Mass., where I hung out with Amy O’Mara Moore, and in Truckee, Calif., where I ran into Jeff Kosc. Thanks for sharing your news!
What a summer! * Torin Taylor, who lives in Manchester, Mass., says: “A bunch of ’92ers got together in Chicago for the Grateful Dead reunion in July: Thorn Luth, Wylie Dufresne, Steve Neuhauser, David Leavy, Josh Cummings, Kevin Whalen, myself, and Bill Michels ’93. Aside from some grey hair and staying in a suite at the Hilton (instead of Wylie’s van back in the day) it was like we hadn’t even left Colby! Josh and I also had a great visit with Jim Conrad who was back visiting from his current home in Abu Dhabi.” * In August JC Klick visited James Albright and Andrew Wallace for a mini-reunion in Houston. “Andrew is an attorney in Manhattan, James is a pediatric otolaryngologist in Houston, and I am an anesthesiologist in Cleveland. Great to catch up with the guys!” * Warren Claytor and his family hiked several of the Adirondack High Peaks and also visited the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., the site of the “miracle on ice” from the 1980 Winter Olympics. “I was the same age as my daughter Pepper is now when the U.S. men’s team, made up of amateur and collegiate players, defeated the Soviet Union team, which had won the gold medal in six of the seven previous Olympic games. It was fun to relive the moment that allowed Team USA to go on and win the gold!” He also writes, “I have a new vacation house in Maine that my architecture firm designed for one of our clients; it overlooks Somes Sound on Mt. Desert Island. I’ve also worked on a handful of projects on the Main Line of Philadelphia, collaborating with Kyle Lissack and his outstanding company, Pinemar.” * Anne Maddocks Michels had a very Colby summer. She and her husband, Bill Michels ’93, spent a weekend in Summerland, Calif., with Wylie Dufresne, David Leavy, Josh Cummings, and their respective families. Their nine kids played and swam in the ocean while the parents caught up. Visiting back east in July, Anne got together with Elaine Bueschen O’Grady in Vermont for dinner at a beautiful farm, playtime for their children, live music, and storytelling of Colby memories. * Ted Bosco lives in Portland, Ore., with his family—“two 6’8” teenagers who play hoops, as well as other sports, and two younger kids who enjoy life and understand that a growth spurt is probably in their futures too.” * Tabby Biddle presented her first TEDx at the 150th anniversary of her alma mater, St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass. “It’s been a dream of mine to speak in short format like this. My subject was the urgent need for the female voice and how feminine spirituality is a missing link to the advancement of women’s leadership.” * Kristin Wallace Livezy visited Kelly Wenger in Portland, Ore. Kelly writes: “We did some small hikes to waterfalls and had a backyard barbecue; it seemed like no time had passed even though it had been five years since we saw each other. Eric and I are having a nice fall with Finnegan, 8, and Copeland, 6, back in school. Our design agency, Squishymedia, is growing and doing well.” * In August I ran into Torin Taylor and his son Nils at a Mylan World TeamTennis match on Boston’s North Shore and Kelly Evans Arevian and her son at a junior USTA match in Wayland, Mass. Both Kelly’s son and my sons are big tennis players. It’s great to find Colby in so many places. * Enjoy the winter, ’92!
Greetings classmates! Summer is over but let’s see what our classmates have been up to. * Lesley Eydenberg Bouvier sent great news about Theresa Sullivan Brockelman, who was chosen by the Massachusetts Society of CPAs (MSCPA) to receive a 2015 Women to Watch Award. According to the press release, “winners were selected based on a mix of their leadership in their organizations, mentorship, contributions to their communities, as well as their dedication to promoting women’s leadership in the accounting profession.” Theresa was chosen in the “experienced leaders” category for her work as a CPA and audit partner with Deloitte and was recognized at MSCPA’s Women’s Leadership Summit in October. Congratulations, Tree! * Though Joseph Cattivera says things have been pretty quiet, last year he got married, changed jobs, and moved from southern to northern California. * Dave Vincent graduated in May from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, earning his M.B.A. thanks to the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon programs. He’s also reactivated his law license in the District of Columbia, where he plans to seek employment. * Paige Brown Waters and her family still love their town of Newburyport, Mass.—the schools, festivities, and nearby beaches. It was nice having her classmate and junior-year abroad (Colby in Caen) friend Christine Tuccille Merry visit in August. Another summer highlight was a family trip to the south of France, where Paige saw friends and places from her Fulbright teacher exchange in the ’90s. She also loves connecting with softball teammate Erin Kelly DiGrande. Their daughters play club soccer in the same region—it’s funny to think that their daughters may meet up at any given tournament or game! * Tim Palmer is still in Japan but got back to New England and spent two weeks with his dad in Maine and a few days in Massachusetts. * Mike and Michele Friel Mullen live in Maynard, Mass., with son Ethan, 13, and daughter Jordan, 11. They keep busy with basketball, soccer, Girl Scouts, theater, and more. After 17 years working in the Norfolk county district attorney’s child abuse unit, Michele now works with the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center to provide training and technical assistance to children’s advocacy centers. She works from home and travels to different child abuse programs in the Northeast. It’s been a great career change. * Christine Tuccille Merry continues to run her graphic design business from home in Frederick, Md. She’s been homeschooling her oldest son for two years and sent him to high school this fall—her youngest son is a fifth grader. She took a trip to Newburyport, Mass., this summer and saw Paige Brown Waters and Beth Reutlinger Falconer, who both live in the area, and Wendy Langdon Fiero, who was visiting from California. They’re all doing well, busily juggling work and family. * Donna Wentworth shared happy news that she’s now a strategic communications manager for an organization called Access (accessnow.org) that fights to ensure that fundamental human rights are protected in the digital age. She has colleagues in offices around the globe, from Costa Rica to India to the Philippines to Tunis. She feels truly blessed that she’s able to work remotely from Maine, which allows her to raise her wonderful son Henry, 8, in the middle of nature. * I’m glad to hear that so many people are looking ahead to our 25th reunion in June 2016. Mark your calendars, and keep the news coming!
Huge thank you to presidents Amy Farmer and Mark Michaud and committee members Kelly Cogan Calnan, Janet Boudreau-Ceddia, Jim Clifford, Elizabeth LeRoy Clothier, Steve Coan, Saïd Eastman, Matt Frymier, Gretchen Granger Hartley, John Hutchins, Beth Kubik, Jo Lilore, Jen Milsop Millard, Brad Olson, Beth Poole Parker, Dan Spurgin, Tina Wright, and Tom Whelan for organizing a fantastic reunion! Special thanks to Jen Milsop Millard, who again, for the next five years, has the pleasure of reminding us all to donate to Colby. At our class dinner, the presidential baton was passed to Beth Poole Parker. Realizing how well the “Hill and Bill” leadership model worked for the 25th, Steve Coan quickly stepped up to be Beth’s first lady. Joe Vecchi has already signed up to be Beth’s chief deputy (and she is thrilled). The awards for best effort in getting to reunion go to Roman Azanza (Philippines), Sally Armbrecht (Finland), Kristin Petterson Miller (Alaska), and Susan Kachen Oubari (Vancouver). Honorable mention goes our classmates from California (Sara Madden Curran, Matt Frymier, Jen Milsop Millard, and Rich Robin) and Washington (Steve Hord and Jo Lilore). Brian Clement and Jeff Merrill were so happy they decided to come up for the class dinner Saturday night after all. Jeff has two kids—one already out of college and one still in. Brian has three kids—one in college, one committed, and a middle schooler. He occasionally sees Mike Smith, Kirsten Rossner Buchanan, Dave Carney, and Matt Hancock. Thanks to Marc Winiecki who not only helped provide dinner entertainment with the Colby Eight but also free emergency medical care at the cocktail party to Sue Beevers Seem. Marc reassured Sue that her massively swollen, purple, and highly unattractive eye was not an allergic reaction to beer as she feared and she was cleared to play beer die later that night. One of the highlights of reunion for me was chatting with classmates I was not that well acquainted with: Bill Hamilton (who works in NY in the same business as me), Suzanne Quill Feldman (who thinks I am funny), and Amy Rule (who blew my mind with stories of living in my hall senior year in her single with her husband from Ireland). * Peter Bryant, who manages the Ocean Conservation Initiative for the Walton Family Foundation, spent reunion weekend attending an Ocean Conservation Summit in Portugal. In July he had dinner and a lot of laughs with Kate Carswell, who’s looking to relocate from Boston to Santa Fe within the next year. * Carolyn Reed Kirkpatrick could not make reunion as she and her family were traveling in Taiwan, Myanmar, and Indonesia. * Ingrid Moore Conway completed her graduate work in marriage and family therapy, then was hired as an MFT in a nonprofit’s gambling addiction treatment program. This work is so rewarding that it doesn’t feel like work to her. * John Hayworth reports that his boutique law firm of 15 years has been subsumed into multiregional Butler Snow law firm. * Kate Brennan Dailey saw Melissa Ray Nelson when their kids sailed in the same regatta in Marblehead, Mass. * Dana Frost Allara lives in Hamilton, Mass., and has two kids—one in college and one in high school. She recently visited with Melissa Lawton Bennett and family, and they spent time reminiscing about their freshman room in Foss. In the coming years she hopes to see more of Nancy Dean Cacioppo, who lives outside Chicago.
Lynn Brunelle ’85 won the Independent Publisher Gold Medal award for her book Mama Gone Geek: Calling on My Inner Science Nerd to Help Navigate the Ups and Downs of Parenting. ♦ Joe Bergera ’86 was named president and CEO of Iteris, Inc., which provides information solutions to the transportation and agriculture markets. ♦ Philip Thornton ’87 was named superintendent of schools for Warwick, R.I. in October. Thornton was chosen from a field of 24 applicants, reported the Warwick Beacon. ♦ Jon Connolly ’87 was elected president of Sussex County (N.J.) Community College in September, as reported by the Sparta Independent.
I got a bumper crop of news this time! If you don’t see your news, look for it in the next issue due to space limitations. Bill and Anne Webster Stauffer were anticipating a trip to Copenhagen and Stockholm and enjoying Maine summer with their two girls. Bill will be in Dublin in January 2016 and looks to meet any Colbyites over there. * John “Johnny P” Reynolds is writing for the Netflix series Mr. Peabody & Sherman, out in October. In his spare time, he hangs out with son Kal and keeps in touch “through the magic of the Internet” with Mark Cosdon, Kerri Hicks, Tim Fisher (who NEVER writes me), and Chris Tremain. * Dave Fearon offered to send amusing cat anecdotes if I’m short on column fodder. Next time, Dave! * Long-lost classmate Norwood Scott wrote from Yosemite, where he was filming a PBS nature show about water. He was in Calgary in April, and was headed to Saipan to help after the typhoon there. Who knew working for the EPA could be so glamorous? * Tripp and Heidi Lombard Johnson celebrated their 23rd anniversary this summer. Daughter Abby ’18 is a sophomore at Colby who stayed for the summer to continue her athletic concussion research project. Their son Matt is a high school senior showing too much interest in a school in Brunswick for their taste. Their youngest, William, 16, lives courageously with spinal muscular atrophy as the family fights for a cure (www.curesma.org). * Rosette Royale (aka Tim Burton) spoke at the Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat; no word on whether he donned the Mule costume. * In July Maria Luisa Arroyo earned an M.F.A. in creative writing and joined the admissions team at Springfield College. Anne Bowie ’92 attended Maria’s graduation; Maria also ran into Dawna Zajac Perez at Northern Essex Community College this summer. Completing the trifecta, Maria’s first trip for Springfield was to Colby for a meeting. * Kerri Hicks also got a master’s— in library and information studies—from URI. She works in the library at Brown, and her son is a college freshman. * Kathy Keller Garfield’s daughter, Emma ’19, is a freshman in Colby in Salamanca this fall. Kathy loves working in the family’s business, keeping track of the finance side. * Dave and Cindy Cohen Fernandez’s oldest, Sarah ’19, is also a Colby freshman. Dave planned a mid-September get-together with Rob Hoopes, Marc Rando, Matt Sotir, Brett Dixon, Larry Scoville, Bill Thayer, Andy Schmidt, Eric Stram, Whit Marshall ’88, and others to celebrate the life of Jon Nash. He promised to write with details, although his preview mentioned “poetry reading, yoga, meditation ...” or perhaps a visit to a yard sale in Jon’s memory. * Scott Jablonski entered a “flab to fab” competition last spring, lost 20 pounds, and won first place. He’s in his 20th year teaching fourth and fifth graders. He and his family spent time this summer with Bob Coupe and his family. Bob is second in command to the mayor of Cranston, R.I. * Maria Douglass and her family repatriated back to northern VA from Saudi Arabia. Maria is treasurer at a Silicon Valley startup and is pursuing her Ph.D. in science and technology at Virginia Tech. * Another long-lost classmate, Camilla Oberg, is in Dubai, where she’s registrar at the American School of Dubai. Her three kids keep her busy—her daughters are in performing arts and her son (channeling his Swedish heritage) plays ice hockey. * Jennifer Johnson Muse put her ICU nurse training to use as her husband and youngest son had surgery within 10 days of each other for sports-related injuries. Her daughter, Anna, is a sophomore at Colgate. Jennifer serves on the boards of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and the Shadyside Hospital Foundation, and she volunteers with the women’s committee at the Carnegie Museum of Art. * Rev. Mark Wilson wrote that pastoring Waterville’s First Congregational Church and commuting through campus every day reminds him of the line, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” * Jeremy Banks might be able to sing along to that—his band, The Score, performs frequently around Hartford. Jeremy and his wife have two little ones, the oldest started kindergarten this fall. Jeremy and Tom Karafin caught U2 in NYC this summer, 18 years after seeing them at Boston Garden. * Melissa Early Ruwitch’s twins also started college this fall—her son at University of Missouri and her daughter at Kenyon. They graduated from different high schools on the same day, so Melissa was happy that their college drop-off dates were separated by a day. * Mark Cosdon is still molding young minds as a professor of theater history, literature, and criticism at Allegheny College. Plus he taunts us on FB with pics from regular trips to Italy. * Should you need tips for that friendly poker game, look no further than Jana Christopher, who placed 191st and in the money at the World Series of Poker in Vegas. When not a card shark, Jana works at Phoenix House, an addiction treatment center.
Tim Wissemann is in his 10th year owning and operating Mariner Beverages, Maine’s largest independent fine wine and craft beer distributor. Tim’s twin boys are seniors and in the midst of the college search. Tim sees Gary Donaldson frequently as their wives have been best friends since grade school. * Ann Armstrong Baines lives west of Philly in a 200-year-old house and enjoys collecting antiques from that period, keeping the furniture in proportion with the architecture. Ann was caretaker of the greenhouse at Colby for one year and her passion continues at her house and by taking classes at the local botanical garden. Ann’s daughter is studying architectural design at SCAD and her son is a high school rugby player. * Allison Murray Valley sees Michael Burr frequently, as he’s married to one of her closest childhood friends. Allison has a furniture refinishing and refurbishing business and sells vintage furniture. Allison’s Facebook posts portray a life full of friends, family, and fun—and really toned arms, of which she knows I am quite envious. * Kelly Marchetti migrated from her home state of Massachusetts to Boulder, escorted by her dad and her golden. Kelly’s move was in part to implement just-in-time production for her boot cover business. She’s adjusting her temperament to the politeness of Boulder, initially disconcerting for the Mass-bred and Mass-trained driver! Kelly has finally and graciously forgiven me for breaking her nose two months into freshman year during a field hockey practice. She has not forgiven me for dressing as her at Halloween and wearing a lot of white tape on my nose. * Jennifer Allen has lived in Kentucky for 10 years with husband Anthony, daughter Grace, 8, and dog Guinness Underfoot and cat Kyndur Underfoot. It’s beautiful country surrounding their home on a lake, but Kentucky is landlocked and a very red state and New England has been calling her home. They now own a home in Mashpee and spent last summer on the Cape. Jennifer believes in the adage “beach your children well” and they accomplished that last summer! Jennifer spent time with Lisa Tomasetti Holmes, who summers in NH, and Brian Connors, who was visiting family on the Cape. Jennifer warns several Colby friends that she’s on a stalking mission to see them during future summers. That includes Sarah Pope, Susie Allison, Nancy Knapp, and Courtney Celi Haan. Jennifer has been off-ramping work and retreated to three days a week at the Big O (Oracle). She’s been in technology since graduating, and while it’s been good to her it’s time to move on. Jennifer saw Steven and Ellen Krause Teplitz when they picked up their son from camp in Chatham. Jennifer and Ellen grew up together and have been friends since they were 5! Steven and Ellen have been married for 23 years and live in Washington, D.C. Steven is a telecommunications attorney and has been with Time Warner Cable for eight years. Ellen has been an at-home mom, volunteering at the kid’s schools and her church. Their son Andrew, 20, is a sophomore at USC and living the dream in Los Angeles while pursuing a B.F.A. in acting. Matthew, 17, is a high school junior beginning his college search. The Teplitz’s visited Gail Rutherford Woods ’89 in Charlotte, N.C. The Teplitz’s, and many of our classmates, were saddened to learn of the untimely death of Roland Cheyney. Steven attended his funeral along with many of Roland’s Colby friends. Roland was a great spirit with an easy smile. He will be missed by many.
Have you ever heard the term “filler?” It is invoked when there is literally nothing major to report in the news. Which actually means it was a fairly good day for the general public. This is typically a fluff piece, like captive pandas having cubs because, hey, what else do they have to do when relegated behind bars; or two dedicated athletes finally winning Olympic gold for synchronized swimming. (Congratulations, Ingrid Ekstrom and Erin Borgeson Castelli!) Anyway, before we get to actual news, let’s open with the aforementioned fluff. John Collins ’85, also known as ‘Gin Pup,’ also known as ‘Flabby Cheeks,’ also known as ‘A.K.A.’ writes: “Sorry I missed the reunion (for Class of ’85). Heard it was fun. As Rob and Cici will tell you, we actually submit our news to Scott over in the nearby Class of ’87 column. We started doing this because we felt there was more than enough great news coming out of our class that we thought we would share the wealth. To be honest, the Class of ’87 column needed at least a few interesting items to spruce up an otherwise lackluster column of no news.” (I’m swearing under my breath right now. Just to keep you up to speed.) He goes on: “Moreover, we could no longer stand by and read Scott’s quarterly desperate plea for news. We may expand this mission of mercy to other columns but, for now, ’87 has become a pet project until we can get it turned around.” And if anyone knows about desperate, it’s Pup. Might I suggest, John, that you focus your energy on something more worthwhile? A gym membership might be nice. Or a few weeks camping in the Yukon. The very deep, as yet unexplored Yukon. See what I’m saying here? Put the You in Yukon. We have so many successful grads doing exciting things, they don’t always have time to write. In point of fact, the Class of ’85 gets an abundance of lackluster news, so they have to send their weakest links to bother us. One more swear to myself. There, that’s better. Now, the actual news. * Tim Hennessey says: “My wife and I are having dinner in San Fran tonight with my old Colby roommate Brian Low and his wife. This is our annual dinner. [That means they do it once a year.] I’m still living in the Bay Area, working for Prudential Real Estate Investors, playing hockey, and just got back from a week on the Cape, which is where I grew up.” See, that alone is worthy of an entire column. But there are simply too may stories to tell. * Glenn Cummings writes: “I’ll send you an update shortly.” Okay, we may have skipped a beat here. But I can almost guarantee that his update will come in the next issue. Let’s ramp it up again. * Class president, superstar, and recently fired judge on Dancing with the Stars Tina Zabriskie Constable writes: “I took over the Christian publishing division at Random House a year ago in addition to two other imprints I have been overseeing for a while. [Quick suggestion, Tina. Rename the company “Clearly Defined House.” Random is just so, um, random.] It has been quite the adventure and a steep learning curve, but I have enjoyed the challenge. The company is based out in Colorado Springs, so while there has been more travel in my regular routine, it is a breathtaking setting and looking at the Rockies from the conference room window each visit never gets old!” Unfortunately, I’m getting old, Tina. And shorter. But in a distinguished, squint-and-I-look-much- better kind of way. * I hope you all had a happy summer and, by the time you read this, a pleasant early fall. Remember you can always write to me, even if it’s not for the column. Mostly I’m sitting. Occasionally standing. And that’s MY news.
David and Sally Jaffe Curley celebrated their 19th anniversary in Turks and Caicos. Having lost their adored Hungarian Viszla two years ago, they became furry parents again to English setter puppy Derby, who has stolen their hearts. In Paris earlier this year, Sally saw Fred Elias, who many Caen JYA friends will remember. * All’s well for Lisa Falk in south Florida, where she’s an anesthesiologist at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. She dropped her younger daughter at camp at Colby this summer and found the campus prettier than ever. Unfortunately her daughter thinks it’s too far, too cold, and too small! Her elder daughter is at Georgetown playing Division I golf. * Ethan Wiesler continues working “too much” as chief of the hand/upper extremity surgery section at Wake Forest University, but he enjoyed a recent trip to Italy and looked forward to a New England trip. * After nearly 30 years in Washington, D.C., Jill Bond relocated to become executive director of corporate and foundation relations at the University of Texas, Austin. She enjoys life in the “barbecue belt and live music capital of the world.” Jill saw Fred ’87 and Gail Glickman Horwood over breakfast in DC. Their oldest daughter is in Colby’s Class of 2019. * Beth Schwartz moved to Ohio to become vice president for academic affairs and provost at Heidelberg University, after 24 years at Randolph College. Perfect timing, with her younger daughter at Bard College and older daughter at Muhlenberg College. * Another recent (and not happy about it) empty nester is Andy Docherty, who sent his youngest off to Cornell. Andy is finishing his final assignment in the U.S. Navy as current operations chief for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Ft. Belvoir, Va. He’ll retire next summer with 30 years of active duty service. * Bob Sidman became regional VP of medical affairs at the Connecticut hospital system where he’s worked for some time. He still pulls an occasional shift in the emergency department despite much time in meetings. Two of his children are in college, with just one more at home. * Leslie Greenslet Perry loves her new challenge—teaching eighth grade physical science at Bridgeport public schools. * Edward Tory Fiske has been with business interiors for 13 years at the Staples home office in Framingham, Mass. * Peter Coley was thrilled to show Colby to his 9-year-old daughter after attending the U.S. National Alpine Ski Championships at Sugarloaf. Trip highlights were meeting President Greene and reminiscing that he and Shelly Lent Gillwald cofounded the once moribund Colby ski team in 1983-84 by driving to Sugarloaf in his old Volvo. * Tom Fisher and wife of 24 years Laura live on a gentleman’s farm in Amherst, N.H., with sons Nate, 16, (accomplished motocross rider and Porsche enthusiast) and John, 14, (prodigal rock drummer). He looked forward to vacation on the western Ireland coast as a break from work as partner in charge of IBM’s global finance consulting practice. Tom splits time between Chicago and London. He runs into Jeff King in NYC and sees Abe Brass ’87 and family. * Following retirement from his Marine Corps career, Bob Loynd became associate vice president and deputy director-Europe for the University of Maryland University College, working at UMUC’s Europe headquarters in Rhineland-Pfaltz, Germany. * Bill Kules is on a yearlong sabbatical from Catholic University of America, reflecting on what he learned from his Colby education, as well as what’s changed in how we “do” college. He wonders, “As a society, what do we intend our colleges and universities to accomplish?” * Dave Epstein and husband Mark have a cabin in Harpswell, Maine, and would love visitors. I love hearing Dave’s voice on our local public radio station, WBUR in Boston, whenever there’s a weather event in our area. Dave is chair of the Alumni Council and very excited to help engage more alumni. He and I both say check out our reunion Facebook page at “Colby 86 30th Reunion.” Yes, reunion will be here before you know it, so mark your calendars now! June 2-5, 2016.
The Class of 1985 had a good turnout for the 30th reunion in June. Highlights included Carolyn Altshuler Currie performing folk music, a cocktail hour, where President David Greene spoke, dinner with former dean Janice Kassman, and an entertaining video produced by (and starring) Gin Pup, Cici Bevin Gordon, Rob Boone, and Scott Lainer ’87. * Marcie Campbell McHale, working as an architect in Seattle, toured Colby last April with her twins and connected with Kathy Hughes Sullivan and Cory Humphreys Serrano. Last March Marcie traveled to England, where she visited Catherine Blagden. * Andrew Worthington was appointed to the board of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. * Shireen Shahawy continues her work with her voiceover business. See www.ThatGirlCanRead.com. * Barbara Knox had a great summer, spending time with her mom on Peaks Island in Casco Bay where she saw Carol Eisenberg and Dave Simpson ’86. She also connected with Andy and Barbara Wilkes Sheehan. * Carol Eisenberg and her daughter biked across Iowa this summer, covering 500 miles in seven days with 20,000 other riders in the largest bike-touring event in the world. Carol often sees Meghan Casey. * Mike Vail returned to Portland, Maine, as president of Hannaford Supermarkets. Mike’s three daughters are making their way through college (BC, U. Tampa, and Elon). He’s reconnected with Wayne Eddy and Peter Dooling at the Colby football golf fundraiser. * Bronwyn Quirk Mohlke enjoyed rooming with Hathy MacMahon Simpson (freshman-year roommate) at reunion. She took a three-week trip to Wales this summer. * Ben Lowry played baseball in a 35-plus league in Maine for many years but retired this season. Next up: His tennis league. * Suzanne Krumm Yerdon was promoted to executive director for the National Exchange Carrier Association. Her 19-year-old triplets attend Wake Forest, Lafayette, and Cornell. * Stuart Johnson is a lawyer in New Haven and lives in Chester, Conn., with his wife, 5-year-old twins, and son Eric, 17. * Jim Polk still works at Putnam and lives in Marblehead. He and his wife, Colleen, are empty nesters with daughters Grace (Notre Dame) and Charlotte (Dickinson) enjoying college. * Chris Lebherz, another empty nester with his three daughters in college, continues to practice law. * John and Kathy Hughes Sullivan live in Ipswich, Mass., with sons Slater ’18 (at Colby) and Tamer (at Exeter). They recently went on a trip to Newfoundland. * Terry Martin, a high school history teacher, had a lot of fun at reunion seeing old classmates again. * Rob Hazard, another reunion attendee, enjoyed the summer with his family in Rhode Island on Wickford Cove. * Sheryl Larson Mortensen started a new position as assistant superintendent of schools in South Windsor, Conn. * Peter Marchesi has practiced law in Waterville since 1989. He and his wife spent 10 days on Bonaire in August. * Mickie Linder Simpson checked in from Bethesda, Md., where she’s a residential broker with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Her daughter’s at Kent State, and her husband works for Raytheon and travels frequently to the Middle East. * Sarah Peaslee, husband Jamie, and their three children moved back to the UK after 11 years at British and U.S embassies in the Middle East. Sarah now teaches languages. She’s also selling her family cabin on Spednic Lake in Maine— email Sarah at email@example.com FMI. * Kevin Bruen still serves in the Coast Guard in the San Francisco Bay area. He plans to attend at least five Colby football games to see son Conor ’17 play for the Mules. * Jim Meltsner’s daughter Maya is a member of Colby’s Class of 2019. * Andrew Myers missed reunion but did take his family (including daughter Cora) on trip to Maine, stopping by Colby. * John Robinson, still teaching in Andover, Mass., got married last May. He goes to concerts with Dan Allegretti. * Lynn Brunelle’s latest book, Mama Gone Geek: Calling on My Inner Science Nerd to Help Navigate the Ups and Downs of Parenting, won the Independent Publisher Gold Medal award. * Tom Claytor chimed in from Myanmar, where he helped provide flood relief. * Swing Robertson sums up reunion as follows: “It was great to be on campus for reunion. The attendees’ enthusiasm for Colby is what makes our class special!” * Many thanks to all who wrote in!
Pro tip: vaguely insane email ranting brings home a mother lode of bacon! As Becky Crook Rogers conceded, “Okay, Jen ... you win.” YAAASSSSS! * Synchronicity reared its beautiful head in this news cycle: my first responses came from classmates we haven’t heard from in a while, and both wrote from Sweden. Yo, do you guys talk? From Sean Duffy in Malmo, where he moved in 1991, news that his youngest son, Ryan, celebrated his first birthday—and brother Liam is now 4 1/2. Sean plans to return to the U.S. when kids are school age. In the meantime, his marketing agency is focusing on international growth and has recently partnered with Jon Baskin ’82. Sean also teaches digital marketing and international brand management at Lund University. * Also from Sweden, Dr. Stacey SorensenRistinmaa sends greetings to all—she’s been there more than 25 years. When she’s not writing about core electron excitation (I googled her!) and teaching in the physics lab at Lund University, she plays Swedish folk music, really nice on lonnngggg summer nights. On this summer’s vacation, she hiked Bryce Canyon with her family then visited the west coast islands of Scotland. Stacey has a daughter in college at Gothenburg and her sons aren’t far behind. * Out of the Twin Cities, I got Ed Davies living the double life as madman software entrepreneur part of the day and PayChex 401k sales rep for the other part—and husband and father. I love the drama. Ed recently exited his software company, 24 years in the making, and—presumably in celebration—was poised to embark on three weeks in France and Italy with his family: wife Amy, Calvin, 14, and Elizabeth, 12. Ed, pro tip: don’t forget to eat, promise? For those of you still living in fear of Ed’s backhand, I regret to inform you that he’s hung up the racket for hunting grouse. Ed reports several enjoyable recent-ish trips back to Colby to visit his uncle George Coleman, our fearless registrar of many decades. * Loved the Chas Catania update from lakeside in Sherman, Conn. Chas’s three boys are now out of the house: eldest Anthony is a junior at UMO and younger son Nick ’19 is a Presidential Scholar who entered Colby this year. Nick’s twin, Chris, is at UNevada at Reno. * Awesomeness from John (“Merlin,” really?) Olson, who writes from Lynn, Mass., where he lives with his wife, Kathy, and runs his own insurance business. Two daughters live nearby, and John is now a—GASSPPPP—grandfather to Abby. John relayed a tip on the “western Maine masters” tourney, an annual event coordinated by John LeMoine that includes lots of ’80s bros including Tom McGillicuddy, Jim Plumer, and Ric Craig, ALL of whom wonder where Paul Strecker is at?! Streck, write in, man! Furthermore on the golf theme, Chip Kelly texted from the Philly tarmac: he had just left Jamie O’Neil following their most excellent adventure golfing in Ireland, and HE PROMISED ME that Chico would follow up with the DEETZ. Denied. Dudes, pics or it didn’t happen! * Quick hits: Sal Lovegren Merchant started her own white-glove cleaning service on Mt. Desert, which makes for a grueling summertime of 24/7 attendance to the needs of a demanding clientele; she devotes the school year supporting special-needs teens at Mt. Desert Island High School as their educational technician. She also serves as senior warden to Seal Harbor. * Ashley Lasbury’s eldest, Samantha ’15, just graduated from Colby; she spent three semesters overseas, and Ashley engineered time to visit her in France, Rome, and Ireland. Good move! I’m hoping one of my kids does a semester on the Black Sea. * Mair Sirakides Hill did her first TEDx talk titled “A Good Plan” after her recently published book. * Scott Dow has taken up glider flying. With a large financial planning practice, Scott divides his time between Portland, Maine, and Orlando, Fla. * John Northrop missed seeing his Colby homies this summer and asks the question, “Does anyone ever visit Houston?”
Cathy Leonard Swain switched careers after many years as a Spanish teacher. Cathy’s now an instructional designer at the University of New England’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies helping design their online program in health informatics. * Andrea Brantner is VP of sponsorship on the board of the International Aviation Women’s Association, is chair-elect of the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law, and is embroiled in the reorganization of GE Capital, which will result in a much smaller finance company that will include her business, GE Capital Aviation Services. “But the activity I’m most proud of,” writes Andrea, “is training to walk in the AVON39 Walk to End Breast Cancer in NYC in October.” * Dorothy Distelhorst’s oldest daughter, Cynthia, is a second-year veterinary student at the University of Minnesota at St. Paul. Youngest daughter Ellen is a junior at Stonehill College. Dorothy enjoys being CEO of Streamside Dental, mentoring employees, and helping clients move toward optimal oral health. She visited Jenny Batson Wilson last year. For their 25th anniversary, Dorothy and husband Karl went to Norway. * Deb Nader Hartshorn ran a solo gardening business last summer and spent time with her daughter, a Bates student. Deb sails each week on Lake Champlain, where her race team has pulled off some surprising finishes despite extreme weather and the occasional mishap. Hiking, volunteering for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, and live music rounded out a beautiful summer. Deb is an early childhood special educator and preschool consultant. * Nancy Briggs Marshall wrote a book called PR Works!How to create, implement, and leverage a PR program for your small business. She does speaking engagements and workshops on public relations, marketing, and social media across Maine. Nancy rode the seven-day BikeMaine ride from Kittery to Bethel in September. * Paul and Sarah Perry Indelicato are off on a safari to Kenya and Tanzania in February 2016. They hope to have great photos and stories to share. * Mark Ciarallo says hi from Montreal. Contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. * Mark Hopkins sends his best to ’82. Mark manages a national sales force for Komori America, traveling the country but spending a lot of time at the Chicago corporate office. Mark coaches football for his grandson’s team. His wife is a director of an early education learning facility; his oldest daughter had her third boy and is an orthopedic nurse and Kent State clinical professor; his oldest son works in Denver and plans to marry in December; his middle daughter continues missionary life in Guatemala and runs the girls’ soccer academy; his younger son graduated from Ohio State University in August; and Mark’s youngest child is a freshman at Ohio State’s Fisher School of Business. “Our house is getting mighty quiet after years raising five children.” Mark connects with Peter Eshbaugh and John Crowley when in Chicago, and saw Jeff Flinn ’85 in Seattle after losing touch since his wedding 28 years ago. * Bob Benjamin was promoted to full colonel in January and took brigade command in March. He writes: “Lots of travel with the Army Reserve, including time in Kansas, Pennsylvania, Fort Hunter Liggett in California, and Forts Dix and Devens.” Bob graduated from the U.S. Army War College with a master’s in strategic studies in July. He also attended the Colby rugby gathering in New York and enjoyed reconnecting with ruggers old and young. His son was married in September. * My daughter Laura and I spent a fun August night with Doug and Kim Smith McCartney and daughter Blake ’16 at their camp in Smithfield, Maine. My family then flew to San Diego to see our adorable first grandson. However, the most earth-shifting moment for me was dropping Laura off for her freshman year at Colby! Her room has a beautiful view of the pond, and she looks forward to skiing and playing ice hockey. I clearly remember that September day in 1978 when my dad delivered me to Foss and a whole new life began.
Hope to see you at our 35th reunion June 2-5, 2016! Remember to join our Facebook page, created and managed by Victor Vesnaver: facebook.com/groups/ColbyCollege1981. * Congrats to Duncan and Karen Sondergeld Whitney, who moved to the Russian Hill section of San Francisco after Duncan’s genomic classifier for lung cancer was acquired by Veracyte. The biotech company welcomed Duncan with open arms to help develop and commercialize the test, whose hallmark is early detection via bronchoscopy rather than invasive surgery. * Dan ’80 and Liz Pizzurro Ossoff are official empty nesters. Youngest son Will graduated from Bowdoin and will spend a year working for the Carnegie Endowment in DC, while oldest son Ben ’10 works at Boston’s State Street Bank. Liz and Dan continued a wonderful tradition of celebrating with Colby friends each summer at the home of Doug and Amy Parker Cook in Mattapoisett, Mass., along with Bruce and Ellen Reinhalter Shain, Deb (Zarella ’79) and Rich Dube, and Marty MacMillin. * Terri Lewis ’83 and John Clevenger also feel the empty-nest lifestyle inching closer. Daughter Caitlin graduated from Vassar in ’13 and works for Epic, a major medical software firm, in Madison, Wisc. Son Drew graduated from SMU last spring and works for Oracle in Austin, and youngest Zach is a high school junior. * Brian McPherson is senior vice president of investments for the McPherson/Splain Group of Raymond James Financial in Washington, D.C. * Living in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., Holly Mackin Anzani visited Colby during a snowstorm last February and her daughter loved it so much they are returning for a fall tour! * Ted and Lisa Gale Taylor moved to Seoul from Bangor. Ted teaches chemistry and environmental science at Korea International School. Lisa continues to work for the University of Maine as a web programmer for several NASA missions. * Marisa D’Andrea Barber saw Pam Ellis for their annual Maine coast visit. Marisa started a new job as marketing director for nonprofit World Vision Canada. Her son, Cameron, is a high school senior. * Colby roommates Faith Bramhall Rodenkirk and Kim Wadkins Seymour enjoyed a weekend in Pittsburgh with their daughters, who are now roommates there! Kim’s Ariane, who just graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in cinema production, works in Pittsburgh on a Cinemax film crew and lives with Faith’s Lindsey, a Pitt senior, who spends summers there training with the swim team. * Leslie Breton, in her 19th year teaching math at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., traveled back to Storm King School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., where she taught 1987-1997, to receive the Margaret Clark Faculty Excellence Award for dedication that transcends the classroom and high ideals that have become part of the school’s tradition. Congrats, Leslie! * Mary Coe Connolly’s daughter graduated from San Diego State with her M.S. in counseling and is a school counselor at Cathedral Catholic High School in SD. In June Mary welcomed a new granddaughter, Erin Lucy Connolly, and two weeks later, her son got married, so she also has a new daughter-in-law. She writes: “Two of my kids live in San Diego—perfect for frequent visits—and my grandchildren, Erin and Mitchell, 3, live close to me—perfect for spoiling.” In her ninth year as director of college counseling at Presentation High School in San Jose, Mary traveled back to Mayflower Hill in September for the joint Colby-Bates-Bowdoin counselor trip. * In May Karen Baumstark Porter’s oldest daughter, Mary, a junior at University of Nebraska—Kearney, traveled with other students to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, where she was fascinated to see Darwin’s work locations. This summer, Karen saw Karen Pfeiffer Jones, Michele Adams Prince, and Tracy Don MacDonald ’82 in Boston for a wonderful visit, then in August they all met up again in Augusta, Ga., for the wedding of Virginia Kuzia, daughter of Stan ’85 and Susan Robertson Kuzia ’82! “It was a beautiful wedding, and fun to see Colby pals twice in one summer!”
Thanks to everyone who responded with news to help extend our class’s unbroken record of columns since graduation. I hope to hear from more of you in the coming months and years. I have a correction to my note thanking my predecessors in the correspondent role. Diana Herrmann reminded me that Patty Valavanis Smith was her immediate successor followed by John Veilleux, Lynn Collins Francis, and Tommy Marlitt; my thanks to all for keeping us informed. * Sending my apologies to Patty for the oversight yielded news that she and Mark are now empty nesters with their son Dean at Quinnipiac University and son Jason in his junior year in the sports management program at UMass/ Amherst. Patty still works for International Data Group and sings with the Merrimack Valley Chorus, a women’s a cappella group that was a finalist in WGBH-TV’s Sing That Thing! competition. Mark’s general contracting business has focused on clean room construction for infusion centers and pharmacies. * If this column was a series of tweets we could probably use #empty-nesters as hashtag since it’s an aspect of several more classmates’ news. Dan Ossoff was in touch over the summer checking on neighborhoods around DC in which their youngest son, Will, can live as he starts a fellowship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace following graduation from Bowdoin in the spring. * Greg Mills and his wife were off to South Carolina to drop off their youngest son to begin his freshman year at Clemson, where their oldest son is a junior. Both are studying mechanical engineering and have been heavily involved, along with Greg and his wife, as volunteers with the organization US FIRST (based in Manchester, N.H.), which focuses on inspiring students to become interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects. * Greg is not the only Clemson parent in our class—Glen Coral’s oldest son is in a Ph.D. program there. Glen and his wife, Amy, also travel south to visit their daughter, a senior at James Madison University in Virginia. Glen works in the insurance field focusing on retirement, legacy, and business transition planning. He’s also active with the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He also hikes, plays basketball, and coaches youth travel softball. * Peter Forman completed his 10th year as president of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce in Massachusetts. Continuing the empty-nester theme, Peter and his wife enjoy dinners in Boston’s North End while visiting their daughter there. Meanwhile their oldest son was married in September, and their second son is in the Army and redeployed to the Middle East for a second tour this fall. * Barbara Neal and Sarah Davis ’79 have moved into their new farmhouse and are busy building a farm in Ithaca, N.Y. The first livestock is a puppy, but they expect to add a rabbit and some goats, chickens, and pigs, as well as a large garden. Barb has a new job as Cornell cooperative extension educator in horticulture for a local upstate NY county. She’s also president of the American Society of Consulting Arborists and sometimes crosses paths with Mark Garvin, who is president of the Tree Care Industry of America. Barb continues her connections in DC, teaching two courses in the sustainable landscape design master’s program for George Washington University. * Meanwhile John Carpenter had a visit from Ted Tinson while he was in Maine at the end of July. They managed to get out on the water for a nice evening on Casco Bay. See a photo of them online at colby. edu/alumni on the “stay connected” tab.
Manny Rosa ’76 was appointed director of community relations for faith-based groups at New York State Homes and Community Renewal by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. ♦ Morning Sentinel writer Doug Rooks ’76 won first place for opinion columnists from the Maine Press Association at its annual conference Oct. 17. ♦ An essay by Jocelyn Bartkevicius ’79 was named the 2016 winner of the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize by Crab Orchard Review. ♦ Angela Mickalide ’79 received the 2015 American Burn Association Burn Prevention Award at the 47th annual meeting of the association in Chicago.
Can’t believe summer is over! Hope you spent it having fun, like Robin Towle Glynn and her family did. Robin and Dennis spent 12 days introducing daughter Kelly to the country where her folks met in 1978. They started in Madrid, drove to the southern coast, and ended in Valencia. She noted that Spain has changed for the better in recent years. Kelly graduated from Cornell in 2014 and works as a hardware engineer at Lockheed Martin in Owego, N.Y. Son Dennis graduated high school in 2014 and began 75 consecutive weeks of mechanic training for gas and diesel vehicles. In August Robin caught lunch with Gayle Amato and Kathy Jackson ’78 at the Kennebunk, Maine, home of Mary Rolerson Hebert ’78, and lunched with Mary Shooshan Gasiorowski ’78 in Concord, N.H. * Peter Krayer is embarking on his third career, having graduated from Texas A&M law school in May. He’s set to take the Texas bar exam in February. Using the post-9/11 GI bill to pay for law school allows him to go into low-margin public service work without the worry of defaulting on student loans. Peter wants to start a nonprofit that provides vets with integrated assistance in filing effective VA disability claims. He also wants to represent vets appealing bad decisions by the VA. There’s a pretty big need, so hopefully it will work out. Peter is recovering from a total hip replacement (first for our class?). Otherwise life is good—all are healthy and happy. * Bruce Brown and family spent a week in London and a week in Paris this summer. With his oldest starting her senior year in high school, Bruce figured it would be their last summer for a family vacation together. * On April 22 Angela Mickalide received the 2015 American Burn Association Burn Prevention Award at the 47th annual American Burn Association meeting in Chicago. Angela is principal investigator and program director for the emergency medical services for the Children National Resource Center based at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. * This summer I flew to Massachusetts and N.H. to see family and friends. I visited Martha Soucy at her family lake house in Upper Suncook Lake, N.H., for a wonderful weekend of sun (something that has been elusive during my other visits) and memories. Keenan and Kathy Bleakney Pawley came up for the day. We had a great time touring the upper and lower lakes, catching up, and having adult beverages. I missed my flight home and had to spend the night in Baltimore. Many thanks to Bill and Rebecca Rogers Bushong for putting me up for the night! Becky took me out for a drink to unwind and offered me a bed, nightie, and a toothbrush. It was so appreciated. * Hope everyone had a great summer. Look forward to hearing from you next time.
Greetings classmates! I am impressed that two of our classmates recently won literary awards. Jennifer Barber’s new book of poetry, Works on Paper, received the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize from The Word Works and will be published in 2016. Jenny saw Steve Jacobs in April at the Boston Marathon, and met with Fritz Martin and his wife, Betsy, in August in Colorado. Steve teaches pediatrics nearly full time to family medicine residents and recently found himself in a room with two other Colby grads—a third-year resident, Dr. Josh Garfein ’03, and a patient with her 13-month-old baby. Steve’s Hawaiian print reunion shirt gave him away! Steve planned to swim and bike in the Colby triathlon in September and wonders whether other classmates participated. * After years of longing to travel to Lithuania, where her father was born, Jocelyn Bartkevicius finally made it last summer. A highlight of the trip was a two-week immersion course at Vilnius University in Lithuanian culture and language—it’s the oldest living Indo-European language and very close to Sanskrit. Jocelyn reports ordering a drink in Sanskrit is almost impossibly complicated. She met extended family and saw the village where her grandmother was born and her great-grandparents were buried. The Genocide Museum (also known as the KGB Museum) was edifying but gut-wrenching, as was finding relatives’ names in the reconstructed KGB genocide files. But on a brighter note, two days into her trip she learned that her newest essay on Lithuania, “Mother Tongue,” was named the 2016 winner of the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize by Crab Orchard Review—an auspicious beginning for a sabbatical year she is devoting to completing a book on Lithuania and Lithuanian heritage. * Bill Middleton came from New Delhi and met Ian Ogilvie in Chicago to see the Grateful Dead 50th reunion shows over the Fourth of July. Ian also lunched with Ted Bristol and his wife, Nellie, in Waterville in early July—Ian says Ted hasn’t changed a bit. * Lyn Hildebrandt Holian has worked as a school librarian at Tower School in Marblehead, Mass., for the past 15 years, so she especially enjoyed the book recommendations from classmates. * Mary Rolerson Hebert accomplished a lifelong dream in July—finishing second place for her age group in the Ironman competition in Lake Placid, N.Y.! Mary connected with Kathy Jackson Gittin, Robin Towle Glynn ’79, and Gayle Amato ’79 when they stopped at her Kennebunk home for Clam Shack lobster rolls on their way Downeast. She also met Sally Pearce and her Colby parents—Charles ’49 and Virginia Davis Pearce ’50—for lobster rolls at the Silver Street Tavern and toured the Colby museum, where they especially loved Duane Hanson’s “Old Man Playing Solitaire.” * Katherine (Quimby ’79) and Gregory Johnson had a lovely week in Quebec City in June, walking all over the old port and the battlefield park. * Judy Fairclough had the perfect reunion with freshman roommate Tana Ghizari Chandler at the Billy Joel concert in Boston and plans to meet Tana and Emily De Giacomo Roberts (both part of our freshman class but who left for other schools) for the first time since 1976. Judy’s youngest went off to college, her eldest started medical school, and her middle daughter moved to Boston to work for Avon39. Judy is grateful for her four cats. * Ed Smith hosted what Laura Hyer called a “perfect” gathering on a summer weekend with Jim Cook, Anne Marie Hobson Pesarik, and John Devine. “It is so heartwarming to find friendships that last forever, and ours certainly have,” Laura wrote. I think we would all agree!
For Ehrhardt Groothoff, “a long-held dream has come true! Our family has moved from California back to Chebeague Island, Maine, following my retirement from the San Francisco Fire Department after 28 years of service. So good to be home! We continue to homeschool and live crazy sport-family lives. Our oldest is one year away from college (Colby is in the mix).” * Evan Katz is now the school business administrator for the Swampscott Public Schools. * Alan Taylor completed a new book, American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804, which expands the usually told story limited to the East Coast by considering the impact on the entire continent of North America. * Ken Beland has found retirement busy, managing the family woodlot and rehabbing a small house he bought in Newport, Maine, that abuts their woodlot. * Jonathan Fenton’s daughter Katie ’19 enrolled at Colby this fall. She’s the fourth Fenton to attend Colby. Jonathan teaches fifth grade English and social studies at the Marion W. Cross School in Norwich, Vt. * Suzanne Thivierge continues to live a healthy and happy life after 20 years at the Maine Department of Labor. * Carolyn Frazier moved back to Chicago (from Seattle) to take a position at VSA Partners, a branding and marketing firm. * Leslie Warren van Berkum looks forward to retiring in two years after 30-plus years running the Van Berkum Nursery. She does volunteer work with African refugees 12 hours each week and is “learning Kiswahili, but it’s very slow.” * Qaiser Khan lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, managing the World Bank Program for Ethiopia. * Martin Lobkowicz updates us with the fact that he has lived a fine, varied life thus far, choosing a largely entrepreneurial business path. He and his wife of 32 years have two children, now grown. They now live in Florida. Martin admits to loving “the thrill of the hunt” when it comes to work. I myself know that feeling well!
Lots of news; let’s dive in! Cathy Worcester Moison returned to Maine last year and hopes to attend her first Colby reunion. Recently she’s worked remotely for Bentley Systems, a Pennsylvania-based engineering software firm. She and husband David are empty nesters, renovating the old homestead. Daughter Eileen is a biochemistry Ph.D. candidate at Harvard; son Nate graduated from University of South Carolina with a degree in supply chain management. * Kate Cone’s latest book, What’s Brewing in New England, is due soon from Down East Books. She notes Maine has more than 60 craft breweries! * Deepest sympathies to Barbara Brennan Silano’s family; she died in May. Barbara was chief federal prosecutor of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Task Force in San Francisco. * Rebecca Hushing McCole teaches aquatic and medical wellness strength and aerobics classes. Her daughter is in med school, and her husband just retired. Rebecca attended the reinterment of Richard III in the UK. * Anne and Jim (O.J.) Morgan have two young grandsons in Nairobi, Kenya; their parents work in the U.S. embassy. Grandson Henry high-fived President Obama during his recent Kenya visit. * Michael Boyson lives in Portland; he and Nancy Grant have been married more than 35 years and he’s worked with Morgan Stanley more than 30. He was recently outsprinted at the end of the Beach to Beacon 10K by Harry Nelson, with whom he rides bikes, skis, sails, and hikes along with Lindsay Huntington Hancock, Kevin Carley, and Ellen Grant ’79. Michael wants his children to start having children and invites you to share “successful methods of accomplishing same.” * Manny Rosa was appointed by Governor Cuomo as director of community relations for faith-based groups at New York State Homes and Community Renewal. He was previously assistant director for the Promesa Community Residence Program, which helps individuals with persistent mental illness and substance abuse addictions. Manny also teaches urban studies at CUNY’s Queens College. * Scott Smith retired last July and moved back to the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. He saw Rob Anderson on the Cape with his two dogs, two boats, and one vintage Mercedes convertible. “Great ride!” * Douglas Rooks has a biography of Sen. George Mitchell that will be published next May; he anticipates a book tour. * Stephen Marcus practices condominium and commercial real estate law in Braintree, Mass. Daughter Alix recently graduated from Mills College. Son Jake is in the J.D./M.B.A. program at University of Miami Law School. The return of Stephen’s Crohn’s disease led him and Jake to start “Team Intestinal Fortitude,” raising more than $800,000 for research. Stephen is president of CCFA—New England (Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America). * Peter Labombarde writes that language and global outlook are his kids’ themes. Daughter Jocelyn worked for the Harpswell Foundation in Cambodia, learning Khmer. Son and U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Evan is an Arabic cryptologic linguist. Daughter Katherine uses French and Arabic working for an international economic development consulting firm. * After 28 years at Mass General as a pulmonary and critical care doctor, David Systrom now conducts NIH-funded translational research on exercise and pulmonary hypertension at the Brigham. Wife Kathy is a reproductive endocrinologist at Mass General and a chief editor at Up-to-Date, a web-based medical textbook. Daughter Hannah studies at Dartmouth Medical School and her twin, Conor, works in electronic music in Brooklyn. David recently visited TDP roomie Dick Weaver and his wife, Karen, on Peaks Island, Maine, swapping stories late into the evening. * Sherry DeLuca Delany had a busy summer raising active teenagers. Her 13-year-old twins went on an Outward Bound adventure; she and husband Cort traveled to Iceland. * That wraps up this column—lots more news coming next issue. Make your travel plans for June 2–5, 2016, and our 40th reunion. Guaranteed fun for all! Remember to donate to the Colby Fund. And, seriously, reach out to an old Colby friend who’s been on your mind. See you in June!
Our 40th reunion was well attended with many first-time reunion attendees. A good thing that we were all wearing name badges! * Ed Walczak was happy to see some old (former) classmates and to revisit the beautiful campus. Ed was glad, too, that the College had golf carts shuttling the older alumni around campus, because he thinks some of us may need that assistance by our 50th reunion. * Sarah Rosenberg enjoyed her first reunion ever at Colby, although she remembers almost no one from her college days except for good friends Libby Fay and Lisa Turtz Birnbaum. It was a great opportunity for what seemed to her to meet new friends and to visit New England again, which is a long trip from her home in Oregon. In September Sarah was traveling to Italy to spend a few weeks with her husband and his cousins and then spending four weeks in an art school in Florence learning Italian, drawing, and painting. From her list of books read over the summer, she especially recommends The Buried Giant, The Thirteenth Tale, and The Bone Clocks. * Peter Clark asked that we all remember Ed Cronick, who passed away June 1, a few days before our reunion. Peter knows that Ed most certainly would have enjoyed our reunion. We missed Ed and all our other classmates who are no longer with us. * Another first-time attendee, Kevin Cooman, was very glad to see so many old (former) friends, and it was especially good to catch up with Jeff Frankel and Ed Walczak. After almost no communication in 40 years, it was great fun to pick up conversation as if there had not been any gap. They even recreated a photo of the three of them taken senior year in which they were “praying” for good results on either final exams or getting into law and graduate school. Their reenactment 40 years later showed some change in hairlines, with Jeff changing least. They decided that this time they are praying to make it to the 50th! * In June Cindy Genta Strehlow was delighted to meet the son of her Colby roommate Jackie Jones Huckle. Jackie had arranged for her son to drop by Urbana, Ill., to meet Cindy on his way back East. * This class correspondent is happy to be back for another five years. I had a wonderful summer, highlighted with our son Eric’s July wedding in Topanga, Calif., just north of Malibu. Extending our trip by a day, we drove south to Oceanside to visit Pete Coz and his wife, Susan, and their two very precious little girls, Petra and Lizzie, born May 2, 2015. They have their hands full to say the least! Pete is thrilled to finally have the opportunity to experience fatherhood.
Gay Peterson and her husband bought a Roadtrek camper upon retirement and made a six-week tour of the Southeast last year, followed by a month in Newfoundland, and finally an escape to the warmth of the Southwest last winter. “Our favorite place is still home in North Yarmouth, Maine (when the temperature is over 15 degrees).” Their son, Anders Peterson Wood ’07, married Jessica Seymour ’06 last summer at Suicide Six Ski Mountain in Vermont. Gay also enjoyed catching up with Judy Bradeen while they milked cows at Judy’s son-in-law’s farm. * Retired for two years, Callie Dusty Leef became a grandmother in March when son Erich had a son. Her daughter, Tina, married in August 2014, and son Matthew graduated from Oregon State in June with a degree in fermentation science. He has a job with Boston Beer Company, makers of Sam Adams. Callie volunteers at her church, sings in the choir, and is decluttering and remodeling her home of 30 years in San Diego. * Don Levis retired from corporate finance in 2012 and began teaching accounting and finance at Merrimack College, a position that became full time, “but allows for a pretty nice lifestyle with lots of time for golf in the summer months. So I guess I’ve gone full circle and am now back on campus! I became a grandfather three years ago, but it’s still hard to say that G word.” * Between travels to Bavaria for the Christmas markets and a spring trip to the canyons of the Southwest, Clif Brittain and his wife, Peggy Ladner, visited Sherwood and Jan Hampshire Cummins in San Rafael, Calif. “Jan still sets a blistering pace,” he wrote of their hike in the Marin headlands. Clif is volunteer shop manager for Urban Boatbuilders, a program that teaches 200 inner city kids woodworking skills by building as many as 20 different boats during the year, which are then used in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. * The youngest daughter of Leo and Leslie Nickerson Bowers is an internist and their son is a PA in Leo’s medical practice. Their eldest daughter is assistant chief medical examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s western office. Leslie teaches English to ninth graders in Newport News. She reports that Leo attended our reunion last year accompanied by Jackie (Lindsey ’75) and Omar Wynn, Keith Wilder, and James Glover. * Henry Schea is senior director of quality and regulatory affairs for Avax Technologies, a Philadelphia-based cancer research biotech company, as well as the pastor of a nondenominational church, and a supporter of local ministries’ youth and teen programs. He and his wife, Lisa, homeschooled all five of their sons. The oldest is a medical software program design engineer in Madison, Wis. Their second son is director of catering at University of Delaware, where their youngest is pursuing preveterinary studies. Sons three and four are in master’s programs in communications and urban anthropology, respectively. * A practicing ophthalmologist, Rodger Silverstein says, “Luckily I love what I do because I am divorced, and my sainted ex-wife has successfully moved my retirement age from 62 to death. I currently live in NJ with a giant dog, and have a second home in Amagansett, East Hampton, N.Y. I’m still healthy despite a rather reckless lifestyle.” He’s occasionally in touch with Barry Walch. * Howard Lazar got together with Bob Tommasino, Artie Bell, Dan Rapaport, and Brian MacQuarrie for golf, dinner, and a Red Sox game during a recent deposition trip to Boston. Other highlights of his year were whitewater rafting on a Class 5 river and “first place after day one of the Seward Silver Salmon Derby. Unfortunately it is eight days long.” His daughter just finished her second year of medical school at University of Washington. (Howard was watching whales from his office window in Anchorage as he wrote.) * Many thanks to those who contributed to our class notes this time. I have saved news from Jeff Barske, Mark Curtis, David Roulston,Catherine Downes Weston, S. Ann Earon, Karen Heck, and Jan Hampshire Cummins to share with you next time. A photo was also sent from Machu Picchu by Cynthia Vietor Kahle.
Bob Diamond began his seventh year as chair of the Board of Trustees; you make our class proud, Bob! This will be his last year in that role, and he’s seen Colby through “an incredible few years” as a board member. Bob reports that the retirement of Bro Adams, followed by David Greene’s succession, marks an “incredibly ambitious” few years ahead. * Geoff Legg is director of engineering with Tech4Imaging, a startup doing design work. The Air Force is his second alma mater (after Colby of course!) and Gary, along with wife Janet (Shea), enjoy biennial reunions of his class. Gary is our only class member who served in Iceland during the Cold War. Their son, Charles ’96, manages a biotech firm in Cambridge that is seeking a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Princeton-graduate daughter Cathy lives in San Francisco, where Gary and Janet frequently visit and enjoy their grandson, 5, and twin granddaughters, 3. * Gary Lawless and wife Beth Leonard visited Turkey, where they participated in the Halki Summit on one of the Prince islands. The small gathering discussed the theme “Theology, Ecology, and the Word: A Conversation on the Environment, Literature, and the Arts.” Gary is a poet and co-owner of a bookstore in Maine and recently published Caribou Planet, a book of original poems and artwork that I highly recommend. * Fran Gates Demgen traveled in Europe last spring. In Wales she visited the site where her uncle’s B-17 bomber crashed during World War II. Merrilee Bonney joined her in Wales and they traveled together to Merilee’s home in Holland. * Ida Dionne Burroughs is making progress reinventing her life after losing her spouse. She participated in a fundraiser bike ride with her son, visited old friends in Nova Scotia, and visited Ward Briggs in Bangor. She keeps in touch with Gary Fitts as well. Ida’s son enjoys his position as an executive vice president in the fashion industry; her daughter works as a nurse in Alaska. * Rick Zaccaro and his wife, Bonnie Washuk, traveled to Los Angeles to see their grandchildren, to Martha’s Vineyard, and to New Hampshire, where Rick has climbed 44 of the 48 4,000-foot mountains. Rick recently completed a climb on Mt. Ebert in Colorado with his brother. * I took my annual fishing trip with my grandson Max, 10, to Cherryfield, Maine. We stay in Norm and Pat Flanagan Olsen’s guesthouse on the bank of the Narraguagas River. There were many fun adventures kayaking on more than three miles of lakes, catching fish, and troubleshooting a few mishaps with fishhooks and kayaks. Pat works as a training consultant in Virginia, spending lots of time in their apartment in Reston. Meanwhile, Norm is a subject-matter expert on foreign affairs and the practice of diplomacy for U.S. special operations forces and consults on fisheries management. Their youngest son, David ’04, an artist and fisherman, owns a home nearby and looks forward to working on it between Alaskan salmon-fishing seasons. * I enjoyed time with forever friends Chris Mattern Way, Lisa Kehler Bubar, and Jackie Neinaber Appeldorn at the wedding of Tom and Debbie Mael Mandino’s daughter Michelle. We had a wonderful time, and later traveled north to Chez Bubar to savor the delicious creations of James Bubar ’72. This summer we also traveled to Stow to visit Chris, whose long and brave journey with cancer ended Sept. 17. In our sadness, we realize how fortunate we are to have had Chris in our lives. We will miss her immensely and send our sympathy to her husband, Jon, and her sons Matt, David ’09, and Jesse.
Janet Holm Gerber is director of admission at Christ Episcopal School in Rockville, Md., where she’s happily worked for 20-plus years. She’s in her second year in admissions and has never worked harder. And while her friends are retiring, she feels like she’s just gearing up. It was her good fortune that her two sons landed back in the D.C. area after college. The older is an aerospace engineer at the Department of Defense. The younger leads the international claims department for SoundExchange, the company tasked by Congress about a decade ago to pay royalties to musicians for their online streamed music (Pandora, Spotify, satellite radio, etc.). She recently attended a wonderful surprise 40th anniversary and 65th birthday party for David and Liz Ross Withnell. “Life is good!” * In David Cheever’s workday capacity as Maine state archivist, he’s gearing up for Maine’s 2020 commemoration of 200 years of statehood. He hopes to have the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin trio engage in the observance in some meaningful way. While the schools are international in scope and reputation, they have also been integral to Maine and its people, and so many graduates have made significant contributions to the state’s history. And they will continue to do so, which is part of the point he hopes to make. It is not enough to engage in a retrospective, he says, and a signal birthday or anniversary is also a time for prospective thinking, a “what would we do if we could” initiative. Hopefully it will be well received and acted upon. * Susan Hoy Terrio is a professor of anthropology at Georgetown University, where she’s taught since 1994. She published her third book, Whose Child Am I? (Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody), with University of California Press in May 2015. She planned to teach in the Georgetown Villa Le Balze study-abroad program in Florence this fall. * Jandy (Anderson ’70) and Randy Strickland visited Randy’s sister, who lives outside Amsterdam, in May. They saw the tulips and then got on a personal tour of northern France—to Rouen and Chartres cathedrals, Normandy beaches, Bayeux, Falaise, Champagne, and the Ardennes. In December Randy plans to retire and join Jandy (who retired three years ago) on the next great adventure! * Stina Reed graduated from Southern Connecticut State University last May with a master’s of science, specializing in clinical mental health counseling. Kudos to you, Stina! To qualify for her license as a professional counselor, she’s completing 3,000 hours of supervised counseling hours by working as a counselor in a residential substance abuse treatment facility. She’s thoroughly enjoying her ultimate choice of a counseling career. * Holland “Holly” C. Gregg married Patience Brewster in 1977. After holding several positions in the communications field, he launched and has operated his own video production company for more than 15 years. Patience pursued a career illustrating children’s books and greeting cards. She’s probably best known for her line of Christmas ornaments. In 2002 they created Patience Brewster, Inc., where she’s president and he’s chief operating officer. Their company manufactures Christmas ornaments and holiday gifts, which are sold throughout the U.S. and around the world. * Bill Alfond and five other classmates—Carol Johnson, John Atkinson,John Koons, and Tom and Ellen Woods Sidar—are working on the water quality of Belgrade Lakes. This is a wonderful example of our class coming together in different ways, technically and leadership-wise, to help the state of Maine and local communities. Bill hopes the group’s ability to organize people will 0garner good results for the natural challenges being faced in the Belgrade Lakes. They realize they have a big project ahead, but with so many folks deeply attached to the region, they feel they’ll be successful!
The season is changing and I need a rest from all my frenetic activity to which I referred in our last column. As I submit this one I’m suddenly aware of how early darkness is falling! It’s interesting to see how many of you are referring to your retirement, long-awaited plans for what you will do with your “free time,” and the fun you’re having with grandchildren! It’s hard for me to realize (or accept) that this is where we’re at in our lives. * Never having written in before, Tim Richardson says hello from historic Hallowell, Maine, down the Kennebec from Colby. He still practices medicine as chief of geriatrics at VA Maine in Augusta. Tim, are you coming to reunion? * A retirement bulletin comes from Paula Grillo, who spent 30-plus years as a librarian. She lives in Ipswich, Mass., and cares for her 96-year-old mother in Gloucester. Paula hopes to make it to our 45th reunion next year. The rest of you are planning on it, too, right? * Duncan Hewitt will have a solo exhibit of his sculpture at the Portland Museum of Art from January to August 2016, Check it out if you’re in the area! Duncan, you’re coming to reunion, too, aren’t you? * Beginning with a summer trip to Peru, Larie Trippet and his wife then went to Southern California to visit family and friends. They met with Linda Wallace and spoke with Jerome Layman by phone. They next went to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado—this trip centered around the national BMW motorcycle rally in Billings. “Camping without beer is just sitting in the woods.” I know all of you will be coming to reunion. * Elaine Weeks-Trueblood and her husband took a fabulous vacation in the Canadian Rockies. Elaine is in countdown mode until her official retirement from JPMorgan Chase. She’s looking forward to what she will do post-retirement and is evaluating part-time teaching opportunities. They plan to stay in the Delaware area. Elaine, our reunion is next year—coming? * To celebrate her mother’s 90th birthday, Faith Tiberio Dougherty hosted a wonderful bash at her mother’s house in August. Faith, you told me, “maybe,” about reunion. * Jacques Hermant and family enjoy their country house in Charente (Cognac country in France) and his annual trek to a famous jazz festival. Later this year he will attend a conference in Japan, and then go once again to Vietnam. Jacques, reunion? * After having launched his son into his career, Bill Hladky finds that three days of work and four days of freedom make a happy balance. He’s about to renovate his kitchen, which will become an empty box in the process, except for his paper plate and cup. Bill planned a trip to Seattle in October to visit his son. Bill, you need to come to reunion, too. * It’s great to hear from all of you; please keep it up. Who would like to take this job on next year? It’s really fun—and not that much work, you know.
Jane Stinchfield Sexton expressed the sentiments of many: “Reunion was fun and I encourage classmates to come visit Colby at the next reunion. The trivia game Saturday night was a good idea to keep the evening moving.” This summer John and Jane went to the Seattle area to visit her sister and family. They then traveled to Vancouver and took a cruise to Alaska with the land extension to Denali. Jane reports that the Maine weather in August was great for sailing on Casco Bay. * Dean and Carol Lewis Jennings and Jim and Lori Gill Pazaris joined Larry ’69 and Susan Doten Greenberg at Crescent Lake in the Olympic National Park in mid-August for the wedding of Susan and Larry’s son Michael ’04 to Lynne Dial. Also in the wedding party were Matt ’04 and Holly Niles Getty ’03. * Ted Wells was in South Sudan a few days away from finishing a second six-month assignment with Doctors Without Borders. He’s been working as a “doctor of Toyota Land Cruisers.” His first assignment was in the eastern Congo (DRC). He finds Africa a fascinating place, one that history has not been kind to, neither recent nor past history. Yet somehow Africans persevere, and there are many success stories on the continent. He hopes to do at least one more assignment with them; retirement just got too boring! * Barry Hurwitz and his wife celebrated their 20th anniversary by flying to Reno, Nev., and spending time with Clark Smith and his wife at their ranch in Washoe Valley. From there they flew to and toured Alaska, and flew to Vancouver in time for the folk festival! Afterwards they took the Cascades train to Seattle, visited that city, then flew back to Boston. Barry still actively practices law. He just bought his 16th guitar and plays daily. Barry reports that Clark is one of the world’s leading bio-geochemists! Has his own company doing minerals exploration searching for gold and other metals, but the industry is in a slump so he’s tending his multiple beehives and selling honey. * Many of us had a mini reunion in Old Orchard Beach prior to the actual reunion. Doug and Hazel Parker Smith went from there to Freeport and had another mini reunion with Wendy and Lee Clark before flying to Key West. Doug and Hazel live in Medford, Ore., where Hazel is a master gardener and works as a resource in the regional plant “clinic.” She’s learning propagation for indigenous plants and rare species and is volunteering as an archivist researcher at their rather formidable local historical society. Doug keeps busy with two hospitals’ neuro-rounds and his practice, which specializes in head trauma, stroke, autism, and Asperger patients. He’s looking for a successor but can’t find a younger doctor willingn to step into these specialties. * Ray and Barbara Ann Fitzgerald were packing up (moving van was loaded) and moving from Ohio to Las Vegas (where he was working) in June 2014 when a tornado struck without warning, leaving their deck and pool seriously damaged. Until their house/deck is rebuilt and can be sold, Ray lives in Las Vegas and Barbara lives in Ohio, traveling back and forth. The good news: her skating students are happy she stayed in Ohio for now. She’s back to taking a couple of ballet classes a week and has a book (close to publication) that she has coauthored and illustrated. * Finally, it is with sadness that I report the passing of Dave Shea Aug. 8. He will be remembered!
Ed Marchetti ’60 was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in August. ♦ Bruce Brown ’62 had three exhibitions of his photography held at the University of Maine Museum in Bangor and Fryeburg Academy. ♦ Eddie Woodin ’69 was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. Woodin also received the Sonny Noel President’s Award, given to the individual who has done the most in his life to benefit the game of baseball in Maine. ♦ Anthony Carnevale ’68, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, was the speaker at a training and education initiative at Thomas College in September.
Last December Alan Levin and his wife, Margie, celebrated their 40th anniversary, and on Jan. 31 became grandparents. Their now six-month-old grandson lives in Manhattan, so they don’t see him as often as they’d like. However, Alan bought him a Red Sox jersey, and their son promises to never dress him in Yankee attire (Alan says “Bob Anthony, I hope you are reading this”). They looked forward to the marriage of their younger son in September. Alan attended his 50th high school reunion, visiting with Steve Wurzel and Bart Menitove and others he had not seen in 50 years. * Ines Ruelius Altemose also planned to attend her 50th reunion this fall. During the summer months she sticks close to home, only three blocks from the ocean, and has many visitors. This fall she plans on attending the Cuban Jazz Festival and in February traveling to India. * Mike Foose continues working at the U.S. Geological Survey, which he joined after graduate school in 1974. He spent 30 years as a research scientist, mapping rocks in remote parts of Maine, Minnesota, Montana, and Alaska. For the past 11 years he’s coordinated USGS work in Africa and the Middle East, enjoying the opportunity to visit countries tourists seldom see. Although they have been separated for 11 years, he remains married to Peg Philson Foose. Their daughter is now “launched,” but both actively support each other in the care of their autistic son. * In July Don Caouette and Teri became grandparents of a boy and girl. Don says, “both are healthy and beautiful, and will provide good companionship for their brother.” For their anniversary Don and Teri traveled to Ireland, visiting Dublin, Cork, Dingle, and Galway, and many pubs along the way. They found Ireland a beautiful country with warm and friendly people, “except that they drive on the wrong side of the road!” Don continues to volunteer doing health-care counseling. * Susan Gould Hennessey and Anna Thompson Bragg were heading to Gould Academy in Bethel for their 50th reunion. Susan said they tried, unsuccessfully, to get Anne Scribner Curren to join them, but instead saw Anne in July during her annual month in Maine, now an annual gathering for the three of them. * Rick Frantz and Jennifer Fox, owners of Andy’s Old Port Pub on Portland’s waterfront and residents of Great Diamond Island, spoke at a recent Friends of Casco Bay press conference in Portland concerning the health of the bay. They commented, “People from ‘away’ remark on how clear the water is in Casco Bay. But you can’t see the nitrogen.” * In July Eddie Woodin was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame and received the Sonny Noel President’s Award, given to the individual who has done the most in his life to benefit the game of baseball in the State of Maine. Congratulations Eddie! * Moses Silverman and his wife, Betty, reported that their son, Ben, was to be married Aug. 29 to Marie Renee Cita. Marie just graduated law school and will practice in New York, where Ben has been practicing for five years. Their daughter, Rachel, earns a living in the New York theater world. Betty recently retired as special counsel at the American Jewish Committee. Moses continues practicing law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, the firm he joined in 1973, and has no plans to retire in the near future. * Sandy Hoe has joined the government contracts practice as senior of counsel at the law firm Covington & Burling after having spent 42 years with McKenna Long & Aldridge. Sandy recently returned from a trip to Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, where he worked with procurement officials from Afghanistan. He was heading to Istanbul in August to provide similar services to Iraqi procurement officials. * I extend my best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy fall and winter!
Jessie McGuire still loves traveling and organizing trips. Last September she organized and escorted a trip to Namibia, Botswana, and Victoria Falls. She traveled solo in February to visit relatives in the Canaries before touring Morocco. She’s leading a group of 12 to China in January, including four days way up north at the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival, where the average temperature then is 30 below! Half of the group are ending the trip with a week in Bangkok just to warm up before coming home. * Gerry and Jann Semonian Czarnetzki visited Clarke and Cathie Smith Keenan at their home on Lake Champlain in Vermont. Earlier this year Clarke and Cathie invited four friends on a walking trip in the English Cotswolds, walking about 50 miles in five days. Clarke and Cathie also entertained Peace Corps friends this summer, taking them on a fantastic boat ride across the lake to New York for dinner and then a ride back guided by the stars. Before visiting Vermont, Jann and Gerry spent a few days in Maine with Jane Morrison Bubar and her sons, Seth and Josh Bubar ’93, and Josh’s wife, Beth Cronin Bubar ’93, and their three children. They also traveled to Nova Scotia near Peggy’s Cove, where they go each summer, and saw Brenda Cornfield Roberts. Jann and her husband attended Colby’s Alumni College. The topic: The U.S. in 1865: War and Reconstruction. The professors were superb. They learned about the literature, art, history, and music of the era, as well as the impact of geology on the battle of Gettysburg. They had morning lectures, afternoon discussions, free time, and evening movies and concerts. They met really fun people, most of whom were Colby graduates. The Classes of 1940 to 1987 were represented. Jann highly recommends it. The talks made her want to be a student again. * Peter Jost still lives in Clinton, N.J., with a mid-50ish Canadian epidemiologist, who thinks he’s very old, but interesting (he thinks she’s right about the old part). He spends time at the Jersey Shore every weekend. His mom just turned 99 and still plays bridge and lives alone with visits from her family. He says she stays young by driving the rest of them crazy! His son and daughter-in-law moved from San Francisco to Boston for postdocs. He looks forward to seeing more of them and wandering around Cambridge trying to look intelligent. His son will teach geology for one semester at Vassar (his alma mater) before starting his postdoc. He doesn’t know where his son got his scientific brain, but says it certainly wasn’t from him. Probably from his mother. * Janni McGhee Adams and her husband went on a Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in June. She was surprised to meet Roger Jeans ’63 on board and they shared many Colby memories. The two-week cruise was their first and they added three days in Prague, which they loved. Arriving in Budapest at night with the buildings all lit up was magical! She also reports the food was incredible! * Glenna White Crawforth has a brand new granddaughter, Beverly, born on Glenna and her husband’s 46th anniversary. * My husband, Howie ’69, and I (Lynne Oakes Camp) met Rich Kuchar and his wife, Sandy, for lunch this summer. They were house/dog sitting for their son Matt Kuchar ’97 in N.H. We had a wonderful time catching up after all these years. * Last but not least Steve Ford, our class president, reminds everyone of two things: 1) if we don’t have your email address, or if it has changed in the last year, please send it to him at email@example.com; and 2) please mark your calendar for our 50th reunion June 7-10, 2018.
Leanne Davidson Kaslow considers herself retired, but is busy with friends from the DC area. Leanne recently entertained Ann Christensen, who continues to produce and show amazing art. Leanne’s husband, Richard, works in epidemiology at the VA. In 2016 Leanne and Richard will travel to Israel and Jordan. * Dick and Sandy Stemmler Nickols enjoy life on the waterfront in Smith Mountain Lake, Va. They occasionally travel to Connecticut to visit family. * Roland Connors doesn’t let grass grow under his feet. This spring he rode his bike, with pedals not an engine, from San Diego to St. Augustine, Fla. After climbing down from one saddle, he climbed aboard another and spent a few months riding and showing horses. * Mike and Pam Cooper Picher continue to work as arbitrators but take most of the summer off to enjoy their cottage at Thunder Beach in Georgian Bay, where they’re often joined by their four children and four grandchildren. * Joyce Demkowicz Henckler, after 48 years working for nonprofits, left her position as chief development officer at the University of Central Florida Foundation. She plans to spend her time writing, traveling, and enjoying cinema. * Charlie and Sally Ray Bennett entertain friends and show them Civil War sites around the Richmond, Va., area: Appomattox, Fredericksburg, and a small battlefield only five miles away. * Paul Cronin hopes to grab his suitcase and become a world traveler next year when Sue retires. This summer Paul spent a few weeks at a beachside cottage he’s rented for more than 20 years on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. His brother Kevin and children Amy ’06, Erin, and Brian ’96 joined him. Including Paul’s five grandchildren, there were 18 Cronins at the beach. * Richard Sadowski now lives in Duxbury, Mass., in a house they’ve remodeled. Along with his wife, Gail, and a brother, Richard visited cities in Poland, where they have relatives. Richard is currently in treatment for an autoimmune disease that leaves him with chronic fatigue and pain. We wish him well in his quest for good health. * Clemence Ravacon Mershon celebrated her 70th birthday while building homes in the Philippines. Upon her return from a March Quaker conference in Mexico City, she was drafted to teach high school Spanish for three months. In June her grandchild celebrated his first birthday in Uganda on Clemence’s 40th wedding anniversary. At an Alpha Delta Pi grand convention, she celebrated 50 years as an ADPi. Grateful for good health, Clemence and Homer still work on their family farm raising fruits, vegetables, and poultry. In September she returned to substitute teaching. * Peg and Tim Radley have lived in Colorado for two years after moving from N.H. to be closer to daughter Kate ’96 in Denver and son Mark in San Diego. They’ll be grandparents soon as Kate is due in November. * Phil Kay is getting more comfortable in his new home in Evergreen, Colo. When asked, “Why leave the beautiful North Shore of Massachusetts for Colorado,” he simply says, “Some people say there’s a woman to blame, and there is.” Many of our classmates met Candy at the spectacular TDP reunion last summer. Phil and Candy have traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe. Phil saw Todger Anderson at a Colby event. * Richard Hunnewell, after coordinating the art history program at Plymouth State University for 35 years, retired in May but will teach occasional courses. Anne also retired in June and, like other newly retired folks, they’re feeling loosened from their moorings as they chart a new rhythm and course. One of their summer highlights was a Colby mini-reunion. * In July Larry Sears made his annual trek from El Paso to Holderness, joined this year by Steve Dock and his wife, Carolyn Wilson, for happy reminiscing and hiking around Squam Lake. In addition, they enjoyed visits from their sons.
I’m lucky to be on the receiving end of pictures of classmates from time to time. Beth Peo Armstrong sent a picture of her and Brian Shacter at a bluegrass festival on Cape Cod last summer, and Pam Harris Holden sent one of her, Diane Mason Donigian, and Bryan Harrison Curd ’65 when Pam was in Oregon in August. They all look terrific! * Now that Linda Hall Lord has retired as Maine state librarian, she longs travel more, even though before retirement she visited China, Turkey, Russia, Ecuador, Jordan, Italy, France, and England, took some cruises, and toured Memphis and Graceland this summer. Linda is on the state board of Maine’s League of Women Voters and is staying on the board of the Friends of the Maine State Library. She is blessed with good health, a wonderful husband, and dear friends, including classmate Sue Turner, “one of my special blessings,” says Linda. * Good news from John “Daisy” Carvellas, who recovered from last year’s health issues and is now fully retired. He splits his time between Vermont and St. Augustine, Fla., and looks forward to our 50th. * Ted Houghton writes, “Geoff Quadland talked me into attending reunion with him, after which we’re gonna go chase trains, just like 50 years ago! I wonder if anyone else will be arriving in an RV?” * Bill and Mary Gourley Mastin enjoyed an August three-week stay at a lakeside cabin on Priest Lake in Idaho with kids and grandkids. Plans for riding on bike trails were next on their list before heading to the Oregon coast to visit friends, returning to Arizona by mid-September. * Colby chemistry major Bill Koster has spent lots of time recently on Mayflower Hill. Great to have this update from Bill: “Over the past three years I’ve been fortunate and delighted to chair Overseers visiting committees for review of the Physics and Astronomy Department and the Mathematics and Statistics Department. But this year was particularly meaningful since the administration asked me to chair the committee to review the Chemistry Department. It brought back fond memories of the time when Dick Friary ’64, John Haynes ’64, Peter Densen, Ed Derderian, and I were majors in the department. Having lunch with current majors brought back the excitement we had as we were about to embark on our careers. Touring the labs in the Keyes Building reinforced the nostalgia. The atmosphere and culture at Colby is that of a vibrant, dynamic research environment in which all majors participate. Hearing the highly complimentary comments and analysis from the outside academics who sat on the review committees adds to the appreciation of what we gained from being students at Colby.” Bill has a Ph.D. from Tufts and is president and CEO of Northern Pilot Company in Boston, a private consulting company providing strategic guidance to the pharmaceutical industry, his latest position in an illustrious professional career. Congratulations, Bill, and thank you for your service to Colby. * Gary Knight had a good preview of the 50th reunion when attending the 50th of his wife, Lynn (Longfellow ’65) in June. He caught up with some fraternity brothers, and he hopes “that my roommate Roger Hiss and other Pi Lams will be at Colby in June 2016. Have not seen Roger since 1966 nor Abou Sylla, whose daughter practices surgery in the Boston area. Perhaps he could make the trip from Africa to visit her and then skip up to Waterville!” * The reunion committee is in full swing as I write this column, working on all aspects of our 50th, June 2-5, 2016. Here’s your homework assignment: Call your freshman roommate, pester your fellow majors, prevail upon your sorority and fraternity pals, and BE THERE! Need someone’s contact information? Email me.
Yes indeed we partied on. About 100 of our remaining 268 class members arrived with spouses for a grand 50th reunion. We were 21 again and picked up right where we left off. After a fun Portland Harbor cruise on Thursday we continued to campus. On Friday Marty Dodge led a bird walk in the arboretum and Jay Gronlund led a panel discussion exploring how our values and attitudes have changed. Panelists were Nancy Godley Wilson, Tom Morrione, and John O’Connor. Barbara McGillicuddyBolton’s new book, Lulu Goes to College, covers similar comparative ground. Dinner Friday was at President Greene’s house. Saturday’s parade of classes was followed by award presentations. Bill Oates was honored with a Colby Brick and Lew Krinsky received the Marriner Distinguished Service Award. Pam Plumb Carey participated in the book-signing event with her latest, Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles. At Saturday night’s dinner there were honors and gifts— your correspondent was surprised and pleased to receive recognition for his labor of love composing this column these past 25 years. Thanks, fellow classmates, for your encouraging comments. * Attendees Tim and Adora Clark Hill commented, “There were many people we were thrilled to see and relished their company. Don’t think we stopped smiling until we fell asleep.” * Sunny Coady was “amazed and delighted by the number of classmates who came back for the first time.” * Dave Fearon Sr. is back at Central Conn. State U for year-30 as a professor of management and organization. The “flame of retirement” flickered, but he ignored it and achieved a goal of becoming an examiner for the Baldrige National Quality Award. He’s also on the faculty of the National Graduate School for Quality Management Systems and is a fellow of the Juran Institute. * Tom Donahue was “deeply impressed with the overall appearance of the campus and double the number of buildings from our era.” He and wife Judy revisited Lorimer Chapel, where they were married 50 years ago. Not ready to slow down, Tom has a new kayak. * Charlie Bonsall was surprised to discover he was not the only nongraduate at reunion. He earned a B.S.E.E. in 1973 after Navy service. A Waterville native, Charlie enjoyed reconnecting with classmates. * Peter Mudge couldn’t make reunion, but was on a bus tour with wife Gayle visiting Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, S.D., Jackson Hole, and Yellowstone. They saw the St. Louis Arch and a C&W show in Nashville on the way home to Asheville, N.C. * Jean (Hoffmann ’66) and Neil Clipsham had a “great family western adventure.” Their two sons, spouses, and two granddaughters hit national parks, Hoover Dam, Moab Arches, and went on a “cool” rafting trip on the Arkansas River. * Ann and Bud Marvin enjoyed meeting President Greene and learning about his plans for Colby’s future. “Our fondest memories are of getting reacquainted with classmates we hadn’t seen in years.” * Linda Stearns echoed Bud, adding that she’s displayed her pastels and copper-plate etchings at art shows and visited her daughter and grandkids in Berlin, Germany. * Louise MacCubrey Lord’s leg has completely healed (she was using a walker at reunion) and she hiked a mile in and out to a cabin on Daicy Pond in Baxter State Park in September. * John Bragg moved to Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., after selling their Bangor condo. Not leaving Maine completely, they’ve bought a “small camp” on Madawaska Lake for the summer. * Marty Dodge’s highlight was “the good feedback from my nature walk.” Right after reunion Marty left for Alaska for a month of fly-fishing, then “produced and installed shingles for my tiny retirement getaway in Wiseman, Alaska, just south of the Arctic Ocean.” * Sue (Cook ’67) and Nick Locsin volunteer at the Maine Maritime Museum. Nick teaches wooden boat building while Sue manages archives. * Class president Harold Kowal and his team deserve many words of praise for orchestrating the world’s best reunion. Special thanks to Marcia Harding Anderson and Jan Wood Parsons for compiling the 50th reunion yearbook. Y Hail, Colby, Hail!
Jim Harris and his wife, Madie, visited family and friends in San Diego last February. They stay in touch with Kristi and Dick York. * Richard Larschan notes that, “time flies as we get older to compensate for the fact that everything else slows down.” He volunteers at Thurgood Marshall Academy in NYC, helping kids write college essays and scholarship applications. Richard also leads poetry discussions at the 92nd Street Y and publishes book reviews and reviews of Broadway Shakespeare productions. He summers in Westport, Mass. * In response to why time flies, P.J. Downing Curtis guesses that since she spends a lot of time looking for things, she only gets half as much done! She spent a summer weekend in Baxter State Park with family, then headed to Minnesota, New Jersey for a high school reunion, and on to Springfield, Mass. P.J. saw David and Janie Lewis Sveden in Bar Harbor in July. * The solution for time speeding up, according to Einstein’s theory of relativity, Steve Schoeman reminds us, is to travel in a spaceship at nearly the speed of light. Years on Earth would be but hours in the spaceship! Steve is receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering for prostate cancer. * Margaret Mattraw Dodge participated in Alumni College at Colby this summer. Joan McGhee Ames and Sara Shaw Rhoades were also there. Margaret house-sat for Michael and Carol Ingerman Robinson “on their wonderful, peaceful pond in Lincoln, Maine,” and enjoyed summer with her three grandsons. * Barbara Carr Howson thinks time goes faster “because we cram as much as possible into each day having finally matured enough to realize that they’re numbered.” Barbie looks forward to a trip to Lake Champlain and dinner with Dottie Weathers Maston. Back in Richmond, Barbie enjoyed a visit from Suzy Noyes Mague and time with her two granddaughters. * Jean Martin Fowler says time flies “because we know more possibilities of how to use our time and understand more each day how special life can be.” She and her husband travel frequently to Houston for Michael’s clinical trials. While living in Florida, they visit family in California, N.C., and Pennsylvania. Time flies when watching grandchildren grow up! * Ann Schmidt Nye moved from the home in Freeport she shared with Ken and their two children to a condominium in Yarmouth, Maine. She invites classmates to visit. * Louise Brown-Smith found research supporting the theory that time seems to go faster as we age. Young and old people were tested on how long they thought a minute lasted, and younger ones consistently thought a minute was longer than older people thought! Louise and her husband enjoy the woods and gardens at their old farmhouse in upstate New York where they entertain 11 grandchildren. They recently explored the Southwest and visited Brian ’63 and Sue Sawyer McAlary in Virginia. * Barbara Kreps sends an open invitation to classmates visiting Tuscany, Italy. From her home in Pisa, Barbara traveled to Germany this summer and planned a trip to Turkey in September. * Sally Berry Glenn suggests that, “if one turns off the TV, the days seem longer. It’s so quiet and peaceful—no pounding ads—just quiet. Taking time to swim, exercise, walk, paint, and read helps to divide a day into different sections. Every day should have some fun parts in it.” * From Marjorie Convery: “Life is like a roll of toilet paper; it goes faster as you reach the end!” Marj and her husband planned a 35-day cruise to New Zealand in October followed by a month-long home exchange in Wanganui on the North Island. * John Brassem’s son Danny, who pitched for Rutgers in NCAA national tournament games, and who was shown interest by the Detroit Tigers, is engaged. The bride-to-be has a Greek background so John anticipates a “big, fat Greek wedding.” * John Pomeranz enjoyed “great fishing this summer, usually with my son and 9-year-old grandson.” * Nancy and Jack Lockwood live part time in Denver in order to visit their 3-year-old twin grandchildren, travel to Illinois to visit another grandchild, and have five more in Hawaii! Jack still practices law but finds time to travel to England, Germany, and Santa Fe.
“Still glowing in the nice vibes from our 50th reunion,” writes Steve Eittreim. Steve preaches about the dangers of man-caused climate disruption. His latest rally protested a 100-car oil train that planned to pass though South San Francisco Bay. He recommends Mary Pipher’s The Green Boat, Bill McKibben’s Eaarth, Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, and Lester Brown’s The Great Transition. * Tom Thomas had “a very nice trip to PEI in Canada.” * Sally White Butler works at the Lahey Clinic and was busy with the clinic’s recent move. Her favorite sister, one of eight siblings, died recently. Both had lost their husbands and had traveled together a lot. Pat Doucette Light ’62 and Sally got together last summer in Maine. * On their annual summer sail, Rod Pierce and Al Carville met Ralph and Gail Price Kimball in Boothbay. Rod reclaimed the Gulf of Maine cribbage championship! Al raced his J70 sailboat with Chip Gavin ’90 and Gretchen Granger Hartley ’90 as part of his crew. In winter Gail quilts and Ralph plays hockey. * Mary Dexter Wagner says everyone she knows turns to our column first. She notes that we’re getting ever closer to the beginning of the class columns! * Mary Michelmore Hayes plays cello in an orchestra, is involved in the homeless shelter, and teaches reading for America Reads. Mary talks about her late sister’s biography, Louisa Catherine, The Other Mrs. Adams, now in paperback and Kindle. She keeps in touch with Barb Haines Chase and Sally Morse Preston. * John and Marsha Palmer Reynolds continue to take their therapy dogs to nursing homes. “It’s great for the dogs and the residents and we certainly enjoy the visits.” Marsha volunteers at the Animal Welfare Society spay-neuter clinic and at Saco Food Pantry. * “Mac” Mackenzie Smith promises to let us know if anything newsworthy happens. * Lois Meserve Stansel enjoys camping trips with friends and family and frequent visits with an adorable five-month-old grandson, who lives close by. “That and volunteering keep me busy!” * Costa Rica was Rob and Edie Sewall Thompson’s destination last winter. After tent camping this summer in New England and New York, they’re heading for Colorado, where they’ll visit Ron and Bunny Read McEldowney. * New York remains the locale where David Hunt pursues his interests in foreign affairs and politics. He lectures on his work with the CIA to teach a critical component of our foreign policy. Weekends he’s outdoors—and in “Maine as much as possible.” He always has a kayak with him! * Byron Petrakis volunteers at his running club’s events and at the Boston Marathon. He’s coeditor of “Forever Run,” a monthly newsletter of the New England 65-plus Running Club. Byron is also a volunteer exercise instructor at a program for seniors called Bone Builders. * Bill ’62 and Barb Haines Chase chartered a boat and ‘cruised’ the Midi Canal in southern France for a week. “Easy maneuvering except when in several of the 36 locks we encountered. Best parts were the lovely scenery, canal-side dining, and lovely local wines.” * Joanna Buxton Gormley wrote mostly about our dear Cindy Richmond Hopper’s funeral. “Pat Dunn Field and I drove down together. Wayne and Mary Dexter Wagner came from Long Island and Ken and Pauline Ryder Kezer came from Conn. Pauline spoke at the service about meeting Cindy at Colby and their continuing friendship over the years—an excellent tribute given on the spur of the moment without a note.” Joanna, still in travel mode after cruises to Alaska and from Paris to Normandy, will tour Ireland soon. Marcia Achilles McComb, and many other classmates, wrote about Cindy. “We hadn’t been friends at Colby but in the past few years became close as team leaders in fundraising. What a warm and caring person! I enjoyed talking with her on the phone and looked forward to seeing her at our last two reunions.”
Our classmates are healthy, busy traveling, and enjoying grandchildren. * Brenda Wrobleski Gottschalk and best friend had a frightening experience on a recent trip to Kathmandu when the 7.9 earthquake hit while they were on the road outside the city. The road had heaved 50 feet in front of them, so they returned to their hotel where a tent had been erected. Hot food, bottled water, and toilets using pool water made their refuge camp bearable. Then the monsoon-like rains hit. Overall it was an adventure rather than an ordeal, thanks to the kindness and caring of those wonderful Nepalese people. * Bruce Brown is having a great 75th year with trips to the Baltics and St. Petersburg and an art trip to Italy planned for this fall. Three exhibitions of his photography collection are currently being held, at Fryeburg Academy and the University of Maine Museum in Bangor. * John Chapman is off to Kenya to observe Kenyan coffee growing alongside macada- mia nuts and cashews, and for excursions into national parks and wildlife preserves. * Ceylon Barclay joined a group of fellow Colby Eighters during Reunion Weekend. Good to see all the guys but shocked at all the grey hair. Four of the group were KDRs: Ed Tomey ’59, Doug Riis ’61, Pete Henderson ’60, and Ceylon. * John McHale enjoyed a get-together and cookout at Pete Leofanti’s with Ed Hayde, Doug Mulcahy, Diane and Jay Webster, Deb and Malcolm MacLean, Margaret and Cy Theobald, and Mary and Wayne Fillback. * Judy Cronk Liberty says retirement rocks! Travels to Europe, China, Russia, Alaska, Turks and Caicos, the Caymans, the Bahamas, and St. Thomas coming up this winter. Judy and Linda Nicholson Goodman visited Nancy Rowe Adams for several days in Boothbay. Judy still enjoys singing with the Sweet Adelines, traveling to competitions and workshops, and presenting concerts. * Roey Carbino has downsized to a nice little house on the east side of Madison. A scammer listed her house for rent on Craigslist. In November Roey will be in Sydney to participate in the International Foster Care Organization Conference, after which she plans to tour Australia. * Ann Tracy sends along today’s chuckle. “Having busted a chunk off my elbow and held out for the lightest of anesthesia, I woke gently and painlessly to hear the surgeon say, “No, give me the really big screwdriver!” * Patch Jack Mosher and former roomie Joyce Dignam Flynn enjoyed a nice visit when Joyce came east from Washington to care for her grandsons. * Di and Jay French treated themselves and their family to a week in the Turks and Caicos to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in July. They would do it again in a heartbeat! * Sandy Keef Hunter traveled to Belize for birding and for snorkeling with sharks and stingrays. * Harry and Judy Hoagland Bristol planned an Elbe River cruise in Germany only to arrive and find not enough water in the river. A land tour took them to wonderful cities and great adventures. Two favorite finds were the dome tour to the top of the Riestag in Berlin and a tour of the Volkswagen plant. Judy is having a high tea with crumpets for about 100 guests to celebrate “still very alive at 75.” * Kathy Hertzberg had good summer fun at Sebago Lake including a visit with Lynn Kimball. * Nancy and Gerry Tays went to Africa with a stopover in Dubai. His journal is fascinating. They went on safaris in several locations, toured cities, villages, and even a school. * Yours truly (Pat Farnham Russell) entertained family and friends all summer in Norcross—my 48th summer here on the beautiful Pemadumcook chain of lakes near the foot of Mt. Katahdin. In late August, 10 Colby students (all CAs for the current year) spent the day tubing, swimming, and boating here. Three generations of Colbians (’62, ’87, ’18) were on hand including my granddaughter (2018).
Jeanette Benn Anderson headlines again with news of her passing. She received Colby’s Distinguished Alumna Award at our 45th reunion in 2006. Jeanette was your correspondent’s roommate for two years and Sandy Nolet Quinlan’s roommate senior year, when the three of us occupied two adjoining rooms in Mary Low. Diagnosed with MS in the ’80s, Jeanette became our role model for strength and perseverance in the face of adversity. * William Bainbridge works as a locum tenens four months yearly, mostly in prisons. “Concern increases about the numbers incarcerated for minor drug offenses. Having worked part time in detox, I now see drug dependency not as a crime but as an illness. I’ve also become aware of the enormous number of mentally ill who end up in prison. With mental hospital closures, untreated patients are now in the general population where often lack of judgment, strange behavior, or poor impulse control lead to actions culminating in imprisonment.” Otherwise, Bill enjoys life, marriage and grandchildren. “Unfortunately time for sailing and playing music suffers. Choices!” * Bill Byers writes, “I work on home carpentry projects or on photo freelance jobs. Just back after photographing birds at Cobscook Bay State Park and on the South Lubec Flats. Excitement! A merlin strafed a flock of ring-billed gulls resting on a sandbar just in front of me. The chase came near enough to reach out and touch the birds. Logging operations in Blue Hill followed camera work. Walked into a harvest job being cut by Prentiss and Carlisle of Bangor. A huge processor uses an articulated cutting head at the end of a long boom. Trees are grabbed, cut, picked up, and rolled through the head while the branches are cut off. Health and vigor are good. Regards to classmates!” * Bill Clough says, “As trustee of a Maine foundation called The Betterment Fund, I often cross the N.H. border into Maine. On a recent trip Ki and I visited Scotty MacLeod Folger and Jock ’62 and Debbie Lucas Williams ’62, all living near Mt. Desert in the sweet spot between creative, entrepreneurial, and philanthropic. Check out the John Williams Boat Company online or, better yet, go there and get inspired. Wow!” * Denny Dionne and Mary recently visited Liz (Rowe ’63) and Bev Lapham at their home in Meredith, N.H. Denny attended Colby’s Alumni College in August: The U.S. in 1865: War and Reconstruction. “The professors were top notch and we learned much in a very casual, relaxed environment. I highly recommend this experience to classmates!” * Nancy Tozier Knox reports a busy summer with many children at their Highland Lake camp in Falmouth, Maine. “They don’t all come at once except for the July 4th weekend, thank goodness. And, we are grateful for our little in-law cabin so we can get away from the crowd when we need peace and quiet. We’ve enjoyed lots of rides on our pontoon boat, with the highlight being the ‘blue moon’ reflected over the water. We return to Florida in October and have given up driving back and forth. We now fly and feel safer in the air than on the highway.” * In April Quimby Robinson celebrated for three weeks in France with Mitzi for his 50th anniversary—“a gift from our kids, Anne (Robinson ’96) and Woody Pollack ’97. With the whole family, we spent a week in Paris mostly eating fine French cuisine and climbing things between meals. Then Turenne followed. My sister Patricia Robinson Tucker ’56 and husband live in the beautiful Dordonne River area. We hadn’t been in France for 25 years and although the lines in the city were much longer, the amount of English spoken had greatly increased! With our limited ouis and mercis left from college French we got along with everyone just fine. Thanks, Colby children!”
Mike Silverberg said the reunion gathering in June was small but very interesting. It’s always wonderful to reconnect with everyone. Good spirit, good congeniality. The After Eight a cappella singers are still wonderful. Mike, Steve Curley, Phil Shea, and Ray Berbarian stayed in a cabin on the Belgrade Lakes. Mike stays in contact with Jerry Goldberg, Dick Fields ’61, and Hank Silverman ’61. * Pat Sturges Aufdenberg was in Amsterdam before going on a river cruise. Beware of the cyclists who won’t stop for pedestrians, she warns! Her cruise ended in Budapest with many walking tours along the way. From Budapest they went to Prague by train, which left from the Hungarian train station that was filled with refugees. * Tony ’57 and Bev Jackson Glockler are still very active with their local volunteer EMS squad. In July they toured Italy and then went camping and hiking in Acadia with daughters Margot ’88 and Alison ’90, sons-in-laws, and four grandchildren. They also visited Eunie Bucholz Spooner, her Colby roommate. * Kay White was very disappointed not to get to reunion but hopes to next time! This October she starts her term as board chair of Common Ground in Oakland County, Mich. This crisis center now has a $13.5-million budget and answers 80,000 calls per year. She’s been on the crisis line for 32 years. * Bob and Liz Chamberlain Huss retired to Martha’s Vineyard 15 years ago and stay very active. Liz plays tennis and both play golf. Liz tutors at the local elementary school, and Bob is on the town finance committee and the steamship authority port council. Their travels include a safari in Africa, a trip around Cape Horn, and kayaking in Portugal. They’re going to Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong in January. In October they travel to California and plan to visit Kathy Custer Lord. * Bob Marier has exciting news. He wrote a children’s interactive ebook that was accepted as an app on the App Store. It is a musical storybook with five of his original songs embedded in the story along with narration and animation. Wonderful illustrations were done by an artist friend. The name of the book app is Murfy Finds A Home, and it’s available for download on Apple mobile devices. Let’s hope it becomes available on Android devices soon! * Ken Nigro spent an amazing 10 days in the Dominican Republic, helping with the Red Sox annual kids camp. Twelve American boys (ages 13-15) and 12 Dominican kids work together mornings at a very poor village (El Mamon) and spend afternoons playing baseball. It always strikes Ken that our kids wind up liking the work at El Mamon more than the baseball. Ken is already counting the days to next year. * The high point this year for Chet Lewis was returning to Colby for the 55th reunion, where he reconnected with Andy Sheldon. For the first time Chet spent significant time in the Colby Museum of Art, which alone was worth the trip. Chet is recovering from having his aortic valve replaced at the Cleveland Clinic. * Barbara and Ron Weber are doing fairly well; their grandson is with them in Florida starting college. Ron’s son Jeff hopes to move to Florida as well. Ron hopes to see Gale and Mike Silverberg in March and other Colbyites as well. * I (Jane Holden Huerta) was extremely disappointed to miss reunion, but Juan and I left for a bucket-list trip to Amsterdam, Paris, and a Baltic cruise June 9. We have three granddaughters—Victoria and Alexandra, daughters of son Juan ’92, and Juliet, daughter of Jon ’95. I visited Joanne Price Rockett in NYC in September.
A musical by John Linscott ’51, Love and Lobsters, was staged by the Freeport (Maine) Community Players in July. ♦ Ted Shiro ’51 and John Edes ’58 were inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame Aug. 23. ♦ Allan van Gestel ’57 was given the Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award by the American College of Trial Lawyers. A longtime Massachusetts Superior Court judge, he is the first state court trial judge to receive the award. ♦ Short stories by Jim Bishop ’58 were the basis of a performance at Red Earth Theatre in Oak Creek, Ariz. The stories were from Bishop’s book, The Pink Nectar Café.
Sweet Briar College has enticed Tom Connors, its former vice president and treasurer, out of retirement to become interim VP and treasurer following a failed attempt by the former board of trustees and administration to close the 114-year-old women’s college in Virginia. Tom will assist the college in returning its academic programs in Sweet Briar, Va., Paris, France, and Seville, Spain, to the prominence they formerly held. The late Colby French Professor Archie Biron held the record for time served as the resident director of the college’s junior year in France program, which is the oldest such American program in Paris. Miriam Bennett, former chair of Colby’s Biology Department, also deceased, taught at Sweet Briar prior to her tenure at Colby. * The 11th edition of Art Goldschmidt’s Concise History of the Middle East was published during the summer by Westview Press. It covers events up to January 2015. * Gladys Frank Bernyk and her husband are considering selling their house and moving to a senior living arrangement—the next trauma in their lives. There is a wait list of a year and a half. They are both unable to keep up the small garden, and various ailments would make independent living, assisted living, and/ or memory care, should that be needed, a good fit. For now they are sitting tight and hiring people to do the things that they can’t safely deal with. “No one ever said that aging is a piece of cake.” * Jack Pallotta and Pat Richmond Stull wrote from the Grand Tetons after five days in Yellowstone. They spent most of their time hiking trails with views of huge waterfalls and deep canyons. They were awestruck by the majestic beauty of our West. After their stay in the Tetons they returned to the Jersey Shore. * After 15 years in Sarasota—except for numerous cruises including a couple of self-driven excursions on two French canals and our 50th reunion—Sandy and Steve Levine have kept a low profile. Now they have relocated to Laguna Woods, Calif. Steve promises a more detailed report as soon as their computers are unpacked. * As always I love to hear from you.
In June Red Earth Theatre in Oak Creek Canyon, Ariz., “dedicated to the passionate belief that the performing arts and theatre in particular are a vital part of who we are as human beings” (hear, hear!) produced a performance of short stories from Jim Bishop’s most recent book, The Pink Nectar Café (available from at least one online source). * In August Karl and Ann Wieland Spaeth headed for Squirrel Island, Maine, where Karl has vacationed since he was 16. Their sons joined them there for years, and now their grandkids enjoy the activities too—especially sailing, going out to the seal rocks, and eating lobster. This fall the Spaeths plan to move to Cathedral Village Retirement Community in Philadelphia, not far from their current home. * Ron and Marilyn Dyer Scott are both active in their senior community in Kirkland, Mo., using their professional skills (M.S.W. and Ph.D.) to assist in health and wellness, counseling, and hospice work. Their young people live in Illinois, Florida, and New Zealand. In August Ron and Marilyn looked forward to a Great Lakes cruise from Chicago to Toronto. * Jane Gibbons, our champion hiker in recent years, rode her bicycle for nine and a half hours in California to raise money for a cancer hospital in Long Beach. “Riding in my old age is easier on my body than hiking.” * Ted and Sally Howes Hansen are part of Cambridge (Mass.) At Home, which delivers health services to residents, a boon to so many of us who want to stay where we are. The couple’s recent highlights include a boat ride to Peaks Island and a reunion with three high school classmates “and their 95-year- old fourth-grade teacher, who is amazing!” * In addition to her regular trips to Uruguay and Texas, Ellie Fortenbaugh de la Bandera is still working. She administers and grades oral Spanish court interpreter tests of people who want to be approved to interpret for the Administrative Office of the Courts of N.J. She also proctors oral court interpreter tests in other languages, does translations into Spanish of official AOC documents, and has graded oral Spanish court interpreter tests for seven states. “Keeps the brain in gear!” * Speaking of that, for the last 10 years I have worked as copy editor for an international quarterly journal called Foresight, established by an emeritus professor of economics (if only Prof. Breckenridge could know!) to assist mainly business people improve their expertise in this field. The articles are pretty esoteric and I seldom understand them fully, but through the years there have been exceptions, like ones about forecasting which presidential candidate will win the popular vote, how potential investors in movie projects can be assured they will make a lot of money, or how many employees are required at telephone centers to handle all those calls we make for help (More! More!). * Many thanks to Bruce Blanchard and Marty Burger (and any other classmates involved originally) for helping establish the William and Mardie Bryan Scholarship Fund and to Bruce for keeping track of its progress. He reported recently that the fund is now valued at more than a half million dollars and has generated 72 scholarships since 1982. What a wonderful tribute to the Bryans, accomplishment for our class, and great benefit to so many Colby students! * Thanks to the loyal correspondents I usually hear from and to those who write less frequently. To those who seldom write, please update us about your activities, memories of Colby, thoughts about the College today, and any other topics. We’d love to hear from you!
Release the balloons (all 80 of them), uncork the champagne, shout a cheer or two, and celebrate! As a class, we have turned 80! * Jim and Nancy Hansen Marchbank are venturing into a new lifestyle, and, after 48 years in the same house, they’re moving into an apartment in a seniors community nearby. Let me know when you are having your yard sale; I’ll grab my buddy Toni Ciunci Hudson and we’ll be the first in line. Once a “collector,” always a collector. The Marchbanks still plan to travel extensively, at least within the U.S. * For a most fitting 80th birthday celebration, Mikki Chomicz Manno and her family planned a brunch at the Playwright Celtic Pub in the New York theater district to be followed by a performance of Matilda at the Schubert Theater (all a “surprise,” as she writes what her family has planned). * Bev (Jackson ’60) and Tony Glockler have enjoyed a busy travel summer, with trips to Israel and Italy on the foreign exploration front and, on the home front, Acadia National Park in Maine and the Poconos in Pennsylvania, the latter with their children and the grands. On the return from Acadia, they swung through the Colby campus and found it to be more beautiful than ever. * It was great to hear from Cathy and Fran Kernan and learn that Fran, at the tender age of 84, will once again be diapering twins, their fifth and sixth grandchildren. Two of their own five children are twins, so let’s hope that memory serves him well. Their last two daughters were married last summer, so despite a late start in the domesticity department, a lot of happy events are now taking center stage for the Kernans. * This is a priceless sentiment from Anne Schimmelpfennig Laszlo about turning 80: her house “has also joined the work-must-be-done-on-the-body chorus,” thus she is on a campaign to cut down on clutter and complete some moderate repairs. Anne put her travel shoes away for a while, which gives her additional time to enjoy reading (especially Garrison Keillor and Robert Kaplan) and lots of photography. * In October 2015, at its annual meeting in Chicago, the American College of Trial Lawyers gave Allan van Gestel the Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award, one of the most prestigious honors conferred by the college. Congratulations! Well done! Allan was the first state court trial judge ever to receive this award. * I’ve saved Ken Haruta’s story for last. He and his wife, Patience, who has been in a nursing home for more than four years, raised an extremely accomplished family of three adult children: daughter Mako, associate professor of math at the University of West Hartford, who’s doing research at the National Science Founda- tion; son Evan, a senior software engineer at IBM; and son Gale, a graphic designer. Ken also enjoys his seven grandchildren, ranging in age from students at Brown, Tufts, Cornell, and Carnegie Mellon to three high school students. Ken spends time each day with Patience and manages to play tennis twice a week. Reflecting on his family must be an enormous source of pride and comfort and a great help in sustaining his daily life. Y In closing, please remember that we are limited in column space and in fairness cannot include a classmate’s news two issues in a row. But as always, stay tuned!
Wow! What a grand reunion! To echo the Out of the Blue e-newsletter: Phenomenal weekend: enough said! It hardly seemed like 60 years had gone by. Everyone was so happy to see one another—it seemed like the clock was moving slowly, if not backwards! * Sid Farr attended a luncheon in August with President David Greene in Waterville, where he heard updates on Colby’s plans for the campus and partnering with downtown Waterville. Sid says, “It all sounds very exciting and will be fun to watch as these plans develop.” * Vic Ladetto’s granddaughter Allison received an award for the being highest-ranking math student in her class. She’s also on the basketball and tennis teams. * Dave Roberts said hello from Damariscotta Lake before heading back to Minnesota. “I still enjoy the Havana Cuber accent here!” * Jane Whipple Coddington enjoyed the summer sun in Bomoseen, Vt. She had visits from her daughters and grown-up grands. * Jo Bailey Campbell loved reunion, saying, “it was great to see old friends.” She loves living in mid-coast Maine and feels no need to travel. In August Dauphinee Keene and Dot Dunn Northcott visited Jo and me. We visited the beach, ate lobster, and laughed about old times, particularly Dunn House. * Peter French emceed a variety show at the Portland Players Theater in South Portland, Maine. “It was a huge success with cast members from the Broadway show Billy Elliot, including one of the boys who played Billy and won a Tony Award in 2009.” Kathy McConaughy Zambello ’56 and Carol Ann Cobb Christ ’57 were there. * Scottie Lee Austin moved to a retirement community in Williamsburg. She said, “John and I are both collectors, so it was difficult downsizing from 4,000 to 1,200 square feet.” They’re happy to be settled but miss their old neighborhood. * John Reisman loved reunion. “Great get-together and conversations about the past. It was most interesting to meet and hear the new president. I think President Greene will do good things for the College.” John and Jane (Daib ’58) moved to a retirement community in March. * Marilyn Faddis Butler still plays tennis, is chairperson for her league, and coordinates six teams in Florida. Her daughter bought her a keyboard so Marilyn can review music for the choir she’s in. She also keeps up with her French studies—“keeps my brain active!” * Bev Mosettig Levesque was sorry to miss reunion. They traveled south from Virginia three times this summer: To their grandson Rob’s wedding, to the beach for two weeks with family, and to Emerald Isle, N.C., where they’ve gone since 1973. Bev teaches Italian privately, leads a book group, and participates in afternoon teas where they speak Italian. * Diane Reynolds Wright enjoyed time in New England last summer with reunions at Colby and Amherst. With husband Dick she enjoyed summer activities in Steamboat Springs, Colo.—tennis, walking, bridge, and biking. They spend much of the year in Minneapolis, where two of their sons live. Their 8-year-old grandsons make their retirement years happy times. * John Dutton wrote from hot California where wildfires proliferated. In August John had hip replacement surgery and was looking forward to gaining mobility. The physician assistant to the surgeon was Michael Outslay ’97 * I’m sad to report that Sistie Restall Horne passed away this summer after brain surgery. She had such a wonderful attitude toward life. She wrote to me in July thanking everyone who dropped her a card. Sistie and her family are particularly indebted to Eric and Beryl Wellersdieck Piper for their care and generosity. * Our class president, George Haskell, died Sept. 11. He missed reunion because of illness, but had reported in August that he was much better. Our sincerest sympathy to his wife, Karen Lawrence ’67. Sistie and George will be missed, as are the other classmates we have lost.
Many, many thanks to those who have contacted me—a record 11 members of the class. It is so good to hear from all of you. * Nancy Weller Brown, who now lives in Appleton, Maine, visited the Colby Museum of Art with her daughter Laurie ’86, and came away most impressed. Nancy, a double major (art and biology) was attracted to Colby because of the newly created Art Department and recalls that art classes were held in two rooms in the attic of the men’s union. * Lois McCarty Carlson’s “working” days finally ended along with, she fears, her golfing days. Lois is proud of the fact that she skied all over the world and played a decent game of tennis until 81, and she still takes care of a huge garden. * Jane (Millett ’55) and Karl Dornish recently spent a Sunday afternoon with Dave and Betsy Powley Wallingford at the cottage of Ellie Harris Shorey ’55 on China Lake. Karl noted that our class’s participation in the recent Colby Fund led all classes with a 91-percent participation rate. * Lin and Bob Fraser took a tour of Myanmar (formerly Burma). They found the people wonderful but noted that the new government is a make-believe democracy with the old military faction still in charge. * Judy Jenkins Totman and her daughter enjoyed a trip to Arizona in May and then on to California for a 63-year-old nephew’s wedding and a delightful family gathering. * Nancy Moyer Conover has moved to Storrs, Conn., to be closer to her daughter, who works at UConn. She lives a block from town and the senior center and will be able to attend UConn women’s basketball home games. * Al and Mary Pilon Obery had lunch with Vic Scalise in late June. Al plays golf three times a week and both he and Mary enjoy good health. * Dorothy Forster Olson is a signature member and past president of Gold Coast Watercolor Society (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and belongs to a group called 12 Voices Speaking for Art that works to keep art in public schools. She is grateful that people have enjoyed her work enough to purchase many of her paintings. Dot decided to put on the market a cabin that she and Roger ’53 built 20 years ago in Monson, Maine. * Arthur Cummings wrote, “Nothing exciting. ... Got out of Maine.” * Vic Scalise and wife Carolyn Elizabeth spent the summer in Ocean Park, Maine, with the following activities to fill their time: Vic’s 65th reunion at Mt. Hermon School, a Red Sox-Yankees game with his family at Fenway Park, Vic preaching in five Maine and Massachusetts communities, a KDR reunion with Al and Mary Pilon Obery, two plays at the Ogunquit Playhouse, the submission to the publisher of Vic’s final draft of his memoir, and dining on Maine lobster and fried clams. Vic reports, “It was a great summer.” * While I was in Brunswick, Maine, visiting my daughter Sara, I attended the memorial service for Ellie Turner Swanson held at Ellie and Ron’s lovely home on Mere Point. The day was gorgeous, the setting spectacular, and their daughter, Holly ’86, ran a very moving service, which, according to Holly, was entirely choreographed by Ellie. Al and Mary Pilon Obery, Helen Cross Stabler, Lois McCarty Carlson, and Albert Hoffman (husband of Jo Anne Conkling Hoffman) also attended.
John Lee says the class column brings more than news; it brings classmates together and because of it, he heard from Art Eddy ’54 after he read our column. John’s youngest son is a Connecticut state highway engineer after graduating with honors from the UConn night school. His grandson, after three tours in Afghanistan, is at Harvard for his M.B.A. His granddaughter left the TV industry to work on documentaries in New York City. * Bob Grodberg surprised me with a communication he “saved” for 63 years. Bob graduated from Boston University Law School in 1956 then practiced law in the Boston area, including time as general counsel for Purity Supreme, a New England supermarket chain. He’s been married twice, has three biological children, one stepdaughter, and another lost, tragically, on 9/11. She was a passenger on one of the American Airline flights. They have nine grandchildren, all in the Boston area. Two of his children now practice law. Bob plays tennis and traveled recently to Wales and Dublin. He and his wife live in a 30-story cooperative overlooking Jamaica Pond. * Ginny Falkenbury Aronson’s summer of no travel brought family to her instead. * Marty Bruehl reports he’s “still alive” but just barely. He quoted from an old jazz tune, “I’m doin’ OK, living in a great big way,” from the 1935 movie Hooray for Love. * Rick Tyler sent a note, again, from his summer place in Ogunquit, Maine. He and Ann looked forward to their first cruise in August around the British Isles. * Harold Cross stopped working (for pay) as a physician after 57 years. He lives in a continuing care retirement facility on Hilton Head Island, where there are many opportunities to assist others with health issues. * Carolyn English Caci still loves her life at Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mass. Tommi Thompson Staples stopped for a short visit on route to Maine. Carolyn attended an amazing memorial in Portland for Ellie, wife of Ned Shenton ’54, which consisted of a boat ride through Casco Bay to a quiet island behind Diamond Island with a service, capped by a nice Maine lobster dinner. * On her way to Washburn, Maine, Tommi Thompson Staples stopped at Colby and visited the wonderful Alex Katz exhibit at the art museum, featured in the New York Times. * One evening in early August my telephone ID said Paul Dionne. What a pleasant surprise! We had a long chat. He still works as a part-time mortgage attorney at a local bank in his small town in Texas. He was county attorney for the past 12 years. His wife passed away and a park was dedicated in her name. We talked about old times at Colby, mentioning that he was my “date” for Sadie Hawkins Day. I remember that my Tri-Delt sisters encouraged me to ask “Paulee” for that fun occasion. * Alden Sprague retired from an environmental engineering company in NYC. He and his wife keep busy with community affairs, his environmental concerns, and his music, like gigs with the Long Island Banjo Society. Alden maintains his Maine roots by returning to his family homestead on Moosehead Lake, where he does maple “sugaring off” in March. He likes to visit the campus to see the construction and visit the Farnham Writers’ Center, a 1998 endowment gift from his parents, Roderick ’31 and Margaret Davis Farnham ’28. * I had a wonderful day with my Colby roommate Diane Chamberlin Starcher ’54. She and her husband, George, invited me to spend a Sunday at Sabbathday Lake, Maine. Diane and I caught up on all our latest family history. It was such a pleasure to see George again after 60 years (their wedding!) and to meet her son, Loren, and daughter-in-law, Janet. Diane and George left for their new home in Florida two days later.
You have come through with news again! Ellen Lewis Huff moved from their beautiful house in the country, which they built themselves and lived in for 45 years, to a small house in town near the grocery store, YMCA, and church, “It was a needful move considering our declining abilities, but selling our home was like giving away our baby. We’re enjoying the new neighborhood and convenience of the location.” Ellen learned of the July death of her roommate Greta Anthoensen Chesley, who had been in failing health for some time. Greta and husband Bill had moved to Ellen’s area recently and were able to attend their 60th anniversary last year. * In August Don Hailer attended a clambake that George “Lum” Lebherz held for friends, including Artie White, Carl and Muffie Morgan Leaf, Judy and Herb Nagle, and Lum’s son Chris ’85. It was the biggest crowd in many years. Don and Sheila also had Betty Levardsen Finegan’s daughter Kate and son Tucker the week before for an overnight. “They all looked wonderful.” * Art White’s wife, Cynthia, passed away March 2 after several months of illness. “I feel blessed to have had 64 years with a wonderful mate.” George visited Lum Lebherz in Falmouth, Mass., for four delightful days, including the above mentioned clambake, in August. “It’s amazing how easy it was to pick up relationships, and my visit was a delight,” Art says. Art occasionally sees Bob Kline, who stops in for a visit when he’s in Bath at the YMCA for racketball. Art still plays golf and shot an 82 on his last outing—“the best score this summer.” * Kathy Markham Habberley has lived in the UK almost as many years (41) as she was in the U.S. (44). She’s had treatment for skin cancer on her face, which is surprising, she says, “because the UK isn’t known for wall-to-wall sunshine!” She attributes it to her years in America, when no one thought of SPF. She’s broken her left leg twice, so her traveling is now sadly curtailed. She’s still able to walk around thanks to an inch-and-a-half lift in her shoe—thanks to the NHS in the UK! “Getting old isn’t what it’s cracked up to be—but it’s better than the alternative!” * Joan and Dave Morse revel in the natural world of their yard and the adjacent Wells (Maine) Reserve at Laudholm, where Joan volunteers as a ranger and Dave writes for The Wrack, its online newsletter. Dave and Joan won a battle, finally persuading the woodchuck living under their porch that life would be better elsewhere, courtesy of a Havahart trap (with watermelon as the bait!). Now Joan’s garden can recover. * Russ Wallace planned to drive up to Mendocino on the northern California coast. He says, “Remember Alan Alda in the movie Same Time Next Year? Our plan is a couple of nights at the Heritage House to celebrate Anne’s birthday.” * Al and Joan Martin Lamont saw Colette and George Pirie ’53 in Florida. They enjoy life on Hawaii’s Big Island, where the Lamonts hope to visit. The Lamonts still summer in New London, N.H., and winter in Stuart, Fla., and see friends Mark ’51 and Eddi Miller Mordecai in both states. Lamont sons Gary ’78 and Jeffrey have three children, but there are no great-grandchildren yet. They had their 60th anniversary last April with the entire family. Joan is active in a literary society and book clubs, while Al is chairman of pastoral care at their chapel. They both play golf and Al plays tennis. They feel blessed that has life has been good. * As for myself, I have learned to appreciate Vermont. After a year here, I see beauty around every corner here in the Champlain Valley—the gentle Green Mountains to the east, the Adirondacks to the west, and, of course, magnificent Lake Champlain. If you’re in the area, please do let me know. Stay well and enjoy the beautiful fall.
An uplifting update from Fred Boyle, whose cancer on his vocal cord is now a memory. He’s back to singing in the choir, reading to third graders, teaching a class on first ladies for senior college, and working on a new book, Early Families of Lyman, Maine. Here’s to your good health! * John Linscott’s musical, Love and Lobsters, was staged by the Freeport Community Players for seven performances last July. He received significant and positive reviews. He proudly states that his dream took 18 years to come true. What began with one song, “Manhattan Lady,” morphed into a full stage production with a cast of 20 accompanied by a six-piece band. Congratulations, John! * Richard Bowen was extremely sorry about Bob Brotherlin’s passing. They were friends for 65 years. Richard says life goes on for him and Lucy as they celebrate their 64th anniversary and await their seventh great-grandchild. Congratulations! * Mary “Polly” Leighton Robertson thinks of the late Helen Palen Roth running about Foss Hall, always with a smile and cheerful greeting. “Sometimes she told us we had a phone call, and sometimes she just brought a message. Helen was a special friend to all the girls during our transition years to Mayflower Hill.” Mary and Helen were both from Connecticut and their lives meshed. They enjoyed Colby reunions and shared many laughs. Mary now lives in Newport Beach, a displaced New Englander who still collects antiques. All the best to you, Polly. * Dan Hall still lives and is very active in Duxbury, Mass. He and his family were pleased by a visit from a former American Field Service student. Thirty-five years ago Dan hosted the German student for a year and he attended Reading High School. The “student” was accompanied by his wife and 16-year-old son. Dan was thrilled with their reunion. * Crif “Big Red” Crawford wrote from Boulder, Colo., following a family reunion in Woods Hole, Mass., where 41 of his 49 living descendants gathered. Two years ago the health-care building in the retirement center where Clif lives sustained significant flood damage when a nearby highway flooded. Clif and another geologist did fieldwork and data analysis that convinced the city council to construct a berm to protect the highway. They hope for construction in three or four years. Way to go, Crif! * Lastly, Jane and our family returned from our annual Cape Cod vacation in Orleans. We’ve made that trip for 50 years and it doesn’t get any shorter, but always worth the long drive from Villanova, Pa. I’m still playing golf at 88 and have even broken my age on the course. My best to George Wales and Ted Shiro, with whom I try to stay touch with. Ted was going into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame. Congrats, Ted! * Have a great autumn and stay in touch with Colby. All the best.
Happy fall, at the end of a blistering summer here in New Hampshire and elsewhere in New England. * Jeanine (Mildred) Fenwick Starrett moved with her husband to a retirement community in Phoenix in 2011. Unfortunately, her husband died one year later. She is very active in the community and participates in programs such as Zumba, bus trips, and courses offered in the community. She has done considerable traveling. On a Vintage Tour to the Danube, she visited Prague, Nuremburg, and Budapest. In 2013 she went on a Grand Circle tour on the Seine from Paris to the Normandy beaches—an emotional shock to see rows of veterans’ white crosses. In July 2014 she took a river trip on the Elbe with a side trip to Poland and visited WWII extermination camps at Auschwitz and Krakow. Jeanine you are surely a world traveler! * David Armstrong wrote about his three sons: David, born in Waterville in 1952, a Navy lawyer; Erick, retired from the Navy after 27 years; and Mark, a real estate agent in Los Angeles. He has six grandchildren pursuing different careers such as nursing and teaching. His wife died in 2010 and he now lives in her great aunt’s home in Helena, Mont., next to the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramics Art. Dave’s hobby for years has been sled dog racing and he owns two old sled dogs. He volunteers at the Montana Military Museum as a docent and is one of the two remaining members of the War Dog Reception and Training Center, Camp Rimini Exhibit. He plays golf occasionally, attends a coffee group, and keeps busy tending the yard and five-acre field. He authored a book, Camp Rimini and Beyond. * I had a recent visit from Charlie ’49 and Ginny Davis Pearce and their daughter, Sally ’78, their chauffer on a trip from North Carolina to Maine. They also visited Charlotte “Stubby” Crandall Graves in Ware, Mass. They visited friends in Eastman, where we all lived eons ago, several coastal towns in Maine, and then on to Colby. They toured the art museum, where, Ginny reported, they marveled at many lovely paintings by Winslow Homer, Alex Katz, John Marin, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot,and many others.* Elinor Everts, wife of Nelson “Bud” Everts, wrote with further news of Bud’s condition after a fall down the stairs in April 2014. Bud is still at the Stone Institute (277 Elliot St., Newton Lower Falls, MA 02460) and is always cheerful but knows only the moment. He’s heard from classmates, and while Elinor says “Thank you all,” she knows he could use more mail. * Charles Robinson noticed our class is getting smaller. He remembers being one of 20 male non-veterans, and now he is about to enter a senior community in suburban Baltimore. “Time marches on.” He and his wife sold their house in Ocean Park, Maine, and won’t be summering in Maine for the first time in 60 years. He will miss frequent trips to Waterville, where Colby is growing—quite a difference from his memories of 1946 traveling from downtown to the almost empty hill enduring the jolting of the Blue Beetle. Charles’s grandson is going to Washington and Lee. * Bill and Betsy “Dudie” JenningsMaley are doing well, as are their children, Bill ’81 and Andrew ’86. Their daughter, Ann, went to Bowdoin and is a pediatrician. This summer’s highlight for Dudie was traveling to Stowe, Vt., for the wedding her great niece Torrey, granddaughter of her sister Ann Jennings Taussig ’49. Neither Ann nor Dudie’s twin, Allie Jennings Castelli, were able to attend, so Dudie represented the family at the beautiful wedding. Dudie and Allie celebrated their birthday together in April at Evergreen Woods in Branford, Conn., where Allie lives.
I tried something new this time around, sending an online questionnaire to some of you with email. Thankfully I got a response, albeit small! * Alice Jewell Smith writes, “I live alone in a townhouse in a lovely over-55 complex. My two children live a comfortable driving distance, and one or both are here every weekend with their families.” Alice plays bridge a few times a week with friends. “Until recently I played duplicate a couple of times a week, but gave up driving at night. I also play mahjongg once a week in the neighborhood. I read and belong to a book club in the neighborhood, which meets once a month. Also I attend a Bible study once a week.” Alice taught math in grades seven and eight for 26 years, retiring in 1991, and she also taught a review course in math in the GED program for a number of years. She gets to Florida every year to visit friends in Naples and her sister in Sarasota. * June White Rosenberg enjoys “a three-apartment brownstone, one daughter on the third floor, another on the second, and me on the first in Brookline, Mass.” June spends her time “reading, knitting, maybe a course at the senior center, watching the Red Sox lose!” Since her spouse died, two years ago, June hasn’t traveled except to spend the winter months in Florida. * If any of you are moved to dig out from your email trash the questionnaire I sent in July, feel free to complete it and send it on. I need you all to help keep our class up to date!
Howell Clement wrote about a recent serious illness. He had a case of pneumonia that put him in the hospital for eight days. This was followed by a case of strep that required more confinement. Now he is all right and at home trying to “get his strength back.” Howell turned 89 July 22. Occasionally he has trouble with his email, so he mailed two typewritten notes. * Janet Gay Hawkins writes, “All goes well here at Peconic Landing (it’s called a CCRC aka a continuing care retirement community). I’m in a very lovely cottage overlooking Long Island Sound—what could be better? My grandson, Jackson, has just become an Eagle Scout! Needless to say. we’re all very proud of him. He is a very exceptional young man at 16!” * Kay Weisman Jaffee saw Carol Stoll Baker this summer and made plans for a longer visit in the fall. On Sept. 30 Kay and husband Mike will go by train to New Orleans for five days and then by train to LA, where they will stay long enough to pick up a car and drive to the San Diego area. They will be there for five days then take the train back to Boston via Chicago. Recently, I had dinner with Carol at a Chestnut Hill restaurant. We had a leisurely dinner with plenty of conversation about our lives and other classmates. * Peg Clark Atkins always reads the class news first when she receives Colby Magazine, obits second, then finally the rest of the magazine. She and Harold are well, for their age. Summer finds them, again, in Onset, Mass., where they have a cottage to share with children, grandchildren, and other family members. Peg says Onset is an interesting village, part of the town of Wareham. There are live music nights, movies outside, festivals with booths, and activities for hundreds! They have Illumination Night with flares set all around the bay and, of course, fireworks. They do a meal for 60 or so family folks and then watch the fireworks display on a hill overlooking the bay. Spectacular when the weather cooperates. * George Wiswell ’50 wrote, “There’s little to report other than to say that both Harriet (Sargent) and I are in good health and enjoying life both in Connecticut and at our farm in Vermont.” * As for your class correspondent, the day before I left Florida to spend the summer in Boston I tripped and fell in my house, breaking a small bone in my right wrist. Three months later the wrist is now healed but weak enough to require therapy to build strength. I also have therapists to help me improve my balance and slow down my rapid walking pace. Needless to say the injury prevented me from playing golf this summer and that may have been merciful not only for me but also for my golf partners.
Carol Robin Epstein celebrated her 90th birthday in May, reports her granddaughter Rebecca. The family invited Carol’s friend and roommate Hannah Karp Laipson to a party in Carol’s honor. At Colby Carol wrote her own magazine called “No Time,” in which she recorded and illustrated College happenings and her own thoughts. In her first issue, from October 1944, she discusses campaigning for FDR, an exhibition of Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors and temperas in the women’s union. It includes an illustration of the layout of her dorm room in Mary Low. * Shirley Martin Dudley laments the loss of her former roommate Nancy Loveland Dennen ’47, who died in July. Nancy introduced Shirley to painting, and Shirley recalls Nancy creating posters for events while at Colby. Shirley hopes to visit Shirley Armstrong Howe, who lives in a senior home in Watertown, Conn., this year. Shirley Dudley and Dot Allen Goettman play duplicate bridge together several times a week. They live near one another in Florida and have been friends for 73 years. * Joan and Cloyd Aarseth celebrated their 63rd anniversary in June with good wishes from their children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren (from 18 months to 8 1/2 years). Their oldest grandson works for a Paul Allen startup and traveled across the globe to help enhance information sharing about the Ebola virus, attending a conference at the UN in New York, and meeting with the U.S. Ebola czar in D.C. and with others in Dubai and Ghana. Their granddaughter Kim finished her first year at Yale Law School—she deferred admission for two years while she taught fourth grade in Baltimore with Teach For America. Kim worked in the office of the Federal Public Defender in Baltimore this summer and has been offered a clerkship on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals after she graduates in 2017. She was elected to law review in July. Kim’s brother Stephen, a Virginia Tech senior, is a business major off to Switzerland for a semester. Travel seems to run in the family! Joan and Cloyd look forward to being on Mayflower Hill in June 2016 for the 70th reunion.
This June at reunion we celebrated our 71st (!) year since the Class of 1944 graduated. To be sure, some of us graduated before June 1944 and some in later years due to the war. I did attend President Greene’s reception June 5 in the grand entrance to the wonderful art gallery. The president spoke briefly welcoming alumni. It was the 50th reunion for the Class of 1965. I returned again Saturday—a magnificent June day—for the parade of classes. The Class of 1944 was one of the earliest classes represented. As none of my family could accompany me I was delighted when four of the returning graduates from the Class of 2014 asked if they might keep me company as we walked to the gym! The parade is a moving experience ... especially at age 91! Harold Joseph and his wife were in attendance but did not participate in the parade. I did greet them and give Harold a couple of hugs! He had both hips replaced, so he was walking pain free! * Nancy Curtis Lawrence writes from Washington State, “Same old, same old: sunning on the deck, reading, balancing the checkbook, a little correspondence, laundry, church on Sunday, downtown once a week (with granddaughter), early to bed, and early to rise. We have the world’s most splendid sunsets and sunrises. Life is good!” * Frank Strup celebrated his 94th birthday in September with his children in Stone Harbor, N.J. A local store wished him happy birthday on the sign in front of their store. How fun! Frank was an all-state basketball player at Colby. * In April my son Fred and I took a wonderful two-week tour of Ireland. The weather was perfect and we traveled with a small group and even stopped briefly in Sligo, the town that the early McAlarys left during the potato famine. The Cliffs of Moher as well as the Cliffs of Dingle were breathtaking. The end of August my son-in-law, Tony, and I plan a trip beginning with a week’s sail visiting the Greek Islands then several weeks visiting Italy, France, and England! If you don’t hear from me again, you’ll know why! My love to you all.