Yuri Maruyama’s post-graduation move to Washington, D.C., coincided with a big event in the nation’s capital: the 2012 presidential election. Even better, the election was Maruyama’s first chance to vote as an American citizen.
Maruyama was born in Japan but grew up in Irvine, Calif., where her family moved when she was 6. She became a citizen in 2009, during her time at Colby. Her first election “was really exciting,” she said, “although I voted absentee [in California], so I didn’t have the satisfaction of getting an ‘I voted’ sticker.”
And yet, Maruyama’s reason for landing in D.C. takes her back to her roots: she’s working for the U.S.-Japan Council, a relatively new nonprofit that strives to create personal connections between people from both countries to strengthen international relations. Her extended family in Japan told her about the organization. She landed an internship in August, which quickly turned into a full-time position.
As administrative assistant, Maruyama plans programs and events, helps with fundraising, and serves as an assistant to the council’s president.
“It’s such a small organization, you kind of have your hands in everything,” she said over lunch at a noodle bar on Dupont Circle, close to her office. “A liberal arts experience in the real world.”
One of the programs Maruyama’s involved in is the TOMODACHI (“friendship,” in Japanese) Initiative. Organizers are helping students affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in part by bringing them to the United States for educational and cultural programs.
“I still feel very deeply connected to the country,” Maruyama said. “I just wanted to do something that would help people in that area.” Many of the students she works with lost their families and jobs, but, she said, “it’s great to see they still have so much hope and ambition.”
The advice from an art history major (her introduction to Washington came through an internship at the Smithsonian) to future Colby grads?
“Don’t be too stuck on what you majored in, because sometimes, if you step out a little from what you’re used to, you could still find something absolutely incredible.”
I hope everyone is having an exciting first year away from Mayflower Hill. I’ve enjoyed running into many familiar faces here in Boston. As your class correspondent, I will be reaching out to you and, starting with the next issue, compiling news about our classmates here in this column. Looking forward to seeing all of you back at Colby June 6-9 for our one-year reunion!
Tory Grey recently finished up a year and a half of research on traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital before starting work as a chiropractic assistant at a wellness center in North Andover, Mass., in January. On the side, she also works for a start-up that designs customized CrossFit websites and is an assistant ski coach for the Tufts alpine ski team. She recently moved to Beverly, Mass., and loves it. She is competing in CrossFit and is now certified as a CrossFit level 1 trainer. In July she will be a certified holistic health coach. *Chase Baker has been working at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine, since the fall of 2011. This year he is teaching AB and BC calculus as well as two sections of non-AP calculus. He’s a dorm parent living in a dorm with students and other faculty, and he coaches three seasons: boys’ soccer in the fall, girls’ varsity basketball in the winter, and coed track in the spring. In June 2012 he traveled to Malawi to volunteer for a month with a program called Go! Malawi. During his spring break, he traveled to Fredericksburg, Va., to visit Lauren Hendricks.*Catherine Mullin and Chelsea Heneghan moved in together just before the New Year when Catherine joined Nurse Chenny in NYC. The two have enjoyed working hard and playing harder in the concrete jungle. *Sonia Rose Mahabir graduated from her higher education administration master’s program at the University of Michigan last December. *Lia Engelsted still works at IBM in the D.C. area. She enjoys spending time with the Colby crew of Arlington, Va., and D.C. They celebrate each other’s birthdays and have housewarming parties. There is even a Colby trivia group that gets together every other week, made up of Alicia Kreiger, Stephen Sentoff (who just got engaged), Alex Pan, Ellen Morris, Aaron Kaye, Nate Eberly, Brynna Patel, and Michael Brophy ’12. And thanks to Pan, Hali Castleman, Morris, Eberly, and Patel got tickets to Obama’s inauguration. It was a chilly but amazing weekend in D.C. *Hank Wyman has a start-up called La Matera (lamaterashop.com) that sells belts handmade in the U.S.A. with gaucho-patterned fabrics imported from Argentina. The patterns have been around for 100 years.
Delia Langan was on the East Coast starting in November doing trunk shows in New York, Philly, and D.C. She’s back in SF and just acquired her own jewelry studio, and delialangan.com is now fully functional! *Dan Prunier and Roger Bel traded in the girl they met on Craigslist for Colby baseball rival Jim Wood (Trinity ’10), and they recently adopted a cat. If you want to play them in NHL 2013 on Xbox 360 live, please reach out on Tinder. * Kelsey Gibbs and Matt Silverman ’12 live in Portland, Maine, and enjoy the East Coast. * Leigh Bullion and Ross Nehrt live in Boston and love living near so many Colby friends. Leigh will be traveling for work to both coasts and Europe this spring. * Kat Cosgrove runs into Nadege Roux ’09 every so often in Denver. She’ll graduate from the Korbel School in June and is looking to stay in Denver but will likely relocate to D.C. * Schuyler Weiss is now a director at Morgan Stanley. * Rob Knipp works at IBM in Washington, D.C., while also volunteering as an SAT prep tutor at night. His travels have taken him to the Caribbean, Croatia, and Bosnia recently. * Brittany Tasi is a third-year school psychology graduate student at Fairfield University and designed a project to celebrate School Psychology Awareness Week. She shared her work in the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists newsletter and in the National Association of School Psychologists newspaper, the Communiqué. She will graduate this May, receiving her certification as a school psychologist. * A hearty congratulations to Sarah Bruce and Will Cantley ’08, who got engaged in January and are celebrating with many Colby friends! They live in Boston, where Sarah enjoys work at an advertising agency and Will attends graduate school at Tufts. * Sarah Levine will attend vet school next year, either at UW-Madison or Tufts. * Emily Griffoul recently moved to Irvine, Calif., with Ken Cramer. Diana DelleChiaie and Savina Balasubramanian both joined them to explore California for a few days. Savina recently presented her work at Thinking Gender, a conference at UCLA. * After teaching in Thailand for two years and getting yoga certified in India, Ali Davis moved to the west coast of Costa Rica to surf, do yoga and reiki, explore mysticism, and generally enjoy life. * Whit McCarthy sold his company, By Hand Granola, and now works for a tech start-up in Santa Monica. He planned to visit Sam Kennedy ’09, Stew Brown, and Phinney McIntire in Chicago for St. Patty’s day with Max Weiss, Caddy Brooks ’09, Alex Farmer ’09, Chris Healy ’11, and Geoff Parr ’09. * Doug Sibor, James Westhafer, Scott Veidenheimer, Mike Baldwin,and Karthik Sonty recently welcomed their dear friend Christopher “Reilly” Taylor to the greater Boston area at a delightful housewarming bash at Reilly’s new apartment in Somerville. Memorable activities included a photo booth, some late night revelry, and one of the group referring to himself as a “blonde bombshell.” * Erica Block and the handsome Nick Tucker drank Manhattans in LA, where they both now live. * Jordan Schoonover currently lives in Washington, D.C., where she will be until August. She’s having a lot of fun exploring the city with Hannah Bisgyer ’11. *Samantha Smith, Johanna Kunkel, Rohan Dutt, and Emma Beck ’12 have been soaking up the sun in San Francisco. * The Joint Chiefs (Jeoff Jarnot, Zander Koallick ’11, James O’Brien ’12, Carson Brown ’13) do America this summer. They’ll debut their upcoming album in Boston June 14 and then tour for the next month with stops in Portland, New York, D.C., Nashville, New Orleans, and Chicago. Make sure to come out and say hello. The party is just beginning, folks!
Megan Williams ’04 received the 2012 Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce Rising Star Award. The award is given to a chamber member under the age of 40 who demonstrates business success and community involvement. Williams is president of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, a central Maine nonprofit. *Noah Charney ’02 gave TED talks in December (“How to Steal From the Louvre”) and March (“Leonardo da Vinci and the Treasure-Hunt Instinct”); spoke on “Traffickers, Forgers, and Thieves—Crime in the World of Art” at the Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield, Conn., in March; coauthored the eBook The Wine Forger’s Handbook; and finished writing The Book of Forgery, to be published next year. * Katherine Jacobs ’03 was selected for the 2013 Fulbright International Education Administrators program in Japan. She is assistant dean of international studies at Providence College. *Lauren Smith Camera ’05 was named a 2013-14 Spencer Fellow in Education Reporting at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She will use her fellowship to examine the Obama administration’s competitive grant programs. Camera is an education policy staff writer at CQ Roll Call.
Carolyn Lindley ’02 and Lindsey Williams ’02, both staffers at the National Ocean Service.
Carolyn Lindley ’02 and Lindsey Williams ’02 approached their careers from different angles: Lindley took the hard-science route, while Williams focused on policy. Yet both ended up working at the National Ocean Service, an arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Lindley, an oceanographer who grew up on New York City’s West Side and played in the American Museum of Natural History’s whale room as a kid, works with water-level data, overseeing a team that maps tides. But don’t picture her on a ship in the middle of the ocean. “I actually get really seasick, which is ironic for an oceanographer,” said Lindley, who does her statistical analysis from the agency’s headquarters outside Washington, D.C.
In the same building is Williams. A policy advisor who specializes in coastal management and coastal science, Williams guides the agency’s leadership regarding legislative affairs. The day she was interviewed she was putting together a briefing for new members of Congress to acquaint them with the agency’s goals and priorities.
“When I was at Colby, I never would’ve been like, ‘I’m going to work at the federal government,’” said Williams, who grew up in Norwich, Vt. “It wasn’t on my radar. … But the interesting things you can work on in the federal government are worth exploring.” Even within NOAA, she said, there’s a huge range of careers, regardless of whether you have a background in hard science.
Williams majored in biology and minored in environmental studies at Colby; Lindley studied geology. Both earned advanced degrees from the University of Delaware at different times. Lindley earned her master’s in oceanography; Williams completed the marine policy program.
“The ocean in general has always been really fascinating to me,” said Williams, who fell in love with the marine world during a junior-year semester abroad in Turks and Caicos. “We need the ocean for resources it provides, but we also need to not damage it too much for it to provide those things.”
As if their careers haven’t mirrored each other enough, Lindley is now looking to integrate more policy into her work. She spent the last four years earning her law degree through an evening program at American University and was to graduate in May.
“Having the law degree will diversify whatever it is I could bring to [the table], rather than coming with an I-know-how-to-map-tides skill set,” said Lindley. “I’m interested in the policy side and the decision making behind what our water level is telling us.”
It’s an exciting time to work on these issues, Lindley said, to have a job that allows her to both “be a scientist and contribute to the world.”
2013 started off with a blast quite literally for some members of the Class of ’09 who found themselves in the land of Fire and Ice. Despite the odds, Brett Guenther, Brandon Kessler, Gustaf Lonaeus, and Alex Clegg ’08survived and returned to Washington, D.C., where they reside. Gustaf, between intensive ab workouts and sailing adventures, finds himself frequently in Vegas at various home security and surveillance trade shows. Brandon, with his everlasting love for edamame, has done quite well in the political advertisement arena. If you missed his cameos this election cycle, stay tuned for the 2014 midterms. Brett, when he isn’t working intensively or vibing to EDM, makes frequent trips to D.C., during which he has seen many Colby alums, including Evan Footer, Brian Lynch, Dan Roboff, John Wagner, and Greg Zartarian. Highlights in D.C. include Evan winning a regional tennis championship, Dan winning every game of Words with Friends (thanks to turtle power points), Greg sporting a personalized koozie sourced from his summer sailing adventure in Croatia, John splitting time between his legal studies and trips to Dangerously Delicious, and Brian saving lives, one day at a time. Brian Huntington brought sub-zero temperatures all the way from Boston during his visit. They expected nothing less. *Olivia Bordiuk relocated to D.C., where she has continued her domination of Settlers, even against the distinguished competition of Patrick Roche. * Sommer Engels and Sarah Whitfield, having officially finished their graduate studies, have also been spotted out and about in D.C. Meanwhile, Sam ’08 and JuliaBacon Fabens keep Colby tradition alive in righteous style on Capitol Hill with the help of many, including Annie Feutz ’08, Wally Sedgewick ’08, Matthew Warshaw ’08, and the occasional visit from Queens district leader Rebecca Lynch. * Harry Goldstein is based in Hong Kong and has been traveling quite a bit in Asia for both work and pleasure. Most recently, he returned from Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto) for the Chinese New Year holiday, which was fantastic. He encourages any Mules who may be in or traveling through the region to reach out, as he’d love to host them. * Chelsea Eakin, Byron Meinerth, and Suzanne Merkelson took part in some shenanigans in Nanjing, China. * Laura Bisbee is serving in the Peace Corps as an English teacher and English teacher trainer on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. Colby alumni are welcome to visit! * Lisa Portis will attend the graduate physical therapy program at the University of Rhode Island starting this spring, which means that she’ll be hanging around R.I. for (at least) another three years.* Kat Brzozowski is associate editor at Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. She’s editing a book by the creative director of Elle magazine, Joe Zee. * Menya Hinga started his own fitness company in Tokyo, Japan, and just recently finished the website Fit For All (fitforall.jp/). In the “Philosophy” section of the website, there’s an article written by fellow Colbyite Raleigh Werner ’11. * Scott Zeller and Ben Goldenberg ran the Philly Marathon in November. They lucked out with the weather, which was beautiful. It was Ben’s first-ever marathon, and Scott had his best time yet. * Nikki Crocker is getting her M.S. in geology at the University of Houston. She’s working as a TA as she goes to school. This Christmas she got engaged to a native Houstonian she met while obtaining an additional undergraduate degree. While they were visiting Nikki’s family for the holidays, he proposed on the beach where she spent her summers growing up. Her fiancé is earning his Ph.D. in structural geology.
Thanks for the updates! No surprise that you’ve all been busy! *Virginia Brown moved back to Texas to attend the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, where she is studying education policy and nonprofit management. Before landing in Austin last July, she visited Meredith Keyser, Geoff Blanding, Meaghan Jerrett, Jake Obstfeld ’09, and Katie Porter ’09. This summer she’ll be a fellow with Education Pioneers in their Texas cohort. *Kevin Hobson was recently admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. *Steve Frechette returned from spending three weeks in Southeast Asia, where he and a couple of Sloan School of Management classmates were helping Warm Heart, an NGO in northern Thailand, to structure a silk microenterprise (growing silk worms and producing eri silk to weave into scarves and sell internationally). Check out his blog for some great details: flavorsofthefareast.wordpress.com. *Jessie Young is working at thoughtbot, inc., in the new San Francisco office. She was happy to have Kevin Shen, Sarah Rathman, Kelly Norsworthy, Stacy Petro, and Kiloran De Laperouse at her apartment in February to celebrate Meredith Carden’squarterly visit to California. *Annie Feutz is in the process of creating a NESCAC Board of D.C. to create and host events for NESCAC alums in the D.C. area. She is hoping that this will help increase attendance from alums at each school, so D.C.-area classmates, be sure to keep an eye out for some of the great upcoming events! *Sarah Goldstein and Evan Eshelman are both attending York University in Toronto, Canada, for graduate school. After having graduated from culinary school, Sarah is now completing her master’s degree in environmental studies focusing on sustainable food policy and food systems education. Evan is working toward his Ph.D. in physics and astronomy, researching an instrument to search for organic compounds on Mars. *Stephanie Lubin-Levy was selected to run for the Miles & Memories Marathon Team during the Boston Marathon. The team’s fundraising benefits the Children’s Room, Massachusetts’s largest independent nonprofit serving grieving children, teens, and families. Stephanie and her team have trained over 2,400 miles collectively and have set a team goal to raise $60,000 for programming at the Children’s Room, where Stephanie has been volunteering for five years. * Have a wonderful summer!
It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and classmate Elizabeth “Liza” Benson. Liza passed away Jan. 27, 2013, in an avalanche ski accident in Jackson, Wyo. In her 28 years on this earth, Liza’s accomplishments were astounding, and her impact on others is touching. As a Colby Mule, Liza was a nationally ranked goalie and trusted leader and teammate. After Colby, Liza sailed across the Atlantic before settling down in the mountains of Wyoming with her family and later her true love, Jason Ray. During her time in UWash’s physician assistant program, Liza provided compassionate, quality care to her patients. Liza will be missed by many who will forever remember her welcoming smile, fierce determination, and kind heart. * In October Laura Keeler became engaged to Vassar Pierce on Hilton Head Island. The proposal featured their beach-crazy golden retriever, Dazee, who barked and wanted to play ball the whole time! They’re planning a May 2014 wedding in South Carolina. * Libba Cox married Sam Burke ’06 at the West Chop Club on Martha’s Vineyard Sept. 22, 2012. In attendance were more than 35 alums (coincidentally, even one of the band members was a Colby grad) ranging from the Class of ’02 to ’09, including wedding party members Liz Morbeck, Tucker Kelton, Jess McNulty, Courtney Drake, Nate Werlin ’06, and Rodney Ames ’06. Allie Libby did a reading at the ceremony. See a photo from the wedding at alumni.colby.edu under the “Stay Connected” tab. * Amy Pendoley (now Amy Cid) got married last March, and she and her husband welcomed their son, Mark Alejandro, to the world Oct. 18, 2012. Carolina Sicard and Mary-Catherine Saraiva Amadu both traveled to Florida to meet their new “nephew” in November. * Carolina Sicard is engaged to David Willette—they are to be married this November in Cancun, Mexico. Carolina also met up again with Mary-Catherine, her husband, David Amadu, and Antonio Mendez ’06 in NYC. * Amanda Vickerson is officially married! She and her wife, Erin Wolfe (USM ’06), made it legal on New Year’s Eve at a small family gathering. A full wedding is in the works for the summer of ’15. In other news, Amanda recently took over the behavior support program at Gorham Middle School. She’s enjoying the challenge of a new age group and the responsibilities that come with teaching. *Lee Kozakiewicz received a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. * Becca Goldstein graduated with a Ph.D. in chemical biology from Boston College in December 2012. * Courtney Goodie got engaged to Patrick Barker in December 2012. The wedding will be May 2014 in Boston. Courtney is graduating from MIT Sloan School of Management this June with an M.B.A. and a concentration in finance. * Anna Bruno is currently in Chile teaching English for World Class Kayak Academy, a private traveling high school with an athletic focus on whitewater kayaking. This year has been spent in British Columbia and Nepal, and they will return to the Pacific Northwest for the spring. * Ross Kaplan and Adam Roslyn did a remarkable job serving as co-best men for the wedding of Jonathan Bandi. Lee Emmons, Trevor Hanly, and Daniel Melega were also in attendance. * Tara Bergin graduated in June from the University of Edinburgh’s vet school with a BVM&S MRCVS (the UK version of a DVM). She now works as a veterinary surgeon in England, treating dogs, cats, rabbits, and the occasional reptile, small furry, or bird! * Cindy Meadow received a master’s in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, last year. She now lives in Brooklyn and works as an editor for Scholastic Early Childhood Classroom magazines.
Francis Chapuredima left the United States and moved to Qatar on a new adventure! He is happy to write that he is still teaching. There are very few Mules out there, so Francis encourages everyone to visit. *Bryan Sanders writes that David Gutman, who recently graduated from the University of Maryland School of Journalism, was hired as a reporter for the Associated Press in Charleston, W.V. Contrary to rumors, he is not moving to West Virginia to join the cast of MTV’s Buckwild. * Aine McCarthy is working on her Ph.D. in applied economics at the University of Minnesota. She’s studying international development and is spending this spring in rural Tanzania doing fieldwork research for her dissertation. She is excited to have Nate Stone, Cait Miller, Melissa McNulty, and Tom Gildersleeve ’07 join her in Tanzania this summer to climb Mount Kilimanjaro! * Aaron ’05 and Lauren Uhlmann Blazar welcomed daughter Sophie Uhlmann Blazar, born Dec. 24. Baby Sophie is looking forward to attending Colby—Class of 2034 with Dane Christensen (son of Chris and Liz Shepherd Christensen) and Tripp Hankin (son of Monty Hankin and Laura Harker). * In December Josh Montague defended his Ph.D. thesis in physics at the University of Colorado. He is now working part time as a data scientist for a Boulder technology company and finishing the writing of his thesis before his expected May graduation. Josh also enjoys seeing Erik Lambert ’04, Jess Seymour, Anders Wood ’07, Caitlin Gallagher ’07, and all the rest of the Boulder Mules. * Barbara Hough graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a master’s of music in music education in May 2012. She is currently a full-time music teacher at Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School in Haverhill, Mass., where she also leads a chorus of more than 60 students. Not only did she see Meredith Lowmaster play and win big money on Jeopardy! Oct. 17, but she got to watch it with friends, including the winner herself, Katie Packard, and Kate Lidington. * Tomas Vorobjov is living back home in Slovakia and working (remotely) with the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC), an educational outreach program based at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. In October 2012 Tomas discovered his first comet, which received a designation P/2012 T7 (Vorobjov) and was later numbered as 276P. In May/June, he’s heading back to the U.S. for a three-week road trip visiting Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Nevada, and California. * Liz Shepherd Christensen is proud to announce that Dane Tanner Christensen was born Jan. 4, weighing in at 9 pounds 14 ounces and 21.5 inches long. He is a big boy, and Liz and her husband just love having a son. * Vincenzo and Sara Booth Petrosillo welcomed their second daughter, Annika Teresa, into the world Feb. 19. Aya Costantino ’07 was an incredibly helpful and calming presence at the birth. Fellow Davis, Calif., resident Melissa Rosales Neff ’04 threw Sara a fabulous baby shower, which Aya and Andrea Linney ’07 were able to attend. Emilia Tjernstrom and Ivan Balbuzanov ’08 helped Sara and Vincenzo pick out Annika’s name and celebrated the birth with them from afar. Sara is completing her third year in UC Davis’s English Ph.D. program and will present at a conference in England in July. She and her family will spend the summer in Italy, where she will conduct archival work.
Megan Daley married Nick Chapman during the summer of 2012. Nick Miller was a groomsman. *Abe Summers and his wife welcomed a new baby daughter, their second child, Yaeli Zhang, in Beijing Jan. 14. Baby and family are doing well and planning to return to the States (Philadelphia) permanently in the coming months. * Tim Newhouse is finishing his postdoc at Harvard and will teach organic chemistry this fall at Yale. Now that he is back on the East Coast, he is hoping to stay in touch with more Colby folks and is looking forward to our 10-year reunion! *Jared and Nicole Wessen Cushman welcomed their first daughter, Hayley Daniel, Dec. 1. * Michael Walsh finished and defended his dissertation in environmental engineering and chemical oceanography and received his Ph.D. from Cornell in January. * Alana McGee’s company, Toil & Truffle, which offers trained dogs for surveys and harvesting of truffles in the Northwest, was featured on the front page of the Seattle Times Feb. 9. Alana also shared that Rich Crowley and Jessica Sattler welcomed a baby boy, Morgan Robert, to their family Feb. 7. * Melisse Hinkle started a new job in January as part of the content and social media team for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights. Though based in Boston, she recently spent time in London for a work trip, the first time she had been to London since her CBB study-abroad experience in 2003. For anyone looking for travel inspiration, Melisse also manages the U.S. Cheapflights blog at news.cheapflights.com. In her free time she still enjoys singing in the Boston-based a cappella group No Parachute. * Andrew Volk moved from Portland, Ore., to Portland, Maine, a year ago last December. He married Briana Bononcini, a senior advertising creative at VIA, on the steps of Portland (Maine) City Hall on New Year’s Eve. Additionally, he’s in the process of opening a craft cocktail bar called the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club in downtown Portland and hoping for a spring 2013 opening.
Chris Blier is engaged to Christie Driscoll, and they’re getting married Sept. 28 at the New York Yacht Club in Newport, R.I. *Rachel Tobie is marrying Shawn Potts in June in Portland, Ore., where they make their home. * Lucinda and Shawn Megill Legendre welcomed their baby boy, Robert Tyler, to the world Feb. 3. * Amina McIntyre had a play produced at the Fort Wayne Fringe Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind. * Cassandra Cote Grantham and her husband are expecting their second baby, due at the end of May. * Adam St. Pierre is still in Boulder, Colo. He and his wife are expecting a baby boy in April. For now the baby’s name is Balthazar, but that will change after he is born.Adam sees Colin Witherill regularly, when he’s not traveling the world for work or pleasure.Over Christmas he hung out with Eric Fitz, Dave Fouche, and Ed Smith in Boston for a day. Dave lives in the Bay Area, and Ed is in the process of moving back to Boston. * Nate and Laura Mistretta Kirk welcomed a baby boy, Alexander Harkins Kirk, Dec. 15. He’s just awesome and they are learning to get by with less sleep! They had a play date with baby Lochhead and baby Cassis (babies of Ryan and Grace Becker Lochhead and Caitlin Cassis, respectively). * Chris ’02 and Sarah Wright Sussman spent five months last summer hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile hiking path from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. Some wonderful trail angels, including Abigail Sussman ’09, Clifford White ’07, Devon Anderson ’09, John de Perczel, and Ryland Brooks ’07, met up with them along the way and provided sustaining food, drink, and company. * Cory ’05 and Kelly Welch Ernst welcomed their daughter, Kate Lillian, in January. They live in Portland and love being back in Maine. * John and Katie Brown Kaufmann live in Maryland and welcomed their second baby boy, Jack William, in December. He and big brother Geoffrey are happy and healthy and keeping their parents busy!
Hello, 2003! Slow quarter—which must mean that everyone is saving their news to share in person at Reunion 2013! Don’t forget, June 6-9! And if you have not already, I encourage you to visit alumni.colby.edu/give to make a gift to Colby. We hope to reach 50 percent by reunion! *Carrie Morin and her husband, Travis Peaslee, welcomed their son, Kaden Ellis, Nov. 26 (a month early!). * Sharing a birthday with Kaden is the daughter of Will and Kristen Vaughn Olson, Everett Cady. They still live in Ithaca, N.Y., where Will is chef/owner of Bandwagon Brewpub. * Ray ’01 and Laura Thomason Mazza welcomed their first child, son Zachary Quinn, into the world Jan. 6. * Nat and Jessica Wysor Chamberlin welcomed their second daughter, Anna Fabry, Jan. 7. She joins big sister Molly, who is thrilled to have a baby at home! * Scott and Rachel Merrick Maggs had a baby boy Jan. 13—Lucas Merrick. Since Lucas was born, they’ve sought advice from other Colby alum parents, like Karli Jaffe. Scott and Rachel will attend a wedding in LA in June and Pam Sawyer will watch baby Lucas. * Laura Brown Kittredge graduated from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service with an M.P.A. in nonprofit management last May. She continues to work at NYU, fundraising and building corporate partnerships for the school. In mid-January Laura and her husband, Chris, welcomed their first child—a baby girl, Avery Renee. *Michael Reilly is co-producer on feature film Greetings from Tim Buckley, which was a special presentation at TIFF and had its domestic premiere at the Tribeca Film Fest 2013. * Liz Jackson and her fiancé, David Clearwater, were in the U.S. for a month over Christmas, leaving summer in New Zealand for the snow and sub-zero temperatures of upstate New York. While here they caught up with Chelsea Hoffmann in California, Vivienne Ho in Connecticut, Christiana Salah in Massachusetts, and Cam Dufty in Idaho. * Rena Taylor had an exciting 2012: she got engaged, moved to Melbourne, Australia, and got married in New Hampshire last November! * Lindsay Tarasuk Aroesty and Kelly Patterson had a ski weekend at Okemo in Vermont and relived the wonderful old Colby days. Lindsay promised that both are going to try to make it up for reunion! * Lindsay still sees Patrick Koch and his wife, Kelly, and their two kids in Pittsburgh on a regular basis. They get a few child-free nights out on the town together every once in a while. Patrick has been working diligently to teach his daughter, McKenna, how to ski. She’s learning on the same mountain that Patrick grew up on, and she is having a blast! * Kate Ginty is in her second year of her emergency medicine residency and has already set her schedule so she’s free the weekend of reunion—well done, Ginty! She was recently engaged to her fiancé, Craig, and is looking forward to their fall 2013 wedding! * Kate Carroll graduated from law school and took a job with the U.S. Postal Service Law Department, where she practices employment and labor law. Kate still loves life in San Francisco, especially with all of the great local food and nearby hiking trails. * Katherine Jacobs sees Lauren Bliss frequently, and they’re keeping the Colby love alive in Rhode Island! * Hope everyone is looking forward to reliving the early 2000s up at Colby in June. Next stop: Mayflower Hill!
Pete Oppenheim was just promoted by Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., to be the education policy director and counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. * For the last year and a half, Todd Miner has been working as a consultant for the World Bank but living in NYC, writing about resilience to natural disasters in urban areas. Since Hurricane Sandy hit, he has gotten involved in direct disaster operations and just started as the director of an NGO called Friends of Rockaway, which is a relief, recovery, and reconstruction organization. * Piper (Elliott) ’02 and JJ Abodeely and their two kids are relocating from Seattle to Sonoma, Calif. JJ will join his business partner and will manage their boutique asset management firm. They’ll make the move after spending some time in Colorado. * Jeff and Katie Lee Fishbone welcomed a daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Ramsdell, Jan. 28. She joins her big brother, Sam, 3. * Ben Schreiner and wife Amanda welcomed their daughter, Morgan Elizabeth, Jan. 22 in NYC. * Abbie Parker and husband Frank welcomed an adorable baby boy, Frank Carlton Petz, March 5. * For the first time in 12 years, Chad Creelman happily chimed in the New Year as a Maine resident. Chad took a job with WEX in South Portland so that he and his wife could raise their son, Holden, in the great Northeast. * For Angela Makkas, 2012 was an exciting year! She started a new job at Biogen Idec in Cambridge as an HR business partner supporting part of R&D and bought a condo in Cambridge. She recently took a walk with Whitney Dayton Brunet and her cutest-ever baby, Webster, and also walked/ran right into Emily Mahlman along the river another day. Small Colby world in Boston! * Heather Olson is engaged to Jeffery Small and getting married in 2014! She’s finishing her fellowship in Boston and starting on the faculty in child neurology with subspecialty interests in epilepsy and neurogenetics at Boston Children’s Hospital this July. * Jeff ’02 and Stacie Galiger Williams welcomed Stella Bliss to their family Dec. 21. Big sisters Zoe and Grace are taking good care of her. * Michelle Farrell finished her year as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and was hired as an assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Fairfield University in Connecticut. She lives in Stamford, Conn., and heads to NYC most weekends. * Jason Meadows graduated flight school to be a Blackhawk pilot and is moving to North Carolina in May. * Robert Egleston just celebrated his one-year anniversary as the general manager for the northern region of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. * Jennifer Jost married Darren Pushor in a small ceremony near her parents’ house in Connecticut Dec. 15, 2012. The couple lives in Peoria, Ill., where Jennifer is an assistant professor of biology at Bradley University. * Lauren Schaad is making a movie about adventure travel, which debuts on her website this spring (www.laurenschaad.com). Last year she logged expeditions in Russia and Iceland, and she will travel to Africa this summer to climb Kilimanjaro.
Limi Marie Perry Bauer and her husband just had their third child, Liam Timothy, and they’re moving into a new home, which they built. Limi teaches English at the University of Applied Sciences in Wels, Austria, which she calls home. * Caitlin Smith and her husband, Ronni Turtuici, welcomed a baby girl, Pearl, May 4, 2012. They love her to pieces (hopefully only a few) and she apparently is the most adorable and wonderful addition to their family since Swiss Miss with marshmallows. Her big sister, Cleo, is also a big fan of little Pearliss, as she has been dubbed. Caitlin continues to work as a supervisor at the Department of Child Support for the sunny beach county of Santa Cruz. * Erik Crimmin’s daughter, Julia, took two steps the other day and said the word “doggie.” * Matt Janssen was named one of 35 Pennsylvania Lawyers on the Fast Track by the Legal Intelligencer law journal. * Whitney Lawton Linnenbringer and her husband had a daughter, Magdalen Jane, who joined big brothers Alexander and James Sept. 26 at 1:28 a.m., weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces. Whitney is back at work as an L&D nurse working with Jeremy Donovan’s wife, Jessica, and she frequently runs into Jeremy at the pool with his kids, Burke and Wells. * Will Barron ’01 and Karen Macke welcomed their third daughter, Adrien Arlene Barron, Jan. 15. Karen is finishing her Ph.D. in sociology at Syracuse University this summer, and Will is working for Pella Windows while competing at Scottish highland games in his spare time. * Reba Frederics has a new job as a photo researcher and now works full time from home, which is fantastic. She lives in central Mass with her boyfriend and daughter Naomi, who is 3. * Kathryn Johnson was married last October and will be in Jackson Hole for her honeymoon! She says it has been a crazy year—wedding, new job, new name, and she completed her master’s at Harvard. Looking forward to skiing with you and your husband, Kat! * Rebecca Solomon Letwin gave birth to her second baby girl Jan. 27. Henrietta Joy Letwin is doing great! The family loves living in Seattle. * Jason Stauth ’99 and Jessica Porter welcomed their second child, Conrad Thaine, Oct. 2, 2012. His big sister, Cailin, 4, is thrilled to have a baby brother to play with. They’re settling into the New England college-town lifestyle, having moved from San Francisco to Hanover, N.H., in October 2011 for Jason to take a faculty job in the Thayer Engineering School at Dartmouth. * Peter Hans, Ross Frankenfield, and Mike Siegel have been training for the Iditarod. Actually competing in the race may be a challenge, given that it is in Alaska, there is very little snow, and they don’t have any dogs or a sled. * Ashley Mandry has relocated from Scottsdale, Ariz., to Charlotte, N.C., and is engaged to a Clemson graduate, Christopher Bailey, to be married in May. They just bought a home and are settling in with two pups. * The Morgan McDevitt family continues to expand: Julia Morgan arrived Sept. 10, 2012, and her older sisters, Kathryn and Sloane, think she is the greatest toy around. With three little girls in the house, construction on Morgan’s man cave is imminent. * David Barr Kirtley’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast is now hosted by Wired.com. The show has recently featured guests including Paul Krugman, Philip Pullman, Michael Chabon, Ursula K. Le Guin, Junot Diaz, and Anne Rice. * J.R. Rudman and his wife, Stacy, welcomed a baby boy, Holden, last August. * Ben Mackay completed renovations on a 1920s log cabin in the heart of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and is now spending the majority of the year there while continuing his work in lower middle market mergers and acquisitions.
Myriam Montrat ’94 was appointed secretary-general of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Montrat previously served as director general, discrimination prevention branch, at the Canadian Human Rights Commission. *Brian Carovillano ’95 was named Asia-Pacific region news director by the Associated Press as part of a reorganization designed to integrate print, video, and photo operations. *Sean Devine ’94 was named offensive coordinator of the University of Delaware football team. * Since her success with her young adult book Bloodspell, Amalie Gosine Howard ’97 has signed three publishing deals for a total of five novels to be released in 2014 and 2015—two books with Harlequin Teen, two with Angry Robot Books, and one with Skyhorse Publishing.
Renee LaJeunesse still lives in D.C. and recently had a second baby girl, Maeve (born Sept. 26), who joins big sister Eleanor, 3 1/2. * Karena Bullock Bailey, who moved to Riverside, Conn., last spring and is back working for Glamour Magazine part time handling special events, has two boys: Silas, almost 9 months, and Noah, who is definitely rocking the 2s. * Kevin and Valerie Russo Reddall and big brother Miles welcomed Isla Stewart to the family Oct. 26. Kevin continues to work in an outpatient mental health clinic and recently opened a private psychotherapy practice in Melrose, Mass., where they reside. * Randi Martin Bakken had a beautiful baby girl Oct. 12, Riley Nicole Bakken. She is a spirited little one with huge blue eyes, giant cheeks, and reddish hair. Randi is currently the science chair at Marin Academy, a private high school in San Rafael, Calif. * On Jan. 18 Ali Mian’s wife, Elise, had their first baby, a boy: Noah James Mian! They reside in Chicago, where she’s a pathologist, but they will return to New England in July when Ali will start a radiology residency at Yale. * Mark and Hillary Lerch Gibson had a baby Nov. 19, Jackson Jones Gibson. They enjoy living in Portland, Ore., and are counting down the days until summer when the sun will shine. Laura Hurley visited the Gibsons last summer and gave Jackson his first Deschutes Brewery onesie. * Ashley and Alex Quigley welcomed their fourth child, Evan Arthur, Dec. 16. * Crans Baldwin and his wife, Rachel, live in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Crans teaches in the creative writing department at UNC. * Brian and Alexis Azar Posnanski welcomed baby Harry Thomas Jan. 17. He joins his big brothers, Owen, 4, and Griffin, 3. * JP Lipton got married last September to Krysta Andring. They’re expecting, due Aug. 19, and are waiting to find out if Abby, 9, and Owen, 4, will have a new baby brother or sister. * Kevin and Chrissy Barnett Miller welcomed their first child, daughter Mai Elizabeth Miller, Dec. 22. They both enjoy parenthood and living in the D.C. area. This spring Chrissy hopes to travel to Japan to introduce their daughter to her Japanese family. In October Chrissy visited Courtney Smith Eisenberg, who expected a boy in February. * Kim Cheah and her partner, Erik Richardson, were expecting their first baby girl. Kim is still in Kuala Lumpur but is headed to Singapore in May to be associate dean of students at Yale-NUS (National University of Singapore), Asia’s first liberal arts college. Kim reports that she hasn’t seen too many Colby friends recently, but in November she did host Colby Education Professor Adam Howard, who is writing a book during his sabbatical year and featuring one of Kim’s students. * Keep the news coming! And start planning for our (big gulp) 15th reunion next summer!
Karl Dahlfred is living in Bangkok, Thailand, teaching church history at Bangkok Bible Seminary and helping with editorial and translation work at Kanok Bannasan (OMF Publishers Thailand), which produces Christian books in Thai. Last year Karl published a book called Theology Drives Methodology (www.amazon.com/dp/1481994220/). * Congratulations to Jesse Carlson and Jane Brodsky, who welcomed their daughter, Orly Stone Carlson, into the world July 6, 2012. * Kate Westhaver’s second son, Benjamin, was born Oct. 25, 2012. He and older brother Alexander are doing great. Kate, her husband, Eric, and the boys headed to Israel in March, where Eric will do research on arts education. The only disappointment is that they won’t return until the end of June, so she’ll miss reunion. “I’m sad that I won’t be there, but I’ll definitely be thinking of everyone on reunion weekend!” * Graham Quigley became a licensed acupuncturist in September 2012 after four years of graduate school. He has a practice working with people and animals in Oakland, Calif. * Brian Gill, Dave Dodwell, Pete Felmly, Dave Gustafson ’99, Greg Noblet, Andrew Littell, Jon Foster, and Jon’s brother Timmy Foster convened in February for the second annual W.O.S. in Fort Lauderdale, where Pete Felmly was awarded best artwork. * Derek Luke reports that not much has changed with him since November 2012. Their Thomas Tew rum has now moved into many other states, including Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland, as well as D.C. Derek will be at reunion with a beer tent. * Alex Howard still lives on Capitol Hill and works as the Washington correspondent for O’Reilly Media, covering the intersection of government, technology, and society. Alex’s work took him all over the world last year, from Zanzibar to Moldova to Brazil to the White House to the hot seat on Al Jazeera and NPR. Alex won’t be able to attend reunion for the happiest of reasons—he and his wife, Amanda, are expecting their first child in early June. * Laurel Hart and her husband, Scott Willey ’96, had their first baby, a little girl, Katrine Luna Willey, born Jan. 18.
As I write the news of the Class of 1997, I’m saddened to start on a somber note. I’m sure that many of you have heard already, it is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Todd McGovern’s passing. Todd fought a long and courageous battle against colorectal cancer, and in the meantime he and his wife, Amanda, founded an amazing organization called Seas It. This organization has a mission to aid cancer patients in their fight by providing financial aid for recreational activities. Visit www.seasit.org to learn more about Todd’s legacy. Several classmates who sent their news this quarter attached a note of condolence, best expressed by Amalie Gosine Howard, who wrote, “I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Todd McGovern, and although we did not keep in touch after Colby, I will always remember his smile, one that he was quick to share with everyone. My deepest condolences to his family. From what I’ve read, he was a fighter to the end and an inspiration to all battling any form of cancer.” Amalie has three children, Connor, 8, Noah, 6, and Olivia, 3, and she lives in New York, with a plan to move to Australia soon! * Zahid Chaudhary teaches in the English department at Princeton and received tenure last year. Congratulations to Zahid! * Julie Lovell Dunlap started her master’s degree at University of Maryland School of Nursing to become a family nurse practitioner and hopes to graduate in the spring of 2015. Julie writes, “Home life, kids, school, and work are an interesting combination for time management for sure! Heading to Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies this June with my family as well to celebrate life and grandpa turning 70! Anyone have any must-do hikes? We are super excited!” * Jenny Higgins, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, was at Colby in February presenting the annual Kingsley Birge Lecture titled “What’s Love Got To Do With It? Reflections on Pleasure, Gender, and Sexual Health.” Jenny is a fourth-generation Colby alum. * I also heard from Denise Mailloux Bowden, who lives in San Francisco with her husband, Jon ’95, and their son, Wyeth, 3 1/2. They’re expecting their second son in late June and are beginning to think about a move to suburbia. Writes Denise, “We’re all excited about the new addition, but I can’t help but see the irony; I was a women’s studies major (and psychology). I guess my lot is to raise evolved, thoughtful boys. ... I can live with that for sure, but the next animal we take in MUST be a female. : )” * Speaking of California, my family and I just got back from a trip to Southern California, where we were able to visit my dear friend Mary Hofmann Henriques, her husband, Weyron, and their two boys, Aidan, 7, and Timothy, 3. Mary lives in Pasadena, and she works part time as a grant writer for a local nonprofit that serves the community. While we soaked in the sun on her back patio, our children, Owen, 4, and Evelyn, 2, played happily with her children, as if they were old friends as well! Leaving the cold and snow behind for a week, it felt like we had found a bit of paradise in Mary’s backyard. It was so, so wonderful to see you, Mary! * That’s it for now. Please, please send more news!
This issue of class notes is brought to you by the Gravity Research Foundation: working tirelessly to turn off the gravity once and for all. * Kristen Drake Patterson celebrated her 10th wedding anniversary by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. She and her hubby made it to the summit and then spent two days recovering on the beach in Zanzibar before returning home to their two boys, ages 6 1/2 and 2 1/2. * Danielle LeGrand Stubblefield spent the last eight months in Nicaragua for her husband’s sabbatical, dealing arms and kicking Sandinista ass! Her daughters, Eva, 8, and Aleta, 4, attend a local school while she is volunteering, a break from her work in community food systems policy. DLS recently caught up with Sarah Hare Vetter, occasionally visits Patty Abbott Arnow and her family in Boulder, Colo., and should be delighted to learn about Kristen Drake Patterson’s ascent of Mt. K. Holla! * Brian ‘94 and Rima Lathrop Carlson saw Karen Bossie and Chad Sisson, Jorma Kurry ‘93, and John Dunbar ‘95 during the China Lake Triathlon last summer. After the race they went and ate Chad and Karen’s pet pig. * George Samuels failed again at fantasy baseball and football this past year. Countless Colby guys took George behind the woodshed, including James Cerwinski ’95, Kevin McNulty ’97, Ben Waite ’95, and Ezra Fowler ’97. If you are interested in joining his league, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You too can take George’s money! * Aran Ryan shares that in August he had breakfast with Mark Vigoroso in Atlanta. Mark and his wife recently welcomed their third child, and Mark recently joined Atlanta-based NCR Corp. Aran writes that Vigoroso “ate everything in sight” at their breakfast, including an estimated metric ton of sausage. In October Aran had a giant glass of milk with Alex Roth in Washington, D.C. Alex hasn’t lost his edge and keeps a healthy skepticism—probably good for someone living in D.C. * Then, in January, Aran visited Erik and Michelle Torrens Gustavson in Los Angeles. The Gustavsons found the Maine version of LA, with a house that has hike-in hike-out access to the local trail network. The Gustavsons have their hands full with three growing boys. And when not flying around the country and collecting (essentially) my entire class notes column, Aran lives in Philadelphia and welcomes any visitors—including and especially Alvaro J. Madrid ’97.
Christopher Shore, his wife, Margaret, and their daughter, Lillian, celebrated son/brother Spencer’s first birthday Feb. 15. Chris and Margaret have been working at nonprofit art organizations for the past 10 years. * After working for 13 years at Millennium, Alice Amstutz McDonald now leads the translational biomarker program at Epizyme in Cambridge, Mass. Her husband, Greg ’94, works in the institutional marketing group of HarbourVest. She occasionally sees Pat Regan ’94 during her commute and Frank Favaloro ’96, who works for Ensemble Theraputics in Cambridge. Alice’s daughters, 7 and 10, enjoy school in Swampscott, Mass., and are taking up lacrosse, which somehow led to Alice becoming the head of the girls’ town league and a coach for first and second graders. “Life is busy but good; I just wish we had a chance to catch up with more Colby friends!” * Matthew Muszala married Carolyn Bensley of Madison, N.J., Sept. 22. Colby attendees included Brent McLean, Matthew ’96 and Sarah Gurtman Chisholm, Megan Campbell ’94, Michael ’92 and Michelle Tupesis Gorra ’92, and Todd ’97 and Tanya Semels Brylinsky ’97. Carolyn and Matthew split time between NYC and Washington, Conn., where Mike Gorra ’92 runs the town hockey program and Matt and Laura Eanes Martin ’94 help with the learn-to-skate program. Matt recently met up with Scott Higgins, John Stanley, Brett Nardini ’96, and John Utley ’94 at Walker’s in TriBeCa to watch the Rangers play the Bruins. * Michelle Grdina, Alyson Angino Germain, Alisa Masson, Sandra Jewers Dow, Jen Benwood Saam, Marissa Shaw Glowac, Michelle Wyemura Parker, and Kelly Spooner Lombardi spent MLK weekend together in Las Vegas. Many Colby memories were shared and new ones made! Michelle also caught up with Rachel Sotir Aslett in January. Rachel and her husband, Mark, live in Winchester, Mass., with their three daughters.
Sally Zimmerli and Tim Seston hail from Concord Academy in Concord, Mass., where they live with their three boys, Charlie, 8, Luke, 4, and Owen, 4. Both Sally and Tim coach at the school, and Sally is a history teacher there. This past fall, along with the Concord Academy Athletic Council, the family was involved with the Chandler Bowl for Changing Lives, a fundraising event to raise awareness about cerebral palsy, which affects their son Luke. Tim recently recorded his first CD, Wake the Imagination. Tim has been entertaining children with original stories and songs on a part-time basis for the past seven years (www.frompagetoplay.com). Tim writes, “We keep in regular touch with Colby friends and have enjoyed meeting other alumni throughout the years. Likewise we’ve enjoyed the smiles of our own students as they apply to and choose Colby. Wishing all our classmates the best as we hit that 20-year milestone and have adjusted to life over 40.” * Mark Radcliffe is now on his fifth year in New York, happily living in the West Village, and still an ad writer by day and a singer/songwriter by night. Mark writes, “Have just completed a new novel called Misadventures in Matchmaking (looking for an agent!) and am trying to complete a new album by June or so.” * Reena Chandra Rajpal is the director of development for the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH). She has a joint appointment with the UWSMPH and the University of Wisconsin Foundation (UWF). At UWF, Reena is part of the Medical Advancement Group, which oversees development for the UWSMPH, UW hospital and clinics, American Family Children’s Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Waisman Center. * Kim Carlson McGee and husband Jamie celebrated their 15th anniversary and welcomed daughter Elsa Soderman McGee in September 2012. Elsa joins brother Hugh, 2, and sister Annelise, 7. Kim and family live in Mystic, Conn., where Kim practices law part time while enjoying the job of full-time mother. Kim says, “It is a challenging yet wonderful balance. My very best wishes to all.” * Jeff Zlot was named one of the Top 1,000 Advisors in America by Barron’s. This is his second consecutive appearance on the Barron’s Top 1,000 list. Jeff is a managing director at the Presidio Group LLC, which he cofounded in 1997. * Wondering if they still serve veggie burgers in Foss Dining Hall? Andrew Nemiccolo would like to know, too! Last summer, Andrew moved from Kansas City to Half Moon Bay, Calif., with his two kids, Noah, 10, and Chaya Grace, 8. Andrew has his own business, Seven Story Learning, which helps businesses use client success stories for sales and marketing. Andrew is looking forward to seeing classmates on campus at our 20th reunion. * Dev Tandon’s first trip back to Colby since graduation will be our upcoming 20th reunion. Dev is currently an entrepreneur living in New York City with his wife and two daughters. His latest company, Trunkt, was acquired by Etsy last year. He now works at Etsy as part of the senior management team building new products and services. * The next column will be full of news from our 20th reunion. If you haven’t already made your plans, you still have time to get yourself to Mayflower Hill for June 7, 8, and 9. See you there!
Chris Malcomb lives in Berkeley, Calif., where he teaches middle school English and runs an organization called the Mindful Writer (mindfulwriter.org), which offers mindfulness meditation and creative-writing workshops for adults. He continues to publish his personal essays and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. “I’ve never married and have no children but have had some wonderful relationships, survived cancer, become an uncle, and traveled in Korea, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Scotland, France, and Italy.” He has also taken up gong-fu-cha, Chinese tea service, and studies with a tea master in San Francisco’s Chinatown. * Whitney Adams Ward, a recent graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City, is practicing as a holistic health coach for Live Well (live-well.me) in Hingham, Mass. “I guide women and men to make better food and lifestyle choices in order to reach their health goals. It has been a very fulfilling experience.” * At the end of 2012 Jim Conrad wrapped up a successful career at Allianz Capital Partners in Germany and is currently enjoying teaching his three children to ski, fly fish, and play tennis. * Amy Vreeland Dow and her husband welcomed daughter Ava Jan. 10 and are enjoying the first stages of parenthood. During the holidays Amy saw Katie Drowne, who was visiting from her home in Missouri, and Karen Santoro, who lives in Connecticut. “This has become an annual dinner occasion and a great chance for the three of us to reminisce and catch up on each other’s lives.” Amy and her family live in Newton, Mass. * Kelly Wenger wrote from Oregon: “It is imperative for Portlanders to get out of the rain in February, so Eric, Finnegan, 6, Copeland, 3, and I escaped for a few days to the Big Island in Hawaii. We took a helicopter ride over an active volcano and saw amazing turtles on a black-sand beach. As left coasters, we have a new goal to make this an annual trip! An added bonus was seeing Jess Maclachlan Hall and her lovely daughter, Anna, who are lucky (and smart) enough to live in such a beautiful place.” * Jen Jarvis McLin checked in from Lausanne, Switzerland, her home for the past 12 years. After more than a decade working for nonprofits in the fields of both health and the environment, she has resigned from her position as director of global partnerships for an international NGO in Geneva and is filling her time—and then some—keeping up with her children, Liam, 10, and Tessa, 5, and their chocolate Labrador puppy, Mokka. She says, “this has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life; so far, no regrets.” As of May, Jen will be a certified health coach, having studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. At Christmastime, Jen traveled to Hanover, N.H., to celebrate with her parents and her two sisters. While there, she visited with Alice Johnson Handwerk and her children, Lillian and Phoebe. “By the end of this 24-hour visit, which happens every year or two, Tessa reminded Alice’s girls that they will always be best friends. So, perhaps they will end up rooming together at Colby one day!” * In January I caught up with Anne Maddocks Michels and her youngest son, Alex, on a beach in southern California. Our time together was short and sweet (and unseasonably cold), but visits with good friends—no matter how brief—are always a treat. * And finally, hats off to Wylie Dufresne who wrote from NYC to say, “It is an exciting time for us! In addition to celebrating wd~50’s 10-year anniversary in April, we are in the process of opening a second restaurant, Alder, in the East Village.” * Please continue to stay in touch!
Greetings, classmates! It’s time for the news again! * The biggest news (in case you haven’t read it elsewhere) is that our very own Andrea Nix Fine and her husband, Sean, won an Academy Award for their documentary film Inocente. She and Sean were also at Sundance with another of their films, Life According to Sam. * I first heard about Andrea’s nomination through a note from Libby Marsh. In addition to the Oscar news, Libby wrote that she and husband Adam now have two children—second daughter Nora turned 1 in January. Nora’s sister, Beatrice, is now 4. They’re still living in San Francisco, and Libby works for Human Rights Watch. * Steve Witherell finished his M.B.A. in management from FIT and is eagerly looking forward to a new chapter in his life. * Katherine (Cole) ’90 and Jack Aydelott took a three-week trip to Italy last August with stops in Venice, Tuscany, and the Dolomites. Lots of hiking and running. Katherine completed two 5K races and Jack completed two Warrior Dashes, one in Connecticut and one in New Hampshire, and the Tough Mudder at Mt. Snow, Vt. * In a sort of mini reunion, Kay Cowperthwait and Trish Biros Mitchell went to Colby Jan. 18-20 for the women’s ice hockey alumnae game commemorating 40 years of women’s ice hockey at Colby. Kay stayed with Jen Holsten ‘90 and said it was wonderful to meet the alums from the ’70s who helped start the program and to hear about their experiences. Trish reported that it meant the world to her to share the ice again with ’91 co-captain Kay and that after 17 years of not revisiting Colby’s campus and 15 years of not lacing up her skates, the weekend was a blast! She said, “I was more of a pylon than a defenseman, but it was exhilarating being out there! I only wish more of the women I skated with were there! So, ladies from ’87 to ’91, please consider skating in the next alumni game! I’d love to see you all again!” * There were two notes from classmates in Canada. Jenna Hartel checked in by e-mail. She is now a permanent resident of Canada and a professor on the Faculty of Information (iSchool) of the University of Toronto. In 2013-14 she will be on sabbatical and plans to spend time at her seaside cottage near Portland, Maine, and to visit universities in Europe. As always, she is in touch with Hilary Greene, who lives happily with her husband, Seth, and son, Declan, in a big farmhouse in Williamstown, Mass. Hilary is director of a social service agency in the area of settlement and also the coach of the high school cross-country ski team. According to Jenna, world-traveler Brent Willey continues to work as an international educational consultant in exotic locations such as Finland, Nepal, and Tibet. * Tris Hussey still lives and works in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. After a stint as editor-in-chief at iPhoneHacks.com, he’s now the social media and communications manager at SoMedia Networks. He’s also working on his fourth book, Sam’s Teach Yourself WordPress Themes in 24 Hours, and planning his fifth book, Absolute Beginners Guide to WordPress. * As for yours truly, I recently returned from a trip to California to meet my newest nephew, Blake. It’s nice to have parents and brothers in four different states; it presents lots of opportunities for travel and visits! We went to the beach and boardwalk at Santa Cruz, walked through Natural Bridge State Park, and just enjoyed time with family. Back at home, I wait anxiously for the start of another dive season. * Thanks to everyone who wrote! I hope to hear from more classmates for our next column. Remember, YOU make this column interesting, and there are friends out there who would love to hear from you.
Randall Yarlas lives in Mansfield, Mass., with his wife and daughter. He is a portfolio manager at PanAgora Asset Management in Boston. He keeps in touch with Dave Weissman, who lives in Phoenix, Ariz., and Dan Forman, who is in San Francisco. He gives a shout-out to classmates Jon Thompson and Dave Strecker and hopes both are doing well. * Holly Peirce sent greetings from her home in Barbados. She, husband Sean Pratt, and their son are getting ready to transfer from U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to U.S. Embassy Mexico City this summer. While sad to leave the sun, beaches, and surfing, they’re excited to return to Mexico and be closer to Jackson Hole for skiing. * Matt Hancock was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame last May, in recognition of his basketball accomplishments. * Maria Elena “Muggy” Gravano Whelan frequently gets together with Dan Forman in NYC. She and husband Chris Whelan ’88 live in Westfield, N.J., and the oldest of their three daughters will apply to Colby in the fall. They had a great time last Thanksgiving when Martha Walsh and family visited. * Tom McClintock lives in Colorado Springs and loves it there. He attended the Colby bicentennial roadshow when it came to Denver last November and now looks forward to helping out with future Colby events. He keeps in touch with Eileen McGrath McGuire, Dave Coleman, Franc-Eric Wiedmer, and Dan Spurgin, among others. * Matt Ovios was promoted to captain and selected to take command of the Navy base in Sasebo, Japan. The base is home to the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed amphibious ships. Matt expects to head out to Japan sometime in the next year. * Sarah Hayne Reilly checked in from Darien, Conn., where she and her husband have three sons that span from high school down to elementary school. She hopes that Sue Beevers Seem is hard at work planning next summer’s mini reunion. * Emilie Davis Kosoff will deejay again next summer and hopefully has been practicing at student dances at Lawrenceville School in N.J., where she lives with her husband and two kids. * Erica Hoffmeister Supple lives in her hometown of Needham, Mass., and returned to teaching first grade this year. She often sees Mike Eisenstadt and even plays some tennis with him from time to time! She was looking forward to an upcoming trip to St. Louis to visit and catch up with Elaine Kaufman Goldman. * Ellen Langford divides her time between Jackson, Miss., and New Orleans. She and her partner, Amanda, have two fantastic young sons. Ellen paints full time and sells her work at several galleries throughout the South. She keeps in frequent touch with Tom Sherry, Mark LaPointe ’91, and their partners and sons.
Catherine Fiske Liston ’80 was appointed chief operating officer of disability for Prudential Group Insurance. *Mark Leondires ’86 was selected for Best Doctors in America 2013, which represents the top 5 percent of physicians nationwide as chosen through a peer review. Leondires is the medical director and lead infertility doctor at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut. * Senior wealth manager George Padula ’87 was named a partner in Modera Wealth Management, LLC. * After 31 years of coaching basketball at Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, Mike McGee ’82 retired with 350 wins, five Eastern Class A titles, and two state championships.
Rose Marie del Rio ’87, of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, never actually applied to Colby. But she spent her youth in a series of business ventures (“I was always selling stuff around the neighborhood,” she said), planned on studying business in college. The fact that Colby didn’t have a business major turned out to be a very good thing.
Del Rio flunked out of her first accounting class and graduated with a major in economics, much preferring sweeping macro systems to balance sheets. After two years working in the public sector (first for the Bolivian Ministry of Finance, then for the International Monetary Fund) and a few more years as a loan officer in a commercial bank (where, industry culture being what it was, she says, there was little room for advancement), del Rio was ready to return to the United States and take another shot at accounting.
She applied to Harvard Business School and again to USAID for funding. Out of the blue came a call from the U.S. Embassy. Ambassador Robert Gelbard ’64 was so excited to see another Colby grad cross his desk that he wanted to give her the good news in person.
Harvard gave her more than a degree. It turned del Rio on to kettle-fried potato chips in Massachusetts via reading a case study on Cape Cod Chips. Looking back, she said, “It seemed so simple. It’s just a little machine, and you fry your chips, and you brand your chips, and you sell ’em.”
Del Rio returned to Santa Cruz, used her experience as a loan officer to secure start-up capital, bought her kettle fryers, and hasn’t looked back. The first bag of her company’s Chippitas brand potato chips sold on April 12, 1994, and they’ve been selling steadily ever since. “People here still question the fact that I am not an engineer,” she said, describing all of the machinery that goes into making a bag of chips. “But my education in the liberal arts—it’s like, you can do anything.”
Some weeks are better than others, but kettle frying gives her workers (the Chippitas factory has 16 employees) enough control to make a consistent product out of inconsistent materials—and her customers tend to like the heavier chips better, anyway.
Del Rio says she didn’t go to Colby to become the potato chip queen of Santa Cruz. But, she says, “What I got from Colby is that you’re always learning stuff, and everything you learn is useful sometime.”
Happy 200th birthday to Colby! I hope you all celebrated, as I did, by trying unsuccessfully to convince your offspring to wear Colby T-shirts to school. * In the category of “I never get invited to anything,” Kevin Powers reports that he and a group of friends—Brian Batting, Byrne Decker, Peter Reed, Pat Hanssen, Jon MacBride, Scott Allen ’90, Chris Connelly ’90, and Eric Albano ’92—have been getting together every fall since 1997 to go to a college football game. This past October they were in Madison (which, I note, is only a few hours from where I, a big college football fan, live), and next year they’ll be watching the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. If you come up to Minneapolis, Kevin, you guys had better look me up. * At least Kaari Busick has a good excuse for not visiting. She moved from Chicago to Juneau, Alaska, in January and is working for the state of Alaska. Kaari reminded me that next summer (2014) is our 25th reunion. Scary! * Nancy Spellman was laid off in October, but by the time the layoff took effect she had lined up a new job, working as a graphic designer for Nutiva, a producer of organic, sustainable food products. Life is good. * Lane Wilkinson also has a new job—as product line manager at Classic Accessories. Lane and his wife live in Seattle, and Lane continues to race bicycles and cross-country ski, and he has taken up ski jumping. Lane recently ran into Will Spiess in Seattle, and they’re planning a get-together with other Seattle-area 1989ers. * I don’t know whether Tracy Gionfriddo will have dug herself out of her new house in Wethersfield, Conn., by the time this is published. From the look of the snow piles in the pics she sent me, after what I like to call the Birthday Blizzard (my birthday is Feb. 8—write it on your calendars!), she may be housebound until spring. You folks on the East Coast can blame Tracy for the storm; she thought about buying a snow blower when she bought the new house but decided she wouldn’t need one. * We have more than one budding politician in our midst: Carolyn Lockwood was elected as a city councilor in Bath, Maine. (Yes, Carolyn, that certainly does count as news!) * Dave and Cindy Cohen Fernandez and two of their daughters were on the Garden State Parkway in Jersey when they ran into Bill Thayer. (I’m hoping they were at a rest area and didn’t actually crash.) Bill is in the fashion business, something many of us might find ironic. According to Dave, Bill tries to get his daughter to come with him on business trips, but she won’t because she doesn’t want to miss school. Bill’s attitude is that “school is just a speed bump on the road of life; don’t take it too seriously.” Now that sounds like the Bill Thayer I know. * Diane Pearce Kew insists on making me feel old by telling me that she and David ’90 have been married 22 years and that their older child is in high school and the younger one isn’t far behind. Diane teaches high school English in the Lewiston, Maine, school system, so she works near Bates and lives near Bowdoin, in Brunswick. I hope you wear Colby gear nonstop! They recently bought a camp on East Pond in Oakland, so they have visited Colby a few times. I’m still waiting for my invitation to the summer house. * Diane did tell me I should write more about myself, but really, my life is pretty darn boring. Family, house, work, crazy border collie—you’ve all heard it a million times. But if you find yourself in Minnesota, I expect a call. And I hope to see you all June 5-8, 2014, at Colby!
Rob Young lives in Holliston, Mass., and works assisting the management of the Massachusetts Deferred Compensation Plan. He’s worked with this retirement plan for state and municipal employees for 15 years. Rob is in training for his fifth Boston Marathon, which conveniently has its starting line near his hometown! In addition to work and recreation, Rob has traveled multiple times during the past seven years to assist with rebuilding communities in Haiti and along the Gulf Coast. Rob’s three children, Jesse, 15, Maggie, 12, and Grace, 10, are a constant source of pride and good fun. * Suzanne MacLachlan Fletcher has launched a blog as a first step toward getting back into writing (her pre-children profession). Suzanne says, “It’s still a work in progress, but take a look if you’d like:” wetdogmuddyboots.blogspot.com. * Toby and Vickie Caron Bell live in Cumberland, Maine, where they “seem to have dropped their anchor for a while.” Toby and Vickie, along with kids Harrison, 11, and Carson, 9, took the trip of a lifetime last summer to the kids’ birth country, South Korea. The Bells traveled with 15 other families from around the United States and covered quite a bit of South Korea. They met wonderful people, relished great food, had terrific cultural experiences, and created many, many happy memories. The entire family wants to go back! While Toby and Vickie regularly see a number of Colby people in their area, they are really looking forward to seeing lots of classmates at the 25th. * Bert Languet lives with his wife, Sara, in the Waterville area. Bert recently enjoyed being chief volunteer in the first annual Maine Pond Hockey Classic on China Lake, which was organized by Patrick Guerette of the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville, with proceeds benefitting the youth center. The group is looking to expand this successful event next year. Bert, a certified financial planner, was recently selected as the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce Business Professional of 2012 and was to be honored at a ceremony in April. All three Languet children play hockey: 1-year-old Jose, Gaby, 14, and Josh, 11. Sara and Bert spend a good deal of time running around Maine attending hockey games! * From Massachusetts Ellen Meigs writes of recent travels with husband Paul Carchedi. Ellen and Paul had always wanted to visit Yellowstone National Park and were able to do just that this past fall. They stayed in Big Sky, Mont., and traveled the hour south to visit Yellowstone. Ellen writes that it was quite a week of adventures. They enjoyed swerving around bison and antelope that had assembled in the middle of the road and getting caught in a snowstorm in the Grand Tetons. The couple ate French fries in Idaho and managed to drink beer on a saddle barstool without falling off in Jackson Hole, Wyo. It was a week of traveling through three states and managing an economy rental car in a boatload of snow! Ellen told her husband that the next vacation needed to be someplace warm. Ellen is happy to report that St. Martin is already booked! * Turnout at reunion is shaping up to be strong; looking forward to seeing old classmates, having new laughs about old events, and sharing all of our different stories from the post-Mayflower years. Safe travels.
May I offer you a fresh cup of news? My pleasure! * Elizabeth Warren Bogo says, “This fall, like thousands of other parents, we dropped our daughter off at a college 1,000 miles from our home in Grand Rapids, Mich. It felt familiar since Holly was beginning her experience as a freshman at Colby! [Never heard of it.] The campus felt the same—the friendliness, the unique aroma of Dana, and the Lorimer Chapel ceremony. The differences that struck me were all the impressive new construction, seemingly more diverse student body, and that Colby had finally, proudly embraced the White Mule. [Not literally, of course.] We stayed with RB Klinkenberg in Vermont several times. His children may be skiing more than RB. I had fun seeing Sara Bengur in NYC and learning about her interior design business. I’ve also spotted Eric Green and family during our trips. Jeanne Morrison Cook and I had a blast visiting colleges with her oldest, David, a freshman at Dartmouth, and my two daughters, Holly (Colby) and Martha (Colgate). Most summers we are fortunate to see Ned Scheetz and family in northern Michigan and Mitch Cook and clan in Grand Haven. If anyone’s out this way, please be in touch.” * Mitzi Thurber Carleton writes, “You may not remember that older lady taking classes with you in French and literature. [Mitzi, I barely remember where I left my keys.] My big news is that Fred and I joined the Kendal at Hanover Retirement Community a month ago. It is a stimulating environment, and we’re making the necessary adjustments with our cat, Ringo Starr, and dog, Shanti. My grandson, Nick Archibald, Mike Archibald’s son, will be a freshman at Colby next September! * Jeff Russell “finally put his airplane on skis for the season. [I’ll observe from down here, thanks.] The day after, temperatures hit 53 and daisies popped up outside the hangar. Eventually the snow gods were appeased and a blizzard hit town.” * EJ Perry is “always excited to see fellow classmates, like Steve Sanborn. We both work for Andover Public Schools and interact more now because Steve was promoted to head of the science curriculum for the district. I still teach fifth graders. [And I still act like one, EJ.] Steve occasionally observes and offers science demonstrations. I’m also the Andover High football coach. We went 10-1 this year, won the league title, and made the playoffs. I also bumped into Tim O’Donnell, who runs his own business, Interrate, in Woburn. I’ve never left Andover, remarkably living here for 48 years and raising my three wonderful children, Julia, 16, EJ, 14, and little Will, 8. I’ve been married to Kathleen for 17 years on April 14. I see lots of Colby people in town, including my sister, Grace Perry Shepley ’97, and her husband, Chris Shepley ’98, whose son, Chris, attends my elementary school. Katie Butler Wakana ’09 used to teach with me at West Elementary in Andover until she married and relocated to D.C.” * Christopher Fay writes, “I’m getting married in April. Looking forward to my eldest son going to college this fall. See Brian Kennedy, Keith Jones, Matt Mahon on occasion.” [A man of few, but impactful, words.] * Tristram Korten says, “My family and I spent the past year at U. Michigan, Ann Arbor. I was named a Knight-Wallace Fellow, which allows mid-career journalists to study whatever they want for the year. [May I suggest studying mid-career journalists?] Fellows travel to Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and Turkey to meet politicians, new people, etc. Normally, we live in Miami, so this is the first time my girls, Kiara, 7, and Niamh, 5, saw snow or went sledding and skating. I’m using this time to research a book. So, 25 years after trekking across a snow-covered campus to history class, I’m now trekking across a snow-covered campus to history class!” * I will now trek across a rug-covered floor to e-mail this. Peace!
Lots of news this time, and I’m struck by the variety. * Sally Jaffe Curley loves Columbus, Ohio, where she is an investor relations SVP at Cardinal Health. Husband David is a Bentley University history professor, commuting weekly to Boston during the academic year. It must work well, as they’ll soon celebrate their 17th anniversary! Sally is very involved with the Columbus Zoo, where she has fantastic experiences including playing with four six-week-old cheetahs. * In Portland, Ore., David Landau is a project manager for an energy contractor in solar and mechanical systems. For play he paddles for the Bridge City dragon boat club and enjoys the wilds of the Northwest. Oregon is “like Maine, but with less snow and more craft beer!” * James Campbell is the newest member of the Belvedere, Calif., city council, representing several Colby alums including Glen ’57 and Gabriella Krebs Isaacson ’57, Catherine Beaulieu ‘77, Marianne Campbell ’87, and Matthew Frymier ’90. * David Epstein has a weather and gardening blog for Boston.com and PressHerald.com, and he finished his eighth Colby Jan Plan teaching meteorology. He and husband Mark bought a cabin in Harpswell, Maine, and invite classmates to visit or rent. * Deb Pernice Duffy teaches preschool and had her first short story, “Second Shift,” published in The Inside Mag, available online. Deb and Joe’s second child is off to the University of Maryland. Though Deb didn’t convince her first two southern-raised children to consider Colby, daughter Caroline now starts the college search with Maggie not far behind, so she holds out hope! * Lila Hopson Monahan’s daughter Cassandra will head to the University of Maryland at College Park in the fall. After a New Orleans conference, Lila flew home via Tampa and spent three awesome days with Cindy Castro-Minnehan and family. “It was as if we were roommates just a short time ago, instead of 26 years!” Lila also ran into Judy Swift Fairfull recently. * Four years ago Mike Shauck left the auto industry corporate world to join wife Jane in their business, IRIS Photography. When he wrote, they were opening a studio in West Hartford Center, shooting Fashion Week in New York, and preparing a shoot for the New York Mets. Mike, who lives in West Hartford, Conn., saw Cabot Philbrick and family last fall. * After a nine-month Guantanamo Bay deployment, Andy Docherty and family spent the holidays in California and caught up with Gretchen Bean Lurie. Now back at Ft. Belvoir, Va., Andy stays in touch with Phil Sundel, who lives in the area. * Chris Engstrom and I had an extended mini-reunion of sorts recently. First Colette Cote and her 14-year-old son, Nathan, came for an overnight. Of note, mom and teenage son agree that having Nathan attend Birch Rock Camp in Waterford, Maine, with director Rich Deering was one of her best decisions ever. A few days later, we had a mouth-watering lamb dinner with plenty of beverages at the gorgeous Boston loft of Tom Ponti ’85 and Steve Barbour ’84, along with Eric Pendleton. Eric joined an impromptu brunch at our house with Kathy Reynolds Dunn and her husband, Doug, who were in Boston for the weekend, which was so fun that brunch morphed into drinks and dinner out! * We’ve had some serious sadness over the past year—we lost Chris’s only brother last April after a debilitating illness and then lost his mother to pancreatic cancer in January. My mom, Alta Estabrook Yelle ’41, suffered a broken hip last November, and we are now moving her into assisted living near us. I recently took down the holiday cards, including many wonderful cards from Colby friends, including Brent and Jill Stasz Harris, Christian Barner, Elise McDonough Gardner, Anne (Clarke) ’87 and Ted Wolff, Isabel Wells, and Eve Ermer and Scott Russell ’83. * A special shout-out to David Quillen, who sent the only hand-written full-page letter we received! He’s doing well as a doctor in Gainesville, Fla., with wife Amy and their three kids. * No matter how you reach out, I love hearing from each and every one of you. It is the power of friendship that keeps us going. Keep the news coming!
It was a packed house at the Copley Plaza for alumni and parents at Colby’s bicentennial party in Boston in February. It was great to catch up with so many classmates. It felt like a family reunion—if you grew up with 600 siblings! Thanks to all who organized a fantastic night! * Sean Padgett spent Super Bowl weekend in Park City, Utah, with Jeff Flinn, Mark Howard, Steve Langlois, and Dave Resnicoff. Sean and his wife, Ann-Meg White, also let us know that their oldest daughter, Catherine, will be joining the Colby Class of 2017. * Looks like Catherine will join Carolyn (Boynton) ’84 and Kevin Bruen’s oldest son, Conor, who will also be part of the Class of 2017. Conor plans to meet up with Sandra (Winship) ’84 and Wayne Eddy’s son Jesse ’16 on the football field next fall. Kevin writes, “Hopefully this Bruen/Eddy duo will have more success than their fathers did” (3-13 over FR/SO years of football at Colby). * Andrew “Drew” Worthington went on a college tour last February with their older daughter through Philly, Baltimore, D.C., and Virginia in conjunction with a soccer tourney trip for their freshman daughter in Williamsburg, Va. Drew was impressed with the schools and writes that the cafes at all of the schools are unbelievable. “Whatever happened to good old Dana where the big thing was having homemade donuts?” Andrew manages his youngest daughter’s ECNL U15 soccer team in his spare time. Professionally, he is a partner with Lips Rousseau Partners, a wealth management advisor based in Hartford. He is also involved as an overseer with Bushnell Memorial Hall (a performing arts center in Hartford) and is chair of the Catalyst Fund—part of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. * Mark Phillips is head varsity football coach at Alvirne High School in Hudson, N.H. His son Nick is a junior at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and will be captain of the football team this fall. His son Tony is a junior at Bentley College, where he is majoring in corporate finance and accounting and has been on the President’s List every semester. * Tom Colt continues his annual tradition of taking the Polar Bear Club plunge into the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh on New Year’s morning. In 2013: “air temp 25 degrees, water temp 36 degrees.” He and his wife, Megan, are going to Panama this spring and will stay on the San Blas Island with the Kuna Indians for four days—with no electricity! * John Robinson saw Dweezil playing his dad’s—Frank Zappa’s—music at the Casino in Hampton Beach last spring with Dan Allegretti. It was a “great show and good times.” * I heard some sad news about Suzy Seymour Gaeddert. Suzy has been battling brain cancer for the past few years and shares her experiences through her blog, updateonsuzy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/something.html. I’m sure she would genuinely appreciate any thoughts, prayers, and support that any of us can offer. Those who know her mention her cheerfulness, faith, courage, and spirit. Suzy lives in England; her address can be found on her blog along with a message that she would love any notes and pictures anyone would care to send.
Sarah Woodhouse Murdock continues to live in Scituate, Mass., with her husband, Bob, and their 10-year-old son, Robbie. She’s been working on climate change policy for the Nature Conservancy as the director of U.S. climate adaptation policy; she’s been with the Nature Conservancy for nine years. Sarah keeps in close contact with several Colby classmates, including Letty Roberts Downs, Julie Schell Collias, Tammy Jones Howe, Karen Malkus, and Kim Fitch. * Congratulations to Donna Galluzzo , who was married in Maine Dec. 29 in one of the first same-sex marriages in Portland. She and her new wife, Lisa Gorney, were featured in the Portland Press Herald and the Huffington Post. The Press Herald article can be found at www.pressherald.com/news/one-couples-march-to-matrimony-2012-12-30.html. * That’s all the news I’ve received for the spring edition—the submissions seem to be feeling the effect of the sequestration. Please take a minute and send in a short update for our next column. Don’t wait for my e-mail—feel free to send updates now. (Please also note that there is some lag time between your submission date and receipt of the actual Colby magazine due to processing time at the College.)
Today is a gorgeous New England post-storm day—perfect to stay inside and compile the news! * Brad Miller sent in some sad news. Amy, his wife of almost 18 years, passed away Feb. 1 after an 18-month battle with cancer. Brad writes that Amy just wanted to be a good mother to their two daughters, maintain a supportive home, and not be considered or judged as “someone who has cancer.” Brad and Amy enjoyed hikes in the White Mountains and western Maine mountains, backcountry camping, and skiing at Sugarloaf. Brad lives in Lexington, Mass., and consults as an engineering geologist specializing in evaluation of deep rock tunnels, microtunneling, directional drilling, and rock slope engineering. * Nick Norton, who works in investments, lives with his family in Greenwood Village, Colo., where they enjoy cycling, skiing, and a view of the mountains. Nick has two daughters, a high school junior and soccer player who was impressed by Mayflower Hill and a “certified rascal” third grader. * Scott Sophos is in his fifth year teaching secondary drama and English in Colchester, Essex, U.K., where he bought a house. Scott spends off hours doing amateur drama, including the role of the dame in the West Bergholt village panto. He’s rehearsing productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Country Wife and an outdoor summer tour of Alice in Wonderland. He’s also starred in The Three Musketeers. Break a leg, Scott! * Diane Conley LaVangie shoveled lots of snow this winter while trying to enjoy life in South Portland, Maine. Diane ran the Philadelphia Marathon last November in 3:37, qualifying her for the 2014 Boston Marathon. Diane plans to run Boston this year after qualifying in the 2011 New York Marathon, but she found training for a spring marathon “MUCH harder in the winter with SNOW and COLD!” * Tom Cone and his wife, Tina, have lived in Concord, N.C., (just outside Charlotte) for 20 years. Son Zach is studying art and sculpture at App State, and son Trevor is studying business and playing golf for Virginia Tech. Tom has worked for Chili’s restaurants since 1990 and would love to hear of anyone living in the area. * Jeff Brown and wife Jessica took advantage of being empty nesters, traveling to Berlin to enjoy the “Christmas City” and German history for a week before Christmas. Jeff writes, “The last time I was in Berlin, I was there with Matt Figel when he and I traveled throughout Europe post-graduation.” Jeff had breakfast with Matt while in California in January. * Deb Nader is happily ensconced in the folk scene in Vermont with her daughter, Dana, 16, who plays piano in a teen contra-dance band. They contra dance weekly and drive to gigs, concerts, and dances all over New England. Deb is a preschool special education teacher in the Champlain Islands. She drives a lot but enjoys the beautiful mountains and lake. She enjoys being able to run, ski, hike, and bike in the countryside. Deb feels out of touch with Colby friends and would love to reconnect (email@example.com). * Karen Zuffante Pabon, in international education for more than 20 years, is in her third year as the director of the Slater International Center at Wellesley College. She spent six years with Babson’s International Office. Karen’s son, Nico, and daughter, Elisa, are both at Carnegie Mellon, so she’s adjusting to the empty nest. Karen still loves traveling and was off to Spain in April! * E.J. Meade writes: “It is a dry winter here in the Rockies. Nonetheless, I am getting some skiing in and looking forward to a spring break ski trip around Colorado with my eldest daughter, Eliot, before she takes a gap year in Peru.” E.J.’s architectural firm, Arch11, is doing well, and one of his projects was covered in the New York Times. E.J. is still looking for that Maine project. * Chris Landry lives in Northampton, Mass., with his two teenage sons. He is a partner in Clarity (clarity-first.com), a branding, design, and fundraising firm that helps mission-centered businesses and organizations identify and tell their stories. Most of his work deals with issues like sustainability and education. In his own time he produces documentary films, writes, and plays Ultimate Frisbee.
Colby’s bicentennial celebration year is extra special for Victor and Virginia Bulford Vesnaver, whose middle daughter, Valerie, is graduating May 26, 2013, her 22nd birthday. * Jane Hartzell continues her rewarding nursing career, living with wife Barb and seventh-grade son Robin on their farm in central Vermont. * Maureen (Hagerty) ’84 and Jay Polimeno visited daughter Aimee ’14, who’s taking her semester abroad in Copenhagen. They saw Kronborg Castle, adopted by Shakespeare as Hamlet’s home, Elsinore—“a must-see for an old English major!” * After 10 years as a full-time artist, Pam Ellis has been forced out of her studio by economic changes, but she is using her diverse design skills in her new job as marketing assistant for Saddleback Mountain. “I create everything from Soup of the Day signs to digital billboards seen on 93 North near Methuen, Mass.” * Leslie Kaplan’s teenage son, Zach, plays soccer for the FC Greater Boston Bolts, whose CEO is Elliot Pratt ’80. * In Washington, D.C., since leaving Colby, Dawn Brydon Sweeney has forged a stellar government business career, including C-level positions at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the International Dairy Foods Association, and AARP, where she more than quadrupled revenues. President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association since 2007, Dawn is among the 21 prominent cross-sector experts on the prestigious board of ChildObesity180, a nonprofit collaborative organization at Tufts Medical Center whose mission is “to generate urgency, traction, and impact to reverse the trend of childhood obesity.” * Mark Bloom is proud to report that a book he edited was recently published (www.amazon.com/The-Unknown-Mother-Magical-Goddess/dp/1780996314). “It’s not a big publisher, but it’s not a self-published effort, either!” Mark has also signed a contract to edit a mystery novel. * Last October Owen and Karen Pfeiffer Jones took a long-awaited trip to North Wales and London, where they enjoyed meeting up with Scott Sophos ’82, who has been living and teaching in the United Kingdom for several years. * Dan ’80 and Liz Pizzurro Ossoff’s son Will is a Bowdoin sophomore following in his dad’s track steps, while son Ben ’10 is at GW earning a master’s in public policy analysis. * In 2009 Elisabeth Eustis Paine’s husband of eight years was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and is now in the middle stages of the disease. She was able to retire early to care for him, “a luxury many early-onset (pre age 65) spouses don’t have.” Elisabeth started a spouse support group and serves on the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, board of directors. * Marisa D’Andrea Barber celebrated her 10th anniversary with Young & Rubicam Advertising in Toronto, where she is VP and group account director. Her clients include Colgate-Palmolive, Barilla, and the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Her son, Cameron, is a high school freshman. * Mari-Ellen “Mimi” Pratt Valyo is halfway through a four-year term on the Winchester (Conn.) Board of Education. * Duncan Whitney, VP of Allegro Diagnostics in Boston— a molecular diagnostics company that develops genomic tests to support the diagnosis and management of lung cancer—spoke at a biomarker conference in Switzerland last fall. Over Christmas holidays he and wife Karen Sondergeld Whitney ran into David Ryley, a reproductive endocrinologist at Boston IVF. * Beth Pniewski Wilson, Lynn McLaren, Lynne Bruen Winter, Nancy Welsh Isbell, and Nancy’s daughter Kate (Beth’s goddaughter) saw Darlene Howland and Steve Pfaff’s daughter Caitlin perform in the musical Children of Eden with the Wellesley Players in Watertown, Mass. Beth’s review: “Caitlin is following in mom’s talented theatrical footsteps!” * Marty (Young) ’80 and Tom Stratton are new grandparents. “Owen could be Colby Class of 2034, but he won’t be able to live in his grandfather’s old single in Foss since it is now an elevator shaft.”
Darcy MacKinnon Sledge and family spent Christmas in Richmond, Va., where her eldest has a job with the Federal Reserve. Unfortunately their Christmas Eve celebration ended up in the emergency room with a family crisis. Luckily all was okay in the end, and the Sledge family is looking forward to spring and christening their new 26-foot World Cat power catamaran. * In January Doug Herbert met up with Miguel Browne ’78 and Jay Burke ’79 at Miguel’s McLean, Va., home. Jay was in the D.C. area for a new job that will have him relocating from Maine to the Philadelphia area. * Alice Domar was back on campus in February for a meeting of the Colby overseers. Alice chairs the committee reviewing the Psychology Department. This winter’s trip to Mayflower Hill was a little different as she was taking her oldest daughter, Sarah, with her to check out Colby. Besides wrestling with the notion of how she could possibly have a daughter old enough for college, Alice is hoping to write a new book this year on maintaining emotional health during pregnancy. * When Karen Caine Babbitt wrote me, the snow was starting to pile up from winter storm Nemo, and she was reminiscing about the blizzard of ’78: while the rest of New England was paralyzed, not a single Colby class was canceled! Karen’s daughter, Emily, 25, is working in Cambridge, Mass., as an account manager for Google, and her son, Ike, 24, is a change specialist in the procurement department at BU. Karen is a literacy coach in her local school system. After 18 years with elementary school students, she’s working with middle and high school students this year. Karen and her husband, Jib, spend time in the winter in New Hampshire and in the summer on Buzzards Bay. This spring they’re heading to Montana for some skiing and to St. Martin, St. Bart’s, and Anguilla for sailing. * Colby’s bicentennial was celebrated in Boston Feb. 28 at the Fairmont Copley with cocktails, an entertaining program highlighted by an extended preview of the amazing Colby history film, and more than 500 alums in attendance. The Class of ‘80 was well represented with Elliott Pratt and wife Tricia, Bev Nalbandian Madden and husband Mark, Suze Connolly Levere, Patty Valavanis Smith, Joanne Shannon O’Donnell, and Lynn Collins Francis. * Fred Madeira’s son, Nathan, will be joining the Colby Class of 2017. He plans to run cross country and outdoor track and to join his brother, John ’14, on the swim team. * Don’t forget that the countdown is on for our 35th reunion in 2015. If anyone is interested in helping with reunion planning please contact Elliott Pratt or Fred Madeira or post a message on our Colby Class of ’80 Facebook page.
As the last ambassador to Venezuela, Patrick Duddy ’72 was interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered in March (“Venezuela-U.S. Relations Could Thaw After Chavez”). Duddy is a visiting senior lecturer at Duke University’s Center for International Studies. FNancy Gottlund Ghertner ’71 has had her documentary After I Pick the Fruit: The Lives of Migrant Women screened worldwide, including in New York, N.Y.; Davis, Calif.; and Dublin, Ireland, recently. F Allan Rancourt ’75 was named to the Inland Hospital (Waterville, Maine) board of trustees. Rancourt is president of Kennebec Federal Savings Bank. F Apple historian John Bunker ’72 was featured in the article “Forgotten Fruit” in Mother Jones magazine for his quest to bring back preindustrial-agriculture apples such as the Blake, the Harrison, and the Fletcher Sweet.
Boston Globe reporter Brian MacQuarrie ’74 on assignment covering the Iraq War.
Brian MacQuarrie ’74 is, in the best sense of the word, an old-school journalist.
For the veteran newspaper reporter, it’s all about the story—whether he’s in Waterville, Maine, interviewing the mother of the first soldier killed in Iraq, or on the Kuwait-Iraq border writing 2,000 words on deadline in the scorching desert heat.
Or preparing for his fifth trip to a war zone for the Boston Globe, in June, when he’ll embed with U.S. Marines in Afghanistan as that war winds down.
“Covering the [Iraq] war, it was much more intense than I thought,” said MacQuarrie, who speaks with a pronounced stutter. “And it was the thrill of my life. The challenge of my life, which is why I joined the field of journalism in the first place—to write stories of importance in a way people back home could connect with.”
Connecting with people back home comes easily to MacQuarrie. Born in Norwood, a Boston suburb, he was the oldest of four children and the first in his family to attend college. “I wanted a smaller school where I could feel a sense of community and be involved with my professors and participate in sports,” said MacQuarrie, who ran cross country in high school and at Colby.
Colby, he said, “taught me how to write.”
A trim, compact man of 60, divorced and with one married daughter, MacQuarrie said after Colby he devoted himself to becoming a journalist. “It was the time of the Watergate scandal,” he explained, “and I pursued a chance to write, which I love to do, and to be a witness to American history at the same time—to have a career in which I could combine this all with public service. It was a great mixture for me, and so I went off to the University of Missouri School of Journalism.”
After two years in the Midwest and a semester in London, where he wrote 24 articles in three months for $30 per story, he returned to Massachusetts and a job as a stringer for the Dedham Daily Transcript, where he covered the school board, crime, zoning board, and town selectmen. MacQuarrie also worked overnight as a security guard at Cumberland Farms’ headquarters.
A city editor took a liking to the exhausted stringer and helped him land a job at the South Middlesex Daily News. Later he moved to a newspaper in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., then north to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Providence Journal before becoming, at first, a copyeditor and now top reporter at the Boston Globe.
Being shot at, worrying about roadside bombs, seeing dead bodies lining the road, traveling with soldiers, writing on deadline in the seat of a tank with a blanket over your head to hide the computer’s glare from enemy sharpshooters—it’s all part of war reporting.
Was he ever afraid?
“Sure,” he said. “I felt afraid on that first trip to Iraq in 2003. We … were suddenly given twelve hours notice that our unit was moving out to Iraq. I had one knapsack and I didn’t know if I would be gone for one day or one year and I was in my hotel room, by myself with my bag packed. I asked myself what I had just done, signing up for this.
“From that moment on, war has been a steep learning curve. Vertical. But when you actually get to war, you don’t have time to feel scared anymore. There is an amazing sense of being alive—in the midst of it—of getting the story.”
Sarah Russell MacColl responded, “I will do this now or it will get lost!” Son Chris works for the FDIC in Chicago, and daughter Katy will graduate from Champlain College this spring and hopes to move to NYC. Sarah enjoys her personal-training work in the Cape Elizabeth area and guides Distant Journeys European hiking and skiing trips, including the Haute Route and Tour du Mont Blanc this summer. * Elizabeth Armstrong’s first book of translations comes out in September from Merwin Asia, located in none other than Portland, Maine! She led a study tour in Japan in January. Daughter Rebekah, 17, is applying to colleges, but Colby is not on her list—too remote. * Bob Kinney has been extremely busy as lead counsel for the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection in a case involving a formerly abandoned landfill in central Jersey. April marks Bob’s sixth year as a deputy attorney general. Bob and wife Kay had dinner with S. Karl “Sid” Mohel and his wife, Lisa. Sid has a criminal-law practice in New Jersey. Bob sings with the Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society and referees soccer games. His son, Matt, is a sophomore at Belmont University in Nashville, studying music/composition. His daughter, Sara, is a 10th grader. * Cari and Carl Lovejoy have to stay up later to watch NHL games now that son Ben has been traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Anaheim Ducks. Their middle son, Matt, graduated from UVA last spring with a master’s in education and works in D.C. He’ll continue his pro lacrosse career this spring with the MLL’s Hamilton Nationals. Their youngest son, Nick, is a junior at Dartmouth and is on the Big Green hockey team. * Angela Mickalide is director of research at Safe Kids Worldwide, comprising 600 coalitions and chapters in the United States and 24 other countries. She has published reports addressing pedestrian, medication, and sports safety, preventing TV and furniture tip-overs, and safe sleep among infants. Husband Ali Alikhani is president of American Powerzone, Inc., an electrical engineering firm. Daughter Anna is a junior at the University of the South in Tennessee and son Andrew is a sophomore at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. * “Updating” his status, Jan Raiha e-mails from Finland, where he’s involved in small-animal orthopedics. Jan and his wife, Maija, have developed an eight-practice veterinary group that they merged with a larger Swedish group. If anyone heads for Scandinavia please consider it obligatory to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via www.univet.fi. * Soon to be empty nesters, David Ashcraft and his wife are visiting liberal arts colleges in the Midwest with their daughter, Katie, a high school senior. This year they have a second “daughter,” an exchange student from Pakistan. Katie spent six weeks last summer in Tajikistan on a State Department scholarship to learn Persian. David’s son hopes to study next year in Scotland, giving David a chance to catch up with his English friends from his junior year abroad. David hosted Bruce Allsopp ’80 and his three kids last summer when Bruce drove from his hometown of Durango, Colo., back to Maine. Bruce moved from Boulder to Durango, where he’s a luthier. * Joseph Meyer continues to get together with Colbians in Tokyo on a regular basis: Ken Curtis ’76, Ari Druker ’93, and Kurt Niebuhr ’94. Through friends and graduates of other NESCAC schools residing there, they have established a formal link between the Grew Bancroft Foundation, which provides scholarships to select Japanese students to attend liberal arts colleges in the United States, and Colby’s Admissions Office. Three Grew Bancroft scholars have applied to Colby for the Class of 2017. Joseph looked forward to the Colby Admissions visit to Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai in March. * Katherine Quimby Johnson received the Norma Fox Mazer award for a young adult novel-in-progress during the January 2013 residency at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s earning her M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults and plans to complete her degree in January 2014. * That’s all for now. Start thinking about next year’s reunion! Colby just celebrated 200 years; we will celebrate our 35th.
Abi Rome still lives in Maryland and continues to run eco tours to Latin America and the Caribbean. Abi and Eileen recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary. * Bob Woodbury writes that their two older daughters, Amy and Mary, are gainfully employed and off the family payroll (congratulations!) while their youngest, Lizzie ’15, is a sophomore at Colby and loving it. Parents Weekend was spent catching up with Doug Giron and Gary McCarthy ’80, whose kids Matt Giron ’16 and Kelly McCarthy ’16 are also at Colby. Bob and Cathy will be celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary. He is looking forward to seeing everyone at reunion in June (mark your calendars for the 7th and 8th). He adds, “Rest in peace, George Kesaris, Mike Faraca, and Jayne London. You’ll all be missed.” * Annie Marsden Robbins is living in Raleigh, N.C., with her husband, Keith. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she loves her work providing medication management in several community mental health centers with uninsured clients. Their son, Ray, is studying physics and history while working at the Ancient World Mapping Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, while their daughter, Margaret, graduated from Smith two years ago and works at the AICPA (American Institute of CPAs) in Durham. Annie’s husband will be completing his M.B.A. from Elon College this May. * Jacie (Cordes) ’79 and Charlie Hurd are delighted to welcome another Colby alum into the family in August when their son, Max, marries Katie Klepinski ’08. The couple live permanently aboard a 38-foot boat in Boston Harbor and will be married in Minnesota. * Mary Shooshan Gasiorowski signed up for early retirement at Hewlett-Packard and is now looking for volunteer work in her community. * Jim Cook wrote of Steve Sparkes’s death Dec. 3, 2012, from melanoma. Steve lived In Oregon with his wife, Charlyn, having moved there in May 1980 just at Mount St. Helens erupted. Steve and Charlyn raised four children: Stacey, Erik, Kellen, and Stephanie. Steve worked in the insurance industry, eventually owning an independent agency. While in Corvallis, Ore., Steve joined Kiwanis, helped manage the local fall arts festival, and initiated the town’s first Little League team, serving as coach for 12 years. An English major, Steve waged his own personal war on error during his adult life. Violations of the rules and principles of standard English were to him like nails on a blackboard. He wrote letters of complaint to companies such as Levi Strauss, encouraging proper usage in their advertisements. Steve was predeceased by his parents, John ’50 and Carlene MacPherson Sparkes ’50. We send our condolences to Steve’s family. * Jim has been working on plans for our 35th reunion in June. (How did that happen? Has it really been 35 years?) Sandy Buck has lined up a great band, Hush, from the Boston area, and the weekend will combine reunion activities with Colby’s 200th anniversary celebration. John Devine has set up a Facebook page, Colby College Class of 1978, if you would like additional information. It looks to be a terrific weekend, especially if a lot of us attend. Hope to see you there!
Richard Conant is continuing a post-retirement project to ski all the alpine ski areas in New England. “Heck, someone has to do it!” he notes. Dick is also pursuing a second career as a science teacher. He completed all the coursework and teacher exams and was looking forward to five weeks of student teaching at a middle school in March. * On Feb. 8 Jeff Stafford wrote to celebrate the upcoming birth of his and his wife (of 32 years) Ellen’s first grandchild: their oldest daughter Liz’s baby boy, due in April. Jeff said, “Miracle I’ve lived this long” and noted how happy he was to have seen his youngest daughter, Courtney, graduate from Franklin & Marshall. Talking about living with a serious disease, Jeff said, “The trick is to keep presenting new targets” to yourself, new objectives. Jeff accomplished this successfully for 12 years, surviving multiple myeloma well beyond what doctors initially thought possible. On Feb. 25 Jeff passed away peacefully at his home in West Hartford, Conn., in the company of his beloved family. Jeff Olmstead, who was friends with Jeff long before Colby, spoke at the memorial service. Also in attendance were Mark Lauritano, Jeff’s Colby roommate Dick Conant, and fellow Colby lacrosse teammates Bill Gruber and Woody Peirce. At Colby Jeff won three varsity letters in lacrosse, and he graduated majoring in both chemistry and business. A few years later, Jeff was best man at Dick Conant’s wedding. From my conversations with Jeff over the years, it was clear that, despite the illness, he was determined to continue living life the way he wanted to live it, the way he’d always planned. He displayed a feisty zest for life (we discussed illness, me having had a heart attack in 2010). Jeff never stopped his work as national sales manager at Redington Counters. He told me how proud he was of his children for creating the Wamp Swim-a-Thon, an effort that raised more than $150,000 seeking a cure. Jeff himself was a fundraiser and advocate for the International Myeloma Foundation. But beyond that, he devoted significant time to helping others suffering from cancer, through words of encouragement, his own courage, and his humor. About this, Jeff Olmstead (who saw all of it close up) says, “Jeff was a hero to many, all that knew him well, and many that did not.” Ken Colton remembers “Jeff’s upbeat way of rolling with things in life and his easygoing manner, his good humor, his funny puns. Jeff lived a life lesson for us all.” Dick Conant recalls Jeff’s “terrible puns, his overall sense of humor, and his outgoing, easy manner with people. He just seemed to go with the flow in life.” Dick’s description of the puns as “terrible” probably means “terribly funny” since Jeff Olmstead states: “Jeff was a master pun-meister. He was so quick with a quip. He had a wonderful sense of humor.” He adds: “I will never forget Jeff’s courageous fight against his terrible cancer. His strength, his optimism, his commitment to go on will always be an inspiration to me.” OK, Jeff Stafford, you wanted it said, so I’ll say it: you loved that funky green-and-white International Scout you had at Colby and, surely even more, the mint-condition 1968 replica Ellen bought for you for your 50th birthday. There. It’s said. Drive on, friend!
A relatively brief column this month—I need more of you to send news and updates! You don’t have to wait for the quarterly request by e-mail. Write me anytime! And now to it … * David McKay Wilson has returned to the Journal News in White Plains, N.Y., to write the paper’s weekly “Tax Watch” column and develop in-depth stories on tax policy. He continues to write for alumni magazines around the country, including this edition of Colby, which includes his profile of Todd McGovern ’97. * Noel Barry Stella wrote about a gathering of classmates and other alums at Colby in January to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the women’s hockey team. In addition to Noel, classmates included Karen Smith Gowan, Valerie Jones Roy, Connie Crosby, and Maureen Kelliher. Other alums included Laurie Fitts Loosigian ’75, Sue Benson Turnbull ’75, Sue Conant Cook ’75, LouAnne Tobias Jaeger ’77, Sue Zagorski Gaffny ’77, Lee Johnson ’79, Carol Doherty Moroney ’79, Byrd Allen ’75, and Wanda Wright L’Heureux ’78. They all enjoyed watching and participating (some intrepid skaters) in the alumni game Jan. 19. Noel writes, “We reminisced, caught up with each other’s lives, and resumed friendships after decades apart. It was a weekend to remember!” * In recognition for his work at the U.S. Pacific Command, Jed Snyder received the Award for Outstanding Public Service from the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. From 2008 to 2012 Jed was a senior advisor to three successive commanders of the Pacific Command in Hawaii, where he focused on strategic planning for the Asia-Pacific theater. He has returned to Washington, D.C., where he’s again at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). * Marian Lishman Lord wrote while watching the blizzard of ’13 out the kitchen window. She works at Barnes & Noble and loves being a children’s lead, which includes reading and acting out the stories for story time. Her two step-grandkids live in Oregon. Her son, Austin, worked for Senator Scott Brown, and she’s hoping he’ll soon “pop the question” to his girlfriend. The best news is that after a long illness, her husband is finally doing well—two years and no hospitalizations! We’ll keep him in our prayers, Marian! * This winter Frank Malinoski and his wife, Judith, went on a medical mission to some of the poorest populations in regions around Managua, Nicaragua. Their team of 12 saw more than 1,000 patients in six clinic days! * Bicentennial greetings, one and all. As I finish this column, I’m halfway out the door to head to D.C. for a bicentennial event, where I hope to see Wendy B. Broadbooks Pickett and her husband, Jack. Remember that when you receive this column, the fund year is rapidly wrapping up. You read the column—you obviously care about Colby and your classmates. Honor them with a bicentennial gift to Colby. And send news!
Swimming around some landmarks seemed like a good way for Dave Bright to celebrate his retirement. Last summer Dave defended his age-group championship in the Brooklyn Bridge Swim [from Brooklyn to Manhattan] and then traveled west to complete the Alcatraz and Tiburon swims in the San Francisco Bay area. Dave looks forward to being the “young guy” in the over-60 age group. * After living in Maine since 1980, Bill and Barby Beran Muller decided to pull up roots and head to a warmer climate in Pinehurst, N.C. Many rounds of golf are beckoning them in the years to come. * “Binkie” Cammack Closmore was happy to obtain her bird bander’s permit; she made a how-to video on banding as well as documenting the legacy of some early bird banders. She remembers her interest in birds blossoming at Colby with Dave and Mary Sue Naegele Galvin, Jim and Sally Hawk Gibson, and other biology majors. Binkie’s six children are all out of the nest! Living in Minnesota, she and husband Greg look forward to biking, skate skiing, bird watching, going to bed early, and hoping the phone doesn’t ring! * Still living in Chocorua, N.H., a small village of about 2,000 people, with husband Richard, two alpacas, Federico and Geraldo, and their hound dog, Flo, Susan Staples Smith took on a new position at LRGHealthcare in Laconia, N.H., implementing an electronic medical records system. Sue’s work as secretary of the local Kiwanis club for the past dozen years, as well as winter skiing and summer kayaking, fill out her days. * In January Laurie Fitts Loosigian and Suzie Benson Turnbull motored up to Colby for the 40th anniversary of the Colby women’s ice hockey team. They and other teammates stayed with Sue Conant Cook. Laurie and Sue were proud to play in the alumni game. Tailgating followed, and then they all watched the Colby women play. “What a blast to see so many of the girls from our old team!” * Steve Tait and partner Dave Cook are still happy innkeepers in Provincetown, Mass., at the tip of Cape Cod. They’ll celebrate [or mourn] turning 60 while touring India for three weeks. Steve can’t quite believe we are all turning 60! “Where has time gone!” * Michael Wills earned a master’s of health administration in 1980 from Washington University in St. Louis and worked for a few years as a health administrator before returning to school to become a registered nurse. Calling it the best decision in his professional life, Michael has worked at a VAMC Hospital for more than 20 years serving veterans. He married in 1980, and after 32 years he finds himself still living on Long Island. In reminiscing about the unique experience Colby provided, he remembers organic chemistry professor Dr. E.B. Reid as an extremely brilliant person with a wonderful photographic memory. [Anyone who ever had a class with Dr. Reid will surely agree!] * Breck Arnzen is proud that his middle daughter, Emme ’13, has loved her four years at Colby and all the opportunities it afforded her, including semesters abroad in Spain and Chile. Emme hopes to find an urban teaching position working with at-risk children. Breck and wife Lani have three other children: Lia, a Simmons College graduate now enrolled at the Denver School of Nursing; Annie, just finishing her junior year at Trinity College with a semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa; and son Kwang, who is finishing high school and has been accepted at Wheaton College. Breck funds all these tuitions doing leadership consulting and executive coaching with his firm, ArnzenGroup.
My class news cohort, Vicki, is once again off to sunny Florida to escape the end of winter, leaving me to get this column put to bed, so to speak. * Judy Sidell Westerlund writes from Stockholm, Sweden, “It sounds as though New England is covered in as much snow as we have. It’s been snowing for days. Here, however, the traffic is light, people have huge snowplows, and the cross-country skiing has been divine.” Judy is now a grandmother and has a son working in NYC. Her 60th birthday celebration included doing the Woman’s Swedish Classic, which is four different races—six miles running, 18 miles cross-country skiing, 60 miles bicycling, and one mile swimming (not that impressive, but the water was a very brisk 62 degrees F). Good going, Judy, and enjoy the rest of your 60th year! * Robin Hamill-Ruth writes from Charlottesville, Va., that her sons Micah and John are in the construction business together in Charlottesville and another son, Jamie, joined them last year. John bought a house and gutted and renovated it with Jamie, and Micah is beginning work on his new house. Tara and Aaron are still in Richmond, working hard. He’s writing programming for phone security apps, and Tara is working for a big ENT group in Richmond doing auditory testing (hearing aids, etc.). Laura finally went back to grad school at UVA (environmental and urban planning) and has a lovely apartment in an old house downtown. Leah is a high school junior who is incredibly busy with leadership, county council, rowing, and volunteer work. She’s decided to graduate early and is madly applying to colleges—UC Berkeley, UC Davis, U Washington, Stanford, Colby (of course), and UVM. Robin and Leah had a lovely trip to Australia for work and pleasure over the summer. To entertain herself, Robin got back into quilting and has played with dying her own fabric with berries, etc. She says, “Family and friends are struggling with bad diagnoses, so in honor of them, hug a friend, smile at a stranger, and make a donation to a charity of your choice.” * H. Jefferson Megargel II has been at Dumont Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in New Rochelle, N.Y., for the last seven years. He reports that he’s been in touch with John Alsop. * We had a service in Lexington, Mass., in January for my mom’s passing at 94. Deb Wathen Finn, Vicki Parker Kozak, and Dianne Billington Stronach ’75 made the trip, and we were able to get together the night before with Liz Belsky Miller, who lives in Lexington and is married to Dick Miller. It was so great to see her. We had a get-together after the service in Concord. There were many Colby alums there who had no connection to our class: John ’63 and Nancy Godley Wilson ’65 and Jay ’81 and Lisa Sukeforth Donegan ’84 and their daughter Claire ’12. * Rocky Goodhope sent out a Christmas (no, I’m not and never will be “politically correct”) greeting to start the ball rolling toward our 40th reunion weekend. He wrote that “we share a very strong bond from our experience together at Colby and survived turbulent times (with, for most of us, minimal neurological damage) in the wild early ’70s.” He looks forward to reliving those years with his classmates and discovering what has transpired in their lives since. His Christmas wish this season was that we all start thinking about June 5-8, 2014, at Colby and also have a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year. * I have run out of room, so if you have e-mailed us news recently be assured that you will see it in the next issue. We do our best to include everything that we receive from you. Take care and have a great summer.
Excitement over Reunion 40/200 is building. As I write, 58 classmates are planning/hoping to attend in June, and by the time this column appears, I am sure there will be many more. A list of everyone who has directly responded or has been committed by a forever friend is at the end of the column. * Susan Rogers Belton writes of a mini Colby reunion she enjoyed with Ann (Traver) ’74 and David Swardlick and Peter ’72 and Pam Mause Vose ’72, who joined her at the opening of her exhibit at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor. She and her husband, David Belton ’72, enjoyed hiking on Schoodic Peninsula with friends the following day. Susan looks forward to a reunion made even more special as it will be 40 years June 4 that she and David married in the Colby chapel. * Jean Straehl Moss, who also hopes to make reunion, wrote about the loss of Colby classmate Janet Perethian Bigelow Stauffer. She shared her story of the two weeks she spent with Jan and Penny Wolf Burns when the three of them enjoyed her Olde Ipswich Tour and had the opportunity to reconnect and renew their friendship in September 2011. They are mourning the loss of their forever friend. Jean is enjoying Greg Smith’s book Van Gogh: A Life; she was thrilled to see him on TV (60 Minutes) and is amazed at all he has done. * Cindy Sanders Ingalls remains very active running, hiking, biking, and playing tennis in western New York, where she continues to work as a physician assistant in medical oncology. She and her husband, Earle, still play bridge and poker. She’s taking vacation time in June and hopes to be at reunion. * Monica Bignelli has lived in London for five years and rarely travels back to the U.S.; she sends regrets over missing reunion. We reminisced about winters at Colby. Monica recalls trying to navigate the seven-foot snowdrifts in her miniskirt and falling “on her butt”—with eyewitnesses. I wonder if anyone else remembers. * Ward Briggs happily reports he is moving to Bangor in March and will be able to attend reunion after all. He’s very excited about becoming a first-time homeowner, having just purchased a fully restored 1882 Colonial. * Gulsun Aydinlar writes from Istanbul, Turkey, to report that, while she will not attend reunion, her heart will be with us there. Gulsun is a retired English teacher at Bosphorus University and continues to enjoy teaching part time. * Alex Wilson is serving as the Reunion Weekend cohost for the golf tournament Friday at the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club. John Krasnavage and Joe Mattos will join Alex, and he reminds everyone that the tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. and the cookout follows. Alex will be in town early and would love to organize a group of classmates to gather at Mainely Brews on Main Street for “burgers and beers” Thursday evening. * Thanks to everyone for writing. Here’s the list of intended attendees of the 40/200 reunion. If you see your name here and haven’t written in, it is because one of your ‘forever friends’ committed you! I hope this list makes more of you decide to come—it will be the best reunion ever. * Ken Gross, Mal Tucker, Bob O’Neil, Morrie Herman, Jan Hueners, Jon Fink, Fran Gates Demgen, Gary Arsenault, Jon Miller, Gary Fitts, Chris Hannon, Jane Currier, Carol Reynolds Mucica, Janice Johnson Peterson, Mark Serdjenian, Jackie Nienaber Appeldorn, Lisa Kehler Bubar, Debbie Mael-Mandino, Chris Mattern Way, Carol Chalker, Ward Briggs, Alex Wilson, John Krasnavage, Joe Mattos, Sue Feinburg Adams, Dee Kelsey, Wells Pile, Susie Yovic Hoeller, Wendy Knickerbocker, Seth Dunn, Thane Pratt, Cindy Sanders Ingalls, Jerri Theriault, Jean Straehl Moss, Mark McGlynn, Janet Foley, Geoff Legg, Janet Shea Legg, Bill Mayaka, Doug Gorman, Bob Diamond, George Mesritz, Norm Olsen, Pat Flanagan Olsen, Susan Rogers Belton, Sue Colucci Neumyer, Anne Badmington Cass, Janet Gillies Foley, Nancy Magee, Ken Viens, Doris Ford Mathis, Lucia Whittelsey, Sue Cook Janes, Blair Janes, Dean Eaton, Bruce Cummings, and Dave Thomas.
Not much news this quarter. Were our East Coast classmates too busy digging out from storms to write in? * I did hear from Nancy Brunnckow Marion, who now lives in Florida. She definitely was not digging out! Nancy has transferred her skating competitiveness to golf. She has a six handicap and enjoys playing in senior tournaments. She and her husband, Michael, must enjoy their grandchild by video/Skype since both their children live in Colorado. They recently met Susie Gearhart Wuest ’75 and her husband for lunch in Naples and enjoyed reconnecting. She has also found time to do some painting, and her husband joins her in that endeavor. Now they have closets full of artwork and ask if maybe Colby will give them a show? She ends by saying, “I imagine you are snowed in. I can’t say I miss that!” * Michelle and Bill Tracy had a busy fall as they guest curated an Arctic-doll exhibition called Inuujaq: Dolls of the Canadian Arctic at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. The day after the opening, they left for a four-week trip to India, followed by a three-week trip to China. Bill offered two pieces of advice: “When you leave the city, India is not an English-speaking country, despite claims to the contrary, and northern China is cold in the winter.” This resulted in their water bottles freezing in the Forbidden City—as did their camera, so no pictures. * Our condolences to the family of Jan Brownstein, who passed away Feb. 19 following a stroke while vacationing in Jamaica. Jan was a mineral collector and gemologist who lived in Bethel, Maine. * I hope this finds the Class of 1972 doing well, and I look forward to hearing from more of you for the next Colby magazine.
When the blast went out to you this last time requesting news, another blast was hitting New England and nearby areas: the blizzard of 2013! We had not seen this kind of blizzard in many years. Once again, thousands of people were without power for days on end. It was another monumental storm, and I hope (again) that those of you affected have resumed your normal lives. It was shortly after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 that I wrote my last column; it seems we’re facing more and more of these storms. * Nancy Gottlund Ghertner directs and produces documentary films, her most recent of which, After I Pick the Fruit, was scheduled for screening in Waterville, Maine, in February. She and her husband, Lory Ghertner, were planning to attend. Other screenings are scheduled in the upcoming months, including one at Dartmouth organized by Steven and Marilyn McDougal Meyerhans ’72 and Bill and Pamela Cunningham Jaspersohn. * Claudia Caruso Rouhana was chosen as this year’s Citizen of the Year by the Port Washington (N.Y.) Community Chest, citing her many years of community service and volunteerism. Claudia just returned from a three-week trip to New Zealand. * I had a nice long chat with Dick Lewin. He and Margot are doing fine in Hanover, N.H. * In April Dave Williams will be the “token” U.S. player on a hockey team from British Columbia. He and Linda are traveling with the team to St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden. The team will play games, and he and Linda will tour. * Bill Hladky continues to be proud of his son, and he hopes to find grace on the black-diamond ski trails. * Debbie Wentworth Lansing finished the Maine section of the Appalachian Trail, but not without a challenge. She had to crawl a half a mile with a broken ankle in order to get cell phone service to call for help, then had to fly back to Florida for surgery and rehab. On the mend now, Debbie is excited to be building a new house next to a nature preserve in Bradenton, Fla. * A first time contributor, Joe Greenman writes that while he continues to be the chairperson of the trust and estate department at his law firm, he retired as a village justice after 34 years. He bumps into Colby grads on his travels to and from Syracuse, N.Y. * Rob Wilson reported that he was digging out from snow in western Massachusetts. * Jon Stone had a great week in Wellesley, Mass., taking care of his grandchildren, except for the emergency appendectomy he had to have. * Pinky (Maurer) ’72 and John Slagle relocated to Sugarloaf, leaving their Scarborough home after 20 years. John continues to work for Kleinschmidt, a consulting firm specializing in the hydroelectric industry. He still aspires to become Gary Fitts ’73, and the gap is narrowing. * After 17 years as a school superintendent in Maine, Rich Abramson now keeps busy with three part-time jobs: educational consultant to the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine; director of education for Phoenix Academies of N.E. (substance abuse programs for adolescents); and director of member relationships for District Administration Leadership Institute (working with superintendents across the country on leadership development). In addition, Rich and his wife happily keep busy with new twin granddaughters. * In spite of advancing years and aging joints, Leslie Anderson, Pat Trow Parent, Jan Blatchford Gordon, Debbie Messer Zlatin, Karen Hoerner Neel, and Mary Jukes Howard still get together regularly to laugh and play. * It is with sadness that I write about losing our longtime friend and classmate Judy White Brennan this year. I send heartfelt thoughts to her family and close friends. * As the days lengthen, I am ever mindful of the wonders of nature.
Steve and Laura Struckhoff Cline sent in updates from Baltimore. Laura retired March 1 from her career as a social worker. She had been with Baltimore County Social Services for nearly two decades in one of the most stressful jobs one can imagine. As Steve says, there is nobody who deserves to enjoy retirement more than Laura. In mid-March their number of grandchildren was to jump from one to three as the wives of both their sons were due to deliver daughters two days apart. On March 23 their other granddaughter, Kaylee, turned 2. It must have been an exciting month. We hope both mothers and babies are doing well. Finally, Steve and their son Aaron had the thrill of a lifetime when they attended this year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans and watched as their hometown Baltimore Ravens won the title. * Cathy Pagano wrote that she finally had something fun to report. She recently published her book titled Wisdom’s Daughters: How Women Can Change the World (https://sites.google.com/site/wwwwisdomsdaughterscom). It describes the archetypal journey that women take to find their freedom and wholeness. As she puts it, the world needs women’s wisdom! Although Cathy lives in Las Vegas, she was wishing she were back in New England with the snow and cold. * On a sad note, Gilbert “Buddy” Earle passed away Feb. 21, 2013, at 64. He was a longtime resident of Falmouth, Maine, and taught fifth and sixth grade for 36 years at Cape Elizabeth Middle School before failing health led to his retirement in 2007. That is when his lifelong battle with diabetes required that he have a leg amputated. His leg was replaced with an artificial limb. According to his daughter, he never let his medical challenges get him down. He just considered them bumps in the road. * Joani Katz writes that she and Arthur still feel comfortable living in Newton, Mass., and working. She finds the challenges of being a geriatric-care manager satisfying. Joani continues to play tennis and believes that she is still able to improve her doubles game. They host Boston Marathon parties since they live on mile 18 of the route. She regularly sees Ben Kravitz, Charles Terrell, Bill Aldrich, and Ginny (Rowe) ’68 and Andy Starkis. * Mike Self sent along pictures: one of his twin grandsons, Wilson and Jack, born last July 4, and another of three generations of Selfs—Mike, his son David, and his grandson Blake. By now he should be up to four grandchildren as the fourth was expected in February. * I had lunch with Mark Zaccaria last December at the Celestial Café in Exeter, R.I. We had a chance to get caught up on news. Now that the election is over, Mark is back full time to consulting for Rustin Marketing Services. * Bob and I spent a quiet winter with our Portuguese water dogs, Morgan and Mike. We took a couple trips to New Hampshire during the winter and a trip to the Maine Boat Builders Show in Portland, Maine, in March. Our son Jonathan and his family live in Exeter, R.I., which was the reason I went to Exeter in December—to take care of the grandchildren while Jonathan and Meghan enjoyed a trip to Mexico. Caroline, 5, and Riley, 3, are getting big. This winter Caroline demonstrated a real interest in skiing and can now ski all the way down from the top of King Pine in New Hampshire. * Keep the news coming, everyone. I’d love to hear from more of you who don’t usually write in.
In February Morgan McGinley ’64 was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame. He retired from the Day (New London, Conn.) in 2007 following a 42-year career. *Mike ’67 and Pam Cooper Picher ’67 will present the Fireside Chat at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Arbitrators of the United States and Canada in Vancouver this June. According to the academy’s magazine, the Chronicle, “Two of the most prominent and successful arbitrators in Canada will share the insights and experience of literally being married to the job in the course of two sparkling careers.”
Happy spring, everyone! * Robert Oldershaw and his wife are expecting their first grandchild this summer. Congratulations! * Tom Wright looks forward to hearing news from classmates, would love to hear from more, and hopes to see more classmates at reunions. * Gary Austin checked off another bucket list item in late November/early December with a trip to Antarctica. The trip lasted nine days, including five exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and two on each end crossing the Drake Passage, which is “not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach!” This was also his seventh continent! * Chris Christensen didn’t run for reelection last year, so after 12 years he had some time free in the winter. He’s been to the capitol several times to testify on bills he started in motion last term. His family traveled to Disney World to celebrate granddaughter Clara’s birthday, where the highlight was breakfast with Mary Poppins. “Nowadays, all the little girls come in princess costumes. Not a coonskin cap to be seen on a kid anywhere.” Chris works as development committee chair for Meals on Wheels. In June he’ll attend a Tau Delta Phi reunion at the Samoset Resort, where he’s looking forward to seeing friends from other classes. * Jeff and Judy Lee Moeckel celebrate 10 years of retirement May 30. Judy teaches voice and piano, writes for the local paper, and provides pastoral care through her church and Middlesex Hospital. Classical music (especially sacred choral music) remains her passion. Judy says they “live in the woods in Killingworth, Conn., where we hear coyotes but have not yet seen any bear.” This June Judy is going to Vienna, Budapest, and possibly Prague, and she will go to Washington State in August. She remains in touch with Linda Patton in Alaska and Debby Van Hoek Abraham in the Boston area. She recently saw Fred Richter Jr. ’66, who lives in Bethany, Conn., with his wife, Beth, and daughter, Orly. Fred teaches and does college counseling at Hamden Hall School. * Karen (Knapp) ’70 and Bill Lyons announced the birth of grandchild James William Lyons to their son Kevin and his spouse, Megan. James lives in Lincoln, so they see him more regularly than their other two grandchildren, who live north of Chicago. They spent almost two weeks in Castine, Maine, at the end of the year and visited Sarah Hudson and her sister. * Anne York Samson spent the holidays with family in Portland, Ore., Louisville, Ky., and Basel, Switzerland, before returning home to Denver. In March she returned to work part time as a psychologist for Kaiser-Permanente, and she plans to do more traveling. * John Burnham practices internal medicine full time and finds it fulfilling and necessary, as daughters Claire and Emily are college sophomores at Skidmore. He’s still skiing despite four total joint replacements and looks forward to their annual trip to Sugarloaf. * David Noonan still enjoys San Diego after four decades of practicing law, 37 years with the firm he helped start in 1976. Dave and Barbara have four thriving children and one grandson. They have one son in college, a junior at the University of Alabama. Dave and his son have traveled to each of Alabama’s last three national championship games, recently returning from Miami where the Crimson Tide swamped Notre Dame. This caused family friction since his older brother graduated from Notre Dame. They stayed with Dave’s daughter in Miami, where she recently graduated law school and passed the Florida bar and is now practicing law. He recently saw Dan Libby ’68, who teaches in Pennsylvania at Moravian College. * Bill Merritt, a program director for clinical grants at the National Cancer Institute, received the annual Public Service Award from the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. He also participated in a meeting related to his work in the field of cancer immunotherapies, a burgeoning and important direction for cancer therapy. Bill remains active, singing in two barbershop choruses, canoeing in his dad’s restored 1924 Old Town canoe, and skiing at Sugarloaf. While attending a recent volunteer-recognition event, he had the pleasant surprise of running into Ed Woodin and Rick Frantz.
Peter Roy: “Get on Ted Alison. He just got back from a three-month motorcycle trip through the Andes. The rest of us are just boring old people.” * Bruce McDonald: Since retiring, he’s been able to spend more time doing competitive sailing. “We spent the fall learning to sail my new J/70, then went to Key West Race Week. It was instructive and humbling to sail against the pros and high-level amateurs in a 38-boat fleet in punishing conditions.” * Jane Morrison: “I’m retiring after 13 years at Rumford (Maine) Hospital. I’ll become the volunteer coordinator of the volunteers here, though. I initiated a patient-visitor program and a lobby-host program that I want to continue to support. Jann Semonian Czarnetzki and I are tentatively planning to return to Trinidad and Tobago in April for the second year to celebrate Lystra Wilson Gaskin’s ’67 birthday.” * Arthur Brennan: “I’m enjoying my active-retired status more this year—less active and more retired. Have been teaching a criminal-law course at our local community college and expect to do more of that in the fall. Looking forward to our reunion—hoping for a big turnout and to reconnect with old classmates. See you in June on Mayflower Hill!” * Mary Jo Calabrese Baur: “For the eighth time in the last 10 years I’m doing a floral design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for their annual fundraiser Art in Bloom. I just received my assignment this morning, and this year I will be interpreting five Japanese woodprints. So if anyone is in Boston the last weekend of April, stop by and look for Dracut Garden Club.” * Joe Boulos writes: “Erik Quist ’99, Marine Corps officer, severely wounded on his fourth tour in Iraq and Afghanistan, was my guest, along with his wife, Liz (Czernicki) ’98, at a Marine Corps Scholarship fundraiser event at Pebble Beach. Erik and his wife represent the best this country has to offer!” * Lynne Oakes Camp writes: “My husband, Howie ‘69, and I finally retired and relocated to Newton, N.H., in 2012. After spending 40 years in New Jersey, I figured it was time to get back to New England! We’re living in a new 55-plus community and we really love it here. It wasn’t easy relocating three vehicles and three older cats, but it was worth it. We brought our RV to N.H. and hope to use it more to travel now that we have the time. I have taken up snowshoeing and I love it. I find time for yoga, Zumba classes, and the local gym. I look forward to our 45th reunion and meeting up with old friends.” * Ted Allison: “Life is good! I went to Bolivia last November and bought a BMW motorcycle from a friend. I then spent 2.5 months riding around Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. I crossed the Andes eight times! Dirt roads, fall downs, red wine, steak! Of note is that I did not have an aggressive or rude encounter with another person the entire time, even when they would not let me enter Argentina and kicked me back to Chile, more than 200 kilometers of dirt road! Carry on!” (Ted sent some spectacular photos, which I will try to upload to the alumni website.) * Barbara Bixby: “Wow. It appears many of you are pleasantly retired but also extremely active members of the Worldwide Adventurers’ Club. As for me, I plan never to retire; my dream is to pass away quietly at the pipe organ at the conclusion of midnight mass sometime in the distant future. My three sisters and I are still a team, devoted to our sweet, petite, Swedish momma, Berta, who is in her 95th year. She and my late, great Dartmouth “Deke” dad urged me to apply to Colby. Thinking of you all. A coda: Let’s all remember Waterville joints trivia: Whippers, Boulie’s, the Spa, the Jef, the Moon, the Chez, the Buck, Oneys.” * As for me, we’re rebuilding our place at the Jersey Shore after it was inundated by Sandy. Guess I won’t be retiring for a while!
Irv Faunce and his wife, Jan Collins, enjoyed two weeks in Pakistan recently. They were invited by a student who had spent an academic year with them as an exchange student under a program administered by the U.S. Department of State. It was a great educational experience for all of them. Irv reports that his host family in Pakistan was generous, warm, and welcoming. Irv and Jan enjoyed the food, the culture, and visits to many sacred and historic sites and to the city of Lahore. Pictures are posted on Irv’s Facebook page. * Clark and Kathy Haskell Whittier were named 2012 Citizens of the Year for the town of North Yarmouth, Maine. This award is given to people who have served the town through volunteer activities. Clark has served on many boards and committees throughout the almost 40 years that they have lived in North Yarmouth, and Kathy has also served on boards as well as being the town’s local news correspondent for more than 35 years. They were grand marshals for the town’s annual 2012 Fun Day. * Elaine and Kurt Swenson have been busy working on plans for a new house in Rye, N.H., very near their existing house that they’re trying to sell. Kurt and Elaine drove to Boca Grande, Fla., and stayed for the month of February. They were hoping to see C.A. and J.J. Mueller Sinton while there. Kurt reports that Terry Stratton is recovering from surgery for stomach cancer. We all wish Terry the very best. * Although she retired from substitute teaching in public school last June, Clemence Ravacon Mershon still subs in a Catholic elementary school several times a month. She also participates in Habitat for Humanity builds around the world. Her most recent building activity was a single-family house in Kyrgyzstan with an all-women’s team. This winter Clemence took advantage of an opportunity to go on stage in a wonderfully humorous and touching play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Although she has participated in local theater for some time, this was her first on-stage role in 35 years. She reports missing Powder and Wig days. In addition, Clemence keeps busy as the advisor for a local college Alpha Delta Pi chapter and looks forward to her daughter earning her M.P.H. soon. * Leanne Davidson Kaslow is back from 17 happy years in Birmingham, Ala., and living in northwest D.C. on California Street since June. Husband Richard retired from the University of Alabama School of Public Health to take a position with the Virginia medical system in D.C. Her son, Dan, lives in Colorado with his two children. Daughter Jess lives in Hamden, Conn., and expects to present Leanne with another grandchild. Leanne reports that she is enjoying herself and enjoying good health. * Caroline Kresky moved her practice from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough to Ichter Thomas, a business litigation boutique. Caroline, an equity partner at Nelson Mullins, joined Ichter Thomas as a partner Aug. 16. * Sally Ray Bennett has closed a chapter of her life as she and Charlie have moved, full time, to Virginia. Sally had lived in Rhode Island since graduating from Colby, but she recently closed her house and moved to an over-55 community. Good timing for Sally as she was opening boxes in her new home the week that her old backyard had nearly three feet of snow. * Mike and Pam Cooper Picher were asked to present an overview of their work to the National Academy of Arbitrators of the U.S. and Canada at the annual meeting in Vancouver this June. The academy’s magazine says Mike and Pam, “two of the most prominent and successful arbitrators in Canada, will share the insights and experience of literally being married to the job in the course of two sparkling careers.” Mike promises to mention that they launched their successful careers on the men’s and women’s judicial boards at Colby.
2012 was a “Return to Colby” year for Bill Koster. He participated in a Physics and Astronomy Department review in the spring, spending time with faculty and students, then returned in the fall to report findings on that outstanding department to trustees. Because of Bill’s involvement in Colby’s semester-in-residence program with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, he and his wife, Ginger, took their boat to Boothbay to visit the new facility there. Ground swells from mid-Atlantic hurricanes made their trip home to Boston a roller-coaster ride. * Diane Leach Wilbur of Scarborough, Maine, is a docent at Portland’s lovely mid-1800s Victoria Mansion, which retains much of its original décor. Worth a visit when you’re in the area. Diane traveled to Andalucia, Spain, and Morocco last May. * Anne Ruggles Gere skied in Utah in February and traveled to China in March. * John Glaze still maintains his home of 40 years in Washington, D.C. He retired soon after the loss of his wife of 36 years in 2008 and now spends time helping his 91-year-old mother and traveling. Recent trips include three weeks in Peru and three weeks in Venice, Florence, and Sicily with his significant other, Marianne. Time with son Chris and 5-year-old grandson Linus in Philadelphia is precious to John. * See a great picture of Karen Riendeau-Pacheco from her church group trip to Haiti on the Colby alumni website under “Alumni Photos” on the “Stay Connected” tab. * Barbie Wise Lynch still enjoys her work as a real estate broker and loves having her three children and three grandsons living in her hometown of Concord, Mass. * Carl Floyd enjoyed a week in Mexico with relatives in February and looks forward to a return trip in May. Retired from civilian employment with the Navy, he’s now a part-time consultant for Science Applications International Corp., looking forward to full retirement in a year. * Doris Chalmers Bedinger moved from Kansas to Burlington (Vt.) Cohousing East Village in 2011. She writes, “We share gardens and tools, chores and maintenance, movies and meals, governing responsibilities, common living, dining and green spaces. With a shared set of values and deliberate use of non-violent communication, this works. If Colby folks are in the area, I’d love to show them around.” * This year’s project for Steve Rand is chairing his hometown’s 250th anniversary celebration committee. “It’s going to be a good old time in Plymouth, N.H., on the weekend of July 20,” writes Steve. * After Sue Turner’s health challenges of last summer, it’s great to hear she is back to kayaking and hiking in South Carolina. Sue’s photos will be on exhibit at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, Maine, her summer hometown, in July. A second summer highlight will be the marriage of her daughter, Alissa, in Wisconsin Aug. 24. * Larry Angelo writes, “I’m still single and have moved back to my hometown (Philadelphia), where everything costs half of what it does in Manhattan.” He’s working on two books, one on his career in television, the other a guide to artists whose works go largely unnoticed but who could make you, as they have made him, an art addict. * Check out Ed Mowry’s recently published e-book on Amazon, So Close to Dying. It’s autobiographical and will surely speak to some of us. * Mary and Stan Marchut traveled in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe last November. They found parallels between U.S. and South African histories when touring Cape Town and the wine country, similar to San Francisco and Napa Valley, and Soweto’s racial violence brought memories of the U.S. turmoil of the ’60s. * Beth Peo Armstrong writes, “Still doing freelance photography for two corporate clients in Everett, Wash., our winter hometown, and at the Marine Biological Lab and Children’s School of Science in Woods Hole, Mass., our summer hometown.” Two of her children live on the East Coast, one lives on the Isle of Skye, and one is in the Pacific Northwest. Beth and Sam see their four grandchildren whenever possible, with extended summer visits at Woods Hole. Daughter Emily and her children make frequent trips to Peter and Linda Buchheim Wagner’s Applecrest Farm in New Hampshire. Beth’s husband, Sam, is retired, and Beth’s note came from Kauai, Hawaii, as I was outside shoveling snow.
IT’S TIME TO ENJOY LIFE: Stu Rakoff shared some disturbing health problems and “wanted broader distribution to come directly from him.” He noted some speech and muscle weakness in spring 2012. Last September he was diagnosed with ALS. So far, so good. The symptoms are relatively mild, and he has excellent medical support. His wife, Roz, and family and many friends have provided comfort and support. He is able to continue some work with long-time clients and is active in the Reston, Va., community. “I get to the gym most every day.” * Susan Brown Musche has fully recovered from quadruple bypass surgery. She and Frank ’66 enjoy holidays at the Pelican Resort on Simpson Bay, St. Martin. Sue recently saw Lesley Forman Fishelman. * Jean (Hoffmann ’66) and Neil Clipsham continue to make American Girl-sized furniture and clothing for their granddaughters. Jean works 30 hours a week for a foundation. Since he retired Neil has had numerous home improvement projects including “placing a dumpster in the driveway and systematically tossing all the unused, unwanted, and unrecyclable items collected over 48 years.” They enjoyed an Alaskan cruise/tour last summer. * Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton “is still shamelessly promoting her Colby-inspired novel, Lulu Goes to College. To get an e-mail of chapter one, contact her at email@example.com. Barbara noted the passing of Fran Matteson Packard shortly before Christmas. Fran lived many years in Berkeley, Calif., where she was active in local and state politics. * Rick and Nancy Winslow Harwood survived Nemo, the blizzard of ’13, without a disruption of any travel. Hurricane Sandy delayed their departure for Budapest by 24 hours last October. They ended up flying from JFK via Detroit and Paris for a Danube cruise. “Mark your calendar for a storm disaster on March 28, when we are leaving for China and Tibet with Sunny Coady in tow.” * Lois and John Carnochan celebrated their 45th anniversary in August 2012. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. John has retired from the pension actuarial field. Lois continues to teach “a course or two” at College of New Rochelle. John “keeps busy serving as the treasurer of his church.” * May-Lis and Jay Gronlund are now proud grandparents as daughter Melissa gave birth to a baby girl in London last February. Jay continues with his consulting business, the Pathfinder Group in NYC. * Sue (Cook) ’67 and Nick Locsin continue to volunteer at the Maine Maritime Museum. Nick teaches wooden-boat building to local middle school students and does development work for the museum. Sue is cataloging and archiving marine blueprints. They spent last Christmas in Barcelona with their son and his family and plan to join friends in Slovenia this summer. * I am finishing my 17th season as a tax preparer with H&R Block as I write this. I fell in May 2011 on the way back from JFK after a fun 21 days in Australia and Tasmania. The resulting back injury has still not fully healed. As with Stu Rakoff, “disturbing symptoms” led to a diagnosis of throat cancer, which resulted in 35 radiation treatments. All is now clear. My planned adventures to Vietnam and Peru in 2012 became a week of R&R on Grand Cayman in July and a week on Palm Beach in Aruba in August. The best beach visit was Long Bay Beach on Tortola, BVI, in December. I’m planning to resume adventure travel in 2013. The time to enjoy life is NOW. * Bud Marvin is on the Anniversary Committee as a team captain for Class President Harold Kowal. I and some other classmates will be calling you as part of the Colby Fund bicentennial drive. We ask you to remember what Colby helped you to become and write a check when asked to pass it on so that others may find the joy we did on Marshmallow Hill. Hail, Colby, Hail.
Michael and Jean Martin Fowler support cancer research as members of the fundraising board for Fox Chase Cancer Center in Miramar Beach, Fla. They look forward with excitement to a cruise (“something for everyone!”) that will include 17 Fowler family members. Jean is planning to attend Colby Reunion Weekend this year to celebrate the bicentennial and to prepare for our 50th reunion June 5-8, 2014. Mark your calendars now! * Martha “Marty” Schatt Abbott-Shim has reconnected with Essie MacDonough Smith for ski trips and for meeting one another’s family and friends. Last fall, while exploring the Maine coast, Marty also had dinner with Betsy Crockett Tyson-Smith. From her base in Atlanta, Ga., Marty visits her four children in Colorado, California, and Oregon, where she enjoys hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. She recently backpacked in the Tetons of Wyoming and in Patagonia, Chile. * After working as a realtor on the East Coast for 23 years, Susan Woodward traveled full time throughout the United States and Canada in her RV. She is now happily settled in Tucson, Ariz., where she is a painter, a photographer, and a writer. On her website, Susan writes, “My goal, whether painting or photographing, is to convey the richness of the landscape, the layers of color, the textures, the feeling of vastness and the transcendent feeling of being alone in the beauty of nature.” * Morgan McGinley is on the board of the Connecticut Newspaper Project, an online newspaper dedicated to important statewide issues. In addition, Morg is a mentor with the Op-Ed Project serving writers seeking to place op-eds in newspapers nationwide. The emphasis is on promoting female voices in print media. Morg worked for 42 years, 26 as editorial page editor, at the Day, a New London, Conn., newspaper for which his grandfather was the first reporter in the 1880s. * On a recent trip to New Zealand, Larry Dyhrberg enjoyed visiting his brother, playing golf, and traveling. Along the way he met long-lost relatives who share Larry’s Danish roots. Larry reports that he is happy to be back at home with his wife, Michelle, and their two teenage daughters. * Barbie Carr Howson enjoys weekly visits with her 13-month-old grandson near her home in Richmond, Va. This past fall she visited Suzy Noyes Mague in New Orleans, La. At present, Barbie is working at her winter job at the University of Richmond, reading applications for the admissions department. She looks forward to our class reunion in June 2014. * Although retired from teaching college-level American government, Steve Schoeman remains busy writing essays and giving lectures on a wide assortment of topics such as the music of Mozart and the airship Hindenburg. He also travels and attends performances of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. * Suzy Noyes Mague and her husband, Joel, spent six weeks in Bombay (Mumbai), India, while he taught a graduate chemistry course. They plan to remain in India visiting the holy city of Varanasi, Ranthambore National Park, and the Kerala backwaters. * Natalie “Lee” (Bullock) ’65 and John Silver celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary with an NCL cruise to Roatán, Belize, and Cozumel. They snorkeled into deep water, tried helmet diving, and generally “had a great relaxing time!” * There is sad news to report: Our classmate George Shur passed away in November. His memorial service was in DeKalb, Ill. A scholarship has been established in his name at Northern Illinois University. George will be missed and always remembered.
The Class of ’63 reunion planning committee sends you greetings and best wishes. Al Carville and his committee hope that by the time you read this, you’re either preparing to join us on Mayflower Hill for our 50th reunion June 6-9 or you’re back home and savoring the wonderful time we had together. * Both Barb Haines Chase and Karen Forslund Falb sent in a transcript of an NPR interview, “For Elderly Midwife, Delivering Babies Never Gets Old,” by Ina Jaffe about Dian Emerson Sparling. I highly recommend going to npr.org/2013/03/06/173156161/for-midwife-delivering-babies-never-gets-old to read the article and see photos of our Dian. Here are a few excerpts: “Sparling founded an obstetrics and gynecology practice called Womancare 31 years ago. During her career, she has delivered around 2,000 babies. ... [A]s a midwife, Sparling works more closely with women in labor than do most MDs. ... She has given herself deadlines for retiring before. ... [She says at age 75] ‘I will no longer be seeing patients in the office.’” But ... . * Don and Betsy Doe Norwat took a cruise to Nova Scotia, Saint John, N.B., and New England. Despite coming from Kennebunkport, she had never been to that part of Canada. They visited her cousin Carolyn Doe Woznick ’53 in Boston. On another trip she met Ruth Pratley Madell in Kansas City. * Jim Westgate writes that he and Judi Magalhaes Garcia are in close communication. From Thailand Jim continues to be in touch with, and supportive of, countless friends and former students. * Nancy (Godley) ’65 and John Wilson are in Deer Isle, Maine, and enjoyed the snow, wind, and single-digit temps this winter. They stayed warm by the wood stoves. They’re looking forward to seeing classmates at our 50th reunion. * Peter Vogt is not ready to retire. His career as a documentary producer/director (vogtproductions.com) began because of a chance encounter he had with a film crew on campus in 1962. After four years in the Air Force as a motion picture officer, he’s been in the business ever since. Photographer/artist Pamela Zilly and Peter have been together in Cabin John, Md., since 1995. He says, “Life with Pam is full of art, humor, beautiful gardens, and good friends. I’ve been very lucky.” * Ruth Pratley Madell says her 70th birthday stretched out for several months. Her niece, Debbie Wathen Finn ’74, a Colby overseer, hosted many family members—including Debbie’s daughter Stephanie Finn ’07—at “a great house she rented in Damariscotta.” They had a grand time visiting L.L. Bean, kayaking, and making the most of being near the ocean. As she wrote this, she was preparing to fly to San Francisco to visit her daughter and grandchildren. “Looking forward to June!” * Jack and Susan Ferries Moore live on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. They keep busy with kayaking, boating, crabbing, fishing, gardening, and a lot of traveling. They’ve taken kids and grandkids to Costa Rica and have traveled to Italy and Albania to visit her sister and her husband, who manages a USAID grant. She recently saw Cindy Smith Whitaker, Cile Tougas Nix, Marsha Palmer Reynolds, and Peggy Fuchs Singer and hopes to see us all at reunion. * Bonnie Brown Potter, Jane Melanson Dahmen, Joan Dignam Schmaltz, and yours truly worked hard to create a 50th-reunion book befitting our wonderful class. We hope you’re enjoying your copy.
Mac MacLean recently had lunch with Pete Leofanti. Mac was tired of shoveling snow and was happy when it was all gone! * Brenda Wrobleski Gottschalk wrote from Croatia and Slovenia, where she was on tour. In one day they went from sunny Venice to snowy mountains to palm trees in Opatia on the Dalmatian coast. She spent Christmas in Stuttgart, Germany, visiting her son. They attended a classical Christmas concert in Salzburg and visited Neuschweinstein, Mad King Ludwig’s castle. New Year’s was spent in Reykjavik, Iceland, where they helped the Icelanders ﬁre off 600 tons of ﬁreworks. In April she headed to Chile, Easter Island, and Patagonia. * Allison and John Chapman are enjoying their winters in St. Augustine, where it is cool without the snow and ice, and summers in Maine. One item is missing: classmate interaction. They would like to see any of you so they can show off their adopted town. * Colleen “Jo” Littlefield Jones is sorry to have been out of touch, including for our 50th reunion. For the past year and a half she has had deaths in the family and personal health issues. She and Jan Cole Courant e-mail and talk regularly, and she is frequently in touch with Pam Taylor. I’m happy to report that Jo is recovering and gaining daily. I’m also happy to report that Pam Taylor has bounced back from her brain surgery last May. We were delighted that she made it to Colby for our 50th, if only for a short visit. * Jan Cole Courant wrote a nice long e-mail. In October she ﬂew to San Francisco for a visit with her son and his family. There she was reacquainted with her 2 1/2-year-old grandson and met her 8-month-old grandson for the ﬁrst time. She had a delightful visit and saw many of the Bay Area sights. While this might not seem like anything out of the ordinary for most of us, it was the ﬁrst time Jan had even been near a plane since 1999! Jan is the dedicated caregiver for her husband, who has been ill for quite some time. She also mentioned how nice it has been to renew ties with former roommate Jo Littlefield Jones. * Ceylon Barclay sent along a wonderful suggestion about one of us writing a story about those classmates with extended family who have attended Colby. At least a dozen or so of his extended family attended Colby, including musicians, philanthropists, doctors, chemists, a valedictorian, and a salutatorian. At last count I [Pat Farnham Russell] think at least two dozen of my family have attended. I’m hoping for a fourth-generation freshman for fall of 2014. I know Joan (Dignam) ’63 and Richard Schmaltz already have a fourth generation attending. If any of you would like to dig into your family history, please send info along to me and I will put something together for a future column or article.
Melinda and Wayne Westbrook’s daughter, Sarah, will represent Vermont in the Miss USA Pageant this June in Las Vegas. Wayne says, “Wish her luck!” * Bob and Jeanette Benn Anderson, along with Jeanette’s caregiver, Ann, relaxed on Marco Island again this winter. Bob reports that Jeanette continues coping with MS challenges. They continue traveling and go out to eat quite often. “She still loves Colby and all of the friends she got to know while there.” * Margaret “Peggy” Bartlett Gray shares: “My husband and I are skiing again in Sun Valley, Idaho, this winter. Bebe Clark Mutz spent pre-Thanksgiving time with us in Vermont. She’s still the bright, spunky gal she always was. Our move to Vermont from Connecticut five years ago was the right choice: with two sons and families nearby, we gather easily and enjoy seeing the grands’ athletic events and artistic performances.” * Elizabeth “Betsy” O’Connell, on her last official day at NYU as manager of the editorial department, advertising and publications, remembered her time working backstage during senior year with Powder and Wig for the Irving Suss production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Go to www.colby.edu/colbyhistory/yourstory/ to read about her memory and your correspondent’s. Add a remembrance of your own! * Penny Dean Robb writes: “Although I retired from Carl Fischer Music in 2006 in New York City, I continue working for a nonprofit foundation, which has close ties to England. I volunteer at St. Bartholomew’s Church, belong to a book club, and maintain membership with my community theater group, keeping busy and active. Travel is mainly an annual trip across the pond to visit my English relatives. Spent a lovely day with Janet Haskins Mandaville last summer!” * Penny Dietz Sullivan Hill e-mails: “Paul and I retired to Fairfield Harbour, a wonderful North Carolina community. We play golf, bridge, dominoes, and canasta and enjoy many social activities. Paul is on the board of directors, and I run the biweekly potluck suppers and the holiday party. There’s no snow to shovel—one of the reasons we moved here. Looking forward to our next reunion.” * From Wendy Ihlstrom Nielsen: “As president of our local chapter of PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization), an international organization that supports women’s education, I’ll be a delegate to the PEO International Convention in Dallas! I’m also a docent at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn.” * Nancy Tozier Knox adds: “In Florida, we escaped the blizzard of 2013 and enjoyed 81-degree weather while watching Facebook videos of our kids snow blowing driveways. I belong to two quilting groups here in Florida: at my church, where we make charity quilts from donated fabric, and the Sebastian Stepping Stone Quilt Guild, where we learn new techniques, make quilts of valor for the military, and socialize.” * Margaret “Margie” Chamberlain Davis sings alto in her church choir and still works very part time. “My daughter and I play pub trivia at a restaurant every Wednesday with ‘The Scrambled Eggheads,’ four librarians and two daughters of librarians. We do well, except in the Songs category, where the older folks are clueless. Got 18 inches of snow in the blizzard of 2013 and lost our power for 48 hours. Brrr—got down to 40 degrees inside. Just like those Maine winters at Colby!” * William “Bill” Byers, in Tolland, Conn., reported 33 inches of blizzard-delivered snow! * Mary Sawyer Bartlett enjoyed a Sarasota Colby luncheon and visited with Janice Dukeshire Halliwell. Mary attends bridge school and adult ed for Excel training. She again offers AARP tax assistance, has joined the Y, and goes twice weekly for exercise. “Of course, every day finds me at the dog park, playing ball with Annie. As you can tell, I am very busy but not terribly productive!” * Your correspondent attended Colby’s Hawai’i bicentennial event by joining forces in Honolulu with a stalwart crew at the beautiful Oahu Country Club, hosted by Ken Robbins ’63. A great time was enjoyed by all, thanks to superb planning by Nancy Fox, Colby’s director of capital gifts and gift planning—see the alumni page online for photos!
Wendy McWilliam Denneen took a wonderful trip to the Caribbean with Al ’58 and Kay German Dean ’59. Highlights were snorkeling in Roatán, Honduras, and sailing in an America’s Cup yacht race. * Mike Silverberg is still working and enjoying the challenge. He regularly sees Hank Silverman ’61 and Dick Fields ’61 and talks by phone with Ron Weber and Steve Curley. Mike and his wife travel on their boat to Block Island. * Anna Johnson lives in Oregon, where she is removed in time and space from Colby. She remains in touch with Dorothy Reuman, who taught in the Music Department. Anna is becoming a master gardener through a University of Oregon program. * Every January Ken Nigro hosts a baseball cruise, which Eunice Bucholz Spooner joined this year. In the middle of the night, his phone rang; the voice said, “Earl Weaver is dead.” Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver had been going on Ken’s cruise for the past 20 years. Ken is still recovering! He was going to be working for the Red Sox during spring training and planned to attend Orioles games in Sarasota. * Steve Curley writes that Phil Shea, a great classmate, is on his annual winter escape to Phoenix, where he continues to prove that he can’t play golf in the winter in Scottsdale any better than he plays in the summer up north. * Ellie and Russ Zych noticed that the Brothers Four (remember our 1960 winter carnival?) were in concert in Tarpon Springs, so they made reservations. After the concert they talked to Bob Flick, the only original member in the group. Bob remembered the Colby gig, which basically kicked off the group’s career. * Judith Allen Ferretti and her husband had an educational Road Scholar trip to the Florida Everglades. They learned a great deal about the delicate ecosystem in Florida and the efforts to restore the balance between plants, animals, and marine life. * Skip ’59 and Joan Crowell Tolette returned from a trip to Costa Rica, where they hiked in the rainforest, boated a river with alligators, monkeys, and many neat birds, AND zip lined! * Charlie ’61 and Ann Dudley DeWitt plan a move to the Highlands in Topsham. Part of this retirement community is located on land that Ann’s ancestor purchased in the late 1700s. * Ronald Weber enjoyed the Palm Beach luncheon where President Adams spoke and 80 alumni from many classes attended. He spent Christmas in Colorado with three sons and one grandchild. * Steve Finner’s choral-conducting career at age 74 continues to expand! He’s the conductor of the Randolph, Vt., community chorus, the Randolph Singers, a group of around 40. Steve reports that there are many fine singers and the rehearsals are off to a fine start. * Maren Stoll Fischer is taking a group to the fjords of Norway on a mail boat—an adventure, NOT a glitzy cruise. Gail Harden Schade, Marion Porter Potter, and Carlene Daisy Kelleher will join her. They’ll travel into the Arctic Circle and visit spectacular fjords! * During the past year, Tony ’57 and Bev Jackson Glockler camped in Acadia with daughter Margot Glockler Liffiton ’88, took a cruise through Alaska’s inner passage, and survived Hurricane Sandy. During the brunt of the storm, EMT Bev was on a call with a mother in labor and got to the hospital just one hour before the baby was born. * Chet Lewis and his wife, Fran, left the snug environs of East Lansing, Mich., at the end of October to travel to Narragansett, R.I., to take care of his 97-year-old mother-in-law—just in time to experience Sandy’s visit to the Northeast. * One of the many reasons that Lucky Christov moved to Southern California was the lack of hurricanes. They neglected to tell him about the earthquakes! * John Clark has retired after 53 rewarding years of teaching—the last 22 years teaching math at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. John and his wife, Eleanor, are busy playing tennis and taking classes at the community college. * Bob Marier and his wife are active golfers—Bob has a single-digit handicap! Bob has returned to Colby to do concerts with the Colby Eight. He has just released a CD, Melodies From Maine, which is sold in Maine and on iTunes—or directly from Bob (firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-336-0701).
As I write this we are expecting our third weekend snowstorm in a row in the Boston area, but when you read the column spring should be here. * Solange and Reed Thompson made their annual trip back east to visit old friends in and around New York City and their son and his family in the Boston area. They spent three fun days with Posie and Grant Hendricks and their family. It usually takes Reed and Grant about 45 seconds to get past the year apart from each other and revert to how they were 50+ years earlier. It’s like time stands still. Mary Jane and Tony Ruvo came into the city from their New Jersey home, and they all had a delightful three-hour lunch at Patsy’s in Midtown, one of their favorite Italian haunts on the west side. Assuming all body parts are operable, the Thompsons plan on being at our 55th in 2014. * Tim and Barbara Churchill Eddy keep busy. Tim is still in business as a financial advisor, and Barbara volunteers at their church. They have three properties to maintain: a home, an office building, and a place in Maine. Their three children have provided six grandchildren. They enjoy taking Road Scholar trips, which have included the mansions along the Hudson, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, and Mesa Verde National Park. * Ed Goldberg remains active and travels constantly. He spends four months a year in Bozeman, Mont. There are lots of aging flower children reliving the Fifties in a beautiful setting. Trout fishing in high-altitude lakes, horseback riding into the wilderness, skiing in unbroken snowfields, and hanging out with cowboys at local bars make for full and exciting days. Much time is spent learning about alternative sources for his local town, which has struck down wind turbines for a variety of good reasons. The balance of his life seems to be filled with good friendships, family, books, and frequent trips to Israel, where he is involved with one of the universities. * Elaine (Healey) ’62 and Paul Reichert enjoy living in New Hampshire, but trips to other places are also very rewarding. Leaving for Florida in the middle of December gave them the opportunity to visit with two of their sons in Massachusetts and Virginia during the holiday season. After arriving in their former neighborhood, they had the chance to reunite with friends. They planned to return north in March because Elaine is taking four courses at Keene State College. * Joan (Crowell) ’60 and Skip Tolette took a trip to Costa Rica. They walked a couple of beaches, zip-lined (!!!) and hiked the rainforest, and boated a river with alligators, monkeys, and many neat birds. In Florida they spent time with Beverly (Johnson) ’60 and Keet Arnett and had an enjoyable lunch with the Arnetts, Chris Rand Whitman, Val and Bob Marier ’60, Jack Pallotta, and Patty Richmond Stull. * In April 2012 Jacqueline Bendelius Davidson’s book, Nets Through Time: The Technique and Art of Knotted Netting, was published by Maine Authors Publishing. The book describes the history of knotted netting from 23,000 B.C. to its adoption by contemporary fiber artists. Requiring only two simple tools, the technique evolved in many cultures around the world. Nets are used for fishing and trapping game and also, with the same knot, for making lace of fine threads. In December the book was awarded an honorable mention by the New England Book Festival * Dan Van Heeckeren sent the sad news that Doris, his wife of 49 years, died in November, two days after a snorkeling accident and near drowning in Hawaii, where Dan had been attending an AMA interim meeting. Doris had been in the Holsteiner horse business, but she and Dan had made a decision some years ago to stop breeding because the market for foals had collapsed. In the fall they took the final step in winding down the horse business. Last summer they had a giant family reunion at Nags Head, N.C., in memory of Dan’s mother, Jenny, who died just before Christmas 2011 at 98. Dan has been dealing with recertification as a U.S. Sailing senior judge, adapting to decreased balance and locomotion due to stable Parkinson’s improved with medication, and coping with the absence of his soul mate and best friend. He is looking forward to a spring fortnight in Europe, visiting in Sweden and the Netherlands.
Judy (Ingram) ’60 and Doug Hatfield’s oldest granddaughter is a freshman in college at... Bates! This fall the Hatfields cruised the Columbia and Snake Rivers with Peter ’70 and Linda Marsh Foss ’70 and had lunch with Wendy McWilliam Denneen ’60 and Kay (German) ’59 and Al Dean, as well as enjoying a Colby weekend with Ted and Liz Boccasile Mavis ’60, Charlotte Wood MacPhetres ’60, Debbie Wilson Albee ’60, and Wendy McWilliam Denneen ’60. Judy and Doug look forward to the 55th reunion. * Judy Brown Dickson has been on the road and seas again—a birthday celebration in Shanghai, then snorkeling in Fiji, then visits to Auckland and Hawaii, with Alaska and Brazil on tap. She can’t make our 55th—maybe the 60th? * Helen Payson Seager has retired from musical directing but continues to sing with the Fine Arts Chorale in Weymouth, Mass. Her latest project is writing a book about her family’s house in Nantucket (built in 1800 by Obed Macy). It stayed in the Macy family for 100 years, then was sold to a string of off-island “summer people,” including relatives of her husband, who bought it back in 1976. “It’s an arduous undertaking, but I like what I am producing.” She and husband Brad travelled to Vienna in July and then went to Tanglewood for the gala 75th anniversary celebration. * Archie Twitchell and wife Irene journeyed west this winter, one stop being a visit to the Boulder mall, built when Archie was the city manager. The Wall Street Journal had described the shopping center as one of the two best malls in the country, and Archie wanted to see how it had fared after 30 years. “It looked great. It looked economically healthy and the street art was excellent.” They cut their visit short as the temperature was zero to -9 and most of the sites they wanted to see are outdoors. Both Twitchells were also excited about being at Colby in June. * Since Anita Falter Currier moved to Florida she has seldom had a chance to meet with classmates. So it was really special when Marcia Griggs Atsaves drove to Silver Spring, Md., to visit with her and her two daughters, Stephanie and Natalie, who were in Maryland to attend her youngest son’s wedding. Since her daughters had never met Marcia, they all had a good time telling stories from the past and present. “By the way, the wedding was beautiful.” * Harry and Joan Shaw Whitaker spent a special weekend in January with Merle and Barry Ginsburg at their home in Florida. Other Colby alumni and spouses who joined them were Sue and Bob Hartman ’60, Audrey and Waring Blackburn ’60, Trini and Cam Walker ’61, and Bernie Scherban ’60. The Whitakers also look forward to getting together with many friends and classmates at reunion. * Thanks to the many classmates who notified me of the death of Fran Wren Raymond in early February. Fran will be remembered with fondness, admiration, and respect for the special place she filled in our class. Our condolences to her husband, Bob ’56, and all her family members. * And our sympathy to John Edes, whose wife, Robin, died Feb. 23 in Warwick, R.I. * If you are reading this before Reunion Weekend, everyone on the committee hopes to see you on campus to celebrate Colby’s 200th birthday and our 55th anniversary and to take part in many of the activities outlined by president Brad Sherman in his March letter. If you can’t make it, look for a report in future class notes.
Many replies, so here goes! So nice to hear from Isobel Rafuse Capuano, who tells us that no trips abroad are planned for this year (especially on Carnival) but every other base is well covered. In April she and Hank head for Hilton Head with friends for some highly anticipated golf; May will find them in Virginia to celebrate a granddaughter’s first Communion. Then, in June, they’re off to Los Altos, Calif., to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their two sons and families. In mid-July their travels will take them north to New Brunswick, Canada, where they will stay until the end of September. And after that ... maybe a long winter’s nap! * Art and Ellie Gray Gatenby are spending two months in Vero Beach, Fla., and I’m sure they are enjoying every moment of golf they can. In the “small world” department, a woman in Ellie’s foursome happens to be a 1965 graduate of Colby. * Being very involved in genealogy for 35 years, Jeanne Arnold and husband Peter Jeffries have enjoyed traveling the country from east to west to attend the Sheldon Family Association annual meetings and to gather information along the way. Jeanne and Peter will be driving to Utah again this year, stopping for a planning meeting in Ft. Wayne, Ind. * I appreciate Ann Jefferson Barnes’s excitement when she wrote of her newest granddaughter, born in January. The tally for Ann and Forrest ’56 in that department is now four, ranging from age 4 to the baby. The Barneses, who live in Houlton, Maine, now juggle their time from one family in Fort Kent to another in Bath, pretty much traveling the whole state of Maine. Ann is very busy codirecting the spring play for the Houlton Star Bright Children’s Theater—20 children in grades one through three. Ann and Forrest cruised the Maine coast last September aboard the schooner Heritage and highly recommend it. * Kyp Piqueres Greenwood is counting the days until spring after this brutal cold and snowy winter. She has been catching up on her reading but admits she’s ready for more action and excitement. * Andrea and Allan van Gestel still live in Rockport, Mass., and Allan continues his work as a mediator/arbitrator at the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services Office in Boston. In that capacity, Al, with Andrea, was flying to Cyprus at the end of February to testify as a witness on Massachusetts business law before the District Court of Nicosia. * Last September Bev (Jackson) ’60 and Tony Glockler cruised the inner passage to Alaska and enjoyed the trip a great deal. Both are still active with their EMS squad, Bev as an EMT and Tony as an ambulance driver. They plan to go back to reunion this spring with their daughter for her 25th and the College’s 200th celebration and hope to see some of our classmates there. * In mid-December Lou and Bill Bois took a riverboat cruise called “Christmas Markets on the Rhine,” starting in Basel, Switzerland, and ending in Amsterdam. It was a good opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts! This spring they plan to drive around the U.S.A. to visit many of the national parks and historic sites. * We lost a loyal classmate when Janet Kimball Clymer passed away last November. She is now at peace after suffering a disastrous stroke on the eve of our 50th reunion, but what a courageous fighter she was!
The Board of Trustees elected Larry Pugh a life trustee of the College, a rare distinction that recognizes his lifelong contributions to Colby and its board. Larry is now among only three life trustees, including former Colby President Bill Cotter and Paula Crane Lunder (wife of Peter Lunder). The board celebrated Larry and his service at a dinner held in his honor in October, attended by friends, family, classmates, and his fellow board members. Congratulations are definitely in order to you, Larry! * It is with sadness that we report the passing of Daniel Yarchin in California, September 2012. Our sympathy to his family. * Brian Stompe writes that I misquoted where he does his salmon fishing—off the Marin coast, which is the county north of the Golden Gate Bridge, not the Maine coast. My apologies. Brian says that the East Coast Atlantic salmon are endangered due to all the damming and pollution of East Coast rivers. “They’re trying to rebuild runs of Atlantic salmon in some rivers and we wish them luck. There are still fairly large runs of Chinook salmon and some coho salmon in the Sacramento and Kalamath Rivers and some other coastal rivers. The Kalamath runs have been threatened by several antiquated dams that the owners of the dams, the states of California and Oregon, the Indian tribes, conservationists, fishermen, and farmers all agree should be taken down, which would greatly improve the Kalamath as a salmon producer. We hope that gets done by 2020, and I hope I’m around to see it! I’m ‘Big SIR’ for our Branch 134, Sons in Retirement, busy with Little Brothers, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and hauling manure for the flower and vegetable gardens.” * Hope Palmer Bramhall, an “Army brat,” writes that she and husband Peter returned to Anchorage in September after 60 years. She had come to Colby from Alaska before it was a state and hated having to spend her senior year at Anchorage High School after three years at Bayside HS on Long Island. This trip back took them to Elmendorf Air Force Base (her dad was in the Joint Command) and the incredible Denali National Park with its grizzlies, moose, Dall sheep, and eagles. The highlight of the trip was seeing and flying around Denali (Mount McKinley) on four consecutive days in brilliant sunshine. Afterwards on to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Haines (a raft trip down one of only two rivers in Alaska where five varieties of salmon spawn). * On October 19 Kathy McConaughy Zambello and the Sortors, Lunders, and Weys were in Waterville to celebrate Larry Pugh’s being named a life trustee of the College. Among the speakers were former President Cotter and Bro. The next day they were privileged to be included in the spectacular kick-off for Colby’s bicentennial, including a talk by Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64. * From Don Dunbar: “Wife Susan and I are in our Vero Beach condo, Moorings, Fla., for the first time as Susan recently retired from medicine. I hope to get to Winter Haven to see the baseball team and to look up my old roommate Justin Cross. I like this outdoor living and the tax situation here. I am ready to sign up. The best to my classmates and to my other roommate, Bill Haggett, and wife Sally.” * A short note from Joan Hagan Atwood: “I was reelected to another four-year term as register of probate of Sagadahoc County. Love my job!” * My family (daughter in Somers, N.Y., and her twin sister in Orleans, France) and I spent Christmas together in France. We all enjoyed the different cultural Christmas happenings, not only in Orleans, but also in Paris. Now, after February break, it is back to Darien High School and my French and Latin classes.
It’s March 1 as I write. Don’t know about you, but Maine is literally covered in feet of white. But back in ’52, as freshmen, we survived the great blizzard in Waterville! Snow piled up four feet! A lot of us lived downtown still, and there were NO CLASSES! Newspapers and milk were delivered on horseback up to the new campus; tunnels were dug in snow to get into stores and the bank; the Blue Beetle bus had no road to drive on; but we had fun! Were you one of the brave souls who jumped out of the third floor windows onto the snow piles? * Beverly Mosettig Levesque writes that despite the mild weather, she has been plagued with colds, bronchitis, and sinus infections, and she hungers for the HOT sun! “At our age, we enjoy the leisure and comfort of cruising. So in April we’ll take an 18-day cruise from Miami to San Francisco, including Grand Cayman, Colombia, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Mexico, Baja, and the California coast. On May 7, while at sea, we’ll celebrate our 53rd anniversary!” She then adds the shocker: “I can’t believe most of us are or will be 80 this year!” * Marilyn Faddis Butler is at it again, this time translating a bio of a friend to French. She says, “It’s been a while since I used my language skills, but I totally enjoyed it.” Marilyn’s skills from Colby, Columbia, and her years of teaching have really paid off. * Betty Harris Smith is enjoying the beaches of Anguilla. “I belong to an athletic club near our condo in Lincoln. Every time I wear a Colby sweatshirt, someone asks me when I graduated. Two years ago we stopped in Waterville and walked around the campus. I miss the old campus. There are so many buildings now that it felt cramped. We did visit the museum and walk around the pond.” * Diane Reynolds Wright wrote: “Dick and I have been enjoying our winter in Steamboat Springs, Colo., part of the time with our twin grandsons, now 5, and their parents. We feel so lucky to be able to ski, especially in such a great setting.” * Don Moore e-mailed: “With the help of Mother Nature and good genes, Adie and I are in good health and looking forward to our 58th anniversary in June. For the last seven months we have been enjoying our daughter Donna’s success with her production of Cougar, The Musical, presented at the off-Broadway St. Luke’s Theater, at 308 West 46th Street, New York City. Donna wrote the book and 90 percent of the lyrics. It is about saying ’yes’ to life no matter what age you might be. Currently she is in negotiations to license the national tour and overseas rights. Anyone interested in spending a fun afternoon or evening at the theater should go to the website: cougarthemusical.com. Adie and I have just finished digging ourselves out from the recent snowstorm that left 30 inches of very heavy/wet stuff. Please say hi to everyone who might remember me.” * Jo Bailey Campbell visited me, Kathie Flynn Carrigan, in December. Jo writes, “We enjoyed the Russian Christmas concert performed by the Down East Singers and the St. Petersburg Ensemble, sung in Russian. (Kathie just retired from singing with the group for 18 years.) My freshman roommate, Carol Dauphinee Keene, and husband Bud also visited before Christmas. I still enjoy classes at the UMaine Senior College. This winter I am reminded of the 1952 blizzard at Colby.” * Hats off to Jane Millett Dornish and Ellie Small Hudson, who wrote the 200th-birthday appeal letter and the thank you notes to those of our class who helped to increase the percentage of class contributions for the great celebration! Good job!
Joyce Whitham Spencer was in Maine during the blizzard of 2013 and reports that the snow did not slow them down. * Vic Scalise and wife Carolyn spent 10 days in February on Malibu, a much shorter trip from Seattle, he says, than from Boston. They plan to spend June and July in their Ocean Park, Maine, summer place while Vic preaches throughout New England. * Colby “Judy” Thompson Lowe no longer makes the long trips but planned to make several small ones. Early March was to find her at “little Fenway” (Fort Myers, Fla.) watching Red Sox spring training games. A few days in Washington, D.C., at the end of March were to be followed, in April, by a visit to Atlanta, Ga., for an exhibit of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera paintings at the High Museum. JT’s joint repairs are working well—she is feeling good and has not had to drive in snow for eight years. * Judy Jenkins Totman is struggling with “stupid health stuff.”
Priscilla Eaton Billington had told me awhile ago that she planned to attend a Colby gathering near her home in Florida. She said the party was a wonderful affair at Top of the Point, which offered spectacular views and great food. She said she didn’t see many people she knew but did bump into Al ’52 and Joan Martin Lamont ’52. They all viewed a bicentennial video and heard from President Adams, Sue Conant Cook ’75, and the sponsoring alumni. * Tommi Thompson Staples took a trip to Cuba with a Road Scholar group. They focused on art, music, and dance, having a lot of interaction with Cubans. She couldn’t help but feel that Cuba is the North Korea of our hemisphere. * Nelson “Nelly” Beveridge called me shortly after a big storm. There was a lot of storm damage at his home. When I talked with him he was looking forward to going to Boca Raton. I think he mentioned a cruise, but using my notes, I’m not sure that was included this winter. * Carolyn Doe Woznick wrote a note just before one of the snowstorms. She and her husband were looking forward to a five-day trip to Lisbon in early March with some time in London as well before coming back to the spring weather here. * Carolyn English Caci and Ginnie Falkenbury Aronson took a Christmas trip to Prague, where Ginnie’s son has an apartment (and a dog). They both talked about a fabulous concert at the 16th-century Hall of Mirrors, where music combined with art on the walls and ceilings. However, they liked best “bumming” around her son’s neighborhood. Carolyn said it seemed like there was a castle on every corner. Since Ginnie’s son speaks fluent Czech, they were treated like neighbors. Carolyn sold her condo in one day (WOW!) and moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody Feb. 21, where Quinn and Ruth Sheehan Bersani greeted her. * We would love to see as many as possible attend our 60th reunion and the 200th birthday of our college. Chase and Nan Murray Lasbury have been collecting gifts from class members and will announce the totals at reunion. They say this may be the last “recognized” gathering of our class, so try to answer the mailings and make reservations. I look forward to seeing all of you in June.
Russell Wallace starts us off by telling us: “The San Francisco 49ers lost the Super Bowl and we are in mourning. Hope to recover for a trip to France in May. Can’t make April in Paris.” * And now from Dave Lynn: “I’ve been busy marketing my second book, My Boat Notes. This book is similar to my first book, My House Notes, in that it is a workbook, but this is about managing your boat. It outlines those things a boat owner must, or should, do before leaving a mooring or marina—important tasks that promote safety on the water. Both books are available on Amazon and on buybooksontheweb.com. * Sad news came from Joyce Root Laubach, who lost her son, Frank, last July from a rare cancer, T-cell lymphoma. He lived in Seattle, was 56, and never married. “Hope 2013 is better,” she wrote. (So do we, Joyce.) * From our Maine man Dick Chamberlain comes the following: “The annual Colby calendar also features the 200th anniversary of the college with pictures of the ‘old’ campus. Since our class was the last one to have had classes on both the old and new campuses, it is interesting to see what is now located on that part of the old campus which was across the street from the Waterville railroad station. That section of land is now called Colby Circle by the city of Waterville. There are three buildings, which are complete and occupied: the District Court, the Social Security Field Office for the area, and a beautiful new homeless shelter. There is a fourth building currently under construction: the Waterville Police Station, which has been located on the ground floor of Waterville City Hall for decades.” * Art White wrote, “Not much going on in Bath these days. Cynthia and I are spending a typical Maine winter in front of our fireplace and waiting for our plow guy to get us clear. I see most of the Bowdoin hockey games as the rink is only 10 minutes from our home, and on occasion, I make the trip to Waterville to watch the Mules. Damian Strahorn ’02 sends an update on every basketball game. It is fun to watch the development of the players as the year progresses. I used to see a lot of Bob Kline, but I have sort of lost touch with him. Other than that, until spring and golf begin, I read a lot and try to keep busy around the house.” * As for yours truly, I have weathered this crazy winter relatively unscathed. Here on the Cape, we have had our share of cold weather, howling winds (even as I write this), and of course the blizzard in mid-February, which had hurricane-force winds that knocked out the power in many areas of the Cape. Here in the retirement community where I live, we had no power for more than two days and nights, except in the community areas, which had a big, loud generator. Our staff, or those who were able to get to us, managed a hot meal each day (take-out style), coffee and pastries each morning, with hot oatmeal on Sunday—what a special treat! Also a roaring fire going in the lobby/living room area the whole time brought about much enjoyable socializing. * So that, my friends, brings us to the end of our news for now, except for sending you all my very best wishes for a fine, healthy 2013.
It was great to hear from Dan Hall in Duxbury, Mass., spending the winter next to his Vermont stove. He cuts up all the fallen trees he can find and has survived a cold and snowy winter. Dan has a special interest—Uganda—and raises funds for many young students and needy people he has met on his trips there. Dan also keeps in touch with our former Colby coach Nels Corey. Keep up the good work, Dan, and good luck. * Walt Russell continues his zest to make our country a better place and more responsible to our countrymen and women. Walt was a great baseball pitcher and continues to throw strikes. All the best and good health to a fine friend and classmate. Keep up the great e-mails! * Charlie Tobin spends six months in Sun City, Fla., and six months at his inn on Cape Cod. We should all visit Charlie in Dennisport and stay at his lovely inn. Good luck, Charlie. * We had a nice note from Harland Eastman, who retired 30 years ago from diplomatic service. He continues to spend a lot of time with the Maine Historical Society and Greater Portland Landmarks and also created the Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum. Harland schedules concerts and chamber music while enjoying his most productive life. Keep up the good work, and consider writing a book or at least a story for Colby magazine. Stay in touch with your classmates; we need more info from you. * In April Karen and Bob Morrow attended a dedication of a new section of a technical school in Bogota, Colombia, where Bob gave a speech in Spanish. From there they flew to San Jose, Costa Rica, to another Don Bosco school, and then drove to Managua; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and San Salvador, visiting technical schools they’ve worked at for many years. Bob said, “It’s like visiting family.” * Now the editor’s notes: Jane and I returned from our annual month in Naples, Fla. One highlight was having dinner with Ted Shiro. Ted continues to play tennis at the Waldorf Astoria courts and spends most time chasing mixed-doubles partners who can run and spend off-court time with him. Ted’s wife passed away a couple of years ago. He will never change! Ted also spends a lot of time following his iconic grandson, who is a nationally known quarterback for the University of Georgia. Aaron Murray is a terrific young man and will probably play in the professional league when he graduates this year with a master’s degree. I continue to play as much golf as possible and am busy preparing for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, where I have been a member for 52 years. Life is good. Keep Colby in your thoughts and in your will. The greatest class of all time. All the best to the best.
Harriet (Sargent) ’48 and George Wiswell welcomed their first great-grandson, son of grandson Tim ’01 and his wife, Natasha. Storm Sandy did considerable damage to many of the houses on Fairfield Beach, but for them the major loss was sand, which they will have to move back from the roadside to the beach. Within a half a mile of them three houses were completely destroyed and seven others declared uninhabitable until extensive repairs are made. * Bud Everts and his wife, Ellie, have two grandchildren who are in college, one at Elon and the other at Franklin & Marshall. Two grandsons have graduated, one from Gettysburg and the other Fairfield, and in about 10 years Bud’s namesake will be off to college. * Dick and Connie Leonard Hayes have moved to a retirement community in Manchester, N.H., not far from my sister, Ann Jennings Taussig ’49, who now lives at The Arbors in Bedford, N.H. Connie and Dick’s grandson, Taylor Mauck, attends George Washington University and is spending a semester in St. Petersburg, Russia. * Charlie ’49 and Ginny Davis Pearce sold their condo in Grantham, N.H. They live in North Carolina but hope to spend some time in New Hampshire in the summer. Their granddaughter, Abby, is a freshman at BC where my grandson, David, is finishing up work on his M.B.A.
Evie Helfant Malkin wrote an informative letter. “I retired in January 2011 and wonder how I managed to work three days a week for some 30 years as an oncology social worker in pediatric radiation at Mass General Hospital. Because I am so busy now. I’ve been in Cambridge now for some five years, between Harvard Square and Central Square. I volunteer at Christopher’s Haven, a series of seven apartments next to Mass General that provides apartments for families whose children are having proton therapy. I attend a monthly book group. I do yoga. I’m scanning family photos to ultimately put on CDs for my ‘children.’ I get to our place in Vermont monthly. Sadly but realistically the land and house are on the market. The narrow, winding mountain road, the bringing in wood to keep the stove going, the draining of pipes through the winter months are getting a bit much. I see family as often as possible. I’ve just returned from Washington, D.C., visiting a daughter and a great-granddaughter now 1 1/2 years old and named Syd after my husband. In fact I now have five great-grandchildren, the youngest born three months ago. It’s hard to believe how long I’ve lived! I’ve signed up with Elder Hostel/Road Scholar to go to Turkey in April. I’m in touch with Harriet Glashow Singer ’46 (married to Bob Singer ’46).” * Janet Gay Hawkins wrote that life at Peconic Landing is good. “I made the right choice to move here and my kids are also pleased. Presently I chair the Peconic Landing Community Fund, which raises funds to support such in-house activities as the season series of the Metropolitan Opera on HDTV, a ballet series—also in the big screen—and various improvements in the community to benefit the residents. It’s one way to get to know the residents! In February I’ll cruise to some of the Central American countries that I have never been to! Thank you Dorothy and David for soldiering on despite the thinning ranks!” * George ’50 and Harriet Sargent Wiswell’s grandson Tim ’01 and his wife, Natasha, had their first child, Theo. “It’s hard to believe that we have become great-grandparents. We are planning a trip south in mid-March. We will take the car train from Virginia overnight to central Florida. Then we plan a leisurely trip so as to circumnavigate south Florida, seeing friends at various places, and then proceed up the East Coast with some time in both Charleston and Mt. Vernon.” * Howell Clement responded from Kalispell, Mont., to our request for news with a weather and local economic report. “We are having an unusual winter. For instance snow to date is 14.8 inches while normal snowfall is 48.1 inches. Now how this will translate as far as fire danger is concerned we don’t know, however, last year we had about 15 inches of rain in May. Here in Montana our unemployment is starting to edge down as more of our people are heading to North Dakota for work in the Bakken oil fields. The only problem at Bakken is the area was not ready for the influx of people and housing is scarce. Of course our people who need work also want the Keystone pipeline.” * We recently had dinner with Carol Silverstein Stoll Baker and Frannie Hyde Stephan. Also we see Bob Sage ’49 and his wife, Phyllis, and Allan Landau ’55 and his wife, Paula, here in Florida. Our grandson Mark McNulty ’11 lives in Austin, Texas, and works for Governor Rick Perry. Our granddaughter, Jessica McNulty ’07, is in training for her second Boston Marathon and is running for Dana-Farber. Our daughter Deborah Marson ’75 is their mother. Our other grandson, Sam Moller, will graduate from Needham, Mass., high school this spring and has been accepted at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. He’s following in the footsteps of our other daughter, Marsha Moller, Lehigh ’78, who preferred Pennsylvania to Maine.
Arline Kiessling Wills sent happy 200th birthday wishes to Colby. She and husband Charlie are still coming down to breakfast, she writes, “not running but maneuvering without canes or walkers. As survivors, we’re happy to report that we’re healthy and active, still able to take some good annual trips, mainly to France and around the States. Our four kids are properly attentive, themselves nearing Social Security age, the seven grands are all working, and we have two precious greats. Though I had the benefit of a Colby education, none of ours has opted for it (foolish they!), turning in other directions, one now at Harvard and her sister at the University of Chicago. Life is good.” * David Weber has been working on some early history of a Colby professor who, for 30 years, was head of the Department of English. He writes, “Carl Jefferson Weber (CJW) became a Colby English professor in March 1919, after finishing graduate study at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar during 1915-1917—those academic obligations only intervened by his one year of World War I military service. Why does this create a mystery near a hundred years later? Turns out that CJW had created an album of his photographs during those Oxford years. This album of near 100 leaves filled with photographs recently mysteriously came in Kentucky to the Camp Zachary Taylor Historical Society. Sending a disc with half the photos, the Society historian asked the Weber family to identify faces, places, and assign dates to photos, which included shots at Oxford, the Swiss Alps, CJW rowing with his Oxford college team, and a formal CJW portrait when at Oxford. By chance CJW had written his family detailed letters during those same years, ... . So the challenge now was finding events in the latter to enlighten the former. Could the link be found between hundreds of unnamed photos to the hundreds of letters? A needle in one haystack with DNA of another needle in another haystack? Hours of tedious matching effort, and at last the success was quite striking, to the satisfaction of both parties. It has been very rewarding to me to clarify this personal bit of Colby history.”
“I’m watching the snow fall as the blizzard of 2013 starts here at Peconic Landing, the continuing care facility in Greenport, Long Island, where I live with a nice group of educated and mostly active women and men. Plenty of educational and entertainment opportunities,” writes Grandma Moses Joan Gay Kent. “I’ve recently taken up watercolor painting. It’s harder than I thought it would be.” * Maurice Whitten arrived in St. Petersburg, Fla., Dec. 1 and wasn’t returning to his home in Gorham, Maine, until April 1. “We really enjoy being here. Most of the time the daily temperatures range from about 55 to 82 degrees. I tell people I’m allergic to snow. A tremendous number of people have the same allergy, almost epidemic!” He continues, “The following is NOT news—it’s history, maybe belongs in the archives. I started teaching at Wilton Academy in Sept. 1945. There were three other Colby graduates there in a faculty of 11: Susan Weston 1906, mathematics; Edna F. Bailey ’36, English; and Harland L. Keay ’30, principal. My last year at WA was 1947-48. Mary Young ’46 was hired that year to replace the Latin teacher.”
News from Lois Peterson Johnson, who lives in Boonville, Mo. At Christmastime she and her daughter Carol sang in a 100-voice community chorus in Boonville. She turned 90 in April 2012. She has had a pacemaker installed and a successful cataract operation on her right eye. She had visited her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who live in Arizona and Florida. She does travel alone! * Had a phone call from Barbara Baylis Primiano, who lives in Barrington, R.I. She has moved from her family home into a smaller residence, but still in the town of Barrington. She is delighted to be still near her many friends. * Nancy Curtis Lawrence is not as mobile as she used to be since she had the aortic valve in her heart replaced. She lives in Washington State, and a daughter, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren live with her. “There’s always something doing,” she says. * Like Lois, I too sang in a 100-plus-voice chorus this Christmas. We even went on the road and gave a concert at Bangor (Maine) High School on a Saturday night and the same program on Sunday afternoon here at Camden Hills High School! That really was quite an ambitious endeavor! Lois and I were singing alto Dec. 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. I don’t know what she sings now, but I sing tenor. Guess I did too much talking those many years I taught school! I did make my trip to Cambodia and Vietnam last Nov./Dec. The temples are magnificent with carvings that are unbelievable. Vietnam is much more modernized and equally overrun by motorbikes. The showplace along the coast in that country is Ha Long Bay, with hundreds of stone islands of all sizes! Some many stories high, others smaller, but the sight is breathtaking. In Hanoi we visited Hanoi Hilton where Senator McCain was a prisoner. The only challenging part of that trip was the time in transit! Going over was about 18 hours, but the return trip, what with the time differential and a six-hour layover in Seoul, South Korea, ended up being close to 40 hours! Delighted I had the opportunity to go.
Margaret Campbell Timberlake is selling her house in Portland, Maine, and moving to a South Portland condo located at T-Ledge, a former stable where she went horseback riding as a teenager. “I figure that there is a time for everything. We don’t always get what we want, but what we need. My memories of Colby are pleasant. I met my dear husband [Alfred ’40] there my freshman year and we had many happy years together and raised two lovely daughters (Sharon ’69 and Nancy, who went to Mount Holyoke). I wish all my classmates the very best.”