In January Matt Apuzzo ’00 joined the New York Times Washington bureau covering the Justice Department. Apuzzo and Adam Goldman won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for their work reporting for the AP on the NYPD’s Muslim surveillance program. * Alanna Balboni ’06 earned her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., and was commissioned to the rank of captain in the U.S. Navy. She has served in the military for four years. * Nikolai Barnwell ’09 was interviewed by the Daily Nation (Kenya) for his work as program manager for 88mph, a company supporting tech entrepreneurs from sub-Saharan Africa. With offices in Nairobi and Cape Town, 88mph helps early-stage Web and mobile companies with startup funding and provides advice on products, company structure, and funding options, among other topics. 88mph planned to expand to Lagos, Nigeria, this year. * The story of Jessica Boyle ’12 was recounted in both a Boston Globe article about colleges meeting the needs of first-generation students and a Portland Press Herald piece about the Mitchell Institute. Homeless when she arrived at Colby, Boyle started initiatives for first-gen students including a free-school-supplies program and an advice handbook. Boyle earned a Mitchell Scholarship that helped her attend college, and she now works as a development coordinator for MIT’s School of Science.
Hi 2013ers! I’m thrilled to serve as your class correspondent and can’t wait to hear about everyone’s post-graduation adventures. Our first full column will run in the summer issue, and you can submit news now. Also, please consider attending our one-year reunion June 6-8, 2014—-it’s sure to be a blast! I hope to run into more of you in NYC—it’s been great seeing familiar faces at Colby events (and around town!).
Happy 2014! It’s hard to believe two years have passed since we were enjoying our senior spring on Mayflower Hill. I was floored by the number of responses I received this time around. Thanks to all who sent in updates; we’ve been up to some interesting things. * Laura Maloney is working for Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (Conn.) and enjoying spending time with fellow Colby alums in D.C. * Sarah Hirsch spent last year in Morocco on a Fulbright grant teaching English to undergrads. She’s now back in the U.S. and teaching at a Montessori school outside Boston. * Also teaching in the Boston area, Michelle Mathai is currently working with lower elementary students at the Inly School in Scituate, Mass. * Christopher Halladay’s hard work with Brown University’s Center for Evidence-Based Medicine paid off last fall when he won the Lee Lusted Award for Health Services and Policy Research at the 2013 Society for Medical Decision Making Conference. * In September Jillian Howell traveled to Hawaii to visit Tate Kaneshige and Lindsay Hylek.Lindsay then visited Boston in October to attend game six of the World Series with Jillian. * Sulaiman Nasseri is in his last semester at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and will soon receive his master of science in economics. While at Georgetown he interned at the Middle East Institute in D.C. and visited his home city of Kabul, where he worked for the United Nations Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch. This spring, while completing his degree, Sulaiman will be a United Nations Association fellow in D.C. * After graduation Evan O’Neill and David Furman spent 10 weeks traveling Europe with friends. Evan has now settled into a job as a BD associate at Fisku, a mobile app marketing company in Boston, where he acts a spot media buyer. He currently lives in Somerville with freshman-year roommate Tom Hurley. * Ian Borthwick, Billy Hudson, and Tripp Stevens formed a flag football team and are ready to take on the elite athletes of New York City. * After he wraps up his master’s in earth sciences at Vanderbilt, Nate Katsiaficas hopes to return to New England to work in environmental consulting. * Maddie Bergier is building her wine and food knowledge at Central Bottle Wine + Provisions in Cambridge, Mass., while working on her first food/tech startup, Culinary Ventures, LLC. You can see her hard work in action at chefdup.com. She lives in Allston with Claire Grady and Lauren Harris. * Nirakar Poudel completed his dual degree in the engineering program at Dartmouth this spring. He entered the electrical engineering department at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering in the fall. After spending five years in New England, he is enjoying the warm winter days of Southern California. * Living near the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., Petey Randall is pursuing his Ph.D. at UCLA, and Chelsea Sonksen has a new position as a marketing specialist at CBRE. * If you ever find yourself in the Waterville area, be sure to turn on WABI TV-5 at noon to catch Caitlin Burchill anchoring for the Bangor news station. You can also find clips of her online at wabi.tv, if you’re so inclined. * I hope to hear from you all again soon. Warm wishes for a happy and healthy year!
Stephen Zaharias started his final semester at UNH School of Law. He’ll intern with a justice on the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and upon graduation in May will be admitted to the New Hampshire bar due to his participation in the Daniel Webster Honor program. He anticipates sitting for the Massachusetts bar after graduation. * Toni Tsvetanova is in her second year at Harvard Law School, where last semester her foreign direct investment moot court team won an international competition in Germany. She went to Japan for independent research on how Japanese culture affects the decision to litigate (or not) as part of her January term. * After Thanksgiving with family in Rhode Island, Chris Gorud visited Dan Lesser, Charlie Wulff, Jarad Doyon, Ned Nakles, Matt Westenberg, and Sammy Gradwohl in Boston’s North End. He missed Scott Wentzell and Ben Hurwitz this time but plans another reunion next summer. In D.C. Chris, Alicia Kreiger, Lia Engelsted, Brooke Wanlass, David Schumacher, Alex Pan, Ellen Morris, Emily Cook, John Clauson ’10, Steve Erario ’10, Hannah Smythe ’12, and Nikki Yanok ’12 gathered to celebrate Aaron Kaye and Stephen Sentoff’s birthdays. * Alexandra Desaulniers joined the staff of LaTiDo, a cabaret and spoken-word series based in D.C. and New York City, as communications and public relations manager. She continues to perform at the cabaret as well. Alexandra joined Sarah Whitfield ’09, Ray Rieling ’12, and Reiling’s mother, Sheila, to lay wreaths at the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in December. The Colby Club of D.C. raised funds for the cause. * Adan Hussain started his second semester in the higher education and student affairs master’s program at Ohio State. He works as the graduate assistant in the multicultural center and will present at a regional conference this semester. * Ben Mitchell-Lewis sailed to Virgin Gorda, where he helps run a camp. * In October Laura Berzins graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a master’s in international education development. She moved from New York to Jackson, Wyo., to ski before starting at Cornell Law School in the fall. * All is well on Drury Lane in Boston with Grayson Palmer stepping up in the world via a promotion to director of the annual fund at the Commonwealth School. Meanwhile Anne Geraghty said goodbye to fun employment with a job at Conventures, where she assists in event planning. Their roommate, Natasha Atkinson, stimulates brains for fun at Beth Israel and is working on her audition tape for The Bachelorette. * Last fall Zander Koallick moved to Nashville with the Joint Chiefs (Jeoff Jarnot ’10, James O’Brien ’12, Carson Brown ’13, and Hunt Hearin). They live in the same house, practice, write new songs, and work to develop a following. They’re having a blast getting to know the area. They’ve been back to New England a few times and will play in New York and Washington, D.C., this spring. * In alumni pet news, Patrick Burns got a chameleon—Chameleo Estevez—and he’s a stud. * In news from the forest, Peter Allfather led a successful yoga retreat for John Perkins, Nate Seiberling, Saikrishna Chavali, and Ben Mawhinney at the COC cabin Jan. 28 despite there being no firewood and Sai finishing his Big G’s food rations within 20 minutes of their arrival. * Just before Christmas Austin Sutherland returned home to New Hampshire after a year working near London for Unum UK. He’s now in Portland, Maine, working in finance at Unum US. He’ll go to Colby in May to see his sister graduate. * Emily Hilton is in her third year with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, where she works with a Burkinabé NGO to increase handicapped children’s social acceptance and access to education and medical care in rural areas. Her role is to improve systems for reporting, record keeping, and organizing data. In October she returned to the U.S. for a short visit for the first time in two years and had the chance to visit the Colby campus, which was even more beautiful than she remembered. How lucky we all were!
Jess Levasseur attends the University of Washington for environmental health. Over the holidays she saw Samah Mahmood, Alex Pan ’11, Ellen Morris ’11, Adam Marshall ’12, and Will Bloomhardt ’12. * Jordan Schoonover, in her final semester of law school at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Ore., has enjoyed visits from Ian McCullough and Danielle Sheppard ’11. * Brandon Beasley completed an internship with the South African human rights commission in Cape Town and is in Australia pursuing a law degree. * Emily Griffoul completed her first semester of graduate school at UC Irvine. She traveled to India, Nepal, and Thailand last summer with Diana DelleChiaie. They met Carolin Maney ’12 in Kerala, India. * Julia Stifler and her girlfriend finished hiking the 2,668-mile PCT in October after nearly being thwarted by a major snowstorm in northern Washington. * Nick Ruocco, in St. Kitts and Nevis, is attending the accelerated D.V.M. program at Ross University. * Emily Hanley, Annelise Wiersema, Amy Makowiecki ’08, and Kelsey Gibbs recently caught Newsies on Broadway and it’s been stuck in their heads ever since. They caught up with Billy Crowe ’08 in the city. * Sonia Booth is program coordinator in the education department at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. * Brandon Pollock and Nick Friedman continue to purify the world one environmentally friendly water cooler at a time. They played in the powder in Jackson Hole with Caity Murphy. * Dan Austin manages biotech strategy at Genentech with an associated move to Francis’s city in Norcal. * Nick Van Niel will start his M.B.A. at Sloan Business School in September. * Aaron Block has a few more rotations before becoming a physician assistant and aims to work in sports medicine and orthopedics. * Anna Kelemen and Caroline Dickson are engaged to Colby boys and are both marrying this summer; one wedding will be at Shelburne Farms, Vt., where Megan Browning recently started a job in youth farming education. * Dan Reeves is still working on his physics Ph.D. and living with Ross Connor,who works at Adimab. * Hasan Bhatti lives in Jerusalem. He’s learning Hebrew and Arabic while working at Hand in Hand, a school for Israelis and Palestinians that promotes dialogue and collaboration as methods of learning and cohesion. * Jenn Corriveau will propose her Ph.D. dissertation this spring at UConn. In May she’ll marry Christina Honeycutt, and Duy Lyford will be one of her bridesmen! * Nick Tucker is busy in L.A., where he works for a nonprofit and is a proud manny of 10 boys while writing his first book. * Matt Strickland is in his second year of medical school at BU. * Kari Rivers loves teaching kindergarten at the French School in St. Louis. She saw Chelsea Nahill over winter break in New Hampshire. * Piper Haywood and her husband moved to Leeds and have started their own design and Web development business, Approach (approach.co.uk). * Jessica Williams will attend the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She plans a summer trip around Europe with Katherine Littleton and Katherine Perez. * Kat Cosgrove wrapped up her internship with Center for Victims of Torture in D.C. * Brittany Soderholm and her fiancé, Jim Gancarz, plan to marry in October on a mountain at Sunday River Ski Resort. * Johanna Kunkel is moving to NYC to work for Wanderlust. * Liz Millikin scored a dream job at Stratton Mountain Resort in southern Vermont doing social media and communications. * Delia Langan launched delialangan.com in October and moved to Manhattan. She was featured in Teen Vogue’s February issue. * Lamont Henry just earned his CFP designation at 25, making him one of the youngest CFPs in the world. * Brett Souza became a real estate agent in the D.C. area, joining the Souza Group with Long & Foster. * Dana Yerigan is a graduate gemologist and hopes to become a gemstone buyer and private concierge jeweler. * The Joint Chiefs saw a lot of familiar faces at their sold-out New Year’s show in Boston. They’re recording their debut album and plan a summer tour. Check out their schedule at jointchiefs.com.
Kat Brzozowski and Wes Miller ’08 are getting married May 25 in New Hampshire. Kat saw David Way, Rob Dillon, Mike Barrett, and Casey Lynch over break. Casey designed the invites for the wedding! * Ned Warner married Ashley Allen (now Ashley Warner) last June. They live in Vail, Colo., where Ned teaches art at the Vail Mountain School. * Nikki Crocker lives in Houston, Texas, and is working toward her M.S. in geology at the University of Houston. * Naomi Smith will graduate from the Northeastern University School of Law in May. She already has a job lined up at one of Boston’s premier law firms. * Lokesh Todi met up with Christina Mok for many coffee dates in New Haven, Conn. Christina graduated from the Yale School of Medicine’s physician associate program in December. She had New Year’s brunch in Alex Richards’s NYC apartment with Caitlin Coit ’08, Molly Corbett, Danielle Crochiere, Caroline Dickson ’10, SamHoff, Logan King, Lissa Martin, Dylan Perry, Liz Pfeffer, John Roberts, and Josh Sadownik. Christina, Devon Anderson, and Abigail Sussman walked through Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Ore., in January, admiring the baby giant sequoias. * Liz O’Neill moved to Boulder this year, just a few blocks from Sophie Newbury Bergland ’08. Liz works on the content team at Kapost, a content-marketing-software startup, and plays broomball every Wednesday on the Buck Fates team with other alums in the area including Anders Wood ’07 and Jessica Seymour ’06. Liz got engaged in December and looks forward to marrying fellow Milton Academy alum John Dennison in 2014. * Martha Ortinau is now assistant director of annual giving at Ashland University. She traveled to Boston on MLK weekend to see Althea Wong-Achorn and Jamie Jones. She was excited to see them as she doesn’t think she’ll make the reunion at Colby—boo! * Mae Ogorzaly and Sam Pelletier moved to Portland, Maine, in September. Sam is getting his master’s of education at USM, and Mae is back on Mayflower Hill working in the Office of the Colby Fund. * Shafeek Mohamed celebrated New Year’s with Ratul Bhattacharyya, Kirsten Duda, Amy Kyaw, and Christopher Van Alstyne in Brooklyn, N.Y. They had a great time. * Laura Bisbee is sad that she can’t make it to reunion as she is continuing her second year of Peace Corps service in Nicaragua. It has been an unforgettable experience of teaching English, with many ups and downs and always the scenic backdrop of the volcanic island of Ometepe. Still waiting for Colby visitors! * Scott Zeller and Scott Carberry will move to North Carolina this summer to start graduate programs at rival schools. On behalf of the reunion committee, Scott Zeller says to save the date for our fifth-year reunion June 6-8. We can’t wait to see you all there!
2013 was a great year for our classmates, and based on your updates, 2014 is off to a terrific start! * Joe and Adrienne Angel Giampaoli were blessed with their first child, Ellie Rose, Oct. 23. She loves her Colby onesie and was sad to have missed reunion. * Tyler Ingram was married last July surrounded by Colby friends. He and his wife, Allison, expect their first son in May. * Jenn Mizen Malpass enjoyed dinner with Christine Avena in Columbus, Ohio, when Christine and her dog, Taiga, were on their way back to Colorado after the holidays. They enjoyed reminiscing about Professor Cathy Bevier’s “superbio” course and its application to Ph.D. comprehensive exams. Christine passed with flying colors in January and looks forward to skiing with Jenn in Colorado this winter. * Maya Klauber married John Ferrarone Oct. 12 at Skytop Lodge in the Poconos. It was a lovely weekend with several Colby friends attending. * Kate Yedinak is engaged to Rory Payson. They plan to have a July wedding, and Sarah Switchenko, Rachael DeCruz, and Eva Gougian are in the wedding party. * On Christmas Eve Dustin Hilt proposed to Bailey Woodhull in front of Miller Library. They spent the rest of their holiday break celebrating with friends and family. * Kerry Whittaker spent last May in Antarctica doing research, and in January she defended her Ph.D. thesis. She’s now focusing on her doctorate in oceanography. In February Kerry headed to Washington, D.C., as a Knauss Marine Policy fellow, to work with endangered marine species. She looks forward to connecting with Colby alumni in the area. * Caitlin Coit and Joshua Sadownik ’09 were engaged in Jamaica last fall and plan an August wedding. * Rand Hall found employment as head of reference and information services at Haverhill Public Library. * Genevieve Triganne married Joel Pitt ’09 last August. * Gretchen Markiewicz became engaged to Christopher Johnson during a fantastic road trip on the West Coast. She and Patrick Sanders recently enjoyed adult milkshakes and discussed their upcoming September weddings. * Martin and EmilyWilsonConnelly are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Juniper Helen, born at home Dec. 18. * Last fall Victoria Hayne started her public and nonprofit M.B.A. at Boston University. She continues her work in development at BU’s School of Medicine. * Hanna Gerlovin is engaged to Nicole Terrillion Rockwell’scousin, Joshua Doolittle. She’s in her last semester of courses for her biostatistics Ph.D., but she still has several years left prior to finishing the degree. * MeaghanFitzgerald lives and works in London, where she’s part of the founding management team of 23snaps, a private social network for families. She was thrilled to be included in The Drum magazine’s 30 Under 30 Women in Digital and named a Nokia Remarkable Woman in 2013. Excited to secure her British permanent residence in 2014, she also looks forward to returning to New England to earn her M.B.A. at Harvard later in the year. * Liza Mitchell is working on an M.S. in water resources at the University of Idaho and is conducting a research project at the most remote research station in the lower 48, studying the role of salmon carcasses in freshwater stream nutrient cycling. * Jeffrey and Jessica Iwasaki Mullins are thrilled to announce the birth of Mia Kuroki, who arrived Sept. 5. Brothers Chase and Noah enjoy taking care of their little sister. * Sara Benjamin and Joel Samen (Bowdoin ‘07) got engaged in October and look forward to their May 3 wedding in Boston. * At Halloween, Madison Gouzie and Eric Holstein opened a hot chocolate and s’mores shop called Winter Warmers at 808 Union Street in Park Slope. It’s a seasonal business that will run through March. They’re pleased with how things have gone. They also cater corporate events off site, host private parties in store, and help neighborhood schools by selling their products at events through a profit-sharing program. Check out winterwarmersny.com.
Matthew and Amanda Lee James Venezia welcomed their first daughter, Leah Mae, Oct. 25. Amanda reports that “she’s perfect in every way!” * Leslie Peterson is getting married to Christian Crannell ’08 this June in Charlotte, Vt. They live in Burlington, where Christian is in medical school and Leslie teaches third grade. * Chris Hoffman spent time in Winchester, Mass., with Monty ’06 and Laura Harker Hankin ’06 for a pre-Christmas celebration along with Tim Brown, Ben Crane ’06, Adrian Walther ’06, Bobby Abendroth ’06, Jamie Waters ’08, Dylan Perry ’09, and Sam Hoff ’09. Chris and his wife, Courtney Reichert, expect their first child, a girl, in May. * Amanda Vickerson took a job at Greely Middle School as a behavior strategist and finally bid adieu to her beloved 1994 Geo Prizm. * Cammie (Dale) ’06 and Brian Liberty welcomed their daughter, Meredith James, Sept. 27 in Miami, Fla. * Kevin Fritze completed his graduate studies at Duke University and moved to Charlotte, N.C., with wife Dorian and newborn son Kenneth to join the sustainability team at fiber technology company Domtar. * McKenzie Wessen caught up with Ashley Best Syler in Vermont and then took a trip to the Poconos with Taka Bennett ’06. * Caitlin Sateia and Kristopher King welcomed their first child, Lawson Michael King, Jan. 12 in Newton, Mass. They report, “We’re enjoying getting back to our old finals week sleep schedules with the little guy.” * Jessica Laniewski married Jordan Bowne (USC ’07) at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Mass., Sept. 15. Her Colby roommates Julia Csikesz Welch and Lisa Helstrom were bridesmaids, and Brendan (with whom the groom went to law school in Boston) and Anna Czechowski O’Keefe also attended. Jordan and Jess met in Verona, Italy, while studying abroad. “Many thanks to Jan Plan for setting the chance meeting into motion!” * As for me, Annie Mears, I’m gearing up for a big summer on the wedding circuit including weddings for Laura Keeler, Meg Davis, Courtney Goodie, Morgan Manoff ’08, Blake Foster, Derek Snyder ’04, Kristin Luber, Lindsay Snyder, and younger sister Kitty.
Lindsay Masters is an associate attorney at White & Jankowski, LLP in Denver, practicing water and natural resources law. * Francis Chapuredima married Robinah Zendera Dec. 28 in Ruwa, Zimbabwe. The best man was Demeke Wondmagegn, and Tony Abakisi was a groomsman. Taffie Gwitimah and Rumbie Sundire ’03 also attended. * Meris Esterly and Seth Stout planned to get married Feb. 14. * Adam Atkinson-Lewis graduated from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern with an M.B.A. and a master’s in engineering management last June. He moved back to California, where he works for a startup called Natel Energy and lives about six blocks from Katie (Himmelmann) ’07 and Charlie Hale. They’ve already gotten sick of being so close to each other, so Adam spends a week each month working in Chile on renewable energy projects. Absence (and gifts of Chilean wine) makes the heart grow fonder between Colby neighbors, it turns out. * Doug ’07 and Sarah Ayres Turnbull welcomed a baby girl, Suzanna West Turnbull, Nov. 10. Sarah writes that they are having a great time getting to know her. * Monty Hankin writes that wife Laura Harker Hankin is a shining star in the field of education reform and is an awesome mom 24/7. Monty wonders how she does it all and puts up with his shenanigans. * Lauren Erickson continues to live and work in San Francisco and will graduate from the University of San Francisco with a master’s in counseling psychology in May. * Jessica Seymour is engaged to Anders Wood ’07. The happy couple got engaged in October and will be married in Vermont in the fall. They see lots of Colby alums in the Boulder area and dominate the
broomball league out there. Jessica took a group of middle school students to Spain and is finishing up her second year as the Spanish teacher at a charter school outside of Boulder. * Bennett Barnwell and his wife, Heather, traveled to D.C. to ring in the New Year with Colby alumni from the Class of 2006. Nate Stone, Steve Planas, Aine McCarthy, Rachel Carr, Cait Miller, Melissa McNulty, and their significant others all joined in the dancing. * David Gutman is now a reporter for the Charleston Gazette. Dave covered a big story in West Virginia related to a chemical spill and appeared on CNN to report on the issue.
Emma Lynch earned a master’s from Colorado State and works with the National Park Service in Fort Collins. * Adam and Mary Frederick Lipham welcomed second daughter Julia Karis Nov. 30 and bought their first home, in Augusta, Ga. * Leah and Patrick Harner had their first baby, Brielle Mae, Nov. 24. They live in Loveland, Ohio, where Patrick is a personal trainer and is training for the first-ever Obstacle Course Race World Championships. * Rebecca (Taylor) ’04 and Nick Malick live in Oakland, Calif., with Juliet, 4, and Eloise, 1 1/2. Last fall Nick began as dean of students at Prospect Sierra in El Cerrito. Rebecca is a music teacher at Monarch Academy in Oakland. * Torrey Kulow and husband Yasin Tunc welcomed daughter Dilara Aylin Nov. 15. They live in Madison, Wis., where Torrey is working on her Ph.D. in math education. * Sean and Julie Morrison Baron live outside Seattle, where Sean works for Microsoft and Julie is a physical therapist. They welcomed their first son, Roman Drake, May 18. * Nico ’06 and Melissa Hernandez Mwai enjoyed their first year in Maryland, where they celebrated their son’s first birthday. They’ve visited Jon Lees in Silver Spring and keep in touch with David ’07 and Mary-Catherine Saraiva Amadu ’07, Hannah Emery, and Hande Barutcuoglu. * Nick and Mary Olsson Miller welcomed Owen Victor Oct. 9 and enjoy raising their baby in NYC. * Jared and Nicole Wessen Cushman are excited for their daughter, Hayley, 1, to meet her little brother, due in April. Nicole hopes to see her sister, McKenzie Wessen ’07, run the Boston Marathon. She qualified in her first-ever marathon in Philadelphia. * Robert ’07 and Amanda Restell Mand welcomed son Cormac Mand Oct. 1. * Brian Footer and Amanda Wohl were married in Philadelphia in November and honeymooned in Aruba. Alumni attending included Christian Allen, Charles Fizer, Dan Williams, Jeremy Little, Catherine Pappas, Dana Wheeler ’04, Jay McMurray ’06, Suzanne Forster ’03, and best man Evan Footer ’09. * Kevin and Emily Goodyear Forgett were expecting their first child, a boy, in March. * Matt and Maureen Sherry Lynes welcomed their first child, Grace Sherry, Dec. 30. * Jackie Dao is the new White House liaison for the Peace Corps. * Supported by at team from Dave Acker’s San Francisco-based venture capital group, Endurance Companies, Rich Downing is opening a new group cycle (spin) studio in Kendall Square, Cambridge. The company expected to begin private classes in March. Sign up at signup.turnstylecycle.com. * Annette Caswell got married New Year’s Eve in Portland, Maine. She and husband Rudy Mueller expect a baby in June. * Dan Seifert was promoted to director of talent acquisition for Citizen Schools in Boston. He ran his first marathon (in NYC) to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. He also enjoyed a ski trip in Utah with John and Wendy Sicard Cole and Skyler Place ’04. * In January Matthew Bucklin appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch to promote his company, Quit Tea. * After receiving a master’s from the University of Washington, Liam McDonnell joined the U.S. Coast Guard, spending the past three years in Seattle on a high endurance cutter. He’s now stationed in New Orleans working in the marine science technology group. * In April 2012 Lydia Durant married Sathish Umapathy in London, where they live. They welcomed a baby boy, Kayalan Durant, Aug. 31. Prior to Lydia’s maternity leave, she worked at Imperial College London as a postdoctoral research associate studying the immunology of respiratory virus infections. * Casey McCarthy and wife Marge welcomed Peter Anthony (named after each of their fathers) March 21, 2013. Marge is a lower school teacher at Marymount in NYC, and Casey is an associate director in Bon Appétit’s marketing department. * Katie Slemp married Andrew Douglas Nov.10 at the River Course on Kiawah Island. Attending were Katie Ghelli, Mary Biggins, and Karina Johnson. Katie is director of quality, innovation, and evaluation at Commonwealth Care Alliance in Boston. * Ted Farwell and wife Katie O’Neill ’04 live in Lausanne, Switzerland, and work for two Minneapolis-based companies. They celebrated New Year’s in St. Anton, Austria, with the 2005 Go-Ho basement crew, including Andrew Raser, Steve Whelpley, Rob Mehlich, and Park Ridill. * Mark and Ashley Germain Wallace welcomed their second child, Tony Kenneth, Oct. 23, making their daughter, Aurelia, 5, a big sister. * Have a great spring!
I can’t believe we are so close to our 10-year reunion. I’m so excited to see you all on Mayflower Hill June 6-8. * Rumbi Sundire lives in Zimbabwe and works as operations director for a startup called Leon Afric. In November she met up with Chris Sotzing in Edinburgh, Scotland. In December she attended the wedding of Francis Chapuredima ’06 in Zimbabwe. * Justin Juskewitch is completing the final year of his M.D./Ph.D. at Mayo Clinic and is applying to residency programs in pathology. He and his wife, Katie, welcomed their second child, Oliver Lucas. Big sister Adelyn doesn’t know what to make of her baby brother yet. * In September Samuel Ludwig married Maureen Scanlin in Rangeley, Maine. Ben Raphael, Eric McAllister,and Kyle Kreiss made the rugged trip to Kennebago Lake, where the four relived old memories and thought of fly-fishing but didn’t. Samuel and Maureen now live in Washington, D.C., and hope to not fly-fish with other old friends soon, so send them a line if you’re in town. * Tim Smith was recently named CEO of Full Circle Fund, a nonprofit in San Francisco that provides funding and support to other nonprofits to help them launch new initiatives, make a greater impact, and drive lasting social change. * Scott and Anne Christman Brown welcomed their first child, Carrick Edward. They live in Chicago. * Tim and Cate Young Sheehy welcomed their first baby, Molly Elizabeth, last July. They moved to Winchester, Mass., and bought their first house. Molly loves getting together with future Mules in the area with Kim Betz Kearns, Jen Barrett Crocker, Amanda Belden Kramer, Grace Becker Lochhead,and Amanda Sullivan Levine.* Nick and Jen Barrett Crocker welcomed their second son, Charles Barrett, in December. Big brother Thomas loves having a little brother around. They moved to Dedham, Mass., and live near Whitney Pearce Fitts ’02 and her family. * Betsy Ramos is getting married in May to Denae Pachucki. Christina Ramos is her maid of honor, and Mindy Pinto Wright’02 and Melissa Minaya Wilson’03 will attend. * Kelly Thomas has been running her graphic design business for four years and is getting married in Los Angeles in May. She splits her time between L.A. and NYC. * Chris and Erica Joseffy Blomberg welcomed their baby boy, Caleb John, in January. Chris was accepted into the cardiology fellowship program at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston. * Alex ’03 and Brittney Lazar Burgess welcomed their second daughter, Ana Christine, last May. Big sister Grace loves having a little sister. They bought their first home in Winchester, Mass. Brittney teaches yoga and leads sport psychology sessions in the greater Boston area. I love seeing Brittney at yoga and can’t wait to go to a class she’s teaching. * Peter and Susie Blair Rufo welcomed another boy, Sean Blair, in December. * Cynthia Davies, Charles Data, Janine Elliott, and Sarah Chapple-Sokol met for dinner in Boston in January. Cynthia works as a physician assistant in hospital medicine at Mercy Hospital and in emergency medicine at Maine Medical Center, both in Portland. * Remember, mark your calendars and get ready for a great weekend on Mayflower Hill in June!
I’m continually amazed at the things we’ve accomplished. Thanks for sharing! * After nearly 10 years in East Africa, John Brighenti moved from Uganda to Ghana in 2013. He’s still doing agricultural work in for USAID. John and his fiancée have a nice guest room at their home in Accra for alums cruising through West Africa. * Jeff Dickson started his own law firm in his hometown of Burlington, Vt., after a number of years in Montana, where he clerked for the Montana Supreme Court and worked at small firms. Jeff specializes in workers’ compensation and personal injury. * Caroline Riss started a new job as an administrative law judge for the Department of Health and Human Services in Montana. She is also assistant director of the Kasiisi Project, which helps Ugandan children with environmental education and opportunities to attend secondary school. * Tennessee Watson earned her M.F.A. in integrated media arts from Hunter College in New York. Emily Posner ’04 and Jessica Kellett attended Tennessee’s M.F.A. thesis show to cheer her on. * Sarah Zerbonne started an M.P.H. program at George Washington last fall. Her focus is environmental health, and she hopes to work on climate change mitigation. * Erika Togashi left California after 10 years split between Santa Barbara and San Francisco and moved back to NYC. She’s the J. Crew men’s outerwear designer. While it’s been an adjustment moving back to the East Coast (and East Coast weather, I presume!), she loves being close to family and friends. * Kristen Vaughn Olson accepted the position of architectural historian and technician with Vertical Access, a company specializing in building investigations using rope-access techniques. She hopes to catch up with Colby friends during fieldwork travels throughout the Northeast and beyond. * Katrina Noyes moved back to the U.S. from Jordan and works at Tufts in the office of the provost. Katrina plans on being stateside for at least a couple of years. * Kate Ginty married Craig Irrgang, Haverford ’00, in October. I was lucky to see these two lovebirds get hitched—the wedding was a blast! Kate finishes her residency in emergency medicine in June. Kate and Craig live in Philly and have a guest room for visitors. * Sean Flood married his better half, Amanda, Oct. 5 in Portland, Maine. Attending were Lee L’Heureux, Steve ’92 and Kristen Corey deCastro ’92, and Chip Kelley ’83. Sean and Amanda moved to the greater NYC area, where Sean is vice president with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Banking. They miss Maine but are excited to live closer to family. * On Sept. 14 Liz Jackson and David Clearwater were married on Cherry Island in the Thousand Islands, N.Y. Christiana Salah and Cam Dufty carried out their bridesmaid duties admirably, and Vivienne Ho, Ellie Boyce, and Kate Hughes Herd added extra Colby flair. It was an awesome day that included a backyard cricket match. Liz and David returned home to Wellington, New Zealand, after honeymooning in Corsica. * Keagan Russo and his wife, Jess, welcomed Sloane Harper Oct. 3. * Jonathan ’02 and Kate Zimmerman Marlow had their second child Oct. 8—daughter Orla. Orla joins big brother Declan, who is excited. * Matt and Courtney Hoffman Tsiaras welcomed their second son, William Peter, Oct. 25. They’re thrilled. * Adam and Julie Brown Shepherd have two exciting tidbits to share: they became Maine residents in August and now live in South Portland, AND they welcomed daughter Luisa Page Nov. 20. Everyone is happy and healthy, and Julie and Adam are not nearly as sleep deprived as anticipated. * Jesse DeLaughter and his wife, Emma Lichtenstein, had a baby last March—Ruth Lila. They live in Boston, where Jesse started a new job at MIT coordinating joint programs with the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
David Friedman practices with the law firm Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in Boston and was recognized as a 2013 Super Lawyer. * Alex and Marcia Ingraham Tatum welcomed their third baby, Garrett William, Sept. 26. * Kate (Gardiner) ’00 and Scott Tucker welcomed twins in May 2013, daughter Camilla and son Shepley. Scott completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Tulane, and they plan to return to New Orleans, where Scott will start full-time practice this fall. * Greg Jaboin and his partner of more than 10 years, Steve Kachocki, married in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their teenage kids, Madeline and Evan, were present to witness and share in the historic event. * Jessica Bennett married Nik Shah (Harvard ’98) last June, and they just returned from a delayed honeymoon in Mauritius. They’re renovating a house they bought on the Cape, but they’ll still be based in Boston as Jess is finishing up her chief resident year at Tufts and will be staying on in the department of pediatrics as a hospitalist. * Kim Reiss and her husband had a daughter in August 2012. Kim is in her second (of three) years of oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, hoping to specialize in lung cancer and medical education upon graduation. * Phil and Kendra Shank Krolik had a son, Trevor Robert. * Brian Wezowicz and his wife, Anne, welcomed their first son, Axel Charles, in September. Brian predicts he’ll be a Colby football player just like his dad. Brian started a new job as a producer/editor for Studio 11 Pittsburgh, where he’ll help produce high-end commercials for local companies. * Steve Hooper and John Sullivan opened the first Kigo Kitchen in Seattle (second in the country). Steve completed his first Ironman in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, last June. * Amanda Cuiffo started a new job at Wheelock College as associate director of athletics. She lives in West Newton, Mass., with her wife, Christy, and their son, Saben, 2 1/2. * Ali Ghaffari and his wife and three young daughters moved to central California. Ali began a tour flying F-/A-18E Super Hornets. * Shannon Murphy Weidinger got married last fall in Napa, Calif. Alison Culpen Schwabe, Molly Van Campen, Sean Murphy ’05, Kathryn Austgen ’05, and Evan Reece ’01 were some of the Colby alums in attendance. * Katie Egan Wertheimer had a third son, Wesley James, in June, and she and her husband are loving the chaos, as well as teaching and living in Westfield, N.J. * Noah Charney lives in Slovenia with his wife, 1-year-old daughter, and Peruvian hairless dog. He continues to study art crime, writes books, and pens columns for Esquire, the Guardian, the Daily Beast, and many other publications. * After spending the last five years in New York, Lindsey Morse decided to chill out and get back to her West Coast roots. Last year she relocated to Portland, Ore., to head up marketing for the sustainable outdoor apparel line Nau. She loves being back in the Northwest. * Dave Hauser is drinking wine in Northern California. * Tom and Meg Cassella Hand are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Griffin Thomas, Jan. 8. * Sarah Dressler married Brett Benson in Newport Beach, Calif. Wedding attendees included Kate Nastou, Hillary Bouchard, Kirsten Ness, and Jennifer Carlson Morneau ’01. * Victor Cancel got married in June 2013 to Aileen Aro at Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill, Mass. Matt Overton and his wife, Kara, and Rashad Randolph attended. * James Ewing and his wife, Katie, welcomed their second daughter, Emily Christine. James made partner at law firm McGuireWoods LLP.
Hello, friends! It sounds like it has been a busy fall and winter for everyone. My husband, Jon, and I welcomed our third daughter, Linley Fowler Charette, in September. She joined sisters Ellison, 4, and Alden, 2. The girls and I are gearing up for a summer of traveling for my husband’s triathlon schedule and for our third annual trip to Vermont to race in the Covered Bridges Half Marathon with Bliss (Woolmington) ’02 and Pat Bernal and Ben Schreiner and his wife, Amanda. * Scott and Melissa Alioto Murfey had their third son, Ryder John Murfey, Oct. 9. He was a month early but is healthy and has made his two brothers, Carl, 6, and Laird, 4, very happy … so far! * Christian and Whitney Dayton Brunet welcomed Benjamin Johnson Brunet Nov. 21. They enjoyed their first holiday as a family of four in Vail where they saw Piper (Elliott) ’02 and JJ Abodeely. Their two kids, Porter and Keaton, showed Webster Brunet how to rip it up on the mountain. * Lindsay Prichard and husband Michael had a baby, Louisa Jane, Dec. 4. They see Simon and Caroline Blair McKay, who welcomed Walker Blair McKay in October. Caroline reports that they are all in love with this little guy, especially big brother Jack, who reminds them often that Walker “can’t walk, can’t talk, and has no teeth!” Caroline works as an attorney in the advanced markets group at John Hancock Insurance. * Gareth Osborn and his wife, Stephanie, welcomed their second child, Archer, in September. Their first child, Darcy, is 3 1/2. They all live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gareth continues to work for Nestlé, where he is a program manager focused on logistics initiatives for their ice cream and frozen pizza divisions. * Jason Freedman and his wife, Michelle, are adjusting to life away from the East Coast, living in San Francisco. Exciting news is that Jason was elected as a partner at Ropes & Gray last fall, doing M&A and private equity transactional work. He was sad to see his classmate (and tax lawyer extraordinaire) Kase Jubboori leave Ropes this winter but happy for Kase that he got a great job at Bain Capital. * Junko Goda lives in Los Angeles and is an actor and producer for smaller projects. After doing Japanese subtitling for more than five years, she’s now freelancing as a Japanese interpreter/translator/subtitler and working part time at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—yes, her boss is Oscar. She’s also gotten into horseback archery. * Angela Makkas is getting married in May to Bill Rougas in Cambridge, Mass. * Elizabeth Hoorneman received an M.A.T. in art education from Tufts in 2013 and is now teaching high school art at the Bromfield School in Harvard, Mass. * Virgile and Wynter Stinchfield Courmont welcomed their second son, Theo Edward, Dec. 11. Best Christmas present ever! Big brother Simon, 2 1/2, loves him so much and can’t wait for him to “get bigger” so they can play. * Beth Festa Alhstrand made partner at law firm Seiger Gfeller Laurie, LLP, where she focuses on insurance coverage litigation. She’s expecting her second child in July with husband Kurt. * Elizabeth McGann married Nat Heald in September. Colby alums Alana Rezaee, Robin MacColl Fennimore ’01, and Beth Festa Alhstrand were bridesmaids, and attending were Caroline Blair McKay, Jeff and Katie Lee Fishbone, Sam and Darcy Lynch Clark, and Whitney Dayton Brunet.
Thank you all for writing! Here’s the news. * In September Kim McCarron Camuso graduated from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at UNH with her M.B.A. after four long years of going to school at night and sacrificing her weekends for homework. She and her husband, Josh, will celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary this June. * Chloe Chittick and her husband, Andy, welcomed a new little one, Sam, Dec. 21. Big brother Cal, 3, thinks he hit the jackpot with this new toy. * Nathan Ellingson lived and worked in Panama from 2010 until September 2012, when he got married and moved with his wife to Miami to take a new job in the cosmetics industry. Last January they bought a small house. They’re trying to soak up as much of the Florida life as possible. * At the end of 2013 Matthew Janssen was elected to be a partner at the law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP. He and his wife, Bahar, enjoy life at their home in Villanova, Pa. * Karen Macke is back in Waterville teaching at Colby as a faculty fellow in the Department of Sociology. Her husband, Will Barron ’01J, also works at Colby as the throwers’ coach for the track and field team. They live in Belgrade with their daughters, Brynne, 7, Ellis 4, and Adrien, 1. * Daniel Morris and his wife, Morgan Cowling, welcomed their first child, Rex Monroe Morris, Dec. 13. They live in Portland, Ore., where Daniel works as research director for a nonprofit that fights for economic and social fairness for all Oregonians. * Correction from a previous column (sorry for the confusion!): What was printed: Trish Akins Elliott and her husband, Michael, welcomed Frances Charlotte Wirtz May 22. She joins big brother Charlie, 2. Trish works in advancement at Concord Academy alongside a number of fellow White Mules. She finished her doctorate in public health and accepted a faculty position at the Boston University School of Public Health. What should have been printed: Hilary Smyth Wirtz and her husband, Michael, welcomed Frances Charlotte Wirtz May 22, 2013. She joins big brother Charlie, 2. Hilary works in advancement at Concord Academy alongside a number of fellow White Mules. * Nikki Furek Mullin and her husband had a baby girl in November. Her name is Sloane. * Eric Wallach and his wife, Ariel Fish, expected their first in February—a boy. * Ben Mackay lives in Jackson Hole most of the time and continues to work with small business mergers and acquisitions when he’s not backcountry skiing or spending time in the Tetons.
Plastic surgeon Sarah Weiland Holland ’93 was appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center staff in January. She practices with Central Maine Plastic Surgery in Lewiston and Coastal Plastic Surgery in Topsham. * Competitive equestrian Krisy Nordgren ’94, along with her horse, Schando, qualified for the U.S. Dressage Finals in Lexington, Ky., in November, finishing as reserve national champions (second place) in the Prix St. Georges division. * The Associated Press named Brian Carovillano ’95 managing editor for U.S. News beginning in January. With the AP since 2000, Carovillano had worked since 2010 as Asia-Pacific news director, overseeing coverage of stories such as Japan’s 2011 earthquake and nuclear crisis, the ascension of Kim Jong Un in North Korea, and the turbulent transition in Myanmar following years of military rule. * Erin Duggan Kramer ’97 was named deputy chief of staff and director of communications for the New York County District Attorney’s Office, effective Feb. 3. Since 2010 she had worked as the office’s director of communications.
I recently came upon Alex Parrillo’s YouTube video “Lawn to Garden Transformation” and was so impressed—check it out! * Matthew Olsen lives in Honolulu and got married in December. Matt has spent the past five years splitting his time between the U.S. and the Gaza Strip, where he operates outdoor education programs for kids. His programs include the Gaza Surf Club and Surfing 4 Peace and are run under the umbrella of the nonprofit he founded, Explore Corps. * Scott Whitlow lives in Sacramento, Calif., and will graduate from his residency at the end of June, take his written boards in early July, and then move to Vail, where he will be practicing orthopedic medicine for a year. * Last June Chris Fleming and his wife, Lauren Cooke ’00, moved to Boerum Hill in Brooklyn and absolutely love the great vibe in a new borough. In July Chris was promoted to senior director of marketing at Ralph Lauren, a position he then vacated in September to head up marketing for Ann Taylor factory stores and LOFT outlets. Lauren began a new career as a fourth grade teacher at Brearley School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. * Megan Watson moved to Mountain View, Calif., so her husband could start a new job at LinkedIn; Megan works at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, a new school in San Jose that will open in the fall. * For the eighth year (second with tenure), Jon Zarecki is an associate professor of classical studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His first book, Cicero’s Ideal Statesman in Theory and Practice, will be published in June by Bloomsbury Academic. He’s disappointed to miss reunion, but he and his wife will be traveling. * Randi Martin Bakken won’t be able to attend reunion this year; she is due with her second child June 11. * Melissa Trachtenberg and her husband had a second baby, Sam, March 4, 2013. * Dave Mattatall and his wife, Colleen, have two children—Nolan, 4, and Emily, 1. Dave is a finance director at Cigna in Bloomfield, Conn. * Wilson and Kate Lowe Owens welcomed their third child, Ellie, in September and are embracing the happy chaos. They‘ve also enjoyed watching the next generation of Colby grads get to know each other as John and Melissa Gerbi Doyle moved to a house a couple miles from them in Needham, Mass. * Dave and Lissa Baur Matson welcomed their second child, Caroline Elisabeth, Nov. 3. She has a full head of dark hair, just like her mom. James, 3, is happily taking on the role of big brother. * Ashley and Alex Quigley welcomed their fourth child and third boy, Evan, in December. Evan joins brothers Aidan and Harper and sister Maeve. Alex was recently in Boston and hung out with Kara and Lyle Bradley and their daughter, Lilly. * Christina Lemieux got the surprise of a lifetime last year when she found out she was pregnant with twins. James and Jenica were born Aug. 22, and for the next three months Christina experienced life with “three under 3.” Christina has lived in London for nine years but had the joy of ringing in the New Year in Down East Maine with Maxine Guay. * Our 15th reunion is quickly approaching, and I hope our class will be strongly represented. Can’t wait to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Keep the news coming!
Hello, everyone! Karl Dahlfred and his wife, Sun, had their third child, John Athanasius Dahlfred, Sept. 15. He’s named after Karl’s late father, John Dahlfred ’66. Karl is in his second year of teaching church history at Bangkok Bible Seminary in Thailand. * Frances Berry and her husband, Darren, have two boys, Wyatt,5, and Avery, 6 months. Fran is a clinical psychologist in New Hampshire. * David and Alison Kelleher Mackey welcomed their first child, Hazel Autumn Mackey, Nov. 14. * Graham Quigley loves his new job as the animal acupuncturist for Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, Calif. He helps animals heal from serious conditions with Eastern medicine and is getting awesome results. He hopes to use this position as a springboard to get national attention and change the way veterinary medicine is practiced. * Carroll and Emily Record Lane, along with 3-year-old Eliza, welcomed baby girl Susanna Winship Dec. 6 in Hartford, Conn. Emily planned to enjoy a chilly maternity leave with Susanna through February and then return to work with Bain & Company in Boston. * Jodi Beznoska moved back to New England after eight years in Arkansas. She works at From the Top, a Boston-based nonprofit that celebrates and empowers young classical musicians. Their radio show airs weekly on many NPR affiliates across the country. * Kristelle Aherne Gill and I had the pleasure of visiting Kathleen and David Dodwell in Bermuda. Dave is the general manager of the Reefs Hotel and is currently training for the annual conch-eating contest. * I hope all is well. It’s great to hear from everyone.
Cyrus Stahlberg married Kathryn Tanner from East Haddam, Conn., in Groton Long Point last October. He reported that there was plenty of Newport Storm IPA at the event. They live in Washington, D.C., and return to Maine frequently. * Carter Davis shared some other wedding news. Mark Adelman is getting married in Maine in May, and Carter—along with Dana Cease, CJ Polcari,and Don Quinby—will attend Mark’s Las Vegas bachelor party. He also passed along that Steve Kidd is getting married in June in Providence, R.I. When he wrote, Carter was looking forward to a weeklong ski trip in Vermont with business school friends and their families. He was planning to have his 3-year-old try skiing for the first time. * Mark House switched jobs in December and now works for Cubist Pharmaceuticals in Lexington, Mass. At Christmastime he and his wife, Kara, got together with Steve Papagiotas, Tommy DeCoff, Amy and Chris Sullivan, and Welling and Heather Derby LaGrone. All told, there were eight children in that group, and the kids had a great time
playing together. * Michael and Amy Rzeznikiewicz Bachand welcomed their second child, daughter Abigail Grace, Sept. 10. Big brother Aiden adores his baby sister, and everyone is doing well. Amy is back to work at her dream job as a clinical psychologist at the Bedford VA Medical Center. * Tom Moffitt saw Pat and Amanda Randolph Doyle recently and learned that Pat had been elected to the Tolland (Conn.) board of education. He serves as assistant chairman of the board. * Rebecca Durham lives in Missoula, Mont., with her 5-year-old daughter. She has been working with MPG Ranch as a botanist for three years. She also maintains a nature-focused blog: mpgranch.com/staff-blogs/ranch-reverie-poetry-and-musings.aspx. * As for me, my husband, Sean, and I took a lovely trip to Aruba last October to celebrate 10 years of marriage. We’re getting ready to celebrate the sixth and fourth birthdays of our children and trying to figure out how to get life to slow down a little bit!
I asked for notes, and you sent notes. So let’s get to it. * Ed Bourque finished his Ph.D. and is attempting to make it as an independent international environmental/water and sanitation consultant. * Kathy Alexander Romeo’s youngest daughter has now enrolled in kindergarten, and Kathy has returned to work in early intervention after spending 12 years at home. She recently had dinner with Gretchen Rice King, Sheila Grant Orphanides, and Heather Hunt Swales, then went and had another dinner with Amie Sicchitano Taylor, Dori Morrison Galvin, and Patty Benson Bechard. * Brant Janeway ran his first marathon, the ING New York City, Nov. 3. Shockingly he’s planning to do another one. He’s also running the NYC Half Marathon March 16. His fan page is located at brantgoes26.org. * Lou Dagostine writes from Shelton, Conn., (home of the Wiffle ball) that he’s enjoying family life. Lou was recently elected to the board of apportionment and taxation in Shelton and has been named a “Rising Star” in the 2013 editions of Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers magazines. He also writes that Matt Maleska’s freshman roommate, Jeff Sklarz, just opened a new law firm in Connecticut named Green & Sklarz, LLC. * Julie Erickson Bond recently moved from the “city” in central Vermont to the “country” in central Vermont and is expecting another baby with husband John Bond ‘94 in May. Julie has taken up CrossFit and ran into Rima Lathrop Carlson, who is a primary care physician in my community. * Sarah Langan sees Lincoln Farr ’97 in Prospect Heights, and their kids are “wicked good” friends. Last summer Sarah and her husband met up with Eric and Michelle Torrens Gustavson, who live in Brentwood, Calif., with three boys. Sarah is planning a move to Los Angeles, where her husband is hoping to cast John Kyle Grady ’94 in an upcoming movie. * Josh Morris reports living an impoverished life pursuing social justice. * Sarah Gelman Carney and Jean Michel Picher had a great visit this winter when the Picher family ventured to Mississauga, Ont., to catch Sarah’s daughter’s hockey game. Mon Dieu! * Nicole Pirani’s business, Blooms of Hope, relocated from the Pirani basement to an 1,800-square-foot show room, office, and workspace in Belmont, Mass. Nicole has a full-time staff of three along with a handful of part-timers. Husband Kevin helps with deliveries. The company continues to specialize in floral design for private parties and gives back to nonprofits, donating approximately $200,000 worth of floral arrangements and about $15,000 in cash to dozens of organizations. Check out bloomsofhopefloral.com for more information. * Sarah Richmond writes in her inaugural notes (gracias!) that she finished her master of arts in education at Tufts, where she works for the dean of engineering. Sarah continues to pursue a career in higher education administration. She is engaged to her longtime partner, Michael Dorie, made an offer on a house in Salem, Mass., and from the tone of her e-mail seems to be kicking a lot of ass. * Christine Sweeney Brousseau was selected as one of two recipients of the 2013 ACOG Dr. John McCain Memorial Fellowship, created in memory of McCain, a strong advocate for ACOG’s government affairs program. Recipients meet with lawmakers and staff in Washington, D.C., attend legislative hearings, interact with officials of regulatory agencies, and meet with representatives of medical groups and other allied organizations. * And finally, my wife and I recently attended a Burns Nicht in Boston with Kathy (Neuger) ’97 and Gregg LeBlanc,where we ate haggis on purpose!
Noah Haverkamp Frere is going back to school to pursue a career in astrophysics, starting at a community college in Knoxville, Tenn., to catch up to the physics majors before applying to graduate schools. His wife, Jill, is due with their first baby in April. Her name will likely be Santosha Nagaya; Santosha is Sanskrit for contentment. * Chris Haigh works at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston as director of diversity programs, and she also teaches high school humanities. She lives in Roslindale with her partner of seven years; they’re marrying in July. “We are thrilled that our marriage will be recognized not only in Massachusetts but federally as well.” * Matthew Muszala and his wife, Carolyn, had a baby girl in September 2013. Her name is Bensley Anne Muszala and she’s their first. They live in Washington, Conn., where Matt is helping Mike ’92 and Michelle Tupesis Gorra ’92 with the local hockey and skating programs. Matt now works for the custom content team at Forbes Media, where Mike Federle ’81 is the COO. * For the past four years Elizabeth Herbert Menz has been living in Mountain View, Calif., where she manages her own content strategy consultancy for companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Before moving to California, Beth and her husband, Matt, took a year off and traveled for seven months; they visited five continents and 13 countries. Colby was part of the U.S. road trip, so Beth showed Matt the campus, including the old Echo office. Prior to California, Beth lived in England for five years. Beth recently saw Erin Mansur and Kristian Parker ’94, both of whom were attending meetings in the San Francisco area. Last August Beth had her first baby, Owen. * In January Sandy Bugbee Larsen spent four days on a reunion cruise for her Semester at Sea that she completed 20 years ago during her junior semester abroad. She had a fantastic time cruising from San Diego to Ensenada, Mexico. * In November I got together with Andrew Vernon, Marc Rubin, Mike Rosenthal, and Joshua Eckel ’94 to attend a Stanford University football game. Even though we all are busy with our families and jobs, it was great to carve out a weekend to spend together.
If you were watching Jeopardy! during the holiday season then you were lucky enough to see John Kyle Grady, who appeared as a contestant and returning champion in November. We knew smarties came out of Colby. Thanks for representing, John! * Krisy Nordgren and her husband, John Southall ’93, live in Portland, Maine, and have a son, Soren, 6. She says, “The biggest achievement of my year (and perhaps my lifetime!) occurred in November on the back of a horse. I’m a competitive equestrian, and I qualified for the U.S. Dressage Finals held in Lexington, Ky. My horse and I were huge underdogs, but we finished as reserve national champions (second place in the U.S.) for the Prix St. Georges division. It was the thrill of a lifetime.” She’s attending our reunion, though she says she’s still recovering from John’s last year! * Bruce and Sue Benson Panilaitis won’t be able to make reunion as their son, Mike, is graduating from high school that weekend. He plans to head into the army after graduation. Their oldest is a freshman at UMass Dartmouth. Bruce is running for selectman for the town of Tewksbury. He got involved in politics when Tewksbury had to decide whether a slot parlor could be built in the town and Bruce became a spokesperson for “No Slots Tewksbury.” He still works as a research assistant professor in biomedical engineering at Tufts and teaches master’s-level seminars and labs. They’re raising six boys, including an 8-year-old foster child who entered the family in 2010; they officially became his guardians in November 2012. And if that isn’t enough, Sue works two jobs: one as a support literacy tutor in Lowell public schools and the other as director of religious education at their church. * After seven years in San Francisco, Greg and Erin Crossland Christopher left the city for the family-friendly lifestyle of Mill Valley, Calif. Their children, Shannon, 8, and Alex, 6, enjoy their new home with their own bedrooms, a backyard, and room for their growing Lego creations. Alex loves playing football on a grass field instead of concrete and is taking gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do. Shannon enjoys gymnastics, reading, and sewing and plans to join the school chorus. After 13 years at A.T. Kearney, Erin has accepted a partner position at Deloitte Consulting. Greg was promoted to director of development at Equity Residential. They look forward to another ski season in Tahoe with Josh Eckel and family. * As part of a road trip from Chicago and a week of camping in Acadia National Park, Carolyn Read brought her family to Colby for the first time last August. She enjoyed seeing the new buildings and beautiful campus and got her kids decked out in Colby gear. She’s very excited to be finishing her advanced practice nurse degree and will officially be a family nurse practitioner in June. In the meantime, she’s still working as a hospice/palliative care RN. * Rebekah Freeman-Schulze and her family moved from Massachusetts to South Florida. Her husband, Louis, accepted a position as a dean at FIU Law in Miami, and the university created a position for Rebekah as the director of the office of scholarships and fellowships. They live in Weston and would love to connect with Colby peeps in the area. * See you at our 20th reunion June 5-8!
Hello, Colbians! * Jenn Cowles Walsh has been working in high tech marketing for nearly 20 years and still loves it. Jenn works for TIBCO Software, a company based in Palo Alto, Calif. She says, “I work from a home office, which gives me the flexibility I need to be an involved mom for my two kids, Ben, 8, and Emme, 5. We stay busy skiing and ice skating, and we love snowy walks in the woods with the family pooch.” Jenn looks forward to some sunshine in St. Kitts in May. * Katie Thomas Dahler is a partner at KPMG. She lives in Bernardsville, N.J., with husband Don Dahler (CBS News anchor/correspondent) and kids Callie, 10, and Jack, 8. Katie sees Diantha Neskey Duvall often, and the two of them teamed up recently to play golf with pro Stacy Lewis, the number two ranked female golfer in the world. * Mark Radcliffe writes, “Had a great time back at our 20th (gulp!) reunion. Was impressed that many in our class looked even better than they
did 20 years ago! I’m enjoying life in New York City, where I wrote the ad campaign that launched NYC’s Citi Bike program, and I’ve also become an official blogger at Huffington Post and the Good Men Project.” Find Mark’s blog at markradcliffe.com. * Doug Morrione and wife Laura celebrated getting married this past September with a move to Dubai. Doug says, “We’re living on the Palm Jumeirah, the artificial peninsula shaped like a palm tree that the U.A.E. created in the gulf. It’s a far cry from NYC, but so far so good, though the driving is a bit of a free-for-all and one has to keep an eye out for seven-lane changers in their Maseratis and bedazzled Hummers.” Doug is wrapping post-production on Lopin’, Ropin’ and Hopin’, a film he shot out West about cowboys. Doug promises to keep us posted on the release/festival dates. * Brian O’Halloran lives in Cohasset, Mass., with wife Jean and Sean, 8, Abby, 6, and Sam, 3. He works for the Red Sox as VP/assistant GM. Brian reports, “2013 was a great year for the Sox, obviously. My kids are excited because now I have one World Series ring for each of them. This year’s theme in our house was ‘win one for Sammy!’ Sorry I missed reunion. ... If any friends from the Class of ’93 are at Fenway this season, shoot me a note; it would be great to catch up.”
Chris Frothingham wrote from Maine: “The big news is that Heidi and I had a son June 30. Despite the obvious association my family has with the school, much debate, and some reticence on my part, we named him Colby. So far, he’s being very good to his old, tired parents! His three big sisters, 10, 7, and 5, are very enthusiastic caretakers. I’m still on the faculty at University of New England and am kept more than busy with clinic and teaching—and always a Colby grad or two in every class.” * Last fall the United Nations Foundation selected Tabby Biddle as one of 25 international journalists to attend its Global Issues Press Fellowship for the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. While in NYC, Tabby had the opportunity to attend meetings with high-level experts, policymakers, and key global decision makers. She said it was an awesome experience. Tabby covers women’s rights and the empowerment of women and girls. Look for her articles and opinion pieces in the Huffington Post and the UN Dispatch. * Greg Long loves life in California. He continues to run GAMAGO (gamago.com), the giftware company he founded in 2001. In 2013 Chronicle Books published GAMAGO’s first children’s bedtime book, Yeti, Turn Out the Light!, which Greg wrote. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Ericka, and son Jack, 9. * From Texas, James Albright writes: “The Albright family remains in Houston, where I’m a busy father of two girls, Ellison, 8, and Emery, 3, as well as a pediatric otolaryngologist. I still try to keep up with running and just completed my first 50-mile ultramarathon (thanks, Coach Wescott!). In November my wife, Kim, and I had a mini-reunion with J.C. Klick and his wife, Barbara, in Philadelphia. It was my first time back to Philly since leaving after residency in 2001, and we had a great time. The Klicks live in Cleveland, Ohio, where J.C. continues to pass gas (anesthesia that is). Looking forward to getting back to Waterville next reunion.” * Jim Conrad is on the move. “After 12 years of cold and snowy winters in Bavaria, my wife, Lori, our three children, and I moved to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., where I work for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority focusing on infrastructure and private equity.” * Rebecca Graham Forde shared that “Jen Greenleaf lives in the Boston area with her two boys and works at MIT; Jen Kosek Walker has been homeschooling her four children and loving it while jumping from the Cape to Pennsylvania; and Jen Pelson Hopkins is back in Singapore, with her husband and two kids, teaching fourth grade at the American School. It’s a miracle with all of us spread around that we ever get to see each other!” * Since last fall I’ve been hanging out on the soccer sidelines (outdoor and indoor) in Concord, Mass., with fellow alums Tim Seston ’93 and Sally Zimmerli ’93. Our third grade boys are on the same team this year and having a blast. I’ve also started a nonprofit called ThinkGive (thinkgiveproject.org), which is focused on connecting kids with the social and emotional value of giving—not by donating dollars, but by giving away acts of kindness during a 21-day challenge. We’re busy developing curriculum, fundraising, and running pilot programs in local and regional elementary and middle schools. * Life is good! Have a great spring.
Greetings, classmates! * Jay Heimbach is head of North American government relations at ONE, an advocacy and campaign organization cofounded by U2 lead singer Bono and dedicated to ending extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. He and wife Deasy have two daughters and live in Alexandria, Va., just down the street from Erik Potholm. They feel lucky to count Cassie O’Neill Li and her family among their closest friends. They’re always happy to see Colby folks who are in the area. * R.B. Kiernat continues to brave the Minnesota tundra (when he wrote it was 15 below in Minneapolis) with two hockey-playing teenagers. He does work with J.C. Kiser and plays squash with Jeff Smith ’89. * Carol Rea-Feagaiga writes, “2013 was a crazy year. I suffered a massive brain hemorrhage in April. Thanks to the quick actions of my coworkers at Fisher Peak Chiropractic Center in Trinidad, Colo., I am around for 2014. Our daughter Joy graduated and is attending Rocky Mountain College in Montana. She’s on the cross-country and track team. Our other daughter, Alix, graduates this year and hopes to spend the summer studying abroad in western Samoa. I keep in touch with Iris Kelley Park. We’re planning to get together with Kate Carpenter Tokarewich (Bates ’90). We were exchange students in Lübeck, Germany, together in 1988! We have two grandchildren from our oldest daughter, Briana: Lily, 3, and Micah, 1 1/2. They live in Florida. Second daughter Sabrina lives in Colorado Springs, finishing her master’s, and our son lives in California. Feeling old but happy to be alive! Embrace life! It is short and fast.” * Since 2009 Brian Monks and his wife have lived in Brittany, France, with their three children (13, 11, and 11). A bit removed from the usual Colby circles, they don’t cross too many alumni on a daily basis. However, there are some Colby connections in France, and Brian keeps in touch through Jonathan Weiss, the director of the Colby in Dijon program. Outside of his work in foreign direct investment, the wine and cuisine of France still fascinate Brian, as do the fresh oysters along the Brittany coast. If you’re ever passing through France, please let him know and he’ll let you in on his favorite addresses. * Dave Vincent received his honorable discharge from U.S. Army active-duty service, and thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program he has begun full-time studies at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. He’s expecting his M.B.A. in 2015 and is focusing on commercial real estate. * As for yours truly, I’m enjoying the restful season I have this time of year; for some reason, the diving in New England tends to slow down during weather like this. During the holidays I exchanged the traditional holiday cards and letters with Katherine (Cole) ’90 and Jack Aydelott and Fred and Debbie MacWalter Bright. * I look forward to hearing from you all—keep the news coming!
In October Martha Walsh ran the Dublin marathon and was cheered on by her husband and son. * In June Sarah Faragher is having her first one-person show, featuring 35 of her paintings, at Landing Gallery in Rockland, Maine. * Jill Vollweiler won silver and bronze medals at the XX World Masters Athletics Championships at Porto Alegre, Brazil, in October. * Melanie Brockway O’Keefe practices business and commercial law on Cape Cod. Despite her constant pleading, her boys keep busy playing other sports instead of running track. * Kristin Sullivan Stone also lives on Cape Cod with her son. After many years working in financial sales, she’s now a full-time commercial writer and blogger at lifelearningtoday.com. * Rich Robin is the CEO of NAS Insurance Services in L.A., where he lives with his wife and three daughters. * Congrats to Alex Day, whose first book was published last August. He and his family live in L.A., where he is an assistant professor in the history department at Occidental College. * Michelle Perron lives in Waterbury, Vt., and is a pediatrician in Burlington. Last summer while camping in Maine she ran into Julie Ambrose Gray. Even though 19 years had passed since they’d seen one another, the time they spent talking made it seem like yesterday! * David Coleman checked in from California. He works for Playspan, which operates payment systems for online gaming companies, while his wife homeschools their two kids. * Sheri Bronstein lives in New Jersey with her husband and two kids. She works in HR at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and has joined the board of the Toigo Founda tion. * Dan Spurgin recently got his SAG card and thinks he has a real shot at a People’s Choice Award next season for his performance in the upcoming movie Jayhawkers. * Mary “Mim” Siegel Lombardo and family live in Easton, Mass. She work as a sales rep for Alexander Street Press selling research databases to academic libraries—and yes, Miller Library is her customer. * Paul Brule and his wife have settled in Worcester, Mass., where he works at St. John’s High School. As educators, they’re lucky to spend their summers in a small village in the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, Romania. * Steve Coan reports having moved back to Duxbury and is also back working at FootJoy, having left in 2005 to earn his M.B.A. * Larry Rocca is moving on after a very gratifying run as director of development/alumni affairs at Georgetown Prep. For now, he’s mulling over a few ideas for what’s next (such as moving back to NYC). * Page Higgins O’Connell lives in Summit, N.J., with her husband and three kids. When not chauffeuring her kids to their various activities, walking the dog, or teaching nursery school, she auditions to become the newest cast member on TheReal Housewives of New Jersey. * Suzanne Quill Feldman lives in Newton, Mass., with her husband and three kids. She does as much legal services volunteer work as her schedule allows. She was delighted to run into Andrea Ciampa McEachern. Andrea teaches middle school and enjoys the change from legal work. * Kirsten Rossner Buchanan lives in Maine with her husband and four children. In addition to her practice in gait analysis, she works at the Boston Marathon recovery tent each year and was actively involved in triaging victims in last year’s tragedy. * Roger Woodberry was in Budapest recently visiting his dog, Charlie; a year earlier he had left Charlie there with the retired Anglican priest he had helped start an ESL school near Lake Balaton. The rest of Roger’s year is not quite fit for print, but thanks to good friends made at Colby (Daniel Johnston) and a few hours of community service, all is well in his world again.
In January Edward “Ted” Tinson ’80 joined Global 100 law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP as chief operating officer. He previously served as chief financial officer for Dentons’ U.S. and Asia-Pacific regions. * Susan French Fine ’82 was appointed U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director for Senegal. A career foreign service officer, Fine began her development work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland and served most recently as USAID director for East African affairs. * Emily Nussdorfer ’87 was profiled in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill Local in January. Passionate about dancing since age 6, Nussdorfer uses her love of dance to effect social change with her nonprofit, Moving Creations, which promotes youth leadership and development through creative expression. * In December the Portland Press Herald featured Wes Crain ’88 and the superfood business he helms, Navitas Naturals, a leading seller of dried and powdered nutrient-dense foods such as açaí and goji berries, cacao, and chia seeds. With $25 million in sales in 2012, the Novato, Calif.-based company was poised to achieve 50-percent growth in revenue by the end of 2013, according to Crain.
Reunion 2014: Who will be there? The big news is that Tim Burton, AKA Rosette Royale, agreed to return to the scene of the crime, Mayflower Hill, as class dinner speaker. No word on whether we’ll each get another mystery envelope. * Flo LeGoff claims she’ll be abroad, perhaps traveling for work as a senior marketing manager at CenturyLink Tech Solutions in Santa Clara, Calif. Flo lived in Paris for 10 years, moved to Boston, and has now lived in San Francisco for 10 years. * Also in the San Francisco area is Nancy Spellman. She is enjoying her job, her kids, her friends, and her life. Go Nancy! * Gretchen Kreahling McKay won’t be at reunion; she’ll be at the national board meeting for Reacting to the Past before her first-ever sabbatical from McDaniel College. * Kerri Hicks took time out from making fun of me on Facebook to say she’ll be at her niece’s high school graduation Reunion Weekend. In November she had a mini-reunion with John Reynolds in L.A., and in December she ate at (and toured the kitchen of) Wylie Dufresne’s (’92) wd~50 in NYC. * John Reynolds hopes to be at reunion but is in NYC writing for both the MTV Movie Awards and a musical comedy about cancer. His 5-year-old son Kal’s favorite activity is mooning. Karma. * Diane Pearce Kew will appear at reunion, though high school teaching duties make end-of-term events difficult. * Jon Nash will attend with daughters Isabel, 12, and Charlotte, 10, who first saw Colby this winter. * Kaari Busick is coming all the way from Juneau, where she works for the state of Alaska. She hopes Woodman quadmates Jennifer Joseph, Julie Lewis Peterson, Mary LaPointe Farley, and Cheryl Mealey Cowherd will attend. Colby is everywhere: Kristen Petterssen Miller ’90 goes to Kaari’s gym in Juneau. * Jennifer Joseph plans to attend. She lives in Pittsburgh but just bought a condo in Charleston, S.C., where she spends four months every year kayaking like crazy. Jennifer hopes to rent a house in Belgrade for reunion, perhaps reliving those Woodman days. She saw Bret Dixon last year and is in touch with Brian Moore, who lives near Pittsburgh. * Lara Beetham Monasch hopes to be at reunion after a busy year that included confirmations, bat mitzvahs (celebrated with Joan Langer and Melinda Pittis Leitch), and graduations. * Michelle Leinbach hopes to convince Julie Abele Wetzel and Michelle Delea Houlihan to go. With eight kids among them, life is busy, but they manage to get away for a girls’ weekend once a year. * Bill and Anne Webster Stauffer hope Greg Russell, Lawrence Collins, Gerry Hadden, and Patty Carlson Ruprecht will go. In my experience, constant nagging works wonders. * After 13 years in Europe, Laura Wood McKeever and family are back in the U.S. just in time for reunion. They live in Wellesley, Mass., and her two boys are happy they don’t have to speak French anymore. * Bob and Sue Banta Gallagher and kids will be there. * Seth Thayer will too, fresh off his first wedding anniversary. Seth and his husband, Greg Tinder, are restoring an 1860s building in Belfast, where Seth is a private art dealer. They have two cottages in Belfast if anyone needs a place to stay. * Brian Kaplan will be up from NYC, where he is director of marketing and communications at the Rudolf Steiner School. * Beth Bitoff Odom hopes to make it after a year of transitions. Beth’s husband, Mark, is commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment and spent much of the past two years in Afghanistan while Beth and their daughter lived in Fort Benning, Ga. Beth writes that though the “big” army is winding down deployments, special operations is winding up “with no light at the end of the tunnel (still) as far as deployments.” She asks that we keep those families in our thoughts and prayers. They bought a house in D.C. so their daughter can stay in one school through high school, and they hope Mark can get assignments in D.C. * Jen Cooke Rotman and Ruth Bender came to visit in November, and Beth saw Katie the Losen Goldberg in San Francisco in 2012. * As for me, I will be there, likely without my family but dragging Tracy Gionfriddo, Doug St. Lawrence, Meg Christie, and anyone else I can bully into coming along.
I missed noting Heidi Irving Naughton’s role as class agent in the reunion column. Heidi was instrumental in helping our class break giving records and looks forward to continuing in that capacity. Her family had a great trip to Paris last summer before Heidi’s son, Liam, began his freshman year at husband Kevin’s alma mater, Middlebury. Liam loves the school and made the basketball team as a walk-on. The Naughtons purchased 36 acres of land proximate to Middlebury and look forward to building a family home. They still have their house in Maine, so Colby gets equal representation. Her twins, Daly and Claire, are juniors, and so the college process begins again. Claire was first-team all-county volleyball and second-team all-state. Daly is a basketball player, and both girls hope to play in college. Colby will be on their lists! * I was lucky to hear from two of my favorite Colby guys, Todd Nicholson and Scott Bunker. Todd had a great canoe trip on the Allagash last August with Tom Snow and their sons. They loved being on the river and introducing the kids to the wilds of Maine. Todd had dinner in Boston with Chuck ’89 and Kim Norberg Burke ’91, Tricia and Rick Angeli, Mike ’89 and Joanne LaMarre Cantara, and Christina and Chris Hurley. Todd also enjoyed an annual Boxing Day brunch at Anne and Greg Cunningham’s home along with Todd ’86 and Merridith Belden Molloy ’87. New Year’s was spent at the Cantaras’ Vermont house along with Chuck Burke ’89 and family. The kids all get along and everyone had a great time on the slopes. Todd and wife Gloria’s oldest, Emma, was admitted to Bucknell, and all are pleased. Todd tried to talk her into Colby, but she wanted to leave the state. * Scott Bunker has been joined by wife Katie working in the world of disability and life insurance. It had been a goal of theirs to work together, and after three months he happily reports that they’re still married. They enjoyed a 20-percent increase in sales while the industry was flat for over a year. Scott’s daughter, Sarah, 23, has moved back home post-college and found her first job working for a startup in Cambridge using her fluency in Russian and Italian to match students from those countries with language programs in the U.S. and Europe. Son Robert is in college in Budapest but was back home for Christmas. The youngest, Lily, 6, likes her gymnastics class, and UNO has now replaced Trouble as her favorite way to dominate her parents and siblings at the kitchen table. * Hope Worden Kenefick is 15 years into running her own consulting business with health-care and public-health clients (cities, state health departments, CDC, WHO). For 11 years she has been renovating an old camp on a New Hampshire lake into a comfortable home. She loves the entire process of figuring out what she wants, learning how to accomplish it, and doing it herself. Her “children” and hiking partners are rescue pups Hazel and Charlie. Hope stays in touch with Melissa Ruff Cassel, Melissa Paul, Nancy Knapp Piccione, and others. They are the kind of friends who always pick up where they left off and are always there for each other. All in all, Hope says, life has been kind. * Kelly Marchetti created a company called re:covers that focuses on making post-injury rehab more comfortable with products that alleviate discomfort, protect the injury site, and provide an emotional lift by concealing unsightly orthopedic devices—and showcasing patients’ unique style. Kelly has had 12 orthopedic surgeries, so she has unwittingly been doing field research for years! Her biggest thrill to date was seeing Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek wearing her custom Red Sox walking boot covers and Varitek sending his autographed cover back. Check out Kelly’s work at myrecovers.com. * Thanks, all!
I asked for news. And guess what I got? NEWS! * Geoff Johnson helped daughter Catherine ’17 move into Woodman as a February freshman after spending her first semester abroad in Dijon, France. [I prefer Honey Dijon, France.] “Led by my former professor Jon Weiss, what a tremendous first step in her Colby career. Three floors up from Cate lives Henry Ackerman ’17, the result of combining Peter Ackerman and Elizabeth Applegate. We caught up with Peter, Elizabeth, and Henry and his siblings, William and Lucy, when they visited en route from Seattle. My wife, Ann, continues to create beautiful paintings in her Amesbury studio; son Sam, 14, is a freshman, into many sports, and an impressive guitarist. I toil in financial services fantasizing it may pay the Colby bills.” [Hint: It won’t.] * Brad Fay married Jacqueline Carrera Oct. 12 in Malaga, Spain, “renting a gorgeous mountain villa with views of lakes and the Mediterranean. The wedding party of 20 included Suzanne Plansky, who, with Romy del Rio, helped hatch the plans over breakfast in Dana during our 25th reunion.” [“Breakfast” is a very loose term here.] Brad lives in central New Jersey with his new bride and two college-age children. * Mat Lebowitz’s kids are “happy, healthy, and, best of all, finally back to school. MLCreative enters its 14th year as a vibrant, small creative agency with a continuing push into mobile marketing. My wife, Jill Shulman, works in admissions at Williams College while privately consulting with seniors writing college application essays at otherwords.us. Our dog, Otis, AKA Uncle Wiggles, is filled with joy and insanity. [Uncle Wiggles? No, I won’t ask.] Drop a line anytime to discuss apps, branding, design, promotion, college essays or just catch up!” * Jeff Russell toured Colby with the “Family Princess” and declared it posh and greatly expanded. * Marcus Ratliff’s boys, 15 and 17, are finally on the same hockey team, “which means I only have to watch two games a week. We had our first crop of lambs this year and expect another 25 or so this spring. [Have the lambs stopped screaming, Marcus?] I’m clearing land for pasture and only occasionally feel like a crazed early settler in Sharon, Vt. My real estate business continues growing now that the world is back on its wobbly pin.” * John Beaudoin writes that over the holidays “I left MedTech Media, a Maine-based publishing company I cofounded in 2003 and managed since 2008. MedTech is now HIMSS Media. Prior to that, I spent 15 years as a journalist and editorial writer for several dailies. I live in Bowdoinham, Maine, with my wife, Felicité, and one of our three children, Camille, 10. Our 19-year-old son, Nicholas, is on a gap year and applying to colleges in warmer climes. Eldest, Genevieve, 20, is a junior at NYU, spending the semester in Amsterdam.” [Yes, not much to do in Amsterdam.] * Bill and Erin Borgeson Castelli happily caught up with Erin’s old roommate, Ingrid Ekstrom, when she visited D.C. this fall. Bill says, “Ingrid joined us and two of our daughters-—another daughter is away in college—for dinner. I also saw Ingrid and family a couple months later when I traveled to San Francisco in November. Erin and I enjoyed participating in a few Colby Club events in D.C., where most members appear to be our daughters’ age. Erin and our second daughter enjoyed visiting Colby this summer on their New England college tour. Their fabulous guide was Megan Lasher ’15, daughter of friend and classmate Heide Schmaltz Lasher.” [Don’t you people have any sons?] * Lisa Schreck Bolton enjoyed a brunch cooked by the fabulous Aimee Good. “She makes the best coffee! Her daughter, Matilda, and husband Josh joined us.” [Yo, I was probably free that day!] * Shout-out to Gin Pup, Cici Bevin Gordon ’85, and Rob Boone ’85. Sorry we ran out of space for your witty—
Hello all! * Sally Jaffe Curley wrote from 30,000 feet on her way to a conference in San Francisco. She is doing well at Cardinal Health in her investor relations and corporate governance career. Husband David still commutes weekly from their home in Ohio to Boston, where he teaches at Bentley University. They recently lost their beloved dog, Grady, a Hungarian vizsla. On a happier note, they have planned a trip to London and Italy, including a special birthday (hmm, I can’t imagine which one!) in Rome. * Jennifer “Jamy” Allen is living on a small farm in Lincoln, Vt., with her husband and three daughters. * After seven years in corporate America with Goodrich Corporation, Kelly Chopus started a new job in the fall of 2013 running a large philanthropic family foundation. She’s a commuter mom with a weekday apartment in Richmond, Va., while her husband runs the household and their three teenagers’ lives (in addition to his restaurant consulting business!) from their home in Charlotte, N.C. * Ann Raible Nicholson wrote to clarify that she has finished her graduate-level certificate in project management and is now taking courses at Washington University toward her master’s in project management. As director of marketing and communications, she is rapidly entering the world of Twitter, Instagram, and Vine as she works to engage law school applicants and prospective students. While she is the parent of two 20-somethings, she would appreciate any pointers on the latest successful trends in social media, particularly for this demographic of young professionals. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. When she wrote, she was hoping that snow and ice in St. Louis wouldn’t derail her trip to London to visit her son (who was there for a few weeks through his studies at Bradley University). She also planned a visit to Paris, where she hadn’t been since our junior year abroad. * David Epstein has a new gig providing weather forecasts for WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, during winter and severe summer storms. He’s also writing a daily blog for WBUR. If you’re in the New England area, check out his “Weather Wisdom” column at boston.com. He offers the best weather prognosticating in the area! * Marian Schinske described visiting Pasadena a few days before the Rose Parade and seeing the area where the floats were being decorated with rose petals and organic material. A true labor of love! Back home in Northern California she had a great year with her nonprofit, NovatoSpirit, raising enough money to give 52 low-income youths athletic scholarships. * Chris Engstrom and I keep busy with work and the fun of parenting our 10-year-old. Our favorite times are usually weekend family birding outings. Yup, you heard right. Have you ever seen a northern hawk owl? We just did. We also love to travel and are very excited about a South African safari we are in the midst of planning for this summer. * So, friends, what was the highlight of YOUR year? And what are you most looking forward to in 2014? Do write and let me know.
Greetings ’85 classmates! I don’t know exactly when you will be reading this, but hopefully the polar vortex that has made every day feel like a February night in Waterville has evolved into a solar vortex of sunny beach days. * It was great to hear from Cathy Urstadt Biddle who lives in Westchester County with her husband, Wing. Cathy has one daughter who is a sophomore at UVa and another who is a high school senior at the Taft School. She
recently took her younger daughter on a college visit to Colby and is pleased to report that she loved it. They also visited Sewanee and stayed with Kathy Kamm. Cathy periodically sees Wendy Howard Epstein and Alison Cox and has stayed busy with many volunteer activities. * Roy Hirshland’s daughter is a freshman at Kenyon College and loves it. Roy enjoys his time on the Colby Alumni Council and has been involved with Career Services, including hosting a bunch of Colby kids in his office for a career lunch. Roy would encourage everyone to help out in any way, such as hosting an intern, reviewing a résumé, or talking on the phone about our careers. “We all need to help keep liberal arts grads relevant in this economy!” * Tom Colt may still be thawing out from his fourth annual Pittsburgh Polar Bear Jump New Year’s morning. The river was a toasty 36 degrees. When not plunging into freezing-cold rivers, Tom spends his days as a college counselor at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh. * Carol Eisenberg just marked five years since she reluctantly attended her first Bikram yoga class. More than 500 classes later, she credits her yoga practice with countless physical and mental benefits, including taking the sting out of turning 50. * Andrew Myers is traveling to Montevideo, Uruguay, to officiate his sister’s wedding. He has visited Uruguay several times over the past few years and is impressed that The Economist named it the 2013 Country of the Year. Andrew clarifies in his note that he is still a lawyer and not a member of any clergy! * It was nice to hear from fellow Medfield, Mass., resident Chris Rona Alban. Her twin girls are happily settled in South Carolina as freshmen at U.S.C. in Columbia and the College of Charleston. Chris reports that her daughters were happy to leave winter and the snow banks behind after the holiday break and head back south. Chris is sitting for her certified residential real estate appraiser exam in mid-February and notes that the thought of a six-hour exam at her age seems daunting. * I have some sad news to report. Our classmate Paul Henion died Jan. 10 after a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Paul was an associate professor in the department of neuroscience at Ohio State and leaves behind his wife, Christine Beattie, and sons Sam and Neil Henion. According to his obituary, Paul left his family the legacy of his family cottage in Canada, where they spent every summer vacation. He also loved the time he spent living in Oregon and ventured back yearly to go salmon fishing. Besides being with his family, his happiest times were in a boat on a river. Paul was an accomplished experimentalist. He majored in biology at Colby, obtained his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve, and did his postdoctoral studies at the University of Oregon. * Thank you for the news, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Hello all! This is my penultimate column and the final column published before our 30th reunion June 5-8. I’m pleased to announce that David Rosenberg has agreed to take over the pen for our class notes starting in June. I’m looking forward to his fresh perspective. * Adam ’83 and Becca Cunningham Weiss have two daughters at Colby. Amara ’14 will graduate as an economics major, and Caelin is in the Class of ’16. Becca and Adam have spent wonderful times in Waterville visiting their daughters and friend Robin King ’83 and seeing Colby classmates/parents such as Doug Waite and Karen Wexler-Waite ’83. Becca notes that the campus has developed so nicely. They feel lucky that their daughters have had such good experiences on the Hill. If you haven’t visited the new art museum, it’s a must! * Kathy Soderberg looks forward to attending our 30th in June. She’d like to see some old pals from her hometown of Lynnfield, Mass., specifically Dan Toomey and Rich Erb. She’d also like to connect with her old pal Charles Boddy and hopes that dear friends Cathy Walsh, Marian Leerburger, and Lia Lundgren will be there. * Cathy Altrocchi Waidyatilleka continues to teach English at Iolani School in Honolulu, enjoying the beauty and great weather of Hawaii with her husband and two teen sons. She spends spare time “food-scaping” her yard with exotic trees and plants like lilikoi, soursop, moringa, and hyotan. Cathy can be found on Facebook as Cate Tilleka. *Sam Staley won’t make reunion this year but writes that he is the new director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee. The center conducts interdisciplinary applied research on housing, land use, and urban policy. The center has also embarked on a major initiative to fund startup social entrepreneurs through a foundation grant that will give first-year seed money through an international business plan competition. In other news, Sam remains active in public discussions of self defense, bullying, and youth violence through his fiction writing, particularly his middle grade novels in the Path of the Warrior series. * That’s all the news. Here is a last reminder that our 30th reunion is June 6-8, 2014. It’s a great time of year to visit Maine and check out the new Colby Museum of Art!
Hello, darlings! My appeal for female input landed me a message from my long-lost, dear friend, and fellow classicist Susan Boland. I planned on getting her news in person in Manhattan, but I came down with a bad cold, so more on her next time. * I was thrilled to hear from Ed Higham, who lives north of NYC in Armonk; okay, so he mistook me for the fabulous Jennifer Jean Clark Uhl (who is hopefully reading this and will write me back!), but whatevs, we have his news! After Colby, Ed went to Columbia Business School and then stayed on for the thrill that is New York. He has three kids with his wife, an ophthalmologist/eye surgeon [like, whoa!]. Their oldest son just started as a freshman at Harvard, and they have a daughter, 17, and another son, 13, as well as Buddy the furry, four-legged child. Ed specializes in M&A in the financial services sector for investment banking boutique Silver Lane Advisors. Ed sees Frank Finetto ’81 frequently—they were having dinner when he got my appeal for news. Ed has taken up kitesurfing and has achieved some proficiency. He did a “sprint” triathlon in the fall [heard that and thought, “shin splints”]. Yes, Ed, please train for it next time! * Robin King wrote from Fairfield, Maine, where she lives with her husband, Jack Gondela [I love that they met while working at Waterville’s iconic Last Unicorn]. They live on 70 acres in “the house that Jack built.” A solar installation provides all their electricity and 57 chickens provide all their eggs and probably the fertilizer for Robin’s garden! Robin teaches art full time in grades K-3 at Waterville’s George J. Mitchell School. She gets some great volunteer classroom help from Colby students, and her kids adore them. They see a lot of Adam Weiss and Becca Cunningham-Weiss ’84, two of whose daughters (Amara ’14 and Caelin ’16) are at Colby. It’s gotten so Robin and Jack just leave the light on when they know Adam and Becca are coming to pick up or drop off the girls. * Speaking of Adam Weiss, he and I had a wonderful exchange fueled by my interest in Vermont, which is on my short list of new home states. Adam has been living and teaching in Vermont since he left Colby 30 years ago. He and Becca have three daughters; Amara ’14 is the new face of Colby’s admissions webpage. Adam and Becca keep up with Alastair Caperton, Walter Judge ’82, Greg Matses ’84, Jane Anderson ’84,Bob Hill ’80, Laurie Shea ’86, Sara Hill ’84, and Jamie Engert ’82. * Troy Dagres writes that he’s still in Newburyport after all these years. Troy’s son, Andrew ’14, is a senior at Colby, “wondering, like many, what he will do after May.” Troy is an enterprise account executive with Comcast. * From Mark Tolette comes news of what sounds like a great sabbatical idea: “I took some time off this fall and hiked the Maine section of the Appalachian Trail. It was 281 miles from Katahdin to the New Hampshire border. Part of the trip was the 100-Mile Wilderness, where I had done my COOT trip 34 years ago. As I climbed mountains and scrambled over roots I felt like I was returning to my roots. I was southbound and humbled that even when I was 200 miles into my hike, the northbounders, who had started from Georgia, had gone 10 times as far. I now have a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the mountains of Maine and the wonderful people you meet on the trail.” * Keep the Valentines coming, and tell me when you’re in Manhattan so we can reconnect. And I’ll be pinging you if I’m in your ’hood looking for my next piece of real estate. I plan to move off “the island” in the summer.
Deb Nader Hartshorn and daughter Dana, 16, continue to be busy in Burlington, Vt. They volunteer for the Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport Program at Sugarbush Ski Resort, where they teach skiing. Deb runs and hikes and has joined a sailing team on Lake Champlain. * Jim Haddow and his family moved from Portland to Buxton, Maine. Wife Michelle now has space to cultivate perennials for her gardening business and access to wild places and outdoor recreation. Younger son Max, who studies marine science, has a year left at the University of Maine. Older son Hamish volunteered in December at a hospital in Haiti and is waiting to hear back from medical schools. Hamish and Jim completed the Bay of Fundy International Marathon last June. Jim remains busy practicing law and serving as vice president of the Maine Track Club. * Brian Sanborn has been a high school chemistry teacher and coach since graduation. He recently notched his 300th win as a varsity girls’ basketball coach and last year was recognized as Maine’s Chemistry Teacher of the Year by the New England Institute of Chemists. Brian’s oldest daughter, Allana, is a 2013 graduate of Colby. Middle daughter Kristin attends Stonehill College, and youngest daughter Ellie turned 2 in February. Says Brian, “No retirement for me anytime soon. Sigh.” * Chris and Ruth Harkins Lawler live in Wellesley. Their twins have jobs and apartments-—Geoff is an engineer in Seattle, and Hannah is an artist for an educational video game company. Ruth is master of foxhounds for Norfolk Hunt Club, where she organizes “fox hunts,” works with landowners and conservation organizations, and runs numerous horse-related events. Norfolk’s hounds chase a scent trail; no real foxes are harmed. About once a year Ruth has dinner with Cindy Koehler Bernstein, Karen Scott Dennis, Karen Enegess, and Julanne Cully Wright. Ruth writes, “We all remain unchanged.” * Rob and Susan Woods Spofford celebrated their 30th anniversary! They planned an October 2013 trip to France now that they are empty nesters. Susan writes, “We had fun moving our daughter, Robin ’17, into Colby this fall. She will play for the softball team and ski with Erin Figel ’16 (daughter of Matt Figel) during Jan Plan! It’s been great noticing Misha Strage ’16 (daughter of David Strage) make contributions to the field hockey team as well.” * Scott Sophos sent lots of news, and here is the gist of it: “Last January the Colchester (U.K.) theatre company Mad Hatter Productions asked me to play vice principal Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The production was such as success that we took it to Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I set up a Wefund account (the U.K. answer to Kickstarter) and sent out e-mail and Facebook pleas. We raised about £2000 of what we needed just from the Wefund account. We played the last week of August and received three five-star reviews plus one four-star review. It was an incredible experience. I just received my indefinite leave to remain in the U.K., so it looks like I am here for a while!” * Brad Miller consults as an engineering geologist specializing in ground characterization for heavy civil construction projects in the U.S. He develops detailed site interpretations in order to design major infrastructure, such as bridges, deep-rock water tunnels, or underground utilities. Brad lost his wife to cancer in February 2013 and has found life as a single father with two daughters challenging. Despite this, Brad writes, “My appreciation for others facing and overcoming their own adversity has given me a manner of hope.” Our condolences, Brad. Hang in there.
Scott Vandersall is still working in commercial lending with TD Bank, but he has relocated to Cape Cod from Hampton, N.H. Scott had “lots of laughs” playing golf with Bob Clark, Joel Harris, and Steve Pfaff at Turner Hill in Ipswich, Mass., last summer. * Kimberly Hokanson’s oldest son, Nate, began at Goucher College in Baltimore last fall. * Mark Bloom lives in the scenic Appalachian mountain town of Asheville, N.C. “In other words, in relative isolation from anything Colby.” A book Mark recently edited, Not Lost for Lookin’: A fly-fishing romance ghost-story adventure of the High Sierras!, is available through lulu.com. * Dani Nemec Micsan (my enthusiastic choice for our next correspondent!) had dinner in D.C. with Bob Ryan just before Christmas. Bob was there for a conference. Dani is training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon D.C. in April, and she is registered for the half marathon in Munich, Germany, in June. “I’m totally half crazy.” Dani also reports on two classmates: Carrie Bingham Boera is a grandmother, and Kathy Gallop Chase is finally on Facebook reconnecting with Colby friends. * Monterey Arts Council executive director Paulette Lynch spoke at TEDxMonterey in early December. In her talk, The Arts Are the Answer, Paulette explored how the arts permeate science, justice, education, and the economy. See her talk at youtu.be/YiH4mX-uUKM. * Karen Baumstark Porter sends greetings from Omaha. Her youngest child, Anna, 15, performed as a selectively chosen member of the All-American Cheerleaders team in London’s New Year’s Day Parade in front of 400,000 onlookers. The parade was also broadcast all over the world, so Karen forewent her usual New Year’s Eve festivities in favor of rising at 6 a.m. New Year’s Day to proudly watch Anna online.
It’s great to hear from classmates who haven’t written before. Jim Nelson has been working as the assistant principal at Honeoye Falls–Lima High School (just south of Rochester, N.Y.) for the past 21 years. He married the love of his life, Karen, in 2009. Karen is a special ed teacher working primarily with autistic kids. Together they have five kids between the ages of 20 and 24(!). Jim’s son, Greg, will graduate this May from Nazareth College in Pittsford, N.Y., and his daughter, Rachel, is a junior at the University of Michigan. Stepchildren Holly, Jack, and Anna are all in college in the Rochester area. Five tuitions—ouch! Jim stays in touch with other Lambda Chi’s through their annual golf outing and remains in close contact with Steve Pfaff ’81 and Darlene Howland ’81, Bill and Mary Lou Eckland Jackson, and Jay ’81 and Lisa Sukeforth Donegan ’84. * Ken Thomas works for the U.S. Congress, where he advises senators, members, and staff on issues of constitutional law. As an attorney for the Congressional Research Service, a legislative branch agency, he is lead author of the recently published Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation. Ken lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Annie, and his two children, Alex and Ryan. * Sonia Turcotte Fois’s son, Andrew, is a freshman music composition major at NYU’s Steinhardt School. * Tamara Hannah is now affiliated with ONE Sotheby’s in Miami Beach, if anyone wants to buy property in South Florida. She recently closed $13 million of commercial property in Chicago and Miami and is glad to be out of the arctic freeze! * Judy Alexander Medlin is education coordinator at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Salisbury Cove, Maine. She reports that many Colby students come to MDIBL for research fellowships in the summer and for neuroscience courses in January. * On a sad note, Kitty Weyl Dove reported that Suze Connolly Levere’s father passed away last summer. Kitty, Lisa McDonough O’Neill, and Sarah Stiles Bright all attended the service. Mr. Connolly was commodore of the Eastern Yacht Club, uncle of Janet Santry Houser ’78, and a great old salt who hosted many a Colby kid at his home and on his boat. * Just yesterday I got a call from Fred Madeira, Elliott Pratt, Scott Butterfield,and Chris Perrin, who were all at Lawrie Foster’s ski house in Bethel, Maine. They wanted to be sure to report that Scott“the straw that stirs the drink” Butterfield will definitely be in attendance at our 35th in 2015.
Left to right, Kurt Cerulli '78, Mary Cerulli, and Ben Bradlee Jr. '70
Ben Bradlee Jr. ’70 won the 2013 Cerulli Award for Excellence in Sports Writing/Biography for The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams. Bradlee spent 25 years as a writer and editor at the Boston Globe. The Cerulli Award was established in 2012 by Kurt Cerulli ’78 and his wife, Mary. * Independent Vermont newspaper Seven Days ran a Q&A on Vermont Loon Recovery Project Coordinator Eric Hanson ’70 in the fall. As Hanson’s responsibilities have increased over 15 years on the job, so has the state loon population, rebounding from a low of about 30 birds three decades ago to 283 in 2013. * Rebecca Littleton Corbett ’74 was promoted to assistant managing editor for the New York Times in December, which means she is now on the masthead at the top of the newspaper’s editorials page. She previously worked as a senior editor with a focus on enterprise journalism. According to Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, Corbett has edited some of the paper’s “hardest-hitting stories” and “most elegant narratives.” * In January Waterville Mayor Karen Heck ’74 testified before the Maine Legislature’s appropriations committee criticizing a proposal to reduce revenue sharing to cities and towns. Heck said Waterville and other communities take a hit each year because the state passes its responsibilities on to municipalities.
It’s our 35th reunion June 6-8, 2014! * Laurie Borden is coming to reunion and hopes the gang is planning on it too! * Kathy Quimby received her M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts Jan. 20. * Mia and Greg Pfitzer will celebrate their 30th anniversary this year and his 25th anniversary as a professor of American studies at Skidmore College. (Greg is receiving Colby’s Outstanding Educator Award at reunion. Come celebrate with him!) Son Michael is a choral associate and interim director of the Cambridge Community Chorus, and daughter Sally is a project coordinator for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Center on the Developing Child. * Nick Mencher left his job at TIAA-CREF and started his own consulting group, K&M Productions. He’s been writing and editing for financial services firms. * Angela Mickalide works at Children’s National Health System and received a promotion to executive director of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Nation Resource Center. She and her team of 10 work with federal funder the Health Resources and Service Administration and its grantees. * Patricia David practices law in Montgomery County, Md. Her eldest, Cate, completed her first semester at Drexel Law School. Daughter Sarah will receive a degree in biology from George Washington University this May. Son Cliff has accepted admission to Trinity College and will play football when he starts there in the fall. * Cari and Carl Lovejoy became grandparents Dec. 31, when son Ben and his wife, Avery, welcomed Lila Eyre Lovejoy. Ben plays hockey for the Anaheim Ducks. Son Matt took a job in Los Angeles with a new high-net-worth wealth management firm. Son Nick graduates from Dartmouth June 8, so Carl won’t be at reunion. Carl recently cofounded Family Support Collaborative, a nonprofit that shares the collective resources of independent and specialized nonprofit schools and programs to support families in achieving positive outcomes. * Sam Koch still coaches at UMass. Rebuilding with 14 freshmen last year, the team made the A-10 tournament for the first time in four years. Battling cancer for the last year and a half, Sam is doing well with the help of great doctors and support staff at Mass General Hospital. He feels very lucky to have the soccer community, UMass, Colby and Stanford soccer alumni, the local community, and of course his lovely wife and family as his support network, keeping him strong. * Richard Uchida is in his fourth year as vice chair of the Colby College Board of Trustees and served on the presidential search committee. Daughter Julia ’16 is in her second year at Colby, and niece Alexandra Brown ’14 will graduate this spring with a major in biology. * Our class has quite a bit of prestige and authority on the board. Randy Papadellis chairs the Budget and Finance Committee. Richard chairs the Educational Policy Committee, having done so for the past five years. (Richard and Randy will receive Colby Bricks at reunion—two more reasons to attend!) Eric Rosengren serves as chair of the Student Affairs Committee. Steven Earle will join the board this summer. * Jane Gair Prairie is a social worker at the New England Eating Disorders Program at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, celebrating 15 years there and more than 26 as a social worker. Jane’s son is a high school junior with an interest in music. He’s begun his college exploration and is thinking of studying engineering. * Melinda Edgerley Pearce’s son, Jon, married his high school sweetheart, Emily, Jan. 7. They had planned an outdoor ceremony on an island in northern Wisconsin where they live, but with temps at -20, the ceremony was moved indoors! * Our 35th reunion committee encourages you to attend. Emily Grout Sprague, Betsy Bucklin Reddy, Bob Lizza, Bill Leete, Susan Raymond Geismar, Stacey Cox Slowinski, Janet Deering Bruen, Libby Maynard Gordon, Brian Hoffmann, Carl Lovejoy, Nick Nichols, Peter Greenberg, Meg Matheson, and Bob Kinney are working hard to plan an unforgettable reunion. Please join them in setting a record for class gift total when they call. See you at reunion!
Hey, everyone! I just got back from Colby Ski Weekend at Sugarloaf and, as always, was amazed at how the years just melt away when I’m in the presence of Colby mates. The weekend included visits with Ian Ogilvie, John Geismar, and John ’80 and Ronni-Jo Posner Carpenter.If there were others I missed, please forgive me and drop me a line to let me know. Mostly I hung with the “young’uns”—Kitty Weyl Dove ’80, Suzanne Connolly Levere ’80, Sarah Stiles Bright ’80, Lindy Williams ’79, Bill Muller ’79, and Bruce Forsley ’79—and it made me want to do some serious planning for next year. Who’s in? * Jeff Wheeler sent regrets for the ski weekend. He was heading to campus for the Jack Kelley tribute the following weekend. Chris Morrissey, Bob Fukumoto, and Sandy Buck also planned to attend. * Bob and Kim Attridge Sherrill live in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, N.C., where Kim is associate director of the Learning Assistance Program at Appalachian State University and their son, Robbie, is a junior at UNC Chapel Hill. She had a mini reunion last summer with Sue Jacke Littlefield and Elizabeth Patten at Ronda Faloon’s house in Gloucester, Mass., where Ronda’s husband, Rob Chandler ’77, took them sailing several times. They all agreed it was special to get together and still feel like they were with their very dearest friends—and they hope to make it an annual tradition. * Speaking of North Carolina, Nick Levintow retired there in 2013 after 34 years with the U.S. Department of Labor. Nick and his wife, Kathy, had lived in the same neighborhood in Silver Spring, Md., since 1985 but wanted to be closer to the coast. They’re now in Leland, N.C., just outside Wilmington, which he described as “an interesting college town—not too big or too small, with a lot to offer.” They have one daughter planning to go to grad school in the fall, a son who started a new job in Manhattan, and another son attending college in Wilmington. Nick plans to join a consulting venture to focus on labor law and policy issues—and had to point out that while he visits New England often to see his sister, Alix Levintow Howell ’77, he does not miss the snow. It was 70 degrees and he was on the golf course in January! * Bonnitta Roy is also retired after 30 years in the landscape design-build industry. But she’s not idle—she established an educational center called Alderlore on her home/farm in northwestern Connecticut, where her title is resident meta-designer. I like the sound of that! * Marty Reader thanks Jim Cook and company for putting together the Facebook class page. Marty and his wife, Susan, love living in Minnesota and consider themselves “displaced New Yorkers.” Marty is working in his second technology startup and says his work is great fun. Marty, I think that’s a sign you are doing it right! Their daughter Alison graduated from Colby in 2012, son Jay is at Stanford, and daughter Livia is in eighth grade. * Doug and Marjorie Gonzalez Blackwell have been running half-marathons together and look so happy—and so in shape!—in the pictures they’ve posted. * Alicia Rodriguez lives on the Chesapeake Bay with her golden retriever, Finn. She runs two businesses: Sophia Associates, doing leadership development, and Bold Conversations, where she writes about personal and spiritual development and her travels in South America. Alicia has two books in the works and a creative 18-year-old son who is in college and produces his own music—and is the spitting image of Alicia at that age, in a male version. “Between executive coaching, writing, kayaking, and travel, it’s a full and happy life,” she says. * It’s wonderful to hear from so many of you. Please do keep the news coming!
Helene Morneau has lived in Northern California for the last 30 years practicing landscape architecture in Santa Rosa. Her husband and partner, Bob Landman, recently retired from ER medicine, freeing them to travel. They will visit Myanmar, then sail off the coast of Phuket, Thailand. “Life continues to be good to us, and I’m always amazed as to how many Colby graduates I cross paths with.” * Richard Clampitt, who has provided legal services to the WD-40 Company since his graduation from law school in 1981, is now VP, general counsel, and corporate secretary for the company. * Alan MacEwan hopes the family’s Colby tradition will continue: his son Graham has applied to Colby. * Stephen Roy has been laid up after ankle fusion surgery. His wife, Valerie (Jones) ’76, is nursing him through it (and will continue provided that Steve doesn’t drive her crazy). They always look forward to visits with their two grandchildren. * Roger and Joanne Karlin Giudicelli celebrated 25 years of marriage. They now have two grandsons, so the boy trend that started with their own three sons is continuing. After 25 years of tennis, Joanne moved on to Western riding (she owns two horses): “I’m learning how incredibly technical and time-consuming this sport is.” The transition began five years ago, and it aligned with a career change into the frozen yogurt business. Joanne now runs three popular self-serve shops in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, as well as a dairy plant that packages and sells frozen-yogurt treats to a dozen supermarkets and to more than 40 schools in northern California. She looks forward to reconnecting with Amy Schenck Frankel in the coming year. * Having previously run the Nature Conservancy’s Maine, Australia, Canada, and global land conservation strategy programs, Kent Wommack is now the organization’s senior strategist for international projects. When not traveling for work, Kent serves as vice president of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, which donates about $8 million annually to Maine nonprofits. * Jo-Ellen Bois Smith could not feed her Olympic fandom with a hat trick visit to Sochi in February, but she hoped that memories of London 2012 and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics (where she volunteered and cut the ribbon to open the Whistler Athletes Village) would tide her over. She will join husband Greg Smith ’74 at his 40th Colby reunion in June. Jo-Ellen enjoyed a pre-Thanksgiving lunch with freshman roommate Peggo Horstmann Hodes in November, “sharing our joys over our adventurous kids and sorrows over aging parents.” * Carolyn Frazier lived in Chicago for 15 years, working in digital advertising in client services or project management. On Oct. 1, 2013, she made a big move, becoming client services group account director at Seattle Wunderman Network, leading the Microsoft U.S. commercial account. Her husband, Duncan, is wrapping up their life in Chicago, “selling our lovely house and garden, reassuring my parents and friends that we’ll still come visit, and making final decisions on furniture that we should have gotten rid of eons ago.” So far, Carolyn loves Seattle: she walks to work and is a five-minute jog from the bay. She invites any Colbyites in the area to reach out (email@example.com). * Ehrhardt Groothoff and his wife, Grace, keep busy homeschooling their three kids (15, 14, and 12) and being crazy traveling soccer parents: “During these last six months, the boys have played in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denmark, and Sweden! My daughter has also added lacrosse to the mix.” Ehrhardt hopes to retire soon from his fire/EMS job after 32 years. He and Grace are considering a move back to Maine.
Hi, everyone! As I’m writing, I’m looking forward to the balmy weather that’s supposed to hit this weekend—they’re predicting high 20s. Might have to bring out the shorts! Last September I took my mom to New England for a brief vacation. We had a wonderful brunch at the Maine Diner with Diane Lockwood Wendorf. Di and her husband, Mark, have been back in Maine for more than five years. Di is pastor at the North Parish Congregational UCC in Sanford. Among the greatest joys of her ministry last year was celebrating the marriage of two men who’d been together for 14 years—since before the marriage equality vote made it legal in Maine. She was looking forward to celebrating the marriage of Don and Bill, who have been together for 37 years and are now in their 70s. Mark took over as interim minister of a tiny church in York Beach and has been doing a fantastic job there. Their son, Josh, builds and repairs bikes at a Trek concept bike shop in Portsmouth, N.H., where he’s the service manager; Josh also does their graphic design and stars in their online ad. * As part of their sailing adventures last summer, Paul Kueffner and his wife, Sue, met Marguerite (Nelson) ’75 and Jay Sarson. Discussions included wedding planning; Paul and Sue’s eldest daughter will be married in October to a fellow University of Vermont alum. Paul is happy to have 160 excited kids learning French this year. * David McKay Wilson continues to write for Colby magazine, among many other publications. He has a story in this issue about six Colby entrepreneurs. * Kevin Carley’sdaughter, Karina ’08, was married in Yarmouth, Maine, last July, with 22 Colby alumni attended including Harry Nelson, Mike Boyson, and Lindsay Huntington Hancock. Kevin returned to Portland, Maine, last year after four years overseas working as a country director for the Peace Corps in eight different countries in Micronesia and the eastern Caribbean. He’s now an executive coach; his focus is working with baby boomers on financial issues and encore careers. Contact Kevin through his website, kevincarley.com. * David Christie is the commercial print salesperson for the Lewiston Sun Journal, and lives in Mexico, Maine, the town where he went to high school. He’s married to his high school sweetheart. He keeps busy as a separated dad to his 14-year-old daughter, Jennifer, who was busy with field hockey last fall and Nordic skiing this winter. He stays in touch with Joe ’75 and Joanne DefilippAlex. * Janet Breslin Gilmartin stays in touch with Nancy Gervais Finnegan ’77, whom she’s seen a few times in Maine. She’s also in touch with Barbara Brennan Silano, who lives in California; Janet saw her a few years ago. * Several people have insisted I write an update about me, so here goes. I’ve been a freelance development editor for umpteen years, working mostly on industrial, manufacturing, and business-related professional books and textbooks. For the past four years I’ve headed Oasis Players, a vocal ensemble that specializes in elegant cabarets featuring mostly Great American Songbook selections. We perform throughout Monmouth County in central New Jersey, occasionally venturing across county lines. In my spare time I specialize in groveling—either to you, my classmates, for news, or to the ever-patient staff at Colby for extensions for the column! Please remember to give to the Colby Fund. And start circling June 2-5, 2016, on your calendar. Yes, my friends, our next reunion is only two years away, and I’m counting on you to be there. Yes, you!
Since graduation John Mosley has worked in the financial services field while living in the Portland, Maine, area. In 2009 his wife, Carol, retired from L.L. Bean and joined John in working with clients. Three years later daughter Sarah, a graduate of the University of Miami, joined the practice, the Mosley Financial Group. In May 2012 John suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple-bypass surgery. Fortunately, recovery went well, and one year later he participated in and finished the Beach to Beacon 10K Race! Now living in a two-family home in Westbrook, his household is truly multi-generational, with his 90-year-old mother, his daughter, his son, Chris, and two dogs. John thinks this is his first time replying. * Buck Drew and his girlfriend purchased one-way airline tickets to Paris for this spring. They plan to spend most of the year in Provence. Though Buck graduated from Colby with a degree in the sciences, French culture has been his passion. Enjoying the countryside, biking l’Alpe d’Huez, and photographing his muse will take most of the year. To all those classmates who have yet to enjoy semi-retirement, he believes it was John Belushi who quoted Voltaire: “If you don’t fly first class ... your children will!” * Last summer Dan Sexton attended a Phi Delta Theta reunion in Biddeford organized by Charlie LeRoyer and Mike Harris ’76. Bob Walsh, Marty Womer, and other Colby alumni joined them. It was a good chance to relive some of their Mayflower Hill exploits. * Rod Jones sent in a great photo [wish I could share it with you!] of a get-together last year with Steve and Katie Ruoff Palmer, Kathy (Donohue) ’76 and RonYeo, Jim and Carol Majdalany Williams, Sharon and Dave White, Rod’s wife, Joanne, and daughter Kim ’05. Unfortunately, son Trevor ’12 was not present. They all have gone their separate ways since Mayflower Hill, and Rod found it amazing how they fell back into a familiar and fun camaraderie. * Deborah Seel Palman, a retired game warden K9 team specialist, now spends her time doing search-and-rescue dog training and working at searches in Maine with her dog. She also travels to teach seminars and works on an online course for training dog handlers. Last September she and her dog found a missing man in Benton, Maine. * After eight years as corporate counsel with Massage Envy, Jeffrey Frankel accepted a similar position with International Cruise & Excursions, a global vacation membership organization based in Scottsdale, Ariz. Son Derrick finished his graduate degree in cinematography and works in the Los Angeles film industry. Daughter Rachel is a premed student at the University of Arizona. As new empty nesters, Jeffrey and wife Lydia decided to overcompensate by moving to a new house, requiring them to pack up 20 years of possessions and memories. * Malcolm Foster is staying sane these days, thanks to his fly-fishing expeditions. Son Blake ’07 is planning to get married on Islesboro, Maine, this summer, and youngest daughter Madeleine became engaged over the holidays. Needless to say, Malcolm is still working! * After 17 years of being together, Steve Tait and partner Dave Cook were happy to make it legal last December. In February they headed to Peru to explore the Amazon, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. * Barb Miller Deutschle works part time as the children’s ministry director at Sarasota Baptist Church in Florida. Husband Mark is a sign consultant for EBSCO Sign Group. Barb doesn’t think that either of them will ever have the opportunity to retire! Daughter Skye graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University last May; son Chris lives and works in Denver and recently returned to school for a B.S. in nursing. For exercise, Barb has enjoyed returning to swimming, the sport of her younger days.
To the Class of ’73, if you couldn’t make it to your 40th reunion last June, think about coming to ours this year. If you did attend last year and had as good a time as we did, why not do it again with a new group of Colby people? We’d love to see any of you who can make the trip. * Classmates, this will be our last column before we see you at reunion. Thanks for all your responses to our news requests in the past five years. We hope that 2014 is going well and that we will see many of you in June. * Jeff Barske married Kim Elisa Prario last October in Clinton, Conn., after three years of a wonderful friendship. Congratulations, Jeff and Kim. * Last May Clif Brittain and his wife, Peggy, and their two kids, Frank, 24, and Nancy, 28, went to Tuscany, Italy, on a bicycle trip hosted by REI and led by an Italian couple. Clif and Peggy then spent time in Florence and Cinque Terre. This was their first trip to Italy and they loved everything about it. Clif rows in the summer months, cross-country skis in the winter, loves to play Scrabble, and home-brews beer in his spare time. You bring the Scrabble board in June, and game on! * Robin and Cathy Morris Killoran bought a home in Melbourne Beach, Fla., in the fall of 2012. After spending several weeks there throughout 2013, they sold their home in Kent, Conn., and moved to Florida last October. Sadly, Robin passed away from an infection shortly after their move. Cathy is thankful for the time they had in their new home. She spent Thanksgiving with siblings Bill Yovic ’77 and Sue Yovic Hoeller ’73 and family in Tampa. Cathy would like to reconnect with any Colby people who live in the area or are visiting. * Last October Jo-Ellen (Bois) ’77 and Greg Smith marked the 40-year anniversary of the day they met at Colby. In their words, “A freshman pledge of Sigma Kappa sorority walked into the Delta Upsilon fraternity to attend a faculty/Greek cocktail party. She was greeted by a young man who hung up her coat and escorted her over to the bar. Later, they drove to dinner in his ’52 Oldsmobile convertible at the South End Café for roast beef grinders. And the rest, as they say, is history. The ’52 Olds is restored and driving the back roads of Washington.” * After living in Holden, Mass., for the past 11 years, Don Richardson and his wife, Janet, moved to Millbury, Mass. He’s in his 38th year on the library staff at WPI, where he was recently promoted to associate university librarian. Their big news is that their son, Matt, was married Sept. 15, 2012, to Kendra Leith, the daughter of Jennifer and Duncan Leith ’73, also of Holden. It was a wedding of Colby children on a perfect late summer day in Cape Neddick, Maine. Don’s Zeta Psi roommate, Joe Mattia, and a Lambda Chi contingent helped them celebrate the day. * Dennis Delehanty and his wife, Elizabeth, spent three months in Beijing, staying with daughter Carmen, who lives there and works for a company that helps Chinese high school seniors apply to top U.S. colleges. A couple of her students enrolled at Colby. Dennis and Elizabeth lived the day-to-day life of expats in a friendly, welcoming neighborhood not far from the U.S. Embassy. Dennis said, “Living in China is an exercise in humility: no matter how intelligent or educated you think you are, in that country, as a Westerner, you are absolutely helpless, due to the impenetrable language barrier.” * Well, that’s all, folks! See you at Colby in June. Be there, or we will talk about you, and it won’t be pretty.
Class president Norm Olsen survived a trip to Alaska that involved sloshing through a 10-foot drop to turbulent, icy water. He spoke of the necessity of doing such things when one is young and fit. I was just glad to hear that our president is still fit enough to lead us to the next reunion in 2018! * Gail Andrews McCarthy enjoyed a fundraising phone call from a Colby student who asked her if the campus had moved to Mayflower Hill when she was a student—and then went on to pronounce Chi Omega like it was chai tea. Gail’s life is filled with golf, book club, yoga, Bunco, bowling, and choir in her retirement. * Peter Rinaldi continues to run his newspapers in Natchez, Miss., but is spending more time in Naples, Fla., since he bought a home there; his sons and grandson live there as well. He’s still playing soccer, which he credits to his excellent Blue Cross coverage. * Morrie Herman, his wife, Eileen, and three grown sons took a trip to Disney World during Christmas break. Morrie’s sons are all successful students in varying stages of program completion. Lots of graduations for you and your wife, Morrie! * Jon Miller returned to Maharishi University of Management to become recertified as a teacher of transcendental meditation and to enjoy long meditations in the Golden Dome. He continues to practice law, focusing on trusts, business, real estate, and intellectual property. * My heart goes out to Ida Dionne Burroughs, who in November lost her husband to lymphoma that had only been diagnosed in September. She’s learning to live alone with her dog and is organizing a team for the Prouty ride in July that raises money for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, N.H. She keeps up with some classmates, especially Janet Hueners, through Facebook. * Congratulations to Wendy Knickerbocker, whose book—Bard of the Bethel: The Life and Times of Boston’s Father Taylor, 1793-1871—was just published, complete with a cover blurb written by Colby Professor Emeritus Tom Longstaff. * Monica Bignelli still works as a consultant for corporate learning and development, focusing on helping managers build their skills. Interesting experiences abound with clients including British Parliament and the maritime branch of the United Nations. She lives in London and hasn’t visited the U.S. in six years. Wait four more, and come back for our 45th reunion in 2018! * Joe Mattos sent a fabulous picture of former Colby football coach Dick McGee with Joe and John Krasnavage, probably on their way to lunch, where they periodically meet over a burger and beer. Joe enjoys his part-time job as superintendent of schools in Islesboro, Maine. * Jack Sigel writes of his upcoming retirement plans, which involve traveling. He plans to drive to Arkansas to visit his son, who specializes in trauma and child abuse in children under 6. He also plans to explore New Mexico, Arizona, and California and would love to meet up with Larry Rider in Arizona. Jack writes nostalgically about his time at Colby and his experiment with encounter groups with Wendy Knickerbocker. He fondly remembers seeing Ram Dass in 1969 and the invitation-only “Fireman’s Ball” that happened every spring. * The final bit of news is joyous—Anne Huff Jordan writes of the birth of her first grandchild, Jordan Elizabeth. Jordan and her parents live in Utah, so Anne plans to travel out there regularly. * Remember to block off the first weekend in June of 2018 for our 45th reunion.
Happy New Year to everyone! May 2014 be a healthy and happy year for all. * Joy Bemak Hanes completed three years of classes in appraisal school and is now a certified personal property appraiser. She says that conducting a proper appraisal is like writing a research paper—with bibliography, footnotes, references, etc. She’s still setting up at high-end antiques shows, where she tries to sell her wares, and spending time every week as a curatorial volunteer at her local museum, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn. * Dee Fitz-Gerald Sockbeson recently visited the new art exhibition at the Colby art museum and thought it was a tremendous gift to the College. Her son is getting married in New Orleans this May. She keeps in touch with her old roommate Roz Teto Johnson, who lives near San Francisco. * Gary Petzold writes that “retirement sure is fun!” He and his wife, Sue, traveled through 11 states including Alaska, where they took an Inside Passage cruise on a 49-passenger ship. He saw Chris Cambridge in Bar Harbor, Maine, and Clark Ruff, Don Bates ’70, Art Young, and Chip Edgarton on Cape Cod. He ran his first road race; bought, gutted, and restored a cottage on a lake; and took a job as the sealer of weights and measures for the town of Wilbraham, Mass. * Bob and Chris Hanley Pike live in Haverhill, Mass., where Bob teaches history at Haverhill High School. Chris retired from full-time teaching five years ago but continues to teach at a variety of colleges in the area, including Northern Essex Community College, SNHU, and UNH. They have three granddaughters and a new grandchild scheduled to arrive in May. Both of their children, along with their families, live in Haverhill. Chris and Bob also have a house in Naples, Fla., and hope to get down there for extended stays in the near future. * That's all for this issue. I hope to hear from more of you next time! Take care.
Here we are in the dead of winter, bizarre weather all over the world, and we don’t know whether to bundle up for 20 below or dress for a heat wave of 60 degrees! With a shift in the magazine schedule, and with so many of you writing in, I had to abbreviate some of your news. Please bear with the word limit, and if you don’t see your news here, look for it next time. * Fred Osborn and his wife, Anne, are happy to announce that they now live in a house of their own for the first time ever in New York. They sold the family estate, built in 1919, to an NYC art dealer who is restoring every detail to its original state. Fred and Anne now live in a cottage on the edge of the estate. * Jon Stone welcomed his seventh grandchild. * There is no dust gathering on Rich Abramson, who continues to be busy with President Bro Adams promoting the new Snow Pond Center for the Arts, connected with the New England Music Camp, as an arts venue/music school/arts academy. * Dave Williams is still skating his heart out. He played hockey in Montreal last November with his “old” teammate and friend John Bowey. * Alive and well in Auburn, Maine, Mike Smith wants his classmates and DKE brothers to know that he’s semi-retired after a career in psychiatric nursing. He’s a doting grandfather. Recently he enjoyed sharing Colby memories with Jack Marsh ’48. * While attending a family wedding at the Cosmos Club in D.C. (a private social club for Washington’s intellectual elite), Alan Levine had an opportunity to show his girlfriend the Lovejoy entry in the Newseum’s database of press martyrs. * Bill Hladky sends me fascinating photos of his hiking and climbing adventures in the most interesting of places as well as encouraging messages about his son’s college prowess. * Officially retired now, Janet Beals and Dave Nelson celebrated their liberation with a two-month trip to Europe, visiting 11 countries on Eurorail passes—just like kids. * Dennis Hartung visited with old college buddies Craig Dickinson, Dave Collins, and Brad Moir. * Continuing his research for the EPA in the Office of Research and Development, Atlantic Ecology Division, in Narragansett, R.I., Hal Walker writes that he and his family are still learning to “ski the bumps” in life beyond college. He and his wife have twin boys, which means that next year they might have three sons in college. * After 20 years as the founding executive director at Solutions at Work, Macy Delong has changed her focus in a new role at Vinfen in Boston, putting her experience to work with those battling mental health issues. She sees Pat Montgomery and Nancy Hammar Austin a couple times a year. * Carolyn Additon Anthony is fulfilling her year’s term as president of the Public Library Association, a national organization of 10,000 members. Bill Anthony, her husband, continues as director of studies abroad at Northwestern University. * Jonathan Ray wrote a personal narrative called Gorham, Bridgton and Beyond that includes a chapter about Colby. The book is available through Amazon. * Linda Wallace has been exploring eastern Europe with her husband, visiting seven countries, national parks, and a school in a Hungarian mountain village. Linda was most excited about attending Colby’s bicentennial celebration hosted by the L.A. alumni chapter. She was struck by how many generations of alums were present and was impressed by the young graduates’ passion, intellect, and accomplishments. * Nancy Neckes Dumart and I had a fun mini reunion with Dave Eddy in Framingham, Mass., a few months back. My “other dad,” Faith Tiberio Dougherty’s dad, passed away in October—very sad. On a more positive note, I am very impressed by how accomplished so many of our classmates are. Me? I just plod along.
Dave and Linda Loring Shea visited with Peter and Linda Marsh Foss in October and report that the Fosses grow the largest beets Dave’s ever seen. Dave will retire in June and is looking forward to golf, fishing, kayaking, reading, gardening, chopping and splitting wood, and, of course, keeping up old friends and making new ones. He’s trying to talk Linda into retirement as well and hopes to spend at least one winter month (February) in South Florida each year. They’re looking at the Fort Myers/Naples area. * Making a gutsy career move, Aroline “Lin” Stone Gallagher left corporate America to teach English as a second language in Boston. After receiving her TEFL certification from the Boston Academy of English, Lin joined the school staff and is now program director for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Program, senior ESL teacher, and private tutor for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. As Lin says, “This has been more than a career change; it’s been a life change. I have never had a more gratifying job.” She has never looked back. * Shipp Webb and his wife, Judith, ran a handcrafted-jewelry business in his hometown in Tennessee for more than 25 years until they retired eight years ago. A year later they moved to New Hampshire. They are now busy volunteering at an assisted living home where Shipp is the president of the board of directors. He also tutors international students at the Sant Bani School, a country day school that has sent a few students to Colby. His current student is a refugee from Iraq. He is now well versed in the differences between the Shia and Sunni sects, and his student’s written English has improved, so it’s a fair trade. * Cheryl Moriarty Higgins is thoroughly enjoying retirement and finding herself busier than ever. She and husband Buddy ’69 now live full time on Peaks Island, Maine, and although the ferry presents challenges, they love the community as well as being part of the city of Portland without living in it. While Cheryl misses aspects of teaching, she gets her kid fix by serving as a docent for school groups at the Portland Museum of Art. Besides visiting their grandson, Atticus, in Madison, Wis., she loves walking, playing in a ukulele group, reading, and getting together with friends. * Debbie (Stephenson) ’68 and Phil Wysor are still working as lawyers in Marblehead and Beverly, Mass., respectively, skiing at Sugarloaf, and enjoying their six grandchildren. In December Phil attended a lecture and book signing by Ben Bradlee Jr. to announce the publication of Ben’s fantastic biography of Ted Williams. Also in attendance were Andy Hayashi, Joani Katz, Jim Martin, Jim Patch, Frank “Alex” Wilson ’73, and many others. * Pam Warner Champagne continues to be a caregiver for her partner, who suffered an extensive stroke three years ago. The rounds of medical appointments and physical and occupational therapy keep her very busy. She sees neighbor Andrea Atwater ’82 from time to time as they were both French majors at Colby and belong to a French conversation group. * Jane Stinchfield Knapp is still enjoying public service. She’s now a commissioner for the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, which is concerned with carrying out the Clean Water Act. * Lynne Murrell retired at the beginning of January. Enjoy! * Rich Irvine reports the sad news that his wife, Laura Schmidt Irvine,passed away Oct. 17 from cancer. It was very sudden and obviously a great shock. * Mike Self just turned 69. His family is doing fine and includes four grandsons under the age of 2 1/2. Mike says that any old hockey players or DKEs from Colby who are in the Charlotte area should look him up.
Robert Master ’64 was profiled in Boston Business Journal in January. As a teenager, Master—now CEO of Commonwealth Care Alliance—accompanied his immigrant grandfather to cancer treatments and saw the difference in medical care for the haves and have-nots. Though Master maintains that it was a desire for a steady income and not a sense of justice that propelled him into a medical career, he has spent the past 40 years serving low-income patients. Master continues to perform one six-week rotation at Boston Medical Center every year. * The Berkshire (Mass.) Chamber of Commerce (BCC) honored Susan Davidson Lombard ’68 with the 2013 Esther Quinn Award for her prolific volunteer efforts. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the BCC for 10 years, Berkshire Medical Center, Berkshire United Way, and Berkshire Art Association. She was also corporator for the Berkshire Museum from 2000 to 2009. * Perkins Coie LLP announced that Peter Rouse ’68 would join the firm in February to lead a new public and strategic affairs practice. Known as the “101st Senator” due to his presence on Capitol Hill and extensive senate knowledge, Rouse previously served as counselor to President Obama and White House chief of staff.
Hi, everyone! Peter “Wick” Phillips sadly reported the death of his former roommate and hockey teammate Mark Janes Dec. 7. Peter Hoffman gave the eulogy at Mark’s services. * Philip Johnson retired two years ago after a 37-year career as a minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. After Colby he entered the Andover Newton Theological School seminary. In 1978, married with two young sons, he served his first church in the Badlands of North Dakota and subsequently served five other churches around the country. Phil, now living in Naples, Fla., says he’s “still trying to process my Colby experience.” * Charlie Miller is stepping down as CEO of Bernstein Shur law firm in Portland, Maine,after 10 years in the role. He will return to his practice as a shareholder and principal. While he was CEO, Bernstein Shur grew from 65 attorneys to 107. In appreciation of his contributions, the firm gave Charlie and his wife, Ellie, a trip to Italy in February. They celebrated their 45th anniversary in New York at a dinner party hosted by their children and families. Charlie was the 2013 commencement speaker at Husson University and received the Chesley H. Husson Sr. Award for his work as a mentor, teacher, and civic leader and for his commitment to pro bono work. * Bill Lyons and wife Karen, expecting another grandchild in July, are starting to plan their retirement. Bill will again be spending April and May at the University of Leiden. He published an article on compensation of student athletes and is writing a chapter in a book on the history of black baseball players in Nebraska. * Anne York Samson moved to Portland, Ore., and in January enjoyed a 10-day cultural and educational trip to Cuba, spending time in Cienfuegos and Trinidad. A new grandson, Palmer York Samson, joined his brother, Ford Oliver Samson. Anne plans to work part time as a psychologist, learn about Portland, and travel. * Craig Stevens,in his 26th year at the Savannah College of Art and Design, plans to work until he’s 70 and then think about what comes next. He continues teaching at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport in the summer, and last October he purchased “a sweet little house/studio in Camden.” * Gary Austin won’t be at reunion because he and his wife, Judy, will be on safari in Africa. “It’s been a bucket list item for a while, and with Judy’s retirement last year, we truly have time to do whatever we want!” Gary says there’s lots of bucket left, and that’s where they’ll focus time in the future. * Warren Heller and wife Debbie recently celebrated their third wedding anniversary and will be at reunion. Warren has two adult stepdaughters, an 11-year-old “granddaughter,” and a 2-year-old “grandson.” He has maintained a solo law practice in Milford, Mass., for 40 years, and he and Debbie plan to retire in three years. * Mickey Jako recentlyposted all his material, mostly religious debates, on YouTube. Skeptic magazine posted his video of an exposé of medium James Van Praagh. Mickey also debated a leading atheist, Dan Barker. Mickey plays tennis with a group called “The Geezers” and competes for court time with another group, “The Super Geezers,” with whom he sees himself being a proud member in the years ahead. * Sandy Hoe recently passed his 40-year mark with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. The firm had 24 lawyers when he started and now has approximately 650 across the U.S. and internationally. Sandy continues to represent government contractors dealing primarily with the federal government. He also consulted through the United Nations Development Program with an organization called the International Senior Lawyers Project, spending time in Liberia. Sandy and wife Dennie celebrated their 44th anniversary. Their children live in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, N.C. They have six grandchildren. * I hope to see many of you on campus in June!
Linda Reynolds Gill lives in Plymouth, Mass. In June 2009 she retired as the student services director for Cohasset Public Schools. Since retiring she has done some consulting for special education directors in local communities and volunteer work for a variety of organizations. She has been teaching adult basic skills at the Plymouth Public Library three mornings a week. Her four sons are married, and son Brian ’98 is the correspondent for the Class of 1998. She has nine grandchildren with number 10 expected in March. Since only three grandchildren live nearby, she often travels to visit. Last summer she visited Maxine “Max” Allison Anderson in Vermont, and they had lunch with Nancy Nahra. * Vic Pinansky’sson, Marc ’00, is getting married in April. Vic still plays or listens to his two grandchildren play their instruments with Marc’s help. As for his work as a dentist, he’s now a part-time independent contractor and loves it. * Last October the University of Denver Sturm College of Law honored John Leopold with its annual Alumni Professionalism Award. A very funny video can be viewed at law.du.edu/index.php/alumni/law-stars/videos. Last fall John and his wife, Terry, took a trip to the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, and the Columbia River Valley. His other big news is the establishment of a Colorado Colby club. They had a large turnout at an August social event—about 90 people. Another informal get-together was held in January. * Joyce Ingram-Chinn enjoys retired life, although she still does an occasional accreditation survey for CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). When not just enjoying the beauty of Hawaii, she finds weaving and spinning both challenging and rewarding. * Donna and Al Gray became first-time grandparents Nov. 16, 2013, with the arrival of their beautiful granddaughter, Avery Elizabeth Gray, born to their son, Christopher, and his wife, Kara, who live in New Milford, Conn. They wish they lived closer but are thrilled with this latest addition to the Gray family. * Arthur Brennan taught two courses last fall at a local community college and now has a new appreciation for teachers. It proved to be more work than he expected, although he actually enjoyed reading some of those old constitutional law cases that he hadn’t looked at in 40 years. He’s still doing some judging on an as-needed basis. * Ted Sasso recently had open-heart surgery to correct a plumbing problem. He would not recommend this procedure for fun: lots of tubes, drains, pain, etc. On the brighter side, he’s recovering at a great pace, walking every day, and hoping to see everyone at the next milestone reunion. * Rich Kuchar and his wife, Sandy, live in beautiful Lancaster County, Pa. After 35-plus years in the property casualty insurance business, he sold his agency at the end of 2012 and retired. Last year he completed a “cross-countries” solo motorcycle trip that took him through the northern United States and western Canada to Alaska, down the West Coast to Southern California, and into the northern Mexican states of Baja California and Sonora. He enjoyed Mexico and still had enough high school and Colby Spanish to navigate and converse with confidence. From Mexico he traveled north and toured northern Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico before heading home. Another trip is planned for this year, route not yet determined. Rich and Sandy’s son, Matt ’97 (not the golfer), left his position at Harvard Business School and moved to Dartmouth. Their daughter, Becky, and her husband and four sons live in Southern California. * Ted Allison continues to live a life full of adventure. He’s gone to Africa to build a school in Zanzibar through a program his son created, GIVEvolunteers.org. After that, he’ll climb Mount Kilimanjaro. He still works as a real estate agent and reports that retirement might come along next decade.
Charlotte Killam writes that one of the highlights of her summer was her 50th high school reunion at Kents Hill School. She’s amazed at how one week morphs into the next and how busy she’s been, but sometimes how little gets accomplished. She is far too modest, since she spent much of the summer teaching several study series at her church, managing the local lunch-in-the-park program, attending music and dance performances atiSaratoga Performing Arts Center, working book sales at the library, traveling to visit family and friends, and tending her flower gardens. * Betty Coffey Gross attended her 50th high school reunion and had a blast. She is a justice of the peace and conducts many weddings. In the summer she and her husband spend time at their place in Unity, Maine, and she keeps busy with her local garden club. * Sue Barden Johnson traveled widely last year. Highlights included visiting grandchildren in Boston and attending a family reunion in Tennessee. She fit in two high school reunions—one in Hawaii and one in Alexandria, Va.—which she enjoyed immensely. She, her husband, and some friends hiked across England, following Hadrian’s Wall, enjoyed a river cruise in Portugal, and then were off to Venezuela for more hiking and a view of Angel Falls. They own a place in the mountains of Pine, Ariz., and have participated in a national forest archaeology site in Payson. * Like many of you, we decided it was time to take advantage of the improved real estate market. I (Judy Gerrie Heine) spent the summer de-cluttering and purging 33 years worth of stuff when we sold our house in Medfield, Mass., and moved to a townhouse condo overlooking the 13th tee at Norton Country Club in Norton, Mass. No more leaves to rake or gutters to clean! Now we can shut the door and spend the winter at our place in The Villages, Fla., where we enjoy golf and activities at the nation’s largest retirement community. * It’s been a good year for Harry “Bud” Graff and his wife, Deb. Deb is doing well in her fourth year of fending off blood cancer. They speak highly of Dana-Farber. Bud’s learned a lot about nursing care and is considering auditing a biology course at Colby to augment his skills. He may have forgotten that the lab meets at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. That would cutinto his golf time with Jim Wilson. * Tif Crowell, his wife, Pat, and Patty WhittemoreJenkins and her husband canoed the Allagash in September. After completing the adventure on the river, Tif and Pat traveled to Japan, where they climbed to the summit of Mount Fujiyama. Back home, Tif hikes the White Mountains. * Joanna Snyder Richardson has taken a position as head of information services at Griffith University and has published a book about how technology has changed research. No more spending all day in the reference library taking notes; you can do it from home. These kids have it too easy. * Judy Kolligian lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., two stops away from me on the Orange Line. Judy is semi-retired. She does social work a couple days a week and spends the other days working to clean up the air we breathe. Judy remembered with sadness that 11 years ago her friend and our classmate Stephanie Burton died. We join Judy in remembering Stephanie. * It was also with sadness that Irv Faunce, Doug Howe, Francie Colmes Davis, Fran Richter Comstock, Ross Kolhonen, and Kurt Swenson attended the funeral of Terry Stratton. Terry’s children spoke with eloquence about Terry’s life as a strong family man and proud Colby graduate. * We close on another somber note with the passing of Fred Hopengarten’s mother, Doris Rose Hopengarten ’40, the recipient of a Colby Brick and a regular at reunions. Fred’s daughter, Annie ’06, is pursuing a graduate degree in accounting at George Washington University.
Retirement means time for travel for many classmates: a summer month in Europe and a cruise home for Lee ’67 and Linda Mitchell Potter; a fall trip to Russia and eastern Europe for Charlie and Jane Farnham Rabeni; Icelandic volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, and hot springs for Linda (Brooks) ’68 and John Perkins; a cruise to numerous scenic Balkan destinations for Doug and Beth Adams Keene; winter trips to Mexico for Carl Floyd and his girlfriend; and trips to Mexico and Paris for Anne Ruggles Gere and family. * Ginger and Bill Koster celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with a Rhine cruise. Bill then took a business trip to Israel, where he toured Jerusalem. * Deb Anglim Higgins is still teaching and traveling.Highlights of an amazing two-month summer trip include Indonesia’s Bali and Java, an orangutan sanctuary in Malaysia, and the Dalai Lama’s arrival in India. * Peter Lax visited his son and family in Boston in the fall and had brunch with Fran Finizio in Concord. * Mac Donaldson and his wife will join their daughter and grandkids on a spring Disney cruise. * Yearly RV traveler Ted Houghton is on the road again for eight months, writing me from El Paso, Texas. He continues to work on his Web-based campground guide business, which is surprising him by actually bringing in a little money. * Sue Turner and husband Karl left Bar Harbor, Maine, in mid-December for their Charleston, S.C., winter home. On the way they visited relatives in Pennsylvania and spent Christmas in Wisconsin with their recently married daughter, Alissa, and her husband. * Author Ed Mowry reported heading to Mammoth Mountain, Calif., to write that second book, Don’t Tell Me I Can’t, while living hermitically in his RV. Several classmates have read Ed’s first book, So Close to Dying. If you haven’t, do. * Two faraway classmates have retired: Peter Grabosky, professor emeritus at the Australian National University, who says he continues to go to work and annoy people for free, and Rob Sears, who now does pro bono work for several NGOs in Manila, Philippines. * From Phil MacHale: “Divorced. Back to school. Writing. China. A whole bunch of the world. Moving to England. Will write home when there’s something to write about.” * After 29 years of teaching math and coaching at the Gunnery in Connecticut, Terry Clark will retire in June when the last of his six children graduates from that school. * Colby ’68 and Pat Berg Currier enjoy the challenges of year-round living in Harpswell, Maine, being forever grateful their builder convinced them to wire the house for a generator. * Gary McKinstry used to think 70 was really old but has no plans to retire. Longevity thrives in his hometown of Sarasota, Fla., so Gary thinks maybe Ponce de Leon was truly on to something. * Healing wishes to Doug Keene, who’s recovering from a complete shoulder replacement. With that and two replaced hips, Doug is “the bionic grampy” to his grandson. * Healing wishes also to Barry Willdorf, whose doctor told him he holds the record for most recoveries from viral infections, causing Barry to buy a new home to celebrate. Barry writes, “I’m now promoting the leukemia weight-loss diet—shed 30 pounds in 30 days. I guarantee it!” * Many classmates have mentioned our June 10-12, 2016, 50th reunion. Plans are in the works, and several have heard from class president Fran Finizio or others who are already hard at work on reunion planning. The 50th reunion turnout is always the biggest of the reunion classes. Be there! Why not start the reconnecting process by sending me your news? It was great to hear from so many of you this time around. Thank you!
RETIRED AND HAVING FUN—Yes. A long time ago we were told to study hard, pay attention, and save for retirement. You thought the day would never come? Well, let’s see what we’re doing with all this spare time. The kids are gone, but now there are grandkids. Thought you were through with diapers? Nap time? NO WAY. Stay tuned for the great-grandkids! * Susan(Cook) ’67 and Nick Locsin have remained in Maine. They are volunteers at the Maine Maritime Museum. He helps with archiving, and Susan volunteers as a teacher. They report travel to California, Virginia, Spain, and the UK. “We’re looking forward to a thaw and time on the waters around Bath and Boothbay.” * I report Ben Shreve’scryptic note in its entirety: “I live in a shack on the side of a mountain, paint pictures, and burn wood. I still have old friends. I have a great-granddaughter. Enjoying life.” * Jean (Hoffmann) ’66 and Neil Clipsham look forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary with a family cruise in Hawaii next summer. They spend time supporting the local library fundraising activities and “plowing snow every five or six days.” They combined their talents to create a pair of 18-inch doll cabinets for their granddaughters last Christmas. Neil says, “Jean sews and quilts while I cut and glue wood.” * In contrast, in “sunny, snowless Florida” Dave Hatch and Dale RottnerHaas are making plans to visit family/grandkids in South Carolina and planning “future trips on their bucket list.” * Tom Morrione,the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology at Colby,is teaching a nonprofit/philanthropy course. He was featured in the fall 2011 Colby (colby.edu/colby.mag/issues/58/article/1266/real-money-real-lessons/). He says this is it—he will retire in May 2014. * On page 60 of the summer 2013 issue of Colby was a profile of retired professor Marty Dodge.He helped found the coed woodsmen’s team at Finger Lakes Community College. Last summer he traveled north of the Arctic Circle to a student’s outfitting business, online at bushwhackalaska.com. He also spent five weeks traveling and camping in Australia and New Zealand. “Unbelievably beautiful scenery was matched by the kind generosity of the people.” * In June 2014, after 30 years, Dave Fearon will hang it up as a professor of organizational behavior at Central Connecticut State University. “A career inspired by my time at Colby.” He has been married for 50 years. * Fran Holmes Varney visited the Colby Museum of Art last November. “The foliage on the campus was beautiful—a beautiful building inside and out.” She enjoyed spending Thanksgiving with her son in Boston and celebrating Christmas with both daughters in Nashville and Evansville, Ind. * Lew Krinsky is involved in a high school mentoring project called the Posse Foundation. Ten high school students “with extraordinary academic and leadership potential selected Colby as part of their college choice and will be part of a multicultural team, or posse.” He urges classmates to check out the program at possefoundation.org. * Your correspondent enjoyed travel to Jamaica, Vietnam, Peru (to see Machu Picchu), and St. Kitts (for more beach time). Retired life is FUN. Enjoy! Hail, Colby, Hail!
Our 50th reunion is just a few months away, and it’s time to make plans to attend. Here is a chance to catch up on our classmates’ latest news. * George and Carol Worcester Place live on Crescent Lake in Raymond, Maine. Theirs is a blended family of four sons, two daughters, 19 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Carol and George have traveled around the U.S. and in the U.K., Europe, and New Zealand. Carol is associated with a Caribbean medical school with a semester in Maine. * In July Jean Martin Fowler enjoyed a family cruise that made everyone happy, from the 5-year-old to the most senior member. With their children living on opposite coasts, Jean and husband Mike felt the cruise was a great way to gather everyone together. It was a true vacation for the whole family, and they plan to do it again. * Joan McGhee Ames reports running into Carol Ingerman Robinson in Peabody, Mass., where they were both visiting relatives. Joanie also met up with Marg Mattraw Dodge in Yarmouth, Maine. They spent time together at the Prendergast exhibition at Bowdoin and had lunch at the Sea Dog Brewing Company. * Dottie Thompson Herrin only spent two years at Colby, but she is remembered. After living in Vermont for 23 years, Dottie now plans to move to Delaware, where her son and his family live. She looks forward to spoiling her 18-month-old granddaughter! She also plans on taking trips to Texas to see her daughter and family. Dottie’s second husband died last winter. Come to the class reunion, Dottie! * Dick Larschan has retired from teaching after 41 years at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. After trying out Florida and Berkeley, Calif., Dick settled into an apartment on 79th Street in New York City, around the corner from where his mother was born 102 years ago. Dick visited Colby recently and was impressed with the art museum. He plans to attend reunion in June. * Jim Harris and his wife are planning a June trip to Maine and our reunion. In November they vacationed for a month in Maui. It was a lot more fun, Jim reports, than his business trips there over a period of 20 years. * In November LarryDyhrberg took his daughter and her cousin, both 11th graders, to visit Colby. Larry went to a government class and was impressed by the high level of teaching. He also joined the girls in a poetry workshop. Christmas in Maine, Larry writes, was cold and snowy, but festive. * Martha Farrington Mayo has been in touch with several classmates, encouraging them all to attend reunion. Even though Martha retired two years ago, she’s even busier now. She and husband Art have their entire family near them in Bath, Maine, and they’re all active in their community. A newfound interest in history has Martha reading historic material from 100 BCE through 100 CE. She’s also focusing on Native American artifacts still being found in the Bath area. * In November Gloria Shepherd enjoyed a 10-day painting trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She describes the city as colorful, musical, and festive, touching most of the senses. In addition, Gloria writes, the food is aromatic and delicious. * Steve Schoeman reflects philosophically, “After so many years of life, I have concluded that we should be taught to be cynical before we are taught to be idealistic. For only by the critical thinking that cynicism permits can we see the world as it truly is and thus more realistically be idealistic. The world would be in a better state!” Let’s pick up that conversation at reunion, Steve. * The last issue of Colby reported that Martha “Marty” Hincks Kellogg and John Alfred Peterson had passed away. We remember them both and send our thoughts of sympathy to their families.
After spending nearly all of 2013 in France dealing with the French bureaucracy regarding the sale of her home, Anne Quirion Connaughton is back in Fairfax, Va., helping to care for her 100-year-old father. Anne could have written a book years ago about the pitfalls of building a house in France, and now the sequel could easily follow. “It’s an exquisite two-step dance of super-slow bureaucracy and expert foot-dragging.” Anne expects to be spending most of 2014 in France. * In September Bill ’62 and Barb Haines Chase went to Tuscany with the Sierra Club to hike and wine and dine with a group of seven. “Poor Bill, the only guy. He somehow managed to hold his own. It was really lovely. ... What a beautiful area of the world. Spent a few days after Christmas with our family at our cabin in northern Vermont. Now back in New Hampshire pushing snow around in the frigid temps.” * Due to husband Bob’s serious health problems, Beth Simonds Branson was unable to attend reunion. Janet Callahan Glennan and Cindy RichmondHopper kept her in the loop with great pictures and stories. The results of Bob’s recent CT scan were excellent, so they’ve rebooked their trip to France and Spain for September and will go back to Maine a few times this year as well. In the meantime they continue to enjoy the Florida lifestyle in Venice. Beth plans on being at our next reunion. * Beth Brown Turner moved to Tallahassee, Fla., where she’s teaching three courses at Florida A&M University and at Florida State University. She asks us to use her NYU e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org), one of the perks of “retiring” from there back in 2005. She says, “Maybe I’ll really retire one of these days, but it doesn’t look like it’ll be 2014.” * Connie Miller Manter has been in touch with Pat Ey Ingraham. She planned to travel to Florida and visit Ann Bruno Hocking and other classmates in the area. * Kirk Koenigsbauer has been retired from Eaglebrook for several years and no longer uses his Eaglebrook e-mail address. He would like us to use email@example.com instead. * Midge De Motte Welch had a wonderful time at reunion and enjoyed seeing everybody. She has been diagnosed with a very rare brain tumor and is pursuing treatment at Maine Medical Center. In her inimitable way, she says, “It is a nuisance.” Midge and Sheila celebrated their 20th anniversary last year. They had a wonderful time in New York City with their 11-year-old granddaughter. * Last fall Pen Williamson and wife Bev knocked two items off their bucket list. In September they spent a wonderful two weeks in Alaska. “It was my 50th state, so I’ve now bagged them all!” Pen also wanted to sail offshore on a “big boat,” and in November he got his wish. He helped deliver a 100-foot sloop from Thomaston, Maine, to the British Virgin Islands. “Quite a ride in significant weather, and an absolute blast, hitting speeds over 16 knots while triple-reefed!” Pen ends with, “I’m still so proud of our class hitting a 90-percent participation rate for our 50th reunion giving! Thank you ALL!” And thank you, Pen, for all you did to get us there. * Ruth Pratley Madell still works two days a week at the Kansas Humanities Council and loves it. In September she visited her niece Deborah Wathen Finn ’74 and her oldest sister, Nancy Pratley Wathen ’53. Nancy, who died in November, was the first of six Colby alums in her family and the first of seven to pledge Chi Omega. Ruthie was looking forward to spending time in Florida this winter. * From primrose gardens in Oxford, England, Sandra “Sam” Moulton Burridge was looking forward to hearing from contacts made at reunion and to the fulfillment of reunion promises made to visit in 2014.
Greetings, Class of ’62. As I write, it’s a winter wonderland in Harpswell, Maine—the prettiest snowstorm of the season, so far, and plunging temperatures thanks to the “polar vortex.” Feels like the Maine of years gone by! * Bill Alexander reminisces: “Weather like we are having now, below zero with lots of snow and wind, reminds me of Mayflower Hill. Is evening chow at Roberts worth the effort of plowing down there, or should I just wait for the ‘sandwiches and milk’ man?” * On a slightly warmer-sounding note, Ceylon Barclay and family took a “toasty hiatus into the south Atlantic” on a cruise ship. After looking at colleges including Colby, Ceylon’s daughter, Anastasia, made the decision to enroll at the University of South Carolina, where she’ll study international marketing. Last year Ceylon traveled to Paris and Budapest and attended family reunions in Maine and Vermont. He visited “charming, ancient Quebec” and found that his Colby French still works. * A nice, long note from Frank Stephenson revealed that he has retired from the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif., but stays on as a college counselor and continues his resident faculty responsibilities. He says it’s hard to “stop being around and working with young people and teachers.” Frank traveled to China last summer, on his own, and “loved every minute of it.” He has a fascinating-sounding collection of pictures that we can see at flickr.com (click on “Following” and enter Frank’s name). He also wishes to recognize Joan (Dignam) ’63 and DickSchmaltz for “all they have done and continue to do for Colby. My memories of their personal generosity and support for me are many and deep.” I’d like to second that motion, Frank. * A note from Dave Jacobson reveals that he has retired from Brandeis after 45 years. He and his wife traveled to Puglia, Italy, and the Big Island of Hawaii, where he “enjoyed the sun and surf” and helped plant avocado and rainbow eucalyptus trees on his son’s farm. Dave, too, has pictures he’d like to share; they are available on Facebook. He extends best wishes to all of us for a “healthy, happy, and peaceful new year.” * Alice Loffredo sends news that her book, Your Astrological Compass, which she presented at Colby during our 50th reunion, has finally been published! She’s hoping that Compass will be reviewed in an upcoming Colby, but in the meantime we can “read a sneak peak” on AstrologyKarmaAndYou.com. * And last—but by no means least—is a long, wonderful diary of Roey Carbino’s doings, including a trip last January to the Pasadena Rose Parade and Bowl, during which UW-Madison lost to Stanford and Roey picked up a flu bug that left her flat in bed for three weeks despite having had the flu shot. In September she traveled to Japan, on her own, for the Conference of the International Foster Care Organization in Osaka. While there she visited Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, and several other locations, where she found the Japanese people “unendingly kind and helpful.” Continuing a theme of this column, Roey has 500 slides that she is “happy to share with anyone.” A trip to her hometown in Connecticut allowed for a visit with Marge Brown York, now living in Edgehill, Conn. Roey was eagerly anticipating a trip to Cuba for the 500th anniversary of the city of Camaguey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. * Michael McCabe and I (Nancy MacKenzie Keating) experienced our first full winter in Maine in 50-plus years and found that there was learning (or relearning?) to be done. In contrast to our time on Mayflower Hill when I walked around the campus in midwinter in loafers and knee socks, I now have sturdy, warm boots, a down-filled parka, and a knit hat —all unnecessary during 40-plus years in Atlanta! * Best wishes for a safe and happy new year.
In January DeeAnn and Sandy Arens joined Bonnie and John Maguire and Sandy and Nancy Cunneen Boardman at Colby in an event honoring former men’s hockey coach Jack Kelly. The weekend included hockey and dinners. DeeAnn and Sandy visited O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i, and the Big Island of Hawai’i in February. They had a mini reunion with your class correspondent. * Amy Eisentrager Birky left her house of 43 years and moved to an apartment complex for older folks in Lincoln, Neb. “I feel like a liberated woman: no shoveling, time for volunteer work and the grandkids. Open for visitors anytime, except when I’m traveling.” * Mary and Denny Dionne celebrated their 50th anniversary at their daughter’s Stratton Mountain, Vt., ski lodge. All three children, their spouses, and eight grandchildren came together. Denny had to push to keep up with the grandkids but had a wonderful time on the slopes. Stratton Mountain has a “super senior” ski pass designation, for which he, unfortunately, now qualifies! * As Judy Hoffman Hakola watched the snow pile up and the temperature in Orono, Maine, hover between -9 degrees and -8, the “aloha” greeting was almost too much to bear. However, she controlled her shivering long enough to send news. She teaches in the English and civil engineering departments at the University of Maine. Last spring she tried to retire, but her department chair persuaded her to reduce her load, so she teaches spring semesters. Since the mid-1970s she’s taught courses in business and technical writing as well as literature. Last May her English colleagues honored her by naming a professional (i.e. workplace) writing prize after her. One award is made to an undergraduate English major and one to a civil engineering student. (Interesting tidbit: Richard Blanco, who read his poetry at President Obama’s second inauguration and who lives in western Maine, is a civil engineer, although not a practicing one now.) Off campus she chairs the local library board of trustees and is a member of an area group that supports the arts. Each fall she teaches a course for seniors—everything from Maine literature (a specialty of hers) to Western movies. She continues to devour mystery and detective novels. The overall fatigue and muscle weakness associated with her post-polio syndrome have slowed her down a bit but not stopped her! * Richard and Carol Davidson Jack retired to Topsham, Maine, in 1996. They still ski when the weather cooperates. They travel out West to see family—their relatives all love visiting them in Maine or Cape Cod once a year, too. They go to their seasonal camp, built by Rich’s uncle in 1934, on Beaver Mountain Lake near Rangeley. Every April they drive to Florida with the RV to recover from winter by enjoying Caribbean cruises. Carol volunteers at her UCC church, at Mid Coast Hospital, and at Merrymeeting Audubon. “It’s always a treat to visit Colby and the amazing museum of art!” * Carole Ann Pope spent Christmas in D.C. with her daughter, and while standing in a long line to view the Mount Vernon decorations she heard a woman tell a guide that she was from Maine. Carole asked, “What part of Maine?” The woman answered, “Waterville.” Carole said, “I went to Colby College,” and the woman replied, “So did I, Class of ’75.” They shouted “Hail, Colby, Hail!” for the all the people waiting. “They probably thought we were drunk or a little daft. It’s always fun to run into a fellow Colbyite!”
Maren Stoll Fischer, Carlene Perry Brown, Marion Porter Potter, and Gail Harden Schade traveled up and down the west coast of Norway on a mail boat cruise that crossed the Arctic Circle last June. They had a great time and planned to cruise around New Zealand in March, starting and finishing in Sydney. * Pat Sturges Aufdenberg planned to spend time in Palm Springs with her brother and sister, escaping Cleveland’s winter weather. There’s a good possibility she’ll spend several months in Switzerland—not skiing (two hip replacements), but enjoying beautiful weather and scenery, improving her French, and eating cheese and drinking wine without guilt. She’s signed up for a fall Road Scholar trip to Greece, Turkey, Crete, and Malta. Pat exercises regularly so she can enjoy all the travel. * Jock Knowles was at Colby in January to attend the recognition dinner for former Colby hockey coach Jack Kelly. * News of the Maine winter makes Janice Rideout Carr appreciate California all the more. Janice talks with Eunice Bucholz Spooner by telephone now and then, and they visit whenever Janice is in Maine. * Carol Shoemaker Rasmussen’s son, Erik, came home just before Christmas and lives with Carol. His homecoming was wonderful, and they had many family gatherings. * Ralph Galante resides on Merrymeeting Lake, New Durham, N.H., in the summer. They have all the grandkids up for a month and enjoy water sports. He spends winters in Bonita Springs, Fla., enjoying the warmer weather and golf. * Chet Lewis is still alive, still retired, and still in East Lansing. Last year he and his wife traveled to Chicago, where their two daughters and sons-in-law joined them. They celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving in Nebraska at their younger daughter’s and were in Rhode Island for American Thanksgiving. Their son, Daniel ’94, is pursuing a career in nursing as an R.N. supervisor for an East Lansing nursing home. * Last May Eunice Bucholz Spooner attended her granddaughter’s graduation from Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H. While there she met 10 classmates for lunch. A good time was had by all: Debbie Wilson Albee, Judy Ingram Hatfield, Janet Grout Williams, Dottie Baldridge Dzenis, Wendy McWilliam Denneen, Julie Klafstad Runnells, Gail Longenecker Brown, Carolyn Webster Lockhart, Rosemary Athearn Smith, and Betsy Perry Burke ’61. In July Eunice toured the expanded Colby Museum of Art with Tony ’57 and Bev Jackson Glockler. “Incredible!” * Steve Curley, as usual, makes us laugh. During a trip to Colby for Family Homecoming Weekend it was asked: “How many Colby grads does it take to jump-start a battery?” Ray Berberian was looking for the hood latch, Phil Shea was trying to work the cable clamps, and Ed Marchetti was trying to understand “red to red and black to black.” Many thanks to AAA for answering the call and starting Steve’s car! * Peg Jack Johnston went to Ethiopia for three weeks in November. She reminds us that polio is unfortunately still alive and well. There was a big outbreak in Somalia, which spread in small numbers to Kenya, South Sudan, and Ethiopia. However, we’re still on track to eliminate polio by 2018 thanks to Rotary. * Wendy McWilliam Denneen celebrated a late Christmasin California with daughter Sue and son Matt and family. It’s a new family tradition with East Coast and West Coast grandchildren. In February Sue cruised the Panama Canal with Doug ’58 and Judy Ingram Hatfield and Al ’58 and Kay German Dean ’59. * Juan and Jane Holden Huerta had a wonderful holiday season with visits from both sons, Juan ’92 and Jon ’95. They enjoyed time with their only grandchild, Victoria, who is quite the character at 22 months. Richard and Susan Macomber Vogt describe her as a real “pistol.” In October Jane checked off an item on her bucket list when they visited Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and Prague, traveling by train and public transportation.
A January Postmedia News article contrasted Muhammad Ali, whom doctors have said contracted Parkinson’s from years of blows to the head, with Audrey Hittinger Katz ’57, who is using Ali’s sport—boxing—to combat the symptoms of the disease. Katz was diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago and has adopted a regimen of exercise to mitigate the disease’s hallmark rigidity and tremors. * NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times were all talking about Annie Proulx ’57, who wrote the libretto for the opera version of Brokeback Mountain. Proulx penned the original short story on which the award-winning 2005 film and the opera were based. The opera, a collaboration between Proulx and composer Charles Wuorinen, debuted in Madrid. * Harold “Hal” Estabrook ’59 was recognized by Financial Planning magazine for his contributions to the pro bono military program of the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts. Estabrook, who is director of the program, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a partner of Estabrook & Chamberlain Financial Services Inc. for nearly 50 years, and has been a certified financial planner for two decades.
I write with the sad news that Ann Segrave Lieber passed away Nov. 6, 2013, from pancreatic cancer. Ann was an active member of our class and my predecessor as class correspondent. She will be greatly missed. Our condolences to her husband, Marty, and daughter, Beth. * Ed Goldberg spent three weeks in rural India, where he did some relief work and ended up at the Pushkar Fair. Despite the extreme poverty in the more remote areas, the people appeared happy and grateful for the relief workers’ involvement. One of the most pressing problems is the elevated levels of fluoride in the well water, which erodes the enamel on their teeth and damages their joints. The women bear the burden of raising their families, while the men sit under shade trees playing board games and solving the problems of the world. Ed says, “All in all—a great experience!” * Lloyd Cohen was elected Nov. 8 to Cliffside Park High School’s athletics hall of fame. This honor signaled the end of any and all attachments to his participation in competitive sports at any level, either by playing, coaching, or officiating. * For the past 15 to 20 years, Solange and Reed Thompson have traveled to New York City to catch up with old friends and wallow in the many delights of the Big Apple. They always see Grant Hendricks and his wife, Posie, along with their wonderful family of three “children” and nine grandchildren. The Thompsons spent two days with the Hendricks family in Bay Shore and then traveled into the city and spent one equally delightful day with Mary Janeand Tony Ruvo. Reed says Tony never changes—“he’s the same terrific gentleman he was … how many years ago?” Reed and Solange would like to make the 55th, but that’s still very much up in the air. * Mary Jane and Tony Ruvo planned to go to Antigua in February for their 15th visit to Curtain Bluff Resort, where they meet up with a lot of old friends. * Russ Longley, who has been involved in competitive ballroom dancing for many years, won the Pro-Am Gentleman Award on the 2013 Dancer’s Cup Tour. In January he traveled to Nashville to receive the coveted award and to compete with his teacher/partner, Amanda, at the Nashville Starz Dance Spectacular. Russ, who was once a Navy fighter pilot and then flew for Trans World Airlines until 1997, says, “As I used to tell the flight attendants, I’m still on a frantic search for a rich widow who snow skis; were I still flying, ballroom dancing would be added to my wish list!” * Hal Estabrook, who retired from for-profit planning, now runs a program of the FPA of Massachusetts that was founded to help service members after 9/11. The program has served an estimated 1,900 service members since its inception, according to the U.S. Army. FPA volunteers have donated about 1,390 hours, saved service members $337,000 in tax-prep fees, and generated more than $2.5 million in refunds. They essentially do what they would do for any client—comprehensive financial planning. * I look forward to seeing you all at Colby June 5-8 for our 55th reunion. Let’s make it a good one.
Al Dean reports that since the second 55th reunion he attended with wife Kay (German) ’59, they have cruised the Baltic Sea with stops in Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Berlin, Riga, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Stockholm. They planned to embark on a winter-escape cruise with Judy (Ingram) ’60 and DougHatfield and Wendy McWilliam Denneen ’60, travelingfrom San Diego to Mexico, through the Panama Canal, and on to Fort Lauderdale. Al continues emceeing the Sunday Jazz Matinee on WICN. After flying for 49 years Al called it quits with the sale of the plane he had built, but he is having a lot of fun flying models. * From Ann Wieland Spaeth: “My days of skiing, my favorite sport, are over. I managed to break my hip falling from a small kitchen ladder when trying to clean dead bugs from a glass cover on a kitchen ceiling light. If anyone can think of a dumber way to be out of action, let me know.” Ann sees Kate Knight Hall frequently and reports her humor is still in good form. * I hope you all noticed in the last issue of Colby that the Franklin Community Health Network (Farmington, Maine) recognized the work of Peter Doran by awarding him the Community Health Leadership Award for “his commitment to improving the health of community members and for his pioneering work in health education.” Our congratulations, Peter! * Last year Ted and Sally Howes Hansen enjoyed an eight-day trip up the Hudson River from New York City with 30 other Road Scholars. Visits included the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Red Hook, the Clermont and Olana historic sites, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, and the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. * Thanks for writing everyone. Have a fantastic spring!
We asked for a broad response, and we received a great one! * Bill and Judy Prophett Timken e-mailed from sunny California how lucky they feel to have their three children (one son and two daughters) and five grandchildren all living within 10 minutes of them. Guy and I feel the same way here in Maine. It is certainly very rewarding to be able to follow grandchildren’s progress and attend their activities all through school and into college. Having developed a strong interest in art, Judy has been a trustee for 24 years of the prestigious California College of the Arts, serving as chair of the board for four years. Bill has been retired for 14 years from a 40-year career as a founding partner of Hambrecht and Quist, an investment banking firm later sold to J.P. Morgan Chase. The Timkens say that Colby is seldom out of their hearts and minds, and they both send their best wishes to their many Colby friends. * Sheldon and Audrey Hittinger Katz send word that last year their travels took them to Myanmar and Rajasthan, India, both fascinating and historical places. Otisfield, Maine, has become a great spot for their family of 16 to meet for two weeks in the summer. That old farmhouse must really be hopping! Their latest news is a move to a condo near Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., at the encouragement of their children. Audrey looks forward to city life with its abundant theaters, restaurants, and museums. * David and Julie Pullen Rand left Orono, Maine, in 1996 and retired to Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson, Maine. They had located and for several years renovated an old cottage to suit their retirement years. The rural area is very much to their liking, offering outdoor activities, music at Colby, golf, and photography for Julie. The Rands have managed to travel to all but one continent. Their children and grandchildren have settled in Maine and New Hampshire, so Julie enjoys the luxury of many family gatherings. * From Schenectady, N.Y., Norma Williamson Brown writes that in 2000 she decided to enter the ministry on a full-time basis. She received her master of arts in theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2004 and then served as dean of the commission lay pastors program for the Albany Presbytery from 2005 to 2011. Last fall Norma completed training to become a pastoral minister of caring for persons who are experiencing difficult times in their lives. She and her husband, Dale, continue to live in their home of 50 years and in their cottage (or “cabin,” as we say in Maine) on Sacandaga Lake and enjoy seeing their four grandchildren grow into responsible and caring adults. * We wish to extend our condolences to Kathryn and Peter Hussey, whose oldest son passed away unexpectedly at age 50, in 2012, while out for a run. The year 2013 has been one of healing for the entire family. In September Peter and Kathryn toured many central European cities including Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague, their favorite. Thanksgiving was enjoyed at their Sugarloaf condo with son Thomas and his family. The Christmas season found the family home in Kennebunkport. * Since we are limited to 650 words per column, we included our classmates’ news in the order it arrived to us. Those not included in this issue will be in the next one. Thank you all so much, and keep the news coming.
Barbara “BJ” Davis Howard sees Gail Allen Hamblett at the West Hartford (Conn.) Aquatic Center. BJ is a reading volunteer in Hartford public schools and serves on the board of CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists). * David Sortor remembers John Ziegler, who died in December. “His difficult last few years did not put a damper on his sense of humor. He will be remembered as a bright light wherever he went.” John Jubinsky, whose daughter lives in Virginia, visited David for a few days. * In August Ann Lowery moved to an independent living facility in Bow, N.H. It’s a convenient locale for her interests: art and singing. Songweavers, a 140-woman a cappella group led by Peggo Horstmann Hodes ’77, is nearby at the Concord Community Music School. Ann has joined OLLI, a nationwide group for those over 50 who are interested in lectures/adventures. * Brian Stompe and his wife, Susan, enjoyed a few beautiful days rafting and fishing on the Klamath River near Oregon. Brian was president of his Sons in Retirement chapter in 2013 and named Big Brother of the Year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay. Susan is active in Novato, Calif., civic affairs and was named Novato Citizen of the Year in January. * Kathy McConaughy Zambello and Hope Palmer Bramhall are co-class agents for this year’s annual fund, so we shall certainly hear from them soon. Kathy saw Chris Layer Larson (visiting her son in Maine) before Thanksgiving. * Janet Nordgren Meryweather spent time at South Seas Club on Captiva Island, Fla., for the 29th year. She expected a visit from Abbott Otto Greene, who was heading to the Keys because he and a friend “have a contract.” Abbott and wife Nancy plan to put their home in Wewa on the market. Janet is a three-cancer survivor; her positive attitude and prayers help keep her going and going, in spite of her husband’s declining health due to cancer. They will return to Maine when weather permits. * Audrey Tanner has lived very happily in coastal Maine (Portland) for the past 30 years since graduate school (UConn for social work). She has enjoyed trips to Nova Scotia, Seattle, Vancouver, and Helsinki, Finland, home of her dad’s family.
BRRR... What a winter! The cold snap was second to none, but the 21-inch snow was really nothing compared to the 1952 storm we can brag about. Three feet of snow! Ninety of us still lived on the old campus and rode the Blue Beetle to the Hill for classes. (Who remembers the driver’s name?) My roommate often slept late and would run to catch the bus in her PJs, carrying her clothes and changing in the back of the bus, make-up and all. Honest! During the storm we were stuck downtown for three days. After a path was made, a horse and rider took milk and newspapers up to the new campus. Classes were canceled. Drifts were as high as the Park Diner! * Jo Bailey Campbell celebrated her 80th birthday with friends and relatives in the fall. She says the challenge for 80-year-olds this year was to stay upright when outdoors. She used a cane last winter but now takes an aerobic exercise class at the Y. She is happy with her new life in Newcastle and wishes classmates a happy New Year. * John Reisman, a regular in this column, has no news. He’s just trying to keep warm! “With the wind chill,” he said, “it should be 40 below tonight, and it’s not Maine, but Ohio!” * The first thing Betty Harris Smith does when Colby magazine arrives is read our class news. She enjoys condo living, where there are a few Colby folks. They often talk about dorm life, waiting in line in the dining hall, and the bus trip up and down Mayflower Hill. In February she’ll go to the Caribbean. * Germaine Michaud Orloff moved to Granite Hill in Hallowell, Maine. Her family keeps her hopping with trips to New Jersey, New York, D.C., Colorado, and of course, Belgrade, Maine. One grandchild, Anaise, is in Bangladesh on a Fulbright scholarship, studying the plight of women in a third-world country. A grandson, Ian, son of Karen ’81, has been accepted at Johns Hopkins. Germaine keeps busy with all 13 of her grandchildren, including Cole, 3, son ofGlenn ’84.Anyone coming to Waterville can contact her at Granite Hill. * Marilyn Faddis Butler has a new interest in the city of Charleston, S.C. After traveling there with her husband, she described it as an enchanting place, a little like old Boston with lots of historic buildings and churches. They’re limited with travel due to her husband’s surgery of three years ago. She still enjoys tennis and bridge. * Louise “Pinkie” Fall Achor wrote a very detailed account of her 80th birthday. Her kids, along with both daughters-in-law, planned a family dinner for 15 and a dessert and coffee hour for 41 invited guests at the cottage. Dessert included the famous Achor wedding cake—almond-flavored with a delicious rum glaze, raspberry filling, and almond icing! Celebrations went on through the next week with friends from school days surprising her. She ended it all by attending a church organ and brass concert. Sadly, on Jan. 24, 2013, Pinkie’s husband died from cancer. She and her family were thankful that they could get through a very stressful time. She now lives alone and is grateful for her loving children, who have been so supportive in the midst of their own grief. * Jane Whipple Coddington wrote about her ‘blank mind’ after a few wonderful, busy weeks seeing all their family (i.e. grandchildren) during the holidays. She and Chan were vegetating until they could unfreeze! * Happy New Year, good friends. May happiness and health be yours throughout 2014.
Bill Ames has “slowed down” to playing tennis only a couple times a week and has scrapped this year’s trip to Arizona because of a few health issues, which should be cleared up in time for him to attend our reunion. * Karl Decker has been attending a graduate short-story-writing workshop at Vermont College for Fine Arts and will return this spring to work on a novel. His book, The People of Townshend, Vermont, published last year, can be ordered through karldecker.com. Merrillyn Healey Decker has recovered from a total knee replacement. She continues to be involved with her book group, and she chairs the global issues study group with the American Association of University Women. Both Merrillynand Karlare keeping in good health, staying warm, and eagerly awaiting spring’s arrival. They ask if this is the reunion year that we wear funny hats and get put in a convertible and driven around the track while waving arthritically to the ghosts of Colby past. * Carol Dyer Wauters still resides in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and spends a great deal of time outdoors skiing, biking, hiking, paddling, and doing the native plant and bird watching thing. She spent 17 delightful days rafting and hiking in the Grand Canyon. Although it has been a good many years since she has been back East, a trip to Colby is in the offing. * Vic Scalise and wife Carolyn will be traveling to Panama in January and Maui in February. They’ll be in Ocean Park, Maine, during July and August. * Chuck ’53 and Joyce Whitham Spencer had their daughter and her family, who live in Australia, with them for Christmas. * Ed Webber and wife Mary have more than satisfied their travel itch of late. They’ve enjoyed a time-share at the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont, spent time in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and in Waterville Valley, N.H., and taken a cruise along the Maine coast, visiting Ed’shometown of Portland and numerous locations farther Down East and in the Maritime provinces. Both are looking forward to the reunion in June, remembering fondly the marvelous time they had in 2009. * After more than 50 years in Europe, George and Diane Chamberlin Starcher have decided to make the U.S. their permanent residence. They’re now living in Sarasota, Fla. * Tom Hunt’slife is very simple and very good. He spends his days “praying, reading, struggling with the challenge of learning to play classical music on the piano, walking, puttering around outside, visiting friends, helping out in various ways at our church and with its ministries to homeless families, and telephone chatting with our ‘kids’ and grandkids. All of this is a cherished blessing of good health, good marriage (Susan Miller ’56), and good friends. All of this is a sacred gift. I send my greetings to all of you.” * I think that the answer to the Deckers’question is that this is the last reunion at which the Class of ’54 will be recognized as a class. Thereafter we will become members of the Golden Mules, who may need to be “transported around the track.” All the more reason for each of us to make every effort to be in Waterville June 6-8. Dick Gilman, who taught religion and philosophy at Colby in the ’50s and with whom many of us studied the Bible, will be with us for the reunion. See you on the Hill!
Hello from the snowy Boston area! * At the end of 2013 I received a couple of notes from John Lee. Early in November he had just returned from a 17-day cruise on Holland America (82,000 tons). He prefers smaller ships. He flew to San Diego, where he stayed two days and met an 80-year-old elevator operator dressed in a uniform like in the old Philip Morris ads. He then sailed down the Mexican coast to Costa Rica and through the Panama Canal with a final stop at Cartagena, Colombia, before returning to Ft. Lauderdale. This was his 10th cruise in 11 years. * Ben and Carolyn Doe Woznick went to London in November and took in the Whistler and the Thames exhibition. Among the highlights were several etchings from the Lunder Collection. * Mike Wechsler Edelson raved about the 2013 reunion and the time she spent with Sylvia Caron Sullivan, Ginnie Falkenbury Aronson, and Carolyn English Caci. She mentioned that Chase and Nan MurrayLasbury made it all so special. Mike visited Sylvia in New Hampshire on her way back from Maine in August. Mike is planning a trip to Corsica and Sardinia in April. * Carolyn English Caci wrote from the Big Island in Hawaii, where she was traveling with her oldest friend from her Stoneham school days. At the time of her writing, she was watching the sun go down on Kona Bay. I have been there too, and indeed Carolyn was “spoiled” by that sight. * Paul Appelbaum is another traveler of late. He and his wife, Lois, took a trip to Ireland, given to them as an anniversary gift by their son. * Loretta “Tommi” Thompson Staples always sends a humorous note. After all her travels to Cuba and Africa she says her latest trips find her at her dentist’s office only five miles away. She says she doesn’t mind the extractions from her mouth; it’s those from her pocketbook that hurt! * Sadly, in August we lost Paul Wescott and then in November George Bazer and Nancy Pratley Wathen.
How quickly the time passes—2014 already! Roy and Betsy Fisher Kearney Caldwell spent a month at Harbour Island, off Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Aren’t they lucky? They visited their grandchildren (his and hers and their ‘meaningful others’) in NYC. They also had a nice trip to Seattle. * Anne Plowman Stevens would love to see Colby’s art museum addition and hopes to get to Maine in the summer. “We are having a winter here in eastern PA like a winter at Colby. I still remember trudging across the campus with my heavy coat on!” * Nancy Mac Donald Cultrera says, “I remember storms at Colby, especially one that closed the road to Waterville so professors couldn’t get up and we had no classes for days. My son, Bruce, started Seacoast Helicopters at Pease International Airport in Newington, N.H., last fall. There was no helicopter service in this area, so business is going well.” * About a year ago Rod Howes gave his car to one of his sons because he thought he didn’t need to drive. Last fall he bought two new cars; the first was hard to get in and out of, so he traded it for one with a higher profile—easy in and out. “Watch out ... Here I come.” * Ellen Lewis Huff played violin in the orchestra at Colby and is still playing in a college orchestra—the University of Maine’s. She has graduated to the viola. “I greatly enjoy playing with this group, plus I get together with several others to play string quartets. I also tutor two Chinese ladies in English. I feel particularly drawn to that nationality because we spent more than a year teaching English in China several years ago—in fact, we celebrated our 50th anniversary there. I’m looking forward to our 60th anniversary next June, and after that we plan to move out of our home in rural Maine into a smaller house in Old Town, which will be easier to care for (no wood to harvest for winter heat, and an easy walk to the grocery store and church).” * Herb Nagle and his wife, Judy, celebrated their 56th anniversary and the wedding of their second granddaughter by having the entire family over for a Thanksgiving feast. Included was their new great-grandson. Herb met his former roommate Bob Peck ’51 for lunch, and they reminisced about Colby days at the downtown campus and on Mayflower Hill. * In September Sheila and Don Hailer, George Lebherz, and Judy and Herb Nagle had a lovely time at Carl and Muffie Morgan Leaf’s 60th anniversary at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, Mass. Don says, “I guess we are slowing down from the ‘active years.’ I’m in touch with Ken Castonguay ‘53 in California.” * Dave Crocket’s life at Kirkland Village goes on. He has given several chemistry-around-the-house talks and also serves as the “movie czar.” * Now a bit from yours truly: In October my dear friend Carolyn English Caci ’53 and I went on a short tour from Cape Cod to Quebec City. What a fascinating place, and how good it was to have plenty of time to catch up! * That does it. If any of you sent news that isn’t included here, my apologies—my e-mail tanked in January while I was collecting news. Please send it again for next time.
Hello, classmates! Here is news from those loyal Colbyites who responded to my request. * Dan Hall visited his daughter in Bozeman, Mont. She owns an indoor-climbing facility. Dan learned that Lorraine (Arcese) ’54 and GeorgeWales have a son who works at a ski resort nearby, and a son of Bill Bryan ’48 also lives in the area. Bill was a Colby hockey player/coach and admissions director at Colby and later at the University of Maine. * Richard Bowen has a namesake fifth grandchild—imagine that! Lucy and Richard have several great-grandchildren, and all have Colby connections. Remarkable, Richard. How did you do that? * John Linscott and Bill Bailey ’52 get together each summer as part of a reunion of the 1946 Massachusetts state hockey championship team from Needham. Bill still rollerblades and only recently gave up playing hockey on a senior team. John continues as leader of the Mainestream Jazzmasters band. They’re in their seventh year of playing every second Sunday at The Local Buzz in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. “We invite classmates to come and sit in with the band or to just come and enjoy a musical Sunday brunch.” * Cass Lightner is doing well in New Jersey despite continued arthritis in his left big toe. No dancing or jogging, but maybe a press conference now and then. * Charlie Tobin now has a pacemaker and is feeling great. He lives in Sun City, Fla., in the winter and Dennisport on Cape Cod in the summer. He owns a super inn called The Old Wharf. Visit Charlie in both places—he would enjoy seeing classmates. * Stanley Sorrentino’s wife, Hope, passed away in 2010, and he moved to his renovated summer home in Little Compton, R.I. His seven children live nearby, and he sees them weekly when he’s not in Providence for his Rotary meetings. Stan also attends all the New England Patriots games in Foxboro. * George Wales is now an artist, but then he always was. Now he has a brush and paint. Laurie (Arcese) ’54has retired as music director for Dennison College, and their daughter, Jennifer, is still director of a TV program for young musicians. What a great family! * Crif Crawford’s retirement community in Boulder, Colo., was hit hard by floods last September. Many cars and part of the facility were damaged, but luckily Crif and wife Kate’s property did not sustain any damage. * Chet Harrington, your author, did not enjoy the snow and cold weather in Villanova, Pa. Jane and Chet took their annual vacation in Naples, Fla., and looked forward to warm beaches and good golf. Chet was recently honored by the U.S. Golf Association and was made a lifetime member for starting the members program with Arnold Palmer. It is a huge success for the USGA. * Thanks to all for sending news and to Frank Gavel for his short phone calls. Happy 2014!
Ellie and Bud Everts have two more grandchildren starting college, one at Elon and one at Franklin & Marshall. Their youngest grandchild will be ready in about six years. Their oldest granddaughter, 24, left for London to set up a new office for Wayfair. Her brother just returned from Tanzania, where he was working in an orphanage, and is now looking to join the work force. Ellie has bounced back from hip surgery. Bud’s eyesight is weakening, so he depends on Ellie, friends, and a neighbor to drive him, and he can no longer play tennis or golf. He sends his best wishes for good health to all. * Dick and Connie Leonard Hayes have a bunch of grandchildren (10), including three graduating from college this year (from the Coast Guard Academy, George Washington University, and Hamilton College) and one starting kindergarten in the fall. A granddaughter in Portland, Ore., finally landed a part-time job at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry after two years of an unpaid internship. The remaining grandchildren are in various stages of morphing into citizens of the world with varying degrees of fluency in Russian, Arabic, and German. The little one speaks New Yawk. * Allie Jennings Castelli sold her house, and she and Bob moved to Evergreen Woods. Her address is Evergreen Woods, 88 Notch Hill Road, 326B, North Branford, CT 06471. Since her vision is very poor, she is limited in her ability to read and write. If you wondered why you didn’t hear from her at Christmas, that’s why. She wants you to know she is still upright and mobile with no major problems other than her vision.
At age 97 Ruth Endicott Freeman ’49 was featured in the Kennebec Journal as one of the two oldest members of the Belgrade (Maine) High School class of 1933. She spent half a century as a family physician in Ogunquit, Maine, retiring in 2005. * In December Trustee Emeritus Robert Sage ’49 prepared to sell his landmark Howard Johnson Inn, near Fenway Park in Boston, which he opened in 1959 as the Fenway Motor Lodge. It was one of the city’s first new hotels following World War II and in its heyday was popular with Red Sox players and entertainers such as Connie Francis, Jerry Vale, and Tony Bennett.
I’m back with the next installment of news! * Lynwood P. Harriman and his wife, Donna (Elliott) ’48, were blessed with three children and now eight grandchildren. They live in Fairhaven, Mass., where Lynwood was superintendent of schools for 29 years. In honor of his service the school administrative center was named after him. He has a lengthy list of volunteer activities with his church, the area board of mental health, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and Professional Ethics Committee, Rotary, and 12 Masonic organizations. * Sid McKeen is still writing his column, Wry & Ginger, now one of the oldest in U.S. journalism— 50 years as of December 2013. Sid says, “The record is held by the late John Gould, a Bowdoin alumnus. Can you beat that? I probably can’t but will give it the old college try.” Sid and his wife, Anne Fraser Baer ’48, still drive to Punta Gorda, Fla., twice a year. He says she would fly, but he can’t because of his religion: he’s a devout claustrophobic. * Doris “Cokey”Koshina Lindquist has lived in a retirement community in Florida for three years, the last year in assisted living. She has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her last trip was to Alaska to celebrate her 50th anniversary. Her husband, Bud ’50, died in 2006. * Lorenzo Rastelli volunteers at his Congregational church in Orange City, Fla. His last trip was to Italy. He’s a reader and highly recommends The Triple Agent by Joby Warrick, a Pulitzer Prize winner. This is “most interesting reading about CIA officer Elizabeth Hanson ’02, killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan in December 2009.” * John Stuart writes from California that his wife passed away. They were married 64 years. His family has three R.N.’s, including a great-granddaughter, and two M.D.’s. His hobbies include gardening, aviation, and electronics. Since there are nine colleges nearby, John has availed himself of some of the courses offered. * Mary-Louise Roberts Friberg has seven children, 16grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Wow! Lou has been married 64 years, too. She reports that they don’t travel anymore and she’s happy reading, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and keeping up with her ever-growing family. * Buddy ’50 and Mary Bauman Gates have six children, 13 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Two of their granddaughters are Colby graduates: Kristen Gates ’10 and Caitlin Gallagher ’07. Perhaps you saw Kristen’s latest adventure, hiking solo through Alaska’s Brooks Range, in Out of the Blue. A fantastic trip! Mary has had her own business conducting tag sales and estate sales. She reads a lot, plays bridge, and “looks for stuff I’ve misplaced!” She volunteers with the College Club of White Plains and the Congregational church, and she helps older people decide what to do with their belongings when they “move on.” * Anne Houston Stiller has several Colby family members: daughters Leslie Stiller Kissner ’78, Elizabeth Stiller Fahey ’81, son-in-law Kevin Fahey ’80, and granddaughter Emily Kissner ’08. Anne used to volunteer, but she can’t do much now as she tries to recover from a fall. She and her husband, Bert, have taken several cruises with New England Cruise Lines. * After Colby Bill Fairley earned an M.S. in geology from the University of Maine and a Ph.D. in geology from Johns Hopkins. For 33 years he taught geology at Notre Dame. He and his wife, Dolores, were married for more than 50 years and had two daughters. After Dolores died, he moved to Gaithersburg, Md., to be near one daughter. He now lives in “Asbury Methodist Village, which houses an ecumenical array of people, many sharing my interests in history and religion. I was appointed an archivist-historian, a good job for a Roman Catholic in this establishment!” * An e-mail from Mike Cole tells of the death of his aunt, our classmate, Ruth Clements McGill. Our sympathies to Mike and his sister, Janet Sopp. * The first reminder of our upcoming reunion was in my mail today and undoubtedly in yours too!
Thanks to all for your kind expressions of sympathy regarding Dorothy’s passing. I received 23 responses for news—the most ever! I had to edit them in order to mention all the respondents. * Fred and Charlotte Cowan Sutherland spend October to July in Kissimmee, Fla., and return to Rockland, Maine, for the warm months. They were the only members of the Class of ’48 to attend reunion last June. * David Choate lives in Denver. He’s traveled to 55 countries and enjoys reading and attending lectures. He discussed a long line of family that attended Colby going back to 1910. * Carol Silverstein Baker and I stay in touch. She attends plays and takes courses at Brandeis University. I see her in Boston and in Florida. * Elizabeth “Betty” Coombs Myers wrote a very nice note with wishes for the New Year. On Jan. 17 I received a call from Betty. She is very proud of her granddaughter Lauren Corke ’10, who returned home after 27 months in the Peace Corps in Ghana. Betty also has a great-granddaughter. * Evie Helfant Malkin sent an e-mail with plenty of news. She took her five adult children and their spouses to New Orleans for a long weekend to celebrate her big birthday. She still does volunteer work with children. * Thanks to Dot Worthley Cleaver, who sent me an e-mail of condolence and also included news. * Phyllis Hamden Combs wrote a lengthy letter and said that at 85 she gave up running a bed-and-breakfast. She did social work before opening the B & B. She earned her master’s at Rutgers. * BurtKrumholz and his wife, Shelley,have been traveling extensively in both the Baltic and Black seas and are still based in Boca Raton. Their three grandchildren will be in college, but notwithstanding Burt’s efforts, no one is at Colby. * Donna Elliott Harriman has been married for more than 64 years to Lyn Harriman ’49. The Fairhaven (Mass.) school administration building is named the Lynwood P. Harriman Administrative Center. * Phyllis O’Connell Murray is in good health and planning to visit her daughter in Seattle. * Martha Morrill lives in Miami. She spent a year rebuilding her house and a studio where she makes pottery. * Muriel Howard Deacon plays bridge and golf. She lives in New London, N.H. * Kay Weisman Jaffe spent part of October and November in Australia and New Zealand. * Ron Farkas wrote that he misses his closest Colby friend, Harvey Koizim, who recently passed on. * Natalie Pretat Arnold keeps busy gardening, reading, and tending the horses. * Bertha Graves Nollman moved to an over-55 community in Glastonbury, Conn. * Rick Sawyer wrote about his mother, Jeane Marshall Sawyer, who passed away in 2012. He summed it up by saying, “She was a really cool mom.” * Janet Gay Hawkins cruised the western Caribbean on a ship. She is chair of the Peconic Landing Community Fund. * Margaret “Peg” Clark Atkins, our former class agent, writes that her husband, Harold, celebrated his 91st birthday. Each spring they still migrate to the Onset Bay area for five months. They visited Colby last September. * Virginia Brackley Piccirillo spends the winter in Vero Beach, Fla., and the other months in Lunenburg, Mass. In the past few years they have traveled to California, Hawaii, and Mexico. * Mildred Hammond Bauer has had to slow down her charitable work due to hip replacement surgery. She’s still active and uses the YMCA for walking and exercises. * Frannie Hyde Stephan, my former Colby cheerleading partner, lives nearby. Frannie lists these activities: book club, bridge, and current-events classes. Sometimes we talk on the phone, usually discussing what it is like to get old. * Betty Dyer Brewster plays bridge, reads, swims, occasionally golfs, and helps people with hearing loss. She’s very active and is currently back in Naples, Fla., for six months.
I heard from three classmates! I was overjoyed. Of course we are all at least 90 years old. * Mildred Steenland Ellison, who lives in Media, Pa., wrote that she has slowed down but not stopped, as she is on a walker and can no longer do the volunteer work that she used to enjoy so much. She and her husband, Victor, have nine great-grandchildren who all live out West. Their daughter and her family are in Washington state, and their son and his family live in Colorado. When their daughter and son-in-law visited recently Mildred and Victor had the fun of showing them where William Penn really landed. * Ruth Parsons Van Hoek, who lives in Needham, Mass., wrote that she lost her husband, 89, in 2007. Her daughter Sandra is the mother of her only grandson. Her other daughter, Deborah Van Hoek Abraham, graduated from Colby in 1969. Ruth reminded me that she only attended Colby for her freshman and sophomore years; those were the last two years that Colby was still clustered on College Avenue in the heart of Waterville. * Lois Peterson Johnson wrote that she lives in Boonville, Mo., where she has an independent-living apartment. She uses a walker but is still active. She and her daughter sing in a 100-voice chorus, which she enjoys tremendously. Her entire family gathered in Orlando, Fla., for a long weekend together earlier in 2013. Her other daughter just retired from the Air Force and moved to D.C. to work at the Pentagon. Her son is involved in home health care in the Southwest. * I learned that Jean Adams O’Meara ’45 died Jan. 13, 2014, at 91. She attended Colby for two years. * Life without my daughter is whatever I choose to make it. At 90 I do consider every day precious, so I continue to be active. Like Lois, I also belong to a chorus … 135 voices. My son-in-law, Tony, Diana’s husband, and I decided we would take a trip over Thanksgiving. We sailed the Windward Islands of the Caribbean on a five-masted clipper ship. It was fun! The wind was spectacular for sailing. We sailed into the harbors of five of the islands and went ashore. On one island I ziplined! Fourteen stations! On another we paddled an inner tube down a mountain stream. The fact that Tony was voluntarily traveling with his mother-in-law was considered astounding by many of our shipmates.