2010 Newsmakers


Joseph Whitfield '15

A photo series by Edwin Torres ’12 was featured in The Atlantic magazine in March. The magazine ran an accomanying story called “Puerto Ricans, Reframed,” about Torres’s series of portraits of Puerto Rican millenials in New York City and on the island. ♦ Joseph Whitfield ’15 wrote an op-ed column for the Helena, Ark., Daily World newspaper in February about the need for male black teachers in primary and secondary schools. Whitfield is a first-year corps member with Teach for America, teaching sixth grade at KIPP Delta College Preparatory School.


Class Correspondent:

Molly Nash

Kara Witherill lives in Hassfurt, Germany, on a Fulbright. She’s working as an English teaching assistant at the local school, Regiomontanus Gymnasium, teaching grades 5-12. * Mary Furth worked at the Natural History Museum for five months. She now has an editing and writing internship with the Borgen Project, where she’s active in their cause to end world poverty. * Darcy Ahern started graduate school this fall at the UConn Health Center and is working towards a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. * Melissa Preziosi works as a research assistant with the University of Utah’s clinical research ILD (interstitial lung disease) group and helps conduct clinical drug trials for pulmonary medications. She lives in Salt Lake City with Andy Clevenger, who’s working toward a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Utah. He enjoys skiing at Alta and playing French horn in two campus orchestras. * Maddy Scheer spent the summer working for Overland Summer Programs leading backpacking trips in Alaska. Maddy now lives in the Bay Area teaching middle school science at the Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, Calif. * Claudia Aviles is completing a one-year college counseling fellowship in Thessaloniki, Greece, at the American Farm School. She college counsels students in 10th to 12th grade and also teaches English. * Anna Doyle spent the summer working as an actor at the Theater at Monmouth in Maine. She then moved to New York City to pursue her acting career. Additionally, Anna works with Sansori LLC, volunteers at the Public Theater, and runs her own dog-walking service. * Audrey Sandberg is a first-year veterinary student at UC Davis, tracking in large-animal medicine. She looks forward to returning to New England for a summer externship working in dairy and mixed-animal practice. * Amanda Veth teaches English at a French university in Clermont-Ferrand. Amanda’s position is a yearlong contract made possible by connections between the French university (Blaise-Pascal), Bowdoin, and Colby. * John Tortorello teaches high school physics and coaches distance running at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. He enjoys teaching, exploring the Boston area, and, of course, getting outside as much as possible. * Kush Jadeja lives in the DC area and works at Houlihan Lokey in the mergers and acquisitions group. He spends time with the fellow Colbians Russ Wilson ’14, Brett Sahlberg, and Sam Parker tearing up the DC scene. * Chris Burnham works as a software developer at Greensea Systems, a small technology company in Richmond, Vt., that works with underwater robots. His job involves user interface development, or making widgets that interact with the different hardware components that are subsea. * Molly Cox works at CivicSolar, a full-service distribution and design company in Boston. She’s an account manager working with solar installers on a daily basis. * Joseph Whitfield is back home in Helena, Ark., fulfilling a TFA commitment to his home


Class Correspondent:

Anders Peterson

Annie Bacher started a new job as a copywriter at Wunderman Buenos Aires and enjoys living in Argentina full time. She spends her free time training for her fourth marathon, enjoying Malbec and steak, and taking circus acrobatics classes. Chloe Gilroy visited her in Buenos Aires, where they drank lots of wine and grilled. * Inuri Illeperuma is expected to graduate from Columbia University in New York with a B.S. in civil engineering. The degree from Columbia will complete the combined engineering program with Colby. * Kyle Hughes worked for Armstrong Ambulance (B-EMT) in Somerville, Mass., until April 2015, when he left to work as a research assistant for a clinical trial at the intensive care unit at Boston Children’s Hospital. He’s taken a Java programming class at Harvard and tutors precalculus at the Breakthrough Greater Boston School in Cambridge. He’ll reapply to medical school this spring. * Will Hochman wrote, directed, and acted in a short film that premiered at the Big Apple Film Festival in New York City. He has another short film currently in postproduction. * Wayne Kim finished a year of work at Reed College as an assistant dean of admissions. He traveled all over the country in the fall but still misses Foss’s quinoa. Ben Wexler-Waite, Chris Eden, Elliot Marsing, Philip Hussey, Justin Deckert ’15, and Wayne are planning a reunion during Memorial Day weekend. They hope to “borrow” a yacht or other sailing craft from a kind and generous Colby alum. * Mackenzie Nichols lives in Toronto doing GIS and web development work for a conservation nonprofit organization. Phil Cody, Dan Forsman, and Mackenzie are planning to summit Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro in June. * I also visited Annie Bacher and Liam Connell ’15 in Buenos Aires last December where they introduced me to some incredible Argentine traditions. We ate steak and drank Malbec in excess. I’m still living in Newport Beach, Calif., and working at Arbitech LLC. I plan to utilize my precious and limited vacation days on a spring trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, where I’ll explore the fan cultures of soccer clubs FK Željezničar Sarajevo and Red Star Belgrade, respectively.


Class Correspondent:

Sarah Lyon

Lots of exciting news to share this time around, as usual! Congrats to Claire Herbig, who is engaged to Charlie Petzinger (University of Wyoming ’12). A wedding is planned for May 14 in Estes Park, Colo. In June Claire will enroll in the University of Colorado’s physician assistant program. * Another congrats to Kelsey Conroy, who is engaged to Jonathan Eddy (Maine Maritime  ’14)—the two will be married in August. Kelsey began working as the director of children’s faith formation at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in Scarborough, Maine. * After completing her two-year commitment with Teach For America, Grace Schlesinger moved to Sacramento and joined Accenture as a management consulting analyst. * In September Lisa Hoopes started her work at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and will be a certified nutritionist and health coach at the end of August. * Gordon Fischer lives in the Bronx with two former Mules and keeps busy teaching in a local afterschool program and pursuing filmmaking, “working on short documentaries about some of the top basketball players in Brooklyn and making music videos for up-and-coming artists.” He adds, “I hope to continue telling stories that may have never been heard and meeting people I would’ve never met if I didn’t have a camera.” * James Hootsmans finished his master’s in water management and hydrological sciences from Texas A&M this summer. He presented his research at various conferences and adds that, “through building connections and perseverance, I have a new job.” James now works as an hydrogeologist for Tetra Tech, based in Sterling, Va. Despite upcoming projects in Africa and the Caribbean, as well as throughout the U.S., James is excited to pursue this new opportunity in the D.C area, where he lives with roommate Stephen Nodder. * Abbott Matthews returned to the U.S. from Brazil in December. “Although I’m happy to be back, it’s bittersweet,” she says. She now lives in Annapolis, Md., working with iJET International as a regional analyst for the Americas and says, “Essentially, I’ll be researching and analyzing the region where I have dedicated so much time with a focus on integrated risk management for multinational corporations doing business in the region.” Abbott spent New Years with Sarah Barrese ’14, Claire Dunn, Ginny Keesler, Morgan Lingar, Layne Schwab, Tom Letourneau, Ethan Crockett, and Laura Duff. Ethan shares that he and Laura both live in Somerville, Mass., after completing degrees in medical physics and nursing, respectively, from Duke University. They look forward to seeing other local Mules! Ethan works as a data scientist at OmniClaim, along with several Colby alums, including Jeff Hale ’15. * Laura Crowley and Alex Rasmussen traveled to several Mediterranean countries and to Belgium before starting their respective graduate programs. Laura is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in genetics and development at Columbia, and Alex is pursuing his Ph.D. in pure mathematics at Yale. * After more than a year and a half of teaching, volunteering, and traveling in Asia, Priscilla McCelvey will start her master’s in law and diplomacy at Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. * Monica Davis is completing the third year of her Ph.D. in environmental conservation at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she studies the population ecology of gall wasps. She says, “This year I had a wasp named after me!” * Weiming Huang is pursuing his master’s in economics at Boston University and will graduate in May. * Great to hear from all of you!


Class Correspondent:

Sarah Janes

Gordon Lessersohn and Jenny Stephens are happy to be engaged and will be married this September in Portland, Maine. Living together in Harlem, they both enjoy their dream jobs: Gordon works in marketing for Major League Baseball, while Jenny is a literary agent at Sterling Lord Literistic. They recently adopted a cat, Waldo, whose adventures you can follow on Instagram @waldothecatgram. * Andy Estrada is still at the U.S. Department of Transportation in DC but has transitioned over to public affairs, where he assumed the role of assistant press secretary and is trying his hand in speech writing. * Burton Gildersleeve married Corey Beth Reichler ’13 June 21, 2014. They live in Miami. Burton works for a supply-chain technology company, Tradelink Technologies, where his work involves personalizing the global supply chains of apparel companies through their software and Internet platforms. He travels to Latin America often to visit factories and other clients. Corey is a biology teacher and head volleyball coach at Norland Miami High School. * Laura Maloney became press secretary for U.S. Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut. She loves hanging out with the Colby crew in DC! * Rachel Frenkil teaches high school Spanish and will head to Buenos Aires this summer to continue working on her master’s with Middlebury Language Schools. This April she’ll run the Boston Marathon and set a goal to raise $10,000 for Dana-Farber cancer research. She plans to move to Boston in the fall. * Sarah Hirsch is a fellow for the Wildflower Schools Network in Cambridge, Mass., and lives in a cozy home with Colby grads Trip Venturella, Chris Fraser, and Max Hogue ’13. Trip would like everyone to know that he has taken to flossing regularly. * After spending last year working in Chicago, Mason Roberts started law school at Duke last August. He’s found that 1L year is intense, as expected, but also very fun. Mason says Durham is a great town and that it’s nice to be around incredibly intelligent and motivated students again, just like at Colby. * After graduating with a master’s in education and working in education in Rhode Island, Nikki Jacobson moved back to Maine to work at Colby. Contact her if you’d like to volunteer with admissions! * Nick Iodice will finish his master of engineering degree in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania this May. He has a job lined up in Cambridge, Mass., this summer as an engineer at Audible.com. In this role he’ll work closely with the Amazon Kindle team to make Audible’s audiobooks integrate more seamlessly with Amazon’s e-books. He’s most looking forward to getting a dog in the near future.


Class Correspondent:

Rian Ervin

After spending a great New Year’s Eve with Amelia Pludow in Joshua Tree National Park, Sarah Sorenson left her nonprofit job in DC to travel around Mexico and Europe for a few months. She’ll return to the States in May. * Juliette Gorson is in the third year of her Ph.D. and recently bought a place in Forest Hills, Queens. For her research—studying the venom of predatory marine snails—she’s traveled to Abu Dhabi and Papua New Guinea to scuba dive. * Lea Engelsted obtained her master’s in industrial organizational psychology from George Mason University. Before moving to Colorado, she’s traveling internationally, including to Thailand, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to visit Jasmine Bruno ’10, and Europe to visit Fiona Braslau ’10. * Matt Smith and Katherine Murray ’12 planned to marry April 9 in Birmingham, Ala., and about 15 Colby alumni will  attend. Matt is playing his second season for the Atlanta Hustle—a semipro ultimate franchise that competes in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL). * Sarah Martinez completed her master’s of science in physiology at Georgetown University in June 2015. * The physics and engineering dual degree Elizabeth Chang obtained from the Colby-Dartmouth program, as well as her post-undergraduate job at the UC Irvine stem cell center, led her to pursue her first year at UC Davis Law School, where she plans on studying patent law. * In our class news from the summer, it was reported that Nick Cunkelman, Judy Merzbach, and Elizabeth Powell ’10 crushed the Burlington, Vt., marathon last spring. Although Nick and Judy are both humbled by the note, Hannah Lafleur, Nate Eberly, and Elizabeth Powell ’10 actually crushed it last May.


Class Correspondent:

Caity Murphy

After four years living and working in China, Hanna Pickwell returned to the U.S. to start her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Chicago. * Kari Rivers still works at the French School in St. Louis. She saw Chelsea Nahill over winter break, and the two friends are excited for a reunion with Kathleen Fallon and Hanna Noel in June. They’ll all celebrate the wedding of Katie Peterson ’11 and Ahmed Asi ’13. * Chrissy Gagnon Buotte’s daughter, Ava, turned one in December, and son Carter turned three in January. She’s currently Mrs. Old Orchard Beach, and running for Mrs. Maine America in May 2016. Crazy and exciting! * Sam Brakeley moved with Elizabeth Disney to Salt Lake City. She’s a resident at the University of Utah Hospital and Sam is ski patrolling at Park City. * Paula Martel and her husband welcomed their first baby, Andrew Roy, in January 2015 and had a busy and exciting year celebrating all of his firsts. * Danielle Carlson got engaged at the end of the Chicago Marathon. Her fiancé also raced, and he proposed right after the finish line. They look forward to seeing lots of Colby friends for all the upcoming wedding festivities. * Phinney McIntire and Andrea Fuwa celebrated their marriage Sept. 12 at the University Club of Chicago with family and friends. Dance floor all-stars included James Brady and Whit McCarthy. * Larissa Levine, Saralin Davis, and Kristin Psaty got the chance to visit Stephanie Kramer in Chicago to help celebrate her birthday and to meet her beautiful new twin boys, Theodore and Richard, for the first time! * Kat Cosgrove spent New Years in Costa Rica, which was fabulous. She was training for her second half-marathon in March, which raised money for St. Jude’s Hospital. * Ross Nehrt and Leigh Bullion got married in September with a whole slew of Colby grads in attendance. They love being back in Maine and are hoping to add a dog to the family in 2016. * Courtney Cronin works at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., where she teaches French and is the chair of the language department. She’s also studying at Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, pursuing a master’s in private school leadership. In her program there she connected with Andy Carr ’07 and Colette Finley ’09. They were a strong Colby squad! * Kelsey Gibbs and Matt Silverman ’12 traveled for a few months, with the majority of their time spent in the United Kingdom. They had a great time working up in the highlands of Scotland on a family-run hospitality business and, of course, drinking copious amounts of tea. * Caity Murphy was accepted to Regis University in Denver to begin an accelerated B.S.N./R.N. program in May 2016. While devastated to leave the Never-never land of Jackson Hole, she is very excited about the future and ready for a new adventure.

2000 Newsmakers


Lokesh Todi '09

Devin Beliveau ’01, a history teacher and department chair at Samueli Academy in Santa Ana, Calif., received the National Council for the Social Studies Award for Global Understanding. ♦ Professional triathlete Sarah Piampiano ’02 was featured in a news story about her career. Piampano, who traded a job in finance to race, is ranked sixth in the world. ♦ Boston.com reported that Katie Ghelli ’05 and Mary Biggins ’05 have started MealPass, a service that offers lunch passes to more than 50 area restaurants. “In college we’d look online, like, ‘What does Dana [Dining Hall] have? What does Foss have?’” Biggins told a reporter. “We thought, wait, what would it be like if this is the restaurant version of the Colby College dining halls?” ♦ Steve Luke ’06 was featured in Seattle Times story about the opening of his much-anticipated brewery, Cloudburst Brewing. The newspaper called Cloudburst “easily the most anticipated brewery opening in recent memory.” ♦ Joel Alex ’08 received the Bangor Metro 2015 Entrepreneurship Award for Central Maine. Alex is founder of Blue Ox Malthouse, which produces malt from Maine-grown barley and wheat for craft breweries. ♦ Lokesh Todi ’09 saw the organization he helped establish, the Kathmandu-based Nepal Earthquake Relief Project, receive the grand prize of the Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge, sponsored by Coca-Cola. The award was accompanied by a $20,000 grant and was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, at which Todi participated in the Global Shapers Community network.


Class Correspondent:

Elyse Apantaku

Scott Zeller, Dan Heinrich, and Danny Wasserman continued their tradition of rendezvousing biannually, this time in Durham, N.C. Scott is finishing his last stretch of PA school at Duke University, and after graduating this fall he hopes to join Danny in Seattle. Danny works within the tech startup community in the Pacific Northwest, and Dan manages analytics for U.S. Squash in addition to going to business school at NYU. They’re planning an international trip in September to celebrate Scott and Dan turning 30. * Shirmila Cooray and Tommy Szalasny (Northwestern ’09) continued their wedding celebrations with a reception in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on New Year’s Day. Brooke Barron, Qiam Amiry, Amelia Nebenzahl, and Tarini Manchanda joined them to celebrate and spent a few days traveling around Sri Lanka afterwards. * Bryan Brown visited NYC for the first time and played paddle tennis on an abandoned court on the Hudson that was revived by Nick Rosen-Wachs. * Liza Comeau got engaged to Matt Bakalar and is planning a summer 2017 wedding in Maine. * Martha Ortinau got married on Halloween with her best friend from Colby, Althea Wong-Achorn, as a bridesmaid. She is now the director of annual giving at her former high school, Loyola Academy, a prep school in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. * Tyler Plourde and his wife, Jaime, welcomed their newborns, Adeline Juliette and Theodore Tyler, Oct. 29, a little before seven in the morning. * On Oct. 3 Tory Starr and Joe Rothwell ’08 were married. Maid of honor Michelle Starr ’07 was accompanied by bridesmaids Carlie Minichino Donovan, Libbie Howley, Andrea Heidt Hack ’08, and Christine Gillespie ’10. Greg Osborne ’07 and Ryan O’Flanagan ’06 were among the groomsmen. Nineteen other Colby grads were in attendance, plus Tory’s softball coach Dick Bailey. * Before applying to physical therapy schools, Andrew Cheit visited Chapel Hill in the fall to check out UNC. While there, he stayed with Logan King and Liz Pfeffer and saw several Colby grads in the area including Adam Salamon ’08, Lindsay Snyder ’07, Scott Carberry, Scott Zeller, Ben Goldenberg, Bobby Gorman ’08, Charlotte Scott ’10, Lissa Martin, Anuj Kapur ’10, Rob Foster ’08, Jamie Waters ’08, Kara Dalton ’08, and Elisa Chiniara ’07. * Ben Many bought a house in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he lives with his fiancée, Joy. A former high school classmate of Ben’s, Joy teaches yoga and recently completed her doctorate in PT. Ben does finance/accounting work for TD Bank out of their Portland office. Ben regularly hangs out with Steve Holt, who lives in the area with his wife, and sees Chris Copeland frequently as well. Ben and Joy surf year round, mountain bike, and cross country ski. * Catherine Fanning received her master’s in nutrition from Boston University and now works as a clinical registered dietitian at Boston Medical Center. * Lane Mahoney married Rochester Red Wings pitcher Cole Johnson in Portland, Maine, Jan. 16. Naomi Smith, Sarah Gordon Hatton, and Ellen London Crane celebrated their Foss 207 roomie as bridesmaids! * Shelley Payne plays for Göteborg Hockey Club and is coaching their development team. * Kate Vasconi Stoessel gave a presentation at the National Council for the Social Studies annual meeting in New Orleans titled “Museums Beyond Docent Tours: Making Place-Based Learning Accessible to All.” * After five years Chelsea Eakin still lives in Beijing and works for the Paulson Institute. She encourages anyone in town to get in touch at chelsea.eakin@gmail.com. * Alex Richards went back to school this fall for his M.B.A. at NYU Stern along with Jamie Wallace, his freshman-year roommate. * Kat Brzozowski and Wes Miller ’08 bought an apartment in Queens. * On Oct. 17 Althea Wong-Achorn got married in Camden, Maine, with her best friend from Colby, Martha Ortinau, as her bridesmaid. Two weeks later in Chicago, Althea returned the favor and stood beside her while she Martha got married.


Class Correspondent:

Annie Mears Abbott

Christian ’08 and Leslie Peterson Crannell enjoyed their first West Coast holiday in Portland, Ore. Christian is in his first year of surgical residency and Leslie teaches fifth grade. They enjoyed connecting with fellow alums Devon ’09 and Abby Sussman Anderson ’09 at the Portland Welcome to the City event. * Josh Handelman is in Philadelphia working with another U.S. Senate campaign. It’s definitely a change of scenery from his last U.S. Senate campaign, based out of Honolulu. * Amanda Vickerson is a special education teacher at Baxter Academy, a charter high school, in Portland, Maine, with Aleah Starr ’11. During school vacation in December, Amanda caught up with Becky ’10 and Jess Acosta-Muller ’11 and with Megan Bovill and Steve Plocher and their son, Spencer. Amanda rang in the new year at the home of Eric ’05 and Maro Asadoorian Gartside in Ashland, Mass.


Class Correspondent:

Lindsey Boyle McKee

Nathan Sigworth and his wife, Kim, moved back to Maine (Swan Lake) from Mumbai, India, and welcomed baby Mia Margaret this November. * Brittany Hamblin married Christopher McInerney (BU ’06) Sept. 19, 2015, in Great Barrington, Mass. Former 40 Winter Street roommates Jen Coliflores, Samantha Chun, Liz Turner, and Beth Foxwell tore it up on the dance floor, joined by fellow Mules Melanie Scott and Tim Geisenheimer. Ed Kotite, who introduced the couple nine years ago, gave a reading at the ceremony. Brittany and Chris live in New York City, where Brittany started a new job as a nonfiction editor at Hachette Book Group. * Michael ’07 and Emily Boyle Westbrooks moved to Houston last summer to adopt a baby, and their little girl, Maya Catharine, joined their family in early October! She was three months and a day, and just hit 10 pounds, when Emily wrote. “She’s a tiny little pipsqueak with a full head of black hair. But Michael’s holding out hope she’ll at least make point guard.” * Kim Devine McDevitt and her husband welcomed a baby girl, Eleanor “Nora” Elizabeth, Oct 21. Kim still works as national educator for Vega and doing private nutrition consulting specializing in nutrition for female runners. * John and Lindsey Boyle McKee welcomed a daughter, Quinn Therese, in November. They’re looking forward to Quinn’s first trip to Colby for reunion. * Nate Stone married Lauren Wagoner Oct. 24 in Greensboro, N.C. Stephen Planas, Bennett Barnwell, and Drew Moreland ’07 served as groomsmen, and Drew Rausch, Cait Miller, Melissa McNulty, Aine McCarthy, Rachel Carr, Taylor Snook, Trevor ’07 and Krissy Fucillo Hanly, Danny Epstein ’08, and Julie Hike ’07 helped celebrate with the happy couple. * Jennifer Radcliffe was elected to public office as a local fire district director. After three short years in real estate, she was voted onto her brokerages’ Agent Leadership Council for 2016, which compromises six of the top producing/most influential and innovative agents in her company of 175. Now she trains and teaches other brokers while growing/managing a team of real estate rock stars, and she also earned the designation of principal broker. * Gillian Butsch split her time between Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Missoula, Mont., the past few years as she finished her doctorate in physical therapy. She recently moved back to Jackson Hole permanently and is stoked to be back in the mountains skiing, gallivanting, and living the dream. She celebrated New Year’s in Park City, Utah, with the famous and newly engaged H. Charlie Reed, along with Jenny Lathrop and Matt Guy-Hamilton ’05, and they enjoyed reminiscing about Colby shenanigans. * Dan Giuliani lives in Seattle and teaches sport performance in a master’s program at the University of Washington. Dan also runs Volt Athletics, a sports technology company dedicated to bringing personalized strength and conditioning programs to athletes and teams worldwide. Volt is the official strength and conditioning provider of USA Football as well as the U.S. National Football Team and has the official backing of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. * Jenny Mooney Langhorne is in DC and works as a neonatal nurse at Children’s National Medical Center. Jenny’s husband just opened his first restaurant, the Dabney. They would love to see friendly Colby faces checking it out. * Kirsten Lawson and husband Cristiano Branquinho welcomed their daughter and first child, Stella Lawson Branquinho, Jan. 7. Baby Stella weighed in at 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. * Caitlin Peale Sloan enjoys life in Boston with trips to Vermont to see Jenny Venezia Faillace. She even had a visit from Katie Fuller from the wilds of Idaho. Caitlin and her husband, Alex, will travel to New Zealand this spring (where she studied abroad) before heading up to Waterville for reunion.


Class Correspondent:

Kate Slemp Douglas

Thanks for writing in with your latest news—it was great to hear from so many of you. Helen Brown got engaged to Tobin Babst and plans an August wedding. Helen was recently promoted to director of Matthew Marks Gallery in Los Angeles. * Hande Barutcuoglu recently settled down in Nova Scotia where she alternates between veterinary work and running a small homestead farm. * Matt Roland and his wife welcomed a daughter, Rachel Roland, May 26, 2015. Matt and fellow ’05 grads Jamie Snyder-Fair and David Acker reconnected in Northampton, Mass. Matt and Jamie also work on the same New England-based team at Stryker Corporation. * Catherine Sear and husband Scott welcomed a son, Max, in November. They live in Washington, D.C., where Catherine works at the World Bank * Sean and Julie Morrison Baron welcomed daughter Eloise Piper Nov. 15—her godmother is Christina Andaya. * Patrick Harner and wife Leah are celebrating the birth of their second daughter, Tahlia Grace Harner. * After three years at Twitter, Adelin Cai now runs the policy team at Pinterest. She also completed her yoga teacher certification and open-water diver certification—I look forward to hearing about her likely upcoming adventures! * Marge (Siciliano ’05) and Casey McCarthy were expecting their second child, a daughter. Their son, Peter, is excited to be an older brother. Casey left Bon Appetit and Epicurious in January to take a job as integrated marketing director at food lifestyle brand Tasting Table. Casey stays connected to Emily Weber, who works in the same building at Rodale, and Jon Golden who he occasionally grab drinks with at Grand Central Oyster Bar. After many years, Casey is still the commissioner of his fantasy football league, the NML (National Maturity League), which features Colby greats Casey Knechtel, Dave Zohn, Nick Falker, Tim Cullen ’04, Jon Golden, Dave Maloney ’04, Jed Mahoney, and Matt Gangl. Pretty impressive if you ask me! * Vanessa Ambatielos Thanos welcomed daughter Katherine Lawrence Sept. 12, making Vicky, 3, a proud older sister. * Abe Summers is running PGA Magazine’s newly acquired division, Vanguard Pro Shop, which has become a leader in e-commerce for golf clubs and resorts. Abe enjoyed some vacation time recently with his family in Anguilla and also reconnected with ex-roommate Mike Misencik, who some may fondly remember by his Colby nickname “Indy.” Mike continues working at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. * Tara Studley celebrated 3 1/2 years at Maine Medical Center as the philanthropy manager for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. She and her boyfriend, Patrick, will run her first marathon April 3 in Paris and will spend two weeks visiting friends and family in France and Spain. * Liam McDonnell works for the U.S. Coast Guard and recently advanced to second class petty officer. He’s applying to Officer Candidate School later this year. He enjoys life in New Orleans—Colby visitors are encouraged! * Ellen Weaver Berg and her husband of eight years live in Cape Elizabeth, where she teaches pre-K part time. After 12 years of membership, she’s currently president of the Junior League of Portland, Maine—a nonprofit women’s organization to promote voluntarism and improving the community. * And always one of my favorite updates is when Mike Booras sends news about his friends, both silly and serious. This time he shares news of family additions for Brendan Crighton, who welcomed son Nathaniel, Curtis Chin, who welcomed his second daughter, and Chris Duncombe, who welcomed his third daughter. He also said that Tom Wilson got married in Vermont in September and Kyle Ross proposed to his girlfriend, Jacqueline. If anyone has embarrassing stories about Mike, please send them in!


Class Correspondent:

Rich Riedel

The Class of 2003 must have been in winter hibernation—just a few news bites to report! * Keagan Russo and his wife, Jess, still live in Atlanta and welcomed their second daughter, Reese Emerson, in late August. Keagan’s sister, Karinna Russo Allen ’05, had a baby boy, Jack, 15 hours before Reese was born—Colby cousins born one day apart! * Caroline Riss Warne had a big year. She married Tyler Warne in October in Helena, Mont., they bought their first home, and expected a baby girl in the beginning of March! * On Dec. 7 Liz Jackson and her husband, David Clearwater, welcomed their first baby, a son named Gabriel Cameron. They’re currently waiting for auntie Cameron Dufty to visit them in New Zealand. * Lexi Grant and her husband, Ben, had a baby boy named Dominic in September. They still live in DC but are spending time this year in St. Petersburg, Fla., for Lexi’s job. * Justin Stempeck and his wife moved to Needham, Mass., after their daughter was born in 2013. (Justin reports his daughter, now 3, is getting into all sorts of trouble!)Justin also switched jobs from being a partner at Boyle, Shaughnessy & Campo to an attorney with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, a group responsible for regulation and licensing of casinos in Massachusetts. He still sees Katrina Noyes occasionally for drinks and dinner, and they reminisce about good times on Mayflower Hill. * Gretchen Groggel Ralston welcomed baby number two, Charles (Charlie) Theodore, in September. Lydia has taken to the role of big sister fairly well. * Dan and Laurel Burnham Deacon welcomed Everly Bon Oct. 8. Big sister Elle and big brother Ransom are thrilled to have a new doll to play with. Despite the three kiddos, Laurel has managed to have a few great dinners in Boston with Brooke McNally Thurston and Piper Loyd when Piper’s work brings her east.


Class Correspondent:

Bridget Zakielarz Duffy

Life has been busy for me with a new baby and a demanding job—I unfortunately was unable to submit my column for the print magazine. After 12 years as your correspondent, I need to pass the pen to someone else—I’m overextended and need a new volunteer, please. Please email me or class president Kristy Malm (kmmalm25@gmail.com) if you’re willing to step up. It’s a great gig!


Class Correspondent:

Dana Fowler Charette

Hello friends! Only a few more months until our 15th reunion. Looking forward to seeing you all soon! * Lots of Colby 2001 grads 2.0 to report. Bill Getty and his wife, Molly, were excited to welcome daughter Larkin Jan. 6. She joins Hunter and Gray, 4. * Mark and Jodi Dakin Loughlin announce the arrival of baby number three—Dakin Edward, Sept. 9. Dakin joins sisters Page, 4, and Alta, 2. They live in Concord, Mass., and looked forward to their first winter at Sugarbush. * Zack Kahn and his wife, Sarah, welcomed a new baby boy, Nathanael, at the end of August and recently celebrated their eighth anniversary in New York City by seeing Hamilton on Broadway. * Danielle Fornes married Patrick Quinlan at a vineyard in Traverse City, Mich., Sept. 12. Colbians in attendance were Rebecca Floor Beebe ’98, Gina DiBella, Caroline Rosch, Sam Mateosian, Terry Packard Baker ’02, and Jordan Finley ’02. Danielle continues to work as a voice-over artist from a home studio. * Erik Balsbaugh welcomed their daughter, Edith Claire. * Fred Floberg is in Scarborough, Maine, and is a firefighter/paramedic and a tactical medic on the Southern Maine Regional SWAT Team. Kait (UMF ’02) and Fred had their third baby, MaKenzie Susan, in September and she’s perfect. * Lauren Schaad and Michelle Farrell escaped the East Coast cold snap for some beach time in Rio de Janeiro! * Ali Aiello Lemaitre welcomed baby number two in September—a little girl, Tilly. After a few months big brother Alfie, 3, now loves his little sister. Tilly was just a pea in the pod in early spring when they celebrated Stephanie Nichols’s wedding with lots of other Colby grads: Liz Oberlin Kessler, Corey Stranghoener Reuwee, Rachel Rokicki, Sarah Culbertson Nau, Stephanie Mendell, Meghan Short Meszkat, and Lisa Hart Olson. Ali is pretty much surrounded by all things baby. In addition to the babes at home, she’s added prenatal yoga to her yoga-teaching schedule. “So fun to support moms this way!” * JJ Abodeely is now CEO of LEVELsleep. They sell patented, ergonomic mattresses and pillows clinically proven to improve sleep, all supported by their online shopping experience and satisfaction guarantee.


Class Correspondent:

Ben Mackay

Class of 2000! I hope everyone is doing well. Here’s the latest. * Greg De St. Maurice graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with his Ph.D. in anthropology and has started a postdoctoral research fellowship at Ryukoku University in Japan, where he’s doing research on Japanese home cooking and regional foodways. He also just returned from an awesome trip to Indonesia. * Eric and Sarah Czok Whittier welcomed their daughter, Leah Sage, Oct. 31. (Happy Halloween!) They’re enjoying every minute or parenting. * Benjamin Ritz graduated summa cum laude from South Texas College of Law (J.D. degree) and received Pro Bono Honors for hours donated to charity work. * Scott and Melissa Bradbury Friedman had a great time at reunion last summer connecting with old friends and showing the campus to daughter Allison, 3. After 11-plus years at Tufts School of Dental Medicine, Michelle accepted the director of admissions position at Harvard Medical School and started in December. Scott was promoted to partner at Industrial Economics, Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., where he’s worked since 2009. Needless to say it was a busy fall in their house. * Ben Mackay hopes to complete his third acquisition under Long Trail Holdings. The snow was deep in the Rockies this winter and most days started with coffee and firing up the wood stove. He’s still living in a log cabin in Jackson, Wyo. If you’re in town, look him up!

1990 Newsmakers

Ongalo-Obote '94

Ongalo-Obote '94

Ole Amundsen ’90 was named executive director of Maine Audubon. Amundsen was most recently program manager for the Conservation Fund, a national land trust organization. ♦ Patricia Marshall ’94 was appointed deputy commissioner for academic affairs and student success for the Massachusetts Department of Education. Marshall had served as associate vice president for academic affairs at Worcester State University. ♦ Kenneth Ongalo-Obote ’94, LL.D. ’13 was reelected to parliament in Uganda. Ongalo-Obote was returned to office by voters to represent Kaberamaido District. ♦ Founder and executive director of KIPP Delta Public Schools Scott Shirey ’98 will be the Hendrix College commencement speaker in May. In 2015 Hendrix partnered with KIPP Delta to increase college completion rates among underserved students in the Delta. ♦ Elizabeth Ward Saxl ’97, executive director of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, has been named to the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame for 2016. Saxl was recognized for her significant work in the prevention of violence towards women.



Class Correspondent:

Brian Gill

David Stern, wife Sara, and their two kids welcomed Benjamin Lucas in June 2015. Sophie and Noah are having a lot of fun being a big sister and big brother to Ben. David’s work continues to go well with a recent promotion to the role of director of investment research. * Derek Luke and his wife, Annie, expect their first child in May. Derek is excited that Newport Storm’s Thomas Tew Rum is now international, with a shipment off to Denmark. * Jen Rose had a great time at Lis Pimentel’s wedding in New Haven in October. Colbians in attendance were Tina Goudreau, Lizzie Ivry Cooper, Christine Vaughn Hendrickson, Emily Record Lane, Julie Williams Norman, Fiona and Robyn Maco Boerstling, and Joanna Moronk Woodruff. Jen still has a small thread to Colby through Cecil Brooks ’17, a Posse Scholar who spent his Jan Plan in Bolivia and his second semester in Peru. * My wife, Kristelle Aherne Gill, threw a fantastic surprise 40th birthday party for me with Dave Dodwell, Pete and Sarah Eno Felmly, Lisa and Jon Foster, Wilson Owens ’99, Andrew Littell, Katherine Littell Hinchey, Rachel Westgate, and Raja and Liz Hooper Bala in attendance. Everyone is doing well. Kristelle is currently in training for the Xbox FIFA Soccer Interactive World Cup 2016. * Hope all is well—it’s great to hear from everyone. Keep sending more news!


Class Correspondent:

Tom DeCoff

For my 40th birthday my family and I traveled to NYC, where we met Rosa Chang Kim for an afternoon. Rosa had recently seen Lisa Woo, who had also been in town. * Jennifer Robbins Viveiros celebrated her 40th in St. Lucia with her husband and four girls. She ran the Falmouth Road Race in August to benefit the March of Dimes. In September she and business partner Chris Anderson ’93 celebrated the fifth birthday of their firm, Anderson Robbins Research! Jenn remains close with Alyson Angino Germain ’95, Michelle Grdina ’95, Karen Griffin ’96, Moriah Marsh ’96, and Kevin ’98 and Brooke McNally Thurston ’03. * Amy Letizia Wheadon lives in Boxford, Mass., with her three children. She recently opened Kidstrong LLC, a private pediatric OT practice. Kidstrong (kidstrong-ot.com) has developmental motor boot camp classes for preschool and elementary children and also provides individual treatment for children with motor delays and sensory issues. * With their four kids by their side, Lauren Graham and James Clarke officially blended their families by marrying on New Year’s Day! Lauren has been battling metastatic thyroid cancer since June, but she wrote, “This was a great way to put 2015 behind us and start 2016 strong.” Lauren teaches chemistry and earth science in Boothbay Harbor and lives on nearby Southport Island. * Jami Fisher was married Aug. 8. She teaches ASL at Penn and is collaborating with the local deaf community on a sociohistorical, linguistic project documenting (via video) the Philadelphia variant (accent) in ASL. * Sarah and Jerrod DeShaw spent a weekend in December in Montreal with Todd McGovern’s wife, Amanda, and their two boys. They attended a Canadiens game together and had a great time. Amanda is planning a tailgate event in Todd’s honor at next season’s Colby/Bowdoin hockey game. Keep an eye out for more information. * Weyron and Mary Hofmann Henriques and their two boys traveled from southern California to New York for a Christmas visit with Mary’s family. While there they had a fun visit with Kelly Hagan McCormack’s family. * Mark House was hired as the head of the IT department at Crane & Co. He reported holiday get-togethers with Amy and Chris Sullivan, Welling and Heather Derby LaGrone, and Denise and Steve Papagiotas. * After a cool 10 years of procrastination between posts, Harold Graves is alive and well, living in northern NJ with wife Machiko and sons Josh, 9, and Kai, 5. Harold works in energy finance for a family office in the area. At the time he wrote, he was on his way to ski in Niseko, Japan, with Ethan Platt ’96, Jerrod Deshaw, and Galen Carr for belated 40th birthday celebrations. * Along with his wife, Molly, daughter, Eloise, and twin boys, Finnegan and Roosevelt, Marcus Fairbrother moved from Yarmouth, Maine, to Farmington, Conn., to be closer to Molly’s job at Pratt & Whitney. Marc currently serves as stay-at-home dad and hockey coach for his kids. He wrote, “I occasionally, though not nearly enough, see Doug Lyons and Meg Belanger ’99, Mark House and his family, and Greg Moody. They always seem to make me laugh though, and that’s about the best thing there is.” * After working in academic neuroscience research for years, Stephanie Hequembourg Heflin now works as a medical writer in North Carolina. She lives in Durham with husband Scott and their children, Aiden and Emery. * Tom DeCoff left his job at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (after more than 15 years there) to join Fidelity’s User Experience Design group in September. His family held a surprise 40th birthday party for him in November, with several classmates in attendance, including Pat and Amanda Randolph Doyle, Kathleen Mulcahy Hopper, Mark House, Welling LaGrone, Sarah Molly Lampe, Dave and Alicia Nemiccolo MacLeay, Suzanne (Kulin ’96) and Tom Moffitt, Kim Berget Salmon, Chris Sullivan, and Sarah Holmes Tucker.


Class Correspondent:

Brad Smith

20th Reunion opening haiku: Come to Reunion! / Maybe you’ll see people you / Forgot were alive. * Anyhow, Dan Rheaume started a company called FopsBox (fopsbox.com), which developed a beautifully crafted wooden box that allows you to store and organize your collar stays. If you’re like me and have always wondered why this hasn’t been invented already, well, Dan got to it first. Dan says he’s coming to reunion and I secretly hope he’s bringing a special limited edition Class of 1996 FopsBox. Dan, any truth to the rumor that you’re developing a FopsBox shaped like John Pepe’s couch? * Roger Binggeli is a “first-time, long-time” ’96 notes fan, and writes he’s kept in touch with Eric Gordon over the years (like that’s hard!). For the past five years Roger has been an investment systems consultant, and he recently met Fred Corso for lunch in downtown Boston. Roger shares that Fred is newly married and is a principal at a CPA firm and the director of its international tax services group. Roger’s looking forward to attending his first-ever Colby reunion. * Mark Mortensen can’t believe it’s been 20 years since we graduated. He lives in Paris with his wife, Melissa, and their two children, Kai, 5, and Penny, 3. Mark is a professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD business school. My only reaction to that is ‘Zut alors!’ * Our (to my knowledge) only state senator (former…but still!) Andrew Rice is back in Oklahoma City after a short stint in Nashville. Andrew publishes an online news site (nondoc.com) and does some healthcare, energy, and nonprofit consulting in his spare time. He plans to attend reunion with his wife and kids. Andrew said that Jeff Sklarz’s freshman roommate, Matt Maleska, and Matt’s wife Katherine Campbell, will join him as well. If you ever want to feel mildly uncomfortable, ask Mark about some of the messages I left on their dry-erase board freshman year. * In more adult news, Lauren Iannotti is still a writer and editor in New York City (she’s at Conde Nast Brides), and last summer bought a house, a car, and had a baby. Lauren lives in Bronxville with husband, Yoshi, her stepdaughter, Sophia, and her new bundle of awesomeness, daughter Hope. Lauren made sure to mention that she has no plans to ever (ever!) become a New York Yankees fan. * Angela Milardo Abbott’s email signature says that she’s the senior manager of human capital, learning, and professional development at Navigant Consulting. In the same email she tells me that she has nothing exciting to contribute to class notes. I mean, when you’re me and see the words “human capital” it really stokes the fires of my imagination. Angela’s modesty aside, she was kind enough to say “hello” and share that she hopes to make it up for the 20th reunion with Dori Deis and their husbands. * And finally: Buffalo’s finest Sarah Gelman Carney says she’ll be at reunion too. Maybe she can convince Jean-Michel Picher to make the trek as well. * As for me: my daughters started playing hockey. Oh, and I celebrated 10 years at MIT with a new role: director of strategic initiatives—MIT.Nano. Which means that I have about 30 months to help MIT raise $130M to open a major research building on campus. So if you know anybody who has $130M lying around and is dying to support a world-class nanotechnology research facility at one of the world’s leading technical universities, you know who to call. * Class of 1996 20th Reunion closing Haiku: Twenty years? Oh my, / sounds like a very long time. / Unless you’re a tree. See you in June!


Class Correspondent:

Yuhgo Yamaguchi

The 2015 holiday season was extra special for Matt Muszala’s family. On Nov. 18 they welcomed Truman Edward Muszala into the world. “My lovely wife, Carolyn, and daughter Bensley, 2, are healthy and happy.” Before the holidays Matt had dinner with Matt Chisholm ’96 and Sarah Gurtman in Boston, and he met Peter Karos, Scott Higgins, and Brett Nardini ’96 in New York City. * Daniel Polk and the Hamlin School in San Francisco recently hosted Dan Harris ’93, who was interviewed by fabled NPR radio broadcaster Michael Krasny. * In May Sandy Bugbee Larsen is going to the University of New England in Portland, Maine, to get her master’s in occupational therapy. * Lyndsay Griffiths Schott has lived in Whitefish, Mont., for more than 20 years. She saw Jason Spooner when he played in Whitefish in July. Elna Gordon visited Lyndsay in February during her ski trip to Montana. Elna is the director and principal of Redwood Academy, a charter school in Ukiah, Calif. Mike Powers ’93, Ryan Friel ’93, and Lyndsay have been publishing Whitefish Review, a nonprofit literary journal, for the past 10 years. In December 2015 they interviewed David Letterman; the article was picked up by GQ and the AP. * Brooke Lorenzen Frutos lives in Sisters, Ore., with her husband and four children, ages 7, 5, 3, and 1. * Kaatje van der Hoeven Kraft recently ran into Darrell Sofield while trail running in Bellingham, Wash. “It was fun to see him in the middle of the woods as our first meet up. Seems appropriate for two geologists!” * Regina Wlodarski Kruger has lived in central Massachusetts for the last two years. “It’s awesome to be so close to my older daughter, Megan, who lives at her school.” Regina volunteers in their school district and still works on her Mary Kay business. * Marc Rubin and his family, after 15 years in San Francisco, have moved back to Massachusetts. It’s been great to see Marc on a more regular basis; our families recently went the Museum of Science in Boston together. Marc, Sean McBride, and I attended a New Year’s Eve event with our families in Somerville, Mass.—probably the first time the three of us have had a beer together since my wedding day.


Class Correspondent:

Sara Ferry

Hello ’94! Hope you all are doing well. I’m still in Minneapolis (Wayzata) and am currently chairing the board of the Weisman Art Museum, the University of Minnesota’s modern art museum housed in an incredible building by Frank Gehry. Walking into the building seeing student volunteers at the front desk reminds me of doing the same at the Colby Museum of Art. My kids are … still kids, so my husband and I like to escape. We’re heading to New Orleans Jazz Fest end of April, so send word if you’ll be there too. Now on to the great classmates who wrote in. Michelle Tadros Eidson is head of business development at Platte River, a Denver-based private equity firm. The highlight of her job is travel to cities where she catches up with Colby friends. She sees Elizabeth Labovitz Smith in NY, ran into Billy Bush on the streets of NY, and used to see Laura Miller Thompson in Charlotte before Laura moved to Hong Kong. Separately, she sees Scott ’93 and Jen Comstock Reed ’93 in Vail quite often, as their daughters ski in the same program. * Jeff Carter ran into Scott Reed ’93 at his son’s ski race while in Breckenridge, Colo. * Jason Sudano, his daughter, and his girlfriend visited Zach and Kim Kessler Rubin and Elliott and Bonnie Johnson Barry and all their kids last fall in Maine for a BBQ at Zach and Kim’s house. * Kevin ’96 and Annie Clougherty Emerson live in Seattle with daughter Willow, 10, and son Elliott, 5. Annie works as a family practice physician assistant. Leisure time is spent reading (a philosophy kick lately) and doing small home repair projects (like installing low-flow toilets). * Andie Sulak Bombard looked forward to getting together with Stacey Warner at Jeff ’93 and Connie Huffine Zlot’s oldest son’s bar mitzvah in February. And Andie’s expecting her second daughter in May! * Krisy Nordgren Southall is still in Portland, Maine, with her husband, John Southall ’93, and their son, Soren, 8. As a competitive equestrian, Krisy finished fourth in the nation (!) at the Dressage U.S. Finals in her division last November in Lexington, Ky. Go Krisy! * Brock and Jen Hurd Lyman are thrilled to announce the arrival of their son, Abraham, April 27, 2015. Abe’s a happy baby and appears to have Jen’s red hair. She’s taking a break from her software career to stay home with him and loving every minute of it.


Class Correspondent:

Jill Moran Baxter

Scott Abrams lives in Belmont, Mass., with girlfriend Julie and their black lab, Hobbes. Scott writes, “We bought a second home in West Dover, Vt., back in March. It’s right next to Mt. Snow and even has a private ski trail back to the development. We go up there almost every other weekend with Hobbes. Did I mention there are seven breweries within 30 minutes?! One of my closest friends from Colby, Kwok Lui ’92, has a house in the same development, which is great.” In 2015 Scott ran his 19th marathon on Cape Cod and his 20th in Philadelphia. Scott stays in touch with Dave Lauman, also a marathoner, and Dave Crittenden. Scott says, “Dave C. recently left a law firm in NYC to be an in-house attorney for a company in Philadelphia. He and his wife, kids, and dog made the move out of Giants land and into Eagles territory. Dave L. is an attorney in Tacoma, Wash., where he lives with his wife, daughter, and cats—and he still owes me a six-pack of beer from a bet we made over the Pats-Seahawks Super Bowl last year.” * Mike Murphy and family live in Taos, N.M., where Mike works as a child/family therapist while collecting hours towards an LPCC license. Mike has taken a few years break from Alaska but is working towards returning for summers. * After several moves, John and Vanessa Lloyd Beauchaine have settled in Wrentham, Mass. Vanessa is an elementary school principal in town and, as a Patriots fan, enjoys living close to Gillette Stadium. She still loves music, noting, “John and I are gigging out when we can for various musical pursuits. Our son, Jake, is close by in North Attleboro and our daughter, Nicole, just got her master’s as an art teacher and hopes to land her first teaching job in the fall.” * Jason Soules and wife Carolyn welcomed son Andrew Houston Soules in September. He joins big sister Emerson, 3. Jason says, “That’s it! Two is perfect.” The whole family spent the winter in Telluride, where they enjoyed some good skiing. * Thanks to everyone who wrote in. If you have news, you don’t have to wait for the next reminder to drop me a line—email me anytime at classnews1993@colby.edu.


Class Correspondent:

Molly Beale Constable

I hope everyone’s 2016 is off to a great start. Marah Silverberg Derzon chimed in from Ohio: “It was a banner fall for Colby reunions! In October K-K Smith Tindall, Lisa McMahon-Myhran, and Christy O’Rourke Habetz came to Ohio for a weekend of fun. My parents joined us as well (my father Mike is a ’60 Mule). Lisa is currently an attorney in Seattle, K-K is a professor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Christy is spending time with her adorable daughter, Piper, and I work part time in admissions at my children’s school. To report that laughter ensued would be a giant understatement. My family and I went to California in December for the holidays and spent several days with Christy and Lisa and their families at Christy’s beautiful home in Danville. My parents joined us for this as well, rounding out our Mules to four. We spent the week hiking, drinking wine, and laughing ’til we cried. Literally. We had a fantastic New Year’s Eve celebration, ringing in 2016 with a highly competitive game night with the kids. It’s so fun seeing them—Sidney, 14, Charlie, 14, Alice, 13, Matthew, 13, and Piper, 18 months—all together! It’s true love born of our Colby history.” * Lyz Makely Best had a short but sweet visit to Evanston, Ill., to see Sura DuBow Lennon. “We had a great meal and lots of laughs. It seemed as if our kids had known each other forever! It was a reminder that we all need to see each other more often.” Amen! * Zach Shapiro, who lives in California, wrote: “In February I was honored for my 10th anniversary at Temple Akiba in Culver City. I see Greg ’91 and Dakota Glenn Smith regularly as they are members of the congregation. They have such a beautiful family! I was so sad I missed the Colby BMR reunion. Hope I can join a future event.” * Jason Oliver Nixon splits his time between High Point, N.C., and NYC. “My Madcap Cottage design firm has just launched our debut fabric collection for Robert Allen, available in to-the-trade showrooms globally and in Calico stores for consumers. We continue to sell our bedding, pillows, and window treatments on HSN (Home Shopping Network) and will debut a capsule clothing line for HSN to tie in with the release of Disney’s film Alice Through the Looking Glass. Our blog was just named one of the country’s 24 best design reads by Domino magazine, and we are penning a book on mixing patterns in interiors for Abrams.” * Eliza McClatchey Evans wrote from Marietta, Ga.: “I’m headed to Hawaii in May to stand up at Jessica Maclachlan Hall’s wedding to a gentleman named Micah Gauthier! I’m very excited because I’ve never been to visit her before, and he’s a super guy. My husband and I are in the throes of raising a tween boy on the autism spectrum. He’s thriving at our local public school with straight A’s, so we’re letting him grow his hair long. Hormones are raging.” * Finally, responding to Torin Taylor’s update in our last column, Warren Claytor wrote: “I want to hear more about the ‘last’ Dead show! I was on a dads-and-daughters RV trip with cousins through some national parks when we heard that the Dead would be playing. We came very close to making a major RV road trip from Arches National Park to Chicago to see the show, but parental instinct kicked in and we continued on our camping trip. Hoping for another tour in the future.” * Happy spring, everyone. Start making your plans for our 25th next year! (Gulp.)


Class Correspondent:

Dave Shumway

Just a reminder: our 25th reunion is June 2–5. Please plan on joining many of our classmates back on Mayflower Hill! * Laura Pizzarello Scott feels like a Bay Area native now, having lived in San Francisco 21 years. She’s the founder of Studio Scott, a boutique graphic design firm specializing in branding, packaging, and print. Recently she caught up with the ever-active Clark Weber (who is aptly working at GoPro!) for lunch in SF, and with Geoff O’Hara when visiting family in Rhode Island. * Stephanie Vore Apple thinks this might be her first official Colby update. She writes, “I’m fortunate to have three beautiful children, Brian, Elizabeth, and Andrew. Like all good parents, I’m hoping one will cure cancer, one will take care of me in my old age, and one won’t set fire to anything. After 17 years running a design firm, I work for Fidelity Investments in Boston as a principal UX designer. In addition I’m pursuing my master’s at Bentley University and will be done this fall—just in time for my oldest to start college. When I’m not juggling the kids’ activity schedule, I participate in athletic events from half marathons to triathlons to obstacle course races. Who knew you could develop a love for running after 40? Parenthood teaches you endurance, so the rest is pretty easy. I recently had the fortune to catch up with Aaron Mosher at a microbrewery in Maine. He and his family are doing well in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.” * Writing under the pen name “Lynn Carthage,” Erika Mailman has a young adult novel, Betrayed, coming out in March from Kensington Books. It’s a French revolution time-slip story. * Tim Christensen and his partner, Nisa Smiley, a jeweler, continue building a solar off-the-grid house in Downeast Maine. They’ve been in it a year now. He says it’s a beautiful spot near the ocean, and he finds endless inspiration for his artwork in the woods and waters nearby. His work in porcelain, with etched illustrations in black and white, continues to be both rewarding and challenging in direct proportion. He feels quite lucky to live the life he’s living. * Clint Williams is at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine, in his 21st year as the dean of admission. He’s in touch with Tom Dorion, Kevin Whitmore, and Chris Lahey, and they’re all well. Clint’s daughter is a sophomore at MCI and her team won the state championship in field hockey; she was named to the all-state team last fall. His sons Owen and Aaron are also active and bright spots in his and wife Sarah’s life. * Susan Cummings Wiseman lives in Winchester, Mass., and works part time teaching spin at Golds Gym. But her full-time job is managing the lives of her four children. She coaches her two youngest daughters in basketball and loves it. Her oldest son is a junior in high school, so they’ve begun looking at colleges; she’s amazed at how much the process has changed since we all went. She caught up with Colleen Halleck Taylor for lunch before Christmas. * Jim and Caroline O’Malley Maynard and their two sons enjoy living on the coast in Westerly, R.I. She spends her time as a “professional volunteer,” dedicating a lot of time to the boys’ school and other organizations in town, which she finds very rewarding. Recently she met Patty Masters Correa and Ashley Cornell Pratt at a Colby event in Boston. She also stays in close contact with Corinne Hauser Tardio, Cathy Breen King, Julie Daniele Solomita, and Andrea Solomita ’92. They’re all looking forward to getting back for our 25th reunion on the hill in June!

1980 Newsmakers

20151111 Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson '88

Deanna Swan Sherman ’85 was named president and CEO of heating fuel dealer Dead River Company effective Jan. 1. Sherman joined the Maine company in 1986. ♦ Kate Lucier O’Neill ’85 has been elected to the board of directors of Franklin Street Properties, a Massachusetts real estate investment trust. O’Neill is a former director at Bain Capital. ♦ Laurie Anderson ’88 was named the 2015 Ohio Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Anderson has been a professor of botany-microbiology at Ohio Wesleyan University since 2001.



Class Correspondent:

Anita Terry

Happy 2016 to one and all. As I write this, it’s nearly 10 below in Minnesota, making me wonder why I live here. But by the time you read it, the weather will be balmy and I’ll remember. On to the news. Tripp and Heidi Lombard Johnson are sending kid #2 to Mayflower Hill. Matt will join current sophomore Abby ’18 there; they’ve yet to determine who gets the loft system Heidi’s dad made for her dorm room in 1985. Heidi says that the family’s next challenge is “to figure out how to make Colby’s campus more accessible for youngest brother William’s wheelchair so we can go for a Mule clean sweep!” * Krisan Evenson is returning to consulting after a decade at Plymouth State, dealing with issues in current war zones involving children and armed conflict. She also reminds us all to fulfill our pledges to the Colby Fund! * Shaun Dakin’s consulting business focuses on digital strategy for climate change and gun violence prevention groups. He was at the White House when the president announced new gun control measures, but maybe more exciting was a family trip to Costa Rica, where they saw sloths! Shaun’s son, Joseph, is in sixth grade and his wife, Saleena, was voted a “top doctor” in the Washington, D.C., area. * Tom Karafin wrote just to say hello. He did not add, “It’s me.” * Nancy Spellman was promoted to senior graphic designer at Nutiva, and life in Marin County is great. Nancy’s daughter will be traveling to Sweden this summer with her soccer team, while Nancy and her son will visit family back East. Nancy’s 2016 goal is to ride her bike 2,000 miles! Mine is to ride my bike more than twice. * Suzi Schumann Van Alstyne is busy with her triplets (!) but fits in occasional hikes with Julie Lewis Petersen, whose kids are role models for Suzi’s. Suzi also gets parenting advice from Kim King-Poplawski. * Gretchen Kreahling McKay was elected chair of the Reacting to the Past Consortium Board. She also received McDaniel College’s annual distinguished teaching award, is working with Colby Professor Emeritus Michael Marlais on a publication, and tries to persuade fellow professor Mark Cosdon to use Reacting to the Past in his classes at Allegheny College. * Wish I could have been a fly on the wall when Melita “the Instigator” Marks convinced freshman friends to gather in Boston in October. Terri Edmunds, Christina Theokas, Robyn Torrisi Gavin, Wayne Dougal, Scott Turtel, Paul Stanislaw, Mary Browne DiSandro—quite a crew to sample volcano bowls in Harvard Square that, according to Melita, stand up to Jade Island’s. In the collective opinion of the group, “the women are holding up a little better than the men at this point.” * Another mini-reunion in Massachusetts, this one at Dave and Cindy Cohen Fernandez’s house, where they celebrated New Year’s Eve with Marc Rando and his wife and Suzi and Matt Sotir. Marc reported a sighting of Sarah Fernandez, Colby Class of 2019! Marc looked forward to a trip to the Dominican Republic this spring with his oldest daughter on a service/language trip. * Tracy Gionfriddo, Meg Christie, and Doug St. Lawrence attended a more official Colby reunion in November—to celebrate 30 years of Broadway Musical Revue. Which makes me feel old. I had to miss the big event because of a work trip, but text messages kept me apprised of the shenanigans. * Keep the news coming, folks!


Class Correspondent:

Kate Walker

In our current era of AARP cards, colonoscopies, and (for many) tuition bills, isn’t it nice to receive mail that brings you back to those four carefree years spent on the top of a hill in the middle of Maine? * Matt Elders reports from California that he’s been married to Christine Churchill Elders (a very distant relative of Winston’s) for 20 years. They live in Tiburon, a city in southern Marin County. Ned Scheetz ’87 is a close neighbor. The Elders have two boys, Jack, 17, a junior at Redwood High School and Luke, 15, a freshman. Both are committed lacrosse players for their school and respective travel clubs, spending four to five weekends each summer playing throughout the country. Matt works for Percolate, one of the fastest growing marketing technology companies in the world. Matt’s interests include the outdoors, golf, yoga, travel, and most importantly family! * Garret and Sue Maddock Hinebauch have lived in Zurich, Switzerland, with sons Oliver, 15, and Liam, 8, for three years. Garret teaches high school English at the Zurich International School, which is a nice challenge after 11 years as a middle schoolteacher in London. They enjoy the skiing, hiking, biking, and lake swimming at their doorstep. Oliver is a freshman at the local Steiner/Waldorf school, putting the rest of the family to shame with his German and Swiss-German fluency. He’s also a keen ice hockey player. The family had fun with Mel Brown Bride and her family during a brief visit last summer, and they also enjoyed catching up with Hal Crimmel and his family in Munich while Hal worked there for a semester. Each year the Hinebauchs looks forward to summer visits with Chris and Lisa Kerney Brown and family at Belgrade Lakes. * Heidi Irving-Naughton became an empty nester this fall with the departure of her twins, Daly and Claire, to Bates—son Liam is a junior at Middlebury. Claire enjoyed a great first season on the Bates volleyball team while Daly played basketball. Heidi and Kevin kept busy watching the girls and Liam (Midd basketball) play. The family built a house in Cornwall, Vt., about five minutes from Middlebury. Heidi enjoyed the entire process from meeting onsite with the architect and builder to weekly interior design meetings. She’s excited to have built what she hopes will be a home in her family for generations. Heidi says, “I guess I need to start thinking about the next chapter of life—what am I going to do with myself?!” * Carolina Kroon’s craft spans 20 years of dynamic photography and video production for nonprofits, news organizations, and companies. Recent diverse projects included coproduction of a number of video segments for Telesur, the Venezuelan TV news station, providing an interesting look into global politics and spin from outside the US. Carolina was fortunate to work with two great producers: Clara Ibarra from Democracy Now and documentary producer Vanessa Bergonzoli. Carolina also continues her work in the education sector and had the pleasure of documenting more of New York City-based Morningside Center’s great emotional learning project in the public schools, Restore360. * Josh and Stacey Mendelsohn Marx report from Bainbridge Island, Wash., that things are “great and both are totally stoked for 2016—a year sure to be chocked full of milestones: half a century young, married 25 years (unofficially 31 years since we downed margaritas as Feb Frosh in Cuernavaca), and empty nesters!” * Out of space again thanks to your faithful writing. Stay tuned to learn of Andy Sulya’s invention that measures biologic drugs during production.


Class Correspondent:

Scott Lainer

Let’s start with a shout-out to Gin Pup ’85, who thought my last column was serious. Never, my friend. But now I’m glad I didn’t make all those other jokes about your wife. * Jeff DiSandro says, “I hired and now have three Colby grads working for me. David Forsyth ’01, Christy Mihos ’09, and Andrew Fabricant ’13. (Fabricant? Those names are so obviously made up!) * Jane Nichol-Manuel writes: “I’m taking my real estate exam Thursday so wouldn’t want to jump the gun and say I want your referrals if I am not actually licensed. (That doesn’t stop most people, Jane.) My son Ben just graduated from Clemson, but I wouldn’t want to say they are national champions in case they lose the last game of the season next Monday. (Oh darn.) And Jeanne Morrison Cook’s son and my son have become great friends at Hobart.” * Rich Bachus proclaims, “My family and I are spending the better part of a year exploring our National Parks to help promote the ‘Every Kid in a Park’ initiative. (So every kid must live in a park from now on?) President Obama kicked it off Sept 1, and now every fourth grader and his or her family can get a free annual pass to the National Parks. We swung through Colby in late September on our way to Acadia and camped out in our RV at the back of the Mary Low parking lot, courtesy of Gerry Boyle ’78 and the fine folks in security, who didn’t kick us out. We also tracked down the elusive Pete McKinley who joined us for a night around the campfire outside of Freeport—just like old times. We’re back home for the winter, but racked up more than 10,000 miles and 30 park visits, so far. (That beats me by 30.) We welcome outdoor-lovin’ Colbyites to follow our adventures at ayearintheparks.org.” * Priscilla Phinney-Squires is “going on 20 years living in Reading, Mass., with husband Bill, 17-year-old twins Katie and Jessica, and son Bobby, 12. In November I left my position as lead teacher for Understanding Disabilities, a local nonprofit that provides awareness workshops to children in grades 1-5. I’m beginning a job search for a part-time position in the public schools as I take classes to recertify as an elementary school teacher. I plan to get back to full-time elementary classroom teaching when my daughters go to college. Still see best buddy Lisa Moncevicz several times a year, watch the Boston Marathon with Jonathan Slate every April, and keep in touch with Liz Kotler Hayes, Linda Richard Ryan, Ben Diebold, Ed Kennelly, and Willa Cobb. Turned 50 last May. Don’t really feel old, just wise; but this turning point definitely has me noticing that time waits for no one. I like to think of it the way my son Bobby wrote in my card: Next stop 100! The second half of life is only just beginning.” (Okay, but what about the third half, Priscilla?) * Jen Carroll Schildge sent a poem of her own: “I wish I had more to report // Girls are getting bigger / One is 16, junior and looking at Colby / The other is 13 and in 8th grade / Nelson, also known as Jack, is a freshman at CU Boulder / On a daily basis he likes to ski the big bowls / The husband is great / He’s very busy running the family business / I’m still a full-time, stay-at-home parent / Next month we are going to the BVI, married 20 years / Gee, I am grateful for my wonderful life!” Thanks, Jen. The only poem I knew was about this dude from Nantucket, so now I know two poems. * Not to be outdone, Andrew Rudman offered a Haiku: “To your note I say / Family happy, healthy / fifty not so bad.” For those of you who don’t know, a Haiku is apparently any poem written by Andrew Rudman. Be well.


Class Correspondent:

Susan Maxwell Reisert

It’s reunion countdown! I hope you are all making your plans for early June in Waterville! 30 years—what?! I wouldn’t believe it if it weren’t for all the classmates reporting on kids in or heading to college. * One of those includes Karen Mitchell Brandvold, who sent (we think) her first update ever because she couldn’t contain her excitement over the great news that daughter Amalie was accepted to the Colby Class of 2020! Karen says her best friends today are still her Colby friends and she hopes the same for Amalie. * Colette Cote knows about keeping Colby connections—she took a trip south last summer and saw a few Colby pals along the way including Kelly Chopus, Tom McCallum, and Steve Poirier, who are all doing well. Colette looks forward to seeing everyone at reunion! * Laurent Kosbach agrees and sends his best from his home in Colombes, France. He travels weekly to Belgium for work but will take time off to join us for reunion and hopes wife Marie will come as well. * Michael Dobbs has lived in the Nashville area since 2012 with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Julia, now an eighth-grader at an all-girls school in town. Michael works with IBM driving business knowledge through analytics. * Kelly McPhail Mendez wrote after putting her daughter on a plane back to New York City on her 21st birthday. She was heading back to Yale University and has become a true northeasterner. Kelly has, however, fully embraced her last 25 years in Texas and considers “y’all” part of her daily lexicon. She admits to missing the snow at times. * Peter Taubkin gets plenty of ice at least. He proudly reports daughter Madeline is starting in goal as a freshman for the Hill School varsity girls hockey team. She’s joined on the ice every day by brother Nathan, a junior, who’s in his second year as a student coach for the Lady Blues. Lots of driving to Pottstown, Pa., and elsewhere for mom and dad, but well worth it. * Bill Northfield’s big news is that he retired from investment banking after 22 years. “Now its time to live, which means exploring more about wine, food, tennis, and travel, and doing part-time consulting for the IMF. Life is too short to do otherwise!” * All is well with Harriet Haake Hall in San Diego. Having changed jobs last year, she works from home for Transamerica Retirement Solutions, helping companies with their 401(k) plans and encouraging everyone to save for retirement. Her middle-schooler and high-schooler both love to play lacrosse. In 2015 she had a trip to Nantucket and visited with Andrea McInnis Leonard and Linda Lull ’85 and hopes to do it again this year. Come to reunion in June and all of you can meet in Waterville with the rest of us, ok?


Class Correspondent:

Marian Leerburger

For the second issue in a row, I haven’t had time to submit a column of news. Life is just too busy, so I’ve decided it’s best to resign as your correspondent. If you’re interested in taking up this role, send an email to the address above and someone at Colby will respond.


Class Correspondent:

Jennifer M. Thayer

I’m naming this column “Shake Down Street.” For the first time since I put on the large mukluks of our beloved Sal Lovegren Merchant, I actually had to harass classmates for news to ensure that I could maintain my consistent record of exceeding the word count allotment, sending editors into overtime. My efforts yielded upside, so here goes. * Great to hear from Jim Hart, living a stone’s throw from Colby for 25 years and currently doing the mad inventor thing with a four-year-old start-up who invited him with, “Make me a breakthrough tech in a risky market.” Result: he’s working on a tiny ceramic membrane to operate under extreme production conditions. For fun, he gets out on the tennis court, often against former chem professor Wayne Smith. Jim’s three kids are grown, and he and Martha are grandparents twice over. * Next, I desperately messaged Steve Rowse. “Hey baby, how’s the cider business?” followed by, “DUDE, I’m ON DEADLINE!” He obliged, and it sounds like the cider biz is good; they just finished the fifth cider season with “boffo results” (that Colby econ degree is indeed worth something!). Steve’s company buys up apples, which they then wash, grind, and crush mercilessly for fresh cider. Look for their product under the brand names Carlson Orchards, Lyman Orchards, and Rudy’s Blend. Steve buys from orchards just down the road from my new place, so beers together are in our future. With regard to his skiing life, he shared, “[I’m] sitting in new ski house in Carrabassett Valley watching the flakes drift down and the mighty Carrabassett flow by. Last summer we finally ripped down the camp/dump I’ve had here since ’85 and built something that hopefully won’t freeze up every winter. Killer ‘tear down’ party last March included Ellen McIntire, Jamie Town (and wife Ann), Shelly Paules ’84, Louise (Weezy Swift) Price ’81 and husband Peter, and a whole pack of Class of 2012 alums that are buds with oldest daughter Hillary ’12.” Sounds awesome Steve, and hey Ellen and Jamie, KARMA KNOWS YOUR ADDRESSES—write me, please, please, please. * In an exchange with the famously reclusive George Katz (at least where class news is concerned), I learned that both of our spawn are anxiously awaiting a yay/nay from Colby’s ED II pool. That would be kewl to have both our kids in the same class, and I can totally foresee getting more news out of George from the deal. Don’t change this channel! * I called my former roommate and spiritual doppelganger Barbara Leonard to find out what’s happening in Maine curling and learned our friend Paul Arthur ’84 has joined Barb and Dan Marra’s curling league (I can’t write that without giggling). Paul teaches at the most-excellent outdoor ed organization Chewonki Foundation. In the same call, I learned that Barb debuted an opinion piece in the Portland Press Herald 1/1/16 for an expansion of Medicaid for the un- and under-insured. Barb is VP of programs at the Maine Health Access Foundation. Follow her at @MEHAF_VP. * Thanks, Geoff Ballotti, for the Christmas snap of himself happily surrounded by his wife and four daughters, two of whom are working with children. One is a caseworker in Boston working with families of newly-diagnosed autistic children; a second is at BCH researching immune deficient diseases. Two others are in college, one at Elon and one headed out to U of Miami. As I mentioned in another post, Geoff’s wife runs a terrific organization for autistic children, Cranberry Sunset Farms. * Tyger Nicholas’s son Harry ’16 will graduate this year from Colby, where he played defensive tackle for the Mules. As such, Tyger spent many fall Saturdays tailgating on campus. Think barbecue! Tyger reported sightings of some of our missing comrades. Before a round of golf at Point Judith, R.I., Tyger enjoyed an excellent BLT with Neal Steingold and a separate dinner with Mark Federle. Neither classmate responded to a request for comment. He’s also seen a bunch of ’82ers including James Bindler ’82, Karla Hosteler, Ann Foster ’82 and her husband, Peter Van Dyck ’82. * Okay, well that ended well. Keep the cards, letters, and pictures coming, sweethearts, and talk soon, kk?


Class Correspondent:

Sarah Lickdyke Morissette

E.J. Meade has experienced a challenging three years. His nonsmoking, vegetarian wife was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2012. “We struggled through the lows of illness and highs of hopes for two years, but she died in late summer 2014. We’d been together 30 years and married 27.” During the same period, E.J. doubled the size of his firm, Arch 11, which has offices in Denver and Boulder. Arch received the AIA Western Region Award for design of a corporate headquarters for Pearl Izumi. Writes E.J., “I traveled a lot last year, both for work and on art viewing excursions. But the highlight was in Paris last April when I had lunch with Lavinia Stefani in her south Paris home. Years melted away, we talked, laughed, and ate. She’s in great form and I suspect like all of us, just more of who we were during college.” * Tom Cone’s youngest son, Trevor, graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2015 and is pursuing a professional golf career. He signed a contract with Nike and is off to Argentina to try to qualify for the PGA tour Latin America. Tom and his wife live in Concord, N.C., outside of Charlotte. “If anyone travels through, we’d love to host them.” * Jennifer Maire Hagemann and her family have lived aboard their 1937 ketch, Arabella, for two years and spent this winter in Beaufort, S.C. Jen’s youngest daughter was married last September. “We continue to work with encapsulated produce and vertical aeroponics and love the fact that our business is portable and can be run from my iPhone and the boat. If any classmates are in Charleston or Savannah, let’s connect!” * Nancy Briggs Marshall’s son Craig ’15 is relaunching the World Pro Ski Tour from his Portland apartment/office. Son James is a sophomore at Colby-Sawyer, where he’s on the Division One ski team. The Marshalls host ski racers throughout the season at their house at Sugarloaf. * Duncan McGillivray, Pomona College exchange student, moved from Scottsdale, Ariz., to Naples, Fla. Duncan is always interested in speaking with Colby alumni. * Linda Hurwitz ended 2015 with a trip up to Baltimore to perform New Year’s shows as a guest violinist with the Baltimore Symphony in an energetic program with dancers and acrobats from Cirque de Soleil. Linda completes her 29th season with the Virginia Symphony this spring, as well as her 22nd year teaching strings in the public schools. Linda returns to Jackson Hole this summer for a patriotic Fourth of July and weekend classical programs with the Grand Teton Music Festival. She recently visited Claudia Goulston and her husband, Bill Howell, who are based in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah and enjoying life in the West. * Jim Haddow and wife Michelle live in Buxton, Maine. Jim plans to run the 200-mile Rock Lobster Relay (from Bar Harbor to Portland) in June as part of a University of Maine School of Law team, along with his sister Anne (Maine Law alum) and niece Sara (first-year law student). Jim’s older son, Hamish, is a medical student at Tufts and hopes to practice as a primary care physician in an underserved part of Maine. Younger son Max is in the first year of a master’s program in marine science at the University of Maine. It’s a great pleasure for Jim to have them nearby. * Chris Landry lives in western Massachusetts and runs a small communications firm that helps foundations and nonprofit organizations tell their stories more effectively. His film, Joanna Macy and the Great Turning, will air on the PBS series Natural Heroes this winter. One son is in college; the other is getting his applications in. * Dorothy Distelhorst wrote from Lech, Austria, where she was skiing with her 87-year-old father. He wanted to take her daughters, Cynthia (23 and in vet school at the U of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine) and Ellen (20 and a junior at Stonehill College, Easton, Mass,), skiing where he got engaged and Dorothy learned to ski. Dorothy spent time with Jennifer Batson Wilson last October while visiting Ellen. Dorothy enjoys living in Vail, Colo., and helping people through her dentistry, as well as backcountry and downhill skiing with Karl, her husband of 25 years. * Stan ’85 and Susan Robertson Kuzia’s daughter, Virginia, married Connor Crowley Aug. 8 in Augusta, Ga. The celebration allowed Susan to visit with her Colby moms group (Tracy Don MacDonald, Michele Adams Prince ’81, Karen Baumstark Porter ’81, and Karen Pfeiffer Jones ’81), who stayed a few days after the wedding. Connor is in medical school at MUSC and Virginia works with ABA Outreach of Charleston while working towards her master’s of education. Son Will is a junior at Georgia Tech majoring in computational media. Susan and Stan will celebrate 30 years of marriage this June. * In December Scott Delcourt attended the annual Council of Graduate Schools meeting in Seattle, where former Colby President William Adams spoke about his new role as chairman for the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Class Correspondent:

Ginny Bulford Vesnaver

I look forward to seeing all of you at our 35th reunion June 2-5, 2016! Stay in a dorm, pound some beers, and party like it’s 1979! You’ll be very glad you came! Learn more and register here: alumni.colby.edu. * Val Talland’s daughter Tara entered NYU’s prestigious Tisch School for the Arts last fall. Now senior curator at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Val works in the conservation department researching early manuscript painting materials and techniques. She enjoyed a visit there with class president Beth Pniewski Wilson, who convinced Val to speak at our class dinner Saturday night of reunion weekend, when I would also love to see Shannon “Shandoon” Brown LaFave, who moved to Las Vegas in August. She retired from HP/IBM after 30-plus years and started a second career as a high school autism teacher. * Kimberly Hokanson’s son Baillie is an incoming member of Colby Class of 2020. Kimberly will be at reunion. * Certified whacko Dani Nemec Micsan ran her first marathon in October—the Marines Corps Marathon in DC. “Everyone should run at least one!” Dani plans to run the 2017 marathon in Little Rock, Ark., “because it awards a big-ass medal! It’s all about the bling.” For me, the big-ass is not a medal, and the bling is in my gold-crowned molars and reconstructed ACL. * Good buddies Jon Light and Peter Cocciardi still get together regularly. Along with their spouses, they took a Caribbean vacation in January. Last year the foursome traveled to Southern California for the wedding of one of Jon’s sons. * Sue Lankton-Rivas and husband Eduardo have been “feeling liberated” as empty nesters with sons Jeffrey and Bryan attending college in Virginia and New Jersey respectively. On the drive to Virginia, Sue often sees Julie Mellentin Michelotti, who lives in Maryland. The two played DC tourists in August, along with Sue’s son Bryan and her niece and nephew visiting from Ecuador. Looking forward to seeing Jennifer Sears Supple at reunion, Sue and Julie will be coming to Mayflower Hill together. Sue also connects with Holly Mackin Anzani and Terry Jacques on Facebook. * Remember, Victor Vesnaver created and manages a Facebook group exclusively for our class: facebook.com/groups/ColbyCollege1981. Please join to gear up for reunion. See you then!


Class Correspondent:

Kevin Fahey

It’s great to hear from so many classmates. * Joy Crafts McNaughton sent news of her son’s engagement and looks forward to the wedding in 2017 in his fiancé’s hometown of Worcester, Mass. * Glenn Rieger has signed on for a second term as a Colby Overseer. He and his wife, Tami, enjoy being empty nesters as their adult kids move forward with their careers. Daughter Katy will join next year’s class at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, and son Grant sells software for a Boston company called MediaSilo. * In the category of mini-reunions, Paul Rennert got together with KDR brothers Jack McBride, John Longley, and Kevin Shea in mid-November for a few brews in Framingham, Mass. Many stories were told, nearly all of them true. Lynn Collins Francis attended a mini-reunion in October hosted by Nancy Reed at her vacation home in Wickford, R.I., with Cate Talbot Ashton, Eliza Dorsey, Diana Herrmann, Jane DeMartin Pelletier, and Janet Thacher Silva all having a great time together. * Proof of the impact of Jan Plan is evident in the number of mentions it gets. Brenda Bowen was lucky enough to have two Colby students, Sarah Neal ’18 and Jess Greenwald ’18, interning at her literary agency (Sanford J. Greenburger Associates) this Jan Plan. Their job was to comb through the manuscript submissions to find the next Lincoln Peirce ’85. (Brenda assures us she’ll make a massive donation to Colby if that happens.) Becky Goodman, Brenda’s daughter, graduated from Middlebury in February and is off into the world. * Tamara Hannah had a professor from a midwestern college rent an AirBnB unit from her for their Jan Plan this year. Tamara spends most of her time in Miami, where she’s a real estate broker with Barnes International Real Estate and can assist you with worldwide real estate needs. She also practices law in Chicago and manages her three-flat unit in Lincoln Park. * As their Jan Plan, Dwight ’79 and Jane Sullivan Allison escaped from coastal New Hampshire to Hawaii. This is not a one-time trip—they love to travel and hit the road every couple of months (“this makes us sound like vagabonds!”). They’ve literally traveled around the world on a ship with the study-abroad program Semester at Sea, which their children did as college students. They’ve visited Myanmar, Cambodia, Ghana, South Africa, and Cuba. They also sailed 1,100 miles up the Amazon River—a really interesting place! When not traveling, Jane spends time volunteering at the board level for a local nonprofit that offers experiential educational programs for fifth through 12th graders in the Seacoast N.H. and Maine area. Their sons work and live in Portland and Portsmouth respectively. * Elliott Pratt let me know that one of my freshman year Jan Plan classmates Scot Lehigh humorously tweeted about his experience on the home delivery side of the Boston Globe at the beginning of January. * Linda Alter Capell is the mother of 6-year-old twins and returned to her former 11-year career as a realtor in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. She says that the shores of Lake Superior remind her of the coast of Maine and Colby, while Facebook has been her way of staying in touch virtually with former Colby classmates. * Dave and Kathy Clark Castonguay are in their 18th year in central Pennsylvania, where Dave works for Ahold, USA, and Kathy works for Messiah College. They moved back east from Seattle in 1998 after 17 years on the West Coast. Their oldest son, Andrew, is a Ph.D. candidate in molecular genetics at Ohio State, and younger son Sam is a civil engineer in Richmond. Rounding out the family is Colby, their 9-year-old lab. They enjoy hiking and traveling; Dave is a committed cyclist. In the fall of 2014 they visited Acadia and Baxter State Park. Hiking Katahdin was on Dave’s bucket list and, with a fair amount of his help, Kathy climbed it, too—for the second time. Her first was her COOT trip freshman year, when she met future roommate Melinda Richardson Mull. * Please keep the news coming!

1970 Newsmakers


Ben Thorndike '79

Bob Ewell ’71 received the Joe Burke Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association. The annual award is presented to the person who has given outstanding contributions, support, and dedication to women’s ice hockey. ♦ Ted Smyth ’78 was named to 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers list. An attorney with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP in Raleigh, Smyth has a practice focused on insurance coverage. ♦ In May Ben Thorndike ’79 was to be honored with the 2016 Distinguished Community Leadership Award by Walker, a Boston nonprofit that provides intensive therapeutic and academic services for children, teens, and families facing mental health, emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. Thorndike has served as chair of Walker’s board of directors.


Class Correspondent:

Cheri Bailey Powers

Mark Hubbert started this year at a new job with Wells Fargo as chief risk officer, Wells Fargo Advisors, and a move to St. Louis from Charlotte. He misses the milder North Carolina winters after several snowstorms in St. Louis, but likes St. Louis so far. Mark still plans to spend summers in Maine. * Ross Moldoff’’s daughter Allison graduated in December from Simmons College and moved to NYC to work in the marketing field. Daughter Emily started a three-year nurse practitioner program at Regis College and works part time at Lawrence General Hospital’s emergency room. Ross and Amy vacationed in Florida and San Francisco (visited his twin brother) and took a cruise to the Bahamas in February. They celebrated the 30th anniversary of their first date at the same restaurant! * Joseph Meyer wrote that 20-plus alumni, parents, and friends of Colby, including the Grew Bancroft Foundation directors, attended a December reception with David Greene in Tokyo at the International House. A great turnout! * Both children engaged! That is Nick Mencher’s news—daughter Catherine to Erich and son Peter to Marah. Erich’s sister-in-law is a Colby grad. Nick celebrated turning 60 by cleaning out numerous boxes of files, including every paper written at Colby and every article written for the Echo. He even saved a few yellowed pages of the NickMark News (fellow Woodman residents may recall this series of typewritten sheets taped to the fourth-floor wall by your room). * Kyle Harrow started her personal training business in 2015. She caters to people like us, ’79ers, who like/need to exercise but, for most of us, can’t handle boot camp training anymore (most definitely me!). In December her family went to Belize for 10 days, the longest trip since the kids were born. * Caroline and Carl Lovejoy are proud grandparents of granddaughter #2, June Cooper Lovejoy—born to son Ben and Aveny in October. Carl returned to Colby in December to honor legendary hockey coach Jack Kelley at a great event where he reconnected with teammates Dean Morrissey, Larry Sparks, and Bob Jackson. * Bruce Brown’s oldest, Ryan, headed to college this fall, so they took a trip of a lifetime to London and to Paris for a week each. He and wife Terri just celebrated their 20th anniversary. * Geoff Emanuel moved his family back to Falmouth, Maine, from Dallas at the end of 2015 and is happy to be back home. Since moving he’s gotten together with Fred Madeira ’80, Bob Kellogg, Betsy Williams Stivers ’78, and Tim Hussey ’78. * Sarah MacColl started singing with Women in Harmony after so many years being a Colbyette wannabe. She’s considering a trip to Southeast Asia for her 60th birthday to visit daughter Katy. * Not a lot of excitement at Brian Hoffmann’s home. Both kids are in boarding school—son Dylan, a senior, is applying to colleges (Colby included) and daughter Caleigh is a sophomore. * Suzanne Randall’s update is very simple—she’s retiring from UNUM. She plans to travel and spend more time with friends and family. Enjoy! * George Powers and his family spent Christmas break skiing in Tahoe. He works at Cisco writing cloud software and spends weekends traveling the San Francisco Bay area in a little camping trailer. In retirement George and Annette hope to expand their range, maybe as far as Waterville. * I’m thrilled to report I’m a grandmother! My oldest, Kayleigh, and her husband, CJ, were surprised in December when Rory Thomas Thornton came seven weeks early (healthy, just small at 3 pounds, 2 ounces). He came home on New Year’s Day and has been on a growth spurt. He’s a handsome little man and Tom and I are enjoying this new phase in our lives as grandparents. * Here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2016 for the Class of 1979!


Class Correspondent:

Lisa Mathey Landry

I love this gig. I hear from people I never got a chance to know, as well as those I knew but have been able to reconnect with! * Francie Palmer Christopher is blissfully retired from teaching and educational research. She lives in Roatan, Honduras, with her husband, Franklin. They enjoy occasional visits from friends and family and return to the Boston area several times a year. * Susan Pollis has been an admissions and study-abroad advisor at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) since the family’s return to Maine from the United Kingdom three years ago. Her husband, Ted Reed ’80, is still at UNUM. Their youngest daughter started at UVM in the fall and their eldest will graduate from the University of Manchester, England, in spring. Susan still enjoys skiing of all sorts, cycling, sailing/cruising, and hiking. * The Rev. Dr. L.A. King lives in Sonoma, Calif., and continues her ministry as a priest of the Episcopal Church serving a number of different parishes as supply in the Diocese of Northern California. She reports that her studies in art history at Colby, which led to her graduate work in church history, and unofficial minor in theater, continue to inform her preaching and teaching. She also teaches Latin to retired adults. * Ron Clement’s daughter is teaching science in Baltimore county and is applying to medical school. His son is finishing advanced leadership training as an officer in the Maryland National Guard and is completing his master’s in healthcare management at Harvard this May as he transitions his surgical career. Ron notes his wife is trying to maintain her sanity through it all. * In January Larry Hill traveled through England with his son, Harry ’17, a junior at Colby, before Harry started his semester in Edinburgh—not too far north from where Larry did his own junior year abroad in York. Larry says, “Gotta love it when history repeats itself!” * Ed Busuttil is in his 27th year as a prosecutor in San Joaquin County, Calif. Ed’s youngest son just graduated from college and his first granddaughter will join his two grandsons in April. * John Devine and Pam Cleaves Devine are now proud grandparents to Thomas Devine Breakell and Eleanor Elizabeth McDevitt, whose mom, Kimberly Devine McDevitt, is Class of ’06. Pam was heading to Montana for a ski trip and says her goal for 2016 is to be younger. I’ll second that! * Tony Lopez just retired as a navy officer assigned to NCIS and as a navy director of a regional anti-terrorist committee. Tony was one of 192 sailors and 60 marines assigned to NCIS as an operator or investigator and had command over 12 operatives, six investigators, eight dignitary protection sailors, and 28 security/anti-terrorist sailors. * Betsy Williams Stivers is delighted to report she has a new job at the University of Maine System as the equal opportunity director. The job is system wide and covers students, employees, and the public. “It involves being a bit of a road warrior to Orono, Machias, Presque Isle, Fort Kent, Lewiston, and Augusta, but my office is in Portland, giving me the shortest commute since 1990,” she writes. Betsy’s husband, John Stivers ’79, recently released his second CD and at press time they were preparing for a CD release party at One Longfellow Square in Portland. * Classmates, if you’re on Facebook and you haven’t yet joined, please to check out the group “Colby College Class of 1978.” Currently there are only 63 members—we can represent better than that!


Class Correspondent:

Russ Lowe

Kevin Leddy retired after a 35-year career with Time Warner Cable: “So far, I’m really enjoying the time off. It’s great to be able to pick up your head and look around a little!” * Bob Southwick is starting to think about “the R word, but that is still a few years away.” Bob continues working hard in his “crazy” home-building and remodeling business, while also enjoying his Harley immensely. He and his family are all healthy. * Iris Greenberg Thomas changed position within her company and now works remotely. She’s based in Sarasota, Fla., for the winter and “would love to hear from other Colby Floridians.” * Patti Stoll has joined the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as an associate director of the new Institute for the Neurosciences. She also joined the board of directors of Silent Spring Institute, a nonprofit that investigates the environmental causes of breast cancer. Patti recently spent time with Mona Pinette, who is “happily retired and busy doing many cool things like Tai Chi instruction and editing the novels of her prolific husband/author, Brendan Dubois.” Patti says to “check out Brendan’s novels—fabulous!” * Denise Martell Martin wishes a “happy 60th birthday” to the many classmates who’ve recently celebrated that anniversary. (“Scary to grow old, yet lots of good plans still!” she notes) Denise and her husband, Michael, now have four grandchildren. They’re in the seventh year of a 10-year mission to visit the 30 Major League baseball stadiums. Last year Michael and their son saw Mike and Ann Atherton Poulin at a Texas Rangers game. Mike has partially retired to self-employed consulting; he considers returning to Maine when full retirement arrives. * After 50 years of alpine skiing, Dick Conant enjoyed his first skiing in the West—in Colorado and Utah. On the way back east, he dipped south to make further progress on his project to “do the 50 states highest points—16 done to date.” Dick hopes to go west this summer “to knock off a few of the more challenging peaks.” * As for me, my wife, Dale, and I started out as a folk rock musical duo. Now our daughter Kala has married a blues guitarist. They’re busy making all kinds of new music together, including Kala’s second studio album.


Class Correspondent:

Robert Weinstein

Let’s wrap up last year’s news! Elizabeth Johnson Suenaga is in Japan, married, taking photographs, and has two single kids (one in Tokyo, one in Denmark). * Dan Mallove, Rick Clunie, Ted Kirkpatrick ’77, Will Porter, and Jamie Stubner spent a week last June in Sun Valley, Idaho, hiking, golfing, whitewater rafting, and celebrating 43 years of friendship that began on Mayflower Hill. * Last year at Machu Picchu, Julie Stewart asked Piper Copeland to marry her. Julie noted it was lovely to have the option, courtesy of the Supreme Court. She is awed to go from starting a group for Colby’s LGBT alums in 1986 to this opportunity in 2015. Congratulations, Julie! * Frank Malinoski toured campus last summer with one of his granddaughters and attended the Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat. He noted great progress on campus, enjoyed seeing students present projects across all disciplines, and went whitewater rafting down the Kennebec. Frank plans to attend reunion! * Scott and Debbie Philbrook Belanger visited Mary Lynn and Gary Jones last summer in Bend, Ore. They had a great time hiking in the Cascades and drinking microbrews. The peak moment was watching Scott flip his kayak in the Deschutes River rapids. The Belangers subsequently had a surprise visit from Jocelyn and Jack Hoopes on a sailing visit to Portland, Maine. Jack has been sailing all over the world. Rumor calls for a group hug at reunion! * Last summer Ed Harvey was showering when his wife, Martie, knocked on the door and said, “Darlin’, there’s no soap radio.” Okay, she didn’t say that. Instead, she said, “Harry Nelson is here.” Harry, in Burlington (Vt.) for a water quality conference, was out for a morning run. They had dinner and a great time catching up. Ed and Martie will be at reunion. * After seven years as north parish minister in Sanford, Maine, Diane Lockwood Wendorf was looking forward to sabbatical, especially to make art. Husband Mark is a minister in York Beach (near The Goldenrod); their son Josh is nearby. Last August Diane celebrated her niece Rebecca’s ordination. * Steve ’77 and Valerie Jones Roy visited son #1 last summer in Los Angeles and took their grandchildren to Disneyland. They then visited son #2 in northern California. Wine country is definitely on their retirement destination list. Val and Steve frequently golf, walk, and bike. * Making her Colby Magazine debut, Diane Gurniak Hayes noted her recent retirement from Traveler’s Insurance after 36 years. She volunteers as executive director for a nonprofit thrift store and as theater producer for a regional high school in Connecticut, where her husband, Guy ’75, teaches and directs. One son, Patrick, is a brewer for Firestone Walker and is engaged; the other, Michael, graduated from law school and works for an insurance company. * David and Esther Smith Bozak celebrated their 35th anniversary. Esther taught about 10 years at SUNY Oswego and then became stay-at-home mom to four canine athletes and two feline couch potatoes. Esther and David are active in the sport of dog agility, competing with their dogs. David is also a judge for the United States Dog Agility Association. Esther has a small business, designs knitting patterns, and teaches knitting. Recently she has focused on knee replacement and rehab; she looks forward to having her life fully back again! * Lynn Leavitt Marrison and her husband completed building a retirement home near Bath, Maine. She works part time in a Quaker school in Cumberland. Her oldest daughter married in December and will graduate in May with her M.D./Ph.D. from Medical University of South Carolina. Lynn’s younger daughter attended Middlebury, worked two years, and will attend the M.B.A. program at University of Virginia. Lynn’s hoping to attend reunion! * That’s it! Lots of classmates are coming to our 40th reunion; I hope you will too, June 2–5, 2016! Please donate to the Colby Fund. As always, contact a classmate who’s been on your mind. See you soon!


Class Correspondent:

Susie Gearhart Wuest

Deborah Seel Palman continues to work part time training working dogs, primarily police detection dogs and search and rescue dogs. Deborah is currently training a few teams for departments in Maine and has traveled as far away as Washington State to give short seminars to search and rescue groups. Otherwise, she and her husband spend their spare time maintaining a “gentleman’s” farm in Amherst, Maine. * Doug Windsor’s older son is a freshman at Quinnipiac studying health studies, which brings back memories of Doug’s own freshman experiences. His younger son plans to attend Unity College in the environmental field. Doug runs a commercial construction firm, working at many of Vermont’s larger ski resorts. The family especially enjoys their summer home at Hills Beach, Maine, on Biddeford Pool. Doug invites anyone interested in fly-fishing for stripers to look him up. * Ed Walczak took a very interesting trip to Israel and Jordan last October. It was a bit tense because of the violence in Jerusalem at the time, but both countries have such a rich history and amazing sights. Last November Ed heard Bob Diamond ’73 speak at a Colby event in NYC, and in his travels out west visited Jeff Frankel in Phoenix. * There is excitement in the Gene DeLorenzo household. Son Perry, 18, has been admitted to Middlebury College for next fall. He’s been a starter in both basketball and baseball at Phillips Exeter Academy for three years. Younger son Doug, 16, plays goalie for Middlebury Union High School ice hockey team. Wife Katharine realized a lifelong dream by leading her Middlebury College field hockey team to the NCAA Division III national championship last November. Finishing with a school record of 20-2, her team defeated Bowdoin in the title game in Virginia. Meanwhile, Gene “plods on with a relatively quiet job at Middlebury College to try and pay the bills.” * Michelle Kominz spent two months on the R/V JOIDES Resolution off the NW coast of Australia last summer. It’s an international scientific drilling operation that drills and recovers sediments that are much shallower than the oil companies target for oil. The goal is to understand more about the Australian monsoon, the history of the current that flows west from the equatorial Pacific, and the recent tectonic history of the NW Shelf of Australia. Her job was measuring the physical properties of the sediments to obtain porosity and density information and also to determine the sonic velocity and strength of the material. Michelle is now back at Western Michigan University working on geodynamic modeling of the data collected plus teaching a general education oceanography class. * In Nashville Rick Drake is hearing wedding bells. Younger son Chris was engaged two Christmas’ ago and his older son, Dave, last Christmas. A stand-up comedian in Chicago, Dave also released his first album in December, titled simply Dave. Still playing hockey, Rick plans to participate in his fifth 60-plus nationals in Tampa in April. His wife, Mary-Jo, recently won a tennis tournament in Florida, so they both remain very active, including joining the Fitbit craze! Not ready to retire yet but thinking about it; plans might include moving back north (instead of south) to New England. * Carol Majdalany Williams was very glad to welcome her Colby roommate Lynnie Bruce when she and her husband put in a rare appearance in Boston before sailing off for an indeterminate amount of time, based this winter in Ipswich, UK. Carol spent the month of February in San Miguel, Mexico, soaking up some warm weather and interesting culture. One thing she learned in Nepal last April during the massive earthquake is to “seize the moment,” because life can pass before you in a fraction of a second and you never know when your time is up!


Class Correspondent:

Dennis Delehanty and Richard Vann

Mark Curtis builds fiber optic cable systems for private businesses, working “enough to stay busy.” His wife retired after 27 years of teaching fourth grade in Manchester, Maine, so they’re starting to travel more, often on their Electra Glide. They enjoy time with their two daughters and four grandchildren, ages 4 to 12. Mark skis at Sugarloaf in the winter and plays golf in the summer. “The good news is that now I can play in all the senior tournaments; the bad news is that I’m now a senior.” He keeps in touch with Rocky Goodhope, Vicki Parker Kozak, Deb Wathen Finn, Jill Gilpatric Richard, and Artie Bell. * David Roulston sent his greetings from Mayflower Hill, where he was “attending Alumni College, a wonderful experience. This year’s topic was the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction. It brought back memories of classes with Hal Raymond and Jack Foner. It reminded me how my time at Colby gave me a lifelong interest in learning. I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to attend Colby.” Also in attendance was Donald Joseph. David says former roommate Charles Jenks “has given up law and is a web designer in Lafayette, Ind.” Another roommate joined him on Cape Cod last summer: Richard Gawthrop ’73, who is a history professor at Franklin College in Indiana. * Alumni College attendees were hosted by Karen Heck and Bruce Olson ’76 at Tree Spirits, where “most of them were game and tried all 11 wines and spirits, including the absinthe.” Karen is “looking forward to retirement some time and the opportunity to attend the Alumni College myself. They all seemed to love it. Anyone interested in buying an award-winning winery and distillery to make my retirement come sooner?” * Craig and Cathy Downes Weston enjoy kayaking and bicycling from their Cape Cod house, where Cathy is working on a certificate in native plant horticulture and design. Craig retired after 35 years as a primary care physician, having worked in inner-city clinics, teaching hospitals, an HMO, and private practice. Cathy left her consulting career in 2000 to join healthcare technology startup NaviNet, from which she is now a semiretired, part-time strategic advisor to the CEO. * Officially retired as of January after 13 years as Thompson, Conn., town clerk, Jeff Barske lives happily on the Connecticut shoreline in Clinton. Last summer he traveled to northern Italy and the Pacific Northwest. * Dennis Delehanty spent last July in Beijing helping his daughter move back to the U.S. to begin an M.S. in education at University of Pennsylvania. Carmen had worked four years as academic advisor for a Beijing company helping Chinese students apply to top U.S. colleges, including Colby. She and Dennis were invited to dinnner by the parents of a student who had just received a four-year full scholarship to Colby. “I have never, ever seen someone so excited to attend college. She talked in detail about the dorms and buildings around campus that she had carefully studied online,” he said. A side trip to Harbin resulted in an unexpected reunion with a professor involved in a Chinese language reading club Dennis started at George Mason University last year. * S. Ann Earon spent six months traveling to prepare clients for deployment of unified communications and collaboration: “communicating at a distance without leaving home, like Facetime and Skype on steroids.” More recently she traveled to Paris and took a river cruise to Normandy. In her spare time she enjoys being a master gardener and using her vocal cords as a public speaker and singer. * The well is dry, so I hope many of you shy folks will email me with news to share next time.


Class Correspondent:

Carol Chalker

The winner of the first-to-write award this time is keeping-in-touch-challenged Jane Currier with a story that got me laughing out loud. She and third-floor Dana forever friends Carol Reynolds Mucica and Janet Gillies Foley were planning to meet Chris Hannon for a concert on last year’s Super Bowl Sunday (a tradition among them) when their car broke down with a blizzard on the way. The police felt it unsafe to leave “three elderly women” in a car on a deserted road, so their husbands were called away from their football game to retrieve them. Elderly? * Jon Miller has a self-published book titled My Journey in 1970 to Maharishi’s India. I looked it up and it has top reviews on Amazon. Following a busy few years taking courses and helping to care for his mother, Jon and his wife resumed traveling. They visited the Serengeti in Tanzania, spent nine days diving from Mafia Island in the Indian Ocean, a week of diving in the Sea of Cortez, and a few weeks diving in Indonesia. Jon hopes to produce a picture book of marine biology to encourage people to love and protect nature. * Rick Zaccaro and wife Bonnie Washuk have traveled to Martha’s Vineyard and Los Angeles to see grandchildren and experience Hollywood and Disneyland. Rick keeps busy climbing 46 of the 48 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire. Last August he climbed Mt. Elbert in Colorado with brother Mick. Next year they hope to see some of the National Parks of the Southwest. * Alex Wilson worked his last official day before retirement Aug. 14 and has been enjoying his first extended vacation ever since. He stays busy, nevertheless, as director of a couple of nonprofit organizations and is considering offers for a few part-time business development opportunities (if he gets restless). Meanwhile, foreign travel is in his future as well as getting together with fellow LCA 45-year forever friends. In early August Alex hosted a gathering at his family home on Drakes Island with John Krasnavage and wife Dawn, Joe Mattos and wife Pam, Ron ’71 and Linda Howard Lupton’72, Lloyd Benson and wife Pam, Brian Cone and wife Signe, Bob Landsvik and wife Patty, Duncan Leith and wife Jennifer, and Ken Bigelow ’71. The highlight for them, aside from the lobster and steamers, was being joined by 12 of the LCA offspring. * Bob (RJ) Jarnes writes for the first time ever! Following his years at Colby, Bob took night school classes at Salem State, NECC, Harvard, and BU. He also worked at three different shoe factories in Lynn, Mass., making ballet slippers and managing operations with his father from June 1973 until rigor mortis set into the shoe industry in December 1994. Bob has lived in Newburyport for 31 years with wife Lorraine Burns (younger sister of Eileen Burns Higgins), is currently renovating a house near Plum Island, has a daughter, Sheila, 29, and maintains a very cool website of his photography (robertjarnesphotography.com). * Norm and Pat Flanagan Olsen divide their time between their home in Maine and Pat’s job in educational consulting in northern Virginia. Norm painted their Maine house this summer and hosted my grandson Max and me again for a fun-filled week. Norm has been working with the U.S. military, led a foreign affairs-oriented tour group to Slovenia and Croatia in October, and was to lead another group to Morocco in March before he and Pat go sailing in Turkey. Eldest son Matt (’99) and his wife and baby were reassigned from Hawaii to Washington, D.C. Norm enjoys his role in support of the Colby Fund, which has allowed him to re-establish contact with many friends, including Amy (Brewer ’71) and Gary Fitts, David Swardlick, Harvey Greenberg, Rick Englund, Ron Majdalany, Stuart Wolf, Sterling Williams, and Rick Wein.


Class Correspondent:

Nancy Round Haley

Roberto Penedo lives in Brazil and has not returned to Colby since graduation. He earned his master’s in economics from Indiana University. Returning to Brazil, he was an economics professor at Federal University in Espirito Santo for 30 years and then the university president until 2002. He then was CFO of the Espirito Santo State Bank for six years and is now semiretired. In 2005 he wrote a book in Portuguese, The Internal Rate of Return in Investment Analysis. He’s in touch with Francis Dunn ’73 and Toshiro Oguri ’73, both in Japan. However, he’s lost contact with Medhane Egziabher ’74, William Mayaka ’73, Norreddin Nahawi ’73, Yusef Akyuz ’73, Nilgun Arda Iskenderogtu, and Alberto Bonadona ’73. Roberto and his wife have two daughters and grandchildren. He lives in Vitória, the capital of the Espirito Santo State, on the east coast of Brazil. If any classmates are down that way, let him know. He wishes everyone a great 2016! * Susan Buttner Lavelle spent three weeks in New Zealand in January. She and her husband travel a great deal from their Southern California home. * Steven and Marilyn McDougal Meyerhans still work their two farms in central Maine. The local whole food movement has been good for them, as they sell to Colby, local groceries, and other distributors. They look forward to a mini-Colby reunion this June with about 20 mostly 1971 graduates. They travel often to Seattle to visit their son and to Hanover, N.H., to visit their daughter. Last winter they traveled to Colombia and plan to go to Peru this year. * Cathy Joslin writes that Deborah Christensen Stewart and Donna Power Stowe came to visit during her first winter in St. Petersburg, Fla., and they had a wonderful time! Cathy traveled to Morocco in 2014 for a tour visiting women’s home textile workshops. This summer she plans an art tour of Turkey. Recently she crossed the pond in search of towns where her Welsh and English ancestors lived. It was a nice excuse for a textiles person like herself to visit old woolen mills. While there she visited Amy Sosland Brown ’71, who lives in England and is a curator at the National Trust Petworth Cottage Museum. At home Cathy enjoys her garden and friends in Pennsylvania and remains in touch with Harriett Matthews. * Lou Griffith had a good year and was awaiting the arrival of his first grandchild when he wrote in January. He returned from the British Virgin Islands for the birth and then planned to return to the Caribbean until June. He had visits with Jon Stone ’71 and Mike Gibbons last summer. He’s had lots of phone time with Larry Boris ’71. * Dee Fitz-Gerald Sockbeson met an alumna from the Class of 1962 who joined her book club and they compared notes. Both loved the additions to Colby’s museum of art, especially the Lunder Collection. Dee unearthed her stamp collection, which she inherited from her dad (who inherited it from his mother). She had dropped the activity when she left home for Colby but started up again 45 years later, for therapy. She still sails and visited New Orleans to see her son for Mardi Gras. * 2015 was a difficult year for Patricia Mustakangas with some serious health issues, including surgery and numerous infections. Her hope for 2016 is a healthier year! She read I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, a marvelous read that kept her engrossed. * Joan and Bill Alfond shared another great trip in Southeast Asia with daughter Kenden, her husband, Charles, and granddaughter Yaël. They explored Kuala Lumpur and Bali, followed with a visit at Kenden’s home in Battambang, Cambodia, where they celebrated Yaël’s birthday. * Michael and Nancy Brunnckow Marion spend most of their winter in Florida. They summer at their cabin on Lake Wicwas in N.H. Both their children live in Colorado, and they have four grandchildren. They enjoyed a nice visit last summer with Artie and Jeanne Emerson Young. * From Stevenson, Md., Sally Chester Williford is in her 12th year as a district court judge after a being a trial lawyer for 25 years, primarily in criminal defense. She was the attorney in eight capital murder cases, and feels gratified that the death penalty has been repealed. She sees Joy Bemak Hanes at antique shows a few times a year. * Thanks to those who wrote. Next June is our 45th reunion! Now that is hard to believe.


Class Correspondent:

Ann E. Miller

You’re coming to reunion, aren’t you? We’re working hard on making it very special. Please come! * After my last deadline, two classmates sent news, and I saved it for this column. First, Sarah Hall Gibson wrote that several alumni gathered at Marilynn Fish Core’s house in Asheville, N.C., for a mini-reunion Columbus Day weekend. The group included Paula Drozdal Connors, Mary Ellen Drozdal ’73, Peggy Shehan McLean, Stephanie Kuehn Barton ’72, Mary Kennedy, Shelley Luck Cross, and a surprise visit from Dean Ridley ’72. * Dave “Willie” Williams sent pictures, 48 years later, of him and John Bowey from a two-week hockey tour they joined. They skated in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Germany. They wound up in Munich at Oktoberfest feeling very fortunate to be able to do something like this. Speaking of John Bowey, he was named the new chair of Wilfrid Laurier University’s board of governors. * On the path to another Ironman Triathlon, Jim Hawkins did indeed finish the 2015 competition. Quite an endeavor at any age, let alone ours. * From across the world, Jacques Hermant and his family were in Japan for Christmas, and will return to France to host an Iraqi baby who will undergo open-heart surgery. Following that they will host a Syrian refugee family. He continues to teach management seminars in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Austria as well as in Nantes, France. * A busy retiree, Rich Abramson continues working as the interim head of school for both the Cornville Regional Charter School and the Snow Pond Art Academy in Maine. He and his wife will travel to Costa Rica and Tahiti this year. * Still working for the Church of Scientology in New York, Richie Beaty is in touch with Chris Palmer. Richie and his wife enjoy their one and only grandchild. * Janet Beals and Dave Nelson have officially become snowbirds, spending seven months in Colorado and five months in Arizona. They find retirement “quite wonderful.” * I laughed out loud reading Leslie Anderson’s news. She has noticed that joints (as in needing new ones, not smoking them) have replaced aging parents as the premier topic of conversation. Awaiting the arrival of a new knee in January, Leslie anticipates climbing Mt. Katahdin with a new knee instead of sitting on the dock! Leslie continues her passions for painting, website management, and music. * Steve and Jan Weddell Magyar have had a busy couple of years. They moved to Rockport, Maine, and Steve moved his business practice to South Portland near their daughter, Liz ’98. * Hanging up his colonoscope, Joel Goldfarb is retiring from medicine (gastroenterology), and keeps busy with three beer halls: two in New Jersey and one in Washington state. Colby grads welcome. * Susan Davidson Blazey has retired to Delaware and loves being near the ocean. She enjoys the visits from two grandsons. * Jon Stone is coming to reunion—(you’re coming too, right?)—and will continue on to see Steve Orlov on Prince Edward Island. Jon keeps up with Larry Boris, who’s in Denver. * Living now in “The Cottage of Reduced Circumstances,” Fred Osborn and his wife look forward to sailing, and possibly living abroad again. * John Slagle and Pinky (Maurer ’72) report that retirement is everything they hoped it would be. They’ve been to South Korea, on a five-week camping trip across the country and back, and hiking and fishing in Maine. * This is a big year for Bill and Carolyn Additon Anthony as they will both retire from long-time positions. They will spend four to five months in Maine and the rest of the year in Chicago near their daughter. * Val Thibeau Yates loves her new life and job in Florida. She’s seen Kathy Woods Fawcett but missed seeing Kathy Stoddard Pope over Christmas. * See you all soon! Please come.


Class Correspondent:

Libby Brown Strough

Jane Stinchfield Sexton reports that last winter she and husband John read Boys in the Boat. Then, when they visited Seattle last summer, they actually saw the “boat” and a picture of the crew at U of Wash. This winter she volunteered with Maine Adaptive at Sugarloaf. * Kathe Cahn Morse recently visited Cuba and put together a group photography show called “Seeing Cuba.” There were photos of vintage cars, of course, and bottles of rum and cigar-smoking men and women. Other images attempt to show the incongruities—the grandeur and decline of buildings, the beauty and meagerness of daily life. It was a difficult place to vacation in, though it was warm and sunny, with blue waters to swim in and wonderful mojitos to drink. Yet it is a place where there are few luxuries, where realities have not met expectations. * Debbie Stephenson ’68 and Phil Wysor welcomed their eighth grandchild last July. He’s only the second boy of all their grandchildren and is the son of their other Colby couple. Since the kids live nearby, all eight grandchildren are learning to ski at Sugarloaf. They took a trip on the Rhine River last September, which is a great way to cover a lot of territory in a short time. In February they were off to Alta for their annual ski trip. Phil is still trying to figure out a way to retire. * Zane and Robin Potter Ray recently retired and look forward to some travel with their fifth-wheel. They have two grown sons and two delightful grandchildren. Robin has lost track of her roommate Connie Cebulski and would love to hear from her. * Bill Aldrich reports that his best four-legged dog friend, Delilah, died last June. You may remember that he took her to Colby for the 45th reunion—Colby printed a nametag reading Delilah Aldrich that he attached to the top of her harness. She got lots of pats from fellow alums. * Mike Self visited Paul Cronin ’67 and his wife, Sue, in August and saw three Red Sox games and had great time. Mike also went to Lexington, Ky., to meet Gordon Corey ’64, and they went to a horse sale and horse races. Harness racing is what Gordon has done all his life. Mike still swims every day, which keeps him feeling good. * Doug and Hazel Parker Smith had a busy year after the 45th reunion weekend. Hazel is a master gardener, teaching classes in “seed to table” outreach programs. She volunteers at the Southern Oregon Historical Society Library responding to various research requests. Doug spent a week in New Orleans for academy-based continuing education. Although he enjoyed the 8-5 classes immensely, he seems more knowledgeable about champagne, bay oysters, etouffe, jambalaya, begnets, and Frenchman Street jazz hangouts. Doug won the Cowboys and Indians magazine grand prize, which included tickets to the National Finals Rodeo, Cowboy Christmas in Las Vegas, and handcrafted cowboy boots. Frequent trips to San Francisco and visits in Medford, Ore., with the “kids’” families round out the calendar each month. * Bob and Libby Brown Strough (me) welcomed Dick and Barb Skeats MacLeod, along with Molly Carroll Mains, to our home in Tuftonboro, N.H., for a few days last October. We gave them a boat tour of part of Lake Winnipesaukee and then enjoyed a barbecue at the house. Barb and Dick will be semi snowbirds again this year with a month in Florida to escape the worst of the Maine winter. Molly and Barb got together with Brenda Hess Jordan in Portland right before Christmas to welcome her back to the ’hood. She and husband Ken Jordan moved back to Portland, Maine, in June, so hopefully they’ll see more of each other again.

1960 Newsmakers


Anne Ruggles Gere '66

Richard Zipser ’64  received the College of Arts and Sciences 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Delaware. Zipser recently retired as the chair of Delaware’s department of foreign languages and literatures.♦ Anne Ruggles Gere ’66 was elected second vice president of the Modern Language Association. The position puts her on track to become MLA president in 2018. Gere is a distinguished faculty member at the University of Michigan. ♦ Ed Phillips ’66, who pitched in major and minor league baseball after Colby, was named to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Phillips was a star pitcher for Colby before his professional career.


Class Correspondent:

Ray Gerbi

Happy spring! My reminder that this past January marked the 50th anniversary of our first Jan Plan elicited some interesting memories. Alan Levin recalled inviting Mark Janes to his home for a few days during our first Colby January, taking Mark to his first NHL game. He says watching Mark, a terrific hockey player himself, during that game was like watching a youngster at FAO Schwarz. Alan also took Peter Hoffman and Mark (both from Minnesota) to the last Red Sox game of the season against the Twins. The Red Sox won that game, but ultimately lost the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals. * Sharon Timberlake has been “hanging out” with retired friends Diane Kindler and Alden Wilson. Sharon teaches leadership studies at the University of Southern Maine and was planning a trip to London in January. She says, “I remember every one of my Jan Plans. They changed my life!” * Although family and friends doubted it would happen, Cathy Cyr Latvis made the difficult decision to retire. Cathy devoted her adult life to working with teens as a teacher (French, Russian, and Spanish) and college counselor. With her husband, Bill, easing away from his business, retirement gives them more time with kids and grandchildren and time to travel. They live in Florida during the winter, spend summers and autumns in Maine, and look forward to traveling to Alaska in July. Cathy says their grandkids—Ruby, 10, Henry, 6, Sammy, 5, and Willamina, 1—all have uniquely different personalities and are all beautiful and clever. Cathy once worked part time in Colby’s Admissions Office and still stays in touch with Colby friends. She “loved my Jan Plan experiences, all to do with Russian, Russian literature, and student teaching. Some strong memories of each of these.” * Bonnie Allen Rotenberg claims she is “not a good ad for the Jan Plan concept.” Batik, an internship at an interior design firm in NYC, and Japanese landscape art were apparently less than fulfilling. She did enjoy studying Russian literature, which she says was well orchestrated and did have value in her education. * Nan Carter Clough, Concord, N.H., retired from a 30-plus year career as a school psychologist and tackled a new goal, writing a book titled Searching for Barton Carter, a narrative nonfiction biography of her uncle who went missing during the Spanish Civil War. Taking eight years to write, the book required research in both the U.S. and Europe. * Craig Stevens completed his 27th year as a professor of photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design. With 900 students when he started, SCAD now has an enrollment of 12,000 in Savannah with campuses in Hong Kong, Atlanta, and Lacoste, France. He also taught at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport and the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colo., and hopes to have an exhibition of still lifes next fall or winter. * After a 35-year high school career, Cherrie Dubois is in her 12th year teaching English part time at Salem State University. She’s also a library trustee, serves on the library building committee overseeing the total remodeling the current library (an 1896 elementary school and the town’s first school with indoor plumbing!), and chairs the library friends’ biennial house tour. She’s getting back into photography and hopes to try her hand at woodturning. With eclectic reading tastes, you can find Cherrie turning pages in the living room or, in summer months, on the enclosed porch. She also enjoys walking, obediently mows the lawn to make sure her neighbors aren’t too upset, and thinks a great deal about redoing some pathetic and desperately overgrown gardens. * Sally Rogers has no idea why she chose a month of intense Italian study as her first Jan Plan, but she will be improving her Italian this summer and living in Italy for two months during a sabbatical from UC Davis. Sally says, “So much for unrecognized continuities in life.” * Have a great summer everyone!


Class Correspondent:

Lynne Oakes Camp

John Leopold realized a 50-year “dream” in October. He and his wife, Terry, spent a few days in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. While in Bryce, they rode mules to the bottom of the canyon. Terry rode Bonnie, and Keystone was John’s steed. It was a terrific morning. They have now been to all five Utah national parks. All are magnificent: each offers special perspectives. He wishes the best to everyone for a great 2016. * Ken Young and his family are off to an interesting and potentially wrenching year. His daughter, Sarah, now lives in Rostock, Germany, a city of about 200,000 on the Baltic, east of Lubec in the former East Germany. As the Germans deal with the challenges of mass migration, Sarah is involved directly, from greeting migrants on the way to Sweden to working on integration strategies and programs in the city. She is their reporter on the scene. Her perspective adds substance and context to the press reports available here. Her reports point out the complex aspects and goals of asylum and migration policy in Europe and, by comparison, in the U.S., and the mostly dysfunctional results of the lack of a coherent strategy here and there. He finds it quite fascinating to have this insider perspective available. Ken and his wife are also now what they call “exchange student grandparents,” as Pascal, a German boy they hosted in 1998-99, had a child, Urs, in late December and asked them to be Urs’s American oma and opa. Naturally they leapt at the chance and plan to visit later this year. Pascal is a geologist and visited in early December on route to the Climate Change Institute at UMaine with ice samples he collected on Kilimanjaro in late August. For two nights they had approximately 11,000-year-old ice samples in their freezer. Pretty cool. * Arthur Brennan notes that planning has begun for our 50th reunion. He’s working with a group to plan pre-reunion events. Recently, they sent a survey seeking input on the types of activities that classmates would be interested in pursuing. The responses have been helpful, but the group would like to hear from more of us. On-campus events begin Thursday evening. If you have thoughts about what you would like to do leading up to Thursday, let Arthur know at gabrennan@yahoo.com. * Steve Ford is leading the larger reunion planning group and reminds us that our 50th will be held June 7-10, 2018. Save the date! * Keep your news coming! Also, for those of you that haven’t written in a while, let us know what you’re doing these days. All news is appreciated.


Class Correspondent:

Bob Gracia

We can’t show you in the column, but Lane Parks emailed some fascinating videos of a pow wow he attended. Lane and his wife have built a house on their small farm. * Fred Hopengarten’s daughter, Annie ’06, graduated from George Washington University with a master’s in accountancy. Fred and his wife recently vacationed in Poland and Lithuania, and while there they visited the little town where his great-grandparents were married. * Lee Potter also has his traveling shoes on as he and Linda (Mitchell ’66) spent some time in Vancouver at the end of a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. Lee recommends the spectacular landscapes to those who have not seen them. * Tif Crowell joins Fred and Lee in the wandering group. Tif and his wife, Pat, biked in southern Africa with a German travel group. They rode through Cape Town and Botswana and were impressed by the landscape and the wildlife. * Closer to home, Kurt Swenson has been enjoying his new summer home on the New Hampshire seacoast. While Kurt enjoys entertaining his grandchildren there, he spends the bulk of the winter in Boca Grande, Fla. Aside from the weather, another reason Kurt escapes New Hampshire is to avoid the onslaught of political solicitations for the New Hampshire primary. * Joanna Snyder Richardson is the co-chair of an international conference focused on information technology in higher education. In her spare time, Joanna has published several journal articles and a book chapter on the topic of new challenges for university libraries. * Dave Johnson and his wife, Debby, live on Callawissie Island in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. During their business careers they moved frequently, and Dave retired after working 40 years at Sears. To keep occupied, Dave sells real estate and plays golf, which is one of the reasons he lives in South Carolina. Dave mentioned it snowed once in 10 years. Good for golfing. * Bob Nelson is fortunate enough to spend the winter in San Diego and the summer in Washington State. After graduation he joined the Air Force and became a military pilot and then flew commercially before he joined an investment firm. In 1983 Bob opened his own firm, which now has offices in Washington State, California, and Florida. Bob’s firm continues to a second generation as Bob’s son is now a partner in the company. * An endowed financial aid fund has been established to honor the memory and service to our country of our classmate Les Dickinson, who was killed in Vietnam. This fund will benefit deserving Colby students with demonstrated need. Contributions are welcome, and anyone who would like more information about the fund and how to contribute may contact Sue Cook at Colby at 207-859-4372 or susan.cook@colby.edu. * If you feel the urge to travel, you might consider joining us for our 50th reunion in 2017. Mark your calendars now for June 1-4 and plan a trip to Waterville.


Class Correspondent:

George Cain

From Karen Riendeau-Pacheco: “I’m finally a grandmother! Sophia Lynn was born 8/24/15. In November I traveled to NYC and toured the World Trade Center site. When I lived in New York, I worked right next to 1 WTC. The building is still there. I moved to my Massachusetts hometown in 2000 so was not there on 9/11/01.” * Ed Mowry returned again to Mammoth Mountain for six weeks of skiing, reading, and writing this winter, then back to family and work. He plans to consider retirement from his veterinary practice when he reaches 80 but doubts he’ll voluntarily relinquish what he loves. * Recent retiree Doug Meyer keeps a weekly regimen by mentoring youth in his local school system and riding his bike most days. Sailing is his summer passion, on his small boat and friends’ bigger boats. Last summer he did the Maine coast up to New Brunswick, stopping en route for some museum touring. He also helps out at a local boatyard. * From Mary Sue Hilton Weeks: “I found out at the beginning of October that my job of 11-plus years was being cut, so found myself suddenly retired! Just as well, as it has given me time to work on the 50th reunion yearbook. Hope everyone is planning to come.” * Activist Peter Lax is working to stop the Tesoro oil terminal on the Columbia River in Vancouver, Wash., and to limit the BNSF oil and coal trains passing through the Columbia River Gorge. He spent a week in a Guatemalan village providing medical and dental care. Pete looks forward to returning to New England in the spring. * 2015 started off well for Pat Berg Currier, with lots of grandchildren activities: daycare duty, play days, sports events, and dance performances. Everything came to a screeching halt in July when she tripped on a curb and fractured bones in her leg and hand. No surgery, but a wheelchair for two months and lots of physical therapy. For someone who is no good at being sedentary, it was difficult. A 2016 return to normal activities includes a planned European river cruise in the fall for Pat and Colby ’68. * Eddie and Lynn Seidenstuecker Gall enjoy their bicoastal lifestyle—five months on a lake near Augusta and seven months In La Quinta, Calif. They have five children, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren! “Can anyone top that?” Lynn asks. She’s taken several girl trips abroad and in the U.S.—to Italy, Bavaria, France, and to Park City, Utah, to ski and attend the Sundance Film Festival. She’ll do a hiking trip to Zion and Bryce  Canyon National Parks in May. But Lynn’s favorite place is their cottage in Maine. She loves visiting the Colby art museum and seeing the amazing expansion of the campus. * More travelers: RV guru Ted Houghton avoided another New England winter on the road along the Gulf Coast from western Florida to Louisiana. * Don and Martha DeCou Dick enjoyed three weeks on the South Island of New Zealand. * Gary McKinstry did a 16-day transatlantic crossing from NYC to Dover and a week in the Netherlands. * Brian Shacter spent a winter month in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, with a side trip to Cuba, staying in Havana Vieja. He observed a thriving tourist industry, beautiful costly old hotels, but rampant Cuban poverty, plus lots of old American cars in which most of us probably learned to drive. * Debbie Anglim Higgins wrote from Buenos Aires, her first stop on a three-month trip around the southern cone of South America. She was about to fly to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, then hike in some national parks, into Chile, up into the Andes, into Patagonia and Mendoza. Not enough? She’ll end up in March in Bolivia, then Uruguay. Sixty-sixers do get around!


Class Correspondent:

Dick Bankart

We ARE having fun! Our classmates are following passions that began at Colby and now have time to explore and expand them. Ellen and Lew Krinsky went to Melbourne, Australia, to participate in the launch of a new book commemorating 50 years of The Seekers. Lew is still working as a director of private wealth management for Baird. * Marty Dodge does far more than lead nature walks at Colby reunions. Retired from teaching since 2011, he’s filled his YouTube channel with shows about more activities than I can list. If you enter “Martin Dodge YouTube” in your search bar, you’ll find his videos about making furniture with chain saws, building a retirement home in Wiseman, Alaska, and more. He’s active in helping to protect our natural heritage by leading a support group, We Are Seneca Lake, protesting development of an LPG storage facility in an abandoned salt cavern beneath Seneca Lake, N.Y. * Denis Carter spends a third of his time refurbishing vintage fishing rods and expanding a wildflower garden. He plays euphonium with the Winona (Minn.) Brass Band and is in a 12-member church choir singing and playing bass guitar. “When I was in the Colby Eight I sang first tenor, and now am comfortable in the baritone/bass section. Why does everything tend to go South with age?” * Your correspondent wonders if Denis knows that Nancy Godley Wilson of Deer Isle, Maine, operates the Lonely Angler with her husband, John ’64. They make wooden lures for offshore fishing. * Happy medical news from Peter Mudge (heart procedures) and Dave Hatch (prostate). Peter and Gayle are building a new home in Black Mountain, N.C. Dave and his wife, Dale Rottner Haas, report seeing Bud Marvin and Anne when on holiday in Nokomis, Fla. Dale’s active on the board for their homeowner’s association. Both avidly follow the Bruins, Pats, and Red Sox. * Travel passions consume many of us. Ruth and Harold Kowal flew to Seattle for a family visit and then drove east for a three-week adventure to Colorado Springs. They stayed at a dude ranch in Wyoming and explored the great scenery on horseback. Ruth takes consulting projects for a number of library systems. * Our other cowboy, Tom Donahue of Midland, Mich., enjoys overnight hops to sites of historical interest, typically Civil War. Last fall he saw Indian mounds and a chain of forts along the Ohio/Indiana border. He and wife Judy take courses at Saginaw Valley University, where their daughter Jess teaches. * Your correspondent is still trying to see the world with travel—in 2015 to Jamaica, St. Lucia, Malaysia, and Brazil and, of course, Waterville. * Frank ’66 and Susan Brown Musche are now able to travel since Frank’s back surgery last October was successful and his radiation practice has been sold. They visited Florida in January and will spend six weeks in St. Martin this winter. * Linda Cotton Wells had a three-week trip to UK and Ireland with companion Jerry. They enjoy RV touring/camping with visits to St. Petersburg and Stuart, Fla. Linda had a huge accomplishment—identifying the birth parents of three adoptees in Buffalo, N.Y. It took more than two years. * Jean (Hoffmann ’66) and Neil Clipsham “continue to surgically dodge various old-age devils with more joint replacements and diet restrictions.” They also have travel wanderlust with a “whoop-dee-doo” to England, Switzerland, and a Rhine River cruise planned for 2016. They had a family “great Southwestern adventure” last summer. Their granddaughters loved it. * Dave Fearon has officially retired from Central Connecticut State University. CCSU will honor him with a reception in April to raise money for the Fearon-Juran Scholarship Fund. Says Dave, “I want this occasion to honor highly engaged teaching of the sort that brings Kingsley Birge to mind. I have taught in his way for more than 50 years.” * Ren and Pam Pierson Parziale received special recognition March 11 at the West Virginia 2016 Governor’s Awards for the Arts. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Parziale’s were among a select group recognized by the governor for their support of the arts in West Virginia. Congratulations! * Hail, Colby, Hail!


Class Correspondent:

Marcia Phillips Sheldon

Jerry Shapiro has written a professional memoir, Pragmatic Existential Counseling and Psychotherapy: Intimacy, Intuition and the Search for Meaning. The publication coincided with the birth of his third grandchild. * After 51 years of teaching, Larry Dyhrberg has retired! He looks forward to writing fiction and playing more golf. * Residing full time on Cape Cod, Jack Mechem is still involved with banking and recruiting. In December he attended the 60th anniversary ceremony at Colby’s Alfond Rink, establishing the endowment of the men’s hockey coach position in the name of Jack Kelley. * After many radiation treatments for prostate cancer, Steve Schoeman reports good progress toward recovery. He places much value on both health and love. * Dick Larschan spends summers in Massachusetts and winters in Manhattan. He and his wife cruised from Budapest to Amsterdam and spent Thanksgiving in Berkeley, Calif. He recently visited John Sitkin, Bob Mangions wife, Johanna, and Sara Shaw Rhoades. * Martha Schatt Abbott-Shim values family, friends, and travel. She visits her grandchildren in Portland, Ore., and Boulder, and traveled to Barcelona last fall, visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and exploring the French Pyrenees countryside. Martha left in January for Southeast Asia and, after that, a backpacking trip from Argentina through Chile. * Natalie (Furlong ’67) and Al Graceffa spent Christmas in Washington D.C., watching their grandson, 11, perform in the traveling Matilda Broadway show. They couldn’t get enough ... went to five performances! * After extensive foot and total knee replacement surgeries, Ben Beaver thanks his wife, Marilyn, for helping him through recovery last year. In between surgeries they visited Disney World (with no kids or grandkids!) and played golf in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. * Morg McGinley planned to spend February in New York City as a retirement gift for his wife. They looked forward to visiting restaurants, museums, Central Park, Broadway shows, and the opera. * Andy Weiland still practices medicine as he enjoys treating patients and operating. He and his wife, Nancy (Greer ’65), vacation in Maine and Naples, Fla., and take ski trips to Vail. They have six grandchildren and spend as much time as possible with them. * Dividing their time between Maine and Florida, Dennis Hardy and his wife are active volunteers. Dennis devotes time as a forester in Florida’s Seminole State Forest and in Maine with Rotary Club service projects. * Susan Sawyer McAlary reports success at living off the grid in Virginia and raising chickens that produce six eggs a day! A grandson and their older daughter live close by and Susan feels blessed to watch the next two generations move ahead. “Value,” Susan says, “resides in being able to enjoy the aging process.” * Traveling extensively, Mike Knox and his wife have found good people everywhere and they value having a safe country and world. He retired from the Air Force after 26 years, then spent 10 years in a corporate position. * Barbara Kreps, who lives in Pisa, Italy, spent the Christmas holiday in Naples with friends. On trips back to the States, Barbara gets together with Judith Milner Coche in Philadelphia and stays in touch with Martha Farrington Huotari Mayo and Susan Woodward. * For two months Marjorie Convery and her husband cruised though the Pacific Ocean, stopping in Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa, and Australia. In New Zealand they did a house exchange on North Island. * John Gow writes that he is grateful for modern medicine’s arthroscopic surgery, which repaired his injured right shoulder. He is now back to tennis, fly-fishing, carpentry, and throwing a ball to his grandchildren. John asks if anyone is interested in a blue and grey “Colby 1964” banner with a leather seal in the center. He spent $75 on it but doesn’t have a place to display it! * Ben Potter, Cliff Olson, and Ted Bidwell looked forward to their annual ski trek to Sunday River, Maine, this winter. * Martha Farrington Huotari Mayo’s husband passed away recently, but she feels fortunate to have both daughters nearby in Bath, Maine. Now that Martha is no longer a caregiver, she looks forward to resuming old interests and trying new things. * Sally Berry Glenn enjoys doing January projects (a three-story doll house!) and planning painting and camping trips. She and her husband cross country ski at Lake Tahoe. * It is with sadness that we report the passing of two classmates: Don Gilbert died in California Sept. 24; Al Olivetti died in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Sept. 30. We extend much sympathy to both families. * Due to space limitations, I’m required to edit many of your submissions. When I collect news in April, I’ll preserve the long version of your submissions and send out a class letter in early summer.


Class Correspondent:

Paule French

“All Covered With Vines,” Dan Traister’s Ludwig Bemelmans exhibition celebrating the author of Madeline and other works, ran at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. After the show, Dan and Barbara (Howard ’65) celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to London. Daughter Rebecca Traister’s second book, All the Single Ladies, is being published by Simon & Schuster. * Gordon Moog says, “It’s been a tough 20 months. One stroke and one knee injury (ACL + MCL) and that’s just me!” After 20 months of physical therapy and daily workouts, he hopes to be back to skiing and mountain host duties at a ski resort in the state of Washington. * Jeannette Fannin Regetz enjoyed taking field trips last summer with her two grandchildren, Cassidy and Scarlett. She wishes there were more news, but says the “summer has been a saturation!” * Judi Magalhaes Garcia and Jim Westgate are in daily contact via Skype—from Maryland to Thailand! * Karen Forslund Falb, Dee Dee Wilson Perry, and Jeannette Fannin Regetz met in Dedham, Mass., recently and “had a great reunion,” writes Karen. She included a photo of the three of them together and said much thought was given to future reunions of friends. * Dick ’62 and Joan Dignam Schmaltz got together at Bonnie Brown Potter’s house right after Labor Day with Bill Chapin ’59, Bev and Pen Williamson, Buck ’62 and Nat Gates Lawton, and Joe and Jane Melanson Dahmen. Joan said the motley group had a lot of laughs. Photos Joan attached pictures were proof! * Nancy (Godley ’65) and John Wilson attended Nancy’s 50th Colby reunion last June and have settled into life on Deer Isle. John sings tenor in the Congregational Church choir and in a chorale in Blue Hill. This spring Acadia National Park celebrates its 100th anniversary with concerts on Deer Isle May 6 and 7 and at Mount Desert Island High School May 12 and 13. Nancy is on the Stonington Opera House community advisory board and writes grant proposals for the Blue Hill Concert Association. * Of late, a handful of watercolor lessons have turned Lillian Waugh into an avid amateur painter. Lillian attached photos of two beautiful paintings of New England foothills and of a rose. She’s also modeled for a 50-plus ad for Iyengar yoga classes. She and David are moving forward with home renovations and plan to travel in Canada and abroad. “Wish all ’63ers the best of the New Year.” * Mac Smith and Jeannine are back in Naples for the winter. He wrote that Neil Butler had passed away and had contacted Neil’s wife, Karen Moore Butler. Karen relayed that Neil died Oct. 28 of lung cancer. Karen’s daughter and four kids are now living with her, making for an active and busy household. * Marsha Palmer Reynolds and Cile Tougas Nix spent a week together in Maine last August. Marsha and John found the Whistler exhibit at Colby to be “a treat.” They went through the Panama Canal and continue to love traveling. “Heard from lots of classmates at Xmas,” including Cindy Smith Whitaker. Who’s “ready for the 55th?” * Ruth Pratley Madell still works part time at the Kansas Humanities Council. She has taken advantage of many interesting courses, including Islam, Singing Cowboys and Ghost Towns, and a tour of Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver. A new granddaughter in Chicago is expected soon. She’s also planning a trip to Florida. She lunches periodically with Betsy Doe Norwat. * In 2014 Steve Weeks became a master gardener and had his gardens selected for a garden tour in Minnesota. Then he and Karen traveled to northern Italy. He received the Architectural Research Center’s distinguished service award and a Minnesota special educator’s award. He’s featured in a Home Fitness blog that assists homebound elderly with maintaining health. See independencecurriculum.com/video. He recommends Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine.


Class Correspondent:

Pat Farnham Russell
Nancy MacKenzie Keating

It’s time again to write about the comings and goings of our classmates.* Tony Mainero relates that he “journeyed to Colby (in October) for a mini KDR reunion and had a great time catching up with Bruce Marshall, Pete Thompson, Whit Coombs, Ralph Bradshaw, Bruce MacPherson, and Ed Cragin, who “put together the whole thing.” Tony and his wife, Cathy, then went home to Panama for coffee harvest time, which he said was “bountiful.” He and Cathy do missionary work there. * Peter Leofanti details yet another get together for the Colby-Bowdoin football game this fall. Phil Shea ’60 hosted a party on Friday night in Salem, N.H. Class of ’62 attendees were Terry MacLean, Dick and Marjeanne Banks Vacco, John “Spud” McHale, Doug Mulcahy, and Peter—with a “surprise appearance” by Peter Jaffe who “regaled us with his singing to the accompaniment of Doug’s guitar.” Others attending were Wayne Fillback ’64, Dennis Dionne ’61, Ray Berbarian ’60, Betsy Perry Burke ’61, Mike Farren ’59, Cal Pingree ’62, and Steve Curley ’60. * Roey Carbino moved back to a little house in her old east side neighborhood, where she rented in the ’70s and ’80s. She also made a solo three-week trip to Australia in November. Her first week there included a conference and presentation, then sightseeing around Sydney, travel north along Australia’s east coast—ending with the tropical forest region—two trips to the Great Barrier Reef, and opportunities to see local wild animals—wallabies, giant fruit bats, lorakeets, porpoises, plus colorful fish and smaller sharks. * Brenda Lewison writes that, “New England is in my heart even though I happily live in Ohio.” Last year she and husband Bill spent three weeks at their cottage on Penobscot Bay and look forward to returning this year. They anticipated a mid-February trip to Savannah to enjoy the city’s beautiful architecture and squares. Brenda is a mentor for a female college student at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland through a program called College Now for urban, low-income students. She says, “I love helping her on her way.” * Finally, a “very interesting” note from Hank Sargent regarding several members of the DU Class of ’62 band—with a little editing: according to Hank, Sonny “Slick” Bryant decided to throw caution to the wind by entering a South Florida rock ’n’ roll drum marathon. After 29 minutes on the double bass drum, he was declared “most improved player.” He was so excited that he jumped in the air, which resulted in a bad landing, a wrecked right ankle, and a lengthy and painful recovery. Johnny “West” Grieco celebrated his 75th birthday in June. His daughters arranged to have several of the greatest doo-wop singing groups—the Five Satins, the Cadillacs, the Crests, Vito and the Salutations, as well as Rufus and Chaka Khan. John was asked to sing lead but “failed miserably,” according to Hank. Billy “Yabs” Hurder is still involved in high stakes poker, bingo, and shuffleboard somewhere in Florida. Finally, from Hank: “Me? Glad you asked … Doin’ nice … real nice.” * And just a reminder—if you attended the 50th reunion of the Class of ’62, you’ll remember how much fun it was. A Christmas card from Judy Hoagland Bristol, my “roomie,” points out that our 55th is just around the corner. Anyone want to be on the planning committee? Call me—Nancy MacKenzie Keating.


Class Correspondent:

Diane Scrafton Cohen Ferreira

President Bob Burke reports, “we have been working since early December, planning for our 55th Colby reunion June 3-5, 2016. Our main goal is to contact all classmates by phone or email to encourage your attendance at Colby in early June. We hope you’ll join us for a weekend of great conversations, reminders of our four years together, and memorable fun for all! Our reunion committee includes Carolyn Evans Albrecht, David Bergquist, Sandy and Nancy Cunneen Boardman, Steve Chase, Frank D’Ercole, Denny Dionne, Tom Evans, Diane Scrafton Ferreira, Judy Hoffman Hakola, John Kelly, David Tourangeau, David Ziskind, and myself.” * Mary Sawyer Bartlett celebrated Bob Di Napoli's birthday in Bar Harbor with Jock ’62 and Debbie Lucas Williams ’62. They all plan to be at Colby in June! * Ann Eisentrager Birky moved to a senior living complex after 43 years in her home and appreciates being free of house and yard concerns. She spends time volunteering in schools, church, AARP, and Friendship Force; she travels and finds time for two grandchildren. “Open for visitors in the great state of Nebraska.” * Peggy Bartlett Gray writes, “We celebrated our 50th anniversary with a trip to England on the QM2 and drove in the Cornwall area. It was crazy driving on the ‘wrong side’ of narrow roads at our age. Reaction times ‘ain’t what they used to be!’ In retrospect, we should have flown over, terrified each other driving, and taken the ship home to decompress!” * Carol Walker Lindquist retired from college teaching at the City University of New York in 2000. “I’ve made Brooklyn, N.Y., my retirement base, but summer at the family cottage in Pemaquid, Maine. Still playing a so-so golf game and sailing a small boat, but my main objective now is to finish the non-academic book I’ve been writing for ages. It’s a memoir about a thoroughbred horseracing meet I attended at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1976. I’ve finally reached the next-to-last chapter, but fear that if I don’t finish before the grim reaper calls, my kids will just pitch out all those pages I’ve labored over for so long. Wish me luck!” * Sandy Nolet Quinlan says, “All is terrific here. We bounce along involved with knee replacements (Dean, both knees in April, great success!), traveling (Sandy to France to visit family), gardening (on the local gardening committee), exercising (walking and yoga), entertaining (26 for southern France soiree), golfing, and grandparenting. Lake George in September for Sagamore golf weekend and, in October, a family visit in France with a side trip to Corsica. Life is VERY good!” * Penny Dietz Sullivan comments, “in New Bern, N.C., I play a lot of golf, bridge, dominoes, and canasta, attend shows and plays, and thoroughly enjoy my retirement. Looking forward to seeing everyone at our 55th in June!”


Class Correspondent:

Jane Holden Huerta

Mike Silverberg and others attending at our 55th were thrilled that the actual Colby Eight came back to sing. Many of them came long distances at their own expense. * Bob and Liz Chamberlain Huss are off to Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. They keep busy tutoring and working on town boards. * Jane and Ralph Galante sold their house in Bonita Springs, Fla., and constructed an addition to their daughter’s house in Centennial, Colo. They made the move because Jane has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and her doctors are in Colorado. They will spend May through October in their lake house on Merrymeeting. Ralph took a Tauck Bridges tour with his three youngest grandkids to Costa Rica, which included zip lines and lots more activities. * In the spring of 2015, Maren Stoll Fischer, Bob and Carlene Daisy Kelleher, Don and Lori Waugh Harris, and Gail Harden Schade had a fantastic trip to Costa Rica. Maren found the trip to be a real learning adventure and would do it again in a second! Gail and Maren also took a Road Scholar trip in the fall to Barcelona and Madrid. * Robert Littlefield sent his first contribution to our column. After a brief tour in the Air Force as a physicist, he taught physics in colleges and high schools. In 1960 he took a graduate nuclear physics course at Tufts from a teacher who later shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine for inventing the CT scan. He’s currently editor of the Maine Aviation Historical Society (Maine Air Museum) and has a wonderful Mount Holyoke graduate wife, two daughters (a nurse and a CFO), and five grandchildren. Since 2005 he’s made hands-on scientific demonstrations for the museum and the Challenger Learning Center of Maine, many having to do with the Bernoulli effect. He’s active and plays tennis with the help of his LVAD (artificial heart). * David Wiggins finally sent news as well! After retiring and returning to Maine from Massachusetts in 1999, he moved often, depending on where he could find a suitable house to rent, from Camden to Oakland, Blue Hill, and Prospect Harbor on the Downeast coast near Schoodic Point, a section of Acadia National Park. Early in 2014, feeling the need for some permanence, he purchased a house in Liberty, 27 miles southeast of Colby, close enough to enjoy Friday afternoon geology seminars, occasional music in the museum concerts, and campus walks with his two cherished cairn terriers. His wish is to join many of you on campus in 2020 if not before! * Jock and Pat Walker Knowles attended a Colby-Bowdoin ice hockey game in December where alumni who contributed to the Jack Kelley Head Coach hockey fund were recognized. Jack, a great Colby legend, dropped the ceremonial puck, and Colby won an exciting game. After the game there was a reception for Jack’s family, former players, and friends of Colby hockey. Some of those attending were Peter Leofanti ’62, John “Spud” McHale ’62, Doug Mulcahy ’62, Ed ’61 and Nancy Cunneen Boardman ’61, Phil “Cub” Shea, Skeeter Megathlin ’59, and Steve Curley. It was a wonderful evening that the Jock and Pat enjoyed immensely. * Linda and Andy Sheldon had a fine time at reunion, linking up with friends—including Andy’s former roommate Norm Miner ’65—rediscovering dormitory living, and marveling at the changing campus. After reunion they spent time at Acadia and in the Moosehead Lake-Katahdin region, then made a quick stop in Connecticut to visit Doug Thompson. They live in the Old Florida hamlet of Spring Creek (Crawfordville) on the Gulf due south of Tallahassee. They’re healthy, active, and volunteering for various organizations. Andy is still publishing and continuing a research program in the southern Appalachians, which provides much-needed “mountain fixes.” They would enjoy seeing Colby types but are off the usual migration routes for snowbirds.


Class Correspondent:

Joanne K. Woods

Lots of news! * Corinne Batchelder Weeks has been traveling a lot. She took her 16-year-old granddaughter to visit friends in Glasgow, Scotland, and Norwich, England. It was a wonderful experience for both of them. * Jim Plunkett celebrated his 50th anniversary residing in Peru. His Peruvian wife, Gisele, passed away 11 years ago, and he married a lovely Chinese woman from Beijing who’s lived in Peru 20 years. They traveled to China last fall—Shanghai and Beijing. It was their second visit in 11 years and they saw lots of new things, including her family. In Peru Jim sings in the church choir, participates in the Lima Toastmasters Club, and supervises a mining project south of Lima. * Bob and Mary Twiss Kopchains flew to Rome Dec. 1 and boarded the Ocean Princess for a transatlantic cruise. They visited ports in Italy and France and then on to Gibralter, Madeira, Bermuda, and finally Miami. The six-day crossing was a true “rock and roll” experience. They returned home to Pawleys Island, S.C., Dec. 20 and three days later drove to daughter Nancy’s home in Columbia, S.C. Older son Bob and his family drove down from New Jersey, but Tom and Carolyn (also in NJ) couldn’t join them with their children, Thomas, 13, and Sarah, 10. Nancy and Harvey’s boys, Aiden and Duncan, are students at Clemson—Aiden graduates this year. Bob and Susanna’s son is a sophomore at Union College, and daughter Emily, 16, is deciding where she’ll go to college. * After Cathryn Marcho Cootner took early retirement in 1996 as the curator of textiles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, she began doing tours of the Textile and Tribal Art Show, Caskey Lees, Fort Mason, Calif. After 10 years she decided to have a booth, selling artworks from her own personal collection. Last year, upon popular request, she began the tours again. In 2016 she’ll do the tours primarily because some of her most important assistants moved to other jobs. At 78 the tours are more fun and educational and have always been a priority of hers, as evidenced in her books, Flatweaves, The Arthur Collection (1961) and Anatolian Kilims, The Caroline and McSoy Jones Collection, (FAMSF, 1990), and in numerous articles and lectures. * Carlene Price White is CEO of Service Dog Project, which trains and donates hundreds of great danes as “balance dogs” to veterans and others with mobility issues. The best story is 150-pound George, who is partnered with a little girl, 48-pound Bella. He has her out of her wheelchair walking. * Bill Chapin moved back in 1986 from Chicago to Contoocook, N.H., and in 2014 sold his investment business to his son Billy. Billy’s four children and Bill’s daughter with three children live nearby, and their kids are ninth generation from Contoocook. Bill made 70 gallons of maple syrup last April. He also hunts, fishes, timber farms, and skis. Widowed in 2008, he sees Bonnie Brown Potter ’63 of Chamberlain, Maine, and they sail out of Camden together. He sees Bill Slade ’57, Boyd Sands, and Dave Russell regularly. His visits his last daughter and more grandchildren regularly in Telluride, Colo. * Denny Kellner Palmer’s son, John, daughter-in-law Mary, and their three children came from San Francisco at Christmas. They skied two days at Sunday River on man-made snow, and on Christmas Day, with temperatures in the 60s, managed a polar swim in Panther Pond. A dinner followed in Yarmouth with their two daughters and their families. John and Denny have spent the last three Februarys in the Stuart area of Florida and planned to return this year. * Jacqueline Bendelius Davidson’s wall hanging of knotted netting in black linen was accepted into the International Fiber Arts VII exhibit at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Sebastopol, Calif. It was one of 63 pieces chosen from 630 entries. She and Darwin attended the opening reception in conjunction with a visit to her 100-year-old mother in Tucson. Last year she donated her collection of knotted netting-related items to the Lacis Museum of Lace Textiles in Berkeley.


Class Correspondent:

Mary Ellen Chase Bridge

John ’55 and Jane Daib Reisman moved to Friendship Village of Columbus last March from their home of 53 years. They have met many friendly people and enjoy all that the village has to offer—music, lectures, local travel. “We are so pleased with our apartment. Feels like home.” Jane was back again in the fall for a gathering of Tri Delts at China Lake hosted by Ellie Shorey Harris ’57 and Barb Newhall Stevens. * Retired Clemson University English professor Ron Moran recently finished his 15th and last (“I promise”) book, which has probably been published by the time you read this. You can read about Ron’s long career and other publications at several websites. * Sorry to report that after short warning of a terminal illness, David Adams died early in December. Fortunately he had time with family members and was also supported in his last days by hospice. Late in September I was in Yarmouth for a family event and had lunch with Dave and Pam (Brockway ’60) at the Freeport Café. They were happily looking forward to their usual winter trip south in their motorhome. Whenever I hear Lizzie Borden mentioned (more often than you would think) I picture Dave with the Colby Eight, singing about her exploits—and he did this for about 60 years. Our condolences to Pam and all his family. * Leigh Bangs and his partner had a recent trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. “The big surprise has been the fact that we always travel expecting to see sights and animals. But we come back most impressed by the people we met and their way of life.” * Like classmate Marty Burger, John Edes is still working. In addition to his sports interests and activities, he goes to the office every day. “I’m still making $ for my many clients!” * The board of directors of the northeast group of the American Lung Association recently unanimously approved the nomination of Peter Doran as its very first honorary board member in recognition of his mission leadership in Maine and across the region, especially in the area of indoor air quality. Our congratulations! Peter reports he often drives through Colby’s campus and sees construction on new fields for baseball and softball and visits the Dorans’ daughter-in-law, Kelly, associate director of physical plant, who is involved in planning for a new athletic center as well. * My sister and two of our friends are thinking of a two-week cruise north out of Boston this fall to celebrate our “big” birthdays; two of us will hit 75 and the other two 80. Stops include Portland, Quebec City, Halifax, N.S., and Prince Edward Island, among others. * Here’s hoping we all stay healthy, active, and still curious and excited about being alive. Carpe diem! Do something interesting, offbeat, out of your comfort zone, even outrageous, so you can tell us all about it in the next issue!


Class Correspondent:

Don Tracy

It is mid-January and winter has finally arrived in Maine; it seems so different from the days that we as students trudged through mounds of snow from the dorms and frat houses to Miller Library and beyond. One thing that has remained steadfast is your class loyalty, and we thank you. * I imagined one happy soul to see all this snow is John Conkling, as he and Nancy prepared to challenge yet another ski slope (Snowmass in Colorado) with their 70-plus ski club for a week in February. They hoped to visit Buddy Bates in Aspen along the way. March will find them back East skiing the slopes in Quebec. The Conklings enjoy traveling in their VW pop-up camper, last fall visiting Acadia National Park with Babs (Faltings ’56) and Warren Kinsman. John’s advice is, “Keep moving; it sure pays off!” * After 59 (!) days of skiing at Killington,  and in Colo., and Utah last winter, Arlette and Mac Harring changed gears and spent the spring and summer traveling throughout the country in their new 24-foot travel trailer: a winter month in Florida; Reading, Pa. to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum; then on to camping in N.H. and an extended stay in Maine, including the Moosehead Lake region—where they climbed Mt. Kineo—Lubec, and Bar Harbor—including bike riding on the carriage trails at Acadia—and ending in Rockland to enjoy the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, a treat for any “gearheads” amongst us. * Last year, 2015, found Lou and Bill Bois on a trip to Spain and Portugal, which included four days on Madeira Island and a quick stop in Morocco. During the summer, on his 58th wedding anniversary, Bill had open-heart surgery with excellent results. He certainly deserves spending the winter months in Florida this year! * Ron Rasmussen happily announces that he has a new grandson, born in December to his son Lance and wife. Ron completed the 16th chapter of his autobiography, taking him to the time he became paralyzed at age 62. He’s beginning his ninth year of fantasy football, having won the championship the last two years. Good luck with three wins in a row! * Dick and Perk Canton have decided to “stick around” Florida for the season, but then, Naples is a great place to be. July will find them in North Carolina on their way to Maine for the month of August. In the fall, a trip to the Grand Canyon is on the docket. * Jeanne Arnold Jeffries emailed that she and Peter are still involved in genealogy and their community activities. March will find them traveling by train to Utah, where Peter will ski and family will join them. * On a sad note, we have lost a good friend and fellow golfer, Larry Pugh ’56, a great benefactor of Colby and the State of Maine. Having played golf with him at the home of the Masters in Augusta, Ga., a couple of times is a memory and experience that cannot be duplicated in my lifetime. * Please keep in touch.


Class Correspondent:

Charlene Roberts Riordan

Joan Kyritz O’Rourke writes from Pompano Beach, Fla., where she keeps busy with bridge club and the Fort Lauderdale Garden Club (officer). Her volunteering includes tax returns for AARP and the Fort Lauderdale Foreign Film Festival every Sunday. In June, after a trip to the Isle of Man, England, she’ll take a three-week cruise to Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and finally to Iceland. Her son builds houses in Yarmouth, so she feels connected to Maine. She would like to hear from anyone in her area. * Dick Abedon sees the Lunders, Kupersmiths, Landaus, and Marshalls in South Florida. He spends a couple of days per week in West Palm Beach and Belle Glade doing pro bono legal work. After our reunion in June, 16 members of his family will travel to Ireland, Scotland, and England. * Brian Stompe’s oldest son, Barry, and wife Sylvia are on a two-year sail on their 48-foot yawl from San Francisco to Mexico, Polynesia, Hawaii, British Columbia, and back to California. In July Brian and his wife, Susan, joined the couple for three weeks and sailed from Tahiti to some Polynesians islands. Beautiful scenery, great snorkeling, and home in time for salmon season off the Marin coast. Susan is busy in civic affairs, and Brian with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Sons in Retirement, Great Books, finances, fly-fishing, science, genealogy, and military history. He works with organizations on getting California single-payer healthcare to lower its cost and include everyone. He also finds time to grow vegetables, flowers, and roses. * Jeanette and Roland Breton have been married for 60 years and happily retired for 20. They enjoy good friends and are active in the First Baptist Church of Freeport. Their oldest daughter, Leslie ’81, in her 19th year teaching math at Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass., received the Margaret Clark Faculty Excellence Award from Storm King School, Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., where she taught from 1987 to 1997. Another daughter works at H.M. Payson & Company, and the youngest daughter at L.L.Bean. Two of their sons are engineers—one at BIW and the other at FairPoint—while other son is an entrepreneur. * Janet Nordgren Meryweather winters in Captiva and Nokomis, Fla., as she has done for 31 years. In 1986 Janet’s daughter Alison sailed around the world for a Semester at Sea. Now Alison’s daughter is sailing on the MV World Odyssey for her Semester at Sea and will end up in England after having sailed around Africa. Janet has five great-grandchildren and will have two more soon. * We were sorry to hear about the passing of Joan Arcese, who died Jan. 2 in Newton, Mass. Janet Stebbins Walsh sent in the news about Joan and said, “She was with us freshman year and those on first floor Foss will remember her raucous sense of humor and infectious laugh. Joan was one of my Newton (Mass.) High School ’52 girlfriends with whom I get together every few months. She was always sorry she did not stay and graduate with us.”


Class Correspondent:

Betty Harris Smith

Happy New Year ’55ers! * Sandy McCurdy Schultz loves reading our class news. She’s sorry to have missed the last reunion, but she had a lot of family in Pelham, N.Y., which is wonderful and comforting, she said. “I see the children in New Jersey frequently, play bridge a lot, and stay active in the Episcopal Church and women’s club. I loved hospice work but gave it up when I got too old. I try to walk a half a mile each day to keep moving. I send my love, and Happy New Year to you all.” * John Reisman: Happy New Year to all! Not much to report since last summer’s great time in Maine. Jane (Daib ’58) and I moved into a retirement community in March 2015 and are getting accustomed to our new normal—meeting lots of interesting people, keeping very busy, and staying healthy. * Due to a computer crash, I lost Johnny Dutton’s email, so instead had a wonderful visit with him by phone. He was happy to have the rains hit California because it helped eased the drought conditions and brought snow to the northern mountains. He also spoke of a pending birthday party that his wife, Jane, planned for him March 1. They planned a trip to the Mission Inn in Carmel, Calif., and will stay in one of the cottages. Clint Eastwood, the owner, is often there. Johnny says the best part is a great restaurant close enough he can walk there with his cane after hip replacement surgery. Hooray! John would not go anywhere without good food. (How many of us in this class have a cane? You aren’t alone there!) * That’s it folks! Here’s a little poem to close 2015 and usher in 2016. I wrote it years ago. Time flies so fast, a whole year’s spent / why, even Thanksgiving came and went / I’ve rarely stopped to keep in touch / and see those folks I love so much. // But from my heart, remembering all / my thoughts are filled with their recall. / Like balsam boughs, yet seldom seen / our friendships keep forever green.


Class Correspondent:

Art Eddy

I believe this is the 17th year I’ve been writing our column, and the 10 bits of information received for this column represents the greatest number of classmates ever. Thanks for getting in touch. * It’s always a treat to hear from a classmate for the first time. Such is the case with Mary Hitch Bowles, who reports big changes in her life. She’s moved from her large house to a lovely retirement community to be near several of her children. She now has more time to indulge her interests, among which are books, watercolor painting, music, church activities, and keeping track of her 12 grandchildren. I remember with great pleasure Barbara and me with four children visiting her and Jim at their “farm” in Stevens Point, Wis., on our way back from our Oregon sabbatical in 1969. Mary’s resolution for 2016 is to treasure each day as it unfolds. * Mary Mastin Campbell’s husband, Bill, was awarded one of the three Nobel Prizes in Medicine for 2015. They’ve been on a merry-go-round of activities ever since: interviews by innumerable news agencies, a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Obama, and a trip to Stockholm for a week of ceremony, grand celebration, and a brief private meeting with King Carl Gustaf and Queen Sylvia. Mary says their lives were and are changed, and they’ve gained an understanding of what celebrities experience. * Lois McCarty Carlson’s golfing, tennis, and skiing days are over but she continues her walking, yoga, water aerobics, and gardening. “Just putting one foot in front of the other each day.” * Nancy Moyer Conover goes to the gym every day to ride a stationary bike while reading a book—currently The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin. She’s become a warm-weather person and is questioning the wisdom of her move to Connecticut. * Bill Edson had hip replacement surgery in August and is easing back into caring for his roses and small orchard of tangerines and avocados. Penny (Thresher) is in her 24th year as a state-certified resident advocate for Ventura County, Calif., and continues to volunteer at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Each enjoys their twice-daily walks on the track at a local park. * I had a nice chat with Tom Hunt, who called out of the blue to ask how I was doing. He and Sue (Miller ’56) are doing well. Judy Thompson Colby Lowe is very happy in her retirement apartment in Gainsville, Fla., (home of the Gators) where she lives with her dog, Lily. * For the past several months, I’ve been corresponding with Pat Ingraham Murray, who lives in East Aurora, N.Y., close to her daughter, Katherine. With the help of physical and occupational therapists, Pat’s been walking the halls with her walker and is hopeful of soon being able to go just about anywhere. * Helen Cross Stabler knows she has a double in Camillus, N.Y., so was surprised to read in my last column that she has a second double who, as reported in said column, attended the memorial service for Ellie Turner Swanson last summer. So I not only apologize to Helen for my goof, but also to whomever was there but was omitted from my list. If you know who you are, please get in touch (classnews1954@colby.edu) so I might make amends. Dave and Betsy Powley Wallingford, who now live in Massachusetts, occasionally see Bill and Mary Mastin Campbell. Betsy asks, “How many folks know a Nobel Prize recipient?” * Life continues to be filled with wonderful hours for me. My love affair with the game of golf became all the more passionate in 2015 (my last round was Dec. 27) as I gave up riding the cart in favor of walking nine holes every other day. I walked an entire 18 on my final day. * Keep the news coming—I really enjoy hearing from you all.


Class Correspondent:

Barbara Easterbrooks Mailey

In September Priscilla Eaton Billington had a telephone call from Barbara Studley Barnette. Bobbie wondered if we could meet her and Joan Leader Creedon somewhere between my area, the North Shore of Boston, and Cape Cod. We decided on a lunch date in mid-October at Priscilla’s Fall River Country Club. We had a wonderful lunch talking about family news and reviewing Colby days. We hope to meet again in 2016. FYI, a photo of the four of us is online at alumni.colby.edu under the “stay connected” tab. * Harold Cross shares news about the arrival of his 10th great-grandchild, Kate Michelle, in January. Congratulations! * Alice Colby Hall made a brief trip to France in late October. She gave a lecture (in French) to the Academie de Vaucluse in Avignon. She told members about her research on the legends concerning the epic hero William of Orange and the historical reality behind them. We know William as the first cousin to Charlemagne. * Nelson Beveridge had a call from George Pirie, who had just returned from a trip to the Panama Canal and was back in Georgia. He told Nelson he was getting good senior care at the veterans’ hospital nearby. Sadly, Nelson also told me that Chuck Spencer had passed away. Nelson always asks about my dog, so I had to tell him that my best friend, my seven-year-old golden retriever, Karian, died in late October of hemangiosarcoma, a very aggressive cancer that is taking the lives of so many of our beautiful breed. I’m expecting to have a golden puppy by April 1. I look forward to this challenge—and it will be that! * Please send more news for the next column!


Class Correspondent:

Art White

Here is what your classmates have to share with you. Janet Hewins is “enjoying life in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Also still working part time as a clinical psychologist and volunteering for community organizations, especially this year a group that assists newly arrived immigrants. Best wishes to the Class of 1952.” * Art White says, “Not a lot happening in Bath these days. The golf season ended two days before Christmas, but it certainly is over now. The temperature this morning was nine degrees! I think it’s a good time for me to visit my son in Florida. I’ve been playing cards at the senior center a couple times a week, but I only do it to keep all the others in spending money. As they say, luck in love. Stay well.” * “Hi,” says non-grad Bob Libby. “I had military interruption of four years after my sophomore year and then was a graduate of Northwestern University. But I enjoy keeping up with items in Colby Magazine. The fall/winter 2015-16 edition is extraordinary. A really good read.” * Evelyn Walker Mack: “I’m once again spending several weeks at a beach in the Sarasota area. Carolyn Stigman Burnham and I get together a couple of times a week. She spends the winter about 20 miles from me. December was unusually warm, with day temps in the 80s. How spoiled can one get?” * Betsy Fisher Kearney: “Today is Jan. 14 and we just returned from a trip down the east coast of Florida to visit my son and wife, who have moved to South Beach. Then on to Key West and back up the west coast of Florida—a long drive. Stopped to see Al and Joan Martin Lamont in Stuart. They have a beautiful house and are into everything. Al is the head of pastoral counseling; Joan is a bell ringer and active bridge player. Both are into every sport available. It was great seeing them.” * Thank you all for your contributions, which are much appreciated. Stay well and happy in 2016.


Class Correspondent:

Chet Harrington

Thanks to everyone who responded to our request for news. First we heard from John Linscott, our producer, director, and musician. He’s moving to the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. His musical was a success, so he’s not being run out of Maine—he just wants to relocate. * Richard Bowen continues to be busy as a political person and is now offering his advice to the townspeople about saving millions of dollars by fixing the current firehouse instead of building a new one. Good luck, Richard. Keep up the good work. You have always been an influence. * Our Duxbury deacon Dan Hall spent Christmas in Bozeman, Mont., where his daughter runs an indoor climbing facility that has now doubled in size. Dan has always been a leader and climber, so I’m sure he has some paternal leadership. He met the son of Lorraine (Arcese ’54) and George Wales, who runs a ski operation. I wish we would hear from George—he’s been quiet lately. What’s new, George? * We’ve lost several classmates the last 18 months, and another, Ted Shiro, passed away Jan. 13. He was my fraternity brother and, of course, a star athlete at Colby. He’ll be buried in June at the Maine Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, Maine, next to his wife, Arden. * Jane and I were off to Naples, Fla., in December to escape the big snow here in Villanova, Pa. * Cass Lightner encourages us all to attend our 65th reunion June 2-5. I hope Walt Russell and others will be there. My best to all!


Class Correspondent:

Gerry Boyle '76

Peg Rodgers Nichols wishes everyone a Happy New Year. She reports that she’s “well, busy, and keeping out of trouble. My daughter and I had a wonderful week in New Mexico in late summer but otherwise I have led a pretty uneventful life. Just happy.” * June and Charles Smith have moved to the Pittsburgh area to be near a son and daughter. They’re at Asbury Heights, a faith-based retirement complex in suburban Mount Lebanon. They want to know if there is a Colby club nearby. * George Wiswell reports that he and Harriet (Sargent ’48) are in good health and enjoying life in Southport, Conn., and at their farm in Vermont. George says, “My major regret in life is that I ever smoked. Up to two packs a day during WW II and at Colby. Harriet convinced me to stop more than 60 years ago and I haven’t touched one since. Unfortunately the damage had been done and I now pay the price with supplemental oxygen. I have learned to live with it and do my best to tell young smokers that they should give it up.” Their three sons are well, as are their two grandsons and two granddaughters. Unfortunately, they lost one granddaughter last summer. They also have four great-grandsons within three years of each other. They will certainly have a great time growing up together. * Dick and I (Connie Leonard Hayes) are living at Birch Hill Terrace, a retirement community in Manchester, N.H., where Mary (Bauman ’49) and Alfred “Bud” Gates have recently joined the community.