Karen Clark ’12 left in May on a volunteer mission in Malawi with World Camp, an international nonprofit. It was Clark’s third trip to Malawi, and she planned to work with students and hold workshops for teachers, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Ala Solsvig lives and works in Davis Square (Somerville, Mass.) at a software company, Best Practical Solutions. * Nitish Hemdani moved to London to work as an analyst at HSBC Holdings. * Aqsa Mahmood is a sales analyst at JPMorgan Chase in N.Y.C. She gave birth to daughter Vaneeza, July 2, and lives with her husband in Astoria, Queens. * Adan Hussain spent 2011-12 as assistant director of Colby’s Farnham Writers’ Center and begins teaching English in Japan this August. * Austin Sutherland works at Unum in Portland, Maine, and will begin underwriting at its location outside of London for 2013. * Post-graduation, Alex Pan worked in Uganda with a grassroots community NGO called Foundation for Sustainable Development. This fall he’ll attend George Washington to earn an M.A. in international science and technology policy. * Chris Gorud lives in D.C., and works for Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) as scheduler/floor assistant. * Lia Engelsted lives in D.C. and works for IBM. She regularly runs into other Colby IBMers: Alicia Kreiger, Jessica Chang, and Stephan Cizmar. She and Elissa Kurtz are co-chairs for the community service committee for newly-hired IBMers. * Emily Cook and Sarah Sorenson eagerly anticipate no longer living the “New Girl” life when they move in together in D.C. * Robyn Wardell is a FoodCorps service member in Flint, Mich. In August, she’ll begin a yearlong FoodCorps Fellowship. * Sai Chavali works at Chitika in Westborough, Mass., as a data analyst. He recently traveled to Ottawa and Montreal, and loved the latter. * Collin Jenkins is a climbing instructor/manager at a rock gym in Rockville, Md., and is finishing a stint with General Dynamics as a translation editor. * Caley Robertson lives in London with Catherine Vieth ’10, recently finished her master’s. She begins a job soon with the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change. * Danny Hoshino works as a videographer for CustomMade and released an album with his band, Novel Ideas. They plan to tour in the late summer/early fall. (thenovelideas.bandcamp.com) * Rian Ervin graduates from Northwestern with a master’s in journalism this August and will work full time as managing editor for YouSwoop, a daily deals company in Chicago. * Sus Hatch spent last year studying and working in Paris to become fully fluent in French. * Geri Morris lives in Seattle and is halfway through her master’s for arts leadership at Seattle University. She also works full time in development at Pacific Northwest Ballet and visited Sus in March. * Lauren Tracy works in research at MassGeneral and loves running into Lauren Thornton there. * Sam Axelrod, Noah Bonnheim, Ben Cunkelman, Zach Currier, Michael Johnsen, and Peter Williams spent their first year after graduation in the hamlet of Hanover, N.H., completing their engineering degrees at Dartmouth. * Mavrick Afonso is finance assistant for Elizabeth Warren’s senate campaign in Massachusetts. * Anne Wardwell taught at Buckingham Browne and Nichols last year (Cambridge), and completed her master’s in elementary education. * Alexandra Linn Desaulniers joined the cast of White Christmas in Va. and has been acting professionally in the area ever since. * Billy Pettengill spent the winter competing with a professional snowboard team (ISTC, Silverthorne, Colo.) and finished the season ranked just outside the top-100 FIS professional world ranking in boardercross. * Rachel Baron loves living in Carbondale, Colo., with roommates Jake Marty, John Perkins, Anders Nordblom ’10, Elizabeth Powell ’10, and Ben Mawhinney ’11J. They’re excited that Nick Cunkelman lives just down the street. The crew has frequent barbecue parties and welcomes any and all Colby grads. They’ve been visited in the past year by Eric Freeman, Sara Ramsay, Eric Foster-Moore ’09, Sarah Stevens ’09, Caroline Greene-Hunt ’09, Hannah Lafleur, Nate Seiberling, Christine Snow, Billy Pettengill, Amie Fleming, Molly Muller, Ellicott Dandy ’13, Amanda Palffy, Sadie Robertson, Petie Booth, Peter Allfather, Ann Norris, Robyn Wardell, Kevin Smith ’10, Sarah Brockett ’14, and Maeve McGovern ’14.
When not busy teaching at Lawrence High School, Scott Brown plays soccer with James Westhafer, Scott Veidenheimer, Doug Sibor, Tom Milaschewski ’09, Mike Baldwin, Duy Lyford, and Dan Marden. * Mary Soule just started teaching high school English in Mukdahan, Thailand. * Jordan Schoonover survived her first year of law school and is in Anchorage this summer working for a nonprofit environmental law firm. * Kat Cosgrove, Alison Cappelloni, and Samantha Smith jet-setted to Vegas for spring break and had a great time. * After two years researching at Children’s Hospital Boston, Corey Martin will start the immunobiology Ph.D. program at Yale this fall, where he’s excited to reunite with roommate Jack Moriarty. * Claire Cole will start school at UMaryland School of Nursing this fall. * At Shake Shack in N.Y.C. Claire Tinsley and Blythe Miller celebrated Claire’s visit from Botswana and Blythe’s enrollment in Fordham’s Law School. * Katie Littleton is moving to Philadelphia to start a neonatal nurse practitioner program at UPenn, where she’ll be joined by Jen Myers ’09 and Adam SanMiguel. * Audrey Jacobsen finished teaching English in Madrid and moved back to the States to start her M.D./M.P.H. at UMiami’s Miller School of Medicine. * Kristen Psaty will start law school at Santa Clara University. * Elise Randall will start her master’s in public administration at UWashington this fall. * Kari Rivers was promoted to a lead kindergarten teacher at the French School in St. Louis. She enjoys drinks with Colby compatriot Michelle Storkan ’01. * Before heading to Iceland for summer adventures, Ross Connor spent Memorial Day on the Cape with roommate Dan Reeves and Aaron Block, Nick Friedman, Karthik Sonty, Charles Klassen, Brandon Pollock, Jon Clauson, Cushman Laurent ’06, and Leah Turino ’11. * Rob Knipp continues to work at IBM and sees Roberto Delhy, who is doing his Ph.D. in economics at Maryland. Rob also visited Mike Shumaker in L.A. * Becky Muller continues to teach special education in Louisiana, where she lives with Jess Acosta ’11. They’ll take a summer vacation with their families to Puerto Rico. * Beth Ponsot is a web producer for PBS’s national politics show Need to Know. She moved into an apartment in Brooklyn with Will Price, who finished his first year at N.Y.U. Law. * Alison Berryman graduated with an M.S.Ed. in higher education administration from UPenn and works as an admissions counselor at Ursinus. She met Hayley Didriksen this spring. * Continuing a project from Colby, Colin O’Shea worked for the National Institutes of Mental Health after graduation and recently published a paper in Pediatrics. He finished his first year at Emory School of Medicine. * Liz Beltran moved to San Jose and is working to obtain teaching credentials. She hopes to explore California this summer. * Liz Millikin lives and works in Burlington, Vt., and had a great trip visiting Brian Putnam ’08, Tom Treat ’08, and Ned Warner ’09 in Boulder. * Niko Lehman-White finished his fellowship with Dartmouth’s ISIS Fertility Study and wants to congratulate Katie Todd and Matt Reilly on their recent engagement! * Schuyler Weiss works for IBM and is almost finished a graphic novel. * Libby Kugel lives in Anchorage and works in a nonprofit. Her spring adventures took her to Israel, with pit stops in Seattle to visit Jessie Milstead, and D.C. to visit Samah Mahmood. * Piper Haywood got married last February to Sam Baldwin in London, with Sarajane Blair as maid of honor and Fiona Braslau in attendance. They then had a Texas shindig attended by family and a large Colby crew: Sarajane Blair, Brittany Thomas, Beth Ponsot, Will Price, Hannah Parnes, Taylor Tully, Ross Nehrt, and Leigh Bullion were joined by several Sirens for a celebration with margaritas and line dancing! * Happy summer to all!
Escar Kusema ’09 was named one of Top 35 Africans making an impact on their respective countries by Young People in International Affairs (YPIA). Kusema, who is from Zimbabwe, is CEO at Dumela: Research, Advocacy & Sustainable Relief for Internal Displacement, a Boston-area nonprofit.
Professional triathlete Sarah Piampiano ’02 was the keynote speaker at Stratton Mountain School’s 2012 commencement. Pampiano worked on Wall Street for 10 years, then decided to become a professional triathlete. She got her first win in the Ironman New Orleans in April.
Chris Lemmons graduated from Suffolk Law School and sits for the Mass. bar in July. * Mac Simpson graduated from Maine School of Law and works for Peter Cyr & Associates, a general practice law firm in Portland. * Brookes Moody earned an M.F.A. in creative writing with a concentration in poetry at the New School. She also has her 100-ton captain’s license and works on racing sailboats out of Newport, R.I. * Allison Stewart is in veterinary school at UEdinburgh. * Danielle Crochiere moved to N.Y.C. for Columbia’s nurse practitioner program. She visited Christina Mok at Yale for birthday celebrations. Christina finished her first year in Yale’s physician associate program. She sees Drew Hill around campus. * Lokesh Todi applied to M.B.A. programs while working at Analysis Group. He visited Nepal for five weeks and regularly sees Colby folks in Boston. * Drew Hill finished his master’s in public health at Yale and heads to Berkeley for a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences hoping to see Liz Byrne, also in the East Bay area. * Ben Crane ’06 proposed to Ellen London after running in Central Park. They plan to marry on Maine’s coast next summer. * Kat Brzozowski is an assistant editor at Thomas Dunne Books and lives with Wes Miller ’08 in Queens. * Rachel Bonenfant works at McLean Hospital-Southeast’s adolescent ART unit as a community residence counselor and shift leader. She won the 2011 Lenny Bellino award for patience with difficult residents and their families. * Sam Hoff is relaxing on Martha’s Vineyard before starting Boston College Law School this fall. * In May Kris Miranda was elected to head the legislative branch of the graduate student government at University of New Mexico. He started a monthly roundtable series called Women in the Academy. In June he presented a paper, “Aristeia: Being-in-the-World and the Warrior,” at a martial arts and philosophy conference at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs. * Suzanne Merkelson lives in D.C. and started a new job writing for a startup investigative blog focused on the corrupting influence of money in politics. She sees many ’09ers including John Wagner, with whom she saw Titanic 3D. They both cried when Rose let go. * Dan Heinrich finished his second event season with U.S. Squash and is enjoying time off. In June he met up with Scott Zeller in Boston to cheer on Danny Wasserman, who biked a one-day 150-mile ride ending in Vermont. * Lisa Portis continues to work for the EPA in Narragansett, R.I., researching contaminated marine sediments as a student contractor. She’s making a career change and applying to physical therapy schools in the fall. Advice as she enters this new field is welcome! * On April 16 Ellen London, Catherine Fanning, and Scott Zeller completed the Boston Marathon in 89-degrees weather. It was a challenge in the heat but a great sense of accomplishment crossing that finish line. * Lauren Pongan traveled around the Philippines visiting family, exploring, and playing Ultimate Frisbee around the country. This after a year-long horticulture internship at UPenn. * Mollie Ryan bought a condo in Brunswick, Maine, and was promoted to finance manager at Five County Credit Union. She received her M.B.A. in June. * Chelsea Eakin had lots of visitors in Beijing, including Byron Meinerth, Joanna Fisher, Beth Cole, and Becky Lipson. She wonders who will come next. * Ruth Langton is teaching first through third grade at Newton (Mass.) Montessori School, where Hanna Schenk works in the primary and elementary classrooms. This summer Ruth will finish her Montessori training in New York and enjoy time off between Maine and Boston. * Tarini Manchanda spent a week shooting (on camera) the forest-dependent “baiga” tribal communities in central India. Before that, her Colby roommate Amelia Nebenzahl visited and the two had a wonderful time traveling to Sonapani in the Himalayas and then to central India.
Adrienne Angel Giampaoli was married last October in Napa, Calif., and was delighted Tyler Schleicher and Colby Souders ’07 helped celebrate. Adrienne earned a master’s of nursing from University of San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area, working to provide health care to the underserved. * Juan Colon was hired by Bloomberg last August and in April relocated to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he looks forward to visits from friends. * Last spring Jack Davidson finished his master’s in divinity and received his teaching license through Harvard Divinity School. In October he began as associate minister at a UCC church in Redding, Conn., and he lives down the road from Darcy Taylor. * After living in Santiago, Chile, for more than three years working for the Institute for Study Abroad-Butler University, Abby Hall will start a master’s of international studies at NC State in August. In Chile she saw Danielle Nielsen, Emily Lyczkowski, and Marcy Shrader-Lauinger and met up with Hillary Sapanski ’13. * In May Erin McGowan and Kelsey Hilton received doctorates from the UPenn School of Veterinary Medicine. Kelsey joined a general practice in Turner, Maine, and Erin started an internship in Tinton Falls, N.J. * Ola Sadanowicz got engaged to Rob Doton ’07 when he proposed on a visit to Colby! In May she earned a D.O. at New England College of Optometry and started her residency at the VA hospital. * Megan Watts Berube earned her M.D. from UVM in May and started her residency in pediatrics at Maine Medical Center. She married Bryan Berube in 2008 and they welcomed a daughter, Nora Blythe, Jan. 25. Last fall she visited Katie Ludwig in Philadelphia and saw Emily Wagner in Vermont. * Christa Miller-Shelley received her M.S. in civil engineering from UMaine. * Brad Woodworth still lives in the U.K., working towards his master’s. He’s interning this summer in the economics division of the U.K. Department for Transport. * Hanna Gerlovin got an M.A. in biostatistics from Boston University and starts her Ph.D. in biostatistics at BU this fall. * Michelle Easton received her master’s in public administration from Northeastern and is running a program for high school students at the organization Bottom Line. * Julie Bero moved back to N.Y.C. with a master’s in gender and social policy from London School of Economics. * Greg Smith and Jacqueline Grady plan to marry in July 2013. * Patrick Sanders started a new job as associate director of alumni affairs at Georgetown University Law Center. In April Joel Alex stayed with Patrick and saw Marcy Shrader-Lauinger. Patrick has seen Amy Weinfurter and Alex Clegg and also attended Dustin Hilt’s going away party in D.C., where he saw Samuel Fabens and Julia Bacon ’09. Dustin and Bailey Woodhull moved to Boston. * Linsey Walker works as a project manager in interventional cardiovascular research and clinical trials at Mount Sinai Medical Center in N.Y.C. * Megan Lehmann earned a master’s in cultural studies from Dartmouth and plans to move to California. * Tanya Rosbash and Alex Halls ’09 got engaged on vacation in Chile last November and will marry in August 2013. * Steve Frechette finished his job at North Bridge Growth Equity in Waltham, Mass., and will start an M.B.A. at MIT’s Sloan School of Management in August. * Stephanie Lubin-Levy got her M.S.N. from the MGH Institute of Health Professions and will be a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. * Austin Ross moved back to Waterville, where he’ll work as field director for the Maine House Democratic Campaign Committee while he trains as a pro cross-country skier. * Martin and Emily Wilson Connelly moved from Newfoundland to Portland, Maine. Emily works as a wildlife biologist for the Biodiversity Research Institute, and Martin is building the family tea company, Little Red Cup Tea. They’re charter members of David Brand’s new Full Day Farm CSA out of Scarborough. * David Sternesky loves San Francisco and started a new job doing marketing for Rdio, a digital music streaming service. He also DJs through a monthly residency at LookOut in the Castro and at a monthly party called ROCKET that grew out of fundraising efforts for queer Burning Man campus and art projects. * Laura Webb completed an M.A. in public policy with a concentration in women’s studies at George Washington. * With help from Angela Martinelli, Christine Avena moved from Boulder to Boylston, Mass., to start a master’s in conservation medicine at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts. Along the way she visited Jennifer Mizen Malpass and stayed with Lindsay Philips and Sam Rouleau ’10. Christine returned to Colorado for an internship in January and joined a “Buck Fates” broomball team including Tom Treat, Brian Putnam, Erik Lambert ’04, Natalie McKechnie ’04, Josh Montague ’06, Anders Wood ’07, Jessica Seymour ’06, Jeff Ruhle ’09, Kate Swayne ’03, and Lora Golann ’06. She also caught up with MaryClaire McGovern, Becca Flint D’Elia ’07, Julia Stifler ‘10, and Morgan Davies.
The Class of 2007 had a great time holding court on frat row during reunion. It was great to see Lucy Hitz, Mark Biggar, and Rick Titties. * Megan Deeley graduated from Northeastern’s School of Law in Boston in May and was sitting for the Mass. bar exam July 25-26. She lives in Jamaica Plain near her sister, Claire, and her wife, Jamie Singelais, who married in July 2011 in N.H. Alex Shafer lives nearby and they see him often. Megan recently got engaged to Elliott Flah. * CW3 Nicholas (U.S. Army) and Holly Duello Jacoby have been married since May 2009. Eric ’02 and Elise Washer Neumann and Mariah Buckley attended the wedding in St. Louis. Holly received her degree at St. Louis University’s School of Law in May 2012. After the bar exam in July, Holly will relocate to the greater Seattle/Ft. Lewis area and start a career in international humanitarian law at the American Red Cross. Matt Crane is also a law student at S.L.U. Law. * Lena Barouh is leaving Seattle behind to pursue a law degree at UKentucky this fall. * Elizabeth Benson was sad to miss reunion due to P.A. program finals at UWashington, Seattle. She’ll visit Maine at the end of the summer before starting a clinical year in Wyoming. * Amanda Vickerson is finishing her first year at Gorham High. She’s been busy working in the behavior support program, advising the Rainbow League, and starting special education graduate work at USM! Amanda and wife Erin are house-hunting in Gorham and planning a trip to see Claire Conger this year. Cali or bust! * Julia Hutchinson begins the dual master’s degree at St. Kate’s in both social work and holistic health this fall. * Andrew Herstein earned his M.D. from UWashington, in June and began his general surgery residency at Boston University in July. * Josh Gerber and John DeBruicker are playing die on a rooftop in Philadelphia. * Leslie Peterson moved her teaching career to Vermont this summer to join Christian Crannell ’08, who’ll be a second-year med student at U.V.M. They’re excited to live in Burlington together! * Sara Morgan starts her M.S.W. at San Jose State this fall. * Adam Robbins begins the master’s of international business program at the Tufts’s Fletcher School this fall. * Liz Stovall will enter her second year at UChicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, where she’s pursuing a master’s degree. She was awarded a fellowship this summer in the Chicago mayor’s office working for Rahm Emanuel. * Heather Murray completed her last semester in the MLIS program at URI and graduated this spring. She’s working part time as a reference librarian at the Bedford (NH) Public Library and conducting a job search for library positions in New England, either a full-time position or a second part-time one to supplement her position in Bedford. * Ross Kaplan moved to D.C. to start a new job as an education program specialist with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. * As for me, I recently started a new job in business consulting for the Capital Markets Company in N.Y.C.
Caroline Polgar is a Ph.D. student at Boston University studying ecology and climate change. She is getting married this summer. * Travis Downs is currently in Portsmouth, N.H., and works as a fixed annuity consultant for John Hancock. Travis and fiancée Lydia Garnhart welcomed their daughter, Lilliana Marie Downs, in September 2011. “Lil” sees her “uncles” Robert Girvan and Gerrit Lansing ’07 regularly. * Bryan Sanders and wife Sarah Huckabee Sanders had a healthy, beautiful baby girl. Scarlett Wiles Sanders was born May 10 with a head full of crazy brown hair! * In June Monty Hankin, Adrian Walther, and John Wheelock hiked the 270-mile Long Trail in Vermont to raise money for the Travis Roy Foundation’s funding of spinal cord injury research. They left June 9 and planned on taking just over two weeks to complete it. You can get the fundraising link on Facebook (facebook.com/longtrailfundraiser). * Maddy Horwitz Boccuzzi works for the WHO in Vientiane, Laos, as part of her master’s in global health at Duke. She’ll be there through the summer working on HIV procurement issues, but will sadly miss both Caroline Polgar and Becca Reisman’s weddings. Maddy writes that she will drink a Beerlao in their honor. * Mike ’07 and Emily Boyle Westbrooks are still in Dublin. Mike got a job as a guidance counselor at an all Irish-speaking school. He loves it, but he’s relearning his Irish slowly! Meanwhile, Emily is excited to travel to Berlin to speak at a European blogging conference. * Jessica Seymour just finished her master’s in educational psychology from UColorado, Denver. She’s looking for an elementary teaching position in the area for the upcoming academic year. This summer she’ll be traveling to Europe with Anders Wood ’07 to visit Matt Wallach ’07. She is glad to be able to see Josh Montague, Caitlin Gallagher ’07, and Emily Pugach ’07, often in Boulder. They all also shared a ski condo along with Lindsay Tedeschi ’07 and Dylan Harrison-Atlas ’07. It’s quite the Colby crew out west! * Carly Alexander recently graduated from medical school in Israel and will begin her pediatric residency in N.Y.C. in July. She’s really looking forward to catching up with old Colby friends when she gets there! * Sarah Kelly married Arthur Richards in Portsmouth last June.
Kyle Ross returned from Asia and now lives in Denver, working for SportsOptical.com. * Darren Larsen lives in Boulder and just finished his master’s in engineering (hydrology and water resource engineering) at UColorado. He’s working to complete his Ph.D. in geology this year. * Nikki Patel and husband Mihir moved into their first home in January and expect their second baby girl in October. * Laura Miller is engaged to Phil Rios, a Navy officer. She’ll move from Florida to Newport, R.I., this summer to be with him. They plan a summer 2013 wedding. * After four great years at Google, Adelin Cai moved on to work on Twitter’s trust and safety team, building out policies for online advertising. She and her husband are based in the Bay Area and travel frequently to N.Y.C. * Matt Lynes shares news from Tim Lancaster, who finished his M.D. at Temple Medical School and will start his general surgery residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Tim’s wife and their children are with him. * Rebecca Taylor ’04 and Nick Malick welcomed second daughter, Eloise Harper, May 8. They live and teach in the Bay Area. * Matt Roland and wife Jackie bought a house in Northampton and expect a baby boy in late September. Matt had an amazing time at the Colby lacrosse alumni game in April with Eric Seidel ’06 and Sean Murphy. * Dave Zohn still lives in Los Angeles and is director of land use and planning at Burns & Bouchard, a public affairs and land use consulting firm. * After three years working at the American School in Switzerland, Ilana Saxe moved back to the U.S., where she’ll work at the Lawrenceville School in N.J. Ilana will attend Cory Cramer and Kate Fox’s wedding in Edgecomb, Maine, in late August, along with Tom Ireland, John and Wendy Sicard Cole, Dan Seifert, Skyler Place ’04, and Chris and Erin Rockney Van Wagenen. * Mary Medlin received a two-month fellowship from the MacDowell Artists Colony in Peterborough, N.H., where she’ll work on her short-story collection. She also has a story appearing in The Drum, a Boston-based audio literary magazine. * Chelsea Pawlek was promoted to purchasing manager at Ibex Outdoor Clothing, where Rusty, her goldendoodle, goes to work with her. Chelsea started her second season with a local Ultimate Frisbee team in Vermont. * Kara Lanahan graduated from UVirginia with a master’s of landscape architecture. * Kevin and Meredith Duval O’Brien welcomed Audrey Frances, April 22. * Nick Miller graduated from Boston College Law School, while Mary Olsson got a job at a Manhattan interior design firm. They’re moving to N.Y.C. in August. * Lisa Andracke completed her master’s in July and lives in Barcelona while working in video production for a nonprofit, Worldreader, that gives people in the developing world access to digital books. She traveled to Ghana to produce a shoot and document progress. * Danny Uhlmann received his International Federation of Mountain Guide’s Association license. He’s been guiding in Antarctica, Alaska, California, and the European Alps. He and his three partners returned from Afghanistan, where they completed the first-ever ski mountaineering expedition to the Pamir Mountains. Danny also started his own company, First Light Mountain Guides. * Sarah Thein married a freelance sci-fi/fantasy illustrator and security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this May. Sarah is executive assistant to the director of the Frick Collection and lives in Astoria, Queens. * Noah Smith and Rachel Beaupre expected a baby boy in June. * After graduating last spring from Tuck, Jake Colognesi lives and works in Boston’s Back Bay. He extends an invitation to fellow Bostonians interested in getting together at his place to play some die. * After following in Jake’s footsteps and completing my first year at Tuck, I’m spending my summer in N.Y.C. interning at Monitor Group.
Amanda Belden Kramer graduated from her orthodontic residency at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. She and her husband are expecting their first baby at the end of August. * Amina McIntyre has been busy with theater productions in Atlanta. She was also an invited writer for the first Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival in June. * Sari Gilbert married Billy Rudolph Dec. 31, 2011. Katie Sweeney Lepak was her maid of honor and Ashley Porter Walsh was a bridesmaid. Bobby Rudolph ’09 is the brother of the groom and was the best man. They spent their honeymoon in South Africa and the Seychelles and now live in Salem, Mass. * Brian and Ann Claflin Kelly moved from D.C. to Ann Arbor, Mich. Shortly afterward in April, they were thrilled to welcome their first child, Nathan Anders. * Kristan Jiggetts works as a high school English teacher in the north suburbs of Chicago. For her spring break, she and her boyfriend visited Shannon Hopkins and her husband, Preston, in Vietnam. Shannon is doing great! * Michael Hepburn shared that Holly Brown has landed a coveted job as the VP of development for The Combine, which is Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s new production company. The Combine already has three films in various stages of development/preproduction. * Emily Bernier and Walt Shepard (Bowdoin grad) were married May 27 in Yarmouth, Maine. They live in Portland, where she works as a physician assistant in internal medicine and he works as a strategy consultant.
Suzanne Skinner is getting married this October. Brie Drummond, Caroline Koskinas, and Anne Rudolph are in the bridal party. * Brooke McNally is engaged to Kevin Thurston ’98. They plan a June 2013 Colby wedding. * Julie Blossom is marrying Nicholas Parks aboard the Santa Fe Southern Railway this October. Guests include Harrison and Bonnie McGuire Wreschner, Melanie Newton Lago, and Andrea Jones. * Zach Shull got married last August in Boston. He met his bride at MIT Sloan in 2009. Brian Mitchell, Meredith Pfaff Wolcott, David Friedman ’02, Sean Skulley ’02, Grant Swisher ’02, Shawn Burnell ’02, and Chris Prendergast ’02 attended. * Sarah Zerbonne married Steve Fenigstein in Ohio July 7. They live in Seattle, where Sarah works for an environmental nonprofit and Steve is a web developer. Heather Ogilvy ’04 recently visited Sarah. They had a great time singing in a band and reminiscing about Colby. * Kristy Thurston graduated from the UConn general surgery residency in June and started a colorectal fellowship at North Shore-LIJ in July. She and David Prinstein ’02 were married in April on St. John, V.I. * Alison Killelea was married in May in the Dominican Republic. She graduated from emergency medicine residency at Brown in June and moved to Florida to start a job as an emergency medicine attendant. * Peter Newberry received his Ph.D. in economics from UWisconsin, Madison, and is an assistant professor of economics at Penn State. * Michael Cox caught up with Spencer Hutchins in San Diego and Justin Stempeck in Boston while snagging a position as an assistant professor at Dartmouth. * Eric Eichler lives in Northampton, where he’s finishing his M.S.W. at Smith. He’ll move to San Diego this fall to work at the VA in a psychosocial rehabilitation program for veterans with psychosis. * Danielle O’Steen graduated with an M.A. in art history from George Washington in 2011 and this fall starts a Ph.D. program in art history at UMaryland, College Park. * Tom Sterio is moving with wife Caroline and son Tom Jr. from San Antonio to Boston to join a periodontics practice. Looks forward to escaping the 100-degree Texas temperatures! * Mike Wiley purchased Hugo’s restaurant in Portland, Maine. His partners, Andrew Taylor and Arlin Smith, bought the restaurant a couple months ago. They’re opening another next door to Hugo’s, Eventide Oyster Bar, where they will serve immaculate seafood and creative cocktails. * Last April Kristen Vaughn Olson’s husband’s brewery—Bandwagon Brewpub in Ithaca, N.Y.—won a gold medal for their High Step Weizenbock at the TAP New York Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival. Bandwagon has only been open since December 2009, so Kristen and husband Will are thrilled one of their beers was voted best in New York State! * Jasmine Ashe Hodgson and husband still live in Manhattan and welcomed baby girl Lily Marie, in March. * Kara Watson and husband Darren welcomed a daughter, Hadley Jane Sutherland, Feb. 24. * Anna Zwahlen-Tronick ’02 and Alex Yarbrough welcomed their second son, Wesley Charles, who joins brother Grayson, 3, in Mill Valley, Calif. * Mason ’04 and Amanda Surette Smith welcomed daughter Cora, Feb. 23, in Alexandria, Va. Amanda still works for the U.S. D.H.H.S. * Dimitri and Joyce Megan Shannon-Winterson Michaud, from the D.C.-Metro area, announce the birth of their first child, Elodie Winter, in November 2011. Dimitri is a business and strategy consultant and recently completed his M.B.A. from the Smith School of Business. Megan works on Capitol Hill as a legislative director for Congresswoman Schakowsky of Illinois. * Aliya Al Aufi welcomed her second child, Hannah Regina. She’s still in Oman, working as an HR consultant for an oil conglomerate. * Daniel and Laurel Burnham Deacon moved to Duxbury, got a golden retriever, and expect their second child at the end of July. * Start the countdown to our 10-year reunion, June 6-9, 2013!
Thanks to all who made it to reunion this year! It was a roaring success. * Abby Kussell is doing fundraising for Northeastern University and is engaged to Charlie Hopper (Connecticut College). Abby and Charlie live in Charlestown and try to see Colby and Conn friends as much as possible. * Anna L’Hommedieu and husband Greg Boyer had a baby boy, Mason Lewis Boyer, and are experiencing the joys of parenting in Seattle. * Dany Chan was married in June in Chapel Hill to Dr. Will Ludington, a postdoc at UCSF. They live in San Francisco and are a great example of another match made on OkCupid. * Eric Zuaro lives in Portland, Ore., and works as the lead production welder for Ironwood Pacific in Tigard. He also runs a small business, Dirtbag Ventures, doing custom metal fabrication, blacksmithing, and sculpture. He also frequents the street art scene. * Erin Clark now lives in Missoula, Mont., and runs a research ecology program for high school students in and around Yellowstone for Ecology Project International. * Austin Stonebraker taught in Maine the last three years but was recently accepted into a physical therapy program in Worcester, Mass., where he’ll get his DPT. * Tammie Sebelius flew in for reunion from Switzerland and is learning German. * Jason and Lizzy Rice Giffen had their second little boy, Tucker Andrew Giffen, last October. They’re moving to Winnetka, Ill., to work at North Shore Country Day School. * Jared ’01 and Jess Knight Beers and their 1-year-old, Ruby, still happily live in the ‘ville. Jared is headed into his sixth year as head coach of Colby men’s cross country and track and field. Jess will teach kindergarten next year at Mt. Merici Academy. * Kara Hubbard married Michael Norman in October at the Union Bluff Meeting House in York, Maine. They live in the Readville neighborhood of Boston with their amazing puppy, Chester. They had many Colby alums in attendance and part of the celebration: Liz Brandt Bozek, Abby Kussell, Christine O’Donnnell Hagan ’03, David Norman ’62, Adam Norman ’96, Rebecca Bruce Vaill, Sarah Browne Trinward, Marcia Ingraham Tatum, Lauren Rodier Daley, and Anna Beardslee Murnane. * Joseph Romano and Nicole Clark Laurent were married in April in Houston, where they reside. She continues to work at the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts as director of communications, and he is director of Harvest Moon Development Company, president of Adaptive Container, and a partner of ttweak, a Houston communications firm. * Tom and Meg Cassella Hand moved from Somerville, Mass., to Stowe, Vt. They love the change of scenery and their new jobs. Meg works as a marketing communications specialist for National Life Group in Montpelier. Tom is a landscape architect with Ambler Design in Stowe. * Bill and Kate St. Germaine Simpson welcomed their second child, Stewart William Simpson, in February. Edith, their oldest, eagerly awaits climbing trees with her baby brother.
I just got back from an amazing weekend in Manchester, Vt., where we stayed at the home of Bliss Woolmington ’02 and Pat Bernal. They expect their second baby boy in September. I ran the Covered Bridges Half Marathon with Pat and Ben Schreiner and also saw Kate Isley and Eric Kostrowski. We celebrated birthdays of my daughter Alden and of Pat and Bliss’s son Jude—first and third birthday respectively—together June 1. * Bret and Michelle Chandler Oettmeier welcomed their second baby boy, Wyatt James, May 10, in N.Y.C. * Christian and Whitney Dayton Brunet welcomed Webster “Web” Michael Brunet March 26. * Evan Reece and wife Annie welcomed their daughter, Marley Stover, in April. * Hue ’00 and Danielle D’Entremont Lam expect their first baby boy in July. Danielle will also end her chief resident year and start as a general pediatrician in Massachusetts in the fall. * Ripley Martin left the Boston Consulting Group after six years. Wife Jennifer and kids Grace, 4, and Cooper, 18 months, moved to Acton, Mass., and he recently joined Philips Electronics in a corporate strategy role. Ria Calong-Russo is also at Philips and helped him find the position. * Big Room Studios (bigroomstudios.com), a creative technology company cofounded by Sam Mateosian ’01 and his brother, celebrated its 10th year in June. They’re proud to employ two Colby grads, Brian Leighton ’10 and Matt Boutet ’00, and they’re hiring web-hacker/developers in Portland, Maine. Please send them a résumé! * Ted Wallach was hired as creative director for WeWork, a physical social network and the largest coworking space in the U.S. * Nathan Boland, his wife, and two boys moved to Walla Walla, Wash., where Nathan will be an assistant professor in chemistry at Whitman. * In May 2011 Amanda Adams married Vishal Jain (Mandy Gagnon attended), and on April 21 they welcomed their first child, daughter Anjali. * Julie Hall Drew Williams recently went back to work at the Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and one of he largest nonprofits in Massachusetts, as the director of annual leadership giving, juggling working full-time and being a full-time mom. * Josh and Alison Aiello Lemaitre welcomed their first baby, Alfred “Alfie” Powell, May 19. * Robert and Melanie Morin Small welcomed their first child, Brady Richard, June 12. They still live in Brandenburg, Ky., where Melanie works as an active-duty Army psychiatrist at Fort Knox. She looks forward to summer maternity leave and enjoying their lakefront home with her new baby boy! * Michelle Cook eloped last January on a beach in Hawaii. She married fellow veterinarian Jonathan Plenn. They’re both finishing internships and moving to Portland, Ore., this summer. * Elizabeth Hoorneman received an M.A. in art history from Penn State, and now attends Tufts for an M.A.T. in art education. * Kohji ’00 and Yuki Kodera Watanabe and daughter Maya, 3, welcomed a baby boy, Akira, in February. Koji works for Commerce Bank. Yuki loves her job as an international student/immigration advisor at the University of Kansas. * Richard Hallquist is starting a full-time M.B.A. program this fall at UNC, Chapel Hill, and is extremely excited! He’s also excited to catch up with Rob Egleston and wife Celia, who are driving down later this month from Chicago as part of their vacation. * Lauren Schaad is attempting Mount Elbrus, the highest point in Europe and one of the seven summits. * Stuart Luth is producing (and acting in) White Alligator, wife Viviana Leo’s comedic feature film about stereotyping in the entertainment industry. They shot in New York this spring and will be submitting it to festivals this fall. (whitealligatorthemovie.com) * Angela Makkas lives in Cambridge, where she’s been for about a year. She recently changed jobs from Johnson & Johnson to Biogen Idec, working in human resources.
Jason Ri finished his first internship at the Counseling Services, MassBay Community College. He’s going on his third and final year of grad school at Lesley University and is also chairman of the nonprofit Capoeira & Arts Association of New England, which is dedicated to the preservation and practice of the art of Capoeira for personal growth and community-building. * Mark Edgar and wife expect their third child in September. Ruby, 2, and Owen, 15 months, are excited for a younger sibling. * Scott and Melissa Bradbury Friedman welcomed their first child, Allison Lee. To add to the excitement, in early May they bought their first home in Charlestown, Mass. They looked forward to introducing Daniel and Katie Reber Colcher to Allison when they visited Boston in late May. Scott is a senior associate at Industrial Economics, Inc., in Cambridge. After her maternity leave, Melissa will return to Tufts School of Dental Medicine, where she’s director of admissions. * Benjamin Schlitt and wife Hilary are expecting their firstborn son in September. Benjamin is currently enrolled in South Texas College of Law. * Ann Baker, who lives in San Francisco, welcomed her second daughter, Alice Mae, in February. * Cipperly Good co-curated an exhibit at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine, “Summer Folk: The Tourists of Penobscot Bay,” and hopes to follow in their footsteps sailing, rowing, and hiking when not working. * Greg De St. Maurice is in Kyoto, Japan, doing Fulbright-funded research on local food culture and place-based brands. The research is delicious, and he’ll be there another year or so. * Kim McCarron Camuso is three fourths through her M.B.A. program at Whittemore School of Business and Economics at UNH. She and husband Josh expect their first child, a boy, in early July. They’re excited to meet him and enjoy life as a family of three! * Alex Moskos still lives the dream. “I’ve taken up home brewing beer and having lots of fun with it. I also recently went lobster fishing with Scott Friedman in Maine. We did not manage to catch anything but did find those yellow fishermen outfits really comfy.” * Rebecca Solomon Letwin bought a 1930s brick Tudor home in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle with her husband and daughter. “It’s been a beautiful spring here in the Pacific Northwest!” * I am living and working in Jackson Hole through the end of September. Let me know if you’re in town.
Laura Pavlenko Lutton ’94 was promoted at Morningstar, the independent investment research firm. Lutton is responsible for leading fund-of-fund research and was named chair of the editorial committee that sets the overall direction for investment analysis across the four coverage areas in North America.
What makes Mississippi chickens different from other chickens? Their accents, of course. So says Ellen Langford ’90, who paints barnyard fowl, along with clotheslines, dogs, and children. She has built an entire career around documenting these images of her rural state.
Clotheslines are iconic in the Delta, she says, and all her friends have them. “From their back door, you could look beyond the clothesline and see cotton fields forever, and levees. Visually, clotheslines are about colors and shapes, and the moments in our lives when we do a meditative chore.”
Born in Mississippi and returning there after years of travel and living on the West Coast, Langford says art allows her to tell a story, “and ideally, one of hope and redemption.”
Living in a 400-square-foot home with an attached art studio, she’s situated only a mile from where she was born. But her paintings have found homes all over the world. Her broad brushstrokes and muted color palette (even the brightest paintings have an undershadow of darkness) have wide appeal. She’s currently represented by galleries in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi, and she has mounted shows in four other states.
“Ellen’s one of our top sellers,” said Lesley Silver, owner of The Attic Gallery in Vicksburg. “When you meet her, you fall in love with her work. Watching her paint, she’s so spontaneous. There’s so much energy in it.”
Peter DelGreco ’94 keeps an extra pair of dress shoes in the corner of his office and a stack of pressed dress shirts in a desk drawer. He never knows when a visit to a muddy construction site will be followed by an impromptu meeting with a Fortune 1000 executive.
For DelGreco it’s all part of the job. In September, he was named president and CEO of Maine & Company, a Portland-based nonprofit specializing in attracting out-of-state business to Maine. Since joining the staff as a development specialist in 2004, DelGreco has helped convince companies to relocate thousands of jobs to Maine towns from Winslow and Belfast to Wilton and Lewiston.
In his new role DelGreco goes beyond the number crunching and analysis to take a more visible role at Maine & Company. “In my old role, I was deeply involved in the operational side,” he said. “Now, I’m directly competing with organizations across the country for these companies.”
DelGreco, a native of Reading, Mass., who majored in American studies, sees himself as part salesman and part evangelist, pitching the virtues of relocating in Maine to companies from all over the world. He touts an available and dependable workforce, inexpensive real estate, and Maine’s vaunted quality of life to prospective clients. “I just think Maine is a fabulous place to grow a business,” he said.
That’s not to say that DelGreco’s job is easy. He notes that many states and cities around the United States have substantial resources to lure companies across their borders. Not so at Maine & Company, a modest operation with offices in Portland’s Old Port. But DelGreco says its size forces Maine & Company to work smarter and more efficiently to appeal to prospective companies. “It’s given us a certain confidence that we can do the job better than anyone else in the country,” he said.
That also means DelGreco must spend time shuttling between meetings around the state—and time away from the Falmouth home he shares with his 2-year-old son, Henry, and wife, Sally Reis DelGreco ’94, a consultant involved in the redevelopment of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.
Still, DelGreco is optimistic that Maine & Company can compete on a national stage—and that more companies from away will embrace what Maine has to offer. “We may not have the resources that other organizations have,” he said, “but we know what businesses need to succeed.”
Melissa Trachtenberg and husband Adrian Haith had their first baby, Madeleine, Nov. 28, 2011. * Alison Tetler El-Ayadi completed her Sc.D. in social epidemiology at Harvard and relocated to Berkeley. * Eric ’96 and Katie Quackenbush Gordon are off on new adventures this summer, including a trip to Ecuador with their two sons (one of whom, Daniel Colby Gordon, is named after half the philosophy department). Katie starts a new job as reading consultant in nearby Southbury, Conn.—she will no longer work with Caroline Calhoun ’00, but will finish her sixth-year degree in reading this year. * Stephen Murphy has been in Arabic training at the State Department since January and will move to Sudan this summer to work as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum. * Joshua Young and wife Jaqueline LaBelle-Young welcomed their first son, Richard Louis, Feb 19. * Cate Tynan O’Dwyer had a new addition to her family, Riley Page O’Dwyer, born in March. She joined brothers Ellis, 3 1/2, and Patrick, almost 2. * In January Robyn Osborn and colleague Scott Kahan opened the doors to a new multidisciplinary wellness program in downtown D.C. The National Center for Weight and Wellness (centerforweightandwellness.com) provides medical, behavioral, nutritional, and psychological care for individuals working on health behavior change. Robyn is the assistant director of this exciting program. * Dan and Nicole Bedell Rogers moved to Shanghai in August. Dan is teaching history and economics at an international school there. * Alex Wall’s wife, Marie, received a kidney from her brother April 16; it was her second transplant. Her previous kidney, from her mother, lasted 17 years. Marie is feeling well and is already active again. * Alex Parrillo recently earned a master’s and joined the sustainability division of Chevron. Working for a global energy company faced with the realities of climate change, he’s helping organizations implement innovative energy efficiency, renewable generation, and sustainability education programs. * Karena Bullock Bailey welcomed another son, Silas Bullock Bailey, May 21. * Christina Lemieux’s book on lobster fishing, How to Catch a Lobster in Down East Maine, is now published and in bookstores. The book, reviewed in this issue, tells the history and story of lobster fishing along the most rugged, isolated stretch of the Maine coast and draws from her family’s personal recollections and documentation of fishing (four generations of lobstermen). * Keep the updates coming!
Andrea Bassi-Morales and husband welcomed their second girl, Karalina Alexa, May 2, in Virginia Beach. They look forward to spending the next five to six years there and then making their way back to New England. * Harris Eisenstadt, wife Sara, and son Owen still reside in Brooklyn. Harris continues to perform in New York and tour internationally, and he teaches at two SUNY campuses, Maritime and Empire State. * Kevin Thurston got engaged to Brooke McNally ’03. * While on vacation in southern California, Devin Colman met up with Deb Shea and Mignon Winger. * In late April David Goldman and Jared Fine went to Colby for Paul Machlin’s last big concert as the director of the Colby College Chorale. Paul retired after teaching at Colby for 38 years. They even got to sing a few old tunes with Paul conducting. * Tyler and Sandy Swanson Hill moved from Newton to Cohasset with kids Ashley, 5, and Alex, 2 1/2. Ashley will start kindergarten in the fall. * Rachel Westgate is moving to Austin to start a new teaching position and will also be volunteering at a local rodeo. * Jenn Smith will start a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of biology at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., this fall. * Mary Ellen Shuttleworth Miller is associate general counsel at iMentor, a youth mentoring organization in N.Y.C. * Ed Kostrowski and wife welcomed their third child and first daughter, Nina Karen, April 27. Ed and his family live in Hoboken, N.J. He occasionally sees Nick Lombardi and Brendan Kearney. * Dagan Loisel recently accepted a faculty job in the biology department at Saint Michael’s College near Burlington, Vt. He’s finishing up his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago and will move to Vermont in July and prepare to teach genetics in the fall. * Thank you for your contributions and enjoy the summer!
Oh, what a reunion we had! The first weekend of June brought more than 75 of our fellow classmates and their families back to Mayflower Hill for a wonderful weekend of reconnecting. In fact the Class of 1997 set a new Colby record for attendance at a 15th year reunion! Many thanks to Brent Ryan for once again providing our dorm (Chaplin) with the best drinks on campus. Our class also featured an entrepreneurship panel discussion, moderated by Linwood Downs ’83, professor of administrative science. Panelists were Jennifer Mason Drolet of iModerate, Tom Moffitt of Commonwealth Dairy, Brent Ryan of Newport Storm Beer and Thomas Tew Rum, Dave and Alicia Nemiccolo MacLeay of Trailspace.com, and Lucas Penney of LEAP Organics. They all spoke of the joys and challenges of pursuing one’s passion and taking the road less traveled in starting one’s own business. They addressed a full room, drawing from members of several alumni classes. Also that afternoon, Amalie Gosine Howard presented a lecture titled “Beyond the Paranormal: Teen Issues in Young Adult Fiction,” drawing from her experience as a young adult author. She followed up with a book signing at the bookstore. Saturday evening we headed to Roberts for our class dinner. Janice Kassman greeted us during the reception (she is retiring this year), and Bro Adams spoke during dinner. We listened to After Eight perform and were then treated to a wonderful talk by Professor Nikky-Guninder Singh. Following the dinner, we returned to Chaplin, where beer die was the party game of choice. It was a bit of a wet weekend, but hopefully we’ll have better weather for the 20th! Jessica Miller Pachler, Tom DeCoff, Wendy Morris Levine, and I look forward to help with the planning in five years. If you have any feedback (good, bad, or otherwise) you’d like to give us on the most recent reunion, we’d love to hear it! * I did hear from a few classmates who weren’t able to join us for reunion. Jami Fisher works at UPenn as the American Sign Language program coordinator/lecturer in the department of linguistics. She reported that the college just voted to approve the first Ivy League ASL/deaf studies minor, a course of study that she designed and developed. She also just finished her coursework toward her doctorate in higher education at Penn GSE. * Arran Stier Franklin works full time as a physical therapist and is pursuing her Ph.D. in orthopedics and manual therapy. She is also a mother to three girls, 2, 4, and 5, who already love to hike and ski. * Alexandra and Chad Higgins welcomed baby girl Molly Grace Jan. 2. * Deirdre Brochu Sweeney and her husband are taking a yearlong break from work (“and life”) to live in Rome! Their year began July 1, so feel free to say hello if you happen to visit Rome this year. * That’s tough to beat, but I’m sure there are lots of interesting stories out there just waiting to be shared. Send me your news today!
The ’96 class notes publicity machine shifted into overdrive by launching the first-ever class notes contest. First place wins a stylish Colby sweatshirt, second place a Colby chapeau, third an autographed 8x10 action photo of Jeff Sklarz. * Our third place winner is Corey Burnham-Howard, a full-time mom to two girls, 7 and 5, who works part time for Thomson Reuters. Corey stays in touch with Kirstin Rohrer McPolin, Kristen Drake Patterson, and Courtney Marum Robaczynski. Corey shares that Kirstin lives in N.J. and is a busy mom of three; Kristen lives in Va. with her two boys and regularly travels to Africa for her job with the Nature Conservancy; and Courtney lives in Conn., has three girls, and just ran the Boston Marathon—in qualifying time. Corey is also active in her kids’ school, and last year cofounded an award-winning Green Team that coordinates eco-friendly activities like organic gardening, recycling, environmental enrichment programs, and composting. This spring her team won a Secretary’s Award for Excellence from the Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and a Green In Action Award from the Green Education Foundation. She can now add an action photo of Jeff Sklarz to her collection of recent accolades, a photo I expect her to feature prominently in her kitchen. * Second place goes to BJ Sample, who is learning to ride a unicycle. * And our first place winner? Brent Felker! Brent works as a graphic designer at Oliver Wyman and as a video artist in Brooklyn. He’s currently designing the video for (and performing two solos in) John Cage’s “Song Books.” The project will take Brent to Cork and Amsterdam before a performance at N.Y.C.’s River 2 River Festival in July. Brent’s short films have been screening at festivals around the world. A new one, Ajar, was in the Cannes Film Festival this May. He also volunteers at Camp AmeriKids with Steve Kidd ’97 and Paul Coffey ’98. Brent regularly sees Mike Daisey ’96 as well as former COOTers Mackenzie Dawson ’99 (currently with child) and Kidd. Brent shares that Kidd is doing amazing work as an actor, teaching prison inmates, junior high students, and Brown students. Enjoy that sweatshirt, Brent! * Whitney Glockner Black helped launch education technology startup Rafter and can be found hiking with husband Peter, son Axel 18-months, and dog Fiddie. * Jonathan Bardzik bought a home in the Eckington neighborhood of D.C. and begins his second season of live cooking demos at D.C.’s historic Eastern Market (check him out Saturday mornings). * The irritatingly handsome Marc Small lives in Portsmouth with Bowdoin-grad wife Becca and his two amazing kids, Eliza, 5, and Owen, 2. Marc teaches seventh grade math and science and coaches soccer and hockey at Berwick Academy (home of former Mule lax coach Rob Quinn). Marc occasionally sees Tyler Walker and family and reports that Ty and Juliet recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. (Send in an update, will ya?) * Amy Jackson Bennett wants a photo of Jeff Sklarz (get in line!) and received her M.S.W. from BU in May 2011. She welcomed daughter Charlotte, April 2011, which is also her excuse for missing the 15th reunion. Amy has been married to Drew for three years, works as a mental health therapist on the South Shore, and lives in “Chinney Town” (Duxbury). * After 15 years in Maine, Heather Gleason Duley and husband Keith are relocating to N.C. with their five children: Madison, 11, Jack, 9, Anna, 7, and twins Ava and Abigail, 4, which is one short of Keith’s dream of fathering an entire hockey team. The family is building a home near Wake Forest but promises to visit their Maine lake house as often as possible. * Ann Savage Matthews welcomed daughter Samantha April 30. Ann lives in Westchester County, N.Y., but works as a corporate securities attorney in Stamford, Conn. Ann looks forward to seeing Rachel Zierzow and her daughter when Rachel visits in July.
Chris Just and wife Molly welcomed son Benjamin in Portland, Maine, March 1. * In March Matthew Muszala met with Chris Russell, Toby True, Scott Higgins, Jon Huerta, Robin Ottaway, and Brett Nardini ’96 in N.Y.C. Matt is engaged to Carolyn Bensley. A September wedding is planned. * Stephanie Brewster Haen, Living in Belgium, writes, “Learning to speak Dutch has been an entertaining adventure!” * Darragh Fitzsimons Young, in West Chester, Pa., has children ages 9 and 6 and one due in July. She got together with Woodman roommates. Lisa Zorn Smeglin in Cherry Hill, N.J., is married with a son, Aiden, 3. Cara O’Flynn Bell married last year and is expecting in early September. Lisa Kenerson Weber splits time between New Zealand and Burlington, Vt. Rachel Lapkin Jackson moved to Bristol, R.I. * Regina Wlodarski Kruger’s family had a breakthrough: “Daughter Megan, who has autism and is now 10, learned how to ski!” Anika, 8, also skis. Regina rode 47 miles in the Bloomin’ Metric Ride in Conn. and plans a century ride in September. Regina traveled to Boston to visit Lenia Ascenso and family. * Matt and Emily Fantasia Hayes and children Nate, 6, and Abby, 10, live in Sudbury, Mass. They saw Erika Lichter and family skiing at Maine’s Lost Valley. * Darrell Sofield is a geomorphology consultant and map designer; a map he created won a cartography award. He keeps in touch with Emma Spenner Norman, who earned her doctorate in geography from University of British Columbia while birthing and raising sons Parker, 5, and Luke, 3. She’s an assistant professor of geography at Michigan Tech. She, husband Chad, and the boys move to Houghton, Mich., this summer. * Abe Rogers earned a master’s in education from Boston University in June. * Katherine Marshall Meuse gave birth to Scarlett Erickson Meuse July 16, 2010. “Matilda, 5, has proven an awesome big sister.” Katherine ran the 2012 Boston Marathon in record heat. “My goal was to finish and avoid the medical tent.” On the marathon bus she saw Steve Kidd ’97. * Betsy Robinson Phillips expanded her dental practice in Minnetonka. She and husband Jason ’96 visit New England this summer—their annual pilgrimage to see family and friends. Ethan, 9 and Ainsley, 7, keep them busy with baseball and softball. * Missy Smith Konur moved to Fort Worth from three years ago. They have boys—Dylan, 4, and Oliver, 1. She’s planning director for Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. Missy got together with Debbie Butler Colette and Carrie Farber Rose and keeps in touch with Rachel Kondon Walsh and Patty Lee Devaney. * Anna Lowder Monaco lives in Lexington, Mass., and has four girls (9, 7, and twins, 4). She was appointed principal of Jonas Clarke Middle School in Lexington, where she’s been assistant principal four years. * Julia Rentz Dupuis was promoted to chief technology officer at OPTRA, Inc. Husband Ken ’94 and boys Max and Isaac moved to Andover, Mass., last year. She had lunch with Chris Fortune in Baltimore. Chris is married with two girls and one boy. * Karin Hansen works at Boston Children’s Museum as visual arts director. She moved to Plum Island, Mass. * Sandy Bugbee Larsen visited D.C. to attend her uncle’s funeral. She stayed with Jonathan Bardzik ’96, who does cooking demonstrations at Eastern Market. * My wife, Lindsey, and daughter Mia, 1, recently visited Marc Rubin, his wife Hillary, and son Miles, 1, in San Francisco. We got together with Josh Eckel ’94, wife Catherine, and kids Jackson, 6, and Aniela, 3, and with Greg ’94 and Erin Crossland Christopher ’94 and kids Shannon, 7, and Alex, 5. Josh and I started new jobs this spring. Josh is in sales for SK Hynix, a Korean semiconductor company. I’m a senior service designer in the innovation group at Philips Healthcare. I was one of three lacrosse officials selected to officiate the MIAA Division II boys’ state championship game in Harvard Stadium this June.
Caleb Cooks hails from Brooklyn, where he’s directing an ad campaign for AT&T and the NEA Foundation on the subject of STEM in public schools (the current presidential administration’s acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). * Doug Morrione also works in film, but he’s taking his show on the road: “After several years cooped up in various edit rooms and studios, I’m heading out west for the summer and fall to shoot and direct a documentary on cowboys and the western arts.” Watch the trailer and follow his progress at: lopin-ropin-hopin.com. * Carrie Smith Woodruff still teaches Spanish at Brookwood School in Manchester. This spring break she received a grant to go to Guatemala with husband Tom and their children, Jack, 5, and Addie, 3. Carrie says, “We traveled to Quetzaltenango (four hours north of Guatemala City) and did a homestay and volunteer work at the Manos de Colores after-school program. It was great to be back in an immersion setting and give my kids the chance to experience a different culture.” Carrie recently saw Candace Killmer Corey at a holiday boutique in Wenham, Mass., where Candace was showcasing her Maine Provisions products (goat cheese, pies, greenery arrangements, etc.). Carrie writes, “It was fun to catch up and see her new business.” Carrie looks forward to spending some time on the Maine coast this summer. * After 12 years in Cambridge, Jason Soules has moved to Cohasset, where he lives with his partner, Carolyn. He has connected with Kristin Ellinger Berndt, who also lives in Cohasset. Jason writes that newly married Jack Higgins and family are slated to move just down the road to Norwell this summer. * Ari Druker has arranged for Jones Lang LaSalle in Tokyo to take on three Colby students as summer interns. * Nancy Emerson Kress welcomed a baby girl, Anne, Feb. 3, who joined brothers Clay, 8, Glen, 6, and Lyle, 3. * John ’92 and Jen Larsen Daileanes live in Amesbury, Mass., with a daughter, 11, a son, 8, a gerbil, and a fish. During the past year they skied at Saddleback with Karyn Rimas Patry, had beers with Greg Burns, had many fun late nights on their annual Cape Cod vacation with Kris Balser Moussette, cuddled with Sue Sarno Mihailidis’ baby girl, Stella, on a pontoon boat in Maine, and shared some gluten-free, dairy-free meals and midnight swims with Valerie Leeds Heaphy. Jen loves teaching high school, and John works as an athletic director in beautiful Newburyport. Appropriately, John coached his daughter’s fifth-grade travel basketball team last season. * Emily Slater lives with her son, Oliver, 10, in Brooklyn, where they enjoy the foodie fruits of the hipster set. “When I’m not eating locally-sourced artisan pickles, pizza, or chocolate, I can be found on the sidelines of a baseball, soccer, or basketball game, cheering on my sports fanatic son. I left law practice last year for the wild west of litigation finance, joining Burford Finance as a vice president of underwriting, which is a lot of fun and allows more time for food, music and momming.” Emily had lunch with Chris Chamberlain, who was visiting from Pittsburgh, and Dave Nicholson ’94, from Queens. * Rod Gerdsen took a job in the advancement office at Blair Academy in N.J. as the assistant director of the annual fund. “It’s a great opportunity that will round out my knowledge of the boarding school world and hopefully open a few doors down the road.” Rod’s wife, Cassi, is the Blair Academy website photographer, and kids Kate, 10, and Jack, 7, love living and going to school in rural N.J. Rod works alongside Jess Matzkin ’94, Roy Wilson, ’07, and Kara McCabe ’06. * Are you thinking reunion yet? Start making plans now to get yourself to Waterville June 6-9, 2013, for our not-to-be-missed 20th reunion!
Jim Condron received an August residency at the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation and will have uninterrupted time to paint on an island in Maine. * Bob Gramling is a palliative care doctor and researcher at URochester. He and wife Lindy are enjoying the whirlwind of two great teenage kids who are into everything. * Polly Sheridan-Kenny is firmly planted in Glen Ellyn, Ill. She and husband Jim have three kids, John, 11, Matthew, 9, and Bridget, 6. Polly is five years cancer-free and recently did an all-women’s triathlon that benefits women’s cancer foundations (particularly ovarian cancer). Polly loved the fact that it was an all-women’s race supporting these causes. * Melissa Small keeps busy with four children. She teaches Spanish and algebra part time at their Montessori school in Chelsea, Maine. Her oldest will be a ninth grader at Kents Hill School, where they live and her husband works. She can’t believe she is the mom of a teenager. June marked two years since her cancer diagnosis—she is so grateful for these two years! Her family gathered in Mass. at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. What a great way to celebrate being a survivor! She’s still running and doing occasional 5Ks. * Kimberly Kennedy lives in Sarasota and loves having the number-one beach in her backyard. She has her master’s in physical therapy and has been practicing for 14 years. She ran a half marathon in March and placed first in age and 16th overall female in a group of 3,000 runners. She keeps in touch with best friends Jill Vollweiler ’90 and Roxann Flavius Greenaway ’94. * Warren Claytor’s architecture firm is doing well and staying busy with projects ranging from restoring historic cabins at Crescent H Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo., to a new 20,000-square-foot home in Philadelphia, complete with indoor pool. * Molly Beale Constable enjoyed reunion weekend tucked into the aromatic basement of East Quad with Anne Maddocks Michels, Elaine Bueschen O’Grady, Jen Nehro Patriacca, Amy Selinger Elefante, Sura DuBow Lennon, Lyz Makely Best, Meg Ewing Weiss, Marah Silverberg Derzon, Jim Conrad, David Cody, Thorn Luth, Torin Taylor, Josh Cummings, Wylie Dufresne, Dave Leavy, Steve Neuhauser, Aaron Davis, and Stephen Bell. What a showing! They wandered around the beautiful green campus, explored buildings, visited the library tower, ate a strict diet of Big G’s, ran the five-mile loop, attended lectures by Cecily von Ziegesar and Chris Arnold, played pool at the awesome Spa and danced to terrible DJ music, played beer die and indoor wiffle ball, and slept on those good ole plastic mattresses as the sun came up over Johnson Pond. Memory lane delivered. She’s bringing cornhole next time. Chris Frothingham was at reunion, sort of. He saw Meredith Trowt Johnson, JC Klick, and Jim Albright at the lobster bake, then ran off to do his After Eight stuff (be jackalopes, rehearse, be jackalopes, then go sing at the dinners). That was followed by an immediate departure to get back home to one sick daughter, one recovering daughter, one daughter coming down with it, and one very worn out wife! JC met up with Meredith and Jim and also saw Pete Carney and Adam Belanger. Others in attendance were Bryan Chase, Jay Hermsen, Joe Savoie, and Steve Schwartz ’88. Trey Vincent flew in from London! Jeannette Riddle Flynn was there with her family. She is a pediatric oncologist in Utah. Katie Martin, Jason Eslick, and Mark Boles were there. Bill Higgins’s thoughts: campus has changed so much but feels the same, Big G’s hit the spot, ensure your eggs are hardboiled (Marah), he cannot catch anything with numbers on it (Boles), thank goodness he never had a single (claustrophobic), who has my iPod, Lake House still intact, who was the ringer brought in to play “die.” And who returned the taps? * Keep the news coming as Molly Beale Constable takes the reins. Signing off!
Greetings! Allen Carlson coedited two new volumes on Chinese politics and was appointed a member of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (which oversees distribution of all academic funding in Hong Kong). He’s done a few opeds on China and is writing a children’s book. His boys, 9 and 11, play youth soccer in upstate N.Y. Allen speaks every so often with Craig Damrauer ’92, who is in N.Y., Ben Ames, who lives outside Boston, and Leaf Ives Gurr, also in the Boston area. * Coincidentally, the next note was from Leaf herself. After 10 years living in Bermuda, she loves being back in New England. She’s a single mom of Christopher, 10, and Nathaniel, 8, who keep her running. She bought a 102-year-old home in Marblehead a year ago and completed extensive renovations. It’s now her calling card of sorts, as Leaf Ives Interiors has been launched, and her little business is growing at a rate she couldn’t have imagined. She’s excited it has caught the attention of a Hollywood actress who will move into her home this summer while filming in Marblehead! * James McVay is still in Pittsburgh and, with wife Kristen, welcomed their second baby girl, Mairi Grace, who joins Maeve Mercedes, 2. James practices law with his father and coaches the team that won the Penguins Cup Championship at the highest level in Penn. for a record-tying seventh time. Brian Quinn ’92 was in Pittsburgh. He went to a Penguins game and caught up with John Stewart ’92 in Philadelphia. * Alan Yuodsnukis writes, “Since my last update, I haven’t been promoted to VP of anything, sold my own business to billionaire investors, had a baby, been to an alum’s wedding, or invented something cool on the Internet. By the time this gets published, though, I will have completed my fifth year of service in public education; celebrated 20 years of happy marriage with my lovely bride; seen my eldest daughter finish her freshman year at URochester with a 3.92 GPA and start the next as a double major, teaching assistant, faculty research assistant, hall staff member, and technique coordinator of the U of R Ballet Performance Group; and watched my youngest daughter become an honor roll student and varsity athlete at Brunswick (Maine) High School. Go Mules!” * News arrived from Steve Marshall, who lives in Mill Valley, Calif., and has worked for Wells Fargo for 11 years. He and wife Hallie have two boys—Bradley, 2, and Davis, born May 12. * Alisa Attardi Skatrud has lived in Minneapolis for two years due to her husband’s job change. It was a big move with three kids (9, 6, 3), but they’re enjoying the Twin Cities and find that Colby is well represented there. After six years at home, Alisa went back to work in the investment group Portico Benefit Services, managing the socially responsible investing program. * Jim and Christine Tuccille Merry have lived in Frederick, Md., since 2002 with boys Jasper, 10, and Hugo, 7. They thought it would be fun to renovate a large, neglected, 1860s house and, although they were wrong about the “fun” part, they’re happy it’s almost finished. After devoting many years to her kids and volunteering, Christine is now building her graphic and web design business, painting for fun, and learning to play the fiddle. She really looks forward to visiting with Wendy Langdon Fiero and family this summer on a joint trip to Colorado. * Colleen Halleck Taylor saw Susan Cummings Wiseman over spring break while Susan and her family were sightseeing in D.C. Susan lives in Mass., raising her kids and teaching spin classes. Colleen is doing great and lives outside D.C., supplementing her career as a stay-at-home mom by working and coaching at their local gym. Her kids (8 and 6) are great and, after attending reunion last summer, plan on attending Colby.
Peter Bryant is relocating to Denver from Santa Fe this summer. He’s working for the Walton Family Foundation, overseeing the international ocean conservation grant portfolio, and he regularly travels to fantastic places like Bali, Costa Rica, and Baja. Kate Carswell makes frequent trips out to Santa Fe to join him for Rocky Mountain hikes and beer sampling. * Rachel England Castle and family are looking forward to a Middle East adventure in August when they move to Madaba, Jordan, to work at King’s Academy. Her boys will attend the American Community School in Amman until they are old enough to attend high school at King’s. * Brian Clement lives in Falmouth, Maine, with his wife and three daughters and is a senior VP at RBC Wealth Management in Portland. He sees Mike Smith (highest-rated physical therapist in Portland), Jeff Merrill (head of security at Long Creek Youth Center), and Kirsten Rossner Buchanan occasionally. * Dyanne Kaufman will join the Avenues World School, a new, dual-language PK-12 private school opening in Chelsea this fall. (All that hard studying in Cuernavaca is really paying off!) She will be the lower-school literacy specialist, and her son will attend grade two. The Avenues plans on opening campuses around the world, with the next one in Mumbai. She recently saw Sarah Hayne Reilly and Cindy Demskie Kenney, along with Cindy’s new baby girl. Congrats Cindy! * Mark Panek’s second book won a Hawai’i Publisher’s Association award for excellence in nonfiction. * Debra Brown recently got back from a trip to Paris that was part of a class on the Expat Moment in Paris. It was a great excuse for her to revisit Hemingway, Fitzgerald—and Paris. She also saw Tina Wright and Cindy Tracy Shumaker on recent trips to New York. Closer to home in Boston, she gets to see Carrie Linn Arnaud fairly often. * I traded e-mails with Nick Childs who is executive creative director, content, at Fleishman-Hillard, an international communications firm in N.Y.C. Google his work and you may find an ad campaign he created that could very well be based on some of our classmate’s dorm rooms at Colby.
Facebook is easy to hate, but where else could I keep up with Jill Rothenberg and her crazy road races? Or share my mortification with Susan Fanburg and Jennifer Joseph over how much blood resulted from Jeff Berger’s head-shaving accident? If you’re on FB, “friend” me and I’ll write about you, too! * Speaking of Jennifer, I got this message from infrequent correspondent Steve Wilson: “I moved down to D.C. on a lark when Jennifer Joseph told me she had a room available. Didn’t imagine then that 20 years later this is where my life would be, raising my daughter, Faith, 12, son Samuel, 8, and working the past 10 years handling the finances for Judicial Watch, a government watchdog nonprofit. But glad I did.” * Brendan Cahill, his wife, and four kids moved to Pelham, N.Y., (hometown of both Gerry Hadden and John Reynolds) last year. Brendan is executive director of Fordham’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs and he runs training programs for humanitarian aid workers throughout the world. * Shaun Dakin also moved, but still lives in Falls Church, Va., where he works from home and can’t imagine ever commuting again. He’s consulting for a project called Moms Clean Air Force, as the social media and communications lead, while he continues to fight political robocalls. * Nancy Mahon O’Sullivan lives in Cape Elizabeth with her husband, John—who is Brenda O’Sullivan Kostyk’s brother—and their six kids, age 5 to 14. Nancy reports she “recently started working part time at a local preschool because I just don’t spend enough time around kids.” She sees Brenda a lot, of course, and catches up with Megan Patrick every summer when she visits her parents on Cape Cod. * John Nash is “happily banging away in the world of clean technology” and lives in Duxbury, Mass., with his two daughters, two dogs, and a big garden. He’s wrapping up the sale of his company and hoping to shift from solar/recycling into energy efficiency. * Gretchen Kreahling McKay is chair of the art and art history department at McDaniel College and will debut her Reacting to the Past Chapter game on Byzantine Iconclasm in July. If you teach at a college/university, you should contact Gretchen about Reacting to the Past. She was recently in touch with Mark Cosdon about using the pedagogy, but we will speak no more of Mark because the lucky so-and-so is in Italy at this writing. * Chris Tompkins, who is headmaster at the Perkiomen School, got roped back into helping with the Colby Fund this year, thanks to Kate Roosevelt. Don’t forget to send in your gift to get our class numbers over that 50 percent hurdle. Chris was at Colby for meetings, where he celebrated the retirement of Janice Seitzinger Kassman. The celebration included a letter from Kevin Plummer, who is apparently so busy writing such letters that he doesn’t have time to write me. * And in news that is sure to make you feel old, we now have two classmates on Colby’s Board of Trustees: Leslie Dougherty Biddle and Rob Hoopes. Congrats to both, and does this mean we get free beer at our 25th reunion? Keep the news coming, people!
Rick Angeli, wife Tricia, and kids Emily, 13, Katelyn, 11, and Ricky, 9, live in South Kingstown, R.I. Rick is an account executive with Merck. Rick enjoyed a golf outing and beers with Mike Cantara ’89, Chuck Burke ’89, and Chris Hurley—all are doing great. Rick’s family spent Thanksgiving in Toronto, where Ricky participated in a hockey tournament and Rick reconnected with Quinnie Moyer ’89 at a game. Rick also had dinner with Matt Stetson in Maine. Matt is the same, always smiling. Rick appreciates Colby connections and how easily friendship resume. He’s undergone a transformation, bringing himself back to his 1984 fighting weight. Contact him for lifestyle advice (may include copious golf). * Mary Shepard DiSandro lives in Rumford, R.I., with husband Michael and daughters Sarah, a Trinity junior, and Elizabeth, a senior at Lincoln School. Mary is a college counselor at Lincoln and has sent many girls to Colby. My daughter Sophie (Winsor School in Boston) marked Elizabeth during a Lincoln-Winsow lacrosse game. Mary wants me to announce that Elizabeth scored the game-tying goal. (Sophie was not marking Elizabeth at the time, I want to be clear.) Mary plans to vist Rome when Sarah participates in the same Trinity in Rome semester that Mary enjoyed 24 years ago! * Emily Isaacs is an English professor at Montclair State. She lives in Montclair with husband Paul Modiano and their three sons. She was thrilled to receive the 2011-12 certificate for Writing Program Excellence from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Emily enjoys time with neighbors Megan Blumenreich ’90 and Sarah Geiger ’89. Recently, teaching the American confessional poets, she drew on notes from Ira Sadoff’s brilliant lectures and admired his extensive, intelligent comments on her papers. * Tom Jester is an architect in D.C., specializing in historic preservation. His daughter, Hallie, will attend Colby and plans to run track and cross country. Son Nate is a sophomore and plays lacrosse and club and high school hockey. Tom caught up with Dave Scannell in D.C. recently. * Hansi Hals, husband Tom, and two children live in Port Angeles, Wash., out on the Olympic Peninsula. Hansi works in environmental planning, performing salmon-recovery and water-quality work for a Native American tribe. She saw Sarah Doherty when they traveled to a trail marathon that Sarah nearly won. * Dave Rand, Mike Paquin, and John Seidl reunited in John’s hometown, Boise. Dave traveled from Anchorage, Mike from Warwick. With three fourths of the Ponderosa Crew, they told rugby and Green Death stories, planned future reunions, and toasted fourth roommate Rob Travis. Some things never change, except, Dave reports, “the recovery period gets a lot longer.” * After nearly 10 years as the athletic director at Concord Academy, Carol Anne Beach now works on major gifts for the school. Cabby and wife Tara live three miles from the water in R.I. * Dean Schwartz and wife Ann live in Wellesley, Mass., with sons Nate, 6, and Owen, 3. They own a footwear design business (schwilliamz.com). The travel can be rough—on a two-week trip to China, Dean sat in factories 15-plus hours a day. “Who would have thought I’d end up in the footwear design business? Not me.” * Mel Brown Bride lives in Elena Stamoulis’s hometown, Barrington, R.I., while Elena lives near D.C. Mel is dying for a golf lesson from Barrington’s best golfer—Elena’s mom! Mel works as director of advancement for Save the Bay in Providence. * Meredith Magie wrote in from jury duty. She lives in Attleboro, Mass., with her husband and son Nicholas, 10, a budding artist and hip-hopper. Meredith has been in special education administration for over a decade. She likens it to “being a lawyer without the Jaguar, but it’s never a dull moment!” * Keep the news coming.
By the time you read this, our 25th is history and my public nudity is common knowledge. Let me apologize to my fellow alumni and that poor paramedic who had to wrestle me to the ground. Seeing so many familiar, genuine people made the years wash away. Given your stories, it’s obvious this class doesn’t just make wise choices when it comes to alma maters. * Jen Rubin Britton is “living on campus at the McDonogh School in Maryland, where my husband is headmaster. Son Trevor will graduate from McDonogh and attend Franklin & Marshall in the fall. Daughter Annie, a ninth grader at McDonogh, plans to attend Coastal Studies for Girls, a marine science program in Freeport, Maine. Charlie and I will be empty nesters! [Jen, may I store some stuff in the spare bedrooms?] My best to all.” * Tanya Thomas Pinder is married and has two young men. “Reggie, 21, will be a senior at Virginia Tech and plans to attend medical school; Reid, 19, will be a sophomore at Old Dominion. Guess this makes me old. Nevertheless, my husband and I still look spry—we just don’t move as fast. Reg is a criminal investigator and I’m still at the TSA headquarters with the explosives operations division in Arlington, Va. [In other words, don’t screw with these two.] In our ‘spare’ time, we enjoy cruising up and down the Potomac and hope to make it to the Chesapeake. I talk often with Heather Anderson Silvestro, whose three kids are adorable, and keep in touch with Willa Cobb via Facebook. [What’s Facebook?] I recently spoke with Kwasi Abankwah and discovered he lives only hours from me!” * Jennifer Shackett Berry writes, “I so enjoyed the 25th yearbook and feel negligent for not submitting, so here is my recompense. During the first 19 years of my career, I taught English at New Hampton School in N.H., chaired the English department, coached soccer, basketball, and tennis, and raised a family of three with my husband, Tom. [Gee, is that all?] For the past six years, I’ve served as director of studies. My children are growing up! Kelsey is 23 and will be married this summer, Emma is 20, and Hayden is 15. We live on a hillside in New Hampton that overlooks Franconia Notch, and I enjoy the 250 contiguous acres of trails where I hike and snowshoe with our labs, Burleigh and Bella!” [Can someone look up contiguous? Is that a swear word?] * Rich Bachus writes, “I’m still living in the ancestral shack in beautiful Northern Michigan. For those of you East Coasters, hold your right palm in front of your face, follow those lines up to the tip of your ring finger, and that’s where we live. [You live on my ring finger?] After five years of stay-at-home dad-dom with my daughter, Laney, and four years of freelance copywriting, I’m teaching English at Concord Academy Boyne. My wife, Carol Johnston, teaches seventh grade social studies just down the road, and we get to carpool together for the first time in 20 years. We’re looking forward to summer fun and trying to gather our Colby gang for a COOTish outing.” * Singer Hannah Howland Judson is “staying in and around Paris this summer.” I’ll also be seeing Gina Werfel and Hearne Pardee, painting and design instructors. Here’s part of a press release for our burgeoning star: Hannah Judson is a folk/rock singer/songwriter from Chicago. She performs all original material, reminiscent of Cat Power, Suzanne Vega, and Jill Sobule. Her songwriting style appears confessional at first, but offers a range of invented characters telling stories of falling in and out of love, traveling on the Paris metro, texting, and baking cakes. She writes about the funny things people do and the ways we keep ourselves moving forward. * Remember, keep helping each other. Colby binds, kind of like a good cheese. Peace.
Hamilton Brower just returned from a fabulous UNESCO World Heritage site visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a beautiful 18th-century Spanish colonial town tucked into the mountains of central Mexico. Great for any art/archeology enthusiast or adventure-seeker. * Joey Marcoux is the proud parent of three daughters. The twins will be seniors in college this fall, one in nursing at Husson, the other in dance/elementary education at Smith. His youngest graduated from high school this spring and heads to the University of Maine. Joey is finishing his 26th year of teaching at Lawrence Junior High School in Fairfield, Maine, where he coaches eighth-grade girls basketball and varsity softball. * The child of one of Bill Nicholas’s childhood friends is heading to Colby from California—Erin Figel from Manhattan Beach. Bill has been in touch with Peter Voskamp, Aimee Good ’87, Todd Bishop ’87, Lou Geremia ’85, and Randy Wilmot ’84, despite being consumed by the extracurricular adventures of his two boys, Charlie, 8, and Will, 6. “I merely flap in their wake!” Bill will be on Cape Cod this summer. * Andrea Sarris reports from the ground that the bottom has truly fallen out in Greece! It’s back to basics—everyone has a garden and makes their own cheese from goats’ milk. She helped a farmer-friend shear his sheep and then washed and carded the wool with another friend who is a weaver. She is renovating her old stone house on a shoestring budget, and it will soon become headquarters for her “keep on trekking” business, a moving classroom in nature. Andrea will be back in the Boston/Maine area over the summer to see her parents and old friends. * Michael Dobbs moved to Nashville in February to become general manager of Catapult, a marketing agency. Wife Amy and daughter Julia will join him from N.H. when Julia finishes fourth grade. Michael is glad to report that, while Amy has been very ill, she seems to be getting better—they suspect she’s had Lyme disease for more than 10 years. * Andy Docherty is on a nine-month deployment as chief of staff at Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO), where he works 90 to 100 hours per week. He looks forward to being home with family by the end of the year. * For the past 15 years, Ben Allen has worked as an international development consultant focused on the role of law and corruption. He’s lived in Eastern Europe, Africa, South East Asia, and the Middle East. As B. Morris Allen, he’s also been writing speculative fiction since fall 2010, and recently published his first novella, The Speed of Winter, available on Amazon. More info is at BMorrisAllen.com. * Leslie Greenslet Perry completed a certificate from the Johns Hopkins School of Education in administration and supervision with an emphasis in technology leadership. She is also busy organizing her youngest son’s Bar Mitzvah and preparing for her eldest son, Graham, to head off to University of Toronto’s School of Engineering. * In Houston Bill Yardley works as a group VP for Spectra Energy, a natural gas pipeline company. His kids are nearing Colby age—14 and 16—but he’s the one who went back to school for two months to complete Harvard’s Advanced Management Program, which he loved. * So much great news this time! Keep it coming, friends!
Debbie Neuman Dubowsky went to a book signing by Lincoln Peirce in Huntington, Long Island, where she works. She would love to reconnect if anyone is in the Long Island/N.Y.C. area. * Cici Bevin Gordon’s son, Tucker, graduated from Belmont Hill School in June and heads to a joint music and engineering program at Johns Hopkins’s Peabody Institute in the fall. Her youngest daughter, Tate, “graduated” from fifth grade and enters the big world of middle school. “Luckily I have seven more years to convince her that Colby is the only choice for her—I obviously failed with my first child!” Cici sees Sue James Geremia, Carrie Rymer Elliot, and me about once a month for dinner. Cici and Sue have regaled us with tips and tales over the last year of the grueling college search process. * Roy Hirshland has been traveling with the opening of his company’s new Silicon Valley office in Palo Alto. Roy is just beginning to look at colleges with his 17-year-old daughter (e-mail me if you need Cici and Sue’s numbers, Roy). He’s excited for the trip to check out Colby! * More news on the college front: Meg Wimmer Di Bari’s oldest of five, Grace, is going to Colby (’16). Meg stayed busy for the past 20 years with her five children, 8 to 18. Meg, you might want to get in touch with Steve Larrabee. Steve writes that his daughter, Morgan, will also be Colby Class of ’16. Steve says the town of Falmouth, Maine, is sending at least eight residents to Colby this fall. “This may very well be a record for attendance from one town, let alone one high school.” Steve took a warm-weather vacation in April with Keith ’87 and Linda Marotto Jones ’87. He also hosts get-togethers each year (He Man’s = mountain biking and hiking, Ski Man’s = skiing at Sugarloaf, and Tee Man’s = golfing wherever), and he sees many ’87 friends including Brian Kennedy, Chris Fay, Matt Mahon, and Jamie Ray, and Geoff James ’88. Steve acknowledged the great loss of Jim Windhorst ’87, who passed away last summer after a valiant battle with cancer. “He was a remarkable person.” * John Robinson says “thank you” to Colby for hosting half-price skiing at Sugarloaf last January. John had a great time and wondered why he was the only ’85er there. “Since a lot of us are turning 50 next year, why not celebrate slope-side? Just a thought.” * After 26 years in Seattle and Fountain Hills, Ariz., Kim Rogers is back in New England. He and his wife, Anna, moved to downtown Portsmouth last October and really enjoy the seacoast. He regularly speaks with Rachel Brandzel ’86, with whom he shares the parenting of two young adults at Michigan and Arizona. “They make sure I refer to them as young adults, not ‘kids.’” * Life in St. Louis is good for Rodney Krause. Anyone traveling through the gateway should look him up. He spends his free time following classmate Kevin Bruen on Facebook, “as he provides an hourly narrative of his daily activities.” Speaking of Kevin, he e-mails that he was selected to become a military judge. He was sent to the U.S. Army JAG School on the UVA campus and, after three weeks of training, was sworn in and became a member of the bench. * Debbie England Gray resumed her career after nine years as a full-time mom and part-time lawyer. She is VP and general counsel of a hot tech startup called Acquia in Burlington, Mass. The company already has more than 200 employees and is growing rapidly. Debbie is just starting the college search with her oldest daughter and is hopeful Colby makes her list. * Thanks for the news!
How is everyone celebrating their 50s? I hear “The Quad” (Lori Sturgeon Davis, Kate Shaw, Joy Valvano, and Ann “Feta” Poolos Bailey) took Miami by storm to note their respective milestones. Sadly, what happens in Miami stays in Miami, so use your imaginations, but it sounds as if a great time was had by all. * Susan Palmer Stone has enjoyed interviewing kids from lower Fairfield County, Conn., for Colby admissions over the last several years. An impressive crop! Would you get in to Colby now? With her daughter visiting schools, Sue thinks a lot about our days on Colby’s spectacular campus, which is even more beautiful now. * Paul Arthur is still assistant head of school at Chewonki Semester School in Wiscasset, Maine, and loving his new home in Appleton. He’s running for planning board in Appleton and is a volunteer firefighter. This should be a relaxed summer of gardening, taking a wildlands firefighting course (at Thomas College), working on the house, birding, and perhaps perfecting his recipe for special bitter ale. * Donna Galluzzo is celebrating milestones—her 10th anniversary as executive director of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and her recent engagement to her partner, Lisa. Congratulations! They plan to marry in Maine once the referendum for same-sex marriage passes this fall. She obtained great news coverage for Salt by appearing in the online magazine Inspire Portland and by being interviewed for MPBN’s “Conversations with Maine.” Donna spoke at USM’s Lavender graduation and in June was a guest on the public radio program Desert Island Discs on WMPG. * Barbara “Duncan” Marchetti has owned her retained search firm and consulting practice for 21 years. Her company, C-suite Corp, provides C-level and senior-level executive talent to the sporting goods, fashion, specialty retail, and online retail business sectors. Her global practice includes clients such as Wilson Sporting Goods, Salomon USA, North Face, Vans, Life is Good, HSN, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Ralph Lauren. Although Barbara maintains an office in Manhattan, she and her husband and 14-year-old son live in Plaistow, N.H. Her son attends Austin Prep in Reading, Mass. She keeps in touch with Harry Raphael (their CPA!) and Moe Hagerty Polimeno, although she misses not seeing Moe! * Kathy Soderberg finally purchased her lakehouse in Maine last July—a lifetime goal. The house is in Wayne, about 35 minutes from Waterville. It’s on a peninsula and surrounded by more than 1,000 feet of private waterfront. She has kayaks and a canoe and enjoys her own a little piece of heaven with her long time sweetheart, Bahar Uttam. They would love classmates in the greater Augusta to visit. * Elizabeth Keuffel continues to balance out her crazy schedule as director of financial aid at Saint Anselm with demands her family’s small farm and her son’s activities. Her son wants to be a paleontologist and has conducted digs behind the stonewall near their old farm house—no dinosaur bones, but fabulous small skulls of shrews and voles with the lower mandible intact. Elizabeth continues to sing with her 200-woman chorus, Voices from the Heart. This summer they head out on their third tour, to Cuba. She had the privilege of having the director of National Cuban Choir teach/conduct her chorus in Portsmouth, N.H. Y Have a great fall everyone!
Liz Murphy Kloak says her kids’ lives are more interesting than hers. Liz is still working in development at Ramapo College, enjoying the flexibility it affords her. Hubby George started a video company called K3 Cloud that offers secure video. He’s home more, but always on a video call. Their busy kids are great: Peter is a junior at University of R.I. majoring in marine biology and playing club hockey; Lucie is a freshman at UNC at Chapel Hill. She traded her ice skates for oars and received a rowing scholarship as well as an award from the N.J. Colonials ice hockey program. Liz looks forward to watching Lucie from a much warmer spot—the riverbank! Young Georgie is a senior at Bergen Catholic High School and hopes to play basketball in college. Lillie is in seventh grade and plays lacrosse (very big in N.J.), soccer, and basketball. * Deb Caldwell Wooten works as a solo practitioner in gynecology. Her oldest son just graduated college majoring in marketing and accounting. Second son plays Division 1 football and majors in communication. Third son just off to college. Daughter busy with high school and playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Deb sees Deb Tierney. * Linda Greenlaw has been to Kenya working for a Dubai-based company to develop a sword and tuna fishery off the Kenyan coast. She was home on Isle Au Haut in May getting ready to chase giant bluefin tuna for the summer, then back to Kenya in November to train local fishermen with modern boats, gear, and sustainable practices. Linda hopes to participate in a similar project in Somalia, where the objective is to give youths an alternative to piracy. * Katy Spencer Donovan took an educational exchange trip to Santiago, Chile. Her school hosts student teachers every year in an early childhood program at Harvard so they can spend three months working in an environment inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. During her trip, Katy reunited with the students they have hosted for the past six years, provided a lecture on the topic, met with the faculty of the university, toured schools that served the poorest children and some that served the wealthiest, and saw many families from Chile whose children have been in their care the past 15 years. Rick Manley’s law firm merged and is now Edwards Wildman, with more than 650 lawyers. Rick is still a partner focusing on the bond business. He also stays busy as school committee chair in Weston, Mass. Deb Fanton is a partner in RDK Partners Inc., which represents designers to boutiques across New England. Although this involves a lot of travel, which takes Deb away from her own store in Needham, Mass., it allows her to visit their son, George ’13, and daughter Robyn, class of 2015 at Hobart William Smith. Both kids love college, and Todd (a high school junior), plans to apply to Colby. Their family grew with a second golden, Hobie, who keeps them on their toes. * Dennis Belanger lives in Milford, Conn., on the Long Island Sound shoreline, and works as vice president for the management consulting firm Management Resource Group. He travels a lot, most recently to Brazil and Trinidad, plus some less exotic places like Cactus, Texas. Dennis speaks at conferences and has a couple of web presentations on YouTube “if anyone wants to view as a sleeping aid.” He sails a lot and invites folks to look him up on Facebook or LinkedIn. He and Mike Beland ’82 occasionally touch base. * During Reunion Weekend in June, class president Kelly Burke Corwen and class reunion co-head agent Duncan Gibson returned to campus to begin planning the celebrations for our 30th reunion. They’re excited that our 30th coincides with Colby’s bicentennial. “We hope this event will bring many of you back to campus to participate in this historic celebration,” Kelly writes. “You’ll hear more details over the coming months, but please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Mayflower Hill June 6-9, 2013!”
Hello all! The mantle of correspondent passed to me from Nancy Briggs Marshall at our 30th reunion, so keep sending news. * Everyone who attended our 30th survived! Forty-four of us trekked to Waterville for a weekend of talking, eating, lectures, and plenty of walking. Weather was a bit drippy, but hey, it was June in Maine. Campus looks gorgeous, dorms are nicer, the organic garden on Runnals Hill is impressive—as is the fitness center—and we like the old pub! Thanks, reunion committee, for organizing the weekend. Many left spouses and kids home this time, but we came from all over the country—Calif., Colo., Minn., Miss., Penn., and, of course, New England. It was wonderful to see old friends like Bob Benjamin, who shared recent experiences on the ground in Afghanistan, and Karen Enegess, now a psychotherapist. Alisa Diehl Bernat, along with husband Gino ’85, attended her first reunion ever. Helen Dooley Anthony, Diane Conley LaVangie, Ann Skinner Rider, and I shared a quad. Diane qualified for next year’s Boston Marathon. Ann has edited a number of Caldecott and Newberry medal-winning children’s books. Matt Figel achieved his goal—a lobster a day—and Jeff Brown showed he is still a pretty fast runner. Duncan Gibson ’83, who has had health challenges, was on hand, as were Rev. Dave Martin, Jim and Elaine Johnson Peterson (an economics professor), and Patricia O’Loughlin. On Saturday Tim Dean Saturday presented our Colby Fund class gift of $34,861 to President Adams. I also spotted Caroline (Sterge ’84) and Carl Gluek. Others attending included outgoing class president Andrea Brantner, incoming co-presidents Tracy Don MacDonald and Susan Robertson Kuzia (and Susan’s husband, Stan ’85), Carol Birch, Linda Welch, Kathy McHugh Mirani, and Susan Woods Spofford, who arrived after a snafu involving four daughters, SATs in two locations, and all the family car keys. Paul Maier arrived with Jon Schwartz and Marc Jeton and proved an impressive pool player. Jon and I swapped hip replacement stories. MaryBeth Whitaker McIntyre was helping daughter Kelley prepare performing arts ill a pretty fast runner. Duncan Gibson ’83, who has had health challenges, was on hand, as were Rev. Dave Martin, Jim and Elaine Johnson Peterson (an economics professor), and Patricia O’Loughlin. On Saturday Tim Dean Saturday presented our Colby Fund class gift of $34,861 to President Adams. I also spotted Caroline (Sterge ’84) and Carl Gluek. Others attending included outgoing class president Andrea Brantner, incoming co-presidents Tracy Don MacDonald and Susan Robertson Kuzia (and Susan’s husband, Stan ’85), Carol Birch, Linda Welch, Kathy McHugh Mirani, and Susan Woods Spofford, who arrived after a snafu involving four daughters, SATs in two locations, and all the family car keys. Paul Maier arrived with Jon Schwartz and Marc Jeton and proved an impressive pool player. Jon and I swapped hip replacement stories. MaryBeth Whitaker McIntyre was helping daughter Kelley prepare performing arts college auditions. Dorothy Distelhorst brought daughter Ellen from Colorado to tour Colby; Carolyn Berry Copp brought daughter Charlotte to peek. Carolyn is looking for a new position as chief development officer for a nonprofit focusing on children. She has served on the board of the MetroWest Nonprofit Network. Colby’s Class of 2016 includes Doug and Kim Smith McCartney’s daughter Blake, Matt Figel’s daughter Erin, and Dave Strage’s daughter Misha. Nancy Briggs Marshall’s son Craig finished freshman year at Colby, and I’ll bet there are other legacies. One of my favorite reunion moments occurred when Anne Troy Smith’s fifth-grader was asked if she was going to go to Colby. She replied no, she was planning to attend college online! Apologies to anyone I missed who was there. * Here’s news from people not at reunion. Chris Landry lives in western Massachusetts and runs his own branding and communications firm, Landry Communications, specializing in issues such as education and sustainability. He writes poems, runs, works in video, and spends a lot of time with teenage sons. Chris keeps up with Mark Heroux and occasionally hears from Beth Feldman. * Claire Brovender Liliedahl’s son Jake is headed to college, and twins Matthew and Jessica finished fifth grade. Claire works part time as a contract recruiter and is rebuilding from Achilles surgery following a skiing accident in February. She plans to ski again by Thanksgiving! * Abbie Smith is still in Dunedin, N.Z., lecturing at University of Otago and doing research in marine geochemistry: the makeup of shells, what that tells about seawater, and what it means for their survival. Abbie also works with the New Zealand government on marine conservation. In her spare time she’s a youth leader at church, sings in a choir, coaches cricket, and is a dedicated Star Trek fan. Her family enjoys frequent travel. Abbie often sees Colby students taking junior year abroad and enjoys hearing how different Colby is now.
I asked you to write one sentence about the event with the most impact in your life over the last year. For me, it was attending Charlie Bassett’s memorial service in Lorimer Chapel at our 30th reunion. * For Paula Hinckley, the capture of Osama bin Laden. * For Mary Coe Connolly, meeting up with Sandy Maisel after 30 years at his son Josh (we remember when he was knee-high!) and daughter-in-law’s house in San Jose. Even better was the birth of her first grandson, Mitchell Joseph Connolly, in April. “He is the most beautiful grandson ever, and I am super lucky that he (and his parents) live 10 minutes away from us.” * For Christian Melby, “Bringing our daughter Lily to London and Paris for her first trip to Europe.” * For Phil Hough the worst was losing their beloved family cat, Ace, but the best was looking for wolverine, fisher, marten, and lynx all winter as part of the Idaho/Montana Scotchman Peaks Rare Forest Carnivore Study. * For Kim Hokanson, being promoted to director of individual giving programs after two years of running Wellesley’s annual giving office. * For Dani Nemec Micsan, daughter Julia moved to L.A. “just because.” (Guess who’s paying the bills?) * For Pam Ellis, the amazing experience of watching her son “light up the stage” at Downtown Disney in Orlando with his a cappella group, the Mt. Blue Voices, in front of more than 1,000 people. * For Ken Bruder, meeting with President Obama at the Rubin Museum in N.Y.C. in May to discuss marriage equality, and also with Ricky Martin, who is “larger and much more sedate in person than on TV.” * For class president Beth Pniewski Wilson, celebrating her 25th anniversary working for Thomson Reuters Westlaw and realizing she is “old enough to have worked at one place for that long!” * For Christine Ahlstrom Russian, attending the summer 2011 wedding of Sue Horwitz Kerr Miller ’80, which took place on a tennis court, since she met her future husband playing tennis! Christine said musicians including herself, Dana ’79 and, Marty MacMillin, and Liz Yanagihara Horwitz ’80 played the theme from Wimbledon for the processional—a complete surprise. “Everyone started cracking up when we played it. We used it for the recessional as well. Sue’s two sons walked her down the aisle. It was nice, as both bride and groom were widowed, so it was a happy ending for both.” Indeed… game, set, music, and match!
Doug Herbert received a birthday call from Peter Shribman, who was at Fenway Park (or a tavern very near) with a group of Phi Delts including Mark Garvin, Elliott Pratt, Scot Lehigh, Scott Butterfield, Andy Goode, Jeff Shribman ’78, Miguel Browne ’78, Doug Deangelis ’79, Jay Burke ’79, and Bob Walsh ’75. Doug reports that Peter Shribman became a grandfather recently. * Liz Nelb Gearan’s son, Bill, graduated from Northeastern with a degree in mechanical engineering. Celebrating with a pub crawl through Boston was reminiscent of Liz’s Colby days! * Warren Rosenthal has a new position as land protection and stewardship coordinator for the Lake George Land Conservancy in New York. Warren’s wife is communications coordinator for the Lake George Association, so the whole family is working to protect the water quality of the “queen of American lakes.” * Lisa Paskalides Grimmig looked forward to watching her son, Ben, graduate from Colby and hoped to run into a number of classmates with Class of 2012 kids. * Liz Yanagihara Horwitz has been subbing at Wellesley’s Child Study Center, where her sister-in-law Sue Horwitz Kerr Miller is now the director. Liz will play her flute at the Hatch Shell this summer with the Boston Civic Symphony. Liz’s daughter is back from living in Taiwan, and her son is managing a Panera Bread just down the road, so the Horwitz clan has everybody close to home. * Pete and Lynne Seeley Lee’s son, Spence, graduated from UVermont this spring and will work for Green Mountain Trails. On a sad note, Pete’s dad, Bob Lee ’51, former Colby trustee and class agent, died in March. Our condolences to the Lee family. * Barb Neal and Sarah Davis ’79 enjoy life in Ithaca, N.Y. They’re busy working, riding horses, and building their farm to be. Barb owns her own company, Green Legacy Tree Consultants, and Sarah works as a horticultural therapist at a senior living center. * Cate Talbot Ashton’s twin sons graduated this spring, Zeben from Allegheny and Nate from UNH. Both had Colby grads as professors! * Alan and Robin MacLeod Goodridge celebrated 25 years of marriage with a dream trip to Paris, Cannes, Rome, Florence, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast. It was Robin’s first trip back to Paris since her junior year abroad, and she reports that her French came right back. * A KDR gathering in Framingham last May included Tom Eyman, Jack McBride, Dave Perry, Jim Coull, Paul Rennert, Kevin Shea, John Longley, Chuck Jones ’79, Howie “Hoops” Ingraham ’79, Jim Shaw ’78, Bruce “Hendo” Henderson ’79, and Tim “the Millis Bazo” Smith ’79. * Rachel Lavengood went to an “evening of erotic reading” in Seattle this spring to hear Amy Butcher read from her soon-to-be-published mystery novel Paws for Consideration. Rachel said the other readings were okay, but that Amy actually wrote in paragraphs and used words longer than three syllables (go Colby!). Check out www.amybutcher.com/paws. * Ted Reed and Susan Pollis ’78 headed back to Maine in July after a terrific three-year professional and personal adventure living and working in southern England. Ted’s older daughter, Perrin, started at Colby, but the draw of the UK was too great and she transferred to University of Manchester. Younger daughter Hogan heads back to high school in Cumberland. Ted and Susan will miss sailing the Mediterranean, skiing the Alps, and venturing to places like Crete and southern India, but they’re looking forward to sailing the Maine coast, skiing in the Whites, and reconnecting with old friends. * Julia Greenwood Kreutz wrote from Atlanta, Ga., that she never imagined she’d be a Georgia peach and remain in the South for 32 years. She’s a physical therapist and rehab supervisor in metro Atlanta, cycles for Team Shepherd, and is the proud parent of a recent UGA grad and a current Savannah College of Art and Design student.
David Mills ’78, assistant secretary for export enforcement, U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, spoke on U.S. export controls at a program sponsored by the American Business Council and Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Charlie Baeder ’76 is the new executive director of the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance. The BRCA conserves the lands, water quality, and natural heritage of the Belgrade Lakes watershed in central Maine.
Deborah Long ’70, who has directed the Elon Academy college access program since 2007, was the featured guest in May in the broadcast of North Carolina People with William Friday, a statewide program from UNC-TV. Long talked about the many Alamance County students whose participation in the program created lasting effects throughout the school system and local communities.
Laurie Borden still lives in Middlebury, Vt., with her family and five Bernese mountain dogs. She just completed a unit in clinical pastoral education and serves as chaplain at the community hospital. Both of her children graduated from college. Laurie loves life in the 50s! * Peter Greenberg’s household, once an empty nest, had two college students return home after finals. Daughter Sarah, who completed her first year at Marist College, is a waitress at a local country club and has an internship at the advertising agency. Son Michael finished his junior year at Skidmore and will be in the Albany, N.Y., area for an internship at the N.Y. Department of Public Health’s Wadsworth Center. Peter’s goal this summer is to cut six strokes off his golf handicap, do a lot of bike riding, and hopefully see the floor of his garage before his children leave again in September. * Reid Cassidy will be a grandfather in September. His oldest daughter, Jackie, is expecting a boy, and Reid is excited, as he has four daughters—Jackie, 29, Megann, 28, Erin, 17, and Colbie, 15. Erin visited Colby in April and loved it, so she’ll apply for next year. * Gary McCarthy played in an alumni lacrosse game at Colby. Sharing the field were Bill Gruber ’77, Woody Peirce ’77, Sandy Buck ’78, Dave Cross ’78, Dan Driscoll ’78, Jeff Wheeler ’78, Henry Kennedy ’80, Charlie White ’80, and Whit Symmes ’81. In addition Gary got to play lacrosse with his son, Whit ’10, and all of his buddies who recently graduated. Gary’s daughter, Kelly, will attend Colby in September (Class of 2016). Go Mules! * Gayle Amato’s son Jacob graduated from Bucknell in May and will follow his girlfriend to Birmingham, Ala., where she has a teaching job. Her daughter, Amanda, is a second-year at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Gayle’s husband’s job as a computer systems engineer ended in March after 20-plus years. He is “on sabbatical,” trying his hand at writing, a passion he’s never had much time for. Gayle still works for Bayer, mostly from home, and is jealous to see her husband sitting on the deck! He has self-published some e-books and started to blog about his writing at jeromefrancislusa.wordpress.com. Their youngest, Tucker, is 20. * Kathy Quimby Johnson went back to Colby in April for the Colby Chorale Alumni Weekend to celebrate Paul Machlin’s impending retirement. (I really wanted to attend myself!). She says it was wonderful to sing under Paul’s direction again and lovely to catch up with Hilary Jones Egan. The performance of Haydn’s Creation was magnificent! * Elizabeth Armstrong just got together with her Colby roommate (three out of four years together) Anne Luedemann Hunt (and husband Tim Hunt ’80 and their daughter, Gill), in May. Elizabeth’s daughter, Rebekah, 17, is visiting colleges this summer, but alas has rejected the idea of any college in a rural setting, which puts the kibosh on Colby. Elizabeth still happily teaches Japanese language and translation studies at Bucknell and will work on her own translations this summer. * As for me, my oldest daughter, Kayleigh, married CJ Thornton (we love him!) June 30. The month of June flew by with fittings, craft projects (favors and table decorations), and prayers for good weather as the ceremony was outside on the patio at The Club at Flying Horse. My youngest, Meredith, finished her freshman year on the dean’s list at Colorado Mesa University. She has declared her major as secondary education, science, with plans to teach middle school science (like Bill Nye the Science Guy). * Thanks for the news!
John ’80 and Ronni-Jo Posner Carpenter’s daughter, Alison, is a junior at Connecticut College, majoring in psychology. Son Rob works at National Institutes of Health in Bethesda doing leukemia research, while twin brother Scott works for a marketing company in Boston. Last fall they traveled to England to see Susan Pollis and husband Ted Reed ’80. Susan and family are heading back to Maine after living in England for three years. * Nancy Piccin traveled with her daughter to D.C. They enjoyed the tours, but loved the Newseum and the International Spy Museum best. * Kristin White and husband Jim Shaw ’79 live in Lynnfield, Mass., with their two children. Kristin is a research scientist on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Jim is a software engineer. * Mary Shooshan Gasiorowski visited India this spring for a family wedding. * Edward Busuttil is assistant district attorney for San Joaquin County in Stockton, Calif. He writes, “My wife and I have three adult sons and two grandsons. Besides them, my passions are the N.Y. Yankees and driving my Porsches.” * Nick Levintow and wife Kathy are still in the D.C. area. Nick works at the Department of Labor in the management division, Office of the Solicitor. They’re looking ahead to possible retirement [?] in Wilmington, N.C. Meantime, daughter Sara graduated from Davidson and will work for a D.C. think-tank doing public health policy research. Son David, still at Davidson, works for A Wider Circle, a nonprofit that assists needy families. Their youngest, Chris, won a couple of hip-hop contests and performs in the Mid-Atlantic. He works in a D.C. restaurant and may try his hand as a sushi chef. * Marty Reader’s daughter, Alison, graduated from Colby with majors in English and theater and dance after a semester in Dijon, France, and another in London. She’ll pursue her M.F.A. at the Actors Studio at Pace University in the fall. * Fritz Martin writes that Jenny Barber has a new book of poetry, Given Away. Fritz hosted an impromptu reunion with Ian Ogilvie, Ann McCreary, and Jenny and Ben Ford ’79 last fall at his Vermont home. They did a little mountain biking and hiking but “mostly just reverted back to acting like we were still in college. Very fun!” Ian, a software developer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, visited Bill Middleton in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where they did some skiing, splitting their time between resort and backcountry. * Al Sheehy continues to play hockey in the Portland area, most recently with Mike Slavin in the 20th annual Portland Old Timers Hockey League Spring Old Farts Classic. Al is a patient quality and safety data analyst at MaineHealth and is renovating a house and cycling in his spare time. * Hronn Rikhardsdottir writes from Iceland, where she’s an elementary school principal and a member of her town council. She’s married with two adopted daughters, from Sri Lanka and India. She looks forward to our reunion in 2013. * Jeff Wheeler is gearing up for serious fishing in northern Maine with Sandy Buck, Bob Underhill, Chris Morrissey, and Peter Schmidt-Fellner, along with Bill O’Donnell ’79, Henry Kennedy ’80, and Gary McCarthy ’79. “We can rehash some great stories and pat ourselves on the back for the great performance four of us had at this year’s alumni lax game.” * As program director of Sirius XM’s 24-hour political channel POTUS, Tim Farley recently interviewed Bill and Chelsea Clinton for a special on the Clinton Global Initiative University. He also attended the White House correspondents dinner and joined George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, and Leon Panetta at their table. Tim also hosts The Morning Briefing. * Tony Lopez is a Navy officer assigned to N.C.I.S., and has served in Grenada (Spear Head Unit), Panama, and throughout Latin America, Kuwait, the Middle East, Africa, NATO, and the Korean DMZ. He hopes to get together with Walter Ollen and Steve Miller this year. Tony has been married for 29 years and has a 25-year-old son. * Thanks to everyone who wrote in!
Mark Richardson reports that everyone attending the 35th reunion had a great time. “Thanks to all the folks who attended. And for those not able to make it, you missed a wonderful event. From the gathering at the Pub, to dessert at the Chez, Friday started a fun weekend. Saturday began with Jamie Cowie receiving a Colby Brick Award and Kent Wommack receiving Colby’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, followed by the class’s presentation of its class gift to the College—thanks Janet Rosenfield for all the work that you do. After the lunch lobster bake, a number of Colby alums presented a wide range of talks, including Kent Wommack’s presentation on his work with The Nature Conservancy. Dinner, with a performance by After Eight (Colby Eight alums) and a great talk by Gerry Boyle ’78, started the evening, followed by dancing and music performed by the world’s best band, Pearl 9 (including our own Sandy Pardee, R. P. Higgins, Leslie Warren Van Berkum, and ‘Peggo’ Horstmann-Hodes).” The reunion party is now on temporary hold until the first weekend of June 2017. * Jeff Olmstead concurs that reunion was a great time and agreed that Pearl’s performance was a highlight. He talked about old times and new events with former roommate and Phi Delt member Charlie Frankel. Jeff hopes he and Charlie can persuade other PDT members to attend our 40th in 2017. * Peggo Horstmann-Hodes is currently conducting Songweavers, a 130-plus women chorus, teaching Vibrant Voice workshops, and singing happily. Visit her website: peggohodes.com. Peggo lives in Concord, N.H., with her husband, Paul, a former congressman. Their children are “starving artists:” Max, a musician in N.Y.C., and Ariana, an actress in L.A. * Nancy McGarrah Wood apologized for leaving us wondering what she’s been up to. She’s an investment law paralegal with the MassMutual Financial Group, where she’s worked for 34 years. Recently she visited her daughter Sheila at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where Sheila is studying on a year-abroad program through UMass. Nancy visited Galway, Killarney, and Waterford, seeing castles, museums, and beautiful countryside. * Janet Josselyn’s new novel, Thin Rich Bitches, is now available as an e-book on Amazon. The book, “An uproarious romp through the minefield of female one-upmanship,” is now available on three continents. * Karen Sunderhauf sent us her very first update! She’s excited to be planning the first Kellogg-Sunderhauf family reunion, which will be at Pemaquid Beach in Bristol, Maine. * Jennifer Holan is working on an outdoor Shakespeare production, “Agincourt in Vermont.” That interest didn’t leave her, “at least as a side pursuit.” She lives across the river from Chris Beale Burchstead ’75. * To me the preceding is pretty amazing. Had every one of us been able to attend our reunion, we’d have met people we knew 35 years ago and found them to be the same people, yet filled with 35 years of growth. The core passions we had then have propagated through our lives, in one way or another. That’s wonderful!
I hope you’ve all had a terrific summer. Let’s dive into the pool of news! Last December David Systrom left Mass General (MGH) for the Brigham Pulmonary and Critical Care Division. He’s refocusing on his true love—translational research in exercise physiology. David’s wife, Kathy Martin, is endocrine editor at UpToDate (an online medical text) and sees patients at MGH. Daughter Hannah graduated premed from Williams, and son Conor is majoring in sociology and Spanish at Trinity. David adds, “Two goldens and a ’57 Dodge pickup on Peaks Island, Maine, round it out.” * Kevin Carley and wife Ellen Grant ’79 returned to Cumberland, Maine, after four years abroad. Kevin spent two years managing the Peace Corps program in Micronesia and Palau and another two as director in six eastern Caribbean countries. In St. Lucia they had visits from classmates Liz and Harry Nelson, Kate and Rick Clunie, and Hilary and Rob Anderson. Ellen will work at Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland. Kevin is eyeing quality bicycle time and eldest daughter’s September wedding to a Bowdoin grad (“love is blind”). * Lydia McAnerney writes from Minnesota that she completed her sixth year at Great River School, a grades 1-12 Montessori charter school in St. Paul. In July she became enrollment coordinator and fundraising director. Son Andrew is a senior at Augsburg College, and daughter Rebecca is a sophomore at University of Minnesota. Husband John continues to landscape, but is lowering the hours. They’re “trying to decide what they want to do when they grow up.” They saw classmates Sam and Karen Smith Gowan last fall at a Minneapolis conference. * Joanne Defilipp Alex has been with Stillwater Montessori School for 29 years, currently as full-time teacher. She’s also adjunct faculty at the University of Maine. She presents at conferences around Maine and recently received the 2012 Environmental Educator Award at a statewide conference. She adds, “Our family is well, all graduated from college, and gainfully employed in jobs they love in Maine!” She and Joe ’75 are proud grandparents of a 2-year-old. * Rich Cifelli finished his 26th year of teaching and of researching mammal fossils at the University of Oklahoma. Recently divorced, Rich a lives on acreage outside of town with his younger son, 11. Rich is studying Italian and was planning to take a summer immersion course in Sicily. * Martha Bell graduated in May from Columbia University with her master’s in strategic communication. Husband Rob travels a lot for his nonprofit, the Intelligent Community Forum, including to Finland, Russia, and Singapore. Their oldest daughter, Vicki, lives in Somerville, Mass., with her husband, Devon. * Dave and Nancy Dubuc Serbun recently moved across Massachusetts, from Westford to Falmouth; they were relishing being full-time Cape Codders. Dave spent most of his career in college publishing; we were colleagues at McGraw-Hill in the 1980s, where Dave was a mentor to me in my early years there. Nancy has lived with MS since 1979 and now has to use a wheelchair. She’s happy to now be in a contemporary ranch. She invites classmates to look her up. * Scott McDermott and I reminisced that this column coincides with the 40th anniversary of our arrival at Colby. Two standout memories from then: President Strider’s serendipity speech and the welcome square dance at Runnals. (I was repeatedly paired at that dance with two Wendys—both became lifelong friends: Wendy Broadbooks Pickett and Wendy Swallow.) Well, that fills up this column. Look to our Facebook group (Colby College Class of 1976) for further details on these and updates from Paul Kueffner and Janet Breslin Gilmartin. The next column promises updates from Carrie Getty Scheid, Don Lougee, and hopefully YOU! As always, remember to give to the Colby Fund.
John Loker lives in Indianapolis, where he works for Roche Diabetes Care. His two children are both college graduates and employed; son is a lawyer in San Francisco and daughter is a CPA. John has stayed in touch with Cal Crouch and occasionally hears from Mike “Moose” Hanf. * Bill and Barby Beran Muller still live in Falmouth, Maine, with plans to move eventually to in Pinehurst, N.C. for a warmer climate with much more golf. Daughter Molly ’11 teaches U.S. history and geography at St. Johnsbury Academy, Vt. * Peter Guilbault looked forward to boating on their new cruiser, Incognito, out of Point Judith, R.I., this summer. * Malcolm Foster decided to step down as branch manager of the Annapolis Wells Fargo Advisors Office, but continues on as financial advisor. No management responsibility! He and his wife have graduated four children from college, and all have jobs and live on their own. They’re looking forward to life at a different pace, with fishing, gardening, traveling, and much more time at their log cabin in Damariscotta all high on the agenda. Malcolm’s overall outlook is that, “Life is really, really good!” He had a good time at dinner with Bob Walsh last May in Manchester, N.H. * Roy Hardin’s science fiction short story, “Fast Draw,” was the published finalist in L. Ron Hubbard Presents: Writers of the Future, Volume 28. Roy won a trip to Hollywood to attend a week-long writing workshop given by science fiction luminaries and spoke at a formal Oscars-style awards ceremony (royhardin.info). Roy and his wife, Virginia Day ’74, retired from the computer software industry five years ago and now live in The Villages, Fla. * Carol Majdalany Williams was honored to accompany and cheer on her medical school daughter who completed her first Ironman in St. George, Utah, last May. They then hiked and camped in Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon for four glorious days. Carol felt great that she was able to keep up with her 23-year-old daughter! * Mike ’76 and Mary Bastron Harper’s youngest child, Caitlin, graduated last May from St. Olaf College. They were looking forward to a June vacation in Italy and many summer weekends at Lake Okoboji. Caitlin started at Mayo Medical School in July; their oldest, Nick, works in commercial real estate investment while enrolled in an evening MBA program at the University of Chicago; middle daughter Sarah teaches Spanish and coaches golf at a Richmond, Va., prep school. * Nancy Heiser shared news of a Colby romance: the children of two roommates at Colby (Nancy’s husband Jeff Cohen ’74 and Dave Marshall] are getting married. Nancy and Jeff’s daughter and Dave’s son met in Denver as adults after their moms sent them each other’s phone numbers. Nancy continues to freelance, writing travel stories for the Boston Globe, restaurant reviews for the Maine Sunday Telegram, and features in Down East. Jeff is managing partner in a Maine law firm, and son Dan is moving to N.Y.C. to start in private practice after clerking for a federal judge in Texas. * Pete Coz has become very involved with the Cold War Air Museum near Dallas, helping with the necessary maintenance on Cold War aircraft to make them flyable. The most popular is the Mi-24 Hind Russian attack helicopter. Pete has been selected as the air show demonstration pilot for the Hind and so far has been to air shows in five Midwestern states.
It’s heading into summer in Maine, and the lupines and lilacs are in full bloom. This is the weather that we Mainers look forward to when the snowdrifts are high and the wind chill is low. On to class news! * Stop the presses! Sonja Powers Schmanska is a grandma. What a great 60th birthday present. Sonja and Dave’s daughter, Helki, and husband Jeff welcomed a six-pound baby girl, Annabel, May 30. Congrats to the new grandparents. * A note from Bill Clay in Hanson, Mass: “As we all celebrate a special birthday around this time, I celebrated mine by running the Disney half marathon earlier this year with my daughter Lindsay, while daughter Heather ran the full marathon. Daughter Amanda, who works with me in our promotional company, was off in Washington meeting with senators and congressmen regarding the interests of our industry. Diana and I will celebrate our 35th anniversary this summer!” Bill was in touch with many of the basketball family last year with Dick Whitmore retirement events. “It was nice to be reminded of what a great group of people have made basketball a part of their Colby experience.” * Jim Heald had a busy spring. He celebrated his 60th with the help from friends including Ray Mazurek with a weekend at Rehoboth Beach, Del. They played golf and enjoyed the local cuisine. They’ll celebrate Ray’s birthday together as the year progresses. Jim is finishing work on his first book, on the music of legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn. He also performs his own music at wineries and arts festivals in Northern Virginia once or twice a month. * Ted Field moved from Rockland to Portland, Maine, and is indulging some urban habits picked up during his time in D.C. “The move puts me closer to an artists’ community and much good coffee.” Ted is still recovering from a catastrophic illness nearly five years ago that left him partially paralyzed and living on S.S.D.I. In Ted’s words, “I’m alleviating my boredom by pursuing an M.F.A. in creative writing at Goddard College. So I read, write, and live one day at a time in downtown Portland.” * As in several years past, our group of woman friends, coming from as far away as Minn. and Colo., will get together in late June at Windfall, a spectacular summer cottage in Tenant’s Harbor, Maine, for a visit totally organized by the new grandma, Sonja. We’ll update you in the next issue as to how we celebrated our 60th birthday year. * Please send us your birthday bash stories for the next issue. We know that your classmates would love to hear them. Have a great summer and make a note to write us with news when the next e-mail blast comes your way.
Janet Perethian Stauffer is enjoying early retirement. She cruised to Italy and Greece last June with husband Dale and last September traveled to the Burgundy region in southern France with one of Jean Straehl Moss’s amazing tours. She enjoyed the sights with old friends Jean and Penny Wolf Burns, who is Jean’s assistant. * Nour Nahawi writes from Algeria to share proud news that son Sami will graduate in December from the University of Nebraska and that his youngest son is a sophomore at American University in D.C. Nour is the CEO of Arab Banking Corp. in Algeria. * Since 2005 Amy (Brewer ’71) and Gary Fitts have enjoyed early retirement. They keep busy visiting their children in Fla., Va., and Charlestown, Mass., where they spend time with their seven grandchildren! Gary and Amy plan to celebrate their 40th anniversary this year on a European adventure. The amazing trip finishes with a train trip to Paris revisiting their romantic reunion in the fall of ’71. The story goes that Gary left Colby with Greg Smith for six weeks in Europe, where Gary caught up with Amy for three memorable days. Gary and Amy welcome Colby friends to their summer home on Sibley Pond in Pittsfield, Maine, where cold adult beverages are offered. Thanks Gary! * Susan Schink enjoys bringing her 4-year-old therapy goldendoodle, Rosie, to work with her as priest-in-charge at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Hawthorne, N.J. * Susan Rennau’s life is good. She enjoys work at Huntsman Cancer Hospital, under the umbrella of the University Hospital (of Utah), where she’s an R.N. in oncology. Her health is excellent, and both daughters have graduated from college and are well employed. * Lucia Whittelsey describes retirement from Colby last May as both a graduation and commencement. Congratulations, Lucia, as you begin your new adventure. * Kevin and Gail Andrews McCarthy enjoy having their three children living nearby (but not at home)! Gail stopped working about a year ago and keeps busy volunteering at church, traveling, playing bridge, and getting together with family. She and Kevin plan a trip to Yellowstone sometime within the year. * Ingrid Svensson Crook excitedly writes about her new teaching job: she’s starting a German program at the county STEM high school. Although she’s been teaching “for a while,” she’s in no way ready to retire and is thrilled to be able to promote both Germany and the German language. She’s also implementing an exchange program between her school and one in Bavaria. One aspect of her job is a trip to France with 15 current students to Normandy, Paris, and the Loire valley. She’ll follow up with two weeks in Bretagne and the Limousin with her husband and another couple. * Alex Wilson attended the Class of 1973 annual LCA Chopper Confab golf and Kentucky Derby weekend in Portsmouth, N.H., with fraternity brothers Lloyd Benson, Brian Cone, John Krasnavage, Bob Landsvik, Chris Lawson, Joe Mattos, and Bob O’Neill. Also attending were Joe Doherty ’75 and two Chopper children, John Landsvik (Assumption ’12) and Justin Mattos (UMaine ’09). Non-golfers Duncan Leith and Phil Ricci joined in for dinner and cards after a spirited Friday afternoon antiquing session in the Portsmouth area. This reunion marked Bob O’Neill’s first day away from his new job as director of the California State Lottery. He was appointed by first-term Governor Jerry Brown after Bob’s mandatory retirement at age 60 from a major consulting firm in Sacramento.
Thanks to Colby staff, reunion committee, and alums who returned to Mayflower Hill for a grand 40th reunion! Check out the Class of 1972 Facebook page for photos. Onward to our 45th in 2017! * After retiring from American Airlines in 2010, Rick Leslie has kept a low profile. He has two boys, 9 and 16, who keep him stationary. In the first annual Carolina Hurricanes alumni hockey game, despite begin the oldest player, Rick had an assist! * Andrine “Smitty” Smith thanks Art Young and Clark Ruff for pre-reunion e-mails (and pictures). They persuaded her to attend our 40th, where she reunited with Debbie Christensen Stewart, Cathy Joslyn, and Donna Power Stowe. * Ed and Meg Stewart Mahoney were sorry to miss their first reunion in more than 25 years. They’re still working but closing in on retirement. Meg chairs the history department at Ethel Walker School; Ed is C.I.O. of Vantis Life Insurance. They see Ted White and wife Mary every summer at the Cape and keep in touch with Mike Hart ’73, Mike Sullivan, and Don Snyder. Ed plays hockey on an old-timers team with two Colby grads on it. “If travels bring you to Simsbury, Conn., or Orleans, Mass., give us a call.” * Mike and Anne O’Hanian Szostak checked in. Mike has been a sports columnist for the Providence Journal for 35 years. Anne stays busy with her executive coaching business and board positions. They traveled to the Philippines and Hong Kong to visit daughter and husband who volunteer there. They hosted a Colby event in Providence where Mike spoke of the opportunities he had because of the financial aid Colby offered him in 1968. * Henry ’73 and Dee Fitz-Gerald Sockbeson celebrate their 38th anniversary this summer. Last year they met Larry Bigelow and his wife on Cape Cod. Henry is chief judge at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Court in Mashpee. Retired as a librarian, Dee still volunteers at her local library. * Frank and Marjorie Chamberlain Bisognano bought a winter home in The Villages, Fla., and had a great first winter there. They wonder if anyone else is in the Villages? * Danny Smith was guest of the 21st Baron Saye and Sele at Broughton Castle (where Shakespeare in Love and The Madness of King George were shot) to examine papers of the Fiennes family for a book. * Doug McMillan and wife Ann dined with Martha (Hamilton ’74) and Joe Benson in Stillwater, Minn. Good wine elicited Colby stories that never get old! Doug spoke with Mitch Fox, still in San Francisco with wife Martha. Mitch works in health care and has a terrific place overlooking the city and a small home in wine country. * Nancy Capers Mellen’s garden design class won five awards at the Boston Flower and Garden Show! * Kathleen Otterson Cintavey and husband went to Tokyo for the wedding of there son Christopher ’97 and Fumi Sugeno. * When Don Snyder’s son, Jack, was 11, they made a pledge: Jack would play on a pro tour and Don would be his caddie. In 2008 and 2010 Don worked as a caddie in St. Andrews, Scotland. Last winter he caddied for Jack on the Adams Golf Pro Tour. His book, Walking With Jack, will be published in 2013. * Paul and Denise Holder Benfield moved to the Portland, Ore., area, near daughter and family. “Nothing quite like being a grandma!” They love the Pacific Northwest. * Robin (Sweeney ’74) and George (Jay) Peabody concluded three years in the Netherlands and moved back to Denver. They enjoyed the European experience, traveling extensively. Since returning, Jay retired and enjoys midweek skiing. * In January Debbie Christensen Stewart, Cathie Joslyn, and Donna Power Stowe met for a long weekend at Debbie’s in R.I. They talked, cooked, walked on the beach, and practiced yoga. In March Donna attended an alumni event in D.C. and saw Gary Newton, whom she hadn’t seen since graduation.
With our seasons about a month ahead of themselves, I don’t know whether to wish you all a happy summer season or perhaps Merry Christmas! So I’ll just say that I hope this column finds you well and happy whatever the weather. * Bill Anthony writes from Ill. that his wife, Carolyn Additon, was elected president of the Public Library Association for 2013-14. * On June 3 Bill Williamson’s middle daughter represented Maine in the Miss U.S.A. pageant in Las Vegas. Bill was named market president of Bank of America for the state of Maine. * After 18 years in Ohio, Faith Tiberio Dougherty sent her last daughter off to college, and she and her husband moved to northern Va. They find it easier to visit her older daughter and family in Texas. Faith and her husband are Civil War buffs and love being close to where it all happened. Her parents live near me in Mass., and as they face some health scares at 91 and 87, they’re finally willing to let others nearby help out when we can. Nancy Neckes Dumart offered some helpful advice as well. * With the end of this school year, Carol Fall Bourgoin will be retiring from the world of alternative education. She looks forward to spending more time with her family and even her husband. She’ll be happy to do what she wants when she wants—breathing fresh air on her screened porch, for example. * Leslie Anderson has a big show this fall at the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library. She’s been awarded a fellowship to attend Arts Week on Great Spruce Head Island this summer. Only 12 artists are selected each year. * Jan Hancock, with a new master’s in theology and pastoral care, continues to enjoy her work at Vermont Family Network. Her son received his master’s the same day. Jan loves visiting grandchildren and the Burlington area. * From Florida Jon Stone writes that he sees Lou Griffith ’72 frequently. Jon’s 50-plus softball team won the state championship recently, competing against 80 other teams. * Richard Beaty reports he’s proud of breaking 90 on his first round of golf after winter and that he bought a coop on N.Y.C.’s Upper East Side. He expects to remain in the city for a while. * Having bought a new house, Fred Copithorn is in the throes of a complete renovation, but hopes to see the end of it all soon. “It’s a curse/blessing being ‘handy.’” * Mary Anne Tomlinson Sullivan visited Linda Wallace last year and discovered what we all knew—Linda is still a great party girl. Linda keeps up with aerobics and Zumba as “the dancing queen.” Linda has a busy summer planned, including a trip to Tokyo to celebrate her granddaughter’s third birthday in customary Japanese style. * Bill Hladky is proud of his son, who committed to a master’s program and is doing well in college. Bill is relearning how to walk properly. * One of the bravest guys around, Dick Gray, jumped out of a plane with his son for their first skydiving experience—on a dare. Search for the video on YouTube. * Alan Levine accompanied his girlfriend to Berlin, where she sang in three concerts. * Elaine Weeks-Trueblood is eagerly investigating retirement destinations for sailing and golf. We’re sorry to hear that her dad passed away. * Lastly, Tony Maramarco wrote the most wonderful tribute to Professor Mark Benbow. He and David Rea attended the memorial service, and I wish I had room to include the whole tribute. It was stunning. * No dust is gathering on me. You can’t even see the dust.
I heard again from Norma Rivero de Biermeyer. She and her husband were going to Germany for a vacation this summer. Norma reports the political situation in Venezuela has continued to deteriorate. The crime rate, including murders, kidnappings, and other crimes, is the highest in the world. Policemen who no longer work on the force now lead kidnapping gangs. She seldom goes out at night, and every cultural event they can go to is a great blessing. * Bob and I caught up with Barb Skeats MacLeod in March when we attended the annual Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland. Barb gave us a tour of the Portland harbor area, and we drove up to Freeport to see the expanded L.L.Bean complex. It certainly has grown since we were in college! Their son, Chris, is also a boat builder in his spare time, and we got to see his latest boat under construction. Finally, we took Barb to dinner at the Saltwater Grille in South Portland and exchanged family news. * By the time you get this, I hope that everyone had a great summer and will send me more for the next magazine.
Joseph Jabar ’68, associate justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, was awarded the 2012 L. Kinvin Wroth Award. The award honors a Maine Law School graduate who has achieved distinction by contributing as a leader, locally, nationally, or globally, and who has helped advance his or her alma mater.
Barney Hallowell ’64 saw the North Haven Community School, on North Haven Island 12 miles off the Maine coast, accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges. Hallowell was quoted saying he believed North Haven, where he’s been principal for 21 years, to be the only island school to receive this accreditation.
Hi everyone! I hope springtime treated you well and that you are having a fantastic summer. * Bill Lyons and wife Karen expected their third grandchild in June, the first for their son, Kevin, and his wife, Megan. Bill and Karen will be in Castine, Maine, for the summer after spending springtime at Leiden University in Holland. * Mary Walker Rector is retiring after more than 20 years as music director/director of choirs at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Waterville, but she continues to job-share at the Admissions Office reception desk at Colby. Her son, Nate, is a junior at Waterville High playing soccer, making music, and looking at schools. Her daughter, Sarah (Wheeler), is a professional pianist/accompanist living in Brooklyn, N.Y., and appreciates any referrals for work! * Bonnie Allen Rotenberg still makes jewelry and was inspired this year to return to painting. She recently visited her daughter, Lee ’09, in Tel Aviv, Israel, where Lee is working and thriving. * After six terms in the N.H. House of Representatives, Chris Christensen is retiring. His new challenge will be serving as Hillsborough County commissioner, representing 25 towns instead of just one. * Craig Stevens is completing his 25th year at Savannah College of Art and Design and this spring had the pleasure of showing Savannah to visitors Cathy and Curt Schneider, Donna Massey, Jane Finkeldey Stephenson ’68, and Steve and Laura Struckhoff Cline ’70. Donna and Jane continued their southern tour, seeing Dana Heikes ’68 and Faye Kolhonen in Charleston and staying with Jerry Schneider ’68 in Macon, Ga. * Joyanne Nelb Ericson has lived in N.H. for 35 years. She travels often, visiting children in Colo., Calif., Mass., and N.H. On winter weekends Joy can be found schussing down Loon Mountain, using skills she learned at the Colby ski area. In warmer months she enjoys boating, kayaking, biking, and gardening and continues to work at Raytheon as a computer specialist. This spring she skied at Sugarloaf and spent time at Colby. “What fun! Many great memories!” * Tom Wright attended the annual awards dinner for the Colby ski team, where the speaker was Jeff Lathrop ’68. Tom met one of the current ski team members, Nick Zeller ’13, the son of a member of Tom’s high school ski team. In high school they competed against John Burnham and his high school. Tom says this was the first year that alumni of the ski team were invited to the dinner, and that it is a great tradition! * Mickey Jako recently retired, giving him time to compile the notes he took over the years on how to do “computer stuff.” He put them together in a manual called Computer How-To for Normal People. He volunteers at local senior centers, helps people with computer procedures, and continues to pursue his interest in religions, hoping to debate as many people as he can. (ConfrontingBelievers.com). * Jane Chandler Carney enjoyed a wonderful spring in the D.C. area—beautiful flowers, good health, and a new grandson. Soon she will head to New England for the summer, where plans include an August “gathering of the clan” in Harpswell to celebrate her mom’s birthday and to welcome newcomers both by birth and marriage. * As for Pam and me, we recently had the joy of welcoming our sixth grandchild into the world. Jordan arrived Feb. 10 in Bangor, joining her parents Chris and Aimee and three siblings. Our son Chris is a professor at the University of Maine, our son Greg just completed his first year as a professor at Skidmore, and our daughter, Melissa ’99, a clinical social worker, is busy in Seattle with her husband, John Doyle ’99, raising their two children. Have a wonderful fall everyone, and feel free to drop me a note anytime!
Jane Morrison Bubar and Jann Semonian Czarnetzki spent a week in Trinidad and Tobago with Lystra Wilson Gaskin ’67 for her birthday. Jane writes, “We were fascinated by the birds, the trees, the flowers.” Jann says, “We loved Maracas beach, and baked fish, and snorkeling on the reef in Tobago. Lystra’s house is surrounded by orchids, a Tilapia fish pool she harvests once a year, and amazing Trinidadian birds.” * Meanwhile, Hethie Shores Parmesano was delighted to spend a couple of days with Lystra, too. “The highlight was our visit by boat at dusk to the Caroni Swamp and Bird Sanctuary to see the scarlet ibises fly in to roost in the trees—thousands of them, spotlighted by the setting sun.” * Steve Campbell retired after 40 years of federal service in December and traveled last fall to Barcelona with Mary Jo Calabrese Baur. “We just returned from a Costa Rican zip-lining adventure in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Next stops are Prague and Vienna in the fall. Have to get through summer haying on the farm before that.” * Steve Ford writes, “We are well into the planning process of our 45th reunion June 6-9, 2013. We hope to have a record attendance. [Editor’s note: What. You think we’re all going to die before our 50th?] We’re considering various incentives to promote attendance, and the College is also celebrating its Bicentennial in 2013. Contact me at email@example.com with ideas for reunion activities and speakers.” * Mortality weighs upon Peter Roy. “Could be that as the years pass and the number of members of the class shrinks, you reach a point where getting a good response becomes fairly easy. But hopefully, we have a few more years.” * Arthur Brennan reports, “I’m now on active-retired status, working about half time. The big news is we’ve become grandparents. Our daughter, Mary Kathryn ’02, delivered a baby boy on New Year’s Eve. Plan to work with Steve Ford to plan our 45th. Hope to see everyone then.” * Peter Swett writes, “I was lucky enough to be chosen to go to Vietnam and to have been a crew chief on a Huey helicopter at a battalion headquarters (translation: not in the front line fighting). In 1985, I started my own company, Doughty Falls Photography, and am still at it. I photograph about 60 schools regularly, which gives me about eight months a year off. Seven years ago my wife, Jackie, and I bought an eight-acre farm in Lebanon, Maine. She’s a dance movement therapist and we have a 30-foot diameter yurt for her business.” Rick Morey says, “I’m in my seventh year as history instructor and department chair at Kent Place School, an independent day school for girls in Summit, N.J. I was honored by election to the school’s board of trustees. This spring I received a Stanton Foundation Fellowship for Innovation in Civics Education for 2012-13. I enjoy representing Colby at area college fairs, and can report that Jersey interest in Mayflower Hill remains strong.” * John Birkinbine reports, “My wife and I live in Chicago’s northern suburbs, and have a daughter, grandson, and two grandchildren. I retired from a career of state government relations work—lobbying—at the end of 2010. Having moved to the Midwest more than 35 years ago, I feel regretfully distant from Colby friends and hope to catch up. My time on campus with those friends are some of my fondest memories. I plan on being at our reunion.” * You may have seen Nelson Denny’s obituary in the spring issue of Colby. Nelson’s nephew, Kevin Hausmann ’96 (firstname.lastname@example.org), would appreciate hearing about the connections and friendships Nelson made at Colby. * As for me, I spent an afternoon last March at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in N.Y.C., having lunch with John Leopold and wife Terry, touring exhibits, and catching up on 44 years since graduation. They came to N.Y. from their home in Colo. I’m gratified at the amount of new. Keep up the good work!
Scottie Brower will be at our next reunion, as she has retired after 30 years of teaching elementary school. Scottie had a rewarding career and is looking forward to the next chapter in her life. * David Aronson also retired after driving tractor-trailer for 40 years—what began as a lark became a career. Dave’s daughter and son have lived in various parts of the country, and he visits them and sees the sites. Dave has moved from his home of 33 years in Needham to his hometown of Brookline, Mass. If you thought that he had given up playing competitive baseball, you don’t know Dave. He continues to run, throw, and hit in a senior league. While Dave could not come to campus for reunion, he, along with Eric Rosen, set up a DU dinner attended by Jim Wilson, Jim Bright, and me (Bob Gracia). * Another new retiree is Barbara Hughes. She retired from the State Department Foreign Service. Barbara visited the Middle East for the first time when she visited her son and daughter-in-law in Dubai, where they currently serve at the U.S. Consulate. * Joanna Richardson has not joined the ranks of the retired. In fact, she was recently appointed associate director, scholarly content and discovery, at Griffith University. Joanna’s new work should keep her busy for the next five years. That will allow her to attend our 50th reunion. * Also in the not-retired category is Rick Sadowski. By the time you read this column, Rick will be married. His wedding was June 30, and they then traveled to Italy and Germany. Upon his return, he’ll continue at his law firm south of Boston. * Bob Field has been engaged in very exciting projects as senior writer for Boston Productions, Inc. He has written scripts for museums and visitor centers including the U.S. Naval Academy and the NCAA Coaches Hall of Fame. You can see one of Bob’s documentary works, The Battle of Fort Montgomery, by searching for that title on YouTube. What fulfilling work for a history major. And if Bob’s classroom experience were not enough of a testament to his Colby years, let’s not forget that he was a varsity baseball player and now coaches a Cal Ripkin league team from Hanover, N.H. * Sally Ray Bennett, after residing in R.I. for nearly 45 years, will move to Mechanicsville, Va., this fall. Sally will live near her twins and enjoy being a close-by grandmother.
Many classmates reported attendance at 50th high school reunions, which seemed to happen so soon after our 45th—at Colby, that is. Some weddings too, for Ed Mowry’s daughter in April, George Cain’s daughter Anne ’01 in May, and Bob and Merri Aldrich Egbert’s son in July. George, father of four daughters and a son, has one more daughter to marry off. He writes, “I’m finally old enough to have a ‘bucket list.’ Accordingly, we are off to Africa in late August, and then I will only have China and skydiving left to bucket my way to retirement.” * Red Sox alumnus Ed Phillips, who pitched for the Sox in 1970, was included in the 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park April 20. The ceremony filled him with emotional memories beyond description and left him flying high! * Diane Leach Wilbur traveled to Scotland last spring and to Spain and Morocco this spring. She loves retirement life in Portland, Maine, and invites others to visit her there. * Gayle Jobson Poinsette and Garfield Barnes planned to stop at Colby to attend lectures on this year’s reunion weekend en route to a visit with Wes Barbour and Chris Austin ’68 in Cape Neddick. * Californians Maureen and Ed Mowry also planned visits to Colby and to classmates on their summer swing through New England. * Bayard Kennett writes, “I recently attended the funeral of Thelma Hanson, whom many will remember as the dynamic little wife of Dick Hanson and co-owner of Dick’s, opposite Onie’s on Silver Street. Dick’s closed forever the night before our graduation, but Thelma lived to join ‘her boys’ at an ATO reunion in 2010. Thelma died in her 100th year.” * Marty DeCou Dick had recent visits with Colbyites from coast to coast: Janet Meyer Throop in Ore., Jerri Bost ’65, Sue Turner, Jay Fell, and Jim Ellis ’64 in Colorado, and Chris (Austin ’68) and Wes Barbour in Maine. * Semi-retired from his pediatric dental practice, Peter Lax still works part-time for the Oregon Health and Sciences University, the county, and the Good Sisters of Providence. He’s a board member of L’Arche Portland, and he and his wife keep involvement in a Jesuit faith community. “Have spent numerous hours fishing for the elusive spring chinook salmon, but would have better luck trying to beat Dag Williamson in golf or outrunning Fran Finizio!” Peter offers to entertain folks for hiking in beautiful Oregon and Washington * Sue Turner and husband Karl spent part of April camping, hiking, and taking photos, in state and national parks in southern Utah. Sue is on round three of fighting a slow-growing cancer but will be able to spend June to November in Bar Harbor. I have endless admiration for Sue’s optimism, positive attitude, and compassion for others. * Class president Fran Finizio plans to travel extensively this summer as he transitions into retirement, works on his golf game, and soon starts the planning process for our 50th reunion. * Birdie Tracy Hye writes, “Husband Allen and I enjoy retired life in Spring Valley, Ohio, and Ft. Myers, Fla. We had two wonderful years in Copenhagen, where Allen had a Fulbright scholarship and our daughter was born. Allen taught German at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, for 30 years. I taught German part-time for several years at Wright State and Wittenberg universities while being at home with Courtney, now 41, and Carsten, 39. I left academia 25 years ago and worked as a contractor in the private sector on many interesting projects at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.” * A Shot in the Arm is the title of San Francisco trial attorney Barry Willdorf’s new mystery/thriller, part two of his 1970s trilogy. Check it out on Amazon! * Your class correspondent is happy to be back working in her gardens 10 weeks after acquiring a new hip.
NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE! Now the class has expanded its universe beyond Winslow. Fifteen of our classmates responded to this request for news and mentioned travel to 10 states, Africa, Europe, Caribbean islands, Mexico (not the one in Maine), and Russia. * Marty Dodge received some special recognition at Finger Lakes Community College. “A nature interpretive trail I designed in Naples, N.Y., became the Marty Dodge Nature Trail, and the area on the campus where 37 years of training for woodsmen has taken place is officially the Marty Dodge Woodsmen’s Practice Field.” Marty is off to Alaska as I compose this, having recently returned from a visit to see nesting green turtles in Costa Rica * Jann Buffinton Browning Clark and her husband fly their small aircraft and visited friends in Ariz., Fla., and the Berkshires. Jann was tracked down on Facebook by Callie Holmes Marsh, her freshman roommate. Callie lives in Iowa and visits New England periodically. * Dave Parish and Rhonda were in China and the Far East for two months in 2011, and recently returned from Europe. They summer in Ashville, N.C., and winter in Fort Lauderdale, where Dave spends “the bulk of my time teaching the history of the Jewish people in Judaica High School.” * Rick and Nancy Winslow Harwood are back from a five-week African safari. “Nothing tops the trip to Africa this winter. The animals are amazing, the scenery lush, and visits to Maasai villages were eye-opening.” Rick added 100-plus birds to his life list * John and Nancy Godley Wilson are busily remodeling their Lexington, Mass., home. They enjoyed a multi-island cruise with four other couples on a five-masted schooner in the Windward Islands last February. On their return Nancy had knee surgery. “It’s nice to walk pain-free again” * Harold Kowal and Ruth traveled to Paris, the southwest coast of France, and the Caribbean. Harold has already started planning for our 50th reunion. “I recently bought a lathe for my woodworking shop. Now I need to learn how to use it. Does anyone have any advice?” * Yes, Harold should contact Neil Clipsham, who has a “tool/woodwork/repair room in the dungeon” where he makes American Girl doll furniture. Wife Jean is upstairs making clothing for the dolls. They travel to N.YC. to visit the store where it is sold. The Clipshams are busy with their two granddaughters. “Gotta do it while you can. When they reach 10, they’ll be off with friends, and we’ll be left making clothes and furniture for each other.” * Stan Garnett joined several ’60s-vintage ATOs for a Boston reunion that featured the “then 98-year-old Thelma Hanson, who, with her husband, ran Dick’s bar across from Onie’s. Stan reports Thelma died April 4, “not six months shy of her 100th birthday” * Bud Marvin and Ann had a reunion with Peter Mudge in Fort Meyers, Fla. Pete was a Zeta Psi frat brother and best man at their wedding, and they had not seen each other in years. Bud and Ann saw President Bro Adams at a Sarasota area alumni luncheon. * Wedding bells will ring for Dave Hatch and Dale “Peanut” Rottner Nov. 3. They enjoy daily 10-mile bike rides “down by the Gulf.” He’s active with the local Moose Lodge on its scholarship committee helping to select worthy recipients. * Dave Fearon is one of our few holdouts: “I’m not retired from teaching and don’t seem to want to be. I love it as much as King Birge did when he inspired me to become a professor.” * The prize for “most mysterious response” goes to Marc Machbitz. “Let the Colby folks out there know that John Gillmor is still watching over me here in Hawaii.” * HAIL, COLBY, HAIL!
John Silver writes, “Lee ’65 and I sold our house and bought a top floor (third) condo on a large canal—it included a lift and slip for our sailboat. Last month nine intrepid contemporaries and I (which is to say crazy old poots) sailed from Useppa Island (near Sanibel) to Tampa Bay in the course of a week.” * Jerry Shapiro says, “Lots happening in my life: Still teaching at Santa Clara (my 52nd consecutive year in college), new granddaughter, new book on the boomer generation (Finding Meaning, Facing Fears in the Autumn of our Years). In memory of my roommate, Gordon Bowie ’65, I dug back into my old reel-to-reel tapes of the Colby Folksong Society and converted them to mp3s. It’s been fun reconnecting with Mary Stinson Bowie, Lois Lyman, Nancy Green King, Wayne Fillback, and Erik Thorson, and sharing our music and erstwhile careers as folksingers.” * Bob Gelbard reports, “I’ve just completed eight years as a member of the Colby Board of Trustees and am now term-limited out. It has been a wonderful experience. All indicators are tremendously positive, and it is really exciting to be on campus with outstanding students and faculty. (Colleen Khoury also stepped down after 16 years as a trustee. Jim Crawford continues, so we had three ’64 representatives on the board these past eight years.) My wife, Alene, continues as a member of the board of governors of the art museum. For those of you who have not seen the construction of the museum’s new addition, you’ll be astonished by its beauty. I continue my second career as a business consultant, mostly in Indonesia, but also Latin America, the Middle East, and Central Europe. I’ve been traveling to Jakarta almost every six weeks—great for frequent flyer programs, not so good for the body. I’m also on several corporate boards, both in the U.S. and in Indonesia. We still live in D.C. but try to spend as much time as possible at our house in Friendship, Maine. We had a wonderful hiking and wine-tasting trip to Argentina early this year, but didn’t do both simultaneously. The hiking was outstanding in southern Patagonia. Our daughter, Alexandra ’03, is working on her doctorate in sociology at Michigan State and does her research in Cuba.” * Art Fulman writes, “As I approach my seventh decade, I remain active as a lawyer, while transitioning cases to a younger colleague who will ultimately take over most of my files. I continue teaching a course on municipal law and public policy at Suffolk University Law School. I love the interaction with students. They keep me on my toes with their questions and enthusiasm. I’m also active in local government in Concord, Mass. Travel remains a major interest. This year it’s South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. My twin grandchildren live in Wellesley, and my wife and I do whatever we can to spoil them, consistent with the strict rules set down by their parents! I see Doris Kearns Goodwin from time to time. Her son Joe is at Harvard Law School and is running for the state senate. Her son Michael is a highly regarded history teacher at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Doris, of course, remains very busy writing, speaking, and appearing on various TV shows.” [Editor’s note: You’re actually approaching your eighth decade, Art. Congratulations.] * Don Gilbert says, “After 30 happy years in Houston, Susan and I are about to make a fresh start in the Golden State. She has been offered the role as head of human resources at the University of California, Davis. My business is ‘portable’ and can benefit from an extension of my network into Calif.” * I’ll be sending a class letter soon with more of your news and views. Many thanks!
Greetings! Al Carville, Rod Pierce, Barbara Haines Chase, Pen Williamson, Cindy Richmond Hopper, Mary Dexter Wagner, John McDonald, Joanna Buxton Gormley, Jane Melanson Dahmen, John Wilson, and I (part of our reunion planning committee) observed and celebrated the Class of 1962’s 50th reunion! Plan now to come to our 50th, June 6–9, 2013, part of Colby’s 200th anniversary. We promise it will be wonderful! * Weeding things for a move to a condo, Al Carville came across a lot of Colby memorabilia, including his freshman transcript. * Ann Bruno Hocking opened her own business, the Quilted Turtle, in Naples, Fla. Ann has won awards at the Naples Quilt Show and has done commissioned art pieces * Bill ’62 and Barb Haines Chase traveled to Patagonia, where they learned to tango, and then to Ushuaia, the “bottom of the world.” After interfacing with penguins, they hiked in Argentina and Chile. They feel fortunate to have seen this beautiful, wild part of the world. * Cindy Peters McIver enjoys volunteering at various arts associations and is involved with charitable fundraisers. They’ll travel to the British Isles, Iceland, and Scandinavia. Cindy keeps in touch with Arlene Jenkins Graber, Mary Jo Cahill Schroeder, Cindy Richmond Hopper, Joanna Buxton Gormley, Pat Dunn Field, and Mary Dexter Wagner. * David Hunt serves on several boards, including the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and lectures on intelligence and related topics. He tries to keep up with three daughters and six grandchildren. The highlight of his year is time in Maine. He’s talked with Connie Miller Manter. Anyone visiting NYC is invited to join him for lunch or dinner! * Between sunning and swimming in the Gulf, Karen Beganny Megathlin has been working on her bio and contacting classmates about gift giving. In their travels, she and Skeeter ’59 have fun connecting with old friends. * Rod Pierce and wife Pat took their “bucket list” trip around the world by private jet. A 22-day, 31,000-mile adventure to Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Samoa, Australia, Cambodia, India, Africa, Egypt, and Morocco. A safari in Tanzania during the migration topped the list. * Judith Thompson Chandler continues to teach sixth grade algebra. She’s having fun doing senior college activities and playing golf. She and Dian Emerson Sparling will get together this summer. * John and Marsha Palmer Reynolds met Cile Tougas Nix in Rochester, N.Y., for lunch, a long chat, and fun planning for the 50th reunion. Their “group” will attend en masse. They, too, hope everyone in the class will attend! * In D.C. Midge Walton Holmes acted in a political satire, I Get No Kick from Campaign. She was in nine musical numbers and played Mrs. Ron Paul in a comedy skit about the fat content of Paula Dean’s cooking. “It was a blast!” * Paul Pineo says, “I don’t want what I deserve, I want to keep what I have.” He and wife Susan still spend summers in Penn. and winters in S.C. near Hilton Head. * Pi Ryder Kezer visited Cindy Richmond Hopper and Liz Boccasile Mavis ’60 while passing through Venice, Fla. She and Ken cruised from Santiago, Chile, around Cape Horn to Argentina through the Chilean fjords. * Al and Rosemary Blankenship Hubbard celebrated their 50th anniversary. Rosemary finally got a diamond ring and a honeymoon! Her grandparents, also a Colby couple, were married by President Roberts over 100 years ago! * Ruthie Pratley Madell is “closing in on partial retirement,” working two days per week. Making calls for our class, she has enjoyed catching up with people. She and Betsy Doe Norwat are planning to meet in Kansas City for lunch. She says, “Of course I’ll be there next June.” * Sally White Butler visited her daughter, twin grandsons, and twin granddaughters in Illinois. Sally had a wonderful time attending first communions, soccer games, and birthdays, and observing the kids’ technological abilities. * A reminder: the deadline for your bio for our 50th reunion yearbook is Nov. 15. Send your two-page bio, including photos, to email@example.com.
John Hilton writes, “Went to our 50th, which was really good. Everyone should use the stimulus of our 50th to make an effort to reconnect and maintain relationships.” We echo your sentiments. Reunion was great fun, congenial, well organized—a huge success! About 140 of us (including spouses) and nine ambassadors from the Class of ’63 were there. We missed those not there. Here’s an incomplete and vastly simplified report, with apologies to those left out due to a word limit. Steve and Brenda Wrobleski Gottschalk came from Colorado with their daughter and son-in-law. As always, Brenda had stories of travels—to Brazil, including the Pantanal, a pristine wilderness. Marcia Eck Brolli—at the insistence of Ruth Veit Hodum—joined us. Judy Hoagland Bristol, with her husband, Harry, was organizer and emcee par excellence. She arranged a relaxing three-day, prereunion stay at Camden’s Whitehall Inn. The group had dinner at David and Janan Babb Vaughn’s lovely home in Camden, and it included Joan (Dignam ’63) and Dick Schmaltz, Toni and Allie Weller, Allison and John Chapman, and Roey Carbino. Sue Keith Webster, Judy Cronk Liberty, and Linda Nicholson Goodman made beautiful roomies. Sue is pastor of a Congregational church, Judy lives in Yarmouth, Maine, and sings with the Sweet Adelines, and Linda is “still working” in her hometown school system in Conn. Many classmates came great distances: Henderson Colley from Vail, Colo., where he skis and plays golf; Frank Stephenson from Pebble Beach, Calif., recently retired from the school that bears his name; Sandy Fullerton from San Rafael, Calif.; Boyd and Muff Symonds Leavitt from Eagle, Idaho; Nancy and Gerry Tays, from Washington State, to name a few. John “Spud” McHale, from Steamboat Springs, came to a prereunion brunch that Michael and I hosted at Falmouth Country Club. Joining him were Chris and Judy Wood, who split their time between Peapack, N.J., and Sarasota, Fla., Rob and Anne Ticknor McNeece, Debby Price, Paul ’60 and Elaine Healey Reichert, Al Neigher, and Peter Leofanti. Several classmates presented Saturday afternoon: Dr. Patty Downs Berger talked about single-payer health insurance; Nancy Kudriavetz Ramsey reflected on the book she cowrote, The Futures of Women. Bill Chase, Elaine Healey Reichert, Pat Farnham Russell, and Joe Wright sat on a panel about volunteering in the third age, and Alice Shest Loffredo spoke about her book, Your Astrological Compass. * Sandra Keef Hunter wrote, “I went on a birding trip to Costa Rica in March. Looking forward to the promised bird walk at Colby.” Lo and behold, there she was in Perkins Arboretum Friday morning with Ben Blaney, Nancy Rowe Adams, and others. At dinner we honored the 44 members of our class who have died. Patch Jack Mosher organized the memorial, and Sue Keith Webster and Barbara Crane Davenport, ordained ministers, read the names. Barb was at reunion with her partner, Coleen O’Rell, who sang beautifully at breakfast. We enjoyed Maine humor from Colby friend Alan Lewis, our speaker, and applauded the team effort of Jay French, Dick Schmaltz, Muff Symonds Leavitt, Gerry Tays, and Jan Griffith in reaching new heights giving to the Colby Fund. Michael McCabe received a Colby Brick Award, and if he had to climb the stage to accept one more award for the class (biggest participation increase, largest class gift, largest three-year gift to endowment) he might have fainted! * A few notes from classmates not at reunion: Bob and Brenda Phillipps Gibbons are aboard the Aggie G in a Marion, Mass., harbor this summer. “Look for mooring #539—love to see you anytime.” * Nancy and Whit Coombs have three children and seven grandchildren. Whit works four days and spends long weekends at the Jersey shore. He’s working on a book tracing the Coombs family in this country, which allows trips to New England. * Ceylon Barclay sent Christmas cards to his KDR brothers to “talk up reunion” to no avail. He plans to see Ralph Bradshaw in October. * Bill Alexander says “Life is pretty steady and smooth flowing.” The Downeast Scenic Railroad, his project for several years, started its season Memorial Day weekend. * Ann Tracy is “too hooked on teaching to quit entirely.” In successive semesters she’s presenting Revenge Tragedy, Literary Evolution of the Vampire, freshman English, and Latin I. Wow!
Marti Raymond Scherpenisse writes from Grand Rapids, Mich., “In January, our daughter and 13-year-old granddaughter moved into our house. Although we all hoped for the best, we had no idea we’d enjoy living together as much as we do. Dinnertime is a special treat as we keep current about eighth grade happenings!” * Bob ’59 and Wendy Ihlstrom Nielsen participated in a Touch-A-Truck event sponsored by the Child and Family Services Auxiliary of East Lyme, Conn. “Last year’s event raised over $10,000. I’m proud to have chaired the event twice beginning five years ago; I’m having fun getting truckers to attend (36 this year), and seeing the excited faces of children and parents. A great time for all!” * Bill Clough says be sure and check out the new trail system located on the Messalonskee Stream and near Thayer Hospital in Waterville. “It’s a great example of what can be accomplished when Colby and the Town of Waterville join forces.” * Margie Chamberlain Davis pens, “I’m two years cancer free. Have lost 15 pounds and am trying to improve my eating lifestyle. Will spend a week with sister Liz Chamberlain Huss ’60 in July on Martha’s Vineyard and a few days in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in August to watch the horse races. Every day is precious.” * Richard Miller reports unusual weather in northern Michigan. “Not much snow, a warm spring, and severe frosts. The apricot, cherry, and apple crops were lost; the cherry industry plans importing cherries from Poland to meet marketing demands. Kate and I enjoyed a scenic trip along Lake Superior recently, where we visited our daughter in Illinois. We wish everyone a healthy summer.” * Terry Lee shares, “Our third grandchild, Analise Witman, was born in March. She’s a doll! Cathie and I soldier on in relatively good health. Will sing with the ‘senior’ Colby Eight ensemble again during Reunion Weekend 2012. Peter Merrill ’57, our durable arranger, challenged us with a new song. Seven of us met in Portsmouth, N.H., for rehearsal in April. Call us all ‘durable and crazy,’ with many challenges. Pete Henderson ’60 is traveling from Alabama to sing. I’m really going to miss Jay Whitman ’59 to mentor me; a tribute to Jay is planned during Reunion Weekend.” * Bob Di Napoli sends love to all and writes of a “difficult spring. Found a small cancer on my right tonsil. A couple of surgeries, a couple of chemos, and seven weeks of radiation, which I’m finally getting to the end of. Got a bit debilitating here at the end. In God’s hands.” * Betsy O’Connell emailed, “After reunion last June, I went to the Association of Zoo and Aquarium Docent (AZAD) conference. In addition to a full day at their lovely zoo, we visited Graceland and the Civil Rights Museum—very powerful experience. Lots of delicious catfish! Most of my year is spent working at NYU, so not much travel time. Do spend some weekends in the Rhinebeck, N.Y., area of the Hudson Valley—gorgeous views of the river. Heard from Ann Tracy ’62 who saw our 50th reunion book and cribbed my e-mail address. Nice to be in touch with her again! Come October, headed to L.A. for the next AZAD conference—a great zoo and way too many side trips planned.” * Gene Rainville responds, “Since our 50th, Margaret and I have visited friends in Bath (U.K.), spent two months skiing at our home in Aspen, and are presently at our permanent home in Hilton Head. We will migrate to Lake Winnipesaukee for the summer. Christa and Frank D’Ercole summer there as well, so many a Colby tale will be told on their porch this coming season.”
Arthur Calfee’s son Davidson, 32, took over the Arthur D. Calfee Insurance Agency that started when he was born. Art is retired but still goes into the office to act as the main gofer. He is still involved with the appearance of Falmouth. Appointed by the selectmen, he watches new commercial construction for adherence to the sign code. * Ronald Weber and wife Barbara had the usual number of winter guests. They made their yearly visit to Playa Del Carmen, south of Cancun, to visit their retired son and his wife. Their youngest son travels the world building solar plants. * Eunice Bucholz Spooner attended a Colby women’s basketball alumni game. It was one of her favorite sports at Colby—even playing half-court! She had plans to see Tony ’57 and Bev Jackson Glockler when they returned for Tony’s 55th reunion. In July she’ll attend the wedding of his youngest son. Summer is to be enjoyed in Maine while making plans for winter cruising. * Wendy McWilliam Denneen visited her sister in Tucson and her grandsons, 7 and 8, in California. On this side of the continent, she babysits her 1- and 2 1/2-year-old grandkids. Last October, Wendy cruised Croatia, Greece, Italy, Sicily, and Turkey with her daughter, Susan. In February she cruised to the Saints—Kitts, Lucia, Maartin, and Croix—as well as Barbados. In the fall she heads to Vancouver and San Francisco. She keeps busy with volunteering, walking, enjoying her Not So Serious Book Club, seeing classmates Judy Ingram Hatfield, Deb Wilson Albee, Charlotte Wood MacPhetres, and Liz Boccasile Mavis. * Donald Burgess spent 25 years in the Navy and 11 years teaching high school math and feels fortunate to have enjoyed 18 years of retirement in St. Augustine. He belongs to a golf group at a course that allows you to walk. That exercise, combined with walks on the beach with his dog, biking, and kayaking, allow him and his wife to stay reasonably fit and healthy. He thanks Colby for sending updates, as they bring back good memories. * In January, Kay and Ralph Nelson embarked on a four-month, seven-continent Grand World Cruise. During that time they compared their expectations with reality for slum cleanup in Brazil, ice extent in Antarctica, the housing bubbles in China and Egypt and Portugal, free enterprise in Vietnam, logging in Thailand, pirates in the Gulf of Aden, civil unrest in Egypt and Greece, volcanic activity in Italy, and seaweed coverage in the Sargasso Sea. They read Collapse by Jared Diamond, and they saw, in dozens of regions around the world, both clear causes for alarm and effective programs to avert collapse. They enjoyed it and recommend it to update your understanding of the world. * Judy Allen Ferretti and her husband enjoyed a fabulous trip to five islands in Hawaii. They also went to the Kentucky Derby. All of the educational parts of the trip were most enjoyable: meeting with a breeder, a jockey, and a trainer, and visiting a thoroughbred auction house and a farm for retired racehorses and meeting some of the winning horses. * Daniel Parish works on an organic farm in New Hampshire. Check out www.stevenormanton.com for an overview of where Daniel is at present. * Patricia Sturges Aufdenberg took a fantastic trip to England: a 10-day Tudor history tour called “The Six Wives of Henry VIII.” It was truly a trip of a lifetime! On a side note her home-schooled granddaughter, Emily, took the California Achievement Test for the fourth grade and answered every question correctly. Maybe she’ll get a scholarship to Colby! * Ken Nigro and Jane Holden Huerta have breakfast together from time to time and wonder if anyone is interested in a mini-reunion in 2013?
Ann Segrave Lieber leads a very busy life on Cape Cod. She is still a Reach to Recovery volunteer, speaking with women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. She was a guest speaker at a recent support meeting, relating her experiences and reassuring the audience that there is life after breast cancer. Ann and Marty continue as volunteers in a local second grade two mornings a week, helping with reading and math. Ann writes a newsletter for their music club and edits another for a foster family program. Singing remains her favorite activity, and she does lots of it in various Cape Cod groups. She and her daughter attended a marvelous presentation by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64. Ann says she “felt prouder than ever of our Colby!” The most significant factor in the Liebers’ lives is their darling granddaughter, Nora, who will be 3 in July. She is beautiful, bright, and funny (says grandma modestly), and a constant source of delight. * Tink Bachelder Weeks had two hip replacements over the last year, but managed to go on a marvelous trip to Australia and New Zealand and loved every minute of it. It has taken her a bit of time to recover, and she really enjoyed all the exciting things offered like balloon rides over the outback and camel rides. She hopes to be able to visit friends again soon in England and Scotland. * Elaine Healey ’62 and Paul Reichert spent January and February in Florida before heading to New Zealand and Australia in March. Both countries and the people are great—well worth the long trip. They planned to attend Elaine’s 50th reunion and then head to Virginia for the high school graduation of a granddaughter who will attend the University of Virginia. * Russ Longley moved up to number three on the Dancers Cup Tour leader board and had a clear shot at number one when, after dancing 65 heats, his feet blew up with severe stress reaction to bone and contusion to soft tissue around a nerve. He’s on the injured list for six to eight weeks with major inflammation and pain. * Gladys Frank Bernyk had a bad year, with breast cancer and then lung cancer—not related. But, God willing, she hopes to take an Alaskan cruise in August with five children, their spouses, two grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren. They all went to Mexico a few years ago and had a grand time. * In May I had a wonderful Road Scholar trip to Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon de Chelly, and Monument Valley. We certainly have a beautiful country. * You’ve been great about sending me news. Please keep it coming.
Bob and Nancy Derderian Bagdasarian have two daughters and five grandchildren, all in Salt Lake City. Nancy keeps in touch with her roommate Marcia Legru Olney and Robin Hunter Clutz (she also has a daughter in Salt Lake City). The Bagdasarian’s oldest grandchild has been an avid downhill ski racer since fifth grade and is heading to Montana State University. “We tried to entice him to come east, but he didn’t feel that there are real mountains in the Northeast! Maybe for graduate school.” * Our condolences to Peter Doran, whose mother, Priscilla Cobb Payne, passed away April 30 at 104. Several classmates knew her as a cofounder of the Colby Parents Club, established while we were students. She was a close friend of Ed Turner and Seelye Bixler and a strong supporter of Colby. * Helen Payson Seager has enjoyed directing the chorus in her retirement community for seven years. The group has sung in English, French, Latin, German, and Hebrew. But all members “are a lot deafer, blinder, and more ‘feak and weeble’; the entire front row has to sing seated,” she says. The time has come for Helen to take a sabbatical and perhaps think of retiring so she will have more time for other activities. * Jim ’56 and Ann Harding Jamieson were packing books, crossword puzzles, and paints, and heading north to St. Albans, Maine, where they enjoy the quiet life at their camp, “as opposed to the hustle and bustle of tiny Boiling Springs, Penn.” * Archie Twitchell’s plans for his 75th year were to “get married, sell a house, build another, and move.” The marriage took place in June, as planned, but the couple was not ready to sell the house when they received two offers almost immediately. Nor were they ready to build another. “The delay is OK; I love the lot on which the house will be built, with its 40 ash trees, small stream, and wooded conservancy district on the rear boundary. We’re happy to be here mowing five acres of grass, tending our vegetable garden, and doing the minor repairs a 25-year-old house requires.” * Harry and Joan Shaw Whitaker spent a weekend in May with Paul Drexel and wife Pat at the University of Hartford. The Drexel’s grandson, Andy, was on the baseball team, and the foursome watched him and the UHartford Hawks play the UMaine Black Bears. They were joined by their granddaughter, Kelly, just finishing her freshman year at Hartt School of Music, and their daughter, May Beth. “It was a special mini Colby reunion for all of us. We are looking forward to our 55th reunion and hope many from our class will be there also.” * Congratulations to Carol Hathaway de Lemos, recently honored by the Richard Patton Melick Foundation, for her volunteer work and dedication to the community of Needham, Mass. Carol has been a moving force in the women’s club, Town Common Beautification Committee, Council on Aging, and Needham Business Association, among other groups. Husband Ed and several daughters and grandchildren attended the ceremony. * Class president Brad Sherman and I were invited by the Alumni Relations Office to attend Reunion 2012 at Colby to shadow the Class of ’57 and get some ideas for our own 55th next year, which coincides with Colby’s 200th anniversary. Thanks to the Class of ’57 for welcoming us warmly in the dorm and at the two class dinners! It was great seeing everyone again. We learned there’s LOTS of planning to be done EARLY to ensure we have a bang-up get-together June 6-9, 2013. Put it on your calendars now! We’re soliciting volunteers to be on a planning committee. If you hope to attend, are enthusiastic, and have time to spare, please let me know; I will forward the names to Brad and alumni planners.
Reunion Weekend 2012 brought extreme weather to Maine! Despite record downpours and the high winds of a spring nor’easter on Sunday, the spirits of our reunion goers were not dampened one bit. * Jim and Nancy Hansen Marchbank regretted missing reunion but had prior plans to take a river cruise on the Elbe through Germany. * Finding that their home in Portland’s West End is now too large, Carole and Peter Merrill are in the process of downsizing and buying a condo in nearby Cape Elizabeth. Playing piano gigs in the Portland area keeps Peter very busy. * Toni Ciunci Hudson sends word from Pasadena, Calif., that she keeps busy with gardening, book clubs, and frequenting the gym. She and Patrick enjoyed a trip to Sicily last November and, after our reunion, they plan to visit Toni’s family in Rhode Island before going to see their daughter in Minnesota. * In May Kyp Piqueres Greenwood traveled to Long Beach, Calif., to visit her son, Scott, and family, and then on to Pasadena to share many laughs, I’m sure, with her Colby roomie, Toni. I’m happy to report that Kyp is enjoying good health! * Anne Schimmelpfennig Laszlo writes, “This spring I have embraced travel in the extreme: a ‘Christmas’ trip to Jamaica with son and grandson in February; three weeks in Italy in April; and two weeks in Spain in May. Enough already!” Anne’s sense of humor is more fine-tuned then ever, a quality that I always enjoyed in her. She readily admits that her running shoes are worn clear through! * Arlette and Mac Harring have a busy travel schedule this year: a five-day bicycle trip along the C&O canal, western Maryland to D.C., along the Potomac River; a two-week trip to Alaska in June; and a November trip to Costa Rica. * Family affairs keep Marilyn and Tom Brackin really hopping and forever young. They have one daughter getting married and another daughter having a second baby. They both run their insurance and real estate agency, and Tom still found time to perform Rutter’s “Gloria” with his N.J. Conservatory Symphonic Chorus, which will also perform Beethoven’ s Ninth in mid-June. * Art and Ellie Gray Gatenby vacationed for the month of February in Vero Beach, Fla. They discovered a place called Indian River Golf Club and will return there next year. Ellie and her sister, Valerie, plan a birthday bash for their mother’s 100th in October. * And last, but certainly not least, we received an update from Ellie about Janet Kimball Clymer’s move from Denver to Washington State. Jan will live in an adult family home only seven miles from her daughter. The adjustment stage has been rather difficult, and I know that she would appreciate an encouraging note. Her new address is 11206 East Riverside Drive, Bothell, Wash. 98011. It has been five years since Jan suffered a severe stroke two days before our 50th reunion, which she had looked forward to attending. Most of us are so fortunate to be able to travel or go independently about our daily routines that sending a card to Jan would be very thoughtful. * That’s all for now. Keep the news coming!
Don Dunbar, from Fairfield, Conn., is founder of Dunbar Educational Consultants and author of What You Don’t Know Can Keep You Out Of College. He’s had an office in Hong Kong for 11 years and has a business trip to China planned. His wife, Susan, retired from medical practice, and his daughter, Megan, is a psychologist for Kaiser in Portland, Ore. * Charlie Morrissey, professor emeritus at Pepperdine Graduate School of Management, sold his first company (1966-1978), to Houghton Mifflin and in 1978 headed to California. He earned a Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University in 1997. He’s currently chairing an Internet venture, study.net, that provides academic content online to M.B.A. students. Four of his five children attended Colby. * In June, Dick Abedon and 16 family members, including eight grandchildren, visited Normandy and stayed at a château that was Eisenhower’s WWII command post and also where the Germans surrendered to the Americans. * Ruthann Simmonds MacKinnon returned to Maine from six months in London and Georgia visiting friends and family. She went to Mumbai and Malaysia, where she taught at the University of Malaya 20 years ago, then on to Goa, Kerala, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. * Lucy Blainey Groening toured Morocco—the High Atlas Mountains, the Sahara, gorges, and valleys. A drive south along the Atlantic coast ended an exciting trip. She attended her grandson’s graduation from SUNY’s School of Environmental Science and Forestry. * Audrey Tanner and sister traveled to Finland to look up paternal relatives in Helsinki. A lunch with some Finns proved interesting: neither Audrey nor her sister speaks Finnish! Audrey’s only grandchild, Julia, graduated from Smith this June. * Barbara “BJ” Davis Howard celebrated her husband’s 80th birthday at Thanksgiving with the entire (100 percent) family! One grandchild graduated from Connecticut College, and another is off to University of Cape Town for the fall. BJ serves on the board of CONCORA, a singing group, and attends 50 concerts a year, including the Hartford Symphony. She and her husband look forward to spending time at their Vermont cabin. * Abbott Otto “Peter” Greene spent the last two winters as a charter fishing captain in Key West and summers in Maine as a captain for Bar Harbor whale watch. If he passes his USCG physical next spring, he can continue as captain until 85! If you’re in Bar Harbor, look him up at the ticket office. After retiring from airline flying, he and wife Nancy Hubbard had a fishing lodge on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, for 20 years. After Nancy’s death two years ago, he sold the lodge. He recalls his visits to Colby in the late 1930s, his interview with Bill Bryan ’48, and their last visit with Dr. and Mrs. Bixler, in Salzburg, Austria. * Dave Sortor recalls lyrics, “How age has taken (his/her) beauty and sin has left its sad scar.” But time has not damaged Colby friendships: the Jubinskys, Weys, Bramhalls, Zullingers, Zambellos, Hunts, Lunders, Zieglers, Marshalls, Kinsmans, Pughs, Brownie, Stebbie, Andersons, Conklins, Haggetts, Wymans. A Sortor grandson captained the Bowdoin football team, and Jake O’Malley was a wide receiver for Amherst. Dave still owns the Sherborn Inn, where his wife Rosemary (Crouthamel) has nurtured beautiful gardens for more than 25 years. * Some of the above friends gathered in Waltham, Mass., to hear Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64 speak about political issues faced by Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Johnson and how those issues reappear in current political debates. She spoke of her early life, her love of baseball, and her experiences as wife and parent. Her next book is on Theodore Roosevelt. * As the Darien High School year comes to an end, I find myself looking forward to a respite from the academic routine. I’ll spend a week studying classics at Dartmouth and take a trip to France to visit my daughter (married to a Frenchman,living in Orleans). Happy summer to all!
As Time Goes By … an old song but so true. Once again it’s a pleasure to fill in for Kathie Flynn Carrigan and give you all the news! Kathie had her five-month cast removed from her wrist and x-rays say her head and ribs are fine. We know her spirit is ever upbeat. * Norm Poitras reports that 21 years ago he founded a program to help feed hungry people. Salvaging surplus food from supermarkets and delivering it to the Salvation Army, the program has 100 volunteers or more. They pick up the food daily and last year delivered 1.4 million pounds. His efforts were featured on Wake Up America and at the Harry Chapin Food Bank. “I’m proud to say that 21 years ago we woke up America,” says Norm. Wonderful work, Norm, and congratulations! E-mail Norm (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details. * Dino Sirakides says the oldest son of his own firstborn, Mair Sirakides Hill ’83, finished his frosh year at Tufts. Dino and Buni winter in Palm Desert, Calif., but Glenville, Ill., is still home, as his son, daughter, and six grandsons live within four miles of them. In July Dino and Buni are going to Cooperstown, N.Y., as guests of Ron Santo, the great Cubs third baseman, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ron and Dino have played hundreds of golf games over the past 30 years. * John Dutton and Jane recently did the canyonlands trip through Arizona and Utah. They also spent time with relatives at their favorite California spots: Carmel and Monterey. In October they’ll come to New England and see their son and daughter-in-law—I hope we’ll see you! John is a wonderful correspondent with his classmates, especially the ATOs. (As was our dear friend, Lou Zambello.) * Jane Whipple Coddington met Kay Hartwell Philipps for lunch by an old river running between N.J. and Penn. They used to ride there on their bikes but now eat lunch and drink wine. They had so much to chat about that they’re planning a redo before next year. Jane and Chan returned from the Outer Banks, where they reunited with friends they met in Italy. * Archie and Jean Hawes Anderson, Elinor Small Hudson, and Jean Hahlbohm Hampton traveled to grandchildren’s college commencements: Ellie to Hamilton College in N.Y., Jean to High Point in the Carolina’s, and the Andersons to Elon. * Jack and I traveled to Missoula, Mont., to see our third granddaughter graduate with high honors in biology and wildlife studies. She loves the outdoors: skiing, boarding, hiking, rafting, mountain climbing, etc. Our daughter and son-in-law, Phil ’77 and Janet Deering Bruen ’79, took care of grandmother Ann, Aunt Ellen, and three daughters when we all went to beautiful Whitefish as a side trip. The next week, Jack and I saw our granddaughter Suzanne receive her B.S. in nursing and pin from Univerity of New England (UNE). She also took high honors. Am I bragging? Just a little, but it’s okay when they are granddaughters. * Ann Dillingham Ingraham moved to an apartment at Granite Hills Estatein Augusta, Maine, and is enjoying many friends and her two cats. * Jo Bailey Campbell and Dot Dunn Northcott have been in touch with Kathie Flynn Carrigan, and they are well. Dot was told she had the bones of a 25-year-old. That’s really good news, and Dot, you have always been my idol! Bless you all.
Rosemary “Penny” Thresher Edson continues to volunteer at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Daily walks, a yoga class, and some tennis keep her moving. Husband Bill is diligent with his daily workouts at the gym and enjoys an occasional round of golf. * Peter Fishbin attended Sherman Saperstein’s 80th birthday party held at the Arizona Performing Arts Center in Scottsdale. Sherman received a standing ovation for his ongoing efforts on behalf of the center. * Colby “Judy” Thompson Lowe spent Mother’s Day in Florida visiting daughter Meg, who works with the Oprah Winfrey Network. * Carol Dyer Wauters reports that, while there are a number of Colby alumni in Wyoming, they belong to a much younger generation. Standard Jackson Hole activities—skiing in the winter, and hiking, biking, and river running the rest of the year—keep her busy and fit. A Grand Canyon river trip came off her bucket list last spring, and later this summer a rafting trip on the Rogue River will also be removed. A trip to Bhutan is scheduled for removal this fall. * Lindon Christie still flies every month, continues to enjoy good health, and looks forward to our 60th reunion in 2014. * For those of you who, like me, may be golf addicts, check out the PGA’s and LPGA’s Tee it Forward program.
There’s less than one year until our 60th reunion. Mark your calendar for June 6-9, 2013. In the meantime, send me your news. * Rick Tyler and wife Ann spent a great two weeks in Thailand last winter. He also got in about 20 days of skiing in an almost snowless season. As I write, he is probably getting ready to go to their summer house in Ogunquit. * Harold Cross and his wife celebrated their 65th anniversary in May, attending a meeting in Orlando, Fla., where his older brother, Tom, received the accolade of legend strength trainer with 58 years in that field. * Carolyn Doe Woznick recently had lunch with Elaine Kahn Greenberg, her Mary Low roommate. Elaine had plans to visit D.C. for her grandson’s law school graduation and to meet Barbara Forrest Young. Carolyn and her husband were off to London in June, where they signed up for a tour of Victorian cities in Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool. * Carolyn English Caci and Virginia Falkenbury Aronson had their own mini-reunion at Carolyn’s home, then went to Phippsburg, Maine, to spend some “lobster time” with Mark and Lorraine “Larry” Walker Powley ’54. * Joyce Maguire Demers had a great Mother’s Day with her four children, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. It sounds like they all came into her life in multiples of four! Joyce’s family has kept her busy since her husband died when she was only 38. Joyce plans to make reunion next year and will try to talk Ken Castonguay into attending as well. Joyce has been in touch with Nancy Pratley Wathen in New Jersey to have her join us in 2013 too. * Loretta “Tommi” Thompson Staples was going to a cribbage tournament in Greensboro, N.C., and would send the results later. * David Lavin makes use of New York City’s cultural life. He attended four operas, comprising Wagner’s “Ring,” 20 concerts in a chamber music series, baroque music, plus various plays. He said he attended a Colby meeting in the city and heard a lecture by a current faculty member, giving him a weird feeling about the difference in time and years. He’s preparing to go to his family summer home in Bridgehampton, N.Y. * Harry O’Brasky lives in a retirement community near Brockton, Mass., where he is a SCORE volunteer. * That’s it this time. Keep thinking about our 60th, as it will coincide with Colby’s 200th anniversary.
Hard to believe our 60th reunion has come and gone and now it’s summer. * Our first message is from Louise Ginsberg Hirshberg, who spent three weeks in March in Vietnam and Cambodia. “Before traveling, I did a lot of reading about the Vietnam War, so meeting the lovely people who were considered our ‘enemies,’ seeing the horrible destruction of war, and crawling through the tunnels where humans lived and died once again brought home the horrors of all war.” * Dave Morse (dmorseauthor.com) published Julie’s Climb, a picture book about a 10-year-old girl who goes mountain climbing in Maine. She gets into trouble, and her rescue comes from an unlikely source. Dave took part in the Colby author’s book-signing during Reunion Weekend. * William and Carolyn Stigman Burnham are at Sebago Lake, where they first met in 1949, back running their family housekeeping cottage resort, Wind-in-Pines (wind-in-pines.com). It was started in 1938 by William’s mother, a Colby grad. * A sad note from Rodney Howes: “Mary Ann, my beautiful wife of 58 years, died in February.” Rodney shares e-mails with John Dutton ’55. * Dick Chamberlin lives in North Belgrade, Maine, and often takes the route to Waterville through campus. “I wish everyone could see the great job Colby does with cleaning up the winter mess and preparing the grounds for graduation and reunion. The athletic fields are picture perfect! The cool and wet weather this May reminds me of my senior year at Colby as the various groups (they were called frats, weren’t they?) vied with each other for the annual spring weekend parties. My ATO drew a short straw and had to have our outing early in the month. It was held at the old Colby Outing Club on Great Pond on a cold raw day, as seen in the old photos of sweaters and heavy jackets we were wearing.” * Anne Plowman Stevens has played in three orchestras, so she doesn’t get too much done outside of rehearsals. She missed reunion due to a concert and other commitments. * At 81, Barbara Scott’s days of backcountry hikes in the Rockies are over, but she enjoys easy walks along rivers and lakes there. She recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. * Sheila and Don Hailer headed to Mayflower Hill for reunion, as did George Lebherz, Carl and Muffie Morgan Leaf, and Russ Wallace. Afterward I heard from others as well. Per Dave Morse, “I guess we’re now members of the Golden Mules. I don’t know if that designation refers to our years, or expected contribution. Joan and I enjoyed sharing the festivities with many classmates who attended. I was thinking of the unique Colby experience we all had, busing back and forth between the old and new campuses. We’re a dwindling number of Blue Beetle alumni. I hope you’re writing down your life’s experiences for your grandchildren. Each of us has a unique history worthy of recording and passing along.” * Barbara Bone Leavitt, Edie Carpenter Sweeney, and I drove to Waterville for reunion, and we enjoyed the whole experience! As Golden Mules we got to be near the end of the Saturday parade, which headed for the field house amid cheers and applause from classes that arrived at Colby in successive years. Was so pleased to see more than 20 of our classmates. One who was missed, however, was our class president, Herb Nagle, whose wife, Judy, had surgery June 1. She was doing well soon after, and she and Herb were thrilled to receive the card that we had all signed at the Foss Hall dinner. * I’ll conclude with Don Hailer’s remarks, “The 60th reunion was a great time, and it was fun to see the old gang. Colby did a wonderful job, and the weather held off for most of the weekend.”
A small group was at Colby for our 61st reunion this June. Bob Brotherlin, Cynthia and Walt Russell, George and Priscilla Ford Haselton, Eddi (Miller ’52) and Mark Mordecai, and Ed Laverty all attended. A good time was had by all, according to Bob, who added, “We were glad for all the golf carts to get around.”
Thank you all so much for responding to the questionnaire. If you are not in this issue, you will be in the fall, since we’re limited on words each issue. * Lillian Meyer Haning went from Colby to grad work at Ohio University, where she met her husband. They taught at Penn State for a couple of years, and when the kids came along, Jim decided to take his math/electrical engineering skill into industry. They moved to California in 1955, just after their son Doug was born. Her children Geoff and Leslie are native Californians. They raised the kids there and explored all the Western states. For 20 years she had a great job writing marketing copy for Sunset magazine, which celebrates the West. Sadly, Jim died way too young, at 61. She’s had two weddings in her backyard and has four grandchildren with one off to college this fall, though not Colby. She travels to the Northwest since both sons live in Portland. She hiked in the Hood River area with her Intel-engineer son and his family, and attended a lively birthday party for her jazz-musician son, who lives in a warehouse. She went to Hawaii with her daughter’s family and has been to Scandinavia, the U.K., and China. Lillian is a gardener and a birdwatcher, and she walks in the Baylands, plays bridge, and reads. * Harry and Janet West Williams have been married for 60 years, have three children, and seven grandchildren. They’re still working part time in their remodeling/design company. Janet volunteers at the Crosswicks Library and the historical society, and is involved in Quaker projects and activities. They’ve traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, England, and Italy, and current trips are to college graduations and extended stays at their camp in the Adirondacks. Jan also keeps busy with bridge, a book club, college courses, some walking, and doing something we all are trying to do: ridding her home of much junk! * Alan Silberman and his wife, Mary, live in Stratford, Conn. Alan still works in real estate. They have daughters Lauren and Alison ’00, but lost their son, Bobby ’03, tragically to Ewings Sarcoma. Alan skis, plays tennis, hikes, and volunteers at the Kiwanis Club. * Rev. Charles Smith lives in Providence, R.I., with his wife, June (Wellesley ’49). She is past state regent R.I. Daughter of the American Revolution. Their oldest son, Stephen, is a development economist at George Washington University and author of many books about Third World development. Since Charles retired to Providence after 40 years as a Congregational pastor, he has studied genealogy and discovered Puritan and Pilgrim ancestors. He is chaplain of the R.I. Sons of the American Revolution and is national chaplain, USS LSM/LSMR Association. An LSM was a WWII landing ship. He conducts annual memorial services and sends cards to bereaved family members. He and Mary have been to Italy and the Czech Republic to be with their sons temporarily living there. He also keeps busy with his two-family house and has served as president of Hamilton House, a nonprofit senior center in Providence. * Margaret “Peg” Rodgers Jones Nichols writes that neither of her two spouses or children were Colby grads, but her daughter, Ann Jones-Weinstock, worked in Colby’s development office for a number of years. Peg is in a retirement community near her daughter’s family. Watercolors, walking, swimming, and volunteering at the Sheldon Museum, with Knitting for Kids (community support), and as a library cataloger at The Lodge keeps her busy along with bridge, book club, and Vigorous Minds, a computer program at The Lodge. Right after she wrote Peg was going to see her freshman-year roommate, Mary-Lou Roberts Friberg ’49, to play bridge. “I bet none of us can sit cross-legged on the floor as in old Dutton House bridge,” she added.
Whew! Another three months has flown by and here I am again with news of our classmates. * Lucile Farnham Sturtevant writes of the demise of the “Colbiana Club, started here in the suburbs west of Boston in 1979. We mainly lived from Norwood to Sudbury and west from Newton to Attleboro. And then we also had active members from the Cape and Middleboro right up to the end. Our members were from the classes of ’39 to ’59. We started with a lively group, averaging 20 members a meeting, but were down to eight at the last meeting in Ashland in April. We originally met four times a year, but lately cut back to three meetings, most devoted to reading Colby authors. Many of us will keep in touch.” * Janet Pride Davis, alias Peanut or Miss Pride of “Miss Hagar, Miss Pride, and Miss Whitcomb,” has been a bit busy with college graduations. A grandson graduated from Endicott College and a granddaughter from Gordon College. “Now I’m just waiting to go to my youngest grandchild’s (female) graduation from high school June 2, which is the reason I can’t attend Reunion Weekend. Other than that everything seems to be on an even keel. Still managing to put one foot in front of the other.” * Cynthia Crook Lieck reports, “Chuck and I still love living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, near water, but not on it as we were for so many years in Annapolis. We still yearn to boat again when we cross any river or creek. Not too practical now. We’ve been limited in activity and travel this past year or so. He was well recovered from problems with a knee replacement (three surgeries due to infection) when he fell at home five days before last Christmas breaking his femur. Surgery in shock trauma, then weeks in rehab near us (very convenient). Our dear daughters and sons-in-law arrived Christmas afternoon from Norfolk, where we should have been, with all the presents. Different, but a relatively merry Christmas after all. He still has mobility problems, though improving, so no travel but lots of lunches in restaurants here and with friends in Annapolis. No Colby contacts except e-mails with Muriel Thomas Levings. The grandkids are doing well in New York City, Norfolk, and Jacksonville (she is a CPO in the U.S. Navy). They were all here for Easter.” * At the end of April I flew to N.C. to visit good friends who moved to the Asheville area a year ago. It was fun to see their new digs and get reacquainted with the area. Both my kids worked at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City many years ago. While there we took a three-day trip to Savannah, Ga. We thoroughly enjoyed the old restored city, but the highlight was a visit to the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace. Since I am a lifetime Girl Scout with many years at the local and national levels, you can see why this visit was important to me. The little girl in me came out when I beheld the beautiful two-story curved staircase whose banister was just asking me to slide down! * That’s all for this issue of Colby, but keep sending me your news. I’m forever grateful.
We had a good winter in Florida but received little news from classmates. * I was exciting for us to watch our granddaughter, Jessica McNulty ’07, run in the Boston Marathon. Jessica completed the race in respectable time and was cheered on by many of her Colby classmates and friends. She ran all the way, and Heartbreak Hill did not slow her down. She is a much better runner than her grandfather, who usually managed to finish last in Colby track events. * In a welcome and substantive letter, Harvey Koizim wrote: “What a long way we’ve all come since that bitterly cold, snowy ’44 winter in Hedman Hall. Pushed into college too early, I was just 16, and the only child of immigrant parents. I just didn’t know what to do, and everything I did seemed to be a very bad mistake. But, hey, I got over it—almost—and grew to be a responsible citizen—almost. In addition to the 20-year-old son, I have two children from an earlier marriage, ages 60 and 56, and a couple of grandsons: 28 and 24—all of whom are living productive and successful lives. With the help of time at sea in the Merchant Marine, I was able to come about, return to Colby, pick up a good education, make some lifelong friends and have a pretty good time. Very best to you and all the folks left from the Class of ’48.” * Ronnie Farkas now lives full time in La Jolla, Calif., 25 miles north of the Mexican border. The climate is ideal. Both Ronnie and Selma love it. They live in new digs high on a bluff overlooking the ocean with a spectacular view! Ronnie wrote, “Our hobby is playing bridge. We play in a tournament once a week and also play a lot of social bridge.” He reports they are both enjoying good health, considering age and wear and tear. * Dorothy Worthley Cleaver still lives on the Kennebec River, where she enjoys canoeing and fishing. She wrote, “I have a wonderful little springer spaniel who fills the bow and cheers me on. I spend every day I can out from under a roof and wonder still at the amazing beauty of our state and support any effort to keep it that way.” She has grandchildren that graduated from Swarthmore, Amherst, and the University of Vermont and is still working to get some of them to Colby! “I have an amazing and lovely family who visit Skowhegan a lot and keep me young at heart. The grandchildren of our generation are surely the hope of the world.” * Betty Dyer Brewster was packing for a trip from Naples, Fla., to Charlottesville, Annapolis, Providence, and various places in R.I., Conn., N.H., and maybe Colby, then to Memphis for six months. Her brother, Richard Dyer ’42, turns 70, but she didn’t think they’d make reunion, although both are in relatively good health. One of her granddaughters set a record for 400-meter hurdles for the University of Tennessee and was off to the NCAA meet and Olympic trials. She graduated summa cum laude and won scholarship for graduate school. Betty enjoys life and is happy to be near her three sons in Tennessee and Georgia. * We regret to inform you that Aaron Sandler passed away in Chicago June 3. Aaron had a great personality and was universally liked by the Colby community. He was a star on the track team and a member of Tau Delta Phi fraternity. He participated at our wedding ceremony as a witness to our marriage and signed the certificate. Although he lived for many years in both Michigan and Texas, we kept in contact. After he moved to Sarasota, we were able to visit. We will miss him.
Calvin Dolan writes from Audubon, Pa., where he and his wife, Mil, live in a senior center called Shannondell. It’s “a fantastic place with all the amenities anyone could desire,” he writes. “I recently won the pool championship, which keeps me active, along with trips to a casino.”
Maurice Whitten returned to Gorham, Maine, after four months in St. Petersburg. In May his illustrated paperback, The Gunpowder Mills of Gorham-Windham, Maine, came off the press. Maurice wrote it for the Windham Historical Society, along with an article for their May newsletter, “Recollections of Gorham,” about the town as it was when he came to teach at Gorham State Teachers College in 1955.
Interesting class news! I have a current list of our class members, and there are 61 of us still alive. Pretty good considering we are approaching, or are, age 90! More than 200 of us entered in September 1940. * Colby’s new campus is magnificent. Back when we attended, the school was down by the Kennebec River, and the future campus had just the shells of two buildings on the hill. Professor Richard Lougee, head of the Geology Department, painted a bleak future for the College’s survival up on the hill. He was sure the topography was unsuitable! Time has proven him wrong. * In May I attended a gathering of former choristers celebrating the retirement of Paul Machlin, professor of music for 38 years. My only qualification was that I sang in the Glee Club as a freshman and sophomore. The big event was the presentation of the Creation by Haydn. Some singers came from out of state, and the professor was delighted. I knew no one, but we soon got acquainted. I told them about practices that music director John Thomas held in the basement of the alumnae building behind the old Foss Hall downtown. Our sophomore year at Christmastime we took the train to Portland, where we joined with the Bowdoin Glee Club (all boys), Colby Junior College (all girls), and the Portland Symphony Orchestra in the large auditorium in Portland City Hall (with the spectacular organ) and presented the Messiah to a full house. Glorious experience. When we went outdoors afterwards there were newsboys shouting the latest headline—Pearl Harbor had been bombed. It was Dec. 7, 1941. Our world was never the same.
Margaret Campbell Timberlake P’69 continues to feed a sparrow that has been in the Maine Mall for three years. She says, “They cannot get him out—he likes it there! He comes on my table to drink water. He is no longer a wild bird.” She adds that she’s doing fine.