Hi, everyone! Thanks to all who sent updates; many of us are doing exciting things. *James O’Brien is relocating to Nashville this August with the Joint Chiefs, who recently celebrated the graduation of their last Mule, Carson Brown ’13. They have reached out to Colby alumni in the area and already feel like they have family waiting for them when they arrive. *Andrea Birnbaum is serving with AmeriCorps in a community health venture in Connecticut. *Andy Estrada has been busy! After a post-graduation road trip, he spent the summer as an employee of Obama for America. He moved to D.C. in November and has worked both nationally and internationally to prepare for President Obama’s visits. Currently, he works for the House Democratic Caucus as a staff assistant. He has enjoyed spending time with classmates Amy Slipowitz, Yuri Maruyama, Anne Burton, Laura Maloney, Justin Rouse, and Kayla Chen. * After a brief internship with the AP, a stint as a production assistant at NYC’s Fashion Week, and teaching English in Korea, Karen Abbas is teaching English with Leading to the Light in Thailand.*Sarah Hansen lives and works in New York City. She’s taken up bird watching in her spare time and enjoys doing so with her roommate for the summer, Emily Varni ’13. *Jeff Carpenter works as a web developer in San Francisco. Jeff recently visited a German beer garden in Marin County with Doug Newkirk and David Oxnard. *Hannah DeAngelis lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., with Jill Howell, Tim Corkum ’11, and Aleah Starr ’11. She spent the last year teaching conflict resolution and non-violence to K-5 students in Dorchester, Mass., with Peace First. Next year she’ll teach third grade in Hyde Park, Mass. *Nick Hunnewell lives in New York City and works at the Riverside Company. * In April Megan Compaine completed her pre-service training and was officially sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala with the Healthy Schools Program. She’ll live and work in rural Guatemala until 2015. *Caitlin Burchill works as a news reporter for WABI in Bangor, Maine. She had the privilege of covering Colby’s 2013 commencement. Caitlin connected with fellow Mule Savvy Lodge-Scharff ’11 while Savvy was in graduate school at UMaine. *Anne “Mackie” Sewall lives in the neighborhood of Nolita in New York City with Sophia Rothschild. Mackie has the distinct feeling that 22 was a little different for Taylor Swift than it has been for her. *Aileen Evans has spent the past year in Arles in the South of France teaching English to high school students. This summer she’ll work in Washington, D.C., before going back to France to develop an English program at a local elementary school in Arles. *Our one-year reunion was a great success, and I enjoyed catching up with many of you. I can’t wait to see where our lives have taken us when we regroup at our five-year in 2017. * Have a great summer, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Savvy Lodge-Scharff earned her master’s in science teaching at UMaine and currently works as a traveling programs associate at the Boston Museum of Science. She’s beyond excited to be with the massive amount of Colby graduates in the city. * After two years working as a case manager at a refugee and immigrant services agency in Brooklyn, N.Y., Olga Stepanova moved to Washington, D.C., to do graduate work at George Washington University. * For the past two years Doug Piper has taught math and coached football, basketball, and baseball at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass. He’ll be driving cross-country to his home state of Oregon this summer, with Dustin Hickey with Tim Sciore joining him for part of the journey. The trio plans to sample the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky. Doug will spend a few weeks out West and then drive to Ann Arbor, Mich., to work on his master’s in statistics at the University of Michigan. * Cambridge, Mass., is growing as a hot spot of Colby alums. Raleigh Werner lives there and works with Matthew Boyes-Watson ’12 on Jumpshell, a website that lets people find and rent apartments by using their friend network. The two have launched the site at www.jumpshell.com. And Sus Hatch, who spent the past year and a half working (teaching English) and living in Paris, France, is living in Cambridge with Catherine Fanning ’09 and working at the Appalachian Mountain Club. *Tasha de Sherbinin finished her two years of Teach for America in Denver and will move to Spain in September to teach English. * Thanks to those who sent in updates, and have a productive, relaxing, and adventurous summer, everyone!
The Joint Chiefs planned to celebrate the graduation of their last Mule, Carson Brown ’13, and five straight years of shows at Colby with their relocation to Nashville this August. They have reached out to several Colby grads in the area and feel like they’ve got family waiting for them. No, Eric Church didn’t create his album Chief after them, but he might as well have. Go check the Chiefs out on Spotify with their EP The Beginning. *Chelsea Alsofrom lives in Washington, D.C., and will begin her third year working at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in the fall. Her new roommate, Michelle Graff, will attend graduate school at GW. * Congratulations to Kat Cosgrove for completing her master’s in international human rights. Kat will move to D.C. with her boyfriend in August. *Jenn Corriveau defended her master’s of arts thesis in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Connecticut and is now working toward her Ph.D. at UConn. This summer she is the instructor for introductory psychology for undergraduate students at UConn. *Emma Gildesgame is spending this summer working at the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Southern California, where she’s doing science with kids while keeping a lookout for mountain lions. *Chelsea Nahill has enjoyed extensive travels this year, visiting Hanna Noel and Katie Peterson ’11 in San Francisco, seeing Kari Rivers, traveling to New Orleans to visit Kathleen Fallon, and visiting Ruth Doherty in Wolfeboro, N.H. She planned to move away from Boston, where she has worked with Hilana Bernheimer for the past three years, to Baltimore, where she will begin an accelerated bachelor’s program at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. *Jessica Balukas is starting a master’s of science in ecology and environmental science with a concentration in resource economics at the University of Maine, Orono. *Catalina Cadavid will be attending Fordham Law School. *Zach Hussain will be starting his M.B.A. at Boston College this fall. *Victoria Gonzalez finished her first year of medical school at Rush University in Chicago and is in New York City for the summer to do research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. *Sameera Anwar joined Darshini Mahadevia and Sarena Maron-Kolitch in New York City for Laure-Helene Caseau’s bachelorette party. They look forward to the late summer wedding! *Erica Block, Amanda Smith ’09, Nick Tucker, Jamie Poster ’08, Chewy Olcerst ’07, Skylar Sutton ’08, Ronnie Wise ’08, and Hannah Coleman ’08 celebrated the first annual SoCal Doghead. * A big congratulations to Emily Warmington and Shannon Merrell for their engagement! This summer they’ll move to Berkeley, Calif., where Shannon will attend UC Berkeley for a master’s in public health and Emily will teach at KIPP Bridge Academy in Oakland. * Since graduating and moving west, Caity Murphy has spent many summer nights outside in the mountains of Jackson Hole and Northern California, teaching high school kids leadership skills and inspiring them to love backpacking with Wilderness Ventures. After numerous outdoor adventures and several long road trips across the country, she has finally settled on working at a group home for at-risk teenagers in Jackson Hole to pursue her passion for social work, therapy, and the outdoors. *Hannah Holbrook moved to Burlington, Vt., to start a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at UVM, leaving an empty spot in her Cambridge apartment with Megan Browning. Leah Turino ’11 has filled the spot, officially joining the masses of Colbians in the Cambridge/Somerville area. They often spend time with their neighbors in Somerville: Brandon Pollock, Karthik Sonty, and Nick Friedman. Dan Reeves is a frequent visitor, coming down from Dartmouth University. They are all excited to welcome Jenny Gelda and Aaron Block back to Boston after a year away.
In April the Lewiston (Maine) Sun Journal reported that Emma Carlson ’08 and a friend had set out from Old Forge, N.Y., with a plan to complete a 740-mile canoe journey to Fort Kent, Maine, in 40 days. The duo was traveling without the aid of cell phones, computers, or GPS but planned to communicate with students at two Maine schools via postcards. * In May President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Clark Stevens ’03 as assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. At the time, Stevens was serving as an assistant press secretary for the White House. *Emily Boyle Westbrooks ’06 was featured in the March issue of U.K.-based lifestyle magazine The Simple Things, in which she shared some of her favorite Dublin spots. From her home base in Dublin, Westbrooks writes the blog From China Village. * The Bangor Daily News reported that after leaving Maine last November due to a difficult personal situation, Sarah Hart ’10 returned this summer on her own terms and under her own power—by completing a two-month, 3,850-mile bike trek from Seattle to Belfast.
Hannah Converse calls her fledgling farming operation “Pedaling Vegetables,” and she’s hardly spinning her wheels.
As she tends her newly planted melon seedlings and prepares the three-quarter acre of rented fields at Open View Farm for her first season as a Community Supported Agriculture venture, the 26-year-old Hampden, Mass., native is already hatching plans to put her love for cycling to work for her.
Without a car, Converse climbs the hills of Conway, Mass., on her bicycle to get to the farm from where she’s living, about a mile and a half away. With help from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for start-up farmers, she recently bought a bike trailer, eight feet long and three feet wide, to transport vegetables and cut flowers to the farmers’ markets in Conway, three miles down the hill, and Shelburne Falls, nine miles away.
For Shelburne Falls’ Friday market, Converse plans to sell her heirloom tomatoes, basil, and cut flowers. But Conway’s Wednesday market will probably mean lugging carrots, beets, and other heavy vegetables, so she’s thinking about upgrading to a larger wagon, capable of carrying a 600-pound load. And Converse is already gearing up for other ways to pedal her way around the farm to cultivate, haul compost, and do other farm chores.
For this biology-environmental science major, the seed was planted when she started working in the student-run Colby garden, atop Runnals Hill. “I feel our health-care system doesn’t really take care of people; providing wholesome, healthy food does,” she said.
After Colby, and after working on a farm in Maine, Converse co-managed an urban farm in Worcester where she’s still a board member. It was tiny—just one-sixteenth of an acre in an industrial park—but using dense, vertically oriented techniques, they grew vegetables for a family shelter and for sale at the farmers’ market and nearby restaurants.
While there, she worked on several bike-building projects, including helping to design trailers for a seed-exchanging expedition through Brazil, building cycle-powered grain mills in Bolton, and then nearly completing a “longtail” cargo bike that can be used for hauling lumber, materials, and even people.
“When I was apprenticing on a farm in Maine, I got to try out a bunch of hand tools, but none of them worked for me,” said Converse, who began looking into ways to harness energy from a bicycle while taking a bike mechanic class. And then she found a farmer in Milton, south of Boston, who was using a bicycle cultivator for his tomato crop.
Now her ideas—complete with preliminary drawings she’s done with skills gleaned from her mechanical-engineer parents—involve building “a four-wheeled contraption the width of your beds, with a bicycle welded in the middle of the frame to a bike tractor, a bike cultivator.”
“My goal isn’t just that I get to use bikes, but also to get people to rethink our transportation system and how we use things,” Converse said. “Our country’s so invested in fossil fuels, it seems impossible to do it any other way, for a lot of people. But if more people started thinking about this and supported alternative systems, I really do think it can be a viable option.”
A version of this story appeared in the Greenfield, Mass., Recorder newspaper.
In May Brooke Barron started a job at the White House. She’s serving as the associate director of administration for Vice President Biden. *Shirmila Cooray, Joanna Fisher, Steph Grocke, Liza Hester, Kate Humphrey, Andreas Marcotty, Sarah Stevens, and John Wagner are all living in D.C., although some are moving on to new adventures in new cities later this summer. YLokesh Todi finished his first year in Yale’s M.B.A. program. He meets up frequently with a lot of Colby folks: Sameera Anwar ’10, Daniel Gomez, Brian Huntington, Darshini Mahadevia ’10, Christina Mok, Krishan Rele, Scott Zeller, and Kayla Zemsky. He’s in Nepal for the summer starting a PVC factory. * In May Rachel Baird, Meredith Lawler, and Kathleen Maynard all graduated from Boston College with master’s degrees in nursing. They’ll all work as nurse practitioners in the family and pediatric specialties. * Assuming Kris Miranda’s thesis defense goes well, he will begin pursuing his Ph.D. in philosophy this August at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. *Laura Bisbee is continuing her Peace Corps service as an English teacher on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. Still waiting for Colby visitors! *Margaret Gribbell married Travis McLain of Aspen, Colo., May 11 in Rockport, Maine. The ceremony overlooked the ocean and was followed by a night of dancing in the barn. Alumni in attendance were Molly Corbett, Maxime Guillaume, Meg Lancaster, Lucie Miller, Abigail Sussman, Mary Karottki ’04, James Logan ’04, Jake Moe ’06, and Colette DiPhilippo Warren ’85. *Scott Zeller has accepted the role of Class of 2009 president. In preparation for our fifth reunion next year, he attended the Class of 2008’s reunion, which was a blast. He is looking for committee members to help plan an awesome weekend, so contact Scott (email@example.com) if you’re interested and mark your calendars for June 5-8, 2014, to return to the Hill for an awesome weekend! * As always, great to hear from you! Keep the news coming, everyone.
For those who don’t know, in June our class broke the attendance record for a five-year reunion. I think all who attended would agree that it was wonderful to see classmates and catch up with one another. For those who weren’t able to catch up in person, here’s some of what our friends are up to. *Emily Butler Bruno married her law school sweetheart, Dan Bruno, April 13 in her east Tennessee hometown. It is reported that Patrick Sanders, Emily Kissner, Rebekah Fasel, Chris Shelley, Dustin Hilt, Bailey Woodhull, Kevin Hobson, Julia Stuebing, and Emily Wolf ’10 tore it up on the dance floor in celebration. Emily and Dan now reside in Miami, Fla., where she is a prosecutor at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. *Yvonne Baker graduated from medical school in May and is now at Duke for her residency in neurology. *Kristin Weigle is engaged to Colin Roberts after he proposed during a cable car ride up to a hilltop village during their vacation in Madeira, Portugal. *Shaelyn Germain visited Juan Colon in Rio de Janeiro prior to Reunion Weekend. *Richard Katz graduated from Albany Medical College and has begun his residency in emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. *Sarah Kunkel teaches fourth grade in her hometown of Westwood, Mass., and looks forward to marrying John Waterman ’11 (brother of Rich Waterman) this summer. * Stephen Frechette finished his first year at MIT Sloan and is working on launching a startup for his smartphone application Glyph, which transforms words into visual art. Check it out at www.glyph.mobi. *Melyn McKay has accepted a position as country director of South Sudan with Integrity Research and Consultancy, a U.K.-based company. She’s posted to Juba and is running a number of projects for the World Bank, DFID, and others while working on issues such as livelihoods for adolescent girls, labor market mapping, and professionalization of the police state. Upon accepting the position and visiting the London offices, Melyn learned that the director and chair is Anne Tiedemann ’84! *Darcy Taylor is a senior analyst at Nielsen in the new product innovation division, which conducts pre-market research and forecasts. *Julie Bero and Rishi Chatrath became engaged in April while vacationing in the south of England and plan to wed in Brooklyn and India. In London they were able to celebrate with Neha Zaigham, Dhruv Chadha ’07, Justine Ludwig, Coline Ludwig ’12, Nitish Hemdani ‘11, John Kester, and Brad Woodworth. Rishi received his M.A. from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Julie won a major road renewal project for her NYC Council District through the participatory budgeting process. *Liz Petit is working at Massachusetts General Hospital as a clinical research coordinator in the pediatric gastroenterology department.*Caroline Voyles is excited to begin a master’s in public health program in September at Drexel University in Philly, where she plans to study LGBT health. She is in her fourth season of playing roller derby and is a member of the Philly Roller Girls’ all-star team, currently ranked number five in the world! She was very excited to try out for Team USA July 1. *Eric Hansen proposed to Mary Olive Jones on Memorial Day in D.C. He’s in D.C. for the summer on a fellowship at the Senate and has enjoyed catching up with Marcy Shrader-Lauinger, Luke LaViolet, and Bill Whitledge. *Chantal Balesdent finished her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Oregon in June.
Lucy Hitz graduated from the University of New Hampshire with an M.F.A. in writing this spring. She now loves life in Seattle, where she works at a copywriter at Zulily and is very much missed by her East Coast friends. *Greg Osborne married Jennifer Potter April 6 in Massachusetts. There were 28 Colby alums in attendance, with Ben Grandjean and Pat Rutherford serving as two groomsmen (see the photo on the “Stay Connected” tab under the alumni photos at alumni.colby.edu). A Bowdoin alum was also a groomsman and was ignored all night. Greg reports that they are enjoying married life in South Boston. *Caitlin Blodget graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in June and planned to marry in July at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Mass. The wedding party was to be filled with Colby girls: Erica Annon, Lauren Cahill, Kaitlin Gangl, Sheehan Lunt Jenkins, Lindsey Toomey,and Essie Widlanski. *Meghan Church married Michael Rennard outside Baltimore June 1. Friends Lindsay Kohlhoff, Allison Cole, Beth Hirschhorn, Jill Greenstein,andKara Dalton ’08 were among the Mules in attendance to celebrate. *Allison Cole completed her master’s in children’s literature at Simmons in May. She’s also celebrating her engagement to Ben Nickerson after 10 years together. * Mark Biggar recently became an emotionally disabled ordained minister. He also joined Tinder, bought two pairs of Crocs, and is now confident that he will never be getting married. *Alexis Wilbert is graduating with a doctorate in clinical psychology in August. *Matthew Wahl graduated from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, N.Y., and started an internal medicine residency at the University of Utah in June. *Hugh Murphy published a book called T-Rex Trying in February. Hugh will be receiving his D.D.S. from the USC School of Dentistry next year. * In April Amanda Vickerson volunteered for Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s annual Girls Rock! Weekend. She was glad to see Allison Cole and Jackie Dupont ’04, and she wished Megan Williams ’04 the best on her next adventure after 10 years at HGHW. Amanda is gearing up for Claire Conger’s California wedding in August. *Caroline Lyons graduated cum laude with a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law this May. She was sworn into the New Hampshire bar the day before graduation and will begin work at Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell in July.
After three long years Kim Devine McDevitt has earned her master’s in public health and is now a registered dietitian. Kim landed a “dream job” working for Vega—a plant-based food and nutritional supplement company. She is relocating with her husband to Manhattan, where she’ll serve as Vega’s regional educator for the entire eastern United States—spreading the love of clean eating, sports nutrition, and how Vega can support anyone’s lifestyle. She looks forward to connecting with everyone located in and around NYC. *Caitlin Peale joined Conservation Law Foundation’s Boston office as a staff attorney in June after spending nearly two years there as a legal fellow. *Charlie Hale and Katie Himmelmann ’07 got married in September and were surrounded by a ton of Colby friends. Charlie is still at Google, now managing the public policy and government affairs work for Google[x] (which includes the self-driving car division, Google Glass, and a lot of other fun projects). Katie’s now finishing her master’s at UCSF to become a nurse practitioner. The happy couple lives in Oakland, Calif., with their Irish wolfhound mutt, Yogi. *Margaret Jackson married Rory Murphy ’07 last April. Many Colby alums were in attendance to celebrate the happy occasion! *Nate Stone, Melissa McNulty, Cait Miller, Aine McCarthy, and Tom Gildersleeve ’07 trained all winter and spring to tone their bodies for a Colby Mount Kilimanjaro hike in late June. Stocked with lots of new gear and brimming with confidence after a recent successful hike of Old Rag Mountain, all five were eagerly counting the days down to a summer in Tanzania. * Since March Shari Katz has been performing in a Broadway burlesque show called Speakeasy Moderne at the off-Broadway Triad Theater. She also performed in Broadway Bares 23 at the Roseland Theater at the end of June. All proceeds went to the nonprofit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organization. Additionally, Shari has been teaching two Zumba classes and eight Pure Barre classes weekly. Some of her clients include Jam has been teaching two Zumba classes and eight Pure Barre classes weekly. Some of her clients include Jamie Kline ’07, Elani Gonzalez ’07, Samantha Lawson ’07, and Angie Polanco ’08. * In May Grey Brooks graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a master’s in anthropology with an international development concentration. He has since returned to his husband in Brooklyn, N.Y., to pursue a career in international rights and social justice advocacy. *Bram Geller is finishing his second year of residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and looks forward to starting a cardiovascular fellowship in about a year. Bram recently went to San Francisco to visit Emilie Coulson and Charlie Hale. While there he hung out with Mariah Whitney ’07, Katie Himmelmann Hale ’07, Chris Andrews ’07, Nancy McDermott ’07, Meridith Major Blascovich, and some other Colby friends. * In May Josh Montague graduated from the University of Colorado with a Ph.D. in physics. The part-time internship he held while writing his dissertation was converted into a full-time position, and he is now a data scientist at Gnip Inc. in Boulder. Josh moved down the road to Golden this summer and looked forward to his first summer in a long time without the “student” label. *Noah Balazs married Rebecca Sampson in Gill, Mass., July 6. They met in Dakar, Senegal, while teaching at the International School of Dakar. Steven Weinberg served as best man, and Nick Beaird and Matt Busch ’07 served as groomsmen. Emma Balazs ’09 was a bridesmaid. Adam Atkinson-Lewis made the trip from Chicago for the big day. Noah and Rebecca moved to
Amy Campfield married Brendan Blake in February, and the couple is enjoying life in Denver. Amy finished her pediatric residency in June and will stay in Denver for a fellowship in newborn medicine. *Chris Duncombe and his wife, Lori, are expecting identical twin girls in early August. Chris started a new job as a cloud developer in Lexington, Mass., and he and his family are looking for a bigger house in the Boston area to accommodate their new family additions. Chris recently played in the Colby football team’s golf scramble along with Mike Booras, Mike Civitello, and Steve Kiely ’06. *Brendan Crighton will run once again for Lynn city councilor. Chris Duncombe and Mike Booras will assist with managing Brendan’s campaign for re-election. *Alex and Kate Campbell Telis moved to Albuquerque, N.M., where they will remain for the next five years as Alex is starting his residency in orthopedic surgery there. *Laura Miller married Phil Rios in Newport, R.I., May 5. John and Wendy Sicard Cole and Kristi Eck celebrated with them. John and Wendy backpacked the 210-mile John Muir Trail from Yosemite to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in July after John finished his pediatric residency and Wendy finished her M.S. in wildlife at the University of Vermont. John will join Rocky Mountain Pediatrics in Butte, Mont., in mid-August. *Nora Gouge Moore graduated from her doctoral program with a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University, completing her internship at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in July 2013. She’ll do a post-doctoral fellowship in addiction psychology at the Addiction Institute of New York. *Todd Moore is working in intellectual property law for tech startups at Gunderson Dettmer. *Lauren Smith Camera has been selected for the Spencer Education Fellowship, run through Columbia University’s Knight School of Journalism. As one of three fellows, she’ll spend the academic year in New York working full time on a research project about the Obama administration’s competitive education grant programs. She hopes to turn the project into a book. *Ken and Meghan Barringer Pitter welcomed baby Logan Charles May 5. *Jackie Dao got engaged to Jim Dinneen (Hamilton ‘05) April 21 in Annapolis, Md. Jackie originally met Jim through Will van der Veen, who grew up with Jim in Duxbury, Mass. * Katie (O’Neill) ’04 and Ted Farwell live in Geneva, Switzerland. Ted regularly rows with former teammate Kevin Selby, who also recently moved to Geneva. They’ll host guests Park Ridill and Sam and Sarah Dunham Gray this summer. * Frederik ’03 and Natalia King Rasmussen welcomed a daughter, Olivia, in December 2012. *Hannah Emery received her Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley. She’ll work on her novel this summer and prepare to teach at Mills College in Oakland in the fall. *Alan Ashbaugh celebrated his first year in San Francisco and is enjoying his first “real job” in five years as website producer at Fitbit, a company that makes wireless fitness trackers. He took a two-week dream vacation to Valdez, Alaska, with Seth Chanin ’09. *Nathaniel Hulme married Carlie Harrington in Boston in January. Alums in attendance included Andrew Raser, Steve Whelpley, Park Ridill, Rob Mehlich, Andy Warneck, Doug Summa, Carreau Mueller, Jon Ryder ’02, Katie (O’Neill) ’04 and Ted Farwell, Nick Gambino ’04, and Andrea Piekarski ’04. Following a clerkship at the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Nathaniel has been at Holland & Knight LLP since fall 2011. * Joe and Juliana Green Schump announce the birth of their third child, Henry David, born May 16. He joins big brother Wade and big sister Claire. *Kelly Wheaton accepted a faculty position in the department of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and will continue to conduct clinical work at Hanover Psychiatry. As Kelly continues her time in Hanover, I will be leaving, as I graduated from the Tuck School of Business June 8 alongside Wayne Harrington, Jon Ryder ’02, Keyen Farrell ’07, and Caitlin Blodget ’07. * Have a great fall!
In June Morgan Pratt (now Arvisais) married Walter “Cooper” Arvisais III at Millbrook School in Millbrook, N.Y., in front of friends, family, and fellow Colby alums including Michael Schnurr, Steve Migausky, Ben Ricciardi, Allison Turner Osgood, Christian Allen ’05, and Julia Benedict ’05. *Peter Rice and his wife, Betsy, had their third child, Eliza Katheryn, May 15. Eliza joins older brother Sam, 5, and sister Marina, 2. *Emma McCandless and KarenPrager welcomed Theodore Perry Prager-McCandless (Teddy) Feb. 19. They love being moms! They’re excited to be back in New England, too, as they recently moved to Manchester, Conn., where Karen took a new job as dean of college services for Achievement First Hartford High School. * Ryan ’02 and Vicki Hayes Wepler welcomed their daughter, Fiona Jane Wepler, into the world April 2, and they’re all happy, healthy, and totally in love! Fiona is already sporting her Mule pride by wearing some Colby onesies, given to her by her aunt Maggie Hayes ’09. They now live in New Haven, Conn., where Ryan is the assistant director of the Yale Writing Center and teaches writing there. Vicki is a music teacher at a nearby private school, and she recently joined an indie-folk band called Goodnight Blue Moon. They play all over Connecticut and will be at numerous folk festivals this summer. * Adam St. Pierre and his wife welcomed Finley Birch St. Pierre to their family May 3. *Will Sander will transition from a small-animal veterinary practice in Virginia to a one-year AAAS Science Policy Fellowship with the EPA in September. *Kristin Saucier wrapped up a two-year fellowship in Nicaragua with Population Services International (PSI) and returned to Washington, D.C., this summer to work at PSI’s headquarters as a new business development manager. Back in D.C., she’ll reunite with her fiancé, with whom she is planning a June 2014 wedding in Maine. *Sarah Chapple-Sokol, whograduated with her master’s in intercultural relations from Lesley University, was recently hired as the education coordinator at Boston’s Irish International Immigrant Center, a multi-service agency that serves immigrants from 120 countries. * Our 10th year reunion is less than a year away. Mark your calendars for June 5-8, 2014, and plan to return to Colby for an unforgettable weekend together.
Hello, 2003! It was great to see everyone at our reunion in June. Despite the rainy weather, it was a blast to be back on Mayflower Hill—can’t say I miss those dorm beds, but it was fun to “live” back at Colby for the weekend with all of you. Kudos to Colby and the whole reunion planning committee. Already looking forward to 2018 (eek!). * We have three baby boy Mules to announce. Laura Shufelt Kenney and her husband, Pat, welcomed their first child, Conor William Kenney. Those of you at reunion met the little guy—what a cutie! Christine O’Donnell Hagan and her husband, Dan, welcomed a little boy into the world April 11—Parker Daniel Hagan. Christine, Dan, and Parker live in Burlington, Vt. Garrett and Amy Lansdale Kephart welcomed their son, Sawyer Lansdale Kephart, March 24. *Kristy Thurston has finished her fellowship and will be joining Hartford Hospital as a colorectal surgeon. Her husband, David Prinstein ’02, has accepted a job as principal of Windsor Locks Middle School. * Adam and Julie Brown Shepherd expect their first child in early November. They finally moved out of NYC up to Portland, Maine, and are thrilled to be back in Maine and reconnecting with Colby people in the area. *Brie Drummond still lives with her husband and daughter in Homer, Alaska, where she works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She attended the wedding of Anne Rudolph to Matthew Flores in San Diego last May. Other Colby ’03 classmates in attendance were Suzanne Skinner Forster and Billy Thompson. * Finally, Clark Stevens was appointed assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Homeland Security by the Obama administration. Congrats, Clark—what an accomplishment!
Avery Roth took a sabbatical for photography school in Paris, where she met Janice Kassman at the Louvre! Avery has now returned to finance in London. *Sarah Piampiano left investment banking in New York to become a professional triathlete. She’s ranked among the top 30 women in the world and currently lives and trains in L.A. *Paul Nahigian left the beer industry to focus full time on fantasy sports. * JJ ’01 and Piper Elliott Abodeely moved to Sonoma, Calif., with their two children and are loving life. *Katie Dunn works at Walden Hydem, a small agency focused on sustainability branding and strategy in Boulder, Colo. *Dany Chan gave birth to a boy, Dylan Pierre Ludington, Dec. 10. *Victor Cancel got engaged in December 2012 to Aileen Aro. They were planning a small wedding this summer. Invitees included Rashad Randolph, Matt Overton and his wife, Kara, and Pedzi Makumbe. * Mark and Liz Brandt Bozek welcomed a son, Michael Brandt Bozek, Dec. 15. Liz continues to teach third grade in Concord, N.H. *Lizzy Rice Giffen and her husband, Jason, moved to Winnetka, Ill., in August. They both work at North Shore Country Day School. Lizzy teaches high school English and coaches soccer. Their sons, Wyatt and Tucker, keep them incredibly busy and worn out. * Tadeusz and Stephanie Looney Smykal welcomed their first child in January: Jan “Jack” Smykal. They are smitten. *Pete Morelli moved from Boston to Denver and looks forward to easy mountain access and everything outdoors. *Michael Ames’s story, “The Awakening: Ron Paul’s Generational Movement,” was featured on the cover of the April 2013 issue of Harper’s. *Brian Wezowicz and his wife, Anne Kulli, moved to Pittsburgh from New York City and expect their first child in September. Brian continues to pursue his career in television production. He recently worked as a video editor for the local CBS affiliate during their May sweeps period. * In May David Friedman, a lawyer with the firm Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in Boston, was honored as an “up-and-coming lawyer” in Massachusetts. * In 2011 Stacy Jameson received her Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of California, Davis, and she is about to start the second year of an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto. *Lydia Terry Flynn and her husband had their second son, Jack Flynn, Oct. 1. Lydia still teaches third grade in Ketchum, Idaho. *Eric Laurits lives outside of D.C. in Virginia, where he runs his photography studio. Eric got married this spring to Emily Spero Smith ’01 in their backyard in Leesburg. The ceremony was officiated by Andy King ’99 and Catherine Benson. * Sarah Bostick and her partner, Kaylyn Palella, will legally wed this summer deep in the woods of their budding farm. Sarah is the teacher and marketing coordinator for an organic farm training program for refugees in southern Maine. *Sarah Dressler got engaged in April. They’ll marry in November in Newport Beach, Calif. *Rashad Randolph will lead a group of students to Peru for three weeks with the company Walking Tree, which was founded by Gabe Duncan-Roitman. Gabe’s company has experienced growing success during the past eight years and has trips for students to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, Senegal, Spain, and Morocco. *TammieSebelius reports that J.R. and Nicki Shoemaker McNair visited her in Switzerland. Tammie’s rugby team in Lucerne just earned the title of Swiss Champions. *Trevor MacDonald caught up with Abby Kussell Hopper and reminisced about the good old days. They can hardly believe we’re past our 10-year reunion. 15 years, here we come! *Dave Seel and his family, Jaclyn and Eliza, moved to Baltimore, where Dave took a position with the Bagby Restaurant Group as director of marketing and public relations. *Sally Hall Bell took a new position running the career development program for the University of Oregon College of Business and ran a foot race in Seattle with Anna L’Hommedieu, Vanessa Willson, Piper Elliott Abodeely,and Ashley Landbloom.* Jordan Finley married Devon MacIver in May in Los Angeles at Occidental College. Attendees included Evan McGee ’03, Pete Chapin ’03, Liz Neumann ’04, Jenny Grace ’03, Alison Thacker, Danielle Fornes ’01, Micki Young Armour, TerryPackard Baker, and Mikhaila Noble Pace.
Payal Shah and Dave Fuente and their 2-year-old daughter, Zara, packed up life in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Dave was pursuing a Ph.D., and relocated to Columbia, S.C., where Payal completed her first year as a faculty member at the University of South Carolina. The family has a busy summer on tap with Payal researching for a month in India, Dave researching for a month in Kenya, and the family sneaking off for two weeks in the Pyrenees in between. They’re looking forward to connecting with Colby folks in New England when they’re visiting this summer. * I was so excited to hear that Becky Munsterer is engaged to Jamal Sabky. Looking forward to celebrating with them in Vermont at some point this winter. * Sean ’00 and Becca Bischoff Luoma welcomed their second son, Asher Kurt, June 4. * On April 27 Emily Spero Smith married Eric Laurits ’02 in their backyard in Leesburg, Va. Andy King ’99 and Catherine Benson ’02 officiated. *Eric Lantzman and his wife, Maggie, welcomed their second baby girl, Ziva Maya, Feb. 8 at 3 pounds, 10 ounces, and five weeks early. She is catching up quickly and already dirtying her Colby 20?? bib. They’re enjoying the return of the sun in Alaska and are ready for the salmon to run. *Sean Rinzler is leaving active duty as an Air Force flight surgeon and relocating to Norfolk, Va., to begin radiology residency. *Liz Frankel and husband Teddy welcomed Haskel Patrick Rave (“Harry for short”) Feb. 22. * Nate and Stephanie McMurrich Roberts welcomed their first baby, Avery Jane, April 25. She was four weeks early but is healthy and doing great. *Jeff and Michelle-Nicholle Rahmings Calareso celebrated their 10th anniversary this spring by taking a trip to Playa del Carmen in Mexico. They were joined by family and friends, including Binah Palmer. * John and Lindsey Rowland Heller welcomed a baby girl, Anise Elizabeth, into the world Dec. 22. * Danny and Julie Mensh Graham welcomed a baby boy, Charlie, April 29 and are living in Mamaroneck, N.Y. * In May Lauren Schaad’s short documentary premiered. It encourages others to live their most adventurous life. Directed by Ben Pender-Cudlip of Unrendered Films, the film is titled Adventure Unscripted and can be seen at www.vimeo.com/66502696. *Michelle Farrell finished her first year as an assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Fairfield University. For the month of June she was a scholar in residence at NYU, and she was recently awarded the American Association of University Women publication grant to work on her research on Venezuela and Cuba. She’s happy to be at Fairfield and has found a wonderful mentor on campus who is a fellow Colby grad: Betsy Bowen ’76! * This has been a whirlwind year for Mieko McKay. She switched to being a consultant and moved from New York City to Johannesburg, South Africa, where she is currently consulting for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as a maternal health technical specialist. She also started her own clothing line in January, Nomadic World Apparel, which specializes in clothing for women business travelers. Keep an eye out for the spring 2014 collection at www.nomadicworldapparel.com and like them on Facebook. *Matt Cost reported that once again his travels with his band, the Swaggerin’ Growlers, brought him in touch with Colby. On the band’s recent tour to the Midwest and back, Matt saw Elyse Watters ’02 in Chicago and Meghan Foley ’02 in New Orleans. Matt said, “Elyse came out to watch our show, and Meghan took us all out for some Louisiana seafood on our way to our show.”
Thank you all for writing! On to the news… * After seven years working part time, Kat Johnson Kaminski graduated from Harvard University with a master’s in environmental management [woo hoo!]. She’ll see Lara Bonn and Chrissie Davis this summer for some hiking in Colorado. * Mike and Hilary Smyth Wirtz welcomed Frances Charlotte Wirtz May 22. She joins big brother Charlie, 2. “Hello to the Class of 2000!” * Phoebe (Lehmann) ’01 and Jay Zarnetske will finish their postdoctoral positions at Yale this summer. In the fall they’ll start faculty positions at Michigan State University, where Jay will be a professor of hydrologic sciences and Phoebe will be a professor of ecology. They’re also really excited to join many Colby folks at Ross Frankenfield’s wedding this September. Jay just returned from Ross’s bachelor party in Miami Beach. *Christie Beveridge will study the plays of William Shakespeare for six weeks at Lincoln College in Oxford, England, this summer through the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury. *Parke Burmeister still lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Sarah, and their 22-month-old daughter, Elizabeth; they have another on the way in July! *Brendon Smith is in Seattle and is starting a postdoctoral fellowship in Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington Medical Center’s rehabilitation medicine department. He also regularly beats Scott Bixby ’01 at darts [way to represent]. * Aaron and Krissy Swanson Yetman moved to Waltham, Mass. After 10 years at Nike, Krissy transferred to Converse in North Andover. They’re excited to be back on the East Coast, closer to Krissy’s sister, Sandy Swanson Hill ’98, and they’re looking forward to seeing some old Colby buddies. * Scott ’02 and Kate Gardiner Tucker welcomed two new additions to the family, Camilla Saltonstall and Shepley Buchanan, May 15. *Jason and Mary LariosGatlin moved from Portland back to Eugene, Ore. Mary accepted a promotion to associate director of prospect development with the University of Oregon. Jason is continuing to work as a scientist at Sarepta Therapeutics in Corvallis, about an hour from Eugene. Their son, Jackson, just turned 6. They’re planning a trip to Boston and Groton in early July and hope to connect with Colby friends when they’re in the area. * On Easter Sunday (March 31), Sean Dugan and his wife welcomed their second child, Tessa Dugan, who joined brother Noah, 4. They still live in the Portland, Maine, area. *Rachel Gitelson and Doug Nilson ’99 live in Yarmouth, Maine, and welcomed their daughter, Zoe Rose, May 17. Big brothers Eli, 4, and Jonah, 21 months, are very excited to have a baby sister. Rachel completed a 200-hour yoga teacher certification course in April and plans to incorporate this into her practice as a social worker when she returns to work. Doug has been practicing emergency medicine at Southern Maine Medical Center since July 2009. *Ben Mackay will spend the majority of his summer landscaping around his cabin in Wyoming. A mix of native grasses and wildflowers is the current plan. Are you going to be visiting Jackson Hole? Drop me a line. Cold beers in the fridge.
Sisters Emily Coppock Weintraub ’96 and Laurel Coppock ’99 were featured in a June story in the Weston (Mass.) Patch. Both are finding success in creative pursuits, Weintraub as an appraiser and dealer of fine art and Coppock as an actress who has appeared in numerous sitcoms and commercials. * The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General has announced the reappointment of Jocelyn B. Jones ’90 as deputy division chief in the Fair Labor Division with additional appointment as special counsel for fair labor policy. Jones will help oversee the enforcement of commonwealth laws that protect workers. *Brian J. Vacanti ’95 was appointed vice president of marketing at LocationInsight, a leader in location marketing technology serving large advertisers. Vacanti previously served as vice president of marketing at Healthgrades. *Kevin Whitmore ’91 was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in June. Whitmore was a 1991 All-American and finished with 1,357 points in just three seasons (76 games). Even though he only played for three years, he ranks 12th all-time in scoring at Colby.
Class president Sandra Hughes Goff writes, “Thank you to everyone who made the trek to Colby for our 15th reunion! It was a small group, but that meant we could all escape the rain by squeezing under the beer tent that Derek Luke brought. Derek generously provided kegs of Newport Storm Rhode Island Blueberry Beer, Summer Hefeweizen, and Hurricane Amber Ale. I took it upon myself to try all three, and they were all amazing! In fact, they were so enticing that a keg was ‘borrowed’ by other classes not once, but twice. At our class dinner, Scott Shirey gave a heartfelt and inspiring speech that caused about three-fourths of the group to cry and/or quit their jobs to join Teach for America. Seriously, it was that good. Tina Goudreau set up a great Class of 1998 table full of memorabilia, which included a quiz she developed to test our Colby knowledge. Do you remember the name of the outdoor space above Dana dining hall? So, despite the rain, it was great to see familiar faces, relive Colby memories, and get to know former classmates again as (mostly) mature adults. Hope to see you all in 2018 for our 20th!” * Chris Makarewich ’03 and Alyssa Hughes welcomed their second son, Graham, into the family May 11. Chris, Graham, older brother Henry, 2 1/2, and Alyssa moved to Salt Lake City in June so that Chris can begin his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Utah hospitals. Alyssa left her job as a full-time veterinarian in Vermont but will look for a veterinary position in Utah. * Andrew Littell plans to travel to Iceland to attempt to climb Svínafellsjökull, Europe’s largest glacier. * Kevin Thurston married Brooke McNally ’03 in Lorimer Chapel June 29. *Jennie Phelps was teaching English in the Kurdish region of Iraq, finishing school June 20. This was her third year in Iraq. In the fall she is heading back to school (as a student)—she’ll work on a master of science in artifact conservation at Cardiff University in Wales. *Rebecca Golden Biggs and her husband, Andy, live in Providence, R.I., with children Lucy, 6, and Owen and Chloe, both 2 1/2. Andy coaches soccer at Brown, and Rebecca is the dean of lower school admissions at Moses Brown School in Providence.
Erin Duggan was planning an August wedding in Rockport, Maine, to Ben Kramer, whom she met while on a sailing trip. (Erin was a member of the Sailing Team while at Colby.) Cassin Donn Duncan is serving as a bridesmaid, and several other Colby alumni will be present. Erin still works at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Best wishes, Erin! *Rebecca Hoogs and Larry Benesh welcomed their first child, Archer, in December 2012. Rebecca also just published her first full-length collection of poetry, Self-Storage. Double congratulations to them! *Jason Klein was recently elected to the board of trustees of the village of Rye Brook, N.Y. Since he is also undertaking a major renovation of his house, and his wife is expecting in early July, life is very busy at the moment. *Mike Choate wrote, “I live just a couple of towns east of campus, in Albion, with my wife, Stephanie, and our two boys, Nathan, 5, and Nicholas, 8. I continue to work in pre-hospital medicine providing critical-care transport as a flight paramedic and quality improvement coordinator for LifeFlight of Maine. As you all know, my roots are deeply seated in Maine, and I don’t think there is a better way for me to help the visitors and residents. We continue to enjoy this great state hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. We’re all going to through-hike the Bigelow range, and Nicholas and I are going to summit Mt Katahdin in June. I hope everyone enjoys their 20th high school reunions this summer. You should know that you are getting old!” Thanks for that, Mike! *Meghan Scheck and her husband, Josh Burker ’95, live and work in Connecticut, where they are teachers. She wrote, “We were sad to have Alice Tilson Koehler ‘95 and her awesome family move away this past year, but we saw them last summer and will meet up in Maine again this year. Our son, Willem, is nearly two and is running laps around us and our one-eyed dog, talking up a storm like the child of English majors. We’re planning trips to Maine this summer to see my parents, then a big trip out to Seattle, where we used to live.” *Jen Mason Drolet met up with Mandy Ball Caruso, Mary Rosenfeld, and Kerri Duffell over dinner in Boston in April. Mary recently saw Kara Patterson Waters, who ran the Boston marathon and thankfully finished before the terrible bombings. We are all relieved to hear that news. * Doug and Drea Barbalunga Wood welcomed their second child, a son named Finlay, in January 2013. Reading the class news helps Drea feel connected as she lives overseas, so keep the news coming! * Finally, Jerrod DeShaw wrote in memory of his good friend Todd McGovern. He has set up a fund to benefit Todd’s wife, Amanda, and their twin boys, Will and Andrew. “The memorial fund is separate from the Seas It foundation Todd and Amanda started together. Seas It will continue in its mission to help those fighting cancer, but funds raised through the Todd P. McGovern Memorial Fund will go directly to help support Amanda and the boys. Gov was an amazing human being, an amazing athlete, teammate, friend, son, husband, and father. His Colby friends and classmates want to honor his memory by helping Amanda and their boys in any way possible. The Todd P. McGovern Memorial Fund was set up to do just that, help support his family. Simple answer to why? Because he would do the same for us.” Contributions can be mailed to Jerrod DeShaw, 22 Appletree Point, Burlington, VT 05408.
Notes galore this time. Let’s get to it. *Kevin Hausman finished his eighth year teaching biotechnology and physics at Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) and finished his M.Ed. in 2012. He retired from coaching girls’ lacrosse (a skill acquired at the St. James School in Maryland) to start a unified track and field team at ARHS. His team placed second in the large school category of Massachusetts state championships. [Kevin, I’m curious: how were your javelin throwers?] Kevin also advises his school’s Best Buddies chapter, and he shares that student inclusion has become his passion. * Vince and Niki Shinneman Yarnot welcomed their third son, AJ, March 11. AJ joins brothers Eric, 9, and Gabe, 6, in keeping Niki running! Niki is taking a break from her work as a hospice social worker to try being a professional mom, PTA president, auction chair, and all around uber-volunteer. In her spare time [ha ha], she enjoys running the occasional 5K, hiking, and generally enjoying the Pacific Northwest. *Peter Bennett writes, “I moved from New Mexico to California and just bought a house in Davis, Calif. Life is good.” World-class update, Peter. Note to rest of class: That took Peter maybe 10 seconds to write. And now we know that he was living in New Mexico but is now is in California, where he bought a home in Davis. We also know that life is good for him. See how easy that was? Seriously, that was amazing, Peter. Well done. *Whitney Glockner claims to have welcomed Jasper Parry Glockner Black (JPGB) May 13. Whitney is still at Rafter, an education technology startup near San Francisco. She reports that she hasn’t seen any other Colby folks recently, which she attributes to being a parent working at a startup. * Brian ’94 and Rima Lathrop Carlson and their two kids, Anya, 6, and Estherline, 7, spent spring break in Haiti visiting the orphanage where their eldest was adopted from, working at a medical clinic, and building a greenhouse. This was their fourth trip to Haiti as a family. Rima, I can barely get my kids to Whole Foods and back—how the heck did you get them to Haiti four times? *Gregg LeBlanc writes that in March a bunch of Colby dudes spent a long weekend in Hong Kong taking in the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament, henceforth AKA the Hong Kong Doghead. The group also took part in the largest Harlem Shake video ever—yeah, that’s them right under the Cathay Pacific sign (19 seconds in): www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBQlMtidA6o. Colby alumni in attendance were JoRoy Lizewski ’95, Chris Fortune ’95, Noah Wepman, Nick Lambert, Gregg LeBlanc, and David Barr ’97. * On Dec. 20 Dori Desautel Broudy and her husband, Josh, welcomed a son, Penn Bridges, into the world. Penn joins big sisters London Elizabeth, 2, and Charlie “Charlie, bo-barley, banana-fana fo-farley,” 4. They enjoy living in Avon, Conn., where Dori stays home full time. *Aaron Schlechter welcomed Abigail Chaya Jan. 25, 2011. He installed a photovoltaic array on his home in Wilton, Conn., and he continues his work as a project manager on the Staten Island Bluebelt, where he is currently finishing a $21-million infrastructure project. * Finally, a major omission from my prior notes issue: on behalf of the Class of 1996, I wish to express my most sincere condolences to the family of Todd McGovern ’97. RIP, Gov. You’re an inspiration.
Erin Mansur and Jen Shatney’s oldest son, Owen, and Scott and Kerry Knudsen Galson’soldest son, Avery, spent a week together at a summer camp at Kings Landing Historical Settlement in New Brunswick, Canada. In May Scott was awarded the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching in Illinois. *Scott Koles recently got together with Josh Burker, Brian Gressler, and Greg Belanger ’93 in Boston for dinner, reggae, and New Orleans funk courtesy of Toots and the Maytals and Galactic. With our 20th reunion just a couple years away, Scott would love to see performances by some of our class’s many talented musicians. If anyone is interested in putting something together, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. *Eric ’96 and Maureen Finn Schwartz welcomed daughter Maya Ann in March. She joins proud big brother Ryan, 6. *Mike Rosenthal,his wife, Tina, and their new puppy, Ares, moved into a new house that they had built in Los Gatos, Calif. Marc Rubin, his wife, Hillary, and their son, Miles, came by to visit shortly after they moved in. In February Mike and Tina went to Lake Tahoe, where they saw Joshua Eckel ’94, his wife, Catherine, and their kids, Jackson and Ani. * In September 2012 Jason Reifler’s wife, Amy, gave birth to their second daughter, Lila Margaret Reifler. Eleanor loves being a big sister. Jason and Amy both received tenure at Georgia State University but decided to take new jobs at the University of Exeter (U.K.) this fall. They are very excited about their new adventure.
Constanza Escudero Koss has fond memories of Colby. “As a transfer student, I felt very welcomed, and as a minority I felt respected. Colby changed my life, and I’m forever thankful! I tell my three children that I wish someday they could go to Colby and experience a one-of-a-kind liberal arts education.” Constanza is the owner of a property management company in Aspen, Colo. She and her husband live in Carbondale with children Narayan, 13, Radhika, 10, and Balaram, 6. They love living in the mountains and enjoy the outdoors. *Kim SternAllen has a baby girl, Piper Elizabeth, who was born Dec. 2, 2012. Kim has had lots of family and friends visiting them in Seattle, and their last visitor was Elizabeth “Id” Greene Appy. Id lives in Arcata, Calif., with her husband and two adorable girls, Harper and Taylor. They planned a get-together in the Redwoods over Memorial Day weekend. *Christine Dash Muir has been married to Mark Muir ’93 for more than 16 years, and they have two children. “Our daughter, Ainsley, is 11 and in the sixth grade. She’s definitely future Colby material! Her favorite thing is riding horses, and she’s taken lessons for five years. Our son, Declan, is 9 and in third grade. He loves math, chess, and basketball. One of our favorite destinations is Ireland, which we’ve visited twice. We’ve also been to Switzerland, Florida, southern California, and the Berkshires (western Massachusetts, where I grew up).” Christine is a director at Savoir Media, a boutique public relations firm in Belmont, Mass. They recently won two awards—a gold Stevie Award for Women in Business and a bronze Best in Biz Award. * After staying at home for 15 months with her daughter, Elizabeth Bancroft Hoch joined a law firm literally around the corner from home. She loves practicing law again. Erik Hassing started a law practice three miles away, and they are looking to refer cases to one another. *Andrea Stairs earned tenure and a promotion to associate professor of literacy education at the University of Southern Maine in the spring of 2012. Shortly after earning tenure, she and Marci Schwartz Cincotta traveled to San Juan with their partners to celebrate their 40th birthdays. On Andrea’s actual 40th birthday, her boyfriend proposed marriage. She and Mark Davenport were married March 23. “I’m excited that, along with Marci, my other Colby roommate, Marinel Mateo Cahill, and Averill Hall buddy Kristen Mobilia ’93 attended the wedding.” *Jonathan Kaplan and Allison Price welcomed a son, Reid, Nov. 15, 2012. Jonathan joined the Open Society Foundations human rights, justice, and government accountability group. Earlier this year he traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, for work and was fortunate enough to hang out with Sulaiman Nasseri ’12. Sulaiman and his family were gracious hosts for a traditional Afghan meal. *Missy Fraser Gramer and her family bought a ski house at Sugarbush in Vermont. Her 6-year-old twin boys and 10-year-old daughter are crazy skiers, and Missy is just trying to keep up with them! A Colby girls’ ski weekend was planned for March with Barbara Coulon Moody, Marika Schwartzman Bruell, Christy Lynch Burns, Kerry Sheehy Ward, Tracy Karsch Palumbo, Brooke Porteous Skulley, and newly engaged Alicia Hidalgo. They left their 11 collective children with dads and celebrated their 40th birthdays. * Planning has begun for the Class of 1994’s 20th reunion, June 6-8, 2014. Class co-president Carolyn Hart attended the Class of ’93’s 20th in June in preparation. She writes, “You won’t believe how much has changed and yet how much is still the same. BekahFreeman-Schulze and I will be blogging, Facebooking, tweeting, and getting the word out. Please e-mail us at 1994Colby20th@colby.edu with questions or to get involved. See you all on Mayflower Hill very soon!”
Thanks to Scott Parker and Greg Burns, the party never stopped at our 20th reunion. Beer die tables, the tiki bar, and Lael Hinman Stanczak’s Bizz Buzz playlist meant there was little sleep in East Quad (Butler, Champlin, Small) after the party kicked off Friday evening. John Bonello, Jason Pizer, Mark Radcliffe, Isabelle Gagnon Johnson, Holly Coxe Brittingham, Pam Crebase Chudzik, Mike Rosenblum,and Chris Benecchi were among those who got the party started Friday. Rod Gerdsen kept things going with sandwiches from Big G’s. There was a strong contingent from California including Karen Nelson, Mike Saad, Bill Michels, Jon Zack,and Marshall Dostal, who took turns on the tables along with Ty Merritt and Lee “Robbie” Robbins. The campus continues to grow and change, with Miller Library and several dorms on Roberts Row under renovation. Lesley Frymier Cook, Chris West, Libby Repass Dumas, and Karen Beauchesne Charette were among classmates spoiled for choice at the Colby Bookstore, now located in the revamped student center. The variety of Colby swag available for purchase was a sight to behold. A.G. Gillis took first place in our age group for the Blue Light 5k Run on a very wet Saturday morning. Other ’93 runners who were at the front of the pack included Matt Kearns, Dave Higgins, Chris Chin, James Fitz-Gerald, Tim Seston, and Janine Olson. Tim said, “Well done, all. It was also a bonus to see that my chemistry professor ran as well. Julie Millard and I got the chance to catch up.” This is not the first time Janine Olson and Tim Seston have teamed up for running. They recently ran a 24-hour, 200-mile relay race as part of a team of 12 runners. Janine ran her first half marathon last fall and has done two more since (one in Edinburgh, Scotland). Tim and Sally Zimmerli made the reunion a family affair, staying in East Quad with their family. Shawn Bryant, Rob Hostler, and John Smith also attended with their families; Sheri Petelle Marnoto wisely moved her family to Foss, where they could sleep undisturbed bythe ongoing partyin the East Quad class headquarters. Saturday afternoon saw three members of the Class of ’93 giving talks around campus: filmmaker Doug Morrione, Olympic athlete Hilary Gehman, and Eric DeCosta, assistant general manager of the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens. After the class photo and cocktails on Roberts Lawn, our class dinner took place in Roberts dining hall. Eric DeCosta gave a short speech, and the Colby Eight, including Mark Longsjo ’92, Dave O’Shea, and Peter Caruso, performed. After dinner Amy Joyner, Jennifer Comstock Reed, Greg Burns, Amy O’Mara Moore, Simone Cella Miller, Claudia Tejada Riley, Kristin Ostrom Allen, Gregg Suffredini, Katy Donovan O’Neil, Cristen Herlihy Tabors, and Michele Kennedy Rainforth were all spotted in the new and improved Spa, where a DJ, a bar, and games kept things going. Classmates journeyed from all over for reunion. I came from Hong Kong, Ari Druker traveledfrom Tokyo, and Lael Hinman Stanczak journeyed from Singapore. Chris Wilder came from London, and Scott Greenfield and Sarah Burditt McDougall joined us from Oregon. Kristin Ellinger Berndt earns an honorable mention not for distance but for the fact that she attended on crutches, which she needed due to recent microfracture surgery. Tobin Slaven gets a nod as well; his drive from Bangor, Maine, may have been relatively short, but leaving behind wife Martina and new daughter Divya was an effort! * Although they couldn’t make reunion, a couple of classmates wrote in to share news. Jason Soules and wife Carolyn welcomed daughter Emerson (Emme) Mae at the end of April. Jason met up with Jack Higgins, Dana McClintock, and Dan O’Grady for a family ski weekend last March. Jason reported, “We keep needing a bigger place to house the growing families. Everyone is doing great.” *Kris Balser Moussette caught up with John ’92 and Jen Larsen Daileanes and their kids, Sydney, 12, and Andrew, 9, and George and Susan Sarno Mihailidis and their two kids, Stella, 2, and Eli, 9 months, over Memorial Day. * If you missed our 20th, put our 25th in the back of your mind. Our 20th was a fantastic time, and we are bound to get better in another five years!
Happy summer, everyone! In June my husband, Laurence, and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary by running the Covered Bridges Half Marathon—13.1 miles across the beautiful terrain of Pomfret, Woodstock, and Quechee, Vt., country roads. There were live bands all along the course—and cold beer at the finish. *Jim Condron (www.jcondron.com) lives in Baltimore, Md., and teaches drawing, painting, and design at Towson University. This July the gallery at Yvette Torres Fine Art (www.yvettetorresfineart.com) in Rockland, Maine, hosted an exhibition of his paintings. “Much of the work in the exhibition was made while I was on a residency at the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation on Little Cranberry Island last summer. It was a wonderful experience, and I hope to go back for another residency in the future. Meanwhile, I’m beginning a new endeavor: private, customized art tours of museums, galleries, and art spaces in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York. The idea is in the very beginning stages, but I’m excited by the prospect.” *Zach Shapiro, rabbi of Temple Akiba in Culver City, Calif., spent a month in Israel this summer studying and leading a congregational trip. “But our exciting news is that my husband, Ron Galperin, was elected Los Angeles city controller. It was an extremely tough city-wide election, and the voters chose Ron in a decisive victory.” *Sura DuBow Lennon is a senior global marketing manager for Abbott Animal Health. Last spring she flew to Boston for work. “Nothing is better than turning a business trip into a mini-reunion where I get to see three of my favorite Colby alums!” I agree! We enjoyed a night of Thai food and many laughs with Jen Nehro Patriacca and Amy Selinger Elefante. *Jane DeStefano Becker wrote from Fairfield, Conn.: “I enjoy seeing Kelly Harris Kenny and Shelly MacConnell ’91 nearly every day at our elementary school drop-off! My husband, Greg, who works at Johnson & Johnson, received his M.B.A. from Fairfield University in mid-May. Our children, Natalie, 13, Matthew, 12, Danny, 6, and Emily, 5, were there to cheer on their dad. The graduation speaker was definitely not as entertaining as Bill Cosby, but then again, Colby sets a pretty high bar!” *Warren Claytor had a great winter, including several ski trips to Jackson Hole, Wyo., with friends and family. In January he met up with his eldest brother, Tom Claytor ’85, in Tahiti for a Sea Education Association alumni and friends sailing cruise aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans. In May he hosted a party for his 25th reunion from the Haverford School. *David Leavy checked in from Washington, D.C.: “I continue to deal with sharks, dinosaurs, and now Honey Boo Boo at Discovery Communications. A few of us had a great time catching up in Florida over President’s Day weekend. My wife, Katie, and our kids, Gavin and Gardiner, were also in tow. Thorn Luth arrived with his wife, Laurie, and their two wonderful girls, Charlotte and Audrey. Thorn is enjoying a booming real estate career in the suburbs of Denver. Curt Beckwith, his wife, Susanna, and their three beautiful girls, Isabelle, Lila, and Posey, rounded out the gathering. Curt is an associate professor of medicine and the director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Brown University. We’re all looking forward to our annual Cape Cod reunion in August—and adding a few more to the mix: Torin Taylor, a 20-year veteran of commercial real estate in Boston, his wife, Anika (Smith) ’94, and their children, Augusta, Ernest, and Nils; Josh Cummings, a leading equities analyst at Putnam Investments, his wife, Jennifer, and their daughters, Claire and Sloan; and Wylie Dufresne, the 2013 James Beard Foundation winner for best chef in New York City, his wife, Maile, and their children, Sawyer and Ellery. Aaron Davis remains missing behind enemy lines.” Hopefully he’ll surface before the fall issue of the magazine!
Greetings again, classmates! It was a stormy spring here in New England, but summer is here. Now here’s the news… * A note arrived from Matt and Becky Streett Melander, who ran the Chicago Marathon and then planned to run NYC the following month. Despite the NYC race being canceled, they still went to New York and saw Carol Cumming, Kit Merriman, and Amy Walter, who happened to be in town to cover the election. They then spent the winter training for the Boston Marathon. Luckily, they had finished the race before the explosions occurred and their three daughters, who were in town with them, were safe in their hotel with their cousins. Becky and Matt are so thankful for all the Colby friends far and wide who checked in on them to ensure that they were safe. They say they’ll be back next year to run again. Boston Strong! *Dave Vincent has been honorably discharged from active duty with the U.S. Army after three years as a combat engineer, including a year in Afghanistan. The post-9/11 G.I. Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship are allowing him to attend Georgetown University’s M.B.A. program full time as a member of the entering Class of 2015. He hopes to reconnect with other Colby alumni in the Washington, D.C., area. *Iris Kelley Park has had a lot going on this past year and finds it hard to believe that friends have college-bound kids. She hosted Carol Rea-Feagaiga’s daughter, and they visited colleges in Massachusetts. Iris has been busy with her three kids, Kelley, 12, Ethan, 10, and Tomtom, 7; their school and sport activities keep her on her toes. She also recently celebrated the birth of her nephew, Thomas Francis True V. His parents, Toby True ’95 and Iris’s sister, Cindy Kelley ’96, are adjusting to their new baby. * A note arrived from the always-amusing Alan Yuodsnukis, who wrote, “I live the very definition of a mild-mannered life, full of minor interests and simple pleasures. My children lead far more exciting lives. I did visit campus for the first time in many years this spring with my youngest daughter (Class of 2019?). Colby is on a long list of potential schools. We had an informative tour and a very nice lunch in Dana dining hall, which I hardly recognized. Both the food and the room have been upgraded considerably. Kudos to Colby! We also snuck into the field house and onto the hockey rink. Emily is a die-hard puck chaser. So cool to see the names and faces of several of my Colby contemporaries on the walls and in the rafters: John Daileanes ’92, Kevin Whitmore, Derek Bettencourt ’92. Perhaps one day there will be a Yuodsnukis up there, too. (They’ll need to make the banner wider just to fit the name.) It appears that my wife and I have made teaching in public schools look far too glamorous. Our eldest daughter (University of Rochester 2015) is now working toward her New York state teaching certification in addition to her undergraduate degree. She’s spending her summer designing, implementing, and leading a literacy program for underprivileged 6- to 14-year-olds in inner-city Rochester. When she’s done there, she heads to Copenhagen, Denmark, to study and also to intern in an elementary school for the fall semester. Like I said—far more exciting than me. I just hope they don’t make her eat too much leverpostej (a traditional sandwich of chopped liver paste topped with bacon and pickles on rye).” * Thanks for the news—I hope to hear from more of you next time!
Congratulations to Doug Hall and his wife, Jamie, who were married in June in Portland. Doug and Jamie’s son, Henry, was proudly in attendance! * Doug is not the only relatively new dad from our class. John Robbins and his wife welcomed Zady Lillian in December, and Tom Sherry and his wife are busy raising their little guy, August. *John Hutchins serves as the director of financial aid for the admissions department at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. * This spring Chris White was named coach of running backs and special teams at the University of Iowa. Go Hawkeyes! *Andy Sclar is a board-certified osteopathic physician in internal medicine and emergency medicine practicing in Newburyport, Mass. He has a wonderful 9-year-old daughter who is the best thing in his life. He is also passionately in love with his epic 4.3-acre oceanfront property with an exotic permaculture fruit orchard on the Big Island of Hawaii. Check it out at www.HaleKukui.com. *Jim Reduto lives in Scarsdale, N.Y., with his wife and two daughters. He is a partner in a local law firm and practices in trusts and estates and probate law. He keeps in contact (though not often enough) with Mark Smith, who lives with his wife and son in Lawrenceville, N.J., and Stephen Nahley, who lives with his wife and daughter in NYC and Connecticut. Jim caught a Colby-Williams hockey game last February and thought the team looked great! He’s in his 20th season of refereeing local youth and high school hockey in Westchester and Putnam counties in New York. *Eileen Kinney Lindgren is pursuing her master’s in clinical psychology. After the birth of her second daughter, she left the high-tech world to spend more time supporting the emotional development of children and adolescents. She is thrilled to see it finally turning into a new career. *Alex Day has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the department of history at Occidental College in Los Angeles. The Day family will be on the move from Wayne State University in Detroit to L.A. this summer.
Thomas Jester ’88 served on the Quinn Evans Architects design team for the restoration of the National Academy of Sciences headquarters, which won the State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award at the 2013 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. *Therese Langlois ’85 was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in June. The first Colby women’s player to reach 1,000 career points by the end of her junior season, she ranks fourth in scoring at Colby. * The Charlotte, N.C.-based Mecklenburg Times has named Kelly Chopus ’86 one of its 2013 50 Most Influential Women. With a career focused on community relations, Chopus also won an award for excellence in community leadership and advocacy in 2012. F The board of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has named Susan Scott Stucker ’89 its new chief operating office. With the organization since 1989, Stucker helped launch the Greater Newark Youth Orchestra and has been vice president of operations and general manager since 2002.
When Kevin Plummer ’89 started as head of Tampa Preparatory School, in 2007, he knew he had to take his passion as an educator beyond the classroom. And in a city where swashbuckling pirates take over once a year, he recognized underage drinking at that celebration presented a challenge where he could make a difference.
“Gasparilla” is a single-day civic event where “pirates” turn Tampa into a cross between a Pirates of the Caribbean movie and Mardi Gras. The parade, said to be the third largest in the country, attracts more than half a million visitors.
“It’s a great civic event. All of the people go for a good time, and that’s the unwritten story,” Plummer said. “But people don’t always make the best choices. There’s a lot of public poor behavior … and negative folks get the media coverage.”
While the pirate invasion is billed as a family-friendly affair, Plummer had concerns about its effects on youth. His first year, he noticed a high number of arrests for underage drinking. “They’re living life at the speed of light and they’re not necessarily connecting the dots. … You think to yourself: It’s just a matter of time until something happens,” he said. “As an educator, I wanted to create and be a part of the right partnership so that we [could] do something about underage drinking.”
Plummer spearheaded the Gasparilla Education Initiative, with more than 60 people representing schools, civic organizations, and even beer distributors and event planners. The group’s mission was to encourage healthy enjoyment of Gasparilla. The plan included calls to homes, educational assemblies, and campaigns to inform students about the risks of underage drinking at the event.
“I wanted to put students in a place where they can succeed,” Plummer said, “to create a cushion of support around the event.”
Results of a campaign called Responsibility Matters have been effective. Since the program started, five years ago, there have been zero underage drinking arrests among students exposed to the campaign. Tampa’s mayor said she couldn’t remember the community coming together over a cause that was not political, Plummer said.
Plummer earned recognition for the initiative from the Tampa Police Department, the Florida Office of Drug Control, and the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Since then he’s also been named Citizen of the Year by the Tampa Police Department for his efforts in assisting police and National Guard (they were based at Tampa Prep) in the city for the Republican National Convention last year. That’s in addition to his efforts to help boost the downtown and develop a river walk. “Anything that has to do with elevating Tampa and opportunities for families and kids—I’m totally into it,” Plummer said.
The city, he said, has given him opportunities to be a city leader and work on behalf of the community.“I can honestly say I have not worked a day in my life, because I love what I’m doing,” he said. “It’s as good as life gets.”
When Linda Wrigley ’89 pulled into the driveway of her home on the outskirts of Anchorage and saw a severed moose leg, she had one thought: Where’s the grizzly? But just as dangerous as wild animals in Alaska is the sun—and the lack of it. Summer’s rays hit people all day and into the night while they hike and garden. Winter’s darkness has them overdoing it on tanning beds and on vacations to sunnier locations.
In 2003 a pregnant Wrigley returned from the Bahamas with a sun-caused skin condition called melasma. “I didn’t see anyone treating that in Alaska then, and I wanted to help my patients, too,” said the Anchorage-based obstetrician and gynecologist. Two years later she opened Alaska Body Aesthetics. Its laser technology, medical-grade skin-care products, permanent hair-removal treatment, and weight-loss consulting are now part of her dedication to women’s total health care.
“Being a doctor was always something I wanted to do,” Wrigley said. Her mother was a physical therapist. Her father, a urologist, flew to patients in remote native villages, and on Sundays in Anchorage he took Wrigley with him on hospital rounds.
She chose Colby, she admits, partly for its cross-country skiing. “But also for its great biology and biochemistry program,” said Wrigley. “The professors personally cared about the students.”
After medical school at the University of Arizona, during her general internship in Spokane, Wash.—after attending 33 births in two months—she realized that she wanted to specialize in ob-gyn. “It really makes me happy to deliver babies,” she said. “It’s an amazing event in people’s lives.”
Wrigley took her talents back to Anchorage to be near family and to practice at the women’s clinic in the medical center where her father, now retired, worked. In 2000 she founded Alaska Ob-Gyn Associates, and she covers everything from puberty to pregnancy to post-menopause. “I especially love doing minimally invasive laparoscopic pelvic surgery. I see a lot of women with chronic pelvic pain, and I love being able to look inside and solve the problem,” said Wrigley, who also performs robotic surgery.
She is also a clinical assistant professor with the University of Washington, teaching medical students who come to Anchorage.
Living in Alaska means many of Wrigley’s patients have to fly to see her, “because there aren’t enough gynecologists out there,” she said. It also means that Wrigley flies off about four times a year seeking warmer or sunnier climes in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, or the Southwest.
Whether on a beach or a mountain trail in the last frontier of Alaska, she wears proper sunscreen. While hiking or skiing, she also carries bear spray or sometimes even a loaded revolver. Whether it’s sun or bears, she’ll tell you, it’s best to be prepared.
Keep an eye out for Scott Jablonski’s newest CD, We’re All Standouts, in the next few months. Scott recently started an organization in Rhode Island called Stand Out With Scott (www.standoutwithscott.com) devoted to reinforcing positive character traits in children and inspiring them to discover and use their natural talents productively. * Must we rely on the Class of 1986 for news about our own Kevin Plummer? Sarah Whittle Stoffel ’86 ran into Kevin at Tampa Prep, where Kevin is headmaster and where Sarah’s son was playing lacrosse for a rival school. There’s a photo of the encounter posted on the alumni website to verify that Kevin does in fact still exist. *Andrew Ian Dodge started writing a column in the Brunswick, Maine, Times Record, in addition to writing for the Huffington Post and PolicyMic.com. He reports that he has “quite a few interesting prospects in 2013, both political and non-political.” * If you saw a familiar face in the audience at the State of the Union, it was Shaun Dakin, who continues to work on the issues of climate change and gun control for his clients. Shaun’s son is heading into fourth grade. * Are we really old enough for our offspring to go to college? Lara Beetham Monasch is just one of many to report that indeed we are. Her son Ryan had his confirmation and first AP exam as a high school sophomore, and he may be doing college visits this summer. Lara’s bat mitzvah was slated for the last week of May, and her daughter, Shayna, was to have her bat mitzvah in June. The youngest Monasch, Skyler, starts kindergarten in the fall. *Susan Scott Stucker is the new COO of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The Star-Ledger reports that Susan will oversee operations, education, community engagement, finance, and human resources. * More proof that I never get invited anywhere: Marc Enger, Rachel Bernstein, Leslie Dougherty Biddle, and Brendan Cahill met for dinner in NYC and I didn’t find out about it until afterward. * Also in the mini-reunion department, Marc Rando was headed to Sebago, Maine, for an annual trip to visit with Dave and Cindy Cohen Fernandez, Matt Sotir and his family, and Kristin Palmer McAnaney. Rob and Hilary Barnes Hoopes will miss it this year because their kids have to prepare for finals. Marc is also preparing for his 12th trip to Spain with Thayer Academy students, including his seventh-grade daughter. My daughter is also in seventh grade, Marc, so good luck with that. At the end of the summer, Marc and family will meet up with the Sotirs and Eric and Shari Sadowski Stram at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, Maine. That’s a lot of reunion prep, there, folks, which is good because our 25th is now only a year away—June 5-8, 2014. I hope you’re all planning to attend! *Mick Beck attended Reunion 2013 this June and shadowed the Class of 1988’s 25th reunion. He had a ball and recommends that everyone attend. Mickis part of the reunion planning committee headed up by class president Jim Connolly. You’ll be hearing more from Jim soon!
Many things have changed in 25 years, but even more remain the same. Tuition is up from $13,300 to north of $53,300. The “Commons System,” which freshman year replaced the just extinguished fraternity/sorority structure, is now extinct. Colby now works on a more nuanced “Colby 360” social agenda seeking to support the growth of the whole individual. The Colby Museum of Art, which celebrated its 25th anniversary during our tenure, has grown deliberately and steadily into a world-class institution—even more dramatically since the addition of the Lunder Collection (a must-see). What hasn’t changed is the way the campus has the ability to wrap around you and feel like home. Familiar was the friendly, upbeat vibe and our own class spirit of well-wishing interest in each other’s lives. Reunion was a blast. Transported back to the time before birthing babies, college tours, and aging parents, we had a great time reconnecting. Many thanks to Carol Anne Beach, who so ably steered the ship the entire weekend. Highlights included the muddy 5K run, our record-breaking class gift presentation (thank you Tom Jester, Rick Angeli, et al), witnessing the enthusiasm of the Class of ’63 and hoping we’ll have that same sense of fun and commitment at our 50th, belly laughs at the lobster bake, Suzie Welch Carpenter’s cooking class, Lorin Haughs Pratley’s performance in the golf tourney, Dave Scannell’s heartfelt speech, and Jocelyn Wooten Giangrande’s approachable wealth of wisdom, as well as all other classmates who participated in the well-attended panels/presentations Saturday afternoon. Just off the top of my head, I know people traveled from Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Washington, and the always well-represented New England. *Rob Koff, Scott Bunker, and Tim Wissemann attacked their quest to most authentically recapture their Colby experience. Not letting sleep or sobriety get in their way, they were a force around campus; from beer die to crashing younger classes’ assemblies, they accomplished their mission. The fact that I was so often in their orbit was, I protest, merely for reporting purposes. * My hilarious cousin Karen Reilly Quirk takes reunion honors for mounting the Trojan-like Colby mule while her merry mates Mel Brown Bride and Kerri Murphy Tellier cheered her on. Pictures exist and will be on the 30th reunion posters. Karen also hopes to lead a reunion panel on “Colby, Me, and Lacrosse: Why the ’80s Were So Great.” *Chris Hurley was one of the most buzzed-about alums; such lines as “He’s aged like a fine wine,” “He’s a silver fox,” and “He could be a model” were heard as he passed. Always humble, Chris was the same guy as ever. Chris says he deals with midlife crises through exercise and the great outdoors. He’s run two half marathons, two Tough Mudder obstacle races, and the Mt. Washington Road Race. He’s hiked the Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier and competed in his first tae kwon do tournament. This summer he’ll hike the High Sierras (just remembered hearing “Superman” as he passed at the lobster bake). Chris proudly and strongly pronounces his wife is “incredible.” In addition, he has two amazing teenage daughters who teach him more than he could have imagined. Chris is tight with Chuck Burke ’89, Kevin Molloy, Greg Cunningham, Matt Stetson, Todd Nicholson, and Rick Angeli. Chris also visited Josh and Stacey Mendelsohn Marx on his way to hike Mt. Rainier. *Pat and Patty Haffey Clendenen celebrate their 25th anniversary this summer. Their kids—Paul, Drew, and Claire—are all in college, at Clemson, Miami U, and Providence respectively. All but the last family dog (Riley, a black Lab) have passed. Pat has finished his youth sports coaching and practices law in Boston. Patty finished her homemaking and now works in the insurance industry. Knowing them as my freshman roommate and her quickly found soulmate, I’m sure there’s lots of great stuff ahead for them. *Scott Parks wrote from the Phoenix area. Scott lives with his wife, Susan, and sons Nick, 10, and Ben, 8. Scott works for Tyler Technologies as the regional implementation manager, overseeing all software implementations out West. Scott is in touch with Dave Caspar and Jeff Cohen through fantasy leagues, etc. He’s also in touch with Eric Zieff, Gary Donaldson, Harold Rider, and Jeff Bruce. * Keep writing.
Hello, you beautiful class you. It is a pleasure to see you again, virtually speaking. My goodness, you look amazing, [insert your name here]. Have you been working out, [insert your name here]? Because you haven’t aged a day. Now, on to business. Have you read all the other news in this fine magazine? Perused the articles? Because I want you to have absolutely no distractions when you focus on our class. In fact, if you have any outstanding chores that need doing, please do them now. Clean your house. Wash your car. Take the dog for a jog. Then find someplace with no distractions, like a homemade igloo or a sequestered bathroom. This is the news for the Class of ’87. Let everyone stand back in awe at our laudable achievements. * For example, Deborah Gassner’s most recent proud moment “was watching my 9-year-old daughter, Zara, ride her unicycle in the Norwegian Independence Day Parade in Seattle, while her younger sister, Nina, watched from the sidelines while grabbing all of the candy she could muster. [I trust you have an excellent dental plan, Deb.] I’m working as a user experience designer in Seattle. I also make phone dates to talk to Stefanie Greenfield,during which she gives me great advice and makes me laugh, still. Oh yes, and something fun: just saw Jason Crawley ’86 in Portland, Ore.! Had been years and years and was quite wonderful to see him.” * Is that enough news for you? No? So you’re a glutton for this stuff, I see. Well, here at the home office we aim to please: Beth Harrison Cutliffe and her husband, Larry, “are looking forward to visiting Colby in August to attend a family wedding, the second there in as many years. [Thanks for the inspiration, Beth. I’ve been trying to decide where to have my next few marriages. But, um, don’t tell my wife.] The ceremony will take place in the chapel, with the reception held in Cotter Union. I never expected to go to a wedding reception there! We’re facing an empty nest as daughter Jenn heads to Belmont University in Nashville in the fall. Daughter Jessica just finished her sophomore year at Roger Williams University. Unfortunately, no Colby legacy here. Maybe it’ll skip a generation!” [Or maybe they will both suddenly come to their senses and transfer. That happens.] * Okay, that’s more than enough for now. No? Are you insane? You actually want more news? Have you no sense of decorum? Okay, but remember you asked for it: Chris Vickers has been living in Manchester Center, Vt., for the past two years. “It is a beautiful place. Our 16- and 14-year-old boys keep us busy playing basketball, football, and lacrosse. I’m an assistant on the varsity and JV basketball teams. In my spare time I am president and CEO of the Vermont Country Store, and Gina is working with the high school in fundraising and serving on a regional community action board [which is way better than serving on the community inaction board]. I am heading up to Caribou this summer to visit ‘Spud,’ Scott Hunter, who basically controls the legal system north of Bangor, for our 30th high school reunion. [I must remember to steal a car in that town.] * Okay, I’m tapped out. No news left to print. Nada. Rien. Nothing. Ah, but I can see from that look in your eye, that cascading teardrop, that you need one more fix. Okay, because it’s you: Jeff Russell started his own law firm and embarked on a new side career flying airplanes for movies. “I recently decided I might be getting old when my oldest son graduated from high school in June. I suspect my classmates are having similar revelations.” Not so, Jeff. I actually feel younger than ever. Especially after my nap, which takes place just about…zzzzzzzzzzzz.
Hello, friends! The arrival of Colby magazine always stirs up great memories for me—how about you? *Amy Barnes Hurley has been doing some extra Colby reminiscing now that son Kevin is starting his senior year as a graphic design major at Southern New Hampshire University and daughter Brenna is heading to Norwich University as a freshman in the Corps of Cadets. Brenna plans to study criminal justice with the hope of becoming a police officer. The new empty nesters, Amy and husband Mark, planned to celebrate 25 years of marriage this summer with a bike trip in California’s wine country. At home in Melrose, Mass., they enjoy their 1898 Victorian house that Amy says they’ve been updating for 17 years. Every fall Amy has a mini-reunion with classmates Jessica Flood Leitz, Lisa Foley, Robin Clisby Pelczar, Terry Appleton,and Laura Goepfert with the excuse of celebrating birthdays—that sounds like quite a party! *Jim Campbell is still serving as the 39th adjutant general of Maine and commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, transitioning from the world of active duty to the interesting position of working within state government. Jim and wife Judy (Richards) recently visited eldest child Kitty, 25, in Chicago, where she works in theatrical production. Middle child Maggie lives and works in Seattle, and their youngest, Jim Jr., finished his junior year at UMaine and is spending his summer in various military training events and schools in preparation for becoming a lieutenant in the National Guard. *Ann Raible Nicholson completed her master’s degree in project management. She continues to serve as director of marketing and communications at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Ann’s daughter, Katie, works in Detroit for Teach for America, having earned her B.A. from Lake Forest College in 2012. Her son, Stephen, completed his sophomore year at Bradley University, and Ann hopes to join Stephen in London in 2014 for Bradley’s version of Jan Plan. * As I write, I’m deep in end-of-school-year wildness and preparations for an extended trip to France. I’m thrilled to say that before we go, we will squeeze in a short visit with Dan Shiffman, who will be passing through Boston. He and his family currently live in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, working at and attending Tashkent International School. * Where is life taking you these days? Write and let me know.
Lynn Brunelle has a new book coming out next year called Mama Gone Geek: How I Unleash My Inner Science Nerd to Navigate Parenthood and Make My Kids’ Childhood an Amazing Experiment. Lynn calls this book part parenting, part activity, and part memoir. She is also writing a national anti-bullying curriculum and working on a science series for Discovery Asia. Lynn is happily living on a little island off Seattle with her husband, Keith, and two boys, Kai, 10, and Leo, 8, where they “hike, kayak, and play.” * I heard from Stan Kuzia’s wife, Susan Robertson Kuzia ’82, who was lending her husband a hand with his personal correspondence. Stan is the founder and CEO of Global Emergency Resources, an emergency-software company that he started nine years ago. Stan created and markets a patient-tracking computer program that can be used in mass-emergency situations. GER’s largest event to date was the presidential inauguration last January. He keeps busy traveling back and forth to the D.C and Baltimore areas, where GER’s program has been used in annual events such as the Grand Prix and Marine Corps Marathon. Stan and Susan have two recent graduates: Virginia, 22, from Furman University, and Will, 18, from Lakeside High School in Evans, Ga. Will plans to attend Georgia Tech in Atlanta in the fall. *Carol Eisenberg recently visited Buenos Aires with her daughter Charlotte to visit her other daughter, Maxine. Maxine spent an amazing gap year traveling alone in South America. *Peter Marchesi has been practicing law in Waterville since 1989. He has six kids (ages 14-21). Three are in college with three to go. Peter visits Colby often to run on the old three- and five-mile loops, “albeit at a slower pace than I did back in the day.” * If you saw the film documenting Colby’s 200-year history, you may have recognized a familiar voice. Shireen Shahawy is a professional voice actor and auditioned for various parts in the film. She spoke as Mary Low, the first woman to graduate from Colby. Shireen discovered that her voice was chosen after attending a Portland Colby Club event recently where they showed a portion of the film. Shireen notes that she has so many happy memories of Colby and was thrilled to give back—even in this little way. “It was my less than one minute of fame, but sweet nonetheless.” *Tom Colt attended Roy HIrshland’s 50th birthday bash (I think many of us are hitting that number this year!) on Cape Cod in early May. He was joined by Greg Shefrin, Bruce Hickey, Mark Burke ’86, Chris Parker ’86, Greg Beatty ’86, Ted Jenkins ’84, and Phin Gay ’83. Tom still works at Shady Side Academy and coaches cross-country with Sue Whitney ’86. * Looking forward to more news in the next few months…and no need to wait until the deadline! Your classmates would love to hear from you!
Eric van Gestel reports on a challenging year. He was diagnosed with breast cancer (rare in males), had a mastectomy, and at the time of this report was undergoing chemotherapy. He fully intends to attend our 60-year reunion (in 2044), so let’s send positive thoughts his way. He has found that going through this process has renewed his motivation to do something positive. To that end, he founded CrisisGuard, Inc., a provider of services that help families, individuals, and businesses prepare for and mitigate crisis events. The company’s flagship product, eProfile, will help find missing children faster. The company is going out for one round of funding this summer before launching. * In response to the Boston Marathon bombing, Jeff Nottonson composed a song titled “Boston Strong.” This was the first time he put one of his own songs on YouTube, and he hopes it will prompt him to begin exposing his songs to the public more often and thus propel him to become a freelance songwriter one of these years. You can find his performance of “Boston Strong” on YouTube.com. *Sarah Jane Lund lives in Montgomery, Ala., where she enjoys that it never snows so she can golf year-round! When she’s not golfing, she spends her time working out five days a week, working at Costco, keeping in touch with family and friends, and being active in her church, Vaughn Forest. * Planning is underway for our 30th reunion next June. Class president Dana Hanley is looking to build a committee to help with basic planning and to build enthusiasm for reuniting on the Hill. Watch for news from him soon. Mark your calendar for June 5-8, 2014, and plan now to return to Colby for an unforgettable weekend. * That’s all the news from the Class of 1984. Please keep the notes coming.
A small group of us gathered at Colby for our 35th reunion in June. Class president Kelly Burke Corwen was there with two of her children. Dan Parrott and John Northrop were also in attendance, and John commented that he missed seeing Sal Lovegren Merchant. John expresses our collective gratitude to Sal for serving as our class correspondent for 30 years. Thank you, Sal, for your dedication! Next up as correspondent is Jennifer Thayer Naylor, who was tapped for the role following a lead from Barb Leonard. Jennifer writes, “Our reunion was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed sharing the memories as well as the triumphs and tribulations of the last years.” *Curt ’82 and Deena Schwartz Ball’s daughter, Lydia, graduated with Colby’s Class of 2013. She received the Hollis Prize from the Environmental Studies Program and is in Wyoming doing toad research. Their eldest daughter, Erica, is a doctoral candidate in music composition at UPenn and recently became engaged. An article Deena wrote about her painting process was published in the August issue of Watercolor Artist and featured photographs Lydia took. A Colby pendant has been added to the wall collection at the St. James School in Philadelphia, where Deena teaches art to traditionally underserved middle school students. * Also graduating with the Class of 2013 was George Manley, son of Rick Manley and Deb Fanton. The Colby legacy continues as Rick and Deb’s youngest son, Todd, starts his Colby career this fall as a member of the Class of 2017. *Sean McNamara lives in Nashville, Tenn., where he’s senior manager of product planning for Infiniti cars and trucks. He likes a climate with no snow, but he doesn’t like country music. His children, son Riley, 12, and daughter Georgia, 10, have yet to reach high school, and Sean says, “I’ll be working forever.” He and wife Barb celebrate their 20th anniversary in August. “Hard to believe she has put up with me for this long!” In May he enjoyed a surprise phone call from Susan (Hamano) ’84 and Tom Ahern and Ken Wong. Fueled by a few too many drinks, they remembered old Colby times and agreed to meet up soon in NYC. Sean would like to hear from Mark Lingafelter and Jim French. * In May Delisa Laterzo met Sue Desrochers Patterson and another friend in Asheville, N.C., for a long weekend. Delisa writes, “We had a great time laughing, drinking wine, shopping, ‘spaing,’ and eating way too many donuts and grits! It’s amazing how quickly middle-aged matrons can revert to their teenage selves…perhaps not physically, but certainly emotionally and intellectually!” Sue lives in Atlanta and is vice president, controller, and chief accounting officer for Coca-Cola Enterprises. Delisa lives in Steamboat Springs, Colo., where she owns a promotional marketing agency, Touchmark Promotions. She travels frequently to NYC, and now that she’s an empty nester she’s thinking about moving back to the city. *Jennifer Thayer Naylor is in Berlin for the summer. “Driven by a complex pastiche of frustration and inspiration, I decided last fall to create an immersive summer experience for my family, one that would unsettle us, offer each person a chance to realize something deeply personal, and provide plenty of Tumblr fodder. So here we are. Once I settled on Berlin, everything else came into place, from the apartment, to the time, to the money, to the friends of friends of friends to meet us and show us around. My Tumblr is GnomeInBerlin.Tumblr.com. I know, corny, but the Gnome character ‘F’ (G-Gnome felt too geeky) is providing hours of laughter.” She adds, “I look forward to hearing everyone’s news, so please check in with me; in addition to e-mail, you can contact me on LinkedIn.com (/in/JenniferTNaylor), Twitter (@JTNaylor), Pinterest (Mottspoint), and Skype (JenniferNaylor). For privacy reasons, I do not have a Facebook page. Yes, ironic.”
Jeff Brown moved daughter Hannah, 21, to Nashville for the summer and picked up son Alec from college in Charlotte, N.C., and brought him home to Pittsburgh. In between, Jeff traveled to Mexico City and Toronto. Jeff writes, “I had no clue that Mexico City, in particular, was such a food city, not to mention some very good tequila!” * Stan ’85 and Susan Robertson Kuzia had a busy May. Daughter Virginia graduated from Furman University. The celebration included Virginia’s aunt Lisa Kuzia Krueger ’84 and uncle Stephen Brennan ’86. A second celebration took place at the Kuzia home in Evans, Ga., when son Will graduated from Lakeside High School. He’ll attend Georgia Tech in the fall. Susan can now retire as Lakeside Chorus Boosters treasurer, and she looks forward to “Colby Moms Weekend” (AKA “the Gathering of the Colby Goddesses”) with Tracy Don MacDonald, Karen Pfeiffer Jones ’81, Karen Baumstark Porter ’81, and Michele Adams Prince ’81 in Maine. *Jen Maire Hagemann’s oldest daughter, Katie, is attending grad school at Yale for environmental science, but she is in the Netherlands and at Cambridge University this summer. Youngest daughter Leita graduated from UVM and is working for Outward Bound for the summer. After that she’ll join Jen and her husband, Henry, in their business. Jen and Henry have been restoring their 76-year-old Rhodes ketch, Arabella, with the plan of living aboard and cruising for the next year. Initial cruising plans include the ICW, so if anyone lives along the coast of New England or the ICW, e-mail Jen at email@example.com. *Diane Conley LaVangie ran the Boston Marathon and considers herself fortunate to have finished. Diane and her brother finished 30 minutes before the explosions but didn’t leave the finish area until about five minutes before the bombs went off. “Way too close for comfort—we’re both planning on running it again.” On a happier note, Diane hosted an engagement party for daughter Meg and her fiancée, Greg, Memorial Day weekend. *Sarah Perry married PaulIndelicato in August 2011 after almost 20 years together. Sarah writes, “We continue to love traveling and scuba diving and combine the two whenever possible. Most recently we were in the Galapagos and Grand Cayman and look forward to a trip to Bali and Wakatobi in Indonesia this summer.” Sarah works at Fidelity Investments as a project manager in human resources, and Paul is the owner of piAssociates, a video and web design company. *Bob Benjamin has been busy with battalion command and traveling most weekends for the army. He started at the Army War College in a two-year program leading to a master’s in strategic studies. His oldest son, Bobby, works in the Lexington school system. His older daughter finished her junior year at the University of San Diego. Jessie, a sophomore, played on the varsity softball team. Liam, a seventh grader, plays baseball. In April Bob spent a great evening in Boston catching up with Colby rugby alumni including Kate Shaw ’84, Lori Sturgeon Davis ’84, Ann Poolos Bailey ’84, and Joy Valvano ’84. *Jean Appellof Segal works and lives happily in Bedford, Mass., with husband Bob and their daughters, Jennie, 18, who is headed to Gordon College in the fall to study music education, and Katie, 20, a sophomore at Ithaca College, who spent the spring semester at Dublin City University in Ireland. Katie will spend part of her junior year in Melbourne, Australia. In Katie’s application essay, she wrote: “My ambition to study abroad began much earlier than my college career. My mother’s bedtime stories of her collegiate year in France first inspired my desire to travel and learn from many different cultures.” *Beth Ellis Tautkus’s family sounds crazy busy. Daughter Katie graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a B.S. in education this May; son Austin graduated from high school in June; and daughter Jenny graduates from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in August. Austin is headed to Western Connecticut State University and plans to play football. Beth’s oldest, Jason, works for Simpaug Farm and with the Connecticut National Guard. Beth and her husband, Keith, teach in Ellington, Conn., at the middle school and high school respectively. Beth sees Colleen Plourde Harvey, Denise Glennon, Sue Kallio, Patty Valavanis Smith ’80, and their kids every year or so. Colleen’s daughter, Samantha, graduated this year from George Mason University. * Be well, everyone!
I have sad news from Jim Dwyer’s wife, Tina: Jim died very peacefully at home May 6 from a brain tumor. Tina says Jim “loved his time at Colby and would want his fellow students to know.” Jim leaves Tina and their three daughters—Molly, 24, Gina, 22, and Elizabeth, 19—who live in West Chester, Pa. Jim worked for Synthes for the past 17 years, served as a volunteer firefighter for the West Whiteland (Pa.) Fire Company, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Donations in Jim’s memory can be made to either place. Tina and her daughters would love to hear from anyone who knew Jim. Contact Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org. *Bob Norton is an attorney with Giarrusso Norton Cooly & McGlone, P.C., in Quincy, Mass. Bob is helping a group of younger Colby hockey alums organize a Colby golf tournament. He enjoys getting together with Jay Driscoll, Pat Murphy, Jim Brown ’83, Kevin Starr ’85, and Paul Eichelroth ’82. Bob’s son Patrick just completed his sophomore year at Trinity College. As a member of the rowing team, Patrick frequently competes against Colby. Bob’s younger son, Connor, begins at NYU this fall, and daughter Catherine will be an eighth grader. *Bob Ryan has been working with Bob Clark, Peter Santos ’82, and Jim Cook ’78 to establish a partial Colby scholarship in the name of their Pepper floormate and Jim’s roommate Stephen Sparkes ’78. *Paula Hinckley has a new grandson, Owen, “who is of course the cutest baby on earth.” Her youngest son, Patrick, got married in March. As new broker associates for Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Paula and husband Carl are excited to help lakefront buyers and sellers in New Hampshire’s lakes region. *Diane Young is divorced and living happily among three homes: Killington, Vt., in winter, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in summer, and Naples, Fla. She saw Lynne D’Angelo Many at the Sagamore on Lake George last summer “with her new beau and my new beau.” Diane started DCY Consultants in 2003, “which keeps me gainfully employed still doing what I love, real estate finance!” *Dani Nemec Micsan and her husband will be empty nesters in the fall when son Joseph starts at Wake Forest College in North Carolina. Dani is “still working for a three-letter government agency, enjoying my gardening, and running in a lot of 5K to 10-mile races.” She also plans to scratch the half marathon off her bucket list. *Kimberly Hokanson spent March and April touring colleges with son Nate. “Colby, alas, is not on his list, but there’s still hope for my daughter, Baillie, in a few years!” Kimberly was recently promoted to assistant vice president for college resources at Wellesley College, where she celebrated her third year at the end of April. *Mary Coe Connolly’s daughter graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in June and is “THE LAST ONE for whom I have to pay tuition.” As a recently elected national assembly delegate from the Western Association of College Admission Counseling, Mary will be serving with colleagues from high schools and colleges in California and Nevada on the executive board and at the national meeting, which this year is in Toronto. *Marda Sharkey Collett and husband Tom celebrated their 30th anniversary May 8 and have been together since they met during Marda’s junior year abroad. Daughter Abigail ’11 will start medical school in the fall, and son Peter will be a junior at Vanderbilt. Marda and Abigail enjoyed meeting up with some Colby alums at a recent bicentennial reception in Philadelphia. “It was a strange but proud feeling to be attending alumni functions with my daughter!”
Jamie Hansman still lives and works in Duxbury as a financial advisor. His oldest daughter is a freshman at Harvard (“whoda-thunk-it?” says Jamie) and having a blast, his middle daughter is a high school junior starting the college search process, and his 13-year-old son will keep him paying tuition until 2022! Jamie recently had dinner with soccer teammates Sam Koch ’79, Pat Fortin ’82, Mark Schafer ’83, and the ubiquitous Elliott Pratt! *Ali Domar took her oldest daughter, Sarah, to look at Colby and reports that in her next life she wants to come back as one of her children—“the campus has changed so much and all for the better.” Ali keeps busy as a Colby overseer and reviewed the Psychology Department this spring. She’s hoping to sign a book deal for her research on the risks of antidepressants in pregnant women and non-pharmacologic treatments for depression. In the meantime, she and her family were planning a summer cruise to Alaska, cramming in the memories before the kids leave for college. *Michael Fanger’s daughter, Rachel, recently returned from her junior year in Florence and will spend the summer working for an ad agency in NYC. His son, Jonathan, is doing a summer NOLS course and then heading to Colgate in the fall. * Last winter Lynne Seeley and Pete Lee’s oldest son, Spence, skied and filmed for the backcountry-gear company Flylow. Their younger son, Travis, spent six months in the backcountry doing two NOLS courses out West in lieu of his junior year in high school. * Check out Linda Alter’s YouTube video in support of Minnesota’s successful marriage equality campaign: www.project-know.org. The video features Linda and her partner, Lisa, and their twin girls. Linda’s been busy traveling to New York and the Bay Area for work but has managed to connect with Leslie Mitchell and Patty Valavanis Smith on Facebook. * I received word that Peter Hedberg was among the surgeons who made their way to Boston to help out during the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Peter said he was fortunate and honored to be part of such a superstar team of trauma surgery service. *Sue Horwitz Kerr Miller’s son Peter Kerr ’13 graduated from Colby this May, joining his brother, John Kerr ’11, in the ranks of Colby alumni. * Several classmates had children graduating this spring. You can check out the photos on our class Facebook page.
Susan Areson ’78 has been nameddeputy executive editor of the Providence Journal. With the Journal since 1986, Areson was a member of the editing team for the court corruption stories that won the Journal a 1994 Pulitzer Prize. * The Wharton Music Center in Rahway, N.J., honored Libby Corydon-Apicella ’74 for her extensive volunteer work at its 2013 Spring Gala in April. A music center trustee, Corydon-Apicella is also the president of the nonprofit Creative Arts Support Team. *Mike Hart ’73 was promoted to senior vice president at Middlesex Savings Bank of Massachusetts. With more than 30 years of experience in real estate finance, Hart will manage the bank’s investment real estate portfolio. *Harry Nelson ’76 was promoted to vice president of aquatic markets for Fluid Imaging Technologies, a laboratory instrumentation manufacturer in Yarmouth, Maine. Nelson previously served as the company’s director of aquatic sales and marketing.
Lots of proud parents wrote in to celebrate their children graduating high school and college. *Mary Zukowski Hurd’s son, Matthew, graduated from Saint Anselm College, where he majored in theology and minored in communications and theater. Her daughter, Rebecca, graduated from Freeport High School and is headed to Saint Anselm in the fall. Both children are very active in drama, so Mary and husband David attend a lot of performances. * First-time writer Ralph Peterson works as the principal of a K-8 school in New Hampshire. Ralph taught history and coached football and track for many years at Cony High School in Augusta, Maine. A father of three daughters, he has been fortunate to attend most of their school, musical, and athletic events over the years. The oldest, Emily, graduated from Gordon College in 2010. Laura graduated from Bowdoin last year, and the youngest, Anna, will be a ninth grader. Ralph’s been out of touch with some very good friends for many years, misses them, and hopes to reconnect. *Ross Moldoff’s oldest daughter, Emily, graduated from Merrimack College, and his youngest daughter, Allison, finished her freshman year at Simmons College. One down, one to go! Ross and his wife, Amy, traveled to Hawaii in December to celebrate their 25th anniversary. * This spring has been a busy one for Kyle Harrow and family. Her daughter, Ella Joy, had her bat mitzvah in April, and her son, Sam, became an Eagle Scout. Kyle and her husband, Rich, look forward to three childfree weeks this summer while Sam is at camp as a counselor and Ella Joy as a camper. Some of you empty nesters don’t remember this time, but hey, it keeps Kyle and Rich young—sort of. *Kathy Quimby Johnson received another writing award this year for her manuscript of a young adult novel: the Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award from PEN New England. Congratulations! YGeorge Powers still plugs away writing code at Riverbed. His oldest, Derek, returned safely from Afghanistan, and they all headed to Maine for a family ski trip (during the blizzard of 2013). A few weeks later Derek was accepted to West Point, and George is stoked about that. *Mary Mitchell Friedman was in New York celebrating her daughter Sara’s graduation from NYU. She and husband Harold live in Cape Elizabeth, where they’re busy with three grandchildren. Mary no longer practices law but spends her time working with the George Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute and teaching an ethics class at the University of Southern Maine. She recently had lunch with Amy Davidoff, Patty Valavanis Smith ’80, Jan Barker McFarland,Penny Janzen Winn ’80,and Carol Doherty Moroney.Everyone is doing great. They try to connect with other members of the “legendary” late ’70s women’s basketball team a couple times a year. Mary also spends time with coach Dick Whitmore on the Maine Sports Hall of Fame Board. *Sarah Russell MacColl’s daughter, Katy, graduated from Champlain College in May, and her son, Chris, is headed to Michigan Law this fall. Sarah planned to lead a Provence-to-Chamonix backpacking trip combining hiking, climbing, and aqua trekking for Alford Lake Camps (Hope, Maine) in July. *Joe Meyer and fellow Colby grads in the Tokyo region held a Colby bicentennial dinner in Japan with Hung Bui ’94, who was representing Colby’s Office of Admissions. It marked a good start to the Mules’ next 100 years in Asia. Colby’s newest admits from Japan for the Class of 2017 are Ryu Matsuura, a Grew Bancroft Scholar from Shizuoka, and Henry Morris Wallrapp from the American School in Japan. Joe shared a great photo that is posted on the alumni website. * Once again, my lovely home of Colorado Springs, Colo., has suffered a devastating blow. In June the Black Forest fire burned more than 14,000 acres and 509 homes, as well as taking lives, almost a year after the Waldo Canyon fire. The residents of Colorado Springs are resilient and incredibly giving. This fire was much closer to my home, only three miles north. * Start thinking about next year’s 35th reunion—June 5-8.
Jack and Lisa Mathey Landry were sorry to have missed our 35th reunion, but they had an excellent excuse. Their son Nate and his fiancée, Meredith, had a baby girl, Simone-Elise, April 2. They are awesome, happy, grateful grandparents! Their travels took them to California, where Nate and Mere are Ph.D. candidates at Stanford and living in Oakland. A very exciting time, full of good things. Their younger son, Devin, lives in Missoula, Mont., and is pursuing his third bachelor’s degree—this one in biology (to go with the double he attained in English and religion at Skidmore) with the goal of graduate study in animal behavior. He is at home out West, working in the field, riding horses, looking ahead. Jack continues lawyering for the Orient-Express Hotels, and Lisa is very involved in their community in Yonkers, doing lots of volunteer work in a number of different areas. *Gary Winer and wife Donna (Gary notes, “Bowdoin ’78”—ew!) are giving up the desert and mountains of Denver to return to the forests and mountains of Seattle. They may join the ranks of the “empty-nest society,” but a final decision has not been made. They hope to spend time in Europe visiting two of their four daughters. Their daughter Jennifer will teach English in Spain after graduating from the University of Oregon, and Alexandra will take her junior year abroad from Franklin & Marshall in London at Laban Dance Conservatory. Marci is completing her M.S. in nutrition at Colorado State University, and Gavrielle may take a gap year after graduating from high school or join Alexandra at Franklin & Marshall. It changes every hour on the hour! * Lea Jackson Morrissey reports that there was a good turnout at reunion, including a few new faces. The weather did not stop anyone, including Sandy Buck, from an impromptu afternoon of tennis on Saturday. At the Bicentennial Bash Jim Cook did a great job setting up a 1978 dorm room, which included a record player, records, assorted beer cans, and a dictionary. He also organized the class dinner, where we were joined by Sandy Maisel and his wife, Patrice Franko, and also by Janice Seitzinger Kassman. Thanks to Jim for his years as our class president—Pam Cleaves Devine will take over as class president for the next five years. The weekend flew by and it was terrific to catch up with so many people, including Nancy Piccin.Speaking of Nancy, she has graciously agreed to take over as class correspondent. Thank you, Nancy! We have enjoyed our years as your class scribes and thank you all for being so generous with your news. You’ve made our job easy! * We have finished our column on a sad note too many times over the past year, and this column is no exception. We have lost far too many classmates, and news of Jim Scott’s death hit us hard. Jim died in March in Cambridge, Mass., where he was residing. The class sends its condolences to his friends and family. At the Boardman Memorial Service Sunday morning during reunion, a few classmates lit candles in Jim’s memory, and a moment of silence was observed for our classmates and other alumni who have passed away. * Hope everyone has a happy, healthy summer. Please keep sending your news. We know Nancy will do a great job!
Iris Greenberg Thomas sold the “big house” in Milton, Mass., (I think many of us must be contemplating that kind of action) and moved to a condo at Pinehills in Plymouth. Both of her kids have graduated from college. Iris still travels quite a bit for work and stays in touch with many Colby friends. *Charlie Burch retired last summer after 34 years of teaching American history to high school students and was hired as the head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of New England. The team went 14-5 (including a 7-6 win over Colby). It was the best record in the school’s history, the team won the ECAC Division III New England Championship, and Charlie was chosen as Commonwealth Coast Conference Coach of the Year. I’m not surprised at Charlie’s comment: “Safe to say I am enjoying this dream job!” * Patti Stoll is now assistant vice dean at the Harvard School of Public Health. She’s involved in a variety of global health initiatives in Africa pertaining to women’s health, infectious diseases (TB and malaria), and nutrition. She notes, “It’s a far cry from my banking days!” * Kim Ayer McVeigh and her husband, Ray, do bird-dog hunting and training these days. They have three dogs. Their 2-1/2-year-old English setter, Merlin, was featured on the Sportsman Channel; Merlin lost an eye when he was just nine weeks old, and Kim and Ray rescued him. Through their training, Merlin has won and placed in bird-dog hunting tournaments. Kim says, “No one would ever guess that he only has one eye.” It’s not surprising that Kim and Ray hunt birds (including wild turkey), but they also hunt big game, including bears! * Linda Lachapelle went to an event in Boston where presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64 was featured. Linda came away from this very interesting event with a photo of herself with Doris. * Steve Scullen caught up with Frank Callanan ’76, who is also a cancer survivor. Steve’s oldest son, Ty ’10, started his second year of med school at Tulane, where he is number one in his class. Steve’s younger son, who just graduated from St. Lawrence (where he was a captain of the lacrosse team, was voted All-American, and made the scholastic team), will attend the University of Miami next year seeking a joint J.D./M.B.A. Steve is on sabbatical from his position as president of corporate operations at Fidelity Investments until fall. He’s spending the summer boating, golfing, and racing sports cars. * Suzanne Morneau-Francisco wrote that she and her husband, Doug Francisco, are well. They attended their daughter Katherine’s graduation at the University of San Francisco recently, where she was awarded a master of arts in teaching. * My bit of news? I’ve again picked up my guitar, which I often played with my roommate Mike Rieck at Colby, and my wife, Dale, has picked up hers again, too! It seems that many members of our class are moving in new directions at this point in our lives. Some of us made a nest for children, and now that they’ve left the nest, we’re initiating new pursuits or resuming old ones; others of us have suffered illnesses, and we’re coping with that as best we can. Or we’re members of both categories. Thank you for all of your updates. They are likely more meaningful to your classmates than you can imagine!
Lots of news this time—apparently shameless begging worked! Congratulations to David Bodine, who received an honorary doctorate from Colby at the 2013 commencement. David is a senior investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute. For more information, see www.colby.edu/commencement. * While Colby celebrated its bicentennial, the elementary school where Jim Morgan is headmaster celebrated its centennial. Jim’s first and only grandson was whisked away to Nairobi by his parents as they do a stint at the U.S. embassy there. Meanwhile, Jim and some of his teachers were traveling to the Dominican Republic this summer to set up a partnership with a small rural school. * Earlier this year, Julie Stewart followed her heart to Ann Arbor, Mich., after spending 36 years in Philadelphia. She still loves to sing and in June was a member of the chorus in a local production of Chess. She’s learning the joys and fun of living in a small city/big university town and asks if there are any Colby classmates out her way. *Dan Mallove is an attorney in Seattle. Last winter Dan reunited with several classmates and families—including Jamie Stubner, Harry Nelson, Kevin Carley, Lindsay Huntington Hancock, and Mike Boyson—for a week of skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Sounds like fun! * In April Jerry and Carrie Getty Scheid visited Ikuko and Ken Curtis in Tokyo, Japan. While at dinner one night, they met up with “redoubtable” Joe Meyer ’79, and then they toured the Meiji Jingu Shrine the next day. *Stephen Marcus practices condominium and real estate law in Braintree, Mass. He and Carol Augustyniak celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this May. His son, Jake, started law school at the University of Miami this fall; his daughter, Alix, works for a high-end restaurant in San Francisco. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease three years ago but is doing well; in his spare time he’s president of the New England chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. *Peter Labombarde writes about his “three kids, three deep joys.” After studying in Marseille and Morocco last semester, Peter’s daughter Katherine is a senior at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. His daughter Jocelyn starts at Rhodes College in Memphis this fall; Jocelyn’s twin, Evan, heads to the U.S. Marines as a cryptological linguist. Peter adds, “We’re broke and exhausted, but very proud!” *Jack Hoopes and his wife, Jocelyn, spend summers sailing Europe aboard Windleblo, a Hallberg-Rassy 40 they bought four years ago in Sweden. Since then, they’ve sailed the Baltic and Mediterranean as well as around Norway, Scotland, and Ireland. This summer they’re cruising the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, and they plan to bring Windleblo across the Atlantic this fall. Read their blog at www.windleblo.com. They spend winters in Golden, Colo., where Jack works in the ski industry and Jocelyn practices accounting. * For most of the past decade, John and Jayne Osler Sutton have directed much of their time and energy toward helping his aging parents, who recently passed. Now Jayne and John are pondering the next phase. They live in the Washington, D.C., area with their Pembroke corgi, Archy. Jayne’s “full-time part-time” job and labor of love is serving as director of the Shambhala Meditation Center in D.C., part of a worldwide Buddhist community that aspires to the creation of an enlightened society. *Karen Smith Clark wrote while en route to Colby for daughter Molly’s ’13 graduation. Karen’s older daughter, Sarah, graduated from Colby in 2008. Karen noted that it was great to see the campus changes. Her daughters loved attending Colby as much as Karen did; she’s looking forward to future mother-daughter trips! * Well, I’m out of room—come back for updates from Doug McMurrey, Betsy Bowen, Jay Sarson, Joy Sawyer-Mulligan, and more! Please, please remember to give to the Colby Fund. Have a terrific late summer and fall—play safe!
Still living in Nashville, Andrea Ward Antone works as a physical therapist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the surgical intensive care unit. She loves her job but thinks she is starting to feel her 60+ years and wants to come up with a plan for her future activity. This summer Andrea looked forward to the births of two more grandchildren, which will give her a total of five. Her son, Jamie, has been stationed in England with the Air Force, and Andrea was excited to travel there to meet one new baby. The second baby will be closer to home as Andrea’s daughter Becky lives in eastern Tennessee, where she works as a pediatric nurse. Andrea’s youngest daughter, Lindsay, is in the middle of her clinicals for her physician assistant master’s degree and will graduate this December. * An example of “It’s a small world” comes from Charley Bolger, whose daughter recently moved to Waterville with her husband, who now works for Colby. They lived on campus over the summer in Mary Low, one of Charley’s old dorms, and hope to buy a house near campus. Charley now has great reasons to visit Colby more often. * In February Janet Hansen traveled to the United Arab Emirates to re-accredit the architectural program at the American University of Sharjah. She returned via England, where she met her daughter for a few days of touring. Janet’s youngest son, Jonathan, spent the summer as a ranger at the Boy Scouts of America Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Janet’s travel plans for the summer included visits to New Mexico as well as to the Navajo country in Arizona, where her father was born. *Kevin Cooman is very happy with the culmination of his “career case,” a 10-year-long civil rights case. Now he and his wife have time to relax and enjoy being grandparents; their first grandchild was born last January. *Elizabeth “Binkie” Cammack Closmore was excited to celebrate her 60th birthday camping on the Mississippi River, watching wave after wave of Neotropical migrant birds travel north and recalling fond memories of her early birding days as part of the biology groupies at Colby. *Charlie LeRoyer and his wife spent two weeks last September hiking the 115-mile Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland, followed by 10 days at a cottage in Provence. “It was a trip of a lifetime! The Swiss Alps are amazing!” They climbed passes to 10,000 feet with some daily elevation gains up to 5,500 feet. Charley retired last January after 32 years as a physician assistant in orthopedics. He planned many miles of summer bike riding, including two century rides. Charley stays in touch with other Phi Delts Dan Sexton, Mike Harris ’76, and Bob Walsh, who all hoped to have a PDT reunion in Portland in August. *Susie Gearhart Wuest, who enjoys being your class correspondent, and her husband traveled to visit their son, Eric, in Los Angeles in June and had a great trip. Susie is happy to have her first year as a DAR chapter regent behind her. Being in charge of a group, running meetings, and public speaking were not things she ever envisioned doing [and doing well, so she has been told]. So never say never!
It is summer, and we have news! *Callie Dusty Leef checked in from San Diego, Calif. Her big news is her retirement from her job as a defense contractor. She and her husband have several remodeling jobs planned at their home over the next year or so and then plan to do more traveling. She feels like she’s on vacation with no deadline to go back to work. *Shelley Bieringer Rau writes from Turner, Maine, with the big news that she is a first-time grandmother with the birth of a boy, Sasha, to her daughter, Adrienne Rau. Adrienne and her husband live about three hours away, so Shelley makes lots of weekend trips! She bought Sasha a Colby sock monkey—it’s one of his favorite toys. * We received a nice note from David Bailey. His son received his master’s in music in trumpet performance from the Hartt School of Music, and his daughter received her bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in German from U.R.I. He and his wife, Alison, “continue to teach music lessons at our home in Nashua, N.H., and perform as often as the opportunities appear, and I also continue to repair musical instruments.” He conducts the Hollis Town Band, which is in the midst of its outdoor concert season. Any alums who live near Nashua or Hollis should stop by and enjoy the music! * Gail and Remi Browne had the wonderful experience of watching both their children (Christie ’13 and Ben ’13) graduate from Colby on the same day. Making it even more special was the presence of Robin and Artie Bell, as well as their new Cousins Island neighbor Deb Wathen Finn. Remi is one proud papa. He recently retired from the investment management industry after almost 30 years and spent a great winter in Jupiter, Fla., playing tennis, learning golf, and even playing “old man softball.” In May he accepted an offer to teach classes this fall at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, “thanks to the lead of my old Colby tennis teammate and new academic colleague Scott McDermott ‘76. Somewhere Earl Junghans is spinning.” To top it off, that afternoon Remi got a hole in one! Must be beginner’s luck. * Remi and class president Rocky Goodhope share boat ownership in Florida. Rocky is taking his class presidential duties very seriously. He cornered Dave Finger at a dinner and got his commitment to return to Colby for the first time since ‘74. Now Rocky says he won’t rest until he gets a commitment from Mark Titus to attend. Mark your calendars now for our 40th reunion at Colby June 5-8! *Vicki Parker Kozak and I were able to attend the 2013 bicentennial event in Falmouth as well as the Class of ’73 reunion, where we were on a training mission for planning our reunion next year. The campus was gorgeous, the speakers were diverse and enlightening, and we all ended up staying in rooms in Dana Hall. Other ’74 classmates included new Alumni Council Chair Deb Wathen Finn, Bruce Drouin, Cathy Morris Killoran, and Artie Bell. We were also very happy to see Candace Burnett and Jody St. Hilaire at the festivities. Jody wins the prize for least changed since her Faces and Places picture. Candy has lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for the past 37 years and is now retired from teaching Latin and history. She added that after a good long run of 30 years, she recently divorced. Candy is a tri-athlete and participated in the 5K run during reunion. Her daughter was married in March, and her son is expecting his first child—Candy’s first grandchild—in December. * Vicki and I have an assignment for you. Think of the person you would most like to see at reunion next year and let us know. We promise to keep your name out of it, but your request will appear in upcoming columns. That’s it for this issue. If anyone visits Maine this summer, please let us know and we can get together.
Reunion 2013 was one week ago as I write this column—and I’m already starting to anticipate Reunion 2018. I promise not to harass you this far in advance about attending—but remember that reunion is usually the first or second weekend of June, so mark your mental long-term calendar and try to keep it free. Despite rainy weather for the start of the weekend, our class had a wonderful time visiting at the various reunion events and in our comfortable class headquarters in Dana. Thanks so much to reunion committee members who provided refreshments and snacks throughout the weekend to sustain our energy! I encourage everyone to check out the alumni pages on the website for reunion photos and for everyone who attended to post their photos, too. I know that although I was there enjoying all the festivities, I did not take a single picture; I was far too busy experiencing the campus and all of my classmates. I will depend on posted pictures for mementos. *Norm Olsen, who worked hard as a reunion committee member alongside his wife, Pat (Flanagan), has accepted our nomination and is our new class president! I’m excited to work with Norm and Lisa on our next reunion as I have been asked to extend my term as class correspondent. I’m thrilled to be asked and thank you all for making this so much fun. *Lisa Kehler Bubar, our head class agent (and overall amazing classmate), extends sincere kudos to all of the reunion committee members for their hard work in helping to raise funds for our reunion gift and thanks everyone who contributed. Lisa and all of the fundraising committee members worked very hard to help our class reach our dollar goal. I was proud to be in the audience and witness the generosity of the reunion classes to Colby. * Many classmates wanted to attend reunion but couldn’t make it. Susie Yovic Hoeller looks forward to joining classmates for the next reunion. She was very disappointed to miss this big celebration that, as a committee member, she worked hard to help organize. Jon Miller also hopes to make it to our next reunion after a last-minute injury forced him to cancel his plans to attend. We missed you both! Sue Schink sent her best regards to everyone. She was hiking in northern Spain and stopping at Bilbao to see the Guggenheim. She reports that in her position as a parish priest she is baptizing babies faster than she is burying people, so that is a good sign. *Alex Wilson was at reunion and updated us on the latest news of his “chopper” buddies. They had their annual gathering in Portsmouth, N.H., for golf and “antiquing.” Attendees included Alex, Duncan Leith, Joe Mattos, Phil Ricci, Lloyd Benson, Brian Cone, John Krasnavage, Bob Landsvik, and Chris Lawson. They enjoyed a late-night conference call with Bruce Smith (who sends his regards to all!) and Bob O’Neil (one of the three in our class). The “Choppers” were treated to a gourmet “Bubarque” at the home of James ’72 and Lisa Kehler Bubar and were joined by Steve Jasinski, Dennis Pruneau ’71, and Rick Leslie ’72. * Amy (Brewer) ’71 and Gary Fitts traveled to see classmate Greg Smith in South Carolina on their drive back to Maine. Greg was busy working on his commencement address for Colby’s graduation this year. Their trip back to Maine included a stay with their three granddaughters in Virginia. Gary and Amy are doing an exterior makeover of their 102-year-old camp on Sibley Pond, and as of the last conversation, Amy was eagerly awaiting the arrival of warmer weather. * For me, this was the best reunion ever. Forever friends Chris Mattern Way, Lisa Kehler Bubar, Jackie Nienaber Appeldorn, Debbie Mael-Mandino, and I were fortunate to be assigned dorm rooms together on one of the second-floor wings of Dana Hall. We all met and became forever friends on the second floor of Dana almost 44 years ago, and to have the opportunity to experience this again, together, was more special than words can express.
I heard from Swift Tarbell, who is sorry to have been so distant these past years. He has been traveling overseas for his work and educating his large blended family. He remarried in the late 90s and his Brazilian wife, Stella, and her daughter and two sons moved to America. They have successfully graduated six college students in the past two years, four of those in the last few months. “Unfortunately, I failed to add any of them to the Colby alumni pantheon. My two Maine daughters insisted on attending colleges farther south, and my Brazilian trio balked at going farther north. As for myself, I’m either ready to moonlight as a college admissions counselor or return to school for a degree in family planning. I miss everyone in our class and promise to be more sociable from now on.” * Last February Bruce Dumart participated in the annual Lake Winnipesaukee pond hockey tournament. For the second winter in a row, he ran into fellow Colby teammates Todd Smith ’70, Jim Patch ’70, and Bob Ewell ’71, all playing on another team. He still plays men’s hockey once a week, and as a special treat he plays with his sons Clark, 21, and Caleb, 36, on his summer team. * Henry ’73 and Dee Fitz-Gerald Sockbeson traveled to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands with their son, his girlfriend, and another couple last spring. They chartered a 38-foot catamaran, and Henry captained it. They had great weather and saw lots of fish and coral. This summer Dee is getting together with her old roommate Roz Teto Johnson, who lives inCalifornia, on Cape Cod. Henry is still chief judge for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and Dee keeps busy with fundraising for her local library. * Those are all the classmates I heard from for this column. Please write more when you have time.
As parts of the country endure Mother Nature’s extremes, I hope you and your loved ones are safe, happy, and healthy. *Dave Williams and his wife, Linda, had a wonderful and adventurous trip to Russia, Finland, and Sweden this spring. Dave was playing hockey on a team from Vancouver, and when he sent me a photo of himself all dressed in his hockey gear, I told him he looked like he’d never even left the ice. *Bill and Carolyn Additon Anthony purchased a summer home in Edgecomb, Maine, on the Damariscotta River. They look forward to spending several months a year there when retirement allows them the opportunity. In the meantime, Carolyn is assuming the position of president of the Public Library Association, a daunting task with so many changes in libraries these days. *Dave Eddy, Nancy Neckes Dumart, and I are planning a rendezvous in the near future since we all live/work in the Framingham, Mass., area. A mini reunion in Framingham! * After news in his previous submission about a health emergency when in the Boston area, Jon Stone had another scare with a growth on his pancreas. After undergoing much testing and robotic surgery on his pancreas and spleen, he is fully recovered with clear pathology and is again able to pursue his passion for softball in leagues and tournaments. He and his wife looked forward to a cruise to the Baltics this summer. * Another piece of good health news is that Andy Schwab is now cancer-free after six years of battling brain cancer. He lives with his son in Lakewood, Colo., and spends his time reading, taking photographs, and staying in touch with friends online. He’s happy to be alive! *Bill Hladky and I reminisce regularly about our mutual struggles to stay alive academically during our years at Colby. Now his son, a sophomore at Cal Poly, is already being recognized for his character and capacities. He has an internship this summer at Cisco. Bill continues to be proud of his son. * Wendy Haynes, Bernie Stewart’s wife, wrote to tell us that Bernie suffered a massive stroke last October (2012) and has been in recovery and rehab ever since. The good news is that he is progressing well although confined to a wheelchair. She says he has a renewed sense of appreciation for life and his family and would really love to hear from Colby friends. Bernie updates his progress on Facebook and encourages everyone to “friend” him. There was a benefit golf tournament for him in June to raise funds to offset some home accessibility-related expenses. * With summer drawing near, I’m gearing up for a two-week singing concert tour to the Baltics with the Yale Alumni Chorus. Maybe I’ll see Jon Stone and his wife there. My other singing group is very busy as well, and we’re trying very hard to complete our second CD for release in the fall.
Hello to everyone from our class. I hope you all had a great summer. *Dave and Linda Loring Shea’s oldest daughter got married last October. Chip and Judy Kelly Lord and Peter and Linda Marsh Foss attended the wedding. Dave and Linda hope to retire at the end of June 2014. Planning lots of golf, gardening, fishing, travel, and a month or two in Florida in the winter. They’ve enjoyed visiting with Nancy Anthony and her husband, Cliff, in South Boston. They plan to see Walter Cotter and Warren Heller ’69 in a golf tournament this summer. * Larry ’69 and Susan Doten Greenberg consider themselves semi-retired. Larry has a website (www.currencythoughts.com) through which he still does analysis of currency markets. Susan has her own business doing bookkeeping for nonprofits. Both their sons live in Seattle, where they have a condo—and now a granddaughter, Paige Lauren Greenberg, born Feb. 4, so they spend several weeks there every few months. However, they still call Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., their home. * Last winter Jane Stinchfield Knapp took a sabbatical from work and rented a condo at Sugarloaf. She had a great time skiing without long lift lines and stopped counting when she had reached 60 days of skiing. * Lona (Eldridge) ’66 and Bill Hardy still live in Napa, Calif., but frequently go to San Francisco to the opera, ballet, and other performances. They have a son who is a neuroscientist in charge of R and D for a San Francisco startup called Lumosity, a daughter-in-law who is a lobbyist, and an 18-month-old grandson who talks a lot of nonsense, “kind of like his grandfather.” They also maintain a home in Portland, Maine, which they visit when there is no snow. * Paul Ford ’72 reported the death of Ann Arbor. He described her as a wonderful, clever, fun person. Ann, a noted former senior litigation counsel in the criminal division of the Department of Justice, passed away peacefully May 31, 2013, in her Washington, D.C., home after a valiant battle with cancer. After her retirement in 2002, Ann volunteered her time teaching adult D.C. residents to read and write, working at homeless shelters, teaching and mentoring younger attorneys at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and assisting cleanup efforts in New Orleans and Biloxi neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Katrina. * Spring 2013 found me (Libby Brown Strough)and husband Bob off on two southerly vacation trips. In April we traveled to Florida, where we visited friends in North Fort Myers, took a five-day sailing course at the Offshore Sailing School on Captiva Island, and met friends from Bob’s Air Force time for several days in Key West. In late May and early June, we joined friends on their yacht in Annapolis for a trip down the Chesapeake and up the Potomac to Washington, D.C., stopping along the way at Point Lookout, Md., Colonial Beach, Va., and the Solomons, Md. Highlights of the trip included a view of Mount Vernon from the river and visits to the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Mall, Vietnam Memorial, and National Air and Space Udvar-Hazy Center, as well as a tour of the Naval Academy in Annapolis by an old grad.
Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, N.Y., has named its woodsmen’s team’s practice field after beloved professor and coach Marty Dodge ’65,who retired from the college in 2011 following 39 years of service. Dodge helped found the coed woodsmen’s team in 1974 and remains active assisting his replacement. *Joseph Jabar Sr. ’68 was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in June. Jabar was previously inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame and Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame. A current Maine Supreme Court justice, Jabar has also served as a federal prosecutor, a district attorney, and for 25 years a member of the Waterville law firm Jabar, Batten, Ringer & Murphy.
Hi everyone. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer. Moses Silverman has nothing new to report but sends greetings. * On May 28 the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the premier trade association for imaging professionals, awarded Craig Stevens the first annual Susan Carr Educator Prize. This prize is awarded to the individual who best meets the criteria of making a significant contribution to the education of photography students and imaging professionals. The prize honors the memory of former ASMP Education Director Susan Carr, who was dedicated to the education of working photographers. Craig has taught, written, and lectured extensively on the subjects of art, photography, and education and is in his 25th year as a professor of photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Craig was previously the associate director of the Maine Photographic Workshops from 1975 to 1985. He is on the summer faculty of the Maine Media Workshops, has taught at the Santa Fe Workshops, Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colo., and the International Center of Photography. He also served as workshops director for the 25th anniversary of Les Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie in Arles, France. His work is held in many public and private collections in the United States and abroad, and for the past decade he has devoted himself to teaching expressive and experimental printmaking courses. Craig will be back in Camden and Rockport, Maine, for most of this summer, with a possible break in July to teach in Norway. *Larry Greenberg reported sadly that his former roommate and our classmate Roger “Bud” Stiles passed away in January in Englewood, Fla., where he was living in retirement. Bud’s obituary reported that he played first-chair clarinet at Colby, that he was a positive influence on the youth of Maine in his career in children’s services, and that he was “quiet and soft-spoken with a quick, dry wit, a sharp intellect, and strongly held opinions.” Larry and his wife, Susan (Doten) ’70, have settled into a bi-coastal lifestyle. Their two sons live in Seattle, where Larry and Susan bought a condominium three years ago. They also manage to retain a presence back East in their home of 32 years in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. Susan’s bookkeeping business and Larry’s blog, www.currencythoughts.com, have proven very portable and conducive to their travels. * In late June Eddie Woodin,who holds one of the largest bird and wildlife art collections in the world, opened an exhibition of his collection at the John James Audubon Center in Phoenixville, Pa. The theme is the romantic bird-art era that lasted from the late 1890s through the mid-1930s, and the exhibition includes original paintings by Fuertes, Horsfall, Brooks, Sawyer, Jaques, Sutton, and Weber. * I received a message from Paul Ford ’72 regarding the death of Ann Arbor ’70. Ann had specifically requested that both our class and her own be notified. Ann was a senior litigation counsel in the criminal division of the Department of Justice in Washington until her retirement in 2002. * Pam and I recently had the opportunity to travel throughout the Baltic on the Queen Elizabeth, visiting several countries and spending two days in St. Petersburg, Russia. It proved to be a wonderful cultural and artistic adventure. * I very much enjoy hearing from all of you and hope many of you will send in news before we gather less than a year from now for our 45th reunion. Save the date for June 5-9, 2014, to return to Mayflower Hill for a memorable weekend. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and early fall.
By the time you read this, our 45th reunion will be history (what happened to our classmates, and who were all those old people?). Hope we behaved ourselves! Jane Finkeldey Stephenson looked forward to reunion. “There is a Tau Delt reunion at the Samoset on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Just finished a conference call with Bernie Finkle, Ken Lane, Alan Crosby, and Chris Balsley—the five of us have organized this event, which has taken on a life of its own. Hopefully we will still be 1) alive and 2) in reasonable shape when we get to Waterville on Friday. Time will tell!” Several could not attend, including Steven Campbell: “Mary Jo and I are planning to be at the Portland Museum of Art and visit at the Thursday night reception. However, we are not going on to Colby. Later in the summer we’ll meet up with friends for a small reunion on the South Shore below Boston. The 50th is our next objective.” Peter Roy said, “Sorry I’ll miss you guys on this one but will be heading Down East on a three-masted schooner. I’ll catch you at 50.” * In other matters, Glenna White Crawforth says, “Life is good. I’m finally a grandmother, and I’m enjoying retirement. I spend spring and fall in Boise, Idaho, my home for the past 42 years; winters in Palm Springs; and summers on the Oregon coast. I’ve done a lot of traveling and have only two places left on my bucket list—Japan and Israel, which I’ll visit this fall and next spring respectively.” *Ken Young resigned as executive director of the Kennebec Valley (Maine) Council of Governments. He plans to continue providing consulting services in the area and will be active in area charities and with the Kennebec River Initiative. “I’d like to rebalance. Instead of working 40 hours a week, I’d like to work 24 hours and play the other 16.” *Thom Rippon is national Fix the Debt Pennsylvania co-chair and hopes that Washington “is beginning to act, ever so slightly, in a more bipartisan way to address our long-term fiscal problems.” He can be seen on Facebook appearing at Lebanon Valley College. * As for me, this is my “swan song” after two terms as your class correspondent. Although I am a little nostalgic about leaving, I’m confident that my successor, Lynne Oakes Camp, will do a great job. Bill Goldfarb: “To Peter Jost: Thanks for a job very well done, Peter.” Thanks, Bill. All the best to you and all our classmates! *Lynne Oakes Camp takes over: It was great to see so many old friends at our 45th reunion. Sixty-one class members and 40 guests attended. Our class activities began with a pre-reunion tour of the Portland Museum of Art and a reception at the home of Sheri and Joe Boulos. On Friday our class was at the Maine Lakes Resource Center for a lecture on the ecology of the Belgrade Lakes followed by a luncheon at the nearby Village Inn. This reunion coincided with Colby’s bicentennial, and there were many activities to celebrate it, including the Bicentennial Bash Barbeque on Friday. On Saturday many of us attended the traditional lobster bake followed by our class reception and dinner. Two former faculty members attended the dinner as guests: George Coleman (geology/registrar) and Harriett Matthews (art). Professor Joe Reisert, current chair of the Government Department, was our dinner speaker and provided a thought-provoking address. The classmate who traveled the farthest to attend was Rose Buyniski Eriksson, who came from Sweden. Marjorie Reed McLaughlin from Augusta, Maine, had the shortest trip. Special kudos to our class president Steve Ford, who was awarded a Colby Brick by the College for all the work he has done for Colby over the years. Steve will remain as our class president for the next five years while I try to fill Peter Jost’s shoes. Please send your news, and I hope to see you all at our 50th reunion in 2018, if not before.
This column will begin with a note of deepest sadness. Deborah Bernstein, daughter of Caroline Kresky, died recently of breast cancer. Deborah graduated from Stanford University Business School and worked for 15 years at Goldman Sachs, Pequot Capital Management, and Aquiline Capital Partners. We express our sincere condolences to Caroline. *Kurt Swenson attended his 50th high school reunion at Northfield/Mt. Hermon. He reminds us that our 50th Colby reunion will be upon us very quickly. We hope that many of our classmates will make the trip in 2017. To keep busy between reunions, Kurt is building a new home in New Hampshire and serves as secretary on the New England regional board of directors of the Arthritis Foundation. * As you might recall from many past columns (as Kurt reminds us, we have had many years to read these missives), Charlie and Sally Ray Bennett hardly ever stay put very long, what with their globetrotting, visiting, and vacationing. At this time, however, Sally and Charlie are happily planted in Mechanicsville, Va., in an over-55 community. Sally has joined her church choir, her first formal singing group since the Colbyettes. While Sally is filling the air with joyful sounds, Charlie explores the many Civil War sites in the area. *Joyce Demkowicz Henckler recently traveled with her husband through Europe, visiting Barcelona, Dubai, and the Suez Canal. Joyce reckons that she has visited 50 countries since leaving the Hill in 1967. Keep traveling, Joyce! When in the United States, Joyce continues to work as the chief development officer at the University of Central Florida. *Leanne Davidson Kaslow has returned to Washington, D.C., after many years in Alabama. Leanne’s husband works for the VA medical system. They still enjoy international travel as well as frequent trips to Colorado to visit family. On the East Coast, Leanne visits her daughter in Connecticut. She was awaiting her daughter’s first child in early July.
Stu Wantman is still active in the jewelry business that he co-owns with his daughter, Julie. However, his Monday afternoons are reserved for his 2-year-old granddaughter, Gretchen. *Peter Anderson was in Lagos, Nigeria, in February to dedicate the last of six water wells that his Rotary club funded for an impoverished village that had never had access to disease-free drinking water. Peter writes, “Children routinely die from waterborne diseases in this village—many every year. Not now—for the first time ever. No more. What a fulfilling and rewarding experience it was for me. I’ve never felt so appreciated by so many people in my life.” *Terry Saunders Lane will travel to Nicaragua with her chorus, Sharing a New Song. There they will sing, learn about the places they visit, and meet local musicians. Terry still works as a consultant on program evaluation for philanthropic organizations. She and Ginny Grelotti Connolly had lunch together this spring. * Living near Denver’s airport makes it convenient for Colbyites to visit Martha “Couie” DeCou Dick. This spring’s visitors were Janet Meyer Throop, Sue Turner,Jerri Hamilton Bost ’65, and Cary Parsons ’65. *Rob Sears is semi-retiring for the second time from his position as director of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines. He has plans to travel around Asia but remain based in Manila. He is also looking forward to having more time to spend in Italy, Switzerland, and the United States. He welcomes visitors to Manila when he’s there—e-mail him at Robtms@gmail.com. *Anne Ruggles Gere’ssummer travel will be to Italy and Hungary, a combination of work and play for her and play for her husband, Budge, and daughter Denali. * Vermonters Betty (Savicki) ’68 and John “Daisy” Carvellas bought a small house and cottage in St. Augustine Beach, Fla., where they’ll spend about three of the winter months each year. Daisy has read Ed Mowry’sbook, So Close to Dying, and recommends it to classmates. I’ve read it too and second Daisy’s recommendation. Ed would welcome feedback on any universal themes his book may stir up from our memories of the ’50s and ’60s and our own paths to adulthood. E-mail him at email@example.com. Ed’s first two grandchildren, a girl and a boy, have arrived this year. * Winter Arizona residents Bill and Mary Gourley Mastin still summer in Whitefish, Mont., so they can play with their grandchildren, get chased by bears and butted by mountain goats, capsize in the ice-melt water, hear and see avalanches a little too close by, bike faster than a biting dog, and wear out several pairs of hiking boots! * Our distinguished classmate and Colby Trustee Michael Gordon is chairing the Presidential Search Committee following the announcement of Bro Adams’s impending retirement at the end of the 2014 academic year. Your classmates wish you great success with this important assignment, Michael. * Our class president, Fran Finizio, has begun some early brainstorming for our Colby 50th reunion in June 2016. Volunteers will be sought for various committees, and everyone in the class will be expected to attend. Is it on your 2016 calendar? The dates are June 2-5. See you there!
VEGGING OUT…It is near the summer solstice as I compose this, and our classmates are quite busy vegging now that most have retired. Jean (Hoffmann) ’66 and Neil Clipsham “are trying to get to the task of weeding and planting Vegetable Garden 2013,” but Neil’s “preferred wood-shop projects keep getting in the way” [ahem]. They are planning a big “do-dah” on Waikiki for their 50th next year and have booked four cabins on the Pride of America for family and grandkids. * Also vegging is Jane Patterson Paxton, who says, “This summer I am on the Kennebec County Garden Club’s garden tour.” She’s now “semi-retired” from Maine Medical Center. She is anticipating a visit from Bryan Harrison Curd. “Bryan has an artist’s eye.” Your correspondent wonders if any weeds will be pulled when that pair gets going.* John Carnochan and Lois celebrated their 45th in August 2012. He has retired from the pension actuarial field. Lois “sort of retired from the College of New Rochelle” in 2012—she still teaches a course or two. John keeps busy as the treasurer of his church. * “70! Still have my teaching chops,” advises Dave Fearon Sr. He wants to keep at it until he reaches 50 years as a professor of management at Central Connecticut State University in 2015. He “teaches about ‘change’ but shudders at the prospect of doing something different” [ahem, ahem]. I suspect our classmate has missed several chapters in his own text. He has added “Sr.” to his name—a change from his ’65 Oracle listing. * Thanks and congratulations to Bill Oates on completing eight years on the Colby Board of Trustees. He joins John Cornell and Nancy Greer Weiland in board member emeritus status. Bill says, “I leave with renewed respect for Colby, its mission, direction, its management.” Bill continues as president of Northeast Investment Management in Boston. He will now have more time for his perennial garden. Y Your correspondent had a fun three-week look at Vietnam after completing his final tax season at H&R Block. I was not in the service, and this trip gave me a new perspective on the places once familiar to many of our classmates. I have more travel plans in the works now that more time will be available for such vegging out. Hail, Colby, Hail.
Jean Martin Fowler and Sara Shaw Rhoades write, “PLAN NOW for our 50th reunion, June 5-8, 2014. Judy Fassett Aydelott has agreed to be the editor of our 50th reunion book, and a reunion committee is being formed and has grown to 30 people. To assure success, we need you! That means your ideas and your attendance. Colby makes it easy: Our 50th meals and lodging on campus are free! Please send your ideas and willingness to join the committee to Saraat firstname.lastname@example.org or to Jeanat email@example.com.” *Jack Gow is working his way through a college physics text for fun and mental stimulation. Jack was a high school teacher for 31 years and then tutored after retirement. “I keep active with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tennis, hiking, birding, and keeping up with our five grandchildren. Still happily married to Maryann after 48 years.” *Sally Page Carville writes from Guyana, where she works with the Peace Corps developing computer technology. “Guyana is less of a developing country and more of a mini U.S. colony. I’m enjoying the experience of living in a different culture even if it includes Pizza Hut!” Sally Skypes with her children and grandchildren. She returns to the U.S. in 2014. * Frank and BJ Campbell are checking off items on their bucket list: They bought an RV and headed out west in August to tour; in April they spent two weeks in Hawaii. BJ looks forward to introducing Frank “to a lot of great Colby folks.” *Peggy Chandler Davey is now retired and is interested in connecting with Colby and Colby friends. She visited last summer with Susan Ellsworth and others, and she spends time managing her family’s cottage in Harpswell, Maine. *Jack Mechem moved his bank recruiting activity to Osterville on Cape Cod and maintains an office of his company, Vanderbilt Search Group, in Woburn, Mass. He hopes “to better balance work and family.” Jack sees Don “Shortie” Short at hockey games and stays in touch with Herm Hipson in Florida. Jack plans a trip through the Northwest Patrong> at hockey games and stays in touch with Herm Hipson in Florida. Jack plans a trip through the Northwest Passage of Alaska and Canada. * Jean and Jack Ross are retired and living in Green Valley, Ariz., south of Tucson. They’ve vacationed in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a beautiful old colonial town. They spent three weeks in June at a cottage in Spruce Head, Maine. * Joy and Steve Schoeman traveled to Berlin, Dresden, and Potsdam. On a separate trip, they visited the Netherlands, where they saw tulip fields, windmills, canals, and dikes. Steve presented a lecture to the Westfield (N.J.) Historical Society on what the Dutch have done to protect their coast and what New Jersey and the U.S. need to do to protect our coasts from storm damage. *Charlie Fallon is a retired teacher and administrator and remains active as a substitute in Rochester, N.Y., public schools. He’s involved with the Rochester Public Library, takes voice lessons, and putters on a five-acre wooded plot in western New York State. Charlie and his wife have six grandchildren and planned a Road Scholar trip to the Grand Tetons this summer. Last spring he attended a surprise 70th birthday party for his Colby roommate RogerIsbister! *Barbie Carr Howson retired as a school counselor and continues to read applications for the University of Richmond. Her husband has been in an assisted living facility or a nursing home for six years. Barbie appreciates the support of friends and stays active walking five miles five days a week. She has three grandchildren to dote on and has visited Suzy NoyesMague in New Orleans and Dottie Weathers Maston on Lake Champlain. *Dick York writes from a rehab center in Seattle as he recovers from two strokes. Jim Harris visited him, and Dick stays in contact with Todd Sherman and Bob Mangion. Jim, who attended the Colby bicentennial event in Seattle, reported that “it was well attended and most of the people looked young.” * From Susan Woodward: “It’s been a long and winding road, but I’m living what I believe to be a perfect life in Tucson, where the sun shines 330 days of the year. Almost every day I swim or walk; every day I paint and read. I go to classes, meet with art
Two weeks have passed since our fabulous 50th reunion, and the e-mails and letters of thanks are still coming! It’s difficult to put into words how wonderful it was, how smoothly everything went, despite rain on Saturday that precluded the parade of classes. It was just so great to see everyone, to reminisce, to renew old friendships, and to get to know classmates we hadn’t known when we were in school. One hundred and fifty of us attended the reunion (99 members of the Class of ’63 and 51 spouses) plus five “spies” from ’64 in preparation for their 50th. We are tremendously grateful to Colby’s alumni office, including Meg Bernier Boyd ’81, Laura Meader, and Carolyn Kimberlin, and the many others who helped make this a great reunion. * Our class president, Al Carville, did a phenomenal job! Al’s leadership, enthusiasm, and hard work over the past five years in preparation for this event, as well as his constant support and attention to every detail during the reunion itself, contributed to the great sense of camaraderie and joy we all felt at being with one another and celebrating. *Jane Melanson Dahmen very generously donated the proceeds from the silent auction of her beautiful painting on our reunion book cover to Colby. Yours truly was the very happy recipient! * Thank you, Pen Williamson,for a stupendous accomplishment! Ninety-one percent of our class contributed to our gift to Colby, thus reclaiming, after 25 years, the Mike Franklin trophy for highest class participation. We also exceeded our capital gift dollar goal. The exact figures will be available in August. * Among those back on campus for their first reunion were Sandra Moulton Burridge, Judy Miller Marshall, Sue Stein Fenn, Anita Nourse Largent, Steve Eittreim, and Linda Orr. *Peggy Fuchs Singer, author ofLegacy of a False Promise: A Daughter’s Reckoning,had a book signing in the bookstore. *David Hunt and Jody Spear gave alumni seminars. David gave highlights of his experience as a CIA officer, and Jody spoke on citizens who challenge corporate power brokers’ infringement on social, economic, and environmental rights. * We’re very proud of Karen Beganny Megathlin, who received a Colby Brick. Karen has worked very hard for Colby for years. * The Colby Eight, led by Peter Vogt, did a wonderful job of serenading us at our Saturday night class dinner, and Edie Sewall Thompson led us in a lovely invocation remembering our classmates who have passed on, most recently Michael Archer. We extend our deepest sympathy to Peter Archer. *Joan Dignam Schmaltz and Bonnie Brown Potter, our new class president, created displays of legacies, Colby marriages, and other memorabilia for Foss Hall and Cotter Union. Joan and Dick ’62 are biking for two weeks in the Dolomites in Italy. “So this is what we are doing to recover from our 50th reunion. It was such fun reconnecting with everyone. It seemed like time had stood still and we picked up where we had left off.” *Anita Nourse Largent, who came up to Maine with husband Al and grandson Mike for our reunion, picked up Donna Cobb Lawrence on the way to Colby. The four of them went to Monhegan Island after the reunion. Anita and Al are busy in Lincolntown, N.C., trying to build up the NAACP and the Democratic Party. Their area has gone back to the Dark Ages, rolling back civil rights, bringing back smoking, promoting off-shore drilling, legislating against studies that say the sea level is rising. They have their work cut out for them! *Jay Fraze was sorry to miss reunion. Living in Denver, he’s involved with the Cherry Creek Theatre, which he helped start. He does marketing, PR, and fundraising, and he credits his ATO fraternity skit-writing experience! He writes, “If you get to Denver, I’d love to hear from you.” * And if you’re in New England, visit the newly renovated Colby Museum of Art.
Happy summer, Class of ’62! Hank Phillips writes, “During the enjoyable reunion last June, Rich Nobman and I made plans to ski at Durango Mountain Resort (previously known as Purgatory).” Rich complained about the snow conditions, but Hank, an East Coast skier (Blue Mountain, Pa.), thought 11 inches of powder was “fantastic.” Hank and his wife looked forward to a visit from Rich and Anne Marie this July at the Phillipses’ camp on Lake Winnipesaukee. *Bob Reinstein relates that he is still doing international consulting and in the past few months has spent time in Europe, Japan, Ecuador, and the Washington, D.C., area. He frequently sees his three grandchildren as well as his six great-grandchildren, whose great-grandmother, Franny Maher Reinstein ’61, now lives in Woolwich, Maine, with their older son, a teacher in Wiscasset. * Saying in touch with tongue firmly in cheek, Graham Barkham writes, “I wish I had something interesting to say, but I don’t. Ain’t the internet grand?” * Global Brenda Wrobleski Gottschalk offers intriguing descriptions of her travels to Chile, Easter Island (where she sang hymns in Rapa Nui with the locals at Sunday Mass), and Patagonia, as well as the wine country near Santiago. A first grandchild, the development of a series of mountain holiday retreats in Colorado, and the remodeling of her 120-year-old Victorian cottage kitchen keep her busy. *Jean Gaffney Furuyama writes, “Life is busy but good.” She still works three days a week, which gives her time to play golf and tennis. She and her husband, Toshi, went on a three-week golf vacation to Kona, Hawaii, in February, and Jean and her son visited her sister, who lives in France. Yes, life is good, Jean. *Mary “Muff” Symonds Leavitt plans a trip with friends to Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, while husband Boyd visits their son in Memphis and tours the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky. She won tickets for Antiques Roadshow, which took place in Boise June 29 (some of us are REALLY jealous, Muff). This spring she had lunch with Olive Pingree Ingraham, who was visiting her sons and her sister, who all live in the area. Muff extends an invitation for any of us who might “come this way” to visit her in Eagle, Idaho. * Doug and Gail Macomber Cheeseman led a trip to the Azores in June, right at the peak of sperm whale watching. They visited Pico and neighboring islands and snorkeled with the dolphins. In August they’ll lead their 10th trip to Brazil—the northern and southern Pantanal, a famous wetland where “we can actually count on encountering jaguar in the wild!” Then, two trips to Tanzania and Kenya (in July and August), the latter being their 70th safari since starting to lead them in 1978. With the good health Gail and Doug enjoy, they hope to lead many more! *Susan Welch Bishop said, “We have not been able to arrange a trip to Colby for years,” but then came the need to take their grandson to Maine to visit a college that was recruiting him for lacrosse, and, “of course,” they stopped at Colby for a tour, talks with students, and what sounds like a sentimental journey from “one end of the campus to the other.” Their assessment: “What an amazing, impressive institution.” Jim made a trip to Wisconsin in April to attend grandson Henry’s Grandparents Day. Henry has twin brothers who helped wear grandpa out, but he loved it. Jim and Susan’s house in on the market and they plan to move to a condo in the area, close to their golf course! *Michael (McCabe) and I (Nancy Keating McKenzie), snowbirds in reverse, have finally made the decision to make Maine our permanent home and completed a move to our house in Harpswell in June. Leaving family behind was difficult, but as they say, airplanes fly both ways. In fact, my daughter, son-in-law, two grandboys, and the dog came to visit this summer. We have plans to spend time at the height of the winter in a more southern climate, specifically Beaufort, S.C., a wonderful little coastal village. * Thank you, correspondents old and new, for your news. Please keep it coming!
Where were you summers when you attended Colby? From Carole Ann Pope: “I worked in Kennebunk after Colby as a chambermaid, with Sandy Goodwin Nelson, at the Seaside House. Diane Scrafton Ferreira asked me to assume her waitress post at the prestigious Colony Hotel for the weekend she attended Jeanette Benn Anderson’s Houlton wedding. Since my hours ended by noon, and I thought I was invincible, I agreed. My previous wait experience was at a small establishment, managed by my parents for retired ministers at Old Orchard Beach. Meals were family-style---no big trays involved. Diane’s station was the furthest from the kitchen, above the beautiful pool. Imagine my utter shock when I learned we were required to pick up portions from multiple kitchen ‘islands’ and carry every dish to our stations on gargantuan trays! This memory is not one of my more comfortable ones-—the only incentive: an absolutely wonderful string quartet playing the entire time I paraded by, trying not to trip and land face-down in a mashed potato dish. I decided then and there that servers earn every tip—and I was definitely not cut out to work in a huge establishment like the Colony. Oh, well, anything for a Colby friend, right?” * From Quimby Robinson: “The summer after graduation was my second working as chauffeur for Elizabeth Arden’s Maine Chance Farm in Mount Vernon. In addition to transporting wealthy clients, I was Miss Arden’s personal driver when she visited. I remember being at her beck and call. When she wanted me to carry the basket for cuttings from her beautiful gardens and assume other odd jobs, I didn’t say no. College graduate pride didn’t count; besides, she paid well, making this one of my more pleasant and rewarding jobs! We’re all servants in many ways during our lives, and personal servants often get a bad rap.” * From Terry Lee: “Spent two summers as deckhand on the Jamestown--Newport Rhode Island ferry, with many fun moments talking to tourists who took the long route to Cape Cod just for a twenty-minute ferry ride! Dense fog sometimes made landings a challenge. The summer after graduation I worked in construction to get in shape for the USMC.” * From John Hooper: “At Colby, took a pen-and-ink drawing class as a ‘gut’ course; the following summer, the local newspaper had me fill in as advertising salesman. With new drawing skills, I created spec layouts right before my customers’ eyes. That sold advertising! I loved it, and a career was spawned! Even in retirement, I’ve parlayed those skills as a master wood carver, turning out award-winning relief carvings and sculptures featuring Great North Woods animal life. There’s a moral to this story...but it eludes me.” * From Scotty Folger: “My first summer after Colby I worked in Germany. I thought I had a waitress position but ended up in the basement, peeling potatoes and washing pans! However, the hotel was in Bavaria on a beautiful lake in the mountains. Wonderful experiences on days off made up for being the lowest of kitchen help! I only worked six weeks and traveled the rest of the summer.” * From Mary Sawyer Bartlett: “Debbie Lucas Williams ‘62 and I were chambermaids at the Kimball House, Northeast Harbor, for several summers. Our play hours allowed us to sail, swim, shop, drink beer, and live a carefree life. We visit in the summer when I return to Castine and Debbie comes back to Mount Desert Island.” * From Bob Burke: “Worked at the Belmont Hotel in West Harwich, Cape Cod, for three summers. At a grand oceanfront hotel catering to older, wealthy clients, guests requested the same dining room table, room, beach spot, and garage space each summer. As garage manager, I directed a crew handling the guests’ expensive cars. Most of the help were college students; a fun summer with lots of late-night parties!”
Bob Haggett and his wife have lots going on with family who live in Iowa, New York, and Massachusetts. Bob continues to substitute teach in the Kennebunk and Saco (Maine) school districts—any subject, any grade—and finds it tough occasionally but mostly enjoyable and invigorating. He also enjoys writing poems for any family member reaching a decade birthday: 30, 40, 50, et cetera. While it is a fun activity for him, he doubts any of the poems would have passed muster in Colby’s English classes. He also has many strong political feelings and positions but will not risk offending readers with his views. *John Kellom and Larry Lathrop got together at Charleston, S.C., during the Spoleto Festival. Larry was en route back to Maine (from Florida) for the summer, and John came up from nearby Hilton Head Island. John plays doubles tennis three times a week—still thoroughly enjoying an active retirement life. *Maren Stoll Fischer, Carlene Daisy Kelleher, Gail Harden Schade, and Marion Porter Potter were about to leave on their Norwegian fjord adventure. They will send pictures for the next class news column! * Ted and Liz Boccasile Mavis took a wonderful trip that began with a repositioning cruise from Miami to Barcelona. They then flew to Porto, Portugal, and traveled to Fatima, a profound experience. They drove on to Nazaré and to Óbidos, the walled city where they enjoyed tapas and fados. They next took a bus to Seville, where they experienced cathedrals, the Alcazar, and the best chocolate and churros they had ever eaten. Next they traveled on to Grenada, the Alhambra, and Madrid by car and then to Barcelona by high-speed train, all the while drenched in Picassos, El Grecos, Goyas, et cetera. Liz really enjoyed their walking tour of Gaudi’s sites, including the Sagrada Família (her favorite), which was fabulous! *Steve Curley, Jock Knowles, Phil Shea, and Ed Marchetti attended the Colby football team’s golf tournament in May. Steve was the only one not to mess up in any of the 18 holes since he only served as the designated driver and left the messing up to his buddies. They certainly didn’t disappoint. They had a great time, and the camaraderie of their friendship after 50+ years is still unmatched. *Judy Allen Ferretti and her husband are back from a wonderful trip to Croatia aboard a small ship. Twenty-six of them lived on the ship, with comfortable accommodations, and sailed to several small islands where they heard excellent lectures from the local guides about the history, culture, economy, and the current way of life of the residents. They enjoyed all aspects of their travels, especially their fellow travelers. *Anna Johnson has recently become a master gardener and is volunteering to teach Seed to Supper gardening classes sponsored by the Oregon Food Bank. *John Vollmer managed at 77 to ski downhill at Deer Valley in Utah with the entire Vollmer family—eight strong! He’s very lucky that his knees are holding up as the beautiful scenery and snow still enthrall him. He will take his grandkids to Sweden this August to show them where he was born, so that will be another story. *Jane Holden Huerta continues to play bridge and work as director at the In-Between Bridge Club (the second largest bridge club in the country), which is conveniently located in Sarasota just 1.5 miles from her home. This year she is running her own game for players with fewer than 20 points and finds it really awesome! One of her players, Peter French, graduated with us. * Erin Tully Chace would like to hear from any of you who were friends with her father, John Tully, who died much too young. I have so enjoyed being in touch with her (firstname.lastname@example.org) as John was my first date at Colby!
John Reisman ’55 was inducted into the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in May. Selected as one of 11 inductees from among the more than 218,000 seniors living in Ohio, John has spent the nearly 20 years since his retirement volunteering with Employment For Seniors and the First Unitarian Universalist Church.
Louise (Robb) ’60 and Art Goldschmidt drove from State College, Pa., to Evansville, Wis., to attend the wedding of their younger son, Paul, and to give the newlyweds a few pictures and other stuff as they continue to downsize their possessions. New editions of two of Art’s books about Egypt will be published this summer, even as events in the Middle East continue to make them obsolete. * Ronnie and John Shore planned to go to Colby in July to celebrate the new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the Colby Museum of Art and the installation of the Lunder Collection, which puts Colby in the top tier of college and university art museums in the country. The collection should make Colby a destination for visitors from around the country and, hopefully, the world. * John and Denny Kellner Palmer went on a fabulous trip to the Inside Passage of Alaska in the summer of 2012. They boarded a small boat in Juneau with about 35 others (it was supposed to take 100+), so the crew numbering about 30 made for a wonderful ratio. They kayaked from the boat, hiked into the rain forests and glaciers, and saw whales, bears, and lots of different kinds of birds. The food was excellent. The trip was organized by a group called American Safari that Denny would highly recommend. They spent the rest of the summer at their cottage on Panther Pond. They had an annual visit from Aaron and Cyndy Crockett Mendelson and loads of family visits. Denny loves winter in Maine (the more snow the better), but she and John also love to golf, so they did manage to escape to Stuart, Fla., for the month of February. *Gladys Frank Bernyk is now a breast, lung, and skin cancer survivor. When cancer was found on her right lung—caught early due to CAT scans following breast cancer—she was not eligible for long surgery, which sounds pretty grim anyway, so she was given treatment by state-of-the-art cyber-surgery. Cyber-surgery delivers pinpoint radiation and involves no pain. The oncologist and a physicist plot the directions/angles the machine moves in on a computer. So far the reports are very good. The skin cancer was just a basal cell on her face. Gladys said, “My life has some restrictions, but I am a fortunate woman with a supportive and loving family.” *Jack Pallotta has spent time with Joan (Crowell) ’60 and SkipTolette, Beverly (Johnson) ’60 and Keet Arnett, Bob Marier ’60, and Karen (Beganny) ’63 and Skeeter Megathlin. There were many laughs and lots of fun. * It’s hard to believe that next year is our 55th reunion. Let’s make it a good year for news.
Our 55th Colby reunion, which happily coincided with the College’s bicentennial, was wonderful, as all other reunions have been. Only some rain on Friday and Saturday dampened the festivities a bit. Many of you really wanted to attend but couldn’t because of family graduations and weddings, bad backs, family responsibilities, travel problems, even jury duty. You were all missed! Nevertheless, we managed to follow up our record-breaking attendance at the 50th with another record for the 55th. By now you should have had a chance to view an online photo album of the weekend. Y Thursday arrivals were welcomed by class president Brad Sherman and enjoyed a buffet dinner and impromptu stories about our days at the College, including the panty raid and bonfire; when the baseball team was refused permission to travel to a tournament during the reading period or exams; the draconian rules the women suffered as freshmen (8 p.m. curfew on weeknights unless we were studying at the library); and stories about our favorite president, Julius Seelye Bixler. Several of us who stayed in the dorm continued reminiscing and visiting at the coffeehouse in Mary Low. Friday morning featured various activities such as yoga, golf, a trivia quiz, and visits to the library or bookstore, while the afternoon brought many choices of faculty lectures and preview tours of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion. Reunion classes set up exhibits of memorabilia from their years on campus. We unashamedly hogged four tables for our collection, which included copies of the Alumnus, the Echo, and other publications; programs from homecoming football games; a bill for $770 for the first semester of senior year; a Colby blazer and freshman beanie; and many photos, including some of the Colbyettes, sailors singing “There Is Nothing Like a Dame” in South Pacific, ROTC maneuvers, and a train that brought many of us from Boston to Waterville. Donated items were left for the College archives. Thanks to those who contributed: Pam (Brockway) ’60 and David Adams, Nancy Derderian Bagdasarian, John Baxter, Bruce Blanchard, Bob ’59 and Judy Garland Bruce, Kay (German) ’59 and Al Dean, Carol Conway Denney, Peter Doran, John Edes, Chris Maginniss, Brad Sherman, Paul Svendsen, Harry and Joan Shaw Whitaker, and Marian Woodsome. The Bicentennial Bash barbecue followed, with a DJ playing music for dancing in the tent. Happily, the fireworks still exploded despite the rain, and many enjoyed a long, exciting display. Rain canceled the traditional parade of classes Saturday morning, especially disappointing for us because Al Dean had driven his beautifully restored ’55 VW Bug to campus and planned to drive it at the head of our class. He parked it in prominent places, where it was admired and oohed and aahed over by many, especially current students! An additional fun attraction was a CD player set up under the VW’s hood that played songs by the Colby Eight. Celebrate Colby then happened in the gymnasium, where alumni assembled to hear the reunion classes’ gifts to the Colby Fund. Our class was pleased to have 82 percent contributing to the fund, the second highest for all reunion groups. We also set a new attendance record for alumni returning for the 55th. Congratulations to Leigh Bangs, who received a Colby Brick for his many years of service, and thanks to his committee that helped solicit Colby Fund contributions. The highlight of our dinner Saturday was the appearance of the “vintage” Colby Eight, including those we remember so well from our era: Peter Merrill ‘57, Bo Olsen ’57, Ed Tomey ’59, Keet Arnett ’59, and our own Dave Adams. Each class member at reunion received a remastered CD featuring 26 songs from albums recorded between ’55 and ’63. The weekend ended with a champagne jazz brunch and chapel service before we packed the cars and headed home, happy to have had another chance to celebrate Colby and connect with classmates. Several attendees mentioned that it was especially satisfying to chat with those we might not have known well during our time on campus. A last wish: May we all stay healthy and well so we can meet again at the 60th!
Rain, cold, and slugs have been our fare for the entire spring, and the only happy faces that I see are the perennials in our garden. May summer please arrive warm and sunny and quickly! *Esther Bigelow Gates is still happily living in Chappaqua, N.Y., in the same house that she and Doug bought 40 years ago. And she is within driving distance of all her children and grandchildren! Esther retired from teaching at the high school after 26 years, but she is not really retired for she now enjoys working at the library. Living so near New York City is terrific for her to take advantage of visiting all the museums, Lincoln Center, the theater, and all that the city has to offer. * Nancy and John Conkling are still sitting around New Hampshire twiddling their thumbs… Oh, wait, I’m confusing them with someone else! The Conklings spent four days skiing at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine, and then headed off to Salt Lake for two weeks of skiing out West. Late March found them sitting on a beach in Sanibel, Fla., enjoying the sun and surf, so no worries about their slowing down soon! *Mikki Chomicz Manno sums life up with the phrase “trying to come up for air.” She says there have been many fun family events with four “grands.” She is especially proud of her 13-year-old granddaughter, who won a gold medal in a piano competition and subsequently played in New York City’s Kosciusko Hall. Quite an honor! Mikki and her daughters and family planned to travel in Ireland for two weeks in July. * Always great to hear news from Ron Rasmussen. In June Ron proudly attended his daughter Ashlee’s graduation from UC Santa Barbara; she plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a neurosurgeon. Ron’s Colby roommate John Koehler, who lives in Auburn, Calif., and Patrick and Toni Ciunci Hudson, who live in Pasadena, visited Ron in San Diego in July. They reminisced over lunch at his local country club. * Most of you have probably read in the spring issue of Colby (page 11) of the honor bestowed on our classmate Eleanor Duckworth. Eleanor, a leading progressive educator and emerita professor of education at Harvard, received an honorary doctoral degree at the 2013 commencement. We are all so proud of our fellow ’57 classmate!* In closing, we hope that some of you were fortunate enough to attend the opening of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion of the Colby Museum of Art in July.
Barbara “BJ” Davis Howard and Gail Allen Hamblett, who both live in West Hartford, exchange a bit of chitchat in the locker room at the West Hartford Aquatic Center before their exercise swims. Gail and her husband, Ken, have returned from a month’s stay in Naples and Fort Myers Beach, Fla. BJ and husband Bob weathered the snowy winter at home in Connecticut. *Dick Abedon writes from Palm Beach that he is doing pro bono legal work in the inner city and at Belle Glade (an agricultural town in western Palm Beach County). His wife, Robin, continues to work at her consulting company, which helps high school students with the college application process. In mid-June he and his family drove from Florida to Utah for a week’s vacation at Robert Redford’s ranch. Then on to Park City and Jackson Hole and eventually to Colby for the dedication of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the Colby Museum of Art in July. * After finally retiring from Pepperdine in 2012, Charlie Morrissey joined the board of visitors at Claremont Graduate University. * Warren ’57 and BabsFaltings Kinsman enjoyed their time in South Carolina for the winter and looked forward to being in Maine this summer. While Harry and Lyn Brooks Wey were visiting, there was a mini-reunion at the Kinsman home with Naomi and Hugh “Andy” Anderson and Sherry and DonRice. They looked forward to being at Colby for the museum dedication. *Yvonne Noble wrote, “The last of my numerous maternal aunts died in 2009 at 104, and now I have no close family left in the USA. Our son, Charles, has got Hugh and me travelling, though, to Iceland, Barcelona, and the Pyrenees with him, and in December on safari while Charles was living in Nairobi. Mid-December was a good time to see all the animals one hopes to see (but the scarce, very endangered rhinos). Charles has now moved to Panama, so we look forward to a visit there and a cruise on the canal. The aunt I mentioned always said, ‘Keep going while you have legs.’ We are trying to adhere to her advice.” Thank you for your news, Vonnie, and bon voyage for future trips. *Brian Stompe has one grandson who graduated from UC Davis and another from high school. His granddaughter will be a senior at Davis. Brian and his wife spent time in the Bahamas. He’s catching up with his gardens and Sons In Retirement (SIR), of which he is chairman. He leads the SIR Sacramento River shad fishing and camping trip each June and has a “great” Little Brother in Big Brothers Big Sisters. Brian and his Little Brother camp, fish, and go to the beach, among other things. He looks forward to a good Pacific salmon season off the Marin (not Maine) coast this year. His boat is ready to go. * I’m happy to report that Darien High School, where I teach, was named the number one high school in Connecticut this year. I’m basking in that glory! David and Rosie Crouthamel Sortor’s daughter Debbie lives in town, and one of their grandsons was in my Latin class a couple of years ago. At the moment, a third grandson is a freshman. It is always great to see Rosie and Dave when they come visit for a Thanksgiving (Darien/New Canaan) football game or a DHS graduation. * Peter and Hope Palmer Bramhall were included in Larry Pugh’s life trustee recognition dinner at Colby in October. On May 29 there was a bicentennial event in Falmouth with the Pughs, Lunders, and Kathy McConaughy Zambello in attendance and serving, among others, as happy hosts. The Bramhalls have a wonderful family get-together planned for early August in Wisconsin with children Faith Bramhall Rodenkirk ‘81 and Josh ‘92 and Sarah Bramhall Reynolds ‘92. Granddaughter Adrianna Twombly ’13 graduated on a rainy weekend in Waterville; Adrianna’s sister, Hannah ‘16, is a sophomore.
Greetings from mid-coast Maine! The Colby campus is buzzing with the question of “Who’s it going to be?” The task of replacing Bro Adams as president is daunting as well as timely, coming during the bicentennial year. Considering our two centuries of successes, the academic prowess of the present, and the visionary promise of the future, we are all hoping for a great new leader. Our trust lies in the presidential search committee. * Now, the class notes. Dave Roberts was back in Maine in June, July, and August, enjoying his home in Waterville and the Jefferson cottage. Perhaps, before returning to Minnesota, he’ll re-learn how to pronounce “Havener, Cuber.” He says, “Stay young and happy!” *Carol Smith Bianchi Brown has had an average life. She’s had two husbands since Colby but is now a widow. She has five children, 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She retired from a bank in 1995 and since her husband’s death has volunteered at several organizations. Carol lives in a farming community in Illinois, west of Chicago. *John Reisman was planning to be in Maine for three weeks in July. He intended to see some Colby people, so he’ll likely have more news next time. He also hoped to see the new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the Colby Museum of Art. * Dick and Diane Reynolds Wright made the decision a few years ago to leave Milwaukee after 40 years and join two of their sons and their newly formed families in Minneapolis. When one son and his wife had twin boys, Dick and Diane came to be a part of their lives. They purchased a duplex and live with their youngest son and his wife and her daughter. Although their social life has diminished, there’s plenty to interest them in Minnesota, the best of which is spending time with family. They do spend time in Colorado skiing and biking, although at a slower pace and on carefully chosen days. *Marilyn Faddis Butler enjoys playing tennis four times a week, singing alto in her church choir, and playing duplicate bridge. She figures it all exercises both mind and body! * Happy summer to all!
JT Thompson Lowe went with her nephew this spring to check out “Little Fenway,” the Florida training site for the Boston Red Sox, and gave the team the word on improving over last season’s depressing finish. In May she traveled to New York City to take in the ballet and see Nora Ephron’s latest play, Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks. While in the north she checked out her daughter’s lovely country house in New Paltz, N.Y. *Sue Johnson took a wonderful Road Scholar trip to Yosemite National Park in April followed by a family reunion with her brother in Newbury Park, Calif. While there she had a mini Colby reunion via phone with Penny Thresher Edson. *Peter Fishbin was planning to attend the opening of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the Colby Museum of Art in July. *Judy Jenkins Totman reports that she is still “upright.” * A reminder that our 60th reunion will take place in less than a year—June 5-8, 2014. Please try to make it back to Colby… We’re getting very close to the head of the line!
The rains came, but that did not dampen the spirits of the Class of ’53 at our 60th reunion at Colby in June. I think I counted 20 of us brave souls along with guests. Tommi Thompson Staples regretted missing reunion, but she had previous plans for June this year: a three-week Safari in Africa. I deem that a good excuse. Ted Lallier called a few days before our weekend. He was sorry he could not attend due to his rehabilitation status and said to give everyone “his best.” The 1953 luncheon Friday was a very intimate and special way to start the weekend. The speaker was Sharon Corwin, director and chief curator of the art museum. Then class president Nan Murray Lasbury handed me a nice bag of Colby mementos for my work on these little news items I send to Colby, but I mentioned that I really enjoy this job and thanked everyone for sending news to me. Next it was time for me to turn to Nan and give her a Colby blanket for all she and Chase have done for us over the years. After lunch quite a few of us wandered around campus or took the tour of the new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the art museum, which reopened in July. The Colby Museum of Art is said to be the largest in Maine now. Late Friday afternoon a few of us gathered at the President’s House for a reception before heading out again in the showers to a barbecue dinner. That evening we were entertained with quite a colorful fireworks display. With it raining even harder on Saturday, the favorite parade of classes was cancelled so we all met at the gymnasium for the annual awards presentation. Three people from our class were recipients. Chase and Nan Murray Lasbury received Colby Bricks—so well deserved. Alice Colby-Hall received the Distinguished Alumna Award. By the way, Nelson Beveridge told me that Alice was off to France right after reunion. The popular lobster bake and barbecue buffet Saturday allowed us to gather and enjoy the mounds of food. Priscilla Eaton Billington and I attended a nice lecture by Linda Greenlaw ’83 and then went to her book signing at the Colby Bookstore. Saturday night our class got together as members of the Golden Mules Society, Classes of 1930-1953. There was a reception and dinner where pictures were taken and conversation very lively. Sunday there was a jazz brunch and time to say goodbyes. I want to add that John Lee says he wants to move from D.C. and settle back in his favorite state of Maine in 2014 or 2015. Now here is the list of reunion attendees: Dana Andersen, Web Anderson, Ginnie Falkenbury Aronson, Nelson Beveridge, Priscilla Eaton Billington, Carolyn English Caci, Helen Koniares Cleaves, Alice Colby-Hall, Electra Paskalides Coumou, Bob Grindle, Dick Hawes, Chase and Nan Murray Lasbury, John Lee, Barbara Easterbooks Mailey, Mimi Price Patten, George Pirie, Sylvia Caron Sullivan, Paul Wescott, and Carolyn Doe Woznick.
Greetings and good wishes for fine summer minus hurricanes, tornados and heat waves! From Rod Howes: “I feel good and am happy. It can’t get much better than that at our age. Life is too short. I have no news for you. Just showing you all that I am still on the green side of the grass. I have nine grandchildren—five are in college at the same time—and two great-grandchildren. Life goes on. Live it well. Do something fun.” *Anne Plowman Stevens tells us, “Haven’t heard from or seen anyone this past spring except for Sal. She was writing me as her address changed. I’ve been busy with concerts, which entail rehearsals. It is fun to keep busy with my family too.” *Hugh Chandler wants to keep in touch with the Class of ’52 and sends the following message: “I am not really a member of this class. Eventually I graduated from Oberlin and then got a Ph.D. from Cornell. As of now I am still teaching philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana and enjoying it. I plan to go to Oxford in a couple of weeks for a brief stay with my sister. (So far as I know, my news has never been published in the class news, so I would be very surprised to see it there.)” Well, Hugh, I have certainly made an effort to remedy that with this issue. *Edie Carpenter Sweeney wrote, “I have moved to the Highlands, an assisted care facility, in Topsham, Maine. I love it here! Lots of good food, fun activities, and lovely caregivers. My husband, Arthur, is in another part of the Highlands, so I can visit him every day. Life is good!” * Our final message is from Nancy Mac Donald Cultrera, who met Bill and Barbara CheesemanHooper, Nancy Copeland, and Bob and Betty BrownHolmes at the June reunion. She says, “We were there as Golden Mules and because of Colby’s 200th birthday. One lady in the audience commented that the campus has grown so much and there are so many trees that the spires of Miller Library and Lorimer Chapel are no longer visible as you walk along. It rained part of the weekend—there was no parade—but that didn’t dampen our spirits. Golf carts, driven by students, were available for some wild, speedy rides around pedestrians and down grassy slopes!” Nancy said they had a wonderful time and were fortunate to be in good enough health to visit Colby again. “Hail, Colby, Hail!” * That’s it for this time around. Next time I hope we’ll hear from some of you who haven’t been in touch. We need and want your news.
Hi, classmates of the greatest class in history. We made the move from the old campus in downtown Waterville to the new, still-building campus. We commuted to Mayflower Hill by the blue bus. What an experience. Colby has developed into the most beautiful campus one could imagine, and we were the foundation class. Let’s all remember those days and all that have followed. Thanks to great administration, we have memories that will last forever. *Bob Brotherlin attended Reunion 2013 and represented the Class of 1951 along with Cindy and Walt Russell, Lucy and Richard Bowen, George and Priscilla Ford Haselton, and Ed Laverty. Bob said, “Colby is always a pleasant place to spend a weekend.” Bob lives in Sarasota, Fla., but escapes the heat and humidity by visiting Maine in the summer. His daughter lives outside of Augusta, Maine. Y I recently heard from George Wales, perhaps the most lettered athlete to attend Colby with 12 letters in football, ice hockey, and baseball. He was great at all sports and a wonderful friend to us all—he still is. Imagine how difficult it would be to play three seasons that now overlap. He married a wonderful musician and career leader of the music program for Dennison College. Lorraine (Arcese) ’54 is now retiring but will go out with a blast of great performances. *Ted Shiro still plays tennis and chases women, even on the courts. His grandson, Aaron Murray, is the Georgia quarterback and a great pride of the Shiro family. * I recently met with Polly Leighton Robertson at the Colby dinner celebrating our 200th year. Bro Adams gave a wonderful presentation. * Please send me any news about our class. I’ve been very busy working on the U.S. Open Championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. We were all excited to host this tourney. *Richard Bowen was privileged to introduce the Honorable Mark Newman ’71, justice of the Essex County Juvenile Court, Lawrence, Mass., when he was awarded the Lawrence Bar Association’s Annual Leadership Award May 4. Richard has had the good fortune to work in his court since he came on the bench in 2002. He is the second Colby person to receive this coveted award. Richard believes he was first several years ago.
Connie Foxcroft Perrigo went to this year’s reunion celebrating Colby’s bicentennial. She stayed on campus in Coburn Hall, and in spite of the rain and drizzle, it was a wonderful weekend. Of course, due to the weather, the parade of classes didn’t happen. They met in the gym for the class gift and alumni award presentations. There were many choices of lectures and tours. Connie went to a lecture on Colby and Napoleon: The Year 1813 in World Affairs. She enjoyed a talk by Linda Greenlaw ’83, who read from her new book about putting herself through Colby by sword fishing and about adopting her daughter. The Bicentennial Bash planned for Dana Lawn was held indoors. However, the fireworks went off and Dana Lawn was very festive with a tent for music during the evening and an inflated jumping area for the children. A student from Sudan led a walking tour of campus. There are now students from 73 different countries at Colby. Connie took a preview tour of the incredible private collection given to Colby by the Lunder family in the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion. Included were some Mary Cassatts as well as modern paintings and many sculptures. The new wing of the art museum will have a premier opening in July. Connie noted, “There were many old photographs displayed at the new student center. Many of the folks I chatted with were very interested in our experiences living downtown those first two years. Some had heard unfavorable descriptions of Mower House. I explained what a wonderful, close community we 17 students became.” Not many of our classmates were there, but Connie did enjoy being with Jeanine FenwickStarrett, who came with her sister-in-law, and Bev Deschenes Libby. She saw Bob Rosenthal and his wife at the lobster bake. All the meals were excellent, and the chapel service was a very nice way to end a wonderful weekend. Connie said, “I am very proud of having attended Colby and very glad I was able to go to reunion.”
Oh, dear, nothing to report for this issue either! I do hope I’ll hear from someone before the next issue. Have you had any exciting trips to share with us? I know we’d all like to enjoy them with you vicariously. Y I didn’t go to Reunion 2013 this year, but it reminds me that next year is a BIG one for us—our 65th! Start thinking and planning now to come back to Mayflower Hill June 5-8, 2014. In the meantime, help me keep some news of our classmates coming!
Ev Helfant Malkin wrote the following: “I was in Turkey a few months ago [April] with Elderhostel, now called Road Scholar, possibly to broaden the base of those who might be interested in their programs. We were 18 well-traveled and interested people. The tour was focused on archaeological sites that included ruins from B.C. on, equal to anything I’ve seen in Greece. And there are some 80+ percent of known areas still to be uncovered. It was 16 full, exciting days (and quiet nights). I spent some days in Paris with extended family and walked endless streets and in and out of so many metros. It’s always special. I’ve now nearly completed a Harvard online course on world religions. The energy of being in a classroom is missing, but it’s worked for me and I’m able to pick up a lecture whenever I wish. I’ll be in Hawaii at June’s end for a grandson’s wedding. I plan to stop in San Francisco both going and returning and shall see an old friend who’s now living with a younger daughter. Which brings me to the surprising (to me) reality that I’ll be 85 in June. I don’t think about age much until someone asks how old I am or I look in the mirror. My oldest son and his wife are now living full time on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s a great place to visit. I expect to be there a few times this summer as well as at a daughter’s place on Chesapeake Bay. I’m concerned about the world we’re leaving our children and grandchildren and wonder if it’s too late to attempt to make a difference and even how to make that difference. Are too many of us simply tending our own gardens? Best wishes to the class.” * From Howell Clement in Kalispell, Mont.: “Today we got two inches of snow.” Note that we received this e-mail May 23. * I guess I’m getting old. Hips are stiff in the morning and legs hurt, too. Trying to lose weight but not much success. On the plus side, my Pacemaker is good for nine more years: question—am I? We did not go to our 65th reunion mainly because we did not return to Massachusetts until May 30 and it was just too much of a scramble to unpack and then rush off to Waterville. The response to the latest request for class news was meager. Howell had some interesting observations about what is going on in this country, and David agreed wholeheartedly but felt this is not the appropriate venue for political views. Keep those comments coming, Howell!
Thanks to everyone who returned the questionnaire I sent out. So nice to hear from you! * Elaine Johnson Wing lives in Farmington, Maine. She lost her husband in 1987 but lives in her own house with help from family and friends as she lost her eyesight two years ago. She has eight children in Maine, two in New Jersey, and one in Florida, plus 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She’s currently waiting for a hip replacement. She used to be an avid gardener and a hospital, food closet, and church volunteer. Up until 2010 she spent part of the winter in Florida. Her daughter Jane filled out the questionnaire I had sent and added the comment that her mother is still a wonderful conversationalist. *Corinne “Judy” Jones Zimmerman lives in Essex Junction, Vt. She and her husband have five children, 14 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, but the last number will expand to 10 by the end of the summer with the arrival of one boy and twins (one boy and one girl). Last year she was given a great party celebrating her 90th birthday. She is very proud of her family as they all have college degrees and most have advanced degrees. *William Hibel lives in Palm Beach, Fla. His grandson and his wife, who were professors at Perdue, have moved to the University of California at Davis. His granddaughter completed her training as a nurse and now works at Florida Hospital in Orlando. *Eleanor Eisberg Watson lives in Limerick, Maine. She has a daughter who is a successful remedial math and reading teacher. Eleanor lives with a male friend in a 200-year-old house that they had a great time restoring. She paints a little and writes plays based on life in Limerick, where her mother and grandmother lived. She is one of the founders of the Limerick Historical Society. * I received word that James Atwater passed away in January 2012. *Barbara Baylis Primiano lives in Barrington, R.I. She has three grandsons and a granddaughter who is earning her master’s in psychology. Two grandsons will be college seniors, one at Washington University in St. Louis and one at Richmond. The third grandson works in Bethesda, Md. Barbara plays bridge and volunteers at church. *Elwin Hussey lives near the family store in Windsor, Maine, in the summer and in Kurtestown, Hawaii, from October to May. His wife died in March 2012. While in Maine he works on a history of Windsor in 1940 titled Remembrances of 1940. He says, “In 1940 I enrolled as a freshman at Colby, followed by my first-year problems... two major and two minor warnings first semester!” He says his hearing is so bad that he’s limited to one-on-one conversations and he gives up on about 50 percent of the people. He maintains that he is getting “cranky.” * I have just returned from a two-week sailing trip with my son on the Baltic Sea visiting Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and St. Petersburg, Russia. The ship was a four-masted clipper ship accommodating about 80 people. Fantastic experience.
When Priscilla Moldenke Drake received the winter issue of Colby magazine, she recognized herself in the photo on page 31 of women moving into the women’s dorms on Mayflower Hill. Colby has an important role in Priscilla’s family since her grandmother boarded the first five women who attended Colby. According to Priscilla, “they lived on the Coburn Classical Institute campus because all the Colby dorms were for men only.” Her grandmother made sure all her daughters, including Priscilla’s mother, Clara Winslow 1913, attended Colby. If Clara were alive, she would have celebrated her 100th reunion year while Priscilla celebrated her 70th. Priscilla lives in St. Louis, where she enjoys the botanical gardens and museums. She has five children and nine grandchildren.
Alta Estabrook Yelle passed away April 26 in Cambridge, Mass. She earned her master’s in education in 1953 from Boston University and then went on to a long career as a high school English teacher. She later became a librarian at Wheaton College, retiring in 1986. A talented cook and welcoming hostess, she will be remembered for her devotion to her family and friends. A beloved mother, Alta is survived by daughter Henrietta Yelle ’86, son-in-law Christopher Engstrom ’86, grandson Henri, and many nephews and nieces, including Andrea Yelle ’77.