Hande Barutcuoglu ’05 is Turkish, she is a veterinarian, and she lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland (Canada). St. John’s (pop. 180,000) is the easternmost, and oldest, city in North America, and it’s a good place to bring up with anybody who says Waterville is remote. It’s a 20-hour drive from Colby, with a six-hour ferry to break up the monotony. And it’s even farther from Istanbul.
The way Barutcuoglu tells it, it’s not such a crazy story. Her high school guidance counselor in Turkey suggested Colby (“I got in and said, ‘Yeah sure, why not? … Let’s go to Maine.’”), and she completed a B.A. in biology (“For some reason Colby gives out a bachelor of arts for a biology degree, which blows my mind to this day”), with veterinary school being the plan all along.
In fact, Barutcuoglu doesn’t recall when she decided to become a veterinarian, only that she could never see herself doing anything else. U.S. vet schools are nigh impossible to get into as an international student, she said, and so she ended up in Guelph, Ontario. This is still a big deal. While U.S. vet schools have around two seats for international students per class, Canadian schools offer just eight or 10 international spots. “Most of those are taken by Americans,” said Barutcuoglu, “but still.”
After earning her veterinary degree, working in the States was out of the question (visa issues, general state of the job market) so Barutcuoglu stayed in Canada. There were openings in northern Ontario and St. John’s—both places were pretty remote, but at least the Atlantic was familiar. “I found there’s a good circus arts community here and I’m into that kind of stuff,” she said, “so I figured, there’s something to do, weather is crappy Atlantic weather, I can deal with that, let’s go.”
Barutcuoglu is a member of the Acro-Adix School of Acrobatics (acro-adix.com), where she practices flying trapeze, static trapeze, and aerial silks (“Everybody needs something to do,” she said with a shrug), continuing training she started in Toronto as a break from vet school.
At the veterinary clinic, Barutcuoglu’s patients include “cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats—the whole nine yards,” and she loves seeing a previously debilitated animal leave the clinic “purring or wagging.” And the hours? They’re about what a new doctor treating humans would expect—long. “Like, for example, [Friday] I worked eight hours, [then] was on call all night, so didn’t go to bed ’til four o’clock. This morning I woke up, worked for another seven hours, and Monday I’m on call again. That’s relatively standard. ... There aren’t enough vets here.”
And so Barutcuoglu is on the move again. After sticking out the year, she was headed across the country to another wet, remote place at the other end of the Trans-Canada Highway: Sechelt, British Columbia.
There are friends from vet school there, and Colby friends in Vancouver. It will be a nice change, but that’s probably not the end of the story.
“Newfoundland isn’t a place anyone plans on coming to,” said Barutcuoglu, “But they come, ... and then they try to leave.” She stopped for a moment and then admitted, “And I’ve heard that once they’re gone they start trying to come back.”
Baseball has changed the lives of many boys in Phillipe Township outside Cape Town, South Africa, thanks in part to coach Rob Rosenbaum ’07. Baseball offers an alternative to the daily temptations of guns, drugs, and crime. Players for the Phillipe Angels commit to academic tutoring, too “It’s the commitment to something bigger than yourself,” Rosenbaum said in a CNN video. “You transfer that to the rest of your life and you’ve got a much better chance.”
Yvonne Siu ’03 wrote and coordinated two articles in a seven-page “Work-Life Balance” report for Corporate Voices for Working Families (CVWF). The report ran in USA Today Dec. 3 in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., and was republished in 16 big-city newspapers nationwide. The report explores changing demographic and economic forces affecting Americans, how work-life balance improves satisfaction at work and at home, and how businesses can help, reports Siu, manager of communications and government relations for CVWF.
New York attorney Suzanne Skinner ’03 received an Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy award from Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit that serves domestic violence and trafficking victims and their children. Skinner was commended for her “zealous representation of multiple clients … as well as her linguistically sensitive representation of monolingual Spanish-speaking clients.”
Maria Ryden and Jason Stigliano visited Elyse Apantaku and Ben Hauptman at their Brunswick apartment. They relived their favorite college adventures such as playing multiplayer video games and eating doughnuts late at night at Tim Hortons. * This summer Brookes Moody lived and worked on a 60-foot sailboat and competed in, among other things, the Newport-Bermuda Race. She now lives in New York City, where she’s pursuing a master’s in fine arts in creative writing with a concentration in poetry at the New School. * Sam Hoff lives with Logan King and Sam Witherspoon in a nice apartment in Boston’s North End. The three of them walk to work in the financial district each day. In November Sam met up with Travis Townsend, Henry Sears, Steve Holt, and Harry Goldstein in Chicago for a long weekend to welcome Griffin Richards back to the U.S. after his year volunteering in Rwanda. * Since Henry Powell last wrote he started working at a local gelato company, Maple’s Organics, in South Portland, Maine. Quickly he became the production manager for the whole company and has been making all the gelati from scratch (starting by separating 300 egg yolks from the whites) every week. Maple’s Organics won best dessert at the Common Ground Fair, where Henry ran into many Colby friends including Emily Jenkins, Reva Eiferman, Lauren Pongan, and Emma Balazs. * Kat Brzozowski is still an editor at Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin’s Press, and lives with Wes Miller ’08. * Ned Warner lives with Tom Treat ’08 in Boulder, Colo. They spend their time brewing beer, making beef jerky, skiing, hiking, and fishing. * Lokesh Todi continues to work at Analysis Group and has met up with quite a few Colby ’09 kids. He attended the Welcome to the City event in Boston. * Zac Bloom ran away from Los Angeles to New York City in August to begin work as an account executive at RJW Collective, an advertising agency. He’s currently debating the wisdom of returning to a place where water freezes without the aid of a major appliance. * David Way works as a member of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program of New Hampshire. He works with victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in a crisis center housed in the YWCA of New Hampshire (located in Manchester). * Meg Lancaster completed a master’s program last spring and now teaches fifth grade in Georgetown, Mass. * Austin Nicholas flew to Shanghai and Tokyo in June with Gustaf Lonaeus and met up with Menya Hinga and Chao Zheng, who both live in Japan. * Brooke Barron lives in DC, where she works as a legislative analyst for the Office of Congressional Relations at the Department of Agriculture. It’s a great mix of policy and politics. She lives with Liza Hester and sees a lot of Suzanne Merkelson, Liz O’Neill, Andreas Marcotty, Dylan Perry, John Wagner, Molly Corbett, and Shirmila Cooray. Really fun DC crew—everyone’s doing well. * Willa Rose Vogel lives in Ithaca, N.Y., where she works as a training curriculum developer at Taitem Engineering. She really enjoys Ithaca and finds lots of time to travel on the weekends. * It’s great to hear from you guys—keep sharing!
Victoria Work received her M.S. from the Colorado School of Mines and is currently in the Ph.D. program studying algal bioenergy engineering. Her work was published in the ASM journal Eukaryotic Cell and she recently coauthored a textbook chapter on algae-based biofuels. After graduating from Colby, Victoria bicycled cross-country with MaryClaire McGovern and Evan Eshelman, and this summer she biked the second leg of the U.S. perimeter, the Pacific coast. She currently lives in Denver. * Hanna Gerlovin lives in Allston, Mass., with Matt Haefele. In September Hanna started a graduate program in biostatistics at Boston University and works full time for BU’s Data Coordinating Center as a statistical data analyst. * Julia Stuebing moved to Haifa, Israel, to complete a creative arts Fulbright Fellowship. She’ll work on her project, Common Ground: Landscape Painting in Israel, for nine months. Visitors welcome! * Christa Miller-Shelley began a research assistantship through the AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine in Orono while working on a master’s in structural engineering. * William Whitledge moved to Washington, D.C., in September and lives with Katherine Koleski, Luke LaViolet, and Eric Hansen. Bill and Luke work at the Institute for Defense Analyses. Last April Bill graduated from Stanford with an M.S. in electrical engineering, and spent much of the summer traveling and training for the Pan Massachusetts Challenge, a two-day 200-mile bike ride across Massachusetts that raises money for cancer research. * Heather Todd graduated from Claremont Graduate University with a master’s in history and archival studies. She’s currently employed as the lead bookseller at Spellbinder Books in Bishop, Calif., and loves it. She met up with Cassandra Newell, Stella Kim, Amy Weinfurter, Chantal Balesdent, Haley Blum, and Julia Gilstein in Maine at the Poland Springs Resort during Greg Engel ’07 and Alicia Thibeault’s wedding. They had a wonderful time! * Julie Wilson has been promoted to the producers team at Random House and collaborated on their fall audio book productions. Julie, Nicholas Cade, Ben Herbst, Diana Sternberg ’09, and Romeo Raugei ’06 hosted a successful fall fundraiser benefiting Engaging Achievement (www.engagingachievement.org) last October. Proceeds helped provide underserved students in New York public schools opportunities to form personal relationships with major colleges and universities. * Jamie Poster works as an AmeriCorps Vista member for the Pocahontas Opera House in Marlinton
Austin Phillips married Brian Kupke ’09 in August at a rowing club in Westport, Conn. Several Colby grads attended including Elyse Atkind and Lane Phillips ’10 as bridesmaids and Andy McEvoy ’09 and Spencer Crim ’09 as groomsmen. Austin and Brian live in Knoxville, Tenn., with their little mutt, Lexi. Austin is a second-year law student at the University of Tennessee and Brian works for Apple. * Caitlin Sateia and Kristopher King were engaged Aug. 22 on Wiggins Pass Beach, Bonita Springs, Fla., in the pouring rain. They spent most of their free time last year traveling, including hiking and camping trips to the national parks of Utah, Arizona, Washington, and Alaska. They now live in Watertown, Mass., and are in the midst of planning their fall 2012 wedding. * Liz Boeheim is in her second year of grad school getting an M.A. in English literature at the University of Montana in Missoula. * Hugh Murphy is gnawing away at his first year of dental school at USC. * Mindy Favreau married William Woerter June 12—they honeymooned in Aruba. They’re now fixing up their first house in Durham, Maine. Mindy continues to work as e-news editor for the business publication Mainebiz, which recently took home a gold award in the Alliance of Area Business Publications’ annual design excellence awards in the category of best explanatory journalism. * Deemed fun by colleagues, no doubt due to their Colby degrees, Elisa Chiniara and Pete Chapin ’03 are responsible for “Fun Friday” blog posts on their company’s website. To get in on the fun, or chide them, check out Communispace’s blog at www.blog.communispace.com. * Beth Hirschhorn continues to work at Novartis as a clinical trial leader in Cambridge
Taylor Kilian ’08 and Rebeccah Amendola were married in New Haven, Conn., July 3. They had more than 40 Colby graduates in attendance, including maid of honor (and Colby roommate!) Colleen McGee and bridesmaids Dana Eisenberg and Kate Berman. Taylor and Rebeccah live in South Norwalk, Conn. Taylor is a third-year doctoral candidate in geology and geophysics at Yale, and Rebeccah graduated in May from Yale Divinity School with a degree in religious literature. She teaches middle school Latin at Greenwich Academy. * Emily Tull got engaged to John Pollakowski ’05. They live in NYC and plan a summer 2012 wedding. * Jake Bayley and Lindsay Barada got engaged this summer! Jake surprised Lindsay while she was on vacation with her family. They plan an August wedding. * Ed Kotite and Tim Geisenheimer were in San Fran and visited Samantha Chun and Brendan Sullivan. They had a BBQ of sorts and went to a concert. * Steven Weinberg lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., finishing his first book with his girlfriend, To Timbuktu, about their time living in Asia and West Africa. He’ll tour this spring and is excited to visit Colby folks around the country. * Noah Balazs lives in Dakar, Senegal, and loves teaching first grade again. * Meghan Race married Jeff Petrello in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Sept. 18. Caroline O’Connor LaFave and Lauren Olmsted were bridesmaids. Meghan and Jeff honeymooned in Hawaii. * John Wheelock was lucky enough to attend two beautiful weddings last summer: Monty Hankin and Laura Harker and “Diamond” Dan Cummins ’05 and Carrie Greer ’05. The Hankin-Harker wedding nearly overlapped with Shark Week, and Jon Bodansky was almost unable to attend due to the near conflict. As he told Monty, “Only a fool would schedule a wedding during Shark Week.” * Max Nigrosh moved to Honduras to work at the Mayatan Bilingual School. * Greyson Brooks moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., in June with his fiancé, Mike Barry, and is studying hard for the GRE. * Dinah Bengur lives in Bologna, Italy, and is getting a master’s in international economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. * Rob Jacobs is in his second year at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Rob lives in Wauwatosa and is engaged to Terry Olson. * Joey Berg returned from an eight-month deployment to Marjah, Afghanistan. He moved to Norfolk, Va., and lives with Alec Boyd. Joey is a captain in the Marines and Alec is a Lt JG in the Navy. * Bram Geller finished a pediatric cardiology elective at the UCSF medical center as part of his last year of med school. While in San Francisco he met up with Charlie Hale and Emilie Coulson and spent time with Katie Himmelmann ’07, Tim Newhouse ’05, Adam Atkinson-Lewis, Meridith Major-Blascovich, and Mariah Whitney ’07. Bram is considering adult cardiology with a focus on invasive adult congenital heart disease. * Nate Stone, Stephen Planas, Drew Moreland ’07, and Bennett Barnwell got together for a weekend in Washington D.C., last August. It was great to see other grads including Cait Miller and Tom Gildersleeve ’07. * Dan Breen works for the National Park Service at Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland, where he is involved with natural resource management. * Kristin Schmidt moved to Boston and works in the legal recruiting department at Ropes & Gray. * Elizabeth Ghilardi was named head women’s lacrosse coach at Skidmore College in August and lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. * Jess Hulbert graduated from law school in 2009 and works as an associate attorney at Gurstel Chargo in Minneapolis. She was headed to San Francisco to run her fifth marathon. * Becky Mandeville graduated from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts last May and works at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital in Methuen. She bought a house in Westford, Mass., where Heather Ryder also lives. * Maddy Horwitz Boccuzzi spent the summer in East Africa visiting friends and volunteering. She spent a week in Uganda (including rafting the Nile) and then headed to Tanzania, where she taught AIDS education in a rural village outside of Arusha. * Josh Montague passed his graduate comprehensive exam and earned his M.S. in physics from the University of Colorado. He’s halfway through the Ph.D. program. He had an awesome time playing outdoor soccer with Jess Seymour last summer. * John McKee and Lindsay Boyle were married in August in Massachusetts. It was a fantastic day with Colby alumni from 1975, 1976, 2000, 2004, and, of course, 2006 in attendance. They honeymooned in Maui and enjoy life on the West Coast. * Bethany Peck gave up her ski patrol job in Snowmass, Colo., and moved back to Portland. She started at Maine Law in September.
My request for news certainly garnered many updates. * Patrick Harner successfully qualified for the U.S. Olympic Development Team for skeleton; he’s still working as a personal trainer in Ohio. * Lisa Andracke finished a documentary with NBC and is now getting her master’s from the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. She hopes to stay in Barcelona after finishing her degree. * Emily Goodyear married Kevin Forgett in Boston in August. Eliza Huleat was a bridesmaid. * Emma Lynch spent the summer in Houma, La., working with the National Park Service responding to the oil spill. Emma will spend the winter in Colorado as a ski patrol at Arapahoe Basin alongside Heather Hansman and Katie Lynch. * Ilana Saxe is in her second year at the American School in Switzerland and ran her first marathon—in Germany. * Mike Booras wrote in with a nice update on many of his friends. Chris Duncombe will get married next summer and Brendan Crighton will be a groomsman. Brendan works at the Statehouse in Boston, was recently named Ward 5 city councilor in Lynn, and got engaged in July! Larry Dagrosa is finishing medical school at UVM. Ed Mezer lives in Boston and owns his own moving company. Steve Kasperski lives in Seattle with his wife and dog and loves keeping up with the Seahawks and Mariners. * Lynn Hasday completed a graphic design degree at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. * Andy Orr is in his second year at Cornell Law and will spend the summer at Kirkland & Ellis in NYC. * Casey McCarthy is engaged to Margaret Siciliano ’04 and will be married next summer in Vermont. He works as a marketing manager at Bonnier Corporation on Saveur, Ski, Skiing, Snow, and Garden Design magazines. * John Pollakowski proposed to Emily Tull ’06 in September on their rooftop in NYC; they plan a summer 2012 wedding. * Ashley (Porter ’04) and Patrick Walsh live in Chicago, but recently spent time in Boston with Jared Gordon and his wife, Crystal. Jared accepted a job with a Portland-based company and moved there around the holidays. * Liz Riley was named the director of sales and marketing for the Portland Sea Dogs. 2011 marks her fifth season with the team and sixth in minor league baseball. * Hannah Emery and Alexander McEachern were married at the end of December. Melissa Hernandez Mwai was in the wedding party, while Hande Barutcuoglu, Matthew Ruby, Jonathan Lees, and Nicholas Mwai ’06 attended. * Ted Farwell and Katie O’Neill ’04 were married in May on Cape Cod with many Colby alums in attendance. They also attended the nuptials of Sam Gray and Sarah Dunham in Oregon. * Natalia King was married in September to Frederik Rasmussen ’03 in Cambridge. Emily Luth ’04, Samantha Saeger ’04, Lee Rankin ’03, Megan Shannon-Winterson ’03 and Dimitri Michaud ’03, and Karyn King ’12 were in the wedding party. * Michelle Cote and Bill Gallitto tied the knot at Colby in August. The wedding party included Melisse Hinkle and Bill Foley. Michelle graduated from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and works as a consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Bill graduated from New England School of Law in May and is awaiting the results of his bar exam. * Christian Allen traveled to Costa Rica in August with Jay McMurrey ’06 and will spend time this winter at his share house with Katie Lynch and Heather Hansman in Colorado. * Mike Sirois graduated from the physician assistant program at Northeastern and works at a pediatrician’s office north of Boston. * Jess Berger has worked for a medical communications agency for the past few years and just began a master’s in communications, with a specialty in health communication, at the University of Ottawa. Jess lives in Montreal with her boyfriend and their Boston Terrier, Chief. * Brad Kasnet spent the summer in Harlingen, Texas, but is back in Boston completing his master’s. I have the distinct pleasure of being Brad’s roommate and just recently adopted a yellow Labrador puppy named Guinness. * Our last column incorrectly reported that Lily Maltz and Matt LaPaglia ’04 were married last summer. The couple will marry in Boston this June.
Cassie Cote Grantham and her husband are expecting their first child in mid-March. Cassie started a new position with MaineHealth and is now the program manager for child health. * Tim Smith is helping run a nonprofit foundation in San Francisco and attending business school. He still hangs out with Caroline Swindells whenever she takes a break from her busy job. * Andrew McKenna-Foster is on Nantucket Island for the next two years as the director of natural science education and programming for the Maria Mitchell Association. * Morgan Pratt joined the Boulder Triathlon Club and started doing triathlons last summer. She spent most of September working on the front lines of the “four-mile fire” in Boulder—the most destructive wild land fire in the state’s history. She was looking forward to the ski season. * Kristan Jiggetts and Desiree Davis ran the Chicago Marathon in October. They both met up with Shannon Hopkins in August while she and her husband were visiting the states on a quick trip away from their residence in Vietnam. In December Kristan, Kirsten Helmcke, Alexis Caselle Bancroft, and Carolyn Plant met up for a weekend in Las Vegas, where they ran a half marathon up and down the Vegas strip. * Cate Young married Tim Sheehy Oct. 16 in York, Maine. Her matron of honor was her sister, Emily Young Williams ’00. In attendance were Laura Anker, Jared and Maura Myers Bisogni, Kate Chuprevich, Jennifer Barrett Crocker, Ashley Harris, Evan and Kimberly Betz Kearns, Amanda Belden Kramer, Amanda Sullivan Levine, Ryan and Grace Becker Lochhead, Kaitlin McCafferty, Celeste Miliard, Carolyn Plant, and Mandy Zobel. They celebrated Heights dance party style. Cate and Tim met at the Harpoon Brewery Harpoonfest almost six years ago and live in Boston. * Justin Juskewitch is working on his M.D./Ph.D. at Mayo Clinic’s College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. He got engaged to Katie Marie Jensen and they plan a June wedding. * I was fortunate to attend the beautiful wedding of Matthew Ritter and Marilyn Katz in August in Colebrook, N.H. It was a great time with all the Colbians in attendance. The groomsmen included Josh German and Eric McAllister. Other alumni included Derek Taff, Josh Zweig, Matthew Harrington, Jenny Carpenter McAllister, Allison Dwyer, Stephanie Lane, Sabina Warren, Phil and Laura Barrow Geiger, Adam Freedman ’03, Nate Werlin ’06, Libba Cox ’07, Sam Burke ’06, Liz Morbeck ’07, Tucker Kelton ’07, and Dave BurtonPerry ’06. It was a great year for Matt as he won the November election and will serve as the state representative in the 1st District in Connecticut.
Wedding bells… Emily Darman Allen married USMC Captain Aaron Anderson Tyler May 15 at the U.S. Naval Academy chapel in Annapolis, Md. Attending were Abigail Newkirk, Leah Robertson, Zack Brown, and Vivienne Ho. Also in attendance were dedicated crew fans and Hume Center benefactors, Dorothy and Alan Hume. * Karlie Jaffe was married Aug. 1 in South Portland to Jay Efron. Helping celebrate were Leah Roberston, Zack Brown, Adam Birt, and Pete Loverso. Apparently, Leah has a future in party planning as Karlie reports that she was the best planner on the PLANET, helping to organize a surprise bridal shower, bachelorette party, and all the reception tables the morning of the wedding. * Allegra Roundy married David Sandak Aug. 14 in West Bath, Maine. See the Class of 2003 webpage to see a picture from the wedding! * Meredith Pfaff married Brad Wolcott Aug. 21 in Boston at the New England Aquarium. The wedding party included Cara Dionisi Bradford ’04
Welcome to the world Abigail Sarah, daughter of Edan and Annie Miller Orgad. Abigal was born Nov. 11. * David and Lindsay Scott McGeehan also welcomed a baby girl, Clare Scott, May 8. * Eric Lantzman and his wife, Maggie, had a baby girl named Anabel Noa Aug. 14. She’s already seen her first moose and should be on skis in no time. * And to balance out all the baby girls, Troy Robert was born to Trent and Jenny Kiszkiss Cunningham Nov. 10. * Angela Makkas was transferred back to Boston with J&J to work as an HR manager at one of their medical device companies, DePuy. Angela lives in Boston after two years in Arizona doing an M.B.A. in international management at Thunderbird School of Global Management and then living in NJ working for J&J in their HR leadership development program. * Tim Wiswell and Natalia Makosiy got married in August in Newport, R.I. Friends and family from around the world, including Scott Bixby and Van Haidas, made it a great celebration. Before going back to Moscow, Natalia and Tim spent a couple weeks driving through the beautiful state of California for their honeymoon. * Kristen Moresi got married Sept. 25 to Brian Werstler in Connecticut. Her bridesmaids included Hadley Moore, Lara Bonn ’00, Janine Schwartz ’00, and Sarah Mahoney ’99. * Vanessa Sibley Mudd moved to Spokane, Wash., where her husband, Joe, got a job at Gonzaga University. Vanessa is writing a second teachers’ manual for Scripture. * Melanie Morin and Jason Meadows were able to catch up while both were deployed to Afghanistan. Unfortunately, they were unable to have a Colby reunion and get coffee at Green Beans in Bagram, but they were able to trade e-mails until Melanie left. * Devin Beliveau will be representing Kittery, Maine, after fending off challenges from a Republican and an independent to win election to House District 151. * Daniel Martin was nominated for an Emmy this fall for his work as senior producer on Dancing With the Stars (alas, no trophy). But even more important—he’s engaged! Susan Denison and Daniel will be married sometime in the new year. * Mieko McKay works for a nonprofit in New York City called EngenderHealth to improve maternal and reproductive health in developing countries in Africa and Asia. She frequently travels throughout Africa for work and recently returned from Rwanda and Mali.
Thanks to everyone who wrote in. It’s fun to hear from all of you, especially now that we’re all over the place and doing so many different things. * Nick and Jessie Davis Keppeler and daughter Sloane, 1, traveled to Buenos Aires in November and celebrated Thanksgiving over carne asada. * Peter Hans recently ran into Michael Siegel in Oslo, Norway, which was quite ironic because they had already planned a summer trip to Norway together. They now plan to be in Cleveland with Ross Frankenfield. Michael was able to secure a summer job as Indians bat boy, Peter will be selling cracker jacks, and Ross will be providing color commentary for the Indians home network, SportsTime Ohio. * Michael Farrell made a fire movie he’s pleased about. See it at poispinner.com/andsoitgoes.html. * Jon Allen wonders if you need a permit to “whip out” your glue gun in Texas? He has been sailing across the Pacific Ocean with his fiancée, Jenny, and will spend six months in New Zealand before continuing the journey westward through Australia (Whitsunday Island and Great Barrier Reef) and Southeast Asia (PNG, Indonesia, and Thailand) before completing the circle in the Mediterranean in 2012. * This fall Kelly Fanning, Reed Bundy, Chris Greenfield ’96, Liz Magyar Stockwell ’98, and Dan Zipin ’99 ran the Reach the Beach 200-mile relay from Franconia Notch, N.H., to Hampton Beach, N.H. The race went extremely well and the team was especially popular because of their name: Sharks with Frickin’ Laser Beams Attached to Their Heads, a throwback to their Colby iPlay days. * Kim McCarron Camuso was excited about the arrival of her first niece, Lilla. Kim and her husband, Josh, celebrated their sixth anniversary in June. Kim is working on her M.B.A. at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at UNH and expects to graduate in 2012. * Morgan McDevitt and his wife welcomed Sloane Agnes Aug. 19. Sloane joins big sister Kathryn. * Mark Oleszek completed his Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and will teach American politics at Albright College next fall. Between now and then he’ll work in the U.S. Senate as an APSA Congressional Fellow. * At the end of April Kevin and Kate Davies Grugan welcomed their twins, Hope and Jack. They live outside Philadelphia, where Kate is finishing up a post-doctorate at Penn doing cancer research. * Corey Dwyer Mason and her husband expect their first baby at the beginning of March. She is still in Fairfield, Conn., enjoying coaching varsity cross country at Greens Farms Academy. * Megan Davis and Jared Woodward Poor expect baby number three in March to join Jesse, 3 1/2, and Max, 1 1/2. They plan to stay near Burlington, Vt., but are looking for a house that can accommodate their larger family. * Bryan and Miranda Eberle Freberg welcomed a baby boy, Liam Matthew, Sept. 30. Everyone is healthy and doing well! * On Dec. 5 Benjamin Schlitt married Hilary Henderson in Houston. * David Kirtley’s podcast, The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (www.geeksguideshow.com) was picked up by the Gawker-affiliated website io9
Craig Jude’s students in Woodbourne, N.Y., have had some interesting reasons for missing physiology class.
Occasionally a student, running late, will get caught at a checkpoint manned by guards. “Three of my students said they might have to miss an exam in a couple of weeks,” Jude said, “because their parole hearings are the next day.”
But Jude ’99, who teaches a college course at Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium-security men’s prison about 25 miles west of Poughkeepsie, said absences are few and far between. He has found his students to be respectful of him and each other. “If you were just to talk to any of them, I don’t think you would think they would belong in prison,” he said.
All of the students in the Bard [College] Prison Initiative, are incarcerated in New York. Established in 1995, the program enrolls about 200 who can earn associates and bachelors degrees from Bard.
Students admitted are the best and brightest from a population where, at Woodbourne for example, 80 percent have a violent felony conviction, according to published reports. But, no matter what their offense (their professor doesn’t ask), the students are motivated, competitive (some verymuch aware of their high GPAs), and determined to learn, Jude said.
“There are definitely some very bright students,” he said. “On a couple of exams I’ve had people who have not missed a single question—on a 50- to 75-question exam. Their ability to recall and retain the information is pretty impressive.”
He said the range of grades is comparable to those at Colby, where he taught two years ago, though the course is taught differently for a couple ofreasons. One, the students at Woodbourne are likely to have less preparation. Two, faculty in the prison are not allowed to bring in anything other than papers and books. No computers. Not even a cell phone.
For Jude, who also taught at Dartmouth, where he earned his Ph.D. in biology, it was a big change. “Even something like a CD or a DVD has to be specially cleared,” Jude said. “It’s definitely taking a step back in the way you have to teach.”
There are other differences. Guards monitor the class through a wall that is all windows. The professor enters the prison through metal detectors and security doors. There is no time in the lab for physiology because of the logistical problems it would create. Also, according to Jude, while students at Colby and Dartmouth often would wait until after class to admit they were stumped, not so in his prison class.
“They don’t have the same fear of looking foolish in front of the professor. They’ll ask anything that they’re unclear about,” Jude said. While all college students have a lot to juggle, Jude’s take a four-course load, work a full-time job in prison, and have highly regimented lives. “That’s one of the comments that the students make a lot,” Jude said, “that one of the big misconceptions about prison is that they have nothing but time on their hands.”
He said his students say they want a college degree so they can get a good job and stay away from crime after they’re released. According to Bard, programs like this one reduce reincarceration rates from 60 percent to less than 15 percent.
Jude, whose wife, Brooke Frappier Jude ’00, teaches biology at Bard proper, said he’s learned some things as well in his prison teaching stint. “It gets you seeing that it’s not just the people who have always been on that track toward an elite college that can do the work,” he said. “Anyone who is sufficiently motivated, even if they’ve made mistakes in their lives, can do the work and process the same information. It’s just a question of getting the opportunity to do so.”
The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce named Maegan Carey Storey ’99 its new membership account executive. Storey, in addition to her new duties, will continue as sourcebook project coordinator, the position for which she was hired by the chamber in 2009.
Patent attorney Woodrow Pollack ’97 has been appointed pro bono representative for the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Bar Association’s intellectual property section. Pollack, who works for GrayRobinson, P.A., in Tampa, is a “well-rounded attorney who is respected in his area of specialty.” In 2010 he was named a rising star by Florida Superlawyers.
Catherine Donovan O’Neil ’93 and Kerry Olson ’99 were selected by the Boston Business Journal as 40-under-40 Rising Stars. O’Neil is an executive vice president of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce who also volunteers for the March of Dimes. Olson, a vice president at CB Richard Ellis, is a certified rescue diver and volunteers as a Spanish translator for a food pantry in Charlestown.
Ryan Aldrich married Elizabeth Lokey (Middlebury ’00), July 4 in Beaver Creek, Colo. Alex and Becky Thornton Leach, Matt Smith ’00, Steve Smith ’00, Pete Hanby ’01, Alex Parrillo, and Aaron Whitmore attended. The couple honeymooned in Turkey then moved to Boise to start jobs at Boise State and the College of Idaho. * Jamie (Hinson ’02) and James Scribner welcomed Walden Nicole June 20. * John and Mary Antrim Maddox welcomed Jack to the world June 22. * Juliana Pecchia and husband David welcomed little sister Harper Metcalf March 12. Big sister Paisley is happy as could be. Juliana and her husband work at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Conn. * Allison Birdsong successfully ran in the New York City Marathon Nov. 8, where tons of Colby friends cheered her on! * Mary Schwalm is a staff photojournalist at the Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass. * Daniel and Kelly Williams Ramot welcomed their third child, Eden Lily, in June. She joined brothers Noam and Raphael. They still love life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. * Judy Ring Long became the breaking news editor at the Bangor Daily News in June. She’s required to make news decisions on deadline at night with additional focus on presenting news in a timely fashion on their award-winning website. Judy interned at the BDN her senior year at Colby. She lives in nearby Orrington, her hometown, with her husband of 10 years and various furry pets. * Andrew Wnek and his wife, Christina, welcomed their first baby, Amelia Grace, Sept. 9. * Last fall Molly Frazier left the ad world in the Big Apple for student life in Beantown. She lives in Cambridge and is pursuing an M.L.I.S. in anticipation of becoming an archivist. * Ben and Delphine Burke Liston welcomed their daughter, Maeve Eleanor, in May in Guatemala, where Delphine had been working for a nonprofit public health organization for the past two years. They’ve moved back to the U.S. and live in Boca Raton, Fla., where Ben is a middle school counselor at St. Andrews School while Delphine takes care of Maeve. * Jenny (O’Donnell ’00) and James Spidle had a great visit with Danielle and Jon Hiltz at Sugarloaf over Columbus Day weekend. * Cate Tynan O’Dwyer and her husband welcomed Patrick Trescott July 22. He joins big brother Ellis, 2. * Emmett Beliveau and his wife, Catherine, welcomed their second daughter, Agnes Josephine, in late September. * Kerry Olson is a vice president with CB Richard Ellis. On Oct. 7 she was recognized by the Boston Business Journal in their 2010 “40 Under 40” class. Two days later Kerri married Robert Hawkins in Marion, Mass. In attendance were Katie Frank, Maegan Carey Storey, and John ’97 and Erika Moore Coombs ’97. * Matt Williams and his wife welcomed Elizabeth Lynn Oct. 8. Everyone is doing well and sister Caroline is very excited to be a big sister. * Last summer Jonathan and Andrea Hutchins Sickinger were excited to move back to New England after being away for nine years. They live in Western Massachusetts, where Jonathan develops and markets new products at Yankee Candle and Andrea is a physician assistant at local nursing homes. Last spring they had their second son, Taylor Luke, who joins proud big brother, Dylan, 4. * Crystal Brakke married Nate Sieber Aug. 9 in Napa Valley in a small family wedding. In October they hosted a reception on a farm in Minnesota. In attendance were Sarah Hewins, Dave and Michelle Foster Costa, Rachel Reider, Bob ’97 and Alison Rainey Doak, Daniel and Kelly Williams Ramot, and Matt and Katie Kinsella Baade ’00. * Ali Mian, a neurosurgery resident at the U of Chicago, raced his mountain bike for Cannondale Racing and was on a four-man team racing a J22 autumn regatta on Lake Michigan. He looks forward to some beer die in San Francisco with select members of the Grossman six-man as discussed with Eamon Briggs and Jason Stauth. Ali hung out with Maxine Guay at Virginia Beach last summer and keeps in touch with Will Polkinghorn, who is a radiation oncologist in NY. * Keep sending your news!
Dawn Seckler married Greg Baltus at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, Tenn., in May. Dawn teaches Russian at Williams College in Massachusetts. * Eric and Kari Christensen Anderson welcomed a son, Caden Eric. Big sister Clara is enamored with him after accepting she got a baby brother, not a sister as she requested. They’re settling into the routine of two, and Kari is back to work with both kids at onsite daycare. * Jen Rose and Charlie Costanzo left New York City and moved to Seattle this summer with their daughter, Marie. So far it really feels like the right place for them—now they just need to lure some East Coast friends to the left side of the country! * Jessica Rice Healey moved back to the Boston area with her husband and two-year-old daughter after living in the DC area since graduation. * Leah Bernstein Jacobson has gone back to school for a master’s in public health in policy and management at Yale. Also, Leah and her husband welcomed their second daughter, Lily Raphaella, Aug. 5. * Mark and Emily Taxson Meadows welcomed Julia Elizabeth Sept. 20. She joins brother Finley, 2 1/2. * Scott Shirey and his wife, Angela, had a beautiful baby girl Aug. 31—Olive Summer! Y After staying home with her two boys for two years, Kristen Paratore Bock started part-time work coordinating and teaching a workplace ESL program for employees at Boston University dining services. Kristen writes, “So far it’s been a lot of fun and I’m learning a ton. It feels good to get out of the house for a few hours a week. Otherwise we’ve been enjoying life in Lexington, Mass.” * Emily Lane and her husband, Carroll, had a baby girl, Eliza Robin, Aug. 19. Y The first annual WOS was held in Hilton Head, S.C., with Brian Gill, Dave Dodwell, Pete Felmly, Jon Foster, Dave Gustafson ’99, and Dave Neskey ’99. Andrew Littell wasn’t able to make it as he was attending a quilting conference in Boise, Idaho. * Thank you for all your contributions and enjoy the winter!
Quiet quarter for the Class of 1997. Looks like I won’t have to worry about word count this time. * Chad Card spent his summer in Palestine and Israel studying Arabic. On his way home to Salt Lake City, where he is finishing his Ph.D. in Middle East studies, he stopped on the East Coast to spend an evening with Maura and Andrew Morse and their daughter, Isabel. * Zoe Kaplan Presley was happy to share that she is working as a mental health therapist at the Native American Rehabilitation Association in Portland, Ore. Last summer she and Margot Higgins had a great time hiking through the Tahoe Sierras. * Happy baby news to share: Yossi and Mika Hadani Melamed welcomed their second daughter, Margot Shiri, July 31. * Ashley and Carter Davis welcomed a son, Gibbs, Aug. 5. He joins big sister Maisie, 3. * Katie McGovern and her husband, Richard Pizzi, are now proud parents of a baby girl, Reilly Alice, born Sept. 30. * Katy and Andrew Weber welcomed a baby girl, Lilian Annabel, this September as well. * Marjorie Mae was born to Michael and Austen Briggs Crossley Sept. 24. * It’s a boy for Kara and Mark House. Matthew Robert was born Sept. 9 and joins big sisters Sophia and Laura. Mark now works at iRobot in Bedford, Mass. He and his family recently attended the first birthday party of Callum Sullivan, son of Amy and Chris Sullivan and little brother to Teaghan. Mark was happy to see other Colby classmates there, including John and Erika Moore Coombs, Welling and Heather Derby LaGrone, and Tom DeCoff. * Melissa Kim and her husband, Clint Highfill, became parents this summer. Their son, Axel Kim Highfill, was born June 15. When she sent her news, she was preparing to return to work as principal for the Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C., as her maternity leave came to a close. Back in May 2009, Melissa completed a doctorate from UPenn. * Hope everyone out there is doing well. I’m looking forward to getting LOTS of news for the next column.
This issue of class notes is dedicated to all former residents of the Foss Jungle. Holla back. * So, Ed Bourque writes that he was finally awarded his Ph.D. in geography from King’s College London in August. He now works on global water issues at a small USAID subcontractor just outside of DC. * Cathy (Neuger ’97) and Gregg LeBlanc bought a new house in Sudbury, two miles from their old house, also in Sudbury. Gregg says that the family needed more space, but sheepishly admits that he was living too far from the new Chick-Fil-A on the other side of the Burlington Turnpike. It also seems that Gregg’s son likes pie as much as I do. Go figure. In a loosely related story, Shaquille O’Neil bought a house in Sudbury at about the same time. Gregg, if you need some street cred with the Diesel, tell him about your exploits with the Load Team. Or, at least tell him about the uniforms. * Kitter and Erica Casano Spater welcomed their second daughter, Annika, in September. * The ’96 birthing wagon (heeya!) stayed in motion as Annie (Clougherty ’94) and Kevin Emerson welcomed a son, Elliott, May 4. * Renee Hoffman Skeffington had her second child, Claire, Aug. 25. Claire joins brother James, 2. Renee’s husband, Jim Sr., is director, business and strategy development, at CVS/Caremark, and Renee works as a senior vice president and head of consultant relations at Acadian Asset Management. The couple resides on Beacon Hill. * Tina Garand Branson still lives in WA with British husband Paul, daughter Emma, 10, and son Luke, 5. Tina is a practicing physician assistant in a local women’s health clinic, and she reports a recent visit from Heather Hunt Swales, a newly minted cardiologist. * And, of course, more babies. Anna Goldsmith and husband Jeff Stern welcomed a son, Leo Coolidge. Anna shares that Leo is quite fond of trucks, Cheerios, and Clair Pagnano, who apparently lives nearby. Here’s a deal for you baby Leo: If your mom takes a picture of you in a Colby shirt, eating a bowl of Cheerios in a truck driven by Clair, I will send you a check for 50 bucks. No joke. Anyhow, Anna still runs a copywriting agency, The Hired Pens, in Somerville, Mass. The firm moved to Davis Square across from Anna’s favorite coffee shop, and probably within a whiff of Redbones BBQ, which is preposterously good by the way. * And on a personal note, my wife and I are expecting our second daughter in November, and we recently hosted Dr. Ryan “The Chief” Sullivan and his brood. Chief and wife Lana have two awesome kids who enjoy playing Wii. Chief shares that he visited Daniel Rheaume and wife Susan MacAulay in Chicago this summer. Dan and Susan welcomed a second son, Hunter, in August 2009. * I need to round this stuff out, so send more notes. Please.
Sean McBride and his wife, Britte, had a daughter, Casey Anne, Dec. 12, 2009. “I’m still working at Arnold Worldwide in Boston, a few doors down from Bryan Raffetto, who selfishly doesn’t have a die table in his office.” * Rick Catino’s company, LeadBridge, has been growing and just hired its 13th employee. LeadBridge provides sales intelligence services to the software industry. Rick recently visited Los Angeles to see Mark Jackson, who is an associate athletic director at the University of Southern California. * Emma Spenner Norman wrote a water security primer with her colleagues at University of British Columbia, detailing water-related issues in Canada. She is writing a book about water issues along the Canada-U.S. border. Emma and her husband, Chad, stay busy with their two boys: Luke, 18 months, and Parker, 4. * Chris Davenport’s wife, Heather, gave birth to twins, Harrison and Annie, in April. * Jason Reifler and his wife had their first child, Eleanor Mae, April 14. * Karin Hansen lives in Marblehead, Mass., and works at Boston Children’s Museum as the visual arts director. * Brooke Lorenzen Frutos welcomed a baby girl, Mackenzie Elizabeth, into her family in June. * Ken ’94 and Julie Rentz Dupuis happily announce the birth of their second son, Isaac Keith, born in August. Big brother Max is adjusting well. * Steph White McKenna and her wife, Kimberley, bought a house in Arlington, Mass. Their daughter, Riley, is in second grade and their son, Finn, is in preschool. Steph is a third grade teacher in Newton, Mass., and still occasionally makes and plays fiddles. * Eric ’96 and Maureen Finn Schwartz and their son, Ryan, 3, moved to their new home in Andover, Mass. They enjoyed seeing Manu and Deb Whedon Fernandez and their three boys while they were in Maine this summer. Deb and her family were on vacation from their home in Paris. * Stephanie Pennix Berntsen and her husband live in Seattle and welcomed their new daughter, Madeline Anne, Oct. 11. Madeline joins big sister Samantha. * Aimee Flores Wheaton ran the Disney Princess half marathon in March and completed the Baltimore half marathon, her fourth, last fall. Aimee, her husband, Cal ’92, and their three daughters (7, 4, and 2) vacationed in Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Osterville, Mass., last summer. They spent time with Mark Mellyn ’92, his wife, Echo, and new baby daughter Lucy. They also spent time with Chris Wilde ’94 and ran the Falmouth Road Race with Mike ’92 and Jess D’Ercole Stanton ’92. Aimee and Cal are training for the Disney Marathon in January. * Jonathan Frothingham and his wife, Tamsyn, built and opened Brilliant Smiles Dental Hygiene in Oxford, Maine. “We’re thrilled about the challenge and recognize that what little social life we may have had will be a thing of the past!” writes Jon.
Last October Taylor Steahly was sworn in as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps. He has been assigned to the 22nd LFO and will serve as a trial defense counsel. Taylor writes, “A little late in life to serve, but better late than never.” Taylor and his wife, Margo, both work at USAA in Colorado Springs, where they live with daughter Blythe, 3. * Katy Donovan O’Neil was recently honored by the Boston Business Journal as a member of their 2010 class of “40 under 40” rising stars on the Boston business scene. Katy is an executive vice president with the Boston Chamber of Commerce and is responsible for the Chamber’s revenue through its membership and programs. Congratulations Katy! * Ari Druker recently left Deutsche Bank and now works at Jones Lang LaSalle doing corporate finance (debt advisory/equity placement). Ari hosted Colby’s Welcome to the City event in Tokyo and had a good turnout of Colby grads. Y Scott Abrams was in Germany to run the Berlin Marathon and celebrate Oktoberfest in Munich, which Scott says is “my new vision of heaven!” He planned to complete two more marathons before the end of the year, one in Lowell, Mass., and one in Philadelphia. Scott and his wife, Fabiana, met Kelvin Lui ’92 for dim sum in Chinatown in NYC and paid tribute to John Lennon’s 70th birthday in Strawberry Fields in Central Park. * Mike Saad met Janine Deforge Olson, Kristen Schuler Scammon, Sarah Oelkers Bullwinkle, and Erin McTernan Aaron in New England last fall. Janine and her husband, Sven, hosted a get-together that included baked stuffed lobster. Mike currently lives in San Francisco with his partner, Jason, and often sees Suzie Girard. * Jason Soules and his bride, Carolyn Cullings, completed the Ironman Lake Placid in July (Jason’s first, Carolyn’s fourth) and followed it up by getting married in October in Vermont. Dan O’Grady, Jack Higgins, and Dana McClintock were in the wedding. Dan lives in Plymouth, Mass., Jack is still in Boston, and Dana is in NJ but works in NY. * Crawford Strunk and wife Shelly welcomed Emma Claire June 6. Her older brothers, Asa, 3 and Everett, 2, are very happy. Crawford is still at Toledo Children’s Hospital in “peds heme/onc” and runs the pediatric sickle cell disease program. Y Thanks for keeping us up to date with your news! Keep those e-mails coming!
Happy New Year everyone. As usual, thanks to those who wrote in. * Kristin (Wildman ’98) and Jun Shirahama welcomed their first child, a son, Connor Dan, July 12. * Amy Vreeland married James Dow Oct. 3, 2009, at the Falmouth Yacht Club in Falmouth, Mass. The couple honeymooned in French Polynesia and moved to Newton, Mass., last summer. Amy manages global corporate communications at New Balance in Boston and celebrated 10 years with the company in 2010. * Jason Nixon is now the global lifestyle editor for Delta Sky magazine and travels the world on assignment. This year he’s gone from Cairo and Istanbul to India, Colombia, and Guatemala. His interior design firm designed a room at the Showtime Showhouse in Manhattan based around the show Weeds, and the room landed on the front page of the Los Angeles Times. But he most enjoys plodding about in his garden with dog Jasper at home in New York’s Catskill Mountains. * Lisa Black Avolio stays busy with kids Chancellor, 2 1/2, and Charlotte, 1. She and her husband, Peter, teach yoga, and she is the full-time director of two yoga studios and planned to open a third in December. She looks forward to a weekend get together with Tabby Biddle, Whitney Adams Ward, Dakota Glenn Smith, and Helen Hopkins Kellogg. * In December Alexandria Peary graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Ph.D. in composition. In August she took a new position as associate professor of rhetoric at Wentworth in Boston. Her second book of poetry, Lid to the Shadow, received the Slope Editions Book Prize and will be published early in 2011. * Eric Johnson and his family relocated to NYC in September. He still works for PIMCO, but will do so from the East Coast for the next 18 to 24 months. Their son, Drew, loves city living so far—the helicopters and Central Park horses keep him well-entertained. Eric caught up with Dana McClintock ’93, and he hopes to connect with other alums in NYC during the next few months. * Ted Bosco has become a public safety officer at the University of Portland in Oregon. He enjoys the campus atmosphere and his family likes the benefits, especially the cafeteria ice cream! Ted wonders if John Beaver has eaten any coffee sandwiches lately. * Keep the news coming. Until next time.
Greetings, classmates! It’s apparently a quiet season as far as class news goes. People must be really busy—but we did hear from as few classmates so here’s the news! * Erika Mailman and husband Alan Howard welcomed a daughter, Reid Reilly. * Christine Murphy Abbatiello works these days at Deloitte LP in the chief talent office as the manager of strategy. She’s lucky to work from home in Hanover, N.H., where her husband, Tom ’89, is working in executive education at Tuck/Dartmouth. She’s also mom to two wonderful kids, Clare, 11, and Ben, 10, as well as a variety of animals including dogs, fish, and a pony! * A note also arrived from overseas: Kristin Lorraine Herbster wrote, “I’m really good. It’s still nice and warm in southern France but now there’s a little snow topping the Pyrenees—it’s just beautiful. I wanted to send out a call to the Colby community for participants for some new work I’m creating, for which I’ll be traveling back to the U.S. several times in 2011. This is open to participants in all demographics willing to be photographed (portraits) and interviewed and to experience consciousness expansion with the artist. For details see www.theuniverseisart.com. I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing many folks I hadn’t seen in a really long time: Gerry Hadden ’89 here in southern France
Jeff Cox checked in from RIT in Rochester, N.Y., where he’s entering his 12th year as director of international student services. He also just finished up his master’s in “service leadership and innovation.” As if that wasn’t enough, he and his wife, Nikki, are raising two middle school girls. He also reports that Robert Scott’s latest book, 15 Miles, has been published (available on Amazon) if you are looking for a read that is hard to put down. * Sam Tucker, anxious to regift the “most lame classmate for not attending reunion” award, thinks that Ken Barber may be more deserving. The two, who live five houses apart, met up at a Halloween party where Sam promptly whipped out his yardstick. He promises to report back on whether Ken actually lives closer to campus. When not measuring the streets of Portland, Maine, where he lives with his wife, Lindsey, and kids Finley, 6, and Reese, 4, Sam spends most of his time on public land and water protection on the Colorado Plateau—the beautiful arid region surrounding the four corners states of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. He looked forward to winter, which means only one thing: pond hockey. * Congratulations to Steve Nahley on his new in-house legal position at Barclays Capital heading up their commercial legal team supporting the commercial real estate group. * Erin Coyle Giesser reports that Lisa Livens Freeman and Nicole Theriault Randall and their families all got together recently. It was a great evening although not very relaxing with their combined six boys, 2 to 9, running all over the place. * Congratulations to Tina Wright on completing the Nation’s Triathlon and raising more than $7K for blood cancer research with Team in Training. * Mike Eisenstadt was disappointed to report that his deposit on the RV was never refunded due to an excess of bodily fluids and trash found in the vehicle upon its return. Rumor has it the vehicle may have to be retired permanently from the fleet. * Matt Frymier became president of Sterling Stamos Capital Management, a private equity and hedge fund firm. His new office is on Sand Hill road in Menlo Park, Calif., so he’s hoping to sneak in a bike ride with Eileen Kinney Lindgren, who lives down this way. His four kids (5, 4, and 21-month-old twins) are doing great and look forward to a great ski season at Northstar at Tahoe! * Upon leaving Mayflower Hill after reunion last June, Steve Coan realized that he had never accomplished several of the long term goals he set for himself upon graduating back in 1990. Deciding there was no better time than the present, he quit his job and began training for his dream climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. He expected (hoped) to begin his ascent on Christmas Day and ring in the 2011 New Year at the summit. Good luck Steve!
Attorney and community activist Helen Dooley Anthony ’82 was highlighted as a “Person You Should Know” in the Columbia (Mo.) Business Times. The Connecticut transplant is licensed to practice law in Missouri and serves as secretary of the planning and zoning commission for the city of Columbia. A recent project offered recommendations on future land uses and development strategies for a swath of land in central Missouri.
It must have been an uneventful autumn for the Class of ’89, because I only got updates from FOUR of you. Be warned: if you don’t send in more news, I’ll be forced to regale you with tales of my life. No one wants that. * Laura Thornton Pellegrino and her family moved back to New Canaan, Conn., after two years in London. Although she’s settling in, she misses life in London. While there Laura caught up with Tom Cahill and his family. Now that she’s back she sees Catherine Andrew Rogers a lot and is in touch with Ed ’88 and Jen Emmet Barr and Tina Clifford Comparato. Laura just finished her first triathlon and is training for another in the spring. * Gretchen Kreahling McKay has been chosen by her employer, McDaniel College, to chair the steering committee for the college’s reaccreditation visit in spring 2013. She was also selected to participate in a week-long art history seminar this summer at the Birmingham Museum of Art on late medieval and early Renaissance workshop practices in Italy. * Speaking of Europe, Lawrence Collins is still “playing music like crazy” in Bordeaux. He was on tour in Holland and Belgium in November, and he is working on his 10th album, to be released in the spring. Follow him on Facebook or Myspace under Lawrence Collins Band. Lawrence visited the U.S. recently and saw his Colby bandmate Mike Henry ’91, who is a screenwriter in LA. Lawrence also keeps in touch with Gerry Hadden, Dan Sullivan (who, Lawrence says, is “still trying to sell me a Ford after 20 years”), and Kristin Herbster ’91. * Count Maria Douglass as another classmate living abroad. After 15 years in Russia, Maria and her family are off to Saudi Arabia, where Maria will head up technology transfer and innovation efforts at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal. As Maria says, they are all “looking forward to living on the beach at the Red Sea—it’ll be a nice change from Russian winters.” Is your house big enough for visitors, Maria? * Please write and let me know how you’re doing. Otherwise, you’ll be reading “All About Anita” in the next column!
Only four people have news this issue, which is four more than zero, so I’ll take it. Remember, if you won the Pulitzer or a local pie-eating contest, got married for the fifth time, or went to a crazy wedding, it’s all good. I’m easy like that. And on we go. * John Glass is in Sweden right now. Not sure what that means, but it sure sounds cool. He’s hoping to have a get-together for some Colby folks in Maine next summer. * Aimee Good’s garlic harvest went well. She is now selling in NYC and Maine (which may explain that smell on 95N, just after Portland). * Karen Lawes Webb writes, “For the first time in about 20 years, I have some news! After living 12 of the last 17 years in Seattle, I’ve finally made the move back to New England—specifically Oakland, Maine. I’m just a hop, skip, and a jump from Colby at Oakland Family Medicine. My husband, Tim, is also a family doctor, and my three kids, Jonah, 13, Lily, 12 and Sophie, 10, are loving Maine. Of course we have yet to experience winter. In the past month I’ve reconnected with Zaki Nashed, also a doctor here, and his wife Kim (Burnham ’86). Any old friends who wish to take a trip down memory lane and visit Colby, come on up. We have lots of room.” (Wow, Karen, a doctor? Congratulations. I have this slight numbness in my legs, which could be from lack of use. Also, do you give out free samples? I’m a little short on Rogaine.) * Jeff Russell reports, “It was a lovely summer in Maine, a trend I hope continues. I’ve been enjoying the lovely fall, watching the 14-year-old family princess play high school field hockey.” (What a coincidence. I’m the family princess in my house.) * Finally, if you’ll indulge me, we had a big loss in the Colby family, which reminds us all that greatness is fleeting. Charlie Bassett was the consummate teacher: compelling, nurturing, and wildly brilliant, while somehow remaining modest. Though not everyone reading this will have taken a course with him, or perhaps even most of you, he genuinely earned the adulation he is now receiving—because he devoted himself to his craft, and he lived for the success of his charges. This is rare in most professions, especially during these hedonistic times of accumulation and self-promotion. Perhaps it even underscores how lucky we were to live in the bubble that is college itself. People like Charlie, while fully versed in the world at large, immerse us in an idyllic realm of introspection, steeped in the best works of our times. They cloister us because they already know what awaits, and they try to instill as many ideals as possible before releasing us into the wild. Charlie was the professor you impersonated, behind his back or to his face. It really made no difference—because his eccentricities were a core part of his charm, never off-putting but somehow inclusive. He was incapable of finding insult, as if standing toe-to-toe in any battle, intellectual or otherwise, was already well won. He never even had to remove his saber from its scabbard. When Charlie analyzed a story by Poe or Hemingway, you got the feeling the authors would have enjoyed being in the audience, perhaps even learned a few things themselves—because he embodied their passion and transfused their energy into his audience. You entered his classroom a skeptic and exited a believer. His was the class you kicked yourself for missing. The man was, in filmic terms, “The Natural.” I haven’t seen Charlie in many years, although we spoke on the phone a few times. Yet I will miss him as if that physical time had never passed. A soul like that stays with you. Thank God. * And thank you for reading. Stay well.
Mark your calendars now! Our 25th reunion is June 2-5! Although reunion is still a few months away, the celebrations have already begun. By all reports the pre-reunion parties held in Boston, New York, and Portland were great fun. Some of you expressed wishes that pre-reunion gatherings be held beyond the East Coast. To that I say—just pick a date and a place! We can help you get out the word and get organized. But most of all make your plans now for June in Waterville. It is going to be a laugh riot! * If you aren’t going to make it to reunion, your reason best be as bulletproof as the one I just heard from Barb Falcone Smith. Instead of traveling up to Waterville from Louisville, Ky., where they’ve lived for over 10 years, Barb and Lars Smith and daughters Lindsey, 9, and Alison, 7, will be in China, because Lars has a Fulbright award and will be teaching in Wuhan until July! Despite their excitement, Barb and Lars are really sorry to miss reunion and send a huge hug and hello to all. * Keep in mind that a Fulbright is one thing, but distance is no excuse to miss reunion. Note that Ricardo Sieveking is planning to join us from his home in Guatemala, where he lives with his wife and three sons, the oldest of whom is now a freshman at SMU in Dallas. We will all want to give him an extra welcome, as he let me know that in September 2010 he survived a “perfect storm of four diseases,” which left him in a coma for seven days in Guatemala. Fortunately, his wife and mother decided to air medic him to Cleveland (Ohio) Hospital, where they saved his life. Now back in Guatemala, Ricardo says he feels very lucky and grateful for his general excellent health and the faith of so many friends. * Having graduated from Full Sail University, Leslie Greenslet Perry works doing technology integration with middle school classes at a private school in Greenwich and absolutely loves it. * Karen and Ned Stinson, living in Wilmington, Del., have their parenting bases covered—they sent their eldest child, Mary, off to Pace University this fall while awaiting the arrival of child number four, a boy due in November. * And, last but not least, a word from another far-flung classmate. Laurent Kosbach, who joined us at Colby from France during our senior year, has sent word that he and his wife just celebrated their 10th anniversary—and that they are planning their trip to join us for our reunion in June. As I said, distance is no excuse!
Cory Humphreys Serrano, her husband, and two daughters, 15 and 17, have lived in Needham, Mass., for the past 18 years. “It seems like New England might in fact have better beaches and mountains than Ohio, as disloyal as that sounds!” Cory was a banker for more than 12 years and has sold software to financial institutions off and on for the past 10. Cory and her younger daughter had a great time at the 25th reunion and loved seeing everyone. “It reminded me why I went to Colby in the first place; it’s an easy place to make the best friends you’ll probably ever make.” * Roy Hirshland also commented that it was great to see everyone at reunion. He notes that he is constantly reminded of Colby ties, whether meeting recent graduates coming to his office for an informational interview or in his hometown of Concord, Mass. While visiting his daughter at Deerfield Academy’s parent weekend, he ran into Deerfield dean of students Toby Emerson ’88, his daughter’s advisor; Gen Triganne ’08, her soccer and ice hockey coach; and fellow Deerfield parents Tom ’87 and Kathleen Pinard Reed ’86. Roy writes that he and Tom looked equally confused in their kids’ algebra class! * Due to his twin sons’ high school graduation, Mark Phillips wasn’t able to make it to the reunion. His son Nick is at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he will pursue a career in intelligence/homeland security and play varsity football. His twin brother accepted an academic scholarship at Bentley University, where he will pursue a degree in corporate finance and accounting. Mark and his wife, Tia, enjoy their empty nest! * Perhaps Mark’s son Nick will run into Kevin Bruen, who finished a year as a law professor at the Coast Guard Academy. Over the summer Kevin served as the legal advisor to Admiral Thad Allen, the national incident commander overseeing the response to the Gulf oil spill. Kevin then transferred back to California to become the senior legal advisor to the Coast Guard admiral in charge of all Coast Guard forces in California. Kevin writes “Carolyn (Boynton ’84) and I had a great time driving back without the kids. Stopping in spas in Santa Fe and Sedona—mixing in some hiking and mountain biking with some massages, yoga, and meditation.” He spent his free time surfing and watching his sons, Connor, 16, and Chris, 8, play sports. Kevin got together with Tom Valinote last summer in LA for some surf and sun. * John Robinson still teaches at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. He planned to see Dan Allegretti in December to celebrate what would have been Frank Zappa’s 70th birthday by going to a concert by Frank’s son, Dweezil. John is sorry to have missed the 25th reunion. * Rick and Kathryn Clarke Anderson are new Colby parents; their daughter, Emily ’14, is a freshman. Rick enjoyed following her and the Colby women’s soccer team around New England last fall. * Ben Lowry continues to run his own law practice handling social security disability cases in the Old Port section of Portland, Maine. He has also gotten back into the swing of baseball, playing on four different teams and travelling to Florida for several tournaments, where he teamed up with his old White Mule teammate John Collins. They have had a blast playing ball and hanging out together again after 25 years. * In May Stephen Reed opened a new law firm in downtown Boston called Beck, Reed, Riden LLP. They specialize in management-side labor and employment law, non-compete litigation, and general business litigation. He is very excited about this new venture, and so far it’s going very well. * Best wishes for the new year and hope to hear from fellow classmates soon!
I hope everyone is enjoying winter. Lots of good news this issue. Congratulations to one of my favorite couples, Bill and Tracy Weiner Cotopolis, on their Oct. 10 nuptials in Canton, Ohio! Former roommates Kitty Wilbur and Genevieve Hammond ’86 traveled from Boston for the event and, judging from the pictures, everyone had a fabulous time. * Sadly I was not able to attend as—not so sadly—I was enjoying Barcelona and San Sebastian, Spain, with Lauren Mogensen and a group of friends including Mary Basler ’79. No major international incidents to report, despite our best efforts. From her perch at the heights of Bank of America, Lauren works to save the U.S. economy; Mary is a partner in a chiropractic practice in Providence, R.I. * Congratulations also go to Tom Gratzer and his wife, Jacqui, who proudly announce the arrival of Tobias Thomas Gratzer, June 6 in Boston. Toby, 16 lbs. as reported by his proud papa, is inquisitive about everything and a truly wonderful child as he is sleeping through the night and therefore allowing his old man to do the same! * Brian and Lisa Wormwood Preney took daughter Tarrah Tibbetts on their annual August visit to Ted Jenkins’s New Hampshire lake house and enjoyed an afternoon of water skiing and wakeboarding with Ted’s family, including sons Ben and Bryce and wife Holly (Lord), sister of Jill Lord Bowden. Ted had just returned from a scouting visit to Colby with Ben. See photo of Ted and Brian on our class page at www.colby.edu/alumni. * Cynthia Mulliken Lazzara spent time in September with Hall Adams III at the festivities for their 30th high school reunion in Winnetka, Ill. * This winter will be Nathan “Waldo” Emerson’s 23rd teaching skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where he also is a real estate agent with Sotheby’s International Realty. Last year he spent most of the winter coaching World Cup snowboard racing, which allowed him to see a great deal of the world while skiing at 28 differentresorts in nine different countries. He’s coaching at the World Cup level again this season, where the first race was in the Netherlands at an indoor slalom race, if you can believe such an event exists! If anyone needs exposure in Europe and Canada for their company, these athletes need financial support. So send all callers his way! Nathan gets back to New England at least once a year in his official capacity as governor of Red Sox Nation for the State of Wyoming (true!). * I won’t even try to top that, so I’ll sign off with the request that everyone keep the news coming.
Sean Duffy and his wife expected their first child in early December. Sean welcomes any parenting tips. Aside from that, Sean plans to attend many 50th birthday parties with classmates over the next few months. * Rick Hauser celebrated his 50th at his amazing hillside spread in Vermont, where Rick retired last year. On the business front, the Duffy Agency opened its Boston office last summer and has won two new accounts—the Boston Globe and the United Nations—and will work on integrated campaigns involving traditional and social media for both. * Life is going well in Atlanta for Sue Desrochers Patterson. She and husband Kelvin toured Ireland last summer for the first time. Weather, food, scenery, attractions, and the group they were with were all great. Sue continues as controller and chief accounting officer at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. in Atlanta, which is becoming more like home every day, but, of course, “nothing beats New England,” Sue says. * Paul Lezberg continues to travel quite a bit for work. He wrote from Hamburg, Germany, which, Paul says, “is a great city but the weather is even more changeable than what we see in New England. I’ve been soaked in surprise downpours more often than I can count.” Paul got together with Dan Marra and Barb Leonard twice recently—once at a great restaurant in Lewiston (who knew?) and again in October for Dan’s 50th birthday bowling party. * I’m quite pleased to hear from Kelly Dodge, who has been working at Maine Central Institute for more than a year. He and Carole had just returned from a trip to Istanbul, where they saw the major sites such as Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and Spice Market while enjoying a great array of Turkish food, coffee, and tea. Didn’t get a carpet, however. Kelly wanted to visit there primarily due to an art and architecture course he took at Colby. He remembers discussing the Hagia Sophia and wanted to see it. * Nora Putnam Dunn had foot surgery this summer and was out of commission for several weeks. She was overwhelmed with everything she needed to take care of at work and for her parents before the surgery. She’s on the mend now. Y Jay ’81 and Maureen (Moe) Hagerty Polimeno ’84 were featured in an article about Colby couples in the Oct. 20 issue of The Echo. Jay and Maureen’s daughter, Aimee ’14, is a freshman and gave the reporter their contact info. Read the story at http://thecolbyecho.com/news/926. Nora
Many of you heard of the passing of Charlie Bassett Oct. 19. He was definitely my favorite professor at Colby and one of my favorite teachers of all time. I feel lucky to have been an American studies major and to have taken just about every class Charlie taught. He taught us so much and so well, kicked us in the seat of the pants when we needed it, and boosted our egos when we needed it. May you rest in peace, Charlie. Our thoughts go to his son, David, and daughter-in-law Patty, and to his daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, George, and their children. Donations in Charlie’s memory may be made to the Charles W. Bassett Fund for American Studies, c/o Office of Donor Relations, Colby College, 4345 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901.* After graduating from Carrabassett Valley Academy last spring, my son Craig is skiing and racing in Colorado and California prior to starting this fall at Colby, where he’ll compete on the ski team. Younger son Jamie is in his sophomore year at CVA, where he is also an alpine ski racer. I’m still doing public relations statewide in Maine and doing a lot of speaking engagements, including one at Colby on entrepreneurialism. * After 40 years playing golf, Susan Wechsler Atkins finally got her first hole in one! Congratulations Sue! That’s a big accomplishment. * Julanne Cully Wright’s older son, Conor, is enjoying his freshman year at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, where he’s working on a B.F.A. in acting. He loves the city and doesn’t appear to miss Greenville, R.I., too much. Her younger son, Aidan, is a freshman in high school. He plays freshman football and fall AAU basketball, so they keep busy with tournaments in RI, CT, and MA. She is still at New England Tech, where she’s worked for the past 21 years. * Mark Hopkins lives in the Cleveland area and works for Komori America covering the eastern half of the U.S. as vice president of sales. Next year he’ll have three kids in college and just one at home (out of five). His oldest, while in graduate school full time, is raising her son with her husband. Mark brought his family to Colby for the first time last July on their way to Moosehead Lake. It certainly brought back memories as he walked around what used to be KDR, but he could hardly find his way around downtown Waterville. He wonders what became of Willie Perez ’85 and Tracy Smith Black ’84. He would love to hear from them. He feels very blessed for the life he has, built on the foundation begun at Colby. It’s soon going to be time to think about our—gasp—30th reunion! Can it be possible? In the meantime, please send in the news you want to share with everyone for our next column.
Mike Cronan hosted a memorial get together at his Newburyport home after Joel “Sluggo” Potvin’s sad passing last March. A cocktail party was followed by a dinner boat cruise out of Plum Island. Joel’s brothers from Lambda Chi Alpha came out in force: Dennis Ring, Joe Daley, Steve Pfaff and wife Darlene Howland, Harry Hadiaris, Dave Biggar, John Densmore, Steve Dodge, and Al Bruzzese. Other classes were represented by Tim Porter ’78, Jim Gagne ’78, Gerry Skinder ’78, Bob Dorval ’79, Ralph Peterson ’79, RJ Welch ’82, John Lemoine ’83, and Charlie Ciovacco ’83. The Joel Potvin Memorial Fund has been set up at the Newburyport Bank, 63 State St., Newburyport, MA, 01950, for those who would care to make a donation. * Karen Pfeiffer Jones’s son Andrew is a freshman at SUNY Purchase, while younger son Alex is a high school junior. Karen had a great visit this summer in the Berkshires with Karen Baumstark Porter, Michele Adams Prince, Susan Robertson Kuzia ’82, and Tracy Don McDonald ’82. * Dani Nemec Micsan has started entering local 5K races and has placed in the top three for her female age group (“wince”). Dani’s daughter Jessica is a senior at Virginia Tech, daughter Julia finished a successful spring semester abroad in Budapest, Hungary, and son Joseph is a high school sophomore. * Sally Fernsten Buffum started a new job last June running the credit department at Middlesex Savings Bank in Natick, Mass. She and husband David ’80 became empty nesters last fall with both sons away at college. * Kimberly Hokanson left her job at Bates and relocated to Medfield, Mass., after being named director of annual giving at Wellesley College. * Phil and Beth Pniewski Wilson celebrated their 25th anniversary last year with a two-week trip to Alaska. Beth writes that the scenery was spectacular and highly recommends visiting the 49th state. * Celebrating their 26th anniversary are Joe and Mary Coe Connolly. Mary’s oldest son, Stephen, graduated from Loyola Marymount University, got his master’s at San Jose State, and “has a job! with benefits! and health insurance! I swear the job with benefits thing makes parents as happy as the two-year-old out-of-diapers thing.” Mary’s son Kevin is a senior at UC Davis, while daughter Christine is a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Mary and Joe remain die-hard Boston sports fans. She saw the Red Sox play in three different ballparks last summer, including Fenway Park, where she was in a luxury box! * Bob Ryan flew to Maine in October and visited Pam Ellis, who is excited to work on our 30th reunion. While in Boston to attend Colby’s Reaching the World celebration, Bob enlisted the services of Beth Pniewski Wilson, Steve Pfaff, Laura Littlefield Bourne, Ken Bruder, and Scott Vandersall to help with reunion planning. Please send us your ideas for reunion 2011 and mark your calendars for what promises to be a fantastic time on Mayflower Hill, June 2-5!
Erin Ireton Elliott and I had lunch in October at a beautiful outdoor seafood restaurant in Sausalito, Calif. It was great to catch up after 30 years! * Michael Fanger’s daughter, Rachel, started her first year at Muhlenberg College. His son, Jonathan, is a sophomore at St. Joe’s Prep in Philadelphia, and Michael’s company, Eastern Funding LLC, is celebrating the fifth anniversary of their merger with Brookline Bank. * The Class of ’80 Tau Delta Phi brothers organized a mini reunion last September at Glenn Rieger’s Chesapeake Bay summer home. Herb Perry, Artie Sullivan, Chris Cornwall, Jim D’Isidoro, Paul Faulkner, Tim Bernard, Mike Costello, Brian McPherson ’82, and Glenn enjoyed a weekend of golfing, fishing, water skiing, and bonfires on the beach. * Kitty Weyl Dove reports that life is good in DC. She and her family spent some fun time this summer in Blue Hill, Maine, sailing and eating lobster with Lindy Williams ’79. * Sean and Lisa McDonough O’Neill look forward to visiting their son, Richard, who’s in his freshman year at Boulder. Lisa saw Kitty, Sarah Stiles Bright, and Kurt Cerulli ’78 in Marblehead last fall at the service for Suze Connolly Levere’s mother. * Alice Domar has joined with two partners to take complementary care centers national. She hopes that by the time this magazine comes out the first “Integrative Care for Fertility: A Domar Center” of many will have opened. Alice has been traveling the country speaking on stress and fertility and was scheduled to speak in Taiwan in November. * Esme McTighe’s daughter, Petra, is a freshman at Harvard and her son, Niall, is a junior there. Last summer Niall qualified for the 2012 Olympic swimming trials. * Bill Linnell is the program manager for Jobs for Maine’s Graduates at the A.R. Gould School at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland. Bill helps kids in the juvenile corrections system get jobs and reintegrate into the community. This fall he coached the school’s first (in 30 years) high school boys and girls soccer teams. Bill reconnected with Ronnie-Jo (Posner ’78) and John Carpenter this fall at the service for Bill Moody, father of Jay Moody. * Ted Reed and Sue Pollis ’78 enjoy life in the UK more than they expected. They live in the Surrey Hills, halfway between London and the Channel. Ted reports that “village life is warm and inclusive, but perhaps that’s because ours has three pubs, a garage, and a church—and that’s it!” Ted and Sue’s youngest daughter is in eighth grade at an international school and their oldest is a freshman at Colby. They expect to be back in their Maine home sometime in 2012. * In October Karen Caine Babbitt, Linda Davis, Brenda Bowen, Robin MacLeod Goodridge, Jean Minkel, Cornelia Armbrecht Brefka, Allison Erenstein Jacobsen, Betsy Morrell, Sarah Stiles Bright, Carol Sly, and Sue Erb Pittenger gathered at the Black Point Inn in Maine to celebrate the life of our late classmate Hilary Morton Shontz. * Elliott Pratt sent along a great picture of a recent Colby tailgate party that included Elliott and son Chris ’14, Joanne Shannon O’Donnell and daughter Colleen ’13, Patty Valavanis Smith, Esme Mctighe, and Cate Talbot Ashton. Photos of the Tau Delt gathering, the gathering for Hilary, and the tailgate party are on our class page at www.colby.edu/alumni.
For Marcia Gomez ’79, M.D., working as senior advisor on migrant health at the Office of Minority and Special Populations in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is a natural fit. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Gomez has a deeply personal connection to and passion for her work.
A Spanish major with an avid interest in medicine while at Colby, Gomez worked for three years with the Department of Health in New York City in special services for childen. She then went to medical school abroad, with her last two years of rotations in Chicago. After medical school, she did research at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and did work connecting refugee and immigrant families with medical services in Chicago.
Much of Gomez’s research centered on disenfranchised communities with medically disadvantaged populations, including those at high risk for AIDS, especially among ethnic minorities. Her subsequent work in the HIV/AIDS bureau of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration made her responsible for funds and programs providing services to AIDS patients nationwide, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She also provided training and technical assistance internationally.
In her present position, Gomez now oversees funding used for research and direct health-care aid to refugees and to migrant and seasonal workers. Her guidance and recommendations provide assistance to disenfranchised communities throughout the United States that are suffering from poor health care or no health care.
“I am giving back to my communities that I grew up in,” said Gomez. “I’m giving back the best way I can, through care and support.” She says her personal connection to the communities she works with makes her job all the more fulfilling.
Gomez says Colby is one community for which she is particularly thankful. She was pleasantly surprised during a recent visit to campus by the tremendous growth Colby has seen in recent years, she said. As a student of color while at Colby, Gomez is especially impressed by the College’s efforts to attract more students from underrepresented groups. “The programs and experiences offered at Colby, now even more than before, will prepare students for tremendous futures,” Gomez said.
“I have a passion for the work I am doing, and it’s exciting even to just talk about,” she said. This passion, she says, is imperative in life and work. “Life does not go from A to B, but if you take every opportunity you are given, learn from it, and do well by it, the transition will be much more valuable.”
Ice hockey all-star Lee Johnson ’79 was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame. Johnson is deemed “one of the pioneers of women’s hockey on the North Shore” and played for the then newly formed Massport Jets in high school. At Colby she was a four-year starter, a tri-captain, and the first woman to have her hockey number retired.
The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named Fairfield (Conn.) University Professor of English Betsy A. Bowen ’76 the 2010 Connecticut Professor of the Year. Bowen, called “an excellent classroom instructor,” has been teaching at Fairfield since 1988 and is one of the vanguards in the service learning movement there. An advocate for increasing literacy opportunities, Bowen is also associate director of the Connecticut Writing Project.
Canada’s Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation selected John Bowey ’71 its new board chair. Prior to his May 2010 retirement as chairman of Deloitte & Touche in Canada, Bowey was a member of Deloitte’s global board as well as its global governance committee and audit committee.
Art teacher Molly Carroll Mains ’70 was named Maine Art Educator of the Year for her dedication and service to art education, according to the Maine Art Education Association. Mains has taught at Lake Region Middle School for 35 years, where she “challenges students to think about their work and use their minds in original and inventive ways.” A visual artist, Mains also conducts community workshops, coordinates shows, and exhibits her own work around the state.
I’m starting off the column with wedding news! Laurie Borden married her partner, Richard O’Donohue, Aug. 28 at home with all five of their children participating. Laurie continues to work at the local hospital and Richard is a chef manager at Middlebury College. Laurie says she will keep her maiden name. * Carl Lovejoy’s eldest son, Ben, was married July 17. He and his wife, Avery, live in Pittsburgh. * David Ashcraft and his wife, Teri, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last year with a long weekend in Michigan’s wine country. (A far cry from their honeymoon in Napa and Sonoma—but still fun!) Son Eric is a senior in high school, so they’ve spent the last year visiting colleges and narrowing down the choices. Colby didn’t make the cut, primarily due to the distance from Chicago. Their daughter, Katie, is a sophomore who wants to be a music major and is already looking at various schools. David recommends a book called Colleges That Change Lives (www.ctcl.org) to fellow parents who have not yet gone through the college selection process. His other recommendation is to become a Facebook friend of Bishop Savas Zembillas for a daily dose of scripture
Doug and Marjorie Gonzalez Blackwell’s daughter Laura was married in August in Chatham at the Wequassett Inn. Marjorie writes “It was a four-day event where friends and family gathered for a cookout, a rehearsal dinner, wedding overlooking Pleasant Bay, and a brunch on Chatham harbor. Doug was the legal officiant at the ceremony, which was fun, and in true Colby tradition got the place rocking by playing a song with the band. Laura is in Miami getting her Ph.D. in pediatric psychology and married Jonathan Pas, a health care analyst with Hewitt Associates.” Their other daughter, Courtney, graduated with honors from Northwestern with a degree in theater and English and started her master’s at Harvard in arts and education. Marjorie is a realtor and was the top sales agent in her office in July. Doug recently left Eclipsys, where he was SVP and GM of their remote application hosting business, and is looking for the next gig. They’ve lived in West Hartford, Conn., for the past eight years but spend as much time as possible at their house in Chatham. * Martin Connolly “is hunkering down for another winter in Billings, Mont.,” where he works as a night auditor and front desk agent at the Best Western Clock Tower Inn. He is also pursuing two other areas of interest: working for an attorney in a criminal defense practice and teaching English as a foreign language. He is fluent in Spanish and learning French and German. * Lise Greenfield Shanahan sent her youngest off to Berkeley. She and husband Bill enjoy the empty nest in San Diego. She writes that now that she is off “volunteer” mode, there is more time for tennis and she has taken up golf. Lise looks forward to our next reunion. * Stephen Jacobs writes, “I recently had a competition with my old roommate, Nick Levintow, in a 5K race. He ran his in Maryland and I ran mine in Maine. He smoked me, turning in a time of 23:31 to my 24:39.” Stephen traveled with his daughter, Emily, to the Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion, took a Pink Jeep tour in Sedona, and ended up with a night on the strip in Las Vegas. * Dian Weisman Miller writes from Kansas that she “continues my efforts to fund breast cancer research through my network of golf tournaments.” She was back in Maine last summer and enjoyed just about all the lobster a human could eat! * Jean Sullivan Varriale summarizes the last 32 years with, “Got married to a great guy who I met at graduate school. We have a 10-year-old, Anna, who keeps us young, has boundless energy, and aspires to be Mia Hamm. I’ve had my own consulting business (financial services research) for 10 years and surprisingly it still pays the mortgage. I have been in touch with Izzie Rex and Sam Koch ’79, and just two years ago ran into Ted Shanahan ’76, who is married to Rae Caravaty. Such a small world!”
Alan Taylor reports that his latest book, The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies, was published in October. * Howard Ellis is in his 26th year of special education teaching, which involves working with middle school students who have an emotional disabilities. Since 1993 he’s worked for the Lewiston school department. Howard loves his job, despite the challenges. He has two children and has lived in Maine for more than 17 years. * Beth Shinn just finished a Ph.D. program in early medieval history at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She’s teaching part time while seeking a full-time position in history or religious studies. * Jeff Sanderson, Gary Newton ’72, Awetu Simesso, and Pam Landry Teichman got together recently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (see photo in the Alumni at Large section of the fall issue of Colby). * It took an old friend from Dana Hall being class correspondent to induce Richard Clampitt to send in his first-ever class news contribution. Rich and his wife, Rachel Hurst (Pomona ’79 but attended a semester at Colby in the fall of ’76), took their annual Maine vacation at Christmas Cove over the July 4th weekend. It’s a big trip, too, since Rich lives in San Diego (going on 30 years now). After graduating with a law degree from University of California, Hastings, Rich joined a small San Diego law firm. He’s now a partner and co-chair of the business transactions group at Gordon & Rees. Rich and Rachel enjoy adventure travel and skiing, among other pursuits. Two years ago they climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and went on safari. Rich wishes all his Colby friends well and invites anyone who’s visiting the San Diego area to look him up.
Hi everyone! As you work your way through the remainder of winter, remember our 35th reunion is just around the corner. Meanwhile, let’s start with news left over from last quarter. * Hank Osborne works for a large New England-based nonprofit doing PR and marketing communications. His two sons are rapidly approaching six feet and likely to pass Hank (at 6’ 3”) soon. Both play lacrosse. Hank notes that, with California, Florida, and New Hampshire as evidence, he has proven that he can kill a perfectly healthy lawn in under a year. He’s been playing guitar onstage more and more with whatever assortment of bass, guitar, sax, or violin that shows up at the local Concord, N.H., clubs. * Mark and Diane Lockwood Wendorf have been back in Maine for two years. Diane is adjusting to small-church life in lake country—Sanford—and Mark is serving a church in North Yarmouth. Last August Diane had planned to officiate at the wedding of Jenn Mizen ’08, one of Di’s former youth group members. Mark and Di’s son, Josh, was living at home and working as a bike mechanic. Meanwhile, Di was hoping to spend some time with her roommate Toby Bobbitt. * Across the country Irl “Bucky” Marshall and his wife, Tracy, moved to Cave Creek, Ariz., where they are Realty Executives real estate agents. Bucky is still president of Satellite Broadcasting, Inc., a satellite transmission services brokerage he founded in 1984. He writes, “Too many cold winters in Maine and living at 10,000 feet in Colorado has necessitated a move to warmer climes.” * Lydia McAnerney is at a new juncture since both children have graduated from high school. Her eldest is a sophomore at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and her youngest is taking a gap year before attending Clark University in Massachusetts next fall. Lydia continues to work in enrollment and development at Great River School, a Montessori/IB junior and senior high school in Minnesota. She feels so lucky to work with great people at a unique charter school. * Harry Nelson filled me in on a great ad hoc reunion in southern Maine last September—the remnant of a gathering for a charitable golf tournament that honored Dan Mallove’s father. About 16 alumni gathered to enjoy a hike at the Morse Mountain Preserve to Sewall Beach, followed by a fun dinner at the home of Mike Boyson and Nancy Grant. A closely contested three-team golf scramble soon followed at Belgrade Lakes Golf Club, with the winning team comprising Gary Thornberg, Rick Clunie, Mike, and … well, of course, Harry himself! Harry sent a photo of some of the group, which I will try to post on our Facebook group. That’s right—our class now has an official Facebook group. If you’re a Facebook member, join Colby College Class of 1976, where you can exchange class news, post and see others’ photos, and learn about our upcoming reunion. It’s our turn for reunion: our 35th, coming up June 2-5. Make your plans now to be in Waterville for a fun and nostalgia-packed weekend. If you can help with planning and publicity, please contact Paul Boghossian at email@example.com. Also start sending in your reunion gifts to the Colby Fund. And continue to send me news. Best wishes to you all!
Serving as columnist for this quarter brings back memories of when I, Susie Gearhart Wuest, was your class correspondent in the early 1990s and the days of the electric typewriter. Word processing should make writing this column a breeze! * In October Charlie LeRoyer and Dan Sexton participated in a 50-mile bike ride for the Dempsey Challenge on a beautiful autumn day through the hills around Lewiston, Maine. The Patrick Dempsey Foundation raises money in support of the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing. Charlie hopes that places like the Dempsey Center can make a difference for all of us who have lost friends and family to cancer. On the upside, Charlie is ready to relive his youth when he retires in 2011. He recently purchased a red, mostly restored, 1968 MGB, similar to one he had when he was 21 and in the Navy. * Dan Alexander had a blast doing the East Coast college tour with his daughter, Caroline. He was astounded at how different things are from our college days. He tries to refrain from saying kids today are more pampered, and Dan feels that we definitely enjoyed lots more freedom. Last summer his family took a wonderful trip to Italy. * Carol Majdalany Williams enjoyed getting together with former roommate Lynnie Bruce on Orr’s Island, where they shared laughs, good food, and, of course, each other’s company. Other than that, Carol is doing much the same as she always does ... “lots of daily routines that nobody wants to read about because they’re probably doing the same things!” If anyone is ever in Litchfield County, Conn., actually in Litchfield itself, be sure to look her up. * Within one week last summer, Sue Conant Cook and her family returned from a trip to Africa, Jim ’78 and Sue celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, daughter Emily ’11 celebrated her 21st birthday, and son David turned 18! The family visited Jim’s sister in Rustenburg, South Africa, and Claud and Kate Makumbe P’02 in Bulowayo, Zimbabwe. Sue said there were so many opportunities for a local experience in addition to animal safaris and viewing Victoria Falls. * Mike ’76 and Mary Bastron Harper built a vacation home four years ago on Lake Okoboji in Iowa. Last summer Mary spent a morning with Deb Wathen Finn ’74 when Deb was in the area attending a wedding. In October Mary and Mike traveled to Austin for their oldest daughter’s wedding. * Last August Lt. Col. [USMC Ret.] Pete Coz joined the board of directors of the Cold War Air Museum near Dallas. The museum is a nonprofit dedicated to the restoration and maintenance of Cold War-era aircraft with a special emphasis on aircraft flown by the former Soviet Union. Pete works on and flies rotary-winged aircraft and is one of the few in the U.S. to hold a civilian rating in the Mi-24 Hind helicopter. * As for me, I always enjoy visiting quilt shops in my travels, and last April my daughter met me in Paducah, Ky., where we attended a large quilt show. Paducah is a neat, little town! Hopefully, next time around Laurie and I both will hear from many more of you—we’ll make you sound interesting, even if you don’t think you are!
Vicki was delighted to hear from fellow geology major Tom Bolmer, who still works at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod in the geology and geophysics department. He does science support on the Coast Guard icebreaker Healy. For the last five years he has spent has two to four months in the Bering Sea in the spring and the Arctic in the summer. The Bering Sea with ice on it has an amazing bird and animal population that is great to watch, not to mention the fun of just being in the ice in 30 below temperatures. The Arctic is less imposing, but even in his limited time there he has noticed that there is less and less ice. He notes that it is very sad to see this wonderful world slowly disintegrating. Tom ran into Ann Richards last fall on their local bike path while she was out rollerblading after work. * Dave and Laurie Thompson Lee live in East Winthrop, Maine, with their menagerie of three dogs, one cat, and three horses—only one of which is actually Laurie’s. She loves to ride and is a foster parent for the Curly Horse Rescue (www.curlyrescue.com). She enjoys spending summers at their cottage on Cobbosseecontee Lake
Not much news to report this time—everyone must have had a busy fall. * It was a treat to hear from Dean Eaton with his “first contribution ever!” After 18 years in business, Dean has relocated his kitchen store to downtown Keene, N.H. Dean recently completed a renovation of an old Kresge’s department store back to the 1920s tin ceiling and hardwood floors and is now the largest independently owned kitchen store in New England. He invites everyone to take a tour of Your Kitchen Store at www.yourkitchenstore.com or in person. On a personal note, his wife, Carol, is doing well as she awaits her third kidney transplant. We wish you well, Dean. * Lisa Kehler Bubar spoke to Dean recently. (Lisa and husband/chef Jim ’72 have a most impressive kitchen in their new home!) Lisa looked forward to a trip to Venice, Italy, in November with friend Nina Tilander, former Colby director of annual giving. Lisa was especially excited about visiting the island of Murano, where Venetian art glass has been produced for hundreds of years. She has become a very talented craftsperson in her retirement and makes a line of beautiful glass beads from her home. Lisa shows her bead creations at craft fairs in New England. * My request for information about our “Colby Dogs” Mojo and Olga resulted in an interesting exchange of information. Karen Bennett ’74 wrote with a correction. She says that Olga was John Halpin’s dog, Mojo was Jack Fine’s dog, and Stuart Wolfe’s dog was named Jake. I received a message from Susan Gunning Zachos ’74, who verified Karen’s information and added yet another dog to the mix: her Greta, who was great friends with Mojo. Both Mojo and Olga were half St. Bernard and half Lab, and Jake was “mostly lab.” My next question to Sue is who was the father of the puppies (Olga’s?) that lived in the basement of Lambda Chi? Was it Jake or Mojo? I leave you all with that to ponder. Looking forward to more news in the spring.
Kathy O’Dell spent Memorial Day weekend in Juneau, Alaska, with Aja Razumny (formerly Julie Pfrangle) and two other friends to mark the shared event of turning 60 in 2010. They celebrated by hiking, whale watching (successfully), and drinking Alaskan beer. Y Joy Bemak Hanes is amazed that we’re 60 now. She’s back in school taking appraisal studies classes to become a certified appraiser for personal property, mostly in antiques and decorative art. She has recently been in touch with Bob Britton ’71, as well as other more senior classmates. “Facebook is truly amazing! The antiques business seems to be going forward, despite the economy; I guess people will never stop needing to be surrounded with beautiful objects.” * Carolyn “Lindy” Dewey lives in Whitefish. Mont., next to the crown jewel of the continent, Glacier National Park. She has created a lifestyle there with lots of outdoor activities and is growing within a community of health-minded friends. * At the end of November Nancy Capers Mellen retired from 30 years of teaching eighth grade English. Not to be bored in retirement, she began a garden design diploma course so that she will have a second career. * My best wishes to the Class of 1972 for a wonderful 2011!
WHAT? Our 40th class reunion? This June? June 2-5? How can this be? Who’s been counting these years as they’ve rolled by? (There must be some mistake.) You must consider coming to reunion—you never know how many more we might have left to attend! At least consider making a donation to our class gift, about which you will hear more from Frank Apantaku. * Mike “Ralph” Round sends greetings from Ketchikan, Alaska, where he’s the assistant general manager for Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (www.ssraa.org). He’s also on the board of Oceans Alaska (www.oceansalaska.org)
I recently caught up with Alfred (Buz) Brown, who now lives in Boulder, Colo., with his wife, Martha. Buz is the CEO and chairman of ION Engineering, where they are scaling up technology to remove carbon dioxide from power plant emissions and other industrial processes. Appropriately, ION recently received an award for the Boulder Big Idea Company of the Year. As Buz relates, “solving big problems like greenhouse gas reduction takes big solutions and big efforts.” Both of Buz and Martha’s sons, Nate, 28, and Ned, 21, live in Boulder but only show up for occasional dinners. Nate is doing his own start-up based on wound healing technology he developed in the chemical engineering department at the University of Colorado (CU) and Ned is a junior at CU. Martha is continuing her bronze sculpture activities. While still working hard, Buz and family find time to take advantage of the Colorado environment: cycling, hiking, fly fishing, and skiing. He even plans to enter a few skate ski races this winter. * Next quarter I hope to hear from more classmates. Tell me about your holidays, winter vacations, and any other news that you would like to share with the Class of 1970.
Retired lawyer Tom Cox ’66 was working pro bono helping a Maine homeowner in a foreclosure case when his discovery of “robo-signing” practices by banks led to a national investigation of foreclosure practices. As head of the Maine Attorneys Saving Homes project, Cox is credited for the furor over the mishandling of foreclosure cases and, as Mainebiz magazine reported, “was able to crystallize the nature and scope of the problem like no one else before him.”
Following the death of his beloved dog, Norman Macartney ’61 wrote a manuscript about their bond and then hit the road to spread the word. Macartney’s “Trans-America Drive to Support Community Animal Shelters” took him to shelters in 12 states, where he left a manuscript for each shelter to sell and use the proceeds itself, the Morehead City (N.C.) News-Times reported.
The National Association of Social Workers named Gale Holtz Golden ’61 Vermont Social Worker of the Year for 2010. A clinical social worker and psychotherapist with expertise in clinical sexology, Golden lectures extensively, has served as a forensic consultant, and consults on issues around reproductive health, mental health, and social planning. Golden is also a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont.
Cheryl Stitham White has retired after 40 years as an educator in southern Maine and is pleased to announce that she has a new grandchild. Cheryl spent time last winter putting together a nomination packet for her father-in-law, Norman White ’50, for the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. Norman was inducted in July at an exciting event in Portland with 50 members of his family, including his wife, Priscilla (Hathorn ’42), and his brother, Arthur White ’52. * Bill Lyons is back at the University of Nebraska and looked forward to spending two weeks in Maine at the end of December. From January to May he will teach at Boston College Law School. * Kristen Kreamer says that with a 17- and 20-year-old who are still working their way through school, she expects she may never be able to retire! As of this fall she was in the process of selling her house in the suburbs and planning to move back into Philadelphia. Kristen works as a nurse practitioner in thoracic oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and says, “Thank God for useful and rewarding work! It keeps me sane!” * As for my wife, Pam, and me, we’ve now fully retired to Maine and are busy with home renovations and keeping up with children and grandchildren. Although I hope to continue doing some consulting work from time to time, it’s nice to slow down and have time to do many of the things we have talked about doing for years. This past June we spent two weeks in Alaska and British Columbia, enjoying the northwest and visiting our daughter, Melissa ’99, and her family. * Have a wonderful winter! I hope to hear from many of you for the spring edition!
Jann Semonian Czarnetzki writes: “My husband, Gerry, and I just returned from Nova Scotia, where we visited Ron and Brenda Cornfield Roberts. They own a wonderful antique shop in Indian Harbor. While I was there she got in contact with John Bubar, who teaches at UMaine Presque Isle. He continues his yearly sojourn to Givourney, France, to work in Monet’s garden. Brenda also contacted Bill Soller, a health science professor of pharmacy at University of California, San Francisco. After Colby he got his Ph.D. at Cornell and worked to spearhead efforts to get aspirin therapy accepted by the government. On the way home we stayed with Jane Morrison Bubar at her picturesque mountainside home in Dixfield, Maine, and visited her son and daughter-in-law, Joshua ’93 and Beth Cronin Bubar ’93, and their three kids in Turner. When we returned we visited Clarke and Cathie Smith Keenan on Martha’s Vineyard. Cathie is a master gardener and their backyard is spectacular (so is their Westwood, Mass. backyard hillscape). At the Keenan’s we caught up with Katrina Noyes ’03 and Justin Ossolinski ’03. Katrina is on her way to Jordan to work with the Queen Noor Foundation, and Justin, who works for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, is going to the Red Sea to dive on some coral reefs to get core samples. Otto Wielan ’69 contacted me from his summer getaway in Santa Fe, where we have joined him the past two years. He is a big opera buff who loves Santa Fe’s outdoor venue.” * Ken Young reports: “I’m working with Roger Woolsey, Colby Career Center director, developing the Colby Entrepreneurial Alliance and its partner, the Kennebec Valley Entrepreneurial Network. These programs focus on ramping up entrepreneurial training, skills building, and experiential learning in the Kennebec Valley in ways that connect Colby students and others with entrepreneurs. Saw Steve Ford and Mary several times this summer. Their daughter, Millie, lives down the street from us. Sarah Young returned from 30-plus months as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. She and her mother, Anne, vacationed in the Western Cape Province of South Africa prior to reentry. Sarah starts graduate school in September. * John Morgan: “Had such a great summer here in Colorado that I didn’t want it to end. I notified the principal at the middle school where I have worked for 10 years that I was going to retire and devote my life to photography and fly-fishing full time. Contributions are gladly accepted in the form of cash and dinner invitations. Paula Van Meter, Bob Hughes, and Phil Merrill are alive and doing well, too, by the way.” * Phil Merrill moved to Brookline, Mass., to be close to wife Barbara’s work, the Mentor Network. His son, Nicholas ’14, is a freshman at Colby. That makes him a fourth-generation Colbian. His maternal great-grandmother, maternal grandmother, and dad all preceded him. * Jane Finkeldey Stephenson retired after 38 years as a medical social worker at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. She writes: “Gregg Crawford and Donna Massey ’69 were here for our annual Big Chill fall weekend. Dana Heikes was supposed to fly in from Charleston, S.C., but had to cancel. We also spent a summer weekend with Jean (Peterson ’69) and Chris Balsley and Chris and Bob Goldstein ’67. We all loved the article by Carl Glickman in the last Colby magazine and remember their sunrise wedding on the pond.” The Stephensons planned to see John ’66 and Linda Brooks Perkins while in Maine last fall. * In mid October Mary Jo Baur and Steve Campbell spent a lovely afternoon in LA with Phil and Hethie Shores Parmesano. After a wonderful lunch, they toured the city and then went back to San Diego to finish a two-week stay with Mary Jo’s daughter, Christine. * Rick Moriarty works at UMass Medical School doing a mix of pediatric primary care, infectious disease, and travel medicine. He’s traveled to Liberia twice in the last two years to help the Liberian government hospital in Monrovia restart their pediatric training program, which was devastated by their long civil war. Going from a top-tier hospital like UMass to a hospital where there are few resources is a real shock. Rich reports that the Liberian medical students and nurses are determined to learn and motivated to improve the quality of the care they can deliver.
While I was mowing my lawn for the last time this season, Fred Hopengarten was engaged in a most worthy enterprise: he became a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. Fred had a photo of him and Justice Samuel Alito at www.antennazoning.com. Impressive
Ginny Grelotti Connolly loves time with her four children, their spouses, and her eight grandchildren. She had another “cousins’ trip to Europe” This year’s trip was two weeks in France—Paris, a river cruise into Provence, and the French Riviera—plus lots of shared memories of the cousins’ growing up together. Ginny has no plans to retire yet. She’s involved with planning her high school 50th reunion. * Another European traveler, Pam Harris Holden, had 25 days in Germany this fall, so she can now start planning for her next bucket list destination: Eastern Europe in the fall of 2012. * Alaska was the destination of choice for Anne Ruggles Gere and family last summer, the highlight of which was several days inside Denali National Park. * Iowan Rick Zimmermann reported on his newest family member, a wire-haired pointing Griffon, “the ultimate hunting pet.” Rick’s only “bucket talk” was an upcoming scoping of his knees, between hunting and spring skiing season. The children and grandchildren are fine, and, despite working too hard and bemoaning the lack of a men’s soccer team nearby, he reports that life is good. Y That is echoed by Terry Eagle, who writes, “Our lives have been seriously changed by a 14-month-old grandson in NYC and a nine-month-old granddaughter in CA. Wonderful how life gets better and better.” * Life has been quite a journey for Barbie Wise Lynch, who reports that her divorce is now final after a 10-year separation, she’s doing fine after a rather virulent form of breast cancer several years ago, and she’s still enjoying her work as a real estate broker. Her grandson Charlie is a huge plus in her life, as will be his little brother, who was due in late December. Charlie and family live just five minutes away from Barbie in Concord, Mass. * Ed Mowry’s Peruvian adventure on an Amazon river boat and exploration of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu was a highlight of 2010 for him. He’s working for several veterinarian practices throughout California, with an emphasis on emergency medicine, enjoying his Kindle and iPad while on the road. Goal for early 2011? Forty days of skiing at Mammoth Mountain. * Congratulations to Barry Willdorf on the release of his historical novel, The Flight of the Sorceress, an e-book. Read more about it at Barry’s website, www.agauchepress.com. * Here’s Mary Sue Hilton Weeks’s list of classmates she wants to see at our 45th reunion (June 2-5): Paula Mc Namara
Long lost, but not forgotten. Sheila Webster Mooney is alive, happy, and busy in Rhode Island. She left Colby after three years and later earned a B.A. and an M.A. at the University of Rhode Island. She worked for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in public relations and marketing and later in the same field for two law firms. Health problems prompted her to refocus in a new home-based career marketing watercolor note cards on the Internet. She continues to paint and enjoys photography. She wrote a book, A Vexation of the Spirit, about the effects of chronic illness on mind and spirit. She and David have three children and seven grandchildren. * Jane Patterson Paxton checked in from Hallowell, Maine. She has retired from teaching and now works part time for the local hospital in their wellness program writing three newsletters. Last summer she and Bryan Harrison Curd and Pam Harris Holden ’66—widow of Randy—gathered at Pam’s East Blue Hill cottage for lobsters. Jane also had a visit from Bill and Shirlee Clark Neil. They pored over our class Faces and Places, and “we had great fun reminiscing.” … This is a popular activity. * John Tewhey and Gloria, Jay Gronlund and May-Lis “shared a weekend of nostalgia and fun” at Rick Davis’s summer home on Cape Cod last August. Jay continues to travel the world as a consultant in international marketing and brand development. He’s been teaching a course on brand development at NYU since 1999. He recently had a family gathering in Norway, where he went hiking in the mountains with his cousins. Jay also had dinner with Peter Cross, who is still at Columbia University doing research as an epidemiologist. * David Hatch is “fully retired” in Venice, Fla. * Update! Last August Virgil Hervey’s one-act play, Parking Spaces, won “crowd favorite category,” which carried a $100 prize. It was one of 16 plays selected from 90-plus submissions in a 10-minute play festival in Yellow Springs, Ohio. * Your correspondent just returned from three weeks driving around five of the nine Azore islands and Madeira. These volcanic origin islands, a time zone west of Portugal, are outstandingly beautiful and peaceful. * HAIL, COLBY, HAIL!
Jim Harris: After 38 years in the book business as a bookstore owner and sales rep, I let my colleagues know that in June I’ll retire. Madie and I just returned from my final regional booksellers trade show, at the end of which I was presented with a very large chocolate cake shared by many friends in the business. I have one more show in February in Seattle. Then one last “farewell” tour to visit my customers that will take place in segments between now and June. Madie and I plan a trip next October to Israel and France for about a month. * Joyce Arnold Kottra: I retired from my job as a school principal in ’99 and worked for a few more years at the Chicago Children’s Museum on Navy Pier and then became an “innsitter” (taking care of B&Bs for absent innkeepers) and traveling geography teacher before settling down in a new home with retired coach and teacher Pete Kottra. We keep up a busy schedule of travel, golf, gardening, and volunteer work as well as staying in touch with our five kids, 13 grandkids, and one great-grandchild. As a Rotarian, I’m in the middle of developing and supporting a new program called Literacy For Life providing free monthly programs on language, math, economic, environmental, and technology literacy. Who said retirement would be “lazy days?” * Ike Balbus: After 41 years of university teaching, the last 34 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I officially retired August 15. I say “officially” because I will continue to teach there part time, at least for the next few years. * Charlie Angell: I’m still teaching and advising in my 42nd year at what is now Bridgewater State University. I don’t—most days—feel like retiring, and so far no one’s told me I’ve worn out my welcome. Leslie and I travel frequently to Damariscotta to visit our son and beautiful granddaughter. I spend considerable time on my deck watching the world go by, often with a glass of wine. It’s said that wine gladdens the heart, in which case my heart is in a state of perpetual rapture. * Phil Choate: We returned to our home in NC for the winter after spending the summer at our camp in Maine. We had loads of company including children and grandchildren from NC and Germany. Our son recently retired from the USAF (you know you are getting old when your children retire). Our good news is that, after two years in Turkey and eight in Germany, our son and his family are relocating to Colorado Springs. We expect we’ll be making frequent trips out west. Maybe I unloaded my skis a little too soon? In short, we are happy, healthy, and enjoying life. Now if I could only correct my golf slice, life would be perfect. * Marcia Phillips Sheldon: I’ve been coping with shoulder surgery recovery, but have gone back to tutoring middle school students, which keeps me really busy. * Don Short: Had a great time last year at wife Lynn’s (Smith ’65) 45th reunion. Harry Kowal ’65 and Texan Lew Krinsky ’65 expressed a strong desire to join the ever-present Jim “Lemon” Morang at our 50th. All three are leaders involved in reunion and class giving activities. A highlight of the class dinner was not only performances by the After Eight but also the “Eight” of old, whose 15 returning members included Ben Beaver, Gardner Gray, and Cy Ludwig ’63, a guiding force of the Eight. It was great fun to have them stay and reminisce. * Jean Martin Fowler and I remind you that our 50th is June 5-8, 2014!
Doug (Muldoon) Mulcahy visited Peter Leofanti ’62 and Pam (Plumb ’65) and Charlie Carey. He looked forward to the Colby-Tufts football game. * When George Swasey was taking an architecture class at Colby he admired Alvar Aalto’s work and dreamed of visiting Finland. In August he spent a week in Helsinki eating herring and reindeer with Finnish beer and taking in Aalto’s work. He liked Finland so much he may accept a position there and invites us to visit. * After a month as a volunteer sawyer in Idaho, Gordon Moog and wife Bev worked on a forest restoration project. Then it was on to an archeological dig at the site of a Boeing B-17 bomber. Ski patrol first responder and chairlift evacuation training is next. As he says, “This retirement is really tough!” * Jane Melanson Dahmen had a wonderful show, Through the Trees, at the Gleason Gallery in Portland, Maine. I had the pleasure of seeing it and was bowled over by the sheer beauty of the large landscapes. She sent photos of the opening that included several Colby classmates: Cate Camp Lund ’64, Anne Ticknor McNeece ’62, Louise Melanson Belknap ’65, and Bonnie Brown Potter. * Jean Eielson Bridgeman is recovering from back surgery, where eight vertebrae were fused! Recovery is long, but she and husband Jim ’62 are hikers and skiers and hope to be back in form. They moved from Utah to Mesa, Ariz. Jean’s quite a Facebook aficionada, thanks to her grandchildren! * Judy Thompson Chandler spent last year recovering from a mastectomy and enduring the effects of chemotherapy. She retired as a consultant and adjunct instructor at Husson University in Bangor. She’s looking forward to exploring new adventures. Among other things Judy volunteers at the cancer center. She visited Colby roommate Dian Emerson Sparling in Ft. Collins, Colo. They traveled together throughout New Mexico and even saw the King Tut exhibit in Denver! * John and Marsha Palmer Reynolds hosted Susan Ferries Moore, Cile Tougas Nix, and Peggy Fuchs Singer for a lovely fall weekend at their home in Biddeford, Maine. Yours truly joined them for lunch and lots of laughs and reminiscing. * Rosemary Blankenship Hubbard writes “My grandfather, Frank Wood ’04, graduated from Colby over 105 years ago, and for many years was class agent. My grandmother, Carrie Allen ’05, also graduated from Colby. The two were married by President Roberts. They first settled in her hometown of Mercer, Maine, then moved to Charlotte, N.C. in 1922. I think my great-grandfather, Charles Harper Allen, was also a Colby grad. Every single year my grandparents went back to Colby for their reunion. We’d go to my grandparents home after church every Sunday, and nine times out of ten the talk would turn to Colby. I grew up hearing about Maine and the College. Those Sunday visits were as close as I got to New England before I actually went to Colby.” Rosemary and Al met at Colby and will soon celebrate their 49th anniversary with a trip to the Holy Land. * Sally Morse Preston thinks that Peggy Fuchs Singer’s book, Legacy of a False Promise, is moving and beautifully written. Peggy was my freshman year roommate and I had no idea of the troubles that her family had endured. I love you, Peg. I was also moved by the essay by Carl Glickman ’68 in the summer 2010 issue of Colby. It reminded me of how much Dr. Todrank has influenced my life, and I’m sure that he and his classes have done the same for many of you.
Lots of news from ’62! I’ll start with a brief message from John Chapman that reads, “I’m out. Michael McCabe, Nancy MacKenzie Keating, Nancy Rowe Adams, and Debby Price are witnesses!” In his own inimitable way, John is saying that he finally took the plunge into retirement, and the four of us helped him celebrate! * Malcolm MacLean and his wife, Debby, enjoyed a wonderful trip to Venice and Paris last spring, and last fall they attended the Colby-Tufts football game at Tufts. * Brenda Wrobleski Elwell Gottschalk wrote of many exotic travels, including a trip for travel agents to Ecuador and the Galapagos and a pending excursion to Vietnam and Bangkok. She described her daughter’s wedding in an outdoor ceremony in the foothills of the Rockies, with the bridesmaids in saris and the groom and his party in kilts to reflect his Scottish heritage. Brenda plans to attend our 50th in 2012! * A nice long note from Peter Duggan relates that he saw Rich Simkins in Naples, Fla., in May and at his home in Newburyport, Mass. Peter reports that Rich “looks and acts very young, which I greatly enjoy.” Peter also sees Bruce Marshall regularly and describes him as a seasoned traveler and fisherman. Peter’s daughter, of whom he is very proud, recently won a silver and four bronze medals at the national dragon boat races in Chattanooga. * Ed Kyle traveled to Yosemite Park to do some backpacking with Bill Chase. He says “the Colby Outing Club is a great teacher!” He also relates a trip in September 2009 to canoe the Allagash with Bill and others and to climb North Brother, close to Mt. Katahdin. “Great adventure,” says Ed. * Joanne Herbold Clarey invites all of us to visit her on Facebook. * Ceylon Barclay writes: “After a 27-year hiatus, I rejoined the Colby Eight in early June to croon old tunes with 14 guys I hadn’t seen since ’83 and in some cases since ’62.” He and his wife, Irina, traveled to the Czech Republic last summer. * Brenda Lewison writes from Ohio, where she laments that her “silence and solitude are under assault” by a crew of painters. Her husband, Bill Blunden, still works as an architect and loves it. In September they visited the cabin in Vermont they rent every year and spent time with Cynthia Barber Dunn, Sandy Keef Hunter, and their husbands, celebrating another roommate reunion. Brenda wishes us all a happy 70th! * Gerry Tays and his wife, Nancy, celebrated his 70th with a combined riverboat cruise through France and five days in Switzerland. He heaps praise on the cruise, saying they would go again “in a heartbeat.” He put his house in Olympia, Wash., on the market and bought a condo in Edmonds, Wash., which he describes as “like living in an arboretum.” It’s a wonderful walking town with views of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, ferries, cruise ships, etc. Gerry has talked to Joyce Dignam Flynn, another Washingtonian, as he makes his calls in the class gift effort. * Sharon Gear Drake reports that “all goes very well with life in Bath, Maine.” Her real estate company had a terrific year. “Waterfront is still selling!” Sharon is vice president of Maine’s First Ship, an organization dedicated to wooden shipbuilding, and recently she helped launch a “shallop,” or small boat, built by Morse High School summer school students as the tender to the ship Virginia. * Doug and Gail Macomber Cheeseman will lead their first safari to Ethiopia this January, and their 40th (!) to Tanzania and Kenya in February and March as owners of Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris in Saratoga, Calif. She invites all of us to join them if we love wildlife! * Michael (McCabe) and I returned to Decatur, Ga., where we hide out from Maine winters. While in Harpswell we managed a brief get-together with Harry and Judy Hoagland Bristol when they visited Brunswick to hear Harry’s nephew, Will, perform piano at the Bowdoin Music Festival. We also saw Bob Ipcar and his wife, Jane, for lunch in Bath and a brief visit to his childhood home in Georgetown, Maine, where we met his mother, Dahlov Ipcar, much venerated Maine artist and lovely lady. And finally, the ninth annual get-together of “old” Tri Delts happened in Maine this summer. Present were Patch Jack Mosher, Debby Price, Olive Pingree Ingraham, Jeanie Banks Vacco, Gail Smith Gerrish, Linn Spencer Hayes, and yours truly. The usual wonderful time was had by all. * Remember the 50th!
Bebe Clark Mutz reports, “I’m most looking forward to seeing classmates at our 50th reunion. I think another nice thing will be that everyone there will be as old as I am.” * Janet Haskins Mandaville spent a conversation-filled visit with Judy Hoffman Hakola recently. The great time included a tour of the new Orono Public Library, a project Judy worked on from its inception. They plan to attend reunion and hope Penny Dean Robb will join them! * Wendy Ihlstrom Nielsen looks forward to seeing classmates at reunion. “It was so much fun to see members of the Class of ’59 when Bob ’59 and I returned for his 50th almost two years ago.” Wendy and Bob witnessed the inspiring Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, in September. “We took the beautiful alpine route from northern Italy through Switzerland and Austria to Germany. Home in Connecticut, I sing in a choir and am a docent at an art museum. In March we become grandparents again and head to Arizona to see our newest family member. Life is good!” * Nancy Tozier Knox writes, “Our summer consisted of surgeries, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. My husband, Jim, had a total spinal fusion in June and had recuperated enough by the end of August to take care of me after having a total right shoulder replacement! So, both of us are loaded with steel and titanium and screws. Our kids came to camp for their vacations and helped us out. Our daughter, Debra, drove our car to Florida for us and took her daughter, Crosby, to check out a few colleges on the way. We flew down. We are now settled in our Florida home. More PT will be on the schedule for both of us this winter, along with lots of time exercising in the pool. We are looking forward to the 50th reunion and being back to normal (or as normal as folks our age can be).” * Gale Holtz Golden was just awarded Vermont Social Worker of the Year. Gale is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont in Burlington and recently wrote In the Grip of Desire: A Therapist at Work with Sexual Secrets. * In addition to developing Pihanakalani Ranch into a retreat center, your correspondent teaches both an online and a “hybrid” course for Hawai’i Community College. * Please make every effort to return to Colby for our 50th reunion; the alma mater experience you’ll always remember is only a few months from now! See you there!
Lucky Christov made a final decision that retirement is for sissies and became involved with yet another business. He became a partner in a Hong Kong-based trading company that provides agricultural fertilizers to India and some other areas with lesser needs for food. His previous experience as an investment banker served him well and provided needed capital to get this off the ground. He’s still wrestling with some health issues (who isn’t!) but, all in all, living in Southern California has its benefits. His son has improved his surfing style, and they play tennis and have a great guitar act playing “House of the Rising Sun.” * Molly Lynn Watt spent three weeks in China, where she was honored by the People’s Education Press for work she did with them in 1986! * Eunice Bucholz Spooner received reunion CDs from three people and is waiting for more so that she can make a class reunion CD. If she was healthy she planned to go on the maiden voyage of RCCL Allure Dec. 1-12. * Dick Peterson had memorable summer months since our great class reunion in June. They were in PA, on Cape Cod, and on a cruise around Scotland, where Bette and he attended the British Open at St. Andrews. They played five links courses in Scotland, not very well, in the wind and rain. In September they spent two weeks in Italy, the first on the Cinque Terra on a mountain hiking trip, and the second resting in a villa in Tuscany. Dick’s still working with an Internet start-up company, but slowing down. Retirement beckons and is most welcome. * Ed Marchetti took Steve Curley and Phil Shea to hear Dale Arnold, a radio sports talk show host and Bowdoin alumnus, speak about the current atmosphere of pro sports in New England. It was an interesting session and highlighted by dinner afterwards with a chance to rehash the great time everyone had at our 50th. Lots of locals looked forward to the Colby-Tufts game as another opportunity for a gathering. * Peg Jack Johnston wrote briefly as she was packing for a trip to NYC, Dubai, and Cairo, and leaving the next day! * Kay White, who also enjoyed our reunion, is president of the Village Club Foundation, which just gave $90,000 to 49 tri-county nonprofit agencies. This was important because Michigan is having hard times and these grants really help. She is also going to a fundraising training in Chicago, so her volunteer work keeps her busy. * Gingy Clark Heyler reports that all is well in western Montana. She and Pete took a 2,500-mile road trip around the Southwest and marveled at the beauty. Monument Valley was the highlight. From September through December, they spend time in VA, Florida, and Chicago with their children and grandchildren, celebrating birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Gingy enjoyed receiving the 50th reunion book and reading all the bios. * Kim Kimball Chase had a beautiful summer on Long Island, Maine. She hasn’t connected with any classmates yet but is taking the reunion book south in hopes of finding classmates on the way. Kim had lots of company this year and says it always fun to share her little island. Let her know if you’re in the area. * Ken Nigro and I get together about once a month for brunch or lunch. He has some really great ideas about planning a mini reunion for our class in either 2012 or 2013 (Colby’s 200th birthday). Thoughts include a Red Sox game, a cruise up to Maine or Nova Scotia, and then a visit to Colby. We do need to know what Colby plans for the big event. Let us know your thoughts on this.
Libbe Latham Hale is a semi-retired psychologist living in Thousand Oaks, Calif. She travels and enjoys life. Her son-in-law (married to her daughter the doctor) was the astronomer in charge of the group that created Google Sky. * Wilbur Hayes never expected to see Down Under. Nevertheless, this past July he went on a group tour from Wilkes University visiting Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. He looked for a duck-billed platypus but only saw an Australian naval submarine named Platypus. He enjoyed seeing the six-million-year-old rock in the Australian Outback as well as the customary wombats, koalas, and wallabies at the Wildlife World in Sydney. Domestic travel in the United States may be next for Wilbur. * Elaine (Healey ’62) and Paul Reichert planned to host members of the Friendship Force from Ottawa, Canada, in Florida for a week in November, after which they headed to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving. By the time you read this news, they will be enjoying the warm Florida sun, without snow to shovel, and eating fresh-picked oranges and grapefruit. Their oldest granddaughter enlisted in the Army while a senior in high school, and upon graduation went to basic training. She spent a year in Iraq, was back in the states for a year, and now is in Afghanistan. She should be back in the states in January or February. * I recently had two wonderful Road Scholar trips to South Dakota and Natchez, Miss. I always enjoy hearing from you.
Despite Archie Twitchell’s decision to stop dancing 40 years ago when the twist came in, he and his partner recently started taking dance lessons. “So far we’ve managed the basics of the waltz, rhumba, cha cha, two step, and jive. Last year we started square dance lessons. At one point we were dancing four nights a week but that proved to be too much so we are back to three.” * Cathy Stinneford Walther is amazed so many of us have made the golden anniversary. “Bob and I and Gail and Bob Hesse made our ‘jubilee’ two years ago, Kay and Warren Judd and Gard and Mary Webber Rand last year, and Buzz and Mary Harrington Chase in September.” At the annual Zete reunion in Maine, Cathy and Bob saw some friends for the first time in 50 years: Matty Gache ’60 and his wife, Donna, and Lee Mathieu ’57 and his wife, Louise. * Ann Wieland Spaeth says, “We had the hottest summer I can remember in Philadelphia, but got away for relief” by visiting Squam Lake, N.H., Eagle, Colo., and Squirrel Island, Maine, for three gorgeous weeks in August. Ann’s son Karl found work in NY after being unemployed for a year—“What a relief!” Son Christopher, his wife, and her parents run the Cornerstone B&B in Philadelphia, a large Victorian that Maxfield Parrish’s grandmother lived in for many years. * Lois and Peter Doran looked forward to Colby’s basketball season. Their son, Dana, continues as assistant men’s coach to Dick Whitmore as well as director of energy programs at Kennebec Valley Community College, where he leads a northeast solar certification training program. As an architect in Colby’s Physical Plant Department, Dana’s wife, Kelly, works on building projects. * Pam and Dave Adams spent two weeks trailering in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island. “Absolutely gorgeous scenery and some great bicycling.” It’s on to Florida in March. In October Dave sang, with other members of the Colby Eight, at an event celebrating the life of Clifford “Bump” Bean ’51, who was one of the founding members of the Eight in 1947. Bump was at a 60th anniversary celebration in 2007 and was awarded a plaque. * Polly Seely Rosen regrets not keeping in touch with classmates; my description of Peter’s jazz service “jarred her into action.” Music has always been her greatest passion; she played piano in a 16-piece swing band for 10 years and also worked with inner-city kids—“a most rewarding effort.” Now she transcribes and composes and hopes for publication. Husband Bill is battling Parkinson’s, but he and Polly feel incredibly lucky with their three wonderful sons, one of whom went to Colby, and four terrific grandchildren. “They all love music and sports—a perfect combo!” * Helen Payson Seager reports the sale of their Nantucket house, a place where she “found solace, creativity, and refuge.” Her goals now are to keep up the music and get to some serious writing. Recently she and Brad visited Tucson and Phoenix; their son has a tenured appointment at Arizona State. * Recently Dave and Jan Pratt Brown visited Hawaii for a reunion of New Zealand and U.S. siblings, held near Waikiki Beach. Swimming, kayaking, seeing dolphins and sea turtles, and spending time on the big island gave them great memories. They also celebrated their 50th last summer in the Adirondacks with lots of family and friends. “Those were the highlights of the year.” * Thanks to all who sent condolences and memories of Peter. He said, “I’ve had a wonderful life and I don’t regret anything!” Does it get better than that?
A gorgeous summer here in Maine has faded into the colors of fall. Summer memories for us include a wonderful dinner at Dick and Perk Perkins Canton’s home in Bridgton, Maine, on Long Lake. What a spot, and in the cooking department, Perk could easily give Julia Child a run for her money! Also enjoying the evening were Sheldon and Audrey Hittinger Katz and Larry ’56 and Jean Van Curan Pugh ’55. * Ken Haruta has attended tennis camps in many states once every summer for the past 25 years, but never did he encounter such hot days as last July at Swarthmore College. When the temperature reached 105 degrees, the camp director fortunately moved the session indoors! * Nancy Hansen Marchbank informs us that Jim is the proud owner of a new knee. This intentionally followed a “magical” trip to Tuscany in July with their son Robert and his family. A cruise out of nearby Baltimore is on the docket for them in February. Thoughts of last year’s 30 inches of snow still haunt them and made the winter sail to warmer climes an easy decision! * It was great to hear, at long last, from Dick Phillips, who lives with his “S.E.” (spousal equivalent) in Chestnut Hill near Boston College. Dick has been in the investment business since 1960 with Oppenheimer in Boston. He also plays the Dixieland banjo with the Stone Street Strummers in Foxboro and enjoys skiing and traveling to such interesting places as Hong Kong, Russia, and Vietnam. Dick hadn’t been back to see the College since 1957 and could not believe at our 50th reunion how beautiful the campus has become. * In September Nancy and John Conkling hopped into their ’89 Volkswagon camper and had a great motor home trip to the north shore of the St. Lawrence River to see the whales, among other things. They then took a ferry across the river to travel the Gaspe Peninsula. On the return trip they stopped in Houlton, Maine, to have breakfast with Woody Barnes ’56 and Fred Moorhouse’56. With an eye toward winter, Conk was firing up the outside wood furnace and getting the skis waxed for another season on the mountains. * Bobbi Santora Hindert took her oldest granddaughter to Santa Fe, N.M., for a week last summer to experience the Santa Fe School of Cooking and the many natural wonders of the Southwest. * Marilyn and Tom Brackin chose the most beautiful of Maine summers to spend three weeks at Christmas Cove near Boothbay. The Brackin’s family joined them, making their stay extra nice. On a sad note, Tom writes that they joined the Colby Eight in a memorial for Bump Bean ’51, a pillar of the early Eight groups and a popular active alumnus. Tom still works at his agency, sings with the local symphonic chorus, and helps out at the historical society. * After 20 years abroad, Don Dinwoodie’s oldest son and family returned to Colorado Springs and will share in the joy of horseback riding around the Dinwoodie’s ranch. Their third son, William, is now in New Zealand studying to be a marine biologist. * With retirement looming on the horizon, Don Tracy will have more time on his hands to learn to play the spinet piano, “which has sat in the living room for decades.” His wife, Linda, has high hopes that Don will learn how to cook (that’s every wife’s fantasy). Whether a “Mozart” or an “Emeril” develops is really secondary to the enjoyment of their four children and families living nearby. * In late summer Guy and I caught up to Bob and Sue Fairchild Bean and Ellie Shorey Harris and her friend Harry. We had many chuckles and it was great to see them all in such fine form. All of our Colby friends mean a great deal, especially as the years are ticking away much too quickly. Please keep in touch!
Greetings classmates, once again, from the Outer Cape, where we awoke this morning to our first hard frost and newspaper headlines declaring that Massachusetts is, alas, navy blue. * By now you have received mailings from both the College and reunion chair David Sortor with dates and details of “Our Last Hurrah”—our reunion June 2-5, 2011. Our hope is that many of you are inspired to attend. * Class news other than reunion plans is rather scant. I did hear from Robert Weiss that he and his wife, Susan, recently moved to Charlotte, N.C. Bob retired two years ago and is enjoying “considerable time with our two youngest grandsons, 6 and 9.” * Janet Nordgren Meryweather reports that she had visits from Brian and Jean Farmer White this fall. They were visiting a grandchild at College of the Atlantic and en route to Nova Scotia. Janet also mentioned that her oldest granddaughter, Jennie D’Amico, graduated from Harvard in June and was married on 10-10-10, her husband’s birthday! * Well 56ers, we have been anticipating our 55th college reunion in the past several columns and now the time is fast upon us. When you read this brief article you will, or will not, have made your reservations. In either event, John and I send our best wishes to each and every one of you. By the way, John shot a 78 yesterday!
Bud and Carol Dauphinee Keene have worked hard to renovate their pre-revolutionary Colonial home, built in 1750, complete with wainscoting cut from the original wallboard and three fireplaces. Located in the historical village of Westport, N.H., “This Old House” borders the Ashuelot River at the foot of Franklin Mountain. The couple harvested several acres of blueberries this summer. Jo Bailey Campbell visited Carol and Bud last spring and saw the work in progress. She was quite impressed! Now Carol and Bud can relax by any one of their cozy fires this winter! * Jane Bull Shaver was sorry to miss our 55th reunion, but she had just finished another semester at SCSU. She has been studying on campus for 31 years and says she is still in love with learning! Remarkably, she is on her sixth degree program, currently doing a B.A. in history and literature, mainly European. She tells us, “As the CLL is presently under control, I’m hoping to do a semester in Scotland.” In the summer she’s involved in various fiber arts, mostly quilting, knitting, and stained glass. Her grandson, Colin, started at Springfield (MA) College, majoring in sports management. His sister is Jane’s travelling companion, since they both love art history. They’ve been to Scotland, England, and Ireland and spent eight days in Paris looking at art. “The total of grands stands at nine grandchildren and four and one-third great-grandchildren!” * Jo Bailey Campbell had a great vacation in Duck, Outer Banks, N.C., in September, with her brother Sam. They visited Sam’s son, David, and family. They had a string of perfect days and the house was close to the beach with a pool for swimming. Jo says that “those memories will warm her heart this winter.” * Judy Orne Shorey gave a talk at the Cushing, Maine, Historical Society in September about her grandmother, Helen Knowlton Orne, who, through perseverance and hard work, became the first woman lawyer in the State of Maine. In order to be admitted to the bar and have a practice, she had to change a part of the Maine State Law, which she accomplished. Judy has done extensive research about this story and provided many letters and photographs to corroborate the facts. She’s in the process of writing a book on her grandmother’s journey. * Keeping up with Colby’s current events and news is so easy online. Search for “Out of the Blue” (a great one) or check out insideColby (by students
I don’t know about the rest of you but, for me the days pass WAY too quickly. * Carol Dyer Wauters is still biking and hiking in the shadows of the Grand Tetons during spring, summer, and fall with an occasional river trip for excitement and a change of pace. Conservation activities and volunteer work at her granddaughter’s elementary school occupy several hours each week. Carol is still hopeful of changing the political scene so is pushing hard for a Democratic slate in a very heavily Republican area. * Lois McCarty Carlson put her garden to bed between late fall and rounds of golf. In February she will be skiing with a group of seniors (most of whom are her juniors) at Vail and Beaver Creek, Colo. Lois intends to continue with these activities until she “drops.” * Ann and I have become the Hotchkiss School volleyball team’s official grandparents. We have followed them all over New England in their quest for yet another N.E. prep school championship.
Nelly Beveridge received a call from George Pirie, who was at the University Of Colorado stadium watching the University of Georgia team get beat. George has a daughter on Georgia’s swim team and a son-in-law who is the swim coach there. George recently played golf with Frank Piacentini. George also visited Joyce and Chuck Spencer while in Colorado. Chuck is recovering from back and neck surgery. Nelly sent the obituary notice of Robert McAuliffe ’54, who died Aug. 8. Bob and Helen (Connolly) have four children. Nelly keeps busy with volunteer work and golf. * John Lee took a cruise last summer from Barcelona down the eastern coastline of Spain, docking at Gibraltar, then down the coasts of France, Brittany, and Normandy. He said it was an “eye-opener” to see middle schoolers and teens staring in awe of the World War II veterans in wheelchairs and standing when taps were blown at the Normandy cemetery. “There’s hope yet,” John said. John’s daughter, Wendy, is a civilian intelligent analyst under naval intelligence in Baghdad and John’s grandson, a West Point graduate, is a first lieutenant in Kuwait but pending assignment in Afghanistan. More of John’s extended family is affiliated with the military, so, as John says, “in one way or another, the Lee clan is trying to repay this wonderful country for giving me a home.” * Ginnie Falkenbury Aronson says that the husband of Sophia Hadjigeorgiou Krallis, who died in 2007, has been writing to her since Sophia died. * Mike Wechsler Edelson enjoyed a river cruise down the Rhine in Germany. Mike is working on a new book of poems called Pathways, including photos working alongside a landscape gardener. Her family is growing. In addition to her four children, she has 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. * Priscilla Eaton Billington attended Family Homecoming Weekend at Colby in October. Ray ’54 , Steven, and Katie attended the football game but Priscilla left the “windy hill” for an inside venue to watch girls’ volleyball. Both teams won. * I want to close with some notes about Martha Friedlaender, who passed away Sept. 3. I always was in awe of Marty and saw her a lot in my sociology classes. I remember how she “edged up” into the class seats, wiggling until she was comfortable. In addition, she was always well prepared for classes. Tommi Thompson Staples remembers it wasn’t easy for Marty in college when there was a social blindness towards special needs. One reunion, Tommi says, Marty wanted to take a shower. She had to call her because she couldn’t reach the faucets! Having access was wearing on her. She told Tommi that whenever she saw a children’s water fountain, she always took a drink whether or not she was thirsty. Carolyn English Caci, who didn’t know Marty that well at Colby, wrote, “It wasn’t until we drove together to the 25th reunion that we discovered how much we enjoyed being together. Thus began visits from Marty from NYC every few months to my Massachusetts home, where she quickly became one of the family. She was such an inspiration to everyone who met her. She never thought of herself as handicapped.” Marty had many lasting friends like Ginny Falkenbury Aronson, Carol Carlson Van Alstyne, Mimi Price Patten, and Penny Pendleton Schultz. Carolyn called Marty every Sunday noon no matter where she was, even when she was abroad. Marty was loved.
Thanks to all who wrote in! * Betsy Fisher Kearney Caldwell’s husband, Roy, got stranded in Paris for a week when the volcano in Iceland erupted. She was still hobbling after foot surgery so couldn’t go. Betsy had a great visit from Jim and Els Warendorf Hulm ’51 in the spring. They played seven rubbers of bridge in one short afternoon. * Nita Hale Barbour, who’s approaching 80 and has some health issues, and her husband, Chandler, have stopped long-distance travel. Nita still has three titles in print. All are texts for early education she did with colleagues; the third one, which she did with Chandler, is in its fifth edition. * Cynthia and Art White sold their house in Florida and now reside in Bath, Maine. “It was the right choice for us as we love Maine and Bath,” writes Art. “I have not seen Bob Kline in a while, but as soon as hockey starts at Bowdoin, we’ll join forces.” Art’s grandson has applied to Colby and Art’s fingers are crossed. * After living in Scituate, Mass., for many years (down the street from Nelson Beveridge ’53), Barbara Bone Leavitt moved to Linden Ponds, a retirement community in Hingham, Mass. * Rod Howes and his wife have been RVing for 50 years, but the time has come to sell their almost-new motor home. “My wife is now in a facility for dementia and I have advanced COPD. Had a bad bout with pneumonia in July,” Rod reports. He lives in Texas, where the weather in October was beautiful. * In late September I (Sandy Pearson Anderson) went on trip up the coast of Maine. One of the highlights was the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens near Boothbay. It’s a wonderful spot unique in its scope and layout. Last July it opened the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden, which is delightful for children and adults. I strongly urge anyone in the area to go. * Our condolences to George Laffey, whose wife, Betty (Winkler ’53), passed away Oct. 3 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Our thoughts are with you, old friend. * Walt Hayes e-mailed after a quiet spell. His former wife, Ruth, died following a lengthy illness. After her death, Walt invited a woman named Gail, who was his first boss when he retired from the Army, to Mesa, Ariz., to check out the area. He hadn’t seen her in 16 years. She liked what she saw and accepted Walt’s offer for her old job as his boss. They were married Aug. 28. “We are very happy,” reports Walt. * Paul and Mimi Russell Aldrich took a 12-day trip down the Danube, from Vienna to the Black Sea, visiting Austria, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. “Our lecturers and tour guides gave us an education like we’ve never before experienced. It seems their countries have withstood one form of chaos after another. In Bucharest we sat next to our guide for the day. She has worked in government and private tourism positions all her life. We suggested she must be much busier now that the borders are open. She replied, ‘Oh, no. We had many more tourists before, but they were all from communist countries, especially East Germany. And that was wonderful.’ And then, almost as a change of subject, she said, ‘But now I’m free!’” * Bob Kline wrote with memories of Robert A. Jones, who died Aug. 12. Known as Jonesy, he was a freshman member of our class but didn’t continue past that year. Bob met up with Robert 10 years later when they both worked at Pratt & Whitney in North Haven. Their girlfriends were best friends and when each couple married in 1959, Bob and Robert were each other’s best man. They both lived in Connecticut and worked for United, retiring on the same day in May 1991. * Best wishes for a good winter and especially for good health.
Stanley Sorrentino’s wife, Hope, passed away Sept. 10 after 62 happy years together. They were married in Stanley’s sophomore year and lived off campus for two years. “She is with me in my heart and our children are a great comfort to me,” Stanley said. * Charlie Tobin stays busy in Sun City Center, Fla., and gets out a fair amount. He’s not sure if he can attend our 60th reunion in June. * Even after 59 years as an alumnus, Al Stone was never able to entice any of his five children to attend Colby. However, his grandson Peter Stone ’10 graduated last May and will be followed by his sister, Elizabeth ’14. Al offered this reflection after attending Peter’s graduation: “As I stood on the quadrangle on a brilliant June day, witnessing my second Colby graduation, my mind wandered back to a similar day in 1951. We were part of the dream of Mayflower Hill, now fulfilled with the help of so many of our classmates. There is much to be proud of and those of us who remain in this world are now approaching our last chance to insure the dream for the future. Remembering the help we all had during our student years, as we approach our 60th anniversary, we must give our last full measure to Colby to help this new generation of students.”
Last September Alice (Allie) Jennings Castelli was among a group of volunteers honored for their many years of service to SARAH, a nonprofit Connecticut shoreline organization dedicated to serving the needs of people with handicaps. Since he was 16, Allie’s son Peter has benefited enormously by his association with this organization. Her son Bill and daughter Martha both have chicken coops in their backyards, with permission from their town zoning committee, and are providing friends and family with fresh eggs. If any of you stay up late to watch Saturday Night Live you might see son Dan’s handiwork. He is a model maker and provides special effects for the program. * A group of us had our annual get together at Pat Root Wheeler’s home in Jaffrey, N.H., last summer. Ellen Kenerson Gelotte, Connie Foxcroft Perrigo, Ginny Davis Pearce, Connie Leonard Hayes, Stubby Crandall Graves, Allie, and I were there and as always had a wonderful time. * Please write or e-mail about what and how you are doing, what you did before retirement, if you are retired, and what you are doing now. It is all interesting to our classmates. Thanks.
Surgical pathologist Stephen Sternberg ’41 received a 2011 distinguished pathologist award from the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology. Sternberg spent his entire career at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and authored two widely used reference books on anatomical pathology. He was also the first editor of The American Journal of Surgical Pathology
My well of news from our classmates has gone dry! I did get a couple of e-mails with messages, which I pass on here. * Allen Owsley writes the sad news that Audrie Drummond Owsley has acute vascular dementia and is in a 24/7 full care facility in Florida. * Conrad and Martha Jackson White have been “migrated” to a new e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. * I went on an Elderhostel/Road Scholar trip to Scotland at the end of August and into September. It was the fulfillment of a lifetime wish to see the country of my paternal grandmother. Our first stop was Edinburgh and the border country and then up the east coast to Inverness and the land of the Chisholms. From there we wandered south through the lochs to Glasgow. I knew there were castles
Dorothy Worthley Cleaver wrote and thanked us for the work we are doing. Here is the text of her interesting letter. “My life has changed after the death of my husband, Charles, last July. He was 89 and we had a wonderful life together; spending lots of it in the wilderness canoeing in Maine and the wild rivers of the Northwest Territory and fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and even writing some poetry. We spent as little time as possible with a roof over our heads. Our five children created a moving memorial service for Chuck in our yard on the Kennebec River in Skowhegan with 130 friends and beautiful weather. I continue to canoe our river with our great little Springer in the bow and I enjoy living in our home by the river despite a dropped foot from bad back surgery. I do what I can to help those less fortunate especially at the ballot box! We have amazing grandchildren and most are in college now. One girl graduated from Swarthmore, another is at Amherst, and one is a junior at UVM. Our only grandson graduated from the University of Massachusetts. Four more to go to college! Maybe one will choose Colby!” * Howell Clement wanted to know how we spent the summer without a boat. David had told him that we are approaching our 60th wedding anniversary, which beats Howell and Norma by two years. They met in Owensboro, Ky., a town that Dorothy and I visited when I was travelling in that area on business. * Dave Choate took a cruise to Panama and Costa Rica for a month and returned in mid November. He’ll fill us in for the next edition of Colby. * Janet Gay Hawkins wrote, “I just returned from a marvelous and informative trip to the lake country of Italy—Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. Beautiful country, good food, and lots of history. Then some of us continued on to Cyprus, which is interesting and full of ancient history. Forgot to mention the food, which was outstanding. Other than that trip and maybe another one to France in the spring, all is quiet.” * As for us, we returned to Florida in mid June and remained there until late July. In Massachusetts we play golf with our daughters and their families and my brother. In August we drove to Maine and visited a friend near Castine. Then we drove to New Brunswick and went to St. John and then to St. Andrews on Passamaquoddy Bay. From there we went to the Samoset Resort in Rockport and then on to Dedham. We went to Cape Cod twice and took the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard for a day. It was painful to see all those sailboats moored in Vineyard Haven, as we had spent countless nights there on our mooring. In more rational moments, we both agree that we sold the boat at the right time in life. On July 4 we were playing in a holiday tournament and Dorothy got a hole in one, which was the highlight of her golf season! In January Dorothy and I will celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary with a big party where we live at Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, Fla. In answer to one of Howell Clement’s questions, Dorothy was the daughter of one of my father’s close friends. I have known her a lot longer than 60 years. I gave her my fraternity pin at homecoming in the fall of 1950, returned home to find I had been called back in the Navy. Subsequently, we married in January of 1951, and the rest is history. * You can read less about the Marsons if you will only write and tell us what is happening in your life.
Maurice Whitten gave several talks in August and September including “These Old Automobiles” and “Whittens’ Maine Travelogue.” On Sept. 25 he spoke at a meeting at Gambo Falls, the site of the old gunpowder mills in Gorham, Maine. Whitten wrote the book The Gunpowder Mills of Maine.
There are still a few of us keeping busy and out of trouble. Of course no one has written! I actually did have a chance to chat on the phone with Nancy Pattison McCarthy during the summer. Her family still has a home right near the shore of Penobscot Bay. She and her daughter were up visiting her sister, who at that time was in a local health-care facility. It really was very special to have a chance to chat. * I’ve had two rather spectacular trips this year. In May my cousin and I had a two-week cruise “doing” the Mediterranean. We started with several days in Rome, and on a Sunday we found our group, along with about 10,000 other tourists, visiting the Vatican. Somehow I got separated from my group! No one came looking for me and eventually it registered that I had to get myself back to the hotel. I found a Vatican guard who spoke English and he assured me it happened all the time. However his next question left me speechless. “What hotel are you staying at?” I didn’t have the foggiest notion! Eventually with the help of several guards and their friends, they located the company that had supplied the bluetooth and hearing devices that we had been listening to and got the named of the hotel. I got a cab and arrived back at the hotel. I paid in dollars and also Euros and it amounted to almost $60! Didn’t care. I was so relieved to be reunited with the group. Lesson learned ... when traveling always know what hotel you are staying in! The other trip I have just returned from. We cruised the Danube from Bucharest to Budapest. It was most interesting as we visited Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, and Hungary. All these countries are once again free and struggling to get back on their feet and eventually be able to become member of the European Union, if they wish.