SAD NEWS > HAPPY NEWS. The last issue of Colby had a brief notice of the death of Dr. Stu Rakoff. Stu was diag- nosed with ALS in 2012 and wrote a blog about his struggle, which ended Jan. 5, 2014. This extraordinary man designed manpower programs for the U.S. Army and IRS and founded Cornerstones, a firm offering faith- based guidance, in Reston, Va. “I am a cornerstone because I accept my personal responsibility to the com- munity,” he wrote. Learning of his passing, a client wrote, “I would not be who or what I am today without Stu’s professional insight, personal support, and comradeship.” Your correspondent recommends his blog, “Drinking Through a Straw—My Journey with ALS,” at stuspeaks. wordpress.com. * In February came word of the passing of Patti Raymond Thomas, wife of Tom ’63. She fought a long battle with cancer in Doylestown, Pa. Update #110, issued days before her death, included plans to see the Galapagos Islands in April. Looking ahead positively was typical of both of our classmates. We will treasure their memories and contributions. * Ned and Lynne Urner Baxter have returned to Bath, Maine, after his retirement from Shippensburg Uni- versity. They can see the Kennebec River from their 1800s-era house. * Ren and Pam Pierson Parziale are having way too much fun. They travel to Florence, Italy, for a month each year “to connect with other art- ists and some potters.” They report traveling on a wine tour in Chianti and to villages noted for ceramics. * Dave Hatch and Dale Rottner Haas enjoy bicycling in Venice, Fla. * Jerri Hamilton Bost has resigned from the “Broken Pencil Club” (BPC) to report that she is in Denver living near her sister who helps Jerri deal with MS. They’re able to travel abroad using a scooter and/or walker. She’s retired from being a clerk in the Marin County, Calif., court system, “hating every minute of those 15 years. … Lots of unhappy people all day long.” * Also resigning from the BPC is Michael Gilman. He semi-retired from employment law practice and he and wife Laura moved to North Carolina after 36 years in Wellesley, Mass. “North Carolina has been a misguided adventure (I don’t golf), and we are planning to move back to Massachusetts.” * Joss Coyle Bierman celebrates milestone birthdays with Sunny Coady, Marcia Harding Anderson, and David and Louise Melanson Belknap in Florida. Number 70 will see them all on a Disney cruise to Nassau over July 4th. * Norman and Joss Coyle Bierman are planning to take a cruise around the UK and up through Iceland in the fall. * Marc Machbitz, another BPC resigner, deals in residential real estate in Hawaii. He was planning to perform some piano duets with his bride of 50 years at a recital given by her piano students. Marc has invited us all to visit him. * Colby Professor Tom Morrione is hanging it up after 43 years, most recently teaching “experiential philanthropy.” His wife, Nancy (Ryen), will retire from her admissions job at Colby at the same time. Tom plans to resume work on restoring his second Austin Healey. * Show biz classmate Bruce Hertz has been directing community theater productions at the Gaslight Theater in Hallowell, Maine. He also serves as commissioner of the Maine State Museum. * Another show biz guy is our half of the “The Reverend and the Rabbi”—Rev. Peter Ives. The show airs Thursday mornings in Northampton, Mass. Peter recently released two books—Honoring Truth: The Sojourner Statue Story and A Meeting House for the Valley. * Watch your wing tip for Norman Miner, who flew a T-6 Texan trainer last January while on vacation in Orlando. He’s planning to return to Nevada for some horseback riding next fall, and this summer he will be a colonial reenactor at the Fort at No. 4 in Charleston, N.H., and maybe at Lexington and Concord. * Small world department: Margo Beach and a childhood friend stopped for lunch in Charleston, S.C., while driving to Florida from Waterville. The couple at the next table noted the friend’s purse made from Maine license plates and asked questions. Turned out to be Bruce Barker, who started with us. A skiing accident interrupted his studies and he finished as a ’66. Margo encouraged him to attend our 50th. * Pam Plumb Carey has just published Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles: A Survival Guide for the Kids. That couldn’t mean us, could it? * Hail, Colby, Hail!