2010 Newsmakers

Pralaksha Gurung '16

Charlotte Wilder ’11 has a TV show on Sports Illustrated TV called The Wilder Project, where she “riffs” with special guests. Forbes magazine wrote a story about Wilder, saying she’s become “one of the most recognizable sports comedy writers.” * Jenna Mahaffie ’14 wrote a story that appeared on Stio about bikepacking part of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Canada to Mexico. Mahaffie wrote of the deepening of friendships with fellow riders: “Bikes do so much more than just getting us from place to place,” she wrote. * Shadey Trinidad ’15 was quoted in the Press-Republican (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) about the launch of an alumni network for CFES Brilliant Pathways. Trinidad is the new alumni network director at the Essex-based organization that helps students from underserved communities become college and career ready. * Pralaksha Gurung ’16 has been named a 2018 UWIN Post-baccalaureate Fellow. Gurung is a researcher in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UWIN (University of Washington Institute for Neuroengineering), where she studies the diversity and distribution of proprioceptors along the leg of Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies).


Class Correspondent:

Cecil K. Brooks

As your new class correspondent, I’m eager to uplift your stories and provide exciting updates. The Class of 2017 shattered records this June. A total of 111 from our class attended reunion—almost a quarter of us! A committee of 27 held conference calls throughout the year, debating themes and planning logistics. I eventually arrived to a suite in Leonard near Andrew Beacham and Matt Weeks—both hilarious neighbors. I biked to a wine tasting in Oakland with former Waterville Mayor Karen Heck ’74, sampled craft beers in a suit with Isaac Bol, and discussed the nature of law with fellow philosopher Patrick McCarthy. * Former SGA President Matt Hawkins recounted, “A memorable highlight will definitely be climbing Miller Tower, but I also enjoyed being back on the quad again. I would also say that, for one-year reunion classes especially, we should use the [class] headquarters for more than just drinking.” Gift Chair Nick Rosenberg appreciated the atmosphere at our class dinner in the Athletic Center field house, saying, “I love seeing us all here supporting the same cause and wanting Colby to succeed … I really do feel great, and I love hosting classmates in D.C. throughout the year. Reach out if you visit!”* What are other classmates up to? Caroline Ferguson supports public initiatives in Augusta with Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services.* Lucas Lam lobbies as a government affairs specialist at Mylan in Washington, D.C. * Scott Fenwick just started his second year at Dalhousie School of Medicine and continues to play hockey while serving as a wellness liaison. * Malik Horton takes on a new year as an analyst at Deutsche Bank in New York. *  Jeanné Gilliard teaches Japanese middle schoolers language skills through the JET Program. *  Anna Jackson completed a year of service with City Year Americorps in Manchester (N.H.) and now teaches elementary Spanish at Boston College while working toward a master’s degree. *  Julien Lauretti joins McNulty & Associates as a junior business analyst. *  Anita Guaman leads pre-kindergarten students with the Chicago Public Schools system. *  Connor Kravitz interns with an arts-focused team at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. *  Natalie Goodman supports the Accenture Federal Services team as a management consulting analyst in Washington, D.C. *  Aaliyah Bell provides young people of color with healthy produce and leadership opportunities as an Americorps environmental educator in New York. *  Tanya Kureishi helps 180 Degrees Consulting offer its pro-bono services from London. *  Tyler Lewtan improves software quality operations on Test IO’s team in San Francisco. *  Elizabeth Brady continues the global advocate fellowship with NGO Mama Hope from Panajachel, Guatemala. *  Aremi Tapia shapes future classes at Colby as an assistant director of admissions. *  Jack Burton consults with Artisan Healthcare Consulting from Waltham, Mass. *  Nadia Mustefa joins Success Academy Charter Schools as a middle school STEM teacher in New York. *  Christina Dong is now an executive administrator at Amity Ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. * Eliza Baker-Wacks is a conservation policy associate at Appalachian Mountain Club. *  Kai Frankville is a market research associate at Fitch Ratings in New York. *  Aliza Van Leesten teaches at Manzanita Charter School in Richmond, Calif., through Teach for America. *  Alexander Rinker is a junior developer at MarketAxess in New York. *  Last, but not least, Alexa Busser begins another year as a J.D. candidate at Columbia Law School. Good luck! *  There are still plenty of ways to get involved with designing our next reunion in 2022. You can update your contact info on alumni.colby.edu, join our reunion committee, support our teams with the C Club, or attend local events. The alumni relations team can even reimburse those hosting a get-together in your city. I’m always happy to discuss ideas or simply catch up. Reach out if you stop by New York


Class Correspondent:

Holly Bogo

Hi Class of ’16! Happy fall! Thank you to all who sent in updates—it’s exciting to see what everyone has been up to lately. * Susan Fleurant moved to Ann Arbor this fall to begin a dual degree program at the University of Michigan, pursuing a J.D. and a master’s of public health. Go Blue! * Will Ryan is brewing at Definitive Brewing Co. in Portland, Maine. * Emily Carney is working at Farmer’s Dog, a company that makes personalized, balanced, and freshly made pet food. She’s known as the dog whisperer in the office. * Kim Donaldson moved to Amsterdam in early August and is attending the University of Amsterdam for a master’s in cultural and social anthropology, with specialization in applied anthropology. The track is heavily research based, and she’ll be building on the work she did abroad at the University of Edinburgh as well as at Colby with the coffeehouse. She also plans to give speed skating a try! * Living in Waterville and pursuing a job at the L.C. Bates Museum as a museum educator, Amelia Chambers spent the summer working as a research tech and is now back at school for her occupational therapy assistant certificate. * Kristin Esdale is teaching chemistry and design technology and working as a housemother at a boarding school in the northern part of Germany. She’s entering her third year and was recently promoted to research and writing coordinator. * Erin Trainor and John Morrow live in Portland, Maine, with their Goldendoodle puppy, Maisie. * Cat McClure started her M.S. in ecology at Penn State this fall. She and Larissa Lee ’14 represented the Mules at the American Fisheries Society annual conference, placing second and third in the 5K race. There’s a photo of them at colby.edu/mag in the class notes section. * Wei Feng Ma just started an M.D.-Ph.D. program at the University of Virginia and would love to catch up with any alumni in the area. * Iavor Dekov recently started a new job at HeartFlow as a front-end software engineer. * After graduation, Cameron Coval moved to Portland, Ore., to serve as an AmeriCorps member for a year. Since then, he has formed a community group, Pueblo Unido PDX (facebook.com/PuebloUnidoPDX), to support those detained by ICE and facing deportation through legal representation and guidance. Pueblo Unido became a 501c3 nonprofit organization in spring 2018, and since April 2017, five clients have been released from detention and reunited with their families. * Dan Nesvet is continuing his work at Cornerstone Government Affairs in DC. He also started graduate school at Georgetown as a master’s candidate in security studies with a likely concentration in U.S. national security policy. He was recently awarded a Bryce Harlow Fellowship. * Mike Loginoff graduated from the University of Oxford this spring with a master’s of science degree and is now in London working for CitiGroup. *  Misha Strage recently commissioned into the U.S. Army and started graduate school with the Army for her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Upon graduation she will become a military psychologist with the Army. * Hannah Twombly has been living in North Haven, an island 12 miles off the coast of Rockland, Maine, that boasts a year-round population of 250. She’s working on a farm, bartending, and teaching yoga classes. Last winter she coached the middle school basketball teams with Connor O’Neil ’15—they spend most of their nights playing pickup soccer, basketball, and volleyball. They’re in the process of starting an aquaculture business, Maine Island Aquaculture, LLC, specializing in growing Atlantic sea scallops. *  Holly Bogo moved to NYC in July to start a job in the undergraduate admissions office at Columbia University. * This fall Emma Roberts started medical school at the University of Washington. * Griffin Allen is in his second year of medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. This summer he did research at MCG with Dr. Steven Holsten ’93 and went to Boston to visit Colby friends.


Class Correspondent:

Molly Nash

Ryan Cole and Ari Porter had a busy summer in Boulder. Ari is finishing up her master’s, and Ryan has been traveling quite a bit for conferences. He started the third year of his Ph.D. this fall. In their free time, they shared some quality time with Courtney Klein throughout the summer and were so excited to host Evan LaMarre, Drew Kelly, and Zach Eslami at the end of July. The crew spent the weekend hiking and biking in Breckenridge. Colorado was the perfect place for everybody to spend a weekend together. * Meg Hassey moved from Boston to San Diego, where she is teaching third grade. She’s very excited to be somewhere that has summer year-round. She also enjoyed reuniting in Tahoe with Maggie Parrish, Maddie Johnson, Abby Sill, and Jeanne Barthold this summer. * Gregory Naigles lives in Concord, N.H. He recently completed two peak-bagging lists: the New Hampshire 4,000-footers and the NH 52 With a View. And he’s working on several others. When he’s not hiking, he’s making maps of election results. * Nick LaRovere is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins studying computer science. This summer he interned at Tesla and enjoyed seeing Colby folks around the Bay Area. And big thanks to Wayne Kim ’14 for introducing him to surfing down at Linda Mar! * Kate Parsons moved to western Massachusetts this summer to work at Springfield Prep Charter School as a fourth-grade teacher. Before she started school, she met up in Boston with Brooke Chandor, Jamie Wallace, Carylanne Wolfington ’16, Desi Smith ’16, Mia Diplock ’16, MK Caverly ’17, Caitlyn Nolan ’17, Appalonia Tankersley ’14, and Abby Johnson ’18 for a basketball team reunion. * Kayla Turner accepted a position as an assistant county attorney in the domestic violence unit in Dover, N.H. She cannot believe her dream of being a prosecutor has actually manifested itself into reality. * Mike Wincek hosted Tony Atkinson on his couch for a month.


Class Correspondent:

Anders Peterson

This summer Lisa Nehring participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Thailand. She studied emerging models in conservation and education as well as spiritual connections to nature in Thailand. Lisa, a science teacher at Beginning With Children Charter School 2, lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is a graduate student in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions. * Kayla Lewkowicz got married to a fellow Colby grad, William Voigt ’12, this summer. They took a Colby pic but their photographer hasn’t finished editing. * Will Hochman is still based in NYC, but is currently living in Los Angeles and will be there through October performing in the play Sweat at the Mark Taper Forum. * Daniel Maddox got the chance to roam around Iceland for a week this summer with fellow Mules Ben Brassord and Luke Duncklee ’15. Highlights included Glymur, Skatafell, and the Seljavallalaug swimming pool.  Low lights included Ben captioning a Polaroid of their group with “We Dem Iceland Boys,” which was subsequently hung up in a never-to-be-identified restaurant in Reykjavik. Daniel moved back to Boston from Chicago last September and lives with Luke and Teddy Echeverria. He still works at the same job he had in Chicago, as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, but will take time off in early 2019 to complete training requirements in order to serve part time in the Army National Guard. * Steph Marano got married at an event this summer packed with Mules. Grey Benjamin and Gabe Donahue captivated attendees with dance floor performances that cannot be unseen. * Carey Powers, Blaise Foley ’19, Meg Forelli ’19, and Will Webb ’21 spent the summer working and playing on a dude ranch in eastern Wyoming. * Ian Boldt caught up with Pete Reiley and Trevor Shorb in Boston over the summer. He’s back at Cushing Academy this fall starting his third year as head lacrosse coach and teaching a couple sections of economics as well. * Mika Mintz started medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She will be in the class of 2022! * I started working toward my M.B.A. at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business this fall. I’ll graduate in 2021. I’m still working full time at my same job and living in my same apartment in Newport Beach, but I’m now taking classes at night after work. My free time has become extremely limited, but I’m really enjoying being back in school and making new friends. USC is the polar opposite of Colby, a huge research university in the heart of a metropolis. South Los Angeles is a little bit different from Waterville. I was recently elected president of my class, so I’ll be doing my best to emulate our illustrious co-presidents Cole Yaverbaum and Wayne Kim.


Class Correspondent:

Sarah Lyon

It was great to catch up with so many 2013-ers at reunion in June; our class had a great showing! Here’s to even more of us making it back to the Hill for the 10 year! * As for your updates… Kristina Haney writes, “I’ve been teaching kindergarten in Vegas this summer. Over the holidays I spent time with Siya Hegde and Lauren Kerr ’12, and reconnected with Olga Golovkina, Gabe Lerner ’12, and Elena Kirillova ’14 at the Boston Colby holiday party.” * Alicia Furnary and Philip Amato got married in June. Along with fellow alumni, the Colby Mule was in attendance in the form of an ice luge. 

Alicia Furnay and Philip Amato wedding

* Abbott Matthews is working at Facebook in São Paulo, Brazil. She adds, “I saw Claire Dunn ’13 recently—she was in Porto Alegre for Ph.D. research and came to visit São Paulo for a weekend. It was great seeing everyone at reunion, and I’m already looking forward to 10 years!” * Amanda Lavigueur and Naomi Staley met up in Lake Tahoe, where they went rock climbing. * Many members of our class continue to pursue grad school in all sorts of disciplines. Down South, Mariel Lambrukos, Rachel Jacobs, and Will Taft are all members of the Duke Fuqua School of Business M.B.A. Class of 2020. Laura Crowley is still a Ph.D. candidate in the genetics and development program at Columbia University and is living in Manhattan, and Alex Rasmussen continues to work on his Ph.D. in pure math at Yale. Laura writes, “We mostly work all the time, so I think the only new or exciting thing to report is that Alex and I did a road trip around Iceland recently, which was breathtakingly beautiful.” * Alexandre Caillot defended his dissertation prospectus this past spring and has been elevated to Ph.D. candidacy. He’s now conducting research on the experiences and contributions of new and inexperienced Union soldiers who fought in the Overland and Petersburg campaigns of the American Civil War. * Riley Wagner says, “I graduated with my M.P.H. from the University of Michigan in May, and I caught up with all of my Colby friends in June at Elise Begin’s wedding in southern Maine.” Riley lives in Atlanta, where she’ll complete the Public Health Institute/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global Public Health Fellowship in program management.

Elise Begin's wedding


Class Correspondent:

Sarah Janes

Sanjay Bahl, Kyle Brown, Will Greenberg, Jon McIvor, John O’Brien, Nick Hunnewell, Chris Barrand, Thomas Lampert, Pat Dolan, and Michael Reilly met up in Austin this summer for Scott Margolis’s bachelor party. Scott is engaged to Laura Curran, who celebrated her bachelorette party recently. Y Jesse Goldman and Nathan Katsiaficas went adventuring and camping in Sedona in May. * Colby couple Hank Lanphier and Marina Rosengren got married in Chicago at a gorgeous wedding with many Colby folks in attendance. * Chris Fraser, Sarah Hirsch, and Max Hogue ’13 moved across the Mystic River to the magical land of Medford, a gentle place seemingly unknown to the teeming undergrad population of Somerville and Cambridge. They’re living their best lives with some great people, two cats, and a turtle named Rudy. * Pete Randall has been working to refurbish a Volkswagen Kombi that he and Chelsea Sonksen imported from Brazil. Her name is Rio, and she was going to be ready for road trips by the fall. Chelsea is producing a conference at a mountaintop home in Malibu for a group of female founders, and her team is gearing up to create a series of articles around the theme of Blurring Borders—celebrating Mexican culture and entrepreneurship. They’re excited that Fred Randall ’17 and Shona McCarthy ’18 are moving to Southern California. * In April Meg Winthrop married Nick Mullen (Bucknell ’12), who she met during study abroad in Cape Town in 2011. They live in San Francisco. Meg is pursuing a master’s in organizational development at the University of San Francisco. * Fiona Rose Masland will travel from Lagos, Nigeria, to attend the wedding of her former roommate Emma Gross in April 2019. Y Sam Grant completed the M.B.A. and sports management dual degree program at UMass Amherst in May. He works as an administrator in the athletics department at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Sam spent the last two years living with the incomparable Eric Barthold amidst the hills of western Massachusetts. Eric ventured west to Denver following his graduation from UMass Amherst’s Social Justice Education program. * Mason Roberts graduated from Duke Law School. Having survived the bar exam in July, he relaxed with family in California and traveled until October, when he joined a law firm in Chicago. He’s very excited to rejoin the Colby contingent in the Windy City! Mason also attended Michael Brophy’s wedding in Virginia, where he saw groomsman Raymond Rieling and welcomed JJ Ndayisenga ’13 on his trip back to the U.S. from Rwanda. * Chris Kasprak moved to Maine and began working in Colby’s Communications Office last February. He married Danny Chin (Bowdoin ’12) on a beautiful June day in Boothbay Harbor with lots of Colby friends in attendance, including Qainat Khan ’11, Jen Goldman, Lindsay Putnam, Allie Ehrenreich, James Hubbard, Jenny Stephens and Gordon Lessersohn, Daren McGregor, Ben Grimmig and Aileen Evans, Yuri Min, Spencer Phillips, Petey Randall, Debbie Amato ’13, and Devan Fitzpatrick ’09. *  Thank you to everyone who wrote in! What wonderful things we are accomplishing. Hope to see more of you soon!


Class Correspondent:

Rian Ervin

This spring Jenny Helm graduated with an M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, where she worked on the problem of avoiding collisions between ships and whales in Alaska. * Sarah Flanagan got married in May, and fellow alumnae Allie Stitham ’12 and Kim Bittler were in attendance. Sarah and her husband moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, in August, where she’ll start a job as a professor at the University of Canterbury. * Karlyn Adler, Liz Fontaine Squindo, and Nick Malick ’05 celebrated finishing their master’s in private school leadership at the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University.  * On the weekend of July 7, Ben Desmond, Matt Carey, Nate Seiberling, and Dan Sidman made the trek to Ben’s lake house on scenic Squam Lake in New Hampshire to celebrate Matt’s fast-approaching nuptials with a weekend of grilled meats and canned beverages amongst good company. The group, comprising the Colby contingency, some of Matt’s associates from D.C., as well as the groom-to-be’s collective of childhood friends from his hometown of York, Maine, enjoyed a weekend of World Cup viewing, lawn games, miscellaneous lake activities, and general bonhomie in pristine New England surroundings. On the Sunday after, all but Dan, Ben, and Nate had departed back to their respective homes; the remaining intrepid trio went for an invigorating hike up Rattlesnake Mountain. With sweat dripping from their brows and smiles plastered on their faces in the late July heat, they posed for a final photo at the top—arms slung over one another’s shoulders good-naturedly with the lake glistening resplendently in the background—before descending the mountain and making the schlep back from these idyllic surroundings to their respective cities, eagerly anticipating their next reunion.


Class Correspondent:

Caity Murphy

Kat Cosgrove started a new job as the military legislative assistant for Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX-16) and is absolutely loving it. She was wrapping up planning for her Oct. 13 wedding in D.C. * Zach Hussain is engaged to the love of his life, Bridget Murphy, and they plan on getting married in April of next year. He also traveled to China for a few weeks, exploring six cities (Beijing, Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, Tongli, and Shanghai) with the Nathan Yip Foundation, a nonprofit committed to helping educate children in more rural areas. * Tara Davidson got married July 14 to Brian Chalifour in upstate New York with Shannon Merrell, Hilana Bernheimer, and Emily Warmington at her side. Celebrating with them was her Colby tennis crew: Audrey Jacobsen, Alex Chin ’09, Julie Achenbaum, Caroline Reaves, Katie Brezinski ’11, and Katie Muto ’11 and Craig Zevin ’11. Tara is now in her eighth year of teaching in Boston and her second year co-teaching with Emily Warmington in their homeroom “Colby.” * A boisterous barren of mules gathered in Vermont this past June to celebrate the wedding of Doug Sibor and Lindsay Kosan. They did not disappoint, often finding themselves at the center of the action with their peerless dancing and general consumption capabilities. The group included Tom Milaschewski ’09, Craig Cooper ’09, Bobby Rudolph ’09, James Westhafer, Tim Brettingen, Samantha Smith, Mike and Sara Cameron Baldwin, Claire (Grady ’12) and Dan Marden, Reilly Taylor, Scott Veidenheimer, Scott Brown, Julian Patterson, and Rohan Dutt. * Blythe Miller married Eric Vogel May 27 on the East End of Long Island. In attendance were Ashley Spellman, Claire Tinsley Firnhaber, Kate Lynch Oroho, Alec Oot, Christine Friar, and Kory Darlington. Sorely missed was Peter Serina, who was busy graduating from medical school that weekend. Blythe introduced Eric to her Colby roommates and friends during fall 2009 when he visited campus and lost a very memorable beer die game. The bride and groom were so happy that the group could join them in New York for the wedding festivities. * Maya Ranganathan and Kevin Baier ’11 got engaged on a mountaintop in New Hampshire, eight years after first meeting at Colby and three years after re-connecting at Maya’s five-year Colby reunion. * Sameera Anwar and Scott Zeller ’09 threw a marvelous celebration in Portland, Maine, to honor their marriage last year with all of their friends from far and wide. In attendance were most of the graduating Colby Classes of 2008-11, including (but not limited to) Sarena Maron-Kolitch and Nick Bohlen ’11, Laure-Helene Oakes-Caseau and Andy Oakes, Darshini Mahadevia, Caity Murphy, Nick Cody Friedman, Jenny Gelda, Meg Browning, Anna Kelemen, and Xander Kotsados ’09. Dan Heinrich ’09, Danny Wasserman ’09, Scott Carberry ’09, and Ben Goldberg ’09 all gave rousing toasts to the bride and groom, and the dancing, food, and friendship were unparalleled.

2000 Newsmakers

Dan Giuliani '06

Che Fico, a new Italian restaurant in San Francisco in which Matthew Brewer ’05 is a business partner, was named one of America’s best new restaurants in 2018 by Bon Appétit and was reviewed in the New York Times following its March opening. “Does America need another Italian restaurant?” Bon Appétit wrote. “If that restaurant is Che Fico, the answer is a definitive yes. From practically the moment it opened, this place has been humming like a restaurant in its second decade.” * Dan Giuliani ’06 and his company, Volt Athletics, were included in the article “6 Reasons These Entrepreneurs Crush It While Others Merely Succeed’ in Inc.500 magazine. “We never stretched ourselves so thin that the company was going to completely fail,” Giuliani told Inc.500, which also named Volt the fifth fastest growing company in Seattle. * Natalie Clay ’08 won the Eaton Prize from the British Ecological Society for her paper “Towards a geography of omnivory: Omnivores increase carnivory when sodium is limiting,” which was called “crystal clear and wonderfully written.” The prize is awarded to the best paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology written by a researcher early in their career. Clay is an assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Louisiana Tech University.


Class Correspondent:

Elyse Apantaku

Ben and Katie Butler Wakana welcomed their daughter, Locke Butler Wakana, in May. She’s starting to smile—which is cute and offsets her lack of nighttime sleep. She can’t wait to meet other Colby babies at reunion. * Kate Vasconi Stoessel moved to Atlanta with her husband, Jack, and their son, Augie. She’s working as a second/ third-grade teacher at High Meadows School. * Kat Brzozowski and Wes Miller ’08 attended the wedding of Ronnie Wise ’08 and Skylar Sutton ’08. They also saw Casey Lynch at their camp in Deering, N.H. In addition, the couple bought a house in New Jersey and moved to the burbs. * Ben Hauptman and Elyse Apantaku adopted a new dog, Tucker, over the summer. He joins their other dog, Twilight, and their three fostered-then-adopted kiddos, Bella, Lexi, and Aaiden. This fall Ben started a job teaching sixth and seventh grade math at China Middle School in China, Maine. They recently visited Elyse’s father, Frank Apantaku ’71, who enjoys being a grandpa. * On May 20 Mary Clare Snediker married Kellen Williams (Williams College ’04) in Stamford, Conn. Former CFH teammate Mollie Kimmel was MC’s maid of honor, and former CWL teammate Cary Finnegan Rothschild was a bridesmaid. * Alex Richards is now engaged to Kate Archer, whose father is Pierce Archer ’78. Alex has been in London for a year now and appreciates Alex Hoder having decided to follow him again to a new city. In July Alex celebrated his birthday alongside the other Alex, Adam Lowenstein, and Simon Levy, who has come through town frequently. Sam Hoff came to visit in the fall. * Nina Gold was married in June and tore up the dance floor with Colby grads Liz Doran Albertelly, Abby Sussman Anderson, and Caitlin Leibenhaut MacPherson. Nina lives in Philadelphia, where she’s doing a medical fellowship in biochemical genetics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. * Dan Heinrich and Danny Wasserman had the chance to toast Scott Zeller during his August wedding in Portland, Maine, to Sameera Anwar ’10. The three will reunite in early October as they run the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Marathon. * Julia Coffin and her husband, Glenn Barnes, welcomed their second daughter, Grace Coffin Barnes, March 20 and could not be happier to grow their family. They continue to love and live in Vermont. I was able to catch up with her during a weekend in August at Hannah Hickok’s family home on the Cape.


Class Correspondent:

Palmer McAuliff DePre

Thanks for the updates, everyone! Patrick Collins spent the month of July traveling around Central Europe, and he stopped in Kiev for a week to see Yauheni Hladki ’07. When he returned stateside, he found out he’ll be a first-time uncle in March. Patrick plans to visit his sister, her husband, and the baby in Moscow sometime in March or April. He’ll be planning a multi-city stop—potentially Moscow, Vilnius, and Dublin. * John ’11 and Sarah Waterman are expecting their second child, a girl, in November. They’re also excited that Sarah (Bruce ’10) and Will Cantley (and their twin girls) moved to the same town as theirs outside of Boston! * Erica Ciszek and Christina Raymond’s son, Eli Walden Raymond-Ciszek, was born June 2. In July they moved to Austin, where Erica has joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication. * Following Reunion Weekend, Kostadina Nacheva and Joerose Tharakan went to Hawaii for a short tropical vacation. On the way back to Bulgaria, Kossi got to catch up with Leonardo Costa and Nina Korolyova ’06. * Kara Dalton Waters and Jamie Waters got married in May in Portland, Maine. Their many Colby guests included Sarah Kunkel Waterman, Kristen Barnico D’Angelo, Sam Jones, Megan Litwin Jones, Matt Hirsch, Will Kinder, Caroline Allison Clark, Garrett ’09 and Sarah Gordon Hatton ’09, CJ Donnelly ’07, Paige Clunie, Meghan Church Rennard ’07, Emily Parker Beekman, Rob Rosenbaum ’07, Sasha Kenyon, Jess Egan, Brett Wagenheim, Brett McNeice, Logan King ’09, Liz Pfeffer ’09, Dan Kiernan ’07, Adrian Walther ’06, Sam Hoff ’09, Ben ’06 and Ellen London Crane ’09, Tim Brown ’07, Monty Hankin ’06, Dylan Perry ’09, Rory ’07 and Margaret Jackson Murphy ’06, Chris Hoffman ’07, Josh Kahane ’07, Bobby Abendroff ’06, Jon Bodansky ’06, Justin Ansel ’06, Andrew Cheit ’09, Steve Sandak ’07, and John Wheelock ’06. * Elizabeth and Connor Tubridy happily welcomed William Miles Enderle Tubridy into the world Sept. 17 in Denver.


Class Correspondent:

Annie Mears Abbott

Despite the odds (and the crocs), Mark Biggar actually did get married. His wedding to Dr. Christina Krudy (Emory ’10) was held in the Adirondacks, and it was the Senior Steps, sans arrests. * Laura Keeler Pierce has been busy launching Keeler & Co., her boutique residential interior design firm in Boston, and she’s especially grateful for her many Colby clients. She’s currently working on projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine with a storefront coming in 2020. * Blake Foster and his wife, Myrhia, welcomed a baby boy named Malcolm Brewer Foster (he goes by “Brookie” after his great-grandfather). Blake recently returned from a trip with David Ruiz Zohn ’05 and Mike Gravelle to the Cape, where they caught rockfish and listened to Enya on repeat. The boys described the experience as “alive and thriving.” * Patrick and Courtney Goodie Barker welcomed Eli Luther Barker Aug. 8. Their daughter, Fallon, is excited to be a big sister! * Rebecca Goldstein welcomed her second daughter, Ada James Westlake, April 21. * John DeBruicker married Dr. Kathryn Devlin Aug. 25 in Philadelphia. Josh Gerber and Alex McPherson were in attendance. John also reports that he “dominated in beer die at my bachelor party in Wellfleet, Mass!” * Christian ’08 and Leslie Peterson Crannell continue to enjoy life in Portland, Ore. Christian is in his fourth year of surgical residency training at OHSU. Leslie will take a break from teaching as they welcomed their first baby at the end of September. * Chris Zajchowski and Nicole Remy got hitched last October on the wettest day ever recorded in Wauconda, Ill. They were joined in the rain by Anders Wood, Erik Lambert ’04, Tom Rogers ’04, Emma Carlson ’08, Chris Andrews and Nancy McDermott ’08, and Cliff Johnson and Nell O’Rourke. In May Chris graduated from the University of Utah with a Ph.D. in parks, recreation, and tourism. He and Nicole recently moved to Norfolk, Va., and are on the lookout for Colby grads in Hampton Roads. * Annie Mears started a new job at Slalom Consulting in Boston. * Matt Wallach recently graduated from a dual degree master’s program at MIT (mechanical engineering and M.B.A.). He also got married in Colorado at the end of June. In attendance were Jess (Seymour ’06) and Anders Wood, Jan Weidner and Tony Gill, and Rob Zondervan. Matt and his wife, Katie, recently moved to Ann Arbor, where he started a new job with the Toyota Research Institute. * Natalie Ginsburg married Mike Rose at the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Garden in July. In attendance were Adam Curatolo ’08 and Erin Schlossman, Alisa Perry, Ali Fulreader, Annie Mears, Beth Deeran ’08, Dan and Katie Maland Schupack, Elisa Chiniara, Karli Gasteazoro McGill, and Tammy Lewin.


Class Correspondent:

Lindsey Boyle McKee

Brian Parise was hired as a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO. He continues to perform standup locally in New York City and on the road. * Jenny Mooney Langhorne is working in the NICU at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Her husband, Jeremiah Langhorne, won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic for their restaurant, The Dabney. * Bethany Peck Spitz started working as the compliance manager for Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority, which manages 3,000 deed-restricted units. * Josh Montague was married this summer. Among many family and friends, fellow Mules Erik Lambert ’04 and Anders ’07 and Jessica Seymour Wood were there to celebrate with him. Anders and Jessica still live in Boulder, Colo., and are expecting their first child in October. * Chris and Brittany Hamblin McInerney welcomed a baby girl, Alice, May 28. * At the end of 2017, Todd Olmstead and his wife, Emily Miller Olmstead, moved to London after eight years in New York. Todd took a new job in the Wall Street Journal’s newsroom there after spending four years with the newspaper stateside. They’ve been enjoying exploring Europe and the UK in their first year abroad. * Dan Giuliani’s company, Volt Athletics, was recently named the fifth fastest growing company in Seattle (and 754th in the country) by Inc.500 magazine. He was also featured in the magazine’s article “6 Reasons These Entrepreneurs Crush It While Others Merely Succeed.” * Bennett Barnwell attended the wedding of Drew Rausch and Shannon Keaveney at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. Rachel Carr Jordan, Melissa McNulty, Taylor Snook, Cait Miller, Trevor ’07 and Krissy Fucillo Hanly, Nate Stone, and Stephen Planas were all on hand to celebrate. Bennett also noted that in late August Aine McCarthy and Luke Johnson became life partners. He made the trek to Portland, Ore., to celebrate along with Melissa McNulty, Cait Miller, Caroline Theoharides, Trevor ’07 and Krissy Fucillo Hanly, Liz Stovall ’07, and Nate Stone* Melina Cope Markos has been living on the island of Sardinia (off the west coast of Italy) since 2009. She is the director of studies and a teacher at a private language school in Sassari, a city in the northwest of the island. Melina’s time outside of the classroom is spent on the water as much as possible—surfing, kitesurfing, and sailing. Dave and Jenna Morrison Civitello are excited to announce that their second son, Nico Scott, was born Aug. 10. Luca is a proud big brother but is not sure he wants to share his cars. At Emory University, Dave is in his second year as an assistant professor and has a research focus on infectious disease. Jenna is the director of annual giving and donor engagement within Emory’s division of advancement and alumni engagement. * I was thrilled to catch up with Bethann Swartz in August. She got married, purchased a home in Windsor, Vt., and started a new teaching position at the middle school in Hanover, N.H.—a busy summer for her! We are excited to be living closer to each other and are already planning our next meetup. * Finally, I have to give a huge shout-out to my husband, John McKee, who completed Ironman Lake Placid in July. This was a huge accomplishment, especially for a former football lineman, and I am so proud of him. Our two-year-old daughter had fun cheering him on, and we enjoyed our first vacation as a family of four.


Class Correspondent:

Kate Slemp Douglas

Great to hear from many of you. We certainly are a busy bunch! * In June Ilana Saxe became chair of the science department at the Lawrenceville School. She and her husband visited Glacier National Park this summer and caught up with John and Wendy Sicard Cole. * Courtney Smith recently started a new role as the risk and compliance officer for Venmo at PayPal. She and her husband live with their one-year-old twin boys in Darien, Conn., and recently met up with Nick and Mary Olsson Miller, who also have two boys, at their home in Greenwich, Conn. * Lauren Smith Camera welcomed her second, Dylan, in April. He joins big brother Garrett. While venturing north this summer, they saw Jackie Dao for a play date with her son, James, and Heather Devito, with whom she drank lots of rosé. They also stopped in Freeport at the residence of Sarah Goodrich and Noah Hoffman for a lobster bake, where they were joined by Brendan Crighton, Chris Duncombe, Larry Dagrosa, Mallory Young Michaeles, Mike Booras, and Curtis Chin. * Emma Lynch Brown and her husband welcomed their first child, Seth Lockwood Brown, in June (Colby class of 2040?)! While in Colorado researching her next book, Heather Hansman stopped by to meet the little guy. Heather’s first book, Downriver, about drought in the West and the future of water use along the Green River, is being published by the University of Chicago Press in spring 2019. Be on the lookout for the next one, re: skiing, coming in 2020. * James and Kerri Furlong Broadbent welcomed daughter Eloise. In July they met up with Laura Ellis Bieniek and her family, including her son, Henry, and daughter Molly. * Russell Spitler, his wife, and their two boys, Jack and Cyrus, visited Danny Uhlmann in his home of Chamonix, France. Seth Pierrepont and his daughter, Sofia, also joined. * Melissa Mullen Davis moved to Delaware with her husband and their toddler, Abby, where she started a new job as an assistant professor of chemistry (biochemistry) at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. * Ted Farwell works for a medical device company in lives in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he often rides his bike through vineyards and is trying to enter the local startup scene. He will soon reunite with Kevin Selby, who also lives in Switzerland. * Justin and Lisa Reinhalter Burner just bought a house in Chattanooga, Tenn., and welcomed son Ellis Casey in July. * Daniel “Mac” Lynch was recently recognized as a 2018 Top Next Generation Wealth Advisor by Forbes. He and his wife just celebrated the first birthday of their twins, Catherine and Fiona.


Class Correspondent:

Emma McCandless

A big thanks goes out to Kate Weiler for 14 years of awesome work as our class correspondent! Taking the torch from Kate, I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s updates. * Cynthia Davies is still working as a physician assistant at the Maine Medical Center ER in Portland, and she is also starting to pick up shifts at the Pen Bay ER in Rockport. * Will Sander and his wife, Sam, just moved from DC to Illinois, where they’ll both be taking on faculty positions at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. They’re also expecting their first child, a daughter, at the end of October. * Amina McIntyre’s new play, On the Third Day, was produced by Vanguard Repertory Theatre in Atlanta in August. * Alicia Burrows married Allison Kmetz last September, and they recently moved to Washington, D.C., for Alicia’s new job at the Pentagon.  She’s still active duty in the Army and hopes to meet up soon with former Colby rugby teammates Taylor Mayo and Carolyn Schommer Lindley ’02. * Kim Strader O’Leary is pursuing her doctorate of nurse practicing at UVM, after which she will provide adult primary care, specializing in geriatrics. * Kirsten Helmcke and her husband, Joe Dudeck, were surprised by the six-weeks-early arrival of their daughter, Charlotta Rae Dudeck, in March. They’re all doing well and still in Chicago, where Kristen is back at work as an associate medical writing program director at Astellas Pharma. * Andrew McKenna-Foster, while still passionate about spiders and ecology, started a library and information science master’s program at the University of Washington in Seattle this fall. He’s interested in databases and information management for nonprofits, museum collections, and scientists. * Dr. Amanda Belden Kramer has become a part owner at Haas Dental Associates in Derry, N.H. Karen Prager and I are still in Connecticut, where Karen has started a new job at a magnet school in Hartford. After five years as a school administrator, she’s excited to be back in the classroom teaching international studies and civics to high school students. I’m working at the Achievement Network on the assessment team led by our own Jenny Hanson. We also get to see Miranda Bertram, who’s based in New Haven now, for regular visits. If you have news to share, large or small, I would love to hear from you. Send a note to classnews2004@colby.edu any time!


Class Correspondent:

Rich Riedel

Aaron and Courtney Smith Delfausse welcomed their second child, Maggie, in June. She joins big brother Graham and the rest of the family in Denver. * Kelly Miller will welcome twins (her first children) in December. She’s still living in the D.C. area, and she’s currently working on a large global health procurement supply chain project. * Luke Ferriter and his wife, Liz, had their second baby in April, Katherine Grace. Everyone is doing great; Lily loves being a big sister. * Liz Kueffner Koors moved to Connecticut after 10 years in Virginia. Her husband, Paul, just started working at a private practice based in Danbury; Liz teaches in the early childhood program at the Housatonic Waldorf School. Their kids, Ellie, 9, and James, 7, visited Colby for the first time this summer and beat the heat with a visit to the museum and a treat from North Street Dairy Cone! * Elyssa Ford enjoyed going to reunion with Joanne Head Powell and Whitney King Billerman, and she got to visit Casey Brown Harris and Hillary Bouchard ’02 while on her road trip from Missouri to Maine. Elyssa has been adjusting to life with a crazy Vizsla puppy, working on publications for the centennial of women’s suffrage, and was promoted to an associate professor of history (and contrary to what a recent letter published in Colby Magazine claimed, professors work incredibly hard!). * Carrie Morin Peaslee, after catching up with classmates at our 15th Colby reunion, headed up to Prince Edward Island for her 10-year dental school reunion. * Katrina Noyes currently lives in New York City and works for Open Society Foundations. She was so happy to visit Lake Winnipesaukee this summer with Spencer Hutchins and Justin Stempeck and their families. * Didn’t have a chance to head to reunion? You can still catch up and share your news. Please send it to me at classnews2003@colby.edu anytime!


Class Correspondent:

Bridget Zakielarz Duffy

Warm wishes that you all had lovely summer adventures. Mine were certainly enriched by this role as I connected with classmates sending in updates. I met up with Erin Clark in Missoula, Mont., after she served as travel consultant for my family’s vacation in Glacier National Park. And I dined with Alex Suchman after we discovered we lived mere miles away from each other. * Carl Tugberk with his wife, Jen, welcomed their new son, Taylor Faik Tugberk, to the world Feb. 21 at 8 lbs., 15 oz., and 21 inches long. His big sister, Hayden, and his furry brother, Barnaby, love their new family member. * Meg McCusker moved back to the Boston area from California. Much more importantly, she and her husband, Patrick,  welcomed their first daughter, Mairead Joy Bennett. They are so in love with her. * Michael Pincus and Danielle O’Steen ’03 welcomed their daughter, Rosalie, in July, joining big brother Samuel. They currently live in Washington, D.C., where Mike is a partner at the law firm Van Ness Feldman, and Danielle is finishing her Ph.D. in art history this fall at the University of Maryland. * Michael and Meghan Kreider Rogalus live in Bucks County, Pa., with their children, Ethan, 4, and Elise, 2. Michael is a hydrologist working remotely for a consulting firm in Vermont, and Meghan is a watershed specialist for the Bucks County Conservation District. * It’s a pleasure to share your news, and I eagerly await hearing from you!


Class Correspondent:

Dana Fowler Charette

Janice Greenwald was married July 21 to Eric Horowitz (they met when they lived in Austin, but they’re both NYers) with the presence of many folks from Colby. Janice recently relocated back to NYC to lead marketing for Bowery Farming, an indoor hydroponic vertical farm, and she’s living in Brooklyn, only a few blocks away from both Stephanie Mendell Hodgson and Hilary Jansen ’02. * Koji and Yuki Kodera Watanabe spent three quality weeks in Japan earlier in the summer, and they hope to make a trip to the East Coast next summer. They’re surviving day by day with kids’ schedules and staying busy at work. Koji has been working as a financial planner for the Commerce Trust Company, and Yuki was busy gearing up for the new school-year orientation enrolling international students at the University of Kansas. * Rachel Rokicki oversaw the publicity launch for A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, the debut novel from SJP for Hogarth, Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint. It has been lauded by critics and was an instant New York Times bestseller. * Mieko McKay recently bought a house in Washington, D.C., and then accepted a new job as a deputy project director with Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications in Cote d’Ivoire. She moved to Cote d’Ivoire end of April, and so far it’s been exciting and fun. Due to her move, she remotely celebrated the second birthday of my godson, whose mother is my best friend from Colby, Venola Mason. * This summer Marybeth Maney Wilhelm and her two boys, 8 and 10, had an awesome day playing in the sand and waves in Saco, Maine, with Angela Ridlon McMahon and her awesome kids. They looked forward to their reunion with Caroline Rosch in Philadelphia in mid-August. Her boys love history, and Caroline planned to play tour guide and show them the sights. In addition to Colby mini-reunions, they’ve enjoyed day trips, camping, beaching, and lots of Little League summer tournament action. They all went back to school Sept. 5. Marybeth is once again teaching critical reading and writing I and II at Endicott College in beautiful Beverly, Mass. * Michelle Farrell got tenure and a promotion at Fairfield University—from assistant to associate professor of Spanish (she owes so much to her Spanish professors at Colby, she said). * Robb Henzi had a great gathering on Cape Cod this summer. Tim Grayson, Quinn Keating, Jon Natkin, Pam Foxley Arifian, Seth and Hilary Spitz Arens, everyone’s spouses, and all nine kids had a great weekend together boating, grilling, swimming, and all things Cape.


Class Correspondent:

Ben Mackay

Class of 2000! I hope everyone is doing well. Here’s the latest… * Erik Crimmin won an International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in 2018 for his work on remote monitoring for heart failure patients. His digital-scale program reduced the days patients spent in a hospital by more than 40 percent. * Limi Perry Bauer just completed an M.Sc. in applied linguistics and language teaching from the University of Oxford. The degree is specifically in Teaching English Language in University Settings (TELUS). She has loved being a student again, especially the residential weeks of this mostly distance-taught course. * Parke Burmeister still lives in Portland with Sarah Plimpton and their daughters, Elizabeth, 7, and Stella, 5. Parke has recently joined the law firm of Drummond Woodsum as a trusts and estates attorney. * A group of ladies recently got together to reconnect for a long weekend of relaxing, hiking, spa, etc., in Arizona. Present were Kate MacLeay Crespo, Katie Mitchell Brooks, Heather Daur McFeely, Becky Rasmussen Dalrymple, Hilary Smyth Wirtz, Carrie Russell Marcus, and Sarah Murphy. Mary Ann Schumacher Neumann, Jen Kassakian Anderson, and Lauren Borchardt Guthrie were sadly unable to make it but were with them in spirit. * Peter Hans, Ross Frankenfield, and Michael Siegel were on their way to Burning Man in the Nevada desert. They planned to pick Eric Saucier up at a Disney on Ice performance in Reno, where Eric is performing as Scar from The Lion King. * Jenn Dolle enjoys her summers in Greenport. * Eric Wallach is hoping to open a new mini golf in the Hamptons called “Where’s Wally” in the summer of 2019. * Jessie Knoll O’Brien was busy crafting arts and crafts that she’ll barter at Burning Man. She hasn’t missed one Burning Man in five years but feels also like it’s going a little too corporate. * Elizabeth Hooker is enjoying her career in the wine business and has created and trademarked her own template for an ice luge. * Kate Gardiner Tucker has started a blog called “Keeping it Spicy” where she shares creative recipes with which to use Tabasco sauce. * Jenny O’Donnell Spidle will be partnering with Jennie-O Turkey to make a dried turkey stick that appeals to dogs and kids. * Erin Roberts Keysor has been happily starring in the Elena the Aviator musical on the Disney cruises. * Caroline Calhoun just started her 14th year as a public school humanities teacher in Connecticut. Her husband, Declan Curtin, is a fellow educator, and they’re always on the go with his five boys, her stepsons, who started third, seventh, eighth, ninth, and 11th grades. Each summer they head west to Montana to help Caroline’s sister run the Red Ants Pants Music Festival (redantspantsmusicfestival.com) in the tiny rural ranching town where she lives. * After seven years as part-time faculty at Georgetown University School of Nursing, Katie Reber Colcher is excited to move back to full-time clinical work as a family nurse practitioner. Additionally, last summer she visited with Scott and Melissa Bradbury Friedman when they visited Washington, D.C. Their daughters enjoyed seeing the sights of the Smithsonian together. * Brian Hiester is a visiting assistant professor of biology at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He received a Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology in 2012 from the University of Colorado and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Kennedy Lab at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. He also was an adjunct member of the faculty at Johnson and Wales University in Denver, where he taught food microbiology and biochemistry. * Ben Mackay continues to live in Jackson Hole, Wyo., with his wife and 5-month-old. Climbing, hiking, and skiing when not working. Let him know if you’re coming through town!

1990 Newsmakers

Mala Rafik ’94

Two books by Mark Panek ’90 were included in HONOLULU magazine’s “50 Essential Hawai‘i Books” list. Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Warrior, about sumo wrestler Percy Kipapa, and Hawai‘i, called a “gritty exposé” that outscored Michener’s novel of the same name, made the cut. * Tara Taupier ’91 was named superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur, Calif. Taupier, who has been with the district since 2002, has served as a social studies teacher, an assistant principal, senior director of instructional technology and staff development, and then assistant superintendent, the Marin Independent Journal reported. * Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) honored attorney with the Dr. Jim O’Connell Award for her legal counsel and advocacy for disability and health rights. Rafik, a managing partner at Boston-based law firm Rosenfeld & Rafik, P.C., “has embraced a life of service to the poor, while guiding and protecting programs … dedicated to social justice and providing excellent care to poor and homeless patients,” said BHCHP CEO Barry Bock. * In August landscape painter Matthew Russ ’96 had a solo exhibition at Portland Art Gallery, which produced a video about Russ in his Waterville studio and on location in Cape Elizabeth (vimeo.com/281335150). In July his painting Richmond Island from Crescent Beach sold at a wet-paint auction to benefit the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust and won the People’s Choice Award. 


Class Correspondent:

Brian Gill

Betsy Kies Raftery gives a shout-out to all those that attended our 20th reunion and a special thanks to Sandra Hughes Goff for all her efforts in making it an excellent weekend all around. It was wonderful to have Professor Jenny Boylan at our class dinner and to share with us her timeless humor and wisdom. Betsy loved making new memories on Mayflower Hill with some of her dearest friends—Mary Ellen Shuttleworth Miller, Sam Sheridan Spielman, Mimi Sotiriou Raygorodetsky, Leah Bernstein Jacobson, Laurel Hart, Shelley Wollert and her partner, Allen Farmelo, Chris and Kristina Smith Gates, Nathan Curtis and his wife, Kimberly, and Dave Spiro. * Emily Larsen finished her 10th year teaching biology in Phoenix and relocated to South Dakota with her two daughters, Vivian, 5, and Ella, 4. South Dakota is where she’s originally from, and they plan on some downtime there for the next six months. Then Emily and her daughters will move to New Hampshire to start a physician’s assistant grad program at MCPHS in Manchester in January 2019 * Rob Gutierrez, Winnie Chan, and Yunhee Hong enjoyed a mini-reunion dinner with Jason Tom ’00. It was a much-needed, long, overdue night of catching up amongst friends at the Night Market restaurant in Cambridge, Mass. Rob flew back the next day to South Jersey, where he and Gillian (Morejon ’00) live with their two kids. * Shannon Baker continues to live in Salt Lake City and is a practicing family physician. She greatly enjoys the outdoors there and has been tagging along behind (at respectable “mom distance”) during her 9-year-old’s weekly mountain biking lessons in Park City while trying to improve her skills as well. This summer they traveled to the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyo., to enjoy the amazing jagged mountains there and to hear her 13-year-old perform with his school choir along with the festival symphony. * Andrew Littell was recently selected as a New England Patriots ambassador to Jacksonville, Fla., and will help to organize local events for visiting Patriots fans. * Jill Marshall got married in New Mexico in June to her longtime boyfriend from Ireland, Sean Teehan, and is having a wedding celebration in October in New Hampshire. She’s excited to celebrate and connect with some other Colby grads. * Tessa Gurley McKinley has been busy in Boxborough. Her husband quit his job, and they opened a hard cider company, Pony Shack Cider. They’ve been steadily growing from a few retail shops in their town to some bars and locations in Boston and a chain of liquor stores on the Cape. Their next big event is Cider Days in November—a celebration of hard cider held every year in Western Massachusetts. They have a retail location in Boxborough that offers tastings and tours.


Class Correspondent:

Tom DeCoff

Sounds like many of you have been enjoying the summer! A summer highlight for me was meeting up with Chris Sullivan, Steve Papagiotas, Welling LaGrone, and Mark House in Portland, Maine. We hit up an old favorite, Gritty’s, as well as many of the new breweries and pubs. We tried drinks made with raw apple cider vinegar because that’s what all the kids were doing and quickly realized that we are no longer kids, and maybe we should avoid things called “Fire in the Hole.” * Amy Brackett McEwen kicked off summer with a Colby girls reunion trip to Nashville with Wendy Morris Levine, Kerri Duffell, Mary Rosenfeld D’Eramo, Molly Bracken Dunne, Kara Patterson Perrelli, and Mandy Ball Caruso. They had a great time listening to live music, sightseeing, and reminiscing. Carrie Underwood may have been “Crying Pretty,” but Kerri Duffell made sure they left Nashville in “A Blaze of Glory!” Making Colby proud! * Erika Moore Coombs writes, “I can’t believe we start back to school so soon. Summer has flown by with adventures and good friends.” She and husband John Coombs have kids entering eighth, seventh, and fourth grades this fall. She notes, “I’m a bit shocked we have such old children since we haven’t aged a bit!” In addition to hosting an exchange student from Valencia, Spain, this summer, the Coombs family spent time with Chris Sullivan and his fabulous family and Yawa Duse-Anthony and her beautiful boys. Recently, the Coombs were happy to give back to their school through Erika’s Thirty-One Gifts business by donating caddies filled with supplies for K-2 teachers. “Life is about to get wicked busy with school sports and activities, but I love every moment of it,” she says. “Hope everyone else is doing well!” * Jess Miller Pachler has had quite a summer. She and husband Mike celebrated a special birthday for Mike with an unforgettable Alaskan trip in July. Highlights included a Talkeetna River cruise, a private airplane tour of Ruth Glacier, a road trip on the unpaved Denali Highway (breathtaking, except for a flat tire), glamping on the Matanuska Glacier, staying in a yurt on Orca Island, eating lots of salmon, and seeing bears, moose, and bald eagles, all while family and friends took care of their four sons back home. According to Jess, “if Alaska is on your bucket list, go now, don’t wait! It’s amazing and not nearly as unattainable as it may seem.” They plan to go back with their kids after seeing so many families in RVs all over the state. In August she met up with classmates Rebecca Durham, Amy Bennett, and Suzanne Higley, as well as Brent Ryan’s wife, Claire, while on Cape Cod. And, at press time, Jess and family were prepping for the 21st annual celebration of Manaiung (the Lenape word for “the place where we go to drink”), a weekend of fun and friends on Slippery Creek Farm in Orwigsburg, Pa. Expected to attend are Brent Ryan, Rich Morrissey, Bow Stratton, Matt Logan, Yawa Duse-Anthony, Pete O’Neil ’98, Julie Alosi ’98, and Debbie Corliss ’98. On a more somber note, Jess also reflected on the recent mass shooting at the Capital Gazette, where she was a freelance columnist for 14 years, in Annapolis, where she’s lived for 20 years. In the wake of losing a good friend and experiencing the horror that mass shootings bring to society, Jess has been involved in fundraising and memorial events. Y I hope you all spend meaningful time with good friends family and enjoy the fall season, whether it includes pumpkin carving, apple cider, football, or the World Series. I look forward to hearing about it.


Class Correspondent:

Brad Smith

Sarah Langan offered solid props on the anti-gravity email solicitation I sent (thanks Sarah). The note generated some sweet notes, too, so let’s get after it. * Alex Leventhal shared that he spent a week on Mt. Desert Island with his freshman roommate, Pete Kisler, who transferred to LSE after his junior year so sadly didn’t graduate from Colby. Pete lives in London with his wife and son. Alex joined with his wife and two kids, Colby and Peyton. Alex sent me a photo of he and Pete in front of Treworgy, the scene of many a freshman-year crimes. Alex also shared that he closed his latest (fourth!) private equity fund with Ironwood at a cool $420 million. * Tina Garand Branson wrote a nice note to say that she just celebrated 19 years of marriage to her husband, Paul, and that her daughter Emma graduated from high school a year early to pursue her B.F.A. in dance at Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music. * Andrew Rice is entering year three as executive director of Teen Recovery Solutions, which operates Oklahoma’s only recovery high school for teens in addiction recovery. He recently stopped by Santa Fe, N.M., on his way back to his home in Oklahoma City and caught up with Soren Peters ’97 over lunch. Soren runs a brewery in Albuquerque and an elk ranch in Chama, and he has a 1-year-old baby girl. Congrats, Soren! * Nate Howell and I almost had a beer in Biddeford, Maine. Nate is the new CEO of Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), and if I had gotten the date right for our meet-up, I would have had more notes to write, I’m sure. * However, the best update of all came from Russell White, who sent in the following: “This year we introduced a new mutt, a ’81 ’vette, and a pigmy hedgehog. Still living the dream with wife and 4 quads. Keeping the baby bipeds away. Built a pimped-out flat last year in the Timberlands of Westbrook, Maine. New dog is a sato from Puerto Rico. She really ties the room together. Living like TimberLords on the skirts of Portland. I talked to BJ and Hugh. They went to Colby, man. I didn’t give Colby any of my stash this year or last. They have mad cash. I want that Pollock.” No edits necessary, Russell. That was simply gorgeous. * As always: Send more notes, please.


Class Correspondent:

Yuhgo Yamaguchi

Deborah Whedon Fernandez and her family reside in Paris, France, but this past summer they visited Boston on their way to see family in Maine. They connected with many Colby friends and their families, including Carolyn Caswell Heinen, Doug Macauley, Eric ’96 and Maureen Finn Schwartz, Alyssa Falwell Ross, and Kristen Hanssen Goodell. * Alisa Masson, Kathy Christy Schultz, Michelle Grdina, Marissa Shaw Glowac, Jennifer Benwood Saam, Alison Angino Germain, and Sandra Jewers Dow got together for a weekend in September. * Meredith Brent Dove recently got together with Kristen Fowler and Karen Andreas in Boston, and she saw Steph Brewster in Providence, R.I., over the summer. * Lee Paprocki recently enjoyed six months off work to spend more time with her 7-year-old son, John, and to visit her parents in upstate New York. They also visited family in Connecticut and friends in Vancouver, B.C. * Christopher Shore lives in New York and is the staff master printer at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Conn. His work has been exhibited extensively in Connecticut, New York, and beyond, and most recently in the 9th International Printmaking Biennial in Duoro, Portugal. He teaches a variety of printmaking workshops, including screen print, intaglio, collagraph, non-toxic techniques, and printmaking for teachers. * In August Chris Russell and his family invited Colby friends to their home in Connecticut for the weekend. Peter Karos visited from Toronto, Cindy (Kelley ’96) and Toby True and their two sons came from Philadelphia, and Chad Tyson traveled from the Boston area. Matt Muszala, Scott Higgins, and Brett Nardini ’96, along with their families, also joined. “In all, eight former White Mules and 12 future Mules celebrated summer while reminiscing our carefree days on Mayflower Hill,” writes Muz. * Gerry Coakley started his own law firm, Lang Coakley (langcoakley.com), last June. They represent small businesses and families looking for wealth management and estate planning services. * “The Dalton Street girls brought in last Independence Day with a BANG at their annual summer reunion in Woolwich, Maine, hosted by Alice Tilson Koehler,” writes Bruce Mason, who attended along with Madelyn Meyn, Jennifer “Hank” Ancker Whelen, Meg Scheck ’97, and their families. “Their days were spent walking over bridges, mining farmer markets in nearby Bath, exploring the foggy sands and peaks of Popham Beach, and boating and paddle boarding along the Kennebec River.” * This past summer I had the pleasure of getting together with Sean McBride, Stephen Kidd ’97, and Carter Davis ’97, along with friends and former roommates from the Boston area. I also spent some time with Jonathan “JB” Blau ’94 and his family on Martha’s Vineyard, and Marc Rubin, who moved back to the Boston area with his family after 15 years in San Francisco. And back in October 2017, I attended Andrew Vernon and Adrianne Juniper’s wedding in Tucson, along with many Colby friends and their families, including Michelle Grdina, Marc Rubin, Michelle Wyemura Parker, Mike Rosenthal, Christopher Lohman, and Joshua Eckel ’94. Andrew and Adrianne live in the Seattle area, and last July became proud new parents to Hannah Vernon. Congrats to their growing family!


Class Correspondent:

Sara Ferry

Please put June 7-9, 2019, on your calendar for the end-all-be-all 25th reunion! Details are on our Facebook page—search for “Colby College Class of 1994 25th Reunion.” * Katie Morrison says, “Life is good!” She just returned from backpacking a small portion of the John Muir Trail with her family, including her wife, Curran, daughter Ellis Jane, 8, and dear friend John Cook ’92. She started a new job this fall at Altimira Middle School in Sonoma, Calif., teaching students with moderate to severe learning challenges. * Jonathan Kaplan wrote in from Truckee, Calif., following a great trip from Portland, Ore., down the Oregon coast, to Eureka, Calif., to the Bay Area, and across the state to Truckee. He said the charred landscapes from the wildfires were really sad to see, and yet it was fascinating going from one micro-climate to another. “In reflecting on what to write, I’m sort of amazed how we careen from one life event to another in our mid-40s. My son, Reid, starts kindergarten next week. My wife, Allison, has become a champion (professionally) for using blockchain technology for social good—making mobile voting safe and accessible, for example (I still don’t get it)—and I’m still at the Open Society Foundations doing our best to defend basic principles, which are under assault: equal justice under law, human rights, and good governance.” * Emily Davis Wall sends good news that she’s signed a contact for her third book! It’s called Breaking Into Air: Birth Poems. * Ross Nussbaum writes that after a fun-filled five years living the good life down in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., his family returned to the New York City area this past year. He reluctantly traded in his flip-flops for Oxfords and joined Scotiabank, where he’s head of U.S. real estate investment banking. * Elizabeth Bancs says she can’t believe her daughter started second grade, much less that she has Colby classmates sending their children off to college. “Good luck to us all!” She was honored to be a part of the closing on the home of Creighton McDonald ’95 and his wife, Denise, in New Jersey. They used her former firm for the closing and even received a dozen fresh eggs from her former boss’s farm. She spent 10 days in Maine last summer and suggests to those who return to go out on the Lucky Catch, “a lobster boat in Portland that takes people on 90-minute trips where you bait bags, pull traps, measure the lobsters, and push the traps back in.” She attended a beer and food-pairing event hosted by Angry Erik’s Brewing—Erik Hassing’s brewery in northwest Jersey—at a local publick house and says “it was awesome!” Wallie Leung and his wife, Jennie, joined her for the event. “Maybe we petition him for class beer at the upcoming reunion?” * Marina Netto Grande Campos writes the best encouragement for returning for our reunion. She says she went up to Colby twice over the summer to drop off her oldest daughter for the Maine Arts Camp. Her daughter was hesitant at first about traveling so far but absolutely loved it. Marina had not been back to the campus in 20 years and was amazed at how much it has grown and how beautiful it looks. Since she moved back to the U.S., she’s been able to meet up with Colby friends Paul Marnoto, Zach Rubin, Julie Ackerman Kaeli, Rebekah Freeman Schulze, and Jocelyn Hiller Kane and with professors Sandy Maisel and Patrice Franko. She looks forward to more Colby encounters.


Class Correspondent:

Jill Moran Baxter

Thanks to all the classmates who showed up to make our 25th reunion a jam-packed, fun-filled weekend! Lael Hinman Stanczak and Sarah Burditt McDougall were the first of many to find their way to Anthony-Mitchell-Schupf (AMS) Hall, which served as Class of ’93 headquarters. Special shout-out to Greg Burns and Scott Parker, who turned headquarters into Tiki’s—AKA the place to be for pre- and post-dinner celebrations. Mike and Katy Donovan O’Neil, Shawn Bryant, Nancy Richards Cavanaugh, John Bonello, Glendon Roy, Hillery Hugg, Sasha Galland Affleck, Kristin Suslowicz McCarthy, Kristen Schuler Scammon, and Scott Greenfield were among those who previewed Tiki’s on Friday. * Dan O’Grady, Jeff Zlot, Dana McClintock, Jason Soules, Dave Higgins, Scott Abrams, Jill and Jon Yormack, Hilary Gehman, and Karyn Rimas-Baker were among those up early Saturday morning to run in the Blue Light 5K. Janine DeForge Olson powered to the front in the final stretch. * Other reunion events ranged from a chat with Jenny Boylan in the former Spa, where you could find Isabelle Gagnon Johnson, Alfred “AG” Gillis, Michelle Addario, Mark Radcliffe, and Patrick “Butch” Robbins, to the Parade of Classes, where Hilary Gehman, Mike Murphy, Susan Furst Knight, Kathaleen Smyth Lane, Amy O’Mara, and other classmates represented ’93, to a talk on sports leadership featuring Eric DeCosta. Ari Druker was awarded a Colby Brick and received a special shout-out from President Greene for journeying all the way from Japan. * All weekend long classmates, including Jeremy Samuels, Jen Larsen Daileanes, Sue Sarno Mihailidis, John Southall, Pam Crebase Chudzik, Josh Bubar, Jon Yormack, Matt Wiacek, Marshall Mintz, John Cully, Brenda Eller Avery, and Andy Stanley, kept the die tables at Tiki’s busy. * Our class dinner included a performance by the Colby Eight, with Peter Caruso and Dave O’Shea singing old favorites. Rod Gerdsen reminded us of notable events 25 years ago at Colby and kept our class up to date on giving for the year. The party continued back at class headquarters, where Bobby Ward and Eric DeCosta tended bar, and Dan O’Grady, Nate Lewis, John Smith, Steve Hatch, Sheri Petelle Marnoto, Amy O’Mara, Elizabeth Maclin, and Annelise Bunger Atamian danced into the early morning. * If you missed our 25th, start thinking ahead—our 30th will be here before you know it, and you won’t want to miss all the fun. In the meantime, stay in touch by sending in your news! 


Class Correspondent:

Molly Beale Constable

Jessica Maclachlan Gauthier wrote from Hawaii: “In June I had the opportunity through my husband and my relief efforts to ride with Paradise Helicopters with media lava specialists. We flew from Hilo to the active lava eruption in Pahoa. The lava flow has taken 700+ homes, and more than 3,000 residents have had to evacuate and relocate. As a realtor, I’ve been very involved in finding homes (some donated and some built in a matter of weeks) for folks needing to flee lava. That’s something I never imagined would be part of my life! Micah and I are incredibly honored to be of service to our community during this disaster.” * In July Marah Silverberg Derzon, Lisa McMahon Myhran, and Christy O’Rourke Habetz, along with their spouses, reunited in Portland, Ore. “We spent the weekend eating, drinking, and laughing our way through the city, culminating in a visit to the winery ‘Hip Chicks Do Wine.’ Sadly, we discovered that the hip chicks did not do wine very well, but we had fun despite the rosé adjacent offerings, and we found the perfect brewery at which to recover. We also checked out Reed College on behalf of our rising seniors. It’s no Colby... We narrowly missed a rendezvous with Wright Dickinson, but it was a great weekend!” * Chris and Whitney Adams Ward live in Hingham, Mass., with their three kids. “Lily graduated from Hingham High School and will be a freshman at Trinity College in the fall! Sam will be a junior, and Sasha is going into seventh grade. My most exciting news is that I opened a showroom at the Boston Design Center in June for my sister Lindsey Adelman and her amazing light fixtures and chandeliers. We are located in the Boston Seaport District, and we welcome visitors!” * Matt Noyes has been living and working in Bar Harbor, Maine, for the past three years. Currently, he is the design and marketing director for Witham Family Hotels. He married Britt Hulbert Aug. 2. * Jason Nixon wrote: “John and I—the Madcap Cottage team—have just launched our rug and lighting collections and will be debuting our bedding, desk organization, tabletop, and floor tiles collections in spring 2019. We are off to Morocco this fall to lap up the inspiration.” * Steve Earp had a “crazy summer in Texas. I dropped my son off at Trinity University in San Antonio. He received an academic and vocal music scholarship, so tears and cheers as he starts his college journey! In July I took my daughter on a college tour in the Northeast; Brown University and Colby (yes!) are the two favorites so far. Great memories came back, especially walking across Mayflower Hill, eating at the Last Unicorn, and hitting Gifford’s for a quick cone on our way out of town. She’s playing volleyball and hitting the books at Bishop Lynch High School. My youngest will be an eighth grader. She also loves volleyball and singing. She helped lead her 13U Club team to an exciting fifth-place finish at nationals in Detroit in July.” * Jim Condron has had a number of his pieces of art in various exhibitions: Fireplace, East Hampton, N.Y.; American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore; Sour Milk, Greenwich, Conn.; and Maryland Art Place, Baltimore. * Happy fall, everyone!


Class Correspondent:

Dave Shumway

Greetings classmates! It’s time for another update. * David Vincent reports that his daughter, Liberty Anastasia Vincent, graduated from Northwestern University in June. * Fred and Debbie MacWalter Bright headed to Scotland—University of St. Andrews—to drop off son Matthew (their baby) at college. Mackenzie is a senior at Tufts this year, and they headed to Waterville in September to watch her play volleyball against Colby. Debbie hoped to meet her retired track coach, Deb Aitken, there as well. Fred still works for Wells Fargo (someone needs to be paying these college tuitions), and Debbie works as a physical therapist: with pediatrics two days a week, and running a wheelchair and seating clinic for Spaulding on the South Shore/Cape Cod three days a week. They are busy, but look forward to an empty nest. Debbie still gets together regularly with Julie Campbell Murray, her roommate from freshman year—the dean of housing did a great job pairing them up! * Fred Ramstedt started a new job in May as director of sales at SoftWorks AI, a fintech startup with a history. He’s also been advising three recent Colby alums who’ve started up a real estate tech company called Rubik Analytics. They had dinner recently at the Princeton Club in New York. Fred also writes that his beloved dachshund, Juniper, turned 5 Aug. 24. Y Some heartbreaking news arrived from Sharyl White and her husband, Brian Probert ’88. Sharyl wrote, “I haven’t sent in an update since my daughter was born in 2000 so I suppose it’s time. My daughter, Sienna White Probert, died of rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer, May 11, 2018, in what should have been her senior year of high school. She’d been fighting it for two years.” From Sienna’s obituary: “Sienna’s first love was music. A lovely high soprano, she was proud to have been twice selected to the Maine All-State Chorus, to have lettered in music her freshman year, and for her membership in the Tri-M music honor society. She enjoyed any choral or instrumental ensemble she could fit into her schedule, playing flute, piccolo, bass flute, and piano. She also delighted in teaching flute to younger students. She adored animals and loved her cats and dogs, reading, creative writing, anime, volleyball, table tennis, tubing, sledding, fishing, hunting, swimming, whitewater kayaking, and all forms of skiing. She rooted for UMaine hockey and looked forward to board and card games with her family and friends. She had a passion for aviation and planned to obtain her small plane pilot’s license. Sienna was recognizable for her beautiful smile and 6’1 stature. Mechanically inclined and fascinated by healthcare, she intended to become an innovative expert in the science of prosthetics. She was known for her wit, intelligence, and assertiveness, and we are positive had she lived she would have eventually been in high office or running her own company. Sienna recently received the American Red Cross Hero Award for her efforts to encourage blood donation. She would want you to know how important blood donations were to her treatment and ask you to give blood to help others.” Our thoughts are with Sharyl and Brian (our Colby classmates and friends) and all the Probert/White families in their time of loss. * I always enjoy hearing from all of you, so you don’t have to wait for the next class news request—keep that news coming in!


Class Correspondent:

Kristin Hock Davie

Roger Woodberry remains “at large,” escaping, he says, from the tyranny and politics of the United States to discover more basic freedoms in a communist country: Vietnam! He sends his regards to fellow classmates and patriots, both in Asia and stateside. * Malcolm Hill is now a Maine resident having started at Bates College as vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty in July. He’s excited to be back in the CBB fold. * Imelda Balboni recently became program director for Stanford’s Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program in addition to being a pediatric rheumatologist and clinical associate professor. * Susan Kachen Oubari, now an empty nester, recently relocated from Vancouver to Paris. Lisa Livens stopped by in July to watch the quarterfinals of the World Cup, and Kristen Pettersen Miller will visit in October before heading off on a European bike tour. * Stephen Nahley became general counsel for Ogden CAP Properties, LLC. While on the college tour circuit last spring, he bumped into Steve Chmielewski and his family also looking at schools. He reports that Jim Reduto is doing well in Westchester with his family. * Jonathan Millard, Alison Glockler Schwartz, and John Hutchins all had great vacations this summer. Thanks to their out-of-office email response for those updates. Y It’s been about 20 years since Jo Lilore’s last update, so he promised to send news for the next column. * Anne Pollock Waldron and Jason Soules ’93 had lunch in Boston after eight years without seeing one another. * Dan Spurgin recently got his pilot’s license and led a flight to Sri Lanka to deliver pencils and keychains. Otherwise, life is pretty much as usual in Lawrence, Kan., for him. * Steve Coan traveled to Nashville in June to play in a golf tournament with John Hayworth. While they didn’t win the golf game, they reverted right back to their Colby personas and won the party. * A quick plug on behalf of our class presidents Steve Coan and Elisabeth Parker Poole to remind everyone that we’re 18 months out from our 30th reunion, so mark your calendars for 2020 now!

1980 Newsmakers

Joan Fortin '88

Dan Ossoff ’80 was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2019. Ossoff is an attorney at Boston law firm Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster and specializes in real estate law. * KeyBank named Raymond “Chip” Kelley ’83 Maine market president in July. “Chip possesses extensive commercial banking experience, market knowledge and strong leadership qualities,” E.J. Burke, co-president of Key Community Bank, told the Central Maine Times. * Joan Fortin ’88 was profiled in the Mainebiz series Women to Watch 2018, where she was lauded “as a champion for women, diversity, and inclusion, and a mentor who’s always generous with her time and sound advice.” Fortin is a shareholder, board member, and director of attorney recruiting at Bernstein Shur in Portland, where she oversees the firm’s mentoring and summer associate programs.


Class Correspondent:

Anita Terry

Hello classmates! I have just returned from Waterville, where I left my oldest child in the care and custody of our alma mater. The drop-off program was great, except there weren’t giant boxes of Kleenex on every corner as there should have been. I know there were lots of other ’89ers there, including Karen Currey Wehr, but I only saw Tripp and Heidi Lombard Johnson, who made it a trifecta with their third kid at Colby. Our fearless class president, Brett Dixon, has proposed getting all the Class of ’89 kids together for a group photo. I think it’s a great idea but don’t know how to execute, so if you have any suggestions, get thee to the class FB page and suggest something. * Now for news that’s not about me: I had two blasts from the past in response to my “send in your news” email. Katherine Allen McNally, my East Quad floormate, wrote for the first time ever and caught me up on her very interesting life. After time in CT, CA, MA, and CO, she and her husband, Hugh, have settled in Enfield, N.H., where she is a marriage and family therapist. * And another freshman dorm-mate, Jeff Casto, contacted me to catch me up on his doings since May 1985, which include working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, getting an M.F.A. in drawing, moving to NJ, and having two kids. * John “Johnny P” Reynolds is back in NYC and got on local TV for accidentally depriving a fellow subway rider of one of her shoes. Look it up. * Scott Harvey lives in Sterling, Mass., with his wife and three kids, although two of those kids are in college and one is at Gould Academy in Maine, so I guess he’s just living with his wife. Scott works for Nuance, and he also hangs out on occasion with Jeff Ward and Jed Webster. Scott reports running into Cindy Cohen Fernandez at lacrosse tournaments and Scott Wentzell at Sunday River. * Ruth Bender had an even more adventurous year than usual, as she got engaged in January and now shares her San Fran apartment with her fiancé, Dan, two dogs, and a teenager. She spends as much time as possible at her cottage on Damariscotta Lake, which Jenn Cooke Rotman has helped transform from an eyesore to a gem. Ruth promises to visit me in Minnesota one of these days, and now it’s in writing so there’s no getting out of it! I’m waiting for news of a September Colby reunion in San Diego from Melita Marks—I hope she’ll put photos up on the FB page. And last but not least, our 30th reunion is in June. I will be there! Will you?


Class Correspondent:

Kate Walker

It was wonderful to see so many ’88ers at our 30th reunion! Those of us who attended were treated to perfect weather, glorious views of Mayflower Hill, as well as lots of laughs and reminiscing at our class headquarters in Dana. Some of us took a bus downtown to tour the renovated downtown Waterville and view the newly opened residence hall. Special thanks to Rob Koff and Scott Bunker for providing libations in the Dana Lounge. At some point while enjoying the beverages, I took over the duties of class correspondent from Nancy Donahue Cyker. Although the details are fuzzy, I look forward to hearing and writing about your news. Thank you, Nancy, for writing our column for so many years, and congratulations on being named to the Colby Board of Trustees. * This summer Tim Wissemann, Scott Bunker, and Kent Fikrig ’89 visited Rob Koff’s house on Lake Sunapee. They spent the weekend water skiing and wake boarding. Scott Bunker also wrote in to boast about his brand new chocolate lab puppy named Bailey. * Rick Angeli recently dropped his daughter Katelyn off at Colby as a member of the Class of 2022. She immediately headed to Salamanca, Spain, for her first semester as a White Mule. Rick’s oldest daughter, Emily, is a junior at Connecticut College. Son Ricky is a sophomore in high school and is leery of all of the attention with his newfound status as an only child. Not to mention, Rick’s wife, Tricia, is not too happy with the new male majority in the house. * Becca Bruce Dobberful was sad to miss our 30th reunion but recently saw two classmates she hasn’t seen in ages and claims they haven’t aged a bit. Greg Cunningham and his wife, Anne, were in Austin for a Dave Matthews Band concert and were staying four blocks from where Becca lives. Becca also met up in Portland, Maine, with Susu MacLachlan Fletcher as she was headed to pick up her daughter from camp and Becca was headed to pick up her husband from the Portland airport. Susu is still writing and looking for her next gig in the journalism world. Becca had another random Colby encounter recently. In the early ’70s, Becca’s family spent summers on a property near Damariscotta, Maine, and this past summer her extended family spent two weeks in the same area. One day, they drove by the place they rented in the ’70s. Uninvited, they drove down the long driveway off Route 1 to the house, knocked on the door, and were greeted by a young couple preparing for their wedding. As they walked to the barn, where the floor was being re-structured for their wedding reception, they learned that the couple was Matt Silverman ’12 and Kelsey Gibbs ’10 who went to Colby! Now that summer is over, Becca’s kids are back at school (preK and first grade), and she is working part time doing the books for an academic coaching business. * Mark J. Wylie has been working for Best Buddies since its inception in 1989 and is now vice president of talent relations. Over the past 30 years, others from our Colby community have joined in supporting the organization in a number of ways. Kathleen Lowney ’87, Amy Lumbard Holbrook, and Susie Zimmermann have participated in the Hyannis Port ride to raise awareness and funds for Best Buddies International; Rob Young’s children participate in Best Buddies programs at their school in Holliston, Mass.; and Susie Zimmermann, whose son has Down syndrome, cofounded Best Buddies New Hampshire in 2014. Mark promises to promote opportunities to get involved with Best Buddies on our Class of ’88 Facebook page.


Class Correspondent:

Scott Lainer

Since the national news has been so slow and uneventful, I hope you’ll find this alumni news more invigorating. * John Glass wrote to me! See, I knew he would. “I’ve spent that last 20 years in finance,” he says, “working in equity research following restaurant stocks. As a benefit I’ve had the pleasure of eating Big Macs on six of the seven continents. (There are 12 continents, John. Sheesh!) My wife of over 20 years, Trish Glass, spends her time more constructively, founding or being involved in a number of nonprofits. My oldest daughter graduated Tufts and started her adventures in NYC. My second wrapped up her freshman year at Connecticut College, and my third is still in high school. When not dining at Olive Garden, I enjoy playing with trucks, boats, snowmobiles, chains saws, and other assorted power tools. (No comment here.) I spend summers on an island in Maine, and frequently see Adam Rosenbaum, instantly regressing back to our college maturity level. I also keep in touch and occasionally see other classmates, including Jason Crawley ’86, Jeff Butler, and Josh Goldberg ’88, among others. Strangely, despite living just a few miles apart, I have yet to see Scott Lainer.” (I see me every day, John. Trust me, you’re not missing much.) * David Sullivan offered 31 years in a few sentences. “I use my liberal arts education every day. I founded and manage a trust and wealth management practice for a law firm in Hartford after a stint in banks. My work helping client families is rewarding. I like my co-workers and get satisfaction, and a fair amount of stress, from my job. I’ve been married almost 25 years to Cindy, and we have two great sons. The first graduated Dartmouth in June of ’17 (my safety school) and the second is a sophomore at Dartmouth (ditto). We live south of Middletown, Conn., close to the Connecticut River, and enjoyed knowing our boys were just 140 miles north along the same waterway. Like a good number of other 53-year-olds, I’m pulled between guiding the launch of kids while managing the decline of parents. I’ve continued to hike and backpack. We’ve camped at Chimney Pond, made trips back and forth across the Knife’s Edge, and rafted the Penobscot. (I hike and backpack in my living room.) I’m close with Sven Dubie and his wife, Cameron (Howe ’92). They live in Indianapolis with two boys, teaching history and science, respectively, at a renowned private school. I also try to keep in touch with Peter Voss, who lives in NJ and works in Manhattan. For the folks with whom you spent an intense four years in the cold-fusion furnace of winters on Mayflower Hill, it doesn’t take more than a few minutes on the phone for the years to melt away. (Nice turn of phrase, Dave.) We recently visited Sven and his family at his mom’s summer place in Fairlee, Vt.” * Jeff Russell recounts “another milestone when I attended my daughter Alison's graduation from Colby. It was an amazing and emotional event, especially when the girls rolled their bar out of the room while moving out. Alison marks the first of the fourth generation to attend Colby and is the daughter of Beth Henry Russell '88. Ali had a fantastic time at Colby and will be headed to grad school after working for a few years. I enjoyed reliving college experiences during Ali's time on Mayflower Hill.” (Like homework?) * Liz Sedor Nordlie “has a son starting college this fall and a daughter beginning sophomore year of high school—anxiously awaiting her bedroom takeover! I joined Target Corporation about a year ago, after 20 years at General Mills. I’m enjoying learning the retail business. It’s been a great summer in Minnesota, which just earned acclaim as ‘the happiest state.’” (Colby is the happiest school, Liz. Maybe it’s you!) Y On that note, be happy, classmates!


Class Correspondent:

Susan Maxwell Reisert

Many thanks to everyone from the Class of 1986 for writing in! Here’s what a few of our classmates have been up to: Andrew Docherty retired from the Navy after proudly serving in uniform (as a helicopter pilot and ship driver) for over 30 years. He’s now working as a defense contractor in the D.C. area. Andrew is also an avid backpacker and hiker. One hiking highlight is his trip to Mt. Whitney, where he enjoyed an amazing two-day, 22-mile, 14,505-foot summit hike to the highest peak in the lower 48 with his three kids. * Eve Ermer recently traveled with her husband, Scott Russell ’83, to northern Germany and Denmark. Part of the trip involved visiting people and places from Jan Plan 1984 in Lübeck. They also visited Dan Shiffman while they were in Hamburg. * Dorothy Mack Stoppelmann is in the midst of her 10th year as an elementary school principal in California. She and her husband celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on the island of Kauai, shortly after celebrating their daughter’s graduation from the University of Oregon. Dorothy and her husband enjoy riding their tandem road bike, getting in a few metric century rides up and down the state. While attending a conference in Boston last spring, she had dinner with Dave Epstein. * Tom McCallum shared that he and his wife have been happily married for 27 years. They live in Morrisville, N.C. (near Raleigh), where they are raising their two boys, now in middle school and high school. For the past 10 years, Tom has worked at Red Hat, a small open-source software company. In terms of travel, Tom recommends that we all add Patagonia to our bucket lists. Over Christmas last year, Tom and his family spent a week hiking the W Trail in Torres del Paine in Chile. It proved to be a truly unique and inspiring part of the world. It reminded Tom of the time when he and his Colby roommates Cary Hills and Tony Bentivoglio drove out to California for spring break sophomore year (2.5 days driving each way!) and saw Yosemite for the first time. * Lila Hopson Monahan wrote in to share a favorite memory: sitting in Foss Dining Hall with friends chatting and then seeing the Colby Eight come in to serenade someone—loved those guys! Lila’s son, Nick, matriculated at Johnson and Wales University this fall. Her daughter, Cassie, is a student at the law school at American University in D.C. Lila herself continues in her pediatric practice in Nashua, N.H. * Ricardo Sieveking has two sons who are both entrepreneurs and a third son who is a student at SMU. In terms of hobbies, Ricardo has started running races with his wife. * Suzanne Pearson Vaughan wrote in (for the first time!). This past summer she took a cruise to Alaska. She also spent some time in Seattle and Vancouver, reporting that it’s “beautiful country.” Suzanne’s company, SwimEx, is excited to be a part of the new athletic expansion project going on at Colby. They will be providing the plunge pools. * Marian Huntington’s new book, Movement and Mentorship, Healing Kids through Sports, was recently published by Xlibris and is available in English and Spanish on Amazon. * Leslie Greenslet Perry recently moved to Jacksonville, Fla., to support her parents. She’s on the mend after breaking a wrist during a bike accident. * That’s it for now. If you haven’t done so in a while, I encourage a trip to Colby. A new dorm has just opened up—in downtown Waterville. The new athletic facility is in process (with swimmers in my family, I’m especially excited to see the new pool). And the Colby Museum of Art is as impressive as ever. It’s worth the trip!


Class Correspondent:

Tom Colt

Dwayne Jackson recently traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, and was “blown away by the scenic beauty of the country.” Dwayne normally takes an annual trip to London but wanted to change things up this year. He was especially impressed by the serenity of the city. Dwayne hopes to visit both China and Iceland next year. * Steve and Imogen Mintzer Hinds recently celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary. Imogen lives in Sunnyvale, Calif., and works at Stanford University, where she was promoted to senior director of student housing and recently completed her Ed.D. Her son, Connor, graduated in June from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. * Meghan Casey lives with her husband, Chuck Parker, in Yarmouth, Maine, where she teaches Latin at Yarmouth High. In June she was elected to the Yarmouth Town Council. Her daughter will be headed to Holy Cross in September 2019 after a gap year at Safe Passage in Guatemala City. Her middle daughter is in her second year at Strive U, a Portland-based college-type program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Her eldest daughter lives in NYC and works with the city council. Meghan frequently sees Carol Eisenberg and David Simpson ’86 as well as Diane Albert Khiel. In the last few years she has seen Mary Alice Weller Mayan and Leslie Robinson. * Carol Eisenberg loves the travel opportunities that her kids’ adventures provide—in January she visited her oldest in Spain, where she teaches English after having graduated from John Jay College last year. In April Carol visited her middle one in Budapest, where she was spending a junior year semester abroad from Haverford. * Roy Hirshland lives in Boston’s Back Bay and is the CEO of T3 Advisors, a real estate advisory firm that helps companies in tech and life sciences find office space. T3 has offices in Boston, the Bay Area, and NYC. * Paul Swartz lives in North Andover and works as a strategic partnerships manager for American Airlines. Paul’s daughter Dana started at Bates this fall and will be part of the Bobcat lacrosse program. * I’m starting my second year living in China working at Shanghai American School. Megan and I recently visited Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand and will be traveling to India this fall. During a trip to the States last spring, I caught up with Jim Sullivan ’87, who lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Jim is the managing director of Balcony Media. In the late summer I connected with Mike Schafer ’83, who was visiting Shanghai with his wife.


Class Correspondent:

Marian Leerburger

So many of you offered up your news for this column that I am truly awed. We heard from so many folks we haven’t heard from in a while. * Deborah Sleeman Daniloff lives with her husband of 26 years in El Dorado Hills, Calif., where she teaches yoga and tends a garden (EDH Gardens) worthy of its proximity to America’s farm-to-fork capital, Sacramento. She reminded us that we had to read Orwell’s 1984 prior to starting our freshman year at Colby and thought we might be interested to revisit it through the eyes of a Russian scientist in the 2017 Netflix movie Icarus. * Jeremy Springhorn is back to an operations role as CBO of Syros Pharmaceuticals. He and his wife are Colby parents with their daughter, Hannah ’19, a senior this year, and their son, Ethan ’22, a first-year. He stays in touch with several Colby friends, including Andrew Davis ’85, John Gagné, and, more recently, Jay Allen ’86. * Bill Sheehan regularly keeps in touch with Colby classmates, including his DU brothers. While he and his brothers get together often, they have a special reunion this year in Shaker Hills with nearly 40 fraternity brothers coming from 13 states and the UK, representing classes from 1980 to 1987. Among those from the Class of ’84 are Craig Alie, John Ayer, Warren Burroughs, Nathan Emerson, Nils Gjesteby, Jim Pollard, Dave Rosenberg, and Eric van Gestel. Of note, four of his Colby DU brothers have children in the Colby Class of 2021. * Barbara Duncan Marchetti has had her own practice for more than 25 years—C-suite Corporation, providing retained executive search and training. She was given a great honor this year when she was asked to be the commencement speaker for the class of 2018 at Austin Prep in Reading, Mass., where she is a trustee and parent of an alum ’17. She stays in touch with Maureen Hagerty and Jay Polimeno ’81 as well as with Cindy Koehler Bernstein ’82, who was just appointed to join her on the BOD for One Family Inc., a nonprofit based in Boston, which aims to prevent homelessness and break the cycle of family poverty in Massachusetts by promoting pathways to economic independence through advocacy, education, and innovation. * Jane (MacKenzie ’83) and Scott Morrill are selling their family home in the “burbs” and downsizing into a 1,000-square-foot apartment in downtown Portland. They’re walking distance to all the best restaurants, shops, and services. Scott is retired from his job at the Oregon State Bar and is writing a one-person play based on the humor he encountered in his job handling complaints about Oregon lawyers. * As for me, I have one child who just finished graduate school and started his first job (in Texas!) and one child who has a year left to graduate from the University of Maine. I’m indulging my new hobby of taking my animal-assisted therapy collie to hospitals, on wounded warrior visits, and to nursing homes.


Class Correspondent:

Jennifer M. Thayer

Hey everyone, I was totes bummed not to see more of you at reunion. Our Gang of Eight celebrated an … intimate 35th. We reckoned that something epic like climate change must have kept the rest of you from attending. On the other hand, perhaps everyone who needed to be there was there; and, on the upside, we will surely win awards for most improved attendance at Year 40. Nevertheless, we persisted in turning it up at our inadvertently exclusive event, and I was duly instructed to send LOVE to all from Sal Lovegren, Duncan Gibson, Susan Charrette, Amy Black Villafranca, Dan Marra, Barbara Leonard, Chris Easton and Patty, and Jake Filoon and Gretchen. Plus, Yours Truly. And seriously, folks, you gotta get back and see whassup in downtown Waterville. Big changes since Year 30. Further, the Colby Museum of Art, always a highlight, was even better with tour guide Duncan Gibson, who sure knows a LOT about that stuff! * I know where some of our guys were playing Reunion Hooky, though: sitting on Mark Tolette’s front porch somewhere on a glorious island in Maine enjoying “The Way Life Should Be.” That party comprised Ken Emery, Peter Ruggles, Phin Gay, Dave Glass, and, I think, Jamie Town (Jim Hart sent me a picture with no editorial, so I did my best on the ID piece. Next time, just invite me! :-p). * And now, more from the rest of our class … Jenny Stringham Ward wrote that her fam squad has made a big move from central Illinois to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina [I like the sound of anywhere with “mountains” in the name!]. Jenny is the director of development for the Beaver College of Health Sciences and has been blessed to work on an exciting new building project; her husband, Dane, is dean of libraries. She shares, “We’ve had some major health challenges since arriving here, and feel the precious gift of time together. Kids grown, one in medical school, one deeply invested in making a difference through politics. A courageous generation! So proud!” * Billy Lloyd enjoyed laughter, oysters, and a few beers over lunch with Tyger Nicholas and Mark Federle in late July near—but mysteriously not actually on—Cape Cod. “The three of us are deeply into various stages of raising, educating, and marrying off children, while enjoying our long marriages and professional lives,” says Billy. [Billy kindly wrote the entire paragraph so I didn’t have to. ENGLISH MAJORS, OMG!] * Jake Filoon pinged me to share that following a summer devoid of more Colby interaction, he enjoyed dropping off his son at Colby as a member of the incoming Class of 2022. There’s only one comment to make here: GO, MULES! * Steve Rowse and I enjoyed another Hudson Valley Beer Summit mid-summer in Newburgh. Steve and his wife just picked up a place near my sister in Yarmouth, so I have pledged to call on my next road trip to Maine, hopefully this fall. Because … The Way Life Should Be. <3


Class Correspondent:

Ginny Bulford Vesnaver

Yikes! I’ve prematurely aged us all! I just re-read my last column where I referred to 2018 as our 60th birthday year. I believe I’m a year ahead for most of us! I guess I’m excited to begin that next decade. I could blame it on my old brain, but instead I’ll say it was due to the great idea the “Small Hall Gang” had, which bears repeating. They’ve suggested planning mini-reunion get-togethers for “the Class of 1981 turns 60.” * As for the exciting new decade, Diane Young will start it with a May 2019 marriage to her longtime love, John A. Grillo. They’ll be married by the ship’s captain of a vessel off the coast of Naples, Fla., in honor of Diane’s dad, who was a captain himself. Diane has been enjoying early retirement from her real estate consulting business, living between her three homes in Killington, Vt., Saratoga, N.Y., and Naples, Fla. She’s gotten in lots of skiing, biking, and swimming. * San Orlandello is wrapping up his year as the president of the Rotary Club of Edina, Minn. He’s the sole owner and managing advisor of a boutique wealth management firm, McNellis & Asato | Raymond James, in Bloomington, Minn. His oldest son recently joined his firm as a paraplanner on a path to become an advisor. San is also now a certified spiritual director, non-practicing, other than for his own personal growth. On the family front, San is enjoying being a grandfather. * Check out our Class of ’81 Facebook group to see photos shared by Faith Bramhall Rodenkirk of her recent visits with Kim Wadkins Seymour, Alison Thomas Vietze, Mari Samaras White, and Emily Lindemann Stuart. They enjoyed being together and beautiful days on various New England beaches. Faith retired in August 2017 after 29 years working for Northwestern Mutual. She and her husband, Don, began their retirement with seven weeks in Florida last winter and closed on a house in St. James City, Pine Island, in April 2018. Shortly after the closing, they left on a two-week vacation to China, visiting Beijing, Xi An, and Shanghai. Faith would love for any Mules who find their way to the Fort Myer’s area to look her up.  * Gary Rogers was back on campus in April as a mentor for the Entrepreneurship Expo, where he met outstanding students who will make great future business leaders. He has also joined the board of trustees of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, Conn. He and his wife, Linda, have volunteered there for many years. In a small Colby world twist, Victor and I and our middle child, Valerie ’13, also volunteered there throughout the early 2000s. Gary shared that they’re improving the lives of people with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding. They’re expanding their veterans program with some valuable advice from Henry Kennedy ’80, who has been running a vet’s program for many years in Nobleboro, Maine. * Jon Light retired after 37 years of banking, including eight years at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh and 29 years at BNP Paribas in NYC. He and his wife, Melissa, have moved to the West Coast, south of LA, to be near their kids. Shortly after their move, they flew back East to attend the wedding of the daughter of Leslie and Peter Cocciardi. * That’s all for now. I’ll say it again—happy 60th all!


Class Correspondent:

Kevin Fahey

Weddings, grandchildren, career transitions, and bucket list items appear to be common themes for many classmates. Dave Castonguay emailed just after the last issue reached his mailbox in Mechanicsburg, Pa., which was the day before it reached mine in D.C. Dave recently left Ahold USA after 20 years and he’s now doing some volunteer work at a local food bank and with Habitat. * After raising three sons in Summit, N.J., Mark and Lisa Paskalides Grimmig are the proud grandparents of a beautiful little girl with another on the way this fall. Their son Ben (Colby ’12) married Aileen Evans (Colby ’12) this September in Virginia, and their youngest son is a high school senior. Eight years ago Lisa and a friend started a catering business from home, and now she has a little café in town. Lisa also saw her freshman year roommates Susan Thompson Sadler and Bev Nalbandian Madden last year. * Michael Fanger and his wife celebrated their 30th anniversary this year. They’re starting to focus on some bucket list travel. They spent two weeks in Spain and Portugal in May and had plans for fall trips to Montana and Anguilla. They spend the summer at their home in Woods Hole, Mass. Their daughter lives in Brookline, Mass., and works at iRobot in Bedford, and their son is finishing at Boston College this year. * Carol Sly lives outside D.C. in Falls Church, Va., where she works part time in communications, sending out a daily email blast to 6,000-plus subscribers with news, photos, and calendar info for the local public school system. She says it can all be traced back to the Colby Echo! Carol saw Brenda Bowen in March when she and her husband were in NYC. Sarah Russell MacColl ’79 visited twice this year while visiting her son, Chris, who works in D.C. She looked forward to seeing Patricia Valavanis Smith after Carol completed riding her 30th Pan-Mass Challenge, a 192-mile bike fundraiser for Dana Farber Cancer Institute. * Cate Talbot Ashton says that retirement has given her some great opportunities to spend time with Colby friends. She went to France for 10 days in April with Elisabeth Eustis Paine ’81 and Elizabeth Stuart Bailey, and she’s spent time with Lisa Smith Fry ’82, who recently moved to Camden, Maine. Cate and her husband, Don, had a busy spring with weddings. Their son Zeben married Michael Bieber in Nashville in May with Colby grads Jim ’78 and Sue Conant Cook ’75 and their daughter, Emily ’11, attending. In late June, son Nate married Jennifer Rogers in New York City. * Ellen Mercer Papera has been married to Ray Papera for 33 years and lives in Wyckoff, N.J. They have three grown daughters with two living in California and one in New Jersey. Following Fordham Law School, Ellen worked as a lawyer for a number of years. After staying home with her kids, she reinvented herself as a travel agent with her business, Memorable Adventures by Ellen. She enjoys planning travel for clients all over the world, and she loves to travel herself—she took a trip to South Africa this summer. Ellen sees Johanna Rich Tesman and Lauren Dustin on a regular basis. This summer she had a mini-reunion at the Jersey Shore with Sonia Turcotte Fois and Joy Crafts McNaughton. * Caroline Weeks DiProspero has lived in Southington, Conn., for almost two years with her partner, Ken. They enjoy walking, playing tennis and golf, and sharing lots of laughs. She loves being less than an hour away from her daughter, Chelsea, and 3-year-old grandson. Caroline works as a para-educator at a local middle school. * I also got in a bucket list item when my wife, Elizabeth (Stiller ’81), and I attended the MLB All-Star Game in July when it was only a bus and subway ride away from our home.


1970 Newsmakers

Kendrew Colton '77

A  story about Fred Traversi ’74 was included in a Washington Post column by John Kelly titled “Let’s Talk about Air Travel” about meeting people while traveling. Traversi’s story involved his seatmate who, in the course of a friendly conversation, mentioned his printer stopped working. Traversi, at the time a salesman for Lexmark printers, offered to send the man a printer. “You don’t know who I am, do you?” asked the seatmate. Traversi hadn’t recognized Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. * Kendrew Colton ’77 was quoted in Chemical & Engineering News in the article “Firms feud over purported age-fighting molecule” about an ongoing patent dispute over rights to nicotinamide riboside, a molecule with promising vitamin-like qualities. Colton, a partner at the patent law firm Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, said, “Yes, litigation is costly, but there are big margins in the supplement market.”


Class Correspondent:

Cheri Bailey Powers

First, I want to remind you that our 40th reunion (yes, hard to believe) is June 7-9, 2019! Let’s have a great turnout, so start planning to attend. It’s on my family’s vacation plans for next year. * Ross Moldoff completes 35 years as planning director for the Town of Salem, N.H., in December. Ross and Amy celebrated 30 years of marriage in July with a trip to Playa del Carmen in Mexico. Their daughter Allison was married in March in Great Neck, N.Y., to Abraham Esses. Their oldest, Emily, finished an accelerated nursing program at Regis College this year and is now a licensed nurse practitioner. * Liz (Yanagihara ’80) and Barry Horwitz have spent a lot of family time these days centered around Oliver Horwitz, their grandson, who joined the family last winter. He’s a real joy and tends to be the anchor at family gatherings! * David LaLiberty reminded us that this year is the 40th anniversary of the ’78 soccer team’s championship season. A celebration was held Homecoming Weekend this October commemorating the incredible season and players. * George Powers feels that his kids lead more interesting lives than he does. His oldest, Derek, is in Alabama, training to fly Blackhawk helicopters. The next son, Sean, graduated UCSD and is a software engineer at Amazon labs in Silicon Valley. Son James transferred in September to UCSB and is studying biology. George plugs away at his tech job and goes camping with his wife, Annette, when they have a chance, when not working on the remodel project. * Gayle Amato’s son, Jacob, was married in Destin, Fla., in June. It was a gorgeous wedding on the beach with Gayle’s grandson Leon as ring bearer. Jacob and his wife met at Bucknell and now reside in Birmingham, Ala. Gayle made her annual visit to Mark Hubbert’s place in Maine with Kathy Jackson ’78. While there she dined at the Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine. They also caught up with other Class of ’78 friends—Mary Rolerson Hebert, Sally Pearce, and Theanna Poulos Pateropoulos—for lunch at Royal River Grill in Yarmouth. * I had a chance to work the Boston Marathon in April as part of a team with Kathy Bleakney Pawley and her friends and family. We braved a torrential downpour collecting clothing that was donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Boston. I even had the luck of locating a runner that was from my neighborhood middle school here in Colorado Springs—yes, out of 40,000 runners I bumped into someone from Colorado! (He finished in the low 400 range out of the 40,000.) Kathy and I met up with Martha Soucy at Patriot’s Place (on my bucket list). While there we met a runner that had a Colby connection—he knew Savas Zembillas! Said he’s a rock star with his congregants, which we totally agreed (wink, wink).


Class Correspondent:

Lisa Mathey Landry

Greetings, classmates! How can it be 40 years? Reunion was fabulous! We had a turnout of about 50, the weather was superb, and the campus looks beautiful. Many thanks go to Pam Cleaves Devine and the reunion committee for all their hard work. Our headquarters was the second floor of Roberts Union (who remembers living there freshman year?), where we renewed friendships with good music, food, drink, and laughter. There was a lot to do: the 25-mile bicycle ride; a tour of revitalized downtown Waterville; the Blue Light 5K Run; the Parade of Classes; a private visit to the museum followed by the class dinner in the lobby, highlighted by a moving address from Coach Dick Whitmore; and dancing under the big tent. Four of our own were recognized by the College for their outstanding and generous support—the late Tim Hussey, Sandy Buck, and Jim Crook received Colby Brick Awards, and John Devine received the Marriner Distinguished Alumnus Award. We missed those who weren’t there and hope to see you in 2023! * Theanna Poulos Pateropoulos wasn’t able to attend reunion but has enjoyed seeing pictures. In June she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Alliant International University in San Francisco, where she’s lived for the past 11 years. Next year she’ll complete her post-doctoral residency at the VA in Augusta, Maine, specializing in the treatment of PTSD in our veterans, and she hopes to remain on staff there. She’s thrilled to be back in Maine after so much time away. This summer in Yarmouth, she had a mini-reunion with Sally Pearce, Mary Rolerson Hebert, Robin Towle-Glynn ’79, Gayle Amato ’79, and Kathy Jackson. * Gerry and Mary Foley Boyle were at reunion and enjoyed the class dinner, especially seeing Coach Whitmore. Gerry led the bike ride, joined by a number of other ’78ers. He and Mary enjoyed a visit this summer from their daughter and son-in-law Michael ’07 and Emily Boyle Westbrooks ’06 and their children (third-generation Colbians?). Emily’s first novel, Dead Samaritan, will be published this fall. Mary is curriculum director for the Waterville, Winslow, and Vassalboro schools, and Gerry is editor of this magazine. To quote him, “For anyone who hasn’t been back of late, Colby and Waterville are rocking. You just have to check it out.” * Steve Jacobs had Nick Levintow and Jenny Barber as guests during reunion. He loved all the events, especially the climb to the top of Miller Library and running in the 5K with Dan Driscoll and Russ Lodi. After 33 years, he resigned from Central Maine Pediatrics in Lewiston, and this fall he’ll start at Intermed Pediatrics in Yarmouth. Until then, he’s taking his first summer vacation in 34 years. * Jack Landry and I were delighted to be at reunion, especially because we missed the 35th. It was very cool to see friends of long-standing, to share and laugh at old stories, and to create new ones. Jack retired in 2016 after 35 years in the hotels and ferries business and is busy with pro bono work and his golf game. I’m active in our community, serve in a number of areas, and never seem to be at home. Life is good! * A huge thank you goes to our retiring class officers and an equal welcome to those who’ll see us through the next five years, president Ben Thorndike and head agent Jeff Wheeler. Finally, many thanks to Nancy Piccin for her work as class correspondent for the past five years and her invaluable input to this column.


Class Correspondent:

Russ Lowe

I’m happy to take over the role of correspondent from Kevin Farnham. I received too many responses to get them all in this time, but keep them coming. * Sandy Pardee lives in lovely Québec City, Canada, with his wife, Catherine, a native Québécoise, and where he plans to apply for dual citizenship. For the last two years, he’s enjoyed teaching English to business people. He plays music in Canada, where luckily the cover bands sing almost entirely in English. He stays in touch with Pearl band mates R.P. Higgins, Sara “Fro” O’Leary ’79, Geoff Becker ’80, John Stivers ’81, and Tom Stratton ’81. They’re just waiting for the next Colby reunion gig to come their way. * Nancy Epstein is professor of public health at Drexel University, where she’s taught for the last 18 years. She moved to Philadelphia in 2000 after a successful career in public policy in Austin and Washington, D.C., and entered seminary at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, studying full time while also teaching at Drexel. She was ordained a rabbi in 2006. She’s a contributing author to a new textbook, Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health, published this spring. She was in Waterville this summer and met Mike and Ann Atherton Poulin, who live in Houston. “Wonderful to see them both and to visit Colby for the first time in many years!” * Bill Gruber sent a picture of a recent reunion of 23 fun-loving members of Phi Delta Theta. Attendees included: Dean Eaton ’73, Mike Sherrill ’74, Skip Tonge ’74, Joe Alex ’75, Charlie LeRoyer ’75, Dave Pinansky ’75, Dan Sexton ’75, Scott Anderson ’76, Mike Harris ’76, John Sanborn ’76, Al Shapiro ’76, Mark Fishbon, Steve Ford, Jeff Olmstead, Stuart Alex ’78, Courtney Grimes ’78, Scott Butterfield ’80, Mark Garvin ’80, Tom Marlitt ’80, Chris Perrin ’80, Jeff King ’86, and Peter Solomon ’86. * LouAnne Robias Jaeger watched the Colby men’s hockey team on their tear last spring. At their second tournament stop, she met up with Mike Roy ’74 and other former hockey players. They made a good deal more noise than the home team. When the Mules won, some of them pledged to travel to the Frozen Four at Lake Placid, which was full of exuberant Colby alumni, including Valerie (Jones 76) and Steve Roy and Mike Roy. It was exciting to watch Colby almost pull it off against a much bigger team. It underscored her feeling that Colby grads are incredibly faithful and ready to wave the blue and gray. She also spent time with Lydia McAnerney 76 while she was on her way to SUNY Albany to deliver her daughter to a Ph.D. program. * Ken Colton is now partner at the patent law firm Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery. He recently got a quote in an article in Chemical and Engineering News* Joanne Karlin Giudicelli lives near Lake Tahoe and is celebrating 30 years of marriage, three married sons, and five grandchildren. She’s about to launch her fourth business and become a serial entrepreneur. Her current business is frozen yogurt with two retail shops and two packing plants. Another new business, with her oldest son as partner, is in clean, healthy baked goods distributed directly to consumers. Any of you health nuts who want to know more, send an email to bobbi@RTIfoods.com. * Peter Cohn retired from teaching regents earth science after 15 years at Art and Design High School in Manhattan. He’s involved in litigation at the school over the behavior of the latest principal. But he also could write about sailing, picnics, volunteering at the nursing home, his kids’ jobs...that will have to wait for the next time. * Suzanne Thivierge enjoyed a delightful visit from Joerose Tharakan ’08, Kossi Nacheva ’08, and Gretchen Markiewicz ’08 during their recent 10th Colby reunion in Waterville. This summer, Suzanne also spoke with Dean Emeritus Earl Smith after he presented his current book to a group at Granite Hill Estates in Hallowell, Maine. * I’m sad to report the passing of Awetu Simesso. He spoke at our commencement and received the Condon Medal. He went on to become a professor and advisor for UNAID. Google “tadias awetu simesso” for a lovely tribute.


Class Correspondent:

Robert Weinstein

Howdy! I hope 2018 has been kind to you—here’s the latest news. Susan and Barry Rabin have been in Syracuse since 1987; Barry has a busy private ophthalmology practice and is a New York State delegate to the American Medical Association. They had a great dinner in Boston with Michele and Gil Becker, Shira and Mark Fishbon ’77, and Deb and Dave Piccioli ’77. Their daughter, Stephanie, had a daughter in April. Their son, Michael, is engaged and started Temple’s M.B.A. program this fall. * Irene and Peter Labombarde celebrated two weddings last year. Their daughter, Jocelyn, was married last October in Memphis. Two months later their son, Evan, who serves as a Marine, was married in Augusta, Ga. With decreased tuition and insurance expenses, Peter and Irene are traveling more; they spent three weeks this July in Bulgaria and Romania! * This past year Lois McDowell McAuliffe wrote, illustrated, and self-published two children’s picture books. She has been director of children’s services for more than 18 years at Ashland (Mass.) Public Library and was finishing up this year’s summer reading program. She has no plans to retire yet—working with kids keeps her feeling young. In May Lois traveled to Scotland with Robert McAuliffe and another friend. * Tony Shupin left New Jersey after “all these years” and is enjoying a new life on Florida’s east coast with his fiancée, Donna. They’re making things nice on the beach for their growing number of grandchildren. Tony has reconnected with Brian Kiely; the two enjoyed a Miami Hurricanes football game in November. Tony’s son Eric is director of public policy for Citizens Housing and Planning Association, and he’s worked successfully for long-term funding for affordable housing in Massachusetts. Tony’s son Mickey is on Major League Baseball’s management team for the 2019 Yankees vs. Red Sox games in London. Tony actually wanted me to add “Go Yankees” to this column, but I just couldn’t do it! * Heather Finney Eng’s son David recently married his lovely partner of nine years. Two of Heather’s Colby sisters, Kathy Jewett ’77 and Julie Stewart, represented the “Butler Broads” at the joyous wedding, with Joy Sawyer and Wendy Swallow there in heart and spirit. Heather wrote how fortunate she is to have these Colby women in her life, attending her own wedding 41 years ago and now her kids’ celebrations. Julie wrote as well, echoing Heather’s sentiments, especially how lucky she feels to have these lifelong friends and share such milestones with them. * Steve Whitfield has been a teacher and administrator for more than 40 years, and he spent the last 27 years as principal of Martel Elementary School in Lewiston, Maine. But by the time you read this, you can call him “retired.” Congratulations, Steve! * Ed Harvey wrote from Small Point, Maine, on the mid-coast, where he and his wife, Martie, were on vacation to celebrate their 31st anniversary. They feasted on lobsters and seafood all week, and they enjoyed time at Popham Beach as well as another beach accessible when a small tidal river was at low tide. When in Maine, Ed always tries to get together with his Ice Nine friends. This year, they saw Liz and Harry Nelson, Ned Smith ’78 and his wife, Meghan, and Lindsay Huntington Hancock’s husband, Bill. His bond with Harry and Liz predates Colby, going back to high school in Pennsylvania. * As for me, I got back onstage for the first time in seven years (I’ve been singing, but not theater) in a terrific community production of Titanic: The Musical. Almost everything about the production was fantastic, except a few rehearsals in a steamy room without air conditioning that left me searching for the nearest iceberg. That’s the news! Remember to donate to the Colby Fund. As always, contact a classmate who’s been on your mind. And our next reunion, June 4–6, 2021, is not as far away as you think!


Class Correspondent:

Susie Gearhart Wuest

Sarah Dailey ’74 and Alan Berry decided to celebrate their 65th birthdays by becoming archeology students for a week at Oxford University as a part of “The Oxford Experience” summer program (conted.ox.ac.uk/about/oxford-experience). For both of them, it was an absolutely wonderful experience, exceeding all expectations. Alan recently started his 44th year teaching math, a vocation he continues to love; he’s currently at the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y. The other love in both their lives is grandparenting their four young grandchildren. The youngest, William, was born last April. * Turning 65 and 66 respectively, Janet Hansen and Vicki Parker Kozak ’74 celebrated their same-day birthdays with brunch at the Chebeague Island Inn, just off the coast of Yarmouth, Maine. Deb Wathen Finn ’74 and Stephanie Finn ’07 joined them for the festivities. * When Charlie Bolger received an invitation to go on an alumni tour of India in January 2019, he thought that sounded like fun. So much so, he sent in his deposit and plans to go! * Ed Walczak continues to log the miles in his world travels with a recent sojourn to Iceland, where he explored Iceland’s unique geography. Last summer Ed enjoyed an evening of opera in Vienna. * This past summer John Orefice attended Colby’s Alumni College for the second time, where he enjoyed the sentimental journey back to campus for a four-day experience on many topics with current professors and alumni of our vintage, including Harry Friedman and Nathaniel Rosenblatt ’77. Though the required reading list seemed a bit daunting, he did attend all the lectures this time around. John serendipitously experienced flashbacks ranging from The Spa to the “Averill occupation” to the colorful characters of our class and the English Department, who helped us make it through the ’70s with our ideals intact. To quote Don Quixote: “Look always forward, in last year’s nest there are no birds this year.” Part of the Alumni College program involved appreciating Colby’s attempt to revitalize Main Street with new buildings and programs and a healthy future for the arts. John explains that since he tried and failed at retirement, he found himself volunteering for the TEDx event in Asbury Park, N.J., where speakers on the theme of “chaos” are very welcome. “If anyone in our amazing Class of 1975 has a far-out idea worth sharing, look us up!”


Class Correspondent:

Dennis Delehanty and Richard Vann

Tom Lizotte says he and Leslie “continue to enjoy life here in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine’s only hyphenated town. After surviving distinct careers in print journalism and healthcare marketing, I thought I was close to retirement. However, I’ve been dragged back into the working world for my third and final act as manager for Piscataquis County government. It’s like being a town manager, but with fewer hassles. I look forward to real retirement in a year or so, when I can finally finish all those great books stacked next to my reading chair. Meanwhile, I see a lot of (our) sons, Andy ’04 and Patrick ’06, who live in South Portland, Maine, and Cambridge, Mass., respectively. Andy has three young kids, so we’ve discovered how much fun it is to spoil our grandchildren.” * Reporting “tons of snow” in Sweden at the end of March, Judy Sidell Westerlund announced she can still do a nine-mile cross-country ski loop, “but don’t ask how long it takes!” Her three children own cars, homes in the suburbs of Stockholm, and have two children apiece, so she declares them all grown up. Their sixth grandchild arrived in March. In addition to fetching grandchildren from daycare, Judy line dances and takes a guitar course in Swedish folk songs. “The days of gathering around Shelley Weiner in Foss Hall is not quite the scenario these days: There’s me—the only woman, the only non-Swede—trying to hold my own against the background of strong and confident bass voices. Not surprisingly, I’m keeping a rather low profile.” * Bruce Carmichael retired from a 24-year career in the Air Force in 1998, then worked 19 years with L3 Technologies in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lives with his wife in nearby Park City, where he’s involved in local open-space preservation. They play tennis, enjoy mountain activities, and travel in the U.S. and abroad. * Dennis Delehanty recently met with Norm Olsen ’73 for afternoon coffee in Vienna—Vienna, Virginia, that is. * Louise and Scott Hobden will celebrate their 40th anniversary in December. From their four children they now have nine grandchildren, the latest being twins born in May. Scott is working for the third time at Nashua Country Club (“no retirement in my future”), which had also been his first real job after graduation. Despite living right next door in New Hampshire, he hasn’t been to a reunion since 1994, nor in Maine since he applauded Dick McGee’s induction in the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. (Maybe next summer, for our 45th?) * Already planning to be at our reunion next June is Jeff Barske, who looks forward to the first time back in 10 years. He recently “had a dream that I hadn’t been to class in a week and I couldn’t get anyone in Eustis to give me my schedule!” * Henry Schea is Emergent Biosolutions’ head of quality for fill/finish sites in Baltimore and Rockville, Md., work he finds fun and interesting. An avid volunteer for many community programs, his main focus is on Urban Promise, which is building a high school for the Urban Promise Academy in Wilmington, Del. He grows vegetables, herbs, and flowers in his backyard, and plays “really bad guitar.” Four of his five sons are married (one grandchild so far), and the youngest hopes to start veterinary school this fall. Henry reports the death last year of Lisa, his wife of 37 years. * Tim Glidden and Kathy Lyon welcomed their first grandchild last summer: “a sweet little son to our eldest daughter, Emma. Life-enriching doesn’t begin to describe it!” They had a mini-reunion last fall with Matt ’73 and Susan McBratney Powell, Richard English ’73 and his wife, Chris Files, Bill Howe and his wife, Beth Hoppe, and Chris Duncan ’75 and Alice Smith. “As the Boss sings,” Tim wrote, “you can’t forsake the ties that bind!”


Class Correspondent:

Carol Chalker

The Class of ’73 attendees described our recent 45th as “the best reunion ever.” It’s difficult to summarize what made it feel so wonderful, but I’ve been given a bit of direction from classmates who attended. * Ron Majdalany’s memory of reunion is especially poignant as this was his first time back to Colby since graduation. Ron wrote: “… seeing our classmates was the best part of reunion. I always felt that our class was particularly close, probably as a result of our having gone through the experience of those tumultuous and formative years together. A particular highlight: climbing the library tower without having to sneak out that upstairs window and crawl across that outside ledge at night to gain access to the tower window, as I did as a student (though that did get me up to the blue light, which wasn’t the case at the reunion!). Revisiting all the LCAs, my next-door neighbors from the TDP house, was a blast.” Alex Wilson wrote of the irony of hearing from Professor Wayne Smith (a dinner guest) that his granddaughter is a student at Colby, living in Treworgy (former Lambda Chi fraternity house), and that it was one of the designated alcohol- and chem-free dwellings on campus last year. Susie Yovic Hoeller came to reunion to catch up with classmates and enjoy a weekend escape to Maine. The weather was perfect, allowing everyone to walk the campus and explore the changes. Susie enjoyed hearing President Greene’s presentation on future plans for Colby and Waterville and seeing Lisa Kehler Bubar receive a Colby Brick Award. This was a highlight for Debbie Mael Mandino and I as well, and Lisa felt “thrilled” to be among such distinguished recipients as Sandy Buck ’78 and Jim Crook ’78. Susie’s memories included our class dinner, during which we were entertained and honored by Dean Earl Smith’s remarks. Joe Mattos featured heavily in the dean’s accounting of the mischief that kept him busy with our class. Joe and his wife hosted a cookout Friday evening at his nearby home for fraternity brothers and friends. Outgoing class president Norm Olsen’s role as master of ceremonies was entertaining and memorable. Gary Fitts enjoyed “croaking along” with the Colby Eight at dinner. He and wife Amy Brewer Fitts ’71 spent Thursday night at Grand Central Café catching up with classmates Ward Briggs, Ida Dionne Burroughs, and Dean Eaton. In the words of Anne Badmington Cass, attending with husband Dick Cass, a highlight of reunion for her (as Gary reported as well) was the opportunity to deepen relationships with people we did not know so well during our college years. I felt that as well, having so many chances to visit with everyone together. Cheryl (Booker ’74) and Doug Gorman were present and echoed everyone’s sentiments that a highlight was catching up with classmates. Doug particularly mentioned “… seeing Colby’s new energy under David Greene, especially the Waterville rejuvenation effort” as being a very memorable part of reunion. ALL of these sentiments were echoed by classmates throughout the weekend. Personally, I’d like to note that the reunion committee (very large and active) worked hard to personalize our experience. We welcome our new class president for the 50th Reunion cycle, Gary Fitts. Gary (who stayed long enough on Sunday to discover the “overstuffed” lobster rolls that were served at Dana) looks forward to working with a large committee to lead us into our next reunion. Contact him to get involved. On Sunday morning, Lisa Kehler Bubar and I, along with many of our classmates, attended the Boardman Service, where deceased classmates were recognized. Among others who honored their friends, Lisa spoke in honor of our forever friend Chris Mattern Way.


Class Correspondent:

Nancy Round Haley

David Cheever wrote that he and John Koons recently shared a wide-ranging conversation about Colby, especially its impact upon Waterville and upon the region, with respect to the ambitious plans with which they have some familiarity. They shared some of the importance of Colby in the attainment of Maine’s statehood. John later contacted his friends at the Waterville Historical Society, who decided that having a 200-year-old perspective might be interesting. (“I’m hardly qualified, but how could I turn down such an opportunity? I’m speaking there Sept. 13.”) Also, regarding statehood, David has the pleasure and honor of serving as vice chairman of Maine’s Bicentennial Commission as they prepare to commemorate 200 years of Maine becoming Maine. * Bill Alfond enjoyed a terrific time on the golf links in Ireland in early June. Not only was the weather superb, but also the golf course! (His favorite was Waterville links). His decade-long commitment to Educare in Waterville, a holistic preschool for Head Start kids, has deepened both as a financial commitment and in his understanding of the power of public money and the frustration of decision-making when government bureaucracy is involved. His wife, Joni, and he continue to enjoy their children and grandkids, with much summer fun at their camp on Belgrade Lakes. * Catherine Joslyn was showing in an invitational group art exhibit in Tampa (Aug.-Oct.) and had a solo show in Cleveland in September. Meanwhile, she was plugging away at her great downsizing project, in which she will eventually finish emptying out her Pennsylvania home/studio/storage of more than 20 years. (“As an artist/collector who’s a little bit of a hoarder, that’s quite a job!”) She already has the place in which she’ll eventually reside, in Cleveland’s Shoreway-Gordon Square Arts District, near Edgewater Park on Lake Erie and the happening West Side. Still in the same geographic region she’s been in for most of her career. But she still enjoys special things that she loves about Cleveland—affordable place for arts lovers and sailors. She’s keeping her little pad in the Sunshine State. Cathy has taken some big trips in recent years: Thailand and Rajasthan last year and Istanbul/Uzbekistan/Kyrgyzstan this year. Think Silk Road. Fascinating. If that weren’t enough, in November 2017 she again assisted with a weavers’ conference in Cusco, Peru, my research home of many years where she did her Fulbright project in 2001. She also continues with the group Weave a Real Peace (WARP), giving support to families producing textile products to better their lives all over the world. And a lot of the U.S.A. still remains on her bucket list! * Russell Cleary was gratified that the family of Curtis Sears ’73 afforded him the opportunity to call Curtis the day before he passed away of acute myeloid leukemia July 4, 2018. “Although he was not able to speak, the family assured me that, as they held the telephone up to Curtis’s ear, he did indicate that he understood me as I spoke,” Russell wrote. “After Colby, I enjoyed the company of Curtis and his family over the many years in Concord, Dalton, Gloucester, and Boston, Mass.; back again in Waterville; in Augusta, Ga.; and most recently in Midlothian, Va. For me, Curtis was exemplary as an accomplisher in a variety of worldly endeavors; but I, a recovering atheist, was particularly impressed by the acceptance he and his family had of Jesus Christ as their lord and savior.” * Portia Iverson wrote that it’s “always good to hear from you, Nancy, even though I have no news.” And she hoped that all is well with me. * Alice Osmer Olson didn’t have much new news, but said that she and her husband still really enjoy retirement and keep busy gardening and working small part-time jobs. They appreciate the rustic camp they recently bought on Flagstaff Lake, hiking, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, etc.


Class Correspondent:

Ann E. Miller

Dog days of summer? Heat wave? Sweltering humidity. Ugh. WHAT? We will all be chilling later, but this is ridiculous at the time of my writing! So many of you are spending the summer gallivanting around visiting Colby classmates and others. How cool is that? * Jon Stone writes that he visited Larry Boris and his wife in Denver, then met Steve Orlov and his wife in Prince Edward Island. (Quite a trek across the continent!) He claims the spouses shake their heads when the boys begin to reminisce and laugh about their early life experiences. * Crater Lake and Glacier National Park were on Bill Hladky’s agenda this summer, traveling with his son. His photos are breathtaking and awe inspiring. Everything is so BIG! And we humans are so small. He’d hoped to cross paths with Susan Doten Greenberg ’70 but missed her in Seattle. * Happy to have moved to Portland, Rich Abramson tells of walking every day with John Bubar ’68 while continuing to consult with several school districts and substance abuse educational programs in Maine. They’re trying to initiate a program that seeks to provide secondary, post-secondary, and life-changing experiences for at-risk youth. Rich loves his time with his twin granddaughters. * Ken Didsbury was busy this summer visiting Bill and Carolyn Additon Anthony at their summer home in Damariscotta; having lunch with John and Susan Farwell Philson in Portland; and enjoying a visit with Anne Pomroy ’70 at her summer home in Sullivan. * Living now in Rockport, Maine, Steve Magyar has moved his financial planning practice to South Portland and was joined by his daughter, Elizabeth Magyar Stockwell ’98. He enjoys spending time every week with his two grandsons in Scarborough. Steve returned to Colby for Alumni College this summer and says it was a lot of fun doing something different from normal daily activities and meeting new people. He’s looking forward to seeing everyone in three short years. * Lyme disease has been afflicting lots of us, and Leslie Anderson writes about her own bout, which caused her to lose most of July and August to recuperation. She suffered from second-degree burns as a result of the medication treating Lyme, and now can’t go out in the sun without hats and gloves. She did get a hybrid bike and loves it. She’s visited with Debbie Messer Zlatin, Mary Jukes Howard, Pat Trow Parent, Jan Blatchford Gordon, and Karen Hoerner Neel. Leslie is still doing a lot of painting and is fascinated that painting is becoming such a fulfilling avocation this late in life. * As for me, I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to the UK to meet the children of my young friend, who was my mother’s adopted grandson. Confused? Well, there is a circle of good friends going back to 1971. This young man’s parents are among my best friends in the whole world, and their children have been a huge part of my life (and my mother’s) ever since. My mother and this young man had an extraordinary relationship and she was so proud to introduce him as her adopted grandson (since I’ve never had children). It was always confusing to those who didn’t know the story. I hadn’t had a chance to meet his two young children until this summer. We had an amazing time, and among the happy events was a lunch at which other good friends were present. Paul Machlin and his wife happened to be in the UK, too. Paul was the Colby Music Department chair for many years after Peter Ré’s tenure. I’ve known Paul since 1971, too, and it was pure coincidence that he served Colby for so many years, now retired himself. Six degrees of separation.


Class Correspondent:

Libby Brown Strough

Jeff Parness reports that he’s still teaching and writing at Northern Illinois University College of Law. Grandchild #5, Adriana Grace, was born in June in L.A. * In June Anne Pomroy shared a week out of her beloved Maine summer to visit Debbie Anderson. They had terrific weather during a week of camping around Puget Sound in Washington, the Cascade Mountains, and the inland desert of the Missouri flood lands. As Debbie says, they had a great time telling old Colby stories from each other’s warped point of view! * Bill ’69 and Karen Knapp Lyons have been back in Maine for over two years now, and after 35 years in the Midwest, they’re very happy to be home. They had the pleasure of hearing Colby Magazine editor Gerry Boyle ’78 talk about his mystery writing a couple of years ago, and this summer heard Douglas Rooks ’76 speak on the Maine Democratic party. One of the most rewarding experiences for Karen is knowing that a former student of hers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is teaching at Colby as a visiting assistant professor. After being an educator for 30 years, Karen is delighted to know that she contributed to Colby today by playing a small part in his career path. Other than that, their children and grandchildren are well and their oldest grandchild is looking at colleges already. And they’ve been putting the curiosity instilled by Colby faculty to work by traveling quite a bit, which has been fascinating. * Karen Brandt Byers has been the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s biosafety officer since 1989. Dana Farber is an ideal environment for sharing biosafety with investigators and professional development. Pursuing her biosafety interests through the American Biological Safety Association International has led to speaking engagements in Accra, Ghana; Seoul, South Korea; New Delhi, India; Taipei, Taiwan; and Cancun, Mexico. Her interest in laboratory-acquired infections led to co-authorship of a chapter on the subject in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th edition of Biological Safety, Principles and Practices (ASM Press). She was pleased to be co-editor of the 5th editions and is also co-editor of Applied Biosafety, the journal of the American Biological Association International. As of this writing, she was in the airport waiting for a flight to Beijing to give another talk on her literature survey of lab-acquired infections. This last summer, Karen had the joy of sharing time with her children, sons-in-law, and four wonderful grandchildren. She joined the daughters swimming with the grandchildren on the beaches of Rhode Island, and she went to Israel to see her son, who does research on social-work supervision in the West Bank. (And to swim in the Mediterranean, and to visit some of the amazing archeological sites in Jerusalem.) * Andy Hayashi sent along the obituary for Ronald DiOrio, who passed away Jan. 19, 2018, in Burgettstown, Pa. Ron served in the Peace Corps, traveling to Afghanistan. He was a teacher, substituting mostly for the Burgettstown School District. Interested in family history, genealogy, he was a World War II historian and a numismatist (coin collector). * Nothing new to report from the Strough family. We have been spending a quiet summer at our house on Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H., interspersed with visits from friends. Hope all is well with everyone


Class Correspondent:

Ray Gerbi

Happy fall everyone! Anne York Samson, in Portland, Ore., enjoys spending time with her four grandkids, who live nearby. Anne volunteers as an usher at local theaters and oversees her condo’s preparation efforts for the big earthquake, which she says is long overdue. She loves to travel and welcomes any visitors who would like to come to Portland. * Laurie Killoch Wiggins shares that we have many classmates who’ve worked for the past couple of years on our 50th Reunion, and many more who have recently volunteered to help. You’ll be hearing more very soon!* Rand Surgi contacted me from Burns, Ore., while on a road trip he and Kathryn had been planning for 10 years. Their itinerary includes seven national parks—Theodore Roosevelt, Glacier, Olympic, Crater Lake, Craters of the Moon, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton—as well as Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Yakima wine country, Columbia River valley, and Washington/Oregon coast 101. They hope to store their trailer in Utah and pick it up again to do the Southwest next year. Rand plans to attend our reunion.* Don Clark, still working with USAID, checked in from Angola, where his work supports programs addressing malaria and HIV/AIDS. Although planning to retire, he continues to get requests to help fill in during staffing shortages at posts around the world. Finding himself again overseas, he says, “Okay, this is the last one.” Don feels fortunate that his wife of 40 years is very understanding (as long as the job isn’t during the winter). This year they celebrated the arrival of their first grandchild, thus causing a big change in priorities, so he plans to work only two months—and maybe hang up working for good next year. Last year Don joined two softball leagues—one for over-70 and one for over-60. In the over-70s he feels young and fast again, but “some of those 60-year-old whippersnappers push the pace!” He’s looking forward to seeing classmates at reunion.* Sandy Hoe, senior of counsel at Covington & Burling, continues representing clients in government contracts. His senior status allows him to undertake related activities such as traveling to China last June on a program sponsored by Yale Law School to speak to and meet with Chinese government officials, academics, and law students about U.S. government procurement contracting and public-private partnerships. In August he visited Kyrgyzstan to engage in a similar exchange with a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program. Previously, he engaged in similar efforts with the governments of Liberia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He continues as adjunct professor of government procurement law at George Washington University Law School and remains chair of the board of a government contracts training company called the Public Contracting Institute. Sandy also serves as outside general counsel to a congressionally chartered commission examining Department of Defense procurement rules and regulations with the goal of simplifying the system to “speed lethality to the warfighter.” He is also president of the National Council for Public Private Partnerships, providing education on P3s for both public and private sectors. Sandy isn’t sure when all this might end, but says as long as he can continue to share his experience in the areas of procurement and public-private partnerships to “clients” like foreign countries and congressional panels, he likely will continue for a while. On the humorous side, Sandy reported that while watching the college championships on Jeopardy! recently, one answer in the category of “Cheeses” was “An educational institution in Maine with 2,000 students.” The contestants were from Columbia, Brown, and Oklahoma. Unfortunately, the only answer any of them tried was Bowdoin (Bowdoin cheese?). None got the correct answer. Sandy says, “We have some work to do!” * Have a great fall and winter everyone. See you in June 2019!


Class Correspondent:

Lynne Oakes Camp

Our 50th Reunion is now history. It was a wonderful experience, though, and it was great to reconnect with people we may not have seen in 50 years. For me, I have to say the part that stood out was the mini Alumni College. It made me remember why I went to Colby in the first place. It was outstanding, and kudos to Art Brennan for putting it together. Our reunion committee did a fantastic job, and Colby went above and beyond to make us feel special. * Steve Ford reported that our class had 76-percent participation in the class gift and that we broke all prior dollar giving records. Thanks also to Steve for serving as our 50th Reunion chair and for his many years as our class president. * Steve Campbell had a wonderful time at reunion and especially enjoyed the evening chat with President Greene. He found him very compelling but wasn’t as enthused as he might have been about his thoughts on expanding the reach of Colby. He feels that diminishing the impact of Colby in the Northeast is to reduce the value of the alumni base, and he’s concerned that perhaps there will be less support in the future because of this emphasis. * Other than reunion news, Thom Rippon remains fully entrepreneurial, working existing enterprises and starting new ones, both for-profit and not-for-profit. He’s been a farm owner-operator since 1975 and a licensed attorney-at-law since 1973. He’s a cofounder and board chair emeritus of the Ronald McDonald House located on the campus of Geisinger Medical Center. He’s the only person on earth with an Ivy League law degree and a degree from Hamburger University [McDonald’s franchisee]. He’s also a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam era, with service in the 3rd Armored Division as an enlisted man (mortar squad, then NATO affairs specialist). His personal activities include engaging the arts and humanities, playing adult league ice hockey year round, watching birds, weight lifting, hiking, biking, paddling, tent camping, reading, gourmet cooking, and rose gardening. He recently became a certified Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. He personally planted 10,000 tree seedlings on his farm in 1976 to honor the nation as part of her bicentennial and to create diverse wildlife habitats. * George Rideout was sorry to miss the 50th, but he had a grandson’s graduation to attend. Every five years his two missionary pilot sons and their families serving in Africa, Ian and Kevin, overlap time in the U.S. for two weeks as one arrives for a year and the other prepares to return to Africa for another four-year term. This is when they plan their total family reunion with his four children, spouses, and 16 grandchildren—25 of them in all. They always miss having his wife, Mary (Weller ’69), who went to be with the Lord in 2006. It’s always a precious time. Perhaps there will be some great-grandchildren five years from now! * Our class officers for the next five years are Jolan Force Ippolito and John Leopold as co-presidents, and I (Lynne Oakes Camp) will continue as class correspondent. Keep your news coming!


Class Correspondent:

Bob Gracia

The call for news suggested that you brag a bit. Paul Cronin has some well-earned bragging to do. His daughter Erin was married July 7 in Jackson, N.H., at the foot of Black Mountain. If your memory serves you, it will be no surprise that the Cronin clan knows how to celebrate—and that they did. The bride was also recently named science, technology, engineering, and math teacher of the year in Massachusetts. After the wedding festivities, Paul and Susan headed to Prouts Neck to visit daughter Amy ’06 and son Brian ’96 and their children. Sources report that there was a wide smile on Paul’s face. * Charlie and Sally Ray Bennett returned to Rhode Island this summer for an extended visit. This was their first trip back to New England in five years, and they visited Cape Cod for a family reunion that included more than 60 people. * Elaine and Kurt Swenson looked for many years for a warm-weather place in Florida without any success. They finally ended up visiting Vero Beach, and with a recommendation from CA and JJ Mueller Sinton, they bought a place there. Kurt plans to play some golf and visit with friends. I wonder how long it will be before Kurt will become nostalgic for a good old New Hampshire snowstorm? * Ken Ingram, as you might recall, is a fine and polished tennis player. But in his dotage, Ken decided to engage in another love: motorcycle riding. While riding in Mexico, he found himself, due to a blown tire, forced to choose between an oncoming car and a ditch. He chose the ditch. So, Ken celebrated his 74th birthday recovering from his injuries and being thankful for some concerned passersby and competent surgeons. He plans to come to the USA soon to be checked out at the VA before he takes up his tennis racket again. He did not say what he’ll do with the motorcycle. Ken lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. * Eric Rosen, to the best of my knowledge, has not been riding around greater Boston on a motorcycle, but he does shop at Whole Foods on occasion. While on one of his trips, Eric saw a young fellow, mid-thirties, wearing a Colby shirt. Eric is of a friendly persuasion, so he inquired as to the fellow’s Colby pedigree. Turns out the young man is the son of Bill Tsiaras ’68. Bill, as some of you might recall, was a fraternity brother of Eric’s. You never know what life has waiting for you around the corner at the market.


Class Correspondent:

George Cain

Greetings! It was encouraging to learn that 19 of you are still alive and well. Hopefully, for this column the “alive and well” total will exceed the “obits.” * I just returned from a week in Italy, and I learned the most amazing fact. In Italy, you can eat all the pasta you want and not get fat. All that really happens is that you’re easier for other people to see. * This fact is not true for Ireland, where John ’65 and Gretchen Wollam O’Connor revisited after a 50-plus year hiatus. No pasta in Ireland, but the plentiful pubs made the roads look very narrow. Now, living in a Groton bungalow, they’re enjoying their retirement, and Gretchen notes the preservation of the Carol Lordi contingent of Ellie Caito Thompson, Linda Kaiser Wantman, and Marty Walker Marchut, who meet at least once a year in celebration of a very special person. * Doug Meyer is avoiding the “obits” by biking at least 10 miles daily, six days a week. He’s also a sailor, and he recently sailed from Connecticut to Rockland, Maine. * Gary McKinstry is a different kind of sailor. He sailed on an 18-day Crystal Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale through the Panama Canal and liked it so much that he booked another cruise next year to Alaska. * Debbie Chase is also a traveler, five trips in eight months. On her last trip to Scottsdale, she had lunch with roommate Mary Gourley Mastin. * Terry Saunders Lane, now one of my favorite female classmates (inside joke for readers of these columns), recently sang the Verdi Requiem at the Hatch Shell on the Boston Esplanade. She’s a member of One City Choir, which performs with the Landmark Orchestra. * Gayle Jobson Poinsette and partner since our 25th reunion Gary Barnes enjoy their 80-acre retreat in Plainfield, Vt. * Bob Davis has moved from a 25-acre chicken/turkey/maple syrup farm in Ohio to a new suburban home in Indianapolis. After eight years of retirement from an internal medicine/gastroenterology practice, he’s working his way through a knee replacement while hoping to get more involved in the art-sculpture world. Isn’t Bob the perfect example of what a liberal arts education can do? * Jackie and Dean “Dag” Williamson stay fit chasing two grandsons around their Milton, Mass., home, riding new bikes along a 12-mile rail trail, and swinging tennis racquets and golf clubs. As a reward, they took a river cruise from Switzerland to the Netherlands. * The forever-young Anne Ruggles Gere loves work too much to retire. How do I know she’s young? Her youngest just graduated from HIGH SCHOOL! * Steve Rand fights mental stenosis by serving in the NH legislature. He campaigns on a “progressive platform” with a “Bernie” flavor. * Beth Adams Keene happily reports that she’s not dead yet. To prove it, she traveled to Alaska, ate salmon on 10 different occasions, and then headed to a gathering at Pat Berg Currier’s place in Harpswell with 10 other Colby ’66 gals. * Barbara “Barbie” Wise Lynch is a busy realtor with busy grandkids, many living within five minutes of her home. Her top Colby memories: The Supremes concert, skiing on the Colby slopes, and being on a geology field trip and learning that the small hill she was standing on was an esker left by a retreating glacier. * Paula McNamara works hard marketing her husband’s photography to corporations, ad agencies, and fine art collectors from their studio in Wethersfield, Conn. She also writes poetry and short stories. * Laurance Angelo lives in city center Philadelphia, became a vegetarian five years ago (but admits to missing a slice of bacon now and then), walks everywhere he needs to go and continues to be interested in this world and in the life we live. * Mary Mastin Gourley writes from her roadhouse room in Talkeetna, Alaska, a home built before the Gold Rush, where the views of Denali are plentiful. * Fran Finizio attended Colby’s Alumni College in July, met Jay Fell there, and will head to his condo in Naples, Fla., as soon as the weather changes. * Michael Clivner, AKA the ‘Wanderer,’ continues his trekking around the country with wife Sherleen. He pulled off the highways and byways long enough to spend Christmas with newest granddaughter, Victoria Rose. * That’s all, folks. Most grateful to everyone who wrote to avoid the obits!


Class Correspondent:

Dick Bankart

MINI REUNION. Nineteen of our classmates and two Colby spouses gathered July 15 for an unofficial 53rd reunion organized and hosted by Betsy Stevens Palmer. Here is her recap. “A bunch of us met at Muscongus Bay Lobster in Round Pond, Maine, where we enjoyed traditional lobster-pound fare. Those who couldn’t make it met us at my house on Pemaquid Pond in Nobleboro, where we hung out for the rest of the day. Donna Brown Salisbury, Diane Mattison Anderson, and Judy Turner Jones spent the night; Marcia Harding Anderson stayed at a B&B in Round Pond; Jay Gronlund came from Connecticut and spent two nights in Gorham with John Tewhey; Rick and Nancy Winslow Harwood tied up their sailboat on John Cornell’s mooring in Brooklin, Maine, and spent two nights with him, igniting a new friendship after all these years. John was kind enough to drive them the two hours to the lobster pound and then my house. We had a wonderful time, reconnecting, catching up, laughing, eating, etc. I will definitely do this again, maybe even next year. Quite a few people expressed regret they couldn’t make it, so I plan to get in gear earlier next time and, of course, not take off for two weeks in Colorado prior to the get-together.” Others attending included Jan Wood Parsons, Sunny Coady, Louise Melanson Belknap, Pat Campbell, Tom and Nancy Ryen Morrione, Andy ’64 and Nancy Greer Weiland, Don ’62 and Becky Lowd Legro, and Adora Clark Hill. (I’ve omitted non-Colby spouses) * Also reconnecting at the annual Artisan Bread Fair in Skowhegan July 28 were Judy Guptill Simmons and Fran Holmes Varney. They roomed together in ’61, ’62, and ’64. * Lanky Lew Krinsky and Ellen spent several days on Prince Edward Island with “pristine and magnificent scenery and seafood to your heart’s content.” They also hosted their fifth annual Colby sendoff in Houston for the incoming Class of ’22. There were 36, including family members and those admitted under the Posse Foundation program for high-potential multicultural students. Lew and Ellen also spent time with Laura and Michael Gilman during a New England trip. * Dave Fearon still works as senior consultant with the Barton Russell Group. They work with small towns to help them market themselves as lifestyle-appropriate locations for small companies and global citizens. Creative use of technology helps connect people and allows commerce from a distance. “Think Waterville, Maine,” writes Dave. * Linda Cotton Wells shares two of your correspondent’s passions. Her travel included a week on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington followed by a two-week cruise to Alaska. She is also very involved in genealogy, working mostly as a “search angel” helping adoptees find their birth parents. She had three long-term searches end successfully in the past few months. Her sixth great-grandchild was born on Mother’s Day. * Dave Hatch reports successful surgery for aortic valve replacement and cataracts. He and wife Dale Rottner Haas ride their bicycles five or ten miles a day and “follow Boston sports religiously.” They have dinner with Ann and Bud Marvin when they’re in Florida. * Ruth and Harold Kowal spent about two months touring southwestern France. * Pam Plumb Carey sent word that the title of her new book has changed to How to Survive Your Dream Vacation: 75 Ways to Keep Your Companion Talking to You on the Road. * Your correspondent was also on the road visiting Taiwan, Hainan, Hong Kong, and Macao last May, spending some summer weekends in the Berkshires, and then off to Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay in August. Hail, Colby, Hail!


Class Correspondent:

Marcia Phillips Sheldon

Steve Schoeman and his wife, Joy, are planning a visit to Rome for the famous sights and for the spiritual values in the magnificent churches. * John and Judy Milner Coche spend time during the summer at the New Jersey shore. Judy has practiced for 40 years in clinical psychology at her Coche Center in Philadelphia and Cape May County, N.J. She teaches psychiatric residents at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and writes about psychotherapy. Judy spends time with her family, including daughters, step-daughters, their husbands, and her four grandchildren. * Lee Scrafton Bujold, our class president, encourages all classmates to plan on returning to the Colby campus for our 55th class reunion in June 2019. She feels “blessed beyond belief” as she follows the activities and achievements of her granddaughters. At home there are Lee’s beloved dogs, Fanny Faux Paw and Whoopie Pie, and a new kitten named Hello Dolly. * Richard Larschan cruised along the Maine coast, ending up in Montreal, where he had lunch with ’60s English professor Bill Wees. Bill went on to a long career at McGill University and is now in his 80s and as sharp as ever. Richard continues to travel and to teach at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. He spends happy times with his new granddaughter, Samantha. * Jack Ross and his wife, Jean, are taking a road trip to Maine and renting a cottage in St. George. They looked forward to Maine lobster and steamers. Back home in Arizona, Jack plays golf often and Jean does yoga. They volunteer at a children’s clinic in Nogales. Jack says, “Life is good…knock on wood.” * Dennis Hardy met up with Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) at a fundraiser for a longtime mutual friend in Wells. * Martha Farrington Mayo was visited at her home on Squirrel Island by two dogs, two cats, two boys, and their two parents. Her own two cats, Dandy Lyon and Nemo, were glad when the dogs left. * John Pomeranz keeps the “old-time pleasures” going in his life: He’s had a nice, quiet summer with family, boats, and work. * BJ Campbell and her husband, Frank LeRose, live in Sun City near Hilton Head, S.C. “We’re especially grateful for the winters without deep cold, ice, and snow. Although we did have snow last January (first time in many years) and it lasted three days.” BJ and Frank will travel to Budapest for a Viking River Cruise through Vienna, ending in Nuremberg, Germany. After that, four days in Paris. Having lived in Paris for 10 years, BJ returns from time to time since there is “so much to experience, both the old familiar and the totally new.” They will visit Tours to see several chateaux, including BJ’s favorite at Chenonceaux. Next will be a drive to Brittany for five days of unscheduled time. They visit her two sons and three grandchildren in Massachusetts; Frank’s daughter and three grandsons in Florida; and his son and granddaughter in Raleigh, N.C. BJ feels “totally blessed to have the health and means to travel to see people and places that we love and are very special to us.” * As a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Jim Harris “maintains an interest in the printed word.” Books, he writes, are his primary focus: reading and reviewing. He volunteers at the organization’s writer conference and helps “new writers massage their unpublished books into a format that publishers might want to read.” Jim was mentored in the publishing business by Alan Mirken ’51 and the Colby Museum of Art. He posts reviews on Amazon, GoodReads, and the newsletters of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. While Jim writes on a tablet, he reads books from his library.


Class Correspondent:

Paule French

Dear classmates—instead of the usual format for our class notes, I’d like to tell, especially those who couldn’t make it, about the wonderful 55th Colby reunion we had in early June and share news from some who were there. Twenty-two of us, plus some spouses, gathered for three days of spectacular Maine summer weather and fun. Noel and Judy Allen Austin, Ed Buyniski, Pam (Plumb ’65) and Charlie Carey, Linda and Al Carville, Sue Comeau, Jane Melanson Dahmen, Buck ’62 and Nat Gates Lawton, Jana and Doug MacMillan, Ruth Pratley Madell, Skeeter ’59 and Karen Beganny Megathlin, Bonnie Brown Potter and Bill Chapin ’59, Marty and Paul Rogers, Dick ’62 and Joan Dignam Schmaltz, Jody Spear, Carl “Skip” Stinson, George Swasey, Brenda and Steve Thompson, Lillian Waugh and David Yelton, Bob Whitehouse, Bev and Pen Williamson, and Nancy (Godley ’65) and John Wilson, and Yours Truly were there in the flesh, and I know so many of you were there in spirit! Bonnie did a fabulous job as our class president in preparing, organizing, and covering every detail so that the reunion came off flawlessly from beginning to end. On Friday and Saturday there were tours of Miller Library, the Museum of Art, the campus and downtown Waterville, plus faculty lectures, and Jody Spear led a discussion, “Channeling Rachel Carson: Environmental Challenges in Maine Sixty Years.” Friday was capped off with a Maine beer and wine fest, a huge barbecue buffet on the Colby Green, and a dance party at (Jess) Marchese’s Blue Light Pub. On Saturday, we walked the traditional Parade of Classes from the Eustis Building to the Colby Green, where awards were given and President David Greene spoke, followed by the “Vacationland Luncheon”—lobster rolls, mussels, lots of salads, and Maine desserts, including whoopie pies. Saturday evening we had a reception in Foss, where President Greene joined us. After our class photo and dinner, we shared stories from our days on campus, including statistics that made us happy we went to Colby when we did! In 1959 tuition was $1,100/year and now it’s $66,780; 1,181 students, now 2,000; endowment was $7.2 million, now $775 million; 104 faculty, now 220; 26 buildings then, now 45. News shared from some participants: Bonnie Brown Potter and Bill Chapin ’59 cruised to Canada for the fourth time with eight other boats from Camden. Buck ’62 and Nat Gates Lawton moved into a Seabury retirement community outside Hartford, Conn., in January. Yours truly also moved to a retirement community, OceanView in Falmouth, Maine, in September. Jane Melanson Dahmen paints every day and had a show at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset, where she saw Peter Ketchum, who is also still painting. Jane will be curating another series of “Talking Art in Maine, Intimate Conversations” at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta during the 2018-19 season. Her work is shown at the Portland Art Gallery and the Powers Gallery, Acton, Mass. Charlie Cary was overheard complimenting Sue Comeau, saying, “I learned more about economics from you than from any classes I took!” Sue, on Colby’s Board of Trustees for 18 years, caught up with Linda Greenlaw ’83 to go on a lobstering expedition with her this summer. Dick ’62 and Joan Dignam Schmaltz are building an addition to their camp on East Pond in Oakland. They sold their house in Connecticut and look forward to spending summers here. They love living near Colby and hope to see some of us next summer when the house is completed. Pen Williamson continues to have a fabulous life—skiing in the winter, mainly in Montana, where his daughter and her family live; rowing his shell daily during the summer; and traveling at every opportunity. He said, “the only person at our reunion who was exactly the same size as he was as a senior was Bob Whitehouse!” See you at our 60th!


Class Correspondent:

Diane Scrafton Cohen Ferreira

A nice surprise to hear from Richard “Dick” York ’64, who started with our class, took a break, and then returned to Colby and graduated with Lee Scrafton Bujold ’64, your correspondent’s sister. “Haven’t been in touch for 60 or so years, but who’s counting? I’ve had four or five strokes but am still here and pretty much confined to a wheelchair, making long travelling a tough proposition, so I won’t be attending any 60th reunion, in Hawai`i or Waterville. I moved from Rhode Island to Seattle, sailed down to Aruba, got married, had two kids, and ran my own sailboat business for 25 years and then transitioned to retail marketing, travelling from here to California, Texas, Florida, and back to New England, then up to Maine and my 25th Colby reunion and, eventually, Maui and Honolulu. I now live in Everett, 30 miles north of Seattle. Reading the Colby Magazine class news I enjoy hearing about all the trips people are taking, but am also saddened by the passing of so many friends I made there.” * Terry Lee spent another winter in Nokomis, Fla., next to Venice on the Gulf Coast. Going again in 2018! “We’re lucky to have made lots of friends while renting a family home the last two years. Saw Red Sox games and Celtic Woman concert in Sarasota. Missed Dick Poland ’62 and his Dixie Spirits. Maybe next year… Everybody is healthy and I’m into grandkids’ sports. Love southern New Hampshire (18 years now)! I agreed to sing again with a choral group this fall. Still taking guitar lessons. Daughter Katy and husband Matt moved to Boulder, Colo., for work, where we’ll visit soon.” * Henry “Hank” Sheldon recently moved from the western suburbs of Chicago to “beautiful Prescott, Ariz.,” and celebrates “loving it so far!” * Penny Dietz Sullivan loves living in Fairfield Harbour, New Bern, N.C. She reports “a very caring community” where “everyone takes care of each other.” Penny keeps busy with bridge, dominoes, golf, volunteering at the library, running social programs, and serving on a board called Craven Concerts that brings live performers to New Bern. “Just got back from Nashville, where we looked at acts available for the 2019-20 season.” * Diane Scrafton Ferreira, your correspondent, the grateful recipient of an airline travel pass for the past 18 months, experienced wonderful memories snorkeling in Belize and the Galapagos, relaxing on a spa trip to Mexico, hiking with an Overseas Adventure Tour to Ecuador and Peru, along with visits to California, D.C., Maine, Maryland, Nevada, and New York. Currently I’m training for a high-altitude “Essence of Bhutan” trip in the Himalayas with Road Scholars in November. Instead of GNP, citizens embrace their GNH, or “Gross National Happiness.” I’m ready to explore the concept: my Hawai`i Island home has been besieged with unexpected weather events! In the past six months, I’ve sustained damage from an earthquake, witnessed ash and vog from the volcanic flow only 14 miles away, and survived Hurricane Lane bringing 40 inches of rain in five days to my area. I live in Hilo, and the flooded Bay Front and raging Rainbow Falls made national news. Many classmates, along with Colby administrative offices, wrote or called and asked about my location and welfare. Wishing all classmates the very best in this time of extreme weather unpredictability! Our column is a bit shorter this time due to only a few responses to the email request for news. Please share, because your classmates care! Aloha!


Class Correspondent:

Jane Holden Huerta

Pat Sturges Aufdenberg moved to Panama City, Fla., last September during Hurricane Irma. She loves the weather but misses her daughter and granddaughter. Pat, her sister, and brother visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando in December. Pat and her sister, Susan, went to Vietnam and Cambodia last February. The best thing about the very long flight was flying over the Bering Sea and flying Russian and Chinese air. Pat also visited Santa Fe, where she went to the Indian market and started Christmas shopping. Like many in our class, she can’t believe she’s 80, but fortunately she’s enjoying relatively good health. * Peg Jack Johnson took a fabulous four-week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with Overseas Adventure Travel in February. She spent a week in Toronto in June for a Rotary International convention, and she recently returned from two weeks in Scotland with her three sons and their families to celebrate her 80th and share the heritage of both her parents. Having traveled to 48 countries, Pat hopes to explore more of the U.S. She doesn’t see many Colby grads but enjoys reading about what everyone is doing. * Donald Freedman hasn’t seen any classmates for many years and would love to renew some old friendships. Don and his wife, Susan, are active in their small community in the Berkshires. Don is retired from the business world and teaching. They went to Kenya and Tanzania in August to follow the wildebeest migration. * Ken Nigro is still reasonably healthy and doing some work for the Red Sox. He just returned from his annual trip to the Dominican Republic, where the Red Sox hold a 10-day kids camp with kids from the U.S. and the Dominican Republic. Ken also visits Baltimore frequently to see Orioles games. * Bob Marier has written two mystery novels, which are Kindle books. The first is Tidal Pools, set in Maine in a small coastal village, and features a chapter about Colby. It takes the reader to L.L.Bean, Kennebunk, and Alfred, where two exciting trials take place. The second, Perfect Fairways and Stolen Lives, involves a string of strange murders of young women that take place at random locations where PGA Tour golf events take place. More at Bob’s website bobmarierbooksandsongs.com. * Molly Otis Lynn Watt reminisces that 62 years ago she was getting a wardrobe trunk and heading off to Colby. She is grateful for the sense of purpose and the ability to take control of her learning she found at Colby. Molly is very active—co-leads their annual seven-day ukulele festival, plans for her courses, reads her poems at a Highlander Center, and had a reading with her husband in Woods Hole. Molly wonders how she can be so old, so lucky in love after 48 married years, and so happy. * Jane and Peter Henderson took a much-needed vacation from the Southland heat and spent a week on the Maine coast. They stayed in Ellsworth and pivoted from there to Schoodic Point, Bar Harbor, Acadia, Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, Deer Isle, Stonington, Thomaston, Port Clyde, Lincolnville Beach (great fried clams), plus some fun time on a lobster boat. They visited their favorite lighthouses and, of course, the Holy Donut shop in Portland on the way back. While in Boston they spent half a day browsing a very unusual collection of old but very interesting books in the Brattle Bookshop. * Mike Silverberg continues to work four days a week and enjoys being active. He’s in contact with Steve Curley, Dick Fields ’61, Hank Silverman ’61, and Ron Weber. Mike and Gale flew to Rome, where they met up with a large group of business associates on a cruise ship and toured Italy and Montenegro. Gale and Mike and their family are all well. * Jane Holden Huerta is celebrating her 80th all year as the big day isn’t until December. She and Juan will celebrate Christmas and New Year’s on the Queen Victoria, cruising the Canary Islands.

1950 Newsmakers

Art Goldschmidt '59

Art Goldschmidt ’59 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Centre County Democratic Committee in September. Goldschmidt, professor emeritus of Middle East history at Penn State, has been a Democratic party volunteer for more than 50 years, including serving as committeeman for State College 20th precinct since 2002 and as political liaison for Foxdale Village Retirement Community since 2011. He also chaired the State College Democratic Committee 1972-73.


Class Correspondent:

Joanne K. Woods

Fran and Boyd Sands continue to enjoy retirement in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Boyd visited with Bill Chapin this past winter, emails weekly with Charlie McInnnis and Felix Suchecki, and was looking forward to seeing Phil Shea ’60 in the fall. * Darwin and Jacqueline Bendelius Davidson became great-grandparents in May! Annalise “Annie” Day Steele was born in the hospital in Ellsworth, Maine, where her mother, the Davidsons’ granddaughter-in-law Stormi, is a delivery room nurse. Their grandson Garrett is a full-time year-round lobsterman. By the age of six weeks, Annie had been on three boat trips! * Bill Chapin went with Bonnie Brown Potter ’63 to her 55th Colby reunion and saw many of her friends and roommates, who lately have been meeting yearly at her Chamberlain place. They do a great job of keeping up. Again the star of the show was David Greene, a terrifically talented and kindly person, clearly well along in a dedicated stint at a revitalized Colby, Waterville, and Maine. “He really makes us all very proud.” Bill was boating to Digby the next week and says all is well at 81! * Gay Fawcett was fascinated reading the article about the picture of Elsie the Cow and is wondering who the lucky one is in our class who received the cow. Gay is trying to clean up the family home of all her parents’ things. She is dealing with two years of reconstruction to get the home back to its original state of 100 years ago as the result of a water leak several years ago, which destroyed much of the interior. Restoration of furniture was a nightmare and also the insurance problems. She was leaving soon for the South of France and then Paris, and then on her annual cruise with the Maine Historical Society, this year to Vietnam and Cambodia. It’s a first for her going to that part of the world. * Gladys Frank Bernyk, quite by accident, found Carlene Price White mentioned online and was interested to read about her Kuranda Project for Dogs for vets and the handicapped. Gladys was sick in the spring and is not very healthy yet. * Cathryn Marcho Cootner celebrated her 80th birthday with a party at her house, where attendees enjoyed her tribal artworks. * The 12th edition of A Concise History of the Middle East, written by Art Goldschmidt and Ibrahim Al Marashi, was published by Taylor and Francis, based in England, Aug. 31, 2018. Art is professor emeritus of Middle East history at Penn State, where he still gives an occasional lecture and advises some students. He and Louise (Robb ’60) live in Foxdale Village Retirement community. Art will be recognized in September at the Centre County Democratic Committee dinner for lifetime achievement. He continues to knock on doors and to invite local candidates to speak to Foxdale residents. * Next spring is our 60th reunion, so when you next hear from me let’s have plenty of news in advance of that event.


Class Correspondent:

Mary Ellen Chase Bridge

Twenty-one members of our Class of 1958 returned to the Hill for our 60th reunion in June: Burt Angrist, Leigh Bangs, John Baxter, Mary Ellen Chase Bridge, Marty Burger, Gordon Cunningham, Gail Crosby Davis, Carol Hathaway de Lemos, Al Dean, Pete Doran, Ernest Gauer, Jane Gibbons, Bob Hesse, Don Kennedy, Karen Breen Krasnigor, John Ludwig, Bob Saltz, Brad Sherman, Barbara Newhall Stevens, Joan Shaw Whitaker, and Marian Woodsome. We had lunch together Friday in Foss Hall and dinner together Saturday (with members of the Golden Mules) in Cotter Union. The choices of activities Friday and Saturday included talks by Walter Iooss on his photographic career with Sports Illustrated, Jody Spear ’63 on environmental challenges in Maine, and historian and professor Raffael Scheck about relationships between French prisoners and German women in Nazi Germany. The schedule also included tours of Miller Library (including a climb to the clock), Special Collections, the Museum of Art, and the downtown area. I recognized nothing in the library until I saw the familiar grandfather clock and entered the reading room, which was recently renovated, with the original long tables where some of us often studied. A highlight of the weekend was the traditional Parade of Classes, with balloons and banners, ending in a session with President Greene updating us on current College topics and projects, including a partnership with the City of Waterville to build a new dorm downtown to house 200 students and revitalize the area with a new hotel, retail spaces, offices, and housing. At this event our own Leigh Bangs was honored as a distinguished alumnus “for his visionary work in the chemistry lab and his business prowess,” which included being awarded eight U.S. patents in six different scientific fields. Congrats again, Leigh! Jane Gibbons also deserves recognition for taking part in—and finishing!—the 25-mile bike ride on Friday morning. Jane reported that she has climbed the highest mountain in every state except Alaska. The doctor says her knee won’t hold up for that one, but we’re impressed nonetheless. The weather during reunion was sunny and warm every day, and we had the usual good times updating each other and reminiscing about our years on Mayflower Hill—1955 panty raid and campus revolt, car mysteriously appearing on steps of the library, etc. We missed the traditional appearance of the “old” Colby Eight to serenade us, as they did for almost 60 years, and especially the rest of our class. Wish more of you could have joined us! * Remember to send me news at any time of the year. Without your input we won’t have a column that we all enjoy so much. Thank you!


Class Correspondent:

Don Tracy

I never thought I would slide into the role of our Class of ’57 correspondent, yet I’m very happy to try to write about 600 words per issue; however, remember, we, as a class, are a team—you supply the news and I piece it together and submit a regular newsworthy column for us, the Class of ’57. Your classmates want your news about yourself, because it’s always good to hear from our classmates and how we are doing as we tackle age 80 and above. I remember, when I passed age 50, my dad warned me that my struggle with aging was yet far ahead of me. Very true, as most of us are now experiencing; however, we members of the ’57 vintage remain an active group! * Eleanor Roberts Littlefield and her husband live in Vermont but spent some time this summer in western Maine living in their small camp on Ellis Pond near the Appalachian Trail. She was planning to meet up with a couple of our classmates. * Don Dinwoodie says he’s winning the race with his third year battling Parkinson’s disease. Meanwhile, he’s active on boards encompassing AARP and the Parkinson’s Foundation. Don and his wife, Elaine, still live in Colorado and are working, along with family members, on building an “Earthship house” (Google this—an interesting project). Their grandchildren often return to visit from their homes in France and Spain. * Mac Harring calls this news item the “task of recording the trials and travels of the geriatric set.” Although in his eighth decade, Mac and his wife, Arlette, are in the travel-mode, living in a 36-foot fifth-wheel trailer for six months each year, skiing during the winter in Utah; and as spring approaches, they enjoy visits to several national parks in U.S. Northwest. Finally, they enjoy their home of several years in Acton, Mass., about 25 miles west of Boston. In late 2018 they plan a trip to Scotland, and in the fall a river cruise in Portugal and Spain. (In the next issue I hope Mac tells us where all this energy comes from.) * I and my wife, Linda, remain at home in Rockport, Maine, enjoying the amenities of coastal life. I finished selling my third business, that of preparing taxes for the past 30 years, making me—finally!—a retired person. The second business I sold back in 1985 was that of Seacoast Security, which still displays the familiar red decals seen throughout Maine. We have six children; four are located nearby while the other two visit and remain in touch with texts, with photos, and with Skype. Linda and I, along with two other senior couples, rented a cottage on Popham Beach in early September for a week of rest and sampling Maine’s sand and surf. * I’m hoping that our Class of 1957 can soon muster up more news about ourselves, showing that those over 80 can still write about some of the experiences and benefits of being among the many older graduates of Colby. Contact me anytime with your news.


Class Correspondent:

Charlene Roberts Riordan

Brian Stompe spent five days teaching fly-fishing at a Boy Scout camp. Luckily, no forest fires to interfere. Coastal salmon fishing continues to be excellent when weather and schedule permit. He took his neighbor, who had never been salmon fishing before, and introduced him to a nice 18-pound King and a smaller fish. Brian sent a picture of the fish—WOW! His gardens are thriving, as are the weeds and the need for maintenance. To celebrate their 60th anniversary, Brian and his wife, Susan, embarked on a river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. * Janet Nordgren Meryweather wrote that Kathy McConaughy Zambello, Chris Layer Larson, her daughter Claire, and she took an excursion to Prince Edward Island in August. Janet is planning a visit to her daughter’s in Issaquah, Wash., during Salmon Days in October. Then she’ll meet up with a dear high school friend who recently returned to Seattle after her Aussie husband’s death. Then onto Snohomish to see a cousin and a grandson. The adjuvant treatments for the breast cancer ended in September—a successful clinical trial at DFCI. A good friend of Janet’s, the Reverend Robert Raymond, former priest at Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove, Maine, now resides in a retirement community in Bar Harbor. Since his retirement, he often sits up front playing his trumpet to accompany the hymns. However, since his stroke, he is often not in attendance. * For my own news, in August I took a trip to Caraquet, N.B., with some cousins to visit my mother’s ancestral home. Not only did we find the house in which she was born (in 1905), but were invited inside to have a look around. The current occupants were insistent that we see “the birthing room.” As we went upstairs, there were mementos on a wall that included a picture of my Uncle Ernest. I knew then, for sure, that we were in the right house. It was an emotional moment. I had last been in this home when I was 14 and spent a summer visiting my aunts, uncles, and cousins. The present owner will not sell the house as it will be moved to the Acadian Village and restored to its former state as a representation of a home of its era. The people of Caraquet still speak French today and still earn their living from the sea. My maternal grandfather had a schooner and fished for cod.


Class Correspondent:

Betty Harris Smith

For two weeks in August, my husband and I drove around northern Maine. We didn’t stop at Colby this year because we were there last year. Instead, on the way home we stopped in Augusta and stayed overnight. I found in my luggage the phone number for Bill ’53 and Ann Eilertson McDonough, and we met them near Portland for lunch the next day. I asked Ann about the freshmen dorm near the train tracks in Waterville and the buses they rode up the hill (since I didn’t live downtown). We thought the dorm in 1951 was an old house by the trains, and that there were two sophomores who were helpers and in charge. I seem to remember that the train used coal and that its bell was quite loud. Ann couldn’t remember where she had breakfast, but the other meals were on campus. We thought it was interesting to talk about the dorm downtown that she knew while Colby was just opening the new residence hall downtown. * My predecessor, Kathie Flynn Carrigan, sent me a note from her new home in the Catskill Mountains of New York, where she moved to be near her family in her old age. She has a nice apartment in a senior housing facility and many helpful staff to fill any needs, including meals. Her whole family was together there in July for a week, and they had a great Maine lobster feast one night. Kathie said, “Of course I miss Maine, but my many Maine friends keep me up to date on a regular basis. Colby is growing very fast—it’s going to be so different. We’ll hardly recognize it. I’m so glad we were there in the beginning of the new/old campus days—we have lots of stories to tell!” * How fun to hear from Carol Smith Brown, who started with our class. She shared a story of a coincidence: “I have just moved into an apartment in a senior living facility. The other day I got my mail and it included the Colby Magazine. I sat down to read it and noticed the address—it was addressed to a Mrs. John J. Martin at my address and apartment number. I would have been surprised if anyone here ever even heard of Colby, and here I find a former occupant of my apartment was an alumna!”


Class Correspondent:

Art Eddy

Robert Anderson writes that he and Sally had a nice visit with Jonathan Kent from Colby, who brought them up to speed on campus news. Recent health issues (Who said, “Growing older is not a job for the faint of heart?”) have curtailed their travel for a while. * George and Diane Chamberlin Starcher spent a month at their older son’s home on Sebago Lake, where they enjoyed reunions with family and with Diane’s sister, Susan Chamberlin Trauger ’60. With help from a trainer, Diane has recovered from a serious fall. * Lois McCarty Carlson is now living at Saybrook Village in Haddam, Conn. * From the Calvin Coolidge of our class, Arthur “Bob” Cummings, comes the following: “Things are quiet. Nice lobster boat cruise on Casco Bay. Reading Rocket Men. Take care.” * Sue Johnson continues to be happy with her life at Sunnyside Life Plan Community in Harrisonburg, Va., even though the last few years have brought some health challenges. She still enjoys being involved with the Sacred Dance Guild. She had a thrilling trip to Tennessee to view the solar eclipse and visit her granddaughter and first two great-grandchildren (her third great-grandchild was born in January 2017). * Dave and Betsy Powley Wallingford thoroughly enjoy good health, family, and friends. They keep up with Jane (Millett ’55) and Karl Dornish, Ann Burnham Deering ’55, and Ellie Shorey Harris ’57. They planned to see Mark Powley this summer. Both Wallingfords hope to attend our 65th reunion next June. * In June I had an enjoyable round of golf (neither of us fell over) with Bob Thurston at the Bucksport, Maine, golf club, which bills itself as the longest nine-hole course in Maine. It’s such a treat hearing from folks, so please keep the news coming.


Class Correspondent:

Barbara Easterbrooks Mailey

Eight hardy classmates made it to the 65th reunion. They include Quintilio and Ruth Sheehan Bersani and Carolyn English Caci, who all live at Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mass. Also attending, Helen Koniares Cleaves, Electra Paskalides Coumou, Mimi Price Patten, Alden Sprague, and Carolyn Doe Woznick. I imagine Colby showed them a good time. Thank you for representing our class this time. Carolyn English Caci reports that they had a wonderful time as Golden Mules. “Each of us was given a tiny golden mule to attach to our name tags! The weather was beautiful, and we all enjoyed meeting President Greene, who was pleasant and affable and a terrific speaker,” she said. They missed Bob Grindle, Chase and Nan Murray Lasbury, and everyone else. * Back in early June John Lee treated Art Eddy ’54 and one of Art’s daughters (a D.C. resident) to lunch at his favorite Chinese restaurant, known for its roast Peking duck. This was Art’s once-a-year visit. John lost his feline friend, Whitey, missing the companionship meow greetings. John’s daughter returned this summer after flying around in an embassy plane, saying, “Some people have all the fun.” * Priscilla Eaton Billington wrote that she had another family get-together on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Her son and daughter rented a house by the seaside so she could enjoy all the amenities offered with her three grandsons. * Before I close, I want to share a John Lee story. He always sends good ones from the past. I quote: “Our Maine group of enlistees flew from Camp Kilmer, N.J., to Camp Rucker, Ala., for basic. The company of about 150 was from the Northeast: New England Yankees, Boston Irish, New York Italians, Philadelphia Poles, with a sprinkling of Jews, Puerto Ricans, and African Americans, let alone Chinese. The sergeant went through all the names with difficulty in pronunciation until he got to LEE. He said, ‘now there is a fine Southern name—Lee.’ He asked, ‘Where are you from, Lee?’ I answered, ‘Maine, and I am a Chinese Yankee!’ ‘Would three days KP cure that?!’ Ever hear a Chinese give a rebel yell?!” John said they became best friends after that. I have another Lee story, which involves Waterville. However, I will save it for next time.


Class Correspondent:

Art White

Art White and Mary Cloutier were guests at the 60th reunion of the Hotchkiss class of 1958—a very pleasant weekend. * Betty Brown Holmes and her husband have for years been house swapping with friends from London. While in Boston waiting for their flight, they had a brief but very pleasant visit with Nancy Copeland and Barbara Cheeseman Hooper. * Judy and Herb Nagle met Brenda and Lum Lebherz for lunch in Middleboro, Mass. Herb and Lum have remained close friends since 1948, and Herb says Lum is the same Lum that we all remember!


Class Correspondent:

Anne Hagar Eustis

Time again for a little catch-up on the news from us ’49ers. * Evelyn Armstrong King is still living in Bath, Maine, where she has lived for 20 years. Three of her four children also live in Bath so she’s “lucky enough to see them often.” She has a cat for company and is looking forward to her 90th birthday party in November. * Mary-Lou Roberts Friberg reports that she and her husband “are doing pretty well—both in our nineties and we both drive.” They keep in touch, “though not often enough,” with Ozzie and Virginia Young Ellis. * Lloyd Guptil reports that his wife, Mary Ellen Bonsall Guptil, suffers from loss of memory but remains cheerful at 90. * Robert Bedig sent me one joyous sentence. “I held my great-granddaughter, Leona June, in my arms this summer!” Congratulations, Bob. * Earlier this summer Hope Harvey Graf and I had a nice visit over lunch with Jean Sheppard Silva in Camden. It has occurred to me that I never report on my “doings” as I’m so caught up in reporting all yours. I have lived at The Highlands, a retirement community in Topsham, Maine, for 17 years. Hope also lives here. I have my own house, which I share with my eighth beagle, Dougie, all but one of whom have been rescues. I’m very active within the Highlands community as well as at the Topsham Public Library, where I’ve been on the board of trustees for a number of years. Not surprisingly, I read a great deal, both physical books and on my iPad. I always have a book with me wherever I go, even if it’s only to the grocery store! I don’t travel much any more, but this summer I did fly to Oregon with my daughter, Elisabeth ’81, for a wonderful visit with my cousin and his family. And now having survived the hottest and most humid summer in Maine since the early ’40s when records were first kept, I’m looking forward to fall in Maine. Thanks for sending your news. I appreciate all the help you can give me.


Class Correspondent:

David Marson

A highlight this summer for me was when I called Howell Clement, my roommate at Hedman Hall in the summer of 1944. As I may have mentioned before, Howell lives in Kalispell, Mont. We have not had a conversation during the ensuing years but have corresponded regularly. I looked up his telephone number on the Internet and called. We had a long conversation, bringing each other up to date on our families and careers and reminiscing about our summer semester in 1944 when we were roommates. * Betty Dyer Brewster wrote that she is still in Naples, Fla., from October to April or May and then back to Memphis, where she lives in a continuing care retirement community and is just a few miles away from her oldest son and his family. * During late spring, summer, and fall I live in a community called Newbridge on the Charles in Dedham, Mass. Recently, Bob Sage ’49 and his wife, Phyllis, became residents here and I see them occasionally. I played golf a few weeks ago with my daughters, Deborah (Marson ’75) and Marsha Moller (Lehigh ’78). They both hit the ball a lot further than I did, but they were kind to the “old man.” Nine holes were enough for me. When I return to Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, Fla., this fall, I’ll play nine holes at least once a week and additionally workout with a trainer twice a week. * I had dinner with Carol Stoll Baker late this spring and it was great to spend time with our classmate.