2010 Newsmakers

Uzoma Orchingwa '14

Edwin Torres ’12 was part of an investigative team that won a 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Torres was a photographer for a ProPublica/NY Daily News project that uncovered abuse of nuisance laws by authorities who targeted minority and impoverished residents of New York City. * Uzoma Orchingwa ’14 is a 2017 recipient of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans to support his work towards a J.D. at Yale University, which he’ll begin this fall. Orchingwa was previously awarded a 2013 Truman Scholarship and a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship in 2015. * Cole Yaverbaum ’14 won Success Academy Charter Schools’ ETHOS Excellence Award, which recognizes school staff who best demonstrate the community’s values. Yaverbaum works in special education teacher support services at Success Academy Crown Heights.


2016

Class Correspondent:

Holly Bogo
classnews2016@colby.edu

Cathryn Ryan is at Villanova Law School, where she was elected president of the Environmental and Energy Law Society. She’s interning in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York this summer. * Gabi Cortez lives in New York and works for Transmitter Media as a production assistant for a podcast. * Michael Loginoff will move to England in September to pursue his master’s at the University of Oxford. * Holly Bogo is an assistant director of admission at Connecticut College, living in Mystic. * Jacob Wall just moved to Salmon, Idaho, to do environmental science research with the Aldo Leopold Research Institute. * Desiree Smith works at IBM as a client executive for U.S. Bank in Chicago. * Emily Carney works for Eataly and lives with Sara Kaplan, Katie Chow, and Shauna Yuan in Brooklyn. * Casey Ballin lives in Somerville and works for b.good, overseeing all operations and distributions on Hannah Farm. * Austin Murphy is in Boston working for Canaccord Genuity’s sustainability sector team in their investment banking department. * After working for the U.S. Olympic Committee last summer, Kim Donaldson is now an assistant director of admission at Colby and will be trying out for the USA Bobsled Team in July. * After a two-month cross-country road trip, Hannah Twombly and Connor O’Neil ’15 spent the winter working and skiing in Tahoe, Calif. This summer they’re working in North Haven, Maine, living in a tiny home. * Dan Nesvet works at Cornerstone Government Affairs in Washington, D.C. * Julie Wolpow lives in New York and is in her third rotation of the Ogilvy Associates training program on the brand planning team for IBM. * Olivia Gould works as an actor in Boston. This summer she’s an acting apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. * Paul Dougherty spent the last year birding and working for an avian monitoring study. He’ll attend graduate school this fall at the University of Wyoming. * After spending the past year in Boston working as an energy and climate fellow for the City of Boston’s Environmental Department, Jeff Vaz is now in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua, working remotely for Save the Whales Coalition. * June Li is currently in China, volunteering for a shorebird research project, and will start this fall at Stanford for her Ph.D. in geobiology. * Iavor Dekov is at Colby as a junior web developer. * After spending the year in Boston, Maya Ramakrishnan will head to law school at the University of Washington. She received a public interest scholarship from the Gates Foundation. * Ben Crocker spent the last year working as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Bucksport, Maine. He’ll pursue his master’s in school counseling next year at Husson University. * Sarah Carrigan is teaching history and coaching track and XC at Yarmouth High School. Most importantly, she spends a fair amount of time trying to recruit future Mules! * Seth Butler will start medical school at UNECOM in Biddeford, Maine, this fall. He spent the past year working at a hospital in Laconia, N.H., and volunteering with the local fire department. * Edwin Ward volunteered last year for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and will attend George Washington University’s Law School this fall. * Andrew Finn recently finished his master’s at Oxford University and will pursue his Ph.D. in medieval English literature at Princeton University this fall. * Alexa Junker is finishing her master’s at Oxford University in London, where she frequently sees Kate Gafner, who’s at University College London. * Griffen Allen completed a master’s of bioethics at Harvard Medical School and will start medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in the fall.


2015

Class Correspondent:

Molly Nash
classnews2015@colby.edu

Katrina Belle works as a construction lead for Habitat for Humanity in Jackson, Wyo., where she enjoys hiking, skiing, and living out of her van. * Carolyn Bennett, Andy Clevenger, Seth Gilbane, Savannah Judge, Jeff Meltzer, and Melissa Preziosi had an awesome time exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks together last May. * Lucas Fortier finished his second year at Boston University School of Law and works as a summer associate at WilmerHale in their Boston office’s litigation department. He starts his final year of law school in September. * Tionna Haynes moved to Chicago after graduating instead of returning home to New York City. She finished her second year teaching in Chicago at her Teach for America placement school. With the help of TFA, she graduated in June with her M.S. in special education from Dominican University. Tiona’s staying another year at her high school, teaching 12th grade English and creating the school’s first African-American literature course. Outside the classroom, she’s been head coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team for two years. * Danny Leaman updates our class, “Ranger Dan here checking in from the smoke jumper Forest Service service work station in Missoula, Mont. I’m enrolled in a 36-hour forest protection officer training. After completion of this corporate training course, I’ll have the authority to unleash my wrath upon recreationists who fail to follow simple codes of federal regulations in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. A typical violation, such as possession of fireworks within designated federal lands, will result in a $200 citation and a stern wag of the finger from your local danger ranger.” * Julia Middleton started a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography at the MIT-WHOI Joint Program for Oceanography. * Molly Nash continues to work at the Journeys School in Jackson, Wyo., where she’ll co-teach kindergarten and first grade in the fall. * Ari Porter has completed the first year of her master’s in ecology at Colorado State University. She’ll spend the summer collecting data in the sub-alpine of the Rocky Mountains and is very excited to get outside for work. In her off time, she’ll be gardening and adventuring with Ryan Cole. Ryan finished the first year of his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder. This summer he’s working hard on research, mountain biking, and hiking. * Jessica Rosenberg is starting a physics Ph.D. in the fall at CUNY Graduate Center. * Audrey Sandberg finished her second year of vet school at UC Davis while working as a nurse in the UC Davis Large Animal Clinic. She looked forward to being in Maine this summer working at a mixed animal veterinary practice and spending time with family and friends.


2014

Class Correspondent:

Anders Peterson
classnews2014@colby.edu

Erik Douds is riding his bicycle across America via the Transamerica Trail. He’s doing it to launch a travel blog called DiabetesAbroad.com, which will be a guide to adventure and exploration for the diabetic community. His adventure ends on Vancouver Island Aug. 18. * Shannon Kooser moved to Hanover, N.H., for a job at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She’s been enjoying exploring the Upper Valley and has been training for her first 50-mile ultramarathon. * Jeffrey Lamson is teaching history at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn., where he also lives and works in the dorm. Jeff also coaches football and wrestling. In the spring he finished his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania. He continues to spend his summers at Camp Winona in Maine. * Jasmine Phillips recently received her M.Ed. in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. Jasmine also developed and funded the Phillips Memorial Scholarship Program for high school students attending her alma mater. * Since returning from a stint in Singapore, Charlie Leeds has worked at a pair of startups in New York City. He doesn’t think he can ever wear a suit and tie to work again. Charlie has also assumed the co-chair role of the Class of 2014 Gift Committee with Tierney Dodge and has had a blast doing it. * Mackenzie Nichols works as an IT consultant in Toronto, where he’s been for the past three years. He attended the Colby rugby gala last March, where he reconnected with several Colby alums. Mackenzie has plans to meet up with Phil Cody, Dan Forsman, and Amarinda Keys in New Hampshire for Phil’s birthday. Phil has been hiking the Appalachian Trail since March. * William Hochman is currently working on MTC’s Broadway production of The Little Foxes. Break a leg, Will! * I returned from Australia in May having completed the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, a single-stage, solo, unsupported, road cycling race from Perth to Sydney. The race was 3,300 miles long and started at the Indian Ocean and ended at the Pacific Ocean, traversing the entirety of the Australian continent. I’m now back in Newport Beach, Calif., with a new job and preparing for my self-imposed “hell month,” a four-week span in the fall wherein I will compete in a Half Ironman, take the GMAT, run a full marathon, and take the Foreign Service Officer’s entrance exam, in that order. I’ll spend the whole summer preparing for it.


2013

Class Correspondent:

Sarah Lyon
classnews2013@colby.edu

Thanks to all who submitted updates! Congratulations to Charlie Frank, who graduated from the Emory University School of Medicine and started surgical residency there in July. * Noah Teachey received an M.A. in music and music education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and will begin teaching at the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Bronx this fall. He’s also beginning year two of competitive rowing with the New York Athletic Club. * Julia de Guzman recently finished working on an HBO documentary, Warning: This Drug May Kill You, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and examines the human toll of the opioid epidemic. * Callie Wade and Ben Hannon married April 8 in Seattle. The bride’s parents, Paul ’80 and Kathy McCulloch Wade ’80, hosted alongside the Hannons. A sizable Colby 2013 delegation attended: Jay Holman and Charlie Frank were groomsmen, and the newlyweds were also joined by Elise Begin, Eliza Childs, Courtney Erskine, Hanna Glickman, Andrew Hedberg, Woody Huber, Amanda Lavigueur, Sarah Lyon, Allison Mond, Allison Polchinski, Molly Rogers, and Naomi Staley. Callie and Ben live in Washington’s Skagit Valley, where Callie is a fourth-year medical student at Pacific Northwest University and Ben is a firefighter on the Baker River Interagency Hotshot Crew. * At Boston College, Diana Sunder produced Beautiful, a new full-length play she wrote and directed. She also graduated from BC with a master’s in English. * Laura Crowley and Alex Rasmussen have each finished the second year of their respective Ph.D. programs. Laura joined Michael Shen’s laboratory, conducting research on prostate cancer and stem cells. She finished her classes, passed her first qualifying exam, received an M.A., and was awarded two research grants. At Yale, Alex finished his required classes and is conducting research under Yair Minsky. * Carla Aronsohn writes, “I’m living in Washington, D.C., working as a senior strategist for a progressive digital firm, Revolution Messaging. I spent 15 months on Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign running his SMS and calling strategies. In my free time, I’ve been fighting fascism in the swamp by organizing queer dance party protests; you may have heard of our dance protests outside of the homes of Mike Pence or Ivanka Trump.” * Gordon Fischer is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Uganda, where he works at Primary Teacher’s College in Tororo. “I’m teaching English and also social studies, and in April we completed an amazing performance on malaria awareness using music, dance, and drama.” Gordon adds, “This next term, I hope to start a poetry club and also start work on a basketball court. My local name here is ‘Ofwono,’ which is a reference to the former tallest man in Uganda!” * Tom Letourneau begins his fifth year teaching kindergarten this fall. This summer he looked forward to hiking the White Mountains and heading back to Colby for the wedding of Ethan Crockett and Laura Duff. Abbott Matthews will also be in attendance. She says, “I’m excited to dance all night in Pulver, but this time as a responsible adult with a steady job!” Abbott spent the last 18 months in Annapolis working as an intelligence agent, but she’ll soon return to Brazil. “I’ll be moving to São Paulo to be a security operations center manager for a large social media client,” she says. “I’m really looking forward to being back in Brazil for several more years. Come visit for Carnaval—seriously!” In Brazil, Abbott hopes to see Claire Dunn, who is there for the summer in Florianópolis. “This spring I successfully defended my master’s thesis and traveled to Paris, as well as Lima, Peru, to present my research at academic conferences,” says Claire, who will do language training and initial fieldwork for her Ph.D. while in Brazil. She looks forward to Ethan and Laura’s wedding as well as to Sarah Rich’s wedding.


2012

Class Correspondent:

Sarah Janes
classnews2012@colby.edu

Reunion was full of fun and reminiscing about our time on the Hill! I enjoyed catching up with so many of you and hearing your stories. We are doing some amazing things. I took full advantage of our conversations and have included some highlights here for everyone. * I’m still enjoying life in Boston and feel very lucky to see so many of you as often as I do. I’m in my fifth year working at Concierge Services for Students, and in the fall I’ll begin pursuing a master’s of education in educational leadership and policy studies at Boston University. * Lane McVey is having an exciting year: having just graduated from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Lane got married in June and moved to Chicago. * Mason Roberts is in his second year at Duke University School of Law. * Than Moore lives in Burlington, Vt., and works in the emergency department at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He spends his winters volunteering as a ski patroller at Stowe Mountain Resort and enjoys taking full advantage of Vermont winters. * Nicole Hewes is a second grade teacher at Troy Central School in Troy, Maine. Nicole took her students, the Curious Questioners, to Mayflower Hill where they learned from Professor of Computer Science Bruce Maxwell in the robotics lab. They also enjoyed ice cream sundaes at Bob’s. * Tyler Cash graduated from Cornell Law School and moved back to Boston to begin his life as a lawyer at a prominent Boston firm. * Sylvia Doyle splits her time between Missoula, Mont., where she enrolled in graduate school with a focus on place-based learning, and Jackson Hole, Wyo. She loves being out west and meeting new species of trees. * Sarah Trankle lives in San Francisco, where she works for Netflix. * Julie Denison recently moved to Denver for a job in marketing at a hemp seed yogurt company. * Now let’s get ready for our 10-year reunion!

2013

Sarah Lyon

classnews2013@colby.edu

Thanks to all who submitted updates! Congratulations to Charlie Frank, who graduated from the Emory University School of Medicine and started surgical residency there in July. Y Noah Teachey received an M.A. in music and music education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and will begin teaching at the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Bronx this fall. He’s also beginning year two of competitive rowing with the New York Athletic Club. Y Julia de Guzman recently finished working on an HBO documentary, Warning: This Drug May Kill You, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and examines the human toll of the opioid epidemic. Y Callie Wade and Ben Hannon married April 8 in Seattle. The bride’s parents, Paul ’80 and Kathy McCulloch Wade ’80, hosted alongside the Hannons. A sizable Colby 2013 delegation attended: Jay Holman and Charlie Frank were groomsmen, and the newlyweds were also joined by Elise Begin, Eliza Childs, Courtney Erskine, Hanna Glickman, Andrew Hedberg, Woody Huber, Amanda Lavigueur, Sarah Lyon, Allison Mond, Allison Polchinski, Molly Rogers, and Naomi Staley. Callie and Ben live in Washington’s Skagit Valley, where Callie is a fourth-year medical student at Pacific Northwest University and Ben is a firefighter on the Baker River Interagency Hotshot Crew. Y At Boston College, Diana Sunder produced Beautiful, a new full-length play she wrote and directed. She also graduated from BC with a master’s in English. Y Laura Crowley and Alex Rasmussen have each finished the second year of their respective Ph.D. programs. Laura joined Michael Shen’s laboratory, conducting research on prostate cancer and stem cells. She finished her classes, passed her first qualifying exam, received an M.A., and was awarded two research grants. At Yale, Alex finished his required classes and is conducting research under Yair Minsky. Y Carla Aronsohn writes, “I’m living in Washington, D.C., working as a senior strategist for a progressive digital firm, Revolution Messaging. I spent 15 months on Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign running his SMS and calling strategies. In my free time, I’ve been fighting fascism in the swamp by organizing queer dance party protests; you may have heard of our dance protests outside of the homes of Mike Pence or Ivanka Trump.” Y Gordon Fischer is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Uganda, where he works at Primary Teacher’s College in Tororo. “I’m teaching English and also social studies, and in April we completed an amazing performance on malaria awareness using music, dance, and drama.” Gordon adds, “This next term, I hope to start a poetry club and also start work on a basketball court. My local name here is ‘Ofwono,’ which is a reference to the former tallest man in Uganda!” Y Tom Letourneau begins his fifth year teaching kindergarten this fall. This summer he looked forward to hiking the White Mountains and heading back to Colby for the wedding of Ethan Crockett and Laura Duff. Abbott Matthews will also be in attendance. She says, “I’m excited to dance all night in Pulver, but this time as a responsible adult with a steady job!” Abbott spent the last 18 months in Annapolis working as an intelligence agent, but she’ll soon return to Brazil. “I’ll be moving to São Paulo to be a security operations center manager for a large social media client,” she says. “I’m really looking forward to being back in Brazil for several more years. Come visit for Carnaval—seriously!” In Brazil, Abbott hopes to see Claire Dunn, who is there for the summer in Florianópolis. “This spring I successfully defended my master’s thesis and traveled to Paris, as well as Lima, Peru, to present my research at academic conferences,” says Claire, who will do language training and initial fieldwork for her Ph.D. while in Brazil. She looks forward to Ethan and Laura’s wedding as well as to Sarah Rich’s wedding.

2014

Anders Peterson

classnews2014@colby.edu

Erik Douds is riding his bicycle across America via the Transamerica Trail. He’s doing it to launch a travel blog called DiabetesAbroad.com, which will be a guide to adventure and exploration for the diabetic community. His adventure ends on Vancouver Island Aug. 18. Y Shannon Kooser moved to Hanover, N.H., for a job at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She’s been enjoying exploring the Upper Valley and has been training for her first 50-mile ultramarathon. Y Jeffrey Lamson is teaching history at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn., where he also lives and works in the dorm. Jeff also coaches football and wrestling. In the spring he finished his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania. He continues to spend his summers at Camp Winona in Maine. Y Jasmine Phillips recently received her M.Ed. in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. Jasmine also developed and funded the Phillips Memorial Scholarship Program for high school students attending her alma mater. Y Since returning from a stint in Singapore, Charlie Leeds has worked at a pair of startups in New York City. He doesn’t think he can ever wear a suit and tie to work again. Charlie has also assumed the co-chair role of the Class of 2014 Gift Committee with Tierney Dodge and has had a blast doing it. Y Mackenzie Nichols works as an IT consultant in Toronto, where he’s been for the past three years. He attended the Colby rugby gala last March, where he reconnected with several Colby alums. Mackenzie has plans to meet up with Phil Cody, Dan Forsman, and Amarinda Keys in New Hampshire for Phil’s birthday. Phil has been hiking the Appalachian Trail since March. Y William Hochman is currently working on MTC’s Broadway production of The Little Foxes. Break a leg, Will! Y I returned from Australia in May having completed the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, a single-stage, solo, unsupported, road cycling race from Perth to Sydney. The race was 3,300 miles long and started on the Indian Ocean and ended on the Pacific Ocean, traversing the entirety of the Australian continent. I’m now back in Newport Beach, Calif., with a new job and preparing for my self-imposed “hell month,” a four-week span in the fall wherein I will compete in a Half Ironman, take the GMAT, run a full marathon, and take the Foreign Service Officer’s entrance exam, in that order. I’ll spend the whole summer preparing for it.

2015

Molly Nash

classnews2015@colby.edu

Katrina Belle works as a construction lead for Habitat for Humanity in Jackson, Wyo., where she enjoys hiking, skiing, and living out of her van. Y Carolyn Bennett, Andy Clevenger, Seth Gilbane, Savannah Judge, Jeff Meltzer, and Melissa Preziosi had an awesome time exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks together last May. Y Lucas Fortier finished his second year at Boston University School of Law and works as a summer associate at WilmerHale in their Boston office’s litigation department. He starts his final year of law school in September. Y Tionna Haynes moved to Chicago after graduating instead of returning home to New York City. She finished her second year teaching in Chicago at her Teach for America placement school. With the help of TFA, she graduated in June with her M.S. in special education from Dominican University. Tiona’s staying another year at her high school, teaching 12th grade English and creating the school’s first African-American literature course. Outside the classroom, she’s been head coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team for two years. Y Danny Leaman updates our class, “Ranger Dan here checking in from the smoke jumper Forest Service service work station in Missoula, Mont. I’m enrolled in a 36-hour forest protection officer training. After completion of this corporate training course, I’ll have the authority to unleash my wrath upon recreationists who fail to follow simple codes of federal regulations in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. A typical violation, such as possession of fireworks within designated federal lands, will result in a $200 citation and a stern wag of the finger from your local danger ranger.” Y Julia Middleton started a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography at the MIT-WHOI Joint Program for Oceanography. Y Molly Nash continues to work at the Journeys School in Jackson, Wyo., where she’ll co-teach kindergarten and first grade in the fall. Y Ari Porter has completed the first year of her master’s in ecology at Colorado State University. She’ll spend the summer collecting data in the sub-alpine of the Rocky Mountains and is very excited to get outside for work. In her off time, she’ll be gardening and adventuring with Ryan Cole. Ryan finished the first year of his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder. This summer he’s working hard on research, mountain biking, and hiking. Y Jessica Rosenberg is starting a physics Ph.D. in the fall at CUNY Graduate Center. Y Audrey Sandberg finished her second year of vet school at UC Davis while working as a nurse in the UC Davis Large Animal Clinic. She looked forward to being in Maine this summer working at a mixed animal veterinary practice and spending time with family and friends.

2016

Holly Bogo

classnews2016@colby.edu

Cathryn Ryan is at Villanova Law School, where she was elected president of the Environmental and Energy Law Society. She’s interning in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York this summer. Y Gabi Cortez lives in New York and works for Transmitter Media as a production assistant for a podcast. Y Michael Loginoff will move to England in September to pursue his master’s at the University of Oxford. Y Holly Bogo is an assistant director of admission at Connecticut College, living in Mystic. Y Jacob Wall just moved to Salmon, Idaho, to do environmental science research with the Aldo Leopold Research Institute. Y Desiree Smith works at IBM as a client executive for U.S. Bank in Chicago. Y Emily Carney works for Eataly and lives with Sara Kaplan, Katie Chow, and Shauna Yuan in Brooklyn. Y Casey Ballin lives in Somerville and works for b.good, overseeing all operations and distributions on Hannah Farm. Y Austin Murphy is in Boston working for Canaccord Genuity’s sustainability sector team in their investment banking department. Y After working for the U.S. Olympic Committee last summer, Kim Donaldson is now an assistant director of admission at Colby and will be trying out for the USA Bobsled Team in July. Y After a two-month cross-country road trip, Hannah Twombly and Connor O’Neil ’15 spent the winter working and skiing in Tahoe, Calif. This summer they’re working in North Haven, Maine, living in a tiny home. Y Dan Nesvet works at Cornerstone Government Affairs in Washington, D.C. Y Julie Wolpow lives in New York and is in her third rotation of the Ogilvy Associates training program on the brand planning team for IBM. Y Olivia Gould works as an actor in Boston. This summer she’s an acting apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Y Paul Dougherty spent the last year birding and working for an avian monitoring study. He’ll attend graduate school this fall at the University of Wyoming. Y After spending the past year in Boston working as an energy and climate fellow for the City of Boston’s Environmental Department, Jeff Vaz is now in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua, working remotely for Save the Whales Coalition. Y June Li is currently in China, volunteering for a shorebird research project, and will start this fall at Stanford for her Ph.D. in geobiology. Y Iavor Dekov is at Colby as a junior web developer. Y After spending the year in Boston, Maya Ramakrishnan will head to law school at the University of Washington. She received a public interest scholarship from the Gates Foundation. Y Ben Crocker spent the last year working as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Bucksport, Maine. He’ll pursue his master’s in school counseling next year at Husson University. Y Sarah Carrigan is teaching history and coaching track and XC at Yarmouth High School. Most importantly, she spends a fair amount of time trying to recruit future Mules! Y Seth Butler will start medical school at UNECOM in Biddeford, Maine, this fall. He spent the past year working at a hospital in Laconia, N.H., and volunteering with the local fire department. Y Edwin Ward volunteered last year for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and will attend George Washington University’s Law School this fall. Y Andrew Finn recently finished his master’s at Oxford University and will pursue his Ph.D. in medieval English literature at Princeton University this fall. Y Alexa Junker is finishing her master’s at Oxford University in London, where she frequently sees Kate Gafner, who’s at University College London. Y Griffen Allen completed a master’s of bioethics at Harvard Medical School and will start medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in the fall.

 

2011

Class Correspondent:

Rian Ervin
classnews2011@colby.edu

In May Laura Berzins graduated with a J.D./M.B.A. from Cornell University. She’s moving to Palo Alto, Calif., this fall to work at a law firm. * Alex Essman was excited to move to Boston in July for her job with Fidelity Investments and to catch up with CWIH and CWS friends, but she’ll miss going out to the Old Port with Allyson Cheever, Meryl Poulin, and Kellie Walsh ’15. * This fall Carly Griffith will begin a Ph.D. program in geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under William Cronon. Carly holds an M.A. in public humanities from Brown, and for the past two years she’s worked with the Center for Cultural Landscapes at the University of Virginia. * Cici Cancellieri graduated from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in May. * Austin Sutherland is marrying Holly Mawn ’13 July 8 in Portland, Maine, where he’ll be accompanied by Colby Eight groomsmen Raleigh Werner, Logan Hunter, and Kevin Baier. In August Austin and Holly are moving to Boston where Austin will pursue his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School. * In addition to working as a part-time coach at CrossFit Wicked in Middleton, Mass., Tory Gray started a new job as marketing manager for ButcherBox in Cambridge. This September she’s getting married at her parent’s home in Maine. Lauren McGrath and Dana Breakstone ’10 will stand by her side at the altar. * Katie Brezinski recently moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where she passed the Florida bar exam. She works as an associate attorney with the Boyd & Jenerette law firm dealing primarily in federal labor law and state workers’ compensation law. * Katherine Gagnon is pleased to announce her upcoming painting show this fall at the Lazy Susan Gallery in New York. She received her M.F.A. from MICA’s LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting in 2014. Shout outs to Grossman friends and the Art Department for their continued support! * Jordie Flick and Jo Bellairs married in April in Palmetto Bluff, S.C. The Colby turnout was strong and Dave Lowe officiated the wedding. Jo graduated from medical school this spring and the newlyweds will move to Seattle for his residency at the University of Washington Medical Center. * After five years in the Bay Area working for an environmental nonprofit, Amie Fleming is moving back East to pursue her M.B.A. at Georgetown University. * Aqsa Mahmood has enjoyed the laid-back pace of Dallas life where her daughter, Vaneeza, graduated from kindergarten in May. * Adan Hussain recently started a new job at the University of Michigan as the project manager for first-generation initiatives. * Simone Goldstein completed her M.B.A. from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. * In February Grayson Palmer married Bowdoin grad Dewey Crowley—the Mules and the Polar Bears got along for the weekend—in her hometown of Sun Valley, Idaho. * Caley Robertson Zappacosta gave birth to a little girl in July 2016 and has spent a wonderful year on maternity leave loving and learning from her daughter.


2010

Class Correspondent:

Caity Murphy
classnews2010@colby.edu

Danielle Carlson married Louis Gouletas March 18 in Chicago. Colby friends Amanda Towner, Jay and Bonnie Foley Mangold, Chelsea Heneghan ’11, Mandy Ferguson ’12, Eben ’09 and Amy Snickenberger Witherspoon, and Maddie Given Brandstatter ’08 were in attendance at the Adler Planetarium. * Emily Marzulli is marrying Peter Rummel ’11 this winter. * Pete Johansson works at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a policy and markets analyst. He’s based out of Chicago and enjoying the food, the lake, and the blues. Pete is currently in Duluth supplementing his urban summer with outdoor activity and was about to go into the woods for a week of adventure along the Canadian border. * Ross Nehrt and Leigh Bullion are still in Portland, Maine, eating the MOST lobster rolls. They’re so excited to welcome Josh Sadownik ’09 and Caitlin Coit ’08 to Maine when they move from Boston later this summer. * Mary Soule finished her first of two years at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she’s getting her master’s, focusing on security studies. She’s spending the summer in Rome, Italy, where she interns with the State Department at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in the public affairs section. Her first weeks on the job included coordinating President Trump’s trip to the Vatican. * Piper Haywood runs a graphic design practice in London called SB-PH with her partner, Sam Baldwin. Earlier this year she also started working for publishing imprint Occasional Papers as their managing editor. After about six years of little-to-no singing, she’s very happy to be part of a choir called Musarc. In April Musarc performed a range of contemporary and more traditional repertoire at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Later this year she looks forward to reuniting with some Colby faces at Hannah Parnes’s wedding in NYC. * Kari Rivers took her spring break from teaching kindergarten (in French) at St. Louis Language Immersion School to visit Kathleen Fallon in Michigan. They had a lot of fun staying up late reminiscing about Colby. Her next trip will be to France for three weeks this summer. * Reilly Taylor, Mike Baldwin, Rohan Dutt, James Westhafer, Scott Veidenheimer, and Doug Sibor met by beautiful Popham Beach in Phippsburg, Maine, to celebrate Reilly’s birthday. They enjoyed a weekend of beaches, barbecues, and burritos infused with fiery jalapeños. * Emily Warmington and Shannon Merrell, the soon-to-be moms of a very lucky little one, celebrated the road to parenthood with a fantastic baby shower thrown by Tara Davidson and Hilana Bernheimer Scott. Colby Mule Erica Schehter ’09 shared in the fun, while West Coast castaways Caity Murphy, Jessie Bond, Lauren Harris, and Emily Pavelle attended in spirit. * Caity Murphy graduated from Regis University in May with a second bachelor’s in nursing science, passed her national boards in June, and is now officially a registered nurse. She’s very excited to have recently accepted a job at University Hospital in Denver on their Medicine Specialties Unit.


2000 Newsmakers

Michelle Farrell '01

The Water Institute of the Gulf named Justin Ehrenwerth ’01 president and CEO. Formerly executive director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, formed following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Ehrenwerth has experience finding solutions to challenges in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. * Michelle Farrell ’01 was named Undergraduate Teacher of the Year by Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society. Farrell is assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Fairfield University and has received several other teaching awards. * Mike Wiley ’03 and his partner Andrew Taylor won a James Beard Award in the Best Chef: Northeast category. The restaurateurs co-own three popular establishments in Portland, Maine. * For the fifth consecutive season, Mindy Williams ’03 was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year. Williams, head swimming coach at Simmons College, was also named New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association Coach of the Year for the second time in four years.


2009

Class Correspondent:

Elyse Apantaku
classnews2009@colby.edu

Drew Hill graduated in May from his Ph.D. program, environmental health sciences, at UC Berkeley. * After seven years living in China, Chelsea Eakin moved back to the U.S. and enjoys reconnecting with other alumni. * Alex Richards completed his M.B.A. at NYU Stern, along with his first-year roommate, Jamie Wallace. He’s moving to the UK in late summer to start a job in management consulting. * Sommer Engels and Joe Meyer got engaged in April and moved to the D.C. area, where Sommer will start as an attorney at the Department of Justice and Joe will complete his internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. * Bryan Brown finished his doctorate and moved to Geneva, N.Y., to work with farmers. * Sam Hoff began a new job as an attorney in Boston representing health care providers in transactional and regulatory matters. He’s engaged to Elisabeth Russell (Bates ’10) and they’re planning a Mule-Bobcat wedding for June 2018. * Todd and Diana Sternberg Waldman welcomed their daughter, Grace Amy Waldman, May 4. Colby Class of 2039! * Elyse Apantaku and Ben Hauptman are in the process of adopting their three foster kiddos, ages 8, 11, and 15. They hope that at least one of them will go to Colby since they had so much fun tagging along with the Class of ‘71 for Elyse’s dad’s reunion last spring and made friends with some cool people from the Class of ’91. * Dave Metcalf was married in Boston in December. Dan Heinrich was the best man, and good times were had by all. Dave now lives with his wife, Hillary, north of Boston in Chelsea and is settling into his new career as a teacher. * On June 4 Scott Zeller, Dan Heinrich, Danny Wasserman, and their respective sisters completed the Victoria, B.C., 70.3 Half Ironman. After training since January, the journey culminated with everyone finishing to achieve their individual goals. Scott recently got engaged to Sameera Anwar ’10 and is starting a job as a physician assistant in Raleigh, N.C. Dan wraps up his M.B.A. program this January at NYU and will head to India for the wedding of Ishan Bir Singh ’08 and Sarah Switchenko ’08. Danny recently began spin instructing as a side project and looks forward to hosting Josh Sadownik and Caitlin Coit ’08 when they visit Seattle this summer. * I had a great time catching up with Molly Corbett and Kalli White at Hannah Hickok’s 30th birthday in Brooklyn. Kalli had just been to Greece, where the three of them studied abroad as juniors. Hannah got engaged earlier this year in Paris, and in June attended the Colby graduation of her brother, Lucas Hickok ’17, where she enjoyed hearing Joe Biden speak.


2008

Class Correspondent:

Palmer McAuliff DePre
classnews2008@colby.edu

Hope this find you all well. I was at Colby in June and cannot believe that our 10th reunion is less than a year away! Hopefully, you’re all making plans to attend. * Sasha Bartels Pantel had a baby boy, Jacob, April 4. She also returned to Mayflower Hill to watch her sister, Sophie Bartels ’17, graduate and enjoyed seeing how the campus has changed. * Sharon Fuller Aigler founded a free website called Community Kangaroo, with a family-friendly event calendar, camp lists, and maps of playgrounds, farms, pools, splash pads, and more for families in the Boston area. She was thrilled they expanded to cover 40 towns in Boston’s Metrowest and Southwest. * Yvonne Baker finished her neurology residency at Duke University School of Medicine in June, and in July married Ben Simpson (UNC Chapel Hill ’06) at her parents’ house in Bethlehem, Pa. Nathalie Chiavaroli Blair, Emily Parker Beekman, Sasha Kenyon, Sharon Noel Griffin, Julie Wilson, Tiffany Ng, Alexandra Freyer ’09, and Lissa Martin ’09 were in attendance. * Kathleen Nicholson and her wife, Emily, completed their two-year adventure in Costa Rica and are moving back to the states. Kathleen has accepted a job at Greens Farms Academy in Connecticut where she’ll be the eighth-grade science teacher and a grade dean. In February Lacey Brown ’09 and her fiancé, Stewart, visited Kathleen and Emily in Costa Rica and had a fantastic time hiking through the rainforest and reminiscing about Colby days. * Julie Wilson has launched an online narrator database, Ahab, to help the Penguin Random House audiobook producers find new actors to cast more than 1,000 books per year. Join at Ahab.us. * Sarah Parrish earned her Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture at Boston University and accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor of art history at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. * After living and working for several years for a UK-based consultancy in Burundi, and serving as country director in South Sudan, Africa, Melyn McKay Derville received her master’s in cultural anthropology. She’s currently pursuing her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Oxford University and is in the second year of her doctoral program conducting fieldwork in Myanmar. She recently married Tomas Derville of Toulouse, France. * Jessica Osborne recently took a job as a nondestructive testing technologist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The lab is on the cutting edge of research and technology and was the center of the Manhattan Project. They even added a new element to the periodic table last November. Jessica will see new alloys and new materials as they’re developed and test them for scientists and engineers. * Martin and Emily Wilson Connelly and their two children are enjoying the warm weather together in their tiny garden. Juniper, 3, invites all of us to become members of her worm club, and Isaiah, 1, would like to show us all of the birds, airplanes, and cars in the neighborhood. Emily started a new position as assistant editor at AudioFile magazine last winter and is excited to begin an online library and information science program in the fall. * In August John Bergeron will begin working on an M.F.A. in acting at Wayne State University in Detroit. John recently reconnected with Claire Collins, Bobby Underwood-Halpern, and David Cheng ’06 at Alice’s Tea Cup in Manhattan. They relived the tales and triumphs of late ’00s Colby as we approach our 10th reunion. * Skylar Sutton and Ronnie Wise got engaged in April and are pretty excited about it. In June Ronnie earned his M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management while Skylar cheered loudly. He now works in finance at Universal Studios Hollywood and Skylar claims his office is directly behind Hogwarts. Skylar submitted her update while on the plane home from Michelle Easton’s bachelorette party in Portland, Maine, where Michelle, Emily Goodnow, Amy Reynolds ’09, Maggie Hayes Helm ’09, and joyous others danced too late at Bull Feeney’s and ran into most of the Colby men’s crew team circa 2006 because, as Skylar notes, “Portland is a magical time machine.” * Thanks for all the updates, friends!


2007

Class Correspondent:

Annie Mears Abbott
classnews2007@colby.edu

Karli Gasteazoro McGill and her family are moving back to Minneapolis. She’ll work as an oncology nurse practitioner at the University of Minnesota. She looks forward to the cabin, lakes, family time, and being reunited with Dan and Katie Maland Schupack, who are third-year residents at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. They can’t wait for their kids (Parker Jane McGill and Ari Benjamin Schupack) to be fast friends and future Mules. * Alison McArdle recently moved back to Boston from Durham, N.C., and started a new job at Fidelity Labs after a decade with Fidelity Charitable. She’s very ready to enjoy a New England summer and fall with many of her Colby pals. * Ross Kaplan got married in St. Louis to Julie Kalishman, who graduated from Duke. Adam Roslyn, Jon Bandi, and Trevor Hanly served as ushers, and Ross says they did a horrible job at actually showing people where to sit. Krissy Fucillo Hanly ’06 was also in attendance and made sure to get the party started with some dancing. The bride prevented Ross from doing his patented wedding worm. * Bernadette Bibber graduated from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in May and started her family medicine residency at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey in July. She couldn’t wait to start seeing patients. * After teaching math at the University of California, Irvine, and then at Furman University, Ryan Holben moved to San Francisco to try industry. He’s working as a software engineer for Cruise Automation, which makes self-driving cars for General Motors. Ryan reports that “it’s a blast, a constant learning experience, and a wonderful opportunity to help make the world a safer and more accessible place by working on cutting-edge technology.” * As for me, Annie Mears, I had a great time at reunion sharing the Averill five-man with Lucy Hitz, Lindsay Snyder Salamon, and Kristin Luber Bennett. It was also great to see Stephanie Finn, Laura Keeler Pierce, Karli Gasteazoro McGill, Katie Maland Schupack, Natalie Ginsburg, Jennifer Hinson, Courtney Goodie Barker, Alison McArdle, Kendall Kirby Miller, Alisa Perry, Elisa Chiniara, Jill Greenstein Metcalf, Carolyn Alder Jessup, Tammy Lewin, Laura Williamson, Blake Foster, and, of course, Mark Biggar (who needs to get his facts straight on what happened at the Maland/Schupack nuptials).


2006

Class Correspondent:

Lindsey Boyle McKee
classnews2006@colby.edu
There was a baby boom for the four roommates of Alfond Apartment 217 this year. Iva Jean was born to Caitlin Cleaver and Kristofer Koerber in February; Charles (Charlie) Jack to Daniel and Kristen Pinkham Patti in March (Charlie joins big brother Henry); Louisa Christine to Sarah Kaplan and Zachary Evans in April; and Lillian (Lilli) Sage to Rory ’07 and Margaret Jackson Murphy in May. * Dan Giuliani is co-founder/CEO of Volt Athletics, a sports tech company in Seattle, and an adjunct professor of sport performance at the University of Washington. * Francis Chapuredima teaches economics and lives in Qatar with his wife, Robinah, and their daughter, 3. * Alex and Caitlin Peale Sloan welcomed their first child, Henry, March 31. * Hillary Easter and her husband, Andrew Vermilyea, welcomed a daughter, Aliza Corrine, Dec. 23. Hillary and her family live in Vermont, where she works as the lab manager and an instructor for the chemistry program at Castleton University. * Stephen Planas married Katherine Van Wyk in Washington, D.C., last March. Colby filled out the wedding party, as Bennett Barnwell, Drew Moreland ’07, and Daniel Epstein ’08 were groomsmen, and best man Nate Stone toasted the newlyweds with a Sam Smith Slingo. Other Mules tearing it up on the dance floor to “Every Time We Touch” were Cait Miller, Melissa McNulty, Rachel Carr Jordan, Trevor ’07 and Kristine Fucillo Hanly, Drew Rausch, and Taylor Snook. * Devon Ducharme is finishing her 11th year as a teacher at St. George’s School in Newport, R.I. She teaches physics and is the associate director of global programs at the school. Devon was gearing up for a 10-day science research trip to Costa Rica with 16 students in June and planning for her wedding this September. * Bennett Barnwell and his wife, Heather, welcomed their first child, Thoren, April 15. Heather and Bennett live in Eugene, Ore., while Bennett builds a residence hall for the University of Oregon. * John and Kim Devine McDevitt live in Princeton, N.J., with their daughter Nora, 20 months. They live on the Hun School campus where John is director of counseling. Kim works as an education specialist at Vega and has a private nutrition counseling practice (kimmcdevittrd.com). She started doing family nutrition counseling with a local pediatric office and loves that experience. Kim and John expect a second child this November and look forward to the added chaos. * Barbara Hough is wrapping up her fifth year as music teacher at Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School in Haverhill, Mass. She was awarded a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council for her “Uke Can Make a Difference” program in which she bought 30 ukuleles and obtained resources so that her classes could learn to play another instrument. She looks forward to starting the new program in the fall. * Jess Minty and her husband, Steve Lane, expect a baby, their first, in October. In the meantime, they’re renovating an old farmhouse in Concord, Mass., so they’ll have a comfy home for the new arrival. * Anders ’07 and Jess Seymour Woods live in Boulder, Colo. They had a great year skiing and hiking and were excited about summer. Jess teaches middle school Spanish and finished her fifth year at a great charter school. Anders is completing a programming boot camp in Denver, hoping to move into the world of software engineering. They played yet another season on an all-Colby broomball team in the winter and see many alumni around the area. * Thanks to everyone who wrote in just to say “hi” and welcome me as the new class correspondent!

2005

Class Correspondent:

Kate Slemp Douglas
classnews2005@colby.edu

Carolyn Hunt and Brendan Carroll welcomed their second baby, Emily Carroll, who joins sister Chloe, 3, who’s learning French while living in Brussels, Belgium. * Sheldon Stevenson and his wife, Suzanne, along with kids Finn and Charlie, moved to Cumberland Foreside, Maine. Sheldon finished his residency at Maine Medical Center in emergency medicine and took a job with Central Maine Medical Center. * Chelsea Pawlek and her longtime partner, Adam Hadlock, are getting married this August in Vermont. * Jim and Jackie Dao Dinneen moved to Massachusetts from D.C. in January and were excited to move into their new house in Duxbury in late June, just in time for summer and a drive on the beach. In late February Jackie accepted a new role as senior director of development at The Partnership Inc., a nonprofit in Boston celebrating its 30-year anniversary this year. And on April 5, James Ryan Dinneen was welcomed into the world in Boston, weighing in at eight pounds, four ounces. He loves his Colby blanket, bib, and socks! Jackie says, “Phew! It’s been a whirlwind 2017, but so happy to be building our life back in New England.” * Andrew Volk, his wife, Briana, their 3-year-old daughter, Oona, welcomed Rockwell Clyde Volk to the world April 26. Mom and baby boy are doing great. Andrew’s bar, Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, has been open three and a half years and they’ve opened a second business in Portland—a restaurant and bar with a neighborhood shop attached called Little Giant. * Ken and Meghan Barringer Pitter were thrilled to welcome their daughter Addison into the family this January. She joins big brother Logan, who turned 4 in May. * Matt Ruby moved to Wodonga, Australia, where he’s now a lecturer (Aussie for assistant professor) in psychology at La Trobe University. * After much thought, and as life continues to get busier with kids, I have decided that it is time for me to step down from my role as class correspondent, which I’ve held since we graduated, and pass on the torch to someone new. Please let me know if you are interested in taking over—you can send me a note at katie.e.callow@gmail.com and I’d be happy to share the details. Thank you, and have a great summer!


2004

Class Correspondent:

Emma McCandless
classnews2004@colby.edu

Phil and Laura Barrow Geiger welcomed Cameron “Cam” Ross Geiger Feb. 3. He joins big brother Evan, 3, and big sister Alexa, 5. * Ben and Kristan Jiggetts Kenney welcomed their first child, Lincoln Jiggetts Kenney, Dec. 10, 2016. Fellow 2004ers Desiree Davis Trahon, Shannon Hopkins Rybacki, and Alexis Caselle Bancroft have been awesome mom role models with sound advice on having a newborn. Kristan teaches high school English at Deerfield High School, and they live in the northern suburbs of Chicago. * Jesse Morrisey works as the art director of 42 Design Fab, a museum exhibit design and fabrication company in Indian Orchard, Mass. * Amy Tolsdorf Madison got married in 2015 and works as a rheumatologist in Bend, Ore. * Ian Kimmich works as a medical journal editor in Portland, Ore., where he’s also a bicycle beer-tour guide, amateur yogi, and adoring father of Isla Jude (born 2016). He’s close to launching a Kickstarter campaign for the strategy board game he’s been designing, intermittently, for the past two years: Quartermaster. Get in touch with him to learn more. * Will Sander has traveled a lot lately for personal and business. He traveled with his wife, Sam, to Patagonia and to Italy in the last five months. And with his job supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in D.C., he’s gone to Australia and the former Soviet Union for One Health collaborations.


2003

Class Correspondent:

Rich Riedel
classnews2003@colby.edu

Hello! Priorities first—Reunion 2018 dates are out! Save the weekend: June 7-10, 2018— Mayflower Hill—be there! Looking forward to celebrating our 15-year milestone! Who can believe it? * The news was light this time around. Don’t forget to share anything and everything—however significant (or insignificant). * Chris Reigeluth got married last summer in the Berkshires to Ashley Emerson. They’re moving to Portland, Ore., where Chris will teach at Pacific University. * William Thompson, wife Michelle, and daughter Reagan welcomed twin boys in July 2016—William Hardy Thompson and Jefferson Bales Thompson. * Last November Dave and Jenn Brenneman Clements and their kids, Gus, 3, and Wren, 1, moved to Clark, Colo., just north of Steamboat Springs. Jenn is still lodge manager at The Lodge and Spa at Three Forks Ranch on the Colorado/Wyoming border. In April she met up with Katie Altneu, Marin Hoffman Kemnitz, and Shelley Hughes, as she does a few times every year. * Tennessee Watson was a finalist for a Peabody Award for her project Silent Evidence, which she co-produced with The Heart podcast. There were 60 finalists for this award. Sadly, Tennessee and her co-producers weren’t among the 30 winners, but what a great honor to have made the finals! Here’s the URL if you want to take a look (listed under radio/podcast category): peabodyawards.com/stories/story/announcing-76th-annual-peabody-awards-finalists. * Earlier this year, Andy and Lauren Bliss St. Martin had a great time visiting Thad and Jill Laramee Feeney in their beautiful, eco-friendly designed home in Lincolnville, Maine. In April they welcomed their second child, Henry. They’re again adjusting to life with little sleep. Andy was promoted to portfolio manager at Anchor Capital Advisors and Lauren stays home with the kids. * Steve and Suzanne Skinner Forster and big brother James were excited to welcome Robert William Forster to the family Feb. 16, 2017. Congrats Forster family!


2002

Class Correspondent:

Bridget Zakielarz Duffy
classnews2002@colby.edu

Time certainly seems to be flying as we celebrate 15 years since champagne on the steps. It seems everyone is doing amazing things in amazing places. * Andrew Jaspersohn lives in NYC with his wife, Lindsay Antolino ’04, and their dog, Cooper. He tends bar at Gramercy Tavern and helped open Untitled, a Union Square Hospitality Group restaurant in the Whitney Museum of American Art. * Kristin Elder Greene is cofounder and head of marketing for Untold Brewing, a microbrewery opening in Scituate, Mass., this fall. The brewery will serve beer out of its onsite taproom and will also distribute. * Sister Madeleine (Sarah) Miller enjoys teaching theology and doing campus ministry at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School in Sioux City, Iowa. * Tom Curran lives in the environs of Ann Arbor, Mich., with his spouse, Reiley Curran, and their sons, Paul, 3, and Lewis, 1. He works at the VA hospital in Ann Arbor as an anesthesiologist. They return to Maine each summer for a week at the beach with his extended family. * Amanda Cuiffo lives in West Newton, Mass., with her wife, Christy Doyle, their son, Saben, 6, and two distinguished dogs, Coby, 13, and Chasan, 10. She’s worked at Wheelock College as associate director of athletics for the last four years. They spend their free time in Vermont. * Ed Jastrem became a partner at Heritage Financial Services, a wealth management firm in Westwood, Mass., where he’s worked for 10 years. * Tammie Sebelius returned to the U.S. after years living abroad. She remains with EF but will work out of their Boston office and live in Somerville, conveniently down the street from Kathryn Kosuda. She’s excited to see old classmates that don’t involve trans-Atlantic flights. * Noah Charney still lives in the wilds of Slovenia with two young daughters and his Peruvian hairless dog, Hubert van Eyck. This summer he has two new books, one on the Slovenian modernist architect Joze Plecnik and the other a fun travel memoir/guide to Slovenia called Slovenology: Living and Traveling in the World’s Best Country. This fall he will release another book, Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art. He welcomes any classmates interested in living abroad in Slovenia. * Andrew Hicks married Caitrin McKiernan in March 2016 at El Presidio Chapel, a state historic park in downtown Santa Barbara, Calif., after getting engaged in County Clare, Ireland, a few months prior. There was a great Colby Crowd at the wedding, including groomsmen John Hughes, Mike Donohue ’03, Vajra Alsop ’03, and Mike Endreny ’02. Ushers included Justin Ucko and Matt King ’98. Katie Isaacson Hames ’03 made the cake. Other guests included Jen-ai Stokesbary ’01 (pregnant with Lyle!) and Ben Griffin ’02, TJ Hauser, Matt Koontz, Mike Crawford ’04, Mike Sesko, Andy Hoyt, and Evan Anderson. The newlyweds moved to Hong Kong last autumn, where Andrew grows a cornucopia of plants in a rooftop garden. * I’m spending the summer working at a clinic for an underserved population in northern California before my family relocates to northern Virginia this fall. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer—I can’t wait to hear all about it!


2001

Class Correspondent:

Dana Fowler Charette
classnews2001@colby.edu

Amanda Cochrane and her family decided last year to make a big move from Massachusetts to northern Vermont. After spending the summer traveling the U.S. visiting national parks, they settled in St. Johnsbury, where she works remotely for Groundwork USA, a nonprofit devoted to transforming the natural and built environment of marginalized communities—a national enterprise with local roots, working at the intersection of the environment, equity, and civic engagement. So far her husband, along with Jonah, 8, Luke, 5, and Ellie, 3, are enjoying skiing, mountain biking, and hiking in the Northeast Kingdom. * Brian Newman and his wife, Cait, welcomed Bradley Hill Newman Jan. 26. * Justin Amirault recently started his own investment platform, Glasswing Capital Management, devoted to bringing individuals with passive income-tax obligations to the tax-equity market for solar projects throughout the U.S. * Noam Dorros and his wife, Ashley, welcomed their daughter, Henley Baer Dorros, June 19. * Ted Wallach stepped down as CEO of TimeRepublik, a social fintech startup, and joined the board. In this role he was a keynote speaker in Taiwan in June. He now has a practice of private clients whom he supports with getting past obstacles and manifesting their futures. * On Feb. 28 Peter Oppenheim and his wife, Katie, welcomed their first child, William Frawley Oppenheim. On June 6 Peter was nominated by the President of the United States to serve as the assistant secretary of education for legislation and congressional affairs. * Sarah Belanger Hay bought an old house in Wakefield, Mass., late last summer and they’re settling into their place and life in the suburbs. Sarah also started a new job late last year as senior manager of internal communications at American Tower Corporation’s U.S.-based division. She enjoys a 15-minute commute and learning about the telecom industry after more than 11 years in banking. Martha Beebe Sprague was married this spring in Dennis Port, Mass. Sarah reported that she had great Colby ’01 representation that included Stephanie McMurrich Roberts, Jessica Alex Keenan, Bethany Knorr Chung, Calla Fankhanel Morgan, Rebecca Downing Tynan, and Sarah Breul. The Class of ’00 was represented by Patrick Keenan.


2000

Class Correspondent:

Ben Mackay
classnews2000@colby.edu

Class of 2000! I hope everyone is doing well. Here’s the latest… * Scott and Melissa Bradbury Friedman had a Colby-filled spring. In March Scott hosted an environmental careers panel discussion for Colby alums and current students at his consulting firm, Industrial Economics, Inc., in Cambridge, Mass. In April they traveled to Mayflower Hill, where Melissa spoke with pre-med students and faculty regarding applying to medical school and Scott hosted a lunch for students interested in environmental consulting careers. It was great being back on campus! * Nick Larusso is coming up on his one-year anniversary at Pearson Education as VP of business development. Nick’s wife, Kamini (Bhargava), continues to teach Suzuki violin and is the assistant director of the Suzuki program at the MacPhail Center for Music. They celebrated their 12th anniversary in May and are in the thick of U10 traveling girls soccer for Natasha, 9, and getting Dominic, 3, ready to start in Minnesota youth hockey come fall. * David ’98 and Leahanne Mansfield Fenton are nearing 10 years back in Maine. They’ve lived in Scarborough and moved to Falmouth two years ago. It’s been great being close to Colby. David’s cousin, Katie Fenton ’19, completed her sophomore year and they visited her quite a few times the last two years. Taking their girls, Liesl and Kenzie, to campus has been lots of fun. * Reba Frederics lives in Westminster, Mass., with her boyfriend, Jason, and daughter, Naomi, 8. Reba works at Cengage Learning as an intellectual property project manager, working mostly from home but traveling to her company’s office in Boston a few times a month. Her family has many pets, including a golden retriever named Amber, a hamster named Marshmallow, two geckos, a newt, and many poison dart frogs. Reba meets up frequently with Vanessa Wade Wehmeyer for dinners and drinks and is going camping this summer with her Colby roomie Whitney Lawton Linnenbringer and her family. * Sarah Church Murphy is getting married in July to Than Stuntz. She has two kids of her own and is very excited to welcome two new “bonus daughters” into her life. Sarah, Than, and the fam all live together in a large, rambling, antique house in Boxborough, Mass. * Ben Mackay married Morgan Barry Feb. 19 at Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado. It was a snowy wedding with all 50-plus guests dressed in bear costumes (white bears for the ladies, black bears for the men). They will continue to live in Jackson Hole, Wyo.


1990 Newsmakers

Karen Lipman Boston ’93, an attorney with Lipman & Katz in Augusta, Maine, received the highest Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV, meaning she possesses “very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability.” Boston specializes in personal injury and family law. * The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation appointed Chris West ’93 as director of the newly created Rocky Mountain Regional Office, where he’ll develop and advance conservation initiatives, manage projects, and secure funding for the organization’s grant-making portfolio. * Jon Huerta ’95 joined Guggenheim Securities as a senior managing director in the industrials investment banking group. Huerta will focus on the aerospace, defense, and government services sectors. * Katherine Campbell ’96 was inducted into the Charlevoix Alumni Hall of Fame. A graduate of Charlevoix (Michigan) High School, Campbell is an assistant professor and the medical director at Yale Maternal Fetal Medicine Practice. The award “honors alumni who have used their education to make the world a better place.”


1999

Class Correspondent:

Brad Sicchitano
classnews1999@colby.edu

Ryan Aldrich recently became head of Sugar Bowl Academy, in Norden, Calif. His family already lives in Truckee so they’re excited they don’t have to move. They had a historic winter in Tahoe this year, receiving 800 inches of snow for the season. Ryan and his family planned to be skiing on the Fourth of July. Ryan often met Amy and Matt Smith ’00 for some powder skiing as they also live in Truckee. * Sonya Roderick Locke and her husband welcomed their first child, William, April 25. They’re enjoying parenthood! * John Evans and his wife, Caroline, are proud residents of Shaker Heights, Ohio, even though he gets a lot of great emails about the Maine gubernatorial race. Their son, Henry, is five and a half and, thankfully, the spitting image of his mother. John continues to work at Jones Day as an IP litigator—he made partner last December. And because he turned 40 this year, he celebrated his mid-life crisis, as one does, by splurging on a Mustang convertible, which he enjoys every day above 40 degrees. * Ben Grasso, his wife, Jenn, and their daughter, Cora, moved to a new house in Cumberland Foreside, Maine. Ben ran the Maine Coast Marathon (his first) in May. This summer they’re on Mount Desert Island for a family vacation. * A few good friends met up in Charleston, S.C., in April: Katharine Lawrence Sawatzky, Caitlin Skulley, Rebecca Thornton, Heidi Ting Piche, Caroline Kasparian Myler, and Karena Bullock Bailey. They missed Allison Birdsong, Heather Fine, Lindsay Hayes Hurty, and Lynn Powers Harder in what has become an annual reunion of friends. And a huge birthday shout-out to all ’99ers who have turned or will be turning 40. A big year for us!


1998

Class Correspondent:

Brian Gill
classnews1998@colby.edu

Stephanie Andriole started working at the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in April. She continues to work as a genetic counselor, seeing patients pursuing genetic testing via IVF. She also got engaged in February. Stephanie and her fiancé live in Brooklyn, but he is from Colombia and they’re getting married in Cartagena in 2018. * Peter Clark writes to congratulate Kristi Straus as she’s had a hell of a year at the University of Washington. She was a winner of the UW Distinguished Teaching Award and also won a Husky Green Award for her work in sustainability. She’s been speaking with different groups on and off campus about sustainability as well. Peter still teaches science and chairs the science department at Seattle Academy. * Jon Foster and his wife, Lisa Brady Foster, are entering local competitions to hone their skills in hopes of making in onto American Ninja Warrior! * I hope that all is well, and I’ll talk to you soon.


1997

Class Correspondent:

Tom DeCoff
classnews1997@colby.edu

Hello to all in the Class of ’97! It was so wonderful to see so many of you at our 20th reunion in early June. For those who couldn’t make it, we missed you and hope to see you at the 25th. Mark your calendars for the first weekend of June 2022! There are lots of great photos of the 20th on our Facebook page—“Colby College Class of ’97.” If you haven’t yet joined that page, please do. That group will be used quite a bit in planning the 25th. Also, email class president Jess Miller Pachler (jess@pachler.us) if you’d like to be on that committee. * We had a great class turnout at reunion. Nearly 90 members of the Class of ’97 showed up, from places as far-flung as Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Texas, Florida, and England. Not too bad! In fact, we’re in second place for attendance at a 20th reunion (and still hold the record for 15th reunion attendance). We hope to shatter the 25th attendance record in five years! * Anthony Moulton completed his 10th Boston Marathon in April and has raised more than $125K for Children’s Hospital. In July he moved from Portsmouth, N.H., to Washington, D.C. At reunion Anthony came in first for our age group in the Saturday morning 5K. Especially impressive since I heard it was a rather late Friday night for many in the class. * Yawa Duse-Anthony recently started at Keolis Commuter Services in Somerville, Mass., doing project management related to the MBTA. She also still runs her Sister Afi business online and will soon diversify to spirit wear/toys. Check her out at sisterafi.com. * Speaking of crafty, Kim Berget Salmon reported that in addition to her day job as project/risk manager at State Street (and mom to 7-year-old twins), she also runs a side business selling cookies on Etsy. * Karen Blaisdell Faiman now serves as executive director of Lawrence Township Education Foundation, which fosters educational excellence, creativity, and achievement in the Lawrence Township, N.J., public school district by providing grants for projects and programs, generating corporate and financial support, and encouraging contributions of volunteer time. Karen had hoped to get to reunion with Christina Downing Chludzinski, but they weren’t able to attend. (We saw your great photo on Facebook, Karen, toasting the Class of ’97!) * Wendy Morris Levine can’t believe it’s been 20 years since we graduated. She lives in Marin County, Calif., with her husband, Marc, and two kids, 10 and 8. She recently had drinks with local alums Liz Fagan Gottlieb, Sue Hesselbach Pierce, and Morgan Filler. She also saw Mary Rosenfeld D’Eramo and Molly Bracken Dunne when they visited San Francisco for two different work trips this spring. * Jon Levin was also unable to attend reunion, but sent his good wishes. He lives in Needham, Mass., with his wife and two sons, for whom he serves as coach in their youth sports. He also recently opened his own law practice in Westwood. * Cindy Bissoon Wolff was appointed executive director of Tempo Group Inc., a nonprofit treatment agency in Long Island, N.Y. * Samantha Everett works for a public library system near Seattle and just bought her first home in West Seattle. She stays active with her local mountaineers club. * After 10 years, it’s time to give another member the opportunity to write this column. I’ve had a lot of fun with this volunteer responsibility, and I’m excited to report that my replacement is none other than Tom DeCoff! Many thanks to Tom for stepping up to help our class stay connected. Please continue to send your news to classnews1997@colby.edu.


1996

Class Correspondent:

Brad Smith
classnews1996@colby.edu

Look ’96: All this “I won this,” “I did that,” “I wrote a book,” and “I saved the world from evil and starvation” is starting to make us sound, you know, a little too awesome. Maybe you could tone it down a little next time? * Caroline Ketcham had an unfeasibly huge year. She was promoted to full professor of exercise science at Elon University, where she serves as department chair. She co-edited a book (with Dr. Eric E. Hall) titled Concussions in Athletics: Assessment, Management and Emerging Issues (Nova Publishers, 2017). She’s co-director of Elon BrainCARE, which formally became a research institute this year, AND she was given Elon’s Ward Family Excellence in Mentoring Award—a university-wide honor. She also reconnected with Amy Jackson Bennett, who’s committed to getting healthy and helping others get healthy. * Dan and Kristen Drake Patterson live in D.C., where Kristen serves as program director at the People-Health-Planet program at the Population Reference Bureau. She travels to Africa for work, and when she’s not fixing problems there, serves on the board at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Va., which keeps her involved in social justice and service in her community. On a personal note, Kristen’s long-term goal is to become a master gardener, a hobby currently impeded by the athletic schedules of her 6- and 10-year-old sons. * Sarah Gelman Carney was elected to the board of the NY Council for the Humanities, Ed Bourque lives in Accra, Ghana, working on a UNICEF water and sanitation assignment, and Kevin Rice is now chair of Colby’s Chemistry Department and serves as a faculty marshal, which means that at this year’s commencement he assisted in the conferral of honorary degrees to “Diamond” Joe Biden and Amy Walter ’91. Three awesome notes in one sentence! * Andrew Rice is executive director of Teen Recovery Solutions, Oklahoma’s only accredited recovery high school for teens suffering from addiction. This fall he enrolled in a master’s program in professional counseling at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla. * Last summer Keith Albert and his family visited Alaska, which included an ATV tour, white-water rafting, a visit to the Seavey Family Iditarod dog-sled facility, a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park, hiking/camping in Denali, and an awesome glacier hike on Matanuska Glacier. He says Alaska is a lot like Lewiston, only bigger. * Kathy Alexander Romeo’s biggest job is trying to turn four girls, 15, 14, 12, and 8, into decent human beings. Her other job is part-time work in early intervention with kids 0-3 with developmental delays. She still lives in Bolton, Mass., with two cats, a dog, and 10 chickens. She spent a weekend with Sheila Grant Orphanides, Gretchen Rice King, and Heather Hunt Swales. She also ran the Ragnar race with a fun crew: Caroline Bird McGowan, Tatum Calder Sinclair, Kim Allen Ladig, Dori Morrison Galvin, and Kim Turner. * Jen Pope welcomed a daughter, Amelia Pope Michie, in January. Last fall Amie Sicchitano Taylor threw Jen a baby shower that included Colby legends Patty Benson Bechard, Dori Morrison Galvin, Abby Smith Derrig, and Alex Kean Strong. * And then there’s Ethan Platt: He attended the wedding of Christopher (CJ) Johnson Memorial Day weekend in Santa Cruz along with Chris Greenfield, Andy Meeks and Sarah Eustis, Brian Dusza (a ’96er in spirit), John “Bud” Johnson ’59, and Jeff Fort ’91. He then traveled to Hanford, Calif., to see Commander Brian Emme ’97J of VFA-14, the “Tophatters.” Brian’s transitioning out of the cockpit of the F/A-18 Hornet and into a job as “air boss”—the guy in charge of flight ops on a carrier. Ethan also visited Air Force Commander Adrian Calder, who’s also out of the fighter jet cockpit and living in DC. Ethan has four kids—three girls and a boy born last winter. The brood lives in Burlington, Vt., and spends summers at his in-laws on the Maine coast, where last year he caught up with Alane O’Connor, who does amazing work on substance abuse in Maine. And oh yeah: Ethan also runs an online gardening company called American Meadows and asked that I never bother him for class notes again. (Not a chance!) * So there you have it—another mic-dropping installment chronicling our collective greatness. Keep the notes coming, please. I never tire of your achievements.


1995

Class Correspondent:

Yuhgo Yamaguchi
classnews1995@colby.edu

In March Dan Connolly ’92 invited Mitch Rogers ’93, Steve Hatch ’93, Gregg Suffredini ’93, Sean Devine ’94, James Colligan, Chris Fossella, Matt Mannering, and Mike Manning to sit courtside at the Xfinity Center in Washington, D.C., to support current Villanova athletic director Mark Jackson as the Villanova men’s basketball team defeated Georgetown University. “Mark outfitted the whole crew with Villanova Wildcats gear—the rest of the weekend details are being kept strictly confidential,” reports Matt. * Emily Fantasia Hayes and her family moved back to the U.S. after a two-year stint in the UK; they’re enjoying being on American soil. They recently saw Beth Timm Preston, Debbie Butler Collett, and Ann Sprole Cheston.


1994

Class Correspondent:

Sara Ferry
classnews1994@colby.edu

I caught up with Irina McCreery Macguire over the Fourth of July at the beach in New York, where our husbands grew up. She works as director of alumnae affairs at The Chapin School in NYC and lives on the Upper East Side with her husband and daughter. They’re all doing well. * Chuck and Laura Miller Thompson moved back to the States with their three boys after three years in Hong Kong. Laura enjoyed meeting President David Greene and hearing about his plans for Colby. * Jonathan Kaplan says he’s given lots of career advice over the years but had not had the chance to offer a job to a Colby student. Recently, Jacob Marx ’13 joined the Open Society Foundations (where Jonathan’s a communications officer). He’ll work to make the defense budget more transparent and U.S. military aid more accountable. Jonathan spent a few hours with TJ Winick in March. He was in Washington to persuade Congress to protect Medicaid and the Social Security Disability Insurance program. In front of a large audience that included Sen. Ed Markey, TJ spoke eloquently about the security those programs provide to families.


1993

Class Correspondent:

Jill Moran Baxter
classnews1993@colby.edu

Chris and Sarah Burditt McDougall have been in Bend, Ore., for nearly 11 years, where they enjoy being part of the community. Sarah is training for a trail half marathon and writes, “I’m a firm believer in slow and steady and love that we have everyone from beginners to sponsored athletes participating in local events.” A year ago, Sarah switched from corporate to nonprofit work and is now the executive director of Tour des Chutes, a local cycling and 5K run/walk event benefiting cancer survivors in central Oregon. If you’re headed through central Oregon, Sarah would love to see you and hear your tales. * Chris Chin had dinner with Ellie North and her daughter, Ayla, a few months ago. He also hung out with Dave Bartlett and his wife, Andrea, at Boston Garden for a show featuring Trombone Shorty and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Chris and brother Alex ’96 took in an eighth-grade lacrosse game in Duxbury and caught up with Gregg Suffredini and Chuck Martin, both of whom had sons on the visiting Winchester team. Chinny’s oldest son, Zac, graduated from Duxbury High School and will attend the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University this fall. Chris says, “There will be multiple Colby alumni trips to see him as Alex, JC Panio ’96, and Jason Kidwell ’96 have volunteered to travel to Auburn and maybe take in a football game or two.” * Last March Steve Simchock took in a handful of Red Sox games in Florida while catching up with Brian O’Halloran, Red Sox assistant GM. Steve also found a suite at JetBlue Park hosting a southwest Florida Colby alumni outing. Colby is everywhere! * Jen Larsen Daileanes is a high school English teacher in Amesbury, Mass., and was a guest speaker at a dinner for the top 10 graduating seniors. Molly Rains, the student who invited Jen to speak on her behalf, will be a first-year at Colby this fall. Jen, husband John (Daileanes ’92), and their two kids plan to catch up with Kris Balser Moussette and Susan Sarno Mihailidis Memorial Day weekend. * Susan Furst Knight is currently completing a master’s program in acupuncture. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, three kids, and Portuguese water dog. She also plays the drums in a girl band. Susan gets together with Hilary Gehman, Nive Filipo Bailey, Katie Olsen, Kathaleen Smyth Lane, and Wendy Holcomb and says all these Colby “Uncommon Women” could easily still haul themselves up any mountain (real or metaphorical) anywhere. * Kristen Mobilia is running for Boston City Council (District 8). Kristen notes “it’s been fantastic to get such great support from Colby friends and parents near and far. I look forward to seeing more of our extended community as the Nov. 7 election date nears. Feel free to follow the campaign at kristenmobilia.com or stop by the Fenway for a visit.” Last spring Kristen saw President Greene in Boston at the Wang and couldn’t be prouder of Colby’s current direction. Kristen also caught up with Andrea Stairs-Davenport ’94 in the Portland area and Marci Schwartz Cincotta ’94 and Jason Sudano ’94 in the Fenway in Boston. She says, “There’s something about Colby friends—somehow you’re brought right back to Mayflower Hill memories in a split second.” * I hope you’re planning to celebrate your Mayflower Hill memories at our upcoming 25th reunion. Start planning to spend time with your Colby classmates June 7-10, 2018, and in the meantime, keep that news coming.


1992

Class Correspondent:

Molly Beale Constable
classnews1992@colby.edu

Our reunion in June was nothing short of amazing. Eighty-nine classmates gathered to celebrate Colby and each other—and made our 25th quite a memorable weekend. Clearly, we’re not getting any younger, but we still know how to have fun. Mark your calendars for June 2022! * Mark Boles: “My fiancé, Cary Charlebois ’97, and I live in Scituate, Mass., just steps away from Egypt Beach. In August we’re getting married in upstate New York near her parents’ home, and we’re expecting a baby in October. I was able to bring my daughters to reunion and have them feel what’s so special about Mayflower Hill. At our class dinner, Sarah Hamilton Barringer told a lovely story about what it means to go to a place like Colby and the responsibility to the community of which you become a part. Dan Connolly masterfully recited a ‘story’ by way of Charles Hanson Towne’s poem Around the Corner. He reminded us of the investment that we’ve all made and continue to make in our friendships.” * Jason ’91 and Lizzie Frado Mazzola have 17-year-old twins, Jason and Jessica. Lizzie is busy coaching high school field hockey and lacrosse in Natick, Mass. They live along the route of the Boston Marathon and cheered on Kristin Nixon Donahue, Jill Collett Donohue, and Melissa Schmidt Stephens last March. * Zach Shapiro: “I’m beginning my 11th year as rabbi of Temple Akiba in Culver City, Calif. My husband, Ron Galperin, was re-elected city controller of Los Angeles UNOPPOSED! We are doing what no couple should do: Mixing politics and religion under one roof!” * Arthur Steinert is the new BMOC in his town, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., serving his first year as a selectman. * Margaret Russell Ewalt, associate professor of Spanish at Wake Forest University, recently traveled to Salamanca, Spain, with a group of students. “I hope to return to Colby for my niece’s May 2018 graduation. Alison Davis Russell ’18 will join many other family Colby alums when she graduates 30 years after her mother, Beth Henry Russell ’88, and 90 years after her great-grandmother, Margaret Davis Farnham ’28.” * If you find yourself in Brooklyn, N.Y., be sure to visit Wylie Dufresne’s Du’s Donuts & Coffee. He’s serving up New England-style cake donuts and crullers in both “classic and imaginative” flavors. At press time, flavors included Pomegranate Tahini, Grapefruit Chamomile, and Creamsicle. * Happy summer, everyone.


1991

Class Correspondent:

Dave Shumway
classnews1991@colby.edu

Tim Christensen boarded a freighter in Philly to Sydney, Australia, and drew as he went. He’ll wind up on the Gold Coast in Cooroy, where he’ll present at a wood-fired pottery conference. He’ll be gone two months, returning in mid-July, and is thrilled to be on this adventure. * Heather (Glynn ’92) and Peter Ginolfi excitedly report that their oldest son, Tommy, will be a first-year student at Colby this fall. * Ben Ames, Fred Stewart, Rachel Weinstein McCall, Chris McGowan McKee, Niles Parker, Tara Taupier, and Brad Willard had a great time visiting Pat Reed in San Luis Obispo. Some of them ran a 5K (Chris won second place for his age group), Niles and Brad dominated foosball, and they finished with a sunset soccer game and s’mores party on Pismo Beach. Best semi-Colby story recounted: when Ben, Pat, and Niles were fishing in Alaska the summer after graduation, Ben navigated his way into the harbor of one town using the map of a harbor from a different town. * Jeff LaCourse’s son finished his high school freshman year and played football, hockey, and baseball, so Jeff spent most of his time driving to and watching games. Jeff coaches his son’s summer baseball team and helps coach a girl’s travel hockey team. He hopes to visit Mike McRae and his son in Niagara Falls in between both boys’ summer games. * Pamela Young got married last August, lives with her husband in Mobile, Ala., and started her own management consulting company, HopeSideSolutions, which works on start-ups, diversity, and helping organizations develop international programs. * Erika Mailman has a new historical novel out in October, The Murderer’s Maid: A Lizzie Borden Novel. For research, she stayed overnight with Alexandria Peary ’92 in the maid’s attic bedroom at the Borden murder house in Fall River, Mass., spending the evening vigilant and fearful, ultimately sleeping well with the lamp burning. No ghosts, but plenty of interesting history. * Shannon Johnson Ames became executive director of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (lowimpacthydro.org) last October and looks forward to combining advocacy work and hydropower experience into leading a mission-driven nonprofit. Fun fact: The Union Gas hydropower facility on Messalonskee Stream in Waterville is LIHI certified. * Last July Sandy Colhoun and his family moved to Maine and Sandy joined the advancement team at Colby, where he serves as the senior philanthropic advisor. He writes, “It’s been a fabulous year and wonderful to reconnect with friends across the Colby community. Our generation is hitting its stride and taking on leadership roles on the board and beyond, but it’s really amazing to see classmates whose kids are applying. I’m a few years behind that set with two of my own: Eloise, 8, and Stuart, 5. I’m happy to connect with classmates, so call anytime.” * James and Caroline O’Malley Maynard caught up with Kevin and Patty Masters Correa at a Red Sox/Cubs game at Fenway, then met Gary and Cathy Breen King and Ashley Cornell Pratt for a post-game dinner in Boston. Julie Daniele Solomita, Andrea Solomita Bourque, and Corinne Hauser Tardio will hopefully attend next time. Caroline and her husband enjoy living in Westerly, R.I., with their two sons, William and Stephen, and their golden retriever puppy, Rylee, who’s already outfitted with Colby gear. Caroline volunteers at her sons’ school and other local organizations and recently joined the board of Westerly Hospital Foundation, where she’s active in philanthropy and fundraising. * Audrey Wittemann Wennink became director of transportation at the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago, overseeing planning and policy development related to transportation for the seven-county greater Chicago region. She loves the change to the nonprofit sector after 12 years as a transportation-planning consultant for Cambridge Systematics. She celebrated her 15th wedding anniversary and 20-year anniversary living in Chicago by chartering a Chicago Transit Authority train for an evening party. She loves living in the Lakeview neighborhood where her daughter, 13, walks to school and Audrey can ride her bike to work. * Thanks for all the news, folks—keep it coming!


1990

Class Correspondent:

Kristin Hock Davie
classnews1990@colby.edu

After 17 years of IT consulting, Debbie Adams Murray is returning to her Colby roots as a psychology major and starting a nonprofit called Arch! (Adoption Reunion Center for Healing). Her vision is to open centers across the country where adult adoptees, birth families, and adoptive families can get emotional support for the journey of adoption and reunion. Debbie searched her entire adult life and finally met her birth parents on her 40th birthday. She plans to start in 2018 with weekend retreats and workshops, partnering with other grassroots organizations around the world to form a global foundation. * Mike Grant sent notes in three categories: Small world: His niece is coaching lacrosse to Elizabeth Leroy Clothier’s daughter in Ridgewood, N.J. Long time: He recently had dinner with Marc Duchette and his wife in Falmouth, Maine. Marc lives in Kentucky, and it was the first time they’d seen each other in 15 years. Milestone: Mike and his wife, Heidi Meehan Grant ’91, will celebrate their 25th anniversary in August exploring a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway with their three kids. * Jim Reduto lives in Westchester with his wife and two teenage girls. He’s a partner in his law firm in Scarsdale, N.Y.—going on 18 years and practicing for 24 years. He keeps in touch with Mark Smith, who lives outside Princeton, N.J., with his wife and son. Jim recently had dinner with Stephen Nahley, who is in his seventh year as in-house counsel at Barclays Bank in New York heading up their Americas Corporate Real Estate group. His family recently moved into a newly renovated apartment after a long construction process and three years of jumping from rental to rental. Stephen’s daughter, Charlotte, finished her sophomore year in high school, which means they’ll start that whole college process next year. “Can’t wait!” * Paul Neidich, father of two teenage boys, is “still working in the action-packed field of insurance claims, wondering who all those people are in the class page photos, and devolving into a cranky old man.” * Reed Bernhard is a private citizen living in the Seattle area flying corporate jets for IAC/Expedia Global and loving it. * Eileen Kinney Lindgren loves the Austin, Texas, lifestyle of tacos and live music everywhere. She’s working on getting her psychotherapy private practice up and running this year. * Having lead a workshop on using Bots to generate leads and finishing the Spartan Sprint, Tom McClintock and his family looked forward to a trip to California and a camping trip to Mt. Rushmore.


1980 Newsmakers

Ben Lowry '85

Ben Lowry ’85 was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. Lowry was a three-time all-state selection at Falmouth High School and compiled a .426 career batting average at Colby. Lowry recently retired from playing in men’s leagues in Greater Portland and led his league in batting his final season. * Christine Petersen ’85 was appointed CEO at Time Out Digital, a global media and entertainment company. Peterson has experience in media, e-commerce, and travel with TripAdvisor, where she led global growth strategies. * Reading Eagle’s Business Weekly interviewed Suzie Welch Carpenter ’88, founder of the Cook With Love program, about being a food coach, food writer, and snack food entrepreneur. Carpenter’s new book is On the Bright Side: A Mother’s Story of Love and Healing through Her Daughter’s Autism.


1989

Class Correspondent:

Anita Terry
classnews1989@colby.edu

The past months have seen my Facebook feed and email box fill with pictures of classmates celebrating our milestone birthday. If you haven’t been in touch in a while, let me know what you did to mark your big day! I threw myself a big party at a local bar, and later in February Meg Christie, Doug St. Lawrence, and I surprised Tracy Gionfriddo for her bash in Connecticut. A good time was had by all, and I have the pictures to prove it. * Just a tad late for the last column, Paul Argazzi wrote from Berlin, Conn., where he practices law with his father. Paul and his wife have two kids, and it will surprise no one to hear that Paul is still involved with politics and attended the president’s inauguration in January with his son. * Robert and Hilary Barnes Hoopes went to Colby’s commencement and Robert was excited to hear Vice President Biden speak, 30 years after he worked for Biden in the summer of 1987. * For her 50th, Jennifer Joseph got a new kayak and a snazzy pink crown. * Nancy Spellman is planning a cycling trip to Italy this fall to celebrate 50. She’ll need the vacation as, like me, she has two kids in high school. * As does Dawna Zajac Perez, but Dawna also has two in college—one headed to UMass Lowell and one to Mass School of Art. Dawna is a dean at Northern Essex Community College. Not only did Sue Banta Gallagher celebrate her own 50th in style in Hawaii, she managed to surprise husband Bob by flying in Kirk Koenigsbauer and his wife for a weekend in Atlanta. Sue and Bob also celebrated their 25th anniversary this year and have Colby to thank for that! * Dan and Carolynn Bell-Tuttle, with the help of a surrogate as well as lawyer Carol Lockwood ’90, welcomed Hallie Carole Bell Tuttle into the world in October 2016. Hallie’s favorite stuffed toy is a moose named Augusta given by Sheila Dillon Hanlon, Kristen Kurtz Kornfeld, and Jed and Debbie Bello Webster. Thanks for the awesome pictures, Carolynn, and congratulations! * My Dana neighbor Chris Haight Barnett wrote from upstate NY, where she lives with her husband and two girls. Chris just started a job at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and loves it. * Maybe my favorite 50th birthday pic was of Melissa Early Ruwitch, Lilly Dimling, Louise Tranchin, Aimee Momenee Simons, Lisa Troeger Kalar, and M’Evie Mead at the surprise birthday party Melissa’s husband organized for her in St. Louis. (Andy Simons was also at the party, but not in the picture.) I don’t know how it’s possible that you all look exactly the same as you did in 1989, but I am not happy about it. * My least favorite 50th birthday pic is Mark Cosdon’s, because he is once again in Italy drinking a lovely glass of wine and he once again did not invite me along. Mark’s fall sabbatical from Allegheny College is, surprise, in Italy. He’s now a full professor, and his older daughter will start at Denison U this year. * Keep that news coming!


1988

Class Correspondent:

Kate Walker
classnews1988@colby.edu

MJ Carty Brown started her 50th birthday celebration with a trip to Chicago. She got lots of trip guidance via Facebook from Paige Alexander Sato, Sarah Pope, Tom Jester, Karen Hentz Merriam, Guy Holbrook ’86, and Dave Scannell, who shared great insights, guaranteeing an amazing trip highlighting MJ’s background as an American Studies major. Last summer MJ, husband Brian, and daughter Margaret, 16, returned to Scotland and had a fantastic time visiting friends, including her Scottish roommate, Sharon, a lifelong friend after their random room assignment when MJ was a JYA student and Sharon an incoming first-year. Edinburgh was remarkably different and yet the same, a quirk of thriving ancient cities, MJ observes. It was great to have fellow Edinburgh University/Colby JYAs like Sarah Pope, Jennifer Allen, Josh Goldberg, and, of course, Karen Hentz Merriam, traveling on her shoulder (another FB plus). A highlight of MJ’s year was a mini-reunion at the Portsmouth Inn, suggested and organized by Mark Wylie. Karen Hentz Merriam, Amy Lumbard Holbrook, Mark, and MJ spent a lovely weekend eating, drinking, laughing, reminiscing, and laughing some more. Dan Conway and Dave Scannell joined for Sunday breakfast. MJ also reunited with Chris and Jaynie Grossman Martin at the Brighton Music Hall and had a blast singing along to The Proclaimers, top of their lungs, spilling flimsy cups of beer like they were 21 again. * Meg Galloway Goldthwaite spent the past two years as the CMO for Conservation International, a nonprofit based in the DC area. She was fortunate to travel to our planet’s most remote, most biodiverse, and most beautiful corners. Meg created one of the first underwater virtual reality films in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Meg was in Suriname on her 50th birthday making another virtual reality film about the Amazon. Meg has enjoyed helping Colby students and grads through internships and networking as they pursue careers in environmental science. Meg was happily ensconced at Conservation International when she was approached about a job at NPR. Meg had spent senior Jan Plan in a newsroom in DC and graduated with the intention of becoming a reporter. She knew after time on the news desk that she didn’t have the chops, but never lost her passion for journalism. Leaving one dream job to head to another was a tough decision. Luckily Bevin Dockray Gove and Jill Heslam were visiting the weekend her decision was due. Meg says it was awesome to have her buddies around to talk about options, and she ultimately decided to join NPR as its CMO. Meg’s oldest, Marina, is a junior at St. Lawrence, son Liam is a freshman at Bucknell, leaving Annabelle, 15, her last to shepherd through the college process. Meg stays connected to Jeff Ballaine, Ann Fillback Riley, Chris Hurley, Elena Stamoulis, Susu MacLachlan, and the list goes on. * Jonathan Selkowitz reports from the Teton Valley that he enjoyed dinner with Rob Koff last winter when Rob was visiting during the storm of the decade. Some might say a storm follows Rob wherever he travels (correspondent’s observation). Jonathan reveled in the backcountry spring skiing as well as great turns on Teton Pass. * Carol Anne Beach left Concord Academy after 16 years to join Colby’s College Advancement Office, thrilled to be working for Colby at this remarkable time in its history. Cabbie looks forward to seeing lots and lots of us at our 30th reunion next year, June 7-10. (Contact Allison Murray Valley with offers of help!) * Dean Schwartz was honored by an invitation from the Indian government’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry to present at the Second Annual Designers Fair in Chennai, India. The convention is part of the country’s comprehensive “Make in India” program. Dean made great connections and came away inspired for successful partnerships with Indian footwear manufacturers. * Greg Cunningham demurred my request for info having received mentions in our two previous columns. Now he’s three for three. He promises me the exclusive when he provides a tell-all for our 60th. Certain to be worth the wait!


1987

Class Correspondent:

Scott Lainer
classnews1987@colby.edu

We had our 30th reunion. That’s not a typo. To those who weren’t there, wow, I looked amazing. Twenty-two, maybe even younger. To those who were there, say nothing! * And away we go. Chris Fay says, “I want to send a brief remembrance for Jim Windhorst. Not a lot of people at Colby knew Jim, but those of us who did remember his energy and his friendship. Jim was the one who did crazy things that often create memorable college experiences. He was a devoted husband, father of three kids, and died way too soon.” * Geoff Johnson remembers Jeff Bednarz saying, “Although I did not know Jeff super well, he was part of a group of beer aficionados, Busch I think, that would congregate on third floor Foss just outside his room on a regular basis. Jeff had a Grateful Dead persona, a mellow and personable demeanor that made you feel at ease, and a confidence in his slightly off-the-Colby-track lifestyle. A musician with a subdued but warm conversational style, which I truly enjoyed. I appreciated his friendship even though we traveled in different circles. On a stunningly coincidental note, my daughter, Cate ’17, lived last year on third floor Foss about 12 feet from that spot by Jeff’s room where we enjoyed so many high-quality beverages. Could not pass by that spot without reminiscing about him. As an added bonus, Cait and I are both in ‘7’ class years and ‘reunioning’ together every five years! How cool is that? Our son, Sam, just graduated high school.” * Steve Sanborn says, “I completed my doctoral degree in math and science education from UMass-Lowell this spring. After a nine-year stroll through the program, I’m thrilled to have finished a rewarding personal and professional journey. (Your feet must be tired, Steve!) The high school graduation of our oldest daughter, Mariana, coincided with our reunion weekend. Looking back on my Colby years as a JYA student at the University of Edinburgh, I never imagined that one of my children would one day attend the University of Edinburgh as a four-year undergraduate. (No way! I speak Scottish!) Mari is enrolled in their sustainable development degree program starting September. She’s the only person I know following through with her pledge to leave the U.S.A. if Trump were elected president. Now she will have a completely different political spectacle to observe as the Brexit unfolds and the Scots start beating the independence drum again. My wife, Jenn, enjoyed her JYA year at St. Andrews, and our 15-year-old daughter, Elena, is eager to scout out that university as she starts thinking about colleges. Norwegian Air arrived just in time! I›m now five years into my position as PreK-12 science program coordinator for Andover Public Schools and may finally be starting to figure out this role in the ever-changing context of public education.” (Takes about nine years, Steve.) * Jeff Russell reports “a successful visit with Family Princess, Alison D. Russell ’18, during her semester in the UK. Ali worked and studied in London. She also managed to tour 17 major European cities to keep things interesting. (I hear Lichtenstein takes 15 minutes to tour.) We were accompanied on our tour of Scotland by Ali’s grandmother, Pat Farnham Russell ’62, who did not complain about my driving skills once.” (She was too busy covering her eyes.) * Writes Tanya Thomas Pinder, “My son just graduated from medical school and we had a big bash here in Virginia.” * Finally, Rich Bachus, author of the exciting new novel Into No Man’s Land, says “lots of friends and acquaintances have been asking me how to get hold of the book. It is a military family saga that helps commemorate the sacrifice of World War I veterans and their families.” I encourage you to learn more at richardbachus.com. Mainly because I get a 20-percent kickback. See you at the 35th reunion!


1986

Class Correspondent:

Susan Maxwell Reisert
classnews1986@colby.edu

Many thanks to those who sent me some news! I didn’t get nearly as much news, though, as last time, so we’ll have to see what can be done about that. * Just after I sent in my last column, I heard from Karen Jo Giammusso Shapiro. She and her husband, Steven, celebrated their 30th anniversary last year and moved back to New England (Concord, Mass.). Karen Jo has a private practice in leadership development (executive coaching and training), and Steven—after 21 years as a professor at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.—works at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. Their daughter, Elina, is a psychology major at University of Maine Farmington and their son, David, is a student at Concord-Carlisle High School. * I recently heard from Tom McCallum. Tom lives and works in North Carolina, where he’s VP of investor relations at Red Hat, a global software company, which was “wicked small” when he joined nine years ago. Now, it’s much bigger. Tom recently caught up with former Colby rugby buddy Andy Peer. Andy is director of sales and trading at Rosenblatt Securities. When he isn’t working, Tom spends time with his wife of 25 years (congrats!) and two boys, 12 and 14. If any Class of ’86ers are looking for a little southern hospitality, Tom would be happy to oblige. * Lori Berger is a full-time professional equestrian and adjunct professor of equine studies at Vermont Technical College, where she also coaches an intercollegiate dressage team. Lori runs her own barn as well, and recently switched disciplines with her horse Lexi, moving from traditional English dressage to western dressage. Last October Lori and Lexi made it to the Western Dressage Association of America World Championships in Guthrie, Okla., where they earned three world championship titles. It’s been the high point of her equestrian career and it was an amazing experience! Lori and Lexi are currently ranked 15th in the WDAA Top 100. Congratulations! * Lisa Rydin Lilliott recently started a new job as a research librarian in the Harvard Law School library. This was a career change for her: part necessary “re-tooling” due to industry changes and part mid-life re-assessment and desire for an “encore career.” * Over Colby’s Commencement Weekend in May, I caught up with my favorite trustee, M. Jane Powers, during the honorary degree dinner. After the dinner, my husband and I wandered over to the big party tent in front of Dana, where I spent an awkward moment staring at a woman who seemed familiar. Then, I realized that she was staring back. Finally, we figured that we did indeed know each other. It was Rebecca Sears Cleary (who started her Colby career as a member of our class, but ended up graduating with the Class of 1987). She’s married to Charles Cleary. And, they were in the big party tent celebrating their son’s graduation from Colby, Class of 2017. * I also received a short email from Jen Imhoff Foley, who refused to give me any information, except to clarify that she works for the other Maine school that starts with “b,” the one that rhymes with hates. * As for myself, my husband and I recently completed an expansion of our house on Great Pond—all ready to move into full time when our son graduates from Waterville High School next year (our daughter is at Vassar College). I keep quite busy as the pastor and teacher at Old South Congregational Church in Hallowell and as the chair of the Maine Conference United Church of Christ Mission Council, and other local boards and committees. * That’s about it for now. I hope you are all well and enjoying the wonders of older age!


1985

Class Correspondent:

Tom Colt
classnews1985@colby.edu

Not a lot of responses this time, but what we lacked in quantity was made up in quality. * Congratulations to Ben Lowry, who will be inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame July 15 at Hadlock Field (home of the hall and of the Seadogs) with a luncheon the next day with speeches and platitudes. Ben says that former Colby coaches Dick Whitmore and Gene Delorenzo were instrumental in supporting his candidacy to the hall. Ben retired from playing at 53 but stays in the game by umpiring high school games in Maine. * Stephen Langlois and his wife, Sally, look forward to spending more time in Maine over the next few years as their daughter, Sophie, heads to Colby as a member of the Class of 2021. Steve notes, “We’re embracing this next chapter, which we refer to as ‘dating with money’ (rather than ‘empty nesting,’ which sounds so lonely), with several wonderful experiences, including trips to Big Sur, Santa Barbara, and India—in addition to Waterville!” * Donna Boyler Aiudi has a private practice in dermatology in Glastonbury, Conn., serves as an associate professor in dermatology at the University of Connecticut, and is part of a family practice residency program. Her daughter, Katie, got married last August and is an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at UConn; son Michael is a junior at URI; and son Chris is a junior in high school. Donna and her family enjoy hiking, golfing, and boating. * Mike Muir has a new job at GEAR UP Maine, which helps school districts create educational programming to reach more students and better prepare them to attend college. He enjoys his ongoing work helping schools better serve disenfranchised learners, students of poverty, and rural/isolated youth. Mike also continues to do educational consulting on the side (StudentLearning.Guru) focusing on motivating underachievers, learning through technology, leadership for school change, and educator micro-credentials. Congratulations to Mike’s wife, Tamara Ranger, Maine’s 2017 Teacher of the Year! * At the time of this writing, I’m preparing to move overseas to China. Beginning this fall, I’ll be working as a college counselor at the Shanghai American School. It’s an amazing opportunity, which Megan and I look forward to very much.


1984

Class Correspondent:

Marian Leerburger
classnews1984@colby.edu

I was very pleased to hear from so many of you this session. Congratulations to Valerie Miller Brancato, whose son, Theo, earned his lieutenant junior grade promotion. * Kathryn Soderberg has been instrumental in volunteering in her community. Soderberg Insurance Company is supporting the homeless and received the SAN Award for Outstanding Community Service, recognizing the company for years of volunteer work. * John Tawa’s son Tim was named MVP after quarterbacking West Linn (Ore.) High School to its first large-class state football title. Tim is the three-time Gatorade Player of the Year in the state and will graduate as Oregon’s career record leader in TD passes, passing yards, and completions. He’ll attend Stanford University in the fall. * Sharon Kehoe Miller enjoys life in Cody, Wyo. She and her family take advantage of the local mountain bike trails, backpacking trips to the Bighorn Mountains, nearby ski area, and trips into Yellowstone. They make it a goal to get out of the country at least once a year, with recent trips to Honduras and Nicaragua. They invite anyone in the area to come visit. * Todd Halloran, as a Colby trustee emeritus, keeps in touch with Colby regularly. He just completed his 22nd year at Freeman Spogli & Co., an LA- and NY-based private equity firm focused on investing in growth-oriented consumer and specialty distribution companies. Todd’s twin boys completed their sophomore years at Colgate and Dartmouth, and his daughter will attend Williams in the fall, where she’ll play ice hockey and lacrosse. * Samuel Staley is building the social entrepreneurship program at Florida State University. He helped develop a unique approach that is fundamentally immersive, applied, and experiential, reminding him of Colby. Sam is also concentrating on his writing. He received awards in historical fiction, mainstream literature, young adult, and other genres from the Florida Writers Association, Florida Authors and Publishers Association, and the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. He would love to keep up with classmates on Facebook and LinkedIn. * Andrew Christy owns a successful bagel shop in north Dallas. He just celebrated his 26th wedding anniversary. His daughter (a junior at Mizzou) is in Melbourne, Australia, for a year abroad and his son is a freshman at Oregon State University. * The information in our last column about Catherine Walsh was incorrect. The real news is that she enjoys getting together with Jeffrey Nottonson, Lisa Kuzia Krueger, Dan ’82 and Christy Gledhill Crocker, and Mary White Garrity. Catherine recently marked four years of communications work for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, a progressive order of Catholic nuns trying to stop global warming, end human trafficking, and empower women and children living in poverty worldwide. * As for me, my son just completed his first year at LSU/New Orleans in a master’s program for clinical rehabilitation and counseling. My daughter finished her sophomore year at University of Maine, Orono, by spending three weeks in Mexico teaching ESL to kindergarten children. And my newest adventure is that I received my handler’s certificate and my youngest (one-year-old) collie received his certification to be an Assisted Animal Therapy (AAT) dog. We visit people with physical and emotional issues at hospitals, hospices, schools, and assisted living locations as a pet therapy team. We’re working on him coming with me to work to improve government morale and assist those in need.


1983

Class Correspondent:

Jennifer M. Thayer
classnews1983@colby.edu

Well, I’m tickled to have received all these first-time messages from classmates who had not written me before. You brightened my month! For openers, I got a quickie from Rick Manley who wrote that he and wife Deb Fanton were headed to Colby for their son Todd’s graduation. Congratulations, you three! Deb followed up with pictures (EVIDENCE!) of the event. With Rick having been editor of the Colby Echo, they made a point of touring the offices and meeting the current student editor. Deb decried the minimal funding that the Echo now receives and that Colby no longer offers a journalism seminar. I will copy here her great suggestion to classmates and alumni: “We would like to encourage alumni to help push to place the Echo under the Goldfarb Center and re-establish a journalism course taught by a professor who can serve as advisor. After all, an elite school like Colby, which gives out the prestigious Lovejoy Award, should hold its student-run paper in higher regard!” BAM! * So great to get a ping from Curt ’82 and Deena Schwartz Ball, unhappily too late for my last column. Deena writes that they are grandparents to Oren, born to their eldest daughter and son-in-law living in the same Pennsylvania town. Their second daughter, Lydia ’13, will marry her Colby classmate Daniel Covert ’13 in September. They plan a Portland-area wedding, so Deena has been visiting Maine often, no doubt! She saw Cathy Leonard Swain ’82 on her way to the Castine Plein Air Festival last summer. Deena has been elected president of the Philadelphia Water Color Society—she’s been participating in various art shows and plein air festivals on the east coast. Okay, so Deena, I trolled you and totally fell in love with your work at DeenaSBall.com. Colby friends, check it out. Plein air indeed, and an exhalation of light! * Then OMG, Bob Patience! Bob is running the employee benefit business for NY Life, and totally loving it. He mentioned plans for a DU reunion in Boston over the summer, so Bob, please send deetz at my next call to action, KK? <3 you, thanks! And * OMG, Dawna Eastman Gallo! Dawn and Don Gallo have, gosh, what do we call this now, moved on from the daily grind of WorkLandia to a Colorado Rocky Mountain Groove. They’re digging the new timetable, which lets them ski midweek, play more tennis, travel, and cultivate their other interests (Do tell! It’s mah jong, right?). Dawn is now striving for a truly organized home and garden and I’m sure that experience prompted her next comment, “It really is true that you wonder how you had time to work!” Love that. Lastly, Don ran the Chicago Marathon last fall with Ross Brennan ’82. Good on ya, Don and, of course, GO, Mules, natch! * Until next time, xoxoxo!


1981

Class Correspondent:

Ginny Bulford Vesnaver
classnews1981@colby.edu

Greetings classmates! Here are a few updates. In mid-May Dani Nemec Micsan ran her 13th half marathon (Marine Corps Historic Half) in four years. She’s completed 48 other road races (5K-20K) during the same period. Dani encourages everyone to get out and exercise, stating that the health benefits far outweigh the equipment costs. She sees Tory Sneff Schulte twice a week as they train in the same running group. * After working 30 years for the federal government, including 20 years with the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Dale Oak retired in May. He and his wife hope to spend more time in Maine while Dale plans to keep busy doing independent consulting. * Saranna Robinson Thornton headed to Mendoza, Argentina, at the end of May with three of her four children. They were there for five weeks while Saranna taught classes in wine economics and economic development. Saranna planned another three weeks to hopefully drive south to Patagonia. * Bill Lichtblau has topped four million vertical feet of helicopter skiing and completed his 27th season teaching skiing in Vail, Colo. This spring he enjoyed a whirlwind trip to Iceland and Paris, where he proposed to his girlfriend atop the Eiffel Tower. She said yes! * Mary Coe Connolly is still in Santa Clara, Calif., within a (long) stone’s throw of Apple’s new “Spaceship” campus. She’s in her 10th year as a college counselor (16th in secondary education) and made the change this year from an all-girls high school to an all-boys high school. Her three children were all married within the last four years and live nearby. Her grandson attends the independent school where her husband works and where Sandy Maisel’s grandsons also attend. Small Colby world! * This spring Jon Light raised money for ALS via the Tim Sheehy Softball Classic run by Project Main Street, a charity. It was an exciting, well-run two days with participation by many ex-MLB players and ESPN baseball commentators. * In February Victor and I enjoyed dinner with Marc ’82 and Kate Moore Jeton when they were nearby for their son’s final swim meet of his Wesleyan career. We offered to supply tissues for both the meet AND graduation and hope Kate has recovered by now. We’ve also enjoyed meals with Dana Tulis ’80, Clay Hutchison ’82, and Skip Neville. As I type, Victor and I are counting down to yet another Colby wedding! Our son, Victor Jr. ’11, will marry Petie Booth ’11 July 15 in Montana. (Kate—we need those tissues now.) I have my Colby banner all set to catch the important alumni photo. Many Mules have promised to make the trip. * Thanks to everyone for sharing their news. Please keep it coming!


1980

Class Correspondent:

Kevin Fahey
classnews1980@colby.edu

Thanks to everyone for keeping the news coming. Jonathan Greenspan still lives in Westfield, N.J., with his wife, Stacey, and their 16-year-old twins, Lauren and Jared. He continues to run the software company he founded 22 years ago, Online Residential, which provides a data platform to residential brokerage firms in NYC. Jonathan keeps in shape by playing hockey twice a week. * Barbara Neal got my attention by saying, “My warranty wore out last year and in early January I had my hip replaced, which means I am officially old.” Barb then refuted any notions of being slowed down by detailing the many activities that keep her busy in Ithaca, N.Y. She’s springing back rather well and looks forward to hiking again. Barb leads a program called Seed to Supper, which focuses on teaching folks how to grow their own vegetables. They’ve built a community garden, are planning a farm-scale potato planting to help feed students at a low-income school, built free veggie stands, and more. Barb and Sarah Davis ’79 continue to build their own farm—farming keeps them busy and the ibuprofen is always close at hand. Their youngest daughter is off to college this fall, which means an empty nest—if you ignore the pony, three goats, sheep, a duck, and two spoiled dogs. * An empty nest is also a theme for Barry ’81 and Johanna Rich Tesman, whose daughter Emma is in graduate school in nursing at Villanova and is engaged to be married. Younger daughter Lucy will attend Lehigh University this fall to study computer science. Barry teaches at Dickinson College and is writing the third edition of his math textbook. Johanna works with autistic patients. She also sees Ellen Mercer Papera often, including recently at a party for her third daughter’s graduation from Gettysburg College. * Cate Talbot Ashton has a direct connection to all the big changes happening at Colby. Cate will have a part in bringing to reality the goals of the $25-million gift that established the DavisConnects program, which will absorb the Career Center, where she’s associate director for careers in health professions. Her office will be located in the newly renovated Grossman building (TDP). Cate also reminded me that it’s only a few years until our next reunion. * Kitty Weyl Dove was back on campus in May for the graduation of her daughter Caroline ’17. Like her mother, Caroline was a government major and, as Kitty said, “Mercifully, she did way better than I did and was lucky enough to have two of my government professors, Sandy Maisel and Cal Mackenzie.” * Joy Crafts McNaughton’s son, Nicholas Cantrell, married Amanda Dipersia at her alma mater, Holy Cross College in Worcester, May 20. They were delighted that Sonia Turcotte Fois attended the wedding.


1970 Newsmakers

Angela Mickalide '79

Pilot Jonathan Glynn ’73 was featured in the Sag Harbor Express about Wings Over Haiti, a foundation he co-created that’s raised more than $100,000 to build a school in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. * Ken Viens ’73 received an honorary degree from Thomas College in Waterville in May. Viens has served as a trustee of the college since 1987. * The Tree in the Courtyard, a children’s book by Jeff Gottesfeld ’77, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2016. * Straw Man, the latest novel by Gerry Boyle ’78, was picked as the top crime fiction book for 2017 at the Maine Literary Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Straw Man is Boyle’s 13th book. * Angela Mickalide ’79 was elected to the Society for Public Health Education’s board of trustees. Mickalide, a health and safety research and program consultant, will serve a three-year term as their president-elect, president, and immediate past president.      


1979

Class Correspondent:

Cheri Bailey Powers
classnews1979@colby.edu

Summer has arrived in the Rockies and with it comes graduations. George Powers is pretty stoked as his first son, Derek, graduated from West Point and heads to Ft. Rucker in Alabama to complete his training in army aviation. After the graduation George and family headed to London for some fun and celebration. George has changed jobs again, rejoining old colleagues at Digital Guardian. * Liz (Yanagihara ’80) and Barry Horwitz celebrated their daughter Ali’s graduation from Northeastern University with a master’s in architecture. Ali’s enjoying summer before starting a job with a small Boston firm where she interned while at Northeastern. Liz and Barry are happy she’ll remain in the Boston area. * Leslie Taylor and husband Nick Plakias have downsized from their big farmhouse in Greenfield to a smaller, more energy-efficient house next to a wildlife sanctuary in nearby Shelburne, Mass. Their daughter, Zoe, finished her Ph.D. and is an assistant professor in the Food and Agriculture School at Ohio State University. Leslie works at a local charter high school (14 years). She hopes to travel to Colorado to visit her Colby roommate Kay LaVoie Lowell soon. * Angela Mickalide was inducted to the Society for Public Health Education 2017-18 Board of Trustees. Angela will serve a three-year term as SOPHE president-elect, president, and immediate past president. The SOPHE board is elected by the SOPHE membership and is the legal and fiduciary body responsible for the organization, which was founded to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion. * Rebecca Rogers Bushong has kept busy since losing her husband, Bill, last March. She works for one of the largest companies in Maryland that retrofits homes and businesses to improve their energy efficiency. Becky helps manage the residential side of the business. She visits her children, Ellen and Drew, as often possible. Ellen received her M.A. in public history from Loyola University and Drew resides in the Phoenix area after graduating from Arizona State University in 2016. Traveling has kept her active and engaged—she looked forward to a family reunion in Colorado in July (where I’ll meet up with her). * Back from spending 10 days in May in England, Greg ’78 and Kathy Quimby Johnson wrote about their amazing walking tour of the south half of the Cotswold Way. It was a doozy of a walk, over hill and dale, all scenic, some steep. They finished the trip with two fabulous days in Bath, a place they’d recommend to anyone. * Gayle Amato joined Robin Towle Glynn, Mary Rolerson Hebert, Kathy Jackson, and Theanna Pateropoulos ’78 for dinner at MK Kitchen in Gorham, Maine. Kathy had been to Alumni College earlier last summer and ended up with a Colby banner with instructions to take a photo with the banner at the dinner. Gayle enjoys her grandson, 2. Her son, his girlfriend, and the grandson currently live with Gayle, which allows her the joy of watching him grow up and being part of his life. * I traveled to Washington in January to attend the Women’s March. It was planned in November after the election that I would meet up with several Colby classmates to march and spend time together. Becky Rogers Bushong was my host and we had a great time catching up into the wee hours. We had plans to meet with Kathy Bleakney Pawley, but never made it across Independence Avenue due to the crowds. No pink hat for me (it was with Kathy), but the flight from Denver was more than two-thirds full of attendees in all types of knitted caps! * Thanks to all that wrote in, and have a great summer!


1978

Class Correspondent:

Lisa Mathey Landry
classnews1978@colby.edu

Greetings! I was fortunate to attend Colby’s commencement with Anne Marie Hobson Pesarik, Ann and Doug Kaplan, and Sue (Conant ’75) and Jim Cook and to hear the stirring and inspirational speech by former Vice President Joe Biden. It was a glorious day, and everything from the proceedings to the beautiful surroundings reminded me of how lucky we are to be connected to Colby. The Class of ’78 represented! Classmates who attended included Doug Giron, Jeff Wheeler, Larry Hill, and trustees John Devine and Sandy Buck [both of whom got to share the stage with Biden!]. Apologies to anyone who was there that I didn’t see—it was a packed weekend! *Y Tony Lopez, Lt. USN Ret. LDO, sent a great photo taken during a reunion with 63 of his sailors during Memorial Day. Looking closely at the photo, I wish I knew what all his uniform ribbons signified—let’s just say he’s been well-decorated for the service he gave in many roles, including anti-terrorism, security, law enforcement, and NCIS. Thank you, Tony! * Greg Jordan was happy to read my reminiscence about our time in Bar Harbor in 1978. He enjoyed seeing Jim ’79 and Kristin White Shaw last month in California for Jim’s birthday and says it was great to have their two sons spend time together. Greg and his wife, Betsy, plan a trip to Europe this summer with their sons, Gregory and Colby. * Arcadia recently published books by Cynthia Burns Martin in the Images of America series and the Campus History series. Her current project is a non-fiction manuscript about a wealthy German businessman who resided in Maine during the First World War. She’s been a professor at New England College, in Henniker, N.H., since 1985. * Paul Harvey says he’s still very happy doing dentistry in Portsmouth, N.H. His four children are all pursuing medical-related careers; Paul III working for biotech firm Lonza; Andrew in his third year of dental school at University of New England; Susan in her first year at Tufts Dental School; and Elizabeth in her third year at University of Kentucky Medical School. * Theanna Pateropolous has spent the last decade in San Francisco working on a master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology, and is about to complete her final year by completing a one-year internship at the VA in Augusta, Maine. She’s very excited to return home and provide much-needed psychological services to Maine’s veterans. * Steve Jacobs and Nick Levintow got together for a week in February at Nick’s home near Geneva, Switzerland, where Nick works for the International Labor Organization, a branch of the UN that works for social justice and human and labor rights. They spent a day Nordic skiing in the Jura Mountains, then traveled to the Swiss Alps for alpine skiing. Steve is about to mark 32 years practicing pediatrics in Lewiston. Steve represented our class in Colby’s Blue Light 5K in June, where he won in his age division! * In more somber news, Jeff Wheeler wrote a tribute to Jim Tribble, who passed away in March. He is survived by his former wife, Linda Stahl Tribble, three children, and one grandchild. Jeff writes, “We will remember his caring approach with everyone he came into contact with at Colby and later during his great career as both a geophysicist and investment advisor … Jim had such a passion for others, sports, and being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. We will miss him on campus at the alumni hockey games and here around Boston always seeking to help others in his business and in his close friendships. He strove to be the best in everything he did.”


1977

Class Correspondent:

Russ Lowe
classnews1977@colby.edu

Jeff Gottesfeld says, “I feel like I’ve written just about everything creative there is to write in my career (though some might take issue with soap operas being “creative”), but I’m very much enjoying my new-found focus on writing picture books for children. The Tree In The Courtyard (Knopf, 2016) was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2016. Coming in 2018 is The Girl Who Spoke Up, about the remarkable Beate Sirota Gordon, the greatest feminist of the 20th century no one has ever heard of, and then 21 Steps in spring 2021, set at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. I also very much enjoy my Facebook friendships with Scott Krasner, Deb Kraus, Heidi Neumann Hansen, Bill Yoder, and a host of others.” * Mark Lyons was at our 40th reunion and received a Colby Brick Award, which is awarded to members of the Colby family who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty to the College through consistent and dedicated service on its behalf. Mark will be providing further service as he retakes the class correspondent pen from me (I took it from him 10 years ago, I’m told—hard to believe it’s been that long!). * As for me, I’m fine, just focusing on keeping our beautiful five-acre kingdom (beautiful thanks to my wife, Dale) in our possession. Hence, my request for someone else to take the pen. Our daughter, Kala, is making significant headway in her career as a performing songwriter; our son, Jesse, is advancing in his work in the financial industry. I’m working primarily for the Navy... I’ll be sending Mark news. You should too!


1976

Class Correspondent:

Robert Weinstein
classnews1976@colby.edu

Greetings! Let’s get right to news. Michael Boyson was in Pittsburgh this April attending the world premiere of The Summer King, a Maine-conceived and produced opera about Negro League baseball star Josh Gibson. At the cast party, he met Charles Jarden ’78, director of America Opera Projects. They noted, “you never know where you’ll run into Colby people.” The Summer King will be performed next May in Detroit. * Which leads me to music lover Julie Stewart, who’s lived in nearby Ann Arbor for almost five years. Julie offers the grand tour to classmates passing through. Now retired, she traveled this spring throughout California, the Eastern shore, and by car ferry across Lake Michigan—as she says, the three shores! She still sings and has found an exercise class she really enjoys, taught by a kid of 65. * Lin Wallach Schroeder writes that life is good in Connecticut. Lin teaches high school science at an adult ed program in Middletown. She’s looking forward to becoming a grandmere soon. Lin spends her free time at the Y and reading (two book clubs). She adds that her faith has gotten her through tough times. * David Christie’s daughter Anna recently graduated from the same high school as David’s father. David marked five years with Sun Media Group in Lewiston, Maine, and 20 years of commuting an hour each way. * Nancy Hall Murray loves living in Maine. She and her husband, Bob, have lived near Portland since 1990 but will soon move 40 minutes south to a York County condo—more rural, but much closer to her daughter (in a group home with special needs) and to Bob’s daughter and grandkids. She was sorry to miss the recent reunion but looks forward to the 45th and 50th. She enjoys getting together with Melinda Walker Zelenkov, who’s now in Massachusetts. * Each summer O.J. (Jim) Morgan takes fourth and fifth graders from his school to different places around the world. This summer’s destination was South Africa, including time in a Zulu village. * Sherry DeLuca Delany writes from Connecticut that her twin boys graduated ninth grade at Greenwich Country Day School and are heading to Brunswick School this fall. Joe was hiking in Wyoming over the summer; his brother Koo was fly-fishing in Montana. Sherry’s husband, Cort, is a trusts and estates attorney, while Sherry cooks, cleans, raises chickens, walks the dog, finds peace in her garden, and cares for her parents. * Last April Wendy Swallow flew from Reno to Boston. While connecting in Denver, she bumped into her Colby roommate Kathy Donohue Yeo, who was boarding the same flight. They sat together and talked nonstop all the way to Boston. * Diane Lockwood Wendorf is exercising her artistic side, namely art installations for area churches and conference meetings. She and her niece Rev. Rebecca Lockwood co-wrote a chapter in A Child Laughs—Prayers of Justice and Hope, edited by Maria Mankin and Maren Tirabassi. Diane’s son, Josh, will marry his beloved Holly this September. * Elizabeth Johnson Suenaga writes from Japan, where recovery from last year’s earthquakes continues. Her photography studio was back in operation about six weeks after the quakes, but scars are everywhere. They haven’t begun clean up on the upper floors. Meanwhile, her younger son returned from Tokyo to eventually take over the studio. Her older son lives in Denmark with his lovely wife and keeps Lizzie supplied with high-quality licorice. Her husband had a 60+2 jazz concert to belatedly celebrate his 60th birthday, with musician friends backing up his vocals. * That’s all for now. Next time we’ll start with an update from Bain Pollard. You can join him by sending news anytime to the address above. Don’t forget your donation to the Colby Fund. Contact a classmate who’s been on your mind! And circle your long-term calendar for our next reunion, June 4–6, 2021.


1975

Class Correspondent:

Susie Gearhart Wuest
classnews1975@colby.edu

Last October Carol Majdalany Williams’s daughter was married in Canaan, N.H., which turned out to be a great place to rendezvous with David White, Steve and Katie Ruoff Palmer, Rod Jones, Lynnie Bruce, and her brother, Ron Majdalany ’73. * Mark and Barbara Miller Deutschle downsized in 2016 and are busy with new home projects. Barbara continues to work as the children’s director at the Sarasota Baptist Church, which they joined upon moving to Sarasota in 1989. She swims regularly and loves living near the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches. * Barbara Breckenfeld only attended Colby three semesters but remains interested in the school and her former classmates. At 60 she changed careers, becoming trained and licensed as a large animal massage therapist. Barbara teaches workshops in bodywork for horses all over the Puget Sound area in Washington State. * Mike Fletcher attended the annual Colby Football Fundraising Golf Tournament and caught up with Alex Wilson ’73. * As we near 65, Kevin Cooman wonders how many of us are retired or retiring soon. Count Kevin in the “work-until-I-drop” category as he always wanted to be a lawyer. * Dan Alexander plans to be in Kuala Lumpur this fall semester teaching mathematics at Taylor’s University. * Mark Farrington has been named program director for the new M.A. in Teaching Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University after spending more than 10 years as senior lecturer and then assistant director. His short story The Lower Forty was recently published in the Valparaiso Fiction Review. * Starting a second career at 50 as a freelance website designer, specializing in small businesses, Barb Carroll Peterson loves her work and only accepts 1-2 website design requests at a time, which allows her to be as creative as her client wishes. She keeps in contact with Debbie Marson in Boston, and last April attended Beverly O’Brient Carne’s daughter’s wedding in North Carolina. * John Orefice interrupted his retirement for a short return to teaching at his old school in Pelham, N.Y. He couldn’t wait to re-retire in June and take a midsummer-weeks bike trip in Vermont with John Coppinger. * Joe Alex retired as major from the Maine Air National Guard. He and his wife, Joanne (DeFilipp ’76), are in their 34th year as founders and directors at Stillwater Montessori School in Old Town, Maine. Two of their three children attended Colby—Jessica ’01 and Joel ’08. * Maria and Charlie LeRoyer spent last April hiking and sightseeing in SW France near Carcassonne. * Becky and Buck Drew found themselves in the south of France for a few months, cycling through beautiful villages. * Leaving corporate life, Rick Drake returned to New England where he and his wife, MJ, completed the renovation of a 200-plus-year-old house in Rockport, Mass. Rick still does independent consulting and plays a lot of hockey, golf, and tennis. Rick has reconnected with Byrd Allen, Mark Sullivan ’76, and Jonathan Smith ’77, and also attended his first Colby football game in many decades last fall at Tufts. * After five semesters at Colby, Victoria Betts Blackwood transferred to U.C. Berkeley, continued her English studies, and graduated in June 1975. After a variety of jobs, including travel agent, certified mixologist, working on cruise ships worldwide, and sailing to more 50 countries, Victoria moved to family land in Castine, Maine, where she’s worked in several positions at Maine Maritime Academy since 1999. Free time is spent gardening, hiking, meditating, swimming in the Bagaduce River, and taking annual trips to the West Coast. In June Victoria attended her first ever Colby graduation to hear commencement speaker Joe Biden. * David Turnbull retired in May and planned a full summer between their cottage in Nova Scotia and their home in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. Suzie (Benson) is busy with her business—Personal Legacy Advisors—and playing with her four grandchildren. “Life is good and we are blessed. Now that Dave will be home full time, we hope more friends will take the opportunity and stop by to visit.”


1974

Class Correspondent:

Dennis Delehanty and Richard Vann
classnews1974@colby.edu

Brian and Marilyn Lebowitz Rothberg are in Valley Forge, Pa. Marilyn runs a library program at a Philadelphia inner-city school, volunteers at their granddaughter’s school library, and babysits for their grandchildren regularly—all part of her retirement from 25 years as an elementary school librarian. Brian “continues to toil at a local plumbing and heating supply wholesaler, eying retirement in the next two years.” He volunteers with their son’s former Boy Scout troop and spends many happy hours riding his bicycle. They enjoyed a “fabulous trip to Iceland in September, driving around much of the country—it’s incredibly beautiful. Highly recommended!” * In April Robin Sweeney Peabody had a catch-up visit with Colby roommate Linda Krohn-Lund, who was in Vail visiting daughter Lindsey Vonn. Robin also “met another daughter, Laura, whom I had not seen since she was a toddler. Luckily, Linda was here between the multiple crazy spring snow storms we have had in Denver this year.” * Lindy Krohn-Lund works for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, “a floater, working at their Chaska and Maple Grove sites (and perhaps their new St. Paul campus). While many of my classmates are retiring, I’m going BACK to work.” * Don Richardson inadvertently offered the following automated response to my request for class news: “I have retired as acting director of library services at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. If you need assistance (etc.)” Good luck, Don—and don’t forget to update your email with the alumni office. * Not to taunt you, but I do get wonderful photos from some of our classmates, such as one from Cindy Vietor-Kahle and her husband, Kent, with their two grandchildren. They recently had a “super trip to a wedding in a vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina.” * Another photo was from Jim Heald, taken in his Sarasota, Fla., back yard and features a substantial flock of egrets. Jim and his wife moved from the DC area last October and now live on a small lake where they’re treated to beautiful sunsets and flocks of as many as 80 great and snowy egrets, along with alligators, pelicans, and sandhill cranes. Jim played golf with Ray Mazurek, and spent a post-Labor Day weekend with Ray and his wife, as well as Ed Temple, a Colby classmate who shared a single semester with us and eventually graduated from Brandeis. * Engaging in a little “shameless promotion,” Karen Heck reports, “Tree Spirits’ absinthe verte was named Editor’s Choice by Down East Magazine in its Best of Maine awards, and appeared on Chronicle, a Boston TV show, resulting in lots of visits from retired Massachusetts residents with time on their hands. Gotta love it, and hope that we are retired residents of Maine one of these years.” Tree Spirits is a winery and distillery in Oakland, Maine, owned by Karen and Bruce Olson ’76. * And speaking of shameless, Clif Brittain thought he could get some column space by confessing to having had an enormous crush on me. This was in response to my promise NOT to keep all of your darkest secrets safe, if only you’ll share them with me. (Feel free to add yours—and do I come through or what?!) In that spirit I am sharing this dark secret about myself: Bill ’77 and Nancy Spangler Tiernan have left Colorado and retired to Oakland, Maine. This places us near enough to Carol Wynne, Anne Graves McAuliff, and Steve Collins, among others, to ensure balm in our declining years.


1973

Class Correspondent:

Carol Chalker
classnews1973@colby.edu

Our class will have one more retiree next year as Bruce Smith plans to retire after 42 years in education. His grandchildren are celebrating milestones with one graduating high school this year and one graduating college next year. Should his oldest marry his high school sweetheart, there may be a great-grandchild in Bruce’s future. He sends his best from Texas. * Another retiree is Bruce Cummings, who retired from 40 years as a health care executive. He and wife Ellen spend two weeks bicycling and hiking in Bavaria and look forward to relaxing at their lakeside cabin in Otisfield, Maine, this summer. Retirement will be filled with trips domestic and abroad as well as spoiling their three grandchildren. * Jonathan Glynn sent a link to the Wings Over Haiti Foundation that he began after the 2010 devastating earthquake in that country. Since then he and his partners have supported the building of a school and continue to raise money to support the needs of the children. This article about his efforts is worth a read: sagharborexpress.com/pilot-returns-haiti-school-building-mission/. * Gary Fitts wrote from Port-en-Bessin, Normandy, France, where he and Amy (Brewer ’72) spent the first week of a three-week trip that included the Loire Valley and Burgundy. They looked forward to returning to their Sibley Pond (yes, Maine) home for the summer. * Norm Olsen recently returned from a trip to Turkey. He and Pat (Flanagan) (when she has vacation) will spend time this summer at their beautiful home in Cherryfield, Maine. Norm will be recruiting a team of classmates to begin reunion planning. Our 45th reunion is June 7-10, 2018, so save the date. * Alex Wilson attended another Chopper Confab in York, Maine, with ’73 fraternity brothers as well as members of other classes. Their weekend included golf, card games, viewing the Kentucky Derby, and most of all catching up with Forever Friends. Their cottage close to Long Sands Beach reminded them of their communal living arrangements in the Lambda Chi house. Present for the weekend were Lloyd Benson, Brian Cone, John Krasnavage, Bob Landsvik, Chris Lawson, Duncan Leith, Joe Mattos (who sent photos), Phil Ricci, Mike LaPenna ’74, Jeff Lentz ’75, and Ron Lupton ’71. They began plans for the 2018 Confab, where they’ll celebrate 50 years of friendship. * Jonathan Miller is a self-employed attorney and has enjoyed traveling with his wife and their son, Jonah. Last December they traveled to Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, and then to Antarctica on the Sea Spirit. In May Jonathan and his wife traveled to the Solomon Islands for a dive/photo expedition on a live-aboard boat. Jonathan has a physics degree and grad certificate post Colby and is deeply appreciative of all the professors from Colby. * I recently gathered with Forever Friends Lisa Kehler Bubar and Jackie Nienaber Appeldorn at Chez Bubar in Durham, N.H. Chef James Bubar ’72 treated us to the usual gourmet dinner along with delicious wine from his cellar. We enjoyed visiting with James’s brother John Bubar ’68, his wife, Kathy, and son Seth. As is our custom, we played a great deal of bridge, which pairs well with red wine, and also had a long group chat with Debbie Mael Mandino, who was unable to join us. During the weekend, Lisa showed me how to post to the Class of ’73 Facebook page (quite a feat considering I don’t have a Facebook account) and I look forward to keeping us all connected through photos and updates there. * I look forward to planning for our reunion and hope that many of you can join the fun that’s involved with putting it together.


1972

Class Correspondent:

Nancy Round Haley
classnews1972@colby.edu

In the true spirit of the Class of 1972, the relatively small group that attended our 45th reunion had a rockin’ good time. We missed those unable to attend and hope you’ll come for our 50th and make it our best and most memorable reunion yet. * Pam Fallon Jagla of Portland, Ore., Susan Buttner Lavelle from Irvine, Calif., and Andrine “Smitty” Smith of San Francisco traveled the farthest. Dana Fitts from Minnesota was runner up. Many came from Maine, including Marilyn McDougal Meyerhans, who runs an apple farm in Fairfield; John Bunker, a recognized expert in apples and apple history and runs Super Chilly Farm in Palermo; John Atkinson, from Topsham, who gave excellent boat tours on Great Pond Sunday; Peter Krakoff, who divides his time between Sugarloaf and his sailboat, dazzling all in his seersucker suit Saturday night; Chris Pinkham, our gracious class president, and Deb Trescott Pinkham (soon to be retired from teaching high school English), came from Freeport; Tom and Ellen Woods Sidar from Portland and their camp on Great Pond; Howie Levy and Heather Dallas, who could go on the road as husband-and-wife comedy duo, from Scarborough and their camp on Great Pond; and Clark Ruff, who’s moving to Maine from Connecticut. Waterville-based attendees included John Koons, who received a Brick Award for his efforts establishing the Quarry Road Recreation Center, Doug O’Heir and Jamie Aronow, and Mark ’73 and Tina Murphy Serdjenian. Others from New England included Rich Fournier from Cummington, Mass., who gave a heartwarming blessing at the class dinner; Linda Chmielinski Gould and husband Frank, an honorary member of the Class of ’72, from Kingston, Mass.: Swift Tarbell, from Berlin, Conn., as energetic and vibrant as ever; and, of course, Art and Jeanne Emerson Young from Hanover, N.H., who received Brick Awards for their many years of service and support for Colby. Cathie Joslyn traveled from Clarion, Pa., and I came from Great Falls, Va., to meet Deborah Christensen Stewart in Westerly, R.I., for a girls’ trip to reunion. * A few highlights from reunion—and thanks to all who helped pull it together. It was great fun to visit the new addition to the art museum, walk the campus admiring the changes, eat from Colby food trucks (yes!), visit the bookstore and pick up Colby gear, and stop by the athletic center for a last visit before construction begins and to pick up some vintage sports attire. The lounge in Runnals Building provided a comfortable space to meet and check out the blowups of ’72 yearbook photos—thanks to Tina Murphy Serdjenian for those. Saturday started with the Parade of Classes with Pam Fallon Jagla carrying the banner, followed by an opportunity to hear from President Greene about his ambitious and forward-thinking plans for Colby—including global work/study research for all students, the Waterville downtown revitalization, and an expanded environmental studies department. Meg Stewart Mahoney’s video made for our 35th reunion was on a continuous loop throughout Saturday’s class reception, reminding us how fast time passes. The dinner in the art museum—with remarks by Sharon Corwin, the museum director—provided a fun and elegant setting. On Sunday morning, the sun came out for the brunch that Joan and Bill Alfond graciously and generously hosted at their camp on Great Pond. There were boat tours, a beautiful spread of food, and the perfect setting to strengthen friendships made and refreshed during reunion. What’s so special about our reunions is that our class has rekindled friendships made as students at Colby; created new friendships with classmates not well known while at Colby; brought in “honorary” classmates through spouses, partners, and plus-ones; and created a special bond for a growing group of friends that came together because of Colby but extends beyond campus. We left with great commitment and enthusiasm for our 50th reunion, so please put June 2022 (yikes!) on your calendar. * Donna Power Stowe is standing in as class correspondent for Nancy Round Haley, whose husband, Steve, sadly passed this spring from pancreatic cancer. Please join me in offering her our condolences. Hopefully, Nancy will return as correspondent for the next issue of Colby Magazine.


1971

Class Correspondent:

Ann E. Miller
classnews1971@colby.edu

What a year it’s been for me! By the time you get this I will be a married woman—after all these years. So many of you have commented on our Facebook posts, and it’s official now. Thank you for all the good wishes. I’m a lucky girl to have found this most amazing man. We had a small ceremony in my garden in June. Faith Tiberio Dougherty stood beside me as she has for so many years. Lin Stone Gallagher was also in attendance. * From New England, Leslie Anderson wrote a newsy, uplifting note, but it arrived after my deadline for the last magazine. After a joyous summer (last year) and early fall stay in Sedgwick, she and Dan moved back to Portland. Leslie enjoyed many long sunny days in which to paint outdoors. But the drought was not what her husband needed for his flower farm. She had dinner with Debbie Messer Zlatin and Susan Farwell Philson. Leslie and her husband are enjoying new joints, traveling again to France. The recent addition of a new kitten has brought them lots of comedy and laughter. She’s happy to see Mary Jukes Howard and Pat Trow Parent on a regular basis. * Bill Hladky writes with wonder about his son’s success and achievements as a software engineer for Amazon in Seattle. It’s an interesting time watching Amazon spearhead the change in retail shopping as well as changing the appearance of Seattle itself. Bill stays fit and sane doing trail maintenance, pruning, and painting in the park nearby in NY. * After a courtship of 30 years, Linda Wallace married George! Every trip they take from now on will be their honeymoon. First up will be a land/cruise trip to Alaska in August. Linda coincidentally ran into another Colby grad: Susan Buttner LaVelle ’72, who had never been to a reunion. But after she looked at the yearbooks Linda has and at our DVD, she planned to attend her 45th. * Dave Williams and John Bowey are defying our age by playing hockey together again in Europe. They and their wives toured for two weeks in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary. The Can/Am Selects won four out of five games! * Gary ’73 and Amy Brewer Fitts enjoy winters in Port Charlotte, Fla., and spend summers on Sibley Pond in Pittsfield, Maine. This spring they took a three-week trip to Normandy, the Loire Valley, and Burgundy. They were without words to describe the D-Day beaches, the museums, and the Normandy American Cemetery. “Everyone should try to experience this.” * Beth Marker is officially retired from the medical examiner’s office in NYC. She’d been filling in after her retirement and was able to collect both her pension and a paycheck. This enabled her to fund a trip to New Zealand and Australia last spring. She’s planning a permanent move to Portland, Ore. She’s been planning this forever (she still does the Columbia River Cross Channel Swim—32 years!) but is having trouble selling her apartment in NYC. Because it’s on the market, 75 percent of her stuff is in storage. Her life is in suspended animation, but she loves to read and is addicted to MSNBC. * Nancy Gottlund Ghertner will write more next summer when their little Colby group reunites again. * Curious about Colby’s president, John Slagle wrote to find out more about David Greene’s philosophies. * Marking our 50th high school reunion (yikes!), Bill Simons and I are attending that event in Swampscott, Mass., in July. * Alan Tuttman wrote sadly that Lou Gordon passed away suddenly this spring. Y By all means, write to me anytime with news you’d like to share.


1970

Class Correspondent:

Libby Brown Strough
classnews1970@colby.edu

Barry Hurwitz attended his 50th high school reunion last September and, for the third time, was emcee! He’s been on his reunion committee since high school graduation. In June 2016 he attended the wedding of Clark Smith’s daughter Mariah held at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Later in November he saw Clark again in Marblehead, as well as Peter Foss who retired as a minister. Last January he bought his 18th guitar, so he’s amassed quite a collection. Barry plays every day and still practices law. In that latter context, he’s working with Alan Cantor on a medical malpractice case. Small world. * Christine Celata has finally reached the stage in her retirement where she’s taken on too much, but she enjoys all the activities. She gets more and more involved with something she didn’t think she could do—drawing and watercolor painting, especially portraits and painting animals. She also tutors high school math, knits for charity, takes tai chi and strength training, and teaches a Sunday school class on science and religion for third- to sixth-graders that she and her husband invented for the Unitarians. And more … but no more physics at this stage. * Larry ’69 and Susan Doten Greenberg headed back to Maine in June (to visit family) on a trip that was prompted, in part, by their desire to check out changes at Colby and in Waterville. She’s sure the changes are being done well and can perhaps revitalize Waterville to the energized small city we remember from our days. * Mike Self reported from North Carolina. His daughter, Allyson, is an RN in Asheville and will soon be a nurse practitioner. His son, David, is a family lawyer dealing mostly with divorces, so the way the world is now there won’t be any shortage of work. Three of four grandsons will start kindergarten this fall. He says, “Where does time go? Soon they’ll be in high school. They must have the ‘Self’ athletic gene as they’re already playing t-ball and soccer—but no hockey yet.” * Best to everyone, and keep the news coming.


1960 Newsmakers

Irv Faunce '67

A letter from Marcia Phillips Sheldon ’64 appeared in Match Book, a new weekly literary-advice column in the New York Times. Sheldon sought books for her grandson, 4, “in which the main character is a young boy of color. I want him to be doing the normal, funny things that kids do.” * Irving Faunce ’67 was named executive director of Woodlands Memory Care of Farmington (Maine). Faunce brings extensive knowledge to the position having operated numerous facilities in Maine since 1988.


1969

Class Correspondent:

Ray Gerbi
classnews1969@colby.edu

Happy summer everyone! Joy Nelb Ericson announced the arrival of her ninth grandchild in December. She loves watching them grow and participates in their lives as much as possible. * Unable to attend past reunions, Bob Anthony hopes to make our 50th. In January Bob’s daughter Mimi married Jamie Cushing in NYC. * Ines Ruelius Altemose is in good health and very active. Her grandson graduated from Seton Hall University this spring and she feels “it’s so exciting to see a vast expanse in front of him in terms of life experiences.” Her granddaughter teaches sixth-grade geography, using travel books and mementos Ines has collected to create lesson plans. Like many of us, Ines and her husband of 36 years turn 70 this year. They held a “140-year party” in June and were joined by local musicians and some New Orleans funk musicians they hosted and with whom they became friends after Katrina in 2005. She’s attending their niece’s wedding in Maine in September and plans to visit friends as well as Colby to see all the changes she has read about. * On Jan. 1 Charlie Miller became of-counsel at Bernstein Shur, where he’s practiced law since 1979 and was CEO for 10 years. Although supposedly working less, his clients and civic activities have kept him busy. On Jan. 1 he was elected chair of the board of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute on Portland’s waterfront. GMRI combines the work of Ph.D. marine scientists and educational professionals to present “Lab Ventures” to more than 80 percent of the fifth and sixth graders in the state and promotes the economic vitality of Gulf of Maine communities. Charlie and his wife, Elinor (Bartel ’70) will be married 49 years in December. Charlie says, “marrying Ellie was the best decision of my life.” After serving as assistant director of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Maine’s indigent legal services program, and serving as head of school for Levey Day School, Ellie became the executive director of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, a position she’s held for three years and will be leaving in August. “Life is good, and Ellie and I enjoy our children, their spouses, and our five grandchildren, ranging from 17 months to 17 years.” * Craig Stevens was named professor emeritus at Savannah College of Art and Design. While that usually means retirement, not so for Craig, who signed a contract for his 30th year. He’ll be in Camden for the summer after a visit to Boulder to see his granddaughter, Rell. * Doug Joseph hopes to organize another barbershop quartet performance for our 50th. He would like to hear from “after Eights” if they want to brush up on some old classics or are members of the Barbershop Harmony Society. His other favorite pastime, fly-fishing, brought him to Alaska five times and often to places like Montana and Wyoming. Doug reported that John Kearns had a local “Colby barbecue” with Steve Fisher and Ed Beard joining Doug and John. * Warren Heller, also looking forward to our 50th, still practices law full time in Milford, Mass., and is looking to retire within the next 12 months. After living in Milford for more than 69 years, he moved to West Boylston, Mass., to be with his wife, Debbie, full time. Warren recalled Felix Cavalieri and the Rascals serenading us one winter carnival and says the tune “Good Lovin’” comes to mind when assessing his life these days. The Turtles also played at Colby, and “Happy Together” is also applicable. He reconnected with Steve Fisher over the winter and hopes to see him prior to the 50th. Warren wrote, “To our classmates who have not been to a Colby reunion (I was one until three years ago), I highly recommend you attend if you can—you won’t regret it!” * Pam and I had the opportunity this spring to connect with Gary Austin and his wife, Judy, here in Maine, and with Sandy Hoe and his wife, Dennie, in Maryland. Such long-term friendships are very rewarding.


1968

Class Correspondent:

Lynne Oakes Camp
classnews1968@colby.edu

Ken Young and his wife spent three weeks in Germany (Berlin and Rostock) and in Innsbruck, Austria, visiting their daughter, Sarah, and their exchange student son and his family. He noted the exciting contrast between the plains of northern Germany and the rugged mountain peaks around Innsbruck. Sarah works with immigrant/refugee women in Rostock and their son, Pascal, studies climate issues via glacial changes at the Austrian Mountain Institute in Innsbruck. Back at home, they returned to summer tasks plus gardens and sailing. This may be the year he switches to a riding mower or pays someone else to mow the lawn. Aside from that, they’re attempting the maturing gracefully evolution and hoping that the country survives Trump intact. * Ken Lane spent 38 years in medical practice (anesthesiologist) in six different cities from coast to coast and finally hung it up three years ago in Santa Fe after the surgery center where he was working closed (not his doing!). He and his wife, Marcia, moved to Santa Fe almost nine years ago. They love it there and have no intentions of looking any further. Since leaving Colby, he was very fortunate to have lived and practiced in several great places—San Francisco, Boston, San Diego, Bozeman, Grand Junction, and Santa Fe—and enjoyed all of them. He’s still skiing, hiking, biking, etc. as much and as hard as ever and is very proud and fortunate to have all original body parts in good condition. Even the brain is in reasonable working order, and he hasn’t gained a pound since Colby days. What more could one ask for as we all hit the big 7-0 (a number that is hard to fathom)? They travel quite a bit—mostly domestic, but some foreign—and it’s a great feeling to call an immediate “road trip” without having to clear it months in advance. Their dog, Snickers, is a character and tries to jump in the car the night before whenever she hears the road trip call. Ken stays in close touch with Bob Aisner, Charlie Levin ’67, Arti White ’70, Alan Crosby, and Bernie Davidson, and just returned from the Bay Area, where they reconnected with Dick Foster (who now prefers “Richard”) and his wife in Berkeley. They had a great time at our 45th reunion and at the “pre-reunion Tau Delta Phi reunion.” They look forward to doing it again for our 50th. If Lynne Murrell ’70 happens to see this, Ken would love to hear from you. * Michael Caulfield and his wife, Helen, welcomed a second grandchild in April, this time a boy, Logan Caulfield. Father Michael, mom Fran, and child are doing well! * Fran (Colmes ’67) and Jed Davis attended her 50th reunion this June and had a fantastic time. They plan to be there next year for our 50th. He hopes that perhaps he will recognize some of his older-than-we-were-then friends. * Diana Soule Seifert is expecting a new grandchild soon and sends her best wishes to all. * Art Brennan, who’s on the reunion committee and is responsible for planning pre-reunion activities, reports that we plan to kick off our 50th Reunion Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Portland with lunch and an excursion around the city/harbor followed by an evening reception. Then it’s back to campus Thursday for a day of mini Alumni College—more details to follow. He hopes you’ll be able to join us for the full schedule of events. * Enjoy the summer and remember to save the date for the 50th Reunion, June 7-10, 2018, with pre-reunion activities in Portland June 6.


1967

Class Correspondent:

Bob Gracia
classnews1967@colby.edu

As I drove up Mayflower Hill Drive for our 50th reunion, lines from a Utah Phillips’s song sounded in my mind, “Is the old town still the same? Does anybody know my name? The years go by like numbers on an endless highway sign.” The old town has changed and it’s not the same, but they did remember our names. Not only did they remember us, they welcomed and celebrated us. Our alma mater welcomed us with warmth and graciousness and treated us as honored guests. In all, about 140 classmates, spouses, and guests attended reunion, a staggering percentage of our classmates. About 50 classmates dined and danced at the Samoset Inn in Rockland Thursday evening. On Friday we were dinner guests of President Greene in an elaborate tent on the grounds of his residence. After cocktails, accompanied by an exquisite chamber music quartet, President Greene provided a view of the future for Colby. The next day, after the Parade of Classes, Irv Faunce received a Colby Brick for his years of service to Colby and Lou Richardson Rhyne received Colby’s highest award for distinguished service over the years. Our class dinner Saturday included a brief introduction by Kurt Swenson and then, of course, the presentation of Colby Rocks by Class President Irv Faunce (now president for life). During dessert, Bob Field presented his work in progress, a video of individual reflections on how Colby has shaped the lives of various classmates. In between the official events, there was much time to rekindle acquaintances and friendships. A classmate’s spouse commented that the 50th reunion was more rewarding than the 25th. Why? “People are more relaxed and comfortable now. The conversations are warmer. They just seem to be enjoying each other’s company.” * Francie Colmes Davis said, “Thanks to a tireless and incredibly hard-working reunion committee and steadfast assistance from Colby’s Carolyn Kimberlin, we had a fantastic 50th reunion. The weekend was ultimately so successful because of the huge number of us. On a somber note, we listened as Irv read the 44 names of our classmates who are no longer with us, but most definitely among us in spirit.” * Tom Saliba sent these thoughts from a friend of his that truly reflects all of us: “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been yet the youngest you’ll ever be, so enjoy this day while it lasts.” * Sandy Miller wrote, “Having just returned home from our 50th Reunion, I’m reveling in the glory that is our class. We do truly ‘rock.’ I’m sorry for those of you who couldn’t attend—it was that great. Mark your calendars for our 55th!” * The reunion on campus wasn’t the only such gathering. The brothers of Zeta Psi gathered for their sixth annual reunion in West Gardiner for a Sunday brunch generously hosted at the home of Mary and Steve Ford ’68. In addition to the seven Zetes in our class, we reconnected with Eric ’66 and Karen Sward Werner ’68, Ken Young ’68, and Susie and Jeff Lathrop ’68. Further south, outside of Boston, seven DUs gathered. David Aronson, Jim Bright, Joe Candido, Bob Gracia, Harry Graff, Eric Rosen, and Jim Wilson met May 17 for dinner and May 18 for brunch. Great food, great memories, and great enduring friendships for 50 years. They’re planning for the 100th. * Nick Hadgis, after retiring from academia in June 2015, enjoys more time with his three grandchildren and looks forward to the arrival of a fourth in August. His career gave him the opportunity to travel to Turkey, China, India, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, and Dubai, but it’s great to be with family and friends in Bryn Mawr, Pa. The welcome mat is always out. * Jim Begin, who attended reunion, has summer plans that include establishing tennis programs for youth and adults in Eastport, Maine, and growing the programs in central Maine. For the past 25 years, Jim has worked tirelessly to establish tennis programs in Maine. He and Pam plan a trip to Spain and Portugal in late summer. * Charlie and Sally Ray Bennett arrived home Monday after reunion and immediately started packing to head off again, this time to attend Virginia Lutheran Synod Assembly. Sally never lets grass grow under her feet.


1966

Class Correspondent:

George Cain
classnews1966@colby.edu

Greetings ’66 classmates! Report #2. Responses from “you all” are down about 50 percent. The glow from our 50th Reunion has worn off a bit. Should I fill in this response gap with news about my 11, soon-to-be-12, grandchildren? There’s a thought, but I will hold it in abeyance until I see the number of responses next time. OK, what’s happening? * Joanne Rydel Ackman recently went west, visiting her son in Denver and going to Utah with friends to see Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Staircase Escalante. * Peter Anderson hiked the high Himalayas for two weeks and arrived at the Mt. Everest Base Camp, elevation 18,000 feet. More importantly, he pulled out of his backpack (and photographed) ceremonial flags given by 35 Rotary clubs from five different countries representing donations from those clubs to Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio from the earth. Wow! * Tom Boghosian joined the “retirement club” and traveled to Lisbon, Douro River, Porto, Phoenix, and Orrs Island. * Michael Clivner and wife Sherleen are working on their second volume of Our North American Journey (see Amazon.com for copies), which takes them through Natchez and Vicksburg and into Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. * Fran Finizio, who can never get enough of the Colby educational experience, will attend this July’s Colby Alumni College. * Lynn Seidenstuecker Gall, with five kids scattered across three states, finished her 30th winter in La Quinta, Calif., where she ran into Marcia Norling Oliver. Lynn looked forward to returning to Maine for the summer, where kids and grandkids cheerfully gather. Classmates are also welcome. * Terry Saunders Lane, inspired by our reunion, has begun regular dinner gatherings with Virginia Grelotti Connolly, Joanne Rydel Ackman, and Kate Hollinshead Dixon, where life, family, and political updates fill the evening. * Linda Hall Lord keeps busy as a member of the League of Women Voters state board. Visits with Sue Turner, Janet Morse Morneau, Susan Leach Winch, and Elinor Palmer Kelley ’67 were great. We should watch for the next issue of Variety. Linda has made her first stage appearance since she was 17 in a local production of Steppin’ Out. * Ted Houghton reports on a Colby memory—riding the Maine Central RR freight train overnight to Rumford and back then falling asleep in accounting class. Does this qualify Ted as Colby’s first hobo? * Bill and Mary Gourley Mastin’s best Colby memory—“falling in love.” Rumor has it that course was an elective. * Gary McKinstry is simply cruising the seas from Rome to Barcelona then from Montreal to New York. * Ed Mowry likes to keep life simple: 52 days of skiing at Mammoth and, when time permits, practicing emergency veterinary medicine. * Karen Riendeau-Pacheco enjoys her two-year-old granddaughter. * Brian Shacter ran the Honolulu Marathon and achieved his personal goal of finishing before lunch…without losing his lunch. * Finally, I’m in my sixth year of having a surprise visit to my Berkshires home from 8-10 Tau Delts, all mysteriously arriving on the same day and thankfully departing a few days later. This year’s entourage is rumored to be Ed Burrell, Stu Wantman, John Eiseman, Bob Adams, Erik Thorson, a couple of youngins—Al Crosby ’68 and Bernie Davidson ’68—and last but not least, Tau Delt’s Mr. Colby, Harold Kowal ’65.


1965

Class Correspondent:

Dick Bankart
classnews1965@colby.edu

Yes, we are still having fun! It is 52 years ago today that we stood happy faced and proud with our square rigged beanies at commencement. As we turned around, we could look across a vacant stretch of Mayflower Hill over Kennebec Valley and Waterville to the eastern horizon. Now that area is filled with new buildings and in the valley the rebirth of Colby back downtown. A new “town and gown” relationship is growing as both understand, once again, the contributions one can make to the happiness and success of the other….and you can get a beer on Silver Street! * Thanks to Harold Kowal for his endless hours this past year on the annual fund appeal. Lots of emails to send/answer, meetings, deadlines, and “pressure.” (I’m probably not supposed to say that, but it’s true and Harold met the challenge.) Thank you! Now retired, he and Ruth are free to travel. They spent two weeks in a rented house on Bequia. “Uncrowded beaches, some very good restaurants, welcoming and friendly people.” They hopscotched to St. Lucia on the way to Texas for a wedding. He’s been to two Tau Delta reunions, including one at the home of George Cain ’66 in the Berkshires. Harold is the master chef at such gatherings, planning menus and bringing the ingredients. Golf and horseshoes often are a part of these gatherings … Second floor Averill has been active. * Tom Donahue had a swing through the south this past spring. He’s taken courses on the Civil War through the Great Courses series. He visited Civil War sites in eastern Kentucky and South Carolina, including Fort Sumter. He enjoyed driving through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “I always come back having relearned just how big this country is, and how much there is to learn and see in it.” He returns to Storm King School, where he taught after graduation, for their 150th. Tom will be a speaker and reconnect with “boys I taught when I was there who are now men in their sixties.” * Bud Marvin remains a devoted Colby sports fan and follows various activities on YouTube. He saw Dave Hatch and Dale Rottner Haas at the Colby-sponsored Red Sox game at JetBlue Park. Dave continues to bicycle and travel despite some health issues. * Peter Mudge is now “almost settled” in his new home in Black Mountain, N.C. He’s joined the local croquet club and has begun playing pickle ball. (Look it up, sports fans!) * Nick Locsin and Susan spent a week in Croatia visiting friends and checking out the Dalmatian Coast islands. * Bob Morse “has managed to flunk retirement” and continues to happily work part time at a church in South Portland, Maine, as the pastor of member care and visitation. * Your correspondent has enjoyed some beach chairs on Tobago, Jamaica, and San Andres this past year and just returned from a three-week look at the Philippines. The Hanging Gardens on Luzon are a highlight as are the empty beaches on Romblon Island. * Marty Dodge recently completed an Alaskan adventure that included a “70-mile bush plane trip into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He was alone with the grizzly bears, caribou, moose, wolves, ptarmigan, and “the most profound solitude I have ever experienced.” Marty is active with the Colby alumni woodsmen and woodswomen and took second place overall in the doubles canoe race with his partner, Kate Braemer ’07, at the 71st Annual Spring Meet Woodsmen’s Conclave at Paul Smith’s College. * Jean (Hoffmann ’66) and Neil Clipsham have “the veg garden in this week (May 17) and are just finishing the drip watering system. Now it's just weed and feed.” * Bob Rogers asks, “Did I see Randy Antik on a commercial for ‘My Pillow?’” * Your correspondent notes that he received no news from the women's dorms component of the class. Hey, curfew was lifted and you are free to move about. Let classmates know what you’ve been up to. Hail, Colby, Hail.


1964

Class Correspondent:

Marcia Phillips Sheldon
classnews1964@colby.edu

The late Bob Mangion was honored by the Kittery (Maine) Art Association with the Mangion Poetry Celebration. The event featured poetry readings and music in remembrance of Bob and his writing: “The moon drags its magnet over the bay...pulls my birthing thought.” * Gloria Shepherd traveled by luxury train across northern Spain, with a week in Madrid with friends. She later took a tour of western National Parks, an excursion to the Amalfi Coast and Sicily, and a Road Scholar genealogy trip to Salt Lake City. * Having recently relocated to Florida, Joyce Arnold Kottra is volunteering with community and literacy needs. While she and her husband miss friends, projects, and even the beauty of snowy days in Illinois, they won’t miss the shoveling and the slip sliding. * Enjoying sunny days in Tucson, Susan Woodward finds life “amazing and wonderful” in a small condo in a beautiful location. * Martha Farrington Mayo lives in Bath and Squirrel Island, Maine, where she enjoys playing guitar and singing. She’s interested in historic architecture and history, and keeps company with three cats. * Residing in York, Maine, John Pomeranz fishes with and attends Boston Celtics games with a grandson. His oldest grandchild transferred to the area for her work. “I’m very lucky to have family near to play and laugh with,” John says, and wishes his classmates “good luck.” * Dottie Thompson Herrin was widowed several years ago and, after living in Vermont for 25 years, has downsized and relocated to a retirement community in southeastern Pennsylvania to be near her son and, best of all, her granddaughter, 5. * Feeling no different than when she was 35, Colleen Khoury and her husband took a Road Scholar trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with Barbara McFaul Cook and her husband. Later this year they’ll visit Patagonia. Colleen has become “more engaged with the nonprofits we have volunteered with over the years.” * Jack Lockwood and his wife split their time between homes in Honolulu and Denver. Jack’s not yet retired, but is considering it. He enjoyed his 50th reunion at Duke Law School and noted that the class was 100 percent male. Now there is a Colby alumna on the faculty. * Celebrating birthdays, Jim Harris and his wife traveled through Europe. After a cruise back to Florida, they visited family and friends there. Jim sees Dick York regularly, and attended a Colby event in Seattle where Stephen Nuss, co-chair of Colby’s Music Department, spoke about a student-produced, Broadway-type musical. * Peg Chandler Davey and Martha Schatt Abbott-Shim met in Colorado and hiked for three days on crusty snow in Rocky Mountain National Park. On a wilderness trail they met a Colby undergraduate on spring break who nearly fell over when they told her they’d graduated from Colby 53 years ago. Their trip continued to Keystone and Breckenridge, where they skied together for the first time since Colby. * Another downsizer is Jack Gow, who moved to a new home in Scarborough, Maine. Jack sends best wishes to all. * Jonathan Allen works as a consultant in photovoltaic solar power. He also volunteers as an organizer and judge for the Science Fair and at the Sarnoff (RCA) Museum, where he restores historic electronics, documents artifacts, and sets up exhibits. He’s active in supporting science and the movement to fight climate change. * Reflecting on the passage of time, Steve Schoeman suggests that “we must be forward thinking...give the past its due, but think of all those grand horizons before us...what an exciting world in which to live today when we can send back great photographs from Saturn and Pluto and when every day some new discovery to cure an age-old disease is made...then there are the very considerable advances in human rights! A splendid time to be alive!” * Larry Dyhrberg’s daughter graduated from high school, and he and his wife “will depart on a valedictory tour of Europe...visiting friends in France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, and Denmark (including the two villages from which my grandparents emigrated).” When Larry takes his daughter to college at Johnson State in Vermont, he might see Al Smith.


1963

Class Correspondent:

Paule French
classnews1963@colby.edu

Greetings all! After years of dealing with the French insurance and judicial system, Anne Quirion Connaughton won her case! It now appears that the necessary work on her house will be accomplished…eventually. The next phase won’t begin until spring of 2018. “Life in France continues to amaze me. It’s a land with a fascinating history, continues to be a top tourist attraction, and is on high alert after a series of terrorist attacks.” * Bill ’62 and Barb Haines Chase kayaked in South Carolina with Road Scholar. “It was wonderful.” They’ll spend 10 days in Norway, the first week aboard an expedition ship (only 130 passengers), which travels the west coast from Tromsø to Bergen, visiting villages and fjords along the way. They’ll have to “dig out winter duds again, as the temps in Norway are between 35 and 54 daily and it rains a lot, too.” Barb had lunch recently with Sally Morse Preston and Mary Michelmore Ackerman-Hayes. * Walter and Connie Miller Manter are celebrating their 50th anniversary all year long with gatherings of family and friends. “The Manter Motel is open! Join us in East Boothbay—for any darn reason!” Dave and Anne “Booty” Bruno Hocking visited in June. Connie muses, “It’s amazing that many of us are now, or will be, “happy 76 tromboners!” I’m thrilled with all of the ongoing and potential Waterville-Colby connections. Yes, it is the way life should be!” * Nancy (Godley ’65) and John Wilson spent most of May traveling around the southern part of France after visiting Lisbon, Portugal, Malaga, and the Balearic Islands, with brief stops in Gibraltar, Tangier, and Corsica on a five-masted sailing vessel, ending in Cannes, France. From Cannes they took the TGV (high-speed train) to Marseille, where they spent 10 days visiting friends they knew when they were Fulbright teachers in 1983-84. They ended their trip with visits to Avignon, the Cévennes mountains, and the Rhone Valley. * Ken and Pauline “Pi” Ryder Kezer have had another busy year. In February, at the Alden House in Duxbury, Mass., Pi exhibited valentines from 1900 to 1920 that belonged to her mother. Was she ever surprised when Karen Forslund Falb walked in! A quick and nice mini reunion. Pi drew the winning ticket for the door prize and the winner was Karen! Sounds a little fishy, Pi. Ken and Pi had a wonderful cruise in March from Miami to Barcelona. Crossing the Atlantic and several days in a row at sea was a new experience for them. “Truly relaxing and after the first day, the remainder seemed to melt away.” They highly recommend it! * All’s well with Ruth Pratley Madell who’s still working 15 hours a week at the Kansas Humanities Council. She had lunch with Betsy Doe Norwat last winter. Ruth also enjoys taking classes at the Osher Institute. She rented a villa on Kiawah Island in South Carolina and brought her daughter and twins, her son, his wife, and their infant daughter. Because the family is spread out from Kansas to San Francisco and Chicago, they don’t get together often. She’s hoping to spend time in Maine in August. We’d love to see you, Ruthie! * As the climate crisis gets closer to a real and present danger, Steve Eittreim has been very active trying to warn our citizens about the dangers and modifying our lifestyles accordingly. He and Carole attend lots of rallies, including the People’s Climate March in DC, local marches, and other climate-protection events. Probably all this is fueled by the existence and climate-vulnerability of his three grandchildren, who live nearby in Palo Alto, and by his background in earth science when Don Koons was head of the Geology Department at Colby. Although aging and graying continues rapidly, they’re still enjoying life in Palo Alto.


1962

Class Correspondent:

Pat Farnham Russell
Nancy MacKenzie Keating
classnews1962@colby.edu

Greetings, Class of ’62! Lots to relate following a wonderful reunion weekend, but first pre-reunion news. * Among those who couldn’t attend was Chris Wood, who claimed six graduations in the family, starting last December—one grad school, one college, three high school, and one middle school. * Patch Jack Mosher was recovering from her second hip replacement surgery and sent regrets. * Al Neigher has retired from actively practicing law and is now producing a television series. It’s an NYC police crime drama based on one of his client’s books, Crime Dogs, the name of the series. Look for it in early winter on a pay channel or streaming channel. And good luck, Al! * Joanne Herbold Clarey, one of several authors in our class, writes, “I’m still writing thrillers and cozy mysteries. You can find my books on Amazon.” * Ceylon Barclay solved “the world’s problems with old KDRs in Florida” while listening to Dick Poland play Dixieland music and lunching with Pete Duggan in Naples this winter. Ceylon’s still traveling and writing books. * And now to reunion news (from me, Nancy MacKenzie Keating) with apologies for not being able to include everyone. Jimmy Johnson, always our head class cheerleader, never seems to age, nor does Phyllis, his darling wife. He was seen on the dance floor virtually surrounded by “20-somethings.” Nancy Rowe Adams, Roey Carbino, and Patty Downs Berger were witnesses and enthusiastic participants in the dancing. Jimmy continues an active practice in the area of the polygraph, after a distinguished career in the Air Force and as a special agent in AFOSI. Y Boyd and Mary “Muff” Symonds Leavitt traveled east from their home in Idaho. She enjoyed a trip last fall to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand and looked forward to a post-reunion stay in Southwest Harbor. * As always, Brenda Wrobleski Elwell shared travel news—Istanbul and Uzbekistan most recently. In two months from this writing, she’ll visit Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, and later, Israel, her 90th country so far! * Cal Pingree’s wife, lovely Barbara, told me that her grandson was a first-year student at Colby. She’s very proud of him, particularly as she is not a college graduate, and she voiced gratitude to Colby for his opportunity. * It was good to see Pam Taylor, who’s now retired from social work and lives in Bangor. Pam has a family camp “on the Canada border” where she retreats frequently. I enjoyed talking with Pam and sharing thoughts about our similar careers. * Once again, Sandy Fullerton won the prize for traveling the farthest to reunion—from northern California. Sandy’s career was in teaching and administering ESL. * Tony Kramer surprised all of us by attending this, his FIRST reunion! He lives in Chicago after a career in mortgage banking. He related that his daughter, Stephanie, is a Colby graduate from the Class of 2010. * Jan Griffith has had a distinguished career as a law professor and law school administrator, at one time as dean of the school of law at Georgia State University in Atlanta. * John McHale organized a contingent of friends—Peter Leofanti, Doug Mulcahy, Cy Theobald, Jay Webster, and Bink Smith—to attend our 55th. * Roberta (Wheeler ’64) and Ralph Bradshaw came east for Ralph’s reception of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College. Congratulations, Ralph! * Finally, all thanks go to Harry and Judy Hoagland Bristol for organization of a wonderful reunion event. You did it again, Judy!


1961

Class Correspondent:

Diane Scrafton Cohen Ferreira
classnews1961@colby.edu

Aloha, and greetings Class of 1961! Our news is sparse because of your columnist’s self-imposed early deadline preceding a long-anticipated Overseas Adventure Travel excursion to Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands during most of June. If you write (please do!) after I leave for Peru, your news will be in the next issue of Colby Magazine. * Anne Lehman Lysaght has been traveling with OAT this summer as well—to Iceland. She’s been to Holland with the sister company, Grand Circle Tours, to view tulips and often takes trips with her singing group. Peru and the Galápagos are on her bucket list. Colbyettes endure! * Mary Sawyer Bartlett: “Met with Janice Dukeshire Halliwell and Mary-Jane Rutherford Carroll for lunch at Marina Jack, Sarasota, site of many past enjoyable Colby luncheons recalling great days at Colby. It was very enjoyable meeting with special people in my life. Lots of laughs and love. How great to be in the Colby family.” * Sandra Nolet Quinlan sent a note reminding me she’d been with Dean to Machu Picchu two years ago to celebrate an anniversary and that the site is “even more amazing than pictures depict.” They both had a wonderful winter in southern Florida, enjoying superb weather for golf, swimming, attending lectures, and entertaining family. They connected several times with Frank D’Ercole, who winters on Jupiter Island. “Now back in Kittery after four months, it’s wonderful to see and smell the lilacs and apple blossoms, harbingers of summer. Hopefully, the rains of spring have passed and a summer of fun lies ahead!” * Ann Eisentrager Birky headed to Spain and France to tour and visit her grandson, who spent an extra senior year in Montpellier, France. He will attend a French university there, majoring in applied languages. Amy proclaims, “also celebrating 20 years of retirement in the great state of Nebraska.” * Pete Stevenson wrote with a new email address and mobile phone number. The best way to get in touch with other classmates is using the Colby alumni website or contacting the alumni office. I also have the official list from the reunion classes. * Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, and interesting summer season with opportunities to expand your world horizons. Be a part of Colby’s incredible lifelong mission!


1960

Class Correspondent:

Jane Holden Huerta
classnews1960@colby.edu

Patricia Sturges Aufdenberg will move in September to Panama City, Fla., where her sister, brother-in-law, and brother live. Her granddaughter, 15, will enter 10th grade at a private school in Cleveland where she has scholarships. Pat would love to hear from others who lived in Louise Coburn Hall our freshman year. * Dick Peterson’s upcoming adventures include a walking trip around Iceland in August, a visit to Costa Rica with family, including three grandchildren, in December, and a Viking river trip in Eastern Europe next spring. In the meantime, he plays tennis and golf, but no downhill skiing, at least for now. Dick is chair of the board of an insurance company and two other corporate boards, which keeps him off the streets. * All is fine with Skip ’59 and Joan Crowell Tolette. They arrived at the River (St. Lawrence, Thousand Islands) to historic high waters. Their dock was totally underwater, so they docked at a neighbor’s dock. And they had been wishing for higher water! In winter, they’re in Vero Beach, Fla., where they see the Arnett’s, Marier’s, Tatlock’s, Chris Rand Whitman ’59, and Skeeter ’59 and Karen Beganny Megathlin ’63. * Bob Marier’s life is full with winters in Florida and summers in Kennebunk, Maine, with his wife, Valerie. Golf is still a big part of his life but has taken a back seat to songwriting and creating children’s musical e-books. His second album, More Music from Maine, came out in June. Bob finished his second in a series of children’s book with embedded songs about Grandpa Bob and a mouse called Murfy. Murfy Finds a Home and Murfy’s River Adventure are available on iBooks. Bob feels lucky to still be cooking along while so many friends have moved on. He still sees many close friends from the Colby Eight. * Bob and Liz Chamberlain Huss still live on Martha’s Vineyard and enjoy it. Liz tutors in the local school and Bob’s involved with the town’s library and finance committee and with the port council of the Steamship Authority. In February they went to the Caribbean, Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica. In March they visited their daughter in Texas, friends in Arizona, and the Grand Canyon. In June they cruised the Danube from Budapest to Prague. Liz and Bob don’t leave the island during the summer since their kids and grandkids join them there. * Michael Silverberg continues to work full time. His company merged a year ago in order to create a succession plan, which will be in place if he ever retires, which isn’t likely in the near future. He sees or speaks to Hank Silverman ’61, Dick Fields ’61, Steve Curley, and Ron Weber. * Ralph Galante and his wife, Jane, spend winters in Colorado and come home to Merrymeeting Lake, N.H., for the summer. It’s a great gathering place for their three kids and grandkids to fraternize, enjoy water sports, and relax. They’d like to get back to Colby for a visit. Ralph says hello to all. * Jock and Pat Walker Knowles joined Hilary and Dick Lucier to celebrate Dick’s 80th birthday in Duxbury. Betsy Perry Burke ’61 drove to Maine with the Knowles to spend a few days of R&R at their house in Freeman. While there, they communicated with Ed Marchetti, Steve Curley, and Ned Platner ’63, The Knowles’ grandson Benn just graduated from Skidmore. Benn is the son of Bill ’87 and Callie Knowles Clapp ’89. Many of you wonderful classmates, family, and friends have contributed to Callie’s scholarship fund at Colby. Jock and Pat are grateful and honored to report the fund is up to $90,000. Jock prays we can all make it to 2020. * I continue to work as a bridge director several days a week. In my “spare” time I work on building and updating my husband’s website (sustainable-watersheds.com). I mainly travel to Las Vegas to see Juan ’92 and his two daughters or to NYC to see Jon ’95 and his daughter. My grandchildren are younger than some of your greats! When in NYC, I visit Joanne Price Rockett.


1959

Class Correspondent:

Joanne K. Woods
classnews1959@colby.edu

Thank you to all who sent news of their activities. Tom Connors is again in retirement after having gone back to Sweet Briar College last year as vice president and treasurer, and from what he hears they’re making steady progress becoming a viable women’s college. Karen (Beganny ’63) and Skeeter Megathlin stopped by to see the Connors on their way north in May and had a very nice visit. The Megathlins took pictures all over the Wake Forest campus, which is copied from Colby’s campus almost to the letter. It’s only yards from the Connors’ house. * Libbe Latham Hale is still practicing as a licensed clinical psychologist (semi-retired—about five patients a week) in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Her three children (one an M.D., one an artist, and the third a businessman) are doing well. * Bob Younes’s son, Nick, is working on a master’s in English at Johns Hopkins and will move on to get a Ph.D. at the same school. When he’s finished, Bob’s family will have accumulated six master’s and three doctorates. His daughter, Nora, is working for the American Podiatric Medical Association and is responsible for social media. Bob’s wife, Anne, leads a double life. She works for the federal government on prevention of bullying and suicide. She is also president of The E. Stanley Jones Foundation, which is raising money to have all of her grandfather’s books republished. She has republished six of his 30 books so far. Jones was a Methodist evangelist who spent many years in India as a missionary and founded a mental health hospital in Lucknow and an ashram retreat center in the foothills of the Himalayas. Bob is still in medical practice as the medical director of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Collecting coins is his pastime hobby. They actively follow Washington’s political news, all of which provides heightened awareness of the finer points of our democracy and the durability of our Constitution. * Bob and Mary Twiss Kopchains spent the month of April on a 28-day transatlantic cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to western Europe and the Mediterranean. It was a long time to be away from home and travel can be challenging at our age. However, the added incentive for the trip was the fact that they saw their grandson Duncan in Paris and had an authentic French lunch. He was there for a semester abroad during his junior year at Clemson. They also saw his older brother, Aiden, in Gibraltar. He’s been teaching English as a second language in Spain since his graduation from Clemson last year. Aiden and Mary had a terrific time frolicking with the Barbary apes at the top of Gibraltar. It’s good to be home and all is well in South Carolina. * Mary and Gard Rand enjoyed the month of March on Sanibel Island for the 30th-plus year. They look forward to the annual Zete gathering in September at Muscongus Bay, Round Pond, Maine. * I look forward to hearing from more classmates when next I write.


1958

Class Correspondent:

Mary Ellen Chase Bridge
classnews1958@colby.edu

Phyllis Hardy Peterson lost her husband, Dean, to cancer last summer and is moving north from Florida to be nearer her daughter in Tillson, N.Y., and her son in Oakland, Maine. She’s sorry to have sold their cottage on Long Pond in Belgrade after 50 years, but “Maine will always be a forever place” for her. On a happier note, she and daughter Kate were taken on a fabulous trip to Paris in April, including Normandy and Claude Monet’s summer home, “a real ‘pick-me-up’ for both of us and we have wonderful memories and photos.” She looks forward to revisiting the Colby campus and art museum. * Ellie Fortenbaugh de la Bandera’s older grandson will be 21 this summer, and her 16-year-old granddaughter is going to Peru for two weeks with other students and two Spanish teachers to teach English to Peruvian kids and see some of the country. “Amazing what kids do in high school these days!” * Dick and Gail Crosby Davis flew their Beechcraft Baron 55 from Palos Verdes, Calif., to their summer home in Beverly Farms, Mass. First stop Santa Fe, N.M., for Mexican food; then Texas for steaks; Tullahoma, Tenn., to visit the Beechcraft museum, and finally Elizabeth City, N.C., for seafood. Daughter Wende Davis ’82 and family will arrive from Basel, Switzerland, for a summer visit. * Happy news from Marian Woodsome and John Ludwig: “After 32 years of living separately following our divorce in 1984, we have miraculously and happily found ourselves together again, renewing the old spark we once had and enjoying our three families, 13 grandkids, and three great-grandkids. Presently living together mostly in Boothbay, Maine, but in the midst of making decisions about downsizing to one home in that area. Many changes ahead. Our best to everyone!” * Von and Ruth Winterbottom Peacock live in Colima, Mexico, one hour from the Pacific Ocean and 30 minutes from the Volcán de Colima, which has been sending frequent fumaroles into the sky lately. “Cantinflas was a famous Mexican comedian who took on the stupidities of Mexican presidents and people in general and made everyone laugh. The USA could use a Cantinflas or Charlie Chaplin these days.” Ruth is happy that Colby invited Joe Biden, “a great public servant and citizen,” to be the commencement speaker, and she thanks the College for the liberal arts education it instills in students. * Traveler Daniel Yett is looking at brochures for tours within Japan, which gets higher on the wish list every month. He’s also thinking about a one-story house/apartment somewhere, but “living in central D.C. is more interesting than in most other cities.” Dan volunteers with the Paleobiology Department at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History three mornings a week. * My former roommate Susan Sherman White and I found it impossible to resist the description of the upcoming alumni trip to Longoria and Piedmont, Italy, led by Colby art professor Véronique Plesch, so we signed up. We’re in training to keep up with the younger members of the tour and hope they’ll be totally amazed to hear we are anticipating our 60th reunion next spring. Hope you all have it in your minds, if not on your calendar—June 7-10, 2018. Thanks as always for news, and keep it coming!


1957

Class Correspondent:

Don Tracy
classnews1957@colby.edu

Our 60th reunion has come and gone, and despite our being unable to attend because of a granddaughter’s high school graduation, the reports drifting our way are that a good time was had by all. For those who haven’t been on campus for a while, the changes are nothing short of astounding! * Peter Merrill emailed that he and his wife, Carole, were in the middle of a move from their home in Portland, Maine, to Minneapolis. Carole has retired from her job as executive director of the Portland Society for Architecture and they now prefer to live in a big city, one where family lives nearby. * Candace Orcutt, faculty emeritus of the International Masterson Institute, gave two presentations at IMI conferences in 2016. In addition, she remains active as a training supervisor and faculty member at the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis. * Even though it’s after the fact, this gem from Tom Brackin is far too good not to share. Tom wrote as follows: “In packing for the 60th reunion, I’ve packed my 81 aspirin, BP meds, cane and walker, extra boxes of Depends, floss for remaining teeth, 37 vitamin bottles, medical bracelets, programmed phone for 911, motel location and room number, mother’s maiden name, our daughter’s cell number, and car plate number. If we can finally get through Waterville and reach the campus, we anticipate an absolutely wonderful weekend. Please let us know when it’s over and when we should head back to New Jersey.” We assume by now you have made it back safely to New Jersey and you are getting ready for your next excursion. The moral is to keep your sense of humor, everyone, for it’s your very best line of defense for anything that might come your way.


1956

Class Correspondent:

Charlene Roberts Riordan
classnews1956@colby.edu

David “Sonny” Slater and his wife, Barbara Winokur, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 1. They have five sons and 11 grandchildren (three girls and eight boys). Sonny says that he loved Colby but has only one Colby grad, a grandchild, in the family. Other colleges the family has attended include Tufts, Stanford, and Harvard. * Janet Stebbins Walsh and Bobby Brown were at Colby to attend the graduation of Brownie’s granddaughter, Tori. With previous graduate Glenn ’87, the Barnes/Brown legacy continues. Stebbie had lunch with Hope Palmer Bramhall and Jean Van Curan Pugh ’55. A beautiful Colby weekend all around. * Janet Nordgren Meryweather is back in Maine after five months in Florida and a trip to Ireland, her second. The first, a motor trip to visit favorite places of another couple with whom they were travelling, involved driving on the “wrong side of the road.” Luckily, both side-view mirrors remained intact. Janet did not kiss the Blarney Stone as it was a drizzly day and trudging up 83 feet to do so was not appealing. An eighth grandchild arrived this winter and daughter Kathy was married in April. * Brian Stompe’s big news is the introduction of the California Senate bill (SB 562), The Healthy California Act, single-payer health care, including dental and negotiated drug prices, for all Californians. He and others have worked on this for a year and it’s finally being launched with unanimous endorsement from the San Francisco and Marin County Boards of Supervisors, California Nurses Association, along with many physicians, interns, and other supportive organizations. They hope to lead the U.S. to lower the cost of quality universal health care. His annual vegetable garden is coming along well, and he helped his “little brother” plant his very own.

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1955

Class Correspondent:

Betty Harris Smith
classnews1955@colby.edu

I’m at my desk in Lincoln, Mass., on a summer day thinking about a trip to Maine this summer. I’m anxious to walk around the campus and in Waterville. * Soon, John Reisman will make his yearly visit to Linekin Bay in Maine, staying with Kathy McConaughy Zambello ’56 and visiting class friends. * Jane Millett Dornish and Sid Farr represented our class at reunion this year. Sid is working on goals for the class and Jane’s job is to help. They each received a Golden Mules pin when they checked in at reunion. Jane mentioned that she misses Ann Dillingham Ingraham, who passed away April 6. * Dick Cole skis at Okemo, Vt. He’ll be there next winter looking for you. He’s received medals, including a gold medal in the national championships in Steamboat, Colo. * Europe is for James Smith (known as Jimmy). After serving in the military in Germany, Jimmy went to England for sales training work. Then to the French Riviera and on to Paris. There he became a “top model” for 25 years. Now he has an antique business in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France. He misses college days and wishes he was able to attend reunion. * Marilyn Faddis Butler, who wrote from Beverly Hills, Fla., still enjoys tennis and bridge and is going back to music and taking piano lessons again “after more years then I can count.”


1954

Class Correspondent:

Art Eddy
classnews1954@colby.edu

Lindon Christie had a quick operation (appendix removal) and has completed 50 years of accident-free flying. * Bill and Penny Thresher Edson, who have only a few minor health problems, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and the arrival of their first great-grandchild. Penny was honored for 25 years of service as a long-term-care ombudsperson, and Bill keeps busy working on a memoir of his years with the space program for his children and grandchildren. * Sue Johnson loves her independent living apartment at Sunnyside, a beautiful CCRC campus, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She took a trip on the Mississippi steamboat River Queen and took a similar trip on the Snake and Columbia rivers in Oregon and Washington in July. She recently visited Freeman Sleeper at a “home-like” facility in Roanoke that specializes in memory care. * I recently visited with Carol MacIver Murphy ’55 in Northampton, Mass., where we shared pleasant memories of our time with Mary Belden Williams. * Ned Shenton took a two-week, 14-state tour of the country via Greyhound bus visiting children and grandchildren. The January 2017 issue of Down East Magazine had an interview with Ned about the memoir he wrote of his father’s life and work. * Judy Jenkins Totman, after 20 years of extraordinary work for our class, has “retired.” It’s because of her tireless efforts that the Class of ’54 has been at the top of class giving year after year. Thank you, Judy!


1953

Class Correspondent:

Barbara Easterbrooks Mailey
classnews1953@colby.edu

I know that classmates look forward to reading the notes and I try to write them up as well as I can. It doesn’t seem possible that 24 years have gone by since Nelson Beveridge handed all the correspondent information to me. Nelson calls now and then when he connects with a classmate, and this time it was with Wes Hayes, who ran the “sandwich concession” on campus. I remember the “call” in the dorm corridor: “Candy and gum, peanuts, peanut butter crackers, and cookies.” * In our last column, I gave George Pirie’s contact information, so David Rudd called him. He said they had a great conversation, recalling a “spur of the moment” car trip from campus to the Hamptons in New York and enjoying an extensive “life in general” chat. David and Harriet still live on the horse farm, although there are no horses now. * Mike Wechsler Edelson returned in May from a trip to Japan with a 12-day visit to shrines, Mt. Fuji, restful spas, and historical sites in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. She celebrated her 85th birthday with her family, taking in a Morgan Library tour, the Emily Dickinson exhibit, and a special luncheon in the dining room. She’s back at her lake house in the Adirondacks for her 48th summer. * In May I had a quick note from Carolyn English Caci. She and Tommi Thompson Staples are just in the planning stages but hope to take a train trip across Canada—stay tuned! * Priscilla Eaton Billington is back in Massachusetts from her Florida home via a family trip to San Diego to visit a grandson who has settled there. There were 15 in all. It was a wonderful family reunion with beach-going, hiking, and kayaking. This group included five Colby alumni. As I was writing our column, Priscilla wrote that Shirley Sarris called to say that Nick Sarris passed away May 30. Nick was well known to most of our classmates. * I always have a few emails from John Lee. In his February note, he’d had lunch with Art Eddy ’54, whom he hadn’t seen in 45 years. Art was visiting his daughter, who lives in the DC area. He also re-established contact with Ken Castonguay, Paul Appelbaum, and Joyce Maguire Demers—all three since 1954. John was thinking of parachuting for his 88th birthday in May. I haven’t heard a word since so maybe he’s still in the “thinking stage.” We’ll see!


1952

Class Correspondent:

Art White
classnews1952@colby.edu

John Waalewyn and Louise Ginsberg Hirshberg both wrote to wish me well as the new class correspondent. I accepted the role because I’m excited about Colby and the energy provided by President Greene. Having spent 40 years in secondary education, I’m well aware of the importance of his leadership. I encourage members of our class to stay connected to Colby. Following Sandy Pearson Anderson in this task will not be easy because she did it so well for so long. Therefore, I need you to let me know what is going on in your lives so it can be shared with your classmates. C’mon ’52! I know you are out there and active, so let me hear from you. * Dave Morse wrote that he was at Colby’s reunion in June where he met Paul and Mimi Russell Aldrich, who were also in attendance and carried the ’52 banner during the Parade of Classes.


1951

Class Correspondent:

Chet Harrington
classnews1951@colby.edu

Dear Class of ’51—the digital age swallowed my emails, but I recall hearing from Dan Hall and John Linscott. Dan had a 50-year reunion with a fellow teacher from his teaching days, in Africa, I believe. He enjoyed catching up with the teacher, who’s still at the former site. Dan has done some wonderful things over the years and deserves a lot of credit. Glad you’re still performing, Dan. * John Linscott is still in North Carolina, near Raleigh, and writing plays and musicals. John gets our classical performer award and we enjoy his success. He returns to Maine for the summer, so get in touch with him to be entertained. * I apologize for the digital loss, but if you’ll email me again, I’ll get your message in the next column. Jane and I are staying more in Villanova and doing less traveling. I turn 90 in July and expect to play more golf—nine holes usually, but it’s still fun. Our four boys are very active and we see them a lot. I had the chance to visit with President David Greene at a recent Phillies / Red Sox game. There were several Colbians there as a guest of Sandy Buck ’78, who is always a very gracious host. Y All the best to the best class in Colby’s long history.


1949

Class Correspondent:

Anne Hagar Eustis
classnews1949@colby.edu

Greetings to all you ’49ers out there! * Juss and Celie Farnham Sturtevant have moved to their new home at 10 Cedar Ridge Lane, Mansfield, MA 02048. * Al and Mary Bauman Gates have seven children who live all over the U.S. Of particular interest is her granddaughter, Kristen ’10, a Colby graduate who lives in Alaska. She’s hiked the AT, Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide, and others. I remember watching a video of her trek across northern Alaska several years ago. She’s now writing a book about her adventures in northern Alaska, where she’s lived for four years teaching dogs to mush and working in Denali Park. Keep an eye out for it! Mary and Al live in independent living at Birch Hill Terrace, Manchester, N.H. They sold their summer place last fall, but still go to Longboat Key, Fla., for a month each winter. Mary keeps busy with bridge, table games, knitting, and walking, both inside and out. Mary volunteers at her retirement community and has a pen pal at a nearby school. What fun! She and Al have driven to Florida each winter, but this year they traveled by train. She reports that Fran Nourse Johnston lives nearby in another independent living retirement facility. * Carol Carpenter Bisbee still lives independently in her own home overlooking Penobscot Bay in Belfast, Maine. She sings with the Pen Bay Singers and plays bridge on a weekly basis. Her oldest son recently retired after 45 years of teaching and coaching. She has 13 great-grandchildren with two more due this summer. * Ruth Endicott Freeman lives at home under the watchful eye of her daughter, Lynne. Her husband, Miles, died about a year ago at 95. “Endy” herself will be 101 Aug. 26! She enjoys reading poetry, particularly Robert Frost. Until three years ago she volunteered at Soup’s On in Wells, Maine, serving rolls at lunch. * Bill Fairley sent the following: “A few years ago a new lady moved into Asbury Village, a retirement community where I live in Gaithersburg, Md. Her name is Elaine Rhodes Greif. I soon found out that she enrolled in the Colby Class of 1953 but attended only two years. Later she married a man who also had attended Colby for two years. They had a son, Steven Kirstein, who graduated from Colby in 1980 and belonged to ATO as I had. Elaine and I get together and talk about Colby and our wonderful experiences there.” * Cynthia Crook Lieck writes, “My biggest personal news is my move from Maryland’s lovely Eastern Shore to a full-care (if needed) retirement community in Virginia Beach, near my elder daughter and two married granddaughters. I have a comfortable independent living apartment. It’s in a lovely, relatively open part of the city with green spaces and residential areas. I’ve been here just three months, so the settling in part isn’t quite finished. My companion is a loving 12-year-old cat, Panda, who loves ‘his’ new screened porch. I see my great-granddaughters, 2 and 4, with some regularity. My career Navy granddaughter received a promotion to senior chief and is at sea aboard the USS George H.W. Bush. I still read a lot, though vision is not great in part due to a shingles virus more than 10 years ago. I will now resume my interest in watercolor painting. I enjoy writing as in a memoir workshop we had in Maryland so will do a bit on my own. Muriel “Tommy” Thomas Levings is now my only direct Colby contact. We were Dutton House roommates our first year. It was good to read in the last Colby Magazine about our other freshmen buddies.” * And that, my friends and classmates, is it for this issue.


1948

Class Correspondent:

David Marson
classnews1948@colby.edu

Notwithstanding our diminishing ranks, I received a good amount of news. Burt Krumholz assured me that we will get together next fall in Florida. * Howell Clement and I continue our correspondence. He lamented that he does not receive much news and speculated that surviving classmates are more interested in bills and what doctor they’ll see next week. Howell wrote that he’s not as active as he would like and cannot walk great distances and requires naps. He said, “Not very exciting but at least you know I am still here.” * Ev Helfant Malkin and three daughters took a road trip from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in April. Recently she spent a great afternoon at Colby’s art museum. She marveled at Colby’s growth since she was an undergraduate. She stays very busy volunteering at a fourth-grade school in Cambridge and keeping in touch with her staff at Mass General Hospital. * This winter I had lunch with Frannie Hyde Stephan on Singer Island in Florida. I recently had a telephone call with Frannie’s dear friend, Carol Stoll Baker. * After 40 years in our house in Dedham, I moved to a residence called NewBridge on the Charles, also in Dedham. I have a large apartment with living room, den, and two bedrooms. It’s a modern building with all the amenities. Living here relieves me of tending to the house but I miss the ability to walk out of the kitchen into the garage and get in my car and go. Now I have to walk to an elevator and go down to the garage. If I come home with groceries I have to load them in a little cart and wheel them to the elevator and then to my apartment. I still plan to spend the winter (six months) at my home in Jupiter, Fla. There, I play golf at least once a week and spend an hour two afternoons a week with a trainer. I restrict myself to nine holes and I’m so short off the tee that I can almost hear the ball land. I would really appreciate a note from any classmate who would write about their current life as we all enter our 90s. It’s nice to know who is still around, hopefully enjoying old age. I still have a drink or a beer a day but do not have the capacity to replicate the amount I used to drink at Onies.


1947

Class Correspondent:

Gerry Boyle '78
classnews1947@colby.edu

David C. Weber writes from California, “What a lasting influence a Colby professor may have! In March 1919 Oxford Rhodes Scholar Carl J. Weber began teaching freshmen and then taught Colby students for 40 years. Professor Weber taught the humanities, in part through his biography of Thomas Hardy, Hardy of Wessex: His Life and Literary Career (Columbia University Press, 1940), reprinted in 1965 and again in 2016. It is news when proof of posthumous teaching appears today. That Weber is still ‘teaching’ is attested to by recent student sales of his Hardy biography widely bought and studied, proven 76 years later by royalty checks again arriving to his heirs. Weber’s leadership created the E.A. Robinson Treasure Room, honoring the Maine poet who was the winner of three Pulitzer Prizes and nominated four times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. That’s where Professor Weber studied, taught, and wrote. Now called Special Collections at Colby, this room fronts a rich educational Colby asset.”