FALL 2013 Vol.102 No.3
Rachel Isaacs Builds a Community
Wilderness Mishap Tests COOT Leaders
Steve Whelpley Rows with the Best
In Colombia with Winifred Tate
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Do-gooders. Really. Inspired at Colby, these alumni, including Catherine McDonough ’99 (above), tackle society’s most daunting problems. DEPARTMENTS 03/From the Editor 04/Letters COLBY NEWS 09/Q&A with incoming president David A. Greene 10/Frances Moore Lappé sees hope 10/A.C. Thompson receives Lovejoy Award 11/Oak Fellows want peace in Burma 11/Hanna Roisman is encyclopedic 12/Alumni tapped for concussion study 13/Donor steps up for nonprofit class
Faces of Colby After studying the work of renowned portrait photographers, students capture their peers for posterity.
FROM THE HILL 28/Rabbi Rachel Isaacs turns two Jewish communities into one 30/Steve Whelpley ’05 rows his way to the top 32/Anthropologist Winifred Tate listens in Colombia 34/ Matt Apuzzo ’00 helps reveal NYPD’s secret spying unit 35/New work from Rebecca Hoogs ’97, Lawrence Collins ’89, Pete Moss, Alfredo Corchado, LL.D. ’10 36/Real-life wilderness accident challenges COOT leaders
CATCHING UP/ALUMNI PROFILES 40/Theodora Wright Weston ’42 41/Alana McGee ’05 42/David Barr Kirtley ’00 ALUMNI AT LARGE 40/Class Notes 68/Obituaries THE LAST PAGE 72/Gerry Hadden ’89: From Barcelona to Mayflower Hill
« On the Cover | Emma Mayville ’13 appears in a portrait by Nina Hatch ’13. The photograph is from a collection of work by student photographers who were assigned by Assistant Professor Gary Green to document “the faces of Colby” for the bicentennial. More: P. 14.
« Imaging Alaska | As Kristin Gates ’10 traveled solo through Alaska’s Brooks Range last summer, she took photos of the landscape, the wildlife, and herself. Read her story and see some of her most striking photos of the Arctic including caribou, wolves, and grizzlies, with captions by the hiker/photographer.
Each week, a different Colby Life on Twitter The Colby Life @TheColbyLife @TheColbyLife: Up early and ready to go see my mentee at the Albert Hall School #waterville #CCAK - Happy Monday!
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The Colby Life @TheColbyLife Running into a fellow @ColbyCollege alum as we wait for POTUS’s remarks! ’08 Pride! pic.twitter.com/01GU5Wsvkf
All give, no take—the example of Tony Marin volume 102 • number 3 Staff Gerry Boyle ’78 managing editor Michael Kiser executive editor Ruth Jacobs director of communications Barbara E. Walls director of creative services Robert P. Hernandez art director, illustration Stephen Collins ’74 college editor Ben Greeley, Arne Norris online coordinators Robert Clockedile social media coordinator Maria O’Connell class notes editor Lanya Butler ’14, Kristina Cannon, Farabee Chowdhury ’16 Stephen Collins ’74, Aurelie Drummond, Fred Field, Kristin Gates ’10, Sean Alonzo Harris, Nina Hatch ’13, Robert P. Hernandez, Kristina Katori, Shannon Kooser ’14, Igor Meijer, Mika Mintz ’14, Jeff Pouland, Michael Seamans, Jamie Shaum ’13, Dustin Satloff ’15, Mary Schwalm ’99, Winifred Tate, Barrie Tovar ’15, Hannah Tuttle ’15 contributing photographers Andrew Clark, Gary Green, Gerry Hadden ’89, Kayla Lewkowicz ’14, Jacob McCarthy, Bob Moorehead, Mike Pride, Pat Sims, Claire Sykes contributing writers Tonwen Jones contributing illustrator Administration William D. Adams, president; Sally Baker, vice president; Meg Bernier Boyd ’81, director of alumni relations Alumni Council Executive Committee Deborah Wathen Finn ’74, chair and president; David C. Fernandez ’89, immediate past chair; Meg Bernier Boyd ’81, executive secretary/treasurer; Boyd Allen ’75, Arthur Brennan ’68, Lisa Kehler Bubar ’73, David S. Epstein ’86, Noriko Miyakoda Hall ’87, Shaquan A. Huntt ’13, Peter Reif ’83 P’16, Arthur L. Young ’72 To contact Colby: Managing Editor, Colby 4354 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901 e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org 207-859-4354 Colby is published four times yearly. Visit us online: colby.edu/mag
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t’s mid-semester, the campus is bustling, and still there have been moments in past weeks when Mayflower Hill has felt oddly empty. The loss of Tony Marin will do that. Tony, the smiling, chuckling, always-waving, potclanging (at hockey games) plumber for Physical Plant, died Sept. 11. He was 50 and had been ill for some time. His service filled Lorimer Chapel to bursting with people from all of parts of his very large life. At Colby, Tony’s loss means he won’t be cheering goals at Alfond Arena. He won’t be the ice-breaker at staff gatherings here, getting President Bro Adams’s Q&A session started with an unexpected Q. “What’s the nature of that book you’re taking time off to write?” or, tongue in cheek, “How’s that flush working up to the house?” He won’t be in the audience at every important event where faculty and staff are invited, listening closely to the lecture or speech and offering pithy commentary via his folksy delivery. Tony had nearly daily 6 a.m. conversations with Adams, pulling the truck over as the president walked from his house to Eustis. He had morning chats with basketball coach Dick Whitmore and hockey coach Jim Tortorella when they were here. He had regular chats with many, many people, including me. One time I mentioned that I was building a stone wall at home. “You want antique rocks?” he asked, with that cryptic Tony smile. He said he had some on his land in Clinton; I should check them out. So I did, with my wife, Mary (Foley) ’78. We arrived at the back field in check-out apparel: sneakers and shorts. Tony looked us over skeptically and said, “You ain’t exactly dressed for it, but let’s get to work.”
In Tony’s get-it-done world, checking out the rocks involved loading fieldstone into the bucket on Tony’s tractor. He dumped them in the back of his old pickup and, when the truck was full, springs sagging, handed Mary the keys. “You take that load home,” he told us. “I’ll start rounding up some more.” Over several hours we loaded and dumped, loaded and dumped, sweating and talking. Much of the conversation had to do with projects he was doing—for someone else. Plumbing. Carpentry. Hauling. When we asked what we could pay him for the rocks, he said, “Whatever you think they’re worth.” We did, and I’m sure that money went into the next project, helping someone Tony thought could use a hand. In these pages is a story about some intrepid and generous Colbians who gave back at Colby and have since made giving a big part of their lives (P. 22). Tony Marin didn’t work with the Colby Volunteer Center or Colby Cares About Kids. He just cared about everybody, and his generosity of spirit and deed embodied Colby’s sense of community, setting an example for students and colleagues alike. His was a very tough act to follow, but follow it we should, and remember it we will.
Gerry Boyle ’78, P’06 Managing Editor
CONTRIBUTORS Pat Sims (“Bridge Builder,” P. 28) is a Maine-based freelance writer. In addition to contributing regularly to Colby, she has been an editor for Bard College’s literary journal Conjunctions since 1994.
Gerry Hadden ’89 (“From Barcelona, a Homecoming,” P. 72) is a writer and reporter living in Barcelona, Spain. He covers Europe for PRI’s The World. His memoir, Never the Hope Itself, was published in 2011.
Kayla Lewkowicz ’14 (“Stroke by Stroke,” P. 30) is from Hopkinton, Mass. In addition to contributing to Colby, she is a member of the varsity swim and track teams and an admissions tour guide.
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On the Vietnam War, Setting the Record Straight—Again Colby and the College should probably be praised for the willingness to revisit, through republishing parts of a letter I wrote in October 1987, the troublesome lapse of institutional memory about Colby men killed in action in the Vietnam War that was manifested through Colby’s collaboration with that year’s commencement speaker. To help him make his somewhat valid point about the unevenness of privilege and sacrifice in the late 1960s, journalist Mike Barnicle had been incompletely and incorrectly told that there had been no such casualties from Colby. There are some institutions of higher education where all that followed would have been strategically skipped in an alumni magazine review of college history. That Colby is not one of those is commendable. That stated, it is unfortunate that, in revisiting those events of 25 years ago, an incorrect and incomplete picture was once again provided. At the time that I wrote my admittedly angry letter, I was aware of three men from Colby who had been Vietnam casualties—Les Dickinson, Dave Barnes, and Mike Ransom. All had attended Colby for part of the time that I was there—1965-1968. As the events that led to the June 1988 dedication of the Korean and Vietnam War Memorial in the center of the cam-
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David T. Barnes ’68
Leslie A. Dickinson Jr. ’67
pus unfolded, however, I became aware of another man who had attended Colby in 1958-59 and who had then accepted an appointment to West Point—James Hunter Shotwell. The Colby article that I was privileged to write in connection with the subsequent memorial dedication documented the journeys that all four took from Mayflower Hill to Southeast Asia. In the course of preparing that article, I was able to speak about Hunter Shotwell with his brother-in-law, Bruce Barker ’66 and his uncle, the late Colonel James Hunter Drum (West Point ’37). What I heard from them and what I later learned by reading things like a lengthy specific excerpt about him in Al Santoli’s Vietnam chronicle, Everything We Had, made me realize anew what kinds of tragic losses were sustained in that war.
Robert C. “Mike” Ransom Jr. ’66
James Hunter Shotwell ’62
So now comes another appeal to set the record straight. The portrait photos accompanying the letter excerpt that you published left Hunter Shotwell out. That is particularly ironic since a picture of him in his Green Beret and Ranger tab was used to introduce the aforementioned article in the spring 1988 edition of Colby. The captions below the photos that were published this year also mistakenly indicated that Dickinson, Barnes, and Ransom were from Colby’s Class of 1968. Actually, only Dave Barnes was from that class; Mike Ransom entered with the Class of 1966 and Les Dickinson with the Class of 1967. All four men were killed in 1968. I suggest that you republish all four pictures with the correct information and that you provide internet links or other references so that interested alumni can read about the citations for bravery written about Dave Barnes, the anti-war crusades of Mike Ransom’s mother, the sense of duty shown by Hunter Shotwell, and the outpouring of campus grief occasioned by the news of Les Dickinson’s death. I’m also tempted to suggest, after all this and in the aftermath of Professor G. Calvin Mackenzie’s retrospective on his own return to Vietnam (Colby, winter 2013) and the somewhat pointed letters that appeared in response, that the magazine refrain from publishing future pieces about Vietnam. That might preclude continuing to pull scabs off unhealed wounds. But that would be contrary to the kind of open dialogue that a place like Colby is supposed to
foster. So, my alternative is to remind alumni from that period of the emotionally charged and cynical words uttered by Jan Scruggs, the moving force behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, at the conclusion of his remarks dedicating that monument in November 1982. After recounting the long, nasty struggles that it took to bring the memorial to fruition, he said, “Well, I guess it was just that kind of war.” Bob Lloyd ’68 Greenville, S.C.
What Would Gardner Colby Think? While I enjoyed reading the history of Colby in the winter bicentennial issue, I could not help but wonder what Gardner Colby would think of his namesake today. On one page I read that he rescued the school financially, with one of his conditions being that its president and a Gardner Colby majority of the faculty be members in good standing in regular Baptist churches. On another page I read of discrimination against a Christian group on campus for upholding their belief in the principles of the God of the Bible—a belief that Gardner Colby in all likelihood also held. Normally, if someone objects to the rules and beliefs of a campus group, they look for a different group to join. With all of Colby’s outstanding achievements, could it not have risen above other institutions in this area too, and maintained an objective, balanced stance? Susan Baird Hilario ’70 Guatemala City, Guatemala
Bicentennial Issue Was Memory Lane I want to thank the Colby staff for doing in the Bicentennial Issue No. 4 (Colby, summer 2013) what alumni
magazines are intended to do: communicate with, engage, connect to, and, in many cases, reconnect alumni with their college and college experience. The special section 1964-2013 took me back to 1965 in your opening comments about women’s midnight curfews. I certainly can relate to that experience as I started dating my now spouse Dorcas “Dee” Thompson ’69 that year. Next I flipped the page and saw April Nelson’s article on Janis Joplin’s January 1969 concert. Having just received my military orders to go overseas, I was visiting Dee at Colby at that time and we attended that concert in Waterville. On another page you reprinted a Honeywell Corporation ad that appeared in the October 31, 1969, Colby Echo. That ad solicited graduates to take classes to teach them about computers. When I finished graduate school in 1972, I joined Raytheon Data Systems in Norwood, Mass. Raytheon bought out the remnants of Honeywell’s small computer business. RDS was one of Raytheon’s few nongovernment commercial businesses. In the two years I was with them they made computers about the size of a small refrigerator. One of those applications was airline reservation systems. Twenty-five years later I was in the Madrid airport and looked over Iberia’s ticket counter and saw one of RDS’s PTS100 terminals still at work. A few pages later I saw the picture of three Vietnam war dead who at-
tended Colby, including Les Dickinson Jr. ’67. He influenced me to join Kappa Delta Rho. He was an English major with good grades. I remember him telling me that he wanted to be a journalist and he was dropping out of school because he did not want to miss the experience that the Vietnam War offered a future journalist. He is listed on the Vietnam War memorial along with my high school class president and the tactical officer I had when I was in OCS. All fine, upstanding people with bright futures who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I had never seen Bob Lloyd ’68’s letter to President William Cotter. Thank you for reprinting it as well. Keep up the good work! Don Jepson ’67 Northhampton, Mass.
That’s Her Sweater Thank you for the Bicentennial Issue No. 4 (Colby, summer 2013), which arrived by snail mail last month. I had a laugh when I recognized the sweater on the inside cover as mine. Susi Schneider ’82 Richfield Springs, N.Y.
Please Note Holsten’s Colby Career I am working my way through the most recent Colby, and as always I love reading all of it. I have especially enjoyed the
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historical retrospective pieces of the last few issues: the series is a brilliant tribute to the 200th anniversary of the school. I am writing to note another worthwhile moment in Colby’s history, though. This fall will mark the 20th year of Jennifer Holsten’s tenure as the women’s soccer coach at Colby. Dick Whitmore and Mark Serdjenian are both legends, of course, but I imagine that at this point, Jen Jennifer Holsten ’90 must be one of the longest-serving head coaches on the Colby staff. She is coaching her 20th season this fall, having arrived in the fall of 1994. She is a graduate of Colby (1990) and of the soccer program, and achieved the rare status of the threesport collegiate athlete (with ice hockey and softball). When she arrived in the fall of 1994 she quickly electrified the program,
getting us (yes, I’m a former player) to the ECAC finals within two years and the NCAA Sweet 16 within four. Since then she has routinely put together strong teams; as of this writing her 139 win total and 12 trips to the postseason make her the most winning coach in the history of the program. Jen has done this while the competitive nature of NESCAC and Division III sports has evolved tremendously, and her program has kept up with these changes. It’s also worth noting that in those early years, she was simultaneously coaching the varsity women’s ice hockey team as well. Coach Holsten has put together a program that her players respect and stay loyal to. And for anyone who has played for Jen, you will smile to know that the legendary Cooper run is still in effect. Kara Marchant Hooper ’97 Ojai, Calif.
Mountain Rescue is Model for Others I coordinate a cocurricular outdoor program at Loyola University Chicago. While at Colby I was heavily involved
with COC, COOT, and worked for Jonathan Milne, the first outdoor administrator. I just read the write-up on the Mahoosuc incident in the online Colby (P. 36 in this issue). Sounds like students are continuing to receive stellar training and preparation from you and your staff. We’re going to use the article with our leaders here as a case study of sorts. I have to admit I’m glad to be able to use Colby student leaders as an example of emergency response, backcountry risk management, and simple perseverance. Great to hear outdoor programming at Colby is in good hands. Chris Zajchowski ’07 Chicago, Ill.
PHOTO BY JEFF POULAND
Museum Correction A photo in the summer 2013 issue of Colby incorrectly identified a work of art exhibited in the lobby of the newly expanded Colby College Museum of Art. The work, shown here with Leila and Alex Turner, is Untitled by Anish Kapoor.
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Colby welcomes your letters. Send them to Gerry Boyle ’78, editor, via e-mail (email@example.com), or by mail to Colby magazine; Office of Communications; 4354 Mayflower Hill; Waterville, ME 04901. Colby reserves the right to edit letters for length and clarity.
Big Win, Big Smiles Colbyâ€™s field hockey team celebrates after beating then 17th-ranked Trinity 5-0 on Sept. 21. Photo by Kristina Katori
Ringing in a Victory Colby co-captain Paul Gallagher ’14 rings the Revere Bell (a reproduction of the original in Roberts Building) after the Mules’ 31-8 win over Williams Sept. 21. Fellow co-captain Daniel Maddox ’14 (4) is to his left. Photo by Dustin Satloff ’15
David A. Greene Named Colby’s 20th President
What drew you to Colby? When I started looking at Colby I saw all of the things that make a college absolutely great—a first-rate faculty, a staff that was fully committed to the College, a student body from around the world that was talented and held great promise. And then I also saw more. I saw a place that took community seriously and always wanted to be better. And that to me was so exciting. It was in part about what Colby is now, what Colby has been for its last 200 years, but it was also about what Colby can be in its future.
PHOTO BY FRED FIELD
David A. Greene, currently executive vice president at the University of Chicago, will take office as Colby’s 20th president on July 1, 2014, the College announced Sept. 10. Just hours after the announcement, Greene attended a reception at Colby along with his wife, Carolyn, daughters Madeline, 15, and Nora, 13, and son Declan, 12. During his first visit as president-elect, Greene sat down with Colby to talk about his vision for the College.
David A. Greene, who has worked in leadership roles at Brown University, Smith College, and the University of Chicago, will take office at Colby July 1. He will be joined on Mayflower Hill by his wife and three children.
organizations is likely to change over time, and the opportunities that we provide to students will need to be fully global in every way—intellectually, but also in terms of the opportunities students have for work or graduate study after Colby.
What can it be in its future? A small handful of places sit at the very top of the pyramid in higher education around the world—places that are revered for the quality of their education and for the quality of the scholarship of their faculty. Colby has all of that in abundance, and it has more. I hope Colby can really step out, take a leadership role among U.S. higher education institutions—among global higher education institutions—and set a path forward for what the absolute best liberal arts colleges in the world can do.
How do you explain the staying power of colleges like Colby? These are places that have core values, core principles that inform everything that happens. At the same time they’re not static institutions. New fields develop, new buildings come online. These places become more global, more integrated overall. These are all changes that are happening, and Colby has been well positioned to address these changes when they come up. I hope Colby will continue to be a place that does that and in fact will be the place that leads.
Where do you see the best liberal arts colleges going? Colleges like Colby are going to need to think about themselves as being, in a very direct way, deeply engaged with the wider world. The nature of partnerships between liberal arts colleges and other
Can you talk a little about your leadership style? I believe deeply in the values of shared governance. There are so many people who have a legitimate stake in this college—the faculty, students, alumni, staff, and the board all have such an
important ownership role. Bringing people together to consider the best direction for Colby, the best decisions we can make for Colby—that takes a real process. The best way to get there is to bring many different voices to the table, to have a full diversity of perspectives, and to be able to argue, to challenge one another, and to really get to the essence of Colby and what it’s about and where it’s going.
For details about Greene’s background and accomplishments and for a video Q&A, visit colby.edu/20thpresident.
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level, and she explored those issues with Colby students and faculty. In a packed Ostrove Auditorium, Lappé addressed food security issues in a talk titled Food as Teacher: Four Decades Later, What Have We Learned?— a highlight of her fall residency. Rather than share a bleak outlook, Lappé emphasized solutions and cooperation. “Solutions to virtually every big problem on the planet are either known or they’re just right around the corner,” Lappé said. “So what’s missing, I think, is that feeling of empowerment that we can actually manifest what’s known.” How do we change ourselves? “What we have a hard time doing is separating from the pack, of being different, of saying something controversial,” she said. She urged students to connect with the brave, the risk-taking, and the gutsy—
2013 Lovejoy Award Goes to Truth Teller A.C. Thompson, a reporter whose investigative reporting in post-Katrina New Orleans led to federal charges against seven police officers in connection with the shooting of civilians, received the 2013 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Oct. 27. Thompson, 41, works for ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. He was interviewed in Spike Lee’s documentary If the Lord Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise, and he had a character based on him in Tremé, both on HBO. He also contributes to Frontline on PBS. The Lovejoy Award, given annually since 1952, honors the memory of Lovejoy, Colby’s A.C. Thompson valedictorian in 1826 and an abolitionist newspaper publisher. Lovejoy was killed in Alton, Ill., in 1837 for his anti-slavery editorials and for defending his right to publish. John Quincy Adams called him America’s first martyr to freedom of the press. A report on the Lovejoy Convocation, with text and audio of Thompson’s speech, is online at colby.edu/lovejoy. —Stephen Collins ’74
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Author of the bestselling 1971 book Diet for a Small Planet Frances Moore Lappé, above, is Colby’s 2013 Mellon Fellow in Environmental Studies.
and to become more like them. “If we’re going to step up,” Lappé said, “then we have to experience fear.” —Kayla Lewkowicz ’14
Smoking Banned on Campus Colby is tobacco free. Last year there were three designated smoking areas on campus. As of Oct. 1, the transition to a tobacco-free environment was completed and smoking was banned on campus. In an e-mail notice to the Colby community, President William D. Adams
said the College will continue “to be committed to helping people who wish to eliminate tobacco from their lives.” Adams said he hoped that those who want to quit tobacco would take advantage of the resources Colby offers, including a free five-week smoking cessation program, held on campus beginning in October.
A Solo Journey (Except for the Grizzlies) After 1,000 miles in the Alaskan wilderness, on Aug. 2 Kristin Gates ’10 completed her unaccompanied journey along the Brooks Range from the Yukon border to the sea— the first woman, she says, to do so. Gates blogged at milesforbreakfast.com. Read Colby’s account and see her remarkable photos at colby.edu/mag.
PHOTO BY KRISTIN GATES ’10
Someone who has spent her life studying the world’s food resources might be the last person you’d expect to be an optimist. But bestselling author Frances Moore Lappé, Colby’s 2013 Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Studies, is just that. There is plenty of food in the world, she says. The problem is how it’s distributed. Lappé was at Colby as part of a threeyear Mellon grant to bring environmentalists of note to campus. Her mission is focusing on solutions to world food problems. Her first book, Diet for a Small Planet, was published in 1971 and was part of a revolution in the way Americans think about food, population, and dietary habits. Today she takes a step back, focusing on the ways we perceive the world on an individual and a social
PHOTO BY MIKA MINTZ ’14
Environmental Fellow: Food Is Window to Society’s Challenges
For four days Mya Nandar Aung sat on a wooden plank and held her 2-year-old daughter. Aung was not allowed to stand or lie down. She wasn’t allowed to sleep. She ate and drank very little and her legs went numb. When her around-the-clock interrogators in the government prison center leaned in, Aung pressed her daughter close. “I keep on telling myself that I can’t let anything go wrong with me. If something happened to me I would lose control. They would take my daughter or kill my daughter.” This was in June 2012, after Arakanese Buddhist mobs swept through Arakan state in western Burma, an area that is home to the Rohingya, a Muslim minority. Villages were burned and hundreds of people, mostly Muslim, were killed. Aung and her husband, Maung Maung “Tony” Than, Burmese citizens who worked for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, were arrested as UNHCR staff were about to be evacuated. The couple endured 19 days of harsh interrogation and six months in prison before a judge found no reason to hold them. Aung and Than are at Colby as 2013 fellows selected by the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights. They are spending the semester teaching and writing as they try
PHOTO BY MICHAEL SEAMANS
Ethnic Violence Means Open Season on Burma’s Muslims
Maung Maung “Tony” Than and Mya Nandar Aung
to impart to the Colby community and America the dire situation in their country. The violence in western Myanmar (formerly Burma) spread quickly, fueled by animosity between the Arakanese and Rohingya. That anger and hatred had been kept in check by the military junta in power until 2010. A more democratic government gave citizens, especially majority Buddhists, the right to free speech and movement and, exhorted by Buddhist extremists, the Arakanese set out to force the Rohingya from the region. The violence displaced more than 100,000 Muslims, and more than 1,000 remain imprisoned without cause, Aung and Than say, including Aung’s father, a physician and Muslim leader who was sentenced to 17 years in
prison. The government did little to prevent or stem the ethnic violence, Aung and Than say, and Muslims who defended themselves were apprehended and jailed. While there was harsh treatment under the junta, now the Muslim minority has little government protection. “Now you’re not safe,” Than said. “Your family is not safe. You can be attacked at any time. [Under the junta] it was a violation of rights. Now it is a physical violation.” Than and Aung hope that increased scrutiny by the international community (President Barack Obama has warned against continued violence) will lead the government to quell the violence and persecution of Muslims. Than, a Muslim, said the couple cannot return to Myanmar until the situation is stabilized. But he said he wanted the government to know that he and his wife, whose maternal relatives are Buddhist, want to play a role in finding the path to peace. “We can help,” he said. True reconciliation, Than said, may take a decade or more. And it will come only when there is a change in the fundamental attitudes between the ethnic and religious groups in the country. Punishing perpetrators of violence is necessary, he said, “but it’s a never-ending job. If bad people become good, it’s safe for you and them.” —Gerry Boyle ’78
A Tome of Epic Proportions September 2013 marked the debut of the Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, promoted as “the first comprehensive reference work to cover all facets” of the subject. The compiler and editor: Arnold Bernhard Professor in the Arts and Humanities Hanna M. Roisman, professor of classics. The landmark set, published by WileyBlackwell, includes three volumes totaling 1,716 pages (about a million words), and it sells for $495 in the United States. Following the print publication this fall, an online version will be launched. Laboring five years on the project, Roisman worked with 166 contributors from 20 countries and wrote 11 sections herself.
“The biggest fear,” said Roisman, “is, ‘What have you missed?’” For several years she kept a notepad next to the bed for the inevitable bolt of inspiration when she would think, “I have to research this.” The entries, by internationally recognized experts and emerging scholars, reflect a careful balance between scholarly precision and accessibility, the publisher says. The goal is to foster a better understanding and appreciation of the great surviving work of dramatic theater that flourished in ancient Greece with its apex in the 5th century BCE. Haze Humbert at Wiley-Blackwell cited Roisman’s “deep subject knowledge and broad network” as reasons she was well suited to edit the reference books. —SBC
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Event highlights from the fall semester
Concussion Study Expands to Include Alumni
Inside Washington: On the day the government reopened, Trustee Amy Walter ’91, national editor of the Cook Political Report, discussed the current state of political polarization in Washington. (Oct. 17)
They think the answers may be surprising. Mannix, for one, hypothesizes that the positive effects of playing sports—better physical and mental health, namely—will for most alumni outweigh the rare instance of concussion. Concussions in professional athletes can have serious long-term effects, but the experience for most NESCAC graduates is likely different, she says. “My thinking is that it is, like all things, a dose response effect,” she said. “If you get whammed in the head a hundred times in your career that’s a different person than someone who sustains one concussion in a Division Three athletic endeavor.” Berkner said he’s hoping as many Colby alumni as possible will take the survey. Combined with the responses from other participating colleges, strong participation could provide enough data for a conclusion that allows Colbians—those working on the MCMI project and the alumni who take the survey—to address a significant health-care question being asked across the country. All Colby alumni, including non-athletes who have never experienced a concussion, are invited to take the survey at headinjurystudy.com. —Jacob McCarthy
Alumni Sweep through Boston At 70, former Colby track coach Jim Wescott was the oldest Colbian to row in the Head of the Charles Regatta Oct. 19-20. But he was in good company that weekend. Crew coach Stew Stokes, who also rowed, said 27 alumni took to the water for the famous annual race.
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Woman to Woman: Inspired by the popular book Lean In, this Colby “lean-in circle” featured female leaders including alumni Lisa Hallee ’81 and Sara Burns ’79. (Oct. 10) Community Connection: This year’s Harvest Fest brought together Colby student volunteers and area residents for children’s activities like pumpkin bowling and face painting. (Oct. 6) Un Simposio: A daylong event on Latin America included topics ranging from the history of cocaine to early narratives about Florida—and culminated with Cuban music. (Oct. 5) Israel from Inside: Efraim Halevy, former director of Mossad and former head of the Israeli National Security Council, offered an insider’s thoughts on the challenges in the Middle East. (Oct. 2) Celebrating Art: For most students the new semester meant seeing the Lunder Collection for the first time. A museum grand opening, complete with free T-shirts and live music, marked the occasion. (Sept. 12)
PHOTO BY FARABEE CHOWDHURY ’16
Concussions among National Football League players led to a $765-million settlement earlier this year and have fueled dialogue about head injury. The takeaway— that concussions can cause lifelong problems and lead to degenerative brain disease—has left some with nagging questions about the effects of concussions in less severe cases. A team from Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital is embarking on research to determine the effects of less frequent and/or severe concussions. For that they’ve asked for the help of the Maine Concussion Management Institute (MCMI)—a Colby initiative run by the College’s medical director and biology research scientist Dr. Paul Berkner. When Berkner started MCMI within the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement in 2009, he wanted to provide tools for high school coaches to track concussions. Now, with 89 schools involved, a new project is being planned that will tap into Colby’s alumni community. “The goal for this project is to survey our alumni and look at their quality of life as compared to their self-reported concussion history,” Berkner said. “We’re asking, ‘Does the concussion history in college affect quality of life in middle age?’” To answer that question, Berkner and his interdisciplinary faculty research team and nine students have teamed up with two of the most prominent concussion researchers—Dr. Rebekah Mannix and Dr. Bill Meehan of Harvard and Boston Children’s. Together, they’re inviting alumni of several NESCAC schools to take an online survey asking about the alums’ athletic and concussion history to determine whether certain injury patterns are associated with any long-term difference in neurologic quality of life.
Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff attended the special campus opening of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion Sept. 12.
With a record number of applicants, Colby posted its most selective admit rate ever (26 percent) with the Class of 2017. Median test scores are up, and with 35 states and 41 countries represented the class showcases diversity. But it’s the individual students that bring new energy to campus. Wilder Davies ’17, from Denver, Colo., for example. As a member of the North American Vexillological Association, he has an abiding interest in flags—and more than a little expertise. But with so many international students in the class, even Davies may get stumped. State flags shouldn’t cause him problems, he said, but when told he’ll have a classmate from Mauritius he said, “Mauritius. I can’t think of that one off the top of my head.”
Museum Is Big News From the Wall Street Journal and page one of the Boston Globe to Vogue.com and Twitter, news of the museum opening this summer got before many millions of eyeballs. More than 100 articles appeared in print and online, in this country and abroad. The result? In August, the first full month the museum was open, almost 7,000 visitors passed through the doors. That’s more than the number of visitors from that month in 2009-2013 combined.
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Meet the Class of 2017, Complete with Vexillologist
The Class of 2017 convened for the formal newstudent assembly Sept. 3. With a 26-percent admit rate, this was Colby’s most selective year ever.
Admissions officers say more international students are expressing interest in environmental studies. In fact interest in ES among students, domestic and international, has increased three-fold since 2006, institutional records show.
Recently many countries have seen economic growth, said Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus, “but then there’s a recognition that there’s a cost [environmentally].” Given the seriousness of our challenges, “None of us in environmental studies are going to be out of a job soon,” he said. At the 196th new students’ assembly, Sept. 3, Davies met the two flag bearers for his class, Hannah Hearn ’17 from Auburn, Maine, and Yuzhe “Harry” Geng ’17 from Beijing, China. Hearn graduated from Hebron Academy, where she was a dorm proctor and an all-conference athlete in field hockey and lacrosse. Geng, who’s expressed interest in math and ES, has attended 13 Model United Nations conferences. —SBC
Anonymous Alum Funds Nonprofit Course for Local Causes Tom Morrione ’65 thought he might have shot himself in the foot. For three years, Morrione, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, had taught a popular seminar, Nonprofit Organizations and Philanthropy, in which students write grants for area nonprofits and donate $10,000 to the nonprofit(s) deemed most deserving. The success of the course at Colby, which was funded by the Sunshine Lady Foundation, endowed by Doris Buffet, landed Morrione on the foundation’s academic advisory team. One of his recommendations: that after three years colleges fund the course themselves. “Somebody who is doing well with it ought to be able to find funding elsewhere,” Morrione said.
Colby Magazine, Summer 2011
In Colby’s case, the funding found the course. “I had … noticed [in Colby magazine, above] the interesting course my old Colby Professor Tom Morrione had put together on philanthropy, focused on writing proposals to fund worthy charities,” the alumnus wrote in an e-mail, asking to remain anonymous. “When I saw Tom I let him know that I would be happy to support
the funding of awards to the charities.” The class attracts students from a variety of disciplines, he said. “Environmental studies, government, economics,” he said. “They’re coming from all over the place.” Typically Morrione turns away as many students as he can take—an indication of great interest in nonprofits on the part of Colby students, he said. “Students have come back and told me that when they had job interviews, one of the things that comes up is this course,” he said. “They ... send a copy of the grant that they wrote and describe the course. It’s been exceptionally helpful.” Morrione hopes the donation leads to the course being offered long into the future, he said. “I’m not going to be here forever.” —GB
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his past spring, in honor of the College’s bicentennial, I had my Photography III students spend the entire semester studying and creating portraits. The students learned to resolve the many technical and logistical problems inherent in this genre. They studied numerous examples of portraits—from mid-19th-century portraits by the French photographer Nadar to the myriad approaches of such contemporary practitioners as Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Dawoud Bey, Rineke Dijkstra, and many others. Each portrait seen here reflects the photographer’s sensitivity to the subject, the space the artist and subject share, and the attention to detail necessary for a successful result. It is in a sense a collaboration between artist and subject. The archive of portraits—approximately 100 photographs—will remain at Colby as a creative record of this very special time in the College’s history. A portion of that record, including some of the photos that appear here, is displayed in the new exhibition space outside the photo studios in the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion. —Gary M. Green, assistant professor of art Leah Walpuck ’13, photo by Nina Hatch ’13
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Noah Teachey ’13, photo by Jamie Shaum ’13
Bri Guillory ’16, photo by Barrie Tovar ’15
Cameron Matticks ’15, photo by Lanya Butler ’14 (Opposite page) Charlie Dupee ’15, photo by Shannon Kooser ’14
Justin Lutian ’15, photo by Shannon Kooser ’14 (Opposite page) Alacoque Shaughnessy ’15, photo by Hannah Tuttle ’15
Inspired at Colby, these alumni choose to face society’s problems head on By Gerry Boyle ’78
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ike many idealistic students, Catherine “Cam” McDonough ’99 came to Colby wanting to save the world, or at least a piece of it. She still does. • “I want to be part of the solution,” she said. “You can’t see problems in your community and just walk past them.” • Sure you can. In fact most people do just that when they encounter those to whom McDonough has devoted herself for nearly a decade—homeless men, women, and children. • A religious studies major at Colby who went on to become a registered nurse, McDonough worked for six years for the nonprofit Boston Health Care for the Homeless. Her emphasis there was respite care—treatment for homeless patients who had just been released from the hospital or needed a medical break from life on the streets. “A lot of them have terrible, terrible stories of trauma and abuse and neglect and heartbreak,” she said. : McDonough is unwavering in her commitment to the medically underserved. She’s among those alumni who were inspired at Colby by professors or community service or a classmate—or a combination of all of those. Head on, they face thorny problems that most people tend to avoid. • For Colbians, the catalyst for that engagement comes from different directions and at different moments. Some have been moved by their community service projects and are inspired to do more. Others, like McDonough, get inspiration in the classroom. Whatever the source, the outcome—alumni who try to make the world a better place in large or small ways—is fundamental to the Colby experience. “When I talk about what my hopes are here,” said Jim Terhune, vice president for student affairs, “I do want to impart on students a sense of the extraordinary privilege of this sort of an education and the responsibility that comes with that.”
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cDonough came to Colby from Beverly, Mass., and the Winsor School, a private school for girls in Boston. Her dad, a stockbroker, flew medevac helicopters in Vietnam. Her mother, Linda O’Connor McDonough ’66, has worked in addiction treatment. In August Catherine McDonough entered a program at UCLA to become a nurse practitioner specializing in underserved populations. Her practical training includes regular work at Union Rescue Mission, a clinic in L.A.’s Skid Row. It’s a world away from Mayflower Hill, where McDonough was inspired by lectures by religion professors Nikki Singh and Deborah Campbell and spent hours with
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friends discussing the world’s problems and how to address them. “I remember going to a supper,” she recalled. “You got either a First World ticket or a Second World ticket or a Third World ticket. The First World dinner was all the fixings. The Third World, you got some rice. Maybe.” For McDonough, Colby led to America’s own Third World—a harsh and unpleasant reality in the world’s richest nation. Deciding to become a nurse was “a eureka moment,” she said. “If people don’t have their health, they can’t move forward.” :::
Terhune talks about the willingness of Colby students to apply themselves to social
problems, big and small. On the micro level, the College offers a smorgasbord of community service activities, through the mentoring program Colby Cares About Kids and the Colby Volunteer Center, which helps direct students to everything from working with area people who are homeless to assisting at the local humane society. The community service opportunities—says Amanda Whitman, director of academic and strategic initiatives at Campus Compact, an organization that promotes community service at colleges and universities— aren’t just welcomed by students. They’re expected. And students who make service a part of their lives
in high school and college usually do the same after graduation. “I really loved working in the soup kitchen,” said Natalie Maida Nava ’05, who recently finished her residency in anesthesiology and moved to the Pittsburgh area. “And something I’ve never been involved with is Habitat for Humanity, so I’m going to do some research on that. I like working with my hands.” The community service bent is so pronounced that Colby alumni clubs, long a hub of socializing and networking, are moving toward making volunteering their focus. The Colby Club of New York recently helped with cleanup efforts after Hurricane Sandy and was to participate in New
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The combination sometimes moves Colbians to find new volunteer opportunities; often it inspires careers.
York Cares Day in October. The Washington, D.C., club has participated in Earth Day cleanup projects there. Richard Schwartz ’11, a management consultant and head of the Boston Colby Club, said that group is working toward having a quarterly volunteering opportunity for alumni and hopes to mimic Colby Cares Day, an annual volunteer effort in the Waterville area, with Colby Cares-Boston. “Volunteering is definitely something we want to make a cornerstone,” Schwartz said. :::
PHOTO BY MARY SCHWALM ’99
cDonough was one of several Colbians at Boston Health Care for the Homeless. Sam Clark ’01 is a registered nurse who designed a drug addiction treatment program. Michael Lawrence ’98 works in the agency’s information technology section. Catherine Minahan ’15 has interned in the agency’s development office for two summers. They do this knowing that their work doesn’t deliver instant gratification and not all of their patients move steadily forward. For many of their clients—grappling with alcoholism, mental illness, and/ or bad luck—it’s often one step forward and a step or two back. “One of the nurses there was trying to explain it to me when I was new,” McDonough recalled. “She said, ‘It doesn’t matter how many times our patients fall down. We’re there to pick them up.’” She does just that. McDonough points to her successes, like starting a wound-care team, a program to treat skin ulcers, fungal infections, and damage from frostbite, all chronic
Facing page, registered nurse Catherine McDonough ’99 with a patient at Boston Health Care for the Homeless. McDonough has gone on to a nurse-practitioner program at UCLA. Above, Tracey Tomlinson ’12, a Teach For America teacher at Gallup High School in Gallup, N.M. Tomlinson plans to work in public health. ailments for people who live outdoors in New England winters. McDonough had many repeat patients, some of whom pledged that they would change their lives. When change doesn’t come or it’s short-lived, they are back. “You have to have some weird resilient hope,” McDonough said. “It’s not logical but … you have to have that or else—why?” :::
Terhune said a big piece of the effort at Colby is the post-volunteering reflection. He recounted a speaker at another college saying he’d met a student who said she loved volunteering at a soup kitchen and hoped her children would do the same. The intent, at Colby and elsewhere, is to find solutions to the problems that make the soup kitchen necessary, Terhune said. Key to that is
“The intent, at Colby and elsewhere, is to find solutions to the problems that make the soup kitchen necessary.” —Jim Terhune, vice president for student affairs
“the reflection part” that takes place both in and out of the classroom. Said Julia Bruss ’11, a teacher in a therapeutic school in Massachusetts, “People do a lot of incredible things before they get to college, and certainly Colby students are among those people. I think something that was different for me at Colby was the ‘meaning making’ that took place after the actual work.” The “meaning making” can come at different times from different sources. Often it links extracurriculars with academics.
racey Tomlinson ’12 remembers the moment, or at least the class. It was an intro course for the global studies major, Patterns and Processes of World History, taught by Professor James Webb. “He talked a lot about the spread of disease, epidemiology,” Tomlinson said. “It wasn’t something that I had ever really thought as something that could be patterned or contributed to world history.” She took all of Webb’s courses, learning about the ways disease shapes cultures and history. “It got me thinking about social disparities that led to these outcomes,” Tomlinson said. “It piqued my curiosity.” And sent her into the world of public health. Tomlinson is in her second year as a Teach For America teacher at Gallup High School in Gallup, N.M. The biology major picked New Mexico because she knew of the health problems in underserved Native American populations there. “I started to see the gap between what you get when you live on the reservation and what you get if you live off the reservation,” she said. Tomlinson teaches life science, mostly to ninthgraders. It might seem an unlikely way to continue work that, in her time at Colby, included building hydroponic vegetable gardens in the Maldive Islands and working to support a system of rural health clinics in Peru. But in COLBY / FALL 2013 25
Gallup Tomlinson has noted the nutritional problems for many students and is working toward addressing them. She’s enrolled in a master’s degree program at the University of New Mexico, studying ways to use science curriculum to bolster health care. And she’s applied for a grant to develop ways to have students design and execute nutrition and health-care projects. “Its not just about health care, but giving them access to knowledge that they need,” Tomlinson said. “Biology. How the human body works.” :::
Service is built into the Colby DNA. Founded as a Baptist seminary, quickly converted to a secular liberal arts institution, Colby has educated thousands of ministers and teachers. Early on they fanned out across Maine and beyond, and they undertook missions to farflung parts of the world. Debate over the value of a liberal arts education versus its vocational or technical counterpart began in the 19th century. To this day Colby administrators, including President William D. Adams, stress that an education like that provided at Colby is a privilege.
“It’s the opportunity to participate in this—and the responsibility that comes with that,” Terhune said. As Mitchell Bartkiewicz ’07, a charter school administrator in Memphis, Tenn., put it: “Not everyone wins the lottery of life, through no fault of their own.” But it’s one thing to recognize that life is unfair. It’s another to feel it’s your responsibility to try to find ways to correct those overwhelming inequities. “You don’t have to tell Colby students that,” Terhune said. “They’re there.” Bartkiewicz, who tutored at Winslow Elementary School and worked in the CVC, remembers how rewarding it was to see “the light bulb go on” in his mentee. Following a track that has often begun with Colby Cares About Kids, he joined Teach For America upon graduation, teaching for three years in a public school in Washington, D.C., that serves low-income students. He then moved to a Knowledge Is Power Program charter school in Memphis. Three years in, he’s now completing a KIPP fellowship, visiting high performing schools around the country in preparation for heading up a second KIPP school in Memphis.
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Mariah Buckley ’07, a nursing student at Phoenix College in Arizona. Volunteering at Colby led Buckley to a career of service. “It’s wonderful work,” Bartkiewicz said. “The most wonderful work on the planet. Waking up every morning and knowing that what you’re doing is important—it’s an amazing gift.” A mission of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement is to meld academics and public service at Colby. Sometimes it happens
THE LONG VIEW “In the ‘old days’ there were clubs and organizations on campus that did [community service]. But it wasn’t institutionalized in the way it is now, and the Goldfarb Center, for the most part, has done that. ... It means it’s there for the students to think about, the notion of service learning, becoming involved in the community. The students are bringing an interest into the College, [and] the faculty are supporting it in their own ways. We’re doing public scholarship in a way that’s not been done before.” — Thomas Morrione ’65, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology 26 COLBY / FALL 2013
in overt ways—visiting fellows and scholars—and sometimes in ways that are more subtle. :::
russ, who teaches in the therapeutic school, said she was impressed that service was part of Colby’s broader mission as well, a fact she learned while doing research at the Goldfarb Center. She went directly to Harvard after Colby, earning a master’s degree from the university’s school of education. At Harvard she worked in a university children’s center with a child with special needs. “It was great that I had the CCAK background,” she said. “I had the mentor part down.” In September Bruss took on a bigger challenge, as an
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started. I can’t imagine how I’ll know and understand them in four months.”
“I approach these children with a similar attitude. You’re doing what you can do now and I’m supporting you, but we’re also moving forward. You’re not in this school forever. You’re not in this classroom forever.”
But if there is no journal article that could have prepared her for her teaching, there was much in and out of the classroom at Colby that did just that, she said. For one, Colby academics and volunteering taught her that “learning is never ending,” she said. “There are always more opportunities, if you look for them.” For another, she recalled English Professor David Suchoff going over a paper with her when she was a sophomore. “He said to me, ‘When you’re a senior you won’t need me to sit here and read this with you. But we’ll get there.’ I’ve never forgotten that.” She said she remembers that message when she sits down with a child in her classroom.
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assistant teacher at the Walker School in Needham, Mass., a therapeutic school for children with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. Bruss works in a classroom for children with autism with eight students, ages 6 to 9, and four teachers. “It is a very high-energy environment,” she said, just four days in. “You’re always on. You’re always there. You go with the kids to every activity. You travel with them to their specialists. It is very hands-on.” Bruss read the extensive records for each student, studying the reports like she studied at Colby and Harvard. And then she met the children. “There is no textbook, there is no journal article that could provide you the kinds of information and experience that being in these classrooms for four days has provided me,” Bruss said. “And I just
Julia Cohen ’15, with a young resident of the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. Cohen runs Birthday Wishes at Colby, a program that puts on birthday parties for children in shelters.
ariah Buckley ’07 is enrolled in a nursing program at Phoenix College in Arizona. Soon after graduation, she heard a comment she still remembers. “I had a [non-Colby] friend in Boston. She said, ‘Colby churns out the coolest and most compassionate people I have ever met in my life.’” Hyperbole? Consider Buckley herself. A former stalwart volunteer at Waterville’s South End Teen Center, she “signed up for everything” and helped run the CVC, among many other activities. After Colby the Spanish and Latin American studies major took a job at Unum in Portland. Finding that she was “really missing that giving-back piece,” Buckley volunteered at Maine Medical Center, helping young patients to be comfortable during their hospital stays. That led to a job at the MakeA-Wish Foundation in Boston, where Buckley literally made wishes come true for seriously ill children. She sent them to Disney World, NASA (she couldn’t fulfill the boy’s wish to go into space), and even to meet the pope. “[The child] was very Catholic, and she wanted him to heal her,” Buckley said. “She went to Italy and met the pope, and he blessed her, talked to her. It was incredible.” But not incredible enough to satisfy Buckley’s urge to do more. With just one Colby science course, she enrolled
in a prerequisite program and now is in the bilingual cohort of the nursing program in Phoenix. Her goal is to become a nurse practitioner and work in pediatric oncology. “I loved being able to distract them, but I wanted to fix them,” she said. :::
On Mayflower Hill the next generaton of altruistic alumni is hard at work. Julia Cohen ’15 and Catherine Minahan ’15 run a program called Birthday Wishes. The Massachusettsbased nonprofit provides birthday parties for children in homeless shelters; Cohen and Minahan worked with the program before Colby and established it on Mayflower Hill. “I wanted to start this program at Colby last year, and within three days I had deans behind me, the Colby Volunteer Center behind me,” Minahan said. “I had huge support networks immediately behind me, rooting for me. Students come up to me and say, ‘You’re the Birthday Wishes girl. Can I volunteer?’” Cohen and Minahan find students to bake birthday cakes and take Colby students to the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter for a monthly party. Each child with a birthday that month gets a cake with his or her name in frosting. The Colby students lead the singing and do a craft project. Without the program, there likely would be no party, Cohen said, recalling one little boy who arrived in a three-piece suit. “He was so excited,” she said. “A birthday party seems like such a simple idea, but it means so much more to these kids. “It sounds simple,” Cohen said, “but it’s so much bigger.” COLBY / FALL 2013 27
Bridge Builder RABBI RACHEL ISAACS LINKS COLBY AND WATERVILLE, TURNING TWO JEWISH COMMUNITIES INTO ONE PAT SIMS STORY
SEAN ALONZO HARRIS PHOTOS
On a recent September night, a storm of nearly biblical proportions unleashed a torrent of rain, a fitting metaphor for the first night of Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday of the year for Jews. But inside Waterville’s Beth Israel Synagogue on Main Street, the lights were bright as Rabbi Rachel Isaacs welcomed congregants into the sanctuary. “Shanah tovah,” she said, acknowledging the group filing in, a mix of Colby students and Beth Israel members. Isaacs, a Colby instructor in Jewish studies, the campus Jewish chaplain and Hillel advisor, and rabbi for the Beth Israel Congregation since 2010, has succeeded in making connections between the two communities. “We’re in this together,” she said. “We might be on the hill, you might be in the ‘ville,’ but we’re all Jews, we’re all working on the same goals, we’re all part of the same five-thousand-year-old community.” These days, thanks to Isaacs, it’s not unusual to see Colby students helping Beth Israel students with their bar and bat mitzvah training, or Beth Israel congregants welcoming Colby students into their homes for meals. “For years the synagogue has pretty much kept to itself,” said Tiffany Lopes, president of the synagogue’s board of directors. “Colby students would come down for certain holidays, but there was never that sense of the community opening up their homes and having students in for dinner. Rabbi Isaacs made that happen.”
Rachel Isaacs, instructor for Jewish studies, Hillel advisor, and rabbi for Beth Israel Congregation. Zurkow ’15 and Laura Rosenthal ’15 to appeal to their fellow students to join the synagogue. This integrating of the Waterville and Colby Jewish communities has been “absolutely critical on so many levels,” said Jim Terhune, Colby’s vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “The students feel the wonderful sense of connection, and so do the members of Beth Israel.”
“We’re in this together. We might be on the hill, you might be in the ‘ville,’ but we’re all Jews, we’re all working on the same goals, we’re all part of the same five-thousand-year-old community.” —Rabbi and Jewish studies instructor Rachel Isaacs In her Yom Kippur message Isaacs seamlessly blended the religious with the contemporary, transitioning from the evils of the Boston marathon bombers to—on a much lighter note—the temptations of Facebook. Later she invited Colby Hillel co-presidents Ben 28 COLBY / FALL 2013
Isaacs says making those connections is exciting, rewarding—and exhausting. Besides her teaching and synagogue duties, a multitude of activities encourage participation—bagel breakfasts, Hillel kosher-food tailgating at football games, apple picking, and hikes on
Quarry Road with Beth Israel members in which religious talk and exercise get equal attention. Contributing to the life of Waterville’s downtown, Isaacs has held Beth Israel meetings at Selah Tea, a local café, and at a Thai restaurant. Then there are the Shabbat lunches at her campus apartment, often prepared by her wife, Melanie Weiss (director of education at Beth Israel and religious-school program director at Temple Beth El in Portland). For these meals, Isaacs aims for a blend of Colby faculty, students, administrators, and synagogue members—what she refers to as “a mix of different constituencies.” “There’s such a homey feel about a rabbi inviting you to her home for Shabbat lunch,” said Lyndsey Pecker ’14.“It’s just great knowing that there are people there who care for you beyond faculty and friends.” Isaacs found her way to the Waterville synagogue during her studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. There she took part in a program that paid for students to serve small communities unable to afford full-time rabbis. She’d always assumed that, at the end of her fifth year of rabbinical school, she’d join an urban congregation—in New York, Los Angeles, or Boston. But, to her surprise, she said, “I realized that I didn’t want to leave Waterville and the congregation didn’t want me to leave.” Negotiations with Colby followed, and an arrangement was made so that Isaacs could split her time between the synagogue and the campus. “She has stimulated so much interest that we’re getting new members … fifteen just in the last year,” said Sidney Geller, a member of the board of Beth Israel. “We had lost members to the Augusta synagogue, and we’re getting some of them back now.” When Pecker arrived at Colby as a firstyear student, she tried to reach out to a community that felt familiar. But, she said, it wasn’t until Isaacs arrived on campus—full of enthusiasm and new ideas—that that became a real possibility. Pecker was so inspired, she and a friend decided to cook Shabbat dinner
every Friday. “It was the best way to create a community,” she said. “Food always attracts students, and homemade meals will really draw them.” Attendance at the Shabbat meals has grown—a recent dinner in the Pugh Center drew nearly 50 people—and Hillel membership has jumped from five students three years ago to about 50 this semester. A youth group for teens at Beth Israel initiated by Colby students has also been invited to Shabbat dinner. “I think they’re going to be really stoked about that,” said Pecker. And, said Rosenthal, nonJewish students are welcome too. “It’s a cool way to show them what our culture is like.” Isaacs also responds to quieter, more intense issues. “Maybe three or four times a year, I get an e-mail saying, ‘My child is in crisis, he’s not fitting in, she’s not eating,’” she said. Her solution: to personally counsel the student or e-mail a Hillel board member with the subject line “Mitzvah needed,” at which point the member can be counted on to follow up. “You can empower and train students to be resources to other students,” said Isaacs, “and when a student is sick, we bring them care packages. It’s about Jewish living in every element of your life.”
Top, Rachel Isaacs presides at a campus celebration of the Sukkot holiday, with Colby students and members and friends of Waterville’s Beth Israel Congregation, above, taking part.
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Stroke by Stroke ROWER STEVE WHELPLEY SET OUT TO BECOME ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST—AND SUCCEEDED KAYLA LEWKOWICZ ’14 STORY
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World champions typically aren’t former D-III athletes. Steve Whelpley ’05 has willfully ignored that. Whelpley spent the past eight years working to become one of the best rowers in the world, an effort that culminated in August at the world championships in Chungju, South Korea, where he placed 13th in the men’s heavyweight single category. That followed a season of strong races for the former Mule. Rowing for the Craftsbury (Vermont) Sculling Center, Whelpley won the men’s single final at the USRowing National Championships in June, after second-place finishes in national events, including the Head of the Charles Regatta in 2012. 30 COLBY / FALL 2013
“My original goal was simply to make a national team,” Whelpley said. “Making the team in the men’s heavyweight single, of all the boat classes, meant even more. The men’s heavyweight single is a Holy Grail for a lot of people.” Finding that Holy Grail was especially sweet for Whelpley, who missed making the U.S. Olympic team in 2012 by a single slot. “The fact that I was nearly there kind of drove me crazy—in a good way,” he said. “Crazy, but not discouraged.” Whelpley’s rowing career has been a long climb through the sport’s ranks, beginning when he helped start a rowing program in high school in Milwaukee, Wis. At Colby he found a rowing home. “His class was a really
Steve Whelpley ’05, facing page and above right, competing at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea. Whelpley represented the United States in the men’s heavyweight single class, racing against the world’s best, including rowers from Germany, Azerbaijan, and New Zealand.
STEVE WHELPLEY ’05 International Results: • Semifinals, double sculls Challenge Cup, 2012 Royal Canadian Henley • 19th in the double sculls at 2010 World Rowing Cup #3 in Lucerne • 9th in the double sculls at the 2009 World Rowing Cup #3 National Results: • First, single sculls, 2013 Senior World Championship Trials • Gold medal, single sculls, 2013 USRowing National Championships • Second, single sculls, 2013 National Selection Regatta #1 • Second, single sculls, 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta • Gold medal, double sculls, 2011 USRowing National Championships • Gold medal, double sculls, 2010 USRowing National Championships • Second, double sculls, 2009 World Championships Trials • Gold medal, double sculls at 2009 USRowing National Championships —USRowing
wonderful group of kids, both on the women’s and the men’s side,” said crew coach Stew Stokes. “The 2005 guys formed a special bond with each other that started at the beginning of their freshman year.” Whelpley was a classical civilization–English major and a philosophy and creative writing double minor, worked as an admissions tour guide, and volunteered at the Alfond Youth Center. As a student athlete, it was difficult for him to focus solely on his athletic goal. And there is only one way to get better in rowing—to go faster. “There’s no defense in rowing,” Stokes said. “We can’t slow anyone else down; we can only be
as fast as we can be.” That’s what Whelpley set out to do. After graduation Whelpley moved to Philadelphia to train at Penn AC with Ted Farwell ’05, a friend and teammate. The transition from D-III to an elite rowing club was a shock, he said, but “they welcomed us with open arms. … They gave us a chance to develop.” Whelpley pursued law, insurance, and pharmaceutical sales, but the scull remained the center of his life. “It’s hard to explain [to employers] that there’s this thing in my life called rowing,” said Whelpley, who now works for his rowing club when he isn’t training. Increased training time and opportunities to race against other elite rowers were just what Whelpley and Farwell needed. “Both Ted and I improved exponentially, even in our first year there,” Whelpley said. Farwell made the national team in 2006 and in 2008. Pete Morelli ’02 made the team in 2006 and 2010. The goal, though getting closer, was still several levels away for Whelpley. “What always kept me going was the fact that I never stopped improving,” he said. “I was just so disciplined about hitting this goal that I set up, and I didn’t want to fall short of it.” The near-miss for the 2012 Olympics was a disappointment. “I spent the last quadrennial being the guy on the cusp, being second in a lot of situations,” he told USRowing. “It’s good to finally reap the benefits of what I’ve been doing.” His relentless pursuit sets him apart, but it doesn’t faze him. “To me, it wasn’t a supernatural trait,” he said. “It boiled down to my dedication and my work ethic.” So it came as a surprise for him that the Colby team would dedicate a boat in his honor. While visiting campus this September, he christened it with members of the current team. “It was really cool to get to row with him,” said Ryan Newell ’14. “It was great to get a different perspective from clearly a world-class rower.” While at Colby Whelpley had advice for the younger rowers—and for anyone who sets out to achieve what some might say is impossible. “Set a goal that might be dreamlike, but approach it with as much realism as possible,” he said. “You have to set insane goals but approach them with complete sanity.” COLBY / FALL 2013 31
From Hardship, Resilience ANTHROPOLOGIST WINIFRED TATE CONSIDERS THE WAYS COLOMBIAN WOMEN WORK AND SURVIVE IN A PLACE STEEPED IN CONFLICT Where some people look for easy answers, anthropologist Winifred Tate sees complex questions. And in Colombia, complexities abound. For more than 20 years, Tate, an assistant professor at Colby, has traveled to Colombia, first as a human rights researcher and advocate and now as an anthropologist. “I go and hang out with women,” she said, smiling before adding the less facile answer: that she works with women’s associations, using women’s oral histories to assemble and then consider Colombia’s often tragic story. Tate studies the ways women there have responded to violence and displacement, guerrillas and paramilitaries, drug trafficking and corruption. Doesn’t it sometimes seem a hopeless situation? “That,” Tate gently admonished, “is a very American question.” “I can’t deny the tremendously hideous things that they’ve lived through, the ongoing struggles that they have, and the poverty,” she said. “But at the same time they’re fabulous women. They’re really funny. They have a great time together. They’re raising pigs for food; they’re raising their children. They’re going to work and doing all the things that people do in their daily life.” Colombia offers ample opportunity to think about how people struggle in morally complex and violent situations. “How,” Tate asked, “do people mobilize politically in these tremendously complicated places?” She has been mulling questions like that since 1989, when she interned with a Jesuit human rights organization—at the height of the violence wrought by the Medellin and Cali drug cartels. She has returned to do field studies many times since, most recently last summer. Her scrutiny has revealed human rights violations, A peasant farmer shows Tate photo evidence of legal crops allegedly destroyed by fumigation in a program said to target illegal poppy fields. 32 COLBY / FALL 2013
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Assistant Professor Winifred Tate, seated above, at a Women’s Alliance workshop on domestic violence in Colombia. Standing: Amanda Camila, a teacher and Alliance officer. At left, a flyer distributed in Puerto Caicedo Putumayo threatening residents with death.
the far-reaching effects of U.S. drug policy in Colombia, and ways the illegal drug trade and related violence have shaped the country and culture. But why women? “Because they are the ones who are left,” Tate said, after men leave home to join the fray. Her fieldwork, including work with a women’s group formed by 2007 Oak Fellow Nancy Sanchez, has taken her from southern Colombia, with its pervasive guerrilla presence, to the northern part of the country, controlled by drug traffickers and their paramilitary fighters. It’s a bit of a tightrope.
In the south, the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) would see an American anthropologist as a valuable kidnap target. In the north, some might suspect she was an American drug agent. “You could stumble on something,” Tate said, “be in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Does that worry her? “I’ve been doing it for a long time, so it becomes part of the parameters through which I think about my research,” she said. Two years ago Tate spent six months in Colombia with her husband and two children, then 2 and 6. Last summer she left her family at home. After activists were killed, she was warned about venturing too far afield. She pulled back to a city, meeting Colombian women in homes, offices, and church buildings so they wouldn’t be seen speaking with her. None of this slowed her research, which is driven by an anthropologist’s insatiable curiosity. A recent focus, part of a study of the legacies of paramilitarism, is a land restitution program that is intended to return land to peasants after it was taken by paramilitaries. Some of that land has been turned over to agribusiness, partly to provide traffickers a way to launder drug income. Tate
is studying the dynamics of the effort, which include assassination of activists and officials involved in the program and use of sexual violence against women to keep them from filing claims, she said. So how do Colombian women work effectively in a system rife with corruption and patronage? Tate is considering that, too. Some women and community leaders have found that the best way to help their constituents is to attach themselves to powerful political patrons, Tate said. “How,” she asks, “do we understand that as a form of democratic participation?” Of course, one question leads to another. Tate is also considering Colombia as a security success story, with U.S. intervention being touted as something to replicate elsewhere in the world. “How did that land become secure?” she asks. “Who’s benefitting from that security? Think about what that means in terms of this recent history of tremendous brutality and dispossession.” And what does security mean, in Colombia or the United States? In the age of Trayvon Martin and stop-and-frisk policies, Tate wonders, whose security is prioritized? She now has a book (about the U.S. counter-narcotics initiative Plan Colombia and its impact in southern Colombia) under contract at Stanford University Press, and Tate said these same questions have been and will be part of her teaching. In a recent class, her Colby students interviewed police, drug agents, judges, and recovering addicts as part of their study of U.S. drug policy and its effects. After two decades in the field, there’s no indication that Tate’s exhaustive curiosity is close to being quenched. In her last visit to Colombia, she was fascinated by historical/political soap operas, which are popular there. One series focused on three brothers, all paramilitary leaders. They were portrayed as having acted for the good of the people, making sacrifices to create the new Colombia. Tate watched, not just the show, but the reaction to it on the part of the people who had lived—and often suffered— through this period. “It was actually a very interesting fieldwork tool because it opened up a whole arena of experience to me to question people,” she said. “It was impossible to say, ‘What did you think of this paramilitary leader?’ But I could say, ‘You just watched this soap opera. What do you think about it?’” The book, like all of Tate’s observation and contemplation, is a work in progress.
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Off Target NYPD SURVEILLANCE SCRUTINIZED THE LAW ABIDING, MISSED REAL TERRORISTS MIKE PRIDE REVIEW
After 9/11, Americans fell in love with the New These activities and a complex York Police Department. We were all New Yorkers bugging operation helped Cohen and his then, with NYPD hats and T-shirts to prove it. Little analysts develop a long list of “mosques did we know that a unit of the NYPD would soon of concern,” including some with mainly mount a surveillance operation targeting people who African-American members who had had neither committed nor threatened to commit no known proclivity for terrorism. In all crimes. In the name of security, the department’s their years of gathering data, the NYPD intelligence division sent “rakers” and “mosque intel division and its “Demographics crawlers” to infiltrate New York’s Muslim communities Unit” missed Najibullah Zazi, a native and collect personal data on people with no terrorist Afghan who was actually planning a inclinations. It wasted millions of dollars on travel, terrorist attack in New York City. They had food, and drink for its agents. For all the files it plenty of information about the kabob assembled on law-abiding residents, when an actual house, the YMCA, and the mosque in his threat arose, it had no dope on the New Yorkers who neighborhood, but nothing on him. The were carrying it out. opening scene of Enemies Within is Zazi A team of Associated Press reporters exposed this mixing everyday chemicals to create behavior in investigative reports that won a Pulitzer the explosives for the 2009 subway Prize this year. Two of them, Matt Apuzzo ’00 and bombing mission. Adam Goldman, have retold and expanded the story in Apuzzo and Goldman write in the Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit crisp, spare style of AP reporters: simple and Bin Laden’s Final Plot against America. declarative sentences, simple words. As the subtitle suggests, the book is really two This is particularly effective in telling the stories in one. The foiled al-Qaeda plot to bomb the story of Zazi and his friends. Fortunately, New York subway in 2009 makes for a suspenseful cooperation between the FBI and the CIA tale. The more disturbing story details how a unit of had improved significantly since 9/11, and the NYPD took advantage of public fear and a court it was these agencies, not the NYPD, that ruling to run roughshod over the rights of Muslims in stopped the terrorists. the city and beyond. Enemies Within tells a sobering and The court decision removed checks on police important story whose moral is a perennial power that had been in place since 1985 allowing question in American society: What police to “investigate constitutionally protected price security? activities only when it had specific information that No one wants another 9/11, and after Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying a crime was being committed or was imminent,” that tragedy, government agencies at all Unit and Bin Laden’s Final Plot against America Apuzzo and Goldman write. levels took bold steps to prevent such Matt Apuzzo ’00 and Adam Goldman Two months after the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD hired an attack. Americans gave politicians Touchstone (Simon & Schuster) 2013 David Cohen, the CIA station chief in New York, to run leeway—and continue to do so. Supporters its intelligence division. Cohen seized the moment. He have said that the ethnic profiling and persuaded a judge that fighting terrorism was impossible if the police had to wait for other excesses of the NYPD’s intel division are a price worth paying for more evidence of a crime. In the atmosphere of fear and anger that followed the World Trade than a decade without a major terrorist attack. After all, America’s enemies Center attacks, public dollars in the tens of millions were Cohen’s for the asking. are Islamist extremists. This combination—easy money and a court decision that removed any check on Enemies Within undermines this view, showing that allowing police agencies the intel division’s activities—led to near-absolute power for Cohen and his officers. to operate without checks is still a formula for abuse and waste. The intelligence Soon they were abusing it. The book details a wholesale invasion by NYPD techniques Apuzzo and Goldman document are needlessly invasive, demonstrably agents, many of them inept, into Muslim communities in New York, on Long Island, in ineffective, and more likely to produce grief than to prevent it. Westchester County, and even in New Jersey. At mosques, “the NYPD’s web of cops and crawlers ... reported on the ethnicities and national origins of those who prayed. Mike Pride is the editor emeritus of the Concord Monitor and a member of the They wrote down the names of those who sat on governing councils, or shuras. selection committee for the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award at Colby. A former member of Informants snapped pictures and collected license plate numbers of congregants as the board that awards the Pulitzer Prizes, he is also a historian. His latest book is Our they arrived. Police mounted cameras on light poles and aimed them on mosques.” War: Days and Events in the Fight for the Union. 34 COLBY / FALL 2013
recent releases The Kingdom of Golf in America By Richard J. “Pete” Moss (history emeritus) University of Nebraska Press (2013) Starting in 1915, Charles Beach and a few friends launched a golf club called Olympia Fields outside Chicago. Just nine holes on flat farmland. The initiation fee was $60 and annual dues were $25. By 1929 Olympia Fields had four 18-hole courses. It had a clubhouse with a dining room for 800, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a swimming pool, a laundry, a tailoring and valet service, a small hospital, an ice-making plant, a dance pavilion, a hotel with 80 rooms, and a dormitory for 300 employees. It had 4,000 members and 1,400 registered caddies. In 1927 dollars, it was appraised at $3.5 million. There were other private clubs like it around the country. Olympia Fields was the embodiment of what Richard J. “Pete” Moss, emeritus Gibson Professor of History, calls “the Golden Age of American golf,” from the 1890s through 1930. Moss’s latest book, The Kingdom of Golf in America, is a page-turner for those who share his devotion to the sport. He has a deep bag of facts, anecdotes, colorful personalities, and personal opinions, the package of which contains sound ideas for another book or two. (He previously published Golf and the American Country Club and Eden in the Pines: A History of Pinehurst Village.) Treatments of racism, gender inequality, and the influence of the game on presidential politics rarely surface in most golf literature, but Moss doesn’t flinch in examining the dark side of the first two and the convoluted nature of the last. The caddy system and state and regional player organizations spurred early development of some black golfers and the trickle upward of women players. Tiger Woods may be the most successful golfer, but few blacks have been successful on the PGA tour, and African-American women still are not a force in the way Asian women are. Corporate sponsorship and big television deals seriously favor the men’s game. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, in the role of Charles Beach, is creating a chain of ever-longer, harder, and more expensive courses from Scotland to California. Moss is not in favor of such things. Turn off the water, he says. Brown up the courses. Return the game to what it once was. —Bob Moorehead Acoustronika (CD) Lawrence Collins ’89 (2013) Collins, who was born in France and brought up in France, England, India, and the United States, is based in Bordeaux. A guitarist, singer, and composer, he formed the Lawrence Collins Band more than 15 years ago and now plays more than 100 shows a year, mostly in France. Acoustronika is his 10th album. It blends acoustic rock, electro, reggae, jazz, and funk. Think Dave Matthews with a distinctive world-music/techno influence.
Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey through a Country’s Descent into Darkness Alfredo Corchado, LL.D. ’10 Penguin Press HC (2013) “Fear is a survival skill,” Corchado said in Lorimer Chapel when he won the 2010 Lovejoy Award for his fearless coverage of the U.S.-Mexico border for the Dallas Morning News. Drug cartel death threats against Corchado cited at the Lovejoy Convocation also figure prominently in his book, which explores his complicated relationship with the country where he was born. Midnight in Mexico, praised widely in popular press reviews this summer, succeeds in part because Corchado transcends the dispassionate voice he learned as a journalist. Nowhere is this more affecting than when he drives his parents back to their hometown in Laredo to pay their respects at the grave of a sister who died there as an infant. Confrontations on the highway with cops that can’t be trusted and cartel caravans cast ominous shadows over Corchado’s errand to confront a very dark passage in his own history. —Stephen Collins ’74
Self-Storage Rebecca Hoogs ’97 Stephen F. Austin State University Press (2013) This is Hoogs’s first full-length book of poetry, and it’s deceptively powerful, with everyday images interwoven with bits of history, archaeology, and all of it spun into the thread of the things we think when no one is reading our thoughts. There are poems that call it like it was or could have been, right from the get-go. Like “Woodwinds.” First chair, first clarinet—I had no choice but to lead a section of uglies./The blonds all played the flute, silver tips in a hollow-boned flutter at the feeder./I kept my mouth against the reed,/the lick of the wood, the bamboo buzz./And while they perfected the head tilt/trill—the purse and kiss—we plowed/ through Souza’s oompas.” This is just a piece of the poem, which follows full disclosure with a question, turns the poem into a mirror, and demands the reader look at the image full in the face. A former student of Colby professors Peter Harris and Ira Sadoff, among others, Hoogs leads us back through places we know we’ve been but somehow missed the signposts that she adroitly arranges, playing language, hitting just the right—but delightfully unexpected—note. —Gerry Boyle ’78
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Passing the Test REAL-LIFE ACCIDENT CHALLENGES COOT LEADERS WITH WORST-CASE WILDERNESS SCENARIO
If you wanted to design a test for Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip leader training, it might be a serious ankle fracture deep in Maine’s rugged Mahoosuc Mountains. At 9:30 a.m. Aug. 23, 10 COOT leaders on a training trip found themselves in just that worst-case scenario. Only it wasn’t a drill. The dramatic two-day rescue that ensued was an ordeal for the students involved and a test of the leadership training that is part of the Colby 360 plan for student life and the COOT program (see below). But the program and the students passed, with honors. “If these were my children,” said Eric Jaeger, a paramedic they met on the trail, “I’d be very proud of the way they acted under pressure. I think the school should be justifiably proud.” The leaders’ group was descending the 3,765-foot mountain called Mahoosuc Arm, its steep slabs of bedrock slick from rain. “I just took a fall that wasn’t very controlled and got my foot caught in a root,” said Molly Nash ’15. “I heard a bunch of cracks and told myself it was definitely just the tree root cracking— that I would be fine.” But she soon knew she wasn’t. There was no way she could walk. To the south lay Mahoosuc Notch, the most challenging, boulder-strewn mile on the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail. Towering behind the hikers was Mahoosuc Arm, which they had
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Molly Nash ’15, supported by Ryan Cole ’15 and Leah Cooney ’16, stands after the team splinted Nash’s fractured ankle. From here it would take two days to get her to a hospital.
just come down. “It’s incredibly steep,” Nash said afterward. “I want to say ninety degrees, but it isn’t, of course.” It’s hard to imagine a worse place for an accident in the Maine wilderness. It’s also hard to imagine a better team, said Jim Ryan ’14, who watched his tripmates instantly kick into leadership mode. Phil Champoux ’14 had a notebook out assessing Nash’s cognitive state: “What’s your name? Do you know where you are?” Sam Glaisher ’15 painstakingly removed Nash’s boot before applying the malleable aluminum splint from the first aid kit and then adding critical padding with sleeping pads and rope. Ryan Cole ’14, the designated leader on this leaders’ trip, had maps out to plan logistics and got Jed Wartman, Colby’s director of campus life, on the phone. Cole said that when he saw how each member of the team was “comfortable, capable, gung ho to help—and trained—that allowed me to sit back, calm myself down, and figure out an evac plan.” “The freak-out factor never reared its head, which is a real testament to the group,” Cole said. He was particularly impressed at how Nash kept it together. “That would have changed the entire nature. If she hadn’t been so stoic and strong in all this, it would have been a completely different monster.”
Colby 360: Learning Beyond the Classroom This year’s COOT leaders didn’t expect to transport a seriously injured team member for two days, but their trainers at Colby weren’t surprised that the leaders were prepared. Jed Wartman, director of campus life, said Colby’s leadership training programs emphasize preparation, action, and reflection. “College students tend to prepare a little, act a ton, and reflect not at all,” he said. Colby leadership training balances all three steps—and then repeats them—with the aim of “cultivating life practices consistent with those behaviors,” Wartman said. Colby 360, the College’s plan that extends learning beyond the classroom, includes training for club leaders, COOT leaders, hall staff, and a special six-day LeaderShape program offered each year. In the COOT program alone, 118 trip leaders and 20 logisticians were trained in, practiced, and reflected on leadership skills just this year.
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This year the 59 COOT trips for first-year students were in the field Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, and no serious injuries were reported. “COOT leaders don’t generally come to us as polished leaders,” said Director of Outdoor Education Jordan Bermingham. “Many are nervous about things that can go wrong.” But assessments following COOT show huge self-reported gains among the leaders when it comes to their confidence in their ability to deal with unexpected and difficult circumstances. Bermingham said training emphasizes thoughtful problem solving. “The best tool they have in an emergency is their brain,” he said. They learn critical-thinking and decision-making skills, but they are also taught not to let eagerness get in the way of preparation. “Ten minutes spent planning may seem like a long time,” he said, but it’s critically important.
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Ten COOT leaders intended to hike through Mahoosuc Notch and over Goose Eye Mountain. Plans changed when Molly Nash ’15 fell and severely fractured her ankle.
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Aug. 22: COOT leaders hiked from Route 26 to Speck Pond and camped. Aug. 23: Group started for Full Goose Shelter; accident forced them back to Speck Pond. Aug. 24: One team went ahead to move vehicles from Maine to Success Pond while another team carried Nash to Success Pond Road.
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“In the back of my mind I knew it was broken,” Nash said, “but I was convincing myself it was a sprain because I knew the battle we had ahead of us. I couldn’t dramatize it.” “We were not in an acceptable place for the group to wait,” Cole said, so he consulted with the group and decided to head back up Mahoosuc Arm to the Speck Pond campsite, Carlo Col where they had spent Thursday night. Shelter Fortified with the strongest painkiller in the Full Goose first aid kit, Aleve, “IShelter started by just sitting on my butt and scooting backwards,” Nash said. Ensuring that she didn’t fall and that no one else got hurt were top priorities, so helpers surrounded Nash, supporting her on each side, cradling her injured ankle, and holding Pondit didn’t slip on the steep, her good Speck foot so Shelter slick rocks. “It was incredibly slow,” Nash said. So she tried hopping, supported on all sides. Even worse. Finally, Jim Ryan persuaded Nash to climb on his back as he “bear-crawled” up the mountain, she said. They had a spotter out COLBY / FALL 2013 37
front for support and one behind for stability and to maintain upward momentum. Another student stabilized the injured leg. “We really started cruising,” said Nash. “The first point-five miles was just gnarly uphill stuff,” Ryan said. “The first half mile took us four hours.” “There are some really steep sections where you have to get over this six-foottall rock,” said Nash. “It was incredibly challenging, but they managed.” Carrying a patient is considered a last resort in wilderness rescue, in part because of the danger of additional injuries. Nash said that when she worried about safety, Ryan told her: “I promise you that if I don’t feel onehundred-percent comfortable taking the next step, I’ll put you down. I don’t want to fall just as much as you don’t.” Once they arrived at the summit of Mahoosuc Arm, there was still a mile descent to get to the campsite. Ryan, Glaisher, and Stefan Sandreuter ’16 took turns carrying Nash piggyback, moving 100 feet at a time with spotters planning every step. “I’m going to need your hand here. We’re going to step over this rock. We’re going to pull this tree back,” Nash said, recalling the conversation. “It was incredibly planned out. We couldn’t make mistakes. There was no room for error.” But that was just part of the work. Half of the group was unable to carry a backpack as they moved the patient up the trail. “Lizzie Anderson [’14] carried two. Leah Cooney [’16] carried two,” said Ryan. “At some point every single person carried two packs for extended
Carrying an injured hiker is a last resort in wilderness rescue. “There was no room for error,” said Molly Nash ’15, shown here being transported and supported on three sides. Appalachian Mountain Club. But they were still 3.6 miles from a road. It gave Jaeger a chance to examine the ankle. He consulted an emergency room doctor by phone, and
“While they all did an amazing job, those guys who carried her back up that mountain and over to the Speck Pond campsite were heroes. ... It was almost a superhuman effort. You go straight up.” —Eric Jaeger, New Hampshire-based paramedic periods of time,” he said, estimating the load at up to 75 pounds. “The guys were instrumental in carrying her up, but the women were every bit as much a part of the team,” said Jaeger, the New Hampshire-based paramedic they encountered. Anderson, Cooney, Katherine Ackerman ’14, and Torie Palffy ’14 carried more than their share physically and, just as important, kept Nash’s spirits up, Cole said. The full day of effort got the team to Speck Pond and the wilderness campsite run by the
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both professionals supported the students’ decisions, including the plan to spend the night in camp. Contacted the following week, Jaeger, an experienced hiker and former ambulance service director, said the Colby team did a tremendous job. “Those kids were amazing,” he said. “I thought Ryan [Cole] showed tremendous leadership under a great deal of pressure. This was obviously very challenging for anyone to deal with in the field. He handled it with aplomb, he made
appropriate decisions, and almost most importantly, he gave everyone a strong sense of confidence that he was in control and knew the appropriate steps to take, which made it much less stressful.” “This sort of wilderness EMS injury is unusual,” said Jaeger, who had nothing but praise for the medical decisions the students made, including the “real genius” that went into the splint that they built. “While they all did an amazing job, those guys who carried her back up that mountain and over to the Speck Pond campsite were heroes,” Jaeger said. “... It was almost a superhuman effort. You go straight up.” The following day, designated runners went with Jaeger to move a vehicle into position for the final leg of the evacuation as the other team continued carrying Nash. This initial descent from Speck Pond was steep enough that at one point they calculated it would be dark when they got to the logging road in New Hampshire where an SUV would be waiting. It got easier though, and there were a lot of students crying when they succeeded in getting Nash to the vehicle in the late afternoon, she said. A week after her fall Nash was waiting for swelling to subside enough for surgery, which would require nine screws and two plates to stabilize multiple fractures in three bones. Before the surgery she returned to campus to join the other COOT leaders from her trip and to meet the first-year students she would have guided. Her mother, Carol Nash, had nothing but praise for the team effort. “How do you carry someone over a six-foot rock?” she asked, listening to her daughter’s tale in Pulver Pavilion. And when someone mentioned Ryan’s name, she said. “You mean super action-hero Jim Ryan?” For decades COOT leaders and Colby admissions materials have described the orientation trips as an opportunity for new students to bond with classmates as they begin college, and lifelong friendships begun on the trail are evidence of that. While the 10 leaders on the Mahoosuc Backpacking 1 training trip weren’t necessarily seeking friendship, adversity proved a powerful catalyst. “When some really horrible accident happens like this and you need to come together and work constantly for forty-eight hours as a close-moving machine ... you really, really come together,” said Nash afterward. “We bonded extraordinarily as a group, and now I have this whole new crew of really close friends.”
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Life during Wartime | Theodora Wright Weston ’42 During her time at Colby, Theodora Wright Weston ’42 came to know legendary Dean Ninetta Runnals, chatted with visiting First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, traipsed around the pastures of Mayflower Hill (a favorite destination for Colby romance; she got poison ivy), and, in January of her senior year, got married. It was a long engagement (three years), and a very brief middle-of-the-night ceremony in Connecticut, attended by “the guy who drove us and the wife of the minister.” Three days later her husband, University of Maine graduate and U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Don Weston, went to war. This was a few weeks after Pearl Harbor was attacked, a day that lives in infamy— and in Weston’s vivid memory of the news reaching Colby. “It was a shocker,” she said. “We knew it had changed our world. It just had to. All this ‘peace at any price.’ You never heard any more about that.” Instead it was a mass exodus, from Colby and the country, as men (and some women) joined the war effort. “The men were leaving,” Weston said. “They weren’t finishing. Many in my class didn’t graduate in forty-two. They left. They were called up before June.” Lieutenant Weston, who ran artillery units and was eventually promoted to major, didn’t return for nearly four years, and their relationship was conducted through letters during that long separation. “He never had any leave,” Weston said
at her longtime home in Winterport, Maine. “There was no phone connection. You didn’t have any TV. None of the things they have now to work with. I don’t begrudge them, but it was different. All we had was what we could write to each other. We numbered our letters because they didn’t arrive in just the order you wrote them. We got up to nine-hundred ninety something or other.” The letters are gone now, she said. They were mostly love letters, nothing she wanted to share, and besides, her husband wasn’t allowed to say anything about where he was or what he was doing. “I didn’t know where he was at all,” Weston said. “Just South Pacific. It was hot.” A mathematics major, she spent the war years in Schenectady, N.Y., working at General Electric’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Weston did thousands of calculations by hand, though there was an early calculator.
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1944 Josephine Pitts McAlary email@example.com Frank Strup replied to the questionnaire I sent out. He and his wife live in Lawrenceville, N.J., in the house they have owned for 55 years. Their son and his wife live in Sanibel, Fla., and their daughter and husband live in Fairfield, Conn. They have three grandchildren: one in New York City, one in Chicago, and one in Indianapolis. Frank belongs to the
“It was stored on the top floor of one of those buildings,” Weston said. “We went to see it. It was as long as this whole house and full of purple lights.” By June 1945 Weston was home at her family’s farm in Vermont. Her husband had been in the Philippines preparing for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped. (Later he would say that he wouldn’t have survived the invasion, as he would have been on the beach early to set up artillery.) Theodora Weston has vivid memories of his return that November. “I just couldn’t believe it,” she said, smiling at the thought. “I saw him get off that train and I thought, ‘My God. He’s here.’” The couple would soon move to Caribou, Maine, where Don Weston worked as an engineer, first at a pea-packing plant and later at Loring Air Force Base. They had four children and then moved to Winterport so he could take a job at Dow Air Force Base. They bought an antique Cape Cod house, where Weston still lives, not far from the Penobscot River. She taught mathematics at Hampden Academy, up the river. They both retired in 1979, and Don Weston died four years ago. “It was tough, sitting home and worrying,” Weston said, recalling that time seven decades ago. “It really was. But how fortunate we were. How fortunate we were.” —Gerry Boyle ’78
Johnson & Johnson Retirees Club. Y As I write in late August, I am very sad. I have just lost my 68-year-old daughter—my golden girl—to cancer ... as I turned 90.
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1946 Gerry Boyle ’78 email@example.com Audrey Dyer Houghton and Paul Adams were the only ones who showed up for the
lobster bake at reunion last June for the second year in a row. Paul asks, “Where are the rest of you guys and gals? We had a great time visiting with each other and are in relatively good health for a couple of ‘oldies’!”
1947 Gerry Boyle ’78 firstname.lastname@example.org David Weber and his wife relish the cooling breezes from the Pacific at their home in Newport Beach, Calif. To be near their children, they moved there in 2011 after
Trailing Truffles | Alana McGee ’05
The cold morning air carried the scent of pine and damp earth as Alana McGee ’05 and her dog, Lolo, headed into the forest in the foothills of Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Lolo—a brown and white Lagotto Romagnolo, an Italian breed—caught the scent and bolted through the ferns. When Lolo stopped at a Douglas fir and barked, gently pawing at the ground, that was McGee’s cue. She caught up, dug briefly with her garden trowel, and lifted out a ripe black truffle. “I love the adrenaline rush I get when the dogs find something and watching them use their natural instincts to do what we’ve professionally trained them to do,” said McGee, owner of Toil & Truffle in Seattle. One of just a few such companies in the country, its eight dogs hunt down truffles throughout the United States and Europe. McGee and the dogs specialize in the native Oregon black truffles and also white varieties for the region’s home cooks and restaurants. McGee also offers canine truffle-scent training.
David retired from Stanford University. It’s a life of reading, writing, volunteering, hiking, leading nature walks, computers, photography, and occasional travels. Last October they spent several days in Death Valley, followed by a cruise up the historic Columbia River to Idaho on an authentic paddlewheel ship. David writes, “The past 65 years since graduation have certainly been a festival of events and sights. I still hear from my best chum of 80 years, Robert Witherill, also retired and now living with his wife in lovely Belfast, Maine.” Y How nice that Bob Witherill wrote in himself after all these years. Bob taught
business and economics for 35 years and retired in 1983. He is associate professor emeritus from the University of Southern Maine. For the next 28 years he owned Penobscot Compass Service in Northport, Maine, selling, repairing, and adjusting marine compasses. One of his two sons now runs the business. Bob and his wife of more than 62 years, Jean, have four grandchildren, two of whom are Colby legacies: Colin graduated in 2004 and Kara is a current junior. Bob and his entire family—11 in all—enjoyed a weeklong cruise to Bermuda to celebrate Bob and Jean’s 62nd anniversary two years ago. Bob said,
“I’ve always been fascinated by the natural world, particularly animals and their cognitive ability,” said McGee, who was born and raised in Edmonds, Wash. Her path toward dogs and the fruit of underground fungi began at Colby after she followed her two older brothers to Mayflower Hill and majored in classical civilization– anthropology. “Colby lets you pursue your passions. It was Peter Ditmanson, a professor of East Asian studies, who told me, ‘Do what you like to do and things will fall into place.’” In her junior year McGee studied in Italy and happened upon the strong earthy flavor of her first truffles. She was fascinated and set out to learn more about the prized fruit of subterranean fungi, a single specimen of which can sell for thousands of dollars. Their scent never faded for McGee, even after she graduated and went on to a variety of jobs, including writing flight-magazine articles in Seattle, reading Disney film scripts in Los Angeles, crushing grapes in California, and—returning to Seattle, managing a shoe boutique. The storytelling, wine science, and business basics all led her to her true calling, she says. For the past few years, McGee has been collecting data about truffles—from finding more and more of them up and down the West Coast and from others’ discoveries elsewhere in the country. “We’re expanding the knowledge base in an industry that’s only growing,” she said. McGee is working to spread that knowledge around. She teaches seminars for people (and their dogs) who want to become recreational truffle hunters (Recreational Truffle Dog Training 101) and also trains dogs for professional hunting on truffle plantations. While McGee keeps learning about truffles, the dogs who track them down are teaching her a few things, too. “Patience and the ability to adapt,” she said. “They’ve made me more aware of my surroundings and how I move in the world. They’ve made me a better person.” —Claire Sykes
“No one got sick or hurt—so for a week we just had fun.” Bob doesn’t see many Colby grads except for Marjorie McDougal Davis ’43, his son’s mother-in-law.
1948 David Marson email@example.com Betty Dyer Brewster spends her summers in Memphis and reports that it was relatively cool this year. She visited her sister, Nancy Dyer Bacon, on Martha’s Vineyard this summer. She’s busy with new friends she’s made at Trezevant Manor, a
retirement community in Memphis, and will return to Naples, Fla., in December. Y Dave Choate celebrated his 90th birthday in a big way. A party in his honor included 75 guests (“I didn’t know I had so many friends and family,” Dave said), and on the same day he conducted his grandson’s wedding. He called it a red-letter day. Dave fondly remembers Colby and the railroad station. Y Janet Gay Hawkins doesn’t have much going at Peconic Landing in Greenport, N.Y. As the summer wound down, she got back to “work!” She chairs the Landing’s community fund, which funds the Metropolitan Opera series live in HDTV and other programs COLBY / FALL 2013 41
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The Write Stuff | David Barr Kirtley ’00 It seems David Barr Kirtley ’00 was destined to become a science fiction writer. Before he could even read, Kirtley was writing stories, dictating them to his mother. His father was a sci-fi-loving physics professor. An avid reader growing up, Kirtley published his first story at 16. Kirtley went on to find a place in the genre as a short story writer. He has published stories exploring time travel, shapeshifting, and cloning, among other things. His work has appeared in magazines including Realms of Fantasy and Weird Tales. In 2010 Kirtley added another title to his resumé: podcast host. Kirtley is cohost of the popular Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. According to the show’s website, it receives 25,000 downloads per month. In April it was ranked as the top podcast in iTunes’ literature category. The epiphany to do a podcast came after Kirtley and his friend, John Joseph Adams, finished a short interview about a zombies anthology book Adams edited, for which
that enhance life there. She says, “There are so many people here who have had incredible careers, and it’s an honor to know them.” Y Ev Helfant Malkin visited Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Vermont this summer, and in late August she spent time with three great-grandchildren. Ev was also at Colby in August with a group from Harvard taking a tour of museums in Maine. The campus Ev remembers from our time at Colby has changed: “I need a map to find my way around now.” She loved the expanded museum of art and the generous gift of art from the Lunders. She writes, “We didn’t have nearly enough time to see everything. I’m sure this will put Colby on the map for art lovers.” Y Editor’s note: Dorothy Marson, David Marson’s wife of 62 years, passed away Sept. 29. Dorothy was the mother of Deborah Marson ’75 and Marsha Moller and the grandmother of Jessica McNulty ’07 and Mark McNulty ’11. Dorothy was a loyal Colby booster and was recognized with a Colby Brick in 1984
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Kirtley was a contributor. Adams “did a radio interview but realized that he still had a lot more to say,” Kirtley recalled. “With a podcast, you can talk as long as you want to.” Creating the podcast is a two-week process for the pair. Adams schedules the guest, and then the research begins. Kirtley reads the guest’s book and listens to interviews the guest has done elsewhere to prepare for the interview. They also arrange a panel discussion on a topic. Both the interview and the
for her support and volunteer efforts on behalf of the College.
1949 Anne Hagar Eustis firstname.lastname@example.org Hallelujah! I have news to share thanks to all who responded to my letter. Y When you come back to our 65th reunion, a must-see is the new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the Colby Museum of Art. I’m not a connoisseur of art, but I found the opening exhibition marvelous—from Claes Oldenburg’s whimsical sculpture of a typewriter eraser, which only those of our generation would recognize, to the more serious paintings of Winslow Homer and Whistler, to name only two of many. The exhibition is open through Reunion Weekend 2014. Don’t miss it! Y Ruth Endicott Freeman and her husband, Miles, have two daughters, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren who live in
discussion are conducted via Skype. After sessions are recorded, the editing process begins. Then it’s time to upload. According to Kirtley, one of the best parts of the podcast is having the chance to explore so many different fields. “I have a broad range of interests,” he said. “It gives me a reason to learn something new every week. It’s an intellectual challenge. When we interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson, I got to read up on black holes.” The list of people who have appeared on their show includes luminaries of science and science fiction. George R.R. Martin has discussed his Game of Thrones series. Another episode featured Chuck Palahniuk, the author of Fight Club. Kirtley finds it fascinating to peer inside the minds of writers. In fact, before there was an Internet, he would read writers’ introductions over and over to glean clues to their craft. Now he—and thousands of listeners—go right to the source. “I’m fascinated,” Kirtley said, “to know how they do what they do.” —Andrew Clark
Washington, D.C. At 97 Ruth still volunteers every Wednesday at the Congregational church free dinner, and her trips consist of driving herself down the hill to her dentist’s office. Y Carol Carpenter Bisbee has four children, 14 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Carol keeps busy volunteering, traveling, reading, and riding around in her yellow Saab convertible. She volunteers in Belfast, Maine, for the Waldo County Hospital Aid gift shop, the Chamber of Commerce, and Friends of the Library, and she is a church deacon. Her travels have taken her to Egypt, where she hot air ballooned over the Valley of Kings and Queens, and more locally on a wine-tasting cruise on Penobscot Bay. She’s a member of a coed bridge group who preface their bridge playing with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and pizza. On a more serious note, she’s taken lots of Senior College courses through the University of Maine. Y Anne Bither Shire writes that she has lived at Piper Shores,
a retirement community in Scarborough, Maine, for 10 years and loves it. She summers in Jonesport, Maine. She’s a fanatic duplicate bridge player. No trips anymore, but in the past she and her husband traveled all of Europe and Asia and a good deal of Africa. Y Marjorie Plaisted has been plagued with health problems since the early 1980s when she was diagnosed with neuropathy of her left hand and foot. In December 2012 she fell, breaking four ribs and puncturing her left lung. This spring was spent in and out of the hospital with low oxygen and low heart rate, but she’s been home since May 4. Now she can enjoy reading and watching sports on TV—all the Boston teams as well as tennis, golf, and college and local sports. Good luck, Marge! Y Mary Ellen Bonsall Guptill and her husband run a sanctuary for 50 to 100 cats on their property in Westport, Mass. Since the 1970s Mary Ellen, as a volunteer, has arranged exhibitions of arts and crafts and historical memorabilia at
the Westport Free Public Library. With two friends she has traveled yearly to Italy and France and studied the arts and history. With her husband she has traveled by car across the United States several times and visited state houses and museums. Y Jean Sheppard Silva lives in a retirement community in Camden, Maine, in her own cottage where she has a very small garden. In October her three children and five grandchildren had a family reunion for her “big” birthday. Her hobbies are reading and singing, which she does with the Down East Singers and in her church choir. In 2009 she traveled to Serbia, Bulgaria, and Greece with the Down East Singers. She also volunteers at her church thrift shop, Heavenly Threads, and at their weekly soup lunch November through March, and she ushers for Bay Chamber Concerts. Y Lucile Farnham Sturtevant and her husband still live in their home (with the laundry moved to the main level) after 58 years. She does some gardening and plays golf a few times a year. She also volunteers at her church with the flower guild and as a lay reader. In April they took a five-day golf trip to St.
to my home state of Rhode Island, where I have served as interim minister. I also serve as chaplain of the WWII National KSM Navy Association. Locally I am chaplain of the Society of Colonial Wars and the Sons of the American Revolution. I do a lot of praying!” Y Connie Leonard Hayes, Connie Foxcroft Perrigo, Stubby Crandall Graves, Ellen Kenerson Gelotte, Pat Root Wheeler, and I had lunch during our annual gathering in Jaffrey, N.H. My sister, Allie Jennings Castelli, couldn‘t make it this year because she is in the process of selling her home. She and Bob plan to move into a retirement community once the house is sold. Y The alumni office sends out e-mails four times a year asking for news. We have about 120 classmates but only 40 who have e-mail addresses registered with Colby. If you don’t use e-mail, please send a note to me via the alumni office (4310 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901) anytime during the year about what you have been doing since our 50th reunion. They’ll forward your note to me so I can include it in our next column. We look forward to hearing from and about you.
Fred Boyle ’51 has written eight books on genealogy, which he took up after retiring from a 30-year teaching career. He has many genealogy clients nationwide.
Simon’s Island, Ga. Y I’m out of space, so I will have lots more to report in the next issues of Colby!
1950 Elisabeth Jennings Maley email@example.com Allie Jennings Castelli and her family recently attended the annual Castelli family reunion at Bill Castelli’s home on Cape Cod. They had a great time together on a beautiful weekend—good food and good company! Y Bev Holt Wiegand sold her home of 55 years and moved to Cristwood Park, a Christian community. Her address is 350 North 190th St., #B403, Shoreline, WA 98133. Sadly, her husband died of a heart attack 20 years ago. They have two sons: Rick, a special education teacher in Fairfield, Calif., and Randy, who lives in Guam. Randy and Mizpah have two children, 14 and 16, so Bev “made it to Grandma.” Y Charles Smith writes, “Since retiring as a Connecticut pastor in June 1991, I moved
1951 Chet Harrington firstname.lastname@example.org Cass Lightner writes that he has a unique form of arthritis in his left big toe. Has anyone ever heard of the malady? Otherwise, he’s in good health. Stay in the race, Cass—you were a great band leader. Y Dan Hall from Duxbury, Mass., laments the loss of Nels Corey, a great former Colby football and hockey coach in the late ’40s and early ’50s. Nels moved on to several small colleges and ended up at Hotchkiss. He was always liked and respected. He was 98 and living in Gardiner, Maine, when he passed away. He was a close friend to Dan for 67 years. Y Fred Boyle, after a 30-year teaching career, ended up in Lexington, Mass. He took up genealogy and has many clients nationwide. He’s written eight books on the subject and received many acclamations. Fred is past president of his local rotary club and of the Piscataqua
Pioneers. He’s active in York County (Maine) Senior College as a teacher and coordinator. We congratulate Fred for his success and wish him well in his future endeavors. Y
fondest memories.” Well, Pat, it is thanks to all of you who contribute your news that this column remains interesting. Y Russ Wallace wrote about a trip to France that
Jean Sheppard Silva ’49 sings with her church choir in Camden, Maine, and with the Down East Singers. In 2009 she performed with the group in Serbia, Bulgaria, and Greece. Lucy and Richard Bowen celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary Sept. 3. Lucy has shown great staying power—congrats to you both! Richard attended the last Colby reunion with four classmates present. Thanks for representing our famous class. Y George Wales called me on my 86th birthday, and I was pleased to hear he has become an artist/painter. He’s always creative in everything he does in life. Just ask Lorrie (Arcese) ’54, his wife of more than 50 years. Y Ted Shiro and I met, as we always do, in Naples, Fla., in the winter. Ted is always just surviving an operation but continues to chase the girls on the tennis court and anywhere else. He spends a lot of the fall chasing his wonderful grandson Aaron Murray, an All-American quarterback for the University of Georgia. Y We returned from our annual vacation in Orleans on Cape Cod, where we’ve gone for more than 50 years and still have a lot of fun with the beaches and great golf courses. I was very active in the U.S. Open, held this year at my club, Merion Golf Club, where I’ve played for 53 years. No pro even broke par, so Merion won again. Jane and I have been married for 57 years, with four sons and eight grandchildren to keep us busy. Here’s wishing the greatest class in Colby’s 200-year history more good health and good luck. All the best to the best.
1952 Jan “Sandy” Pearson Anderson email@example.com Hello, Class of ’52! Can you believe summer is over? Time flies, doesn’t it? Must have something to do with our age. Before getting to the news, let me say how much I enjoyed the summer 2013 bicentennial issue of Colby, which we received in August. To me, it was the most interesting and enjoyable issue in recent memory. Congratulations to Gerry Boyle ’78 and the magazine staff! Y Right after our request for news, Pat Erskine Howlett wrote, “Thank you, Sandy, for keeping us all together. Colby is among my
he and his wife, Anne, took. They visited Toulouse (where they ate well and enjoyed Le Corsaire by a local ballet company), Pau, St. Jean De Luz, Biscarosse (to visit friends), Dune de Pilat (the biggest dune they’d ever seen), Arcachon, Bordeaux, St. Émilion, and then «boarded our hotel barge, the St. Louis, in the city of Agen on the Garonne River. A week of bliss followed.” Then back to Paris for a week. Russ also reports, “We received a great letter from Sheila and Don Hailer. I’m so glad that we’re still in touch!” Y Barbara Scott wrote, “Next spring there will open in Calgary’s inner city a new park; to my astonishment and absolute delight, it will be called Barb Scott Park. I am ecstatic and wanted to let you know!” (Barbara, let us know what precipitated this honor. It certainly is a special one.) Y Mel Lyon said, “I’m now really retired, after a long period of hesitating about when to do it. I’m working on a quasi-historical novel, and after a bout of ill health I am now back in good times again. Hope this finds all of you classmates living a happy life.” Y Art White wrote, “I was saddened to hear of Nels Corey passing. Many of us knew him briefly during our early years at Colby, as Nels was on the coaching staff, but I had the great pleasure of working with him at Hotchkiss. Bill Bryan convinced Nels that he would be a good fit at Hotchkiss, so from 1965 to 1980 we worked closely together. Nels was extremely popular and very successful at Hotchkiss. He had a very positive influence on those he taught and coached. Nels was one of the great ones in the history of Hotchkiss, Bowdoin, and anywhere else he worked. Nels was 98!” Y And that does it for this time around, my friends. Stay well, and we’ll catch up with you next time.
1953 Barbara Easterbrooks Mailey firstname.lastname@example.org It has been about five months since reunion, but I still have a few notes from over the
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ALUMNI AT LARGE summer. John Lee said he regretted not seeing Rocky Applebaum and Ken Castonguay. The last time he saw Rocky was at Camp Kilmer, N.J., in 1953. Ken and John were in the same group from Maine. John had also run into Rick Tyler, Paul Ostrove, Frank Piacentini, and Dick Cole ’55. John said, “We could have been an all-Colby fighting squad.” In July John was
drafted into the U.S. Army, ending up at Fort Devens, Fort Monmouth radar school, and Aberdeen basic training. All these moves proved lucky for him in the future. Next he went to Redstone, Ala., for the ICBM ballistic missile training and then on to White Sands, N.M., for missile repair training. In 1953 he received his military discharge and went on to Yale to major in physics.
Alan Whittaker ’53 writes that he attended Colby from 1949 to 1951, then left for four years to serve in the Air Force in the Korean War. He came back to Colby and lived with his wife in the veterans’ apartments. back in Maine for two great weeks on North Pond, Belgrade Lakes, and also took a side trip to see the magnificent art museum on campus. In October he sailed through the Panama Canal. Y Loretta “Tommi” Thompson Staples regretted missing reunion as she thinks of classmates frequently, most of them in her memory at age 21. Y Ginnie Falkenbury Aronson spent the summer staying in the United States, visiting friends and relatives. Y Alan Whittaker wrote that many classmates would not remember him since he attended Colby from 1949 to 1951, then left for four years to join the Air Force during the Korean War. Following his discharge he returned, married, and lived at the vets’ apartments from 1955 to 1957, the same years I was there with “Pete.” After graduation Alan received an M.B.A. and became a hospital administrator, a career from which he has now retired. He has four daughters and five grandchildren, all living on the East Coast. He’s done some traveling in the past but now feels content to mind the home and his pet Maine coon cats. Y Ted Lallier sent a long note about fishing memories in Maine and highlights of trips to the Virgin Islands. During the spring, summer, and fall months he and his wife, Erna, go to their house at Swift River, N.H., with views of the Wild Ammonoosuc and the White Mountains. They enjoy seeing the wildlife and birds there. Their lucky guests often enjoy the river, swimming through or over the falls; some pan for gold. What nice relaxation from suburban business and stresses. Y I had an interesting phone call from Bob Manger from Connecticut. He said he remembered Nelson Beveridge across the hall from him on the old campus. Bob was a Zete from 1950 to 1951 and then left Colby after a bout with mono. He went on to RPI but was
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He worked on and tested accelerators and was promoted to head technician. Next in view was the University of Bridgeport, where Bob earned an engineering degree summa cum laude. Now he and his brother manage a die casting company that was started by their father.
1954 Art Eddy email@example.com The days are indeed growing shorter, so I’m sending another reminder to each of you to save the weekend of June 5-8, 2014, for our 60th reunion. Hope to see you there. Y Merrillyn Healey Decker reports that husband Karl has turned from photojournalism to writing short stories. She is recovering from total knee replacement and hopes to return soon to the contemporary global issues group that she chairs. Y Bill and Penny Thresher Edson took an 11-day land tour and cruise in Alaska and highly recommend it to everyone. Excursions from the ship to visit glaciers, rainforests, and a training center that prepares huskies for the annual Iditarod race were some of the highlights. Y Peter Fishbin attended the “spectacular” opening of the new AlfondLunder Family Pavilion at the Colby Museum of Art. He caught up with old frat buddies Bob Fischer, Allan Landau ’55, Peter Lunder ’56, Sonny Slater ’56, Dick Abedon ’56, and Donny Kupersmith ’56. He hopes that our reunion will be as much fun. Y For her 81st birthday, Judy Thompson Lowe rented a condo in St. Augustine, Fla., for a month to “spend some time with myself—and I threw out the scale.” Y Diane Chamberlin Starcher has a new address: 750 North Tamiami Trail, Unit 1611, Sarasota, FL 34236. They’re keeping their Chambery,
France, apartment and will spend several months each year there. They were in the States from May to July visiting with family and exploring the Maine coast from Acadia National Park to the Portland area, where they had a reunion with Diane’s sister, Susan Chamberlin Trauger ’60. Y Many thanks to those of you who have informed me of the passing of classmates. I have chosen to let that news appear in the obituary section of this magazine.
1955 Kathie Flynn Carrigan firstname.lastname@example.org Greetings, ’55ers! I hope everybody received their summer issue of Colby magazine, in which John Reisman’s photo appeared in the ’50s newsmakers box for having been elected to the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame as a 19-year volunteer as a counselor for seniors and a cook for the homeless. Congratulations, John! We’re all very proud of you. John and Jane (Daib) ’58 made their annual trip to Maine. Their whole family came to celebrate his 80th birthday and their 55th wedding anniversary. John reported that during their time in Maine, “we had lunch with Kathy McConaughy Zambello ’56, visited with Mark ’54 and Larry Walker Powley ’54, and had a reunion with Bob Raymond ’56, Bill ’58 and Cindy Allerton Rocknak ’58, and Olin and Willie Mc Donald Sawyer ’58. We even managed a visit to the new AlfondLunder Family Pavilion, which was nothing short of amazing.” Y Jane Millett Dornish wrote that Anne Burbank Palmer hosted a lunch at her camp on Great Pond. Attend-
by another lunch in Watervillle with Willie (Robertson) ’54 and Nate Miller, Sue Biven Staples, Dave Roberts, and Bob ‘Whitie’ Thurston ’54. And who was at the restaurant but Anne Burbank Palmer and Carol MacIver Murphy and her husband. All were on their way to the Lunder exhibition, but I headed back to Damariscotta Lake, where I try to spend most of the summer. Dick Bartlett and Harriet Sears Fraser visited me at the lake, and I had lunch with Jo Bailey Campbell. At the end of June, Harriet Sears Fraser and I traveled to New Hampshire to visit Don Moore and his wife, Addie. Nine years ago Lou and I moved to Maine. Lou’s ashes are buried in our local cemetery very near the lake cottage. I can walk there whenever I wish. I’m in good health and stay active so am thankful for my blessings. My very best to all.” Y Berry Wellersdieck Piper was so happy to hear news of Dianne Reynolds Wright, who was her freshman roommate. Berry wrote, “All is well in Corona Del Mar. We hike a lot along the beach and on the trails and see our four grandchildren who live nearby. Our daughter teaches fourth grade in Carlsbad. One son is in Hawaii and one is nearby. We are happy to say that in December, it will be five years since Eric’s heart transplant. We have all been blessed. I talk to Sistie Restall Horne weekly. She is coming along very well and lives with one of her daughters in Aliso Viejo, not far from us.” Y Marilyn Faddis Butler ordered the Colby Eight CD, “which is terrific. It does take you back! Otherwise, all is still good in sunny (hot!) Florida.” Y Babs Burg King’s daughter wrote that Babs moved to Roanoke, Va.,
Bill and Penny Thresher Edson ’54 took a cruise and land tour in Alaska, seeing glaciers, rainforests, and a training center for dogs running in the Iditarod race. ing were Germaine Michaud Orloff, Jean Van Curan Pugh, Ann “Dilly” Dillingham Ingraham, Marlene Hurd Jabar ’54, Arline Rosenthal Sachs ’54, and Janet Fraser Mitchell ’54. “What fun we had with lots of reminiscing and not too ‘way back when’! There are many 80-year celebrations going on.” Y Kathy McConaughy Zambello ’56 said, “It has been great to be included in so many ’55 summer get-togethers. Had lunch in Augusta with Jane Millett Dornish, Ann Burnham Deering, Jean Van Curan Pugh, and Ellie Small Hudson, followed
to be closer to her daughter due to health issues. Her new address is: Barbara B. King, 4428 Pheasant Ridge Rd., Unit #5, Roanoke, VA 24014. Y Sadly, word has come of the death of Joe Perham Aug. 28. Y I (Kathie Flynn Carrigan) had a great lunch with Jo Bailey Campbell and Sue Biven Staples in August when Sue was vacationing in Penobscot, Maine. My whole family came from Wyoming and northern New York and spent a glorious, sun-drenched week with me. What a joy! Y Happy fall to all ’55ers! Please stay in
touch. Families and Colby classmates are the glue that holds us together!
50s and 60s newsmakers
1956 Charlene Roberts Riordan email@example.com In July Frank Huntress was a duty chaplain in Westminster Abbey. “What a privilege it was to rejoice in the celebration of the queen’s anniversary of her coronation.” Y I was saddened by the news of Danny Yarchin’s death. George Rudolph and Danny were roommates, and when George phoned with the news, we recalled how Danny had given us many moments of joie de vivre. George and I reminisced about Colby and our class family. George, now living in Palm City, Fla., will be in touch when he comes to Wenham to visit family. George hopes to get to Waterville to visit the old haunts and especially to see the art collection that Paula and Peter Lunder so generously bestowed upon the College. Y David “Sonny” Slater is a trustee of the DeCordova Sculpture Park (about 30 acres) in Lincoln, Mass. Paula and Peter Lunder have been David’s closest of friends since Colby (Peter, Dick Abedon, Alan Landau ’55, and David were roommates at TDPhi). David and wife Barbara share the Lunders’ love of art, although their collection is modest and mostly pop art. They have immensely enjoyed their experiences in the art world. David said, “But whether it is the Getty or the Louvre, no other feels better to me than the Colby museum.” Y Tom ’54 and Sue Miller Hunt moved back to Sherborn into a remodeled house that is next door to where they lived for 10 years, until 2004. Their only granddaughter, Eva Hunt, was married in June at the Kent School, where their son, Tom Jr., teaches and coaches. They see the Dave and Rosemary Crouthamel Sortor, Sheila Freckmann Dillon, who lives in Australia, and Ruthann Simmonds MacKinnon, who lives in Jefferson, Maine. Y Janet Nordgren Meryweather and Mary Ann Papalia Laccabue and her daughter came ashore from Holland America’s Maasdam Aug. 16. They toured Bar Harbor shops, drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain, and then went home for lunch with Janet’s husband, Steen (Mary Ann’s husband stayed aboard). “What a delightful day we had!” Y In June Lucy Blainey Groening and Katie Coon Dunlop joined Bob and Dodi Aikman Adel for an Alaska Inside Passage cruise. The small ship allowed them to visit rivers, glaciers, and smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships. Y Sue and Bob Adams still live in Daytona Beach but spend most summers in a cottage in Owls Head, Maine. Their health
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Peter C. Doran ’58 received the Community Health Leadership Award from the Franklin Community Health Network, based in Farmington, Maine, in September. A University of Maine at Farmington professor emeritus, Doran was honored for his commitment to improving the health of community members and for his pioneering work in health education. F In its July issue Maine magazine recognized Bruce Brown ’62 as one of 50 people who have made a difference in the state. During his 20-year career with the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Brown curated more than 200 exhibitions and headed the Maine Print Project, which resulted in 25 exhibitions statewide celebrating the history of Maine printmaking.
is good, and Bob plays tennis three times a week as well as pickleball, a great new game for our age group. Bob says, “Hello to any old Zeta Psi friends as I have not really kept in touch.” Y Charlie Morrissey joined the board of visitors at the Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University Y Kathy McConaughy Zambello lunched with Ruthann Simmonds MacKinnon as she also summers at Damariscotta Lake. In September Kathy joined her brother on a 19-day trip to Italy with five days in Venice and five days in Rome. Y Louise Allen Freedman (who attended Colby for only one year but has husband Howard ’49 and daughter Ellen ’81) attended the opening of the AlfondLunder Family Pavilion in June at Colby. Y David and Rosemary Crouthamel Sortor, Tess and Jube Jubinsky, Peter and Hope Palmer Bramhall, Kathy McConaughy Zambello, and Chris Layer Larson also wrote about the wonderful events at the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion celebration: a champagne reception, tours of the new galleries, a fabulous lobster/clam bake, and the singing of happy birthday to Peter Lunder, who was presented with a huge whoopie pie shared by all attendees. All of this was followed by fireworks and a gift copy of the catalogue of the collection. They all spoke of the graciousness of the Lunders during the weekend. Other classmates in attendance included the Weys, Haggetts, Pughs, Barbara Nardozzi Saxon, and Bill Wyman.
1957 Guy and Eleanor Ewing Vigue firstname.lastname@example.org As I write, our fields here in Maine are lined with goldenrod, a sure sign fall is on the way. Most of you, I’m sure, had a busy summer, but in spite of visitors and
hectic schedules we heard from quite a few classmates. Bev (Jackson) ’60 and Tony Glockler attended Reunion 2013 partly to help celebrate Colby’s 200th anniversary and partly to accompany their daughter, Margo ’88, to her 25th reunion. Tony reported that Peter Merrill led the Colby Eight and “they sounded young as ever!” That one compliment alone would be music to Peter and company’s ears (pardon the pun). The Glocklers returned to Maine to go camping in Acadia in July, and then they were off to Scandinavia in August. Y Toni Ciunci Hudson reported from Pasadena that she has been fully retired for six years but Patrick is still hard at work. Toni
Arnold M.D. drove to Salt Lake City (well, Peter drove while Jeanne kept her knitting needles clicking) to research genealogy at the Family History Library. They stopped along the way at Fort Wayne for a meeting of the Sheldon Family Association, of which Jeanne is president. Jeanne and Peter teach genealogy in workshops and attended N.E. Regional Genealogical Society’s biannual meeting in New Hampshire as exhibitors. As delegates to the Massachusetts Medical Society, they both attend semi-annual meetings. Y As you are about to see, Arlette and Mac Harring’s bucket list gets longer and longer—and that’s great! They traveled to Costa Rica last November, to Antarctica in January, and to Utah for two weeks of skiing in February. May found them hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At the end of August they toured Iceland, then were off to Colorado for 10 days of hiking in the beautiful Rockies. Where in the world can we buy their 365-day energy drink, produced by the Energizer bunny? Y On a beautiful day in mid-August, Guy and I once again enjoyed lunch at the Royal River Grillhouse here in Yarmouth with Ellie Shorey Harris and her friend Harry. Ellie and Harry were driving down to the Virginia Beach Museum of Contemporary Art to attend the wedding of Ellie’s grandson Morgan. In closing, a very sincere thank you to our many friends who have been in close touch this past difficult year: Kathy Sferes Eraklis, Ellie Gray Gatenby, Janice
Frank Huntress ’56 was a duty chaplain in Westminster Abbey in July and was there to join in the celebration of the anniversary of the queen’s coronation.
is a member of the Compulsive Gardeners class at the L.A. County Arboretum and enjoys her two book clubs. She’s trying hard to stop scouting the thrift shops, but the thrill of the chase gets in one’s blood; I know that she and I would be dangerous if let loose together. Toni and Patrick like to travel back East to visit family, and she says her favorite trip (so far) was to Peru and a five-day excursion along the Amazon with a guide just for the two of them. Y Janet Mittlesdorf Lumsden’s family keeps getting bigger—the latest addition is a great-grandson born last April, and a greatgranddaughter is due in December. She and her husband will downsize their home one of these days but don’t quite know where to begin. Y In March Peter and Jeanne F.
Thomson Christensen, Perk Perkins Canton, Diane Schnauffer Zullinger, and the many wonderful Colby friends we have here in the Portland area.
1958 Mary Ellen Chase Bridge email@example.com For three-quarters of the year Patrick and Jane Gibbons Wood are in Claremont, Calif., living at Pilgrim Place, a retirement center for professional faith-related progressives. They still return to Maine in the summer, “until our money runs out,” and are still biking and hiking, “but more moderately.” Y Barry Ginsburg has been troubled by the decline in middle-class and middle-
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ALUMNI AT LARGE management jobs available in America so has decided to create the for-profit Northwest Connecticut Opportunity Fund. The fund would invest between $250,000 and $1,500,000 in small and medium-sized businesses in northwest Connecticut with the goal of creating jobs, spurring economic activity, creating wealth, and making a profit for the investors. He would be pleased to hear from alumni in the region. Please send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like his mobile number. Best of luck with this venture! Y Burt Angrist has been doing a little local hiking and canoeing and plans some more in the Adirondacks “after the bugs decrease.” Y John ’55 and Jane Daib Reisman spent three weeks in Maine this summer, one with their entire family to celebrate John’s 80th birthday and their 55th wedding anniversary and the other two at their Linekin Bay rental, which they share with Jack and Susan Bower Hendrickson. As usual they had visits with Olin and Willie Mc Donald Sawyer, Bill and Cindy Allerton Rocknak, Bob Raymond ’56, Mark ’54 and Larry Walker Powley ’54, and Kathy McConaughy Zambello ’56. Jane planned to return to Maine in September for a Tri-Delt reunion. Y Marcia Griggs Atsaves continues to spend weekends at the beach in Delaware and enjoys stopping on the way at the fresh produce stands for corn, tomatoes, squash, peaches, and blueberries and at her favorite fish place for freshly caught seafood. She plays tennis, swims, bikes, and lies on the beach with a good book and friends—an idyllic life! In the fall she plans a cruise from Athens to Rhodes and Cyprus, then through the Suez Canal and on to Oman and Dubai. She is “excited about it, albeit worried about the current Middle Eastern situation. We’ll see how it all works out.” Y Daniel Yett is a volunteer at the new education center at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History: Q?RIUS. It’s a learning environment featuring hands-on, computer-linked access to 6,000 items selected from the collections, an approach considered unique among major museums. Dan has two more trips on his calendar: Argentina/Patagonia and a specialized tour of Burma, Laos, and Cambodia. Y Bruce Blanchard and wife Coleen spent the month of February traveling to Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. “New Zealand had been on my bucket list for a long time.” He recently played golf with John Edes for a nonprofit charity and, last year, was honored to speak at Norman Lee’s memorial service. Y In July I spent eight days in Ireland with a small group connected with Champlain College, where I taught for many years. We were in
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Dublin for three days and then headed to Belfast and west and south again, returning to the east coast. Our Belfast visit came three days before the Protestants celebrate a battle fought and won in 1690, and they had bonfires ready to light. Unfortunately violence ensued again, though we were assured that in general the situation has greatly improved. Y Hope you are all well and enjoying life, and please keep the news coming! Thanks.
1959 Joanne K. Woods email@example.com I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dick Morrison. He was one of my most faithful contributors to class news. He will be missed. Y Elaine (Healey) ’62 and Paul Reichert enjoy life in Westmoreland, N.H. Paul has found that in small towns you’re recognized as a newcomer and people are willing to offer their assistance. However, no one offered to repair the old barn roof, so he can cross roof repair off his bucket list. He can also take off his list digging a hole for a 1,000-gallon propane tank. Elaine said if he made another one twice as long (40 feet) and filled it with water, she would have a lap pool. Paul’s oldest granddaughter is now out of the Army (two tours to a war zone) and in college.
other detritus of life of historical interest to future Youneses and Mathews. Y Tom Connors writes that on Dec. 31, 2013, he will retire for the third time, this time as vice president of development of Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, N.C. It has been a great experience. He previously retired from the University of Virginia and from Massanutten Military Academy. Tom and Jocelyn plan to stay in beautiful Winston-Salem, home of Wake Forest University, which brags that they copied Colby’s new campus on Mayflower Hill when they moved from Eastern North in 1959. They used the same architect, design, and building materials. Tom and Jocelyn live less than a mile from the university, and Jocelyn walks the campus almost every day. Y After serving in the Navy and in positions at State Street Bank and Trust, Greg MacArthur moved to White Weld and Co., where he was a stockbroker for more than 35 years. He then moved to Paine Webber and became a VP of investments for more than 23 years. During that time Greg and his wife had three children, and Greg became involved in Little League baseball as a coach for 10 years and with Mite as a coach for 15 years through bantam travel teams. Greg is still active in business with his own firm, Viewpoint 2000, with emphasis on the telecom sector and videoconferencing. In addition, he at
Bob Younes ’59 provides medical care for inmates in five county jails in Maryland. In the past he has served as a Peace Corps doctor in Tunisia and head of a pediatrics department.
Number-four grandchild graduated in June and will go to college this fall. The latest wildlife count includes four fawns, five baby Canada geese, and 30 baby turkeys, and so far the garden has survived. Y Bob Younes provides medical care for inmates detained in five county jails in Maryland. In the past he has served as a Peace Corps doctor in Tunisia, a pediatrician, head of the pediatrics department at a community hospital in Dorchester, Mass., an HMO medical director in Washington, D.C., and a community college medical director in Springfield, Va. Bob and his wife, Anne, are in the process of launching their two children into the world of work and independence. Bob is also busy organizing all the items that he failed to organize during his lifetime—pictures, family history, genealogy, documents, and
times contributes articles on stocks in Forbes and, in the past, Business Week. Y Condolences to Jack Pallotta and family on the death of his wife and our classmate Barbara Hunter Pallotta, who passed away October 5. Look for more about her in the obituaries. Y Next June is our 55th reunion. Planning has already begun. Let’s make the news column leading up to it a good one, and I look forward to seeing you at Colby June 5-8, 2014.
1960 Jane Holden Huerta firstname.lastname@example.org David Fowler spends his time between New Mexico and Montana. He has 12 grandchildren—four in New Mexico, three in China,
two in Seattle, and three in New Hampshire. His first job after graduating from Colby was teaching at the Hawaii Preparatory School on the Big Island. The shocking thing is that the kids he taught are now in their retirement years. This fall Dave will have completed his second mystery novel. The first, Cloud Swallower, takes place in New Mexico and has a protagonist who is a local Pueblo Indian and a graduate of Dartmouth. The second novel, Descent, features the same location and hero. As a true history major he has had fun researching the stories. Y Ann Kimball Chase writes that her life has been rather dull compared to 20 years ago when she was constantly on the go. She has her beautiful island home on the market; it needs a family with kids to really enjoy the rather large home and huge yard. She has given up volleyball since it is dangerous for 76-year-old bones, and she will become one of those seniors in Florida swimming and walking, as she has been told they are safer. And no biking—the last time out she fell and broke her shoulder. Anyone want to buy a nice, relatively new bike? Y Dick Peterson works with a start-up company writing cyber-theft insurance. Now he’s learning convoluted new things with the computer and Internet, distributing products online, marketing with Google ad words, and measuring with analytics and algorithms. He wonders if he missed these subjects at Colby all those years ago. Y Karen Kennedy Yearsley lives on Bainbridge Island near the ferry to Seattle. She loves renting her condo, which is close to everything so she can walk to many places. She enjoys line dancing, pingpong, tennis, Shakespeare classes, bridge, and volunteer work. Now that life has become much more stress-free, Karen is thinking about doing some traveling. Y Mike Silverberg attended Colby Day at the Red Auerbach basketball camp, which Steve Curley has run for more than 50 years. Ed Marchetti, Phil Shea, Ray Berberian, and Peter Cavari were also there to watch the kids practice and enjoy lunch with much conversation. It’s a wonderful program that Steve has kept in existence to help a substantial number of young men find their way in life through sports. Mike also is in touch Ron Weber, Dick Fields ’61, and Hank Silverman. Y Judy Allen Ferretti and her husband had a wonderful trip to Croatia in May. They lived on a beautiful, spacious yacht with 24 others, visiting different scenic islands every day. They traveled with Road Scholar, where Judy serves on the board of directors. Y Pat Sturges Aufdenberg had a fantastic trip to England, enjoying history, architecture,
“Colby helped shape the person I am.” “At Colby I found strong faculty, excellent resources, and a close community of students who became lifelong friends. My wish is to help other young people from rural Maine access a lifechanging Colby experience. So I recently established a donor advised fund through which I direct my charitable commitments, designating Colby as both an ongoing and ultimate beneficiary.” — John C. Chapman ’62
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scenery, etc. She took a three-day tour in Durham, where she studied the AngloSaxon manuscripts written by the Venerable Bede and others, and she visited places where the monks lived in the 700s. In York she saw Yorkminister and the shambles, learning that Richard was not a hunchback but had one shoulder higher than the other. Pat spent another two weeks in London going on in-depth two-person tours. She also saw Swan Lake by the Bolshoi Ballet at the Royal Opera House. Y Eunice Bucholz Spooner has a German exchange student, Joscha, who is registered as a senior at the local high school. She never dreamed she would be the mother of a high school senior again. Y We will miss Ted Lockhart ’61, our dear friend and honorary member of the Class of ’60.
1961 Diane Scrafton Cohen Ferreira email@example.com Here is a continuation of our last column’s Colby summer memories: Tom Kirkendall asked, “Would you like to hear about the summer I spent designing manhole covers for the state of Ohio? I told this story to the conversational French class and they all bought it hook, line, and sinker, including Professor Byron. Got an A.” Send us the story, Tom! Y Summers during her Colby years, Wendy Ihlstrom Nielsen worked for West Hartford (Connecticut) Parks and Recreation and at A.C. Peterson Dairy scooping ice cream. Y Dave and Judy Neumann Seddon wrote, “David lived his dream with the Yankee Rookies, the Halifax Red Sox, and the Mitchell South Dakota Kernels. ‘Bring on the bus trips!’ Judy worked at the Madison Beach Hotel in Connecticut and the New Ocean House in Massachusetts.” Y Margaret “Margie” Chamberlain Davis reported, “Colby summer memories: summer ’60 in East Chop, Martha’s Vineyard—my sister, Liz Chamberlain ’60, married Bob Huss ’60 in the Edgartown Episcopal Church. I was maid of honor, and Courtney Davis ’60 was best man.” Margie added recent news: “Earlier this year, drove to Wild Dunes/Isle of Palms, S.C., with friends and a young boy. Nine hours a day in a car with a 6-year-old was an adventure in itself, followed by a wonderful 10 days in a beach condo. Charleston is a beautiful city, especially when toured in a horse-drawn carriage.” Y Carole Ann Pope claimed recent Colby sightings: “Ann Burnham Deering ’55 and Karl ’54 and Jane Millett Dornish ’55 at the Royal River Grillhouse in Yarmouth—they looked great! Also ran into John Kelly
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ALUMNI AT LARGE at the KinderKonzert, performed by the Portland Symphony Orchestra. I’ve been ushering for the PSO and often see Sandy Nolet Quinlan, Jill Williams Hooper, and Sandy Goodwin Nelson there. Around Brunswick I see Debbie Price ’62, Nancy MacKenzie Keating ’62, and Mike McCabe ’62. Betsy Perry Burke and I plan to see the Michelangelo exhibit at the MFA in Boston. Really looking forward to the Alfond-Lunder Pavilion grand opening. From all reports it’s not to be believed. Go, Colby!” Y Peter Denman is “in Bishop, Calif., where we and other family members are renovating an old shopping center in the eastern Sierras.” Y Bob Burke and Donna, along with another couple from Naples, Fla., enjoyed a May “flying safari” to Africa. They flew Cessna 182s (four-seat, single-engine planes) to six safari sites in South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, where they saw many animals close to their safari vehicle in the bush. They flew about 1,800 miles over two weeks on safari and also spent five days in Cape Town, South Africa, touring the wine region. Y Bill Wooldredge at the Hudson, Ohio, Chautauqua Institution said, “Heard great speakers who are quite optimistic or pessimistic about healthcare’s future. Everyone agrees we’re in for a very interesting ride! Jo and I still live on College Street in Hudson, where I serve on the city council and spend a lot of time with local charities. Really enjoyed our 50th
we were not there nearly long enough to take it all in!”
1962 Pat Farnham Russell Nancy Keating McKenzie firstname.lastname@example.org Mary “Muff” Symonds Leavitt sent a copy of a poster displayed in Salzburg advertising an Alex Katz exhibition from the Colby Museum of Art. Muff was pleased that Colby was sharing part of this wonderful collection with the people of Austria. Y Bruce Brown opened an art gallery in Portland and was recognized in the July edition of Maine magazine as one of “50 people who have made a difference in Maine” (along with the Lunders). Congrats, Bruce! Bruce also enjoys traveling: He spent three weeks in Turkey in May and is planning on Vienna and Budapest in November. Y Graham Barkham, with tongue in cheek, says he leads an especially boring life, but he did buy a new car. Y Richard Mittleman finds it hard to believe it was 55 years ago that we started our college career on Mayflower Hill. Richard still practices business law and goes to his office at least three days a week. A mobile phone and iPad have made a significant impact on how he communicates with clients—face-to-face meetings are becoming a thing of the past. He enjoys golf and rides his bicycle eight
Mary “Muff” Symonds Leavitt ’62 sent a copy of a poster displayed in Salzburg advertising an Alex Katz exhibition there from the Colby College Museum of Art.
and hope to return for our 55th.” Y Bebe Clark Mutz wrote, “Drove cross-country this summer with an 85-year-old friend. We explored Maryland to Washington and California, and on the return we saw where Lewis and Clark camped in South Dakota, the Donner Pass, Custer’s Montana, Utah’s salt flats, the Truman Library in St. Louis, and more! If anyone else wants to do it, I’d go.” Y Mary Sawyer Bartlett went to the Bar Harbor Inn Terrace to meet Jock ’62 and Debbie Lucas Williams ’62 and Bob Di Napoli. “Caught up with him at last. It was a most delightful visit. Everyone looks good and feels good. It was Bob’s birthday the next day. Earlier, I drove to Colby with two friends and toured the art museum. Colby has a very impressive collection;
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to 12 miles several times a week. Winters are spent in Ft. Lauderdale. Y Brenda Phillipps Gibbons spent her summer visiting and/or hosting family. Granddaughter Lily attended sailing school nearby, and granddaughter Devon is off to Syracuse. The Gibbonses were en route to Pennsylvania to celebrate Mother Gibbons’s 98th birthday. Brenda hopes to make it back for our 55th. Y Richard Simkins enjoys a busy retirement managing the Grog restaurant in Newburyport, Mass. After 44 years he’s turned the reins over to his daughter and son-in-law. Rich opened a new store next to the Grog, Traders’, that features rocks, fossils, minerals, Southwest and Native American folk art, and jewelry. Winters are now spent in Tucson. Sonny
Bryant and his wife and Mary and Peter Duggan stopped by for a visit. Y Brenda Lewison and Bill Blunden celebrated their 20th anniversary and great happiness by spending three weeks in Florence, Italy. Brenda is retired from her editorial work, but Bill still works as the architect for the Cleveland Clinic. Their combined seven
1963 Paule French email@example.com We’re still hearing from classmates thanking us and Colby for a great reunion. We thank you for having made it such a wonderful experience. Y In addition to visiting with grandchildren, Al Carville enjoyed his
Bob Burke ’61 and his wife, Donna, enjoyed a May “flying safari” to Africa. They flew a Cessna 182 to six safari sites in South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, flying 1,800 miles in two weeks.
grandchildren are a great joy, and both Brenda and Bill are in excellent health. Y Peter and Brenda Wrobleski Gottschalk spent Labor Day weekend taking a train ride in the underground salt museum in Hutchinson, Kan., and, of course, enjoying KC BBQ. They planned to hike Big Sur and Yosemite in October. Y Sandra Keef Hunter spent June in Nashville, where she learned the costume of the day is cowboy boots and very short skirts; July in Maine, where she hired a guide and finally saw a spruce grouse; and August in Monterey, where she saw California condors and blue whales. Y Pete Thompson responded for the first time. Wish I could reproduce his response in its totality—he is so funny. His biggest achievement was laying off partying long enough to earn his law degree; he’s spent the past 48 years practicing law in Lewiston. His ex-wife, Noemi Sanchez, died about a year ago. Pete and Noemi had a daughter, Ilse, and a grandson, Arlo, who live in Portland, Ore. Pete reports: “I’m joyfully single; live on a lake in the woods; work out at the Y every morning and get to the office by seven; arrive at the watering hole with friends at five; pound ’em ’til eight; then come home and ply my passion for cooking great-tasting but awful-for-you food.” He has contact with Hope Hutchins Benton, Bruce Marshall, and Jimmy Johnson. Y As for yours truly, Pat Farnham Russell, I spent my summer at our cottage on the lake near Millinocket with loads of family and friends in and out. This was my 46th summer in this beautiful spot. In September I took a wonderful river cruise/tour of Russia. Next on the agenda: a month in Germany, Prague, and Spain, where my daughter is conducting Wake Forest’s abroad program in Salamanca. Except for Prague, this will be a visiting family/friends-paced trek. No cathedrals or churches!
annual week’s sail along the Maine coast from Boothbay Harbor to Frenchboro with Rod Pierce. They had a couple of beautiful days but mostly rain and fog, which improved their navigation and cribbage skills. Al served as emcee at his mother-inlaw’s 68th high school reunion. He enjoyed it, but he isn’t going on the reunion circuit. Y Bill ’62 and Barb Haines Chase spent two weeks in a cottage in Friendship, Maine. They’ll have news for the next issue after their hike with the Sierra Club in Tuscany in September. We look forward to hearing all about it. Y Sue (Sawyer) ’64 and Brian McAlary spent a wonderful week in the Galapagos with family. “A biology major’s paradise”—finches, marine iguanas who sneeze out the salt from the water, sea lions, and even penguins! They’re currently planning their retirement home in Virginia. Y While enjoying adventures with family and friends in Maine, Connie Miller Manter has been “collaborating with the Goethe Institute, Washington, D.C., Transatlantic Outreach Program for K-University Educators.” Recently, Connie and I had a lovely lunch in Yarmouth. She’s looking forward to reconnecting with many of us in various places! Y An automatic reply from Dan Politica’s e-mail was a thank you for supporting the United Way. I guess we can assume Dan’s busy doing good work for the United Way! Y David Hunt’s interest in the lakes and rivers of Aroostook County took him to Portage Lake, a pristine, remote, beautiful area. He spent hours going against the current on the Fish River and saw six moose in three sightings—five cow moose and a bull with a large rack as well as otters frolicking in a quiet part of the river. “A wonderful break!” Y This summer Ed Buyniski completed a 440-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain, el Camino de Santiago de Compostela. He says the five-week walk “does wonders for
one’s mental and physical health.” Y Herb Gottfried and wife Jan Jennings moved from Ithaca, N.Y., to Tulsa, Okla., for retirement. In 2012 Herb published Landscape in American Guides and View Books: Visual History of Touring and Travel. Y After three weeks at her beach house with family and friends, Jeannette Fannin Regetz planned to go to Asheville in September and do her first Road Scholar trip in October to Sedona. Y Marsha Palmer Reynolds revisited the Colby Museum of Art. “What a fabulous experience ... lots of visitors ... everyone just raved and raved. We have to return again, as it’s difficult to see everything in one visit. I encourage everyone to see this terrific museum.” Y Chris and Midge Walton Holmes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Y Nancy (Judd) ’61 and Peter Coughlan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. Their three sons and their families enjoyed the myriad activities, including falconry, horseback riding, golf, and spa treatments. Y Both avid sailors, Steve Eittreim and wife Carole have been following the AC competition on SF Bay. He invites anyone in the area to give them a call. Y Whit Bond and wife Faith spent two weeks in Scotland playing golf, including at Muirfield just two weeks before the British Open. Y Apologies to Rosemary Blankenship Hubbard and to Anita Nourse Largent for errors in the summer column. Please substitute Rosemary’s name for Anita’s.
1964 Marcia Phillips Shelton firstname.lastname@example.org Many classmates are writing in to say they are looking forward to our 50th reunion next June. Y Barney Hallowell writes from North Haven Island, Maine, where he and his wife, Christie, have raised six children. After 40 years as a teacher and principal of North Haven Community School, Barney is now executive director of the Hurricane Island Foundation and its Center for Science and Leadership, providing “experiential education with leadership training for high school students, particularly from Maine’s public schools.” Barney is also busy with five grandchildren, 20 chickens, two cats, a dog, bicycles, boats, lobster traps, and a motorcycle—a 70th birthday present! Y Peggy Chandler Davey raised her family and worked and is now retired in Madison, Wis. She spent her career in state government and then as a student services administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In retirement Peggy visits with her family and has trekked to
the Mount Everest Base Camp. She and her husband, Tom, spent five weeks in Italy last year. Y Barbara Kreps DeLisio has made her home in Italy for many years. After earning a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, she taught at the University of Pisa, a position from which she recently retired. Remaining in Italy after the death of her husband, in 1984, Barbara also sang opera for 15 years in Florence in addition to her work at the university. She remembers Peter Ré and the wonderful musical opportunities he provided her at Colby. Y Dick Zipser retires this fall after 27 years as chair of the department of foreign languages and literatures at the University of Delaware. He has overseen more than 40 foreign-language-based study-abroad programs during that time. In a recent article in Global Magazine, published by the University of Delaware’s Institute for Global Studies, Dick remembers his own life-changing study-abroad experience in Germany as a Colby student. Y Marty Schatt Abbott-Shim went on two hiking trips last summer: to the Sbrinz Trail in the Swiss Alps and to the Inka Trail and Mollepata Trail in Peru. Marty also traveled to Boston and Rochester, N.Y., recently to see her daughter, who plays for the Portland Thorns NWSL professional women’s soccer team. Y Jerry Shapiro is retiring from his position as department chair at Santa Clara University but will keep teaching full time. He was recently named “one of the top 99 professors in counseling psychology in North America.” Y Al Graceffa and his wife, Natalie, enjoy living in South Carolina, where he plays a great deal of golf and enjoys their eight grandchildren. Al recently had a knee replaced, the result of a football injury during sophomore year at Colby. Y Marg Mattraw Dodge has returned to Maine to live near her two daughters. She is now at home, with extra bedrooms for visitors, in Yarmouth. Y Jim Harris and his wife, Madie, who live in Washington State, represented Colby at the installation of the new president of Seattle Pacific University. They also recently traveled to Montana to visit family and friends. Jim reports that Dick York is recovering from his recent medical problems and is back at home. Y Brian ’63 and Sue Sawyer McAlary enjoyed attending Brian’s 50th Colby reunion last June. They then traveled to the Galapagos Islands on a National Geographic cruise. Sue recommends this trip as “well worth the time.” Y Also cruising was Gloria Shepherd, who went to Crete, Cyprus, and the coast of Turkey, with a separate visit to Istanbul. The focus of the cruise was antiquities, and Gloria says she “learned a
lot.” More recently she traveled to Portugal and Spain. In Madrid Gloria celebrated a 50-year reunion with friends she had made during her junior year in Spain at the University of Madrid. Y Off in another direction, PJ Downing Curtis and her fiancé spent most of this past July in Alaska. They cruised up the Inland Passage and then camped around the state for 10 days in a motor home.
1965 Dick Bankart email@example.com HAVING FUN NOW … Boy, have we slowed down! We’re all 70ish now and, for the most part, retired from paid employment. Hobbies and travel are taking a lead in our lives. Y Jane Patterson Paxton has been busy weeding and feeding her garden this summer. She had some help in the “advice and supervision” area from visitors Bryan Harrison Curd and Pam Harris Holden, who visited her for a few days in Hallowell, Maine. Y Newlyweds Dave and Dale Rottner Perkins Haas Hatch ride their bikes up to 10 miles every day in Venice, Fla. Both have retired, and they “eat healthily and socialize” often. They will fill us all in at our 50th reunion in 2015. Yes, 50th! Fogeyland, here we come. The dinosaurs we fed down by Johnson Pond have left for quieter retirement areas near Onie’s. Y Jim Foritano has been reviewing art exhibitions and interviewing artists for the Boston-based magazine Artscope. You can read his latest piece in the Sept/Oct ’13 issue (artscopemagazine.com) under Harbor Arts. He has also been leading tours of Beacon Hill as a newly trained member of Boston by Foot. He invites classmates to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a group tour. Jim reads poetry now
and go on birthday and vacation/holiday adventures with them almost every week. Neil’s big project is a new model railroad layout in the design stage. They are also avid vegetable gardeners. Neil had eye surgery last summer, which curtailed activities for six weeks or so, but he is on the mend. Y Your correspondent checked another destination off the travel bucket list by visiting Peru in August. Machu Picchu is truly a wonder of the world built by people without a written language or knowledge of the wheel. I also flew over the Nazca lines, the purpose of which is not known—perhaps communication with the gods—and visited the birds and sea lions on Islas Ballesteras. Y Class prez Harold Kowal and Ruth visited Turks and Caicos last April to celebrate his 70th. It was a family affair with “both Colby daughters, a son-in-law, and granddaughter.” Ruth continues doing library management consulting. They spend as much time as possible in their Maine getaway cabin in the woods on a lake. Harold would like to thank all classmates who contributed to the Colby Fund drive. There were many class volunteers working under his direction, and we “achieved all of our goals and then some,” he reports. HAIL, COLBY, HAIL!
1966 Meg Fallon Wheeler email@example.com Vasco and Susan Mahoney Michael will split their time between a new home in Portugal and one in Brunswick, Maine, when they work through the details of immigration, taxes, etc. This was a longterm goal, and Sue is excited about living in Maine again. Y Realtor Gary McKinstry had time to visit friends in the Netherlands and take a cruise from Istanbul to Rome
Barney Hallowell ’64 is executive director of the Hurricane Island Foundation and its Center for Science and Leadership. He retired after a career as an educator on North Haven Island.
and then at Out of the Blue Gallery just off Central Square. Y Neil Clipsham is perhaps one of our last “employed” folks. He works two hours per week, by phone, on activities not disclosed. BUSY, BUSY, BUSY! Neil and his wife, Jean (Hoffmann) ’66, are planning a 50th wedding anniversary family cruise to Hawaii. They enjoy their grandchildren
this summer because he didn’t have enough inventory to provide hungry clients with dream houses in the Sarasota, Fla., area. Y After his Colby graduation, John Cromwell spent a few years on an oceanographic vessel operated by Lamont Observatory of Columbia University. Since then he has been building houses in New York,
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ALUMNI AT LARGE Connecticut, and Massachusetts. His three daughters—43, 39, and 23—have produced five granddaughters. Youngest daughter Nora graduated from Colby in 2011. His 27-year-old son has joined John in the construction business. John has no plans for retirement—just yearnings. Y Karen Riendeau Pacheco and Fran Finizio studied the Spanish Civil War at Colby’s Alumni College this summer and encourage others to sign up next year. Y Janice Holt Arsan was touched by support she received from old friends, husband Noyan’s family, and some of his former M.B.A. students when she returned to Istanbul this summer without him due to his early-onset Alzheimer’s. Jan continues to count her blessings; her children and grandchildren, live near her in the Atlanta area. Y Lynn (Longfellow) ’65 and Gary Knight visited their son Eric in Dubai last April. Eric is the senior U.S. Air Force official training the UAE on the C-17 that he pilots. Thanks, Gary, for agreeing to serve again as class agent leading up to our 2016 50th reunion. Y Despite full-time employment as the Maine state librarian, Linda Hall Lord travels extensively. She’s visited many European countries, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Ecuador, China, and, most recently, Russia via a river cruise, Jordan, and Jerusalem. Linda recently testified before the U.S Senate Commerce Committee about the federal E-rate program, which offers affordable telecommunications and Internet to schools and libraries. Y Brian Shacter tells of his return to Colby this summer as a soccer camp coach: “It’s always a wonderful experience on its own, and it also coincided with the official opening of the new art museum. I, along with everyone else, was very impressed. I also roamed around the old Bixler music building and had a flashback to the listening rooms where I learned everything I needed to know about Gregorian Chant.” Y Janna Vaughan Kasarjian still teaches ESL and thrives on it, while in her free time doting on young grandchildren Ava and Ryan. Janna writes of Ed Mowry’s book, So Close to Dying, “I thought it an amazing account of those times, in particular as they related to him, but also in a broader sense as they related to us, his classmates. In some ways, it was our story, too.” Y Vermonters Gayle Jobson Poinsette and Garfield Barnes plan a winter trip to Thailand and Australia. They visited Chris (Austin) ’68 and Wes Barbour in Maine in June. Y Ted Houghton’s RV travel will be an eight-month trip out West along old U.S. Route 66 and will include the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Y Sue Turner had a healthy, busy summer. She visited Anne Ladd Carlson
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and her new husband in June, had lunch with Gayle Pollard Talbot, Jane Hunter Bates, Kay Tower Carter, and Linda Hall Lord in July, and she and Karl traveled to Wisconsin for daughter Alissa’s wedding in August. Y Frank Neal, Jim Bither, and Pete Redmond enjoyed the 46th annual golf tournament in North Haven, Maine, in June. The golfing buddies send out love to their pal Ed Stratton ’67, who is dealing with some serious health issues. Frank and Stacey’s daughter AnFei is at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Daughter MeiRose is a sophomore in high school and keeps them on their toes. Stacey does medical policy research at the Lahey Clinic, and Frank is involved in property management part time.
1967 Bob Gracia Judy Gerrie Heine firstname.lastname@example.org Robert Hauck settled on Martha’s Vineyard after retiring as deputy director of the American Political Science Association. Though retired, he is not without direction,
splits his time between Massachusetts and Florida. Y Brian Kopke retired five years ago after 35 years as a Unitarian minister in Southold, Long Island (5), Philadelphia (7), and Ottawa, Ontario (23). He can get back to first loves: family, drawing, painting, and woodworking (mostly wooden toys). Triple bypass surgery this spring set tight parameters for him during the healing process, but he planned to hike in Washington State with his daughter in September. Y There’s another empty pulpit as Led Baxter retired in June 2012 from 40-plus years of ministry in the United Church of Christ in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York. Led went back to the house where he grew up, in Newington, Conn. In addition to working on home fix-up projects and catching up with family and friends, he planned to teach adult Bible study. In the spirit of our liberal arts education, he would love to be in touch with anyone about “faith and science.” Y As part of a trip to Cape Breton, N.S., and to the East Coast, Larry Sears caught up with Dick Hunnewell, his wife, and their two sons. He was pleased to leave the heat of El Paso in June and to spend time in the lake country of New
Bud Graff ’67 and Jim Wilson ’67 volunteered to work with archaeologists to excavate a colonial-era farm. The team located a building and artifacts from the period. dividing his time between painting and writing mystery novels that involve art. He’s kept his ties to Maine, returning every summer to paint. Settling into the Martha’s Vineyard local food movement, he now has a flock of chickens. Grandchildren who live on the island made the move from Washington, D.C., complete. Y Future reunions may ensue, as Rob has joined Annette Sandrock as Martha’s Vineyard resident. Annette copes with tourists that increase every time President Obama visits. She works for Pathways Projects Institute, a nonprofit based on Martha’s Vineyard and in NYC that encourages collaboration among artists from all disciplines. Her daughter is taking over her dad’s law practice, one son is an aviation electronics technician studying to be an engineer, and her other son is executive director of the Sandrock Foundation in New Hampshire. Annette has one granddaughter and another on the way. Y Paul Cronin is seeking an advanced degree in relaxation and leisure—his own. Paul
Hampshire with the Hunnewells. Y Bud Graff is working on a third act. He and Jim Wilson volunteered to work with archaeologists to excavate a colonial-era farm. After several weeks of careful excavation, the team located a building and artifacts from the period. Bud enjoyed the work so much that he’s considering giving up golf to dig in the dirt. Or he might just call divots his latest archaeological excavations. Y Leanne Davidson Kaslow has been back in D.C. for a year after 18 years in Birmingham. Her husband, Richard, was contemplating retirement when he went to work for the VA in D.C., where he finds his work on behalf of returning soldiers very positive. Leanne’s daughter, Jessica, and husband Sean live in the New Haven area. Leanne and Richard traveled to Vietnam in October. Y Joanna Snyder Richardson was appointed library strategy advisor within the Division of Information Services. The position supplies planning and advice to the university librarian. Y Chris and JJ
Mueller Sinton enjoyed seeing Elaine and Kurt Swenson last March in Boca Grande for golf. They enjoy trips to Bermuda and entertaining grandchildren. Y Fred Beyer moved from Wisconsin to Ellsworth, Maine, to be near twin grandsons, Joey and Billy, 4. Y Nick Hadgis continues as dean of the School of Hospitality Management at Widener University. Nick and his wife, Anna, enjoyed vacation time in Maine and New Hampshire. In November they plan to travel to Hong Kong for the wedding of one of Nick’s graduates. Y Sadly, I report the death of Fred Hopengarten’s mother, Doris Rose Hopengarten, Class of 1940. We send our condolences and best wishes to Fred and his family.
1968 Lynne Oakes Camp email@example.com Arthur Brennan reports that he and his wife are grandparents for the second time. Samuel Brennan Rogers was born to their daughter, Mary Kathryn Brennan ’02, and Smilie Rogers. Art still does some judging on an as-needed basis and teaches some law-related subjects at the local community college. Y Mary Lee (Merrill) ’70 and Mike Metcalf climbed Mount Katahdin this summer—twice. In July they camped at Chimney Pond, went up Cathedral Trail, and came down the Saddle Trail after it started to rain (preventing them from crossing Knife Edge). In August they went up Abol Slide and down the Hunt Trail. They have just 70 miles in Maine left to finish the Appalachian Trail in New England. Y Glenna White Crawforth says, “Life is good; retirement is awesome. I have the best of everything—good health; great husband; successful, happy kids; a new grandson; terrific friends; and three different residences so I can follow the weather.” Her latest passion is Zumba. Y Don and Pat Davis Murphy moved back to Maine in 2011. After living elsewhere (Michigan, California, Connecticut, and upstate New York) for 40 years, they knew their hearts were in Maine. They visited with Charlie and Penny Post Crockett ’69, who are retired teachers living in Hope, Maine. They hosted the Crocketts in their Bar Harbor, Maine, home and later traveled to visit them. Y John Morgan is retired and thoroughly enjoying it. He visited his daughter, Sara Morgan ’07, in San Jose, Calif., and did some fatherly handyman stuff. Sara works full time and attends San Jose State University in pursuit of an M.S.W. degree. John planned to drive home to Colorado accompanied by Lily, his black Labrador retriever, and said, “We will meander up the
coast and head back to Colorado by way of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, getting home sometime.” Y Bill McKinney retired three years ago after 14 years as president of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif. He and his wife, Linda, moved into their summer home on Cape Cod for a year as an experiment and decided to stay. They travel a lot and he has a small consulting practice with churches and theological schools. He also does some online teaching at Hartford Seminary and gets to preach about once a month at various churches. Y In July David and Nancy Dodge Bryan hosted a weekend mini-reunion for Class of ’68 friends at their home in Hingham, Mass. In attendance were Greg and Nancy Thomas Fritz, Mary Jo Calabrese Baur, Steve Campbell, Don and Betsy Clark Gemmecke, Judy Freedman ’70, and Phil and Hethie Shores Parmesano. They were joined one evening by Brad Merritt and his wife, Deirdre. Activities included taking turns making wonderful meals, a whalewatching expedition, listening to vintage music, and, of course, lots of storytelling. Y Frank Dunton loves retirement. He is still playing and traveling, and he is an oncall fireman. He recently got together with Liz (O’Gorman) ’69 and John DeSimone, Ted Swartz and his wife, Vickie, and Sari Abul-Jubein ’69 in Boston’s North End. He hadn’t seen his old roomie in 35 years, but he said luckily they didn’t need “Hello, my name is” tags!
1969 Ray Gerbi firstname.lastname@example.org Hi everyone! Another summer is history, and we’re looking at our 45th reunion in a few months. Cherrie Dubois and Rae Jean Goodman are heading up reunion planning
Wis., this summer, and her youngest, John, is is a mountaineer and guide in Anchorage. This summer John worked for National Geographic’s Alaska Survivor production team. He hopes to go to the Olympics to cheer for his girlfriend, who is training with the U.S. Nordic ski team. Donna says her children’s activities suggest she should do something more adventuresome herself, so she’s looking into a UU Service Committee work trip this winter in Guatemala. Y Sandra Reed Clougher says things are going well in Vermont. Sandy retired in 2009 after 40 years with the state’s Department for Children and Families as a district director for child protection and juvenile justice. She and her husband provided eldercare for her mother and uncle, and now they enjoy traveling, volunteering for their church, working on the house and yard, and being grandparents. Y Donald Caouette and his wife, Teri, celebrated their 40th anniversary with a vacation to Italy, visiting Rome, Florence, Siena, a Chianti vineyard, San Gimignano, and Pisa. They had a wonderful time even though Teri’s credit card number was stolen in Rome and $30,000 was charged. Fortunately, the credit card company deleted the large charges. Now they are back visiting their grandson in Southborough, Mass. Y Bill Antonucci notes that we have “a big one coming up next year; time goes by way too fast.” Y Doug Joseph is hoping to form a barbershop quartet with talent from our class to perform during Reunion Weekend. He’s aware that Bill Merritt sings for a chapter and hopes others will join him to sing primarily “polecats,” barbershop songs that most everyone knows. Anyone interested should contact Doug at email@example.com. Y On June 22 Miriam Wohlgemuth Davis Bowen, who lost her first husband, Shawn,
Doug Joseph ’69 is hoping to form a barbershop quartet with talent from his class to perform during Reunion Weekend. The quartet will sing “polecats,” familiar barbershop songs.
and fundraising, so watch for news, and mark your calendar for June 5-8, 2014. Y Donna Massey is doing well and working full time. She hopes to transition to three days a week this fall and to have summers off “henceforth and forevermore!” She gardens, hikes, and plays tennis in her limited spare time. Son Chris moved to Madison,
in 2007, married a man she knew through business 35 years ago. “We’re living in the Cedar City, Utah, area for the warm months and plan to stay in Glendale, Ariz., in the winter.” Her husband is active in the purebred dog scene, and she works part time in a freelance graphic arts business. They help each other with their work and
enjoy a variety of volunteer activities. Y Chris Christensen and wife Lynn attended a Tau Delta Phi reunion for the classes of 1965-70 last June at the Samoset Resort in Maine and reconnected with friends they don’t see at reunions held by class year. They spend time on Lake Winnipesaukee, joined by grandchildren Clara and Caden (5 and 3), and they recently made an offer on a new boat, an Apreamare. Their son, Jeff
ing at age 64, Lori decided to give back to the community and is now working as a geriatric care support coordinator. This has been rewarding and eye-opening as she helps seniors receive services and medical care they otherwise would not receive. She remains close friends with Colby roommates Susan Doten Greenberg and Carol Lewis Jennings. Y Earle Shettleworth spoke in June at Reunion
Sandra Reed Clougher ’69 retired after 40 years with the Vermont Department for Children and Families as a district director for child protection and juvenile justice. ’10, graduated from Boston College Law School this May, took the New Hampshire bar exam, and works for the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation. Daughter Kari ’98 was recently promoted to director of e-commerce for Sperry Top-Sider. Y Ines Ruelius Altemose and her husband took daughter Kristen Leary and grandson Jake, now at Seton Hall University, to Rome and on a cruise of Italy, the Greek Islands, and Ephesus as a high school graduation gift. Ines says, “It was a great experience to see a young person experience ‘the old country’ for the first time.” Y Craig Stevens spent another summer at the Maine Media Workshops and plans on returning again next year. He still teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Y Carol Partridge continues her work in Macedonia as a missionary with the United Methodist Church. Y Please send news for our next class column to bring everyone up to date before we gather on Mayflower Hill next June.
1970 Libby Brown Strough firstname.lastname@example.org Greetings! I hope everyone had a great fall. Y I heard from Christine Celata. She has been retired since 2011, after a couple of years of doing physics for Cornell University part time. She has been pursuing watercolor painting—her first venture into art since her second grade teacher told her she had no talent for it. She has also been tutoring precalculus at the local high school, knitting for charity, taking strength-training classes, reading, and having fun. She now lives in Pasadena, Calif. Y After a great career in the private service sector, Lori Gill Pazaris decided to make a change. Instead of retir-
2013 about the architecture of the old and new Colby campuses, as covered in his new book, Waterville. The book, which he wrote to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the College, is a pictorial history of the city presented through old postcards. It was published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their series of books on American cities illustrated by historical postcards. Earle also attended the July festivities for the opening of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the Colby Museum of Art. He says it’s a truly impressive building with a great collection of American art, and that it was moving to see what extraordinary progress has been made in the arts at Colby since we attended in the 1960s.
1971 Ann E. Miller email@example.com Aside from a ridiculously wet month of June here in the Northeast, and aside from a hot and humid spell in late July, this has been a spectacular summer, now drawing to a close. Fingers crossed that no natural disasters hit any of you across the country as we head into winter. Y Nick Nash reports that Jay Reiter dragged him to a reunion of Tau Delts this summer in Rockport, Mass. Attendees included Bob Aisner ’68, Alan Crosby ’68, Bill Goldfarb ’68, Bernie Davidson ’68, and Artie White ’70. Nick’s son flew in to climb Mount Katahdin with him for the first time. He also had an extended family outing on Martha’s Vineyard with his daughter. Y Fondly remembering his days at Colby and his escapades at Alpha Tau Omega, Rich Beaty writes that he and his wife stay very busy with their duties at the Church of Scientology in New York City. They live on
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70s newsmakers Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth Jr. ’70 presented a pictorial history of the Waterville area based on his book, Waterville, which features historic postcards of the city and environs from 1900 to 1960, at the Waterville Opera House Aug. 28. F Summer Stories, a book of paintings by Maine artist Leslie Anderson ’71, along with short stories inspired by the paintings, will be published in November 2013 by Shanti Arts Publishing in Brunswick, Maine. F In September the East Bay Women in Business Roundtable presented Dale Marie Crooks Golden MacDonald ’76 with its inaugural Trailblazer Award, designed to honor Leslie Anderson ’71 Oakland, Calif.-area women in business. MacDonald is vice president of Torrey Pines Bank. F Rebecca Alex ’79 was featured in the San Mateo Daily Journal (Calif.) in August. An assistant professor of art at the College of San Mateo, she developed partnerships between the college and four arts organizations, allowing students opportunities to take part in professional art practices such as exhibitions and portfolio creation.
the Upper East Side of Manhattan with their son and golden retriever. Rich hasn’t seen anyone from Colby in many years except for Chris Palmer ’72. Rich looks forward to being a meddling grandparent of his first grandchild. Y Now living in Portland, Maine, Val Thibeau Yates works at the United Way of Greater Portland and loves it. One son lives in Boston and another in Virginia Beach; she tries to see them every few months. Val recently attended a wedding shower for the son of Jack ’76 and Susan Reed Parker ’76 in Hanover, N.H., where she enjoyed visiting with a lot of Colby friends. Kathy Stoddard Pope and Val get together frequently, too. Y Chip Altholz just had his 50th eighth grade reunion with 25 percent of his class attending, and he was reminded of the power of friendship. So many indelible memories of his time at Colby are as fresh as ever in his mind. He and his wife, Linda, just bought a beach house, and Chip is still working on his Internet project to empower teens. He enjoys the trip updates from Dave Nelson. Y From western Massachusetts, Rob Wilson writes that he is enjoying his so-called retirement from the executive director position at the nonprofit Veterans Education Project. He loves that he can now continue to do what he loved about his job without all the administrative responsibilities and headaches. With less pressure and new flexibility, he is now cured of work-related insomnia. He and his wife plan to do more traveling. Y Jon Stone is about to welcome his fifth grandchild! Y Roger Osborn writes with the sad news that our classmate Cheryl Thomas passed away unexpectedly in July. Y Martha Smith Mickles is happy to report that as of this
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August, she will have married her partner of 22 years, Calien Lewis, due to the recent DOMA ruling and the state of Maine’s marriage equality law. She will be keeping her name. Martha is still gainfully employed, healthy, and looking forward to a trip to Ireland next April. Y Congratulations are in
she taught English, including Irish literature, Shakespeare, and many courses on technical writing. Most of the years were glorious, except for a just few moments (ha!) during her six years as chair of the department. She thought more interesting news for the column was her May trip to Maine to visit former roommates Betsey Ann Rogers McComiskey and Barbara “BJ” WeldonMorin. They stayed at BJ and Ed Morin’s summer cabin at Indian Point, a gorgeous spot off the coast of Bath. They had a ball for two days and nights just catching up. See photos of the trio at alumni.colby.edu on the Alumni Photos page under the Stay Connected tab. Y Ed Morin and Barbara Weldon-Morin have lived in Wells, Maine, for 25 years. Ed earned his civil engineering degree after Colby and joined Exxon’s “foreign legion” working on large construction projects in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia as well as in Houston. He’s now employed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where he does submarine maintenance. He enjoys his work and has no immediate plans to retire. Barbara retired at the end of 2012 after 40 years in the banking industry as a direct employee and also as a consultant managing large projects and programs for a variety of banks and bank holding
Ed Morin ’72 joined Exxon’s “foreign legion,” working on construction projects in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, as well as Houston. He’s now working at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. order for Leslie Anderson, whose book of paintings from her Summer Stories series will be published in November 2013 by Shanti Arts Publishing of Brunswick, Maine. The painting on the cover of the book is of her Colby “gang” on Debbie Messer Zlatin’s dock. Y Fred Copithorn has just returned from a road trip across the country to deposit his niece’s car in Denver. Y Bill Hladky continues to be proud of his son’s accomplishments. Y Having been to the Baltic region this summer, and then to New Brunswick, Canada, I am happy to be more or less back to my native land in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. (I did not run into Jon Stone in the Baltics.)
companies. Their two German shepherds, Midnight and Oasis, keep them on their toes and love to body surf at the family cottage at Indian Point whenever they can get there. Y Erl and Janet Veasey McLetchie have some retirement news. Erl finally retired from his law practice in Ossipee, N.H. Jan retired a few years ago from teaching. They’ve sold their home and his law office and bought a home in Venice, Fla. This is a dramatic retirement move from the cold New Hampshire winters to sunny Florida. My husband and I hope to visit them in Florida this winter. Y To everyone in the Class of 1972: Enjoy life, and I hope to see or hear from you soon!
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Sandy Manoogian Pearce recently retired after 25 years at Minnesota State, where
As I slowly transitioned back to work after my long summer break, I enjoyed hearing
from a few classmates who were unable to make it to reunion. I want to thank each of you for sharing so much about your lives; I really enjoyed getting to know you all better. That is the best thing about this role—the connections I make with classmates. Y Bruce Smith was heading back to school as a teacher in Texas. He has three more years until retirement, which will mark 40 years in the profession. He is currently at the University of Texas doing adjunct work that may develop into more over time. Bruce’s life is full with his six beautiful grandchildren, who range in age from 4 to 17. He sends his best wishes to all Colby classmates. Y Betty Robinson wrote from her summer/fall home on Little Sebago Lake in Windham, Maine (brings back memories of Colby’s Outing Club on the Belgrade Lakes); she and her partner, Victoria Larson, live in Auburn in the wintertime. Betty is nearing retirement from Lewiston-Auburn College at the University of Southern Maine, where she has taught for the past 25 years and served as dean for seven. She expressed gratitude and pride when describing her work in the bachelor’s and master’s leadership and organizational studies degree programs and the opportunity she had to found and develop a new interdisciplinary college serving nontraditional students in central Maine. Betty has traveled extensively over the years—in South Africa, Botswana, and Kenya—and she has an “adopted adult daughter,” Carmen, a woman from Kenya who lived with her and Victoria for three years. Y Susan Schink was sorry to miss reunion but did enjoy her hiking trip in northern Spain. She described walking part of El Camino and reported that a highlight of her trip was visiting the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Equally exciting (from my perspective) is the work her therapy dog, Rosie, is doing. They go together to the local library, where children sign up for 15-minute segments to read to Rosie. The children love reading to her and showing her the pictures as they read. Sue had a chance to visit with Christi Pope in Vermont recently. Y Dave DeLong was delighted to be at reunion this June and really enjoyed talking to classmates as well as other alums about his new book, Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market. Y Stay tuned for the next magazine as our new class president, Norm Olsen, is heading off soon for an unguided rafting and fly-fishing trip to Alaska. I did question him about the order of succession for president and suggested he be careful! Y Thank you to Anne Badmington Cass for being the first to send me a recent picture of herself and her forever friends (Roberta
Rollins and Sue Colucci Neumyer); she met them both for a very long luncheon recently and had not seen them together for 25 years. Please, everyone, send pictures of yourselves with Colby friends; I have a special folder reserved for a project for our next reunion.
1974 Vicki Parker Kozak Jill Gilpatric Richard firstname.lastname@example.org Happy fall! This column is the next to last one before our 40th reunion, so we want to get everyone psyched up for coming back to campus next June. Mark your calendars for
Colby geology professor living in Waterville. Mark began his 24th year of teaching in the philosophy department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, just outside Grand Rapids. Y In July Mike McNamara and his wife, Joyce, attended Colby’s Alumni College, a program that was put together a number of years ago by Charlie Bassett. This summer’s topic was the Spanish Civil War, with four days of lectures, discussions, and films. Approximately 40 alumni and guests attended. Mike said, “Colby did a great job! It was still great wandering those paths on Mayflower Hill. The Colby I knew in 1974 is a fond, distant memory, but this summer’s experience helped to refresh my recollection. It was great to go
Joy Sawyer-Mulligan ’76 was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Chair at the Thacher School, where she has taught for 29 years.
June 5-8, 2014, and “be there or be square.” Y Mark O’Connell reported from Houston that his son, Luke, joined the Colby Class of 2017 as a Presidential Scholar. They traveled to Maine last April to check out some old haunts: the facilities on Messalonskee Lake (since Luke is a rower), Camden, Belgrade Lakes, and the Chez (“Good to see that the iconic dive is still standing!”). Mark introduced his family to fried and steamed clams. Mark’s oldest daughter, Lillian, is a junior at LSU and enjoys the Cajun lifestyle. Youngest daughter Elise is also a rower and a pretty good artist, and she is a sophomore at the Woodlands High School. Mark and wife Cyndi get to their cabin on Lake Limestone in Texas for R and R whenever they get the chance. Y Ed Hatch’s older son, Kevin, graduated from Rosemary Choate Hall School with a 3.87 GPA and entered Duke University this fall. Kevin created his own company called Inspire Green and sells accessories for cell phones, tablets, etc. Ed’s younger son, Connor, is in his junior year and excels at Salisbury School in Connecticut, where he also plays varsity hockey. Ed lives quietly in Westchester, N.Y., doing some angel investing and charity work. Y We were pleased to hear from Mark Pestana, who is still alive in Grand Rapids, Mich., and still married to wife Mary Beth. His daughter, Stephanie, just started music school at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Mary Beth continues to homeschool their son, Simon, a high school junior. This summer Mark visited his dad, a retired
back.” Y Howie Lazar wrote from Alaska that his daughter, Jessica, started medical school at the University of Washington this fall. In March Howie was awarded the 2013 Dung Beetle of the Year Award by one of his largest clients, Medical Insurance Exchange of California. He encouraged us to use our imaginations as to what it was for. In October he plans to get together with Bob Tommasino, Artie Bell, Remi Browne, Fred Traversi, and John Robbins for some golf and R and R when he’s in Boston for several depositions. Y Robin Hamill-Ruth finally sold her house and downsized. Her youngest (number six) graduated from high school a year early and is attending UCal Berkeley. Robin looks forward to visiting her and having an excuse to hang out in Napa Valley and sip wine on a regular basis. Sounds good to us! Y Your reunion committee has met through the fall to set plans in motion. Please let us know if you have any ideas for activities, music, or special events.
1975 Susie Gearhart Wuest email@example.com Mike ’76 and Mary Bastron Harper celebrated Mary’s 60th birthday with a wonderful weeklong trip to Paris. Two months later Mary was recuperating at home in Minnesota from arthroscopic surgery on her right knee to repair a meniscus tear, which was the result of falling on ice last winter while walking their golden retriever,
Frances. Mike works long hours at the Mayo Clinic in his dean of practice position. He still sees some patients, but mostly has administrative duties and travels now. Youngest daughter Caitlin is a secondyear medical student at the nearby Mayo Medical School. Son Nick is living in Chicago, working in a commercial real estate investment firm and taking night classes at the University of Chicago for his M.B.A. Daughter Sarah is in Austin, Texas, teaching Spanish at a private prep school and coaching the women’s golf team. Y For John Orefice it seems like only yesterday that he was listening to President Strider talk about serendipity. While driving his daughter to Elon, N.C., for her senior year, the memories kept flooding back: Johnson Hall, Pizza by Norm, and Sandy Maisel’s bow ties! John retired two years ago from teaching and directing high school students in Pelham, N.Y. He and his wife sold their Pelham home of many years and moved to Atlantic Highlands, N.J., where they enjoy a majestic view of Sandy Hook Bay and, on a clear day, Manhattan. While moving he discovered how much Colby memorabilia he had saved, including boxes of Powder and Wig photos and posters. After posting pictures on Facebook from Man of La Mancha (fall of 1974), he reconnected with fellow Powder and Wig alums Larry Cappiello ’74, Claudia Schneider ’77, and John Mulcahy ’76. Y Katy Seabrook Brunault finds it hard to believe that she has run her own dance studio, HamiltonWenham School of Dance, for 20 years. It is such a joy for her to spend each day doing what she loves. Daughter Fiona has her master’s in teaching and teaches English at Pioneer Valley School for the Performing Arts. Fiona and her husband, a Ph.D. student, live in Easthampton, Mass. Katy’s husband, Charlie, works for Sylvania. One highlight in her life was when Charlie bought her a cello for her birthday a few years ago. Katy played in high school and has found it so rewarding to start playing again. Last July Katy enjoyed seeing Andy and Susan Story Galt and Jim Peale ’77 and Carol McIntyre-Peale at their annual gathering at the Galts’ 100-year-old camp on New Hampshire’s Lake Lovell. Y Deborah Seel Palman, a retired game warden in Maine, is president of the Maine Association for Search and Rescue. In September she and her dog, Quinn, put their skills to work and found an 86-year-old Maine man who had been missing from his Benton home for two nights. “Anytime anybody is found, it’s a success,” Deborah told the Waterville Morning Sentinel.
1976 Robert Weinstein firstname.lastname@example.org No time to waste, so let’s jump right in. Doug McMurrey is in his seventh year at Kinder Morgan, a large energy company based in Houston. “The oil patch has been a great place to be.” He noted that Houston had its coolest spring in memory. Doug considers himself lucky in so many ways, including going to Colby. He hopes we all see our years in Maine as one of our great life experiences. Doug is in Maine at least every other year for a couple of weeks—best sailing in the world! Y Betsy Bowen continues to teach English at Fairfield University in Connecticut, where she is happy to have been joined by another Colby grad, Michelle Farrell ’01. This summer Betsy traveled to Kyrgyzstan to work with Central Asian business faculty on writing in the business curriculum. Y Jay Sarson is enjoying his new role in life: “Five grandchildren all under three. Three boys, two girls. More fun than your own children.” Y Joy Sawyer-Mulligan was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Chair at the Thacher School, where she has taught for 29 years. She was recognized the day after writing a piece honoring Colby music professor Paul Machlin. (What goes around comes around!) Joy and her husband, Michael, who is head of the school, celebrated their 32nd anniversary in June. Their daughter, Annie, graduated last year with honors from the University of Colorado, Denver, and was headed to law school after completing an advanced paralegal degree. Joy is convinced Annie’s pursuit stems from all the times she admonished Annie as a child with “So sue me!” Y This September the East Bay Women in Business Roundtable held its 15th annual reception and honored our very own Dale Marie Crooks Golden MacDonald with its Trailblazer Award. From my Facebook friendship with Dale Marie, I can see the energy and pride she has from her work helping women and nonprofit organizations get the financing they need to follow their dreams. Congratulations! Y Lydia McAnerney’s son, Andrew, graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis while daughter Rebecca is studying environmental science at the University of Minneapolis. Lydia notes, “Both are close enough that we see them often, which is lovely.” Her husband, John, is starting to subcontract out some of the heavy-lifting portion of his landscape business, and Lydia continues as enrollment director at GRS in St. Paul. This summer she drove to both the West and East Coast to celebrate her 60th year. (Yes, our class is approaching THAT milestone!)
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ALUMNI AT LARGE Y Jan Gorman retired from the insurance business this summer. She noted that it was an interesting career but she needs time for her bucket list. She planned to start a small business providing “long-arm quilting services” to quilters at quiltify.com, essentially to fund her fabric addiction! Her daughter and son-in-law are returning to the United States, so Jan can now travel to places other than France and England. Her coda: “Most important, we are all healthy and happy.” Y John Lumbard writes that his daughters “are successfully launched.” Youngest daughter Laura is in a management training program at PepsiCo; eldest daughter KC decided, on completion of a master’s program in counseling, to become a rowing coach. John recently sang in a Nashua Symphony chorus with our classmate Peter Labombarde. He sees Peter Coz ’75 on business trips to California, which always include soccer with a Mission Bay pickup group and surfing lessons in Encinitas. For years John has longed for a client in Utah and now has two in Park City. The result? He skied there just before Easter. Y That wraps up this column. Look forward next time to updates from Diane Lockwood Wendorf and Paul Kueffner—and maybe you! Please remember to send your Colby Fund donation. Look for us on Facebook under Colby College Class of 1976.
1977 Kevin Farnham email@example.com Alan Taylor will continue to teach at the University of California at Davis this year. Beginning in August 2014, he’ll hold the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia. Alan’s new book, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, is now
McLeod Rosenfield, Ina-Lee Toll Block, and Joanne Karlin Giudicelli. Y Colby can probably look forward to applications from Alan MacEwan’s children. His sophomore daughter, Louisa, who attended her third Maine Rowing Camp at Colby, insists that Colby will be her first choice. His senior son, Graham, is also a fan and likely to apply this fall. Alan notes, “The campus, including the new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the art museum, is utterly spectacular.” Y Jane Hoffman continues to find rewards in helping college applicants make sense of the process via her business, College Advice 101. Jane’s son, Daniel, graduated from Oberlin and is seeking a career in art in northern California; her daughter, Rachel, works in Brooklyn, N.Y., dispersing reparations to Austrian victims of the Holocaust. Jane and her husband are now trying to “raise” three Siamese cats—or the cats are trying to raise them! Y Denise Martell Martin is very pleased to have a granddaughter. She didn’t think it would take this long given that she and her husband started the next generation fairly early and they had more children (four) than most in our generation. When not doting on her granddaughter (and impatiently awaiting a cousin for her to play with), Denise helps businesses gain sales through her proprietary training program that applies sales psychology based on understanding people. Y Susan Ferrari Dwyer is married to John Dwyer ’78. They live in Los Angeles, but Susan loves spending time in her hometown, Plymouth, Mass. Susan is a performing songwriter. Her band is the Strands, and she invites Colbyites to check out her gigs, which happen mostly in Venice and Santa Monica, Calif. Y Richard Conant spent a month in Paris visiting his wife’s family, and their son stayed on to hike 500 miles on El Camino de Santiago
Steve Ford ’77 and his wife are still farming in Alabama, and Steve teaches economics at the Sewanee—the University of the South in Tennessee.
available. Y Amy Schenck Frankel has lived in New York City for 35 years. She runs a graphic design and branding agency, IF Studio, focusing mainly on residential real estate. Family life revolves around her husband, Martin, her son, Drew, and her stepchildren, Laura and Andrew (all of the children are now adults). Amy’s been in contact with Claudia Schneider, Janet 54 COLBY / FALL 2013
de Compostela (the Way). While skiing over the winter, he happened to ride up a chairlift at Sugarbush with a stranger who turned out to be Jenny Frutchy Ford ’76. Dick says, “You never know where you’ll run into a Colbyite!” Y Steve Ford and his wife are still farming in Alabama, and Steve teaches economics part time at the Sewanee—the University of the South in
Tennessee. Their daughter is a sophomore at Smith. Their son, a high school junior, is starting to look at colleges. In August Steve attended a small Phi Delta Theta reunion hosted by Mike Harris ’76 in Biddeford, Maine. Also in attendance were Al Shapiro ’76, Dan Sexton ’75, Marty Womer ’75, Diane McCoy (honorary Phi), Dean
others would join him and Mary Rolerson Hebert, John Geismar, Mike Slavin, and Ian Ogilvie for the fundraising ride. “It would be cool to have a big ’78 group to ride in memory of our classmates and raise money,” Jim said. Y Speaking of Ian Ogilvie, his summer biking adventures started when he connected with Fritz Martin at
Jane Hoffman ’77 continues to find rewards in helping college applicants make sense of the process via her business, College Advice 101. Eaton ’73, Bob Walsh ’75, Howie Tuttman ’76, Mike Sherrill ’74, and Charlie LeRoyer ’75. The plan is to hold this event again in the future. Y Ken Colton wonders, “What lawyer can resist the Blarney Stone?” He and his wife had a “grand time” in Cork, Dublin, and points in between before setting out for a friend’s wedding in Norway in the Nor Fjord region. After seeing awesome scenery, they had a short stay in Oslo, then flew back to the U.S. Y My wife, Dale, and I were also at Blarney Castle this summer but decided that kissing a spot on a rock that thousands of others had kissed in the preceding hours (“or possibly licked,” Dale noted) was unappealing. Call us prudes, I guess!
1978 Nancy Piccin firstname.lastname@example.org Greetings, classmates! My plea for fabulous vacation news was answered in spades. I am pleased to say I connected with many Colby friends this summer, starting at the wonderful reunion in June. I encourage all of you to go to the Class of ’78 Facebook page to see photos of about a dozen of us owning the dance floor into the wee hours. Y Outgoing class president Jim Cook and his wife, Sue Conant Cook ’75, toured the French wine country this summer, but Jim says the French he learned at Colby was sadly rusty. When he returned, he connected in Marshfield, Mass., with Laura Hyer and Eddie Smith, who was visiting from Denver. Laura was sorry to have missed the official reunion in June but was happy to connect with Jim and Eddie. “We had an absolutely wonderful time catching up, laughing, hanging out on the beach, and taking a swim in the cold Atlantic,” she said. Jim planned to participate in the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing’s Dempsey Challenge ride, Oct. 12-13 in Lewiston. Noting that we have lost several classmates to cancer, Jim hoped
our 35th reunion in June. Ian and Fritz rode some of the Central Maine NEMBA trails through Colby and around Waterville. Fritz was having so much fun he bought a new (to him) bike before heading back to Vermont. Since then Ian has been four times to the Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vt., where more than 100 miles of single track weave through the town, offering what Ian describes as an amazing experience. Ian also took part in the Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge and rode 100 kilometers in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Ian recently visited with Bill Middleton at his place on Diamond Cove just off Portland, Maine. Bill and his wife, Gloria, are between moving from Almaty, Kazakhstan, to New Delhi for a warm-weather experience. Y Greg Jordan lives in Carlsbad, Calif., and his family took an Alaskan cruise this summer. During the trip they visited the Tracy Arm Fjord and picked up a book about it, which happened to be written by Nick Jans ’77. Y Steve Jacobs pronounced his summer “superb” as he took his daughter Emily camping in Wyoming and Montana for two weeks. Steve summited two 10,000+ footers on that trip and reported that he also achieved personal records in 5K, 10K, and half marathons over the summer. He also doffed a hat to the Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale produced by Doug Maffucci’s Atlantic Brewing Company—Steve tried the ale during a camping trip to Mount Desert Island. Y In August I had a great weekend with Anne Marie Hobson Pesarik at her family’s beach accommodations in Rye, N.H. Anne Marie and I reminisced about our senior-year adventures with the late Steve Sparkes, and she entertained my daughter with stories about how I was always losing my shoes back in 1978. Thanks a lot, Hobson. After that I spent a great weekend in Gloucester, Mass., with a crew that included Lindy Williams ’79, Bill Muller ’79, Howie Ingraham ’79, Jim Coull ’80, John Longley ’80, Jack McBride ’80, and Kevin ’80 and Robin Gathany Shea
’80. I missed seeing Kristin White and Jim Shaw ’79, but maybe next year. Y Thanks to everyone who has been so accommodating, and I hope you’ll all keep the news coming. And join that class Facebook page!
1979 Cheri Bailey Powers email@example.com Before I start with news, remember that our 35th reunion is June 5-8, 2014. Please mark your calendar. Y Peter Greenberg’s son, Michael, graduated from Skidmore in the spring with a degree in molecular biology and is now employed at Regeneron, an up-and-coming pharmaceutical company. Daughter Sara is spending her first semester of her junior year abroad at Reutlingen University in Germany studying international business. Peter and his wife enjoy being empty nesters and look forward to vising Sarah this fall. Y Bruce Brown is very proud of his son, Ryan, for earning his Eagle rank in Boy Scouts. He attended the national Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia last summer. Ryan is a high school sophomore. Y Sharing news for the first time is Laurel Johnson Black. Laurel’s daughter, Willa, attends Seton Hill University, where her father, Bill, is the archivist and teaches a course on spirituality and religion. Laurel’s family was recently the focus of a segment of The Ghost Inside My Child, a show on the Biography Channel that explores claims of reincarnation. Laurel teaches writing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and also advises the paranormal society there. After 17 years of being cancer-free, she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer—not a recurrence, a new cancer. It was caught early, though, and she has finished a summer of chemotherapy. Y Just back from a tremendous family cruise through Alaska, Sam Koch is ready for another season of coaching soccer at UMass. Oldest son Christopher is at Washington College for his sophomore year. Sam’s second son, Jeff, the family actor/dancer, is attending NMH for his junior and senior years. Ben, a sophomore in high school, plays soccer and is the family Xbox champion. Katie, the princess, does everything the boys do and then some—soccer, basketball, softball, dance classes, student council, Girl Scouts, etc. Wife Suzanne works for the DA’s office as a forensic interviewer for child abuse cases. This Dec. 12 they’ll be married 21 years. Y While at Colby Jane Venman Ledebuhr majored in human development, mostly because she felt she needed an education in a more acceptable field than what she really wanted to study—art. While working
at Colby after graduation, she designed a couple of brochures for the Admissions Office. While raising her kids, she earned a degree in commercial art and did freelance graphic work. Now an empty nester, she has found her way back to art as a glass artist assisting Craig Mitchell Smith, a rising kiln-formed glass artist. Jane enjoys going to work. Both kids are in North Carolina working after college. Wes, 25, is pursuing a master’s in statistical analytics, and Rachel, 23, runs a restaurant in Burlington and teaches high school math. Y As for me, Cheri Bailey Powers, Tom and I are no longer empty nesters. Our youngest, Meredith, moved home to attend UCCS (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) here in town. We’re happy to have her home, and she’s very happy with her decision to transfer since the teaching program is more hands-on and provides the opportunity to tutor in local schools. My oldest, Kayleigh, is also attending UCCS as a graduate student, earning her master’s in special education. I’m happy to start singing after the summer off, singing with Soli Deo Gloria and acting as treasurer. Y Betsy Bucklin Reddy planned a late-September trip to California and Utah to tour several national parks and visit her daughter Maggie, who lives in Salt Lake City and works at American Apparel. Daughter Emily recently moved from Colorado Springs to the Boston area
at the Wellesley College Child Study Center under the direction of her Colby roommate Sue Horwitz Kerr Miller. Liz’s husband, Barry ’79, keeps busy with his consulting work and teaching part time at the school of management at BU. The Horwitzes recently met up with Lisa Pacun ’79, who was visiting from England. Liz’s daughter, Ali, is back after 14 months studying Chinese in Taiwan and is working as an office manager at an accounting firm. Her son, Michael, manages a Legal Seafood and is engaged to be married next fall. Y Friends since freshman year on first-floor Dana, Amy Wight Chapman, Elizabeth Stuart Bailey, Elisabeth Eustis Paine, and Cate Talbot Ashton all got together for a weekend at Amy’s family’s camp in Woodstock, Maine. Thirty-seven years and they never run out of things to talk and laugh about! Y Mimi Brodsky Kress’s company has been building 20-plus custom homes a year in the strong D.C. luxury housing market. Mimi’s learning to be an empty nester, as her youngest just started at the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work. Mimi had an AWESOME time with Mike and Gretchen Huebsch Daly at the Sun Valley wedding of Debbie Pugh Kelton’s son Tucker ’07 to Elizabeth Morbeck ’07. Y Sonia Turcotte Fois’s oldest, Andrew, started this fall as a music composition major at NYU. Y Greg Mills’s oldest son, Sam, planned to start at
Michele Adams Prince ’81 , now in her 20th year at Kennebec Valley Community Action Program in Waterville, attended Poverty Institute 2013 in Machias.
and teaches middle school art. Betsy sends greetings to classmates and reminds everyone to SAVE THE DATE for our 35th, June 5-8, 2014. Betsy and Emily Grout Sprague are reunion co-chairs, and they welcome your participation on the reunion committee. Please call either of them if you’d like to help out, and please plan to attend our 35th.
1980 Tom Marlitt firstname.lastname@example.org Liz Yanagihara Horwitz had a busy summer. In addition to playing in a flute, violin, and guitar group called Trio di Canto, she showed her art at the Aquatro Gallery in Gloucester, Mass. This fall she’s working one day a week
Clemson University. Sam was captain of his high school robotics team that placed 21st out of 2,600 teams at the world championships in St. Louis. Greg was a victim of the massive layoffs in the financial industry, but he has kept busy riding his bike (just did a 50-mile and is training for a century) and adding to his arsenal of professional skills in the hope of working for a progressive company in the NYC metro area, Georgia, or the Carolinas. Y Maureen Flint DiStasio’s oldest son, Mick, just graduated from Trinity and is heading to Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, for his master’s and to continue playing basketball. Her son Lou attends URI on a basketball scholarship and will be a sophomore this year. When Mo’s not watching her kids’ sporting events, she works part time at North Face in Freeport.
Y Our classmate on the Hill, Cate Talbot Ashton, reported that graduation was more fun than ever with six of our classmates watching their kids graduate: Paul and Kathy McCullough Wade (Callie), Glenn Davis (Caitlin), Joanne Shannon O’Donnell (Colleen), Joel Solomon (Rose), and Sue Horwitz Kerr Miller (Malcolm). Congratulations to all!
1981 Steph Vrattos email@example.com Two-year breast cancer survivor Eleanor Campbell and her fiancé are moving to Ambler, Pa., and will wed in April. Y Saranna Robinson Thornton ran into Professor Tom Morrione ’65 at a philanthropy educators conference in Palo Alto, where she and Katy Young dined on Maine lobster. Y After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year, Tom Schofield’s daughter Colby organized a team for the Pan-Mass Challenge charity bike ride. The team, including David Ryley and Jeff McLaughlin, and raised over $100,000. Joel Cutler provided dinner and lodging for David and Jeff. “The experience of riding across the finish line with my daughter is one of our greatest moments ever.” Y Now in her 20th year at Kennebec Valley Community Action Program in Waterville, Program Director Michele Adams Prince attended Poverty Institute 2013 in Machias, Maine, and hosted a summer visit with Karen Baumstark Porter, Karen Pfeiffer Jones, and Susan Robertson Kuzia ’82. Y In addition to celebrating their 26th anniversary, Connecticut attorney and western Massachusetts resident Linda Clifford Hadley and her husband have a son starting college in Chicago, another son already in college, and a daughter who graduated and is a nurse at Hartford Hospital. Linda frequently sees Jay Krusell, Chris Morrill, Brian Picard, and Peter Greenberg ’79, and she stays in touch with Bob Ruzzo and Alison Jones Webb. Y Mark Bloom posts monthly travel stories as a guest blogger for The Gypsy Girl Travel Blog (rileybanks. net/gypsy-girl-travel-blog.html). Check out his bio! Y Jodie Hewey Murphy’s younger son is at the University of New England, and her oldest graduated from Clarkson University. Y Dani Nemec Micsan’s son is a Wake Forest freshman. Y Pam Heleen’s son, Alex, performed in upstate New York’s Skaneateles Summer Theatre production of Les Miserables, which Pam costumed. She then drove daughter Kaitlin back to Nashville for her sophomore year at Vanderbilt. Y Christian Melby enjoyed a family
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ALUMNI AT LARGE trip to Rome and Capri with a drive down the coast to Naples, Pompeii, Amalfi, and Positano. Y Take a listen to Joel Harris’s daughter Phoebe playing lead guitar for the all-female punk band Potty Mouth, out of Northampton, Mass., featured recently on NPR: npr.org/2013/09/01/216461958/ first-listen-potty-mouth-hell-bent. Y Faith Bramhall Rodenkirk’s children swim for the University of Pittsburgh. Daughter Lindsey is a sophomore, and son Alex, a senior and team captain, competed in last summer’s U.S. Open swim championships in California. Y Beth Pniewski Wilson, Lynne Bruen Winter, Janet Blau Cobb, Ellen Owens Dion, Nancy Welsh Isbell, and Lynn McLaren all met at Darlene Howland and Steve Pfaff’s house in Wellesley, Mass., for an old-fashioned summer barbecue. Earlier that day, Beth ran into Bob Ruzzo, who had just joined the Boston law firm of Holland & Knight. Y After living in Florida for 28 years, Robin Bickford Brisebois returned to Oakland, Maine, in October 2011. Y Judi Greene Stewart’s daughter, Ramsay, graduated from Hamilton College in May and now works for a consulting firm in Boston. Y Bob “Clarkie” Clark played in the Junior Achievement charity golf tournament at Turner Hill in Ipswich, Mass., with Steve Pfaff, Joel Harris, and Scott Vandersall. Y Marisa D’Andrea Barber and Pam Ellis had a great time in Portland, Maine, shopping in the Old Port and having dinner at the Sebago Brewery. Y Living in Monterey, Calif., with husband Ken and son Gabe, 13, Paulette Lynch was honored as one of the Outstanding Women of Monterey County. I found Paulette speaking on her work at youtube.com/watch?v=cqZL0qW6DLg. Y Beginning her 17th year at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., Leslie Breton is in her 33rd year of teaching math. She reported some old news: “I got a phone call from Colby in 2008 saying they had found my Colby class ring. I had lost it while coaching softball in 1983!”
1982 Sarah LickDyke Morissette firstname.lastname@example.org Roger Valliere’s son, Jeff, started dental school at Indiana University in July. Jeff plans to join Roger, Roger’s wife, Brenda, and his father-in-law, Ralph, in their Fort Wayne, Ind., dental practice when he graduates in four years. Roger notes that his father was a dentist too, so Jeff will be the third generation on both sides! Y After 18 months in Maine restoring their 1937 ketch, Arabella, Jen Maire Hagemann and her
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family have moved aboard and launched. They plan to live on the boat and cruise for a year or so, and Jen would love to connect with any Colby classmates along the East Coast and ICW. Y Ann Renner Stillwater graduated from Cambridge College with her M.Ed. in school nursing this summer. She reconnected with Ron Shapiro in Boston while in college in July 2012, and Ron and his spouse visited Ann in Harrisburg in July 2013. Y For the past nine months Lesley DeYulio DeFio has been a clinical enrollment manager with Parexel International, and her job allows her to travel. She recently visited with Mimi Brodsky Kress ‘80 in
nington, Vt., is employed as the executive director of the Bennington County Regional Commission, and occasionally dabbles in politics. He fully expects to submit another update 31 years from now. Y That’s all for now, folks!
1983 Jennifer Thayer Naylor email@example.com Hey, gang, here’s my first column without training wheels. I just dropped my son off at Kimball Union Academy, now in its 11th year under Mike Schafer’s capable leadership.
Rich Schwermer ’83 is the chair of the Utah State Drug Court programs, a system designed to achieve recovery in place of incarceration. He finds the work very fulfilling.
Baltimore and Beth Garrido Graham ’81 in Boston. Y This summer Walter Judge caught up with Adam Weiss ’83 and Becca Cunningham-Weiss ’84, who also live in the Burlington, Vt., area, and with Jamie Engert, who came through Burlington for a visit. Adam and Becca have two daughters currently at Colby. Walter traveled to the wilds of western Maine and visited Geoff ’81 and Barbie Fallows Ives at their beautiful spot in Cornish. While there they went to Ebenezer’s Pub in Lovell, Maine, which has been rated the best beer bar in America and where they ran into Laurellie Jacobs Martinez ’84 and her lovely family. Y Duncan McGillivray (Pomona exchange student, fall ’81) has many fond memories of his time at Colby, especially of Kim Konieczny ’83, whom we lost too soon, and the Class of ’82. He wishes everyone well. Duncan currently serves as the chief operating officer for Healthcare Community Development Group, LLC, a hospital- and medical clinicfocused financial advisory and investment company. Y Nancy Briggs Marshall’s son Craig ’15 is spending a junior semester abroad from Colby in New Zealand, where he is taking classes and ski racing. He’s had some great race finishes while there. He will be back in time to compete with the Colby ski team this winter. Nancy planned to head down under to spend two weeks with him in October. Y Jim Sullivan has been hard at work for the past 31 years not sending any information about himself to Colby. He has two daughters and two grandsons, lives with his wife, Leslie Addison, in North Ben-
It was great to see him and hear about his globetrotting in service to KUA’s message of curriculum, community, and commitment. Mike lives on campus with his wife, Gayle, and two school-age daughters. My son is thrilled to leave reform school behind for a more upbeat and nurturing environment with chocolate-chip cookies on Wednesdays. Y In Irvine, Calif., Mike Collins’s four sons and his small businesses keep him and his wife, Lyann, very busy. Despite Mike’s fervent hope that one of his sons will land on Mayflower Hill, Mike’s second son, Paul, headed to Tufts this fall. Mike’s businesses include selling water-filtration equipment to the leisure water industry and electric motors to commercial end users through electricmotor.com. The economic downturn hit the businesses pretty hard. Lyann writes that their response has been to work harder and smarter. As a coach in the community leagues, Mike has kept up with his love of baseball, bringing kids to the game that has given so much joy to him and his boys. Please, old friends, get back in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org. Y Tyger Nicholas has one son on Mayflower Hill; Harry ’16 completed his freshman year making dean’s list and playing football and lacrosse for the Mules. Tyger lives in Stonington with his wife and his daughter, Sarah, 19. After 20 years in corporate America, he went the startup route and seems to have had a successful exit. I also learned that he’s hung up the trademark red All-Stars for Stan Smith Adidas (Hello, Adidas, we’ll take the product placement
payola for the alumni fund!). Y Great to hear from Billy Lloyd, who lives in a beautiful farming community, Geneseo, N.Y., where he moved right out of college. Because his mother’s family had settled the area in days of yore, there’s a lot of extended family, which sews up the social life nicely. In addition to his work for Merrill Lynch Rochester, Billy rents out land to a mix of dairy, crop, and sheep operations as well as some timbering. He has all the benefits of living on a farm without the need for a new wardrobe—or, as Billy says, “Life in small-town western New York is balanced between office and farm work, family, and friends.” Bill and wife Meg have two sons out of college (including Coyne ’11) and two daughters in college. This is their second year of an empty nest with a chance to travel. Maybe ColbyBnB can send Bill and Meg some invites, hmm? Y Sue Sheehan and Rich Schwermer had dinner with Chip Rooney and his lovely wife, Jan, when they were in the Salt Lake City area. “We hadn’t seen Chip in 20 years. He is still brilliant, acerbic, and warm-hearted. It was great to catch up and swap stories about the kids.” Rich is the chair of the Utah State Drug Court programs, a system designed to achieve recovery in place of incarceration. He finds the work very rewarding and loves to see lives transformed. Sue is the executive director of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Their son, Josh, completed his degree in biomedical/computer engineering and has his own IT company; their daughter is a communications major at the University of Utah, where she hosts a radio show called The Giggs on WBAR. Y Nishit Mehta has my fantasy gig: He has retired from his teaching, writing, and psychotherapy practice and now divides his leisure time between New Mexico and Paris, France. Y Keep the e-mail coming. I LOVED hearing from all of you who wrote, and I thank spouses who took on the task with such flair.
1984 Mary Kate Whalen email@example.com Tammy Jones Howe lives in Ipswich, Mass., with her husband, Scott, and daughters Phoebe and Charlotte. She and Phoebe recently visited Colby for a tour and interview, and Tammy took the opportunity to catch up with Professor Ed Yeterian over lunch. Phoebe looked forward to applying to Colby later this fall. Tammy is a forensic psychologist in Massachusetts. Y David “Rosie” Rosenberg, John Ayer, Bill Sheehan, and Warren Burroughs played in the
Agassiz Village Annual Golf Tournament in August. Thanks to Warren’s stellar play, they pulled off a first-place finish. Agassiz is a nonprofit camp for underprivileged kids in Maine. Rosie also reports that Bill has embraced PX90 training, and Bill says, “I feel like I’m 21 again!” Y Nils Gjesteby still has his Ships Chandlery business, but he has ventured into liquor distribution and is importing a proprietary vodka blend from Norway under the name Simple Vodka. Y Earlier this summer, David Rosenberg attended the first-ever Colby rugby reunion with Warren Burroughs, Kate Shaw, Joy Valvano, Lori Sturgeon Davis, and Ann Poolos Bailey. Bob Ruzzo ’81 and Bob Benjamin ’82 were also in attendance. Y Kimberley Fitch and Bob Zogg were married in May at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Mass. Kimberley works for a sustainable-food-systems nonprofit, and Bob works for an energy efficiency consulting firm. Kimberley enjoys yoga, and both Bob and Kimberley enjoy crosscountry skiing, canoeing, and yard work at their Carlisle, Mass., home. Kimberley would love to connect with any alumni in the area. E-mail her at peerprint@ yahoo.com. Y Marian Leerburger wrote as she was sending her son, Alec, off to his sophomore year at Elmira College in western New York, where he is majoring in psychology and is a goalie for the hockey team. Her daughter, Katie, is a junior in
80s newsmakers Artist Liz Yanagihara Horwitz ’80 exhibited her micro-origami earrings and three-dimensional paper sculptures in traditional Japanese fan shapes at Aquatro Gallery in Gloucester, Mass., this summer through Oct. 14. F The Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors honored Paulette Lynch ’81 as one of the Outstanding Women of Monterey County for her efforts to increase opportunities in the arts and education. Lynch is the executive director of the Arts Council for Monterey County. F Maine Superior Court Justice John Nivison ’82 was named a U.S. magistrate Liz Yanagihara Horwitz ’80 judge beginning in 2014. As a federal judge, Nivison will primarily preside in Bangor. He was appointed to the Maine District Court in 1999 and to the Superior Court in 2007. F In September Nicholas Papapetros ’87 was featured in the Boston Globe for 20-plus years of family dentistry at Village Dental Group in Shrewsbury, Mass.
1985 Katie Hollander Adams firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks to all who caught the desperation in my e-mail request for news—I was inundated! Y Dave Heller graduated from the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management held at Furman University this summer. He’s not sure he wants to run a bank, but it was an interesting experience, especially dorm life and college food. Dave has a 7-year-old in third grade. Y Sean
Ann Sanborn Ciulla ’86 is a private investigator with her own business, ARC Investigations, in Orange County, Calif. She primarily works on criminal defense cases.
high school and is starting the dreaded interview process at colleges. Katie is a Junior Olympic acrobatic gymnast who placed seventh in the country at nationals in July. She has been invited to join famed Olympic gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi’s Age Group Development Team and will go to Karolyi’s Camp in Texas in November for a week of training. Katie plans to interview at Colby during reunion next June. Y Which leads me to this closing note. Please save the date—June 5-8, 2014—for the 30th reunion of the Class of 1984. The highlight of the weekend will be my turning over the pen for this column to a worthy, eager successor (or to David Rosenberg). In the meantime, keep those e-mails coming.
Padgett and wife Ann-Meg White dropped daughter Cat off at Colby for freshman year. They stopped in York to visit Catherine Stehman-Breen and meet her daughter, Erin, also a freshman. Catherine has a son at Bowdoin; she’s looking forward to the Colby/Bowdoin rivalry! Y Kevin Bruen also has a freshman at Colby this year. He recently took a family trip to Tokyo. Y Terry Martin was elected to the Maine Education Association board of directors. Y John Schleck lives in the Seattle area with his wife, Beth, and two boys, Erich and Brody. John and family visited the U.K., where his father lived for many years. Brody discovered the Big Nate series by Linc Peirce and carried one of the books everywhere he went in London. John would love to hear
from anyone visiting the Northwest. Y Rob Hazard attended a 50th birthday party for Andy Sheehan on Lake Winnisquam in Meredith, N.H. The party was planned by Andy’s wife, Barbara Wilkes Sheehan. Bill Donahue ’86 was there. “As Andy is a grad school alum of the University of Texas, the party had a distinctly Longhorn theme with great barbecue and Texas microbrews.” Y Buster Clegg got married Aug. 25 and moved across town to a new home in Newburyport, Mass. Buster’s two kids join his wife’s kids, and they range from 8 to 21. Buster’s son, the oldest, is a senior at Washington College in Maryland. Y Mike Muir begins his term as president of the Association for Middle Level Education, which advances the education of students ages 10 to 15, helping them succeed as learners and supporting educators who work with them. Y Mickie Linder Simpson juggles working as an associate broker with Sotheby’s International Realty and life with two teenagers. She resettled in the D.C. area and would love to get together with anyone there for “drinks and adult conversation.” Y Julie Sands Causey still runs a community bank in Minnesota and is finishing a term on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. She and her husband are empty nesters—all three boys in college—and enjoyed two weeks at their solar-powered cabin on an island on Rainy Lake in Canada. She had dinner in Boston last winter with Kate Lucier O’Neil, Gretchen Bean Bergill, and John O’Connor in honor of the 25th anniversary of their year abroad in France. Y Gretchen Bean Bergill and husband Stefan were on the college circuit with son Nik. They toured the Pacific Northwest and visited Lynn Brunelle and family on Bainbridge Island,
where they toured, kayaked, and enjoyed a fabulous salmon barbecue on Eliot Bay. Y Barbara Knox lives in Oakland, Calif. After 11 years teaching ESL to adult immigrants, she’s teaching academic English in an English-intensive setting for City College in San Francisco. She picked up an extra class for San Francisco State training the IT department in ESL. Barbara’s son is a sophomore at Santa Clara University, where he was recruited to play Division I soccer. Barb’s daughter, a high school sophomore, took a trip to Costa Rica and participated in a service learning project. Barbara had a mini-reunion with Barbara Wilkes Sheehan, Valerie Madden ’86, and Valerie’s husband, Rob O’Hara. Valerie and Rob own a coffeehouse, Natterjacks, in England. Y Dave and Cory Humphreys Serrano live in Needham with daughters Marisa ’15 , who’s in Barcelona for her semester abroad, and Erica, who’s at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Cory has mixed feelings about this empty-nest phase “but won’t miss waiting up for kids to blow through their curfew!” Y Thanks for the news, everyone.
1986 Henrietta “Hank” Yelle email@example.com Hi, friends. Lots of updates on the work people do. The diversity of employment choices is fascinating, yet many touch on common threads: living in or making regular visits to Maine—and family. Y Ann Sanborn Ciulla writes from Orange County, Calif., that she is a private investigator with her own business, ARC Investigations. She primarily works on criminal defense cases around serious felonies. She loves her job despite typically crazy hours of 60 hours per week. Her life is not all work. She also keeps busy with her three kids: Maddy, in her first year at Cal State San Luis Obispo; Nicky, a high school sophomore; and Noah, an eighth grader. Recently they traveled to Boston and Cape Cod as well as London. She’d love to hear from classmates at firstname.lastname@example.org. Y As the director of compensation at MaineGeneral Health, Laurie Clark works at the beautifully renovated Hathaway building in Waterville and frequently goes out of her way to drive through campus on her way to meetings at Thayer Hospital. She loves seeing all the changes on campus. Y Bill Kules was recently appointed chair of the Department of Library and Information Science at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He tries to get back to Maine at least every summer. Y Andy Burns’s heart soars and breaks as his second child leaves for college. Having
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ALUMNI AT LARGE two kids out of the house but still on the payroll, and two more waiting in the middle and elementary school wings, keeps him focused. Having put down roots in Kentucky, Andy appreciates summertime, fog-cooled, bluegrass mornings, fine bourbon, and proximity to an international airport to maintain a sometimes hectic schedule of running, lecturing, or proselytizing about project management. Y Heather Freeman Black has reflects on what she appreciates most—her daughter, her husband of 20 years, wonderful pets, and a life that lets her enjoy her photography, volunteer work, involvement with performing arts and sports, and traveling. It was brought into focus when she and her family were evacuated from their Sun Valley, Idaho, home this summer, running from one of biggest and most intense wildfires in recent history. Fortunately their home was spared. Y Lee A. Kubishta shared that her family spends every weekend at their camp on Great East Lake in Maine. She and Tom entertained their two teenagers and four friends for a three-day end-of-summer weekend. The refrigerator was empty, the boat gas tank was empty (three times), but the kids were full of enough energy to harness and run Colby. Lee suggests a new teen-powered green initiative. Y Chris Engstrom and I enjoyed some mini-Colby reunions this summer. David Quillen made a hop to Boston after dropping his oldest child, Michael, in Connecticut for a weeklong “camp” at the Coast Guard Academy. David is the perfect houseguest, arriving with Scotch, taking us on a late-night run to our local Asian grocery store, and cooking an Asian dinner for us the next night. The next weekend we hosted David’s wife, Amy, and son Michael after “camp” while David held down the fort in Gainesville, Fla., with younger kids Josh and Emma. The next week Christian Barner and wife Jen hosted us and Eric Pendleton for a weekend of eating, laughing, and general goofiness at their home in Kennebunkport—plus waterskiing on a nearby lake. We saw Eric again along with Colette Cote for a wild midweek birthday celebration for our dear friend Fred Elias, whom many French majors will remember from our junior year in Caen. Y As I send this off, it is September. Our Henri has started fourth grade and wants to take viola and guitar along with his piano and French lessons. I am two weeks out from my biggest work event of the year, a fundraising dinner auction for Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm, and Chris is trying to find something to eat in the fridge that I never seem to get filled. We count our blessings. Write and tell me about yours.
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1987 Scott Lainer email@example.com I didn’t get a lot of news for this issue, which is a classic hallmark of summertime. Most people were out having fun in the sun while I sat in a dark room and wondered where the time went. But two people did submit their updates, which means I get to offer more details into the exciting lives of some rather extraordinary people. Please note that there may be some embellishment. Y Let’s start with Jeff Russell. Common nicknames include “J.R.,” “The Big J,” and “Lord Jeffington.” Aside from being a licensed pilot and the former president of Spain, J.R. got married! Is that exciting or what? Plenty of famous people keep stringing us along with their endless “engagements”—like that Jennifer Aniston character, who seems like someone who would fall hopelessly in love with me so I try to avoid her. And good gravy, will Brad ever marry Angelina? Ha! Fat chance. But Lord Jeffington took the plunge. Now he can appear on The Newlywed Game and maybe win a beautiful new bedroom set from Broyhill. He can file a joint tax return. He can check “married” on job applications. Oh, the perks of marriage! Y And then there’s Tim Hennessey. Here is a man so refined they named a brand of cognac
into the surf. Soon they became friends and were getting into deep philosophical conversations about the nature of humanity and the best time to catch a seal. As they became better acquainted, Tim would ride that whale each morning, waving to his pals the seagulls and the ospreys. Eventually Tim developed gills and was able to swim with the many fishes he now calls family. Except for the ones he occasionally eats. But don’t take my word for it. You can read all about Tim’s unlikely childhood adventures in his new book: The Killer Whale I Rode When I Was Growing Up on the Beaches of Chatham until I Developed Gills, After Which I Became Kindred with the Fishes Except for the Ones I Ate. He should probably work on that title. Tim had a beer recently with Brian Low in Frisco (which is short for San Francisco if you’re really cool). He has been toiling away diligently for Prudential Real Estate Investors over the past nine years. On a side note, although Tim is not allowed to dispense investment advice, I will take the liberty of offering this one little nugget: Buy Hawaii. If you can afford it, Hawaii has a lot of upside, including the trade winds, fresh pineapple, and the ukulele, and very little downside, except for poi, which tastes even worse than it sounds. Y Finally, tempting as it is, please remember that befriending a killer whale
This column will celebrate the life of a fellow classmate, television sports producer Margaret MacGillivray Schafer Gallin ’88, who passed away July 3 after a long illness.
after him before he was even born. Tim is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for completing the highest pole vault without the use of a pole. Currently Tim lives and works in the spectacular San Francisco Bay area, where he enjoys fly-fishing (which, in case you wondered, is not fishing for flies), playing hockey, and Lake Tahoe. He has two 11-year-old twins (because three would make them triplets), and he just got back from a week on Cape Cod, where he grew up. On that note, as if his life wasn’t already fascinating enough, it might interest you to know that Tim overcame a great deal of adversity to get where he is today. Our former classmate grew up in a mud hut on the shores of Chatham, where he most notably aided a lost killer whale that had washed ashore. Tim used all his might to roll the poor creature back
is a rare feat, so do not go someplace like Sea World and think you can “pull a Tim,” as the saying goes. Riding whales is only meant for trained professionals who have spent years studying oceanography. And Tim. Stay well.
1988 Nancy Donahue Cyker firstname.lastname@example.org I would like to thank all of you who continue to write and help keep the class connected as we navigate our quarter-century-plus post-Colby lives. It is typical in this column that we share our good news and triumphs both big and small. This column will celebrate the life well lived of a fellow classmate and is dedicated to her memory. I thank Laurie Meehan Reed and Nina
Colhoun Wilson, who responded so graciously to my request for some words about their close friend and a friend of so many from our class. Their incredible tribute: We are profoundly saddened to report that our dear friend and classmate Margaret MacGillivray Schafer Gallin, 46, passed away peacefully in her home July 3 after a long illness. Margaret is survived by her loving husband, Joe, two beautiful children, Alexandra “Lexie,” 8, and Matthew “Mattie,” 5; her parents, Bob and Dee Schafer of Mentor, Ohio, and Kiawah Island, S.C.; and her sister, Elizabeth, of Chevy Chase, Md. After graduating from Colby, Margaret began her professional career as an intern at ABC Sports. Over the next 20 years, she rose through the ranks until she became a director. She traveled the globe covering such events as the Tour de France, downhill skiing, speed skating, world gymnastics championships, men’s and women’s golf tours, Monday Night Football, and two Super Bowls. She also spent a large part of her career covering college football, including several Rose Bowls and BCS national championship games. She went on to work with the Golf Channel covering the Champions Tour for many years. Those of you who knew Margaret may recall that she was a sports fanatic with a lifelong love of all things Cleveland. She rarely missed a Colby football or hockey game. She was able to transition her passion into a career that was both fun and exciting. Despite her fulfilling career, Margaret’s real passion was her family and friends. Her family recently relocated back to the Cleveland area, where she was able to reconnect with former high school classmates and friends. She and her family spent time enjoying the community she loved—going to dance recitals, school plays, metroparks, the arboretum, KCC, parades, and local high school football games. We had the pleasure of spending a few days with Margaret, Joe, Lexie, and Mattie in May. Lexie showed us her school, and Mattie pointed out where he would be going to kindergarten. We visited their beautiful home and walked around their village center, enjoying ice cream and conversation. Our Class of 1988 reunion book had just been published, and it was fun to read about our classmates’ lives. We also spent hours with Margaret reminiscing about Colby and deemed our visit our “mini 25th.” Our most favorite memories of Margaret include M&Ms, 24/7 sports on television, perfectly matched and accessorized outfits, Talbots (“the mother ship”), ski trips to Sugarloaf, shopping sprees, baked potatoes, chocolate, and sports “discussions.” She had an infectious
smile and an easy-going nature. Margaret’s positive attitude toward life will live on in her children. She was a wonderful friend, and we miss her dearly. ~ Laurie Meehan Reed and Nina Colhoun Wilson
1989 Anita Terry email@example.com By the time you read this there will be only a few months until our 25th reunion, or what I’m calling our “silver” reunion. (Silver as in anniversary, not as in a polite term for the color of my hair.) I hope you will be there, because I don’t want to be eating lobster all by myself. Y Carolyn Lockwood can’t believe we have been gone from Mayflower Hill for 25 years. Her response to my e-mail: “Ugh! Ugh is all I can say!” I agree wholeheartedly. Other folks who plan to be there include Greg Gatlin, who works at Suffolk University in Boston and lives in Canton, Mass., with his wife, Erica, stepdaughters Emilee and Kaia, and baby daughter Elli. Y Shaun Dakin created Dakin Associates, a digital marketing firm “working on changing the world.” Shaun writes that he keeps in touch with Camilla Oberg in Dubai via Facebook. Y Congratulations to Robin Trend Baughan, who married Jonathan Mayhew in August. Their combined six children participated, and judging from the picture she sent, it was a beautiful event. Y Jon Nash paid a pre-reunion visit to Colby’s new art museum and “found the entire campus to be practically unrecognizable.” Maybe one of our reunion activities should be figuring out our way around campus? Y Andrew Ian Dodge continues to write as the U.S. editor for a new website called Trending Central. Y Kristen Palmer McAnaney and her husband, Killian, bought a house in Merrimac, Mass., last year and are happy to be near both the coast and southern Maine. Kristen is in her 20th year teaching history at Westford Academy. Y Jim Klimek is in Indiana, trying to get members of Colby’s Board of Trustees to pay attention to the cost of higher education and the implications of Colby’s lockstep tuition increases. So far, no luck, but maybe you can buttonhole them at reunion, Jim. Y Chris Tompkins was elected to the board of trustees of the Montgomery School in Chester, Pa., and is the president of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools. Y In this column’s episode of “Anita Never Gets Invited,” Marc Rando and Andy Schmidt had breakfast in Madrid (yes, the one in Spain) while Marc was leading a Thayer student trip and Andy was there on business. I would have come, too, if you’d asked (and
paid for the airfare). Marc is full of Colby news, having caught up with Jon Nash and his daughters, Matt Sotir, Dave Fernandez, Rob Hoopes, Eric Stram, and Bret Dixon this summer. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to come to reunion, Marc! Y Bill and Anne Webster Stauffer had dinner with Kelly Doyle, who was on her way to Colby for reunion planning. The highlight of Bill’s summer was teaching his two daughters to water ski on Casco Bay. The Stauffers keep busy raising funds for the Sold Project, an NGO that keeps at-risk children in school in northern Thailand. Y Mark Cosdon claims that he is going to reunion, but he might be too busy with his biannual course in Italy (that I follow jealously on Facebook). Mark is a happily tenured associate professor at Allegheny College, and in his spare time he is president of the American Theatre and Drama Society. Y Jim Connolly is enjoying a career switch from running a nonprofit to being a realtor. Jim and his family had a good summer traveling to California and Puerto Rico. Jim saw Kim Murphy Brewer and Stacey Mitchell at Courtney Ingraf-
ships with consumer products companies. Y Melissa Ray Nelson and family live in Stoughton, Mass., where she is the custom account management director for healthcare marketing firm Krames StayWell. When not sailing with her husband or working, she is raising two future hockey stars. Y Holly Peirce and Sean Pratt have landed in Mexico City for her new State Department posting. This summer she enjoyed catching up via Skype with Roman Azanza, who lives in the Philippines. Y Anne Pollock Waldron and her husband and three kids moved to New Canaan, Conn. She loves coaching her fifth grade daughter’s lacrosse team and manages to get up to Colby a few times a year to see her niece’s lacrosse games. She’s pretty sure her kids are future White Mules, as they love going up to visit. Y Last spring Steve Nahley may have been having a midlife crisis when he decided to participate in the GORUCK Challenge, a special ops leadership training event. For 13 hours in the pouring rain, he and his teammates carried backpacks filled with 50 pounds of bricks, empty kegs, American
Tracy Roy Hankin ’90 runs the national strategic sales team at WebMD that focuses on forming partnerships with consumer products companies.
fia Barton’s Mardi Gras party. Jim reports that Jan Gisholt and his wife, Hara, had a baby boy this summer. The baby has left Jan sleep-deprived but very happy. Y Christina and Brendan Cahill love living in Pelham, N.Y., with their four kids. They send their congratulations to Jan and Hara and to Sandy Thayer and Greg Tinder on their marriage. Y See you in June!
1990 Kristin Hock Davie firstname.lastname@example.org After six years at home with her four kids (ages 6 to 17), Merrie Post Gramlich started a new position in her local school system in Bethesda, Md. She works in the secondary alternative programs as a career and community liaison promoting workbased learning and community connections for struggling teens. Y Tracy Roy Hankin lives in Atlanta with her husband, three kids, and two rescue dogs. In addition to keeping up with all her kids’ activities, she runs the national strategic sales team at WebMD that focuses on forming partner-
flags, logs, and other heavy items while marching and doing pushups, squats, and sit-ups for 21 miles throughout Manhattan. Before finishing downtown near the 9/11 memorial, Steve enjoyed a nice swim in the East River around 5 a.m. His midlife crisis has abated, but three months later he’s still quite sore from the event. Y Bob Lian’s oldest son, Graham, has committed to Colby, Class of 2018, to play lacrosse. Y On the other end of the spectrum, Richard Marcus and wife Cristina Avila were married in November 2011 and welcomed their first baby, Caleb Sawyer Marcus, July 8, 2013. They live in Los Angeles, where Richard works as a cinematographer. Unlike Bob, they worry more about getting sleep than about college tuition.
1991 Dave Shumway email@example.com Greetings! Quite a bit to report, so here we go. Dave Vincent left active-duty Army service last December and began fulltime studies at Georgetown’s McDonough
School of Business’s M.B.A. program. He says it’s fun being a student again, especially in Washington. Y After eight years in Georgetown, Mass., Paige Brown Waters and her family moved back to Newburyport, Mass., where daughters Gabrielle and Alexandra entered sixth and fifth grade respectively and are heavily involved in soccer and dance. The family enjoys the wonderful parks, restaurants, school/ town events, and nearby Plum Island. Paige’s husband, Charles, is a partner at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green in Boston. Paige works part time for monster.ca in addition to her school PTO/NEF volunteer work. Water’s Edge Seaglass is a hobby. They cherish time in Maine for skiing at Saddleback, Fourth of July fireworks and lobster in Portland, and fall excursions in Acadia. Y Del Lloyd and her husband quit corporate America jobs in technology and will travel around the world for the next year or so. They started in Portugal Sept. 1 and have a blog at popgoestheworldblog.com. Y Audrey Wittemann Wennink has lived in Chicago for 16 years and has worked as a transportation planner at Cambridge Systematics for eight years. Current projects include transportation safety plans in Montana, freight rail operations improvements in Chicago, and transit prioritization in Chicago suburbs. This summer, after picking up her daughter, Claire, 9, at summer camp in Wisconsin, her family drove to the East Coast via Canada. After visiting Quebec they drove through Waterville and stopped at Colby (first time since the 10th reunion) on the way to their annual summer vacation in Rockport, Mass. Y Dan “Jazzy D” Raymont lives in Nyack with his wife and his daughter, Lulu, 5. He says it’s a refreshing relief from the frenetic concrete jungle of Manhattan (and even Brooklyn at this point). Dan had a busy year in films. He headed to L.A. for the premiere of Instructions Not Included, filmed in Mexico last summer. It was his first bilingual role. Other projects include Angriest Man in Brooklyn with Robin Williams (“experience of a lifetime”) and The Amazing Spiderman 2. He’s also been shooting a series of spots for Tidy Cats. Y Kay Cowperthwait and her partner, Ann, were married Aug. 12 after 19 years together. They had a wedding 17 years ago, but it was nice to make it official in Massachusetts after the Supreme Court ruling in June. Their daughter, Sophie, 12, and son Tate, 6, were thrilled to participate in the small family ceremony on the beach in Nantucket. Kay hopes to catch a women’s hockey game this winter. Go Mules! Y Brian Quinn is a financial advisor in Needham, Mass., and lives in Foxboro with children Lexi, 12, Dylan, 10, and Macy, 7, who keep COLBY / FALL 2013 59
ALUMNI AT LARGE him busy with soccer, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, and gymnastics. He writes, “I still find time to play golf and hockey, though I haven’t found the need to revisit the Mohawk. Matt Gibbons lives up the street from me, and we revisit the iPlay days by playing in an over-35 softball league. I also see or talk frequently to Jeff Hartwell, who lives in Cohasset and has two young boys, and Blake Liebert, who has two kids and is up in Salisbury, Mass., and is also a vet. Jeff and Blake recently bought their first boats. Dave Ford has a young son and works in development at Harvard and lives in Newton, Mass. Mike Freret is a real estate mogul living in Phoenix with four boys who can be as charming and surly as Mike, and Matt Greenlaw is in Portland, Ore., and runs hockey camps and programs. Toby Cox is a pediatrician near Salt Lake and has ample time to abuse himself on the mountain bike and the ski slopes, and Dave Mumford, another financial advisor, lives on the West Coast but makes biannual trips to the East Coast.” Y Keep the news coming!
1992 Molly Beale Constable firstname.lastname@example.org Elaine Bueschen O’Grady broke 20 years of class notes silence with this report: “In July my husband, Michael, our kids, Nora,
I had a mini-reunion in Boston with Jen Greenleaf, Jen Pelson Hopkins, and Jen Kosek Walker. All are doing great.” Y Norm Stillman is a small-animal veterinarian and owner of the Court Street Animal Hospital in his hometown of Plymouth, Mass. “My wife, Diane Osgood ’91, and I have two lovely daughters. The eldest started high school this fall. I feel as though I was in high school not that long ago! I’ve been back to Colby once since graduation. Things had changed quite a bit (not to mention Big G’s relocation!), but the campus looked great.” Y Meredith Johnson wrote from her home in Beverly, Mass. “Our hands are full with a 10-month-old puppy named Freckles who is a sweet rescue dog from North Carolina. Her name was ‘Lady,’ but could you imagine my husband, Al, yelling down the street, ‘Hey, Lady, come back!’? It would have been a little too much like a Seinfeld episode. I’m still working in sports medicine as a physician’s assistant at Lahey Clinic, and Al works for MetLife securities compliance. We love being by the water—and just wish we had more time to be on it! My cousin Kate Connolly is a senior at Colby. She runs cross country for coach Deb Aitken, who has been at Colby for 27 years(!). I’m planning a road trip to Colby with several friends who have watched Kate grow up to see her compete at a meet in October. It should be beautiful.” Y Kim Ereminas Reeve heads up the New York office and nonprofit
Elaine Bueschen 0’Grady ’92 is director of the Air Quality and Climate Division of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation. 7, and Aidan, 5, and I spent a fun-filled day with Bill ’93 and Anne Maddocks Michels and their kids, Lindsay, 10, Will, 9, and Alex, 6, on Lake George in New York. Everyone had a great time swimming, kayaking, and fishing. On a professional front, I recently started a new job as the director of the Air Quality and Climate Division of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation. I’m excited about the opportunity to work on air pollution and climate change issues for the state of Vermont.” Y Rebecca Graham Forde gave a shout from Los Angeles, where she has lived for eight years. “I work in television and currently produce the series Fast N’ Loud for the Discovery Channel. I am proud to say that fellow alum Mark Boles might be our biggest fan! Over the Fourth of July weekend
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practice of Cathedral Consulting Group. “I am finally putting my French degree to use by expanding the firm’s international presence, including traveling to Sierra Leone and Guinea last spring to present three conferences on entrepreneurship. I am also finishing up coursework for a Ph.D. and am busily writing my dissertation, which focuses on effective evaluation methods of social enterprises. In June I had a minireunion with Stephanie Clement, Jeanine Caunt, and Joy Marean Hickey in NYC. (We missed seeing Tara McDonough!) We had a wonderful time laughing and sharing our favorite Colby memories. Stephanie is the conservation director at Friends of Acadia and is enjoying life in Maine. Jeanine works in editing, communications, marketing, and design and is in the process of launching
her own company in the NYC metro area. And Joy is finishing her Ph.D. at Columbia in education. She and her husband, John, live in New Jersey and have an absolutely adorable daughter named Elizabeth. We are all hoping to make it to the 25th reunion—even though we are still trying
of July 2014. Y Meredith Bradt lives in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and works as head of marketing and communications at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. Meredith says, “It is great to see how internationalization has grown at Colby! I would (probably) never
Meredith Bradt ’93 lives in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and works as head of marketing and communications for the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. figure out exactly where the last 20 years have gone!” Y Aren’t we all? Have fun, everyone. See you next time.
1993 Jill Moran Baxter email@example.com Greetings, Colby folk! If your summer involved some vacation time, you were in good company—Katy Donovan O’Neil, Christopher Iannini, Ginny Fowles Ward, and Karyn Patry all caught some time away from work, if their out-of-office emails are any indication. Y Crawford Strunk and family traveled to Maine for a vacation and were lucky to see Maylene Cummings Mitchell ’96. Crawford and wife Shelly and their three kids, Asa, Everett, and Emma, hail from Toledo, Ohio. Crawford still works at Toledo Children’s Hospital as the director of the sickle cell disease and hemoglobinopathy clinic. The Strunks recently added a new member to the family, a sweet Havanese puppy named Colby. Y Anna Marie Wrin Yombo works in HR at the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School in D.C., where her son, Leo, is in third grade; daughter Rachelle graduated last year. Anna Marie’s husband, Ernest, also works at the school as an assistant principal. Anna Marie says, “I haven’t been back to Maine since graduating from Colby, but I keep promising my family a road trip so we’ll make it there someday—can’t wait!” Y Mike Murphy imagines our 20th reunion was a treat in many ways. He is “glad to know ‘the friends I made on Mayflower Hill remain loyal’ goes a long way.” Murph spends half the year in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and winters in Taos, N.M. His family includes a 2-year-old boy, a wife of nine years, and two dogs; he writes that he feels young and thankful. Murph is advocating for a 21st Colby reunion (B.O.O.T.) at his place in McCarthy, Alaska, during the last week
have ended up in Europe for the last 20 years if I hadn’t been able to go to Germany for my junior year abroad.” Meredith enjoys catching up with former dean Parker Beverage and some of Colby’s current admissions staff (Steve Thomas and Hung Bui ’94) at the OACAC conference each summer. Y Suzie Girard and husband Dave welcomed Zachary Jacob Klein, who weighed in at 9 pounds, 6 ounces, on May 16. Suzie writes, “He is, I believe, the cutest baby ever. ;) And he is keeping me and Dave on our toes.” Y Tobin Slavin also welcomed a baby in May. Daughter Divya Ellis makes child number five in Tobin and wife Martina’s blended family. Martina and Tobin recently launched a startup called MustTryIt.com, a platform to promote local businesses that are a “musttry.” Y “I currently have the pleasure of having my writing on nearly every street corner of New York City,” writes Mark Radcliffe, who is the author of the ad campaign for Citi Bike, NYC’s bike-share program sponsored by Citibank. Mark recently met up with Chris Bither and George Moore ’91 in the city. Y Lael Hinman Stanczack, who lives in Singapore, spent 10 weeks in the U.S. this summer. She supervised construction on her new apartment and attended a wedding. Lael loved seeing everyone at our 20th reunion, especially Sarah Burditt McDougall, Stephanie Doyon Gross, Dave O’Shea, and the After 8 guys. She is already looking forward to our 25th reunion. Y Write in and share your news. Hope to see you in the next column!
1994 Kimberly Valentine Walsh firstname.lastname@example.org I just received my save-the-date postcard for our 20th reunion—so put June 6-8, 2014, on your calendar so we can catch up in person! Y Cole Conlin has moved to Minneapolis with his family. I’m looking
90s newsmakers Alliant Insurance Services appointed Peter Carpenter ’91 its chief operating officer Sept. 1. Previously Alliant’s managing director of employee benefits—Northeast, Carpenter joined the company in 2008 when it acquired ClearPoint, the Seattle-based benefits consulting firm of which he was cofounder and CEO. F Jennifer Ancker Whelen ’95 was named one of 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds 2013 by the Hedge Fund Journal. Since 2007 Whelen has been managing director of Graham Capital Management, a Connecticut-based alternative investment firm. She cofounded Jennifer Ancker Whelen ’95 the East Coast Committee of Hope for the nonprofit Help for Children/Hedge Funds Care, which works to prevent and treat child abuse. F Laura Olsen ’97 was named assistant principal of Reading (Mass.) Memorial High School. She previously taught at several Massachusetts schools and served as an assistant principal in Pawtucket, R.I. F In addition to being featured in the September issue of People StyleWatch, Lauren Rothman ’99 had a book, Style Bible: What to Wear to Work, published by Bibliomotion in October. Rothman is the founder of fashion consulting firm Styleauteur (styleauteur.com) and writes about political style in her Huffington Post column, Fashion Whip.
forward to seeing him and hope it will be at a book signing for his new book, Zachary Zamboni, a perfect gift for your little hockey and skating fans, available on Amazon. When he’s not entertaining children with his stories, Cole teaches Spanish at Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul. Y Matthew Gaines and his wife have a daughter and are expecting a second daughter in October. He’s currently working as a senior physical therapist at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell in Manhattan. Matthew also got to catch up with Eric Johnson ’93 at Shake Shack while he was visiting from California. Y Carie King reports that after a year and a half on Maui and two months in Brooklyn, she returned to Santa Fe last summer and then moved to Denver, where she is growing her private practice as a life coach. Y Erik Belenky wrote a quick note to say that he and his wife, Sally, live in Atlanta with
“Greetings, Class of ’94! Preparations are underway for our 20th reunion, June 6-8, 2014. It’s a wonderful weekend—nostalgic, celebratory, inspiring, and entertaining, for sure. From planning to logistics to giving and beyond, we need YOU to make it all happen successfully. Please e-mail me at 1994Colby20th@colby.edu if you would like to join the reunion committee or for more information. Speaking of giving, we have set a big goal for ourselves this year: at least 50 percent of the class participating in the Colby Fund. The money we give back goes directly toward financial aid, faculty and academic programs, athletics, and student life—all the things that make Colby a leader among colleges and the place we’re proud to call our own. Please consider an early gift to the Colby Fund this year at colby. edu/give. Finally, we’ve started a reunion Facebook group, where we’ve seen lots of
Darrell Sofield ’95 recently left his job as a geomorphology consultant to work for a local native tribe that restores degraded salmon habitat near Bellingham, Wash.
daughters Maggie, 10, and Miller, 7. Erik is a partner at Jones Day. Y Sigmund Schutz says he’s become reacquainted with Phil Polsky, who is now pack leader of his son Ethan’s Cub Scout pack in Falmouth, Maine. Y Class co-president Carolyn Hart writes,
great pictures and posts already. Find us by searching for ‘Colby College Class of 1994 20th Reunion’ on Facebook. Come join the fun online, mark your calendar for June 2014, consider giving to the Colby Fund, and go Mules!”
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Kate Bolick lives alone in Brooklyn and is working on her first book, due out from Crown/Random House in 2015. Michael Cobb, now an English professor at the University of Toronto, author of several books, and maddeningly fit, visits her often. She sees Mike Daisey ’96 in her neighborhood when his insanely demanding performance schedule allows. She also keeps in close touch with Marcos ’93 and Erika Troseth Martinez. Erika teaches at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M., “and has perhaps the world’s most adorable and sanguine 2-year-old daughter.” Erika spent a day at the beach in her Massachusetts hometown with Steph White McKenna, her amazing wife, and their two sweet, hilarious children. Finally, last spring, she got together with her Colby roommate, Hannah Swenson Vaughan. Hannah lives in Austin, Texas, and is married with two children. Y Abe Rogers is earning his master’s in elementary education at Boston College. He is also training with a special forces unit in the National Guard and still coaching the Cambridge Masters Swim Club at Harvard University. Y Jon Huerta has been living in NYC since graduation. He is a managing director in investment banking at RBC Capital Markets. He got married two years ago; no kids yet. He keeps in touch with Robin Ottaway, Foster Klug, and Mike Keller. Y Darrell Sofield has been living in Bellingham, Wash., since 2003. Emma Spenner Norman visited Darrell this summer with her two sons. Darrell recently left a career as a geomorphology consultant to work for a local native tribe that restores degraded salmon habitat near Bellingham. “It is pretty satisfying to work where I live, after so many years on the road.” Darrell and his wife, Ruth, recently celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. Y Rick Catino started a sales intelligence company called LeadBridge in 2006, and Inc. magazine named it one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. Rick is also coaching high school football in North Andover, Mass., and really enjoying it. This summer he got to see classmates Mike Manning, Chris Fossella, Matt Morrissey, Mark Jackson, and Kevin Pirani ’96. “Everyone is really bad at golf, but doing well overall.” Y Tachou Dubuisson Brown and her husband welcomed their second son, Logan, in August. He joins big brother Parker. Tachou and her family live in Beverly Hills, Calif. She cofounded a company called WearOnWheels, which is launching next spring.
Good news, sad news, red news, blue news. Let’s get to it. Jen Pope writes that in June Abby Smith Derrig, Tammy Smith Wilkerson, Alex Kean Strong, Amie Sicchitano Taylor, and Courtney Sullivan Homer met in Florida for Jen’s bachelorette party (personal aside: I think that two thirds of these people were in my freshman English class with Charlie Bassett). Jen’s fiancé, Bill, proposed to her on a glacier on Denali in Alaska, and they’re getting married in New Hampshire Oct. 5, where henceforth they plan to live free or die. Jen is based in Washington, D.C., doing international public health work and reports that Patty Benson Bechard just moved to Germany with her husband and two boys. Das macht mir brech specht schreiber! Y Our friend Gretchen Rice King has been ably coping with the sudden loss of her husband two years ago. She’s raising her two kids with lots of help and support from family and friends and enjoying her golf league and the beach She was looking forward to some time off for good behavior when the kids went back to school in the fall. Y And sad news: RIP to classmate Michael Vosburg-Casey, who passed away in July of colon cancer. He is survived by his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Elena, 3. I learned that Michael spent several years working for the San Mateo County Park System before moving to Atlanta as part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. After his service in JVC, Michael dedicated his life to the pursuit of peace and justice and to helping the poor and the marginalized. My heart goes out to his wife and family, especially Elena, who lost her daddy way too early in her life. Y Maylene Cummings Mitchell wrote on Aug. 20, “Lydia Mae Mitchell arrived at 8:22 a.m. in Brunswick, Maine. She’s 20 inches long and weighs 8 pounds, 12 ounces.” Maylene’s husband, Erik ’97, is reportedly a diaper-changing champion. Y Whitney Glockner welcomed her second son, Jasper Parry Glockner Black, May 13 and enjoyed the summer spending time with the new baby. Y In lighter news, Alex Chin and a bunch of other Mules were part of a fantasy football draft at Champions (Waterville? No, in the Marriot Copley). In attendance were Brett Nardini (who was arrested for eating too many wings), Brian Cronin (who had his 8-year-old son on speed dial to make picks), Ben Lester ’99, Glenn Forger ’97, Jamie Harris ’97, Doug Ellinger ’97, Todd Guilfoyle, Dennis Collum ’98, and Dave Stephens (who used to work with my brother at Gillette).
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ALUMNI AT LARGE Jason Jabar joined online (and I’m hoping that afterward he hit dollar drafts at the Waterville Champions). Y As for me, Kevin Thurston ’98, Tom Beedy ’97, and I were three fourths of a hellacious foursome at the annual Gaudet Invitational in August. The rain did not deter us; in fact, we played 18 times more golf holes than Chad Higgins ’97. In August we sold our Portland home, and at press time we were contemplating a move to the Portland ’burbs. Y Send more notes, bitte Sie verrückte Leute.
1997 Leah Tortola Walton email@example.com After nine years at Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico, Rico DelSesto started in a faculty position at Dixie State University in southern Utah, teaching chemistry and doing research with undergrads. He shared, “There are lots of places nearby for us to enjoy the outdoors, and Zion National Park is just down the road. When we moved here, we left our snow shovels behind, and now we enjoy the mild, sunny, snow-free winters. Apparently the cold finally got to me, and the dry desert heat is a welcome change.” Y Yawa Duse-Anthony has been working at American Tower since the fall. She keeps in touch with Vanessa Newell Coutu and Anne Miller Crumlish ’98. She also has a Colby mentee named Gift Ntuli ’14, who was just featured in the Out of the Blue newsletter for doing some great nonprofit work in Zimbabwe. Y After seven years Melissa Kim left her position as principal
Cary Gibson regularly. Cary works on health-care issues for a lobbying firm and recently completed a certification program to become a holistic health coach. Y Liz Baker Meehan’s niece, Caitlyn Nolan, joined the Colby Class of 2017 and will play women’s basketball. Liz is excited to head up to Mayflower Hill a few times this year to visit and watch Caitlyn play. Y Kara Marchant Hooper had a busy summer. During her travels she managed to visit with Ellie Peters Bergquist and Ashley Malcom Laakso ’98 and their families, with Austen Briggs Crossley and family in Austin, Texas, and with Shannon Tracy Bergquist and family at Winding Trails in Connecticut. Kara was very happy to see news of Erin Duggan’s nuptials in the New York Times this summer. Y Grace Perry shared that she’s now working as director of sales at Gizmox in Cambridge, Mass. She would love to hear from any Boston-area alums involved with startups/venture capital. Y Amalie Gosine Howard has exciting book news. Look for Waterfell, the first installment of teen series The Aquarathi, Oct. 29; The Almost Girl Jan. 7; and Alpha Goddess in March. She is also working on the second book of The Aquarathi, Oceanborn, which will be out next August. She wrote, “It’s going to be a whirlwind next few months career-wise, but I’m very excited! On the home front, my kids, Connor, 9, Noah, 7, and Olivia, 4, keep me busy when I’m not writing.” Y In baby news we heard from Jason Klein. He and his wife, Judy, welcomed a second child, son Elliot James, July 22. Y Wendy Ridder Bergh, who lives in the
Former middle school principal Melissa Kim ’97 has joined NewSchools Venture Fund in Washington, D.C., where she continues to work to close the achievement gap.
of Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C. She now works with the NewSchools Venture Fund in the D.C. office, where she continues working to close the achievement gap. She would love to connect with others in education reform. Melissa lives in D.C. with husband Clint and son Axel, 3. Y Also from D.C., Susanna Montezemolo is working at the Center of Responsible Lending, where she focuses on research. She, husband Mark, and their 2-year-old, Regina, took a spring trip to Florence and Rome, Italy, to visit family. Sus also sees
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San Francisco Bay area, gave birth July 18. Daughter Violet was happy to welcome her new little sister, Scarlett, to the family. Y Katy and Andrew Weber announced the birth of their second daughter, Lucinda Mirabel, born in London on the Fourth of July. Andrew and Katy planned to host Colby’s London bicentennial celebration in September. Y Denise Mailloux Bowden e-mailed that “on his due date, Cary Fields Bowden, our second son, was born at our home like his big brother had been just over four years before.”
1998 Brian M. Gill firstname.lastname@example.org Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of David Brenneman after his passing in September 2013. Y Congratulations to David Spiro, Nathan Curtis, and Dawn Seckler, who all welcomed babies this year. David and wife Ri Alam celebrated the arrival of Madeleine Adele on March 15. On June 6 two little babies named Charlie were born: Nathan and his wife, Kimberly, had a little girl, Charlotte “Charlie,” and Dawn and husband Greg Baltus had a little boy, Charles Buzz. Y Congratulations to Eben Peck as well. In June he and his wife, Colette, welcomed Stuart Alexander Peck, who joins sister Lucy and dog Landry. Stuart has already spent time with members of the growing Washingtonarea Colby ’98 baby boom, including the kids of Chris Coakley, Todd Poling, and
visit Rachel Gitelson ’00 and her family and to ski at Sunday River. Cindy said, “It was great to be in Maine and introduce our son to skiing.” Y Chris and Kristina Smith Gates were part of a small Colby gathering this summer at Hammonasset State Park in Connecticut. They had a fun, short family camping trip with Taylor Smith, Geoff Kelsey, and Harris Eisenstadt.
1999 Lindsay Hayes Hurty email@example.com Laura Neale returned to Maine from California six years ago. She owns Black Kettle Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Lyman, south of Portland, and runs a CSA there. Abby Manock created the farm’s logo. Black Kettle has seen visits by Chasey Hewes Allen, Ben Armiger, Cate Tynan O’Dwyer, Anne Hutchinson Parent, Brendan Bloom, and Christina Holmes. Many of them, as
Eben Peck ’98 is vice president of government affairs for the American Society of Travel Agents, responsible for ASTA’s federal and state lobbying efforts. Jesse Carlson. Eben recently started a new job as vice president of government affairs for the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), where he’s responsible for all of ASTA’s federal and state lobbying efforts as well as its political action committee, ASTAPAC. Y Brian and Kristelle Aherne Gill, Peter and Sarah Eno Felmly, and Raja and Liz Hooper Bala met up for a family camping weekend in Freeport, Maine. Raja impressed all with his ability to catch fish freehand in the local rivers. Y Samantha Spielman and her husband recently celebrated their six-year anniversary and the first birthday of their amazing daughter, Livia. They live in Wilton, Conn., only about a mile from Betsy Kies Raftery. Samantha works as an elementary school teacher. Y Emily Larsen’s daughter turned 1 in September. Emily and her husband are expecting another child in April 2014! Emily continues to teach high school biology in Phoenix and is preparing to apply for a physician assistant program next year. Y Congratulations to Kevin Zimmerman Thurston, who married Brooke McNally ’03 June 29 on Mayflower Hill. Forty-five Colby grads were in attendance. Y Cindy Lohmann Million welcomed a daughter, Hazel, to her family June 24. Last March Cindy and her family traveled to Maine to
well as Dominic Giaudrone, were at the October 2012 wedding of Ben Armiger and Shelley Lippincott on the Maryland shore. Y In February Courtney Smith Eisenberg had her third baby, John Paul, adored by sisters Ada, 3, and Charlotte, 2. Y On Dec. 6, 2012, Melissa Knight DuBois and husband welcomed their first, daughter Ember Jean. Y Karena Bullock Bailey reports all is well in Riverside, Conn., with sons Silas, 1, and Noah, 3. Karena works part time on special events for Glamour in NYC. In June she spent a weekend in Rhode Island with Lynn Powers Harder, Caitlin Skulley Van Til, Katharine Lawrence Sawatzky, Caroline Kasparian Myler, Rebecca Thornton Leach, Heidi Tyng Piche, and Lindsay Hayes Hurty. Y Shane and Emily Hinckley Ellis had their fourth baby May 12, Mother’s Day. Angel May joins brother Cedar and sisters Lolietta and RosieAnn. They moved from Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, to Mount Desert Island, Shane’s hometown, last July. An at-home mom, Emily plans to get her part-time photography business going in addition to farming, gardening, and volunteering. Y Kerry Olson Hawkins, who works in commercial real estate in Boston, welcomed a son, Andrew Latham, in June. Brother Teddy adores him. Y Adam ’98 and Christie Browning Rana welcomed
Charlotte, May 1. Brothers William, 5, and Harrison, 3, are protective. They love their new life in Falmouth, Maine, and enjoyed connecting with Caitlin Skulley Van Til and Lynn Powers Harder. The oldest children all attend Falmouth Elementary kindergarten together. Y In Santa Monica, Calif., Kristy Gould Duncan and her husband welcomed a baby girl this summer, Ever Cassidy. She joins brother Arlo, 2. Y Kristian and Martha Healy Fried welcomed Erik Albert Feb. 18. Emil, 3, loves being a big brother. Y On April 13, 2012, Sarah Hewins eloped with Darren Bischoff and became a stepmother to Darren’s three kids. On June 25, 2012, they welcomed a baby girl, Mia Grace. This summer they got (re)married surrounded by family and friends including Bob ’97 and Alison Rainey Doak, Rachel Reider Harper, Kelly Williams Ramot, and Crystal Brakke Sieber, who officiated. Michelle Foster Costa and Katie Kinsella Baade were unable to attend due to pregnancies and new babies. Y Mark Melander lives in Wayland, Mass., with wife Amanda (Colgate) ’98, three little ones, John, 2, Annie, 5, Maggie, 7, and their German shorthair pointer, Poppy. Mark is an account executive for MarketOne International in Waltham. Mark, Ross McEwen, Matt Williams, Pete Kugeler and others attended the sixth annual Mayflower Open golf tournament, organized by Andy Young ’98. Y Ryan Aldrich and his wife welcomed their second child Aug. 8: son Colden Lee Aldrich. Sister Avery is excited. Y Lauren Rothman published Style Bible: What to Wear to Work. Featured in the September People StyleWatch magazine, Lauren also dished style and politics on ET, CNN Español, AP news, and Reuters. She regularly writes about political style in her Huffington Post column, Fashion Whip. Lauren, Jason Gerbsman, and their son, Judah, recently moved to McLean, Va. Y Dave Fasteson is running for state senate in Rhode Island. Y Steve Murphy lives in D.C., and is a policy advisor in the State Department’s new Office of Global Health Diplomacy. Y Braxton Williams and his wife, Shannon Woods, had a son, Harrison Patrick, June 29. Y Aaron Whitmore lives in San Francisco with his wife, Carrie, and son Rex, 1. Y In August Kelly Bregou, Larry Spollen, Christina Schleicher, Peter Bowden ’98, Michelle Cook ’01, and eight others ran the 200-mile Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon in 24 hours. They finished in the top 12.6 percent. Y Will Barndt and his wife, Susan McWilliams (Amherst ‘98 and a professor at Pomona), had a second child, Carey McWilliams, in June. He and sister Marjorie, 3, get along fine.
2000 Ben Mackay firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you all for writing. On to the news. Y Dave Famiglietti accepted a job as a treasury solutions analyst with Bank of America in Toronto and looks forward to the move north of the border. Y Greg ’98 and Vanessa Wade Wehmeyer and daughter Ella camped with friends at Ferry Beach in Saco, Maine, visited Sesame Place in Philadelphia (Elmo says hi), and spent nine days on Pequawket Pond in Brownfield, Maine, with some of Greg’s family. They were gearing up for Ella’s first day of kindergarten. Y Stephanie D. Baron and her husband, Naren Vasudevan ’99, have two sons, Isaac, 8, and Kenji, 6, and live in Southern California. Stephanie has been the director of clinical education and an instructor for the physician assistant program at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona for three years. Naren is a physician assistant in occupational medicine. They took their first real family vacation in Oahu and are already planning the next big thing. Y This summer Caroline Calhoun relocated to Monroe, Conn., where she and her fiancé, Declan Curtin (Fairfield University ’00 and also a teacher) bought and renovated a house. After eight years she left her original school district and got a new job teaching fifth grade humanities in Easton, very close to her new home. Y Jared and Megan Davis Poor spent the summer with their fabulous kids, 2, 4, and 6. A highlight was Storyland with Rachel Gitelson, Doug Nilson, and their three kids. Megan started a new job as clinical coordinator for the high school alternative program in Colchester, Vt. Jared just started his own business, JW Poor Carpentry, doing carpentry and finish work. Y Phoebe (Lehmann) ’01 and Jay Zarnetske finished their positions at Yale and started faculty positions at Michigan State. They’re still getting used to being called faculty after all those years preparing for it. Mike Siegel, Morgan McDevitt, and Jay were groomsmen in Ross Frankenfield’s wedding in September and saw many Colby alumni there. Y Lindsay Stewart Pinchbeck opened an art center, Sweet Tree Arts in Hope, Maine, celebrating art and community. She works with schools to bring local and international artists to her rural community. They’re always eager to collaborate and connect with other schools and organizations globally. Y Trish Akins Elliott and her husband, Michael, welcomed Frances Charlotte Wirtz on May 22. She joins big brother Charlie, 2. Trish works in advancement at Concord Academy alongside a number of fellow
White Mules. She finished her doctorate in public health and accepted a faculty position at the Boston University School of Public Health. Y Brenda Yun lives in Honolulu with her two dogs, Iris and Roo. She works part time as a college writing teacher but plans to dedicate most of her time to completing her last year of a lowresidency creative writing Ph.D. program at Bath Spa University in the U.K. Brenda is writing a book of travel fiction that takes place in the Honolulu airport. She also surfs when/if she has time. Y Tim ’99 and Amanda Carucci Boggs live in Hoboken,
expected their third child while the news was being collected, and their beautiful daughter, Linley Fowler Charette, was born Sept. 5. Congratulations! Y That was just the start of our class’s baby news. Dave and Lindsay Scott McGeehan welcomed their second child, Nolan, July 31. He joins big sister Clare, 3. Y Brooke (Congdon) ’02 and Mike Wilmot welcomed a daughter, Roosevelt “Rosie,” April 26. Mike still loves life as a teacher and coach at Pingree School in South Hamilton, Mass. Y Erik Balsbaugh and his wife, Carolyn, welcomed their first child, Sawyer Michael, April 2.
Todd Minor ’01 is director of Friends of Rockaway, which helps low-income residents of Rockaway, N.Y., rebuild their homes after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.
N.J., and have three lovely and energetic girls: Sophie, 6, Sadie, 4, and Eloise, 1. They live a mere hour away from Amanda’s former Colby roomie Tacy Conard Quinn and her husband, Brian ’99. They also see Alexis Fine Greiner and Amie Mallett Bui (who have migrated north) and their adorable families. Y Ben Stickney planned to marry Catherine Kast in October. They live in Brooklyn, where Ben has been the senior producer of Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld on Fox News Channel for five years. Y Kate Davies Grugan enjoyed spending the summer with her teacher husband, Kevin, twins Hope and Jack, 3, and new daughter Erin, born in late June. In September she returned from maternity leave to Janssen R&D, where she works as a research scientist developing large-molecule therapeutics mainly for oncology and immunology disease targets. Y Charlotte Tiffany Stephenson lives in Concord, Mass., with husband Jon and their smiley, active son, Graham, 18 months. Last July Charlotte met Debbie Sabath Powers, Melinda Stockmann, and Julia Humes Taylor-Brown for a girls’ weekend in northern California wine country. Y Ben Mackay continues to work in mergers and acquisitions, splitting his time between Dallas and Jackson Hole.
2001 Emily Mahlman email@example.com Hi, all! I’m taking over class correspondent duties for Dana Fowler Charette this time around. Dana and her husband, Jon,
Eric reports that he is finding Ally Giard Downey’s website, weeSpring, incredibly helpful in wading through the morass that is baby toys, seats, Jumperoos, and ExerSaucers. Y Liz Hubbard Weinfurter still enjoys life as a Minnesotan and recently celebrated 12 years in the biomedical library at the University of Minnesota. Liz is a liaison librarian working extensively with the school of nursing, and she is president of the midwest chapter of the Medical Library Association. She and her husband, Mark, expected a baby girl Sept. 4. Y Hannah Smith Harrison’s first picture book, Extraordinary Jane, which she both wrote and illustrated, will be released in March 2014. It looks super cute and can be preordered now on Amazon. Also available on Amazon is The Little Rippers (Volume 1: Here Come the Little Rippers) by Becky Munsterer. Get shopping, people; all the babies mentioned above should own these books. Y Following Hurricane Sandy, Todd Minor became the director of Friends of Rockaway, which helps low-income residents of Rockaway, NYC, rebuild their homes. He is very busy but enjoys his work immensely. Y Todd should look up Michelle Farrell, as she just moved to the city. Michelle continues to work as an assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Fairfield University. Y Liz Richards Rivenbark had a very busy summer, earning tenure and promotion to associate professor of art history at the University of South Alabama in June and marrying John Robert Rivenbark in July. To top it all off they celebrated with Jen Jost and Colleen Dugan in Maine in August.
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ALUMNI AT LARGE Y Julie Drew Williams has been named the executive director of the American Independence Museum in Exeter, N.H. The museum closed last fall due to financial difficulty, so there is quite a lot of work to be done, but I know she will do a great job. She’s currently working on a strategic plan and hopes to announce some exciting changes in the coming months. Y Rob Henzi just celebrated his second wedding
Grace ’03, Alison Thacker, Danielle Fornes ’01, Micki Young Armour, Terry Packard Baker, and Mikhaila Noble Pace attended. Jordan and Devon honeymooned in Costa Rica. After the Supreme Court struck down Prop 8, they had a legal ceremony in West Hollywood in July. Y Sr. Madeleine (Sarah Miller) works in campus ministry at Norfolk Catholic High School in Norfolk, Neb. She’ll receive an endorsement from Wayne State
Erin Clark ’02 will split time between Montana and Belize for a year, running environmental education programs for Ecology Project International.
anniversary with his wife, Pamela. They live on Vinegar Hill in Brooklyn. Rob started a new job as strategy director at VICE Media. He looks forward to heading to New Orleans in October for the wedding of Dana Dupre and Justin Ehrenwerth (congratulations!). While there he also plans to see Rob Tarlock and Tim Grayson. Y Pam Foxley Arifian lives in Sharon, Conn., with her husband and daughter Lena, 3. She is the sustainability director at Silver Lake Conference Center, a summer camp and retreat center operated by the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ. Y That’s all for now!
2002 Sally Hall Bell firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Albaugh defended his dissertation and received a doctorate in clinical psychology from UVM. In August he started as a postdoctoral associate and clinician in the department of psychiatry at UVM College of Medicine. Y Tadeusz and Stephanie Looney Smykal welcomed their first child, Jan “Jack,” in January. Stephanie is in the pediatric nurse practitioner program at Boston College. Y Ellie Berlin Stover lives in NYC and works at Tory Burch. She married Jamie Stover in June. Rob Wykoff, Jack Phillips, Jane Phillips, Eliza Gairard, Camilla Hall, Eliza Browning, and her new brother-in-law, Evan Reece ’00, attended. Y James and Jamie Hinson Scribner welcomed a boy, Reid Truman, in August. They look forward to his first football game—Colby/Bowdoin—this fall. Y Jordan Finley married Devon MacIver in May in Los Angeles. Evan McGee ’03 officiated, and Pete Chapin ’03, Liz Neumann ’04, Jenny
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College to teach political science in high school as well as theology. Y This spring Peter Kraft was part of a tri-lateral city exchange that focused on leadership and sanitation in Nairobi, Kenya. It was a meaningful trip for Peter. Y Bill Simpson is one of the Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty for his work at his lightning rod company, Smokestack Lightning, and community involvement, including starting a nonprofit to renovate town hall. Bill and his wife, Kate St. Germaine Simpson, live in Brookfield, Mass, with daughter Edith, 4, and son Stewart, 1. Y Chris Cogbill and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed a baby girl, Evelyn, in August. Chris finished his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in anatomic and clinical pathology after completing medical school there. He’s a clinical instructor in hematopathology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center but hopes to return closer to home (Wisconsin) for a job next summer. Chris keeps in touch with Paul Lee, who is completing his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology. Y Monty Hobson and his wife, Bridgette, attended the wedding of Michael Distefano ’03 and his wife, Maria. Monty, a pastor, music director, and songwriter in St. Louis, had a CD release concert for his newest music project, now up on iTunes. Y Katie Egan Wertheimer welcomed her third son, Wesley James, in June. He joins Mason and Graham. She and her husband both teach at Westfield High School, although Katie will take time off to be with her boys. Y Paul Lilley teaches at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs after earning a master’s in math education from Montana State. His band, Burn the Maps, just released their sophomore album, Take Stars. Y Nicole Laurent Romano married John Romano
in Houston. She is communications and special projects director for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. Y Mike and Kara Hubbard Norman welcomed their first son, Ian Michael, in July. Kara works at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and they live in Hyde Park with their pup, Chesty. Y Erin Clark will split time between Montana and Belize for a year, running environmental ed programs for Ecology Project International. Erin would love to connect with ’02 alums passing through either place. Y Chris and Sally Hall Bell relocated to Eugene, Ore., to work and instruct at the college of business at the University of Oregon (go Ducks!). She attended Katie Harris’s wedding to John Solms in August in the San Juan Islands, Wash. Attending were JJ ’01 and Piper Elliott Abodeely, Jessica Bennett Shah, Anna L’Hommedieu Boyer, Lydia Terry, Molly Heaney, Leila Porteous, Jen Smyth Curti, Mariah Hamel, Ashley Landbloom, Katie Rauch Bailey, Megan Thomas, and Vanessa Wilson.
2003 Lauren Tiberio Puglisi email@example.com News is light this quarter—hopefully the fall/winter weather will remind everyone of our times at Colby and I’ll have more to report next column. Y Brock and Stacy Thurston Barton welcomed their second
Y Anne Rudolph married Matthew Flores in May on the beach in San Diego, Calif. Suzanne Skinner Forster was a bridesmaid, and Brie Drummond and William Thompson attended. They had absolutely perfect weather, and everyone danced all night. Y Tim Clark married Helen Anderson (University of Portland ’04) in April at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the perfect venue for two book nerds! Jon Allen and Mike Choate ’97 were groomsmen. Kim Langone, Michelle Keady Hadley, and Amanda Surette Smith all attended. Tim started a pulmonary/critical care medicine fellowship in South Jersey last July. Y Peter Brush and his wife, Jacqui, moved out of NYC when they found a foreclosure in Greenwich, Conn. There are extra bedrooms and a hot tub for any friends interested in visiting!
2004 Kate Weiler firstname.lastname@example.org Christina Dotchin was named interim director of admissions and director of financial aid for this year at Proctor Academy. Y Pete and Katie Sweeney Lepak welcomed a baby boy, Tyler Patrick, to their family July 25. He was born five weeks early, weighed 5 pounds 6 ounces, and measured 18 inches. He did great and was able to come home after just four days despite being premature. Y Kristan Jiggetts married Benjamin Kenney in Chicago June 29. Colby
Sr. Madeleine (Sarah Miller ’02) works in campus ministry at Norfolk Catholic High School in Norfolk, Neb. She’ll soon be endorsed to teach political science and theology.
son, Clark Langford Barton, in March. Clark joins brother Benjamin in the new house that Stacy and Brock built in Vermont. Brock works at King Arthur Flour and Stacy teaches at her alma mater, Thetford Academy. Life is good in Vermont. Y Justin Stempeck and his wife, Maureen Villadelgado, had their first baby, Fiona Rebecca Stempeck, April 13. Ten days later Lesley Loss and Josh Weitz welcomed a baby boy, William Robert Weitz. He weighed in at 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 22 inches long. Y Clay Smith married Samantha Collins Aug. 3 in northern California. Colby alums attending were Albert Goodman, Meade Barlow, and Shannon Corliss. Everyone had a blast.
alums attending included Kristin Carlson, Alexis Caselle Bancroft, Kirsten Helmcke, Desiree Davis, and bridesmaids Shannon Hopkins and Holly Brown. Y Morgan Pratt married Walter “Cooper” Arvisais June 15 in Millbrook, N.Y. Colby alums attending were Michael Schnurr, Stephen Migausky, Ben Ricciardi, Allison Turner Osgood, Christian Allen ’05, and Julia Benedict ’05. Rick and Cindy McWilliams, parents of Trevor McWilliams, were also there. Y Nick Markham and his wife, Laura, welcomed Owen David Markham to the family. Y Andrew and Cassie Cote Grantham welcomed Michael Walker Grantham to the family May 29. Big sister Charlotte was less than impressed,
00s newsmakers Jessica Porter Stauth ’00 was hired as vice president of quant strategy at Quantopian, the first browserbased algorithmic trading platform. She joined Quantopian from Thomson Reuters, where she served as director of quant product strategy. F In May Erin Parry ’06 earned two degrees from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: a Ph.D. in human genetics and molecular biology and an M.D. Parry received the Warfield T. Longscope Prize in Clinical Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She is in her first year of the Osler Meaghan Fitzgerald ’08 Medical Residency Training Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. F Meaghan Fitzgerald ’08 was named one of Britain’s 30 Under 30 Women in Digital 2013 by The Drum, the country’s top trade publication for the industry. A founding member of 23snaps, Fitzgerald is head of marketing for the company, which lets parents save and privately share photos and videos of their children. F Byron Meinerth ’09 received a Boren Fellowship to study Mandarin Chinese at Nanjing University in China during the 2013-14 academic year. Meinerth is a graduate student in international economics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
but she is warming up to the idea of having a baby brother. Y Nick Gambino and his wife, Meghan, bought a house in Hopkinton, Mass., and last June they welcomed their second daughter, Mary Sophia Gambino. Y Will Sander started a one-year AAAS science and technology policy fellowship with the EPA in Washington, D.C. Y Kerry Whittaker married Gabriel Rodriguez last June. Gabriel is a physician in the U.S. Navy. They moved to San Diego, Calif., after Kerry finished her Ph.D. in medical psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. She’s a
2005 Katie Gagne email@example.com Dan Saganey married Heidi Nicklaus at the Wychmere Beach Club on Cape Cod. Many Colby friends were in attendance, including groomsmen Mark Azevedo, Brandon Binder, and Matt Clason. Dan is still enjoying his work, entering his fifth year as a scout with the Cleveland Browns, and he is also enjoying settling into the new home that he and Heidi just bought. Y Christina Pluta relocated to Hanover,
Neha Sud ’05 lives in Nairobi, Kenya, where she works for the World Bank. Prior to Kenya, she worked in Mali.
research psychologist and currently works as a consultant in medical and health psychology. Y Kirsten Helmcke married Joe Dudeck in Chicago July 12. Y Chris Blomberg recently completed his internal medicine residency and has accepted a one-year position as chief medical resident at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston. He and Erica Joseffy Blomberg continue to live in the Boston area with their newly adopted dog, Bailey. Y I hope you’re making plans to attend our 10th reunion. Mark June 5-8 on your calendar and join us back at Colby for a great weekend together.
N.H., where she is pursuing her M.B.A. at the Tuck School of Business. I look forward to some Tuck alumni trips to Hanover to visit while she’s there carrying the Colby torch. Y Jamie Falk, who lives in Denver, recently got engaged to Gretchen Hultman. He proposed just a day after finishing his first ultramarathon (50K). Y Michelle Cole works in communications for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. She was recently given the 2013 American Cancer Society New England Volunteer Values Award and was selected for the Fairfield County Business Journal 40 Under 40 for
her leadership in the nonprofit field. Y Pawel Brodalka and his wife, Archana Prasad ’07, spent two weeks in August touring Poland, visiting Kolobrzeg, Gdansk, Warsaw, and Krakow. Next up in their travels: London, Montreal, Madrid, Barcelona, and Lisbon. Y Kristi Eck accepted the position of interim chief of staff at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego, where she began work in late August. Y John and Wendy Sicard Cole officially relocated to Butte, Mont., where John is a pediatrician at Rocky Mountain Clinic. They enjoyed their 20-day hiking adventure out west and look forward to more exploring in their new neck of the woods. Y Paul and Jillian Parker Blakeslee welcomed their first child, Parker Edward Blakeslee, Aug. 7. Jillian and Paul live in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. They’ve enjoyed some Colby visitors since Parker’s arrival, including Rachel Damon, Jeanne Dibella, and Amy Squires. Y Melisse Hinkle still works as the content manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights. She’s learned a lot since starting in January and has even been quoted as a travel expert in some well-known travel publications, including Condé Nast Traveler and the National Post in Canada. Melisse has enjoyed some of her own travel adventures including trips to London and Hong Kong, where she and Jenny Abramson visited Gillian Nadel. She also adopted a rescue pup, Coco, in May and really enjoys being a dog owner. Y Kat Perez and Justin Fahey were married this summer just outside Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Their wedding party included Colby friends Nick Larsen, Eliza Huleatt, and Laura Normand, and there were 13 other Class of 2005 attendees. Justin is getting his master’s and teaching high school social studies as part of Teach for America while Kat is a museum exhibition designer in Denver. Y Mallory Young is engaged to Jonathan Michaeles, who is the head football coach at Colby and a graduate of Bates. Mallory was appointed interim head coach of women’s hockey at Colby. Y Ken and Meghan Barringer Pitter welcomed their first child in May, a baby boy named Logan Charles. Y Neha Sud currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya, where she works for the World Bank. Prior to Kenya, she worked in Mali, where she reconnected with Bill Ford, who was passing through on an assignment abroad during his M.B.A. program. Y Best wishes for the holidays, and please continue to share these great updates with us!
2006 Jen Coliflores firstname.lastname@example.org Dan Giuliani runs a company in Seattle called Volt Athletics (voltathletics.com),
which provides affordable, sport-specific strength-training programs to high school and college athletes around the world. Y Katie Roberts married Brian Dinneen July 6. The wedding took place in Beaver Creek, Colo., and Colby grads Kit Hickey and Jackie Dao ’05 were in the wedding party. Katie and Brian met while attending business school at the University of Virginia, and they now live in Connecticut. Y Meghan Race and her husband, Jeff Petrello, moved to Denver last September and bought their first house in the West Wash Park neighborhood. They’ve been working for the past year at Exclusive Resorts in member services. Lambie Bickford ’01 also works at the resort, and Meghan credits her for helping a fellow Mule get her foot in the door. Y Colleen McGee got married this summer in Teton Valley, Idaho, to Mathew Thompson. Taylor ’08 and Rebeccah Amendola Kilian and Dana Eisenberg were in attendance. Y Sarah Lindeke-Wolff and her husband, Ryan Williams, welcomed son Chester June 9. Colby friends Jess Stathis, Carrie Ngo, Kirsten Lawson, Emily Greene Kahn, and Miruna Sasu ’05 made the trip to Greenwich, Conn., for Sarah’s shower a month before the baby was born. Y Sarah Lim recently moved to Denver with her husband and started a new job as a critical care nurse. She can’t wait for ski season. Y Nate Stone, Stephen Planas, Drew Moreland ’07, and Bennett Barnwell got together for their seventh annual summer reunion in August. This year they met in Washington, D.C. One of the evenings included a Family Feud game night. Y In June 2013 a crew of Colby friends—Melissa McNulty, Aine McCarthy, Cait Miller, Nate Stone, and Tom Gildersleeve ’07—began a seven-day trek up the Machame route of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Hiking along the way, another group of American trekkers stopped them, recognizing Nate’s Colby hat. It turns out that Johnny “Baseball” Schroeder ’13 was also on his way to the summit with his family, hiking the exact same route. After a discussion about the small world of Colby travelers, cheese selection at Bob’s dining hall, and the improvement of Colby’s baseball team, they snapped an excellent photo of the Colby grads with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. The blue light shines on, even on Africa’s highest peak. See the photo at alumni.colby.edu under the Stay Connected tab. Y Dave and Jenna Morrison Civitello decided to donate their snow shovels and move to Tampa, Fla. Dave graduated with a Ph.D. in biology from Indiana University and is now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of South Florida. Jenna started a
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ALUMNI AT LARGE new job as the development director for the Sustany Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainable community development in Tampa Bay. They are the proud new owners of a large beach umbrella. Y Noah Balazs is teaching first grade at the Cooper School, a small progressive elementary school in Charleston, S.C. Y Dana Maglaris married Brian Barnett on Labor Day at a beautiful outdoor ceremony on Great Diamond Island in Portland, Maine. Dana and Brian met while attending medical school at the University of New England. Many Colby friends and family helped celebrate Dana and Brian on their big day.
2007 Annie Mears email@example.com Katie Maland and Dan Schupack were married June 29 in Stillwater, Minn., surrounded by family, friends, and Colby partygoers. Y Karli Gasteazoro married Mark McGill (Lehigh ’07) on Cape Cod Aug. 17, and it was freaking awesome! She loved having such wonderful Colby guests there including Katie Maland, Dan Schupack, Liz Stovall, Natalie Ginsburg, Tammy Lewin, Mary Warlaumont, Annie Mears, Alisa Perry, Elisa Chiniara, Ali Fulreader, Meg Davis, Brandon Smallwood ’06, and Dave Havlicek ’11. Karli now lives in Maine with her husband and their golden retriever puppy, Tangawizi, a gift from the Colby wedding partygoers. Y Tucker Kelton and Liz Morbeck were married July 20 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Tucker reports, “It was an incredible weekend that included a Western-themed barn party Friday night and plenty of Sun Valley activities: hiking, fishing, golf, etc.” They had a strong showing of 44 Colby alumni at the wedding. Wedding photos can be seen on the Stay Connected tab under the alumni photos at alumni. colby.edu. Y Jen McAleer married Toni Vadala Oct. 5 in Waterville Valley, N.H. Y Ian London had a blast at the wedding of his sister, Ellen London ’09, to Ben Crane ’06. Ian reports he’s converted his Colby track and field successes into road cycling. “I’ve been riding and winning amateur races in Colorado and Wyoming for the Primal Wear/Audi race team. I’m about to upgrade out of the amateur categories, and I look forward to racing with the pros next season. And yes, I still enjoy my day job working for David Jones ’99.” Y Andra Ofosu and Codjo Ahouandjinou got married at St. Edmund’s Church, London, in July. Colby classmates included Ajima Olaghere, Margaret Martei, Kip Kiprop, Tunde Bamigboye, and Jui Shrestha. Also
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in attendance were Tony Abakisi ’06, Mikey Nguyen ’06, and Mark Chapman ’05. Y Jayadev Vadakkanmarveettil and his wife, Gitanjali, recently moved to Seattle from Chicago. He works at Amazon and enjoyed the Seattle summer. Y Michelle Starr and Matt Aschaffenburg ‘06 are engaged! They also live in Seattle but are planning a spring 2014 wedding in Maine. Michelle is a pediatric resident at the University of Washington after finishing medical school at Tufts in 2012. Matt finished his Ph.D. in marine biology from Delaware in 2012. Y Jingjing Zhou has been living in Hong Kong for five years and reports that life has been very good. She started a charity called Sea Star Children’s Foundation, dedicated to helping children with congenital heart disease who come from underprivileged communities in China. Please support the Facebook page facebook.com/seastarchildren. Y Amanda Vickerson traveled to Chicago, ran a teen summer camp, surprised Claire Conger for her bachelorette weekend, and then returned to Cali to be a bridesmaid in Claire’s gorgeous wedding in Palo Alto, Calif. KT Weber and Alicia (Thibeault) ’08 and Greg Engel were also in attendance. Greg and Alicia brought their adorable 2-year-old son, Sebastian, and were expecting baby Gwyneth in early September. Y Riley Doyle is CEO of Desktop Genetics, a U.K. bioinformatics company that recently received an equity investment and a Technology Strategy Board grant for a total of $582,000 in funds raised. Y Robert Rosenbaum graduated in June with an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School, then spent the summer traveling around, notably to Guatemala for three weeks with his girlfriend. They just moved into a place in Cambridge, where he started a new job as a program manager at the Center for International Development at Harvard. Y Megan Deeley
practicing law with the Children and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (public defender’s office).
2008 Palmer McAuliff firstname.lastname@example.org Lots of updates, especially weddings, after a very busy summer! Kathleen Nicholson married Emily Hamlin in Wolfeboro, N.H., Aug. 3. Attending were Regina Wohl Clement, Tanya Rosbash, Alex Halls ’09, Jackie Grady Smith, Greg Smith, Lacey Brown ’09, Stacey Dubois, Caroline Voyles, Courtney Williams Lawrie ’09, Kate Emery McCarthy ’06, Charlie Hamlin ’10, Patrick Briody ’10, Katie Briody ’11, and Sam Poland ’04. Y Patrick Collins shared that three years into purchasing a regional hospitality and janitorial supply company in West Florida— Coast Brothers—they’ve completed one acquisition of a regional competitor and are looking to acquire a second. Y Just before arriving at the fantastic time travel trip that was Reunion Weekend (according to Skylar Sutton), Skylar was inducted into the Directors Guild of America. If you’re in Los Angeles, be part of a live studio audience! In her few non-working hours, Skylar sees Ronnie Wise, Jamie Poster, Lijah Barasz ’06, Hannah Coleman, and Erica Block ’10. She’s trying to liven up the LA Colby network, so if you’re in the city, let her know. Y Sarah Goldstein and Evan Eshelman got engaged in July and plan a wedding next summer in Whistler, B.C. Y Steve Frechette spent the summer interning at eBay in San Jose. He’s also working on his mobile start-up, Glyph (smartphone app that transforms words into visual art), and hopes to launch soon. Steve’s in his second year at MIT Sloan. Y As a Penguin Random House audiobook producer, Julie Wilson won a 2013 Audie Award for the audiobook production of The Great Cake
Ian London ’07 is riding for the Primal Wear/ Audi road cycling team in Colorado and Wyoming. He expects to leave the amateur categories next year to compete with the pros.
Sur. Y Darcy Taylor started a part-time M.B.A. program through Indiana University. Y In May Sarah E. Clark finished her Ph.D. in microbiology from UPenn and moved with Kit Clark to Denver, where Sarah started a postdoc and Kit works as a geologist for an oil and gas company. The two were married in June in upstate New York, with 23 members of the Class of 2008 present including Laura Perille, Ling U, Tom Treat, and Luke LaViolet, who were in the wedding party, and Mason Dutton, who played violin. Y Megan Smith started medical school at the University of Connecticut. Y Jackie Grady married Greg Smith July 13. Kathleen Nicholson and Regina Wohl Clement were bridesmaids, and Tanya Rosbash was Jackie’s maid of honor. Jimmy McDonough was a groomsman. Courtney Williams Lawrie ’09, Mollie Kimmel ’09, Chris Bashaw, Billy Ryan, Greg Enos, Mike McKeon ’09, Kevin Bird ’09, Lauren Duval ’09, Annie Feutz, Justin Smith ’07, and Alex Halls ’09 were there. Y Rachel Daly (now Hobbs) married Kevin Hobbs June 15 in Albuquerque, N.M., where they live and where Rachel works as a geologist. Hillary Smith, Danielle Nielsen, Kim Graves, Emily Lyczkowski, Elizabeth Rattey, and Abby Hall attended and had a fabulous time. Y Kristen Barnico and Robert D’Angelo are engaged! Kristen just started her M.B.A. at Yale School of Management. Y Brent and Sharon Fuller Aigler welcomed Virginia Elizabeth Aug. 23. Y Shaelyn Germain works as the programming and marketing director for Wimpy Kid, Inc., a position that has allowed her to travel, including a business trip to Brazil, where she had a mini-reunion with Juan Colon. Shaelyn completed her M.B.A. in hospitality and event management and is organizing a large fundraiser in Oklahoma for the school libraries that were hit by tornados last May. Y Eric Hansen met Brad Woodworth in Durham, N.C., on a road trip and then drove to Columbus, Ohio, to see Jenn Malpass and her husband. Marcy Shrader-Lauinger flew in from D.C. Highlights included making Brad eat as many grits as possible for his first trip to the South and seeing a life-size recreation of Seurat’s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte in topiary.
2009 married Elliott Flah, who went to Brandeis, in July. Her sister, Claire Deeley, her wife Jamie Singelais, and friends Alex Shafer, Caroline Donohue, and Jen McAleer all attended. She was also sworn into the Massachusetts bar in the fall and began
Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith, read by Adjoa Andoh. Y Michael Collins and Hayley Adamski, both of Truckee, Calif., married in Tahoe City, Calif. Daniel ’07 and Katrina Gravel Vassallo ’10 attended. Michael and Hayley honeymooned in Big
Olivia Sterling email@example.com Adam Goldfarb works as a financial advisor for Jeffrey M. Goldfarb & Associates and is engaged. He received his master of science degree in higher education
and student affairs administration from the SUNY Buffalo. Y Alea Thompson and Jason Stigliano were married in July at the Codman Estate in Lincoln, Mass., and celebrated with friends Elyse Apantaku, Benjamin Hauptman, Ashlee Holm, Maria Ryden, Clifford Vickrey ’10, and Lindsay Tolle ’08. Alea then moved to join Jason in Chicago, where she began her Ph.D. in policy studies in urban education at the University of Illinois. Jason is in his third year of a doctoral program in philosophy at Loyola. Y Scott Zeller visited New York and played Spikeball in Central Park with Dan Heinrich, Alex Richards, and Josh Sadownik. Ishan Bir Singh ’08, Alex Pietroforte ’08, and Sarah Switchenko ’08 joined in the games. They met up with Lissa Martin later that night. Y Jeff Ruhle graduated this spring from the CU-Boulder M.B.A. program and started a distilling equipment and supply company, moonshinedistiller. com. Y Kat Brzozowski and Wes Miller ’08 are getting married next May. Y Tom Milaschewski and his wife had a baby daughter, Makenna, July 20. He’s earning his high school principal license through the Harvard University School Leadership Program. Plenty of stuff to keep him busy! Y Harry Goldstein moved from Hong Kong to Singapore, where he has a new role with the same organization (Amcor, a large packaging company). He’ll be there for at least two years and would love to see any and all Colby alumni in the area. Y Suzanne Merkelson, Brooke Barron, and Jessica Palffy ate, drank, and hiked their way across Peru this summer. Y In August Devon Anderson proposed to Abigail Sussman on the Na Pali Coast in Kauai. They are happily engaged and living in Portland, Ore. Abigail is an assistant dean of admission at Reed College along with John Perkins ’11. Devon is trudging through his M.D./Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and trying to grow cartilage at OHSU. They enjoy representing Colby in Portlandia with Lucas Bennett. Y Ellen London and Ben Crane ’06 were married by the ocean in Camden, Maine, June 29. Nor’easter conditions only added to the fun! Bridesmaids Sarah Gordon, Lane Mahoney, and Naomi Smith rocked the dance floor with groomsmen/ushers Bobby Abendroth ’06, Jon Bodansky ’06, Monty Hankin ’06, Ian London ’07, Adrian Walther ’06, and John Wheelock ’06 as well as 30 other Colby alums. Y Lauren Pongan moved back in with Henry Powell for the summer—just a few blocks away from Reva Eiferman in Portland, Maine. Summer visitors to the Brackett Street apartment included Eric Fitz, Emily Jenkins, Brian Lessels ’08, Ena Lupine, Andy McEvoy,
Liz Mortati ‘08, and Lewis Seton. Y Do you have our fifth reunion marked on your calendar? Join us for a rocking time back at Colby June 5-8, 2014.
2010 Sameera Anwar firstname.lastname@example.org Congratulations to Laure-Hélène OakesCaseau and Andy Oakes-Caseau on their beautiful wedding in France. Darshini Mahadevia, Sarena Maron-Kolitch, Sameera Anwar, Nick Friedman, Ross Connor, Karthik Sonty, Dan Reeves, Adam Lowenstein ’09, Delia Langan, Lokesh Todi ’09, Scott Zeller ’09, and Leah Turino ’11 all came together to celebrate the wonderful occasion. Y Kat Cosgrove moved to D.C. with her boyfriend and is looking for a job in human rights advocacy and policy. Y Jess Levasseur started graduate school at the University of Washington for Environmental Public Health Sciences. Y Still in Boston, Leigh Bullion started a stationery company called From Leigh to You—check it out on Facebook and Instagram! Y Emily Barlow started her fourth year teaching in New Orleans. This is her second year at KIPP McDonogh 15 Middle School. Y Doug Sibor, James Westhafer, Matt Vivero ’11, and new father Tom Milaschewski ’09 all gathered at the beautiful oceanfront estate of Bobby Rudolph ’09 for a sun-splashed afternoon of kayaking, adult beverages, cornhole, and, most importantly, meeting Tom’s new baby girl. Y Brittany Thomas and John B. Goods had a wonderful engagement party in Guilford, Conn. In attendance were Coyne Lloyd ’10, Taylor Tully, Will Price, Sarajane Blair, Leigh Bullion, Ross Nehrt, and Jack D’Isidoro. Y Delia Langan was on the East Coast all summer with 11 shows highlighting her beautiful jewelry. Y Katie Todd and Matt Reilly were married Labor Day weekend in Connecticut. They were joined by John Abbett, Brock Bosacker, Kyle Brewer, Tommy Gianakos, Tim Jeon, Charlie Klassen, Devon Neary, Toffer Noering, Meghan Saccone, Ashley Wagner, and Mike Reilly ’12. Congratulations, Katie and Matt! Y Nicholas Ruocco ran his first Tough Mudder at Mount Snow, Vt., with his brother, Alex, and his rugby team. He will begin vet school at Ross University in St. Kitts in January. Y Jess Balukas started graduate school at UMaine Orono, where she is studying ecology and environmental sciences with a concentration in resource economics. Y Lamont Henry became one of the youngest certified financial planners in the country. Y Nick Tucker and Erika Block went to the Colby accepted students event in L.A. and met eight of the incoming freshmen from
the L.A. area. Y Over the summer Katie Lebling interned at the Treasury Department and started her last semester of her master’s at Johns Hopkins SAIS, where she’s focusing on energy and the environment. Y Beth Ponsot started a new job as the multimedia editor for the PBS NewsHour, still working out of WNET: New York Public Media in Manhattan. Will Price interned at Advocates for Children of New York over the summer and started his third year at New York University Law School. They saw Hanna Pickwell this summer before Hanna headed back to China. Y Jenn Corriveau defended her thesis in June and received her master’s of arts in psychology at UConn. Y Victoria Gonzalez spent the summer in NYC for a research fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Now back in Chicago, she started her second year of medical school at Rush University. Y Rob Knipp balances his time working as a consultant for IBM in D.C., volunteering for the FLOC Scholars Program, and serving on the board of directors for the D.C. chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He sees Roberto Delhy, who now works for the FDA. Y Ryan Conlon works in NYC at a tech company and lives with Connor McKenna and Mike Cuqua. They’ve transformed their apartment into a mostly Colby residence and are looking for one more Mule to complete the quad-Colby theme. Y Savina Balasubramaniam spent part of
some quality R and R that brought the CWIH (Colby women’s ice hockey team) Class of 2011 together for the first time since graduation two Junes ago. Kurtz and Scarpato then traveled to Prague to play in the Czech National Challenge Cup, where they helped the North American Stars to a silver medal in a tournament that featured teams from North America, Czech Republic, and Russia. Y Nate Bangura moved to Cambridge with Jack Vernamonti and Craig Bunker. He has been working at EMC in Hopkinton since shortly after graduation. Jack just began his first year of medical school at Tufts, and Craig recently wrapped up the major league lacrosse season with the Boston Cannons. Y Barbara Santos has begun her third year of teaching in Hartford, Conn., right down the street from Trinity. She teaches high school history, and her classroom is Colby themed! Y Adan Hussain has begun his higher education and student affairs master’s program at Ohio State. He’s settled into his assistantship at the vibrant multicultural center, where he works to train students, faculty, and staff on methods to intervene in bias on campus. Though his cohort is small, the school itself is one of the largest in the nation (approximately 60,000 students)—a big change from Colby. Y Rebecca Falender has started her second year at Tufts Veterinary School, in a class with Michael Verschoor-Kirss ’12. She spent the summer doing research on the incidence of reflux
Victoria Gonzalez ’10 was a research fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She is a second-year medical student at Rush University in Chicago.
the summer conducting research and visiting family in India. She also went to NYC to present her master’s thesis at the American Sociological Association 2013 Conference and stayed with Sarena Maron-Kolitch and Nick Bohlen ’11, and she met up with Jenny Katzman. Y Chelsea Alsofrom hiked 700 miles of the PCT this summer! She still works at SEGL in D.C.
2011 Nick Cunkelman email@example.com Elissa Kurtz, Stephanie Scarpato, Meryl Poulin, Alex Essman, and Liz Osgood all rendezvoused on the Cape this summer for
with methadone versus hydromorphone in dogs undergoing anesthesia for cruciate repair surgery. Michael spent the summer working as a veterinary technician and in the intensive care unit at the hospital on campus. Y Morganne Kraines moved to Oklahoma and began her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Oklahoma State. Y In June Kyla Jacobs, Katie Quinn, Emma Harrington, and Ali Schmidt-Fellner traveled west to go hiking and “moose hunting” in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and fishing in Montana. Along the way they went to Yellowstone and saw a blond brown bear. Y Sonia Mahabir started a new position at Texas A&M as an assistant coordinator with the women’s resource center. Y In July Drew
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ALUMNI AT LARGE Clark started a new job as an underwriter at UnitedHealthcare in Trumbull, Conn. Y Solomon Gisemba is about halfway through graduate school at the School of Pharmacy in Lawrence, Kan.—and if you think Kansas is all flat, you haven’t been to Lawrence! He also participated in a 5K and surprised himself by winning a medal. He would guess it’s a Kenyan thing but thinks practice has more to do with winning than being Kenyan! Y Austin Sutherland continues to live in London and will work there for the remainder of the year. He works for Unum—primarily a disability insurance company—and is in its professional development program, which means he does a series of 12- to 18-month rotations in different business areas. At the start of 2014, he’ll return to Portland to start his third and final rotation in finance. He’s had a great year in the UK—from his time in London he’s become a Tottenham Hotspurs fan—but will be excited to return to Maine for the foreseeable future. This summer he also came home and spent time with Raleigh Werner and Logan Hunter on Cape Cod, which was the perfect summer break. Y Sus Hatch spent the past year and a half teaching English in Paris, but she’s back in the States, living with Catherine
Fanning ’09 in Cambridge and working at the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston in volunteer relations and membership. Y Robyn Wardell moved to Portland, Ore., to work for FoodCorps, a national service nonprofit that connects kids to real, healthy food. She’s had a great time catching up with Cali Livingstone, Sophie Sarkar, and John Perkins on the West Coast.
2012 Sarah Janes firstname.lastname@example.org Happy fall 2012ers! I’m excited to report that I recently started at Concierge Services for Students, where I work with international students in the Boston area. Y Arya Moallem spent the summer in Shanghai interning at SOHO China, China’s largest prime-office real estate developer. He’s since returned to rural Yunnan province to complete the second year of his Teach for China fellowship. Y Julia Kafka is in Boston and has just started a new position at the Education Development Center working with the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies. She completed her first triathlon and is still an avid
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Sonia Mahabir ’11 was hired as assistant coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center at Texas A&M in July. She previously served as an intern for the Program on Intergroup Relations and for the Center for Campus Involvement, both at the University of Michigan. F In August the New York Times published a photo by Edwin Torres ’12, along with a Q and A, on its Lens blog. Torres, who volunteers at the nonprofit Bronx Documentary Center, received a full scholarship to participate in the Missouri Photo Workshop in September. While Torres’s work consists largely of urban street photography and portraiture, he is currently focusing on families, including his own. He has a website at edwintorrespf.virb.com.
Frisbee player. Julia recently moved and is living with fellow Mule Jen Beatty. Y Living in Brooklyn, Andrea Birnbaum is a member of Avodah, the Jewish Service Corps, a one-year program combining social justice work, leadership development, Jewish learning, and community building. Y After three cross-country road trips since graduation, spending summers on the East Coast and winters in L.A., Chelsea Sonksen and Petey
Randall have settled in Santa Monica for the moment. Chelsea enjoys spending time with Jenna Gundersen, who is living her own L.A. story. Y Rebecca Gonzalez-Kreisberg lives in New York City and works as a marketing assistant at an architecture project management firm. Y Thanks to those who took the time to write—please continue to do so! It’s great to see our classmates starting to set down roots in new places.
O B I T U A R I E S Marion Daye O’Donnell McKinney ’28, Aug. 15, 2013, in Simsbury, Conn., at 106. She earned a master’s in education at Columbia and taught English and physical education in Simsbury from 1929 to 1972. Predeceased by her first and second husbands, she is survived by a daughter, a son, a stepdaughter, five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and eight step-great-grandchildren. Ruth Brown Peabody ’32, Aug. 19, 2013, in Houlton, Maine, at 101. While working as a teacher at Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, she met her husband, who was the Colby football coach. After raising her family in Houlton, she
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returned to teaching in the mid1960s, retiring in 1973. She enjoyed cooking and playing cards, and her favorite place was East Grand Lake, where she and her husband built a cottage. Predeceased by her husband, Woody, she is survived by three sons, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Evelyn M. Kelley ’34, July 8, 2013, in Haverhill, Mass., at 101. She worked in accounting for H.P. Hood in Lawrence and Raytheon in Andover. A member of the Glee Club at Colby, she loved music throughout her life and was a member of her church choir. She is survived by her niece and nephew-in-law.
Doris Rose Hopengarten ’40, Aug. 19, 2013, in Newton, Mass., at 94. A longtime resident of Newton, she served as a psychologist in the Needham school system for 11 years. Predeceased by her husband, Sol, and her sister, Phyllis Rose Baskin ’39, she is survived by son Fred Hopengarten ’67, daughter Emerita Diamond Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of French Jane Hopengarten Moss, and three grandchildren including Anne Hopengarten ’06. Lydia Abbott Mailhot ’40, Aug. 26, 2013, in Boxford, Mass., at 95. She resided in Sudbury, Mass., for 50 years and taught Latin and English at Lincoln-Sudbury High School for 20 years. She enjoyed
reading and singing and was described as a “higher authority” on grammar. Predeceased by her husband, Otis, and a daughter, she is survived by two daughters and four grandchildren. Carl W. McGraw ’40, Sept. 24, 2013, in Webster, N.Y., at 95. He taught in Maine, then worked at Eastman Kodak before serving in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific in World War II. He was fired upon while dropping surrender instructions a week after Hirohito’s surrender. He returned to Rochester, N.Y., and retired from Kodak in 1980 to enjoy skiing, golf, family, and friends. Predeceased by his wife, Ruth, in 1981,
he is survived by five children and four grandchildren. John E. Stevens ’42, Aug. 3, 2013, in San Diego, Calif., at 93. During World War II he was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Flying 51 combat missions, he won the Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal with three oak clusters, and battle and campaign medals. He earned an M.B.A. from National University in San Diego, where he settled and worked for Convair and other aerospace and engineering companies. Predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Lucile, he is survived by four daughters and a granddaughter. Leonard Caust ’43, July 27, 2013, in Goldens Bridge, N.Y., at 91. He served in the U.S. Army, 102nd Division, in World War II and earned an M.B.A. at Harvard. He worked for many years at Lever Brothers. Predeceased by a brother, Arthur W. Feldman ’35, he is survived by his wife, Ruth, and five daughters and their families. Rita A. McCabe ’45, July 28, 2013, in West Hartford, Conn., at 90. She worked for IBM for 33 years, many of them in leadership positions, and was cited as a leader in coordinating IBM’s commitment to equal opportunity and the advancement of women. In 1979 she went into real estate. She was a Colby trustee for 16 years, beginning in 1966. She was also a trustee at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. She is survived by a brother, nieces, and nephews. Carl E. Chellquist ’48, July 3, 2013, in Reading, Pa., at 93. Raised in Boston by Swedish immigrant parents, he went to work following high school and attended Colby with his savings and scholarships. He taught in rural Maine, earned a master’s degree from Columbia, and then taught in Massachusetts public schools. In retirement he volunteered, traveled, and took up amateur radio. A lifelong Republican, he enjoyed discussing politics.
Predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Shirley Smith Chellquist ’48, and a daughter, he is survived by daughter Karen Chellquist ’72, two sons, and three grandsons. Sherwood L. Jones ’48, Sept. 29, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., at 88. Know as “Woody,” he served in the U.S. Army in Europe in World War II, was a prisoner of war in 1945, and won the Combat Infantry badge. He was an underwriter for Travelers Insurance Co. in Hartford for 37 years and also worked at Johnson & Higgins and part time at Pension Consultants. He was a ski racer into his 80s. Predeceased by a son, he is survived by his wife of 59 years, Martha, two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren. Hazel Huckins Merrill ’48, July 8, 2004, in Franklin, N.H., at 78. She owned and managed Merrill’s Cottages on Newfound Lake in Hebron and was a member of the Laconia chapter of Altrusa International. She had a son, a daughter, and three grandsons and was predeceased by her husband, John. Donna Barter Billings ’49, Aug. 15, 2013, in Deer Isle, Maine, at 86. She and her husband, Jack, took over from her father the M.D. Joyce Company and Barter Lumber Company in Deer Isle and managed both. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Jean Hillsen Grout ’49, Sept. 24, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla., at 85. She worked in alumni affairs at Boston University before her marriage in 1972. She and her husband spent 15 years in Morristown, N.J., where she worked at the Seeing Eye, a school for guide dogs. An active alumna, she served as chair of the Colby Alumni Council, 197476. Predeceased by her husband, Stuart, she is survived by a son and a granddaughter. Ruth Clements McGill ’49, Sept. 8, 2013, in Chatsworth, Ga., at 90.
She worked in a bank in California and married Vestel McGill in Georgia in 1951. She was predeceased by her husband.
a barbershop chorus and searching for artifacts with his metal detector. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Julianne.
A. Raymond Rogers ’49, Aug. 27, 2013, in Trenton, Maine, at 87. Prior to Colby he served as a naval airman in the Pacific at the end of World War II. His career in education included teaching, coaching, and working in administration in New England, including 14 years as superintendent at Regional School No. 7 in Winsted, Conn. He retired in 1984 and spent winters in Waterville and summers in Trenton. He enjoyed antiques and reading, and he was active in the Universalist Unitarian Church in Waterville and in the Maine Reads program. Predeceased by his parents, A. Raymond ’17 and Harriet Eaton Rogers ’19, and grandfather Harvey D. Eaton 1887, he is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan “Jay” Smith Rogers ’49, sisters Estelle Rogers MacDonald ’39 and Martha Rogers Beach ’42, two sons, three daughters, and eight grandchildren.
William A. Gelotte ’51, Sept. 11, 2013, in Gilford, N.H., at 86. He served in the Navy during World War II and was president and CEO of Claus Gelotte Camera Stores. He also was a founding partner for the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook Farm. He was a fly-fisherman and a sports enthusiast. Predeceased by a son, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ellen Kenerson Gelotte ’50, one son, two daughters, and seven grandchildren.
Edward C. Schlick ’49, Sept. 10, 2013, in Dresden, Maine, at 85. He enlisted in the Army and served in occupied Japan before earning his bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State. He was executive secretary of the Maine Democratic Party from 1961 to 1966, founded a consulting firm, and was an assistant to Maine governors Curtis and Longley. An environmental activist, he helped run the campaign that closed Maine Yankee nuclear power plant, and he remained active in causes into his 80s. Predeceased by two wives, he is survived by a son, three daughters, eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Richard H. King ’50, July 5, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M., at 84. He played basketball and football and was a member of Delta Upsilon. Upon graduating, he served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1950 to 1953 and then worked for the CIA for 25 years. He enjoyed singing in
John “Jack” Keough ’51, July 28, 2013, in Bothell, Wash., at 85. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1953, moved to Washington State, and worked with several law firms in Seattle and Kirkland, Wash., before founding Keough and Mallett in the late 1970s. In his retirement he enjoyed cruises, the theater, and writing science fiction. Predeceased by his wife of 30 years, Bess, and his former spouse, Joy Delong ’51, he is survived by a daughter, two sons, six grandchildren, and a great-grandson. James W. Reynolds ’51, M.D., July 25, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif., at 84. He earned his M.D. at Tufts Medical School and served six years in the Air Force Medical Corps before accepting a position in the pathology group at Memorial Hospital of Long Beach, where he spent 25 years as a surgical pathologist. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Mildred Thornhill Reynolds ’53, four daughters, a son, and 10 grandchildren. Nancy Jane Webber Thompson ’51, Jan. 25, 2013, in Orlando, Fla., at 83. She taught elementary school in Massachusetts. Predeceased by her husband, L. Richard Thompson ’51, she is survived by daughter Laurice Thompson Lee ’74 and son Peter L. Thompson ’76.
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Sherwin “Sonny” Welson ’51, Aug. 5, 2013, in West Hartford, Conn., at 84. An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was president of B. Welson and Co., a button and belt manufacturer started by his father. In the 1960s the company made liquid-cooled suits for astronauts. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elinor, two daughters, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Edith Carpenter Sweeney ’52, Aug. 26, 2013, in Freeport, Maine, at 83. She married six months after graduation and moved to Freeport, Maine, where she lived for the next 61 years. She sang in choirs throughout her life and was a member of Freeport Community Services, the Freeport Women’s Club, and the Maine Ostomy Society. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Arthur, three daughters, four grandchildren, and her sister, Carol Carpenter Bisbee ’49. Mary Corrigan Laudy ’53, Sept. 6, 2013, in New York at 82. She earned a nursing degree at Cornell and lived in San Francisco in the 1950s before joining the visiting nurse service in New York. She lived for many years in Westchester County and was a volunteer librarian and a member of the Whippoorwill Club. She is survived by her son and two grandchildren. Roland E. Nagle ’53, Aug. 7, 2013, in Monterey, Calif., at 82. At Colby he played baseball and basketball and was a member of the Outing Club and Lambda Chi Alpha. He earned a master of science degree at NYU. A 40-year resident of Monterey County, he served in the U.S. Air Force and had a career in meteorology. Beryl Baldwin Punt ’53, Aug. 2, 2013, in East Rochester, N.Y., at 81. She earned an M.A. in art education at Columbia and taught art for more than 50 years in elementary schools, at a museum, and in her own pre-kindergarten school. Predeceased by her husband of more
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than 50 years, Pieter, she is survived by a son and two daughters. Paul A. Wescott ’53, Aug. 13, 2013, in Scarborough, Maine, at 81. A graduate of NYU Law School, where he was an editor of the law review, he practiced law in New York, Pittsburgh, and Portland, Maine. In a second career he was CEO of Howell Laboratories in Bridgton, Maine, from 1977 to 2011. He was a trustee at the University of New England, which awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree. Predeceased by former spouse Eloise Larned Petrik ’55 and a granddaughter, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Peggy, three sons, a daughter, three stepdaughters, a stepson, and 14 grandchildren. Dabney T. Martin III ’54, Dec. 19, 2012, in Jeannette, Pa., at 81. He served in the Navy in the Korean War before attending college, and he earned his degree at Merrimack College. He led human resources departments at a hospital and a rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania and maintained an interest in theater, antique automobiles, and antiques. Predeceased by a daughter, he is survived by three daughters, a son, four grandsons, and a great-grandson. Albert J. Languet Jr. ’55, Oct. 5, 2013, in Belgrade, Maine, at 86. He enlisted in the merchant marine in 1945 and later the Marine Corps. He returned to Maine, graduated from Coburn Classical Institute, attended Colby, and established a successful masonry contracting firm in Belgrade. He was a member of the school board and was a Belgrade selectman. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joyce, six children including Albert Languet III ’88, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. David Bruce McComb ’55, Aug. 23, 2013, in Salem, Mass., at 79. He earned an M.A. from Columbia and had a long career as a bond analyst
and bond manager at Standard & Poor’s and at Boston Safe and Trust Co. He later retired from the EPA, where he had worked in hazardous waste services. He was physically active and an avid fan of Boston teams. He is survived by three sons and five grandchildren. Joseph A. Perham ’55, Aug. 28, 2013, in West Paris, Maine, at 80. He earned advanced degrees in English and education from the University of Maine and never missed a day of teaching in his 26 years at Paris High School, Leavitt Institute, and Oxford Hills High School, where he served as head of the English department. A humorist and storyteller, he wrote, produced, and performed 17 albums of Maine humor and folklore and received the Broderson Award for his radio commercials for the Maine Office of Tourism. He was also a Universalist lay preacher and 50-year member of the Masonic Granite Lodge of West Paris. Predeceased by his brother Sidney D. Perham ’56, he is survived by his wife of 59 years, Peg, a daughter, three sons, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. John B. Philbrook ’55, Aug. 20, 2013, in Marblehead, Mass., at 80. He had an aviation career that spanned more than 40 years, including 10 years with the U.S. Air Force and 30 years with American Airlines. In retirement he served as director of operations at Beverly Airport and flew charters. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sylvia, three daughters including Patricia Philbrook Levine ’82, three sons, 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Robert S. Leavitt ’56, Sept. 16, 2012, in Massachusetts at 78. A 46year resident of Reading, Mass., he started in a three-year business training program at General Electric after graduation and retired from GE in 1990. He was a model railroader and an accomplished pianist, preferring jazz. He is survived
by his wife of 57 years, Nancy, five children, and nine grandchildren. Barbara Hunter Pallotta ’59, Oct. 5, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla., at 75. She earned a master of arts degree in liberal studies at Ramapo College at 64, a source of great pride for her and her family. She enjoyed golf and tennis, but reading was her real pleasure. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jack Pallotta ’59, two sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren. Katherine Niles Roy ’59, Oct. 3, 2013, in West Bath, Maine, at 75. She worked in hospital laboratories in Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine. She enjoyed gardening, rock hounding, skiing, and sailing with her family. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Laurent “Larry” Roy ’57, three daughters, a son, and 11 grandchildren. Theodore C. Lockhart ’61, July 24, 2013, in New London, N.H., at 75. He earned a master’s in international relations and was commissioned as a U.S. Navy officer in 1962. He retired as a rear admiral in 1993 after 32 years of service aboard ships and in Washington, D.C., Guantanamo Bay, Annapolis, Rhode Island, Italy, and Puerto Rico. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Webster Lockhart ’60, a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren. He died after two years of living with the challenges of ALS. Craig B. Malsch ’62, Aug. 8, 2012, in Culver City, Calif., at 71. He worked in sales and the textile industry. He was predeceased by his father, Irving Malsch ’33. Robert R. Spencer ’63, Aug. 3, 2013, in Jackson, Wyo., at 73. He attended Colby and graduated from the University of Hartford. He was a special agent for Lloyds of London in Liberia before settling in the West. He earned his pilot’s license at 19 and remained
a lifelong aviator. An entrepreneur, he founded and/or owned a half dozen companies, several related to water resources. He is survived by his wife, Margy, two stepsons, and four grandsons.
Cheshire, Conn. He was a member of the Farms Country Club and the Cheshire Jaycees, and he coached in the Cheshire Youth Baseball League. He is survived by his wife, Rose, two sons, and two grandchildren.
Arthur W. Beveridge ’65, Aug. 7, 2013, in Falls Church, Va., at 70. A popular musician in Springfield, Va., he led bands, sang, performed on trumpet, bass guitar, and keyboards, and taught music in schools. He was a senior master and instructor at the U.S. Tae Kwon Do College. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Vundee Vunlikul, and a son.
Cheryl A. Thomas ’71, July 23, 2013, in Canton, Mass., at 63. She worked for many years as a telephone service representative at Computershare. She is survived by her longtime companion Roger Osborn. She was aunt to 14 nieces and nephews and to 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.
Rhoda Goldstein Freeman ’65, Sept. 12, 2013, in Scarborough, Maine, at 70. She earned a master’s degree at NYU and taught in New York City before marrying and living around the country. She and her husband operated a packing and shipping store in Brunswick for 15 years before moving to Florida, where she was area director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She transferred her directorship to Maine when they returned to the state seven years ago. Predeceased by a son, she is survived by her husband, Bob, a son, and a granddaughter. David G. Erdmann ’66, Oct. 7, 2013, in Winter Park, Fla., at 69. He earned master’s degrees from Brown and SUNY-Albany and was dean of admissions and enrollment management at Rollins College in Florida, a position he had held for 29 years. Before that he served at Trinity Pawling School, Albany Academy, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He died while fly-fishing. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sue, and a daughter. D. Wayne Winters ’66, Aug. 29, 2013, in New Haven, Conn., at 69. At Colby he was a member of Zeta Phi. He earned his J.D. at Boston College and owned Winters and Winters Law Firm in
William F. Kelleher ’72, Sept. 18, 2013, in Syracuse, N.Y., at 63. After attending Colby he earned his bachelor’s degree at UMassAmherst. He earned a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Michigan and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Syracuse. He studied Northern Ireland, and in 2003 the University of Michigan Press published his book The Troubles in Ballybogoin: Memory and Identity in Northern Ireland. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jo Thomas, two daughters, and his stepmother. Kenneth Woodard Gorman ’73, July 3, 2013, in Chelmsford, Mass., at 62. He graduated from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and worked as a CPA and a consultant for most of his career. He is survived by his son, Nicholas, his sister, Janet Gorman ’76, and his brother and sister-in-law, Douglas ’73 and Cheryl Booker Gorman ’74. Norman C. Skaggs ’77, Aug. 9, 2013, in Venice, Calif., at 58. After an injury ended his football career at Colby, he studied in Besançon, France, as a junior and returned “fluent in French and hopelessly in love with the theatre,” his formal obituary said. He worked in film and television through the 1980s and ’90s and appeared in several movies, including Decoration Day (1990), where he played the James Gar-
ner character’s nephew. He is survived by his wife, Mihal, and a daughter. Glenn T. Connell ’79, July 18, 2013, in Sabattus, Maine, at 63. He built radios and telescopes in his teens and won a National Science Foundation grant at 16 to study space science. He earned a master’s at Brandeis and worked as a professor, a research scientist, a physicist, and an engineer, most recently in nuclear engineering at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He enjoyed playing the guitar, gardening, reading, and woodworking, and he was a master in the Masons. He is survived by his parents, a son, a daughter, and a granddaughter. Maureen Young Kissack ’83, Aug. 14, 2013, in Dover, N.H., at 52. She taught French in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire and worked as a real estate agent. She enjoyed old movies and spending summers at the beach. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Bruno, a daughter, a son, and her father. Suzanna Seymour Gaeddert ’85, Sept. 17, 2013, in Surrey, England, at 50. She grew up in Saudi Arabia and earned a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. She and her husband, Barry, were pastors at the Bonhomme Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Mo., for 16 years and lived in London for the past six years. She died after a three-and-ahalf-year battle with brain cancer. She is survived by her husband, her parents, and two sons. Michael E. Vosburg-Casey ’96, July 31, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga., at 39. He was an activist and volunteer who never worked for a salary and who protested the death penalty and the U.S. Army’s former School of the Americas at Fort Benning. After being arrested there and sentenced to 100 days in federal prison, he said he was proud to be “a prisoner of conscience.”
He worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Central Presbyterian’s Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, and the Georgia Justice Project. He died of complications from colon cancer. He is survived by his wife, Amy, a daughter, and his parents. David C. Brenneman ’98, Aug. 31, 2013, in Chappaqua, N.Y., at 37. After graduating from Colby summa cum laude, he earned his master’s from Yale and J.D. from Harvard. He worked at Morgan Stanley for six years, most recently as an executive director in equity risk management. He helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Sarcoma Foundation of America, and in April 2013 the organization honored him with its Courage Award. He battled a rare and aggressive form of the disease for 16 months. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Mina, and three children. Anthony J. Marin, Sept. 11, 2013, in Winslow, at 50. A plumber for Colby’s Physical Plant Department since 1991, he said he sought the position so he could marry Patricia O’Keefe in Lorimer Chapel, which he did in 1992. He developed friendships across a wide range of offices and departments on campus as well as with students and student athletes in particular. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, his mother, four brothers, four sisters, stepchildren, and grandchildren. Dorothy L. Marson, Sept. 29, 2013, in Dedham, Mass., at 82. Longtime co-correspondent for the Class of ’48, she served Colby as an overseer, volunteer, and booster and received the Colby Brick Award in 1984. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Trustee Emeritus David Marson ’48, by two daughters including Deborah Marson ’75, and by three grandchildren including Jessica McNulty ’07 and Mark McNulty ’11.
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| Gerry Hadden ’89
In the spring of 1986 my classmates Dan Sullivan and Lawrence Collins and I burned down a bridge (sort of) in West Germany, got arrested for it, then skipped the country before the police could confiscate our passports. We had no other choice, really, since we didn’t enjoy diplomatic immunity despite our status as ambassadors. Ambassadors of Colby College. At least that’s what our German professor, Hubert Kueter, had told us we were as he led us off on that semester abroad to Lübeck. His point, however, wasn’t that we were going to enjoy special privileges overseas, but that we had better behave. So we were surprised by Herr Kueter’s response after our arrest under his watch: He chuckled. Then he said something like, “You did what?” That was it. No admonishment, no letters to our parents, no report back to Colby. It would take me more than 25 years to understand his amused and, dare I say, decidedly unGerman reaction. Fast forward to this past summer. Sullivan, Collins, and I rented vacation cabins on a lake outside Jefferson, Maine, with our families. On our list of things to do of course was visit Colby. I hadn’t been back since 1990. Just before my family and I left home in Barcelona for Maine, an old friend, Jen Jarvis McLin ’92, sent me a photo of her and a remarkably familiar old fellow seated together at a wedding. “Recognize this face?” she wrote. It was easy; Hubert Kueter had hardly changed. I got in touch by e-mail, and we agreed to meet on campus. We arrived early. What a homecoming. I’d read about all the changes, but it was essentially the same place. The memories came flooding back. Our two oldest kids, 7 and 9 years old, kept saying things like, “And they let you live here?” and “You could have sleep-overs?” And best of all, “I could come here?” That’s what I wanted to hear. I wanted the place to impress them, to leave a mark as it’s left its mark on me. One day,
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then, they might just decide to set out for Waterville themselves. We passed the library and the chapel with its little hill we used to sled down on dining-hall trays. We tried to get into Butler dorm but needed a security code. That was new. Behind, Johnson Pond. “Can you swim in it?” the kids asked. “Er, technically, no.” Finally we met up with Herr Kueter and his wonderful wife, Nancy Brooks. It was just like old times. Hubert, retired now, even brought the chuckle. We invited them out to Jefferson for a sunset barbecue. Nancy brought her harp and Hubert a present for his three former students: copies of his memoir, My Tainted Blood. In his dedication he wrote how that semester in Lübeck had been one of the highlights of his career—despite our misadventure. Or maybe because of it? When I got back
home and started reading, things began to make sense. Hubert, it turns out, survived World War II as a young boy on his cunning, his willingness to bend the rules and take risks, and his openness to adventure. He was an expert scavenger, a sometimes-thief, and a really lucky treasure hunter. Everything he did he did to keep his family safe. By some miracle it worked. He and his mother escaped countless perils and made it to America. A lifetime later his phone rings. It’s the German police. Three of his students, taking a break from studying German language and grammar, have just been arrested. For what? For converting parts of a swimmer’s bridge into firewood at an American-style beach party on the nearby Baltic coast. Something about our rule-bending— although NOT motivated by a desire to save anyone from harm, but to stay warm—must have nevertheless touched that impish nerve of his, cultivated during his early years of hardship. He chuckled again, recounting it all as our kids listened in and the sun set over the lake. And I realized that this, at last, was my homecoming. The one I’d been missing every year, without fail, for two and a half decades. It came without the capital H, and not over the official weekend, but what did it matter? I was with old friends and teachers, savoring what we once learned together. What we’d learned from each other. And marveling at where it had led us since. Later I put our little ones to bed. In their eyes a thousand questions. What was this strange life their dad had once lived? Mission accomplished, I thought. They’ll never forget Colby now. But just to make sure, I bought them each a Colby sweatshirt. Gerry Hadden ’89 is a writer and reporter living in Barcelona, Spain. He covers European issues for PRI’s The World, the CBC, and others. His memoir, Never the Hope Itself, was published in 2011.
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