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Colby and partners give Main Street a historic jumpstart

The world needs to eat more crickets Alan Taylor: not your textbook revolutions Celeste Murtha works for children No stopping Patriots lawyer Robyn Glaser

Architectural rendering courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle

Map of downtown Waterville shows Colby investments and private development recently completed or in planning.

The arts and humanities have never been more essential to the liberal arts mission. It is through these disciplines that we understand what it means to be human, to create, and to live amongst one another with an appreciation for all our beautiful complexities.”

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—President David A. Greene


A TRANSFORMATIVE AND HISTORIC GIFT A transformative gift from two of Colby’s most generous supporters will open new pathways to teaching and scholarship and catalyze the College’s position as an international arts destination. In February President David A. Greene told an anticipatory crowd that the gift from Peter ’56, D.F.A. ’98 and Life Trustee Paula Lunder, D.F.A. ’98 will make the Colby College Museum of Art— already considered one of the finest college museums in the nation—a beacon of scholarship and curation that will draw visitors and art historians from around the world. “The Lunders have done so much for Colby, from financial aid, to supporting our building development, to gifts of incredible art,” Greene said in announcing the gift at a celebration of the Lunders during the Board of Trustees meeting in Boston. The Lunders’ gift of more than $100 million will add nearly 1,150 artworks to the museum’s collection and will launch the Lunder Institute for American Art, establishing Colby as the only liberal arts college with a world-class art museum and a global research center on American art. It will be dedicated to the practice, study, and exhibition of American art and will transform Colby’s art collection and scholarly activities by bringing together artists, curators, scholars, and students through crossdisciplinary engagement. The gift of artworks and endowment of the Lunder Institute will make it possible for the Lunder Collection at the Colby Museum to speak to a global audience, to make Waterville, Maine, a must-see arts destination, and to build on opportunities for Colby students to interact with and analyze the collection.

“For many years, we have been inspired and impressed by Colby’s teaching mission and the many ways that the museum is deeply integrated into the curriculum to become a vibrant part of college life,” said Peter and Paula Lunder in a statement. “We are delighted that our art collection will be shared with future Colby students, the Waterville community, and visitors to Maine, and we know that Colby College will do a marvelous job enhancing the collection with their academic programs—we feel that Colby is the perfect home for our collection.” That collection has been created through years of the Lunders selecting “the best of the best,” said Carolyn Muzzy Director of the Colby College Museum of Art and Chief Curator Sharon Corwin. “We are so grateful for the attention and love and care they put into their collecting.” To advance critical and creative research in American art and related fields, the Lunder Institute will host a residential program for scholars and artists on campus and in downtown Waterville. Summer and academic-year residencies, ranging from several weeks to a year, will be offered to graduate students, scholars, curators, and emerging and internationally renowned artists who may develop new site-specific works on campus and in the community. These fellows will be a strong part of the intellectual and creative life of the College, working directly with faculty, students, and community members, and inspiring a dialogue between art creation and scholarship. The Lunder Institute’s activities will also include an exhibition program, a robust publication program, and the organization of major multidisciplinary symposia. Learn more at

Top left: Jacob Lawrence, Builders #1, 1968. Gouache and tempera on paper. The Lunder Collection Malvina Hoffman, Bacchanale Russe, 1917. Bronze. The Lunder Collection Milton William Hopkins, Martha Ellen Connell, 1838. Oil on canvas. The Lunder Collection Chinese, Shang period, Tripod (li), 1600–1050 BCE. Bronze. The Lunder-Colville Chinese Art Collection Nikki S. Lee, The Seniors Project (28), 1999. Chromogenic color print. The Lunder Collection



I abhor hate-filled rhetoric and the thoughtless noisemakers seeking publicity and disruption without serious content or evidence. But I worry even more about the future of our democracy and our great


The threats to these values persist in the nation’s capital and, unfortunately, on our country’s college and university campuses. Recent studies have shown that young people are increasingly unlikely to see free speech as a primary value. Perhaps it is no surprise, then, that we have seen so many invited speakers shouted down and invitations to speak rescinded after campus uprisings. There is a growing sentiment on many campuses that the moral failing is not speech prohibition but providing a platform for a speaker who espouses unwelcome views, especially if they are viewed as discriminatory or intolerant.

There is a cost, and some clearly share the burden more than others, for being a place that is open to free thought and expression and that privileges this value over many other competing and important values. But Colby, and the rest of America’s higher education system, must have its own declaration of conscience that, as Smith told her Senate colleagues, fights the “exploitation of fear, bigotry, ignorance, and intolerance.” Standing by quietly or working to silence McCarthy and those who followed his dangerous, unfounded claims could not have stopped the scourge of McCarthyism. It demanded a principled argument and the courage of individuals like Margaret Chase Smith, who closed her remarks on that day in 1950 by saying, “It is high time that we all stopped being tools and victims of totalitarian techniques—techniques that, if continued here unchecked, will surely end what we have come to cherish as the American way of life.”

Smith had earned the respect of her colleagues in Congress long before that historic convention. On June 1, 1950, she delivered her famous “Declaration of Conscience” speech on the Senate floor. It was a direct rebuke to the fear mongering and discriminatory practices led by Senator Joseph McCarthy and supported in the Senate, in what Smith described as “a forum of hate and character assassination.” She excoriated both parties for their behavior and reminded them of American ideals. “Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism: The right to criticize. The right to hold unpopular beliefs. The right to protest. The right of independent thought.”

centers of learning when we shun unpopular beliefs, constrain speech and expression, and create disincentives for the evolution of radical, independent thought and ideas.


Margaret Chase Smith’s story seems to be fading with time, despite its relevance to today’s challenges. She was a teacher and journalist who became active in politics and ultimately succeeded her husband in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was elected to the House four times before running successfully for the Senate, where she spent time as the only woman in that chamber (and was the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress). At the 1964 Republican National Convention she became the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for president of a major party. Although she posed no real risk to unseating Senator Barry Goldwater, this smart, courageous woman from Skowhegan changed the nation’s understanding of what modern leadership could look like.

Among my favorite spots in the President’s House is the study. It is an undersized replica of my office in Eustis, with floor-to-ceiling wood paneling and ample bookcases. On one shelf sits a framed photo of my great-great Aunt Georgie, a resident of Madison, Maine, with the legendary Margaret Chase Smith. Taken at a garden party, the image has long been a source of pride for Georgie’s extended family.

The photo of Smith I see from my desk has dulled a bit over the years, but her message, now 77 years old, is as sharp and relevant as ever. “Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America,” she said. “It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others.” At Colby, where we celebrate the free press and courage in reporting through an annual award named for Elijah Parish Lovejoy, Class of 1826, we remain steadfast in our commitment to free expression. Lovejoy was silenced by a murderous mob for speaking against slavery. His words held great power, frightening and offending those who disagreed with him and ultimately led to his death. We can never forget the high price of devaluing the right of others to express their beliefs. That is a lesson I take from both Lovejoy and Smith, two Mainers who understood that a free society and the progress of humankind depend on our capacity to listen to one another, to argue with evidence and conviction, and to take seriously (and use judiciously) the right we all enjoy to free speech.

David A. Greene


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Bright Lights Members of the cast of Lost With You, a musical created by Katie Monteleone ’18 and Josua Lutian ’18, gather onstage at the Ripley-Grier Studios in New York City. The musical was workshopped with Broadway professionals in January before being staged at Colby in February. Monteleone and Lutian met singing a cappella as first years and discovered they shared a love of musical theater. The musical follows a family as members navigate difficult relationships.

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Rivalry and Revelry Colby players Jack Burton ’17, J.P. Schuhlen ’20, and Phil Klitirinos ’18 celebrate after Klitirinos scored in the Mules’ dramatic 5-4 victory over Bowdoin Dec. 3. After a 2-1 Colby win in Brunswick the previous night, Colby rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring the go-ahead goal midway through the third period. The Mules then weathered the Polar Bears’ three-man advantage to come away with the victory in the storied rivalry.


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Colby is leading a historic remake of Waterville’s downtown. By Gerry Boyle ’78 A team of California alumni wants crickets on the menu. By Susan Abram


Oak Fellow Khalid Albaih marvels at Colby’s freedoms


Henry Ackerman ’17 follows a path driven by curiosity


In Helena, Ark., Joseph Whitfield ’15 teaches by example


Celeste Murtha ’17 advocates for babies’ health


Charles Ferguson and Gary Green are making books


Robyn Glaser ’89 deals for the New England Patriots


Historian Alan Taylor ’77 revisits the American Revolution


Lyn Mikel Brown believes in the power of girls


Frank Fekete can cure science phobia


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“I bleed blue and gray— Colby is a part of me. That’s why I have made Colby a beneficiary in my estate plans.” — John Leopold ’68 Retired judge John Leopold credits Colby for enhancing his social and intellectual skills in extraordinary ways. With that in mind, he and his wife, Terry Ann, have named Colby as a significant beneficiary in their estate planning. “I’ve had a phenomenally successful career in the law,” he says. “And I owe a lot of it to Colby. There’s no doubt in my mind.”

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For sample language you can use in your will, contact Colby’s Office of Gift Planning at 1-800-809-0103 or visit

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Staff Ruth J. Jackson executive editor

Kate Carlisle director of communications

Kirsten Marjerison associate art director

Oak Fellow Khalid Albaih on the Center for the Arts and Humanities theme Revolutions

Arne Norris web design Milton Guillén ’15 photo video journalist Laura Meader assistant director of communications

Administration David A. Greene, president Ruth J. Jackson, vice president for communications Dan Lugo, vice president for college and student advancement Alumni Council Executive Committee David S. Epstein ’86, chair and president, Deborah Wathen Finn ’74, P’07, immediate past chair, Carolyn Gray Kimberlin, Boyd Allen III ’75, Lisa Kehler Bubar ’73, Justin C. DePre ’06, Matthew Hancock ’90, P’19, Richard W. Highland ’80, Shaquan A. Huntt ’13, Peter R. Reif ’83, P’16, Brooke McNally Thurston ’03 To contact Colby Magazine: Managing Editor, Colby Magazine 4354 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901 207-859-4354 Colby Magazine is published three times yearly. Visit us online:

From President David A. Greene


This Caught Our Attention


From the Editor


Colby in Numbers


Shorter Takes




Teaching Moment


Class Notes






First Person


Susan Abram, Abukar Adan ’17, Eric Butterman, Christina Dong ’17, Laura Meader, Mareisa Weil contributing writers




Nicolas Abaunza, Melissa Blackall, Lynn R. Friedman, Dennis Griggs, Milton Guillén ’15, Bret Hartman, Steve Jones, Arne Norris, Heather Perry ’93, Dustin Satloff ’15, Clare Stephens ’18, Michele Stapleton, Bernard Wooten contributing photographers

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Barbara E. Walls director of creative strategy


The work of Projects for Peace grant winner Benard Kibet ’18 is portrayed in Maji, a film by Milton Guillén ’15

Anthony Ronzio director of digital strategy


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One Beautiful Laboratory


A new partnership has connected Colby students with Allen Island, in Maine’s Muscongus Bay, and the Herring Gut Learning Center in nearby Port Clyde. Allen Island, owned by a Wyeth family foundation, will be the site of classes studying the chemistry and ecology of the bay, among a variety of courses now being created by Colby faculty. Students will also work at the learning center, which offers alternative education to youth on the St. George peninsula. The partnership adds to the potential of a recent $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an environmental humanities initiative.


In that sense this new downtown may harken to pre-World War II, when Colby was on College Avenue and students, staff, faculty, and alumni permeated Main Street. But just as Colby has changed since that time, so has the notion of just how a college can and should intersect with its community.

There’s a grit and determination to this city that is a throwback to earlier times. Just as the city had persevered through boom times and downturns, Colby has done the same. The community that will soon take shape will incorporate the best of the past with the best of the present and future.

This isn’t your grandfather’s Waterville, or yours, for that matter. The downtown that is emerging with Colby’s leadership and collaboration is a different sort of community hub, one that we haven’t seen before. Hundreds of tech jobs at one end of Main Street, a hotel and new retail and residences at the other. And the defining piece of this new Elm City: a residential complex for 200 students, smack dab on Main Street, with spaces to share with the community.


It was all very nostalgic—but not the Main Street we will see very soon.

The city they share will be home to new retailers and entrepreneurs. People drawn to good jobs will settle in and shape the city in a new way. Some Colby graduates will choose to stay and be part of this rejuvenated community. The arts will become an even bigger presence. A city that once relied on manufacturing will have a new and diversified economic base. I can’t wait to see it happen.

I say this having arrived at Colby for the first time during one of the city’s periods of prosperity. Reporting the cover story for this issue, I found myself reminiscing with longtime Waterville residents about the Main Street we remembered. Shopping at Dunham’s of Maine, Sterns, Levine’s. Dining at the Last Unicorn and the Manor restaurants. Nights out at You Know Whose Pub and Silver Street Tavern.

A little more than a year from now, capable and civic-minded students will live on Main Street and engage in all sorts of ways with the community. Those students will likely know the city in a very different way than many of their predecessors did. Relationships will become deeper and more meaningful as the communities overlap.


Christina Dong ’17 (“For the Children,” P. 48) is from Palo Alto, Calif., and an English major working in communications and public relations. Previously she has written for the Stanford University press office and Bay Area publications, including Palo Alto Weekly.

The temptation is to think of Waterville’s ongoing revitalization as a return to better days. Better days are indeed ahead. But they represent a new, vibrant downtown rather than a return to an earlier one.

Abukar Adan ’17 (“Science Phobic?” P. 58) is from Portland, Maine, and is an editorial assistant for Colby Magazine. A government and education double major, he aspires to produce content on a wide variety of topics through multimedia journalism. He is also a blogger for the Huffington Post and a freelance journalist for Maine Public radio. On campus, he serves as the news director of WMHB radio and co-hosts a weekly radio show called Off the Hill.


Susan Abram (“Snap, Crackle, Crunch,” P. 38) is a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News. She was previously a reporter in Connecticut, where her series of stories about the lives of day laborers earned her an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Her short stories and nonfiction work have appeared in Thrice Fiction, Lunch Ticket, T/OUR magazine, and WriteGirl: Nothing Held Back.

Gerry Boyle ’78, P’06 Managing Editor


FEEDBACK media apparatus and social media culture that echoes what we want to hear and a political machinery that exploits it. I hope we take a step back to really think about how so many of us, even though we may look different and come from different areas, have so much in common. The challenges our country and our world face are very real and solutions to them will demand that we all feel a sense of ownership in the effort. We need to stop talking past each other. We need to stop disrespecting each other’s identities. We need to stop undermining ourselves.

Build Bridges by Understanding Others “We are they who make the essence and stability of society.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The biggest tragedy leading into and coming out of the election, in my opinion, is that there was not a leader to represent all of those who feel marginalized and unheard in a rapidly changing world. That feeling, however, is increasingly the new, shared American experience. So much is changing for so many, and yet few of us today feel that we had an honest conversation about a common way forward.


General Stanley McChrystal has created the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, an effort to build a shared American experience, through service, that has been lost since the end of the military draft. Americans are no longer bound by experiences that bring us together across economic, community, and racial lines in service to our country. This enhances divisiveness—an usversus-them mentality—as we simply don’t know enough different people (a situation not unlike that faced by many colleges in relation to their host towns). This divisiveness is only reinforced by a

I have spent my entire life seeking to understand where the other person is coming from, often at the expense of knowing who I am. I have been privileged to learn a lot, build a global network of friends, and believe in a greater purpose. I also know that I need to do more. We all need to do more. Ask yourself, what will I do to understand and bind myself to others in the solidarity of purpose? There is a larger lesson here for all of us and one that I believe liberal arts college students, especially Colby students, could apply to not just classroom learning but to experiential learning. A liberal arts education, a Colby education, is about building the foundations of inquiry, analysis, and empathy across a range of disciplines. This foundational skill set must be applied to the very challenge we, as a country, face today. Listening to the other. Acknowledging the other. Caring about the other. Binding to the other. This is what makes a community. It is the privilege and the responsibility of someone with a Colby education to contribute to the continued American experience. The very roots and intention of the school require us to carry on the legacy. The opening quote from Emerson elegantly captures what he felt about “literary institutions” like Colby and the responsibilities of their trainees. In fact, he spoke those very words to our

It is the privilege and the responsibility of someone with a Colby education to contribute to the continued American experience.” –Graham Macmillan ’97 predecessors at the school in 1841. So, if nothing else, let us all, especially alumni of Colby, recognize the responsibilities of the education we have to build a more inclusive, compassionate, and everimproving nation and meet Emerson’s call. Graham Macmillan ’97 Bernardsville, N.J.

By Emphasizing the Extraordinary Magazine Misses Valuable Stories Thank you for reminding us that we have a voice as Colby alumni and that, according to the editor’s note in the fall issue of Colby Magazine, have been “quiet over the past few months.” While I am aware of and closely follow current discussions on college campus issues such as sexual assault, “safe” places, cultural diversity, and fully realize that these are also Colby issues that deserve attention and energy, I have some thoughts about Colby Magazine which may seem mundane in the bigger picture, but are still worth sharing. The magazine is resplendent in its layout and presentation and is an accurate reflection of the vitality, both intellectual and physical, of our college. I do think, however, that the editorial inclination is so much toward the extraordinary accomplishments, super athletic


Peter Ré’s “freshman” year at Colby was my freshman year at Colby (1951). I sang in the Glee Club all four years. It was great pleasure for me because,

Rush Oster ’61 Bradenton, Fla.

He was one of those very rare teachers whom you will always remember with great fondness. I miss him.

Remembering Peter Ré



Irving Faunce ’67, P’90 Wilton, Maine

Peter attended most of our important reunions, the last one being our 50th in 2005.

The only resemblance to a traditional American liberal arts college remaining is the pristine Mayflower Hill campus built from the generosity of discarded, forgotten, obviously now irrelevant, dedicated disciples of a bygone era.

Many of us are working well into our 70s and 80s, not always because we love our professions (as I do) but sometimes out of economic necessity. Actually, there really isn’t much written in the magazine of our age group at all. As we prepare for our 50th reunion in 2017, we have asked our classmates for a summary of their lives to date. I expect that these will not be extraordinary stories, but, if told truthfully, that they will be full of life. They will make good reading, I am sure.

When he built his first house out on a lake (I don’t remember which one), members of the Glee Club went out to help dig the trenches where the footers would go. Later on, I joked with Peter that I was amazed the house did not fall down considering the amount of beer cans in those trenches.


Many of us deliver essential social services to the homeless, drug addicts, victims of domestic violence, the elderly, and disabled. Many of us also fit into or have emerged from those categories ourselves. There are stories of Colby alumni to be told there. Our stories of work tell of small business prosperity and abject failure. Some of us are unemployed and have wrenching stories of the economic transitions occurring within our professions.

as a teacher and conductor, he got the best out of people. He challenged us with new material and made the whole experience exciting.

The magazine used to be called The Alumnus (inappropriate and stereotypical, I realize), but, with that title, it was clear that the publication was clearly designed to speak to alumni. So, if that continues to be true, it would be gratifying to read of alumni who are doing what the mass of us actually do—the unglamorous but essential work and activity of grinding out our lives, raising families, suffering successes, failures, tragedy, and joy.

Valerie Jarrett, like all other recent Colby College honorees, is an offensive insult to thousands of Colby alumni who expect some semblance of philosophical political balance on the campus of a selfdescribed liberal arts institution. The sad irrefutable truth is Colby is flamboyantly dedicated to a singular intolerant position of radical leftist activism expressed in its faculty, administration, recognition policy, and its open contempt for anyone or any thought of disagreement.


Colby honoree Jarrett is Darling of Far Left

performances, super-athletes, super scholars, and experiences on the edge of reality that we have lost touch with a large part of our alumni body.

John Reisman ’55 Columbus, Ohio It was sad to read of Peter Ré’s passing in the Fall 2016 Colby Magazine. While much can be written about Peter’s accomplishments and impact, I will remember him most for a piece of advice that has stuck with me for 32 years. He gave it to me in the context of independent study in music composition, but its broader applicability makes it unforgettable. I’ve recalled it often, and I’ve shared it with many students and colleagues (always crediting Peter). “Not every measure has to be genius.”

On John Joseph and Spa Breaks Regarding John Joseph, I’m sad to hear of his passing. I fondly remember spa breaks in the library. Nothing quite like meeting friends and having a Colby 8 while sitting in one of those booths! Anne Luedemann Hunt ’79 McLean, Va.

Rich Kliman ’84 Phillipsburg, N.J.


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The number of annual S.H.O.U.T. lectures given at Colby as a feature of the student-organized program of events focused on multiculturalism. This year’s keynote lecture was given March 1 by writer Janet Mock, author of Redefining Realness, and producer of the HBO documentary The Trans List. Mock brings issues of gender, race, class, and equity to the forefront. Past lecturers have included activist Angela Davis, activist and actor George Takei, Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler, and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Juno Diaz.



The increase in the size of the fitness center in the new Colby athletic complex, thanks to a $10 million gift from philanthropists Sheri and Joe Boulos ’68. The gift will name the Boulos Family Fitness Center in the new complex, which will open in 2020. The Bouloses’ generous support of the College has been marked by support of the existing Boulos Family Fitness Center as well as the Harold Alfond Stadium and the Colby College Museum of Art. They have contributed significantly to financial aid at Colby, funding a program that replaced student loans with grants in financial aid packages of Maine students, which was later extended to all Colby students. Joe Boulos is a life trustee and former chair of the Board of Trustees. “Joe has been the leader for Colby who everyone loves to follow,” said President David A. Greene. “He is smart, dedicated, strategic, and totally selfless. He and Sheri have never wanted anything but to see Colby thrive.” (Architect’s rendering)




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APPS FOR CLASS OF 2021 “Colby is changing the way people think about liberal arts education, and the best students from around the world are taking notice.”

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The number of Colby computer science majors who were supposed to land a coveted paid summer internship with CGI, the international company that is making Waterville its Maine hub. Instead the company hired four. Rob Durst ’19, Robbie DeAngelo ’19, Christopher Marcello ’19, and Austin Nantkes ’19 so impressed CGI supervisors during Jan Plan that they were all taken on. The four were given a challenge: form teams of two and create a solution to a common problem using “blockchain” technology, a type of digital ledger most



famously used in the digital currency Bitcoin. The best proposal, CGI said, would earn the creator a paid summer internship at the Waterville center. “After a few hours of research I immediately became hooked,” Durst said in an email. “With our focus on computational initiatives over the next several years, I expect this new partnership with CGI to grow and provide even more of our students with incredible experiences,” said Colby Vice President of Planning Brian Clark.


Through the Buck Environment and Climate Change Lab, students will conduct research on Maine’s coast, lakes, and forests, working closely with faculty and local nonprofits to understand changes to ecosystems and the far-flung effects of those changes. Their internships in organizations focused on environmental issues will be paid through the Buck Lab.


The number of members of the women’s indoor track and field team qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships. Jenna Athanasopoulos ’17, Michaela Athanasopoulos ’17, Taylor Depalo ’19, Michaela Garrett ’17, Caitlin Lawlor ’18, Rachel Leonard ’19, Hannah Springhorn ’19, and Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik ’19 competed at nationals March 10-11 at North Central College in Illinois. Tenth-place finishes went to Garrett, in the 20-pound weight throw, Lawlor, in the 3,000 meter run, and the 1,600 relay team.

Mardi Haskell ’17 and head alpine ski coach Danny Noyes ’02 react as they hear that Haskell earned her fourth All-American honor at the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships March 8 at Cannon Mountain in Franconia, N.H. Haskell, skiing with a back injury this season, earned the honor in the giant slalom with a 10th-place finish.


Four for Four

A gift from Trustee Sandy Buck ’78 and Sissy Buck will connect Colby students to organizations in Maine and beyond as the College expands funded opportunities for students, giving them valuable tools to help solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Another Weapon in Fight Against Climate Change

“It’s incredibly gratifying when a donor and an institution can find the perfect fit,” said President David A. Greene, “and that’s exactly what happened here. With this gift Sandy and Sissy Buck make a meaningful contribution to the issues that matter most to them, and Colby is able to support students as they work to solve complex global problems and gain the experience they need to make a profound difference after they graduate.”


SHORT FORM Significant Recognition for Glenn’s Research Melissa Glenn, associate professor of psychology, was awarded a 2017-18 James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowship. This award includes financial support to extend Glenn’s sabbatical from one semester to two. Her sabbatical activities will include collaborating with colleagues in Canada to develop ethologically rich behavioral methods that better represent the complexities of human behavior and dysfunction than existing assays. This is central to her efforts to improve the translational success of animal models in treating human psychological disorders.

Sandler’s Passion Forever Linked to Colby Lacrosse A year after his tragic death, an anonymous donor endowed the men’s lacrosse head coach position in memory of late coach Jack Sandler (above). Current head coach Guy Van Arsdale, who joined Colby last year from Jacksonville University, will be the first to hold the endowed position. “Colby’s coach-as-educator model was personified by Jack Sandler,” said Tim Wheaton, the Harold Alfond Director of Athletics.

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Sandler, 35, died during his third season at Colby. He had led the Mules to the conference playoffs in each of his first two years as coach. At the time of Sandler’s death, Colby President David A. Greene said the young coach’s “real passion was teaching and helping students develop their full potential physically, intellectually, and personally.”


For Moland, Scholarship Leads to Berlin One of the foremost scholars on the philosopher Hegel, Associate Professor of Philosophy Lydia Moland was awarded a prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship in support of her 2017-18 sabbatical for a book project titled Hegel’s Aesthetics: The Art of Idealism. The grant will allow Moland to extend her upcoming sabbatical and undertake work as a guest at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Her book will combine analysis of the philosophy of art during the period known as the German Age of Aesthetics with application of that analysis to contemporary art.

“I wanted to experience life here, (it always seemed so cool to me that you can drive everywhere, as there are no roads going out of Juneau) and college seemed like the perfect time for that.” —Swimmer Abigail Taylor-Roth ’19 on deciding to come to Colby from Alaska. Taylor-Roth, a math major with a minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, is tied for the highest grade point average among Colby athletes.


Media Shout Outs for Colby Faculty

Five professors have been awarded tenure for their scholarship, excellence in the classroom, and service to the College.

Colby’s new tenured faculty members are top, left to right: Erin Sheets, psychology; Mouhamedoul Niang, French; Samara Gunter, economics; Jonathan McCoy, physics and astronomy; and Tim Hubbard, economics. More online at

President David A. Greene described the five as accomplished scholars and teachers. “Their remarkable dedication to their scholarly fields and to their students reflects the remarkable standard of excellence maintained by Colby faculty,” Greene said. “These five professors connect with students and the Colby community in truly transformative ways.”


As the winter solstice approached, TIME turned to scientists, including Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming, to point out that “the idea of the first day of winter is more complicated than you may think,” Fleming said. Meteorological winter differs from astronomical winter because “the alignment of the Earth’s axis doesn’t line up with traditional weather, or the commonsense idea of weather,” Fleming told TIME Dec. 20.

Tenure Times Five

A New York Magazine interactive article highlights research by Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Soto investigating the “big five” personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openmindedness. The Dec. 21 article also asks readers to predict their own scores on these traits, then take a personality test developed by Soto and collaborator Oliver John.


In a video produced by the Asia Society, Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jette´ Professor of Art and cocurator of No Limits: Zao Wou-ki, Weitz explains why the painting Traces dans la ville (Tracks of the City) is her favorite. “Although it’s abstract, there’s a sense of uncovering a hidden past that I think is one of the reasons I like this painting so much,” Weitz said. No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki (at the Colby College Museum of Art through June 4) is the first retrospective of the work of Zao Wou-Ki (1920–2013) in the United States. “An intriguing, peripatetic, at times beautiful affair,” said the New York Times in its review of the exhibition.

Making Refuge, the latest book by Catherine Besteman, Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, was named one of the best books of 2016 by Foreign Affairs magazine. Subtitled Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine, the book chronicles Besteman’s reunion in Lewiston with Bantu refugees she had met as a doctoral student in Somalia. A feature story on the work of Besteman, a renowned scholar, is at

8.19.71 The Colby-record time posted by David Chelimo ’17 at the Tufts Final Qualifying Meet March 4. Chelimo, who missed last year’s season due to injury, bested the previous record for the 3,000-meter run held by Jeff Hale ’15 by more than six seconds and took first place in the event.


SHORT FORM Diamond Named Life Trustee Robert E. Diamond Jr. ’73, LL.D. ’08, P’12 has been named a life trustee of the College in recognition of decades of steadfast service. Diamond, former chair of the Board of Trustees, is founding partner and chief executive officer of Atlas Merchant Capital, a global financial services company. As a life trustee, he joins a circle of some of Colby’s most dedicated supporters, comprised of Joseph F. Boulos ’68, LL.D. ’09, Paula Crane Lunder, D.F.A. ’98, James B. Crawford ’64, LL.D. ’05, the late Lawrence R. Pugh ’56, LL.D. ’99, and William R. Cotter, LL.D. ’00. “It’s been an incredible pleasure over the years to be part of everything that is Colby College,” Diamond said when presented the award in January. As chair, Diamond helped recruit President David A. Greene to Colby and has galvanized board support of strategic initiatives the administration has launched since then, including revitalization of downtown Waterville, construction of a new athletic facility, and raising the College’s admissions, academic, and fundraising profiles. Greene credits Diamond for setting ever-higher expectations for excellence at Colby. “He loves this place so much, he

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She Believes …


“… that community can be found where you would least expect it. … I think that we are able to create the strongest bonds with those we may not talk to when we run into them in the elevator. I think that is what makes residence communities so special, and I hope I can help create that with my hall. #taylor gang” —Community Advisor Carolyn Jones ’19, in a posting in Pulver Pavilion

knows its potential, and he wants nothing but the very best for this institution,” Greene said. “He incites us to reach a little bit higher every single time.” Diamond’s fellow trustees praise his tireless leadership, dedication, and ability to tap the skills of trustees to help Colby achieve ambitious goals. “Bob had a great way of … convincing each of us that we had an important role to play,” said Trustee Jane Powers ’86. That role was in the ongoing and relentless effort to help Colby excel, board members said. “He directed the board to think about how much more Colby could be doing,” said Trustee and Chair Eric Rosengren ’79, P’12 Part of that effort was bringing Greene to Colby, which Diamond undertook with Trustee Michael Gordon ’66. “I don’t think we would have been able to hire David if [Bob Diamond] hadn’t been central and integral to it,” Gordon said. With Greene as president, Diamond helped direct the board to continue to strive to make the College a leader, “giving the sense of high competition that we need to be the absolute best,” said Trustee Emeritus Richard Uchida ’79, ’P19. That goal remains, Diamond stressed as he accepted the College’s recognition. The process of pushing Colby to greater academic heights that, for him, began as he worked with past presidents William R. Cotter and William D. Adams, continues with Greene, he said. “We have an opportunity to raise the bar even further.”

Schupf Gift Connects Colby Students to Top Cancer Researchers Select Colby students will have a chance to work with one of the nation’s top cancer researchers, thanks to a gift endowing the Paul J. Schupf Colby College/Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Internship. The gift from Trustee Emeritus Paul J. Schupf LL.D. ’06 establishes the summer experience at the renowned medical center. “Paul Schupf’s generosity will make it possible for students to apply what they have learned in the Colby classroom and lab to one of the most critical issues of our day—how to conquer cancer,” said Colby President David A. Greene. The new internship fund follows the Paul J. Schupf Scientific Computing Center and the Anthony-Mitchell-Schupf residence hall. Schupf’s gifts also include the naming gift for the Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz, as well as many other works of art, and a promised gift of 150 works on paper by the renowned artist Richard Serra. Schupf also contributed the funds for the Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Court.

Small Fish, Big Discovery


A discovery in the Gulf of Maine by a sharp-eyed Colby student biologist attracted the attention of scientists interested in the effects of climate change. Corin Balan ’18 was on a research trip when he found a small orange fish in a tide pool in Acadia National Park. After the photo was posted online, the students learned the fish was a short bigeye, a species rarely seen as far north as Cape Cod. An anomaly? Habitat expansion? Balan and Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Seabird McKeon, who is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and studies climate change and range expansions, are mulling the question. More at

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His images have turned up on the walls of cities caught up in the Arab Spring, including Cairo and Sana’a, the largest city in Yemen. The cartoonist captures the anger of thousands of people who may have no voice, and certainly no global reach. He also captured the attention of western media, including The Guardian, the New York Times, and Al Jazeera. The boundaries between cultures and countries began to dissolve when he stepped into the classroom at Colby and found students eager to learn more about the Middle East, its history and activism there. “I felt that for such a small communiy [at Colby], there’s a lot of interest in the world,” Albaih said. “And positivity. People want to do things. It’s the total opposite of the ‘Trump’s America’ idea.” The feeling was mutual as students found the social-media celebrity Oak Fellow was not only approachable but wanted to engage in conversation. “I never met anyone who was so open and wanted to talk to everyone about everything,”

I felt that for such a small community [at Colby], there’s a lot of interest in the world. And positivity. People want to do things.” —2016 Oak Fellow for International Human Rights Khalid Albaih

Albaih has gained a viral following for his political cartoons (distributed under the label “Khartoon!”, a play on the name of the capital of Sudan), which feature cutting commentary on world events delivered through simple and direct images.

Albaih said his work at Colby and exposure in the United States and beyond allow him to correct the Western notion that the Middle East is and always has been a violent place, “that we’ve been killing each other forever,” he said.


Khalid Albaih, a Sudanese artist who lives in Qatar and the 2016 Oak Fellow for International Human Rights at Colby, said personal relationships between students and faculty are rare in Middle East universities. When he realized that he could be close to his Colby students—and would be expected to be—he was thrilled. “The relationship between the professors and the students, and even the personality of the professors and how young they are—it’s amazing,” Albaih said.

A political cartoonist with a global web presence was surprised and gratified to find an equally receptive audience at Colby.

One of the ways Albaih helped open eyes at Colby was an event at the Colby College Museum of Art Dec. 7, at which students, faculty, and staff experienced the lives of refugees through film and discussion. The event was linked to the 2016-17 Center for the Arts and Humanities theme, Revolutions.


By Gerry Boyle ’78

Oak Fellow Khalid Albaih marvels at supportive Colby while opening eyes to global suppression

Bhalla, a political cartoonist herself, said that even after Albaih left campus in December, students could feel his influence, with more discussion of foreign policy and international news. “He definitely motivated a lot of students to open their eyes to things that are going on around the world,” she said.


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said Amya Bhalla ’19 of New Delhi, India. “I know so many people who met him for the first time and that first conversation would last two or three hours, just talking.”

“It’s just letting the Global North know where all of that came from,” Albaih said. “We can connect. We’re not enemies. It’s breaking those borders.” After Colby, Albaih returned to Qatar and then to Sudan, a country whose authoritarian regime he has criticized in his work. “Going now is a test to see what’s going to happen,” Albaih said. “Inshallah, everything will be okay.” In January Khalid posted on his Facebook page: I’m back from Sudan after nearly 3 weeks of limited movements, suspicious cars following me and very obvious ‘undercover’ security agents hanging out taking pictures. ... The feeling of not knowing if you’re gonna make it home is indescribable. But I get to leave, activists there don’t. #Respect Visit a web page devoted to Albaih’s work at Colby and beyond.




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By Gerry Boyle ’78 Photography by Dennis Griggs and courtesy of Waterville Historical Society Architectural renderings courtesy of Ayers Saint Gross and Beyer Blinder Belle


From the bustling 1940s (in postcard at left) to an architect’s rendering of the mixed-use development complex (opposite page, top), Waterville’s Main Street has seen changes that reflect evolving local industry and commerce. The downtown revitalization that is now underway, spearheaded by President David A. Greene (opposite page, bottom), will accentuate the character and architecture of the city, including the historic 173 Main St. building (above and opposite), soon to be the Maine headquarters for CGI, a global technology company. Renderings are conceptual.

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Businessman Charlie Giguere has always been optimistic about the future of downtown Waterville. So optimistic that he’s literally bet on that optimism, purchasing and renovating several Main Street properties, including Silver Street Tavern. But bullish on the city as he is, Giguere, a Waterville native whose father ran a downtown supermarket, didn’t imagine he’d see the city’s historic core infused with as much as $50 million, as Colby, the Harold Alfond Foundation, and other private investors join to lift the downtown from its economic malaise. “I never thought I’d see this in my lifetime,” Giguere said. “It’s like Waterville won the lottery.” The winning revitalization “ticket” has dramatically changed the prospects for the downtown, the city, and the region. Colby and the Alfond Foundation pledged $10 million each as Colby purchased five downtown properties, announced plans for a Main Street hotel and mixed-use development, including student apartments, and began renovations of a building that will house a regional center for CGI, a tech company planning to provide 200 jobs. It’s a bold plan, spearheaded by President David A. Greene and endorsed by the Board of Trustees. Progress is visible and change is coming, with the CGI building undergoing extensive renovations and expected to be occupied this summer, and the hotel and mixed-use development underway expected to open in 2018.


“Three years from now I want to feel a very significant change on Main Street,” Greene said. “Five years from now I want it to be thriving. Ten years from now I want it to be an economically sustainable street, where the market can take over and support commercial activity. “I think this has to be the way Colby moves forward in the world,” he said. “It’s been part of Colby’s past, it’s not new.”

A WATERVILLE LANDMARK WILL BE REMEMBERED When a Colby-owned hotel opens on Main Street next year, it will have big shoes to fill. Four of them, to be exact. The hotel will be built on the site of the former Levine’s department store, a Waterville landmark almost as iconic as its late owners, Colby alumni Lewis “Ludy” Levine (Class of 1921, L.H.D. ’95) and Percy “Pacy” Levine (Class of 1927, L.H.D. ’95). Brian Clark, Colby’s vice president of planning, said the College and the developers of the hotel, The Olympia Companies of Portland, Maine, are mindful of the legacy of the Levine brothers both at Colby and in Waterville. “That relationship,” he said, “will be recognized in the hotel.” It is a storied past. Levine’s was founded in 1891 by William Levine, father of Ludy and Pacy, a Polish immigrant who once sold clothing from a horse-drawn wagon. The store became a Colby annex of sorts as the brothers outfitted countless students on credit, honored the College in a section called Colby Corner, and were fixtures for decades at Colby athletic events. “If you came in and you were from Colby you were golden,” said Joyce Joseph, a longtime clerk at the store.

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The Levines hired Colby students to work during school breaks and opened charge accounts for students on the honor system (“I don’t think they ever got hurt by it,” Joseph said.) Colbians were part of a clientele that came from Portland, Bangor, and beyond to shop at the Main Street store.


Former basketball coach Dick “Whit” Whitmore spent hours with the brothers at Colby athletic events. Whitmore recalled them arriving on campus in their customary Cadillac for every football game, taking their seats in the press box. “They’d start there, and by the time the first period ended Pacy would be down on the field,” said Whitmore, then also an assistant football coach. “By the time the second period ended, Ludy would be down on the field. … I had to put one guy in charge of Pacy and Ludy on the sidelines so they wouldn’t interrupt the coaching staff. They were terrific.” —Gerry Boyle ’78 For a remembrance of Levine’s and its proprietors by College Historian Emeritus Earl Smith, go to

Colby has been involved with the local community since the 19th century, when theological students preached at area churches and Colby-educated teachers staffed one-room schoolhouses. In more recent memory, under President William R. Cotter, the College subsidized The Center, a downtown community retail and nonprofit hub. Under President William D. Adams, Colby was a major supporter of the arts in Waterville, including Railroad Square Cinema and the Maine Film Center. And the College’s emphasis on civic engagement saw students spend 43,000 hours engaging with nonprofits, city agencies, and schools last year alone. Soon that interaction will be ramped up, with the Main Street complex focused on community engagement. “I think it’s going to be a tremendous opportunity for the downtown to benefit in a daily way from the presence of students,” said Associate Professor of Anthropology Winifred Tate, who serves on the College’s civic engagement working group and is a Waterville city councilor, “and for Colby students to really be enmeshed in daily life downtown, to see the tremendous richness that exists” in Waterville. “There’s a lot of buzz” around the downtown projects and the Main Street housing, said Chandler Smith ’18, a social justice independent major who serves on the working group now developing a strategic plan for civic engagement at Colby. Ongoing engagement opportunities like Colby Cares About Kids, a thriving mentoring program, will expand—and have a downtown space with which to identify, Smith said. His only regret, he said, is that he won’t be able to live in the downtown residence. “I’ll be gone, unfortunately,” Smith said. “I’m a little jealous.” This new level of partnership, with civic engagement across the curriculum, is Colby’s responsibility, Greene says—to a community that stepped up financially for Colby more than once, to the College itself as it looks to thrive in an increasingly competitive market, and to students who are shaped by their four years at Colby. “We have to be very tuned into the issues of how we’re preparing students for professional success or graduate student success,” he said. “But we have to be equally concerned about what kind of students we’re sending off into the world. How will they lead? And what values will they carry with them from their experiences at Colby? … Do we want them living in their own walled-off parts of the world or do we want them to be fully engaged members of society?”

That project included constructing an office tower and hotel, renovating an historic movie theater, and opening an innovation center to link entrepreneurs with the ongoing


An artist’s rendering of Castonguay Square (above), the new home of the Waterville Farmers’ Market.

The project’s scale was many times bigger than Waterville’s but “it’s incredibly similar to what we’re doing here,” said Brian Clark, vice president of planning at Colby, who worked with Greene on the Chicago revitalization. Clark saw Waterville as a city with assets completely outsized for its small —President David A. Greene population, including three colleges, two hospitals, terrific community arts programming, the worldclass Colby College Museum of Art, and an active and determined business community—all in a city of 16,000. prospects for a major turnaround were slim. “We all love Waterville, but loving it isn’t quite enough,” said Karen In a series of planning sessions, community members, Heck ’74. including business and civic leaders, developed a plan to transform the downtown. “That’s the goal,” Clark said, “not As mayor from 2012 to 2014, Heck—cofounder of Hardy to do it all ourselves, but to create an ecosystem where people Girls Healthy Women, past president of the Waterville want to be involved and engaged and be successful.” Rotary Club, and a member of the board of the organization Waterville Main Street—oversaw improvements to the That has happened, though some city residents point out city airport and was an enthusiastic supporter of city arts that Colby, competing with other elite colleges, has a vested organizations. But her vision for the city was stymied by interest in a strong downtown. Others say, so what? “We’re economic reality. “We had plans, we had ideas,” she said. “It very fortunate to have Colby as a partner, whether it’s in their always came down to ‘Where is the money?’” best interest or not,” said Bill Mitchell, whose century-old insurance business is headquartered on Main Street. “We all Greene, who met with Heck on his first day on the job, win. This is definitely a win-win scenario.” agrees. The only thing that would turn the city around, he realized, was “significant economic intervention.” That, Mitchell, who has business holdings around the state Greene said, “is when you see transformative change.” and recently bought and renovated a historic building on Castonguay Square, sees the current downtown investment as It wasn’t much of a leap for the new Colby president to having an impact on Waterville for the next 50 to 100 years. picture people working and living in the historic downtown It’s not surprising that he sees the developments in historical blocks and patronizing shops and cafés—including terms. Mitchell’s father and business partner, Paul Mitchell, customers from new downtown Colby student and faculty apartments and a Main Street hotel. Greene had overseen the directed federal urban renewal in Waterville in the 1960s,


science and technology research at the university. An area that once couldn’t support a supermarket soon had retail anchors like Target and Whole Foods, restaurants, and a vibrant, diverse culture.

Three years from now I want to feel a very significant change on Main Street. Five years from now I want it to be thriving. Ten years from now I want it to be an economically sustainable street, where the market can take over and support commercial activity.”

But those bones were masked by decades of neglect as the downtown struggled in recent decades. The city has lost most of what had been its manufacturing base and thousands of jobs. Waterville’s population drained at the same time, from more than 18,000 in 1970 to less than 16,000 today. Businesses along Main Street closed, and despite decadeslong revitalization efforts, the

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Greene’s belief that the College has a responsibility to help produce “an educated citizenry” wasn’t the only thing on his mind when he visited downtown Waterville for the first time in 2014. “I was by myself,” he said, “and I parked on Main Street, and I looked around and I thought, ‘This is a downtown that has great bones.’”


which created the Concourse, a downtown shopping plaza with parking. (A fraction of the 600-space parking lot will be the location of Colby’s mixed-use development.)

Lessing arrived with her family to find the kind of life she knew growing up in Indiana. “We were free range,” she said. “We knew one another, cared for one another.”

Waterville has endured economic hard times since urban renewal, but many with deep roots in the community persevered. “Here we are, still here now in this critical time when really good things are going to happen,” Mitchell said.

She and her husband, a Waterville schoolteacher, embraced the lifestyle in Waterville and lauds the plan for Colby apartments on Main Street to allow students to fully experience central Maine. She is also quick to acknowledge the city’s need for an economic jumpstart. “We need small businesses and medium businesses,” Lessing said. “It’s all a matrix and it’s all interlinked.”

And they are happening, including the announcement that the Montreal-based tech company, CGI, through its acquisition of Collaborative Consulting, planned to fill Colby’s soon-to-be-renovated downtown offices with more than 200 good-paying jobs. “I don’t think it’s completely appreciated just yet,” said City Manager Mike Roy ’74, “but Colby’s role in getting Collaborative Consulting to Waterville is just as big as any of the investments they plan to make.” Former Collaborative Consulting CEO William Robichaud said in 2015 that it was Greene’s persuasiveness that led the company to choose Waterville for its expansion in Maine. “The man wouldn’t take no for an answer,” he said. Colby pledged to assist with the company’s start-up costs, but company officials were also convinced by Greene’s enthusiastic boosting of Waterville as a place to live and work. “This city has so much to offer,” he said. That’s not news to those who live here, including Mirken Director of Academic and Public Programs at the Colby College Museum of Art Lauren Lessing, a recently elected city councilor.

And Lessing, who, while working at the Art Institute of Chicago saw the Hyde Park redo firsthand, thinks Waterville will be another success. “I’ve seen how it happens, and David Greene coming from [Chicago] and immediately starting to build the same kind of infrastructure here,” she said. “I had been saying for years, ‘We need some jet fuel.’” Momentum is building, said Paul Ureneck, who was hired as Colby’s first director of commercial real estate, charged with overseeing the downtown projects. Ureneck, a veteran developer in much of the revitalization of Portland, Maine, said that the commercial real estate market is being priced out in Southern Maine and investors are looking for the next opportunity. He points them to Waterville. “They say, ‘You know it’s funny you say that because we’ve been hearing more and more about what’s going on up in Waterville,’” Ureneck said. “Word is getting out.”

Colby’s role in getting Collaborative Consulting to Waterville is just as big as any of the investments they plan to make.”

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—City Manager Mike Roy ’74


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Indeed, it is. A Massachusetts businessman bought property on Main Street with plans for a nightclub after reading newspaper reports about Colby’s efforts. Justin DePre ’06, who lives in Portland, said that in light of Greene’s track record in Chicago he began looking at downtown properties. Now he and his family are redeveloping two historic buildings next to the CGI offices. “With everything that Colby and the Alfonds are doing, it made any type of investment in this area attractive,” DePre said.


Matt Hancock ’90, P’19, another Maine developer, bought property on Temple Street, which he is now renovating. He said he was influenced by the strong reputations of Colby and the Alfond Foundation, but just as much by the attitude of Main Street shop owners,

Agreed, said developer Paul Boghossian ’76, P’12, whose purchase of the Hathaway shirt factory in 2006 was the first major investment in the downtown in decades. He proved doubters wrong as he converted the riverfront property into a housing and office complex where 550 people now live and work. Boghossian in February completed the sale of the Hathaway to a developer with extensive properties in southern Maine. “Word is starting to get out,” he said. “There’s definitely an excitement here that wasn’t here before.”

Bobby McGee, owner of Selah Tea, said at first glance he was thrilled to learn his café would be located next to the CGI offices and across from the new Colby apartment complex. But will the resurgent downtown lure more competition? How would loss of adjacent parking to the residence hall affect his drop-in customers? “I go from the amazing awesomeness of having so many more people downtown to becoming more of a realist and thinking critically and asking, ‘How can we make this work?’” McGee said. “I’m just one little guy on his little corner, excited about the changes—but I want to be able to plan for them at the same time.”

who have persevered through hard times and now see their big break coming. “It was like, ‘We’ve stuck it out, we’re in for this, it’s gonna be great,’” Hancock said.

Some of the excitement is tempered by caution. A few downtown merchants have voiced concern over reduced parking, concerns that were addressed by a downtown traffic consultant hired to assess the plan. (A study is ongoing.)


—Investor Justin DePre ’06

will have retail space on the ground floor. The hotel on the Levine’s site will have a public restaurant and bar. One new restaurant has opened and others are in the works.

With everything that Colby and the Alfonds are doing, it made any type of investment in this area attractive.”

Those types of concerns have helped shape the downtown plans, said Mayor Nick Isgro, a Waterville native and local banker who said he feels “an incredible sense of optimism” in the city. “Everywhere you go, I think people really feel for the first time in a long time like we’re on the upswing and that our best days are ahead. “The stars are really aligned around Waterville right now,” Isgro said. “Never in my wildest dreams …” Above, an architect’s rendering of the student apartment/mixed-use development to be constructed on Main Street; left, detail and plans for renovation of 173 Main St., above left, Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, speaks in Waterville at the announcement of an Alfond Foundation program to reduce or eliminate student loan debt of STEM workers in Maine.


MEDIA Tilar Mazzeo (English)

Irena’s Children: A True Story of Courage Gallery Books (2016)

Best-selling author Mazzeo turns her attention to the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who risked her life to smuggle some 2,500 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Known as the “female Oskar Schindler,” Sendler used her credentials to enter the walled Jewish ghetto and implored parents to save their children’s lives by handing them over. Thousands did as Sendler and her courageous associates used sewer tunnels and secret passages to slip the children past watching Nazis. Mazzeo’s account is vivid as she tells of parents torn by a previously unthinkable decision and children whose lives could be lost with a single cry. In one example, 6-month-old Elzbieta is smuggled out with the help of a sympathetic workman. “Irena laid the baby into a wooden toolbox and tucked the blankets around her firmly, making sure they didn’t block the little girl’s air passages. Irena shut the lid, and the hasp clicked into place.” It’s a gripping Holocaust story of courage and sacrifice, not only on the part of Sendler but for all who, at great cost, struggled to save the lives of innocents during this unfathomable time.

Joseph Roisman (Classics)

The Classical Art of Command: Eight Greek Generals Who Shaped the History of Warfare

Melissa Walt, Ankeney Weitz (Art), and Michelle Yun

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki

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Yale University Press (2016)


This stunning volume, and the accompanying exhibit at the Colby College Museum of Art, reintroduces Zao’s work to a North American audience. Living and painting in Paris for much of his life, he took elements of Chinese painting and European pictorial traditions to develop his own abstract style. His work, Weitz says, “inhabits a space both inside and outside the two traditions.” If, as Zao says, “he is doubly bound by his artistic inheritance, he is also doubly freed by it,” Weitz writes. The “third space” that Zao’s vision inhabits is his considerable legacy.

Earl Smith (Dean of the College, Emeritus)

Head of Falls North Country Press (2016) Smith introduces us to Angela, who is 15, growing up in the Lebanese neighborhood at Head of Falls in Waterville. This is 1950s milltown America and the factories are churning out cloth, paper, and shirts. Angela meets Mr. M., a widower who offers to teach his new friend to play the piano— and in the process give her a sanctuary from her abusive father. Angela persists and prevails in this tale of small-town life, with all of its trials and triumphs. The novel also is a sort of guide to Waterville and the immigrant culture that at one time defined it.

Oxford University Press (2017) Greek military prowess is legendary (think Trojan Horse), but the broader history of war during classical times includes renowned warriors and tacticians. Roisman examines the military careers of eight Greek generals, and in the process provides detailed accounts of the battlefield strategies that left a mark on Greek history. Leonidas, the Spartan king who fought in the battle of Thermopylae, the Athenian Themistocles, who used naval power to defeat the Persians, Lysander, the general who led Sparta to victory in the Peloponnesian War—these were among the leaders who changed the art of war and left an indelible mark on history.

MEDIA Alan Taylor ’77

Norton (2016)

Beacon Press (2016) Brown has built an impressive canon on the intersecting worlds of gender, girlhood, and activism, and Powered By Girl condenses decades of experience into a comprehensive handbook essential for all those interested in supporting young women in authentic, meaningful ways. Through interviews with activists at all stages of life, Brown pulls back the curtain on popular narratives that can actually undermine the empowerment of youth activists, and lays out a framework on which educators and community organizers can build their own practicum. (See Q&A, P. 56)

Tanya Sheehan, editor (Art)

Grove Art Guide to Photography Oxford University Press (2016) This guide to the history of photography, from the early 19th century to the present, explores concepts and movements that are milestones in the medium. Leading international scholars comment on areas of photography from documentary to fashion. Also provided are 75 additional biographies and a glossary of photographic processes and techniques.

American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction

Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists

L. Sandy Maisel (Government)


Lyn Mikel Brown (Education)

As he has in the past, Taylor puts his subject in a broad context, square in the middle of a continent with rival Spanish, British, and French empires. Even in New England, there were a variety of takes on how or if “America” should proceed. “Multiple and clashing visions of revolution” reflected the diversity of the American peoples. “The revolutionary upheavals spawned new tensions and contradictions rather than neat resolutions,” Taylor writes. One revolution has begotten another, and the ideals espoused have ramifications to this day. (See Q&A, P. 54)


Not so fast, says historian Taylor, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In this sequel to his earlier book, American Colonies, he shows that there was considerable difference of opinion about the wisdom of splitting with England—and it wasn’t confined to a few Anglophile Tories.

In conventional lore, the American Revolution pitted noble rebels against oppressive English rule, marksmen behind stonewalls sniping at marching redcoats. The good guys won. The bad guys got back in their ships and America was born.


American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804

Oxford University Press (2016) Maisel’s updated edition of this popular series succinctly and accessibly explains how American political parties and elections work. It’s a timely subject, with continuing debate of the 2016 campaign, the merits of the electoral college, and related matters. Maisel, who has written and taught extensively on these topics in his career, acknowledges the challenge of differentiating in this format “what is essential and what is interesting.” He also emphasizes the importance of understanding how Americans choose their leaders, and for the nation to “have a constant goal of improving the ways in which citizens express their consent to those who govern them.”


MEDIA FACULTY PUBLICATIONS Dean Allbritton (Spanish), “Disabling Bardem’s Body: The Performance of Disability and Illness,” and “Introduction: Approaching Performance in Spanish Film,” Performance and Spanish Film, 2016. Marta Ameri (Art), “Changing Patterns of Indo-Iranian Interaction in the Third and Second Millennia BCE as seen from the Ahar-Banas Culture,” in Contextualizing Material Culture in South and Central Asia in Pre-Modern Times, 2016. “Book Review of Defining the Sacred: Approaches to the Archaeology of Religion in the Near East, Edited by Nicola Laneri,” American Journal of Archaeology, January 2017. Robert Bluhm (Physics) and Amar Sehic ’17, “Noether identities in gravity theories with nondynamical backgrounds and explicit spacetime symmetry breaking,” Physical Review D94, 2016.

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Lyn Mikel Brown (Education), with Dana Edell and Celeste Montano, “Bridges, ladders, sparks and glue: celebrating and problematizing ‘girl-driven’ intergenerational feminist activism,” Special 15th Anniversary Issue, Feminist Media Studies: An Intergenerational Feminist Media Studies, 16(4), 693-709, 2016. With D. Edell, M. Jones, G. Luckhurst, and J. Percentie, “’I Love Beyoncé, but I Struggle with Beyoncé’: Girl Activists Talk Music and Feminism,” Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity, New York: Routledge, 2016.


Denise Bruesewitz (Environmental Studies), with D.A. Richardson, C.C. Carey, and K.C. Weathers, “Intra and inter-annual variability in metabolism in an oligotrophic lake,” Aquatic Sciences, 2016. Jennifer Coane (Psychology) and Melissa Preziosi ’15, “Remembering that Big Things Sound Big: Sound Symbolism and Associative Memory,” Cognitive Research, Practice, Implications, 2,10, 2017. Valerie Dionne (French and Italian), “‘De la Phisionomie’ ou le testament de Montaigne,” Nouvelles Lectures du Livre III des Essais, Paris: Honoré Champion, 2016.

“Justice and Law,” Oxford Handbook to Montaigne, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. “’Errare humanum est’ ou la monstrueuse errance de l’écriture des Essais,” Colloque Montaigne et l’erreur, Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2016. Jim Fleming (Science, Technology, and Society), “Carl-Gustav Rossby: Theorist, institution builder, bon vivant,” Physics Today, 2017. With Carla Nappi, “Inventing Atmospheric Science,” New Books Network, August 2016. “Excuse us, While we fix the sky: WEIRD supermen and climate engineering,” special issue for Men and Nature: Gender, Power and Environmental Change workshop, Rachel Carson Center Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society, 2017. With Vladimir Jankovic, “Inscription, Commemoration, Catharsis: Weather Extremes in Cultural Practices,” Curating Weather: Recording and Recalling Weather Events in Historical Perspective, Georgina Endfield and Lucy Veale, Routledge, 2017. Patrice Franko (Economics), with Carlos Jose Albano Amarante, “Defense Transformation in Latin America: Will it Transform the Technological Base?” Democracy and Security, 2017. Jill Gordon (Philosophy), “Black Bodies Matter: A Reading of Ta-Nahisi Coates’s Between the World and Me,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 38:1, May 2017. Samara Gunter (Economics), “Dynamics of Urban Informal Labor Supply in the United States,” Social Science Quarterly 98(1): 16-26, March 2017. Aaron Hanlon (English), “Perlocutionary Verse in Augustan England,” Modern Philology 114.3, 2017. “Quixotism as Global Heuristic: Atlantic and Pacific Diasporas,” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 46, 2017. Adam Howard (Education), with Hoa Nguyen, “Privileged bonds: lessons of belonging at an elite boarding school,” Interrogating Belonging for Young People in Schools, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. “Making it Political: Working Toward

Transformation in the Study of Internationalisation of Elite Education,” in Elite Education and Internationalisation: From the Early Years to Higher Education, Palgrave Macmillan. With Jane Kenway, “Elite Higher Education,” in International Encyclopedia of Higher Education Systems and Institutions, Springer, 2016. Russell Johnson (Biology), “Seed Development: Embryogenesis,” in Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences, second edition, Academic Press (Elsevier), 2017. Paul Josephson (History), “Stalin’s Water Workers and Their Heritage: Industrializing Nature in Russia, 1950-present,” Global Environment, Vol. 10, 168-201, 2017. “Putin, the Arctic and the Environment,” Global Environment, Vol. 9, 376-413, 2016. “The Stalinist Plan for the Transformation of Nature and the East European Experience,” in Stalin’s Plans for the Transformation of Nature and Their Impact in Eastern Europe, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2016. “Big Science e Tecnologia no século XX,” Fronteiras: revista catarinense de História, trans. Jo Klanovicz, No. 27, 149-169, 2016. “The Need for Public Environmental History,” Journal for Ecological History, Vol. 1, 152-153, 2016. Jeffrey Katz (Chemistry) and Reuben Hudson (Chemistry), Polymeric Ion Conductor With Improved Conduction Properties. U.S. Patent 62/189,519, July 7, 2016. “Oxacalixarenes,” Calixarenes and Beyond, P. Neri, J.L. Sessler, M.-X. Wang (eds.), Springer, 2016, 399-420. “Exploring green chemistry metrics with interlocking building block molecular models,” D. Leaman, K. Kawamura, K. Esdale, S. Glaisher, A. Bishop, Journal of Chemical Education, 2015, 93, 691-694. “Visualizing nanocatalysts in action from color change reaction to magnetic recycling and reuse,” S. Glaisher, A. Bishop, Journal of Chemical Education, 2015, 92, 1892-1895. “From lobster shells to plastic objects: a gradeschool bioplastics activity,” S. Glaisher, A. Bishop, Journal of Chemical Education, 92, 1882-1885, 2015.


Mary Beth Mills (Anthropology), “Gendered Morality Tales: Gender, Labor, and Value in Globalizing Asia,” Journal of Development Studies 53(3), 316-330, 2017. “Gendered Divisions of Labor,” Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory, 283-303, 2016, Oxford University Press.

Véronique Plesch (Art), “Word and Image in Early Performance,” in The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance, 2017. Travis Reynolds (Environmental Studies) and Janice Liang ’16, “Sacred natural sites as mensurative fragmentation experiments in long-inhabited multifunctional landscapes,” cover story, Ecography, Vol. 40, Issue 1, January 2017. Reynolds, with C. Leigh Anderson and Mary Kay Gugerty, “Husband and Wife Perspectives on Farm Household Decision-making Authority and Evidence on Intra-household Accord in Rural Tanzania,” World Development, Vol. 90, 169-183, February 2017.

Loren McClenachan (Environmental Studies), with Joshua Drew, Elora H. Lopez, Lucy Gill, Mallory McKeon, Nathan Miller, Madeline Steinberg, and Christa Shen, “Collateral damage to marine and terrestrial ecosystems from Yankee whaling in the 19th century,” Ecology and Evolution, 2016. With Andrew B. Cooper and Nicholas K. Dulvy, “Rethinking Trade-Driven Extinction Risk in Marine and Terrestrial Megafauna,” Current Biology, 2016.

Adrianna Paliyenko (French), Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History 1801-1900, Penn State University Press, 2016.

Chris Soto (Psychology), with O.P. John, “Short and Extra-Short Forms of the Big Five Inventory–2: The BFI-2-S and BFI-2XS,” Journal of Research in Personality, 2017. With A. Malka and Y. Lelkes, “Are cultural and economic conservatism positively correlated? A large-scale cross-national test,” British Journal of Political Science, 2017. With A. Malka, D. Osborne, L. Greaves, C.G. Sibley, and Y. Lelkes, “Binding Moral Foundations and the Narrowing of Ideological Conflict to the Traditional Morality Domain,” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, September 2016.


Cate Marvin (Creative Writing), “My Father’s Liquor Cabinet,” (poem) Magma, 2017.

Liam O’Brien (Statistics), with A.B. O’Connor and W.A. Alto, “Maternal dose of buprenorphine during pregnancy and its relationship to neonatal outcomes,” European Addiction Research, 22, 2016. With P.R. Arsenault, L. St. John, “The Use of the Whole Primary Care Team, Including Community Health Workers, to Achieve Success in Increasing Colon Cancer Screening Rate,” Journal for Healthcare Quality, 38(2), 2016.

Erin Sheets (Psychology) and Anna Rabasco ’15, “The effects of face-toface and online social stress on emotion identification,” Modern Psychological Studies, 2017. (Paper-reported research that Rabasco and George Humphrey ’15 conducted in Sheets’s course Collaborative Research in Emotion.)

Josh Martin (Biology), “Spatial Navigation and the Central Complex: Sensory Acquisition, Orientation, and Motor Control,” with A. G. Varga, N. D. Kathman, P. Guo, and R.E. Ritzmann, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 11. 2017.

Philip Nyhus (Envrionmental Studies), “Human–Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence,” Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Volume 41, 143171, November 2016.

Tanya Sheehan (Art), editor Grove Art Guide to Photography, 2016, Oxford University Press.


L. Sandy Maisel, “Why Did No One See this Coming? How Did It Happen?: The 2016 Presidential Election,” Maine Policy Review, Vol. 25 (2), 2016.

Amanda Murphy (Russian), “Preserving the Fabric of the National Family: Traditional Clothing in The Captain’s Daughter,” in Clothing Cultures, Special Issue, Imperial Russian Dress Culture 3.3, 2016.

Anita Savo (Spanish), “The Hidden Polemic in Juan Manuel’s Libro de los estados.” La corónica, Vol. 44, No. 2, 5-28, 2016. Honorable mention for the annual John K. Walsh Award for outstanding article published in La corónica.

Daniel LaFave (Economics), with Duncan Thomas, “Farms, Families, and Markets: New Evidence on Completeness of Markets in Agricultural Settings,” Econometrica, Vol. 84 No. 5. With Duncan Thomas, “Extended Families and Child Well-being,” Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 126. With Michael Dalton, “Mitigating the Consequences of a Health Condition,” Journal of Health Economics, 2017.

Elena Monastireva-Ansdell (Russian), “Re/framing the ‘Good Russian Prisoner:’ Challenges of Post-Colonial Reassessment in Aleksandr Rogozhkin’s Checkpoint,” The Russian Review, 76, January 2017.


Annie Kloppenberg (Theater and Dance), “Expert Witness,” choreographed for performance by the Portland (Maine) Ballet, March 2017. “Entrances and Echoes,” choreographed and presented at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 26-28.

Scott Taylor (Mathematics), “Exceptional and cosmetic surgeries on knots,” with R. Blair, M. Campisi, J. Johnson, M. Tomova, Mathematische Annalen, 2017. “Neighbors of knots in the Gordian graph,” with R. Blair, M. Campisi, J. Johnson, M. Tomova, American Mathematical Monthly, 2017. Jennifer Yoder (Government), “Angela Merkel’s Discourse about the Past: Implications for the Construction of Collective Memory in Germany,” Memory Studies, 2017. “Dialogues, Trialogues, and Triangles: The Geometry of Germany’s Foreign Policy of Trust-Building,” German Politics, Vol. 26, Issue 2, 2017.


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Zao Wou-Ki, Rouge, bleu, noir (Red, blue, black), 1957. Oil on canvas, 29 1/2 x 32 in. (74.9 x 81.2 cm). Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum. Gift of Benjamin and Lilian Hertzberg, 2007.29. © Zao Wou-Ki/ProLitteris, Zurich.

The art historians’ interest in the artist grew out of an appreciation for one of Zao’s important works—Traces dans la ville (Tracks in the city)—which the Colby Museum of Art holds in its permanent collection. Walt, a scholar of modern and contemporary Chinese art, instigated the collaboration in 2009 with Weitz, a historian of ancient Chinese art. Multiple research trips to China, Europe, Hong Kong, and Taiwan gave rise to the exhibit, which includes works from private and public collections worldwide.

Zao was the first Chinese artist to have a global impact, according to Weitz. “At Colby, we talk about connecting to the world,” she said, “and that’s what he did his entire life.”

The New York Times calls the exhibit “an intriguing, peripatetic, at times beautiful affair” with images that have a “sprightly energy and a hypnotic power.”


The exhibit, according to a Wall Street Journal review, captures the “complications, strengths, triumphs … of his artistic undertaking” in the “captivating” works on display. The New York Times calls the exhibit “an intriguing, peripatetic, at times beautiful affair” with images that have a “sprightly energy and a hypnotic power.”

The two art historians have co-curated the exhibit No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki, the first retrospective of the SinoFrench artist’s work in the United States. The exhibit and accompanying book (see P. 32) are the culmination of five years of research in Europe and Asia by Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art, and Walt, research associate and former faculty fellow. Michelle Yun, senior curator of modern and contemporary art at the Asia Society, participated in the collaboration. The exhibition remains at Colby until June 4.


Ankeney Weitz and Melissa Walt set out to gather the best work of one of the great masters of 20th-century art and, in Weitz’s words, “reintroduce him to American audiences and allow them to see his significance.” Exhibits at the Asia Society Museum in New York and now at the Colby College Museum of Art have done just that.

Five-year effort brings work of one of the great masters of 20th-century art to American audiences



Their collaboration was special since scholars in the humanities almost always work alone, Weitz said. “It’s very unusual to have a truly collaborative project where you’re working almost consistently with a person, looking at the same texts, the same artwork, and discussing them,” she noted. Colby student assistants and interns contributed to the project with translation and research support. —Laura Meader


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Snap, Crackle, Crunch

By Susan Abram Photography by Bret Harman

They opened their business inside a 7,000-square-foot building in the San Fernando Valley, north of

None of the members of the group studied entomology at Colby, although Haralson, the biology major, went on to do research on turtles, toads, bats, and dung beetles. But through their Colby-honed belief in the importance of sustainability, their respective skills, and indefatigable persistence, every inch of the warehouse is being used to develop better techniques to use less water and land while producing a new protein source.

Edible insects are considered to be an overlooked protein source, according to a recent report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The organization found that by 2050, insects will need to become part of the food supply to sustain a worldwide growth in population. “Scarcities of agricultural land, water, forest, fishery, and biodiversity resources, as well as nutrients and non-renewable energy are foreseen,” according to researchers of the report. And insects have a high conversion rate of resources to protein.


The alumni share a vision of helping to solve one of the most serious problems facing the world: how to feed and nourish growing populations with increasingly limited resources. To tackle the problem, they brought liberalarts strengths to the cricket-growing operation. Markoe was an English major; Mermel devised an independent major—healthcare economics; Hamblett brought her studies in psychology and art to the team, while Haralson brings in biology.

Mermel said he stumbled on the idea of opening a cricket farm when a friend was working on a graphic arts project for protein bars that included cricket powder. Though Mermel had no background in farming, he took notice when he learned that raising crickets is 100 times more water efficient than raising beef. In a world where water and other resources are increasingly scarce, this is more than a cricket factoid.

Markoe and Elliot Mermel ’12, both 27, founded Coalo Valley Farms almost two years ago with a goal to become part of the emerging edible insect market. Along with Lucas Haralson ’14 and Sophie Hamblett ’14, the team migrated west to develop ways to cultivate the resources in the community around them. “We believe in the power of farming and the power of the cricket,” says the farm’s official brochure. Coalo, a Latin word, means to feed and nourish together.

But as Markoe and Mermel learned, insects, like humans, enjoy the warm climate. A large part of the warehouse space is used to cultivate and process food-grade crickets for sale to consumers, restaurants, and food manufacturing companies.


The process starts in a warehouse 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, where thousands of crickets are raised for human consumption. “We wanted to develop a sustainable source of protein, and crickets seemed like the perfect way to do so,” said Peter Markoe ’13. “Over two billion people worldwide include insects in their diets, and we want Westerners to realize the nutritional and environmental benefits of doing so.”

Los Angeles, widely known as one of America’s largest suburbs (and the birthplace of the Valley girl). It may sound like an unlikely area to start what is believed to be the first urban cricket farm for edible consumption in California.

For most people, a cricket’s chirp is the song of summer. But for a multidisciplinary team of Colby alumni, the uninhibited chorus that comes from the insects marks a leap toward the future of sustainable food systems.


For this team of food visionaries, insects are key to feeding the world

Crickets need 12 times less feed than cattle, four times less than sheep, and half as much feed as pigs and broiler chickens to produce the same amount of protein, according to the FAO report. “Besides, they emit less greenhouse gases and ammonia than conventional livestock. Insects can be grown on organic waste.” Word is spreading. The demand for cricket powder, for example, has been great, Mermel said. The ground insects are increasingly becoming an ingredient for everything from protein bars and smoothies to pizza crust and pancakes.



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While Westerners still are somewhat squeamish at the thought of eating insects, some of the best-known Oaxacan restaurants in Los Angeles already serve chapulines or grasshoppers in their dishes, for example.

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They also continue to develop their business by working on products appealing to the American palate. They’ve started making dark-chocolate-covered crickets and are experimenting with other flavors. The dry-roasted crickets have a nutty taste and are crisp, like Rice Krispies. And yes, crickets are being consumed. The company reached a milestone this year when a local restaurant, Grain Lab Deli & Kitchen in Burbank, contacted Coalo Valley Farms to help create and serve cricket burgers. Grain Lab owner Tim Kang said he read about Coalo and wanted to see if customers were ready to try a burger that wasn’t quite vegetarian but still high in protein. “I thought people would say, ‘Eeew,’” Kang said. “Instead, a lot of customers see it on the menu and say, ‘Hey, that’s a good idea, but I’m not ready to try it yet.’”





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Over two billion people worldwide include insects in their diets and we want Westerners to realize the nutritional and environmental benefits of doing so.”



Since then, the team has improved how it feeds and raises the insects. That includes growing sprouts in an in-house aquaponics unit, which involves using the waste from live fish to fertilize plants. The plants are then fed to the crickets. “It’s so simple,” Mermel said. “If all of farming were being done through aquaponics, there would be no land shortage and less water used.”

All of that product takes a lot of crickets. Roughly 8,000 of the insects are needed to make a pound of powder. Crickets takes two months to reach maturity. The insects like moist, warm weather, are omnivorous, and eat decaying plant material, fungi, and some seedling plants. At Coalo Valley Farms, the crickets are raised in hundreds of open modified bins and fed fresh sprouts. Females live longer than males. Harvesting involves a freezing method, to slowly get the crickets’ heart rates down.


Cricket farms in the United States are not new. Armstrong Crickets opened in 1947 and was the first in the nation to supply pet stores and bait shops. But the first edible cricket farm opened in Ohio in 2014, and more have followed.

The burgers were available for a few weeks and the response was positive. At least 30 customers made the leap in the first week. Grain Lab chef Flavi Mancera used the dry roasted whole body crickets—sans legs—in a patty made of quinoa and topped it with a horseradish aioli.

—Peter Markoe ’13, co-owner and founder of Coalo Valley Farms

“We like to say they have lived a full life,” Markoe said. “They’ve reproduced. They have had healthy diets. We harvest them humanely.” There’s been much trial and error, from learning the best temperatures to breed the crickets to figuring out how to keep them from hopping out of their homes. “We used to have more escapes, but we figured it out,” Markoe said of using slippery tape along the rims of the bins. “Our crickets are pretty resilient. We use a different species.” At Coalo Valley Farms, the team also is working on raising meal worms, which are just as rich in protein. “They also don’t hop,” Mermel said. “That’s the biggest benefit.”

The Colby alumni at Coalo Valley Farms and their products: clockwise from top left, chocolate-covered crickets, Peter Markoe ’13, cricket flour, Sophie Hamblett ’14, a cricket burger, Elliot Mermel ’12, cricket jerky, and Lucas Haralson ’14.


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The Message of



We wanted to show water sparkling, splashing and gurgling as the storage tank slowly filled. We wanted to show the reaction of Kibet’s community. Film it would be.


In our offices on Mayflower Hill, we considered the best way to tell this story. We would have to send a reporter to Kenya, that was certain. But with a notebook and pen? An audio recorder? Or would we film this pivotal moment?

And he would do all of this for $10,000.



hen we read the application for a Davis Projects for Peace grant submitted by Benard Kibet ’18, we were struck by both its simplicity and its ambition. With the analytical view of an economics major, Kibet had devised a way to bring water to his community in Kenya, potentially changing the lives of thousands of people for generations to come.


We dispatched our talented staff filmmaker, Milton Guillén ’15, to Kenya. Guillén and his associate, FrenchNicaraguan filmmaker Nicolas Abaunza, would have a week to document this historic time in Tinet, in Kenya’s Rift Valley. In the end, they captured the power of the vision of a single Colby student and his determination to make the world a better place. Kibet did just that, as the wonderful film Maji demonstrates. We can’t think of a better demonstration of the impact of a Colby education, and the ways Colby’s global perspective connects students and graduates to the world. We plan for Maji to be the first of many films produced by Colby Magazine (a film on the life of painter Marsden Hartley is underway). We hope you find Maji informative, inspiring, and motivating. After all,Kibet is just one Colby student. As he points out, we all have the potential to have a positive impact on the lives of those around us. Let’s take that message from Kibet and Maji and go forth with determination and a plan, whether it be to help a friend, a family, a village, a country, a generation. As the film so beautifully demonstrates, it can be done.

Gerry Boyle ’78 Managing Editor Colby Magazine

Photos by Milton Guillén ’15 and Nicolas Abuanza




Henry Ackerman ’17 wants to be a doctor, like his father and grandfather before him. The path that he is taking towards that goal is all his own. Hailing from Seattle, he knew Colby had a strong government department and a strong biology department and planned to pursue both. “I didn’t end up doing either one of those things,” he said, smiling.

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Ackerman did start his Colby career as a government major, before switching to biology. What he ended up falling in love with though, unexpectedly, was sociology. While home for the summer, he took an introductory sociology class to satisfy a prerequisite. “That just really opened my eyes,” he said, “and when I came back to Colby I instantly signed up for more.”


Signing up for more is a theme with Ackerman. “I’ve taken a ton of psychology classes, sociology classes, pre-med covers all the natural sciences,” he said. “I’ve taken history classes, government classes. I wanted to be a film studies minor, but I couldn’t fit it in.” He did manage to fit in becoming a Maine-licensed EMT, thanks to one of Colby’s innovative Jan Plan courses. “I think the image I’ll always remember is Henry coming to class with his Colby EMS uniform on, a walkie-talkie with him—in case of campus medical emergencies,” said Ackerman’s advisor, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross, “and then launching into brilliant comments about the latest book we’re reading on class inequality.” “He’s broad and deep,” Gross said. “He’s as interested in medicine as he is in social policy, and he doesn’t neglect either of them. … He’s found [his] areas of interest and dived into

all of them with remarkable vigor and gusto. It’s an inspiring way to be a student. And I admire that about Henry.” The admiration is mutual. “I took this class with him, Policing the American City, and it was one of the best classes I’ve taken at Colby,” Ackerman said. “We had great conversations, and we never had enough time to finish because people were so into it. Even the quietest kids get pretty heated, because he—in a very positive way—drives people to do that.” But still, medicine beckons. Ackerman hasn’t decided what kind of doctor he wants to be, but he’s had the opportunity to shadow doctors in a wide range of specialties, from intensive care to anesthesiology, which is what his dad (Peter Ackerman ’87; his mother, Elizabeth Applegate, is also Class of ’87) does. Right now he thinks he might want to combine his M.D. with a master’s in public health and work on the policy side of things. Whatever he decides, Gross believes that Ackerman’s sociology background will “make him a better doctor, a more compassionate doctor—a doctor who can think through the circumstances faced by his patients in a more meaningful way,” he said. “Who knows what his future will be. But one of the things he exemplifies is the way that Colby students can aim for highly technical professional careers but also have this broad liberal arts background behind them.” Ackerman, meanwhile, says there is another thing Colby students can do. When asked for words of wisdom for incoming classes, he had a quick answer: Get involved from day one. “If you can do that, you’ll really, really enjoy your time here. You’re only here for four years and it goes by so fast.”


When you have students who are able to come up with an end product—the outcome of a research project, for instance—that wows you, a paper that is something where you say, ‘I want to read that again,’ that makes it all very meaningful. When a student sees things that you did not see right away in a text, when a student gives a reading you are not expecting, that puts you in the place of the learner. It’s something very humbling. It creates a collaborative learning environment that benefits us all.


I had a student who thought she just had to say what I wanted her to say. I said, ‘No, don’t repeat what I just said. Show me you can add to it or challenge it in a critical way. Make sure that what you’re adding to it is striking and convincing.’ She was eventually able to do it, and that gave me great satisfaction.

Having students who come prepared and ready to challenge me and are ready to do that in an engaging way, makes me want to continue doing what I do.


What I like in a classroom is to have students who come in with a very high level of awareness of their responsibility for their involvement in the learning process. I believe that they must share the responsibility for their learning, and respond as engaging learners. It’s something that I’m excited about and something I expect.

Mouhamédoul Niang


Associate Professor of French

Creating opportunities that enable students to interact with people who are directly affected by global issues, such as oppressive patriarchal systems in the modern African nation-state, is one part of my meaningful experiences here at Colby. Students enrolled in my course on space, gender, and body in Francophone Africa had the chance to interview female refugees who reside in Portland, Maine, and who came from Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola. This was a way to have an authentic dialogue about narratives of identities through female immigrants/refugees who are experiencing issues we are reading about in the classroom.


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YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN Joseph Whitfield helps students at his middle-school alma mater find success By Eric Butterman

Joseph Whitfield ’15 was Mr. KIPP Delta his senior year at the charter school in Helena, Ark. Now he’s Mr. Whitfield to his students. Returning to the middle school of his youth as a sixthgrade literacy teacher, Whitfield is in his second year teaching at KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Delta College Preparatory School. The middle school and affiliated KIPP Delta Collegiate High prepared him well for Colby, where he was class president all four years and majored in English and minored in anthropology and African-American studies. In the end it was his mother’s influence that cemented Whitfield’s decision to give back to the community where he grew up, he said.


Pretty good outcome for a student who at one time didn’t want to attend the charter school at all. “All I thought back then was, ‘I don’t want to do this. … I don’t want to be in school until five o’clock.’”

Whitfield came around and his young charges have, too. In this version of working for social justice, he focuses on energizing works of literature, despite the challenge of having students at different reading levels. Students unite, Whitfield said, in books with themes they identify with. The Odyssey, he said, is one of their favorites. “It’s the classic tales and woes that come out of that story…” Whitfield said. “The characters learn life lessons, values, and have adventure.”


The students are being introduced to Odysseus against the backdrop of Helena-West Helena, a town of about 6,000 where about 40 percent of residents live below the poverty line. More than 90 percent of the 310 students at KIPP Delta College Prep qualify for federally mandated free or reduced lunch.

Whitfield said he always intended to return to Helena, but it wasn’t until his junior year that he decided to return to KIPP Delta to teach. “I visited my school the Christmas of my sophomore year and I began to feel a desire to help,” he said. He also may be helping to create a local Whitfield educational tradition; his older brother Nathan is —Joseph Whitfield ’15 a teacher at the high school Joseph attended. In fact, the younger Whitfield was one of his brother’s students. “I thought I would have a free pass,” he said with a laugh. “But he treated me the same as everyone else.”

I visited my school the Christmas of my sophomore year and I began to feel a desire to help.”

For Whitfield, going to college in Waterville, Maine, was admittedly a bit of an odyssey of its own, divergent from the paths of most of his peers. But it was Colby that gave him confidence about how he would start his life in Helena after graduation. “Colby definitely prepared me in a lot of ways to experience the real world,” said Whitfield, who in addition to his sixth-grade teaching also leads an eighth-grade group focused on improving character and leadership while also working on personal goals and action planning. “One of the things that [Colby] helped me explore is [education] in a socio-emotional way, trying to understand the whole student and not just see a student as a body in a seat.”


The town has seen the beginnings of revitalization, but Whitfield said there still is a divide in the community. “Students will bring up questions like, ‘Why is it that most of the school is African American?’” he said. “They have important questions to discuss, even when there aren’t always easy answers.”

Whitfield says middle school classes now end earlier, at 4 p.m.—a move he believes is good. But make no mistake, he says, rigorous education is still evident. The school “prides itself on more time,” he said. “It has that reputation of, ‘Work hard to be rewarded later.’ It did that for me.”

Joseph Whitfield ’15 listens to his sixth-grade students and leads a discussion at KIPP Delta College Preparatory School in Helena, Ark. Whitfield attended the school and returned to teach there after graduating from Colby.



For the Children Children in Maine may have healthier lives thanks in part to Celeste Murtha ’17

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By Christina Dong ’17



She was awarded an internship organized by Colby medical director Dr. Paul Berkner and Professor of Psychology Edward Yeterian, to which six or fewer students are accepted each year. “I couldn’t have been luckier,” she said.

It was important work and was reflected in the way Murtha was treated by her colleagues. “I felt that all these people around me, who have so much experience, respected me,” she said. “I never felt that anyone was talking down to me.” She next worked to improve vision disabilities among children in Maine’s foster care system. According to a previous study by Meister, 13 percent of children in foster care with a health assessment have ocular abnormalities that can be corrected if detected before age five. These abnormalities are also more prevalent in this population, due to increased likelihood of in utero drug or alcohol exposure. “That’s a huge population of children that can be helped through just a simple screening,” Murtha said. Up-to-date vision-screening equipment is crucial, she added, because it can detect abnormalities without requiring the young patient to read letters.

Finland, she learned, has significantly decreased its infant mortality rate by giving expectant mothers a baby box at their four-month prenatal appointment. Inside are clothes, blankets, diapers, and other essentials. Most importantly, the box is lined with a mattress, providing a safe sleeping space that can be placed close to the mother. Murtha and Meister propose that Maine adopts a similar program, funded through private philanthropy. Their op-ed appeared in the Bangor Daily News Sept. 30, 2016. The discussion is ongoing.

Her first task was to accelerate MaineGeneral’s adoption of a behavior intervention program for parents of young children with behavioral disturbances—often ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), anxiety, or PTSD. Collaborating with a child social worker, Murtha cowrote a proposal arguing the program’s necessity in Maine. At the same time, Murtha sped up the evaluation process for children and parents in the program by crafting a better tracking system.

The program targets Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS). As Murtha and Meister explain in their op-ed, the risk of SUIDS is five times greater when parents sleep with a baby on a bed, 49 times greater on a couch, and 50 times greater if parents are impaired by drugs or alcohol. Some suffocation risks are less obvious: “Blankets and stuffed animals may look cute, but they’re actually dangerous,” Murtha said.


The internship connected Murtha with Dr. Stephen Meister, a pediatric behavioral specialist at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Thayer Center for Health in Waterville. Meister’s patients are primarily children with ADHD, autism, and other behavior disturbances, often caused by in utero exposure to drugs or alcohol.

Lastly, Murtha set out to tackle the largest problem: Maine’s infant mortality rate, which exceeds the national average and is increasing as the national rate declines. Together, Murtha and Meister wrote an op-ed article proposing a concrete solution: a statewide “baby box program.”

Last summer Celeste Murtha ’17 tackled all three.

Murtha collaborated with the Maine chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to write a grant proposal requesting $25,000 to $30,000 for three of these vision screeners. Murtha’s proposal is now being circulated among eye-care companies.



eal-life problems don’t get any more real than these: babies exposed in utero to drugs or alcohol; kids at risk of lifelong vision problems because they don’t have access to eye care; children exposed to potentially fatal sleeping situations.

—Celeste Murtha ’17


I felt all these people around me, who have so much experience, respected me. I never felt that anyone was talking down to me.”

Working with new mothers, many of whom were withdrawing from drugs, showed her that “it wasn’t so much family medicine [she] was interested in, but pediatrics,” Murtha said. Post-graduation, she plans to explore other careers that integrate hard science and medicine, but she isn’t certain yet about medical school. Her main priority? Working somewhere she can positively affect patients, Murtha said, “a setting where I can use my problem-solving skills.”


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The idea of students making things is so important. ... Making things triggers all kinds of other healthy ways of thinking, processing, problem solving.� —Associate Professor of Art Gary Green


In the basement of Lorimer Chapel lies one of Colby’s best-kept secrets—the Hitchcock Bindery. In this tidy room, with its central worktable, book presses, and hand tools, bookbinder Chuck Ferguson has toiled away with little fanfare for more than 40 years. But if two professors have their way, the bindery will shift from a little known to a well-known asset while preserving the ancient craft of bookbinding at Colby. |

The collaboration between Green and Ferguson motivated Green to try preventing the bindery from slipping back into oblivion. But why save it? What does bookmaking add to the academic experience? “The idea of students making things is so important,” Green said. “Not because that’s the field they’re going into but because making things makes us a little more human. Making things triggers all kinds of other healthy ways of thinking, processing, and problem solving.”

Savo, who’s been apprenticing with Ferguson for a year, agrees. Bookbinding “forces you to take your time with things and opens up space to think about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it,” she said. Savo will offer that experience to students in a new storytelling and bookmaking course this spring. Savo, a medievalist interested in the material culture of text, designed the course with the bindery in mind to “imitate medieval practices of storytelling in order to see what we can glean from these practices,” she said.

Since then, he’s rebuilt “miles of books” for the library and other departments, he said. Along with student apprentices, he’s quietly kept the bindery going even after he retired from teaching in 1995.

By Laura Meader


Ferguson, associate professor of French and Italian, emeritus, arrived at Colby in 1967. At that time, the bookbinding equipment at Colby sat unused since its donation by Alna, Maine, resident Alberta Hitchcock in the 1960s. Ferguson, who learned bookbinding skills at his previous teaching job at the University of Connecticut, was recruited and agreed to make the bindery operational in the early 70s.

In a digital age, professors work to save an ancient craft and integrate it into the curriculum

Photographer Gary Green, associate professor of art, discovered the bindery in 2015 while searching for someone to make prototypes of an art book. Anita Savo, assistant professor of Spanish, learned of the bindery at a talk Green gave after he and Ferguson successfully collaborated to make prototypes of After Morandi. Within six months, Ferguson gained two allies at a critical juncture—just as he’s considering retirement.

Students will work with Ferguson in the bindery to make their own book from stories they’ve written themselves in order, Savo hopes, to “sympathize in a deeper way with a distant world.” Colby is one of only two NESCAC schools to have any kind of bookbindery, Ferguson said. But there’s more to it than the equipment. “Part of the appeal, and dare I say magic, of the bindery has to do with Chuck himself,” Savo said. “He’s a living archive of information about the history of the bindery, of the College, and the workings of this dying art.” Green would like to see it reside in the art department if it can be viable. Most importantly, Green says, is that people continue to make things with their hands. “We need to organically engage with each other,” he urges. “We need to be smart or we risk losing things that we’ll never get back.”

Chuck Ferguson, associate professor of French and Italian, emeritus, and Associate Professor of Art Gary Green consider Green’s book After Morandi, a photographic tribute to Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. Ferguson produced a prototype of the book that led to its publication.




Robyn Glaser ’89 makes it happen for The Kraft Group and New England Patriots By Gerry Boyle ’78 The business card says Robyn Glaser ’89 is vice president, The Kraft Group, and club counsel, New England Patriots. So … what does that mean? That’s different from being an actual lawyer, Glaser is quick to point out.

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A self-described jack-of-all-trades, Glaser does deals for The Kraft Group, including multi-million dollar strategic partnerships with media and technology companies and others, while also drafting player contracts, most recently the one for tackle Marcus Cannon ($32 million over five years, signed just prior to our conversation) and overseeing the business operations of Kraft Sports Productions, the full-service production company and state-of-the-art studio housed at Gillette Stadium.


“I really call myself a fake lawyer,” Glaser said, sitting in her office in the administrative wing at Gillette Stadium, a stone’s throw from the offices of her bosses, Patriots owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft. “I don’t want to step on the toes of the real lawyers, the real general counsel here. … But I am the lawyer for the football team. That’s the ‘law’ I do.” Not bad for someone who admits that before she was hired by the Krafts 10 years ago she’d never watched an entire football game. “If it was football or Project Runway, it was Project Runway all the time,” she said.

That was then. Today she sits at the epicenter of one of the world’s most successful professional sports enterprises, and Glaser knows the National Football League collective bargaining agreement backward and forward. Her name was front and center during the NFL incident known as Deflategate, in which the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady were accused of intentionally deflating footballs in the 2015 NFL playoffs. Brady was suspended for four games at the start of the 2016 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Personally, as someone who was at the table during the Wells [Report] investigation process (the NFL’s internal investigation of the allegations), I believe there was mishandling by the league,” Glaser said. She oversees and advises on business acquisitions, technology, and investments for the Patriots and the rest of The Kraft Group operations (the privately owned company’s businesses include sports and entertainment, paper and packaging, and construction and real estate development), arranges strategic partnerships, and oversees philanthropic initiatives. As Glaser recounts, during her job interview with Kraft Group President Jonathan Kraft, he asked if she could do deals. “I said, ‘In my sleep.’”


—Robyn Glaser ’89

If there are any impediments to my success, I really don’t notice because I don’t care. I’m just going to blaze on and do it.”


After churning her way through Colby’s government and economics departments, Glaser moved directly to Washington University in St. Louis, where she simultaneously earned her M.B.A. and J.D. degrees. Her next stop was the New York office of the global law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison, where she got an additional four-year education, she said. “I’d look at the sheets and see which partner had deals that seemed cool to me. I’d knock on their doors and volunteer to work that weekend.” The tactic worked, as she was involved in deals involving clients ranging from Major League Baseball to Calvin Klein. When the firm was tapped to do one of the first music-streaming deals, Glaser got the nod. “I had touched every single type of deal out there, in a million different industries. When I had to figure out how we were going to proceed in a nascent market that no one knew anything about, I had a wealth of information about how I could potentially structure things,” Glaser said. Success there landed her in Los Angeles, at the music conglomerate EMI, where she was vice president for a

team that developed strategy for emerging media and technology, from ringtones to digital downloads. Later she would see her phrasing in other labels’ contracts. “I saw them right away,” she said. “Robynisms.”

Not that she slept much as she was learning the ropes.

It was a fast track, especially for a young woman in maledominated industries. “If there are any impediments to my success, I really don’t notice because I don’t care,” Glaser said. “I’m just going to blaze on and do it.” But she didn’t always exude confidence, she said. Early at Colby, she played lacrosse, but was lonely, unhappy, and overweight (now she’s a fitness enthusiast and proponent of Brady’s TB12 fitness and nutrition program). “I was just very lost,” she said. She persevered, tackled academics, went abroad to study economics at the University of Sussex in England, and left Mayflower Hill with a sense of independence and capability. Those are two qualities she’s brought to every job, including with the Patriots. She said she prides herself on her ability to find new ways to accomplish very complex tasks, whether they’re player contracts, licensing deals, or big-money charity events. “My answer is never no,” she said. “If there’s no direct route to getting there, we’ll find a way.”


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Once upon a time in America, schoolchildren studying the Revolution learned about the feisty minutemen and the surly redcoats. We read about brave farmers who turned out of the New England woods to surprise British troops, about George Washington’s leadership during the merciless winter at Valley Forge, and the thrilling civil disobedience of the Sons of Liberty, dressed up as Indians to hurl boxes of tea into Boston Harbor.


That narrative comes under the critical gaze of Alan Taylor ’77, one of the nation’s leading historians and a two-time Pulitzer winner, in his book American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804. The book examines the pre-Revolutionary roles and lives of Native Americans, French, Spanish, African slaves, and women, and questions the motivations of some wealthy Founding Fathers, revealing a complicated political tapestry that laid the groundwork for what Taylor refers to as a civil war.

By Kate Carlisle

Naturally, we had some questions. Especially following a political year, when Colby’s Center for the Arts and Humanities is focusing on revolutions. So we caught up with Taylor, a University of Virginia professor who is teaching this year at Oxford.


the assumption was that women went along with what ever the men said. But (recently), historians have been able to look at records of ordinary people, and not to assume people in the Continental Congress, for example, necessarily spoke for everybody. There were even people within the ranks of leadership who dissented from what the top leaders wanted to do.

—Alan Taylor ’77

But I don’t think press of the 18th century could be any different than it was, subject to political pressures. Given the high stakes of that civil war, it would be hard to imagine the belligerence on either side would have tolerated what we could consider a neutral press. That’s not how civil wars work.


A: The assumption was that the American Revolution was a great and good thing, and anyone (in the 18th century) who opposed it was at best ignorant, and at worst, malicious. But I started doing work on Canada, which received refugees after the Revolution, and remained loyal to the Empire. I became familiar with those people’s stories and their narrative. And I said, let’s go back to the American Revolution and try to look at it with fresh eyes and a neutral perspective and see what happens when you treat everyone with some respect, and try to understand why they did what they did, rather than put labels on them.

A: That’s what we call a counterfactual, and historians are very averse to that.

Q. How did you come to this theory? What spurred the scholarship that led to the book?

Let’s go back to the American Revolution and try to look at it with fresh eyes and a neutral perspective and see what happens when you treat everyone with some respect, and try to understand why they did what they did, rather than put labels on them.”


Q: Journalists are fond of saying they write the first draft of history. Do you think a different or more evolved press in the 18th century might have made a difference in the Revolution?

Q: What happened to the familiar narrative? Your book upends it. A: (My book) challenges the narrative but I don’t think inverts it. My point is not to say that the Loyalists were good guys and the Patriots were bad guys, but rather to question the whole concept of dividing people in the past into good guys and bad guys.

A. I don’t know. I think there are certainly causes for enormous concern right now—no matter what your perspective—on what strikes me as the growing dysfunction of our constitutional institutions. They’re not operating as they have in the past, successfully, and not the way the founders of our republican institutions intended them to function.

A: The standard narrative (of the Revolution) began with political and military leaders—all men and all white—with the assumption that they were speaking for all American people. You didn’t need to look at the enslaved people or native people, and

Q: How do you think historians in 100 years are going to describe our current state of politics and governing?


Q: The attention you pay to the roles played by Native North Americans, slaves, and women is notable. Is it just another example of continuing cultural disenfranchisement that our history hasn’t paid attention to these groups?

Q. Do you think your book will change the way history is taught? A: I don’t know. I think mine is one of a number of books coming out now trying to look at the American Revolution in a fresh way. ... I’m not the only one. I would like to hope that we could write about the Revolution in a neutral and open-minded way … but I’m not so naïve to think there isn’t going to be a lot of pushback by people who believe it must be written about in a celebratory way, because it is so foundational to our democracy.




GIRL POWER Professor Lyn Mikel Brown on her new book, activism, and “the power of the immediate”

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By Mareisa Weil


Q: Your activist work with young people has spanned many decades and taken many forms. Where did this passion originate? I was not a youth activist in any sense. I grew up working class on the border of New Brunswick and Maine—Calais and Vanceboro, these little border towns—and I saw unfairness. I saw class-based and gender-based injustices, and I felt them. And I had no name for them and no language for them, but I think that’s probably the beginning point for a lot of girls, that sense of, “Something’s wrong, something’s unfair, it’s bigger than I am, I don’t quite know what it is and so I need to know more.” It wasn’t until graduate school where I worked with Carol Gilligan at the Ed School at Harvard [Harvard Graduate School of Education] that things really fell into place for me. I had the opportunity to sit around a table and talk with girls and come back and unpack it all with my colleagues and it was just a really incredible experience.

Q: The power of collaborating with women and girl? Absolutely. We started the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development and at the time nobody was really studying girls. This was in the mid to late 80s, and all of the primary psychological theories were based on the study of boys and men. Girls were considered discrepant data or sort of outside the norm, and so a lot of times their voices were kind of thrown out of studies because they didn’t fit expected patterns. So we went to schools and community organizations and talked with girls and it was just mind-blowing. We took girls as experts on their own experience and we were invited into the active underground. So that was it for me, I was hooked. Q: What do you think of young women who say they don’t identify as feminists or with feminism? Yeah, that’s kind of shifting. More girls are claiming feminist identities. I’m more concerned with the mainstreaming of feminism. The way that activism—particularly feminist activism—has become


Q: What do you think of the current cultural discourse as it relates to feminism and misogyny? I’m really torn. I think people are being exposed in ways they never would have been exposed a generation ago. We have young women like the Stanford rape survivor who makes a direct speech to her rapist and then puts it on Buzzfeed for the world to read. The social media and the online stories calling out the sexist commentary in the Olympics, I mean … I have never seen the likes of it! It was hilarious and maddening. So we have both sides of it, right? I feel like this is now at the level of a kind of cultural community discourse and my faith is in the girls; my faith is in this next generation. They are tenacious, and they’re funny and very brave, and I think we have to really listen and support and work with them if things are going to change.

Q: Can you talk a little bit about creating space for young people? I think the best spaces for kids to learn are spaces that they feel safe in, which means bringing people together and allowing them to say risky things, to say things that are out of the ordinary, to invite in the underground stuff that’s usually shut down by other adults. Kids pick up really fast on adults they can trust and when they’re in a space that is safe for them to be fully who they are. So that is a big part of it. The other part of it is bringing people together to work across difference. Bringing kids together with other kids they wouldn’t normally choose, whether out of their own self-protection or fear of what other people would think.


Q: What was the inspiration behind putting out a book like Powered By Girl now? I’ve done a lot of work training women to work with girls and just coming up against this barrier over and over again of this well-intentioned, feminist woman who wants to do the very best by girls and is just getting in their way and not doing the selfexamination to be able to really open up something genuine with girls. I thought, ‘You know, I do this with my class, every year.’ I have them read a series of things and I thought, ‘I have to pull this together because nobody else is doing it.’

Q: What have you learned from your students? What are the big takeaways? One of the things I’ve learned from girls is to have a sense of humor. Particularly this generation of girls because of their work on social media, are leading the way. They’re culture-jamming, exposing the craziness in this ironic, kind of funny way. I’ve really learned from them to see the power of irony, to see the power of humor in this. They’re always coming up with really inventive, creative ways to get their point across and do activist work. But ultimately I would say it’s their tenacity and their hopefulness and their passion for the work.

Q: You talk about the “Special Girl” narrative in the first section of Powered By Girl. Can you expand on that? Girls are set up to fail when we just talk about individual grit and determination—in fact, to do activism they need to work in coalition; they need to understand how sexism or racism or compulsory heterosexuality, as systems, work. All of that stuff is left out of the conversation when you talk about the individual, and I feel like that’s the underpinnings of the “Special Girl” story. It’s much harder to point the finger at a flawed system. It means we have to do something very different.

Q: How has your work on girlhood evolved as we learn more about gender identity? Yeah, I actually struggled with the title of this book because I felt like ‘girl’ is such a contested term right now, I didn’t want to inadvertently contribute to the binary. I think that it’s absolutely shifted and opened up, but again, this is how working with youth and working with girls can really inform our practice, right? Mark [Tappan, Brown’s life partner and co-teacher at Colby] and I have run the gay/straight/trans alliance at the high school for a number of years, and those students have taught us a ton about their experiences and about language and about fluidity. So I think that it just means that we need to listen more carefully and we need to alter our practice on the basis of what we learn.


a kind of fashion accessory. So you have Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé—all these remarkable, successful actors and artists claiming their feminism. But when feminism is mainstreamed this way, usually it’s toned down, non-threatening—well, maybe less so with Beyoncé. But feminism is part of their image, a commodity, and so it has to be a likable, sellable part, which usually means lots of smiles and apologies. My concern is that girls are invited into a feminism that’s detached from dissent and activism.

Q: Thank you so much. Is there anything else that you want to add? I’d like to emphasize that activism is key to girls’ leadership. Activism is the power of the immediate, of really having an impact on your immediate environment rather than a kind of leadership skill building for some future time. I think in order to see the possibilities, you really have to do the activist work first; you have to unpack all these systems and really see what the issues are. If we want girls to be part of creating a more just and caring world, we have to give them the opportunity to jump into the fray, right here, right now.



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Professor Frank Fekete can fix that—and, perhaps, some global problems By Abukar Adan ’17


It shouldn’t be a surprise. Of any subdiscipline in biology, microbiology is the most relevant to my students’ lives because everyone is concerned about his or her health.”

Underlying Microorganisms and Society is Fekete’s desire to make science less intimidating and more relevant. Because the class is geared toward non-science majors, many of whom want to fulfill the College’s natural science requirement, some of the students arrive with unfounded fears of the subject. Fekete realizes this. His job, he says, is to quell those fears. He sets out to give students a fuller understanding of the scientific method and, using its principles, teaches them to draw important connections. By the end of the semester, Fekete said, “students leave having a lot of science, within the context of the scientific method.”


“Look at the Zika virus and how that has changed things, or Ebola,” he said. “Things change daily when it comes to infectious diseases.”

It’s not just the relevance to students’ daily lives that makes Microorganisms and Society so appealing— it’s also Fekete’s approach to teaching, his students say. He takes student feedback seriously, and, as a result, the course has gone through a number of iterations. For instance, Microorganisms and Society began as a lecture course and later incorporated a lab component, as Colby’s natural science requirement evolved. Fekete kicks off the course by asking his students about their majors and their reason for taking the class, information he uses to inform his teaching. He’s also constantly revising the course material to include pressing microbial issues.

Fekete hopes his course will lead to more than just making non-science majors comfortable in a science classroom. Bringing a variety of students to a science class will result in innovative ways of challenging some of the most pressing science and health issues, he said.


Fekete, who studies the effects of environmental mercury pollution on the evolution of antibiotic strains of bacteria, teaches advanced courses like Pathogenic Bacteriology. But for more than 30 years he’s taught a course called Microorganisms and Society, an introductory microbiology course he created for non-science majors. It’s one of the most popular classes at Colby. “This shouldn’t be a surprise,” Fekete said. “Of any subdiscipline in biology, microbiology is the most relevant to my students’ lives because everyone is concerned about his or her health.”

It works. In fact, several students who have taken Microorganisms and Society have switched their majors to biology or have gone on to pursue a career in public health. Lake Seymour ’17 took Fekete’s class on a whim and loved it. “It brought together people with a wide range of different interests, perspectives, and majors,” she said. Seymour has since taken several of Fekete’s courses and is now his research assistant.

Professor of Biology Frank Fekete knows that pressing microbial issues like antibiotic resistance are as much a social problem as a scientific one. And he’s been devoted to raising awareness of the relationship between the two.

—Frank Fekete, professor of biology He said he loves seeing his students grasp the intersections of the microbial world with their daily lives and larger social problems. At the end of the semester, Fekete assigns a major writing assignment based on some aspect of microbiology, from infectious disease to foodborne illnesses and the controversy over vaccination. “There is nothing like reading their papers and seeing a student, who might have had this complete fear of science, write a coherent piece that is completely comprehensible and scientifically accurate,” Fekete said. “I think that’s the most gratifying thing.”



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Katherine Moore ’14 checked in from Palmer Station in Antarctica where she was working as a research scientist.

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Professor and former protégé are finding answers to nature’s questions

Starting with a bee population kept in tents on campus (see “Discovery,” Summer 2015 Colby Magazine), Angelini and Simmons set out to see whether pesticides used on agricultural fields were compromising the disease-fighting ability of the key pollinators.

He should know. He’s embarked on a very different project—a job at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., doing genetic research connected to mutations that worsen sickle cell disease. “Honestly,” Simmons said, “I couldn’t have been more prepared for what I’m doing now.”

“We got data and we got the answer to the question,” Angelini said of the study published March 21 in the journal Scientific Reports, which is affiliated with the prestigious journal Nature. “The surprising thing scientifically was that we had an effect of pesticide exposure—but in the opposite direction of what we had predicted.”

He’s working at the NIH for geneticist David Bodine ’76, Sc.D. ’13, who he first met two years ago at the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium. “I didn’t know who he was at the time,” he said. “He came up and grilled me on my poster.”

“We assumed exposing them to the pesticide would cause expression of these antimicrobial peptides, the immune-related genes, to go down,” Simmons said. “In the end, we saw the exact opposite response. ... That’s research.”


Biologist Dave Angelini and collaborator Will Simmons ’17J have published findings of their three-year study of the effect of pesticides on bumblebees and hope the results will have the scientific community looking for new solutions to the problem.


I could not have been more prepared for what I’m doing now.”

It’s a new direction for Simmons— and for Angelini as well. Introduced to bumblebee science by his student Simmons was a sophomore when he —Will Simmons ’17J researcher, Angelini is continuing brought the question to Angelini, work with the “charismatic animal.” assistant professor of biology, who When he visited Allen Island, Colby’s studies genetic function in other research island off the coast of Maine, insect species. The topic was timely as scientists were trying to Angelini noticed that the island was home to a robust colony figure out why neonicotinoids, a type of pesticide commonly of the Northern Amber Bumblebee, which is rare on the used in agriculture, were linked to declining bee populations. mainland. A new student research project is planned. The pair devised the experiment, which dosed captive bumblebees of the species Bombus impatiens with the levels of pesticide they would be exposed to in an agricultural setting and then studying the effect on certain genes that act as a bee’s equivalent to antibodies in humans. They found that those genes, linked to the production of antimicrobial peptides, were, in fact, affected.

Angelini is moving toward ecology; Simmons into genetics. “It was a good pairing,” he said. “I think both of us ended up going in a direction we wouldn’t have expected.” —By Gerry Boyle ’78


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Gerry Boyle ’78 David C. Weber had a busy year volunteering in his retirement community, acting in two plays, leading monthly nature walks, and drafting a book on collegiate library management summarizing the challenges he faced in 45 years as an academic librarian. His family grew with his seventh, eighth, and ninth great-grandsons—Leo, Connor, and Hector—all near him in Southern California. A time-consuming and greatly rewarding project was working with his daughter who, at 50, embarked on a career as a big rig coast-to-coast truck driver. For three years she sent Facebook updates with tales of wild adventures driving to ports mostly from southern California to East Coast states. These adventures required weeks of time assembling her reports into a detailed, illustrated book, designed by David and available as Rockin’ in a Big Rig: Grammie’s Log by Sarah Weber. “Following my successful library career, what a delight to work three years with her on this acclaimed publication widely available,” he writes. Classmates may also be interested in David’s 2016 illustrated publication Our Final Chapter: Life in Regents Point, a Continuing Care Community, a booklet promoting his community. Request an e-book from David at dcweber01@cox. net. David’s next excursion is to Cuba with his wife early this year. Later in the spring, they’ll visit his artistic sister, Dorothy Weber Trogdon ’47, on Orcas Island, Wash. After her architectural career, she turned to poetry, her latest being The Presence Of Absence: Poems, published by Langtree Press, Camden, Maine.


David Marson Here I am back at the keyboard, hoping I get a big response from our classmates for this column for the Class of 1948. Alas the news is somewhat meager. However, we can all count on Elizabeth Dyer Brewster to

provide news. She wrote that she’s still in Memphis but is planning her annual trip to Naples, Fla. She sees her brother, Richard R. Dyer ’42, in Fort Myers and her sister, Nancy Dyer Bacon, who attended Colby for one year before transferring. Y I have a continuing correspondence with Howell Clement, who lives in Kalispell, Mont., and wrote that it was snowing there Nov. 30. We communicate about four or five times a year and it’s great to maintain contact with my summer-of-1944 roommate. Following that semester I enlisted in the Navy. Y I called Frannie Hyde Stephan the other day and we made a tentative date to get together following the holidays. Frannie lives on Singer Island, about five or six miles from my home in Jupiter. Both of us were cheerleaders at the football games back in ’47. The team did not have a good season but we had a great time cheering them on to…a victory? However, I think it was 1947 that Colby upset a Bates team that had played in the “Glass Bowl” the preceding year. The post-game celebration was really fun with an impromptu parade through downtown Waterville. Y Start thinking about writing to me for the edition of Colby Magazine that will follow the one you’re now reading. Thank you!

Nannig reports that he and Frankie still live in Rhode Island, with all four children and their families living close by. Those families consist of nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Their oldest son, Doug, went to Colby! Bud was for several years president of the Cocumscussoc Association, owner of Smith’s Castle built by Roger Williams and Richard Smith of Rhode Island in 1676 and now the oldest plantation house in the U.S. He and Frankie have travelled extensively to many parts of the world, including around Cape Horn. Bud recently read a book about the 1979 Fastnet Race in Ireland where 200-300 racing boats were caught in a violent storm in which several boats and many sailors were lost. Later he discovered the storm originated in the U.S. and that he and Frankie had indeed been caught in this same unusual storm for three days while safely moored in Menemsha Pond, Martha’s Vineyard. Another item for the small-world category! Y With help from more of you, we can have a longer column next time around. Please write!


June and Charles Smith have moved to Asbury Heights, a senior center in suburban Pittsburgh, to be near their son and daughter. Charles conducts a weekly Bible study there. Y A new correspondent is still needed for this class. If you’re interested, please send an email to classnews1950@ or call Colby Magazine at 207859-4356 to volunteer.

Anne Hagar Eustis My last column was full and then some, but this time around we’re back to reality. However, Osborne Ellis transmitted the following: “On Wednesday, July 27, a Colby mini-reunion of sorts occurred in Winslow, Maine. Three classmates of the Class of 1949 had lunch at the Lobster Trap restaurant in Winslow. Mary Helen Wilson Miller, Mary Lou Roberts Friberg, and Virginia Young Ellis got together to giggle and laugh about their experiences at Colby so many years ago. Their time was two years on the old downtown campus and the last two on Mayflower Hill. The trio seemed happy in spite of the fact that they missed their bridge “fourth”—Jean Maloof Naman, who now lives in Florida. The happiness of being together even for such a short period was evident. They were accompanied by their husbands—the same ones they married those many long years ago. Mary Helen by Roland, a retired Lutheran minister, married more than 65 years; Lou by Bobby, a retired coach and athletic director, married 67 years; and Virginia by Osborne, a retired civil engineer, also married 67 years. The Millers live in Ontario, the Fribergs in Temple, Maine, and the Ellises in Winslow.” Y Bud


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Chet Harrington Hi ho to the greatest class in Colby’s history. I guess you’re busy planning for the new year, but there’s always some news. I spoke with George Wales the day he returned from hip surgery. He has a new hip and is recovering well. His son Craig called to report that everything went well. Lorraine (Arcese ’54) is with him at the Denison College campus in Granville, Ohio. Y We miss our hero Ted Shiro, who passed away in January 2015. He was an All-American and All-Maine hero. Y John Linscott enjoys the winter months in North Carolina and Maine in the summer. Keep on playin’, John. Y I hear from Walt Russell, who is busy trying to make America great again. He always made Colby a great part of his life and wants to hear

from classmates. Y Jane and I are off to Naples, Fla., again in February and I will contact George Wasserberger, who lives there now. He moved from New Hope, Pa. I still enjoy golf and look forward to playing more soon. I hope to turn 90 in July but feel like I’m 50 again. Y All the best to a great class, and remember to give back to Colby.


Jan “Sandy” Pearson Anderson Greetings from wintry Vermont! I appreciated hearing from these classmates. First, from Evelyn Walker Mack. “Sold my house, where I lived for more than 50 years, and moved to a senior living facility. It’s new and I moved in on the third day it was open. It is a new experience, but I like it so far.” Best of luck to Evelyn in her new life. Y Paul and Mimi Russell Aldrich also sold their home (and boat) and moved to Highland Green in Topsham, Maine. While they miss their country home, they were grateful for the grounds crew that plowed this winter’s storms. Last year they attend weddings of two grandchildren and spent time with their four great-grandchildren. “These events didn’t make us feel old,” Paul wrote, “but the retirement of our oldest daughter and her husband surely put our lives in perspective.” Y Art White writes, “I did not sell my house after all and I’m happily staying in Bath, Maine. I’m pleased because I like the town and the friends I’ve made here. They also have a very fine golf course! I also have a new companion living with me. Mary and I were in high school together and, although we haven’t been in touch for 70 years, we’ve reconnected in what is a very happy way. We may see you at Colby gatherings!” What nice news, Art. Y Carl and Muffie Morgan Leaf celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the Coonamessett Inn Sept. 15. It was a lovely get together. Judy and Herb Nagle, George Lebherz, and Sheila and Don Hailer were there with them. Y And finally from yours truly. As you may be aware, I’ve been your class correspondent for the past 15 years and have really enjoyed the opportunity to hear from so many of you and pass along your news to our classmates. It’s now time, however, for me to turn this over to someone else. I’ve been having heart problems for some time and it’s really necessary for me to cut back. I sincerely hope that someone will be willing to take over this pleasant task. You may contact Laura Meader at



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Betty Harris Smith Happy New Year! Do you realize our class graduated 61 years ago? Just search Class of 1955 Colby on your computer and you’re right back on campus. It’s an honor to be the next class correspondent. Thanks to Kathie Flynn Carrigan for the years she put in. We appreciate all the work you did. Now it’s my turn. For 40 years, my husband and I kept busy publishing the only magazine in town. In between we raised four children and two grandchildren. Now we swim, travel, and go to the COA. This March we’re going back to Sanibel Island, Fla. Is any one else going there? Y Sid Farr wrote in: “I’ve enjoyed traveling from Waterville to see my children and grandchildren and recently returned from Arizona to see son Scott and his family. I spent Thanksgiving and Christmas with my daughter Sally and her family in New Hampshire. Recently, I


Charlene Roberts Riordan Gloria Livelli Moscatello attended Colby for one year (1952-53) then received her bachelor’s and master’s in early childhood from Newark State (now Kean University) and taught in New Jersey for 10 years and in northern Virginia for 11. Her husband worked for the Department of Defense in Brooklyn, and then in Virginia, until retirement. They live now in Gainesville, Va., at Heritage Hunt, an over-55 community. Though NJ natives, they’ve been in northern Virginia for 49 years. Gloria fondly remembers her Foss friends Carol Sunderland, Susan Winter Smith, Nancy Mather, and Katie Coon Dunlop. Y Sheila McLaughlin Freckmann-Dillon missed our 60th but managed a mini-reunion over Labor Day with Janet Stebbins Walsh, Susan Miller Hunt, Rosemary Crouthamel Sortor, and later with Janet Nordgren Meryweather. After visiting her daughter and extended family in South Hadley, Mass., she headed to Washington, D.C., and then to Charlottesville, Va., where all five of her children and most of the grandchildren attended the marriage of her eldest granddaughter, Marina. Sheila’s husband, Brian, was unable to attend due to medical reasons; they also had to cancel their planned Asian cruise. Y Frank Huntress sends his congratulations to Don “Rube” Rice for receiving Colby’s C Club Person of the Year Award last October. Other class members, for their contributions to the College, have likewise been honored in the past. Frank was in London and Westminster Abbey for Christmas and tried to contact Yvonne Noble Davies in Kent. Y In May Lois Latimer Pan, Cookie Kiger Allen, and Joanna McCurdy Brunso got together at the James Michener Museum in Pennsylvania

Judy Thompson Lowe spent Thanksgiving with daughter Meg and spouse. She made her seventh baseball trip to see a Red Sox-Minneapolis Twins baseball game. She’s keeping reasonably healthy but deals with vestibular ataxia, a hearing problem that affects balance but has

be” with lots of time to work on a memoir. Mira Ptacin, noted author who lives on the island, interviewed Ned for an article for Down East Magazine. Y Judy Jenkins Totman recommends Anne Perry, who has two mystery series, one set in Victorian England, the other during World War I. Judy is “getting along” because of a team of excellent doctors who are “keeping me above ground.” Y I spent Thanksgiving with my daughter, Sara, in Brunswick, Maine. We had dinner with Mark Wilson ’89 in Bath and lunch with Art White ’52, with whom I played baseball at Colby and with whom I taught and coached for 26 years at Hotchkiss School. Art is the best all-around athlete I have ever known. My recent reads are by Lee Child, David Baldacci, and Jeffery Archer. Y Keep the news flowing. I know classmates enjoy hearing about old friends.


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not kept her from her docent duties at the Museum of Natural History. Y For the past decade, Dick Leerburger has served as president of the Purchase (SUNY) College Affiliates, providing grants to qualifying students. He and wife Julie spend summers in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts and recently spent a week in Nova Scotia. Dick recommends She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan, who, first as Jim Boylan, taught English at Colby. Y Here are some highlights from Al Packard’s long letter covering the last 60 years. Spent two years in the U.S. Army medical corps; taught science classes at Fort Lauderdale High School, filling evenings and weekends performing with a county arts group; in 1962 started working at PanAm/RCA/ CST at Patrick Air Force Base as a software programming engineer; retired from PAFB in 2001 but continued involvement with a dance studio in Cocoa Beach; currently keep busy as business manager and jack of all trades for my summer camps, which involve children with theater; in the mid-80s became active in the Mormon church, singing in the choir and filling in as organist as well as considerable involvement with the Sunday school program; have been teaching a Spanish class one day a week at a senior center; get back “home” to Maine every other year to visit family and Nancy Weller Brown, who lives a “couple of miles around the corner.” My note: in the “centipede” of our reunion button, Al is the guy in the front of the pack and yours truly is the guy pushing at the back. Y Ned Shenton, after his wife passed away in 2015, sold his house in Lexington, Mass., and moved to his house on Peaks Island, Maine, where he’s re-established himself as a Mainer. He’s issued an open invitation to classmates to visit “this remarkable spot” 20 minutes by ferry from Portland. Ned is thoroughly enjoying life “the way it should


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I have just a few notes as 2017 begins. Y Nelson Beveridge calls me now and then when he hears from friends. This time he had news from George Pirie just after his trip to Scandinavia. His wife became quite ill during the trip, so they decided to sell their condo in Waikoloa, Hawaii, and return to their home in Athens, Ga. Nelson called a little later to say that Colette had died of a cancerous brain tumor. George and Colette had been married 60 years, having had a wonderful life with six children, 14 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. George keeps in contact with Nelson, Don Harrington, Al Lamont ’52, Ted Summers ’55, and Ed Fraktman. George would welcome phone calls from friends. You can reach him at 706-461-1296. We had a couple of nice conversations. He asked, in jest, if I’d like to buy his place in Hawaii, as at the time of the call I was trying to sell my property here in Massachusetts and buy in Falmouth, Maine. However, my buyer here backed out of this house sale just before the agreement date; and since the house in Maine was contingent on my sale here, it all fell apart. I’m here to stay. Y John Lee emails me quite often. The latest on his family was about his grandson Christopher who graduated from West Point in 2003. He earned a Harvard M.B.A. and now lives in New York. Y I will end this column with my own news that I had a pleasant day with my roommate, Diane Chamberlin Starcher ’54, in Maine with a nice lunch overlooking the square in Kennebunkport. We always catch up on family news and exchange Colby memories. Diane’s son has been looking to buy a summer place in southern Maine. I look forward to spending future time with her if they all come back to Maine for summers.

A story in the January 201 Down East Magazine featured Ned Shenton ’54 and his quest to preserve the legacy of his father, Ed Shenton, “one of the foremost illustrators during the golden days of book publishing”—the 1930s—Down East reports. Ned Shenton wants to “get the work in front of a larger audience … to give it its proper place in the world.” His father illustrated editions of the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and many others.

read Earl Smith’s delightful book Head of Falls, which is set in the mid-1950s in Waterville. I think it would bring back warm memories to our classmates. Earl, a Waterville native and a Colby staff member for many years, is dean of the college emeritus and college historian.” Y Lee Fernandez retired last year as an ad-rep for the American Nuclear Society. Traveling in the third world, he’s completed a ninth trip into Myanmar on cargo-boat and motorbike. Tour guiding, books, and the arts fill his days. He fondly remembers dining with Betty and Peter Ré just a few years ago in Waterville. Y Let me know what you’re up to for our next column.


Colby Magazine at, who will facilitate the transition (and also keep our class connected). So I will close now with thanks and best wishes to you all.


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and later will travel to London to participate in a Road Scholar program. Vonnie Noble Davies, married to a Brit and living in England for many years, will visit them in London. Y Last year Julie Brush Wheeler was in Maine to visit family and friends and stopped at Colby to experience the remarkable art museum and Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion. She and her husband still stay in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for six weeks each winter. If any alumni are there in February or March, contact them at Y Brian Stompe has ridden a whale! Having launched his 16-foot aluminum boat at Fort Baker to go salmon fishing, he passed under the GG Bridge and saw two breached humpback whales. Another whale suddenly surfaced under the front of his boat and lifted it three feet on its back. Standing, Brian maneuvered his boat down flat to a hard landing and the whale, unhurt, swam off waving his huge tail. Brian headed for home with two Chinook salmon. The home garden is producing and his crab catches feed family and friends. Y Lynne and Harry Wey spend time each summer on Southport Island and catch up with Barbara Nardozzi Saxon who reunites old friends Heppy Reed Powers, Judi Pennock Lilley, and Mary Danforth Lozier, Warren ’57 and Babs Faltings Kinsman from Ellsworth, and Rosie Crouthamel Sortor. They’re also in touch with John Jubinsky, Diane (Schnauffer ’57) and Larry Zullijger, Andy Anderson, Jean Van Curan Pugh ’55, and Hope Palmer Bramhall. Y In September, at Janet Nordgren Meryweather’s summer camp in Spencer, Mass., Kathy McConaughy Zambello reunited with Sheila McLaughlin Freckmann-Dillon, Janet Stebbins Walsh, Rosie Crouthamel Sortor, and Susan Miller Hunt. In August, at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Janet spent the day with Ruthann Simmonds Mac Kinnon and Lucy Blainey Groening. Y Katie Coon Dunlop was cochair of fundraising for the restoration of the Greek Revival columns of the Smithfield Presbyterian Church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. She also gave permission to James Patterson and Maxine Paestro, Katie’s friend and client, to use her name in their latest novel, Woman of God. She planned a trip to Palm Beach in January. Y Janet Nordgren Meryweather and Hope Palmer Bramhall celebrated Kathy McConaughy Zambello’s birthday in November. Janet was busy with family (25) during the holidays and expected her eighth great-grandson (Seattle area). She again heads to Nokomis

and Captive, Fla., for the winter.


Guy and Eleanor Ewing Vigue Well “fifty-seveners,” IT is creeping up on us with greater speed! And IT would be our 60th reunion from Colby, a figure that seems an impossibility to even imagine. But until June 1-4 arrives, we have a bit of news to report. Y Arlette and Mac Harring are putting their endless energy into high gear and last June traveled to Paris for three days, followed by a week-long bicycle tour of the beautiful countryside of Normandy and Brittany with Vermont Bicycle Tours. Theirs was a group of 15 riders and Mac was the only one who remembered World War II. Trailer travels during the summer through rural Pennsylvania and West Virginia made the Harrings not at all surprised by the fall election results. Y Ron Rasmussen keeps in touch with his Colby roommate, John Koehler, who lives in Auburn, Va. Ron enjoys the competition of Fantasy Football (he won the championship for the third year in a row—no small feat) and doing Sudoku puzzles. His autobiography is now complete, giving him more time to communicate with his expanding family, now including two grandsons and a baby granddaughter. Y Allan van Gestel still works as a mediator/arbitrator, with at least two cases scheduled for 2017. We’ll be happy as long as he can make his way north, up the Maine turnpike, in early June. Y Upon turning 80 and enjoying having his family and 10 grandchildren fly from all over the world to help him celebrate, Don Dinwoodie received news that he has Parkinson-plus. He intends to plunge forward and add boxing, yoga, table tennis, and pickle ball to his already busy retirement activities and use this as an opportunity to grow and move forward. Don has also joined the boards of his AARP chapter and the Old Log Schoolhouse and will put his positive attitude to the best of use. Y Bev (Jackson ’60) and Tony Glockler moved into a continuing care residential community about a mile from the house they lived in for more than 50 years. Both are still healthy and active and live independently, but feel secure with full health care facilities onsite. Y So, the news for this issue is definitely mixed, but everyone is putting their best foot forward. Attitude is everything and a great one always pays off.


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Archie Twitchell and his wife are working on their bucket lists. The first list focuses on major cities—Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Seattle, Portland, etc. They have yet to visit New York, Washington, and San Francisco. A new list includes national parks. They visited the Tetons, Yellowstone, and Glacier in September and enjoyed the scenery. The parks were crowded but they used the disabled sign for their car and got around easily. “Next is the Grand Canyon, which we’ll do in May, ‘God willing and the creek don’t rise,’ as they say here in Kentucky.” Y Judy Brown Dickson has moved to Portland, Ore. “Life is different living near the city.” She has big travel plans: a snorkel trip to Belize in the fall, a journey around the world in the winter, then on to Norway and England in the spring. “And hopefully home here for a bit after that. It’s great being near grandchildren!” Y One more item in the travel department. Burt Angrist, his wife, and daughter had a great trip to Alaska. “The scenery was breathtaking and we saw some wonderful wildlife. Any classmates with similar interests might want to put Alaska on their list.” Y Marty Burger had a great sailing season, racing with his son and friends on Long Island Sound on his Pearson 31. He’ll purchase new sails for next season and hopes to do better than middle of the pack. He’s in contact with frat brothers Bob Saltz, Peter Doran, and Alsie Dean. “We’re all going to make our 60th reunion, even though the Tau Delt House, now known as Grossman Hall, is being expanded into a glass structure for a new career center.” Y Kate Knight Hall sadly reports that her dear friend, Ann Wieland Spaeth, died in June. She was at Colby only for her freshman and sophomore years but remained involved with the College and came to our 50th reunion with her husband, Karl. “She was a beautiful athlete, and she and I helped get the women’s field hockey program started.” Kate lost her husband, Danny Dannenbaum, in 2015 and later moved to a smaller apartment in Philadelphia. “I love being in the city and walking everywhere—the movies, incredible restaurants, the Curtis Institute of Music, and concerts by the Philadelphia Orchestra.” She serves on committees for these musical organizations and supports other nonprofits that provide music education to low-income students and promote promising young musicians. In the summer Kate is at Danny’s house on Penobscot Bay, where she’s visited by family. Y On March 31 Ron Moran will be inducted into Clemson University’s CAAH Hall of Fame and is “sort of overwhelmed by such a distinction.” He

continues to write—his most recent book of poems, Eye of the World, was published by Clemson University Press in 2016. He still gives readings of his works, though he thinks lately, “Those are activities for ones younger than this ole dawg.” Y As promised, a bit more news from Al Dean. The family held its annual reunion in West Dennis on Cape Cod in July and on Martha’s Vineyard the year before. “Each summer we look for a new location that has waterfront, five bedrooms minimum, and two king-sized beds. Not easy to find for 13 of us.” On another note, Al is back on the air every Wednesday afternoon (3-6) at WICN 90.5 in Worcester, now in his 17th year there. “We’re the last station in the Northeast to broadcast 20 hours of jazz, big band, and swing every day. We stream all over the world so perhaps you could tune in.” Y As always, best wishes to all. Keep the next reunion in mind, and let’s hear from some new correspondents!


Joanne K. Woods There is no news in this column because for the first time since I took on the job of class correspondent, I did not hear from any classmates. So please send me something anytime at the email address above or write to me at 27 Haven Way, Ashland, MA 01721. I can’t write something from nothing. I’m sure you must have some interesting news. Thank you, and happy new year!


Jane Holden Huerta While Jock and Pat Walker Knowles are still coming to grips with the loss of their beautiful daughter, Callie (Colby ’89), they’re trying to get out and be with friends. Without their Colby friends, and those at home and afield, they would be lost. They recently met Hilary and Dick Lucier for dinner and had rendezvoused with Bryna and Steve Curley at an inn in Mattapoisett. Last fall Jock played in a Colby hockey golf tournament with Peter Leofanti ’62 and Doug Mulcahy ’62. Some of their old coaches were there, including Jack Kelley. Jock and Pat have been heartened by the many donations from friends to the Caroline ”Callie” Knowles Clapp ’89 Memorial Fund. Y Ken Nigro is in good health so far and looked forward to his annual baseball cruise in January. Otherwise, his only goal is to stay healthy and keep reading the newspaper—not books.

Happy New Year Class of ’62! As I (Nancy MacKenzie Keating) sit at my computer writing this column, we’re about to have our first snow of the season, an experience I know you all will remember, if not fondly. Personally, I love to sit by the fireplace becoming mesmerized by the glow, the warmth, and the crackling of the wood and watching the snow fall. Then I remember that we have classmates in warmer climes, such as Gerry Tays, who writes from California that due to a torn rotator cuff he had to “go under the knife” for a reverse replacement, but with great results. However, it’s his golf game that has suffered, and he says that walking the dog on Pebble Beach is just “not the same.” Y Ceylon Barclay enjoyed singing with the Colby Eight in June and traveling to Toronto, Boston, and Costa Rica this year. His new novel, The Taxol Thief, was published recently. He writes that the book concerns “my taxol extraction and marketing from Guilin, China. The drug


Paule French Al and Rosemary Blankenship Hubbard celebrate their 55th anniversary this year. They grieve the loss of their grandson, Michael, at 19. He was a wonderful young man who accompanied Al, Rosemary, and Rosemary’s roommate, Donna Cobb Lawrence, to our 50th reunion. Y More than a year ago, Arlene Jenkins Graber’s husband, David, had a heart transplant at Beth Israel Hospital, a world-class heart center in Newark, N.J. The surgery and re-

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Liz (Rowe ’63) and Bev Lapham sent news from Vero Beach, Fla., where they “get away” and were visited by daughter Wendy Lapham ’86. They travel to Florida only briefly as Bev is an elected Meredith, N.H. selectman. They had their 10th gathering of the “Colby varsity” at their home in Meredith, N.H., Sept. 13-15. It’s a continuation of mini-reunions that Norman and Charlotte “CiCi” Clifton Lee started more than 30 years ago. In attendance were DeeAnn and Sandy Arens, Skeeter ’59 and Karen Beganny Megathlin ’63, Mary Ellen and Wayne Fillback ’64, Sandy and Nancy Cunneen Boardman, CiCi Clifton Lee, Scotty MacLeod Folger, and Penny and Henry Lapham ’60. Mary and Denny Dionne are also regulars but couldn’t make it this year (see following news from Denny). Liz says, “Our gatherings of Colby folk in NH are so precious to everyone.” A picture of the varsity team, and a picture of Liz, Bev, and Wendy, is at alumni.colby. edu under the “Stay Connected” tab. Y Denny Dionne writes: “Mary and I sailed from Miami to Cuba on the Adonia (Fathom Cruise Lines) and made three ports of call,

hab went really well. They joyfully spent seven weeks last summer at their island on Three Mile Pond, Windsor, Maine. Their four sons and families visited for sun, fun, and bass fishing! Classmates “are always welcome if they enjoy rowing and canoeing to an island!” Just give Arlene a call at 781-344-850. “The adventure keeps us young!” Y Bill Smith’s eldest son is already planning his retirement in 12 years. “Six grandchildren growing up at light speed. Leaf raking, volunteer responsibilities, and doctors dominate life. Designing jet engine components only a memory. Best wishes to all!” Y For the fourth time, Connie Miller Manter has retired, “except for a few interesting projects and programs!” She had successful back surgery and looked forward to three months in Venice, Fla., with husband Walter. Connie says, “I’m in good shape for the shape I’m in!” Y After a very long hiatus, Coral Crosman’s memories of Colby are still warm and compelling. Colby provided her with a great foundation for the decades ahead. After graduation, she worked for a newspaper in Schenectady, then taught there at a junior high and “segued into being a ski bum in Stowe, Vt., where she met her Texan husband, resulting in children and grandchildren.” She enjoys retirement and appreciates what she has, including her “comfortable sofa with a window looking out to an Adirondack ridge to the west and a great public library to the east—just reading my borrowed tales.” Y David Hunt returned to Vietnam this winter for a most interesting trip, reliving in part the two years he served there (’69 and ’70) and drawing favorable impressions on what has happened since. Because his fascinating narrative is far too long for this column, he may resubmit it as a separate article in Colby Magazine. Y Donna Cobb Lawrence took a trip to South Africa, which included a safari for six days and nights at a reserve called Zulu Nyala, a day trip to St. Lucia on the Indian Ocean, a visit to Victoria Falls, and four days in Cape Town. The animals were amazing as were the people, who were so friendly and welcoming. It’s a beautiful country despite its corrupt national government led by President Zuma. Y Carol and Lawrie Barr have been running a private nursing home for her mother, who turned 106 recently. In January 2014 his PSA level spiked to 250 (normal is 1-4). He has become friends with cancer doctors at Dana Farber and with naturopathic doctors. His real estate career followed a teaching career after his stint as executive direc-


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comes from the yew tree and the book is about the FDA’s 32-year delay approving the drug for breast and ovarian cancer.” Y Patch Jack Mosher and Marjeanne Banks Vacco took a nine-day tour of U.S. national parks this summer, visiting parks “from the Grand Canyon to Zion.” They were impressed by the geographical differences between the “majestic West” and New England. Y Judy Hoagland Bristol reminds us that our 55th reunion is approaching. If you attended the 50th, you’ll remember how much fun it was and what a congenial group we were. If not, here’s your chance to reconnect with classmates and see for yourself the many changes on campus. So mark your calendars for June 1-4. Judy is planning another pre-reunion get together, most likely in the Camden/Lincolnville area. More on that later. Anyone who’s interested in joining a planning group for the 55th reunion, contact Judy at Judy and husband Harry attended and enjoyed Alumni College at Colby last summer, followed by a trip to Campobello. On returning home to Houston, Harry (whom many of us know as a wonderful man and virtual Class of ’62 member) had a heart attack. We hear that he’s now doing very well with the help of cardio rehab three times a week. Judy is on the home stretch of her term as president of the Houston Association of Retired Teachers. Y Michael (McCabe) and I continue to love living in Harpswell, Maine, directing our attention to community endeavors such as chairmanship of the recycling committee (Michael) and for me, continuing to enjoy my designing business and several activities at our church. We see Alison and John Chapman frequently and spent several wonderful days with them at their new St. Augustine, Fla., home last winter. And, as I close this update on the Class of ’62, just one more reminder that the 55th is coming. Hope to see many of you there!


including Havana, on a People-to-People excursion, which required spending time ashore meeting Cubans. We found them warm, friendly, and wanting to interact with Americans. Cuba still has a long way to go improving its infrastructure but has spots that are truly beautiful, including Santiago Du Cuba. We were grateful that President Obama lifted the ban on Cuban cigars and rum (if you catch my drift).” Y Bill Bainbridge currently works as medical director in a prison in the “boonies” of Pennsylvania but was looking forward to joining his sailboat in Florida. Y Quimby “Q” Robinson, Colby’s nearest neighbor in our class who popped by the 55th, wrote: “Just finished Hamilton by Ron Chernow, with more than 700 pages of wonderful writing and information. I tried to skim (as I did too much at Colby) but found each new subject just too captivating—much cheaper than the Broadway play also. My hope for winter is lots of good skiable snow here in Maine; hope you get some there, too, Scraf.” Yes, Q, as I write this column, Mauna Kea on Hawai`i Island has more than a foot, which I can see from my new front door in Hilo. Y We’re still planning a mini-reunion for those willing to whisk across the Pacific in 2018. Donna and Bob Burke were guests here in 2002 and can assure you’ll have a fabulous time. If you’re interested, email me so I can add you to the information list.


Ken still buys three newspapers a day and now predicts they will outlast him. That’s all he hopes for. Y Juan and Jane Holden Huerta spent Thanksgiving in Las Vegas with sons Juan ’92 and Jon ’95 and their families. They’re happy grandparents of three little girls all under 5—they do keep Jane and Juan young! For years, Jane has had a trip through the Panama Canal on her bucket list, so they spent Christmas and New Years on a cruise that went through the canal. Y Jane and Ralph Galante moved from Florida to Centennial, Colo., for the winter months. Their daughter resides in Centennial, and they decided after Jane was diagnosed with Parkinson’s that Ralph might need a little help. They now winter in Colorado and summer at their lake house at Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, N.H. One of these days Ralph is going to pay a visit to our beautiful school in Maine. Y Ralph Nelson was quite saddened to hear that Eunie Bucholz Spooner died in April. They had a long, although not frequent, correspondence over the last 30 years. He now envisions her free to run the fields and hike the trails as she did before her auto accident. In spite of significant obstacles, she lived a very productive life of outreach and compassion.


tor of KDR National after Colby. He was disappointed that his 50th reunion visit was short-lived. Lawrie is class agent for his 1954 class at Brooks School and is chair of the Francestown Democratic Committee. Y Tim Dakin writes, “I have nothing to report, but the subject of your email reminded me of something one of my eighth-grade instructors asked. Try to explain the following: ‘Time flies you cannot. They go by at such irregular intervals.’ The explanation is that you can’t time the flight of a fly. I suppose the fact that I can remember something like that explains a lot about me.” He sends his regards. Y Since our last column, we’ve lost five dear classmates: Iza Mary Brown, Nathaniel Butler, Ralph Noel, Jeanne Anderson Pollock, and Diane Nelson Teubner. Their obituaries in the back in the magazine. We send our condolences to their families.


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Sherry Worthley Horton has authored Witness Chair: A Memoir of Art, Marriage, and Loss published last August that connects her experiences during the final year of her husband’s life to the historical events of the Salem witch trials. Sherry’s husband, artist Christopher Horton, worked on the design of 16 “chair” maquettes (small-scale models) in preparation for an art installation to commemorate the Salem witch trials of 1692. To read more about Sherry and her book visit Y Looking forward to being in touch with classmates in Florida, John Brassem and wife Karen bought a home in Ft. Meyers to enjoy the “winter weather.” They’ll return to their Connecticut home for the summer and fall foliage. John writes editorials and teaches at a local college. Y Joyce Arnold Kottra was inspired by the children’s maze at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine, to lead a project near her home in Woodstock, Ill. A beautiful labyrinth path and park have evolved, landscaped with native plants from garden club members’ yards—“truly a friendship garden.” Y Bill Pollock writes, “my wife and best friend, Jeanne (Anderson ’63), passed away in October. She was pampering and watering her gardens and fell, breaking her hip and femur. Surgery and PT and OT were not enough and she passed away three weeks postop.” We remember Jeanne as a Colby friend. Y Pisa, Italy, is home for Barbara Kreps and she welcomes visits from

classmates. Barbara teaches reading at a local school. Recently she met friends in Lisbon and traveled around the Iberian Peninsula. Back for a visit to the U.S., Barbara visited Susan Woodward in Tucson. Y Last spring Louise Brown Smith and her 11 grandchildren tapped their own maple trees in upstate New York. “The most important part of our lives,” Louise writes, “has been that our oldest son has been diagnosed with ALS. He’s a truth teller and slightly outrageous high school teacher, husband, dad, son, brother, and favorite uncle. We’re figuring out how to live in a good way. There’s a lot of grief and fear, but also love, support, and treasured moments.” Y Dick Larschan traveled to London, Paris, and Rome last October; Washington, D.C., and California in November. Y Last fall Marjorie Convery and her husband hosted a guest from New Zealand, a rugby coach for the University of Florida, who hosted them last year in a home exchange. Marjorie and Jim enjoy biking, golf, and hosting grandchildren at their home in northeast Florida. She and her sister vacationed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, recently. Marj expresses sadness at the loss of Al Olivetti and was glad for the chance to visit with him at our 50th reunion. Y Steve Schoeman is inspired by the thought “that we number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. There is no wisdom in the tossing and turning, the shouting, and the noise of our world.” Y Recently awarded the highest honor offered by Santa Clara University, Jerry Shapiro was named Faculty Senate Professor of the Year. Voted on by faculty in all disciplines, the award is for excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service. Y Larry Dyhrberg and his wife, Michelle, have a daughter in college: “She favors her mother and regularly does her homework.” Their younger daughter is a high school senior, and Michelle teaches French in the middle school. Larry is a stay-at-home dad and cooks! He also plays golf, substitutes at the high school, and writes for a fiction workshop at the University of Southern Maine. Y Martha Farrington Mayo has returned to her love of music by reconnecting with a community variety show in Bath, Maine, she and a friend originated in the 1990s. Singing tenor has been Martha’s passion, and she remembers having Peter Re as her director at Colby. Y Joanna Cleveland Caswell writes, “things are going well, but I miss my lifelong friend, Anita Hegmann McCray, who died last May.” Joanna and Anita met the second day of freshman year in Foss Hall and stayed connected ever

since. Y Due to space limitations, I have to edit some items or eliminate repeat news. Thanks for understanding.


Dick Bankart TEMPUS FUGIT. Yes time is flying and so are we. Classmates have been busy seeing the world and crossing places off their bucket lists. Y Jean (Hoffmann ’66) and Neil Clipsham went to England to revisit homes they once lived in, then continued to Europe and Iceland. Y Nick Locsin and Susan spent time on Cape Breton and planned trips to Copenhagen and London for Christmas. Spring will include a visit to Croatia and summer, a trip to Spain. The Locsins saw Ira Hymoff and his wife, Jess, last summer and enjoyed a good catch-up on classmates. Y Eliot Terborgh and Chris gathered their whole clan of 14 at a beachfront house at Mission Bay San Diego to celebrate their 50th. They had dinner with Eliot’s old roomie Myles Denny-Brown and his wife, Nise, in McLean, Va. Y Jay Gronlund and his wife visited their daughter Melissa and family in Abu Dhabi last October. In November he saw Andrew ’64 and Nancy Greer Weiland and Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton and her husband at a Colby panel discussion in NYC. The Gronlunds saw classmates in Naples, Fla., this January. Jay still works at his consulting practice, The Pathfinder Group. Y The Peter Mudges are building a new home in Black Mountain, N.C., about 14 miles from their current Asheville home of the past 25 years. “It’s off the mountain, one-story living, and two blocks from the center of a small friendly town. It’s our alternative to a retirement community.” Y The seasonal migration brought Bud Marvin and Ann back to Nokomis, Fla., from NH. They had dinner with Dave Hatch and Dale Rottner Hass, who also live in Nokomis. Dave is active with the local GOP and Dale is a director with the homeowners association. Both enjoy “bicycling along the intercoastal route, watching Boston sports teams, and dining in the local restaurants.” Y Retirement provides time for other activities such as teaching. Nick Locsin teaches wooden-boat building at Maine Maritime Museum. Tom Donahue taught a section on world politics at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Mich., where his daughter is chair of the political science department. She cajoled her dad into replacing a “no show” new hire. Tomás relates, “I’ve spent the last several months enslaved to essays, quizzes, office hours, attendance keeping, and all the panoply

of treachery that I did (happily, in truth) for 40 years but kinda, sorta, really DIDN’T MISS for the last 13 years of retirement.” Y Your correspondent is also checking off places on the Travelers’ Century Club list of 230 world destinations. I’m up to 130 with the latest additions of Chile, Easter Island, Sumatra, Lesser Sunda Islands (Bali), and Tobago. Y So what are your classmates reading? Neil Clipsham: Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris, part of a trilogy about Theodore Roosevelt. The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson follows allies’ 1944 advance as they cruised down the Rhine. The biography books by Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64. Tim Cleghorn recommends Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. It posits the moon breaking into seven pieces and what happens. “The science is spot-on and the psychology, engineering make for a great story regardless of one’s background and major.” Your correspondent recommends The Art of the Deal by Donald J. Trump. Whether you voted for him or not, it’s a revealing look at the way his mind works at negotiating to get what he wants. Y As reported elsewhere, our classmate Ralph Bunche died of leukemia last October. He had been fighting this for years. Y Deja Vu. When we were first-year students (formerly freshmen) there were still three or so buildings on the “old campus” on Upper Main Street. So 55 years later Colby has bought five buildings on Main Street on the new “downtown campus.” Nearby is Silver Street Tavern. They sell pizza but I don’t know if guys named Ralphie or Junior are on staff. Hail, Colby, Hail!


George Cain Hey, nifty 50s! Here’s my first column. I’m on a flight to San Francisco for a business meeting, so this report will be from a 50,000-foot POV. About half of you praised the work of the 50th reunion committee and noted how great it was to see old pals. Y Janet and Jim Bither thought the planning was over the top. Jim reconnected on the golf course with Rick Lund, Ed Phillips, and Bayard Kennett. Y First-time responder Joanne Rydel Ackman felt reconnected by reunion. She’s thoroughly enjoying being a new grandmother along with Cape Cod sightings of Deb Anglim Higgins, Susan Ebinger Spencer, Brian Shacter, Terry Saunders Lane, Ginny Grelotti Connolly, and Kate Hollinshead Dixon. Y Ted Houghton, on the other hand, is still recuperating from the reunion 25-mile bike ride, which he hopes to do in time to attack the slopes


Lynne Oakes Camp John Morgan is a first-time grandpa. His daughter Sara Morgan Hooda ’07, and her husband, Zoheb, welcomed their son, Zain, to the world Oct. 20, 2016. When John feels depressed about the new administration in Washington, he just takes a long look at Zain and says he feels hopeful. He also visited Phil Merrill and Bob Hughes during an infrequent trip to the East Coast. Y John Leopold and his wife, Terry’s, big news was a three-week trip to commemorate his big seven-oh. They started in Florence, Italy, with a visit to Livorno to see close Italian friends. They had a big party for three birthdays (his and two of theirs). They then flew to Lisbon for a two-week tour of Portugal, Andalusia, and Madrid. In Seville they saw some of the sights that inspired so many operas (Carmen, Barber of Seville, Marriage of Figaro). The Alhambra in Granada was fantastic beyond description. Their time in Madrid included a tour of the Prado, a day excursion to Toledo, and a performance of all six Brandenburg Concertos by the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. It was an

experience of a lifetime. Y Michael Caulfield and his wife, Helen, welcomed their first grandchild, Lily Avalon Caulfield, Aug. 17, 2016. They’re thrilled, and mom (Brit) and Lily are doing wonderfully. Y Peter Jost reports that his colleagues at the NJ Institute of Local Government Attorneys have made him executive director—sort of a glorified secretary. Something to do in lieu of a hobby. He’s still practicing law, though not sure exactly why. Meanwhile, his son, who has a post-doc fellowship at MIT, recently gave a lecture at the Colby Geology Department. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine that his son would be lecturing in science at Colby, especially since he went there partly because it only required two science courses to graduate (English major!). Y Another reminder that our 50th Reunion is June 7-10, 2018. Mark your calendars! If you have not been receiving reunion emails, please send your current email address to Steve Ford at

there. Nick looks forward to seeing many classmates at reunion. Y And that brings up a very important point. Reunions are the most pleasurable when many classmates attend. Early June is a lovely time to visit central Maine, the campus has grown and developed, and Colby is making changes in downtown Waterville. Many good reasons to make the decision to come to Maine June 1-4, 2017. See you there!


Sarah Shute Hale won’t be able to make the official 50th reunion, but during a recent trip to visit family in Maine, she got together with Susan Gerry Yambor and Lee Oestreicher ’66 and spent a day on campus enjoying the very impressive art museum, the brilliant autumn leaves, and a delicious meal in the former Roberts Union dining hall. Lee was greatly relieved to note that not a single slice of pizza was hurled either at the walls or fellow diners during their meal. Sarah’s business, Arden Batik, now has a Facebook presence if you wonder what she has been doing in her not-retirement. Y Jim Helmer checked in from Boulder, Colo. His wife, Nancy, died a few years ago, but he has two children, Narelle and Barrett. Narelle graduated from the University of Colorado, joined the Marines, then went to grad school at Boston University. She lives in Wilmington, N.C., and is married to a doctor. They have two grandchildren, Bodhi and Jude, “two of the nicest children I have ever known,” Jim writes. His son, Barrett, also graduated from the University of Colorado but did his graduate work at Georgetown. He lives in NYC and works for Credit Suisse. “I’ve done some traveling recently, to Norway and Tanzania. The wilds of the western Serengeti don’t get wilder.” Y Nick Hadgis celebrated the birth of his third grandchild in August and that has added to his enjoyment of retirement. Nick remains in Bryn Mawr, Pa., but has downsized to a townhome within walking distance of the center of town. The move was made particularly special by his son buying his big home, keeping it in the family and enabling his grandchildren to be raised

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Shanti Arts published Witness Chair: A Memoir of Art, Marriage, and Loss by Sherry Worthley Horton ’64. A reflection on her marriage and her husband’s battle with leukemia, it’s described as a “quietly searing account of the unspoken.” ♦ Santa Clara University gave Professor of Counseling Psychology Jerry Shapiro ’64 its 2016 Faculty Senate Professor Award. Shapiro was recognized by his peers for his “extensive and influential research and writing and his impressive teaching over his career.” ♦ David Noonan ’69 was named Lawyer of the Year for Legal Malpractice Law–Defendants by 2017 Best Lawyers in America. Noonan, founding partner of David Noonan ’69 NoonanLance in San Diego, was also named to the 2017 Best Lawyers list for his work in bet-the-company litigation and, as he has been since 1995, for commercial litigation.




he was blown away when he visited Colby last summer for the first time in 41 years and saw the new art museum. Y Laurance Angelo writes with some dismay that his Mac power book passed away in its sleep and that his family-loaned desktop has issues. But there’s good news—he’s fully recovered from Bell’s palsy. Y Sherleen and Michael Clivner released a new book, Our North American Journey: An RV Adventure, available through Amazon. Y Gayle Jobson Poinsette and Garfield Barnes headed to Green Valley, Ariz., to escape the “depressingly cloudy and cold fall in Vermont.” Y I’m appreciative that 27 of you responded to my first effort to bring you our class news. Looking forward to hearing from the 373 missing members. Keep smilin’, and show your teeth if you still have them!


at Sugarloaf. Y Karen Riendeau-Pacheco stays connected to Colby through Alumni College programs. Y Natalie Bowerman Zaremba left reunion and started traveling to Cape Cod, then Germany, and finally Cancún. Y Janna Vaughn Kasarjian was also on the move after reunion. She had a behind-the-scenes tour of CNN’s AC360 courtesy of her daughter, the show’s senior producer. Y Elinor Caito Thompson is still marveling about the reunion class book and all the work it took. Y Gary McKinstry took a cruise from Hamburg to Amsterdam. Y Susan Mahoney Michael wore the glow from reunion on trips to Toronto and Portugal. Y Ed Burrell, aka reunion’s outstanding photographer (hopefully you got the link to his CLASSic pictures) is busy helping raise his grandkids and sell his mom’s Texas home. Y Gary Knight, aka Mr. Colby ’66, is making steady progress on some health issues. We wish him the very best. Y Remember Meg Fallon Wheeler, aka Ms. Colby ’66? She’s basking in the glow of not having this homework assignment after 22 outstanding years as the classiest class correspondent. Y Robert Sears lives in Manila but enjoys his timeshare in Hawaii. Y Peter Anderson fulfilled a bucket list goal by trekking to the Mt. Everest base camp while raising $12,000 for Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio. Y Bruce Roberts put away the golf clubs and patiently awaits Red Sox season. Y Bill and Mary Gourley Mastin enjoy their 18th year of retirement in Payson, Ariz., where they hike, bike, and paddle. Y Speaking of hiking, Phil MacHale notes he hasn’t hiked the Appalachian Trail, but if he should, he’d like a ride from Katahdin to the bus station. Y Debbie Chase is chasing around the country seeing 18 states, doing line dancing, and walking at least 10,000 steps a day. Y Geoff Quadland worked home construction all summer then went back to volunteering at Westfield Heritage Village. Y Mac Donaldson also volunteers, but with the Massachusetts marine trades, an area of interest because he managed a boat yard for 12 years before retiring. Y Pam Harris Holden is another bucket list pioneer traveling through the Alps from Milan to Switzerland to Austria to Germany. Y Peter Lax sticks to the basics: “caught four salmon and two steelheads.” While celebrating these achievements, his car was stolen by a “meth head.” Y Sal Manforte enjoyed the 2016 Colby baseball dinner, where his number, along with teammates Ed Phillips and Joe Jabar ’68, was retired. Y Doug Meyer watches with definite concern the rise in sea level along the Connecticut coast. At the same time,


Ray Gerbi Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good fall and winter season. Y Joy Nelb Ericson, who retired more than two years ago, still lives in Amherst, N.H. She spends winters skiing at Loon Mountain and summers gardening, boating, hiking, and taking it easy. Her four children are grown, and when she wrote, she had eight grandchildren from 0 to 15 years old and expected more in 2016. Joy says, “It is fun keeping up with everyone.” Y Craig Stevens announced the birth of


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his first grandchild, Rell Sevigny Recker, Nov. 12 in Boulder, Colo. Craig says, “she is a joy to behold.” Craig’s in his 29th year as a professor of photography at Savannah College of Art and Design. He’s planning a sabbatical leave next spring to work on a new body of experimental digital prints that will result in an exhibition in a year’s time. He enjoys his house/studio in Camden during the summer and would love to see Colby friends if anyone passes through the mid-coast area. Y Steve Fisher returned from what he describes as an unforgettable trip to the West Bank and Israel. “Against the heartbreak of a crushing and often brutal occupation of the West Bank, of which I had been largely unaware, I continue to be deeply moved by the resilient spirit and brightness of light shining through the Palestinians and Israelis we met who are working for peace.” Y Mike Foose, recently retired, found himself working again in Guinea, where he’s looking to improve the geological survey there. Y Larry Kassman retired from full-time work as an emergency physician at MaineGeneral Medical Center (previously Thayer Hospital in Waterville) four years ago but continues to work part time in Waterville and in Wyoming, which he chose because of his love of fly fishing. In addition to fishing, he spends his free time biking, gardening, and golfing. Larry and his wife, Janice, former dean of students, have traveled to places they put off, such as Hawaii and Sicily. Colby is less than an hour’s bike ride from his house, so he plans to see everyone at the 50th Reunion (June 6-9, 2019). Y Pam and I also had a fun traveling year with visits to northern Arizona, Hawaii, and Great Britain. I recently met with Rae Jean Braunmuller Goodman, Richard Upton, Jon Eustis, Steve Anderson, Bart Menitove, and Laurie Killoch Wiggins. Together with Cherrie Dubois, Eddie Woodin, and Bob Anthony, we’re leading the planning and gift effort for reunion. Dick retired from many years working in international banking in NYC, spending much of that time travelling around the world selling operating services to overseas banks. He doesn’t miss airports, airline food, and hotel room service. Laurie is serving as the planned gift chair for our 50th, and in planning discussions told us that she, Carol Putnam, and Carol Feldman Roberts were Lorraine Morel’s roommates in Boston the first year after graduation. After Lorraine’s death in 1970 they established a fund in her honor to award a gift to a junior woman of academic standing active in some significant aspect of campus life. She reported that the fund balance now stands at $406,000! Regarding fundraising, by

now you will likely have heard from one of our classmates urging you to attend our 50th Reunion and asking for your help in raising funds for our class gift. The gift is composed of all the donations of any kind made by our class between the 45th and 50th reunions (Colby Fund, capital/ endowment funds, bequests, etc.). Please consider coming to reunion even if you have never attended one in the past, and please seriously consider a contribution toward our class gift. Have a wonderful spring!

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UNDISCOVERED ITALY A r t , F o o d , a n d Wi n e i n P i e d m o n t a n d L i g u r i a October 1-12, 2017 (12 days) with Colby Professor of Art Véronique Plesch


Libby Brown Strough I received some very sad news from Eileen Boerner Patch. On Nov. 12, 2016, her husband, Jim Patch, died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack at Mass General ER. A lot of their Colby friends were at Jim’s wake and funeral, including Bob ’71 and Marg Allan Ewell ’69, Andy Hayashi, Todd Smith, Dan Timmons, Skip Wood, and Dan Heaney ’75. Their two sons, Gregory ’06 and Timothy ’08, also survive Jim. Eileen reported that she and Jim both had great memories of reconnecting with classmates at our 1970 reunion last year. Y John Fochs, Ben Bradlee, Peter Lowell, and James Markos ’71 joined Bob Falsani at his home in Florida for a pre-Thanksgiving mini reunion. A shrimp boil, bike rides, golf, and beaching provided a terrific setting for memory testing. Terry Boyle Falsani ’71, in recovery from her own mini reunion, provided culinary input while presiding over the shrimp boil. Y Phil Wysor managed to make it to his 50th high school reunion. Amazing to see classmates who were 18 years old the last time he saw them. Work continues, but he and wife Deb Stephenson ’68 have a ski trip to Jackson Hole planned as well as another river cruise in France. Y Last year, 2016, was a year of travel for Denise and Ben Kravitz. In February they spent 10 days in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. Science was not his strong suit at Colby, so he found this trip through Darwin’s research area fascinating and educational. In September he had a chance to reprise his rusty college French in Quebec City. The year was capped off with a bicycle tour of Cuba. In between their travels, they enjoyed a lively dinner with Joanie Katz and Charles Terrell and a lovely engagement party for Michael Baskin’s daughter, Emily. They’re on Longboat Key, Fla., for the winter if any classmates would like to stop for a visit. Y I also at-

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844-309-1889 • • tended my 50th high school reunion last June, where our transcripts were returned to us at a breakfast, followed by a dinner and dance at a local golf course. Bob and I spent all summer at our second home on Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H., sailing, boating, and welcoming visiting friends from afar. Our grandchildren, Caroline, 9, and Riley, 7, spent a fun-filled week with us in August—tubing, swimming, and cave exploring at Polar Caves Park. They also did the ropes course at Gunstock Mountain and we chartered a seaplane ride over the lake. Riley even got to sit in the right-hand copilot seat and “fly” the airplane like a pro. I send my best wishes to all for a happy and prosperous new year.


Ann E. Miller Another presidential election cycle has come and gone, and we’re looking toward a different kind of future. Regardless of our own political beliefs, what amazes me is that there is always a palpable optimism and a cogent respect among our classmates for what lies ahead. We’re all in this

together, and together we forge ahead. Y Nick Nash wrote of so many reasons to be optimistic: the positive energy of his four-year-old granddaughter, who might just be the first female president, traveling with his wife to his kids’ houses, and planning his daughter’s wedding. He recalls all the turmoil that we lived through during our college years, a highlight of which for him was his trip with Jay Reiter to DC for the Peace March, and realizes that we will all keep moving forward. “Life is awesome!” Y The all-star softball team that Jon Stone manages and plays with hosted the Cuban National Senior Softball team in the fall. Jon’s team was victorious over the Cuban National Team with a score of 21-6! Making new friends and sharing those experiences made the day. The Cuban players all would have played Major League Baseball if they’d been allowed. Jon’s team presented them with the most up-to-date softball equipment as gifts from his league and their players. His team will be traveling to Cuba next summer to play them again. (Jon has no more grandchild arrivals to report!) Y We missed Nancy Hammar Austin at reunion last June because she was preparing for her around-the-world adventure: first to

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Pinnacles from last year are a theme for this column. I prefaced this request with one of my highlights: a stop at Colby this summer with my 12-year-old grandson, Max. Catching fish in Johnson Pond was such fun, followed by our annual stay in Cherryfield at Norm and Pat Flanagan Olsen’s wonderful guesthouse. Y Debbie Mael Mandino, Jackie Nienaber Appeldorn, Lisa Kehler Bubar, and I drove to Colby in July and placed two books in the alumni library in memory of our cherished forever friend Chris Mattern Way. Y Rick Zaccaro’s pinnacles include completing 48 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire. He and wife Bonnie Washuk also took a trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Las Vegas. Y Anne Huff Jordan’s pinnacle was her mother living long enough to learn of the birth of grandson William this year. She and husband Dan travel to Utah regularly to visit her daughter and family, including William and granddaughter Jordan, 3. Anne’s son, Alexander, is a doctoral-level psychologist who has a private practice in the Boston area and teaches in a number of programs. Y Francesca Gates Demgen experienced her pinnacle last summer taking her 8-year-old grandson on a two-week trip to South Africa, which included Johannesburg, a photo safari in KwaZulu-Natal, and a wonderful time in Cape Town. Y Ida Dionne Burroughs’s first grandchild, Aristides Robert Burroughs, was born this summer. Other highlights include opportunities to gather and enjoy her grandson as well family members who gathered for Thanksgiving from all over the country. After the election, Ida’s mood was lightened by her visit with Dick and Anne Badmington Cass as well as Jeri Theriault and her husband. Y Dean Eaton had a number of memorable events last year. He closed his business and took his first summer off. The warmth continues for Dean and his wife as he has taken a winter job in Florida. Dean participated in a fundraiser that raised $50,000 in one night with a group called Dancing with Studs. Dean

Ann Bonner Vidor has retired and has news to share. She’s lived in Atlanta since 1976—too far from the ocean for someone who grew up in Maine and Massachusetts. She and her husband both retired from Emory University, where she was a librarian, and built a home in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Their son, Alexander, graduated from Emory and works in Wilmington, N.C., and daughter Margaret is a freshman at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. While cleaning closets in preparation for moving, she went through old photos from Colby years—her favorites are from junior year in Caen, France. She has wonderful memories of Colby friendships, experiences, and travels from that year. Y Doug McMillan’s company, McMillan Electric Company, had its


describes them as eight guys from 50 to 83 dancing their hearts out on stage—one was a former member of the Colby Eight, Ed Tommy ’59. Dean, I’ll give your name to Lisa Kehler Bubar as she’s always looking for Colby Fund volunteers. Y Alex Wilson traveled to Ireland in September with friends and, by the sound of their experiences in Galway and Dublin watching the All-Ireland Gaelic Football Championship, this was a pinnacle of his year. Alex also enjoyed a gathering at Jennifer and Duncan Leith’s summer home in York, Maine, in mid-August with Lloyd Benson, Joe Mattos, Liz and Phil Ricci, Ron ’71 and Linda Howard Lupton ’72, Brian Cone, and Patti (Kelly ’75) and Bob Landsvik. Y Congratulations to poet Gary Lawless, who won the 2017 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize from the Maine Humanities Council for contributions he’s made to the state of Maine. I encourage you to read the full article at Y Lisa Kehler Bubar, Norm Olsen, and I attended a volunteer appreciation weekend at Colby last fall and learned about many exciting new initiatives. In addition to a tour of Waterville and the new buildings the College is renovating, we learned about Colby’s efforts in sustainability, plans for the new athletic facility, the new career center, and a number of new volunteer opportunities for alumni. We’re excited by the ways Colby is moving forward and want to find ways to actively involve our amazing class. Stay tuned for more news and please consider becoming involved in planning for our next reunion.


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expansion. “How different studies are now compared to our ‘B.C.’ (before computer) days!” John even visited the bookstore to bring home Colby clothes and useful items like wine glasses. Y I hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday season. I look forward to seeing many of you at our 45th reunion (how did that happen?) June 1-4, 2017. Save the date!


40th anniversary in 2016, having made more than 150 million motors since 1976. He’s proud that his daughter, Marley, was asked to sing the national anthem at the Minnesota Lynx and the Minnesota Gophers women’s basketball games. Doug and his wife, Ann, now live in Hudson, Wis., on the St. Croix River, where they see eagles every day. Doug recently had dinner with Joe Benson, who’s happy that the real estate market is coming alive again. Joe and his wife, Martha (Hamilton ’74), are doing well. Doug also spoke with Mitch Fox, who’s retired and learning Spanish, which he hopes to use to help lower-income people in the San Francisco area. Y Dee Fitz-Gerald Sockbeson got together with her roommate Roz Teto Johnson in July for a reunion. Roz flew from California for a great time at Dee’s Connecticut house. Then they drove to Cape Cod to reunite with Donna Scimonelli, who was with them at Colby awhile before transferring. They spent time at the beach, ate lots of seafood, and talked about their travels. Dee has a new granddaughter, Caia Elizabeth, who sadly lives in Mississippi, although they spent six weeks with her in August and September. Dee’s trying to make plans for next year’s reunion—she’d love to go. Y Susan Buttner Lavelle took a romantic Rhine and Moselle river cruise with her husband and a good friend in November. They visited Belgium, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and Switzerland. This was her eighth trip with Grand Circle and Overseas Adventure Travel companies. She invites classmates to join them some time. Y Bill Alfond continues to be busy with activities and projects in Maine and Boston as well as with kids and grandkids in Maine, New York, and Cambodia. For the third year in a row, he and his wife, Joan, headed to Southeast Asia for the holidays to join their daughter, Kenden, and her family, now in Sri Lanka. Bill saw Ed Mahoney at a Tufts football game. He also had lunch with Tina Murphy Serdjenian—they’re both involved with Waterville Main Street development. In a visit with Carol Johnson, they found a shared interest in the Belgrade Main Street project. Bill looked forward to visiting John Atkinson when he offers a Jan Plan class at Colby. They both share an interest in getting involved with Belgrade Lakes water quality. He also visited with Tom and Ellen Woods Sidar on Belgrade Lakes. Y And finally, I heard from John Danila, who enjoys reading our column. He finally visited Colby in November for the first time since graduation. He took a campus tour led by a Colby senior and was amazed at how beautiful the campus looked with its small, yet significant


Australia, then to Indonesia and Vietnam with stops in Bali, Java, Sumatra, Ho Chi Minh City, and An Loc, on the Cambodian border—almost 27,000 air miles. She saw Uluru, Borobudur, orangutans in the tropical rain forests, and visited the War Remnants Museum. She got to hold an 11-kilogram koala named Le who had “crazy eucalyptus breath.” I bet Nancy needed a long sleep upon her return. Y Already researching the “great American eclipse” (total solar eclipse) in August 2017, Bill Hladky and his son will be chasing it in Idaho. They’re excited about this particular eclipse—it’s the first total solar eclipse since 1979 that will be visible from one side of our country to the other. He visited his son in the fall and found that he’s financially independent, has his own apartment, and is solid in his job—all good accomplishments. Bill will have made his annual snowbird trip to Florida around Christmas time. Y If I could include a photo, I would show you the 12-foot Mother Jones puppet inside of which is Bill Simons marching in the NYC Labor Day parade...on a hot, humid day with no ventilation and eye slits that didn’t match up with his eyes. Brave man, Bill. Y My own life proceeds with the same hectic pace involving lots of singing, work with our local Department of Conservation and Recreation to preserve our rights at the nearby state park, and bringing up a puppy who came to me last May and who is finally turning into a wonderful little furry companion. Another amazing presence in my life is the man who continues to surprise me and fill me with joy. Some of you met him at reunion; he was a trooper to dive in with both feet!


Nancy Spangler Tiernan Bill Narwold expects to “die with (his) boots on” working as a trial lawyer with Motley Rice in Hartford, Conn., “going after those who finance terrorism, to representing tens of thousands of gold miners in South Africa suffering from silicosis.” He also remains involved with Protein Sciences, which develops vaccines such as Flublok. Married more than 30 years, he has a son in engineering, another son with a degree from NYU film school, and a daughter about to take a gap year to work in orphanages and animal preserves in Peru, Bolivia, Thailand, Tanzania, and Namibia. She’ll start at the University of Richmond this fall. Y A professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Yale, Paul Forscher started doing graduate research



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Maine poet Gary Lawless ’73 received the 2017 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize from the Maine Humanities Council for his exemplary contributions to public humanities. Lawless owns and operates Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick, works with veterans and immigrant communities on finding their voice, and volunteers with a nonprofit arts center. ♦ In her Feb. 7 biweekly column for the Morning Sentinel, former Waterville mayor Karen Heck ’74 discusses the need for activism. “We have been moving policies forward Karen Heck ’74 through protest since this country was born and we are not about to cede ground,” she wrote. ♦ Stable, a book of poems by David Surette ’79, was named an Honors Book in the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award program in the poetry category. Surette, an English teacher at East Bridgewater High School, has written five collections of poetry.


in neuropsychology at Stanford before realizing it wasn’t the right fit for him. That led to a stint in the Sierras running a whitewater boating school, teaching kayaking, canoeing, and running raft-supported river trips during the summer, then teaching mountaineering near Yosemite in the winter. Moving back East he took courses at Columbia University and worked in a biochemistry lab at Rockefeller University before heading to Yale for a Ph.D. in neurobiology. He married Janet Burton in 1989. Their daughter, Kristen, studies English and mathematics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Y Don Toussaint is an executive vice president with Citizens Business Bank, recently named Best Bank in America by Forbes magazine. He lives in Camarillo, Calif., with his wife, Libby, who works in advancement at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. Their older son graduated from Stanford Law School in May, having previously graduated from London School of Economics and Cornell University, and recently started with the law firm Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher in Palo Alto. Their younger son works for Pearson Press in San Francisco. Don has a 7-year-old grandson. Y After 35 years teaching, 28 of them at the University of Michigan, Jane Dutton plans to achieve emeritus status this coming May. “I’m excited about rewiring (not retiring),” she says, and plans to continue teaching part time at Ann Arbor in addition to having started a small company with two of her students. She loves being a grandmother and it’s “a total joy” having both of her daughters living nearby. Y Tim Glidden, still happily co-habiting with Kathy Lyon ’72 in Topsham, Maine, has spent the last five years running Maine Coast Heritage Trust, which protects 3,500 miles of Maine coastline and serves the state’s 84 land

trusts. He invites everyone to check out and to “get out on the gorgeous preserves we have up and down the coast.” He and Kathy, who pursues an active psychotherapy practice in Brunswick, see Matt ’73 and Susan McBratney Powell, Dave ’73 and Ann Traver Swardlick, Dick ’73 and Anne Badmington Cass ’73, Chris Duncan ’75, Alice Smith, Richard English ’73, and Bill Howe. “From this scientific sample we observe a definite trend of Colby grads returning to Maine, or at least getting closer. What’s taking everyone so long?!” Y From Sweden Judy Sidell Westerlund reports that November started with a threeday blizzard dropping two feet of snow “just to remind us that we do live near the Arctic Circle.” Keeping up with their five grandchildren led to a brief babysitting stint in Iseo, Italy, followed by five days hiking around Val Gardena in southern Tirol. “There are little food ‘huttes’ all through the mountains, which serve local breads, hams, cheeses, and wines, making the hiking very appealing indeed.” With her mother and four siblings living around Boston, Judy visits regularly, usually getting to New Hampshire each summer. Last summer they were invited to two totally unrelated weddings held on consecutive days at the top of Sugarbush Mountain in Vermont. “The chairlift personnel thought it was pretty funny when we showed up yet again, the next day, to be taken up the mountain.”


Susie Gearhart Wuest Dave and Mary Sue Naegele Galvin have lived in Seattle for 40 years. They’ve rarely traveled back East, except to care for elderly

parents, and haven’t been back to Colby since they graduated. Dave has kept in touch with Byrd Allen over the years. Last August Dave finished a 5,000-mile bicycle ride across the country, after retiring in April 2016. Mary Sue stayed home and continued to pay the bills. Along the way he visited Binkie Cammack Closmore in Hugo, Minn.; Michael Lynes in Eastford, Conn., and Bar Harbor, Maine; Byrd Allen in Exeter, N.H.; Jim and Sally Hawk Gibson in Fryeburg, Maine; and Carol White ’79 on Chebeague Island, Maine, who was a freshman geology major when we were seniors. “It was an amazing trip, made especially so by the kindness of strangers across this country. See Dave’s website for details of his adventure. “Come visit if you’re ever in Seattle; we live on a houseboat on Lake Union.” Y Ed Walczak attended the wedding of Jeff Frankel’s son in Phoenix in October. He describes Jeff’s home in Phoenix as “a veritable palace.” Ed was at the top of Mount Pilatus in Switzerland in June, at Omaha Beach in Normandy in September, and Beijing in January was next on his itinerary. Y Vinnie Cassone spent his summer having and recovering from total knee replacement. Continuing to recuperate this fall, he was on sabbatical from his position as chair of biology at University of Kentucky and spent his time writing and doing research in the lab. Y Charlie LeRoyer had a good, but very dry, summer in mid-coast Maine. He took a fun one-week road trip to Nova Scotia and PEI in July and another to Quebec in October. He hasn’t figured how to emigrate to Canada yet! Charlie plans to spend April in southwestern France. After losing their 15-year-old golden retriever and their 31-year-old Morgan horse last year, they’re now empty nesters. In November Charlie had a great hike with Dan Sexton on Ragged Mountain in Camden. Y Alan Polackwich ’73 retired from law in August 2013 and now works part time with NBC/ Golf Channel and Fox Sports as a spotter at professional golf tournaments. “This is a low-level job which pays terribly, but puts me inside the ropes, helping the broadcast team, at some of golf’s biggest events.” Events he recently worked include the Ryder Cup, FedExCup playoffs, the U.S. Open, and the Players Championship. Y Laurie Fitts Loosigian enjoys doting on their new grandson, born mid-summer, who lives across the road from their apple orchard. There was only bad news for apples in their region last fall, due to unseasonably warm temperatures the previous winter followed by freezing temperatures in April and a severe drought last summer. They hope for

a better year ahead for Apple Annie. “After caring for mom Fitts in our home, we’ve found a wonderful, small memory-care home for her, which allows us to enjoy our newfound retirement freedom. We’ve settled on a month retreat in Venice, Fla., each winter for the time being. We feel fortunate for our good health.” Y Peter Luckey serves as senior pastor of Plymouth Church UCC in Lawrence, Kan. Last October Peter was surprised when Dr. Robert Reuman’s grandnephew Dan Reuman, professor of ecology at the University of Kansas, recently joined the church where Peter serves. Dr. Reuman was one of his most beloved professors at Colby. Inspired, Peter preached a sermon celebrating the significant impact a professor can have on our lives—a celebration of the importance of education and the importance of universal access to it. Read the sermon at


Robert Weinstein Here’s the latest Class of ’76 news to break the winter chill. Dan Murphy makes his debut with news that after 18 great years at EMC Corp., he took an early retirement package. He and his wife, Connie, decided to travel. They bought an RV trailer, a truck to pull it, stuffed the bikes inside, and headed out at the end of July, traveling for 12 weeks across the northern states from New York to Oregon. They met lots of wonderful people, drank lots of beer, and saw a lot of beautiful country. Dan recommends heading to the Custer State Park area: wildlife, scenic rides, Rushmore, Crazy Horse, great biking, breweries, more breweries. (Dan, I see a theme here!) Y David Christie writes that, with some prodding from Joyce Smith ’75, he decided to sing with the Androscoggin Chorale last January. Making it a Colby reunion across the years, the chorale sang the Christmas Triptych by Colby Professor Peter Ré with Shelley Bieringer Rau ’74 and Susan Oram ’79 joining as well. Y Lynn Leavitt Marrison had a blast at our reunion last June. She’s working part time at a Quaker school in Woolwich, Maine, while she and her husband split their time between New York (where he still works) and Maine (where they built a retirement home on the Kennebec River). She loves the time in Maine; as a bonus she gets to see Ann Dunlap LeBourdais too! Y Dale Marie Crooks Golden MacDonald (and her doppelganger Dawn Marie) returns to the column with the splendid news

Cheri Bailey Powers So ends another year and a new one starts! It was a year of weddings for some of our classmates. Carl Lovejoy’s son, Matt, was married in Santa Monica in July. Matt and his wife, Kendal, live in Santa Monica and work in Los Angeles. An added thrill for Carl was that his eldest granddaughter, Lila, was the flower girl. Y In November Nick Mencher’s son, Peter, married Marah Laurie in Asheville, N.C., their alma mater town, after living in Oakland, Calif. They enjoy the lower cost of living, a dog, and a barbecue—all benefits unobtainable on the West Coast. His daughter, Catherine, will marry Erich Roberts in April in Oakland. Nick’s in touch with Rob Lenk and missed a chance to meet David Ashcraft in Atlanta this fall. His “second career” self-employment business, K&M Productions, continues to move along. It provides agency services



Hey everyone! Caryn Resnick is the deputy commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging, which provides services to hundreds of thousands of older New Yorkers. She writes, “Of course, funding on the federal, state, and local level does not keep pace with the growing demographic, so we’re fighting for our fair share, to combat ageism, and to change stereotypes about growing old.” She and her husband, Stephen, recently sold their home in Larchmont, N.Y., and moved into an apartment in Manhattan. Caryn looks forward to connecting with old friends. Y Rick Jacques recommends Earl Smith’s latest book, Head of Falls. “Good read from our former dean,” Rick says. Y Mark and Dian Weisman Miller moved back to Florida after almost 18 years in Kansas. “We are happily retired in The Villages. For anyone not familiar, it’s the largest 55-plus community in the world and is often referred to as Disneyland for old people. Loving it so

Scott Krasner and his wife, Donna, are finally empty nesters. Their son Zach graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2014 and works for a startup in San Francisco. Son Tate graduated from Boston College in 2016 and works for the New York district

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to institutional asset managers, including writing, materials design, advertising, and websites. Y George Powers wrote despite a slow news day at Los Gatos Powers, where they adopted two kittens. He says they’re more like teenagers than his boys (19, 21, 23, and 25), who are all in college. The rest of the menagerie includes two dogs, a cockatiel, some fish, and a flock of chickens. All (animals, George, and his wife) reside hidden away in the redwoods, heating with propane. Y On Dec. 1 Kyle Harrow celebrated the first-year mark of her personal training business, ReStart Fitness. She’s happy to finally do what she loves. Her clients are primarily baby boomers (like us) with old injuries and/or chronic aches and pains that need exercise to stay strong and push back the ravages of old age. Kyle’s excited to head to Sugarloaf in February to ski. She hasn’t been to the “Loaf” to ski since 1979. Y Catherine Courtenaye had several of her paintings in a four-person exhibition, Echo: Unspoken Dialects, over the summer at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Mont. Catherine uses actual words within her artwork to create stunning works of art. The museum recently added a large work of hers into its permanent collection. Over the winter, an exhibition of her paintings will be on view at Telluride Gallery of Fine Art in Colorado. Y As I write, 2016 has come to an end, a year filled with many ups and downs both professionally, personally, and nationally. Some wrote in to say they couldn’t find anything positive to say after the election; some simply shared. Whether you are pleased with the election outcome or fearful for the future, know that we are strongest together and here for one another. Wishing you a safe and prosperous new year.


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far. Hard to believe our seventh decade on earth has begun. So glad 60 is the new 40!” Y That’s all the news I received, so I’ll share some recent adventures with the class. Anne Marie Hobson Pesarik, Jim Cook, and I took a wonderful, laughter-and-memory-filled Steve Sparkes memorial tour on Labor Day weekend, scattering some of his ashes in appropriate places throughout Maine and governed by the mantra, “What would Sparkes do?” Our travels took us to Waterville, of course, where we hiked up to the water tower, lounged around Johnson Pond, circled the baseball field and told great Sparkes stories. The next day, Jim and his wife, Sue (Conant ’75), made us a lovely lunch at their camp on Pitcher Pond. We capped the trip with a jaunt over to Mount Desert Island, where we climbed [okay, drove] up Cadillac Mountain—not in time for the famous sunrise, but the beautiful autumn afternoon captured us for a couple of reflective hours. We had dinner in Bar Harbor in a building where Judy Fairclough, Kim Marsh Valentine, and I shared an apartment with other motley residents in the summer of 1978, which was years later converted to a brewpub by Doug Maffucci and Jon Hubbard ’77. I pointed up to a window and told the waitress, “I used to live in that apartment!” and she said, “I live in that apartment!” Oh, and Doug took out his accordion and made me play it. I am not making this up. Y Unless you want to keep reading about me, send me news any time. I love the book recommendations, TV reviews, and hearing about how you are all staying young.


attorney in the special victims–human trafficking group, living right around the corner from Chas Cowing. Scott has been working as an independent management consultant since 2002, managing merger integrations and other large scale corporate change programs ( He’s also joined the “Colby College Class of 1977” Facebook page, “reconnecting with Jon Hickok and many other friends.” Y Ken Colton reflected on his track and cross country experience after attending an event that feted his Maryland high school hall of fame coach. “Amazing to see his positive impact not only on my teammates but the many who followed. One young woman he coached won an Olympic gold medal!” Y Dick Conant spent an enjoyable two weeks in late September hiking the high-elevation points in the four-corner states with his eldest son. “Notable was Kings Peak in Utah. Hurricane force winds, totally socked in with clouds, and snow drifts up to our waists.” But that insufficiently sapped his energy, so, “Since I was in good shape after my hiking adventure, I did the NYC marathon Nov. 6.” Y Peter Cohn lives in Huntington, N.Y. He’s spent the last 17 years teaching at the High School of Art and Design in New York City. He hopes his students do well on the 2017 earth science regents, and he hopes to be at our 40th reunion. Y Will you be there? Save the date for June 1-4 and join us on the Hill.


that her youngest daughter, Evan Anne, married her partner, Marisa, last August. Betsy Buckland flew to California for this spectacular San Francisco wedding. Y Ed Harvey spent his favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, at home in Burlington, Vt., with his wife, Martie, daughter Emma, and a young woman from Afghanistan who works at Tetra Tech ARD with him. In September Ed traveled to Ghana to work with the talented team of his company’s USAID-funded West Africa biodiversity and climate change project, supporting lower-emissions development strategies and combatting wildlife trafficking. Later in the fall he headed to Sierra Leone for another two weeks of work with the team. Our last reunion gave Ed the opportunity to re-establish contact with Henry Osborne. In December Ed and Martie hosted their fourth annual holiday sing-along with Christmas carols and holiday favorites, with Martie on piano and Ed playing brushes on the snare drum. They project the song lyrics on their wall—lots of fun! Y Kate Cone saw her new book, What’s Brewing in New England, published in October by Down East Books. (They also published Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible by Doug Rooks earlier in 2016.) Kate’s book is the most up-to-date book about the six-region area’s craft-beer scene. She’s currently working on another beer book as well as a mystery. Kate lives in Waterville with her husband, Pat Brancacchio, and loves her new role as grandmother to Finn William and Katie Burke. Y Since reunion Rob Petersen has stayed in touch with fellow classmates. He went to David McKay Wilson’s Labor Day “Bash by the Brook” in September and dropped in on Peter Shaw in October in Philadelphia after teaching his digital marketing class at Rutgers Business School. In November he had dinner with Ed and Jenny Frutchy Ford when they were in the New York area to watch their daughter, Susannah, run the New York City Marathon. Y As for this column, you can send me news any time to the address above. Please make your donation to the Colby Fund. And as I’ve often said, use this opportunity to contact a classmate who’s been on your mind.


Kevin Fahey Kathy McCulloch Wade and Debbie Clark Nelson got together in Connecticut for lunch, some shopping, and looked up where Kathy lived in kindergarten. They hope to reconnect for some skiing this winter. Y Sue Thompson Sadler is delighted that she and her husband, Mark Cammock, will relocate to Baltimore this summer, where she’ll begin a new position as head of Bryn Mawr School, an all-girls early childhood to 12th grade independent school. Sue looks forward to reconnecting with Lydia Mason and finding more Colby friends in the Baltimore area. She gives a special thanks to Sue Erb Pittenger, Betsy Morrell, Lisa Paska-


lides Grimmig, and Marti Legg Christophe ’78 for cheerleading her through the job search. She and Sue had fun spending time with them as they road-tripped up the New England coast last summer. Y Paul Rennert is happy to report that Howie “Hoops” Ingraham ’79 built an amazing fire/BBQ pit in his backyard that features a massive TV for outdoor viewing of Patriots games. Paul joined Howie, Jim “Scrim” Shaw ’79, Bruce Henderson ’79, and honorary KDR Tim “the Bazo” Smith to watch the Pats trounce the Steelers last October. Jim showed them some great photos of his hiking tour in England with his wife, Kristin, and their friend Lindy Williams ’79. Y Linda Alter Capell returned to her real estate career in February 2015 after a nine-year hiatus, during which time she had twin girls. Being back in real estate is always interesting—she’s having fun as usual, and working until she’s 70 at least! She keeps the business going on her own having moved from St. Paul to Minneapolis in 2014. They lived near the lakes for two years, which was beautiful. The kids stayed in school in St. Paul, however, and the commute is no fun, so they’ll have moved back to St. Paul by the time you read this. Y Joy Crafts McNaughton semi-retired as of February 2016 after 32 years of full-time litigation, ending with a 16-year stint as senior trial attorney with the Hanover Law Group. She started a part-time law practice in her hometown of Wiscasset focusing on mediation, but she’s re-tooling to take on other matters as community needs arise. Y Tamara Hannah said of the Cubs’ long-awaited World Series victory, “It’s so exciting! I think it brought the whole city together. It’s a great time to be in Chicago.” However, she watched the seventh game from a distance along with other Chicagoans in Miami.


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Wow! Based on the 35th reunion feedback, we should all mark June 4-6, 2021, on our calendars immediately. It sounds like the 35th was a blast, so the 40th should be even better. Y Sarah Swager attended and enjoyed reconnecting with Kate Moore Jeton, Liz Stiller Fahey, Heidi Proctor Baxter, Kim Hokanson, Beth Pniewski Wilson, and Karen Orloff. Kathy Gallop Chase missed reunion but met Sarah for a newsy brunch in Hallowell as Sarah made her way to Logan for her trip home to Ellensburg, Wash. Sarah is dean of student success at Central Washington University

and had so much fun at the 35th. She won’t miss the 40th! Y During her September vacation, Beth Pniewski Wilson visited Jim and Melise Maggioni O’Sullivan and two of their three children at their home in Chatham, Mass. Beth also took a bucket list trip to a Notre Dame football game, where Don and Faith Bramhall Rodenkirk joined her and led her on a campus tour. Beth highly recommends the Notre Dame football experience. Beth and Janet Blau Cobb attended a Wellesley (Mass.) High School performance of Beauty and the Beast. Caitlin Pfaff, daughter of Darlene Howland and Steve Pfaff, played the Wardrobe. Topping off Beth’s autumn classmate sightings was Bob Ruzzo, whom she saw at his employer and her customer, Holland & Knight. Y After 17 years in Bangor, Ted and Lisa Gale Taylor moved to South Korea. Ted teaches environmental science and chemistry at Korea International School near Seoul. Lisa works long distance as a programmer for NASA through contracts awarded to UMaine and OdySea. They hike around Seoul most weekends (see Ted’s FB page) and spent Christmas break climbing in the Himalayas as they considered their next move (likely Nepal or Mongolia). Y Chris Ahlstrom Russian has retired and moved to North Conway, N.H. Y Tian and Christian Melby’s daughter has Colby high on her list as she applies to colleges. They spent the holidays visiting Tian’s relatives and sightseeing in Beijing and Shanghai. Y Melissa and Jon Light sent news from a safari in Tanzania. They were having amazing luck seeing lots of critters with several close encounters. They highly recommend the experience. Y As Bill Lichtblau begins his 27th season as a Vail ski instructor, he traveled to Mica Creek, B.C., to heli-ski. Y Scott and Judi Greene Stewart attended the wedding of Olivia Chi and Andrew Bensson, son of Steve and Jean Siddall Bensson. They also visited their daughter, Ramsay, at UVA, where she’s a graduate M.B.A./M.P.P. student. Y Phil Hough is back on the airwaves as a volunteer broadcaster and cohost of the Tuesday morning show on KRFY, 88.5 FM, community-supported radio for north Idaho. Unlike Phil’s days at WMHB, anyone anywhere can listen to live-streaming audio over the Internet at Y A big thank you to Kimberly Hokanson who has signed on as our class agent. She’s enjoying sharing the Colby experience with her son Baillie ’20. Y Colby is certainly a family affair for Victor and I as all three of our children are now alumni: Victor Jr. ’11, Valerie ’13, and Veronica ’15. Valerie married Trent Wiseman ’13 and VJ is engaged to Petie Booth ’11. Val’s wedding in June (the

80s NEWSMAKERS Sue Thompson Sadler ’80 was named headmistress at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. A teacher and administrator devoted to girls’ education, Sadler previously worked in several roles at the all-girls school Hathaway Brown in Shaker Heights, Ohio, for 29 years. ♦ Barbara Leonard ’83 was named president and CEO of the Maine Health Access Foundation. Previously the foundation’s vice president for programs, Leonard was hired following a nationwide search and heralded for her leadership, Sue Thompson Sadler ’80 vision, and passion. ♦ Maine Maritime Academy Professor of Marine Transportation Daniel Parrott ’83 received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to work at the University of Costa Rica’s new School of Nautical Engineering and Maritime Transport in Limón, Costa Rica. Parrott will teach students and develop educational programming using bridge simulations, laboratories, and other academic and hands-on resources. reason we missed reunion) was attended by 26 alumni, including Skip Neville and Peter Buzzini. Clay Hutchison ’82 made a valiant effort to be there when his truck broke down somewhere in North Dakota. Y Thanks also to Steph Vrattos who reached out with words of encouragement for my first column. I’ve had fun hearing from so many of you and look forward to many more.


Sarah Lickdyke Morissette Ellen Huebsch Anderson, Claire Brovender Liliedahl, Sarah Fox “Foxy” Whalen, and Cathy Smith “Smitty” Badmington came together last fall for a fun weekend in South Dartmouth at Ellen’s family home. It was chilly but there was tons of warmth in their conversations. Y Henry and Jennifer Maire Hagemann took a break from three years living aboard their boat because Jen rescued a horse in need of major foot care due to neglect. The original plan was to cruise south again and ship the horse to wherever they landed for the winter, but sadly, his feet weren’t up to a trip, so they stayed in Connecticut for the winter tending to his needs. Last year they sailed the Intracoastal Waterway, spending 12 weeks moving from Connecticut to Beaufort, S.C. Both daughters are happily married and settled in Miami and Salt Lake City. Jen and Henry continue to work with encapsulated produce and vertical aeroponics and love helping people experience vibrant health—“It’s been an amazing 25 years,” Jen writes. “I have no complaints and am grateful every day for my life and the way it is going.” Y After living in Scottsdale, Ariz., for 15 years, Duncan McGillivray

and his Canadian wife moved to Naples, Fla., to enjoy its semi-tropical weather and great beaches. Duncan writes that there are “lots of Torontonians here November to March.” Y Deb Nader Hartshorn is an early childhood special educator in the Champlain Islands. She teaches adaptive skiing at Sugarbush Ski Resort and sails on a race crew all summer. Last summer’s highlights included three huge storms on Lake Champlain while racing, the craziest being during a lengthy overnight race. All adrenaline-rushing fun! Deb’s daughter is a sophomore at Bates and is happily immersed in the folk music world. She helps run contra dances and the coffee house, and plays in the string band and her own contra dance band called Catastrophe. Y Doug Sacra still runs Maple Hill Architects, where he completed a net-zero energy education center for Mass Audubon. He traveled to Cambodia and Vietnam in December to visit his daughter, Madelene, who was doing a semester of environmental biology there. Y Don’t forget that our 35th (how did that happen?) reunion is June 1-4, this year! We’re looking forward to a good turnout and a great time. Hope to see you there!


Jennifer Thayer Naylor Thanks for the onslaught of news, friends, especially those writing for the first time. First up, in the seven-degrees-of-something department, Jennifer Jean Clark Uhl revealed that her husband, Steve Uhl, is likely that laser guy who mopped up Long Island Sound sailing in my teen years. Jennifer and Steve live in Marblehead,

Tom Colt Here’s the Class of 1985 update. Rob Hazard and his wife, who reside in Rhode Island, took some day trips to Newport and Block Island over the summer. Rob works with Tracy Don MacDonald ’82 at his company, Universal Wilde, in Westwood, Mass. Rob stays in touch with Andy and Barb Wilkes Sheehan via text and Facebook. Y Andrew Myers recently attended a BUILD Greater Boston charity event, where he saw Roy Hirshland. Roy is chair of the board of BUILD Greater Boston, which uses entrepreneurship and experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college, and career success. Sarah Rogers McMillan ’84 also serves on the board. Roy would love to hear



Everyone, I gave you a challenge to have at least two more people than in the last column respond so that we could get updates on as many classmates as possible. Congratulations! You met and exceeded that challenge! I can’t wait to see how we do in the next call for news. Y Turns out John Ayer and I were in London for work the same week in November. Y Several classmates are pursuing new endeavors. Pam Hiscock Braman, after 20 years in the Midwest (11 in the Chicago area and 9 in the Minneapolis area), is back on the east coast. Pam has been a pastor for 30 years and accepted the role of superintendent for the Genesis Conference of the Free Methodist Church. She will oversee 58 churches in upstate New York. Y Catherine Walsh stopped at Colby in August on her way to taking her daughter to college. The energy she saw on campus, with everyone preparing to welcome the new class to the Colby family, and watching COOT leaders train for their upcoming trips, made her really proud to be part of Colby and all the school is accomplishing. Y Sue Palmer Stone enjoys the empty nest phase of life with her husband. She has one child gainfully employed and another who’s a senior in college. Sue is focused on her fine art photography and local volunteering. Y Becca Cunningham Weiss is in her 14th year both working at the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and coaching girls’ lacrosse. She watches Colby women’s LAX practices and games whenever she can and is proud of the Mules programming. She and husband Adam Weiss ’83 have three Colby students/

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from alumni interested in learning about BUILD and volunteer opportunities. You can reach him at Y Two of our more adventurous classmates include Sean Padgett and Tom Claytor. Sean had an incredible fall celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by traveling 8,000 miles to see 22 National Parks and monuments, which he describes as “truly awesome!” His wife, Ann-Meg White, will join him for the next leg of the journey. Sean did the trip in a RV-10 single-engine plane. (Think of it as a flying Volkswagen Golf, he says.) Sounds like a spectacular trip, Sean! Meanwhile, Tom Claytor continues to experience all kinds of Indiana Jones-caliber global adventures. He recently finished taking a C47 aircraft from Australia to China. The plane was 72 years old, and they followed the same route “over the hump” that was flown in World War II when more than 600 of these planes were lost in the Himalayas. The plane will go in a museum in Guilin, China, to honor those pilots who flew these missions to supply the Flying Tigers in China. They survived two engine failures during the trip. Read more at Y Lynn Brunelle and her husband, Keith Uyekawa, are having a great time in the Pacific Northwest. They both compete on the local masters swim team while their boys are busy with crew, soccer, and hip-hop dance. Lynn’s latest book, Big Science for Little People, was launched in October and she has a new book about bees coming out in 2018. She writes for National Geographic Kids and just finished a curriculum of mindfulness for underserved elementary school kids. Y Andrew Castle, who hasn’t been heard from since graduation, enjoyed two nice summer breaks traveling in the south of France (without kids!) and in the eastern townships of Canada (with the family). Y Peter Marchesi reports that the summer was extremely kind to Maine, with lots of sun and little rain. The fall foliage was similarly spectacular. Peter and his wife, Linda, are in the homestretch of child rearing; the last of six will graduate from high school in May. Peter looks forward to more scuba trips to the islands. Y Carol Eisenberg and Meghan Casey enjoyed a visit this summer from Mary Alice Weller Mayan and her family on Peaks Island in Casco Bay. Y Thanks to class members who wrote in!



alumnae, Amara ’14, Caelin ’16, and Anthea ’18, of whom they are very proud. Becca is excited about President Greene’s vision of the potential for Colby and Waterville and can’t wait to see what the future brings for the College and the area. Y Dana Hanley enjoys life in Paris, Maine. After 20 years as the probate judge for Oxford County, he decided to retire and focus on his law practice. He’s spent 10 years in the Maine legislature and 20 years on the bench. By the way, Dana’s house will go on the market this spring if anyone is interested (I have to say I’m considering looking. This house is spectacular!): lakesebagoluxuryhome. com. Y Eric van Gestel lives in California and runs a breast cancer-awareness nonprofit called Eric himself is a survivor and the organization offers automatic monthly self-exam reminders for early detection of the disease. In December he celebrated his dad’s (Allan van Gestel ’57) 81st birthday in Boston. Eric keeps in touch with Jeff “Harpo” Martin, David Rosenberg, Bill Sheehan, Dana Hanley, Hall Adams, and Paul Baker. Y Kathryn Soderberg and Soderberg Insurance Services partnered with Boston Rescue Mission, a shelter for homeless men and women, with an annual food drive. The insurance company made a cash donation of $5 for every insurance policy quoted between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. I was lucky enough to visit Kathy at her lovely Maine home on Lake Androscoggin last October and to go hiking with Kathy and my daughter at a nearby park. Y Please feel free to send me news clips any time. If you have an interesting event occurring, email me and I’ll save that for our next column.

youngest daughter in Mendoza, Argentina; there, he got some turns in at Portillo and also sampled some terrific Malbec. Your moment of Zen: “Andes are spectacular, classmates, and I highly recommend a trip that way for the bucket list.” Y John Northrop wrote that the Northrop and Gay clans are headed for a fam squad invasion of Tuscany in summer 2017. Am I the only one not to know that John and Phin made joint honeymooning a thing on their first visit there? Now, back to the scene of the crime with children in tow. Cool. John adds that work with BP has taken him to all sorts of fun places in the last couple years: Baku, Luanda, Aberdeen, Oman. 2017 sees Jakarta, Bangalore, and Port of Spain on the list. Dude, are postcards out of fashion?


Mass., and (ahem) Dr. Uhl teaches dance at Salem State University. Jennifer and Steve have two sons, Thor at Northwestern and Clark at Cornell. And while they’re bereft at the empty house, Jennifer does share her excitement for this next stage of her career, which includes weekends fixing up the ole Victorian. Y Super Duper Awesome Sauce to hear from Aviva “Abby” Sapers, who is CEO of Sapers & Wallack in Newton, a financial services company that her grandfather founded in 1932 and her father grew to one of the leading firms in Boston. As the third generation leader, Aviva is stewarding the company’s tremendous success earning recognition as Family Business of the Year. She was also recognized by the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly for her outstanding support. Aviva lives in Newton with her wife, Jude, and their two wonderful sons. Y It was great to hear from Kelly Burke Corwen, who went to Salt Lake City in July for the Schwermer (Rich and Susan [Sheehan]) family wedding of son Josh. “It was such a treat for me,” writes Kelly. “I got to spend a few days with the family before the wedding, then attend the rehearsal dinner and wedding, which took place at a lodge near the Brighton ski resort. After the wedding, we headed to their beautiful cabin in Bear Lake for a few days and also to Huntsman Springs in Driggs, Idaho, for a party that Susan was running as president and COO of Huntsman Cancer Foundation.” Kelly pointed out that Susan has been invited to join Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot project to speed up progress in the cure for cancer. Great news, and I’ll be pinging Susan for the deetz! Y Falling into the empty nest column, Leslie and Geoff Ballotti now have all four daughters out of the house. Geoff, for his part, spends his free time doing volunteer work for the industry as incoming vice chair of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and chairman of the U.S. Travel Association in D.C. Y When we last left our hero Ed Higham, he was a partner at Silver Lane Advisors in NYC, a boutique investment bank focused on M&A for financial services companies. He’s still there, with one son, Brendan, plus Buddy the dog, left at home. When not in Westchester, the Highams spend time up home-away-from-home on Martha’s Vineyard. Y Steve Rowse and I have not held our Hudson Valley beer summit; our HV apple crop was predicted not-up-to-cider snuff according to Mr. Cider. For those playing along at home, Steve’s cider sells under the following brand names: Carlson Orchards, Lyman Orchards, and Rudy’s Blend. Over the summer, Steve visited his


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but then I got all kinds of news from lots of classmates. Maybe next time. Y I got a nice long note from Tim Kastrinelis. Tim and his wife, Kelly, celebrated their 28th anniversary early in 2016. They have two grown children, Tim and Kristina, now 24 and 22. Tim is a senior vice president at Liberty Mutual in Boston. Tim and Kelly live in Ipswich, where they do what a lot of us are doing—adjusting to, or getting ready for, the empty nest. He feels very lucky and blessed, and hopes that many of you feel the same. Y Chris and Jessica Flood Leitz live in Melrose, Mass. She too is getting used to empty nest syndrome. Her oldest son, Keegan, graduated from WPI in 2013; second son Nils graduated from Knox College last June; youngest Duncan is a sophomore at Colorado State. Jessica suggests that she’s having lots of “fun” handling all of the government relations for the state’s K-12 agency. Last fall she and a group of friends—Terry Appleton, Amy Barnes Hurley, Lisa Foley Cooney, Robin Clisby Pelczar—got together for their annual birthday celebration. The only birthday girl missing was Laura Goepfert Stolp. Y Mary Lou Kopas also wrote in, despite her busy schedule as chief of midwifery at Northwest Hospital in Seattle. After a brief stint as an empty nester while her sons were in college, her nest is newly active again with one college-graduate son who has moved home and her frail elderly mother-in-law. Y Last July James Campbell became mayor of the City of Belvedere, Calif., (just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco). Although he is 3,200-odd miles from Waterville, he reports that Belvedere has a number of Colby grads as residents. Y Last fall I met up with Meg Frymoyer Stebbins for lunch. We hadn’t seen each other in about 15 years but managed to pick right up where we left off. Meg lives in Boston with her husband, Peter. Meg and Peter are also getting adjusted to the empty nest with both daughters at Stanford. Y Congratulations to Beth Harrington, who got married last fall! Y Leslie Greenslet Perry started a new job at Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. She’s part of a team dedicated to teaching engineering and design skills from K through 12th grade. Y Rich Deering and his real estate business partner have taken ownership and operation of REMAX Shoreline in Portland, Maine, and Portsmouth, N.H. If you want to purchase residential real estate in greater Portland, see Rich. Birch Rock Camp, near and dear to Rich’s heart, celebrated its 90th anniversary last summer. My son John, a Birch Rock alum, attended the wonderful day-long celebration. During a December

lunch with Rich, Jen Imhoff Foley, Jen’s husband, Brad, Tad Allyn, and myself in Brunswick, we caught up with recent adventures. Jen raises money for the very bad college down the road that begins with a “B,” but we still welcomed her at the table. She and Brad are trying to shepherd their son Jamie (who was the counselor in my son’s cabin for John’s first summer at Birch Rock) through his engagement and to his wedding. Tad Allyn is an IT analyst for Starbucks in Seattle. His daughter is a junior at University of Washington. Jen and Richard report that Kristin Giblin Lindquist has a new job as deputy commissioner of “something in Massachusetts.” Y Andrea Sarris is rumored to be leaving Greece, after living there for quite a while, and moving back to the U.S. to pursue her documentary dreams. Y Dave Epstein is in his final year chairing Colby’s Alumni Council. He reports that it’s a great time to be volunteering for Colby as lots of exciting things are happening. If you’re interested in getting connected, or reconnected, with the College, don’t hesitate to contact him: Y I think that’s about it for now. Don’t forget to send me your news!


Scott Lainer I just realized I left my watch in Foss 288, behind some unread books. I’m going back this June to get it. How about we all meet for dinner? Now news. Y Jeanne Morrison-Cook and Mitch Cook are happily living in Minnesota. “We attend alumni events when we can, and Jeanne still interviews prospective Colby students. Our oldest, David, graduated from Dartmouth College in June. We’re thankful for Hanover resident Connie Gallagher Loescher who supported David during his early adjustment. Second son Merritt is a junior at Hobart William Smith Colleges, where he found a best friend and classmate in Andrew Manuel, Jane Nicol Manuel’s son. And Tina Zabriskie Constable’s son is a freshman at Hobart. (All three? Was there a Groupon for Hobart?) Daughter Jillian is an eighth grader at Orono, where she found a good friend in Ella Nordlie, Liz Sedor Nordlie’s daughter. Our third son is a sophomore at Orono High School.” (No doubt he hasn’t met his Colby counterpart yet.) Mitch’s home, Central Bank, MN and WI, merged with MidWestOne, Iowa. But he’d rather be restoring his new baby, a 1984 20-foot Tiara Pursuit cuddy cabin boat. (So long as he doesn’t start calling you Tiara, Jeanne.) And Jeanne continues as director of devel-

opment at Orono Foundation for Education, supporting public schools. “Looking forward to reunion!” Y Chris Vickers writes, “Please come back to celebrate in June. Besides catching up with old friends, you’ll hear about major projects being planned from President Greene. Keep up by joining our class group on Facebook. You’ll also be contacted by classmates asking for a donation. Given that it’s our 30th, we’re hoping folks can be more generous than usual. (And if you’ve never given, lucky you, anything is more.) Even if you haven’t been a consistent contributor in the past, we really want to increase participation to least at a nominal level. Look forward to catching up with all of you.” Y Ted Pappadopoulos is academic services coordinator for the Center of Online Learning at the second largest college in Vermont. (There are only two colleges in Vermont, Ted.) “I oversee the CIS and BUS groups and manage 75 online course offerings per trimester. I also plan the course schedule, hire and train faculty and students in the use of the LMS, chair the academic technology program committee, and just submitted the new associate’s in science degree for computer information technology for approval of the entire Vermont state college system.” (That all, Ted? Oh, apparently not.) “I’ve been teaching computer science courses here and at Champlain College for nearly 15 years, including web development, digital animation, and introduction to computer science. (There’s no future in computers! Get a real job.) Since the dissolution of Go to Blazes, my previous band with Colby buds Tom Heyman ’85, Keith Donnellan ’85, and Edward Warren ’91, I’ve been working with my group The New Siberians. (What happened to the Old Siberians?) We just released a double LP on vinyl——also available on iTunes.” (Cool. Vinyl is gonna be huge!) Y Andrew Jeske started a new job as SVP, group creative director at Arnold Worldwide Advertising, NY. “Children Tall, Grande, and Venti continue to proceed through school and life in a happy and usual manner, now in third, seventh, and 12th grade, respectively. College trips for #1 son have taken us north but, alas, not as far as Maine. We do, however, continue to make an annual pilgrimage as our oldest finished his sixth year, as a counselor this time, summering at Camp Cobbossee in Monmouth, and our youngest will likely be spending her first session at Camp Tapawingo in Sweden (Maine) next year. Don’t know that I’ll be able to squeeze in another trip for the reunion.” Aw, c’mon! Squeeze, Andrew. We promise to squeeze back. They don’t

call me Thighmaster for nothing. Seriously, let’s gather. Don’t we all miss it?


Nancy Donahue Cyker Amanda Howland had a great 2016. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her three daughters. The oldest is a freshman at Franklin & Marshall and her middle daughter is looking at Colby. She’s happy to have one more at home! Amanda ran the Boston Marathon on team UNICEF in April, loved the experience, and can’t wait to repeat this spring. She was grateful to have lots of Colby supporters. Amanda is the marketing director of a restaurant group. Y Bob Thomas writes from Cohasset, Mass. where he and Carrie (O’Brien) are raising sons Nate and Henry, both 15, and daughter Nonie, 18, in her freshman year at Columbia. Bob got together with Dean Schwartz at The Stowehof in Stowe, Vt. Bob is an owner of Saltaire Properties, which specializes in revitalizing small independent hotels, and The Stowehof is their newest acquisition. Y Leah Basbanes continues with her wetland consulting business, squeezing in as much volunteering and travelling as possible. She was elected selectman in her town of Dunstable, Mass. Leah and wife Grace Jeanes ’96 were gearing up for their annual ski trip with Steff Rocknak. Y Jeff Bruce had a fairly long and successful career in print journalism as a designer and editor at papers including the Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Baltimore Sun, and the Boston Globe, but he’s now in the fortunate position to be a stay-at-home dad for his three elementary school girls and do freelance editing for the Berklee College of Music while his wife “rakes in the big dough as design director at the Boston Globe.” Y Todd Nicholson sent news from North Yarmouth, Maine, where he lives with his “beautiful wife, three kids, and a golden retriever.” Todd works in major gifts at the UNH School of Business. It calls for lots of travel, but it’s engaging work and the travel has allowed Todd to become a connoisseur of awesome cocktail bars throughout the country. Todd and Gloria’s oldest, Emma, is a junior at Bucknell and heads to New Zealand for the spring semester, where the family will visit in March. Daughter Claire is a freshman at Hamilton and “satisfies her dad’s NESCAC snobbishness.” William is a freshman in high school, swims for the school team, while trying to meet his sisters’ high academic standards.

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Greetings classmates! Another year begins with another round of class news. Y Dave Vincent started work at the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., as a program analyst at the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, in Treasury Security Services’ Division of Policy, Planning, and Analysis. He says, “More concretely, a few yards from my office is a little glass room where more than seven trillion dollars changes hands each year. Interesting stuff.” Y Alan Yuodsnukis still works with at-risk kids at a public high school in central Maine, a job which thrills, exasperates, entertains, and satisfies him to no end. He also works on a very part-time basis for College Guild, a nonprofit based in Brunswick that provides correspondence courses to prisoners across the country. They recently passed a major milestone with the enrollment of their six thousandth student! (Check them out at Alan and his wife, Lynn, are, at last, empty nesters. Their eldest daughter, Alesa, is a math teacher in Charlotte, N.C., and Emily, their youngest, is a sophomore political science and history double major at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. Y Nancy Smith has been busy as a child psychologist developing her private practice, Thornton Heights Psychological Services, the last few years. She’s based out of South Portland, Maine, and provides psychological services to schools and conducts school neuropsychological evaluations for private clients. In her spare time, she volunteers as field hockey coach for the recreation department where daughter Emma, 11, plays on the team. In the spring she sponsors the little league team that son Seth, 9, plays on. She’s also race director for the Great Scot Trot, a 5K road race that benefits a scholarship fund in memory of her mother and her high school field hockey coach. Most summers, she participates in the Tri for a Cure triathlon with her sister in memory of their mother. She feels lucky to have a job that she loves that allows summers off to spend on the lake where she grew up and to have lots of free time with her kids. Y As your continuing class correspondent, let me say again how great it was to see everyone who came to reunion last June, and I hope to hear from many more of you as 2017 unfolds. Keep that news coming!


At President Greene’s request, Sheri Berger Bronstein, global head of HR for Bank of America, spoke on a diversity and inclusion panel at Colby’s November Board of Trustees meeting. She was quite impressed with the College’s commitment to diversity from President Greene on down. Sheri lives in Ridgewood, N.J., with her husband and two kids and recently had a long weekend in Jackson Hole with non-’90 Colby pals. Y Betsy Morgan, Chris Gaillard, Steve Nahley, Jimmy Reynolds, and Megan Blumenreich enjoyed a private behindthe-scenes exhibit tour at the Asia Society, which was hosted by Beth Parker Poole. Y Jonathan Millard was on campus last summer dropping his and Jennifer Milsop Millard’s oldest daughter off for her first year at Colby. Y One of Sarah Faragher’s paintings is included in the new book Art of Acadia by Carl Little and David Little. In June she’ll have a solo show at Landing Gallery in Rockland, Maine. Many of those paintings are from Schoodic Point and Mount Desert Island, which she made during fall 2015 when she was an artist in residence at Acadia National Park. Y David Coleman lives in Mountain View, Calif., with his wife, two children, and four pets. David works for Visa, where he manages a team of 15 support engineers around the world. They’re lucky enough to spend part of their time on a small hobby farm in northern Vermont. Y Kate Brennan Dailey lives in Marblehead, Mass., with her husband and three kids. She celebrated the one-year anniversary of opening her knitting shop in town and loves every day of it. She often remembers all those Lopi sweaters she made during her freshman winter with her floor mates in Hillside. Y Thanks to her out-of-office email response, I learned that Imelda Marie Balboni is a clinical assistant professor in


As I write this, Minnesota just had its first snowfall and we’re expecting below-zero highs. It helps to think that it may be warmer by the time you’re reading this. Y Brenda O’Sullivan Kostyk wrote from Newton, Mass., where she lives with her husband and two girls. Brenda’s Colby roommate, Nancy Mahon O’Sullivan, married Brenda’s brother, and their oldest daughter is a freshman at Colby, running XC just like her mom did. According to Brenda, Nancy continues to be an avid, accomplished runner, too. Y My fellow philosophy major Jim Klimek started a master’s in philosophy at Indiana University last fall while continuing his law


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use their product in the new athletic center. Y Gerry Hadden just sold his first novel, which will be published in German next fall. He says that people might recognize a small liberal-arts college in Maine from the book. Gerry and his family live in Barcelona, where his sons are deathly ill with socceritis, and his daughter dances hip-hop with a local dance company. In between writing masterpieces, Gerry continues to make documentaries in Latin America, mostly about social justice issues. Y Finally, this year was a big birthday year for a lot of us. For the next column, I’d love to hear how you celebrated the milestone!


practice. He also notes that Sizwe Banzi is still dead. Y Laura Thornton Pellegrino is in New Canaan, Conn., with her husband and four daughters, including one at Elon College and one just starting to look at colleges. (We’re angling for a Class of ’89 discount, Laura, so take that girl to Waterville!) Laura and Jen Brountas planned a January reunion on the Cape with Tina Clifford Comparato, Catherine Andrew Rogers, Kim Murphy Brewer, Karen Currey Wehr, Erica Eysenbach, Rachel Bernstein, Cathy McMichael DeVour, and possibly Maria Vallis Masse. Jen herself wrote that she’s having a great time reconnecting with folks as their kids look at colleges. Cathy visited when her kids rowed Head of the Charles, and they were joined by their junioryear roommate Karen Diver McMann. Catherine visited while her daughter was on a school audition. Jen invites anyone who needs a place to stay in Boston to get in touch. Y Jennifer Johnson Muse was preparing for a three-week trip to Australia and New Zealand to visit her daughter, a junior at Colgate. Her son is deep into the college application process, thinking about Allegheny College, which is close to their Pittsburgh home and where Mark Cosdon is a professor. Jennifer is doing her part to keep the Class of ’89 discount alive with her third child, currently a high school freshman. Y Tom Wilde sold his digital video startup, Ramp, last year to Cxense and now works for them as chief product officer. He and his wife live in Wellesley, Mass., and two of their four kids are in college, although not taking advantage of the theoretical class discount because they’re at BC and UConn. Tom’s family got together with Don Darby and Rob Schwandt and their respective families last summer. Y Marc Rando continues to taunt me with stories of his yearly trips to Spain with his Thayer Academy Spanish class. This year he teaches his own daughter, and as the parent of a 16-year-old girl, I can imagine how fun that is. Someone sent me pictures from Marc’s get-together with Bill Thayer, Andy Schmidt, Larry Scoville, Dave Fernandez, and Tom Abbatiello at Rob and Hilary Barnes Hoopes’s house in the Belgrades. The guys caught a Colby/ Bowdoin rugby match, with the good guys coming out on top, and had cocktails with professors Sandy Maisel and Tom Morrione ’65 and their spouses. Did my invitation to the weekend’s festivities get lost in the mail? Y Kathy Keller Garfield is doing her part for the discount, as her daughter is a sophomore at Colby. Her son is a senior; no word on whether he’ll join the Colby club. Kathy works for her family’s manufacturing business and hopes Colby will decide to


Todd enjoyed a summer Cape Collective 50th with the Burkes, Angelis, Molloys, Hurleys, and Cantaras. A bonus guest appearance by Toby Emerson rounded out the weekend festivities. The annual New Year’s celebration was at Mike ’89 and Joanne LaMarre Cantara’s Stowe house, followed by a March ski trip to Aspen with Burke, Hurley, and Molloy. Todd will enjoy the annual canoe trip in Maine in May with Tom Ferris and Kevin Webb as well as the annual fishing trip with this group at Greg Cunningham’s fishing compound in September. A true testament to lasting Colby ties, Todd says he has Colby College to thank for the many deep and profound relationships that he enjoys through all seasons. Y In November 2016 Suzie Welch Carpenter launched her book On the Bright Side: A Mother’s Story of Love and Healing Through Her Daughter’s Autism. While writing the memoir Suzie was reminded of her freshman English class (with Greg Cunningham and others). An early assignment was to write a descriptive piece. Suzie sat in the library and wrote about the library with all its pink pipes, illustrating with words what she saw while also describing the social nuances she witnessed as a new student. “The professor read my paper to the class as an example of good writing. I wanted to hide, I had no confidence in my writing and was shocked that she chose my paper. Remembering that moment kept me going while writing my book, and whenever I doubted myself I remembered that professor.” After years being basically housebound, Suzie hopes this book leads her to cities where she can reconnect with Colbians. Y I have more news from Meg Galloway Goldthwaite and MJ Carty Brown, but strict word limits will push them to the next issue. Thanks all!



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25th Reunion: Save the date for June 1-4, 2017! Y Pete Hayden writes: “I’m the general counsel for the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. In September we finished a year in Afghanistan and turned the mission over to the 1st Cavalry Division. As I was greeting the incoming attorneys, I learned that their chief of client services was Cpt. Hillary Klug ’05. I should have recognized this exceptionally bright, hard-working, and upbeat young attorney as a fellow alum! I’m heading back to Ft. Drum, N.Y., for the next year. Can’t wait to see everyone at our 25th.” Y Heather Belanger, who lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., spoke this fall to a senior seminar in Colby’s Psychology Department about concussion research. “I dined with Ed Yeterian and other faculty. Ed is still the same—high standards balanced by concern for students and a quirky sense of humor. I also had lunch with some Colby students and was shocked to discover a smoothie bar at Roberts. These kids have it made!” [There’s one in Dana too!] Y Matt Davie is celebrating 24 years living in NYC. “I wouldn’t have predicted the transition from rural Maine to the urban jungle would have worked, but it’s clicked.” For the past two years, he’s worked as a product director at a social marketing and intelligence startup. “Last August my boyfriend, Ray, and I had a great reunion with Andrew Rhein, his wife, Ali, and their three children who were visiting from Bethesda, Md. Andy hasn’t aged a day since college. He puts his psychology Ph.D. to good use as director of counseling at a private boys school.” Y Sarah Poriss owns a solo law practice in Hartford, Conn. “My firm is now the largest foreclosure defense firm in the state. I also write a blog discussing legal issues faced by homeowners in foreclosure and consumers with financial issues; it’s recently been named to the American Bar Association’s top 100 law blogs for the second year in a row.” Y Jason Oliver Nixon and his partner, John Loecke, launched their second fabric collection for Robert Allen under their brand Madcap Cottage. They’ve also signed a license with window treatments manufacturer Smith & Noble. The pair’s latest design book, Prints Charming, hits the market in October. Y Doug Oppenheimer teaches history, math, and filmmaking and coaches indoor soccer at Garrison Forest School in Baltimore. He won the distinguished teacher award last year.

90s NEWSMAKERS Innovative artist Jim Condron ’92 was awarded a Gottlieb Foundation grant and a $30,000 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, one of this year’s largest grants. “His pieces express humor, whimsy, absurdity, and beauty through the combination and interaction of everyday objects, castoff remnants, and paint,” the foundation press release said. ♦ The Music Business Association elected Elizabeth Moody ’94 to its board of directors. Moody is a digital media executive who Jim Condron ’92 is currently vice president, global content licensing at Pandora. She’s also on the board of the Grammy Foundation. ♦ Katharine “K.C.” McClelland Krieger ’98 has been named chief investment officer of The Broad Foundations. Krieger was also named to the 2016 top 30 female limited partners in private equity and the top 30 family office rising stars list by Trusted Insight. “I’m the head coach for the U-12 Washington Spirit Academy soccer team. We were undefeated in 2016 and competed in the North America Championship Cup last December. This spring I’ll travel to Spain to study at professional soccer academies including Barcelona and Real Madrid. I recently got engaged and added a puppy to our family.” Y Daniel Connolly writes from Washington, D.C., “Being a member of Lambda Chi placed me in the ‘tweener’ category for the Classes of ’92 and ’93 because of our semester ‘off.’ In the moment, this felt like the end of the world. Time and perspective have made me realize what a gift this was. I have sincere, dedicated brothers that span the years I spent on Mayflower Hill. Last July we HQed our annual event at The Liberty Hotel in Boston—30+ guys dropping in for events ranging from a Sam Adams Brewery tour courtesy of Alex Chin ’94 and Rick Catino ’95 to a party bus crawling through Boston with Chuck DiGrande, Bill Higgins, Mark Lombard, Dave Sullivan, Tim Sullivan, Kevin Darling ’93, and Mitch Rogers ’93. We ended the weekend with Pearl Jam in Fenway Park with Greg Burns ’93, James Colligan ’95, Eric DeCosta ’93, and Gregg Suffredini ’93. It was a brilliantly exhausting weekend with lifelong friends. Y August Bradley Cenname writes from Los Angeles: “After years running the creative agency and production company I founded, GLASS Media Lab, I’ve accepted an exciting offer to be COO/CMO of leading virtual reality creative studio Kite & Lightning. We create premium computer-generated worlds and immersive experiences in VR. I’ve been traveling a lot doing speaking appearances about emerging technologies.” Y In October I rendezvoused with

Amy Selinger, Anne Maddocks Michels, Elaine Bueschen O’Grady, Kristen Wallace Livezey, Lyz Makely Best, Meg Ewing Weiss, and Sura DuBow Lennon in Nashville. Yee haw! “Nashvegas” delivered. We got our fill of live country music, bowling, denim, and cowboy boots—and even scored a run-in with Lynda Carter, aka Wonder Woman. Can’t wait for June! Join the “Colby Class of 1992” Facebook page to stay current on reunion news.


Jill Moran Baxter Doug Morrione and wife Laura are based in Dubai, where they welcomed their second daughter, Chiara, in November. Chiara joins big sister Valentina. Doug and family looked forward to Chris Chamberlain’s visit to Dubai in January. Doug’s film, Everything In The Song Is True, premiered last July at the Maine International Film Festival, where it won an audience award. Doug sends special thanks to Ken Eisen ’73 for curating the festival. In November the film was shown at the Rockport Film Festival, in Rockport, Texas, where it took home the People’s Choice Award. Y Mike Murphy hails from Taos, N.M., where he enjoys the hiking and perfect weather. He writes, “My son, Rio, is now 5 and in a dual-language kindergarten class learning Spanish. I’ve accumulated my 3,000 clinical contact hours and am studying to take the test for an LPCC therapist license.” Y Janine Deforge Olson has two college-age kids (where did the time go?) and is working on getting her second through the college application process. She says, “My oldest didn’t go the traditional route, so this is a first for

us. Towing the line between supporting my kids’ efforts and helicopter parenting has been one of the hardest things I have done! I don’t think you ever get it perfect, but I’m trying to get it somewhat right.” Janine tags The Book Thief as an all-time favorite book. Y Your new favorite book might be written by a classmate! Keith Dupuis recently signed a two-book deal on a science-fiction series he wrote under the pen name K.D. Edwards. The first novel should come out in winter 2017 or spring 2018. Y Whether 2017 delivers adventure, challenge, or joy, share it with your classmates by sending an email to Hope to hear from you!


Kimberly Valentine Walsh Lee Awbrey accepted a position as staff attorney with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. Having previously served as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Greenpeace, and Morrison & Foerster, LLP, Lee is happy to land in a public-interest setting doing work she loves for causes she cares about. She lives with her kindergartner son in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, where she strives to make others feel validated through her authentically un-Pinterestable life. She reports that Stephanie Cain Sherman, Ana Pitchon, and Beth Scoville all look gorgeous, lead enviably interesting lives, and give good friendship. Y Elizabeth Bancroft Hoch hosted Thanksgiving at her house and had Creighton McDonald ’95 and his family over for the holiday. Her daughter, Katherine, started kindergarten in September and, needless to say, keeps her on her toes. Elizabeth is of counsel to a small law firm around the corner from her house, and in New Jersey where everyone commutes to work, her one-minute commute is a true luxury. Y Dan ’95 and Marsha Ilmonen Marsh live in Medway, Mass., with their triplets—Nick, Hannah, and Paige—now in seventh grade. They’re active with them in 4H, where they show rabbits. Marsha works as director, scaling and analytics, at EH Impact, a digital marketing agency. Dan teaches environmental science and marine biology at Holliston High School. Y Jason Sudano, daughter Maggie, and significant other Laurie Perino moved to Lynnfield, Mass., last summer to open a new branch office for his company in Stoneham. Sean McBride ’95 lives in Lynnfield too, and Natasha Cotter (Jeff Cotter’s wife)

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Lindsay Hayes Hurty Ben Grasso and his wife, Jenn, are relocating to Cumberland, Maine, in March. Their daughter, Cordelia, celebrated her second birthday, and in September they headed to D.C. and ran into Erik Dreisbach ’98 at the wedding of Vlad Dorjets ’98. Y Emily Hoberg Roy and her husband had their second daughter, Chloe Ann, in April. With big sister Charlotte, 6, they live in Amherst, N.H., where Emily works at Elliot Hospital as a trainer. Y Lauren Rothman and Jason Gerbsman are doing well in DC. Kelly Williams Ramot and Lauren recently had a play date with their kids in Central Park while visiting NYC. Lauren’s book, Style Bible: What to Wear to Work, has been translated into three languages, and she enjoyed great recognition this fall fashion season in Real Simple, USA Today, the BBC, and British Vogue. Y In September Nathaniel and Molly Frazier Macke welcomed baby girl, Maisie, who joins big brother Francis. They live in Cambridge, Mass. Y In November Ezra Dyer was in Los Angeles at the LA Auto Show hanging out with Laurel Coppock—or at least a cardboard facsimile of Laurel, who plays the role of Jan, the Toyota spokesperson, and was just standing around at the show. Y Flannery Higgins is still in the greater Cincinnati area and works as the Americas marketing manager for PCMS, a global software company specializing in commerce solutions for retailers. Flannery and Todd Ellis welcomed Lincoln Higgins Ellis at the end of August. He joins big sister Teigan, 7, and big brother, Lathan, 2. They were thrilled to visit Krista Brown Ward for a few days this fall when she came out from

Does anybody remember the Toad the Wet Sprocket concert back in ’94? No? Me neither. Y Anyhow, Sarah Langan moved with the husband and kids to Los Angeles. She lives in Laurel Canyon and would love to meet some Colby folk out west. Y Heather Goulet Isaacs out-of-office autoreply said that she was out visiting client locations when I sent my email blast in mid-November. I assume she’s back in the office. Heather, please confirm. Y Eric ’97 and Maylene Cummings Mitchell welcomed a baby girl, Phoebe Gail Mitchell, July 23, 2016. Her 3-year-old big sister adores her (for now, at least) and all are healthy and doing well. Y Mike Levine became commanding officer of Oscar Dyson, a fisheries research vessel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Just a small bit of news again this time. Y Denise Mailloux Bowden still lives in San Francisco. She recently started working at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine as an acupuncturist and integrative Chinese medicine practitioner. She wrote, “My private practice is going along beautifully, but I’m excited by the prospect of conducting clinical research and the ability to see clients who otherwise would not receive this kind of care. Life is full!” Y I also heard from Brian Miller, who is going through a career change to civil rights law. He’s looking to recruit Colby grads interested in community activism regarding civil and human rights. He’s lived in Florida and Arizona and is now in Cambridge, Mass., where he’s pursuing his second master’s at Harvard. His thesis focus is on implicit bias and police procedures. From there, he plans to apply to law school for civil and human rights law. He wrote, “I wanted to get this out there to see if any Colby grads were interested in networking.” Y Morgan

Michael Cuzzi accepted a new position as senior director of government affairs and policy for Brookfield Renewable, a global renewable-energy company based in Gatineau, Quebec. He’ll manage state legislative strategies for all of Brookfield’s assets in the eastern United States, as well as federal government relations in Washington, D.C. Y Tessa Gurley McKinley has been busy running the parent-teacher organization at their daughters’ elementary school while obtaining her certification as an Orton-Gillingham teacher of reading. She’s also helped her husband, Nate, get his new hard cider business started. Pony Shack Cider is now in 10 local liquor stores and restaurants! Y Becky Allen continues to teach math at Harwood Union High School in Vermont, where she often encourages students to apply to Colby. Becky is happily married and has a 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy. She tried to relive some Colby memories this summer while celebrating her 40th birthday at a Strangefolk concert. Y Liz Magyar Stockwell made a career change and joined her father, Steve Magyar ’71, in the financial advisory business. They opened up shop in South Portland about a year ago. They had a Colby intern with them for the summer and hope to continue working Colby connections into their growing business. Liz and her husband, Ben Stockwell ’00, have two boys, 8 and 10, who are busy, active kids and diehard Pats fans. Y Peter Christopher Felmly works in a busy law practice and has been employing both yoga and yodeling for relaxation techniques. Y Joshua Scharback lives in Minnetonka, Minn. In



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February Josh and his wife, Alecia, expected their fourth child, another girl to join Noah, 8, Flora, 5, and Eve, 2. Josh is a pediatric nurse anesthetist and works at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. In March Josh will be in a two-person show with DalekoArts, a theater company in Minnesota. Y Nina Perkins Newman and her husband live in Ridgefield, Conn., with Lily, 13, Elise, 11, and Will, 8. Nina has taken a new position as director of admission and financial aid at King School in Stamford. It’s a great school and she’s happy with this move—except her boss went to Bates! At a conference this fall, she ran into fellow Mules Aaron Whitmore ’99 and Molly Bracken Dunne ’97. Y Thanks for your contributions, and have an exciting winter!


Darrell Sofield’s wife, Ruth, is pregnant with a girl (their first)! She’s due in February. Darrell loves living, working, running, biking, and skiing in northwest Washington. He’s excited to welcome Emma Spenner Norman back to Bellingham, Wash. “She’s now the chair of the native environmental science department at Northwest Indian College and a wonderful mother of two boys,” Darrell reports. Y Daniel Polk helped organize a daylong symposium focused on ending homelessness in San Francisco. The event took place at Twitter HQ and included business, political, and civic leaders. Y James Colligan, Tyler Rainey, and Chris Fossella went on a mini vacation to visit Matt Gaudet in Minneapolis and were able to catch up, make some new memories, and witness a “thrilling” Dallas Cowboys victory over the Minnesota Vikings at the new U.S. Bank Stadium. James is the owner of BookVIP, a travel agency for discounted vacation packages. Y This is all the news I received for this column. I hope to hear from more of you next time. Drop a note anytime!

Filler is still participating in long-distance open-water swims. Her last marathon swim was 22 miles from Catalina Island to the mainland. She embarked upon a new career—her third!—when she bought a sewing machine and began to learn the process and skills to design and create a swimsuit line that fuses time-period styles with durability and modern material. Morgan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is parent to two girls, ages 2 and 5. Y After eight years as an at-home mother, I’ve recently rejoined the workforce. I took a job at the high school in my town as a Title 1 math instructor. It feels great to be back in a school and helping kids with math. Y Looking forward to seeing you all in June at our 20th reunion!


Administration (NOAA) that spends most of its time in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea collecting data for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Mike was promoted to commander in the NOAA Corps, one of the seven uniformed services of the U.S. Mike manages a crew of 23, which takes up to 15 scientists out to sea for 2-3 weeks at a time before pulling into a remote Alaskan port (usually Kodiak or Dutch Harbor), where he changes out the scientific team, and heads back out to sea again. Mike’s season runs from late January to October with the other months in the Pacific Northwest. Y Alex Chin— class notes contributor without peer—and a bunch of classy dudes headed to St. John for the wedding of Rick Catino ’95 at Caneel Bay. The Chins rented a house with the Nardini’s (Brett and Erika [Ayers ’98]) and the Forgers (Gregg ’97 and Danielle [Rizzo] and Glenn ’97 and wife Melissa). Erika, who took over as CEO of Barstool Sports, had some shirts made for the wedding that said, “Saturdays are for the Catinos.” Lots of other Mules were in attendance including Daniel “Slash” Connolly ’92, Kevin Darling ’93, Jim Zadrozny ’95, Mark Jackson ’95, and Mike Manning ’95. Y Last weekend I bought my daughters some stuffed animals at the airport on my way back from a trip to Israel on behalf of my new employer. (Seriously, send more notes please.)


was his real-estate broker. Y Emily Davis Wall lives in Douglas, Alaska, on a beach on the Pacific Ocean. She’s married and has three daughters. She was recently tenured and is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Alaska. She has two books of poems published.


San Francisco to meet the newest member of the family. Y With her husband, Rob, big brothers Teddy, 5, and Andrew, 3, Kerry Olson Hawkins welcomed a baby girl, Riley Mathys, in April. Jodi Dakin Loughlin ’01 is her godmother. Riley needed a place to sleep so they bought a new house in Charlestown, Mass., just a few doors up on the same street on which they’ve enjoyed living the past 10 years.


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Class of 2000! I hope everyone is doing well. Here’s the latest. Y Patrick Burlingame is leaving behind his family in Philadelphia and career for the past 10+ years in financial services/marketing and joining the U.S. State Department as a U.S. foreign service officer. He headed to Chennai, India, in early 2017 with his wife, Sophie, and daughter, Zita, to work at the U.S. consulate. Y Andrew Slattery just had his third child, named Patrick. Patrick has two older siblings, Colin, 5, and Madelyn, 2. Andrew’s in his eighth season with the New England Patriots. Y David ’98 and Leahanne Mansfield Fenton and their two girls moved to Falmouth, Maine, and are happily settled there. They love the community and had a great time at Family Homecoming Weekend last year with Michael Cuzzi ’98 and his family. Plus, they’re lucky enough to have a reason to visit Colby, where David’s cousin Katie Fenton ’19 is a sophomore. Y Caitlin Nelson Merrill was due with a baby girl #2 on New Year’s Eve and dreamt of a glass of champagne at midnight! After her maternity leave she’ll return to work half time in search of that mythical work-life balance. She’s still working as a nurse practitioner at Mass General, caring for medically complex children. Y After 14 years in Oregon, Jason and Mary Larios Gatlin moved back to the Boston area, where Jason will work in a more senior position for his current employer, Sarepta Therapeutics. Mary will take a few months off and then look for work in the fundraising field. They were excited for the move and hoped to be settled in around Christmas. They look forward to reconnecting with friends in New England and showing their 9-year-old son what a real winter looks like. Y In April Jason and Trish Akins Elliott had their second baby, Oliver, a week after buying a new house in Boston. Big sister Greta is over the moon! Y Dave and Cornelia Dwyer Rath welcomed Cornelia Rose Rath last January. She’s the fifth Cornelia down the line and they call her Cora. Y

Lindsay Stewart Pinchbeck spent three weeks last summer in Malawi offering professional development and sharing ideas with local teachers on how to integrate the arts into their classrooms and curriculum. Lindsay grew and learned way more than the teachers, and lasting friendships were made. The work and support continues from afar. Lindsay works in Hope, Maine, and has developed an arts-integrated elementary school and community art center, Sweet Tree Arts / Sweetland School. She lives in Hope with her husband, Chris Pinchbeck, a bagpipe maker, and children Cameron and Elsie. Y Ben Mackay is engaged and the wedding was planned for Presidents’ Day Weekend 2017!


Dana Fowler Charette Bill Getty and his wife, Molly, welcomed a daughter, Larkin, in January. Y Jennifer Jost lives in Peoria, Ill., with her husband and works as a biology professor at Bradley University. In March Jen was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor. Y Patrick and Danielle Fornes Quinlan had a daughter, Elliott Helen, in November. They recently moved to the Dallas area and are looking to connect with Colby alumni who live nearby. Danielle still does voice work and recently narrated the audiobook for Allyson Giard Downey’s book, Here’s the Plan, now available on Audible. Y Michelle Cook and her husband welcomed their second daughter, Jayne, Oct. 16. Y Emily Mahlman and Julie Hall Williams raced in the Las Vegas marathon and half marathon, respectively, in November. Y Debbie Schwartz Debiegun teaches science at an art college. Smiling at folks in the grocery store and getting lost dogs back to their homes are both pastimes. Y Kristin Moresi and her husband had a second baby, Holden, in June. He joins 2-year-old big brother Everett, and it’s happy chaos in Washington, D.C., for them. Y Sean Rinzler will finish his radiology residency in June then move to Seattle for a fellowship in pediatric radiology at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Y Jill Diamond released her debut middle-grade novel, Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery, in October from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.


Bridget Zakielarz Duffy Thrilled to be your new class correspondent and to share all the fantastic things you

have going on! Y Careers are advancing and evolving all around. David Friedman became partner at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, a law firm in Boston, where he specializes in family law. Y Kendra Shank Krolik started a new job as senior director of strategic growth at College Possible. She also celebrated daughter Annika’s first birthday in November. Her son, Trevor, is now 3. Y Tammie Sebelius is manager for the London regional office of EF Educational Tours. This position allows her ample opportunities for traveling through Europe, most recently to Portugal. She’s still active on the rugby pitch and looks forward to seeing everyone at our 15th reunion June 1-4. Y Stephanie Looney Smykal graduated from Boston College’s School of Nursing with her master’s and now works as a nurse practitioner at Boston’s Children’s Hospital as a member of the acute pain management team. Stephanie, her husband, and their 3-year-old son love living in Boston. Y As a pediatrician, I love the job security our class is providing! Phil and Micki Young Armour welcomed Eric Armour, the youngest of her three boys. Brayden, 5, and Finn, 4, are thrilled with the sweet new addition. Y Chris and Anne Tricomi Lang happily report their newest addition: Calvin Michael Lang was born May 15 and broke the scales at 11 pounds 7 ounces! He joins big sister Juliana at home in North Yarmouth, Maine. The Langs would love to host folks on their way to/from Reunion 2017. Y Sarah (Wright ’04) and Christopher Sussman welcomed Clyde Forester Sussman in June. Their friend Claire Riley ’05 calculated he’s on track to become a member of Colby Class of 2028. Y Charlie and Abby Kussell Hopper were thrilled to welcome their newest addition to the family, Lucy Hopper, in July! Big sister Lila is working on not hugging her to death. Y Tom and Meg Cassella Hand welcomed their second child, Abigail, Oct. 18. Abigail joins big brother Griffin, 3. They’re looking forward to many family ski adventures in the future. Y My family and I are busy exploring the wonders in Mexico, most recently to the beaches of the Oaxaca coast. If you find yourself in Mexico City, give a shout!


Lauren Tiberio Puglisi Beth Dushman wrote in for the first time since graduation. She’s an assistant professor (with tenure!) of geology at Del Mar College, a community college in Corpus Christi, Texas. She loves teaching, but even after seven years Texas is still a bit of a culture shock. Luckily, her geology

and oceanography classes provide her the opportunity to play outside and call it work. Y Spencer Hutchins is celebrating his sixth anniversary in San Diego with wonderful wife Laurie and their toddler, Cole. He recently incorporated his next start-up company, Concert Health. They’ll help primary care doctors deliver integrated, behavioral health services to their patients. They launched in early 2017 in southern California and Arizona with big dreams of making a difference in the mental health of people all over the country. Y Kate Hughes finished her two-year executive M.B.A. at Cranfield University in December 2016 and bought a house in Bury St Edmunds, England. She’s also now the global head of purchasing and production for Music Sales, the same company where she started as a receptionist right after Colby. She splits her time between the London and Bury offices and really enjoys the challenge of managing a bigger team. Y Alexis Frobin is officially a licensed acupuncturist working at KenkoDo Clinic in Somerville, Mass. Colby grads are wholeheartedly welcome to come in for treatment. Kim Langone and Amy Hirschauer ’02 joined Alexis in celebrating the completion of graduate school with a trip to Tuscany last September. Y Tom Richardson married Jenna Krings Nov. 5, 2016. Congrats! Y We have several new mini-Mules to introduce. Josh Weitz and Lesley Loss welcomed their second son, Conrad Charles, in August 2016. They also caught up last summer with Allison (Stewart ’05) and Jonah Barasz and their adorable daughters. Jonah is doing great and has his own periodontics practice. Y Chris Zeien and his wife, Lynn, welcomed their first child, Oliver William, Oct. 16, 2016. Everyone is happy and healthy. Y Justin Stempeck and his wife, Maureen, welcomed their second child, and first boy, Oliver John, Nov. 4, 2016. Big sister Fiona loves him dearly. Y Brie Drummond and her husband, Jeff Williams, had a baby boy in August 2016, Samuel Atticus. He joins big sister Sophie. Brie still works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service studying seabirds in Homer, Alaska. Y Adam and Julie Brown Shepherd welcomed Zoe Oct. 21, 2016. Their first daughter, Luisa, 3, is being an awesome big sister. They still live in South Portland, Maine, where Julie teaches middle school social studies. Life is good! Y Hope everyone is doing well, recovering after the busy holiday season. My sincere best wishes for a 2017 filled with friends, family, health, and happiness!


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Katie Gagne Callow Phil and Laura Miller Rios have expanded their family, welcoming Lil Riley Catherine Sept. 23. Y Andrew Volk and his wife are expecting their second child in May (their first, Oona, is 2 1/2). The couple celebrated the third anniversary of their business, Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, and plan to open a new market, restaurant, and bar in Portland’s West End. If ever in Portland, be

Jen Coliflores Facebook was abuzz when our fellow 2006ers caught Justin Scace’s big win on Jeopardy! in late December! Meredith Lowmaster is also a previous Jeopardy! contestant. Y Alan Chang is now director of guidance at Massachusetts International Academy in Marlborough. Y John McKee graduated from a sixmonth-long academy and is now a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Lindsey (Boyle) and their daughter, Quinn, are very proud of him and happy to have him home. Y Adam Rafsky writes, “On Oct. 21, I experienced the best day of my life as I married Lee Kozakiewicz ’07. We were surrounded by our families and closest friends, including Steve Luke (best man), Holly Eydenberg, Tyler Silvestro, Juan Urruela, Todd Basnight, Toinette Rivas, Erika Nelson, Julie Chessin, Dan Osar, Fraser Moncure, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Ted Wright, Matt Birchby, and my cousin Andy Meeks ’96 and his wife, Sarah Eustis ’96.” Y Aine McCarthy finally finished her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in applied economics. After teaching a global development class at Colby last January, she got a job in the economics department at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore. She misses Mayflower Hill but is thrilled to be back on the campus of a small liberal arts college. Her students are very engaged and curious, and the campus is almost as beautiful as Colby’s.




as much as they can. Y Jesse Morrisey got a new job as art director of 42 Design Fab in Indian Orchard, Mass. They make interactive exhibits and themed environments for museums and galleries. Y Gabe and Marley Orr Reilly welcomed their first child, Leia Elizabeth Reilly, into the world June 27, 2016. Y Karen Prager and Emma McCandless and big brother Teddy welcomed new baby Eli June 1. Last fall the whole family had fun getting together with Jesse Morrisey and Janine Elliott, who don’t live far from them. Y Tim Smith moved back to Boston where he’s director of innovation at the Boston Foundation. He recently attended Abby Wheeler’s wedding to Matt Millis with Susie Blair Ruf, Ande Nicoletti, Meredith Needle, and Ted Sullivan, where they danced like they were in Heights. Y And as for me, things are continuing to grow with DRINKmaple. My travel schedule led me to Los Angeles, where I was beyond fortunate to have dinner with Lindsey Lanier, who works in the music-publishing business.

We have lots of exciting news from our class this time. Matt Ritter was elected Connecticut’s house majority leader last November. Y Walt and Emily Bernier Shepard welcomed their second child, Nora, in July. They enjoy raising her and big brother Sam, 2, in Freeport, Maine. Y Brian and Amanda Belden Kramer welcomed their third child, Savannah, last September. She joins siblings Delilah and Mikey. Y Kirsten Helmcke moved to Japan for three months to work as a senior medical-writing program manager at Astellas supporting colleagues on the medical-writing team at headquarters in Tokyo. She and her husband, Joe Dudeck, continue to call Northbrook, Ill., home. Y Allison Dwyer married Tom Webb Aug. 26, 2016, in Austin, Texas. They had the most incredible day and were lucky enough to share it with Kaitlin McCafferty, Kim Betz Kearns, Grace Becker Lochhead, Ashley Harris, Mandy Zobel, Jen Barrett Crocker, and Meaghan Lane. Allison and Tom left right after the wedding for their new home in Bermuda as Tom preps for the 2017 America’s Cup race in June. Y Jackie Dupont won the election for Ward 7 city councilor of Waterville, Maine, last November. It was an exciting month as she and her husband, Zack Crate, welcomed their first child, Maeve, shortly after she was sworn in to office. Y Sari Gilbert Rudolph lives and works in Salem, Mass., and is an elementary school adjustment counselor. Her son, Jackson, 2 1/2, will become a big brother in March. She’s close with Ashley Porter Walsh and Katie Sweeney Lepak and they get together


The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting won a 2016 “Publick Occurrences Award” from the New England Newspaper & Press Association for a three-part series by Dave Sherwood ’00 titled “Lottery: Selling hope to the hopeless.” ♦ Justine Ludwig ’08 was named one of the 20 most influential young curators in the U.S. by Artsy. Ludwig is director of exhibitions and senior curator at the Dallas Contemporary. ♦ A study by Jenn Mizen Malpass ’08 on the impact of bird feeding was discussed in a Jan. 8 Portland (Maine) Press Herald column by Arey Professor of Biosciences Herb Wilson. Malpass Justine Ludwig ’08 recently completed her Ph.D. at Ohio State and co-published a paper on this topic. ♦ Adam Marino ’08, financial planner with Centinel Financial Group, LLC, was a 2016 winner of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Massachusetts 4 Under 40 Award.

Kathryn Austgen and Julie Morrison Baron were bridesmaids with Sean Murphy, Sean Baron, Rachel Luskin, and Rachel Sheinbaum Sullivan joining the celebration. Y Mallory Young Michaeles shared that John and Lauren Smith Camera welcome baby Garrett William Oct. 9. Y Hilary Klug is currently stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan, as a judge advocate with the 1st Cavalry Division, practicing foreign claims law. She met Col. Pete Hayden ’92, staff judge advocate for the 10th Mountain Division, in Bagram. Hillary will work with Afghan locals and U.S. soldiers until next summer, when she moves to the Seattle area to practice law. Y Liam McDonnell was married last year and welcomed a daughter, Keagan McDonnell, Sept. 26. Liam lives in New Orleans and was selected for officer candidate school with the U.S. Coast Guard, convening in January 2018. After 17 weeks of training, he’ll earn a commission as an ensign. Y Best wishes for 2017!



sure to stop in! Andrew attended Sarah Webster’s wedding to Derek Meier, where he saw many Colby grads, including Ilana Saxe. Y Tom and Kate Crocker Scarponi Jordan welcomed second baby Isla Weymouth Warfield Jordan Aug. 25. She’s adored by mom and dad, brother Sebastian, and grandmother Ellen Geaney Scarponi ’78. Y Michael and Melissa Mullen Davis welcomed daughter Abigail Jane in September. They live in the Cleveland, Ohio, area, where Melissa is a visiting assistant professor at College of Wooster and serves on the board of directors of the Graduate Women in Science organization. Y Lily Maltz is a pediatrician at Dedham Medical Associates in Massachusetts and is starting to see some Colby babies in her practice—new patients are welcome! Y Brendan and Amy Campfield Blake welcomed second daughter, Emily, in May. Amy completed her neonatology fellowship in Denver and moved to Marshfield, Wis., where she started as a neonatologist for Marshfield Clinic. Y Kyle Ross is director of PR for Grand Slam Tennis Tours and Topnotch Management, a representation agency for pro tennis players. Kyle and his fiancé, Jacqueline, live in Burlington, Vt., where they often run into Tom Wilson and Kristin Blodgett ’06. Y Matt Bucklin and wife Ariana bought a house in Wellington, Fla. Y Sam and Sarah Dunham Gray welcomed their first child, Anne Eustice Gray, July 28. Y Nel Dutt finished her Ph.D. in business strategy at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 2013 and has been an assistant professor at Bocconi University in Italy since graduating. Y Hillary Wiley McAllister finished her master’s in social work in August and will be transitioning from a case manager for adults with intellectual disabilities to a clinician in children’s and adult mental health services at The Progress Center, a nonprofit in western Maine. Y Jared and Nicole Wessen Cushman expected their third baby in January. Big sister Hayley, 4, looked forward to her arrival while Jack, 2 1/2, was more skeptical. The Cushmans have lived in Maine for 18 months and have been lucky to connect with many Colby families. In October Nicole, Cheka Gage, Heather Hansman, Courtney Morris Drauschke, Melissa Plante Dubois, Carreau Mueller Ryder, Steph Pierce, and Katie Lucas Geant ’06 enjoyed a girls’ trip to Charleston, S.C. Y Shawn Chakrabarti lives in the D.C. area teaching English as a Second Language at The Family Place. His hope for 2017 is to open a charter school in DC that serves adult immigrants and their children. Y Christina Andaya married Arjun Ram in Philadelphia Nov. 12.


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Y Bram Geller is finishing his cardiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania then will start an advanced one-year critical-care fellowship. This training should allow Bram to do rounds in and direct a cardiac intensive care unit. Bram and his wife, Ashley, had a baby boy, Maverick “Mav” Daniel, Oct. 25, 2016. He weighed 9 pounds 5 ounces and was 21.5 inches tall. The whole family is doing well! Y Andy and Bethany Peck Spitz welcomed a baby girl, Lily Abigail, Oct. 2. Y Noah Balazs accepted an elementary teaching position at an international school in Cairo, Egypt, for the 2017-18 school year. Noah and his wife are working with their sweet dog to get him certified as a therapy animal. If anyone has experience, Noah would love to hear from you. Y Carrie Weinrobe married Jeremy Zeitlin in Fairfax, Calif. Lauren Quill Armstrong, Jane Leary, and Sarah Kaplan were bridesmaids and Ellie Thermansen Duffey, Scott Armstrong, and Ryan Praskievicz ’07 were there to celebrate. Y John ’05 and Emily Tull Pollakowski welcomed their first child, a girl, Lyanna Jane, Sept. 21. Y Liz Turner married Mike Parsons last September in beautiful Minneapolis. In attendance were Jessica Minty, Samantha Chun, Beth Foxwell, Brittany Hamblin McInerney, and Jen Coliflores. Y For the past 10 years, I have loved receiving the Class of 2006 news and serving as your class correspondent. I am, however, stepping down. I’ve enjoyed sharing everyone’s big moments and hearing how proud and excited you were to share your updates with our fellow classmates. I will miss receiving those emails, but what I’ll miss even more are those emails with a quick message just to say hi. I look forward to cracking open Colby Magazine and reading the news for the first time! I’m happy to announce that Lindsey Boyle McKee will be taking over. Do her a favor, when you write to say hello send her your news in third person. Thank you!



Annie Mears Dan and Katie Maland Schupack are excited to announce the birth of Ari Benjamin Schupack! Y Erica Annon married Shantanu Dhaka in Essex, Conn. Essie Widlanski, Kaitlin Gangl Alden, and Caitlin Blodget Pingree were bridesmaids. Lindsey Toomey Crowley, Lauren Cahill Davis, and Sheehan Lunt Jenkins also attended. Y Greg Osborne and his wife, Jen, are happy

to announce the arrival of their son, Will. Greg reports that, “he arrived in August and is already looking forward to catching his first Colby hockey game this winter.” Y Ta-Chung Ong is a NMR staff scientist at UCLA. Y Zach Haas is an anesthesia resident at UConn and lives in West Hartford. He and his wife just had their second baby, Caroline. Y Jen Anderson married Isaiah Williams from Belgrade, Maine, in Jen’s hometown of Kennebunk, Maine, last July. Becky Anderson was Jen’s maid of honor and several other Colby folks were in attendance, including Ben Poulos ’08, Erin Beasley ’09, Mike ’05 and Brianna Tufts Walsh, Pranay and Lauren Oliff Sonalkar, Aimee Williams, and Jamie O’Connell ’08. Y In January Meggie (Herlihy ’08) and Jeff Barrow moved to Austin, Texas, where Jeff will open his investment consulting firm’s second office. Meggie will remain with Google, working from Austin. Y Jingjing Zhou attended the May 2016 wedding of Haolu Wang ’10 and caught up with Susie Liu, Andrei Roman ’08, Kristen Devlin ’10, Felix Berghmans, Lei Zhang ’09, Brandon Beasley ’10, Mesay Melese ’10, and Ksenia Pikaleva. Y Amanda Vickerson reports that, “in October I traveled west to catch up with BFF Claire Conger Chiaravalle in super cute Ashland, Ore. We had three cheese plates in as many days!”

’07) Sept. 24 in St. Louis. Pam Dudley and Erin McGowan were bridesmaids. Annie and Chris met at DC Doghead in 2012. In addition to Pam and Erin, Walter Campbell, Julia (Bacon ’09) and Sam Fabens, Patrick Sanders, Liz Neumann ’04, Tanya Rosbash, Alex Halls ’09, Sasha Bartels Pantel, Hillary Smith, Kristina Shiroka, Matt Warshaw, Dan Moss, and Chris Appel ’07 were there to help celebrate. Annie, Hillary, and Kristina spent MLK Day weekend in Asheville, N.C., hiking, brewery hopping, and enjoying good eats. Y Darcy Taylor finished her last class of the M.B.A. program through Kelley School of Business with Indiana University in November. Y Kit Clark and Sarah E. Clark welcomed their daughter, Quinn Amelia Clark, July 10, 2016. Quinn is their first child, and they’ve already introduced her to several ’08 alumni. Y Sam Kennedy-Smith and Kristine Robin celebrated the 90th birthday of Harriet Glashow Singer (’47 but graduated ’46) in Rhode Island in November. She is an inspirational Golden Mule who has spent more than 30 years working as a social worker for Planned Parenthood in Rhode Island. Y Thanks for the updates!


Kate Humphrey moved to Detroit last spring and works on public-private partnerships in the city’s Housing and Revitalization Department. Y Paolo Pepe moved from Boston to Chicago in October. He works at a digital marketing firm in the Loop and enjoys bar hopping in Logan Square. He spent Christmas with Katie-Elyse Turner in San Francisco and plans to visit Fern Jeremiah in Ireland this summer. He’s also planning a trip to Houston so he can see Kate Vasconi Stoessel. Y Lisa Portis Charron received a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Rhode Island and got married last September. Her bridal party included Kelly McKone and Cynthia Anderson-Bauer. Also in attendance were Sarah Whitfield, Christie Shu Gilleland, and Nathan Hill. Lisa now works at Rhode Island Hospital in outpatient physical therapy services with a focus on pelvic physical therapy and women’s health. Y Jamie Goldring got engaged in September to his boyfriend of three years, Larry Ong (BU ‘12). Jamie proposed to him at Race Point Beach in Provincetown at sunset. Last summer they bought a condo together in Boston’s South End. While the interior space is small, the garden is large by city standards and they enjoyed gardening,

Palmer McAuliff Hope your 2017 is off to a great start—it certainly sounded as though the end of 2016 wrapped up nicely for our class. Y After 15 months living in Myanmar/Burma doing development work, Steve Frechette moved back to the U.S. and joined an innovation/design consultancy in San Mateo called Jump Associates. Send him a note if you’re in the Bay Area and would like to catch up. Y In December Melanie Ungar earned a Ph.D. from the Duke-Carolina Graduate Program in German Studies (a joint program between Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill). Y In November Patrick Collins returned from a three-week holiday in central Europe. He spent several days in the forest in Hungary along the border of Romania, drinking palinka and eating pig’s feet. He’s planning a trip to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in July. Y In May 2016 Meaghan Fitzgerald graduated from Harvard Business School and moved west to start a role on the Minecraft team at Xbox/ Microsoft. She loves Seattle and is excited to connect with Colby alumni in the area. Y Annie Feutz married Chris Furlong (Williams


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barbecuing, and nesting throughout the fall. Y Alex Richards and Alex Hoder have been mourning the loss of Josh Sadownik from their New York trifecta after his defection to Boston. Y Shafeek Mohamed and his fiancée, Kumarie Singh, had a traditional Hindu engagement ceremony in Queens, N.Y. Amy Kyaw, Ratul Bhattacharyya, Amy Lu, and Liz Bower ’08 attended. Y Jamie Warner, Cassie Ornell, Hannah Pajolek, Cara Whalen, Megan Saunders, and Soelma Shagdarova had a mini-reunion at Megan’s house in Hood River, Ore., last fall. Y Alix Luce, Emily Hansen, Sarah Ross-Benjamin, and Jamie Warner had ice cream “to go” during a girls’ weekend last August in NYC. Y Caroline Greene Hunt Ruggles lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where she teaches environmental and earth science at an international high school. Her partner does particle physics research at CERN. They’re enjoying the Alps and traveling in Europe. They recently met Suzanne Merkelson and Miriam Trotscha ’07 for a weekend in Rome. Y Kat Brzozowski and Wes Miller ’08 attended the wedding of Patrick Boland and Jill Brimmer in Portland, Maine. They also went to the wedding of David Way and Rose Naone in Lowell, Mass. Y Ruth Langton Clifford got married last July. In attendance were her maid of honor Hanna Schenk, Kelsey Potdevin, Lexie Praggastis ’10, Delia Massey, Jordanne Dunn, Kaylea Nelson, and Kathleen Maynard. Y Harry Goldstein is back in Chicago with a new position at Amcor, a company he also worked for in Singapore. Any Mules seeking shelter in Chicago should give him a shout. Y Alessa Broeksmit received an A.A.S. degree in interior design from Parsons School of Design last May and works at West Chin Architects, an interior design and architecture firm in NYC. In July she got engaged to Andrew Hess in Newport, R.I. They’ll tie the knot in September in Napa Valley. She’s excited to have Catherine Monrad Ansin, Lucie Miller, Molly Corbett, and Caitlin Wyman Malone in her bridal party. Y Ned Warner and his partner, Ashley, moved to Leadville, Colo. He says to come visit! Y Scott Zeller, Danny Wasserman, and Dan Heinrich are training for their first half Ironman in Victoria, B.C. Their sisters will also participate while their families cheer them on. Y Eben Witherspoon married Amy Snickenberger ’10 Sept. 3, 2016, in Chicago with several Colby classmates in attendance. Y Allison Stewart graduated with a veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in July. She married Nico Rumboll Sept. 24 in Kentucky. Sameera Anwar ’10, Hallie Atwater, Jenn Burke, Christine Gardner,


Rian Ervin Alessandra Welker earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Ohio State University in August and started her postdoctoral fellowship at the MGH Cancer Center in Boston. Y In addition to enjoying all of the wonderful outdoor activities Boulder has to offer, Lia Engelsted and her sister spent six months renovating a house they bought together. Y Charlotte Wilder currently lives in Washington, D.C. When she isn’t daydreaming about SPA buffalo chicken fingers, she is a staff writer at SB

Sarah Janes Reunion is right around the corner—those five years have flown by! Looking forward to seeing all of you on Mayflower Hill June 2-4, 2017. Y Hannah DeAngelis and Aleah Starr ’11 got married in Readfield, Maine, last August. They were surrounded by friends from the Classes of ’10, ’11, ’12, and ’13, who also generously spent their time, energy, and love to help build the venue from the ground up. Y Nathan Katsiaficas has taken a job as geologist with a Maine environmental firm, Woodard & Curran. He hopes to see many Class of 2012 Colby friends in 2017. Y Joe Albano and Chessy Breene moved back to Boston from Washington, D.C. Chessy graduated from Georgetown in May 2016 with an M.A. in strategic marketing communications then joined World Relief as a product development specialist. The role takes her all over the world to document product strengths and interview program beneficiaries for donor communications. Most recently, she was in Rwanda and the




Catalina Cadavid graduated from Fordham University School of Law in May; studied for, took, and passed the New York State bar over the summer; and married David Melroy in September. She’s since joined a small labor and employment law firm in Manhattan, Pechman Law Group. Victoria Gonzalez made time in her busy doctor schedule to be one of her bridesmaids. Y Jordan Schoonover moved back to Portland, Ore., and started a new job practicing energy and environmental law. Y Last September Danielle Carlson completed her first full Ironman in Madison, Wis. I’m looking forward to seeing Colby classmates in March for her wedding! Y Ben Metcalf ’11 proposed to Jevan Jammal on top of Mount Katahdin in August. She, of course, said yes! And they hiked down from the mountain in pure bliss. Y Austin Scholl and Traver Elder are getting married next summer in Lake Placid. He has a new job as a blimp driver. Y Andrew Cox moved to Dublin, Ireland, to study medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). He’s excited to be across the pond for the next four years. Y Reuben Biel is finishing his Ph.D. in ecology at Oregon State University, and Fran (Still) Biel works at Oregon Health

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and Science University in the epidemiology department. They expected their second daughter in January. Y In late August, on the Maine coast, Claire Tinsley married Eric Firnhaber on what was the most perfect Maine summer day. Kaitlin Lynch Oroho, Blythe Miller, Christine Friar, Alec Oot, and Allie Todd joined in to help celebrate and enjoy the festivities. Y Last year Pat Findaro and his brother started their firm Visa Franchise, based out of Miami. They advise foreign nationals on U.S. franchise investments that qualify for investor visas. Currently, they have more than 35 clients from nine countries. Y Mike Baldwin and Sara Cameron got married June 18 and had a Colby crew (across many classes!) there! Y I’m two-thirds of the way through my accelerated nursing program (but who’s counting?) at Regis University in Denver. I’ve discovered that the best way to study for exams is packed into the car with ski gear and friends on the way to the mountains.

Daniel Gomez, Michelle Graff ’10, Ben Green, Jessica Lueders-Dumont, Emma McLeavey-Weeder, Christina Mok, Krishan Rele, Danny Wasserman, and Scott Zeller were present. Their second wedding is in Córdoba, Argentina, and they’re looking forward to seeing many of them again.

Congo and will travel to Jordan and Iraq in 2017. Joe graduated from Georgetown Law magna cum laude in May 2016 and was sworn into the Massachusetts bar. He works as a first-year associate at Proskauer Rose, LLP in the private credit group. Joe and Chessy will marry June 3. Y Last year was a busy one for Trip Venturella: he finished work on two theatre spaces in Boston and began an M.F.A. program in playwriting at Ohio University. Y Chelsea Sonksen released issue 02 of her new independent magazine, Bossladies. Tajreen Hedayet ’11 photographed the launch party, and Leigh Bullion ’10 and Jenna Gundersen helped with the final round of edits. Y Petey Randall took a break from the LA music world to DJ Jenny Stephens and Gordon Lessersohn’s epic wedding in Portland. Last holiday season he was DJ’ing in NY with two members of the original “Staffcurity,” Brandon Nieuw and Matt Boyes-Watson. Y Evan O’Neill started a new job at Jana, a mobile advertising company focused on bringing free Internet to emerging markets. He has plans to travel to Santa Monica in 2017 for an ultimate Frisbee tournament with Will Bloomhardt, David Furman, and Matt Burton ’14. Y Andrew Estrada departed the U.S. DOT to serve as North Carolina press secretary for Hillary for America. He had the time of his life acquainting himself with the many wonderful features of the Tar Heel State (though he was hoping for a different outcome). Y Caitlin Burchill moved across country to continue growing as a journalist. She now works as the morning reporter at KSL, an NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City. Before leaving Bangor, Maine, some of her former volleyball teammates—Kate Pleasants ’14, Anna Clifford ’14, Anne Sewall, Ellie Linden ’14, and Emily Varni ’13—helped her cross off a big Maine bucket list item: climbing Mt. Katahdin. Y Ben Grimmig and Aileen Evans are happy to share that they recently got engaged in Washington, D.C. They’re both finishing up their master’s programs and are planning a wedding for 2018. Y Maddie Purcell started a cooking-competition company, Fyood Kitchen, that puts on Iron Chef-meets-Paint Nite events for date nights, parties, or team-building activities. Following the Kickstarter campaign, they planned to open to the public in Portland, Maine, and eventually expand to five other cities by the end of 2017. She enjoyed playing on ultimate Frisbee teams with many friends last summer: Jen Beatty, Julie Kafka, Lewis Seton ’09, Ross Nehrt ’10, and Henry Powell ’09.


Baltimore TV station WJZ ran a story on a novel approach Emily Fleming ’12 used in her seventh grade yoga class. After police officers practiced yoga with her students in sweats, they shocked the students by showing up one day in uniforms. “The idea was just to improve relationships,” Fleming said. ♦ Chishala Kapupu ’12 was one of two youth ambassadors at the Budapest Water Summit in December 2016. She participated in a forum that led to formulation of a youth statement and represented youth at the summit’s closing. ♦ Vox Populi, a public forum for politics and poetry, Chishala Kapupu ’12 published an essay by Priscilla McCelvey ’13. In her “Manifesto for Global Citizenship,” she asks readers to “seek mindfulness in your words.” ♦ Renzo Moyano ’14 was included in the feature story “Meet the Young Ecuadorians Behind the First Kichwa-Language Radio Show in the U.S.” in Remezcla, a media brand for Latino millennials.

Nation—Vox Media’s sports site—where she writes about the intersection of culture and sports, and tells questionable jokes on the Internet. Y In July Sarah Martinez Roth began a Ph.D. program in tumor biology at Georgetown University. Y Heather Pratt and David Lowe were married at Colby in August, where they enjoyed a pre-wedding night at Mainely’s and had fun dancing with Colby friends at their reception in Foss. They moved to Brunswick and love being back in Maine. Y Sai Chavali attended the wedding of Leah Turino and Dan Reeves ’10, along with many Colby friends. Sai remains heavily involved with the Boston Product Management Association and completed the Appleman Sprint Triathlon in Littleton, Mass., with Elizabeth Powell ’10 and Patrick Roche ’09. Y The Class of 2011 is well represented at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, where Jarad Doyon, Amy Hernandez, and Laura Berzins are pursuing their M.B.A.s. Y Stephanie Scarpato hosted a charity ALS hockey tournament in honor of her father, Bob Scarpato, in September. Alex Essman and Elissa Kurtz played in the tournament with alumnae Becky Julian ’09, Lacey Brown ’09, Amanda Comeau ’09, Kaitlyn Conway ’10, and Colette Finley ’09. Sadly, they’re no longer in the best hockey shape and lost against Stephanie’s Cape Cod team during the tournament, but they’ll always play with Mule pride no matter how old they feel.



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Hope everyone is having a wonderful 2017 so far! Y Dan Chiniara writes that in Boston, he, Jay Holman, Molly Rogers, and Mariel Lambrukos “have been crushing Trident Trivia on a semi-regular, semi-undefeated basis. David Cain abandoned the team to climb in Seattle.” Y Julia Knoeff returned to the U.S. and started a job at the consulate of the Netherlands in NYC. Y Nate Krump is in his first year of Penn’s cellular and molecular biology program. Y Esther King lives in Brussels, Belgium, and is a journalist at Politico. “I joined when it launched in March 2015 and am now an editor for its forum section, working mostly on opinion pieces and features by outside contributors,” she says. Y Dhokela Yzeiraj writes, “I’m currently in Kauai, Hawaii, practicing natural Korean and Vedic farming until March while undertaking an Ayurvedic health counselor course and practicing Ayurvedic treatments. On weekends I go camping and chant to the moon. By February I intend to be 200 RYT-trained yoga teacher and bring my trainings back to Maine!” Y Brian Russo has launched his own sound therapy business, Be Sound Now, in the Boston area. He’s also teamed up with the travel company Explorations of Self to do sound healings on yoga retreats. He attended a retreat in Peru’s Sacred Valley last year and began the new year with a retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica. Brian is passionate about tuning people into their purpose through the power of sound. Y Congratulations to two 2013ers on their wedding! Nearly seven years since they started dating as freshmen, Ryan Winter and Kendall Hatch (now Kendall Winter) were married last summer. Dozens of friends from the Classes of 2011 through 2015 ventured to York, Maine, to celebrate. Kendall writes, “It was a blast catching up with everyone and dancing the night away! The wedding party included Julia Crouter, Lindsay Garrard, Becca Levenson, Rachel Haines, Ismael Perez, and Josef Broder. With Colby so heavily represented, it was only fitting that a Colby alum officiate the wedding, too: thanks to Jerry Crouter ’78 for taking up the task!”


Anders Peterson Gift Ntuli completed a master’s in geophysics at Baylor University in Texas and now works in San Jose, Calif., for a geophysical firm. He looks forward to connecting with Mules in the bay area. Y Last spring Dakota

Rabbitt moved to New York City from Boston to pursue a career in advertising with BBDO. His favorite part of the move has been rekindling his friendship with Julia Blumenstyk. His biggest complaint is that the bars only stay open until 4 a.m. He tries to maintain daily communication with Alec Finigan. Y Erin Fitzsimmons and Gian-Antonio Perani released the final three episodes of their online mini-series Good Grief. Erin directed and produced while Gian-Antonio was a lead actor. The series can be viewed at Y Will Hochman is in New York City and acted in the off-Broadway premier of Dead Poets Society at Classic Stage Company. Y Mo Kelly moved back East and started a new job teaching math at Stratton Mountain School in Vermont. She spent much of the fall hiking in the Green Mountains and the Berkshires with her new puppy, Skyy. She looks forward to reconnecting with Colby friends in New England and is praying for some good snowfall in 2017. Y Ian Boldt started a new job at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts, where he’s head lacrosse coach and also works in the admissions office. Over the summer Ian, Pete Reiley, Phil Champoux, Buddy Reed, Russ Wilson, and several other Colby alumni and current lacrosse players spent a weekend playing lacrosse in honor of lacrosse coach Jack Sandler, who passed away a year ago. Y Kimara Nzamubona returned from a volunteering trip in her home village, Minembwe, in South Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. She returned for the first time in eight years and spent 18 days there teaching English and bringing environmental protection awareness to the locals. Her volunteering opportunity is open to everyone, and she’d love to make the Colby community aware of the opportunity. If anyone wants to volunteer abroad for the summer, contact her. Y Katia Licea has been in the Peace Corps since June 2015 working on an English-literacy project on the island of Grenada in the eastern Caribbean. Last year she worked with her community to renovate the local elementary school to include a new library and computer lab. She also works with the nonprofit Hands Across the Sea to supply books for the local library. Y Tom Nagler moved from Leucadia, Calif., to the Teton Valley, where he’ll run the kitchen for the National Outdoor Leadership School’s avalanche training and backcountry shredding campus. Y Erik Douds is creating the first travel notebook for the diabetic community. He recently launched the blog He’s also training for a half Ironman triathlon in Cuba. Y Alex Yorke, Ellen Evangelides, and Tess Perese moved into an apartment

together in Chicago. Y James Kim spent last summer traveling in Southeast Asia with former East Quad roommate Brian Fung. James is a first-year student at University of Pennsylvania Law School, joining Sam Kim and Josh Balk, who are third-years there. Y Jasmine Phillips is also attending graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. Y Becky Forgrave is working towards her Ph.D. in geology and environmental studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Y I recently completed a bicycle tour along the entire U.S. Pacific coast, starting in Vancouver, Canada, and ending at the U.S.-Mexico border. I camped and slept outside for the duration of the trip and met some incredible people along the way. I quit my job to do the trip so I’m now enjoying unemployment and looking for another job (successful Colby alums, hit me up!). I wrote this column in December on a plane en route to Tokyo, where I visited my brother for two weeks.


Molly Nash Maggie Rooney, Molly Lucas, and Eva Lauer ran the NYC Marathon together Nov. 6 as a part of Team for Kids. Y Joseph Whitfield lives in Arkansas where he “enjoys teaching and running through the sixth with my woes (read sixth-grade students).” Y Zach Eslami moved to the big city (NYC) and started working as an offering manager for IBM Watson. He also volunteers at Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the NY League of Conservation Voters, two organizations focused on expanding renewable energy and diminishing fossil fuel emissions. Zach looks forward to finding time to ski this winter. Y Melissa Preziosi and Andy Clevenger got engaged last August at Yosemite National Park and plan an intimate wedding sometime in the next two years. They hope their close Colby friends will join them for a mini reunion. Y Meg Hassey teaches second grade at a charter school in Boston and is finishing her master’s in teaching. Y Matt Lipman moved home to NYC last November after working on Songbird Farm in Unity, Maine. Since then, he started bartending at Alphabet City Beer Co., a craft beer bar in the East Village, and at Transmitter Brewing. In June Matt was promoted to general manager of Alphabet City, which was recently named “Most Loved Bar in New York” by Time Out. To give some perspective, Matt’s passion for beer began while home brewing with Christopher Abbott their sophomore year at Colby. Matt explains, “In some ways I owe it to Colby and my friendship with Christopher for pushing me in this direction.” Y Molly

Nash still lives in Jackson, Wyo., where she teaches third grade at The Journeys School. In December Maddie Johnson and Katrina Belle graciously hosted nearly 20 local Mules (Classes of ’12-’16) at their home in Jackson for an unofficial alumni event. Katrina’s proud to say that she finally has a real job doing custom woodworking, and, of course, skiing a whole lot on the side.


Holly Bogo Class of 2016, our first column will be in the next issue of Colby Magazine, where you can find updates from classmates. As correspondent, I’ll be thrilled to hear what everyone has been up to. Send me news any time at the address above. Happy New Year!


Beverly Benner Cassara ’47, Sept. 20, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. at 94. An advocate for adult education, especially for women, she earned a doctorate in education in 1970 from Boston University. She taught at the

Louis J. Volpe Jr. ’43, Jan. 10, 2017, in Quincy, Mass., at 97. After three years in the Army Air Corps, he became an educator, working as a high school guidance counselor and his-


Philip P. Jones ’42, May 30, 2016, in Moorestown, N.J., at 94. He served

Ruth Graves Montgomery ’43, Jan. 8, 2017, in Hyannis, Mass., at 95. She pursued a teaching career right out of college and taught physical education and math at junior high and high schools in Massachusetts. She was a 75-year member of her regional DAR chapter, was active with her church, and volunteered widely in her community. She enjoyed baking, knitting, and reading, and was a Red Sox fan. Survivors include her three daughters, including Patricia Montgomery ’71, four grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Anita Konikow Glassman ’45, Dec. 15, 2016, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at 92. She earned three degrees, including a master’s in health education at age 54, raised her children, and showed her commitment to women’s health through involvement with Planned Parenthood and the Saratoga Hospital. She also taught courses in parenting, communication skills, and conflict resolution. She was a Scrabble player, expert knitter, and leader in social justice issues. Predeceased by her husband, Arnold Glassman ’44, she’s survived by three children, 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Roberta E. Young ’47, Jan. 18, 2017, in Pittsfield, Mass., at 91. She spent her 38-year career at General Electric, working in design engineering at the power transformer division. Her free time was spent golfing, bowling, supporting her church, and participating in businesswomen’s groups. Predeceased by her parents, Andrew 1913 and Claramae Harvey Young 1919, and her sister, Mary Young ’46, she is survived by extended family.

Alvin Jolovitz ’42, Dec. 31, 2016, in Portland, Maine, at 95. He served in the Pacific with the U.S. Navy during World War II, and then settled in Forest Hills, N.Y., working for the New York City Housing Authority his entire career. Predeceased by his brother, Lester T. Jolovitz ’39, he is survived by extended family, including cousins Kenneth Jacobson ’50 and Estelle Jacobson Ostrove ’55.

Jean Cannell MacRae ’42, Oct. 6, 2016, in Wrentham, Mass., at 96. She was a mother and homemaker who also knitted, swam, and loved to read. Predeceased by her husband, Weston MacRae ’42, and her brother Robert E. Cannell ’51, she is survived by three children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and extended family, including cousin Beniah C. Harding ’42, sister-in-law Joan Kelby Cannell ’52, and nieces Joyce Cannell ’81 and Jennifer Pelson Hopkins ’92.

Efthim Economu ’44, Jan. 24, 2017, in Bangor, Maine, at 94. He served with the Navy’s amphibious forces in the Pacific during World War II then became an educator. He taught French in Maine high schools 19461982, taking time off to earn a master’s from Middlebury College, do graduate work at Laval University, and study in France. He served as vice president and president of the Maine chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and was Maine French Teacher of the Year in 1957. He was active with educational organizations, his church, and the Bangor Lions Club. Predeceased by his sister Viola Economu Moran ’39, he is survived by extended family, including niece Tina Jones Bernier ’89.

University of the District of Columbia 1970-90 and was dean of graduate studies there from 1973 to 1985. She served on national education boards, produced TV series related to women’s issues, authored two books and numerous articles and book chapters, and, after she retired, cofounded the Cambridge Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse, which each year honors a volunteer with the Beverly Benner Cassara Award. She was inducted into the International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2003. Predeceased by her sister Frances Benner Kimpel ’49, she is survived by three children, two grandchildren, and a sister.


Stanley W. Kimball ’40, Jan. 10, 2017, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, at 99. In 1943 he earned a doctor of osteopathy degree from the Chicago School of Osteopathy and practiced medicine his entire career—as a self-employed physician, as chair of the radiology department at Richmond Heights General Hospital in Cleveland, and in medical imaging. He enjoyed traveling and visited all 50 states, many via his motorhome. His six children, 12 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren survive him.

John L. Lowell ’42, Jan. 9, 2017, in Longmeadow, Mass., at 97. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II before establishing a career as a sales rep for Rand McNally. Predeceased by his father, Otis E. Lowell 1912, he is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sally, two sons, six granddaughters, and a great-grandson.

tory teacher in Braintree, Mass. He earned a master’s in education from Bridgewater State in 1970. A member of the Quincy High School Football Hall of Fame, he also coached high school football in Braintree. He belonged to the American Legion Post 294 in Quincy and was its oldest past commander. Survivors include his daughter, Susan Volpe Hely ’68, two sons, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Oliver C. Mellen ’36, Dec. 3, 2016, in Wethersfield, Conn., at 101. To prepare for a 40-year career teaching high school French, he studied a year in Bordeaux, France, took summer courses at Columbia University and Middlebury College, and earned an M.A. at Trinity College. His career was interrupted with four years service in the U.S. Army during World War II, for which he received a Purple Heart. He sang bass in the church choir, played hand bells, and volunteered in community organizations. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Connie, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

in the U.S. Navy during World War II, primarily on the USS Barr in the Pacific, reaching the rank of lieutenant senior grade. He earned his bachelor’s from Hamilton College in 1942 then spent 35 years in business machines and systems sales for three different companies. Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Alice, with whom he raised two children, Philip and Patricia.


Eleanor Wheelwright Ness ’34, Oct. 28, 2016, in Auburn, Maine, at 104. She was a sportswear buyer for B. Peck Co. in Lewiston, Maine, until she married and raised her children. She was active in her church and other community organizations. Two children, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three greatgreat-grandchildren survive her.

Dorothy Worthley Cleaver ’48, Oct. 24, 2016, in Skowhegan, Maine, at 91. During World War II, she worked as a welder in the Portland, Maine, shipyards and continued to live a life of adventure and outdoor experiences. Along with her husband, she canoed far north Canadian rivers and was an avid fisherman in northern Maine. She also devoted herself to community projects in Delaware and in Maine and was admired for her humor, grit, and poetry. Survivors include five children, 13 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Mary Conley Nelson ’48, Sept. 13, 2016, in Worcester, Mass., at 90. Mary taught German and English to high school students and was director of special services for the U.S. government in Germany for several years. She was also a mother and homemaker, a devoted Catholic, and a local volunteer. Four chil-


dren, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson survive her.

sculpture and paint. Her sons and nine grandchildren survive her.

Bertha Graves Bagby Nollman ’48, Jan. 3, 2017, in Saco, Maine, at 90. She worked for the telephone company in Connecticut and in Utah, but was primarily an active volunteer in her community and church. She traveled in the U.S. and Europe, skied, hiked, and golfed. Survivors include her brother, two step children, and extended family.

Janet Royal Varone ’49, Dec. 11, 2016, Bridgeport, Conn., at 88. A mother and homemaker, she used her musical talents playing the piano and leading sing-alongs at a nursing home and singing in local singing groups. Her husband of 63 years, Anthony, three children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild survive her. She was predeceased by her sister, Betty Royal Spiegel ’42.

Shirley Fellows Bernier ’49, Nov. 22, 2016, in Waterville, Maine, at 89. An active volunteer, she chaired political campaigns, founded the Waterville Soup Kitchen, and was instrumental in the push to include girls in the Waterville Boys Club. A founding member of the Mandala Art School, she organized fundraisers for Monmouth Theater and helped area schools and hospitals. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Albert Bernier ’50, seven children, including Michelle Bernier Hatch ’75 and husband Roger Hatch ’75, David Bernier ’79, and Meg Bernier Boyd ’81, 17 grandchildren, including Rachel Hatch ’05 and Katie Bernier ’20, five great-grandchildren, and a sister.

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Janet Pride Davis ’49, Dec. 14, 2016, in Gloucester, Mass., at 88. A housewife and a mother, she worked as a library aid in the Wellesley public schools. She was the secretary/ correspondent for Colby Magazine for her class in the 1970s. Survivors include four children and six grandchildren.


Roy F. Leaf ’49, Aug. 11, 2016, in Massachusetts at 94. He left Colby in 1942 to serve in the U.S. Army, returning later to finish his degree. He earned graduate degrees from Boston University and San Jose State and became a teacher, counselor, and, eventually, principal. Along with his wife, Annabelle, they adopted and raised three children. His brother Carlton D. Leaf ’52 survives him, as do many grandchildren. Martha Loughman Shepard ’49, July 3, 2016, in Topsham, Maine, at 88. She raised three boys and was a homemaker, then later in life became an artist, expressing herself with

Robert J. Armitage Jr. ’50, Jan. 25, 2017, in Binghamton, N.Y., at 88. Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, he was discharged in 1954 as first lieutenant. He worked various occupations, including technical writer, systems analyst, and data processing manager. A founding member of the Colby Eight, he sang bass throughout his adult life in church, community choirs, and glee clubs. Three children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren survive him. Paul W. Flanagan ’50, Oct. 22, 2016, in Burlingame, Calif., at 90. His education at Colby was interrupted by service in the Army during World War II. He worked for 40 years at the A.W. Chesterton Company and traveled around the world on business. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Jean Flanagan, four children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Richard D. Pullen ’50, Sept. 17, 2016, in Simsbury, Conn., at 90. Before entering Colby, he served two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He earned his M.D. in 1954 from Yale Medical School and completed his residency in Wilmington, Del. Later, he was a founding doctor of the Windsor (Conn.) Medical Center, where he practiced internal medicine for 34 years. Predeceased by his brother, Robert Pullen ’41, he is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Barrow Pullen ’55, two daughters, including Cynthia Pullen Riordan ’77, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Charles W. Robinson ’50, April 8, 2016, at 88. A library leader for 33 years, he earned an M.L.S. from Simmons College in 1951 followed

by service with the U.S. Army in Korea. His library career began in at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and in 1963 he became director of the Baltimore County Library, which he led until retirement in 1996. He served as president of the Public Library Association and was active with the Urban Libraries Council. He won numerous awards, including the 1977 Maryland Library Association’s Outstanding Member Award. Predeceased by his father, Hugh L. Robinson 1918, he is survived by his wife, Martha, and two children. Edwin J. Laverty ’51, Oct. 14, 2016, in Gorham, Maine, at 89. He served in the Navy out of high school and worked briefly before coming to Colby. He worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for 35 years, first in New York and later in Maine. He was active in community organizations and his church, and he enjoyed skiing and hunting. Three children and four grandchildren survive him. Louis A. Woisard Jr. ’51, Jan. 27, 2017, in Woodstock, Conn., at 90. Before attending Colby, he served in the U.S. Navy. He earned a law degree in 1954 from the University of Connecticut and began practicing law with his father the same year. He later was chief attorney at Delta Rubber Company, becoming executive vice president and general counsel. A tireless civic leader, his volunteer efforts were rewarded with the 1987 Civic Achievement Award from the Killingly/Brooklyn (Conn.) Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Valerie, four children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Nita Hale Barbour ’52, Feb. 4, 2017, in Belfast, Maine, at 85. In 1957 she earned an M.A. from Middlebury College and the University of Paris (Sorbonne) in French languages. She taught French at Cony High School (Maine) and developed a program to teach foreign languages to elementary grades. After taking time to raise her family, she earned a Ph.D. in 1973 in early childhood education and development at the University of Maryland, where she taught (in Baltimore County) for more than 20 years, developed process-orient-

ed curriculum for education majors, and coauthored three textbooks. In retirement in Deer Isle, Maine, she was involved with early childhood literacy and social justice. Predeceased by her father, William Hale ’25, she is survived by her husband of 57 years, Chandler Barbour, two children, including Steven Barbour ’84, a granddaughter, and two sisters, including Marian Hale Fowler ’65. Alan R. Blackman ’52, Oct. 14, 2016, in Brookline, Mass., at 86. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War then became a real estate investor and financier. He collected and studied art, played tennis, and was a photographer. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Joyce, three children, three grandchildren, and two siblings. Janet Leslie Douglass ’52, Feb. 5, 2017, in Glastonbury, Conn., at 86. Her main focus was her family and home, but she worked for a time as an investment researcher at Phoenix Mutual then as a social worker for the State of Connecticut. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, John Douglass ’52, two children, five grandsons, and a sister. William A. Gardner Jr. ’52, Dec. 13, 2016, in Holliston, Mass., at 86. An Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he worked in sales for various industries throughout his career. His wife of 53 years, Barbara, three children, six grandchildren, and a sister survive him. Rodney H. Howes ’52, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas, at 87. He joined the Air Force as an aviation cadet and earned his wings in 1953. He spent 24 years in the Air Force, flew 10 different aircraft, and earned numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and eight Air Medals. He earned an M.B.A. in 1973 and was a civilian auditor for the state of California. After retirement, Rod worked for McDonald Douglas Aircraft Corp. for eight years as a technical rep for the Air Force. He loved to travel, built two small airplanes, and introduced young children to flying. His three children, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a brother survive him.

Frederick M. Moorhouse Jr. ’56, Feb. 1, 2017, in Bangor, Maine, at 82. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, first as ensign on the U.S.S. Roy O. Hale and then as full commander. Later, he worked for Winchester Fire Arms and eventually moved to Maine. His sister, Shirley, survives him, as do dear friends Forrest ’56 and Ann Jefferson Barnes ’57. William B. Chappell Jr. ’57, Jan. 26, 2017, in Pawling, N.Y., at 81. He was an investment banker and became vice president of Kidder, Peabody. He belonged to numerous education and environmental boards in his community. His wife, Percilla, and three grandchildren survive him. Philip B. Luce ’57, Oct. 31, 2016, in Wellsboro, Pa., at 87. Before he came to Colby, he served in the Korean

Nancy Anderson Pool ’57, Jan. 10, 2017, in Meriden, Conn., at 81. After a short career as an administrative assistant, she earned a master’s in education in 1965. She taught elementary school and preschool in Connecticut, supported P.E.O. and its promotion of women’s education, and was active with her church. Her two daughters and five grandchildren survive her.

Richard A. Magill ’55, 2014. He left Colby to serve in the Army in the early 1950s, returned to graduate, then earned his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1958. He worked as a lawyer, including time at Penn Mutual Life Insurance

Justin A. Cross ’56, Dec. 1, 2016, in Punta Gorda, Fla., at 82. He earned an M.D. from McGill University, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, then served in the U.S. Navy for two years. He practiced medicine in Portsmouth, N.H., before retiring to Florida. He was an avid skier and sailor. His wife, Maria, three children, including Kay Cross ’84, and three grandchildren survive him.


Dorothy Sellar Sheerin ’54, Jan. 29, 2017, in Lancaster, Mass., at 84. A homemaker and mother, she was also an English teacher and school

Victor J. Ladetto ’55, Nov. 14, 2016, in New Bedford, Mass., at 83. He was a sergeant stationed in Germany during World War II then returned to the U.S., earning a master’s in education in 1961. He taught elementary school for 10 years, and for the next 29 years was principal of the Cushman School in Dartmouth, Mass. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ann Marie, two children, four grandchildren, and a brother.

Judith Shipman Wilson ’55, Dec. 10, 2016, in Arizona at 83. While raising her children and taking care of her home, she contributed to the Phoenix community by volunteering with various organizations such as the symphony, art museum, and Maricopa County Hospital. Her daughter and two grandchildren survive her.

Brian F. Olsen ’57, Dec. 23, 2016, in Ocean Park, Maine, at 80. A pilot with the U.S. Air Force for eight years, he enjoyed a 30-year career as a commercial pilot for American Airlines. He sang with the Colby Eight as a student and continued with the group, performing at reunions for many years. He also served as class secretary for 10 years and class president for five. He was active in his church, serving on committees and leading music worship, and with the town of Ocean Park. Two grandchildren, two children, and their mother, Beverly, survive him.

Alfred M. Joseph ’54, Feb. 19, 2017, in Waterville, Maine, at 83. He spent two years with the U.S. Army then returned to his hometown of Waterville to work at C.F. Hathaway Shirt Company, where he worked for 38 years, retiring as vice president of quality control and contracts. He was active with his church, attended Colby sporting events and Reunion Weekends, and belonged to the Waterville Country Club for 62 years, serving two terms as president. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ruth Crocker Joseph, four children, including Alfred M. Joseph Jr. ’76, five grandchildren, and his brother Paul M. Joseph ’53.

Mary Belden Williams ’54, Nov. 25, 2016, in North Hatfield, Mass., at 83. She earned a master’s in deaf education from Smith College in 1959 and taught until 1996. Simultaneously, she raised four children and, along with her husband, worked and lived on her family farm, which she was the first woman to inherit after 10 generations. She served on the local school committee, was active with her church, and played bridge, the organ, and hand bells. A brother and sister, Martha Belden Kleineman ’70, survive her, as do four children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

William P. Rosen ’55, Dec. 28, 2016, in Branford, Conn., at 83. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began working in his family’s film distribution business, eventually become its president and expanding it over a 40-year period. Nicknamed “Big Bull,” he had a passion for fishing, played tennis, and waterskied. Surviving him is his wife of 58 years, Polly Seely Rosen ’58, three sons, including Richard ’83, six grandchildren, and three sisters.

War with the U.S. Army. Following graduation, he studied geology at New York University, New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology, and Washington State University. In 1967 he became a geology professor at Mansfield State College, where he taught until retirement. Traveling, reading, sailing the waters of Casco Bay, and crossword puzzles brought him pleasure. Predeceased by his wife, Nancy Carroll Luce ’56, he is survived by three children, three granddaughters, and three siblings.


JoAnne Conkling Hoffman ’54, Oct. 25, 2016, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., at 85. While raising her two children, she and her husband ran the Twin Gables Guest House in Woodstock, N.Y., until they retired to a family farm in Stone Ridge, N.Y. She was a faithful member of her church and sang in its choir. Her husband of 59 years, Albert, her daughter, and a sister survive her.

Derek B. Tatlock ’54, Dec. 25, 2016, in Williamsburg, Va., at 85. A master’s in geology from the University of Michigan came the year after Colby, followed by two years in the U.S. Army. He worked as a petroleum geologist throughout his career, first for companies in Bismark, N.D., and Pittsburgh, Pa., then as a consultant for his own firm. He volunteered with civic and nonprofit organizations, belonged to the National Ski Patrol, and enjoyed sailing and bicycling. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Betty, three daughters, four grandchildren, and a brother, Ian Tatlock ’59.

Company. A son, Robert H. Magill, survives him.

Henry J. Bud McGrath ’53, Nov. 28, 2016, in Braintree, Mass., at 90. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he was recruited by the CIA to work abroad as an undercover operative. In 1966 he began working for New England Telephone Company and retired in 1998. An active volunteer, he gave time to civic, church, and athletic organizations in his community. Seven children, 17 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive him.

librarian for many years. She found pleasure in gardening, baking, and singing. Her children, Peter Sheerin ’78 and Kathleen Callahan, her brother-in-law, Oliver Sheerin ’58, and three grandchildren survive her.


Herbert J. Jabar ’52, Sept. 23, 2016, in Waterville, Maine, at 91. Before college, he served in the Navy on the Bunker Hill in the South Pacific during World War II. His prowess at sports led him to a career in coaching and teaching in Maine and New Hampshire. His wife, June, five children, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and seven siblings, including John ’52, Norman ’52, Paul ’52, Anthony ’54, and Joseph ’68, survive him.

Laurence S. Douglas ’59, April 9, 2016, in Denver, Colo., at 82. Following a career with the U.S. Postal Service, he spent his retirement years volunteering at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Anne Fuller Douglas ’59, two sons, and three grandchildren. Lawrence F. Larchez ’60, Feb. 10, 2017, in Norwell, Mass., at 78. He earned his law degree from Boston University in 1967 then entered the Navy, serving aboard the USS Wasp and USS Lake Champlain. He practiced law in Quincy, Mass., and taught awhile at the American Institute of Banking. He supported con-


servation efforts, loved nature, and served on the board of a watershed association. He loved history, too, as well as the sea. His wife, Judith, and a brother survive him. Jean Roberts Leach ’60, Sept. 16, 2016, in Portland, Maine, at 77. Jean left Colby after two years to marry and have children. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Connecticut in 1962 and went on to a 20-year career as a social studies teacher in Saco, Maine. She was a generous volunteer, a supporter of the arts, a singer, and a prolific correspondent. Three children, six grandchildren, and four siblings survive her. Peter A. Gilbert ’61, Feb. 2, 2017, in Pawcatuck, Conn., at 78. He earned an M.B.A. from Boston University in 1962, moved to California, and built a career as an investment manager, working for Wells Fargo and TIAA-CREF. His interests included bee keeping, making wine, whitewater rafting, cooking, and reading. A son, Peter, and a grandchild survive him.

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Vaughn J. Howland ’61, Dec. 8, 2016, in Rockville, Md., at 78. The first 20 years of his working career were spent as a management consultant in the private sector. He then earned an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland and worked the next 20 years as an L.C.S.W. and alcohol and drug counselor in the Bethesda and Silver Spring areas. He was founder and director of the Intervention Center and a founding member of the Association of Independent Intervention Specialists. He is survived by his partner, Verlyn Flieger, a son, and a daughter.


Iza Mary Brown ’63, July 11, 2007, in Eugene, Ore., at 65. She worked as a high school English teacher, owned and operated The Possible Dream store in Eugene, and was a research assistant at Oregon Research Institute. A sister survives her. Nathaniel E. Butler ’63, Oct. 28, 2015, in Arlington, Va., at 74. He earned a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School, worked for the U.S. Federal Reserve, and practiced law in Chicago and Washington, D.C. He was the

fourth generation Butler to attend Colby, following his father, Nathaniel Butler 1933, grandfather, Nathaniel Butler Jr. 1873, who was Colby’s 12th president 1896-1901, and great-grandfather, Nathaniel Butler 1842. He and his wife, Karen Moore Butler ’63, raised two children. Ralph E. Noel Jr. ’63, Jan. 21, 2017, in Portland, Maine at 77. He was drafted in 1963 and served two years with the U.S. Army. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine, and worked many years as a marketing manager at R.I. Mitchell Auto Parts and as executive director of the Maine State Golf Association (MSGA). An avid golfer, he won many tournaments, including three MSGA amateur championships and two MSGA senior amateur championships. He was inducted to the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Maine Golf Hall of Fame in 1998. He also fished, hunted, traveled, and gardened. His wife, Judith Lessard, three children, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two siblings survive him. Jeanne Anderson Pollock ’63, Oct. 14, 2016, in Gray, Maine, at 75. She earned an M.S.W. from Simmons College and worked as a psychiatric social worker with an interest in helping victims of child abuse. She was also chief financial officer of Farms Veterinary Clinic. She loved books, music, gardening, and dancing. Predeceased by her parents, Wendell ’38 and Dorothy Trainer Anderson ’38, and her brother David C. Anderson ’65, survivors include her husband of 52 years, William B. Pollock ’64, children William Q. Pollock and Anne Pollock Waldron ’90, four grandchildren, and two sisters, including Jan Anderson Cogbill ’76. Diane Nelson Teubner ’63, Dec. 26, 2016, in Hamilton, Ohio, at 75. She worked more than 35 years as a medical technologist, but gave of herself to her community as a girl scout troop leader, president of the Hamilton City PTA, and member of Ohio’s PTA board. She loved to read and garden, supported NPR, and cared for numerous cats through-

out her life. Survivors include two daughters, two grandchildren, a sister, and extended family, including niece Stacey Sorenson-Ristinmaa ’83. Kendall Burford ’64, Jan. 14, 2017, in Scarborough, Maine, at 77. After one year at Colby, he enlisted with the U.S. Army, returning to Colby in 1961 to complete his degree. In 1967 he earned a law degree from Boston College Law School and practiced as a trial attorney for 33 years. After moving to Maine, he served on the Holden Finance Committee and the Kennebunkport Planning Board. Walks on the beach and caring for bulldogs brought him pleasure. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Linda Doe Burford ’64, two children, and six grandchildren. Anita Hegmann McCray ’64, May 10, 2016, in Old Saybrook, Conn., at 73. She was an engineer who worked as a systems programmer and analyst for companies such as Sylvania Electronics. Together with her husband, William McCray, she raised two sons. Donald C. Oberg ’64, Nov. 29, 2016, in Annandale, Va., at 74. He enlisted with the Navy and served in Vietnam as a navigator on C130s. Throughout his life, he worked for various marine- and seafood-based companies in Portland, Maine, and was a devoted father. His wife, Grace Marie, two daughters, two grandsons and two sisters survive him. Ralph J. Bunche Jr. ’65, Oct. 5, 2016, at 73. He earned an M.A. in international relations from Tuft’s Fletcher School of Diplomacy in 1971 then began working at Citibank. Drafted and sent to Vietnam, he led a rifle patrol as a lieutenant before joining JP Morgan’s Africa team as an investment banker. He served as executive director of Morgan Stanley-London, as a vice president of JP Morgan in London and New York, and worked for ABN AMRO Bank in London. He served as a Colby overseer 1980-85. Predeceased by his father, The Honorable Ralph J. Bunche LL.D. ’52, he is survived by three children and seven grandchildren. Katharine Parker Gordon ’65, Nov. 3, 2016, in Oakmont, Pa., at

73. A lifelong social-justice activist, she started a League of Women Voters chapter in Illinois, founded a NOW chapter in Allentown, Pa., and established a Unitarian Universalist church in Delaware, Ohio. She worked as a staffer in Senator John Glenn’s Columbus, Ohio, office and retired as director of the board of elections in Delaware County, Ohio. Survivors include her three children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. William A. Oates Jr. ’65, Feb. 14, 2017, in Dedham, Mass., at 74. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard 1966-70 then earned his M.B.A. from Harvard. After four years in banking, he became an investment advisor and was founding partner of Northeast Investment Management in Boston, where he managed Northeast Investors Growth Fund for more than 30 years. He served as a Colby trustee 2005-13 and was serving a new fouryear term at the time of his death. He was awarded a Colby Brick in 2015. He was former trustee and board chair of Groton School and former trustee and treasurer of Roxbury Latin School, which award him an honorary degree in 1985. He was a gardener, skier, golfer, and mountaineer who scaled many of the world’s tallest peaks, including the Matterhorn. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth “Muffy” Oates, three daughters, six grandchildren, and two brothers. Carl M. Floyd ’66, Jan. 10, 2017, in New London, Conn., at 74. He served in the U.S. Army before coming to Colby, then began working at the Naval Underwater Systems Center (NUSC) in 1967. He worked in submarine imaging systems for 49 years, including 14 years managing NUSC’s development of several periscopes. A respected leader in his field, he won several awards, including the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in 1990 and the Superior Civilian Service Medal in 2002. He was also a woodworker, a guitar enthusiast, and an amateur luthier. He is survived by two daughters, his partner, three siblings, including Penney Floyd ’73, who subsequently passed away Jan. 21, and his former wife, Judith David ’66.

Joseph B. Johnson ’75, Oct. 13, 2016, in Portsmouth, N.H., at 62. He was employed at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in various positions for 32 years, but his passion was basketball. He was varsity basketball coach at Norwood (Mass.) High School (NHS) and was named Bay State Coach of the Year in 1987. In 2015 he was inducted in the NHS hall of fame, and in 2016 the school

James A. Russell Jr. ’83, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 55. He worked at his family business, Sani Clean Distributors, for more than 30 years while serving leadership roles in Rotary and at his church. He was a runner, a hiker, and caretaker for his daughters following his wife’s death in 2012. Jim passed away unexpectedly at his home. Survivors include two daughters, his parents, and four siblings.

Jeremiah F. Minihan ’74, Sept. 24, 2015, in North Andover, Mass., at 63. He worked for Raytheon and, as a sports lover, coached the Scarlett Knights booster club teams in North Andover. In 1990 he was inducted to the North Andover High School Hall of Fame. His wife, Diane, three children, two grandchildren, and three siblings survive him.

Elizabeth A. Sparkes ’02, Oct. 11, 2016, in Dorchester, Mass., at 36. After receiving her master’s in special education from Simmons College, she taught special education at the Landmark School and later taught mathematics in public schools. She was also a dog trainer and was active in Greyhound Options rescue organization. Predeceased by her father, William Sparkes ’69, she is survived by her mother, Pamela Wolf Sparkes ’71, a brother, and aunts and uncles, including Penelope Wolf Burns ’73 and Robert Sparkes ’74.


Carolyn Penney Floyd ’73, Jan. 21, 2017, in Waterville, Maine, at 65. She earned an R.N. degree while living in Iowa then became an operating room nurse upon returning to Waterville. Her medical focus was ophthalmology and she worked for

Karen Fellows ’74, Feb. 4, 2017, in Northborough, Mass., at 64. She worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, volunteered at a senior center, and was committed to her church. Survivors include her step mother, three step sisters, and a step brother.

Timothy B. Hussey ’78, June 13, 2016, in Boston, Mass., at 59. He earned an M.B.A. at Cornell then joined the family business, Hussey Seating Company, becoming its president in 1995. He served on Colby’s Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2009 and as an overseer from 1997 to 2003, he was co-chair of the Maine Economic Growth Council, on the board of the Maine Compact for Higher Education, and on his local school board. Hussey also was a member of the World President’s Organization. He loved skiing and sailing and was commodore of the Arundel Yacht Club. Predeceased by his father, Philip W. Hussey Jr. ’53, survivors include his mother, Martha De Wolf Hussey ’55, his wife, Marcia, their three children, including Philip ’14, and three siblings, including Anne Hussey ’80 and Richard Hussey ’89.

Erin S. Brenner ’97, Aug. 26, 2016, at 40. She worked in financial services, most recently at Schroder Investment Management as head of intermediary key accounts. She came to Colby from Vancouver, Canada, where a memorial service was held Oct. 22, 2016.

Robert M. Knight ’71, Dec. 14, 2016, in Freeport, Maine, at 67. He earned a master’s in English literature and a J.D., both from the University of Maine, and applied them teaching high school English in China and Brunswick, Maine, and practicing law in Maine. He started as a law clerk for Maine Supreme Court justices, was an associate for a Portland law firm, and worked the last 25 years for the state of Maine. A lover of books, he was a regular reviewer of nonfiction for Kirkus Reviews. He also loved art, music, and good food. Survivors include his partner, Elizabeth Bennett, a daughter, two granddaughters, and two siblings.

Sean P. Barry ’74, Jan. 19, 2017, in Novato, Calif., at 64. He earned a law degree from Golden Gate University and practiced law in the Bay Area. He was a casual vintner who also enjoyed cooking, entertaining, and travel. His wife, Barbara Thayer Barry ’74, and two siblings survive him.

William C. Huling ’77, Jan. 6, 2017, in Colchester, Vt., at 64. He was drafted from Colby into the U.S. Army and served as an MP at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. After returning to Colby and graduating, he worked in retail and sales for a period. He developed an interest in manufacturing and worked for various companies, including Englander, Ethan Allen Furniture, and Copeland Furniture. Survivors include two children, three siblings, including Sandra Huling ’69, and one granddaughter.

a development editor for Allyn and Bacon before becoming a freelancer. She coached students writing college essays and preparing for SATs and ACTs and volunteered at the Holliston Food Pantry. She died of cancer at her home. Predeceased by her grandfather, William Littlefield ’38, she is survived by her parents, her husband, Robert Brooks ’84, three children, three siblings, and extended family, including cousin Rebecca Lowd Legro ’65.


James H. Patch ’70, Nov. 12, 2016, in Boston, Mass., at 69. He worked his entire career for General Electric Aircraft Engines, retiring in 2009. Described as a boating enthusiast and skilled angler, he also retained his lifelong love of hockey—playing, coaching, and spectating. In 1997 he was inducted to the Sports Hall of Fame at Saugus High School, where he was a three-sport athlete. Survivors include his wife, Eileen Boerner Patch ’70, two sons, Gregory ’06 and Timothy ’08, and five siblings.

Charles J. Hogan ’73, Sept. 15, 2016, in London, England. He earned an M.B.A. from Northeastern University and worked in finance in the international arena, first at Experiment in International Living, a school in Brattleboro, Vt., then for McCormack and Dodge Corp. He settled in London and worked for Shearson Lehman. His wife, Juliet Kingsmill, survives him.

dedicated its basketball court in his name. He was also a referee and youth sports coach in Portsmouth. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn, two children, and three brothers.

H. Dean Peterson, M.S.T. ’69, Aug. 31, 2016, in Belgrade, Maine, at 80. He taught high school biology for 30 years in Northport, N.Y., and then for 10 years at the college level in Florida after he retired. He summered in Maine and was president of the Old South Church in Belgrade for 10 years. He was devoted to the church and loved to golf. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Hardy Peterson ’58, their two children, and three grandchildren.

Maine Eye Care until she retired in 2013. She was a proofreader, a gardener, a cook, and a volunteer, primarily with hospice. Predeceased just 10 days by her brother, Carl Floyd ’66, she is survived by her husband, Chuck Lakin, who built the pine coffin in which she was buried in a green cemetery, and two other brothers.


Judith Van Alstyne ’67, Nov. 17, 2016, in Hartford, Conn., at 72. She worked in the fields of insurance, consumer protection, and research. Her passion was in creative art forms such as knitting, baking, and jewelry making. Two brothers survive her.

Cathi M. Lee, Jan. 22, 2017, in Augusta, Maine, at 58. A native of Waterville, she graduated from Thomas College and worked 20 years as office manager for an insurance company. She began working at Colby in Alumni Relations in 2005 and became well known to many alumni who attended reunion and Alumni College. Six of her Jabar uncles graduated from Colby—Herbert ’52, John ’52, Norman ’52, Paul ’52, Anthony ’54, and Joseph ’68—as did several cousins. Her mother, three siblings, and beloved nieces and nephews survive her.

Elizabeth Stillings Brooks ’84, Nov. 8, 2016, in Holliston, Mass., at 54. A writer and editor, she worked as



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As an economist, I am persuaded by data and hard facts. But I also know the power of narrative, which is what I often look for in the books I read (one of my favorite books is The Grapes of Wrath and I can hardly teach the Great Depression without thinking about it). I try to read often and widely, everything from classic fiction to religion and spirituality. I recently finished Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea, a gut-wrenching story about the 19th-century whaling disaster that inspired Melville’s Moby-Dick. I learned a lot reading two good memoirs this year, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance and Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime. Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is the most recent novel I’ve read, and is an imaginative (if not painful) blend of science fiction and history. In nonfiction, I’m currently reading Edward E. Baptist’s thought-provoking book on slavery and capitalism, The Half Has Never Been Told, and Leah Platt Boustan’s Competition in the Promised Land, which rigorously studies the impact of the Great Black Migration in northern cities. And for some lighter fare, I’m blazing my way through Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run.


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First Person This January, while my friends were braving the cold winter up in Maine, I was enjoying the summer at home in Sydney, Australia. This photo was taken at Minnehaha Falls, a popular swimming hole in the gorgeous Blue Mountains, New South Wales. After a hot bush walk down the track, my cousins, sister, and I enjoyed a refreshing swim beneath the waterfall. Along the way, we met some friendly backpackers from Germany, one of whom is pictured here leaping from the slippery rock face. —Clare Stephens ’18


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Current Exhibitions


GEORGE BELLOWS AND WORLD WAR I February 9–September 3, 2 017


Through June 11, 2 017

Colby College Museum of Art Waterville, Maine 207.859.5600 Tuesday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm; Sunday: noon–5 pm; Closed Monday Open until 9 pm on Thursdays during the academic year


Photo by Roy Craven. Courtesy of Fondation Zao Wou-Ki.

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