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Arunprakash "Arun" Balachandran '96 and his wife Nithya are moving from Central New Jersey to a new home in Poughkeepsie, NY. Emily Grandy '01 was hired by Delta Zeta National Sorority as Collegiate Chapter Consultant for the 2001-02 school year."
1932
One nice surprise in our July mail was a letter from Lois Acker Blanchford, one of our favorite classmates. She and husband Henry Blanchford '35 are both alumni and still live in Water Mill, NY. We were happy to hear that Lois is very busy keeping up with her large family (beginning with four children, 11 grandchildren ... and three great-grandchildren, plus another due in September!). Since they live all over the US - in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, California, and Montana - as well as one in Germany, Lois is understandably busy trying to keep up-to-date with them all. We hope she has a computer ... and e-mail! - Wilma McLean Tucciarone '32
1934
I still am in touch with Dot House Crisjohn and Laura Thompson Chouse. We are the last three Sigma Chi members who lived in the house in 1935. We have lots of good memories. Dot lost her husband, Warren "Cris" Crisjohn '36, in February 2001 after a long illness. She lives in her own home and has a daughter and son who live nearby. She is active in her church and a senior citizens group, and enjoys playing the organ. Laura Thompson Chouse is now living in a retirement community in Amsterdam, NY. She travels frequently to visit and attend family events. My sister sent me a picture of a Hornell High School reunion. Charles "Shot" Henderson '36 was holding his class number, 29. You may recall that he and another student ran a "Pick-Up-Return" cleaning service. He was in the New York legislature for many years. The city courthouse now has his name. Do you remember when we sent our laundry home and got goodies in the returned case? No washers or dryers in Alfred in those days. As for me, after emergency surgery and five weeks in the hospital last summer, I'm back to near normal. In fact, in June our family took a cruise to Alaska, doing the Inside Passage from Vancouver, BC - a spectacular trip. We even took the Whitehorse-Klondyke train in Skagway. It follows the route of the 1889 gold rush to the Yukon. This was our second trip. This time we were the oldest, but we had fun. Let's hear from '34! - Catherine Davis Simpson
Laura Thompson Chouse is now living in a retirement community in Amsterdam, NY. She travels frequently to visit and attend family events.
1935
Virginia Bardeen Bartlett sent a letter: "I graduated from AU majoring in Latin and French (but) have yet to teach either subject. I did take several biology courses from H.O. Burdick, and they helped me be qualified for high school science teaching in Florida. I spent most of my 42 years of teaching in elementary school and being a Title I reading teacher. In the meantime, I gradually acquired beef cattle, raising the mothers and selling the calves as a hobby. At present I have about 70 cattle on about 120 acres of land near Leesburg, FL. With the help of my daughter Jane, I cut about 80 acres of hay each year for the cattle and sell the excess hay. I also have 30 acres of oranges. As you can guess, the baby calves are my first love. I am very thankful that at my age, I am mobile; that I can think reasonably well; and that I have plenty of living things to keep me busy! I wish each of my classmates good health in this New Year."
When Janet LaDue Prentice Skinner wintered in Florida, she and several friends experienced the VIP tour of Cape Canaveral. At sunrise of the following day, the watched the liftoff of Discovery from the VIP viewing area.
1936
I heard from Frank Giannasio '36. He was quite the football player at Alfred, as I recall. He and his wife Margaret are now living on Cape Cod (36 Atkins Road, E. Sandwich, MA 02537) and love it! Drop them a line if you get a chance ...
Beatrice Mautner Wolchonok. The 87-year-old artist lives in a house she describes as a museum, because it is filled with her sculptures. The pieces are not all alike or even similar; she has created works influenced by African art, elegant realistic sculptures of ballet dancers, and abstract works, among others. Even having a leg amputated three years ago didn't stop her from being active, although she acknowledges she doesn't sculpt as much as she would like. Her favorite sculpture is one of four dancers that was used on the cover of a Kravis Center brochure. "It has an air of excitement ... before the dancers come on stage," she told the Post. "I named the piece 'Anticipation.'" She still swims every day, watches tennis matches on TV, plays bridge, and socializes. Recently she and her husband Harold celebrated their 60th anniversary. "My husband (is) very unusual," she said. "He puts up with me. Sometimes I'm not so easy to live with, being an artistic person ... Sometimes it's difficult to understand me."
1937
Sam Scholes, is being honored along with former professors Richard Sands and the late A. Thomas Gray. An AU alumnus has endowed a scholarship in honor of former science professors ... Sam Scholes, Marion Phillips Bartlett, and Dot Schirm Ievers represented our class at the 2001 Reunion, our 64th! Chuck Henderson '36 and Janet LaDue Skinner '35 joined them at the table.
Upon Dot Ievers's arrival home in County Clare, Ireland, I received a very nice letter and copies of the patchwork hobby she is involved with. Patchwork is very popular, not only in Ireland but in Europe. On her arrival, Dot was taken out to teas and luncheons in celebration, her friends said, that she arrived back safe. I think we in America could use some of this sentiment.
Jean Williams Lampman just returned from a trip to Austria, where her son and his wife teach. Jean and I have been wondering about Thelma Bates Ames '36 as we have no word from her in North Carolina since the passing of her husband Robert S. Ames. I trust the Alfred Magazine will reach her wherever she has moved to.
1942
Dorothea Maibaum is still living in her home in Morton, NY, where she keeps busy taking care of the lawn and flowers and is active in her church and in local social clubs. A Shetland sheep dog, Abby, is her companion. Last year she enjoyed a trip to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Dorothea remembers classmates and two teachers, the late Dr. Clara Nelson H'78 and Marian Fosdick. To her recollection and mine too, they were both outstanding instructors. Dorothea visited Alfred last fall and was impressed at how large the University has become ...
from the wife of Donald Oberlender, telling me he died in December 1993 from cancer. She said he spoke often about his time at AU and had talked about going to a reunion.
Josephine Procopio Albarelli continues busy with her activities as a docent at the Rodin Museum near her home in Philadelphia. In August and September she enjoyed visits from two nieces and their families, the first from Syracuse, NY, and the second from North Carolina.
Jeanne Heckman Fulford '45 from Swansea, MA, e-mailed me asking what plans I have for our 60th reunion. Well, my plans are to encourage you, my classmates, to be in Alfred for the big reunion the first weekend in June. Betty Stangl Thomas
from Stan Langworthy from Pitman, NJ, Stan retired 10 years ago from teaching at Rowan University, but kept teaching part-time a couple of times a week. He added, "Isn't it great we share memories of Alfred with our spouses? Long walks together, up the hills that surround the town; little dances at Social Hall and the frat houses, and big dances at the gym." He recalls the 9 p.m. breaks from studying to hear Glenn Miller on the radio. He even recalled washing dishes for board and room at Lambda Chi, something he is still doing at home, and aren't we all ... Now, he and his wife Betsy Burns Langworthy '44 have their three great-grandsons in their clutches, sometimes overnight, a couple of times a week. Stan also remembers a part-time import of Dr. Seidlin's, a Dr. Poppelbaum from the Rudolph Steiner School in New York City. "His breadth of knowledge and zest brought us the world," Stan says. A yarn of Stan's goes like this: "One Friday in January, Dr. Seidlin's office gave this message: 'You are to start student teaching Monday at Wellsville High School. You are to transport there the following four students,' (since I, Stan, had that '31 Buick roadster). Thus it chanced that with Marguerite Carlson Adkins and Paul Pettit in front, and two guys shivering aft in the rumble seat covered with a horse blanket, we set forth. Descending one hill, I spotted a patch of ice ahead. I nudged Marguerite and said, 'Watch this.' Thinking to add zest to the voyage, I twisted the wheel a tad. Well, zest we got! Took down a barbed wire fence, explored an orchard, and returned to the road. 'You OK?' I asked Marguerite 'Yes,' she replied, 'but I think Paul fainted.'" And now what to your wondering eyes doth appear but a miniature quiz not inclined to endear (still from Stan): 1. The Dean of Women in our Alfred years 2. A scholar in the classics known as "Shakey" 3. The carillonneur who hit the right notes on the bells 4. The only bearded full-time professor 5. The dedicatee of the 1942 yearbook. These questions are part of Stan's mini-quiz, with more to come. Do you know any of them? E-mail, write, or phone. I've got the answers ...
1943
Bob Sinclair and his wife Patsy are such loyal purveyors of interesting news items. This is because they continue to find new, different and quality places to visit in the "golden state." In June, they attended the annual meeting of the California Historical Societies, held in San Pedro. Bob found the area both memorable and nostalgic, as that is where he and his Navy crew returned with their LSM-9 after World War II. The Sinclairs had dinner on the "Lane Victory," a WWII cargo ship launched in 1945 from L.A. harbor. It served in the final days of the war, and through the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. It was mothballed until 1988, when Pres. Reagan deeded it to the U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans of WW II, who completely restored it. The ship has been designated a National Historic Landmark. In addition, Bob and Patsy toured Fort MacArthur, also in San Pedro. This was an Army post from 1914 to 1982, and played a key role in the defense of the American Pacific coastline during that time.
Carl Jacobi is looking forward to driving to Seattle, WA, to see his new granddaughter. This inveterate long distance motorist may have slowed down a bit, but I bet I'll be hearing from Carl about his trip there, and probably some planned future ventures.
A most welcome message arrived from George Jones, from whom I hadn't heard in eight years. He and his wife Claire Bottin Jones, whom he married in Belgium in 1946, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary June 1 of this year. They have five children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Over the years, they've made many trips abroad to visit relatives and friends in Belgium and Germany. In return, they've enjoyed the company of several of Claire's relatives from Belgium. George has always had an interest in environmental issues, and has been an activist for many different groups from the Audubon Society to Common Cause. He also keeps in touch with his WWII military friends, planning to attend the reunion of the 405th Fighter Group in Charleston, SC, in October. I look forward to hearing from George again, as he said he would keep in touch.
Guy Hartman, M.D. and his wife, Shirley Baldwin Hartman '45, attended their 11th Bach Festival this summer in Eugene, OR, where their middle daughter, Tina, has been singing for ten years. The Hartmans partake of a very active social life, attending opera, ballet, symphony, and other musical presentations. A Shakespeare festival was in the plans for late August, and, for Guy, a trip to Europe for a month this fall. These ventures were to be followed by professional meetings in Las Vegas. Guy and Shirley always seem to lead very fulfilling lives, rewarding to themselves and others.
I can always depend upon Margaret Ames Parker for e-mail that imparts good feelings, a humorous bent, and enthusiasm for however she and her husband Merle Parker '40 are spending their busy days. They still play some golf in the slower summer pace in Florida, swim several times a week, and take their daily walk, trying to keep all systems on "go." Marg volunteers one day a week at the public library book store, where donated magazines and books are sold at bargain prices. She spends considerable time with her genealogy interests, and writes a column for a local monthly genealogy publication. She uncovers some amazing stories in following this pursuit. Her favorite involved a 90-year-old lady who traveled with a daredevil circus, rode motorcycles in a dome, raised a lion cub in her home, and was a pilot who won the All Women's International Air Race in 1935! Later this summer, Marg and Merle have plans to fly north to visit their families in Rochester, NY, and South Deerfield, MA, where they will celebrate Merle's 84th birthday. We hope they will have a safe and very enjoyable trip, and that Merle will have a wonderfully happy birthday get-together. May he and Marg celebrate many future birthdays and anniversaries together! My thanks to everyone who generously contributed to this column.
With his usual droll humor, Marv Britton confesses that he's about three generations behind in "computerese." He keeps being reminded of it by a 21-year-old grandson, a computer expert and intern at Corning, Inc., who is spending the summer with him. A most embarrassing situation, indeed. Marv admits he loves the young man dearly, so he can't kick him out! He concludes that he'll get his dignity back in the fall, when his grandson goes home.
J. David Broudo continues his busy life of painting, exhibiting his works to an appreciative public, and traveling abroad. This summer, he had a successful exhibit in Boston, and was anticipating being host to an Endicott College alumni group tour to Spain this November. He was also developing a series of paintings exploring the decorative qualities of Venice, inspired by his Italian tour last year.
Rhoda "Do" Ungar Merriman Jost writes that she still keeps busy with volunteer activities, swimming, and gardening. I recall that she has become a somewhat celebrated pickle maker! She and husband Slim hope to travel to their favorite vacation place in Puerto Rico this coming winter.
Once in a great while, a letter is received from a classmate whom I never knew during our student days, but who now reinforces my conviction that, indeed, our class of '43 was one of the greatest! Such a person is (Marvin) Bob Krassner, who wrote me a letter in April, then bought a new computer and developed e-mail proficiency, but not before some really funny experiences with his new communicator. Bob confesses that, as an artist, he was wont to think in linear form, rather than digital, and the idea of zeros and ones flying through space did not stimulate nor inspire him, but rather, intimidated him! After using his best "epistolary acumen" to reply to our initial e-mail messages, he said he pressed the wrong button, and his efforts disappeared somewhere in the machine's innards. After a short period of bewilderment and frustration, he cracked the puzzle, and we're now welcoming some compellingly written e-mail. Bob is a talented correspondent, expressing wit, humor, spontaneity, and depth of feeling. During a phone conversation, he passed on some brief biographical info. He was in the Navy during WWII, on a small ship hunting German submarines in the North Atlantic. After the war, he and Louis Kelem '44 founded a business, Potters of Wall Street, located in a building loft in New York City's financial district. After a time, they moved it to a factory building in Brooklyn, specializing in vases and decorative pieces. However, their efforts were not rewarded with success. So, quoting Bob, he did an "about face" and went into a family business, from which he retired in 1985. Since then, he and his wife Bea keep busy with a wide variety of activities, among them, ballroom dancing, which has taken them to many different venues and greatly extended their circle of friends and social engagements. They live within 1000 yards of a large sandy beach on the Atlantic, so quick swims are always a desirable option. One of Bob's anecdotes involved Emma Jo Hill Potter, my roommate for three years. Its seems that he, the late George Hyams, M.D., and Emma Jo were all in Prof. Crofoot's sophomore lit. class. While Bob and George foot-dragged through the year, Emma Jo was on the "A" train, as usual. The pair avoided the dire consequences of their inactivity by borrowing her copious "notes and quotes," and succeeded in acing the course! More about Bob and his colorful reminiscences will follow in future notes.
1944
William Turck retired from Ford Motor Co. more than 12 years ago - but he didn't really retire. "I've still worked for Ford indirectly for the last 12-plus years," he told the Southgate, MI, News-Herald. On June 1, 2001, more than a decade after his retirement party, friends and co-workers threw a luncheon party to celebrate the engineer's 50th year at Ford. Turck, who moved to Michigan with his wife Lura Polan Turck after the war, spent most of his career as a designer and engineer of chassis systems, doing a lot of work with front and rear suspension. He designed the floor shifter for the first Thunderbird in 1955, engineered and designed the front suspension layout for the Ford Falcon in 1960, and also worked on the rear suspension layout for the special edition "Bullitt Mustang," named for the 1968 movie starring Steve McQueen. Later, after only a few weeks of retirement, he was offered a chance to work with Ford's advanced vehicle design team, and grabbed it. Over the years, he registered three patents for improved ride and handling solutions he engineered. A fourth is pending. His grown children say they can't remember a time when their father didn't like his job. He was always working on a project and would explain the designs to the kids.
J. Andrew "Andy" Lange, a lifelong pilot, recently told an Alfred visitor the tale of his airplane construction project. He built an experimental aircraft on the ground floor of the condo where he now lives in Syracuse, NY. To get it out into the outdoors, he had to take the craft out of the building without its wings. Walter E. Taylor Jr. and his high school sweetheart wife, Muriel Smith Taylor, are enjoying retirement at their home in Huron, OH. They are the grandparents of a remarkable granddaughter who came to live in America after being born in Central Europe.
1945
Jeanne Heckman Fulford '45 from Swansea, MA, e-mailed me asking what plans I have for our 60th reunion.
So, classmates, I would really like to hear from you. I would love to have you visit. I live in a beautiful retirement community, and three of my four daughters live in New England. I am well and am busy with volunteer activities and my lovely flower garden. - Phyllis "P.A." Little Burgess
I returned yesterday from a trip to Allegany County, where I attended my 60th high school reunion in Cuba, NY. I had not been back to the area for many years. My youngest daughter, Dianne Burgess Hodgdon '75, did the driving from my home, and we spent a day traveling around the Alfred area. Alfred has certainly grown, with so many new buildings and changes, but it is still as beautiful as I remembered it. We even had lunch at the Collegiate, which hasn't changed much. The trip was memorable for us both ...
Joyce Soyars MacCrimmon finally caught up with me, and reports that she never lost her Long Island accent. She moved to Richmond, VA, three years ago after her husband died. She now lives near her son and his family. She saw Isabel Smith Hungerford in Naples, FL, a year ago, and they enjoyed a long visit. Joyce is involved in many activities and told me that her hair is snow white ...
1948
Now that Bob Burdick has retired for at least the third time, he is better able to keep an eye out for hungry critters. They're perennially trying to feast on his extensive backyard vegetable and flower gardens at his Syracuse, NY, home.
1949
Leonard C. Gold and Shirley L. Bernstein Gold '50 write, "We're celebrating our 51st wedding anniversary, and it all began at Alfred U."
Michael Orzano and his wife Catherine "Kay" Carey spent August 2000 away from their home in Columbus, OH, at Carey Cottage, a family getaway on the shore of Keuka Lake. Mike and his Alfred pal, Charles "Chili" Deignan '49, of Rocklin, CA, continue to trade Alfred stories and memorabilia with each other.
1950
Leonard C. Gold and Shirley L. Bernstein Gold '50 write, "We're celebrating our 51st wedding anniversary, and it all began at Alfred U."
"Van Derck Frechette (who died March 21, 2001) was a splendid person," wrote David A. Crump '50. "I remember the first time I saw him; I was 12. I looked up to him because he was so tall. Later, I would continue to look up because he was a person of size and caring. I knew him as a man of faith and integrity. Being in liberal arts, I did not have him as a professor, but he was consistent in taking time, mentoring, supporting, and making a difference for me. A few years ago ... he and his family received me for an impromptu visit. It was a warm and pleasant time. His many years of valuable service to Alfred University are both a model and an inspiration."
1959
Eric Twiname is the co-author, with Richard Mistler '59, of the first textbook about tapecasting and the ceramic industry, published this year by the American Ceramic Society. Eric and Rich work together at Richard E. Mistler, Inc., in Yardley, PA, where the company manufactures custom tapecasting machinery and supplies for the tapecasting industry specializing in research applications.
1961
Jim Jordan and AU Trustee Joel Moskowitz '61 had a mini-reunion recently when they met on the beach in the Virgin Islands, where they were each vacationing. Until Jim spotted Joel's Alfred shirt and came up to chat, they had never met.
Steve Levine and his wife Michiko traveled again this year to Japan for a visit with their son, Jonathan Levine '96, who teaches English in a high school there. They also enjoyed traveling to many sites to keep up with their lifelong interest in and collection of Japanese ceramics. Their younger son, Michael, created and maintains the website for the foremost ceramic art gallery in Japan. Also this summer, for the first time in three years, Steve took his classic MG sports car out of storage, displaying it in his yard and cautiously driving it on occasion.
Martin "Marty" Nelson Jr. '61 and his wife Anne. I had not seen them since graduating. In the luxury of their big car I enjoyed many rides from White Plains to campus during my freshman and sophomore years. They have a log house in North Salem, NY, and are retired, traveling the world. One of Marty's pastimes is to throw bottles overboard from their cruise ship marked with their name, address, date and location. Anne said you are just amazed at the replies that get from people who find the bottles washed up on shore all over the world. I had hoped to write a lot more in this column but we have been in Italy and then various events have consumed my time.
1962
Jim Young continues to live in Somerset, NJ, where he swims four days a week and lifts weights on the fifth. This keeps him in shape for his six to eight trips per year to exotic locations around the world for diving. He returns regularly to a favorite out-of-the-way diving location in Honduras. Recently he shared with an Alfred visitor fond memories of faculty colleagues Tom Gray, Mel Bernstein, Ellis Drake, and John Stull '52 as well as students Bob Meltzer '60, Arthur "Archie" Bresnick '60, and Richard Lee Lane '57.
Steve Eisenstein lives in Houston with Andrea, his wife of 36 years. They have four kids and are in the throes of preparing for their third wedding. Daughter Jenelle is married, and she and husband David are taking good care of Andrea and Steve's 2-year-old grandson. Son Michael lives in Seattle, where he and his fiancee Amy will be getting married in November. Son Jonathan lives in Stamford, CT, with his wife Debbie (when he is there - he is the family traveler, and we have lost count of the countries he has visited for his company). And daughter Lisa works and lives in Houston. By the way, Steve says empty nest is really not all that bad! Steve reports that he got jealous when the kids were in college; he missed classes and schoolwork. Soooo, always the student, Steve started law school in 1989 and got his JD degree at night in 1993. A few years later he took a review course, and then took - and, he wants us to know, passed on his first try - the rather formidable US Patent Bar exam. He is not ready for retirement. "I have too much fun learning new things and passing on sage advice to the younger people I work with," he says. "I guess the time will come when it is no longer fun, but now is not it. If I do retire from my present company, it will only be to take a new career direction."
Sandra Kaplan Coplon wrote, "On July 27, 28, and 29, I will participate in the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, 60 miles from San Jose to San Francisco. I am spending my free time training."
1963
William "Bill" Tsibulsky continues as director of human resources and purchasing for the City of Aurora, OH. His daughter Sarah has completed her freshman year at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.
As I write this, sad news has come that Bill Nevins died Aug. 20, 2001, of a heart attack. The news came from a colleague of Bill's in Pattaya, Thailand, where Bill lived and worked as a university lecturer. He also worked in Bangkok. Once the word was out, several alumni were also kind enough to e-mail this information to me. (Coordinator's note: Bill Nevins was the son of the late Lillian Texiere Nevins '37 and the late W. Varick Nevins III.)
Hank "Tom" Mix and Linda Lindblom Mix '64 have two daughters. Debbie Mix Berg is an English professor at Michigan State University, and Kirstin Mix Williams is a veterinarian in San Antonio, TX. Hank works for SNR Bearings USA in Atlanta, GA, and Linda is an obstetrical nurse at Cobb Hospital in Austell, GA.
Fred Shandell and his wife Susan live in Plainfield, NJ, where Fred continues as CFO of Injectron Corp., a manufacturer of extruded products in a plant using 300,000 square feet for manufacturing space. Their daughter Stacey works for the World Bank. Their son Jonathan just completed his MA at the Yale Drama School, where he is beginning to study toward his Ph.D. in dramaturgy.
1964
After several years of service as secretary of the National Association of Urologists, Martin Resnick will begin a year as president-elect of the organization. During his term as secretary, the Association built a new national headquarters in Baltimore. Marty continues as professor and chair of the Department of Urology at University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH.
Word came from Connie Drennon '67 of the death of Ottavio "Tave" Mallamaci, a ceramic engineering graduate, of an apparent heart attack at his home near Akron, OH. He started with Goodyear in 1969, and for the last year of his life, was president of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's engineered products division. "He sounds like someone of whom the University can be proud," wrote Connie, whose husband Clarence Drennon taught ROTC at AU from 1965-67. "At Alfred, he discovered he liked teaching, and took his first art history classes. By 1972 he had earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering, and started his second career as a professor of civil engineering. He is now retired from the University of Akron. Alfred's art history classes have been the foundation of his great love of European art and our excuse to travel to art museums all over the world ... and oh, yes, our "Alfred baby daughter" is the mother of our only grandchild, 13-month-old Miranda."
"Having worked as a free-lance graphics and advertising artist, Ellen Meyer Gold now works as a picture framer for the Mt. Kisco Frame Shop. She became a grandmother with the birth of Chloe Madison Gold, born May 23, 2001, to Benjamin and Dana Gold. Her other son Jeremy was married in Montreal Aug. 26, 2001, to Serena Goldberg ...
Hank "Tom" Mix and Linda Lindblom Mix '64 have two daughters. Debbie Mix Berg is an English professor at Michigan State University, and Kirstin Mix Williams is a veterinarian in San Antonio, TX. Hank works for SNR Bearings USA in Atlanta, GA, and Linda is an obstetrical nurse at Cobb Hospital in Austell, GA.
Bob Perlman retired from Intel Corp. in early July after 23 years, ending as vice president for tax, licensing, & customs. "Shortly thereafter, I joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers on a part-time basis, consulting on corporate administration. My wife Lynn and I are moving to Las Vegas in November, about half a block from the strip in a 40-story high-rise - no more lawns, pools, or termites. I have completed one full year as an Alfred trustee and it's been a great experience. The trustees are dedicated, concerned, competent, and fun. What more could you ask for? As soon as we move, the travel begins; trips to just about everywhere are on the agenda. Best wishes to all my classmates."
Dennis Newbury and his wife Loretta Kershner Newbury run a crafts store called Country Creations, where they sell country furniture, hand-painted slates, decorative birdhouses, and other crafts. Dennis also does consulting work (Dennis Newbury & Co.) as well as troubleshooting, marketing, and decorating. The Newburys have two children, Heather Marie Rall and Dennis Jr., and three grandchildren, Hannah, 3; Emma, 2; and Isabelle, 1. As a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Dennis is a master instructor and public education officer. He's also a fellow of the American Ceramic Society ...
1965
We got hold of a copy of a story from the June 3, 2001, "News Observer's Sunday Reader" written by David Ball. He holds an MA in English literature from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in theater from the University of Minnesota. Although he works as a trial consultant based in Durham, NC, he has written dozens of plays that have been produced across the country and abroad, including "Bad Guys" performed by the Duke Stage Co. at Duke University. He has published two books of nonfiction and two more are scheduled to appear this winter. He published The Swamp Outlaws, the Civil War Story of Henry Berry Lowery and his North Carolina Indian Raiders, a historical novel and his first published fiction, last spring through the internet publisher 1stBooks.com. The article we found is an excerpt titled "Devil in the Privy (Henry Berry Lowery goes courting)".
1967
Artist A. Thomas O'Grady, who holds a master of science in education from AU, continues to exhibit his work since retiring as a public school teacher and administrator. His recent exhibitions include a two-month show at John White's 2nd Street Gallery in Coudersport, PA.
Peter Jacobus continues to work in Philadelphia in his own headhunting firm, specializing, as he has done for many years, in recruiting for the software industry. He lives in Wynnewood, PA, with his wife Judi.
1968
Don Hallenbeck's daughter, Connie Hallenbeck Woody '69, sent me one of her father's newsletters and enclosed a note, saying Don will be 90 in September and has only been retired from his company one and a half years! (I told Don that Hallmark is now offering 90th birthday cards.) I called Connie to thank her and we had a very nice conversation. Her sister, Bonnie Hallenbeck Benincasa '68, is also an Alfred grad. I also found out that Connie was Theta Chi and Bonnie was Sigma Chi. The two sisters live in New Hampshire.
Lane Ehmke stayed home alone when his wife Sue La Grille Ehmke took their younger son, Michael, on a trip to England as a high school graduation reward. Lane and Sue's older son, Peter, having graduated from the University of Dayton, is working for the Class A minor league baseball team in Columbia, SC. Lane continues as president of the Credit Services Division of Bridgestone/Firestone in Brook Park, OH.
Lane Ehmke stayed home alone when his wife Sue La Grille Ehmke took their younger son, Michael, on a trip to England as a high school graduation reward. Lane and Sue's older son, Peter, having graduated from the University of Dayton, is working for the Class A minor league baseball team in Columbia, SC. Lane continues as president of the Credit Services Division of Bridgestone/Firestone in Brook Park, OH.
Harriet Bernstein Spleth, who earned a BFA in 1968 and an MFA in 1971, has made a donation to the Library Fund in memory of Dr. Melvin H. and Mrs. Mae B. Bernstein. The gift is designated for the Library Fund.
1969
As their older son, Ben, enters his senior year as an English major at AU, younger son Tim begins his college career at Ithaca, while parents Wayne Lee and Beth Munroe Lee learn to cope with the empty-nest syndrome by continuing their teaching careers near their home in Fanwood, NJ.
John Belcastro continues his lifelong avocation as a connoisseur and expert on fine wines. He still lives in Avon Lake, OH.
Don Hallenbeck's daughter, Connie Hallenbeck Woody '69, sent me one of her father's newsletters and enclosed a note, saying Don will be 90 in September and has only been retired from his company one and a half years! (I told Don that Hallmark is now offering 90th birthday cards.) I called Connie to thank her and we had a very nice conversation. Her sister, Bonnie Hallenbeck Benincasa '68, is also an Alfred grad. I also found out that Connie was Theta Chi and Bonnie was Sigma Chi. The two sisters live in New Hampshire.
As their older son, Ben, enters his senior year as an English major at AU, younger son Tim begins his college career at Ithaca, while parents Wayne Lee and Beth Munroe Lee learn to cope with the empty-nest syndrome by continuing their teaching careers near their home in Fanwood, NJ.
David Sidman and his wife Carol Bollag Sidman live in North Carlwell, NJ. David is president of a Pella Windows and Doors distributorship. Their daughter Lisa graduated from the University of Michigan and will be attending Fordham Law School, and their son Brian is a freshman at the University of Arizona.
1970
Terry Montgomery continues as vice president at the headquarters of Chubb & Son in Warren, NJ, where his group is responsible for Chubb's insuring of cargo shipped by sea or air around the world. His wife Nancy Risser continues to work as a nurse practitioner. They live in Basking Ridge, NJ, with their son Dan, 10. Their older son, Craig, is a student at Duke, with a dual major in English and physics.
Although Steve Forman appears to be a mild-mannered financial services professional where he works now at KPMG, he has great stories from the 16 years he worked for NBC as a unit manager for the TV sports division. There he was responsible for the well-being of on-air celebrities broadcasting the Olympics and major events around the US, such as Tim McCarver and Joe Garagiola. Steve and his wife Amy have two youngsters, Craig, 14, and Suzanne, 10.
From your correspondent: "In March I spent a few fun-packed days with John B. "Moose" Klos in San Diego while he finished up a business convention with his employer, Mirant Corp., which produces energy. I gave Johnny K an overview of our troubled energy status here in California, and we still had time for touring, dining, wining, and a walk down memory lane. In early August, we are getting together with Joe Kopczynski and his wife Cheryl to celebrate her birthday with a weekend of fly fishing on the Klamath River in Northern California. Greetings from the Wine Country!" - Peter Immordino
1971
When he can get away from his work as a podiatrist on the staff of the Cleveland Clinic and stop worrying about his teen-age son JJ's new driver's license, Jim Hall tends his impressive flower and vegetable gardens at his Cleveland Heights home.
Joyce Ludwig is principal software quality engineer at Titan Systems in Vienna, VA.
1972
Jim Jordan and AU Trustee Joel Moskowitz '61 had a mini-reunion recently when they met on the beach in the Virgin Islands, where they were each vacationing. Until Jim spotted Joel's Alfred shirt and came up to chat, they had never met.
Barbara Peyser Murray and Ed Murray '73 tell us that their oldest child, Winifred, has completed her sophomore year at Tufts, where she is studying pre-veterinary medicine and art. The Murrays still live in Hudson, OH.
Kevin "Skip" Hildebrand and Kathy Tokarski Hildebrand continue to live and work in Rutherford, NJ, where he owns an insurance agency and she is a social worker. They recently told an Alfred visitor how they met on Kathy's first day at Alfred. A football hulk, Skip carried her luggage up the stairs. Their daughters are both out of college. Karie works as a physical therapist and Katie is a special education teacher.
Kevin "Skip" Hildebrand and Kathy Tokarski Hildebrand continue to live and work in Rutherford, NJ, where he owns an insurance agency and she is a social worker. They recently told an Alfred visitor how they met on Kathy's first day at Alfred. A football hulk, Skip carried her luggage up the stairs. Their daughters are both out of college. Karie works as a physical therapist and Katie is a special education teacher.
Steven Fanta is project manager for Vectron Data & Medical Systems in New York City.
1973
Barbara Peyser Murray and Ed Murray '73 tell us that their oldest child, Winifred, has completed her sophomore year at Tufts, where she is studying pre-veterinary medicine and art. The Murrays still live in Hudson, OH.
1974
Kathleen Mulcahy is artistic director for the Pittsburgh Glass Center. She and her husband, Ron Desmett, have been working on this project for 12 years. The center will open Oct. 19, 2001, for classes, artists' residencies, and public access. A total of $2.7 million was raised to purchase and renovate buildings for the school, which has an executive director and a board of 20 ...
Jeff Zamek has developed a series of new moist clay body formulas, which are now being distributed throughout the US. Also, Jeff has been chosen as the first person appointed to the newly-formed advisory board by Alchemy Ventures Ltd., which will work on development and marketing plans for the company's kaolin deposit in Idaho."
"Tod Pardon had his first museum show at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY, featuring his jewelry, sculpture, painting, and computer prints from the past 10 years. A collector purchased one of his brooches and donated it to the American Craft Museum in New York City. In December 2001, Tod will have a one-person show at the Aaron Faber Gallery in New York ...
Earlier this year, Chris Welker was flying to Hungary for the 30th time. Feeling like a world traveler, he asked the man next to him how many times he had been to Hungary. "This is my 124th trip," was the response. Chris continues racking up the miles as the general manager for glass engineering for General Electric. He's based in Cleveland, OH, but has responsibility for seven U.S. plants, four in Hungary, and one each in China, India, Brazil, and Chile. Soon he will add plants in Indonesia and Mexico. Remarkably, he has never missed a soccer or basketball game played by his athlete son, Chad, who has finished his freshman year at Case Western.
1975
The AU Alumni Council honored Susan Rogers with an alumni service certificate for her service to the university and her participation in the WXXI-Alfred film project Out of the Fire: The Art and Science of Ceramics.
1976
"Bringing people together to build hope for the future" is the title of a profile of Doug Kulmacz, director of volunteer and recreation services for the Connecticut Department of Corrections. The profile, which appeared in the June 2001 issue of "Corrections Today" magazine, is part of a feature titled "The Best in the Business: Saluting Correctional Excellence." During his 15 years as director, community participation has grown from 1,000 volunteers a year to 2,500 volunteers a month. Currently 10,000 inmates, about half Connecticut's inmate population, participate in services or programs provided by volunteers. "The programs help differentiate the inmates who want to do something with their lives," says Kulmacz. "Once they get on the right path, the volunteer piece helps them get where they need to go."
1977
Ann Richardson Miller writes that she recently started a new job as publications director at the Madeira School in Virginia.
1979
"Martha Mullane wrote to say she is living in Rochester, NY, and works at Rochester General Hospital and Edison Tech High School as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She has her master's degree from the University of Rochester and SUNY Brockport. In November 1999, she adopted a beautiful daughter from China, and on July 21, 2001, Martha was married to Terry Wallacer. Congrats all around, Martha!
1980
Kitty McCarthy, who has served as Alfred University's Director of Admissions since August 1996, has accepted the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Marketing for the SUNY system. Her new job started July 1, 2001.
Dick Craft has been named head coach for the team he played for in high school, the Notre Dame of Elmira (NY) Crusaders. He has served in subordinate roles - including that of defensive coordinator - for 18 years. Although he played varsity football at AU and semi-pro ball for the Napa Valley, CA, Bears, he says he learned the coaching trade from retiring head coach Mike D'Aloisio. In Dick's years with Notre Dame, the team has notched 147 wins, 12 divisional titles, three Section 4 championships, and an intersectional bowl game title in 1990. He told the Elmira Star-Gazette that coaching makes a good change from his day job as a Chemung County sheriff's deputy.
1982
Elizabeth Robinson Judson has been named Director of Industry Relations for Yamacraw, a unique Georgia economic development program that aims to make the state a world leader in the design of broadband communications systems, devices, and chips. The initiative combines the efforts of private enterprise, academia, and state government. Dr. Judson is responsible for establishing strategic direction for Yamacraw's commercialization activities, managing intellectual property developed through Yamacraw research, and ensuring the satisfaction of member companies. Dr. Judson earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999. For more about Yamacraw and telecommunications jobs in Georgia, go to www.yamacraw.org.
1983
Matt Schreiner and Tracey Ticknor Schreiner '85 live in Pennsylvania with their daughter, Audrey, 8, and son, William, 5. Matt is a product manager for W.L. Gore and Tracey manages an IT group for DuPont.
Andrew Yale and Susan Cardinal Yale live in Midlothian, VA, near Richmond. "Our twin boys, Mark and Seth, just turned 5 and will be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2001," they wrote. "Andrew is a physician assistant with a large cardiac surgery practice in Richmond, and Susan is busy raising the boys. She is also involved in the Midlothian Junior Women's Club. We'd like to hear from classmates; they can e-mail us at asyale@home.com."
Andrew Yale and Susan Cardinal Yale live in Midlothian, VA, near Richmond. "Our twin boys, Mark and Seth, just turned 5 and will be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2001," they wrote. "Andrew is a physician assistant with a large cardiac surgery practice in Richmond, and Susan is busy raising the boys. She is also involved in the Midlothian Junior Women's Club. We'd like to hear from classmates; they can e-mail us at asyale@home.com."
Xavier Toubes is a professor in the ceramics department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is participating in a reorganization of the curriculum, a rebuilding of the school, and an upgrading of its equipment to promote more interdisciplinary connections. He is also working with Tony Hepburn, former AU professor and currently artist-in-residence and head of ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art, on plans for the ceramics facilities in Cranbrook's $12 million New Studios Building. Before becoming a professor in Chicago, Toubes had served as artistic director for the European Ceramics Work Center (ECWC) in the Netherlands since 1991. Hepburn told American Craft magazine that he began planning the new Cranbrook ceramics department after his first visit to the ECWC, which impressed him profoundly. Through his involvement in recreating art-making spaces in the Netherlands, at Cranbrook, and now at the Art Institute of Chicago, Toubes is exerting a strong influence on the future of ceramic art, the magazine article says. "When Toubes talks ... about creating 'efficiency, organization, precision, and practicality' in a studio, he is talking about streamlining ancient ways of making ... ceramics to release the poetic intention of the artist and the material in the most innovative ways," the article says.
1984
Bert Schmidt has been elected treasurer of the Public Broadcasting Management Association board of directors. He is executive vice president and chief financial officer of WCNY-TV in Syracuse. PBMA is a professional association for public broadcasting managers in finance, human resources, information systems, and administration. It developed and administers the PBMA TV Best Practices Study, and PBMA's semiannual workshops have become well-known events that teach the basics to newcomers in the field (www.pbma.org.)
1987
Laura Demink Uematsu and Yoshihiro "Yoshi" Uematsu, both '87 graduates who met and married while still students at AU, live in California with their two daughters. They write, "Yoshi is the production manager of the SCA division at Kyocera, and after 14 years, he continues to skyrocket within the company. He ran his fourth "Rock & Roll" marathon here in San Diego in June 2001. Laura is finishing the writing of her fourth edition of Care Matters: the Resource Guide for Seniors, Professionals, & Caregivers in conjunction with RH Communications. In her free time, she also does free-lance black & white portraiture and weddings. Our oldest daughter, Jessica, born while we were still students at AU, is now 15 and plays club volleyball. Scouts are already looking at her. Our little one, Paisley, is almost 11, and is the all-around athlete with the mighty spirit to match. We have been amazingly blessed out here in Southern California. We miss the old gang - Bob Banker '88, Eva Zook, Sherilyn Springer Padture, Steve Prunty '86, John Rushforth '84, et al ... SOME day we all have to make it back there and catch up!"
Shelley Dovan and her husband Dan Dovan '87 have a new baby, Julia Michele Dovan, born April 7, 2001. She joins brother Samuel, 5, and sister Abigail, 3. Shelley writes that she has been teaching for 10 years in the Rochester City School District, "but now I'll be staying home for a while. Dan has enjoyed working as a financial planner for the Legend Group for the past 12 years. We would love to hear from old classmates at dwdov@aol.com."
Laura Demink Uematsu and Yoshihiro "Yoshi" Uematsu, both '87 graduates who met and married while still students at AU, live in California with their two daughters. They write, "Yoshi is the production manager of the SCA division at Kyocera, and after 14 years, he continues to skyrocket within the company. He ran his fourth "Rock & Roll" marathon here in San Diego in June 2001. Laura is finishing the writing of her fourth edition of Care Matters: the Resource Guide for Seniors, Professionals, & Caregivers in conjunction with RH Communications. In her free time, she also does free-lance black & white portraiture and weddings. Our oldest daughter, Jessica, born while we were still students at AU, is now 15 and plays club volleyball. Scouts are already looking at her. Our little one, Paisley, is almost 11, and is the all-around athlete with the mighty spirit to match. We have been amazingly blessed out here in Southern California. We miss the old gang - Bob Banker '88, Eva Zook, Sherilyn Springer Padture, Steve Prunty '86, John Rushforth '84, et al ... SOME day we all have to make it back there and catch up!"
Louis DiCesare writes, "My wife Leslie delivered a baby boy, Benjamin DiCesare, Dec. 10, 2000. He is our second son. Our older son Christopher turned four Sept. 1, 2001." As a business education teacher for West Irondequoit High School, Louis was recently honored with the Monroe County Business Educator of the Year award. In June 2001, he was named West Irondequoit High School Teacher of the Year. West Irondequoit is a suburb of Rochester, NY.
Mark Dillon writes, "I live in Allentown, PA, with my wife of almost six years, Lorraine, and daughter Olivia, age 3 and adorable. I'm the president of Bio Med Sciences (www.silon.com), a company I started about a year after Alfred. We make a 'synthetic skin' type of product for burn victims, and a range of other products used for burn treatment and rehabilitation as well as plastic surgery and dermatology. The technology is partially related to the work I did as my ceramic engineering thesis project. I ended up with two patents on my thesis for a ceramic-plastic composite for bone implants. The plastic part of the composite later became the material we use for the "synthetic skin." I now have over 20 patents and about two dozen more pending. We sell our products to hospitals and clinics throughout the US and in over 35 foreign countries. I keep in touch with a handful of AU alumni and would love to hear from others. My e-mail address is med@silon.com."
1988
Michelle Green, a professor in the Physical & Life Sciences Department at Alfred State College, is the co-author of Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Professional Billing, a book she co-authored with JoAnn C. Rowell. Published by Delmar, a division of Thomson Learning, the volume is a comprehensive guide to health insurance claim processing. Green holds a master's degree from AU, a bachelor of science from Daemen College in Buffalo, and an associate's degree from Alfred State. She received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2000.
1989
Angela Maier-Paxton and David Paxton of Indianapolis, IN, gave birth to their second daughter, Madeline June Paxton, on April 2, 2001. Their first daughter, Gillian Rae, was born Sept. 18, 1998. Angela says hello to all her classmates and wants them to e-mail her at angpaxton@aol.com.
Tamara Dunlap Workman and David Workman announce the birth of their second child, Rebekah Irene, born March 13, 2001. Their son Carly was born Sept. 27, 1997. Tamara works as a physician assistant in orthopedic surgery for St. Margaret's Hospital in Peru, IL.
Eric Twiname is the co-author, with Richard Mistler '59, of the first textbook about tapecasting and the ceramic industry, published this year by the American Ceramic Society. Eric and Rich work together at Richard E. Mistler, Inc., in Yardley, PA, where the company manufactures custom tapecasting machinery and supplies for the tapecasting industry specializing in research applications.
Shelley Dovan and her husband Dan Dovan '87 have a new baby, Julia Michele Dovan, born April 7, 2001. She joins brother Samuel, 5, and sister Abigail, 3. Shelley writes that she has been teaching for 10 years in the Rochester City School District, "but now I'll be staying home for a while. Dan has enjoyed working as a financial planner for the Legend Group for the past 12 years. We would love to hear from old classmates at dwdov@aol.com."
1990
Stacie Conners Fuss: "I think you know I got married May 19, 2000. Last August, I quit my job at Visteon Corp. for a position as business manager at Pilkington. Now that I think about it, I probably told you that, because I remembered that the late Sir Alistair Pilkington H'90 spoke at our graduation. Anyway, I found out a few days after accepting my new job that I was pregnant. Jason and I were blessed with the birth of a beautiful baby girl April 7, 2001 - Kaitlyn Rose Fuss. Unfortunately, I only got eight weeks off and had to start back to work. I hate having to leave her, but I have to tell you, I love every minute of being a mommy!!! It's the most incredible thing in the world! Take care, and stay in touch ... I hope all is well."
Tony DeTora will never forget the answer to the question, "Which of these museums was formerly a royal residence?" DeTora walked away from the TV quiz show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" with $16,000 after he was uncertain whether the answer was Les Invalides, the Tate Gallery, the Louvre, or the Prado. (It was the Louvre.) Nonetheless, he has good feelings about the experience, according to an article in the July 16, 2001, Daytona Beach News-Journal. In addition to his undergraduate degree in theater from AU, Tony has a second undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering and was scheduled to finish his MBA degree from Embry-Riddle this summer. After that, he plans to travel, using his winnings to visit his father's homeland, Italy. The news article was sent to us by Don Polan '48.
Jennifer Elsner was married June 30, 2001, to David Shields. Jennifer will keep her name. She and her husband are both graphic designers with studios in Brooklyn, NY. She is the owner of Nimbus, and he owns ImageText. According to the New York Times, the couple both earned master's degrees in fine arts from the Cranbrook Academy, where they met.
1991
Julia Rowe writes, "I am in Marlborough, MA, if anyone wants to look me up. My phone number is (508) 485-9162. I work at Talbots near Solomon Pond Mall."
1992
Carol Bryant Doran writes, "I am finishing my fourth year as an elementary art teacher in Elmira Heights, NY. I graduated June 3, 2001, with my master's degree in reading and elementary education from Elmira College. My new address is P.O. Box 2191, Elmira Heights, NY 14903. Hello to all the Sigma girls out there!
1993
John Cloutier and his wife Sherri R. Webb have moved to a new house near the New Hampshire seacoast. John is a territory business manager for Morgan Advanced Ceramics, and Sherri continues as a cardiopulmonary specialist with the 3M company. John can be reached at avusm3@aol.com . They were married Aug. 28, 1999.
1994
Victoria Rentz is living in New York City and teaching special education at the Family Life Academy Charter School, a new charter school in the Bronx.
Nannette Stangle-Castor '94 and Jeff Castor built a brand new home northeast of Raleigh, NC, and moved there in August. To see pictures of their house log onto their web site, www.geocities.com/castorjg
1995
Nannette Stangle-Castor '94 and Jeff Castor built a brand new home northeast of Raleigh, NC, and moved there in August. To see pictures of their house log onto their web site, www.geocities.com/castorjg
1996
Seth Balliett reports that in April 2001, his company, Balliett Design, merged with a Maine College of Art graduate, Shamus Alley, to form Kerplunk Design. "With both of our backgrounds in clean, Swiss-modern design, our direction was focused. I have brought to the table my love of print design and Shamus brings his extensive knowledge of flash/web design," Seth wrote. "This allows us to offer a full-service studio with an exceptional level of attention and dedication to our clients. Please check us out: www.kerplunkdesign.com ." Seth's e-mail address is seth@kerplunkdesign.com .
Chris Chimera writes, "I think we have all been too busy! I just finished my second year teaching chemistry at Geneva High School (in Geneva, NY). It was a great year ... This summer I returned to Europe as a chaperone with a group of students from school." While in France, he said, he was hoping to see one of the friends he stayed with the summer of 2000. Chris, who sent his message to your correspondent, added, "Hope you're doing well, and that more people contribute. It's nice to read what's going on with people."
Kelly Jo Panter-McDaniels was married Oct. 28, 2000, to Jeffrey Brock. She is working toward a master's in reading at AU and has also been teaching remedial math at Canisteo Central School. Her husband is general manager of Simmons-Rockwell in Hornell. The couple live in Hornell with Kelly Jo's two sons, Xavier McDaniels and Garrett McDaniels.
1997
Dom Freda moved to Boston Sept. 1. He said, "I'd love to hear from any Alfred alums in the area -- I hear they run amuck in Beantown!" Dom admits that he's become a corporate tool, but he hopes to find some artistic outlets in the city. "As a certified New Yorker, I have no idea where the best pints in Southie are to be had, or even if I should be going to Southie..." Dom can be e-mailed at fredadj@hotmail.com .
Jen Ward is participating in the Avon three-day walk for breast cancer, planning to walk from Santa Barbara to Malibu, CA. Jen invites friends and fellow alums to "join the fight against breast cancer by sponsoring Jen Ward for Avon's Three-Day Walk in Los Angeles in October 2001." The link is www.breastcancer3day.org/donation.htm and Jen is Walker #4773. If you'd like to get in touch with Jen directly, her e-mail address is wardjm@hotmail.com .
1998
Christina Lombardi graduated in spring 2001 from Hofstra University's law school and is currently studying for the New York State bar exam.
Deborah Nall quit her job at Quest Magazine in February 2001 before heading to France for a month to photograph Paris. She's now in charge of the advertising and production department at Art & Auction magazine in New York City. In June 2001, she and Greg Hilgert '99 moved together to 130 Drum Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897.
1999
Kerri-Ann "Kazza" Appleton (appletk@yahoo.com ) is still living in Denver, CO, and still loving it. Kazza took a position with Medical Education Collaborative as a program coordinator. "Basically, I am the event planner for two types of dinner programs," Kazza explains. "The first is continuing medical education programs for physicians. I plan educational programs for physicians that we accredit. The second type of program is also educational, but non-accredited. Pharmaceutical companies want to market a new drug and use us to plan programs for this purpose. I am learning a ton about the medical field and the politics involved. I always knew I would use that political science degree I earned at Alfred!" In addition, Kazza picked up a part-time job through the summer with the Colorado Lottery as a promotion coordinator for weekend events around the state teaching people how to play Powerball and answering their questions. "Denver is still as beautiful as ever ... If anyone is in the area, shoot me an e-mail!" she says.
Deborah Nall quit her job at Quest Magazine in February 2001 before heading to France for a month to photograph Paris. She's now in charge of the advertising and production department at Art & Auction magazine in New York City. In June 2001, she and Greg Hilgert '99 moved together to 130 Drum Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897.
Greg Hilgert graduated in the spring of 2001 from Teachers College at Columbia University, earning his master of arts and master of education in counseling psychology. He's now working as the clinical social worker at Kids in Crisis in Greenwich, CT.
Cariann "CC" Colman (cariann_c@hotmail.com ) is beginning her third (and final) year of coursework as a doctoral student in the University at Albany's English department. "After being a tutor in the University's Writing Center last year, I'm teaching my first class this fall, Introduction to Literature. I'm a little nervous about having 40 freshmen and sophomores staring at me, but I can't wait to have a classroom all to myself," she writes. CC says she loves Albany (although it's no Alfred!) and loves having alums visit. CC also sent along some tidbits about other alums:
Beckie Hubertus (beckiehubertus@hotmail.com ) has been living in South Weymouth, MA, about 15 miles south of Boston, for almost a year now. Beckie is senior marketing research analyst for The First Years Inc., one of the leading producers and manufacturers of infant and juvenile products in the US. "I really like my job, and I have a nice big office!" Beckie writes. "And Boston is a lot of fun. I would love to hear from other Alfredians."
Allison Mullen is beginning her last year of law school at Syracuse University and says she is looking forward, finally, to being done with school and "going out into the real world." Allison spent her summer outside DC, working as a legal intern with the National Association of the Deaf. "While I do not know a lot of sign language, I have loved my job and it has been a great learning experience," she writes. "I have no idea where I am going to be in a few months. My goal now is just to get the diploma and pass the bar."
Please note Andrew Alesso's new address. His e-mail is unchanged. Andrew was more than busy this summer. He served as music director for the Bradford Little Theatre production of "Pippin," performed for the annual production of the Alfred Ballet Academy, taught a summer course at SUNY Alfred, took an incredible vacation in the Pacific Northwest (based in Portland, OR), joined a sailing trip in the San Juan Islands on a 38-foot Downeaster, enjoyed a week of camping during the July 4 holiday week, and completed a successful move to Erie, PA.
From Mike Christakis: Note my new contact information ... I am still at the University at Albany, but alas, have once again moved (such is residence life). You can now find me on the main campus - I am residence director for Mohawk Tower on Indian Quad (a freshman dorm). See my new phone number and mailing address, above; my e-mail is the same. I have been coordinating the University's orientation program for new students (all 2,300 of them!) and will be starting my Ph.D. in the fall.
Michael Christakis is relieved to be beginning classes again, now as a doctoral student, working toward his Ph.D. in public administration. Mike did get away for a weekend in August, flying to Roanoke, VA, for a board of directors meeting for Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, where he continues to serve as national vice president and chair of two national task forces. Mike continues to work for Albany's Department of Residential Life as a residence hall director, now overseeing an all-freshman building (400-plus students) while supervising 20 RA's ... To all this, Mike says, "Just bring it!"
Russell Patterson recently accepted a position with Zapata Engineering (www.zapeng.com ) as a GIS coordinator at the Charleston Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, SC. He is now located in Mt. Pleasant and would love to hear from Alfred alumni in the area, as well as those wanting to visit. Russ can be reached at (843) 709-6335 or patterrw@alumni.alfred.edu . Come this winter, Russ will be glad to hear snow reports from Alfred!
Korin Scheible left her job on Cape Cod as a health inspector and has returned to the Boston area. She now works for an environmental consulting firm, Camp Dresser & McKee, as an environmental scientist. "I mostly prepare human health risk assessments for contaminated sites," Korin writes, "but I am also able to work on other types of projects, which keeps the job interesting."
Chris Schaeffer is doing great in Syracuse, working at Telergy ...
Ken Leidig reports that telecom industry sales took a hit during the summer, and clients cut back on spending. So while Ken's clients took a rest, he applied himself to other duties. Ken was placed in supervisory roles over other aspects of his division in the company. "I used my financial skills to project corrected regional salespeople's commissions, audited the division's expense reports based on client activity, and zeroed in on which field offices were in need of budgetary revisions," he writes. Meanwhile, Ken's work on the admissions committee for his high school (Long Island Lutheran) resulted in a new resolution. Considering the pleasurable problem of having long waiting lists to get into the school, the committee researched the issue and decided to have a private entrance exam and admissions date for children of alumni or siblings of current students. "The fun part is that I also serve on the development committee, so I can see this resolution progress into the physical stage ... This is what I call doing something productive and effective with your volunteer time!" he says.
Melissa Neis is beginning her third year of doctoral work at Syracuse University's history department
Kristopher Clark and Steve Wagner both work for Corning, Inc., and are roommates in Wilmington, NC.
Kristopher Clark and Steve Wagner both work for Corning, Inc., and are roommates in Wilmington, NC.
Adrienne Conte (conteam@yahoo.com ) writes that after graduation, she spent the following year at AU, earning her MBA and working as assistant residence hall director for Cannon Hall and as assistant to Greek affairs. After she finished her MBA last May, she was offered a job working in New Jersey for a small management consulting company that consults in the pharmaceutical industry. "I was put on such clients as Merck, Pharmacia, Inc., and Berlex Laboratories," she writes. "It was a great learning experience but not what I wanted to do and too far from home, so I moved back to Rochester the beginning of July," Adrienne says. She is much happier now and is looking for work, but is in no hurry. "I like having the summer off!" she says. If anyone is in the area and is looking for some company, e-mail Adrienne. She'd love to hear from you.
Mike Fuller '99 reports, "I'm living in Boston, working at Nextel Communications, and rooting for the Red Sox! To get in touch, e-mail me at fulldogg@hotmail.com."
2000
from Mary Beth Bruder: "I am working as a deckhand for the Gateway Clipper Fleet, and getting a nice tan as a bonus. Other than that, Pittsburgh is really HOT in the summer. In the fall I am going to Paris and Vienna with my grandma! Hope everyone's well, MB." Mary Beth's e-mail address is mbnb222@yahoo.com.
From Jasmine: "I'm looking forward to another great year of teaching ninth-graders at Randolph, but not before setting out on a journey overseas for a month. I've made several itineraries, since I'm going backpacking by myself, and I've packed and repacked many times to try to lighten the load. The latest plan is to spend time in Paris, Belgium, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Denmark, but I'm sure that will change. I'm excited that Josh Hertz '99 is meeting me in Berlin for a week. In the fall, I plan to send out applications for PhD programs in English (and a few MFA directing programs) to begin in fall 2002. I'd like to hear from those of you who have lost touch. Call me, e-mail me, visit me!"
Kristin Sloane wrote, "A lot has changed since my last entry, a new apartment and a new car! More important, I was able to meet up with Alfred buddies. I was lucky to attend the beautiful wedding of Nicholas Barkley and Maria Biffer in July, and last weekend, had a visit from Vanessa Jaworski, who is enjoying her marketing job on Long Island."
Rachel Sluga will be transferring in September from KPMG in Pittsburgh to the office in Greenville, SC.
And from Alison Huftalen, via Jasmine: "Not much has changed. I am still in Boston and doing good ole library work. It's been an incredibly busy summer so far, and will continue. I went down to DC to visit some Alfredians, including Jason Croston, Jon Eaton, and Chris Jacques. I am headed to Kentucky at the end of July for a caving convention and headed home to Buffalo for a wedding in August. I am also excited that Molly DeStafney just moved to Boston. Now I am going to have to work on staying in town. Boston's beautiful in the summer, when it's not sticky and humid (but I think both Buffalo and Alfred prepared me for that)."
from Marian "Marnie" Furniss, who wrote, "I'm going to Scotland Aug. 21 and will travel around the country until school begins in October. I am attending the University of Edinburgh as a grad student, working for my master's degree in social anthropology. It is a 12-month program, so I don't know when I'll be back!"
from Mike Pelliciotti: "Things are going fine here. I returned to Indiana from Canada in late June and then spent a week in Mexico seeing friends. I had a nice time visiting Guanajuato, Celaya, Monterrey, and Mexico City. I'll likely return to Canada in August to present my practicum report for my master's degree and then head later that month to Gonzaga University to begin law school. On the way out west, I plan to visit Bryan Civalier and Jakob Watson at their place in Colorado ... Hope all is well with you. Take care, and enjoy France."
And from Dave Silbergleit: "I'm still living in the Big Apple, working in sports marketing. Between work and play, I have no free time. I recently hit the casinos in Atlantic City with Jay Mora '90, Debbie Nall '98, Greg Hilgert '99, Drew Posner '01, Mario Bochiechio, Corey Dunn, Penny Schader, Brian Luisi, and Kevin Rowland '01. Though we had some winners and some losers at the tables, I think we were all winners for having such great friends (that's a sign that I didn't come out ahead!). Feel free to drop me a line via e-mail at milhousedms@yahoo.com. Just like in college - I never stop talking. One last thing ... If anyone is interested in donating to the Sigma Alpha Mu Housing Corp. toward the construction of our new house on Fraternity Row, please e-mail me or Jay Mora, morajj@yahoo.com. I hope everyone is doing well."
Tresta Wightman says hi to her Theta sisters and has been keeping in contact with many from Alfred. "I am working at DCMO BOCES in Norwich as a graphic designer, and am looking for an art teaching position for the fall," Tresta writes. "I recently talked to Carl Lessing, who left Alfred in 1998 but still remembers all of you and says hi. I saw Mary Beth Bruder at her camp on Skaneateles Lake, NY, and continue to talk to Vanessa Krauser while she is in Spain, getting her master's. Andrea Smyth and I are going to see Dave Matthews this weekend, and that's the highlight of the month. Keep in touch, everyone. I miss you."
from Kylie Hancock: "I just started a new job at Cornell Cooperative Extension, a division of Cornell University, and I'm working in Watertown, NY. I work as youth activities coordinator for the ACT (assets coming together) grant. The purpose of the grant is to develop healthy communities by building assets (community service, cooperation, mentoring, etc.) It's really great because I get to work with kids and have fun at the same time, and I was trained in high ropes course facilitation, which I highly recommend. Other than that I would just like to say that I miss my girls, Jess Rossi Gattone, Jess Dunbar, Jacy (ed. note: "That's me!") and Christine Zuba ... Love you guys!" (Note from Jasmine: "I miss you guys too!")
Meghan Kahn '00 is working on her Ph.D. in neuropsych at Bowling Green University in Ohio.
Jenn Kahn '00 has an awesome job in Watertown at AIDS Community Resources ...
a report from Jenn Wilson: "I am working in Syracuse for the Pyramid Management Group in their accounting department, learning new things, and I hope to start working on getting my master's in January."
Shandon Hart reported on the July 14, 2001, wedding of Nick Barkley and Maria Biffer in Saratoga Springs, NY: "The other Alfredians in attendance were Colleen Bush, Nate Wyckoff (the best man), Kristin Sloane, Jerome Paul, and Jeanna Bellizzi. A good time was had by all. Nick and Maria are living together in Michigan, where Nick works as a sculptor-designer for GM and Maria teaches music." Shandon got a chance to catch up with friends at the wedding, and passed their activities on to us: "Nate Wyckoff is working for Schott Glass Technologies in Scranton, PA; Colleen Bush is enjoying her job as a quality assurance engineer in the Environmental Products Division of Corning Inc. in Corning, NY; and I myself am having a great time going to graduate school in Boston, although I spend almost all my time in the lab." (Jasmine's comment: "At least they let you out every once in a while to hang out with the rest of us!")
from Meghan Kahn: "I survived my first year of graduate school out in Ohio and I am currently collecting data for my master's thesis. My project is to explore the lateralization of spatial learning and memory in the hippocampus of homing pigeons. I am also working on a project with the post-doc here to determine the internal connectivity of the avian hippocampus. I spend most of my time working with, feeding, or flying my pigeons. They're really interesting. I mean, can you drive your cats 10 miles away from home, let them go, and have them beat you back? The pigeons are also breeding now, so I get to play with the baby birds. Besides my work, I have been busy doing the usual grad-student routine of parties, trips, and other summer activities. Fourth of July was interesting. Didn't know that fireworks were not illegal in Ohio until people started setting them off over my head!"
request from Mat Andrews and Brandy Moseley, who asked that their current address be published in the fall magazine. They're living at 801 Pennsylvania Ave., Apt. 1, Elmira, NY 14904. Mat's e-mail address is mathewsa40@hotmail.com, and Brandy's is moselebl@yahoo.com .
Janet Sootheran McClain is teaching art part-time and recently traveled to Ecuador on a missionary trip. Her husband Peter McClain is working for Mellon Share Holding Co. in New Jersey.
Your correspondent Katie Isaac writes that she and Rich Franklin '98 are now living in Rochester, where Rich is working as a financial analyst for a Johnson & Johnson company. Katie is looking for a job. Their new address is 5000 East Henrietta Road, A-6, Henrietta, NY 14467, phone 716 321-9827.
Philip Bailey writes, "I am currently working at the DeSisto School in Stockbridge, MA, as a teacher and dorm parent for troubled teens. It's a very rewarding experience. If anyone would like to get in touch with me, my e-mail address is baileyps1@aol.com."
Class correspondent Chandra Leister says she had a great summer, interning at the University of Southern Maine.
Annika Black moved to Baltimore in August to live with Nikki Langlois and work as an ESOL coordinator for Americorps/VISTA. ESOL stands for English speakers of other languages. Annika helps ESOL volunteers, coordinates classes, and recruits adult learners who need help learning and developing their study of English. Anyone who wants to check out Baltimore and stop by for a visit may send her e-mail at dcbound7@hotmail.com .
2001
Lindsay Clark writes, "Alfred in the summer is great! I just can't seem to get out of this place. I will be staying for another year while taking architecture classes at Alfred State. Grad school is in the future, most likely in Arizona. Miss you all! Keep in touch." ...
Mandy Nourse writes, "I am in Minneapolis and enjoying the city and the sun. I'm excitedly awaiting an upcoming interview with Planned Parenthood for a public affairs assistant. In the meantime I'm drinking coffee at Starbucks - or actually, I'm serving lattes (I need to pay the bills). My e-mail address is mnourse@mn.rr.com. Keep in touch; I'd love to hear from you." ...
Jamie Wolff writes that he was offered a process engineering position with Calient Optical Components in Ithaca. Life is great in Ithaca. Jamie can be reached at jwolff2467@hotmail.com.
Jay Weisberger writes, "I accepted a position with Bender/Helper Impact, a PR-marketing-communications firm in New York City. My title is "coordinator." I'm going to be commuting for the first while, but hope to move to New Jersey to shorten the commute. The company is really cool. I'll be working on accounts from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to Marvel Comics (there's an AU connection). My e-mail is jayw913@hotmail.com. Hope all is well!"
Sheila Callahan started graduate school at Northeastern in September for a master's in school psychology. She was awarded an assistantship, working at Northeastern's Financial Aid Office, which she began in July. She lives in an apartment right in Boston, and so far, loves it ...
Margaret "Maggie" Fairman writes, "I will soon be starting at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in the Biomedical Sciences Training Program. I'm chilling at home until I can raise enough dough to get an apartment - and although my siblings can drive me nuts, living at home does have its advantages. I start Lab Rotations at Case next July and I can't wait!" ...
From Chrissy Nyman: "Hello everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your summer. I will be starting graduate school in the fall at the University at Albany for Public Policy with a concentration in women in public policy. I have also been elected the Province Student Director for ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa, an international leadership society), a position I look forward to undertaking. Please e-mail me and let me know what you're doing so you can be included in the next magazine. My e-mail address is n7331@albany.edu. I'll be back to Alfred for Homecoming. Hope to see you there."
Corrine "Corey" Fecteau and her husband Dan Volk enjoyed the relaxation of Alfred in the summer. They recently moved to Alfred Station. Corey can be reached at Coreyfecteau@hotmail.com ...
2nd Lt. Jack Gorham recently finished his time as a training officer at Ft. Lewis, WA, and is currently stationed in Ft. Lee, VA ...
from Allison "Ally" Berger, who is interning at Capulin Volcano National Monument in New Mexico. As an intern, she gives talks and removes snakes! Recently, Ally joined the Folsom volunteer firefighters. Her e-mail address is bergeraf@hotmail.com...
Seann Bishop finished a summer-long co-op program with Corning in Charleston, SC, then got a week to relax, and then it was off to North Carolina State University in Raleigh to begin his graduate work ...
Desiree Lombardo reports that she has taken a job with a small PR firm in Manhattan called Mount & Nadler and she's loving it. Desiree can be reached at 77 Townsend Ave., Staten Island, NY 10304, (718) 448-7785, Dez779@aol.com ...
Shiladah "Shay" Saleem writes, "I am working at the American Heart Association for the summer. I'm also trying to visit the University of South Florida in order to get an apartment off campus. I'll be in the masters program in marine science. I hope everyone is having a blast, and I miss you all. Good luck in whatever you guys are up to." ...
"Hello everyone," says Kizzy Parks. "So far I am having a wonderful summer. Earlier in the summer I was reunited with my birthmother. The meeting went well, and soon after that, I met my new birth family. I have three younger brothers and several aunts and uncles. In two weeks I am going to hit the highway and go to Melbourne, FL, where I am going to work on my master's in industrial and organizational psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology. To get in touch with me, send e-mail to kizwiz@hotmail.com. Recent alumni, could you please help the Career Development Center enhance their services by filling out the graduate survey? You can either fill it out on line at www.alfred.edu/cdc and click on Students/Alumni and then on Graduate Survey, or you can send back the survey that was mailed to you."
Sean Senhouse works for Corning Inc. as a process engineer in the Environmental Technologies Division. You can reach him at senhouse2@aol.com ...
Paige Sutton is planning to join Ally in New Mexico as an intern this fall.
From Mike Christakis: Note my new contact information ... I am still at the University at Albany, but alas, have once again moved (such is residence life). You can now find me on the main campus - I am residence director for Mohawk Tower on Indian Quad (a freshman dorm). See my new phone number and mailing address, above; my e-mail is the same. I have been coordinating the University's orientation program for new students (all 2,300 of them!) and will be starting my Ph.D. in the fall.
Lori Costa married John D. Mitrano July 22, 2000, and is now Lori Costa-Mitrano. Lori works as a psychologist in the Phelps-Clifton Springs school district (in the Rochester area) and her husband is a teacher at School 39 in the Rochester City School District.
Andi Goetschius says, "I have landed my dream job! I will be starting as a type designer with the Font Bureau in October, and I'm super-excited. I'm still trying to navigate my way through the Boston housing market, but I'm looking forward to the move. My e-mail is Andrea_goetschius@hotmail.com. Keep in touch."
Shannon McDermitt recently completed postgraduate studies as a digital video production assistant at Charles University in Prague in the Czech Republic. Her photography show, "How We Worship," was on exhibit throughout August at the Sewickley Mellon Bank, Sewickley, PA, in cooperation with the Sweetwater Art Center, where she is a photography instructor. Her next project will be a missions trip with members of Christ Church, Grove Farm, PA, to Uganda, where she plans to make a documentary film about the concerns of East Africa.
Jen Buttaro reports, "Mike Cadwallader and I have just been hanging out down here in North Carolina, exploring our new hometown." Jasmine Lellock '00, who forwarded Jen's note, explains that Jen earned a fellowship to Chapel Hill for graduate English study.
Jen Buttaro reports, "Mike Cadwallader and I have just been hanging out down here in North Carolina, exploring our new hometown." Jasmine Lellock '00, who forwarded Jen's note, explains that Jen earned a fellowship to Chapel Hill for graduate English study.
John Mauro started a job this summer at Corning, Inc., where he spent the summers of his sophomore and junior years as an intern. The Alfred-Almond Central School graduate was named the top student in his class at AU, graduating with a perfect 4.0 average and earning two bachelor's degrees, a BS in glass engineering science and a BA in computer science. He is the founder of a software company, John Mauro Software. His software has been published in several international computer publications and has been sold to customers around the world.
Ashley Johnson, a political science major now enrolled at SUNY at Buffalo School of Law, was recently elected treasurer of the New York State College Republicans. During his career at AU, he was founder of the College Republicans Club on campus. Rachel Lash, who graduated summa cum laude May 12 with a BS in mathematics, is enrolled at Yale University, where she is pursuing a doctoral degree in math and mathematical physics.
Catherine "Cat" Burke writes from Bath, NY: "I've been here about two months, and if anyone would like to visit, they are more than welcome. I work at Phillips Lighting, making burners for light bulbs. I don't physically make them, and I can't get any for free - I've already looked into it."
2002
As their older son, Ben, enters his senior year as an English major at AU, younger son Tim begins his college career at Ithaca, while parents Wayne Lee and Beth Munroe Lee learn to cope with the empty-nest syndrome by continuing their teaching careers near their home in Fanwood, NJ.
Births
Dennis WJ Burton and his wife Diane Olchowik Burton had their second child, Jack Alexander, Oct. 16, 2000. They have also moved and now live in St. Davids, PA.
Sheila Swartwood Ohstrom and Andrew Ohstrom have another baby girl, Ashley Mae Ohstrom, born Jan. 22, 2001.
Jen Head Cooke and Tom Cooke '99 had their first child, a girl, born May 17, 2001. Her name is Briana Marie. Jen, Tom, and Briana are living in their new home in Warsaw, NY.
Deaths - Alumni
Maxine Armstrong Bucher died June 29, 2001, at McAuley Manor in Hornell, where she had lived for several years. Our sympathy goes to her husband of almost 61 years, the Rev. Glenn Bucher '38, and her children, Robert L. Bucher '69, Elizabeth Grace Woolever and Pamela Hood Bucher. Maxine Bucher held a B.S. and M.S. degree from Alfred University. The memorial service and burial were held July 3.
Dot lost her husband, Warren "Cris" Crisjohn '36, in February 2001 after a long illness. She lives in her own home and has a daughter and son who live nearby. She is active in her church and a senior citizens group, and enjoys playing the organ.
"Van Derck Frechette (who died March 21, 2001) was a splendid person," wrote David A. Crump '50. "I remember the first time I saw him; I was 12. I looked up to him because he was so tall. Later, I would continue to look up because he was a person of size and caring. I knew him as a man of faith and integrity. Being in liberal arts, I did not have him as a professor, but he was consistent in taking time, mentoring, supporting, and making a difference for me. A few years ago ... he and his family received me for an impromptu visit. It was a warm and pleasant time. His many years of valuable service to Alfred University are both a model and an inspiration."
Word came from Connie Drennon '67 of the death of Ottavio "Tave" Mallamaci, a ceramic engineering graduate, of an apparent heart attack at his home near Akron, OH. He started with Goodyear in 1969, and for the last year of his life, was president of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's engineered products division. "He sounds like someone of whom the University can be proud," wrote Connie, whose husband Clarence Drennon taught ROTC at AU from 1965-67. "At Alfred, he discovered he liked teaching, and took his first art history classes. By 1972 he had earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering, and started his second career as a professor of civil engineering. He is now retired from the University of Akron. Alfred's art history classes have been the foundation of his great love of European art and our excuse to travel to art museums all over the world ... and oh, yes, our "Alfred baby daughter" is the mother of our only grandchild, 13-month-old Miranda."
Word came from Connie Drennon '67 of the death of Ottavio "Tave" Mallamaci, a ceramic engineering graduate, of an apparent heart attack at his home near Akron, OH. He started with Goodyear in 1969, and for the last year of his life, was president of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's engineered products division. "He sounds like someone of whom the University can be proud," wrote Connie, whose husband Clarence Drennon taught ROTC at AU from 1965-67. "At Alfred, he discovered he liked teaching, and took his first art history classes. By 1972 he had earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering, and started his second career as a professor of civil engineering. He is now retired from the University of Akron. Alfred's art history classes have been the foundation of his great love of European art and our excuse to travel to art museums all over the world ... and oh, yes, our "Alfred baby daughter" is the mother of our only grandchild, 13-month-old Miranda."
Marriages
Robin Arian and Brian Aitchison were married July 14, 2001, in Pasadena, CA. Members of the wedding party, also AU alums, were Nina Berkowitz, Allison Tratner, Evelyn Trzeciak, Jim Gephard, Will Laurenschlager, and Erik Schwarze. Also making it out to Los Angeles to join the festivities were Jill Viggiani, Randal Wood '98, Doug Owens, and Peter Gard. People came from all over to wish Robin and Brian the best. A wonderful time was had by all and the couple headed to Hawaii for their honeymoon. They live in Boston.
Robin Arian and Brian Aitchison were married July 14, 2001, in Pasadena, CA. Members of the wedding party, also AU alums, were Nina Berkowitz, Allison Tratner, Evelyn Trzeciak, Jim Gephard, Will Laurenschlager, and Erik Schwarze. Also making it out to Los Angeles to join the festivities were Jill Viggiani, Randal Wood '98, Doug Owens, and Peter Gard. People came from all over to wish Robin and Brian the best. A wonderful time was had by all and the couple headed to Hawaii for their honeymoon. They live in Boston.