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Clifford "Cliff" Randall, former AU faculty member and parent of alumnus Michael S. Randall, writes, "Still alive and kicking, thanks to our Lord (and a couple of good doctors.)"
1928
We heard from Ross W. Robbins Jr. '55 that his father, Ross W. Robbins Sr., died July 1, 2001. A resident of Alfred, Ross Sr. was a member of Theta Kappa Nu (now Lambda Chi) and the Interfraternity Council. He was also president of the Student Senate his senior year as well as class president and business manager of the Kanakadea his sophomore year. During his college years he ran track.
1931
As I'm the new reporter for the class of 1931, do drop me a note about your life and activities. We have lost contact since I moved from Bradford, PA, in 1995. Chuck and I felt we should be near one of our daughters, so we moved to Camp Hill, PA. Since Chuck's death in 1996, I have found activities in the Camp Hill Methodist Church to keep me busy. I do enjoy hearing from all of you classmates and have missed that, since I have not been able to get to reunions in the last five years. (Before that, we never missed a reunion.) Do write a note and tell me what is going on in your life. I really will answer it. - Margrieta Coit Hewey
1932
Howard Splitt likes to say, "I was a pretty good salesman." Although he is now retired from Giles Chemical, which under his ownership became the world's largest producer of epsom salts, the company is today run by the husband of his granddaughter. Howard and his wife Genevieve Stesel Splitt live in Asheville, NC.
1933
From Ruth Kenyon Tate: "Ever true/ We will be - AU/ '33. Still hanging in there, and God bless America!"
Two of my classmates came to my rescue. I got a note from Bob Shoemaker, saying that he and Babs (Phlabia Sheheen Shoemaker '33) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with golf, dinner, and dancing at Pebble Beach Lodge in Monterey, CA. Their daughter Suzanne and husband Bob Defeo Ret. A.F. Col. just returned from representing the US in international relations meetings in Esthonia, Mongolia, Palau, and Guadalcanal. Their son Fred and wife Jo Anne have their top-rated "Extraordinary Golf" school in Carmel and Palm Springs. His brother Peter and wife Gail, with their two sons, live in Pacifica, CA. Peter, former dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, is now senior advisor with the Learning Company in Fremont, CA. Good to hear from you, Bob.
1934
Dorothy "Dot" House Crisjohn sent a brief note: "I look forward to the Alfred Magazine in hopes of seeing a familiar name - but they are getting fewer and fewer - I am 89 years old."
1935
Marjorie Armant Kerns reports that two new great-grandsons, Jakoby and Nicholas, were born Sept. 10 and 15 in Jacksonville, FL. Also, her grandson Ronald Adams recently joined the US Marines. (For more about Marjorie, see 1938 notes.)
1936
Marie Marino Flessel '36 said her husband Creig just had his 90th birthday, and they enjoy California.
Helen Clarke Gregory is one of the busiest people in town, volunteering three days a week at the local health center, reading books for her bi-weekly book club, and keeping up with the many friends she entertains at her cocktail parties. When she's not at the Chautauqua Institution, she lives in Clemson, SC.
Technology doesn't intimidate Bernard "Barney" Oldfield, one of the scientists who developed the first American jet airplane engine and were present at the first flight of an American jet aircraft. When he and his wife Ruth travel, they arrange for him to receive his dialysis in whatever state they happen to be visiting. Their home continues to be in Camarillo, CA.
In addition to her longtime support of AU, Dorothy Saunders Orr has recently been providing scholarship aid to encourage local students at two-year colleges near her home in Hendersonville, NC.
1937
While Norman "Norm" Schachter is best known as the most famous referee in the history of the National Football League, a fact that's less well known is that throughout his decades with the NFL, he was responsible for compiling and editing the official league rule book. Commissioner Bert Bell knew what he was doing when he first gave the task to Norm, because off the field, Norm was a master teacher and an area superintendent in charge of 50 Los Angeles public schools. He is also the author of seven English textbooks and his NFL memoir Close Calls.
Two of my classmates came to my rescue. I got a note from Bob Shoemaker, saying that he and Babs (Phlabia Sheheen Shoemaker '33) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with golf, dinner, and dancing at Pebble Beach Lodge in Monterey, CA. Their daughter Suzanne and husband Bob Defeo Ret. A.F. Col. just returned from representing the US in international relations meetings in Esthonia, Mongolia, Palau, and Guadalcanal. Their son Fred and wife Jo Anne have their top-rated "Extraordinary Golf" school in Carmel and Palm Springs. His brother Peter and wife Gail, with their two sons, live in Pacifica, CA. Peter, former dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, is now senior advisor with the Learning Company in Fremont, CA. Good to hear from you, Bob.
This note would have traveled by e-mail for the small amount of information I had to report - that is, until I saw the obituary in this morning's newspaper, which is enclosed. Robert F. Doran '37 had a BS in ceramic engineering.
Recently Don Hallenbeck entertained an Alfred visitor recounting memories of Alfred friends, including a trip to China in the 1950s with AU pal John Lovell '38 to fulfill a promise made by Don to get John's help in completing a business deal. Don and his wife Elinor Lichtel Hallenbeck continue to live in their cozy home in Loudonville, NY.
Jean Williams Lampman called me from Florida. She mentioned she was married the day after graduation from AU, a rarity these days. We reminisced about our backgrounds. She moved around a lot, as her father was in federal trade. She lived in Harlem and I in Brooklyn. Jean spent this past Christmas in the Bahamas, as her granddaughter's husband is a Bahamian. Another member of the family lives in Austria. Jean and I may meet in Washington, DC, as she is a member of the Women's Art Museum there.
1938
The coordinator's office received a phone call from Barbara Nuzzo Grossman '73 about the death of her mother, Helen Ehrhorn Nuzzo, on Nov. 7, 2001. "She really enjoyed her years at AU," Barbara commented.
I had been trying for some time to get in touch with Helen Erhorn Nuzzo '38. Sadly, from the Alumni Office I found out she died Nov. 7, 2001. I did get to call her daughter. We will be meeting for the first time in New York.
1939
We still miss your late correspondent, Thelma House Sieland, but there's good news too. We have a new 1939 correspondent. Milt Stitzel graciously volunteered to take over the correspondent's duties, so Thelma's daughter Theresa, who has been deputizing for her mother since Thelma's death, is relieved of her responsibility. Milt's inaugural column is headed "It pays to advertise Alfred University." He writes: "I generally attend my Rotary Club meeting in New Haven, CT, on Tuesday afternoons. I park on the street a block away from the meeting place. On Feb. 5, when I came to my car after the Rotary meeting, there was a note under the windshield wiper: 'I saw your license plate frame, which said Alfred University. My father, George Parent, was in the class of 1934. My daughter Grace Parent was in the class of 1992, and my son Anthony Parent '94 attended for one year. Please call me, David Parent, at …' "Before I called Dave I recalled what I knew of George Parent. We met in 1964 at reunion - George for his 30th and me for my 25th. Since we both lived in Hamden, CT, we gravitated together. George's sister Lucille Parente Lewis '32 and brother Jerry Parent '34 were also present; all were AU alumni. As the reunion drew to a close, we decided to stop at Grossinger's in the Catskills for a few days. We got to know each other pretty well. Shortly after I returned home Lucille called and asked me, 'How about getting together and starting a Connecticut alumni group?' "A local restaurant owner named Demaio had a daughter at Alfred, and agreed to host the meeting and provide refreshments and libation. The group lasted a few years, but fell apart when George and his brother and sister moved to Florida. At one meeting, AU President M. Ellis Drake, just before his retirement, was our guest of honor. We had a Revere bowl engraved by the International Silver Co. for him. "After telling David all this, I asked where he worked and whether or not he was a member of a service club. He is an accountant for the city of New Haven but does not belong to any service club. I explained Rotary and asked if he was interested in being a member. He said yes. I invited him to join us for lunch Feb. 19 and mailed him an application for Rotary membership. He is scheduled to be inducted as a new member March 12. "Moral: Get license plate from Alfred, and recruit."
Ruth Davie Smith sent a note about the death of her husband, George Smith, on Dec. 29, 2000. His memorial service in Wellsville, NY, was held Sept. 29, 2001.
Ruth Davie Smith sent a note about the death of her husband, George Smith, on Dec. 29, 2000. His memorial service in Wellsville, NY, was held Sept. 29, 2001.
Thelma House Sieland's daughter and longtime caregiver Theresa Sieland wrote, "I've been very busy since Mom's death, but in an entirely different way, making those adjustments to married life and all!" At the class notes coordinator's request, Theresa sent a copy of her mother's obituary. Here are some excerpts: "Born in Oneida, NY, on Aug. 23, 1916, to Florence and Raymond B. House, she graduated from Alfred University in 1939 with a bachelor's degree in ceramic arts and sciences, and represented the university as a ceramics demonstrator at the 1939 New York World's Fair. There she met Adolph G. Sieland, who was originally from Caro, MI ... She was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the White Plains Battle Monument Committee, (and) Brownie's and Girl Scouts ... Her husband's retirement brought them back to Michigan in 1972. Also active in Fairview, she served in many organizations, including Oscoda County Council on Aging, Friends of Steiner's Museum, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, AuSable Valley Nursing Home Auxiliary, River AuSable Chapter of the DAR, order of the Eastern Star, the Mio Irisarians, and the Fairland Study Club. She enjoyed bowling, camping and other traveling, gardening, cooking, sewing and quilting, reading, genealogical research, crossword puzzles, and bridge." Theresa noted, "It makes me tired just reading about how much she accomplished in her life!" Theresa is continuing to go through her mother's belongings, including items from AU, some "very entertaining and poignant," she says. "Also, Mom had a pen-pal in France...they have been corresponding since they were 16. Her name was Paulette. Perhaps some of Mom's classmates remember hearing of her? She and I are now exchanging letters!"
1941
In addition to his other volunteer activities, Don Bissell now volunteers several days a week in the Alzheimers section of the Presbyterian Home in his town of Clinton, SC. He is also working with the city manager on a project to stimulate downtown economic development.
1942
The story of your correspondent's remarriage was sent to us by his son G. Douglas Clarke. Doug wrote, "There were all kinds of Alfred University connections on Aug. 5, 2000, when David Stillman Clarke, widower of Frances Polan Clarke '42, married Ethel Davis Dickinson '46, widow of C. Harmon Dickinson '45, at her home in Fort Mill, SC. The ceremony was performed by Ethel's granddaughter's husband, Kenneth R. Lake Jr., pastor of the Spring Hope, NC, Baptist Church, and a reception was held at the Fort Mill Unity Presbyterian Church. David Clarke is the son of AU Education Professor Ford Stillman Clarke '10 and AU Home Economics Instructor Agnes Kenyon Clarke Bond '09, who later married Ahva John Clarence Bond, Dean of AU Theological School. Ethel Dickinson worked as a secretary in the office of John Reed Spicer, who was counselor to prospective students, while attending classes at AU in 1942. She transferred and received her BA in social science from Salem, WV, College in 1957." Much later, we received a note from Dave Clarke himself: "Many AU '41'ers, no doubt, joined the millions who watched TV coverage of the 19th winter Olympics in Utah," he says. "Unlike our grandchildren - and even our children - who can imagine themselves doing some wintry death-defying slaloms, jumps, or moguls, my wife Ethel and I enjoyed South Carolina warmth and calm. Since our marriage in August 2000, we have stayed on softened earth year-round - winters at her Fort Mill, SC, home and summers at my Clarke-Kenyon home in Alfred. (By the way, Ethel was the office secretary for John Reed Spicer, counselor for prospective students, when her first husband, Harmon Dickinson, was at the AU School of Theology in the early '40s.) Deeply enjoying Casey Fitz Randolph's efforts in the short speed-skate races with his taking the gold medal, we were not totally surprised with a TV spotlight. Sweeping the cheering fans, the cameras zoomed in on Casey's grandparents, the Ivan Fitz Randolphs of Milton, WI. Ivan's eyesight is very limited, so the special magnifiers let him see Casey but did not prevent our seeing his happy face. Special for us was the fact of Ethel's professional association with Mr. Randolph at the North American Center of the Seventh Day Baptist Conference at Janesville, WI. He was business manager; she was executive secretarial supervisor." - Dave Clarke
Herman Eichorn writes, "Health permitting, we plan to attend the 60th reunion of the class of '42 after Dorothy's 55th at UVM about a week earlier. Heretofore, those class reunions have usually coincided." Dorothy is Herman's wife, Dorothy Hansen Eichorn.
The class notes coordinator received a note from Katherine B. Austin about the death of her father-in-law, Alfred Ells Austin, who was born Oct. 26, 1920, and was named for Alfred University. He earned his BA from Alfred in 1942 and his Ph.D from Yale in 1944. Katherine reports that his mother, father, and wife (Jean Norris Brockett Austin '43) were all AU alumni. Alfred Ells Austin died March 7, 2002, at his home in Dunedin, FL.
1943
In your holiday messages, many of you write that you have no news. Believe me, just hearing from you and knowing that you are generally maintaining your health is very good news indeed, and most welcome! I felt concerned not hearing from good friend Mary Johnston Lawrence for a time. Her Christmas card reassured me that she and her sister Elin are keeping well, with the exception of the aches and pains that ordinarily accompany this stage of our lives. (We can all relate to that!) Mary and Elin keep active with volunteering, and maintaining their home and property.
Faithful correspondent Jim Lippke signed his familiar scrawl and an encouraging "no news is good news" message. Rhoda "Do" Ungar Merriman Jost always mentions our 60th reunion, coming up in 2003. I think the confirmed dates are Friday, June 6, to Sunday, June 8. It seems a long ways away now, but we're all aware of how quickly time passes. We'll keep repeating the date in future class notes, and hope a goodly number of you will be able to attend. I bet Ellis "Chick" Berger and wife Tudy will be there. Chick writes that they're both doing fine, and can still kick up their heels occasionally when the opportunity arises!
The Christmas letter from Bob Sinclair and wife Patsy Murphy Sinclair is always a newsy narration of a very busy year. Most of their away-from-home activities in 2001 involved attendance at conferences of the California Historical Societies. In June, they hosted the leader of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange from Australia in their home, and enjoyed meeting the five members of the group. After 50-plus years of hosting the family Thanksgiving at their house, Bob and Patsy were happy to celebrate the occasion in their son's new home in Newport Beach. Son Bob and his wife Robin have four sons, all doing well and busy with college, high school, outside jobs, and sports. The Sinclairs also have a daughter, Robin, who has a son in the fifth grade and lives nearby. So they often enjoy the company of this youngest grandson too. Late e-mail news from Bob tells us that Dr. Charles Edmondson (AU President) will be in Southern California the fourth week of January. A brunch for local alumni is being planned at the home of Joel Moskowitz '61 in Corona Del Mar. Bob adds that all continues well with both him and Patsy, and with Walt East, a frequent lunch companion. Thanks to Bob for keeping ye olde correspondent informed of current happenings.
A welcome letter was received in October from George A. Jones, who had just returned from a reunion of his World War II 405th Fighter Group in Charleston, SC. Among the special events was a visit to view the Confederate submarine Hundly, lost in the Civil War and recently found and raised. He adds that another treat was the presence of two P-47 Thunderbolts, magnificently maintained, that made two very neat flyovers. George and his Belgian-born wife Claire Bottin Jones have made frequent trips to Europe through the years. A few years back, they spent a month in the Peaks National Park area of northern England, walked in the Pennine Mountains, visited the Lakes country and Snowdonia in north Wales, and took part in the annual burning-in-effigy of Guy Fawkes. I hope to hear more from George about the many family and historic landmarks they've visited.
(Marvin) Bob Krassner sent a very special holiday card, in which he incorporated one of his Alfred paintings. It is a beautiful rendition of a rustic barn, with trees and foliage, next to his studio at Flossie Smith's 1941-42. Bob said he retrieved the original from his attic and signed and framed it in July 2001. "May this spark a responsive chord and pleasant memories," he wrote on the card, and indeed it did. Bob's recollections of downtown Alfred are remarkable. He mentions Jacox's corner grocery, where for 50 cents one could buy a great steak, which he and Arnold "Arnie" Livingston '44 would pan-fry with onions. To splurge, he went to Hornell for a restaurant meal in the Sherwood Hotel, or an evening at the Oasis, a beer tavern of some note. Bob also remembers the modest hardware store and the telephone office, which shared space with the tailor and dry-cleaning establishment. Last fall, his interests and activities ran the gamut from reading a biography of John Adams, attending a harmonica convention, and learning the Argentine tango to appreciating the artistry of the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. (Warren and I are continuously in awe of his talents, energy, and versatility!)
Beverly Leng Coleton and husband John keep wondering what retirement is all about. They're too busy to investigate! Daughter Kathleen is semi-retired as a practitioner of Asian medicine and recently returned from a business trip to Ireland. Son Jim is married with three children and a granddaughter. Other son John David, as well as the youngest of the family, Beverly, are both happily self-employed. Hearing from Bev and her brood in Prairie Village, KS, is upbeat reassurance from heartland America.
In October 2001, Guy Hartman, MD, had some enjoyable peripatetic adventures in Europe. He visited Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam, and Delft, and went sailing on the Rhine, the Main with its 53 locks, and the Danube. He spent three days in Vienna and got to ride the Ferris wheel at the Prater and tour the famous opera house. Seeing many old friends was rewarding, and the food, he said, was "divine." Meanwhile, daughter Tina sang at the summer Bach festival in Eugene, OR, and also sang the Mozart Requiem in the "Mostly Mozart" festival in New York City. The fulfillment found in music really blesses this talented family.
Marv Britton, one of our brilliant College of Ceramics grads, has a talent for writing. His essays can be witty, humorous, and self-effacing or sensitive, perceptive, and poignant. Many of his writings have been published in the Corning, NY, newspaper The Leader. Marv recently sent me reprints of two articles that first appeared in the paper in January 2000. They tell the story of his extreme shyness in high school and at Alfred, and how he met his future wife, Carolyn Holley, through some miraculous dictates of fate. Somewhat slowly and awkwardly, a courtship started, and then blossomed into serious intentions and a very happy marriage with a wife of "inestimable merit." Marv and Carolyn had three children and several grandchildren. When I answered his letter, I wrote that I was surely not the first to wish that he could have had many more years with this exceptional lady. Sadly, she died in 1984. Marv concludes that with each year since then, he appreciates their love even more. A beautiful tribute, to be sure. Now that the Class Notes column is finished for the spring 2002 issue of the Alfred Magazine, the concern starts for the summer issue! Will you remember that the existence of the column depends upon you? Being the correspondent is a labor of love for me. Hearing from you through e-mail, letter, postcard, or telephone is truly gratifying, and compiling all the news, nostalgia, and remembrances is an enjoyable task. Remember, we're not looking for headlines here.We're not expected to climb Mt. McKinley, win the ski slalom at the Olympics, or be the sole sexy survivor in a TV game show. (Wouldn't that be tiresome?) Just keep in touch, dear friends, with news and "remember whens," all much appreciated.
Kit Carson Burdick and Bob Burdick '43 have not moved but their address should now be 171 Cow Shed Road, Lancaster, VA 22503. This April they will celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!
Faithful correspondent Jim Lippke signed his familiar scrawl and an encouraging "no news is good news" message. Rhoda "Do" Ungar Merriman Jost always mentions our 60th reunion, coming up in 2003. I think the confirmed dates are Friday, June 6, to Sunday, June 8. It seems a long ways away now, but we're all aware of how quickly time passes. We'll keep repeating the date in future class notes, and hope a goodly number of you will be able to attend. I bet Ellis "Chick" Berger and wife Tudy will be there. Chick writes that they're both doing fine, and can still kick up their heels occasionally when the opportunity arises!
As usual, the annual holiday letter from Isabel Riggs Geibel relates the unbelievably busy times of this indefatigable gadabout. In March, she assumed membership on the Veterans Affairs Volunteer Services Executive Committee. In June, she attended the third workshop at the Lake Chautauqua Institution. Then, as state historian-librarian for the Daughters of the American Colonists, Isabel attended their board meeting in Rome, NY, and their state assembly in Fishkill, NY. To facilitate all this traveling, she bought a new car in May, and plans to take a six-week tour to California, stopping in Colorado and Arizona. We happily assume that Phoenix and seeing us will be part of her plans.
Faithful correspondent Jim Lippke signed his familiar scrawl and an encouraging "no news is good news" message. Rhoda "Do" Ungar Merriman Jost always mentions our 60th reunion, coming up in 2003. I think the confirmed dates are Friday, June 6, to Sunday, June 8. It seems a long ways away now, but we're all aware of how quickly time passes. We'll keep repeating the date in future class notes, and hope a goodly number of you will be able to attend. I bet Ellis "Chick" Berger and wife Tudy will be there. Chick writes that they're both doing fine, and can still kick up their heels occasionally when the opportunity arises!
1944
Your correspondent forwarded a letter containing the sad news that Norma Stockwell English died Dec. 16, 2000. Norma's daughter wrote, "Although my mother never attended her class reunions, she always spoke fondly of Alfred, and reminisced about her good friends there. After a short stint at Stangl Pottery, Norma (Nonnie to her old friends) went to Puerto Rico around 1947 to teach ceramics. She met my father there, moved to Florida (his home), and spent her life here. She had four children and all four of us still still live in Florida. Mom never again seriously got back into ceramics but, as she dabbled, her sketches and sculpting always showed terrific artistry. Mom tried to get back into painting, but was always bored with every class - her artistic vision was far beyond anyone else's! Also, my mother had two ceramic plates made by her friend Rhoda "Bobbi" Large '43 ... I would like to return them to her or her family." Ms. Large is listed as "lost" in the AU records, so if anyone knows how to reach her, please notify your correspondent or the class notes coordinator.
Dorothy Robbins Vedder '44 writes that in spite of the recent tragic events, life is good and she has much to be thankful for. She recently traveled with her church group to Charleston, SC, for a sightseeing tour of this beautiful old southern city. She attends the Chautauqua Institution in New York State every summer. This year she took a month tour to New Zealand and Australia. She was very impressed with the variety of flora and fauna there. Her family is well and happy. She will spend time this winter in Florida, visiting her son and family and hoping to visit old friends from Alfred who spend the winters in Florida.
Chuck Brady and his wife Jean Gardner Brady '45 still live in Longmont, CO. "We love the mountains and beauties of Colorado. We send greetings to friends in the 1944 and '45 and post-war years. We have many happy memories from AU," they write. Their e-mail address is opicar@aol.com.
(Marvin) Bob Krassner sent a very special holiday card, in which he incorporated one of his Alfred paintings. It is a beautiful rendition of a rustic barn, with trees and foliage, next to his studio at Flossie Smith's 1941-42. Bob said he retrieved the original from his attic and signed and framed it in July 2001. "May this spark a responsive chord and pleasant memories," he wrote on the card, and indeed it did. Bob's recollections of downtown Alfred are remarkable. He mentions Jacox's corner grocery, where for 50 cents one could buy a great steak, which he and Arnold "Arnie" Livingston '44 would pan-fry with onions. To splurge, he went to Hornell for a restaurant meal in the Sherwood Hotel, or an evening at the Oasis, a beer tavern of some note. Bob also remembers the modest hardware store and the telephone office, which shared space with the tailor and dry-cleaning establishment. Last fall, his interests and activities ran the gamut from reading a biography of John Adams, attending a harmonica convention, and learning the Argentine tango to appreciating the artistry of the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. (Warren and I are continuously in awe of his talents, energy, and versatility!)
1945
Doris Hill Gere and Edwin "Shifty" Gere '48 report that Grace Kobernuss Morgan and her husband Cal, who live in Montana, visited them at Keuka Lake last summer. They attended the reunion luncheon at Alfred but were the only representatives of the class of '45.
Col. Larry March should make all of us whose vision is good count our blessings. He is slowly recovering, but still has to hold a magnifying glass to the computer screen in order to read or compose e-mail, and many other ordinary activities are completely out of the question. We send encouragement his way. Larry did manage to write a response to the article in the winter 2002 Alfred Magazine about Col. Jeffrey Gere '72: "My wife Eddie and I attended his baptism at Fort Myer, VA, US Army Post Chapel in 1951. His dad, Edwin "Shifty" Gere '48, sent me a photo of the occasion several years ago. In fact, Eddie and I were married in that same chapel Nov. 2, 1950.. Earlier, Shifty and I left Alfred for training as US Army Air Corps pilots the same day in 1943." Larry also wrote about the death of former AU professor Don "Schreck" Schreckengost Dec. 24, 2001. He and Hazel Campbell Schreckengost had 63 years together." Larry also reported getting a Christmas card from Dick Wilson, who said he and his daughter spent summer 2001 in the South Island of New Zealand and loved it. Larry also had a phone call from Jane Parvin Pack. "She seemed to be physically OK and sounded upbeat," he said. "I also got an eight-page letter from Betty Jean Van Gorder Huff Lacy, who is now a widow and lives in El Cerrito, CA."
Chuck Brady and his wife Jean Gardner Brady '45 still live in Longmont, CO. "We love the mountains and beauties of Colorado. We send greetings to friends in the 1944 and '45 and post-war years. We have many happy memories from AU," they write. Their e-mail address is opicar@aol.com.
In October 2001, Guy Hartman, MD, had some enjoyable peripatetic adventures in Europe. He visited Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam, and Delft, and went sailing on the Rhine, the Main with its 53 locks, and the Danube. He spent three days in Vienna and got to ride the Ferris wheel at the Prater and tour the famous opera house. Seeing many old friends was rewarding, and the food, he said, was "divine." Meanwhile, daughter Tina sang at the summer Bach festival in Eugene, OR, and also sang the Mozart Requiem in the "Mostly Mozart" festival in New York City. The fulfillment found in music really blesses this talented family.
Jeannette Milnes Cottrell sent a sad note about the loss to cancer of her 32-year-old granddaughter Kirsten. Surviving great-granddaughter Emily is "our miracle," she said. Jeannette is still serving as church librarian, recording for the blind, singing in the choir, reading, and playing bridge.
Doris Hill Gere and Edwin "Shifty" Gere '48 report that Grace Kobernuss Morgan and her husband Cal, who live in Montana, visited them at Keuka Lake last summer. They attended the reunion luncheon at Alfred but were the only representatives of the class of '45. Doris and Ed attended Frank Snyder's '45 funeral in Rochester, NY, in November. They had remained in touch for 60 years and they will miss him.
1946
Jean Barber McTarnaghan, now in Geneseo, NY, is limited in physical activities but enjoyed a quiet Christmas with her daughter, who lives nearby.
Kit Carson Burdick and Bob Burdick '43 have not moved but their address should now be 171 Cow Shed Road, Lancaster, VA 22503. This April they will celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!
Betty Lou Fontaine Cameron and husband Joe were on the fifth floor of a downtown Seattle building last year when "The floor shook ... it sounded like a train roaring through." The Feb. 29, 200l, earthquake they remember did a lot of damage to Old Town Seattle. Fortunately when Betty reached home, she only found things off the shelves and walls.
Genevieve Polan Scheffer says, "Our lives continue on an even keel." She and Karl Scheffer walk regularly and enjoy the community activities of their neighborhood and of Ocala, FL. They live not far from her brother Don Polan '48 and his wife Mimi Tooke Polan '48,.
The Orlando, FL, Sentinel reported that Alice Van Gaasbeek Heystek mounted a backyard show Nov. 17, 2001, with combined purposes, consisting of a retrospective, a show and sale of new pieces, and a photo shoot for an article in Ceramics Monthly, a glossy magazine aimed at Potters, students, collectors, and gallery curators. She has held a backyard show and sale every year for six years. Two of her new works are large vessels with applied animal masks, which feature colored clays and glazes. Heystek, who lived twice in South Africa, was inspired anew by African art themes during a 1996 return trip. In the 1970s, Heystek was invited to exhibit her work at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and was featured in the books International Ceramics and New Ceramics. She has exhibited in South Africa and closer to home, in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New Orleans. Her home and backyard gallery are in Leesburg, FL.
Edna J.McBride Wyeth was enthusiastic about her 18-day trip to China but reported, "It was culture shock to be surrounded by so many people." Her Town of Port Orford, OR, has a population of about 1,000.
1947
Your correspondent received some bits and pieces of news from Julianne Sanford Dudley, who starts by saying that she and her husband, Richard "Dick" Dudley '55, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last summer. They continue to work at their auto parts shop, usually part time. They have 10 surviving children out of 11. Dick is recuperating from eye surgery and is doing well. Their daughter Lisa Dudley Cox '88 is a graduate of the last class from the Alfred Nursing School.
1948
Anne Seely DeFrancisco '48 lives in Sarasota and is retired. She has three children and several grandchildren ... We hope we can get lots of '47 graduates to consider getting to our 55th class reunion this June 7-9. Meanwhile, let's get in touch with each other!
Doris Hill Gere and Edwin "Shifty" Gere '48 report that Grace Kobernuss Morgan and her husband Cal, who live in Montana, visited them at Keuka Lake last summer. They attended the reunion luncheon at Alfred but were the only representatives of the class of '45.
Acquired a new Christmas correspondent this past Christmas. We received holiday greetings from Astrid Johnson, in addition to the ones we regularly receive from Norma Jacox Stoneham, Lois Sutton Tappan, and Johnnie Seidlin. John has not yet called me about the Sarasota alumni get-together, which we will not be able to attend this year. His annual call gets us up to date on his family also. Lois's husband, George Tappan '50, has been in touch with Mimi Tooke Polan '48 about some music he, Lois, and Mimi were interested in back in the Lois Scholes days. She was able to find it in the back of my mother's old hymnal, copied it, and sent it to George. So, are you sorting through things and discarding? Have you reached that time of life? Are any of them from Alfred (the community) or Alfred University? We found items of interest to the Alfred University Archivist, Laurie Lounsberry McFadden '92, publications my parents and I had saved, and sent them on to her. Another year and it will be our 55th anniversary and reunion. Get me up to date - I want to hear from you - and we will have things to talk about when we get together again. Best regards, Don Polan
At this writing, I am saddened by the death of Francis "Frank" Snyder '48, who died Nov. 17, 2001. (See 1948 note for more.) Contributions in Frank's memory may be made to the C.D. Smith Theatre at the Miller Performing Arts Center, Alfred University, Alfred, NY 14802 … Our 60th reunion is only about two months away. The date is June 7-9, 2002. Come and see the new buildings on campus and reserve a special evening for our class at the home of Bill Crandall on Friday. -Betty Stangle Thomas
A letter about Francis "Frank" Snyder, who died Nov. 17, 2001, written by his daughter Kate Snyder Hochner '69 came to us from Betty Stangl Thomas '42. Frank, the letter says, is "sadly missed by his wife of 55 years, Connie Smith Snyder '49, six children and their families, including nine grandchildren, six remaining brothers and sisters, many nieces and nephews, and a wealth of friends. One of Frank's greatest joys was his connection to Alfred University, and he maintained an interest in 'all things Alfred.' Enrolling as a liberal arts student in 1940, he was an active member of the Footlight Club, as actor and stage manager in performances at Alumni Hall under Professor C. Duryea Smith. Frank organized the Newman Club in 1941 and was involved with Delta Sig fraternity. World War II interrupted studies for Frank and many classmates. He left for the Army, serving in the Pacific Theater as athletic director for 23,000 men on the island of Siak. Upon his return to AU in 1946, Frank organized and was elected post commander of the John C. Eggleston American Legion Post #370 for the Alfred Student Veterans, the first Legion post organized on a college campus in New York State. Frank returned as a newlywed, having married Constance Smith '49 in May 1946. After a long cold winter in the trailer camp set up behind the old gym, Frank and Connie moved to an apartment at the home of Professor Roland and Peg Warren on University Street ... Through the years, Alfred was never distant for Frank ... The connection grew as his eldest daughter, Kate, attended the College of Ceramics and received a BFA degree in 1969. Frank was very proud that the next generation in his family would be represented by his grandson Paul Mryglod, who began his freshman year in the fall of 2001. One special AU connection was a long friendship with Professor C. Duryea Smith (dramatics) and his wife, Lois Murdough Smith (associate librarian, Scholes Library of Ceramics.) After Professor Smith's death in 1977, Frank and Connie maintained the close friendship with Lois, with frequent visits from Rochester to Alfred for drives in the countryside and lunch at Coslos. Three days before he died, they had visited Alfred to take Paul to his dorm and visit with Lois for lunch and a long drive on a beautiful November day. Contributions in Frank's memory may be made to the C.D Smith Theater at the Miller Performing Arts Center, Alfred University, Alfred, NY 14802 or the Bishop Kearney High School, 125 Kings Highway South, Rochester, NY 14617."
Mary Belfi Hulings '48 and her husband Clark Hulings have been traveling to many parts of the world for scenes Clark uses in his paintings. Most recently, they visited France ...
Acquired a new Christmas correspondent this past Christmas. We received holiday greetings from Astrid Johnson, in addition to the ones we regularly receive from Norma Jacox Stoneham, Lois Sutton Tappan, and Johnnie Seidlin. John has not yet called me about the Sarasota alumni get-together, which we will not be able to attend this year. His annual call gets us up to date on his family also. Lois's husband, George Tappan '50, has been in touch with Mimi Tooke Polan '48 about some music he, Lois, and Mimi were interested in back in the Lois Scholes days. She was able to find it in the back of my mother's old hymnal, copied it, and sent it to George. So, are you sorting through things and discarding? Have you reached that time of life? Are any of them from Alfred (the community) or Alfred University? We found items of interest to the Alfred University Archivist, Laurie Lounsberry McFadden '92, publications my parents and I had saved, and sent them on to her. Another year and it will be our 55th anniversary and reunion. Get me up to date - I want to hear from you - and we will have things to talk about when we get together again. Best regards, Don Polan
1949
This is old news now, but I made my first trip to California last August for a Wright family reunion on Monterey Bay. Fifty-four Wrights attended and that was just my brothers' and sisters' kids and grandkids - plus some of mine. I have to say it was great. (My youngest sister, Pat, graduated from Alfred Ag-Tech in 1952.) Please remember! Sign up now for the nurses' reunion. Who knows when there will be another? - Willa Wright
D. Juel Andersen and Lois Smith provided us with this highly personal appreciation. "Ruth 'Taffy' Macaulay Bowen died of cancer Dec. 10, 2001, at her home in Canandaigua, NY. She received a BFA from Alfred University and later a master of arts in art history from the University of Rochester. At Alfred she was a member of Pi Alpha Pi sorority, the Footlight Club, and the University Chorus. She also excelled in women's sports. Taffy's lifelong devotion to the arts was manifest in her teaching and in the many lasting contributions she made to the cultural life of Canandaigua. Taffy's deep love of nature in all its forms is reflected in her commitment to various environmental organizations. A natural athlete, she was competitive in tennis and golf. She is survived by her husband, John Bowen, MD, three sons, five grandchildren, her twin sister, and a brother."
Genevieve Polan Scheffer says, "Our lives continue on an even keel." She and Karl Scheffer walk regularly and enjoy the community activities of their neighborhood and of Ocala, FL. They live not far from her brother Don Polan '48 and his wife Mimi Tooke Polan '48,.
God bless Marguerite "Kelly" DeLorenzo Cox. She writes me a newsy letter every year about all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was blessed on 9/11 when all three of her girls at the World Trade Center made it out alive. One was on the train under the building when the first plane struck …
Ed Decker '52 and Lonny Gardiner Decker sent a note at Christmastime. Both of their kids and families were with them on Christmas Day ...
Art Hazlett and Martin "Marty" Dillon, who keep me laughing with all the jokes they send via email.
From your correspondent: Ginny Mills Ciampaglio writes to say, "I am living in the Arbors, a residence for senior citizens in Spring Lake Heights, NJ, six blocks from the ocean. Spring Lake is a big summer resort for New Jersey residents. My address is 550 Warren Ave., The Arbors 64F, Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762-3218. The town has a lovely boardwalk and a great beach. I don't get over there as much as I would like to, but it's there for the asking. I'm going to try bowling again … but golf is out for a while longer. I am getting better at Bingo and sometimes actually win. It's fun anyway, win or lose. We do other things like Trivial Pursuit and poker. Everyone here is very friendly and nice, and it makes for happy living. Please keep me up to date if you have any news."
Here's a note from Lois Mutch Beato: "My travels have been limited to family visits this year. A pinched nerve kept me off the golf course for two months. I drove to Long Island for Thanksgiving but will fly up in December" to spend time with her grandchildren, age 14, 11, 10, and 7 … To all my nurse classmates: Please note the nurses' reunion at AU June 7-9. I'm hoping to be there and would love to see you all. I missed you at our 50th. I think Madge Evans Smith and I were the only nurses there from the class of '49 …
Arling Hazlett and his wife, Jane Crittenden Hazlett, continue to live up a winding road on a mountain top with spectacular views. When Arling retired as the president of the New York grocery chain P&C Foods and was traveling as a consultant, he and Jane decided to move to North Carolina. They've now been there many years.
Art Hazlett and Martin "Marty" Dillon, who keep me laughing with all the jokes they send via email.
Here's an excerpt from Barbara Phelps Heckenliable: "Besides that horrendous 9/11 day there are many things that come to mind when I think of the year 2001. John and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary, and we thank God for giving us this time together when John's health picture has never been the greatest. We took eight members of our family on a seven-day Caribbean cruise on the Grand Princess; we had a wonderful time together. We returned May 6, 2001. On May 25, John unexpectedly had to have a four-way bypass done … Then he suffered some small strokes. He also had a collapsed lung. To make a long story shorter, John is doing much better now. I am not playing as much golf as I did last year. I gave it up for the time that I had to be with John during his recovery period. I bought a new set of golf clubs as my Christmas present from him! … So you see I am optimistic that things will be better in 2002. We send our love and very best wishes to you all." God bless.
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David Hildebrand's beloved wife, Frances, died Nov. 27, 2001, after a long illness.
Robert J. Hawkins reminded friends that he and his wife moved to the Fort Myers, FL, area in 1999. "There are some classmates down this way," he said.
Marjorie Mould Komitor stays in touch. Her sister died in October 2001. Marjorie had plans for a cruise that had to be canceled. Both her sons and families visited her over Christmas. Are you still taking courses at the local college, Marge? …
Dr. Stephen Thorngate, a surgeon, writes, "Please extend greetings to my old classmates and friends in class of 1948 and 1949 at AU, and thank Rich Simington for his friendly visit last summer."
Kate Guenther Leff has decided to give up her post as class correspondent, so the class of 1950 is back to one correspondent. "I volunteered for the post because for years there was no correspondent for my class," she wrote. "But there is a very good one now, and you don't need me any longer ... Please shout to the world at large that I, Kate Guenther Leff '50, have become a grandmother for the first time. I realize this is pretty ho-hum to most of the rest of you, but to my husband and me, it is amazing. Little Nicholas was born Aug. 2, 2001. Five weeks later was the WTC disaster (no connection.) We're Manhattan residents, three miles from Ground Zero. Our daughter and her family live a mile south of us and were getting the smoke from the burning, so they came to us. We also hosted our son-in-law's brother and his girlfriend, who were visiting the city from Texas. Oh, how wonderful are sleep sofas! They all stayed a few days. Life in the city has not been quite the same since 9/11. We do our usual things, but the joy of living has diminished. Hope 2002 is better. For the fifth year, I've been active in the Institute for Retired Professionals at the New School University. This was the first center for elder education in the country. I'm a member of the curriculum committee, which meets weekly. As you may know, the organization's premise is peer learning, which means that we conduct our own courses and actively participate in discussions. The course I am involved with as a coordinator is "Art in Current Exhibitions" in the city's museums. This past term I presented three sessions, with slides, lecture, and discussion: Japanese crafts (exhibited at the Japan Institute); Signac (exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum); and the British Museum's Egyptian Antiquities (on loan to the Brooklyn Museum.) Other courses I took this year were Dante's Inferno, Vienna 1900, and Contemporary Plays, where we do rehearsed readings. While at Alfred, I was too shy to attempt drama; I'm lucky to have this second chance. Previous terms I've done readings of Greek drama and Shakespeare." Kate now has e-mail: Kateliz@nyc.rr.com.
An interview with Susan Peterson MFA '50, published in the December 2001-January 2002 issue of "American Craft" magazine, begins with a recap of her career: "When it comes to ceramics, Susan Peterson has done it all. As Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council, recipient of the prestigious Charles Fergus Binns Medal from Alfred University for distinguished service to the field of ceramics, and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Peterson has been a potter for over half a century, as well as a teacher, administrator, writer, & curator. She established ceramics programs at Chouinard Art Institute, the University of Southern California, and Hunter College, and was called in to organize the Joe L. Evins Appalachian Center for Crafts. Her books on Shoji Jamada, Lucy Lewis, and Maria Martinez are classics, (as is) her recent monograph on Jun Kaneko. "Pottery by American Indian Women: The Legacy of Generations" is the title of an important 1997 exhibition she curated and the accompanying catalogue she wrote. "Working With Clay" is a valuable introductory work, and "The Craft and Art of Clay," now in its third edition, is a standard text." Just back from China, she has a new book out, "Smashing Glazes," and is starting on revisions for a new edition of "Working With Clay." In one of her books, Peterson says, "Confrontation with clay can bring us into contact with the self - earthy, intense, passionate."
Jay Conklin '50 called me recently to say hi. He lives in Lancaster, PA, and is retired from RCA. I never worked at the Lancaster plant, but visited there many times as a sales engineer for RCA Industrial Tube Division. Jay reports that the plant has little activity these days ... Jay also said that George Eiwen '50 died Dec. 6, 1998. I don't know if this was reported earlier. (Coordinator's note: We reported the death in the spring '99 issue.) George also worked for RCA for many years; he received his master's in glass in 1951 ... I still run my pump business; it keeps me out of trouble. I hate the commercial aspects - record-keeping, tax preparation, and collection efforts - but selling and trouble-shooting keep it interesting." - George Crouchley
Frank Schroeder wrote, "Virginia (Lewis Schroeder) and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on March 20, 2002. We have nine grandchildren." Congratulations, Frank and Virginia!
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If you watch next year's Rose Bowl parade, keep your eyes open for Joel Zneimer. His home is now across the street from the headquarters of the Rose Bowl Parade, which lines up virtually in his front yard in Pasadena, CA.
Ed Finney of St. Anne, IL, has received the 2001 Lowe School Board award. Named for the late Dorothea Lowe, mother of Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan, the award recognizes school board members from Kankakee and Iroquois counties who mirror Mrs. Lowe's dedication to making the greater Kankakee area a safer and more healthful place to raise a family. Finney, 74, has been a member of the St. Anne Community High School Board of Education for 18 years, including two terms as president. He also served on the collective bargaining committee and is currently a member of the school's Climate Committee and the School Improvement Advisory Team. But he really received the award for his involvement with students, according to the St. Anne Record. Over the years, he has attended more than 500 social and athletic events, has provided countless rides for students, and has chaperoned every dance in recent memory. He is also active in the Reading is Fundamental program and is a volunteer tutor and test proctor. When a paid position was eliminated, Finney took over the sale of tickets at home basketball games. Two of his six children graduated from St. Anne High School and he and his wife Pat have hosted 18 foreign exchange students in the past 20 years.
Jay Conklin '50 called me recently to say hi. He lives in Lancaster, PA, and is retired from RCA. I never worked at the Lancaster plant, but visited there many times as a sales engineer for RCA Industrial Tube Division. Jay reports that the plant has little activity these days ... Jay also said that George Eiwen '50 died Dec. 6, 1998. I don't know if this was reported earlier. (Coordinator's note: We reported the death in the spring '99 issue.) George also worked for RCA for many years; he received his master's in glass in 1951 ... I still run my pump business; it keeps me out of trouble. I hate the commercial aspects - record-keeping, tax preparation, and collection efforts - but selling and trouble-shooting keep it interesting." - George Crouchley
"At our 50th reunion, I was pleased to learn that ground will soon be broken for the long-planned ceramics museum ," wrote Peter Dahoda. "It should become a reality in the near future."
John F. McMahon Jr. died May 5, 2001. In our last issue, we reported that his brother, William McMahon '54, had died. That was an error. William is alive; John is the brother who died.
1952
The committee that is busily arranging the 50th reunion for the class of '52 has found an angel in the person of Judy Leondar. She has agreed to pay the expenses of publishing the class reunion yearbooks, which at this writing is being edited and designed. Judy is insisting on a high-quality printing job, and has called for rather elegant paper and binding. Unfortunately, she can't impose her high standards on the editorial content, which is being edited by your correspondent. Judy has also discovered that Frank Bredell's telephone in the printed 1996 AU directory is wrong. That's because he had that phone, a business line, disconnected when he retired, and the number has since been assigned to someone who knows nothing about Alfred, more's the pity. The correct number is (313) 382-1914, and the fax line is (313) 928-3990. And for those who would rather e-mail, the e-address is above.
Wayne Husted reports that a film called "Blenko Retro: the story of three designers" features him. The picture has been shown on 100 PBS stations and has resulted in Wayne's being reunited with many "lost" former friends. He was design director at Blenko for 10 years after leaving Alfred. He says Alfred is prominently mentioned in the film because it provided Blenko with all three of the featured designers. As a result of making the film Wayne returned to the company's factory in West Virginia last year and agreed to make some new designs. He was working there Sept. 11, 2001, and so created a new line of ruby/clear and blue glass named "The Patriot Line." The mother of one of the passengers on the ill-fated planes in the Sept. 11 tragedy took several of the pieces, which had been made as large votives, to a memorial ceremony in Washington. Pictures of the designs are on Blenko's website, he says. PS: I just heard from Wayne Husted that one of the piece of glassware that he made as a memorial of Sept. 11, 2001, was sold to a collector of Blenko glass for $3,000. He further notes that his glassware that sold for $30 in 1953 is now selling at 10 times that amount in the designs that have been brought back. He adds that Winslow Anderson '43 was one of the other Blenko designers featured in the PBS film, and has also been the subject of several books.
A letter sent to Josephine Koster Rajasooria in Naperville, IL, was returned by the post office. Does anyone have a new address? If you do, please notify your correspondent, Frank Bredell, or the class notes coordinator.
Ed Decker '52 and Lonny Gardiner Decker sent a note at Christmastime. Both of their kids and families were with them on Christmas Day ...
Joe Fischer wrote, "As a volunteer in the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Service, I spent three weeks working at a respite center at Ground Zero in New York City, providing supplies to all the personnel working at the site."
Wally Higgins, who will create a special medallion for our 50th reunion, reports, "The medallion will be made of ceramic. One side will have the University seal and other a free-form '52 that will follow circular curves. I may not glaze to keep the wording & design distinctive. After the model is finished, I will use the ram press process for duplicating the medallions in either red or white. I'll try both colors to get a feeling."
Louis Mendez has worked under many influences and developed many themes during 54 years at the potter's wheel. Most recently, like many other artists, he has struggled with the challenge of the September 11 terrorist attacks. He actually heard the first plane to strike the World Trade Center fly overhead, and saw the second plane hit the tower. "I saw it all. It was just shocking," he told the Daily News. "I struggled then. I was traumatized for several weeks. I couldn't focus." But as the shock subsided, his energy returned. Getting back to work was a release, and his work reflected Americans' new climate. "I made a George Bush soldier figure," he said, complete with medieval armor. The figure sold immediately. "So I had to make another one, this time bigger and more fierce." In recent weeks, he's been crafting more warrior figures, some epic in size, some tiny. Some even come with horses. -- Frank Bredell
Robert Owens, who lives on land in New Jersey that was once part of the Campbell Soup Co. farm where it grew its own vegetables, has an unusual part-time retirement job with that company. He is a product taster. He said, "Our panel had to have a lot of training to see that our tasters were working right, and now we are called on to check out new products or changed recipes, or to sample Campbell's products in competition with those of other companies. We can only work about two hours a day, but we have to taste not only the finished product, but also every ingredient and rate things on aroma, mouth feel, after taste and things like that. We'll be requested to report every day for two or three months, then will go for several months without a call."
John Morgan, who won letters in track and cross-country, remembers how he got involved with Alfred. He says, "I had a full athletic scholarship to Michigan State when Don Boulton's father suggested that Don and I take a trip to Alfred during the spring of '49. I was in training for the Penn Relays for my high school so some of my time had to be spent on the track keeping the muscles in shape. Coach McClain asked me to run a mile against the best AU miler as a demonstration that I had ability. Of course I accepted the challenge and beat the best that Alfred had by at least 300 yards. I felt real good about the race and yes, it was the deciding factor to convince me to attend Alfred (ego, you know.) When I arrived at Alfred in the fall I found that this 'best miler' was really the worst distance runner on the team, and I knew I had 'been had'. After a few months, however, it didn't make any difference as I fell in love with the place and now know the education I received was the better of that offered by the two universities." John notes that he was in the class of '52 plus three weeks. Ah, yes. Ceramic engineering students had to take a three-week summer course in surveying. Your correspondent, who had long since become estranged from everything mathematical, took an identical three-week summer session, but instead of lugging a transit around the campus sat under the sheltering pines reading modern poetry with Prof. Galway Kinnell. We delighted in overhearing the engineers' dilemmas such as, "Darn, Kanakadea Hall has moved since last year's survey. It isn't supposed to be here." Galway Kinnell, by the way won the Nobel Prize for American poetry in 1983, but his official biography neglected to mention Alfred. When asked about the omission, he answered elliptically, "I was fully alive at Alfred." He wasn't otherwise? And mentioning long-departed (from Alfred) faculty, did you know that Prof. Ellsworth Barnard has written a four-volume autobiography that includes much about Alfred? He sent your correspondent three of the hardcover books, but said that volume one, about his childhood, was available in libraries but he couldn't spare a copy.
Louis Mendez has worked under many influences and developed many themes during 54 years at the potter's wheel. Most recently, like many other artists, he has struggled with the challenge of the September 11 terrorist attacks. He actually heard the first plane to strike the World Trade Center fly overhead, and saw the second plane hit the tower. "I saw it all. It was just shocking," he told the Daily News. "I struggled then. I was traumatized for several weeks. I couldn't focus." But as the shock subsided, his energy returned. Getting back to work was a release, and his work reflected Americans' new climate. "I made a George Bush soldier figure," he said, complete with medieval armor. The figure sold immediately. "So I had to make another one, this time bigger and more fierce." In recent weeks, he's been crafting more warrior figures, some epic in size, some tiny. Some even come with horses. -- Frank Bredell
Duane Matterson MFA '52 reports not about himself but about a grad school classmate, Marvin Reichle, whom he classifies as one of Charles Harder's grad students. Duane says he and Marvin met in 1950 when Duane and his wife planned to butcher a pig. They were living on Mike Sibley's farm. Without experience in butchering, they called Marvin and his wife Elsa for help. As Duane remarked, "Grad students had a different life from most students." Duane's news comes in the way of a large clipping, complete with four photos and a map, from the Muncie, IN, Star-Press of Jan. 19, 2002. The clipping reports that when Marvin and Elsa Reichle bought a house in Muncie in 1955 they were three blocks from Ball Memorial Hospital. Now they live in the hospital's parking lot, in the only house the hospital had not bought to expand its parking area. Marvin & Elsa were willing to sell their house to the hospital, where Marvin volunteers. The problem was that the Reichles couldn't find a replacement house they liked, although they had their eye on one. For years the desired house wasn't for sale, and the hospital and Reichles were both stymied in their moving plans. But the desired house was recently put on the market. At the time of the newspaper article, Reichle, a retired art professor from Ball State University, and his wife were trying to pack up a 50-year accumulation of furnishings and memories for the move. Hardest to move: the bamboo grove growing near the front door. Their new address is 5005 N. Everett Road, Muncie, IN 47304. Phone is the same: (765) 288-5113.
A postcard sent to Joe Marsh at RR 2, Gaston, IN, (which the alumni office thought was his proper address), was returned by the post office as an insufficient address. Anyone have more complete information? Speaking of wrong addresses, the alumni office has lost touch with 90 members of our class and would like to hear from them. The esteemed editors of this magazine may not want to devote the space needed to list all the names, but if anyone wants to do a little detective work the full list, with last known addresses and phone numbers, is available from your correspondent. Write Frank Bredell at Box 484, Lincoln Park, MI 48146 or e-mail Fbredell@aol.com and the list or any part of it will be forthcoming instantly.
Eloise Mullen Hilsdorf has a new e-mail address: mull1@dctnet.net.
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Charles "Buddy" Rabiner has retired from his psychiatric practice, including his special interest in forensic psychiatry, but he is the principal planner for the extensive world travel he and his wife, Barbara "Bobby" Cohen Rabiner '54, enjoy when he can tear her away from the tennis court. Their son Steve is a senior vice president at Castle Rock Films. Their daughter Ellen, after completing Harvard Law School, has achieved a successful opera career based in New York City, where she often sings at the Met.
Harry Blatt has been retired for 14 years after working as social work supervisor and hospital union president at the new York State Department of Mental Hygiene.
William Earl's gift & craft store, The Mercantile, on the picturesque square in Pendleton, SC, is bustling. In addition to Bill, his wife Connie Musachio Earl and their three daughters are involved in the business. They claim it all began when Bill was still on the faculty at Alfred and Connie literally dreamed of the idea. On a sabbatical at Clemson University they found the location, and the rest is history. Because of the store's proximity to Clemson, it's not unusual for AU faculty and alumni to stop by.
It's hard to decide whether Andrew "Andy" Ippolito is more famous for his successful entrepreneurial career as the owner of the company Discovery Oil, or as the dean of the consular community in Los Angeles, where he is the secretary general of the professional consular association, having served almost three decades as the Honorary Consul General of Liberia. At Alfred, however, he's remembered as an athlete, and is though to be the first AU grad to play pro football. A running back, he played in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts. He recently told an Alfred visitor about some experiences in the football camp of the Pittsburgh Steelers. One day he was almost through the line when Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, one of the first pro linemen to play at over 300 pounds, extended his arm. Andy ran into it and, not surprisingly, was knocked out. A former AU trustee, Andy now lives more calmly in Malibu, CA, with his wife Jan. Neighbors down the road, who have included Barbara Streisand and Pierce Brosnan, appreciate Andy's quieter lifestyle.
1954
William McMahon is alive. In our last magazine, we reported that he had died. We had him confused with his brother John F. McMahon Jr. '51, who died May 5, 2001. Sorry for the error.
Your correspondent sent an article from the December 2001 "Law Enforcement Trainer" about the 2001 Joseph S. Boyd Memorial Award, which was given to George M. Taft Jr. Taft was honored for "outstanding service to the American Society for Law Enforcement Training" in several areas. One of his achievements was coming up with the idea of selling bricks to raise funds to beatify and maintain the Alaska Law Enforcement Memorial. Another was developing the Alaskans for Drug Free Youth Outreach. "My career has benefited me and allowed me to do some positive things for kids," says Taft, the director of the Crime Lab for the Alaska Department of Public Safety and an expert on forensics. His name is on two State of Alaska patents on fingerprint development. The ASLET award is only the latest in a long string of honors he has received from local, state, and national groups. On top of his professional honors, Taft is an accomplished ice dancer with at least one state gold medal to his credit.
1955
Ernest Bilmes, MD, recently received the Dranitzke Award for outstanding medical service to the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center on Long Island and to the community it serves.
Mary Jane Villareale Mackey sent the sad news that Josephine "Jo" Tuccio House died March 14, 2001. Jo was both an artist and a retired trust operations officer for Summit Bank of New Jersey. The news is especially sad for Mary Jane, because, as she says, "Jo Tuccio, Janice Jarvis Gibbs, and I attended high school together."
Your correspondent received some bits and pieces of news from Julianne Sanford Dudley, who starts by saying that she and her husband, Richard "Dick" Dudley '55, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last summer. They continue to work at their auto parts shop, usually part time. They have 10 surviving children out of 11. Dick is recuperating from eye surgery and is doing well. Their daughter Lisa Dudley Cox '88 is a graduate of the last class from the Alfred Nursing School.
1956
Damaris "Dee" Drake Schulte died Feb. 9, 2002. We heard of her death (from cancer at 71) from her husband, Richard A. Schulte, who sent an appreciation of the artist published in the Plymouth, MI, Observer & Eccentric. A native of Wellsville, NY, she taught dozens of classes for the Plymouth Community Arts Council, judged many art competitions, designed the logo for the Music in the Park concert series among other events, and hand-made every Christmas card she sent for 50 years.
Pasquale Lattari died Jan. 8, 2002. We were notified of his death by several people, including Joe Fasano '54, who heard the news from George Meyer; and Lattari's son Steve, who sent an e-mail. Lattari was named in 1996 to the Alfred University Sports Hall of Fame; he had letters in varsity basketball and varsity football. Survivors include his wife Marita and his sons James, Stephen, and Michael.
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Matthew Berger writes, "In early October we returned from a six-week camping trip, taking the northern route out west and the returning via a southerly route, visiting 22 states in all. Gail and I traveled with another couple and had a wonderful time. We shopped at several flea markets, toured some famous homes, and thoroughly enjoyed San Luis Obispo and saw many of our national parks as well as other sights along the way. in Custer State Park, SD, we were thrilled to see several hundred buffalo as well as the famous and funny 'begging burros.' As we remembered from a similar trip in 1978 (with our teen-age boys Greg and Scott and 9-year-old Steven), Zion and Bryce National Parks in Utah are indescribable. Our favorite then as now continues to be Kings Canyon and Sequoia in California. The Sequoias are magnificent and grow to over 250 feet, yet have cones less than four inches long - God's creation is perfect and beautiful. We were in Lake Tahoe when we learned of the attacks on New York and Washington, DC. None of our family still in the New York area were near the Twin Towers, and all are safe though emotionally scarred and angry, as we all are. The abundance of US flags and other signs of patriotism that we saw on the rest of our trip was uplifting and encouraging. God bless America!"
Malcolm Hill tells us, "I lost my first wife in December 1991. I remarried in July 1995. After 43 years' work in the insurance field, I retired in May 2001." His wife's name is Darlene Hill.
Bert Kohn spent his career in advertising and marketing in New York and the Midwest with some of the most prestigious firms in the nation. He first came to California to work with the start-up parent corporation of the fast-food company Jack-in-the-Box and decided he liked the West Coast. Now, in retirement, he owns a printing consulting business, Infinity Press, in La Jolla, CA, where he and his wife Gladys live. Bert says he needs Infinity Press to provide office space for all Gladys's volunteer activities.
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Dr. Samuel F. Hulbert is one of two men recently appointed to the board of directors of Interactive Intelligence, a global software development company. Since 1976 Dr. Hulbert, who earned his undergraduate degree in 1958 and his PhD in 1964, both from AU's College of Ceramics, has been president of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. Before joining Rose-Hulman, he held professorships at Tulane University and Clemson University and consulted for a variety of organizations, including the US Air Force, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Arthur D. Little Co., Allied Chemical Corp., and Tennessee Technical University.
Marvin Bell is one of 40 writers who contributed to a new anthology available through the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester. Voices in the Gallery: Writers on Art includes essays & poems by 40 authors, all with connections to Western New York. The volume, published by the University of Rochester Press, is edited by Grant Holcomb, director of the Memorial Art Gallery. He asked each contributor to write about favorite works in the gallery's collection. Bell is the Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters at the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. Author of many books on poetry and essays, including the recent Nightwork: Poems 1962-2000, Bell has been awarded the Lamont Prize and an award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He has held two senior Fulbright appointments and been honored by the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Francis R. Tatnall has been enjoying retirement in Western North Carolina. He has been building stone walls, acting as a volunteer mediator, doing two part-time jobs, and visiting nine grandchildren.
Raymond Urode has retired from his short-lived downhill skiing career after a misadventure with his knee at Sun Valley this past winter. He says he'll focus his energy on golf and country dancing with his wife Ginger in Marina Del Ray, CA.
Thomas Doty, says that after an initial retirement from Security Mutual Life Insurance of New York, he re-retired Feb. 1, 2001.
J. Russell Fahey, who says that although his first name is John, no one ever calls him anything but Russ. He and his wife Pat live in Duncan, SC. Russ was honored by the American Wine Society at its national convention in November 2001 for artwork used at the annual meeting. Last May, Russ submitted several designs for a logo to the planning committee for this year's convention. One was chosen and submitted to the national committee, which approved it. It was used for business cards, letterheads, and envelopes used by the national committee, and etched into the glasses used for wine tasting at the convention. He was also asked to paint a picture for the cover flysheet used in a notebook containing meeting schedules and notes. His logo design was copied and emblazoned on the panting. Since his retirement two years ago, Russ has been painting. His work has been juried and displayed in galleries in New York and South Carolina.
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From your correspondent: Karen Dennis Barney has traveled recently to Peru, and even more recently, to Paris.
Finally, Mary Cavanaugh Graves was reelected mayor of Bellbrook, Ohio, in November 2001. She will be starting her fourth two-year term as major and completing 26 years of elected service to her community. She will also be ending a two-year term as president of the Montgomery-Greene County Mayors and Managers Association, a regionally proactive group that covers five counties and 27 cities in the Greater Dayton area ... Please send in your news - Your classmates would love to know what you're up to. - Lisa Finelli Cerone
This information is about your correspondent, but not from her. Against the advice of her dad, a dentist, Elissa "Lisa" Finelli Cerone was, as a child, determined to pursue a career as a health professional. After considering dental technology, she graduated from AU with a nursing degree and is today in demand as one of the most accomplished surgical nurses in the Los Angeles area after 26 years at the Veterans Administration hospital there. When she isn't exploring the world on solo trips (New Zealand last year and the Greek Isles are next), Lisa lives in Sherman Oaks, CA. In New Zealand, she attended the International Conference for Operating Room Nurses in Christchurch in September 2001 before taking a week-long tour of the South Island.
Outside Alfred Butner's practice as one of the foremost breast surgeons in Northern California, when he's not playing his guitar, taking photographs, traveling, or studying native plants, Al tends his vineyard and plans next year's bottling of the 150 gallons of wine he makes each year from his own grapes. Al and his wife Julie live in Los Altos, CA.
Brenda Kaufman Monene is working independently setting up web sites. We chat on the computer from time to time, since I learned how to get on instant mail.
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Arlene Ryan Avakian has been promoted to professor, and is now director of women's studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Joyce Harrington Cirrito told us, "The nurses of '60 had a mini-reunion at Louisa McConnell Ivan's house in Endicott, NY, in October 2001. Also present were Barbara Link Deats, Barbara Foreman Bell, Norma Charleston Poyneer and husband Ken, Diane Nitschke Davies and husband from New Jersey, and Joyce Harrington Cirrito. We missed the rest of the group, but had such a good time that we are having a weekend get-together in Corning May 17-19. We would love to have as many nurses from the class of '60 as possible. If you can come, write Barb Deats at 9 Sims Ave., Corning, NY 14830; or email her at dddeats1@stny.rr.com. If not, send her your news so we can keep up with everyone."
Bob Goldstein and Leslie Pete Goldstein '63 live in Asheville, NC. They moved from Bridgewater, NJ, when Bob retired after practicing orthodontics and facial orthopedics for 30 years. Bob is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, and had a special interest in surgery and treatment for cleft palate. He was on the staff of the St. Peters University Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ, as well as Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Medical School in New York City. Leslie is an accomplished artist, concentrating in her most recent work on Judaica. Their three sons all graduated from Duke University and have produced six grandchildren so far. Bob and Leslie can be reached at goldst@pol.net.
1961
A recent issue of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics contained an article by Richard "Dick" Gross. Titled "Practice," the article describes an analogy between the experience of mentoring medical residents and coaching soccer players. Dick has extensive experience in both in South Carolina, where he is a pediatric orthopedist in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina and a longtime member of the soccer coaching staff of Wando High School, three-time state champion, in Mt. Pleasant, SC, where Dick lives.
The death of Beatle George Harrison was especially meaningful for Jerome "Jerry" Zwickel's wife Lorette, who spent many years working with the Beatles at their New York City headquarters. Jerry and Lorette now live in Matthews, NC.
Although Larrie Sweet is busy during the week as the national sales manager of the aluminum oxide company Baikowski International in Charlotte, NC, he may be more busy on weekends when he works for his wife Andrea "Andy" Rawady Sweet '65 at her company, Royal Gardens, where their sons Jared and Garth handle the landscape and design divisions respectively and daughter Amanda runs the Asheville branch.
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Steve Steinberg and Mike Benedict, coordinators for the class of 1962's 40th reunion, remind classmates that the reunion is scheduled June 7-9. They report that on the basis of early responses, it looks as if there will be a large turnout. "A full schedule of activities is planned, so call some classmates and plan on attending," they say. "You won't want to miss it!" Anyone with questions may call Steve, (212) 216-1300 (work) or (914) 937-5422 (home) or Mike, (201) 767-0821.
Linda Yablon Bresnick and Stu Bresnick are living in Davis, CA, where Linda is assistant coordinator of the Women's Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) breast cancer research study at UC Davis. Stu is director of operations for Freedom From Hunger, a non-profit micro-credit and education organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in the world's poorest countries. Their own lives have been blessed with two wonderful grandsons.
Steve Steinberg and Mike Benedict, coordinators for the class of 1962's 40th reunion, remind classmates that the reunion is scheduled June 7-9. They report that on the basis of early responses, it looks as if there will be a large turnout. "A full schedule of activities is planned, so call some classmates and plan on attending," they say. "You won't want to miss it!" Anyone with questions may call Steve, (212) 216-1300 (work) or (914) 937-5422 (home) or Mike, (201) 767-0821.
Robert E. Niver retired in 1996 as superintendent of Falconer Central School in Western New York. For the past five years he has worked part-time for Jamestown Community College and for Harrington Sandberg Architects. He has also worked part-time as executive director of the Chautauqua County School Board Association.
Incidentally, here in Richmond, Ingrid Gruber Vetter '62 and I have become good friends. She is also a Sigma Chi.
Joel Gottlieb writes, "After 30 years as a college professor, I retired to Taos, NM, where I offer tai chi to special education classes and people with special needs. Linda (Richey Gottlieb) much prefers doing collage to practicing law."
M. Duncan Stanton, Ph.D., has retired from his position as Spalding University's Dean of the School of Professional Psychology and Social Work, and Vice President for Academic Research. He has not, however, entered retirement. He remains affiliated with Spalding University as Professor Emeritus and is writing papers and books. At the Morton Center in Louisville, KY, he also directs a five-year NIH clinical trial investigating group and family treatments for adolescent alcohol and drug abusers. The author of over 140 publications, Stanton has given more than 230 invited lectures in 25 countries on five continents. He is a former Fulbright Visiting Scholar in Argentina. In addition, he has received six awards from national organizations for his work, including (in 1997) the American Family Therapy Academy's "Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research" award.
John Gutierrez '62 is looking for Lambda Chi members from his class to be involved with a 40th-reunion game proposed by Mike Benedict '62 and Steve Steinberg '62. Please email John at commnguy@aol.com or email me.
Al Sugarman '62, a materials engineer with Loranger International Corp. in Palo Alto, with his wife Frances "Fran" Shaw, was also there, as was David Judson '66, who came all the way from Sacramento. Dave and David Miller '66 were former classmates. David Judson '66 is a attorney and holds a prominent position in state government as deputy director & chief counsel to the California Office of Administrative Law. Also at the party was Patricia Ciardullo Moore '66, a very successful realtor in the East Bay who works out of Concord, CA; Vinay Seth '86, a research scientist with Lockheed Martin Corp. in Mountain View, CA; Nessa Connor '89, who is program manager for Zd Events, a high-tech events company, who is based in San Francisco and works in Foster City; Jason Amaral '92, director of products management for ABEX, based in Los Altos, CA; and Cecily Rogers '98, administrative assistant for the senior center at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center. Finally, there was Erika Elbeck '00, the most recent graduate there, who lives in Piedmont, CA. Frank and Mary Ann McCabe attended; their daughter is a senior at AU this year. Of course AU President Charley Edmondson and Laura Greyson were there, and our daughter Stephanie, who helped in the hosting process.
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Lynn Long writes, "I am officially retired as of July 2001. My wife and I have moved into a new house on Bainbridge Island, WA. My address is 9376 Northtown Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 and my e-mail address is luckylong@msn.com. Anyone from the class of '63 should feel free to write or send e-mail."
Henry Hopkins writes, "I am the proud grandfather of Hannah Henckel Docktor, born Dec. 30, 2001, in Seattle. Proud parents are my daughter Virginia and son-in-law Eric Docktor. Hannah has a proud grandmother, Jane Henckel Leonard '62. Baby and parents are healthy and pleased with themselves." Neal Smith '64 has been struggling with disability. "I have lost a lot of weight and am trying to add five pounds, which is driving Stevie nuts, because she is trying to lose 15 pounds. I am still able to ride my recumbent bike, which I do every day, weather permitting. I can't stand or walk for more than 20 minutes. The kids gave me an X box for Christmas and I am trying to master Project Gotham Racing. I am up to Level 3 and am having trouble moving farther. I have mastered NASCAR Thunder and can beat my 11-year-old nephew most of the time."
Bob Goldstein and Leslie Pete Goldstein '63 live in Asheville, NC. They moved from Bridgewater, NJ, when Bob retired after practicing orthodontics and facial orthopedics for 30 years. Bob is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, and had a special interest in surgery and treatment for cleft palate. He was on the staff of the St. Peters University Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ, as well as Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Medical School in New York City. Leslie is an accomplished artist, concentrating in her most recent work on Judaica. Their three sons all graduated from Duke University and have produced six grandchildren so far. Bob and Leslie can be reached at goldst@pol.net.
Maureen McGuire writes, "Every time I receive another issue of the Alfred alumni magazine, I promise myself that I will send in some news; and then I never get it done. Time to catch up. I've been in Arizona, still in the career Dean John F. McMahon helped set my feet upon . I've been designing stained glass windows for churches all over the US all these many years. "Ministry & Liturgy" magazine holds a national annual design competition for good art in churches. This year I was awarded a "Bene" award for my windows in a church in Columbus, OH; and an honorable mention for windows in one in Little Rock, AR. I have no plans for retirement any time soon, since I still enjoy getting paid for something I love to do. Regards to you from Sue Brown Mason '65 and Danny Mason '63, who live in Scottsdale. We see each other at summer homes in Pinewood, near Flagstaff, AZ. Also saw Janet Smith Dann '63 and Herb Dann '62 when they passed through the Valley of the Sun on their way back home to Corning, NY, after adventuring all over North America, including Alaska and Canada, in their RV for the past two years. That's enough bragging for now. I want to compliment you on the fine job you have been doing under the "1963" column. It's fun to read about familiar old Saxon Warriors. The class notes are always the first thing I read."
In late February, Richard and Martha Widdicombe hosted a party (which has become a semi-regular event) for a variety of Alfred alumni. Coming for the first time were Bob Beck '65 and Beverly Beck. Bob holds the world record for attending the most horse-race tracks. With modern technology, he also manages to handle multiple races electronically. Dick Turecek and Sharon Hogue Turecek '64 joined us too for the first time in years. He joked that he was one of the few in the group still working in the same area for which he was educated. Peter Baron and Donna Baron, both retired, found that having Peter loose in the house with nothing to do was dangerous, so Pete is back coaching & teaching. Jim Hughes '64 and Ethel Smith traveled from upstate, where Jim is busy doing free-lance photography and producing various articles for magazines. Ethel has created an incredible business of teddy bear scenarios. These are prize-winning & are also selling like hotcakes. Check them out at www.ethelhughes.com.'
Recently an Alfred visitor heard Theodore "Ted" Taylor patiently explaining to two students why his answer on an exam was correct and theirs wasn't at Clemson University, where he is a senior faculty member after teaching there more than 20 years. Eleanor "Ellie" Perry Taylor continues her career as a public health nurse near their home in Seneca, SC.
Recently an Alfred visitor heard Theodore "Ted" Taylor patiently explaining to two students why his answer on an exam was correct and theirs wasn't at Clemson University, where he is a senior faculty member after teaching there more than 20 years. Eleanor "Ellie" Perry Taylor continues her career as a public health nurse near their home in Seneca, SC.
1964
It's not surprising that John MacFadden is one of the best known people in town, as he's in his 11th year as the superintendent of schools in the Saratoga Springs School District. He had worked there in various administrative capacities and as a teacher since a few years after his graduation from Alfred.
Louise Stevens Buckley writes, "Jim (James Buckley '64) and I have been married 35 years. We have two children, Steve and Christine. Steve graduated from Princeton and got his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Berkeley. Christine graduated from Bucknell. Each is married and each has two children. We enjoy cruising on the Chesapeake Bay with our trawler. We are looking forward to traveling the ICW and Inland Waterway System when we retire. My independently owned and operated tutoring center is now seven years old and doing well. We have lived in the Maryland countryside since 1978, an hour each to Baltimore and Philadelphia. Our lives have been, and still are, full and wonderful; we are looking forward to many more years. We'd love to hear from classmates at buck8565@delanet.com."
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Louise Stevens Buckley writes, "Jim (James Buckley '64) and I have been married 35 years. We have two children, Steve and Christine. Steve graduated from Princeton and got his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Berkeley. Christine graduated from Bucknell. Each is married and each has two children. We enjoy cruising on the Chesapeake Bay with our trawler. We are looking forward to traveling the ICW and Inland Waterway System when we retire. My independently owned and operated tutoring center is now seven years old and doing well. We have lived in the Maryland countryside since 1978, an hour each to Baltimore and Philadelphia. Our lives have been, and still are, full and wonderful; we are looking forward to many more years. We'd love to hear from classmates at buck8565@delanet.com."
Your correspondent passed along the following: "Congratulations to John M. Muchler, who retired in September 2001 after 34 years as a right of way agent for the New York State Department of Transportation in Hornell. He now looks forward to having more time for his hobbies of model railroading and researching local railroad history. He majored in history, and his love of the subject is still with him. He is currently co-editor of the Pittsburgh, Shawmut, & Northern Railroad's Historical Society newsletter.
Although Larrie Sweet is busy during the week as the national sales manager of the aluminum oxide company Baikowski International in Charlotte, NC, he may be more busy on weekends when he works for his wife Andrea "Andy" Rawady Sweet '65 at her company, Royal Gardens, where their sons Jared and Garth handle the landscape and design divisions respectively and daughter Amanda runs the Asheville branch.
Also from your correspondent came information from former class correspondent Ken Wissmann, who has started a new teaching career with the math department at Shenandoah University in western Virginia. He took an early retirement package after 25 years as a statistician and IT manager with the federal government. Ken is also busy with his other life as a bassist with a classic rock trio and a six-piece jazz-variety band. He can be reached at home at jumbies@shentel.net.
1966
Gary Jamison is president and CEO of the Chicago-based UGN, an acoustic and interior trim supplier for the North American transplant auto industry. As a protege of former College of Ceramics Dean John Francis McMahon, he is intensely interested in supporting education and university-based research. His recent activities were profiled in the magazine Future Tek, including a heartfelt appreciation of McMahon's role in his life and his professional success.
In January 2000, David B. Judson was appointed by California Gov. Gray Davis to the position of deputy director and chief counsel of the California Office of Administrative Law.
Nancy Nadel writes: "I am an Oakland, CA, city council member, re-elected in 2000 with 70 percent of the vote, to serve my second four-year term. After completing my art degree from Alfred, I worked as an artist & art teacher for many years, then returned to school. I received a second undergraduate degree in geology (San Francisco State University '79) and an MS in engineering geoscience (UC Berkeley '81.) I worked as a geophysicist in natural gas exploration for several years before switching sides and working for the Environmental Protection Agency for eight years as an environmental engineer. Before running for city council, I served as elected director of the East Bay Municipal Utility for eight years. For two of those years, I was the district's first woman president. While at San Francisco State, I met my husband, Chappell Hayes, and we had a wonderful daughter, Sele Nadel-Hayes, who was 20 this year and is graduating in May '02 from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, with a major in political science and minor in geography. She is also a terrific singer who arranged three songs and has a solo on one, of a CD of her 14-woman acapella group, the Sirens. My husband, who was a skilled woodworker (Ph.D in wood science and technology at UC Berkeley), a computer genius, and a community activist, died of pancreatic cancer in 1994. Last summer, my daughter and I took a road trip to New Mexico to surprise Michele "Miki" Bourque Sewards at her gallery opening at the Dartmouth Street Gallery in Albuquerque (www.dsg-art.com.) Our mutual friend Jinx (Virginia Rendich Hastings) met us there to complete the surprise mini-reunion. I hadn't seen Miki for about 30 years and Minx for 15. It was a wonderful trip and I highly recommend people's viewing (and buying) Miki's amazingly beautiful artwork. Jinx is an art teacher in Barre, MA, and her students are blessed with her creativity and commitment to excellent education."
1967
Edward Wolf is finding that visiting with four grandchildren leaves much less time for golf and tennis with his wife Nancy. They still live in Simpsonville, SC, near where Ed works as the manager of manufacturing and engineering for Ceramtec North America.
Richard Kellogg, professor of psychology at Alfred State College and author of dozens of articles about Sherlock Holmes, most recently published a piece comparing Holmes with Henry David Thoreau. Kellogg points out that the character Holmes was familiar with the writings of Thoreau and even quoted his famous maxim about circumstantial evidence. Thoreau wrote his journal that circumstantial evidence can be very convincing, as when you find a trout in the milk. The illegal practice of adding water to milk before it was sold was common in Thoreau's era. Kellogg concludes that Thoreau and Holmes shared a Bohemian view of society, craved periods of solitude, expressed respect for the beauties of nature, and distrusted government institutions, including slavery.
Vienna Laurendi is the new administrator at Hermon Point, a continuing-care retirement community along the Chester River in Kent County, MD. She brings 25 years of experience to the position, starting with 21 years of active and reserve duty with the US Army Nurse Corps and retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Most recently, she was director of satellite development for Christiana Care Health System.
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Jean Stothard Golcheski> writes, "I retired in 1999 after 30 years of teaching in public schools. I missed teaching, however, so I am now an adjunct associate professor at Mercer County Community College, near Trenton, NJ, and am enjoying the experience."
After returning home from an extended tour in the UK for Owens Corning in December 2000, Larry Ploetz retired from Owens Corning after 15 years of service in August 2001. He formed Larry Ploetz International Glass Melting Service, LLC, where he continues to support the glass industry in furnace design and operations specializing in oxy-fuel and electric furnaces and glass temperature conditioning systems. Larry and Denise Chapnick Ploetz '69 became grandparents in May, when Annika Jeanette was born to their daughter Kristin Ploetz Walukas '93 and Matt Walukas.
Bill Pavadona writes, "Stephanie (Nolan) and I have been happily married for 31 years and have lived in California for 28 years. We have been living in the small town of Newcastle, 30 miles northeast of Sacramento, for the last 11 years. We both work for Gladding, McBean Co., the largest manufacturer of clay pipe, roof tile, and architectural terra cotta. Stephanie is in terra cotta sales and I'm the general manager. On business trips to New York City, I've had a chance to visit with Fred W. Gross III '69 and Kathleen "Kathie" Rohan Gross several times, and I hear frequently from Joe Funair '67 and Tom Maskell '67 by phone or email. I would like to hear from more of the old group from Delta Sig." Friends who want to get in touch may send email to Bill.Padavona@paccoast.com.
The story of your correspondent's remarriage was sent to us by his son G. Douglas Clarke. Doug wrote, "There were all kinds of Alfred University connections on Aug. 5, 2000, when David Stillman Clarke, widower of Frances Polan Clarke '42, married Ethel Davis Dickinson '46, widow of C. Harmon Dickinson '45, at her home in Fort Mill, SC. The ceremony was performed by Ethel's granddaughter's husband, Kenneth R. Lake Jr., pastor of the Spring Hope, NC, Baptist Church, and a reception was held at the Fort Mill Unity Presbyterian Church. David Clarke is the son of AU Education Professor Ford Stillman Clarke '10 and AU Home Economics Instructor Agnes Kenyon Clarke Bond '09, who later married Ahva John Clarence Bond, Dean of AU Theological School. Ethel Dickinson worked as a secretary in the office of John Reed Spicer, who was counselor to prospective students, while attending classes at AU in 1942. She transferred and received her BA in social science from Salem, WV, College in 1957." Much later, we received a note from Dave Clarke himself: "Many AU '41'ers, no doubt, joined the millions who watched TV coverage of the 19th winter Olympics in Utah," he says. "Unlike our grandchildren - and even our children - who can imagine themselves doing some wintry death-defying slaloms, jumps, or moguls, my wife Ethel and I enjoyed South Carolina warmth and calm. Since our marriage in August 2000, we have stayed on softened earth year-round - winters at her Fort Mill, SC, home and summers at my Clarke-Kenyon home in Alfred. (By the way, Ethel was the office secretary for John Reed Spicer, counselor for prospective students, when her first husband, Harmon Dickinson, was at the AU School of Theology in the early '40s.) Deeply enjoying Casey Fitz Randolph's efforts in the short speed-skate races with his taking the gold medal, we were not totally surprised with a TV spotlight. Sweeping the cheering fans, the cameras zoomed in on Casey's grandparents, the Ivan Fitz Randolphs of Milton, WI. Ivan's eyesight is very limited, so the special magnifiers let him see Casey but did not prevent our seeing his happy face. Special for us was the fact of Ethel's professional association with Mr. Randolph at the North American Center of the Seventh Day Baptist Conference at Janesville, WI. He was business manager; she was executive secretarial supervisor." - Dave Clarke
When Dave Feather started college at the University of Miami, he says, he didn't like it. But after going back home to work in an electronics company he found college life better than he'd thought. A mentor, an AU alum, recommended Alfred, and Dave became a ceramic engineer, then went on to Berkeley for his masters and Ph.D. Today he is retired in San Diego, where he lives with his wife Ruth and son Billy after a career with Alcoa, Xerox, and consulting work.
Larry Ploetz received his third GALA Award from Owens Corning in 1999. His award, the highest level of annual recognition a technical program can achieve, was given for Oxy Fuel Furnace Technology. It was a joint award with other members of the Insulation Systems Business team. Larry, the team's furnace support leader, has lived in Cwmbran, Wales, the past two and a half years. The others on the team are Tim Powers, senior engineer, and Manof Choudhary, research associate. Larry's other awards were for the design of the Cullet Melter Furnace, for making fiberglass wool insulation from recycled materials; and for design of the all-electric front-end-glass heating and temperature conditioning system for wool glass melters. Larry's wife is Denise Chapnick Ploetz '69.
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Martin "Marty" Rosenberg's professional life after Alfred has not been humdrum. After graduation, he worked two years as a shepherd in Israel. Then he was a pig farmer in North Carolina. This experience led to several years as a biology researcher at the University of North Carolina. For almost the past 10 years, after graduating as the valedictorian of his law school class, he has been a successful sole practitioner specializing in medical malpractice law in Chapel Hill, NC, near where he and his wife Angela Easleylive in Pittsboro, NC.
After returning home from an extended tour in the UK for Owens Corning in December 2000, Larry Ploetz retired from Owens Corning after 15 years of service in August 2001. He formed Larry Ploetz International Glass Melting Service, LLC, where he continues to support the glass industry in furnace design and operations specializing in oxy-fuel and electric furnaces and glass temperature conditioning systems. Larry and Denise Chapnick Ploetz '69 became grandparents in May, when Annika Jeanette was born to their daughter Kristin Ploetz Walukas '93 and Matt Walukas.
John Mangels spent the first half of his ceramic engineering career working with the Ford Motor Company until the contractor manufacturing the Ford products decided he was too valuable not to be at their company. They enticed him to southern California, where he works today as director of sales and marketing of Ceradyne. John and his wife Joan live in Irvine, CA.
John Nickerson is building a new glass studio in Waynesville, NC. Late in 2001 he exhibited drawings at the River Gallery in Rocky River, OH.
Steve Armbrister is the resident site manager at Westinghouse's Braidwood Nuclear Station in Illinois. His daughter Melissa graduated in 2001 from Western Michigan University magna cum laude, with a BS in psychology and criminal justice.
1970
Wes Martens tells us, "Phi Ep sails the Bermuda Triangle. Seven brothers from the class of 1970 float the latest concept in class reunions as they set sail from Tortola, BVI, May 19-25. Co-captains Gil Roessner and Rich Klein will lead Wes Martens, Howie Gershon, Ron Zapletal, Mike Moran, and Ken Campbell on their own chartered yacht. This not-for-credit course will seek to explore the effects of rum drinks and rolling seas on the middle-aged male. Bon Voyage!" 5/21/2007 11:40:19 AM BrendaH
Linda Rounds was recently appointed director of the master's degree program at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing. 5/21/2007 11:34:35 AM BrendaH
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Richard Lord continues on the faculty of the Campbell University of Law in North Carolina, where he and Nikki Alpern Lord '72 live in Apex. They will live in the Philadelphia area when they come north in the spring while Rick is a visiting professor at Rutgers University. 5/21/2007 11:55:03 AM BrendaH
Doug Kass, president of Oak Management Corp., often publishes articles about the stock market and the economy in Barron's and in the Wall Street Journal. 5/21/2007 11:51:34 AM BrendaH
Bill Ralston sent us a one-line message: "Bill Ralston is still alive." Glad to hear it. 5/21/2007 11:56:48 AM BrendaH
James J. Grillo, a faculty member and administrator since 1972, has been named vice president for marketing & enrollment management at Alfred State College. Grillo is responsible for creating a marketing campaign for the college. The campaign is designed to enhance the image of Alfred State and further the institution's goal of becoming a baccalaureate college. 5/21/2007 11:44:47 AM BrendaH
1972
Conrad Collins, ChFC, CLU, and Westshore Financial have moved. Their new address is 520 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32907. Conrad Collins can be reached at (321) 751-1171 (voice) or 751-1579 (fax.)
Bill Greene tells us that for the summer of 2001, he worked for New York State Green Thumb as a groundskeeper at Camp Rushford. He's also keeping busy with the Grange and genealogies, and is marking 25 years as a ham radio operator. 5/21/2007 11:59:48 AM BrendaH
Joshua Nadel, who earned an MFA in ceramics in 1972, has been named interim executive vice president & provost of the University of Maine at Augusta. The appointment was announced at the Board of Trustees' September 2001 meeting. 5/21/2007 1:19:06 PM BrendaH
George "Dixon" Handshaw's nationally known e-commerce training company, Handshaw & Associates, continues as a leader in the field, especially in banking. When he's not working or riding in his classic sports car, he is president of the local entrepreneur club. Dixon was a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year in North Carolina, and has served on his local town council. He lives in Mooresville, NC, with his wife Carla. 5/21/2007 1:04:37 PM BrendaH
Philip Thomas continues as the CEO of the nation's largest Veterans Administration hospital, the facility in Los Angeles. It is the 11th VA hospital where he's worked in his 27-year career. 5/21/2007 2:10:46 PM BrendaH
For the 10th year in a row, Jim Jordan will escape the Western New York winter with a vacation in the Caribbean at St. John's, where last year he had a mini-Alfred reunion when he met Joel Moskowitz '61 on the beach. Jim continues to live in Richfield Springs, NY, where he owns the architectural firm James Jordan & Associates. 5/21/2007 1:13:32 PM BrendaH
1973
Dr. Gary Messing became department head of Materials Science & Engineering for Penn State July 1, 2001. He is also president-elect of the American Ceramic Society.
Dave Steven and Jane Weinmann Steven '74 tell us that their daughter Megan, a senior at Dartmouth College, was named a Rhodes Scholar in December 2001. She plans to pursue a doctorate at Oxford University in neuroscience.
Sue Nagell Moretti told your correspondent, "Son Matt will complete his first year in medical school this June. Son Jimmy will graduate this May as a ceramic engineer from AU. Daughter Lindsey is a 10th-grader at Alfred-Almond Central School. Husband Jim Moretti '72 is still enjoying his position as athletic director at AU. I have changed positions. After teaching first grade for 10 years at Alfred-Almond, I am back in Hornell, teaching reading at the intermediate school. I will try to encourage other class members to send information."
Benjamin Ostrer, who practices law in Chester, Orange County, NY, is steadily building a reputation as an expert in DNA evidence. He was profiled in an article in the New York Law Journal.
1974
Katherine Kopf Laflam has been promoted to surgical nurse coordinator at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. She is also treasurer of the Vermont-New Hampshire Association of Perianesthesia nurses.
Thomas F. Vredenburgh wrote,"Our family had a great & special weekend when I was privileged to be inducted into the AU Sports Hall of Fame. There is a lot to do and see at the 'new' Alfred and the 'old' Alfred is still there."
Dave Steven and Jane Weinmann Steven '74 tell us that their daughter Megan, a senior at Dartmouth College, was named a Rhodes Scholar in December 2001. She plans to pursue a doctorate at Oxford University in neuroscience.
Pamela Borey Puckett was named outstanding graduate student of the year in the Dyson School of Arts & Sciences of Pace University in New York City, upon completion of a master's degree in publishing. Pam received her first master's degree - in public relations - in 1976. Who says old dogs can't learn ... ? She left Verizon-New York Government Affairs in December 2001 after 16 years with the company. She is currently the principal of Red Sky Enterprises, which includes a public relations consulting firm and a referral-based e-commerce business. In her spare time she is getting her real estate license. She can be reached at pam@redskyenterprises.com.
Peter Baran tells us that he will be retiring from the Norton Company March 1, 2002.
When Stephen Rings isn't working to safeguard New Yorkers' health care plans as an attorney with the New York State Department of Insurance, he can often be found in the Albany area, where he lives, scrutinizing the shops of coin deals in pursuit of his lifelong hobby as a numismatist.
1975
Andrea Gow McGrath-Patten began her studies in nursing and finished with her BA in psychology & elementary education. She works part-time in the personnel department of a local nursing home. She tells us she's proud of her oldest son David, who is majoring in computer science at Colgate University. You can find Andrea at 1104 Holly Lane, Endicott, NY 13760.
Alison MacLean Levins Cassidy lost her husband, Patrick Cassidy, to complications that followed a stroke in June 2001. Patrick was the principal in a major real estate company in Washington, DC. Alison has six children.
Harris Kershnar was part of an unprecedented countywide judicial write-in campaign in Orange County, CA, March 5, 2002. Together with 10 other write-in candidates, Harris succeeded in preventing the re-election of a judge who is facing state and federal criminal charges. The judge was indicted two days after the deadline had passed for any other candidate to file to challenge him on the ballot. Hence the need for write-in opposition. Orange County has 1,286,638 registered voters. The task of reaching such a large electorate, and educating that electorate on how to cast a valid write-in vote, was enormous. All the political pundits said it was impossible and predicted that the judge would easily receive the required 50 percent + 1 vote needed for re-election. In a stunning upset, however, the judge received only 33 percent of the votes, setting the stage for a runoff in November. Over 233,000 write-in ballots are now being hand-counted to determine who will be in the runoff. (Shades of Florida!) The write-in candidate with the most votes will go into the runoff with the judge. Harris, who regards himself as a child of the 60s, told people in his campaign that "if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem."
A year or two after graduating from Alfred, Iris Rakity Shapiro moved to Southern California with her husband Mitchell Shapiro. She started a new job as a hospital nurse in Anaheim. Since then, hospital owners have come and gone, but Iris continues to work in the same facility, now run by Kaiser Permanente. She is now a nursing administrator.
Capt. William G. Wilcox Jr. was promoted in April 2000 to the rank of captain in the US Navy. He is currently serving on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, DC, as head of the Joint & Contingency Matters Branch.
Louise Hoffman sent some nice news about herself. A professor of pastry arts at New York City Technical College in Brooklyn, she recently won a bronze medal (third prize) in the US Pastry Competition held Feb. 24-26, 2002, in New York. "The international competition accepted 30 finalists. The competition's theme this year was "America the Beautiful" and included a confectionary centerpiece in chocolate and sugar, a plated dessert, and a tasting. I carved a sculpture from French chocolate and painted on marzipan with edible food color a small facsimile of a Norman Rockwell painting, 'The Spirit of Lincoln.' I worked with both hot sugar and sugar paste mediums to create floral and abstract shapes. I have found a way of integrating my artistic and culinary skills."
Jeffrey Rutberg, RN, MN, recently received his certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant. He lives with his wife and 6-year-old daughter in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Wayne D. Rosenfield writes, "I am a psychologist for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, directing an inpatient treatment program for people with chronic mental disorders. I recently became a volunteer for Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services, and spent two weeks during December 2001 on an assignment related to the terrorist attacks on our country." - Janice Brewer Smith
1976
From your correspondent, we learned that Mario Kerr has been named vice president of marketing & sales at the Rogers Corp. Most recently, he was director of marketing. In his new job, he'll be responsible for global sales and marketing for the corporation, and coordinating the efforts of Rogers' sales organizations around the world. "Mario's international experience, especially in Asia, provides him with the background required to direct our sales and support in a competitive marketplace," said Walter E. Boomer, president and CEO of Rogers. Based in Rogers, CT, the corporation develops and manufactures high-performance specialty materials focusing on the wireless communications and computer markets.
When US special forces fought in Afghanistan earlier this year, they were protected by wearing body armor capable of deflecting armor-piercing rifle shots, as are US special forces around the world. Procurement and oversight of the contract for the armor's manufacture is one of the responsibilities of Dave P. Reed at Ceradyne, where he is the corporate vice president. He and his wife, Diane Wein Reed, live in Laguna Hills, CA.
Diane Hales McGranor lives in Niagara Falls with her husband Ray McGranor and three children, Kellie, 20; Cassie, 18; and Michael, 15. She is health services coordinator & school nurse practitioner for the Niagara Wheatfield School District. She was recently elected secretary of the New York State Association of School Nurses, of which she has been a member for 11 years.
1977
Susan Gerstenfeld Scheinert would love to hear from old classmates at isitme777@aol.com.
David Holleb writes that the Holleb family will be attending the 25th class reunion, where he and Regina Brescia Holleb hope to see a lot of classmates this time. David, now a certified financial planner, says, "Our financial planning practice is going very well." They live in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ. His e-mail address is david.holleb@nmfn.com.
From Ada Kester Scharf: I have not communicated with AU in a while, but am interested in letting nurses know about a conference that I am involved in planning and promoting. It is the 4th North American Conference for Nurses. It is called Jesus Christ the Hope of Nursing - Just Ethics. It is to be held at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. June 15-18, 2002. This is sponsored by the Network of Christian Nurses. For information write InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Nurses Christian Fellowship, PO box 7895, Madison, WI 53707-7895. The website is www.ncf.jcn.org/nac.html, email is ncf@ivcf.org, or call (608) 274-4823, X402. General fee is $295, which includes opening and closing banquets. I am currently working as a staffworker for Nurses Christian Fellowship in WNY. I graduated from the AU Nursing program in Dec. 1976 and from UB with an MS in 1992. I have worked for Nurses Christian Fellowship(NCF) since 1998 and have helped start Bible study groups in the WNY area. We currently have local NCF groups in Buffalo, Jamestown, Rochester and Olean. We have also co-sponsored workshops with Roberts Wesleyan College in the Spring of 1999, 2000 and 2001 on topics such as Ethical Decision Making, Spiritual Care and Death and Dying and Evaluating Therapeutic Touch. Anyone interested in learning more about NCF may write me, Ada Scharf, 1844 Willard St., Olean, NY 14760, call (716) 372-9387, or email scharfda@eznet.net.
Diane Serex-Dougan is the clinical director of the Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes program in Maryland. "We are a group of volunteer optometrists who evaluate the Special Olympians' eyes and vision during the Maryland games. Her involvement in this project led to the honor of being named the Maryland Optometrist of the Year.
Diana Douglas Edstrom was married Sept. 23, 2000. She and her husband Peter Edstrom are living in Centennial, CO, with her 9-year-old stepson Kieran and their Boston terrier Blackjack. Diana has been with AT&T for 22 years and is currently a project manager. She would love to hear from old classmates.
1978
Eileen Selender Anderson reports that she works as a registered nurse in a coronary care and intensive care unit. She and her husband Peter have two children, Steve, born June 6, 1989, and Heather, born Aug. 28, 1991. She'd welcome messages from friends and classmates; her e-mail address is stretchrn@hotmail.com.
Margi Helsel-Arnold lives in Bethesda, MD, with her husband Scott and two children, Ian, 10, and Sheri, 6. Margi is busy with her kids' schedules and maintains a private geriatric care management practice in the Washington, DC-Maryland area. Her e-mail address is mhagcc@erols.com.
Chris Lynge is a manufacturing representative living with his wife Margaret "Peggy" Murray Lynge in Pittsford, NY, where the couple are raising their twin daughters, Sara and Emma, born Jan. 28, 1993.
1979
Lee M. Jacobs and Shelley Thunberg Jacobs wrote, "Congratulations to Jim Bundy on the opening of Grant's Lingerie. Good luck with your new venture!"
Louis E. Perego-Moreno, a producer and educator, wrote, "I am sending this on behalf of myself and my best friend, Richard Gold. We have been best friends since we met when next door neighbors at Reimer Hall on the first night we moved into our dormitory in September 1975 Over 26 years later, we're both still living in the same city we love, New York, and our friendship has grown to be defined as that of brothers. At Reimer Hall that year we developed a strong family bond with the males on the first floor and the females on the second floor. We'd love to hear from the clan and anyone else with whom we crossed paths. Louis E. Perego-Moreno is a producer and educator. He trained black and Latino youth to produce 69 social documentary shorts and is active in school reform. He has nine documentaries on HBO Family and can be reached at lperegomor@aol.com.
Louis E. Perego-Moreno, a producer and educator, wrote, "I am sending this on behalf of myself and my best friend, Richard Gold. We have been best friends since we met when next door neighbors at Reimer Hall on the first night we moved into our dormitory in September 1975 Over 26 years later, we're both still living in the same city we love, New York, and our friendship has grown to be defined as that of brothers. At Reimer Hall that year we developed a strong family bond with the males on the first floor and the females on the second floor. We'd love to hear from the clan and anyone else with whom we crossed paths. Since leaving Alfred, Richard R. Gold has his own interior design business, where he practices residential design. He also lives and works in Stone Ridge in the mid-Hudson Valley in New York State. He can be reached at rwgold@attglobal.net.
In a separate letter, your correspondent wrote: Amy Suggs Rosacker and her husband, R.C. Rosacker, had a baby girl, Megan Lee Rosacker, on Jan. 3, 2002. Megan's brother Gregory Jackson Rosacker is two and a half. Amy has been retired from the Navy for two years now and continues to work VERY part-time for Georgetown University in its nurse midwifery program. The Rosackers are living in Annapolis, MD, and having a great and busy time with their two little ones.
Kathleen Murray Oakes is a teacher at a one-room school in rural coastal Westport, CA, where she teaches kindergarten through fourth grade. She has three daughters, ages 15, 11, and 7, and lives in Fort Bragg. Any alumni in the area are welcome to visit; she can be reached at uport@mcn.org.
1980
From your correspondent: Many Alfredians gathered at the Hamptons home of Sheldon Stein '80, his wife Betsy Krebs Stein, and their children, Gabriele and Daisy. Also present were Nancy Cushing-Daniels '80 and her children Michael and Maite; Elaine Fletcher '78 and her husband Carlos Vega and daughter Rebecca; Nancy Sheehan; Janet Pelliccio '78; Jon Pargh '78 and Shelly Pargh and their son; and Michaela Brennan and her 9-year-old daughter Riley. Sounds like a good time!
Rick Maxa and his wife Mary Beth recently bought the specialty wine shop Bottles and Corks on Market Street in Corning, NY. "If you're in the area, please stop in and say hi," Rick says.
Jonathan Iszard is director of strategies & planning for Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
Wilson Greatbatch Technologies recently promoted Richard W. Mott to executive vice president and chief operating officer. The company, located in Clarence, NY, is an independent manufacturer of power sources and precision components for medical applications and other similarly demanding applications. Richard Mott and his wife Gail Falcone Mott '82 live in East Amherst with three daughters.
Sherrie L. Kinley writes, "On March 18, 2001, I completed the final adoption of Grace Maddalynn Kinley from Guatemala - the joy of my life."
1981
Mary Bliss briefed Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge on a commercialized radiation detector based on neutron-sensitive scintillating glass fibers she helped develop with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The briefing took place Nov. 15, 2001. Bliss is a staff scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Labs.
Nancy Samuelson Anderson is e-business leader for commercial initiatives at GE Transportation Systems in Erie, PA. She and her husband Gary have three boys, Tyler, 8; Ryan, 5; and Jake, 2.
Barbara Stanton is working at the Seattle Veterans Administration Hospital as a nurse practitioner. Her primary area of care is geriatrics, where, she writes, she takes care of "the greatest generation."
1982
Amy Jaffe Levine lives in Port Washington, NY, with her husband Paul and children Sam, Annie, and Maggie.
Lori Linderman Clovis is an adjunct assistant professor of English at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, where she is also copy editor of the D.H. Lawrence Review. Her son Neil, 19, is a journalism-mass communications major and a psychology minor, also at St. Bonaventure. He was awarded two academic scholarships, the Enchanted Mountain Scholarship and the Russell J. Jandoli Journalism Scholarship, and made the dean's list his first semester. "Our 20-year reunion is this year," she writes. "I would love to get the English majors and political science majors together for a bash at my home, about 40 minutes from Alfred, sometime that weekend. Please e-mail me if you are interested: lclovis090@adelphia.net."
Nancy Blumenstalk Mingus recently published a book titled Teach Yourself Project Management in 24 Hours. For more information, see her web site, www.mingusinc.com
Gregg Howells is executive director of the YMCA in Rye, NY. "In June 2001, we broke ground on an $8.5 million facility expansion," he wrote. "The project is scheduled to be completed in January 2003 Our $5 million capital campaign has reached $4.7 million, and we have secured $4 million in tax-exempt bonds!"
Wilson Greatbatch Technologies recently promoted Richard W. Mott to executive vice president and chief operating officer. The company, located in Clarence, NY, is an independent manufacturer of power sources and precision components for medical applications and other similarly demanding applications. Richard Mott and his wife Gail Falcone Mott '82 live in East Amherst with three daughters.
Marie Biancuzzo (Vaklyes) has written a book, Breastfeeding the Newborn: Clinical Strategies for Nurses, which will be published in its second edition by Mosby in October 2002.
Sandra Connard Werkheiser wants her classmates to know that she had her third child, Ben Werkheiser, April 1, 1999. The others are Brady Owen Werkheiser, born July 9, 1991; and Haley Brynne, born Jan. 31, 1990.
1983
Matthew Mumbach tells us, "Married in 1992 to Jill, I have two boys, age 5 and 2. I'm an occupational safety and environmental health professional working in Buffalo, and was recently elected councilman for the town of Sardinia in Erie County."
Mark Shardlow's company, Barbecue Bandits, was recently crowned champion of the Pennsylvania State Barbecue Championships, coming in first of 38 entrants. The company went on to become the only first-year American champions accepted for competition in the International Barbecue Championship held in 2001 in Lynchburg, TN, with 48 entrants from around the world. Mark continues as director of alumni & community relations at Alfred University. He lives in Alfred Station with his wife, Nadine Dunlap Shardlow '86, who is the director of opportunity programs at AU. Competing in the barbecue events along with Mark were Steve DuKayra '84 and AU telecommunications technician Dick Stuart.
Jeff M. Weinstein wrote, "My wife Anne Jassie Weinstein and I have two lovely girls, Alison, born Nov. 11, 1997, and Jessica, born Dec. 24, 1999, and we live in New Jersey. Recently I founded Compass Technology Group - www.compasstechnologygrou... - a management consulting firm that works with venture capital organizations." Jeff would like to hear from friends at jweinstein@compasstechnologygroup.com.
On March 2, 2002, a group of alumni gathered in Armonk, NY, to celebrate life, including the 40-and-a-half birthday of David Levy. David's 40th birthday was in late September, just two weeks after his narrow escape from the World Trade Center disaster. Among the friends at the gathering were David's sister Marian Levy Keilson '82, Dave Angel, Randy Wells, Bobby Gropper, and Diane Bryce Angel '86.
1984
Elizabeth Garry took office Jan. 1, 2002, after defeating a Republican incumbent in the November election for town justice in New Berlin, NY. "I ran a bi-partisan campaign," Garry, a Democrat, told the Altamont, NY, Enterprise. She also knocked on nearly 1,000 doors and spoke to at least 500 people. "It's been an exciting time," she said.
John Emblidge is married to Cecilia Vaughn '86. He is currently serving in the US Navy as the Submarine Force Tactical Exercise Director and and Products Officer at Submarine Development Squadron 12 in Groton, CT.
1985
Patti Hamburg Guerzo and her husband Chris have moved to Chicago. Patti is a director of continuous improvement for Chas. Levy, the country's third largest magazine & book distributor.
1986
John Emblidge is married to Cecilia Vaughn '86. He is currently serving in the US Navy as the Submarine Force Tactical Exercise Director and and Products Officer at Submarine Development Squadron 12 in Groton, CT.
Bryan Toy is living in North East, PA, with his wife, Marian Becker Toy, and their three children. He teaches art and computer literacy at the Tidioute Area School to children in grades one through 12. In December 2001, Bryan received his master of education degree in school administration from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He says that any old friends who want to go steelhead fishing in Pennsylvania should e-mail him at bryantoy@hotmail.com.
Kathleen McShane, now Kathleen McShane Bolton, wrote, "I recently married artist Randy Bolton, who I met three years ago while a resident at MacDowell Colony. I was recently in the show "Paper" at the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut and "Making the Making" at Apexart in New York City. I am also in an upcoming show at GalleryJoe in Philadelphia." On an unrelated subject, Kathleen recently got her motorcycle license for her MZ Sportcup.
Mark Shardlow's company, Barbecue Bandits, was recently crowned champion of the Pennsylvania State Barbecue Championships, coming in first of 38 entrants. The company went on to become the only first-year American champions accepted for competition in the International Barbecue Championship held in 2001 in Lynchburg, TN, with 48 entrants from around the world. Mark continues as director of alumni & community relations at Alfred University. He lives in Alfred Station with his wife, Nadine Dunlap Shardlow '86, who is the director of opportunity programs at AU. Competing in the barbecue events along with Mark were Steve DuKayra '84 and AU telecommunications technician Dick Stuart.
Cheryl Blanchard was recently selected to be on the National Orthopedic Advisory Board, which meets in an advisory capacity with the Food and Drug Administration. Cheryl is currently director of research for Zimmer Orthopedics in Warsaw, IN.
1987
Jordana Shane writes, "Daughter Elaine is doing great in sixth grade at Springside School in Philadelphia, enjoys playing the flute and reading, and is healthy and happy. Jordana continues at Philadelphia University as the instruction & reference librarian, and is on the team developing & implementing the university-wide information literacy program. Hi to all AKO sisters and '87 alumni celebrating the 15-year reunion! E-mail me at jmyshane@hotmail.com."
Mary Perrello Frank Trevorwrites, "I am living in Rochester, NY, with my husband Patrick Trevor and daughter Meaghan. I am practicing in Penfield as a pediatric nurse practitioner."
Heather Potter Mattos and Lou Mattos '90 welcomed the birth of their first child, Sara Ann Mattos, born Sept. 21, 2001. She has grown fast. Heather and Lou also celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in October 2001. In April 2001, Lou accepted a new position as a senior research engineer with Saint-Gobain Abrasives in Worcester, MA. The new job, he reports, is going great. Lou and Heather have enjoyed the move back to New England, where they have many AU alumni friends.
Your correspondent sent along the following note from Tracy Cochrane Raynor: "My husband, Greg Raynor, and I had twin girls Sept. 28, 2000. Their names are Skylar Shea and Sabrina Nicole. Now we have five children altogether: Krista, 13; Brent, 10; Garrett, 4; and the girls. Cathy Taranto Hogan lives five minutes away from me and is Garrett's godmother. Before I had the girls, Arleen Correta Snyder, her daughter Kiersten, Dawn Torlish, and Cathy and I got together. Arleen lives in Connecticut and Dawn lives in Florida so it was great to have the chance to spend some time together. Arleen's daughter is beautiful; she looks like a miniature Arleen. Arleen and Ray Snyder '88 also have a great son named Raymond, age 7. Cathy is busy with her three kids, Daniel, Giffin, and Erin. The last issue didn't include many entries from our class. I hope others will write in, in time for the following issue.
1988
Lauren Reidlich Silverman writes, "I'm still at Lehman Brothers in the Databar Group, and very busy. My son (Alec William Silverman-Reidlich, born Aug. 11, 2000) is now 18 months old and a lot of fun. I'd love to hear from friends." Her e-mail address is lsilverm@lehman.com.
Mark Sikorawas recently promoted to Quality Assurance Manager at Vesuvius Monofrax, Inc. Mark is also "tickled pink" over the arrival of his second daughter, Brooke Marie, born to him and his wife Jeannine Jan. 6, 2002.
Your correspondent tells us that Raymond Ward completed the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail in 1997. In 2001, he completed the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which goes from Mexico to Canada along the length of California, Oregon, and Washington. To date, Ray has about 7,000 miles of backpacking experience. He says to look for a news bulletin of a new adventure in 2003.
Jim Jansma is an artist in clay and a lecturer at Princeton, NJ.
Amy Baer-Weis is a graphic designer with her own company, Weis Graphic Design. She has two sons, Tommy, born May 22, 1996, and Calvin, born Aug. 11.
1989
Fred Weil is the master control coordinator for technical operations at Morgan Stanley. He lives in Manhattan.
Andrea Winnert Harvey, her husband Pete, and their new baby daughter Savannah Katherine, born Oct. 1, 2001, are happy and healthy and living in Jacksonville, FL.
Amy Janack McVey, senior designer in the Office of Publications at Syracuse University, recently received two honors from the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE) District II. She received a silver award in the "individual institutional relations publications" category and a bronze award in the "visual design in print" category. Both awards, presented Feb. 11, 2002, at a CASE District II conference in Toronto, were for a booklet on food allergies she designed for Syracuse University.
1990
John H. Coons, who had been serving as acting director of the University Counseling and Testing Center at Western Michigan University since August 2000, was named director Oct. 2, 2001. His appointment also includes a faculty position as an associate professor with tenure. A state-licensed psychologist, Coons has been a staff member at WMU since 1997.
"We'd love to share the news of the birth of our newest daughter, Lucy Jayne, born Dec. 16, 2001," write Andrew Goldman and Maria Puma-Goldman '91. Eve Ruby was born Feb. 5, 2000. The Goldmans live in Fairfax, VT, where Andrew works in group sales at Smuggler's Notch Resort and Maria is a sales engineer at Superior Technical Ceramics Corp.
Mike Kelly, who coaches high school soccer at Goshen, NY, School, was named 2001 Coach of the Year by the Middletown, NY, Times Herald-Record. On the way to the Section 9 Class B boys soccer title game, he handed out copies of the same speech he had taped to his AU locker during his playing days in the late '80s - Vince Lombardi's "What It Takes to be No. 1." The speech reads, in part, "You've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and heart, he's never going to come off the field." Goshen won that day, and as Lombardi predicted, the team didn't want to come off the field. Mike Kelly lives with his wife Linda and daughters Alyssa, Olivia, and Evangeline.
Christina R. Shultz King and Wesley A. King '96 say they're "enjoying being parents to our very happy son, Connor Shultz King, who was born Jan. 8, 2001. Our little family moved to Boston from the Worcester area to be closer to Wes's job in Cambridge with OmniGuide Communications, a young telecommunications start-up company."
A son, Brian Edward, was born Nov. 30, 2001, to Ann Nichols-Ruland and Gary Ruland. Brian joins siblings Meredith, Michael, & Christopher.
A son, Brian Edward, was born Nov. 30, 2001, to Ann Nichols-Ruland and Gary Ruland. Brian joins siblings Meredith, Michael, & Christopher.
Gregory Pierce says, "In the past year I was married to Karin Christey (2000), graduated from San Diego State University with an MFA (2001), and was hired in a full-time tenure-track teaching job at Columbia Basin College in eastern Washington State."
Heather Potter Mattos and Lou Mattos '90 welcomed the birth of their first child, Sara Ann Mattos, born Sept. 21, 2001. She has grown fast. Heather and Lou also celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in October 2001. In April 2001, Lou accepted a new position as a senior research engineer with Saint-Gobain Abrasives in Worcester, MA. The new job, he reports, is going great. Lou and Heather have enjoyed the move back to New England, where they have many AU alumni friends.
1991
Joe Alberici, a member of the AU Athletic Hall of Fame, was recently recognized by the Brine Companies as the year's recipient of the Jay Gallagher Award given to the most outstanding assistant coach in the nation. The award was given at a dinner sponsored by Brine at the US Lacrosse Convention in Philadelphia, according to Bruce Baschuk '75, who sent us the information.
"We'd love to share the news of the birth of our newest daughter, Lucy Jayne, born Dec. 16, 2001," write Andrew Goldman and Maria Puma-Goldman '91. Eve Ruby was born Feb. 5, 2000. The Goldmans live in Fairfax, VT, where Andrew works in group sales at Smuggler's Notch Resort and Maria is a sales engineer at Superior Technical Ceramics Corp.
1993
Your correspondent passed along a letter from Adelaide Paul: "Hi, all - Thrilled to say I've left the West Texas dust (think of that Mac Davis tune with the refrain 'Lubbock in my rearview mirror') and have since moved to Philadelphia, PA, where I am happily living with four Australian shepherds, a greyhound, and a very small cat. I've been enjoying a residency at the Clay Studio, where lately I've been investigating Lassie as a drag queen and the possibilities of tattooing leather. Resigned my position at TTU in Lubbock last March. I recommend unemployment highly; wish I could afford to be independently lower-middle-class indefinitely. But I'm excited about teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art for all of next year, and possibly buying a house right here in wonderful Philly, where I feel I belong. Would love to hear from any and all old friends, especially Fred and Carol. La Bella Vita! Love, Adelaide."
Mianne Broncato just passed her CPA exam.
Gary Gillette has been transferred from Vishay Vitramon's Roanoke, VA, plant to their Monroe, CT, plant. Gary is a ceramic process engineer at Vitramon.
Michael O'Malley has been named an assistant professor of art and art history at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. He will teach introductory sculpture and advanced sculpture. His work has been shown in galleries throughout California and Washington, as well as in Maine, Ohio, and Texas. A big influence on his work has been the time he spent on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation teaching English and sculpture. "Everything about the reservation was intense," he says. "The kids are surrounded by incredibly high alcoholism and unemployment rates ... but I was living on the Plains, and the quality of that environment couldn't be captured in words. I realized I needed to move into materials, so I went back to college and started over." He originally earned a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University, then "started over" by earning a BFA in sculpture from Alfred University and finally, an MFA in sculpture from Stanford University.
From Michelle Plucinsky: "Since my last update, I have had another child, Lucy Nordin, who is now 2. (Her first child, Jake Nordin, is 4.) Our business has expanded to include corporate awards for companies such as Ford Motor Co., with the 'Thumbie' awards and General Motors with the 'Alpha Award.' We have also purchased a booth at the Renaissance Festival in Mt. Holly, MI, and we invite our glassblowing friends to come and join us in August & September 2002." Michelle would love to hear from friends and classmates by e-mail at FurnaceHotGlass@aol.com .
Adam Lenio '63 writes from Tours, France, where his wife Ijlal is studying French. He is getting to see some of the cathedrals he studied in medieval architecture while at Alfred. Today, while writing this, I had coffee with John Badgley '63 who reminisced about his friendship with Adam and how geographic distance can slow down relations. David Miller '66 and Elizabeth "Bebe" Graves Miller '65 hosted an event recently in California for alumni. Elizabeth Miller reported that more than 20 guests partied, representing a mix of alums, spouses of alums, and parents of students. The guests included Barbara Cohrssen Powell '59, who is self-employed with her firm, Cohrssen Environmental. She is based in San Francisco. Also present was Sandy Kaplon Coplon '62 with her husband Norm. The Coplons have been active alums in this area for years and have hosted parties in their own home. Sandy is a retired nurse. They live in Portola Valley. Norm was a gracious guest - he served lots of the hors d'oeuvres for us and otherwise helped everyone engage in fun conversation.
1994
Michelle Sarkisian Hickey is currently on a leave of absence from her teaching career to raise her young children. "I'm staying very busy with Sydney, 3, and Brent, 8 months. A special hello to Gina - I miss you!" she writes.
Lisa Friedman Suratt writes, "My husband Ken and I were blessed with the birth of our first child Oct. 4, 2001. His name is Aaron Michael Suratt and he is a sweetie!"
Julie Feuerstein-Woodworth and Peter Woodworth '94 announce the birth of their second son, Joshua Andrew, on Sept. 17, 2001. Their first son, Brett Harrison, had his second birthday in February 2002.
1995
Kimberly Carroll Birmingham '96 and Mike Birmingham have moved to a new home in Dansville, NY. Mike recently left his position at AU and is now network administrator at the Bath Central School District. Both are enjoying their new jobs and freedom from the little town of Alfred.
Heidi Liebi recently changed jobs and moved from Iowa to Albany, IN. She is working for Saint Gobain outside Indianapolis.
Florence Gores was recently promoted to the post of clinical director at the Tucson, AZ, Veterans Administration Medical Center. She also serves at the national level as a consultant and board member for the VA's palliative and hospice program, end-of-life care, and the pain management program. She recently moved to the Saddle Brooke community in Tucson.
Kimberly J. McFarland was married Oct. 21, 2000, to Jason Miller and is now called Kimberly J. McFarland-Miller. She writes, "Lauren Wallace '98 was a bridesmaid We honeymooned in Maui, HI. I work for a private school for children with behavior problems."
Rosalie Bortz Shapiro completed her masters in library & information science in December 2001. She hopes to find a position as an adult reference librarian in a public library. She and her husband Harold Shapiro bought their first home in January 2002. It is in Wexford, PA, a northern suburb of Pittsburgh.
For three and a half years, Nathan D. White was a technical recruiter with a local headhunter in Albany, NY. A year ago, Nathan took a new position as a senior account manager with a network engineering and systems integration consultant company, also based in Albany. Nathan bought a house in Albany a couple of years ago and has been keeping busy, outside work, with his music and his church. He is collaborating with a fellow alum, Shane Pitkin '95, on something that has always been a dream of both: to write the great American piano concerto. They have finished the first movement and have only been working on it since Thanksgiving 2001. Nathan and Shane think it will be eight to 12 more months before it's finished, at which point they have a tentative agreement from the Albany Symphony for its debut. Nathan has also been going at night for his MBA and is a little over halfway finished with it. He writes, "It's a slow process, but I'm in no hurry."
1996
Timothy Eagen was married July 28, 2001, to Amy Wachenfeld on Long Island. Tim & Army live in Huntington Station, NY, where Tim is a physics teacher and Amy is a Ph.D student at Hofstra University pursuing a degree in school & clinical psychology.
Jennifer Garefino tells us that she ran in a marathon in December 2000 in Honolulu as part of the Leukemia Society's Team in Training. To make the trip, she had to raise $4,500 for the Leukemia Society. She trained for the marathon while working full-time and going to night school at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she received an MBA in May 2001. As a result of an essay about her marathon and fundraising experiences, she was chosen as one of 11,500 Olympic torch bearers. She carried the flame Dec. 19, 2001, in Washington, PA.
David Paul Parduski was married June 2, 2001, to Gretchen Yorczyk in Lionville, PA. The couple live in Perkasie, PA, where David, a sculptor, works as a foundry supervisor for Lenape Tooling. Gretchen, a graduate of Millersville (PA) University with a bachelor's degree in biology, is a regulatory coordinator for Merck Pharmaceutical Co.
Kristie Siroonian recently changed jobs within Tetratech and relocated from her home state of New Jersey to Alexandria, VA.
Kimberly Carroll Birmingham '96 and Mike Birmingham have moved to a new home in Dansville, NY. Mike recently left his position at AU and is now network administrator at the Bath Central School District. Both are enjoying their new jobs and freedom from the little town of Alfred.
Christina R. Shultz King and Wesley A. King '96 say they're "enjoying being parents to our very happy son, Connor Shultz King, who was born Jan. 8, 2001. Our little family moved to Boston from the Worcester area to be closer to Wes's job in Cambridge with OmniGuide Communications, a young telecommunications start-up company."
1997
From your correspondent: Believe it or not, it has been five years since the class of 1997 endured the long, cold, snowy winters as students at Alfred! The class of 1997 will celebrate these five years of post-Alfred life on campus at Reunion 2002, June 7-9, 2002. If you are interested in attending, call the Alumni Office at (607) 871-2144 or e-mail alumni@alfred.edu , or get in touch with Kari Jermansen, your class correspondent and class contact for Reunion 2002, (908) 766-7618 or kljermansen@yahoo.com . Join your fellow classmates for a fun-filled weekend, Alfred-style.
Jennifer Ward started a new job at the end of February at Major League Lacrosse, where she will be working in marketing & sponsorships. In May, Jen will also have her certificate as a Certified Holistic Health Counselor.
For three and a half years, Nathan D. White was a technical recruiter with a local headhunter in Albany, NY. A year ago, Nathan took a new position as a senior account manager with a network engineering and systems integration consultant company, also based in Albany. Nathan bought a house in Albany a couple of years ago and has been keeping busy, outside work, with his music and his church. He is collaborating with a fellow alum, Shane Pitkin '95, on something that has always been a dream of both: to write the great American piano concerto. They have finished the first movement and have only been working on it since Thanksgiving 2001. Nathan and Shane think it will be eight to 12 more months before it's finished, at which point they have a tentative agreement from the Albany Symphony for its debut. Nathan has also been going at night for his MBA and is a little over halfway finished with it. He writes, "It's a slow process, but I'm in no hurry."
"The last time around, most people knew I was living in Washington, DC," writes Ken Bishop. "That has changed a wee bit. I have been living in New Hampshire since the beginning of February. Yeah, it was unexpected, but I wouldn't want to be monotonous or predictable, would I? I am up here job-hunting, and am fairly excited about what I'm finding. Are any Alfredians I would know living in New England? If so, I'd love to hear from you so I can get a better handle on this area. So far I've been to York Beach, ME, and Plum Island, MA, and I'm headed to Loon Mountain in March." Ken's e-mail address is k-bishop@usa.net .
Susan Gross moved from Lake Hiawatha, NJ, to the Philadelphia area in early March 2002.
The opening of an exhibit at Cuesta College featuring artwork by Kristin Morgin was attended by more than 150 people. Her work, inspired by an article about a symphony written in a labor camp, is titled "Ticking Elephant and Other Surviving Excerpts from the Hope Symphony" and offers mostly unfinished ceramic pieces. She told the Mustang Daily Sun in San Luis Obispo, CA, that it's hard to categorize her work because she uses clay in a non-traditional way. Her pieces are made of unfired clay and other materials such as wood, string, rocks, and cloth. The artwork looks ancient, as if dug up from a muddy, cold lake.
Melissa Mooney was married Nov. 3, 2001, to RJ Tamayo. The ceremony was in Guilderland, NY, and the reception in Scotia. The guests included 14 AU alumni: Sharon Reilly, Rich Robbins '00, Mike LaCroix and Terra Johnson-Lacroix '96, Ian Roth '96, Diana Minneci '00, Tiffany Van Pelt Ainsworth, Katie Poole, Tara Sickels, Keith Thomas '98, Derek Case '98, Beth McLaughlin, Stephanie Ziankoski Roth '96, and Patrick Morrisey '98. "RJ and I just bought a house too," Melissa wrote. "We expect to be closing at the end of March. I am currently working for Health Research, Inc., an affiliate of the New York State Department of Health. I plan to return to school part-time this summer to pursue my MBA."
Ian P. Neuhard was recently named the first executive director of Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. A new non-profit organization, Prime Time focuses on improving the quality of after-school programs in Palm Beach County, FL.
Carin Bandera Cole writes, "I'm currently working as a mental health counselor for the Oneida Indian Nation. My husband and I just purchased our first home in Syracuse, NY. My e-mail address is billcarin@msn.com ."
1998
Your correspondent, Natalie Rae Krauser, was recently named Employee of the Month by Trafalgar Tours USA, a 50-year-old global escorted tour company that recently moved its headquarters to Long Island City. After a record two months on the job, Krauser was honored at a luncheon for "performance above & beyond the normal" and also received a cash award. Trafalgar's sales coordinator, Krauser just returned from a global sales training trip to Europe and is now preparing for the annual travel conference of the Greater Independent Association of National Travel Services, which will be in Hawaii. She is also taking graduate courses in marketing at New York University.
Erik says, "I'm stage-directing a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta at MIT (again.) This time it's "Gondoliers." It goes up in mid-April, in case anyone is interested in coming to see it. I promise I'll try to make it good. Other than that, I'm planning on doing the Pan Mass Challenge this summer instead of the NorthEast AIDSRide. The main difference, it seems, at least physically, is that rather than 350 miles in four days it's 200 miles in two days and we get to sleep on beds, which I expect we will need after two 100-mile days. So people can expect me to starting hitting them up for donations ... but smaller ones this time, from many more people, just to make it easier on people's wallets."
Kathryn Kowtun Fava writes, "Matt and I are still in Anchorage, AK. Summers are great! Matt is serving as a first lieutenant in the US Army at Fort Richardson, AK."
Shannon Youmell House is now working full-time at an animal hospital in Virginia, acting as the office manager and a veterinary assistant. Shannon has applied for and is waiting to hear if she will be accepted to a school to become a licensed veterinary technician. Shannon still teaches for the science museum, but is not entirely satisfied working with the state. Her husband Brian is doing well at his job at a fire protection company. After almost two years, Shannon and Brian are FINALLY taking a honeymoon in May. They're headed to beautiful Maui for the wedding of Sam Zepp '98 and taking some time for themselves while they are there.
Alison Marzuoli is teaching art at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, MA, near Springfield. Her new e-mail address is amarzuoli@wmanet.org . Of her work, she commented, "Boarding school life is never dull!"
1999
Joshua Buland sent this note: "I am now a residence director at Emerson College in Boston, MA, supervising two residence halls and a graduate assistant. I was at Alfred State college as a residence hall coordinator since January 2000, and in November 2001, I thought a change would be in order. After two dozen resumes, two interviews (one at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi and one here at Emerson) and one sleepless weekend, I decided to take the next step and move to the big city. As the RD, I am responsible for the general well-being of 300 students. It is quite a change of scenery for me, and I'm taking my time acclimating to my new surroundings and residents. I've been here since January 2002. So far, the city has been treating me well ... I can't wait till spring! I'll be back in Alfred for Hot Dog Day, but in the meantime, would love to hear from everyone. My new e-mail address is joshua_buland@emerson.edu - please get back in touch!"
Kerri-Ann "Kazza" Appleton (kappleton@icpmed.com ) offers a "little update." Kazza is still in Denver, CO, working at the same place in medical education. She writes, "It is coming into the busy season for me and that means I will be traveling a lot. Here are the cities I will be in and the dates: St. Louis, MO, April 10-14; Atlanta, GA, April 24-26; Alfred, NY, April 26-30 (HOT DOG DAY!); New York, NY, May 1-4; Garden Grove, CA, May 15-19. If anyone is available during those times let me know; maybe we can get together." Kazza recently moved. Her new contact information is 3217 Race Street, Denver, CO 80205 and her cell phone number is 720-296-8220. Kazza has been up to the mountains skiing a few times but recently injured herself. "I bruised my feet really badly where I almost could not walk. I will say that I have fallen in love with Vail. It is my favorite mountain, especially the back bowls. I am still training for the triathlon and I absolutely love it. I have met some amazing people through my training and they have helped me out a lot." Kazza also reports an opportunity for anyone interested. She is planning a trip to Kenya to ski Lewis Glacier on Mt. Kenya in April 2003. The trip will be 10 days long and is open to anyone. "This glacier will not be around in 10 years, so here is your chance to ski as well as hike through Kenya," she says. Get details from Kazza.
Kathryn Kowtun Fava writes, "Matt and I are still in Anchorage, AK. Summers are great! Matt is serving as a first lieutenant in the US Army at Fort Richardson, AK."
Rebecca Hellinger (hellinger77@hotmail.com ) was promoted to senior accountant at Rotenberg & Co, LLP, in Rochester. Rebecca started working there after she graduated from AU.
Jim Kostiw accepted a permanent position with the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control and currently aids in the enforcement of economic sanctions policies for the US government, including those against the Taliban and the 9/11 terrorists designated under President Bush's Executive Order. Jim is currently living in Washington, DC.
Timothy McGrath (tim_mc_10@yahoo.com ) tells us that he's gotten married since graduating from AU - in fact, he did so soon after he graduated, tying the knot with girlfriend of six years Sara Fantauzzi in June 1999. Fellow '99 alumni in attendance included Allen Lichtig, Jason Garry, Russell Patterson, Toni Deebs, and Stephanie Perkins, plus Cindy Lewis '00. Since getting married Tim has been traveling (thanks in part to Sara's being commissioned as an officer in the US Marine Corps.) Tim worked as a research assistant at a non-profit organization for seven months in Quantico, VA, before he and wife Sara traveled to Pensacola, FL, where, as Tim writes, "my wife was learning to be a navigator while I was busy working in a child day care facility ... Upon Sara's receiving her wings at the end of July '01, we were reassigned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA. We took a two-week drive across the country, visiting as many national parks as we possibly could." Tim and Sara are anticipating another move in the beginning of 2003 when Sara has completed her training. This next move will send Tim and Sara to Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC. Tim writes, "That will be four years out of Alfred, four moves taking me across the country and back again. Wouldn't change a thing." Keep us posted, Tim…it was great to hear from you!
Christopher Schaeffer (schaefcr@hotmail.com ) has moved (again!) from Corning up to Canandaigua, NY. Chris writes, "I know I must be hard to keep track of. I'm like a nomadic alum. Work at Northland Cranberries is going well; we're gearing up for our mid-year physical inventory at the end of February. For those health-conscious folks out there, try some Northland, it's great cranberry juice & it's good for ya!" Chris went to Phoenix, AZ, the day after New Year's, with fellow alum
Ken Leidig attended the Pro Deo Et Schola Awards at his high school and witnessed the kick-off of its next capital campaign to create new athletic buildings on campus. He's also volunteering his time to call his class alumni during the school's phonathon fund-raisers. The group plans to pool together and gather the most contributions, specifically asking the Director of Alumni Affairs for their respective classes, as well as some "hard to get" donors. Ken is coordinating efforts between his church's Long-Range Planning Committee and the Chairman of the Board of Directors at his high school, to get him to visit his congregation and church council and offer a series of consultations. On weekends, Ken has been practicing his omelet skills. In an effort to muddle through winter, Ken made his first Hot Buttered Rum cocktail and reports, "It was delicious."
Martha Y. Batista and Ronald A. Stinson II got married on the magic date 02/02/02. "We were wed aboard the yacht Island Girl in Newport Harbor, CA, a lovely wedding," Martha wrote. "Ron and I met on the steps of South Hall my first day during my first class at Alfred. We dated all through college and moved to California together after we graduated. My e-mail address is ydelisa@hotmail.com if anyone wants to get in touch with either one of us." Martha is now Mrs. Stinson.
Michael Christakis successfully completed his first semester of Ph.D. work in December. He will be continuing his work in the "core areas" of Albany's program in Public Administration through the spring semester. Mike plans on taking the four-day comprehensive exams in the core areas in mid-June - successful completion of those exams is the first step to being admitted to doctoral candidacy. In addition to working full-time on his Ph.D., Mike continues to work for Residential Life while coordinating the Department's first-year programming efforts. He will again be helping to coordinate the University's summer orientation for new students. Mike also continues his work on the Board of Directors for Omicron Delta Kappa and was most recently in Lexington, KY, where he presented two reports to the Society's national convention based on work conducted by two national task forces he chaired. While in Kentucky, Mike was elected ODK's Vice President for Circle Standards.
Shane Nickerson, on a little golf vacation and informs us that "the weather was great and we caught a Suns game while we were out there. It was a blast. Other than that, I'm just trying to get settled in the new place and looking forward to the summer in the Finger Lakes."
2000
Stephanie Thomas is currently a substitute teacher for the Candor School District, and will begin grad school this summer for her master's in education.
Drew Posner wrote, "I am now a paramedic, which brings a lot more responsibility. Isn't it scary that the person who encouraged you and Dave to think from the homecoming crown now makes medical decisions that affect people's lives? I suddenly feel all grown up with this new responsibility. I still work for the same EMS provider in the Hudson Valley, NY, and plan to move shortly to Newburgh. My updated information will be posted on sam.alfred.edu." Drew's e-mail address is wicket_sam@yahoo.com.
Jan Mummert has left food science in pursuit of a teaching certification, and eventually a master's in education.
From Katie Isaac: The Sutherland Group and I am working with their client Avaya. It's very interesting ... Training is finishing up this week.
Jesse McVerby says there's nothing new this year. "I'm still working my butt off so I can have another responsibility-free summer."Jesse's e-mail address is mcverby@hotmail.com.
From Jacy Lellock: A note from Jessica Dunbar says, "I am still teaching at Devereaux Glenholme, a special-education school. It is always a challenge. The things these kids do and say just amaze me! I actually had a student try to convince me that he was afraid of pencils, just so he could get out of doing work! Other than the job, I am keeping really busy planning the huge event coming up this summer. It'll be a great party. But I'll take time off my planning so I can visit Alfred for Hot Dog Day. I smell another victory for Rugby Alumni!" And from Mike Creter: "I just joined an ice hockey league, which is a bit of a change from roller hockey, where I was a goalie and didn't have to move around. I'm getting used to it, though, and having a great time. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Hot Dog Day."
From Heidi Ackerman: "I'm working through another busy season at KPMG; fortunately this one is not spent at the funeral home in Florida. I just found out that I passed the CPA exam, so I'll have tons of free time now that I don't have to study. The house is great, although I'm still not done unpacking! I did manage to get a deck built and treated myself to a hot tub. My next project is to finish the basement in order to add to the resale value. This endeavor has been quite interesting ... We about caught the house on fire when we were plumbing (the map gas torch wasn't working properly, and instead of a nice flame like a bunsen burner, it was shooting flames from four different places.) This weekend we cut the basement floor to lay the pipe for the bathtub, and I got to use a jack hammer ... I hope everyone is doing well, and if you're in the Cincinnati area, drop me a line at Queen_95@yahoo.com."
Heather Kroitzsh has joined her parents' firm as a marketing and design specialist.
From Jacy Lellock: A note from Jessica Dunbar says, "I am still teaching at Devereaux Glenholme, a special-education school. It is always a challenge. The things these kids do and say just amaze me! I actually had a student try to convince me that he was afraid of pencils, just so he could get out of doing work! Other than the job, I am keeping really busy planning the huge event coming up this summer. It'll be a great party. But I'll take time off my planning so I can visit Alfred for Hot Dog Day. I smell another victory for Rugby Alumni!" And from Mike Creter: "I just joined an ice hockey league, which is a bit of a change from roller hockey, where I was a goalie and didn't have to move around. I'm getting used to it, though, and having a great time. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Hot Dog Day."
2001
Ethan Schillinger is currently a first-year student at the University of iowa College of Law in Iowa City, IA.
Michael Christakis successfully completed his first semester of Ph.D. work in December. He will be continuing his work in the "core areas" of Albany's program in Public Administration through the spring semester. Mike plans on taking the four-day comprehensive exams in the core areas in mid-June - successful completion of those exams is the first step to being admitted to doctoral candidacy. In addition to working full-time on his Ph.D., Mike continues to work for Residential Life while coordinating the Department's first-year programming efforts. He will again be helping to coordinate the University's summer orientation for new students. Mike also continues his work on the Board of Directors for Omicron Delta Kappa and was most recently in Lexington, KY, where he presented two reports to the Society's national convention based on work conducted by two national task forces he chaired. While in Kentucky, Mike was elected ODK's Vice President for Circle Standards.
From Doug Barba: "Buggers. time goes by so fast. You might know that five weeks ago I went into a five-day program that taught me how to become a jackaroo/jillaroo. You know, horse riding, cattle & sheep mustering, fencing, milking, branding, castration with your teeth, whip cracking, lassoing, yute driving, and all kinds of (Australian) cowboy fun. After the course they asked me to stay on as an employee - so much fun in such a beautiful area, Eastern New South Wales, west of Tamworth, near Leconfield, on a farm in Biloomba. Since I've been here I have gotten quite good with a horse along with my cattle calls & whip cracking. My fire skills are shampedified and my hands have dug quite a few holes through solid rock; we are building an addition. Yesterday we found a red-belly black snake, Australia's seventh deadliest, stunned it with a whip, snapped its head off, then cooked it for dinner over the fire. I spend most nights in a swag under the stars, tired from a full day of work and with a good meal in my belly. But alas, I have only two more weeks here. I plan to catch a train to the other side of the country, where I will find more farm work and a more relaxed lifestyle than this eastern tourist coast. Life is good. I have made countless friends and stored up unforgettable memories. My skin is tan, my back is strong, and my smile is ever prominent. I have been so relaxed in Biloomba it will be hard to leave, but I know that once I hit the road I will be caught back up in the exciting current of backpackers traveling through Australia. New England, however, is still home to me. I understand that more every day. Keep it real, up over, while I play down under. Let me know how and where you are, so I can keep in touch with what is important. Sweet dreams, my friends ..." His e-mail address is zpddoda@angelfire.com.
Emily Grandy said in November she took a position as a member of the team at Gernold Agency in Buffalo. In December she moved into a new apartment in Blasdell. She survived the seven feet of snow at the end of December, although at times she wasn't able to see out of her first-floor apartment windows!
Patrick L. Boyle of Birdsboro, PA, is a first-year student at the Dickinson School of Law at the Pennsylvania State University.
From Kizzy Parks: Hello everyone. Grad school life is going well. Currently I am visiting tons of alumni in New York City during my spring break. After I get back, I'm going to start on my master's thesis.
Emilie Hardman made a presentation at the 72nd annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Boston March 9, 2002. Her title was "Don't Wanna Be You: DIY Punk Records & the Politics of Exclusion."
The story of your correspondent's remarriage was sent to us by his son G. Douglas Clarke. Doug wrote, "There were all kinds of Alfred University connections on Aug. 5, 2000, when David Stillman Clarke, widower of Frances Polan Clarke '42, married Ethel Davis Dickinson '46, widow of C. Harmon Dickinson '45, at her home in Fort Mill, SC. The ceremony was performed by Ethel's granddaughter's husband, Kenneth R. Lake Jr., pastor of the Spring Hope, NC, Baptist Church, and a reception was held at the Fort Mill Unity Presbyterian Church. David Clarke is the son of AU Education Professor Ford Stillman Clarke '10 and AU Home Economics Instructor Agnes Kenyon Clarke Bond '09, who later married Ahva John Clarence Bond, Dean of AU Theological School. Ethel Dickinson worked as a secretary in the office of John Reed Spicer, who was counselor to prospective students, while attending classes at AU in 1942. She transferred and received her BA in social science from Salem, WV, College in 1957." Much later, we received a note from Dave Clarke himself: "Many AU '41'ers, no doubt, joined the millions who watched TV coverage of the 19th winter Olympics in Utah," he says. "Unlike our grandchildren - and even our children - who can imagine themselves doing some wintry death-defying slaloms, jumps, or moguls, my wife Ethel and I enjoyed South Carolina warmth and calm. Since our marriage in August 2000, we have stayed on softened earth year-round - winters at her Fort Mill, SC, home and summers at my Clarke-Kenyon home in Alfred. (By the way, Ethel was the office secretary for John Reed Spicer, counselor for prospective students, when her first husband, Harmon Dickinson, was at the AU School of Theology in the early '40s.) Deeply enjoying Casey Fitz Randolph's efforts in the short speed-skate races with his taking the gold medal, we were not totally surprised with a TV spotlight. Sweeping the cheering fans, the cameras zoomed in on Casey's grandparents, the Ivan Fitz Randolphs of Milton, WI. Ivan's eyesight is very limited, so the special magnifiers let him see Casey but did not prevent our seeing his happy face. Special for us was the fact of Ethel's professional association with Mr. Randolph at the North American Center of the Seventh Day Baptist Conference at Janesville, WI. He was business manager; she was executive secretarial supervisor." - Dave Clarke
Your third correspondent (alphabetically speaking), Lauren Pidcoe, has a new address and phone number: 1001 N. Randolph St., Apt. 101, Arlington, VA 22201, (703) 351-5227. Her e-mail address is the same. She wrote: Hi, everyone! Can you all believe it's been a full year since we graduated? The time keeps moving on. Things are still going well here in Arlington, VA, but a whole lot has changed since the last notes. I've moved to a new apartment in Arlington, so take note of the new address above. My new roommate is Melisa Bell '00, so if anyone wants to get in touch with her, the info is the same as mine. Melisa's doing well here. She works for Language Learning Enterprises, a translation & interpretation company in downtown Washington, DC. I've also changed jobs. The law firm life was getting too crazy to handle. I started working for Marymount University in February 2002. It's been unbelievably less stressful and a whole lot more fun. I'm really looking forward to beginning grad school at Marymount in the fall. From New Year's through February, I was fortunate to get to do some traveling and meeting up with various alumni. Over the New Year's holiday, I finally got to see Paris!Seann Bishop, Ed Bongio, and I spent nine days in the City of Lights, touring, walking (boy, did we walk!), and very much enjoying the city. In February, Melisa Bell '00 and I traveled to Germany to visit 2Lt. Jack Gorham at his home in Mainz, about 20 minutes from the Dexheim base where he's stationed. In a whirlwind weekend, the three of us visited Mainz, Heidelburg, Munich, and Fussen. After returning from Germany, Seann, Ed, Jamie Wolff, Andrea Goetschius, and Caroline Gardiner '02 came down to Washington, DC, to enjoy a totally Alfredian weekend.
Births
Karen McMurtry proudly announces the adoption of her beloved daughter, Molly Joy McMurtry, born Sept. 28, 2000.
Vicky Levy Drescher and her husband Bob Drescher had a baby girl, Pamela Gene, born Sept. 25, 2001. "We are very happy," Vicky wrote.
Congratulations to Laura Bishop-Scioli and her husband Anthony Scioli, who recently became proud parents of a baby boy. Kelby Vincent Bishop-Scioli was born Jan. 7, 2002.
Matthew Reagan and Shannon Dunmire '00 announce the birth of their son, Connor Matthew Reagan, born June 4, 2001.
Matthew Reagan and Shannon Dunmire '00 announce the birth of their son, Connor Matthew Reagan, born June 4, 2001.
Deaths - Alumni
The obituary of Nancy Kelly Clute, who died Nov. 24, 2001, was brought to our attention by Joe Fasano '54. Clute, 73, was executive director of the Madera County Arts Council in California. With her husband, Charles "Val" Clute '51, who survives, she owned and operated a Madera art gallery from 1979 to 1982. At that point, the Madera County Arts Council assumed a steadily increasing role in her life. With her vision and guidance, a group of local leaders in art advocacy came together to promote the enjoyment of art locally. Among the programs in which she was instrumental were the opening of the Circle Gallery, which created a place for local artists to display their work; an outreach arts program for elementary schools; and a nationally recognized Arts Council Annual Salute to Agriculture Exhibit. Surviving besides her husband are a son, a daughter, two sisters, a brother, and three grandsons. Her family asks that memorial donations be made to the Nancy L. Clute Memorial Fund, c/o Madera County Arts Council, 315 West Olive Ave., Madera, CA 93637.
Deaths - Friends
Our sympathy goes to James H. Berry, who sent us an e-mail to tell us that his wife, Jan MacKinnon Berry, died on Christmas Day 2001. James Berry has a BFA in design from the College of Ceramics and is a member of Klan Alpine fraternity.
Marriages
Beverly Liedkie Keefer got married Oct. 7, 2000, to Robert H. Feindt and is now Beverly Feindt.
Fern Allen tells us that she was married May 20, 2001, to Richard Zucker. She also received a promotion in her position with Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and is now manager of the pediatrics floor.
Nicole White married John Kennedy Dec. 16, 2001. Congratulations, Nicole!